A Complete Breakdown of All the Best Non-Airline Travel Cards

If you’re an avid explorer, a travel credit card in your wallet is imperative. The right plastic can be the difference between eating a cold grab-and-go sandwich and dining on hot, fresh fare while sipping Champagne before a flight. They can also help you rack up hotel points and miles, helping you see the world without shelling out tons of cash. Think a first-class trip to Paris might be out of reach? Not when you save up the points.

Most major airlines offer cards specific to their airline, making it easier for you rack up miles with that carrier. But there is a world of non-airline-specific cards out there that are geared toward travelers. Some are completely free and just help you accumulate miles faster, while others com with stiffer annual fees but offer additional perks like instant hotel status, TSA PreCheck, or Global Entry Reimbursement, even complimentary massages at certain lounges (now that’s how to spend your layover!). So to help you find the right CC for your jet-setting needs, we’re breaking down all the non-airline cards and their APRs, annual fees, and perks.

Chase Sapphire Preferred

APR: 17.4 percent to 24.24 percent
Annual fee: $95, waived the first year
Sign-up bonus: Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
Extra perks: Earn two times the points on travel and dining at restaurants. Earn 25 percent more in travel redemption at airfare, hotels, car rentals, and cruises. No foreign transaction fees. Travel and purchase coverage.

Chase Sapphire Reserve

APR: 17.4 percent to 24.24 percent
Annual fee: $450
Sign-up bonus: Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
Extra perks: $300 annual travel credit used toward travel-related purchases. Earn three times the points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide. Earn 50 percent more value in travel redemption. Global entry or TSA PreCheck fee credit. Complimentary lounge access at Priority Pass lounges with 1,100 locations worldwide. Special benefits at a variety of hand-selected top hotels and resorts worldwide such as complimentary room upgrades, early check-in, and late check-out. Special car rental privileges from National Car Rental, Avis, and Silvercar. Access to Via Infinite Concierge. No foreign transaction fees. Travel and purchase coverage.

American Express Platinum

APR: Charge card that allows you to pay over time
Annual fee: $550
Sign-up bonus: Earn 60,000 points after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first three months.
Extra perks: Earn five times the points on airfare and hotels. Complimentary lounge access at the Global Lounge Collection, Priority Pass lounges, and the Delta Sky Club. $200 airline fee credit with one specific carrier. Global entry or TSA PreCheck fee credit. Automatic Gold status with Hilton Honors and Starwood Preferred Guest. Receive complimentary benefits with Fine Hotels & Resorts, including breakfast for two, room upgrades, and late check-out. $200 in Uber rides annually. Complimentary Boingo WiFi access. Complimentary membership in premium car rental programs and damage insurance. No foreign transaction fees.

Capital One Venture Rewards

APR: 14.24 percent to 24.24 percent
Annual fee: $95, waived the first year
Sign-up bonus: Earn 50,000 miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first three months.Extra perks: Earn unlimited two times the miles per dollar on every purchase. Earn 10 times the miles at hotels. No foreign transaction fees. Travel accident insurance and 24-hour travel assistance services.

Barclaycard Arrival Plus

APR: 14.24 percent to 24.24 percent
Annual fee: $85, waived the first year
Sign-up bonus: Earn 40,000 miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first three months.Extra perks: Earn unlimited two times the miles per dollar on every purchase. Get five percent miles back to use toward your next redemption every time you redeem. Complimentary 24/7 travel card concierge service. No foreign transaction fees. Travel accident and trip insurance.

Discover It Miles

APR: 0 percent for the first 14 months, 13.24-24.24 percent after
Annual fee: $0
Sign-up bonus: none
Extra perks: Earn unlimited 1.5 times the miles on every purchase. Mile match at the end of the first year – example: 30,000 miles turns into 60,000. $30 In-Flight WiFi credit each annual year.

Citi ThankYou Premier

APR: 15.74 percent to 24.74 percent
Annual fee: $95, waived the first year
Sign-up bonus: Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
Extra perks: Earn three times the points on travel-related purchases including gas stations, airfare, car rentals, hotels, ridesharing services, tolls, and more. Earn two times the points on dining out and entertainment. Points are worth 25 percent more on airfare. Transfer your points to certain airline loyalty programs. No foreign transaction fees. Access to Citi concierge.

