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Get the Amazon Rewards Visa Card and Get $100 Off Kindle

Monday, August 25th, 2008

Thanks to Chase, you get $100 off’s Kindle when you get the new Rewards Visa Card. Limited time only. Here’s how this works:

  1. Apply online. Get a response in as little as 30 seconds. If you’re approved, Chase will instantly add the card to your account and you’ll get $30 back on your credit card statement after your purchase.
  2. Add a Kindle to your cart.
  3. Place your order using the Rewards Visa Card and enter this promo code: VISACARD to get the additional $70 savings at checkout.
    NOTE: Additional restrictions apply.

Few of the reasons why getting yourself a Kindle is a smart idea:

  • Revolutionary electronic-paper display provides a sharp, high-resolution screen that looks and reads like real paper.
  • Simple to use: no computer, no cables, no syncing.
  • Wireless connectivity enables you to shop the Kindle Store directly from your Kindle—whether you’re in the back of a taxi, at the airport, or in bed.
  • Buy a book and it is auto-delivered wirelessly in less than one minute.
  • More than 150,000 books available, including more than 98 of 112 current New York Times® Best Sellers.
  • New York Times Best Sellers and New Releases $9.99, unless marked otherwise.
  • Free book samples. Download and read first chapters for free before you decide to buy.
  • Top U.S. newspapers including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post; top magazines including TIME, Atlantic Monthly, and Forbes—all auto-delivered wirelessly.
  • Top international newspapers from France, Germany, and Ireland; Le Monde, Frankfurter Allgemeine, and The Irish Times—all auto-delivered wirelessly.
  • More than 350 top blogs from the worlds of business, technology, sports, entertainment, and politics, including BoingBoing, Slashdot, TechCrunch, ESPN’s Bill Simmons, The Onion, Michelle Malkin, and The Huffington Post—all updated wirelessly throughout the day.
  • Lighter and thinner than a typical paperback; weighs only 10.3 ounces.
  • Holds over 200 titles.
  • Long battery life. Leave wireless on and recharge approximately every other day. Turn wireless off and read for a week or more before recharging. Fully recharges in 2 hours.
  • Unlike WiFi, Kindle utilizes the same high-speed data network (EVDO) as advanced cell phones—so you never have to locate a hotspot.
  • No monthly wireless bills, service plans, or commitments—we take care of the wireless delivery so you can simply click, buy, and read.
  • Includes free wireless access to the planet’s most exhaustive and up-to-date encyclopedia—
  • Email your Word documents and pictures (.JPG, .GIF, .BMP, .PNG) to Kindle for easy on-the-go viewing.
  • Included in the box: Kindle wireless reader, Book cover, Power adapter, USB 2.0 cable

Take action now, this is a limited time offer, and with’s lighting fast One-Day Shipping your brand-new Kindle could be in your hands tomorrow.

Reward Points that you can spend like cash

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

Chase has a different slant on Reward Points:  Anything. Anytime. Anywhere.
You can spend your Chase Freedom Points just like cash, and earn points even faster since Chase will triple your points in your top 3 of 5 Everyday categories.

Get Chase Freedom Visa and you’ll get:

  • No Annual Fee
  • 1 Reward point for each dollar spent, no restrictions
  • 3 Reward points in your top 3 of 15 Everyday categories
  • Unlimited rewards
  • Spend your Points like cash
  • $50 cash back after your first purchase

And if you already have a Chase Visa Card, you can convert that to a Chase Freedom Card. Platinum Visa card, the credit card for the online shopping fanatic

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008 Platinum Visa is the destination of choice for the early adopters of gadgets and electronics, but also sells books, bags & luggage, DVDs, music, shoes, toys and much more, marrying good prices with a clean and easy to navigate interface.

If is not already in your circle of online merchants, as a smart shopper you owe it to yourself to give it a try; and if you are already familiar with, have you taken advantage of the $ 30 instant savings when you apply for the Platinum Visa card?

