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The Ultimate Guide to Delta SkyMiles

Delta SkyMiles, one of the major mileage programs here in America, is often given the derisive nickname "SkyPesos" because of their perceived worthlessness.  While there are some major gripes with the SkyMiles program, I'm here to tell you that there are benefits to collecting SkyMiles and some very powerful uses of them around the world.  With the recent 50,000 SkyMile sign-up offer from American Express, we thought it would be a good time to dive into the SkyMiles program in detail.

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What's The Best Way To Exchange Money Abroad: ATM, Credit Card, or Currency Exchange?

International travel is an exciting experience, but it can be a bit overwhelming when it comes to foreign currency. Here are three financial choices for traveling abroad and the pros and cons of each along with tips.

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The Best Ways to Use Citi's ThankYou Transfer Partners

Recently, Citi surprised many of its cardholders by offering the option to transfer their ThankYou reward points to eight different airlines. In fact, we detailed those programs and determined that you can now redeem your ThankYou points for award flights on a combined total of 84 different partner airlines!

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5 Ways to Leverage Your Back-To-School Shopping For Maximum Travel Rewards

Its that time of year again. Parents are receiving letters and emails from their children's schools with entire lists of supplies that they will need to buy before classes start. Then, parents can add a host of other necessary purchases such as new clothing, backpacks, and equipment for extra-curricular activities.

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4 Affordable Last Minute Summer Getaways

As we work our way into August it’s hard to believe that the summer is almost over.  For some, the kids will start heading back to school, but before that happens this is the perfect time for a last minute summer getaway.

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Spend a Weekend in Vegas for Free

Vegas, baby, Vegas.  Sin City is a frequent destination for gamblers, convention attendees, and even families year-round, creating a demand to save money in a place that has 62,000 hotel rooms on the Strip alone.  Over my years attending college in California and graduate school in Arizona, I've made my fair share of weekend Vegas trips on a serious budget.  You don't have to gamble away your home to get a free room, either.  Here are my tips on saving money in Las Vegas!

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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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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.  Let's take a look at the Marriott Rewards program in a little 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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