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.

139 Articles by Nick Ewen

Redeeming Ultimate Rewards Points for a Free Hotel Stay

Chase offers many different options for redeeming your Ultimate Rewards points, but some are better deals than others. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen shares his tips for getting the most out of this incredibly valuable currency. Flexible point currencies such as Chase Ultimate Rewards and American Express Membership Rewards can be a blessing and…

9 Low-Level Hyatt Properties that Make for Awesome Awards

Award travel enthusiasts often focus on earning first class flights and five-star hotels, but sometimes the best value can be found further down on the award chart. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen shares his favorite redemptions for lower-tier properties in the Hyatt Gold Passport program. The “top” awards tend to be the most expensive, but…

One Year of Earning and Burning with the Citi ThankYou Premier

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 too 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…

9 Wyndham Properties that Make for Awesome Award Redemptions

One complaint you won’t hear from award travel enthusiasts is that there aren’t enough places we want to go. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen stretches that list even further as he shares his favorite Wyndham properties for award redemptions. To borrow from a well-known phrase, value is in the eye of the beholder. This is especially…

9 Ways to Earn More Points and Miles by Double Dipping

To maximize your travel, it’s important to squeeze all the rewards you can out of each opportunity. In this post, TPG Senior Point & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains some strategies for boosting your loyalty account balances by earning from more than one source at a time. Through flights, hotel stays, credit card sign-up bonuses and everyday purchases, you…

A Year of Earning and Burning with Chase Ink Plus

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 too many new accounts. So today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen demonstrates how even a single card can give you access to free flights, hotel nights and more….

How Do FoundersCard Hotel Benefits Compare to Amex FH&R?

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains how to find the best rates and get more for your money by using FoundersCard hotel benefits. As the saying goes, “You get what you pay for.” I’ve found that this is especially applicable to most premium travel and credit card products. Even though cards like Citi…

8 Reasons to Get the United MileagePlus Explorer Card

Some travel rewards credit cards have strong sign-up bonuses, while others have useful ongoing benefits. In this post, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains how one co-branded United Airlines card fits into both categories. Last week, Chase and United Airlines announced a new offer for the United MileagePlus Explorer Card. For a limited time, you can earn 50,000…

9 Low-Level Starwood Properties that Make for Awesome Awards

Award travel enthusiasts often focus on earning first class flights and five-star hotels, but sometimes the best value can be found further down on the award chart. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen shares his favorite redemptions for lower-tier properties in the Starwood Preferred Guest program. The “top” awards tend to be the most expensive, but…