Fly first class for 40K, value from SkyMiles, upgrade strategies and a 5 year road trip

It’s the weekend — welcome to our Frequent Miler week in review around the web, where we recap some good reads from around the ‘net. This week, we’ve got some great posts — from a first class redemption that is about to disappear to the anticipation of the ultimate cross-country road trip. Read on for more:

Top 8 Ways to Redeem Delta SkyMiles

Delta Out Of Paint

SkyMiles have long gotten a bad rap in the blogosphere. Jared at Thrifty Traveler shows us his top 8 ways to get strong value out of Delta’s currency. I’m not sure I’d book a flight at 1 cent per mile, but I’ll admit that I’ve been wanting to use some points to buy a bottle champagne in the Sky Club. My problem has been that I just haven’t flown Delta in ~30 years…thank goodness I booked through the Virgin Atlantic site recently :-). I’ll have to wait until next summer — somebody leave a bottle of Cristal for me at the Sky Club at JFK.

Last Week to Book This Amazing 40K Mile First Class Award!

Charlie at Running with Miles points out a fantastic award redemption that’s going away. I’ve flown this one in business class and I’m disappointed that I can’t find a time to fit in a first class award at 40K before the price goes up, because the ground experience in business was great. Definitely one to book if you can fit it into your travel plans.

How to Get a Spectacular Hotel Room Upgrade for Free

A recent suite upgrade I got at the Park Hyatt Chicago

This past weekend at the Chicago Seminars, I talked about emailing the hotel ahead of stays and how it resulted in some nice upgrades and surprises at various hotels around the world. This week, Brian McAdam outlines his approach – and he’s got a couple of parts in there I hadn’t considered (particularly the picture — loved that idea!) and will try out the next time I’m hoping for an upgrade.

The IHG Point Breaks map and sortable table is updated (October 30 2017 – January 2018)

We reported yesterday that the new IHG Point Breaks list is out. Dan at Points with a Crew took it a bit further and updated his map and sortable table. He’s been doing these for a long time and I find it super helpful — I’m a visual person, so the map works well for me and the sortable table is useful if you’re looking for a particular state/city/country/brand. If you’re looking to take advantage of this quarter’s PointBreaks or you just want to have it as a reference for your next road trip, this is a good page to bookmark.

Only One More Day Until I Quit My Job!

Do you dream of the ultimate cross-country road trip? What would it look like?  How long would it take? If you’ve ever seen the articles about the most efficient path for driving through all 48 continental states, you might know that it can be done in a week or so. That’s not what Stephen and Shae Pepper are about to do. They are preparing to embark on a 5-year, 50-state road trip that sounds fascinating. Reading this post made me excited for the adventure and at the same time anxious at the thought of leaving it all behind — and that led me to read several more of Stephen Pepper’s posts. I look forward to following this adventure.

That’s it for this week in review. Check back soon for this week’s last chance deals.

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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Thanks so much for including our post in the roundup 🙂

Brian McAdam

Nick and Greg, thanks very much for the shout-out. I figure if I can provide 1 meaningful travel hack for every thousand you provide, I’ll be helping a lot of people! In this case, I’m thrilled to be of service to your community.


It would’ve been helpful to mention the route in the description of the “40k miles in First” article. Don’t really need to click through unless you’re going to fly Australia to South Asia. On the positive, always appreciate these “this week around the web” posts. Thanks


Really disappointed to see the 40K first class gone. I barely knew you. >_<


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Thanks, Nick and Greg, for the inclusion of my post this week! Have a great rest of the weekend!