• Do Chase business cards add to your 5/24?

    Chase is without a doubt the hottest credit card issuer on the market right now — in my humble opinion. And what that means for people like us is that we should be trying to apply for as many Chase credit cards as possible to not only maximize total points from sign-up bonuses, but also daily spending power. Because ultimately, more points means more travel! Unfortunately, the 5/24 rule exists, though. Which is essentially an unwritten rule from Chase that does not allow you to get approved for and receive the sign-up bonus for a Chase card if you’ve already been approved for 5 credit cards in 24 months. The intricacies of…

  • Making miles on a mattress

    I have admittedly been poor on getting blog posts out lately, but I have a semi-good reason. Recently I’ve talked about my move to the Washington DC area, which was completed about 2 months ago, but I have just finished a move into my own place. So I hate making excuses, but between work and everything that goes with moving, I haven’t had a lot of down time to write. But no matter what, I always have points and miles in the back of my mind. And with the move into a new place, I have had plenty of opportunity to spend money. Which is unfortunate for my bank account,…

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    Why I tell people to ignore credit card annual fees?

    A lot of what I like to write about here is based on the conversations and questions I get from friends and family on credit cards. As the somewhat designated credit card consultant, I enjoy talking to friends and family about the benefits of credit cards and hopefully sway them in the right direction. I was recently speaking to my brother about credit cards and he was asking me what I thought about the new Marriott credit card. While I admittedly gave him a summarized version from the credit card’s website, there was one intriguing question that I wanted to elaborate on. “Ya I was attracted to the 100,000 points sign-up bonus,…

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    What should I do with my 90,000 Iberia Avios?

    As an avid miles and points enthusiast I am constantly stalking FlyerTalk forums and the many wonderful points blogs out there. And while sometimes it may seem obsessive, today I was able to stumble across something awesome. Earlier today, Lucky over at One Mile at a Time reported on the amazing Iberia promotion going on. The offer is pretty straightforward: Book a flight before June 24th and receive 9,000 Avios The flight must be on Iberia, Iberia Express, or Air Nostrum You must be an Iberia Plus member, which you can easily join here Tickets must be booked on iberia.com There is a limit of 10 tickets that can be booked…

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    What airlines should you transfer your Ultimate Rewards to?

    I’ve written pretty extensively about Chase Ultimate Rewards, and more recently I’ve written about some of the options in transferring your Ultimate Rewards. Specifically, the ability to transfer points directly to one of the 13 Chase travel partners. The reason I put such a high value on Ultimate Rewards is mostly because of the ability to do just that. While there is still a ton of value in redeeming through the Ultimate Rewards portal itself, I am of the stern belief that the most bang for your buck comes in transferring to one of these partners. Of course, there are some travel partners that just aren’t worth your Ultimate Rewards.…

  • Does new Capital One Venture benefit change the cards value?

    One of the big announcements in the world of credit cards today was the introduction of new benefits for the Capital One Venture card. Specifically, the Capital One Venture Rewards card will have a Global Entry fee credit every 4 years. While this is an often overlooked benefit from credit cards, as it is available with many cards these days, I can’t imagine a life without TSA PreCheck. While this is a pretty generic upgrade, and a positive one at that, I wanted to take this time to talk about how this changes my outlook on the Capital One Venture card. If you’ve even just browsed my site, you’ve probably noticed…

  • Chase Ultimate Rewards: Transferring from a business account to a personal account

    I started this series a bit ago and then got caught up in other things. So I want to go ahead and continue on with the series as I know everyone has been anxiously waiting for the next installment — I assume no one has been able transfer their Ultimate Rewards from a business account. Whatever will you do! Transferring between personal accounts (combining points) Transferring from a business account to a personal account Transferring Ultimate Rewards to a travel partner Transferring your points to someone else Tips & Tricks to managing your Chase points

  • Delta One vs. Air Canada 787 Business Class

    I recently got back from not only an amazing trip in Europe with my family, but also my first opportunity to try international business class! I’ve spoken a little about the booking process, where I needed to be and when, and what made me decide to fly what I did. But in this post I wanted to briefly put the two products head to head. While these aren’t products that are typically put up head to head, why the hell not. Interested to hear the responses, as I’m hoping that to maybe bring this in as a recurring installment. Let’s first review: Delta One – Airbus A330-200, JFK-ZRH Booked through…

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    Let’s drink: free drinks on American Main Cabin Extra are here!

    If you are at all involved in the world of miles and points, and more importantly, if you have any interest in flying American Airlines you’ve probably heard about their recent in-flight upgrades. Specifically, American announced late last year that they would be adding complimentary beer, wine, and spirits to their Main Cabin Extra (MCE) seats.  While the process of rolling this out has been confusingly drawn out, it was recently confirmed that on July 5, 2018 this new feature would be available. And here we are, July 5 — should I fly today just to make sure they followed through? While that won’t happen, I did have to book some travel on…