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The Easiest Ways to Meet Credit Card Spending for Bonuses

The easiest way to quickly accumulate a stash of points or miles is through a credit card signup bonus. Meeting the minimum spending, though, can sometimes seem daunting. In most cases you have three months to do it, and spending requirements tend to go up as cards become more upscale—$4,000 or $5,000 isn’t an unusual threshold for a high-end rewards card. However, it’s easy to accomplish once you know the tricks and shortcuts. Let’s start with the basics. Make Sure You’re Eligible for the Bonus If you’ve had the card before and already received the bonus, you may have to wait 24 (or 48) months before applying again—or you might not be eligible at all. American Express, for example, enforces a rule of one bonus per card type per lifetime. In the case of Amex, at least they’ll tell you that you’re not eligible before allowing you to proceed with the application. With other banks, brush up on the rules before applying. Charge Everything And we mean everything. Remember that you don’t get points or miles for paying cash. From your morning visit to Starbucks to your pre-dinner grocery shopping, make sure you pull that card out of your wallet….

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A post about THE VIRUS

Yep, I’m using my communications degree to offer advice on a clearly medical issue. Click through because if nothing else I’m a good ranter. The post A post about THE VIRUS appeared first on Andy's Travel Blog. Source: Andys travel blog

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Idaho Ski Resorts Are a Real Bargain

After eight days on the slopes of Idaho Ski Resorts, I’ve found the state where a value-hunter like me can rejoice at the prices. I didn’t think there were still ski hills around where the local ski bums outnumbered lawyers and hedge fund managers anymore. But if you ski Idaho, you’ll find mellow mountains with no lift lines and people who are more concerned about snow conditions than how their outfit looks. I’ve talked before about the high cost of skiing in the USA and how it’s often cheaper to ski in Europe than it is in America. The folks 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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How to Pick a Honeymoon Destination

Is going to a honeymoon destination on your mind? You may be thinking of enjoying a romantic getaway if you’ve just set a date for your wedding. After all, love birds do need to fly! That doesn’t erase the fact that the thought of planning a honeymoon can seem a little intimidating for some couples as they try to keep wedding costs under control. Others simply want to splurge on what could be the most amazing trip of a person’s lifetime. Where do you fit on the honeymoon scale? Let’s consider some things that may help you to decide on the right honeymoon destination. Start With a Budget It’s really important to start with a budget when choosing a destination. The reality is that some destinations are just really hard to do when the cost is a concern. However, you can never know what’s possible until you start your research. Some couples may find that they can have an amazing holiday if they’re willing to compromise just a little bit. For instance, a trip to a specific island in the Caribbean may be out of your budget due to high airfare and hotel costs. That doesn’t mean that you won’t…

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Germany: How to explore the Black Forest on a budget

When you think of Germany, does your mind fill with thoughts of Cuckoo clocks, dense forests a la Grimm’s Fairy Tales, and a certain decadent cake made of chocolate and cherries with loads of whip cream on top? If so, the Black Forest (Schwarzwald) is definitely where you should head! And you’re in luck — this area will certainly give you plenty of room to explore without depleting your bank account. Located in Germany’s southwest area, the Black Forest stretches from Baden-Baden, Germany’s own Monte Carlo spa town, to the border to Switzerland, up along the Rhine River and almost all the way to Lake Constance. Read more on Germany • 50 Ways to save on your trip to Germany • Tips for driving the Autobahn • How to score a €1 bus trip in Germany Exploring the Black Forest region on a budget Although this region is a great place to visit for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts, it also has lots to offer culture lovers, with plenty of castles, museums, and old churches to choose from. Follow our tips to help you save on your Black Forest adventure. How to Get There If you’re flying to the Black Forest region…

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NASA Social Rocket Launch, Finale: Up Close with a Falcon 9 Rocket and Watching it Blast into Space

It was finally time. We got up close and personal with the rocket and then watched it blast into space. Click through because the pictures are epic and you love epic pictures and space. The post NASA Social Rocket Launch, Finale: Up Close with a Falcon 9 Rocket and Watching it Blast into Space appeared first on Andy's Travel Blog. Source: Andys travel blog

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NASA Social Rocket Launch, Day Two: a Space Shuttle, the VAB, and Visiting an Actual Launch Pad!

Rockets. Vehicle Assembly Building. AN ACTUAL LAUNCH PAD. Click through to read because science. The post NASA Social Rocket Launch, Day Two: a Space Shuttle, the VAB, and Visiting an Actual Launch Pad! appeared first on Andy's Travel Blog. Source: Andys travel blog

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Avianca LifeMiles: An Underrated Frequent Flyer Program

In the world of points and miles, hobbyists gradually become aware of the possibilities for award travel. When you’re getting started accumulating miles, you tend to look for award flights on your designated airline only. At some point, you realize that your airline’s partners open up a new universe of destinations. Eventually, seasoned travelers understand that transferable points are far more valuable and flexible than miles in a fixed frequent flyer program. The final stage is when all of these factors come together: If you have a stash of transferable points, you can shift them into a program with the lowest redemption rates and the greatest number of partners. Avianca LifeMiles is one of the prime sweet spots for award travel. Of course, as the flag carrier of Colombia, the airline offers discounted awards to South America. But what if you don’t want to go to Bogota? Avianca is also a member of Star Alliance, the world’s largest consortium of airlines, which allows travelers to redeem miles on all alliance members: Aegean Air Canada Air China Air India Air New Zealand ANA (All Nippon Airways) Asiana Austrian Brussels Airlines Copa Airlines Croatia Airlines Egyptair Ethiopian EVA Air LOT Polish Airlines…

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American and Hyatt Announce Intriguing Status Match Challenge for Status Until 2022

A great new status challenge for American and Hyatt elite status holders. Click through because you love elite status challenges. The post American and Hyatt Announce Intriguing Status Match Challenge for Status Until 2022 appeared first on Andy's Travel Blog. Source: Andys travel blog

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Travel Tactics During a Virus Panic

After getting 28 messages from my wife about why I should cancel my trip to Europe because of the corona virus panic, I finally did. It wasn’t really up to me in the end anyway: the conference I was supposed to be speaking at got postponed, so that meant canceling the whole trip. It was to be in Sicily, a southern island far from where the real trouble is in north Italy, but perception trumps microclimate reality in these cases, so in the end the organizers had no choice. Hopefully I’ll be there in the autumn instead. I continued on 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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