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Scottsdale Golf

Scottsdale Golf: How my best friend and I played 234 holes of FREE golf at two of the nicest golf courses in the country: Troon North Golf Club & The Boulders Resort & Spa, just outside Scottsdale, Arizona. How we flew for free on Southwest with golf clubs, round-trip from DEN to PHX. How we rented a Mustang convertible for …

Credit Card Annual Fee

Credit Card Annual Fee: Why it’s silly to allow the annual fee associated with a credit card keep you from applying. Don’t let emotion blind you from logic. Currently, my wife and I “owe” $4,225 in credit card annual fees over the next twelve months.  See the spreadsheet below for details:   You callin’ me crazy? I’ll have you know …

Does opening a new Credit Card lower my Credit Score?

Does opening a new Credit Card lower my Credit Score? No, this is a common misconception – see below. Do you ever ask yourself WHY you think something is true? For example, I thought it was a certainty, a universal truth, that in-state college tuition was cheaper than out-of-state. Period. Guess what? Not true. Then you start to question…where did I …

How To Travel For Free

How To Travel For Free: Use points & miles to make an Award Booking. @BenTheTravelCoach shows us how to get a $2,000 round-trip flight for 2 on United Airlines from Denver, CO – Maui, HI for a net $22: Transfer American Express points –> Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Miles –> Fly on United Airlines   This is one of the best …

Ritz Carlton Credit Card

Ritz Carlton Credit Card: 3 Free Night Certificates (x2) @ Laguna Niguel, California Resort: Valued between $4,000 and $6,300     Bottom line: In early 2017, my wife and I spent 6 nights for $0 room charge at the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel in Southern California. The retail value of this is between $4,000 – $6,300. See details below.   Room rates before taxes …

Travel Blog Posts Coming Soon

How To Travel More For Less Travel Blog:   A look into @BenTheTravelCoach Travel Portfolio | Improve my Credit Score | What are ‘Hard Inquiries’ | Benefits of A Travel Rewards Credit Card | A 12-month credit card plan | Why Southwest Companion Pass in October | Why Miles & Points over Dollars? | Honeymoon Series (5 part) | What’s …

Free Resources

Free Resources: Organize Travel with these FREE Resources from @BenTheTravelCoach, to help you with all things Travel and Credit Cards   In order to maximize opportunities to travel more for less, one must stay organized. With this Blog post I will help you do just that by providing useful free resources. I will link to a DropBox folder I have …

Travel Tools

Travel Tools: Using Mint and AwardWallet to stay organized. We all have some way that we organize our finances. Some of us do it ourselves, some hire it out. Some use software like Quicken, others make their own excel spreadsheets. Whatever the case, it’s important to organize finances. I use two travel tools to organize all of my miles, points, loyalty programs, …

Wyndham Rewards

Wyndham Rewards: How to stay in Aspen, CO in January in a one bedroom suite for free. Spend a little time, $75, and little energy to generate a luxurious travel opportunity: accommodations in Aspen, CO, in January, booked 60 days prior to stay, for 3 nights, in a King suite – 1 bedroom apartment that sleeps 4, at the base …

Maximize Credit Card Benefits

One way to maximize credit card benefits: the Citi Prestige card Golf Benefit     Whether you’re into playing amazing golf courses for free or not – the important lesson here is that there are numerous ways to Maximize Credit Card Benefits and it’s time you take advantage of them! How I did the Impossible: 6 consecutive FREE days of top-ranked …

Hyatt Free Night

Hyatt Free Night: How to take full advantage of the annual free night award that accompanies being a Chase Hyatt Credit Card holder.   Many hotel chains offer co-branded credit cards with large banks and as a card-member, one receives many benefits, one of which is oftentimes an annual free award night. Such is the case with the Hyatt co-branded …

Best Rental Car Company

Best Rental Car Company: I know that my favorite for now is SilverCar If you’re anything like me, you like peace of mind, as few surprises as possible, quality, fair customer service, and above all, you value your time. This holds particularly true when reserving a rental car. In the past, at least one, and typically many of the above …