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Reader Success Story: A $38,000 Southeast Asia Trip for $1,827.38

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By: 10xT Reader Sarah Swank

I started out dabbling in the points world with the Chase Southwest credit cards years ago, but I didn’t realize at the time how much bigger this hobby could be. In 2015 I was introduced to 10xTravel by my friend Nicole and I quickly became obsessed and started learning as much as I could.

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10xT Reader Sarah flying in Asiana Business Class

When my husband and I began discussing our home remodel plans, I knew it would be a great time to earn some BIG points. Many 10x team members helped me along the way, but Bryce and Spencer definitely got majority of my questions and held my hand as I figured out the game.

Thanks to them, I was able to plan a 19 day trip to Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam for my husband’s very first trip outside of North America!

I didn’t have a full game plan for our trip before I signed up for cards, so I basically got the recommended cards from the 10xTravel monthly list in order as I went along. Once it was time to book flights, I took Bryce’s advice and found business class award space from Tampa (TPA) to Hanoi (HAN) in Vietnam on Asiana Airlines via United MileagePlus miles.

We used 160,000 Ultimate Rewards points accrued from the Chase United MileagePlus Explorer Card, Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Sapphire Reserve and paid $28.80 out of pocket total.  Here is a screenshot of what our flights would have cost (each) without points.

Editor’s note: You can no longer get both the Chase Sapphire Reserve and Chase Sapphire Preferred.

$14,990.80 worth of business class flights for $28.80. That was the most exciting purchase I had made in a long time…maybe ever! The service and food on Asiana Airlines was amazing, I would be happy to fly with them again.

 

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At first, I booked our return flight the same exact way using United miles, then a couple months later I caught wind of the Etihad Apartments, and waited patiently for a change to our return flight so we could cancel. Luckily, that happened—I’ll touch on our experience with the Etihad Apartments later.

So, we flew into Hanoi and stayed at the Hilton. The going rate was $70/night or 10,000 points. Three nights there, 30,000 points.  We earned 75,000 Hilton points from the Citi Hilton Honors card that had $0 annual fee.

Editor’s note: Citi no longer offers Hilton cards. All Hilton cards are now issued by American Express.

Hanoi is a really cool city to experience. The traffic is intense, almost as if you’re living within a game of Frogger as you try to cross the street. We quickly learned that the best thing to do is to cross the street at a steady pace and don’t even look at the vehicles coming at you or you might hesitate out of the natural desire to live, and it’s the hesitation that would cause you to get hit! It was so entertaining to watch that we spent a few hours drinking and eating on the balcony of a 3rd floor restaurant just watching the traffic.

We decided to take a two-night cruise in Ha Long Bay from Hanoi, and we are so happy we did. This was going to be an out of pocket expense, but luckily we had built up a good spending cushion by getting a few particular cards. Continue Reading

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Guide to Credit Card Purchase Protections

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By: Travis Cormier

Hey Travel Junkies,

Here at 10xTravel we love showing you how to use miles and points to travel the world without going broke. We do that by sharing tips and tricks to maximize the rewards you get from travel rewards credit cards.

Travel isn’t the only benefit you get from using credit cards. Most credit cards offer consumer protections for the things you buy using your cards. Today, let’s shift our attention away from travel and focus on the purchase protections that could help you save money on your day-to-day purchases.

Before we get into the benefits of purchase protections, I have some bad news…

Chase is dropping price and return protection across all of its cards. Yes, this includes the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card and Chase Sapphire Preferred Card. Additionally, Chase is reducing the trip cancellation/interruption insurance on its United co-branded credit cards.

Chase Sapphire Preferred (learn more)

Chase Sapphire Reserve (learn more)

These changes will go into effect on June 1, 2018. It’s currently unclear as to the amount the trip cancellation/interruption benefit will be decreased. If there are any other updates before then, we’ll make sure to update you.

Unfortunately, Chase isn’t alone in decreasing the value of these benefits to its users. Citi is changing its price protection benefit, known as Price Rewind as well. Citi will now offer a maximum of $200 per claim, and only $1,000 maximum per year. This is significantly decreased from the previous $500 per claim and $2,500 per year.

With these changes in mind, let’s take a look at the purchase protections you can get via credit cards.

