Honolulu’s Best State Park

Hanauma Bay State Park, near Honolulu, Hawaii.
Hanauma Bay State Park, near Honolulu, Hawaii.

When you think of the perfect beach getaway, you think tropical weather, white sand, and turquoise waters. Throw in some leis, luaus, and Hulu dancing, and you’ve got all the best perks of a tropical island along with a rich culture to explore in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Being in Hawaii, every place you go will be a fun, carefree, escape from the grip of your typical 9-to-5, but of all the great places in Honolulu, which spots are the best of the best?

Hanauma Bay State Park is a must-go destination for adventure lovers. The bay was formed within a volcanic cone, giving it a cool curved shape with an intriguing display of marine life. Whether you’re just there to lay out on the beach and take in the stunning surroundings, or to snorkel and scuba dive within the crystal clear waters.

There is also a marine education center in the area, which allows visitors to learn about the ecosystem they are exploring. You learn about the conservation of the area, marine life, and safety rules of the park. Hanauma Bay, roughly translating to ‘a curved bay’ in Hawaiian, sees about one million visitors per year, making a top destination for tourists.

If you want to stay around the area of Hanauma Bay, book a room at The Kahala Hotel & Resort through Bonwi.com to get a great deal and be an 18-minute drive away. The Kahala Hotel & Resort is a beautiful five-star resort home to 338 air-conditioned rooms. After a long day outdoors, treat yourself to the full-service spa, to get a massage, body treatment, or facial. For more fun, head to the pool, spa tub, and sauna.

Kahala Hotel and Resort, on Hawaii.

The Kahala Hotel & Resort boasts five wonderful restaurants, but if you’re too tired to have a fancy sit-down, head to the poolside bar or take advantage of 24-hour room service.

The resort is also close to another popular tourist spot, Diamond Head State Monument, a state park that hikers need to venture to. Like Hanauma, it’s circular shape was also caused by nature– around 300,000 years ago the crater that is now Diamond Head was formed by an explosive eruption.

At Diamond Head, take in views of the coast, city, and Pacific ocean during your hike. There are also guided tour options, from half-day walks to segway rides. The trail to the summit of Diamond Head, or “Lē’ahi” was originally used for O‘ahu’s coastal defense system. Once you reach the top, check out the bunkers and lighthouse from the early 1900’s.

Head back to The Kahala Hotel & Resort for some much-needed rest and relaxation, earning 9,131 points for a scenic $316 mountainside room, or a whopping 36,887 points for a $1,276 ocean front suite.

Use those points towards a flight home, because getting to Hawaii from the mainland isn’t cheap!

Fun Ways To Bring Travel Memories Home

Fun Ways to Bring Back Travel Memories

Ways to Remember Your Trip

Fun Ways To Bring Travel Memories Home

Making memories and looking back on the times that you went on adventures around the world is one of the best perks of traveling. For this reason, having a few tangible ways to remember your travels will come in handy during the years to come. In this week’s Travel Tip Tuesday, we’re sharing our favorite ways for you to capture your journey.

Start A CollectionStart a Collection

Sometimes, the cheap, obvious souvenirs are the best option, but add even more meaning to them by getting one of the same thing every place you visit. Here are a few suggestions:
• Currency
• Maps
• Mugs or shot glasses
• Matchbooks or coasters

Write Letters/Postcards To YourselfWrite Postcards to Yourself

Take time to write a quick summary of the day on a postcard and mail it home. You’ll get to re-live your mental state and where you were at in life during different parts of your journey.

Collect New RecipesCollect Recipes Wherever You Go

Capture all of the different kinds of food and flavors you experience on your trip by bringing back a new recipe with you every time you visit a new place. Just take a quick snapshot of your favorite food and drink menus that inspire you. That way you can enjoy these new flavors at home and share them with others.

Capturing your trip in these tangible ways allows you to quickly recall the finer details that may otherwise fade away. They forever capture where you were, how you were feeling, who you were with, and all that you experienced during your adventures.

Stay tuned for the latest edition of Travel Tip Tuesday. And when starting to plan your next trip, let Bonwi help ensure that your next getaway is the best one yet!

Top Reasons to Choose a Boutique Hotel

Intimate and luxurious, artistic and curated, boutique hotels are an experience all onto their own. As a concept that slowly took root more than 20 years ago, this unique style of lodging has been attracting travelers who seek big style in a small setting. If you’ve never stayed at a boutique hotel, there are more options now than ever before. So what’s all the excitement really about? Read on to see why you should book “boutique” on your next stay away.

