Conrad Bora Bora Room Watermark

Hilton Aspire Perks: How They Work

I picked up the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card a bit over a year ago. This card has a $450 annual fee, and is easily one of the all around most compelling hotel credit cards out there. This card has many huge benefits, and almost seems too…

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Filed Under: American Express, Credit Cards
Cash Coins Money

Paying Taxes By Credit Card: How To Come Out Ahead

Ah, tax season. As many Americans are starting to procrastinate finalize their tax returns, questions about earning points for making those payments always come up. That's particularly relevant this year, and individuals and businesses may be paying…

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Filed Under: Advice, Credit Cards

Today Only: Earn 5x Airline Miles On Apple Purchases

Online shopping portals can be a great way to pick up additional miles & points for purchases you’d make anyway. Just for following a specific link you can earn bonus points in addition to the ones you’d earn for credit card spending. Whenever I make…

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Filed Under: Great Deals
British Airways 787

British Airways’ Creative Deal With Pilots

It looks like the current dispute between British Airways' pilots and management may be coming to an end... Airlines around the globe are suffering right now, and are having difficult conversations with labor groups, as redundancies loom. British Airways…

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Filed Under: British Airways, Unions
Hot Deals for July

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Uber Eats

Earn Bonus Capital One Rewards With Uber Eats

Given how much consumer behavior has changed in the past few months, many of the credit card benefits that members used to appreciate most aren’t as valuable anymore. We’ve seen card issuers get creative with perks, to give members an incentive to keep…

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Filed Under: Capital One, Credit Cards
El Al 787 Business Class – 2

A 20-Year-Old Is Negotiating To Buy EL AL

EL AL has been looking for a new investor for the past several months. The airline was in a bad financial situation before the current pandemic started, and of course this situation just exacerbated EL AL's problems. A couple of weeks ago it was revealed…

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Filed Under: El Al
Swiss Business Class 777 – 5

United MileagePlus Selling Miles With A Bonus

United Airlines MileagePlus has just launched its latest promotion on purchased miles. Through 11:59PM CT on Thursday, July 16, 2020, United is offering a bonus on purchased miles. Different accounts may be eligible for different bonuses, but the accounts…

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Filed Under: Great Deals, MileagePlus
La Compagnie Business Class A321neo – 32

La Compagnie Suspends Operations Until September

We've seen many airlines around the world suspend operations in recent months, and all business class airline La Compagnie was among them. I wanted to provide an update on the airline, since this doesn't seem like an ideal time to be running an airline…

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Filed Under: La Compagnie
Aman Sveti Stefan – 56

Aman Selling Gift Cards With 20% Bonus (Updated Terms)

Lately we've seen a lot of travel brands get creative when it comes to generating revenue. With so many businesses having liquidity issues, we're seeing companies offer a deal if you pay now for travel later. In particular, we've seen lots of hotel brands…

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Filed Under: Hotel Deals
Hyatt Regency Sydney – 11

Australia Will Start Charging For 14-Day Quarantine

Australian taxpayers will no longer be footing the bill for those international travelers arriving in Australia. As part of its strategy to minimize the spread of coronavirus, Australia has more or less closed its borders. Only citizens and residents…

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Filed Under: Travel

Recent Trip Reports

Qatar Airways A350 Business Class – 57

Qatar Airways Privilege Club Offering New Member Bonus

It's fairly rare to see an airline loyalty program offer a compelling bonus for new members nowadays, but that's exactly what we're seeing from Qatar Airways. Qatar Airways Privilege Club is offering new members who register with the promo code JOIN2020:…

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Filed Under: Great Deals, Qatar
Edition London

Select Your 2020 Marriott Choice Benefits

One of the positive aspects of the Starwood Preferred Guest program that Marriott Bonvoy adopted is Choice Benefits. Now that some Bonvoy members have a lot of elite nights in spite of lack of travel this year, I wanted to recap how this benefit works.…

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Filed Under: Marriott
Iass Lounge Honolulu Airport – 14

Hawaii Plans To Delay Tourism Reopening

Hawaii was supposed to restart tourism as of August 1, 2020, but it looks like that will no longer be happening... unsurprisingly. In late March Hawaii introduced a 14-day quarantine for anyone coming to the state. This has been extended a few times,…

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Filed Under: Travel
Royal Air Maroc New Business Class – 2

Weekly Review: July 11, 2020

Happy weekend, and I hope everyone is continuing to hang in there! On the points & travel front, this week World of Hyatt announced a great new promotion for redeeming points, the Qatari royal family tried to sell a 747-8, Royal Air Maroc revealed plans…

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Filed Under: Weekly Review
Lufthansa First Class A380 – 4

Recap: 7 Opportunities To Buy Points

We frequently see loyalty programs sell points at a discount, and for many this is an opportunity to buy points at a cost that makes sense, especially for aspirational redemptions. At the moment we're seeing many programs sell points at a discount, so…

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Filed Under: Great Deals
Conrad Bora Bora Watermark

Comparison: Hilton Surpass Vs. Hilton Business Card

American Express and Hilton have a suite of four co-branded credit cards. As you'd expect, each card is going after a different market segment. How do the Hilton Surpass & Hilton Business compare? Amex and Hilton have two credit cards with identical…

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Filed Under: American Express, Credit Card Comparisons
Edition Suite

Now Posting: Marriott Bonvoy 50% Bonus Elite Nights

If you check your Marriott Bonvoy account this weekend, you may find that you have an extra five to 50 elite nights in your account, which sure is a treat. Let's talk about why, and how this should impact your Marriott strategy, if at all. This year…

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Filed Under: Marriott
American Eagle First Class

Did I Feel Safe Flying During The Coronavirus Pandemic?

In mid-June I took my first trip in well over three months. In total I flew three segments -- on the outbound I flew from Miami to Las Vegas, and on the return I flew from Grand Junction to Dallas to Miami. I've already written about some aspects of…

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Filed Under: Travel
British Airways 787 Watermark

8 Reasons To Get The British Airways Visa

The British Airways Visa Signature® Card is one of the better co-branded airline credit cards out there. It's a card that's in my wallet, and that I get substantial value out of. While I've written a detailed review of the BA Visa, in this post I wanted…

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Filed Under: British Airways, Chase