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Get Travel Vouchers or Fly Trying – The Driftr Podcast Season 2, Episode 6

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On Accepting Travel Vouchers for Flights? When to Do it or Not Do it, Season 2 Episode 6 of the Driftr Podcast, we discuss an in-depth review of Foundational Cards: Chase Sapphire Preferred vs American Express Premier Rewards Gold vs CapitalOne Venture Rewards during our Cards and Points segment, took a trip to the beautiful location of Vancover, Canada and discuss our thoughts on when to accept or decline travel vouchers

 

 

On Accepting Travel Vouchers for Flights? When to Do it or Not Do it, Season 2 Episode 6 of the Driftr Podcast, we discuss an in-depth review of Foundational Cards: Chase Sapphire Preferred vs American Express Premier Rewards Gold vs CapitalOne Venture Rewards during our Cards and Points segment, took a trip to the beautiful location of Vancover, Canada and discuss our thoughts on when to accept or decline travel vouchers

Cards & Points

Foundational Credit Cards: Chase Sapphire Preferred vs American Express Premier Rewards Gold vs CapitalOne Venture

  • $0 introductory fee for the first year, after that $95
  • 2X points on travel and dining
  • Primary Rental Car Insurance
  • 25% more in travel redemption
  • Great Revolving Credit Card
  • And more! Learn here.

 

  • $0 introductory fee for the first year, after that $195
  • 3X points for flights booked directly with airlines.
  • 2X points at US restaurants, US gas stations and at US supermarkets
  • 1X points on other purchases
  • Secondary Rental Car Insurance
  • $100 Airline Fee Credit
  • Great Charge Card
    • No interest on purchases because you pay at the end of the month
  • And more! Learn here.

 

  • $0 introductory fee for the first year, after that $95
  • Unlimited 2X miles per dollar on every purchase, every day
  • Once you make a travel purchase with Venture, redeem your miles as a statement credit toward the cost
    • Rewards don’t expire for the life of the account
  • Great Revolving Card without Transferrable Points
  • And more! Learn here.

 

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Vancouver, Canada

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When do you take or decline a travel voucher?

  • If you do not have any travel plans that are affected take it
  • If you can afford additional PTO days if it would affect work, you should consider it
  • Definitely don’t be the first person to take the offer, as it won’t be the highest offer
  • Definitely take it if its only a few hours away

Where is My Comfort Animal with Special Guest Dr. Cherese Sullivan – The Driftr Podcast Season 2, Episode 5

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On Where is my Comfort Animal, Season 2 Episode 5 of the Driftr Podcast, we discuss an in-depth review of Chase Ink Business Preferred during our Cards and Points segment, took a trip to the beautiful location of Singapore, Singapore and discuss our thoughts on how to travel with pets, with special guest Cherese Sullivan

 

 

On Where is my Comfort Animal, Season 2 Episode 5 of the Driftr Podcast, we discuss an in-depth review of Chase Ink Business Preferred during our Cards and Points segment, took a trip to the beautiful location of Singapore, Singapore and discuss our thoughts on how to travel with pets, with special guest Dr. Cherese Sullivan

Tune In Live for a Special Episode

Live Podcast Show!

 

Catch us live during the SXSW 2018 Madness in Austin, Texas!!

Live show during the AAFJ Live weekend! Join us on March 10, 2018 at The Rosewood Park in Austin, Texas at 6:00 pm for our live podcast recording! If you can’t make it, no worries. Check out our Facebook Page to tune in live!

Cards & Points

Chase Ink Business Cash

  • $0 introductory fee
  • 5% cash back on first $25K spent at office Supply stores and on internet, cable, and phone services
  • 2% cash back on first $25K spent at gas stations and restaurants
  • 1% cash back on all other purchase (no limit)
  • Primary Rental Car Insurance
  • Covers your new purchases for up to 120 days against damage or theft up to $10,000 per claim and $50,000 per account.
  • And more! Learn here.

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Singapore, Singapore

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How do you travel with pets with Dr. Cherese Sullivan

Dr. Cherese Sullivan graduated from Cornell University in 2010 with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. She previously graduated from Penn State University with her Bachelor of Science in Animal Bioscience and Tuskegee University with a master’s degree in Veterinary Science. She has been in Houston since 2011 after relocating from the Washington DC area.

Dr. Sullivan has worked in general practice, emergency, and shelter medicine. Her veterinary interests include surgery, neurology, behavior, and exotics. She is a member of the American Veterinary medical Association (AVMA).