Character & Details

Boutique hotels have personality. They work hard not to feel like a typical hotel. While each is unique, something they share is an incredible attention to detail. From the lobby to the far corner of your room, decor in a boutique hotel has a personal touch, much like that of a luxury home. You might find a few novels at your bedside, fresh flowers in the bathroom, or a set of binoculars at a seaside window. Small details like these add up and create closeness with guests. Whether hip, modern, romantic, or whimsical, strong themes typically tie these hotels together. There’s a style for everyone.

Service with Personality

You’re not just a number at a boutique hotel. Because they’re usually between 50 and 200 rooms, you’ll not only be treated like a human, but experience more pampering. Borrowing a page out of the book written for B&B’s, staff will get to know you on a name basis, come off as personable, and will be attentive to how your stay is going. A stay at London’s Milestone Hotel includes a 24-hour butler. If you stay there with children, expect to be offered chocolate mice and bedtime stories at turndown.

Reaching Above the Norm

Boutique hotels are also more upscale than the norm, offering high-thread-count sheets, designer/antique furniture, or even minibars stocked with locally-sourced provisions. Lobbies and lounges are decadent, art-filled venues for socializing. Rooftop bars, walled gardens, and cabana-lined pools await guests. The best of dining is something well known of boutique hotels. On-site restaurants source from local farms while staff profess the quality of locally-crafted beer. Free perks abound, like hosted art events, bicycles for exploring, or afternoon ice cream socials. The combination of amenities and perks is hard to beat.

Sweet Spot for the Size

The smaller footprint of boutique hotels allows them to be located in prime locations. You’ll find them situated in the choicest parts of London, New York, Paris, San Francisco, and many other major cities. The same goes for those located on the beach or in natural settings. The smaller size of a boutique hotel often equates to closer intimacy with the surrounding area. In most cases, you get the best of both worlds, inside and outside your hotel.

The Value Factor

Boutique hotels offer a great value at both ends of the price spectrum. A night at Z NYC Hotel offers views of the Manhattan skyline, a rooftop bar, and free shuttle service into the heart of NYC. It costs as little as $125 per night. At the upper end, the Wentworth Mansion runs north of $300 per night, though you get a lot for that price. The hotel is centrally located in the historic district of Charleston, SC just steps to everything. Guests are greeted with a glass of sherry in the lobby, followed by hors d’oeuvres, house-made chocolates at turndown, and complimentary breakfast. Original in-room gas fireplaces and triple-sheeted European linens keep guests cozy and warm.

Whether it’s a family trip, a reunion with friends, or a romantic getaway, boutique hotels are a great choice. They create a stylish-yet-intimate atmosphere perfect for relaxing together, with amenities and perks that make them a great value. Check some out on Bonwi.com

What You Can Get for 10,000 Points on Bonwi

cash in Bonwi points for flights

cash in Bonwi points for flights

When you sign up for Bonwi for the first time, you get 1,500 points automatically. Right there that’s worth $15 because for 10,000 you can get a $100 gift card to one of your favorite merchants, like Amazon, Best Buy, or Target. What’s on your list right now?

If you start with 1,500 and just make one or two hotel bookings, you’ll probably get to 10,000 points by maximizing the options on Bonwi.

After that, we mentioned that one thing you can do with 10,000 points: cash it in for a gift card. Besides retailers, there are also some food outlets. Need to fund a kid’s birthday party? You can cash in for a hundred bucks from Papa John’s or Dunkin Donuts. Need to take your mom out to dinner? Cash in points for Olive Garden or Cheesecake factory.

You can also use your 10,000 points to rent a car. When I pulled up summer days in Orlando, I found rental cars for as little as 2,150  a day. If you need some room for a family though, you could splurge and get two days of a sport utility vehicle or a minivan for less that 10,000 points over two days.

rent a car with points

Or you can use those points to get a hotel instead. Maybe you want to take your honey on a weekend getaway to the big city, to the beach, or to a town a couple hours away. Or maybe you need a night at an airport hotel in the hub city so you can catch an early flight in the morning. Maybe you need one night at a hotel before a cruise.

