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Chris Hassan

Social Media Manager & Family Travel Contributor

176 Published Articles

About Chris Hassan

Chris has years of marketing and hospitality experience, so running the social media channels and writing about family travel is a natural fit for him here at Upgraded Points.

A Boston native now living in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Chris has a passion for sharing travel tips for families and has been featured on BBC News,, The Washington Post, The Weather Channel, and other publications.

Chris earned his B.S. in Hospitality & Tourism Management from the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst, studied hotel management even further in Switzerland, and then worked in luxury hotels in New England for years after graduating.

After meeting his wife and catching the travel bug in Europe, Chris and his young family always make travel a priority. With grandparents in each hemisphere, international travel has become an integral part of his kids’ lives, and being able to pay for it with points and miles makes it easier to afford.

While he is no stranger to flying long distances in the back of a plane with 2 kids, being able to fly business or first class and lie-flat is the preferred way to go. Chris is a firm believer that kids belong up front just as much as any other well-behaved paying customer.

You can follow Chris on InstagramTwitter, and LinkedIn.

Countries Visited: 21
U.S. States Visited: 24
Highest Hotel Status: World of Hyatt Globalist
Favorite Airline Alliance: Star Alliance
Favorite First Class: Etihad Apartment (A380)
Favorite Business Class: United Polaris — his preferred way to get between the U.S. and Brazil
Best Redemption Value: TAP Miles&Go via United Airlines between North and South America
Top 3 Cards in Wallet: Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card, Citi Prestige® Card, and Cartão Pão de Açúcar Itaú Platinum

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Countries Visited

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U.S. States Visited

World of Hyatt Globalist


Star Alliance

Etihad Apartment (A380)

United Polaris — his preferred way to get between the U.S. and Brazil

TAP Miles&Go via United Airlines between North and South America


Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card, Citi Prestige® Card, and Cartão Pão de Açúcar Itaú Platinum

Chris's Latest Articles

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A Guide to Walt Disney World’s Disability Access Service (DAS)

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Get a Free Hertz Rental Day When You Go Electric [Ends September 6]

Rental cars can be a significant expense when traveling, but if you prefer charging instead of pumping gas, Hertz is offering 1 free day when you rent an electric car. Renting an EV can add some extra logistics to your…

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Save $30 When You Spend $150 at Caesars Rewards With Citi Merchant Offers

If you’re a fan of Caesars casinos and are a Citi cardholder, check your cards for a Citi Merchant Offer for $30 back from Caesars Rewards.  Caesars Rewards Destinations in Las Vegas and across the country can often be a…

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Earn 6% To 10% Back With Rakuten at Expedia, Priceline, Best Western & More

For a limited time, Rakuten is offering up to 10% cash-back on many purchases, including hotel stays with Best Western, Expedia,, and Priceline, as well as orders from Samsonite, Away, and more. A 10% discount on a hotel stay…

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U.S. Open Perks You’ll Get as an American Express Cardholder

Tennis fans heading to Flushing, New York, this year to take in the U.S. Open Tennis Championship have a lot to look forward to. Besides the world-class tennis matches, select American Express cardholders can also enjoy a suite of benefits,…

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Bilt Rent Day August: Virgin Transfer Bonus, Free Rent, Bonus Points, and More!

Bilt is back with another edition of Rent Day. For August’s Rent Day, Bilt members will receive a special transfer bonus to Virgin Red on August 1, 2023. The higher your Bilt elite status, the bigger the bonus you’ll receive….

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Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawai’i [In-Depth Hotel Review]

“Not every hotel that we stay at needs to be a fancy resort,” is what I kept telling myself as I was booking the Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach. After spending 2 weeks at some great Hawaiian resorts on O‘ahu…

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[Expired] [Deal Alert] Book Etihad A380 First Class Apartment for 62.5K Miles (Wide Open Availability)

Update:The offer mentioned below has expired and is no longer available. After being grounded for nearly 3 years, Etihad Airways’ A380 is officially back in the skies. While that may be good news on its own, what makes this even…

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Earn Up to 2,500 Accor Live Limitless Points on 2-Night Stays [Worth ~$58]

ALL – Accor Live Limitless is back with another promotion that could earn guests up to 2,500 Reward points per 2-night stay, up to 14,000 points. This is a pretty nice promotion and should definitely be attractive for someone with…

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Universal Orlando Announces New DreamWorks Land Coming in 2024

Good news for Universal Orlando fans: we finally know what is coming to the boarded-up section of Universal Studios next year — a DreamWorks-themed land! The new additions to the KidZone section of the park will be a welcome addition…

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Illumination’s Villain-Con Minion Blast Opens at Universal Studios Orlando Resort

“Minions” fans, there is a new attraction at Universal Studios Orlando Resort you won’t want to miss. Illumination’s Villain-Con Minion Blast had a soft opening this week for technical rehearsals where guests were allowed to get a sneak peek at…

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30% Bonus With Transfers From Amex to British Airways and Iberia

One of our favorite transfer bonuses is back. Right now you can get a 30% bonus when you transfer your American Express Membership Rewards points to British Airways Executive Club Avios or Iberia Plus Avios. That can represent huge savings…

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New Amex Offer: Spend $400, Get $100 Back at Select Hyatt Hotels

Hyatt has some unique hotels in its portfolio, and right now there’s an Amex Offer floating around that could save you $100 at Independent Collection brands in the Americas, Asia, and Europe. This offer could save you up to 25%…

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[Expired] Get Up to a 30% Bonus When You Transfer Chase Points to Aeroplan [Ends July 31]

Update:The offer mentioned below has expired and is no longer available. Here’s a nice offer to consider if you have a hefty balance of Chase Ultimate Rewards points to use. Now through July 31, 2023, you can receive a 20%…

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LATAM VIP Lounge at São Paulo International Airport [Review]

I found myself on a long layover at São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport (GRU) on a cheap LATAM economy ticket that did not include lounge access. After roaming around the terminal for a while, I quickly realized that if I wanted…

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Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort in Honolulu, Hawaii [In-depth Review]

After spending 5 nights running around Las Vegas with my family, I was tasked with ensuring the first part of our Hawaiian vacation was genuinely relaxing. My wife has Multiple Sclerosis (MS), so while she loves traveling, the logistics of…

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[Expired] [Deal Alert] Miami to Rio de Janeiro From $378 Round-trip

Update:The offer mentioned below has expired and is no longer available. If you’ve been craving a “caipirinha” and those famous Brazilian beaches, you do not want to miss this deal. Right now, we are seeing flights to The Marvelous City…

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[Expired] Transfer Citi Points to Avianca LifeMiles With a 25% Bonus

Update:The offer mentioned below has expired and is no longer available. If you have some Citi ThankYou Points and would like to maximize their value, we’ve got a good promotion for you. Right now, you can get a 25% bonus…

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[Expired] Save $20 When You Spend $200 on Travel With New Citi Offer

Update:The offer mentioned below has expired and is no longer available. If you have a Citi card, check your account for a targeted offer to earn $20 back on eligible travel purchases by June 24, 2023. This offer came as…

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United Adds Live Activities for iPhone Users [Get Day-of Updates!]

Good news for Apple and United fans: the airline is now supporting Live Activities for iPhone users — a first for any U.S. airline. With this feature, you’ll be able to get important information about their trip in real-time directly…

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Walt Disney World Summer Ticket Offers [Big Savings]

Taking a family vacation to Walt Disney World is a dream for many kids and a goal for many parents. But the cost can be prohibitive. Well, to help make your summer trip a bit more magical, Disney is offering…

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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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