February 29th, 2012
Downton Abbey Gets Some Credit
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Lords and ladies, let me introduce you to my latest obsession: the British PBS television show “Downton Abbey.” Imagine an epic soap opera-drama set in the early 1900’s. World War I is ravaging the land, telephones are becoming mainstays in upper-class homes, and the old ways of decorum and etiquette are being questioned by the British youth.
I’ve been sucked in by the grandeur and drama of the Crawley family, but I admit, it’s not for everyone. If you’re not a fan of period dramas with lots of British accents and “Lady so-and-so” and “Lord what’s-his-name,” you should probably get your TV fix elsewhere. But for those of us who have been wooed by the Earl of Grantham, listen up, because I’ve given the folks of Downton Abbey the Harry Potter treatment. What, you’ve never wondered what kind of credit card Mr. Carson might need? Well, I have, and I’m sharing the fruits of my speculation with you, lucky reader!
Lady Mary Crawley: A Travel Rewards Card For the Finer Things in Life
Mary’s next big adventure: her wedding to Matthew Crawley. (Don’t worry, he’s her third cousin, once removed.) Since she enjoys the finer things in life, she’ll want to start racking up rewards points on a card like the American Express Express Gold Card for the honeymoon of a lifetime. Mary will get points for each purchase, which can be redeemed for special travel packages at hotels around the world and special events, such as concerts, sporting events and shows.
Thomas: A Balance Transfer Credit Card for His Debt Troubles
This sinister servant and deceptive soldier finds every excuse to get his way and get out of trouble. Iff Thomas lived in our times, he’d be getting into some serious debt troubles. He would have racked up a lot of credit card debt and his good pal O’Brien would need to be the voice of reason to get him back on track with a balance transfer card. After transferring existing credit card debts, his Citi Platinum Select MasterCard would give him plenty of time to pay them off with an 18-month balance transfer introductory period. Let’s just hope he would play it smart and avoid racking up additional debt on his new card.
Lady Sybil Crawley: A Cash Back Credit Card to Help Her Stash Some Cash
When Sybil decides to abandon her lap-of-luxury life to marry her family’s former chauffeur, Branson, her parents are shocked. Eventually, they get used to the idea, but Sybil will have a lot to get used to herself. She won’t be waited on hand-and-foot, nor will she have plenty of cash at her disposal. It would be a good idea for her to get a cash back credit card, which will give her cash rewards for her purchases. The Freedom Card from Chase Visa will give Sybil five percent cash back on specific shopping categories that change each quarter. With the extra cash, she can start saving a little for her next big adventure: her new baby.
Mr. Carson: An Airline Rewards Card for His Post-Retirement Life
It’s only a matter of time before Mr. Carson retires. After so many years confined to the landscape of Downton Abbey, I imagine he’ll be ready to travel the world with some racked-up airline miles. The Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express will get him 30,000 bonus miles if he spends $500 in his first three months of being a cardholder. He could take a trip to Champagne to try some of the bubbly that, up until now, he’s only been permitted to serve to his superiors.
Who’s your favourite Downton character?
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Bethy Hardeman, Social Media Maven
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