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March 26, 2020
New Tool! Compare Credit Card Bonus Offers on a Graph

We're excited to announce the launch of our new Card Maximizer tool. The idea of the tool is to help you quantitatively compare credit card offers. With this, you will get a quick overview of how the offers stack up. Feel free to check out the tool here, or keep reading to learn about what you can […]

November 22, 2019
Quick Guide to Award Ticket Stopover Rules

I decided to throw together a quick graphic comparing stopover and open-jaw rules for the most commonly earned airline miles for US travelers. I can't say how useful it will be, but hopefully it can be a quick guide to go with my more in-depth award ticket stopover and open-jaw master chart. If it's useful I can […]

November 22, 2019
12 Tools to Help You Book Your Next Award

If you've been earning miles long enough you're well aware that it's far easier to earn miles, than to burn miles. In a perfect world there would be a single tool available that enables you to search for award availability across all programs. Unfortunately, when it comes to booking award flights with your airline miles […]

November 22, 2019
Infographic Comparison of Airline Award Charts

Devaluations are never good. For one they make us spend more miles for award flights, and two they put me to work updating the airline award chart comparison infographics! Over the last year we saw a handful of devaluations including United, Delta (2x? 3x?), American Airlines, and US Airways. I have updated the airline award chart […]

January 31, 2020
Hotel Award Chart Comparison - Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott, IHG, Club Carlson, SPG

Over the weekend I created an infographic that compares all of the major hotel chain's award charts. I figure it's better to have this information summed up on one chart since the URL's of some award charts are always changing and hard to dig up when you need them the most. I'll keep the infographic updated as […]

November 22, 2019
Infographic Comparison of Major Airline's Business Class Award Charts

Over the weekend I put together a comprehensive visual guide comparing airline business class saver award charts. I have yet to find any other resources that combine all major airline award charts, so I thought it would be a neat thing to have a one-stop-shop way to compare which award charts offer the best value […]

January 31, 2020
Infographic Guide to United's MileagePlus Award Chart Devaluation (Before and After)

This week United announced that it will be raising the mileage redemption levels for some awards over 60%. That is a huge buzzkill in the miles & points world, but it's almost expected at some point across all loyalty programs. United specifically upped the mileage needed for some of the most popular redemptions such as Hawaii and First Class partner […]

January 31, 2020
Infographic Comparison of the Major Airline's Frequent Flyer Program Economy Award Charts

I love infographics. They're excellent resources for visual comparisons, so I thought it would be a great idea to create a few to show different comparisons of miles, points, and credit cards. I finally got around to touching up the details on the first project I've been putting together: a comparison of the different amounts […]

January 31, 2020
Mastering the ITA Matrix Advanced Options

As I went over last week, ITA Matrix is a great tool to familiarize yourself with so you can utilize it to find the best flights and create your ideal itineraries. This can all be done be using the tool to search for flights based on your preferences (as much as possible at least.) Part […]

November 22, 2019
How to Use the ITA Matrix Software

ITA Matrix Software is a great option to search for flights and to narrow down different route options via your preferences. Here is a simple "how to guide" and introduction of using the program to make award booking and travel more efficient for you. Part One: How to Use the ITA Matrix Software Part Two: […]

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