Some of the features:

  • 3% credit for purchases
  • 1% credit on anything else you buy with the card
  • Credit redeemable toward purchases
  • No Annual Fees
  • Low APR


Treat yourself to a BORDERS Chase Visa

Monday, August 18th, 2008

Borders Chase VisaIf you enjoy BORDERS Bookstores, Borders Express, Waldenbooks, and, you need the Borders Chase Visa to be your companion.

With the Borders Visa card you’ll earn points redeemable for Borders gift cards, cash, travel rewards, gas & restaurant gift cards and a lot more, with no caps.

3, 2, 1

3 points for reading. Three points for every dollars spent at any of the stores in the Borders family, including online. (*)
2 points for eating & driving. Two points for every dollar spend on Gas, Dining and Groceries. (*)
1 point for everything else. One point for every dollar spend on all other purchases. (*)
PLUS: a $ 20 Borders gift card & 1,000 extra points after the first purchase.

Add to that:

  • 0% Introductory APR on balance transfers for up to 6 months. (*)
  • No Annual Fee.
  • Zero Liability on Unauthorized Purchases. (*)


Auto Credit Cards: using your rewards toward the purchase of a new car

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

Mini Platinum Card VISAThe price of gasoline is on everyone’s mind, and a favorite topic at the water cooler.  Some people have switched to a hybrid car, some others have traded-in their gasoline guzzler for a gasoline “sipper”,  while others have switched or are thinking about switching their credit cards to a Gas Rebate credit card.
If changing your car is in your future, you might want to consider another strategy for easing the sticker shock of a new car: have you thought about Automotive credit cards?  It might be a wise idea, especially since new small cars cost more – relatively speaking – then used large cars.
Popular during the 90’s when everyone was upgrading, many of these programs are still in effect, although they are not been advertised much.
Typically you sign up for a auto manufacturer’s credit card, and your rewards can be used toward the down payment of a new car from that manufacturer.

Of course if you have a Lexus Pursuits Visa card, and then you are looking to buy a Subaru car, you can’t apply the rewards from one manufacturer’s credit card toward the purchase of another manufacturer’s car.  Unless you carry the Citibank’s Driver’s Edge card, where you can apply the rewards toward the purchase of any car, regardless of the manufacturer, and it applies to both new and used cars.

GM Flexible Earnings Rewards Card by HSBC (*):

  • 3% Earnings toward an eligible, new GM vehicle,
  • 1% toward the purchase of any other new vehicle,GM Flexible Earnings Card
  • 1% cash back ($100 increments)
  • 0% Introductory APR on Balance Transfers Terms and Conditions
  • No limit on how much you can earn
  • Earn even more at the GM Cardmember Bonus Shop

Mercedes-Benz Visa Card (*):

  • Earn Reward Points for every purchase you make
  • Redeem your Reward Points for Parts and Services at authorized Mercedes-Benz dealerships, as well as for other Mercedes-Benz exclusives
  • No annual fee

Mercedes-Benz Visa Signature Card (*):

  • Opportunity to customize and create your own reward.
  • Earn Reward Points for every purchase you make.
  • Redeem your Reward Points for Parts and Services at authorized Mercedes-Benz dealerships, as well as for other Mercedes-Benz exclusives.Mercedes Signature Visa Card
  • Use your Reward Point to match your lifestyle, like using them towards one of the premium vacation packages available.
  • You can donate your Reward Points to your local charity of choice.

Subaru Platinum MasterCard from Chase (*):

  • 3% in Subaru Reward Dollars – up to $500 per year – redeemable at any authorized Subaru dealership in the Continental United States, including Alaska.
  • A low 0% Introductory APR on purchases and balance transfers for up to 6 months with no annual Subaru Platinum MasterCardfee.
  • Plus receive 25 Subaru Reward Dollars after your first purchase.
  • Redeem your Subaru Reward Dollars for Subaru parts,  Subaru service, lease or purchase of a brand new Subaru vehicle or purchase of a Subaru Certified Pre-Owned Subaru.
  • Free additional cards are available for your family or friends – with all the rewards redeemable to your account.
  • Keep track of your Subaru Reward Dollars the easy way. For each 100 Subaru Reward Dollars you accrue, you will automatically receive a coupon attached to your billing statement. You can also check your progress 24/7 through online access to your account.

