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9 States Where Residents Will Need a Passport to Travel Through Any TSA Check Point in 2018

By | December 23, 2016| Reward Credit Card, Travel Credit Cards, Travel Credit Cards Article | No Comments

Starting January 22, 2018, driver’s licenses issued by the a hand full of states will no longer be acceptable at any TSA checkpoints. So if you’re a resident of Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, or Washington you’ll need to make sure that you have a valid passport or another form of valid ID if you’re flying anywhere domestically!

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Delta Launches Baggage-Tracking APP

By | November 15, 2016| Travel Credit Cards, Travel Credit Cards Article | No Comments

Today, Delta Airlines will become the first major airline to launch a smartphone app that allows fliers to track their checked bags. Believe it or not there were an estimated 23 million mishandled bags across the globe last year alone. Were you one of those sorry victims? Some of us were, and although we lived to tell about it our stories are nightmarish.

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College Hacker Hits United Frequent Flyer Jackpot

By | September 21, 2016| Airline Cards, Travel Credit Cards, Travel Credit Cards Article | No Comments

United Airlines’ Bug Bounty Program just awarded 15 million frequent flier miles to 19-year-old ex-hacker and Georgia Tech student Ryan Pickren. Just last year he almost went to jail for hacking into rival University of Georgia’s online calendar, and now he’s being rewarded for uncovering, what sources say, could be up to 15 severe bugs in their system.

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The Chase Sapphire Reserve Card: Why Bloggers Are Changing The Credit Card Market

By | September 18, 2016| Airline Cards, Reward Credit Card, Travel Credit Cards, Travel Credit Cards Article | No Comments

The Chase Sapphire Reserve is the hottest luxury rewards credit card out there right now. Its leaked release mid-August has generated so much buzz and demand that issuing bank JPMorgan Chase ran out of the engraved metal cards in 10 days, sending temporary plastic cards to clamoring masses.

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Why Citi Prestige and Amex Platinum Offer You Better Lounge Access Than Chase Sapphire Reserve

By | September 14, 2016| Travel Credit Cards, Travel Credit Cards Article | No Comments

With the addition of the Chase Sapphire Reserve to the high end travel rewards market, and the discussions about all of its benefits and services to offset the $450 annual fee, we thought that it would be a good time to compare the airport lounge benefits associated with each of the 3 top cards in this upscale travel rewards category. What we found out might surprise you.

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Free Just Got Even More FREE! Starwood Luxury at 35% Off

By | September 12, 2016| Credit Cards, Hotel Cards, Reward Credit Card, Travel Credit Cards, Travel Credit Cards Article | No Comments

It’s promotion time again with the Starwood Preferred Guest program. SPG is currently offering a limited-time offer that gives travelers 35% off Free Night redemptions at select resorts. This promotion is available at only 8 of Starwood’s most sought after luxury properties, and is valid through February 28, 2017. The resorts included normally start at a 40,000 point redemption per night and goes up to 90,000. Now you can take advantage of a night free for as little as 26,000 at some of the brand’s most coveted and exclusive hotels.

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Why British Airways and the “Avios and Cash Option” is the Place For All of Your Misfit Points

By | September 9, 2016| Airline Cards, Reward Credit Card, Travel Credit Cards, Travel Credit Cards Article | No Comments

Any points junkie worth his or her weight will tell you to sign up for any and all loyalty programs that cross your path. They are generally free, and it takes little time and energy to answer a few questions. So if you’re like us you have a member number for every hotel chain, airline frequent flyer program, and car rental company – but not necessarily tens of thousands of points with each. What do you do with…

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How to Save a Bundle on ATM Fees When Traveling Abroad

By | September 8, 2016| Airline Cards, Credit Cards, Hotel Cards, Travel Credit Cards, Travel Credit Cards Article | No Comments

Be careful the next time that you leave the country. Without a few key insights, that handbag that you bargained over in Florence could end up costing you more than you ever thought, and with every swipe of your credit card or ATM cash withdrawal your travel budget could easily get out of hand. But it doesn’t have to. We’ve identified the best ways to avoid banking fees while traveling, and have hopefully made it easier for you to travel knowing about all of those annoying fees.

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DC to NYC for $49 on Amtrak Takes a Big Bite Out of a Big Apple Getaway

By | September 2, 2016| Reward Credit Card, Savvy Approved Product, Savvy Approved Products Article, Travel Credit Cards, Travel Credit Cards Article, Travel Loyalty Program | No Comments

Amtrak tickets for it’s Northeast Corridor can be very pricey, and can make a trip to New York City extremely pricey – until now. To save the most when booking Amtrak we suggest taking the Northeast Regional Saver and start your booking at least two weeks in advance. There are many options to travel on Northeast Regional trains to enjoy a $49 fare.

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Best Credit Card For Wedding Purchases That Get You A Free Honeymoon

By | August 12, 2016| Credit Cards, Hotel Cards, Reward Credit Card, Travel Credit Cards, Travel Credit Cards Article | No Comments

If you’re planning an event, do it at a Marriott for the absolute best rewards. We, at Point Savvy, are currently in the process of helping plan my sister-in-law’s Connecticut wedding by maximizing points so to offer her and her husband-to-be a variety of options for a free honeymoon that they will remember.

