I was playing around with a pretty cool tool called Portfolio Visualizer and got to thinking about the difference between how finance professionals and ordinary people talk about..
A few weekends ago I held one of my notorious subscribers-only meetups in Philadelphia, and a long-time reader mentioned that American Airlines was launching non-stop service fro..
You booked a stay using hotel loyalty points, and that hotel leaves the chain. Will your award reservation be honored? With SPG, Hyatt, Marriott, and Hilton, you have a good ch..
I write a lot about entrepreneurship. This is not because I think everyone should be an entrepreneur. For one thing, not everyone wants to be an entrepreneur, and part of
Welcome to another special edition of Shop Talk where we write out a “podcast on paper”. This is the kind of “Shop Talk” many of you are engaged in on a
Bill pay service Plastiq is offering fee-free payments through Masterpass with an associated Mastercard. Direct Link Thoughts This is a great way to rack up credit card rewards..
In response to yesterday’s post about some new and upcoming credit cards, reader Andy commented:”You are missing two of the bigger benefits of the Ritz Card. First, you get $100 ..
Several banks have let out a steady trickle of new credit cards and announcements in the last few months, so I thought I’d run through a few of them and
I’ve written before about indexed annuities, one of the most expensive, abusive, unnecessary financial products known to man, but I’ve recently had a couple occasions to learn mo..
Thanks to the Rise of Bank Points I’ve been booking a lot of travel with flexible bank points lately. On paper Bank Points are great. Programs with credit cards which
I’ve written before about what I called the high-employment generation, which I use to describe people entering the workforce today who have no memory of the long, grinding reces..
This week’s Brandon Asks comes from Brad who asks: “You mention uplift several times in this article but I don’t know what that is. What is it, and how
Amtrak Guest Rewards, the loyalty program for the United States’ national passenger rail system, underwent a dual devaluation in 2015/2016 which made Amtrak Guest Rewards points ..
Lots of digital ink has already been spilled over what has been announced regarding the upcoming August 1, 2018, merger of the Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest progr..
Welcome to another the first edition of Shop Talk Grump Talk where we discuss what’s going on in our personal points & miles space and highlight what we think is interesting maki..
We took our first roundtrip flight as a family of five a couple of weeks ago, and I’m happy to report that it went off without a hitch. Now that
I’ve been blessed multiple times to unknowingly move to communities that had favorable environments for manufactured spend. Now, that’s not exactly a “coincidence,” since many of..
When the travel hacking blogosphere erupted in recent weeks with “rumors” that Chase might, maybe, eventually end the ability to combine points between fixed-value Ultimate Rewar..
Back in March when I first wrote about US Bank’s introduction of “Real-Time Rewards” to their Flexperks Travel Rewards and Altitude credit cards, reader Chris left a comment warn..
Paul Ryan, having decided that his services will no longer be needed by the American people come January, is taking one last bite at the apple of welfare reform by
Welcome to another edition of Shop Talk where we discuss what’s going on in our personal points & miles space and highlight what we think is interesting in the broader
I was updating my Hotel Promotions page with the latest Hilton, Starwood, and Marriott promotions when I noticed some overlapping dates during which you should be able to qualify..
Last week, I saw via Frequent Miler that Chase was offering a new bonus for new Freedom Unlimited customers: 3 fixed-value Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent on all purchases