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Katie Seemann

Senior Content Contributor and News Editor

359 Published Articles , 61 Edited Articles

About Katie Seemann

Katie fell in love with travel during a semester abroad in college spent in Nottingham, England. During that time, she got to see Scotland, Ireland, London, and Amsterdam and knew she wanted to see more of the world.

Fast forward to 2015 when Katie discovered the world of points and miles. She jumped in full force and hasn’t looked back. After starting her own blog, Zen Life and Travel, in 2016, she began freelance writing in 2017. In addition to being a contributor to Upgraded Points since 2018, her work has also been featured in Travel + Leisure, Forbes Advisor, Fortune Recommends, and Million Mile Secrets.

Over the years, she’s collected and redeemed millions of points and miles and currently has 16 cards in her wallet. Hyatt is her hotel brand of choice because the value you can get using points is tremendous. Because of that, her Chase cards get a lot of use since Chase Ultimate Rewards points transfer directly to Hyatt. Her favorite cards are the Chase Sapphire Reserve® for travel and dining, Chase Freedom Flex℠ for bonus category spending, and Chase Freedom Unlimited® for everything else.

As for flying, American Airlines is her go-to airline since the Loyalty Points program makes elite status simple and achievable through non-flight activity.

When she’s not traveling, Katie spends her time at home in Ohio with her husband and 10-year-old daughter, probably planning her next getaway.

Katie is active in the points and miles community on social media and even helped organize a “Women in Points and Miles” meetup in San Diego.

You can follow her adventures on Facebook and Instagram, where she loves sharing her travel experiences and showing how to use points and miles to make luxury travel affordable.

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[Expired] Book Today: Save 35% on Breeze Airways Flights

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New American Airlines Promotions Offer Bonus Miles and Loyalty Points [Targeted]

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[Expired] New Chase Offer: Save Up to 10% at Southwest Airlines [Targeted]

[Expired] New Chase Offer: Save Up to 10% at Southwest Airlines [Targeted]

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The Best Current Capital One Offers [Travel, Dining, Entertainment, Shopping]

The Best Current Capital One Offers [Travel, Dining, Entertainment, Shopping]

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How I Booked a Week in Europe With Points and Miles [Paris and Amsterdam]

How I Booked a Week in Europe With Points and Miles [Paris and Amsterdam]

A week in Europe is a vacation that many travelers would be happy to take. A week in Europe using points and miles? Even better. My husband and I booked a 7-night trip (4 nights in Paris and 3 nights…

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[Expired] [Award Alert] Plenty of Availability at Conrad Bora Bora Nui With Hilton Honors Points

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Starbucks and Marriott Bonvoy Launch Partnership for Bonus Rewards

Starbucks and Marriott Bonvoy Launch Partnership for Bonus Rewards

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2024 Chase Freedom Flex Card 5% Bonus — New Q3 Categories [July to September]

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