What is an App-o-rama?

I laughed out loud the first time I heard the phrase “App-o-rama.”  It just sounds kind of silly, like a ride at an amusement park (Tilt-o-whirl, anyone?).  I guess you could say that for Points and Miles collectors, an App-o-rama is our version of the Tilt-o-whirl, complete with thrills, chills […]

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What is a credit card churn?

I love the image: a rustic wooden butter churn, filled to the brim with mouthwatering premium travel cards.  Mmmmm, bonuses! Seriously, what the heck is a credit card churn anyway?  I made a short video to explain: What type of churner are you?

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Save 55.5% at Banana Republic Today

Last night both of my kids had sleepovers (ahh, summer!) so this morning was a leisurely one for me.  I was sitting at my computer, enjoying a peaceful and nourishing cup of coffee, when I came across this fabulous bit of news:     As you know if you’ve been […]

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Snag an Amazing Deal Using Starwood Preferred Guest “Cash and Points”

If you’ve been eyeing a Starwood Preferred Guest credit card, now’s your chance!  Between now and September 4, 2012, American Express has increased the sign up bonus for the SPG Credit Card from 25,000 Starpoints to 30,000 Starpoints.  This  is an excellent bonus worth hundreds, (or thousands!) of dollars, depending […]

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Long Weekend in New Orleans

I have an unusual relationship with one of my best friends: for the past 10 years, I haven’t talked to her for 360 days out of the year.  Instead, we’ve left each other 20-30 full-length voicemail messages each week.  (Yikes!  I just did the math on this!  I’ve left her […]

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2,500 Amex Points – Free and Easy!

If you’ve got 15 minutes and an Amex card, there are 2,500 Amex Points waiting for you.  Between now and August 31, 2012, simply walk into a Bose Showcase store and watch a short demo of their new Videowave II television, and the folks at Bose will present you with a […]

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The Elusive Amazon…or, How to Get Points for Your Amazon Purchase

I love Amazon.  I try to “shop local” first, but if I need something that I can’t find in my neighborhood, Amazon gets an online visit from me!   However, it can be tricky to figure out how to get points for your Amazon purchases.  Here are a couple of […]

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The Fancy Donut, aka Club Level at the Disneyland Hotel

When I was a little girl, my family didn’t have a car, so we walked everywhere.  One day, as we walked, we passed by a donut shop.  My mom counted the change she had in her coin purse and told my brother and me that we could each get a […]

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E-Rewards: worth it or walk away?

If you’re a Points and Miles Playa (pronounced PLAY-ah), at some point you’ll face off with the great and terrible e-rewards.  What is e-rewards? Try to keep an open mind here. Basically, e-rewards is a survey broker.  It’s free to join e-rewards, but it’s an invitation-only program, which means that you […]

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How To Make A 5-Tier Wedding Cake In A Monsoon In Africa

This is an article that I wrote for the Frugal Travel Guy site. You can read it here.

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