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Credit Cards / Spending the Minimum
« on: June 23, 2016, 07:07:13 PM »
Hi all. What's the latest and greatest way to quickly spend the 3,000 minimum? Ideally, so I could get the cash back quickly to pay that selfsame credit card bill. I'd prefer not to buy Amz giftcards and such.

Thanks so much!

Deals/Deal Requests / Electric Bill Savings
« on: June 28, 2011, 04:52:17 PM »
There're all these alternatives to ConEd now - has anyone done research who is the best - in New York? Looking to save some $ on our electric bill this summer...

Up In The Air / Travel Agent?
« on: May 10, 2011, 09:14:33 AM »
Any recommendations for a really good travel agent? (I have a trip across the ocean coming up with two pit stops, and gotta plan it right...) Btw, are travel agents ever open to using points? Many thanks!

Just Shmooze / MS Office for Mac?
« on: May 06, 2011, 09:43:34 AM »
Any advice as to where I can d/l MS Office for Mac?


Up In The Air / Miles usage advice?
« on: May 04, 2011, 02:42:25 PM »
Hi everyone! Looking for some advice here.

My wife and I are flying JFK --> Kiev --> London --> JFK. With week or more long stop overs in Kiev and London.

We have a bunch of points on our Amex Goldcard. I tried booking through Amex and what they do basically is just convert my points into $. 10,000 points to $100 towards travel. I have a feeling this isn't the best way of going about it. What can I do to make use of the points more effectively towards this trip?

And also though Amex website, I seem to only be able to book this as the multi-city trip, rather than a round-trip, and this kind of is a round-trip. Round-trip should be cheaper, no?

I also have some Jetblue points and some AA points but I'm not sure if they'd be helpful here...

Would love some help! Thanks very much!

Credit Cards / GoldCard free year is up: what's next?
« on: April 27, 2011, 10:19:27 AM »
Hi all,

I had Amex goldcard for a year. They're about to charge me the yearly fee for the upcoming year. I'm not dying to pay it. But I have a good deal of points accumulated that I have not used yet. Looking for solutions.

1) I can transfer points to my Amex Blue - but that's stupid because I can't transfer to frequent flyer from Blue
2) Can transfer to Starwood but that's 3:1 ratio, i think - not sure if that's a good deal or not.
3) My wife has her own Goldcard and I can transfer to her account but then I have to cancel mine, as well as my Amex Blue - a hassle that I'm not sure is worthwhile since her goldcard's year will be up soon enough as well
4) I saw that now there's Amex Green - sort of like Gold, cheaper yearly fee - but no free year there
5) maybe i should just suck it up and pay $175 yearly??

which of these options looks best? or is there another alternative in sight?

thanks much all


On The Road / Car rental in New York on a Sunday?
« on: April 07, 2010, 04:01:05 PM »
Hi all!

We usually use Enterprise to rent cars, but seems like Enterprise (at least in Manhattan) is closed on Sundays. 
We'd like to rent a car for a day trip on a Sunday. Something inexpensive - any recommendations?


Up In The Air / New To Miles
« on: January 04, 2010, 12:30:18 AM »
Hey all,
I'm totally new to the whole thing of using miles... don't laugh!
I dont even know where to start - any advice?


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