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AMEX Wish List

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AMEX Wish List

We have written about our relationship with American Express over the years, the good and the bad. We fell out of their good graces for a while. Now we are rebuilding our relationship. At the moment, we have opened four cards with them since April 2022. We expect that we will open more cards at some point. But, before going into that, let's go over

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03 Jul 2022 7 MIN READ

Watermelon Festival in Falfurrias, Texas

Texas

Watermelon Festival in Falfurrias, Texas

The City of Falfurrias, Texas is a small community in South Texas. It is a two-hour drive south from San Antonio, and a one-hour drive north from the Texas border with Mexico. Falfurrias is on the way between many destinations. But, it is not often a place people intentionally choose to visit. Falfurrias Historical Marker Admittedly, Falfurrias is

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17 Jun 2022 3 MIN READ

Choice Privileges Visa Earning Breakdown

McAllen

Choice Privileges Visa Earning Breakdown

As travel is starting to bounce back after two years of lockdowns, I decided to take a closer look at the Choice Privileges Visa card, which we have had for several years without scrutiny.  About Choice Privileges Choice Privileges is the Choice Hotels loyalty program that awards points for stays, which can be redeemed for free stays. As with most

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16 Jun 2022 3 MIN READ

I Got The AmEx Green Card

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I Got The AmEx Green Card

Image from AmericanExpress.com Yesterday, I decided to apply for the American Express Green Card. I made the decision for several reasons. First, I have never had the Green Card, which means that I still qualify for the signup bonus. Second, I have an American Express card through my job. One of the benefits of having a corporate card is that I get

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30 May 2022 5 MIN READ

Hilton Honors Fifth Night Free Benefit

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Hilton Honors Fifth Night Free Benefit

The Hilton Honors loyalty program has a benefit that can prove useful for long stays. The benefit is that you can get a fifth night free stay when you book with points. This means that you are getting a 20% discount on your stay with points.  The only requirement to take advantage of this benefit is that you need to pay for the full stay with Hilto

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09 May 2022 3 MIN READ

A Visit to Ruidoso, New Mexico

New Mexico

A Visit to Ruidoso, New Mexico

Our 2021 family vacation took us to Ruidoso, New Mexico. We had never heard of the place prior to planning our trip. We chose to stay in Ruidoso because it is in the portfolio of the timeshare we purchased. Although it is possible to get great deals from RCI Last Call Vacations, they are often only for single bedroom accommodations, which is fine i

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27 Jun 2021 7 MIN READ