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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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Marriott Hotel + Air Awards vs. Starwood Nights & Flights: Which Provides More Value?

Airplane Flying Over Eiffel Tower Paris

The Marriott takeover of Starwood is off to a great start, with generous status match offers and a 1:3 transfer ratio for SPG point transfers to Marriott and Ritz Carlton. I’ve already covered how much value members can get by… Continue Reading

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The Most Useful Resource for Learning About Points and Miles

It’s been about five years since I got involved in the points and miles game, and it’s really changed my life for the better. Not just in terms of how I’m able to travel, but how I earn a living… Continue Reading

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Earn up to 15% Cash Back for Buying Points

For a while, there was a huge influx of blog posts out there about buying points. Whether it was airline miles or hotel points, bloggers kept writing about what a good deal buying these points was. When Alaska Airlines made… Continue Reading

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Current Increased Credit Card Offers: What’s Hot and What’s Not

There are several increased credit card sign-up bonus offers out there right now that are getting a lot of coverage on various blogs. Some of these offers really are great, while others are getting way more attention than they deserve. None… Continue Reading

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The Cheapest Way to Book a Disney Cruise with Points

It’s been a while since I’ve watched the Travel Channel, but a few years ago they were running a constant stream of shows about cruising. One show focused on Disney Cruises, which looked really fun – even to someone who… Continue Reading

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New Aeroplan Redemption Rates Compared to Other Programs

Air Canada’s frequent flyer program, Aeroplan, has announced some changes to their award chart that will take effect on December 15, 2015. Some award redemptions originating outside of the U.S. and Canada are decreasing. In addition, one-way redemptions on award… Continue Reading

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Travel Hacking From Abroad

Most of my readers are based in the U.S., but every once in a while I’ll get an email from an American living abroad who wants to know how to continue earning points and miles while away from home. I’m… Continue Reading

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Points and Miles Checklist: Things to Do in March

Between the many hotel devaluations and the airline industry’s continued assault on it’s most loyal customers, it’s been a rough month for those in the points and miles game. There’s nothing to be done about these things except to adjust… Continue Reading

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“Attack Fare” Alert: Flights to Europe for Under $500 Round-trip

Update: The Flight Deal has found additional deals throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East for under $800. I said I wouldn’t write about mistake fares due to how quickly they disappear, but this is technically an attack fare. Plus, I… Continue Reading