We all love our reward credit cards, but many of the best ones come with annual fees that can add up and put a dent in our travel budget. That’s where $0 annual fee credit cards come in. They may not be as generous in terms of sign-up and category bonuses, but they’re a great Read full post »
My friends and I have enjoyed traveling on Amtrak trains. I’ve traveled many times from mid-Michigan to Chicago which is a very fun route that takes you right to the heart of the city. I missed out, however, on the opportunity to transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points at a very good rate and score sleeping Read full post »
In October of 2012, my wife and I each picked up the Hilton HHonors Card from American Express. I forget what the bonus was at the time, but we were looking to easily pick up some Hilton points and with no annual fee, this card was a perfect fit. Fast forward to the summer of Read full post »
It’s been a long time since I’ve been on a cruise but as a kid it was the preferred vacation method of my parents (mainly because of the kid’s clubs) and they definitely have some other great benefits. Since I’ve never been on a cruise as an adult, I have been considering going on one Read full post »
A few months back, I discussed the merits of the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, a staple in many people’s wallets. The card has been downgraded in several ways, but I argued that it’s still a valuable card with many positive attributes. Whether you already have the card or you need some convincing about whether it’s Read full post »
As I have argued in the past, one of the tenets of frugal travel is not only the ability to save money but to ultimately enjoy our travels. It is simply not enough that we go somewhere for the sake of going – rather, it is important that we actually savor the trip and enjoy Read full post »
In the last year, a lot of fuss has been made about the European low-cost carriers operating from the United States to destinations overseas. Both Norwegian Air and WOW Air have offered travelers an alternative method to travel across the Atlantic at a seemingly affordable price. Instead of waiting for an incredible sale fare or collecting Read full post »
A few weeks ago, I wrote about how I was ready to begin a $15,000+ home improvement project. Well, the horror has begun. As of this past weekend, I have no furniture to sit on (sold on Craigslist) and only one living area not stripped down to the wooden subfloor. My kids are already annoyed Read full post »
While I’ve only been once, I hear about Kauai several times a year from Rick when he visits FrugalTravelGuy headquarters in the west coast. I live in Savannah, GA, and Rick resides in Hilton Head, SC, so Kauai is about as far east to west as you can get in the U.S. My visit was Read full post »
Even though it only happened a week ago, the British Airways Avios devaluation still isn’t far from my mind. Especially since there was a flight that I had booked on the right day, but some plans changed and the flight that I ended up wanting to be on was seven hours earlier than the one Read full post »
I’m not paranoid about germs but I could certainly be more careful of the surfaces I touch when traveling. I became even more enlightened when I read a recent study conducted by TravelMath titled “Hotel Hygiene Exposed” (a follow up to their “Airline Hygiene Exposed” article) that has surprising results that will make you rush out and Read full post »
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