When the Chase Sapphire Reserve card premiered in August 2016, it made quite a splash. It's not everyday we see cards offering bonuses of 100,000 Ultimate Rewards points just for meeting the minimum spend requirements, so of course I signed up right away. When those 100,000 points hit my account, I was eager to use them. How? I took my fiancée on a nine-day, around-the-world adventure to the Maldives for her birthday. It was a whirlwind trip, but one of the best we've ever taken.
Ah, the sweet smell of spring! The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and oh, what's that? I have three weddings to attend this year? Cue the sweet sound of my savings account drying up faster than a California puddle.
We post a lot of discounted gift cards here on Brad's Deals. Makes sense, right? We are a deal site, after all. Inevitably, after we post a popular gift card deal, we'll get a flood of reader comments calling these deals “scams," often from people who've had bad experiences in the past.
As the personal finance and travel editor here at Brad's Deals, I make it a point to maximize my savings when I travel. When my fiancée wanted to visit the Australian Open in Melbourne to celebrate her graduation from an MBA program, I set out to find a way to get us halfway around the world for less, without having to sacrifice on comfort. As flights from Los Angeles to Australia run more than 13 hours each way, finding ways to redeem points and miles for premium seating was a must.
We've all seen those TV shows featuring people who use 300 coupons every time they go to the grocery store. After all is said and done, they walk out with 80 bags of cat food, 25 gallons of cheap laundry detergent, 50 tubes of mint chocolate toothpaste, 12 packages of beef jerky and a case of diapers -- all for a whopping $1.24.
We've written about the benefits of Bank of America's credit cards in the past, but if you really want to maximize your relationship with Bank of America, see if you qualify for Preferred Rewards. The coveted rewards program can earn you up to 2.62% cash back, and even give the opportunity to pay less on your taxes.