Walking Across America with Points: Week 3

It's been a while since we've heard from Mike Hammari, the man who is walking across the United States using travel rewards to minimize accommodation costs and therefore nights slept outdoors. He's vlogging his experience on YouTube and blogging about it here on MileValue.

A Quick Catch Up

These recounts of his journey are being written in retrospect. Mike took a break in the middle of his walk to return to work, travel some (not on foot), and is now back on the steaming late summer road of central Texas. Last I heard, his shoes had recently melted.

Walking Across America with Points: Week 1

Give a warm welcome to Mike Hammari, who is writing a series of guest posts about a trip across the US on foot that he is currently in the middle of...very much in the middle of. He just wrote me today thanking me for finishing up a detail for this post that he couldn't because he was caught in a storm and had to store his computer. That's life literally on the road!

Mike is covering some of his hotel stays on this journey with points and wants to share his strategy with you guys.

Walking Across America with Points

We've got a special treat for you today, MileValue readers! Meet Mike Hammari, who will be writing a series of guest posts about a cross-country trip he is currently in the middle of. Who needs miles when you've got feet? Those weary feet still need a decent place to rest. Mike is covering some of his hotel stays with points and is excited to have an audience listening that cares more about rewards than what brand of shoe he's wearing. Really though, Mike, tell us what shoes you chose...

Anything below in italics is a comment from me.

Walking Across America with Points: An Introduction

We've got a special treat for you today, MileValue readers! Meet Mike Hammari, who will be writing a series of guest posts about a cross-country trip he is currently in the middle of. Who needs miles when you've got feet? Those weary feet still need a decent place to rest. Mike is covering some of his hotel stays with points and is excited to have an audience listening that cares more about rewards than what brand of shoe he's wearing. Really though, Mike, tell us what shoes you chose...

Anything below in italics is a comment from me.

Airbnb Cancellation Puts Me Up in Hilton Times Square for Free

Hey, it's Scott Grimmer--remember me? I founded MileValue in March 2012 and sold it to longtime writer Sarah Page last year, so I could spend more time with my grandchildren and golfing, like all retired people. I asked SP if I could write a guest post about my recent Airbnb snafu-success because I thought the info could be useful for others.

In September, I traveled from my base in Belgrade to the US for a two week vacation. The plan was to start with three days in New York City.

This Little Known Benefit of the Hilton Reserve Makes Using the Card Worthwhile

The Citi Hilton Honors Reserve Card comes with Two Free Weekend Nights worldwide at top tier Hiltons after spending $2,500 on the card in the first four months.

As a loyalty bonus, the Citi Hilton Honor Reserve Card offers an additional free weekend night certificate after spending $10,000 within a cardmember year.

Since any new cardholder will spend $2,500 on the card to get the first two free night certificates, that means that spending $7,500 more on the card during the first 12 months will entitle you to a third free night certificate, in addition to

Top 5 Hiltons Within the US for Two Free Nights on Hilton Reserve

The Citi Hilton Honor Reserve Card offers two free weekend nights (Fri, Sat, Sun) at almost any Hilton worldwide after spending $2,500 in the first four months.

Credit card links have been removed from posts and added to the menu bar at the top of every page of MileValue under the heading Top Travel Credit Cards.

“Almost any Hilton” basically excludes only all inclusive properties and time shares.

There are Two Opposite Strategies to Maximize Hilton (Hilton Reserve vs. Points)

In 2013, Hilton gutted its award chart for its top tier properties by adding several categories and moving the most expensive properties from 50,000 points per night to 95,000.

But during the gutting of the top end, the bottom tiers actually got less expensive! Categories 1 and 2 both got 2,500 points per night cheaper.

11 Free Nights at Category 3 Hiltons With Two Cards: My Top Choices

The Hilton Honors Card from American Express is offering 80,000 bonus points after spending $2,000 in the first three months. It has no annual fee.

The Hilton Honors Surpass Credit Card from American Express is offering 100,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 in the first three months.

Earn 23 Free Nights at Hiltons After $5k in Spending

The Hilton Honors Card from American Express is offering 80,000 bonus points after spending $2,000 in the first three months. It has no annual fee.

The Hilton Honors Surpass Credit Card from American Express is offering 100,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 in the first three months.