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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Underestimated Value of the Citi Premier ThankYou Reward Points

Tweet Typically, when I’ve evaluated the value of the major travel reward programs (Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards, and ThankYou Rewards), I’ve often overlooked the important role of ThankYou Rewards points. The Disadvantages of the ThankYou Rewards Program They do not have any airline or hotel programs that allow point transfers.  This is a […]

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 […]

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 […]

How To Use Miles and Points to Bless Others

Tweet My wife brought up an interesting issue the other day.  She wanted be sure that we were giving a part of our blessings from the frequent flyer miles we’ve earned.  We started to ask how we should give air miles or give a part of what we receive. As Christians, we believe in the […]

Southwest Rapid Rewards Program Introduction and Overview

Tweet Today, we’re continuing a series where I’ll be featuring some of the basic, introductory material about different award programs.  Today we’re featuring the Southwest Rapid Rewards Program.  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.  If you’re […]

Best Current American Express Membership Rewards Transfer Bonuses

Tweet Between my wife and I, we have 122,485 Membership Rewards points. Because of the high fees associated with our cards ($175 for Premier Gold and $175 for the Business Gold), we don’t plan to keep those accounts open. That means that by the Spring we’ll need to transfer those points out. Here’s the dilemma. […]