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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 Book Kimpton Hotels With Points

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. This 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 was lucky enough to get into this hobby when… Continue Reading

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Replacing The Barclay Arrival Plus Card

Wallet filled with a stack of credit cards

A couple of weeks ago my Barclay Arrival Plus account was shut down, which was really unfortunate because that was my primary credit card for manufactured spending. People often cite the $89 annual fee as a reason to get rid… Continue Reading

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R.I.P Arrival Plus: Barclay Shuts Down All My Credit Cards

Barclay Credit Card Account Shutdown

Happy New Year everyone (seems the period to keep saying it never ends)! It’s not off to a great start, thanks to Barclay shutting down all of my credit cards. And my family’s. But the glass is still half full… 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