Category Archives: Special deals

What’s In Your Wallet?

Sounds familiar doesn’t it! Of course the ad wants you to use a particular credit card. The question really is what card (or cards) should you have in your wallet?

I carry three cards: an American Express Platinum, a Marriott Visa, and an IHG Mastercard. That way I am covered with whatever card a vendor might take. Internationally I try to use my American Express card since there are no exchange fees. If I am staying st Marriott I use my Marriott Visa and at an IHG property my Mastercard. The key is to always maximize points earned! This is not to say these are the cards you need to carry. ….. however it is always good to have at least a Visa and a Masterdard. Also I try and not use my debit card while traveling due to security concerns on my part.

What cards should you carry………. it all depends: which airlines do you fly, which hotels do you stay at, where do you shop, which offers the best bonuses and perks!

One good place to keep updated on what’s happening with credit cards in the travel spectrum is “Million Mile Secrets” at http://www.millionmilesecrets.com.

Delta SkyMiles American Express Gold – 50,000 Bonus and other benefits!

A friend asked me a question about which airline credit card might be best for them for an upcoming trip. I shared some thoughts with him but afterwards thought I should probably do some research so that I might offer a better answer.

First, which airline credit card you use should probably be for the airline that you currently fly with or plan on using for a trip once you have accumulated the necessary miles.

Second, I would look at what additional benefits the card might offer: free checked baggage, discounts, priority boarding, etc.

In my research I found an American Express Deal for Delta SkyMiles that might be worth considering. American Express is offering the Delta Gold SkyMiles card on a promotion through September 8th with a 50,000 mile bonus (normally 30,000 miles). In addition there are other nice benefits that come with the card:

– 50,000 bonus is credited to your account after you spend $1000 during the first 3 months.

– The $95 annual fee is waived for the first year.

– You receive a $50 statement credit.

– You get your first checked bag free for you and up to 8 traveling companions on the same reservation.

– You get double miles on Delta purchases.

– You get 20% discount on In-Flight purchases.

– You receive priority boarding for yourself and companions on the same reservation.

– You can use “pay with miles” to offset some or all of a paid ticket.

– Reduced rate on 1-day pass to the SkyClub.

– No foreign currency exchange fees.

This card is available in both the Personal and Business versions.

More details can be found at http://www.262.americanexpress.com

Italy! 8 days with Airfare $999

http://local.amazon.com/national/B00LWF9616

Is Italy on your bucket list? If so this just might be your chance! This Amazon Local deal offers an 8 day trip to the Tuscany region of Italy and includes airfare from New York, as well as lodging, rental car, and hotels. Check the details on the web site and book your dream trip to Italy!

Delta to offer more free entertainment on flights!

Effective August 1st, Delta will offer more free entertainment options on over 1000 flights worldwide for flights over 1.5 hours. Entertainment will be offered through seat-back systems and in-flight streaming directly to customer’s own smartphones, tablets, and laptops! This will be offered on all domestic aircraft and regional jets with two-cabin seating. Customers in BusinessElite, First Class, and Economy Comfort will have free, unrestricted access to inflight entertainment on all international flights. Customers traveling international in economy will have access to the free content.

Domestic customers traveling in First Class, Business Elite, and Economy Comfort will have free access to all entertainment content. Economy customers will have access to all free content which will include live satellite TV channels, music selections and game options through seat-back entertainment systems, as well as movie and TV selections on seat-back systems as well as streaming content through in-flight Wi-Fi.

Check Delta.com for more details.