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The Points Guy

  • newHow to Link Your Marriott/SPG Accounts and Transfer Points
    In case you missed the news overnight, Marriott’s acquisition of Starwood has now closed. Much to our surprise (and great relief), at the same time, Marriott launched the option to link accounts and transfer points between SPG and Marriott Rewards.…
    - 11 mins ago Sep 23, 2016, 11:36am -
  • newAlaska Airlines Visa Signature Card Review
    Alaska Airline’s Mileage Plan program has seen some devaluations — including the recent, especially painful price hike for Emirates redemptions — but its award chart still has some sweet spots, including Cathay Pacific first class to Asia and f…
    - 48 mins ago Sep 23, 2016, 10:59am -
  • newSPG/Marriott Rewards Status Match, Points Transfer and More Available Today
    The day has finally arrived: Marriott and Starwood are merging to create one of the world’s largest hotel chains, with more than 1.1 million rooms at over 5,700 hotels in 110+ countries around the world. While there will no doubt be some growing p…
    - 7 hours ago Sep 23, 2016, 4:30am -
  • newShould You Stay at an All-Inclusive Resort in Cuba?
    Free drinks! — that’s what immediately pops into my mind whenever someone starts talking to me about all-inclusive resorts. It’s not really my style of vacation, some people say it’s the only way to go. On a recent trip to Cuba, I decided t…
    - 17 hours ago Sep 22, 2016, 7:05pm -
  • newGet a Sneak Peek at Delta’s New SkyClub in Atlanta
    To celebrate the opening of a brand-new SkyClub at its Atlanta hub tomorrow, Delta recently held a special, invite-only preview that TPG reader Chris Hunt was able to attend (thanks for sending us your pictures, Chris!). Several VIPs were also in att…
    - 17 hours ago Sep 22, 2016, 6:45pm -
  • newEarn up to 60,000 Bonus Asia Miles When You Fly Cathay Pacific
    Cathay Pacific has shared the details of a new promotion in honor of its 70th anniversary. You can earn up to 60,000 Asia Miles when you complete a round-trip flight between the airline’s US gateways in Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Los Angeles (LAX…
    - 19 hours ago Sep 22, 2016, 5:00pm -
  • newAustrian Carrier Launches the World’s Shortest International Flight
    People’s Viennaline is making history by launching the world’s shortest international flight. The flight, from St. Gallen, Switzerland (ACH) to Friedrichshafen, Germany (FDH), covers a distance of 13 miles and lasts just eight minutes in the air…
    - 20 hours ago Sep 22, 2016, 4:03pm -
  • newSave $65-400 Off British Airways Transatlantic Flights
    One of the best discounts around was just extended for bookings through the end of the year. Now through December 31, AARP members can save $65 to $400 off per person on a British Airways round-trip. Under the current version of this promotion, the…
    - 20 hours ago Sep 22, 2016, 3:45pm -
  • newThursday Giveaway: Enter to Win a $500 Apple Gift Card
    Apple’s iPhone 7 was released last week, and as expected, people were clamoring to get their hands on one of the new devices. If you’ve been eyeing the latest and greatest from Apple, then look no further than this week’s Thursday Giveaway —…
    - 20 hours ago Sep 22, 2016, 3:29pm -
  • newDeal Alert: San Francisco to Beijing From $478 Round-Trip
    Want to see the latest flight deals as soon as they’re published? Follow The Points Guy on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to text message alerts from our deals feed, @tpg_alerts. Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. W…
    - 21 hours ago Sep 22, 2016, 3:11pm -

Frugal Travel Guy

  • newHow to Earn More Chase Ultimate Rewards Points
    Let’s face it: You can never have too many Chase Ultimate Rewards points. Not only is this one of the most versatile rewards currencies, but they have what I think is the best lineup of travel partners. Wanna book a hotel stay that’s affordable o…
    - 4 hours ago Sep 23, 2016, 8:00am -
  • newThree Nights, Three Kimpton Hotels — One Great Road Trip
    I had the absolute pleasure of visiting three new hotels within the Kimpton portfolio a couple weeks ago due to my Inner Circle Free Night Benefit: The Tideline in Palm Beach, FL, the Cardinal in Winston-Salem, NC and the Schofield in Cleveland, OH.…
    - 13 hours ago Sep 22, 2016, 11:00pm -
  • newSPG Business Card Offers Free Nights for the First Time
    American Express has just come out with a great new offer for the Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express! You don’t want to miss out on this offer. For the first time ever, instead of earning points for the signup bonus…
    - 18 hours ago Sep 22, 2016, 6:00pm -
  • newMy All-Time Favorite “Points” Hotels
    We’ve all got our favorite travel spots, right? Our favorite countries to visit? Our favorite restaurants? Our favorite hotels? I certainly do, and I seem to add a few more countries and hotels to the list with every passing year. Actually, this is…
    - 20 hours ago Sep 22, 2016, 4:00pm -
  • How to Keep Blackout Dates From Ruining Your Travel Plans
    For the frugal traveler, there are few greater joys than being able to use the points and miles they collect to see the world for a low price. Through meticulous tracking and careful spending, the frugal traveler strings together points that can be u…
    - 1 day ago Sep 22, 2016, 8:00am -
  • A Day Trip From Paris You Shouldn’t Miss — the Ancient Abbey of St. Michel
    When I first saw a photo of Mont St. Michel, I regarded it as a magical place I would probably never see in person. Located off the coast of northwest France, it seemed remote and detached from any destination I would plan to visit. Imagine my deligh…
    - 2 days ago Sep 21, 2016, 11:00pm -
  • This Hotel Booking Site Will Help You Earn Even More Miles
    One of the most frustrating parts of being a frequent flyer in our modern times is the process of earning rewards points and miles for the regular flights we take. Not long ago, flyers would earn reward miles based on their distance flown, resulting…
    - 2 days ago Sep 21, 2016, 9:30pm -
  • Careful Which Card You Use Abroad: These Credit Cards Charge a Foreign Transaction Fee
    With reward credit cards offering so many incredible travel incentives and perks, we sometimes take it for granted that many of them don’t charge foreign transaction fees. Unfortunately, that’s not the case with all reward credit cards. In fact,…
    - 2 days ago Sep 21, 2016, 8:00pm -
  • How to Visit Barbados With Credit Card Rewards
    Earlier this month, my husband and I took a last minute trip to Barbados on a whim. After visiting a ton of Caribbean islands already and being quite the island critic, I can tell you that Barbados is absolutely amazing. With crystal clear water, har…
    - 2 days ago Sep 21, 2016, 4:00pm -
  • The Great American Kimpton Themed Road Trip
    Sometimes when flights are expensive or otherwise not ideal, it’s necessary to think outside the box. Usually, it makes sense to do this in terms of looking at other routing options, dates, and flights to and from nearby airports. In the case of an…
    - 2 days ago Sep 21, 2016, 12:00pm -

View From the Wing

One Mile at a Time

  • new7 New Opportunities Thanks To Marriott & Starwood Account Linking
    It's now possible to link your Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest accounts. You can also request status matches between programs, and even transfer points.The "new Marriott" isn't planning on launching a single loyalty program until 2018…
    - 19 mins ago Sep 23, 2016, 11:28am -
  • newHow To Link Your Marriott And Starwood Accounts
    Overnight the merger between Marriott and Starwood was finalized, and amazingly enough the two companies are offering reciprocal benefits for their customers from day one:-- Members of Starwood Preferred Guest, Marriott Rewards, and Ritz-Carlton Rew…
    - 1 hour ago Sep 23, 2016, 10:38am -
  • newOfficial: Marriott & Starwood Introducing Reciprocal Benefits As Of Today
    Marriott's takeover of Starwood is expected to close early this morning, before the markets open in the US. This all came pretty suddenly, after Chinese regulators finally gave the deal the green light, which was the holdup.So while Marriott and Sta…
    - 7 hours ago Sep 23, 2016, 4:35am -
  • new3 First Class Fares That *Almost* Tempt Me…
    As you guys know, my goal this year has been to review as many new airlines in premium cabins as possible, and I’ve found it to be immensely enjoyable. I’ve tried even more new products than I was hoping to, so a few weeks back I shared an additi…
    - 14 hours ago Sep 22, 2016, 10:03pm -
  • newFinnair Launching Seasonal Flights To San Francisco
    Finnair is a fun airline that I flew for the first time earlier flight year, from New York to Helsinki, and then from Helsinki to London. While they have an extensive route network to Asia, their route network to the US is quite limited by comparison…
    - 16 hours ago Sep 22, 2016, 8:13pm -
  • newAmerican’s New Safety Video Is…
    A couple of days ago American unveiled the new uniforms for their 70,000+ employees. While uniforms as such don't materially change the customer experience, symbolically it was another step towards American and US Airways becoming one airline. Beyond…
    - 17 hours ago Sep 22, 2016, 6:54pm -
  • new$400 AARP Discount On British Airways Business Class Tickets Extended
    For several years now, one of the best ways to save money on transatlantic tickets has been through AARP. That’s because AARP has been offering members discounts on British Airways tickets in economy, premium economy, and business class. The saving…
    - 18 hours ago Sep 22, 2016, 5:27pm -
  • newReview: St. Regis Rome
    We were spending two nights in Rome, after arriving from San Francisco and before continuing to Sardinia. I'm generally loyal to both Hyatt and Starwood. Hyatt has no hotels in Rome, while Starwood has quite a few.The St. Regis Rome looked like the…
    - 20 hours ago Sep 22, 2016, 3:47pm -
  • newThe Starwood Business Amex Is Offering A New Sign-Up Bonus
    Historically the Starwood American Express typically has an increased sign-up bonus on their credit card this time of year. The sign-up bonus on both their personal and business credit cards is typically 25,000 Starpoints upon completing minimum spen…
    - 21 hours ago Sep 22, 2016, 2:41pm -
  • newCouple Faces Jail Time After Trying To Buy iPhone At Airport Without Flying
    I've long said that Singapore's Changi Airport feels like a shopping mall that just happens to have planes that can take you anywhere in the world.Several days ago I wrote about the guy who was jailed after spending 18 days at the airport hopping be…
    - 23 hours ago Sep 22, 2016, 1:15pm -

