Planning to Play? Or You Just Play Planning? – The Driftr Podcast Season 2, Episode 13

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On Planning to Play? Or You Just Play Planning? Season 2 Episode 13 of the Driftr Podcast, we discuss an in-depth review of the CapitalOne Venture Card during our Cards and Points segment, took a trip to the beautiful country of Croatia and discuss our thoughts on how do you organize a SUCCESSFUL group trip?

 

 

On Planning to Play? Or You Just Play Planning? Season 2 Episode 13 of the Driftr Podcast, we discuss an in-depth review of the CapitalOne Venture Card during our Cards and Points segment, took a trip to the beautiful country of Croatia and discuss our thoughts on how do you organize a SUCCESSFUL group trip?

Cards & Points

Venture® from Capital One®

 

Benefits

  • Unlimited Rewards: Earn unlimited 2X miles per dollar on every purchase, every day — 10X miles on thousands of hotels
  • New Cardmember Offer: Earn 50,000 bonus miles once you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening
  • Annual Fee: $0 intro for the first year, $95 after that
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees: You won’t pay a transaction fee when making purchases outside of the United States.
  • Book Travel Your Way: Use your Venture card to make travel purchases on any website or app—any airline, any hotel, rental cars and more.
  • Global Entry or TSA Pre® Credit: Receive up to $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre® when you use your Venture card.

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Split, Croatia

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How do you organize a SUCCESSFUL Group Trip?

  1. Travel somewhere with your group domestic first, like a city over
  2. Get to know what others value on trips and understand their expectations
  3. Understand who exactly can afford (may not be BAE or your best friend)
  4. Use GroupMe to have a group communication
  5. Make it fun and hype it up with people
  6. Establish clear financial deadlines

Betta Watch My Shoes – The Driftr Podcast Season 2, Episode 12

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On Betta Watch My Shoes Season 2 Episode 12 of the Driftr Podcast, we discuss an in-depth review of the new American Express Gold Card during our Cards and Points segment, took a trip to the beautiful location of Marrakech, Morocco and discuss our thoughts on what shoes do you wear when you travel.

 

 

On Betta Watch My Shoes Season 2 Episode 12 of the Driftr Podcast, we discuss an in-depth review of the new American Express Gold Card during our Cards and Points segment, took a trip to the beautiful location of Marrakech, Morocco and discuss our thoughts on what shoes do you wear when you travel.

Cards & Points

The NEW American Express Gold Card

 

Benefits

  • NEW $120 Dining Credit, $10 a month on items such as Grubhub, Uber Eats, Ruth Chris Steakhouse, and more
  • New 4x Membership Rewards Points at US Restaurant 
  • New Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at US supermarkets, on up to $25,000 per year in purchases.
  • Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
  • $100 Airline Fee Credit
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees
  • $250 Annual Fee

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Marrakech, Morocco

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What kind of shoes do you wear when you travel?

  1. Really comfortable shoes
  2. Nice shoes to go out in
  3. Shoes for walking long periods of time
  4. Shoes for the plane flight

 

Looking for traveling recommendations for your shoes?

PSA: Travel is Dead…Or Is it? – The Driftr Podcast Season 2, Episode 11

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On PSA: Travel is Dead…Or Is it? Season 2 Episode 11 of the Driftr Podcast, we discuss an in-depth review of a Credit Card State of Emergency during our Cards and Points segment, took a trip to the beautiful location of Quito, Ecuador and discuss our thoughts on State of Travel in 2019.

 

 

On PSA: Travel is Dead…Or Is it? Season 2 Episode 11 of the Driftr Podcast, we discuss an in-depth review of a Credit Card State of Emergency during our Cards and Points segment, took a trip to the beautiful location of Quito, Ecuador and discuss our thoughts on State of Travel in 2019.

Cards & Points

State of Credit Cards

 

Changes to Chase

  • Cannot apply and get bonus for any Sapphire Cards if you previously held a Sapphire Card for less than 48 months: [Hat Tip: US Credit Card Guide]
  • Cannot have two Sapphire Cards at one time
  • 5/24 is now enforced across all Sapphire Cards
  • Introduction of new Chase Marriott Credit Cards

 

 

Changes to American Express

  • Premier Rewards Credit Card is showing some future changes for some:
    • The new benefits are expected to be rolled out on or near October 4th 2018:
    • 4X at US Restaurants
    • 4x at US Supermarkets on up to $25K per calendar year in purchases (then 1x)
    • 3x flights booked directly with airlines or on Amextravel.com
    • No more 2X gas at US gas stations
    • $120 dining credit: $10 per month credit for spend at GrubHub, Seamless, The Cheesecake Factory, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, and Participating Shake Shack locations
    • The annual fee will remain the same ($195)
    • The card will retain its $100 airline fee credit.
    • The card will be renamed to “American Express Gold Card”
    • The new welcome bonus will be 25K points after $2K in spend plus 20% back as a statement credit on purchases at U.S. Restaurants, up to $100 back
  • Some are able to apply for more than 5 revolving credit card lines, which was usually the max on American Express
  • $100 credit each year for Saks Fifth Avenue for the personal Platinum Card

 

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Quito, Ecuador

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State of Travel in 2019

What has changed?

  1. Lack of good glitches
  2. No New Good Bonus Cards
  3. Credit Card rules tightening

Whats our strategy going forward?

