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Best in Miles, Points, Credit Cards, Travel and More: Around the Web Aug 29 — Sep 4 2021



Here are some interesting points, miles, credit cards and other travel-related articles and posts from around the blogosphere.


Everyone and their mother has told you about the new 12 transfer bonuses from American Express. But only yours truly has offered an actionable post on the best bonuses you might actually want to use. Will you forgive me for touting my own horn here? Please! 🙂

Can’t Choose From 12 AmEx Transfer Bonuses? Here Are the Best 3! 

I don’t normally care about fare deals between certain pairs of cities, but this fare discovered by Dans Deals is an exceptional find, IMHO.

American: Fly Nonstop Standard Economy Between Miami And Los Angeles For Just $86-$96 Or 5.6K Points Round-Trip!

I have a couple of Chase 5/24 spots open still, so I’ve been considering two United cards, but in all seriousness, United has devalued its program so badly in recent years that I just don’t know what I’ll do with their miles. For what United wants for one-way travel I can book a round trip with ANA or Avianca, considering all transfer bonuses. Andrew Kunesh has written a thorough review of the latest devaluations, so I’m kind of glad to see that I’m not the only one who finds United’s MileagePlus almost irrelevant these days. I like to use it for Star partners research, though.

Pandemic-era devaluations: What’s happened to frequent flyer miles and what may come next


The title says it all.

The Main Issue With The New Hilton Breakfast Program? Hotels Aren’t Following The Rules!

Danny the Deal Guru reports about a new Hilton Curio Collection hotel in Santorini slated to open in Spring 2022. The 38-room property will feature a terrace with a private pool or hot tub for every room. It’ll be interesting to see how many dates they’ll make available for award redemptions (I’ll safely go with none).

Hilton to Debut in Santorini with Luxury Beachfront Resort

Now from the horse’s mouth. And you thought Radisson split the company to serve you better, LOL.

Radisson CEO Divulges Why Company Had to Split in Two

Another interesting piece from Skift. I remember being surprised back in the 2000s when a hotel executive told me that room service is more often than not a loss leader in the industry. You mean a cold sandwich you deliver three hours later while charging me like it was a filet mignon doesn’t make you any money? Huh!

Why Grubhub Took Over Room Service at Resorts World Las Vegas

Here is another interesting story about the future of hotel space. Of course selling rooms “to work from” is nothing new, but this might be a new interesting trend with a corresponding new revenue stream (or not).

The new hospitality: On selling place not space.

Credit cards

Charles Schwab was supposed to reduce the AmEx cashout to 1.1 cent on Sep 1, but it hasn’t materialized. We’ll see if the 1.25 cents per point still stands on Monday.

Having FOMO On The Charles Schwab Cashout? It Is Still 1.25 Cents Per Point!

Another mammoth Frequent Miler’s piece covering every nook and cranny of Citi ThankYou.

How to use your Citi ThankYou point fortune

It’s a jungle out there, guys! Be careful. 🙂

Chase shuts down my wife a 3rd time

These Doctor of Credit posts can be helpful if you’re targeted.


This is definitely a move in the right direction. Hawaii is a tourist mecca for Americans. Maybe this will convince at least some folks to get their shots finally.

Honolulu to Introduce Vaccine Passports for Leisure Activities

I was surprised to find out that Gary supports using masks on planes. I had an impression that he believes planes are so safe that masks aren’t needed. In truth, I pretty much agree with his conclusion that using proper masks makes all the difference (vs. bandanas and other home solutions), and the study he links to in the post clearly confirms it.

And yet, some comments just made me shake my head in disbelief. As long as masks don’t protect 100% (and nothing in the world protect anyone 100%) no evidence is good enough for the anti-mask crowd. But even among all other comments this remark takes the cake.

I only wear a mask if I absolutely have to. And wear it as loose as possible. I’m over it and would never consider wearing one just to protect others. Not my problem.

Nice, huh?

How Well Do Masks Work When You Travel?

Other tidbits

Here is another tier-matching opportunity in Atlantic City. I’ve covered these tier-matches before and benefited from them nicely. For one thing, it’s a 2-hour drive away for us, and for all its decay and feel of abandonment, Atlantic City is one place where my wife and my mom love to go, LOL. This latest opportunity is a good one if it actually works.

Free Cruise and 2 Nights at Wynn LV? New Merry Go Round Add-On! (Atlantic City)

I used to love skiing. But I never learned how to do it right, so one unfortunate fall in the Hunters landed me with a badly twisted knee. I was immobilized for about 2 weeks, and after that I decided to call it quits. That was about 12 years ago, yet every now and then I see one of these skiing posts and … get tempted for a few minutes.

