Earn 5x Ultimate Rewards points per dollar when paying for your Carnival cruise


This morning I received a rather pleasant email notifying me that Carnival gift cards are now available at over 9,000 retail outlets in the U.S. Some of the retailers mentioned are Kroger, Lowe’s, Safeway and OfficeMax. You can find the …

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Ultimate Rewards as an option for booking car rentals


I usually don’t like to waste my Ultimate Rewards points and car rentals are usually not the best way to redeem points or airline miles, but it can certainly pay off if the prices of what you need to book …

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Deadline for Ink Plus and Ink Bold increased sign up bonus is May 31st


Word is out that the increased sign up bonus for the Chase Ink Plus and Ink Bold business cards is May 31st, 2014. The usual bonus is 50,000 points after spending $5,000 within the first 3 months of card membership, …

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Earn 3 points per dollar at hotels when using your Ink card


Yesterday I received an email from Chase offering an extra point per dollar spent on hotels when you book hotel accommodations via the Ultimate Rewards portal. The email fine print doesn’t say whether the offer is targeted, so I would …

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My latest credit card churn, and why

With the new American and U.S. Airways merger going forward, and the time that had already passed since my last credit card churn, I was ready for another one, and the main theme for this particular churn were American and …

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Home Improvement card is still alive and kicking!


I found out about this by pure chance, as it was my understanding that most Office Depot stores were not allowing purchases of Home Improvement cards (or most variable denomination cards, for that matter) with cash. Turns out that is …

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$500 gift cards back at Office Depot (or not?)


In the past few days there has been some buzz in the travel hacking community about Office Depot starting to ease back into the variable $500 Visa and Amex gift cards (the ones you load from $20 up to $500 …

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Before you buy gift cards, check twice!


A few days ago we decided to shop for a new Roomba. Roomba’s are really cool robots that will hopefully save us time by constantly cleaning the floor of our house. The best deal we found was at JC Penney, …

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Earning 10,000 Ultimate Rewards points via the Home Improvement Card


A few days ago I mentioned that my wife and I are moving to San Antonio. With moving come lots of expenses and one of the things we needed to buy was a new washer and dryer for our new …

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