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Which Purchases Qualify for the $300 Sapphire Reserve Travel Credit?

One of the best features of the Sapphire Reserve card is the $300 annual travel statement credit. This credit automatically applies to any qualifying travel purchase made with the card. But what qualifies as travel, according to Chase? Reader Jake… Continue Reading

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Virgin America First Class: San Francisco to New York Roundtrip

Virgin America First Class Cabin San Francisco to New York

Last month, I flew Virgin America First Class from San Francisco to New York and back. I’ve flown Virgin America economy class (or main cabin) dozens of times before and it’s the best domestic economy class product, in my opinion.… Continue Reading

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The World Won’t End If You Can’t Fly First Class Anymore

Thai Airways A380 First Class Seat Tokyo Narita - Bangkok

I have an undeserved reputation in some circles as someone who “kills deals.” To my knowledge, no travel or manufactured spending hack has ever been shut down because of the limited exposure on this blog. I’m aware of hacks that got shut… Continue Reading

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IHG Hotels Anywhere: 5 Ways It Can Save You Points and Cash

IHG Hotels Anywhere fly to Paris Eiffel Tower

Not much gets blogged about IHG Rewards Club’s Hotels Anywhere, but like the Ultimate Rewards Travel Portal it can be a great way to save points and cash on hotel stays/redeem points for discounted hotel stays. For those of you… Continue Reading

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Sapphire Reserve vs. Sapphire Preferred: Which Credit Card is Better?

Sapphire Reserve vs Sapphire Preferred

As most of you know, the publicly availably sign-up bonus for the Chase Sapphire Reserve card has dropped from 100,000 points to 50,000 points. The spending requirement is still $4,000 within 3 months. The downgrade happened sooner than most of us… Continue Reading

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Retaining Top-Tier Elite Benefits Without Hyatt Globalist Status

Hyatt Centric Chicago Downtown The Loop Lobby Front Desk

On March 1, something unthinkable will happen: For the first time in four years, I won’t have top-tier Hyatt elite status….and I’m totally fine with it. If I’m being perfectly honest, being a Hyatt Diamond member isn’t all its cracked… Continue Reading

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6 Best Credit Cards for People Who Aren’t Into Manufactured Spending

Wallet filled with a stack of credit cards

I’ve written a few posts about the best credit cards to use for manufactured spending, but not everyone earns their points that way. What if you’re not involved in manufactured spending at all? Plenty of people steer clear of manufactured… Continue Reading