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.

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.

Chase Ink Business Premier® Credit Card Review

Chase announced the launch of its Ink Business Premier℠ Credit Card in December of 2021. At the time, the card was only available to those with a Business Relationship Manager. Now, the card is now publicly available. Here's a deeper look at how this card compares to other small business cards, including the welcome offer, earning structure, and what makes it different than other cards.

Renew InterContinental Ambassador Status, Get 20,000 Bonus Points

IHG is offering a promotion to sign up for or renew an InterContinental Ambassador status by December 31, 2022 and receive 20,000 bonus points. To score the bonus points, this promotion also requires staying two nights with select IHG hotel brands. For those interested, here's a look at the details of this promotion.

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.

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.

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.