Ian Snyder

After igniting his passion for award travel while planning his honeymoon, Ian now enjoys using points and miles to see the world with his wife and three internationally adopted kiddos. He loves dissecting loyalty programs to find maximum value. His goal is to demonstrate that extraordinary travel is possible for the ordinary family.

Guide to Airline Award Change and Cancellation Fees

Guide to Airline Award Change and Cancellation Fees You save, you plan, you book that award you've been eyeing for a long time. But then...

Amex, You Make No Sense: Am I In Amex Pop-Up Jail?

Think you have an Amex card in the bag? I may have landed myself in Amex pop-up jail. Here's the scoop on my recent Gold application.

Is Hyatt Letting Hotels Play Games With Award Availability?

Ever struggled with properties showing no Hyatt award availability? Sounds like some properties may be playing games with room inventory.

AwardLogic Review: Is There Value in This Flight Award Search Service?

Struggle to find award space for your miles? Check out our review of the AwardLogic search service for finding award flight inventory.

The Travel Hacking Question That Haunts Us All: Should I Redeem Points or Pay Cash?

Stuck on whether to redeem point or pay cash for an award redemption? Here is some insight into how I make my decisions.

Best Credit Cards for First Class Upgrades

Who doesn't love first class? Check out these best credit cards for first class upgrades and how they can help you sit up front next flight.

How to Use the Delta Companion Certificates: Step-by-Step Guide

Who doesn't love 2-for-1 flights? Here's how to use a Delta Companion Certificate to save on travel for yourself and a companion using this awesome credit card perk.