McCown and I are working on researching a trip to Myanmar for sometime in 2015 and have been scouring the internet trying to learn all that we can about how to get there, what to see, where to stay, etc… We’ll have a few points related to our Myanmar trip planning over the next few weeks, but, first of all: What’s the best way to get to Myanmar using miles or points from North America?
There are essentially 3 major international [...]
As reported here, American Express is running a 40% bonus on transfers to British Airways Avios for the next ~6 weeks.
For a limited time, all transfers from American Express Membership Rewards points to British Airways Avios will receive a 40% transfer bonus. It is reported that this deal will last until 1/31/2015, but it is always possible that it could end sooner– so, I would suggest jumping on it ASAP. The transfer is hard coded on the AMEX website at a rate of: 1,000 Membership Rewards® Points = 1,400 Avios.
You can use British Airways Avios miles to book oneworld alliance partner flights, including those on: American Airlines, US [...]
I get a few emails a week from hotels, airlines and credit card companies pushing me to “buy” things with my hard-earned miles. Like this one from American Express:
Or this one from Chase:
Or this one from United:
Why ordering [...]
After burning lots of miles and points over the past few months (read: All about our Honeymoon trip: Bali, Jakarta, Singapore and the Maldives), it was time to start racking up them again for the next trip. Here was our haul:
McCown:AAdvantage World MasterCard / Citi Platinum Select = 50,000 American Airlines AAdvantage Miles + $0 annual fee 1st year US Airways Premier World MasterCard = 40,000 US Airways Dividend miles + $89 annual fee Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express = 30,000 Starpoints + $0 annual fee 1st year
Jeffrey:AAdvantage World Elite MasterCard / Citi Executive = 100,000 American Airlines AAdvantage Miles + [...]
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One of the best things about American Express Membership Rewards points is that you can transfer points to any of their roughly two dozen transfer partners, including 18 airlines.
The terms of the [...]
The American Express Platinum card is one of the best cards out there. While it carriers a very hefty annual fee ($450) for both the Personal and Business versions, it has some of the best benefits and travel-related services that are very value-add. Here’s a quick list of what the $450 a year will get you:Global Entry Fee Credit ($100 one-time value) Upgrade to Starwood Preferred Guest Gold (typically requires 10 stays or 25 nights per year) $200 Airline Fee Credit Annually ($200 value, but did it really need saying?–covers incidental charges for the airline of your choice) Access to airport lounges Free Priority PassTM Select membership (~$399 value, offers [...]
For those of you saying, “Enough already! How do you get started?” here’s a quick crash course on racking up the points required for a free trip. This is written from the perspective of someone with no frequent traveler points that is starting from scratch.1. Understand your credit score
This is imperative to getting in on the free miles game. Start by reading our Credit Score Crash Course post here. This will give you an idea of what is behind your credit score.2. Look up your credit score
Before going any further, figure out what you’re working with. Please don’t go to just any website for a credit report– there’s a reason [...]
Having recently acquired the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, I knew that Hyatt was a 1:1 ratio transfer partner. The bad thing about the nice hotels in Paris is that they’re expensive in Euros, which means they’re outrageously expensive after making the conversion to USD. While shopping for a way to spend at least one night in a luxury hotel, I had totally ruled out paying $1000+. The only other option is to use points, specifically hotel programs that I could transfer AMEX or Chase points to…
The goal: Find the [...]
British Airways flies a surprisingly large number of routes within the Caribbean–this can save hundreds of dollars if you’re interested in doing some island hopping and really opens up your vacation possibilities. Here are the destinations served:
As stated in the caption, any flight in Red on the map or with a designation of BA in the [...]
I just received this in the mail from AMEX:The Deal:
Get an additional 4x the points per dollar spent at all MGM Resort in Las Vegas between Nov 25, 2013 and Feb 27, 2014. Offer valid at the following resorts: Bellagio, Aria Resort & Casino, Vdara, Mandarin Oriental, The Mirage, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, THEhotel at Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand Las Vegas, The Signature at MGM Grand, Monte Carlo Hotel, Excalibur, New York New York, Circus Circus.
How to Get It: Technically the T&Cs state that this is a targeted offer and that you “must be the named recipient of this invitation,” but I suggest that anyone can try to get in on it. To [...]