Ikon vs Epic Pass: What’s the Best Ski Pass for 2021-22?

Last week on TBB

Best of Web: Afghanistan Failure, Shadowy International Education Business, 30 Rules Truths Beliefs, Shipwrecked, Covid-19 Cases Heat Map

My favorites:

  • The Shadowy Business of International Education — a piece about greed, lies and higher education.
  • Shipwrecked: A Shocking Tale of Love, Loss, and Survival in the Deep Blue Sea — I agree, what a story!

Most Beautiful Beaches, Government Speculation, Covid Long Haulers, River Runner

What’s good? Pretty much everything. Here are the articles I liked the most.

  • The US War in Afghanistan 1999-2021 — an epic timeline, really!
  • Atlantic’s Long-Haulers Are Fighting for Their Future
  • Some Thoughts on My Experience Getting Covid
  • River Runner. Click to drop a raindrop anywhere in the contiguous United States and watch where it ends up. (I agree, very cool!)

And now just for fun

Why are people laughing in this video?

Hint: It’s not the comedian.

Featured photo: by Riho Kroll on Unsplash


Back to the Basics: Cheapest Miles to Europe in the Post-COVID-19 World

    UPDATED 12.21.2020 (see Cheapest miles to Europe in Economy, #2) Whether you’ve noticed or not, I’ve taken a hell of a sabbatical lately on my blog. I’ve been fortunate so far because while I’ve lost some writing gigs, they’ve been mostly replaced by others. But I haven’t traveled since February, and my heartContinue Reading

Back to the Basics Part 2: Cheapest Miles to South America in the Post-COVID-19 World

  My previous post on the best airline programs to fly to Europe: Back to the Basics: Cheapest Miles to Europe in the Post-COVID-19 World December 10, 2020 is a big day. Mark your calendar. On that day the CDC will decide the fate of the emergency authorization of the new Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine.Continue Reading

The World of Hyatt Devaluation 2019: Part 2 —Sweet Spots to Book Before March 18

The World of Hyatt Devaluation 2019: Part 1 — New Sweet Spots 130 World of Hyatt hotels are moving to a higher award category on March 18 , 2019. You still have one month to redeem your award stays at the current rate. Keep in mind that if you make any changes to your reservationsContinue Reading

American Express 40% Transfer Bonus: Fly to Europe in Coach for 10,000 and in Business for 23,000 Points

  UPDATED: I’ve thoroughly revised/rewritten this post because of the new American Express 40% Transfer Bonus and other changes. American Express is offering a 40% transfer bonus to British Airways, Aer Lingus, and Iberia frequent flyer programs. I’ll refrain from covering the British Airways Avios because the BA Executive Club program has been covered adContinue Reading

Miles and Points Strategy for Light Credit Card Users Who Love to Travel

  If you are a reluctant credit card user with a reasonably thick credit file, banks want you. Badly! It’s like that joke, remember?  How banks love giving loans to people who don’t need them. Same thing. Banks hope you will become loyal and spend lots of dough on their credit card so they canContinue Reading

Singapore First Class Suites from the U.S. Are Available Again

  I checked JFK–SIN (via Frankfurt) availability for the next April and May and found at least 8 dates each month, with 2 seats available for most flights. Some other months are available too, but only 2-3 dates. I also checked LAX—SIN (via Tokyo) albeit cursory and found some sporadic availability, too. As a reminder,Continue Reading

Will the Extension of the Chase 5/24 Rule Change the Way You Fly?

  Per Doctor of Credit, the Chase 5/24 rule has gotten extended to most of Chase cards, including co-branded products, as well. The rule is ridiculous, no matter how you look at it. Counting authorized users is utterly counter-productive and a bit sleazy, too. You encourage your cardholders to add authorized users every step of the way,Continue Reading

Ultimate Credit Card Airline Transfer Programs Visuals — in Fake Subway Maps

  The other day I stumbled upon an excellent post from a fellow blogger about fake subway maps infographics (I wish, I saved the link when I got it off Twitter, but I didn’t, sorry). I don’t know which rock I’ve lived under for the last few years, but until I checked them out, I’d never thoughtContinue Reading

AMEX PRG 50K Bonus — What on Earth is AMEX Smoking?

  UPDATE 1/17/15 Just filled out the application for my cousin, and he did get the card. He has had a few AMEX credit cards, but not the PRG. He also has an AMEX Hilton card right now. That confirms my suspicion that the AMEX’ new policy language for this card is baloney!  After filling outContinue Reading

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