Jason Skinrood earned more than 100,000 points and miles by paying for a Utah house he built, from construction materials to labor, using his Visa and American Express cards. Then Skinrood, who runs the credit card comparison website PlasticRewards.com, and his wife and two kids took a trip to Arizona using miles for flights and points for their Westin hotel, saving them $1,500.
Tim Leffel, author of “Make Your Travel Dollars Worth a Fortune,” flew roundtrip to Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, and South America last year using miles acquired through his credit cards. His flights would have cost $5,500. Instead, with creative spending, sign-up bonuses for his two American Airlines credit cards, and some online research, it cost Leffel 65,000 miles and $170 in taxes.