The Best of the Rest is my effort to summarize all the travel/miles & points stories that interested me on a daily basis but didn’t have time to write about in length. Culled from over 100 blogs/authors I follow, some are passed along without comment, while I add my analysis to others. This is your shortcut to find out what’s going on in the travel world without having to read dozens of travel blogs to get all the best info.
I just logged in to the Chase Ultimate Rewards platform to do some reconciliation and noticed that the Korean Air Skypass transfer option shows as “temporarily unavailable”. Maybe it’s just a technical glitch, but it’s odd timing considering I don’t recall seeing them as unavailable in the past. The timing is a bit odd considering the recent announcement of Korean Air Skypass as a transfer partner of Starwood Preferred Guest. Maybe it’s nothing. I didn’t recall seeing this in the past, but then used that Google thing and found this […]
This question was posed to me in a roundabout way yesterday. Essentially, he said he wanted to stop using his Ink Bold to purchase office supplies because he wanted to focus on renewing his Southwest Companion Pass. The question that came up was one I hadn’t specifically contemplated: Is it better to spend directly on the Southwest credit card to earn the companion pass, or on a card that earns Chase Ultimate Rewards at 5X on office supplies, etc? I think it’s a given that transferring Ultimate Rewards points through […]
A couple of quick updates on my post about the possible restriction of Visa and MasterCard branded gift card sales at Staples: Some Different Math on Gift Cards: I’m not a fan of buying Visa and MasterCard gift cards from office supply stores. I used to be before the fees went up. But, Shawn from Miles to Memories decided to lay out the math for a way to buy gift cards “for free”. How does he do it? This only works with a card that earns flexible currency like Chase […]
Apologies for the lack of content over the past few days. This whole one-handed typing thing is slowing me down more than I expected and a lot more than I want. Here are some things I’ve been reading with interest recently: Southwest Airlines is having union issues, which is a fairly rare occurrence for them. If you’re only a casual observer of the airline industry, you might not even know they have unions. The interesting thing here is that this group of employees still have a contract. They’re negotiating for […]
Diversification is important for many facets of our lives. In travel, having different types of miles and points available is key. WIth the increased availability of one-way award flights over the last five years, mixing and matching is the best way to make your dream trip happen. Here’s a quick look at some examples of a diversified vacation.
One of the biggest benefits of Chase Ultimate Rewards points are their flexibility. Transfers to most partners happen instantly and you can transfer in increments of 1,000 points, giving you the ability to top off accounts to achieve your next redemption. I usually focus on airline mile transfers for my Ultimate Rewards stash. I’ve never actually transferred them to a hotel program though I’ve considered it. I manage to generate enough hotel points from my travel and credit card spend with Hyatt and SPG. It was an odd set of circumstances […]
One Mile At A Time covers the exciting addition of Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer program as a transfer partner for the Chase Ultimate Rewards cards. I’m a bit behind reporting on this but it’s worth noting in case you haven’t heard the news yet. I already regard Chase Ultimate Rewards as the most valuable points you can collect because of their flexibility. They already tout United Airlines, British Airways, Southwest, Korean Air, Virgin Atlantic, Hyatt and Marriott as partners. Singapore is a great partner to add to this network, especially given […]