Teaching the Art of HUCA

What the heck is HUCA, you may ask? Is it a type of martial arts? Why yes, yes it is, but in a miles and points world. HUCA means “hang up, call again,” and you have to learn it in order to master this hobby. The other day I got this email from my cousin-in-law…

To Buy or Not to Buy?

Update: My reader Kishore has pointed out that some airlines require you to purchase a full-fare ticket in order to be able to bring a car seat. The ticket for your infant, that is. I’m sure most of you know that kids under the age of 2 can fly free on most airlines within USA.…

Burning Hotel Points Like There is No Tomorrow

Currently, I’m out-of-town. I won’t be able to respond to any comments or emails till this weekend. Sorry! I’ve mentioned quite a few times that if you need to have 2 or 3 hotel rooms, and are staying in one location for three nights or longer, vacation rentals will be a better bet. But by…

Miles and Points Update

1. Starting April 16th, Serve will no longer let you load account with Visa, MasterCard and Discover. Amex cards are OK for now, but most don’t earn points. Personally, I wouldn’t use Amex cards anyway, since it could make you a candidate for a financial review. Remember, Serve is owned by American Express. (h/t Doctorofcredit)…

Achieving Flexibility Without Having Flexible Points

I’ve mentioned many times how much I hate paying annual fees on  credit cards. I do whatever I can to avoid them. There are exceptions, like Chase IHG MasterCard and US Bank Club Carlson Signature Visa. But those two cards give me perks upon renewal, so I don’t mind shelling out my husband’s hard earned…

Miles and Points, Hot Air Baloon

1) My list of best hotel points bonuses is updated with this info, but in case you’ve missed it, here is a comment from my reader Chris L: “FYI, if you start a Hyatt dummy hotel reservation, there’s a link to the Hyatt Visa card + $50 statement credit. Hyatt offers 2 certificates for stay…

The Contrarian View On Credit Card Spending

If you’ve  been participating in this hobby long enough, you probably noticed one running theme: Use your credit card for everything. If you don’t, you are leaving miles and points on the table. I have stressed that fact many times. But is it really always the best advice?  As with everything in life, the answer…