Earning points and miles is easy. Spending them in a smart way is the tricky part. In this section, I break down exactly how I booked each of my points and miles trips. I’ll go through how I selected my flights and hotels, what rewards programs I chose to use, and how I completed the bookings. Once I’ve completed the trip, I’ll report back with my itinerary and places I visited. I’ll also be sure to add any relevant hotel and airport lounge reviews. While points and miles tend to find their way into most of my travels, this page will only report on trips booked entirely with points and miles. Check out the Destinations section for posts on all of the places I’ve traveled.

Italy on Points and Miles

Colosseum

Booking the Trip:
How I’m Spending 11 Days in Italy for Less Than $150

Trip Reports:
Part 1:  Four Days in Rome
Part 2: Florence in 48 Hours
Part 3: The Best of Tuscany in One Day
Part 4: 48 Hours in Venice
Part 5: One Night in Milan

Reviews:
Hotel Review: Waldorf Astoria Rome Cavalieri
Hotel Review: JW Marriott Venice
Hotel Review: Park Hyatt Milan
Priority Pass Lounge Review: Air France Lounge at Boston Logan Airport 
Priority Pass Lounge Review: Club S.E.A. Sala Leonardo at Milan Linate Airport

A Points and Miles Honeymoon to Japan, Singapore, and Maldives

Kyoto

Booking the Trip:
A $68,000 Honeymoon for $2,000 Using Points and Miles
My Wedding’s in Less than a Year…Time for Honeymoon Planning!
Honeymoon Update 1: Booking Conrad Maldives
Honeymoon Update 2: Booking Singapore Suites
Honeymoon Update 3: Japan Airlines Business Class to Tokyo
Honeymoon Update 4: Tokyo to Singapore on Japan Airlines Business Class
Honeymoon Update 5: Japan Hotels
Honeymoon Update 6: Round Trip Singapore to Male
Honeymoon Update 7: Itinerary Change – Japan Airlines First Class to Tokyo
Honeymoon Update 8: Positioning Flights
Honeymoon Update 9: Singapore Hotels

Trip Reports:
What to Do in 5 Days in Tokyo
Real Life Mario Kart: A Review of MariCar Tokyo
Exploring TeamLab Borderless in Tokyo
A Sushi Lunch in Ginza
Memory Lane Tokyo: Shinjuku’s Best Yakitori
A Day Trip to Nikko, Japan
A 2 Day Kyoto Itinerary
Hiroshima and Miyajima Day Trip from Kyoto
How to Spend One Day in Osaka

Reviews:
Hotel Review: Crowne Plaza JFK Airport New York City
Hotel Review: Ritz-Carlton Tokyo
Hotel Review: Ritz-Carlton Kyoto
Hotel Review: InterContinental Osaka
Review: Lufthansa Senator Lounge at JFK

Peru and the Inca Trail on Points and Miles

Booking the Trip:
Planning a Trip to Peru and Machu Picchu on Points and Miles

France and United Arab Emirates on Points and Miles

Booking the Trip:
Planning a Trip to France and UAE on Points and Miles