Nick Ewen

Senior Points & Miles Correspondent

Nick Ewen
Nick Ewen has always loved traveling, but his passion for seeing the world took off after a college semester studying abroad in London and traveling throughout Europe. After graduating from Wake Forest University with a degree in business and theater and completing a two-year commitment with Teach For America in Las Vegas, he joined the ranks of the traveling consultants, regularly racking up over 100,000 miles in the air and 100+ nights in hotels every year.

Nick's desire to make the most of every point & mile he earned led him to The Points Guy, and the strategies he’s learned have taken him to over two dozen countries, traveling in first or business class and staying in luxury hotels for next to nothing. Favorite destinations include New Zealand, the Seychelles, Bali, and Istanbul.

Nick and his wife Lillian live in Florida and recently welcomed their first child, Evelyn Elizabeth, who undoubtedly will follow in her dad’s footsteps and become a full-fledged points & miles enthusiast. Nick became one of the site’s first contributors in 2012, writing initially about Hilton HHonors and since expanding to cover credit cards, elite status, and the occasional travel lifestyle post. His posts typically appear every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday each week.

164 Articles by Nick Ewen

One Year of Earning & Burning with the Wyndham Rewards Visa

I often discuss how helpful credit card sign-up bonuses and spending can be for earning award travel, but some readers are intimidated by the idea of opening many new accounts. So today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen demonstrates how much even a single card can offer you in travel rewards. Award travel can be a daunting hobby to take up, especially when…

Reminder: Delta Amex Increased Sign-Up Bonuses End June 30

Earlier this month, American Express announced increased sign-up bonuses for three of its co-branded Delta SkyMiles credit cards. These offers expire on June 30, so if you’re planning to apply for the Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card, Gold Delta SkyMiles Business Credit Card or Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card, now is the time to act! Here’s a…

3 Airline Programs That Let You Hold Award Reservations

Redeeming miles isn’t always easy, so anything that can facilitate the award-booking process is more than welcome. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains one strategy that can help you zero in on the itinerary you want even if your plans are still up in the air. In an ideal world, your travel plans, mileage account balances and…

How to Use Domestic Upgrade Awards on AA, United & Delta

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains how you can get good value (and great legroom) out of your miles by using them to upgrade your next domestic flight. We tend to focus on full award redemptions here at The Points Guy. However, if you’re a casual traveler without huge balances in…

Dynamic Currency Conversion and Why You Should Avoid It

A great way to maximize your travel is to minimize your costs. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains how you can avoid spending money you don’t intend to while traveling abroad. When you travel, there are many ways to be ripped off. You might find an unscrupulous tour operator or an unlicensed taxi (like the one I encountered in…

How Citi’s Price Rewind Benefit Can Save You Big Bucks

In addition to earning points and miles, an easy way to keep travel affordable is to get the best price on your other purchases, since every dollar you save is one you can spend on your next vacation. In this post, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains how one Citi card benefit can help you do both at…

New AAdvantage Routing Rule Opens Awards to Australia

In this post, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains how a recent update to the AAdvantage program offers frequent flyers another option for finding award space to Australia. Just last week, American Airlines announced new nonstop service from LAX to Sydney starting December 17, 2015. Unfortunately, these flights are not yet bookable (with either…

5,000 Bonus Hilton HHonors Points Per Stay Through July 6th

In this post, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains Hilton’s new promotion, which offers a good chunk of bonus points for each of your upcoming stays. Hilton HHonors has been on a roll lately. Between extending its Double Your HHonors promotion through August 31 and offering an increased sign-up bonus on the Citi…

How to Earn Delta Medallion Elite Status Without Flying

Earning elite status with airlines can pay off handsomely (especially at the higher tiers), but it usually requires a lot of revenue flying. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen offers alternate strategies for gaining status with Delta even if you don’t plan to step on board. Over the last few years, Delta has removed…

How the HotelUpgrade App Can Earn You Bonus Points and Perks

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks at a new app designed to boost your rewards and improve your experience during hotel stays. I’m a big fan of technology and the various apps that make my travels easier. It seems like new releases are always popping up, from hotel apps to airline…