Regular airline and hotel program devaluations are becoming the norm, and recently Singapore Airlines has announced program changes without giving us a whole lot of warning. Effective December 7, 2017, many flights booked on Star Alliance partners will be changing in price and there are a few non-price related changes as well. All in all this is a pretty big deal.
8 Reasons Your Credit Card Was Declined
Imagine that you’re standing at the checkout counter and the cashier informs you that your credit card has been declined. Not only is this an embarrassing situation to be in, but it can also be an inconvenience. If you don’t carry cash, you’re left scrambling for another method of payment.
What to Do When a Fraudulent Charge is Discovered on Your Credit Account
If you discover a fraudulent charge on one of your credit accounts, you should act fast to avoid further damage. By taking immediate action, almost any fraudulent purchase made with a credit card can be disputed and resolved. Many credit issuers have zero liability policies when it comes to fraud and some offer credit monitoring services at no charge. There are also federal laws that limit the liability of consumers when it comes to fraudulent charges.
Four Ways to Use the Right Combination of Points, Miles, and Money to Save on Airfare
Airfare sales happen every day but not necessarily from your home airport. In order to take advantage of some of the best deals out there, you might have to get a bit creative. There are plenty of options available to help reduce the cost of airfare. You may save money by positioning yourself to nearby airports or by using your frequent flyer miles like cash to reduce the cost of a ticket. If you’re earning points on a credit card you will want to access their travel portals to see if your points have greater value there. Additionally, using a combination of award tickets and purchased tickets for securing your airfare may result in paying less. Try these combinations to find the best deal.
Why do Credit Cards Expire?
You may know a lot about the rewards and benefits that are included with your credit card, but you may not have considered those all-important four digits on the front of your card: the expiration date. It’s almost impossible to complete an online purchase without that data point, but what is the expiration date really used for? Banks have several reasons for including it. Read on to find out more.
Can Award Tickets Earn Miles?
As a general rule that award tickets do not earn frequent flyer miles since they are paid for with miles, the same way you do not earn hotel points when you redeem points on an award stay. Frequent flyer programs will usually exclude award booking classes from mileage accrual. This applies to partners as well.
With that being said, there are a few exceptions or situations when award tickets might earn you miles after.
Six Common Business Credit Card Myths
When an entrepreneur first starts a business, cash flow is crucial. Many will get loans to fund the initial effort. Some will seek out help from family and friends. Others will turn to credit cards as a way to pay for the expenses that come with a new business. There are some common myths about using business credit cards.. Let’s go through them so you don’t risk your business and credit score.
The Top 5 Frequent Flyer Programs for International Travel
Picking the right frequent flyer programs for your international travel depends on the region, the distance (short-haul/long-haul), and your own objectives. Are you looking to get status? Or do you favor cheap redemptions?
Start by assessing your travel patterns and booking habits (deep-discounted economy vs. full-fare economy or business/first), and reviewing both the redemption side as well as earning ability of potential programs. Some programs however generally stand out by their number of partners, ease of achieving elite status, and overall value. Here’s a rundown.
Three Perfect Solo Destinations You Can Book Using Frequent Flyer Miles
You’re ready to travel but none of your friends have the time, money, points or miles to travel with you. Or perhaps you would just like to try a solo adventure and experience the freedom of traveling alone. How far will your miles take you? You might be surprised. Here’s a trio of affordable destinations that can easily be reached using frequent flier miles.
American Zodiac vs. Iberia Solstice Business Class Seats Comparison
People like to grumble about the bygone era of generous seats, lots of legroom, amazing catering, and people dressing up for the occasion as if they were going to the opera. These are understandable sentiments, but the truth is, the bygone era didn’t have lie-flat seats. And it wasn’t even possible back then to redeem a ticket for miles, considering that modern frequent-flyer programs only date back to the 80s.
How to Navigate the World of Points and Miles as a Couple
Credit card rewards are a great tool for travelers who want to score a free vacation, and the only thing better than one sign-up bonus is two. Navigating the world of points and miles as a couple can be twice as rewarding, but also twice as complicated. Let’s take a closer look at some of the pros and cons of playing the credit card game in two-player mode.
