Award Booking

New Hilton Maldives property opening 7/1, awards wide open

Thrifty Traveler flags the fact that there is a brand new Hilton property opening in the Maldives on July 1st, 2022 and awards are wide open, with nearly every day on the calendar available for an award stay...

Gambling on a speculative point transfer bonus

Whenever there is a juicy point transfer bonus, some readers inevitably ask if it's a good idea to transfer their points "now" because of the good bonus. Our answer is always a firm "no",...

(EXPIRED) 25% Transfer Bonus from AMEX Membership Rewards to Air France/KLM Flying Blue

American Express Membership Rewards has added a 25% transfer bonus for Air France/KLM, becoming the third major issuer to add a 25% bonus to Flying Blue within the last month(see also: Chase, Citi). Given AMEX's...

Great ways to save money or miles on flights

With airfare prices going sky high these days, it was high time for me to update this post. This post is intended to be a quick lookup guide.  Before you book a flight, skim...

Unsung sweet spot: Flying Blue for Air Europa flights

With the current point transfer bonuses to Air France KLM Flying Blue, we recently republished a post about Flying Blue sweet spots. I've got a couple of trips to Europe tentatively on the books...

A work-around for Virgin Atlantic’s grayed out “Points” search

Here's a solution to a problem that I expect relatively few readers will encounter or care about.  But those who have run into it have no doubt been extremely frustrated.  When using Virgin Atlantic's...

Grand Hyatt SFO: A terrific hotel connected to San Francisco’s airport

Recently, my wife and I had a 5:40am flight out of San Francisco's airport (SFO) and so we booked the night before at the Grand Hyatt SFO.  The Grand Hyatt is connected by SkyTrain...

Sweet spot awards that I actually use [On Greg’s Mind]

We frequently post about great deals using points & miles, and we refer to these as "sweet spot awards."  Some of these are almost unbelievably great.  For example, the ability to book ANA First...

Air France / KLM Flying Blue sweet spots for award travel

Flying Blue sweet spots have been more difficult to define than those in other programs ever since Air France and KLM ditched the Flying Blue award chart in favor of variable award pricing. However,...

Best uses for Virgin Atlantic points (Sweet Spot Spotlight)

Virgin Atlantic points are super easy to get.  For example, you can sign up for the Virgin Atlantic credit card (which often has a 65K welcome bonus) and then average more than 2 cents...

A trick for viewing the Flying Blue award calendar

Air France / KLM Flying Blue miles are super easy to get. You can transfer 1 to 1 from any major transferable points currency: Amex, Capital One, Chase, Citi, Bilt, or even Brex.  Even...

(EXPIRED) 15% transfer bonus Amex Membership Rewards to Avianca LifeMiles

Avianca LifeMiles is offering a 15% bonus on miles transferred from American Express Membership Rewards.   The Deal Get 15% bonus miles when transferring points from Amex Membership Rewards to Avianca LifeMiles. Valid May 1 to May...

Choice’s Cambria Hotel Gems (Great value with Citi points!)

Ever since Citi added the ability to double your points when transferring to Choice Privileges (details here), I've been on the hunt for great uses of Choice points.  Towards that end, I've looked at...

El Capitan Hotel Merced California: Bottom Line Review

Last week, I tagged along with my wife to Merced where she had been invited to deliver a talk at the University of California Merced.  We spent three nights at Hyatt's El Capitan Hotel...

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