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You Want to Apply for Credit Cards, the Miles are Great, But What About Your Credit Score?

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May 27 2015

One of the most-asked questions about credit cards is how does it affect your credit score, and of course the implied followup, do you care? And it’s been awhile since I wrote a post on understanding your credit score. I’ve signed up for scores of cards over many years and I still have an excellent credit score, it was nearly 800 FICO on the three major credit bureaus when I went to get my mortgage. In part because of signing up for more cards, rather than in spite of it. I first discovered rewards credit cards in 1997. I signed up for a US Airways card, enticed by the bonus. I decided I didn’t want to pay an annual fee for a credit card back then. My income – and thus my spending – wasn’t…

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Why the Andaz 5th Avenue is My Favorite Hotel in New York

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May 27 2015

The Andaz 5th Avenue has large rooms and tons of suites, plenty of value like non-alcoholic minibar free, and treats Diamond members exceptionally well including complimentary room service breakfast. In my view it hits a real sweet spot for price and value in the city. And they’ve made some recent changes that will have others singing praises too.

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United Had Men-Only Flights Until 1970. Here’s the Manly Services They Offered.

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May 27 2015

From 1953 through 1970, United offered men-only ‘Executive flights’ between New York and Chicago and between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

These flights were operated by DC-6B aircraft and later Caravelles. Flights mostly operated at 5pm in each direction between the two cities(generally six days a week excluding Saturdays). They didn’t just ban women, but children also, and flight attendants catered to these business flights with…

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