Ryan Smith

Staff Writer

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.

Changes to Expedia Rewards Starting on February 1, 2022

Expedia is relaunching its rewards program on February 1, 2022. Expedia’s elite status will soon require earning “Trip Elements” and the earning rate for these elite status credits depend on what type of booking you make (flight, car, hotel, cruise). Here’s a quick briefer of the new rewards program, how you earn points, and the other details you should know about.

Marriott Launches New Promotion: Double Elite Night Credits Plus 1,000 Points Per Night

This morning, Marriott announced a new promotion offering double elite night credits plus 1,000 bonus points per night. This promotion is open for registration already, even though the stay period doesn’t begin until February 8. Here’s how to take advantage of this — and other Marriott promotions — to boost your Bonvoy account balance and fast-track your way to status.

Bilt Rewards Adds In-App, Real-Time Flight Award Search Feature

The Bilt Rewards app now offers an in-app, real-time flight award search feature. This is innovative and extremely useful. Other transferrable points currencies require you to go to the airline’s loyalty program, search there, come back to transfer your points, then back to the airline to make a booking. However, this only works on two airlines right now. Here’s a look at this innovative feature.

Complete Guide to Radisson Rewards & Radisson Rewards Americas

Radisson Rewards is the successor to the previous Club Carlson program and exists in two entities: Radisson Rewards Americas (North, Central, and South America) and Radisson Rewards (everywhere else). The programs are very similar other than that. Let’s take a deep dive into the Radisson Rewards programs to understand what they offer to you.

Marriott Agrees to Prominently Indicate Resort Fees, but With a Catch

It’s been more than two months since Marriott agreed to a legal settlement to clearly list resort fees on the first page of hotel results. Yet, it still hasn’t complied with this settlement. Even once it does, this settlement is a small win – but it’s not an “across the board” win due to several limitations. Here are the good and bad elements of this agreement, plus what consumers can do in the meantime.

IHG Rewards Changes Coming in March 2022: New Elite Status Tiers & Higher Requirements

IHG Rewards just announced changes to its loyalty program, coming in March 2022. Elite status will have more tiers, and earning this status just got more complicated. Additionally, IHG’s announcement means the info you see online/in the app is no longer correct. But, IHG promises “more fun” and “enhanced benefits” coming soon. Let’s dig in to what we know so far.