Good morning everyone, happy Friday! Yesterday, I received an interesting comment on my post: My 5 New Year’s Travel Resolutions for 2020. The commenter, MrDioji, asked: “How do you get Award Wallet to display airline and dining credits? Or do you manually add them?” He was referring to this screenshot of my American Express balances in my AwardWallet account. Instead of answering the question in the comments section, I thought it would be helpful to write a post about this topic to help other readers. In this post, I will show you how to view or hide airline credits, dining credits, hotel free night certificates, and many other pieces of information.
Good afternoon everyone, I hope you all had a great New Years! With the beginning of the new year, I wanted to make a few travel resolutions for the coming year. Here are my 5 New Year’s travel resolutions for 2020. Feel free to share your own travel resolutions in the comments section.
1. Travel Somewhere Every Month
For the last several years, this has been my only travel resolution. It could be a short weekend trip, a road trip, a cross country trip, or a long international trip. I love to travel and take advantage of the 52 weekends every year (it helps that I work in San Francisco and can easily get to SFO or OAK in less than an hour). I’ve got the first 3 months of the year covered:
- January: Laura and I will do a short road trip down to Carmel / Monterey for a long weekend and use our Hyatt Free Night Certificates.
- February: I will fly down to Orange County for Super Bowl Weekend with my family and then we will make a second trip to Orange County for my cousin’s wedding.
- March: Laura and I are flying to Ireland for her Spring Break (she is an assistant principal). Check out my post How to Book Aer Lingus Award Tickets with British Airways Avios (Call BA to Save $100+ on Taxes & Fees).
There are a few other trips planned the rest of the year, so my first travel resolution should be accomplished. Here are the 4 other travel resolutions I have in mind for 2020:
Good afternoon everyone. Generally, at the end of the year, I like to review my travel predictions for the past year and make new predictions for the coming year. After a long streak of poor prediction performance (2018 prediction results, 2017 prediction results, and 2016 prediction results), I decided not to make any travel predictions for 2019. But my predictions are coming our of retirement / hibernation today. I really recommend reading the travel predictions that Stephen at Frequent Miler made, especially his top 5 predictions:
- Capital One To Add Virgin Atlantic As Travel Partner
- Amex Membership Rewards To Transfer To JetBlue On A 1:1 Basis
- Free Breakfast For IHG Spire Elite Members
- Citi To Allow Card Referrals
- Chase And/Or Amex To Increase Referral Limits
I am going to piggy back on his predictions and add a few of my own. So without further ado, here are my travel predictions for 2020
My 2020 Airline Predictions
- Alaska, American, Delta, or United will introduce a “Cash and Miles” payment option for award tickets. Clarification: This is not to be confused with Delta’s “Pay with Points” option where you get 1 CPP for each Delta SkyMiles for paid flights. I’m thinking more along the lines of the way British Airways and Avianca do it for award tickets.
- Allegiant Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Spirit Airlines, and Sun Country will announce a merger, but I’m not sure who will merge with who.
Good afternoon everyone, I hope your weekend is off to a great start. A few days ago, I wrote a post titled I Paid $4,588 in Credit Card Annual Fees in 2019 – Was it Worth it? In that post, I shared the 21 credit cards that I plan on keeping and how I justify paying the annual fees on those credit cards. I felt bad for the 16 no annual fee cards that Laura and I have and decided to write a post about them too. Roughly half of the no annual fee credit cards were downgraded / converted from a credit card with an annual fee. Besides the rewards that some of the no annual fee credit cards provide, keeping no annual fee credit cards open long term is good for your credit score. It improves the length of credit history (average age of accounts), which represents 15% of your total credit score. It also helps with the amounts owed (your credit utilization ratio), which represents 30% of your total credit score. Lastly, it helps with payment history (paying your credit card bills on time), which represents 35% of your total credit score. For more info, check out this Doctor of Credit page.
Good morning everyone. I was checking my American Express credit cards on the AMEX App and was shown a new feature where you can split purchases with friends and family members. You make the purchase on your American Express credit / charge card and then you can request payment from your Venmo or PayPal account. Supposedly, this is a “seamless way to split payments.” In this post, I will show you how the process works.