Have You Read My Top Blog Posts from 2018?

Good morning everyone, happy New Year’s Eve!  What a crazy year it has been.  Based on Google Analytics numbers, here are the top 10 blog posts written in 2018 and the top 10 blog posts of the year (written before 2018).  If you have a favorite post of the year that is not listed, please let me know in the comments.  Without further ado, here is the first top 10 list:

1: PSA: Do NOT Use Zelle or Venmo to Pay People on Craigslist, eBay or Strangers Online

I’m surprised my Zelle / Venmo PSA post was so popular, but I’m glad that the word got out. It’s important to know what kind of scams exist and how to avoid them. Learn from these mistakes to keep your money safe.

2: Cash Payments Will No Longer Be Accepted for Credit Cards at Citi Branches (Effective July 21)

Try explaining to someone that you cannot bring cash to a Citi branch to pay their credit card and you will get odd looks.  Makes no sense to me, but that is Citi’s policy (for now).

3: How to Use Sinemia’s (Complicated) Cardless Advance Ticket Purchase Feature

I have a love / hate relationship with Sinemia.  I love the price, but the service still has lots of room for improvement.  I hope they get their act together in 2019!

4: Singapore Airlines Award Booking Tip: Add Redemption Nominee to Account

Every now and then, I book award tickets for friends and family members, so this tip comes in very handy.  If only transfers to Singapore Airlines were instant.

5: How to Remove / Unlink Citi Credit Card from Online Account

If you have many Citi credit cards and a savings / checking account, it can get kind of tricky with Citi’s online account. The trick should help with logging in.

6: American Express Hilton Aspire $250 Airline Fee Credits Post Quickly

I am happy to report that the $250 airline fee reimbursement from my American Express Hilton Aspire Credit Card posted very quickly. I am looking forward to another quick process next week when I can complete my 2019 airline fee reimbursement.

7: When Will I Get my Free Night Certificate on my SPG Credit Card? (written by Shelli)

Shelli wrote a great post highlighting when her SPG free night certificate will post.  If you are waiting for your free night to post, check out her blog post.

8: Some TPM Sellers Who Liquidated GCs Receive GiftCardMart Demand Letter (written by Shane)

TPM is a very contentious acronym and I’m really sorry to everyone who lost money selling GCs to him. To add insult to injury, Shane reported that some TPM GC sellers are getting demand letters from GiftCardMart about GCs that were previously sold to TPM. This whole situation was very messy :/

9: 6 Things to See & Do in Lisbon (Besides Eating Pastries) (written by Shelli)

I haven’t been to Portugal yet, but Shelli’s post gave me lots of ideas on things to see and do in Lisbon (but I will still make time to eat those delicious pastries!)

10: I Just Froze My 3 Credit Reports: Here’s Why & What I Learned

This is a recent article written earlier this month, so I am really surprised to see it make the top 10 list.  Freezing my credit reports was long overdue for me, but I’m happy to say that the process was (mostly) painless. I haven’t had a need to unfreeze my credit reports yet, but I’m hoping that process is equally easy.


And in case you were wondering about the top 10 blog posts written before 2018, here they are.  You might be scratching your head as to why these posts are so popular, but I get a lot of Google traffic to these oldie (but goodie) posts.

1: How-To Guide: Activate a Gift Card and Create a PIN

This seems very basic to most of us, but non travel hackers need help activating gift cards and adding PINs.

2: Send Money to Friends (or Other Bank Accounts) Instantly with Zelle (Formerly Chase QuickPay / clearXchange)

Zelle is great (if you avoid the scams) and this trick makes it very easy to move money from 1 bank to another bank.

3: Walmart.com Orders Instantly Cancelled? Try Walmart’s Online Chat

This post was very popular over Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and most of December.  Apparently lots of people have trouble ordering from Walmart.

4: Print USPS and UPS Shipping Labels from your PayPal Account

This post is popular year round and shows how to print USPS and UPS shipping labels from PayPal.  No more standing in line at the post office or UPS Store.

5: Home Depot and Whole Foods AMEX Offer Gift Card Update (Pics of Gift Card Rack)

Lots of people want to buy gift cards at Home Depot and Whole Foods and want to know what gift cards are available on the gift card racks.

6: How to Cancel Southwest Airlines Flights (Paid or Points) & View Travel Funds

I love Southwest Airlines and this post shows you how to cancel Southwest Airlines flights and view the balance of your travel funds.

7: Profiting from 2 Timeshare Presentations in Hawaii (Secret: Attend, but do not Buy!)

I recently attending a timeshare in Palm Springs (blog post coming soon), and this advice is still solid: attend the presentations, but do not buy anything (no matter how convincing it sounds).

8: Using the Alaska Airlines Credit Card Companion Fare

I love Alaska Airlines and I love using the Alaska Airlines Companion Fare to save money (especially when flying to Hawaii).

9: How to Redeem your World of Hyatt Free Anniversary Night Certificate

Redeeming your World of Hyatt free night certificate is really easy, if you know how.  Follow these steps and you will have a free hotel stay booked in no time.

10: Need to Expedite a New AMEX Card? Add Yourself as an Authorized User / Employee

This is super helpful if you get approved for a new American Express card.  Sometimes you have to think outside the box in order to get what you want.


If you have any questions about any of these posts, please leave a comment below.  If you have any favorites that did not make this list, please let me know, I love hearing what TWG readers like to read. I wanted to thank all my blog writers and all my TWG readers for making 2018 a great year for the blog.  Here’s to a great 2019!

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