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Vacasa success: Entire cabin booked for 15K Wyndham points per night (transferred from Capital...

Vacasa Vacation Rentals is my new favorite use for Capital One miles. I haven't checked in for my first stay with them yet, but this week I successfully made my first booking and I'm...

Hyatt Alila Marea Beach Resort Encinitas. Bottom Line Review.

After falling in love with the Alila Ventana Big Sur, I was excited to try out another of the three Alila hotels in the U.S. (the third is Alila Napa Valley).  Alila Marea is...

Huge if true: Convert Capital One cash back to miles by moving rewards

In response to my post this morning about the ascending value of Capital One's rewards program, a reader commented to note a couple of fascinating data points indicating that cash back rewards earned on the...
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Transferable Points Programs: Amex vs Chase vs Citi vs Capital One vs Brex

This Report Card for Transferable Points Programs post has been updated to account for Capital One adding a new 1 to 1 transfer tier and additional partners.  Nick recently posted his preferences, and so...

A new transferable currency hierarchy (on Nick’s mind)

Before this week, I think that most points and miles enthusiasts would have easily placed Amex Membership Rewards points and Chase Ultimate Rewards points indisputably at the top of the transferable currency world (we...

A second look at Radisson – did it actually get much better?

Yesterday, we reported on the unveiling of the new Radisson Hotels Americas program and award chart. My first reaction upon reading the details and skimming the award chart was downright negative (See: Bad news:...

Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain Tucson. Bottom Line Review.

Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain is a small full-service resort nestled in the mountains northwest of Tucson, Arizona.  I booked our stay with a 7-night Marriott category 6 travel package certificate, bought years ago when...

Capital One “Miles” no longer make me mad (on my mind)

Big news today from Capital One!  As Nick detailed earlier today, Capital One "miles" now transfer 1 to 1 to several airline and hotel programs.  They've also added a few new transfer partners including...

Capital One ups their game, adds Turkish and some 1:1 partners, airport lounges

After all these years, it turns out mom and dad were right all along. Despite my advice, my parents have long insisted that they only needed a single Capital One credit card that earns 2...

New IHG Sweet Spot: Dynamic Pricing + 4th Night Free For Huge Savings

Update 4/18/21: Seeing as IHG has been playing games with dynamic pricing recently (see this post and this subsequent update), I thought it'd be worth resurfacing this post which shows how to take advantage...

The revised Platinum card coming soon (like it or not)

Are you ready to pay $695 a year to hold a shiny credit card? Are other issuers going to follow suit? What is the deal with this incredible annual fee creep on the ultra-premium...

Nick cancelled a Turkish award ticket to Hawaii today; here’s how it went

I was so excited last fall when I found three saver business class seats on the nonstop United flight from Newark to Honolulu -- and on a (convenient) Sunday morning! I was quick to get it...

Turkish Miles & Smiles Complete Guide

A few years ago, we were the first blog to uncover the killer story with Turkish Miles & Smiles that you can fly one-way within the United States -- including to/from Alaska and Hawaii...

Surviving the car rental apocalypse by stepping outside the box

A few weeks ago, we published a post highlighting what is being dubbed by some as a car rental apocalypse. Over the past few months, we have seen more and more reports from travelers...

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