Cash Plus 5% Back Quarterly Categories

One of my favorite cards from last year was the U.S. Bank Cash Plus Card which let us pick from two 5% categories each quarter and then an extra 2% back categories on top of that.  The card has changed its terms since I first applied where it does not give you as many great choices to make the most cash back each quarter but it is still useful. With the Cash+ Card you get 5% cash back on your first $2,000 in joint net purchases (purchases minus returns or credits) in your chosen 5% categories. Purchases over $2,000 earn 1% cash back. The 2% cash back is unlimited and all other net purchases earn 1% cash back. February 18 was the first day to sign up for the next quarter 5% and 2% cash back.  Register now to make sure the purchases made in your selected categories are eligible to earn 5% or 2% cash back between April-June 2015. The Cash+ card lets you pick from Gas Stations, Grocery Stores, and Restaurants for the 2% rewards. Pick one of those then go over to the 5% categories of “Select Clothing Stores”, Gyms/Fitness Centers, Fast Food, Furniture Stores, Car Rental, Charity, and Movie Theaters. Notice that they included Restaurants in the 5% back group before but moved it to the 2% because people spend a lot at dine-in places such as Chili’s. They also include Pizza Hut as a 2% Restaurant instead of Fast Food. Not sure how that is possible but OK. If you want this card for the Amazon 5% back included in bookstores that only includes...

Free $10 Gift Card to Banana Republic

Banana Republic is offering $10 Shopcard for Free when you Text 89532 the word SUMMER. Offer Valid from 5/20/16 – 5/30/16 in stores. There’s No purchase necessary. Up to 6 VIP messages/month may apply. Basically they want you to join their BRfriends program for free in exchange for the $10 Shopcard where you could get up to 6 VIP messages/month. Once you redeem for your free card you can always hit STOP to quit any further texts which may become annoying if you’re not a frequent shopper of the retailer. BRfriends is a program from Banana Republic offering insider offers, tips, and discounts or freebies with a birthday surprise. They also offer VIP event invitations. It’s also easy to set your preferences once you get your first text message so you can get more customized offers and new styles sent to your phone. If purchasing online make sure to use a cash back site such as Ebates to earn money for each purchase from sites such as Banana Republic and...
Alternatives to Uber/Lyft in Austin

Alternatives to Uber/Lyft in Austin

Looks like the drivers, riders, and convenience all lose in the latest battleground for Uber and Lyft in Austin, Texas. The City Council has been fighting with Uber and Lyft for years now but this latest battle could mean them pulling out of Austin for good. They proposed a change to regulations regarding ridesharing which was overturned by the public signing petitions on behalf of Uber and Lyft. Because the City Council wouldn’t agree they figured if they had a public vote on ridesharing in Austin with LOW turnout they would win and they did while riders and ridesharing lost. The existing regulations call for fingerprinting of drivers which is an unnecessary thing to do when you already have background checks. The main reason the ridesharing companies dislike it is because it discourages part-time drivers which is the entire model of rideshare. If people do not feel safe in an Uber or Lyft then take a taxi and let the rest of us enjoy the convenience of rideshare. While this battle is going on in Austin we have put together some alternatives to Lyft and Uber: Curb – We highly recommend this app if hailing a taxi. This basically calls a taxi for you but does it without cash being used. GetMe has been a topic in the City Council debate as they are a new rideshare company based out of Dallas who have agreed to the city’s demands. GetMe is a pretty sketchy company as the CEO of GetMe has been kept anonymous and the prices being charged by GetMe also appear to be higher than Taxi companies. Some...

