Author Archives: Andy Shuman

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles Devaluation: Sweet Spots

  This post is the first of 2 parts. First, we’ll talk about what’s going to happen to Cathay Pacific miles after 6.22.18 and compare it to the currentstate of affairs. In the next post, we’ll discuss what you can do with your stash of Cathay Pacific miles if you book before 6.22.18 (hint: aContinue Reading

Cathay Pacific Devalues Asia Miles on June 22, 2018

  OK, here it is. Another airline’s “enhancement” is upon us. Cathay Pacific Devaluation: The Link On June 22, Cathay Pacific will change the way we redeem Asia Miles. Economy levels become slightly cheaper (but often not really), while Business Class becomes more expensive. A lot more expensive, in fact. Of course, North America, asContinue Reading

Miles and Points Strategy for Light Credit Card Users Who Love to Travel

  If you are a reluctant credit card user with a reasonably thick credit file, banks want you. Badly! It’s like that joke, remember?  How banks love giving loans to people who don’t need them. Same thing. Banks hope you will become loyal and spend lots of dough on their credit card so they canContinue Reading

A Few DON’Ts and a Couple of DOs — Good SPG Transfer Bonus and Better 100,000 AMEX MR Spend

No one can claim that I don’t enjoy a good rant here and there, and the last several days have been rich on offers you sure as hell want to steer clear of. Or not (just kidding). But since I just can’t remain negative, I present you a couple of sweetish deals too including aContinue Reading

2 Great 2018 IHG PointBreaks Deals Through July 31 and Why the New IHG Credit Card Might Not be a Dud

2 Great 2018 IHG PointBreaks Deals Through July 31 and Why the New IHG Credit Card Might Not be a Dud

The second 2018 IHG PointBreaks list is worse than the first one; still, it has 2 great deals and a bunch of good ones. It’s valid until July 31, 2018. I waited for a few days before reviewing the new list because I wanted to see if the featured properties would be snatched the way it happenedContinue Reading

Marriott Rewards Booking Hurdles, Extending the Chase Anniversary Night Certificate, and More

  Had a weird Marriott Rewards booking experience last week, but first — just transferred my blog to a new webhosting platform. So far, it seems to load faster than with the old host. If you notice any changes, please let me know. In June, my cousin Timmy and I are going to Cartagena, thenContinue Reading

Do ANA Miles Redemptions Cost Less in Cash Than 2 Years Ago?

  If you have ANA miles or transferable American Express Membership/SPG points, you might get a better value from ANA  than ever before. Let’s just be clear: the redemption levels haven’t changed, but the cash outlay has, and in some cases — to the tune of hundreds of dollars! Last week I reported that ANAContinue Reading

Ebates 13% Cash Back Today Only — Stack With Other Coupons and Credit Cards 5% Cash Back

  I don’t do coupons or those special $5-10 off deals, etc. for 2 reasons. First, because there are other bloggers who do it better than me, and second, because these kinds of savings don’t inspire me, personally. I’m just not a coupon kind of guy, that’s all I’m saying. But this one-day Ebates 13%Continue Reading

ANA Has Dropped Fuel Surcharges for Award Flights on Scandinavian Airlines

  The ANA page tends to default back to Japan (as a home region) when you log out and log in again. I didn’t think much about it until I finished all the screenshots for this and another post. Then I realized that all that JPY pricing might look weird (duh!) but seriously, I’m notContinue Reading

LAST DAY to Get an UNCAPPED IHG Anniversary Night in the First Year

  On Aprtil 2, I made the case that the IHG card is no longer worth applying because Chase had limited the most important card’s benefit, free IHG anniversary night, to a redemption value up to 40,000 points. New IHG Devaluation April 2, 2018 — Chase Limits the Anniversary Free Night to 40,000 Points PreviousContinue Reading

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