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7+ Ways To Eat For FREE While Traveling

Fruit Buffet Spread at Nizuc Resort Cancun

Food is probably of the biggest expenses most people factor into their travel budgets. Sure, you can eat every meal at McDonald’s, but if you’re traveling abroad, you probably want to experience something of the local culture. Food is one… Continue Reading

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Manufactured Spending With a Full Time Job

Desk with laptop: Manufactured Spending with a Full Time Job

I started a new full time job a month ago. I was a little concerned about how it would affect my manufactured spending activities, but I’m happy to report it’s been largely positive. My work schedule is manageable and the commute is… 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

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How to Decide When to Redeem Miles vs. Pay for Travel

Woman carries luggage at the airport terminal

One thing I get asked about most often by newbies is how I decide when to redeem miles and when to pay for travel. After all, points and miles are precious. Whether you’re earning them from credit card sign-up bonuses… Continue Reading

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How to Redeem Points for Award Stays at Kimpton Hotels

Kimpton Ink48 NYC Hotel Lobby

When IHG acquired Kimpton back in 2014, the company announced that they would keep the Kimpton Karma Rewards program intact. They’ve kept true to their word, which has kept Kimpton fans happy but left IHG loyalists disappointed because it hasn’t… Continue Reading

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R.I.P: 6 of My Favorite Manufactured Spending Deals That Are Now Dead

Cash register manufactured spending

Manufactured spending is a great way to generate more miles and points after a credit card sign-up bonus has posted. It’s how I earn most of my miles and points, as I’ve been lucky enough to have gotten into this hobby… Continue Reading