Booking Award Travel

Skiers on snow-covered mountain

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We love using credit card points and miles for all types of vacations! Family trips, couple trips, girlfriend getaways, luxury trips, staycations —you name it, we’ve done it! Because so many of our readers want to book family travel, we will start a new feature—Family Vacation Friday! On most Fridays, we will share either a […]

Rock formations near blue-green water

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Today’s question is one that is frequently asked with transferable points – Should I book in the portal or with a transfer partner? First up, I will tell you that we usually book with a transfer partner. We usually get better value for our points that way but we also do more bookings internationally or […]

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There’s no denying that Singapore Airlines offers a fantastic flight experience no matter which class of service you’re in. But is business class worth the extra miles required? On a recent trip to Europe, my family of three flew business class on the way to Europe and economy class on the way home. Here are […]

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In October I traveled to Cabo San Lucas with my 9-year-old daughter and oldest stepdaughter. I had been wanting to check out The Cape for quite some time, and my daughter’s fall break seemed like the perfect excuse to take a trip down to Mexico. So what did we think? Keep reading…   The Redemption […]

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Trying to decide the steps to booking your next flight to go on vacation can be difficult. Do I want to pay cash and get points on my credit card? Should I book through the travel portal? Should I transfer to a travel partner? Talk about analysis paralysis! Sometimes it can be overwhelming. Let’s go […]

sand and blue water

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As we often say, it is important to start earning and then booking for peak travel times EARLY! That means if you are wanting Spring and Summer travel, you should start earning those points NOW! We are heading into holiday time and which means we will all be busier than ever. Once the holidays are […]

Business class seat

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The problem with business class redemptions is this – they used to be easier to find (meaning cheaper). Pre-pandemic, I found them routinely for about 70K miles one-way. Lately, it seems that they are harder to find for that price, especially on United.. As things continue to settle down and airlines find more people willing […]

Houses over water with turquoise wet

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I just spent 5 days in Bora Bora, and it was paradise. Even though we had a lot of rain 😩. You know it is a great resort when you are dying to get more points so you can come back again, even when the weather the first time wasn’t the greatest. I enjoyed it […]

Man, woman and child holding hand near beach

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You’ve earned those points/miles and want to combine them with a spouse/partner/friend – how do you do that? Unfortunately, each program has its own rules and regulations for this, so it can be confusing. Here’s our ultimate guide to combining points/miles you’ve earned with another person.   Chase Ultimate Rewards We have a whole post […]

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When you think of Mykonos, you may think of beach clubs and wild parties. As a mom looking for a relaxing getaway in Greece, that’s not really the vibe I was going for. I am happy to report that I found a gem in Mykonos that was gorgeous, relaxing, and practically free, thanks to Hyatt […]

Hotel pool area with lounge chairs

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With the great 90K increased signup bonus on two of the Chase Ink Business cards, we wanted to give you some ideas on how to use 90K Ultimate Rewards for hotels.  We previously wrote about how to use those points for flights so check that post out too.     Hotels Not only can you […]

Overwater villas near white sand and turquoise water

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I just finished an unforgettable trip to the Maldives. If you want the experience of being on a secluded island, this is it. There are many bookable resorts in the Maldives with points and miles. Since this is such a popular location, let’s go over these today so you can refer back to them when […]

City near the edge of blue water

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Sometimes when you are booking award travel, things don’t come easily. Let’s talk about when they don’t, and we have to begin troubleshooting award travel. Three of my daughters and I were traveling to Croatia from the US and meeting another daughter there. We easily found 3 business class award flights and booked those. One […]

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Most people say that earning points/miles is the easy part. It is the booking that can make you want to pull your hair out sometimes. Enter AwardLogic.  AwardLogic helps you book award travel because they do the searching for you so you don’t have to look over numerous airline sites. You can get a 3-day […]

Large Airplane Suite

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I love travel hacking because it allows me to do things I couldn’t have imagined. Even things I didn’t know existed! Ever since I heard about Singapore Suites, I have been wanting to fly in them. Singapore Suites has been a dream flight for me for a very long time. I was already planning to […]

Umbrellas and signpost with city names on it

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I seldom book in the travel portals, preferring to transfer points and miles and book directly with an airline or hotel. You may wonder why and so here are my 3 reasons why I seldom book in the travel portals.   Cancellations/Changes Difficult Because you are working with a third party, it is much harder […]

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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 […]

Airplane in Sky

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It’s that time again when new AMEX transfer partner bonuses have popped up! This is a great time to transfer some American Express Membership Rewards to an airline or hotel partner if you have been thinking about booking a new trip. We generally don’t recommend transferring to a partner until you have a definite plan. […]

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We talk a lot about using transfer partners and one of these partners, Iberia Airlines, can get you to Europe for 34K miles one-way in business class. If Spain is your destination, then this is ideal for you. If another city in Europe is your destination you can still make this work by flying to […]

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I’ve been to Greece twice and I am all about heading there again. There is something about those white stucco buildings against that blue Aegean Sea that gets to me every time. Add in the sunsets, the fresh feta, and the Greek people and I am a goner. We know a lot of our readers […]

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Recently, we talked about Avianca LifeMiles and the reward programs that transfer to them, Citi ThankYou Points and Capital One Venture Miles. We also went over how to do those transfers. Today, let’s talk about four trips you can book with Avianca LifeMiles.   Amsterdam One of my favorite girl’s trips was to Amsterdam. Seriously, the […]

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