Pack These 6 Things to Be a More Eco-Friendly Traveler

Written by Brian Biros @ The Points Guy

The Points & Miles Backpacker is a weekly column appearing every Monday. TPG Contributor Brian Biros, who has backpacked the globe for the past 15 years, discusses how to fund this adventurous, budgeted and increasingly popular form of travel with points and miles. He’ll also explore all things backpacking-related. Read his story here and his high-level approach here. A common dilemma …

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Burn Chase Ultimate Rewards Points on These 7 Fun Last-Minute Labor Day Weekend Getaways

Written by Brian Biros @ Million Mile Secrets

INSIDER SECRET: The Comfort Suites Paradise Island is right next to the Atlantis Bahamas, and guests get full access to the Atlantis Resort for a fraction of the room price! Labor Day weekend is fast approaching. This traditionally marks the end of summer, but there’s still time to go out with one last big weekend …

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5 Best Hotels in Australia and the South Pacific You Can Book With Hilton Points — Use the Hilton Card Limited-Time Offers

Written by Brian Biros @ Million Mile Secrets

INSIDER SECRET: The free weekend night from the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card can be used at nearly any Hilton property, including the Conrad Bora Bora Nui which costs over $750 per night! You’ll have a hard time finding a bucket list that doesn’t include Australia, New Zealand or the South Pacific. A Hilton …

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6 Mistakes Travelers Make When Buying Their First Backpack

Written by Brian Biros @ The Points Guy

The Points & Miles Backpacker is a weekly column appearing every Monday. TPG contributor Brian Biros, who has backpacked the globe for the past 15 years, discusses how to fund this adventurous, budgeted and increasingly popular form of travel with points and miles. He’ll also explore all things backpacking-related. Read his story here and his high-level approach here. Using a backpack …

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How to Be a More Considerate Traveler

Written by Brian Biros @ The Points Guy

The Points & Miles Backpacker is a weekly column appearing every Monday. TPG contributor Brian Biros, who has backpacked the globe for the past 15 years, discusses how to fund this adventurous, budgeted and increasingly popular form of travel with points and miles. He’ll also explore all things backpacking-related. Read his story here and his high-level approach here. Tourists don’t always …

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Is the Avianca Vida Credit Card Worth the Annual Fee? Most Likely No, but Maybe in a Few Cases

Written by Brian Biros @ Million Mile Secrets

INSIDER SECRET: With the Multiply Your Miles discount combined with Avianca’s occasional promotions, you may be able to purchase miles for less than 1 cent per point. It would be easy to pass right over the Avianca Vida Visa® Card, but with a limited-time sign-up bonus increase from 20,000 LifeMiles to 40,000 LifeMiles after meeting …

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Is the Avianca Vuela Credit Card Worth the Annual Fee? For Flying Avianca or Maximizing LifeMiles Partner Sweet Spots, It May Be

Written by Brian Biros @ Million Mile Secrets

INSIDER TIP: Spend $12,000 on the Avianca Vuela Visa® Card and receive a 50% discount on an award redemption to Central America or Colombia, including business class! The Banco Popular Avianca Vuela Credit Card is making a splash in credit card news these days with an exciting limited time sign-up bonus of up to 60,000 LifeMiles. …

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Why You Shouldn’t Let Fears of Sharks, Snakes and Other Animals Stop You From Traveling

Written by Brian Biros @ The Points Guy

The Points & Miles Backpacker is a weekly column appearing every Monday. TPG contributor Brian Biros, who has backpacked the globe for the past 15 years, discusses how to fund this adventurous, budgeted and increasingly popular form of travel with points and miles. He’ll also explore all things backpacking-related. Read his story here and his high-level approach here. Have …

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US Bank FlexPerks Travel Rewards Credit Card Benefits: Solid Protections and a Unique Perk Worth $25 per Round-Trip Award Flight

Written by Brian Biros @ Million Mile Secrets

INSIDER SECRET: Purchase Security protects items for 90 days after purchase in case of theft or damage, even if the damage is your fault! The US Bank FlexPerks Travel Rewards Credit Card is definitely one of the most underrated travel credit cards. Currently, you can earn 25,000 FlexPoints after spending $2,000 on purchases in the …

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Is the US Bank FlexPerks Travel Rewards Credit Card Annual Fee Worth It? Yes, for Savvy Travelers and Generous People

