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Wow: Best-Ever 100,000 Point Offer for the Sapphire Preferred!

We’re sad to announce that the previous high bonus on the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card is no longer available. But not all endings are bad, and in this case it gets even better. The Chase Sapphire…

5 Ways to Offset American Express Gold Card Annual Fee

The American Express® Gold Card is a rather compelling choice for foodies looking to maximize the return on spending. The card earns a rewards multiplier on purchases at restaurants and U.S.…

Elevate your Top-Tier Elite Status with Marriott and United’s Preferred Partnership

Many people, myself included, are finding themselves with a number of top-tier status with different hotel loyalty programs. Given the pandemic, most major hotels groups reduced the requirements for…

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…

Chase Pay Yourself Back Extended, and Why You Would Use It

During the coronavirus pandemic, banks that issue travel rewards credit cards had to pivot and added bonus earnings in various spending categories, such as streaming services, groceries and home…

Best Ways to Book Delta Flights with Chase Ultimate Rewards

You might have noticed that the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card or the Chase Sapphire Reserve get recommended a lot in the points and miles community. There’s a good reason for that. Rewards earned…

Marriott’s Maldives Madness: The Le Meridien Maldives

In case you didn’t know, I’m a big fan of the Maldives. To me, there’s no better holiday than being on a secluded island in the middle of the ocean with plenty of great diving and privacy. I know…

Best Ways to Earn United Miles

Most people gravitate towards domestic airline loyalty programs. After all, it is easier to stick with programs that you’re familiar with rather than learn the ins and outs of another program. That’s…

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.

5 Business-Class Award Flights You Can Book Using American Express Gold Card’s Elevated Welcome Bonus

The American Express® Gold Card, with its high reward rate in certain spending categories, is one of the best rewards cards to hold for dining and travel lovers. The card’s elevated welcome bonus is…

Anatomy of an Award: A Trip to Egypt

With its Giza pyramids, Sahara Desert and the Nile River, Egypt is known for many things and therefore is a popular travel destination. I must admit that this African country had been on my bucket…

Capital One Adds New Transfer Partners, Increases Transfer Rates

Capital One Venture Miles have been somewhat unpopular among the true experts in the points and miles community. The program isn’t among the top dogs because rewards don’t transfer to partners 1:1…

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…

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…

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…

Introducing the New Chase United Quest Card

The new Chase United Quest Card is a new mid-tier card offering some unique new perks that you haven't seen before on other cards. Most of the times when we’re updating you on the latest credit card…

How to Appropriately Assign Value to Points and Miles

One of the biggest challenges in effectively communicating the value of points and miles is quantifying the value you get from points. I’ve done it. Matt’s done it. We’ve all done it.  How we…

Capital One Venture Card Offers 100,000 Miles, but Should You Go for the Bonus?

Capital One has increased the welcome offer on its popular Venture Card to up to 100,000 miles. It might sound like a lot, and it is, but it’s not going to work for everyone. Let’s take a look at why…

Hyatt to Launch Peak Award Pricing in July 2021

Many things that were supposed to happen in 2020 didn’t. Perhaps this is one of those things we’re glad was postponed—World of Hyatt implementation of peak award pricing. Unfortunately, the change…

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…

How to Book Hawaiian Airlines Flights with Partner Programs

Few things sound more appealing than a relaxing vacation after how high the anxiety levels have been during the past year. For those looking for a domestic trip, Hawaii might be a logical choice even…

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…

Limited Time Offers on the American Express Marriott Cards

American Express has been on a roll recently. We’re seeing some pretty large bonuses on a lot of different Amex cards.

An Overview of Cell Phone Protection: Which Cards Offer It and Which One is the Best to Use

Although a large welcome bonus is as good a reason to sign up for a new credit card as any, it doesn’t hurt to make note of a card’s other benefits before clicking “Submit” on an application page.…