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RewardExpert provides a strategy for building and cashing in reward points and mileage benefits

Collecting reward points and mileage benefits requires organizational skills, but the hours spent figuring out how best to redeem them for a vacation could amount to a part-time job. Here’s an expert to help you.

Name: RewardExpert.com

What it does: The website uses an algorithm to develop a strategy to help travelers reach their destination using the least amount of points or miles.

What’s hot: The free online service rewards you with a quick plan; there’s no emailing someone and waiting for a reply. It also has a helpful feature on how to earn more miles (and reach your destination faster) if you use its partner offers such as a stay at a Starwood Hotels to get 1,000 Delta SkyMiles or sign up for DirecTV and get 25,000 United MileagePlus Advantage Miles. And, if you don’t use a travel rewards credit card, it can suggest one with a hefty signup mileage bonus once minimum spending requirements are met.

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What’s not: The site asks you how much you spend each month on your debit and credit cards. To pay for your vacation with points, you might need to switch to using a credit card instead of a debit card. If that makes you uncomfortable, it might take you longer to redeem your points or miles for a trip.

travel@latimes.com


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