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Remember – You Can Change Flights Booked on the Old UA Chart for Only $100

Very happy with this for just $100.

After United Airlines announced it’s massive devaluation that took effect 2/14/14, there was widespread panic among those in the frequent flyer crowd that used Star Alliance partners to fly premium cabin awards since they increased significantly in price. After all, the price from the US to South Asia increased from 70K miles to 130K miles…

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Hyatt Targeted Promotions – Sign Up Required

50K Promotion

Hotel occupancy is up, and that means promotions are rarer than they’ve been the past few years. Hyatt has targeted promotions for people to earn bonus points after a certain number of nights this Fall. Interestingly, there seems to be no logic to who/how Hyatt has targeted their Gold Passport members…or at least none that…

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Another Benefit of TripIt Pro: Southwest Refund Alerts

TripIt Pro Online Alert

  One of the benefits of the Barclay Arrival MasterCard, a card which has earned a permanent spot in my wallet because of it’s 2.22% cash back on travel, is a free TripIt Pro subscription. To be fair, it’s not really “free” since you pay an annual fee for the credit card, but it would…

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Manufactured Spend Example: First Class to Asia

Cathay Pacific First Class TV.

Earning the points you need for that dream vacation might not be as hard as you think if you plan ahead. I think it’s useful, especially to beginners, to provide an example of the cost breakdown of manufactured spending to prove it’s worth, so this post should serve as a manufactured spend example of how…

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Beginners Guide – How to Use Alaska Airlines Miles

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan

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   There’s no doubt about it: Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan program is one of the most valuable mileage programs there is right now. It’s kind…

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How to Use Gift Cards and Money Orders to Manufacture Spend

This one is a favorite among MSers.

Update: Note that Vanilla branded gift cards (like the ones pictured below) no longer work. Other Visas, like the ones sold at grocery stores and certain malls, do still work.   One of the most popular ways to manufacture spend (i.e. rack up a ton of miles/points cheaply) right now is by buying PIN-enabled gift…

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Don’t Always Trust the Taxes and Fees Quoted on the Avios Search Page

British Airways Avios are one of my favorite mileage currencies because of how cheap I can get short-distance trips. Southern California (where I live) to San Francisco, Las Vegas, or Phoenix is only 4,500 Avios and $2.50 each way flying on American Airlines or US Airways, for example. They’re also extremely useful on international itineraries,…

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Updated Credit Card Offers & Other Deals

Amazing Deal!

There’s been a few changes to credit card offers, including a couple of increased bonuses, so I thought I’d post a brief update on cards of note. I also included a section for important news and updates below. Credit Card Offers Update: Since I wrote this post, the Chase Ink Business Cards have increased their bonus…

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Make Money Using Credit Cards

2.2% back is a solid return!

Many people focus on getting frequent flyer/hotel points for their spending, and there’s definitely a ton of value there for travelers. With the introduction of manufactured spending, however, there are opportunities to not only create points for cheap, but also make money using credit cards. I’ll discuss some of the top options for that in this…

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