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My First Trip to Europe Using Miles & Points (Denver, Houston, Manchester, Dublin, Paris & Frankfurt)

I started this post while I was in Dublin on a ten day trip around Europe, but I never found the time to finish it. Probably due to the fact that I was walking 7-10 miles a day checking out the sites! I primarily used miles/points to book the majority of the travel and lodging, which is detailed below.

My first flight was from DEN (Denver) – HOU (William P. Hobby/Houston) on SW (Southwest) as a positioning flight, which I paid 7.6k miles for, and $5.60. The retail price was $127, so I averaged 1.6 Cents Per Point (CPP), which is pretty average for SW. I Uber’d to IAH (George Bush Intercontinental/Houston) for around $40.

Southwest Plane

Southwest flight from Denver (DEN) to Houston (HOU)

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Quick Wins: 6,000 Virgin America Miles (2 Emails and New Account Sign Up) & 5,000 Lufthansa Miles (MTX Connect)

Good morning everyone, greetings from the Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas in Maui.  I am here thanks to the vacation package offer I received a few months ago.  This past week was pretty crazy, so hopefully I have some free time this weekend and this coming week to write a few blog posts.  Today’s post is just a summary of 2 recent wins in terms of miles and points.  Recently, Virgin America had an offer to sign up for 2 email newsletters and get 500 miles each.  I also received a targeted offer for 5,000 Virgin America Elevate miles for creating a new account before 9/24.  All 3 bonuses posted a few days ago, so check your Virgin America account for bonus miles.

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Bank of America Amtrak, Alaska Airlines Biz & Barclays Lufthansa Credit Card Art and Info

Good morning everyone, I hope your weekend is going well.  I was recently approved for 6 new credit cards during my June App-O-Rama and here is a look at 3 of my new credit cards:

  • Bank of America Amtrak Guest Rewards World MasterCard
  • Bank of America Alaska Airlines Business Visa Credit Card
  • Barclays Lufthansa Miles & More MasterCard

Here is the front and back of the Bank of America Amtrak Guest Rewards World MasterCard:

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My June 2016 App-O-Rama Results: 155,000 Miles/Points and $650 AT&T Phone Credit

Good morning everyone, TGI Friday!  Earlier this week, I wrote My Upcoming App-O-Rama Credit Card Strategy – I need your Feedback!  I really appreciate all the great feedback you guys gave me and I did my best to incorporate that advice into my App-O-Rama strategy.  Last week, my “good” “friend” Julian (aka Devil’s Advocate) over at Travel Codex wrote this post: A New and Better Way To App-O-Rama.  In that post, he describes his “Elongated App-O-Rama” strategy where he applies for several cards over a period of days, instead of applying for several cards within minutes of each other (like any sane person would do).  Like any good friend, I listened to his advice and did exactly what he said I adamantly disagreed with his thought process and continued with my App-O-Rama strategy as before.

The one piece of advice that was super helpful to me was knowing which credit card company pulls from which credit bureau.  Luckily, my friend Emery has credit monitoring services from all 3 credit bureaus and he told me which credit bureau each credit card company pulled from.  Depending on your state, the information will differ, but since we are both in California, the data is reliable:

  • US Bank – TransUnion
  • Barclays – TransUnion
  • Citi – Experian
  • Bank of America – Experian
  • Comenity – ?

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2016 Eurotrip Travel and Expense Summary

Good afternoon everyone, here is a summary of my 2 week trip to Europe from January 2016.  Here is my planning and booking process: Hotel & Flight Bookings for LHR, CDG, NCE, MUC, VCE, and DUB.  Here is a visual representation of my intra-European flights.  I also flew from SFO-LAX-LHR on American Airlines and DUB-SFO on Aer Lingus (not pictured).

GCM Eurotrip 2016

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