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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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.
Sustainability Has Never Looked So Good With Frank Green’s New Range
In Australia, it’s estimated that close to 1 Billion Coffee Cups end up in landfill each year. That’s over two and a half million every single day… We’ll just let that sink in for a second. As this clearly indicates, coffee in Australia has more fans than your run-of-the-mill religion. So the question is, why the bloody hell don’t we use reusable cups!
Frank Green was founded in none other than Australia’s coffee capital, Melbourne. Since 2014, old mate Frankie has been supplying coffee lovers with a reusable cup that is, not only great for the environment but keeps your coffee from spilling as you go about your day.
Just last week Frank Green officially launched their new range of (even more) sustainable products. Joining the lineup is the new Ultimate Ceramic Cup, a Reusable Carry Tray, Stainless Steel Straw and a snazzy tote that doubles as a backpack. The existing range has also received a facelift with the fresh new color palette.
Man of Many was sent a range of Frank Green products and over the last week, we put them through their paces. The verdict… Well, hard to fault. The Ultimate Ceramic Cup keeps you cuppa hot as hell for a ridiculously long time and what’s more they look fresh to death.
Do yourself (and more importantly the planet) a favor and start to reuse and recycle. It’s these small changes that have the potential to set in motion the restoration of our beautiful planet.
Science Says: Drugs Aren’t so Bad, M’Kay
“I’ve had some great times on drugs,” said the late, great Bill Hicks, and it’s a shame he’s not around to learn that science is really backing him up on this one.
A study from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, has found that psychedelic trips on drugs such as LSD, DMT and psilocybin mushrooms can have extremely beneficial effects. Even one trip, the researchers discovered, can bring long-term benefits and general satisfaction.
Subjects in the study reported having encounters with God, or with an “Ultimate Reality”, which you can understand would leave a person feeling pretty chuffed. More than two-thirds of subjects who identified as atheist before the study said they no longer identified as atheist afterwards. Positive changes in “life satisfaction, purpose and meaning” were revealed as effects of the trips.
Lead researcher Roland Griffiths said that the findings suggested that “spiritual” experiences like those induced by the drugs could be an effective tool in the treatment of mental health issues.
Of course, the substances in question are still illegal in Australia, and as such remain dangerous to consume for many reasons, but scientific developments like this are always interesting to see, especially as they could help shape future policy.
All this adds up to pretty bad news for the War On Drugs crowd, but really excellent news for a whole bunch of far friendlier and mellower folks. It’s now scientifically proven: you can have some really great times on drugs. Preach it, Bill.
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