How to Create and Manage a Serve Sub Account (Not Useful for MS)

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How to Create and Manage a Serve Sub Account (Not Useful for MS)

Serve allows you to add authorized users to your account (called sub accounts) where you can fund the sub account and monitor their transactions.  Before you start creating sub accounts, please read the FAQ page (link); here is a good summary of what you can and cannot do with a Serve sub account:

Serve Sub Account Allowed Activities

As you can see from the picture above, you cannot manufacture spend with Serve sub accounts since you cannot add funds or use bill pay from a Serve sub account.  If you want to learn more about sub accounts, please click here.

Why you Should go to Travel Conferences by Yourself #Rant

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Why you Should go to Travel Conferences by Yourself #Rant

Traveling by yourself might be scary.  Going to a new place might be scary.  Meeting and talking to new people might be scary.  But do it anyway!

During my recent trips to #BACon14 and FTU Advanced, I had an epiphany.  Traveling by yourself to travel conferences is a good great idea.  Let me explain.  Some people love sitting in large conference rooms and talking about miles and points for hours on end.  I fall into that category.  However, there are some people that cannot handle sitting in large conference rooms listening about miles and points for hours on end.  My travel companion fell into that category.  Regardless of how much we all love miles and points, our passion is not shared by everyone. #sadbuttrue

Instead of “torturing” your companion (her word’s not mine) and “boring them to death” (my words), why not leave them at home and come by yourself?  We are all adults, we can handle getting on an airplane by ourselves and finding our way to the hotel, right?

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Look Mom, I’m on the Home Page of Boarding Area and my Chicago FTU Advanced Review

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Look Mom, I’m on the Home Page of Boarding Area and my Chicago FTU Advanced Review

Greetings Boarding Area readers! This week, Travel with Grant will be a featured blogger on the Boarding Area home page (thank you Randy for inviting me to be a Prior2Boarding blogger). If this is your first time reading my blog, this is all you need to know:

  • I talk a lot about manufactured spend and have several detailed guides about Bluebird, Serve, and various money saving deals like AMEX Offers, Chime Card, and Staples Easy Rebates.
  • I am very disloyal when it comes to airline and hotel “loyalty” programs, but I prefer the term “free agent” instead. I have airline miles in several frequent flyer programs and hotel points in several hotel reward programs.
  • I fly economy 95% of the time and will redeem frequent flyer miles if award space is available *and* the cheapest paid ticket is more than I want to pay.
  • I believe in “earning and burning,” rather than hoarding miles/points for aspiration international first class flights or $1,000+ hotel rooms. Spending fewer miles/points allows me to travel more often.
  • Last but not least, I have 27 credit cards (link) and I am only 24 years old – pretty good credit card to age ratio, right? Credit cards are an amazing tool if used responsibly. To put it bluntly: if you pay interest or late fees on your credit cards, you are subsiding our travel lifestyle/hobby. Please don’t pay interest or late fees!

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Saturday Night Meetup Over Chicago Deep Dish Pizza at Giordano’s

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Saturday Night Meetup Over Chicago Deep Dish Pizza at Giordano’s

Good evening everyone, if you are at FTU Advanced in Chicago this weekend, come join me and other miles/points aficionados for dinner on Saturday night.  You can’t come to Chicago without trying some Chicago-style deep dish pizza, right?

When: 7:30pm Saturday night

Where: Giordano’s, 9415 W Higgins Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018 (Google Map)

I made a reservation for 10 people, please let me know if you will be coming and if you will be bringing a guest, so I can adjust the size of the reservation.

Giordano’s has pretty good Yelp reviews (link) and you can check out the dinner menu (link).

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How to Add Authorized Users to American Express Credit Cards (Small Business Saturday) and New AMEX Offers

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How to Add Authorized Users to American Express Credit Cards (Small Business Saturday) and New AMEX Offers

Good morning everyone, according to Greg (aka Frequent Miler), American Express Small Business Saturday is coming back this year (November 29).  He wrote a great post (link) on how to maximize earnings while shopping at small business.  The easiest way to rack up savings is to add authorized users to your AMEX credit cards.

The first thing you need to do is log into your American Express account and click on More Account Options under the credit card you want to add authorized users to.  Most credit cards will let you add authorized users for free, but some premium cards like the American Express Platinum Card and some business cards will charge you for authorized users.  You probably don’t want to add authorized users to those cards just for this promotion.

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