44 cents saved is 44 cents earned

I don't use Expedia very often. Maybe just a couple times. It's normally Priceline.

I got an email today with an update on my Expedia account.

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I generally don't use the same travel companies enough to get travel rewards. Instead, I just use a cash back Visa, and use those points for travel. I use a Chase Sapphire and a Chase Freedom. Neither have annual fees and the points which accrue can be used for anything.

How my wife and I mostly use them for travel would be to simply pay down our bill with the points. That way, we don't have to store-up a few points on Expedia, or hotwire, or Hotel.com or elsewhere. We don't have to be tied to a specific airline because of frequent flier miles. Even if you tried to start collecting frequent flier miles on a budget airline like Allegiant, Allegiant isn't always going to be the cheapest option for your travel. 

Instead, I generally recommend relying on your credit card to give you the best return for your travel buck — but NOT a card that only rewards you with flyer miles. It's gotta have a cashback. #protip