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Vacations You Can Take With Credit Card Rewards

The average vacation for a family of four rang in at a staggering $4,580 in 2014, according to a recent study from American Express. That total includes the cost of lodging, transportation, food, and entertainment, and of course the excessive taxes and fees that are levied on every component of your travel itinerary. Show More Summary

How to Score a Hotel Upgrade, Buying and Selling Hyatt Gift Cards for Fun and Profit, and What Kimpton Members Really Think…

News and notes from around the interweb: Buying and re-selling Hyatt gift cards while earning miles on American Express business cards. If you want a hotel upgrade, aim for a one-category upgrade (HT: Alan H.) Meh. Here’s how to ask for – and get – an upgrade. Show More Summary

Christmas Day (Jewish Thurday) Morning News Dump

The Left Discovers You Shouldn't Collectivize Guilt Not Just The IRS Good Catch By DrewM Coolidge's Tree Americans Have A Duty To Express Unpopular Opinions Police Shoot Armed Man Near Ferguson, Thugs Start Throwing Rocks And Bricks At Police...

All Delta Pay With Miles Tickets Will Be Eligible For Mileage Accrual In 2015

Delta has a Pay With Miles redemption option, which is available exclusively for those with Delta's co-branded American Express Card. Basically the Pay With Miles option lets you redeem miles towards the cost of a revenue ticket at the rate of one cent per mile... Show More Summary

Flying on the Snowball Express with American Airlines

The Snowball Express folks lined up on the tarmac in Atlanta with some familiar faces – Photo: Jason Rabinowitz The sun had yet to rise over the control tower at New York’s JFK Airport on the cold December morning, but the party at Terminal 8 was already well underway. This was no ordinary day [...]Show More Summary

Honda's American Muscle Via A Kei-Lens Is Nice And Bonkers

5 days agoVehicles / Cars : Jalopnik

I've mentioned before how taken I am with Honda's home-market-only N-Box Slash, and now it seems Honda's expressing some envy for an iconic American car affectation: old-school Detroit muscle. Seeing that that actually means when applied to this odd little 660cc box is pretty fantastic. And ridiculous. Read more...

Ask the Readers: Do You Find Re-gifting Socially Acceptable?

Re-gifting used to be a little taboo — we may do it, but we don't like to talk about it. Not anymore! In fact, the American Express Spending & Savings Tracker found that 76% of people think it's socially acceptable to re-gift — up from 73% in 2013 and 71% in 2012. Surprisingly...

3 Key Rewards Program Tools for Staying in Good Hotels at Very Little Cost

I receive compensation for many links on this blog. You don’t have to use these links, but I am grateful to you if you do. American Express, Citibank, Chase, and other banks are advertising partners of this site. I do not write about...Show More Summary

10 of the best Christmas menus in London

SPONSORED FEATURE IN ASSOCIATION WITH AMERICAN EXPRESS Fed up with turkey and all the trimmings? Christmas is very much upon us but if you?re in London and looking for something a little bit different to the usual festive fayre, then read on for 10 of the best Christmas menus in the capital. Show More Summary

Exploiting the Freshly Increased Value of Citibank’s Thank You Points

I receive compensation for many links on this blog. You don’t have to use these links, but I am grateful to you if you do. American Express, Citibank, Chase, and other banks are advertising partners of this site. I do not write about...Show More Summary

Does WMATA Serve Its City’s Needs Better Than the MBTA?

While reading Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism by Benjamin Ross (it’s a very good book), I came across this (boldface mine): As much as the subways of the seventies were a reaction against urban expressways, … Continue reading ?

ENDING, LAST CHANCE: 50,000 Point Bonus $0 First Year Fee British Airways Visa Offer

I receive compensation for many links on this blog. You don’t have to use these links, but I am grateful to you if you do. American Express, Citibank, Chase, and other banks are advertising partners of this site. I do not write about...Show More Summary

George R.R. Martin Wants to Showcase The Interview at His Movie Theater

The hackers behind the Interview incident have elicited both anger and fear from American moviegoers. A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin (pictured, via) has publicly expressed great fury towards Sony for pulling the film from theaters. Here’s an excerpt from Martin’s blog post: “I haven’t seen The Interview. Show More Summary

American Express’ New Lounge Opening, United’s Unpublished “Award Sale” and Losing Your Job Over Travel Deals

News and notes from around the interweb: It’s amazing how long United’s ‘unofficial award sale’ seems to last.. Doubletree’s new bath amenities. Things like amenities — and cookies — provide consistency, which is especially important for Doubletree which is Hilton’s conversion brand. Show More Summary

American Horror Story: Freak Show’ Season 4 Episode 10 Recap: “Orphans”

Everybody in Elsa’s Cabinet of Curiosities is an orphan — I’m pretty sure this exact sentiment has already been expressed several times this season, if not directly then surely through subtext. In fact, in might be the crux of Freak Show! This week, in traditional AHS fashion, that idea is done to death. Show More Summary

US-Cuba Reconciliation Elicits Mixed Reactions From Hispanic American Christian Leaders; Cuba's Human Rights Problem Point of Contention

Christian leaders in America have expressed both concern and hope at news of historic plans to normalize diplomatic relationships between the U.S. and Cuba. Some political leaders have also suggested that Cuba has not shown enough progress in human rights to justify easing economic restrictions.

CMO of the Week: John Hayes, American Express and Transforming Marketing Into Service

Is American Express a credit card company? Yes. But if you speak to CMO John Hayes, he’ll tell you that American Express is first and foremost a service company. How do Hayes and his marketing team push the boundaries of marketing as service? By fostering workplace curiosity, taking up their customers’ interests and extending benefits to non-members.

Review: Bluecoat Barrel Finished Gin

Bluecoat has become a beloved gin of the New American school, and now the brand is taking things a step further by launching a barrel-finished expression. Essentially this is standard Bluecoat that is aged — for an unstated length of...Show More Summary

ABC's Karl Unconvinced By WH Claim Gross Release not a Spy Swap

Wednesday at the White House press briefing, ABC News chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl expressed his disbelief as press secretary Josh Earnest attempted to claim Cuba's release of the American prisoner Alan Gross was a "humanitarian...Show More Summary

‘Ask A Cop’ Goes Awry: #AskACop Hashtag Backfires Horribly, Sparks Outrage Via Twitter

In wake of the controversial deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, many Americans have expressed their frustration with police brutality. The racially-charged nationwide controversy has sparked many debates on nearly every social media platform. Show More Summary

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