Category Archives: Miles and Points

Deals and Unicorns in the New 25% Citi Transfer Bonus to Flying Blue — Part 1: USA to Israel

Return availability from Israel is equally good (at the time of writing). Your final round-trip ticket will cost as much as the journey between Chicago and Tel Aviv: 64,000 Citi points! For 64,000 points, even I would be fine with the ~$500 copay, and you know how much I hate fuel surcharges! Unicorn #3: HoustonContinue Reading

Update: Almost EVERYTHING You’ve Heard About the Latest Hilton Honor Devaluation Is True! Hilton Honor Points in Asia, Africa and the Middle East — Any Deals Left?

UPDATED 6.2019 Please check my previous update to understand the methodology and the reasons for these updates. In brief, I intend to keep updating these posts periodically or after every devaluation to document never-ending Hilton Honors “enhancements.” Look for red ink for the latest updates. Previous Update:  Update: Almost EVERYTHING You’ve Heard About the LatestContinue Reading

Update: Almost EVERYTHING You’ve Heard About the Latest Hilton Honor Devaluation Is True! The Americas and Europe, Are There Any Deals Left?

UPDATED 6.19 I originally wrote a series of posts about the cheapest Hilton hotels in Spring 2018. Since then, I updated it twice — the first time in September 2018, and the second time in April 2019. I had no idea that I’d have to update it again so soon, but things don’t stay theContinue Reading

The New Sonesta Credit Card Review (65,000-95,000 Points) and 7 Best Redemptions

So there is a new kid on the block — the Bank of America Sonesta World Mastercard. I have never stayed at a Sonesta so I had to educate myself on the merits and peculiarities of this hotel chain. After digging into Sonesta, I can tell you one thing: I’d go for the Sonesta creditContinue Reading

A Cautionary Tale: My Big InterContinental Hong Kong Fiasco

I’m back from my travel to Hong Kong, Bali, and Tokyo. Had a pretty bad case of food poisoning in Tokyo of all places (still under the weather but feeling much better now). I’ve flown on 3 airlines, stayed at 6 hotels and a pool villa. I had a fabulous time and saw amazing sights.Continue Reading

My (Mostly) Miles’n’Points Epic Trip to Hong Kong, Bali, and Tokyo and a Plea for Help

  I’m on the road again. Woo-hoo! In January, I was going to travel to the Bahamas (Atlantis) and Colombia, but it didn’t happen due to an illness in the family. Hopefully, the second time is the charm. I’m very excited about my upcoming trip, since I’m about to visit 2 places I’ve never been to.Continue Reading

Update: Hilton Honors Points at Top Hilton Hotels

Previous posts: Update: Hilton Honors Points in the Americas and Europe Update: Hilton Honors Points Worth in Asia, Africa and the Middle East UPDATED 4.21. 2019 Look for the RED. When you see RED it means changes (mostly, but not always, for the worse). This is the final part of my long-winded Hilton Hotels saga,Continue Reading

Delta SkyMiles Deals Are Getting Weirder and Weirder and Why It’s a Good Thing (Plus More Delta One Suites)

Here is a direct link to the newest March 2019 Delta SkyMiles Deals For someone who rarely uses Delta miles, I write about them a lot. In fact, I write more about Delta than any other airline. I even wonder if it wouldn’t be a good time to rename my blog into something like —Continue Reading

2 Days Left for the 25% Iberia Avios Promotion: 25,500 Avios to Europe in Business Class and More

Combined with Iberia Off-Peak redemption rates, this Iberia Avios Promotion can be an amazing value for traveling to Europe — just slightly higher than that long-gone legendary 21,000 Business Class Etihad redemption to Brussels. Iberia Peak redemption rates are as follows. Iberia peak rates with a 25% Iberia Avios Promotion discount, taxes and fees CityContinue Reading

The American Award Search Engine Is Getting a Facelift– Should We Be Worried? And a Workaround.

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 any money into fixing things that ain’t broken if not to deliver yet another crushing blow to our aspirations and dreams? Too much drama? 🙂 Agreed, but the AmericanContinue Reading

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