Category Archives: Mile and Point Resources

Pointimize: A New Tool to Find Available Award Night & Flight Cost Information

It’s great when new travel tools are created to help folks with miles & points save time and avoid frustration!

There’s a new site called Pointimize, which aims to be a one-stop search tool to find available award nights across multiple hotel chains and award flights at many airlines.  The site has many other features as well!

Pointimize A New Tool To Find Available Award Night Flight Cost Information

Pointimize Could Save You Time Comparing Prices for Award Flights and Hotel Stays

The site is really new and updates and improvements are constantly being added.  But I thought I’d share my experience using the site so far, including the benefits and drawbacks.

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Beginner’s Guide to Using Flexible Points for Big Travel With Small Money

In our interview series, we always ask, “What do you now know about collecting miles and points which you wish you knew when you started out?”

The most common answer interviewees give is that they wish they would have started sooner.  Even if you’re unsure of your travel goals, starting to earn transferable points now will give you lots of options for your future trip plans.

Because transferable points programs have dozens of airline and hotel partners, you’ll have the flexibility to choose where to move your points when you’re ready to use them.

Beginner's Guide To Using Flexible Points For Big Travel With Small Money

Dreaming of Big Travel? Transferable Points Give You the Most Flexibility When You’re Ready to Plan Your Trip!

Let’s take a detailed look at the 4 major transferable points programs.

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Why I Treat My Credit Cards Like Debit Cards

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.

Why I Treat 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.

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Tickets Now on Sale for Frequent Traveler University Signature Las Vegas!

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!

Tickets Now On Sale For Frequent Traveler University Signature Las Vegas

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!

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Tips and Tricks Booking Travel for Others Using Your Miles & Points

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.

Tips And Tricks Booking Travel For Others Using Your Miles Points

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!

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How to Decide Which Miles to Collect for Your Trip

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!

How To Decide Which Miles To Collect For Your Trip

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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Top 5 Travel Credit Cards for Beginners

Update:   One or more card offers in this post are no longer available.  Check our Hot Deals for the latest offers. 

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.

Top 5 Travel Credit Cards For Beginners

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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All the Ways to Earn British Airways Avios Points for Big Travel!

Update:   One or more card offers in this post are no longer available.  Check our Hot Deals for the latest offers. 

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!

All The Ways To Earn British Airways Avios Points For Big Travel

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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Best Credit Card Offers for Big Travel – and Will They Return?

Update:   One or more card offers in this post are no longer available.  Check our Hot Deals for the latest offers. 

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).

Best Credit Card Offers For Big Travel And Will They Return

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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Frequent Traveler University Advanced Tickets on Sale Now!

Here’s your opportunity to be part of 1 of the largest miles and points events ever!

Frequent Traveler University Advanced runs from December 4, 2015, to December 6, 2015, in Newport Beach, California.

And there are only 150 tickets available at $249 each.

Frequent Traveler University Advanced Tickets On Sale Now

The Next Frequent Traveler University Runs From December 4, 2015, to December 6, 2015

Here’s how to book your tickets!

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