• Downgrading my Chase Sapphire Preferred

    I have talked recently about the major shifts in my credit card portfolio. More specifically, I added the Chase Freedom Unlimited and the AMEX Everyday Preferred card — what I’d say are some pretty awesome enhancements to my wallet. And to quickly review, those cards simply get me: 1.5 Ultimate Reward points per dollar spent on all purchases. In other words, where I was previously earning 1 point per dollar with my Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Freedom Unlimited gets me .5 more points per dollar. 3 Membership Reward points per dollar spent at grocery stores, up to $6,000 per dollar year — with the potential of a 50% bonus…

  • My new Southwest status and the amazing status match opportunity!

    I think the best way to describe my airline loyalty over the past year has been “anything but loyal.” If you simply read back through my blog posts on this website, you probably have no clue where I stand. Jumping out the gates into business travel I was all over Delta. And to be honest, none of that went away. Flying out of Baton Rouge, I was deciding where to connect, rather than if I had to connect. But damn. Hartsfield-Jackson is actually fun to transit through, and overall the service and attitude overall at Delta just far exceed the rest. But then I was planning my move to the…

  • The importance of stacking, when earning points

    One of the coolest aspects of points and miles is the opportunity to earn bonus points through purchases that you may have planned to make anyways. For instance, a few weeks ago I wrote about how I got 1,800 Southwest Rapid Rewards miles for a mattress that I was already planning on buying. Maximizing large purchases, and even just maximizing regular daily spend is often overlooked by my (ahem) “generation.” It is easy to be attracted to the monstrous sign-up bonuses, and I am definitely no exception, but I try to stress to many of my peers the importance of earning the most you can per dollar spent daily. Think…

  • How I use my credit cards

    I have recently made some pretty major changes to my credit card portfolio, which has obviously changed (nay enhanced) the way in which I utilize my credit cards. So while I have talked a lot about the cards I use and why I use them where, I wanted to take this time to go over the exact strategy I use with my credit cards on a daily basis. I also carry what many of my peers claim to be way too many credit cards — so I want to try and justify myself a bit as well. Evaluating the Inventory First, I’ll quickly go through the cards in my wallet.…

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    Booking cheap domestic awards through British Airways

    While many believe that the end goal of miles and points enthusiasts like myself  is something along the lines of the Etihad Apartment, or Qatar Q-suite. And to a certain extent, yes, that is absolutely true. Just look it up! But there is also a ton of value in the not-so-glamorous redemptions. Finding your value It all comes down to the fact that everyone gets value out of their points in different ways. Maybe you spend money on shorter domestic flights all year to save up for that fancy business class redemption overseas. Or maybe, you just don’t need that (I mean do any of us, really) — so redeeming miles for…

  • Tampa Announces New International Destination

    While maybe not the most relevant information for many reading this blog, or information that I usually share here, Tampa International (TPA) has just announced a new international route. As of May 2019, you will be able to fly Delta from Tampa (TPA) to Amsterdam-Schipol (AMS) daily. As someone currently traveling in and out of TPA weekly I’m a bit more intrigued than normal, but if anything, whoever runs the TPA Twitter account seemed to be having a lot of fun with it. Without any previous knowledge of the new service they definitely caught my attention this morning. And it looks like the attention of a lot of other Tampa…

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    How to upgrade in economy on US airlines?

    As a frequent business traveler, one of the things that I admire most about the big 3 US airlines is the ability to “upgrade” to either first class or [what I call] “enhanced” economy. Since the names are not synonymous across brands, it’s easier to just make my own up. In this post I’ll focus on the big 3 US airlines and their versions of this product Delta – Delta Comfort+ American – Main Cabin Extra United – Economy Plus Even though I remain a strong Delta truther, I now try to fly direct whenever possible. And with my recent move, came an unfortunate transition away from Delta. I decided to sacrifice the…

  • Best credit cards to use for groceries

    I have shared recently the big changes that have been happening in my life. Long story short, I have relocated to the Washington DC area and more recently moved in to a new apartment. I was more or less bumming it with family for a few months, so now that I have my own place I have more spending. Of course, in the eyes of a credit card monger like myself that just means more points. While I am spending in many different areas, and apartment complexes make it difficult to use credit cards, there is one area where I’m definitely spending incredibly more than I did before — grocery stores. And…

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    Korean Air SkyPass OUT as a Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partner — what next?

    The largest story of the past few days in the travel community is not the coming merger of SPG and Marriott, which is what you’d expect, but rather the removal of Korean Air SkyPass as a transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards. In the event that anyone has not heard — multiple people have reported that as of August 25, 2018 Korean Air SkyPass will no longer be a transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards. Which is absolutely huge news. Devastating news. From what I have read, there was a lot of disagreement between the two companies, and for whatever reason the partnership was no longer mutually beneficial. So while unfortunate,…

  • My experiences through Europe: Switzerland

    The original plan was to have this as part of my France post but once I started writing it was just too much for one post. So hope you enjoy — check out the other posts from the trip as well! Review: Delta One A330 JFK-ZRH My experiences through Europe: France My experiences through Europe: Switzerland My experiences through Europe: Renting a car and flying “domestic” Review: Air Canada Business Class 787 MXP-YYZ Heading Into Switzerland So after about 4 and a half days in France, we were headed east towards Switzerland. If you want to hear more about the driving experience, check out my next installment. For now I…