Frequent Flyer Tips for Travelers New to Loyalty Programs

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Tips to Meet Credit Card Minimum Spend

Get bonus miles using frequent flyer programs

Credit card companies have introduced some exciting offers in the past month or two. Citi made some waves with its offer for the Executive AAdvantage World Elite Mastercard. Approved applicants were enticed with 100,000 American AAdvantage bonus miles after spending $10,000 in three months.

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Off-Season Mileage Bargains to Europe

Off-Season Mileage Bargains to Europe

I love traveling off season. It’s less crowded and more affordable. American Airlines AAdvantage redemption rate for off-peak travel to Europe between October 15 and May 15 is only 40,000 miles.

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Guide to Airline Lingo

If you’re new to making airline arrangements or booking award tickets, you may not be familiar with all of the words and terms the airlines use. Here’s a quick reference guide to some of the lingo you should understand.

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Four Instances When Elite Status Doesn’t Matter

Four Instances When Elite Status Doesn't Matter

In frequent flyer circles, airline elite status seems to be the Holy Grail. Everybody wants status because it comes with perks such as access to priority check-in and security lanes, the possibility of an upgrade, free or discounted baggage fees, lounge access, mileage multipliers and more.

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5 Valentine’s Day Gifts for Your Favorite Frequent Flyer

5 Valentine's Day Gifts for Your Favorite Frequent Flyer

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, but it’s not too late to get something shipped overnight. Chocolate and flowers are a safe bet for your special someone, but this year give a gift that your frequent flyer will really love. It’s okay to throw in some candy and flowers too!

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What Are Your 2014 Travel Plans?

Do you know where you’re going on vacation this year? Now is the time to start planning!

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Blueprint for a First Class Ticket to an Exotic Island

Blueprint for a First Class Ticket to an Exotic Island

If your imagination were the only limit, where would you go?

A secluded island getaway with private access to a crystal clear lagoon from your glass-bottom villa floating over the warm tropical water?

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Tips for Managing Rewards Credit Cards

A Pile ofRewards Credit Cards

It’s no secret that credit card sign-up bonuses are the fastest and easiest ways to earn miles and points. However, opening up a dozen credit card accounts is fraught with problems if you’re not organized. Playing the points and miles game is only a good idea if you have excellent credit (730 or higher), you pay off your credit card balances monthly, never miss a payment and are organized enough to keep track of annual card renewal dates.

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Holiday Shopping: Best Bets for Giving Miles and Points

Holiday Shopping: Best Bets for Giving Miles and Points

With Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday behind us, you just can’t hide. It’s time to do your holiday shopping. For miles and points hounds, picking up stocking stuffers and more expensive gifts offers a lucrative opportunity to earn rewards.

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Save on Fees this Holiday Season with Award Tickets

Save on Fees this Holiday Season with Award Tickets

When I worked in a university, it was always a game of chance making holiday travel plans. Our office almost always closed the week between Christmas and New Year’s, but you never knew for sure until less than a month before, too close to book reward tickets without a fee. I traditionally ended up on a short holiday trip followed by a staycation during the office closure.

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Fly the Most Miles For Your Reward Miles

Fly the Most Miles For Your Reward Miles

Unfortunately for reward travelers in America, the days of zones when you could hop to nearby states on a couple thousands airline points are over.

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Earn Bonus Miles on Hotels and Car Rentals

Book a hotel and get bonus miles

There are dozens of ways to earn frequent flyer miles and hotel loyalty points. Setting out on an actual trip is the most conventional way to earn miles and points. You earn frequent flyer miles for taking a flight, but you can also actually earn bonus miles for car rentals and hotel stays as well.

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Dining for Miles

Dine out and get bonus miles

How about earning miles for your morning coffee and bagel or dinner out with friends? Enroll in the dining rewards program for your favorite airline and get up to 5 miles per dollar spent.

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Jump-start Your Free Travel Hobby

I’ve traveled extensively since 2006 when I first discovered the power of frequent flyer miles and hotel loyalty program points. I’ve become the envy of my friends and colleagues who continually ask about the exotic destinations I visit on a regular basis. They are also always intrigued when they hear that it only costs me a few dollars to make these trips and they want to know how they can replicate my success.

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What’s the Best Airline Miles Program for You?

How do you which airline frequent flyer program you should join? It’s easy to be swayed by an attractive credit card offer. And stocking up on airline miles is an amazing way to fly near and far.  But only if you can find available flights.

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The Power of Shopping Portals to Maximize Miles

The Power of Shopping Portals to Maximize Miles

Some people think that if they don’t fly or stay at a hotel often enough, they have no chance of earning enough miles or points for free travel. That’s simply not true. These days, loyalty programs are a business in and of themselves and offer a  myriad of ways to rack up miles from co-branded credit cards to online shopping malls. All you need to do is purchase items you were going to buy anyway through these portals to get bonus points.

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The Good Old Days Are Back for Frequent Flyers

The Good Old Days Are Back for Frequent Flyers

It’s hard not to get a bit nostalgic about the good old days of airline travel. Remember when it wasn’t such a hassle to fly; when people actually dressed up for a flight; when it was always service with a smile; and when frequent flyer programs weren’t laden with a plethora of stipulations.

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