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‘An Unforgettable Flight Lesson to Cure My Fear of Flying‘

Keith: I wasn‘t on a flight until I was 18 years old. My dad had a negative flight experience with a lot of turbulence ~40 years ago (before I was born) and decided he would never fly again. So growing up, our family vacations involved travel by car or train. Over the past Continue reading "An Unforgettable Flight Lesson to Cure My Fear of Flying"

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Blog Giveaway: 15,000 Marriott Points!

Don‘t forget to follow me onFacebookandTwitter! Thanks to everyone for supporting the blog! To show our appreciation, Em and I are giving away15,000 Marriott points! There are lots of terrific strategies you can use toavoid paying full price for a hotel.A few of the best waysinvolve making the most ofcertain credit card perks. But even Continue reading "Blog Giveaway: 15,000 Marriott Points!"

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2 Improved Card Offers: Up to 60,000 Miles After Your First Purchase!

Here‘s a nice deal for folks who already have lots of cards from popular US issuers! The Avianca VuelaCard and Avianca Vida Cardfrom Banco Popular both have increased sign-up bonuses. You can earn 60,000 Avianca miles with the Avianca Vuela, and 40,000 Avianca miles with the Avianca Vida, after meeting minimum spending requirements. But you‘ll Continue reading "2 Improved Card Offers: Up to 60,000 Miles After Your First Purchase!"

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Earn 1,000 Bonus American Airlines Miles for Every Stay at These 2 Hotel Brands

For a limited time, you can earn bonus American Airlines miles for staying at Hyatt House or Hyatt Place hotels! You‘ll get 1,000 bonus American Airlines miles when youregister for Hyatt‘s latest promotion by April 30, 2018, and complete your stays by June 30, 2018. There‘s no cap on how many miles you can earn! Continue reading "Earn 1,000 Bonus American Airlines Miles for Every Stay at These 2 Hotel Brands"

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Familiarize Yourself With Lap Child Costs for International Award Flights to Avoid Sticker Shock!

Family travel is a huge part of the miles points world. Lots of folksget into this hobbybecause they want to visit family, or they want to vacation with their family. David, author ofWise Flys, is a family travel expert. So I asked him to share with you his top tips for traveling with a Continue reading "Familiarize Yourself With Lap Child Costs for International Award Flights to Avoid Sticker Shock!"

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‘I Get the Impression They Think I Am Playing With Some Sort of Dark Magic, the Likes of Which They Could Never Understand‘

Welcome to the next installment of ourinterview serieswhere folks share their thoughts aboutBig Travel with Small Money! Miles Points Interview: Expert With Points Ross co-foundedExpert With Points to help UK consumers get the most out of their travel with the various travel reward programs. You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram! How Continue reading "I Get the Impression They Think I Am Playing With Some Sort of Dark Magic, the

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Complete Guide to Booking Hotel Credit Card Free Nights

If free hotel stays are a big part of your miles points strategy (like they are to most of us!), there are plenty of co-branded hotel credit cards that will help you meet your goals. Lots of hotel credit cards even come with a free night, either on each cardmember anniversary, or after you Continue reading "Complete Guide to Booking Hotel Credit Card Free Nights"

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Targeted Promotions: Folks Heading to These 3 Continents Can Earn Up to 71,000 Bonus Hotel Points

If you plan to travel to Africa, Asia, or the Middle East this year, check out these deals from IHG! Via Live From a Lounge, IHG is running 2 generous promotions at the moment. With the More Stays. More Points. More Rewards!promotion, you can earn up to 71,000 bonus IHG points. And with the IHG Continue reading "Targeted Promotions: Folks Heading to These 3 Continents Can Earn Up to 71,000 Bonus Hotel Points"

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Become a Southwest Insider With This Exclusive New Program

Lyn writes about flying nearly free on Southwest on her GotoTravelGal.com blog and has written a free guide that walks you step-by-step through how to earn the amazing Southwest Companion Pass. The Southwest Companion Pass is THE best deal in travel and lets you bring 1 person along to fly nearly free with you for Continue reading "Become a Southwest Insider With This Exclusive New Program"

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Discounted Award Flights! Save Between 12,000 and 16,000 Miles for Travel to 3 Continents

Via View From the Wing, United Airlines is having an award sale to 4 international destinations! You‘ll spend 20% fewer miles when you fly from the US to Portugal, Iceland, Singapore, and Sydney. But you‘ll have to book by March 2, 2018. Valid travel dates are between May and June 2018, and vary depending on Continue reading "Discounted Award Flights! Save Between 12,000 and 16,000 Miles for Travel to 3 Continents"

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Share Your Miles & Points Expertise! We‘re Hiring Freelance Writers!

Do you love sharing your knowledge of the miles and points hobby with others? Or are you the go-to person among your friends and family for all things travel related? We‘re looking for 2 to 4freelance writerswho can commit to ~6 hours a week of writing (you can work from anywhere!). And possibly more if Continue reading "Share Your Miles Points Expertise! We‘re Hiring Freelance Writers!"

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3-for-1 Flights (for ~20 TOTAL!) Thanks to the Southwest Companion Pass and a Lap Child (Baby Arya!)

Emily: My baby, Arya, was just a few months old when she took her first trip. We traveled to Oakland, California, so that she could meet her Godparents, my cousin Jered and his wife, Jen. The Southwest Companion Pass (the best deal in travel!) made this much more affordable! I‘ll explain what it is and Continue reading "3-for-1 Flights (for ~20 TOTAL!) Thanks to the Southwest Companion Pass and a Lap Child (Baby Arya!)"

