Ryan Smith

Writer and Editor

Ryan is a freelance writer and editor who joined the AwardWallet team in 2021 but has been around points and miles for several years. 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 recently passed the 150 mark.

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 Emirates Skywards Miles with Up to a 35% Discount (1.95¢ each)

Emirates just launched a new sale to buy Skywards miles, offering up to a 35% discount on purchases through May 27, 2022. For a little over a week, you can buy Skywards miles for 1.95¢ per mile. As is typical, this is a tiered promotion. So, here’s a look at how to get the best price — plus when buying miles might make sense.

Singapore Airlines Spontaneous Escapes: 30% Off Awards in June 2022

Singapore Spontaneous Escapes price-busting award bookings are back! After making their return in March 2022, Spontaneous Escapes are back again this month. These promotions offer KrisFlyer award bookings for 30% off on various routes, meaning you need fewer miles to book than normal. The latest list includes flights in June 2022. However, you need to book by May 31. So, act fast.

How to Book Lufthansa First Class Using Miles, Plus Current Routes

Booking yourself into a swanky Lufthansa first-class seat using points and miles is an aspiration for many in the points and miles hobby. Part of that may come from the fact that it’s not the easiest award ticket to get. Here’s how to book Lufthansa first class using miles, plus which routes are currently operating first class products.

Buy Aeroplan Points With Up to an 85% Bonus (1.46¢ per Point)

Aeroplan only got into the business of selling points last year, but they’re back with another promotion to buy points with up to an 85% bonus. This is one of the better prices we’ve seen from them. Bonus tiers depend on how many points you buy, but the purchase rate can be as low as 1.46¢ per mile. This promotion runs through May 20, 2022.

Plastiq Review: Pluses and Minuses of Paying Bills via Credit Card

The landscape of paying bills with credit cards has changed, so it’s worth overhauling our review of Plastiq — a service that allows you to pay nearly any bill with a credit card. While providing opportunities for increased spending is a positive, Plastiq charges fees for doing so. Are those fees worth it? And how does Plastiq work? Here’s a look at Plastiq, plus its strengths and weaknesses in terms of credit card rewards.

Buy Radisson Rewards Points with Up to a 100% Bonus (0.35¢)

You can buy Radisson points with a 1000% bonus through May 9, 2022. This is as good of a promotion as we’ve seen on Radisson points. And it can make sense in a few situations to buy points to save on stays. Let’s look at whether this deal is “worth it” or not by going through a few examples.

Buy IHG Points With Up to an 80% Bonus (0.56¢ Each)

IHG is offering a sale to buy points with up to an 80% bonus on point purchases now through June 10, 2022. This sale provides members the ability to buy IHG points for as little as 0.56¢ each. This falls short of the best price we have seen from IHG. Still, is it worth buying? Here’s a look at some things to consider. 

How to Use the Amex Platinum Card’s $200 Hotel Credit

One of the key benefits to help offset the annual fee of The Platinum Card® from American Express is the $200 in annual credits for hotel bookings. However, not just any hotel booking will suffice. Here’s how to use this perk each year and the benefits you can expect to receive when you actually visit the hotel.