Stop Falling In Love With Travel Credit Cards!!

I’ve admitted that I have an irrational attachment to certain travel credit cards. You know, the cards that I’ve had for a while and keep paying the annual fee even though the benefits aren’t worth what the card cost me every year. I tried to rationalize why paying for the card made sense. My arguments were convincing but eventually, I took a step back and gave a long and hard look at the money I was spending. I realized that I was giving away too much value to the “possible uses” for the card instead of looking at the actual value I was getting.

I give the credit card companies credit; they were able to make me think I was winning at this game. I had all these perks, got statement credits for expenses and my out of pocket cost whittled down to almost nothing. It’s like they were paying me to keep the card. Wait, I know that’s not true. No bank is going to pay you to keep a card for the long term. They’d eventually go out of business.

So how’d the person who is so proud of not being loyal to any airline, hotel or rental car company end up in an unhealthy relationship with some credit cards? Here are just a few of the traps that I fell into that lead to making irrational decisions.

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When Do The American Express Platinum Card’s Uber Monthly Credits Arrive In Your Account?

One of the benefits of the American Express Platinum card is that you get $200 in Uber credits, which are placed into your account each month. You get $15 in Uber credits for U.S. rides each month, plus a bonus $20 in December (in other words, you get a $35 credit in December).

This new benefit was introduced right around the time that the annual fee for the Platinum Card went up $100 (from $450 to $550 a year). So while the card will cost more up front, there’s chance to get even more value from it. Well, that is, if you’re able to use all $200 of the Uber credits.

It’s important to know that these credits don’t carry over from month to month, so if you don’t use them in one month, they’ll disappear. AMEX is very specific about that in the rules:

Monthly ride Credit expires at 11:59 PM Hawaii Standard Time on the last day of each month. Unused Credit will not carry over to the following month. Credit will be applied for the month in which the transaction is completed

So that tells you when the current month’s credit will expire. But what about when the new month’s credit is added to your account?

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How Get Platinum Status, Last-Minute WDW Reservations & More

Well, it’s FINALLY the weekend…and what do you know, it’s Cinco De Mayo, too! WOO HOO! Here’s a review of the articles we wrote this week, all in one convenient place.

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Sanctioned Backstage Video of WDW, Traveler’s Constipation, & Much More!

Woo hoo – it’s Saturday, y’all! Here’s a review of the articles we wrote this week, all in one convenient place.

Joe wrote about:

And Sharon wrote about:

Don’t forget to join our Facebook Group, where we talk about travel (including Disney parks), creative ways to earn frequent flyer miles and hotel points, how to save money on or for your trips, get access to travel-related articles you may not see otherwise, etc. We’d love to see you there!

Like this post? Please share it! We have plenty more just like it and would love if you decided to hang around and clicked the button on the top (if you’re on your computer) or the bottom (if you’re on your phone/tablet) of this page to follow our blog and get emailed notifications of when we post (it’s usually just two or three times a day). Or maybe you’d like to join our Facebook group, where we talk and ask questions about travel (including Disney parks), creative ways to earn frequent flyer miles and hotel points, how to save money on or for your trips, get access to travel  articles you may not see otherwise, etc. Whether you’ve read our posts before or this is the first time you’re stopping by, we’re really glad you’re here and hope you come back to visit again!