Good afternoon everyone. I just received an email from Plastiq regarding a new promotion for paying rent / mortgage payments. Unfortunately, this promotion is limited to new Plastiq users. Here are the details of the promo:
You must be a new Plastiq user.
Schedule 6 Rent/Real Estate payments and you will only pay a 2% Plastiq fee on each payment. (Plastiq fee will be standard for any payments beyond the first 6.)
Use any credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, JCB, and Diners Club).
You must schedule your first payment by May 31, 2018 at 11:59pm ET.
You must click this link for the correct code to be applied (I will receive a referral credit – thank you for your support).
When you travel as much as most of us do, there will be a time when visa requirements for visiting a country get confusing… and expensive. For instance, I have family I visit in Chile, so before the visa requirements for U.S. citizens were changed, I was paying a hefty visa fee each time I went to Chile. My cousins are worth it – thanks cousins for reading TWG :)
Checking each country’s visa requirements, even when you think you know what they are, should be on everyone’s pre-trip travel checklist. For a trip to Vietnam, I checked about visa requirements for U.S. citizens in two places. The Wikipedia page shows that Vietnam does require a visa and it mentions an eVisa. But there is no link that tells me more about what that is.
It’s been a rough couple of weeks for many in the United States, particularly foreign visitors and green card holders. As a US citizen living abroad with a Mexican partner, the unpredictability of recent immigration policy changes (and the actions of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials) plus the repeated demonization of immigrants and Mexicans is scary. Here are some thoughts I have on things to be aware of and ways to keep yourself safe.
All Travelers Entering the United States from Abroad
ACLU Know Your Rights Guide. Screenshot from aclu.org
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has aKnow Your Rights guide about encountering law enforcement at airports and other US ports of entry. The short version is this: if you’re a US citizen, you have the right to not answer questions or to speak to an attorney, but doing so will likely mean you have a bad day. Green card and visa holders may be denied entry for refusing to answer questions or comply with the requests of agents, and often do not have the right to speak to an attorney unless arrested. I am not a lawyer, but my recommendation in most cases is to answer questions truthfully and succinctly, providing only the information requested without unnecessary detail. Continue reading →
Good morning everyone, happy Wednesday. I apologize for writing about another targeted spending offer from US Bank. US Bank loves to send me targeted spending offers and I hope I am not the only one who receives these offers. For the record, I have 6 US Bank credit cards and I have now received spending offers on 4 of them (all for purchases made in November and December). As a refresher, here are my 3 most recent posts regarding targeted spending offers from US Bank:
Today’s targeted spending offer is on my US Bank FlexPerks AMEX Credit Card. After I spend $1,750 on the credit card (between November 1 and December 31), I will receive 1,500 bonus US Bank FlexPoints. This offer isn’t great, but it isn’t terrible either. Unfortunately, I do not think earning an extra 1,500 FlexPoints is worth spending $1,750 on the credit card.