How to Choose a Mileage or Points Program to Focus Your Earning

Tweet So, you’ve decided you want to collect miles for nearly free travel. The obvious question is: where should you be focusing your efforts? There’s the extreme approach which involves getting a little bit of everything.  It means signing up for all of the best credit card offers (of course, spacing out applications from the […]

An Indispensable Guide to Understanding How Airline Miles and Reward Points Work

Tweet If you’re going to invest any amount of time into earning award points or miles, you must know how to use those points. I always feel really bad when I get emails from folks who have spent a year (or more) collecting a certain type of miles or points only to learn that those points […]

Warning: You May Get a Better Rate of Return By Avoiding an Airline Branded Credit Card

Tweet Over the last year, I’ve done a lot of free credit card consultations. I’ve noticed a pattern with the credit cards that people have on hand. The pattern would appear to be logical, but it actually isn’t. The assumption is that I should have and use the credit card that is sponsored by my […]

New Citi Platinum Select AAdvantage With Improved Card Benefits

Tweet Citi has stepped up its game a little bit with its American Airlines cards.  To be clear, for everyday spending, the Starwood American Express is still a better option (earn up to 1.25 AA points per dollar spent), but with these added features, you might want to make room in your wallet for this […]

Air Mile Credit Card Options for Canadians | The Uncle C Case Study

Tweet In case you don’t know, I’m a Canadian citizen. However, I’m a US Permanent resident, and I’m glad I am because Americans have much better credit card reward options than Canadians. Today I’m going to use one of my uncles as a case study to share what I would do if I were in […]

7 Convincing Reasons Why the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express Should Have a Home in Your Wallet

Tweet The Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card® from American Express hasn’t got a lot of press time on this site. Certainly, it’s had less than it deserves. The reason? I’ve been focusing so much on cards with the best sign up bonuses that I haven’t given enough attention to cards that really shine when it comes to […]

Maximize Ultimate Rewards | Discover the Smartest Way to Redeem Ultimate

Tweet My magic 8-ball is telling me that many of you are accumulating Ultimate Rewards points using either the Chase Sapphire Preferred or the Ink Bold Business card. (Either that, or my analytics and stats tell me this.) I also predict that you want to use your Ultimate Rewards points, not just accumulate them. I’ve […]

The Mileage Combination Short Cut for Earning Your Free Trip in Record Time

Tweet It doesn’t come as any surprise that the fastest way to build up your frequent flyer mileage accounts is through credit card sign up bonuses. With all the 50,000 point sign up offers, you could either sign up for one credit card or fly to Australia roundtrip three times for the same number of […]

50,000 American Airline AAdvantage Miles

Tweet Update: some of the links in this post are no longer active.  Here’s an update on the best American Airlines credit card offers. This American Airlines 50,000 AAdvantage miles bonus is not new by any means, but I do want to be sure that you know about it.  The card has been listed on […]

9 Amazing Benefits of Ultimate Rewards (Above American Express Rewards)

Tweet The tides in the ocean of frequent flyer miles is always shifting. One definitive parting is the emergence of two very valuable credit card rewards programs – Ultimate Rewards (Chase) and American Express Rewards (American Express). In my book, How to Earn Frequent Flyer Miles from the Comfort of Your Living Room, I wrote, […]