Category Archives: Miles and Points

Awesomeness and Dysfunctions of Iberia Plus: How to Use the First and Skirt the Second | Iberia Peak Dates, Award Space and Prices, Fuel Surcharges and More!

  I’ve blogged about Iberia multiple times. Long story short — you can fly between the U.S. and Madrid starting at 34,000 Avios in Business class with a very low fuel surcharge. You Can Still Fly to Europe in Iberia Business Class for 25,000 Points; and Award Space Is Fantastic — Plus Cheap Nonstop FlightsContinue Reading

Points for Your Post Pandemic Self-Indulgence Part 1: Top Laidback Hilton Luxury Resorts!

Let’s dream a little. When you’re able to travel to the places you want rather than places that allow you to come — where is it going to be? I don’t always crave luxury stays. In fact, I rarely do. My wife hates flying, so I almost always fly solo (and I can tough it outContinue Reading

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

On January 31, my Total Rewards Diamond status expired and was promptly reverted to Gold – the entry level, on February 1. Later on February 1, I rematched my Wyndham Diamond back to Caesars Rewards and got my Diamond back by the end of the day. Or, as this guy would put it … UPDATE:Continue Reading

UPDATED 6.28.20: Greece, Aruba and Iceland Are Reopening Borders This Summer – Time to Pack?

MAJOR UPDATE 6.28.2020 So, remember those upcoming Iceland, Greece, and Spain openings? Right, not going to happen. Not for U.S. travelers anytime soon. Europe opens up its borders on July 1 and extends its invitation to citizens of dozens of other countries, but Americans are not on the list. I glanced at the WaPo crystalContinue Reading

Bermuda Travel Will Resume on July 1, 2020: Here Is What You Want to Know

  Bermuda travel is supposed to resume on July 1. It’s not the only tropical paradise you can go to; Antigua and Barbuda is open right now, and other Caribbean destinations are supposed to open in July too. But Bermuda is incredibly beautiful, and, while it’s not an all-season destination, it’s going to be tropicalContinue Reading

Masks on a Plane: It’s Up to Airlines to #MASA — Make AirTravel Safe Again

UPDATE: Based on some responses I’ve received from researchers, I can’t consider this diagram accurate for the time being. I keep talking to people, so this might or might not change. Just to clarify: this revision doesn’t mean that my opinion about using masks for preventing the coronavirus spread has changed, but I won’t resortContinue Reading

The Awesomeness and Quirks of the New ANA Fuel Surcharge and More!

  Last week, the internet rediscovered the value of ANA award tickets due to the airline’s having dropped its fuel surcharges as of June 1. I have written about ANA more than about any other airline over the years, which might seem kind of weird since I’ve never flown ANA metal. However, ANA’s  frequent flyerContinue Reading

Surprisingly, the New American Airlines Award Search Tool Doesn’t Suck!

As you know, the new American Airlines award search tool was introduced sometime last spring. I noticed it in March 2019, and reacted with the following drama-queen-quality observation: If you’re like me, you’re deeply suspicious, if not outright terrified, of every unnecessary “enhancement” coming from loyalty programs. Because why, oh why, would anyone pour anyContinue Reading

Missed Out on Air Canada Aeroplan Miles Sale at a Penny Each? Congrats, You’ve Dodged a Bullet!

  The Air Canada Aeroplan miles sale offered Aeroplan miles for $0.01 each. It looks incredible for 2 reasons: Air Canada had never sold miles before, other than via targeted offers (to the best of my knowledge). Air Canada has never sold miles for so little. So what’s up with that? COVID-19, that’s what. AirlinesContinue Reading

AmEx Platinum New Benefits and Beyond – What Do You Do Now?

This weekend AmEx has made improvements to its credit card line up that go well beyond the AmEx Platinum. Let’s try and break down all AmEx new benefits. AmEx cards with significant improvements AmEx Platinum personal cards (Platinum, Platinum for Schwab, and Platinum for Ameriprise): Statement credits for select wireless and streaming services from U.S.Continue Reading

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