She is “owned” by a very feisty Jack Russell Terrier named Quincy. Her hobbies include: cooking, traveling, and attending outdoor festivals.


Notes from Dr. Sullivan:

  • Most airlines require a health certificate issued by a veterinarian which includes a record of vaccines.
  • Domestic and International travel vary significantly.
  • The main document generally is the health certificate. It certifies that an exam has been completed within 30 days for the pet’s travel (although some require it to be completed within 10 days of travel). The exam certifies 3 things:
    • the pet has been microchipped if applicable
    • the pet has not recently been quarantined or exposed to rabies
    • the pet is free of obvious and apparent contagious disease (this is a big one because pets can have other non contagious diseases that this health certificate is not certifying ie. Kidney disease)
  • Domestic mostly requires health certificate, no exposure to rabies within 6 months. Current Rabies vaccine.
  • International varies but most common requirements include: USDA certified health certificate (meaning it will need to go to both a USDA certified vet (a general practitioner trained to do these exams) AND a USDA staff vet for approval – either by mail or now email)
  • Rabies vaccine, Rabies titer (a blood test to check for rabies antibodies within 1 month of vaccination), other core vaccines such as distemper, parvo, FVRCP. Microchip, proof of parasite prevention.
    • See https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/pet-travel for specific info on state or country you are traveling to.

What kind of animals can you travel with:

  • Virtually anything as long as you have the proper permits, documents, and authorizations. For come species you may need to contact a country or state’s government wildlife office. These vary by species. Some require special handling. As a student I helped to transport from lions from the Norfolk Zoo to Oregon.

Air travel vs cabin

  • This varies per airline. Some airlines only allow pets to travel as cargo (with exception of service animals), some only allow cabin, while others will allow a mix.
  • The difference is usually weight/size restrictions (generally under 20lbs for cabin). But also there can be breed restrictions which usually include brachycephalic breeds or snush faced dogs like bulldogs, boston terriers, pugs etc.
  • Both cabin and cargo pets will need to be in an airline approved crate or holder. I really like United Airlines Petsafe program. The cargo hold that pets are in is pressurized and temperature controlled like the main cabin.
  • They are also unloaded first and placed in climate controlled vans for transfers. The airline will replenish food and water as needed and also they have a 24 hour help desk. You will need to get to the airport well in advance as often the loading site is off site from the main airport checkin.

Travel Anxiety

  • Definitely a real thing whether is be car or plane. Acclimating a pet to their travel crate is a huge thing. So I recommend owners put the crate out and toss treats in it to make it comfortable and familiar months in advance of a trip.
  • Also placing a tshirt with your family’s familiar scent or using a pheromone (dog only detected hormone) spray or collar can help. For those who still have anxiety there are medications that can be prescribed from your veterinarian to help.
  • Valium and acepromazine are the most common but valium is my favorite because it addresses the anxiety part as opposed to pure tranquilization. However, you must see the guidelines for your airline first bc many airlines do not allow pets to fly with sedation or other medications in their system. This includes United. You cannot even give Benadryl.

Emotional support animals

  • This has really exploded in the past few years. Honestly, there are so many physical and online certification agencies and there is no overlying agency to govern them so many non-suitable pets are becoming “certified” emotional support animals.
  • This has nothing to do with veterinarians most of the time a veterinarian is not even involved in this process. I personally had a flight where a so called emotional support animal bit a passenger and the pet and owner was escorted off of the flight. It really put a bad light on those who truly need support animals and have adequately trained them.

How to cope with an animal on your flight

  • Have compassion for the person who needs this animal for whatever reason. Animals have roles as both emotional and physical help. Also some of these pets are member of the family and are more scared than you are.
  • If they are truly a well trained support animal they should not bother you in any way.
  • If you have allergies or are bothered by a support animal speak up to a flight attendant and ask to be reseated. They really have an obligation to do this for you as a passenger provided another seat is open.

BAE Don’t Fly??? – The Driftr Podcast Season 2, Episode 4

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On BAE Don’t Fly???, Season 2 Episode 4 of the Driftr Podcast, we discuss an in-depth review of American Express Business Gold Credit Card during our Cards and Points segment, took a trip to the beautiful location of Melbourne, Australia and discuss our thoughts on how do you handle when BAE doesn’t travel.

