Good afternoon everyone. I was working on my Buy Miles & Points Page and found a few offers ending soon. Always check the math to make sure that buying miles & points makes sense for you. Do not buy miles & points speculatively unless you have a use in mind. With that said, here are 4 offers that end in the next week. Up first, American Airlines is offering up to a 26% discount, depending on the number of American Airlines AAdvantage Miles you purchase. This offer expires on January 12.
Good morning everyone, I hope you had a great weekend. A few days ago, I wrote Ask Me Anything (AMA): Credit Card Edition. I had some great reader questions and I am doing the second AMA, this time on hotels. I like to describe myself as loyal to hotel loyalty programs, but not loyal to a specific hotel chain. Here is a screenshot from AwardWallet of the hotel loyalty programs I belong to and their elite status:
Here is a quick rundown of how I have these hotel elite statuses:
- Best Western Diamond Select – status match from Hilton Diamond (status match link)
- Caesars Rewards Diamond – status match from Wyndham Rewards (Middle Ade Miles blog post)
- Choice Hotels Member – I think I have only spent 2-3 nights at Choice hotels in the last 2-3 years
- Hilton Diamond – free thanks to my American Express Hilton Aspire Credit Card (my blog post)
- World of Hyatt Discoverist – free thanks to my old Chase Hyatt Hotel Credit Card
- IHG Rewards Spire Elite – I spent a few thousand dollars at IHG in 2019 (mainly at the InterContinental Moorea for my pre-honeymoon)
- Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite – I had a few different Marriott / SPG credit card elite nights stack in 2019
- MGM Resorts Pearl – status match from World of Hyatt Discoverist (Doctor of Credit’s post)
- Radisson Rewards Gold / Silver – I have 3 different US Bank Radisson Rewards Credit Cards that come with Gold or Silver elite status
- Wyndham Rewards Diamond – status matched from Caesars Rewards Diamond (Middle Ade Miles blog post)
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 morning everyone. A few days ago, I got an email from Radisson Rewards about transferring Radisson Rewards Points into airline miles. I figured it would be a bad deal in terms of the value you get from Radisson Rewards Points, but thought it might be useful if you have airline frequent flyer miles expiring soon and need some activity to reset the expiration date. I went through the transfer process to convert 2,000 Radisson Rewards Points into 200 American Airlines miles. Trust me, I know this is a terrible exchange, but it is a very efficient way to keep airline miles from expiring (and I don’t put much value on 2,000 Radisson Rewards Points). I then went even further down the rabbit hole and looked at other hotel programs (Hilton, Hyatt, IHG, Marriott, and Wyndham) to see if they offered better value in terms of resetting airline mile expiration dates than Radisson Rewards. Here are my results…
To get started with the conversion of Radisson Rewards Points into airline miles, I started here. As you can see, 2,000 Radisson Rewards Points = 200 airline miles. The transfer ratio is the same regardless of how many Radisson Rewards Points you want to transfer. 10 Radisson Rewards Points = 1 airline mile. According to Frequent Miler’s Reasonable Redemption Values (RRV), 1 Radisson Reward Point is equal to 0.38 cents per point (CPP), which would make 1 airline mile worth 3.8 CPP (which is unrealistically high). But look at it a different way. 2,000 Radisson Rewards Points would be worth $7.60 (2,000 x $0.0038 = $7.60). In reality, I get 40,000 Radisson Rewards Points every year when I pay the $60 annual fee on my US Bank Radisson Rewards Business Credit Card, so that comes out to a 0.15 CPP value ($60 / 40,000 = $0.0015). The new calculation would make 2,000 Radisson Rewards Points worth only $3.00 (2,000 x $0.0015 = $3.00). So would you redeem $3.00 in Radisson Rewards Points to reset your frequent flyer miles expiration date?
Good morning everyone. A few days ago, AwardWallet notified me that my Wyndham Rewards points balance went up 3,000 points. I did not transfer La Quinta Returns Points to Wyndham Rewards Points and I haven’t used my Barclays Wyndham Rewards Credit Card in several months, so I was very surprised to see the 3,000 bonus points in my account. I vaguely remember when I first got the credit card that having the Barclays Wyndham Rewards Credit Card makes me a Wyndham Rewards Platinum Elite Member. And as a Wyndham Rewards Platinum Elite Member, I get 3,000 annual bonus points. Mystery solved!