Rewards Earning Strategy for Domestic Economy Travelers

If you primarily fly economy class within the United States, it’s hard to get even 1.5 cents of value per traditional airline mile because domestic economy flights are often cheap. Most miles cards earn 1 mile per dollar, meaning they get economy flyers 1.5 cents of travel per dollar spent–if that.

While not all domestic economy flyers are families, many of them are.

Three Credit Cards I’ll Never Cancel

There are a few reasons I would never cancel a credit card. I wouldn't cancel a card:

With no annual fee. There's not much point, and eventually these old accounts will improve the average age of my credit accounts which will help my credit score. Plus presumably the card offers at least one benefit that has some value to me.
With a renewal bonus more valuable than the annual fee. Several cards offer bonus points or free hotel nights every year you pay the annual fee.

Why Hotel Hustle Will Make Your Life Easier

Your current situation: You heard that there are two Hilton cards with lucrative limited time (through May 31) sign up bonuses-- the Hilton Honors American Express Card with 80,000 Honors points, and the Hilton Honors Surpass Credit Card from American Express with 100,000. To reap the extra benefits from these offers, you got both cards and have at least 195k Honors points headed your way after meeting the combined $5,000 minimum spending requirement for both Amex cards.

The Cheapest Ways to Get to Hawaii

Hawaii is one of the best places in the world to visit, and judging by the number of inquiries I get about booking awards to Hawaii, it's clear that many people agree. There are a number of cheap ways to get there that I'll list in order.

1. Korean Miles Award: 25,000 Korean Miles and $11 Roundtrip, First Class 45,000 Korean Miles Roundtrip
Korean miles can book a roundtrip in Delta economy from anywhere in the United States to any of the four major Hawaiian islands for 25,000 Korean miles.

A Change to My Advice on Applying for Credit Cards

The landscape for credit card approvals, and more importantly, getting cards' bonuses has changed during years I've been in the game.

The One Killer Message to Get Big Discounts on Airbnb

I spend a lot of my time in Airbnb apartments, so saving money on each rentals adds up for me. I've discussed tips to save money on Airbnb before including:

Right now, if you sign up for Airbnb through my referral link, you’ll get $27 off your first stay, and I’ll get $27 off my next stay.

What is an Open Jaw? How Can an Itinerary Have Two Open Jaws?

When I say that United awards can have one stopover and two open jaws, it elicits a lot of confusion. Some people don't know what an open jaw is while others can handle one conceptually, but not two open jaws. Hopefully I can clear it up.

A roundtrip United award is made up of two oneway segments.

An open jaw happens when the origin of one of those two oneways does not match up with the destination of the other.

For example, consider a roundtrip United award with the two oneway segments LAX -> JFK and JFK -> LAX.