Month: December 2019

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My Top 10 Pictures from 2019!

Let’s wrap up 2019 the right way, with my top 10 images from a wonderful year. Click through because you had a wonderful year. The post My Top 10 Pictures from 2019! appeared first on Andy's Travel Blog. Source: Andys travel blog

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The Marriott Bonvoy Credit Cards

When it comes to dispensing travel rewards, competing banks make strange bedfellows. Credit card issuers will always prefer to have an exclusive arrangement with an airline or hotel chain. Sometimes, though, circumstances force two different banks to issue cards for the same reward program—and when that happens, the situation can be a boon for consumers. Prior to the merger of Marriott and Starwood into Marriott Bonvoy, American Express issued Starwood cards while Chase handled the Marriott side. After prolonged negotiation, Marriott ended up signing an agreement with both banks: Chase would issue the mass market and premium consumer cards, while Amex would get the super-premium and small business segment of the market. For the points and miles collector, there are pluses and minuses to this arrangement. On the positive side, it’s possible to hold cards from both banks and some attractive card benefits (such as the free anniversary nights) can be stacked. Among the negatives are the fact that the signup bonuses offered by both banks will tend to mirror each other, and there are complicated restrictions involved with getting the bonuses. Before we look at the benefits of each card, let’s examine those restrictions. Amex has a once-in-a-lifetime policy…

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Return to Iceland, Finale: Amazing Waterfalls NEXT to the Popular Ones

It’s time to finally conclude the Iceland trip report. Click through because you love concluding things. The post Return to Iceland, Finale: Amazing Waterfalls NEXT to the Popular Ones appeared first on Andy's Travel Blog. Source: Andys travel blog

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My 2019 Aviation Photography Year in Review (80+ images!)

More people have been asking about it than the credit card offer on an American Airlines flight. Well, it’s finally here, my aviation photography year in review. Click through because you love aviation photography years in review. The post My 2019 Aviation Photography Year in Review (80+ images!) appeared first on Andy's Travel Blog. Source: Andys travel blog

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The Best Small Business Credit Cards

If you operate any sort of business, whether large or small, it’s essential to have a dedicated credit card. The primary reason is the simplest and most obvious: your card allows you to separate personal and business expenses. Mingling the two together is something the IRS really doesn’t like, and it’s one of the easiest ways to get audited. The other reasons are just as practical. As your endeavor grows, you will find yourself needing more capital. Small businesses without a financial track record usually find it hard to receive bank loans, and a business credit card can help you buy the equipment you need to expand. A small business card is ideal for the entrepreneur who doesn’t yet qualify for a corporate card. To apply for one, you don’t need to be Warren Buffet. For many issuers, it’s enough if you’re operating some sort of legitimate business activity, even if that business is a side gig or still in the startup mode. If you detail cars, run a babysitting service in your spare time or buy and sell merchandise on the internet, you’ll probably qualify. If you don’t yet file a Schedule C or have a company tax I.D.,…

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Where People Are Traveling Around the World

Did you know that Pattaya is more popular than Amsterdam? Or that Antalya gets twice as many visitors as Cancun? There are some interesting findings when you step away from the “hot list” travel media and look at where people are traveling around the world for real. What are the most popular destination cities in […] Want to live a better life for half the price? Sign up for the Cheap Living Abroad Newsletter.               Source: Cheapest Destinations

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So, You Have to Spend the Night in an Airport

The fantasy of spending a night away from home while traveling typically includes things like plush bedding, spa access, a balcony overlooking a sandy beach and room service. However, it doesn’t always look like that. We sometimes get stuck in airports overnight. Factors like inclement weather, natural disasters and mechanical issues can quickly turn an airport terminal into a makeshift hotel room. Of course, some people actually plan to spend the night in an airport ahead of time when booking a layover. Your first instinct might be to become grumpy if you find yourself stuck in an airport for the night. However, there are certain tips and tricks that can actually make your overnight airport experience more tolerable. Check out some things to keep in mind if you’re considering the idea of living like Tom Hanks in “The Terminal” during your next trip. Ask About Cots You may not have to spend a night slumped over in a chair inside an airport terminal. Most travelers are unaware of the fact that many airports actually provide cots to travelers. The only catch is that you typically have to ask for them. The airport you’re visiting may also be able to provide…

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Get the Benefits of Airline Elite Status Without Qualifying

In recent years, airline elite status has become both less rewarding and harder to obtain. Along with minimum amounts of either miles or segments flown, American, Delta and United have all imposed spending requirements. For frequent flyers, the most frustrating thing about the loyalty programs is that upgrades have largely dried up: airlines with First Class cabins are doing everything possible to monetize those seats, including offering attractive buy ups at check-in. American and Delta now have virtually identical elite tiers (United recently revised theirs, keeping the four levels but raising spending levels): 25,000 actual miles flown or 30 qualifying segments, plus at least $3,000 in spending. 50,000 miles or 60 segments, plus $6,000 in spending. 75,000 miles or either 90 or 100 segments, plus $9,000 in spending. 100,000 miles or either 120 or 140 segments, plus $15,000 in spending. If you’re an occasional (or even monthly) business or leisure traveler, you have little chance of meeting those requirements. For the upper tiers, the spending thresholds make it almost impossible unless you fly in premium cabins. It’s becoming rare to see a top-tier elite who isn’t a CEO or major corporate executive. Apart from upgrades, what are the current benefits…

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Picture of the Week: My Tesla Model 3

Tesla. Model 3. Click through because you love very fast cars. The post Picture of the Week: My Tesla Model 3 appeared first on Andy's Travel Blog. Source: Andys travel blog

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The Cheapest Places to Live in the World – 2020

Every year I publish a report on the cheapest places to live in the world, with a wrap-up on where you can find the lowest living expenses for expats. I am the author of A Better Life for Half the Price, an expat who has lived abroad for years, and a guy who profiles the […] Want to live a better life for half the price? Sign up for the Cheap Living Abroad Newsletter.               Source: Cheapest Destinations

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