• American Airlines Boeing 777

    My Iberia account now shows negative, and I don’t care (I think)

    Maybe one of the biggest highlights of the year in the points and miles community was the 90,000 points Iberia promotion, where you could potentially score 90,000 points for about $280. And whether or not you took advantage of the deal, you’ve probably heard about some of the headaches it’s caused people along the way. I for one did take advantage of the offer by booking 10 one-way trips within Spain next year, all for around $28 — none of which I intend on taking. Because I had created an Iberia account a few months back, the 90,000 points hit my account without any real problem. In other words, I…

  • If I could charge company travel to my personal card..

    I don’t speak too much about my “real” job, outside of writing this blog, but ultimately the nature of my job creates a ton of content that I write about here — whether I mention it or not. (so maybe I should) Anyways, I am on the road a lot. In my two years since graduating from college I have almost consistently traveled weekly Monday thru Thursday. Without diving too deep into the specifics of the job, as I know similar situations have been criticized recently, I will say that the business of travelling weekly has its ups and downs. My opinions have altered slightly as of late, though. Overall, I…

  • How to ensure you get Southwest drink coupons…

    I want to first say that I do not have any secret to get an unlimited supply, or even just more Southwest drink coupons — because if I did I don’t think I’d be sharing it! But I did come across a pretty interesting finding recently that I think many people may have never heard of — and this, in and of itself should get you more coupons! So first, I want to share a bit of backstory as to why I started going down this rabbit hole in the first place. When you should expect Southwest drink coupons? I wrote a few months ago that I decided to do some of…

  • 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,…

  • 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…