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The Points Guy

  • newFly Business on the World’s Longest 737 Flight for $778 Round-Trip!
    On October 23, SAS will operate its final flight between Houston and Stavanger, Norway, which at nearly 5,000 miles each way, is currently the world’s longest 737 flight. The 737-700, which is operated by Privatair, will fly between Copenhagen and…
    - 49 mins ago Oct 6, 2015, 3:22pm -
  • newAir France to Cut Jobs; Disagreement Turns Fierce
    Labor union talks between Air France-KLM and striking staff resulted not only in layoffs for the first time since the 1990s, but in executives fleeing the scene in abject fear. How was your Monday? The core of the disagreement is between the company…
    - 2 hours ago Oct 6, 2015, 2:30pm -
  • newCheck Out Jennifer Aniston’s Hilarious New Emirates Commercial
    From Etihad’s first class Apartment to Qatar’s gorgeous new cabin and the classic A380 bling in Emirates’ own superjumbo, there’s no question that the Gulf carriers have US airlines beat by a mile — and then some. Now, Emirates has brough…
    - 3 hours ago Oct 6, 2015, 1:30pm -
  • newRound-the-World Awards That You Can Still Book
    From maximizing stopovers and open jaws to making the most of a single credit card, there are many ways to extend your redemptions and enjoy some incredible travel experiences. One particularly lucrative method of doing this is by booking a “rou…
    - 4 hours ago Oct 6, 2015, 12:30pm -
  • newBooking Multiple Award Seats in Cathay Pacific First Class
    Last month, TPG Editor-in-Chief Zach Honig flew with his family in Cathay Pacific first class. Here’s how he booked the award. Cathay Pacific’s 777-300ER has just six first-class seats, so naturally that can be a very tough award to score — whi…
    - 5 hours ago Oct 6, 2015, 11:30am -
  • newTop 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for October 2015
    Loyalty programs are constantly changing, and so are the credit cards associated with them. Sign-up bonuses rise and fall, benefits are added and removed, programs devalue or revalue. And it all happens with little or no notice. Offers and terms th…
    - 19 hours ago Oct 5, 2015, 9:30pm -
  • newDeal Alert: New York to London from $371 Round-Trip on Norwegian
    Norwegian is no stranger to fantastic fare sales, and today’s deal is no exception. If you’re willing to travel to London from December through March (when it can be pretty chilly), you can get across the pond for just $371 round-trip. Which is a…
    - 20 hours ago Oct 5, 2015, 7:56pm -
  • newSay Goodbye to the 5% Hyatt Rebate with Amex OPEN Savings
    Since its inception in 2013, the 5% Hyatt rebate has been one of the best benefits of the Amex OPEN Savings program. Unfortunately, it’s being discontinued. The OPEN Savings benefit is for American Express OPEN Business Cards. Members automatically…
    - 21 hours ago Oct 5, 2015, 7:30pm -
  • newSave up to 33% in Europe, Africa and the Middle East with Hilton’s Latest Flash Sale
    Hilton has offered flash sales in the past, and the brand’s at it again with a new promotion. This time, it’s offering up to 33% off a stay in more than 300 hotels across Europe, the Middle East and Africa if you book before 7pm EST (midnight UK…
    - 22 hours ago Oct 5, 2015, 6:30pm -
  • newEarn a 20% Bonus When Converting Marriott Rewards Points to AA Miles
    From now until October 31, 2015, you can convert your Marriott Rewards points into American Airlines AAdvantage miles and earn a 20% bonus. Is this limited-time offer worth acting on? Let’s take a look. TPG currently values Marriott Rewards point…
    - 23 hours ago Oct 5, 2015, 5:30pm -

