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Lauren's Official Rules for Points & Miles

Here is my very brief version of the rules I keep in mind when planning a trip/pursuing sign up bonuses.  1) Choose a destination Know where you want to go! 2) Decide whats important Flights? hotels? both? 3) Research, research, research. There are a ton of great points and miles websites out there. Familiarize yourself with them.  4) Figure out what points you need for the trip. Specific hotel cards? Transferable points? It's likely a combination! 5) Don't buy anything you can't afford & pay your bills in full & on time. I can't say this enough. Any bit of interest eats...

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The cards we use (and referral codes)

If you find the information useful and would like to get started collecting points and miles I have pasted our referral links below. As a reminder, all posts & views expressed are our own and should not be perceived as personal financial advice. My number one rule when engaging in our points and miles hobby is to pay bills on time and in full every month. We never spend more than we can afford or buy things you we could not have bought with cash.  For my top rules to follow when planning a points and miles trip click here. Personal Cards...

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How we got into points and miles

In 2015 we started a hobby that has changed our ability to travel, and our mindset about goals completely. First though, let me explain that this hobby is not for everyone. This is not personal financial advice. Before making any personal financial decisions please educate yourself on your financial circumstances. This information is only my personal experience using points and miles to plan trips for myself and family. Ok, now we can get started. This all started when my husband’s coworker was planning a luxurious vacation to Italy- a two week Italian extravaganza with business class flights & night after...

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We're Flying First Class to Japan (and you can too!)

  When I started collecting points and miles I knew flying in premium cabins was expensive, but as someone who never imagined they would one day fly First Class from LA to Tokyo I had never even bothered to research the cash price. Enter All Nippon Airways. ANA, a Japanese carrier, is well known for providing exceptional service. You may recognize ANA as the airline with Star Wars planes! As part of the Star Alliance, ANA shares availability with a number of airline programs such as United, Virgin Atlantic, Avianca, and Air Canada. In our case I found Round Trip...

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