Marriott Travel Packages Remain an Attractive Option

I prefer spending Marriott reward points in one of two ways:

  1. Book category one (7,500 points) or two (10,000 points) budget hotels in major cities across America. These rooms aren’t the greatest, but they are clean and offer a free, cheap breakfast. If you are just passing through, there aren’t many better options.
  2. Accumulate a ton of Marriott (and/or Ritz Carlton) rewards and transfer them all at once for a Marriott Vacation Package. Marriott and Ritz Carlton are owned by the same parent company, and the rewards are interchangeable.

Today I want to focus on point number two, and highlight a few of the most attractive options. (more…)

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How to Obtain and Use the Southwest Companion Pass

I mentioned the Southwest Companion Pass on the recommended credit cards page. However, some readers wanted more detail on the subject, so I  thought I’d write a follow-up with more information.

Obtaining the companion pass allows you to designate a companion who can fly FREE on Southwest airlines for 2 entire calendar years. It doesn’t matter whether you book your ticket with cash or Southwest miles, the other person flies free (except government mandated airport taxes). (more…)

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When is the Best Time to Cancel a Credit Card?

Many credit cards carry an annual fee which is waived for the first year. After the first year, the question still remains – should you keep that card open or cancel it?

There isn’t any one right answer, and it largely depends on the card and your preferences. However, I do believe there are certain guidelines that should be followed when making the decision. I’ll try to explain those guidelines in this post. (more…)

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Always Add Your AA Frequent Flyer Number to a BA Booking

You should always add your American Airlines frequent flyer number to a British Airways Avios booking. Doing so will allow you to get free checked bags, priority boarding, and better seats, if you have American Airlines elite status, or certain American Airlines credit cards like the Citi AA Executive card. (more…)

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Award Wallet Review and Tutorial

Before getting started with AwardWallet, you should first read my post on Creating Travel Loyalty Accounts.

In my last article I instructed you to create numerous travel accounts for the major airlines and hotel programs. I also talked a lot about the importance of staying organized in travel hacking. Organization is absolutely crucial for long term success, and today I want to tell you about a service that helps you keep your travel rewards in one location. (more…)

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Track and Organize Your Credit Card Rewards

Before you get started planning your next amazing vacation using credit card rewards, you need to get organized. It’s vital for long term success.

When I started this game, I jumped in with both feet, and had to learn a few things the hard way. One of those lessons was the necessity of meticulous tracking and organization. Things can get downright hectic when you are managing multiple cards and accounts, all with different signup dates, minimum spend requirements, and annual fees. (more…)

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New Credit Cards Might Improve Your Credit Score

I often chat with people about free travel and our experience with credit card rewards. Initially, some individuals are skeptical about it all, and many people are concerned that applying for credit cards will completely ruin their credit.

I’ll admit, when I first heard about credit card rewards, I had similar questions. The whole idea seemed too easy. (more…)

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How to Check Your FICO Credit Score for Free

You absolutely have to check your credit score before applying for a bunch of credit cards. If you don’t, and your score is sub-par, your application will get rejected and your only reward will be a hard pull on your credit report. That’s not good.

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