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Keep, Cancel or Convert? American Express Hilton Aspire Credit Card ($450 Annual Fee)

Good morning everyone.  As part of my “Keep, Cancel or Convert?” series, I like to evaluate and reevaluate credit cards to make sure they still deserve a spot in my wallet (or credit card drawer).  In today’s post, I will share my thoughts regarding my American Express Hilton Aspire Credit Card.  I was reviewing my recent credit card statement and spotted a reference to the annual fee (it was very subtle and is probably overlooked by most people).  I decided to check out page 4…

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Frequent Traveler University (FTU) Signature Chicago June 1-2 ($30 Off with Code EASTER)

Updated 11am PT on 4/11/19: The new promo code EASTER will save you $30 on your FTU ticket, but you must purchase by 4/22/19.


Good morning everyone.  I had a great time at the last Frequent Traveler University (FTU) in Seattle and I am happy to announce that the next travel conference has been announced for Chicago on June 1-2 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare Chicago.  You can learn more about the event and purchase tickets hereUse promo code EARLYBIRD by April 10 to get $35 off your FTU ticket.  If you are one of the first 75 people to book your ticket, you also have access to a free pizza dinner at Barnaby’s on Friday evening (May 31).  I love going to travel conferences, listening to speakers, meeting blog readers, and catching up with good friends, but sadly, I am busy that weekend.  My fiance is a teacher and that is the first weekend of her summer vacation, so we are heading to Tahiti and Moorea for a few days of fun in the sun.

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How to Redeem Chase IHG Rewards Club Premier / Select Credit Card Free Night Certificate

Good morning everyone, I hope you had a great weekend.  My fiance and I live in the North Bay (about an hour north of San Francisco), so we decided to do a mini staycation in San Francisco so we could go see Beach Blanket Babylon (a San Francisco classic) and do some shopping near Union Square.  I have both the Chase IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card (no longer available – $49 annual fee) and the Chase IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card ($89 annual fee).  I had an unrestricted free night certificate available on my Chase IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card and wanted to splurge and stay at a nice IHG property.  To get started, I went to the IHG website, filled in my hotel search, checked the Reward Nights option, and clicked the Search button.

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PSA: Make Sure to Convert / Upgrade to US Bank Radisson Rewards Premier Visa Signature Credit Card

Good morning everyone.  A few years ago, Club Carlson / Radisson Rewards credit cards were awesome because you could redeem points and get your last night free.  If you booked a 2 night stay, you got 50% off the total price.  Well, it was too good to last, so Club Carlson / Radisson Rewards got rid of that benefit.  A lot of people burned all their points and closed their credit cards, but I decided to keep my Club Carlson / Radisson Rewards credit cards.  To make thing confusing, there are 4 US Bank issued Radisson Rewards credit cards (3 personal and 1 business).

For the longest time, I had the US Bank Radisson Rewards Premier Visa Signature Credit Card ($75 annual fee) and the US Bank Radisson Rewards Business Visa Credit Card ($60 annual fee).  Both of these credit cards offer 40,000 anniversary bonus points every year, just for paying the annual fees.  For $135 in annual fees, I could get 80,000 Radisson Rewards points every year.  Since I wanted more cheap Radisson Rewards points, I decided to apply for the US Bank Radisson Rewards Visa Signature Credit Card ($50 annual fee) and then upgrade to the US Bank Radisson Rewards Premier Visa Signature Credit Card ($75 annual fee) in the future.  As luck would have it, I wasn’t approved for the US Bank Radisson Rewards Visa Signature Credit Card ($50 annual fee), but instead, I was approved for the US Bank Radisson Rewards Visa Credit Card (no annual fee).

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Dilemma: Spend $15,000 on Chase World of Hyatt Credit Card to Earn Extra Free Night Certificate?

Good morning everyone.  In January, my fiance was approved for the Chase World of Hyatt Credit Card (my referral link) that offered 25,000 Hyatt points after spending $3,000 in 3 months and an additional 25,000 Hyatt points after spending $6,000 total in 6 months.  We are planning a wedding, so spending $6,000 in 6 months was not a problem.  This credit card also offers an extra free night certificate (for category 1-4 Hyatt properties) if you spend $15,000 during the cardmember year.  So the dilemma is, after spending $6,000 on this credit card and earning 50,000 Hyatt points, is it worth spending an extra $9,000 on this credit card to get an extra free night certificate?  Here are my thoughts…

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