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Last Day to Get Southwest Rapid Rewards Card 50,000 Bonus

The 50,000 point signup bonus for the Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Card is unfortunately flying away just as fast as it flew in last month. I doubt the promotion is getting the axe due to lack of popularity.  In fact, my guess is this card offer has been extremely popular among the millions of consumers searching for ways to bring down the cost of their holiday travel this year.  It's difficult to turn down over $800 in free money for travel, even if there is a $69 annual fee attached to the card!

Citi Diamond Preferred Card Review: $200 Cash Back Holiday Promo

If you drool all over yourself when thinking about the deals you'll score this coming Cyber Monday, Citi has yet another deal for you to help kick off the holiday shopping season. $200 cash back, in the form of a statement credit, for spending just $500 online within the first 3 months on the new Citi Diamond Preferred Card. That's a 40% return on your initial $500 spend, which is an awesome deal for a no annual fee credit card. Most other card offers will require at least a $1,000 spend during the first 3 months to qualify for signup bonuses, so this is especially great if you plan to spend less this year on your shopping but still want to enjoy an attractive cash back bonus. While it's not entirely clear how purchases will be categorized as online or not, any shopping you do on sites like Amazon or Etsy should obviously count as online purchases. However, If you do purchase something from a store that has brick-and-mortar locations as well, I would make sure you check your statements closely to verify that all the transactions are properly categorized as "online" purchases.  There are bound to be mistakes.

Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Card: 50,000 Bonus is Back!

I reviewed the latest version of the Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus credit card just over a month ago.  If you missed it, my main point in that review was if you could manage to wait for a better offer to come along from Southwest later this year, then you should. Well, I love it when I'm right!

Citi ThankYou Preferred Card Review: 50,000 Bonus Promotion


*Update* Oct. 24th, 2011: This card offer is no longer available.  Check out the current details of the Citi ThankYou Preferred Card instead. For those of you that have absolutely no interest in shelling out a $125 annual fee for the Citi ThankYou Premier Card, Citi just launched a new credit card offer last week that you probably won't find in your mailbox or many other places online.  Here's a quick overview of the card if you happen to be in the right financial place to take advantage of a great signup bonus this Fall. The Citi ThankYou Preferred Card provides new cardholders with the opportunity to earn up to 50,000 bonus ThankYou points during the first year of use.  That's worth up to $500 in gift cards via the ThankYou network or perhaps even more if you redeem the 50,000 points for travel.  In order to get the full 50,000 bonus points, you'll have to meet the following two requirements:

Review of Southwest's Rapid Rewards Plus Credit Card

Chase pulled the plug last month on its popular 50,000 bonus point Southwest Premier card offer. However, As of Monday August 8th 2011, its replacement hit the market—the 25,000 point Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Plus credit card. This is a pretty standard offer from Southwest, so I wouldn't say it's anything to get too excited about. If you don't need the card right away so you can redeem the 25,000 points, you may want to try waiting for a better promotion to hit the market in the coming months. It could very well happen towards the end of the year or in early 2012.

Citi ThankYou Premier Card Review: What's Changed?

(Update: This offer is no longer available. Check out the current listings of available Citibank credit cards on

I've been reviewing (and personally using) the Citi ThankYou Premier Card since 2008 when it was originally called the Citi PremierPass Elite Card.  I loved it back then, and I still "like" it a lot today. While there's no doubt Citi has watered down this card offer quite a bit over the years, the fact is it continues to rank among the top tier of travel rewards credit cards. Feel free to read my previous review for all the details about why the "Citi ThankYou Premier Card Still Makes Me Smile".

Kim Kardashian Wedding Madness Reminds Us of Her Insane Credit Card

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It seems impossible to escape the reach of the Kardashian family these days:

A hit reality show on E! network.

Enough magazine covers to wallpaper an aircraft hangar.

And now Kim Kardashian's wedding has all of Hollywood talking.

Indeed, the omnipresence of the three sisters is inevitable. And this feeling of inescapability is just what the Kardashians like. Don't believe us? Just take a look at the credit card (or shall we say, Kredit Kard) they introduced last year, and you'll see just how predatory these three sisters really are. Thankfully, public backlash against the card's outrageous policies led to its discontinuation just 19 days after its debut.

Best Credit Cards for Bad Credit

One of the most common questions I receive from Creditnet readers is "How can I rebuild my bad credit?"  My responses generally include several suggestions, but the first recommendation I give is always the same- you need to build positive payment history. Sure, there are quite a few other tricks you can try that may provide short-term credit score boosts, but building positive payment history will have more of a lasting effect on your FICO scores than anything else.

The Best Gas Credit Card for Summer Road Trips

TrueEarnings® Card from Costco and American Express There's no doubt you felt some pain at the pump this weekend if you hit the road for a 4th of July getaway. With the national average for a gallon of regular gas hovering around $3.57, even Prius owners can be overheard complaining about gas prices these days. But the big question is where will prices head the remainder of the year? While no one really knows, I think it's safe to say we'll all be better off if we seek ways to limit our gas consumption and prepare for higher prices to stick around permanently. I've had several friends completely ditch their cars this year in exchange for bikes, but I also live in a city that makes this switch fairly easy. Even without a bike, you can get around just fine in Seattle on foot and public transportation. For many though, ditching their cars just isn't a feasible option, so we turn to gas rebate credit cards as an excellent way to at least ease some of the pain at the pump. If you're on the hunt for the best gas credit cards, here's my pick for the one card that truly stands out among the rest:

Luxury Metal Credit Cards: How to Get One

Credit cards can certainly serve as a status symbol. Why do you think so many Visa commercials feature a James Bond-esque motif? In particular, credit cards made of metal have long been a symbol of wealth and luxury. Now, such cards are extremely limited (many believe there are less than 10,000 in circulation), and they are generally distributed by invitation only.


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