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Chris Hassan

Social Media & Brand Manager

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About Chris Hassan

Chris has years of marketing and hospitality experience, so running the social media channels and writing about family travel is a natural fit for him here at Upgraded Points.

A Boston native now living in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Chris has a passion for sharing travel tips for families and has been featured on BBC News, Parents.com, The Washington Post, The Weather Channel, and other publications.

Chris earned his B.S. in Hospitality & Tourism Management from the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst, studied hotel management even further in Switzerland, and then worked in luxury hotels in New England for years after graduating.

After meeting his wife and catching the travel bug in Europe, Chris and his young family always make travel a priority. With grandparents in each hemisphere, international travel has become an integral part of his kids’ lives, and being able to pay for it with points and miles makes it easier to afford.

While he is no stranger to flying long distances in the back of a plane with 2 kids, being able to fly business or first class and lie-flat is the preferred way to go. Chris is a firm believer that kids belong up front just as much as any other well-behaved paying customer.

You can follow Chris on InstagramTwitter, and LinkedIn.

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[Award Alert] Book Etihad A380 First Class Apartment From New York for 115k Miles

After a long absence from The Big Apple, Etihad’s A380 is finally returning to New York City. While that may be good news on its own, what makes this even sweeter is the fact that the airline has made its…

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Get $200 Back After Spending $750+ at Hyatt All-Inclusive Resorts [New Amex Offer]

Get $200 Back After Spending $750+ at Hyatt All-Inclusive Resorts [New Amex Offer]

American Express just added a great Amex Offer for Hyatt fans where you can save $200 at select Secrets Resorts & Impression by Secrets Resorts. These 4- and 5-star all-inclusive beach resorts are part of the Hyatt Inclusive Collection throughout…

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Save 25% on Southwest Flights When Redeeming Points [Book by April 15]

Save 25% on Southwest Flights When Redeeming Points [Book by April 15]

If you’ve been wanting to book a Southwest Airlines flight for spring or summer travel and have some Rapid Rewards points to use, you can save 25% on the cost of your award flight. But you’ll have to act quickly, as…

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Universal Stella Nova and Terra Luna Resorts in Orlando [New Details]

Universal Stella Nova and Terra Luna Resorts in Orlando [New Details]

Universal Orlando fans will have 2 new space-themed resorts to choose from next year: Universal Stella Nova Resort and Universal Terra Luna Resort. These new hotels are being built in support of the highly-anticipated Universal Epic Universe, scheduled to open…

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Disney Changing Its Disability Access Service (DAS)

Disney Changing Its Disability Access Service (DAS)

Changes are coming to Disney’s Disability Access Service, also known as DAS, starting this summer. The updates come in response to apparent misuse of the program originally designed for guests who have physical or mental conditions that make queues difficult…

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How To Find the Elevated 125K Amex Platinum Card Welcome Bonus Offer [Current Public Offer Is 80K]

How To Find the Elevated 125K Amex Platinum Card Welcome Bonus Offer [Current Public Offer Is 80K]

If you are a frequent traveler and are looking for a premium card to help make your travels a bit more luxurious, The Platinum Card® from American Express is an excellent choice. Right now, the Amex Platinum card is offering…

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Frontier Announces New Domestic Summer Routes From Dallas to Philadelphia

Frontier Announces New Domestic Summer Routes From Dallas to Philadelphia

Starting this summer, Frontier Airlines is launching new nonstop flights to 12 airports across the U.S. These new routes span from the East Coast to the West Coast, with flights taking off for the first time in June and July….

