What Does a Sleight-of-Hand Look Like in the World of Miles and Points

Here is an idea. Show people a big enough number and they’ll fall for it head over heels. At least this seems to be the premise behind the new Chase Avios card offer. Get 120,000 British Airways Avios in the first year of cardmembership for spending $30,000. I personally love Avios! Now, I would neverContinue Reading

Can Award Travel Cancellation Fees Cost You More Than Award Travel?

I’m sure each of us has experienced these dreadful moments when things are seriously not going our way. If traveling is an integral part of your life; if you’ve spend weeks if not months in anticipation; if you have worked pretty hard at putting everything together, it sucks when you realize you’re grounded. You feel likeContinue Reading

Aspirational Marriott Properties, Category 8: My Curated List of the Best Redemptions — Part 11

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 Part 6: MarriottContinue Reading

I Think I’ve Cracked the IHG Devaluation 2019 Algorithm

The IHG devaluation 2019 was supposed to have gone into effect yesterday, but somebody leaked the devaluation list, and now it’s been postponed until January 25. It’s kind of funny how these leaks find their way into the public domain – if memory serves me, the IHG devaluation 2018 list was also leaked around theContinue Reading

Part 10: My Curated List of the Best Cheap Categories Marriott Hotels in Asia

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 Part 6: MarriottContinue Reading

My Annual State of the Hobby Address and Happy 2019 New Year!

In 2018, the credit card attrition war among U.S. plastic giants has kept raging on, knocking down old barriers, and creating new amazing, mind-blowing opportunities. Yes, things have gotten harder for veterans of this venerable hobby. But for the newbies they’ve gotten more awesome. Yes, the space have become more crowded and even more complicated.Continue Reading

My Atlantic City Status Match Adventure — Update: New Casino Tier Match Opportunity and Total Rewards Diamond Fails to Deliver

My Atlantic City Status Match Adventure — Part 1: What’s Still Working and What Is Not My Atlantic City Status Match Adventure — Part 2: Total Rewards Diamond Benefits IN DEPTH! My Atlantic City Status Match Adventure — Part 3: MGM M life Gold Benefits IN DEPTH! My Atlantic City Status Match Adventure — PartContinue Reading

Part 9: My Curated List of the Best Cheap Categories Marriott Hotels in Africa (Except SA)

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 Part 6: MarriottContinue Reading

Part 8: My Curated List of the Best Cheap Marriott Rewards/Protea Hotels in South Africa

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 Part 6: MarriottContinue Reading

Part 7: My Curated List of the Best Cheap Marriott Rewards Hotels in Europe (Except 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 Part 6:Continue Reading

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