MLife Tier via Hyatt Can Get You Free Parking in Las Vegas

MGM Hotels in Las Vegas will start charging Casino and Hotel guests for parking starting in June 2016. This is something that has always been complimentary so far anywhere in Las Vegas. The good news is that Uber and Lyft are available in Las Vegas now and there is really no need for a rental car anymore and to have to hassle with trying to park. If you do need to park you can actually get it free if you are an MLife Elite Tier Member as MGM Hotels & Resorts in Las Vegas Will Waive Parking Charges. MGM Hotels in Las Vegas are the following resorts and casinos: Aria, Bellagio, Circus Circus, Delano, Excalibur, Luxor, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, the Mirage, Monte Carlo, New York-New York and Vdara. If you haven’t utilized your Hyatt Status yet to obtain a MLife Elite Tier yet you might want to consider it before or during your trip to Las Vegas. So as long as you hold MLife Gold, Platinum and Noir status parking will continue to be complimentary. It is possible to reach a MLife Elite Tier through casino games (gambling) or through a status match if you have a Hyatt Gold Passport Platinum/Diamond status. Read here about more MLife perks you can get for...

Silvercar is here to make you forget about Hertz, Avis, Budget, and Enterprise

Silvercar Promo Codes First-Time Renters of Silvercar can get $25 by signing up here with the referral code of VME in the Referral Section. Once you are signed up you can get 15% off by placing another code but this time in the coupon code section. Existing Renters can get 15% off a Silvercar car rental by using coupon code FTUNI15. Free Rental Days Promotion with Starwood Hotels Silvercar has also partnered with Starwood Preferred Guest(SPG) where if you stay 50 nights or more with SPG, and choose a rental up to 5 days you get it free. Silvercar Rental Review I first learned about Silvercar when they came to Dallas a few years ago but never really had a need for them because they were not in a city I had planned to rent a car in until now. I’ve seen all the sites from Ebates to Retailmenot posting promo codes but never really understood how the car rental site worked compared to Budget or Hertz.com. Pretty sure I have the hang of it now and just in time for a last minute July 4th Vacation in Denver, CO. I have been so worried about this trip because my family will be outside of Denver and I will need a rental car of some kind. So I researched on Kayak.com and then over on the Citi Thank You points site. I also looked over at Budget.com where I am used to putting in coupon codes to save 20% or so. Well I found out that it is nearly impossible to get a good deal on a rental car last minute but I just rented an Audi cheaper...

Starbucks Rewards Program – Free Drink!

FREE Starbucks Drink You’ll get a free drink just for signing up here for the Starbucks rewards program. You just need to register a Starbucks Card and opt-in to receive email from Starbucks to get a free drink. Starbucks Introduces New Rewards Program 2016 Starbucks officially launched its new rewards program and people are not all that happy about the devaluation. Starbucks is changing the way customers get free drinks. Now instead of getting one star per visit, you get two stars per $1 spent. And to get to Gold level, you have to earn 300 stars instead of 30 like before. Basically, you now have to spend more cash and visit Starbucks more often to earn rewards, especially if you don’t spend over $6 for coffee on each trip. Take a look at the comparison chart for the New Rewards Program: FREE Starbucks Gold Status After a Single Purchase Starbucks launched its new rewards program seen as a devaluation by customers sparking a backlash because it will now be a revenue-based rewards system. You used to get one star per visit and now you earn 2 stars per dollar. You’ll need 300 stars to earn Gold status which only used to be 30 stars earned making it more challenging. Starbucks is now offsetting the backlash by offering Gold status for a year with just one purchase by May 2. For new and current Green status members (0-299 stars), you can get Gold status for one year. After the 48 hours it takes to change over to gold status you’ll need to collect 125 stars to earn your first...

Earn Rewards Making Food Deliveries

Most people think you just make tip money and paid part of the delivery fees when driving for Postmates, Door Dash, and other delivery on-demand services. If you handle some of these orders right you can also earn yourself free rewards and offers and find yourself earning tax-free rewards on these trips. You just have to take the steps of signing up for these programs. Here are some of the programs you want to sign up for when doing deliveries. Pei Wei is one example of a rewards program where you can earn free food. You can sign-up for their program when you make your online pick-up requests for delivery pick up the food and earn points each time towards a free meal. Not only are you earning free food but you are making it easier than having to call in each time. One of the more popular rewards programs is with Starbucks. If you’re picking up orders for the monster coffee company then why are you not claiming these rewards stars for yourself? The person on the other end of the delivery doesn’t have the option and it would be wasted reward points if it is not used. Jason’s Deli also has a points program when you order online for pick-ups. Cowboy Chicken in Dallas has Cowboy Cash where you can earn free food. Taking that extra step when booking deliveries really pays...

