MileValue is part of an affiliate sales network and receives compensation for sending traffic to partner sites, such as CreditCards.com. This compensation may impact how and where links appear on this site. This site does not include all financial companies or all available financial offers. Terms apply to American Express benefits and offers. Enrollment may be required for select American Express benefits and offers. Visit americanexpress.com to learn more.

Note: Some of the offers mentioned below may have changed or are no longer be available. You can view current offers here.


Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

This year, just like the last two Thanksgivings, I am thankful for my readers. Without you, I might be in an office somewhere.

I will spend this Thanksgiving in Medellin, Colombia. Amazingly, I think it’s my first Thanksgiving abroad.

Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday. My normal routine is to spend it in Virginia with my extended family. The cooks always say dinner will be at 2 PM, but it’s more like 4 PM. I don’t mind; it just gives me more time to get hungry. Once we all say what we’re thankful for, I load up one plate with a few pounds of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, and rolls–maybe some peas or Brussels sprouts too. I finish it as the last of my family are just preparing their plates, and then I have an even bigger portion of seconds. I skip dessert temporarily, and head straight to the nearest bed for a two hour nap. Then I wake up and sample the pies.

This year though I’ll be headed to an Irish Pub for a plate of traditional Thanksgiving fare. The American owner is very excited about the preparations he’s made, and I’d hate to miss out on the food, football, and camaraderie that make Thursday special.

I notice a pronounced drop in traffic to MileValue each Thanksgiving, so I’ll take a few days off from posting to enjoy Medellin, plan my Patagonia trip, and recharge my blogging batteries. Expect the next new post on Sunday.

Until then, enjoy family, friends, food, Black Friday, and leftovers!

If you want to use some of your free time to brush up on miles, I’ve put some of my most popular posts from the last month after the “Continue Reading” button.

Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.

Just getting started in the world of points and miles? The Chase Sapphire Preferred is the best card for you to start with.

With a bonus of 60,000 points after $4,000 spend in the first 3 months, 5x points on travel booked through the Chase Travel Portal and 3x points on restaurants, streaming services, and online groceries (excluding Target, Walmart, and wholesale clubs), this card truly cannot be beat for getting started!


Editorial Disclaimer: The editorial content is not provided or commissioned by the credit card issuers. Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of the credit card issuers, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuers.

The comments section below is not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved, or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all questions are answered.