Tag Archives: Travel Credit Cards

My Experience with the American Express Gold Card $100 Airline Fee Credit

Good afternoon everyone.  As part of my March App-O-Rama, I was approved for the American Express Gold Card.  A few weeks ago, I wrote How to Enroll in American Express Gold Card Benefits ($120 Dining Credit & $100 Airline Fee Credit).  In that post, I showed how to enroll in the $100 airline fee credit benefit.  The process was very easy.  I selected Southwest Airlines as my airline of choice and purchased a $100 Southwest Airlines eGC to trigger the $100 airline fee credit.  Unfortunately, my $100 purchase did not trigger the benefit.

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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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Keep, Cancel or Convert? Chase Sapphire Preferred Credit Card ($95 Annual Fee)

Good afternoon 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 my fiance’s wallet, in this case).  Last year, my fiance was approved for the Chase Sapphire Preferred Credit Card and she used it heavily when she first got the credit card (to meet the $4,000 minimum spending requirement), but that credit card hasn’t gotten much use lately.  This is mainly because I have the Chase Sapphire Reserve Credit Card that offers 3x on travel and dining vs. the Chase Sapphire Preferred’s 2x on travel and dining.  And since my March App-O-Rama, I have been using my American Express Gold Card since that credit card offers 4x on dining.  Long story short, my fiance’s Chase Sapphire Preferred was not worth the $95 annual fee.  This is hard to believe since the Chase Sapphire Preferred was one of the best travel rewards credit cards just a few years ago.  We decided the best thing to do would be to convert her Chase Sapphire Preferred Credit Card into a Chase Freedom Credit Card, since we did not have a Chase Freedom between the two of us and the 5% rotating cash back categories would be easy to use.

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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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My Wells Fargo Business Platinum Credit Card Arrived & How to Add Card to Online Account

Good morning everyone.  A few days ago, I got a few letters from Wells Fargo which contained my new Wells Fargo Business Platinum Credit Card.  I applied for this credit card as part of my App-O-Rama at the end of March and was approved a few days after applying (I didn’t do anything other than wait for the approval).  I will show you the various letters I received from Wells Fargo and show you how to add the credit card to your Wells Fargo online account (it was not super obvious).  Here is the front and back of my new credit card.  I was expecting a metal card but it is made of plastic.  One cool thing about Wells Fargo is the ability to upload an image and have it printed on your credit card (more details below).

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