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    This airport lounge geek is excited that the first Chase Sapphire Lounge by the Club in the U.S. opens May 16th in Boston. Even better, I have an award flight through Boston soon! I can’t wait to check it out! Previously, one opened in Hong Kong. The list of projected Chase Sapphire Lounges includes: Austin-Bergstrom […]

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    Recently, I was trying to book a ticket to London for an upcoming trip to visit my daughter. I travel to London frequently and have used many different carriers and points for my trips. I am traveling at the start of 2024 and ended up using an airline transfer bonus to reduce my cost in miles […]

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    For years, my husband and I ALWAYS applied jointly for each credit card. Both of our names were on each and every card. That worked fine for years. Then I found travel hacking, and we quit that for good. Most major credit card issuers don’t even allow joint accounts anymore. But they do allow authorized […]

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    One of the not-so-glamorous sides of self-employment is taxes. The only silver lining is being able to pay those taxes with a credit card! Here’s how I turned a large tax payment into two free nights at a luxury Hyatt property worth over $1,200…   Options for Paying With a Credit Card You have three […]


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    I just took advantage of the Fine Hotel and Resorts offer that comes with the Platinum Card from American Express. In case you aren’t familiar with this great offer, it is basically that each year you can book a stay at a Fine Hotel and Resort with American Express, and you will get a $200 statement […]

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    My husband and I just finished a 23-day points and miles trip to three different countries – Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. As you can imagine, we learned a lot about travel on this trip. Here are my successes and failures of a points/miles trip.   Success – Costs I figured out my costs for […]

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    There are traditional ways to save on a Disney cruise—sail at off-peak times, get an inside or guaranteed stateroom, cruise on some of the older ships that aren’t as pricey. But what do you do if none of the stars align and you’ve got quite a hefty cruise bill to pay? Need a Disney cruise […]

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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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    When Chase increased the welcome offers on two of their Ink business cards, I knew we needed to apply for at least one of them. I’m still in the midst of working towards the Southwest Companion Pass for 2023-24, so I had my husband apply for the Chase Ink Unlimited card. Not only did Chase increase […]

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    Without a doubt, if you can get a business credit card, you will get more credit card points and miles for travel. When you first think about business credit cards, you may think that only thriving, “real” businesses can get a business credit card. Not so. The question, “can I get a business credit card?” […]

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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. […]

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    Do I Really Need to Worry About the Chase 5/24 Rule? We get asked this question a lot. I would say that when you begin travel hacking, I would consider this rule. I know that when I started in this game, I didn’t and so I was about 3 years into the game before I […]

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    Generally, I make a point of ignoring credit card spend categories. Say what? Isn’t that a huge thing to take into consideration when you choose a card? Don’t you want to always be using the very best card to give you the most earnings in each category? Groceries, gas, dining, etc? There are two reasons […]

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    Have you ever considered flying to a destination but not leaving the airport? Neither had I until the Capital One Lounge opened at DFW. I’d seen the photos and videos online–food, cocktails, showers, Peloton bikes. I needed to go! And I’d have free access with my Capital One Venture X card. I decided to try a […]

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    Do you see us travel on business class seats and think you need to be doing that to be successful? Do you see people traveling to the Maldives and think you should plan that trip instead of Hawaii? Have you seen our all-inclusive trips at the Hyatt Ziva Cancun and think you must be doing […]

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