LifeMiles Sweetspot: One-way to Europe in Business Class for 35,000 Miles

Avianca’s frequent flyer program, LifeMiles, is a program many people love to hate. Yes, there is a somewhat quirky web interface, hard to reach customer service and often the program doesn’t show the same award space as other Star Alliance partners.

A Roundup of All of the Chase Offer Updates

Oh, what a time to be alive and to be in this hobby!

It seems like every week we hear about another mega offer from one of the major credit card issuers. Just recently, Chase came out with a huge 100,000 welcome bonus on one of its most popular cards, the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card.

And yesterday, most people likely were focused on the relaunch of the The Platinum Card® from American Express. But Chase also came out with a few new and improved offers on a number of their products.

United Polaris Review Covid Edition: Newark to Tel Aviv Polaris

Anna’s note: Israel is still closed to tourists and only Israeli citizens are allowed to enter. Please check updated travel restrictions before making any plans.

Know the Entry Requirements for Each Country

As travel resumes, it’s paramount to know each country’s requirements, even if you are just transiting through and are there for a short layover. I like IATA’s Travel Regulations Map and Kayak also maintains a comprehensive list of travel restrictions by country. 

United has its own resource where you can check international travel requirements.

Chase Freedom Q3 2021 Bonus Categories: Register Now

Two of Chase’s best earning cards have no annual fees. The old Chase Freedom (no longer available to new applicants) and the new Chase Freedom Flex℠ offer 5% on rotating bonus quarterly categories. Cardmembers need to first activate the cash back each quarter to receive 5% cash back on up to $1,500 in combined purchases in bonus categories. 

Registration has just opened up for the Chase Freedom Flex℠ and the Chase Freedom 5X bonus categories for Q3 of 2021.

Don’t Transfer Ultimate Rewards Points to Southwest – Do This Instead

Recently, Southwest suddenly, and with no notice, devalued their Rapid Rewards points by 6%. While not super drastic, it’s still a surprising move.

Best Ways to Australia with Points and Miles

Many travelers have Australia on their bucket list. There really is something for everyone, from the snorkeling and diving at the Great Barrier Reef to wineries, cool cities and spectacular beaches. 

The competition for the very limited number of award seats to get there, however, is fierce. Airlines’ frequent miler programs certainly don’t make it easy and finding award space on the nonstop flights from the U.S. could be quite a challenge.

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.