 

 

On BAE Don’t Fly???, Season 2 Episode 4 of the Driftr Podcast, we discuss an in-depth review of American Express Business Gold Credit Card during our Cards and Points segment, took a trip to the beautiful location of Melbourne, Australia and discuss our thoughts on how do you handle when BAE doesn’t travel.

Tune In Live for a Special Episode

Live Podcast Show!

 

Catch us live during the SXSW 2018 Madness in Austin, Texas!!

Live show during the AAFJ Live weekend! Join us on March 10, 2018 at The Rosewood Park in Austin, Texas at 6:00 pm for our live podcast recording! If you can’t make it, no worries. Check out our Facebook Page to tune in live!

Cards & Points

American Express Business Platinum

  • $0 introductory fee, $175 fee following years
  • 3X Points on one select categories
    • Airfare purchased directly from airlines
    • U.S. purchases for advertising in select media
    • U.S. purchases for shipping
    • U.S. purchases at gas stations
    • U.S. computer hardware, software, and cloud computing purchases made directly from select providers
  • 2x Points on other four categories
  • 1X Points on all other purchases
  • No pre-set spending limit
  • Earn statement credits for 3 months of G Suite by Google Cloud, up to $1,500
  • Fine Hotels Collection
  • And more! Learn here.

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Melbourne, Australia 

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What do you do when BAE don’t travel??

  • Is that truly BAE?
  • Is there something tragic that caused that viewpoint?
  • Can you come to some kind of compromise?
  • Maybe BAE wasn’t introduce to travel?
  • If all else fails, THAT AINT BAE

Text Me 10,000 miles away – The Driftr Podcast Season 2, Episode 3

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On Text Me 1,000 miles away, Season 2 Episode 3 of the Driftr Podcast, we discuss an in-depth review of American Express Platinum Business Credit Card during our Cards and Points segment, took a trip to the beautiful location of Yangon, Myanmar (Burma) and discuss our thoughts on how do you communicate while traveling? Sim cards or International Plans.

 

 

On Text Me 1,000 miles away, Season 2 Episode 3 of the Driftr Podcast, we discuss an in-depth review of American Express Platinum Business Credit Card during our Cards and Points segment, took a trip to the beautiful location of Yangon, Myanmar (Burma) and discuss our thoughts on how do you communicate while traveling? Sim cards or International Plans.

Tune In Live for a Special Episode

Live Podcast Show!

 

Catch us live during the SXSW 2018 Madness in Austin, Texas!!

Live show during the AAFJ Live weekend! Join us on March 10, 2018 at The Rosewood Park in Austin, Texas at 6:00 pm for our live podcast recording! If you can’t make it, no worries. Check out our Facebook Page to tune in live!

Cards & Points

American Express Business Platinum

  • $450 Annual Fee
  • 5X Points on flights and prepaid hotels at amextravel.com
  • 50% more points on purchases of $5,000 or more
  • 35% Airline Bonus Rebate on Purchases
  • 10 Free Gogo Wifi Internet Passes
  • Fine Hotels Collection
  • Buy one ticket, get the second one taxes only for Premium Economy, First Class, and Business Class International Fares on select airlines (Buddy Pass Essentially)
  • 1X Points afterwards on all purchases
  • And more! Learn here.

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Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)

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How do you communicate while traveling? Sim Cards vs International Plans

  • International Plans can be like $10 a day
  • Sim cards can give you like 1GB to 5Gb and minutes and cost like $15-$26
  • More cost effective to go with Sim Cards
  • Make sure to have an unlocked phone
  • No charges to your home carrier.

Baecation and the Door of No Return – The Driftr Podcast Season 2, Episode 2

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On Baecation and the Door of No Return, Season 2 Episode 2 of the Driftr Podcast, we discuss an in-depth review of American Express Business Blue Credit Card during our Cards and Points segment, took a trip to the beautiful location of Accra, Ghana and discuss our thoughts on when do you buy tickets for a significant other in a relationship?

 

 

On Baecation and the Door of No Return, Season 2 Episode 2 of the Driftr Podcast, we discuss an in-depth review of American Express Business Blue Credit Card during our Cards and Points segment, took a trip to the beautiful location of Accra, Ghana and discuss our thoughts on when do you buy tickets for a significant other in a relationship?

Cards & Points

American Express Business Blue

  • $0 Annual Fee
  • 2X Points on everyday purchases up to $50,000 no restrictions
  • 1X Points afterwards on all purchases
  • Buy above your credit limit
  • And more! Learn here.

Accra, Ghana

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When do you buy tickets when you are in a relationship?

