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Chase Sapphire® Credit Card Review

By Christina Majaski

chase sapphire cardThe Chase Sapphire® Card provides many benefits and rewards, but they’re a bit more basic than those of the Chase Sapphire Preferred card.

However, if you are looking for a standard rewards credit card that allows you to earn points for restaurant purchases, as well as for travel purchases made through Chase’s Ultimate Rewards program, you may find the no-annual-fee Sapphire to be perfect for your needs.

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Key Features

  • Sign-up Bonus. You receive a bonus of 10,000 points after spending $500 within the first three months of opening your account.

Chase Freedom® Card Review – 5% Cash Back, 0% APR, $100 Bonus

By Christina Majaski

chase freedom visaThere are a number of reasons why the Chase Freedom® Card is commonly referred to as “the king of cash back cards.” It’s the first card to give consumers control over the rewards they earn and the spending that brings those rewards. For this reason alone, the Chase Freedom card has become not only the leader of the pack, but the trendsetter in cash back rewards credit cards.

To maintain its reputation and remain competitive, Chase strives to introduce new and better benefits for its Freedom cash back card – but is it still king?

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Citi ThankYou® Premier Card Review – 50K Bonus Points

By Christina Majaski

citi thankyou premier cardThe Citi ThankYou® Premier Card offers a rewards program designed to benefit those who travel frequently, and it provides a sign-up bonus that could more than cover the annual fee for a number of years. However, depending on your spending habits and preferences, it may fall short from being a truly competitive travel rewards card relative to other rewards cards that also offer an introductory APR and a lower annual fee.

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Trulia Review – Real Estate Info for Houses, Rentals and Neighborhoods

By Brian Martucci

trulia logoNo matter where you live or plan on relocating to, buying or renting a home is a serious undertaking. Few people make the mistake of choosing a new home sight-unseen, but a poorly planned strategy can have similar negative consequences.

Thankfully, the Internet makes it a lot easier to narrow your list of prospects without tearing out your hair in the process. Like the website Zillow, Trulia serves, for the most part, as a one-stop source for prospective home-buyers and renters who demand a full, unfettered picture of their housing options.

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The Platinum Card® from American Express – Review of Travel Rewards Benefits & Requirements

By Christina Majaski

american express platinum cardCarrying an American Express charge card provides you with many benefits, including no preset spending limit, the avoidance of paying interest on purchases, and the many benefits associated with being part of the American Express family.

The Platinum Card® from American Express (a Money Crashers partner) carries one of the highest annual fees for all credit or charge cards. While it’s considered one of the most prestigious cards, the question remains: Are the benefits provided worth the high annual fee?

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Blue for Business® Credit Card from American Express – Review

By Christina Majaski

american express blue businessThe Blue for Business® Credit Card from American Express (a Money Crashers partner) is the travel equivalent of the American Express SimplyCash Card. This card provides extra points for travel purchases and an annual bonus for spending. However, it’s questionable whether it stacks up to other business credit cards or travel cards that offer both more earning opportunities on business-related expenses and better options for point redemption.

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Key Features

  • Sign-up Bonus. As a new cardholder, you receive 10,000 bonus points after making your first purchase while enrolled in Membership Rewards within the first 3 months of account opening. This bonus is worth up to $100 in gift cards. You receive the bonus approximately 6 to 8 weeks after the qualifying purchase is made.

SimplyCash® Business Card from American Express – Review

By Christina Majaski

american express simplycash cardThe SimplyCash® Business Card from American Express (a Money Crashers partner) does exactly what you would imagine it would do: It rewards cardholders with cash back on all purchases in the form of a statement credit. The card also rewards generously for office supply purchases and gas up to an annual cap. Whether this card makes sense for you and your business depends on where you make purchases, how much you spend, and how you feel about American Express.

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Key Features

  • Sign-up Bonus. There is currently no sign-up bonus for this card.

Citi® Dividend Platinum Select® Visa® Card Review

By Christina Majaski

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citi dividend platinum select cardRewards credit cards usually offer either miles, cash back, or points for merchandise or gift cards. The Citi® Dividend Platinum Select® Visa® Card is Citibank’s cash back card, plain and simple. If it looks a bit familiar to you, it may be because this card is practically identical to the Citi Dividend Platinum Select Visa Card for Students, except that it has a sign-up bonus offer and lower APR.

