Don’t Forget To Do This Before You Go Out Of Town, Great Use of Hilton Points, AMEX Discount On Car Rentals + More

Happy Sunday, y’all! I hope you had a good weekend. Here are some travel articles we’ve recently seen that we think you may enjoy.

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How To Avoid Extra Credit Card Fees During International Travel

Going on an international trip is very exciting but it can also be very expensive. Using a credit card to pay for purchases when traveling internationally is often the best way to get a good exchange rate and the rate your bank gets will be better than the one you’ll get on your own if you exchange cash. Using a card also means that you don’t have to carry around a bunch of cash with you. However, many cards will add on a “foreign transaction fee” to any transactions made with anything except your home currency. Here’s an easy way to keep from paying that extra 2-3 percent on all of your purchases while away.

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This Might Be The Best AMEX Offer Ever

I’m a big fan of American Express’ AMEX Offers. If you have an American Express card, you can log in to your account online and see any number of offers available on your account. They may be for restaurants, hotels, online shopping or anything else you would pay for with your AMEX card. Taking advantage of these offers for “free money” or bonus points is one way you can recoup the cost of a card’s annual fee or the offers can even be money makers if you play your cards right. I’ve strategically used these offers in the past, like during our stay at a Hilton in Las Vegas or when I put in an order from Boxed. Recently, the offers on the AMEX site have been underwhelming so I haven’t bothered signing up for them. I’ll still look at the e-mails that AMEX sends me about the new offers and the one I received today stopped me in my tracks.

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What Is Stacking And Why Should You Be Doing It?

When I’m talking about stacking, I’m not talking about stacking cups, although that is an impressive, yet useless skill.

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I’m also not speaking of the catchy Anna Kendrick song Cups from Pitch Perfect, where she never actually stacks anything.

When I’m talking about stacking, I’m referring to the combining of multiple deals to maximize the returns on purchases.

I regard myself as a entry level player to this area who occasionally gets lucky with a decent reward. I’m almost always helped by a post or two that points me in the right direction. My goal today is to show you how these work and that it’s not difficult to make them work for you.

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Good And Bad Changes To Lounge Access With American Express Platinum Cards

Access to airport lounges is one of the big draws of keeping an American Express Platinum Card. Besides providing access to Priority Pass lounges, the card also gets you into many other lounges worldwide, including their own Centurion Lounges.

There have been two changes to the lounge program in the last few weeks. I’ll go over the good news first:  Continue reading “Good And Bad Changes To Lounge Access With American Express Platinum Cards”