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Chasing the Total Solar Eclipse: “Your First Time is Always Special”

Everyone seems excited about the total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21. I’m excited too, but I won’t be doing any special traveling to see it. But some people are more excited than others! I found this great article about “eclipse chasers.” Maybe you know someone who qualifies? Or maybe you’re an eclipse chaser yourself?

Are you doing anything special for this seldom-seen-clearly(-from-the-US-at-least) astronomical event? Let us know in the comments below!

Solar Eclipse. Image source: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/08/08/539553696/go-see-it-eclipse-chasers-urge-your-first-time-is-always-special

Why Do I Keep the American Express SPG Business Credit Card?

There are a few credit cards I always carry just for the benefits. Because I have a business, I put plenty of spend on my American Express SPG Business Credit Card. I like earning those SPG points! But when I travel, I take it with me for a different reason. I’ve had my American Express SPG Business Credit Card for many years, and it was always a keeper for me. Back in 2015 when American Express added new benefits to their personal and business SPG credit cards, I was glad to see complimentary Sheraton Club access added as one of those benefits.

I’ve always been an SPG Gold elite member, but I’ve never had SPG Platinum elite status. Sometimes as an SPG Gold elite member, I’d be given a complimentary upgraded room and Sheraton Club access, but it certainly wasn’t guaranteed. This did, however, give me an introduction to Sheraton Clubs, and since I knew I’d always keep the American Express SPG Business Credit Card, I looked forward to experiencing the Sheraton Clubs whenever I stayed at a Sheraton. I also liked that Sheraton Club access was available no matter how I paid for my stays, regardless if my stay was paid for with points, cash and points, or all cash.

Sheraton Club sign at Sheraton Chicago O’Hare. Image source: http://www.sheratonchicagoohare.com/club

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Ultimate Disneyland Playbook Update: Disney Vacation Accounts (DVA) Ending on 9/27

When I wrote the Ultimate Disneyland Playbook, setting up and using a Disney Vacation Account and using that account was the number one hack that everyone suggested for increasing fun at Disneyland, and also for saving money! It also made being at the park and paying for things much easier. Disney trips are expensive! Sadly, we now have to say RIP to DVA.

For the most up to date information about what to do with your Disney Vacation Account, check out Ed’s post on Pizza In Motion.  He explains all your options if you have any money in your account. You may have already received word of this big change, but just in case you haven’t, I wanted to keep everyone up to date.

Image source: https://disneyland.disney.go.com/destinations/disneyland/

30 Day Unlimited Inflight WiFi Plan for $10 / Month with US Mobile & iPass

Update: Thank you to everyone who used the TWGWIFI promo code.  Unfortunately, I have reached the maximum number of promo code redemptions.  The current price is $10 / month for the 30 day unlimited inflight WiFi plan.

Good morning everyone.  A few weeks ago, I signed up for an unlimited inflight WiFi plan for $10/month.  The service works on Gogo equipped flights and Panasonic Avionics equipped flights in the US and around the world.  You also get access to thousands of hotspots on the ground too.  Instead of signing into each WiFi network or hotspot directly, you use their app to automatically sign you into any eligible WiFi network.  It was so simple and a great deal for $10/month.  I reached out to US Mobile to see if they had a referral program.  When they responded, they told me that they created a custom promo code for me to share with my readers.  I will share that promo code below along with instructions on how to set up your account and log into inflight WiFi networks.

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My Citi Prestige Credit Card Saved Me $1,000+ this Year with the 4th Night Free Benefit

Since the Citi Prestige Credit Card just went through some benefit changes, everyone who has the credit card is in assessment mode as to whether or not they’ll keep the credit card. And those who don’t have the credit card are considering whether it’s still worth getting. Even before the changes in benefits were announced, I had planned on writing about the credit card and why, for me, it’s been a keeper… and still is!

I was early on board with this credit card, originally thinking I’d primarily use it for the free rounds of golf and American Airlines Admirals Club access. And maybe the 4th night free hotel benefit. Turns out, I never used the free rounds of golf (which is no longer a benefit), though I did use the American Airlines Admirals Club access from time to time. The real surprise for me was how often I used the 4th night free hotel perk and how much money I saved. Let me get specific!

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