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Chase Double Summer Bonus

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

chase visa summer double bonus
Chase Bank is offering a Summer bonus to stimulate your spending in July, August, and September. This is a welcomed bonus at a time that everyone is cost cutting and looking for ways to save on summer travel.

The 2% bonus came in the mail to me as a folded up mailer but it made me jump up and down when I saw I could save 2% back – at that time I thought it was on everything I spent. I should have known Chase was not in that good of a mood when they sent me the mailer. I looked at the fine print and discovered that it is only 2% back or double rewards on “Vacations” such as airfares, car rentals, and hotels. Which is better than nothing.

Although it does get worse. When I looked more at the fine print I noticed that my Chase Freedom card double promotion was only good up to $50 in bonus rebates which is close to $5,000 in spending. I was hoping to use the card in Europe so that will help some with the huge transaction fees that Chase and Visa/MasterCard allow compared to a Capital One card.

The up to $50 back is better than the Summer offer from Discover card which only gives you up to $400 in spending at the 5% Cash Back or maybe it kind of equals out since the Discover offer is at 5% but allows less.

The cards featured in the Chase Summer promotion of double rewards are the AARP, American Kennel Club, Chase Freedom Card , Disney Rewards, Sony Card, Amazon, British Airlines, Mary Kay Visa, and various Chase rewards cards.

Apartment Really Cheaper in Smaller Populated Area?

Friday, March 14th, 2008

This article today that compared apartment rent in Oklahoma City to New York City kind of amazed me. First, you normally cannot pick which city you can live in because of your career. I doubt most can move to Oklahoma City because their company may not even be found in Oklahoma if it is in a larger city such as NYC. Second, people who live in larger cities such as NYC, may not want to move to a small town that do not have a comparable social life or happiness. You must find where your career takes you and find a place where you will be happy.

One good point of this article is that it could open up the possibility of someone who has not considered having an easier life and working less if they lived in a smaller populated city. Then again you could move to New Jersey or even Albany, NY and save money on rent compared to living in Manhattan. I would even consider a move to Chelsea or Village area.

In a Manhattan apartment that costs $1,600 a month or more to rent, you’d be lucky to have a separate bedroom, a dishwasher and a living room that fits a full couch.

Get a job transfer to Oklahoma City and a 1,228-square-foot, three-bedroom apartment in a luxury development with its own clubhouse, hot tub and swimming pool can be yours for only $989 a month.