Category : Miles and Points

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Destinations, Miles and Points, Posted by Amy
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Getting Started With a Miles and Points Earning Credit Card

Right before Christmas, I went with a couple of friends to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for a week to stay in a beautiful luxury hotel on the beach. The most basic room at this hotel is $700+ a night, but for us, it was free using points I saved up on one of my credit cards.

A gorgeous, relaxing vacation in Mexico. For free.
If you’re looking to start the new year earning miles and points for a free trip, getting the right credit card is a good first step, but it can be overwhelming. There are so many different cards out there, and they all have different benefits, downsides, and ways to use the miles.

If you already have an affiliation with an airline or hotel program, it might be a no-brainer to get a credit card associated with your program. Fly United? A United credit will get you more miles. Stay at a Marriott? Marriott has a good card.

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Miles and Points, Posted by Amy
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Getting Elite Status and How Loyalty Pays Off

I was looking at my upcoming itineraries the other day and realized I had booked a flight from SFO -> SEA on the wrong day. Oops! But no biggie… I just called the special Delta Diamond Medallion Line and an understanding agent changed my flight for free.

Usually when you make a flight change, there’s a steep $200 change fee. However, the customer service representative changed my flight and waived the fee. Why? Well, I can’t say for certain but as a Delta Diamond Medallion, I get some really great customer service.

I’ve had a lot of good experiences recently due to having elite status in various programs, and I wanted to post about a few of them so you can see the real, tangible benefits of sticking with one hotel, airline, or car rental program.

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Miles and Points, Planning, Posted by Amy
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A Step-by-Step Guide to Booking Free Business Class Flights with Credit Card Points

The miles and points world can be a confusing one – I spent months researching how and when I could get my family to Europe an Africa on business class award flights. However, there are actually some very simple ways to go from using your credit card to booking an amazing free flight. In this post, I go step-by-step and show you exactly what I did to book a free business class flight within Europe.

There are many different points programs and airlines, and the process for redeeming points and miles is highly dependent on the rules of each program. Sometimes it’s very complicated, but it can also be very quick and easy. In this example, I use Chase Ultimate Rewards points to book a Business class flight on United, and it took less than 10 minutes.

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Destinations, Family Travel, Miles and Points, Planning, Posted by Amy, Travel Activities
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How I Convinced My Family to Take a Crazy $60,000 Trip with Me

Three years ago, my parents and sister had never been outside of the U.S., except to go to Canada a few times. And Canada is basically the United States with people who say “eh” and apologize a lot. It doesn’t count. (Love you Canadians!) So I got this idea that I wanted them to take a trip with me. And not just any trip… a crazy, mind-blowing, once-in-a-lifetime trip.

I’d floated the idea of an African safari before, which is my ultimate dream trip, and my parents were not interested at all. They’re like “How about we just go to Florida?” Which is fair, but, a lot less exciting and without the lions.

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Miles and Points, Posted by Amy
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How to Take Free Trips Using Miles and Points

view of the beach from St Regis room porch
At the St. Regis Mauritius, the rooms open right up to the beach on the Indian Ocean
Miles and points are a big business these days, and if you use them correctly, you can take trips that would be otherwise completely out of reach for the average person.

These types of trips include international Business Class flights in lie-flat seats, luxury resorts, and high-end hotels in big cities.

These flights can easyly run $10,000, but with miles, you can get them for almost nothing. The best hotels can be $500 to $1,500 a night, but free to people who know how to maximize their points.

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