15

Jul
2017

The Driftr Podcast – Episode 7

Posted By : Brian Fontenot/ 1154 0

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On Episode 7 we discuss the Question of the Day: When is the best day to book flights, an in-depth review of American Express Membership Rewards earning credit cards during our Cards and Points segment, take a trip to the beautiful location of Bali, Indonesia, and discuss our thoughts on travel packages: the good, the bad, the expensive.

Question of The Day

When is the best day to book flights?

  • Anywhere between Tuesday to Thursday
  • Sometimes weekends
  • Most times inner week

Cards & Points

American Express Membership Rewards Earning Credit Cards

 

Personal

  • Platinum Charge Card
    • $550 Annual Fee
    • 5X Flight Purchases on AMEX Travel and Airline Websites
    • 5X Hotel Purchases at AMEX Travel
    • 1X Everything Else
    • $200 Airline Credit
    • $200 Uber Credit
    • TSA Pre Check/Global Entry $100 Fee Credit
    • Global Lounge: Centurion, Delta, and Priority Pass
    • More information here
  • Premier Rewards Gold Charge Card
    • $195 Annual Fee
    • $100 Airline Credit
    • 3X Flights Purchasing, 2X Gas and Restaurants
    • 1X Everything Else
    • More information here
  • Everyday Revolving Credit Card
    • No Annual Fee
    • 20% More Points after 20 monthly transactions
    • 2X Points at Supermarkets with a $6,000 annual limit
    • 1X Everything Else
    • More information here
  • EveryDay Preferred Revolving Credit Card
    • $95 Annual Fee
    • 3X Points at Supermarkets with a $6,000 annual limit
    • 2X Points at Gas Stations
    • 1X Everything Else
    • 50% More Points after 30 monthly transactions
    • More information here
  • Green Charge Card

Business

  • Platinum Charge Card
    • $450 Annual Fee
    • 5X Flight & Hotel Purchases on AMEX Travel
    • 1.5X Points on single $5,000 or more transactions
    • 1X Everything Else
    • $200 Airline Credit
    • 10 Annual Gogo Wifi Passes
    • TSA Pre Check/Global Entry $100 Fee Credit
    • Global Lounge: Centurion, Delta, and Priority Pass
    • More information here
  • Gold Rewards Charge Card
    • $175 Annual Fee
    • 3X on one category, 2X on others
      • Airfare purchased directly from airlines
      • U.S. purchases for advertising in select media
      • U.S. purchases at gas stations
      • U.S. purchases for shipping
      • U.S. computer hardware, software, and cloud computing purchases made directly from select providers
    • 1X Everything Else
    • More information here
  • Green Rewards Card

You Can Fly With Us

Bali, Indonesia

Open Discussion

Travel Packages: The Good, The Bad, The Expensive

  • Overwhelming no on travel packages
  • Prices may be better individually purchasing components
  • Not too sure some times what airlines you may be on
  • Want to have flexibility
  • Purchasing at your own discretion
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Travel has been at the center of Brian's life, start as a young child. Summer trips were a hallmark of exploration; Brian's desire to see the world began to develop. Brian has traveled to over 20 countries within the last 2 years, working towards the 30 countries by 30 years old.

Through all of his travels, the power of cards and points has fueled his ability to travel freely. Brian now conducts seminars, workshops, and can be found speaking to the public in order to help share techniques and tips on how others can take advantage of these resources.

Outside of Brian's travel interest, Brian is the Executive Director of the BLF Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit offering annual scholarships and a year long mentorship for college students, developing emotional intelligence, and soft skills. Brian is also the CEO/Co-Founder of Elevation Firm, a Creative Agency that helps develop brands, and improve advertising and marketing strategies for countless businesses.

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