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How to Earn Points: Shopping Portals, Dining Rewards, Amazon and more!

On the “Start Here” page we discussed how to earn points, and not just through paid travel or credit cards.  The easiest options are putting purchases on credit cards and the following big three categories: Shopping portals Dining rewards Amazon The general idea with all of these categories is to gain the maximum number of points for items you are already paying for. Shopping Portals For the first item on “how to earn points” it’s... Read more

No Excuses: Your Asia Vacation Under $1000

I’ve been fortunate enough to visit Asia twice in my life and had a blast both times. I’m not a “global nomad” by any stretch of the imagination. I vacation a couple times a year mixed in with some long weekends away from home. To the normal person however, I’m often viewed as some sort of world explorer visiting uncharted lands. The most common thing I hear from ordinary people is “Wow, I wish I... Read more

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Mlife Hyatt Partnership – Now The Most Lucrative in Las Vegas

There are some basics to know in the Mlife Hyatt partnership before I dive into the specifics. First, it is now the most lucrative since the SPG and Total Rewards partnership ended. Basically, you can match your Hyatt status to Mlife and earn Hyatt points for Mlife stays. This can be very lucrative as you get at least 5 points per $1 spent at MGM Properties. As long as you have linked your accounts, and... Read more

Marriage and the Points Game: a Chase 5/24 Issue

Chase 5/24 quick definition Certain consequences can be had when you “play” the points game extensively. Chase, on certain credit cards, has what is called the 5/24 rule. Basically, open more than 5 credit cards of any type and Chase will reject you for cards under 5/24 umbrella. Chase’s 5/24 rule isn’t the only one out there but that is what prompts the below story. How marriage comes into it When the Chase Sapphire Reserve was... Read more

The Worst Airline Passengers

Expedia just released a study rating the public’s opinion on the “Most Annoying Airline Passengers.” Obviously this is a hot topic of conversation while we discuss our flights with friends and family. I’d have to say that the results were somewhat surprising to me. The worst airline passengers were ranked as follows: 1. The Rear Seat Kicker (cited by 64% of respondents) 2. Inattentive Parents (59%) 3. The Aromatic Passenger (55%) 4. The Audio Insensitive (49%) 5. The Boozer... Read more

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Am I a real travel blogger if I haven’t been to the Maldives?

Park Hyatt or Conrad Maldives – the two main points options. If you’ve read any travel blogs over your entire life you know it appears to be a requirement to go to the Maldives on points, more specifically the Park Hyatt Maldives.   Now that I’m an official blogger (I guess they let anyone do it) it’s good timing that the Maldives has been a topic of discussion for about the past 6 months in my... Read more

It’s my anniversary! With Marriott that is…

A morning commute surprise This morning on Twitter I received the following tweet about my Marriott anniversary and getting 300 bonus points.  Naturally my Marriott anniversary isn’t something I keep track of so this was a pleasant surprise despite 300 points being worth approximately $2.40 if you value Marriott points at .8 cents which most bloggers do. This certainly isn’t life changing but as they say, it’s the thought that counts! And it did give me... Read more

Uber vs Taxi McCarran International Airport Las Vegas

There’s nothing quite like the excitement of getting off your flight in Las Vegas. You’re so close to the strip it almost feels walkable. Unfortunately, that’s not an option so in this article we’re going to explore whether hailing a taxi or uber at Las Vegas is best for you. I was just in town over the weekend and here are my impressions: Las Vegas Taxi: Ah, Las Vegas taxis. These guys have a well-documented history... Read more

Don’t forget – the SPG and Total Rewards partnership ended 12/31/16!

Going to Vegas got much more fun for those interested in earning hotel points a few years ago. That’s when Hyatt’s partnership with Mlife and Starwood Preferred Guest’s partnership with Caesar’s Total Rewards started. The opportunity to match status, earn points, and more was very lucrative. Unfortunately as of December 31, 2016 the SPG Total Rewards partnership ended  with very little notice. On December 23, 2016 I received the below email: This has been posted... Read more

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My Perfect Trifecta – 10,050 points a month for $2,700 in expenses

On the Why Travel Cards page the basics of why travel and rewards cards are the best option vs. cash back cards are covered. There isn’t an individual “perfect” card but instead I found the best three credit cards for me. To some people (ahem, my husband) this is overkill. For simplicity’s sake he only uses our Chase Sapphire Reserve (CSR) and American Express Everyday Preferred (AmEx EDP) instead of keeping track of the rotating bonus categories on... Read more