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December 31, 2014

Traveling to Myanmar Using Miles and Points

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? 

Map of Myanmar/Burma. Yangon = home of the main international airport for the country. Mandalay, Bagan and Inle Lake are popular tourist destinations within the country.

There are essentially 3 major international entry points for Myanmar: [...]

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December 17, 2014

American Express Membership rewards 40% Transfer Bonus to British Airways Avios

As reported here, American Express is running a 40% bonus on transfers to British Airways Avios for the next ~6 weeks.

The Deal

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 [...]

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July 31, 2014

Ahh! Don’t buy “stuff” with your frequent flyer miles!

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:

Perfect, I’m somewhere between a Dyson Vacuum and a MacBook!

Or this one from Chase:

I won’t be fooled, Chase–100 points for $1 is a horrible trade!

Or this one from United:

I can think of nothing more horrible to own than a Racsal Flatts album or “NOW 50”

Why ordering “stuff” with miles and points is a horrible idea

Trading your miles and [...]

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July 14, 2014

Our Credit Card Sign-up Bonus Spree: 375,000 miles and points

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:

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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June 19, 2014

Transfer AmEx Membership Rewards Points To Other Accounts No Longer Possible

The post you're reading is from our RSS Feed. When we're out there traveling the world, it can be nearly impossible to bring you all of the news from the miles/points/travel industry. To bring you the best content possible, we've linked our personal RSS Feed to the blog so that when a newsworthy article comes out, we'll simply feed it in with the rest of our posts. This way you can be sure you're always getting the best and most current info out there.

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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 [...]

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June 13, 2014

New Benefit for AMEX Platinum Cardholders: Register for Free Boingo Wi-Fi

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 [...]
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May 1, 2014

How-to Guide: Taking a Trip For Free!

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 [...]

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March 27, 2014

Paris, France: Best Hotels for Free Using Points

Booking in Paris on Points

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…

These choices will assuredly put a dent in the travel budget

The goal: Find the best value luxury hotel in [...]

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February 17, 2014

Caribbean Island Hop with British Airways Avios (only 4,500 points/flight!)

Intra-Caribbean Island Hopping Flights with British Airways Avios

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:

Legend: Red = British Airways operated flights (confirmed bookable with Avios)Green = Codeshare American Airlines, operated by Seaborne Airlines (confirmed bookable with AA miles, not positive about Avios)

As stated in the caption, any flight in Red on the map or with a designation of BA in the below table is 100% bookable [...]

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December 12, 2013

Blitz Deal: Earn 4x American Express Points at MGM Resorts Las Vegas

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 [...]
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