Booking Award Travel

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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 […]

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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Using Citi ThankYou Points to stay at Choice Hotels used to be a very underrated option in my opinion. In fact, before writing this post, I hadn’t even considered it. Firstly, Choice Hotels are not my favorite brand as they are more economy type and I like to use my points on luxury stays. (A […]

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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 […]

Large buildings by white sand and blue water

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We are super excited about the limited-time, 80K bonus on the Citi Premier Card. We have talked about many of the things that make it a great card to get. Today let’s talk about it can get you on the beach, a piña colada in hand, in Hawaii. Yep, you heard it right! We can get […]

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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 […]

sun loungers under canopy on beach

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One of the easiest transfer partners to use for award flights is Avianca LifeMiles. I have used them several times. Additionally, both Citi ThankYou Points,  Capital One Venture Miles, and American Express Membership Rewards transfer to Avianca so you have options. Before we talk about how to use Avianca LifeMiles for Award Flights, here are the […]

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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 […]

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 5 Free Nights (each night valued at up to 50,000 points)!  These do need to be used within the first year that you get them. To book with them, you. book one night at a […]

green-blue water with white waves against brown sand and palm trees

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Many people prefer to stay in a vacation rental because they have more space and have kitchens where they can do their own cooking. There are times when you travel with a group of friends or family like our recent Croatia trip when you just want to be altogether too. A vacation rental just works […]

Girl walking down road with palm trees on side of road

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Recently, we posted about how the Citi Premier currently has an all-time high bonus of 80,000 points and shared how you could use those 80,000 points. Today we’re going to share more things we like about this card, and some more ways you can use the points. Signing up for a credit card when it […]

Blue, yellow, and red airplane

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We love so many things about Southwest Flights! The Southwest Companion Pass is one of the best deals around for travel hackers! Free baggage allowances make family travel so cheap! And the ability to rebook Southwest Flights when prices drop saves us a ton of points/money! On our Instagram account we have talked about how […]

Hotel room with white bedspread and grey blanket

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We often hear from you about the difficulty in finding hotel nights for award stays. This is especially true if you have a set time to book your stay. Flexibility is key to booking flights and hotel stays on the cheap with miles and points. But what do you do if you can’t find award […]

United Airplane

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Want to save about 5K each way on your United Award Flights? Consider booking Singapore Airlines for cheap United flights! Singapore and United are both part of the Star Alliance so you can use Singapore KrisFlyer Miles to book your United flight. We’ve talked before about using Turkish Airlines to book cheap flights to Hawaii […]

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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, […]

Blue water and pink skies

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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 […]

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