• 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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    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…

  • Tampa Announces New International Destination

    While maybe not the most relevant information for many reading this blog, or information that I usually share here, Tampa International (TPA) has just announced a new international route. As of May 2019, you will be able to fly Delta from Tampa (TPA) to Amsterdam-Schipol (AMS) daily. As someone currently traveling in and out of TPA weekly I’m a bit more intrigued than normal, but if anything, whoever runs the TPA Twitter account seemed to be having a lot of fun with it. Without any previous knowledge of the new service they definitely caught my attention this morning. And it looks like the attention of a lot of other Tampa…

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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,…

  • My experiences through Europe: Switzerland

    The original plan was to have this as part of my France post but once I started writing it was just too much for one post. So hope you enjoy — check out the other posts from the trip as well! Review: Delta One A330 JFK-ZRH My experiences through Europe: France My experiences through Europe: Switzerland My experiences through Europe: Renting a car and flying “domestic” Review: Air Canada Business Class 787 MXP-YYZ Heading Into Switzerland So after about 4 and a half days in France, we were headed east towards Switzerland. If you want to hear more about the driving experience, check out my next installment. For now I…

  • My experiences through Europe: France

    I have admittedly been very delayed in getting out my posts about the trip I took to Europe with my family. I’ve also decided to split this post into two, talking about my experiences in both France and Switzerland separately. Review: Delta One A330 JFK-ZRH My experiences through Europe: France My experiences through Europe: Switzerland My experiences through Europe: Renting a car and flying “domestic” Review: Air Canada Business Class 787 MXP-YYZ While I focus a ton on credit cards, points, miles, and the strategy behind all that comes with that, the ultimate goal of this website is to travel. I want to travel as much as possible, and hopefully…

  • Review: Air Canada Business Class 787-900 MXP-YYZ

    This is a bit of a continuation from my review on Delta One where I flew from JFK to ZRH. And I have definitely been delayed in getting it published. Fortunately, the ending of my amazing family Europe trip was capped with another awesome international business class experience. I am going to be building this into a mini trip report, with some experience sharing posts built in. Hope you all enjoy! Review: Delta One A330 JFK-ZRH My experiences through Europe: France My experiences through Europe: Switzerland My experiences through Europe: Renting a car and flying “domestic” Review: Air Canada Business Class 787 MXP-YYZ As I alluded to in my previous…

  • What to do if you can’t decide on the Chase Sapphire Reserve?

    If you ever ask me about credit cards — at a bar, in the library, at my house — I will most likely talk your ear off about the benefits that credit cards can bring you. Odds are that I start with the slew of travel benefits, but in reality there are a ton of different benefits that will cater to each person differently. As many of you know, I started my true credit card journey with the Chase Sapphire Reserve and its earth-shattering 100,000 points sign-up bonus. At the time, this was the single best credit card bonus on the market, hands down. But like any good thing, it didn’t last…

  • Assessing my mom’s credit card strategy

    I recently wrote a post about offering some advice to my brother about credit card annual fees. Similarly, my mom recently asked me what I thought should be her next card. So like any normal son, I told her that I would write an entire blog about the question. She is also (probably) my only consistent reader, so I have to give her some reason to keep on coming back! First, assessing her current situation My mom is in a particularly envious situation as she has only signed up for one credit card in the past 24 months. In other words, she is only at 1/24, on Chase’s ‘5/24’ count.…

  • The only hotel worth your Chase Ultimate Rewards

    My absolute favorite thing about Chase Ultimate Rewards is the ability to transfer points to one of their airline or hotel partners. There are 13 partners in total, with 9 airlines and 4 hotel groups offering their services — all transferring at a rate of 1:1 (pretty incredible!). In other words, if you wanted to make an award redemption at Hyatt for say 10,000 points, it would cost you 10,000 Ultimate Rewards just the same. While I am building it up to sound like a deal that can’t be beat, there are going to be certain transfers that may not be worth it. Last week I wrote an article about…