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 »
The following is the February 2016 edition of what we consider the top 10 credit card products available at the moment. The list is based on a combination of factors, including current welcome bonus offers, daily earning potential, transfer partners and bonus categories, along with the ability to redeem. January is typically a very quiet month Read full post »
When I started in this hobby, I was hungry for any technique that would save on my cost of travel. Until I could accumulate a sufficient number of hotel points — I lived on two techniques to help with my hotel costs. The first was Priceline Name Your Own Price bidding as well as the Read full post »
Regardless of where you’re traveling, choosing a hotel to stay at can be daunting. Hotel points open up so many opportunities, that choosing one property out of dozens (or hundreds, if you go the flexible rewards route) can be overwhelming. Don’t wear yourself out – here are the five main factors to consider when booking Read full post »
The IHG PointsBreak list has opened up once again, much to the delight of frugal travelers everywhere. For the low price of 5,000 Rewards Club points per night, travelers have access to over 100 properties across the United States and around the world. The current list is active through April 30, 2016, leaving us only Read full post »
Many of our readers are probably taking the time to start booking their spring break or summer travel (kudos to those who manage to go beyond that). Hotel stays are inevitably a part of that experience and if you’re paying with a flexible currency like Barclay Arrival Miles or going out of pocket, you’ll be glad Read full post »
Earlier this month, I was approved for the Citi Prestige credit card. After putting $3,000 in spending on the card within 90 days, I’ll have 50,000 Citi Thank You Points to spend. Fortunately, that’s on top of the 50,000 points I earned by signing up for the Citi Premier card last year. Despite what you Read full post »
A couple weeks ago, I was reminded of an old technique that we used as newbies that added to our hotel account balances. Many times in the past we volunteered to listen to a timeshare pitch in exchange for hotel points. We used a few simple guidelines to make the experience bearable and profitable. When Read full post »
The most rewarding way to book hotels from a points-earning standpoint is usually by booking directly through the hotel. For independent hotels, online travel agencies such as Expedia and Orbitz will let you earn points in their respective rewards programs. And if it is airline miles you want, booking sites such as Rocketmiles, and PointsHound Read full post »
“Which hotel rewards program should I earn elite status with?”— I get this question a lot from fellow hobbyists who are starting to travel more and see the benefits of having elite status. The answer to that question really depends on where you travel, what you want out of a rewards program, and which elite Read full post »
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