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 […]

How to Organize, Track, and Manage Points & Miles so it Doesn’t Become a Full-time Job

Tweet When people object to this little game of collecting miles and points, there are two common objections. 1.  I’m afraid it will hurt my credit score.  The truth is that it impacts your credit score, but not by as much as you might think. 2.  It takes too much time and effort. While it […]

Delta to the Rescue (Again)! Time to Stock Pile More Delta SkyMiles

Tweet Last week, I had the honor of attending my grandpa’s funeral. We celebrated his 95 years of life.  He loved and cared for his wife who proceeded him in death.  He provided for and supported his children.  He was a Christian who was an encouragement to so many people he met. When I heard […]

The Ultimate Newbie Guide to Redeeming Ultimate Rewards for Travel

Tweet In the world of free travel hacking, there are two elements each of us must learn to improve – earning and redeeming.  Most of the material on this blog is about earning, but today I want to help you easily and effectively learn how to redeem your Ultimate Rewards (UR) points for travel. To […]

Award Travel Booking | Creativity Required

Tweet Last week, I shared that I’ve redeemed over $26,000 worth of travel for 2012. While I usually focus on the earning portion of the frequent flyer mileage game, today I want to share a few tips I’ve learned about booking award travel. Of course, if I’ve learned something, that’s good for you and me […]

4 Strong Reasons Why Mileage Diversification is Important

Tweet When you invest, you expect to be told to diversify. You intentionally hedge your investments in such a way that you’ll get some value from a down market and some value from an strong market.  We do this in investing by buying different types of stocks and investing over a period of time (dollar […]

7 Situations Where Cash Back Credit Cards Are Better Than Air Miles Credit Cards

Tweet When you start collecting points and miles for free travel, you might find yourself plagued by the question – which card should I use for this purchase?  The biggest decision you’ll need to make is if you’ll use a cash back credit card or an air miles credit card. 7 Situations Where Cash Back […]

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 […]

5 Steps to Getting Approval for a Chase Credit Card [Even if You Were Denied]

Tweet The big promotion is finally over. I’ve had had a few follow up emails with people worried that they didn’t or won’t get approved.  In this post, I’ll give you a few tips to help give you the best possible chance of approval in case you didn’t get approved. 5 Steps for Getting a […]