The Frequent Miler

  • newThe Fine Print: Thou Shalt Not Manufacture Spend
    The following is not legal advice. Please contact an attorney or Alexander at alex@bachuwalaw.com if you have questions on the subject.  Points enthusiasts are always looking for ways to earn more points. The extremes they go through include mileage…
    - 1 hour ago Sep 23, 2016, 10:45am -
  • new100% Cashback on Dining (Up to $15 Per Day) From Restaurants Plus Through Sunday
    Get 100% cashback on eligible dines each day through Sunday with a new promotion from Restaurants Plus.The post 100% Cashback on Dining (Up to $15 Per Day) From Restaurants Plus Through Sunday appeared first on Frequent Miler.        Co…
    - 13 hours ago Sep 22, 2016, 10:18pm -
  • Amex SPG launches stinky new signup offer: 2 Free Nights
    Every year around this time Amex launches limited-time better-than-usual signup offers for the consumer and business SPG cards. The usual offer for these cards is 25,000 Starpoints after $3K spend (consumer) or $5K spend (business). I’ve been waiti…
    - 1 day ago Sep 22, 2016, 11:43am -
  • Platinum vs Reserve vs Prestige
    Amex, Chase, and Citibank each offer premium travel cards.  These are $450 per year cards that aim to justify their huge fees with piles of great benefits.  Which is best? The truth is that each card has different strengths.  Whether any of them a…
    - 1 day ago Sep 22, 2016, 10:25am -
  • Quick Tip: Full Summary of All eBay Gift Card & eBay Bucks Changes
    A full summary of recent changes and limitations implemented by eBay on their own gift cards, merchant gift cards and eBay Bucks.The post Quick Tip: Full Summary of All eBay Gift Card & eBay Bucks Changes appeared first on Frequent Miler.    …
    - 2 days ago Sep 21, 2016, 6:54pm -
  • eBay Gift Card Roundup + Targeted 4X (8%) eBay Bucks
    Save big on a number of gift cards on eBay today. Stack with a portal and up to 8% in eBay Bucks to save even more.The post eBay Gift Card Roundup + Targeted 4X (8%) eBay Bucks appeared first on Frequent Miler.        CommentsIt's a mir…
    - 2 days ago Sep 21, 2016, 3:43pm -
  • Chase Ink Cash Bonus Increased to 30K: Refer Your Friends Too
    Chase is offering a 30K bonus on their Ink Cash card if you apply via a current cardholders referral link or in-branch. The post Chase Ink Cash Bonus Increased to 30K: Refer Your Friends Too appeared first on Frequent Miler.        Comm…
    - 2 days ago Sep 21, 2016, 2:59pm -
  • Excellent hotel discounts via… Greyhound
    Greyhound is now offering discounted hotel bookings to those who either book a bus trip or simply join their Road Rewards program.  I joined the program this morning to see if their prices were any good.  I found that they did indeed have some exce…
    - 2 days ago Sep 21, 2016, 1:39pm -
  • Holiday giving and getting: Prepare now.
    The holidays are coming!  This means that marketing teams will be working overtime to capture your holiday shopping dollars.  And, for us, this means better than usual opportunities for earning rewards on spend.  We can expect increased portal rew…
    - 2 days ago Sep 21, 2016, 10:25am -
  • 1,000 Free Air Canada Aeroplan Miles for Joining Fairmont President’s Club
    Get 1,000 free Air Canada Aeroplan miles for joining Fairmont's President's Club loyalty program.The post 1,000 Free Air Canada Aeroplan Miles for Joining Fairmont President’s Club appeared first on Frequent Miler.        CommentsJust…
    - 2 days ago Sep 21, 2016, 1:29am -

The Flight Deal

The Free-quent Flyer

  • newQuick hit: my content around the web
    Although my posts this week have had a little bit of a focus on the personal finance side of travel hacking, I primarily use this website to write about the travel side of travel hacking. But if you're interested in hearing my take on topics both nea…
    - 2 hours ago Sep 23, 2016, 9:59am -
  • The many flavors of negative-interest-rate loans
    A negative-interest-rate loan is one which, over the course of the loan, requires the borrower to repay less than they originally borrowed. Such loans have received a lot of attention in the business press lately since countries like Germany and Swit…
    - 1 day ago Sep 22, 2016, 9:59am -
  • What's the return on a diversified portfolio of hip alternative investments?
    There's a healthy overlap between people with an outside-the-box attitude towards funding travel and those interested in alternative approaches to savings and investment:Kiva has long been a (controversial) tool used by travel hackers and outside-the…
    - 4 days ago Sep 19, 2016, 9:59am -
  • Do this now: Fall, 2016, registration roundup
    [Edit 9/16/16 9:50 pm: See Michael's comment for a datapoint of the 500-point Hyatt mobile booking bonus posting multiple times. As is usual for these promotions, the terms and conditions are vague enough that I either over- or under-interpreted the…
    - 7 days ago Sep 16, 2016, 9:59am -
  • How to think about the "single best" rewards currency
    Last week I joined Joe Cheung for a recording of the Saverocity Observation Deck [edit: now available for listening!] and among the many subjects we touched on was the idea of the "most valuable" loyalty currency. I pointed out that affiliate blogge…
    - 10 days ago Sep 13, 2016, 9:59am -
  • Pro tip: booking premium cabins with US Bank Flexpoints
    As fans of US Bank Flexperks Travel Rewards know, and people who recently applied for a personal or business card during the recent Summer Olympics promotion will soon find out, the third-party travel provider US Bank uses no longer allows multi-city…
    - 11 days ago Sep 12, 2016, 9:59am -
  • Trip delays and trip delay insurance
    If you follow me on Twitter you may have noticed that I had a bumpy couple days coming back from my family's camping trip back in my ancestral homeland. As always, a disastrous itinerary for me means a blog post for you!What is a trip delay?When you…
    - 15 days ago Sep 8, 2016, 9:59am -
  • Like this site? Consider supporting it with a blog subscription!
    Sign up for a blog subscription here.This weekend I’m off to my ancestral homeland for a family reunion up in the Rocky Mountains, and I assume I’ll be mostly out of communication until Monday night.While I’m gone, you have the chance to reflec…
    - 22 days ago Sep 1, 2016, 9:59am -
  • Hacking business travel: the good, the bad, the ugly
    Last night I was chatting with a friend who's going to be in town next month for a work conference. Even in my spare time I'm always trying to help people save money, so I quickly checked whether I could offer him a better rate than what he'd paid fo…
    - 23 days ago Aug 31, 2016, 9:59am -
  • Why I manufacture cash
    I was chatting with a blog subscriber the other day who expressed surprise when I told him I was manufacturing spend on a 2% cash back card, rather than a mile- or point-earning credit card.That exchange made me think I should present my argument for…
    - 24 days ago Aug 30, 2016, 9:59am -

