Airline Credit Card You Use and Why?

In this series we’ll be asking some of our favorite bloggers their opinion or advice on a specific question. This way instead of just getting our thoughts on the topic, you can read a diverse range of views from some great bloggers.

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This week the question we asked bloggers was:

Which airline credit card do you use and why?

Stephen Lioy at MonkBoughtLunch

My favorite credit card that is properly an ‘airline card’ is the United Explorer. I get some occasional value out of the early boarding and free checked bags, and United miles are still one of my favorite points even post-devaluation. More than that, though, I use the Chase Sapphire Preferred for my airline purchases. Especially for international flights where the bags are free anyways, the 2.14 points per dollar + bonus for booking through the Ultimate Rewards mall/ partner sites make it a better value proposition for booking. Add in the really good lost and delayed baggage insurance and other perks they offer, and its a no-brainer. Even now that I’m paying the annual fee for it, the CSP keeps a place of honor in my spending patterns.

John Schmoll at Frugal Rules

My favorite Airline credit card would be a tie between the Southwest credit card and the Frontier Airlines credit card. Who doesn’t like Southwest? We love to fly Southwest as their rates are reasonable and they don’t charge any baggage fees. Both my wife and I have churned the Southwest cards and have earned several free flights out of it. The Frontier card is a great one as well because it has a ridiculously easy minimum spend to hit. We’ve churned that card as well to get free flights.

Norbert Figueroa at Globo Treks

My favorite is the Chase Sapphire because I get double miles for any travel purchase and it doesn’t have foreign transaction fees.

Auston Matta at Two Bad Tourists

One of our favorite cards is the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express. Though not strictly an airline card, its flexibility lets you transfer your points to more than 30 different airlines. We use this option to top off our mileage accounts when necessary or to book rooms at Starwood properties. We recently stayed the Sheraton Hotel Santa Maria de El Paular in Rascarifa Spain, a great day trip from Madrid.

Jan Ross at Wanderlust Wonder

The Venture Capitol One Visa card. We use this to accumulate points for travel or even just to purchase gift cards.

Jacob and Vanessa at Tightwad Travelers

We have many, but right now the best deal in airline cards is the Citi AAdvantage Executive Card. It offers 110,000 American Airlines miles after spending $10,000 in 3 months. If you really get creative, you can meet the minimum spend requirement before the first statement cuts, receive the miles, and then cancel the card within 30 days after the statement cuts to have the $450 annual fee refunded. This is all legal per the terms and conditions, but it’s sort of a moral grey area. Better yet, you can get multiple cards because Citi is handing them out like candy. Between my wife and I, we have six.
110,000 AA miles is enough for a nice Business/First Class International flight, or 2-3 international flights in economy, or 4.5 domestic flights in economy. Great deal!

Susan Shain at Travel Junkette

My favorite is the Chase Sapphire Preferred. I’m always moving around and don’t have a home airport, so I love the flexibility it offers. I can cash in my Ultimate Rewards points to fly on pretty much any airline, which is just amazing. Plus, I love that I get two points per dollar on travel and dining. Not to mention it is a snazzy-looking card!

Annette at Bucket List Journey

I use the United MileagePlus Explorer card because it coincides with the StarAlliance program and gives me perks like access to the business lounge, no fees on foreign transactions, priority boarding and the miles don’t expire. I pair this card up with the HiltonHonors card for discounts on my hotel stays.

Which is your favorite airline? Why is it your choice? Share with us in comment box below.

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First Rule of Borrowing: Keep Your Word

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Once you qualify for a loan with 800LoanMart, it is important to use your money wisely and pay it back on time. Although many borrowers do not see this as a major means of establishing a credit record, dishonoring your commitment could have negative repercussions. Those who borrow often do so because their options of borrowing from traditional financial institutions is limited. They either have negative credit incidents in their personal history or have no record of revolving credit for lenders to approve. This can be quite limiting, and non-traditional loan firms help to give borrowers with these type of credit histories some more options.

It is important to use the loan for the purpose you tell the lender you are borrowing money. This not only helps to establish you as creditworthy, but it also ensures you are trustworthy in a lender’s eyes. If you do not honor what you say, it becomes difficult to do business with you in the future. Honest can lead to bigger lending opportunities in the future, but this is where you begin to lay the groundwork for those opportunities.

