How Much Does It Cost to Earn a Free Night?

Hyatt SPG Weighted Average

I'm in the process of updating my hotel elite status comparison chart, and as part of that process I need to collect information on the different award tiers and the points earned with each stay. That allows me to do what I consider a very useful analysis of the relative cost of earning an … [Read more...]

When Cash is King for Manufactured Spending

I like to do manufactured spending - my flexible schedule, ideal geography (with many MS-friendly stores nearby), and variety of credit cards with different category bonuses allow me the opportunity to bulk up spending on my credit cards to earn rewards for cheap.  I actually don’t do much … [Read more...]

Booking a miles and points trip to Angkor Wat

My outbound trip, maximizing United miles best I could before the devaluation

In November, 2013, Asiana opened up award space in First Class on almost every flight possible.  Of interest was their new First Suite Class on their 77W (actually a 777-200), which only operated between New York-JFK and Seoul-Incheon. The United devaluation had just been announced … [Read more...]

Don’t Apply for a Card Just Because the Minimum Spend Will Increase

The Points Guy mentioned yesterday that he has information the Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard® will be increasing the minimum spend required to receive the sign-up bonus. He doesn't know when, only that it's soon. You really shouldn't care. Don't move up your next round of … [Read more...]

Which Alaska Airlines Credit Card Offer Is Best?

Alaska 40K offer

There have been a couple new offers for the Alaska Airlines Visa in the last week that I kept quiet about because they just didn't seem very impressive. I'm still not sure most people in the Pacific Northwest should rush to apply. But I will explain why I'm not very excited. In December … [Read more...]

Booking a Hotel When Your Flight Is Cancelled

There are lots of reasons to hate cancelled flights that require you to spend the night at or near the airport. But beyond the delay getting to your destination, I think the worst part is the panic of finding a hotel for the evening. Typically you don't know you need to spend the night … [Read more...]