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by SpaethCo
Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Going First Class
Replies: 42
Views: 2391

Re: Going First Class

The biggest thing that I think most people overlook is time (and stress ) saved at the airport flying first class - it's differentiated service from luggage check, through security, all the way to the plane. - If you're checking bags, you can use the dedicated first class lines and skip often overcr...
by SpaethCo
Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you want your receipt?
Replies: 99
Views: 7490

Re: Do you want your receipt?

I always demand a receipt and check them against the monthly statement. How else can you check for fraud accurately? Exactly! I'm shocked anyone would say no. I guess they just pay whatever the cc statement says or the minimum. I get an SMS instantly from my bank whenever someone makes a credit car...
by SpaethCo
Sun Oct 08, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anyone go 100% Ally or another online bank for all banking needs?
Replies: 61
Views: 4985

Re: Anyone go 100% Ally or another online bank for all banking needs?

B & M's are also handy when you need to withdraw a larger amount of cash than an ATM trip. You can do a debit card cash advance with many (most?) banks without being a direct customer, so if that's the only thing you need out of a local branch there are alternative methods you can use. https://www....
by SpaethCo
Fri Oct 06, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anyone go 100% Ally or another online bank for all banking needs?
Replies: 61
Views: 4985

Re: Anyone go 100% Ally or another online bank for all banking needs?

While you can withdraw at any ATM, you can not make cash deposits at an ATM for an online only bank. It depends. Alliant Credit Union, for instance, has a contract to use US Bank branch ATMs to take deposits. Since US Bank has many "envelope free" ATMs that will take both checks and cash, you can d...
by SpaethCo
Wed Jun 21, 2017 9:06 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Full comprehensive or liability only?
Replies: 30
Views: 2554

Re: Full comprehensive or liability only?

One other thing to consider about keeping collision coverage on a car where it might not seem to make financial sense: how willing are you going to be to handle all of the logistics after you're in an accident? If you're in an accident that totals a vehicle, without collision coverage you have to so...
by SpaethCo
Mon Jun 12, 2017 11:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vue/Sling tv users--what do you miss?
Replies: 43
Views: 3140

Re: Vue/Sling tv users--what do you miss?

- Resolution on the live streams is capped at 720p - Frame rate is capped at 30fps (vs native broadcast 60fps) on Sling and Hulu Live, although it may be changing for Hulu in the near future - Audio is 2 channel stereo only, no 5.1 Dolby Digital - The "cloud DVR" options don't allow for modifying re...
by SpaethCo
Mon Feb 06, 2017 2:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hotel Recommendations - Las Vegas
Replies: 20
Views: 2392

Re: Hotel Recommendations - Las Vegas

Top of the list (with pool desires) has to be the Signature at MGM Grand. They are 3 towers behind the MGM Grand casino that were originally built to be condos, and are now a mix of timeshares / hotel rooms. The towers are fully non-smoking, and the balcony suites are very reasonably priced; they in...
by SpaethCo
Mon Feb 06, 2017 12:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does anybody else out there still pay for an email address?
Replies: 73
Views: 8113

Re: Does anybody else out there still pay for an email address?

If you use one of the premium secure services like startmail or 33mail or fastmail , etc., isn't there a chance it could go out of business and you could lose everything (or at least have to go to the awful trouble of manually saving everything)? You don't have to manually save everything. There ar...
by SpaethCo
Fri Dec 30, 2016 3:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best shows to see while in Vegas
Replies: 28
Views: 2538

Re: Best shows to see while in Vegas

bta15 wrote:If you don't mind crude humor I think Absinthe is the best show going in Vegas right now.
This is such an amazing show - it's easily the best thing I've ever seen in Vegas.
by SpaethCo
Tue Dec 20, 2016 12:46 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Sallie Mae Rewards MC being discontinued
Replies: 154
Views: 20057

Re: Sallie Mae Rewards MC being discontinued

Rather than pursuing one (or more) of the alternate cards suggested in this thread, I'm leaning towards switching to using cash/debit card only. In the end we likely spend more when we use these cash back cards (even if it's on necessities like groceries). This makes any cash back "reward"...
by SpaethCo
Thu Dec 15, 2016 11:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Sallie Mae Rewards MC being discontinued
Replies: 154
Views: 20057

Re: Sallie Mae Rewards MC being discontinued

[Edit: SM was our primary card for Walmart and Target . We can cover groceries, Amazon, and gas with others.] Why not use the Target Debit card? You can get it with no credit pull, you just link it to a checking account they can ACH against. 5% off everything before it generates your receipt total,...
by SpaethCo
Thu Dec 15, 2016 3:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What temperature for house for long winter absence?
Replies: 70
Views: 96811

Re: What temperature for house for long winter absence?

