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Starbucks Rewards Gold Members: Reload $10+ with Chase Pay & Get 250 Bonus Stars

Update: I spoke with a Chase representative today and you will not be able to sign up for Chase Pay if your online login/profile has any business credit cards attached to it. Verbiage from Chase Pay FAQ: At this time, Chase Pay doesn’t accept business credit cards, business debit cards or MasterCard® cards. I was lucky enough to have a separate personal login without business accounts attached, and it went through smoothly.

Good evening everybody, or morning if you are reading this tomorrow. I was going through my Starbucks app Inbox and found the following promotion for Chase Pay members (not to be confused with Chase QuickPay).

Receive 250 Bonus Stars when you load $10 or more in the Starbucks® app using Chase Pay. For all of us Starbucks Rewards Gold members, gold members have earned over 300 stars, that means two free drinks! You, of course, need to have the Starbucks App installed on your phone, at least one personal Chase credit or debit card, and have a Chase login for online access. 

Follow the following directions for your particular device and you should be good to go (see specific terms below).

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My Outrageous 2017 Travel Predictions + Reader Ideas Needed

Good morning everyone, I’m sorry for the delay, but I have been diligently thinking about my 2017 travel predictions.  I am going to channel my inner Nostradamus to come up with some outrageous travel predictions for 2017.  Doctor of Credit has a good resource for all other 2017 travel predictions.

Disclaimer: I have made some travel predictions in previous years and I am more often wrong than right, but that losing streak has not dampered my prediction spirit.  To see how bad I am at making predictions, please read A Look Back at my 2016 Predictions (Airlines, Hotels, Credit Cards & MS).  I consider myself an optimistic pessimist (I prepare for the worst, but hope for the best), so these travel predictions will sound depressing.

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  • Southwest seems bent on making the Companion Pass very difficult to get unless you fly Southwest every week.  I believe credit card signup bonuses will no longer count toward the Companion Pass and Southwest might kill the whole concept of the Companion Pass entirely or switch to a certificate program similar to the Alaska Airlines companion fare or Virgin America companion ticket.
  • Other airline credit cards will adopt the Alaska Airlines companion fare (you pay full price and your companion pays up to $120) or the Virgin America companion ticket (you pay full price and your companion pays full price minus $150).

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New Writer Q&A with Shelli

Good morning everyone, I am bringing on one more writer (for now) and her name is Shelli.  In case you didn’t know, I have added a few new writers over the last few weeks, including Whitney, Tonei, and Will The Tactical Traveler.  I’ve known Shelli for the last few years and we met while I was living in Orange County (she lives down the coast in San Diego).  She has her own health and fitness blog (Joy in Movement), but her other great passion is travel.  She travels often and embodies the healthy traveler and solo traveler mindsets.  I am sure you will enjoy reading her blog posts here as well as on her own site.  Shelli has decided to break the rules and instead of answering my standard Q&A, she has decided to share her top 5 fun travel memories from 2016.  Take it away Shelli!

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Barclays JetBlue Plus Credit Card Reimburses 10% of TrueBlue Points for Existing Reservations & Upgrades

Good afternoon everyone, I hope your Monday Tuesday is going well.  I am writing this post about JetBlue while in-flight on Virgin America from JFK to SFO.  I just received an email from Award Wallet letting me know that my JetBlue TrueBlue points balance increased.  Whenever I see a large change in miles/points/cash back, I like to investigate to see what happened.  Here are the facts in this instance:

  • I booked a JetBlue flight from Long Beach (LGB) to New York City (JFK) on November 7 using 23,100 JetBlue TrueBlue points (flight departed on December 27).
  • While booking the flight, I paid 1,000 JetBlue TrueBlue points for the Even More Space upgrade (extra legroom seats near the front of the plane) – I believe you need to be JetBlue Mosaic to get this points option, since normally seat upgrades cost up to $99.
  • I was approved for the Barclays JetBlue Plus Credit Card on December 6 and received the credit card in the mail on December 12.
  • I took the JetBlue flight from LGB to JFK on December 27 and the rebated points posted on December 28.

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