Since last year, I’ve been fascinated by the wonderful world of travel hacking.

I’m still a novice at this game, but after doing some research and optimising our spending this year, it paid off: My wife and I used the miles we earned to redeem a ticket on the fabled Singapore Airlines Suites – something we’ve never flown before – for our honeymoon in Europe next year.

The cost? A mere $280.60 for the taxes and fees:

That same ticket would have cost us over $8,500 (one way) if we had paid for it in cash:

If you know how to play the mileage game, it can be worth thousands of dollars to you every year. However, the barrage of deals, jargon and T&Cs can also get pretty complex. How do you figure out which are truly worthwhile, and which are a waste of your time and money?

So …