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Credit Card Hawkers, My Rant

Surely, I will be slammed for this, but it bothers me enough to post it. Some of the veteran players in the travel hacking game have some very strong opinions about bloggers that hawk credit card sign ups. They argue that those people focus on their own advancement and have no consideration for their readers and if their readers are getting good information. I believe that mostly this is wrong. Maybe the seasoned gamer doesn’t want or need credit card links to the best sign up deals but most people beginning out DO need these links.

I know when I began I was constantly comparing the information from different blogs about the current top credit card deals and using that information to make my decision. I didn’t always go with the first deal I saw. I searched other web sites and googled to find the link I wanted to use. I always checked with the credit provider to see what their offer was. I often find that what credit Card Company’s offer on company web sites and typically find they do not usually offer the best bonus.  From these credit hawkers I quickly learned what is bad, average, good, and a great deal on each type of credit Card, when to wait and when to sign up quickly.

They guided me in making informed decisions on how to build my portfolio based on what I thought would be the most beneficial credit cards for my lifestyle.  For all of you naysayers, you make the users of these links sound like idiotic drones with no brain or capability of independent thought. Life is full of advertising; everywhere we turn, we must make informed consumer decisions, why would this be no different for a credit product?

I question you negative posters who continue to bash these bloggers, my question to you is “How did you find out which credit products were offering the best deals?” Did you just pull those offers out of your ass hat? Just let the rest of us know of a better way. Not everyone has access to ‘in person’ options in the beginning.

How about you be more productive and share an alternative and not just slam the people sharing the information. There are still people out there that can use the information. How is it any different from paying any adviser and trusting their information? They could be wrong also. Of course, I do believe a disclaimer is in order as a basic fiduciary responsibility.

Personally, I find that those blogs that focus on credit cards deals are NOT the ones I read on a regularly basis anymore. That info is old to me. I have moved on, I require different input now than I did in the beginning.  And if you are talking down about credit hawking, then you too should move on to blogs with other information.  New people will need this info. It is a service. They should be compensated for providing it. I would not have 26+ credit cards without their information. Does not mean I used their links every time.  Caveat Emptor. This is the internet, just because it is on the internet does not make it true!

This sounds like a case of…. If it bothers you then don’t go there!

For those that are new and trying to decide where to begin with credit card applications, you CAN learn from all the websites. Remember to research thoroughly and weigh the options  for each card. What will you use it for? How can you best use the bonus and when?

Good luck to all the newbies in reaching your travel dreams!

(My credit card take above was acquired in about 18 months along with lots of bonus points. FYI 3 of those cards are canceled now: the US AIR and the DELTA American Express)

Hyatt Gold Passport “Stay More Play More” Promo

Hyatt Spring 2015

Hyatt just sent out account updates and notice that the new promo “Stay More Play More’ promo begins for stays beginning January 15 through April 30, 2015” is coming soon. The link doesn’t give a landing page yet…  it says the link will be available in January.  Sign up for your FREE Hyatt Gold Passport account.

Apply for the Hyatt Gold Passport Visa to receive Platinum Status and earn 2 Free nights after $1000 spend in 3 months.

$73 Southwest Airfare Sale

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I just received this notice for Southwests newest sale… down to $73, meaning that award flights will be lower also. I usually try to wait for the $49 sales, but they are not as often. If you need a good deal on a flight try this Southwest deal.

Its just about the right time to begin working on the points you want in earn with Southwest in 2015. 

If you don’t have one already, the Chase Southwest Visa Card. Right now it is back to 50,000 points for the bonus.   you could also sign up for the Chase Southwest Visa Premier Business Card and get 50,000 for the business card also, and then they also offer the Southwest Chase Rapid Rewards PLUS personal and business for 50K each. (so remember 4 cards total, Premier or Plus, Personal or Business)

People have been known to be approved for all 4 of these and get all 4 bonuses! But I think Chase has tightened that a bit.  Still if you applied for and  received 2 (a personal and a business) then meeting both would qualify you for 100,000 points, leaving only a paltry 10K points need by shopping on the Southwest Portal, easy peas.

You could be flying yourself and a friend free in very little time.  If you get the card next week, you can time your bonus to arrive January-March, meaning you would only need 70,000 more to earn your companion pass (as long as the companion pass program stays the same for 2015) it would be good the remainder of 2015 and all of 2016.  You definitely do NOT want your bonus to arrive before January

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I applied for only 1 Chase Southwest Premier card and simply because I was ready for  a new refrigerator,dishwasher and lawnmower… all purchased on sale and with Sears bonus rewards points for Southwest, plus Bonus Sears MVP, I bought $3325 worth of gift cards through the Southwest portal at 9x points. Later that night I went back through the Southwest portal to Sears, still at 9x points and bought my items.  After miserable 2 month wait I received enough points to earn 113000 miles with southwest to use for free tickets PLUS my souse (or friend of my choosing for the year) flies FREE with me. The total in FREE airfare is about $3300. Nice trade on the fridge! Plus, with my Sears MVP bonus I also earned $225. in Sears money.

So if you need to get there… and you need to fly… definitely get the Southwest Visa Premier.Southwest Visa

Hope your weekend is starting off Great.