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by James Andrew Scott

Welcome! TripBadger® was created by savvy, seasoned travelers to share what we’ve learned about smart travel. To us, smart travel means minimizing time, headaches, and cost while maximizing fun, comfort, flexibility, and new experiences with friends and family. We enjoy writing and sharing our latest travel adventures with our readers.

We’ve accumulated a wealth of helpful tips and tricks that we share on this blog. We want you to make the most of loyalty programs and promotions to earn free flights, upgrades, hotel stays, and more. The features, fees, and rules of loyalty programs and travel promotions are very different and often confusing. On this site, we’ll review all the major loyalty programs and credit cards to help you make the best choice for you. We’ll keep you informed of new promotions, program offerings, and bonuses as well as general travel and airline news.

About James

James is an attorney residing in Washington, DC. When he’s not practicing contract law, he travels every chance he gets. James typically flies US Airways or United and his favorite aircraft is the 787. James hasn’t visited nearly as many countries as Brian, but his favorite was Italy. Another of his favorite destinations is Key West, Florida. He’s currently planning a trip to Norway.

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  • Erin

    Hi friends at Trip Badger! I have a question for you. I am am Presidents Circle on Hertz, Chairmans on US Airways and I have a US Airways Visa for extra miles. My question is – is it worth it to build up the Hertz miles for free rentals, or do I get more bang for my points pushing the Hertz rewards to my US Airways miles account?


    • James Andrew Scott

      Hi Erin, the Hertz points will almost certainly be your better option. At a President’s Circle member you earn 1.25 points per dollar and a (rather lame) bonus of 600 points for every 15 rentals. If you select US Airways miles, you will earn 50 Dividend Miles per day or 500 for a rental of 5 days or more. Based on some numbers I ran for heavy Hertz users, if you figure an average rental cost of $85/day x 5 days average rental x 15 rentals per year, you would accumulate about 8600 Hertz points or 7500 Dividend miles (based on 500 per rental). Free Hertz days can be redeemed for 600 (standard rate) points, giving you about 14 free rental days, worth about $1200 (at $85 a day). Figuring in that fact you can’t redeem them at 600 per day all the time, you may wish to discount that number some. Even in a worst case scenario of 1200 points redeemed per day, you still have (8600/1200 = 7 free days) about $609 in value. At best, even figuring a very generous value of 6 cents per Dividend mile (which you can only achieve though international business/First redemptions), your 7500 miles are worth less at $450.