Is Chase Ultimate Rewards Still the Best Rewards Currency?

I'm certainly not the first person to re-evaluate Ultimate Rewards in light of recent devaluations by several of its transfer partners, but I will try to put my own spin on the topic as always. By far one of the best uses of Ultimate Rewards points is to transfer them to other loyalty … [Read more...]

Deceptive Deals: 40% Bonus on Rapid Rewards Points

Southwest Deceptive Deal

Southwest Airlines sent me an email yesterday offering a bonus of 10-40% on purchases of Rapid Rewards points through their partner, Points.com. I'm telling you up front that this is a very bad deal. Buying points is usually a bad idea unless (1) the price is amazingly low or (2) you only … [Read more...]

Southwest Devalues Rapid Rewards 15%

HT to The Points Guy for alerting me that Southwest Rapid Rewards will be devaluing its points as of March 31, 2014. That's still a long way off, but it might make some people pause before planning to apply for a new Southwest credit card in the near future since those points will likely … [Read more...]

50K Bonuses for Delta, Southwest and Other Offers

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I will be making more of an effort going forward to share updates as credit card offers go up or down. Normally I don't bother. I'm not an affiliate for most cards, and it's annoying to see the same offer repeated ad nauseum. But it's become clear that not all blogs have the same audience. … [Read more...]

The Best Credit Cards for an Infrequent Traveler

Although I am a very frequent traveler, many of my family members are not. The rules of the game can be completely different. They don’t always dislike travel, but they don’t quite see the fun in it that I do. My family has, however, come around to the realization that credit cards are … [Read more...]

How to Earn and Use Points at Las Vegas Hotels

M Life and Southwest

Las Vegas is like the Bermuda Triangle of travel hacking. The basic rules of the game just don't seem to work the way they do elsewhere, though that doesn't mean there aren't still ways to get a good deal. Sometimes it's as simple (and important) as knowing the right person. If you're a … [Read more...]