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Gazelle Breathes New Life Into Consumer Electronics

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If you’re ready to upgrade your consumer electronics, hit the pause button. Gazelle offers a great way to make money on your old device, while also saving you money on a new one. The process is seamless, transparent and completely user-friendly.

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Chase Freeman, the Public Relations Manager at ecoATM Gazelle, to discuss how they are breathing new life into consumer electronics.

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Hawk Incentives Helps Businesses Build Loyal Customers With Incentive Programs

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Customer reward programs are popular with today’s consumers. In fact, a survey commissioned by Hawk Incentives, a division of Blackhawk Network and a leading provider of rewards and incentives to organizations across the globe, found that the average American adult belongs to 6.2 such programs. That number was even higher for consumers in the Millennial generation at 6.5 on average.

We recently spoke with Theresa McEndree, the company’s Vice President of Marketing, to learn more about Hawk Incentives’ reward program services and survey insights as well as how RewardExpert readers can design effective loyalty programs for their own businesses.

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Academy Credit Card Review

Holding a store credit card usually offers you, the consumer, a way to save money on merchandise. Almost every store has one these days. Did you know that Academy Sports + Outdoors, the discount sporting goods chain, offers its customers a co-branded Visa credit card?

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Redeem Your Credit Card Rewards for World-Class Travel

One of the top reasons consumers apply for a new credit card is for the rewards program. Many credit card rewards programs allow cardholders to redeem their rewards for travel by flights, cruises and even trains.

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Introductory Credit Card Offers Come With Pitfalls

The credit card market is very competitive. Card issuers are in heavy competition for your business. As a result, credit card companies are quick to offer perks to win consumers over.

However, not all perks are created equal. In fact, consumers need to take certain steps to ensure those perks don’t turn into expensive financial headaches that cause damage to one’s financial life for years to come.

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Earn Money Back on Every Purchase You Make with Ebates

According to a recent survey by the National Retail Federation, American consumers will shell out an average of $967.13 towards holiday gifts this year—an amount that can put a strain on any household budget. However, if they use the Ebates online shopping portal to spend those dollars at their favorite stores, they can earn some of that cash back in the form of a Big Fat Check.

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7 Reasons to use a Credit Card Instead of a Debit Card

7 Reasons to use a Credit Card

There are several key considerations when it comes to choosing whether to use a debit or credit card to pay. Credit cards provide many perks and benefits that debit cards do not. These benefits may be especially useful when shopping or traveling. For the most part, as long as you are a responsible spender, using a credit card is usually a better option than using your debit card.

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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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Premium Credit Cards: Which Ones to Keep

In the last year several banks have come out with new premium cards, and there are more to come. With an onslaught of ultra-expensive credit cards tempting us with huge sign-up bonuses, deciding which card to keep becomes a real dilemma. As of now, there are seven premium credit cards that you might want to hold due to their bonuses and other perks:

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7 Miles and Points Tips For the Sundance Film Festival

You’ve got your expensive boots and après-ski attire; the fur or leather-lined jacket is ready to go. It’s time for the world-famous Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. This year’s festivities take place January 19-29, and it’s time to plan out your mileage-earning and burning strategy for the big event.

If you’re headed to magical snow country, these seven tips could make a great festival guide.

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BankAmericard Travel Rewards Credit Card Review

Who Is the BankAmericard Travel Rewards Card Good For?

The BankAmericard Travel Rewards credit card is good for anyone who wants to earn statement credits toward travel purchases. This card has no transfer partners, but it does have a generous earning scheme, a decent sign-up bonus and no annual fee.

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Alaska and Virgin America Finally Tie the Knot While Alaska and Delta Split

It’s a messy relationship when it comes to airline partners, and this month sees Alaska end its on-again, off-again relationship with Delta and formally marry Virgin America. This is good news for Alaska fliers although Delta travelers lose a valuable earning and burning partner. Alaska also beefed up benefits for its Mileage Plan members; this is a net win for Alaska fliers.

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Christmas Shopping Travel Hacker Style

How much will you spend on holiday shopping this year? According to PricewaterhouseCoopers the average shopper will spend about $1,100 although many will spend more.

When you add to that the amount spent on food, entertainment and other holiday expenses, this time of year represents a tremendous rewards opportunity for savvy travel hackers. It’s just a matter of knowing how to buy travel hacker style.

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Mileage Redemption Options And Bonus Points for Online Shopping

Alaska Mileage Plan is a crowd pleaser, and it continues to impress with new redemption opportunities with Japan Airlines. Also, don’t miss the latest points and mileage earning bonuses for making online purchases as you shop around presents this holiday season.

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Amtrak Credit Card Review

Who Is the Amtrak Guest Rewards World MasterCard Good For?

Whether you’re planning a dream trip along the scenic California coastline or you’re a commuter in the busy Northeast Corridor, you should consider getting the premium Amtrak rewards credit card. It has some great perks, including a companion ticket, a lounge pass and a free ticket upgrade.

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United Pulls Back the Curtain on Polaris and Delta Gouges Members Who Want to Buy Extra MQMs

United’s much-heralded Polaris lounge and inflight product are finally here. The airline rolled out the new offering Dec. 1 and will slowly make its way across the airline’s network in the coming months and year. Delta also put its MQMs on sale, but the prices will make your jaw drop. At least, Air France and KLM have put some awards on sale and Aeroplan (Air Canada) has some free miles up for grabs.

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Best and Worst Use of Citi ThankYou Points Through the Bank’s Travel Center

The Citi ThankYou travel rewards program is very similar to the American Express Membership Rewards and Chase Ultimate Rewards programs. Just like those two, Citi ThankYou allows you to book travel through its own portal or transfer your points to airline partners if you have a premium card. 

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RentMoola: Pay Rent Online and Get Rewarded

Paying rent electronically is a relatively new idea that may become the wave of the future. Over $550 billion in rent was paid in the U.S. last year. Of that $300 billion was paid by check.

RentMoola aspires to make paying rent as easy and convenient as it is to pay other bills. RewardExpert spoke with Philipp Postrehovsky, Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer to learn how the idea came about and how it all works.

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How to Use Portals for Holiday Shopping to Maximize Rewards

Black Friday officially launches the holiday shopping season, which is a great time of year to rack up tons of miles for next year’s travels. While the miles earned from the increased levels of spending are great, there are multiple ways that rewards can be increased using airline and bank shopping portals, Amex offers, and credit card bonus categories. You can even stack them. That’s right. You can combine these great earning opportunities to earn even more.

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United Introduces a New Economy Class and American Adds a New Perk For Elites

United has announced a new fare class that is especially restrictive. It is designed to counter ultra-low fare airline competition, but frequent flyers should be cautious before booking it. American is also giving its Concierge Key members a nice new bonus.

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