What can you get with 10,000 points? I searched weekend nights in the high season for vacations in late June and found plenty: the Atlanta Hilton, a downtown hotel in Nashville, a few motels near the cruise port in Ft. Lauderdale, a few chain hotels in Denver, Hawthorne Suites and Home2Suites in Salt Lake City.

You can also cash Bonwi Rewards in for an airline ticket, with 10,000 points being equal to $100. Maybe $100 won’t go very far in the airline world, but it’s enough for a one-way ticket on some routes. You could fly on Southwest or Delta, for example, one way from Atlanta to New Orleans, and still have some  left over.

Bonwi Rewards points cash in for flights

It’s true that 10,000 points won’t get you very far with the loyalty programs of Hilton or IHG and with Hotels.com you would need to book hotels 10 times to get one free night in return. With Bonwi it’s a different story though and you can do a lot with 10K.

Book your next hotel here and really get something back.

In-Flight Entertainment Going Mobile

In-flight entertainment has come a long way in recent years. Airlines are moving away from seatback monitors and are instead offering movies and other content through reliable, high-speed Wi-Fi connections, paired with power outlets in each seat. The new trend is providing passengers with increased wireless support for personal-device entertainment. That means bringing a smart phone or tablet aboard on your next flight is a great idea to pass the time.

While airlines are aiming to provide movies and other content for free, it may vary by your chosen airline and route. A tip to ensure you have entertainment during your flight is to download movies and music to your device before traveling. The offline content will be available at any point throughout your trip. Packing a power bank charger in your carry-on is also a smart idea, as you may not have access to a power outlet in your seat. Netflix is of course a popular choice for streaming content if you can connect to Wi-Fi, and they have recently added a new feature to download videos. A few choice movies will help you pass from point A to point B in a blink.

Ready to explore and test out this mobile entertainment? Head to Bonwi.com to start planning.

The Value of Renting a Car While Traveling

A rental car is like purchasing the freedom to have the trip that you want to have. After all, we have only a finite amount of time to experience a near-limitless number of sights and activities, and public transportation is seldom the most efficient means of getting around. You lose a great deal of time planning, organizing, waiting in line and making stops along the way to your different destinations. Not to mention that public transportation can often be unpredictable. If you decide to spring for a rental car, however, you’ll be astounded by how much more you can see and experience. You’ll have the time and convenience needed to get the most out of your adventures. Plus, you’ll always have a place to keep your luggage. It especially makes sense if you’re going with one or two other people as you can divide the cost, though even alone it’s a reasonable expense and money well spent. Simply driving from place to place and stopping to discover something new can feel like part of the adventure itself. You might even say a set of wheels helps to double your vacation.

Book your next rental car (or hotel for that matter) with Bonwi.com. Let us help ensure that your next getaway is the best one yet.

 

Reward Points Battle: Hilton Honors vs. Bonwi

Hilton Honors versus Bonwi Rewards points

Hilton Honors versus Bonwi Rewards points

If you could spend the same amount for hotel bookings with Hilton compared to the same hotels booked with Bonwi, which would pay off faster in a free night’s stay? We’ll run through the numbers and see.

The Hilton Honors program has been one of the best hotel reward programs in the world for many years running. Now that it’s gone from Hhonors to just Honors, however, recent changes have sliced the earnings potential for most customers.

Until a change that goes into effect this month, you could earn hotel miles plus airline miles, leading to a nice double-dip bonus. Every time you stayed at a Hilton property, you could work toward a free hotel room and also a free flight. Alas, the double-dipping is coming to an end and their program will be just like the others, keeping it all in the family.

If you didn’t choose the airline points before, you could go “points and points” and earn 15 per dollar as a regular customer, 16.5 as a silver elite member. Now the points have dropped by a third.

Earning Points With Hilton Honors

For higher elite members they are better off now, so we see where Hilton’s priorities are. You have to stay 10 times just to reach the lowest elite level, so for most people that’s no applicable. If you get their branded credit card, however, you’re Silver automatically. That means instead of getting 10 points per dollar, you get 12 per dollar. So if you spend $1,000 at Hilton properties, you’ll get 10,000 to 12,000 points. The big payoff is if you practically live at Hilton: if you’re a Diamond Elite road warrior, you’ll get 20,000 points for a $1,000 spend.

You can buy your way there though with premium American Express cards. A Platinum card gets you automatic Gold status, while a Centurion card gets you automatic Diamond status. Pay more for your card, earn more bonus points.
Of course if you were using that regular Hilton Amex credit card for the charges, you would get another bonus on top of 7 points per dollar. Now that $1,000 spend turns into 19,000 points. That should be getting us in free night territory, right?