Paying back the money you borrow when you say you are going to pay it is equally important. It, too, builds trustworthiness. Even is something comes up like the loss of a job, it is important to stay in communication with your lenders and let them know your situation. Even if you cannot pay the entire amount when it is due, if you can pay something, it lets the lender know you are making a good faith effort to keep your word.

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Craziest Airline Passenger Behaviour

Fist blows over reclining of a seat

A fist fight started as a result of an argument between two passengers over a reclining seat. One of the passengers started the fight after the other passenger reclined his seat on his lap soon after take-off on a United Airlines flight from Washington DC to Ghana. The pilot make a quick decision to return to DC as the passengers and crew separated them. In the return is was escorted by a pair of F-16 fighter jets.

Fight club

Former football player and actor Vinnie Jones was given 80 hours community service after he admitted assaulting an airline passenger and threatening members of an air crew. As passengers and crew tried to restrain him, Jones reportedly declared: “I can get you murdered. I can get the whole crew murdered for £3,000.” Jones had allegedly slapped fellow passenger Stephen Driscoll who had accused him of being annoying. Jones was ordered to pay the passenger £300 compensation plus a £500 fine and costs.

The Whitney Houston impersonator

An American Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing last week when a female passenger refused to stop singing Whitney Houston songs. AA Flight 4 was en route from Los Angles to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on May 9 when, according to the airline, the flight was diverted to Kansas City because of a “very unruly passenger.”

A video of the woman being escorted off the plane is available on the website of local television station KCTV. It shows the woman belting out “I Will Always Love You” as at least two uniformed officers accompanied her off the plane.

Man who allegedly slapped a baby

Joe Hundley, a 60-year-old-man traveling from Minneapolis to Atlanta, was accused of slapping a 19-month-old boy and telling his mother to “shut that n-word baby up.” The toddler’s mother, Jessica Bennett, told ABC News her son’s eye was swollen and bleeding and she was “scared to death.”

Hundley, who was employed as an executive at AGC Aerospace and Defense, lost his job. He pleaded not guilty to simple assault charges in a federal court.

Guy who got restrained with duct tape

A man on a January Icelandair flight was so drunk and belligerent, passengers said, that he had to be restrained with duct tape. The unidentified passenger allegedly downed an entire bottle of duty-free alcohol, according to a man who posted the photo of the duct-taped man on his blog. The airline accused the man of accosting and hitting people on the flight. Passengers say he even tried to choke the person next to him and screamed, “The plane is going to crash.”

Drunk ladies who swore at kids

Two reportedly drunk women forced the landing of a British Airways flight in Lyon, France, in late 2012. Flight BA2664 was headed from London’s Gatwick Airport to Tunis. The flight was diverted to Lyon, the airline said, following “the continued disruptive behavior of two female passengers.”

British tabloid The Sun reported the women were drinking Malibu rum and swore at children. They reportedly threatened the family of a British Airways flight attendant and tried to storm the cockpit and hid in the lavatory and tried to smoke.

The paper quoted a passenger as saying, “They decided they were going to meet the captain and marched towards the cockpit. It was very frightening.”

“Our customers and flying crew deserve a safe and enjoyable flight experience,” an airline spokesperson said. “We do not tolerate any disruptive behavior onboard our flights.

“They were handed over to the custody of the French police and detained upon arrival in Lyon.”

The lady who stripped

A woman stripped naked at Denver International Airport last year after being caught smoking in a non-smoking section of the airport. Airport spokeswoman Jenny Schiavone said it appeared the woman had some sort of a breakdown and the disrobing didn’t have anything to do with the smoking ban.

Denver’s Terminal B does have a smoking lounge

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5 Must Have Apps For The Budget Traveler

Chances are, you have a smart phone! In fact you are probably reading this post on a smart device (or not :)). Smart devices have changed the way we consume information and made life a whole lot easier! Remember when you had to carry a suitcase full of books on you vacation? Gone. Nowadays you probably just pack your kindle, tablet, or smart phone, and with it more books than you can finish reading your entire holiday.

