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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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Top 12 Things That Should Be In Every Hotel Room

October 29, 2013

As someone who spends well over 100 nights a year in hotels, I thought it was high time to put together a post with my thoughts about what every hotel room should offer (and what they definitely should not) in addition to all the basics like free WiFi, good personalized A/C and heating, and, you […]

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Top 10 Cards In My Wallet And What I Use Each For

October 22, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. The offer mentioned below for the Business Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Update:  As of July 20, 2014, the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card no longer offers the 7% annual points dividend. […]

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A Rundown of Top US Hotel Gyms

October 17, 2013

One of the first amenities that I look at when booking a hotel is their spa and workout facilities. With the extra calories that are so often consumed while traveling, it is great to know that there is somewhere close-by to burn them off. The majority of hotels have a fitness center, but they are […]

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10 Obsessive Behaviors of Miles and Point Junkies

October 15, 2013

I love Buzzfeed’s witty, belly laugh-inducing Top lists like the 23 Signs You’ve Lived In New York City Too Long, 13 Simple Steps To Get You Through A Rough Day or even 16 Signs You’re Addicted To The Real Housewives (which might or might not be my favorite). Lists are great way to procrastinate on getting anything […]

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Ways To Save On Rental Cars

October 9, 2013

Award travelers quickly pick up ways to save money on airlines and hotels, but rental cars are the next greatest expense. Therefore,  TPG contributor Jason Steele has made it his mission to find every possible way to cut these costs. One way is through points and miles, see Earning the Most Miles and Points on Car […]

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Top 10 Airline Economy Award Redemptions

October 1, 2013

Miles, points and elite status are great for leveling the playing field of the “haves and have nots” in the sky because they allow ordinary people to sit in seats that they normally wouldn’t be able to afford. However, for a majority of people business and first class are either not an option (family travelers […]

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Top 10 Signs You’re Addicted to Miles and Points

September 24, 2013

Lately Buzzfeed has been on a roll filling up my Facebook newsfeed with witty Top lists that at times have made me laugh out loud like a lunatic. Whether it is 23 Signs You’ve Lived In New York City Too Long, 13 Simple Steps To Get You Through A Rough Day or even 16 Signs You’re Addicted […]

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Top 10 Most Valuable World MasterCard Benefits

September 17, 2013

When I talk about points, I often stress the importance of building up a diversified portfolio of points and miles to give you the most flexibility both for earning lucrative bonuses when they come along as well as increasing your redemption opportunities when you want to book award travel. Credit cards are a huge part […]

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Top 10 Most Ridiculous Airline Fees

September 10, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  Although the flying public seems to have accustomed itself to more and more airline fees in the past few years for everything from checking a bag to choosing a window seat, there are still some ridiculous, and […]

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Top 25 Travel Credit Cards With The Lowest Bonus Minimum Spending Requirements

September 3, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. The offer mentioned below for the Capital One Venture Rewards Card has expired. View the current offer here. Update: Some of the offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here:Gold Delta SkyMiles, Platinum Delta SkyMiles, Delta Reserve Credit Card. […]

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Top 10 Ways To Get A Better Economy Seat

August 27, 2013

After the Twitterific fiasco I went through trying to secure KLM Economy Comfort seats for my upcoming trip to Cape Town while booking my flights through Delta last week, I thought it might be interesting to take a look at strategies for getting a better economy seat with the major airlines. The difference between a […]

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Top 10 Reasons I Don’t Want A US Airways American Airlines Merger To Go Through

August 20, 2013

Although the corporate teams at both American Airlines and US Airways seem to be just as strongly committed to the proposed merger of the two airlines as ever, and it was proceeding smoothly until the US Justice Department’s announcement last week that it would be suing to block the merger, a lot of people have […]

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Top 12 Things You Didn’t Know About Global Entry

August 13, 2013

Although the summer travel season is winding down, plenty of Americans are still traveling abroad on last-minute summer trips, so getting Global Entry is a time-saving tool no international traveler should be without. Global Entry is the US government’s expedited immigration program for frequent travelers and helps speed travelers through customs and immigration without having […]

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Top 7 Ways For College Students To Build Credit and Rack Up Points and Miles

August 13, 2013

While many college students spend years racking up debt instead of pulling in lucrative salaries, that doesn’t mean they need to forego accruing valuable miles and points. Whether you want to redeem miles for a study abroad trip or simply rake in credit card points that can be used for cash-back, there’s no reason why […]

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Top 10: Airline Economy Seats to Avoid

August 6, 2013

A big trend among airlines is to roll out new, fancy business class products to woo the premium business traveler, who seems to be out and traveling once again as the globaly economy chugs along to (hopefully) brighter days. But what about the huge majority of passengers who fly in economy? Luckily some airlines are […]

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