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About Grant

Grant is an expert in frequent flyer miles, hotel loyalty points, credit card rewards, and cash back deals. He also has a pretty cool travel blog. Find him on Twitter @travelwithgrant.

Expecting an Ebates/Rakuten Quarterly Payment? Choose an eGift Card with up to a 15% Boost [Updated with Redemption Process]

Updated 7:45pm on 5/1/19: I decided to redeem my cash back for a Nike eGift Card.  Scroll to the bottom of the post to see the redemption process.


Good afternoon.  Last year, I wrote a similar post: Expecting an Ebates Big Fat Check? Get up to a 20% Bonus with an eGift Card Instead! I decided to do an updated post with May’s quarterly payments.  I just got the following email from Ebates / Rakuten with an option to select an eGift Card with a boost of up to 15% vs. waiting for my Big Fat Check to arrive in the mail.  Let’s see if those eGift Cards are good deals and which merchants are offered.  I clicked the See All E-Gift Cards button in the email.

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Happy 6 Year Blogiversary to TWG! To Celebrate, I Booked my First Trip to Asia!

Good morning everyone, I hope your week is going well.  I am happy to share that Travel with Grant is now 6 years old!  I can’t believe this blog has been around for 6 years.  Boy, has the time flown by.  I don’t have any gifts to give away today, but I did want to share an upcoming trip to Asia that I am in the middle of planning.  This will be my first ever trip to Asia (I know, what took me so long??).  I am not going to the typical Asian countries.  These are the cities/countries I am visiting:

  • Beijing, China (PEK) (28 hour layover)
  • Yangon, Myanmar (RGN) (1-2 days)
  • Dhaka, Bangladesh (DAC) (1-2 days)
  • Paro, Bhutan (PBH) (1-2 days)
  • Kathmandu, Nepal (KTM) (1-2 days)

Image source: http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=PEK-RGN-DAC-PBH-KTM

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Easily Request a Credit Limit Increase (No Hard Pull) via the Citi App

Good morning everyone.  I stumbled on this a few days ago when I was using the Citi app to check on my Citi credit cards.  I found out that you can request a credit limit increase instantly through the Citi app and there is no hard pull (which would affect your credit score).  All 3 of my credit reports are frozen and I was able to request credit limit increases on all 5 of my Citi credit cards (and all 5 requests were instantly approved).  Here’s how… Sign into the Citi app, select the credit card you want to request a credit limit increase, and then click the Expand button beneath the card art.

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When Does the Annual Fee, Travel Credits, & Sign Up Bonus Post to the US Bank Altitude Reserve Credit Card?

Good morning everyone, I hope you had a great weekend.  Last Thursday, I got 2 emails from US Bank regarding my credit card statement and a travel credit that posted to my US Bank Altitude Reserve Credit Card.  I got this credit card in my March App-O-Rama and wrote about Unboxing my US Bank Altitude Reserve Visa Infinite Credit Card: Card Art, Brochure & Welcome Letter last month.  I’ve been hard at work meeting the $4,500 minimum spend requirement to get 50,000 US Bank FlexPoints and was hoping the sign up bonus would post on my first credit card statement.  In this post, I will show you when the annual fee posts, when your travel credits will post, and when the sign up bonus will post to your account.

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7 Lessons I Learned from Sinemia Closing Down

Good morning everyone, I hope your weekend is going well.  On Thursday, Sinemia posted the following note on their homepage alerting members that they would be ceasing operations in the United States immediately.  This happened on opening day of the biggest movie of the year – Avengers: Endgame.  This is very disappointing for many reasons (I was a big fan of Sinemia and went to 2-4 movies a month with my monthly plan).  After closing my MoviePass account and opening my Sinemia account in August 2018, I’ve seen Sinemia evolve and change in the 6-7 months since then.  I thought it would be interesting to review the warning signs and the 7 lessons I learned through the process.

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