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Identity Theft at Walmart Money Center?
20 Jun. 2018
Identity Theft at Walmart Money Center?
MOTR During a liquidation run to a local Walmart a few days, I filled out the Money Order Transaction Form (MOTR).  Walmart is required to capture customer information when and if $3,000 or more in money orders are purchased.  For stores that allow multiple debit/gift card swipes for money orders, some stores don’t utilize the
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The Increasing Importance of Business Rewards Cards
17 Jun. 2018
The Increasing Importance of Business Rewards Cards
Glass Half Full I returned a couple of weeks ago from a 2.5 week trip in Eastern Europe with a buddy of mine.  My friend is very new to international travel, but saw the power of points during our trip.  We had lounge access in every airport that we visited, stayed in elite hotels, and
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Life After A Barclays Shutdown?
16 Jun. 2018
Life After A Barclays Shutdown?
Shutdown About 6 months ago I was shutdown by Barlcays.  The shutdown was unexpected, affected 3 rewards cards that I had with the bank, and it was largely my fault.  Basically late last year I took a couple of back to back trips overseas, and used Barclays Arrival Plus card for a good deal of
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Manufactured Spend Q and A
10 Jun. 2018
Manufactured Spend Q and A
Frequent Traveler University (FTU) is happening in New York this weekend.  It’s a collection of travel and rewards points topics for enthusiasts just like you and me.  I’ve been on manufactured spend panels in the past 2 FTU conferences in Seattle and Minneapolis.  Here are some common questions and answers from FTU: Q:  What is
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25 Tips for Safari in South Africa
9 Jun. 2018
25 Tips for Safari in South Africa
Big, Big, Game South Africa is probably the most beautiful country that I’ve visited in nearly 50 countries of travel.  Before I was shutdown by Barclays, I did a 5 day safari in Kruger National Park and Sabi Sands (in Eastern South Africa) along with 2 days of great white shark cage diving.  I used
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National Points Conference:  FTU New York
2 Jun. 2018
National Points Conference: FTU New York
FTU New York Some people new to the points and miles hobby don’t realize that there are national conferences with people just like them.  The two most prominent are FTU and Chicago Seminars. It’s nearing game time, but if you have an interest and can get to New York in a week, Frequent Traveler University (FTU)
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Downgrading the U.S. Bank Flexperks
2 Jun. 2018
Downgrading the U.S. Bank Flexperks
Phobic When I first got into the points and miles game roughly 5 years ago, I was very fee phobic when it came to annual fees connected to rewards cards.  That phobia has subsided some and full disclosure, I willingly paid the $450 annual fee for the Amex Business Platinum.  Thus far though, it’s been
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New Music:  June 2018 Playlist
1 Jun. 2018
New Music: June 2018 Playlist
Radio-head One of my favorite things to do when I travel is listen to local and new music.  Here’s a collection of some new music for June.  Part of the music is from my latest trip to Eastern Europe, with others being songs that I like either past or present.  This playlist has music from
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