Well Traveled Mile

  • Leverage The Travelocity Amex Card With RewardsBoost To Get 98% Off Travel
    The Travelocity® Rewards American Express® Card may unlock the secret to some of the most powerful manufacture spend strategies and the potential rewards from the card are huge. However, this card is often overlooked for credit cards that offer mor…
    - Jun 5, 2014, 9:57pm -
  • Top 10 Best Credit Card Sign-up Bonus Offers For June 2014
    Every month I’ll post the top 10 best current credit card sign-up offers and update the list throughout the month if offers change. You can always check out my credit cards page for a full list of cards, but since the best credit card offers ar…
    - Jun 5, 2014, 3:33am -
  • Infographic Comparison of Airline Award Charts [Updated)
    Devaluations are never good. For one they make us spend more miles for award flights, and two they put me to work updating the airline award chart comparison infographics! Over the last year we saw a handful of deviations including United, Delta (2x?…
    - Jun 5, 2014, 3:00am -
  • I Quit School Today To Blog Full-Time
    Around the same time I launched Well Traveled Mile, I was in the midst of mailing off applications for graduate school. In some ways I was hedging my bets, continuing my education while building a travel blog on the side as a platform to share one of…
    - Jun 3, 2014, 8:02am -
  • 4 Credit Card Sign-up Bonuses to Consider for Free Flights to Europe
    Europe is often atop many folks travel list and earning miles for free flights is a great way to cover the flight across the pond. Award flights from the US to Europe are likely the most competitive and highly demanded award routings, often making g…
    - Jun 2, 2014, 7:49am -
  • 30,000 Points Bonus Back on American Express SPG Credit Cards (+ Refer a Friend for 5k Points)
    The Starwood American Express cards are among the most flexible hotel credit cards available and the points are valuable for both hotel stays and flights. The sign-up bonus on both the personal and business version of this card just increased to 30,…
    - May 31, 2014, 6:00am -
  • Roundup of New Credit Card Sign-up Bonus Offers
    This week a handful of new offers were released and make for some great opportunities to earn a few nice sign-up bonuses. It is always ideal to grab a credit card when it is offering a higher than normal sign-up bonus and here a a few that are wor…
    - May 30, 2014, 7:26am -
  • Lufthansa Miles & More Basics: Part 3 – 10 Great Uses of Lufthansa Miles
    The 50,000 mile Lufthansa Premier Miles & More World MasterCard® offer is currently one of the best airline credit card offers available. It’s one of the few sign-up bonuses that is worth a roundtrip flight to Europe from the US. Since it’s a…
    - May 29, 2014, 7:01am -
  • US Airways Off-peak Awards to Europe
    US Airways off-peak awards are one of my favorite awards and offer an exceptional value for getting to Europe and other destinations. Even though US Airways and American Airlines are in the process of merging, US Airways Dividend miles are still amon…
    - May 28, 2014, 7:28am -
  • Join My Private IHG Best Rate Guarantee Group Discussion
    I’ve written a few articles about how IHG has one of the most valuable best rate guarantees among all hotel brands. You can get a free night at an IHG hotel if you find the same room on an OTA (online travel agency) at a lower price. Over the last…
    - May 27, 2014, 7:13pm -

MileValue

  • newImproved LifeMiles Sale: 1.375 Cents
    ADVERTISER DISCLOSURE (click for more info). LifeMiles has been offering a 125% bonus on purchased miles this month, and now it is offering a 140% bonus on purchased miles through September 27, 2016. LifeMiles cost 3.3 cents each, so with a 140%…
    - 8 hours ago Sep 23, 2016, 3:25am -
  • newBusiness Gold Rewards Card Increases Sign Up Bonus to 50k Membership Rewards
    The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express Open now comes with 50,000 bonus Membership Rewards after spending $5,000 on your card in the first three months the account is open. The normal offer for the Business Gold Rewards Card is 25…
    - 23 hours ago Sep 22, 2016, 12:30pm -
  • Earn 1,000 Virgin America Miles by Signing Up for Two Emails (In One Minute)

    - 2 days ago Sep 21, 2016, 4:00pm -
  • Best Order for Card Applications to Maximize Bonuses Over Your Lifetime
    Updated 9/21/16 with consideration of Citi’s new sign up bonus rule.  If you’re just getting into the miles hobby or coming back after a break, it’s important to realize that there is an order in which to apply for credit cards that can help…
    - 2 days ago Sep 21, 2016, 11:36am -
  • Flat Bed Award Space for Six People West Coast to Europe
    ADVERTISER DISCLOSURE (click for more info). Award space is wide open in Business Class on Austrian flights from Los Angeles to Vienna for Spring and Summer 2017 for 2-6 people per flight. Flat bed award space from the West Coast to Europe is rare,…
    - 3 days ago Sep 20, 2016, 2:11pm -
  • Come See Me Speak Twice at Chicago Seminars October 14 – 16, 2016
    ADVERTISER DISCLOSURE (click for more info). The Chicago Seminars is the oldest and best conference of frequent flyer miles enthusiasts. This year it is again being held near O’Hare Airport at the Holiday Inn Elk Grove from October 14 – 16 and ag…
    - 3 days ago Sep 20, 2016, 1:16pm -
  • Anatomy of an Award: Lufthansa First Class Europe to USA for 40,000 Points
    ADVERTISER DISCLOSURE (click for more info). I’m mentally preparing for the Cigar Room, bubble bath, “First Class” stamped butter, Porsche rides, and the rest of the Lufthansa First Class Terminal and First Class experience because I just booke…
    - 4 days ago Sep 19, 2016, 11:13am -
  • Arrival Plus Increases Bonus to 50,000 Miles
    ADVERTISER DISCLOSURE (click for more info). Application Quick Links (thanks for your support!): ————————————————————————————————— For a limited time, the Barclaycard Arrival Plus com…
    - 5 days ago Sep 18, 2016, 12:20pm -
  • Top 10 Travel Credit Cards September 2016
    ADVERTISER DISCLOSURE (click for more info). There are a lot of reasons to collect miles and points. For free luxury hotel stays and First Class flights To travel to more countries than you could otherwise afford To take your family on vacation To vi…
    - 6 days ago Sep 17, 2016, 2:52pm -
  • Chase Removes Some Bonus Categories from Sapphire Reserve & Preferred
    ADVERTISER DISCLOSURE (click for more info). The Chase Sapphire Reserve comes with 100,000 bonus points after spending $4,000 on the card in the first three months. The card earns 3 points per dollar on travel and dining expenses and 1 point per dol…
    - 6 days ago Sep 17, 2016, 2:47pm -

Frequent Flier

  • newEscaped Iguanas Force Passengers Off WestJet Flight
    A passenger smuggling lizards from Cuba lost track of his illicit cargo, forcing the airline to remove passengers from a later flight that day until workers could get rid of the cold-blooded stowaways. A passenger accused of attempting to smuggle fou…
    - 2 hours ago Sep 23, 2016, 10:00am -
  • newAirbus, Boeing Approved to Sell Aircraft to Iran
    IranAir to purchase up to 80 aircraft, under strict limitations. Airbus and Boeing could soon be doing business in new territories after the U.S. Treasury Department gave both manufacturers permission to do business in Iran. NPR reports both companie…
    - 12 hours ago Sep 22, 2016, 11:22pm -
  • newTransgender Navy SEAL Humiliated at Airport Screening
    Kristin Beck says the entire situation was humiliating and that the TSA needs better training. A retired transgender Navy SEAL went through a very uncomfortable situation at an airport this past Tuesday. According to CNN, Kristin Beck was on her way…
    - 13 hours ago Sep 22, 2016, 10:49pm -
  • newAirline CEO Credits Success to Diversity, Inclusion
    Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said today at the IATA World Financial Symposium that a more open work environment and better diversity and inclusion are the greatest contributing factors to the airline’s success. “That’s how airlines need to be run. H…
    - 14 hours ago Sep 22, 2016, 9:46pm -
  • newPro Golfer Slams BA Over Downgrade
    Spanish pro golfer Rafael Cabrera-Bello, set to play in Europe’s Ryder Cup this year, took to Twitter Thursday to vent his frustrations concerning a poor experience on a British Airways flight: In a response to Cabrera-Bello’s above complaints, t…
    - 17 hours ago Sep 22, 2016, 7:05pm -
  • United Airlines’ Ancillary Revenue Growth Soars
    The Chicago-based carrier, along with legacy counterparts, leads global airlines in passenger upsales. Five air carriers based in the United States now lead the world in a new category: collecting ancillary revenue from passenger upgrades, on-board p…
    - 1 day ago Sep 22, 2016, 10:00am -
  • LAX Ranks Last in Mobile Performance, According to New Study
    A new report has been released comparing the speed and efficiency of mobile carriers at airports across the country. It seems like Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is not the most promising place to be if you want to access the internet on yo…
    - 1 day ago Sep 22, 2016, 10:00am -
  • Six Drunk Passengers Booted From Jet2 Flight
    Jet2 reportedly banned six intoxicated passengers from flying on its planes following their aggressive treatment toward the airline’s staff on a flight from Newcastle to Tenerife Saturday. According to BBC News, “The firm has banned three people…
    - 2 days ago Sep 21, 2016, 10:46pm -
  • Austrian Carrier Debuts World’s Shortest International Flight
    In a bid to connect the Alps with the Rhine, Austrian carrier People’s Viennaline is launching a service that will offer passengers solid service to Cologne. Austrian carrier People’s Viennaline has announced the debut of what it believes to be t…
    - 2 days ago Sep 21, 2016, 9:29pm -
  • SeaPort Airlines Permanently Ceases Operations
    The tiny Portland-based commuter airline announced on Facebook that it would be shuttering the struggling business as of Tuesday. SeaPort, a small commuter airline that struggled to fill a very specific niche market, announced on Tuesday that the co…
    - 2 days ago Sep 21, 2016, 8:48pm -

