Sunday Summary: Booking Now App, Great Card For Beginners, Citi Category Bonuses, and More!

Welcome to this week’s Sunday Summary! Still time – make sure you enter the giveaway today for the free Amazon Kindle! – HERE This was one of my lighter posting weeks in a longtime. I had a lot of stuff going on this week that prevented me from posting everything I wanted to. For that reason, I will be doing a little catch up on some things this coming week.  Booking Now – The Next Great Hotel App Booking.com has put out a new app to compete against HotelTonight and it seems to be pretty decent! It has way more hotels in its network than HotelTonight and pricing seems to be comparable on many. New To Miles And Points? Here Is A Great Card To Start With People are always curious about what is a great card to start with in the miles and points world. There are certainly many great cards, but this is one that should work for most people to get them started. Citi Stepping Up With Category... ...

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The Coolest Nationality In The World?

It is a funny thing to observe people’s reactions when they find out what nationality you are. Many times, my reply that I am from the US gets a little bit of excitement and also wistfulness as the person I am speaking to tells me of their own desire to one day visit the US. Other times, well, the response is not quite as exciting. But, even though I am happy to be an American, there was a nationality today that jumped out to me as being one of the coolest nationalities around – in more ways than one! I was reminded about this as I was checking in for my Ryanair flight (gotta love that you can check-in up to 30 days before your flight!) and was scrolling down on my phone to reach the United States of America for the box that called for my nationality. In the midst of my scrolling, I saw Antarctica as one of the options of nationality. Normally, I am skipping to the bottom fast... ...

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Today Only: Amazon Prime For $72

Amazon Prime is one of those memberships that just keeps on giving. It started with the free shipping but is quite a bit more now. In addition to free two-day shipping (and the overnight shipping for $3.99 – even on big items), Amazon Prime also includes the Kindle Lending Library, Amazon Prime Instant Video (an online video library similar to Netflix), earlier access to Amazon deals, free access to over a million songs, and free unlimited photo storage! In addition, you can share it with 4 family members (at different addresses) who can also take advantage of the free shipping benefits – but no free video, etc. – Amazon Prime Membership Link Last year, Amazon hiked the price of Amazon Prime from $79 to $99. For people that use anyone of the many Prime benefits, that still is a great price for what it provides. One such case is our family – we are overseas but have a membership because the free shipping gives us great opportunity to get gifts to... ...

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Skymall Era Is Ending – Time For a Kindle Giveaway!

Oh, the Skymall catalog! That thick package of reading material that was in every seat back on airplanes across America. It gave us so many different moments when reading it – “Who would ever buy this?!” “Why didn’t I think of this?” Why am I reading this?!” and many other thoughts. Seriously, who has looked in the Skymall catalog and not found something that looked incredibly interesting sandwiched between two of the most stupid things you have ever seen! Strangely enough, Skymall claims that their Garden Yetis (available in three sizes, including life size for over $2,000) was one of their best-sellers! Well, those catalogues are to be no more with the company behind Skymall filing for bankruptcy protection this week. No more looking for the most absurd gift ideas or curiosities as we waited for our cruising altitude so we could get our electronics out. Actually, since it became ok to use portable electronic items from gate to gate, I am sure the readership of the Skymall catalog went... ...

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So Glad Apple Did Not Put GPS In The Apple Watch…

When the Apple Watch was announced a few months ago, Apple certainly did a nice job of presenting some of the things it will be capable of. While it has some cool features, I am sure that not everyone is going to rush to drop a minimum of $350 on the Apple smartwatch (could be wrong there, who knows yet!). Smartwatches have been around for a while but Apple raised the interest level significantly. Like ‘em or hate ‘em, Apple has never been about inventing a product so much as providing their own brand of innovation to existing product categories. And when they do that, people tend to forget about the products that got to the category first. The watch is nothing different in the sense that many manufacturers have churned them out before (I think Samsung already has something like 5 smart watches out!) but the Apple Watch is the one that everyone talks about. I will admit – even though there is nothing about the watch that makes me need it,... ...

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A Great Time To Purchase Economy Plus/Comfort/Extra Seating

Many international carriers have a seating section between business and economy that is called some flavor of “premium economy.” However, what American, United and Delta offer on their flights (international and domestic) could not fairly be put in the same category as those “premium economy” seats because they are really just a slightly roomier economy seat with a couple of perks, unlike the international carrier’s premium economy that really offers a better seat. As you can see in the photos above, Cathay Pacific and Turkish Airlines have premium economy seats that could actually be mistaken for regional business class seats given their recline, width, foot rest, etc! That is not the case with American, United, or Delta. A Great Time To Purchase Economy Plus/Comfort/Extra When it comes to purchasing the slightly better seats on American, United, or Delta, the pricing is different based on a variety of factors and you will know what the price is when you purchase/redeem your ticket. Higher elite members will get to select the seats... ...

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Great Deal: $20 Back On $100 Or More At City Sports And Other Discounts

Here is a new Amex Offer that has been loaded for customers. This is a repeat from last November and a great chance to get quality running gear for 20% cash back. $20 Back On $100 Or More At City Sports It is with the store city sports (with retail locations in many cities around America) and works online as well as in store. By carefully planning your approach, you can actually maximize this offer to get 20% off on anything you are going to buy from them – even for items up to hundreds of dollars! Details: $20 back on $100 purchase – limited one offer per card (but you can use multiple cards using the tactic below) Expires 3/16/2015 In-store or online Limited enrollment (in other words, save it to your cards now) Getting the Offer Log in to your American Express account and scroll down to the bottom. You will see Amex Offers For You. Select it and add the offers you want to your card. Make sure you make note of which card... ...

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Citi Stepping Up With Category Bonuses

Once you receive a credit card and have earned the sign-up bonus, it becomes all about which card will give you the most miles or points for your purchases. For many of us, there are several cards that have a permanent/semi-permanent spot in our drawers as they do not do that much for us with the earning. Whenever we see movement by a card issuer with category bonuses, it is always a good thing, and Citi is doing that. Citi Stepping Up With Category Bonuses E-mails went out this week from Citi regarding category bonuses. The e-mails do have targeted links for enrolling for the category bonuses, so make sure you check your e-mail for these notices! Those who wish to participate must enroll in the offer to get the bonuses. 3X AAdvantage Miles This bonus is for my AAdvantage Platinum Select card and offers 3 miles per dollar on all purchases at these categories: Grocery Stores Gas Stations Drugstores Restaurants Commuter Transportation Locations This category bonus is limited to... ...

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New To Miles And Points? Here Is A Great Card To Start With

The miles and points world is an incredible door to traveling the actual world. My family and I have been fortunate to take advantage of travel that we would otherwise never have been able to do if it wasn’t for miles and points. We have accrued many of these points through multiple credit card bonuses. There are a lot of them out there! But, if you are just starting out with miles and points, which card is a good one for you to start with? Great Credit Card To Start With Miles and Points I have been getting a lot of questions lately over which card I recommend for miles and points. It is very difficult to make a hands-down recommendation as the best credit card because everyone’s situation is different. But, there is one card that does a good job of suiting a lot of needs and interests and one that I (and my wife) have held for several years. - Application Link – Chase Sapphire Preferred Chase Sapphire Preferred The... ...

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