If Auckland Airport Can Do This, Why Can’t Our Airports Do It, Too?

Auckland International Airport (AKL) is the largest and busiest airport in New Zealand. It serviced over 21,000,000 passengers by their March 2019 year end, which puts it approximately on par with Phoenix (PHX), Houston (IAH) and and Miami (MIA) International Airports in the United States (latest data for them is Dec. 2018). Definitely nothing to sneeze at.

Like many airports, ALK has had an app for several years but it was pretty basic – just flight and parking information. Well, they’ve just done a refresh of the app and I now have airport app envy. Look at everything it can do…

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Time To Sign Up For My Favorite Discover 5% Cash Back Categories Of The Year

One of the only reasons I put any spending on my Discover card is the rotating 5% cashback categories. Every three months they have a category, or categories, where you can earn 5% back on the first $1,500 spent. That’s a max of $75 back and that’s not bad for a card with no annual fee. You can net $300 per year if you max out each category.

I’ve been a bit underwhelmed with the offerings so far this year, mainly because I can earn about the same amount or more with other cards.

  • Jan – March – Grocery Stores
  • April – June – Gas Stations, Uber & Lyft
  • July – September – Restaurants and PayPal

However, I am excited about the category for October-December. No question that it’s designed to arrive just in time for holiday shopping.

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“Surprise Gift” In Hotel Room, What To Do About Unfair Rental Car Fee, How To Tell If Redemption Is Good, & More!

Happy Sunday 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.

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Is Chase Giving Better Rewards To Less Expensive Cards?

I use shopping portals to get miles for things I’d be buying anyway. Portals are websites that you click through to get to other websites. When shopping through a portal, you can get different types of bonuses. There are cashback portals, like Ebates, which pay you a percentage of your purchase, whereas airlines and hotels run portals that pay you back in miles or points in their respective programs. Credit cards also have shopping portals, where you can earn points in the corresponding rewards programs like Chase Ultimate Rewards.

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I love earning Ultimate Rewards points that are worth at least 1.5 cents each for things I’m buying anyway

There are dozens of these portals out there, so I like to check several of them before making any purchase online. My favorite site to check the current payout rates is Cashback Monitor. This website keeps up to date listings of the amount that each shopping portal will pay for a specific website.

Anyway, I wanted to purchase a deal I saw on Groupon. I know there are usually great deals for purchases with Groupon on varying shopping portals and was happy to see that Chase had a high payout…

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The Brand New Shopping Outlet In New York City

When you think of New York City, most people think of stuff in Manhattan. Times Square. The Statue of Liberty. Central Park.

But some people think of something else. Shopping. Not so much the crap shops that line the tourist areas (but hey, where else are you going to find a bobblehead of whatever current politician giving you the finger?), but outlet malls.

The problem was that the two outlet malls closest to NYC were a royal pain to get to. If you didn’t have access to a car, you’d have to take bus from the Port Authority to get to either Woodbury Common Premium Outlets (it’s about an hour north of Manhattan) or to Jersey Gardens (it’s about 35 minutes southwest of Manhattan). And, of course, you’d have to pay $6.50 per person in each direction to take those buses.

Welp, a brand new outlet in New York City has just changed that narrative, and it’s just a 25 minute free ferry ride away.

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