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.

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.

Buy Radisson Rewards Points with Up to a 100% Bonus (0.35¢)

You can buy Radisson points with a 1000% bonus through May 9, 2022. This is as good of a promotion as we’ve seen on Radisson points. And it can make sense in a few situations to buy points to save on stays. Let’s look at whether this deal is “worth it” or not by going through a few examples.

Buy IHG Points With Up to an 80% Bonus (0.56¢ Each)

IHG is offering a sale to buy points with up to an 80% bonus on point purchases now through June 10, 2022. This sale provides members the ability to buy IHG points for as little as 0.56¢ 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. 

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.

Buy EVA Infinity MileageLands Miles With up to a 55% Bonus

Now through May 9, 2022, you can buy EVA Air Infinity MileageLands miles with up to a 55% bonus. This bonus can bring the effective price down to 2.58¢ per mile. That’s not a great rate. However, EVA allows open jaws, one-way awards, and allows 2 stopovers when booking round-trip awards. So, you might be able to really maximize the value you get from your miles.

You Can Buy Up to 100K Marriott Bonvoy Points During the Booking Process

Marriott Bonvoy members may be surprised to learn that they can now buy points during the booking process for a hotel room. While you’ve always been able to buy points, this new ability offers two improvements. First, it can be done during the booking process itself. Second, these points are in addition to your normal limits. Here’s what this means for travelers.