You Can Still Avoid the United $75 Close-in Booking Fee

Update 7/14/19: The trick just worked for me again, this time on the first try! I spent under 5 minutes and saved $150. This time I started by calling the number that ended up working for me last year, 1-800-421-4655, on the first try and the nice representative waived the fee. She originally told me that we would be charged $75 per person--$150 total--and I told her it was my understanding that since I had booked within the last 24 hours I could make free changes. She agreed and waived the fee.

You Can Still Avoid the United $75 Close-in Booking Fee

Update 7/14/19: The trick just worked for me again, this time on the first try! I spent under 5 minutes and saved $150. This time I started by calling the number that ended up working for me last year, 1-800-421-4655, on the first try and the nice representative waived the fee. She originally told me that we would be charged $75 per person--$150 total--and I told her it was my understanding that since I had booked within the last 24 hours I could make free changes. She agreed and waived the fee.

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.

The Trigger Happy Advice I Thankfully Thought to Retract

At the end of February I traveled to Rio de Janeiro and Buzios, Brazil. I'm a huge fan of Brazil and have traveled it more than any other country. The image above is from Buzios.

Using a sweetspot on the Etihad award chart, I flew roundtrip between Buenos Aires and Rio on Brazilian airline GOL for 18,000 Membership Rewards + taxes. Cash tickets are notoriously expensive between the two cities, so the value per point I got was over three cents.

Earn Miles by Paying Taxes with Credit Cards

This is miles information, not tax advice. Consult a tax professional before paying your taxes with a credit card.

We’re right around the corner from April, which means Uncle Sam is going to come knocking soon enough. Paying taxes is a significant expense, so you should consider your payment options before mindlessly writing a check.

A Cost/Benefit Analysis of Keeping the Sapphire Reserve a Second Year

The Chase Sapphire Reserve was released over one year ago to a salivating public. That means many of you are looking at whether or not the $450 a year card is worth keeping open, and if it's not, what exactly your best play might be.

Today I'm going to discuss a process of evaluating whether or not the Sapphire Reserve is worth holding onto for a second year.

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.

Reconsideration Calls: When to Make Them & Current Phone Numbers

If you apply for a credit card and are not immediately approved, then in most circumstances you should call the bank to discuss your application.

Ask the agent if you could provide any more information about the application.