This past Wednesday we had another fun evening answering questions from readers. For instance we had a surprisingly hard time narrowing down the options for a reader who asked which credit cards make the most sense for international economy flights (27:33 ), and Greg spilled the beans on why he doesn’t like flying Southwest (25:54).
Watch the full episode above, or click the timestamps below to navigate directly to a specific question within YouTube.
03:34 – Hey Nick, now that you’ve traveled on a few “free” cruises, what info did you learn along the journey that you wish you had known about from the very beginning?
06:10 – Greg how is the buyers group experiment going?
11:05 – I wanted to offer a counterpoint to your recent Southwest CPP post with the companion pass. How can IHG points ever be worth more than 0.5 cpp? Let’s say you redeemed 100,000 IHG points for a hotel stay that was priced at $2,000 (or 2cpp per usual calculations). However, those 100,000 points can be bought easily for $500 many months out of the year. shouldn’t you only say that you got 0.5 cpp out of that because anyone could have bought 100,000 points for $500, and subsequently redeemed it for our $2,000 hotel?
18:15 – How do you utilize local banks and credit unions in this hobby if at all?
21:23 – How many times can I upgrade a Freedom card to a Sapphire Card and downgrade again before Chase gets upset?
23:14 – Best Maldives property. Hyatt or Hilton Conrad or Hilton WA or something else?
27:33 – What is the best airline credit card for international economy class travelers?
35:02 – Would you sign up for a new card if you were going to be financing a car in the next month or so?
36:18 – Thoughts on LH biz (747-400 upper deck, for what it’s worth)? I grabbed an award because it was the exact date I needed. Not exactly excited about it, but I’ll never complain about business class.
37:43 – Best hotel co-branded card – Hilton Aspire or Ritz Carlton?
41:35 – How does the 1.54 Cents Per Point AMEX BIZ PLAT cash back trick work?
43:17 – Based on your article about Bonvoy signup bonuses, it seems to suggest that if you currently hold a Ritz Carlton card you cannot get the signup bonus for the Bevy card. Did I interpret this right?
44:13 – How do we get free nights at Fairmont Properties in Canada? I know they shut down the credit card years ago, but is Fairmont similar to Four Seasons where there isn’t a way to redeem points?
49:40 – Looking to start earning Wyndham points, for Vacasa…. what’s a better path? Citi or CapOne?
52:32 – Getting started on American miles. What would your credit card strategy be?
53:30 – Is it worth mattress running 11 cat1 nights at a local Hyatt (38,500 pts) for guaranteed suites for 2 wks in HKG? I’ve never had or used any SUAs. Thx!
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