• Air Canada 787 dreamliner enginer

    What airlines should you transfer your Ultimate Rewards to?

    I’ve written pretty extensively about Chase Ultimate Rewards, and more recently I’ve written about some of the options in transferring your Ultimate Rewards. Specifically, the ability to transfer points directly to one of the 13 Chase travel partners. The reason I put such a high value on Ultimate Rewards is mostly because of the ability to do just that. While there is still a ton of value in redeeming through the Ultimate Rewards portal itself, I am of the stern belief that the most bang for your buck comes in transferring to one of these partners. Of course, there are some travel partners that just aren’t worth your Ultimate Rewards.…

  • Air Canada

    No meal on an Air Canada transatlantic Business Class flight? In a 787?

    I just recently put up an article about the best time to book a United award. While this article mostly focused on the different ways to maneuver United’s search tool, I finished off the process by booking a business class award on one of Air Canada’s Dreamliners. As someone who has never flown international business class, I am honestly just excited to sit in business class seats — some pretty awesome ones in this case. But one of the strongest aspects (unfortunately, sometimes one of the weakest as well) of a business class experience is the service on-board — including everything from the flight attendant service to the meal and…

  • United Airlines plane

    When is the best time to book a United award?

    I will always be the first to admit when I don’t know something — especially in this business. Like anything else, it takes time, experience, and a lot of of time on the internet to truly master something. So while I am not the expert on this matter, I think I’ve got a good grasp on redeeming United awards — at least when you may find the best price. The back story So to start out, I haven’t booked a ton of United awards. While I have decided to try and give them more business, I am learning their system, trying to understand the quirks of their system, and ultimately trying to understand where…

  • Advice,  Credit Cards,  Promos

    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…

  • United Airlines plane
    Deals,  United

    I Finally got a United Targeted Promotion

    I logged on to my United app to check the status of an upcoming flight and was surprised to find the following targeted promotion sitting in my account. The rules of the promotion seem to be pretty straightforward: Book and take a trip on United or United Express® before March 11, 2018, spending at least $275 per trip. This definitely looks like a targeted promotion as the “1” looks like it can be interchanged for different members, and the 6,900 miles does not seem like a benchmark number. This is pretty exciting for me as I’ve never truly been targeted for any promotion. This may be the norm, but as…

  • United Airlines plane
    Delta,  United

    I’m considering giving some of my business to United

    Disclaimer: I began this post the night before my fiasco with United and Marriott started. The issue was never resolved, so I ended up flying without my status, but I will be following up on the issue directly with United. For the purposes of this post, I am removing that hiccup from my memory. I want to start off saying that I won’t ever talk ill of Delta. I have not only traveled with Delta the most over the past year, but I have had the least amount of issues with them. On a weekly basis, I firmly believe Delta is the best airline to travel with. From the people…

  • Delta Resort Victoria, British Columbia
    Marriott,  United

    Marriott and United are on my s*it list right now

    One of the best travel programs out there right now is RewardsPlus — the joint venture between United and Marriott that allow their elite members to enjoy benefits across both programs. The basics of the program are: If you are a Marriott Rewards Platinum member, you get complimentary United MileagePlus Premier Silver.  If you are Mileage Plus Premier Gold, you get complimentary Marriott Rewards Gold.  I have written extensively before about how awesome I think this program is. Due to Marriott’s merger with SPG,  SPG’s Crossover Rewards program with Delta, and Marriott’s RewardsPlus program with United you basically get 4 statuses with one. An incredibly beneficial offer if you can…