Travel is Free

  • Qantas Miles in the Pacific (the best for hopping around Polynesia)
    Qantas miles is a Citi transfer partner, and it has uni […]The post Qantas Miles in the Pacific (the best for hopping around Polynesia) appeared first on Travel is Free.
    - 4 days ago Sep 19, 2016, 7:36am -
  • Travel Planning Routine
    Here is my complete travel planning routine. Everything […]The post Travel Planning Routine appeared first on Travel is Free.
    - 15 days ago Sep 8, 2016, 2:39pm -
  • Follow our travels live!
    Carrie and I just started a flight to a country we̵ […]The post Follow our travels live! appeared first on Travel is Free.
    - 17 days ago Sep 6, 2016, 6:07pm -
  • One Credit Card Bonus /w Over $2,000 of Travel!
    Perhaps the biggest news of the year (certainly the mos […]The post One Credit Card Bonus /w Over $2,000 of Travel! appeared first on Travel is Free.
    - 31 days ago Aug 23, 2016, 2:17am -

Frequent Flyer Bonuses

Million Mile Secrets

Nomadic Matt

  • newTraveling the World Blind: An Interview with Dan
    Dan is a 31-year-old traveler from Canada who travels with a visual impairment, both independently and with others. Legally blind, he shares his tips, tricks, and advice for how he travels to different countries in this interview, as well as resource…
    - 22 hours ago Sep 22, 2016, 1:25pm -
  • Lesbian Travel: 4 Things To Know
    The LGBT community is diverse and each sub-community has its own issues to deal with. In this post, Dani from Globetrottergirls explains why lesbian travel is different than traveling as a gay man or couple and the 4 things she thinks lesbians need t…
    - 4 days ago Sep 19, 2016, 1:00pm -
  • 10 Common Questions about Solo Female Travel
    Most newbie solo traveler's fears are the same: you worry about your safety, if you're going to get lonely, and where you should go. Those issues and more are addressed in this post by Kristin Addis of Be My Travel Muse as she answers the 10 most com…
    - 9 days ago Sep 14, 2016, 1:00pm -
  • How to Save Money in Dubai (and 9 cool things to do there!)
    At first glance, Dubai seems like a very expensive destination but I was surprised at how I easy it was to find ways to save money once you peeled back the onion. Here's my advice on how to save big on your trip as well as my 9 favorite things to see…
    - 11 days ago Sep 12, 2016, 12:11am -
  • My In-Depth Guide to Experiencing the Maldives
    I've always been interested in seeing the Maldives and, last month, I finally went! I saw both of sides of the tourism here: the famous resorts and the new budget travel trail. Along the way, I learned a lot about this country, it's current tourism p…
    - 15 days ago Sep 8, 2016, 1:58pm -
  • How to Travel Hack in Australia and New Zealand
    Keith Mason is the founder of Points Hack, an Australian travel hacking website. He works to make the art of using frequent flyer and spending rewards programs more accessible to Australians. In this interview, he shares how he got started and how ot…
    - 17 days ago Sep 6, 2016, 1:00pm -
  • Dubai: The Las Vegas of the Middle East?
    I finally went to Dubai and, based on what friends told me, I thought I knew what to expect. But Dubai turned out to be a city that isn't easily explained. There's more to it than meets the eyes and it's mix of old and new gives it a certain unique s…
    - 22 days ago Sep 1, 2016, 2:34pm -
  • Should LGBT Travelers Visit Anti-LGBT Countries?
    There are nearly 80 countries in the world where being gay is against the law. In this month's post by Adam Groffman, he discusses whether or not LGBT travelers should boycott anti-LGBT countries, how to make an informed decision, and where to find i…
    - 25 days ago Aug 29, 2016, 12:00pm -
  • Where I Find the Best Travel Deals
    There are incredible travel deals happening all the time. In this post, I share with you where I go to get the best flight, hotel, tour deals when I'm looking to travel - and the one site that you should never ever use when you are planning a trip!…
    - 36 days ago Aug 18, 2016, 11:00am -
  • How to Plan a Trip to a Place You Know Nothing About
    For the first time in a long time, I am going to a place I know nothing about... and I’m thrilled! Normally, if I have enough of a basic understanding of a place, I just wing it, but Sri Lanka required some work. Here's how to plan a trip in a dest…
    - 39 days ago Aug 15, 2016, 1:57pm -

The Hustle Blog

  • Is the Chase Sapphire Reserve Annual Fee Worth Paying Over the Preferred?
    The Chase Sapphire Reserve – Can’t ignore the talk of the town. Like I tell all my friends & coworkers, if any major bank is offering a signup bonus of 100,000 points, I’m 99% getting it. It’s a no brainer. Even at a high $450 annual fee (whi…
    - 16 days ago Sep 7, 2016, 12:00pm -
  • Trip Report: Korean Air 747-8i First Class ICN-JFK
    ICN (Seoul Incheon) – JFK (New York) KE 85 06/05/2016 Boeing 747-8i First Class Seats 1A, 1J Well this flight was a full-on treat. We haven’t been in long haul First Class in a few years so it was great to be able to experience 2 of them during…
    - Jun 8, 2016, 11:00am -
  • Last Few Days to Earn 10x Points at Amazon & More via Chase Freedom
    Just a reminder that if you’ve activated this offer from Chase, there are only a few more days to spend up to $1,500 at Amazon, Zappos, Audible & Diapers.com and get 10 Ultimate Rewards per dollar spent. Since I do too much shopping at Amazon and I…
    - Dec 28, 2015, 6:30pm -
  • Citi ThankYou Premier – 60,000 ThankYou Points
    UPDATE 1:50 PM EST: Another link is still up! UPDATE 1:25 PM EST: Original link DEAD! Thank to US Credit Card Guide, the best offer we’ve ever seen for the Citi ThankYou Premier credit card has been discovered! Using this link, you can earn the fo…
    - Aug 28, 2015, 2:45pm -
  • Amex Offer – Spend $300 on Airfare, Get $50 Back
    I just came across this offer while going through my wife’s American Express offers. She seems to get the better ones that I don’t get on either my EveryDay Preferred or Starwood Preferred Guest Business card. Get a one-time $50 statement credit…
    - Jul 22, 2015, 11:00am -
  • Q3 Rotating Bonuses – Chase Freedom & Discover IT
    New quarter, new bonuses! These bonuses will run through September 30, 2015. Chase Freedom Activate here. Most gas stations have gift card racks so this should be an easy $1,500 to spend this quarter. Gas stations Kohl’s Discover IT Activate here.…
    - Jul 1, 2015, 5:20pm -
  • (Dead) Fare Alert: EWR-MEX $140 Round Trip
    UPDATE: Looks like it’s gone as of 12:21 AM EST. Damn, better luck next time folks! As I was randomly browsing flights tonight, I came across what seems like a very cheap fare to Mexico City from Newark. This has to be a mistake since it’s a full…
    - May 30, 2015, 4:00am -
  • Don’t Forget to Track Car Rental Reservations with AutoSlash
    Some people think car rentals can be a lengthy process. For me, I try to keep it as simple as possible. You have two options to use AutoSlash. Search for a car using their site Make your booking elsewhere & use AutoSlash to find better rates The pro…
    - Apr 1, 2015, 11:00am -
  • Last Chance at Chase Freedom Q1 Categories
    As we come up on the end of March, we also come to the end of the first quarter of 2015. With that comes the end of the Chase Freedom 5% bonus categories – grocery stores, movie theaters & Starbucks. Be sure to get all your Q1 spend in by March 31!…
    - Mar 30, 2015, 11:00am -
  • Probable Southwest Rapid Rewards Devaluation
    Last week, Southwest Airlines sent an email to its Rapid Rewards loyalty program members informing them of a future change in the program. Sadly, they weren’t very specific about the change but it reads as a devaluation. We created Rapid Rewards®…
    - Feb 17, 2015, 12:00pm -

