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Foreign Exchange Deeper Dive

Myths around credit card foreign transactions have mostly focused on exchange rates on a given day, but how much does VISA vs. MasterCard’s processing speed affect our financial end result? Turns out that this issue is far more complex, and the officially published rates are by no means a useful predictive tool.

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Feeling Reserved

Everyone is talking about Chase Sapphire Reserve these days. Will it live up to the expectation, and how long will it last?

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My Unexpected Chase Sapphire Reserve Approval

I have been keeping a close eye on all the action this week with the release of the Chase Sapphire Reserve credit card and in particular, it’s been interesting to see all of the data points coming through on who has and hasn’t been getting approved as a result of Chase’s 5/24 rule. Since I was currently sitting at 7/24 (e.g. 7 new credit cards opened within the past 24 months), I made sure to do my homework on how to best maximize my chances of an approval, which would include a visit to my nearest Chase bank to apply for the card as opposed to doing so online.

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Rumor: JPMorgan Finally Releasing Enhanced Palladium Card

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, you may have heard a thing or two about the new Chase Sapphire Reserve credit card that will officially be released tomorrow. There are a number of good comparisons already out there, and the consensus is that this beefed up Sapphire Preferred card is essentially positioned as the equivalent to the American Express Platinum card within the Chase portfolio.

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Exploring Lanai: Four Seasons and Beyond

If you’re looking to escape the relative hustle and bustle on the other Hawaiian islands, then Lanai is the perfect getaway. With a population of just 3,000 and another 1,000 or so guests on the island at any given time, you won’t find much competition for space on the beaches or the 30 miles of paved roads around the island.

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Is This The Hardest Way to Earn 1 Million Singapore Airlines Miles?

These days, it’s pretty easy to build up a huge balance of Singapore Airlines miles. Most people will earn miles by flying with Singapore Airlines or any number of their Star Alliance or other partners, like JetBlue. Or you could also transfer credit card rewards points via American Express, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou, and even Starwood’s Preferred Guest program.

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Hotel Review: Four Seasons Lanai

I was looking for a sit-on-the-beach-and-do-nothing kind of vibe, and as I did my research, Lanai looked like it would be the perfect match. The timing worked out well for my May trip, since the Larry Ellison-owned Four Seasons Lanai had just completed a vast refurbishment a few months earlier and was was offering a 4th night free as part of the re-opening.

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