Why You Should Turn off Pay Over Time and an Easy Way To Earn 20,000 Membership Rewards

American Express offers two different types of card - regular credit cards we are all very familiar with and the no pre-set spending limit cards.

Why the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card Is the Best Card for Newbies

If you are new to the points and miles hobby and want to learn how you too can travel for free, you’ve come to the right place. To paraphrase the famous saying, the journey of a thousand miles starts with a single credit card. 

You might be wondering why the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card is the best credit card for newbies.

Alaska Airlines Joins Oneworld: Now What?

On March 31, 2021, Alaska Airlines officially joined the Oneworld airline alliance. Oneworld now has 14 member airlines with a fantastic global reach and includes some of the top-rated airlines in the world such as Cathay Pacific and Qatar. 

So what exactly does this mean for travelers? So far we’ve only seen the good news.

Star Alliance Options to Consider for Flying from the U.S. to Europe

Star Alliance is the biggest airline alliance in the world with 26 member airlines and includes some of the best airlines in the world, such as Austrian and Lufthansa. Thanks to Star Alliance’s reach within Europe, U.S.

A Review of the Hyatt Ziva and Zilara Cap Cana

My husband and I recently spent eight nights at Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic. In short, the hotel is situated on a beautiful white sand beach, its architecture and the landscaping are simply stunning and its staff are almost all uniformly welcoming and are extremely good at showing hospitality. 

The food was hit or miss and, overall, not stellar but solid, and that’s my only criticism of the resort.

Updates to the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card and Chase Sapphire Reserve Bonuses

Chase hasn't given us anything to get terribly excited about since the introduction of the Chase Freedom Flex and updates to the Chase Freedom Unlimited a few months ago, but today Chase has decided to shake things up again.

Chase has just bumped up the welcome bonus on its most popular card, the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card, to 80,000 Ultimate Rewards Points after $4,000 spend in 3 months.

Incredible 50,000 Membership Rewards Points Welcome Bonus

The Blue Business Plus card from American Express is an old favorite of ours. And shortly after coming out with a great welcome offer on the American Express ® Business Gold Card, American Express decided to surprise us again and came up with another incredible offer.

And don't forget, more people are often eligible for business cards than realize it.

Rewards Earning Strategy for Domestic Economy Travelers

If your travel goals include mostly domestic travel, and you are traveling as a family and need to book multiple seats, then your travel rewards earning strategy is likely very different from someone who’s looking for aspirational redemptions in first or business class.

Let’s look at a few ways of maximizing your points redemptions and dive into the credit card strategy for domestic travelers. We’ll look at using transferable currencies, such as Chase Ultimate Rewards or Citi ThankYou points because they offer much better flexibility and many more redemption options than airline miles.

Anatomy of an Award: My First Trip To Florida’s Gulf Coast

I must admit, I’ve been to many countries throughout the world, but I’ve only been to Florida once in my life. So between the latest COVID-related travel restrictions that include testing before you can fly back to the U.S., and my need to escape the cold grey Midwest winter, I’ve decided that now is a good time to explore South Florida’s Gulf Coast. I was attracted by the wide, white sand beaches, mild February temperatures and opportunity to book some  very attractive properties with points.

Best Ways to Save Money on Airbnb

Right now, if you sign up for Airbnb through this link, you’ll get $50 off your first qualifying booking.

Many moons ago, Airbnb started as a home sharing platform and turned into a full-fledged hospitality behemoth. Sure, you can still get a room in someone’s house, or even a bed in a shared room, but most travelers are now using Airbnb as an alternative to a hotel stay.

You get more space, a kitchen, a separate living space and whatever amenities your pocketbook can afford.