Price Protection

We all like saving money, and that’s what price protection is here to do. Price protection allows you to receive a refund on a purchase you made if the price drops after your purchase. Continue Reading

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How to Use Points/Miles to Get to Israel

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By: Caroline Lupini

Israel is a highly popular travel destination for all who are fascinated by history and want to experience some gorgeous natural scenery. With all of this demand for travel, award seats are tough to come by – in any class of service.

If you want to use your miles to fly to Israel, the best way might be whatever award space you can find when you need it. That being said, it’s good to keep in mind what airlines offer better redemptions to Israel.

Below, we’ll discuss you some of the best ways to get to Israel with points and miles in economy and business class.

Economy

25,000-29,000 Air France-KLM Flying Blue Miles

Air France/KLM Flying Blue gets a lot of press when it comes to redeeming miles between the U.S. and Israel. That’s because Flying Blue considers Israel to be part of Europe. So, you’ll pay the same number of miles to fly from the U.S. to France as you will pay to fly from the U.S. to Israel when you use Flying Blue miles.

There are some changes coming to the Flying Blue program coming June 1, 2018, but awards from the U.S. to Israel will still be an absolute steal! Depending on your departure city, you’ll be able to find one-way economy awards for 25,000 to 29,000 Flying Blue miles

Note that when booking with Flying Blue, you will pay fuel surcharges. In economy class, these will likely run you about $300 on a round trip booking. You can keep the surcharges lower by flying out of the U.S. on Delta.

You can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou Points, SPG Starpoints, and American Express Membership Rewards to Flying Blue at a 1:1 ratio.

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Introducing the 2018 10xTravel Las Vegas Giveaway!

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By: Bryce Conway

Hi Travel Junkies,

Earlier this month I told you about the upcoming 2018 edition of our 10xTravel Las Vegas Reader Party.

The quick recap is that we booked a ~3,000 square foot Penthouse Suite at the Venetian Las Vegas and will be filling it with 70+ 10xT Readers, premium booze, snacks, etc. This is our second go-around with a Vegas Reader Party and hopefully the first of many more to come.

Today I am also thrilled to announce the 2018 10xTravel Las Vegas Giveaway! We are giving away two all-expenses paid trips to Sin City to attend the party and you can enter to win right now via this widget.

10xTravel 2018 Las Vegas Giveaway

Here’s what each prize package includes:

  • A round trip flight to Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Free limo ride from the airport to your hotel
  • Two free nights in a Bella Suite the Venetian
  • Two tickets to our 10xT Vegas Reader Meetup (so you can bring a friend)
  • $100 in cash to spend however you like

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Making The Most Of The Citi ThankYou Premier Bonus: What The 10xTravel Team Would Do

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By: The 10xT Staff

Often forgotten in the hustle to get Chase Ultimate Rewards points and even Amex Membership Rewards points is that Citi ThankYou Points can provide big boost to your ability to book award flights.

If nothing else, having Citi ThankYou Points on hand can help you save Ultimate Rewards points and Membership Rewards points for other redemptions. For example, if you want to use Air France-KLM Flying Blue miles or Singapore KrisFlyer miles, you can save your Ultimate Rewards points for Hyatt stays by transferring ThankYou Points instead.

Today we will be looking at the Citi ThankYou Premier, which is currently one of the highest ranked cards on our top list for June 2018.

Here are the current offer details:

  • Sign-up bonus: 50,000 Citi ThankYou Points if you spend $4,000 within 3 months
  • 3X on travel including airfare, hotels, rental cars, Uber, Lyft, taxis, public transportation, tolls, parking and even gas stations
  • 2X dining and entertainment including concerts, movie theater tickets and music downloads
  • 1X on all other purchases
  • $95 annual fee (waived the first year)

For the purposes of the following examples, we’re going to make a couple assumptions. First, you will hit the minimum spend requirement to earn the sign-up bonus. Second, that $1,000 of the $4,000 minimum spend will be met with dining and travel purchases.

That means we’re looking at 50,000 points for the sign-up bonus, 3,000 points for the unbonused spend and 2,000 points for the spend on travel and dining. That brings us to a total of 55,000 ThankYou Points.

With that, let’s get into it! Here’s what each member of the 10xT Staff would do with those 55,000 ThankYou Points.

Bryce Conway, Founder

This is an easy one. I’m cashing in my 55,000 Citi ThankYou Points for $550 of Krispy Kreme gift cards.

You can redeem Citi ThankYou Points to get gift cards at 1 cent per point. Don’t do this.

