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It’s Southwest Companion Pass + 50,000 BONUS Time!!


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SouthwestTailIf you EVER fly Southwest, this could save you thousands.

Every now and then, Southwest doubles the signup bonus on their cards to 50,000 points.  That time is now!  The increased bonus is reason enough to get this card.  To get the bonus, just spend $2,000 in the first three months your card is open.

The Catch: You will not earn the bonus if you have the same card already open, or have received a sign up bonus on the card you apply for in the past 24 months.

Depending upon where and when you are flying, 50,000 points can be several round trip tickets.

Click on “Chip’s Favorite Credit Card Offers” at the top right side of this website.  Then click the “Airline Miles” section.  Scroll down to the 22nd card. Email me if you have any questions.  Full disclosure: I may get a commission if you apply using my link, so… Thanks!

This 50,000 point bonus on the personal and business cards makes it pretty easy for you to get something very special.

The Companion Pass – Greatest Travel Perk Ever!

SouthwestCompanionPassSouthwest’s Companion Pass is one of my favorite things.  It ranks up there with raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens.

Here’s the deal:  In any calendar year in which you earn 110,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards points or fly 100 one-way segments you earn a Companion Pass for the rest of that year, PLUS the following year.

You can have a Companion Pass through December 31, 2017.  That’s 19 months!

Your companion can go with you on EVERY FLIGHT whether you buy a ticket or use Rapid Rewards points.  This is not a free ticket that you can hand out to anyone.  You must designate your companion.  You can change your companion three times.  Because you must allow 21 days for processing changes, this ain’t gonna work for you playuhs out there.  Companion Pass and reward travel are free except for 9/11 taxes (you must pony-up $5.60 each way).

Are You Large And In Charge?

fat_guy_airplaneIf you are a “customer of size” you can use your Companion Pass to get an open seat next to yourself.

I confirmed this with Evonne at Southwest today. She said, “If you want to have an open seat as your Companion, give Southwest a call and they will set up a ‘Customer Account’ for your Companion. That Customer Account will be all of your same information but will have ‘XS’ (Extra Seat) as your middle name. At the gate, you will be given an official seat holder card designating the seat next to you as taken. You’ll be allowed to pre-board.” Check out the Companion Pass FAQs for more details.

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Dave Lengel: Estate Sale Treasure Hunter


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A few years ago, I shot this Peter Piper Pizza commercial with Ben Brady playing my son.  Now he is all growsed up and making films himself!  Ben’s ART OF FLIPPING follows Dave Lengel as he fills his free time visiting estate sales and selling his unusual finds on eBay.

Note: Ben’s pop Jordan Brady directed the pizza spot.  Besides being only hours apart in age, Jordan directed me in other ads including one of my favorites for KIA.

Aa 35th Anniversary

700 Free American Airlines AAdvantage Miles in 60 seconds


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aa-35th-anniversaryAmerican Airlines is celebrating their 35th anniversary by giving away 350,000 AAdvantage miles to 35 grand prize winners.  You’ll get 350 miles just for entering.  All you need to do is click this link and give your name, email and AAdvantage number.

After clicking “Register Now”, you will be given the opportunity to get another 350 miles if you share your milestone with your peeps via Facebook, Twitter or via an email to AA.  I chose the latter.

Besides being a quick way to pick up 700 miles, these miles will extend your expiration date.

The promotion ends June 1st.  Miles will be deposited into your AA account 6-8 weeks later.

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Tale of The Plumber & The Check Cashing Place


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MoneyDownDrain30 minutes after I gave my plumber a check, my pocket rang.  It was a check cashing place asking if I had written this to him.  I said, “Yes.”  When he finished the job a couple days later, we had this actual conversation:

Me: If you don’t mind me asking, how much do they charge to cash a check?

Dumb Plumb: $11, I think.

(I found out it’s actually 12 PERCENT of the check amount.)

Me: Did you know that you can cash a check for free at the bank on which a check is written – even if you don’t have an account there?

Dumb Plumb: Yeah… But I like this place.  I go there all the time.

Me: This is none of my business, so don’t feel obligated to answer.  Do you have a bank account?

Dumb Plumb: I used to, but I don’t trust banks.  I keep my money out of there…  My grandma says I am giving my money away (by using the check cashing place).

Me: Your grandma is a smart lady.


People are gonna do what they’re gonna do

CheckCashingPlaceFrom this $1,200 job alone, he gave the check cashing place $144.00 of his and my hard earned money.  Next time, I’ll offer to cash my check for him on the spot for only 10%!!

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Hotel Hangers

Hilton Amex Limited Time Offers (100k & 75k Points)


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hotel-hangers1. Do you like to sleep around?

2. Have an affinity for weird hangers?

3. Like tiny bottles of booze in your refrigerator?

Well, have I got a deal for you!!

Two, count ‘em, TWO Hilton American Express card increased bonus deals end tomorrow, Wednesday May 4th.

I got the first one because it’s a no-brainer:

  • Hilton HHonors™ Card from American Express – Get 75,000 Hilton HHonors points if you spend $1,000 on it in the first three months your card is open. Never has an annual fee.
  • Hilton HHonors™ Surpass® Card from American Express – Get 100,000 Hilton HHonors points if you spend $3,000 on it in the first three months your card is open. $75 annual fee.

