Those who know me well would not be surprised to learn I am a big fan of Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan. In fact, before the Alaska Airlines-Delta Air Lines partnership came to a head, I would always credit my Delta flights to my Mileage Plan account. My rationale was simple: I could actually use Mileage Plan miles as Read full post »
The British Airways Visa Signature Card used to be one of the most popular credit cards around. However, since the April BA Avios devaluation and as the credit card earning structure changes, it has barely been mentioned anywhere. Nonetheless, I was recently reminded of one potentially extremely lucrative benefit provided by this card which just Read full post »
Humans collect things. We have for centuries. It can be coins, stamps, beanie babies, Barbie dolls, comic books, baseball cards, or miles and points. We all hoard things for the joy they bring to us, the value they hold, or just plain old addiction. In most hobbies, people pay for the things they collect. They Read full post »
The best travel rewards credit cards will never charge you a foreign transaction fee, which is a fee tacked on to some credit cards of (up to 3% !) when your credit card is used to make a purchase not in U.S. dollars. Unfortunately, a top travel rewards card does currently charge these fees: the Read full post »
I’ve been playing the miles and points game since 2002 to great success. I started talking about using rewards credit cards in the travel space in 2007 when I started the FrugalTravelGuy blog. We have seen lots of changes since then. But until today, I could not answer with certainty a reader question I got back Read full post »
Everyone wants to be #1 — sports teams, car manufacturers, musicians and, without a doubt, credit card companies. Every year, new credit card offers come out, products change, reward programs evolve and creditors vie for your business. They want to be the first card out of your wallet all the time. As points and miles enthusiasts, you want Read full post »
“What have you done for me lately?” When you look at all your loyalty programs and credit cards, do you ever ask that question? Reflecting over the past year and looking at current credit card offers, one company stands out: Citi. The introduction of the Citi Exec MasterCard and its huge bonus, a revitalized ThankYou Points program Read full post »
With the announcement of changes in the Delta award pricing almost a full year from now, the “Boo Birds” or “Negative Nellies” (as I like to call them) are out in full force. But I can assure you, travel rewards are still worth it. Why? Because you can still get more value from frequent flyer miles than Read full post »
Last week, Chase increased the public sign-up bonus offer for the Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card to 80,000 Marriot Rewards points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening. Although I have seen similar targeted offers, this is the highest public offer I have seen for this card. As high Read full post »
Meeting credit card spending bonuses has become increasingly difficult over the past year with once-popular options shutting down. These developments have made earning miles through credit card sign-up bonuses a more viable option for seasoned vets, but also may have scared off rookies who don’t want to deal with sign-up bonuses they can’t meet based Read full post »
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