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Nick Ellis

Editor & Content Contributor

93 Published Articles

About Nick Ellis

Nick was born and raised in West Michigan and caught the travel bug after a last-minute decision to study abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina after his sophomore year at the University of Michigan. After that, he got into the points and miles game to help fund subsequent spring break trips to Europe.

Nick has now traveled to 35 countries, largely thanks to travel rewards. Some of his favorite places include Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Tokyo, Japan, and Italy’s Amalfi Coast. Next on his travel bucket list is a trip to the Middle East where he’ll visit Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon.

Nick now lives in Michigan and most recently worked for The Points Guy where he was a writer and editor for more than 5 years.

You can follow Nick’s adventures on Instagram.

Countries Visited: 35
U.S. States Visited: 25
Highest Hotel Status: Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite
Highest Airline Status: Delta SkyMiles Diamond Medallion
Favorite First Class: Emirates A380
Favorite Business Class: Qatar Qsuite
Best Redemption Value: Using Marriott Bonvoy points to cover the cost of 3 rooms at the St. Regis Punta Mita over the New Year’s holiday when rates were close to $2,000 per night
Favorite Type of Points: American Express Membership Rewards
Top 3 Cards in Wallet: American Express® Gold Card, The Platinum Card® from American Express, and Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

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Emirates Deepens Philippine Airlines Partnership With Expanded Interline Agreement

Emirates and Philippine Airlines have strengthened their partnership in the form of a beefed-up interline agreement that should make travel more convenient for passengers on both carriers. The carriers have already had an interline agreement for connections via Manila (MNL),…

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The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel in Southern California [In-Depth Hotel Review]

I recently traveled to Southern California for a wedding in the San Diego area over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Originally, I had planned to head home directly after the festivities, but I was enjoying the California weather and…

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Iberia Teams up With British Airways and Qatar Airways in World’s Largest Joint Venture

Three Oneworld alliance member airlines — British Airways, Iberia, and Qatar Airways — put out a joint press release on July 25, 2023, stating that Spain’s Iberia has officially joined the other 2 carriers in their joint venture, resulting in…

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Air Canada Joins New Partner Emirates in Dubai Airport’s Terminal 3

About a year ago, Air Canada and Emirates announced a new partnership between the 2 airlines that would provide more seamless travel for flyers as well as new ways to earn and redeem miles. Now, the duo has taken their…

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Delta Opens Second Sky Club at JFK Terminal 4

Delta Air Lines took the wraps off of its newest Sky Club at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) on July 24, 2023. This opening should be a welcome addition for Delta frequent flyers based in the New…

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New Amex Offer: Spend $100, Get $20 Back With ResortPass

If you have an American Express card (or more than 1), you’re going to want to check your account because there’s a great new offer for cash-back on purchases with ResortPass. Here’s a look at everything you need to know….

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American Airlines Resuming Nonstop Service Between Pittsburgh and Cancún

American Airlines is resuming service on a previously-served route that’s sure to be welcomed by travelers looking to get some sun this winter. Let’s take a look at the details of this route resumption! American Resumes Pittsburgh-Cancún Flights This Winter…

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The Westin Philadelphia Gets Entirely New Look and Feel

The Westin Philadelphia has completed a multi-million dollar renovation project that has touched all areas of the property, including its guest rooms, public spaces, and dining experiences. In addition, guests can look forward to “enhanced amenities and sustainability initiatives,” according…

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After Separating From Hyatt, MGM Teams up With Marriott

Just a week after news broke that MGM Rewards and World of Hyatt would end their decade-long relationship, Marriott announced a “long-term strategic licensing agreement” with MGM. The existing MGM/Hyatt relationship ends at the end of September 2023, and then…

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The Ritz-Carlton, Naples Reopens After Extensive Renovation

A stalwart in Southwest Florida, The Ritz-Carlton, Naples has officially reopened after a multi-year renovation project. “We are proud to welcome our Ladies and Gentlemen, loyal guests, and new visitors, as well as the incredibly supportive local community to The…

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Air France Will Send Its New Airbus A350 to Newark This Fall

Air France has been steadily taking delivery of new Airbus A350 aircraft over the last several months, with more on the way. And recently, we learned that each of these newly delivered aircraft will come equipped with the carrier’s latest…

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Dozens of Iberostar Hotels Are Now Bookable Through IHG

Last year, IHG and Iberostar announced that the 2 chains had formed a partnership for resorts and all-inclusive hotels. The partnership between the 2 brands has been referred to as a “strategic alliance,” and the result is IHG’s 18th brand….

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Celebrity Cruises Announces Expanded Caribbean Sailings With Stops at Private Island

Celebrity Cruises, one of Royal Caribbean’s luxury cruise brands, announced in a press release that as of next April, it will position 2 ships in its fleet exclusively for Caribbean sailings, opening up many more opportunities for cruisers. According to…

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IHG To Open Holiday Inn Resort Near the Himalayas in India

IHG has announced plans for a new Holiday Inn Resort in Kasauli, India, one of the country’s preeminent resort destinations. “The latest signing is [a] testament to our plans to tap into key leisure destinations across the country and [that]…

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[Expired] Earn 5,000 Bonus Points per Night With Radisson Rewards Americas

Update:The offer mentioned below has expired and is no longer available. Radisson Rewards Americas is out with a spring promotion that will make future stays with the chain more rewarding. You can earn 5,000 bonus points per night during the…

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United Rolls Out New App Features To Streamline Travel Experience

United is making strides to improve the travel experience for its customers at what’s typically one of the most frustrating pain points — making arrangements when things go haywire. The airline has introduced new features within its mobile app that…

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Delta Platinum Card vs. Delta Gold Card [Detailed Comparison]

Delta and American Express have had a long-standing relationship that’s proven fruitful for both companies. The 2 have collaborated to provide an almost overwhelming number of co-branded credit cards for consumers to choose from, and selecting the right one for…

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Air France’s Airbus A350s Will Be Delivered With New Cabins Starting in July

A little over a year ago, Air France revealed a new cabin design that was set to be deployed on several aircraft types over the course of a few years as part of a fleet renewal initiative. The new cabins…

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JetBlue Adds Flights to Caribbean Destinations From Cities Across the U.S.

JetBlue has long had a significant presence in the Caribbean, and now it’s growing its footprint even further with the addition of several new routes to the region from several of its gateways across the U.S. Even more exciting, this…

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Air Canada Shares More Details of Free Wi-Fi Rollout, Adds Streaming Services

Air Canada has been making waves in recent months with one announcement after another detailing improvements to its inflight passenger experience. And, it’s about to take it another step (or 2) further. The airline outlined steps it’s going to take…

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Earn Double Points and Save Up to 30% on Stays With Sonesta’s Latest Promotion

Hotels of all kinds are rolling out promotions in anticipation of the summer travel season that’s now upon us. Sonesta’s the latest to get into the game and has just shared details of its latest promotion that will allow guests…

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Andrew Kunesh

Former Content Contributor

Andrew was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs and now splits his time between Chicago and New York City.

He’s a lifelong traveler and took his first solo trip to San Francisco at the age of 16. Fast forward a few years, and Andrew now travels just over 100,000 miles a year, with over 25 countries, 10 business class products, and 2 airline statuses (United and Alaska) under his belt. Andrew formerly worked for The Points Guy and is now Senior Money Editor at CNN Underscored.

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