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Posted by on Oct 17, 2013 in Airline, Amex Business Gold Rewards, Amex Gold Delta, Bachelor/Bachelorette Party, Barclays Arrival, Credit Cards, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines | 0 comments

Bachelor Party Flight Back Home

Despite being married for almost three months now, I still find myself very in tune with the wedding industry and many aspects of wedding planning. Lots of our friends are getting married in the near future. In fact, my best friend is getting married in April 2014, and we’ll both be flying home to the Midwest this weekend for his bachelor party. Using airline miles and points, we were both able to fly for free, and that’s the beauty of using airline miles whether you are getting married or simply involved in a lot of weddings.   Free Flight with Barclays Arrival I booked part of my bachelor party flight from New York on Travelocity and since Travelocity charges are considered a travel expense, I was able to redeem my Barclays Arrival bonus miles. As you can see, the flight costs $149.80 but because I have the Barclays Arrival credit card and its signup bonus of 44,000 miles, I was able to redeem 15,000 of those miles and get...

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Posted by on Oct 8, 2013 in Amex Gold Delta, Amex Platinum, Amex Premier Rewards Gold, Amex Starwood, Amex Starwood Business, Chase Ink Bold, Chase Southwest Premier, Citi AAdvantage, Citi AAdvantage Business, Credit Cards | 0 comments

Maximize Credit Card Retention Offers

In my guide to opening credit cards for rewards, I wrote that you should always cancel the credit card before the annual fee hits. I also said that I aim to cancel credit cards about 10 months after the date of approval. You may wonder why I don’t cancel credit cards a full 12 months after opening the card right before the annual fee hits. The answer is simple – credit card retention offers.   Credit Card Retention Offers When a customer calls in to cancel a credit card, banks will often offer credit card retention offers to persuade the customer to hold onto the card. These credit card retention offers come in the form of bonus airline miles, points, and/or cash in the form of statement credits. Sometimes the retention offer will be small, but sometimes it can be very generous. The reason credit card companies offer these bonuses is because it often costs them less to pay out a retention offer than to lose you as a...

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