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.

[Implementation Delayed] Marriott Agrees to Prominently Indicate Resort Fees, but With a Catch

In late 2021, Marriott agreed to a legal settlement to clearly list resort fees (and other mandatory fees) on the first page of hotel results. Yet, it still hasn’t complied with this settlement, even as today marks the originally-agreed-upon deadline for doing so. 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 you can do in the meantime to compare the all-in prices for Marriott hotels.

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

Singapore Spontaneous Escapes price-busting award bookings are back! After returning in spring 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 September 2022. However, you need to book by August 31. So, act fast.

Buy IHG Points With Up to a 75% Bonus (0.57¢ Each)

IHG just extended its sale to buy points, now with up to a 75% bonus on point purchases now through September 10, 2022. This sale gives members the chance to buy IHG points for as little as 0.57¢ 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.

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

Now through August 18, 2022, you can buy EVA Air Infinity MileageLands miles with up to a 30% discount. This discount can bring the effective price down to 2.8¢ per mile. That’s 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.

Airlines That Still Allow Free Changes on Award Bookings

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many airlines began allowing free changes on award bookings and cash tickets. Some of them have friendlier policies than others. Moreover, some of these policies are permanent, while others are temporary. Policies that were set to end saw extensions with some airlines, so here is the latest.

Buy Aeroplan Points With Up to a 100% Bonus (1.35¢ per Point)

Aeroplan only got into the business of selling points recently, but they’re back with another promotion to buy points with up to a 100% 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 1.35¢ per mile. This promotion runs through July 20, 2022.

Buy Emirates Skywards Miles with Up to a 45% Bonus

Emirates just launched a new sale to buy Skywards miles, offering up to a 45% bonus on purchases through July 15, 2022. For the next week, you can buy Skywards miles for 2.07¢ 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.