Our Crowne Plaza motel suite

 This stay was part of our 2013 IHG Big Win. If you haven’t registered for the 2014 promotion, you can do it HERE. It’s not a request, but an order!   At least check and see the amount of points at stake, OK? We rarely travel without kids, but I was 1 night short of getting…

Could this card be a keeper?

I am referring to US Bank FlexPerks card. It has a unique earning structure, like no other card out there. Right now it comes with a 20000-point sign-up bonus, though personally, I would wait and see if they increase it in connection with the Olympic games. Also, be aware, you could be approved for a lower…

Miles and points, tea-cher, San Francisco

  The other day I was reading  “Islands”, my favorite magazine. I mentioned before that it has substance and not just the pretty photos and ads. Anyway, they had an interview with a guy who moved from US to Taiwan and became  a tea monk (yes, it’s a real thing), or tea-cher, as he calls himself.…

Redeeming Rapid Rewards for family and friends

Actually, this particular redemption qualifies as both, since I’m friends with  my in-laws. One of my readers had requested that I cover Southwest and it’s frequent flyer program. I consider Rapid Rewards points to be some of the most valuable currency in this hobby, specifically for a family of 4 or 5. While other programs…

The best 0 % balance transfer card choices

This is an extra post for the week because some of my relatives have asked about cards with a 0 % balance transfer offer. Ideally, this is not something most of my readers would be interested in, but deserves a mention. I have narrowed it down to cards that provide some perks such as cash…

New roof equals 5 new credit cards!

For the last 12 months I have been diligently putting money away for a new roof. We knew it would be around 10000 dollars for metal kind, a good chunk of change. But since our mortgage is currently paid off, we had a surplus that we could channel towards that goal. I recommend, everyone saves…

Miles and points, sellout, Vancouver island

  As you have figured out by now, this will be a place for me to do my kinder, gentler rants/vents. Since this is a three part post, you can always skip this segment if you wish. The term “sellout blogger” is thrown around a lot in this industry. Many times undeservedly. So, I was…