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Rewards Program Changes Coming in 2017

The new year is off to kind of a shaky start, with many upcoming changes in the points and miles world to be aware of. Some of them are good, while others you really have to put your rose-colored glasses… Continue Reading

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Points and Miles Checklist: Things to Do in October

I’ve slacked off on writing my monthly things to do lists partly because I got lazy and partly because…there was nothing to do. That’s changed with the end of the year approaching. Lots of promotions, both targeted and public, 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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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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Year-End Checklist: Annual Credit Card Spending Bonuses

We’re less than 30 days away from the end of the year, which means it’s time to rev up spending on our credit cards – at least the ones that offer annual spending bonuses. With all the year-end sales and… 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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Earning Miles on Tax Payments

I just got an email from the guy that does my taxes and it makes me wish I lived in Switzerland, because it might just be cheaper and they have better chocolate. If you find yourself owing taxes this year, take solace… Continue Reading

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Virgin America’s 2-for-1 Dallas Fare Promotion

Virgin America is running a 2-for-1 promotion on fares to/from Dallas (DAL), as part of their “Higher Expectations” campaign. To get in on this deal, simply head over to the promotion page and refer three friends to the Virgin America… Continue Reading

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Earn Extra Miles on Charitable Donations

It’s the end of the year and whether it’s the holiday spirit or the thought of tax season coming up, you’re likely thinking about making a charitable donation and getting the most miles for your buck. While I’m personally not… Continue Reading