Earn Points Through Credit Card Sign Ups- Part 1: Count the Cost

Do you want to earn a large number of points and miles for travel?  If so, the single best piece of advice may be to sign up for a credit card with a big welcome bonus. To learn more, read on! Welcome to the world of points and miles! We’re sharing how ordinary people can travel to extraordinary places with the use of airline miles and hotel points. This post is part of a series on “Getting Started with Points and Miles”. Here are the topics: Getting Started with Points and MilesLook and Learn Before You LeapDecide What Type of Reward Points…

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How Buying Airline Miles Reduced Expenses On Our Trip To Dubai

Buying miles is not part of our normal strategy for award flights, but on our recent trip to Dubai, it made sense.  We decided to fly Emirates business class, and considered two options for how to pay for the award tickets.  Two Options Option #1 - Use Emirates Skyward miles to book the Emirate flight.   This is the most straightforward path.  The total cost for two tickets would be 247,500 Skyward miles plus approximately $1750 in taxes and fees.   In this scenario we would generate the Skyward miles by transferring 247,500 American Express Membership Rewards points, which convert into Skyward miles at a 1:1 transfer ratio. …

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Hilton Extends Weekend Night Certificates

With everything going on, this may be the least of your worries. But in case it effects you, Hilton extends Weekend Night Rewards through August 31st, 2021. These are the free nights earned by holders of the American Express Hilton cards. Here's the text of the email. Dear__________, I wanted to follow up on the recent message you received from our CEO, Chris Nassetta. In addition to the enhancements Hilton communicated, we are extending the expiration date of the Weekend Night Reward(s) you earned as a Hilton Honors American Express Card Member.   We appreciate that you choose to travel with us and…

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Earn Your First Points

Welcome to the world of points and miles!  We’re sharing how ordinary people can travel to extraordinary places with the use of airline miles and hotel points.  In this series we lay out steps to save money and travel more.  These steps include: Getting Started with Points and MilesLook and Learn Before You LeapDecide What Type of Reward Points You Want to Begin EarningSign-Up For a Frequent Flyer AccountEarn Your First PointsEarn Points Through Credit Card Sign Ups- Part 1- Count the CostEarn Points Through Credit Card Sign Ups- Part 2- Nine Steps to FollowEarn Points Through Credit Card SpendingEarn…

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How Valuable Is the Rakuten Visa Card?

How valuable is the Rakuten Visa for those who collect points and miles?  On February 15th, 2020 The Rakuten Visa excluded three stores from earning 3x when shopping through the Rakuten Portal: Giftcardmall, Giftcards.com and Raise. Here is a portion of the statement they shared: Starting February 15, 2020, Rakuten Cash Back Visa® Credit Card purchases made through Rakuten on GiftCardMall.com, GiftCards.com and Raise.com will be eligible for 1% Cash Back instead of an extra 3% Cash Back. Is this a big deal or not?  It depends.  For many people the card functions as it always has, it earns 3x when shopping…

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The Not-So-Obvious Risk of Award Tickets: Buying Miles, Award Tickets and AA Shutdowns

We recently wrote a post on why buying points and miles can make sense.  Our example involved buy Alaska miles for a business class flight on Emirates.  In this post we want to point out a risk when buying miles to book an award ticket. This risk was recently highlighted when American Airlines shut down a number of accounts and cancelled award tickets. But first, a reminder of why buying airline miles can make sense. When Buying Airline Miles Can Make Sense Let’s say you want to fly business class on American Airlines from Los Angeles to London.  The cash price for the ticket is…

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Sign Up For A Frequent Flyer Account (or other rewards program).

Welcome to the world of points and miles!  We’re sharing how ordinary people can travel to extraordinary places with the use of airline miles and hotel points.  In this series we lay out steps to save money and travel more.  These steps include: Getting Started with Points and MilesLook and Learn Before You LeapDecide What Type of Reward Points You Want to Begin EarningSign-Up For a Frequent Flyer AccountEarn Your First PointsEarn Points Through Credit Card Sign Ups- Part 1- Count the CostEarn Points Through Credit Card Sign Ups- Part 2- Ten Steps to FollowEarn Points Through Credit Card SpendingEarn…

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Booking Our Outbound Flight to Dubai and The Maldives

We’re planning a two-week trip to Dubai and the Maldives.    For the outbound flight we decided to fly Emirate.  Emirate operates a non-stop flight from LAX to Dubai on their A380.  We booked an award ticket that included a one week layover.  We would fly from Los Angeles to Dubai, stay in Dubai for a week, and then continue on from Dubai to the Maldives.  Both of these flights are allowed on a single award booking. When it comes to booking award flights on Emirates, there are several points and miles options.  The most straightforward approach is to use Emirates Skyward miles to book the flight.  This…

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Decide What Type of Reward Points You Want to Begin Earning

Welcome to the world of points and miles!  We’re sharing how Ordinary People can travel to Extraordinary Places by using airline miles and hotel points.  In this series we lay out steps to save money and travel more.  Here are the topics we cover.  Getting Started with Points and MilesLook and Learn Before You LeapDecide What Type of Reward Points You Want to Begin EarningSign-Up For a Frequent Flyer AccountEarn Your First PointsEarn Points Through Credit Card Sign Ups- Part 1- Count the CostEarn Points Through Credit Card Sign Ups- Part 2- Ten Steps to FollowEarn Points Through Credit Card SpendingEarn Points Through…

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