As hotels prepare for what may be the busiest summer travel season of all time, multinational chains continue to entice travelers with generous points promotions. For the newly-combined Marriott-Starwood, the points continue to flow for guests who are loyal to their assorted Read full post »
If you’ve ever worked with a financial advisor, you know that a core component of coming up with a plan is to create a budget. It isn’t all about cutting your expenses per se, but it’s more about being honest with yourself Read full post »
Earlier this month, Rick, my youngest brother Stephen and my step-father Roger took a cross-country trip on Amtrak. To say it was an experience was an understatement. We booked the trip while Amtrak was still a transfer partner with Chase Ultimate Rewards Read full post »
I don’t care how many awesome benefits they come with–when I have to pay an extra $59 – $89 after a card anniversary comes around, I grit my teeth. I try to remind myself of all the benefits that make paying that Read full post »
Even when your hotels and flights are free or almost-free, a vacation can cost quite a bit if you visit an expensive city or a far away island. That’s the exact kind of situation my family encountered during our recent week in Read full post »
Credit card signup bonuses are a fantastic way to generate an influx of points and miles into a loyalty account. Having 25k, 50k, and 100k points can position you nicely to take a dream trip, but what if you need more points Read full post »
Redeeming miles for international business and first class travel is one of my core travel goals. Paying $200 out of pocket for a round-trip flight from Savannah to New York is no big deal, but ponying up $15,000 to fly round-trip in first Read full post »
Staying connected is super important to travelers these days—everyone’s glued to their cell phones or laptops, and even those who aren’t can benefit from having internet access when they travel. Whether you need wi-fi access on the ground or on a plane, Read full post »
Whenever my husband and I visit the Caribbean, we try to rent a rental car for at least one day. In my opinion, the best parts of any island are the places off the beaten path—the small unpacked beaches and coves, the Read full post »
Transferable points, such as Starwood Preferred Guest points, American Express Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Citi ThankYou Points provide many redemption options. This is why we consider them to be the most value travel rewards points. While these points can be Read full post »
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