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Earning Miles vs. Cash Back: Which Makes More Sense?

Discover It Miles Credit Card 3% Cash Back Bonus First Year

A while back, I wrote about the merits of using cash back rewards to cover manufactured spending fees vs. travel expenses. An interesting question came up: “Why not just use a travel rewards credit card from the get-go instead of a… Continue Reading

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6 Ways to Get Around a Lack of Airline Award Space

Etihad Airways Business Class Seat 1K on the 777-200 San Francisco to Abu Dhabi

One of the biggest challenges with collecting airline miles and points is redeeming them. Airlines intentionally make it difficult for people to redeem miles. Never did that become more clear to me than during a recent visit to the dentist.… Continue Reading

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4 Cheap Ways to Redeem Miles for JAL Sky Suites to Japan

JAL Sky Suite Business Class Seat

I started a new job recently and my co-workers have been curious about this hobby and how I’ve managed to get incredible value out of points and miles. After an informal Q&A, one person relayed her goal to travel to… Continue Reading

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65,000 Mile Citi Platinum AAdvantage Card: A Reminder of How Much I Miss Credit Card Churning

American Airlines First Class Seat 777-300ER

I don’t churn credit card much. Sure, I’ve gone a little nuts in the past with Alaska Visa card applications and I did take full advantage of the 100,000 miles Citi AAdvantage Executive card offer three years ago. But I… Continue Reading

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5 Rewards Currencies You SHOULD Be Earning Speculatively

Economy class airplane seats

One of the most common pieces of advice you’ll hear in this hobby is “don’t earn points and miles speculatively.” What does that mean? It means you shouldn’t collect points and miles without a goal in mind. Rewards programs can… Continue Reading

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The Do’s and Dont’s of Trading Miles

Air France and KLM's Flying Blue program is now an Ultimate Rewards transfer partner!

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you’re short on miles but paying for travel isn’t an option? Perhaps you’ve focused on collecting miles that have been devalued or there is no award availability. Maybe you have a… Continue Reading