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Thanks to everyone who came out to the New York Times Travel Show yesterday for my first presentation: Beating the System: Travel Pointers for a First Class Lifestyle on a Budget.
I hope to see many of you out there for my second talk today on Maximizing Credit Cards for Free Travel. I’m going to cover a lot, fast, so in case you miss anything during the talk or want to delve further into any of these topics, and for those of who couldn’t make it, you should find this to be a useful synopsis of the information I covered and a source of material to brush up on your points and miles strategy as well.
Understanding How Your Credit Score Works – A breakdown of the factors FICO uses to calculate your score.
Disputing Negative Information on Credit Reports – You have to have your credit in order before you can get into the travel credit card game.
I wrote a series of posts ranking the current credit card offers from each of the major issuers to help readers choose the best product for them.
First, check out my Top Deals page, where I post the latest top credit card sign-up bonuses and deals.
Then here are my posts ranking the top travel credit cards from the major issuers, as well as comparisons between competing cards.
Transferable Points – I gave another presentation in October outlining the transferable points programs of American Express, Chase and Starwood and how to pull the most value out of your points and miles with a savvy transfer strategy
BUSINESS CREDIT CARDS
PERKS, BENEFITS, AND SPENDING BONUSES
I wrote an entire series on Maximizing American Express Membership Rewards. The posts include:
Post 1: Understanding the Card Offering
Post 2: Understanding Membership Rewards
Post 3: Understanding Transfer Bonuses
Post 4: Platinum Card Review
Post 5: SkyTeam Transfer Partners
Post 6: Oneworld Transfer Partners
Post 7: Star Alliance Transfer Partners
Post 8:Understanding Emergency Travel Assistance and Travel Accident Insurance
Post 9: Purchase and Return Protection and Extended Warranty
Post 10: Car Rental Benefits
Post 11: Gold and Premier Rewards Gold Card Comparison
PREPAID AND RELOADABLE CARDS
My Series on the American Express Bluebird Card – a powerful new points-earning tool, including posts such as:
Maximizing Prepaid / Reloadable and Reload Cards For Points And Miles – Choosing Which Credit Card To Use Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.
Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.