From the desk of the Devil's Advocate... I'm starting today's Devil's Advocate column with an announcement. For over 2 1/2 years now, Scott Mackenzie - the owner of Travel Codex - has been … [Read more...] about Why Am I Looking Back At My 2016 Predictions Now? Well, I’ve Got Some News…
From the desk of the Devil's Advocate... It's the holiday season, which means gifts! Lots and lots of gifts. In fact, I think it's important to note that we have arrived at a point in the history of … [Read more...] about I Got My Annual AA Aviator Bonus Offer, but Here’s Why I Might Skip It This Year
From the desk of the Devil's Advocate... I never write about politics and I'm not going to start today. But if there's one thing we've learned in the last two weeks, it's that we should always … [Read more...] about Is It Worth Buying Elite Status? The Answer May Surprise You! (No, really, it might.)
From the desk of the Devil's Advocate... The reaction to Hyatt's new elite program from Conventional Wisdomers has been decidedly mixed. No, wait a minute. "Mixed" isn't the word I'm looking for. I … [Read more...] about Why the New “World of Hyatt” Elite Program Is a Major Enhancement
From the desk of the Devil's Advocate... "What's the best credit card to earn travel points?" Conventional Wisdom tells us there's no one simple answer to that question. It depends on your travel … [Read more...] about These 5 Credit Cards Are Turning Into The Only Ones You’ll Ever Need
From the desk of the Devil's Advocate... Did we all just miss a huge breakthrough in the points game? Amex launched its belated counterstrike against the Chase Sapphire Reserve this week and thus … [Read more...] about Could the New Amex Platinum 50% Rebate Mean the End of Miles?
From the desk of the Devil's Advocate... Yes, yes, we're all very impressed with the increased signup bonus on Barclaycard's Arrival+ Mastercard. If you haven't heard (though I'm pretty sure you … [Read more...] about The New Arrival+ Signup Bonus Is Decent, but It’s Not a Keeper Card
From the desk of the Devil's Advocate... All good things come to an end. Or they're replaced by something better. Travel loyalty programs are one of the greatest marketing inventions of modern … [Read more...] about Are Bank Rewards Programs Killing Frequent Flyer Miles?
From the desk of the Devil's Advocate... Sometimes playing Devil's Advocate feels like playing Debbie Downer. There's been massive excitement about the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, … [Read more...] about The Future Already Looks Bleak For The Chase Sapphire Reserve
This is both news and a correction to last week's Devil's Advocate column about the new Ritz-Carlton Visa. There have been mixed reports as to whether the new Ritz-Carlton Visa includes the same 3 … [Read more...] about Marriott Confirms New Ritz-Carlton Visa DOES Have Club Upgrades Benefit