Lexus Pursuits Visa Card (*):

  • Experience Rewards Like No Other.  More than your typical credit card, Lexus Pursuits Visa offers unrivaled benefits and exclusive rewards developed with Lexus owners in mind.Lexus Pursuits Visa Card
  • Earn Rewards: Lexus Pursuits Visa Cardmembers earn Lexus Pursuits Points with every purchase.
  • Redeem Rewards: Reward redemption is simple and convenient.
  • Rewards Calculator: Determine how easily you can earn and use your Lexus Pursuits Points.
  • Travel Rewards: The optional Travel Rewards Program offers convenience and flexibility.
  • Enjoy superior concierge services and no pre-set spending limit.

Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge Rewards Visa Cards (*)

  • Enhance your total driving experience with the Chrysler, Jeep or Dodge Rewards Visa credit card. It’s the card that not only gives you the buying-power and benefits you want, but works for you to earn valuable points that can be used for things you need.
  • Every purchase made using your Rewards Visa card earns points, which can then be converted to Chrysler Jeep Preferred VisaDealer Dollars Certificates.
  • Redeemable toward the purchase of a new, used or Five Star Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle.
  • Use them for maintenance, repairs or collision services at Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge dealerships, Mopar Parts and Authentic Accessories by Mopar; or branded Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge merchandise.
  • You can also redeem your points online for your Chrysler Financial monthly vehicle payment or toward excess wear and tear at lease end.

Mini Platinum Visa Card (*)

  • Mini Platinum Visa CardYOUR CAR. YOUR CARD: It’s the only credit card that lets you configure a custom MINI.
  • Enjoy MINI Motoring Rewards.
  • No annual fee.
  • A 4.99% introductory APR on all purchases for 6 months.

Citi Driver’s Edge Options Platinum Select MasterCard (*):

  • Earn 6% rebates on gas station, supermarket & drugstore purchases for 12 months; 3% thereafter.
  • Earn 1% rebates on all other purchases to use towards a new, used or leased vehicle of your choice.Citi Driver\'s Edge Platinum Select MasterCard
  • Redeem your rebates for automotive service & repairs.
  • 0% APR on Balance Transfers for up to 12 months based on your application and credit history.
  • Enroll to earn additional rebates for the miles you drive.
  • Convert your rebates to ThankYou Points & redeem for merchandise & gift cards.
  • No Annual Fee.

(*) See each card’s official web site for details.

Credit Cards vs. Debit Cards for every day use.

Monday, August 4th, 2008

Once upon a time, in the era before Debit Cards, financial savvy people would charge every day items and periodic expenses on their credit cards, paying off the balance at the end of the month; taking advantage of the float, rewards, extra warranties, and consumer protection.

Then the banking industry had the brilliant idea of combining the function of the credit card with the function of the checking account, and the debit card, or check card, was born.

The idea was pretty simple: why write a check, when you can just swipe your check card?  And the check card looks like a credit card but works like your ATM card, swipe it, sign, and the amount is deducted from your checking account as if you wrote a check of some sort, with no reconciliation at the end of the month.

Simple enough, most consumers loved the idea, and it has spread so much that now it is virtually impossible to open a checking account and have a plain old fashioned ATM, 99% of the times, the de-facto standard is a check card.

Did you switch from charging everyday expenses like grocery, gasoline (or shall we call it liquid gold?), besides losing on the float, and missing out on potential rewards (Airline Miles, Reward Points, or Cash Back), there are a items that you might want to consider:

