Andrew Kunesh

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.

Some of his favorite business and first class products are on Lufthansa, SWISS, Hong Kong Airlines, JAL, and Qatar Airways. But don’t worry: he still takes the occasional Spirit and EasyJet flight when the price is right.

Andrew started collecting points and miles when studying at DePaul University and soon started freelancing in the space. He frequently writes about miles and points and books award tickets for a handful of clients.

His work has appeared on a number of points and miles publications around the net, including Credit Karma and The Points Guy. These acted as stepping stones for Andrew to eventually join UpgradedPoints full-time as a Senior Points Contributor.

To keep up with the latest trends, Andrew obsessively keeps up-to-date with points, travel, and personal finance news. He also attends a few points and miles conferences every year, with his favorite being CardCon.

You can catch Andrew posting about his travels on Instagram and Twitter.

Countries Visited: 28
U.S. States Visited: 22
Highest Hotel Status: Marriott Bonvoy Platinum
Highest Airline Status: Alaska MVP Gold 75K (via a status match from United Platinum)
Favorite Airline Alliance: Star Alliance
Favorite First Class: Lufthansa—just can’t get enough of the first class terminal.
Favorite Business Class: That’s a tough one, but I’ll have to settle for Qatar Airways. You really can’t beat the rose champagne.
Best Redemption Value: 8.1 cents per point flying BUD-FRA-ORD in Lufthansa first class.
Favorite Type of Points: American Express Membership Rewards
Top 3 Cards in Wallet: Platinum Card® from American Express, American Express Gold Card, Blue Business Plus Credit Card from American Express

Andrew's Latest Posts

Frontier Airlines Planes at Denver Airport

The 10 Best Ways To Earn Lots of Frontier Miles

While Frontier Airlines may not be the most aspirational airline for award redemptions, the airline recently introduced new routes and revamped its loyalty program. This new loyalty program made it easier for frequent Frontier flyers to redeem miles and take… read more

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