Getting Started

If you are just getting started earning miles and points to help pay for your next vacation, start by reading the posts below.  I will also be adding additional posts/series on how to maximize points and miles as well as travel tips and tricks.

Start Here - Posts to Get You Started:
How to Value Starwood SPG Points
Using the Right Credit Card for Hotel Stays
Three Best Credit Cards for Beginners - May 2016
Credit Card Bonuses Overview
Miles & Points vs. Cashback
Managing CC Annual Fees
Earning Points and Miles While Dining Out
Earning Miles & Points for Shopping Online
Keeping Track of Mileage Balances with AwardWallet
Blogs to Bookmark & Read
Buying Miles

Steps to a (nearly) Free Trip:
How to Get Started wth Miles & Points
Step One:    Have a Goal
Step Two:    Craft a Strategy

Booking Award Travel:
Booking IHG Free Nights
Booking Singapore Airlines Award Tickets
Booking Cathay Pacific First Class Awards
Finding United Saver Availability
Booking Awards with United Miles
Searching for Nonstop Availability on United
Finding a Partner Confirmation # on

Transferring/Redeeming Points:
Redeeming Barclays Arrival Points
Transferring Ultimate Rewards Points
Combining Starwood Preferred Guest Points
Combining Points: Chase Ultimate Rewards

Before You Go:
Pre-Trip Logistics Preparation
Pre-Trip Flight Preparation
Pre-Trip Hotel Preparation

International Travel Tips:
Saving Money when Withdrawing Cash
Adding Global Data to Your Phone
Avoiding Foreign Transaction Fees
Saving Time with Global Entry


  1. Hey there! Great read on MMS blog - I was amazed at the 2.3m points you guys secured this last year - mind sharing the breakdown of that? Thanks!

  2. @Felipe Thanks! You can read the full breakdown in the 2016 Year in Review post.