Google Express was the shopping website/portal that never really knew what it wanted to be when it grew up. Not to be confused with the “Shopping” tab when you Google an item, this was a separate service. You could search for an item and it would show you which one, of several online stores you’d never heard of before, carried it and what price you’d pay.
It always felt as if this was the idea of a VP at Google who said: “We need to compete with Amazon.com for online shopping, but we sell no merchandise.” The reason the service existed seemed unclear. Why would you need to buy items to get shipped through Google’s shopping portal? Google already provides you information about where you can buy an item with their main service and that search isn’t limited to the stores who are signed up for the Google Express platform. So why bother?
And now they’ll never get a chance to figure it out:
Continue reading “Farewell Google Express, We Never Really Knew Why You Existed, Anyway”
Happy Wednesday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.
Continue reading “Hidden AMEX Offers Revealed, New Lounge Fees, Don’t Be THAT Guy, Would YOU Do This?, & More!”
For over twenty years, I’ve had credit cards that earned points or miles. I originally had an American Express Gold travel card that paid me 1.5x points for all travel purchases. Back then, any bonus category was rare, so earning extra Membership Rewards points for my trips was fantastic. I eventually got a Diners Club card because once I was old enough to rent a car (25 years old), the primary renter’s coverage was very important to me (being the son of an insurance claims adjuster helps you set your priorities).
I’ve seen travel cards come and go. It was only about ten years ago that I started getting serious about points and miles. I cautiously waded into the world of credit card sign up bonuses. Continue reading “When It Comes To Earning Points And Miles, I’d Rather Be The Tortoise Than The Hare”
For a while, I wasn’t really checking our AMEX Offers. Unless I’d read about a particularly good one, I wasn’t going through them on all of our cards. I’ll admit it, I was a slacker.
After looking at all the restaurant offers that are currently available, I dug through my accounts to look at the travel offers. Boy, there are a bunch of them!
I don’t think I’ll be able to use them because most of our upcoming stays are paid for with points but if you’re going to have a paid hotel stay in the next few months, it would pay to check them out.
Continue reading “Check Out All Of These Hotel Offers From AMEX”
I’ll admit it, I’ve been bad about checking our AMEX Offers recently. Besides the one I used earlier this year to save on a Marriott hotel stay in New York, I haven’t enrolled for any other offer. I guess I was less interested in them since AMEX shut down the ability to sign up multiple cards. That’s no excuse to leave free money on the table so I went and looked at the offers, and boy, there were a bunch of them.
I was particularly happy to see so many restaurant offers since Orlando’s Magical Dining Month is approaching and I’ll be able to stack some of these offers with the special pricing available at restaurants we usually don’t visit.
Continue reading “Check Your AMEX Accounts For These Restaurant Offers”