Toni Perkins-Southam

Freelance Writer

Toni Perkins-Southam joined the AwardWallet team in 2017 as a moderator for AwardTravel 101, the original Facebook points and miles community, before later joining the AwardWallet Blog team as a freelance writer.


She is an award travel enthusiast who has been leveraging credit card rewards to travel around the world, for nearly free, with her husband and their four young children. Toni and her kids have spent the last several summers living in Europe, Central and South America and have encountered countless adventures throughout their travels.


Her passion is to inspire other big families by showing and teaching them that traveling with kids is not only logistically possible, but financially feasible for even the smallest of budgets.

How Citi Merchant Offers Works

Citi Merchant Offers gives card members even more options to save money when they load the offer and use their linked card to make purchases from hundreds of merchants. The offers are similar to Amex Offers, but with a few differences. Here's what you need to know.

Select Chase Cards Now Offer NEXUS Membership Fee Reimbursement

If your Chase credit card comes with a Global Entry/TSA PreCheck reimbursement benefit, you may have a new use. Chase recently, but quietly, added a new option to several of its cards: an application fee credit for the Trusted Traveler Program called NEXUS. But what is this program, and how do you use this benefit? You might be surprised to learn that NEXUS is a better option than Global Entry or TSA PreCheck.

Score IHG Platinum Elite Status in Just Five Nights Through New Fast Track Offer

IHG's latest fast track to Platinum Elite status promotion is live. Register anytime between now and March 12. Then, you will have 90 days to complete the stay requirements. You'll need just 5 nights to extend your Platinum Elite status through December 2023. Then again, you can score Platinum Elite status with zero nights with the right credit card. Here are the details of both options.

Hilton Finally Adds Ability to See Free Night Certificates Online

Historically, Hilton has made it relatively hard for its members to see and redeem their free night certificates. Hilton has now made it easier to view the awards and their expiration dates. Members can also view past certificates, as well as expiration dates. Unfortunately, you'll still have to call in to redeem your free night.