Booking Award Travel

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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 […]

United Airlines plane taking off

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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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“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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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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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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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 […]

White hotel with blue water in front of it

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We’ve talked before about how we keep our hotel credit cards that come with free night certificates each year because we can book a room for at least double the cost of the annual fee. Our hotel cards are credit cards that we don’t mind paying an annual fee for. Let’s go over how to […]

Green and White plane in the sky

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Okay, so you’ve earned some points/miles and now you are ready to book a flight. How do you do that? This is one of the things that confuses most beginners. Let’s go over the steps we usually use for booking award flights with points/miles.   Airline Site If you’ve earned miles from a particular airline-branded […]

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  Did you know that you can get a free night stay on your already free award night redemptions? Talk about the icing on the cake!! There are three major hotel chains that offer free hotel nights on award redemptions. You need to know this because how horrible would it be to book a four-night […]

Turquoise water and beaches

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You’ve been earning one of our favorite transferable points, Membership Rewards from American Express. Now how do you use them? Our favorite way is to transfer them to a partner. Let’s go over how to transfer AMEX Membership Rewards to an airline or hotel partner.   Sign In The first step is to sign in […]

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One type of credit card that we never cancel is most of our hotel-branded hotel cards. This is because we get more value from them than the annual fee we pay. With the exception of the Hilton credit cards (other than the Aspire), they each give us a free night certificate every year after we […]

hilton waikoloa from a distance

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This post contains referral links. Thanks in advance if you use our links to apply for any new cards!   Hawaii is one of my very favorite travel destinations. It is expensive, but thanks to travel hacking, I have been able to return year after year for next to nothing. We’ve previously shared how to […]

Back of the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Kauai at dusk

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If you are looking to visit Hawaii on points then booking a Hyatt hotel is a great choice. Hyatt doesn’t have as many hotels in Hawaii as Marriott but they have some really great options! One thing I really love about Hyatt is when you book your stay on points you won’t have to pay […]

Hyatt Place Station Park

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During all this coronavirus madness you may not feel comfortable or even be able to travel far away. It is a tricky time for travel. If you are itching to make some family memories and take a break from the ordinary, but aren’t feeling up to hopping on a plane, then a staycation may be […]

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When it comes to travel one of the most difficult parts is planning it! Where should you go? When should you go? Where will you stay? What will you do? And let’s not forget, how will you pay for it?! Well, if you know us at all you know that’s the easy part! We’ll use […]

airplanes at sunset

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It’s no secret that Chase Ultimate Rewards are my favorite points currency! My favorite way to use them is to transfer Ultimate Rewards to one of their many airline or hotel partners. In order to do so, you have to hold one of these three cards: Chase Sapphire Preferred Sapphire Reserve by Chase Chase Ink […]

two people sitting near beach with dirnks

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The ability to combine Ultimate Reward points is a huge selling point for the Chase Ultimate Rewards program. Chase allows you to combine points across all of your cards into a single card and combine points with a member of your household. If you have a business card you can combine those points with a […]

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