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Want to begin your miles & points journey but don’t know where to start?  Need help managing miles & points you’ve accumulated?  You’ve come to the right place!

Over the years, I’ve created a list of frequently used web pages and tools which help me tremendously in earning and burning miles.  I want you to benefit from my list, too!

Earn Miles & Points Through Credit Cards

The #1 way to earn airline miles and hotel points is by unlocking sign-up bonuses on the best travel credit cards.  I keep a list on my constantly-updated Hot Deals page with links to my reviews.  You can choose the cards that match how you like to travel!

Current Airline & Hotel Promotions

There are always new limited-time offers to accelerate your progress towards Big Travel with Small Money.  Here are the latest:

Join the Free Loyalty Programs

Sign-up for these programs so you aren’t missing opportunities to earn valuable travel rewards:

Identify the Best Miles & Points for You

These charts will tell you how many miles & points you need to achieve your travel goals:

Manage Your Miles & Points

It’s difficult to keep up with lots of different travel rewards programs.  Maintain your miles & points with these resources:

Screen Capture Tool

It’s a good idea to take a screenshot of Terms & Conditions of great offers.  That way, if you don’t receive the rewards you were guaranteed, you have proof to back-up your dispute!

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  3. Award Chart links came handy just when I needed to find how many points it would take for a room at hotel via PriorityClub.

    I was scanning through PriorityClub and was trying to find points chart and they did not make it easy to find and then thought of your site and immediately came here and found it quickly.

    I dont know why other sites do not have this, or if they did, it is difficult to find.

    Kudos to you and your site!

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  5. I and my wife each have accumulated 100k aa points each, and are thinking about taking a trip to hawaii this year. Would each of our 100k points cover a trip in coach, business, or first class?

    If yes, how would one go about booking the trip?
    Do we book it individually?
    Must these plane tickets need to be booked at least 30 days in advance ?
    Normally when I buy plane tickets, it appears booking 30+ days in advance get us the cheapest price. Is that how booking with points also work?


    • @mike– You can book the flights to Hawaii online at (select the award redemption option). You can book the return flight separately, or you can book 2 1-way awards from 1 account and another 2 1-way awards from the other account. The booking window for award flights usually opens 330 days in advance and I try to book earlier rather than later. It is 17.5 to 22.5K in coach, 37.5K in business, and 47.5K in first class at the low level.

  6. I have AA and BA Miles and would like to use these miles Nov/Dec 2013 for a trip to Mumbai, India. How best should i Plan for it and when shoudl I book and any other tips you can give me to accumulate miles so i can get 3 free tickets. This route seems to be a tough one to use your miles on. I have 1 world miles on BA and AA , i would love to make this work for my family. Please help

    • @Supermom – It is tough to get, but the best combination could be using American Airlines miles for a 1-way award to India and using United miles for another 1-way award back. You can get United miles with their credit card and by transferring Chase Ultimate Rewards Points from the Ink Bold/Plus and the Chase Sapphire Preferred. If you’re looking to book with AA miles, see this post for more information.

  7. Hi Daraius:

    We are traveling to Russia in a Viking river cruise and as part of the cruise we bought the air portion to Saints Petersburg, they book us in Air Berlin, I call AA to request an upgrade ad they told us you can’t upgrade using the AA miles neither choose your seats in advance . Do you have any advice on what to do now?



  8. Hi Daraius,
    are there any discount coupons or gift cards to purchase AA tickets now?

  9. Does the online award search tool only show award flights on AA, Alaska, and British Airways flights? I tried doing some searches for stuff like LAX to Hong Kong for various dates in July or October and it says “There are currently no awards available on for your requested Origin and Destination.”. I even tried changing the origin cities to Seattle or SFO or JFK, and destination cities to Bangkok or Singapore (in various combinations), but same error message.

    Options show up if I do flights to London or Bombay, for flights on British Airways. So just maybe it doesn’t show Cathay flights on the online reward search tool?

  10. D, I saw a spreadsheet a while back which was suggested by one of your Friday interview guests to manage credit cards. I can’t seem to find it and would appreciate if you can point it our or list what fields should be included other than, CC issuer, date opened, annual renewal date, fee … Thanks!

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  13. I thought I would see on this page the list of when points for Airlines, Hotels, etc expire. I remember seeing it on your site in the past but cannot find it now. Why dont you have a global search box?

  14. What is the website(s) where you enter your budget by catagory, then it calculates which 2 or 3 credit cards are best for you?

  15. Hi D, where did the link to the tool you helped create move to? I can’t remember the name of the tool or the site – It is what @THE LSE is referring to. We created usernames and uploaded all of our CC data into the app – it then tells us which of our cards is best for the type of spend. Great tool and I can’t find it on your site. THX!

  16. Daraius, do you know when/where a “manufactured spending” seminar will be held in the midwest/Chicago area?

  17. Is there a way if could convert my BA Avios into VA Flying Club miles or Jet Airways’ JP miles??

  18. Is there a way to convert my BA EC Avios into VA Flying Club miles or Jet Airways’ JP miles??

  19. Hello

    I would first like to thank you for all the information. I am trying to save some money and a total beginner in miles churning. I signed up for Barcalay credit card and got approved with the bonus miles. It says after the 1st year , I will be charged an annual fee. How do I get rid of that fee ? Please reply

    Thanks a lot

  20. I have been using Usemybenefits to manage my credit cards benefits as well as manage my miles & points. They have a great aggregation system that makes managing your credit card benefits very easy…and its free!!

  21. I have been trying to collect enough miles on UA for a Deep Asia visit. I have a great deal of miles on my Amex Platinum Card, which are not transferable to UA Mileage Plus. Do you know if its possible to transfer Amex miles to, lets say, a hotel frequent traveler club who does have a partnership with UA, and then turn around and transfer those points to Mileage Plus?

  22. Darius, you recently had a post showing the best card sign up bonuses. I think it might have even told when they were offered. I can’t find it searching your site. Can you give me the link? Is 30k the best the Starwood Amex card ever offers? Thanks!

  23. I run most of my utility bills on automatic payments through my Chase Sapphire Reserve card which earms one point per $. Are there any cards out there that would earn more Chase rewards points for these kunds of expenses?