Booking One World Award Flights | Tips, Advice, and Strategies for Newbies

Tweet The reason we all collect air miles and points (or so I assume) is so that we can travel.  Thus, having high mileage balances and zero experiences is not the goal here. Today we’ll be starting a series where I’ll help you find the best ways to use your miles when booking flights. General Award […]

Final Days for American Airlines Verified 50,000 AAdvantage Citi Cards

Tweet Update: Expired.  The current best off 12/13/12 is the final day to apply for the verified 50,000 Citi AAdvantage credit card.  Yesterday I mentioned that you can fly round trip to select cities for 15,750 AAdvantage miles if you were a Citi AAdvantage credit card holder.  As such, I thought it would be appropriate to let […]

Tips for The Platinum Card ® from American Express $200 Airline Rebate

Tweet I’ve previously blogged about how I thought the $450 annual fee for the The Platinum Card ® from American Express was insane. I also thought anyone who would pay $450 for the card was too full of herself. However, after having the card for nearly a year, I’d like to say that the annual fee […]

AAdvantage Vs. MileagePlus | Battle for the Best Frequent Flyer Program

Tweet When I started putting together this post, I was going to rate the airlines according to my personal preference and how I value the airlines.  I quickly found that most of my time was spent comparing American Airlines AAdvantage and United MileagePlus, so I just decided to make that the post. Here’s the quick […]

Travel Credit Cards With Benefits that May Justify an Annual Fee Beyond the First Year

Tweet Every year we’re all forced to think deeply. To cancel or not to cancel.  That is the question.  Whether tis more cost effective to cancel or to keep a credit card account open. Some plastic is clearly only worth the sign up bonus, but other travel credit cards with benefits may in fact be […]

Best Current American Airlines AAdvantage Credit Cards Bonuses

Tweet Thanks to some reader feedback, last week I discovered that my listed links to the 50,000 American Airlines Visa and American Express cards were no longer working.  I’m actually surprised that they’ve hung around for this long. So, the question is now, what’s the best current credit card sign up bonus for American Airlines? […]

US Airways Dividend Miles Program Introduction and Overview

Tweet Welcome to a longer overdue continuation of a series where I feature 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. In this post we’ll be focusing on […]

Should I Redeem My Miles for Economy, Business, or First Class Travel?

Tweet The majority of people who travel have never flown in anything but economy class.  One of the main reasons is because economy class tickets are so much less expensive than business or first class tickets.  Thus, when using your miles, flying something better than economy might make sense. Still, is it worth using extra […]

Airport Lounge Access | Credit Cards that Give You Free or Discounted Access

Tweet Before this year, I’d never stepped inside an airport lounge.  I guess I had a little curiosity about what was behind those translucent doors, but for the most part, I was content to be in the wide open spaces of the airport. This year I stepped into my first airport lounge. At this point, […]

How to Add a Free Trip to Hawaii Next Time You Book International Award Travel

Tweet A free trip is the best way to travel to Hawaii. It’s been a long time since I’ve been to Hawaii.  In fact, I think the last time I was there was in 1996 when I spent several hours in the airport.  It had probably been 7 or 8 years before that when I […]