At ~$0.66 cents per donut my 55,000 Citi ThankYou Points would score me 833 free glazed donuts! That’s an absolute steal for just one credit card signup bonus.

Maybe if I’m feeling generous I’ll share some of them with the 10xTravel Facebook Insiders.

In all seriousness, please never redeem your points for a gift card. Ever.

Editor’s note: Bryce knows his Editor in Chief would fly to Columbus and slap him if he did this.

What I would actually do is start by transferring 35,000 ThankYou Points to Cathay Pacific’s Asia Miles program to book a one-way first class ticket on Cathay Pacific from New York to Vancouver.

This is one of the more well-known sweet spots for Citi ThankYou points (and points and miles, in general) and a very popular choice among points and miles enthusiasts. Cathay Pacific’s First Class product is known to be one of the best in the sky and you can experience it on this ~5.5 hour flight for just 35,000 miles one way. Continue Reading

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Lesser Known Credit Card Benefits That You Won’t Want to Miss

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By: John Tunningly

Hey Travel Junkies,

We all know that using credit cards can help you to be able to travel for free, but there are a lot of other benefits to having a credit card. Most of us know about the major benefits like travel credits and lounge access on some of the premier cards but don’t sleep on the other perks.

From price protection to warranty benefits to extra nights free with hotel stays to roadside assistance, there’s more than just free flights and hotels stays in your future.

Today, we’re going to go over some of those benefits that are sometimes forgotten and some of the cards that offer them.

Price Protection

One benefit that is often not openly advertised is purchase price protection, with the exception to that being Citi who has coined their price protection “price rewind”.

This benefit can be used to make up the difference between a sale price and the price you paid on an item bought with your credit card and is especially useful during the holiday season if you don’t want to deal with the black Friday madness. Unfortunately this seems to be a dying benefit as two of the most generous programs significantly reduced their benefits.

Chase recently removed price protection from all of their cards and Citi recently announced their “price rewind” benefit would have a lower max per claim and a lower total per calendar year.

Many cards offer price protection so we’ve outlined the general guidelines from issuers.

IssuerChaseCitiDiscoverCapital OneBarclaycardMastercardUSAA
Max amount per claim$200*$500*$250$250$250$250
Max benefit/ year$1,000*$2,500$1,000$1,0004 claims per 12 month period4 claims per 12 month period
Amount of time to claim60 days60 days60-120 days60-120 days60-120 days120 days

*These new terms start July 29th, 2018 so you may be able to use Citi’s old policy ($500 per claim and $2,500 per year) until then. Also as of July 29th Citi will exclude the following items:  Consumables, tires, watches, firearms, ammunition, or lower prices offered through a warehouse club where the merchant requires customers to pay a membership fee.

If you plan on using this benefit, check your specific card to make sure it applies. Also, make sure that the item you find advertised for a lower price is the exact same model number as the one you purchased. Continue Reading

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Full Details of the New Marriott Credit Cards

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By: Caroline Lupini

As the Marriott and Starwood merger continues to move forward, more has become known about what the new program is going to look like. Part of that is the new credit cards that are going to be issued by both Chase and American Express.

New Marriott credit cards will be issued by both Chase and American Express

In this article, we’ll take a look at each of these cards. Some of the new cards are available already, so let’s take a look at those first!

Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Credit Card

The Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Credit Card is the refreshed version of the Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card. The sign-up bonus for this card is a respectable 100,000 Marriott points after spending $5,000 within the first three months.

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Additionally, you’ll get the following benefits:

  • Annual free night award after card renewal (up to 35,000 points)
  • Silver elite status
  • Gold status after spending $35,000 (starting in 2019)
  • 15 elite night credits (starting in 2019)
  • Complimentary in-room premium wifi (starting in August 2018)
  • 6X points per dollar spent on Marriott and SPG purchases
  • 2X points per dollar spent on all other purchases
  • $95 annual fee

Marriott Premier Plus credit card (learn more)

Overall, the Marriott Premier Plus card is a slight upgrade from the Marriott Premier card, but also comes with a slightly higher annual fee. The Marriott Premier card capped the free night at Category 5—equivalent to 25,000 points per night—and only offered 5X points per dollar spent on Marriott and SPG purchases and 1X point per dollar spent on all other purchases. It also only has an $85 annual fee.

