Credit card Q&A: “How to stop credit card offers.” Are you sick of receiving pesky credit card mailers seemingly every single day? I was, which is why after several grueling years I finally took action (yes, I procrastinated a couple years). After all, aside from being a general nuisance and bad for the environment, these… Continue reading How to Stop Receiving Credit Card Offers
A friend of mine recently notified me that his credit score plummeted nearly 100 points from the last time it was updated. He is enrolled in a free credit monitoring program, so he receives alerts when his credit scores fluctuate. Naturally, I asked him why he thought his credit score could have dropped so dramatically… Continue reading A Lesson in Credit Utilization
As you probably already know, credit card issuers make much of their money on collected interest and outrageous fees. See how credit card issuers make money for more on that. And it seems everyday credit card companies are coming up with new, innovative fees to charge their customers. Let’s take a look at five common… Continue reading Five Costly Credit Card Fees You Can Easily Avoid
Many consumers are riddled with credit card debt thanks in part to APR that is through the roof, making it very difficult to pay down debts and get back in the black. So you may ask yourself, “How can I lower my credit card interest rate?” Well, credit card issuers aren’t in the business of… Continue reading How Can I Lower My Credit Card Interest Rate?
You may have heard (or read) that the Chase Freedom Unlimited now comes with 3% cash back for the entire first year, similar to the double points/miles Discover offers during year one via cashback match. The biggest difference between that Discover offer and the Chase offer is that it’s not unlimited, ironically, on the Chase… Continue reading Is the 3% Chase Freedom Unlimited Offer Good or Bad?
It’s that time of the year again, when we scramble to make sure any and all calendar-year travel credits are exhausted. For those who still have unused credits, they might be looking at gift cards to get the job done. As most of you know, gift cards typically trigger travel credits offered by credit card… Continue reading Cardpool Review: Pretty Amazing for Unloading Gift Cards Fast
If you’re currently shopping for a new high-end credit card, the American Express Platinum card has undoubtedly shown up on your radar. But a different Amex card might be a much better deal. I’m referring to the Amex Premier Rewards Gold card, or Amex PRG. Allow me to explain. You Can Earn 75k MR Points… Continue reading How to Earn 75,000 Membership Rewards Points with Amex PRG
If you’re like me, or countless others, you probably have several Chase credit cards that earn Ultimate Rewards. Assuming you do, you’ll notice that all your Ultimate Rewards are kept in separate accounts tied to the card that earned the points. For example, if you have a Chase Sapphire Reserve card and a Chase Ink… Continue reading How to Combine Chase Ultimate Rewards Points
One of the downsides to American Express Membership Rewards points is the inability to simply cash them out for a decent value. Sure, you can get a statement credit, but the value is a mere .60 cents per point, which clearly isn’t worth it. You can also get an Amex gift card, but the value… Continue reading The Schwab Amex Platinum Let’s You Cash Out Your Points for 1.25 Cents Apiece
Sometimes the right credit card isn’t so obvious. Sometimes you think a card isn’t for you, when in fact, it’s the perfect fit. One example comes to mind…well, two or three if you count the multiple versions of the card. I’m referring to the Southwest credit cards from Chase, which currently offer 60,000 points if… Continue reading Get $600+ in Amazon Gift Cards with the Southwest Credit Card