Earn double-plus points when shopping at Amazon, and more

If you’re anything like me, you use Amazon for a good number of purchases each year. It’s convenient, and with Amazon Prime ($79/year), two-day shipping is free (one-day shipping is only $3.99). Wouldn’t it be nice to earn even more points for shopping there anyways than you do already?

For instance, today, I needed to make a purchase on Amazon for roughly $120. Normally, I would’ve earned 120 points on my American Express Gold card, but by purchasing a gift card at a grocery store, I was able to earn 240 points. Same thing would happen if I purchased the gift card at a gas station, since that card gets me two times the point there, as well.

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Earning points from your mortgage, rent, car payment, and more

How can you earn points and miles by paying your rent, mortgage, or car loan?

There are millions of ways to get points each month, which can help you substantially when you’re trying to accrue points for your next trip – and they all often require spending something on a credit card. But when many people think about spending on credit cards, they think of restaurants, gas stations, grocery stores and more. But what if there was a way to use your points-earning credit card to pay some of your biggest monthly bills — like your mortgage or rent — and score even more points?

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Next time you’re not sure about booking a flight, cancel it with 24 hours for free

Not sure about whether a flight you want to take is going to work out, but scared that the flight might increase in price? Book it anyways – by law, you generally have 24 hours to cancel the flight after you book it for a full refund.

Many of us have all had some point in time where we want to book a flight, but we’re hesitant because we’re not sure about our travel plans, or because something might come up in the next day or two. Combined with playing the game of “will the price go up if I don’t book?”, a federal law — effective January 24, 2012 (last year) — gives you the protection to get a full refund if you need to change or cancel your flight within 24 hours of booking it.

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Making the Most of Buddy Passes

If you’re fortunate enough to have friends or family in the airline industry, you may be familiar with the concept of “Buddy Passes” – virtual flight coupons airline employees can give to friends and family, and allow for travel on a standby basis, nearly free of charge. Often, the only cost to the passenger consists of the taxes and fees of the flight itself plus a service charge determined by the individual airlines. This means one-way flights could conceivably cost no more than what you have in your wallet right now. That said, it’s important to be prepared for your Buddy Pass travel by knowing what to do before you get to the airport.

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Thinking about taking a cruise? Next time, book it through…an airline?

Are you one of those people who likes to go on cruises? Many are – 14.3 million people cruised in 2010, up a million from the previous year. Personally, I’m not one of those people — but you may be. So when you decide to float on for a romantic vacation — or a week on a ship with your kids — did you know that you can earn airline miles for taking that cruise? Some airlines offer better deals than others, so if you’re in the market for an adventure on the oceans, it may behoove you to do some research.

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