Nick Ewen

Senior Points & Miles Contributor

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.

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336 Articles by Nick Ewen

Strategies for Meeting Your Elite Status Goals in 2016

With the halfway point of 2016 fast approaching, it’s crucial to have your elite status qualification strategy nailed down. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen shares some of the top tips for meeting revenue, segment and elite-qualifying mile requirements. We are coming up on the midpoint of 2016, so with almost half of…

The 4 Best Credit Cards for an Atlanta-Based Traveler

There are plenty of great rewards-earning credit cards to choose from, but depending on where you live and which airlines best serve your hub airport, some of them are better choices than others. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen takes a look at the top options for travelers flying out of Atlanta….

The Best 5 Credit Cards for a New York-Based Traveler

There are plenty of great rewards-earning credit cards to choose from, but depending on where you live and which airlines best serve your hub airport, some of them are better choices than others. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen takes a look at the top options for travelers flying out of New…

Should You Get the Gold or Platinum Delta Amex Card?

With Delta currently offering increased sign-up bonuses, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen compares the elevated options with the goal of determining which make the most sense for you. Earlier this month, we wrote about increased sign-up bonuses on the Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express and the Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from…

Why You Should Add Authorized Users on Your Citi Prestige

The Citi Prestige Card is one of several premium credit cards that offer several great perks in exchange for a high annual fee. Today, Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen explains how you can get even more value out of this product by adding authorized users who can utilize most of the same benefits….

6 Reasons Why Hotel Elite Status Isn’t Always Worth It

Holding mid- or top-tier status with a hotel loyalty program can lead to perks such as bonus points and free upgrades, but as TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen explains, it’s not always necessary. The points and miles hobby can be both a blessing and a curse. Sure, it’s wonderful to experience top-notch…

6 Reasons to Get the Citi AAdvantage Executive Card

TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen explores the top perks that make it worth signing up for the Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard, which is currently offering an elevated sign-up bonus. As we wrote about earlier this month, the Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard is currently offering an increased sign-up…

Hotel Elite Status Match and Challenge Plans for 2016

Status matches and challenges are great opportunities to fast-track your way to elite perks within various hotel programs, and luckily most of the major brands offer such programs. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen takes a look at the currently available options. We are well into 2016, which means the clock is ticking…

Review: Andaz 5th Avenue, New York City

TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen and his family recently spent one night at the Andaz 5th Avenue in New York City. Read on for his impressions. (All photos are by the author.) I grew up just outside New York City and when my wife and I decided to take Evy up to see the family…

Maximizing Stopovers and Open Jaws on Award Tickets in 2016

When it comes to the points and miles hobby, “free” award flights are often the goal. However, knowing the ins and outs of each frequent flyer program’s rules can help you maximize your redemptions by adding in additional destinations via stopovers and/or open jaws. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen explains how below….