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Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives (image courtesy of IHG)

Maldives On A Budget: Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives

My wife and I will be celebrating our 20th anniversary next year and we're planning on going to the Maldives for the first time. It'll be several months before I can book anything due...

What is Delta elite status worth?

Most airlines offer extra benefits to their most valuable customers. If you fly enough with an airline, you can become “elite”. Of course, not all elites are equal. Most airlines have multiple elite tiers...

Tips for new cruisers from new cruisers

This morning, I am disembarking the Royal Caribbean Brilliance of the Seas, our third cruise in the past ~4.5 months. Before this last couple of months, we had only ever cruised once before. I...
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Delta’s New Choice Benefits for Platinum and Diamond Elites

Delta's Platinum and Diamond elite status levels include "Choice Benefits" in addition to many automatic perks.  Platinum elites can choose one Choice Benefit each year, and Diamond elites can choose three.  This guide will...

Best uses for Virgin Points across Virgin Atlantic & Virgin Red (Sweet Spot Spotlight)

Virgin points are super easy to accumulate.  Points transfer 1 to 1 from most major transferable points programs.  Even better, transfer bonuses are common such that transfers to Virgin Atlantic are often better than...
Hotel Review Hyatt Regency JFK Airport At Resorts World New York

Bottom Line Review: Hyatt Regency JFK Airport At Resorts World New York

My 3 Cards, 3 Continents trip last year both started and ended at JFK Airport. On both ends of that trip I stayed overnight at the Hyatt Regency JFK Airport At Resorts World New...

From Citi to SAS EuroBonus, the long way. Are there sweet spots?

Prolific Frequent Miler Insider Brant Stookey posted something in our Frequent Miler Insiders Facebook group that caught my interest in our Facebook group yesterday: it is possible to transfer points from Citi ThankYou to...

Paceline card shutting down 2/23/23

Update from Nick 2/18/23: The Paceline credit card has sent an email to cardholders that the card will no longer be usable after 2/23/23. Doctor of Credit reports that statement credits for the Apple...

Travel Hacker’s Toolkit

When friends and family ask me how we can afford to travel the way we do, I often simplify and say that we're really good at using credit card rewards and frequently flyer miles....

The Tools We Use (for playing the points and miles game)

The post "The Games We Play," outlines some of the top techniques for earning more points & miles, for getting more out of our points & miles, for saving money, and getting elite perks...

Capital One including Global Entry reimbursement on 1099s

For the past several years, all of the major credit card issuers have been sending 1099-MISC forms valuing referral bonuses as income. Capital One has sent 1099s this year with strange amounts that didn't...

Shopping for car rentals with surprising results

A relatively frequent question we get from readers is about how to cover rental cars with rewards. On a recent Frequent Miler on the Air episode, we discussed some reasons why Greg and I...

Fixing a failed Platinum triple dip

Amex Platinum cards often have huge welcome bonus offers of 150,000 points or more.  Plus, they come with many valuable perks and rebates.  The downside is that they also come with $695 annual fees. ...

American Express Business Platinum 150K referral offer is back

Check those referral links...the 150,000 points referral offer for the American Express Business Platinum card is back again. This targeted offer gives 150,000 Membership Rewards points on $15,000 spend and is only available via...

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