Meet the Travel Credit Card Genie That’ll Save You Big Money
Using your travel points in the most beneficial way possible is an art. It requires skill, perfect timing and a significant amount of research. And to be honest, the reason most of us just kind of pick a rewards card and roll with it is because we don’t have the time or patience to deal with that hassle. But peep at the Instagram of someone like Brian Kelly (AKA The Points Guy) to see how he flew to Europe in first-class for less than $300, and you might just reevaluate how you handle frequent flyer miles. If you’re still like, “Ya, but… research, work, so much reading, bleh…” Relax. There’s a new service that claims to do all the legwork for you. Enter: SlingShot.
The new online service was just launched this month by former Lyft Travel Partnerships Lead, Dan Pierson. The SlingShot platform combines personal finance with your travel preferences to create customized travel plans. The service aims to help you a) pick a rewards card that will be most beneficial for what you want/how you travel, b) understand exactly how the program works, and c) utilize their rewards points in the most effective way for ultra discounted or potentially free (!!) travel.
Here’s how it works: You’ll first create a profile sharing your preferred destinations, travel frequency, spending patterns, credit info, current credit card use, etc. Then SlingShot will use this data to put together a free and customized frequent flyer program. It’ll tell you which card will work best for your needs specifically, what special offers and sign up bonuses the card is currently offering and how you can rack up the most point the fastest (for example, use the Chase Sapphire Preferred at restaurants where you’ll get double the points). And if that’s all still a bit too much, there’s a concierge-style service to answer any questions and help you along the way.
So what’s the catch? There really isn’t one. SlingShot has relationships with 100+ credit card companies, and if you sign up through them, SlingShot receives compensation, much like a travel agent. See you in the air, folks.
Would you use a service like this? Let us know @BritandCo!
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)