13 Jobs to Satisfy Your Wanderlust

If you have endless wanderlust, you can get the best of both worlds by getting a job that requires you to travel. Traveling for a living is a way to make money while doing what you love, so it’s a win-win! Here are some career options that may be the perfect fit for you.

Despite Having No Paws, This Fearless Rescue Dog Is as Happy as Can Be

Chi Chi was found in a garbage bag outside a South Korean meat market a few months ago. Her legs had been bound with wire to the point of destroying them, which made her flesh rancid – the reason she was thrown out. Though she was near death when found, her traumatizing ordeal was actually a blessing because she got to live. She was rescued and brought to a vet for evaluation, where they discovered just how badly damaged her legs were. Unfortunately, Chi Chi had to have all four paws amputated, but she never gave up on life. She pulled through in good spirits and started her road to recovery. With the help of a lot of good people, including those at ARME. Chi Chi was brought to the United States and given a forever home. Watch the short video above, and find Chi Chi’s entire inspiring story here.

12 Dinner Recipes You Need If You Are Completely Afraid of Cooking Meat

Does your idea of cooking start with boiling pasta and end with sauteéing veggies because you’re not entirely sure how to cook meat? I feel you. Getting perfectly cooked steak or chicken isn’t exactly the easiest task, and it can be overwhelming to take on complicated recipes. But rest assured – there are plenty of easy recipes that will help you conquer your fear of cooking chicken, steak, pork, and ground beef. From slow-cooker recipes to foolproof roasting methods, these are the dinner recipes you’ll want to bookmark. Once you’re comfortable with the basic techniques, you’ll be ready for projects like beef Wellington.

Can 2 Jewelry Designers Create Meghan Markle-Worthy Designs Before Time Runs Out?

It wasn’t long ago that POPSUGAR and Toy Rocket announced our new Facebook Watch show, Crafty AF – and while we might be biased, we’re also hooked.

Each episode of Crafty AF has provided challenging tasks for our very best crafty competitors, and the results have been equal parts hilarious and truly stunning. Though the contestants’ projects have had us in complete awe, we have to admit it’s pretty entertaining to watch these pros rise to the occasion amid the complete and utter chaos that Crafty AF throws their way.

If one episode takes the cake for having the most satisfying turmoil, it’s the latest. In it, our skilled jewelry designers find themselves creating jewelry for soon-to-be-royal icon Meghan Markle. Our contestants in this episode showcase their polar-opposite styles as they battle it out for the Crafty AF crown.

Will this revered title go to Meredith, a skilled mixed-media artist who brings the risk into royalty crafts? Or will Kristine, an established jeweler whose modern elegance would suit any princess, win the day?

Let this episode blow you away (literally – there are leaf blowers) – check out episode three of Crafty AF on Facebook Watch now and follow the page so you never miss an episode.

DIYs to Nail the Perfect Bohemian Home For Less

While nothing beats scoring at a thrift store, pulling off a DIY can be the next best way to bag the boho look for less. If you’ve been eyeing hippie home fashion but can’t swallow the irony of splurging to partake in some of the trends, these DIY decor tutorials will help you do just that. Check out the creative and surprisingly affordable options we’ve culled from around the web!

Source: The Hunted Interior, Preciously Me, Honestly WTF

Will You Accept This Hard Rosé Seltzer? The Answer Should Be Hell Yes!

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It’s survey time! Question one: Do you like seltzer? Question two: Do you like Rosé? Question three: Ever wished you could put them together? Well, get ready to have your mind blown because the combination exists.

Say hello to Nauti Seltzer, a Massachusetts-based company that makes alcoholic seltzer. The brand recently released a hard Rosé seltzer flavor that’s sure to quench your thirst and give you a buzz. “Nauti Rosé is a refreshing and delightful interpretation of a sparkling rosé wine,” the company’s press release states. “Nauti Rosé combines wonderful hints of mandarin orange, peach, raspberries, and cherry.” That sounds like a taste bud party just waiting to happen.

The low-calorie, low-carb drink has a five percent ABV, and is already available in some stores, though unfortunately not nationwide. You can get your hands on a six-pack of 12-ounce cans on the company’s website now, and you can check the store locator to see if it’s sold near you. The new flavor is set to be included in Nauti Seltzer’s Party Pack soon. Rosé all-day is about to get more interesting!

