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Travel Tuesday: 3 Silly Little Things I Love About Tokyo

As the current crisis continues, I keep reflecting and relying on my old travel memories to get me by. Lately, this has led me to reflect on my time spent in Tokyo, Japan — a favorite of mine for a long time. Not only was it the destination for my...
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Travel Tuesday: Don't Let a Good Deal Pressure You Into Traveling Again

As we enter month five of quarantine, the number of canceled trips continues to grow. What's more, while some of us may have been optimistic about the possibility of autumn trips back in March (like when I moved my plane tickets to Paris from April to September), those hopes have...
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Travel Tuesday: My Favorite Things About Paris

Welp. With the coronavirus pandemic outlook in America not looking much better, it looks as though we'll be canceling our trip to Paris for the second time (we were booked for March and pushed it to September when things seemed like they'd be better). Le sigh. While I don't mean...
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Travel Tuesday: Will Other Countries Welcome Americans Back?

A few weeks ago, I pondered when we might be able to travel again. While that post explored some of the latest news on that front including continued travel restrictions, one thing I didn't quite consider is that being allowed in a country and being welcome in a country are...

Travel Tuesday: An Overview of Airline Baggage Fees

Even before the current crisis sent the airline industry into upheaval, things were already evolving — for better or worse. There may be no better example of this than the way baggage fees have not only risen but also expanded and varied depending on the type of carrier you choose....
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Travel Tuesday: When Will We Travel Again?

They say that, if you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans. That's proving especially true in 2020 as a global pandemic has all but shut down economies around the globe. Needless to say, it's also hit the travel industry especially hard. But are we getting closer to...
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Starbucks' Summer Game is Back and You Could Score Free Stars

I feel as though I'm kind of going back to my roots with this week's Quick Tip: discussing a new Starbucks promotion. If you're newer to my site, pre-pandemic, my wife and I would go to Starbucks every weekend as a means of hanging out with our favorite baristas, enjoying...
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Cutting Your Loses: My Brokerage Battle and How I Finally Fixed It

Late last year, word came down that the app Bumped — which allowed customers to earn stock in the companies they made purchases from — was shutting down. As bummed as I was at the time, it turns out that this announcement would only be the start of my troubles....
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Travel Tuesday: Understanding Chase's New Sapphire Lounge

When Chase announced that it was opening a number of airport lounges in partnership with The Club, there were several questions I and others had. At the top of the list, with The Club being a staple of Priority Pass membership, it seemed fair to assume that those with Priority...
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TD Bank Has a Pretty Dumb New Idea for a Credit Card Product

Doing what I do, I've seen several new credit card products come down the pike in recent years. Some of these are fairly boring (like 2% flat rate cards — they have a use but they're not exciting), others as more interesting but not for me (see: Ness Card), and...