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Posted by on Sep 6, 2016 in Chase Sapphire Reserve, Credit Cards | 0 comments

Chase Sapphire Reserve 100,000 Ultimate Reward Points (~$1,500) and $300 Annual Travel Credit

Chase just came out with the Chase Sapphire Reserve, a new credit card that is easily the best credit card for travel and honeymoon planning. See below for the large signup bonus details and perks of having the credit card.   Chase Sapphire Reserve 100,000 Points Signup Bonus   100,000 Ultimate Rewards points signup bonus after spending $4,000 within 3 months $300 annual travel credit automatically reimbursed onto your credit card for travel purchases 3 points per $ spend on travel and dining, 1 point per $ spent on all other purchases Up to $100 application fee credit for Global Entry or TSA Precheck Complimentary Priority Pass Select membership for access to 900+ airport lounges worldwide No foreign transaction fees $450 annual fee not waived the first year   The Main Point The main benefit of the Chase Sapphire Reserve credit card is the large 100,000 points credit card signup bonus. You can transfer these points to airline miles and hotel points. You can also use these points to book travel through Chase Ultimate...

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Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in Airline, American Airlines, Barclays US Airways, Credit Cards, US Airways | 0 comments

Barclays US Airways Credit Card Increases Bonus to 50,000 Miles

After Amazon Payments died, it became harder to meet large minimum spend and earn large credit card signup bonuses. As a result, I’ve been focusing more on credit cards that have very low minimum spend requirements. One of them is the Barclays US Airways credit card, and the signup bonus has just increased from 40,000 miles to 50,000 miles!   Barclays US Airways 50,000 Miles Signup Bonus   50,000 miles signup bonus after first purchase (no spending requirement!) 5,000 miles discount on US Airways award tickets First checked bag free for you and up to four companions on US Airways flights Annual companion certificate lets you pay $99 plus tax for each companion (up to two) on US Airways flights Annual US Airways Club day pass good for you and one guest Priority boarding zone 2 World MasterCard offers one of the better collision damage waiver (CDW) car rental insurance $89 annual fee not waived the first year   The Main Point The main positive of the Barclays US...

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Posted by on Sep 1, 2014 in Barclays Arrival, Credit Cards, Transportation | 0 comments

Save Money on LIRR or Metro North with CityTicket

Recently, I realized a lot of people did not know they could save money when riding the LIRR (Long Island Railroad) or Metro North by buying a CityTicket. When I told them I pay just $4 one-way between Penn Station and many popular stops, such as Flushing or Jamaica for JFK International Airport, they were often surprised. A normal off peak ticket from Penn Station to Jamaica, for example, costs $7 so a CityTicket can result in quite a big discount.     LIRR or Metro North CityTicket Only available on Saturdays and Sundays, and it has to be used the day it was purchased Allows travel between Brooklyn or Manhattan and Queens on MTA Long Island Rail Road Allows travel between Manhattan and the Bronx on MTA Metro North Railroad   To buy them at the ticket kiosk, simply hit the CityTicket button rather than the one-way or round-trip buttons. Instead of paying the normal rates, you’ll pay just $4. For a list of the eligible CityTicket stations,...

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Posted by on Jun 16, 2014 in Amex Hilton HHonors, Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve, Credit Cards, Hilton, Hotel | 0 comments

Hotel Review: Conrad Tokyo King Suite Bay View

After flying ANA First Class Square to Narita International Airport and taking the Narita Express to Tokyo, we headed to the Conrad Tokyo, where we were staying five nights. We booked the stay using Hilton HHonors points and because I was a Hilton HHonors diamond, the hotel upgraded us from a standard room to a King Suite Bay View room, which was a nice surprise!     How You Can Do It The Conrad Tokyo is a category 10 hotel on the Hilton HHonors award chart, so a standard room will cost 70,000 to 95,000 points per night depending on what time of the year you stay at the hotel. If you are a silver, gold, or diamond Hilton HHonors member, however, you get the 5th night free whenever you book a 5-night stay. As a result, The total cost will be between 280,000 and 380,000 Hilton HHonors points. You can earn Hilton HHonors points via credit card signup bonuses. Credit cards, such as the Amex Hilton HHonors credit...

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Posted by on Jun 4, 2014 in Barclays Arrival, Credit Cards | 2 comments

Trip Review: Narita Express and Tokaido Sanyo Shinkansen

Japan loves trains and it’s not surprising given that their trains are efficient, fast, and clean. After our ANA First Class Square flight landed, we took the Narita Express from Narita International Airport to Tokyo Station since we were staying nearby. When we left Tokyo for Hiroshima, we boarded the Tokaido Sanyo Shinkansen, better known as the bullet train.   How You Can Do It Normally, the Narita Express costs 3,020 JPY one-way between the airport and Tokyo Station; this price is for the Ordinary Car, which is what I recommend, because the Green Car (first class) is not worth the extra money for this short ride. If you have a foreign passport, however, you can pay just 1,500 JPY for the one-way from Narita International Airport to Tokyo Station. The special price is not valid for the reverse route from Tokyo Station to Narita International Airport. A direct Nozomi Shinkansen from Tokyo Station to Hiroshima Station takes about 4 hours, and a one-way ticket costs 18,040 JPY for...

