How to Get Sideline Passes for NFL Games (Our Exclusive Team Experience with Barclaycard)

This experience was sponsored by Barclaycard. However, all content and opinions expressed here are my own. Wouldn't it be cool to be on the sidelines at an NFL game? This could be a dream-come-true experience, especially for long-time or young fans. Who doesn't want to get close to their heroes down on the field? I'd love to one day bring my kid(s) down on the field. Not many people get to experience being that close to the … [Read more...]

The Best Credit Cards in Canada for 2019 [By Card Type]

There’s no universal answer to the question, "What is the best credit card?" Much in the same way the best convertible coupe would be ill-suited for a family of four, the best travel rewards credit card would make little sense for someone who rarely travels abroad. Simply put, categories matter and selecting the best credit card for you comes down to a number of factors - from your personal spending habits to what type of rewards … [Read more...]

How to Organize Your Credit Cards and Conduct a Full Card Audit With This Simple Tracking Spreadsheet

If you’re like me, you’ve dabbled into the award travel game and found yourself with a wallet - or a desk drawer - full of credit cards; many of which you aren’t using anymore. This might have left you feeling disorganized, uneasy, and worried about making a mistake. If you’re not careful, you could end up with a bunch of annual fees for cards your not using or worse, an account could get compromised and you end up with a bunch of fraudulent charges. That's no … [Read more...]

The True Cost to Attend a Super Bowl and Pro Tips Get You There Next Year

I've never had the pleasure of attending a Super Bowl, partly because the New York Jets have never been good enough to get there (in my lifetime) and primarily because it can be crazy expensive. By the time you've saved for Super Bowl tickets, you realize the cost of transportation and boarding can blow your budget up. With the next Super Bowl right around the corner, I thought it might be a good idea to share with you some of … [Read more...]

3 Advanced-Level Travel Hacking Tips We Learned at Frequent Traveler University

Wow. My head is still spinning after spending last weekend with those that are truly miles and points obsessed. I had the privilege of attending my first Frequent Traveler University (FTU) this weekend at the Hyatt Regency DFW. I have been "playing" the loyalty game for over four years now. So, it was an awesome experience to finally hobnob with some of the biggest bloggers in the community and also socialize with others who are as passionate as I am about reward … [Read more...]

New and Improved Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard

It's been some time since a bank has improved the offer on one of it's frequent flyer credit cards but our partner Citi recently launched an update to their American Airlines frequent flyer credit card.  The Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard has increased a few important perks while keeping a low annual fee (waived for the first year) for all American Airline travelers.  Let's take a deeper look into the pros and cons of card ownership. Following $1,000 in … [Read more...]

10 Tips to Become an Expert in Credit Card Travel Hacking without Getting Into Trouble

Using credit card travel hacking to get free travel is certainly not for everyone. It would be wrong for me to make a one size fits all recommendation and tell everyone to jump in and play this game. Certainly, the game has its benefits, but can have adverse financial impacts if not played wisely. What is the rewards game, anyway? I view it simply as applying for credit cards and spending the minimum to earn bonus points or rewards. These rewards come in many … [Read more...]

130,000 Points for the Win: Results of My Second Credit Card App Party

We used travel rewards to go to Valley Forge this last Summer. When the new year rolled around and my reward point balances started to dwindle I knew it was time to once again think about doing a credit card app party (see the results of year one). An app (application) party is when you sign up with several credit cards all at once to maximize your bonus points and minimize your credit score impact. Note: I don't have any consumer debt (credit cards, student loans, … [Read more...]

Our Recent Points Trip “Babycation” to Tucson’s J.W. Marriott Starr Pass Resort

We just about had this beautiful place to ourselves. Mrs. PT does a fantastic job taking care of our family - the two girls and I - day in and day out. Since we're about to bring a new member of the family into the world, we figured it was time for a babymoon getaway (i.e. a little pre-"babycation"). Or, as Mrs. PT and I like to joke, "baby cat". I picked Tucson because it was a short flight and somewhere we hadn't really explored before. It was also warm. The … [Read more...]

3 Reasons Every Frequent Traveler Needs a MasterCard in Their Wallet

This post was sponsored by MasterCard. If you're like me, you like to be able to use your reward points credit cards when you travel. No one likes to be turned away at the register. You probably also like to enjoy a few extra perks (like early check-in, free breakfast, and discounts on attractions) when you travel here in the States or abroad. I know for me these extras can make the difference between a so-so trip, and a truly enjoyable experience. In this post … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Meet Minimum Spending Requirements For Credit Card Bonuses

So you applied for that new credit card with the huge upfront spending bonus. Now you're left wondering "how the heck am I going to spend $xxxx.xx in x months." You might not have even made it that far. You may look at those upfront spending requirements (e.g. spend $5,000 in 3 months and receive 50,000 bonus points) and never apply, thinking you'd never spend that amount of money. That very well may be the case, but before you completely write off the idea … [Read more...]

My First Credit Card App Party Results in 200,000 Bonus Points

Average Age of Accounts After App Party via Credit Karma A few weeks back I let you guys in on my first credit card application party/spree plans. I'm back with the results of the party. Below I'll explain how the applications went, how my credit was affected, and how I'm doing in meeting my minimum spend requirements. In total it has been a success. I now have lots of points to use towards traveling or cash, my credit was only slightly affected, and I've been able … [Read more...]