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Which U.S. States Are Home to the Grumpiest and Happiest Travelers?

RewardExpert analyzes user review data to determine which state’s residents are the grumpiest while they are traveling

Everyone develops an opinion concerning the nature and disposition of tourists and fellow-travelers, whether it has been acquired through their own experiences or through second-hand accounts. We come to a partially-informed perspective as to who are the most grumpy or good-natured, usually according to where they call home.

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America’s Financial Vampires: Are the Banks Playing Politics?

RewardExpert investigates political and social patterns of consumer finance complaints across the US.

Financial services are subject to government regulation, and are affected by policy dictated by elected politicians. Naturally, financial institutions have political preferences, but do these preferences affect you, the consumer? Are the banks playing politics with you and your money? Here at RewardExpert, we wanted to find out, and we soon discovered a pattern that suggests the answer is yes.

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Best Places to Invest in a Winter Vacation Home

Buying a Vacation Property? RewardExpert analyzed 2,291 counties in the U.S. to help homebuyers find smart property investments this winter

No matter what your ideal winter vacation might look like, chances are that it includes owning your own home away from home in that perfect place for your seasonal get-away. Like any real estate purchase, buying a vacation property is a decision not to be taken lightly, and this begins with a consideration all the more important in this case: where?

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America’s Financial Vampires: Which Financial Institutions Are Sucking You Dry?

All financial products carry a degree of risk, and most – if not all – consumers will at some time or another fall prey to questionable business practices by a bank or financial institution. The question follows: how, then, can consumers determine with which bank it is best to open an account, obtain a credit card, or sign a mortgage? Which will sustain you, and which will drain you?

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2017’s Most and Least Safe Cities

The recent release of the annual Crime in the United States (CIUS) statistics by the FBI has once again brought the issue of public safety into the media spotlight. Breathless headlines would have you believe that what we are seeing is the beginning of a national crime wave, and while, on the national level there has been an increase in homicide and other violent crime, the data in fact paints a more complicated picture. Nationally, the rate of property crime has fallen. Dig a little deeper, and you’ll find that most cities, even the largest, have become safer. Which places – large and small, from coast to coast – are in reality the safest, and which are most dangerous?

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2017 Thanksgiving Holiday Air Travel Forecast

Crowded airports and flight delays are inevitably part of anyone’s holiday travel experience. At no time is the risk of a delayed flight higher than over the Thanksgiving break. You can reduce your chances of being stuck at the airport, or on the tarmac, both by looking at the past performance of various carriers and airports, and knowing which travel days are most prone to delays.

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Average Cost of Vacations by State

From travel and lodging to food and entertainment, RewardExpert breaks down just how much the average citizen of each state spends when they take domestic and international trips. Nose-to-the-grindstone hard work is often associated with Americans, but as most of us know, we also love to kick back and take a vacation. Traveling is pretty well ingrained in American culture. The Griswolds were always taking time off to travel for National Lampoon-style vacations. Jack Kerouac drew on experiences jaunting around the U.S. to write one of the beat generation’s seminal works, On the Road. ...

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2017’s Best Cities for Halloween

RewardExpert digs into the five best cities in each region of the country to find Halloween vacation spots that are so good, it's scary

Fall is a little bit of a middle child when it comes to travel. Summer vacation gets all of the headlines. Vacationers head to the airport and hit the beach so they can beat the heat unwind from work and school. After autumn is over, winter travel season starts. You get to go home for the holidays to see the family, roast chestnuts on an open fire, let Jack Frost nip at your nose – you know the drill.

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State Spotlight: The Best of Alabama

RewardExpert analyzes all 460 towns and cities in Alabama to determine which destinations are must-sees for those traveling through the Heart of Dixie

Sweet Home Alabama! Known as the Heart of Dixie, Alabama is a wonderful vacation destination; travelers of all stripes will find there is no lack of things to do. The state has a rich history, plenty of outdoor activities, and endless opportunities for relaxation, such as golfing, walking, touring wineries, or seeing live music.

