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Victoria M. Walker

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About Victoria M. Walker

Victoria M. Walker is an award-winning journalist, travel reporter and the founder of the “Travel With Vikkie” newsletter.

Victoria has been featured as a travel expert on Business Insider, Travel Noire, Conde Nast Traveler, D.C.’s FOX6, NPR, MSNBC, Newsy, and FOX 5 in Washington, among others. She contributes to Upgraded Points, AFAR Magazine as Special Correspondent covering the U.S. South, and The New York Times Real Estate “Build” section. She was formerly the Senior Travel Reporter at The Points Guy.

Between 2017 and 2019, Victoria first served as an adjunct and then full-time multimedia journalism lecturer at her alma mater, Howard University. Victoria taught Multimedia Storytelling, Intro to Media Production, and Digital Media Literacy. She holds a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from the Howard University School of Communications.

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First Kimpton Hotels Property in Italy Opens Next Year

Big news for IHG Hotels & Resorts loyalists — the brand will open its Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants property in Italy in 2025. Let’s take a look at the exciting news! IHG’s Newest Italian Hotel in Sicily Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants has…

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Sun Country Airlines Launches Service to New Hampshire

Sun Country Airlines has announced an exciting new route to its network, which will launch this fall. Here’s what you need to know. Only Nonstop Flights Between Minnesota and New Hampshire Sun Country will begin nonstop flights between Minneapolis-St. Paul International…

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Le Méridien Zanzibar Resort Coming to Tanzania in 2025

Marriott has announced that it will open a Le Méridien hotel in Zanzibar, Tanzania, in 2025. Here’s what you need to know about this upcoming resort. Debut of Le Méridien Brand in Zanzibar Le Méridien Zanzibar Resort will have just 75…

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Dubai’s First InterContinental Resort Will Open in 2026

Dubai’s First InterContinental Resort Will Open in 2026

IHG has announced a new InterContinental in Dubai, the brand’s first resort in the over-the-top city. Let’s take a look at this upcoming luxury resort. Slated To Open in Early 2026 The InterContinental Resort Portofino, The Heart of Europe, will…

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Hyatt’s Cas En Bas Beach Resort Coming to St. Lucia

Hyatt is expanding its presence in the Caribbean with a new resort opening in St. Lucia later this year. Here’s what you need to know. Hyatt’s Big Expansion in St. Lucia Cas En Bas Beach Resort will have 90 studio,…

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Tempo by Hilton Nashville Downtown Is Brand’s Second in U.S.

Hilton has announced its second Tempo by Hilton location in the vibrant city of Nashville. Here’s what you need to know about Hilton’s newest hotel in the Music City! Tempo by Hilton Nashville Downtown — Details Tempo by Hilton Nashville…

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Now Open: Amex Centurion Lounge at Atlanta International Airport (ATL)

Now Open: Amex Centurion Lounge at Atlanta International Airport (ATL)

Some big news from American Express — the Centurion Lounge at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) is now open for guests. At nearly 26,000 square feet, it is the largest Centurion Lounge in Amex’s network, nearly double that of the…

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Allegiant Launches 10 New Routes [Fares Starting at $45!]

Allegiant just announced that it would launch 10 new routes to 14 cities across the U.S. beginning in June. Here’s what you need to know about the new routes and how to book them! New Allegiant Routes Beginning in June…

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Moxy Halifax Downtown Hotel Now Open in Canada

Moxy Halifax Downtown Hotel Now Open in Canada

Moxy Hotels has opened a brand-new hotel in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Let’s take a look at the newest hotel under the Moxy umbrella. Halifax Gets First Moxy Hotel in Canada Moxy Halifax Downtown has 160 guest rooms…

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Ka La’i Waikīkī Beach Becomes First Hilton LXR Hotel in Hawaii

Ka La’i Waikīkī Beach Becomes First Hilton LXR Hotel in Hawaii

Hilton’s luxury LXR Hotels & Resorts brand has debuted in Hawaii. Ka La’i Waikīkī Beach, LXR Hotels & Resorts is located in the heart of Oahu, minutes from Waikīkī Beach, and offers guests another luxury hotel option in Hawaii’s capital…

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Gild Hall, a Thompson Hotel in New York City by Hyatt [In-Depth Review]

Getting and maintaining World of Hyatt elite status is not easy, as the brand has a smaller presence compared to the other major hotel chains. But having World of Hyatt status is a boon if you’re a frequent traveler, as…

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Frontier Airlines Adds 10 Flights from Philadelphia [Tickets Start at $19]

Low-cost Frontier Airlines is boosting service from Philadelphia by adding 10 flights from the city. There’s a lot to cover, so let’s dive into Frontier’s summer schedule! Frontier’s New Philly Routes Start in May All told, Frontier says it will…

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Hilton Dubai Creek Hotel & Residences Now Open

Hilton Dubai Creek Hotel & Residences Now Open

Hilton has planted its flag in Dubai’s “Jewel of Creek” neighborhood by opening an affordable new hotel. Let’s take a look at the new property and how to book with points or cash! Latest Dubai Hotel to Open in Jewel…