If you’re looking for a credit card that rewards purchases with cash, the Citi Dividend Platinum Select Visa may be worth considering.

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Citi ThankYou® Preferred Card Review – 20K Bonus Points

By Christina Majaski

citi thankyou preferred cardCredit card rewards programs often provide miles, cash back, or points in exchange for purchases made. The ThankYou Points program, included with the Citi ThankYou® Preferred Card, rewards cardholders with points that can later be redeemed for travel, cash back, and merchandise. The Citi ThankYou Points program could be the best rewards program for you – especially if you spend regularly on dining and entertainment.

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Features

  • Sign-up Bonus. You earn 20,000 bonus ThankYou Points after you spend $1,500 in purchases in the first three months of opening the account. These points can be redeemed for cash and merchandise, and are equal to $200 in gift cards or airline travel.

Citi® Platinum Select® / AAdvantage® World MasterCard® Review

By Christina Majaski

citi aadvantage mastercardThe Citi® Platinum Select® / AAdvantage® World MasterCard® is a Citibank card that rewards purchases with airline miles. For diehard fans of American Airlines, there are bonus chances to earn points, as well as great opportunities to redeem flights.

If you are not quite as attached to American Airlines, however, you’re likely to find it difficult to justify the $95 annual fee. Still, if you’re looking for a card that awards airline miles and free flights, you may want to take a look at the Citi Platinum Select AAdvantage World MasterCard.

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Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card Review

By Christina Majaski

citi hilton hhonors reserveThere are many hotel rewards cards that provide travel benefits and reward purchases with free hotel stays. The Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card is one of these, but it also rewards for other travel-related purchases such as airfare and car rentals.

Although similar to the Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature and the American Express Hilton HHonors Surpass cards, the Reserve card manages to stand out a bit ahead of the pack as it offers a sign-up bonus and certain additional benefits.

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Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card Review

By Christina Majaski

citi hilton hhonors cardCredit cards offer a variety of rewards, from cash back, to points for merchandise, to airline miles and hotel stays. The Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card provides travel rewards to cardholders who frequent Hilton properties, with opportunities to turn purchases into free stays at hotels. With no annual fee and opportunities for multiple free nights at Hilton properties, the Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature is one of the best hotel rewards cards available.

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Key Features

  • Sign-up Bonus. You receive 40,000 HHonors bonus points after spending $1,000 on purchases within the first four months of account opening, which is enough for eight nights at a Category 1 property.

CitiBusiness ThankYou® Credit Card Review

By Christina Majaski

citibusiness thankyou cardThe CitiBusiness ThankYou® Card is one of Citibank’s credit cards that targets small businesses and sole proprietors, and offers ThankYou points and rewards in exchange for purchases. Instead of focusing on one specific reward, such as cash back or airline miles, the CitiBusiness card rewards business purchases with ThankYou points which can be redeemed for travel certificates, gift cards, or cash back. The CitiBusiness ThankYou card offers a flexible rewards program and no annual fee.

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Key Features

  • Sign-up Bonus. You receive 15,000 bonus ThankYou Points when you spend $3,000 in the first three months of opening an account, which equals $150 when redeemed for gift cards.

CitiBusiness® AAdvantage® World MasterCard® Review

By Christina Majaski

citibusiness aadvantage world mastercardCredit card issuers have increasingly sought out ways to remain competitive with business credit cards and rewards packages. While some cards focus on rewarding specific business expenses, others choose to focus on travel purchases such as airfare and airline mile redemption.

The CitiBusiness® AAdvantage® World MasterCard® aims to combine business and travel, rewarding both types of expenses with airline miles. Depending on the needs of your business, this combination could be perfect for you.

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Key Features

  • Sign-up Bonus. You are awarded 30,000 AAdvantage bonus miles and two Admiral’s Club one-day lounge passes after making $1,000 in purchases within the first three months of cardmembership. This is enough for a round-trip domestic MileSAAver flight, which can be available for as few as 25,000 AAdvantage miles.

Citi Simplicity® Card Review – 0% APR for 18 Months

By Christina Majaski

citi simplicity cardNot everyone wants a credit card to rack up points or cash back. Sometimes, especially if you’re working on getting out of debt or are unable to pay your balance in full each month, a simple credit card with no annual fee and a low interest rate is a better deal.

The Citi Simplicity® Card is one of those credit cards often referred to as “plain vanilla,” offering benefits that are a bit different from rewards.

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