Travel Rewards 101: Three Main Types of Rewards Credit Cards

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For beginners, researching the different rewards credit card rewards can seem overwhelming at first. After all, each bank and card issuer typically has its own rewards program and all these programs offer travel benefits, but often in dramatically different ways. The point of this post is to shed some light on the three main types of travel rewards credit cards, and how they can benefit you. After all, it can be difficult to choose the right

Why YOU Should Earn the Southwest Companion Pass

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The Southwest Companion Pass is quite possibly the single most valuable perk in all of travel rewards and we'll walk you through what you need to do to earn it and maximize its value. Southwest has a huge network of flights in the U.S. and the ease of redeeming points for flights with absolutely zero blackout dates makes it an ideal airline program for the regular traveler. What is the Southwest Companion Pass? The Southwest Companion Pass

What Are The Best Ways To Get To Europe With Points?

What Are The Best Ways To Get To Europe With Points? - DRAFT

As a kid growing up in Los Angeles, Europe sounded like a magical place.  Great food, different culture and some awe inspiring historic sites.  Who doesn't love Europe and all the beauty that it has to offer?  Once I finally made it over there as a teenager, I knew it was a place that I would visit many more times.  And since that first trip, I've actually returned many times and I even studied abroad one semester in Budapest, Hungary. It's

5 Ways To Prevent Your Miles And Points From Expiring

5 Ways To Prevent Your Miles And Points From Expiring

Racking up miles and points from credit card bonuses, flights and hotel stays is one of the greatest feelings in the world.  I mean who doesn't like to travel around the world for (nearly) free?  But on the opposite end of the spectrum, no frequent traveler ever wants to see their miles and points expire due to inactivity.  I've had it happen to me and I can assure you, it's not a good feeling. Luckily, there are a few easy ways to prevent

How Much are my Chase Ultimate Rewards Points Really Worth?


Our absolute favorite travel rewards points are Chase Ultimate Rewards points. They are extremely flexible since you can transfer them to 11 different travel partners including some of our favorites like: United, Hyatt, Southwest and British Airways. Recently a travel coaching member emailed me and said, “I have 50,000 Ultimate Rewards. What does that equate to approximately in travel? Is there an easy way to understand how that conversion of

Beginner’s Guide: Best Hotel Loyalty Programs Part Two

Hilton Garden Inn NYC

We recently released the first segment of the Beginner's Guide: Best Hotel Loyalty Programs Part One. In that post, I shared how lucrative hotel loyalty programs can be and the specific perks offered by the programs that took my top three spots: the Starwood Preferred Guest Program, IHG Rewards, and Hyatt Gold Passport. Today I’ll highlight the hotel loyalty programs that fall next in line, specifically Club Carlson, Hilton HHonors, and Marriott

NYC to Portugal to Thailand and Back for $120!

Lisbon, Portugal

I just put together an amazing itinerary for my brother for his proposed summer 2015 trip and this is a perfect example of how travel rewards points can save you money and take you places you could only dream of! He’s a teacher and he wanted to go to either Europe or Asia next summer using his points, so my response was, “why not both??” United Airlines has an incredible bonus built into their round-trip international award bookings called