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.

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

Choice Hotels is running a promotion to earn a minimum of 8,000 bonus points after two stays. You need to register in advance and complete your two stays by August 1, 2022. Here are the details on this recurring Choice promotion that’s sometimes advertised as a $50 gift card offer. However, 8,000 Choice point can be a lot more valuable than a $50 gift card.

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.

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.

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

You can buy Radisson points with a 100% 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.

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.