It’s great to vibe with the flow after the slow week between Christmas and New Years. Here are five interesting things that came up over the weekend:

1. Seth from and the Dots, Lines, and Destinations podcast has released a tool that I’ll be using a lot: Where the Widebodies Are. This tool lets you search through airline schedules for where widebody (two-aisle) aircraft are flying domestically. I prefer widebody aircraft because:

  • They often have lie-flat business class seats and quite a few of them for upgrades
  • They often have large premium economy cabins (like domestic first class seats)
  • Typically the outsides of the aircraft are two seats wide in economy, so no middle seats
  • They’re smoother than lighter single-aisle aircraft

2. I’ve had multiple readers tell me that they can’t get PayPal Key, and the old tricks for getting it on your account stopped working over the summer. Fortunately, there’s a new trick for getting PPK:

(Thanks to Agile.Travel for pointing me to this post at reddit)

3. The Citi Shop Your Way Rewards Mastercard (a MEAB Unsung Hero) has a targeted great offer to ring in the new year: 15% back on gas, grocery, and restaurants each month for January, February, and March. The minimum spend each month to trigger the offer is $500, and the maximum spend for 15% back is $600. Over three months, that’s $270 back in statement credits. Talk about a nice hit for a no-annual fee card.

Look for the targeted link in your inbox, the subject for mine was “Matthew, your new offer is here. But only for a limited time.  Activate now.

4. Stockpile is still allowing fee-free purchases of up to $1,000 in stock gift cards per day per email address with a credit card, but the annual limit (per email/IP/cookie) is $2,000 .

5. The Target RedCard $80 back ($40 online and $40 in-store) for opening a new RedCard debit or RedCard credit card deal is back through January 15. Both cards definitely have their uses, and notably can be churned. Just make sure you wait at least three business days between closing and reopening to avoid any speed bumps. You can read more about why this is useful with Target Redcard Hacks.

Running with the cool kids was never more purple.

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