I received the above email earlier today and of course the first thing I noticed was the lack of which Chime card this was for, because I have a few. So, I checked which email it applied to and logged in to see if there was a message on my account (there wasn’t). Hmm… I got the email on that card so it must be legit, so I bought a $5 Amazon gift card with it and it worked! The $5 credit was immediately applied to my account.
Let me start out by saying that a completely free vacation with miles, points, and credit cards is possible. Travel is Free has a series he’s working on that shows just that. However, there is one key element, that makes a free vacation possible, that I don’t have; The Barclaycard Arrival Plus.
I believe everyone in the travel world should have this card, because of how versatile it is. I would love to have one, but Barclaycard denies me every time I try signing up. Their reasoning varies, between too many recent credit card sign-ups and too many hard pulls. Hopefully, one day they become more lenient. Until then, I likely won’t have any Barclaycard credit cards.
If you don’t know what this card has to offer, here’s a quick rundown:
- It has a sign-up bonus of 40,000 miles after spending $3,000 in 90 days.
- It earns 2X miles on all purchases.
- You get 10% of your redeemed miles back, meaning that this card basically earns 2.2X miles on all purchases.
- You can use those miles to redeem for travel statement credits. For example, if you spent $300 on an airline ticket, you could redeem 30,000 miles as a statement credit to cover that purchase. In doing so, you would also earn 3,000 miles. It’s a sweet deal.
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Now that I’m adjusting back into my normal schedule, there are a few changes on the horizon. Nothing major, but I figured I’d let you all know anyway.
First, the Deals page is no more. Originally, I used that page to share daily deals, but life got busier and that wasn’t really an option anymore. After that, I posted different deals that I deemed significant enough to post about. The only problem was that those posts didn’t reach very many people. So my plan is to now only post significant deals on the front page of my blog. That way more people will benefit from them. Read More
There are a few great deals that went live recently, that are very exciting. If you read the title, I’m sure you know what they are.
First, Amex Sync has an offer for Walmart.com (it doesn’t work in store) that is pretty nice. The offer is: Spend $15 at Walmart.com get a $5 credit. The only problem is that Walmart.com has a $50 order requirement for free shipping. I would assume that store pickup orders work, as long as you pay for the order completely online, however, I have not tested this myself. This offer is on Twitter, so it isn’t targeted. The offer code is: #AmexWalmart and it’s valid until 11/30/14. Read More
CashBackMonitor chimed in in the comments and let me know that URM rates vary by card. They are working on implementing a way to show what rate each card is, so hopefully that will be happen soon. For now, you should double-check the URM portal before making purchases.
If you don’t know what CashBackMonitor is, it’s a website that tells you how much money, points, or miles portals pay out for different stores. It’s a great website that I use almost daily, so don’t get me wrong by the title of this post. However, since it keeps track of literally 10,000+ retail stores and 40 portals, there are bound to be mistakes made.
Today I was shopping on Staples for some items to resell, because they’re running a promotion where you can get $25 off a $150 purchase when you use Visa Checkout. Quick note: that offer expires on 9/20/14, it cannot be used on gift cards (I tried), and you can use any credit card with the service (Ink cards anyone?). Anyway, when I went to check CashBackMonitor to see what portal had the best rate, here’s what it looked like: Read More