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2019 Trip Report – Swiss Alps & the Tour de France – Our 12-Day Itinerary & How We Booked It
2019 Trip Report – Swiss Alps & the Tour de France – Our 12-Day Itinerary & How We Booked It

2019 Trip Report – Swiss Alps & the Tour de France – Our 12-Day Itinerary & How We Booked It

Introduction and Background As always when we begin a trip report with our itinerary, we like to provide a little background to give some context for the choices we made. The first important factor for this trip was the traveling…

Trip-That-Wasn’t Report – Paris in May – How We Booked It with Points
Trip-That-Wasn’t Report – Paris in May – How We Booked It with Points

Trip-That-Wasn’t Report – Paris in May – How We Booked It with Points

Introduction One of the things we like to do in our Trip Reports is to provide our thought processes and strategies with respect to all of our bookings. In a very limited sense, our readers may be able to replicate…

Grocery-Spending to Diamond Status on the Amex Hilton Surpass Card
Grocery-Spending to Diamond Status on the Amex Hilton Surpass Card

Grocery-Spending to Diamond Status on the Amex Hilton Surpass Card

Executive Summary It’s possible to earn Hilton Honors Diamond status by spending $10,000 at US Supermarkets on an Amex Hilton Honors Surpass card from 5/1 through 7/31/2020. How It Works Earlier this month, Amex introduced a number of temporary enhancements…

[Updated 5/14/20] Summary of Consumer-Friendly Changes to Card Benefits and Loyalty Programs
[Updated 5/14/20] Summary of Consumer-Friendly Changes to Card Benefits and Loyalty Programs

[Updated 5/14/20] Summary of Consumer-Friendly Changes to Card Benefits and Loyalty Programs

Introduction Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen credit card companies and loyalty programs introduce many consumer-friendly changes. There have been so many that it’s hard to keep up with everything! Last week, we published a summary of the consumer-friendly…

Summary of Consumer-Friendly Changes to Card Benefits and Loyalty Programs
Summary of Consumer-Friendly Changes to Card Benefits and Loyalty Programs

Summary of Consumer-Friendly Changes to Card Benefits and Loyalty Programs

Introduction While we’ve been on our housemoving-induced hiatus for the past few weeks and continuing even through today, we’ve seen credit card companies and loyalty programs introduce many consumer-friendly changes. There have been so many that it’s hard to keep…

Middle Age Miles News & Notes 3/3/20 – last day for Marriott reservations at old award rates; airline fee waivers; Amex Offers & transfer bonus for Hilton; Payce
Middle Age Miles News & Notes 3/3/20 – last day for Marriott reservations at old award rates; airline fee waivers; Amex Offers & transfer bonus for Hilton; Payce

Middle Age Miles News & Notes 3/3/20 – last day for Marriott reservations at old award rates; airline fee waivers; Amex Offers & transfer bonus for Hilton; Payce

On this Super Tuesday election day here in Texas and in other states, let’s take a much-needed break from AA shutdowns and cover several other topics of interest in the travel, credit card and points-and-miles world: 1 – Last Day…

Middle Age Miles News & Notes 1/10/20 – MGM; AA Vacations; Best Western; Hilton; Alaska; LifeMiles; Hyatt-AA
Middle Age Miles News & Notes 1/10/20 – MGM; AA Vacations; Best Western; Hilton; Alaska; LifeMiles; Hyatt-AA

Middle Age Miles News & Notes 1/10/20 – MGM; AA Vacations; Best Western; Hilton; Alaska; LifeMiles; Hyatt-AA

No doubt, the biggest news in the credit card/points-and-miles world this week has been the impending changes coming to the Chase Sapphire Reserve (CSR) card. We’ve been digesting that news and thinking through the CSR value proposition and strategies in…

Hilton Honors “Points Unlimited” Promo Is Underway
Hilton Honors “Points Unlimited” Promo Is Underway

Hilton Honors “Points Unlimited” Promo Is Underway

Summary of the Promotion From January 6 through May 3, 2020, you can earn bonus points on stays at Hilton-family properties, as follows: 2,000 bonus points for every stay (including your first stay); plus 10,000 bonus points for every 10…

Recalibrating Our Baseline Values for Points & Miles
Recalibrating Our Baseline Values for Points & Miles

Recalibrating Our Baseline Values for Points & Miles

Introduction When you are earning points and miles and considering possible redemptions, it is critically important to have a general understanding of the value of those points and miles.  All points and miles are not created equal! Thus, back in September 2018…

Points.com Has Returned to Top Cashback – Stack with Current Hotel Points Purchase Promotions!
Points.com Has Returned to Top Cashback – Stack with Current Hotel Points Purchase Promotions!

Points.com Has Returned to Top Cashback – Stack with Current Hotel Points Purchase Promotions!

Introduction and Background A few weeks ago in one of our News & Notes articles, we noted that Points.com was no longer available through the Top Cashback (TCB) shopping portal. This eliminated what we thought was the best portal option…