Those who have the Marriott Rewards Premier Card have the option to keep their card with the old benefits or upgrade their card to the Marriott Rewards Premier Plus. Chase has offered upgrade bonuses from 10,000 to 50,000 Marriott points, but this upgrade bonus is instead of the 100,000-point sign-up bonus. My upgrade offer was 20,000 bonus points and I elected not to take it for the time being.

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10xT Las Vegas Reader Party 2018: Details Inside

Hi Travel Junkies,

3 words: Vegas. Is. Happening.

Papers are signed, champagne is ordered, and we are finally ready to share the details with all of you.

Let’s get to it.

We are throwing the 2018 10xT Las Vegas Reader Meetup on Saturday October 6th in a Penthouse Suite at the Venetian Las Vegas.

This is our second go-around with a Penthouse Party in Las Vegas and the first one was a dandy to say the least.

Truth be told, we weren’t sure what to expect when we announced the inaugural event last year.

I put together a series of promotional emails, scheduled tweets, and even texted friends to try to drum up interest. Hoping that we might be able to fill the place before the big day came.

Then stared at my computer screen in shock when tickets sold out in < 3 minutes and more than 200 people signed up for the wait list. The demand was so great that it crashed our website.

The 2017 event was a huge success, but we are determined to make it even better this year.

Some of the 10xT Staff at last year’s event

This year the 10xT Las Vegas Reader Meetup will feature multiple events over the course of the weekend. Some of which will require advanced tickets, others will be open to anyone. Continue Reading

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Can You Eat It? Then Declare It: A Customs Declaration Guide for Food

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By: Julie Szpira

Upon landing at Chicago O’Hare (ORD) on a recent return from Europe, I went to the Global Entry kiosk, took a stunning (at least in my mind) customs photo, answered the declaration questions and waited for my printed receipt that would indicate I declared I was carrying food.

Instead, I got big “X” on the form, with the instruction to “Report to Passport Control”. Immediately, my heart began to race.

What did I do wrong?

Was my Global Entry invalid?

Was I going to be denied entry?

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Okay, maybe it isn’t THAT stunning of a photo

I showed my receipt to the nearest Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agent, and he asked me a couple questions. The first was regarding when I received my Global Entry, and the second was if I had been arrested since joining the program.  My jaw dropped and I said “Are you being serious, or just trying to mess with me? I’ve never been arrested”.

He walked me over to a workstation and sat down at the computer to check my file.  He asked “Have you had any issues at Customs in the past?”.

I replied “Yes, it was last year at this airport and I didn’t declare I was carrying food. I was carrying chocolates and vacuum sealed hard cheese which are permitted, so I didn’t think it was a problem. When I told the agent I had food, but nothing fresh, he pointed out that the customs form specifically points out “food” and since I had chocolate but didn’t declare it, I needed to go through a secondary screening. Could that be a problem now?”.

The agent looked at the computer, looked at my passport, looked at my Global Entry receipt, slightly nodded his head and handed my items back to me, saying “Okay, you’re good to go. Have a nice day”.

I stammered, “But, but..um…what was the problem?”

He replied “I can’t really tell you why your entry was flagged, but what did you just tell me you did in the past?”. I said “I made a bad customs declaration. Is that it?”

He answered “I’ll just give you some advice. In the future, make sure you always check the “yes” to the food box on the form. That way if you are carrying food that you forgot about, or even items that aren’t allowed, you won’t have an issue with the declaration, the agents will just confiscate anything not permitted.”

What Do You Need To Declare?

When entering the United States, each traveler, or one responsible family member, must provide a customs declaration form that details the the traveler’s name, address, purpose of trip, and the items they are bringing into the US.

The information regarding the items to be declared are to be answered in “yes” or “no” format.

Many of the questions are straight-forward, such as “I am carrying currency or monetary instruments over $10,000 U.S. or foreign equivalent”. Most of us will check “no” because we know that using credit cards instead of cash is the way to go. Also, most of us will check “no” because we simply don’t have $10,000 in cash.

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This is my Customs Declaration from when I returned from Japan in 2012.

After writing about my recent re-entry saga in 10xTravel Insider’s Facebook Group, many readers stated that they will carry chocolates, candy or spices into the US, but not declare they are carrying food.  However, Customs and Border Protection makes clear that all food items must be declared, and provides a list of items are are generally admissible.

The question regarding what is considered “food” can be confusing. While it’s pretty obvious what is considered a fruit, vegetable, or meat, what does US Customs and Border Protection consider “food”?

