January 20, 2013
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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.
What is the Best Way To Apply For Multiple Credit Card Promotions?
My Credit Confessions and 8 Tips to Improve Your Credit Score
The Fastest, Cheapest Ways to Meet Minimum Spend Requirements
Which Credit Card Sign-Up Bonuses Can You Get Multiple Times?
Avoiding Annual Fees and Keeping Points
Canceling Credit Cards After Redeeming Awards
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.
My Ranking of the Top American Express Travel Credit Cards
My Ranking of the Top 12 Chase Travel Credit Card Offers
My Ranking of the Top Citi Travel Credit Card Offers
My Ranking of the Top US Bank Travel Credit Card Offers
Ranking the Top Business Credit Cards
Ranking the Top Fixed-Value Credit 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
The Best Business Credit Cards for Miles, Points and Cashback
Do You Have to Have a Business to Get a Business Credit Card?
Meeting Business Credit Card Spend Requirements
PERKS, BENEFITS, AND SPENDING BONUSES
Top 10 Airline Credit Card Perks and Mileage Benefits
Top 10 Best Credit Card Airline Companion Tickets Deals
Top 10 Hotel Credit Card Perks
Top 10 Business Credit Cards for Earning Points and Miles
Top 10 No Annual Fee Credit Cards for Travelers
Choosing the Best Site and Credit Card for Purchasing Airfare
The Best Ways to Earn Points and Miles On Dining With Credit Cards
Maximizing Travel Credit Cards Calendar Year Spending Threshold Bonuses
Bonus Category Overlap: When To Use Sapphire Preferred Vs. Freedom Vs. Premier Rewards Gold?
Maximizing Category Spend Bonuses on Credit Card Spend
Maximizing Spending on Gas and Gift Cards
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
Is the Platinum Card Worth The $450 Annual Fee
Why I Love Chase Ultimate Rewards
Maximizing Chase Ultimate Rewards: My Ink, Sapphire Preferred and Freedom Gameplan
The Chase Sapphire Preferred Annual 7% Points Dividend
Chase Sapphire Preferred Details on 2x Points Per Dollar on Travel
Detailed Look at the Ink Bold and Ink Plus Cards
Can I Get the Ink Bold and Ink Plus?
Maximizing Chase Ink Bold Spending Bonuses at Office Supply Stores
Huge Earning Potential with Chase Freedom, Sapphire Preferred and Checking Combination
How Many Chase Cards Can One Person Have?
My Experience Debunking Chase Credit Card Application Myths
Maximizing Starwood Cash & Points Awards
Maximizing Starwood Airline Transfers
Maximizing Starwood Points For Room and Suite Upgrades
PREPAID AND RELOADABLE CARDS
Top 10 Ways to Maximize Miles and Points with Prepaid, Reloadable and Gift Cards
My Series on the American Express Bluebird Card – a powerful new points-earning tool, including posts such as:
New American Express Bluebird Card –Huge Potential Points Earning
Maximizing American Express Bluebird to Earn Miles and Points: FAQ
Maximizing Miles and Points with Green Dot & Paypal
Maximizing Prepaid and Reload Cards for Miles and Points
Maximizing Reload Cards for Points and Miles: Vanilla vs. Green Dot vs. PayPal vs. REloadit
Maximizing Prepaid and Reloadable Cards for Points and Miles: Reloadable Strengths and Weaknesses
Maximizing Prepaid / Reloadable and Reload Cards For Points And Miles – Choosing Which Credit Card To Use
Ink Plus® Business Credit Card
- Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
- Earn 5 points per $1 on the first $50,000 spent in combined purchases at office supply stores and on cellular phone, landline, internet and cable TV services each account anniversary year
- Earn 2 points per $1 on the first $50,000 spent in combined purchases at gas stations and hotel accommodations when purchased directly with the hotel each account anniversary year
- Earn 1 point per $1 on all other purchases—with no limit to the amount you can earn
- No foreign transaction fees
- Employee cards at no additional cost
- $95 Annual Fee
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