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