Frugal Travel Guy

  • newHow to Book Awards to Fiji and Beyond With Fiji Airways
    Although perhaps not as popular as French Polynesia, Fiji is also home to numerous stunning beaches and out-of-this-world five-star resorts. Fiji has a national flag carrier airline, Fiji Airways, which makes getting there easier than you might think…
    - 8 hours ago Oct 6, 2015, 8:00am -
  • newMake $4,000 Bonus Cash Back From Discover
    Discover is currently running a series of promotions where an individual could amass up to $4,000 in bonus cash back. Here’s a quick summary of how you can maximize this promotion: You must have an Apple device that supports Apple Pay and access to…
    - 17 hours ago Oct 5, 2015, 11:00pm -
  • newTop 10 Credit Cards – October 2015
    The following is the October 2015 edition of what I consider to be the Top 10 credit card products available at the moment. The list is based on a combination of factors, including current welcome bonus offers, daily earning potential, transfer partn…
    - 18 hours ago Oct 5, 2015, 10:00pm -
  • newSeeing the World in a Weekend – Crete, Greece
    It may take a leap of faith to visit Greece right now, but trust me, you won’t be disappointed. The waters are still very blue, the food still incredibly delicious, and the people are very eager to make sure you have a good time. Although the islan…
    - 20 hours ago Oct 5, 2015, 8:00pm -
  • newHere’s How You Can Get to Hawaii for Only 25,000 Miles
    Korean Air gets a bad reputation for their miles being hard to use. I’m sure you’ve heard horror stories about how you need to fax in proof of family members (birth certificate, marriage license, etc.) in order to book a ticket for anyone other t…
    - 22 hours ago Oct 5, 2015, 6:00pm -
  • Rick’s Picks: At 65 Years Young, Travel Priorities Change
    It’s hard to believe that I turned 65 yesterday. Lots of great memories, family, friends and hopefully years more to come. Katy and I are so grateful we got into this hobby in our early fifties when the motivation to get up and go was still strong…
    - 1 day ago Oct 5, 2015, 8:00am -
  • Success Story: A 40th Birthday to Iguazu Falls in First Class
    Over the years, we’ve had many readers share their success stories with us. Folks for whom traveling domestically once a year was a luxury are now traveling the world with just a few credit card sign-up bonuses. And the best part? They are sharing…
    - 2 days ago Oct 4, 2015, 8:00am -
  • What I’m Redeeming My Flexible Rewards Points For
    Flexible rewards points are often cited as a great tool in guarding against devaluations. The reason for that is that they allow – you guessed it – flexibility in redeeming points and even saving you from using your coveted airline miles and hote…
    - 4 days ago Oct 2, 2015, 11:00pm -
  • Valuable Amex OPEN Savings Benefit Ending at End of the Year
    One of the top benefits of having an American Express business card is that you get access to their OPEN Savings program. Through this program you get two additional Amex Membership Rewards points or a 5% discount on eligible purchases with OPEN Sav…
    - 4 days ago Oct 2, 2015, 9:00pm -
  • How to Set Travel Alert Notifications With Credit Card Companies
    Chase and American Express have both informed me that there is no need to call in for travel notifications, which is letting your credit card company or bank know when you’re traveling outside of your home area, but I still do it. As much as I trus…
    - 4 days ago Oct 2, 2015, 8:00pm -

