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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Hilton devaluation? 120K “standard” rooms at new Maldives property

Has Hilton devalued its nonexistent award chart? If the new Waldorf-Astoria property opening this year in the Maldives is an indication, it might. “Standard” rooms at this property are now available for booking — for 120,000 Hilton points per night. While that’s exciting on the one hand in the sense that it’s a great value compared to paid rates (and considering how often you can buy Hilton points cheaply), on the other hand it’s a huge increase…

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Bon Voyage, Marriott. Last-minute checklist before Bonvoy

Bon Voyage, Marriott Rewards. Hello, Bonvoy. Marriott Rewards as we know it will cease to exist on Wednesday, February 13, 2019. In its place, we’ll get Marriott Bonvoy, the new loyalty program covering the combined Marriott, Starwood Preferred Guest, and Ritz-Carlton Rewards programs. Here’s how you can prepare. Screen shot everything A great ongoing piece of advice for your life is to screen shot everything. By that, I mean to take pictures of key web pages.…

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Make your 4x appear, outgrowing biz class, a Disney switch, and using Maps to save places

In this week in review around the web, read about how to pester Amex to properly credit your points, the change that might alleviate tax on referrals next year, using Maps to save your destinations, and more. Read on for this weekend’s recap. How to Get Your 4x MR Points for US Restaurants on Your Amex Gold Card When Amex Only Gave You 1x Citi’s move to 5x at restaurants has kind of put Amex’s problems…

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Last Chance Cards: Marriott/SPG cards being pulled, Southwest offer ending

This post is a reminder that the coming days are your last chance ever to sign up for a couple of the cards from the Marriott portfolio, while the limited-time welcome offer for a Southwest Companion Pass with a single credit card is set to end on Monday. Read on for a summary of key dates and info. Last chance ever on two Marriott cards Both the Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Business card and Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American…

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New tools (a cool one to find flight awards, a useless one for hotels) reviewing redemptions in Hawaii and more

This week at Frequent Miler, we focused some attention on the redemption side of earning and burning your points. From a new tool that might save you time and miles to another that is wildly inaccurate (I’m looking at you, Hilton), we reviewed new options for your arsenal. See summaries of recent redemptions in Hawaii, why Greg’s going back to the iPhone, and more in this Frequent Miler week in review. Juicy Miles: Finally, a…

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(EXPIRED) Up to 40% off awards to Tahiti (must book today, econ only)

United is offering up to 40% off on economy class award tickets to Tahiti depending on your elite / cardholder status. Note that this sale is only available until 11:59pm on 2/8/19 in the local time of your airport of origin — so you only have a few hours to take advantage of this one, but if you can take advantage the savings is potentially worth it. The Deal Save up to 40% on economy class award tickets to/from Tahiti with United…

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Business class Europe to USA from $400’s one way

Just the other day, we wrote about some fantastic fares on TAP Air Portugal. Today, TAP is running an even better deal, albeit limited to bookings made by Sunday for travel that commences through February 28th (and completes by March 31, 2019): get 50% off all fares. That’s half off on economy class or half off on business class. If you originate in Scandinavia, that can make for some fares from about $420 one-way to Toronto or the higher $400’s…

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Bonus miles with Alaska, AA, and United Airlines shopping portals

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Shopping, American Airlines AAdvantage eShopping, and United Mileage Plus Shopping are all offering shopping portal bonuses starting today and valid for purchases through February 17, 2019. All three are running the same deal: Spend $200 by February 17, 2019 at 11:59pm ET, get 400 bonus miles. That’s an extra 2 miles per dollar if you spend exactly $200, so be sure to factor that in when comparing portals. Links to the offers (click the airline…

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Comparing Hyatt in Hawaii: Kauai vs Maui

Over the past couple of weeks, I had the chance to enjoy some time in Hawaii, which is truly one of my favorite destinations in the world. I recently said that before I went to Hawaii for the first time years ago, I imagined it to be like a celebrity crush: easy on the eyes, but you’re probably not going to fall in love. Of course, I was wrong and Hawaii turned out to be…

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