LifeMiles Buy Miles with 100% Bonus – Last Chance to Buy at 1.5 Cents Each!

Another LifeMiles 2x1 promo.

Link to promotion. But seriously, read the below for your safety. The Avianca LifeMiles program might be my favorite frequent flyer program. Up until this point, it's offered tremendous value to me: … [Read more...]

Hyatt Targeted Promotions – Sign Up Required

50K Promotion

Hotel occupancy is up, and that means promotions are rarer than they've been the past few years. Hyatt has targeted promotions for people to earn bonus points after a certain number of nights this … [Read more...]

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 be … [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...]

Beginners Guide – How to Use Alaska Airlines Miles

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan

Beginners Guide to Redeeming Points United Airlines (and Star Alliance) British Airways Avios (and Oneworld Alliance) Hyatt Gold Passport Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Starwood Preferred … [Read more...]

How to Use Gift Cards and Money Orders to Manufacture Spend

This one is a favorite among MSers.

Update: Note that Vanilla branded gift cards (like the ones pictured below) no longer work. Other Visas, like the ones sold at grocery stores and certain malls, do still work.   One of the most … [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...]