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We love our Marriott Bonvoy credit cards because they come with annual free night certificates. Marriott gives you a 35K or 50K certificate each year when you renew your card depending on what credit card you have. In the past, you could only use them for a hotel that had a redemption of no more than […]

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Let’s talk about the United Excursionist Perk. What, you’ve never heard of it? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. If you fly United sometimes, it is the way to get a free flight segment, and who isn’t all about that? Basically, the United Excursionist Perk is a free one-way award within select multi-city itineraries. If […]

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When we planned our Safari to Africa, we decide that since we were traveling so far to get there, we wanted to see another area so we decided to add Zanzibar, the Spice Island, to our trip. We used credit card points and miles for all of this part of our trip except for the […]

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“Can I use credit card points and miles and book a cruise?” This is a common question we get asked. Cruising to far-off destinations and getting to see multiple places combined with midnight buffets, parties, and entertainment is a dream of many. Let’s talk about using points and miles for cruises. First of all, yes, […]

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For years, United Airlines was the only airline I flew consistently. We lived in Northern California and our tiny airport was only serviced by UA. Every time I flew it was United to San Francisco to get a connecting flight. My first experience with using credit card points and miles were getting an old United […]

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I just renewed my Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™American Express® Card with a $450 annual fee. Is it worth having the card after the first year and after getting that welcome bonus? I still renew this card year after year. Am I crazy? I don’t think so. And right now the welcome offer is increased to 100K plus […]

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Alex’s Story Do you ever get the itch that you just NEED to go on a vacation? It usually hits me in the dead of winter–when it is freezing here in Utah and winter seems to be draggggging on. My mind takes me to a tropical beach destination in those moments, and I find myself […]

Red Rock Mountains in Desert

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Krista used points and miles from her signup bonus on the Chase Sapphire Preferred Credit Card for a stay in Sedona, Arizona. She also used it for her flight too!  Here is her story about Sedona on points and miles. Sedona I am so so glad I came across your Instagram page a couple of […]

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Our reader success story comes from Laura. She sounds like she has tackled this hobby head-on. We love that she has figured out that it isn’t about just getting one card but about multiple sign-on bonuses! Laura’s travel hacking success story is a great example to follow. Laura’s Reader Success Story My name is Laura. […]

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I recently returned home from a dream vacation to the Maldives. This was a major bucket list trip and it was even better than I thought it would be! If you want to do a similar vacation then you are in the right place. With credit card points and miles visiting the Maldives doesn’t have […]

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The Chase Sapphire Preferred is my personal favorite credit card and one that I will always have. I love the points I earn on this card (Chase Ultimate Rewards) because I can transfer them to a variety of hotel and airline partners. We have used these points for some amazing stays at Hyatt hotels (my […]

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This post is sponsored by IHG Hotels & Resorts. All reviews and opinions in this post are based on my personal view. IHG Hotels & Resorts has just announced the launch of their new global loyalty program, IHG One Rewards. Earlier this year IHG Hotels & Resorts announced a new tier and bonus earning structure. […]

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One of the easiest ways to get a Hyatt free night is by getting a Hyatt Brand Explorer Award. Seriously, so easy. Hyatt hotels have many brands of hotels, including: That is a grand total of 19 brands. To be honest, I am not at all familiar with a few. Hyatt knows this and so, […]

High rise Marriott Hotel

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 We have good news for you! The Chase Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card has a new high signup bonus of 3 Free Nights (each night valued at up to 50,000 points)!  I like this even better than the last bonus of 100,000 points because it is worth essentially 150,000 points. There are a couple of […]

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As a travel hacking newbie, we recognize how hard it is to keep up with all the new vocabulary and rules. Hence, we give you our Travel Hacking FAQs that we hope you refer to often. We will give you a short explanation and link you to our articles that give you a more detailed […]

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I recently returned home from a dream vacation to the Maldives. One of the many incredible aspects of this trip was our flight home in Qatar Airways Qsuite. Qatar is said to be the best airline in the world along with their Qsuite being the best business class in the world! I used American Airlines miles […]

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I just completed one of my bucket list destinations using points and miles for a portion of it. Africa and Zanzibar on points and miles was an absolute dream! While we had purchased our safari on Travelzoo with cash, the flights, hotel in Arusha, and all of Zanzibar were done with points and miles. Here […]

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Flexibility is key. In fact, it is everything with using credit card points and miles. If you need to go to a wedding in Paris during the summer and have to have business class seats for flights on June 2-7 it could be hard. Especially if it is now April 4th and you want to […]

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Without points and miles, I would be reduced to being a budget traveler most of the time. Because of points and miles, I can be bougie on a budget. Points and miles have let me have some experiences I NEVER thought possible! Lay-flat Seats I remember those days that I walked past people who were […]

Folder, Federal taxes, pen, etc on desk

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Last year we paid our federal taxes by credit card. Is it worth paying your taxes with a credit card? My husband is self-employed and we had a tax bill of about $30,000. I hate writing a check for taxes and getting nothing back. Taxes are hard enough to pay anyway, right? I decided I […]

Kimpton Hotel Room

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It’s no secret that I am a fan of my IHG credit card. It has given me great value internationally in Dubai and Vietnam. In both of those places, I got suite upgrades! I also have used it to stay at beautiful Kimpton hotels in the USA. It makes a great card for families too […]

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