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...]

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...]

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...]

I’m a Travel Hacker & You Should Be Too

I’ve read a lot of articles on a lot of travel blogs and combed over thousands of posts on flyertalk, but rarely does anyone discuss why they engage in the frequent flyer / points and miles / travel hacker (call it whatever you will) community.  Sure, we … [Read more...]

Will Delta Create a New Mileage Currency to Restrict Access to Business Class?

With all the miles being printed by the banks, it’s only a matter of time until we hear about an airline experimenting with yet another currency targeted at only their elite passengers. And that will be the only way to redeem for a seat in front. My … [Read more...]

The Devil’s Advocate and the Gift Card Crusade of Doom

From the desk of the Devil's Advocate... I'm sitting in a Fairfield Inn & Suites room in Dallas. On the desk in front of me, mocking me quietly, is a $200 Marriott gift card. Most of you have already heard about the current AmEx Sync deal … [Read more...]