Starbucks Rewards: A Journey to the Stars

For fans of the chain, Starbucks Rewards is worth joiningThe program redemption "equation" has changed, for the better (mostly)Use Drop to refill your Starbucks card/app, if possible I read somewhere that Starbucks has the most-used digital currency in the world. They claim over 16M app users, so it's not hard to believe. You should be … Continue reading Starbucks Rewards: A Journey to the Stars

The Case for Southwest

Southwest Rapid Rewards is arguably the most customer-friendly airline loyalty programThe Southwest Companion Pass is potentially the most lucrative benefit you can earn, but requires high minimum spendingOne of Chase's Southwest credit cards can accelerate earning the Companion Pass I'm a Southwest guy, I'll admit it. They actually seem to care that their airline isn't … Continue reading The Case for Southwest

Groceries: Food For Thought

There's no limit to grocery coupon sites. Is the effort worth it?Get a credit card for groceries, notably the AmEx Blue Cash PreferredDon't forget revolving category cards. I'm not the ideal source for grocery savings for a few reasons: My lovely spouse does most of the grocery shopping, andIt's not primarily an online shopping category, … Continue reading Groceries: Food For Thought

Rotating Category Cards: Sorry, Sam

Revolving category cards (5% cash back in rotating categories) are worth your timeDiscover is particularly lucrative, if you use gift card redemptionChase's Freedom card feeds into their Ultimate Rewards program, another great option. Samuel L Jackson has a problem with rotating category credit cards. Too much trouble. Confusing, says Sam. Who needs it? You do. … Continue reading Rotating Category Cards: Sorry, Sam