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2017’s Most and Least Expensive U.S. Airports

RewardExpert examines which U.S. airports are most expensive

Travel can be awfully expensive. Between the plane tickets and taxi fares, even the little things like coffee, sandwiches, or Wi-Fi can start to add up. Airports aren’t exactly helping consumers’ wallets either. Today we live in a time where practically everything incurs a charge: switching seats, an extra bag, or even a bottle of water.

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Greenest Cities to Visit in 2017

For many people, big cities are synonymous with concrete, traffic, and congestion. For the eco-conscious traveler, big cities aren’t first to come to mind when picking a green destination. However, many of America’s biggest metropoles are making big strides towards becoming more eco-friendly.

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2017’s Best American Foodie Towns

Any foodie knows that great cuisine can be found in big cities like New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, and do on. But isn’t it time to look beyond the metro hubs for all the good grub? This is a big country; there are many other incredible dining experiences to be had in America’s many nooks and crannies. Some of the tastiest and most authentic dishes are found in ma n’ pa restaurants in towns scattered across the country. Yet, the most important question remains; how do you find them? Most often, these hidden gems are known only through word of mouth or among the locals. To help ...

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2017 Labor Day Air Travel Forecast

Flight delays, cancellations, and various disruptions are inevitable while traveling. However, for those flying for Labor Day this year, let’s take a look at the track record of some destinations, airports, and carriers to help you prep for every eventually.

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2017’s Best U.S. Destinations for Retirees

No one deserves a vacation more than retirees. They've worked a long time for it, and many choose to spend their retirement exploring new destinations. In fact, in a survey conducted by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), they found that 39% of the retirees surveyed said they expect to take 4 or more domestic trips in the upcoming year.

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Destinations Where Your Dollar Takes You Further

Summer travel season is officially here. Students unshackled from finals are free to roam around the world and workaday types of all sorts put in hard-earned vacation days to do some international unwinding. These foreign romps aren’t cheap and it’s important to know how far your dollar will get you wherever you’re planning to travel. A cappuccino that might cost more than five bucks in Iceland could run you less than $2.00 in Czechia.

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2017 Independence Day Air Travel Forecast

Flight delays, cancellations, and various disruptions are inevitable while traveling. However, for those flying for the Fourth of July this year, let’s take a look at the track record of some cities, airports, and carriers to determine the best route to your destination.

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2017’s Best Destinations for Dads

Father’s Day is the one day of the year we can’t tell Dad to cool it on the dad-jokes. It’s a special day to celebrate him and he gets to do anything he wants! In a study by Home Away, 5,000 Dads were asked what they really wanted for Father’s Day. It wasn’t a tie. It wasn’t a new watch or cologne. It was a family vacation. Of the dads surveyed, 72.0% said they wanted a family vacation more than any other gift.

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2017’s Best Destinations to Explore by Bike

The benefits of biking are clear; it’s healthy, fun, and good for the environment. In recent years, local officials and policy makers have noticed and initiated legislation to make the country’s cities more bike friendly. Most recently, cities around the U.S. have adopted bike share programs making it easy for visitors to get around. People can rent bikes by the hour and return them to a variety of stations across the city. Initiatives like these combined with the expansion of protected bike lanes have led to to more bike-friendly cities.

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When Does Your Rewards Credit Card Start Paying for Itself?

During the past year, the roll out of huge credit card sign-up bonuses and lucrative reward programs have made high-fee luxury cards increasingly appealing. Even budget-conscious Millennials are jumping on the gravy train, as seen with their unprecedented interest in the pricey Chase Sapphire Reserve, which came out last summer and costs $450. In fact, a study from R.K. Hammer notes that income from credit card fees has risen in recent years, which means there’s an increased interest among consumers in these cards.

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2017’s Best Cities for Staycation

Staycations, also known as holistays, are an excellent option for those looking to “get away” without having to hop on a plane. Staycations are when people or families take a vacation without leaving their home city. Why would anyone want to stay home for vacation? Well, we’re glad you asked.

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