04 Apr It’s Nice to Formally Meet You

Hey BoardingArea readers! It’s Derek from AcCounting Your Points and we are going to be spending some quality time together this week!

You may have seen a post or 2 feed through the BoardingArea and Prior2Boarding webpages, Facebook, or Twitter, but this week we are in a featured BoardingArea spot! I just wanted to blast out a quick introduction so you can see what we are all about!

A special thanks to the folks at BoardingArea!

Before I get started, I just wanted to take a quick line to say thanks to the BoardingArea team for all of their continued support of AYP and of bloggers in general! I am thankful for the opportunity to write about what I love and share that passion with others, and BoardingArea makes that happen!

Who we are…

My name is Derek (alias DW) and I started the site AcCounting Your Points a little over a year ago. Why? To help all of you – family, friends and complete strangers – take advantage of travel deals and promotions in order to travel for significantly less money than you currently do!

In addition to myself, we have my lovely and talented wife, who works diligently to edit my grammatical & spelling errors out of each and every post! She also helps me out with hotel reviews here and there!

How Singapore Suites it is…

While it has been just us two for the past year, we recently added a fellow points and miles fanatic join our writing team, so stay tuned for some of her stuff later this week!

How we got here…

January 2011 Began a career at a Big 4 AcCounting firm – Traveled full time & became obsessed with leveraging rewards earned through business travel for personal use!

Next 5 years – Traveled the world for pennies on the dollar leveraging points, miles and travel rewards!


January 2016 –  I decided to write down some of the tips and tricks I used to travel more for less – AcCounting Your Points is born – Hello… it’s me!

October 2016  AYP joined TravelUpdate – A multi-author travel blog, supported by the BoardingArea network, and comprised of enthusiastic travelers from across the world!


January 2017 – AcCounting Your Points joins Prior2Boarding, supported by the BoardingArea network!

Why AcCounting Your Points?

AcCounting Your Points is a unique title – all stemming from my day job as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA)! Interestingly enough, I recently made a slight career move to a more finance geared role. Despite the change, the AcCounting Your Points name remains, as Financing Your Points sounds like I am advising you to take out a 2nd mortgage on your house to accumulate points – not what I advocate at all!

Be sure to check out my Million Mile Secrets interview for a much more detailed introduction…

What we like…

Credit cards, loyalty programs, hotels, airplanes, airports, travel deals and promotions, discounts, point maximization strategies, award travel bookings – anything and everything travel and (more importantly) travel rewards related!

CSR & Barclay Arrival +

Some of our all-time favorite posts…

The Starter Guide – Perfect whether you’re just getting started or have been points gaming for years! You cannot be an expert without the fundamentals!

The Fuster Cluck: British Airways 777-200 Equipment Change

Can You Use Chase Ultimate Rewards to Fly on… Delta? American Airlines? jetBlue?

And that time we flew Singapore Airlines Suites-class all the way from New York to Singapore…

Mal and Der in SIN

In my personal and absolutely biased opinion, every post on AcCounting Your Points could be a favorite post… at least that’s what my wife and mother tell me!

Final Thought

Welcome to AYP! You’ll be seeing a bunch of our stuff roll through BoardingArea this week, and we think that is a good thing for us all! You get to read all the latest in points and miles – including our own personal travel rewards strategies – and in return, we get to do what we love most… talk about points and miles!

We hope that you enjoy this week as much as we do! If you like what you read be sure to:

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Happy Travels!



  • A
    Posted at 08:58h, 04 April Reply

    Your wife forgot to tell you that it should be “Accounting” instead of “AcCounting”.

    • DW
      Posted at 09:02h, 04 April Reply

      Very observant! We generally try to practice correct capitalization, though in this case the “C” is intentional as we think it is a nice little play – covering both Accounting and Counting… Thanks for tuning in!


  • Christian
    Posted at 19:58h, 04 April Reply

    I’ve read a couple of your posts. They seem quite good, and I look forward to more. Two things, an observation and a question: When I use the wheel on my mouse to scroll down, the page moves a lot. It just seems too sensitive. As for the question, what business credit card would you suggest for the grocery category that is not an Amex? Club Carlson, for example, gives 5 points per dollar, but given their limited properties and history of tough devaluations, I have enough points for now. Thanks.

    • DW
      Posted at 11:36h, 05 April Reply

      Thanks for reading! As far as the site sensitivity, I will note it and see if I can get that adjusted! With regards to a good grocery earning non-amex business credit card – great question! Typically you see the personal cards offering much better grocery category bonus spend, rather than business. Ill have to do a bit of research on that one… But what you might consider is leveraging business cards to purchase gift cards within spending categories (i.e. Chase Ink Plus – if you have – to buy at office supply stores)… just a thought!


      • Christian
        Posted at 14:38h, 05 April Reply

        I own a bar/restaurant, and spend about 100k a year on groceries. The big food distributors will take a credit card for payment (reluctantly), but Amex is out. If you can’t think of a good answer, that’s fine. I’ve just been seeking a good card to use for a while. Either way, thanks for the response.

        • DW
          Posted at 18:03h, 05 April Reply

          I went and asked this question in a BoardingArea blogger forum and this was the best answer to your question came from Harlan at Out and Out: “U.S. Bank FlexPerks® Business Edge™ Travel Rewards Card has 2X FlexPoints at grocery stores. That’s the only one I can think of that’s a biz card and not an Amex. Grocery stores aren’t a big category with biz cards. Might wanna get an airline biz card (Citi AA maybe) or a Chase Ink and call it a day. Or get a personal card with a grocery category and only use it for your business?”

          Hopefully this helps!

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