Latest Uber Deals and Promo Codes

Here is a listing of several Uber Promo codes and deals you do not want to miss out on if you are a regular rider or trying it for the first time. Uber is a pretty amazing app. I’ve done day trips to cities like Chicago and NYC without having to rent a car thanks to UberX rides that are cheaper than a taxi and far more convenient. And while people wait for an hour in the taxi line I breeze right into a waiting car. I have even earned Starpoints for using Uber on top of 20% Off and an additional 1.5 points per dollar for charging Uber rides to my Everyday Card. This quarter you can even earn 5 points per dollar with Chase Freedom or Discover IT. New Users: Register here to get a $15 credit for Uber towards a Free Ride. Use promotion code “UberVip4me“ Existing Customers: Free $10 OFF HURRY!!! Existing users can go to the promotion field in the Uber app and enter the following code for a free $10 Uber ride: ANDROIDPAY. This credit is supposed to be good only when you use Android Pay on your uber account, but it seems to be applying to every account, and doesn’t mention android pay at all. Tips To Avoid Surge Pricing Uber has long stirred controversy over the higher “surge” prices it charges during peak times. You can do a few things such as changing your location even by a few hundred feet to influence the price you get. Users have also discovered that you can often get back to normal fare levels by waiting as...

100,000 Point Amex Platinum Signup Bonus

Finally an amazing card offer that is too good to turn down. American Express sometimes does targeted offers on cards that are up to 100k points but this one is a public signup bonus so everyone can join in. The American Express Platinum card is back to 100,000 points and judging by past offers it won’t last long. The catch is that if you cannot get this offer if you have previously had or have the American Express Platinum card. While the annual fee of $450 NOT waived you do get $200 in Airline Credits Annually so you can take advantage twice for a total of $400 before the next annual fee hits. You also get Starwood and Hilton Gold Elite Status which is valuable in itself and Delta SkyClub Lounge Access which pays off. One reason to have more than one American Express card are the offers that are lucrative where you can save big on hotels and airfare. Here are some of the benefits of this offer: Earn 100,000 points for spending $3k in 3 months Annual fee of $450 NOT waived $200 Airline Credit Annually (calendar year based so you can take advantage twice for a total of $400 before the next annual fee hits) Starwood and Hilton Gold Elite Status Delta SkyClub Lounge Access Many more perks… Here is the [looks like the offer is taken down now] for the new offer. Please share with friends and like our Facebook page for more...

May 2016 Hotel Promo Codes

Here is a list of Coupon Codes for Orbitz, Expedia, Travelocity, Priceline and Shared rooms such as AirBnb: $40 Off  Plus 8% OFF at Hotels.com with a $300+ Booking, Stackable Promo. Save 8% Off with TopCashBack on Hotels.com this week. Plus a $10 sign-up bonus. New for Spring Break Travel! Plus you can use this offer with Hotels.com 10% off with PROMO Copde SAVE10MAY while earning an additional extra 3% back with Ebates. $25 Off Stayful Booking– Booking with Stayful. One of the better hotel apps we suggest over Hotel Tonight. Save $25 on your Stayful reservation when you download and book on the Stayful app or online. $25 in AirBnB Travel credits. Plus Earn up to $100 for everyone you invite. $35 credit on Travel Pony which you can sign-in your Facebook to book hotels easily. 3,000 Free Miles using Rocketmiles (Bonus) to book hotel for one night Sign up through and book a hotel through a Rocketmiles link to get 3,000 bonus miles after your first stay plus any other miles you accrue. Booking a Hotel Room for 30 days out? $25 Off Stayful Booking when booking a room for 30 days out. After placing an instant offer on a hotel room, you are not locked into your bid. Once you receive an accepted or counter offer back, you can always decline and not pay for it but once you do it is non-refundable. You can place bids 3 different times in a single city every 24 hours. You can place as many bids as you want throughout different cities. Create an account using Facebook log in so you do...