Gaylord Palms Announces The Polar Express as Theme for ICE! 2019 Season

It may only be July, but you can JUUUUUUST start to smell a tiny little bit Christmas in the air. The 2019 Hallmark ornaments have just gone on sale. QVC just had their Christmas In July event. And earlier this week, the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee, FL announced their theme for the 2019 season of ICE!, their annual indoor winter wonderland…THE POLAR EXPRESS!

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Chase Sapphire Reserve Premium Rental Car Benefits

The Sapphire Reserve is Chase’s premium travel credit card. It provides an unmatched combination of points earning and travel insurance coverage. When it comes to travel perks included with the card, it’s right in the pack with other cards offering a Priority Pass membership and Global Entry reimbursement. Many of the other travel benefits supplied by the card come from it being a VISA Infinite card, some of them being premier level membership with several rental car companies.

If you’re interested in signing up for a Chase Sapphire Reserve or just want to hear more about the card, check out our full review.

To find out what benefits the Sapphire Reserve provides, it’s necessary to log into your Chase account. If you have more than one Chase card, click on the Sapphire Reserve and then open the drop-down box “Things you can do”

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Clicking on card benefits takes you a page showing several benefits of the card:

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Being Perfect Doesn’t Feel As Good As I Thought It Would

Perfection. Whether you’re a gymnast, ice skater, high diver, bowler or even a student getting back your exam, there’s just something special about getting a perfect score.

For some in the points and miles world or even those who care about their credit score, there’s something special about getting a perfect credit score. Now, having a perfect credit score doesn’t get you anything. I’m sure that there are those who would argue that if you have a perfect score then you’re leaving plenty of opportunities on the table.

Having a perfect score doesn’t open any doors for offers that a good or great score doesn’t provide. You’ll still be approved, or denied, for credit based on the criteria each bank applies to new requests.

So I never really paid that much attention to our scores, just a causal check every month or so to make sure something funky isn’t going on.

Imagine my surprise when I saw this.

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What Should I Do With My Citi ThankYou Points?

On September 1, 2019, Citi is going to change the fourth-night free benefit on the Citi Prestige to make reservations only bookable through the ThankYou portal or by calling a Thank You representative. Then on September 22, 2019, Citi will remove most of their travel insurance and shopping protections from almost all of their card portfolio.

These changes made me rethink our Citi card portfolio and one of the possibilities was canceling our Citi Prestige card. With Citi’s rules, if I cancel a card the points associated with that card expire in 60 days, even if you’ve transferred those points to another Citi ThankYou card which you are keeping open.

If I’m going to need to cash these points out, I better explore my options.

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Southwest Just Gave A Free Nintendo Switch To Every Passenger On This Flight

Nintendo is scheduled to set up a huge booth at the San Diego Comic-Con, the grandaddy of all Comic Cons, held at the San Diego Convention Center on July 18-21. Their focus will be on its new game, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order. However it will also have a Nintendo Gaming Lounge at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina, which is right next door to the convention center. The lounge will be open to the public and will offer playable games such as Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3, Pokémon Sword and Shield, Super Mario Maker 2, Luigi’s Mansion 3, Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring the Legend of Zelda, and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening.

Southwest Airlines will be at the lounge with a Super Mario Maker 2 contest that attendees can enter. Winners can potentially win a Nintendo Switch + Super Mario Maker 2 bundle.

However, not everyone who attends Comic-Con lives in San Diego – they have to travel to get there. And apparently not everyone has to “win” in order to get that Nintendo Switch + Super Mario Maker 2 bundle. And that’s where things got interesting for some airline passengers…

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