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That’s the time stamp that’s been staring me in the face for almost the last two years. I’ve intended all this time to write about how to get started with earning miles and points, but it’s just never happened. I mean, that’s the whole reason we started the website; to give tips to people so they’d be able to travel the same way Sharon and I have been able to. After all, I have plenty of experience, since I’d been earning some sort of rewards from my credit card spending for almost as long as I’ve had credit cards. How hard could it be to share what I’ve learned with others?
The problem with telling someone else how to jump-start earning miles and points is that the answer is different for everyone. If I’ve learned anything over the last twenty years, it’s that no two people are the same. Everyone will have different wants and needs, as well as a different ability to earn valuable points and miles.
That’s the reason we called the website Your Mileage May Vary in the first place. There were plenty of sites that told you to sign up for this deal or to use that program because it was the best. After following the directions I read on the internet for a while, I learned that not every deal was for me and some programs were better than others for the way Sharon and I traveled. So when we started the website, it was because we felt someone had to write and say that; what’s good for others might not be best for you, and that’s OK.
So knowing that, how could I reasonably write and explain what to do to start your miles and points balances? I finally realized that by writing articles for this website over the last two years, I’ve already answered the question. The problem is that I’ve spread the answers over multiple articles that span the history of our site. While I’d love to send you on a scavenger hunt through our website, I’m not going to ask you read through all 1,300+ posts we’re written. To make things easier, here are my tips on how to decide the best way for you to get started collecting miles and points. Continue reading “The Basics Of How To Get Started Earning Points And Miles Balances”
I’m almost finished with meeting the spending requirement for the last credit card we were approved for, so that means it’s time to find and apply for a new card. As always, you should not be bothering with this if you have credit card debt. If that’s the case, your main goal should be to pay off the debt and increase your credit score, and THEN you can start applying for credit cards.
When applying for credit cards, it’s important to know the rules that you’ll need to follow for each bank when applying for a credit card, because they’re all different. Knowing these rules will allow you to continue to get approved for cards and collect the bonuses that will add to your balances. That, in turn, will allow you to meet your travel goals.
I’m going to stick to the “major” banks that issue reward cards (American Express, Citibank, and Chase and Barclays) because they are the ones you’ll be dealing with most of the time.
Continue reading “The Confusing Rules When Applying For Reward Credit Cards”
When we see travel deals, we always want to spread the word. So as we see them, we make sure to let you know. They run the gamut from hotels to flights to points to miles to car rentals and even stuff you need while you’ll traveling, like equipment, Uber discounts, theme park tickets, food for when you’re on the road, etc.
Heads up that some of these deals might be really limited in time or amount, or some could go on for days or longer. Some deals might be good for some people and not so much for others. There may be better deals out there and we just don’t know about them. We take no responsibility for any transaction you may or may not do; we’re just telling you what’s we’ve seen that’s out there at that very moment and it’s up to you to decide if it’s something useful, beneficial and worth it for you, and if you can take advantage of it before it’s too late.
Here’s what’s out there right now:
Continue reading “YMMV Travel Deals: Tuesday., Dec. 11, 2018”
Happy Sunday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.
Continue reading “Huge Bill For Leaving Cell On While On A Plane, Questionable AMEX Request, New Disney Food Experience & More”
Happy Saturday friends, and hooray, it’s finally the weekend! Here’s a recap of what we wrote on YMMV this week. From great travel deals to what we’ve written to what others wrote that we really liked and wanted to share, it’s all here, in one convenient place!
Continue reading “What We Got For Our Hotel Shower Being Broken, Replacement/Addition to Disney’s Magical Express? & More”