Good morning everyone, happy New Year’s Eve! What a crazy year it has been. Based on Google Analytics numbers, here are the top 10 blog posts written in 2018 and the top 10 blog posts of the year (written before 2018). If you have a favorite post of the year that is not listed, please let me know in the comments. Without further ado, here is the first top 10 list:
I’m surprised my Zelle / Venmo PSA post was so popular, but I’m glad that the word got out. It’s important to know what kind of scams exist and how to avoid them. Learn from these mistakes to keep your money safe.
Good morning everyone, happy Friday! By the time you read this post, I will be flying down to La Paz, Bolivia for the start of my Central / South America trip. A few weeks ago, I booked a flight for my brother to Maui, Hawaii. The flight is in mid April and the cost of the ticket was kind of pricey ($500+), but luckily I found United Airlines award space for the flights he wanted. Unfortunately, United Airlines charges 45,000 miles + $11.20 in taxes/fees for a roundtrip flight in economy. Luckily, Singapore Airlines only charges 35,000 miles for the same roundtrip flight in economy to Hawaii. In this post, I will show you how I easily booked an award ticket for my brother using Singapore Airlines miles and how adding him as a redemption nominee made the process even easier.
Good afternoon everyone. I dreamed this up a few days ago and thought it was worth sharing to see if anyone else would find this feature useful. If you guys like this idea, I will share it with my friends Howie and Alexi at Award Wallet (sign up for your free Award Wallet account here). Here is an example use case: I needed to book a Singapore Airlines (SQ) award ticket for travel on United Airlines (UA). I needed 35,000 SQ miles, but only had 744 SQ miles in my account. Luckily, I have plenty of transferable point currencies, so I decided to transfer 25,000 Citi Thank You Points and 10,000 American Express Membership Reward Points to my Singapore Airlines account. As I wrote in July 2015, transfer times from Chase UR, Citi TYP, AMEX MR, and SPG to SQ are not instant – most take ~24 hours to complete.
With that said, I made the transfers from Citi Thank You Points and American Express Membership Reward Points and then occasionally checked Award Wallet to see if the SQ miles posted. Insert cheesy infomercial “THERE HAS GOT TO BE A BETTER WAY!” Here is what the process currently looks like:
Long story short, I needed to book a very short notice award ticket for my friend from Germany back to the US. And by short notice, I mean less than 24 hours between request and flight departure. I did not have enough Singapore Airlines miles to book a one way from Europe to the US (which costs 27,500 Singapore Airlines miles), so I initiated a transfer from Citi Thank You Points around 8am PT. I was hoping the Singapore Airlines miles would post within a few hours, but that did not happen. I checked every few hours after that, but still no luck. Right before I went to bed (around 11pm PT), I checked one more time, but still no luck. I went to bed and set my alarm for 5:30am PT. Luckily I heard my alarm go off and saw that the miles posted to my account (almost 24 hours after after initiating the transfer).