Update: a reader reached out on Twitter to ask about intentionally overpaying estimated taxes to earn additional points. As I thought this was a good question others might be interested in, I have … [Read more...] about Why I Just Paid My Taxes with a Credit Card for the Points
Note: I designed this as a "Devil's Advocate" type of post. Therefore, I mostly (intentionally) ignore the opposing argument. Please consider that before throwing rotten tomatoes at me for … [Read more...] about Sorry, but the Amex Platinum Card Is Overrated
A couple of months ago, The Deal Mommy posted an interesting article. She discussed the "Status Trap", where we make decisions solely based on chasing (or maintaining) elite hotel status. In other … [Read more...] about Free Breakfast Is the Most Overrated Hotel Loyalty Benefit
US Bank officially dipped its toe into the premium rewards card market with the launch of the "Altitude Reserve" card today. I've put together a recap of the card's benefits and how they compare to … [Read more...] about Now Live: How the US Bank Altitude Reserve Stacks Up
Nearly every blog has been talking about the SPG American Express for the last month because of the ridiculously “high” sign-up bonus. Everywhere you look, bloggers are pushing the SPG American … [Read more...] about Even with 35,000 Bonus Points, the SPG American Express Is Still Not That Great!
From the desk of the Devil's Advocate... I'm starting today's Devil's Advocate column with an announcement. For over 2 1/2 years now, Scott Mackenzie - the owner of Travel Codex - has been … [Read more...] about Why Am I Looking Back At My 2016 Predictions Now? Well, I’ve Got Some News…
From the desk of the Devil's Advocate... It's the holiday season, which means gifts! Lots and lots of gifts. In fact, I think it's important to note that we have arrived at a point in the history of … [Read more...] about I Got My Annual AA Aviator Bonus Offer, but Here’s Why I Might Skip It This Year
From the desk of the Devil's Advocate... I never write about politics and I'm not going to start today. But if there's one thing we've learned in the last two weeks, it's that we should always … [Read more...] about Is It Worth Buying Elite Status? The Answer May Surprise You! (No, really, it might.)
From the desk of the Devil's Advocate... The reaction to Hyatt's new elite program from Conventional Wisdomers has been decidedly mixed. No, wait a minute. "Mixed" isn't the word I'm looking for. I … [Read more...] about Why the New “World of Hyatt” Elite Program Is a Major Enhancement
From the desk of the Devil's Advocate... "What's the best credit card to earn travel points?"Conventional Wisdom tells us there's no one simple answer to that question. It depends on your travel … [Read more...] about These 5 Credit Cards Are Turning Into The Only Ones You’ll Ever Need
From the desk of the Devil's Advocate... Did we all just miss a huge breakthrough in the points game?Amex launched its belated counterstrike against the Chase Sapphire Reserve this week and thus … [Read more...] about Could the New Amex Platinum 50% Rebate Mean the End of Miles?
From the desk of the Devil's Advocate... Yes, yes, we're all very impressed with the increased signup bonus on Barclaycard's Arrival+ Mastercard. If you haven't heard (though I'm pretty sure you … [Read more...] about The New Arrival+ Signup Bonus Is Decent, but It’s Not a Keeper Card