Chase recently sent out a survey to selected cardholders to gauge opinions on several potential negative changes that could be made to the Ultimate Rewards program and its associated credit cards. While no changes are imminent, this survey could give us some insight into what may occur in the future. Since program devaluations are a constant source of risk in the travel rewards game, it helps to consider which opportunities currently provide outsized value that may be ripe for devaluation.
Getaround Helps Travelers and City Dwellers Do Exactly That
There are more than 250 million vehicles in the United States and most are sitting idle 22 hours a day. Through their peer-to-peer automobile sharing community, the folks at Getaround aim to solve this car overpopulation problem, reducing not just the number of vehicles on the planet but bothersome traffic and dangerous pollution as well.
Top 9 Reasons Why I Love the Premium Citi Prestige Card
The Citi Prestige credit card is one of my top cards. In fact, I always use it for booking flights, but it is also great for a few other reasons! Here’s why I love the Citi Prestige.
GoodRx Saves Money on Prescriptions
In a country known for its high prescription drug costs, Americans want some kind of reprieve. That’s where GoodRx comes into play.
The company aims to help Americans pay the lowest possible prices for prescription drugs. It’s done through proprietary market intelligence technology that evaluates current prices at more than 70,000 U.S. pharmacies. Users can shop and access GoodRx-exclusive discounts online and through phone apps, saving up to 80 percent on necessary medications.
HomeExchange: A Pioneer in the Sharing Economy
HomeExchange has facilitated more than one million home swaps since 1992. In 2016 alone, 65,000 members made 135,000 home swaps across 150 countries, and was awarded “Best Site for Booking Your Stay” in 2016 by USA Today readers. It was also the inspiration for the 2006 movie “The Holiday,” starring Cameron Diaz and Jude Law.
How to Maximize Amex’s Promo Transfer Bonus to British Airways and Iberia
Last month, American Express Membership Rewards program restored its point transfer ratio to 1-to-1 for both partner Avios programs: British Airways and Iberia. With a 250-200 conversion for British Airways and a 5-4 conversion for Iberia, transfer ratios left a lot to be desired previously. Shortly after, a new promotion sweetened the deal even further. Amex began offering a 40-percent bonus on all Avios transfers through September 17.
Spotted by Locals: Bringing the Experts to You
If you’re a traveler, who better to ask where to eat or what to see than someone who actually lives and cohabitates in your destination?
That’s how Spotted by Locals has become a force in the travel game, using iPhone and Android apps and up-to-date blogs tips by hand-picked locals in 67 cities across Europe and North America. And according to the company, it’s getting bigger and bolder.
One Concierge: Connecting High-End Clients with VIP Experiences
“Wealth is the ability to fully experience life,” according to Henry David Thoreau, an American essayist, poet and philosopher. It’s a sentiment many people can relate to, for all the money in the world is next to useless if you don’t have time to enjoy the opportunities that wealth can provide.
Guide to the Citi Prestige’s 4th Night Free Benefit
One of the greatest –if not the greatest –credit card benefits is the 4th Night Free perk exclusively with the Citi Prestige® Card. Today we’ll do a deep dive into what it is and how to use it.
Give a Child a Chance with Compassion International
Have some spare change that you throw in a jar after work each day? Looking to use that change to help change lives across the globe? Compassion International is an organization that could use your help to transform the life of a suffering child.
Tim Glenn, Compassion International’s USA Communications Director, said he is proud to work for a company that makes such a difference in the world. “How many careers allow you to change the course of a child’s life in a positive way? For 1.8 million children every week? That’s incredibly rewarding,” he said. With just pennies a day, you can make a difference for your sponsored child, and even take the trip of a lifetime to visit them through the company’s sponsor tours.
Find the Perfect Image at Dreamstime
Have you ever traveled to an amazing place and taken the perfect picture and later thought to yourself, that shot should be on the homepage of a website or brochure? Or are you a travel company, hotel owner or tour operator looking to enhance your website and entice new customers with stunning images? That’s where Dreamstime comes in.
EatWith Brings Travelers Together with Local Chefs and Foodies
Are you a traveler who enjoys authentic culinary adventures and meeting locals? If so, EatWith has you covered. A peer-to-peer marketplace for chefs and food lovers, it brings local hosts and food-loving travelers together for an entirely new type of dining-out experience. Tara Wagner, EatWith’s PR representative, spoke with RewardExpert about the inspiration behind the ground-breaking San Francisco–based communal dining company and why you should book a seat at an EatWith event the next time you travel.
Use the Fifth Freedom Right to See More Places
World leaders tend to argue about everything, but they have worked out a lot of issues to make sure that most of our flights go smoothly. The International Civil Aviation Association (ICAO) recognizes five Freedoms of the Air that make modern commercial aviation possible. Since all countries are protective of their borders and revenues, international treaties had to be put in place to ensure that airlines can fly freely anywhere in the world
Postmates Celebrates Local Businesses and Communities
Postmates is an urban logistics platform that operates a fleet of more than 65,000 members that complete more than 2 million deliveries per month across 44 major metropolitan markets. In 2017 the company is on track to make more than $1 billion in sales.
International SOS: Providing Medical Services for Worldwide Business Travel
Imagine you’re overseas on a business trip and you suffer a serious ankle sprain. You’re not fluent in the language, you’re unfamiliar with the country’s healthcare system, and you can barely hobble your way back to your hotel. What do you do? If your employer uses the services of International SOS, a leading medical and travel security assistance company, the answer is just a phone call away.
American Express Authorized User and Spending Bonuses
Lately American Express has been offering some great authorized user and spending bonuses for several of their cards. Many of these bonuses are targeted, but it might be worth calling American Express to see if you can get the promotion applied to your account. Below I will go into detail about the authorized user and
Help the World and Save Money with Goodshop
Shopping online for a new set of luggage, or surfing the web for a great buy on airfare or hotels? What if you knew a way to shop where you could save money and donate to your favorite cause at the same time? It doesn’t just sound too good to be true, it actually is, thanks to a company called Goodshop.
JJ Ramberg, co-founder and managing director of Goodshop, spoke with RewardExpert about how easy it is to find deals on just about anything, including trips and travel-related items, and in the process donate to a cause you’re passionate about.
You Can Now Interview For Global Entry Upon Arrival to the U.S. at Certain Airports
If you are an international traveler who frequents the United States border, you may already have applied for Global Entry in order to expedite your border-crossing experience. If you haven’t heard of Global Entry, it is a program directed by US Customs and Border Protection which offers more efficient border crossing for low-risk trusted travelers through the use of Global Entry kiosks at certain airports.
TravelBank: Get Rewarded for Reigning in Your Business Travel Budget
Companies worldwide spent a whopping $1.3 trillion on business travel last year, according to the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), and the organization predicts travel spent on flights, hotels, car rentals, meals and other business-related travel essentials will only continue to increase—reaching $1.6 trillion by 2020.
The Charity Network Connect Donors with Worthy Causes
A two-week vacation in Sun Valley, Idaho. A three-night stay in a tropical villa in Belize. Seven nights in a cottage in West Cork, Ireland. Roundtrip airfare to Nashville and tickets to the Grand Ole Opry. These are only a few of the amazing experiences featured on The Charity Network’s online auction and sweepstakes websites Charitybuzz and Prizeo — with each one connected to a remarkable charity and worthy cause.