Travel Hacking Mistakes WE Still Make

In life, there’s always room for improvement, that’s for sure. And that holds true for the travel hacking world that each of us creates. Talking about mistakes we make is never an easy conversation, but Grant and I had it anyway. Whether the mistakes are the once-and-we’ll-never-do-that-again type, or those reoccurring mistakes that we seem to make over and over again, shedding light on the mistakes helps us think through what we’re doing and perhaps more importantly, what those mistakes might be costing us in the way of miles and points. After admitting our mistakes and deciding to share them with you, Grant and I had a good laugh about it all. Then he went back to enjoying his chai latte and I finished off my cortado, and of course we vowed to wipe the slate clean and not make the same mistakes again.

Grant felt that maybe searching and booking award flights and hotels too far out is a mistake because there are often good deals if you wait to the very last minute. Continue reading

Did I get Approved for a New US Bank Credit Card? Just Log into your Account to Check

Good morning everyone.  During my recent App-O-Rama, I applied for the US Bank Radisson Rewards Visa Signature Credit Card.  This credit card offers 60,000 Radisson Rewards Points after spending $1,500 in 3 months.  There is a $50 annual fee, but you get 25,000 Radisson Rewards Points every year for paying the annual fee.  After I get the sign up bonus, I will call US Bank and ask them to upgrade me to the US Bank Radisson Rewards Premier Visa Signature Credit Card, which offers 40,000 Radisson Rewards Points every year when you pay the $75 annual fee.

I already had the US Bank Radisson Rewards Premier Visa Signature Credit Card (previously named the US Bank Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature Credit Card) and the US Bank Radisson Rewards Business Visa Credit Card (previously named the US Bank Club Carlson Business Rewards Visa Credit Card).  I created this helpful table to show you the before (top, Club Carlson) and after (bottom, Radisson Rewards) credit card names.  Long story short, my application for the US Bank Radisson Rewards Visa Signature Credit Card went to pending and I assumed I would be declined for this credit card because I already have 6 US Bank credit cards and my ARS / SageStream credit reports are frozen.  But as I later found out, that was not the case.  Here’s how I found out that I was approved.

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MealPal: Select Meals Under $7 + $50 Visa Gift Card Sign Up Bonus [Reposted – Expires 4/26]

Updated 3:30pm PT on 4/23: The $50 Visa Gift Card bonus is back and live through 4/.26

Good morning everyone.  MealPal is a new lunch program (available in select cities) where you pay a fixed price per meal (ranging from $6-$7, depending on your plan).  You then reserve lunch at participating restaurants, walk in during your reservation time, tell them your name, and then walk out with your lunch. I’ve been meaning to write about MealPal for months, but have never gotten around to it until now.  Luckily, MealPal has a great promotion running now through August 21 November 30 February 16 March 23 April 12 April 26 where you get a $50 Visa Gift Card when you sign up with my referral link. If you sign up using my referral link, I also get a $50 Visa Gift Card – thank you for supporting TWG.

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My New Chase Marriott Rewards Business Credit Card Arrived: Card Art & Welcome Letter

Good afternoon everyone.  A few days ago, I wrote about how I knew I was approved for a new Chase credit card before getting an email or letter in the mail.  Fast forward to now, my new Chase Marriott Rewards Business Credit Card arrived in the mail.  The credit card design doesn’t look like the card that I approved for, so I will share my theory below.  I also got the welcome letter that I will share below.  The front and back of the new credit card is metal, and looks very similar to the personal Chase Marriott Rewards Credit Card, but is not quite as thick as the JPMorgan Chase Ritz Carlton Credit Card.

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How to Remove Closed American Express Credit Cards from your Online Account

Good morning everyone, I hope you had a great weekend.  During my recent App-O-Rama, I applied for the new American Express Hilton Honors Aspire Credit Card.  Even though I didn’t get instantly approved, I received a call from American Express asking me if I wanted to close 2 existing American Express credit cards so that I could be approved for the new American Express Hilton Honors Aspire Credit Card.  Long story short, I closed my existing American Express Hilton Honors Ascend Credit Card and American Express SPG Business Credit Card in order to be approved for the new American Express Hilton Honors Aspire Credit Card.  The decision was pretty easy to make, considering both credit cards just had annual fees post and I didn’t want to keep those credit cards another year.

Fast forward to now and my closed American Express credit cards still show up in my online account.  In this post, I will show you how to remove a closed American Express credit or charge card from your online account.  This process will work for open credit / charge cards, personal and business cards, and authorized user cards.  The first thing you need to do is log into your American Express online account.

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