B&B Santa Isabel: La Pedrera, Uruguay

Uruguay is a gem of a country that's under the radar for the typical American. My attention was drawn to it years ago when I relocated to Buenos Aires, as Uruguay and Argentina share a border and river delta.

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My History with Uruguay

I spent a few summers along it's coast between 2012 and 2015, in an area half an hour driving past Punta del Este.

Hey Procrastinators! Final Day to Spend the Platinum’s 2019 Travel Credits

One of the most valuable benefits of the Platinum Card from American Express is its $200 per year--calendar year--of incidental travel fee credits. You get a couple other credits as well this month, at least another $85 worth of Saks Merchandise + Uber credit, that would be a shame to forget about.

Earn 40k Bonus LifeMiles with the Avianca Vuela Visa

Avianca has a co-branded credit card issued by Banco Popular called the Avianca Vuela Visa that comes with 40,000 Avianca LifeMiles after your first purchase on the card and a $149 annual fee.

Top 10 Credit Cards: February 2019

There are a lot of reasons to collect miles and points.

For free First Class flights and luxury hotel stays
To travel to more places than you could otherwise afford (like the arctic circle of Norway, pictured above)
To take your family on vacation
To visit home for the holidays
To earn big rewards for everyday spending

And the amazing thing is you don't need much money to achieve your goal.

Top 10 Business Credit Cards: February 2020

Applying for business credit cards is a great way to earn more miles and points than you already do, but many people don’t apply for

When Was the Last ThankYou Point Transfer Bonus?

Through December 11, 2019, you will earn 25% more Avianca LifeMiles when transferring Citi ThankYou Points.

Three of the four major transferrable point currencies--American Express Membership Rewards, Citi ThankYou Points, and Capital One Miles--periodically run transfer bonuses to airline mileage partners. Chase Ultimate Rewards offered their first transfer bonus in May to British Airways Avios.

Sometimes the transfer bonus is offered by the bank that issues the points, and sometimes the transfer bonus is offered by the mileage program you can transfer said points to.

When Was the Last ThankYou Point Transfer Bonus?

Through December 11, 2019, you will earn 25% more Avianca LifeMiles when transferring Citi ThankYou Points.

Three of the four major transferrable point currencies--American Express Membership Rewards, Citi ThankYou Points, and Capital One Miles--periodically run transfer bonuses to airline mileage partners. Chase Ultimate Rewards offered their first transfer bonus in May to British Airways Avios.

Sometimes the transfer bonus is offered by the bank that issues the points, and sometimes the transfer bonus is offered by the mileage program you can transfer said points to.

When Was the Last Ultimate Rewards Transfer Bonus?

Chase Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards, Citi ThankYou Points, and Capital One miles are the four major types of transferrable points. By transferrable point I mean that not only are they redeemed for a fixed value, they can also be moved to airline and hotel loyalty programs for often higher value award redemptions.

Those with Membership Rewards, ThankYou Points, and Capital One miles are presented the opportunity to earn a bonus on transferred points periodically. Chase Ultimate Rewards offered their first transfer bonus ever in May to British Airways Avios.

Free Giveaway: $100 Southwest Gift Card

Thanks to everyone who participated! Mary Graves was randomly selected as our winner this time. Stay tuned as we run these giveaways periodically.

We're giving a $100 gift card away, good towards Southwest passenger travel. I'll pick a winner this Saturday, November 30. The $100 fully transferrable (electronic) gift card doesn’t expire.

Here’s how to enter:

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Skirting United’s $75 Close-in Booking Fee One Last Time

Spoiler alert: It worked on the first try, calling 1-800-421-4655.

Update 11/1/19: Just saved another $75 for a last minute United award I decided to book. I called 1-800-4655 number, and the first agent I spoke to tried to charge me close-in booking fee for moving my flight from December 2 to November 10. I hung up and called back, same number, and the second agent did not mention it whatsoever and re-booked for free.

United MileagePlus charges $75 to book an award less than 21 days before departure.