Sound good?  Click on “Chip’s Favorite Credit Card Offers” at the top right side of this website and then Hotel, Motel, Holiday Inn…” for these cards.  Email me if you have any questions.

If need be, check out: 11 Ways To Meet A Spending Requirement.

What will your points get you?  Check out Hilton’s Search Tool.  Here are a few:

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Starbucks 50 Off @ Starbucks   Groupon

$5 for a $10 Starbucks eGift Card


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Starbucks-50% Off @ Starbucks _ GrouponAre you a coffee-achiever like Mrs. Olsen?  If those nouns sound like gibberish to you, congratulations on being under 40.  I’m talking about the bean, man!

$5 will get you a $10 Starbucks eGift card.  Click here for the offer while it lasts.  You card carrying Starbucks folks can add this eGift card to your existing account. — It sold out —

Remember: Stay away from that last drop!

If you are new to Groupon, click here to sign up and get $10 off your first purchase of $25 or more.

Clock 20mins

20 Minutes=$592.23 Cash Rewards


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clock-20minsHere’s a quick follow up to How I Made $490 (in 10 Minutes) Paying My Property Taxes.

Last week, I got the card by clicking on “Chip’s Favorite Credit Card Offers” (top right side of website).  A few days later, the card showed up.  I hopped on the online and paid my property taxes.

Today, the charge and my $592.23 cash back hit my card.  That’s the $500 bonus + $92.23 (2% cash back on purchases).

I decided to dump my entire $592.23 “rewards” to pay down my balance.  Then I paid off the remaining $4,019.32 electronically from my bank.  Done and done.

CapOneSparkBiz2016 - profileProperty Taxes paid with a hundreds of free, tax-free money from Capital One. Total time invested from applying for the card through paying it off was about 15-20 minutes.

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Highest Starwood Bonus Ever – 35,000!


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StarwoodPurpleCard250This offer is good for only a few more days – through March 30th.  American Express increased the bonus offers on their Starwood personal and business cards to 35,000 points.  This is the highest bonus these cards have ever had.

To get the 35,000 bonus points, you need to spend $3,000 on the personal card in the first 3 months.  To get the 35K bonus on the business card, you need to spend $5,000.

Both cards wave the annual fee the first year, have no foreign transaction fees, and give you free give you free in-room internet and Boingo wi-fi.

The personal and business cards are viewed as two different products.  This is important because you can get these bonus points only once in your lifetime on each card.  Therefore, if you have/had the personal card, you can only get the bonus on the business card – and vice versa.  If you’ve already had both, move along.  Nothing to see here.

These points are extremely versatile.  They can be used for hotel stays, or turned into frequent flyer miles or both!  Click here for my post on all the ways you can use Starpoints!

Click on “Chip’s Favorite Credit Card Offers” at the top right side of this website and then Hotel, Motel, Holiday Inn…” for these cards.  Email me if you have any questions.

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How I Made $490 (in 10 Minutes) Paying My Property Taxes


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PropertyTaxScrabble+490smIf you are a homeowner, here’s a way to make tax-free dough paying your property taxes.  With just a few clicks and about 10 minutes of my time, I cleared $490 tax-free.

In Los Angeles, my property taxes are due April 10th.  Instead of writing a check, I paid my bill with a credit card that gave me a BIG BONUS for meeting the BONUS’ spending requirement. It’s all about the BONUS, my friend.

CapOneSpark$500BonusThe “Capital One Spark Cash for Business” card pays a bonus of $500 in tax-free cash if one spends $4,500 on it in the first 3 months the card is open.  It also pays 2% cash back on purchases.  So, meeting the $4,500 spending requirement will get me another $90.  That’s $590.  FYI: The cashback is tax-free because it is technically a rebate.

Click on “Chip’s Favorite Credit Card Offers” at the top right side of this website. Then click “Business Cards” for this card.  Email me if you have any questions.

$4,500 is a lot of cheddar.  So is my property tax bill.  I paid it with the card at the City’s Website.  Normally, I would NOT suggest using a credit card to pay these taxes

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SeinfeldWriteOff

Get Paid $13,400 For A Baby


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Like Kramer & Jerry, a lot of folks don’t really know what a write-off is.  It’s a tax deduction, but a lot of folks think it is a tax credit.  The difference is HUGE.  A tax credit lowers the amount you owe in taxes, dollar for dollar.  That’s pretty sweet.  A tax deduction is basically a discount equal to your tax bracket.

If you are in the 25% tax bracket, and you spend $1,000 on something that you can write-off your income taxes as a tax deduction, you will save $250 in taxes.  But a $1,000 tax credit chops $1,000 off what you owe in taxes, no matter which bracket.

So where do I gets me some of them tax credits?

–   Adopt at $13,400 a pop!
–   Buy a Chevy Volt and get $7,500.
–   If you’ve been fixin’ to get a propeller on a stick, go solar or geothermal, get 30% of the cost.

Maybe that’s why Brangelina adopted so many babies.  It was a profit deal!  The tax credit for adoption starts to phase out when your modified adjusted gross income is $201,010, and it is completely gone at

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