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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Why Stephen should win #40KFaraway

Greg is the Frequent Miler. When we first announced the #40KFaraway challenge, I think it would have been fair for the average reader to assume that Greg would win. After all, out of the three of us, he’s the only one who has earned a million miles and points in a month. And he’s the only one to spend a week on Richard Branson’s private island. And he’s the only one to buy Sur La Table…

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10% back on Delta GCs via MyGiftCardsPlus

MyGiftCardsPlus, which is a gift card sale site connected to Swagbucks, is currently offering 10% cash back in the form of Swagbucks on Delta Gift Cards. The Deal Get the increased cash back rates at MyGiftCardsPlus when you buy a Delta Gift Card Direct link to this promotion Key Details Limit of $1,000 per household Quick Thoughts On the gift card page, you’ll just see the base cash back rate of 3% back on Delta Gift Cards. However, once…

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[EXTENDED to 10/31!] $1K Visa Gift Cards w/ $3.95 fee at Simon Malls

Update 8/21/19: As per communication from Simon corporate, this deal has now been extended once again and Simon Malls will sell $1,000 Visa Gift Cards with a $3.95 activation fee per gift card 10/31/19. As a reminder, this deal is open to all folks interested who come to the office and request the cards. New customers are welcome to buy, but see my post about Mistakes to avoid on $1K Simon Visa Gift Cards if you’re new…

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Tools and tricks: changing dates, social media strengths, and other tips

In last weekend’s Frequent Miler on the Air, Greg mentioned a quick tip that for what to (try to) do if you get stuck beyond the cancellation deadline on a hotel booking that you need to change. It was a great tip that I’ve found useful in the past and put to use fairly recently. That made me think of a few other things that I thought would be worth sharing together in one post…

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Luxury Hyatt suites for cash + 9K points per night. How exciting is that?

A couple of months ago, Greg wrote an awesome post about booking luxury Hyatt suites for really reasonable points prices in some cases (See: Finding extreme luxury in Hyatt Premium Suites). Then, last week, Charlie at Running With Miles uncovered what can be another gem: it is possible to book a standard cash rate and then upgrade to a premium suite for 9K points per night on top of the cash rate. That sounded awesome…

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15% back on Apple products via Drop

The Drop app is offering 150 points per dollar on Apple purchases, which equates to 15% back in the form of popular gift cards (like Amazon). That’s a huge rate of return for Apple purchases, so if you’re planning to buy any Apple products this is something to consider. Note that I’m not sure if there is a cap as to how much you can earn — see the offer for details if you have the Drop app.…

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Targeted 100K offer for Schwab Platinum

Charles Schwab is out with a targeted offer on the American Express Platinum for Schwab card that is good for 100,000 Membership Rewards points after $5,000 in purchases in the first 3 months. That’s a terrific offer for those who are targeted. The Deal Charles Schwab is out with a targeted offer on the American Express Platinum for Schwab to earn 100,000 Membership Rewards points after $5,000 in purchases in the first 90 days Direct link to more information (again,…

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GAP gift cards 20% off at Staples

Staples is offering 20% off on $50 GAP gift cards in-store this week with a limit of 2 per customer. That could be a nice chance to pick up some easy points. The Deal Staples is offering a $50 GAP gift card for $40 this week (20% off) Direct link to this promotion (on page 6 of this week’s ad) Key Details Max of 2 per customer Expires 8/24/19 In-store only Quick Thoughts You’ll want to…

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Turkish still a mixed bag, but patience helps

Over the past month and a half or so since we first posted the Turkish Miles & Smiles sweet spot to Hawaii (See: 7.5K each way to Hawaii: The sweetest spot we’ve been missing and then Forget email, book Turkish awards over the phone), we’ve heard from many, many readers who booked tickets successfully, many of whom have been pretty excited about booking multiple family members to Hawaii for 15,000 miles round trip per passenger.…

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