Educational Posts on Loyalty Programs

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Best Credit Card Combos: Chase Freedom Unlimited and Sapphire Reserve

Best Credit Card Combos: Chase Freedom Unlimited and Sapphire Reserve

The Chase Freedom Unlimited card and the Chase Sapphire Reserve card is quite possibly the best credit card combination in the entire travel rewards industry. The combined benefits of this combo provide just about everything a travel hacker could want in their credit card portfolio – high points earning rates, a very valuable currency, a diversified array of travel benefits and purchase protections, and point transferability.

In addition, the ability to get so much out of only 2 cards allows travelers to simplify their wallets and reduce the cost of the annual fees they pay relative to a traveler who carries many cards. The Freedom Unlimited card has no annual fee while the Sapphire Reserve card carries a $450 annual fee.

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How to Upgrade Your Flight with United MileagePlus Miles

How to Upgrade Your Flight with United MileagePlus Miles

Many travelers who earn frequent flyer miles aren’t always interested in booking an award ticket. Instead, they want to use their miles to upgrade a ticket they’ve already bought with cash. Upgrades and award travel have a lot in common, but the rules are unique for every loyalty program. This post discusses how to upgrade a ticket purchased with United Airlines.

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10 Ways to Redeem Miles with Air Canada Aeroplan for Maximum Value

10 Ways to Redeem Miles with Air Canada Aeroplan for Maximum Value

Air Canada no longer operates Aeroplan, its own loyalty program, but it still offers plenty of great redemption options. There were significant changes to how miles are valued in recent years following the spinoff, yet you can find great value if you know where to look and what to book. For instance, Aeroplan still allows stopovers and open jaws, which are a great way to increase award ticket value. And it has a round-the-world in business class fare for just 300,000 miles. Read on for more details.

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How Small Business Owners Can Maximize Rewards

How Small Business Owners Can Maximize Rewards

Some of the best credit cards for points and miles collectors are small business credit cards. However, many people believe that since they do not have a business with employees, that they are not eligible to apply for one of these cards. In fact, for most small business cards, individuals are eligible to apply as a sole proprietorship, even if you are just starting out.

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These Credit Cards Offer Special Savings on Your Next Hotel Stay

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RewardExpert is dedicated to helping you earn free travel with airline miles and points, which can be earned more easily using certain credit cards. But did you know that these same cards sometimes provide special discounts and promotions when you book a hotel?

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8 Ways to Redeem Miles with ANA Mileage Club for Maximum Value

8 Ways to Redeem Miles with ANA Mileage Club for Maximum Value

ANA Mileage Club used to be one of the best ways to book awards on Star Alliance partners such as United Airlines, Lufthansa, and Singapore Airlines. That changed after they completely updated the program. Now there are actually four different award charts depending on when, where, and who you fly.

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Cocktails Predicting the Next President? Why You Might Need a Drink When You Hear About Delta

Cocktails Predicting the Next President? Why You Might Need a Drink When You Hear About Delta

Delta Air Lines is at it again. The airline is raising rates on award tickets without any notice to flyers, which seems to be its practice since deleting its award chart. That’s why Omni’s latest promotion might be of interest for some travelers. Also, take note of several hotel promotions scheduled for the fall.

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Which Chase Ultimate Rewards Cards Are Worth Holding Long Term?

Which Chase Ultimate Rewards Cards Are Worth Holding Long Term?

With so many good travel credit cards on the market, it can sometimes be difficult to decide which ones to keep in your wallet long-term. If you keep too many, you will end up paying a significant amount of money in annual fees which may end up costing you more than the value you receive from these cards. On the other hand, if you cancel a card and later decide you would like to have it again, you may be prevented from getting that card again due to Chase’s much-maligned 5/24 rule.

