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You may have heard someone talk about fifth freedom flights and using points and miles to take one. And you may have been totally confused. We’re hear to clear up that confusion as we talk about fifth freedom flights today. A fifth freedom flight or route is flight that operates between two countries that are […]

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My mom and I still don’t understand why more people, especially our friends, don’t travel hack. Who doesn’t want to travel? Especially for almost free? One of the comments we get the most is, “I could never keep it all organized”! Is that something you struggle with too? Let us introduce you to your new […]

City near water

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My husband and I are in Sydney, Australia, as part of a great trip to Tokyo, Australia, and New Zealand. We should have left for Auckland this morning, but the weather changed dramatically on the North Island of New Zealand. We noticed the following scenes in Auckland on tv the night before we were to […]

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What is airline elite status? Is it a big deal? Should you try and get airline elite status? One year I bought an economy-plus subscription from United so I could always fly in comfort. That is when I decided flying in comfort was worth it. That economy-plus seat was much nicer than regular economy. I […]

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 […]

Larg hammock in front of blue water, sand, and palm trees

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Hey there, beginner travel hacker – we see you and are here to help you!  It wasn’t that long ago that we were starting our own travel hacking journey and within that first year, each of us had gone on nearly free trips. We continue to do that, and our passion is helping you, the […]

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In a world where everyone is comparing themselves to each other because of social media and other things, one of my favorite sayings is, “You Do You”.  This is also true in the points and miles game. You do you! Please don’t compare yourself to others. There are countless strategies for earning points and miles, all […]

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I’m sitting at home on Christmas Eve. Alone. The one thing I didn’t want for Christmas happened to me – COVID! I mean, seriously, now? I think that I was the only person in my whole entire family who had never experienced it, and three days before Christmas, it reared its ugly head. The only […]

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  We love credit card points and miles! Without them, we wouldn’t be staying at fancy hotels in Maui, flying business class to Greece, or going on nearly free vacations to Thailand. Before you can redeem your points for free flights and hotel nights, you have to earn them. Today we are going to talk […]

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It’s that time of year to review whether you’ve used all your credit card annual benefits. If not, get to it! Nothing is worse than realizing you left some benefits on the table that you could have used. Let’s review the major benefits of some of our most popular credit cards! It’s time to check […]

Santorini, Greece windmills in Oia

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People always want to know about our top three credit card recommendations. We’ve talked about our favorite business card but let’s just talk personal cards today. Here you go!   Chase Sapphire Preferred It comes as no surprise to many of you that the Chase Sapphire Preferred card is our #1 favorite card. It is […]

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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 […]

surfboard standing in sand near ocean

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Travel Hacking Misconceptions. Everyone has them, and we hear about them daily. In an effort to teach and dispel these misconceptions, let’s go over some of them.   People Who Travel Hack are in Big Debt This could be true for some people who can’t control their spending. It certainly isn’t true for us. We […]

Beach villas with turquoise water

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Recently we asked the question, “what kept you from travel hacking” until now. The majority of people mentioned time. I’m here to tell you  – don’t let time stand in the way of travel hacking! How many times have you wished you started something (that ended up being great for you) sooner? I get it. […]

Young girl with duck water wings on playing in ocean

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Yep! It’s that time – time to plan Spring/Summer travel! Don’t let the holidays, which will be here before we know it, get in the way of your future travels. Nothing is worse than being ready to travel and not having enough points or miles to get there! Or want to travel and not know […]

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Chase Ultimate Rewards are our favorite points currency. We love the flexibility that these points offer. It is also pretty easy to earn a bunch of these points because many cards offer them. There are the Chase Ink Business cards, the Freedom cards, and the Sapphire cards. With the incredible increase in the Chase Ink […]

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You are probably wondering why we are writing about bank account bonuses when we are usually talking about credit cards. Well, credit cards are great for paying for your flights and hotels but what about food, tours, rental cars, and massages? We found another way to fund these items.  Bank account bonuses come into play […]

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With the increased offer on the Chase Ink Business cards, many people are wishing they could get one again or wondering, “can I have both?” The answer is YES! Let’s go over how to get a business card again using our favorites, the Chase Ink Business cards, as an example.   Chase Business Cards Chase […]

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Using your credit card like a debit card is the way to meet minimum spending and earn a lot of free travel. Remember when we used to use checks to pay for things? So old school, right? Then we changed over to using a debit card for most of our purchases, and that was such […]

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Recently, Alex and I planned a trip to Paris. Of course, we had to go to the Louvre when we are there. I actually love going to museums. Did you know that cardholders with a Capital One Credit Card can enjoy a great benefit – the Cultivist? This allows access for cardholders, and up to […]

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