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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Hunting for value, giving it all to Google, a slice of paradise and more

Do you have a lot of Emirates Skywards miles? Of course you do — since they are an Amex transfer partner, Capital One transfer partner, and now a Chase transfer partner, watch this week’s Frequent Miler on the Air broadcast where we discuss the scenarios in which you could score a win with Emirates. Also: have we given too much to Google? What new offer has us excited? Those answers and a pop quiz in…

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5% payout bonus from TopCashBack w/ Amex GC cashout

TopCashBack is offering a 5% bonus when you cash out via American Express gift card. That’s awesome since it gives you a chance to boost the purchasing power of your cash back balance — and also to lock in that 5% bonus for third party merchant gift cards since you could cash out for the Amex Gift Card and then use it to buy 3rd party gift cards. The Deal TopCashBack is offering a 5% bonus when you…

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Twenty 500-mile upgrades & fast track to AA status via targeted offer

American Airlines Planes

A reader sent us a tip yesterday that he and and his wife both received offers to fast track to American Airlines AAdvantage Platinum status that sounded pretty interesting as the offer included twenty 500-mile upgrades form the outset just for registering. Here is the text of the email — note that I’m adding strikeout text where I think it belongs since the text as copied by reader Mark didn’t include it: You’ve been exclusively selected to…

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42K Alaska Airlines miles with new business card offer

Alaska Airlines Companion Fare

The Alaska Airlines Visa Business Card is now offering an increased welcome offer of 42,000 miles (and the usual $99 + taxes companion fare) after spending $2,000 in the first 90 days. That’s an increase of a couple thousand miles. Given how valuable Alaska miles are, every little bit counts. Furthermore, some people are reporting receiving a second offer letter after approval to get $100 back after spending $500 on the card, so it may get even…

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$100 back on $500 at select Marriott brands

There is a new (targeted, but widely available) Amex Offer out today good for $100 back via statement credit when you spend $500 or more at select Marriott Bonvoy luxury brands. This one is good at the higher-end brands, though you may be able to lock in the savings to use at other brands by buying a gift card at one of the included brands if you’re able to find one that sells gift cards at the…

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Conrad Bora Bora vs St. Regis Bora Bora: Which was better?

Fair warning: this post is going to be long. After spending the past week in Bora-Bora, I can unequivocally say that it was the most stunningly beautiful place I have seen in my travels to ~60 different countries (so much so that I’ll have a separate post that is much less content-heavy and mostly full of pictures of some of the scenic beauty you can expect here). Everyone looks for something different out of their…

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11K Economy class Minneapolis to Europe, 40k Business class Toronto to Europe [September 2019 Flying Blue Promo Rewards]

Air France

The September 2019 Flying Blue Promo Rewards are out, good for travel from October 31 to December 30, and this time Minneapolis makes the list with economy class seats discounted by 50% and business class seats from Toronto discounted by 25%. Of course, nobody knows exactly what that means since pricing is so variable, but thus far I’ve found economy class flights from under 11K one-way between Minneapolis and Europe. Business class flights from Toronto are…

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(EXPIRED) Extended to 9/6: Amazing Delta vacation packages promo: get 2c per mile + earn miles

Delta is offering an amazing promotion on Vacation Packages, giving you 2 cents per mile in value when booking vacation packages through Friday, August 30 September 6, 2019. That’s a great deal for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that you can often get a better deal on a vacation package than you can when booking the flight alone. You’ll also earn miles on these bookings as though they were paid tickets. If…

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Booking a flight? It’s worth checking vacation packages

Last night, we reported on a terrific deal running for the next few days that allows you to redeem Delta Sky Miles at a value of 2 cents each toward vacation packages. That deal is special for two separate but equally important reasons: first, it’s a better value for SkyMiles than you’ll generally get when redeeming for Delta flight; second, airline vacation packages can often be a great way to save a lot of money…

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