Using points or miles for holiday travel can be tricky, but 5 strategies can help you stretch your rewards as far as they can go

Limited award availability among hotel and airline programs can make travel over the holidays a challenge. Having some flexible travel rewards points, such as the points you earn with the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card or the Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card, can make the process easier, since you can redeem your rewards in more than one way. If you have American Express Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, or Citi ThankYou points, for example, you can transfer points to a range of airline and hotel partners or use your rewards to book travel directly through a portal. Don’t forget the golden rule of saving money on travel: Be as flexible… Read More

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Reagan just got a statue in Germany to mark 30 years since the Berlin Wall fell. Here are 15 other unexpected places where statues of US presidents can be found.

The Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Paraguay, Poland, Russia, and the United Kingdom all have former US presidents memorialized as statues. Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan appear the most. But George Washington, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Benjamin Franklin, Rutherford B. Hayes, Thomas Jefferson, Woodrow Wilson, Harry Truman, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton are also all remembered. China, for a while, even had a statue of Barack Obama that burst into flames — as a compliment. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. After their terms are up, some US presidents live on in bronze far from their homeland. Memorialized and often built larger-than-life, governments use the statues to remind… Read More

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Hotel review: I spent a weekend at the brand-new Guild Hotel in San Diego, part of the Marriott Bonvoy collection — here’s why I plan to go back

Downtown San Diego is chockablock with hotels — and tourists — but The Guild San Diego is a new property that offers a real respite from the crowds with a peaceful courtyard and charming, historic details. Formerly a 1920s-era Army-Navy YMCA, the building was thoughtfully reimagined as a tribute to San Diego, while delivering on the style and upscale decor expected from a Tribute Portfolio hotel within the Marriott Bonvoy family of hotels. With rooms starting at $170 a night, there are certainly cheaper hotels in the city, but you’ll be hard-pressed to beat the intimate vibe at this price point. I spent a night in an Artisan Room and… Read More

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I’ve been using the same app to manage my money for 7 years, and I like it so much I’m teaching my mom to use it, too

Personal Capital offers free investment analysis tools that help you better understand your investments across multiple accounts. While the company has a paid investment management service, the online dashboard is free and has helped me save me thousands of dollars in fees. Newly helping my parents with their finances, I’m planning to plug their accounts into Personal Capital to get a better understanding of their costs and allocation. Open your own account with Personal Capital today and stop paying unnecessary fees » Part of getting older sometimes means helping our parents. While I still look to my parents for wisdom on a wide range of topics, when it comes to… Read More

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54 clever and practical gifts for Dad — all under $50

Whether you’re looking to rag on Dad or show him all the love and kindness in the world (which are really one in the same, right?), we’ve got affordable Father’s Day gift ideas under $50 for every sort of dad, from the hapless car-key-losing fool to the history buff and the masterful (and not-so-masterful) home chef. Whatever it is that Dad’s into, something below is bound to make him smile, laugh, cry, or, hopefully, all of the above. You’ve been a pain and a nuisance all along — why change now? If you’re looking for more Father’s Day gift ideas for 2019, we have you covered: Father’s Day gifts for… Read More

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Former Trump adviser who testified to Ukraine pressure campaign said she was victim of harassment

Fiona Hill, President Donald Trump’s former top adviser on Russia and Europe, told House investigators that her time in the Trump administration was marked by death threats, “hateful calls” and “conspiracy theories,” a harassment campaign she said was revived after it was learned she would cooperate with the impeachment inquiry, according to a transcript of her deposition released Friday. … …read more Source:: AOL.com       

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