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Ryan Smith

Content Contributor

15 Published Articles

About Ryan Smith

Ryan grew up in Ohio but has lived in half a dozen states and multiple continents before recently returning to the U.S. and settling in southern California. After someone at his hostel in China said “I flew here for free using points,” Ryan was hooked. He is on a mission to visit every country in the world and will visit his final country in 2023.

Ryan has been around points and miles for several years and has published content at Miles to Memories, AwardWallet, CNBC Select, USA Today Blueprint, Tripadvisor, The Points Guy, and Forbes Advisor. He also holds Brazilian citizenship and speaks fluent Portuguese.

His wife joins him on many of his trips, and they enjoy snowboarding, scuba diving, seeing animals in the wild, and hunting for vegan tiramisu. When not traveling, Ryan is probably answering questions from his family about how he travels so much and whether this points & miles stuff is illegal.

You can follow Ryan on Twitter.

Countries Visited: 190
U.S. States Visited: 50
Highest Hotel Status: Hilton Honors Diamond, Marriott Bonvoy Titanium Elite, World of Hyatt Globalist
Highest Airline Status: None
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 whatever new card has minimum spending requirements to meet.

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Hilton Honors Diamond, Marriott Bonvoy Titanium Elite, World of Hyatt Globalist



Never flown first class — but that will change in July.

Qatar Qsuite


American Express Membership Rewards

The Platinum Card® from American Express, American Express® Gold Card, and whatever new card has minimum spending requirements to meet.

Ryan's Latest Articles

Hyatt Regency Casablanca in Morocco [In-Depth Hotel Review]

This is one of my favorite hotels in Africa, and possibly in the entire world. It’s not the newest property and could use some renovations in a few areas. However, the hotel shines in service and little extras — like…

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What It’s Like Staying at a Radisson Serviced Apartment

If you’re like me, you saw that headline and thought, “What is a Radisson Serviced Apartment?” I had the same reaction when searching for hotels on a recent trip to Madagascar. While unfamiliar with the brand, I wound up here…

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Royal Air Maroc Boeing 737 MAX 8 Business Class Review [LHR to CMN]

Airline: Royal Air MarocAircraft: Boeing 737 MAX 8Flight #: AT801Route: London (LHR) to Casablanca (CMN)Date: July 8, 2023Duration: 3hr 5minsCabin and Layout: Business class; 12 seats in a 2-2 configurationSeat: 2ACost: 57,500 American Airlines AAdvantage miles + $783.20 (available from…

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British Airways Airbus A350-1000 Club Suite Review [LAS to LHR]

Airline: British AirwaysAircraft: Airbus A350-1000Flight #: BA274Route: Las Vegas (LAS) to London (LHR) with an onward Royal Air Maroc flight to Casablanca (CMN) on the same reservationDate: July 7, 2023Duration: 9hr 21minsCabin and Layout: British Airways Club Suite (business class);…

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Plaza Premium Lounge at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport [Review]

I’ve long labeled the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (ADD) in Ethiopia as “the airport most in need of a Priority Pass lounge.” As one of Africa’s busiest airports and the hub of its most far-reaching airline, Ethiopian Airlines, I’ve…

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Fuji Speedway Hotel – The Unbound Collection by Hyatt [In-depth Review]

Imagine booking a hotel purely based on its location and attempting to maximize your credit card benefits, then having your mind blown during your stay. That was our experience when my wife and I recently spent 2 nights at the…

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Is Flying First Class Worth It? Why I Was Not Impressed With ANA The Suite

My wife and I recently flew international first class for the first time. And it wasn’t just any first class. It was a true unicorn in the points and miles space: We used Virgin Atlantic Flying Club points to snag…

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Sheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel in Japan [In-Depth Review]

My wife and I recently spent 1 night at the Sheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel in Hiroshima, Japan. On top of an incredibly convenient location and modest perks for Marriott Bonvoy elites, the hotel is a good option for using your…

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Hyatt Place Kyoto in Japan [In-depth Hotel Review]

You may see the title of this review and think “Hyatt Place? Yawn.” Let me tell you that this is no ordinary Hyatt Place. Instead, the Hyatt Place Kyoto has suites, multiple room types (across 239 total rooms and 6…

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Hyatt Regency Tokyo in Japan [In-depth Review]

Sometimes, you aren’t looking for an impressive hotel but rather a hotel that’s good enough in a city full of expensive hotels that will eat up your bank account balance or points balance quickly. That’s what my wife and I…

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Trawick International Travel Insurance Review — Is It Worth It?

There are many travel insurance companies you could consider before your next vacation. One such company is Trawick International, which got its start in 1998 by providing insurance for students at universities and study-abroad participants. Now, 25 years later, the…

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Squaremouth Travel Insurance Review — Is It Worth It?

Part of planning for your next vacation should include asking yourself, “What if something goes wrong?” Your answer to that question likely includes shopping for travel insurance. Choosing the right policy can reduce your out-of-pocket expenses if you have delays,…

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Andaz Mexico City Condesa by Hyatt [In-depth Review]

“Are you sure we’re in the right place?” I asked the Uber driver when he stopped. “This is the address,” he said. A nondescript building with no visible signage on a tree-lined residential street didn’t seem like the right spot…

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WorldTrips Travel Insurance Review — Is It Worth It?

Planning trips is fun. Reading about travel insurance for them isn’t. But a little effort to plan for problems during your upcoming vacation can make a big difference. WorldTrips provides multiple types of travel insurance, ranging from minimalist policies with…

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Generali Global Assistance Travel Insurance Review — Is It Worth It?

It’s not fun to think about, but part of trip planning includes considering the “what ifs.” These include questions like: What if you have to go to the hospital during your trip? What if your flight home is canceled and…

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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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