Ryan Smith

Staff Writer

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.

IHG and United Promotion Can Net You up to 15,000 Bonus Miles

A current promotion from IHG Rewards and United MilleagePlus offers members the chance to earn up to 15,000 bonus miles. Bonus miles are given on stays of 2+ nights. You’ll need to make some adjustments to your settings, in order to earn these miles. But, you don’t have to pay more than the best available room rate to get the bonus. The promotion runs through March 31, 2022, and here’s how you can participate.

New Choice Hotels Promotion: 8,000 Bonus Points After 2 Stays

Choice Hotels is running a promotion to earn 8,000 bonus points (worth at least $50 as a gas gift card) after two stays. You need to register in advance and complete your two stays by March 12, 2022. Here are the details on this recurring Choice promotion that they advertise as a $50 gift card offer—despite the fact that what you really earn is points.

Amex Hotels Mystery Bonus: Free Night, 25-30% Off, or Increased Property Credit

Amex Travel is running a mystery bonus promotion for Fine Hotels & Resorts and The Hotel Collection bookings. Offers vary by date and by hotel, and not all hotels will have a promotion available. Available deals include a free night, 25% off rooms, and 30% off suites. You must book by March 29 and travel by March 31, 2022. Here are some of the promotions that we’ve found.

Act Fast: Buy Emirates Skywards Miles with a 35% Discount (1.95¢ each)

Emirates just launched a flash sale to buy miles, offering a 35% discount on purchases through January 20, 2022. That’s a quick sale, but you have the opportunity to my Skywards miles for as little as 1.95¢ each. We’ve obviously seen cheaper deals to buy miles with other airlines, but considering what you can do with Emirates miles, it could be worth considering this. This is also better than the last few promotions we’ve seen from Emirates.