I just started working and collecting miles & points … does anyone have advice on the best ways to use hotel/credit card points or miles?

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There’s a lot of content on YouTube about maximizing Amex or other points.

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Agreed with the Chase Sapphire Preferred and Venture X cards

DO NOT get the delta Amex cards or an airline card unless you plan to never fly with anyone else. The redemption on those are really bad.

If you do want an Amex, I recommend starting with the Amex Gold

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If you want to get started and just want to use them more effectively, there are blogs like points guy or million miles guy or million mile secrets etc.

If you want to squeeze every last penny, go to www.flyertalk.com. Warning - it will take you time to get familiar with it and effective use.

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Be on the lookout for promotions - more so with the hotel brands. They send out emails or it’s on their rewards websites. Just register when they run a promotion, then you can earn double points or whatever the deal is.

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Join 10xtravelers group on Facebook. Super helpful "course" available and the group while sometimes ruthless does provide great advice (as long as you take the course). There's ways to strategically plan for which cards to get, how to transfer to the right place, etc.

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I need to learn as well. I need to start letting the points build up more instead of using them for small discounts

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You will get the most by transferring out from your card to other partners.

Planning a trip for the overseas spring for 10 days using majority miles/points. Will cost about 2k for both of us. If just using cash would be about 12k

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Good thread!

Seems like such a simple concept, but I personally didn’t get the memo so any suggestions welcomed. All I know is getting a travel card (Chase Sapphire / Capital Venture) is a good start.

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