One Mile at a Time

View From the Wing

  • newUnited 30% Partner Bonus Earning Through November 20
    United is offering a 30% bonus earning miles with their partners that you haven't earned with during the past 12 months. They want to get you earning more broadly in the MileagePlus program than you are today.The opportunity to earn with this promo…
    - 2 hours ago Oct 6, 2015, 2:04pm -
  • newStar Alliance Member and Amex/Starwood Transfer Partner ANA Increasing Award Prices October 15
    ANA is making changes to its award chart effective October 15. Historically ANA has given reasonable notice of award chart changes, so this surprises me to see.This is especially relevant because ANA is a Star Alliance partner, and American Express…
    - 4 hours ago Oct 6, 2015, 12:05pm -
  • newEXCLUSIVE: Marriott Rewards Rolling Out Changes to the Program
    Several sources are telling me that Marriott Rewards will be rolling out four new features to their program: cash and points, points advance, points sharing, and reward nights count towards elite status.Continue reading EXCLUSIVE: Marriott Rewards R…
    - 16 hours ago Oct 6, 2015, 12:04am -
  • newAmerican Express Gives You Your FICO Score Free
    Barclays has been providing free credit scores to cardmembers for a couple of years.The credit score I showed you over the weekend in my post about credit scores as a predictor of relationships was from my Barclaycard American AAdvantage Aviator Red…
    - 18 hours ago Oct 5, 2015, 10:04pm -
  • newLufthansa First Class Award Space Available.. But Not When You Look in the Usual Places
    Last week I wrote that neither nor the ANA website have been completely reliable for searching Star Alliance awards.As a result, I've found Air Canada's Aeroplan website to be the most useful tool when searching for award space on Star Al…
    - 21 hours ago Oct 5, 2015, 7:34pm -
  • newGet a 2% Rebate on Your Airline Ticket Purchases
    Orbitz currently has the strongest rewards program of the Online Travel Agency websites, and is part of a great strategy for 'quadruple dipping' on your travel purchases. They are running a 2x rebate on airfare purchases through October 25.Continue…
    - 23 hours ago Oct 5, 2015, 5:34pm -
  • Pilot Dies Inflight, Air France Workers Turn Violent, and the Best Airports for Stuffed Animals
    The most important stories of the day. I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites – the latest news and tips.Continue reading Pilot Dies Inflight, Air France Workers Turn Violent, and the Best Airports for Stuffed…
    - 1 day ago Oct 5, 2015, 3:04pm -
  • Denver Airport Evacuated Because Bath Salts Were Found in a Checked Bag
    Denver is a very strange airport for security. PreCheck lines can be super long. The lead singer for Puddle of Mud was arrested there for riding the baggage carousel into the secure area. And it's where TSA agents manipulated the nude-o-scopes so…
    - 1 day ago Oct 5, 2015, 1:04pm -
  • Jennifer Aniston in a Bathrobe (the New Emirates Commercial!)
    In August it was reported that Emirates paid Jennifer Aniston $5 million in an endorsement deal.The first Aniston ad is out, and the conceit is that she's having a nightmare. She's walking around the plane looking for the shower, in her bathrobe.…
    - 1 day ago Oct 5, 2015, 10:47am -
  • Another Route for Free United Club Access!
    If you have elite status with an airline, Star Alliance member Avianca wants to give you status in their program. And their mid-tier status (they will match up to top tier!) gets you access to United's clubs when flying United, even on purely domest…
    - 2 days ago Oct 4, 2015, 11:37pm -

The Frequent Miler

  • newMore than double price for discounted AA first class? No ThankYou Citi. FlexPerks to the rescue.
    In March of last year, Citibank increased the value of ThankYou Rewards points for Citi Prestige cardholders.  When used to purchase American Airlines flights, each point is now worth 1.6 cents each instead of the previous 1.33 cents (which still ap…
    - 6 hours ago Oct 6, 2015, 10:25am -
  • newYou might as well register: 30% more miles from United’s partners
    United is running a potentially lucrative new promotion: From now until November 20th, if you earn miles from any of United’s partners, United will throw in either 10% or 30% bonus miles depending on whether or not you’ve earned miles from that p…
    - 17 hours ago Oct 5, 2015, 11:30pm -
  • A case study of a 470,000 point application spree
    In mid August, my wife applied for 8 credit cards across three banks.  After a few phone calls, all 8 cards were approved.  You can read the full details here and here.  Currently, we’re still working on the minimum spend requirements for some o…
    - 1 day ago Oct 5, 2015, 10:25am -
  • It’s not too late – Deals still alive as of 10/04/2015
    Each week we publish a number of fantastic deals on the blog and in Quick Deals. Most deals don’t last long, but some hang around for awhile. In an effort to keep you up to date, we have gone back through each of the deals posted over the last coup…
    - 2 days ago Oct 4, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • Playing Uber Roulette, Amex Gift Card Portal Clawbacks, Unbiased Credit Card Rankings & More!
    Welcome to the Frequent Miler Week In Review series. Every Saturday we recap what you might have missed from Frequent Miler during the week. Enjoy! This Week From Frequent Miler Uber Roulette – Strategies for avoiding Uber’s sometimes very exp…
    - 3 days ago Oct 3, 2015, 9:00pm -
  • 20% off Netflix, Citi Dividend Retention Strategy, Citi 50K Checking Account Bonus Analysis & More!
    Welcome to the Frequent Miler Week In Review series. Every Saturday we bring you some of the best posts from around the web. Enjoy! This Week Around the Web The Aeroplan Awards You Should Book By December 15th – Which awards are increasing the…
    - 3 days ago Oct 3, 2015, 1:00pm -
  • Amex claws back old portal payout
    A couple of days ago I logged into my TopCashback account and found something disturbing.  My pending cash back for Amex Gift Cards had dropped to negative $195. I clicked the dollar amount to see the details.  There, I found that I had one pending…
    - 4 days ago Oct 2, 2015, 10:25am -
  • Unbiased credit card rankings: a work in progress
    As a reader of this blog, you probably already know that you can find the best credit card signup offers on this page: Best credit card offers.  Since offers constantly come and go, we work hard not only to keep the offers up to date, but also to en…
    - 5 days ago Oct 1, 2015, 10:25am -
  • Amex neuters Small Business Saturday. No statement credits this year.
    In the past several years, the Saturday after Thanksgiving was like Christmas to those with a handful of American Express cards.  Each year, on that day (dubbed “Small Business Saturday”), Amex would offer statement credits for purchases made at…
    - 6 days ago Sep 30, 2015, 10:25am -
  • Many answers, one decision
    Last week I wrote a short post in which I debated whether or not to accept a free car rental in exchange for a promise to write a post about my experience.  I had already made my decision before publishing (and had let the rental car company know),…
    - 7 days ago Sep 29, 2015, 10:25am -

