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Sweet Spot: Business Class to Israel for

Just 63,000 Points

Thinking about jetting off to the beautiful beaches of Tel Aviv in style? Well, you can for as little as 63,000 Citi ThankYou points with the currently 25% transfer bonus to Qantas. Here’s everything you need to know about this mini-sweet spot redemption.



Review: Emirates Economy Class

My husband and I recently flew from New York (JFK) to Milan (MXP) on Emirates’ fifth freedom route in economy. Spoiler alert: All things considered for an overnight transatlantic economy flight, it was a solid experience.




How to Earn 5X Points: Comparing AMEX Platinum vs. Business Platinum

American Express Membership Rewards points are one of the best transferable currencies. I find the points to be extremely valuable, and one of my favorite ways to use Membership Rewards points is to transfer them to ANA to redeem around the world trips in business class.

Targeted Offer: 45,000 Points

For AMEX Marriott Bonvoy Business

Some AMEX Marriott Bonvoy Business cards are being targeted for up to 45,000 bonus points. Here are the details of the Bonvoy points offer


Spring Brunch

for the Gluten Free Bunch

Here are two recipes that I make all the time utilizing one of the least expensive sources of protein available–eggs. Dress up your brunch with gluten free dairy free quiche or with egg muffins! Both are delicious!

Which All Inclusive Resorts

Can You Book With Points

I love all inclusive resorts, I think they are the ultimate treat if you want a worry-free vacation. I feel the stress melt away as soon as I check in.  They can also be a fantastic value, both for families and couples.

My Favorite Ways to Fly to Israel With Points and Miles

Israel is a very popular destination for a variety of types of travelers, from those seeking to connect with their religious roots to anyone looking for beautiful beaches and sunshine. Depending on the time of year, you can see a desert in bloom, enjoy beautiful beaches or snow in the Golan Heights.


Homewood Suites Needham Boston Review and Trip Report

Once you come across a reasonably priced hotel that has all the things to make your stay comfortable and convenient, you get what you’ve been missing. Homewood Suites by Hilton Needham Boston is one such hotel.


Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta Review and Trip Report

If I am in the mood to relax, I’m not embarrassed to say that I love to go to an all-inclusive resort.


Best Ways to get to Vietnam With Miles

Vietnam should be on every traveler’s must-visit list.



Two Card Trip for Families: Jet off to CA or FL

Lets see how you can take your kids on vacation by using just two cards.



How To Save Money By Sharing

Learn more about sharing subscriptions, memberships, and services with family and friends.


Get the Most Value From Your Chase Sapphire Reserve Annual Travel Credit

Chase Sapphire Reserve is a fantastic card. It comes with great benefits, such as trip interruption, insurance, primary auto rental collision damage waiver, Global Entry fee reimbursement and the Priority Pass benefit.


Russian Potato Salad-Olivye

You will find this dish at every gathering in any Russian house, here or abroad.



My Top Two Gluten Free Recipes 

The key here is to get good, quality ingredients. If you start with the best, you will end up with delicious, healthy, and nutritious meals.


These Checking Accounts Allow Free International ATM Use

One of the most common concerns I often have when I’m going to an unfamiliar region is how to get cash.


Europe is Overrun With Tourists, but Some Authentic Spots Still Shine.

Tourists go to Europe in search of authentic experiences, old world charm and elegance and, of course, great food. What we find often differs dramatically from this ideal.


I quit my job! A look at What’s Next.

When I gave my two week notice, my boss and co-workers were genuinely surprised, nobody expected me to leave.


There’s a Double Points Promotion at IHG Hotels

We have less than a month to take advantage of IHG current promotion and earn double points on hotel stays.


Hilton Current Promotion


Whenever I see or hear about a hotel promotion, my strategy is to just go ahead and register for it. Even if I don’t have immediate plans for that hotel, but register just in case.


Last Month to Earn Marriott Points

While I wouldn’t change travel plans or go out of my way to take advantage of Marriott’s current bonus, I definitely didn’t hesitate to register for the remaining couple months.


Navigating the World’s Most Intensive Airport Security

Israel takes airport security seriously, perhaps more so than any place on earth. The nation is constantly dealing with multiple security threats and is surrounded by neighbors that don’t count as friends.


Make the Most of Your Travel Rewards

Here’s a short list of great “sweet” spot international award redemptions to show you how you can optimize your points and miles.


Israel Through the Back Door

Israel is a reliably popular destination with Americans, and cash prices are often high, so using points and miles to travel to Israel can save a lot of money



How to Plan Your First Trip With Travel Rewards

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions every travel rewards beginner should consider when they start to dabble in the travel world.


My Surprisingly Easy ANA Around-the-World Business Class Booking

I had an idea. Instead of booking separate trips from the U.S. to Asia and Europe, we could potentially save points by booking an All Nippon Airways (ANA) Around-the-World ticket.


United Airlines’ Partners: When to Redeem, What You Earn

So you’ve got a United MileagePlus account, but you’re headed overseas and not sure which airlines might earn you miles.


My Top 2 Instant Pot Recipes

When you’re cooking with an instant pot, you can eliminate many in-between steps. You can brown meat for stews and roasts and sauté vegetables right in your Instant Pot.



3 Different Types of Travel Rewards Credit Cards

Different types of travel rewards credit cards: airline points and miles, hotel points, and flexible or transferable points.


My Top 2 Instant Pot Soup Recipes for Fall

Whether you’re a single person or need to feed a big family, Instant Pot is a must have.


My 5 Biggest Travel Rewards Mistakes

I have been interested (ok, fine, obsessed) with travel rewards for a couple of years and I’ve made my share of mistakes.


Sweet Spots in the World of Hyatt Point Rewards

Just like airlines, hotel award charts have their sweet spots. I love Hyatt hotels because of their very reasonable redemption rates.


Best Eever Marriott Redemption?

If you haven’t been to Vietnam yet, put it on your list! Beautiful country, wonderful people, amazing food, and so much history and culture. Vietnam is also very affordable.


How to Book Flights Using Points and Miles

Israel should be on every traveler’s list. The country has beautiful white sand beaches, stunning desert, lush green hills and, of course, so much history.


Travel Rewards Credit Cards FAQs

Travel rewards and credit cards can be really confusing topics. If you are new to the world of credit cards read on. Here are a few of the most commonly asked questions about travel rewards credit cards.


Applying to Colleges? Why You Should Consider Small Private Schools

Small, private college’s often get overlooked when they might be a better fit.


Extreme Stacking and Optimizing

Let’s look at how you can stack discounted gift cards, cashback, and which credit cards to use.


Award Yourself a Hawaiian Vacation

By the way, you will never taste a sweeter pineapple than a real Hawaiian pineapple.


Why even bother with travel rewards?

People think it’s too much work, requires too much organization, too time consuming, etc. etc.