Travel loyalty

american express platinum benefits

American Express Platinum Benefits

The American Express Platinum benefits are the main reason why the Amex Platinum card consistently ranks as one of the best travel credit cards in Canada. Yes, the Amex Platinum comes with a hefty annual fee of $699, but the benefits included are easily worth more than that. If you read my American Express Platinum…

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Amex Refer a Friend

The Amex refer a friend program is arguably one of the best features that many American Express cards offer and most people don’t even know about it. It will always benefit the referer which is why so many Amex cards are on the list of the best travel credit cards. However, with some cards, the…

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Travel Redemption Tricks | Optimize your miles and points

I write a lot about optimizing your travel and how to improve personal finances. These two subjects share a common hack which can be a very powerful one:  taking advantage of loyalty programs. Many people know the basics of loyalty programs, but when you understand how they work and use one of the best travel…

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How to Redeem Travel Points for Gift Cards or a Statement Credit

With most of the best travel rewards programs, redeeming your points for a gift card or statement credit is one of the worst things you can do since they offer low value compared to travel rewards. Generally speaking (and depending on the program), using your points for anything besides travel will devalue your points by…

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Buying miles and points: Is it worth it?

Airlines, hotel chains and most loyalty programs have an option to buy points or miles from them, but is it worth it? Buying miles and/or points is usually not a good deal in the vast majority of situations. Since loyalty programs are an important source of revenue and profit, companies aren’t going to sell you…

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10 Ways to Save Money on Family Vacations

10 Ways to Save Money on Family Vacations

Travelling with kids can be expensive! Airfare alone could easily cost you a few thousand dollars, so it’s no surprise that parents are always looking for ways to save. Sure, staycations can be fun, but let’s be realistic, many people would much prefer to travel outside of their hometown to take a holiday. Don’t worry,…

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Marriott Bonvoy Off-Peak and Peak Redemption Rates Coming on September 14th

Back in April, Marriott Bonvoy announced that off-peak and peak redemption rates for a free night stay would be coming to Marriott.com and the Marriott Bonvoy App in the future. Today, Marriott said that those changes come into effect on September 14th, 2019 so you have about a month to make some reservations at the…

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how to earn more travel rewards points

How to Earn More Travel Rewards Points

People are constantly asking me how to earn more travel rewards?  You see, I travel 3 – 4 times a year and for every trip I take, there’s a good chance that I’m claiming points in some capacity. Earning points is easy when you have one of the best travel rewards cards, but how do…

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