From the desk of the Devil's Advocate… It's become such a staple of Conventional Wisdom to tell frequent travelers to sign up for TSA PreCheck that even the mainstream media has begun mentioning it in … [Read more...] about Is It Time To Dump TSA PreCheck and Get a Clear Membership?
From the desk of the Devil's Advocate… No one disputes that Hyatt has some terrific aspirational properties in their portfolio. Many folks in our community have their own personal favorite Hyatt hotel … [Read more...] about Skip The Park Hyatt Paris Vendôme and Choose This Hyatt Instead
From the desk of the Devil's Advocate… Last week an article appeared on the front page of Yahoo! Finance that detailed the Chase 5/24 rule we've all come to know and loathe. The article was notable … [Read more...] about A Devil’s Advocate Challenge: Defending the Reader Comments on That Yahoo 5-24 Post
From the desk of the Devil's Advocate… It's always fascinating when Conventional Wisdom does a 180º turn.Almost exactly a year ago I wrote a Devil's Advocate post about how disappointing the U.S. … [Read more...] about Now No One Likes Daily Getaways… So I Love Them!
From the desk of the Devil's Advocate… The last 2 years haven't been kind to frequent credit card applicants. We may think of ourselves as "valued" customers, but the banks and their data mining … [Read more...] about Why The Chase 5-24 Rule Is Worse Than Amex’s Once Per Lifetime
From the desk of the Devil's Advocate… As everyone knows by now, last Friday the proverbial "second coming" occurred when Amex shut down another large swath of Bluebird and Serve accounts for "unusual … [Read more...] about Did Following My Own Advice Save My Serve From Armageddon? (Part Deux)
From the desk of the Devil's Advocate… Four days from now, the unthinkable happens.In 4 days I will no longer be a Hyatt Diamond. I will be nothing. A Hyatt Nothing.(As a quick aside, I think … [Read more...] about Why I’m Giving Up My Hyatt Diamond Status
A brief note before we get started. To be frank, I was reluctant to post this week's Devil's Advocate column. I honestly didn't want to bump Scott's wonderful tribute to his father from the top of the … [Read more...] about Are The Feds Trying To Shut Down Manufactured Spend?
From the desk of the Devil's Advocate… Recently I've been criticizing Chase Ultimate Rewards, writing about how they're falling behind many of the other major bank programs such as Citi ThankYou and … [Read more...] about Are Ultimate Rewards Best Used for Buying Airfare Now?
From the desk of the Devil's Advocate… When Bird Armageddon hit last week you might have gotten lucky and had one of your Amex Bluebird or Serve cards emerge unscathed. Maybe you even had a couple of … [Read more...] about The Best Way to Load Your Amex Bluebird and Serve Survivors