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 written at Forbes Advisor, CNBC Select, Miles to Memories, The Points Guy, and USA Today Blueprint.


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.

Aeroplan Credit Card: Quality Perks, Valuable Points & a Modest Annual Fee

Even if you don't plan to visit Canada, there are reasons why you should care about the Aeroplan loyalty program. Its points can provide fantastic value. And the simplest way to earn a pile of Aeroplan points is through a credit card welcome bonus, such as the Aeroplan® Credit Card. Need help deciding if this card is right for you? Let's dive into the Aeroplan Card.

Who is Eligible for the Bonus on the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite Mastercard®

Every time I see a good bonus on a credit card, my fingers get itchy. I'm ready to apply. I'm already dreaming of where those points and miles can take me. However, I always need to bounce back to reality for a minute. "Am I eligible for this sign-up bonus?" is an important question to ask. Here's a look at some common questions and answers about eligibility for the Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite Mastercard®.

Wells Fargo and Choice Privileges Launch 2 New Credit Cards Offering Up to 90K Bonus Points

This month, Choice Privileges launched two new credit cards issued by Wells Fargo. The welcome bonuses can yield up to 90,000 points, which fans of Choice Privileges will love. But there's a lot to love beyond just the sign-up bonus. In fact, even if you value Choice points at 0.35 cents each, one perk alone justifies the reasonable annual fee. Here's a closer look at the details so you can decide whether to apply for or keep these cards long-term.

Your Complete Guide to American Airlines AAdvantage Loyalty Points

In March 2022, American Airlines completely overhauled its AAdvantage loyalty program. Now, those pursuing elite status need to focus on just one thing: Loyalty Points. In this comprehensive guide, we look at the many ways to earn Loyalty Points (and the pitfalls to avoid) to help you on your way toward AAdvantage elite status.

What is My Chase Plan and How Does it Work?

My Chase Plan is a fixed payments option with Chase that can allow you to pay off larger credit card purchases over time.Today, we'll take a look at what this is, how it works, and the pros and cons. That way, you can make the right decision on whether or not to use it on your credit cards.

How You’ll Earn and Redeem Alaska Airlines Miles on Air Tahiti Nui

Air Tahiti Nui just launched a second destination for flights in the U.S.: Seattle. This route addition comes just a few months after launching a partnership with Alaska Airlines. Alaska flyers can now earn and redeem miles between the U.S. and Tahiti on Air Tahiti Nui's two routes to the U.S. (Los Angeles and Seattle). Here are the quite-appealing redemption rates.