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Hilton finally claws back my points. Are they watching me?

For the past year, I've had almost 600,000 Hilton points that I didn't deserve.  It all started more than a year ago when my Hilton account was hacked and points were stolen. Twice.  The...
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Transferable Points Report Card: Amex vs Chase vs Citi vs Capital One [2020 Edition]

This is an update to a post previously published in January 2019.  It was time to refresh this post anyway, but in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, I realized the need to make the...

(EXPIRED) [Update: Aeroplan makes it right] Buy Aeroplan miles from $0.01 each….if you dare

Update 5/7/20: When the sale went live this morning, demand was strong enough that the first two levels sold out quickly and the servers predictably couldn't handle the traffic. Many members couldn't even get...

What are Marriott Bonvoy points worth?

For years we have listed Marriott points as being worth 0.72 cents each.  This was based on the average redemption value reported in 2017 by a company that no longer exists (Pointimize).  For details...

Update: Capital One gift card redemptions back (but no hotel cards)

Update 4/30/20: A couple of readers commented yesterday (here and here) to let us know that gift card redemptions are back. Unfortunately, there are not currently any hotel chain gift cards available (including the...
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Aeroplan extends free cancellation to June 30th

Air Canada's Aeroplan has announced that they are extending free cancellations on award tickets. Members can cancel free of charge through June 30th and receive all of their Aeroplan Miles back in their account, plus a...

Virgin Atlantic in financial ruin. Should I burn my million miles? On my mind…

In 2016, I exchanged 1.2 million Virgin Atlantic miles for an all-inclusive week on Richard Branson's Necker Island.  My wife and I loved it.  The experience was incredible.  It was absolutely worth the high...

Choice rebate on gift card redemptions (poor value)

Choice Privileges is offering a 10% rebate when you redeem your Choice points for gift cards. That still makes for a poor redemption that ordinarily wouldn't be notable, but with some other programs and credit...

Non-travel point redemptions that don’t stink

Since 2008, I haven't had a year go by without an international trip (a fact I had to double-check by going through old photos last night). This year may break that streak. For the...

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