Miles to Memories Recommended Tools

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Over the years the Miles to Memories team has honed our skills at finding deals and maximizing our miles/points earning. Here are some of the tools we use to earn a ton of miles/points and to save on both shopping and travel.
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Before you even start, having a plan of organization is key! Travel Freely is our preferred way to organize all of our credit cards. It allows you to track bonuses, dates, fees and even your 5/24 status. And most importantly it is free!

  • MtM recommended tool to track & organize credit cards
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Credit Cards

Credit cards still represent the single best way to rack up huge balances of miles/points in a short amount of time. By waiting for the best bonuses and forming an application strategy, you can get from “zero” to “free travel” in a relatively short amount of time.

Miles to Memories has partnered with CardRatings to bring you some of the best offers on the market. You can use the following links to get great travel rewards card offers. We have cards in a variety of different categories and it’s always worth scrolling down to see all available offers.

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Online Shopping

We shop at the following stores all of the time. In many cases you cannot get a portal payout for shopping at these merchants, so using these links helps to support the site and it doesn’t cost you anything. Of course we always recommend checking for portal payouts and don’t forget about Amazon’s 3X payout at JetBlue.

Click here to shop at Amazon

We receive compensation if you purchase items at through our affiliate link. A few categories pay bonuses through portals and you can also earn 3X JetBlue points for Amazon purchases as well.

Click here to shop at eBay

We receive compensation if you purchase items at eBay through our link. eBay often pays cashback through portals, so it is important to check before using our link.


Click here to shop at CardCash

CardCash often has the best discounts on gift cards, but we only recommend buying from them for immediate use. They only guarantee cards for 45 days. Purchasing from CardCash with a Chase Ink Plus/Cash used to earn 5X, however that is no longer the case.

Click here to shop at GiftCardSpread

Gift Card Spread sometimes has the best rates and I purchase from them occasionally. I find cards take a little while for new customers, but come much quicker once you have bought before.

Travel Cheaper & Better

At Miles to Memories we simply don’t believe in paying full price for travel, but we do like to travel in style. The following tools are our go-tos for researching our trips and finding some great travel deals as well.

Save up to 25% on hotels at Trip Advisor

TripAdvisor is my go to when I want to get a feel for a hotel. While I don’t solely rely on their reviews, TA has the best selection of photos and I can normally spot severe issues pretty quickly.

Get a 5 day free trial at Expert Flyer

Expert Flyer is an invaluable tool that does so much for the frequent flyer. You can set seat alerts, search for award and upgrade space and do so much more. Ever wonder how the experts find the flights that you can’t? This is the tool that so many of them use! 

Get a free travel insurance quote at Roam Right

Roam Right is one of the biggest travel insurance providers. Whether you’re simply looking for trip cancellation protection or want more robust medical coverage, they have a ton of options available.

Today’s travel deals at Expedia

Find Expedia’s latest travel deals. We always recommend shopping around, but sometimes you can find fantastic prices.

Find Orbitz Insider Prices on Hotels

Orbitz has special prices for members. Sometimes you can save up to 50% off of hotels.

Earn bonus miles on hotel bookings at Rocketmiles

If you prefer to earn airline miles for hotel stays, then Rocketmiles can be a great alternative. Additionally, they run specials from time to time with fantastic returns. We both get 2,000 bonus miles when you sign-up and book.


The world is a much different place to travel compared to how it was even 10 years ago. Thankfully it is so much easier to get around these days. You can use the the travel links above to save on car rentals or save when trying the following services for the first time.

Who doesn’t want to drive an Audi? Silvercar is rapidly expanding their luxury car rental service and often has rates cheaper than a standard car at their competitors. Use the code SCOOMER after downloading the app to receive $25 after your first rental.

Don’t forget to read our detailed Silvercar review!

Sign-up and get a free ride at Uber

I use Uber all of the time now both domestically and around the world. If you have used the service, you can sign-up and get a free ride. What did we do before the convenience of ridesharing?

Lyft isn’t as big as its competitor Uber, but they have a large presence in the United States and are expanding internationally as well. In markets with both Uber & Lyft, I check to see which service is cheaper. I love them both.

Use code SHAWN1598  when signing up in the app to get a free ride.

Save on Attractions

While we often pay almost nothing for hotels and flights, we also love to save money on food and attractions while traveling. From coupons to attraction passes, we have found quite a few ways to pay less than retail for popular tourist attractions around the world.

Save up to 25% with Go Card USA Packages

Go Card USA lets you build your own custom multi-attraction pass and save serious money on tickets. They are available in Boston, Chicago, New York, Las Vegas, LA, Miami, Dubai and many more places!

Save up to 50% on attractions across the U.S. with CityPass

I love CityPass, especially when visiting a new city for the first time. They bundle together the most famous attractions in places like New York, Los Angeles, Dallas (and a ton of other cities) and give you a great discount! I have personally used CityPass in a number of cities.

Get a grest discount on this year’s Entertainment Book

I have been using the Entertainment Book forever! From local attraction discounts to a ton of restaurant coupons, I always recoup the cost of the book plus a lot more. They also have most coupons available digitally now which means you can buy your membership and use coupons almost right away no matter where you are traveling.

Save on Groupon’s most popular deals

We use Groupon all of the time to save on restaurants, attractions and even regular every day purchases. Look out for their frequent 20-25% off coupons!

Shopping Portals

We use shopping portals to maximize our return on every purchase. Below is a list of some of our favorite portals. Some of them even have a bonus for signing up!

Note: The Miles to Memories team recommends comparing rates across many portals when shopping to ensure you get the best return. We also recommend checking to see if the merchant you are buying from pays out through the variety of portals available. Get more info on our Shopping Portal Strategy.

Top Cashback

I use Top Cashback several times each month and have always had great success with my purchases tracking. Get a nice welcome bonus if you sign up with this link.


A great alternative to Top Cashback that sometimes has better rates. Get a nice welcome bonus if you sign up with this link.


The king of shopping portals. This is by far the biggest portal that exists, which allows them to run fantastic promotions from time to time. Get a $10 gift card or $5 credit by signing up with this link.

Inbox Dollars

A less used portal, but one I have never had problems with. You get your full cashback and we receive some too if you sign-up with this link.

Mr. Rebates

Mr. Rebates is another portal I use quite often when they have the highest rates. You get your full cashback and we receive some too if you sign-up with this link.

Simply Best Coupons

Another reliable portal in my experience. You get your full cashback and we receive some too if you sign-up with this link. They occasionally offer a sign-up bonus too!

Did we miss a must use tool? Make sure to let us know so we can get it added to the list!