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5x Avios With Aer Lingus, British Airways, and Iberia Cards [Limited-Time Offer]

5x Avios With Aer Lingus, British Airways, and Iberia Cards [Limited-Time Offer]

Avios fans, listen up. For a limited-time only, new cardholders of the British Airways Visa Signature® Card, Aer Lingus Visa Signature® Card, and Iberia Visa Signature® Card can earn 5x Avios on popular spending categories. Normally, these categories earn just…

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[Expired] [Award Alert] Wide-Open Business Class Availability to Switzerland for 60k Points

[Expired] [Award Alert] Wide-Open Business Class Availability to Switzerland for 60k Points

Cheese, chocolate, and beautiful scenery…what more could you want in a destination? How about arriving there in a lie-flat business class? Our team has found plenty of availability flying to Zurich, Switzerland on SWISS Air from a few cities in…

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New Lufthansa Mileage Bargains: 55k Miles Round-Trip in Business Class

New Lufthansa Mileage Bargains: 55k Miles Round-Trip in Business Class

Much like Air France-KLM Flying Blue Promo Rewards, Lufthansa Miles & More has a regular promotion offering discounted reward redemptions for flights on Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Eurowings Discover, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, and SWISS. Lufthansa has launched its newest Miles…

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PointsYeah Adds Hotel Search Capability

PointsYeah Adds Hotel Search Capability

PointsYeah launched less than a year ago and has quickly become a favorite tool for point and miles enthusiasts thanks to its fast and easy-to-use flight search feature. Well, it just got better with the addition of a hotel search!…

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[April Fools!] Hyatt Adds Mattress Run Booking Option

[April Fools!] Hyatt Adds Mattress Run Booking Option

In a surprise move, Hyatt has rolled out a new booking feature that is sure to make World of Hyatt fans happy — Mattress Run! If you’re on a quest to achieve top-tier Globalist elite status in the World of…

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April Bilt Rent Day: Free Fitness Classes and Double Points

April Bilt Rent Day: Free Fitness Classes and Double Points

With summer just around the corner, Bilt’s April Rent Day is focusing on fitness with the debut of 6 exciting new partners as part of its new Neighborhood Fitness program. The start-up, taking the points world by storm with its…

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How to Train Your Dragon – Isle of Berk at Universal Epic Universe [New Details Revealed]

How to Train Your Dragon – Isle of Berk at Universal Epic Universe [New Details Revealed]

Universal likes to keep its projects under wraps for as long as possible, but I guess they couldn’t even keep their excitement to themselves with the latest news from Universal Epic Universe. Slated to open in 2025, we now have…

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New Suites Coming to Select IHG Hotels & Resorts Properties

New Suites Coming to Select IHG Hotels & Resorts Properties

If you like living the suite life, you’re in luck: IHG Hotels & Resorts will be rolling out 3 new suite types for popular suites-only properties. These new prototypes will be offered in addition to existing designs for developers to…

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[Expired] [Award Alert] Last-Minute Award Availability in Business Class to Auckland for 75k Miles

[Expired] [Award Alert] Last-Minute Award Availability in Business Class to Auckland for 75k Miles

Update:The offer mentioned below has expired and is no longer available. Want to jet off to New Zealand in the next month? Of course you do. But flying for 14 (or more) hours can be unpleasant for some people ……

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Japan Airlines Airbus A350-1000 Business Class Review [JFK to HND]

Japan Airlines Airbus A350-1000 Business Class Review [JFK to HND]

Airline: Japan Airlines (JL)Aircraft: Airbus A350-1000Flight #: JL5Route: New York John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport (HND)Date: February 21, 2024Duration: 14 hours, 15 minutesCabin and Layout: Business class, 54 seats, 1-2-1 configurationSeat: 5D and 5G (middle seats)Cost: 60,000 American Airlines AAdvantage miles + $5.60…

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[Expired] Earn Up to 6x Bonus Miles on Apple Purchases via Shopping Portals [Ends Tonight!]

[Expired] Earn Up to 6x Bonus Miles on Apple Purchases via Shopping Portals [Ends Tonight!]

