Award Travel Series: Meeting Minimum Spend Requirements

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If you’ve been following along thus far, you have probably opened a credit card or two after reading about all the benefits and free travel that come along with them. As soon as you’re notified that you’ve been approved for the account, the clock starts on what is the determining factor in whether or not you will earn the welcome bonus: meeting a minimum spend requirement.

Today, I’ll explain several ways to meet these requirements and ensure you get the points you need for that sweet redemption.

Double Double

Classic Double Double (photo from In-N-Out Burger)

Every time we are in California I have to make a stop at In-N-Out Burger for a Double Double (protein style.)

Even after that time I threw up a Double Double and chocolate milkshake out my nose, I still love them. (Can’t say the same for Jack Daniels…)

Similarly, every time I enter my tax preparation state I have to check on our investment portfolio…

I can say without a doubt, the only thing better than Double Beef is Double Dollars.


The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

Sometime soon the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 will become law. (See text of House bill H.R. 1319)

With a cost of $1.9 trillion it roughly matches the price tag of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 and the CARES Act of 2019. That’s big.

It even has some big claims, like “Will cut childhood poverty in half.” That seems good.

So… Where does all that money go? And… How will this impact retirees and aspiring retirees?