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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Targeted spending offer: $200 back on $1K in Delta purchases + 2x US restaurant / US supermarkets

There is a new targeted spending bonus available for some Amex Delta cardholders: get 1 additional point per dollar spent at US restaurants and US Supermarkets, plus get $200 back when you make $1,000 or more in Delta purchases during the promotional period (must first register by 2/15/19 and then spend by 7/15/19). The Deal There’s a new targeted spending offer available to some Amex Delta cardholders: get an additional 1x at US restaurants and US Supermarkets (for a total of 2x) plus…

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Update: Get National Executive Elite status through Feb 2021 w/ Amex

Update: A reader reports registering now (in January 2019) and receiving Executive Elite status through February 2021 (H/T: Happy). I think that is likely accurate. My wife just did this. She previously had National Executive status courtesy of her Business Platinum card. She then did this match and her status immediately updated to Executive Elite. While it no longer shows the expiration date, it says that the membership is valid for the remainder of the year in which you…

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Are points worth what they buy or what they save?

If your employer offered to pay the next $1,100 you earn in pizza, what would you say? Unless you work at a pizzeria and they’re offering to let you sell your pizza share or something, you’d probably be skeptical at best about choosing pizza over cold hard cash. Why? That’s a silly question, but the obvious answer is that you can’t pay the mortgage with pizza, you can’t buy clothes with pizza, etc. The pizza…

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Match M Life back to Hyatt Explorist ’till Feb 2020

Thanks to World of Hyatt’s partnership with the M Life, the loyalty program of MGM resorts & casinos, you can enjoy reciprocal status between the two programs. Hyatt Explorist and above matches to M Life Gold. If you previously matched your Hyatt Explorist status to M Life Gold, you can now match back from M Life Gold for this year and pick up 4 new club lounge access upgrades that are valid through February 2020…

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Los Angeles to Australia from $477 RT nonstop

Thrifty Traveler Premium just sent out a hot deal if you’re looking for economy class flights to Australia: from just $476 round trip nonstop from Los Angeles to Sydney, $480 to Brisbane, and several other Australian cities in the $500’s. Availability varies from one city to another, but great prices are widely available through almost the end of the schedule. The Deal Cheap round trip nonstop flights from Los Angeles to several Australian cities from $476 RT…

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Buy Hilton points for half a cent each through 2/26/18

Hilton Honors is once again offering a “100% bonus” when you purchase Hilton Honors points. That works out to a price of .5 cents each. In yesterday’s post (See: Does it ever make sense to spend on a Hilton card?), I noted that it doesn’t make much sense to use Hilton credit cards on unbonused spend since you could use a cash back card and then use the cash back to buy Hilton points in a…

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Does it ever make sense to spend on a Hilton card?

Over the weekend, my wife and I found ourselves in a situation where we could generate a lot of spend at very low cost. That particular opportunity isn’t the subject of this post. Unfortunately, we didn’t have access to our entire portfolio of cards, so we looked for bandwidth where we could find it. We happened to have a Hilton Aspire card on us. Would it make sense to spend on that card to generate…

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Pack light? “$49” one-ways to Europe (round trip purchase required, basic econ)

WOW Air is offering unbelievably cheap flights on select dates through March 11th: just $49 one-way from the US to quite a few cities in Europe. The catches are several: First, round trip travel appears to be required (I’ve found several dates with $49 pricing if I’m searching round trip, but the price is much higher when searching one-way). Second, return flights are more expensive (from around $120 for the flight back home, though many dates…

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Easy 1K United miles for UA cardholders

If you have any of the Chase United Visa cards, you can earn 1,000 free and easy United MileagePlus miles by downloading/updating the United MileagePlus X app and enrolling in Visa Rewards with your Chase United Visa. Note that this should be open to all United cardholders. I only have the fee-free Chase United MileagePlus card (not available for applications, only as a downgrade from the United MileagePlus Explorer card). I was able to successfully enroll for…

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