If you have a high efficiency furnace, setting your thermostat too low can be a costly mistake. To boost efficiency to 90+% these furnaces have a primary and secondary heat exchanger, and each are usually made of different materials. For many furnaces there is a transition from steel to aluminum bet...
by SpaethCo
Sat Nov 26, 2016 7:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Quicken Mac 2017 Released
Replies: 16
Views: 2794

Re: Quicken Mac 2017 Released

I've been using the Windows version of Quicken since 1996, but over the last couple years have converted to a Mac as my daily use machine. During the transition period I kept a tower PC that I would boot up and use remote desktop to run any apps that were PC-only if I couldn't find Mac alternatives,...
by SpaethCo
Sun Nov 06, 2016 4:42 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Car Insurance - Add/Remove Options
Replies: 19
Views: 1650

Re: Car Insurance - Add/Remove Options

Generally people drop comp & collision when a car is ~10 (?) years old. I had considered dropping collision based on reading that advice on several forums, and having just lost a 12 year old car in an accident I'm glad we still had collision coverage even with the deductible maxed out. While we...
by SpaethCo
Tue Sep 27, 2016 10:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bogleheads for Diet/Nutrition?
Replies: 66
Views: 5620

Re: Bogleheads for Diet/Nutrition?

Is there a Boglehead like site or philosophy for Diet and Nutrition? The three fund portfolio of diet and nutrition? You just described the basis of IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros) m You have 3 basic macronutrients your body needs: carbohydrates, protein, and fat. You establish a Calorie budget base...
by SpaethCo
Sat Sep 24, 2016 8:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best online bill payment service.
Replies: 30
Views: 2743

Re: Best online bill payment service.

I'm a recent convert from the church of push-only payments to pull autopay; I always stayed away from pull payments because everyone seems to have a story about a problem that happened with them or someone they know. Pushing payments isn't perfect either, however, because you're inserting yourself i...
by SpaethCo
Tue Sep 13, 2016 10:27 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Costco Visa transition - effect on credit score
Replies: 15
Views: 1856

Re: Costco Visa transition - effect on credit score

What's the source of your FICO score drop? My FAKEO score as reported by CreditKarma dropped when Amex stopped reporting and rebounded when Citi started reporting, but there was no impact to the scores calculated and reported by Discover, Barclays, or Bank of America. When I look on CreditKarma now,...
by SpaethCo
Wed Jun 29, 2016 1:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why is everyone up in arms about Costco's credit transition?
Replies: 65
Views: 6306

Re: Why is everyone up in arms about Costco's credit transition?

On June 20th, Citibank added over 11 million new customer accounts as part of the transition. Even if only 2% of that customer base had a reason to call for assistance, that's going to generate 220,000 calls into Citi call centers on top of their typical call volume. That leads to long hold times, w...
by SpaethCo
Wed Jun 22, 2016 2:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: bicycle recommendations
Replies: 72
Views: 5952

Re: bicycle recommendations

Given that you posted this question on Bogleheads rather than a bicycle forum... This is a perfect time to re-frame N+1 in a Boglehead context! Why would you invest all of your potential for growth in happiness into a single bicycle? Sure you've had success with the 10-speed road bike so far, but p...
by SpaethCo
Tue Jun 21, 2016 3:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Costco Visa & Car Rental Insurance
Replies: 25
Views: 19941

Re: New Costco Visa & Car Rental Insurance

The amex add-on car rental insurance is good if you only carry liability on your regular car insurance as some of us do. The "free" coverage provided by the credit card companies is secondary to any existing primary policies that would cover an event, so if you don't carry collision on yo...
by SpaethCo
Tue Jun 21, 2016 1:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Costco Visa & Car Rental Insurance
Replies: 25
Views: 19941

Re: New Costco Visa & Car Rental Insurance

None of the credit card options (including Amex's paid add-on which makes it "primary") cover liability, so you're really only covered for the very specific event where you cause enough damage to the car that it's worth going through the claim process but somehow avoid causing bodily injur...
by SpaethCo
Thu Jun 09, 2016 1:35 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Fidelity drops AmEx, Bank of America credit cards]
Replies: 289
Views: 44989

Re: [Fidelity drops AmEx, Bank of America credit cards]

ClaycordJCA wrote: I may just cancel and rely on the Costco card since it will be 2% or more everywhere.
Outside of gas, restaurants, and Costco, that card only gets 1% cash back?
by SpaethCo
Wed Mar 30, 2016 11:10 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Fidelity drops AmEx, Bank of America credit cards]
Replies: 289
Views: 44989

Re: [Fidelity drops AmEx, Bank of America credit cards]

BanditKing wrote:Does anyone know if the new card has warranty extensions like the Amex does? I bounced around the site but couldn't find many details.

https://www.fidelity.com/bin-public/060_www_fidelity_com/documents/fidelity/Fidelity-Visa-Signature-Card-Guide-to-Benefits.pdf
by SpaethCo
Wed Mar 30, 2016 12:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Fidelity drops AmEx, Bank of America credit cards]
Replies: 289
Views: 44989

Re: [Fidelity drops AmEx, Bank of America credit cards]

Fidelity, American Express are parting ways "On Monday, Fidelity’s customers will start receiving new credit cards issued by US Bancorp and Visa Inc." "Customers will be able to earn 2 percent cash back, which they can deposit into college savings and retirement accounts." This ...
by SpaethCo
Sat Mar 26, 2016 12:09 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Fidelity drops AmEx, Bank of America credit cards]
Replies: 289
Views: 44989