Earning Points With Bonwi Bookings

With Bonwi.com, it’s less simple on the earnings side, but that’s because the points you earn are variable. You will often earn far more than 1,200 points for a $100 room charge. You could earn enough for a free stay after just two or three nights.

There’s also upside on the redemption part since the payout is not an average of the price paid. Your points may be worth more in some markets than others, so you can cash in faster just by choosing a hotel requiring fewer points. You can sometimes see a payback of 30% on your spend if you pick the right hotels.

Earning Bonwi points faster free stay

Who Gets You to a Free Night Faster?

In our hypothetical example of spending $1,000 with Hilton, you would earn 12,000 points without a Hilton-branded credit card, 19,000 with. So let’s look at what it would take to get there with Hilton and with Bonwi, then see what you can get for your points.

I picked the busy business hub of Atlanta for this example because the city has a lot of Hilton properties across a variety of brands. (Note that you only earn half the points with two of their brands: Tru and Home2. So we have to skip over those. Why, since points are based on dollars spent? We’re not sure.)

If I pick a weekday in May, we could get to around $1,000 by staying at Hilton Garden Inn Millennium Center. By booking with Bonwi, we would earn 23,968 points.

If we book that hotel at Hilton.com, the cost looks to be about the same, though it’s hard to tell since they don’t show taxes and fees until you start actually booking it. If we assume the same amount, you would earn a shade more than 12,000 points.

If we book the Atlanta Hilton without being an elite Honors member, we would earn 12,000 with Hilton or 16,436 with Bonwi. So you’d have a slight advantage with Honors elite level bonus points, but otherwise you’re still earning more with Bonwi.

Using Your Points

So let’s say we want to make it up to our honey for being away for a week and we’re going to take a weekend trip with it. How about nearby Savannah?

If we check what you can get there for the points we earned, here’s what we get:

Hilton Honors – 12,000 points gets us…nothing. The downtown historic district properties would cost us 60,000 points on a Saturday night in June and all we can get for the lowest level of 30,000 is airport hotels. So even if we booked this 5-day business trip three weeks with Hilton, we’d still only earn enough to stay out by the airport.

Using Hilton Honors points

Bonwi Rewards – 23,968 points gets us…more than 50 hotels to choose from on that same Saturday night in Savannah! Granted, the cheapest ones are roadside motels by the interstate, but it doesn’t stop there. That same airport hotel offered by Hilton for 30,000 points is just 15,640 with Bonwi. Or you can get closer to town with SpringHill Suites. For 18,400, you can get a Fairfield Inn right in the historic district. “Honey, we’re all set!”

Using Bonwi Rewards points instead of Hilton

Did you notice that last advantage—that you can pick any hotel you want? This is not a loyalty program where you are locked into one corporation’s brand offerings. Earn points with any hotel brand, spend them with any hotel brand—including independent ones.

The Hilton Honors system isn’t bad on the earnings side, but when you go to actually spend those points they don’t go very far. It often takes 60,000 points – which is a spend of $6,000 for a normal person – just to get a night at a regular Hilton business hotel or Embassy Suites.

Book with Bonwi and you’ll get free stays much faster. That’s true compared to IHG Rewards and it’s true compared to Hilton Honors.

A Traveler’s Best Friend

If you travel often, you probably have the typical travel accessories covered. A neck pillow, some earplugs, or a money belt might make that list. But more than likely, there’s an overlooked and indispensable household item that probably hasn’t made it into your carry-on bag, duct tape. Like a TSA-friendly Swiss army knife, duct tape has evolved into a variety of sizes and colors. Miniature 2″ x 50″ rolls known as (“RediTape”) are small enough to fit in your pocket. Why bring duct tape on your next trip? Here are a few reasons:

  • Mark your luggage making it easy to recognize at baggage claim
  • Make an emergency repair to bags by taping over the tear from inside
  • Temporarily mend clothing or fix a shoe yb covering a hole from the inside
  • Remove lint from clothes
  • Protect any glass bottles you bring home as souvenirs by securing a folded strip of tape around the thickest part of the bottle
  • Seal opened food and beverage in checked baggage to precent spills
  • Deter theft by taping over luggage locks or sipper pulls of your bag
  • Make a label for just about anything with duct tape and a black marker
  • Baby proof your hotel room by covering outlets and securing drawers shut

Travel safe and ready with duct tape on your packing list.

