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.

179 Articles by Nick Ewen

Comprehensive Guide to Canceling Airline Award Tickets

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen runs through award ticket cancellation policies for major airlines, and explains what you can do to minimize or avoid change fees altogether. Booking airline award tickets is more of an art than a science. You may often want to make an award reservation before you’re even sure that you’ll…

Why All Award Travelers Should Earn Transferable Points

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen shares the story of how a recent point transfer saved the day (and his travel budget), and explains why transferable points should be the focus of your award travel strategy. Flexibility can be your biggest ally in the points and miles game. You’ll often find award inventory by changing…

One Year of Earning & Burning with the Marriott 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 a single card can offer you in travel rewards. Award travel can be a daunting hobby to take up, especially when it…

Up to 4,000 United Bonus Miles with All Day Recess Promotion

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explores a great new promotion from the United Airlines shopping portal, which is offering elevated earning rates, spending bonuses and more. As I’ve written about before, airline shopping portals are a great way to boost your earnings on everyday purchases with a variety of online retailers. These…

6 Low-Level Club Carlson Hotels that Make for Awesome Awards

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

Earning Elite-Qualifying Miles with the Citi Executive Card

I love having AAdvantage Executive Platinum, but not everyone flies enough to earn or maintain elite status each year. However, there are other options. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen discusses how you can collect elite-qualifying miles with some strategic spending. If you’re not already aware, the Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard is…

Airline Elite Status Match and Challenge Options for the Rest of 2015

Elite airline status provides a lot of great perks, but earning it takes determination. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks at ways to circumvent the usual qualification requirements by way of status matches and challenges. We’ve officially reached the halfway point of 2015! With just six months left to (re)qualify for elite status,…

How to Use 82,500 AA Miles from the Citi Executive Card

I like to have a plan for my points and miles, so whenever I’m contemplating a big credit card sign-up bonus, I try to think about how I would use it. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explores some lucrative award travel options for anyone considering the current offer for Citi’s premium AAdvantage card. Last week, Citi announced…

The 10 Most Popular Hilton HHonors Redemptions by Citi Cardholders

If you’ve ever wondered how other travel rewards enthusiasts spend their points, today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen examines ten Hilton properties that are highly sought after by certain HHonors members. I’m always fascinated to hear how others redeem their hard-earned points and miles. Every once in a while, I’ll take a…

What is Alaska Airlines MVP Elite Status Worth?

As we enter the second half of 2015, many frequent flyers are having to decide just how much they value elite benefits. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks at Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan elite status, and sets out to quantify each benefit in order to make those decisions easier. At the end…