Managing Points and Miles

Wow: Emirates ending First Class awards w/ partner miles in April

Emirates will no longer allow partner access to First Class awards as of April 1, 2021 according to the latest mileage statement from Alaska Mileage Plan. This is surprising and if true it is hugely...

Delta torpedoes SkyMiles value for partner awards

Earlier this week, Thrifty Traveler reported that Delta torpedoed the value of SkyMiles for partner award flights on a wide range of partners. This includes flights both to Europe and Asia and in some cases...

Planning for a miles & points afterlife

Don't worry, there's no bad news coming in this post. Rather, a presentation at the recent Chicago Seminars made me realize that if something ever happened to me, my family likely wouldn't have any...

Marriott extends free night certificates to August 2021

Today Marriott has announced an extension to free night certificates and travel package certificates as follows: Effective December 11, 2020, members who currently have a Free Night Award (FNA) that had an original expiration...

Great value for non-travel rewards (want stuff?)

Update 11/15/20: Transfers from Citi to Shop Your Way no longer have 20% bonus. Point transfers from Citi are no longer recommended. A couple of years ago a friend asked me which credit card she...

[Update] Join Nick & Stephen at the Chicago Seminars this Saturday, 10/17

Update: For those registered, there will be a bonus event tonight, Friday 10/16 at 6-9 Central. Speed networking, 3 rounds, attend 1, attend all 3 - up to you. Check the email you used...

Redeem Ultimate Rewards for Apple products at up to 1.5c per point

Looking for a new set of Airpods or Chase today unveiled a new benefit on their Ultimate Rewards cards whereby cardholders can redeem Ultimate Rewards points toward the purchase of Apple products at a...

(EXPIRED) 25% rebate on Radisson Rewards stays; 15% back on gift card redemptions

Radisson Rewards announced a promo today offering 25% of your points back on award stays booked from October 12 - 25, 2020 for stays through December 20, 2020. Also, you can get 15% of your points...

(EXPIRED) Etihad transfer bonuses: up to 30% bonus

Etihad Guest is offering transfer bonuses when you convert points from hotel programs and transferable currencies, with bonuses ranging from 20-30% depending on the partner from which you convert. This probably doesn't make sense...

Capital One offering miles for referrals (10K or 20K per referral up to 50K...

The Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card and Capital One® VentureOne® Rewards Credit Card are now offering Capital One "miles" for referring new customers. Interestingly, the bonuses are not necessarily standard: while my wife's account...

Chase “Pay Yourself Back” extended thru April 2021 & more cards added!

Chase has extended this awesome "Pay Yourself Back" feature through April 2021!  Additionally, they've added this feature to the Ink Business Preferred (but only for certain business spend and charities), and to the Freedom...

Miles, credits, and certs orphaned by COVID-19 (on my mind)

Yesterday I cancelled the last of my pre-pandemic travel bookings.  I had used Cathay Pacific miles to book a January 2021 flight: Japan Airlines first class to Sydney.  Maybe Cathay would have refunded my...

Chase Ultimate Rewards Complete Guide 2020

Chase Ultimate Rewards is a transferable points program available through a number of Chase cards.  In my comparison of transferable points programs, Chase Ultimate Rewards came out ahead of Amex Membership Rewards, Citi ThankYou...

Amex Transfer Partners: Which are Best?

Amex Membership Rewards points are transferable to many airline and hotel partners. Below you'll find a complete list of Amex transfer partners as well as quick tips for best uses. Tips Read all about Membership Rewards...

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