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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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10 Places to Redeem the Club Carlson Annual Free Night Certificate

Club Carlson Radisson Blue Chicago Hotel

Since my last post outlining the 10 best Club Carlson hotels to redeem the annual free night certificate, several changes have taken place. Several hotels have changed categories, while other nice properties are no longer part of the Club Carlson… Continue Reading

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What Is the Best Hotel Credit Card for Earning Free Nights?

Hilton Munich Airport Suite Upgrade

A while back I wrote about the best hotel rewards program for earning free nights based on non-elite earning rates, which came down to Hilton HHonors, Club Carlson and Wyndham Rewards. Barring a really great mattress running opportunity, most of… Continue Reading

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Year-End Checklist: Annual Credit Card Spending Bonuses

Earning miles and points for shopping online with a credit card

We’re less than 30 days away from the end of the year, which means it’s time to rev up spending on our credit cards. At least the ones that offer annual spending bonuses. With all the year-end sales and holidays… Continue Reading

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3 Ways to Get Great Deals While Skipping Black Friday

I was watching an episode of The Middle recently, where Sue had to work at the Baked Potato Hut (or whatever it was called) to cater to shoppers who were foregoing Thanksgiving in order to take advantage of early bird… Continue Reading

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7 Ways to Save Cash and Maximize Miles at Target

When the Target Prepaid REDcard (aka Redbird) essentially died as a manufactured spending tool earlier this month, it not only eliminated an important manufactured spending tool but if you’re a frequent Target shopper, it also eliminated the ability to save 5% on… Continue Reading

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My Week in Manufactured Spending: Post-Vacation Edition

Airplane luggage travel with miles

If you think going back to work after vacation is hard, try picking up your manufactured spending routine where you left off. There are several obstacles that make the task more difficult: First, you’ve got jet lag to deal with.… Continue Reading