 

Continue to check back for our favorite Travel Tips and don’t forget to book with Bonwi.

Top 10 Most Luxurious Hotels In The World

When comparing high-end hotels around the globe, there’s luxury and then there’s luxury. This week’s Travel Tip Tuesday explores the absolute pinnacle of hotel decadence. The top 10 hotels on our list offer impeccable service and accommodations that are second to none.

Burj Al Arab
Dubai, UAE

The Burj Al Arab has repeatedly been voted the world’s most luxurious hotel. It offers the finest and most comprehensive service, which includes an optional chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce, helicopter trips from its iconic helipad, private beach access, terraces with pools and cabanas, as well as some of the world’s best dining venues.

 

Hotel President Wilson
Geneva, Switzerland

Hotel President Wilson is situated on the shore of Lemon Lake just steps from the most beautiful parks and the boutiques in the renowned Rue du Rhône. It offers wonderful panoramic views over Lake Geneva, the Alps, and Mont Blanc, as well as Michelin-starred cuisine from the famous Chef Michel Roth. The hotel is well-renowned as an international conference venue with 12 meeting rooms including an expansive ballroom that can accommodate up to 800 guests.

Waldorf Astoria
Orlando, Florida

Waldorf Astoria Orlando offers contemporary luxury nestled inside a 482-acre nature preserve. This hotel features stylish sophistication with countless amenities and personalized service. Guests will find no shortage of recreational activities for relaxation and entertainment. Enjoy an award-winning lazy river and world-class dining with 12 restaurants and lounges, including the famed Bull & Bear.

Palms Casino Resort
Las Vegas, Nevada

Situated on nearly 30 acres, the Palms Casino Resort is a boutique property with three distinct towers. Each offers unparalleled views of the fabulous Las Vegas Strip and the surrounding mountains. Recognized for its exceptional accommodations, high-energy night and day clubs, and world-renowned restaurants, the Palms is one of Las Vegas’ most sought-after resorts. It’s also the only hotel in the world with a suite that includes its own basketball court.

Rosewood CordeValle
San Martin, California

Surrounded by the picturesque countryside of San Martin, Rosewood CordeValle is the ideal sanctuary for recreation and relaxation. The property features a 260-acre, 18-hole championship golf course designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones, Jr, in addition to a full-service spa, a fitness center, tennis courts, hiking trails, and swimming pools.

Resort at Pedregal
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

From spacious guestrooms to four-bedroom Los Cabos suites, every room has an ocean view and a private terrace, providing unbelievable scenic views of an undisturbed landscape. Rooms feature refined design details that include curated reading material, premium amenities, plush bedding, a relaxing rainfall shower, and a private plunge pool.

Zarafa Camp
Selinda Reserve, Botswana

Zarafa Camp is renowned for its remarkable concentration of wildlife, predators in particular, and luxuriously-appointed tented accommodations. The boutique camp has only four campaign-style canvas suites offering travelers a unique experience of Africa. If you’re looking for indulgence, great game viewing, knowledgeable guides and service, this is the place.

Triple Creek Ranch
Darby, Montana

Triple Creek Ranch offers an all-inclusive vacation experience of rustic elegance, gourmet cuisine with an excellent wine list, and welcoming five-star service amidst a forested mountain retreat. Adult travelers enjoy a truly romantic setting with incomparable scenery, a wide variety of native wildlife, an almost endless menu of all-inclusive outdoor activities, and the option of adding on some of the finest off-ranch Western adventures in the United States.

Twin Farms
Barnard, Vermont

Nestled in a valley in northern Vermont’s Green Mountains, on 300 acres of rolling farmland, dense forest, gardens and ponds, Twin Farms is all-inclusive in the most exclusive sense. Guests enjoy gourmet cuisine, personalized menus, along with an endless supply of top-shelf liquor and fine wines (from a 26,000-bottle cellar). Available activities include hiking, biking, fly-fishing, canoeing, tennis, croquet, and come winter, ice skating, snow-shoeing, sledding and skiing on the resort’s private six-trail slope with all equipment provided.