The Ultimate Guide to Get Free Cell Phone Insurance With Your Credit Card
You may be aware of some of the cardholder perks that come with many premium credit cards, such as rental car insurance and lost baggage coverage. But did you know that some cards will reimburse you if your cell phone is stolen or damaged?
Not a lot of cards offer this coverage, but it may be worth getting one just to protect your phone. I know I’ve dropped, sat on, cracked or otherwise damaged many smartphones over the years.
Four Ways to Save on Foreign Transactions While Traveling
Your trip is booked, your bags are packed, and you’re ready to go. Chances are the last thing on your mind is how you’re going to save money on currency conversion fees, securing pocket cash and on your foreign purchases.
These expenses can add up though and without some upfront planning, you’ll return from your holiday with a bank or credit card statement full of fees. Minimal time invested before you go can result in reducing transaction fees, avoiding overcharges for foreign travel expenses and even earning rewards while you’re traveling.
The Ultimate Guide to Getting a Credit Card Without a Social Security Number
The good news is that you don’t need a Social Security number to get a credit card. The bad news is that you’ll probably have to establish a credit history in the United States before applying.
Flying Blue Eliminates Free Stopover on Award Tickets
Flying Blue is the frequent flyer program of Air France-KLM. They share it with some partners: Kenya Airways, Tarom, Aircalin, and Transavia. It is one of Europe’s major frequent flyer programs, along with Executive Club (British Airways) and Miles&More (Lufthansa group).
Chase Implements Major Restrictions on the Sapphire Family of Cards
Chase continues to make it more difficult to get approved for new credit cards and earns large sums of points with sign up bonuses. By now, many are familiar with the 5/24 rule, in which Chase will automatically reject applications for most of their cards if you have opened five or more new credit card accounts with any bank within the last 24 months.
Now, Chase has come out with a new rule, targeted at the Sapphire family of cards. There are three cards in the Sapphire family: the no annual fee Sapphire card, Sapphire Preferred, and Sapphire Reserve. Here are the new rules per a memo sent to Chase bankers:
Should you Keep, Cancel, or Downgrade your Chase Sapphire Reserve?
It’s hard to believe it has already been a year since Chase announced the release of the Chase Sapphire Reserve℠. This card and its promotional 100K point sign up bonus sent shockwaves around the travel blogosphere.
For those who signed up for the card shortly after it was announced, the annual fee is coming due, so it’s time to decide whether to keep, cancel, or downgrade the card. With a hefty $450 annual fee, the threshold for keeping this card is higher than most.
How to Visit Two Caribbean Islands for the Price of One
Travelers who are also country counters always look for ways to maximize their travel time and visit more than one place per trip. Although traveling longer is the most obvious answer, sometimes traveling smarter also does the trick. Knowing special routings and which frequent-flyer miles to use where can help you maximize that time on the ground.
How Do I Know if a Flight Redemption is Good Value?
When you collect points and miles you do it for the value, not for the mere pleasure of accumulating millions of them–although there is certainly some excitement when you see them piling up. I still remember how thrilled I was to accrue my first 30,000 miles. But I was even more excited to make my first redemption for a round-trip flight to South East Asia with the return flying Thai and Lufthansa first class. This was a ticket worth a few thousand dollars in value. The economy round trip-ticket would have easily run $1,200.
How to Maximize SPG Points with Marriott Travel Packages
When Mariott and SPG merged last year we wrote about the new opportunities the merger created. First Marriott quickly installed a policy allowing members of either program to convert their points back and forth at a ratio of one SPG point to three Marriott points.
SPG points are one of the most valuable currencies in the travel rewards game, with the ability to transfer to over 30 airline partners providing a great deal of flexibility. And if you transfer increments of 20K SPG points to airline partners, you receive a 5K mile bonus, effectively making SPG points worth 1.25 airline miles of your choice. But you can do even better than that. We will show how you can get more than 1.25 miles per point and get a free hotel stay.