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.

Chase Adds $10 Monthly Credits for Gopuff on Most Cards Through 2023

Great news Chase cardholders! You now get $10 in monthly statement credits for Gopuff -- a delivery service offering everything from baby supplies to alcohol. Normally, "limited-time" credits are for a few months. However, this perk will last through all of 2023 and is available on all Chase credit cards. Here are the details.

Chase Adds Perks to United Club Infinite Card Without Increasing Fee

Nowadays, credit cards rarely get new or additional perks without an increase to the annual fee. But, Chase has just improved the United Club Infinite without changing its fee. New benefits include discounts on United economy awards, free elite status, bonus miles, and upgrades for companions. Here's what you need to know about the new perks.

Year-End Strategies for Earning Top-Tier Hotel Elite Status

There's not much left of 2021, but there is still time to plan for and achieve top-tier hotel elite status with several programs. Due to various promotions with hotel loyalty program, earning elite status now—and carrying it through next year—is still on the table. Here are the various routes you could take to earn top-tier elite status with hotel loyalty programs.

Marriott Bonvoy to Extend Elite Status, Free Night Awards, and More

Lots of news coming out of Marriott Bonvoy this week. Yesterday we shared that Marriott is eliminating its award chart. But, not all of the news is bad. Marriott is extending elite status, Free Night Awards, Suite Night Awards, and extending its pause on point expiration. Here's what you need to know about which Marriott perks are extended and until when.