• 4 Reasons Why I Decided to Start Earning AMEX Rewards

    I admittedly am a bit biased towards Chase Ultimate Rewards on this site — that is, up until now. About 3 years ago now, when Chase had recently introduced their 100,000 point sign-up bonus on the Sapphire Reserve card, I dived head first into the miles and points game. And I wasn’t alone. I don’t know the exact numbers, but Chase has repeatedly said they may never be profitable from the card. Which I’d argue has made them more profitable overall. Since that time, and since I’ve really started to focus on travel rewards and credit cards, Chase has seemed like the gold standard. Not just the Sapphire Reserve card,…

  • 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…

  • Booking an American flight on Iberia—some notes

    It’s been a while since I last posted an update about the amazing Iberia promotion a few months back. To quickly summarize, if you were living under a rock back in June (ish), Iberia offered 9,000 bonus points for every flight booked on up to 10 flights. At the time, there were a ton of one-way flights within Spain for as low as $27, which all counted as a flight on the promotion. And the best part — the points (eventually) posted to accounts, months before even flying. The main “restrictions” are as follows: Points accrued during the promotion must be used (applied towards a flight), before Dec 1 (flights…

  • My awesome experience with a Southwest flight delay!

    I want to come out right from the beginning and say that I fully understand my excitement about a delay is coming a few days after said delay. Which is basically saying that this would have sounded a bit different had it been written when the wound was still somewhat fresh. But, nonetheless, my recent experiences with a delay on Southwest were so positive that I wanted to quickly write about it here. A little backstory So last Thursday I was travelling home from Tampa to Washington-DCA on a flight that I’ve been taking pretty consistently over the last few months. And to be honest, I don’t know how I’ve…

  • 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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    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…

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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,…