App-O-Ramas Are Your Father’s Oldsmobile


The term "app-o-rama" is a familiar one to miles and points junkies. In short, app-o-ramas involve applying for multiple credit products (usually credit cards) as close to each other as possible, ideally within a few hours or even a few minutes. App-o-ramas appear to have originated with our compatriots over at FatWallet, who started experimenting with the concept a decade ago to arbitrage low-interest loans. Today most people consider … [Continue]

Does the Orbitz Rewards Visa Card Shift the Competitive Landscape?

Orbitz Visa

I provided a detailed comparison of OTA loyalty programs a few months ago, concluding that Welcome Rewards is the most valuable for many customers assuming you are willing to forgo earning credit for flights ( only sells hotels). Orbtiz Rewards provided the best … [Continue]

PointsHound Acquired by

PointsHound acquisition

PointsHound is one of my favorite services for booking hotel rooms online. I generally recommend booking directly through a hotel's website in order to ensure you earn points and elite qualifying credit. Most online travel agencies (OTAs) are third-parties and specifically excluded as … [Continue]

Double Points at Hilton through July 31

Hilton Double Your HHonors

Hilton announced its summer promotion yesterday -- Double Your HHonors -- which offers double base points for stays between May 1 and July 31. Many people have Hilton Gold elite status. You'll normally get up to 17.5 points per dollar: 10 base points, 2.5 points from a 25% elite bonus, and … [Continue]

Which Is the Best Hotel Loyalty Program?


This month I've been updating my comparison tables of hotel loyalty programs, and a big thanks is due to everyone who has helped point out corrections. (A few more than usual this year....) I started creating these tables for airlines and hotels in 2013 as a sort of "cheat sheet" to help … [Continue]

Buy SPG Starpoints at 25% Discount

Starpoints discount promo

Starwood Preferred Guest runs semi-regular promotions when purchasing Starpoints -- typically 25% off for a limited period twice a year. I bought some points last year to redeem for my honeymoon at the St. Regis Bali and don't regret it. This is likely one of the lowest prices you will … [Continue]