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Saturday Recap: Citi Executive AAdvantage World Mastercard 100,000 Mile Bonus, Boost Or Renew Your American Elite Status, Virgin Atlantic Transfer Ratio To Hilton HHonors Devaluation, Hyatt Credit Card Winter Points Promo & More

February 1, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week: Reminder – Citi Executive AAdvantage World Mastercard Bonus Up To 100,000 Miles: Citi launched a 100,000 mile bonus on this card which you can earn when you spend $10,000 in the first 3 months; in addition, you can receive $200 in statement […]

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Hotel WiFi – Where It’s Free and What Elite Status You Need

January 30, 2014

In this day and age, having WiFi during hotel stays is essential, whether it be for business, personal use, or simply convenience. This is especially true when traveling abroad and wanting to avoid expensive data roaming charges for your personal devices. However, many hotel chains, especially the higher-end ones, still do not offer free WiFi, […]

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Virgin Atlantic Transfer Ratio to Hilton HHonors Devaluing 25% February 6

January 28, 2014

After Hilton HHonors’ big points devaluation last year where some award night rates shot up as much as 95%, many members of the program were looking for ways to boost their HHonors accounts for new, higher-priced redemptions, and one of the best workarounds was to transfer Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles to Hilton HHonors points […]

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Saturday Recap: Bonus Miles And Discounts On Turkish Airlines, Marriott Rewards Referral Bonus Points, JetBlue Promos, Rocketmiles Valentine’s Bonus and More

January 25, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week. Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles Offers 50% Bonus Miles and 25% Off Awards: The Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles Program has two offers for flights taken in February 2014. You can earn 50% bonus on award miles on select domestic and international flights, and Turkish […]

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Hilton HHonors Launches Weekend Rewards Promotion February-April 2014

January 22, 2014

Hilton HHonors has just opened registration of its first 2014 promotion. The “Weekend Rewards” promo runs February 1 – April 30, 2014. Members will earn 1,000 bonus points for every night they stay and an additional 5,000 bonus points for every weekend stay of two nights or more for a total potential of 9,000 points […]

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Top 11 New Hotels To Check Out in 2014

January 14, 2014

A new year means it’s time to check out some of the newest hotels around the world, including many where you can earn and redeem your hotel points. Some are open already, some have opening dates set for the coming months, and a few will hopefully open their doors by the end of the year […]

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Hotel Review: King Spa Water Villa at the Conrad Maldives Hotel on Rangali Island

January 2, 2014

This is the latest post in the series from my recent “Around the World” trip to the Maldives, India and Dubai. Follow along to read my reviews on several different aspects of my trip. Other posts in this series include:Quick Singapore Layover & Singapore Airlines A330 Business Class to Male, Maldives, Flight Review: EVA Air […]

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Saturday Recap: Delta Announces New Routes, US Airways Extends Status Through March 2014, Register For Starwood Bonus Promotion, Earn Bonus Points For Opening An Air India Flying Returns Account And More

December 21, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Delta Announces Route Expansion Between Seattle and San Jose: Starting on May 20, 2014, Delta will be adding new daily nonstop flights to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport from San Jose International Airport and Juneau International Airport. They will also add a flight from Ted […]

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Hotel Review: King Deluxe Beach Villa At The Conrad Maldives Hotel On Rangali Island

December 19, 2013

This is the latest post in the series from my recent “Around the World” trip to the Maldives, India and Dubai. Follow along to read my reviews on several different aspects of my trip. Other posts in this series include: Quick Singapore Layover & Singapore Airlines A330 Business Class to Male, Maldives, Flight Review: EVA […]

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Reminder: American Express 33% Hilton Transfer Bonus Through January

December 18, 2013

While American Express Membership Rewards points – the points you earn on cards like the Premier Rewards Gold, Business Gold Rewards and Platinum cards – usually transfer to Hilton HHonors points at a ratio of 1 Amex point to 1.5 Hilton points, but now through January 31, 2014, there is a 33% transfer bonus, which […]

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Advance Upgrade Options for My Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Stay and Seaplane Transfer Costs

December 17, 2013

This post is a continuation of my Maldives Trip Report: EVA Royal Laurel business class from JFK to Taipei , Singapore Airlines to Male International Airport, Hulhule Island Hotel Why I Decided to Stay at the Conrad Rangali Island vs. Other Top Resorts In March, Hilton Honors drastically devalued their program- raising some standard redemption […]

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Hilton HHonors Surpass Card Bonus Hits 75,000 Points

