• View of the Space Needle from the Hyatt Place Seattle-Downtown

    Should I make a hotel “mileage run” to maintain Discoverist status?

    A lot of things have been written recently about Hyatt, and not necessarily great things. I have admittedly been out of blog game recently, and I am not one to make excuses, but certain “things” in my personal life have forced me to be off my game. Nevertheless, back to the things that matter. A few weeks back I got an email from Hyatt:  I have talked recently about how I am very pro-Hyatt. There have been a lot of changes recently, and from what I’ve read, a lot of Hyatt loyalists are not happy with those changes. With the introduction of the World of Hyatt program came a lot…

  • Booking my first trip — much to learn!

    I recently took a weeks vacation to the great Pacific Northwest. It was a last minute booking, but the vacation days were there for the taking! This was my first true vacation focused around points and miles. While I didn’t get to fly in a First Class suite, I got a lot out of the trip — from learning about the hobby to exploring new terrain. In classic millennial fashion, I would have loved to book some sort of business class award ticket across the world. But with such a small window my options were limited. So without depleting all of my miles, the PNW was a great option —…

  • My new credit card strategy, and why I got INCREDIBLY lucky

    I have alluded recently to my next move in the credit card game. Being the millennial that I am, I am never satisfied — I need to own every company I work for, and there is absolutely no way I am paying for any travel. I also intend to sit first class and stay in a presidential suite. On that note, it has probably been too long since I added another credit card to my arsenal. I have talked about my inventory in other posts, but a quick recap.. The Chase Sapphire Reserve. I obviously didn’t just jump in with the premier Chase card, but this is the only card…

  • I have the options, but I’ve chosen to be loyal to Delta. Did I make a mistake?

    I came across a FlyerTalk thread recently with the headline reading, “Serious question, why do people choose to remain loyal to Delta” (or something like that, I can’t seem to find it)–so I was obviously intrigued. I have started travelling regularly for work over the past year, and before I really knew it I was pledging my allegiance to an airline. I usually have options from all the major domestic carriers and I have always stuck with Delta, this was before learning about the infamous Sky Pesos. I don’t plan on changing my allegiance any time soon, but reading through this thread made me consider why I have remained loyal.…

  • “Decision pending” on my card application, what next?

    I can’t say I’ve applied to very many cards in my day, but I can say how refreshing it was to get that automatic “Congratulations, you’ve been approved.” Unfortunately, for someone like me, with very little credit history, there always seems to be something that pushes my application to “Pending.” And as much as I sound perplexed as to why this is happening, I really know that it is not the most insane thing to happen–I am understandably way more of a risk than most. Nevertheless, a pending decision is not a denial, so what’s next. I have hinted at getting a new credit card in a few past posts,…

  • Chase Sapphire Reserve and Gold Delta Skymiles card from american express

    What if I can’t cover the minimum spend for a sign-up bonus?

    UPDATE: I sat down to write this post about two weeks ago, but never got around to posting it. One of the reasons was a week-long vacation that consumed a lot of my time (more to come on that), but I also needed a little more inspiration. As mentioned in previous posts, I am looking to upgrade my credit card inventory, and that is what I just did. I applied to the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, originally got a pending decision, called the reconsideration line and got approved! Now the trick is going to be hitting that $4,000 of spend in 3 months. Which brings me my inspiration for the…

  • Marriott logo shining in the evening

    Why I’m holding off on Marriott Gold for the status “quad”-fecta

    Something that I’ve been contemplating over the last few weeks has been the Marriott Gold “road-to” challenge. For those that aren’t aware, Marriott offers a pretty sweet deal to fast track to either their Gold or Platinum elite status. This “road-to” offer gives anyone with either Silver or Gold elite the chance to complete a challenge within three months and move to the next higher level. For Silver-Gold, it’s 6 stays in 3 months, and Gold-Platinum it’s 9 stays. The “taste-of” challenge gives the member the higher status for a 3 month period, with the challenge to complete those night. This is a targeted promotion, though, so you must be…

  • Welcome to The Millenial Miler!

    I started a blog not too long ago because I had so many ‘cool’ ideas that I knew I wanted to share with the world. But there was one problem– I wanted to right about LITERALLY everything. I wanted to write about travel, points and miles, sports, a random thought I had about life, and then everything else. But you read anything about trying to gain readers, the one thing that remains constant is that “people go to a website to complete one task.” Hence I needed to focus my efforts on one thing–which brings us to The Layover. More than anything, I know that world of points and miles…

  • Delta Upgrades Policy — and how I missed out on too many free upgrades

    I recently started traveling heavily on Delta. Something that has admittedly seen its ups and its downs, but definitely more ups than downs. One of the reasons I enjoy flying Delta so much is because of their “unlimited complimentary upgrades” policy. Read from the website: So the “unlimited upgrades” policy is pretty self explanatory — if you have Medallion status (Silver, Gold, Platinum, or Diamond) you are eligible for an upgrade as many times as you request it. *NOTE* that the new Delta One and Delta Premium Select on certain flights are not eligible for complimentary upgrades. As the above picture already alludes, there is a certain advantage to having…

  • Booking the Hyatt House Seattle, right across from the Space Needle — my struggles

    I have talked a little bit about the transfer partners with Chase Ultimate Rewards, but I have yet to put them in action. I talk so highly about the benefits, but haven’t actually used them yet. So naturally, one should not believe me one bit. Well, I have finally put them to use. I have an upcoming trip to Seattle, WA and I have been trying to book a stay at one of the numerous hotels in the downtown area. There are a few different properties, all with really good award rates–the problem is a lot of the hotels only offer a certain amount of “standard” award capable rooms. While…