Chances are, if you’ve ever worked in an office – or any kind of 9-to-5 job – you’ve also fantasized occasionally about getting out. After a grueling day of dealing with unreasonable customers, unpaid bills, pointless meetings, and a grumpy boss banging on your door to demand the report you haven’t had a single minute to work on, those Internet ads promising “$6,000 a month working from home” can start to look awfully tempting.
In the 2008 book, “The Big Sort,” journalist Bill Bishop and sociologist Robert Cushing explore the reasons behind the United States’ deepening political, economic, and cultural divisions along racial, class, and geographic lines. Despite vast improvements in communication technology and the explosive growth of available content and information, like-minded people continue to self-segregate into discrete, often insular communities. There’s a good chance your neighbors look, think, and vote like you – and, perhaps more importantly, that you’re rarely forced to confront facts or opinions that challenge your worldview.
Against this backdrop, it’s no surprise that many Americans feel threatened by political movements and leaders that threaten their deeply held beliefs.
The Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card is a popular hotel rewards credit card with a $95 annual fee and a host of benefits that favor frequent guests at Hilton hotels and resorts. Cardholders in good standing automatically earn Hilton HHonors Gold Status, which confers generous benefits: 25% faster HHonors point earnings on Hilton stays, flexible check-out, and a 5th night free on stays of 5 nights or longer. It also has a solid sign-up bonus.
HHonors points can be exchanged for free nights or room upgrades at more than 3,900 Hilton properties worldwide. Other redemption methods, such as transferring to frequent flyer programs and using points to purchase general merchandise online, exist. However, these methods tend to devalue accumulated points.
The Hilton HHonors™ Card from American Express is a travel rewards credit card with no annual fee and an attractive hotel rewards program. The HHonors card’s rewards are enticing, especially on spending at Hilton hotels and partner properties, of which there are more than 4,000 total worldwide.
Hilton HHonors from American Express is comparable to other popular hotel, airline, and general travel rewards credit cards. Its closest competitors include the Citi Executive AAdvantage World Elite MasterCard, Citi Hilton HHonors, Barclaycard Arrival Plus, BankAmericard Travel Rewards, Capital One Venture Rewards, Discover it Miles, Chase Sapphire Preferred, and American Express cards such as Gold Delta SkyMiles and the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card.
It seems like every time you pick up the paper, you read about another new study that’s going to completely change everything we know about health. Sometimes it’s a new miracle food that’s supposed to prevent disease – or a food you eat frequently that you’re now being told to avoid completely. In other cases, the headlines blare that scientists have discovered the secret to losing weight, preventing cancer, or slowing the aging process.
The IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card from Chase is a hotel rewards credit card with a $49 annual fee which is waived in the first year of membership. It’s ideal for frequent travelers who regularly stay with InterContinental Hotel Group brands, which includes thousands of Holiday Inn, Staybridge Inn, and Candlewood Suites properties in the U.S. and around the world. Every purchase with this card earns points that can be redeemed for hotel stays at nearly 5,000 IHG properties worldwide, usually at rates ranging from $0.005 to $0.01 per point. Cardholders in good standing also get a host of useful perks at IHG hotels, including 1 free stay per year and automatic upgrade to Platinum Elite status, which accelerates point earnings and entitles members to complimentary room upgrades.
The United MileagePlus® Explorer Card from Chase is an airline credit card with a $95 annual fee after a fee-free first year. It earns an unlimited 2 United MileagePlus miles per $1 spent on all United Airlines airfare purchases, and an unlimited 1 mile for every $1 spent on everything else. Miles can be redeemed for United Airlines airfare with no blackout dates, seat restrictions, or other limitations.
The Explorer card’s biggest competitors are other airline rewards credit cards, such as the Chase British Airways Visa Signature, Alaska Airlines Visa Signature, Gold Delta SkyMiles from American Express, and Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard. It’s also comparable to general-purpose travel rewards cards, such as Capital One Venture Rewards, though those cards tend to have more versatile reward redemption options.
The Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card from Chase is a popular hotel credit card that carries an $85 annual fee after the first year. It earns rewards that can be redeemed for stays at more than 4,000 Marriott-owned hotel and resort properties worldwide. Points accumulate fastest on purchases made at Marriott properties and partner hotels, but also grow nicely on airfare, car rental, and restaurant spending. The Marriott Rewards Premier card also has an attractive sign-up bonus that’s potentially worth more than $500.
The Ink Cash® Business Credit Card from Chase is a popular small business credit card that earns up to 5% cash back on select category purchases, has a healthy sign-up bonus, and doesn’t charge an annual fee. It’s basically the cash back, no-annual-fee version of Chase Ink Plus, which has a points-based rewards system and comes with a $95 annual fee.
The Ink Plus® Business Credit Card from Chase is a popular small business credit card with a points-based earning system that pays up to 5 points per dollar for purchases in select categories. It’s basically the premium version of Chase Ink Cash, the main differences between the cards being Plus’s points-based system, larger sign-up bonus, and $95 annual fee. Ink Plus includes some of the elements of the now-discontinued Chase Ink Bold, an old business charge card. And it complements Chase’s popular consumer cash back rewards and travel credit cards, such as Chase Freedom and Chase Sapphire Preferred.