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Kendra Collins

Kendra Collins

Kendra Collins writes the blog Points and Pixie Dust. What’s it about? Stylish travel, chic finds, crazy adventures and amazing deals - daily. Enthusiastic. Entertaining. Never a dull moment. Always a fun read. Follow her on Twitter: @Pixie_Points.

Loyalty programs: I’m a member of most of them (I keep track using AwardWallet).

Favorite program: Hands-down, it’s Hyatt Gold Passport. Once you earn Diamond Status, the perks are incredibly lucrative: confirmed suite upgrades, free breakfast (sometimes whatever you want from room service!), additional points for paid stays, welcome amenities, and more.

Favorite travel destinations: India, New Orleans, Japan.

Most memorable trip: My husband and I backpacked through five countries in West Africa for four months. The highlight was making a five-tier wedding cake in a wood-burning oven during a monsoon (with no electricity or running water); the lowlight was getting malaria.

Travel rewards credit cards: My favorite is the Barclaycard Arrival. This card is super easy to use: you get 2x points for everything. You can spend these points on travel – any travel – and when you redeem your points, you get 10% of them back each time! You don’t have to think much about where to use the card OR how to redeem your miles. It’s just easy.

Favorite rewards: Arrival points (for their ease of use and 10% bonus), Chase Ultimate Rewards points (because you can get some incredible redemption values from a few of their travel partners such as Hyatt, United, and Krisflyer), and SPG points (because when you convert 20,000 SPG points to airline miles, you earn a 5,000 mile bonus).

Kendra Collins Kendra Collins’s posts:

Asia and Europe for a Family of Four

Asia and Europe for a Family of Four

Next month my family and I are headed to Japan and France on the way back for a four-week vacation. This big trip has been my goal ever since I started collecting points and miles. At first, I wondered if it would be possible. I wasn’t sure if I could ever rack up enough miles to do it, especially because I wanted to book flights for four people in business class.

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A Luxury Weekend in Chicago for $5

A Luxury Weekend in Chicago for $5

Before I discovered the world of points and miles collecting, planning a weekend trip with a friend required some serious budgeting. I needed to start saving months in advance, and even then I was always shocked by the final cost. Back then, more often than not, my trips were short and local—and far from luxurious.

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