December 16, 2013

With last year’s launch of the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve card, American Express – which offers the Hilton Amex and the Hilton Surpass card – was forced to rethink its Hilton co-branded credit card strategy. First Amex revamped the bonus spending categories so that the card now earns the following: 12 points per $1 at […]

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Saturday Recap: 50% More Points When Buying JetBlue Points, 3,000 AAdvantage Miles for Shopping, 50,000 Mile Barclaycard Lufthansa Bonus, and More

December 14, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Get Up to 50% More When Buying Jet Blue Points: When you buy or gift TrueBlue points, you or your recipient will receive a percentage of bonus points based on the amount purchased, now through December 31, 2013. Points can normally be purchased […]

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Flight Review: Trans Maldivian Airways Seaplane from Male to Rangali Island

December 10, 2013

On my trip down to the Maldives earlier this month, I had a bit of a long itinerary in order to arrive there. I had redeemed 60,000 United miles and $24.20 to fly EVA Royal Laurel business class from JFK to Taipei and had a short layover there before taking another 4.5-hour flight on EVA […]

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Top 10 New Year’s Eve Destinations That Have Points Availability

December 3, 2013

Thanksgiving is already over and Christmas and New Year’s Eve will be upon us before you know it, if you haven’t booked a spot already – then it is definitely time to start thinking about where you are going to ring in 2014. For today’s Top 10, I am going to cover some great hotels […]

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Saturday Recap: Earn 25,000 Hilton Points, Get Double AAdvantage Miles to Asia, IHG Rewards Club 50% Bonus, and More

November 30, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Earn 25,000 HHonors Points Towards A Hilton Stay When You Purchase Rosetta Stone: Have you always wanted to learn a language? Well now is the perfect time since Hilton has teamed up with Rosetta Stone so that when you purchase a Rosetta […]

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday Travel Deals! 40% Off Starwood, $1 Hotels.com Deals, 50% Off Marriott, $99 Hotel Tonight Rooms and More

November 29, 2013

While Black Friday is traditionally all about getting to the shops as early as possible and standing in line for hours to get grab the best deals, it also offers some great online shopping opportunities (no, you don’t have to wait till Cyber Monday!) that you can take advantage of from the comfort of your […]

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Saturday Recap: Win an iPad or trip to New Zealand, $100 Credit Towards Twitter Ads, Earn 4X The Hilton HHonors Points, And Much More

November 23, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Win An iPad Mini From Wallaby Financial: You can win an iPad Mini with Retina Display for answering a quick, 15 question survey about Wallaby Financial that runs through November. Wallaby is a company that created an app that you can load with your […]

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Saturday Recap: Up To 2,500 Bonus Miles At AAdvantage, 3,000 United Miles With Rocketmiles, Save 25% On Virgin America Flights And Help Rescue Dogs, And More

November 16, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Earn Up To 2,500 Bonus American Airlines Miles Shopping At The AAdvantage Portal: The American Airlines shopping portal is giving you extra incentive to be generous with your holiday shopping this year with the opportunity to earn up to 2,500 bonus miles […]

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Hilton HHonors Amex Surpass Cardmembers Receive Automatic Hilton HHonors Gold Status

November 12, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Update: The offer mentioned below for the Business Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. With all of the devaluation stories going around, I’m happy to be writing about a new perk/benefit that […]

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Are the Maldives Worth It? Short Answer: Absolutely Yes

November 10, 2013

If you’ve been following me on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, you probably know by now that I’m currently in the Maldives at the Conrad on Rangali Island. I’m staying on pre-devaluation Hilton points and also two free nights from the sign-up bonus on the Citi Hilton Reserve card. Bottom line: Yes, this place is far […]

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Hilton HHonors Offers Elites Expedited 2015 Requalification

November 8, 2013

Fast on the heels of Hilton’s announcement Monday that it would be discontinuing its Points + Variable Miles double dipping earning option, the program sent out emails to targeted elites who have already requalified for their current status in 2013 for the 2014 year the opportunity of a “Status Jumpstart” where all their future stays […]

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Another Hilton Devaluation – HHonors Discontinues Points and Fixed Miles Earning Option

November 4, 2013

I’m convinced that Hilton is actively pursuing the title of least consumer-friendly hotel program thanks to the fact that it has devalued its HHonors points program further by announcing that it is discontinuing the ability to earn Points + Fixed Miles as a double dip option as of January 6, 2014. Here is the letter […]

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Instant Hilton HHonors Gold Status For American Express Platinum Cardholders

November 4, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Update: The offer mentioned below for the Business Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. A new promotional benefit is being offered to cardholders of the American Express Platinum card, the Business Platinum […]

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