Earn And Burn Is An Outdated Idea

Surely if you have been around the points and miles hobby for any time you have heard the phrase “earn and burn,” but I believe that earn and burn is an outdated idea.  Some people probably just fell out of their seats laughing at me, but let me go one step further.  Earn and burn was never as easy as it sounded for families, and was always impractical.  In this post, I’m going to explain why I think that earn and burn is an outdated idea, especially for family travel.

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What Kind Of Award Traveler Are You?

I was reading a post today on Rapid Travel Chai titled “I Booked an Etihad First Award. Now Do I Belong?” and it brought up some very good points, some of which I have mentioned here in the past.  The main point brought up is the idea of booking premium award seats just for the in-flight experience, not simply as a way to get to your destination.  Many flight enthusiasts are out to experience every premium cabin seat on every carrier, but I agree with the premise of this post.

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How To Determine The Value Of Points And Miles

This may seem like a simple topic, but for many people, determining the value of points and miles can be complicated. A topic posts on Credit Boards got me thinking about the different way people value points and miles.  There are a few ways to look at points and miles. In this post, I am going to explain the different ways to determine the value of points and miles and which method I use.

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Getting Started With Points And Miles Part 2: Amex and Citi

Today we continue the series for beginners with Getting Started With Points And Miles Part 2:  Amex and Citi.  By now, you should have read and complete the first part, Getting Started With Points And Miles Part 1: Chase First.  If you have not complete this step, you aren’t ready for part 2 yet.  Remember that Chase branded cards are difficult to apply for and you may never get approved for them if you don’t start there first!

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Why Miles And Points Diversity Is Important

Miles and points diversity is an important aspect of any travel rewards strategy.  Sometimes people get too focused on individual rewards programs which can lead to fewer options.  In this post, I’m going to highlight some of the reasons that you should have a diverse points and miles strategy.

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Points And Miles vs Cash Back Travel Cards

What is the difference between points and miles cards and cash back travel cards?  There is actually a huge difference between them, and you can get much more potential value from using points and miles cards compared to cash back travel cards.  In this post, I am going to highlight how much more valuable points and miles can be compared to some of the more popular cash back travel cards.

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A Look At The Orbitz Visa

I figured that it would be worthwhile to take a look at the Orbitz Visa, a no annual fee credit card for the Orbitz online travel agency.  There are many times when it is beneficial to pay through one of these online travel agencies, and the Orbitz Visa will give you extra rewards towards all purchases through their website.  The main question is, though, with all of the other great travel rewards cards out there, is it worth it to have this card?

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Best Rewards Card For Restaurants

There are several rewards cards that offer bonus categories in restaurants, but which is the best rewards card for restaurants?  There are several points to consider, and in this post I am going to discuss what are in my opinion the 5 best options and which is, in my opinion, the best.  Whichever card you decide to use will depend on your end goal with earning points.

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Updated List Of Cash Back Cards To Consider

Last September, I posted a list of cash back cards that you should consider having in your portfolio.  In this post, I am going to update the original list.  As things are always changing in the credit card industry, a couple of those cards are not longer available.

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Getting Started With Points And Miles Part 1: Chase First

If you are just getting started with points and miles, this series is going to guide you in the right direction.  Getting started is the hardest part, and you need to have a strategy.  Today I am going to explain why you should start with Chase cards first, and help you get moving in the right direction.

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