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Ross Denkin

Points and Miles Number Cruncher

Ross joined the AwardWallet team in 2019 and is a relative newcomer to the points and miles world. Introduced to award travel by his older brother in 2014, Ross dove headfirst into earning and burning points and miles currencies for his travels, both domestic and international. A frequent OneWorld traveler, especially within the U.S., Ross built his own tool to optimize mile redemptions using all OneWorld frequent flyer programs for travel on American Airlines.

 

Accompanying Ross on his points and miles journeys is his wife Elizabeth, an enthusiastic award traveler herself. Together they have redeemed over 1 million points and miles for travel to Ireland, Indonesia, Portugal, and the Maldives, as well as countless trips within North America. When not globetrotting, Ross is most likely found playing or watching sports, enjoying the outdoors, and searching premium cabin award inventory.

Flight Cancellation Period Passed? Trying Changing Your Flight to Save Your Award

Travel plans can change at the drop of a hat, especially in this day and age. If changes are required too close to scheduled travel, airline policies may seem to leave award travelers with no option but to forfeit the points or miles used for booking. However, that may not actually be the case. Here’s my strategy for saving award when you have to cancel at the last minute.

Air France/KLM Flying Blue Lowers Mileage Requirements for Transatlantic Economy Awards

Air France/KLM Flying Blue recently adjusted its award rates between North America and Europe. But surprisingly this is actually good news. Standard transatlantic economy class award rates now begin at just 15,000 miles. These new, lower redemption rates vary by city. Here’s a chart of the cheapest award prices we are finding on Flying Blue’s 39 transatlantic nonstop routes.

How I Used Points and Miles to Save on My Move Across the Country

Points and miles often help make incredibly lavish or exotic leisure travel possible. However, sometimes the most memorable points and miles redemptions come in the form of domestic travel – and not for vacations. For instance, points and miles helped drastically reduce the cost of travel ahead of a recent cross-country move. Here are my takeaways and some lessons for your travels.

How to Pay Taxes With a Credit Card (and When You Should)

Paying the IRS is never fun. But, if you must, it presents a fantastic opportunity to earn points and miles by paying taxes with a credit card. Most Americans only deal with paying taxes once per year on April 15. However, self-employed and contract workers need to make estimated quarterly tax payments throughout the year. And next payment is coming up on January 15, 2023. The good news: the processing fee to pay your taxes dropped for 2022!

Complete Guide to the Free Spirit Program from Spirit Airlines

Spirit Airlines refreshed their frequent flier program earlier this year, re-branding as Free Spirit. The new program rewards fliers more than ever. Generous points earning rates, coupled with flight redemptions starting as low as 2,500 points, means members can earn and burn their points quicker than ever. Plus, cash plus points redemptions are now an option as well!

The Secret Sweet Spots of Aeroplan Stopovers and Open Jaws

The Aeroplan program permits stopovers on award bookings for just 5,000 extra Aeroplan points. This feature allows travelers to build highly-customized itineraries as part of the same award. While an unlimited number of options exist, this article explores just few examples of how to make the most of Aeroplan stopovers and open jaw awards.

All the Ways to Save When Doing Your Taxes

It’s tax time! The process of preparing tax returns isn’t fun for anyone, and it can be made even worse if you have a surprise tax payment. Even if you don’t end up owing the IRS, you still may have to pay to get your taxes done. So, finding some savings along the way can ease the burden of filing taxes. In this article, we show you how to save this tax season.

How Does Bilt Stack Up for Earning Rewards by Paying Rent?

For points and miles enthusiasts, a great source of organic spending can be monthly rent payments. Unfortunately, many property management companies charge a sizable fee for paying by credit card. Now, there is a solution: Bilt. The new rewards system lets renters bypass all payment fees and even earn Bilt points along the way. But should Bilt replace your existing rent payment strategy?