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How Long Can You Live on Hotel Card Sign-Up Bonuses

How Long Can You Live on Hotel Card Sign-Up Bonuses

There are quite a few different hotel credit cards out there all offering lucrative sign-up bonuses. Some offer a number of free nights while others offer a certain number of points. It’s pretty clear how many nights you can stay for free with the first type of sign-up bonus, but the cards that offer points are a bit more tricky. Here are the main hotel credit cards currently available and the number of free nights you can get -- plus the total number of nights you could live out of hotels if you got all of these cards at the same time (which I totally don’t recommend)!

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Earn More Miles with the MileagePlus X App

Earn More Miles with the MileagePlus X App

United Airlines is one of the biggest airlines in the world, and therefore it’s no surprise that their loyalty program, MileagePlus, is also one of the most popular airline loyalty programs. It allows you to earn miles by flying on United Airlines flights, and redeeming those miles for free flights on United. But did you know that you can also earn United miles from your everyday shopping, through the MileagePlus X app?

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Changes to Citi Prestige and FlexPerks Cards

Changes to Citi Prestige and FlexPerks Cards

In June 2016, Citi announced a massive list of downgrades to the that really eviscerated this card’s value proposition. However, existing cardholders were given over a year of lead time to absorb the changes and cancel their cards if they felt the remaining benefits no longer justified the $450 annual fee.

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Premium Credit Cards: Which Ones to Keep

Premium Credit Cards: Which Ones to Keep

In the last year several banks have come out with new premium cards, and there are more to come. With an onslaught of ultra-expensive credit cards tempting us with huge sign-up bonuses, deciding which card to keep becomes a real dilemma. As of now, there are seven premium credit cards that you might want to hold due to their bonuses and other perks:

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Exceptions to the Chase 5/24 Rule

Exceptions to the Chase 5/24 Rule

Chase’s 5/24 rule really rocked the boat last year when it came to light what was happening. For those of you that haven’t heard of the rule or aren’t entirely clear what it means; Chase will not approve you for new credit cards if you’ve gotten five or more new credit cards within the last 24 months. Luckily for us, there are exceptions to this rule both in the form of cards that don’t count toward your 5/24 status and cards that are not bound by the 5/24 rule.

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How to Travel to the Caribbean with Chase UR Points

How to Travel to the Caribbean with Chase UR Points

Although it’s probably hot enough for polar bears to wear sunscreen this summer, it’s never too early to start thinking about your winter vacation in a tropical climate.

The Caribbean and its beautiful islands, sandy beaches and festive umbrella cocktails are often the go-to destination for those looking to escape the snowy winter. Unfortunately, high demand also means high prices. So how do you avoid the hefty price tag when it comes to traveling to the Caribbean? Having a healthy balance of Ultimate Rewards can help. Let’s take a look at the possible redemptions with Chase’s transfer partners.

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United Award Devaluations and Other Changes

United Award Devaluations and Other Changes

United Airlines recently announced another round of changes to its MileagePlus award program. These include a variety of increases in award prices, a new variable scheme to replace Standard awards and new redeposit fee rules. The award devaluation is not as massive as United’s previous devaluation which became effective at the beginning of 2014.

While the last devaluation may not seem like very long ago for many travelers, by the time the new award chart takes effect on November 1st, 2017 it will have been almost four years so in some ways we should be thankful that these changes aren’t even worse.

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How to Downgrade Premium Credit Cards: Prestige, Reserve, Platinum

How to Downgrade Premium Credit Cards: Prestige, Reserve, Platinum

Premium credit cards can be a great value, but they also carry a hefty annual fee. You can enjoy free airport lounges, travel credits, insurance, and other perks and privileges, but at some point, you might decide you don't want to pay the fee anymore or you want to try a different card. Many of the benefits like lounge access, the Global Entry credit are offered by several cards. But if you close the card you lose the credit line attached to it and that may bring down your credit score. There are also other considerations like what to do with the points you've accrued. So what's the best plan to keep your credit line and points? You downgrade the card.

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Types of Frequent Flyer Redemptions Explained: Region, Distance and Revenue Models

Types of Frequent Flyer Redemptions Explained: Region, Distance and Revenue Models

Frequent flyer programs have come a long way since American Airlines introduced AAdvantage in 1981. The vast majority of world airlines have frequent flyer programs, and while they differ widely, each of their redemption schemes is based on one of the three underlying principles: region-based, distance-based or revenue-based.

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The Alaska and Virgin America Merger Impact on Partner Airlines

The Alaska and Virgin America Merger Impact on Partner Airlines

The recent merger of Alaska and Virgin America has created America’s fifth largest airline. We know that Alaska is going to drop the Virgin America brand, but that was originally supposed to happen in 2019. It's apparently been moved up. Virgin America’s Elevate program is now scheduled to end on January 1, 2018. Its airline partnerships will begin dissolving even earlier.

