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8 Reasons to Be Careful About Buying Gift Cards Right Now…

One good offer which has been promoted by multiple restaurants is to receive a promotional card worth $20.00 when you purchase $50.00 worth of gift cards. Depending on the fine print in terms of restrictions, that can be a great deal: a free $20.00 worth of food if you already had planned on spending at least $50.00 anyway — promotion or no promotion — at the restaurant of your choice.

However, unlike frequent travel loyalty program miles and points — in which I questioned in this article as to whether or not they are a currency — gift cards use actual currency to comprise its value. You can get gift cards for just about any company at many denominations of value — such as a gift card to a restaurant worth $50.00…

…but you also have to watch out for the eight pitfalls of gift cards — because if you do not pay attention, you could get burned.

Here is a list of the eight pitfalls of gift cards into which you should be careful not to fall…

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Where Can You Find Gasoline for 99 Cents Per Gallon or Less April 5 2020 in the United States?

The cost for a gallon of gasoline in the United States continues to decrease as a result of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic; and an increasing number of states have fuel stations which are selling gasoline at prices which have not been seen in years…

…but where can you find gasoline at 99 cents per gallon or less in the United States?

You can find gasoline for 99 cents per gallon or less at the time this article was written — according to GasBuddy.com — at the following fuel stations in alphabetical order in terms of state and price within each state…

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Why You Should NOT Skip Credit Card Payments During the Pandemic

A reader of The Gate sent to me a notice from a credit card company under the guise of being helpful to its customers during the 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic by allowing them to skip payments for a couple of months if doing so would assist them financially…

…except that in this specific case — as sent to me — skipping the payment does anything but help the customer financially, with the identifying information replaced with the letter X and pertinent verbiage highlighted in red…

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Where Can You Find Gasoline for Less Than 90 Cents Per Gallon in the United States?

The cost for a gallon of gasoline in the United States continues to decrease as a result of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic; and an increasing number of states have fuel stations which are selling gasoline at prices which have not been seen in years…

…but where can you find gasoline for less than 90 cents per gallon?

You can find gasoline at less than 90 cents per gallon at the time this article was written — according to GasBuddy.com — at the following fuel stations…

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More States Where You Can Find Gasoline for 99 Cents Per Gallon

The cost for a gallon of gasoline in the United States continues to decrease as a result of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic; and an increasing number of states have fuel stations which are selling gasoline at prices which have not been seen in years…

…but where can you find gasoline at 99 cents per gallon?

Although you can no longer find gasoline at 99 cents per gallon at Spur in London, Kentucky — for now, anyway — the good news is that fuel stations in other states are starting to price gasoline at 99 cents per gallon, according to contributors to GasBuddy.com.

At the time this article was written, you can purchase gasoline for 99 cents per gallon at the following fuel stations…

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Most Restaurants Now Offer Free Delivery. What About the Gratuity?

Do you remember a time when people used to dine out at places called restaurants? They were either located among a cluster of other business establishments at something called a shopping mall, in the downtown districts of incorporated municipal centers called towns or cities, or stood alone at or near popular locations — such as stadiums, arenas, amusement theme parks, or movie theaters.

Ah…those were the days…

…but in the arguably not-so-brave new world in which we now live, the best one can hope for a distant vestige of what life used to be like is to either…

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Where Can You Find Gasoline for 99 Cents Per Gallon in the United States?

The cost for a gallon of gasoline in the United States continues to decrease as a result of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic; and an increasing number of states have fuel stations which are selling gasoline at prices which have not been seen in years…

…but where can you find gasoline at 99 cents per gallon?

You can find gasoline at 99 cents per gallon at…

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$250 Billion Bailout Requested by Lodging Companies

Not to be outdone by the commercial airline industry, executives and representatives of the lodging companies in the United States has requested $250 billion in assistance as a result of the economic impact which they have suffered due to the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus — which is also known as COVID-19 or 2019-nCoV — pandemic.

The request for $250 billion includes…

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$50 Billion Bailout Requested by Airlines; Trump to “Back the Airlines 100%”

The trade organization which represents commercial airlines that are based in the United States has requested $50 billion in assistance as a result of the economic impact which they have suffered due to the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus — which is also known as COVID-19 or 2019-nCoV — pandemic.

Airlines for America has submitted its proposal of requests earlier today, Monday, March 16, 2020 in this document — which calls for…

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Flybe Update: Other Airlines and Rail Companies to the Rescue; Two Airlines Announce Replacement Routes

“Airlines with competing routes sometimes offer special airfares to customers who are displaced or stranded by an airline which ceased operations; and as Flybe had a fleet of 63 airplanes, this scenario could possibly happen — a spokesperson for the government of the United Kingdom reportedly asked bus and train operators to accept Flybe tickets and other airlines to offer reduced rescue fares to ensure passengers are able to complete their journeys as smoothly as possible — but do not count on it.”

The paragraph you just read was from this article which appeared yesterday here at The Gate pertaining to the sudden demise of all operations of Flybe which have ceased as of yesterday, Thursday, March 5, 2020, leaving tens of thousands of passengers either stranded or scrambling as to what to do.

Several airlines and rail companies have thankfully come to the rescue for both passengers and employees of Flybe…

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