Update:The offer mentioned below has expired and is no longer available. Using shopping portals to earn bonus points and miles on purchases you were already going to make is a great way to boost your balance, especially if it’s a…

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Now Live (Again!): United Introduces Free MileagePlus Pooling

Now Live (Again!): United Introduces Free MileagePlus Pooling

United Airlines fans, we’ve got some good news: You can now pool your miles with your friends and family — for free! This is no doubt a great new feature of the MileagePlus program, especially for families who may find…

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[Expired] Transfer Citi Points to Avianca LifeMiles With a 25% Bonus

[Expired] Transfer Citi Points to Avianca LifeMiles With a 25% Bonus

If you have some Citi ThankYou Points and would like to maximize their value, we’ve got a nice promotion for you. Right now, you can get a 25% bonus when you transfer your ThankYou Points to Avianca’s LifeMiles program. Even…

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Etihad’s A380 Returns to New York in April [AUH to JFK]

Etihad’s A380 Returns to New York in April [AUH to JFK]

Much to the delight of luxury travelers and AvGeeks around the world, Etihad’s iconic Airbus A380 returned to the skies on July 25, 2023, after being grounded during the pandemic. Until now, the superjumbo has been exclusively flying between the…

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Founder and CEO of Upgraded Points, Alex is a leader in the industry and has earned and redeemed millions of points and miles. He frequently discusses the award travel industry with CNBC, Fox Business, The New York Times, and more.

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Amar Hussain

Senior Content Contributor

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Former Content Contributor

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Ashley Onadele

Content Contributor

Ashley discovered a love for travel in college that’s continued as her family has grown. She loves showing parents how they can take their families on trips using points and has contributed to numerous publications and podcasts.

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Brandon Brunner

Former Content Contributor

Brandon was born and raised in California and really didn’t travel much growing up, even outside of his own state. While attending college, he was constantly looking to find the cheapest fares to any destination abroad, and quickly learned about the motto- “Chase the fare, not the destination”. Luckily, his first international flight was to Costa Rica (under $300 roundtrip) where that “Pura Vida” lifestyle (and Imperials) hit him hard, and he knew he had to see more.

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Brett Holzhauer

Content Contributor

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Brian Graham

Former Content Contributor

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Carissa Rawson

Senior Content Contributor

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Caroline Lupini

Former Content Contributor

Caroline Lupini always enjoyed traveling, but it became her goal to do as much as possible after a 3-week trip around Europe in 2011. In March 2014, Caroline left her job and embarked on nearly full-time travels. 

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Charlie Page

Former Content Contributor

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Cherag Dubash

Content Contributor

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Chris Dong

Editor & Content Contributor

Chris is a freelance writer and editor with a focus on timely travel trends, points and miles, hot new hotels, and all things that go (he’s a proud aviation geek and transit nerd). Formerly full-time at The Points Guy, his work can now be found at AFAR, Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, The Washington Post, and Lonely Planet, among others

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Christine Krzyszton

Senior Finance Contributor

Christine ran her own business developing and managing insurance and financial services. This stoked a passion for points and miles and she now has over 2 dozen credit cards and creates in-depth, detailed content for UP.

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Christy Rodriguez

Travel & Finance Content Contributor

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Daniel Ross

Senior Content Contributor

Daniel has loved aviation and travel his entire life. He earned a Master of Science in Air Transport Management and has written about travel and aviation in publications like Simple Flying, The Points Guy, and more.

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Dan Miller

Content Contributor

Realizing that it wasn’t all first class flights and 5-star hotels, Dan started the Points With a Crew blog in 2014, with the aim of helping families (especially large families) to use miles, points and credit card rewards to take that trip that they might have thought they couldn’t afford. He has spent over 10 years covering developments in the travel rewards credit card space. His expertise extends to all things personal finance, including student loans, budgeting and real estate, and his work has been featured in sites all over the Internet, including NerdWallet, Forbes, Business Insider, Rocket Mortgage, CreditCards.com, Bankrate, Turbotax, Credit Karma and Intuit Mint.

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David Slotnick

Former Content Contributor

Born and raised in New York, David still remembers his first flight when he was only four years old: a U.S. Airways trip from New York-La Guardia to Palm Beach, Florida. He formed his love of travel around that and other family vacations, including to England at age eight and Namibia when he was 13. During college, a four-country trip around Europe with a friend cemented his passion for seeing the world.