  • 0 to 6 Months, might want to go dutch
  • 6 to 12 months, find a way to each cover some type of cost. If you are generous, you may cover unequal shares.
  • over 12 months, find a way to support one another.

Peacocks and Boo Trips – The Driftr Podcast Season 2, Episode 1

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WE are back! Season 2, Episode 1 of the Driftr Podcast. On Peacocks and Boo Trips, we discuss an in-depth review of Chase Ink Business Preferred Card during our Cards and Points segment, took a trip to the beautiful location of Reykjavik, Iceland and discuss our thoughts when is the proper time to buy a flight for a love interest?

 

 

WE are back! Season 2, Episode 1 of the Driftr Podcast. On Peacocks and Boo Trips, we discuss an in-depth review of Chase Ink Business Preferred Card during our Cards and Points segment, took a trip to the beautiful location of Reykjavik, Iceland and discuss our thoughts when is the proper time to buy a flight for a love interest?

What’s your emotional support animal?

Cards & Points

Chase Ink Business Preferred

  • $95 Annual Fee
  • 3X Points on Bonus Categories, up to $150,000 per year
    • Travel
    • Shipping purchases
    • Internet, cable and phone services
    • Advertising purchases on social media and search engine optimization
  • 1X Points on all other purchases
  • 20% more points on Chase Travels Portal
  • 1:1 Point Transfer to over 14 airlines
  • Employee Cards at No Cost
  • And more! Learn here.

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Reykjavik, Iceland

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When is the proper time to buy a flight for a love interest?

  • Women can pay too!
  • Go half and half
  • Women, do not ask the man “when you gonna fly me out”
  • Brandon does not pay for flights lol
  • Men, plan an itinerary and cover hotel
  • Its whatever you feel best!

The Driftr Podcast – Episode 16

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On Episode 16 we discuss the Question of the Day: Where can you go on vacation/baecation outside of the Caribbean, an in-depth review of AMEX Centurion (Black) Card during our Cards and Points segment, took a trip to the beautiful location of Addis, Ababa and discuss our thoughts on evacuation protocol for a hurricane.

 

On Episode 16 we discuss the Question of the Day: Where can you go on vacation/baecation outside of the Caribbean, an in-depth review of AMEX Centurion (Black) Card during our Cards and Points segment, took a trip to the beautiful location of Addis, Ababa and discuss our thoughts on evacuation protocol for a hurricane.

Question of The Day

Where can you go on vacation/baecation outside of the Caribbean?

  • San Diego, CA
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Seattle, WA
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Paris, France
  • Bali, Indonesia
  • The Maldives
  • Fiji Islands
  • Hawaii

Cards & Points

Amex Centurion (Black) Card

  • $2,500 Annual Fee, $5,000 Initiation Fee
  • Starwood Preferred Guest Gold
  • Hilton Honors Diamond
  • IHG Priority Club Rewards Platinum Elite
  • Centurion Hotel Program
  • AMEX Fine Hotels & Resorts
  • Delta SkyMiles Platinum Medallion
  • Centurion International Arrival Services
  • Gogo In-Flight Wi-Fi
  • Boingo
  • 35% Airline Bonus on All Ticket Types
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit
  • Credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck Application
  • Priority Pass Select
  • And more! Learn here.

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Addis, Ababa

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Evacuation protocol for a Hurricane

  • Pay attention to weather maps
  • Be mindful of what airports you are traveling through
  • Check for Hurricane Season
  • Make sure to evacuate if you can
  • Consider all options when evaluating evacuation

The Driftr Podcast – Episode 15

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On Episode 15 we discuss the Question of the Day: What is your favorite travel app, an in-depth review of Chase Freedom and Freedom Unlimited Card during our Cards and Points segment, took a trip to the beautiful location of Johannesburg, South Africa and discuss our thoughts on putting off big purchases on your credit card.

 

On Episode 15 we discuss the Question of the Day: What is your favorite travel app, an in-depth review of Chase Freedom and Freedom Unlimited Card during our Cards and Points segment, took a trip to the beautiful location of Johannesburg, South Africa and discuss our thoughts on paying off big purchases on your credit card.

Question of The Day

What is your favorite travel app?

Cards & Points

Chase Freedom

  • No annual fee
  • Earn 5% cash back on up to $1,500 in combined purchases in bonus categories each quarter you activate.
  • Earn 1% cash back on all other purchases* – it’s automatic.
  • 0% intro APR for 15 months from account opening on purchases and balance transfers.† After that, 15.99%–24.74% variable APR.† Balance transfer fee is 5% of the amount transferred with a minimum of $5.†
  • 1:1 Points Transfer
  • And more! Learn here.

