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American Express Membership Rewards Devalues

There were two big changes announced today that affect the American Express Membership Rewards program, and therefore all of us, negatively: The Premier Rewards Gold Card will no longer earn a 15,000 point bonus on $30,000 annual spend starting in 2015. Transfers into Delta SkyMiles will be capped at 250,000 per year per account starting in 2015.     Let's take a look at the impact of each of these, because I believe each is significant.   No More 15K Bonus … [Read More...]

Did You Win?

Winner of the United Club Lounge Passes

I had a giveaway of United Club Lounge passes over the weekend and it’s time to give them away.   There were 23 comments that were eligible to win, and I’m picking a random comment using

Last chance at 1.5 cent LifeMiles!

Last Day Ever to Buy LifeMiles at 1.5 Cents Apiece

LifeMiles is one of my favorite programs because of the tremendous redemption opportunities and cheap miles they sell, but they’re also one of the quirkiest and somewhat unstable mileage currencies in my opinion. It’s a risk to buy LifeMiles, but if you have a specific redemption in mind then this often makes more sense than […]

Best Avios Routes

The Best Avios Routes to Fly – Maximize the Distance Based Award Chart

British Airways Avios are a somewhat unique type of points because of the distance-based award chart they use. Because of the way the chart is put together, there are certain routes and parts of the world that are better to redeem Avios for than others. This can be because of the popularity of those two […]

Avios to Upgrade

Use Avios to Upgrade Paid Tickets to Business Class

One of the lesser known but still extremely valuable features of the British Airways Avios program is the ability to use Avios to upgrade from Economy/Premium Economy/Business to Premium Economy/Business/First. If you’re trying to maximize the value of your points based on the actual cash value of the tickets you’re buying, then using Avios to […]

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Giveaway Time! Two United Lounge Passes Up for Grabs

It’s been a while since I’ve done a giveaway, but I’m hoping to change that with more frequent ones in the future. Today I’ll be handing out 2 United lounge passes (access to any United Club in the world) with an expiration date of 2/28/15. I also have a ton of amenity kits that I […]

Club Carlson Rewards Chart

Beginners Guide to Club Carlson Rewards

  Beginners Guide to Redeeming Points United Airlines (and Star Alliance) British Airways Avios (and Oneworld Alliance) Hyatt Gold Passport Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Club Carlson Rewards   The Club Carlson Rewards program is unique and potentially very valuable. You can accrue a ton of points very quickly and cheaply and […] Logo

There are Several Buy Miles Offers, But Which Should You Take Advantage Of?

Sometimes we don’t have the patience or time to accumulate miles through Manufactured Spending, but we also don’t want to pay full price for the premium cabin airfare or high-end hotel. For situations like this, buying points is sometimes an acceptable middle ground because of it’s speed and simplicity. While you can generally buy points/miles […]

Cathay Pacific First Class Review 777

Cathay Pacific First Class Review – JFK-YVR

Cathay Pacific’s flight from New York JFK to Vancouver is one of the flights known as a “fifth freedom” flight. These flights are flights that take place when an airline is from country A, but flies from country B to C (or vice versa) before going back to A. See this post for extremely comprehensive […]

Starwood Preferred Guest

Complete Guide to Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG)

Beginners Guide to Redeeming Points United Airlines (and Star Alliance) British Airways Avios (and Oneworld Alliance) Hyatt Gold Passport Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Club Carlson Rewards   Much like the Hyatt Gold Passport program, the Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) program is a favorite among points enthusiasts because of the number of […]

New SPG Award Chart

Now You Can Book Suites and Upgraded Rooms with SPG Cash & Points

In my opinion the SPG program is best for redeeming for low- and mid-tier properties, up to their Category 5 hotels. Their points are hard to come by since their credit card earns one point per dollar on all non-SPG spend, and even on SPG hotels you don’t always want to use the card because […]