Author Archives: Andy Shuman

Save 25% on Your Business Class Award to Asia With the Bonus for Transferring Amex points to LifeMiles and the Latest LifeMiles Sale

UPDATE 3.22 Just a few hours left for Award Sale Update 3.22: The $40 Close-in Fee is no more! HT: Nick from The Frequent Miler Nick has also found some Unicorn anomalies in the LM chart: New York to Zurich: 16,500 miles JFK to Brussels on Brussels: 22K miles JFK to Lisbon on TAP: 23.5KContinue Reading

Ebates: Amex Membership Rewards Points and Another Look at the Ebates Credit Card

The Ebates / Amex Membership Rewards new partnership offers an exciting way to rack up super-valuable Amex points, transferrable to 16 airline and 3 hotel programs. If you’ve been reading this blog long enough you know that I hate regurgitating the same old stuff you can read pretty much everywhere else. And I can’t oftenContinue Reading

Still Available: Delta One Suite to Amsterdam in Summer for 50,000 Virgin Atlantic Miles (or 39,000 Amex Points)

UPDATE 3.4.18: Still Working! It just reinforces my theory once again: Delta flash sales aren’t really sales, as this one keeps working after the expiration date just like other “sales” before it. Not that I’m complaining. 🙂 Some suite redemptions are gone (which was to be expected), but it didn’t take me long to findContinue Reading

New IHG PointBreaks 2019 (Valid Until May 31): What’s Good

This latest list is relatively decent. It keeps with the common trend that’s been familiar to us since IHG introduced its new, 3-tier PointBreaks format, but it offers more good deals at the second 10,000-point tier. 5,000 points – nothing good (hotels in Sao Paulo and Beijing are far away from all tourist areas) 10,000Continue Reading

The World of Hyatt Devaluation 2019: Part 2 —Sweet Spots to Book Before March 18

The World of Hyatt Devaluation 2019: Part 1 — New Sweet Spots 130 World of Hyatt hotels are moving to a higher award category on March 18 , 2019. You still have one month to redeem your award stays at the current rate. Keep in mind that if you make any changes to your reservationsContinue Reading

The World of Hyatt Devaluation 2019: Part 1 — New Sweet Spots

The World of Hyatt devaluation is going to affect about 1/3 of their hotels. Here is the word from the horse’s mouth. 3. When will the changes to the award chart become effective?Effective 11:01 p.m. CT, March 18, 2019, World of Hyatt will adjust the award categories for 259 hotels.4. How many hotels are shiftingContinue Reading

My Atlantic City Status Match Adventure — Part 2: Total Rewards Diamond Benefits IN DEPTH!

UPDATE 2.2.19 Reposting to reflect an important development. I was able to rematch my Total Rewards (now Caesars Rewards) Diamond status to my Wyndham Rewards. Then rematched my Wyndham Rewards Diamond back to Caesars Rewards. It’s long been established that back-and-forth rematches do work, but many folks have been sceptical. You know, “too good toContinue Reading

What Does a Sleight-of-Hand Look Like in the World of Miles and Points

Here is an idea. Show people a big enough number and they’ll fall for it head over heels. At least this seems to be the premise behind the new Chase Avios card offer. Get 120,000 British Airways Avios in the first year of cardmembership for spending $30,000. I personally love Avios! Now, I would neverContinue Reading

Can Award Travel Cancellation Fees Cost You More Than Award Travel?

I’m sure each of us has experienced these dreadful moments when things are seriously not going our way. If traveling is an integral part of your life; if you’ve spend weeks if not months in anticipation; if you have worked pretty hard at putting everything together, it sucks when you realize you’re grounded. You feel likeContinue Reading

Aspirational Marriott Properties, Category 8: My Curated List of the Best Redemptions — Part 11

PART 1: Marriott Category 1 and 2 Hotels in the U.S. PART 2: Marriott Category 3 Hotels in the U.S PART 3: Marriott Low Category Hotels in Canada PART 4: Marriott Cheap Category Hotels in Mexico, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic PART 5: Marriott Cheap Category Hotels in South America Part 6: MarriottContinue Reading

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