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Capital One® Spark® Miles Select for Business Review

Blog, Credit Cards, Miles September 21, 2016

For small business owners, the Capital One® Spark® Miles Select for Business offers long-term value and extreme flexibility, at a minimal expense. It’s ideal for business owners who want to earn travel rewards for company purchases. You’ll earn 1.5 miles per dollar on every purchase – a relatively high rewards rate considering the card has no annual fee.

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Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® Review: Easy, Stress-Free Travel Rewards

Blog, Credit Cards, Deals and Offers, Miles September 19, 2016

The Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® is one of the best miles rewards credit cards because it pays double miles on every purchase (not just airline or travel purchases).

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Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card: $400 off your trip / 40,000 points

Blog, Credit Cards, Deals and Offers September 14, 2016

This is one of our favorite credit cards on the market right now.

With a huge sign-up bonus, a high ongoing rewards rate and flexible redemption options, you aren’t going to find many travel credit cards better than this one.

 

Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card Benefits.

Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card Benefits.

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How to Pick a Travel Rewards Credit Card

Blog, Credit Cards, Guides and How To September 7, 2016

#1 Tip: Don't pay too many fees

#1 Tip: Don’t pay too many fees

Not all travel reward cards are built the same, and what may be a good option for someone else isn’t always the best deal for you. Here are six important questions you should ask when picking a travel rewards credit card:

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United MileagePlus Explorer 30,000 Bonus Miles Offer

Blog, Credit Cards, Deals and Offers, Miles September 5, 2016

Chase United MileagePlus Club Card

Chase United MileagePlus Club Card

You can sign up for the Chase United MileagePlus Explorer Card right now and get 30,000 bonus miles after spending $1,000 in the first 3 months of card ownership.

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Earn 50,000 Southwest Airlines Bonus Points

Blog, Credit Cards, Deals and Offers, Miles September 2, 2016

Southwest Airlines have up to 50,000 points on offer with their Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card. You earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $2,000 or more on purchases in the first three months your account is open.

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Credit Card

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Credit Card

Also included are 6,000 Bonus points after your cardmember anniversary every year. This is one of the highest rated credit card deals out there right now. Let’s dive in and take a look at some of the perks that come with the card: Continue reading …

Limited-Time Offer: Earn 60,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® Bonus Miles

Credit Cards, Deals and Offers, Miles August 31, 2016

The Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ MasterCard® limited time offer is coming to a close but you can still earn 50,000 AAdvantage miles after spending $5,000 in purchases within the first three months of account opening if you open your account today.

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Citi® AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ MasterCard®

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Chase Sapphire Reserve 100K Miles Signup Offer

Blog, Credit Cards, Deals and Offers, Miles August 25, 2016

Chase is offering 100K bonus points on the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card right now. The great news is that this offer is publicly available. Let’s take a look at the benefits of the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card:

Chase Sapphire Reserve 100k Promo

Chase Sapphire Reserve 100k Promo

  • $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases such as airfare and hotels charged to your card
  • 3X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases. Plus, no foreign transaction fees

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Miles 101: The Ultimate Guide to Redeeming Frequent Flyer Miles

Credit Cards, Miles August 23, 2016

We love frequent flyer miles. Everyone does. Use them correctly and you will save a lot of money. Nevertheless, getting started and understanding what you can and cannot redeem them for may seem consuming. In this article, we are going to demystify the best ways of redeeming flyer miles.Miles Travellers come in many forms, the guy who’s always looking for a couch to crash on and the lowest rates possible. The wealthy guy who cheerfully pulls out his black card anytime he wants to go anywhere. And then there are the mileage geeks.

This type of traveller is neither cheap nor rich. But they do know how to redeem. They are either people who pay close attention to fine print or have invested a lot of time learning how to maximize company’s point systems.

As a frequent flyer, you’ve already done the hard part; You’ve racked up millions or thousands of frequent flyer miles through trips, and your airline miles credit card. Now you’ve got to figure out the best way to use those miles.

We decided to get our hands dirty and find which are the best ways to redeem your flyer miles and points. Below are the 7 best ways to use your frequent flyer miles and points.

1. Book a flight

A free flight is the most obvious way to use your miles and points. But there are so many nuances to this.

It’s silly to waste your miles on a quick, cheap flight when you can trade them for an expensive international flight. We also advise you to book early to get the best value for your miles and points.travel When using miles, work in one-way flights, this way you can grab an outbound flight even before your return date becomes available. Mileage seats are usually in limited quantities about 330 days before the departure date.

