Travel Rewards Credit Cards

Category: Novice

Oct 05

For Beginners Only: Are Miles Cheap, Quick And Good?

Last night, some friends invited us over for dinner (good) and one of them asked me about the best way to earn miles (bad for those who like stimulating conversation).  We discussed credit cards and online shopping to the point where their heads were spinning, but afterward, I realized that I had forgotten to mention …

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Sep 28

The best everyday credit card: Citi Double Cash

Okay, that’s kind of an unfair title. There’s no such thing as a single credit card that is best for everyone. But, if you aren’t playing the game where you try to max out every category, it might just be easier to take a very good return on every purchase. The easiest way to do …

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May 19

Earning points and miles for taking surveys

The most common question I get is “How can I easily earn XXX,000 miles by next week so that I can book a first class trip to YYY?  Fortunately, that’s also the easiest question to answer: Sadly, you can’t.  While there are numerous alternatives to flying as a way to earn miles, I have yet …

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May 15

You are your own best advocate for rewards programs

On any given day, a quick Google search will find you an article about “the best frequent flyer programs,” “easiest ways to use your frequent flyer miles” or “how to beat the airlines at their own game (Number four will shock you!).”  Truthfully, I ignore most of them, since I don’t know the source, are …

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Apr 20

Using AAA for savings at hotels, rental cars (and other good stuff)

The last time I thought about AAA, it was in a discussion of things that technology has made obsolete, such as typewriters*, VCRs and that clicking sound that the dial made when you changed the channel manually on the TV.  As for AAA, I’m referring to TripTiks**, the all-knowing map that someone at the company …

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Mar 23

Judging the values of redemptions…

I’ve talked a lot about the best ways to earn miles, but not as much about redeeming them.  So here’s a few things to consider when you are getting ready to spend your miles: Most airlines open up redemptions at the same time as putting tickets up for sale.  You will generally have good availability just …

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Feb 19

Back to basics…

When I created this blog, it was set up to be for novices and intermediate flyers.  There are a lot of excellent blogs out there for those who know the systems cold, but there was nothing available to get people to that point.  With that in mind, here’s a few of the most important things …

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Dec 22

Travel tips for the holidays

We’re approaching one of the most stressful times of the year, the holiday travel period. If you’re travelling during this time, here are a few reminders that will help things go much more smoothly: Ahead of Time Verify now that you have seat assignments for your flight. Remember, you may have confirmed tickets, but that …

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Dec 01

Order out of chaos: flying the Sunday after Thanksgiving

This post was supposed to go up last night but, by the time I got home last night from a flight delayed by the perfect storm of factors, it was too late to do anything but collapse.  So here I am.  I’m still tired, so we’re going stream of consciousness. I flew out yesterday morning for …

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