Ryan Smith

Senior Editor

Ryan is a writer and editor who first wrote for AwardWallet team in 2021 but has been around points and miles for several years. He has previously written at Miles to Memories and The Points Guy, as well.


After someone at his hostel in China said “I flew here for free using points,” Ryan was hooked. Ryan is on a mission to visit every country in the world and has less than 10 countries remaining. He will visit his final country in late 2023.


His wife joins him on many of his trips, and they enjoy snowboarding, diving, and seeing animals in the wild. When not traveling, Ryan is probably answering questions from his family about how he travels so much and whether all of this is illegal.

Buy EVA Infinity MileageLands Miles With up to a 30% Discount

Now through June 6, 2023, you can buy EVA Air Infinity MileageLands miles with up to a 30% discount. This discount can lower the effective price down to 2.8¢ per mile. Frankly this is not a great rate. However, EVA allows open jaws, one-way awards, and allows two stopovers when booking round-trip awards. So, you might want to use this promo to top off your account after exhausting your Citi and Capital One miles.

Bilt Rent Day June 2023: Solve the Challenge to Win Up to 100k Bilt Points or Biz Class to London or Dubai

Bilt Rent Day June 2023 is coming, and this one is a bit different. It's Bilt's birthday and they're giving everyone who solves the Bilt Rent Day Challenge a prize. You could win up to 100,000 Bilt points, free rent, or a round-trip, business-class ticket to London or Dubai. And these are in addition to the usual Bilt Rent Day promotions: double points, up to 250 bonus points through Point Quest, and free SoulCycle rides.

Plastiq Files for Bankruptcy: What This Means for You

We're big fans of putting all spending possible on credit cards to earn extra points and miles. When you have a bill you can't pay by credit card, third-party services may make that possible. One of the biggest of these services is Plastiq. However, Plastiq just filed for bankruptcy. If you use Plastiq to pay bills like rent, mortgage, or a car loan, here's what you should know about these proceedings.

How to Check Your Chase 5/24 Status for Free

Chase's 5/24 rule is one of the strictest — and one of the more famous — credit card application rules. However, Chase doesn't publicize this rule or tell you what your 5/24 status is. Here are the best free methods for checking your 5/24 status.

Current Citi Merchant Offers: Up to $50 or 10% Back with Hawaiian, JetBlue, Fuel & More

You might be more familiar with Amex Offers and Chase Offers, but Citi Merchant Offers can provide great rebates on travel purchases. They're available on most personal credit cards, and Citi Merchant Offers provide cash back as a flat amount or a percentage of your purchase, and current offers include JetBlue, Caesars Rewards, Hawaiian Airlines, trips, and gas. Here's a look at the current travel-related Citi Merchant Offers you might find.

Best Hotel Credit Cards With No Annual Fee in 2023

Hotel credit cards can offer many perks: automatic elite status, free night certificates, elevated earning rates at hotels in that program, etc. However, the fanciest perks are typically attached to credit cards with expensive annual fees. Looking at the other end of the spectrum, there are hotel credit cards with no annual fee. What do they offer? Should you add one to your wallet? Let's look.