International travel tips: wireless phones and car rental

International travel tips: wireless phones and car rental

Recently, I received a text from a close friend asking for advice on a couple of European travel issues. While I knew the answers, in general, I checked a few websites to be sure I was giving him solid information. I also realized this could be information that others relatively infrequent travelers to Europe would also like to know.

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Evaluating my credit card portfolio - Citibank

Evaluating my credit card portfolio - Citibank

Since my pursuit of points and miles has resulted in many open credit card accounts, I recently began a top-to-bottom review of my overall credit card portfolio. In today's entry in the series covering this review, I will consider the Citi card products I hold.

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Review: DoubleTree Club Hotel Boston Bayside

My girlfriend and I recently stayed at the DoubleTree Club Hotel Boston Bayside. The location was more than suitable for us, check-in was a breeze, the staff was very friendly, and the rooms were comfortable. The biggest negative was the food, but, overall, a good stay and I will definitely consider another visit the next time my travels take me to Boston!

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Citi ThankYou Premier signup bonus drops to 40K #AntiClimatic

In what was a pretty anti-climatic announcement despite breathless hype in the points and miles blogging community, Citibank has dropped the signup bonus of the well-regarded Citi ThankYou Premier Card to 40,000 ThankYou Points. The spending requirement of $3,000 in three months is unchanged.

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Approved for Amex Everyday Preferred with 30,000 point signup bonus

The Amex Everyday Preferred card is a great credit card for everyday spend given its 50% across-the-board point bonus with 30 uses per month. However, the 30,000 point signup bonus is targeted to new Amex customers, so current customers have to be careful how they access the signup page.

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What that new credit card with a chip means for you

Recently, U.S. banks have been issuing EMV chip-enabled credit cards. This is not strictly a travel issue, but, because I cover reward credit cards and because there are definite advantages to EMV cards for Americans traveling overseas, I feel compelled to touch on this shift. Today I offer a primer on the background of this change and how the new cards will impact and benefit you, the user. 

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Just signed up for the 60,000 point Citi ThankYou Premier card

Citibank is offering 60,000 bonus Thank You points on the Citi Thank You Premier card if you spend $3,500 in the first three months of holding the card. This is higher than their normal 50,000 bonus point offer so take advantage while you can!

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