• Why and how to transfer British Airways Avios to Iberia (or vice versa)?

    At this point, anyone with any ear into the points and miles community has heard about the Iberia promotion that was run earlier this year. To sum it up — Iberia launched a promotion where you could earn 9,000 bonus points for any flight booked earlier this summer, on up to 10 flights. The intriguing thing about this was that Iberia would credit your account with the (potential) 90,000 points just days after it was booked. So I went ahead and booked ten one-way flights for early next year, which totaled about $270, and my Iberia account was shortly credited with 90,000 Avios. I don’t intend to take those flights,…

  • 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.…

  • American Airlines Boeing 777

    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…

  • United Airlines plane

    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…

  • Korean Air Boeing 747 taking off

    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,…

  • 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.…

  • 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…