Re: [Fidelity drops AmEx, Bank of America credit cards]

heartwood wrote:Have you seen any timing posted for the transition?
Mid 2016 is the date that's been communicated, along with a bunch of other questions answered here: https://www.fidelity.com/cash-managemen ... ember-faqs
by SpaethCo
Sat Mar 26, 2016 3:42 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Fidelity drops AmEx, Bank of America credit cards]
Replies: 289
Views: 44989

Re: [Fidelity drops AmEx, Bank of America credit cards]

I hate to rain on the parade, but the current FIA site is managed by Elan. This sounds like they just dropped the AMEX card and are tweaking the terms of the Visa card. Nuts. I was hoping to get away from the FIA website. FIA Card Services is the name that MNBA got after they were acquired by Bank ...
by SpaethCo
Fri Mar 25, 2016 10:22 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Fidelity drops AmEx, Bank of America credit cards]
Replies: 289
Views: 44989

Re: [Fidelity drops AmEx, Bank of America credit cards]

I'm confused by the thraed here - are people saying the new card is not a true 2% cashback card? It's always 2% cash back if you redeem it back into a Fidelity account like the free Cash Management account. The previous card issued by FIA had the option to get 2% cash back through a check or statem...
by SpaethCo
Thu Mar 24, 2016 5:28 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Fidelity drops AmEx, Bank of America credit cards]
Replies: 289
Views: 44989

Re: [Fidelity drops AmEx, Bank of America credit cards]

What happens if you enter 12,500 points to redeem? It was hidden with the amex card as well. It wasn't hidden in the FIA redemption portal? You could clearly select the $250 check/statement credit for a 2% redemption. At Elan/US Bank, no such thing exists. https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1505/254115...
by SpaethCo
Mon Mar 07, 2016 5:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Fidelity drops AmEx, Bank of America credit cards]
Replies: 289
Views: 44989

Re: [Fidelity drops AmEx, Bank of America credit cards]

As far as I can see, there is no point level that gets you above 1% for a statement credit with the new card.
by SpaethCo
Mon Mar 07, 2016 4:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Fidelity drops AmEx, Bank of America credit cards]
Replies: 289
Views: 44989

Re: [Fidelity drops AmEx, Bank of America credit cards]

I don't have another card to test it, but the rewards interface on the Elan site seems to indicate it's possible.

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by SpaethCo
Mon Mar 07, 2016 11:24 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Fidelity drops AmEx, Bank of America credit cards]
Replies: 289
Views: 44989

Re: [Fidelity drops AmEx, Bank of America credit cards]

Follow up: So if you have both the Amex and Visa with FIA, do you know if you're able to merge into single account? I'm not sure about merging accounts, but anecdotally people have had success with moving credit limits between cards for the purposes of reducing their number of cards. (ie, shift $99...
by SpaethCo
Sun Mar 06, 2016 12:53 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Fidelity drops AmEx, Bank of America credit cards]
Replies: 289
Views: 44989

Re: [Fidelity drops AmEx, Bank of America credit cards]

Curious if anyone has had recent luck converting recently. Is it better to call Fidelity, FIA or Elan? All you can do right now is apply for a new account with Fidelity/Elan, you can't initiate a conversion of an existing FIA-issued card from your side. There is the potential for a lot of confusion...
by SpaethCo
Fri Feb 05, 2016 11:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wet iPhone and Fidelity AmEx
Replies: 7
Views: 1417

Re: Wet iPhone and Fidelity AmEx

The site to look up the benefits information on the Fidelity Amex card hasn't worked since they transitioned the card to being issued and administered directly by Bank of America back in 2014, unfortunately. Generically the policy is referred to covering accidental damage and theft, so it's possible...
by SpaethCo
Fri Jan 15, 2016 2:18 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Amex Costco Card Replacement Offers
Replies: 30
Views: 4648

Re: Amex Costco Card Replacement Offers

What is the "thing to check" related to this? If you can pull a credit report that includes soft inquiries, you'll see inquiries from Amex that should line up with your approval date. It's not a big deal - it doesn't impact your credit score at all. I only mention it because people have p...
by SpaethCo
Fri Jan 15, 2016 1:56 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Amex Costco Card Replacement Offers
Replies: 30
Views: 4648

Re: Amex Costco Card Replacement Offers

FYI - they increased my credit limit 60% and approved the new card without requiring me to unfreeze any of my credit bureau files. They also kept my "customer since" date from my costco card; I got to keep/add a long standing line of credit. Based on information posted in other forums (my...
by SpaethCo
Thu Jan 14, 2016 1:50 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Help - want to pay "cash" for a car
Replies: 68
Views: 5864

Re: Help - want to pay "cash" for a car

Any ideas on how to get around this? My last option would be to take out the loan and pay it off immediately. The loan might be the cheapest way to buy the car. With the advent of Edmunds.com, TrueCar, and the like it's driven the margins on cars way down, and with Internet sales you can more easil...