Different Approaches of Credit Card Spending to Earn Miles & Points

If you collect miles and points by using your credit cards, knowing what cards to use for each purchase will maximize the points you’ll earn. However, making sure you have the right card with you at all times and staying up to date on the current bonus categories is a lot of work. If you’re the type of person who, like me, wants to maximize earnings on every purchase, you need to carry at least 3-4 cards with at all times. If you’re someone who just wants to have one card for all of your purchases, like Sharon, you need to carry a card that’s good for the majority of the things you buy. Looking at the cards that I have in my wallet compared to what cards Sharon carries can give you a glimpse into two different strategies for earning points and miles.

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What’s The Big Deal About Metal Credit Cards?

I just don’t get the metal credit card trend. Maybe it’s because I’m not out to impress anyone with what credit card I’m using. I use credit cards so I can earn miles or points to use for our travels. I couldn’t care if the cashier is impressed about the weight of the card I handed to him/her to make my purchase.

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I’ll Take Better Coverage Over More Points

For those who collect (and spend) points and miles, deciding which credit card to use when making a purchase is a straightforward process. For most, the card providing the largest return is the one you’ll use. There are some calculations to do considering how much each different point is worth to you but for the most part, the card with the biggest return wins.

If you’re thick into the weeds of maximizing return, you might know of a workaround to get even more points. You may be able to buy a gift card at Staples for 5x points or you might just pick up a discounted gift card on eBay to save 10%. Don’t forget to use a shopping portal for extra points.

For me, there’s one more thought that I need to consider; what card will give me the best insurance coverage for this purchase. It’s not a popular stance, but I’ll give up points for better coverage. Here’s some of the categories where coverage matters to me.

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Five Reasons I’m Glad I Kept The Citi Prestige Card

On October 22, information about major changes coming to the Citi ThankYou  Prestige card started to show up around the internet. Over the next two days, several different variations of new card benefits and changes  were put out there. While most of them were accurate, others were not so much. I generally don’t like to write about a topic until the dust settles and details are confirmed but we’re at a point now where I can look at what’s reportedly going to happen to the Prestige card and how it will affect me. At first review, I’m really happy about the changes. The Prestige was on my list of cards on the chopping block at this year’s renewal but now it’s a keeper. These changes also make me feel better about my choice to cancel my AMEX Platinum earlier this year.

Here are five reasons I’m glad I kept the Citi Prestige card:

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Priority Pass Lounge Admission Price Is Going Up

If you have a premium credit card, you likely also have a Priority Pass card. This card gives you, and a limited number of travel companions, access to lounges that are members of the Priority Pass network.

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Here’s a link to our article about the card, how to get one and what lounges it gives you access to.

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