Each day apps keep coming up that simplify a different area of your life. From tackling your personal finances to finding your next meal. The apps – and your smart device – have got you covered. In that spirit then, let’s get you traveling smarter! The following five apps will transform the way you travel, for the better.

#1. Kayak

Kayak is a popular app that let’s you search and compare different flights. Not just that, you can search and compare hotels and other amenities as well. With Kayak you can sort the flights from the cheapest to the most expensive. Kayak also let’s you compare flights given their departure and arrival times. It has a simple, easy to navigate user interface. Its only downside is that you usually have to navigate outside the app to make any sort of bookings.

View and download Kayak here.

#2. TripIt

TripIt is a travel/trip planner in a class of its own! It allows you to organize all your travel details in one place. You know, all those disparate details and information you need for your trips. From flight departure times to bookings with rental car agencies and hotels, TripIt will organize it all for you. Easily plan your master itinerary with TripIt and view all details on a nice dashboard with the scheduled events and activities. You never miss a beat on your trip.

View and download TripIt here.

#3. AirBnB

Airbnb helps you find accommodation wherever you are traveling! From hotels to private residences you can enjoy on a budget, Airbnb has it all. You can search, compare and view pictures of the potential destination residences as well as book and pay for a staying place using Airbnb’s secure platform. With the app you can easily communicate with your potential hosts and ask questions about the residence. The app lets you view your itinerary and get directions to your host’s residence all on the go!

View and download AirBnb here.

#4. Skype

Skype requires no introduction! It let’s you easily communicate with friends, family and business partners all over the globe. It saves you the hassle of purchasing local sim cards and subscriptions by allowing you to make calls and text wherever you can get an internet connection. With Skype you can enjoy video and audio calls as well as file and photo sharing. Your family and friends are a Skype call away wherever your travels take you!

View and download Skype here.

#5. Expensify

Expensify is an expense tracker. With this app you can easily keep track of your expenses while traveling. Take pictures of your receipts and other expenses and expensify will do the rest. It is especially suited for frequent business travelers keeping tabs on business expenses. At the end of your trip, a free expense report is created which you can use to seek reimbursements.

View and download Expensify here.

Conclusion

Apps are a life and budget saver! With a few free travel apps you can transform the way you travel, from finding affordable flights and accommodations to keeping in touch with family and friends wherever you are. Get yourself some travel apps today. Your next trip will be a whole lot easier and pocket friendly!

Which apps do you frequently use when you travel?

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5 Ways to Earn Airline Miles Rewards Faster.

 

1. Use  Credit Cards for Shopping.

Using your credit card to shop might be a quick way to score the air miles quickly. This can be great benefit for the lovers of shopping. There is no limit for for chances to open accounts for both Visa and MasterCard. However, before opening any account, its advisable to look into annual fees and APR rates.Most credit cards also offer bonus points by spending up to a certain amount, in the first months after purchasing the program.

2. Buy Miles from the Airline.

Another way of earning airline miles is to purchase them yourself. This is applicable in cases where you don’t plan to travel or do shopping  with your credit card. Mostly you will get bonus points while you purchase the airline miles when a promotion is available.

Most airline also allow their customers to share their air miles to a family member or a friend. Donations in form of air miles can also be shared to the needy.This ensures that buying the air miles can never count on you.

3. Focus on a particular program.

When you focus on one program, you get a chance to pay attention for any offers and promotions they offer. This may end up helping you to earn a lot more air miles quickly. Also it gives a chance to see what partners they work with where you can earn bonus points.

Apart from that, you will be able to have a chance to access air miles offers such as car rentals, hotel rentals, etc.

4. Shop Online.

Another way of collecting air miles is using you card to shop online. You will find many online partners who are ready to help you check out your shopping. In most cases you will find yourself earning miles for any dollar spent on online shopping.

5. Redeem Miles.

Air miles can be redeemed for hotels, resorts, car hires etc. At the same time , you will earn miles at the same time. This can be very beneficial if you have many miles to redeem.

Alternatively, if you are not into flying, you can get a cruise miles card and enjoy the high seas and exotic destinations while raking in some points. With enough points you can slash your cruising budget, get upgrades in your cabins etc.

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