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Anatomy of an Award: Exploring New England

When Europe began opening up to U.S. travelers earlier this spring and summer, I started thinking about a trip for my birthday in August.

Team Article: 3 Credit Cards We’ll Never Close

With a wallet full of credit cards, it's best practice to commonly assess your credit card portfolio to ensure that the benefits you receive from the cards outweigh the annual fees that you pay. If…

An Overview of American Express’ Fine Hotels and Resorts (FHR)

If you have The Platinum Card® from American Express (Rates & Fees) or The Business Platinum Card® from American Express (Rates & Fees), you’ve probably poked around the benefits page and…

How the MileValue Team Is Using Our Annual Free Night Certificates

One of the often overlooked benefits of hotels’ co-branded credit cards are the free night certificates that many come with. In exchange for an often nominal annual fee, you're able to redeem these…

6 Best Ways to Use Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles

Similar to Disney’s “Big Hero 6” film, Turkish Miles&Smiles is easily one of the most underrated loyalty programs out there.

Best Ways to Book United Flights with Citi ThankYou Points

Citi ThankYou Points are almost an afterthought for many points and miles collectors. However, if you are ignoring ThankYou Points, you are doing yourself a disservice.

Big Changes to the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card and Chase Sapphire Reserve

As of Aug. 16, 2021, you’re going to see some new benefits added to both the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card and Chase Sapphire Reserve credit cards. These benefits include increases in earning rates,…

How I Earned Marriott Titanium in 2021

In years past, hotel or airline elite status was something unattainable for me. It was also something I didn’t particularly desire. For someone who prefers to stay at a cheap hostel rather than a…

More Hyatt Residence Club Properties Now Bookable with World of Hyatt Points

Large families looking to vacation together, rejoice. About 60 timeshare and vacation rental resorts that belong to the Hyatt Residence Club Resorts, formerly known as the Hyatt Vacation Club, can…

Greece 2021 Trip Report – Part 2

This is part 2 of my travel report. My husband and I recently spent two and a half weeks in Greece so if you’d like to know what it’s been like traveling in Greece when it just reopened, how I booked…

Chase Ultimate Rewards Adds Air Canada’s Aeroplan as a Transfer Partner

Chase Ultimate Rewards is one of our favorite flexible rewards currencies, and today’s news adds a much needed boost for Ultimate Rewards.

New $200 American Express Travel Hotel Credit – Don’t Sleep on It

If you’ve been following the news in our hobby, you’ve probably already heard of the “enhancements” recently added to The Platinum Card® from American Express:  Annual fee is now $695 (Rates &…

American Express Adds Welcome Offer on One of Its Best No-Annual-Fee Business Cards.

I’ll never get tired of saying that The Blue Business® Plus Credit Card from American Express is one of our favorite cards. This $0 annual fee card (Rates & Fees) that earns 2X on all purchases…

Citi ThankYou Adds AA AAdvantage as a Limited Time Transfer Partner

In a little bit of a shocking move, Citi has announced a new limited time ThankYou Points transfer partner - American AAdvantage. Starting July 18, 2021 and running through November 13, 2021, if you…

Greece 2021 Trip Report – Part 1

A trip to Greece has been on my to do list for a long time, but, I must admit, I was a bit put off by pictures of crowded beaches and tourist overrun islands. But when I learned that Greece is one of…

The Citi Card Trifecta: How to Earn 2X to 5X Citi ThankYou Points on Every Purchase

Citi ThankYou® Rewards credit cards don’t get as much coverage as American Express and Chase cards, and there’s absolutely no justification for such poor treatment. In fact, Citi offers enough…

Best-Ever 80k Point Bonus on The Citi Premier Card

It seems like every few days now we're writing about updated product offers. What an exciting time in the world of points and miles. Citi has updated the Citi Premier Card with a new welcome offer of…

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…

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…

Major Updates to The Platinum Card® from American Express

American Express announced some Major Updates to The Platinum Card® from American Express. These include new credits, but also an increased annual fee. The rumors are true, today American Express…

Everything You Need To Know About the United Excursionist Perk

It isn’t uncommon to book a trip with more than one destination. This is especially popular for travel to Europe. Who doesn’t want to visit Rome and Paris on the same trip? How about Madrid and…

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…

Earn Points For Paying Your Rent: Introducing The New Bilt Rewards & Bilt Credit Card

The new Bilt Rewards and Bilt Credit Card program will help you get more from paying your rent. When it comes to earning points and miles, there’s one category of spend that can really help boost…

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.…

A Deep Dive into Emirates Skywards

I bet you 100 dirhams you’ve heard of Emirates, the flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates. I bet you 1,000 dirhams you haven’t heard much about Emirates Skywards, the Dubai-based carrier’s…