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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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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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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Chicago: A Tale of Two Munchkins, part three

  Be sure to check out parts one and two first! The kids provided us a great day, but the weather was questionable for our third day in the city so we gave them the choice of the Museum of Science and Industry, the Field Museum of Natural History, or the Shedd Aquarium. They chose […]

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Things to Consider Before Applying for a New Credit Card

Credit card sign up bonuses are a great way to travel on the cheap, but of course applying for new credit cards all willy-nilly can be a great way to get yourself in some hot financial water, too. If you think you’d like to apply for a new credit card, or especially several new credit […]

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