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Paying Taxes With Credit Cards: 10 Scenarios That Might Make Sense

April 15, 2014

It’s Tax Day, and one of the questions I’m asked the most at this time of year is whether paying taxes with a credit card is a good way to rack up points and miles and if so, what credit card to use to maximize your taxes. It would seem like paying your taxes using […]

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Top 10 Reasons To Buy US Airways Miles with the 100% Share Bonus

April 8, 2014

Now through Sunday, April 13, US Airways is offering a 100% bonus on shared miles. It’s a tiered bonus, so to score the full 100% you must transfer 30,000 miles or more, but this is an amazing deal because it basically amounts to “buying” new bonus miles at the rate of 1.1 cents each, which […]

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10 Tips for Negotiating a Lucrative Airline Bump

April 3, 2014

Tuesday night, I was set to fly a non-stop American Airlines flight from Recife, Brazil to Miami on a business class award. While booking my ticket several weeks prior, I had noticed the flight was pretty packed, with coach almost full and only two business class seats left. This wasn’t too surprising, as this is the only non-stop […]

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Top 11 Awards To Book With US Airways Miles Now That It Is In Oneworld

April 1, 2014

March 31st has come and gone – and that means that US Airways (and TAM) has transitioned from Star Alliance to Oneworld. However, the airline has retained several Star Alliance partners as well, including some popular ones like Singapore Airlines, South African Airways and EVA. All told, you can now redeem US Airways miles on […]

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Top 10 Ways To Survive A Ryanair Flight

March 25, 2014

Veteran low-cost traveler and TPG contributor Lori Zaino offers some valuable advice on how to fly on notorious budget carrier Ryanair. These tips and tricks might just get you to your destination without (too many!) stressful moments and crazy last-minute fees. Low-cost carriers like Ryanair can certainly be cheap, and a lot of folks decide […]

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Top 10 Ways To Meet Credit Card Bonus Minimum Spending Requirements

March 18, 2014

A lot of readers have applied for the 100,000-mile bonus on the Citi Executive AAdvantage card since it appeared a couple months ago and are now thinking of ways to meet the minimum spending requirement of $10,000 in 3 months. In my own recent round of applications, I was approved for four cards – the […]

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Top 11 Ways to Redeem Delta SkyMiles

March 11, 2014

What with Delta’s recent announcements about instituting a new revenue-based SkyMiles earning structure in 2015, and a new five-tiered award chart that will go into effect as well, plus upcoming award chart devaluations, you might be thinking how best to dispose of your SkyMiles…or SkyPesos as many folks have been calling them for a while […]

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Top 10 Reasons Why I Dumped Delta

March 4, 2014

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. I was a loyal Delta flyer (and enthusiast) for years. I had top-tier Diamond Medallion status (and used to love it), I was able to use SkyMiles to fly all over the world, I frequented SkyClubs throughout […]

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Top 10 Southwest Airlines Destinations To Book Pre-Devaluation

February 25, 2014

Update: This offer is no longer available. View the current offer for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card here. Offer expired March 9, 2014. I know that a lot of folks have applied for the current 50,000-point sign-up offers on the Southwest credit cards and hope to put their points to use on Wanna Get Away […]

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Top 10 Ways To Maximize Barclaycard Arrival Miles

February 18, 2014

The Barclaycard Arrival‘s minimum spending requirement to earn the 40,000-mile sign-up bonus is tripling from $1,000 in 90 days to $3,000 in 90 days very, very soon. I thought I would re-run this post which ran in June 2013 to help those new to the BarclayCard Arrival understand the ins and outs of the programs and how to […]

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The Top 11 Checking Accounts for Avoiding Foreign ATM Fees

February 11, 2014

By now we all know to look out for foreign transaction fees on the credit cards that we use while traveling abroad – no one likes paying a 3% premium simply to make everyday purchases just because you’re not doing so in the US. But what might slip your mind is whether or not your […]

