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So after a couple months on the scene, today marks the debut of a new series lovingly dubbed “Friday Five”. It’s meant to be just a shorter recap of things we think are interesting, deals we are digging or credit cards we are applying for. So, with that being said, let’s jump in!
Summer is when a lot of big-ticket, blockbuster movies come out. Just this summer we are looking at Avengers, Ant-Man, Mission Impossible, Jurassic World 2, The Incredibles 2, Mama Mia 2, Solo, Ocean’s 8 – and jeez, the list could go on! Knowing that we will want to see a couple of those, I checked out what was being released when and decided that it makes sense for us to sign up for Moviepass for two months this summer.
If you haven’t heard of Moviepass, it’s basically Netflix for movie theaters – you can see a movie once a day, every day all for $10 a month (and cancel at any time!). Even though we try to keep our theater trips pretty cheap with matinees, $40 for our summer entertainment budget is an investment that just makes too much sense – and this could be you! Check out what is coming to theaters this summer here, and see if and when it makes sense for you to get Moviepass for a couple months. Personally, we are going to get it in early June so we can hit up Solo and then double dip on the first weekend of August releases – I’m really feeling Christopher Robin!
2. Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard
Man, that is a mouthful. I mentioned in my last post that we are really wanting to get over to Europe for our next trip, and American Airline miles are always ones I can count on. This current card is offering an increased sign up bonus of 60,000 miles after spending $3,000 on it in 3 months. We have our car insurance coming due this month, along with house expenses, so I feel pretty comfortable with that minimum spend. The annual fee is waived for the first year, and it comes with some perks like preferred boarding and first checked bag free domestically. This card is definitely looking like a probable option for my next card, and when we end up in Europe soon, this will be how we got there!
Southwest is my favorite domestic airline, and last year they announced they were going to start flying to Hawaii in 2018! We were pretty pumped over here. News is slowly trickling out about this, including the 4 airports they will be flying from (Oakland, Sacramento, San Jose and San Diego) and that they eventually plan to offer interisland flights. All of this is good news – and especially for high-cost routes to Hawaii. Southwest’s entrance into this market should lower prices across the board for this route.
Also, not as exciting, but last year Southwest overhauled their reservation system and made a bunch of backend changes. None of that impacted us, but last week I noticed that their front-facing reservation system has been updated – it takes some getting used to, but there is a definite increase in usability and functionality.
Birmingham just got a new airline a couple months ago when Frontier started offering nonstop routes to Philadelphia and Denver, to name a few cities. I love the upfront savings that Frontier provides ($20 roundtrip flights to PHL?!), but am a touch wary of their marketing ploys and additional fees. For example, the cheapest flights are usually only available if you are a member of their “Discount Den”, which comes with an annual fee; and Frontier will hit you up for some additional fees along the way. BUT, depending on the route and the sale, I love a good opportunity to pack light and enjoy a long weekend in another city.
5. Amazon Prime
I hate to end on a negative note for our inaugural week of this series, but in some news that will impact a ton of people, Amazon’s Prime membership fee will jump $20 to $119 on May 11th. This is unfortunate, especially since Amazon has done a great job at becoming non-cancelable for a lot of people. The $20 jump is Amazon’s first annual membership fee increase in 4 years – here’s hoping the new price lasts as long! Check out this article for a couple helpful tips (and I’ll be honest, some terrible ones) for how to avoid the increase.
The Simple Summary
Well, that’s all she (or me, rather) wrote folks! I hope this light read was enjoyable – and I’d love to hear your feedback below. Anyone else getting Moviepass for the summer?! OH – and may the fourth be with you.