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Travel Points & Miles Valuations – How Much Are They Actually Worth? [May 2024]

Travel Points & Miles Valuations – How Much Are They Actually Worth? [May 2024]

Credit cards, airlines, and hotels don’t publish their own point and mile valuations, so there are no official answers on what points and miles are actually worth. Therefore, it’s up to you to make your own conclusions on that value….

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Marriott Albany [In-Depth Hotel Review]

Marriott Albany [In-Depth Hotel Review]

Albany! If the mere mention of the state capital of New York doesn’t send a shiver of excitement down your spine, then, well, congratulations, you’re a perfectly normal human being. Despite its storied history, central location, and obvious political importance…

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Our Writers’ 18 Favorite Travel Gear Items on Amazon [Black Friday]

Our Writers’ 18 Favorite Travel Gear Items on Amazon [Black Friday]

The holiday season is officially upon us, and at Upgraded Points, that means lots of travel and keeping an eye on sales! Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year, with almost every retailer rolling out some sort…

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Bilt Rewards Review — Earning, Redeeming, Transfer Partners, and More

Bilt Rewards Review — Earning, Redeeming, Transfer Partners, and More

Bilt Rewards is one of the most exciting new financial services companies and aims to transform tenants’ relationships with paying rent. Founded on the central premise of being able to pay for rent with no additional transaction fees while earning…

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19 Best Ways To Earn Lots of Chase Ultimate Rewards Points [2024]

19 Best Ways To Earn Lots of Chase Ultimate Rewards Points [2024]

Chase Ultimate Rewards points rival Amex Membership Rewards points as the “holy grail” of credit card rewards. This is evidenced by the fact that Ultimate Rewards points offer everything you’d want from a rewards currency, including the ability to earn…

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The Capital One Refer a Friend Program [Earn 100,000+ Points Every Year]

The Capital One Refer a Friend Program [Earn 100,000+ Points Every Year]

If you’re a Capital One cardholder, you can refer friends, family, colleagues, and even strangers to your Capital One card and earn rewards when they’re approved. The rewards can be great, especially for the Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit…

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Amex Gold Card – How To Use the Monthly $10 Dining Credit [2023]

Amex Gold Card – How To Use the Monthly $10 Dining Credit [2023]

Ah, the American Express® Gold Card. Household spending on food has been growing at an impressive pace and this card is an absolute game-changer in the food space thanks to its rewards and benefits for foodies. One of these benefits…

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The Most Valuable Card I Have In My Wallet Is From Amtrak

The Most Valuable Card I Have In My Wallet Is From Amtrak

The credit card in my wallet that gets the most use isn’t my American Express® Gold Card or The Platinum Card® from American Express, even though I just used points transferred from the Membership Rewards program to cover a round-trip…

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8 Best Ways To Earn Lots of Bilt Rewards Points [2024]

8 Best Ways To Earn Lots of Bilt Rewards Points [2024]

Bilt Rewards is one of the newest transferrable rewards currencies in the world of credit cards. And it’s certainly one to pay close attention to — with Bilt Rewards points, you can earn and redeem rewards seamlessly, with a number…

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17 Best Ways To Earn Lots of Amex Cash-back Rewards [2024]

17 Best Ways To Earn Lots of Amex Cash-back Rewards [2024]

While navigating the points and miles world may seem daunting at times, cash-back rewards can stand out as a less complicated way of earning and redeeming rewards. Cash-back rewards cards can also offer good value, especially for those consumers who…

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18 Best Ways To Earn Lots of Chase Cash-back Rewards [2024]

18 Best Ways To Earn Lots of Chase Cash-back Rewards [2024]

You have to appreciate the simplicity of earning cash-back when using a rewards-earning card for your purchases. Chase, one of the largest credit card issuers, offers several solid cash-back earning credit cards, none of which charge an annual fee. In…

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10 Best Ways To Earn Lots of Capital One Cash-back Rewards [2024]

10 Best Ways To Earn Lots of Capital One Cash-back Rewards [2024]

Before Capital One unveiled its new transferable rewards program called Capital One Miles, its cash-back rewards offerings were off the charts. It wasn’t unusual to be able to earn 4% cash-back or more on everyday purchase categories like dining, groceries,…

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USAA Credit Cards & Rewards Program – How To Earn & Redeem Points [2024]

USAA Credit Cards & Rewards Program – How To Earn & Redeem Points [2024]

USAA is most famous for offering military members and their family members state-of-the-art financial products and services. Oddly enough, however, USAA actually stands for United Services Automobile Association, which is somewhat of a misnomer (you might think this was some…

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U.S. Bank Altitude Credit Cards – How to Earn and Redeem Points

U.S. Bank Altitude Credit Cards – How to Earn and Redeem Points

U.S. Bank, which is a subsidiary of U.S. Bancorp, is one of the largest banks in the U.S. With its fully-integrated suite of services, including banking, investment, mortgage, trust, and payment services, U.S. Bank has cemented itself as one of…

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HSBC Credit Cards – How To Earn and Redeem HSBC Rewards Points

HSBC Credit Cards – How To Earn and Redeem HSBC Rewards Points

HSBC, originally established as the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, is one of the world’s largest, most-established, and recognizable banks. Known more for its investment banking, commercial banking, and wealth management services than its retail banking, HSBC is a powerhouse…

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KeyBank Credit Cards – How to Earn & Redeem KeyBank Rewards Points

KeyBank Credit Cards – How to Earn & Redeem KeyBank Rewards Points

KeyBank, which is a subsidiary of KeyCorp, is known regionally as a major bank headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. As one of the largest banks in the U.S., this publicly-traded company is one that often flies under the radar, despite its…

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PNC Bank Credit Cards – How to Earn & Redeem PNC Points

PNC Bank Credit Cards – How to Earn & Redeem PNC Points

PNC, also known as PNC Bank, is one of the largest banks in the U.S. With locations primarily in the Northeast and headquarters in Pittsburgh, this bank has a tremendous customer base across its 2,500+ branch locations. PNC participates in…

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Capital One Miles Program Review – Earning, Redeeming, and Transfer Partners

Capital One Miles Program Review – Earning, Redeeming, and Transfer Partners

In 2018, Capital One joined the transferable points game by adding transfer partners to its Capital One Venture and Spark Miles cards line. This added more value to an impressive, existing lineup of credit cards and instantly made the mileage…

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How To Earn 100k+ Citi ThankYou Rewards Points [in 90 Days]

How To Earn 100k+ Citi ThankYou Rewards Points [in 90 Days]

Citi ThankYou Rewards is one of the major transferable rewards programs, and it provides members a great way to accumulate lots of points that can be redeemed for luxury travel experiences in business and first class. But before you can…

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6 Best Ways To Earn Lots of Citi ThankYou Points [2024]

6 Best Ways To Earn Lots of Citi ThankYou Points [2024]

Citi ThankYou Points often seem to fly under the radar compared to more well-known transferable currencies such as Chase Ultimate Rewards and American Express Membership Rewards. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t add a stash of ThankYou Points to your…

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How To Earn 100k+ Amex Membership Rewards Points [In 90 Days]

How To Earn 100k+ Amex Membership Rewards Points [In 90 Days]

For American Express cardholders, the Membership Rewards program provides a fantastic opportunity to earn points and redeem them for travel. Many American Express credit cards earn Membership Rewards at a minimum of 1x point per dollar spent, with bonus categories…

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