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Airline Award Ticket Change and Cancellation Fees

travelers at an airport gate area looking over a plane

A couple of weeks ago I shared my anxiety about booking travel in advance and a reader suggested a post about award change and cancellation fees might be in order. Booking flights with airline miles is great but sometimes things… Continue Reading

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Is It Worth Spending $20,000 on the British Airways Visa to Earn 100,000 Avios?

Mile Earning Credit Cards

Last week I wrote about how to spend the 100k sign-up bonus from the British Airways Visa. While there are still lots of great ways to redeem 100,000 Avios, unfortunately the bonus isn’t quite  as good as it was before… Continue Reading

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Which Purchases Qualify for the $300 Sapphire Reserve Travel Credit?

One of the best features of the Sapphire Reserve card is the $300 annual travel statement credit. This credit automatically applies to any qualifying travel purchase made with the card. But what qualifies as travel, according to Chase? Reader Jake… Continue Reading

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Review: Etihad Business Class San Francisco to Abu Dhabi

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

In December, a ton of Etihad business class seats became available from San Francisco to Jeddah, just in time for my Umrah trip. Etihad has a great business class product, but I was really just relieved to be able to… Continue Reading

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How to Book Umrah Travel With Points and Miles

Kaaba Masjid al-Haram and Clock Tower in Mecca

Back in December, I booked a trip to Mecca and Medina to perform Umrah with my family. For those who are unfamiliar with the concept, Umrah is the “lesser” pilgrimage Muslims make to Mecca. It’s much less rigorous and there are… Continue Reading

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My Month in Manufactured Spending: $4,000+ Worth of Points, Miles, and Cash Back Earned in November

Earning points and miles through manufactured spending September

November was a good month in terms of manufactured spending. A lot of great merchant gift card deals popped up that I took advantage of. In total, I managed to earn over $4,000 worth of points and miles at very… Continue Reading