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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TSA Pre-Check Is Great, But Don’t Use Your Points To Pay For It (Updated November 2019)

If you have travels coming up, I sure hope you have TSA Pre®. If you don’t, why not? It’s one of the easiest ways to help make travel less stressful. I’ve written about the ways you can enroll in the program in this post. I just ask one favor, when you apply:

PLEASE DON’T USE POINTS TO PAY FOR THE APPLICATION FEE!

Thank You.

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Every Time We Agree We’re Not Going To Use CLEAR Anymore, Joe Finds Another Excuse To Renew It

After the TSA lines at MCO got so bad that even the Pre-Check line had a 10-minute wait ([sarcasm] OMG, TEN WHOLE MINUTES! [/sarcasm]), Joe looked into getting CLEAR. Around, on and off, since 2005, it’s a third-party vendor that allows you to check-in with them instead of the TSA officers.

Joe finally decided to enroll us later that year (2018) after he got a four-month subscription to CLEAR, along with a free family pass so I would have it for free, too.

It was…OK. It had its issues, though…

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What To Do When You’re Getting Credit Card Application Denials, Why Centurion Lounges Will Get More Crowded, How To Get 15% Off at Target, & 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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Potential New Slowdown At TSA Checkpoint (PreCheck & Regular Lines) Thanks To New Policy

We’ve reported in the past that lines at TSA PreCheck might be getting shorter and faster, because they were cracking down on allowing low risk people who had never gone through the PreCheck process to get PreCheck status, More recently, the regular TSA line had the potential to become a little shorter too, because more airlines were being added to TSA Pre-Check.

Unfortunately, the news for all of us, TSA PreCheck or not, just got a little worse – both lines most likely are about to slow down a little. Why?

Real I.D.

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