Pointscentric

  • Starwood American Express Card Signup Bonus Changed to Two Free Nights Instead of Points
    A few weeks ago I posted how there was a strong rumor that the signup bonus on the Starwood American Express cards would be changing and sure enough, the signup bonus has now changed to a brand new and different type of offer. Instead of points, the…
    - 1 day ago Sep 22, 2016, 10:41am -
  • Free 500 to 750 US Bank FlexPerks Points Offers
    I love free point offers and there are two quick & easy opportunities right now to earn 500 to 750 FlexPerks points. I know many of you recently applied for the US Bank FlexPerks Visa with the increased signup bonus of 34,500 points due to their Olym…
    - 8 days ago Sep 15, 2016, 11:40am -
  • New Chase Reconsideration Line Phone Number
    You might want to bookmark this post for future reference as it appears the reconsideration phone number for Chase cards has changed. Per Reddit, it appears the old reconsideration number of 1-888-245-0625 is no longer in service but there is a new,…
    - 13 days ago Sep 10, 2016, 12:00pm -
  • Rumor: Starwood American Express Card Signup Bonus Possibly Increasing in Two Weeks
    Update (9/22): So my source was kind of right as the offer did change today but I’m not sure it is a better offer. Here is my analysis of the new offer of two free nights at category 1-5 hotels.  I want to stress the following information is simpl…
    - 17 days ago Sep 6, 2016, 11:35am -
  • 500 Free Virgin America Elevate Points
    Virgin America is giving away 500 Elevate points for subscribing to the Virgin Hotels newsletter. It took me less than 10 seconds to fill out my name, email address and Elevate number.  Here is a direct link to the offer.  500 points for 10 seconds…
    - 21 days ago Sep 2, 2016, 7:40pm -

milenerd

  • new9 Things About Starwood And Marriott
    Link your Marriott and Starwood accounts here. If you have status with either brand, it should get matched instantly. Once you link, you’ll see options to transfer points from one program to the other. The ratio is 3 Marriott points for every 1 fro…
    - 3 hours ago Sep 23, 2016, 8:28am -
  • New Starwood Business Card Offer
    Thanks to reader Rob for sharing a new link for Starwood’s Business credit card from Amex. This new bonus is for 2 free nights (in limited categories) instead of points. The personal link still looks to be 25,000 points (for now). But I might be up…
    - 1 day ago Sep 22, 2016, 8:44am -
  • 1,000 Easy Miles
    Thanks to a few of you for emailing this. If you don’t have a Fairmont account, open one here and pick up 1,000 Aeroplan miles. Make sure you expand the Frequent Flyer Programs section to enter that Aeroplan information in.
    - 2 days ago Sep 21, 2016, 9:24am -
  • American Miles For Sprint
    I’ve posted this in the past, but I’m pretty sure it was buried in a list. Since readers keep regularly sending it in (and new iPhone talk has started again), I figured I should make it an “alone post.” Pretty simple…if you have any intere…
    - 3 days ago Sep 20, 2016, 8:44am -
  • Monday Deals
    All 3 Southwest credit cards are back up to 50,000 points. The Companion Pass is by far the main reason to get these. So, unless you want to have it a year less, remember the goal is for those points to post after January 1st. Yo New Yorkers, get an…
    - 4 days ago Sep 19, 2016, 7:41am -
  • End Of Week Triple
    A much bigger bonus of 80,000 points for the Best Western Business credit card. If, y’know…you’re into Best Western points. A new working link for the Barclays Arrival card. And it’s worth 50,000 points now. Happy to see this one again. I’…
    - 7 days ago Sep 16, 2016, 8:28am -
  • 5,000 Virgin Points?
    This one looks targeted, but it only takes a second. Definitely worth a shot. Thanks to reader Jason for the link worth a possible 5,000 Virgin America points if you register for a new account.
    - 8 days ago Sep 15, 2016, 7:23am -
  • Great Hilton Deal
    Great? Hilton? Well, I’ve never said those words before. But Hilton surprised the hell out of me this time… Really strong promo (especially for a weekend stay). Some of their very best hotels are basically offering a buy one night, get one free…
    - 9 days ago Sep 14, 2016, 7:44am -
  • HotelStorm
    Got this from the guys at Rocketmiles yesterday: “Quick note to let you know about a new interesting offer we just launched on the AMEX Offers platform. I’ve seen you cover AMEX Offers from time to time so I’m hopeful this will be interesting…
    - 10 days ago Sep 13, 2016, 8:17am -
  • Monday Deals
    Time to catch up with some deals. A few to start the week… You can transfer your Amex Membership Rewards points to Virgin America with a 25% bonus. More importantly for some, you get gold status when transferring 80,000 or more points. Important be…
    - 11 days ago Sep 12, 2016, 8:17am -

Doctor of Credit

Hustler Money Blog

  • newChase Ink Cash® Business Card Review – $300 Cash Back Bonus and No Annual Fee
    The highest cash back I’ve seen for Chase Ink Cash® Business Card! There are a plethora of business credit cards out there, however the Chase Ink Cash® Business Card offers some of the best rewards with $300 cash back signup bonus, no annual fee,…
    - 9 hours ago Sep 23, 2016, 3:10am -
  • newNew Blue Cash Preferred Card from American Express Review: $150 Statement Credit
    While American Express is an advertising partner of HustlerMoneyBlog, the opinions and beliefs in this article are the author’s alone and have not been reviewed, approved, or otherwise endorsed by the issuer. The Blue Cash Preferred® Card from Ame…
    - 9 hours ago Sep 23, 2016, 3:00am -
  • newDiscover Bank IRA CD Promotion: Earn Up To 2.30 APY IRA CD Rates
    If you’re considering opening an IRA CD account, Discover bank is offering up to 2.30% APY if you open a new account with them. This much higher any other competitors savings account I have ever seen. This is a great account to open if you’re usi…
    - 11 hours ago Sep 23, 2016, 1:00am -
  • newFAST Federal Credit Union Review: $118.8 Checking Bonus (CA)
    For residents of California, FAST Federal Credit Union is offering you an opportunity to earn a $118.8 bonus! This offer does not expire and is based on each qualifying cycle! To start, you are required to open a FASTtunes Checking account. Once you…
    - 12 hours ago Sep 23, 2016, 12:00am -
  • newTop Ten Hot Deals for September 22, 2016
    Are you looking for the hottest deals on laptops, T.Vs, computers, cell phones, household appliances, and other electronic items? You’re in the right spot! Today we have the Acer Laptop, Xbox One S Bundle, Hoover Vacuum, Motorola Smarphone, and mu…
    - 14 hours ago Sep 22, 2016, 10:15pm -
  • newTop Ten Flight Deals for September 22, 2016
    If you’re looking to travel in the most cost efficient and money-saving way possible, here is a list of the best flight deals of the day! These promotions normally are only good for a few days. Make sure if you find a promotion that you like, book…
    - 14 hours ago Sep 22, 2016, 10:00pm -
  • newALCATEL OneTouch Idol 3 Global Unlocked 4G LTE Smartphone via Amazon: $99.99 + FREE SHIPPING
    For a limited time, you can order a new ALCATEL OneTouch Idol 3 Global Unlocked 4G LTE Smartphone for only $99.99 + FREE SHIPPING! The ALCATEL ONETOUCH IDOL 3 offers the perfect amount of more for your smartphone. The IDOL 3 has more speed than a…
    - 14 hours ago Sep 22, 2016, 9:45pm -
  • newStarwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express Review – 2 Free Nights
    While American Express is an advertising partner of HustlerMoneyBlog, the opinions and beliefs in this article are the author’s alone and have not been reviewed, approved, or otherwise endorsed by the issuer. The Starwood Preferred Guest® Business…
    - 14 hours ago Sep 22, 2016, 9:40pm -
  • newAmerican Airlines Round-Trip From Boston to Las Vegas Starting At $191
    If you want a chance to travel to Nevada, here’s a great opportunity for you! If so, you can get a round-trip flight with American Airlines from Boston to Las Vegas starting at $191. Las Vegas, in Nevada’s Mojave Desert, is a resort city fa…
    - 15 hours ago Sep 22, 2016, 9:15pm -
  • newAcer Aspire E 15.6″ Laptop via Amazon: $349.99 + FREE SHIPPING
    For a limited time, you can order a new Acer Aspire E 15 Laptop for only $349.99 + FREE SHIPPING! The new Aspire E Series laptops provide a comprehensive range of choices for every-day users, with many appealing features and an attractive design a…
    - 15 hours ago Sep 22, 2016, 8:45pm -

