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Sunday, January 5, 2020

Cards in my wallet right now (2020)

Happy New Year!

I'm expecting a fairly stable card cache for 2020 though it wouldn't be unexpected to jump on a deal if presented.  The last few card offers I've seen for Marriott and Hilton have significant bonuses.


Cards in my Wallet:

Chase Sapphire Reserve - one of the best earning cards with 3x points for travel and 3x for dining

Chase Freedom - Quarterly bonus categories give 5x points and pairs with Sapphire

Chase World of Hyatt - 4x Hyatt points per stay make this one of the best for hotel stays

Chase IHG Rewards Club Select (no longer available) - Platinum Elite status plus free night every cardmember year

Chase United Mileage Plus Select (no longer available) - 3x miles on United purchases plus EQM, 2x gas/grocery/dining + Star Alliance purchases

Chase Biz Plus (replaced with Business Preferred) - 5x points at office supply and phone, 2x on gas station and hotel

Chase Biz Cash - 5x points at office supply and phone, 2x points on gas stations and restaurants

Citibank Premier - 3x points on travel including gas stations; 2x on dining/entertainment

Citibank AA Biz Platinum - 2x American Airlines miles on purchases plus free checked bag and priority boarding; 2x on gas stations

Citibank AA Mileup - 2x American Airlines miles on flights plus 2x miles for grocery purchases

Citibank Double Cash - New card - 2% cash back on all purchases, though the new transfer option to Citi ThankYou Points makes this card strong for all non-category spend

American Express Hilton card - 7x Hilton points on stays, 5x points restaurant/gas/grocery, 3x all other purchases

Discover It card - 5x points/cash on quarterly bonus categories, link to Amazon.com purchases

Bank of American Alaska Airlines card - 3x miles on Alaska purchases, $99 companion fare

Barclays American Airlines Aviator Red - New Card - 2x points on AA, free checked bag, wifi credit, and $99 companion certificate

Many of these are no annual fee cards though I still value certain cards for the benefits compared to the yearly fee.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Thanksgiving 2019: Zermatt

Zermatt has been on my list to visit for many years.  It's not the easiest place to get to via train and takes some time with changes - don't let that stop you!  Using a train pass is by far the preferred way to save $.

We chose another Airbnb that had a special view of the Matterhorn:


Skiing was just getting started and walking the town was pretty fun (heli-skiing possible!):


For dinner we chose to eat at Restaurant Julen - was excellent:


There are no cars in Zermatt, only electric vehicles - they're trying to preserve their special environment and location.

For more information about Zermatt, you can visit this link.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Thanksgiving 2019: Bellinzona

I always look forward to visiting one my favorite vineyards and regions in Switzerland - the area around Bellinzona is so peaceful.


We had no issues with the trains in transit.  I must say that being able to use the train system and not have to worry about rental cars is such a time and money saver.   Plus you don't have to worry about parking or insurance considerations.

Dinner was excellent with Carato the preferred wine selection.  Tagliolini al Ragu di Maialino brava!

Monday, December 9, 2019

Thanksgiving 2019: Geneva

Once again we were very blessed to have otherwise excellent weather during our stay in Geneva.  The Airbnb we stayed at was one the best for location and amenities:


We were able to visit a number of sites including the UN and the Cathedrale Saint-Pierre:



And of course the food was excellent - fondue!



Restaurants visited during our stay:

Auberge de Saviese - https://www.aubergedesaviese.com/en/
Restaurant Edelweiss - https://www.hoteledelweissgeneva.com/en/restaurant/

Friday, December 6, 2019

Discover 1st Quarter 2020 bonus categories

For those of you who make use of Discover rewards/points/cashback, the 1st Quarter 2020 categories have now been confirmed:


These are great choices in categories that are widely used!