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Get a Free Night with Starwood. No Cash. No Points. No Kidding.

By | August 8, 2016| Credit Cards, Hotel Cards, Reward Credit Card, Travel Credit Cards, Travel Credit Cards Article | No Comments

I have been a loyal guest at Starwood Hotels and a diehard user of Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Starpoints for over a decade. I have spent more time dragging my family from Sheraton to Four Points to every W Hotel in the continental U.S. to rack up hotel stays to achieve Platinum Status, which just happened last week for the ninth time! Needless to say, I’m excited. But you don’t need to achieve Platinum Status to take advantage of one of the best Starwood offers – their fifth night free benefit.

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New Flight! British Airways Brings 787-8 Dreamliner International Service to Baltimore

By | August 2, 2016| Travel Credit Cards, Travel Credit Cards Article | No Comments

Baltimore became the fourth U.S. market to use British Airways’ bigger, better Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, which departed on its first flight for London Heathrow from BWI Marshall Airport on Monday. There are only eight Boeing 787-8 aircraft in British Airways’ fleet, so one coming to Baltimore is a big deal.

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Starwood Birth Year Promotion: The Older You Are The Less You Pay

By | July 29, 2016| Credit Cards, Hotel Cards, Reward Credit Card, Travel Credit Cards, Travel Credit Cards Article | No Comments

Here at Point Savvy we talk about the aging process more than we would like to admit. But with Starwood’s Birth Year Promotion we are happy to shout how old we are from the rooftop of any 5 star hotel under the Starwood umbrella. If you’re not quite sure where your next quick getaway may be, this program may help you to narrow your search while saving you some real money on your hotel stay.

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Fare Alert! Norwegian Air Flies Direct to Martinique and Guadeloupe Starting at $198 RT from Baltimore

By | July 21, 2016| Credit Cards, Hotel Cards, Reward Credit Card, Travel Credit Cards, Travel Credit Cards Article | No Comments

Once again, Norwegian Airlines is offering great fares direct from BWI to both islands giving you a great jumpstart to a vacation when you really need starting in early November. Best of all, these fares start in November and run through March so that you can take advantage of them from Thanksgiving through Spring Break.

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Redeem SPG Starpoints for a Tennis Lesson with Andy Roddick or Other Incredible 2016 U.S. Open Experiences

By | July 20, 2016| Credit Cards, Hotel Cards, Reward Credit Card, Travel Credit Cards, Travel Credit Cards Article | No Comments

True, some loyalty points only get you discounted plane tickets or hotel upgrades. But Starwood’s Preferred Customer program gets you tennis superstar Andy Roddick. Today, Starwood makes available one of its most popular SPG Moments by giving members the opportunity to redeem Starpoints for once-in-a-lifetime VIP experiences at the 2016 U.S. Open, including access to media tours, courtside seats to the finals and the aforementioned Andy Roddick (via a personalized tennis lesson).

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6 Assumptions About Frequent Flyer Programs That Will Keep You Grounded

By | July 12, 2016| Airline Cards, Travel Credit Cards, Travel Credit Cards Article | No Comments

The changes that have occurred since Frequent Flyer Miles were introduced in 1981 are endless. Long gone are the days when you could call a representative on the phone that would help you navigate the system and find you a free seat on a non-stop flight to the destination of your choice at the last minute without fees. With consumers now smarter, technology more advanced, and fuel prices higher, the airlines have made the process of free travel more difficult to achieve – unless you know how to navigate the system.

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What Are the 5 Best Airline Credit Cards?

By | June 25, 2016| Airline Cards, Travel Credit Cards, Travel Credit Cards Article, Travel Loyalty Program | No Comments

Savvy reader LeeAnn asked me for my opinion on how to choose an airline credit card. “What’s the best credit card that will get me a free vacation in the next three months?” The basic answer is what airline hub works for you. If you live close to major airport then you’re probably already signed up for a frequent flyer program that is tied to an airline that you already fly frequently.

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Limited-Time Bonus Alert: Get 66% More Delta SkyMiles from American Express!

By | June 7, 2016| Travel Credit Cards, Travel Credit Cards Article | No Comments

My nephew carries the Gold Delta SkyMiles credit card from American Express. He lives in Atlanta so this made sense for him to get the credit card years ago. He has since married and has two sons so he needs to earn more miles to fly a family of four to Delta destinations. I advised that his wife apply for her own Delta SkyMiles Credit Card before this offer expires on July 6, 2016.

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Sweepstakes Alert: What Would You Do With 350,000 American Airlines AAdvantage Miles?

By | May 12, 2016| Airline Cards, Reward Credit Card, Savvy Approved Product, Travel Credit Cards, Travel Credit Cards Article | No Comments

American Airlines is celebrating their 35 year anniversary by giving away 350,000 miles to 35 lucky people. This sweepstakes is happening now so you have to act fast and enter your information by June 1, 2016. To enter the contest, you’ll need to provide your name, email address and AAdvantage number at the giveaway site by 11:59 p.m. CDT on June 1, 2016.

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