Welcome to the next installment of our interview series where folks share their thoughts about Big Travel with Small Money!
Miles & Points Interview: Travel Brainstorm
Jon writes Travel Brainstorm to help others lean how to stretch their travel budget and take amazing vacations while remaining debt free.
He’s also giving away a $25 Starbucks e-gift card.
Glacier National Park
How and when did you start collecting miles and points?
I was recently approved for a 2nd certain hotel credit card while still having my 1st one open! But the hotel did something odd…I’ll show you later!
It’s been a while since I applied for new credit cards.
I really wanted to get in on the 50,000 mile limited-time Barclays US Airways sign-up bonus and a few others, so last month I applied for 5 cards and was approved for 4 (I’m still waiting to hear back on #5)!
I Applied for 5 Cards in December…Guess Which Ones?
Lots of credit cards can earn you miles and points. But here are 8 credit cards I like for discounts on award tickets and hotel stays.
Do You Know Which Credit Cards Save You Miles and Points on Award Stays?
With the right cards, you can save thousands of miles and points when you book award flights and hotel stays.
1. $29 One-Way to Florida on Frontier
Via Points Miles and Martinis, you can fly 1-way from Washington, DC, to Tampa and Fort Myers, Florida, from $29. But most fares are higher.
The lowest prices are on Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
This could be a good deal for folks who can travel light. That’s because on Frontier Airlines you’ll pay fees for carry-on bags, checked bags, and seats!
Pay with your Chase Sapphire Preferred (2X Chase Ultimate Rewards points on travel), American Express Premier Rewards Gold (which earns 3X American Express Membership Rewards points on tickets booked directly with airlines), or Barclaycard Arrival Plus (2.2% back on travel).
1-Way Fares From Washington, DC, to Tampa & Fort Myers for $29
2. ~$137 Round-Trip to Miami
It’s always a great feeling to book a flight with miles and points and pay almost nothing out of pocket.
But depending on the airline and your travel style, you might be on the hook for tens or hundreds of dollars in extra airline charges. That can really put a damper on the thrill of getting a cheap or free ticket!
Savvy Travelers Know How to Steer Clear of Extra Fees and Charges
So what can you do to avoid paying too much for incidental fees? I have some tricks to share!