Adding to the Mix – Four Credit Cards to Consider In a Points Earning Strategy

We recently wrote in article in which we compared a cash back card to a card that earns transferable, but cashable points.  For the cashback card we used an imaginary 2% card.  For transferable points we used the Chase Freedom Unlimited.  The article prompted some good discussion.  People brought up cards such as… The Discover it Miles Card at 3%The Amex Blue Business Plus which has the potential to cash out at 2.5%The Citi Double Cash at 2%The Bank of America card at 2.625% Those are four great cards.  Each offers an appealing overall value to the cardholder.  We personally use all four of the above-mentioned cards.  Any of…

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Shimmers on the Beach- Dubai, UAE

We took a cab from the Ritz Carlton Hotel to Jumeriah Mina A’ Salam.  It’s one of the Jumeriah Group properties, also home to Shimmers on the Beach.   Taxi Ride to Shimmers on the Beach Our cab driver was a little confused as to specifically where we were going.   The Jumeriah properties are very close together so it can be confusing.  Try and have a map if possible to show your driver. Map to Shimmers on the Beach It’s quite a walk from the front of the hotel to Shimmers, so allow yourself enough time so you aren’t late.  Jumeriah Mina A’ Salam is…

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Placing Our Bet: Deciding Between Cash back or Transferable (But Cashable) Points in Today’s Uncertain Environment

In light of current circumstances we’re looking at shifting credit card spending away from cards which earn program-specific points, and aiming them towards either… Cards which earn cashbackCards which earn transferable currencies that can be converted to cash.   The common theme being the ability to go to cash.    With non-essential travel on hold, cash is an appealing option.  But we also like premium travel, and normally get outsized value with transferable currencies.  So, as someone who prioritizes travel, but wants the fallback option of cash, which of the two above options is the best path forward, transferable but cashable points, or…

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Earn Points Through Credit Card Sign Ups- Part 1: Count the Cost

Do you want to earn a large number of points and miles for travel?  If so, the single best piece of advice may be to sign up for a credit card with a big welcome bonus. To learn more, read on! Welcome to the world of points and miles! We’re sharing how ordinary people can travel to extraordinary places with the use of airline miles and hotel points. This post is part of a series on “Getting Started with Points and Miles”. Here are the topics: Getting Started with Points and MilesLook and Learn Before You LeapDecide What Type of Reward Points…

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Archery at the Al Maha Resort in Dubai

A stay at the Al Maha Resort includes two activities each day.  During our stay, there were seven complementary activities from which to choose.  FalconryNature WalkGhaf Tree WalkWild Life DriveCamel TrekSundownersArchery Below is a handout that guests will receive upon arrival. We requested the document ahead of time in order to plan our activities. As you can see, Horse Riding and Desert Drive are also available for an extra charge.  We picked archery for one of our activities.   We meet our field guide, Shabaz at the Hotel Lobby and he took us in an SUV to the archery range.    Our guide helped…

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Ritz Carlton Dubai- Review of Club Lounge and Lobby Lounge

During our recent trip to Dubai, we stayed at the Ritz Carlton in Jumeirah Beach.  Upon arrival we were upgraded to a Club Level room, and as benefit, enjoyed access to Club Lounge.  In a previous post we reviewed the room and the grounds.  In this post we’ll review the Club Lounge and the Lobby Lounge. Every morning we had breakfast at the Club Lounge.  We found the lounge to be clean, modern and it was never crowded.  Club Lounge at the Ritz Carlton Dubai We chose the same table every day, by the glass doors that led to the balcony.  Every morning was…

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Hilton Extends Weekend Night Certificates

With everything going on, this may be the least of your worries. But in case it effects you, Hilton extends Weekend Night Rewards through August 31st, 2021. These are the free nights earned by holders of the American Express Hilton cards. Here's the text of the email. Dear__________, I wanted to follow up on the recent message you received from our CEO, Chris Nassetta. In addition to the enhancements Hilton communicated, we are extending the expiration date of the Weekend Night Reward(s) you earned as a Hilton Honors American Express Card Member.   We appreciate that you choose to travel with us and…

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Etihad Business Lounge at Abu Dhabi Airport

On a recent stopover at Abu Dhabi, we had a chance to visit the Etihad Business Class lounge. Here’s a quick pictorial tour.  The lounge is locatedin Terminal 3 at Abu Dhabi Airport. P.S. There is also a smaller lounge in Terminal 1. The lounge was sizable, here's a directional sign. I liked that they had a room to store luggage. Here's one of the seating areas We arrived while breakfast was being served Bread selection Salad Items Fresh Fruit I'm not sure what it's called, but the cheese on the bottom right was good. The breakfast included many hot…

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Ritz Carlton Dubai- Review of Room and Hotel Grounds

The Ritz Carlton Dubai, a Marriott Bonvoy property, modern yet beaming with old world charm.  Friendly faces greeted us when we arrived in the middle of the night under the carport. They took the luggage to our room while we checked in at the desk.  Street View of Ritz Carlton Dubai Ritz Carlton Dubai Driveway Ritz Carlton Dubai Carport and Front Entrance Check In Desk Lobby of the Ritz Carlton Dubai As we walked into the lobby, we saw a beautiful fountain filled with rose petals. In-ground fuchsia lights surrounded the fountain resembling glistening pomegranate seeds.   Lobby Staircases Leading to…

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