Beginner’s Guide

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Beginners Guide to Club Carlson Rewards

Club Carlson Rewards Chart

    Have you signed up for TravelCon OC yet?   Beginners Guide to Redeeming Points United Airlines (and Star Alliance) British Airways Avios (and Oneworld Alliance) Hyatt Gold Passport Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Club Carlson Rewards   The Club Carlson Rewards program is unique and potentially very valuable. You can…

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Complete Guide to Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG)

Starwood Preferred Guest

Have you signed up for TravelCon OC yet? Beginners Guide to Redeeming Points United Airlines (and Star Alliance) British Airways Avios (and Oneworld Alliance) Hyatt Gold Passport Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Club Carlson Rewards   Much like the Hyatt Gold Passport program, the Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) program is a favorite…

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Beginners Guide to Redeeming Points – Hyatt Gold Passport

Hyatt Gold Passport Benefits

  Have you signed up for TravelCon OC yet?   Beginners Guide to Redeeming Points United Airlines (and Star Alliance) British Airways Avios (and Oneworld Alliance) Hyatt Gold Passport Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Club Carlson Rewards   Hyatt Gold Passport is one of the favorite hotel programs among points and miles…

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Points, Miles, and Credit Cards: A Primer for True Beginners

LAX-JFK UR Points

I’ve been talking to a lot more friends and coworkers lately about my whole points/miles/travel obsession, and it’s always a topic that others find fascinating. After all, who doesn’t want to get more bang for their buck with their travel? As many of my regular readers already know, I like to take an analytic approach…

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Beginners Guide to Redeeming Points – British Airways Avios (and Oneworld Alliance)

The Avios award chart is different from others because it is distance-based. You can use this to your advantage!

Beginners Guide to Redeeming Points United Airlines (and Star Alliance) British Airways Avios (and Oneworld Alliance) Hyatt Gold Passport Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Club Carlson Rewards   Like I did with the United/Star Alliance post, I’m going to make an important distinction for people that are new to redeeming rewards. If you…

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Beginners Guide to Redeeming Points – United Airlines (and Star Alliance)

Available Flights

Beginners Guide to Redeeming Points United Airlines (and Star Alliance) British Airways Avios (and Oneworld Alliance) Hyatt Gold Passport Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Club Carlson Rewards   Let me clarify something that many beginners don’t know or don’t understand. If you have miles with one Star Alliance airline member, you can…

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Beginners Guide Part 5: There are LOTS of Ways to Earn Points

Increasing credit card spend is easy with all the options!

Have you signed up for TravelCon OC yet? Note that this post could easily be titled “How to Meet Minimum Spend Requirements” since it’s essentially the same thing. Hopefully by now you’ve figured out what you want, are taking advantage of limited time offers, are accruing points in lots of accounts, and know your spending habits really well. If you’ve gotten…

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Beginners Guide Part 4: Know Your Spending Habits Really Well

Hopefully by now you’ve figured out what you want, are taking advantage of limited time offers, and are accruing points in lots of accounts. But how do you ensure that you’re earning the most points possible on your everyday purchases? If you have over a dozen credit cards like myself, you’re likely in a position…

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Beginners Guide Part 3: It’s Good to Diversify…Usually

Once you’ve figured out what you want and you’ve learned how important is to take advantage of limited time offers, it’s time to strategize about your points. There are many different options on where to keep your points, depending on what your goals are. In many cases, the easiest and best place to start are…

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Beginners Guide Part 2: Do Not Underestimate the Importance of Timing

In life, they say that timing is everything. This definitely holds true in the points world, and examples abound. If you’re not on your toes, or if you’re not properly informed, you might not get the most “bang for your buck” on deals or opportunities with credit cards. First of all, make sure your credit…

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