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Happy Valentine’s Day and My Miles & Points Love Story

Good morning everyone, happy Valentine’s Day!  I hope you are celebrating with your loved ones today.  Laura and I are having a lazy Sunday after we made some delicious banana pancakes this morning.  If you want to read a cute miles and points inspired love story (about yours truly), check out these 3 posts:

Part 1: My Love / Hate Relationship with British Airways & Match.com (LONG STORY)

Part 2: Quick Update Regarding the Old 150x British Airways Avios & Match.com Promo

Part 3 : How I did on that British Airways / Match.com Deal from 2017

Happy Valentine’s Day and have a great weekend everyone!

Engagement photo taken at Paradise Ridge Winery (Santa Rosa, CA)

On My Mind: Which Credit Card Do You Use When You Don’t Know The Bonus Category?

Good morning everyone, I hope you all had a great Super Bowl Weekend.  A few days ago, when I was reviewing my recent credit card statements and I spotted a few purchases that did not earn bonus points.  I assumed the purchases would code as a restaurant, so I used my American Express Gold Card, but to my surprise, the purchases did not code as a restaurant (and I only earned 1x on the purchases).  This led me down a rabbit hole where I pondered similar situations like:

  • A restaurant located inside a hotel (would it code as a restaurant or hotel purchase?)
  • A restaurant that was located on a golf course (would it code as a restaurant or golf course purchase?)
  • A café located inside a bookstore (would it code as a restaurant or a bookstore?)
  • And so on and so on…

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$10 Statement Credit Posted for $50 PayPal Purchase (US Bank December 2020 Promo)

Good morning everyone, happy Super Bowl Sunday!  2 months ago, US Bank sent out a (targeted?) promo to US Bank credit card holders where you could earn a $10 statement credit for adding your credit card to PayPal and making $50 of PayPal purchases by December 31, 2020.  This was an easy money maker for me, so I added my US Bank Altitude Reserve Credit Card to my PayPal account and made a $50 purchase.  The $10 statement credit took a while to post to my account, but finally posted on February 5, 2021 (a day after my February credit card statement closed).  If you participated and completed this promo, you should see the $10 statement credit right after your February 2021 statement closes.

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What is the Allstate Digital Footprint & How does it Work?

Good afternoon everyone, happy Friday!  Last week, I wrote Chase Saved Account Manager: Track Where your Credit Cards are Stored Online & in Mobile Wallets.  In that post, I showed you what the Chase Saved Account Manager was and how you can see which websites and apps have your Chase credit card information stored.  In today’s post, I will review a similar feature from Allstate.

Laura and I use Allstate for our home and car insurance.  I have the Allstate app on my phone and received a notification about a service called the Allstate Digital Footprint.  Similar to the Chase Saved Account Manager, the Allstate Digital Footprint shows you which websites have your information saved, which types of information they have, and if any of those companies had a security breach that exposed your information.  I will go through all the steps to set up your Allstate Digital Footprint in this blog post, but if you want to see a high level overview, check out this short YouTube video.

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Last Day to Buy FTU Online Annual Membership for $49 (Price Increases to $129 on February 1)

Good morning everyone, I hope your weekend is going well.  I’ve written about the FTU Online Annual Membership a few times, but I wanted to remind you that today is the last day to buy your membership before prices rise tomorrow.  Beginning February 1, the price will rise to $129.  If you want to save $80 on an annual membership, today is your last day to act.  With your annual membership, you will receive free access to the next FTU Virtual Seminar on February 20 (or buy a single ticket for $25).  Here is the tentative schedule and lineup of speakers (seminars start Saturday at 11am ET / 8am PT). I really enjoyed attending the first FTU Virtual Seminar back on December 12 and I’m sure the next seminar will be just as entertaining and educational.

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