  1. Credit Hold: let’s say you go to the gas station to fill up your car, pay at the pump, and you pay by Check Card.  Chances are the system is going to ask you to swipe your check card before you start pumping.  Well two things happen in the background:  when you first swipe your card, the system asks for a credit authorization to your bank, and then once you are done pumping, the proper amount is charged to your checking account.  The problem is the original credit authorization or credit hold, takes a few business days to be released, and often it amounts to $ 75.  So if you spent $ 60 in gas, your available balance has been decreased by $ 135, and if you run a tight ship those $ 75 might make A LOT of difference, and if you were relying on that $ 75 to clear checks that you have issued it will trigger an overdraft, where banks often tackle overdraft fees in the $ 25-$35 range.  Did you know that?
  2. Maximum Liability For Unauthorized Use.  If your credit card is stolen or your account compromised in any way, you are liable for only the first $ 50.  It’s the law, says the Fair Credit Billing Act.  Not so for a Check Card.  Your Check Card doesn’t fall within the Credit Billing Act and it is regulated by the Electronic Funds Transfer Act, and your liability depends on many factors including how quickly you report the loss, how responsive your bank is; since these Check Cards and ATM cards might have unlimited liability under certain circumstances.
  3. Consumer Protection:  if you pay for a purchase by Credit Card, and then there’s a problem with the transaction, your duty is to try to solve the issue with the vendor, and if your efforts go nowhere, you can dispute the charge with the Credit Card issuer who will immediately remove the charge from your account, debit a chargeback to the vendor, which is a good deterrent in solving the issue.  Not so with a Check Card, or not always, some banks have extended similar protection to their Check Cards, be sure to read all the fine prints and to stay up to date with the updates to the Terms and Conditions of your Bank.

We hear of many people switching back to a credit card for every day use, often tallying up on a weekly basis their charges and sending one payment per week to their credit card in order to avoid overspending, which is now very easy since every major bank offers online banking with bill pay as part of their services.

Good credit cards for every day use are those credit cards that offer rewards in terms of Airline Miles, Reward Points, or Cash Back.

For a vast array of credit cards suitable for every need visit Chase “Find a Card” web tool or Citibank’s comprehensive site.

Up to 10% rebate on your Gas purchases!

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

BP is the most innovative company in everything they do, from oil exploration, extraction and distribution, to finding alternative energy sources, and now they extend much needed help to the very people that make BP such a great company:  their customers.

BP has partnered with CHASE to offer a credit card that offers unheard of rewards:

  • 10% rebate on gasoline purchases at all BP locations during the first two billing cycles; 5% thereafter (*);
  • 4% rebate on all eligible travel and dining expenses during the first two billing cycles, 2% thereafter (*);
  • 2% rebate on all other purchases during the first two billing cycles, 1% thereafter (*);
  • Choice of donating your rebate to the Conservation Fund.

Drive your mouse to click and apply, this is a limited offer that won’t last.


BP VISA Credit Card up to 10% Rebate on Gas Purchases

(*) See the official BP VISA card site for details.

Combine the love for books and the love for points with the Rewards VISA Card.

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

And is not just books!  Best selection and prices in Electronics including digital cameras, HDTV, Music and Movies, Computers, Home & Garden, Grocery, Health & Beauty, Toys, Kids & Baby, Apparel & Shoes, Jewelry, Sports & Outdoors, Tools & Auto.

With the Rewards VISA Card you’ll get:

  • 3 points for each dollar spent on;
  • 2 points for each dollar spent at Gas Stations, Restaurants, and Drugstores;
  • 1 point for each dollar spent anywhere else, online or at any store;
  • Double these points during the first 90 days;
  • $ 30 discount on your first purchase at

It’s like getting paid to do the same things you normally do.  And instant approval, no annual fees, low APR, excellent customer service from CHASE Bank and, there’s never been a better time to upgrade your credit card.


Who knew a credit card could be so much fun?

Friday, July 25th, 2008

Mickey Mouse, Pluto, Donald, Nemo will be smiling at you every time you’ll use the card filled with magical benefits from who else but Disney and Chase: two names than you love and trust.

Introducing the new Disney Reward VISA from Chase, you’ll be able to accumulate Theme Parks Benefits, Disney Rewards, and VISA Platinum Benefits; all with no block-out dates, 0% intro APR, 0% APR Vacation Financing, and no annual fees:  if you love Disney, this is the way that Disney loves you back!


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