• 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…

  • 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…