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If you are looking for a new credit card, you found the right place.  Click any of the links below to see great credit card options.

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Grant’s Credit Card Referrals:

Chase Ink Preferred Business Credit Card80,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points after spending $5,000 in 3 months.
Chase Sapphire Reserve Credit Card50,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points after spending $4,000 in 3 months.
Chase Sapphire Preferred Credit Card50,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points after spending $4,000 in 3 months.
Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Credit Card100,000 Marriott Points after spending $5,000 in 3 months.
Chase IHG Rewards Premier Credit Card80,000 IHG Points after spending $2,000 in 3 months.
Chase World of Hyatt Credit Card60,000 Hyatt Points after spending $6,000 in 6 months.
American Express Platinum Business Charge Card50,000 Membership Reward Points after spending $10,000 in 3 months plus another 25,000 Membership Reward Points after spending an additional $10,000 in 3 months.
American Express Blue Business Plus Credit Card10,000 Membership Reward Points after spending $3,000 in 3 months.
American Express EveryDay Credit Card15,000 Membership Reward Points after spending $1,000 in 3 months.
American Express Blue Cash Everyday Credit Card$200 cash back after spending $1,000 in 3 months.
American Express Hilton Honors Business Credit Card100,000 Hilton Honors Points after spending $3,000 in 3 months.
American Express Hilton Honors Aspire Credit Card100,000 Hilton Honors Points after spending $4,000 in 3 months.
Discover It Credit Card$50 cash back after your first purchase.
Discover It Miles Credit Card
$50 cash back after your first purchase.

Shelli’s Credit Card Referrals:

Chase Ink Preferred Business Credit Card80,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points after spending $5,000 in 3 months.
Chase Ink Cash Business Unlimited Credit Card50,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points after spending $3,000 in 3 months.
Chase Ink Cash Business Credit Card$500 cash back after spending $3,000 in 3 months.
Chase Sapphire Reserve Credit Card50,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points after spending $4,000 in 3 months.
Chase Sapphire Preferred Credit Card50,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points after spending $4,000 in 3 months.
Chase Freedom Unlimited Credit Card$150 cash back after spending $500 in 3 months.
Chase Freedom Credit Card$150 cash back after spending $500 in 3 months.
Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Credit Card100,000 Marriott Points after spending $5,000 in 3 months.
Chase World of Hyatt Credit Card60,000 Hyatt Points after spending $6,000 in 6 months.
American Express Platinum Business Charge Card50,000 Membership Reward Points after spending $10,000 in 3 months plus another 25,000 Membership Reward Points after spending an additional $10,000 in 3 months.
American Express Premier Rewards Gold Charge Card25,000 Membership Reward Points after spending $2,000 in 3 months.
American Express EveryDay Credit Card15,000 Membership Reward Points after spending $1,000 in 3 months.
American Express Blue Cash Everyday Credit Card$200 cash back after spending $1,000 in 3 months.
American Express Blue Business Plus Credit Card10,000 Membership Reward Points after spending $3,000 in 3 months.
American Express Hilton Honors Credit Card65,000 Hilton Honors Points after spending $1,000 in 3 months.
American Express Hilton Honors Business Credit Card125,000 Hilton Honors Points after spending $5,000 in 3 months.
American Express Hilton Honors Ascend Credit Card100,000 Hilton Honors Points after spending $3,000 in 3 months.
Bank of America Alaska Airlines Credit Card30,000 Alaska Airlines Miles after spending $1,000 in 3 months.

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Who Sells Uber Gift Cards?

Have you ever been in the “know” about a topic only to find out you were in the “how did I NOT know about this” with that very same topic? Even though, thanks to Harry, our Uber insider, I’m totally in the know when it comes to all things Uber, I’m not an Uber user myself.

But my cousin is! She uses Uber a lot. So when I wanted to get her a special present, being the practical cousin that I am, I thought an Uber gift card would be the perfect gift. I figured Uber had gift cards since every business these days has gift cards. But I had no idea which stores carried them. I’m not late to the party of people who enjoy earning extra miles and points on purchases, though it’s entirely possible I am late to the party in knowing about this Uber link. So just in case you’re like me and need gift cards for those Uber using special people in your life (or even for yourself), take a look at this link. I don’t like showing up to stores and finding they don’t carry the gift cards I’m shopping for, and I’d imagine you don’t either. Here’s the link to find a store near you. Just plug in a zip code and you’re good to go. And please, don’t tell my cousin about her upcoming gift!