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As it turns out, pretty much anything that you would put in your mouth is considered food.  When I read the list of items that needed to be declared, my mind was blown. There are many items on the list that I would never had thought to declare, and those items could potentially give me an issue re-entering the US.

Here are some of items that are permitted, but need to be declared:

  • Condiments: ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise
  • Oils: olive and other vegetable oils
  • Bread, cookies, crackers, cakes, granola bars, cereal and other baked and processed products
  • Candy and chocolate
  • Hard Cheese and Dairy: Solid cheese, that is hard or semi-soft, that does not contain meat; butter, butter oil, and cultured milk products such as yogurt and sour cream are not restricted.
  • Soft Cheese: Feta cheese, Brie, Camembert, cheese in brine, Mozzarella and Buffalo Mozzarella.
  • Canned goods and goods in vacuum packed jars, as long those items do not contain meat or poultry
  • Fish: fish, shrimp, abalone and other seafood are allowed and can be fresh, frozen, dried, smoked, canned or cooked
  • Dried Fruit: apricots, dates, peaches, prunes, raisins etc.
  • Liquid milk and milk products intended for use by infants or very young children are admissible if in a reasonable amount or small quantity for several days’ use.
  • Powder drinks sealed in original containers with ingredients listed in English.
  • Juices: provided the juices are commercially canned
  • Tea: commercially packaged and ready to be boiled, steeped or microwaved in liquid.
  • Coffee: roasted or unroasted if there is no pulp attached
  • Spices: most dried spices are allowed.
  • Honey: comb honey, royal jelly, or bee bread
  • Noodles and ramen: The spice packets must be egg and meat free
  • Rice: white rice, basmati rice, brown rice, husked rice, polished rice, rice flour and other products provided they do not have the hull attached
  • Flour: wheat, rice, oat and cornmeal
  • Mushrooms: fresh and dried- above ground parts that are clean and free of soil
  • Nuts: All nuts are allowed if they have been boiled, cooked, ground, oven dried, pureed, roasted, or steamed. Other nuts may be allowed if they are free from their husks (the shell remains), such as almonds, betel nuts, Brazil nuts, cashews, coquilla nuts, filberts (hazelnuts), Java olives, kara nuts, gingko nuts, macadamias, pecans, pili nuts, pine nuts (pinon nuts), pistachios, and walnuts.
  • Bakery items, candy, chocolate, and dry mixes containing dairy and egg ingredients [such as baking mixes, cocoa mixes, drink mixes, instant cake mixes, instant pudding mixes, liquid drink mixes containing reconstituted dry milk or dry milk products (including those that contain sugar), potato flakes, and infant formula] commercially labeled and presented in final finished packaging are generally admissible.

The list above is not comprehensive, however it is important to note that the some items that you would have never thought about declaring can potentially create an issue if they are found in your baggage.

People generally remember if they purchase food to take home for gifts, and remembering to declare the cheese and fruit spread gift basket you bought your grandmother is not a problem.

However, I am guilty of snagging an extra tea bag from the Priority Pass lounge, loading up my purse with free chocolate samples, and I often carry single use Tabasco packets (you never know when you need to give your meal a spicy kick!), and all those items are considered food, and would need to be declared.

What If You Have Food and You Forget to Declare It?

I admit, I used to always check “no” to carrying food. I didn’t want to deal with Customs and Border Protection going through my bags, and I figured if I was selected for secondary screening and they found something, I would just say, “Whoops! I forgot, you can just throw it away!”

You might have heard about the woman who received an apple on a Delta flight, forgot it was in her bag, and when it was discovered in a random search, was fined $500. She tried to explain to the agent she received the apple while in flight, and forgot she received it, and asked if she could eat it or just have it thrown away. The agent didn’t budge, and since the woman committed a customs violation, her Global Entry status was revoked as well!

Obviously, that’s a “worst case scenario”, but any fines or status revocations are it is at the discretion of the Customs and Border Protection agent that you are dealing with.

Perhaps, that agent understands that people forget things, and reminds you of the declaration rules and gives you a free pass. Maybe, you remind the agent of the third grade teacher they hated and it brings up horrible repressed memories and you get a $500 fine! Since each agent is allowed to use their judgement, it’s hard to know what will happen if you forget to declare a food item, and the item is found in your bag.

How Can You Avoid Declaration Issues?

