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

So You Want to Become an Air Courier to Save on Air Fare?

  When I came to America in 1992, there was one important thing I had and an equally important thing I didn’t. I had a burning desire to travel the world, and – I should probably use the word but – I didn’t have any money. 🙁 Before I discovered credit cards, frequent flyer miles, andContinue 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

First National Bank of Long Island: $1,000 Checking Account Bonus With a $2,000 Deposit (Brooklyn Only)

First National Bank of Long Island is “celebrating” the recent opening of its new branch in Bay Ridge, by offering a $1,000 bonus for new accounts. This is not the first time FNBLI has made a big splash. 2 months ago, it offered $500 bonuses for new personal and business accounts all over NYC andContinue 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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