Happy 10 Year Anniversary Pointshogger!

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Since the beginning of 2023, we really started contemplating whether this 10 year anniversary post was going to be our last. As the year went on, it really felt like Pointshogger was coming to an end. But more on this later. 

For now, what a ride it has been fun leading up to this day. After over 2,000 posts, we made it to our 10 year anniversary today on post 2,138! It has been a long journey since the first post. Towards the end of 2022, we were discussing how to celebrate the anniversary. Several ideas were brainstormed, in the end, we decided to keep everything online, starting with a new layout earlier this year, along with getting a byline through our interview series.

New layout

We tried to make this a year long online celebration, by starting with refreshing our layout. Even though we revamped our site, this will always be a work in progress (if we continue…). Feel free to let us know in the comment section below if there are any functions on our site that could use some tweaking. Personally I find the new site smoother to navigate and easier to find key information.


From April 2023 onward, we started interviewing as many people as we could connect with. Each of them answering a question regarding our 10-year theme.

We started the year with the top current Canadian miles and points bloggers, starting with the OG himself, Patrick Sojka, founder of Rewards Canada. Personally, I feel that he really laid the groundwork for other Canadian bloggers to follow.

Then we featured the OG French Canadian blogger, Milesopedia who has expanded exponentially since they started. We continued with the high flying Frugal Flyer who took off rather quickly! We round out the top 4 out of 5 Canadian bloggers with Points Miles and Bling who has grown exponentially since we first met him at the 2016 Points University. We missed out on Prince of Travel this year, as his schedule became too packed, but we did catch him last year ahead of their YUL Signature Event.

Also a big shout out to the following companies who also participated in the celebration in chronological order:

It has been an amazing year for our interview series. Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to share their thoughts with us regarding our 10 year anniversary (read interviews by clicking on the links above).

We are always open to expanding the series, which seems to have made us a bit unique in the miles and points world. So if you would like to participate, please reach out to set one up!

Going Forward

Back to the idea of this being our last post. If you have followed us, especially the first 5 years (between 2013 – 2018) when we posted at least once a day, you may have noticed a big difference in activity over the past several years. We do understand that some readers were hoping for more content and greater presence from us, even just to keep up. We completely understand when readers felt the need to move on to get more relevant information from more active bloggers. Seeing so many other bloggers (mentioned above) really carrying the torch and even growing the community made it easier for us to see people move on. At least we know that you will get the information elsewhere, so no hard feelings!

At this very moment, we are hoping that we will have the energy to embark on the next 10 years. I’m not sure what the future holds and where life will take us. For now, the plan is to take things day-by-day. So our last post will be delayed indefinitely, but it can come at any time too. That being said, I can at least tell you what we are anticipating going forward. The slowdown in the frequency of our posts will surely continue and it may slow down even more (like in September 2023). But every now and then, you may see a blitz of content being generated in a short period of time (like the first half of this month, October 2023).

Thank You

Finally, we just want to give a big THANK YOU for all the readers who have to visit our site over the years, even if you come only one time before. From the bottom of our hearts, we really appreciate every second that you spend at Pointshogger and wish you all the best!

Co-Founders Matt and Viola

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  1. Congratulations Matthew and Viola!
    Great work over the years. You both worked very hard, helping us along with education and awareness.
    You shared yourselves with humour, knowledge and understanding.
    We are so proud of you and your work ethics.
    Looking forward to another 10 year anniversary!
    Love, Mom.

  2. Hi Matt,
    Congrats on your 10 years anniversary. I’ve been following you for a few years now and I’ve been trying to get better at taking advantage of those bonus welcome points that the credit cards give.
    I muste that since the pandemic and maybe a year or two before, the offer from a few credit cards has disappeared or wnet down. For example, no more Best western MC card for canadians, Marriott Bonvoy is now once in a lifetime welcome bonuses, less generous offer or asking you to spend more (some went up from 1500$ in 3 months to 3000$ in 3 months) Some card now ask you to stay longer with them like 6 months…
    From what I see on the Net, it seem worse in Canada then in th US. Would you have a beginning of an explanation for this situation?
    Is it only the number of people, 300 M vs 38 M?
    What is your take on this?
    Have a good one and keep up the good work

    1. Thank you for all those great questions Mike! Personally, I think it comes down to demand and supply. Everything you mentioned can pretty much be explained by that. Here are a couple of examples. Even though the US has a bigger population, they have more competition, so companies have to fight for people’s business. So the supply fairly high there. Conversely, in Canada, you will probably notice the strong profits that credit card companies are earning, so what incentive do they have to make better offers when demand is high? That being said, just like the economy, there are usually cycles to the industry.

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