United Airlines MileagePlus Program Overview

Tweet Today we’re continuing a series where I’ll be featuring some of the basic, introductory material about different award programs.  That way if you’re new to the ‘game’, you can just read this cheat sheet rather than trying to compile all the information by yourself. Previously reviewed: American Airlines Advantage Program United Airlines MileagePlus Program […]

How to Find the Best Credit Card Reward Program for Free Car Rentals

Tweet This week I had a question from a new Help Me Travel Cheap reader.  It was a question I hadn’t seriously researched, so it was time to fire up my slick Mac and get to work. Wait!  Before I get too far, I guess I should let you know what the question was. Craig, […]

2 Simple Steps to Go from Zero Miles to a Free Business Class Ticket to Europe

Tweet Sometimes it’s possible to get bogged down by all the numbers, miles, and points on this blog.  So today I want to talk in very practical and specific terms about how you can turn credit card sign up bonuses into a free business class ticket to Europe. Updated April 2012.  This tip no longer […]

Why the Southwest Credit Card is Nearly Perfect for Domestic US Travelers

Tweet This week I was having an email conversation with someone. We were discussing the Southwest credit card. Almost mid-sentence, I started feeling like a sleazy salesman. I was really pushing hard for her to consider this card because I felt like it would suit her travel needs well and was a great value. I […]

Credit Score Update | How Multiple Credit Card Applications Impact Your Score

Tweet One of the biggest reasons people hesitate to use credit cards to earn free travel is because they want to vigilantly protect their credit score. For that reason, people ask how multiple credit card applications will impact their credit score. When I get an update on my FICO score, I’ve been updating the activity […]

TripAlertz Promotion | Help Yourself (and Me) Travel Cheap

Tweet Update October 14th, 2011.  The TripAlertz referral is now only $1 per person. TripAlertz is a Groupon-like travel site.  You can read a full TripAlertz review. I’ve personally been a member for about six months. What is TripAlertz? Essentially, Trip Alertz lets you buy discounted travel vacation packages. For example, there is currently a package available […]