Author Archive: Geo

Churning the 100k Amex Hilton Upgrade Offer! [2017.5 Update: Third Upgrade Success!]

Update 2017.5.30: I just chatted with an Amex rep and my third upgrade round for 100,000 Hilton points is pending! Hopefully the points will post today so I can try to downgrade and upgrade one more time before the offer expires on May 31. If you haven’t upgraded yet and are eligible via the link below, now is the time! Introduction American Express…
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The Lounge at BOS Review

The Lounge at Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) is one of three airside Priority Pass accessible lounges at BOS. I was recently flying Jet Blue out of the C terminal and stopped in for a light breakfast and pre-departure beverage. Access is provided for all C Terminal departures EXCLUDING Gate C40 and C42, and from Terminal E via the walkway near Gate E1. While The Lounge is…
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Chase Ink Preferred Referrals Now Available! 20k UR per referral!

The Chase Ink Preferred business card is now available for participation in the Chase Refer-A-Friend program. The referrer will receive 20,000 Ultimate Reward (UR) points per referral up to 100,000 UR per year. The referred will receive the standard public offer of 80,000 UR after spending $5,000 in 90 days. To generate referrals for an eligible Chase account, click here. Once you…
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American Airlines Award Availability – A Warning

Introduction American Airlines (AA) miles used to be one of the most sought after currencies for frequent fliers looking for outsized value when traveling on AA metal, both domestically and abroad. When AA completed their merger with US Airways in 2015, Saver award availability suddenly became scarce. With a few exceptions (flights to/from Asia), award availability remains relatively dismal. We recently told you about a 25%…
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Radpad Review: Pay Rent With a Credit Card (2017.4 Update: Apple/Android Pay No Longer Count As Travel)

2017.4 Update: Recent data points imply that, starting from Apr 21, 2017, Radpad + Apple Pay / Android Pay no longer counts as travel purchases, and thus no longer earns 3x points on CSR/Prestige. Data points: 1, 2, 3. If you still want to potentially earn 3x UR on Rent, check out Plastiq. Introduction RadPad is primarily a residential rental finder website/app…
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Delta Sky Club Seattle (Terminal A) – Review

In October 2016, Delta opened a new Sky Club in Terminal A of SeaTac International Airport to complement the existing, smaller Sky Club at the South Satellite terminal. Though normally an Alaska loyalist, I took advantage of a recent opportunity to fly Delta with the sole purpose of checking out the new SkyLounge. In short, Delta spent $24 million to construct one of the nicest domestic…
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AMEX Centurion Lounge Seattle (SEA) – Review

As a resident of Seattle, I am happy to report that expansion of the AMEX Centurion Studio into a full Centurion Lounge at SeaTac International Airport is now complete (ahead of schedule!). The expansion, which includes a new full-service bar, additional seating, and a shower, adds approximately 1,400 square feet of much-needed space to the smallest of AMEX’s seven domestic Centurion Lounges. The expanded space has…
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Chase Ultimate Rewards (UR) Part 2 – Burning UR

In the first installment of the Guide to Transferrable Points Currencies, we discussed the different ways in which you can earn Earning Chase Ultimate Rewards (UR). In Part 2 – Burning UR, we discuss how to redeem these points. 0. Overview There are four main redemption options for spending UR: Click “Explore and book travel” under “Use points” if you choose to redeem your UR…
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