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SelfScore: Fair Credit for International Students

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In today’s world, credit is essential. Whether you need to rent an apartment or car, purchase a mobile phone service plan, or want to earn cashback or rewards towards a dream vacation, you need a credit card to make it happen. Unfortunately, establishing credit has traditionally been difficult for some segments of the population, including students from other countries.

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Lendio Helps Small Businesses Thrive

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Lendio is a company that matches thousands of small businesses with the financing needed to grow, recharge and thrive. It is an online marketplace, akin to Kayak, AirBnb or Yelp, but for small business loans. It’s as simple as owners filling out an application and receiving access to more than 75 lenders on the company’s platform.

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Maximizing the New Citi ThankYou Partnership with Turkish Airlines

Until recently, earning Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles hasn’t been easy for anyone living in the United States. The only ways to do so has been to credit Star Alliance flights to your Turkish Airlines Smiles & Miles account or through Marriott Hotel + Air packages. Now we have another way.

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With TRVL You Can Be Your Own Travel Agent

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Anybody can be a travel agent. Even you.

The world of travel is wrought with twists, turns and surprises along the way, and it’s often better to be prepared for them. Earning commissions on those bookings? Even better. A company called TRVL does just that, and more.

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Help Your Business Grow with ONLYOFFICE

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Do you want to start your own business, but are worried about the cost of expensive office management software? Do you already have a successful company, but are looking to save money and also boost productivity and efficiency? ONLYOFFICE could be the solution for you. ONLYOFFICE offers a complete productivity suite for growing businesses and individuals, complete with document management, project management, calendars, email and other features. It is already used by more than two million people around the globe, and everyday more than 100 teams deploy it on their private network. The company’s mission is to bring the most innovative web office apps to everyone.

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International Rivers Protects the World’s Richest Resources

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Step into many major cities of the world, and chances are there will be a river at its heart. Think about the Hudson in New York, the Thames in London, the Danube in Vienna, the Nile in Cairo, the Han in Seoul and so on. But rivers are not just important to big cities. Healthy, vibrant rivers are also critical to rural communities, and many of these smaller rivers particularly in Africa, Asia and Latin America, are endangered.

That’s where International Rivers comes in. The Berkeley, California-based organization works to preserve and protect the world’s rivers from overdevelopment, misuse and destructive projects. It is also dedicated to giving local citizens the right to participate in decisions that affect their lives.

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Chase Implements Major Restrictions on the Sapphire Family of Cards

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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:

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Discover Free Samples and Services at TheFreeSite.com

From free checked bags to free seat upgrades, and free wi-fi to free continental breakfast, ‘free’ is many travelers’ favorite four-letter word. If you’re among them, you’ll love TheFreeSite.com. Created as a catalog of the Web’s best freebies, the site will help you score free samples and services you can use at home or on the road.

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Bellco: A Credit Union Alternative to Traditional Banks

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After more than 80 years in business and over 300,000 members, Bellco is more than just your run-of-the-mill credit union.  It is a place to save for the future and an organization dedicated to serving its local communities and building relationships with its members.  Jim Johnston, senior marketing manager of Bellco, spoke with RewardExpert about what sets Bellco apart from the competition and how the credit union looks to help customers manage their personal finances in the best way possible.

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Should You Get the 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 100,000-point sign-up bonus sent shockwaves around the travel blogosphere.

For those who signed up for the card or are thinking about getting it, you may be wondering if it’s worth the hefty $450 annual fee. Let’s take a look.

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Don’t Miss These Festivals in Toronto this Fall

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Often referred to as Canada’s Downtown, Toronto and its surrounding suburbs are home to approximately 6 million people. A culturally diverse metropolitan area—51 percent of Torontonians were born outside of Canada—it attracted 42.2 million tourists in 2016.

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Gadget Flow: Online Shopping All in One Destination

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Have you ever found yourself looking for that perfect gift but stressing out over all the options available online?  Don’t have the time to browse hundreds of websites that don’t have what you’re looking for?  Heading out on an extended trip and need to find something quickly?  A company called Gadget Flow has a solution to wasting unnecessary time on sites that aren’t helpful.  They provide a one-stop-shop for the busy individual who wants to find the best product fast.

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Travel and Financial Companies Offer Support to Hurricane Harvey Victims

Hurricane Harvey has done unimaginable damage to Houston and the surrounding areas. It’s the wettest tropical storm ever recorded in the contiguous United States, dumping more than 40 inches of rain in just four days. Storm damages are estimated in the tens of billions of dollars.

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BiggerPockets Can Provide You the Keys to Financial Freedom

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Think real estate investing is too complicated? Don’t have enough cash to get started? Confused about mortgages, interest rates and how to properly renovate a home? Fear not, thanks to a company called BiggerPockets. The aim of BiggerPockets is to put you and your family on the road to financial freedom through real estate investing. The company’s website offers a treasure trove of tips, tricks and advice to help you do just that. After all, “Life isn’t meant to be lived in a cubicle,” as BiggerPockets says on its homepage.

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Malaysia’s Boeing 737 MAX 10 and How to Fly its New Business Class

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Malaysia Airlines made a pretty big announcement in late July regarding the 10 Boeing 737 MAX 10 it ordered during the last Paris Air Show. The aircraft, due to be delivered in 2021, even though it is a narrow-body medium-haul plane, will feature lie-flat seats with direct aisle access in business class, replacing Malaysia’s traditional recliner seats and making it a great new business class product to try out!

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EdX: Free Online Courses for Lifelong Learners

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In today’s economy, a university education is anything but inexpensive. In fact, according to The College Board, a not-for-profit organization, average tuition and fees for full-time in-state students enrolled at public four-year universities and colleges were $9,650 for the 2016-2017 school year. Tuition and fees for students choosing out-of-state colleges were more than twice that—an average $24,930.

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Access Your Media Library Wherever Your Travels Take You with Plex

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From long flights and endless layovers to hotels with the same selection of boring channels, travel can leave you longing for the media you left at home—unless you’ve discovered Plex. Thanks to the company’s client-server media player system and software suite, music lovers, movie buffs and binge watchers can now access their media libraries from anywhere in the world.

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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.

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Stash Hotel Rewards Makes It Easy to Earn Free Nights at Unique Hotels

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Are you tired of staying at the same boring hotel chains trip after trip but reluctant to give up the opportunity to earn points in exchange for a more interesting location in which to lay your head? Thanks to Stash Hotel Rewards — a loyalty program for travelers who love independent and boutique hotels—you no longer have to forgo points in the pursuit of unique hotel experiences.

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Monterey Bay Aquarium Shines as One of World’s Best

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Since 1984 Monterey Bay Aquarium has offered education and entertainment. The California-based site was the brainchild of a group of marine biologists who studied at Stanford University’s marine laboratory.

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