If the alternative is cash or a debit card, then by all means make an airline credit card your go-to. However, if you have a card that earns flexible travel-rewards points, that’s the one that should be coming out of your wallet. I’m not saying airline credit cards are bad — because they’re not — Read full post »
Sites like CreditSesame.com, CreditKarma.com and WisePiggy.com are great as they’re completely free and offer you access to a credit score. The only downside to these sites is that the credit score they provide is based off a scoring model that your creditor isn’t likely to use when they calculate your credit score. These sites use Read full post »
Thanks to the wonderful world of miles and points, I haven’t had to fly long-haul economy since July 2012 when I flew on a now-defunct Iberia flight from Madrid to San Juan. But a week from today, I will be flying to Iceland in coach. Not only will I be flying economy class, but I Read full post »
I like to think I’m a savvy traveler. I can go for a week with just a small backpack and I haven’t checked luggage in a decade. I have organized all my foreign currency in a file and have little charts with the exchange rates calculated out. I do my research on how much taxi Read full post »
Alaska Airlines isn’t part of an alliance, but they have a great set of partners and award rules that make their miles extremely valuable. Let’s take a look at one big reason why Alaska Airlines award rules are fantastic: free stopovers on Alaska one-way awards. Alaska is one of very few programs that allows stopovers Read full post »
Katy has been on a National Park kick the last couple years and this year, Yellowstone was her desire. It would be her first trip there. I was last in Yellowstone in 1968 as a recent high school grad, a long-haired hippie kid and George McGovern backer, as I recall. My, how things have changed Read full post »
Over the years, we’ve had many readers share their success stories with us. Folks for whom traveling domestically once a year was a luxury are now traveling the world with just a few credit card sign-up bonuses. And the best part? They are sharing their stories with us and others who benefit from knowing that Read full post »
The points and miles world is vast and there is a lot of stuff to learn when you’re just starting out. You can read the Rookie Guide to get a better sense of how things work, but you’re bound to make some mistakes. I know because I have. Here are five of the most common mistakes to Read full post »
Every week I travel less and less for work. Picking up points and miles on a business’ dime just isn’t what it used to be for me. While credit card sign-up bonuses are still the most lucrative way to pick up massive amounts of points and miles, and using your card day-to-day consistently builds your Read full post »
A few days ago, I almost paid $88 to upgrade one segment of an upcoming flight from coach to first class. Almost. I actually selected the seat and was ready to pull the trigger – then, all of a sudden, a feeling of panic came over me. My flight was free for a work event, Read full post »
Recently, I received a comment on PMM Travel Consulting’s Facebook page regarding a FrugalTravelGuy article I had shared. The commenter wrote that she had incorrectly been assessed the annual fee for a credit card with an annual fee that was supposed to be waived the first year. I was a little surprised by her comment and Read full post »
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