The Flight Deal

The Free-quent Flyer

  • newBeware Delta bearing voluntary denied boarding compensation
    It's no secret that I think Delta runs the best domestic airline operation in the United States. They have incomprehensibly good on-time and completion statistics compared to the competition, and their mainline jets are clean and comfortable. It's a…
    - 6 hours ago Oct 6, 2015, 9:59am -
  • One-time opportunity to buy 450,000 Choice Privileges points for $1,600
    Via Drew at Travel is Free, until December 8, 2015, there's a one-time opportunity to buy 450,000 Choice Privileges points for $1,600. That's not exactly how Drew framed it, so I'll walk through the essential elements of the deal.Chase Ultimate Rewa…
    - 1 day ago Oct 5, 2015, 9:59am -
  • Read the comments!
    I've mentioned before that I rarely read other blogs anymore. Of course the affiliate bloggers just repeat the same bought-and-paid-for content over and over, but even the good guys only occasionally post something that piques my interest. There are…
    - 5 days ago Oct 1, 2015, 9:59am -
  • Topping up accounts, or, throwing good points after bad
    Marriott Rewards is the worst hotel loyalty program: it has all the low earning rates and high property costs of IHG Rewards, with none of the potential upside offered by IHG's PointsBreak list and occasional lucrative promotions.Nonetheless, I have…
    - 6 days ago Sep 30, 2015, 6:26pm -
  • Are office supply store Visa gift cards cheap or expensive?
    This post was inspired by a comment left by reader net netty to my post on dealing with the new Visa gift cards being sold at Staples. S/he wrote:"And I agree that everyone might have their own priorities but you are doing it wrong and giving bad a…
    - 7 days ago Sep 29, 2015, 9:59am -
  • Is the 100k British Airways Avios offer the worst major signup bonus?
    [Editor's note: I'm currently traveling so responses to comments and e-mails may be slightly slower than usual. —FQF]Regular readers know I don't chase signup bonuses any more, for two simple reasons:if I need some particular loyalty currency for m…
    - 11 days ago Sep 25, 2015, 9:59am -
  • Quick hit: new Bluebird/Serve/Redbird scheduled adds
    [Editor's note: I'm currently traveling so responses to comments and e-mails may be slightly slower than usual. —FQF]When writing about simplifying and automating debit card transactions back in July, I wrote:"Unfortunately, as with Evolve Money, I…
    - 12 days ago Sep 24, 2015, 9:59am -
  • Timeshares?
    Everything I need to know about timeshares I learned from The Queen of Versailles. Still, it's the kind of product — complex, opaque, little-understood — that should be worth at least a passing glance from a travel hacker. Not least because it's…
    - 13 days ago Sep 23, 2015, 9:59am -
  • Fun with award mapper and Hotel Hustle
    There are two free, online tools designed to help make it easier to find the best values when searching for paid or award stays at chain hotels: award mapper and Seth Miller's Hotel Hustle. I use them both all the time, and want to share my thoughts…
    - 14 days ago Sep 22, 2015, 9:59am -
  • Earn the miles you redeem, redeem the miles you earn
    While I didn't coin the aphorism, I repeat it every chance I get: the least valuable point is the one you don't redeem.It doesn't matter how big the portal bonus, or how cheap the manufactured spend, if your balance in a single account never dips bel…
    - 15 days ago Sep 21, 2015, 9:59am -

