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Do Hotels Make You Prove You’re Eligible for AAA or Corporate Discounts?

Jan 22 2018

Five years ago a couple of commenters noted being asked to show their AAA card at hotel check-in when staying on a AAA rate. I have never seen this happen myself.

Later that year when AAA sent me a renewal notice with the card I asked readers whether I should just pocket that to show ‘just in case’ or actually pay for the membership, universally the sentiment was ‘you use the discount you pay for the membership.’

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For Domestic First Class Meals Quality is Better Than Quantity

Jan 22 2018

Years ago there was a story about former American Airlines CEO Bob Crandall having olives removed from first class salads, saving $40,000 a year. Small savings add up across all an airline’s flights and passengers. So carriers are often very careful about their pennies in catering.

In the spring of 2001 United replaced steak at lunch with gourmet cheeseburgers. Today’s inflight burgers on domestic airlines are much smaller and I find with lower quality meal. They keep figuring out ways to push the savings envelope farther.

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9 Lesser Known Benefits of the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card

Jan 22 2018

Chase Sapphire Reserve is well known for top-line benefits like a signup bonus of 50,000 points after $4000 spend within 3 months, earning 3 points per dollar on travel and dining, a $300 travel credit, $100 Global Entry or TSA PreCheck credit, and unlimited visit and guest Priority Pass Select.

However there are myriad benefits that I’d bet existing cardmembers and those considering the card don’t know about.

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How Do You Know Which Card Signup Offer Is Best? A Simple Formula

Jan 21 2018

Hotel programs have points that are on totally different scales from each other. Hilton points are inflated, so you easily start talking about tens and hundreds of thousands of points while Starwood and Hyatt points are earned more slowly but it takes fewer points for a comparable redemption.

That’s why I built a simple model for comparing hotel programs to tell how they compare offering rebates for your hotel stays. We can do something similar with credit card offers.

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