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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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4 Cheap Ways to Fly Business Class From New York to Dubai Using Miles

Qatar Airways A350 New Business Class Seat

Reader Khalid is new to this hobby and wants to book a business class ticket from New York to Dubai using airline miles. His preference is to fly one of the big three Middle Eastern carriers (Emirates, Etihad, Qatar Airways). Furthermore,… 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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Why I’m Not MS’ing Much These Days

Purse full of Visa gift cards

I’ve been getting emails lately from readers who are curious about why I stopped my manufactured spending posts. Have I given up on gift card churning completely or am I just not writing about it? It’s really down to the… Continue Reading

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My Stay at the Conrad Dubai During New Year’s Eve 2016

Conrad Dubai Hotel Lobby Christmas Tree

After a great stay at the Conrad Makkah, I chose the Conrad Dubai for our stay over New Year’s. The Conrad Dubai is a gorgeous hotel located on Sheikh Zayed Road, close to public transportation. So it was a bit disappointing when it… Continue Reading

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Retaining Top-Tier Elite Benefits Without Hyatt Globalist Status

Hyatt Centric Chicago Downtown The Loop Lobby Front Desk

On March 1, something unthinkable will happen: For the first time in four years, I won’t have top-tier Hyatt elite status….and I’m totally fine with it. If I’m being perfectly honest, being a Hyatt Diamond member isn’t all its cracked… Continue Reading

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6 Best Credit Cards for People Who Aren’t Into Manufactured Spending

Wallet filled with a stack of credit cards

I’ve written a few posts about the best credit cards to use for manufactured spending, but not everyone earns their points that way. What if you’re not involved in manufactured spending at all? Plenty of people steer clear of manufactured… Continue Reading