Now that most of you have already learned how to earn and manage lots of miles and points and how to get the best mileage out of your miles in major US-based global airlines’ programs, it is time to book your award tickets before any of your miles and points expire. This post provides an easy-to-use table comparing the various award fees (in additional to mandatory taxes and security fees) some of those major airlines may charge for award travel.
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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For those of you planning to travel internationally in the near future, I’d like to share a little more detail on the Charles Schwab VISA debit/ATM card in my wallet. I will tell you why it is the best ATM card to have and how you can start taking advantage of it in a few easy steps.
Check out my “What’s in My Wallet?” guest post/graphic on TravelSort! If the graphic is too small, here is a link to a larger version. Hilary was kind enough to also add a written summary of all the cards I included.
I currently don’t have any of my own affiliate links to those cards that I mentioned, except for the American Express Permanent Prepaid Card, which can help you earn 5x Chase Ultimate Rewards points for almost everything you buy. If you don’t already have the American Express Prepaid Card, you can get a free $25 gift card before August 31, 2012 by loading $200 or more onto the card at the time of order. I will earn a few dollars if you use my referral link, and appreciate your support of the blog!
If you don’t have anything planned for the weekend of November 30 – December 2 and/or live close enough to LAX (Los Angeles International Airport), I have a suggestion for you.
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-time FREE LIFETIME 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.
One of the questions I get asked most often is how to think about canceling a credit card. If you have read my “Miles & Points 101” series and understand how credit scores work, then the key question to ask before canceling a credit card is “How do I make sure it helps (or at least does not hurt) my credit scores?”
Here is the last gift card promo alert for those of you who fit one or more of the following criteria:
- You shop at a SUPERVALU-owned grocery store (ACME, Albertsons, Cub, Farm Fresh, Hornbacher’s, Jewel-Osco, Lucky, Save-A-Lot, Shaw’s/Star Market, Shop n’ Save, Shoppers);
- You are not interested in $40 worth of FREE Greek yogurt and 2 FREE movie tickets, or don’t have access to a Safeway-owned grocery store;
- You are not interested in getting $2 off per gallon of gas (up to $70 off per fill-up), or don’t have access to a Kroger-owned grocery store.
You have 4 more days (until June 21, 2012) to take advantage of the SUPERVALU grocery chain’s gift card promotion – Buy $100 gift cards (8 to choose from), get $20 in free groceries.