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Ehsan Haque

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About Ehsan Haque

Ehsan is an avid traveler who has traveled to 100 countries over more than 1,250 days backpacking the world.

He has diligently used points and miles to fund his journeys, having discovered their value in 2016 and since opening over 50 credit cards. Currently, he holds 32 active credit cards and earns over a million points and miles annually through various strategies, including online arbitrage, gift card reselling, and credit card referrals.

Points and miles have allowed Ehsan to experience some of the world’s best international first class products and luxury hotels. He spends half the year outside of the U.S. and holds Marriott Bonvoy Titanium Elite, World of Hyatt Globalist, and Hilton Honors Diamond elite status.

Ehsan worked as a Points and Miles Reporter for The Points Guy and embarked on a 1-year travel hiatus before his 30th birthday to reach his goal of visiting 100 countries. His top 5 favorite countries he’s visited include Japan, Georgia, Cuba, Argentina, and Uzbekistan.

Based in the Chicago area, Ehsan primarily uses his points and miles for luxury hotels and long-haul premium cabins nowadays. He plans to visit every country by the year 2030. You can follow his travel photography and adventures on Instagram.

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The 16 Best Delta Hotels by Marriott To Book With Points [For Max Value]

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The 13 Best Protea Hotels by Marriott To Book With Points [For Max Value]

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Aloft Bangkok Sukhumvit 11 in Thailand [In-Depth Hotel Review]

After an incredible 2 months in Asia, which led me to several new destinations, it was finally time to head back to the U.S. As with several prior trips, I returned to Bangkok, one of Southeast Asia’s most important cities….

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The 15 Best Four Points by Sheraton Hotels To Book With Points [For Max Value]

The 15 Best Four Points by Sheraton Hotels To Book With Points [For Max Value]

Highlighting aspirational and lavish hotels can be fun; however, many travelers seek more affordable hotel redemption options. This is where Four Points by Sheraton stands out as a budget-friendly mid-tier Marriott Bonvoy hotel brand. The Four Points brand joined the Marriott…

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Thai Airways Boeing 777-300ER Royal Silk Business Class Review [BKK to FRA]

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Alila Bangsar Kuala Lumpur [In-Depth Hotel Review]

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is one of my favorite cities in the world. With a modern skyline, delicious street food, cultural diversity, and world-class shopping, Kuala Lumpur (or KL, as the locals call it) has something to offer everyone. After a…

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Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral in Malaysia [In-Depth Hotel Review]

Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral in Malaysia [In-Depth Hotel Review]

After an incredible 10 days in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, it was time to say goodbye to the city. For my last night in town, I wanted to book a hotel in or near KL Sentral, as I had a flight…

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Hyatt Place Bangkok Sukhumvit in Thailand [In-Depth Review]

Bangkok, the bustling capital of Thailand, captivates travelers with its busy street markets, vibrant nightlife, and historic temples. From historic palaces to incredible street food, Bangkok’s dynamic energy and rich heritage make it a must-visit destination for those looking for…

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Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur, Autograph Collection [In-Depth Review]

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital, is a vibrant and dynamic metropolis. Known for its modern skyline, cultural diversity, world-class shopping and nightlife, incredible street food, and rich history, the city has something to offer everyone. Having not visited Kuala Lumpur in…

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Hilton Garden Inn Bangkok Silom in Thailand [In-Depth Review]

Thailand is a dream destination for many, and for good reason. Known for its vibrant culture, rich history, and stunning landscapes, Thailand attracts millions of visitors each year. Bangkok’s bustling capital city is home to world-class nightlife, ornate temples, hectic…

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The 12 Best World of Hyatt Category 1 Hotels [2024]

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Manila, the bustling capital of the Philippines, is known for its diverse culture, rich history, and incredible nightlife. The city is rapidly developing and becoming another major financial hub in Southeast Asia. After a few wonderful days in the city,…

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Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Sha Tin [In-Depth Review]

Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Sha Tin [In-Depth Review]

Hong Kong is one of the most unique places on Earth. Known for its natural beauty, incredible cuisine, and being one of the world’s most significant financial centers, Hong Kong has plenty to offer anyone visiting. I should know: This…

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Review of Hilton Tokyo Bay in Japan [Great Use of Hilton Aspire Resort Credit]

Review of Hilton Tokyo Bay in Japan [Great Use of Hilton Aspire Resort Credit]

Known for its unrivaled cuisine, high-end shopping, and excellent nightlife, Tokyo has something to offer everyone. Having been to Tokyo 7 times so far, it was quite an easy decision for me to go back again. Choosing where to stay…

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The 15 Best Hyatt Place Hotels To Book With Points [For Max Value

The 15 Best Hyatt Place Hotels To Book With Points [For Max Value

While some travelers look for aspirational and luxurious hotel redemptions, others seek out more affordable and practical options. Hyatt Place, one of Hyatt’s many brands, stands out in this regard. Although not known for the luxuries boasted of by other…

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Japan Airlines Boeing 777-300ER Business Class Review [SFO to HND]

Japan Airlines Boeing 777-300ER Business Class Review [SFO to HND]

Airline: Japan Airlines (JL)Aircraft: Boeing 777-300ERFlight #: JL1Route: San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Haneda Airport (HND)Date: February 24, 2024Duration: 11 hours, 25 minutesCabin and Layout: Business class, 49 seats, 2-3-2 configuration (JAL Sky Suites)Seat: 12KCost: 60,000 Alaska Airlines Mileage…

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Dream Midtown, a Hyatt Hotel in New York City [In-Depth Review]

Dream Midtown, a Hyatt Hotel in New York City [In-Depth Review]

Choosing where to stay in New York City is always a tough decision, as there are hundreds of hotels. Of course, there are the major hotel chains, including Marriott, Hilton, IHG, and Hyatt. However, there are also tons of individual…

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How To Buy Avianca LifeMiles and Get the Best Value in 2024

How To Buy Avianca LifeMiles and Get the Best Value in 2024

Buying points and miles is generally not a great idea. But there are times when purchasing miles represents great value — and, in some cases, can potentially save you a lot of money. When it comes to travel rewards, a…

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Air Canada Boeing 787-9 Signature Class Review [FRA to YUL]

Air Canada Boeing 787-9 Signature Class Review [FRA to YUL]

Airline: Air CanadaAircraft: Boeing 787-9 DreamlinerFlight #: AC845Route: Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL)Date: February 13, 2024Duration: 8 hours, 10 minutesCabin and Layout: Business class, 30 seats, 1-2-1 configurationSeat: 8KCost: 63,000 Avianca LifeMiles or $5,657 cash…

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Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300ER Business Class Review [JFK to FRA]

Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300ER Business Class Review [JFK to FRA]

Airline: Singapore Airlines (SQ)Aircraft: Boeing 777-300ERFlight #: SQ25Route: John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Frankfurt Airport (FRA)Date: February 7, 2024Duration: 7 hours, 35 minutesCabin and Layout: Business class, 48 seats, 1-2-1 configuration (2 cabins)Seat: 15D (bulkhead)Cost: 60,000 Aeroplan points…

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