Marriott Rewards: New Program Launch Day is Here!

Though the talk about Marriott and its new combined hotel rewards program has been going hot and heavy all summer, the day is finally here when the new program will finally launch. The combined program will launch tomorrow, August 18. I hope everyone who wanted to book hotels before the rates went up has already done so!

No one has covered this news better and given us easier to understand rewards points lists more than Ric over at Loyalty Traveler. If you’re still confused or need the most up to date information on Marriott’s 8 hotel categories and the hotel point increases, head over here.

One aspect of all combined program I’ve thought about, having been an SPG loyalist for years but not much of a Marriott customer, was how much I’d be affected by this merger. I took a look at the Marriott stays I had booked and decided to pay with cash instead of points. It’s a better value for me because I use Pruvo and never overpay for my hotel stays and also because I use my Citi Prestige 4th night free benefit and reduce my out-of-pocket costs that way, as well. It’s always good to let math be your friend and see whether points or cash gets you the best value.

Were you able to book some of your favorite Marriott hotels before the prices in points increase tomorrow?

Which Credit Cards Offer Free (or Almost Free) Companion Tickets?

There are many choices when it comes to increasing our miles and points so we can travel more for less. Recently, however, when using my companion passes and free tickets from credit cards, my friend Carrie asked how that worked and which credit cards came with that perk. Good question!  There are many credit cards that come with free bags or priority boarding. Along with those benefits, these three credit cards also provide a free (or almost free) companion ticket benefit.

Bank of America Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Credit Card

The Alaska Airlines credit card is one I’ve had for many years and I never miss using the Companion Fare. Essentially, this annual benefit is a free buy-one-get-one ticket in economy class. The primary traveler must pay the fare, but the companion pays just $99 plus taxes and fees. I always get more than the annual fee of $75 in value per year using this fare. I’ve used it for trips across the US and most recently to Seattle. The certificate is easy to apply to your fare and more than worth the annual fee.

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Chase IHG Premier Credit Card $50 Statement Credit Posted (1 Week After First Purchase)

Good afternoon everyone, I have a quick update to my recent post: Get Matched to the New Chase IHG Rewards Premier 100,000 Point Sign Up Bonus.  In that post, I sent Chase a Secure Message (SM) and got matched from the 80,000 IHG Points sign up bonus to the 100,000 IHG Points sign up bonus.  In the comments section of that post, readers wanted to know if I would still get the $50 statement credit after my first purchase if I accepted the higher sign up bonus offer.  I’m happy to report that the $50 statement credit posted a few days ago.  My first purchase posted on August 7 and the $50 statement credit posted on August 13, roughly 1 week later.  My $89 annual fee posted on August 1, which is roughly 2 weeks before the $50 statement credit posted.

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Get to the Oakland International Airport (OAK) Escape Lounge Like a Pro

Disclosure: I have TSA PreCheck, a Clipper Card, and travel with carry-on bags.  If you do not have TSA PreCheck, your security screening will take longer.  If you do not have a Clipper Card, you will need to buy a one-way BART ticket prior to riding BART.  If you need to check your bags, you will need to drop off your bags before going through security.  With that said, here is how to get to the Oakland International Airport Escape Lounge like a pro.

Good morning everyone.  Last week, I wrote Get to the SFO Centurion Lounge Like a Pro.  I wanted to show the East Bay some love too, so I will show you how to get to the Oakland International Airport Escape Lounge like a pro.  This lounge is part of the Escape Lounge collection and is accessible for free if you have an American Express Platinum Charge Card (you can bring in 2 guests for free).  The lounge is located in Terminal 1, between gates 8 and 8A.  The lounge opens at 5am and closes at 9pm, unless the airport is quiet and the lounge will close early.  I’ve been to the Escape Lounge a few times and I recommend reading Points with a Crew’s review of the Escape Lounge.

Image source: https://www.businesstraveller.com/business-travel/2016/11/11/norwegian-partners-escape-lounge-oakland-san-francisco/

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