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Chase Sapphire Preferred increases minimum spend to $4,000 to get 40,000 bonus points

by Big A on Nov.18, 2014, under Business Tools, Business Travel

Recently, the Chase Sapphire Preferred credit card, one of our highly recommend travel cards for Visa/Mastercard (see Terminal D’s post) made a change to their introductory bonus point policy. Chase increased the spend amount from US$3,000 to US$4,000 in order for you to obtain your 40,000 bonus points.

This means you’ll now need to spend $4,000 in the first three months to get the 40,000 bonus points.

Luckily, all other Chase Sapphire Preferred benefits remained the same:

  • $95 annual fees (first year waived)
  • 40,000 bonus points
  • 5,000 additional points for authorized user
  • 2x points on travel and restaurants
  • No foreign transaction fees

This card must be getting popular with all the commercials you see online and TV. I recommend you get one now before it goes up again!

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Why you should add cardholders to your American Express Platinum card?

by coach on Jul.08, 2014, under Business Tools, Business Travel

If you’re an American Express Platinum (AMEX Platinum) cardholder, you can add up to three (3) cardholders to your account for $175. It will cost you another $175 for each card afterwards (5th, 6th, etc.).  The additional cardholders will receive the same benefits as the primary cardholders except for acquiring American Express points as that goes to primary cardholders (benefit #1).

Spending the additional $175 to add your three family members and/or close friends pays for itself with Amex’s credit for your global entry application. Each global entry application costs $100 per application, so the combined savings is $125.  You can even pay for anyones Global Entry cost, it is a one time credit and the name on the card does NOT need to match the applicant.  Note, when applying, it will charge your card before you setup your interview.

Furthermore, the additional cardholders also gets:

1. Access to Centurion, Delta, and Airspace lounges at major airports.  You only need to show your credit card, ID and an airline ticket. You can also bring in two guests.

2. Complimentary access to Priority Pass Select (mostly international lounges).  You will have to call customer service to enroll.

3. Free SPG Gold status. We’ve found sometimes SPG may reject you because you are not the primary cardholder but keep trying.

4.  Free BOINGO account for wireless access around the world. BOINGO has many Wi-Fi hotspots in Europe which can be costly when you travel.

5.  Access to ShopRunner, a free 2 day shipping and returns at many stores across the country.

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One2Free offers the best prepaid mobile data plan in Hong Kong

by Captain G on Jul.22, 2013, under Business Tools, Business Travel, Vacation

If you’re visiting Hong Kong without a global roaming plan, buy a One2Free prepaid SIM upon your arrival at Hong Kong International Airport (HKG). One2Free, a subsidiary of CSL has the best prepaid voice and fastest mobile plan available. This is an update from my previous post where I said Peoples offering the cheapest prepaid mobile data plan in Hong Kong).

You can pick up a One2Free pre-paid SIM at the 7-Eleven or 1O1O (mobile phone shop) at HKG Terminal 1 Arrival Hall. The two shops are located in between Arrivals area A and B as indicated in this map:

One2Free has the following prepaid mobile data plans with speed of up to 7.2Mbps (around 4G speed):

Prepaid Plan

HKD

Approx. USD

Hourly Pass

$8

$1.25

Day Pass

$28

$3.75

7 Day Pass

$78

$10.00

30 Day Pass for 5GB

$258

$33.00

To signup for one of the plans listed above, you’ll need to know One2Free’s SMS codes. Below is a quick list of codes for your reference:

Note that you may get throttled to 3G speed once you have exceeded 1GB of data usage. However, One2Free’s service will probably faster than your roaming plan. For your information, One2Free’s voice rate is around HK$0.30 per minute and around HK$0.80 per SMS.

If you’re an American, you should make sure your phone is unlocked before you leave the country. Check out Big A’s tip here.

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