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Erin Miller

Content Contributor

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Greg Stone

Content Contributor

Greg got bitten by the travel bug at a young age while traveling with his Dad on business trips to Asia. He took over the family business in 2012 and uses it to maximize his loyalty points earning. His obsession with earning and burning loyalty rewards points allows him to travel over 100 days every year.

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James Larounis

Senior Content Contributor

James (Jamie) started The Forward Cabin blog to educate readers about points, miles, and loyalty programs. He’s spoken at Princeton University and The New York Times Travel Show and has been quoted in dozens of travel publications.

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Jarrod West

Senior Content Contributor

Boasting a portfolio of over 20 cards, Jarrod has been an expert in the points and miles space for over 6 years. He earns and redeems over 1 million points per year and his work has been featured in outlets like The New York Times.

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Jeff Brownson

Former Content Contributor

Since discovering miles and points in 2010, Jeff has traveled to over 35 countries, flying in first class, business class, and sometimes even in coach. Whether he’s staying in a hostel dorm, or in a luxury suite at a 5 star hotel, Jeff is constantly looking for the best deal to make travel as close to free as possible.

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Julian Kheel

Content Contributor

Julian Kheel first learned the ins and outs of credit card rewards and travel loyalty programs while flying more than 200,000 miles a year as a TV producer and director for World Wrestling Entertainment. With over 15 years of professional experience studying travel loyalty programs, Julian has served as CNN’s Senior Editor covering travel and credit cards, as well as the Editorial Director of The Points Guy, and has worked as a consultant for the Big 3 U.S. airlines.

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Katie Seemann

Senior Content Contributor and News Editor

Katie has been in the points and miles game since 2015 and started her own blog in 2016. She’s been freelance writing since then and her work has been featured in publications like Travel + Leisure, Forbes Advisor, and Fortune Recommends.

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Kellie Jez

Director of Operations & Compliance

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Lindsey Olander

Former Content Contributor

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Lori Zaino

Senior Content Contributor

Lori is an intrepid traveler who loves creating itineraries that exude “luxe on a budget.” She’s written for CNN, NBC, The Infatuation, and more, and loves to muse about points-fueled trips to Sri Lanka, Sicily, and Myanmar.

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Former Content Contributor

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Michael McHugh

Former Content Contributor

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Nick Ellis

Editor & Content Contributor

Nick’s passion for points began as a hobby and became a career. He worked for over 5 years at The Points Guy and has contributed to Business Insider and CNN. He has 14 credit cards and continues to leverage the perks of each.

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Ryan Smith

Content Contributor

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Senitra Horbrook

Writer

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Spencer Howard

Former Content Contributor

Always a fan of flying, it was only natural that Spencer was drawn to finding a way to improve the travel experience.

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Stephen Au

Senior Content Contributor

Stephen is an established voice in the credit card space, with over 70 to his name. His work has been in publications like The Washington Post, and his Au Points and Awards Consulting Services is used by hundreds of clients.

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Susan Wright

Former Finance Contributor

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Victoria M. Walker

Senior Content Contributor

Victoria holds a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from the Howard University School of Communications and is an award-winning journalist, travel reporter, and the founder of the “Carrying On with Victoria M. Walker” newsletter.

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Ehsan Haque

Content Contributor

Ehsan is an avid traveler who has traveled to 100 countries, diligently using points and miles to fund his journeys. Currently, he holds 32 active credit cards and earns over a million points and miles annually, primarily using them for luxury hotels and long-haul premium cabins.

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Jessica Merritt

Editor & Content Contributor

A long-time points and miles student, Jessica is the former Personal Finance Managing Editor at U.S. News and World Report and is passionate about helping consumers fund their travels for as little cash as possible.

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Juan Ruiz

Senior Editor & Content Contributor

Juan has extensive experience in writing and editing content related to credit cards, loyalty programs, and travel. He has been honing his expertise in this field for over a decade. His work has been featured in various prestigious publications, such as USA Today, CNN Underscored, Forbes and The Points Guy. Juan is the visionary behind JetBetter, a premier award booking concierge service.

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Michael Y. Park

Editor

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Keri Stooksbury

Editor-in-Chief

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Stella Shon

News Managing Editor

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