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what's up guys today we're going to be talking about the top five best improvements in the travel awards game in 2018 but if this is your first time here my name is Jason or on this channel we talk Travel points and miles credit card tips and tricks consider subscribing so you don't miss anything well guys come and echa live from my parents house down in sunny Florida a beautiful December day Golf Course video all that stuff so I wanted to talk about some positive things that we saw in 2018 in the travel awards game so not all of it was positive but today I'm gonna give you my top 5 best things that I saw about how the travel awards game got better this year number one this is the year of these spending multipliers we saw so many cards become way more valuable to use on day to day purchases the American Express gold card definitely is the cream of the crop with the four x miles on all of your supermarket purchases and so much more so we just saw a lot of different cards start to aweful offer multipliers on things like restaurants and some things silly things like gems but so many more cards other than just your premium credit cards are offering benefits for day-to-day spending things like dining and travel and just a whole lot more so a lot of cards are much more useful than just getting that signup bonus and not ever using it again number 2 TSA PreCheck well I'm sure some people will argue and say it is not a positive it is a negative if you're a savvy traveler and travel a lot maybe having more people get access to TSA PreCheck is not a positive to you but I think it's a positive because it just gives more people access on just so many more cards and now will give them to your family members and so many other people you don't have to get some kind of premium credit card to get a TSA PreCheck benefit number three is transferrable points this year it was on fire with transferrable points and transferrable points are really what makes a travel rewards game in my opinion if we're all just trying to get one or two or maybe even three percent cash back this game isn't as valuable and probably not worth many of our times but with transferrable points especially when you're getting them full or business or first-class international flights you can then get an ROI of 5 10 sometimes 15 percent on taking amazing vacations doing amazing first-class travel I never would have been able to take flights like at Ahad first-class apartment Singapore Airlines and just so many of these flights that are ten thousand fifteen thousand dollars that I would never pay no matter how rich I was but just being able to do that with points and transferable points is really what makes this hobby amazing in my opinion and we saw bit banks like Capital One get in the game recently here and they had a pretty decent showing in it Barclays also got in the game for a little bit but they massively failed I think they've already shut down the program I wouldn't be surprised to see them reopen their transferable point program at some point but hopefully they'll have a little bit better showing and it won't be frowned upon but overall having more options for transferable points as such a good thing in my opinion number four and again I'm sure someone on here is gonna argue with me about this but I think travel awards has gone a lot more mainstream this year a lot people in my family look at me like I'm Way less crazy this year for having travel credit cards I don't watch much TV in fact I hate TV outside of really watching football I rarely watch TV and if I do it's usually Netflix so I don't see many commercials but I spent most of the year outside of the US but when I got back this year and started watching football I noticed that every single card I have now has a commercial I thought that was pretty interesting and pretty surprising before you would only see cards like the Capital One what's in your wallet commercial now I swear like every single card has its own commercial it seems to be more mainstream more people are into the hobby and overall I think that's a good thing and the last biggest improvement I saw in 2018 was the improvement of on align booking so basically what I mean by that is last year we Staz you see American Airlines and Delta it was just really tough to book partner awards especially American Airlines it was terrible but we've seen a lot of new partners added for internationals so you can make a lot more international bookings online with American Airlines now you still gotta find availability but overall we more partners at it which is a good thing we've also seen huge improvements of systems like British Airways which for most of the year was an absolute crapshoot you couldn't really use it and anyone that hadn't you British Airways obvious was very frustrated because they couldn't use them well they've seemed to fix the system and now there are some amazing things that you can do with a vo so you can book so much award partner availability online instead of having to make a call just makes this game so much better I think Delta is showing a lot more availability online while they don't have a partner a word chart anymore and you might not always get the best value it's just great that they have a lot more availability online and United is just as good as it has been in my opinion Alaska still fire so much great online award availability and just overall I saw different online award systems I think Avianca got a lot better and many more they just got a lot better this year and it's just way easier to use your points to book online without having to pick up the damn phone well guys that is all for today and if you liked this video give it a thumbs up it really helps me out drop me a comment let me know what did I miss out on the best improvements in the travel awards game of 2018 if you guys haven't already go ahead and hit subscribe so you don't miss any upcoming videos and as always guys 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