Post 11 – Hang up, Call Again!  (HUCA)
Mar10

Post 11 – Hang up, Call Again! (HUCA)

As I’m sure most everyone has experienced before, phone agents can make or break any situation. They can be your best friend or your worst enemy, but using this one simple trick you can maximize your chances of getting a great experience on the phone, especially with airlines and hotels. 1. How to choose your best program. 2. Understanding the ins and outs of your program. 3. Earning with program partners and redemption. 4. How to...

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Post 10 – Searching for deals. Mistake fares. Mileage runs.
Jan26

Post 10 – Searching for deals. Mistake fares. Mileage runs.

I think of all the posts that we’ll be doing in this series, this is probably one of the most important ones.  For us, finding cheap airfare or a mistake fare is a victory.  Sometimes when we book travel we don’t even have a destination in mind.  We just look for the cheap tickets and then end up planning the destination around that.  In this post, we’ll show you how to search for cheap fares, how to take advantage...

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Post 8 – Importance of Status and Elite Benefits

I think I’m one of the few people that I know that actually enjoys going to the airport.  From the priority check in counter to the TSA PreCheck to the airport lounge, the fast boarding, the first class upgrades… oh wait, you don’t have those same experiences?  Welcome to the world of elite and preferred status… keep reading to find out how you can have the same. 1. How to choose your best program. 2....

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Post 7 – Aspirational rewards and Good Mileage Values
Jan08

Post 7 – Aspirational rewards and Good Mileage Values

I hope that by now you’ve come to realize that points and miles truly are a vehicle to not only get you home to see the aunts and uncles for the holidays, but also as a way to go on the dream vacations that you’ve heard about or read about online.  Have you heard of the double decker airplane that has a shower onboard?  Or the plane that has a full bar onboard?  What about the plane that has a bed in first class instead of...

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Post 6 – Not all Points and Miles are the Same

In today’s ever-changing world of frequent flying and loyalty cards, lots of words are thrown around interchangeably.  Having 10,000 “points” or 15,000 “miles” can sound like a lot, but not all points and miles are created equal.   Marketing departments are paid millions to find ways to earn your loyalty.  In this post, we’ll peel back some of the layers to get at the heart of...

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Post 5 – The hidden DNA of credit cards
Oct30

Post 5 – The hidden DNA of credit cards

I’m willing to bet that if you’re like any normal American, you’ve got at least 2-3 credit cards in your wallet right now. I know a couple people who carry 17 and it’s not even a wallet, but a binder!  But the real question is if you know the real value of your credit cards and the special benefits that they have.  In this post you’ll find out about some of the most common benefits credit cards offer and...

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Post 4, Other ways to earn miles besides flying
Oct22

Post 4, Other ways to earn miles besides flying

At this point you should have chosen your program, have a basic understanding of how it works, and also how to earn on your airline and your partner airlines.  But what if you’re like 95% of Americans who only get 1 or 2 weeks vacation a year (and knowing you, you probably don’t take it all – SHAME!!!)  and you want to earn more miles without actually taking the time to get on an airplane? 1. How to choose your best program. 2....

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Post 3 – Earning and Redeeming on Partners
Oct13

Post 3 – Earning and Redeeming on Partners

In my opinion, one of the best ways to utilize and maximize a frequent flier program is by using their air partners to both use and redeem miles.  Now, we are going to go a little in depth here with this post, but it should all be very clear by the end!  You’ll leave this post hopefully knowing about how to use airline partners with your favorite plan to earn a bunch of miles for your next flight. 1. How to choose your best program....

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Post 2 – Understanding how your Program works
Sep23

Post 2 – Understanding how your Program works

Hopefully after reading the first post, you’ve made the choice of your main program based on the criteria suggested. Now that you’ve decided on an airline, it’s important to know the guts of the program, how it works for you, and more importantly, how you accumulate those precious miles.  And yes, when I say that, I’m rubbing my hands together like Gollum from Lord of the Rings. 1. How to choose your best program. 2....

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Post 1 – How to choose your best program
Sep18

Post 1 – How to choose your best program

Welcome to the first post of many in our series, Miles and Points Beginner’s Guide.  Over the next several weeks we’ll walk you through earning miles and points, spending miles and points, accumulating them, and some great ways to find deals out there. 1. How to choose your best program. 2. Understanding the ins and outs of your program. 3. Earning with program partners and redemption. 4. How to earn apart from flying on...

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