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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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Should You Use Cash Back Rewards To Cover Manufactured Spending Fees?

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

A few weeks ago, I wrote about how to eliminate manufactured spending fees. I cited tools like the iBotta app, gift card promotions, shopping portals, and cash back credit cards. When cash back portals reduce payouts and I have no… 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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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. There are still lots of great ways to redeem 100,000 Avios. However, the current sign-up bonus isn’t quite as good as it was… Continue Reading

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Why I Don’t Manufacture Spend With the Starwood Credit Card

Rewards credit Cards in a wallet

A lot of people ask me why I don’t use American Express Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards for manufactured spending as much, even though its such a valuable currency. The reason I don’t do it is because American Express isn’t the most… Continue Reading

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Earning Points and Elite Night Credit For Multiple Hotel Rooms

Hilton Munich Airport Suite Upgrade

What’s great about hotel loyalty programs is that unlike airlines, they allow you to earn points for other people’s travels. Whether your friends or family members are tagging along with you or heading off on their own trips, you can… Continue Reading