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Posted by on May 27, 2014 in Airline, ANA, Barclays Arrival, Chase Ink Bold, Chase Ink Plus, Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase United Explorer, Credit Cards, United Airlines | 0 comments

Flight Review: ANA First Class Square from Chicago to Tokyo

After stopping over at Charlotte for my friend’s wedding, my wife and I continued on to Japan for a week-long vacation at Tokyo then Hiroshima and Miyajima. We flew ANA First Class Square going to Tokyo and flew United BusinessFirst coming back to New York City from Hiroshima. By using United Airline’s MileagePlus miles and booking a round-trip, we were able to get one free stopover and one free open jaw. The free stopover meant our flight down to Charlotte was free, and the free open jaw meant we could fly back home from Hiroshima even though we flew into Tokyo.   How You Can Do It We booked our award flights before United Airlines completely changed their award chart and increased mileage prices substantially especially for nicer Star Alliance airlines, such as ANA. While you can still book the same ANA First Class Square flight, the number of United miles needed is so high I wouldn’t recommend doing so. Instead, I recommend using United MileagePlus miles to book...

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Posted by on May 1, 2014 in Airline, American Airlines, Barclays US Airways, Credit Cards, US Airways | 0 comments

Barclays US Airways Credit Card: Free 40,000 Miles

You may be aware that American Airlines and US Airways recently merged earlier this year. What that means is US Airways is now part of the Oneworld alliance and when the merger is fully completed, US Airways Dividend miles will become American Airlines AAdvantage miles. As a result, I recently opened a Barclays US Airways credit card not only because it has a great signup bonus of 40,000 miles after the first purchase but also because this year could be the last year to get this large signup bonus. Eventually, Citi will become the official issuer of American Airlines credit cards, and US Airways branded credit cards will no longer exist.   Barclays US Airways   40,000 miles signup bonus after first purchase (no spending requirement!) 5,000 miles discount on US Airways award tickets First checked bag free for you and up to four companions on US Airways flights Annual companion certificate lets you pay $99 plus tax for each companion (up to two) on US Airways flights Annual...

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Posted by on Apr 30, 2014 in Barclays Arrival, Credit Cards, Hotel, Hyatt | 0 comments

Trip Review: What to Eat in Washington DC

We recently stayed three nights at the Park Hyatt Washington and was able to try a range of restaurants in the city. While I can’t think of any food that Washington D.C. specializes in, we really enjoyed the food in the city. As a result, I thought I’d share with you ideas on what to eat in Washington DC.   What to Eat in Washington DC We liked the free breakfast at Blue Duck Tavern that was included in our stay since the menu items were quite varied and different from what you might see on typical breakfast menus. Dishes, such as Maryland crab with scrambled egg whites and short rib hash, were all fantastic. The restaurants we went for dinner were all great as well, and we particularly enjoyed Estadio, which was recommended by my friend who lives in Washington D.C.     The Main Point Washington D.C. has a great selection of restaurants that will satisfy your taste buds. Just a quick tip for those of you...

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Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Barclays Arrival, Chase Hyatt, Chase Ink Bold, Chase Ink Plus, Chase Sapphire Preferred, Credit Cards, Hotel, Hyatt | 0 comments

Hotel Review: Park Hyatt Washington Park Executive Suite

Recently, my wife and I decided to visit Washington D.C. for the opening weekend of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. We’re going to Japan in a few weeks and thought it would be great to get a sneak peek of the cherry blossoms here. While the trees haven’t bloomed yet due to the delayed Spring, we still had a great time in the city. Washington D.C. can be quite scenic and full of culture during this time of the year, and our stay at the Park Hyatt Washington Park Executive Suite was fantastic. During our Segway tour, we also met a British couple who were on their honeymoon so while it’s not your typical honeymoon destination, Washington D.C. can be a romantic place. If you do decide to visit Washington D.C., I highly recommend staying at the Park Hyatt Washington.     How You Can Do It The Park Hyatt Washington is a category 6 hotel on the Hyatt Gold Passport chart, so a standard room will cost 25,000...

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Posted by on Mar 11, 2014 in Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve, Credit Cards, Hilton, Hotel | 0 comments

How to Redeem Free Nights at Hilton Bentley Miami South Beach

When I reviewed our free stay at the Hilton Bentley Miami South Beach, I mentioned that we were able to redeem the 2 free weekend nights that came with the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve credit card. Booking the free nights, however, is not as simple as going to the Hilton HHonors website and reserving your stay, because redeeming the free weekend night certificates requires calling the Hilton HHonors hotline. But more importantly, it looks like the Hilton Bentley could be making award nights hard to search for so you’ll have to use a workaround.   Redeem Free Nights at Hilton Bentley Miami South Beach Step 1: Go to the Hilton HHonors website and search for the nights you want to stay at the Hilton Bentley Miami South Beach but make sure to search one night at a time. If you search for two or more nights, it may show you no availability! I’m not sure why that is the case, but it could be because the Hilton Bentley wants to discourage...

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