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Saving Miles with Asiana Award Bookings

Saving Miles with Asiana Award Bookings

Asiana Airlines, a Korean carrier, is a diamond in the rough in the points and miles game. It’s a lesser known program that is not often discussed in the travel blogosphere. However, Asiana has an excellent award chart that offers significantly lower award prices for Star Alliance partner flights than most airlines in this alliance. This is especially true relative to United Airlines, the Star Alliance member with whom US travelers have the most familiarity, in large part due to the transferability of Chase Ultimate Rewards to United. In this post, we will discuss how to earn Asiana miles, sweet spots in the award charts, and some tips for booking award tickets.

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Using Etihad Miles and Their Sweet Spots

Using Etihad Miles and Their Sweet Spots

Etihad Airways is a Abu-Dhabi-based airline that offers worldwide coverage, luxurious premium cabin seats, and a lucrative rewards program. Etihad Guest, the loyalty program for the airline, is a very valuable program, but one that many people in the US are not familiar with. While Etihad is not part of any formal airline alliance, the airline has many partners, including ANA, American Airlines, Air Berlin, Jet Airways and more.

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How to Use Delta Upgrade Certificates

How to Use Delta Upgrade Certificates

Delta upgrade certificates are one of the best benefits of elite status offered by any major US airline. There are two varieties – regional upgrade certificates (RUCs) and global upgrade certificates (GUCs). These instruments allow fliers to skip to the front of the pecking order for upgrades when booking paid flights.

For travelers seeking to fly in a premium cabin, upgrade certificates can save an enormous number of miles relative to booking an award ticket. In addition, upgrade availability is often in greater supply than low-level award availability, meaning you have a better chance of being able to work your way into a premium cabin in the first place.

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How the Annual Travel Credit on Premium Credit Cards Can Pay Off

How the Annual Travel Credit on Premium Credit Cards Can Pay Off

You might be taken aback by the $450-$550 price tag on a premium credit card, but you need to weigh the benefits to see if the fee is worth it. One of the biggest payoffs beyond the sign-up bonus the first year is the annual travel credit one gets with a premium card. When you put that together with lounge access and the other benefits these cards offer you might find the card not only pays for itself but gives you extra funds for travel.

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How Premium Credit Cards Can Help You Access Airport Lounges

How Premium Credit Cards Can Help You Access Airport Lounges

Now that there are a number of new premium cards in the market it's time to revisit the benefit of airport lounge access. It is one of the most popular ones for frequent travelers.  The lounge is a sanctuary where you can unwind in a comfortable chair, work or play on your computer with free Wi-Fi, grab a complimentary latte or beer, watch some news and sometimes even take a shower.

Some lounges even provide more than basic comfort, with upscale décor, delicious light meals and inventive cocktails.  You might even want to arrive at the airport early just to enjoy the lounge. There are a number of ways you can get access to this valuable perk including having a premium credit card. Let's run through the options.

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U.S. Bank Altitude Rewards and UBS Visa Infinite Cards Hit the Market

U.S. Bank Altitude Rewards and UBS Visa Infinite Cards Hit the Market

The premium travel credit card market has turned into a competitive battlefield where the largest banks are fighting for customers’ loyalty and attention. U.S. Bank and UBS are the two latest banks to offer new potentially lucrative cards to the market: the Altitude Reserve and Visa Infinite credit cards. Let's take a closer look at them.

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9 Things To Do If You Have Points/Miles That Are Going To Expire

9 Things To Do If You Have Points/Miles That Are Going To Expire

So now that you’ve put in time and effort to earn a bunch of frequent flyer miles, hotel and bank points, you definitely don’t want to let those miles expire. Each program has it’s own expiration policy so check with your program to find the exact rules. In this post we'll share some strategies for keeping your miles from expiring when that deadline appears on the horizon.

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The Complete Guide to Earning Delta SkyMiles

The Complete Guide to Earning Delta SkyMiles

There are plenty of ways to earn miles with airline partners on the ground through shopping, dining, staying in hotels, renting cars and taking advantage of a variety of promotions.

But there is one method that allows travelers to get a huge amount of miles in a short period of time. Getting a sign-up bonus for a credit card can get you a nice head start on your next vacation using Delta SkyMiles. Then you can top off the balance by taking advantage of other type of offers.

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Comparing Premium Travel Rewards Cards

Comparing Premium Travel Rewards Cards

Competition in the premium travel card segment continues to heat up as two new contenders have recently entered the market. the Altitude Reserve card from US Bank and the UBS Visa Infinite card. In addition to these new cards, Amex has made a variety of benefit changes to both the personal and business versions of the Platinum card.

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The Kings of Stopovers: Japan Airlines and Cathay Pacific Programs

The Kings of Stopovers: Japan Airlines and Cathay Pacific Programs

Stopovers are an incredibly valuable tool that allows you to see more places for the same amount of miles. This is one of the most underutilized perks of award travel, and one that is not generally available to passengers who pay for their ticket.

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