The Metal Amex Platinum Is Here + Changes to the Earning Rates

The Metal Amex Platinum Is Here + Changes to the Earning Rates

The American Express Platinum Card will now be issued in a metal version, and the earn rates are also changing from a flat 1.25x to a “3-2-1” tiered structure that rewards dining and travel.


Last Chance for Cheaper Marriott Luxury Hotels!

Last Chance for Cheaper Marriott Luxury Hotels!

There’s less than a month left to book top-tier luxury Marriott hotels for 60,000 points a night. In this article, I walk you through which properties you should aim for and which to avoid.


Review: United Polaris Lounge Chicago

Review: United Polaris Lounge Chicago

United’s Polaris Lounges are taking the North American premium cabin ground experience to a whole new level. Discover all that the Chicago Polaris Lounge has to offer.


Get the Amex US SPG Card Before It's Gone!

Get the Amex US SPG Card Before It's Gone!

With the introduction of Marriott Bonvoy, Amex US is phasing out their personal SPG Card, so it’s your last chance to grab the 75,000-point bonus if you haven’t already.


Keeping It Weird in Portland

Keeping It Weird in Portland

I spent four days discovering all the “weird” sights, sounds, and smells that Portland has to offer. Here’s a rundown of what to do in the Pacific Northwest’s quirky youngest sibling.


The Best Ways to Use Amex Cobalt Points

The Best Ways to Use Amex Cobalt Points

With airline transfers off the table, there are three major ways to redeem the MR Select points you earn from the Amex Cobalt Card. Let’s walk through when each option makes the most sense.


Impressions from Round-the-World 2019, Part 1

Impressions from Round-the-World 2019, Part 1

Immediate impressions from the first half of my round-the-world journey, which brought me to Beijing via Accra, Istanbul, Perth, Auckland, and a sweet ride on Singapore Suites.


Applying for a Ghana Visa

Applying for a Ghana Visa

I share my recent experience applying for a Ghana visa as a Canadian citizen. Here’s all you need to know for getting the necessary documents to visit the West African country.


What's the "Point"? Saving Money vs. Living the Life

What's the "Point"? Saving Money vs. Living the Life

Should we earn and redeem points primarily to save money on travel, or should we use them to achieve a certain elevated lifestyle? And is one perspective necessarily better than the other?


Review: Marriott Portland Downtown Waterfront

Review: Marriott Portland Downtown Waterfront

I stayed at the Marriott Portland Downtown Waterfront for four nights during my recent trip to the West Coast. Here’s my review of the guest rooms and M Club lounge at the hotel.


Infographic: The Amex Flowchart in Two-Player Mode

Infographic: The Amex Flowchart in Two-Player Mode

Here’s the American Express Credit Card Flowchart for those of you playing in two-player mode. Learn how to play your cards right to maximize the total household gain!


How to Book the Cook with Singapore Airlines

How to Book the Cook with Singapore Airlines

All you need to know about the Book the Cook service, a unique feature that allows premium passengers to pre-order their meals from a wide range of gourmet dishes.


WestJet Elites Will Get Unlimited Lounge Access

WestJet Elites Will Get Unlimited Lounge Access

WestJet has made an improvement to their WestJet Rewards loyalty program, providing its top-tier elite members with unlimited lounge access in 10 airports worldwide.


Review: Asiana Airlines First Class Seoul to Los Angeles

Review: Asiana Airlines First Class Seoul to Los Angeles

From the enclosed private suite to the impressive Korean and Western dinner menu, here’s the full review from my Asiana Airlines First Class flight across the Pacific this past summer.


Booked: The Crazy Aeroplan Trip

Booked: The Crazy Aeroplan Trip

A new First Class adventure, four continents, seven countries, 16 flights – all in one spectacular Aeroplan redemption (okay, maybe two). This promises to be a trip to remember!


How to Finesse Your Way to Marriott Platinum Elite

How to Finesse Your Way to Marriott Platinum Elite

Looking for an easy route to free breakfast and lounge access at Marriott hotels?? Here are a few creative ways to achieve 50 qualifying nights and attain that lucrative Platinum Elite status level.


New Video: Asiana Airlines First Class Review!

New Video: Asiana Airlines First Class Review!

Watch the latest installment in my First Class video series, this time from onboard Asiana Airlines First Class from Seoul to Los Angeles!


Impressions from Paris & South East Asia 2018

Impressions from Paris & South East Asia 2018

My usual post-trip update, in which I share with you the initial impressions from my recent round-the-world luxury hotel trip. And wow, what a trip it was!


Marriott Bonvoy to Launch February 13

Marriott Bonvoy to Launch February 13

Bonvoy-age! The new Marriott loyalty program will be named Marriott Bonvoy and will launch on February 13, 2019. Here are all the details.


Review: Asiana Airlines First Class Lounge Seoul

Review: Asiana Airlines First Class Lounge Seoul

I visited the Asiana Airlines First Class Lounge at Seoul Incheon Airport before my flight to Los Angeles, although I was a little disappointed with many aspects of the lounge.