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Top 17 Travel Apps

January 28, 2014

Last-minute trips are becoming more and more common these days due to last-minute award availability and the proliferation of apps designed specifically to help travelers make bookings in a hurry. Helping with everything from day-of hotel bookings to last-minute flight changes, replacing heavy guidebooks and foreign-language dictionaries, or simply providing on-the-ground local expertise…whatever your interest […]

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12 United Awards To Book Before the Big Devaluation on February 1, 2014

January 21, 2014

Probably the most dreaded day of 2014 is quickly closing in – February 1 marks the day that United will devalue its award chart. Though many awards on United itself are going up, the airline is also raising most partner awards, with some skyrocketing over 60%! Many of you with United miles to burn have […]

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Top 11 New Hotels To Check Out in 2014

January 14, 2014

A new year means it’s time to check out some of the newest hotels around the world, including many where you can earn and redeem your hotel points. Some are open already, some have opening dates set for the coming months, and a few will hopefully open their doors by the end of the year […]

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Top 10 Tips To Deal With Winter Flights Delays and Cancellations

January 7, 2014

With the nefarious-sounding “arctic vortex” swirling catastrophe upon the country and airline delays and cancellations mounting into the tens of thousands, I thought today would be a good time for a primer on tactics you can use to avoid waiting hours (or days) in an airport or on hold and spending hundreds of dollars in […]

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Tips on Using Your Frequent Flyer Miles to Plan a Warm Getaway

January 7, 2014

With record-breaking lows sweeping the entire continental US and predictions that today just might be the coldest day on record in the country (and my own Costa Rican tan already fading!), it seemed like a good time to put together a list of great tropical destinations you can get to using points and miles – […]

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My Top 10 Points, Miles and Blogging New Year’s Resolutions

December 31, 2013

A new year offers the opportunity to maximize everything in your life, especially your points, miles and spending. Before we finally say goodbye to 2013, I wanted to take a little time to think about the resolutions I want to make for 2014 to make it as productive as possible. 1. Release An App With […]

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My Top 10 Points and General Travel Christmas Wish List

December 24, 2013

Christmas is upon us, and like all good boys and girls, I have a little holiday wish list of my own for Santa when it comes to points and miles. Here are some of the things I’d like to see happen (or not happen!) this coming year – so let’s all be a little less […]

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Top 5 Ways Airline Elite Status Has Changed – And Is Going To Get Worse

December 17, 2013

There are just two weeks left in 2013, which means that elite status is much on everyone’s mind – and I know more than a few people who are off on mad last-minute dashes to requalify. Historically I’ve defended the concept of mileage runs because they might make monetary sense if the perks you’d get […]

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Top 22 Best Holiday Gifts For Travelers

December 10, 2013

Finding a great gift for the traveler in your life can be a daunting task – especially for someone who may seem to have it all. But I’ve put together this list with my 20 top picks of great items for budgets both modest and extravagant based on my own travels and wish list. Before […]

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Top 10 New Year’s Eve Destinations That Have Points Availability

December 3, 2013

Thanksgiving is already over and Christmas and New Year’s Eve will be upon us before you know it, if you haven’t booked a spot already – then it is definitely time to start thinking about where you are going to ring in 2014. For today’s Top 10, I am going to cover some great hotels […]

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8 Ways To Stay Healthy On The Road This Holiday Season

November 26, 2013

Flu season is well and truly upon us, and there is nothing worse than getting sick when you travel. It is hard enough to stay healthy when you’re tucked up warm at home, but getting on a packed plane full of sneezing, sniffling passengers in the midst of winter is the fastest way to succumb […]

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Top 10 Ways To Offset Recent Loyalty Program Devaluations

November 12, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. With all the recent miles and points devaluations – ranging from hotel chains like Hyatt and Hilton to airlines including both United and Delta (twice!) – you might think your points won’t get you anywhere these days. […]

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Top 10 Future Points and Miles Program Devaluation Predictions

November 5, 2013

This has been the year of devaluations – from the latest United news as well as staggering devaluations from Hilton and Starwood not to mention Delta and Southwest. While I hate hearing about (and reporting on) devaluations they’re a fact of life and it pays to be prepared. You’ve got to be realistic about your […]

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