Miles And Points

Hyatt Announces A New Fall Promo: Double Points (And Double Nights At All-Inclusives)

Hyatt announced a new promo today that offers members the opportunity to earn increased rewards and a potential fast-track to elite status.  In an environment where hotel promos have been lackluster or absent, the new Hyatt promo should be a nice bonus for fall travel.  Let’s take a look at the two components. Double Points On Stays Of 2 Nights Or More Starting September 15th, 2022 and continuing through December 20th, 2022 members can earn double base points on all stays of two nights or more.  You’ll earn an additional […]

A Good Illustration That Not All Points Are Created Equally

I recall a conversation with my father-in-law a number of years ago where he was taking about points he earned with a Navy Federal credit card.  He felt like no matter how much he spent on the card he never got any worthwhile travel rewards.  Because of that, he assumed there was no reason to bother collecting points and miles.  It’s a discussion I’ve had dozens of times over the years with folks and likely half a dozen with my father-in-law (I’m a glutton for punishment). How you earn points […]

Breaking Down The Best In Travel Loyalty – My Thoughts On The Freddie Awards

For the past decade I’ve helped organize the Freddie Awards, frequently referred to as the “People’s Choice Awards” for airlines and hotels.  It’s been three years since we were able to gather in person to hand out the awards and I was on hand two weeks ago in New Orleans.  Shortly after the award ceremony ended and I spent a bit of time catching up with old friends I was sprinting off an airline flight trying to get to a track meet in time to see my daughter run.  From […]

Success! Topping Up Marriott Free Night Certificates Is Live And It Works!

When Marriott announced that they were moving to a dynamic award chart, it was mostly bad news.  One meaningful improvement they announced was that members would be able to add points to a free night certificate for higher value award stays.  This feature is now live and I successfully tested it this morning.  Thanks to my buddy Julian and this story by Doctor of Credit letting me know it was live. Marriott Free Night Certificates Marriott offers a variety of free night certificates, mostly from holding various Marriott co-branded credit […]

How To Use Miles And Points To Attend The Final Four

Attending a Final Four game has been a lifelong dream of mine.  Since I’m not a millionaire, I hadn’t realized that dream until this past week.  If you have a stash of miles and points, it’s possible (and not too difficult) to attend the Final Four without needing a second mortgage.  While this week didn’t turn out exactly as I wanted, I actually ended up making money (more on that in a bit) attending the Final Four.  I managed to score airline tickets and hotel rooms completely on points easier […]

Check To See If You’re Targeted For Chase Co-Brand Bonus Offers: 7X On United And Southwest Cards

Trying to get into a rhythm publishing more regularly.  A quick post on some credit card bonuses that showed up in my inbox yesterday seemed to fit the ticket.  I received two bonus offers on Chase co-brand credit cards via e-mail, both of them worth your time. Edited to add: you can check Chase.com/mybonus even if you didn’t get an email. For my United MileagePlus Select card, I received an offer of 7 miles per dollar on United purchases and 5 miles per dollar on all other travel purchases.  The […]

Bilt Rewards Adds United Airlines. Are They The Most Valuable Currency?

Bilt Rewards has been making a habit out of doing things others have been unable to.  They figured out how to reward renters on their largest monthly expense, rent.  And, they even launched a credit card so folks who own their home (or otherwise don’t have a rent expense) could still participate in the program.  Prior to Bilt Rewards, there were ways to earn rewards on rent payments.  They were clunky and expensive, mostly not worth the time. On top of that, they figured out how to get American Airlines […]

Win a Free Year Of The Best New Award Flight Search Tool

Did I get your attention?  Good!  If you love redeeming points and miles to go incredible places, then this should have your attention.  If you just want to get to the good stuff, scroll down to “win a free year of Point.me”.  We’re also giving away a whole bunch of day passes to try out the service.  If you want to learn a bit more, tag along. There’s a new player in the game when it comes to making it easy to use your miles and points.  This is probably […]

The Craziest Story I Heard About Maximizing Black Friday This Year

It seems like every year I find myself in a conversation with my fellow miles and points nerds about how someone scored an incredible deal on Black Friday by stacking cash back portals and other bonuses with ridiculously low prices. Sometimes there’s FOMO, other times just appreciation from a fellow deal junkie. This year was a mostly quiet Black Friday for me.  As the day wound down I texted in a group chat with some good friends who share my love for all things travel. One of the folks in […]

EXCITING! Aeroplan Is The Newest Chase Ultimate Rewards Transfer Partner

There’s really good news for folks who have a stash of Chase Ultimate Rewards points, especially if you have easy access to Air Canada hubs (think Toronto and Vancouver).  In anticipation of the launch of a credit card for US residents, to be issued by Chase, Ultimate Rewards transfers to Aeroplan are live. This is all part of a significant relaunch of Aeroplan that started last year.  Aeroplan came up with a bunch of great new options like Status Pass, where you can grant elite status to a friend or […]