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September 22, 2014

Blitz Deal: Free 1-Year Credit Monitoring from AllClear PRO Service / Home Depot

In light of its recent credit card data breach that could lead to up to $3 billion in fraudulent charges, Home Depot has teamed up with credit monitoring and ID theft prevention company AllClear to offer any affected Home Depot customers free protection.

The Deal

If you have shopped at, or think you have shopped at Home Depot since April 2014, you are eligible to enroll in the AllClear ID protection services which provides 12 months of protection. You will receive the following services for free (a $14.95/month value) until September 8, 2015:

“With AllClear ID PRO, you get all of the great benefits of our Basic identity protection including Fraud [...]

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July 14, 2014

Our Credit Card Sign-up Bonus Spree: 375,000 miles and points

After burning lots of miles and points over the past few months (read: All about our Honeymoon trip: Bali, Jakarta, Singapore and the Maldives), it was time to start racking up them again for the next trip. Here was our haul:

Our Haul


AAdvantage World MasterCard / Citi Platinum Select = 50,000 American Airlines AAdvantage Miles + $0 annual fee 1st year US Airways Premier World MasterCard = 40,000 US Airways Dividend miles + $89 annual fee Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express = 30,000 Starpoints + $0 annual fee 1st year


AAdvantage World Elite MasterCard / Citi Executive = 100,000 American Airlines AAdvantage Miles + [...]
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June 24, 2014

Great Travel Tool: Banks Offering Smart Chip/EMV Credit Cards

A few months ago I wrote about the advantages of getting a credit card or debit card with EMV or “Smart Chip” technology (Great Travel Tool: Get a Credit Card with a Chip). Check out the post for more info on why you need one for traveling. I also included a brief list of U.S. banks and financial institutions that have recently started offering this new technology but now have a more comprehensive list. Check out the list, there’s a good chance that a card that you already have is now offering a chip and all you have to do is call up and ask for one.

Where to Get One


A true Chip-and-PIN card offers the ultimate in security (including in [...]

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March 14, 2014

Great Travel Tool: Get a Credit Card with a Chip

We just started getting our replacement cards from Chase with the “Smart Chips” embedded in them:

Hello new Chase Sapphire Preferred, you’re about to make my traveling life so much easier….

What’s a “Smart Chip”

The “Smart Chip”, “Chip and Signature,” “EMV” or simply “chip” technology can be a live saver when traveling. While just now being introduced in the US, the payment technology is widespread throughout Europe and Asia.

Most retailers abroad have the option to use the chip or swipe with the antiquated magnetic strip, but many unmanned kiosks [...]

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