Good afternoon everyone, I hope your weekend is off to a great start. A few days ago, I wrote a post titled I Paid $4,588 in Credit Card Annual Fees in 2019 – Was it Worth it? In that post, I shared the 21 credit cards that I plan on keeping and how I justify paying the annual fees on those credit cards. I felt bad for the 16 no annual fee cards that Laura and I have and decided to write a post about them too. Roughly half of the no annual fee credit cards were downgraded / converted from a credit card with an annual fee. Besides the rewards that some of the no annual fee credit cards provide, keeping no annual fee credit cards open long term is good for your credit score. It improves the length of credit history (average age of accounts), which represents 15% of your total credit score. It also helps with the amounts owed (your credit utilization ratio), which represents 30% of your total credit score. Lastly, it helps with payment history (paying your credit card bills on time), which represents 35% of your total credit score. For more info, check out this Doctor of Credit page.
Good morning everyone. As we approach the end of the year, I decided to take a look at my credit card spreadsheet and see how much my wife and I paid in annual fees this year. I removed all the no annual fee credit cards and here are the 26 credit cards that have annual fees (sorted alphabetically). I will break down this list into cards that I am 99% sure that I will cancel, 99% sure that I will keep, and the 50/50 cards that I might keep or cancel. Read through this post and let me know if you agree or disagree with my thinking.
Good afternoon everyone. Back in May, US Bank sent out emails to US Bank Radisson Rewards Credit Card members regarding a targeted spending offer. Spend $500 or more each month of May, June, and July and earn 20,000 bonus Radisson Rewards Points. 20,000 Radisson Rewards points are worth ~$100 to me, so I decided to complete the spending requirements. Fast forward to this week and the 20,000 bonus points just posted to my Radisson Rewards account.
Good morning everyone, I hope you had a great weekend. 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). For today’s post, I will review my US Bank Radisson Rewards Business Credit Card (no longer available to new cardholders) which just charged me the $60 annual fee. The only reason I keep this credit card year after year is the 40,000 anniversary Radisson Rewards Points. I am basically buying 40,000 Radisson Rewards Points for $60, which is 0.15 cents per point (CPP). I probably value Radisson Rewards Points at 0.4-0.5 CPP, so I have no problem paying the annual fee every year.
Even though I planned on keeping this credit card, I called US Bank to ask if there were any retention offers available. After reviewing my account, the rep first said she could cut my interest rate in half. I politely declined that offer and said last year I was offered Radisson Rewards Points to keep the credit card open – was that offer still available? The rep said yes, but it was only for 2,500 Radisson Rewards Points. I told her that was better than nothing and accepted the offer. The rep said I should see the 2,500 Radisson Rewards Points on my next statement.
Good afternoon everyone. Last month, I was reading an article by Nick at Frequent Miler called Almost #Bonvoyed: a cautionary tale on free night certs. In that post, Nick shared that after cancelling a Marriott stay booked with a free night certificate, the free night certificate did not automatically redeposit into his Marriott account. He had to track down the cancelled reservation and call Marriott to get the free night certificate redeposited into his Marriott account. Bonvoy! Toward the end of the article, Nick stated, “You shouldn’t need a spreadsheet to track the history of your Marriott free night certs — but the reality is that you do need to stay organized with them.”
That’s when the idea hit me, I should create a spreadsheet to track my Marriott category 1-5 free night certificates… as well as my Hilton free weekend night certificates, Hyatt category 1-4 free night certificates, IHG 40k free night certificates, and Radisson Rewards anniversary points. Here is my Hotel Free Night Certificate Tracker, maybe it will help you stay organized too.