Roundup: Secret Service Goes After MSers, Hardest Thing In This Hobby, Best Place to Retire, Uber Money, Amex & Nova Partneship

This is a list of news from around the web which I came across in the last few days. I found these articles interesting and somewhat related to the travel and deal content you regularly see here at Danny the Deal Guru. Sometimes just interesting and not related at all, but I hope you enjoy them just the same. If you come across any interesting articles, or if you have your own blog and have something relatable please send them my way.

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I was just interviewed by the Secret Service about MSing

Crazy story on Reddit. Someone called and identified himself as an agent with the secret service and said the person’s name had came up in an investigation and they wanted to meet. They then asked me how someone making a certain salary, could have deposited millions of dollars in money orders. Read more here.

The Hardest Thing In This Hobby – Letting Amazing Deals Slip By

If you asked people what is the hardest part of the miles and points hobby you would get varying answers. Some would say that earning points is the most difficult. Others would say getting maximum value when redeeming points is by far the hardest part. Getting past Chase 5/24 may make it on some people’s list. But no, none of those are the right answer, at least in my opinion. The hardest thing to do is to pass up on amazing deals that just don’t work for you. Read more here.

This Southern City Was Just Named the Best Place to Retire in America

To determine that Fort Myers reigns supreme for retirees, the team at U.S. News and World Report analyzed data for the 125 largest metropolitan areas in the country. They then looked at how each destination met Americans’ retirement needs. The criteria included the happiness of local residents, housing affordability, tax rates, and healthcare quality. Read more here.

Uber announces deeper push into financial services with Uber Money

The company announced on Monday the formation of a new division called Uber Money to house its efforts, which include a digital wallet and upgraded debit and credit cards. The emphasis, at first, will be expanding Uber’s efforts to give its 4 million-plus drivers and couriers around the world access to a mobile bank account so they can get paid after each ride Read more here.

American Express & Nova Partner (‘Credit Passport’) – Ability To Use International Credit History To Get AmEx Cards

American Express has partnered with Nova credit to allow people with a credit history outside of the U.S. to help get access to an American Express card. This program is called Credit Passport Nova and will help people with credit histories in United Kingdom, India, Mexico, Canada, and Australia. Read more here.

Chase Sapphire Preferred

The Chase Sapphire Preferred credit card is a great travel card that comes with a big welcome offer and many benefits.
  • Earn a welcome bonus of 60,000 bonus Ultimate Rewards points (worth $750 or more) when you spend $4,000 in 3 months.
  • You can also earn:
    • 5X Chase Ultimate Rewards points on Lyft rides
    • 2X Ultimate Rewards points on travel and dining and 1X on all other purchases
  • Points are worth 25% more when redeemed for travel through Chase

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