Our Next Trip: Amsterdam and London!

Our Next Trip: Amsterdam and London!

The number one reason I love the points and miles game is because it allows you to plan trips basically on a whim. Got points? Let’s travel! Because of that, Nick and I are headed back to Europe in March!

We had wanted to take a trip to Florida or the Caribbean in March for Nick’s spring break, but the last thing many of those places need is tourists sucking up valuable resources (if you can, donate to an organization supporting disaster relief), so we decided we’d head back to Europe for our week-long trip.

Here’s what we’re planning to do!

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Everyday Carry – Fall 2017

Everyday Carry – Fall 2017

When you’re in the points and miles game, at some point you’re going to have a lot of credit cards. A LOT. Beyond remembering to pay my bills, it can be tough remembering which cards to use at which locations. Even though I have over 20 cards, I rarely carry more than three or four–can you image the back pain from sitting on that wallet! In this post, I’m going to share the four cards I’ll be carrying around in my wallet, and my reasons why.

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A Trip to Colorado Springs for Half Off!

As you many know, I’ve been blogging for Points with a Crew for about seven months now (you can read my posts here). Points with a Crew is part of larger group of blogs affiliated under the Boarding Area group, which hosts a wide variety of travel blogs. Each year, Boarding Area hosts conferences for it’s writers, and this year, I’ll get to attend their Colorado Springs, CO conference as one of the writers for Points with a Crew. Sweet!

Once I knew I was attending, I started to plan the trip. Even though Nick can’t come to the conference, he decided to tag along and do some solo adventuring. We’d be leaving on a Friday morning and coming back on Sunday — only missing a day of work (thanks generous vacation policy).

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2 Back to School Shopping Portal Offers – Up to 5,000 bonus points available!

We all online shop. A lot. It’s a fact of living in the 21st century, so you might as well get more than just your purchases! As I’ve said before, shopping portals are a great way to earn extra miles on the things you already buy online. From that previous post:

Shopping portals are a great way to earn extra points on things you’re already buying online, and most rewards programs have some sort of portal. If you have a rewards account, the chances are they also have a shopping portal.

Normally when you go to buy something online, you go directly to that website, pay for what you want, and earn miles at the base rate (the points you earn just by using your credit card). Shopping portals act like a sort of middle man, rewarding you with extra points for using them as an intermediary.

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Why the Chase Freedom is a great first credit card

Why the Chase Freedom is a great first credit card

Last year, the Fed released a report (then analyzed by the New York Times) that said for Americans under the age of 35, their credit card debt had fallen to its lowest level since 1989. Continuing:

Some older Americans have also been shedding credit card debt since the financial crisis that began in 2008. But for no other age group has the decline in the proportion holding credit card debt been more rapid than it has been for young Americans — who are often referred to as millennials — the data from the Survey of Consumer Finances shows.

This doesn’t mean that millennials are shying away from credit cards necessarily, rather they have much less credit card debt, but the two are sort of connected.

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