I’ve always said the best (and quickest) way to earn lots of miles & points for Big Travel is from credit card sign-up bonuses and spending.
But there are still folks out there who balk at applying for lots of cards. They’re afraid their credit score will suffer, or that they’ll spend more they can afford and end up in debt.
This hobby is NOT for everyone. If over-spending tempts you, or if you’re not good at budgeting and keeping track of expenses, you might get yourself in trouble.
One trick I always use to make sure I don’t spend too much or end up carrying a balance is treating my credit cards like debit cards.
Can You Manage Your Spending and Stick to a Budget?
I’ll explain how folks in our hobby maintain a high credit score and share some tricks that make it easier to manage your credit card spending.
If you’re new to this hobby and looking to learn new tricks, or meet other folks interested in traveling the world for cheap, Frequent Traveler University is a terrific place to start!
From April 29, 2016, to May 1, 2016, you can join me and other miles & points enthusiasts at The D Hotel for the 1st ever Frequent Traveler University Signature event in Las Vegas!
At Frequent Traveler University Signature, you can learn how to book award tickets, quickly earn elite status, and find cheap flights!
Feeling Lucky? At the Latest Frequent Traveler University in Las Vegas You Can Learn About Miles & Points, Make New Friends, and Then Hit the Blackjack Tables!
Tickets sell out very quickly, so you’ll want to reserve your seat soon!
What Can You Expect at Frequent Traveler University Signature? Continue reading
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One of my favorite things about our hobby is being able to share amazing travel experiences with friends and family.
Booking travel for others using your miles and points can be a wonderful gift! And it’s a great way to help your loved ones enjoy Big Travel they might not otherwise be able to afford.
The Gift That Keeps on Giving: Treating Your Loved Ones to Big Travel With Small Money!
I’ve written about how easy it is to book award flights and hotel stays for others. And now I’ll share some tips and ideas on how to make their trip a success!
If you want to take an award trip using miles and points, you have lots of options! And if you’re new to miles and points, you might not know where to begin. Miles and points are worth collecting because they’re your ticket to Big Travel with Small Money to nearly anywhere in the world!
I’ll Help You Decide Which Miles or Points Program Is Best for Your Goals!
But it’s not so hard! Certain programs are better choices based on factors like where you’re located, and where you want to go.
I’ll give tips about how to start collecting miles and points. And help you decide which program is best for you!
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Folks new to our hobby often ask where to start when signing-up for credit card bonus offers.
There are a LOT of choices! Airline cards, hotel cards, small business credit cards, and cards that earn transferable points. And some are better for beginners than others.
Before you commit to lots of cards, it’s important to evaluate your travel goals. And remember, it’s better to start slow to see how you handle meeting minimum spending requirements, keeping track of your points and spending, and the effect on your credit score.
Decide Where You’d Like to Travel Before Signing-Up for Lots of Credit Cards
I’ll show you my top 5 favorite cards for beginners!
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Update: Beginning February 2, 2016, British Airways will no longer offer 1-way, short-haul (under 650 miles) coach award tickets on partner airlines in North America for 4,500 British Airways Avios points. Instead these flights will cost 7,500 British Airways Avios points.
UPDATE: The offer for the British Airways card in this post has expired. But check Hot Deals for the latest offers!
If you’re new to our hobby, British Airways Avios points might not be your 1st pick for airline miles to collect, especially if you’re not planning travel to Europe.
But British Airways Avios points are actually terrific for Big Travel with Small Money within the US and abroad!
That’s because you can use them for award flights on oneworld partner airlines like American Airlines and Air Berlin, or other partners like Aer Lingus or Alaska Airlines!
Not Just for UK Flights! Collect British Airways Avios Points for Big Travel at Home and Overseas!
Let’s look at all the ways to earn British Airways Avios points!
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Million Mile Secrets reader Paul Davis commented:
Do you track the most points ever offered for any particular card? I know some cards cycle on and off at different levels (like the Chase Ink Plus). And, I know some cards have 1-time offers (like the Citi Executive 100,000 mile offer).
I also acknowledge that history doesn’t necessarily provide the ability to predict what might happen in the future. Example I’m looking at right now: Citi ThankYou Premier card now offering 50,000 Citi ThankYou points. It looks like they have offered more at times in the past.
So, I don’t know whether to apply now or wait for a better, richer offer. Looking for some perspective. I hate the idea of applying and then seeing a better offer in 6 months. A chart with the most points offered by card would be fabulous.
Fantastic question and idea, Paul. I wish I could tell whether the top deals for each card will come back (and when).
Wouldn’t It Be Nice If We Could Predict When Top Credit Card Offers Will Return?
That said, let’s have a look at the highest sign-up bonuses ever offered for the most popular cards.
And I’ll give my best guess as to whether we’ll ever see these deals again!
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