Well Traveled Mile

  • newAmex Offers Free FICO Score
    Starting today, those who have a personal card from American Express should be eligible to get their Experian FICO score for free! I received the following e-mail today: Read: How Credit Scores Can Be Easily Increased This is great news because you d…
    - 9 hours ago Oct 6, 2015, 7:04am -
  • Premier Rewards Gold Card 50,000 Offer
    A few weeks ago I showed you guys how to get an increased offer on the Amex Everyday Card. Well you can apply the same concept to get 50,000 Membership Rewards points on the Premier Rewards Gold (PRG) Card from American Express. How To Get The Offer…
    - 4 days ago Oct 2, 2015, 7:18am -
  • Deal Alert: Get $20 For Buying $300 Worth In MasterCard Gift Cards At Staples!
    It’s been a while since Staples ran a promotion with Visa / MasterCard gift cards. Well the dry spell is over…. From October 4 – October 10, when you buy $300 worth in MasterCard gift cards, you get a $20 Staples gift card back. Since Staples i…
    - 5 days ago Oct 1, 2015, 4:10pm -
  • Increased Amex Offers! EveryDay Preferred 30k Points Bonus & Blue Cash Preferred $250 Bonus
    American Express just just increased higher sign-up bonuses on two popular everyday spending credit cards. Both offers are public and can be seen using an incognito or private browsing window. The Amex EveryDay Preferred now has a public offer of…
    - 5 days ago Oct 1, 2015, 1:43pm -
  • Did You Know: Booking An Award Ticket For Someone Else Using Singapore Miles
    Did You Know is a series highlighting some tips / tricks regarding earning miles, redeeming miles or in general saving money on your travels! Some of this information may be new to you while some may be a refresher. I recently transferred some Citi T…
    - 5 days ago Oct 1, 2015, 7:13am -
  • Citi ThankYou Points Transfer Times – Singapore Airlines
    I recently transferred my Citi ThankYou points for the first time therefore I figured I would report my latest findings. I initiated 2 transfers: Transferred 35,000 Citi TYPs on Friday September, 25 at 7:05 PM PST Transferred 25,000 Citi TYPs on Mond…
    - 5 days ago Oct 1, 2015, 7:09am -
  • Free 15,000 American Airlines Miles From Barclays
    I recently opened my mailbox and found a whole bunch of papers. As usual, it was filled with grocery coupons, fast food coupons, and other spam however there was one card which was from American Airlines. When I opened it, I was delighted to discover…
    - 5 days ago Oct 1, 2015, 7:00am -
  • Deal Alert: $100 Chevron Gift Card For $95. 1500 UR Points + $23.1 Profit!
    Act fast because right now you can get a $100 Chevron gift card for $95. While this doesn’t sound like much of a sale, the timing of this deal has the potential to be a money maker! I reported earlier about the 10% eBay bucks deal that is going on…
    - 7 days ago Sep 29, 2015, 7:55am -
  • Deal Alert: Possibly 25X On Gift Cards Bought On eBay!
    I received the following offer in my inbox, so chances are you did too! Look for the subject “Only for our VIPs—earn 5X eBay Bucks.” Here are the details   I’ve written in the past discussing all the reasons I love shopping on eBay, like ear…
    - 7 days ago Sep 29, 2015, 7:09am -
  • 5 Best Lightweight Packable Daypacks For Travel
    For many travel activities and outdoor activities like hiking, climbing etc. having a quality daypack to carry your daily gear is super valuable. There are hundreds of different types of daypacks available, but depending on your needs and style of…
    - 10 days ago Sep 26, 2015, 11:03am -


