$500 Chase Bonus, New LAX Priority Pass, PHL-LAX $115 & More!

Welcome to the One Stop Travel Roundup from Points Miles and More. Your briefing on important happenings in the world of travel, airline miles, hotel points and more. The Chase $500 checking account bonus is back. Open a new checking account and earn up to $500 as a reward. In not so good news, Delta decided to begin adding surcharges to award flights leaving the United States to Europe on their own metal. Priority Pass is adding... Read more

Surviving Thanksgiving Flying as a Frequent Flyer (and even some perks!)

There’s a reason this may not be the first Thanksgiving flying article you see around this time frame. Flying over Thanksgiving can be very stressful due to quite a few factors. First, the sheer number of people. From CNBC “Airlines for America estimates 28.5 million people will fly U.S. airlines between Friday, Nov. 17, and Tuesday, Nov. 28”. Second, and most importantly for me, the flyers over Thanksgiving are not experienced travelers. So the normal... Read more

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Priority Pass Crowding: Worth The Hassle?

Last week we reviewed the new Hilton Aspire credit card from American Express. The card is another addition to the increasingly popular premium credit card market. With a $450 annual fee, the Aspire card includes access to Priority Pass lounges, among other benefits. As it stands now, Priority Pass lounges in the United States are bursting at the seams. These days I enter lounges with the expectation that I might turn right back around and leave.... Read more

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Re-Evaluating my Perfect Card Trifecta

Close to a year ago I wrote about my perfect credit card trifecta for maximizing my purchases. It’s funny how quickly things change in the points and miles world as I’m already re-evaluating my trifecta and how my household should be using a card rotation. As a reminder here is my credit card trifecta. Based on valuations of 1.8 cents for both Membership Rewards and Ultimate Rewards points I also have included the overall return of... Read more

My Membership Rewards Wishlist

You’ve heard us preach time and time again that transferable currencies are the best way to get started in the points and miles hobby. Points earned with Citi, American Express, and Chase give cardholders a plethora of redemption opportunities including airline and hotel transfers. If you haven’t already, take a minute to check out our points transfer guides for all three major currencies. You’ll find some great, and not-so-great transfer opportunities. Today I want to... Read more

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Travel Roundup: Cyber Monday Deals, NYC-Calgary $226, JetBlue Calendar & More!

Welcome to the One Stop Travel Roundup from Points Miles and More. Your briefing on important happenings in the world of travel, airline miles, hotel points and more. Citi added Avianca Life Miles as it’s latest airline transfer partner. You’ll now be able to exchange your Citi Thank You points at a 1:1 ratio with Avianca. This is a great option for Star Alliance flights. JetBlue’s calendar has opened up through Labor Day of 2018. Flyers can... Read more

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Saudi Corruption: Courtyard Marriott from Ritz Riyadh

Gary Leff at View from the Wing reported on how the crackdown on Saudi corruption resulted in prisoners being housed in the Ritz-Carlton Riyadh. Certainly not bad accommodations for a prison! Well now it appears housing is getting downgraded for certain Saudi prisoners who don’t happen to be princes or billionaires. A Facebook friend of mine, who happens to be Saudi, posted the following picture of a letter. This letter (apparently) is asking all current... Read more

Last Minute Flights: Southwest vs. American

Wow, it’s been a crazy week in our house. First, our nearly 6-month old daughter got sick. Next she proceeded to pass that along to both myself and Mom. The timing couldn’t have been worse since I needed to be in Los Angeles for a last minute meeting yesterday. Since the meeting was mid-day, it afforded me the luxury of flying in and out of LAX on the same day. I’m based in Phoenix where... Read more

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How to Handle a Rescheduled Flight/Schedule Change

I commonly see frustrations of Facebook friends lamenting about their flights schedule change with whatever airline that now will leave them with a very inconvenient rescheduled flight. Many travel pros have dealt with this enough where they know how to handle this, but it certainly is not intuitive to the average traveler. Example A: Does it suck when this happens? Yes, absolutely! But there is actually some good news as you have more rights as... Read more

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Travel Roundup: Priority Pass Restaurants, Overrated Hotel Status, BWI-FLL $80 & More!

Welcome to the One Stop Travel Roundup from Points Miles and More. Your briefing on important happenings in the world of travel, airline miles, hotel points and more. A few months back I wrote about one reason I felt hotel status is overrated. Today I came across this article that discusses another thought process behind the value (or lack thereof) in hotel status. Yet another restaurant has been added to the Priority Pass network. This time the... Read more