Travel Ideas: Top 10 U.S. Destinations To Visit In 2014 According To Lonely Planet

Here’s the top 10 places in the US according to LonelyPlanet.com that should be on travelers’ radars in the coming year. There’s something for all – beachcombers, nature lovers, beer aficionados, history buffs, road trippers, dice rollers – from every corner of the land. Whether quietly emerging destinations or perennial favorites, these places have new or timely angles that make them prime for visiting in 2014.

1. Grand Rapids & Lake Michigan’s Gold Coast

Beach bums, beer lovers, and art enthusiasts agree: there’s a lot to love about western Michigan this year. Grand Rapids, Michigan’s second-largest city, was voted best beer city in the US by the national Beer Examiner blog in 2012 and 2013, and its beer-tourism revolution rages on. Over 25 craft breweries pour in the area, and events like Cool Brews Hot Eats and the Winter Beer Festival (both in February), and the Summer Craft Beer Festival (August), keep the city festive year-round. Continue reading

Take Advantage Of US Airways Dividend Miles Off-Peak Award Chart For Free Flights

By Guillermo Rodriguez  (Award Travel Points)

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I definitely like tak­ing advan­tage of the off-peak deals that some Airlines offer because it means more free flights for less required miles.. US Air­ways has some very nice deals with its award chart if you hap­pen to be trav­el­ing dur­ing the right period. If you still haven’t planned your win­ter trips, you may want to con­sider a get­away to Europe or South Amer­ica. Either of these will cost only 35,000 miles round-trip in coach.  With the The US Airways Premier World MasterCard we can earn this miles after just the first purchase with the card. You could be flying for Free very fast with this card, which is why I highly recommend it!  Continue reading

Top 5 Starwood Hotels in Hawaii to Redeem Points for Free Stays

By Guillermo Rodriguez (Award Travel Points)

Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa

Hawaii is an awesome vaca­tion destination with the per­fect mix of beach, scenery and adven­ture but accom­mo­da­tions are not cheap. I have selected five amazing Hawaii hotels that we can stay for Free by redeeming Star­wood Pre­ferred Guest points that we can easily earn with the Amex SPG Credit Card. I am going to focus on the afford­able des­ti­na­tions where a cou­ple can get a 5 night vaca­tion for a rea­son­able amount of points in a 4-5 star Hotel.

Whether you want to visit Maui, Kauai, the Big Island or Oahu, every island has an afford­able hotel where we can use our Star­wood Pre­ferred Guest points.  Continue reading

Get 2 Free Flights with The US Airways Mastercard

By Guillermo Rodriguez (Award Travel Points)

Sign up for the US Airways Premier World MasterCard  and get up to 40,000 bonus miles, enough for 2 roundtrip flights. You’ll get 30,000 miles after your first purchase, plus up 1 mile per dollar on balance transfers within 90 days, up to 10,000 miles. The card also gets you a 5,000 mile discount when booking a flight, which drops a roundtrip domestic flight to as low as 20,000 miles. Other perks including Zone 2 priority boarding on every flight, 2 companion tickets each year, and first class check-in service. The card will earn you 2 miles per dollar on US Airways purchases, and 1 mile on everything else. It also offers 0% APR on purchase and balance transfers for 12 months. Plus, spend $25,000 in a year and you will earn 10,000 elite qualifying miles. There is an $89 annual fee. Bottom-line: the bonus, booking discount, perks and elite miles make this one of the best airline cards.   Here’s my Review of this card.      Take advantage of this offer and fly for FREE!

Deal Alerts: Flights to Europe $150 ROUND TRIP…Dubai $275…Mumbai $300

By Guillermo Rodriguez (Award Travel Points)

The Flight Deal posted that because a Norwegian online travel site is not correctly pricing fuel surcharges, which is letting people book flights to Europe for $150. It’s good on United flights from the US to Europe, the Middle East and India. Milan appears to be the cheapest at $150 or so round trip. Dates are good sporadically in December and then January – March.

I have seen flights from New York to Milan for just $150 round trip in the middle of February! Continue reading

Deal Alert: Earn Free Flights With The US Airways Premier World MasterCard

By Guillermo Rodriguez (Award Travel Points)

The US Airways Premier World MasterCard is offering 30,000 bonus miles after just the first purchase made with this card.

  These are enough miles for a free flight to Europe between Jan and Feb every year, which makes this a must get credit card for those looking to visit Europe for Free. My wife and I each applied for this credit card and we earned enough miles after the first purchase for 2 free flights to Europe.
DSCN3681That’s much better than paying over $1200 per ticket right? You can also Earn an additional 10,000 bonus miles when you transfer a balance within 90 days of account opening. These are more than enough miles to redeem for free flight anywhere in the United states or even get a free round-trip flight to Hawaii which is only 40,000 miles per person.

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Want To Travel More Often For Very Cheap? We Can Show You How!

By Guillermo Rodriguez (Award Travel Points)

My Name is Guillermo Rodriguez and my wife is Samantha. We have earned and redeemed millions of airline miles and hotel points since we got married in 2008  – Almost all of them were earned without having to fly in airplanes or staying in hotels.  They were earned by applying for travel credit cards with big reward programs.

This picture was taken in Central Park in front of the outdoor Ice-Skating Ring!

This picture was taken in Central Park in front of the outdoor Ice-Skating Ring!

What is this blog about and what can I learn here? Continue reading

Best Credit Cards for Miles and Points Beginners

Waikiki, Hawaii

Waikiki, Hawaii

People often come across my Blog in search for some­thing travel related and are aston­ished by the miles and points world and all the pos­si­bil­i­ties. They want to know how to get in the game for free travel and the best way to enter. Friends and fam­ily and their friends will often hear about all the free trips they’re tak­ing and then have the same ques­tion. The best way to start rack­ing up miles and points is by sign­ing up for a few credit card bonuses, but begin­ners need to know what the right credit cards are. So I put together a list of credit cards for begin­ner travelers.

Before starting, I’d like to issue a bit of a warn­ing. You should only sign up for credit cards if you already have good credit and can pay off the bal­ance in full every month. The APR on high yield rewards cards is high and car­ry­ing a bal­ance and pay­ing inter­est will quickly negate the value of any rewards you may earn. If you have the dis­ci­pline to not rack up debt and keep your finances orga­nized, the miles and points game can be extremely reward­ing (and it is for me with lux­ury hotels and first class tick­ets). Although I lose 3–5 points on my credit score when I apply for a new credit card, it comes back after a few months. My score also ben­e­fits from hav­ing a low credit usage ratio, which means I have a lot of credit and use very lit­tle of it, mak­ing me look very respon­si­ble in the credit card bureau scor­ing model. After years of col­lect­ing miles and points, I’ve been able to main­tain an excel­lent credit score of 750 and take great trips at the same time! Continue reading