$5.00 Statement Credit from American Express & TripAdvisor

This has to be the easiest $5.00 I have ever made (other than the time I shook down a 6th grader for his lunch money back in middle school). If you have ANY American Express card ( i.e. Costco card, Premier Rewards, Business OPEN Cards, SkyMiles, Platinum, etc), simply go to TripAdvisor and sync your card. Write a review about a hotel, a place you visited, a restaurant, whatever, and get a $5.00 statement credit on your card. Yes, it’s that simple, and it took me about 5 min. to do!  Most of you have an existing TripAdvisor account, so you can skip the part about creating one. If you don’t have one, go ahead and create one, because TripAdvisor is a handy site for looking up hotels, places, and just about anything travel related.

Here is the link to the promotion : American Express Sync Promotion




I posted a review about one of my favorite food carts here in Portland – The Frying Scotsman, and it was published.  A few hours later, I received this email below indicating the $5.00 statement credit.



Tripadvisors Best Beaches in the World…Would You Agree?

Tripadvisor has posted their travelers choice 2013 picks for the top 26 beaches in the world.  Now, I wold have to say I haven’t been to most of these, with the exception of a couple of places, I can say some the choices are indeed questionable.  They picked the first one in Lampedusa, Italy.  Now I don’t know if you are aware of this place, but it’s a key spot for North Africans trying to to leave their countries, and emigrating to Europe.  They have an immigration detention center on the Island, and I don’t see how this place would be a great place to visit.  I think the ones I can agree on as being awesome are Ka’anapali Beach in Maui, and Boracay in the Philippines, as those are places rock, and you cant go wrong.  I’m not sure why my favorite beach isn’t on this list–Redang Beach in Malaysia, but should be.  On any note, browse the list and see if you agree.  Let me know what you think!