Earn $0.35/gallon at Shell Stations with Chase Pay

If you have the Chase Freedom card, you already know it’s currently offering 5% cash back on gas station, internet/cable/phone services, and Chase Pay purchases. But did you know you can add your Shell Fuel Rewards number to your Chase Pay account and earn even more cash back? If you don’t have a Fuel Rewards […]

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Amex Gold or Chase Sapphire Preferred or Citi Thank You Premier?

  While we Warckens work for flight benefits, there are times when we’d like a confirmed flight, but obviously we’d rather not pay for one. With the exception of our no-annual-fee AAdvantage Aviator and annual-fee-but-lucrative-companion-fare Alaska Airlines cards, we’ve gotten rid of all our other dedicated airline credit cards in favor transferable point cards. All […]

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Big Island on a Budget

  Hawai’i is notoriously expensive but there are lots of ways to keep your trip reasonable, not limited to sleeping in your rental car, eating nothing but pb&js, and showering at public beach parks. PSYCH! Okay, we dabbled in those things. Greg and I just spent an awesome, like ready to move there, 8 days/8 […]

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Hilton Status Match Through 2019

  For a limited time Hilton is offering free status match to their Honors program. If you have elite status with any other hotel programs you can apply for a free match on Hilton’s Status match page. Chase IHG cardmembers get automatic Platinum Elite status and the past two years we’ve both used ours to […]

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Our Two Favorite Travel Credit Cards

  Greg and I have a solid collection of travel credit cards, but we put more stock into Chase’s Ultimate Rewards program than any other airline, hotel, or point cards out there. Now before you get all riled up about free travel, check out my post on Things to Consider before applying for a new […]

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New York City for (mostly) Free!

I wrote all about Southwest’s Companion Pass back in 2014, and I earned mine February 2016, allowing G.Hammer to fly with me for $5.60 each way any time I fly Southwest through the end of 2017. In a nutshell, I had to earn 110,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards points in one year to qualify which I […]

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Missing money, Retention bonuses, DIY updates

There are a few things I’ve tried and recommended lately to get and keep a few more Warcken dollars in our Warcken wallets. 1. missingmoney.com. In October I suggested everyone check out missingmoney.com to see if any states you’ve ever lived in owe you cash money. Of course I did this myself, and found missing […]

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Annual Fees and Credit Card Retention Bonuses

Greg and I have a lot of credit cards, and most of them have annual fees. Some are a necessary evil for benefits the cards provide, and some annual fees actually pay for themselves. Depending on the card and its benefits, we’ll call when the annual fee is due and ‘threaten to cancel’ unless they […]

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Iceland on a Budget!

Hahaha just kidding. Iceland is not a budget destination, so just put that out of your head now. It’s ironic, you can fly on WOW air from the States for $99 each way, but you’ll pay $150/night for a private room at the City Hostel. Groceries and restaurants are half again, if not double, what you’d […]

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Amex Offers & Benefits

  Look, everyone knows G and I like free stuff. Everyone knows we like credit cards. And everyone knows we love combining the two. Like, did you know Bank of America and Merrill Lynch credit and debit cardholders can visit over 150 museums for free the first weekend of every month? American Express offers lots […]

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