About Nick Reyes

Nick Reyes is a (fairly) regular guy with an animalistic passion for maximizing the value of miles and money to travel the world in comfort and style. There is little in life that he loves more than finding a fantastic deal and helping you shop smarter & harder to achieve your travel dreams.

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Can MGM free nights be Hyatt qualifying nights?

World of Hyatt and MGM have a partnership that allows some reciprocal benefits. One key benefit for World of Hyatt members is that nights spent at MGM resorts count towards Hyatt status, which means that they qualify for promotions and for earning Hyatt points. That can be great since some MGM properties can be really cheap — sometimes under $30 per night (plus a ~$35 resort fee), so it can be a cheap way to…

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Marriott double elite nights being offered again [Targeted]

Marriott Bonvoy is once again offering a faster path to elite status for some members: emails are being sent out offering double elite night credits on paid stays. This offer is targeted. I would assume that to mean that only those with little / no stay activity to be eligible, but Stephen Pepper was targeted despite being on the verge of Platinum status already this year, so it’s worth checking to see if you’re eligible.…

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Kroger 4x fuel points promo: Visa, Mastercard, 3rd party [5/24-5/27]

Kroger is once again offering 4x fuel points on gift cards this weekend — this time both on 3rd party gift cards and on fixed-denomination Mastercard or Visa gift cards. This will be valid Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, May 24th-27th, 2019. This can certainly make for some great net discounts if you have a use for the fuel points and it can mean racking up some easy rewards if you’re using a credit card that earns…

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Book Southwest through Chase Ultimate Rewards again

According to reports over the weekend, Southwest Airlines flights can once again be booked with Chase Ultimate Rewards points. While Southwest flights have never shown up in the UR travel booking portal, it used to be possible to book Southwest flights over the phone with an Ultimate Rewards agent using your Ultimate Rewards points. However, when Chase switched to using Expedia on the back end last year, the ability to book Southwest flights with UR…

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Hilton flash sale: up to 50% off rooms in Japan, Korea, and Guam

Hilton Honors is offering a flash sale good for “up to 50% off” room rates in Japan, Korea, and Guam for bookings by May 24th and stays through September 30, 2019. While I often find these types of sales to be kind of gimmicky and not really as good as advertised, this one actually looks like it might be quite good (even if not exactly 50% off). If you’re interested in traveling to the region…

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Best routes to Europe, new routes w/ Qantas miles, getting to Gatwick and more

In this weekend’s Frequent Miler week in review around the web, read about your best options to Europe on miles from Travel is Free, a new option for piecing together those impossible awards, some cool AirBnB options that might bring me back to try again (after a rough AirBnB this week!), and more. Cheapest Miles To: Europe We’ve recently been publishing a sweet spot series taking a glance at each of the major transferable currencies.…

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Vegas wins without wagering, Chase sweet spots, impossible awards, and more

This week at Frequent Miler, we discussed a number of useful tools for maximizing the value of your points and miles: from program sweet spots to putting together hard-to-book awards and leveraging elite benefits and credit card perks for a free dinner and time-savings in Las Vegas, you can read all about tools you can use to play the game. How to piece together an impossible award Some awards just seem impossible to book —…

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Singapore biz class from Hong Kong for 62.3K & more with Spontaneous Escapes

Greg’s post this morning about How to piece together an impossible award reminded me that Singapore Airlines released their monthly Spontaneous Escapes this week, and there are a couple of sweet redemption opportunities on the list, including San Francisco to Hong Kong Update: (I had that backwards) Hong Kong to San Francisco for 62,300 KrisFlyer miles. The other US route on the list is Manchester to Houston in economy class for 24,150 miles. If you’ll be in Asia…

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Buy Avios pretty cheap through Spanish Groupon

Iberia Groupon

Update 5/17/19: This deal is back again. Prices are a bit higher this time for several of the packages, but the top package is a deal as it is enough Avios for an off-peak business class flight between New York, Boston, or Chicago and Madrid for less than $480. Of course, you’re at the mercy of Iberia availability, but that’s certainly not a bad deal. The Spanish version of Groupon is once again offering Iberia Avios for sale at…

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