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I tried meals prepared by the world's largest provider of airplane food, and here's why I'll never look at inflight meals the same way — but for good reasons

  I tried meals prepared by the world's largest provider of airplane food, and here's why I'll never look at inflight meals the same way — but for good reasons I was surprised to learn our ability to taste decreases by 33% at high altitudes and chefs must use flavor-enhancing ingredients in airplane food.

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The Bilt World Elite Mastercard® is the first credit card that allows you to earn points on rent — and with no fees.

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Today, this New York City-based startup announced that Wells Fargo is now the official issuer of this card. This partnership has allowed applications for the previously waitlist-only Bilt Mastercard to go live for any prospective cardholder.

Cruise hack: 6 ways to turn a voyage on a mass-market ship into a luxury experience

  Cruise hack: 6 ways to turn a voyage on a mass-market ship into a luxury experience Editor’s note: This is a recurring post, regularly updated with new information and offers. Luxury lovers have a lot of choices when it comes to cruise ships. Nearly a half dozen so-called luxury lines such as Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Silversea Cruises and Seabourn offer a travel experience at sea that is every bit as elegant, …Luxury lovers have a lot of choices when it comes to cruise ships.

Coupled with this announcement, cardholders can now earn a lucrative bonus through their brand new referral program. Here are the details.

(Editor’s note: TPG founder Brian Kelly is a Bilt advisor and investor.)

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How to earn 25,000 points

You’ll earn 25,000 Bilt Rewards points for every five people you refer to the Bilt Mastercard. Note that they’ll also have to use the card for one transaction within the first 30 days of account opening.

Based on TPG’s valuations, each Bilt Rewards point is worth 1.8 cents apiece, making this bonus worth a tremendous $450 toward travel.

To find your exclusive referral link, visit the Bilt Rewards app. Then, share away – and cardholders can earn up to 1 million bonus points from referrals.

Yet another company wants to start selling semiprivate jet flights

  Yet another company wants to start selling semiprivate jet flights If you ever feel the urge to search for private jet charters online, there’s a good chance you’ll come across Jettly. It’s essentially the Kayak of private jet flights. Jettly is an “open marketplace” private aviation booking platform that connects passengers directly to charter operators — no brokers or other middlemen. You can search for …Jettly is an “open marketplace” private aviation booking platform that connects passengers directly to charter operators — no brokers or other middlemen. You can search for flights online and instantly get quotes from over 1,500 operators worldwide. You can even filter searches by aircraft type, safety ratings, inflight amenities and more.

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It’s worth noting that merely referring one friend won’t get you 5,000 bonus points. In order to earn the bonus, you’ll first need to hit the threshold of referring five people before those 25,000 Bilt Rewards points are deposited into your account.


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a man and a woman holding a knife: In addition to contributing to your 401(k), you should continue to build up your emergency fund. Financial advisor Joseph Carbone recommends having 12 months’ salary saved. You might also consider opening college savings plans at this time. “If you’ve had children, open 529 plans so that educational costs don’t derail your retirement,” said Jody D’Agostini, CFP, an advisor at AXA Equitable.

While the Bilt Mastercard has no annual fee, there’s also no welcome bonus to draw in new applicants. Therefore, this referral program is another avenue for cardholders to rack up thousands of additional points.

After all, there are more than 100 million renters in the United States who can now earn points on this monthly expense with little to no legwork, so it’s likely that you have friends who want to get in on this lucrative program.

Related: Should you use the Bilt Mastercard? Why it could be a game changer for renters

Everything you want to know about cabins and suites on Norwegian Cruise Line ships

  Everything you want to know about cabins and suites on Norwegian Cruise Line ships Picking a cabin on a Norwegian Cruise Line ship isn’t always easy. For starters, there are a huge number of cabins available on some Norwegian ships. The line is known for operating some of the world’s biggest cruise vessels — ships so big that some have more than 2,000 cabins each. But it’s not just …For starters, there are a huge number of cabins available on some Norwegian ships. The line is known for operating some of the world’s biggest cruise vessels — ships so big that some have more than 2,000 cabins each.

Bilt’s transfer partners

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Since its launch in 2021, Bilt has secured an impressive list of airline and hotel transfer partners — which now numbers 11:

  • American Airlines AAdvantage.
  • Air Canada Aeroplan.
  • Cathay Pacific Asia Miles (new!).
  • Emirates Skywards.
  • Flying Blue – Air France/KLM.
  • Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles.
  • IHG Hotels and Resorts.
  • Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles.
  • United Airlines MileagePlus (new!).
  • Virgin Atlantic Flying Club.
  • World of Hyatt.

If navigating loyalty programs isn’t your thing, then you can also redeem your Bilt Rewards points for a handful of solid options, whether that’s saving toward future rent or earning a mortgage credit, fitness classes and more.

Related: Bilt Rewards adds two new airline transfer partners

Bottom line

This new referral program from Bilt is great news, since applications for the Bilt Mastercard are now live for the general public thanks to its new partnership with Wells Fargo. Best of all, the 25,000 Bilt Rewards points you receive after five referrals can go a long way toward your next redemption — whether that be for a five-star Caribbean resort or a business-class flight to Asia.

Shocking décor mistakes that are making your home look dated

  Shocking décor mistakes that are making your home look dated We all have a soft spot for antique furniture and retro accessories, but are your homeware choices aging your house? Decor is a fickle thing and some trends stand the test of time better than others. However, these interior design fads from decades gone by have well and truly run their course. It's time to wave that dated decor goodbye for good

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SPONSORED: With states reopening, enjoying a meal from a restaurant no longer just means curbside pickup.

And when you do spend on dining, you should use a credit card that will maximize your rewards and potentially even score special discounts. Thanks to temporary card bonuses and changes due to coronavirus, you may even be able to score a meal at your favorite restaurant for free.

These are the best credit cards for dining out, taking out, and ordering in to maximize every meal purchase.

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Delta’s inferior ‘new’ A350s are coming sooner than expected — and to a 3rd route .
Delta Air Lines is gearing up to take delivery of some additional Airbus A350s — and they’ll be flying sooner than initially expected. Right now, the airline has 19 of these jets in its fleet, but that number will shortly grow to 28, as Delta adds nine used A350s to its fleet. At the outset, …Right now, the airline has 19 of these jets in its fleet, but that number will shortly grow to 28, as Delta adds nine used A350s to its fleet.

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