Citi ThankYou Points Now Transfer to Airline Partners

Transfer Citi ThankYou points to airlines

ChasingThePoints tweeted me today to ask if my Citi ThankYou cards now have flexible airline transfer partners and I found out that, indeed, they do! Citibanks has made a very nice change to its Premier, Prestige and Chairmans ThankYou credit cards to allow points to transfer to airline partners. Up until now, the best use of Citi ThankYou points was to redeem for airfare at a fixed value. When redeemed this way, the flights were not considered award tickets and  would still earn miles. They would just convert to money you could use toward airline tickets: 1.25 cents per point for Citi … [Read more...]

Delta: $500 Fares to Kauai from Charlotte and Philadelphia!

Na Pali Coast from the boat

The Flight Deal just posted one of the lowest fares I've ever seen to the beautiful island of Kauai that seems to be good through next June. This includes winter travel for late 2014/early 2015. It seems that Delta is currently attacking US Airways at its hubs so it's not clear how long this fare will last. I am, unfortunately, all planned out on winter travel already so won't be taking advantage of it. Visit The Flight Deal's page: $519: Philadelphia – Kauai, Hawaii. Roundtrip, including all Taxes for full details on how to book! I recently visited Kauai in December and loved it. Kauai … [Read more...]

Prague and Vienna Summer Trip: Hofburg Palace, Museums and a Mozart Concert

Admiring the Imperial Silver Collection

Our first full day in Vienna turned out to be a very busy one. We focused on the sights close to the center - the Hofburg Palace Imperial Apartments, Sisi Museum, Hofburg Treasury, St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Kunsthistorisches Museum. It was a busy day, but a very fun day nevertheless. With the Park Hyatt Vienna being located right in the center, everything was right there and easy to get to for us. Vienna has numerous museums and palaces so we picked the few we wanted to see the most. We topped off the evening with a Mozart concert at the Musikverein. Trip report index: Planning … [Read more...]

The Best Category Bonus Credit Cards Without Annual Fees

Discover it card

I will occasionally pay an annual fee when it's genuinely worth it, but of course, we all love having credit cards without annual fees. I was going through my collection of credit cards the other day and was happy to see that I have a number of ones where I don't need to worry about annual fees ever. Moreover, many of these cards offer some really nice rewards on category bonuses. A few don't even charge foreign transaction fees. It's self-explanatory why credit cards without annual fees are nice to have, but there are a few reasons I like to have these around: Increasing the average … [Read more...]

100,000 Citibank American Airlines Offer Alive Again?

Earlier this year, Citibank had an offer for 100,000 American Airlines miles and a $200 statement credit after spending $10,000 within 3 months. The card also carries a $450 annual fee. Despite the high annual fee and high spending requirement, this was an extremely popular offer. I personally signed up, completed the spending and received my 100,000 miles. A few weeks ago, the offer disappeared. Apparently, the offer is back via a zombie link and you can find the new application here. The application page does not state the 100,000 mile offer, but according to this Flyertalk thread, people … [Read more...]

$20 Staples Gift Card with $300 MasterCard Purchase

Staples MasterCard Gift Card Promotion

I learned from DealsWeLike that Staples has a promotion this week where you can receive a $20 Staples gift card when making $300 in prepaid MasterCard purchases. In order to receive the $20 Staples gift card, you do need to fill out a rebate. You can then use the Staples gift card to purchase a gift card to a different merchant such as Sephora, Macy's, Bloomingdale's etc. If you happen to shop at these merchants, the $20 Staples gift card is (almost) as good as cash. Let's take a look at the numbers behind the deal and see which is the best way to go: The Chase Ink Bold and Chase Ink … [Read more...]

Earning Lots of Cash Back with the ShopDiscover Portal


I do most of my shopping online for a few reasons. First, convenience. It's much easier to get things delivered right to my door than to have to make time to go to the store and carry it home. Second, online shopping rewards and cash back. There are many credit card portals out there that are willing to give cash back or miles for clicking through them to your merchant. 5% here, 10% there - it all adds up pretty quickly. Even when I do find something in a store, I just go online and order it (provided there is free shipping) to get those extra rewards. I use a few different portals such as … [Read more...]

Prague and Vienna Summer Trip: Schonbrunn and Belvedere Palaces

A view of the palace from atop the gloriette

On my four day visit to Vienna, the summer palaces were at the top of my list. Even after several visits to the Schonbrunn Palace on multiple trips to Vienna, the palace and gardens never fail to impress. As the main Hofburg Palace is in the center and the Schonbrunn and Belvedere Palaces are outside the center, I set aside a full day to tour the latter two. In fact, I enjoyed the Schonbrunn so much that I went there twice during the trip - once with my family and once when Svetlana arrived. This is part of my trip report on my week-long trip to the cities of Prague and Vienna. Trip … [Read more...]