Travel Codex

  • newThe SPG to Marriott Points Transfer Ratio Is Fantastic
    The news that Marriott was purchasing Starwood Hotels was not positive news for those in the points community because it meant a good program, SPG, would likely be destroyed by combining it with a large company, Marriott, that already has a poor rewa…
    - 17 mins ago Sep 23, 2016, 11:30am -
  • newMarriott and Starwood Announced Reciprocal Benefits to Begin Immediately
    Marriott and Starwood blindsided us with a late-night post on the details of their merger, which completed today, and their plans to immediately match status and allow points transfers between programs. This is a temporary move while they continue to…
    - 2 hours ago Sep 23, 2016, 10:15am -
  • newTwo Clues that Marriott May Convert Starpoints at a 1-to-3 Ratio
    Now that the merger of Starwood and Marriott has been fully approved (the last hurdle was Chinese regulators), we’re already beginning to see hints of what the future of their two loyalty programs might look like. The SPG Business credit card from…
    - 20 hours ago Sep 22, 2016, 3:57pm -
  • newReview: Cathay Pacific First Class LAX-HKG
    I managed to find two first class seats on a Cathay Pacific flight out of Los Angeles two weeks before departure. That’s not too hard —  award space is not uncommon as long as you are flexible on your gateway airport — but usually I would h…
    - 22 hours ago Sep 22, 2016, 1:30pm -
  • The New Arrival+ Signup Bonus is Decent, But It’s Not a Keeper Card
    From the desk of the Devil’s Advocate…   Yes, yes, we’re all very impressed with the increased signup bonus on Barclaycard’s Arrival+ Mastercard. If you haven’t heard (though I’m pretty sure you have), earlier this week the Arrival+ si…
    - 1 day ago Sep 22, 2016, 11:05am -
  • More Virgin America Points and Gold Status When You Transfer Membership Rewards
    For a limited­ time, Virgin America is offering bonus Elevate points and Gold status when you transfer Membership Rewards points from American Express. I am not personally a huge fan of the Elevate program’s redemption opportunities. However, I ca…
    - 2 days ago Sep 21, 2016, 3:55pm -
  • More Details on the North Satellite Renovation and New Board Room at Sea-Tac Airport
    Last month I was perusing the public records of the Port of Seattle and came across architectural drawings of the new Centurion Lounge and Delta SkyClub in Concourse A/B and also the new Alaska Board Room being planned for the North Satellite. The cu…
    - 3 days ago Sep 20, 2016, 1:30pm -
  • Review: Sheraton Gateway LAX
    The Sheraton Gateway LAX may be the worst airport hotel I’ve stayed at this year. Yes, I know it has had some rave reviews. Yes, I know it’s a difficult hotel market in general; none of the hotels there are truly inspiring. But hear me out. My wi…
    - 3 days ago Sep 20, 2016, 11:05am -
  • Travel Meetup Tomorrow (September 20) in Belleuve
    I apologize for the very short notice, but as always the Seattle-area travel meetup will be happening on the third Tuesday of the month. (It’s always on the third Tuesday, if you want to create a recurring appointment in your calendar.) It’s a g…
    - 4 days ago Sep 19, 2016, 7:50pm -
  • Seattle Residents Can Earn Free Miles this Football Season
    Both Alaska Airlines and Delta Air Lines are competing for the Seattle market, and this rivalry is reflected in their sponsorships and promotions as much as anything else. For example, Delta is the official sponsor of the Seattle Seahawks football te…
    - 4 days ago Sep 19, 2016, 3:55pm -

Maximizing Money

  • newLivingSocial Restaurants Plus $20 Sign-Up Bonus and $20 Referrals
    The new LivingSocial Restaurants Plus program provides you with cash back for dining at participating restaurants in Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and Washington D.C.Plus, new members can earn $20 Bonus Cashback from LivingSocial R…
    - 16 hours ago Sep 22, 2016, 7:46pm -
  • newPaySimple Online Business Payments $200 Referral Bonuses
    PaySimple is an online solution to help you manage and grow your business by making it easy to accept payments, streamline billing, sell online, retain customers, and book appointments.Plus, the PaySimple Referral Program provides current clients wi…
    - 16 hours ago Sep 22, 2016, 7:30pm -
  • newLegacyTexas 1% APY and $150 New Checking Account Bonus – North Texas
    LegacyTexas Bank in North Texas will give you a $150 new account bonus when you open a new Maximum Checking Account and set up qualifying direct deposits, valid through September 30, 2016.Plus, you can earn up to a 1% APY when you sign up to receive…
    - 18 hours ago Sep 22, 2016, 6:08pm -
  • MB Financial Bank $250 Personal Checking Account Bonus in IL, IN, or PA
    MB Financial Bank is offering up to $250 in personal checking account and savings account bonuses for residents of IL, IN, and PA.Review this MB Financial Bank Bonus to earn up to $250 in cash rewards.The post MB Financial Bank $250 Personal Checki…
    - 1 day ago Sep 22, 2016, 7:50am -
  • TopCashback Freebies – Free $25 Restaurant.com Certificate + $2 Money Maker
    Both new and current TopCashback members can get a $25 Restaurant.com Certificate for Free plus earn an extra $2 bonus, available nationwide.Restaurant.com gives $25 worth of a meal for $3 using the coupon code 'FRIES', and by combining that coupon…
    - 2 days ago Sep 21, 2016, 8:15am -
  • eBay Deals – Hotels.com, Gap, AMC and More Gift Card Discounts
    New gift card offers are available on eBay:$100 Babies"R"Us Gift Card for only $85 - Limit of 5.AMC Theatres $25 Gift Card for Only $19.50 - Limit of 5.$50 Hotels.com Gift Card Gift Card For Only $40 - Limit of 1.$125 BedandBreakfast.com Gift Car…
    - 2 days ago Sep 21, 2016, 8:10am -
  • Hooch Cocktail App – Get Free Drinks at Participating Bars and Clubs
    Hooch is a members-only subscription drinks app that lets you enjoy 1 Free Drink Every Day at any of their partner venues, including classic mix drinks, wine, beer, and premium signature cocktails, giving you 30+ drinks per month for only a $9.99 mon…
    - 3 days ago Sep 20, 2016, 8:58pm -
  • Synovus Bank $200 Checking Account Bonus in AL, FL, GA, SC and TN
    Synovus Bank is providing new checking account customers with a $200 bonus when you set up direct deposits totaling at least $1,000 and make 15 Visa check card transactions within 60 days.This promotion is available at 28 different banking divisions…
    - 3 days ago Sep 20, 2016, 8:31am -
  • SunTrust Bank $300 Checking Account Bonus Promotion
    SunTrust Bank will give you up to a $300 bonus when you open a new SunTrust checking account with a qualifying direct deposit and make 10 debit card purchases, valid through December 31, 2016.This offer is available only to U.S. Residents with a U.S…
    - 3 days ago Sep 20, 2016, 8:29am -
  • Nationwide Bank $200 E-Checking Account Bonus for New Customers
    Nationwide Bank is offering a $200 bonus for new customers when you open an E-Checking Account and set up a direct deposit, valid through September 1, 2017.The E-Checking Account from Nationwide Bank is available throughout the U.S.A., regardless of…
    - 3 days ago Sep 20, 2016, 8:24am -

Boarding Area

  • newThe SPG to Marriott Points Transfer Ratio Is Fantastic
    The news that Marriott was purchasing Starwood Hotels was not positive news for those in the points community because it meant a good program, SPG, would likely be destroyed by combining it with a large company, Marriott, that already has a poor rewa…
    - 17 mins ago Sep 23, 2016, 11:30am -
  • new7 New Opportunities Thanks To Marriott & Starwood Account Linking
    It's now possible to link your Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest accounts. You can also request status matches between programs, and even transfer points.The "new Marriott" isn't planning on launching a single loyalty program until 2018…
    - 19 mins ago Sep 23, 2016, 11:28am -
  • newThe Fine Print: Thou Shalt Not Manufacture Spend
    The following is not legal advice. Please contact an attorney or Alexander at alex@bachuwalaw.com if you have questions on the subject.  Points enthusiasts are always looking for ways to earn more points. The extremes they go through include mileage…
    - 1 hour ago Sep 23, 2016, 10:45am -
  • newLink Marriott and SPG Accounts and Transfer Points!
    Today is the day. The Starwood and Marriott merger is officially here. Now instead of worrying about what that merger might look like in some future that we hope doesn’t come to pass, let’s actually look at what it means to those of us who car…
    - 1 hour ago Sep 23, 2016, 10:40am -
  • newHow To Link Your Marriott And Starwood Accounts
    Overnight the merger between Marriott and Starwood was finalized, and amazingly enough the two companies are offering reciprocal benefits for their customers from day one:-- Members of Starwood Preferred Guest, Marriott Rewards, and Ritz-Carlton Rew…
    - 1 hour ago Sep 23, 2016, 10:38am -
  • newStatus Match: SPG Account mit Marriott Rewards verknüpfen
    Der Beitrag Status Match: SPG Account mit Marriott Rewards verknüpfen erschien zuerst auf Travel with Massi.
    - 1 hour ago Sep 23, 2016, 10:24am -
  • newMarriott and Starwood Announced Reciprocal Benefits to Begin Immediately
    Marriott and Starwood blindsided us with a late-night post on the details of their merger, which completed today, and their plans to immediately match status and allow points transfers between programs. This is a temporary move while they continue to…
    - 2 hours ago Sep 23, 2016, 10:15am -
  • newIt’s Official: Marriott and SPG Elite Status and Point Transfers & How To
    It is here! Marriott and SPG are now together and you can match your elite status between programs and transfer points back and forth. Find out about it!The post It’s Official: Marriott and SPG Elite Status and Point Transfers & How To appeared fi…
    - 2 hours ago Sep 23, 2016, 10:06am -
  • newSlovakia and Austria cheap travel on buses and trains
    Often, one of the big expenses of travel in Europe is the cost of ground transportation to get from place to place during a trip. Slovakia surprised me by how little it cost to move around the country by trains and buses. The price of city trams and…
    - 3 hours ago Sep 23, 2016, 8:55am -
  • newSlovakia and Austria cheap travel on buses and trains
    Often, one of the big expenses of travel in Europe is the cost of ground transportation to get from place to place during a trip. Slovakia surprised me by how little it cost to move around the country by trains and buses. The price of city trams and…
    - 3 hours ago Sep 23, 2016, 8:42am -

