Amex Membership Rewards Sweet Spots for US Domestic Flightsby Kristina Caetano
American Express Membership Rewards are a notoriously powerful, transferable, loyalty currency. With generous category bonuses and periodic transfer bonuses, it isn’t hard to rack up Amex points. However, it can be difficult determining how to maximize Membership Rewards for simple US domestic award flights. Thankfully by leveraging various airline alliances and partners, there are sweet spots for domestic travel.
Amex Membership Rewards Sweet Spots to Europeby Kristina Caetano
With over a dozen airline transfer partners, determining the best ways to redeem American Express Membership Rewards can be daunting (earning is seemingly straightforward). Add in alliances and partnerships with each respective airline, and then there are even more options to compare. Here we highlight sweet spots for redeeming Membership Rewards for flights to Europe.
Best Airlines for International Lap Infant Award Ticketsby Kristina Caetano
A widely known cornerstone in the travel community is that babies under the age of two can travel domestically for free as a lap infant. However, it’s not as simple with lap infants and international award tickets. One would assume that a parent could book an international award ticket and merely add their lap infant to the reservation. However, there are various forms of airline-dependent fees involved. Knowing the pricing structure before you book could save you a pretty penny, or pile of points.
How To Meet Minimum Spend Requirements on New Credit Cardsby Kristina Caetano
A typical objection to applying for travel rewards credit cards is intimidation of the requirement of meeting a minimum spend obligation. Sure, impulsively spending $4,000 or more in 90 days sounds like a financial burden or even irresponsible. However, most people don’t understand what qualifies as an eligible credit card expense. Hitting minimum spend requirements can be achieved, without exceeding the family budget, just by paying everyday bills.
Necessary Travel Mobile Applicationsby Kristina Caetano
With millions of apps available to download for smartphones, it’s difficult to decide which ones will add value or merely clutter your phone. To help alleviate this dilemma, we’ve identified several apps that make traveling more efficient and enjoyable. No, this isn’t a list of every app, but they’re ones that we think make sense whenever you’re traveling.
Charge Card vs Credit Card – What’s the Difference?by Kristina Caetano
Charge cards and credit cards are commonly mistaken as the same thing. However, the fundamental difference is the ability of a card to carry a balance from month to month. Despite the fact the terms are often used interchangeably, only a credit card allows debt to be paid over time, with added interest, of course.
How To Renew Global Entryby Kristina Caetano
Global Entry is a US customs screening program that allows low-risk, pre-approved, international travelers expedited entry into the United States. Since US Customs and Border Protection runs the program, it also allows members to use TSA Pre✓ lines when traveling domestically. It’s an excellent tool for frequent travelers and easy to obtain for free through various travel rewards credit cards.
Quadruple Dip (4x) Rewards with Sephora Beauty Insiderby Kristina Caetano
Here’s an easy way to quadruple dip on rewards earning. With one shopping trip, you can earn points and miles across four different rewards programs. This technique is also a great way to ensure your miles don’t expire.
24 Hour Cancellation Policies for Major U.S. Airlinesby Kristina Caetano
The Department of Transportation (DOT) requires US airlines to allow travelers the opportunity to hold, change, or cancel an airline ticket during the 24-hour period immediately following the booking of a flight without penalty. Kristina covers the major US airlines and a couple of our favorite OTAs on their policies.