• What are 50,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards really worth?

    A lot of people have started asking for my advice on credit cards — and more specifically, a lot of my (young) peers are asking what the best options are to get started in the credit card game. And I first want to say, these are the questions to start asking! If you are in your mid 20s, with a steady job, no previous amount of substantial debt, and you can responsibly pay off your credit card debt, you aren’t doing yourself any favors not earning something back on your credit cards. Whether that’s cash or points, it comes down to a bit of personal preference. But if you were…

  • One man’s strategy to getting targeted for promotions

    I think the points and miles gods are finally beginning to hear my prayers. For a while now I have always wondered what the secret ingredient was to getting targeted for an airline or hotel promotion. I’ve traveled a lot, I’m active across different programs, but for some reason I haven’t done enough to be awarded what I consider to be the honor of a targeted promotion. In my adventures across the big, bad internet, I always hear about people getting targeted promotions for top-level elite statuses, or increased points earning opportunities, but I’ve never actually seen it for myself. Things have seemed to turn around, though. (re: my recent…

  • Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Hotel pool in the evening.

    Finally, a World of Hyatt Promo worth using

    Hyatt has just announced their most recent points promotion. The full terms and conditions of the promotion are as follows: The basics of the promotion are as follows: Members receive either 500 or 1,000 points per qualifying night for stays between February 15 and May 15, 2018, depending on the property at which you stay. Hyatt Place or Hyatt House properties earn 500 bonus points per night, while all other Hyatt properties earn 1,000 points. There are no restrictions on the booking period, it is only required that you check-out between the time period. Theoretically, you could check-in before the 15th, then check out after and receive the bonus. This works…

  • 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 —…

  • 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…

  • Why I’m not raving over the cobranded cards…

    I want to take some time and give my two cents on the debate between co-branded credit cards and rewards cards—more specifically why I believe airlines aren’t giving enough incentive over premiere rewards cards. My opinion has been well heard about personal rewards cards like the Chase Sapphire Reserve, but I want to take some time to go over the pros and cons. I think both have their pros and cons, but my overall opinion is beginning to shift from where it first was. Why I like co-branded cards: Sign-up bonus Like many other cards, many of the co-branded credit cards offer some great sign-up bonuses. Some companies offer better…