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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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Earn Miles and Points with Amazon Payments

Earn Miles and Points with Amazon Payments

Isn’t it frustrating when you’ve got a monthly expense or a personal debt to pay and there’s no way to do it other than personal check? You won’t earn miles or points on those transactions and they can add up to a huge loss of rewards over time. What if there was a way to pay the maid, babysitter, or even your landlord and earn miles and points?

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Stopover Anyone? Here’s What You Can and Can’t Do

Stopover Anyone? Here's What You Can and Can't Do

American Airlines does not allow stopovers on domestic award tickets, but does permit them for international travel. I live on the west coast and often use the rule to my advantage to squeeze in a stopover on the way to a foreign destination or to book one leg of a bonus trip on the way back from overseas travel.

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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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Booking Frequent Flyer Award Tickets by Phone

Booking Frequent Flyer Award Tickets  online

Congratulations! You’ve earned enough frequent flyer miles to book a free trip to a dream destination. If you’re lucky, your program offers online booking. More often than not though, you’ll have to actually pick up the phone to make your award reservation.

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Beyond the One Penny Mile: Fees and Taxes on Award Tickets

Determining whether an award ticket was worth your miles used to be a simple equation.
For most airline award redemptions, miles are valued at approximately one cent per mile. You multiply the required miles by $0.01 and then compare it to the price of the flight you’re considering.

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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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Rio Rising: Use Rewards To See the 2014 FIFA World Cup

Rio Rising: Use RewarSee the 2014 FIFA World Cup

First the Olympics said they were headed there. Then FIFA announced it would be the host of the 2014 World Cup. In its annual guide to the top destinations, the New York Times gave Rio the number one spot because “the whole world will be there in 2014.”

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French Polynesia for Free

French Polynesia for Free

It is not all that easy to get to Papeete, Tahiti. Very few airlines fly to the capital of French Polynesia, so using miles to make this trip can be quite tricky. But not impossible. When I first decided that I wanted to visit the Society Islands, I did some research on which airlines could get me there.

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Fall Travel: It’s Not Just for Leaf Peepers

Fall Travel: It's Not Just for Leaf Peepers

Though it’s not available anymore, many travelers fondly remember JetBlues “All You Can Jet” Pass. For $599, you could take unlimited flights on JetBlue between September 8 and October 8. It was so popular that in 2012 they created the “GoPack,” a set of 10 one-way flights for travel between September 13 and December 19.

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Black Sea Coastal City: Regional Airline Partners Can Get You There

Black Sea Coastal City: Regional Airline Partners Can Get You There

Domestic carriers don’t always have the most luxurious birds in the sky. If you want an exceptional first class experience, fly Singapore Airlines or Emirates. Enviable in-flight cuisine, even in coach? Try Air France, British Airways, or Turkish Airlines.

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Low Fares and Double Miles = Mileage Run

Get bonus miles using frequent flyer programs

I have Executive Platinum elite status on American Airlines and I want to keep it.  It increases the rate at which I earn miles, which essentially drives down the cost I pay per mile. I also like the perks.

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The Maldives: It’s Worth the Time it Takes to Get There

The Maldives: It's Worth the Time it Takes to Get There

Collecting frequent flyer miles is all about one thing: aspiring to travel. That may mean saving up enough miles to visit your family in the Midwest, heading to Paris for Bastille Day, or going even farther afield to an exotic destination like the South Pacific or one of the islands in the Indian Ocean like the Seychelles or Maldives.

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Hawaii is Always a Good Idea, Especially Using Miles

Hawaii is Always a Good Idea, Especially Using Miles

One of the first “fancy” vacations my husband and I ever took fancy meaning a bit higher end than a getaway to Walt Disney World or a rustic cabin in Maine was to Hawaii for our 12th anniversary in 2006.

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Sign-up Bonus Funds Bahamas Getaway

Sign-up Bonus Funds Bahamas Getaway

Going away for my anniversary is always tricky. It usually falls on or near the Columbus Day holiday weekend, the last chance for many to soak up good weather before winter sets in.

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South American Capitals: Sandy Beaches, Juicy Steaks and Fine Wine

South American Capitals: Sandy Beaches, Juicy Steaks and Fine Wine

I recently took a weeklong trip to South America where I visited Brazil, Chile, and Argentina. The first part of the trip was paid for with cash, but earned a good amount of miles toward the next free trip. The return was in first class on American Airlines using miles and surpassed any expectations I had of what that experience would be like.

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Follow Your Favorite Rock Star Using Miles

Follow Your Favorite Rock Star Using Miles

One of the things I love about collecting frequent flyer miles and hotel loyalty points is that it gives me the freedom to travel whenever and wherever I want. This is incredibly helpful
when I feel like getting away to visit a friend or go someplace special.

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New Mexico for a Newbie

New Mexico for a Newbie

For some reason, maybe having to do with reading lots of westerns as a kid, New Mexico had always been on my travel bucket list. It’s off that list now because I discovered a way to get a free roundtrip ticket there using my Capital One “miles.”

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Around the World with Only 130,000 Miles

Around the World with Only 130,000 Miles

One of my dream trips has always been to take a round-the-world trip. I’ve visited numerous countries on every continent (except Antarctica) and have done so on great airlines in upgraded seats.

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