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 […]

The Travel Credit Card that Yields the Most Satisfaction Feedback (and the Card with the Most Horror Stories)

Tweet I get emails. In some of the emails I receive, people lavish me with thanks because they’re so glad they’ve been able to start to travel for less than they ever imagined. The card I’m thanked most often for suggesting is the Chase Sapphire Preferred. While I hate to say there is a ‘best credit […]

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 […]

Two American Express Membership Rewards Limited Time Transfer Bonuses

Tweet There is only one thing that keeps the American Express Membership Rewards program in the travel mileage game - transfer bonuses.   For US residents who don’t travel all that often, partner options are not nearly as good as the Ultimate Rewards program.  Also, the Ultimate Rewards credit card sign up bonuses are usually better. But there is one way that […]

How Much Did it Cost to Book Our Homemade Around The World Tickets?

Tweet There’s been a few dissenting voices over the life of this blog. Folks who think the stuff I’m teaching is a scam. Folks who think that I’m just trying to set up a trap for you so I can make a profit. Ask my friends. This is stuff I love to talk about. It […]

Southwest Companion Pass: How to Get Two Years of Free Southwest Flights in 15 minutes

Tweet Update: The 50,000 Southwest offer is no longer available as of March 1st, 2012. In the fall of 2011, I wrote about the possibility of earning enough miles for a Southwest Airlines Companion Pass. The key benefit of the Companion Pass is that you can have a designated person fly with you for free! […]

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 […]

Revealed: With the Right Strategy, British Airways Changes Can Be Awesome for Travelers

Tweet Most travel blogs I’ve been reading tend to bemoan the fact that the British Airways program totally gutted some of their best redemptions. Most of the feedback has been negative. In fact, there is only one voice out there (that I’ve read) that is talking about the positive aspects of the British Airways Avios […]