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Guide to Credit Card Application Rules at Major Banks

Folks in the miles points hobby know the easiest way to get Big Travel is by earningcredit card sign-up bonuses. But each bank has different rules for things like the number of cards you can get in 1 day, sign-up bonus restrictions, and limits on the number of cards you can have. Whether you‘re Continue reading "Guide to Credit Card Application Rules at Major Banks"

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The New Cheapest Way to Use Uber But Is It Worth the Effort?

Via The Points Guy, Uber is giving folks a new way to save even more when carpooling. Express POOL is an option that is up to ~70% cheaper than UberX, and ~30% cheaper than UberPOOL. But it‘s not available in many cities just yet. And catching a ride requires more effort on your part! Here‘s Continue reading "The New Cheapest Way to Use Uber - But Is It Worth the Effort?"

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Southwest Companion Pass Holders: Everything You Need to Know About Changing Your Companion

Lyn writes about all things Southwest on GotoTravelGal.com. So I‘ve asked her to share with you some tips for maximizing the Southwest Companion Pass! Emily and I believe the Southwest Companion Pass is the best deal in travel. Lyn: I am now on my 2ndSouthwest Companion Pass, an amazing deal that gives you Continue reading "Southwest Companion Pass Holders: Everything You Need to Know About Changing Your Companion"

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A Luxury, Family-Friendly St. Regis Hotel for WAY Fewer Points Than You‘d Expect!

Jasmin: I love when a good deal turns out to be even more terrific than originally thought! My 3 kids and I just spent 2 nights at the fabulous St. Regis Abu Dhabi. And it wasa bargain compared to other St. Regis locations. Plus, it was our first St. Regis experience, which made the stay Continue reading "A Luxury, Family-Friendly St. Regis Hotel for WAY Fewer Points Than You‘d Expect!"

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500 Bonus: Capital One Spark Cash Approval Tips

With theCapital One Spark Cash for Business card, you can earn a500 sign-up bonusaftermeeting minimum spending requirements. Plus, cardholders earnunlimited 2% cash backon every purchaseand pay no foreign transaction fees. If you‘renew to the world of miles points, this isNOTthe best card to start with. And I‘ll explain why. But this card could Continue reading "500 Bonus: Capital One Spark Cash Approval Tips"

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Fare Sale: Fly to Hawaii From These 12 US Cities Starting at ~330 Round-Trip!

Planning a trip to Hawaii? Jump on this deal and save your miles points for a different trip! Via The Flight Deal, There are lots of cheap fares from mainland US to Hawaii, starting at just ~330 round-trip! I found flights from Oklahoma City to Maui for 394 round-trip, departing May 10 and returning Continue reading "Fare Sale: Fly to Hawaii From These 12 US Cities Starting at ~330 Round-Trip!"

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10 Passive Income Ideas to Make You Money While You Sleep

Meghan: Last week I wrote about why I love passive income. And this week, I‘m offering up ideas on how to make your passive income dreams a reality! Creating a passive income stream is easier said than done. So here are suggestions to get you started! 10 Passive Income Ideas Passive income is income you Continue reading "10 Passive Income Ideas to Make You Money While You Sleep"

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Humongous Sign-Up Bonus! 100,000 AMEX Membership Rewards Points (Targeted)

Via View From the Wing, there‘s a fantastic targeted deal forThe Platinum Card from American Express. You can see if you qualify for the offer through theCardMatch tool. If you‘re eligible, you‘ll earn 100,000 AMEX Membership Rewards pointsafter spending 5,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of account opening. That‘s a great bonus! Because Continue reading "Humongous Sign-Up Bonus! 100,000 AMEX Membership Rewards

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Now Earn 5% Back at Whole Foods With This Card!

Via CNBC, The Chase Amazon Prime Rewards Visawill now earn up to 5% cash back at Whole Foods! Chase Amazon Prime cardholders will receive a base rate of 3% back at Whole Foods. And if you also have an Amazon Prime subscription, you‘ll get 5% back! Emily and I don‘t get a commission for this Continue reading "Now Earn 5% Back at Whole Foods With This Card!"

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A Quiet (and Positive!) Change to Marriott‘s Best Rate Guarantee

Via One Mile at a Time, Marriott is giving folks another way to be rewarded through its Best Rate Guarantee! You can now earn 5,000 Marriott points ifyou find a lower rate for the same Marriott hotel, room type, and dates within 24 hours of making your reservation. That‘s quite an improvement over the previously Continue reading "A Quiet (and Positive!) Change to Marriott‘s Best Rate Guarantee"

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Flying to Asia? Save a TON of Miles and Enjoy a Luxury Experience With ANA

Visiting Japan is a bucket-list item for many folks in our hobby - whether it‘s staying in dynamic and bustling Tokyo, seeing the cherry blossoms in springtime, or taking in the tremendous historical and cultural sites. Award tickets to Japan can be expensive, especially if you prefer Business or First Class for such a long Continue reading "Flying to Asia? Save a TON of Miles and Enjoy a Luxury Experience With ANA"

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Fuel Up for Less With the Chase Freedom and Freedom Unlimited Cards!

Love saving money on gas? Good news! Folks with a Chase Freedom or Freedom Unlimited card can get free Gold Status in Shell‘s Fuel Rewards program through 2018.And save an extra 5 cents per gallon at the pump! I‘ll explain more about Shell‘s Fuel Rewards program and the perks of Gold Status. And help you Continue reading "Fuel Up for Less With the Chase Freedom and Freedom Unlimited Cards!"

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