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As a travel hacking newbie, we recognize how hard it is to keep up with all the new vocabulary and rules. Hence, we give you our Travel Hacking FAQs. We will give you a short explanation and link you to our articles that give you a more detailed explanation.   What are the basics of […]

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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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Alex’s Story Do you ever get the itch that you just NEED to go on a vacation? It usually hits me in the dead of winter–when it is freezing here in Utah and winter seems to be draggggging on. My mind takes me to a tropical beach destination in those moments, and I find myself […]

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Without points and miles, I would be reduced to being a budget traveler most of the time. Because of points and miles, I can be bougie on a budget. Points and miles have let me have some experiences I NEVER thought possible! Lay-flat Seats I remember those days that I walked past people who were […]

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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 […]

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Before you cancel a credit card, always call or chat with the issuer to see if you can get a retention offer for your credit card first. Often, banks don’t want to lose us as customers so they will give us a retention offer to entice us to keep their credit card for another year. […]

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Have you noticed those “CLEAR” check-in stations near security at the airports? They are a way to make your airport check-in times go even faster and I’m all about that. Get me to my airport lounge! I have both CLEAR and Global Entry (which includes TSA Precheck). This gets me through an airport security line […]

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Booking an Airbnb with points and miles – is it possible? Many of our readers want to know so today we will be talking all about it! There are definitely times I prefer to stay at an Airbnb, VRBO, or another vacation rental. When you are traveling in a larger group and all want to […]

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Analysis Paralysis with credit card points and miles. You get it. I get it. We all get it. It’s that feeling that we just aren’t sure what to do, so we do nothing. Or procrastinate doing something. Let’s talk a little about it today.   Getting Started in the Points and Miles Game Who has […]

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Our if only… series continues with a frequent reader thought. “If only I could take my family to Hawaii for free or at a reduced cost.”  We get it. Taking a family all the way to Hawaii and then having to get lodging is expensive. Once you get there, you still need a rental car […]

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Have you ever walked by an airport lounge and thought, “If only I could go into an airport lounge?” and wondered what they even looked like? I remember that feeling and thinking that only the very richest of people could use them or elite business travelers. I had no idea that very ordinary travelers, even those […]

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Are you a single parent? Or does it seem that all your joint income, if you have a spouse, goes towards the necessities and that there is never enough left for traveling? Do you often think, “If only I could take my family on a vacation?” We hear you. With the expenses of housing, groceries, […]

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Time for the annual travel hacking year in review! Usually, I do this in an Instagram post this year we are moving it onto the blog so I can go into more detail. Let’s start with the trips I took this year. Then I’ll move onto cards I opened. To finish up I’ll give a […]

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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 to earning points and miles and […]

White sand, turquoise waters in Aruba

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Here is my travel hacking year in review for 2021. Despite there still being a lot of Covid and variations of it going around, I got in quite a lot of travel. The thing that made 2021 different was all the testing and precautions that took place due to COVID. At this point, I feel […]

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Planning to take your family on a vacation this summer with credit cards and points? I hope you are already working on a plan, if not, time to get going! Do you want to spend the holidays next year somewhere warm like Hawaii or Mexico? If so, is important to begin earning on a card […]

Sand and Turquoise Ocean

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You’ve filled out the credit card application and your breath is held now – will they approve you? It doesn’t matter how many cards I’ve applied for, I still love/hate the anticipation of finding out if I am instantly approved! Here are some things you can do to increase your odds of a credit card […]

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Travel hacking for families, especially large families, is a little harder than travel hacking just for a couple’s trips or solo trips. You, obviously, need more points and will use more points. It certainly isn’t impossible as shown by Alex’s recent Maui trip where she had to find flights and accommodations for six people! She […]

Sitting Area of MCO Airport Lounge

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This post contains affiliate links. If you use these links we may be compensated. Thank you for your support! Using an airport lounge prior to travel or during a layover really takes the sting out of traveling. And, yes, I’ve been known to get to the airport early just to eat and relax in an […]

Airline Seats

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I don’t use card points and miles for cheap seats. Now that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t, but I have some reasons I’d like to share with you regarding why I’ve made that choice. Free is free, though. If you are buying 4 airline tickets domestically, I know it can add up to a lot […]

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