Semi-Monthly Update (May 4, 2017)

In this update: An new elevated bonus on the Chase Marriott card, my recent card cancellations, our household monthly points and miles activity, and a teaser of some exciting website news! Credit Card News The Chase Marriott Premier card I recently reviewed now has an elevated sign-up bonus of 100k points!  The higher bonus comes Read More »

An Updated Look at Ultimate Rewards Versatility

Over a year ago I wrote a post praising Chase Ultimate Rewards (UR) for their versatility.  I gave several examples when Ultimate Rewards were crucial to my trip planning efforts.  In these examples, the versatility of these points made all the difference. The original blog post: Chase Ultimate Rewards – Versatility Matters Having a stash Read More »

Surprise Birthday Vacation to Miami Beach!

Happy Birthday, Nicoleen! Value tacticians don’t do surprise birthday parties.  We do surprise birthday vacations!  Moments after this post goes live, I will be revealing my wife’s surprise birthday vacation plans to her.  I started planning this trip in early August and it’s been a well-kept secret ever since. A big THANK YOU to all Read More »

Semi-Monthly Update (April 4, 2017)

In this post: an awesome credit card offer expiring tomorrow, our travel news and monthly points and miles round-up, some extreme free-after rebate sales at Menards, and more! Credit Card News Tomorrow (April 5th) is the last day for the elevated sign-up bonus on the American Express Starwood Preferred Guest card.  The standard bonus on Read More »