Make The Most Of Your Travel Rewards With These 3 International Sweet Spot Destinations

Make The Most Of Your Travel Rewards With These 3 International Sweet Spot Destinations

Once you start to dabble with travel rewards, you’ll see the term “sweet spot” mentioned. That means a particular flight or hotel stay is a really good deal in terms of points and miles. Here’s a short list of great “sweet spot” international award redemptions to show you how you can optimize your points and miles. These are a couple of gems I found through my travels and my research. … Read more

How To Plan Your First Trip With Travel Rewards

How To Plan Your First Trip With Travel Rewards

If you are new to the world of travel rewards, everything might seem a little overwhelming at first. You hear people throwing around words like “redemption”, “sweet spot” and “positioning flight”. The terminology travel rewards enthusiasts use might seem like a foreign language at first. But never fear, you can become a travel rewards expert! Start slowly, take Travel Miles 101 course. The course was created by ChooseFI’s own Brad … Read more

My Top 2 Comfort Food Instant Pot Recipes

My Top 2 Comfort Food Instant Pot Recipes

I must admit, when Instant Pot first appeared on the market, I was really skeptical about getting yet another appliance for my kitchen. I’m so glad I gave in and got it, I can’t imagine my life without it now. When you’re cooking with an instant pot, you can eliminate many in-between steps. You can brown the meat for stews and roasts and sauté vegetables right in your Instant Pot, … Read more

3 Different Types Of Travel Rewards Credit Cards

3 Different Types of Travel Rewards Credit Cards

In this article we will discuss three different kinds of points you can earn by signing up and using different types of travel rewards credit cards: Airline points and miles Hotel points Flexible or transferable points such as Chase Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership rewards and Citi ThankYou points Airline Rewards Credit Cards Many airlines and hotel chains have their own co-branded credit cards, such as Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select … Read more

My Top Two Instant Pot Soup Recipes For Fall

My Top Two Instant Pot Soup Recipes For Fall

Is there an appliance more versatile than an Instant Pot? Whether you’re a single person or need to feed a big family, Instant Pot is a must have. You can make soups, roasts, a whole chicken, and even bake a cheesecake! One of my favorite ways to use it is to make soups. Nothing beats the one pot convenience and ease of cleanup. You can sauté vegetables, sweat onion and … Read more

Travel Rewards Credit Cards FAQs

Travel Rewards Credit Cards FAQs

Travel rewards and credit cards can be really confusing topics. If you are new to the world of credit cards read on. Here are a few of the most commonly asked questions about travel rewards credit cards. Q. I don’t have any debt, not even a mortgage, and I have a really good income. Why can’t I get approved for a credit card? Not having any debt is fantastic! You … Read more

My Five Biggest Travel Rewards Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

Travel rewards have allowed me opportunities to visit countries that I’ve always thought to be beyond my reach. Traveling has become such an integral part of who I am that I can’t imagine not traveling, not planning my next trip, not working toward the next award. Travel rewards are one of the pillars of FI and the better we get at this whole rewards thing, the better we are at FI. … Read more

Applying to Colleges? Why You Should Consider Small Private Schools

The Prevailing Wisdom Talk to almost anyone in the financial independence community about higher education and you will hear the same theme. Go to a community college, take as many AP tests as you can, only consider large public universities–this is the mainstream wisdom that seldom gets challenged. On the surface, all of this makes perfect sense–the tuition is cheaper at a state university and AP credits and college courses … Read more

Extreme Stacking And Optimizing Hotels.com

Extreme Stacking And Optimizing Hotels.com

If you don’t have enough hotel points with one chain for your whole stay or want to stay at non-chain hotels, one of the best ways to save money is to book your stay on Hotels.com. Let’s look at how you can stack discounted Hotels.com gift cards, cashback from shopping portals, and which credit cards you should be using. Buying Discounted Hotels.com Gift Cards Online There are several ways to … Read more

Award Yourself A Hawaiian Vacation–The Best Award Stays In Hawaii   

Hawaii will always hold a special place in my heart. I fell in love with Hawaii on my first trip to Maui in 2002. We were greeted with leis and I learned how to properly carve and serve a pineapple. By the way, you will never taste a sweeter pineapple than a real Hawaiian pineapple. Both my then boyfriend and I loved Maui so much that, when we got engaged … Read more

Why Even Bother With Travel Rewards?

Why even bother with travel rewards? My friends ask me a version of this question all the time. People think it’s too much work, requires too much organization, too time consuming, etc. etc. For me, the simple answer to this question is: Because I love to travel! Why I care about rewards I like to stay at nice hotels and let’s face it, if you’re going to spend 10 to … Read more