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American Adds Flight From Miami to Bahamas’ Eleuthera Island

American Adds Flight From Miami to Bahamas’ Eleuthera Island

American Airlines has launched an exciting new route to one of the most beautiful islands in the Bahamas. Here’s what you need to know about the route and how to book it! Eleuthera Becomes American’s Sixth Bahamas Destination American Airlines…

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Copa Airlines Launches Raleigh-Durham to Panama City Route

Copa Airlines Launches Raleigh-Durham to Panama City Route

Copa Airlines, the Panamanian flag carrier, has announced an exciting (but interesting) route. Here’s what you need to know. Copa’s 16th U.S. Destination: Raleigh-Durham Copa Airlines announced that it would add Raleigh-Durham (RDU) to its route map, launching a new…

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New 590-Room Marriott Marquis Dubai Hotel Opening Soon

New 590-Room Marriott Marquis Dubai Hotel Opening Soon

Marriott has no shortage of luxury hotels in Dubai — and a brand-new Marriott Marquis Dubai hotel will open in March. Let’s take a look at Marriott’s newest Dubai property! New Marriott Hotel in Dubai Located in the Jewel of…

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Hilton Offering $150 Daily Credit at Conrad, LXR, and Waldorf Astoria Hotels

The Conrad, LXR, and Waldorf Astoria brands are some of the most exclusive in the Hilton Hotels portfolio — and such a distinction doesn’t come cheap. Indeed, spending hundreds — if not thousands — dollars per night at some of…

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Hotel Indigo La Paz Puerta Cortés Opens in Mexico

IHG Hotels & Resorts has opened a new Hotel Indigo property in Mexico, in the town of La Paz. Here’s what you need to know about IHG’s newest hotel in Mexico. Hotel Located Near Los Cabos Hotel Indigo La Paz…

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Waldorf Astoria Seychelles Platte Island Now Open

Waldorf Astoria Seychelles Platte Island Now Open

There’s a new luxury Hilton hotel in the pristine Seychelles — and awards start at 130,000 points per night. There’s a lot to go over, so let’s dive right in! First Waldorf Astoria in Seychelles Waldorf Astoria Seychelles Platte Island…

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Six Senses La Sagesse in Grenada Opens in May

Six Senses La Sagesse in Grenada Opens in May

Six Senses has announced that it will open its first location in the Americas, on the Caribbean island of Grenada. Let’s take a look at the resort before it opens this spring! Six Senses Brand Debut in the Caribbean Six…

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Voco Stockholm Kista To Open Later This Year

IHG is returning to Sweden with a huge splash — as it has inked a deal for a new voco hotel opening this year. Here’s what you need to know about this new hotel opening in Sweden. IHG Returning to…

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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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Carissa Rawson

Senior Content Contributor

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Former Content Contributor

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Former Content Contributor

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Cherag Dubash

Content Contributor

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Christine Krzyszton

Senior Finance Contributor

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Christy Rodriguez

Travel & Finance Content Contributor

After having “non-rev” privileges with Southwest Airlines, Christy dove into the world of points and miles so she could continue traveling for free. Her other passion is personal finance, and is a certified CPA.

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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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Content Contributor

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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

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Jarrod West

Senior Content Contributor

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Jeff Brownson

Former Content Contributor

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Jessica Merritt

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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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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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Lukas Picton

Former Content Contributor

Lukas escaped his hometown south of Sydney and moved to the big smoke immediately after high-school, but the bright lights of the city weren’t enough, and he soon set his sights on more exotic international destinations and has been in love with travel ever since.

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Michael McHugh

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Born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, Michael took his first international trip in 2013 with friends to the Bahamas. Although he didn’t travel much in his younger years, on that trip, he caught the travel bug and has been hooked ever since.

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Michael Y. Park

Editor

Michael Y. Park is a journalist living in New York City. He’s traveled through Afghanistan disguised as a Hazara Shi’ite, slept with polar bears on the Canadian tundra, picnicked with the king and queen of Malaysia, tramped around organic farms in Cuba, ridden the world’s longest train through the Sahara, and choked down gasoline clams in North Korea.

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Ryan Smith

Content Contributor

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Spencer Howard

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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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Former Finance 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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Ehsan Haque

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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With a degree in media and journalism, Stella has been in the points and miles game for more than 6 years. She most recently worked as a Corporate Communications Analyst for JetBlue. Find her work in The New York Times, USA Today, and more.

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Keri Stooksbury

Editor-in-Chief

With years of experience in corporate marketing and with a nonprofit, Keri is now Editor-in-Chief at UP, overseeing daily content operations and reviewing thousands of UP articles in the process.

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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

Kellie’s professional experience has led her to a deep passion for compliance, data reporting, and process improvement. Kellie’s learned the ins and outs of the points and miles world and leads UP’s compliance operation.

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Juan Ruiz

Compliance Editor & Content Contributor

Juan has been involved in credit cards, loyalty, travel, and personal finance for more than 10 years. He has worked for several outlets including The Points Guy and Forbes and was previously Editor-in-Chief at Money Under 30.

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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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