Once all of them are taken, they may not be available to mileage holders until just before the flight{Last minute}. Plus, if you hold miles on different carriers, you can opt to return on another airline.

Tip; If you have a lot of American Express Rewards miles and you want to use them on an airline that’s not part of the program, it’s advisable you keep an Air Canada Aeroplan account open. You can search for flights on any Star Alliance partner, then transfer your miles and make the booking.

The same is also true for using a Delta account for all SkyTeam partners.

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2. Upgrade

The best value from flier miles always comes from redeeming them for first class or international business class tickets.

If you are planning on using your miles to upgrade, make sure you study up on airline alliances. E.g Using American Airlines miles to fly Etihad’s in-air suites. This is one of the best ways to redeem your miles.952931-etihad-first-class However, it is very important to note that mileage-based upgrades have gotten expensive: Some U.S. airlines have also started restricting travellers from being able to use flyer miles to upgrade on the cheapest fares.

3. Add a destination

If you can get a free stopover,why not travel to more than one destination as part of your award. E.g Alaska Airlines allows a stopover. If you’re connecting in Hong Kong, why not enjoy what the city has to offer for a few days.Stopovers Same for United Airlines. They allow a free stopover on international round-trips. This means you can fly to London, then fly to Rome and stay there a few days, all for the same miles as a round-trip to London.

4. Give a gift

Is your best friend’s birthday approaching? Consider using your points and miles to give them an unforgettable present.

The use cases here are limitless, newlyweds to their honeymoon, grandparents closer to grandchildren or expectant parents to their babymoon.

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5. Bid on an experience

One of the best things about flyer miles is that they can deliver things that you couldn’t be able to access yourself at almost any price.

You’re simply leveraging the contacts of a large corporation. A good example of this is when Chase cardholders could cash in points to attend Conde Nast Traveler’s 25th-anniversary gala along with Susan Sarandon and Richard Branson.

The event was sold-out but the corporation was able to make it happen. Auctions organized by these Airlines can get you especially good value since very few people know about them, therefore the bidding stays thin and you don’t have to trade a lot of miles for the event.AntManPremiere Airlines such as Delta and American also allow you to bid on admission to concerts, movie premieres, and sports events.

6. Shop with miles

Most experts don’t actually think that spending your miles to shop constitutes a decent deal. Which is very true. It’s not advisable to use points and miles for products that the airline doesn’t offer because it has to buy.

Airlines started to push these methods of redeeming miles in recent years mostly because they can control the value of each mile, which is 1.5 cents or less.

Nevertheless, if your miles are about to expire and you will not be able to take a trip, or if your miles are not enough for a ticket, using points to shop is an effective way to clean out the balance that would otherwise go unused.

7. Donate your miles to charity

If there’s a cause you really care about, consider donating your points and miles. Donations can be made directly via charities’ websites such as Make-a-Wish, to help sick kids travel.

You can also donate via the airline. United airlines website has a list of good causes you can support. American Airlines offers a few too.donate-other However, you usually aren’t getting a very good deal when you donate miles directly to charity. It’s better to use the miles yourself, taking the money saved and giving that to the charity instead.

What are some of the best and worst mileage and points redemptions you’ve ever made – or heard? We’d love to hear about your experiences.

The First Step to Maximizing Your Miles: Good Credit

Credit Cards May 2, 2014

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The travel site FlyerTalk is a really good source for learning how to maximize your miles. In a recent post, Rick Ingersoll (aka The Frugal Travel Guy), reviews the state of the miles-maximizing “game.” With policy-changing and belt-tightening at airlines, the game, Rick says, has changed a lot in the last 20 years. It’s less about mileage runs and more about credit cards.

Today, he says, the “game” is played primarily by getting big credit cards sign up bonuses and then maximizing your credit card bonus categories. These are the “big fish.” And both of these activities require good credit.

As Rick explains:

Without good credit, you are restricted to minuscule sized promos and the one or two debit cards that offer 1 point per $1 or 1 point per $2 spent of your own liquid assets.

With good credit, you will be involved in earning 25,000 miles or  more at a time for doing the things we normally do in a day anyway. Your step number one is getting your credit score and either raise to 700+ or plan on acting in a manner which will maintain that threshold if you are already at 700 or above. This is a non-negotiable must for those interested in accumulating a large number of miles and hotel points.

In fact, having good credit is not just important for maximizing your miles. It’s also critically important when it comes to buying a house or getting favorable credit card terms, miles aside. If you don’t know your credit score, you should definitely check it ASAP. Don’t know how? Try using MyCredit Tracker.

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