This 10-Inch Oreo Ice Cream Roll Is Meant For 8 People, but Obviously It Hasn’t Met Me Yet

How does that old saying go? “Sometimes the best things in life are free,” right? Well I think that should be edited to read, “Sometimes the best things in life are sitting right under your damn nose and your oblivious self has been too blind to realize it,” because that’s exactly the case with this epic Oreo Ice Cream Roll. While aimlessly scrolling through Instagram, I stumbled upon this sugary clusterf*ck of a dessert, and immediately wondered where on earth it had been my whole life. And as it turns out, it’s been casually chillin’ on store shelves for quite a few years now.

This frozen, log-shaped treat is essentially a tube of Oreo-filled vanilla ice cream covered in a generous dusting of crushed chocolate cookie pieces. The box encasing it is 10 inches long, and the ice cream roll inside is about that same size, give or take a few centimeters. Apparently it’s intended to feed up to eight people, but apparently the human who made that suggestion isn’t quite aware of the rabid Oreo-inhaling tendencies of Oreo addicts around the world, myself included. I could easily devour this beauty in one (OK, maybe two, if we’re being realistic) sitting.

If you’re like me and haven’t come across the heavenly Oreo Ice Cream Roll yet, you can use this store locator to see if it’s available at any retailers near you. And if you’re unlucky in tracking it down, it does look pretty manageable to DIY. This handy-dandy copycat recipe suggests mixing crushed-up Oreos into softened vanilla ice cream before forming it into a log on wax paper. After freezing the cylindrical log from 15 to 30 minutes, remove the wax paper, and roll the log on mashed Oreos that are sitting on top of wax paper, ensuring that the entire surface is covered before placing it back in the freezer one last time. Then just slice away!

The Oreo Ice Cream Roll is truly a culinary sight to behold, so scope out a handful of drool-inducing photos below – because just one isn’t enough, TBH.

9 Ways You Can Go on a Cruise While Barely Spending a Dime on Board

Cruises are a great travel option for several reasons: they’re mostly all-inclusive, you’re able to hit multiple ports on a single trip, and they give you more bang for your buck overall. On top of many being fairly affordable to begin with, there are more ways you can save money once you’re on board. And if you stick to what’s included in your boarding pass, it’s possible to avoid spending all together once you’re sailing. Here are nine ways you can cruise on a tight budget.

  1. Bring your own wine and soda. Most cruises allow guests to bring up to one bottle of wine or champagne on board. I suggest enjoying it in your cabin rather than bringing it to the dining room to avoid corkage fees. You also have the option of bringing up to 12 sealed cans of soda in your carry-on to drink throughout your sail, since soft drinks are often an additional cost.
  2. Fill up on all the pizza and ice cream. Take full advantage of the 24-hour soft serve machines and complimentary pizza served on your ship. Your midnight snack and daily dessert are already covered right there.
  3. Unplug. Unless you’re planning to get some work done, consider disconnecting for the duration of your sail. Not only is WiFi pricey, but it’s also not as fast as you’re used to while you’re out in the middle of the ocean.
  4. Know what your ship offers for free. Your boarding pass usually includes free meals at the buffet, meals in the dining room, certain room service items, and free slices at the pizzeria and complimentary soft serve ice cream on some ships. However, all it takes is a little extra digging to see what else is available for no additional cost.
  5. Keep alcohol to a minimum. Alcohol is not included in your stay and this is where many guests end up splurging the most. All those cocktails can really add up by the end of the week, so consider signing up for an unlimited drinks package if a sober sail is out of the question. I recommend pre-purchasing your package before your sail date since it’s typically cheaper than when you buy on board. And that way, you can start getting your money’s worth ASAP.
  6. Pack buffet food on port days. Before disembarking at your destination, fill up on breakfast at the buffet and bring some bites for the road. Bananas, muffins, and mini boxes of cereal are great to snack on while exploring.
  7. Explore on your own instead of booking an excursion. Excursions can cost you around $50 to $150 per person. Not only does a DIY adventure save you major cash, but you’ll also be able to avoid having to stick with a large group. Do some port research beforehand and pick your own activities.
  8. Save unfinished wine for the next night. If you order a bottle of wine at dinner and don’t end up drinking it all, ask your waiter to cork it for when you return. They’ll write your name on it and have it ready for you the next evening.
  9. Control yourself at the casino. One of my personal favorite cruise features is the casino (depending on the cruise), but that’s also where most of my cash ends up. If you can, avoid it all together or set a strict spending limit at the very least.