Booking Award Travel

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Our Christmas this year was weird. For the first time ever, my husband and I spent it without children and grandchildren. One family wanted us to go to Mexico with them but I was having back surgery soon so we decided not to go there. Another family got COVID 2 days before we were to […]

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We love using points for hotel stays when we go on vacations. Using them for a staycation is another great use of our points, particularly using a free hotel certificate. Recently, it was my daughter’s birthday who lives two hours away so another daughter and I arranged to meet her in Denver for a girl’s […]

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We can all agree on one thing. Earning points and miles is easier than booking award travel with points and miles. We all want the best deal possible and sometimes analysis paralysis keeps us from pulling the plug on a redemption. Let’s talk today about two different subscription providers that can help with that. Help […]

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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 […]

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We have had a lot of people complaining about having trouble finding cheap award redemptions – especially in business class. We recently were planning a trip to Croatia and found the same trouble. What is going on? I can always find a business class seat in United to Europe for 75K and this time we […]

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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 […]

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Hyatt all-inclusive resorts using points can be a great redemption. Whether you are booking with points earned from one of the Hyatt credit cards or a Chase card that earns Ultimate Rewards, you are bound to get good value. There are two Hyatt credit cards, the personal World of Hyatt Credit Card and also the […]

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“If only I could stay at an all-inclusive resort?” Has that ever been your thought?  Imagine all the free food you can eat, free beverages at your fingertips, and great entertainment! That is what many all-inclusive resorts offer and that is why they are the dream of many travelers. Pay once and everything is included […]

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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 […]

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