My #30kToNowhere Mileage Run Cost Only 3.99 CPM… Or Did It?

From the desk of the Devil's Advocate… The flights have been flown, the cheap lounge liquors imbibed, the snarky tweets tweeted, and after 24 flights over a period of 84 days, it is official. I am somebody. OK, so I'm only somebody when I'm on US … [Read more...]

Why You Shouldn’t Get a Hyatt Visa for the 20% Rebate

From the desk of the Devil's Advocate… Today's post begins with a disclaimer, which I feel is always the best way to start off a post. In my mind, it absolves me of all responsibility for what follows. In fact, if Scott would let me, I would start every post … [Read more...]

It’s the End of the Delta SkyMiles Award Chart, and I Feel Fine

From the desk of the Devil's Advocate…OK, let's get the obligatory disclaimer out of the way first. I detest Delta SkyMiles. I currently have 478 SkyMiles in my account and as far as I'm concerned that's 478 SkyMiles too many. I'd love to get rid of them by … [Read more...]

Devil’s Advocate Trip Review: Spirit Air A319 Las Vegas to LAX

From the desk of the Devil's Advocate… I'm so excited! I finally had a chance to try out Spirit Airlines' Hey-Buddy-Nothing-In-Life-Is-Free Class of service last week, and all I can say is... wow! Everyone loves to rag on Spirit, so as the Devil's Advocate, … [Read more...]

The Best Use for Citi ThankYou Points Isn’t the Transfer Partners

From the desk of the Devil's Advocate… Everyone knows I relish being combative, but here's a case where I actually agree with the Conventional Wisdom. At least some of it. Citibank has now added a 10th new transfer partner to their ThankYou Rewards program, … [Read more...]

How Much is a Credit Inquiry Worth? Seriously, I’m Asking.

From the desk of the Devil's Advocate… Posing a question in a blog headline typically means the writer of the post already knows the answer and will deign to share it only if you click on his or her link. However, as you probably know, I am not a … [Read more...]

Mileage Runs are Dead, so How’d I End Up on a Flight with Frequent Miler and Heels First Travel?

From the desk of the Devil's Advocate… I'm way too old for this. As I write this, I'm on a flight from Las Vegas to Philadelphia. I have absolutely no reason to go to Philadelphia. In fact I'll be spending approximately 90 minutes in Philadelphia before I … [Read more...]

I’m Switching My Loyalty and I (Don’t) Really Mean It This Time!

From the desk of the Devil's Advocate... I've had it. I'm done. Done. I've been disappointed too often, spent too much time and energy giving my undying loyalty to an organization that promised me there would be something at the end of the rainbow. I was … [Read more...]

Why 90,000 Virgin Atlantic Miles Are Worthless. Or Priceless. I’m Not Sure.

From the desk of the Devil's Advocate... I have to admit I'm conflicted. The past week has seen the return of the 90,000-mile signup bonus for the Virgin Atlantic MasterCard. The Conventional Wisdom is that this bonus is potentially worth getting for partner … [Read more...]