Merry Christmas Eve MileValue Readers!

Ho ho ho! Merry Christmas everyone.

Scott and I toasted MileValue and the new year over steaks and malbec last night here in Buenos Aires. We hope your holiday is full of too much food, interesting destinations you got to with miles, and tacky Christmas sweaters. Like the one I'm wearing here circa 1992.

As we did for Thanksgiving, we're taking off over the weekend to enjoy the holiday because--let's be honest--you don't want read about miles right now.

Review: San Francisco Centurion Lounge

A few weeks ago I flew from Virginia to Hawaii on United with a layover in San Francisco during which I gorged in the American Express Centurion Lounge.

Anyone with any American Express Platinum or Centurion Lounge gets free access to Centurion lounges for himself and up to two guests.

Happy Thanksgiving!

I know I can speak for both Scott and I when saying we are so thankful for you guys! If it wasn't for our readers, we wouldn't be able to work from places like Itacaré, Brazil.

Photo by Marinelson Almeida

Which is where I'll be writing to you from next week. Expect to hear from us again Monday. In the meantime we'll be taking a few days off.

Wishing you a lovely day of stuffing yourself silly, family, friends, and plenty of rest.

My Two New Rewards Cards and Why I Chose Them

As you've heard me say many times at this point, I reside in Buenos Aires for the majority of the year (9ish months out of 12), but was in the United States recently visiting. While home, I took the opportunity to sign up for a couple new cards to bring back with me to Argentina--the Asiana Visa Signature Card and the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature.

I’ve Had My Citi Prestige For Almost a Year. Now What?

About a year ago I excitedly opened a Citi Prestige card, ready for my 50,000 ThankYou point bonus and lounge access, among other things. Since the, the bonus has dropped to 40,000 ThankYou Points, but considering the myriad of other benefits the card maintained, it's still worth getting if you haven't had it yet. Read our full review of the Citi Prestige.

11 months into holding any card that's got an annual fee, I do a cost/benefit analysis to figure out if I'm getting enough value from the card to keep it open.

[Expired] Today is Last Chance to Get 70,000 Mile Delta Cards

For about a month, the Delta Gold and Platinum cards have had 50,000 to 70,000 point sign up bonuses.

Earn 1,000 Virgin America Miles by Signing Up for Two Emails (In One Minute)

Through September 30th, 2016, sign up to receive emails from Virgin Hotels and Virgin Sport and earn 500 Virgin America points for each.

Sign up for Virgin Hotels promotional emails here
Sign up for Virgin Sport promotional emails here

These aren’t huge miles, but they are easy to get, since signing up will take no time and is free.

Considering I value Virgin America Elevate miles more than any other mile at 2.3 cents each, signing up for both of these emails is a no brainer.

That Time I Was Almost a Big Star in Argentina [Video]

I was almost the star of a Quilmes Copa America commercial in Argentina. Quilmes is the biggest beer brand in Argentina.

Is Plastiq Worth It? Paying Your Bills Online with Credit Cards to Earn Miles

Regarding any information in this post about taxes: this is miles information, not tax advice. Consult a tax professional before paying your taxes with a credit card.

Plastiq is an online bill payment processing system that "empowers you to use your existing debit and credit cards to pay any bill, regardless of acceptance". The charge for that convenience is 2.5% of each payment on a credit card and 1% on a debit card.

You Can Now Redeem American Airlines Miles to Indian Subcontinent via Asia! Woo-Hoo!

You can now redeem American Airlines miles to the Indian Subcontinent via Cathay Pacific or American Airlines flights that connect in Hong Kong.

Until today, you could only connect in Europe or the Middle East. Routing via Asia would break your trip into two awards--USA to East Asia + East Asia to Indian Subcontinent.