• Miles and Points

    Turning Rapid Rewards Into Amazon Gift Cards – Part 2

    A couple months ago, I wrote about finding a Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards account that I didn’t know I had. That alone is not too surprising. I’m sure I have plenty of frequent flyer accounts that I don’t recall signing up for. What was surprising is the fact that I had 3,500 Rapid Rewards points in it. I have no recollection of how I earned 3500 points about 2 years ago, but there they were, ready to expire. So I earned another 1,000 points by filing a tax return with TurboTax via the Rapid Rewards Shopping portal. The 1,000 points activity extended the expiration of my Rapid Rewards points by…

  • Offers

    $20 Starbucks E-gift Card for $10 with Visa Checkout

    To me, one of the only things better than coffee is FREE coffee. That’s why I’m excited about the current promotion from Starbucks and Visa Checkout. Be one of the first 325,000 to buy a Starbucks eGift Card (min $10) using Visa Checkout between 5/3/16 – 5/17/16 and Starbucks will add an additional $10, courtesy of Visa Checkout. It’s important to note, this doesn’t mean you simply checkout by paying with a Visa card. You need to sign up for a Visa Checkout account and add at least one payment method to it. Visa Checkout is a digital wallet service similar to paypal. According to their website: It’s simple to sign…

  • Credit Cards,  Miles and Points

    What to do with Membership Rewards Points if you Don’t Travel

    The best way to achieve the greatest value for your American Express Membership Rewards points is by transferring them to Airline and Hotel travel partner programs. That’s where you can often get more than 1.5 cents per point on flights and rooms, sometimes WAY more. But if you don’t travel, should you shun the American Express cards that earn these points? Not necessarily, as there are other redemption options. Be careful when you redeem your points, as each method gives you different a value for your points–some are downright awful. I’ll go through each one in the order of “Least desirable-don’t do it!” to “Best method in a pinch.” Shopping on A prominently…