Top Posts of 2017: All About Hyatt/M Life

Yesterday Liz wrote a nice piece about our first year of travel blogging. We started posting towards the end of January 2017. For all of 2017 we registered 63,275 page views. I’d thought I’d dive into our top 10 posts of 2017 to see what our readers found the most interesting. Hyatt/M Life Status Matches As you can see below,  the top 3 pages visited other than the home page had to do with a... Read more

2017 Blog Stats and 2018 Goals

My brother Ben and I started this blog in late January – almost a year ago. And looking back on 2017 I thought it would be interesting to share year 1 of blog stats for those interested in what running a blog actually can look like. Starting a blog certainly isn’t a get rich fast scheme. It’s a lot of work and consistency is key. If you calculated what we’ve made vs. hours worked it’s... Read more

Hertz Support: Online Chat, Phone & Twitter

Let’s face it, we’re all busy people. There’s nothing worse than sitting on hold or dealing with ineffective service reps for relatively minor issues. Last night I had a small request for Hertz support to add my Hertz Gold number to an upcoming reservation. For whatever reason, this can’t just be done online. I suppose that’s another reason I’d like to see an economy version of Silvercar, but I digress. My immediate options with Hertz... Read more

Visa Infinite Golf Benefit Troon Prive Courses

Little Known Perk: Visa Infinite Golf Benefit – Troon Golf

The Chase Sapphire Reserve and Ritz-Carlton Visa Infinite cards have a little known golf benefit for Troon golf courses nationwide. This Visa Infinite golf benefit is rarely advertised but is a great opportunity for golfers to get exclusive rates and access to both public and private courses throughout the country. Visa Infinite Golf Benefit The Visa Infinite golf benefit is offered on both the Chase Sapphire Reserve and Ritz-Carlton cards. A third Visa Infinite cards exists,... Read more

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2018 Is Here: Go For Airline Status, or Nah?

Welcome to 2018! A new year used to have a lot more significance for me than it does now. January 1st is the day all flyers start at zero for elite status qualification. If you want status for 2019, you’ve got to earn it in 2018. I’ll be in the air next week for a work trip to Hawaii. In theory, this should be a great way to kickoff my quest for status. Instead, I’m... Read more

Selecting seats Avios on American

Roundup: Ongoing Avios on American Issues, JetBlue Award Chart to Hawaii, New American Routes to Avoid, and more!

With the holidays it can be pretty slow out there in the points and miles world. Especially since this is a prime time to be enjoying some points redemptions with sky high hotel and flight prices! But there are a few things going on around the web to pay attention to… I wrote recently about not being able to select a seat on my American flight using Avios. This Flyertalk poster had the same issue.... Read more

World of Hyatt

Roundup: Tax Bill & Travel, 50% off WOW Flights, Park Hyatt St. Kitts, NYC – Venice $427 & More!

Welcome to our weekly roundup! All the points and miles news from around the web in one place.   WOW Airlines is running a 50% off promo code which can get you across the pond for well under $300 round trip. Just remember WOW is a low-cost airline, so you’ll have to pay for extras (seats, bags, etc) Fly round trip between New York and Venice for just $427 on British Airways and Iberia. While... Read more

IHG Grubhub

Earn IHG Points with Grubhub Orders!

IHG is out with a new opportunity to earn points with any Grubhub order. This IHG Grubhub offer gives you 500 points with your first order through the IHG link and 250 points with each subsequent order. Earning 500 IHG points with Grubhub (my referral link) isn’t a huge points earning offer but certainly is worth doing when ordering delivery! Earning IHG Points with Grubhub The email clearly states 500 points for first order and 250... Read more

Delta Thoughts: Award Availability, 717’s, & Long Distance Regional Jets

Earlier this year my household transitioned to a card lineup that features two American Express cards and the Chase Sapphire Reserve. As a result, our earnings structure looks like this: Travel & Dining: 3X Points Chase Sapphire Reserve (5.4% Value) Gas: 3X Points Amex EDP (5.4% Value) Groceries: 4.5X Points Amex EDP (8.1% Value) Everything Else: 2X Points Amex BBP (3.6% Value) I know there are ways to slightly increase return for certain categories, but this works pretty well for us to... Read more

Choosing seats Avios on American

Issues choosing seats when using Avios for American flights

Using Avios for domestic American Airlines flights can be a great use of points as British Airways has a distance based award chart. However, for some reason, it always seems to be a challenge to select seats, or often even just book online. The most recent issue for me has been choosing seats when using British Airways Avios for American flights. At one point it wasn’t possible to enter your American frequent flyer number when... Read more