Frequent Flyer Miles 101

  • A Word on Hotel Promos: Marriott And Hilton
    One more day before I board my petri dish with wings and head back to my primary side of the globe. Something they never say about flying: It doesn’t matter what class you are sitting in. If the flight is long enough, you will pick up somebody’s…
    - 1 day ago Sep 22, 2016, 7:27am -
  • Bonus Miles And A Discount with Avis And Budget
    A quick hit: Miles for Driving Miles Avis and Budget are offering some big (It’s all relative.) mileage earning opportunities for renting a car. From now until October 15, rent a car for three or more days and not only will you get a discount (up t…
    - 2 days ago Sep 21, 2016, 12:56am -
  • On The Road Again…
    Hi folks, I’ll be traveling for most of the next two weeks, so posts will be infrequent. Until then, I leave you with this video of a 787 doing a near-vertical takeoff. Want to subscribe? Just enter your email in the box above (and to the right) an…
    - 6 days ago Sep 17, 2016, 11:41pm -
  • The Cruise Ships Just Keep Growing…
    A few days ago, Carnival Corporation (the parent of the Carnival, Princess and Holland America brands, among others) announced an order for three new ships. Nothing unusual, except for the size of the ships: 180,000 tons, 5,200 passengers. Size Matte…
    - 7 days ago Sep 16, 2016, 3:25pm -
  • What Is “Manufactured Spending?”
    This is a topic that I’ve covered in the past, but it is worth repeating. There’s one overarching rule when it comes to earning points and miles: Nothing is free. Yes, you will see headlines saying things like, “How I flew First Class around th…
    - 8 days ago Sep 15, 2016, 4:47pm -
  • Register Now for SPG More For You
    SPG More For You SPG has opened registration for its fourth quarterish promotion, More For You. The bonus is will give you double base points during the week and triple on weekend stays that include a Friday or Saturday night. But be sure to check ou…
    - 9 days ago Sep 14, 2016, 7:54pm -
  • Fun Stuff from around The Travel Industry
      Let’s take a look at some of the interesting news from around the travel industry… New Hotel Policy: BYOS (Bring Your Own Sheets) Eww. Inside Edition is not my traditional news source, but a recent video from the company was, well, gross. At a…
    - 10 days ago Sep 13, 2016, 3:28pm -
  • When A Great Deal Isn’t
    It’s no secret that one of my core rules around accumulating miles is to use credit card sign-up bonuses to your advantage. But that doesn’t mean that every deal is equal, and what looks like the best of deals may not be. Here’s one example. Vi…
    - 11 days ago Sep 12, 2016, 3:05pm -
  • A Reminder about Quarterly Promotions
    Just a reminder: If you plan on taking part in a promotion, you almost always have to register for it. Even if you complete everything that the promo asks you to do, if you haven’t signed up for it, you won’t get anything. It may seem like overki…
    - 12 days ago Sep 11, 2016, 12:49am -
  • Two Fun Hotel Contests
    The World Series with Starwood Contest #1: Win a trip to the first game of the 2016 World Series. Either enter at the contest site or by staying in a Sheraton hotel between now and October 4. One entry per night, with a couple of entries per night at…
    - 15 days ago Sep 8, 2016, 1:24pm -

milepoint (Forums)

  • newTeh Penalty Box
    I think it's time for a new Box thread that works. So, here goes.
    - 4 mins ago Sep 23, 2016, 11:43am -
  • newStarwood and Marriott Merger Update – Now You Can Link Your Accounts
    Today marks an exciting day for our members, and we’re thrilled for you to be among the first to hear about it here! With the Starwood and Marriott merger now officially complete, our loyalty programs still remain separate. However, starting tod…
    - 4 hours ago Sep 23, 2016, 7:23am -
  • newAirline announces the world's shortest international flight, with the 13-mile journey in 8 minutes
    Airline announces the world's shortest international flight, with the 13-mile journey taking just EIGHT MINUTESAn Austrian airline is claiming to have launched the shortest international flight - taking just eight minutes.The quick trip, being sol…
    - 7 hours ago Sep 23, 2016, 5:12am -
  • newCurrency Exchange- Traveling Internationally
    I'll be travelling to Italy soon and I want to find the best bank to have. I have been warned not to exchange money in NYC but to do it upon arrival through an atm. I'm willing to sign up for the best bank that offers little to no fee on the followin…
    - 8 hours ago Sep 23, 2016, 3:48am -
  • new(photo trivia) Guess the city
    Given the success of the 'guess the airport' thread, though this might be a good thread to start. A breath of fresh air, if you will...Anyways, same rules apply. First submission:
    - 13 hours ago Sep 22, 2016, 10:26pm -
  • newAdvice on redeeming AA awards
    Any advice on redeeming AA award ticket to Europe June/July 2016? The only flights available are on BA which charge huge fees. I'm looking for saver business (preferable) and checked two weeks worth of availability to multiple cities from NYC. Ev…
    - 14 hours ago Sep 22, 2016, 9:47pm -
  • newSPG Hotels Coming and Going
    Coming Soon to SPGHotels that are in development, confirmed as on track to open, and rumors. Please cite sources, if possible.Leaving SPGHotels that have announced their departure from SPG.
    - 15 hours ago Sep 22, 2016, 9:06pm -
  • newSkyguide Executive Privilege Club: Lounge Access for $30/yr.
    [Updated to remove non-working signup link - 13-Jan-2015]IntroductionThe Skyguide Executive Privilege Club is a good way for those who fly less frequently to get airport lounge access without paying for lounge memberships or expensive credit cards.…
    - 19 hours ago Sep 22, 2016, 5:03pm -
  • newDas Stue, Berlin, Germany [REVIEW:PHOTOS]
    April 2015, 2 nightsWe spent a lot of time to decide which hotel we should book for our 2night/3days stay in Berlin, where he was also going to celebrate his birthday.Making up our mind was difficult. We had wittled down our list to two hotels - Th…
    - 19 hours ago Sep 22, 2016, 4:25pm -
  • newWhat do people think of Four Seasons Downtown/ Four Seasons Midtown locations
    http://www.fourseasons.com/newyorkdowntown/dining http://www.fourseasons.com/newyork/accommodations/?c=t&_s_icmp=mmenuand how do they compare to other luxury hotels???
    - 20 hours ago Sep 22, 2016, 4:01pm -

