Tourists traveling to Europe continuously leave millions of dollars on the table in eligible Value Added Tax, or VAT, refunds, which can be 15-25% back on purchases depending on the country and nature of the purchase. That’s a decent amount of savings, and shouldn’t be left with your vacation memories in Europe.
A decision I have started thinking about is whether I’ll keep the Sapphire Preferred card open when the first year is up in June 2017, when I’ll have to pay an annual fee of $95 to keep the card. Point Savvy wisely suggested I look into opening another Chase card so I can keep my reward points and avoid paying an annual fee. Chase Freedom and Chase Freedom Unlimited are two card that offer cash back rewards with no annual fee.
We love a good promotion and Southwest is having a fun one right now that involves its social media pages. You just have to register by October 24, 2016 and then follow @Southwestair on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and share a funny story on one of the pages with the hashtags #WannaGetAway and #contest.
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.
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.
In the wake of the Orlando nightclub massacre, JetBlue is offering free flights on its available flights to and from Orlando to immediate family members and domestic partners of the victims. “This weekend’s events are felt by all of our 19,000 crewmembers, many of whom live in, work from and travel through Orlando. We want to do our part to help the victims of this tragedy, as well as support the Orlando community through this difficult time.”
Stop! Don’t just click on an online retail site to shop for a Father’s Day gift. Take the extra step to enter through your favorite airline or hotel rewards portal.
This Mother’s Day, we believe that shopping through Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards portal, filled with hundreds of partner deals, is the best way to buy mom a great gift, save money, while taking the quickest route to free travel.
If you’re looking for the best way to save money on travel, look into combining the new Chase Freedom Unlimited Card with the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card for a winning combination.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts recently announced it has signed three hotel deals in Cuba, marking the first U.S.-based hospitality company to enter the Cuban market in nearly 60 years. It’s a great reason for participants in the Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty program to start packing their bags!
Nothing says spring like the blooming of the cherry blossoms in the nation’s capital. Whether you decide to take a midweek getaway, or want to spend a weekend – there is lots to see and do. You can maximize your savings by being a Starwood Preferred Guest and taking advantage of all this robust rewards program and DC have to offer.
Take advantage of these super low fares to San Juan on Southwest Airlines. Fares start as low as $123 one way from Baltimore/Washington (BWI) to San Juan, PR (SJU) and you can leave as early as April 6. For a limited time you can earn 75,000 Hilton HHonors Bonus Points.
Spring break is rapidly approaching and there’s nothing better than planning a late winter beach vacation to Nassau, Bahamas or better yet, Atlantis on Paradise Island. American Airlines is currently offering incredible deals on flights from Baltimore (BWI) to Nassau, Bahamas airport (NAS).
Not every venture away from home is a full-scale vacation. Whether you’re taking a last-minute trip to the mountains with the family or driving your kids to another soccer tournament out of town, it helps to have a credit card that rewards those road trips with as many points as possible.
The first major snow storm of the season is about to hit the Northeast so here’s a great last-minute deal to help you escape the cold temperatures by planning a beach vacation to the Caribbean. American Airlines is currently offering incredible deals on flights from New York (LGA) to Philipsburg, Saint Maarten Princess Juliana airport (SXM).
For a limited time you can get even more from your American Airlines AAdvantage® membership with the Citi®/AAdvantage® Platinum Select® Card. Get the card and earn 50,000 bonus miles after you make $3,000 in purchases in your first 3 months. That’s 2 FREE domestic round-trip MileSAAver® awards – enough for $675 in free flights.
Incredible flight deals to Miami are back for travel originating in Baltimore (BWI). Round-trip fares start at just $87. I recently took advantage of a similar deal on a direct flight from Baltimore to Miami, and found it to be a better experience on American Airlines versus Southwest, even though Baltimore is a Southwest hub. If you’re looking to get out of the Baltimore/DC area, and can be a little spontaneous I highly recommend this deal.
One of my favorite loyalty programs is the Starwood Preferred Guest program. Over the years I have made it my mission to reach Platinum level in the SPG program no matter how much I torture my family in the process of getting there. This past December, I was in need of three stays to reach my Platinum status.
Here are a few highlights from this week’s top stories including strategies for planning you dream vacation using points, a person story of how e0c.4f5.myftpupload.com founder Barbara Jones gifted an exotic honeymoon to her cousin using points, and articles on top grocery store cards, AARP discounts, debt consolidation loans and airline loyalty programs.
You may have missed articles that have appeared on e0c.4f5.myftpupload.com. Here’s a recap of why Point Savvy was created, best cards for transferring a higher rate balance, a heartfelt story written writer Kia, what are the best saving accounts and personal loans and big savings on travel with AARP membership.
From offering bonus points and miles to waiving the annual fee, many rewards credit cards give loyal cardmembers great incentives to keep their cards and use them even more. Here are a few recent offers we’ve seen online and in our inboxes.
Last week, I wrote about an experience I had with Southwest Airlines when I volunteered to be “bumped” from one of their flights, and now I’m hooked on this travel strategy.
Taking advantage of Southwest’s voluntary bump policy never occurred to me until a few weeks ago, when inclement weather conditions prompted me to consider the option. My daughter and I had a wonderful diversion, turning an otherwise harrowing flight into a lovely overnight adventure in Providence, RI.
We’ve narrowed down a handful of our favorite hotel rewards credit cards that offer some of the best rewards, free lodging and extra perks for loyal cardholders. Hotel-branded cards can offer you great benefits, one being free nights from the start as long as you meet the necessary spend in the first few months. Frequent loyal guests will discover benefits that both lower your rates and add another dimension of luxury to the hotel experience.
My friend was working for a corporation headquartered in Baltimore. In 2012, the company was bought by a competitor based out of Nashville. As a valued upper-level manager, she was given the choice of taking an attractive exit package or relocating to Nashville, with a promise to be promoted to Senior Vice President.
Last weekend, I was traveling with my daughter and husband from Providence, RI to Baltimore, MD, returning from a long-overdue weekend getaway. We reached the airport in ample time, so our check-in experience was smooth sailing. My family and I have been frequent flyers on Southwest, so my confidence in this company is very high. However, the weather was tumultuous, with threatening storm conditions in Baltimore, and I wasn’t really looking forward to the trip home.