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


My long-time readers and the intermediate to advanced audience will not find any use in this post, but I need to write it. I need to write it because I absolutely hate all the other "guides" that I've … [Read more...]

The Basics of Best Rate Guarantees

The "beach" at the Conrad.

This post 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 Best Rate Guarantee (BRG) is one of my … [Read more...]

Why and How I Travel in First and Business Class

From Qantas' website.

I've been on a bit of a mileage burning spree over the last month and I've booked some flights that I'm really excited about. This year I'll be to fly on Qantas' A380 in First Class from LAX-SYD, … [Read more...]

Are You Earning Enough Cash Back?

It's like free money!

If there's one thing I've learned from this hobby, it's that there are TONS of way to save money that most people simply do not know about. Using miles/points from credit card sign-ups to travel the … [Read more...]

Get the Chase Hyatt Credit Card with a $50 Statement Credit

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There have been various offers for the Chase Hyatt credit card over the last year with regards to statement credits and waived annual fees. The normal, public offer, however, has always included the … [Read more...]

The Bluebird/SPG Reward Night Cost Chart

SPG Reward Chart

I got a lot of positive (and some negative) feedback for my Bluebird/Chase Ink Award Cost Chart post, so I decided to do it again for one of my other favorite cards - the SPG Amex card. The Amex … [Read more...]

Hidden City Award Ticketing


If you're starting to become a travel/points addict, you've probably come across the phrases "hidden city ticketing" and "throwaway ticketing." I won't go through a full explanation here because Gary … [Read more...]

Introducing the Bluebird/Chase Ink Award Cost Charts

The standard United Award Chart for one-way and round trip redemptions.

Manufactured spend is essentially when one purchases items using a rewards credit card and then liquidates those items (turning them into cash) in order to pay off the credit card bill for the card … [Read more...]