New Delta SkyMiles Devaluation to India

  My apologies for the radio silence. I’ve traveled to Hong Kong, Bangkok and Manila, flew on Cathay, Thai and Etihad, and stayed at Intercontinental, Hilton and Airbnb. The reports are coming, and I’m also coming with a major announcement. Just need to take care of some work first. Delta SkyMiles Devaluation: Strike Eight On SeptemberContinue Reading

Hilton Diamond+ and Proposed American Express Hilton Elite Card: My First Ever Conspiracy Theory

In case you, guys, are wondering where the hell I’ve been, I’ve been in Asia. Hong Kong, Bangkok, Manila. As in, was in Hang Kong, now in Bangkok and in a few days I’m going to Manila for TBEX – the Travel Blogger conference. Currently staying on the “wrong side” of the Chao Phraya River, inContinue Reading

SPG Marriott Merger and My Thoughts on Transfer Opportunities

  I’m between flights right now. Got back from the Fincon (Financial Bloggers) conference in San Diego on Sunday and already packing for my next Asia trip on Saturday (later about that). Maybe it’s not all that unusual for you, vagabonds, but I’m not one of you. I usually spread out my flights throughout theContinue Reading

Best Western Rewards Credit Cards, Barclaycard Arrival New Bonus, AMEX Business Gold, I’m going to “FinCon16 and more.

  Updated my credit card bonuses pages. Best Credit Cards for Miles — Free Flights  Best Credit Cards for Points — Free Hotel Stays  But first the news! I have some affiliate links now I know, I know. And you Brutus… Well, the way I see it, if you want to support this blog (please do!)Continue Reading

ANA Secret Trick — Best FF Program for U.S. Travelers, Part 5

    Which is the Best Frequent Flyer Program for U.S. Travelers, Part 1 ANA Award Availability — The Best FF Program for U.S. Travelers, Part 2 ANA Awards Booking, Etihad Apartment, Routing Rules, and More — The Best FF Program for U.S. Travelers, Part 3 ANA Fuel Surcharge Is Gone… Kinda — Best FFContinue Reading

Delta Devaluation 2016: Book an Award Flight to India Before It’s Too Late

  Let me get this off my chest first Delta SkyMiles is the most dishonest and unethical major U.S. frequent flyer program. Always has been and probably always will. As a reminder, Delta doesn’t announce award changes anymore. They just change the redemption levels after a certain date. As a result, you don’t have aContinue Reading

Why Chase Sapphire Reserve Sucks or Revenge of a Nerd

  Do you really need another Chase Sapphire Reserve Review? Don’t you already know how fabulous, incredible, magnificent (insert an adjective of your choice here) this card is? Don’t you know that it’s a great moneymaker despite the cruel $450 fee, that it has a great trip protection coverage; hell, you do know how it’s the greatest thingContinue Reading

Safety in Rio in Light of Ryan Lochte Rio Olympic Shenanigans

  Ryan Lochte twitter hashtag is going insane. It’s hard not to see why. The Olympic gold medalist has been indicted for lying to the police. Things like this don’t happen every day. Even at these Olympics. And then Lochte memes were born. Washington Post has some nice samples. Rio is not an awfully safe city. Not byContinue Reading

New Fantastic Way to Redeem JetBlue Points at 2 Pennies

  Did you, guys, know that? If so, I apologize. I am NOT unfamiliar with the JetBlue TrueBlue program — in fact I’ve written killer reports on maximizing JetBlue values here, here, and here (yes, I’m humble, too), but I’ve never known you could get that much value out of their currency. And what a great wayContinue Reading

New Chase Ritz Carlton Bonus — Should You Apply?

  Now, usually when you see a question like that in the title on other blogs, it may mean only one thing — SURE! In this case, however, I honestly don’t know and could address this question to myself. Not that I can apply for the Ritz Carlton card, since I have had one forContinue Reading

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