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Entries from July 2010

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Shareholder Benefits

July 29th, 2010 · 1 Comment

If you thought the Carnival Cruises Shareholder benefits were good, wait until you see what Royal Caribbean offers its shareholders. Like with Carnival, you are eligible if you have 100 shares of RCL stock. With Carnival, you get $250 (14+ nights), $100 (7-13), or $50 (5 or fewer) but with Royal Caribbean there are four […]

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Tags: Money Tips

Southwest Philadelphia/Washington D.C. Double Credit Promotion Offer

July 27th, 2010 · Comments Off on Southwest Philadelphia/Washington D.C. Double Credit Promotion Offer

About eight years, when I first moved into the Washington D.C. region, Southwest was still trying to build up its presence in the Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) so it had an almost standing offer of double credit into and out of BWI. When flights to and from BWI weren’t double credit, flights into and out […]

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Tags: Money Tips

New Credit Card Applications Hurt Your Credit Score

July 27th, 2010 · Comments Off on New Credit Card Applications Hurt Your Credit Score

Last week I wrote about how you could earn up to 62,500 Hilton HHonors points when you sign up for the Hilton American Express card, spend some money, and stay a few nights at Hilton. All in all, it looks like a no lose proposition for someone who would otherwise meet those requirements right? The […]

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Tags: Money Tips

Cruises to Nowhere

July 22nd, 2010 · Comments Off on Cruises to Nowhere

Cruises to Nowhere are exactly that – a cruise that doesn’t actually go anywhere. If you think the best part about a cruise is life on the ship, a cruise to nowhere may be exactly what the doctor ordered. Cruises to nowhere let you enjoy life on the ship without the extra hassle of entering […]

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Tags: General

How to Earn 62,500 HHonors Points with Hilton American Express Card

July 20th, 2010 · 1 Comment

The brilliant minds that make up the Fatwallet Forums are absolutely amazing in the deals they’re able to discover and this one is downright criminal. How about getting 62,500 Hilton HHonors reward points for using their Hilton American Express card exactly as it was intended? Shahhere at Fatwallet Finance discovered you could earn that many […]

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Tags: Promotions

Chase Sapphire Review

July 14th, 2010 · Comments Off on Chase Sapphire Review

The Chase SapphireSM is Chase’s premier rewards credit card designed for people who love to travel. Besides a sleek look that makes the card look like a jewel, you get premier travel protection on your trips and a 24/7 dedicated service advisor (like in the commercials) all for no annual fee. Earning Rewards The rewards […]

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Tags: Money Tips

Hiking Patapsco Valley State Park

July 13th, 2010 · Comments Off on Hiking Patapsco Valley State Park

OK, the title is a little misleading because we didn’t hike all of Patapsco Valley State Park, but we did take one of the trails off the Park and Ride near the end of 195 and MD 166 (Rolling Road). The trail isn’t terribly challenging, it has no significant elevation changes nor does the surface […]

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Tags: Journey Notes

Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and Caribbean Passport Requirements

July 13th, 2010 · Comments Off on Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and Caribbean Passport Requirements

For years you could travel between the United States and Canada armed only with a driver’s license. It was great because it meant you could take a quick trip to Canada without bothering to pay the hundred bucks or so for a Passport! Unfortunately, that all ended several years ago and now travel between Canada […]

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Tags: Travel Tips

Passport Fees Increase July 13th

July 9th, 2010 · Comments Off on Passport Fees Increase July 13th

On July 13th, the Department of State will be increasing the price of visas and passports so get your documents squared away as quickly as possible. The cost of a passport for an adult, aged 16 or more, will increase from $100 to $135, including a $25 administrative fee. Those under the age of sixteen […]

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Tags: Money Tips

Free Travel Insurance from Credit Cards

July 8th, 2010 · Comments Off on Free Travel Insurance from Credit Cards

Travel insurance is a huge money maker for the travel industry because the people who purchase it will rarely use it. Just because it makes the travel industry a lot of money doesn’t mean it’s always a bad idea. When it comes down to travel insurance, it’s usually up to the buyer to figure out […]

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