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8 Ways to Redeem Miles with Lufthansa Miles&More for Maximum Value

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How much value you can you get with Lufthansa’s Miles & More loyalty program? These miles don’t have a big presence in North America, but it’s still possible to accumulate them with Star Alliance carriers, by transferring points from Starwood Preferred Guest, or getting a credit card from Barclaycard. The program offers a few unique values despite collecting additional carrier surcharges on most international award tickets.

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How to Upgrade Your Flight with American AAdvantage Miles

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Many travelers who earn frequent flyer miles aren’t always interested in booking an award ticket. Instead, they want to use their miles to upgrade a ticket they’ve already bought with cash. Upgrades and award travel have a lot in common, but the rules are unique for every loyalty program. This post discusses how to upgrade a ticket purchased with American Airlines.

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Sapphire Reserve Hits the Market, Bye to Etihad Limos, Birthday Bonuses From Virgin

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This week’s roundup has both good and bad news. The Chase Sapphire Reserve applicataion went live this past week with its 100,000 point sign-up bonus. But while there are lots of great ways to earn bonus miles, Etihad has squashed one of our favorite benefits on first class award tickets. Read it and weep amidst the plethora of other good deals out there.

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Ranking the Three Major U.S. Airlines

Ranking the Three Major U.S. Airlines

There have been numerous changes implemented and announced by the three major U.S. airlines, United, American and Delta, in recent months with modifications to frequent flyer programs, credit cards, bank relationships, planes, routes and service.

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New Chase Sapphire Reserve Details and Analysis

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New Chase Sapphire Reserve Details and Analysis

Since details on the upcoming release of the Chase Sapphire Reserve card were originally leaked, there has been a ton of new information hitting the internet. On August 15th Chase officially announced the card via Twitter. However, the biggest news was that on the same day, a developer application link was accidentally made publicly available for a few hours.

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The Ultimate Guide to Global Entry and Automated Passport Control

The Ultimate Guide to Global Entry and Automated Passport Control

The longest line you’ll face when traveling may not be at check-in or even airport security. Instead, clearing customs and immigration can take hours at busy airports when several international flights arrive at once. Global Entry is one of the best programs available to travelers who hope to skip past these lines in the U.S. We also give you a few other options that may be cheaper.

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Delta Suites, Chase’s Sapphire Reserve and FF Program Workarounds

Delta Suites, Chase's Sapphire Reserve and FF Program Workarounds

There’s always exciting news in the travel world, and this week is no different. Learn a clever workaround for maximizing your miles even with new revenue-based programs. Plus, there is some great news in the credit card world, like a new premium card offering 100,000 points and lounge upgrades.

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The Ultimate Guide to Clearing Security with TSA PreCheck

The Ultimate Guide to Clearing Security with TSA PreCheck

When you apply for TSA PreCheck, you’re essentially requesting a Known Traveler Number. This basic form of registration identifies you as an unlikely threat to national security and enables you to speed through the airport checkpoint with less scrutiny.

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9 Ways to Earn Chase Ultimate Rewards

10 Ways to Earn Chase Ultimate Rewards

1. Credit Card Sign-up Bonuses

This is the fastest way to earn tons of Chase Ultimate Rewards. If you have opened relatively few credit card accounts over the past 2 years, it should also be one of the easiest.

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Rent An Apartment In The Air With Rewards Points

Rent An Apartment In The Air With Rewards Points

If you happen to be flying on an Etihad Airways route between Abu Dhabi and New York (JFK), London Heathrow, Melbourne, Mumbai or Sydney, and have enough airline miles, you can exchange that annoying cramped economy seat for an apartment with more amenities than you can imagine.

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Free Entertainment on American, United Discounts Award Travel and Delta Apologizes

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This week is chock full of travel-related news for frequent flyers. Whether you are earning or burning miles as you travel, consider these tidbits to discover ways to improve upon and enjoy the journey, no matter where you are headed.

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United Changes, Jet Blue Allows Changes, Marriott Makes Friends and More

United Changes, Jet Blue Allows Changes, Marriott Makes Friends and More

In our weekly roundup column we look at what’s happening around the world that is of interest to miles and points collectors.

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