Flyertalk MilesBuzz

  • newEmirates check in time at Harare?
    I know I'm a bit of an edge case here, but I'll ask in cases someone knows. What time does check in open for the Emirates flight out of Harare. I'm used to being able to turn up an hour before departure, for my flights with BA and SAA (Harare is...
    - 6 mins ago Sep 23, 2016, 11:41am -
  • newFree coffee and donuts at DCA this morning-Gate 17
    Haven't flown Delta in awhile. Good PR post computer meltdown or the usual? Thanks Delta!
    - 12 mins ago Sep 23, 2016, 11:35am -
  • newQuestion: UK Resident. What to do with my points?
    So I fly to Canada on Air Canada about once a year and have started accumulating points. Is there anything I can do with the points other than use it for flights or NA hotels? I am a UK resident. The entire mechandise section seems 'off limits' as.…
    - 34 mins ago Sep 23, 2016, 11:13am -
  • newUnited.com does not display return flight
    Hi all, Forgive me if this scenario has been posted before...I have a round trip itinerary (2 segments both nonstop EWR-SFO-EWR) for January..On United.com previously I could view both legs of travel..yesterday I called to change the return flight..…
    - 40 mins ago Sep 23, 2016, 11:07am -
  • newVideo TR: BA A380. LAX-LHR, including the LAX Oneworld Lounge
    Happy Friday to you all. As promised in this thread: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/british-airways-executive-club/1787036-mini-tr-ba-f-experience-can-still-good.html ... ...here's a Video TR of the return trip on the A380, LAX-LHR. The trip...
    - 1 hour ago Sep 23, 2016, 10:26am -
  • newBook with one account points, apply other guest status
    I'm staying at an SPG property in a week with an additional guest. I'm SPG Plat and care about collecting night credits; but the stay was booked with points from my guest's account (SPG Gold, doesn't care about night credits). Is it possible to...
    - 1 hour ago Sep 23, 2016, 10:19am -
  • newIVC evening arrivals diverted back to CHC
    I see this evenings last scheduled arrivals into IVC have both turned around and diverted back to CHC.... It's not foggy here, wonder what is happening? According to flight radar the WLG flight went out over the beach, then did several circuits...
    - 2 hours ago Sep 23, 2016, 10:16am -
  • newGold status and end of eligibility year
    Hi, I've got an BA Exec Club membership I've had for a while even though I haven't flown much the past couple of years. However, over the past 3 months I've gone from zero up to Silver and half way to Gold. But my membership year ends in just.…
    - 2 hours ago Sep 23, 2016, 10:13am -
  • newLounge access DOH
    I am traveling business class from OSL to BKK via DOH, a friend of mine is connecting at DOH traveling with me on the same flight to BKK but in economy. I am also OW Sapphire. Can I guest him in any of the DOH lounges in this scenario? ...
    - 2 hours ago Sep 23, 2016, 10:07am -
  • newDo Airport Lounges have time limits ?
    If your circumstances meant you had to spend almost 24 hours in an airport, can you spend that much time in the lounge ? have a sleep and shower etc
    - 2 hours ago Sep 23, 2016, 9:57am -

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  • newWhy You Should Cover Your Laptop Camera
    Why You Should Cover Your Laptop Camera I read a few months ago that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg puts tape over his computer’s webcam. Now, FBI Director James Comey recommends doing the same thing. He says, “There’s some sensible things you sh…
    - 20 hours ago Sep 22, 2016, 4:00pm -
  • Travel Style: Jake Redman
    Want to know how to travel in style, just like the pros? We check in with frequent fliers to find out how often they fly, their favorite destinations and what they never leave home without. Name: Jake Redman Occupation: SiriusXM Host/Producer and Fou…
    - 2 days ago Sep 21, 2016, 9:42pm -
  • Palio di Siena: The World’s Most Exciting Horse Race
    The pageantry and excitement of the Palio di Siena is something I’ve wanted to experience for a long time. Fortunately, I recently had the opportunity to attend this spectacular event with the help of the folks at Palio Tours, a tour company that s…
    - 2 days ago Sep 21, 2016, 5:41pm -
  • Don’t Wait at an Idle Baggage Carousel
    Don’t Wait at an Idle Baggage Carousel Yesterday’s tip was a good one. It was all about how to stay safe at the airport based on a New York Times article entitled “How to Stay Safe at the Airport.” I recommend reading the whole article, but…
    - 2 days ago Sep 21, 2016, 3:00pm -
  • Top 10 in Travel News: Week of September 21, 2016
    THE TOP 10 IN TRAVEL NEWS THIS WEEK: More than 70,000 American Airlines workers to debut new uniforms How Brexit is changing U.S. travel to London and beyond Elite status? You can now fly standby on Southwest Airlines Cut Flights Between US, Europe L…
    - 2 days ago Sep 21, 2016, 12:00pm -
  • Travel Contests: Week of September 21, 2016
    This week’s travel contests include: Win a European river cruise worth up to $10,000 Win a trip to the Bahamas Win a trip for two to Paris, France Win a $20,000 cruise to Antarctica Win a trip to Dubai Win a seven-day Norway cruise Win a cruise for…
    - 2 days ago Sep 21, 2016, 11:00am -
  • Travel Product of the Week: Cozy Greens Backseat Car Organizer
    While I was searching on Amazon for “children’s travel books,” the Cozy Greens Backseat Car Organizer came up on the first page, as it’s a bestseller. My wife and I like to have a clean car, and I can see we aren’t alone. This backseat auto…
    - 3 days ago Sep 20, 2016, 11:30pm -
  • Travel Book of the Week: “The Lonely Planet Kids Travel Book: Mind-Blowing Stuff on Every Country in the World”
    Like this feature? Check out past Travel Book of the Week posts! I’m obviously new to parenting and since one of my passions is travel, I’m hoping my son will share it with me. That’s why shortly after he was born I went searching for “childr…
    - 3 days ago Sep 20, 2016, 10:30pm -
  • Travel Video of the Week: When Your Sister Flies 2,100 Miles to Surprise You in the Hospital
    On Thursday, my wife Natalie gave me the best anniversary gift ever when she gave birth to our first child, Jack Hansen DiScala! It was amazing beyond description and the next day, her mom flew in from Toronto. What Natalie didn’t know is that for…
    - 3 days ago Sep 20, 2016, 9:30pm -
  • Travel Website of the Week: National Geographic Kids
    It’s not every day I get to feature a kids travel website, but since my first son was born last week I thought I would do it in honor of him. To be honest, I didn’t know National Geographic even had a kids magazine and site. The National Geograp…
    - 3 days ago Sep 20, 2016, 8:30pm -

TravelBloggerBuzz

  • newHow To Support TBB – September 2016
    I do this post once a month. Some bloggers do it at the first of each month and then continue to bombard readers with endless blog posts that are just credit card sale pumps. So, before you attack me for being a sleazy pumper, can we come to an under…
    - 1 hour ago Sep 23, 2016, 10:30am -
  • I am Wei, I was a newbie and then started to travel for free!
    An introductory post by former newbie Wei, how he started in the hobby, his successes and mistakes & how cool it is to travel for free! I introduced Wei to our hobby only after I made sure he can handle it! And I am proud to say he has come a very lo…
    - 1 day ago Sep 22, 2016, 10:30am -
  • First Class Awards to New Zealand, Beware Marriott Rewards, Chernobyl & Cocos
    We bring you First Class awards to New Zealand, beware Marriott Rewards ,visit Chernobyl & Cocos Islands in the middle of nowhere, notice some funky United award pricing, a giant douche bag in China gets his dog 7 iPhones, visit remote Yemen mountain…
    - 2 days ago Sep 21, 2016, 10:30am -
  • Colombia With Miles, Hyatt Credit Card, Denali & Slovakia, FinCon16
    We bring you more ways to get to South America and specifically Colombia with miles, the evolution of the Hyatt Credit Card, we travel to Denali & Slovakia & FinCon16, learn how to use Qantas miles in the Pacific, we learn about the greatest bubble i…
    - 3 days ago Sep 20, 2016, 10:30am -
  • South America With Points, Free IHG Rewards Points, Best Embraer Jet
    We show you how to fly to South America with points, get you free IHG Rewards points, fly on the best Embraer private jet, how to form a business in Michigan,  how flight attendants hate flying to India, two incredible stories how a Russian pilot de…
    - 4 days ago Sep 19, 2016, 10:30am -
  • Register For Fall Promos, Wells Fargo Bank Employee Tells All in AMA
    We help you register for all the quarterly and hotel fall promos, read a reddit AMA on Wells Fargo Bank Employee Tells All, go off on some “helpful” bloggers hungry for clicks, see some great photographs of the past week, read a sad story of what…
    - 5 days ago Sep 18, 2016, 10:30am -
  • Next Week at TBB Will Shock You!
    See you in San Diego next week for a blogger conference! Just heads up what’s coming up. Also a few comments and suggestions to improve the TBB experience lol. TBB Blog Mission: To Entertain. Educate. Inspire. In That Order! This site is AD-FREE! Y…
    - 6 days ago Sep 17, 2016, 10:30am -
  • Best Southeast Asia IHG Hotels, Hajj Trip Report, Buzzing It Up!
    We bring you the best Southeast Asia IHG hotels, discover for you an awesome Hajj trip report, get you more free Virgin America points, a great resource of all the card linked reward programs, look inside a North Korean passport, visit some awesome c…
    - 7 days ago Sep 16, 2016, 10:30am -
  • Chase Sapphire Reserve Cult, Stunning Twisted Towers, Best European Museums
    We bring you the never ending mainstream coverage of the Chase Sapphire Reserve cult, visit stunning twisted towers and the best European museums, watch some awesome nature videos, show you how you are going to save you by not following some myths, w…
    - 8 days ago Sep 15, 2016, 10:30am -
  • Europe With United Miles, Wells Fargo Fallout, Hyatt Points
    We show you how to get to Europe with United miles, more Wells Fargo fallout, get you more Hyatt Gold Passport points, talk about what is the best rewards currency, revisit Onefinestay’s CEO interview, visit Burning Man, check out moustaches, go to…
    - 9 days ago Sep 14, 2016, 10:30am -