Author Archives: Andy Shuman

Marriott Category Changes 2021 Are 2 Days Away — Any Real Values?

  The short answer is “yes, but” … First, here is the link: Marriott Category Changes 2021 Our annual hotel category changes will take effect March 3, 2021. Review the list of changes below and decide how to maximize your points. If your favorite hotel is moving to a higher category, you can save pointsContinue Reading

State of the Credit 2021: FICO? What FICO?

  Your excellent FICO credit score is worth less nowadays than it used to 10  years ago. That’s the truth. Just thought I’d let everyone know. 🙂 I wrote this post mostly for newbies in response to a few emails I received in the last couple of months. But even if you’re a veteran youContinue Reading

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

  My previous posts on the cheapest miles to Europe and South America: Back to the Basics: Cheapest Miles to Europe in the Post-COVID-19 World Back to the Basics Part 2: Cheapest Miles to South America in the Post-COVID-19 World Let’s continue our quest on finding the best frequent miles values to different corners ofContinue Reading

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

Post-COVID-19 Travel: I Booked a Flight for 35,000-Miles in Business Class From JFK to Lisbon

  Back in January, Nick from Frequent Miler shared an amazing find: 35,000 Avianca miles for a TAP Portugal Business Class seat from New York to Lisbon. That’s really astonishing because a regular LifeMiles redemption rate between the U.S. and Europe is 63,000 miles. I would’ve snagged that ticket right away, but I needed toContinue Reading

Drastic Expedia Rewards Devaluation Is Coming: Act Soon!

  Loyalty program devaluations come in many shapes and forms. This is not the first Expedia Rewards devaluation, but it’s surely a huge one for its elite Gold members. Slightly over a year ago, the Citi Expedia credit card increased its Welcome Bonus to 70,000 points. It was a really great deal with a potentiallyContinue 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

Caesars Diamond Members — Get a Free Cruise in 2021 After a 2-Minute Status Match | PLUS Caesars and Tropicana Lounges Are Now Open in Atlantic City and More!

  Back in July New Jersey approved the $17.3 billion merger of Eldorado Resorts Inc. and Caesars Entertainment Corp. That created the largest casino company in the world, operating 55 casinos worldwide. Fine, you might counter, but what’s in it for me? Well, quite a few things, actually. If you’re a Caesars Rewards (formerly TotalContinue Reading

This 50% Off Iberia Avios Promotion — Now THAT’S a Unicorn!

  EXPIRED Update 8.25. According to Frequent Miler, the 50% off Iberia Avios Promotion is now officially working on both sides of the Atlantic!  My previous Iberia posts: You Can Still Fly to Europe in Iberia Business Class for 25,000 Points; and Award Space Is Fantastic — Plus Cheap Nonstop Flights to Barcelona Iberia BusinessContinue Reading

Caribbean Islands Are Reopening, but Where Can Americans REALLY Travel Right Now?

  UPDATE 8.18.2020 United States Virgin Islands are closed to leisure travelers effective 8.19.2020. Source. The U.S. Virgin Islands is closing to leisure visitors in an effort to contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The decision is effective Wednesday, August 19, and will last for a period of at least one month. Effective immediately, hotels, villas, Airbnb accommodations, guestContinue Reading

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