Success Story: Zina and Sam’s Honeymoon

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Here’s a fantastic travel rewards success story from Zina Kumok of the personal finance blog DebtFreeAfterThree.com. When I met Zina last September at the FinCon conference in New Orleans, she was engaged to be married and they hoped to spend their honeymoon in Croatia. Zina was familiar with credit card rewards points and had used them to great success in the US, but after we got talking about the potential for using points for her honeymoon,

7 Great Ways To Spend 100,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

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When you're just getting started with travel rewards miles and points, it is pretty easy to earn points through credit card signup bonuses.   But once you've racked up a hundred thousand points, what exactly can you do with them? Today, we're going to take a look at seven of our favorite ways you can spend 100,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards (UR) points.  We like to focus on Chase UR because they are they are fairly easy to earn (from Chase

Book Your Next Trip To Mexico With Southwest

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Southwest Airlines has long been been a staple in my travel rewards arsenal.  In fact, the first credit card I ever got solely for the miles was the Chase Southwest Plus card back in the day.  And even though I've come a long way since then, Southwest is still one of my favorite airlines to rack up miles with and fly on. I do a lot of short hops around the West Coast, often flying to San Francisco/Oakland, Phoenix, Las Vegas, etc.  A lot of

Family Travel is…Nearly Free

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I was asked to join a wonderful group of travel and family bloggers for a month-long series entitled "Travel is..."  Each of us is sharing how travel has enriched our lives.  My post is about how we're able to travel the world for nearly free using rewards points and miles (and click below to see all the articles in the series and to enter a giveaway for a $1,250 Florida vacation!!): Click here to read my post called "Family Travel is...Nearly

How to Book a Free Stopover using United Miles

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In a prior post I showed how easy it can be to book an award flight to Europe using United miles (specifically on Lufthansa, but also true on many of their Star Alliance partners).  At that time I promised a future video on how to book a "free stopover" on an international round-trip flight using United miles and below is that guide. A 'free stopover' is essentially an entirely free flight thrown into the middle of your award itinerary!  While

The Best Miles Redemption Of All Time

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Since discovering the wide world of travel rewards almost 5 years ago, I've been fortunate to partake in some pretty amazing trips.  A lot of them would not have happened without the free hotel rooms and free flights either.  It's hard to justify a $10,000 European honeymoon when your wife is in medical school.  But when you can pay for 2/3 of that trip with miles and points, that makes a huge difference. So when I say that my latest

The Best Ways to Get to Hawaii with Miles

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Hawaii is one of the top travel destinations in the world and it is certainly a great way to use your points and miles for a dream vacation!  Laura and I spent our honeymoon in Hawaii on the islands of Maui and Kauai and it is just a magical place that I would highly recommend to all. In the below video I take a question from a reader in the San Francisco area who wants to know his options to get a round-trip flight to Hawaii.  While this