I had a chance to sit down with a fellow frugal traveler this weekend from Traverse City, MI. She is just starting out but open to improving her travel skills and we were able to bat around a few ideas that will help in her quest.
I got a email reply yesterday that made my day and confirmed the reason this blog exists. It seems our self described newbie wants to start the college kids on the road to frugal travel and was considering the American Airlines Citi AAdvantage card with 25,000 free AA miles, no first year annual fee, but with a $750 initial spend requirement. I never think about spend requirements, as I can easily meet any spend requirement in the allotted time.
But in this case, the cards were for college age kids, that would not meet the spend requirement on their own.
And my fellow Traverse City frugal traveler came up with buying the $1 coins from the US mint to meet the minimum spend. It seems simple now, but it took thinking “outside the box” to make that happen for those kids and we should all congratulate Mom for the idea of combining to possible deals into one nice benefit.
Remember, you can only buy two boxes of each president for each address. Katy and I tried ordering two for me and two for her by adding apartment #1 to our address and the order was rejected for three of the 5 presidents ordered. Two were approved and are on the way. Go figure??? And when you place your order the shipping cost will disappear.
As of today, only the Andrew Jackson coin is available, but they all come back available from time to time.
The credit card can be found by clicking the ad below and then click through to the Citicards and the Citi Platinum Select AAdvantage World Mastercard.
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
- Annual Fee: $95 fee waived for the first year
- Foreign Fees: No
- Card Type: Bank
The Sapphire Preferred offers 2x points on dining and travel, and no foreign transaction fees, making this the go-to card for travelers.
This card accumulates Ultimate Rewards points, which are very valuable for transfer to United and Hyatt. Overall, this card is a great choice for maximizing earnings on dining, travel, and every day spend.
- Earn 40,000 bonus points when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $500 in travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate RewardsSM
- Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening.
- 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases
- No foreign transaction fees, plus Chip and Signature enabled for international travel.
- 1:1 point transfer to leading frequent travel programs at full value — that means 1,000 Ultimate Rewards points equal 1,000 partner miles/points.
- 24/7 direct access to dedicated customer service specialists
- Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95