Temple House
Chengdu, China

The Temple House Hotel is a stunning, luxury hotel in the heart of the vibrant city of Chengdu. The property is a distinctively different type of luxury hotel, where old-world grandeur and cutting-edge contemporary design seamlessly come together. Rooms are sleek and stylish with thoughtful design and generous amenities. The cafe, teahouse, two restaurants (Chinese and Western cuisine) and impressive heated swimming pool all carry the strong aesthetic of The Temple House.

Hear from our experts on all elements of travel as they share their personal experience and knowledge, which spans everything from fascinating must-see locations, to practical and informative suggestions. Let Bonwi.com help ensure that your next getaway is the best one yet.

Why Convertible Reward Points Are Better Than Airline Miles

airlines don't deserve loyalty

airlines don't deserve loyalty

In case you haven’t noticed, the U.S. airlines don’t care much about you as a customer. Even the people who fly so much that they are at the top elite level status don’t always get upgraded, so even they are grumbling about the lousy service, the cramped seats, and the bare-bones amenities on the big 3 legacy airlines.

Plus the airlines are hitting you with every fee that they can legally get away with. You can no longer assume even international flights will get you a free checked bag unless you are on a superior foreign airline or on Southwest. They intentionally make it hard for you to figure this out too in the booking process, then hide the rules, ones almost guaranteed to result in a “gotcha fee.” On American Airlines, for example, a flight to Panama includes a bag, but one to Costa Rica does not.  For El Salvador it depends on the time of year. For Mexico and Colombia it depends on what city you’re landing in. No joke.

Having the airline’s credit card won’t get you out of the fees either. If you pull it out on an international flight with a bag fee, the airline agent will shake their head and say, “No, that’s only for domestic flight bag fees.” Why does the destination matter? Because you don’t matter, that’s why.

Airline Loyalty Doesn’t Pay

The only way to strike back at this system is to forget loyalty and either go for the best fare (Allegiant and Southwest will actually treat you better than American these days anyway) or to fly for free whenever possible.

It used to be rewarding to fly with a single airline and rack up frequent flyer miles. But now you don’t earn many miles from actually flying. Here’s what I earned on a recent flight all the way to Central America and back via Houston—for flying thousands of actual miles.

hotel miles versus airline miles

Notice that Houston to Tampa is 635 miles in one direction, but a paltry 235 “miles” the other direction. Driving 235 miles from Tampa would not even get me to Atlanta, but now the “miles” are based on airline revenue and fare class, not distance, a change that has drastically weakened how much you can earn for your loyalty. So now most airline miles come through credit card spending, not flying, because it’s a simpler penny per mile or more for spending, not a complicated formula that’s great for the airlines but terrible for the customer.

This is why you’re far better off collecting points and miles that can be used across multiple programs. Some credit cards allow you to do this, such as the Amex Membership Rewards program and the Chase Sapphire/Venture program. For the former you transfer the points in chunks whenever you want, topping off your airline miles account to get to a specific mileage level or transferring large enough amounts to get your whole ticket. For the Chase program, you simply use the points’ value to book any ticket, without going through the airlines.

Bonwi points work the same way as the Chase ones during redemption. If you have 30,000 Bonwi Rewards points, you purchase a $299 ticket and have a buck to spare. No blackout dates, no restrictions. You also don’t get dinged for taxes and fees like you would redeeming airline miles since that’s part of the ticket price. (I recently paid $77 for my “free” ticket to Belize on Delta and American Air once wanted nearly $300 in taxes and fees for an even less free ticket that stopped for a layover in London. Instead I flew Singapore Air through another airport instead with United miles and paid $49 in fees.)

Bonwi rewards points Chicago

Here’s the advantage though: it’s not simply a point per dollar or maybe two points you could get from Chase. You could conceivably spend $200 per night on a hotel but get more than 10,000 Bonwi Rewards points for a two-night stay. It’s not uncommon to see a payback of 15 to 30%.

If you really want to play this game right, pay for that hotel stay with a premium Chase card on top. Then you’re double-dipping without giving loyalty to an airline that doesn’t earn it. You won’t earn a paltry amount of airline miles that are hard to cash in, but a hefty amount of reward miles that have real value for redemption. Just one vacation can pay for another weekend away.

Vote with your wallet—instead of nostalgic airline loyalty—and reap bigger rewards for more travel with Bonwi Rewards!

Contributor Tim Leffel is author of one of the leading books on living abroad and is also author of Make Your Travel Dollars Worth a Fortune. See his regular rants on the Cheapest Destinations Blog