Credit Card Companions

Plastiq Review: Pay Rent, Mortgage, Tuition Fee with a Credit Card! (2019.6 Update: More Countries Are Supported)

2019.6 Update: Previously Plastiq only support payments to USA and Canada. Now they have add some more supported countries or regions: China, Hong Kong, and Singapore. HT: Plastiq Blog. Introduction Plastiq is a 3rd-party payment processor that offers the ability to pay any type of bill (such as rent, mortgage, tuition fee, etc.) with a credit (or debit) card for…
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Guide to Shopping Portals: Earn Extra Cashback and Miles with Everyday Spend (2018.10 Update: Discover Deals Will Be Discontinued Soon)

2018.10 Update: Discover Deals will be ended on 2018.10.31. It was good especially for Apple stuff. R.I.P. Introduction Shopping portals provide a phenomenal way to earn extra miles and cashback while making online purchases through thousands of different vendors. From Wal-Mart, Best Buy and Amazon to smaller stores, you should never make an online purchase without first checking to see if…
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LoungeBuddy Review: The Best Tool To Help You Find Airport Lounges

I believe most of our readers already have one or more premium credit cards, therefore get access to some airport lounges. For example: Priority Pass Select (PPS) is a benefit for a bunch of premium cards, such as CSR, AmEx Platinum, Citi Prestige, Chase Ritz-Carlton, AmEx Hilton Aspire etc. AmEx Centurion Lounge access is a benefit for any version of the AmEx Platinum card. Airspace Lounges access…
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AwardHacker Review: The Best Award Flight Search Engine! (2017.11 Update: Added TYP->AV Transfer Partnership)

2017.11 Update: Added the recent TYP->AV transfer partnership. BTW, the recent UA, DL, etc. devaluations are also updated in our system. Those of us who have been doing this long enough have found that it is easy to earn points but very difficult to use them. I believe many of us here have already accumulated millions of points and miles. However, it is…
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Yeek Review: The Best Search Engine For Hotel Points Redemption [Services Are Terminated]

2019.5 Update: Yeek is shut down, and services are terminated. Accumulating many hotel points among various hotel chains inevitably leads to the same questions when traveling to a new city: Which hotel in this city is best for a points redemption? Which hotel requires the least amount of points? Can I use my free-night certificates, and is it worth it?…
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A Quick Guide to MileagePlus X (MPX) (and why I still use em)

Introduction MileagePlus X (MPX) is an app that allows you to earn extra United Airlines miles for shopping with one of their listed partners. The app’s been out for a while but it doesn’t get much discussion. No surprises there, since it doesn’t look like United cares too much about this app either. The UI for iOS devices are still…
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Radpad Review: Pay Rent With a Credit Card (2017.4 Update: Apple/Android Pay No Longer Count As Travel)

2017.4 Update: Recent data points imply that, starting from Apr 21, 2017, Radpad + Apple Pay / Android Pay no longer counts as travel purchases, and thus no longer earns 3x points on CSR/Prestige. Data points: 1, 2, 3. If you still want to potentially earn 3x UR on Rent, check out Plastiq. Introduction RadPad is primarily a residential rental finder website/app…
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The Redbird is Dead

According to the data points from FlyerTalk and Reddit, from 2015.10.12, the Redbird can only be fed with cash. Redbird, died at the age of 13 months, R.I.P. For the people who keep Redbird as your pet, you need to consider change product. Note that you need to wait all transactions to be settled before changing.

Amazon Allowance Guide (2015.8 Update)

2015.8 Updated: Amazon Allowance now has a minimum amount of each transaction: $5 (The transactions that have already been setup will still work fine). The EDP strategy is no longer suitable while the BBR is still good. The Better Balance Rewards (BBR) issued by BoA is a credit card with distinctive features. Its rewards are based on payment on time rather than…
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