Amex, Discover, And Mastercard Are Eliminating Signature Requirements As Of Tomorrow

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Over the past six months the four biggest payment processors in the US — American Express, Discover, Mastercard, and Visa — announced that they’d be discontinuing signature requirements on credit card purchases under select circumstances. Mastercard was the first issuer to make this announcement, and then for competitive reasons their three biggest rivals matched within months.

All four issuers announced that they’d eliminate the signature requirement as of April, though an exact date wasn’t given at the time. The Verge reports that American Express, Discover, and Mastercard will be eliminating signature requirements as of tomorrow (April 13), while Visa will eliminate signature requirements as of later this month.

The exact regions where the signature requirement is being eliminated varies by company:

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Emirates’ A380s Won’t Get New First Class Suites Until At Least 2021

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Late last year Emirates unveiled a killer new first class suite, currently only available on select Boeing 777 aircraft. This new first class is brilliant, and based on my flight in this cabin in January from Dubai to Brussels, I think it’s the world’s best first class. Not only is the product beautiful and the most private first class in the sky, but the attention to detail is second-to-none.

There’s only one problem with Emirates’ new first class, and it’s quite a major one. Specifically, the rollout of these beautiful cabins will be very limited. When Emirates first announced these new cabins, they said that they’d install the new first class seats on at most nine 777-300ERs by the end of 2019.

On one hand I have to give them credit for managing expectations upfront, though at the same time that’s disappointing. Emirates’ new first class will be used for marketing, but in practice very few people will actually experience it. Furthermore, Emirates didn’t have a timeline for when they’d install the new first class on their A380s.

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British Airways 787-9 First Class In 10 Pictures

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Hello from London! I just flew British Airways’ 787-9 first class on the 10 hour flight from San Jose, and in this post wanted to share my initial thoughts. I specifically sought out this routing because it was operated by the 787-9, and I haven’t yet flown British Airways’ 787 first class.

The 787 first class cabin consisted of just eight seats, spread across two rows in a 1-2-1 layout. This is by far the smallest first class cabin British Airways has on any of their planes. I was quite impressed by the hard product. The cabin was extremely stylish and sleek. I found that to be the case on British Airways’ other planes in first class as well, but the 787 is even more beautiful.

I had heard lots of people say that these seats are especially tight, though I didn’t find that to be the case. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t the Etihad Apartment in terms of personal space, but I found the seat to feel like a larger reverse herringbone seat. I thought the cabin felt more spacious than first class on the British Airways 747.

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Paying Taxes With Credit Cards

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Ah, tax season.

As many Americans are finalizing their 2017 tax returns this week, questions about earning points for making those payments always come up.

I pay all my estimated quarterly and annual taxes by credit card, so figured it would be helpful to go through the details of that for people who haven’t done it before or might need a refresher.

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24 Hours In Bordeaux, France

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* Okay, fine – we were actually in Bordeaux for more than 24 hours but this is over the last 24 hours we had in Bordeaux before heading for the airport so that title still counts. 😁😄 After that delicious lunch, we decided to spend the rest of the evening exploring the pretty streets of … Continue Reading

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Blogging 101 Tips: 10 Beginner Mistakes to Avoid (& How to Fix Them)

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Learning from others blogging mistakes will help take your site to the next level, much quicker! And, believe me, I have made many lessons throughout the years.

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Getting Lost in a Jungle in Costa Rica

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“Let’s go hiking,” I said one early morning at breakfast. “OK, we’ll go after lunch,” said Gloria and Lena. Gloria was a thirty-something olive skinned Spanish woman and her friend Lena, a short Latino with jet black hair from Chicago. Both were the only native Spanish speakers on the tour and helped me greatly improve […]

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Review: TAAG Angola First Class 777 Lisbon To Luanda

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I met up with two friends in Lisbon, and after a good night of sleep we left for Lisbon Airport at around 7:45AM, for our 10AM flight to Luanda. We had a friendly Uber driver from Angola, who couldn’t wrap his head around the fact that we were flying to “his” country.

TAAG departs from Terminal 1 in Lisbon, and initially it took us a minute to find their check-in desk, though once we did, my excitement level just went through the roof.

Am I the only one who loves TAAG’s branding?

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Review: Silvercar Orlando Airport

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Silvercar is an innovative car rental company that has been around for a few years now, and which I’m a big fan of. Personally I’ve always found the car rental experience to be unpleasant, though Silvercar has changed my perception of that.

As much as I love Silvercar, I don’t rent cars often. That’s because in a vast majority of cases I find it cheaper and more pleasant to just use Uber whenever possible, so I don’t have to worry about parking, damage, etc.

However, last month I found myself in Florida and needed to do plenty of driving (including visits to Orlando, Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Sarasota), so I decided that renting a car — and specifically, a Silvercar — made the most sense.

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Qatar Airways Invests In… JetSuite?!?

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Well this sure is interesting. Qatar Airways has been investing in foreign airlines the past few years, presumably as a way for the government to diversify their assets. They’re not necessarily looking to fully integrate with these airlines, but rather they seem to be investing as a way of getting a direct ROI, at least long term.

As it stands, Qatar Airways has a 20% stake in IAG (the parent company of British Airways and Iberia), a 10% stake in LATAM, a 49% stake in Meridiana, and recently announced their intentions to acquire a 10% stake in Cathay Pacific.

We’ve known that Qatar has been trying to buy a stake in a US airline for a while. Last June Qatar Airways expressed interest in purchasing a stake in American Airlines, though that ended up falling through. Following the unsuccessful bid for American, Qatar Airways indicated that they were still interested in acquiring a stake in a US airline. In January they clarified that a startup airline in the US offered Qatar Airways a 25% stake, which left a lot of us scratching our heads as to what airline they could be talking about.

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