In 2017, I spent more than 220 nights in a hotel, which was 60% of the year away from my husband. I could have focused my stays on one hotel chain to amass many points. However, I spread the stays across multiple programs since Tran and I redeem these points at different hotels depending on locations and award availability. Besides, these […]
Chase Ultimate Rewards points were a large component of how we paid for the flights and the hotels during our honeymoon. After earning the points from sign up bonuses or spending, we transferred them to United Airlines to book flights and Hyatt Hotels to book hotel rooms. Below we’ll walk you through how to transfer Chase UR […]
Our history with miles and points tracks something like this: 2014 – Learned about travel hacking with miles and points 2015 – Started to apply for credit cards 2016 – Focused on accumulating more miles and points 2017 – Put miles and points to work for several trips During business school, I realized that by […]
Since the publication of part 1, there has been a major change in how we manufacture spend. As of November 3, 2017, US Postal Office (USPS) no longer allows the use of visa gift cards (VGCs) to purchase money orders (MOs). The announcement was a major setback to our community since many of us go through […]
Until September of 2017, Alaska credit card issued by Bank of America (BofA) was easily churnable. In our world of miles and points, churnable means that you can get the same sign-up bonus over and over again. Last year, I was able to apply for 4 personal and 1 business cards simultaneously. I redeemed 70,000 miles to […]
I re-qualified for Hilton Diamond status easily in the first quarter. Since I took a few weeks off to get married and go on the honeymoon, it took me longer to reach Marriott’s Platinum status. As SPG had been acquired by Marriott, I was matched to SPG Platinum. For the last quarter of the year, as […]
Part 1: Hotel Review: Hampton Inn Monterey Part 2: Hotel Review: Comfort Inn Sequoia National Park Part 3: Hotel Review: Doubletree Suites Anaheim How Much Did It Cost? Two tickets to Disneyland: $20 Retail price: $110 x 2 = $220 How Did I Do It?
Having heard us talked about this hobby for so long, Tran’s parents also wanted to join this game. In early June, Chase increased the sign-up bonuses for the Southwest cards. It was a perfect opportunity for my in-laws to start applying for cards to obtain the Southwest companion pass. What is a companion pass? It allows you […]
Chase has a 5/24 rule, which means that they will not approve a card if you have more than 5 new accounts from any banks within 24 months. I did not know this rule due to lack of research in the beginning so was focusing on non-Chase cards first. That was a HUGE mistake since […]
Before you’re allowed to receive the generous sign-up bonuses, credit cards issuers have minimum spending requirements ranging from $1,000 to $7,500, typically within three months of approval. So how do we meet minimum spending requirements quickly?