Since my “cheese and chocolate” incident last year, I have always checked “yes” to “I am bringing fruits, vegetables, plants, seeds, FOOD, insects” on my customs form, and I recommend all travelers do the same.

If you declare that you are carrying food, you have met the requirement as set forth by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and any non-admissible items will simply be confiscated.

The Global Entry receipt will print with a circle on the top, with the phrase “Proceed to Baggage Control”.  At Immigration, the officer will look at the receipt and pass me through without a second inspection, as declaring food is a Customs issue, and not a Passport Control issue.

After I collect my baggage, I proceed to the Baggage Control area. The agent will ask something along the lines of “What did you declare?”.

On my way home from Mexico with re-entry at Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), my response was “I have food, but it’s Skittles and Cheetos, and nothing fresh like fruits or meats.”  The agent kind of smiled and rolled their eyes, because it’s pretty ridiculous that an adult has a bag full of Skittles and Cheetos, but they said “You’re good to go”, and passed me through.

Declaring I had food added less than 15 seconds of conversation to my Customs process. More importantly, I saved myself a huge headache and a potential fine if I was selected for a random screening and food that I did not declare was discovered.

Global Entry and Customs Declarations

The Global Entry program is a designed to pre-screen low risk travelers and provide those travelers expedited re-entry into the United States after traveling abroad. Those who hold Global Entry status are held to a higher standard than other travelers, as it is expected that Global Entry members are familiar with customs and immigration rules, and will follow the rules without exception.

Therefore, if there is an incident where the Global Entry member does not abide by customs and immigration law, the Global Entry status can be revoked. Attempting to bring a passenger who is not Global Entry approved through the Global Entry line, copping an attitude with a Customs and Border Protection agent or forgetting to declare goods or food can result in your Global Entry being revoked.

I was incredibly fortunate to receive a stern warning when I didn’t declare my cheese and chocolate, but since that warning is now on my passport record, I am acutely aware of following the rules perfectly.

Family Travel and Customs Declarations

If you don’t have Global Entry and are traveling as a family, only one (1) customs declaration is needed for the entire family.

While it’s helpful to not have to fill out separate forms for each child, remember that the declaration is applicable to all family members. So while Mom was filling out the form and indicating that the family has no food to declare, Toddler Tommy was stuffing the remainder of his in-flight sandwich into his tiny backpack.

If the family is randomly selected for secondary screening, BOOM, that half eaten sandwich constitutes a customs violation. In any event, Mom should have indicated that the family had food, because what family doesn’t travel with snacks when flying with kids?!

Bottom Line

Customs declarations are not likely something that keeps most people up at night. For the most part, the process of re-entering the US from abroad is pretty simple, and Global Entry can make that process even easier.

However, mistakes related to food declarations have cost many members their Global Entry status, and sometimes result in fines.

As the Customs and Border Protection definition of “food” is quite broad, declaring that you have food everytime you enter the US is the best way to avoid any issues. If you declare you have food, you have met your legal requirement, and then an agent can decide if the food you have is permissible or if it needs to be confiscated.

It might be a bit overkill to declare your Snickers bar, but rules are rules, and declaring is much easier (and cheaper!) than paying a fine!

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Which Chase Ink Business Card is Right for Your Small Business?

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By: Travis Cormier

Hey Travel Junkies,

Chase has been on a roll recently with its small business cards recently. The Chase Ink Business Cash Credit Card has its highest bonus offer ever,  the Chase Ink Preferred is as good a choice as ever, and Chase just recently released the Ink Unlimited.

Chase now offers 3 different Ink cards to choose from

With all the buzz around these cards you may be wondering which chase ink business card is right for your small business. Don’t worry, I’ve taken a deeper look at these cards and even done some math to help you decide which one will best fit your small business’s needs.

Sign-Up Bonuses

Many small business are new, and you may not yet be sure what your spend will be. This can make it difficult to decide which Chase Ink card is right for your small business.

What can help now is focusing on the sign-up bonus. This will be the best value you can get based on the information you have now. You can always decide later that you want to switch.

Ink Preferred – 80,000 points (learn more)

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Ink Cash – 50,000 points  (learn more)

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Ink Unlimited – 50,000 points  (learn more)

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The sign-up bonus makes The Chase Ink Preferred a winner on this front. The 80,000 Ultimate Rewards you will earn from the sign on bonus can go a long way towards helping you grow your small business – especially if that small business involves travel. Continue Reading