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Jarrod West

Senior Content Contributor

413 Published Articles

About Jarrod West

Jarrod has been writing about the ins and outs of credit cards and loyalty programs, along with airlines and hotels, for over 6 years. He is regularly called upon to share his expertise on the latest news within the space, and has been featured in publications such as The New York TimesRetailMeNot, and Yahoo! Finance.

Jarrod has over 20 credit cards in his wallet and has tested out dozens more in order to vet the very best card options for readers. As he is constantly sampling new cards, Jarrod also earns (and redeems) over 1 million points and miles each year. This allows him to book luxury travel experiences the world over, and save tens of thousands of dollars in the process.

He first became fascinated with the world of travel rewards as the perfect way to visit dream destinations without breaking the bank. Now, he is on a mission to help others realize their travel goals and upgrade their travel experiences.

He holds a B.S. in Economics from Northern Kentucky University and now calls New York City home. Jarrod also runs his own website, the Freequent Flyer Blog, where he has helped readers earn over 20 million points and miles (approx. $200k+ in travel savings) through his free credit card consultations. Outside of writing and traveling, he loves trying new restaurants, reading, and cheering on Liverpool F.C.

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Countries Visited: 21
U.S. States Visited: 24
Highest Hotel Status: World of Hyatt Globalist
Highest Airline Status: American AAdvantage Platinum Pro
Favorite Airlines: Qatar (world’s best business class), Emirates (elegance in every detail), and Air France (fantastic inflight food and wine offerings).
Favorite Airline Alliance:
Favorite Business Class: Qatar Qsuite
Favorite Type of Points: American Express Membership Rewards
Top 3 Cards in Wallet: The Platinum Card® from American Express, American Express® Gold Card, and The World of Hyatt Credit Card

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3 months of full-time travel for 2 throughout 18 cities in Europe, with all flights and 70% of hotel stays covered thanks to points and miles

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Get 10% to 15% Off of Your Wyndham Hotel Stays [Book by October 5]

Those needing to book a stay at a Wyndham hotel are in luck, as the hotel chain’s latest promotion will help you save some cash. The sale is broken into 2 tiers, allowing you to save 10% to 15% off…

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5 Best Reasons To Get the American Express Green Card in 2023

The American Express® Green Card is an excellent rewards card in the American Express Membership Rewards Program family. It offers well-rounded bonus categories, flexible rewards, travel benefits, and much more for a relatively reasonable annual fee (rates and fees). Although…

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Buy Avianca LifeMiles and Get Up to a 140% Bonus [Ends August 30]

Though many are unfamiliar with it, Avianca LifeMiles is a useful program to leverage when booking award tickets with Star Alliance carriers such as United Airlines, Turkish Airlines, and more. And while you wouldn’t ordinarily want to purchase Avianca LifeMiles…

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Travel Points & Miles Valuations – How Much Are They Actually Worth? [August 2023]

Credit cards, airlines, and hotels don’t give out their own point and mile valuations, so, unfortunately, there are no official answers on what points and miles are actually worth. Therefore, it’s up to you to make your own conclusions on…

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Amex Green Card vs. Citi Premier Card [Detailed Comparison]

The American Express® Green Card and the Citi Premier® Card are excellent starter travel cards with access to transfer partners and great bonus categories, all at a relatively reasonable annual fee. If you’ve had your eyes on both of these…

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[Expired] Get Up to a 40% Bonus When You Buy Emirates Skywards Miles

Update:The offer mentioned below has expired and is no longer available. Emirates offers some of the very best inflight experiences in the world. However, booking award tickets in its premium cabins is limited to its Skywards loyalty program. While Emirates…

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Marriott Bonvoy Business Card: New 3 Free Night Award Welcome Offer

The Marriott Bonvoy Business® American Express® Card has a new increased welcome bonus offer that should be enticing for those who frequent Marriott hotels. Here is a look at the details of the welcome offer, and the benefits that the card…

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The 18 Best Credit Card Welcome Bonus Offers in August 2023

Since credit card welcome bonus offers are constantly changing, and the value of certain point programs can vary drastically, we’ve put together this monthly guide to keep you up to date on which cards are currently offering the best welcome…

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August Point Purchase Promotions & Bonuses [Up to 100% Bonus]

There is no shortage of ways to earn points and miles. From credit card welcome offers to bonus categories, shopping portals, and dining programs, the list goes on and on. Given the numerous options, travelers are often conflicted about purchasing…

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The Best Current Amex Offers [Travel, Dining, Entertainment, Shopping]

It can be easy to forget about Amex Offers on your various American Express cards, but keeping an eye on these deals is a fantastic way to save money or earn additional points on products or services you were planning…

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August Credit Card & Loyalty Program Transfer Bonuses [Up to a 50% Bonus!]

It’s a new month once again … and with a new month comes a new round of transfer bonuses to take advantage of. Today, we’ll dive into all of this month’s newest transfer bonuses for the top transferable rewards programs….

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The Best Current Chase Offers [Travel, Dining, Entertainment, Shopping]

It’s no secret that Chase has some of the best rewards cards on the market. With premium cards such as the Chase Sapphire Reserve® and Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, cash-back cards such as the Chase Freedom Flex℠, and small business…

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Purchase JetBlue TrueBlue Points With up to a 70% Bonus [Targeted]

JetBlue’s latest promotion allows you to purchase TrueBlue points and receive up to a 70% bonus. However, it’s not as good of a deal as it appears at first glance. Let’s take a look at the details of the promotion…

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Amazon Prime Visa Card – Full Review [2023]

Great Card If Don’t Get If Amazon Prime Visa Card — Is It Worth It? The Amazon Prime Visa card is a perfect option for anyone who frequently shops with Amazon and its subsidiary Whole Foods and wants to earn…

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Wells Fargo Reflect® Card — Full Review

Great Card If Don’t Get If Wells Fargo Reflect Card — Is It Worth It? If you need to transfer a large balance from another credit card or are looking for a card that can help you finance a large…

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[Expired] Get Up to a 60% Bonus When You Buy Alaska Miles [Ends August 20]

Update:The offer mentioned below has expired and is no longer available. Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan is one of the most valuable airline loyalty programs thanks to its high-value airline partners, from Cathay Pacific to Fiji Airways. The downside? It can…

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[Expired] Buy Air Canada Aeroplan Points With up to a 75% Bonus [Until July 12]

Update:The offer mentioned below has expired and is no longer available. Throughout the year, there are numerous promotions — across many different travel providers — allowing you to purchase points or miles with a bonus or discount. However, not all…

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Amex Green Card vs. Capital One Venture X Card [Detailed Comparison]

Trying to decide which credit card is best for you can be challenging. Different bonus categories, reward ecosystems, perks, and fees … there can be quite a bit to dissect in order to determine which card is the best match…

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[Expired] Buy Wyndham Points With a 35% Bonus [0.96 Cents per Point]

Update:The offer mentioned below has expired and is no longer available. The latest Wyndham Rewards promotion allows you to purchase Wyndham points with up to a 35% bonus through August 8, 2023. Here are the details of the promotion, a…

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Amex $50 Saks Fifth Avenue Credit and $200 Dell Credit Mid-year Reset

Cardholders of The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum Card® from American Express have quite a few annual credits that they receive throughout the year. Some credits can be used at any point throughout the year, others…

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100K Chase Points: New Ink Business Preferred Welcome Offer [Lower Spend Required!]

One of the best business rewards cards on the market, the Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card, has an improved 100,000-point welcome offer. Here’s a look at the details of the latest welcome bonus offer. Plus, we’ll dive into the highlights…

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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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