Sorry Starbucks, I Love You But I’m Not Going To Sign Up For Your Credit Card

In February 2018, Starbucks and Chase launched the Starbucks Rewards™ Visa® Card. This credit card links directly to your Starbucks Rewards account and lets your earn stars for your purchases.

Starbucks Visa

Starbucks keeps emailing me offers to get this card. I’m sure if you’re a Starbucks Rewards member, you’ve also received these messages more than a few times. If you are a regular visitor to Starbucks, it may seem to make perfect sense to get this card. You drink their coffee anyway, why not earn free drinks for your everyday spending, right?

I’m a self-admitted Starbucks-a-holic. Every morning shift I work, I’ll stop by for an Iced Coffee with Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup (no classic) and 2% milk. I was quite proud when the baristas at my regular store would make my coffee for me without having to order. They even wished me good bye on my last visit when I was transferred to a new work location and wouldn’t be a regular at their store anymore. It was an appropriate farewell, a note on my coffee and a Starbucks gift card. 🙂

So I’m the target audience for the Starbucks Rewards Visa card then, right? The problem is that before I’m going to apply for any card, I’m going to do the math and see exactly what it offers.  Continue reading “Sorry Starbucks, I Love You But I’m Not Going To Sign Up For Your Credit Card”

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Our Favorite Places To Eat in Key West

We’ve been to Key West seven times since 2010 (Sharon also went an additional time in 2008). It’s a quick getaway for us, within driving distance or a short flight away. We like going to places we’ve been to before because many of the stresses of traveling are diminished when you know something about where you are. I totally get that some people will be like, “You shouldn’t go back to somewhere you’ve already been. There are so many new places to discover!” I totally agree with that and we do our best to get to new places, too. But we also do our best to revisit places where we’ve had a really good time. It’s like watching a movie you’ve seen or re-reading a book you like; it’s a comfort and you know it will be enjoyable.

One of the nice things of going to a location you’ve been before is that you have a pre-made list of favorites made by the best travel consultant you know – YOU! It’s easy to Continue reading “Our Favorite Places To Eat in Key West”

Using A Debit Card for Car Rentals, The Airport Restaurant Designed by Walt Disney Imagineering, & More…

It’s the last weekend of 2017, y’all! Like many of you, I’m pretty much ready to let 2017 exit the building and maybe even let the door hit it on its behind as it leaves. Here’s to hoping that 2018 will be our best year yet!

Anyway, here’s a quick recap of the posts we wrote this week:

This week Joe wrote about:

Sharon wrote about:

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Starbucks at Orlando Int’l Airport Reopens, Soon To Sell Beer & Wine

If you’ve traveled through Orlando International Airport (MCO) in recent months, you know that it’s been going through a LOT of construction. Besides being in the midst of building Terminal C (its much-needed garage is already ready and in use!), the walkways between the two X-ray areas have been updated and the ticket lobbies and monorails are in the midst of renovations, as well. Some of the airport’s eateries are also going through some changes; for example, a Firehouse Subs opened at the main terminal food court last week.

However the renovation news that excited me most came from MCO’s Twitter the other day. Continue reading “Starbucks at Orlando Int’l Airport Reopens, Soon To Sell Beer & Wine”

JetBlue’s Policy Changes, Star Wars Filming Sites Vacations + More…

From an historic hotel’s renovations, to a fun way to get priority boarding, here are some stories we saw this week that we thought were interesting. We hope you will, too:

There are several articles that talked about Christmas this week:

  • The Points Guy showed cities around the world with the most extravagant Christmas light displays.
  • Want to know how to get priority boarding by wearing your ugly Christmas sweater? One Mile at a Time can tell you!
  • Travel and Leisure wrote about how the entire country of New Zealand has an official Secret Santa program.

And in the non-holiday category…

  • Read Doctor of Credit to find out how you can get two entries a day into the Starbucks for Life promotion (Joe’s been doing this daily).
  • Speaking up about problems might get you some extra points or miles and Million Miles Secrets shared a story about that.
  • Joe had the same problem as Frequent Miler with the current AMEX offer with Google Express but he found a solution.
  • Loyalty Lobby wrote about the renovations to the Waldorf=Astoria in New York. It’s been closed for almost a year (right after our visit in early 2016) and they are finally ready to start.
  • Delta/Air France/KLM has new luggage-less transatlantic fares, as per View From The Wing.
  • Deals We Like reported that JetBlue is making big changes to their refund and stand-by policies and they’re not to to the customers’ benefit.

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Our Weekly Recap: 11/12/17 – 11/18/17

Happy Saturday, friends! Here’s a recap of what we wrote this week:

Joe wrote about:

Sharon wrote about:

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An Easy Way To Get 300 Bonus Stars from Starbucks (That’s Enough For 2 Free Items!)

I’m a Starbucks person. I love drinking my first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season (but only when the temperature drops below 60F.). When I’m working a morning shift, a stop at the Starbucks for a coffee and breakfast sandwich is going to happen. The baristas even left me a note on my coffee on the last day before I changed work locations.

So when Starbucks is willing to give away 300 stars in the Starbucks Rewards program, they have my attention. Since you can redeem 125 stars for a free drink or food item, this offer is like getting $10 – $20 back. Unlike some of their recent promotions that wanted me to change my behavior (Like the one that was offering me 50 stars if I stopped in on a weekday between 2-5PM for 5 days in a row. Yeah, not gonna happen), this one is rewarding me for something I’m going to do anyway.

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