• 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…

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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…

  • 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…

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    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.…

  • 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…

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    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…

  • 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…

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    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…

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    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…