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A beginner’s guide to searching for partner award flights

Often the best way to get optimal value from airline miles both in terms of maximum luxury and absolute value against the cost of cash tickets is using them to book partner award flights....

The InterContinental Ambassador Experiment

InterContinental Lyon, May 2022. Experiment codename "Ambassador Prestige Suite." Results tallied. Details below... I recently had occasion to book a weekend stay at the InterContinental Lyon - Hotel Dieu.  As I weighed various options for...

Avoiding phantom award space basics

On a recent episode of Frequent Miler on the Air, we featured a question of the week about phantom award space. The short version of the story is that the reader had found award...

Your old friend: the dummy booking

Like many Americans, I am once again back to planning more travel. I've recently been making a number of new bookings and that process has reminded me of the (occasinonal) value (or sometimes very...

Credit card strategies for low spenders, medium spenders, and big spenders

Credit card intro bonuses are clearly the fastest way to a points and miles fortune, but how does the plan differ for someone who spends $1,000 per month versus someone who spends $4,000 per...
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Low spend credit card strategy: A lot of vacation with low expenses

Last weekend, an interesting reader comment came in from regular commenter LarryNYC: Towards this end, it would be interesting to have a series of articles or podcasts each of which talks about what you can...

Turkish Miles & Smiles Complete Guide (online bookings once again possible)

A few years ago, we were the first blog to uncover the killer story with Turkish Miles & Smiles that you can fly one-way within the United States -- including to/from Alaska and Hawaii...

Success: Takeaways from booking a “free” child business class seat

I recently stacked a great deal on a business class itinerary booked through Amex Travel (using the Pay With Points rebate from the Business Platinum card) with the chance to get a (mostly) free...
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Why your credit card travel portal might be a poor way to book travel

We often extol the value of transferable currency points like Amex Membership Rewards points, Bilt Rewards points, Brex points, Capital One miles, Chase Ultimate Rewards points or Citi ThankYou points. While we most often...

Finding impossible awards

You've earned a small mountain of rewards thanks to the points parade of the past few years. The next step is to feel the burn and find some great uses of those points to...

Digging the Capital One Shopping Browser Extension

Usually, I avoid shopping portal browser extensions like the plague, but I recently installed one anyway and... I like it!  Thanks to the extension, I've stumbled upon rewards that I wouldn't have otherwise, and...

Dealing with Southwest flight credits: tips and pitfalls

I've long been a bit of a Southwest Airlines fanboy. Ever since I first flew Southwest around the turn of the century, I've enjoyed the quirky personality they exude and my wife has long...

X1 Card Review: 2x to 4x Everywhere. Fee Free.

Now that I've had the X1 card for 6 months, it's time for a full review.  The original version of this post was published before I got the card and that version relied heavily...

Gambling on a speculative point transfer bonus

Whenever there is a juicy point transfer bonus, some readers inevitably ask if it's a good idea to transfer their points "now" because of the good bonus. Our answer is always a firm "no",...

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