Make an easy 1000 AA Miles by Shopping Online

This is another of our No Credit, No Problem series of articles which you can take advantage of with no special credit or debit card.

If you aren’t familiar with online shopping portals and how they work then stop everything and check out our article on How to use Shopping Portals to make Mega Miles. We have literally made hundreds of thousands of miles with them in the past, so if you don’t know, you are missing out!

From August 17-25, 2014, American Airlines Shopping Mall is having a promotion where if you spend $200 at any of the 1000+ stores listed on their site, then they will give you a bonus 1000 AA miles on top of whatever you get from the merchant (typically 1-25 miles per dollar).aadvantageshopping1KNow is the time to buy anything online that you were planning on buying.  And it doesn’t have to be all at one time!  You could do $50 at Walgreens (3 miles / $), $100 at Walmart (1 miles per dollar, and $50 on flowers from FTD (15 miles per dollar).  Spending a total of $200 and getting 150+100+750+ 1000 = 2000 miles!   Awesome huh?  If you buy stuff you were going to buy anyhow then those miles end up being free! If you don’t find anything you want right this second, consider buying a gift card to a store that you go to often.  If you want to do that though check the mall terms for that store and make sure they give miles for buying gift cards because not all of them do.

I’m going to make this article short and sweet, so leave a comment below with any questions and I will be happy to help.  You are going to buy stuff so why not get miles for it!

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The Discover It Chrome edition.

I have been recommending the Discover It® card for a while now because it is a great card to start out with to build your credit. Just last week I showed you how I made $62 in cashback with mine!  Not to mention that it saved my life when I was in China in April!   But on my Top Credit Cards page, I also have the Discover It® for Students and the Discover It® chrome card. Continue reading

Shanghai: The Pearl of the Orient

This is part 16 of a series on my trip to Austria, Germany and China.

I received 40,000 of the 100,000 miles I used for this award ticket by getting the US Airways® Premier World MasterCard®!  This is a great card and one I still carry.  These miles will eventually become American miles which are some of the most valuable.  Click here to apply now for one of your own!

When I planned this trip, seeing Shanghai was definitely one of my highlights.  Living in Miami the last 8 years has made me love port cities.  There is just something about the water next to the skyline that is incredible.IMG_8660 Continue reading

Chase United Explorer 50K Mile offer!

United Explorer 50KThe Chase United Explorer Visa has been on our Top Credit Cards page for a long time and while there were targeted sign up bonuses for some accounts, the standard sign up bonus was 30,000 miles.  They have updated their page to reflect that anyone can now get the 50,000 Mile offer after spending $2000 in the first 3 months of having the card.  The annual fee is waived for the first year and then $95 afterwards. Continue reading

10 Amazing Island Hotels. Number 3 is incredible!

Feel like getting away?  Really far away?

We have scoured the world for 10 of the most amazing island hotels!  And even better all of these you can book using points so your stay could be free.  Don’t have points yet?  Why not start with our Getting Started page?  These 10 hotels should be all the motivation you need!

10. The St. Regis Mauritius Resort - 20-25K Starpoints/night depending on season.

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Is this the coolest hotel I have stayed at?

This is part 15 of a series on my trip to Austria, Germany and China.

I received 40,000 of the 100,000 miles I used for this award ticket by getting the US Airways® Premier World MasterCard®!  This is a great card and one I still carry.  These miles will eventually become American miles which are some of the most valuable.  Click here to apply now for one of your own!

Hangzhou (pronounced Hong-Joe which I didn’t figure out til after my video) was my next stop which is an affluent city one hours by high speed rail to the Southwest of Shanghai.  As the high speed train pulled into Hangzhou, I was excited to get to my hotel, the Intercontinental Hangzhou.  I had 3 nights at this hotel at a pointbreaks rate of only 5000 points a night which meant my stay would be completely free! Walking up to it, I was instantly struck by the design which is roughly a sphere.

IMG_8572Going inside, it only became more beautiful. Continue reading

3 Things to do Daily When Traveling

This is a guest article from my friend Emilia Garth.  She just returned from an 80 day trip across Europe so we asked her what she had learned on her trip that she could share with our readers!  She came up with 3 things to do daily when traveling and we think it is great advice that we should listen to as well! If you are ready to get started traveling for free, check out our Getting Started page when you are done with this article!

3. Journal

Whether it’s via photos or a written log of what you do every day, you will be supremely grateful that you took note. I travel with a calendar and every day I write phrases of my activities, key words to remember funny anecdotes that occurred, and the names of people I met. Beautiful CoastOn your travels you will be astounded again and again at what a small world it is. At the same time your eyes are opened to new sights and perspectives, you will also realize how few degrees of separation there are between each of us. The photos are great to share with friends during and after the trip and to remind yourself of where you’ve been. The notes you take about travel partners and new friends will help you track the development of your feelings and relationships. These journal entries are the least expensive, but most valuable souvenirs of all.

Do it! It is a task that is worth those 7 minutes waiting for a train or 10 minutes waiting to to check in at the airport. Continue reading

China: Changsha, Wuhan, and Hefei

This is part 14 of a series on my trip to Austria, Germany and China.

I received 40,000 of the 100,000 miles I used for this award ticket by getting the US Airways® Premier World MasterCard®!  This is a great card and one I still carry.  These miles will eventually become American miles which are some of the most valuable.  Click here to apply now for one of your own!

 As I sat in the rain in my hotel in Zhangjiajie, I looked at my different options on where I could go.  I knew that I had to be in Hangzhou in 3 days for my free pointbreaks nights at the Intercontinental Hangzhou, but I wasn’t sure the best way to get there.  I also knew that I was one Saturday night stay away from picking up 74,000 IHG points in the Big Win promotion. Looking at the rail map, I knew I had to get to the High Speed rail portions as quickly as possible to make the most of my time.  A route from Zhangjiajie to Changsha then high speed rail from Changsha to Wuhan(Wuchang on this map) to Hefei to Hangzhou would do the trick.Since Zhangjiajie is kind of in the middle of nowhere, I had to take a conventional train to Changsha and boy, what a difference in comfort!  They sell all the seats and then sell standing room only as well!  I didn’t realize I bought a standing seat until I guy came and asked me to move!  Luckily that was 4 hours into our 5 hour journey so I only ended up standing for the last hour or so.photo 1 Continue reading