  1. Diversifying and stacking points
  2. Card type diversification
  3. No more churn and burn
  4. Low cost flights via Google Flights from coastal cities
  5. Connecting cities flights to coastal cities using points

What Level Is Your Petty? – The Driftr Podcast Season 2, Episode 10

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On What Level Is Your Petty Season 2 Episode 10 of the Driftr Podcast, we discuss an in-depth review of Marriott’s New Credit Cards and Existing Credit Card Changes during our Cards and Points segment, took a trip to the beautiful location of Madrid, Spain and discuss our thoughts on experiencing any Drake-level pettiness while traveling.

 

 

On What Level Is Your Petty Season 2 Episode 10 of the Driftr Podcast, we discuss an in-depth review of Marriott’s New Credit Cards and Existing Credit Card Changes during our Cards and Points segment, took a trip to the beautiful location of Madrid, Spain and discuss our thoughts on experiencing any Drake-level pettiness while traveling.

Cards & Points

Marriott’s new Marriott Credit Card

 

The New Starwood Preferred Guest American Express Luxury Credit Card

  • $95 annual fee
  • Annual free night award (up to 35,000 points) after card renewal
  • Automatic Silver elite status
  • Earn Gold status after spending $35,000 (beginning in 2019)
  • 15 elite night credits beginning in 2019 (limited to once per member, not once per card)
  • Free in-room premium Wi-Fi (beginning in August)
  • 2X Points on Everyday Purchases
  • 6X Points on Marriott, SPG, and Ritz Carlton purchases

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Madrid, Spain

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Have you experienced any Drake pettiness while traveling?

  • Yes
  • Be care where you travel
  • Don’t trust people that you don’t know if you have a gut feeling that says otherwise

New Flight, New Life – The Driftr Podcast Season 2, Episode 9

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On New Flight, New Life Season 2 Episode 9 of the Driftr Podcast, we discuss an in-depth review of SPG’s New Credit Cards and Existing Credit Card Changes during our Cards and Points segment, took a trip to the beautiful location of Maui, Hawaii and discuss our thoughts on How travel has changed our lives for the better.

 

 

On New Flight, New Life Season 2 Episode 9 of the Driftr Podcast, we discuss an in-depth review of SPG’s New Credit Cards and Existing Credit Card Changes during our Cards and Points segment, took a trip to the beautiful location of Maui, Hawaii and discuss our thoughts on How travel has changed our lives for the better.

Cards & Points

Starwood’s new SPG Credit Cards

 

The New Starwood Preferred Guest American Express Luxury Credit Card

  • $300 in statement credits for purchases at participating Marriott hotels each cardmember year
  • $100 Global Entry or $85 TSA PreCheck fee credit
  • Priority Pass Select membership (including two guests)
  • Annual free night award (up to 50,000 points) after card renewal
  • Automatic Gold status and the ability to earn Platinum after spending $75k in a calendar year
  • Boingo Wi-Fi access
  • 15 elite night credits beginning in 2019 (limited to once per member per year, not once per card)
  • 6x points at participating Marriott hotels, 3x points at US restaurants and on flights booked directly with airlines, and 2x points on all other purchases

 

Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express

  • Annual free night award (up to 35,000 points) after card renewal
  • Automatic Silver elite status
  • Earn Gold status after spending $30,000 on the card in 2018; $35,000 beginning in 2019
  • 15 elite night credits beginning in 2019 (limited to once per member, not once per card)

 

Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express

  • This card offers the same benefits as the consumer card
  • In addition, 4x points on purchases at US restaurants, US gas stations, on wireless phone services from US providers and US shipping purchases.
  • Amex is eliminating the Sheraton Club access previously offered with this card — cardmembers will only have access until August 2018.

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Maui, Hawaii

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Where to look for Health Concerns when traveling to another country

Don’t Get Me Sick! – The Driftr Podcast Season 2, Episode 8

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On Don’t Get Me Sick! Season 2 Episode 8 of the Driftr Podcast, we discuss an in-depth review of Citi Thank You Premier during our Cards and Points segment, took a trip to the beautiful location of Lima, Peru and discuss our thoughts on Health Concerns when traveling to another country.

 

 

On Don’t Get Me Sick! Season 2 Episode 8 of the Driftr Podcast, we discuss an in-depth review of Citi Thank You Premier during our Cards and Points segment, took a trip to the beautiful location of Lima, Peru and discuss our thoughts on Health Concerns when traveling to another country.

Cards & Points

Citi Thank You Premier

  • $0 Annual Fee first year, then $95 after that
  • 3X points on travel including gas stations
  • 2X points on dining out and entertainment
  • 1X points on everything else
  • And more! Learn here.

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Lima, Peru

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Where to look for Health Concerns when traveling to another country

Who Needs Hobbies Anyways? – The Driftr Podcast Season 2, Episode 7

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On Who Needs Hobbies Anyways? Season 2 Episode 7 of the Driftr Podcast, we discuss an in-depth review of Citi Prestige during our Cards and Points segment, took a trip to the beautiful location of Venice, Italy and discuss our thoughts on Hobbies picked up through Travel.

 

 

On Who Needs Hobbies Anyways? Season 2 Episode 7 of the Driftr Podcast, we discuss an in-depth review of Citi Prestige during our Cards and Points segment, took a trip to the beautiful location of Venice, Italy and discuss our thoughts on Hobbies picked up through Travel.

Cards & Points

Citi Prestige

  • $450 Annual Fee
  • $250 Air Travel Credit
  • $100 Global Entry application fee credit
  • 3X points on travel
  • 2X points on dining
  • 1X points on everything else
  • Complimentary 4th night stay at any hotel of your choice after a minimum 4-consecutive night booking through ThankYou.com
  • And more! Learn here.

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Venice, Italy

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What kinds of hobbies do you pick up from your travels?

  • Photography
  • Collecting Currency
  • Trying Different Foods
  • Etc

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.