Check out my guest post “Getting the Most Mileage out of Your Miles” published on the UsingMiles blog today. The post contains a table summarizing the best redemption values offered by the four major US-based airlines for international travel. If you are a newcomer to the miles & points world, this could be helpful to you in setting a travel goal and focusing your efforts on achieving that goal efficiently. For our advanced readers, this could be a good reference tool for future trip planning.
Again, the generous FREE LIFETIME premier membership (normally $29.99/year) offered by UsingMiles to all TravelByPoints readers is still available, and you can learn more about it in this post or sign up here.
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Now that you have accumulated a sizable collection of miles and points in various programs and have learned how to manage them with the spreadsheets I provided in our “Miles & Points 101” series, you might still wonder when your hard-earned miles and points are set to expire. This post is meant to provide a quick reference for the expiration policies of major airline, hotel, and credit card loyalty programs, via a few tables with links to the official program rules.
At the end of the post, you will have an opportunity to sign up for a limited-timeFREELIFETIME premier membership for Usingmiles.com (valued at $29.99 per year!), a loyalty website that helps you manage all of your loyalty and reward programs in one place.
Quite a few readers who are ready to embark on the miles & points journey asked about how to get started with credit cards. This post is meant to be a follow-up to our initial beginner series on credit & what credit cards to consider for beginners. We will go over two tables, the first of which helps you determine what card(s) might work best for your various spending habits, while the second shows you what cards I personally use most often.
Before we start, I would like to quickly talk about cash back cards. Some of you may be aware of the fee-free Fidelity Rewards American Express Cards, which give you 2 cents back (2%) for every dollar you spend (There are also other Amex, Citi, or CapitalOne cash back cards with bonus spending categories). I personally don’t use cash back cards, because I can usually get 2 cents or better from using most miles & points. But if one or more of the following describes you, then a straightforward 2% cash back card might work better for you.
As we travel along the path of getting more miles and points, we will update this page accordingly with future series and posts relevant for beginners. Meanwhile, feel free to use the search tool and the categories in the sidebar to look for information. I have also added a few index pages to facilitate your navigation.
Below is a list of the follow-up posts that might help you get started:
Now that you have applied for more credit cards and signed up for more frequent traveler programs, you might be wondering how you can keep track of all the information. To help you and myself get more organized, I spent some time this past weekend creating a few spreadsheets with the free online Google Docs.