Another Benefit of TripIt Pro: Southwest Refund Alerts

TripIt Pro Online Alert

  One of the benefits of the Barclay Arrival MasterCard, a card which has earned a permanent spot in my wallet because of it's 2.22% cash back on travel, is a free TripIt Pro subscription. To … [Read more...]

Manufactured Spend Example: First Class to Asia

Cathay Pacific First Class TV.

Earning the points you need for that dream vacation might not be as hard as you think if you plan ahead. I think it's useful, especially to beginners, to provide an example of the cost breakdown of … [Read more...]

How to Use Alaska Airlines Miles

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan

There's no doubt about it: Alaska Airlines' Mileage Plan program is one of the most valuable mileage programs there is right now. It's kind of ironic too, because Alaska Airlines doesn't belong to any … [Read more...]

How to Use Gift Cards and Money Orders to Manufacture Spend

This one is a favorite among MSers.

One of the most popular ways to manufacture spend (i.e. rack up a ton of miles/points cheaply) right now is by buying PIN-enabled gift cards and liquidating them by purchasing money orders. As I did … [Read more...]

Don’t Always Trust the Taxes and Fees Quoted on the Avios Search Page

The taxes/fees portion jumps.

British Airways Avios are one of my favorite mileage currencies because of how cheap I can get short-distance trips. Southern California (where I live) to San Francisco, Las Vegas, or Phoenix is only … [Read more...]

Updated Credit Card Offers & Other Deals

Amazing Deal!

There's been a few changes to credit card offers, including a couple of increased bonuses, so I thought I'd post a brief update on cards of note. I also included a section for important news and … [Read more...]

Make Money Using Credit Cards

2.2% back is a solid return!

Many people focus on getting frequent flyer/hotel points for their spending, and there's definitely a ton of value there for travelers. With the introduction of manufactured spending, however, there … [Read more...]

Guest Post: 10 Lessons Learned While (trying to) Redeem 1,000,000 Points & Miles

Let's all hope for the NEW Lufthansa Business Class!

Robert Dwyer is a deal hound who spends hours each day thinking about points, and how to use them for awesome family vacations. He writes about wine at The Wellesley Wine Press. You can follow Robert … [Read more...]

How to Use Bluebird and Vanilla Reloads

Bluebird

UPDATE: Note that you can no longer purchase Vanilla Reloads from CVS and most other locations using a credit card. Some locations do still allow it, but it's VERY regional and VERY YMMV. You can … [Read more...]

The Basics of Best Rate Guarantees

The "beach" at the Conrad.

The post " The Basics of Best Rate Guarantees" was originally written by Travel Summary for (and still appears on) Hack My Trip. I've decided to re-post it here for my audience as well. A hotel … [Read more...]