  • newANA Devalues Its Award Chart, Effective October 15, 2015
    ADVERTISER DISCLOSURE (click for more info) ANA is devaluing its award charts for bookings made October 15, 2015 or later. This is all the notice they’ve given. (Hat tip @saianel on Twitter.) To beat the devaluation, book by October 14 for travel t…
    - 12 hours ago Oct 6, 2015, 3:53am -
  • newCheapest LifeMiles Ever + LifeMiles Award Sale = $699 Business Class to Europe, $567 to Brazil
    ADVERTISER DISCLOSURE (click for more info) Avianca LifeMiles and InsideFlyer are offering a 150% bonus on purchased miles through October 12, 2015. You must buy 100,000 to 150,000 LifeMiles (pre-bonus) during the sale at a minimum cost of $3,300…
    - 20 hours ago Oct 5, 2015, 8:03pm -
  • Top 10 Travel Credit Cards October 2015
    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 vis…
    - 1 day ago Oct 5, 2015, 7:04am -
  • Alaska Airlines Miles Can Book Some Off Peak American Airlines Awards at Off Peak Prices
    ADVERTISER DISCLOSURE (click for more info) American Airlines off peak awards are one of the best deals with miles. For between two and seven months a year, American Airlines miles can book discounted economy awards from the United States to (one wa…
    - 1 day ago Oct 5, 2015, 7:03am -
  • Alaska Miles Cannot Book AeroMexico Awards at the Moment
    ADVERTISER DISCLOSURE (click for more info) On, the following message appears: AeroMexico is a SkyTeam member. Including seasonal destinations, AeroMexico serves 13 American destinations from Mexico City. From Mexico City, you can conn…
    - 1 day ago Oct 5, 2015, 5:45am -
  • Trick: How to Load the Old (Better for Award Searching)
    ADVERTISER DISCLOSURE (click for more info) I covered two months ago why the new stinks for award searching. My biggest complaint is that even if you specify a “nonstop only” search, the search calendar does not show you nonstop only r…
    - 4 days ago Oct 2, 2015, 4:07pm -
  • 65 Free Award Wallet Upgrade Codes
    ADVERTISER DISCLOSURE (click for more info) New codes at 12:08 PM ET 10/2/15 Enjoy one of these 65 free upgrade codes to six months of Award Wallet Plus. Award Wallet is the free way I track my 33 miles and points balances and store my login infor…
    - 4 days ago Oct 2, 2015, 3:08pm -
  • Great Award Space to Rio de Janeiro for Carnaval 2016 and Olympics
    ADVERTISER DISCLOSURE (click for more info) To anyone who will listen, I say that you should not expect to use your miles at peak times on high demand routes. Airlines use miles to get rid of distressed inventory–seats they don’t expect to sell.…
    - 4 days ago Oct 2, 2015, 7:04am -
  • Trip Report: Emirates First Class Lounge Dubai
    ADVERTISER DISCLOSURE (click for more info) Trip Report Index Emirates Lounge Zurich Emirates A380 First Class from Zurich to Dubai Emirates First Class Lounge Dubai Emirates A380 First Class from Dubai to Houston After my stopover in Dubai, I had a…
    - 5 days ago Oct 1, 2015, 9:19am -
  • Will American Airlines Open Up Award Space If You Just Ask
    ADVERTISER DISCLOSURE (click for more info) The Points Guy and View from the Wing have reported success asking American Airlines to open up award space in two circumstances: to complete a party and to complete an award. “To complete a party” is…
    - 5 days ago Oct 1, 2015, 9:09am -

