Sydney’s Vivid Festival is upon us and American Express is getting in on the action. From now until 18 June, you can sign up for an American Express Explorer Card and receive some truly sweet benefits in return. Just how sweet, you ask? Try 100k bonus Membership Rewards Points if you apply through this link by 18 June 2019, are approved, and spend $1,500 within the first 3 months. Of course, the usual T&Cs and eligibility criteria apply. Remember, this offer is available to new American Express Card Members only. This offer extends exclusively to new card members, meaning those who haven’t owned an American Express card in the last 18 months.
Should you qualify for the Explorer Card, prepare for some serious perks, and not just the 100k bonus Membership Rewards Points. For starters, you’ll get a $400 Travel Credit per year, which offsets the $395 annual fee and goes toward any eligible flights, hotels, experiences, or cars booked and paid for through American Express Travel. You’ll also receive two complimentary passes to the American Express lounge at Sydney or Melbourne International Airport.
Speaking of lounge access, you (as an Amex card member) and a guest can gain entry into the American Express lounge at Vivid Sydney, located at Cruise Bar Rooftop in Circular Quay. Surrounded by epic views of the harbour and all sorts of energetic people, you’ll sip on a tasty intoxicant or refreshing non-alcoholic beverage in true style. Meanwhile, you’re never too far from a mind-blowing art installation, illuminating public discourse, or thrilling concert experience.
The advantages keep rolling in for American Express Explorer Card holders. Not only does the card offer complimentary smartphone screen insurance, but you get free travel insurance when you use your Explorer Card to pay for eligible travel. You also earn 2 Membership Rewards points for every $1 you spend on purchases (except government bodies, where you earn 1 point per every $1 spent). Because there’s no cap on earn rate, you can rake in Membership Rewards points regardless of how much you spend every month.
Here are more perks you’ll receive as an Explorer Card Member:
- The ability to transfer your points to a choice of 8 airlines, including Virgin Australia and Singapore Airlines at a 2:1 transfer rate.
- Book two consecutive nights’ stay and enjoy a hotel credit up to US$100 and a room upgrade, (when available) at properties part of The Hotel Collection.
- Medical Emergency Expenses Cover up to $2,500,000 towards medical treatment.
- Travel Cancellation Cover up to $30,000 in the event your travel is cancelled for specific reasons.
- Baggage, Money and Documentation Cover up to $10,000 to cover loss or damage to baggage, money or documents.
- Travel Inconvenience Insurance up to $500 if your flight departure is delayed for four hours or more.
- A promotional balance transfer offer of 0% p.a. for the first 12 months to help you save on interest repayments and pay your other balances sooner. A one-off 1% credit plan establishment fee applies and you can transfer up to 70% of your approved credit limit to a maximum of $10,000. This offer is for new applicants only.
To qualify for the American Express Explorer Card, you need to earn a minimum annual income of $65,000. Compare that to the Platinum Card, for which a minimum income of $100,000 applies. And while there’s an annual fee of $395 for the Explorer Card, the fee is wiped out by the travel credit of $400, presuming you travel at least once a year. What’s more, you’ll earn 100,000 bonus Membership Rewards points if you apply before 18 June through this link, are approved, and spend $1,500 in your first 3 months. Remember, this offer is available to new American Express Card Members only.
If you are indeed an explorer (who earns 65k or more per year), this card quite literally has your name written all over it. Don’t hesitate to sign up and start taking advantage of its numerous benefits. And don’t forget to tell them we sent you.
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Forgetful People Make Better Decisions, According to Science
If you’re not that guy that can remember the scores of every World Series game with all the stats for every player on each roster, chances are you’re not in the limelight. But don’t fret over that. Science has proven that you’re smarter than that guy.
“We always idolise the person who can smash a trivia game, but the point of memory is not being able to remember who won the Stanly Cup in 1972,” explains Blake Richards, an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto and the author of a new study that focuses on the importance of forgetting information. “The point of memory is to make you an intelligent person who can make decisions given circumstances, and an important aspect in helping you do that is being able to forget some information.”
The idea is simple enough. Your brain is constantly gathering information with the purpose of being able to make informed decisions. But if you remember absolutely everything, you’ll actually slow down your “computing power” as distracting and even conflicting memories cloud the process. Emptying out the clutter frees up your brain to make better decisions more effectively. Richards continues, explaining, “It’s important that the brain forgets irrelevant details and instead focuses on the stuff that’s going to help make decisions in the real world.”
So, yea, you might not remember all those trivial details, but that’s because you’re just too smart. Take that, Mister Trivia Master.
Tackle Baldness Before it Starts with Good Guy
Let’s tackle the topic head-on, there is nothing sexy about thinning hair (George Costanza wasn’t necessarily considered a sex symbol, ya know?). Traditionally, most men can reasonably assume the fate of their strands based upon family history; grandpa was bald by 50, dad was bald at 45, I should be bald by 40 at the earliest, right? If only it were that simple.
While a decent portion of men who experience male pattern baldness are genetically pre-disposed to it, some men who thought hair loss was an “old man problem” will begin to notice changes to their hair’s thickness and texture at younger ages, be it thanks to some environmental conditions (read: pollution), health issues or just because it’s your time.
Unfortunately, there’s no exact formula for who will lose their hair and when. And to add insult to injury, some men start to experience hair loss as early as their teens. Awesome.
So what’s a guy to do when his hairline is receding or he’s starting to notice his hair getting thinner? Hopefully, he doesn’t reach for a bottle of Rogaine, pre-emptively give himself a baldie, and God-forbid he doesn’t start researching hair plugs ( serious question – do those look good on anyone?).
Good Guy understands that while no one is really prepared to start losing their hair, having proactive and reactive options for hair growth and regrowth solutions is a start. Good Guy is an affordable and easily accessible 4-step treatment of products that aims to take the sting out of losing one’s hair. Complete with a Hair Regrowth Shampoo, Good Guy Hair Regrowth Conditioner, Hair Growth Gummy Vitamins and Hair Regrowth Treatment, Good Guy products work in tandem as an effective remedy to stimulate hair follicles and promote strong and healthy hair.
So before you crush your dreams of driving around the city with the top down, cool wind in your hair – ask yourself, “What would the Good Guy do?”
Top 5 Foods for Hair Growth
Unless you’re Friar Tuck or Telly Savalas, you may want to take note of what you’re eating. Turns out, your diet may have a more profound effect on keeping your head covered in thick, healthy hair than you might think. A recent story in Medical News Today reports that the foods you eat affect how your hair grows and its quality. That’s why you need to make sure you’re eating the foods that provide the nutrients—certain proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals—that support hair growth.
According to the article, if you want healthy hair your diet should include eggs for biotin, Brazil nuts for selenium, fatty fish for omega-3 fatty acids, foods fortified with vitamin D, and protein sources that include L-lysine. In addition, you should make sure that you have plenty of iron, zinc, and protein in your diet. The article also recommends plenty of niacin, folic acid, vitamin A, and vitamin C to boost your hair growth.
Of course, diet isn’t the only factor in hair loss. Genetics and aging also contribute. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take steps to prevent those factors that are in your control. “Maintaining a nutritious diet is the best way to improve the health and growth of your hair,” states the article.
So unless being bald is your trademark, start looking at how your diet is helping you keep those healthy locks.
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