Beginners Guide to Redeeming Points – Hyatt Gold Passport

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      Hyatt Gold Passport is one of the favorite hotel programs among points and miles enthusiasts. Points can easily be transferred from Chase Ultimate Rewards to your Hyatt … [Read more...]

Points, Miles, and Credit Cards: A Primer for True Beginners


I've been talking to a lot more friends and coworkers lately about my whole points/miles/travel obsession, and it's always a topic that others find fascinating. After all, who doesn't want to get more … [Read more...]

Beginners Guide to Redeeming Points – British Airways Avios (and Oneworld Alliance)

The Avios award chart is different from others because it is distance-based. You can use this to your advantage!

Like I did with the United/Star Alliance post, I'm going to make an important distinction for people that are new to redeeming rewards. If you have miles with one Oneworld airline member, you can … [Read more...]

Beginners Guide to Redeeming Points – United Airlines (and Star Alliance)

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Let me clarify something that many beginners don't know or don't understand. If you have miles with one Star Alliance airline member, you can redeem those points for an award ticket on ANY Star … [Read more...]

Beginners Guide Part 5: There are LOTS of Ways to Earn Points

Increasing credit card spend is easy with all the options!

Note that this post could easily be titled "How to Meet Minimum Spend Requirements" since it's essentially the same thing. Hopefully by now you've figured out what you want, are taking advantage … [Read more...]

Beginners Guide Part 4: Know Your Spending Habits Really Well

Hopefully by now you've figured out what you want, are taking advantage of limited time offers, and are accruing points in lots of accounts. But how do you ensure that you're earning the most points … [Read more...]

Beginners Guide Part 3: It’s Good to Diversify…Usually

Once you've figured out what you want and you've learned how important is to take advantage of limited time offers, it's time to strategize about your points. There are many different options on where … [Read more...]

Beginners Guide Part 2: Do Not Underestimate the Importance of Timing

In life, they say that timing is everything. This definitely holds true in the points world, and examples abound. If you're not on your toes, or if you're not properly informed, you might not get the … [Read more...]

Beginners Guide Part 1: Starting Out – REALLY Know What You Want

So you've just entered the points game, and you know enough to know the best way to accrue points quickly is through credit card sign up bonuses. You do a quick search of the most popular travel blogs … [Read more...]

Learning From My Mistakes and Successes

As is the case with most blogs that aim to teach, my goal is to help my readers learn and understand things that I personally did not understand at some point. At a time not very long ago, I was … [Read more...]