American Airlines gave me four months of “Platinum Pro,” which is an elite status tier, not the name of an extended warranty on a laser printer.

I finally know what it feels like to be an upper-tier elite member!!! How to describe it? It’s not unlike the feeling you get when you pour pure maple syrup on a hot golden-brown waffle. Or the spark of excitement when you see a lover after an extended time apart. Now I know why peopleContinue reading “American Airlines gave me four months of “Platinum Pro,” which is an elite status tier, not the name of an extended warranty on a laser printer.”

How brutally are people going to game this new Citi card before it gets nerfed?

If you haven’t heard, Citi is introducing a new card in the Thank You Rewards portfolio. It doesn’t earn transferrable points on its own, but you can combine points with Citi’s premium cards. You know the drill. It’s not an especially compelling card, except that it rounds every transaction up to the nearest 10 rewardsContinue reading “How brutally are people going to game this new Citi card before it gets nerfed?”

Hilton’s Turkish hotel in Norway and two dream hotels that will probably never open

It’s no secret that I love Scandinavia. If you told me I could only ever travel to Scandinavia, I’d miss Paris but I’d be okay with it. The only problem with points-and-miles trips to Scandinavia is that the typical US-based hotel programs are much weaker there than elsewhere in Europe. Well, I should qualify that:Continue reading “Hilton’s Turkish hotel in Norway and two dream hotels that will probably never open”

Some Faroe Islands route news that will probably be out of date by the time I need to book any of these flights

Sometimes I don’t know whether I should write posts like this or just put out a series of tweets instead. If you go back through my past posts about the Faroe Islands, you’ll come across a lot of information that’s no longer true, since — as a tourist destination on the rise — things seemContinue reading “Some Faroe Islands route news that will probably be out of date by the time I need to book any of these flights”

Is the basic Morgan Stanley Amex card worth one of your precious, precious Amex slots?

While the Platinum card gets the majority of the attention paid to Morgan Stanley’s Amex co-brand cards, they do offer a no-annual-fee option for some reason. (I say “for some reason” since Morgan Stanley isn’t known for courting the type of people who would be averse to paying high annual fees — after all, theContinue reading “Is the basic Morgan Stanley Amex card worth one of your precious, precious Amex slots?”

Stuck on you: A review of the Hilton Molino Stucky Venice, a hotel in Venice with a really long name

I have a ton of reviews backlogged right now, so I might as well get to it. We’ll start with the Hilton Stucky Molino Venice, which is not named after a guy called “Stucky Molino,” in case you were wondering. I was disappointed by that fact, but I soldiered on and had a pretty niceContinue reading “Stuck on you: A review of the Hilton Molino Stucky Venice, a hotel in Venice with a really long name”

Could there be any reason to get the Skypass Select Visa Signature card besides maybe to own the libs?

It seems like a lot has happened in the credit card universe in 2018, both good and bad, so I’ll forgive you if you forgot that US Bank pulled a “hold my beer” on the Barclay Arrival Premier and farted out the worst credit card this side of First PREMIER Bank. To be more specific,Continue reading “Could there be any reason to get the Skypass Select Visa Signature card besides maybe to own the libs?”