Written by Brian Biros @ Million Mile Secrets

INSIDER SECRET: The U.S. Bank FlexPerks Travel Rewards Visa Signature Card is one of the only credit cards that earns a bonus for charitable donations. The US Bank FlexPerks Travel Rewards Credit Card comes with a welcome bonus of 25,000 FlexPoints (worth $375 in travel) after spending $2,000 on purchases in the first four months. The …

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How to Know if You Need Vaccinations for Your Next International Trip

Written by Brian Biros @ The Points Guy

The Points & Miles Backpacker is a weekly column appearing every Monday. TPG Contributor Brian Biros, who has backpacked the globe for the past 15 years, discusses how to fund this adventurous, budgeted and increasingly popular form of travel with points and miles. He’ll also explore all things backpacking-related. Read his story here and his high-level approach here. For many of …

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Best (and Worst!) Ways to Book Marriott Hotels With Points

Written by Brian Biros @ Million Mile Secrets

INSIDER SECRET: Using Marriott Bonvoy points for a Marriott stay is usually a good value, but transferring points to Marriott Bonvoy is a poor value. After the merger of Marriott and Starwood created the world’s largest hotel company, Marriott rebranded their rewards program as Marriott Bonvoy. This one loyalty program now covers 30 hotel brands and …

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6 Alternate Options to Famous, Crowded Ancient Ruins

Written by Brian Biros @ The Points Guy

The Points & Miles Backpacker is a weekly column appearing every Monday. TPG Contributor Brian Biros, who has backpacked the globe for the past 15 years, discusses how to fund this adventurous, budgeted and increasingly popular form of travel with points and miles. He’ll also explore all things backpacking-related. Read his story here and his high-level approach here. Remote regions of …

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5 Volcanoes Perfect for Lava Chasers

Written by Brian Biros @ The Points Guy

The Points & Miles Backpacker is a weekly column appearing every Monday. TPG Contributor Brian Biros, who has backpacked the globe for the past 15 years, discusses how to fund this adventurous, budgeted and increasingly popular form of travel with points and miles. He’ll also explore all things backpacking-related. Read his story here and his high-level approach here. After 35 …

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Secrets to Automatically Getting VIP Hotel Elite Status

Written by Brian Biros @ Million Mile Secrets

INSIDER SECRET: The Hilton Honors Aspire Card from American Express is the only credit card to include top-tier hotel status. Cardholders automatically get Hilton Diamond status! Having elite status during a hotel stay can completely change the hotel experience. Elite status can make your stay relaxing and more comfortable and save you lots of money, with perks …

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Why You Shouldn’t Overlook Hawaii’s Big Island

Written by Brian Biros @ The Points Guy

The Points & Miles Backpacker is a weekly column appearing every Monday. TPG Contributor Brian Biros, who has backpacked the globe for the past 15 years, discusses how to fund this adventurous, budgeted and increasingly popular form of travel with points and miles. He’ll also explore all things backpacking-related. Read his story here and his high-level approach here. The lava …

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5 Books to Inspire Your Next Backpacking Adventure

Written by Brian Biros @ The Points Guy

The Points & Miles Backpacker is a weekly column appearing every Monday. TPG Contributor Brian Biros, who has backpacked the globe for the past 15 years, discusses how to fund this adventurous, budgeted and increasingly popular form of travel with points and miles. He’ll also explore all things backpacking-related. Read his story here and his high-level approach here. Travel inspiration …

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Tips for Getting Expert Help When Planning Your Next Trip

Written by Brian Biros @ The Points Guy

The Points & Miles Backpacker is a weekly column appearing every Monday. TPG Contributor Brian Biros, who has backpacked the globe for the past 15 years, discusses how to fund this adventurous, budgeted and increasingly popular form of travel with points and miles. He’ll also explore all things backpacking-related. Read his story here and his high-level approach here. Sure, you can …

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Is the Alaska Airlines Credit Card Annual Fee Worth It? Short Answer: Absolutely

Written by Brian Biros @ Million Mile Secrets

INSIDER SECRET: The $99 companion fare renews every year, which makes the Alaska Airlines credit card $75 annual fee well worth it. The Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® credit card comes with a valuable 40,000-mile sign-up bonus and its famous $99 companion fare (plus taxes and fees from $22), after you meet minimum spending requirements. It also …

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