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A funny thing with a blog is that when you write content, the blog doesn’t really know if it’s a one time deal or a post people could reference for years to come.

I’ve set up a blog section/tag called “MilesTalk University” that is meant to house posts like that, but in reality, one needs to know to look for it and then scroll through it all – a bit unwieldy.  And I’m constantly reading a question from a reader and thinking “I wrote a post on that.” but how would anyone but me know?

So I’ve decided to make this list, which will be linked in the navigation and in a Pinned Post in the MilesTalk Facebook group for future reference. I’ll update this post regularly with what I consider to be “enduring posts.”

Hopefully, you’ve already read MilesTalk: The Book. Even if you don’t want to buy the paperback, MilesTalk Group members get free eBooks and this is hands down your best overview to the hobby.

If you have never read the below articles, most, if not all, are worth a read.

Why more points aren’t always “more points”: A point is not equal to a point… or a mile

Chase Sapphire Reserve or Sapphire Preferred: Which is right for you?

How to Choose the Right Chase Ink Business Cards for You

Start with these two credit cards if you are new to miles and points

Should you even use a miles earning credit card?

Limits on cards:

What to know about the Chase 5/24 rule on credit card signups

The Citi 1/24 Rule Explained

Where can I transfer Chase, Citi, American Express, and Marriott/SPG points? How long will the transfer take?

I don’t want to pay an annual fee, but maybe it’s worth it? Is that credit card annual fee worth it? Try this worksheet (excerpted from MilesTalk: The Book)

Trip Insurance and Coverage

Collision / Damage insurance coverage when you book your car rental with points. Are you covered?

Travel Insurance Showdown: Chase Sapphire Preferred vs. Citi Premier

Trip delayed on your way to/from/through Europe? You may be owed cash and the airline won’t tell you: EC 261 (EU 261) compensation: What you need to know and how I got €600 from British Airways


A basic concept for many, but a challenge for those new to miles and points: MilesTalk University: How to use one airline’s miles to fly on another airline

Don’t get scammed!  Beware of being charged in USD when abroad (Dynamic Currency Conversion / DCC)

I love AAdvantage miles: 5 reasons American Airlines AAdvantage miles are underrated

Earn American Airlines AAdvantage miles with a bank account at BankDirect

A taste of Frequent Flyer Mile Arbitrage: How to book a First Class award to Europe for 50,000 points (aka “Using Etihad to book American Airlines awards”)