How to Get Approved for Business Cards

Applying for business credit and charge cards is a great way to earn more miles and points than you already do, but many people don’t apply for business cards because they incorrectly believe they don’t qualify.
Do you qualify for a business card?
Myth #1: A business must have employees.

Your business can be a sole proprietorship, meaning only you work on the business. That’s how MileValue started, just Scott, and he has received several business cards for MileValue.

ITA Matrix: How to Search for Cheap Airfare with Flexibility & Other Tips

I often use the ITA Software Matrix, which is one of the most useful tools to search for available flights and low fares. Google has another aggregator now that is faster than ITA Matrix--Google Flights--which is also very useful with a smoother user interface. But if you know the tricks and codes to input into ITA Matrix, you can be a lot more specific in your queries than you could be using Google Flights.
Using ITA Matrix
First, go to matrix.itasoftware.com.

Type in your home airport and destination airport.

How to Redeem Barclaycard Arrival Miles

The card offer described in this post has expired. To see the latest top travel credit cards with big bonuses that will save you tons, check out our Top 10 List for Consumers and Top 10 List for Small Businesses.

The Barclaycard Arrival Plus is a tool every frequent flyer should have in their wallet, especially big spenders and families. In essence, the card earns 2.1% back toward travel on all purchases.

The Complete Guide to Miles and Points Expiration: FAQ

One of the most common reasons why people think frequent flyer miles are worthless is because they had a bad experience with miles expiring.

How to Search for Award Space on Aeroplan.com

Aeroplan is Air Canada’s spun-off loyalty program. Aeroplan.com is an awesome search engine that displays award availability on almost all Star Alliance flights.

You should know how to use aeroplan.com whether or not you ever plan to redeem Aeroplan miles because you shouldn’t necessarily search the website of the miles you’re using. You should just search the website that is easiest and best at displaying award availability. Any award availability shown at aeroplan.com will be bookable with Aeroplan, United, Singapore, ANA, Lufthansa, and Avianca miles.

Aeroplan.com is usually my backup search engine.

How to Consistently Buy Business Class Tickets to Europe for about $1,000

Update: I Followed the Exact Steps in This Post to Buy My Friend a Business Class Ticket for $1,040
Update 2: LifeMiles are now on sale for as little as 1.4 cents each through September 30, 2015, which allows you to follow the steps in this post.

The Citi Prestige offer mentioned in this post is expired. See the new offer and analysis here.

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You can consistently buy one way Business Class tickets between the United States and Europe for around $1,000, even at the last minute.

How to Credit Your Miles to an Airline’s Partner

Every day people come to my Award Booking Service with a few hundred thousand Lufthansa miles and want to fly a Business Class award to Europe. Or worse, they come with 20,000 Turkish miles, 20,000 Lufthansa miles, 20,000 United miles, and 20,000 Asiana miles.

The problem is that most people blindly credit the frequent flyer miles they are earning from paid flights to the airline they're flying, racking up the wrong kind of miles for the redemptions they want to make.

How Long Does It Take Me to Manage My Credit Cards?

When you get deeper into the world of opening rewards cards to get free or luxury travel, there is an inevitable amount of bookkeeping that comes with managing your credit cards.

You have to track:

when you opened each card
when the annual fee is due on each card
how much you've spent toward the minimum spending requirement associated with the sign up bonus
when each statement closes
when payments are due on each card
category bonuses

While that looks like a lot to track, and may seem daunting, I estimate that I spend about 30 minutes per month on

Manipulating United.com to Save Miles

With this week's United devaluation, the most popular award that the MileValue Award Booking Service books--premium cabin awards to Europe with United miles--went up in price as much as 63%.

Last week, one passenger flying one way from the continental US to Europe in business class would pay 50k United miles for the privilege, whether the flights on the award were operated by United or one of its many European partners like Lufthansa and Swiss.