You’ll notice the title of this blog post is actually a day behind, and there’s a good reason for that: I fell asleep before I finished writing last night. :p I’m falling way behind in my trip reports, hotel reviews, and flight/lounge reviews. I will try to get some of these completed soon because they are some of my most popular topics. But I can’t make any promises due to my über-hectic life.
Credit Card News
If you keep track of other points and miles blogs you may have noticed there’s a distinct lack of credit card news lately. There just aren’t many good offers out there right now. I think it’s somewhat due to the post-holiday slump. The most noteworthy card news in recent weeks is the Citi/Amex/Hilton mess. It’s hard to even summarize this situation, so I won’t try. If you want to read about it, check out my post on the topic or read MileValue’s recent comments.
I recently scored a decent retention bonus on my Citi ThankYou Premier. Nicoleen and I plan on applying for one or two more cards in the coming week. I will report as events unfold!
We have a large expense coming up soon so we wanted a new card to put the spend on. Last week Nicoleen was instantly approved for the Amex Starwood Preferred Guest card. Generally the advice on American Express cards is to only get them when they are at their highest known sign-up bonus since there’s a once-per-lifetime bonus rule. We broke that rule in this case. The current bonus is 25k SPG points after a $3k spend in the first 3 months, with the $95 annual fee waived the first year. The bonus on this card has been as high as 35k, but there’s some good evidence that the card will become extinct within the next year. I currently have the card and I have a link good for a 7.5k referral bonus. Including my referral bonus we’ll net 32.5k points, only 2.5k points less than the highest known bonus. In my case, missing out on 2.5k points is worth the added assurance that Nicoleen was able to get the card before it goes bye-bye.
Nicoleen and I are really looking forward to our kid-free getaway in early March. Sitting by the pool in Costa Rica is just what the doctor ordered for our über-hectic life! I’m sure many of you lie awake at night, wondering what we have planned for our 15th anniversary in 2 1/2 years. . . rest assured, something big is in the works!
Recent ValueTactics Blog Posts
– Year in Review – 2017 breaks down the total value (and expenses) Nicoleen and I captured in 2017, primarily by using the credit card and point/miles tactics. It’s a great report to read if you want a realistic idea of the risk vs. reward in employing Value Tactics!
– New Life Breathed into my Citi ThankYou Premier explains how my Citi ThankYou Premier card went from the dumpster to the front of my wallet. It was a perfect storm of little bonus deals and a retention offer that all added up to a worthwhile reason to keep and use the card.
Free Travel Photo
Now you’re updated. Go employ some Value Tactics!
If only that was true. I didn’t remind him until we already sat down and paid for food/drink like chumps!
Any more progress on the YouTube channel!!!!?
It’s been noted by several readers (and Derek himself) that Jared and Derek in fact DID NOT avail themselves of the free airport food and beer. This photo was the two of them eating non-free food at an MSP terminal restaurant. I should have known as much considering the iPads at each spot. Hopefully the lesson is even more impactful now!