Points and Miles Checklist: Things to Do in October

I’ve slacked off on writing my monthly things to do lists partly because I got lazy and partly because…there was nothing to do. That’s changed with the end of the year approaching. Lots of promotions, both targeted and public, are… Continue Reading


What Is the Best Hotel Credit Card for Earning Free Nights?

Hilton Munich Airport Suite Upgrade

A while back I wrote about the best hotel rewards program for earning free nights based on non-elite earning rates, which came down to Hilton HHonors, Club Carlson and Wyndham Rewards. Barring a really great mattress running opportunity, most of… Continue Reading


Hyatt Diamond Status for $1,250 Out of Pocket – Worth it?

Hyatt has been pretty quiet on the point promotion front, but they announced their latest Stay More Play More Promotion last week and it’s pretty much what they offered last year: A tiered bonus that amounts to an extra 1,000… Continue Reading


10 Things Travel Hackers Can Look Forward to in 2016

Every year, we’re faced with a series of devaluations and general setbacks in the hobby that leave people with a doomsday perspective when it comes to this hobby. Programs devalue and everyone starts blaming the newbies and the bloggers who… Continue Reading


Points and Miles Checklist: Things to Do in December

It’s been a hectic week, which is why I’ve fallen behind on blogging about the latest promotions and keeping up in general. I had to visit two family members in the hospital and on top of that, my hard drive crashed… Continue Reading


Year-End Checklist: Annual Credit Card Spending Bonuses

We’re less than 30 days away from the end of the year, which means it’s time to rev up spending on our credit cards – at least the ones that offer annual spending bonuses. With all the year-end sales and… Continue Reading


IHG Rewards Club Priceless Surprises: Mattress Run Worthy?

Update: Reader AF shared a link to a Deals We Like post on how to earn a minimum of 47,000 IHG points for $46 during the Priceless Surprises promotion – without actually booking any hotel stays! As reader Graydon points you,… Continue Reading


Points and Miles Checklist: Things To Do in October

It’s October, which signals another month of lucrative points and miles promotions. Whether you’re churning gift cards, mattress running or redeeming miles, you’re in for a generous point haul. Here are seven items to check off your to-do list by… Continue Reading


Which Hotels Offer Remote Check-in?

Ever since my post on how to mattress run for hotel elite status cheaply was published a year ago, I’ve been getting comments and emails asking me which hotels offer remote check-in. For those who are unfamiliar with remote check-in,… Continue Reading


An Easy 41,800 Points + Free Nights with IHG Rewards Club Accelerate Promotion

IHG Rewards Club announced their Accelerate bonus point promotion and as usual, it consists of a variety of challenges you have to meet in order to earn the bonus. I actually like this set-up and wish other brands would get… Continue Reading