Chase Freedom Unlimited

  • No annual fee
  • Earn unlimited 1.5% cash back on every purchase* – it’s automatic.Earn 1% cash back on all other purchases* – it’s automatic.
  • 0% intro APR for 15 months from account opening on purchases and balance transfers.† After that, 15.99%–24.74% variable APR.† Balance transfer fee is 5% of the amount transferred with a minimum of $5.
  • 1:1 Points Transfer
  • And more! Learn here.

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Johannesburg, South Africa

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Paying off big purchases on your credit card

  • Don’t on anything on your credit card that you can’t pay off
  • Figure out your payoff strategy: If it takes more than 3 months to pay off, don’t put it on your credit card
  • Make sure to pay your bills!
  • Go for the points

The Driftr Podcast – Episode 14

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On Episode 14 we discuss the Question of the Day: How do you overcome jetlag, an in-depth review of American Express EverDay and Everday Preferred Card during our Cards and Points segment, took a trip to the beautiful location of Cartagena, Colombia and discuss our thoughts Airline Vouchers: Take them or Leave them.

 

On Episode 14 we discuss the Question of the Day: How do you overcome jetlag, an in-depth review of American Express EverDay and Everday Preferred Card during our Cards and Points segment, took a trip to the beautiful location of Cartagena, Colombia and discuss our thoughts Airline Vouchers: Take them or Leave them.

Question of The Day

 What flight aggregators do you use for finding flights?

Cards & Points

American Express EverDay

  • No Annual Fee
  • 2x Points on Restaurants, up to $6,000 a year
  • 1x Points on all other purchase
  • 20% Points bonus when making 20 transactions a month
  • 1:1 Points Transfer
  • And more! Learn here.

American Express EverDay Preferred

  • $95 Annual Fee
  • 3x Points on Restaurants, up to $6,000 a year
  • 2x Ponts on Gas
  • 1x Points on all other purchase
  • 50% Points bonus when making 30 transactions a month
  • 1:1 Points Transfer
  • And more! Learn here.

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Cartagena, Colombia

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Airline Vouchers: Take them or Leave Them?

  • Find your reasons for going
  • Weigh out all the options
  • Make sure you can have flexible options for your arrangements
  • Be prepared to take a day of leave
  • If you aren’t flexible on time, don’t force it!

The Driftr Podcast – Episode 13

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On Episode 13 we discuss the Question of the Day: What flight aggregators do you use for finding flights, an in-depth review of Chase Sapphire Preferred during our Cards and Points segment, took a trip to the beautiful location of Siem Reap, Cambodia and discuss our thoughts Credit Card Application Limits and the Strategy behind applying for credit cards.

 

On Episode 13 we discuss the Question of the Day: What flight aggregators do you use for finding flights, an in-depth review of Chase Sapphire Preferred during our Cards and Points segment, took a trip to the beautiful location of Siem Reap, Cambodia and discuss our thoughts Credit Card Application Limits and the Strategy behind applying for credit cards.

Question of The Day

 What flight aggregators do you use for finding flights?

Cards & Points

Chase Sapphire Preferred

  • $95 Annual Fee
  • 2x Points on Travel and Dinning
  • No Foreign Transaction Fee
  • 1:1 Points Transfer
  • Primary Rental Car Insurance
  • 25% More Points
  • And more! Learn here.

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Siem Reap, Cambodia

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Credit Card Application Limits

 

American Express

  • Charge cards: you can have as many cards as you like
  • Revolving credit cards: you can only have 4 in a lifetime (including Personal and Business)
  • You can only apply to 3 cards (mix of charge and revolving cards) within 24 hour period
  • You may be able to get approved for more than two cards in a 90 day period
  • You can only get the sign up bonus once in a lifetime

Chase

  • Chase limits the amount of credit that it will extend to you for a lifetime
  • Also have to watch Chase’s 5/24 rule: can’t have more than 5 new accounts in a 24 month period
  • Can get a new sign up bonus every 24 months

Citi

  • Citi limits the amount of credit that it will extend to you for a lifetime
  • You can only apply for one personal card every eight days and no more than two in a 65-day window.
  • You can only apply for one business card every 95 days.
  • There’s a mandatory waiting period between canceling and re-applying that you must follow

 

Learn More here from The Points Guy