3 Surprising Facts About Using Discover Credit & Debit Cards Internationally

Good morning everyone. I am heading to Greece and Malta for vacation and called my credit card companies and banks to add travel notifications to my accounts. I know most credit card companies and banks do not require you to alert them when you are travelling internationally, but I like the peace of mind of speaking to a person and making sure the travel notification are added to my accounts. When I travel internationally, I like to bring several credit and debit cards from various banks, just in case if some of the cards get lost, stolen, or declined. This means I end up making several calls, but it’s worth it to me.

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Bean Around the World: A Great Coffee & Bakery Combo

My favorite combo is when a great coffee space is coupled with a great bakery. Even if those two are across the street from each other. Or even next door. I discovered a great combo in Boston that I want you to know about.  The last time I was in Boston, I checked out and reviewed one-off coffee shops. On a recent trip, I decided to enjoy my tried-and-true favorite coffee chain, Peets Coffee. Peets doesn’t have a big presence in Massachusetts, but there is one in Cambridge and two in Boston proper. The Cambridge Peets is in Harvard Square. The interior has plenty of seating and I enjoy the outdoor space in the garden. Any Peets with a relaxing outdoor space scores extra points in my book.

Harvard Square Peets Coffee. Image source: https://harvardsquare.blogspot.com/2011/10/peets-coffee-and-tea.html

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United Airlines & IHG Buy Miles/Points Flash Sales: 100% Bonus

Updated at 3:15pm PT on 6/12: The 100% bonus on United Airlines miles is gone, but there are a few 70% bonus packages still left.

(Hat tip to Kal for the United Airlines email)

Good afternoon everyone.  I have 2 buy miles/points flash sale deals to share.  United Airlines is offering 20,000 bonus miles when you purchase one of their 20,000 mile packages.  IHG is also offering a 100% bonus on the number of IHG Points you purchase, with a minimum purchase of 5,000 IHG Points.  If you are short on a few United Airlines miles or IHG Points for your next redemption, take a look at these promos and take advantage of the deals.  I have added both offers to our Buy Miles/Points Page.

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How do you Handle Rude Taxi Drivers?

Time for a reality check! And when I need one, who better to check with than TWG readers? Here’s the backstory. I have a taxi service I use to go to the airport. I’ve been using the same one for a few years now because they give me a great flat rate fee, and up until recently, I haven’t had an issue with them. The company always sends different drivers and it’s always worked well. Drivers are always on time and the cars are generally in good enough shape.

Image source: http://www.universaltaxidispatch.com/blog/2015/01/dealing-with-rude-cabbie-drivers/

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Will you Go for the Southwest Airlines A-List Status Match?

Anytime a status match is offered, like the one Southwest is offering right now, if it works for you, it’s a sweet deal.  For a 90-day promotional period, Southwest is offering a status match to their A-List status. Then fly three roundtrip (or 6 one-way) flights within those 90 days and you’ll receive A-List status for a year.  If you have elite status on any other US-based airline, you’ll qualify for this match. A-List status perks include priority check-in, security and boarding, free same-day changes, and a 25% earning bonus for SWA Rapid Rewards points.

A-List Benefits – Photo: Southwest Airline

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