Category Archives: Miles and Points

The M&T Bank $300 Bonus Offer (No Direct Deposit Required)

  I don’t usually cover bank bonuses – that’s DoC’s purview, and he’s quite thorough about it. However, this $300 bonus from M&T Bank caught my attention for 2 reasons. 1. It’s free money 2. No direct deposit is required Now, I know not everyone shares my hatred for this particular hoop banks usually wantContinue Reading

Virgin Atlantic Miles: Citi ThankYou 30% Transfer Bonus: Business Class for 39K Points to Europe, 35K to South America, 97K to New Zealand, or First Class for 85K (RT) to Japan

  UPDATED: The AMEX MR 30% transfer bonus to Virgin Atlantic is gone. A lot of people don’t take Virgin Atlantic miles seriously and I used to be one of them. Virgin Atlantic is not everyone’s cup of tea. It adds god-awful scamcharges to award redemptions and its Upper Class is not all that awesome.Continue Reading

My Mini Guide to Lençóis Maranhenses, the Most Unique Wonder of the World You’ve Never Heard About – Part 2: Costs and Logistics

“Anywhere in the world this place would be visited only for the dunes, even if there were no lagoons,” an angry gringo told me once. He had a point. Ricardo Freire, a Brazilian travel writer My Mini Guide to Lençóis Maranhenses, the Most Unique Wonder of the World You’ve Never Heard About: Part 1 SorryContinue Reading

Business Class to Australia / New Zealand for 120,000 Miles Round Trip!

  Awards in Business Class to Australia are not easy to come by, but United has great award space for flights to Australia in Business next spring and summer (our spring and summer, that is). That includes both Sydney and Melbourne. Business Class to Australia Below is availability for 2 passengers for flights to SydneyContinue Reading

How Many Ultra-Premium Cards Do You Have in Your Wallet?

  To be clear, I’m talking about the cards that cost $400-$550 a year. Over the years I’ve spent thousands of dollars on credit card annual fees. And I don’t regret it for a moment. Back when American Express had a short-term memory, I would reapply every year for American Express Platinum Personal and BusinessContinue Reading

My Mini Guide to Lençóis Maranhenses, the Most Unique Wonder of the World You’ve Never Heard About: Part 1

I’ve been fortunate enough to visit yet another Wonder of the World. Because if the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park in Northeastern Brazil is not a true wonder of the world, I don’t know what is. While you won’t find Lençóis Maranhenses on any major travel bucket list, it should be on yours. Whatever it isContinue Reading

Credit Card Bonuses: Latest News, Blues, and a Tightened Noose

  I’m in Brazil now. Rio → São Luís → Santo Amaro → Rio. The output will be limited for the next 10 days. Credit card bonuses: the news Both AMEX SPG cards, personal and business, now have new sign-up bonuses. The Personal card is 75,000 and the Business 100,000 Marriott points after spending $3,000Continue Reading

30% American Express Transfer Bonus to Virgin Atlantic and Why Go for It: Part 2 – One Unicorn Redemption on South African Airways

  Part 1: 30% American Express Transfer Bonus to Virgin Atlantic and Why Go for It: Amazing Values on Delta Update 8.27.18: According to reader Brian, Virgin now adds YQ for the South African flights (north of $600).  Update 8.4.18: I’m updating this post because the 30% American Express transfer bonus is available again. If youContinue Reading

PART 5: Marriott Cheap Category Hotels in Spain

  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 Marriott NewContinue Reading

Part 1: Get Delta One Suite to Europe for 39,000 MR Points With the 30% American Express Transfer Bonus to Virgin Atlantic

  8.1.18 This is a major and comprehensive update of my old post from November 2017 due to the new American Express Transfer Bonus. I’ve also added new searches and checked availability for major routes. The 30% American Express transfer bonus to Virgin Atlantic is active until 9.12.18, and it’s one of the best dealsContinue Reading

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