World of Hyatt: Hacking Hyatt’s New Rewards Program

Hotel entrance

Say that three times fast. Yesterday, Hyatt introduced a new rewards program called World of Hyatt, which will go into effect on March 1, 2017. The changes are negative for most people, especially those who earn elite status via mattress… Continue Reading


Which Credit Card Should I Charge $20,000 Worth of Airfare To?

Airport departure gate

I’ve been battling a cold for the past week and going to Walmart to liquidate gift cards has been really tough. I’ve been agonizing over my drop in manufactured spending until some good news came along: At least 20 of my… Continue Reading


Calais Diaries: Day 1 at the Help Refugees Warehouse

Pile of garbage bags filled with insulation material at Help Refugees L’Auberge des Migrants Warehouse

Calais is a small town in Northern France that lies along the English Channel, an hour from London via Eurostar. The town houses the Calais Jungle refugee camp, home to over 9,000 refugees mostly from Afghanistan, Sudan, Syria, and Eritrea. Only a handful… Continue Reading


Is This the Worst Chase Hyatt Visa Sign-up Bonus Ever?

Chase Hyatt Visa targeted credit card sign-up bonus for 40000 points

The Chase Hyatt Visa has been around for a long time and traditionally offered a sign-up bonus of two free nights after $2,000 spent in three months. They’ve periodically targeted people for sign-up bonuses in the form of points rather… Continue Reading


What Can You Do With 100,000 IHG Rewards Club Points?

Beach Bungalow at the Intercontinental Le Moana Bora Bora Resort

A few lucky folks have been getting targeted for a 100,000 point sign-up bonus from the IHG Rewards Club, which requires $2,000 worth of spend within 3 months. I’m one of those people, after months of getting a 60,000 point… Continue Reading


An Update on THAT Walmart Incident

Multiple Walmart Money Orders for Manufactured Spending

No, I’m not referring to the bizarre incident where a customer tried to return this plastic corn after  her grandson bought it, thinking it was real. A few weeks ago I wrote about a run-in with the Asset Protection team at Walmart. One… Continue Reading


Amazing Statement Credits and Bonus Point Offers from Amex, Citi, and Bank of America

Hands holding credit card and using digital tablet pc with morning coffee and croissant. Online shopping.

I don’t go shopping very often, but when I do, I try to shop online and utilize coupon codes to get the best deal possible. Credit card companies have been making it easy for me lately, by offering some really… Continue Reading