How to Get an Almost Free Around the World Trip with 6 Credit Card Approvals

Tweet Greetings from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Yesterday, we burned another 100,000 miles. I flew with my wife and three kids from New York City to Buenos Aires, Argentina (via Santiago, Chile).  We’re here for two nights before heading down to San Carlos De Barlioche.  Tickets here cost us 100,000 BA miles (accumulated from a single […]

A Chicago O’Hare Induced Near Panic Attack and the Value of Knowledge

Tweet This is a typical story about a country boy who goes to the big city. In our story today, I’m the country boy and Chicago is the big city.  Yesterday, I arrived on US soil for the first time in seven months.  What I didn’t know when I arrived into Chicago O’Hare airport … […]

The Business Card Denial: Lessons Learned for Non Income Earning Spouses

Tweet One of the most under-utilized tactics for fast tracking mileage earning is applying for business credit cards. The best current example is the Chase Ink Bold credit card that gives 50,000 Ultimate Rewards points for signing up and spending $5,000 in the first 3 months. Most folks don’t actually realize that they have a […]

The Same Day Credit Card Applications Hack | A Strategy for Getting More Approvals

Tweet You may just be wanting to dip your toes in the water.  That’s fine.  However, what we’re going to talk about today is jumping right into the waters of free travel by getting approval for multiple credit card sign up bonuses. Those who have been doing applications for a long time know the value […]

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 […]

Credit Score Analysis | Should a Credit Score Drop Cause You to Adjust Your Strategy?

Tweet When I talk with newbies about signing up for credit cards to get free/cheap/discounted travel, one of the hesitancies is the impact on a person’s credit score.  Since my quarterly FICO score was just updated, I want to use my own score to help us analyze what is happening, and discover the important lessons […]

Free Flights May Be Moving Further Out of Reach for Stay at Home Parents

Tweet Everyone knows that the best way to collect frequent flyer miles is by taking advantage of the best credit card sign up bonuses.  In the last year, both my wife and I have accumulated thousands of dollars worth of free travel by strategically applying for (and getting accepted for) credit cards. As a working […]

Best Credit Cards for Getting Free Hotel Stays

Tweet I’ve spent a lot of time on this blog helping you get in the air for free with the best airline credit cards.  Today I’ll share some tips on getting free hotels with hotel credit cards. For the sake of this post, I’ll focus on hotel earning opportunities in Honolulu.  Why?  Because I’ve been […]

Chase Sapphire Preferred Vs. Citi ThankYou Premier Card

Tweet Not much has changed on the best credit card landscape for June 2011. So instead of writing a new best credit card roundup post for June, I decided to put the two best current (and similar) offers head to head to see which is the better offer if you can only sign up for […]