The Secrets to Maximizing United Miles

United MileagePlus miles are some of the most valuable in the travel world.  Not only is United a carrier with a large, global route map, it has some great partners in Star Alliance to fill in its service gaps.  Recently, we saw the Chase MileagePlus Explorer Card update its bonus offer to 50,000 miles.  It's a good offer, on par with their highest offers for the card in the past, and we thought now would be as good a time as ever to outline the MileagePlus program, and its sweet spots to use those miles.

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4 Reasons to Have Virgin Atlantic Miles... and How To Get 65,000 Miles Quickly!

Virgin Atlantic is a pioneer in the airline industry, famously becoming profitable in the first year of operation in 1984.  It isn't a part of a major alliance, but does have many partners around the world to make traveling on award tickets a little easier.  Recently, the Virgin Atlantic World Elite MasterCard has raised its sign up bonus to 65,000 miles, tied with its highest ever offer on this card.  Let's dig into the details of Virgin Atlantic's award program, and see where the sweet spots are to best use these 65,000 miles!

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Back-to-School Trends: The Most Popular Tech Item Will Surprise You

It might not stack up to wintertime holiday shopping, but back-to-school shopping represents one of summer's biggest consumer events. The National Retail Federation's annual back-to-school survey found that this year, Americans will spend a grand total of $74.9 billion on back-to-school items, ranging from the traditional - pens, pencils, and folders - to the less-than-traditional - tablets, smartphones, and computer software.

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Getting the Most out of Your Marriott Rewards

Marriott is one of the oldest travel brands around, and the largest, having opened their 4,000th property in Washington, D.C. just this past June.  Their loyalty program, Marriott Rewards, can be redeemed for free nights at any of these hotels.  With the unveiling of a 70,000 point offer from Chase on their Marriott branded credit card last week, we figured now was a great time to discuss the Marriott Rewards program in more detail.

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Beginner's Guide To Points and Miles Part 5: Spending Your Rewards

In the first part of this beginner's guide, I introduced the concept of points and miles, and where they come from. In part two, I showed you how important credit cards can be to earning points and miles. In part 3, I showed you how you can use promotions and other special offers to boost your your balances of points and miles. In Part 4, I showed you ways to earn more points and miles from the travel you purchases.

This week, I want to wrap up the series with some advice on how best to spend your rewards.

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Brad's Favorite Freebies: The Cheesecake Factory, Shutterfly & Hugo Boss Samples

This week's freebies roundup includes: The Cheesecake Factory, Shutterfly & Hugo Boss Samples!

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Check Out The All-New Brad's Deals!

You may have noticed some big changes around here recently. I'm proud to announce the launch of the all-new Brad's Deals site. Our goal has always been to help consumers win by curating the best deals, exclusive offers, and coupons the web has to offer, and our redesigned site makes winning and saving money smoother than ever. We conducted tons of user polls and focus groups in order to build the best possible Brad's Deals experience. Let’s take a look over what’s new with our shiny new deal machine.

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15 States Offer Tax-Free Back-to-School Shopping Starting This Weekend

Every year, a handful of states host tax-free holidays. Sometimes they're just for the weekend. A select few will run it for an entire week. Those lucky enough to live in one of these tax-holiday states can shop for back-to-school items ranging from clothing and shoes to crayons and computers, and they won't pay a cent in sales tax.

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Where Would You Go With 70,000 Ultimate Reward Points?

With Chase’s Ultimate Rewards points being some of the most valuable points around (due to the availability of great transfer partners in their program), any way to earn more points quickly is crucial.  You can often squeeze two cents per point of value out by utilizing transfer partners in the right way.  Yesterday, we got word that Chase has raised the sign-up bonus for their Chase Ink Plus card to 70,000 miles for in-branch applications.  That's 10,000 points above the current 60,000 point offer and 20,000 above the historic 50,000 point sign-up bonus.  Let's dive into just how to take advantage of this offer!

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