If You Were Thinking About Applying For A Chase Sapphire Reserve Card, The Clock Is Ticking…

Apply For The Chase Sapphire Reserve Card Here Happy New Year and stay tuned for my new and improved website which is coming soon. :-) In the meantime, let's move to more pressing topics... Last year, I often posted about one of Chase's latest products, the Chase Sapphire Reserve card. I applied for that card last fall and scored a 100,000 point bonus. I actually used the points for flights to Park City this coming MLK weekend. The 100,000 point offer will only be available for one... more

The Marriott Starwood Merger Is Complete-What Does That Mean For Us?

  It's official!  Marriott International and Starwood Hotels and Resorts merged into one company.  Now members of SPG, Marriott Rewards and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards are able to link their accounts at members.marriott.com. Despite the union, Marriott doesn’t expect to have a fully combined loyalty program until 2018, so the loyalty programs are still separate and will operate the same as they always have, for now.  However, if you link your accounts you will be able to... more

Let Your Back To School Shopping Help You Snag An Annual Spend Bonus!

As much as I hate to admit it, the summer is coming to a close and September is almost upon us.  I bet if you have kids, whether from pre-school age through college, there is a little (or a big) bump in your expenses during the late summer or early fall.  Most of these costs relate to heading back to school and resuming normally scheduled activities. For our children, many of us will be shopping for items such as: school clothes, bigger sneakers, school supplies, and maybe some big ticket... more

Traveling Abroad – Leave Your Cash At Home!

My friend, who is biking through France in a couple of weeks, inspired me to write this post.  Needless to say, I am jealous.  However, it has motivated me to offer some useful advice. Let me start by acknowledging that how Brexit will affect your European travel is above my pay scale. However, I will say that for those traveling to the U.K., dollars are currently worth a lot more in the immediate aftermath of the Brexit vote.  Shop away! Now that summer is officially here, many... more

Visit Alexander Camelton – The Camel Named After Hamilton – On Points!

To this day, I cannot look at the Preamble to the Constitution without singing it to the tune of the Schoolhouse Rock song.  I still know the Preamble by heart. For Social Studies extra credit, my son, Daniel, has been trying to memorize the lyrics to the Billy Joel song, "We didn't Start The Fire".  If he succeeds, I am confident he will always remember the words, historical figures and events that make up this song as well. Schoolhouse Rock, Billy Joel and now Hamilton are onto... more

Disney-A Free Stay And 1st In The Park!

When planning a trip to Disney, many people have tips & strategies to try to get an edge.  These may come in the form of minimizing lines, securing the best parade and prime fireworks spot, or booking that impossible dining reservation. The first time we went to Disney, back in 2007, I started reading and planning more than a year in advance.  I had all of our character meals booked on the requisite 180th day prior and knew exactly which park we were going to each day, which section of... more

Don’t Go Camp Shopping Without Reading This First

This picture was taken in 2011, the first year that my kids went to sleep away camp. This summer will be their 6th. We have done a lot of camp shopping over the years! CAMP SHOPPING LIST SUNSCREEN, BUG SPRAY, WATER BOTTLES, COOLERS, LUNCH BOXES, GOGGLES, TOWELS, BATTERIES, SPORTS EQUIPMENT....... The list goes on and on noting what many of us must purchase each summer for camp.  Regardless if it's sleep away camp, day camp, a specialized sports camp, or the local town or preschool... more

Three Simple Things You Can Do Right Now For More Points And Miles

Daniel, At 10 Months, On His First Plane Ride To Utah.  He Earned Miles On This Flight And Has Been Earning Miles Ever Since!  Can you answer yes to the following questions? Are you taking cash out of your wallet on a regular basis?   Are you paying bills out of your bank accounts? Is any member of your family not getting credit for their flights?   If you did answer yes to any of the above, I would like to offer three suggestions.  I bet that after you read them, you can take away... more

I’ll Have The Blue Chips

My family has flown on JetBlue many times and we were happy every flight.  JetBlue has many features that make the airline very appealing for family travel. First, in my experience, JetBlue generally has availability (book in advance!) and affordable prices for flights using dollars OR points.  Second, JetBlue's loyalty program, TrueBlue, allows families to pool their points into a family pot, thereby making it easier to use the points.  Third, for families that want to fly with their... more

The Dog Ate My Timberlands

I have been a "proud member of American Express" for close to 30 years, since 1988. I started with a Green card in college, worked my way up to Gold, and ultimately, became a Platinum card holder. Nowadays, despite my longstanding relationship with my Platinum card, it is seldom pulled from my wallet. The reason being, I only earn one American Express Membership Rewards point per $1 when I use it for purchases. Instead, I tend to favor cards that earn bonus points on everyday purchases, such as... more