Month: October 2013


March 4, 2014
2-for-1 Club Carlson Award Nights: Do you need enough points for both nights?

WTM reader Wayne asked: "To book two nights (to get the 2nd night free) do you need to have enough points to book two nights? The short answer is no, you do not need to have enough points in your account to book both nights at the normal rate. You only need to have enough […]

December 10, 2013
Last Chance to get the Southwest Companion Pass the Easy Way for Next Year

Update: The current welcome bonus has reduced to 25,000 miles The Southwest Visa 50,000 Rapid Rewards points offer has been available for over a month and is due to end on October 30, 2014 according to the terms on the application. If you were thinking about applying for this offer or wanted to get the […]

January 31, 2020
Are Redeeming Rapid Rewards to Book Hotel Stays Worth It?

There are two reasons why I love flying with Southwest Airlines. Flights are cheap whether they’re paid with points or cash with Wanna Get Away fares and it’s easy to rack up points and earn the Companion Pass. Last week a WTM reader asked it if it possible to use Southwest Rapid rewards points to […]

January 31, 2020
Infographic Comparison of the Major Airline's Frequent Flyer Program Economy Award Charts

I love infographics. They're excellent resources for visual comparisons, so I thought it would be a great idea to create a few to show different comparisons of miles, points, and credit cards. I finally got around to touching up the details on the first project I've been putting together: a comparison of the different amounts […]

December 1, 2013
Why I Love Signing up for Credit Card Offers

As I get ready to pull the trigger on another round of credit card applications I can't help but to think of the reasons for exactly why I love signing up for credit card bonuses. After all it's not just for the sake of earning hundreds of thousands of airline miles and hotel points. So, […]

January 31, 2020
Mastering the ITA Matrix Advanced Options

As I went over last week, ITA Matrix is a great tool to familiarize yourself with so you can utilize it to find the best flights and create your ideal itineraries. This can all be done be using the tool to search for flights based on your preferences (as much as possible at least.) Part […]

November 22, 2019
How to Use the ITA Matrix Software

ITA Matrix Software is a great option to search for flights and to narrow down different route options via your preferences. Here is a simple "how to guide" and introduction of using the program to make award booking and travel more efficient for you. Part One: How to Use the ITA Matrix Software Part Two: […]

October 8, 2013
How To Use Google to Look Up Flight Info to Book Awards

One of my favorite ways to look up flight information when researching the routing for a trip is by searching google. It's quick and dirty, and returns spot on results for even the most obscure airports. If you know the airport codes a simple search will pull up flight numbers, days of the week the […]

May 16, 2017
Hotel Review: Radisson Blu Dubrovnik Sun Gardens

Turkey, Croatia, and a little bit in between – Planning a 36 day international trip for under $1.5k Introduction Planning Exploring Pamukkale and the Turquoise Coast Holiday Inn Sisli – Istanbul Radisson Blu Bosphorus Istanbul Radisson Blu Sun Gardens Dubrovnik Exploring Kotor Hiking Durmitor National Park Radisson Blu Resort Split On our European Radisson Blu […]

July 9, 2019
Current Airline Card Bonuses vs Past Highest Bonuses: When to Apply, When to Wait

Timing when to apply for a new credit card for a lucrative welcome bonus is always a gamble--you always want the best offers. Period. It can even get more complicated when applying for multiple credit cards at a time, at which point you just have to choose which top current offers you want to go […]

January 31, 2020
What Are the Top 3 Most Lucrative Credit Card Perks?

There's a plethora of credit cards out there that claim to offer the best rewards and travel benefits--a lot of credit card perks really are amazingly lucrative, but some others are less than jaw-dropping. So which credit cards made the cut for the top spots? To get the most from the credit card point and […]

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