Note: Some offers mentioned in this post are no longer available. Click here for an updated list of current credit card sign up bonuses. Since I often receive questions about the amount of miles that the AAdvantage program charges for some American Airlines award tickets, I thought that I should explain how American Airlines AAdvantage … Continue reading What You Need to Know When Booking American Airlines Award Tickets
Most Americans do not collect Etihad miles, so I can understand why this seems like a strange post. I have never flown on an Etihad flight, nor do I collect Etihad miles. But I recently used Etihad miles to book award tickets on flights operated by American Airlines. If you don't have Etihad miles, don't … Continue reading How To Book American Airlines Flights With Amex Membership Rewards Points (Etihad Miles)
Before you apply for your first credit card First of all, opening credit cards does not hurt your credit score in the long run. What will hurt your score is if you miss payments and/or run up high balances that you cannot immediately pay. I am not a financial professional of any kind but I … Continue reading Miles, Points, and Travel Credit Card Rewards 101
Ryan and I have been lucky enough to book some amazing trips in the past 5 years thanks to miles and points. But many people including our family and friends have been skeptical of how we're able to book our trips. I can't really blame them because it really does seem too good to be … Continue reading Take it from a beginner: you can book Costa Rica for ~$80 per person!
Most credit cards that earn points/miles that you can redeem for travel fall into one of 4 categories: Airline co-branded cards Hotel co-branded cards Cards that earn bank points. Examples: Chase Sapphire Preferred Chase Sapphire Reserve The Platinum Card® from American Express Cash-back cards. Examples: Venture® from Capital One® Citi® Double Cash Card Chase Freedom Discover … Continue reading The Downside of Cash Back Credit Cards
I wanted to explain the differences between all of the types of credit cards and award currencies that I discuss on this blog. This is something that tends to be confusing for those who are new to award travel, so I hope this helps to clarify. Most credit cards that earn points/miles that you can … Continue reading 4 different types of travel reward credit cards