Frequent Flier

  • newBest Western Rewards Changes Are Encouraging
    Less than a week ago, I characterized Best Western Rewards as a “conservative and underutilized loyalty program.” Today, it’s still a conservative program. But with two just-announced changes, it’s a bit less so. And the very fact that the co…
    - 21 hours ago Oct 5, 2015, 7:31pm -
  • newWin an Alaska Cruise for 2
    Enter the Holland America “Best of Alaska” sweepstakes by March 31, 2016, for a chance to win the grand prize: a 10-day Holland America Line Alaska Denali Land+Sea Journey trip, including a seven-day cruise, overnight stays in Denali and Fairbank…
    - 23 hours ago Oct 5, 2015, 4:56pm -
  • How to choose, Announce the Oughout. Ohydrates. Higher education Major
    Picking an essential ended up being essentially the most hard, yet fascinating, options I had created to create within college or university. As an global scholar, I stumbled upon this procedure specifically not really acquainted since important proc…
    - 1 day ago Oct 5, 2015, 11:56am -
  • Weekly Recap: The Unfriendly Skies, Redeeming Miles for BMWs, & More
    Following is our regular summary of the latest travel news and best frequent traveler promotions reviewed during the past week. If it was a good deal—or a notably bad deal—from an airline, hotel, or car rental loyalty program, you can ... Read Mo…
    - 3 days ago Oct 3, 2015, 3:23pm -
  • Earn 15,000 Bonus Points for 1 Park Inn Stay
    In recent years, Club Carlson promotions have been among the standouts among special offers from the major hotel chains. The latest is no exception. Offer Details Through December 31, Club Carlson members can earn 15,000 bonus points for one eligible…
    - 4 days ago Oct 2, 2015, 4:06pm -
  • Best Western to Launch Spiffy New Boutique Hotel Brand
    With a network of more than 4,100 hotels, Best Western is among the largest of the major hotel chains. But due to a combination of general corporate passivity and a conservative and underutilized loyalty program, the company gets less attention ... R…
    - 5 days ago Oct 1, 2015, 6:55pm -
  • United’s New CEO: Yes, We Suck
    The friendly skies, it turns out, weren’t so friendly after all. Today, in full-page ads in a handful of major newspapers, United’s new CEO, Oscar Munoz, admitted that “the journey hasn’t always been smooth.” And on, a new…
    - 5 days ago Oct 1, 2015, 4:53pm -
  • Free Netflix on Virgin America Flights
    Can’t live without your Netflix? If you’re flying on Virgin America, you won’t have to. Through March 2, 2016, passengers on Virgin America’s ViaSat WiFi-equipped planes can enjoy no-cost streaming access to the entire Netflix library, includ…
    - 6 days ago Sep 30, 2015, 6:14pm -
  • Yes, You Can Redeem Your Frequent-Flyer Miles for a BMW
    Much is made of the currency-like qualities of loyalty points. Just like dollars or yen, you can earn them, and you can spend them. They have value. And that value is subject to erosion, from inflation. But just how far ... Read More
    - 6 days ago Sep 30, 2015, 4:18pm -
  • Here’s How Well You Grow to be an Expert
    Prefer to be a pro? It doesn’t make a difference exactly what the content is, the key for developing proficiency is the same. My a great deal of very own enjoy and looking at pupils convinces me of an studying ... Read More
    - 6 days ago Sep 30, 2015, 1:14pm -

Travel is Free

  • The REAL Details On The New Amtrak Card
    Despite the terms and conditions for the BOA Amtrak car […]The post The REAL Details On The New Amtrak Card appeared first on Travel is Free.
    - 2 days ago Oct 4, 2015, 1:02pm -
  • 47 Days of Hotels in Egypt for $0
    We decided to take advantage of all the cheap points ho […]The post 47 Days of Hotels in Egypt for $0 appeared first on Travel is Free.
    - 6 days ago Sep 30, 2015, 5:33pm -
  • Round-The-World On Discount Airlines
    One day I started noticing how many cheap long haul fli […]The post Round-The-World On Discount Airlines appeared first on Travel is Free.
    - 13 days ago Sep 23, 2015, 7:07pm -
  • Making The Most Of The British Airways 100,000 Bonus
    The British Airways 100,000 Avios card is back, after a […]The post Making The Most Of The British Airways 100,000 Bonus appeared first on Travel is Free.
    - 14 days ago Sep 22, 2015, 4:03pm -

Frequent Flyer Bonuses

  • newAir Canada: Up to 10,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles on new flights to Dubai and Delhi
    Air Canada has released route launch bonuses for the upcoming new non-flights to Delhi and Dubai. The offer is essentially the same for both routes other than different first flight dates which of course correspond with the new flight launch dates…
    - 17 hours ago Oct 5, 2015, 11:11pm -
  • newTop 5 Flight Bonus Mile/Point Offers for October
    Here are our Top 5 Flight Bonus Mile/Point Offers for October!  This post is of course for bonuses for flying this month however many of these offers go beyond so don't count them out for flights you need to book past this month. If none of the…
    - 20 hours ago Oct 5, 2015, 8:17pm -
  • newTop 5 Hotel Stay Bonuses for Airline Programs this October
    Here are our Top 5 Hotel Stay Bonus Airline Mile/Point offers for October! This post is for bonuses that you credit to an airline frequent flyer program. Many of these offers go beyond this month so don't count them out for stays you're book pa…
    - 20 hours ago Oct 5, 2015, 8:13pm -
  • newTop 5 Hotel Stay Bonus Point offers for October
    Here are our Top Hotel Stay Bonuses for October!  These are for stays that you credit to a hotel frequent guest program. Many of these offers go beyond this month so don't count them out for stays you're book past this monthIf none of the offers…
    - 20 hours ago Oct 5, 2015, 7:52pm -
  • newTop 5 Car Rental Bonus Mile/Point offers for October
    Here are our Top Car Rental Bonuses for October!  Many of these offers go beyond this month so don't count them out for rentals you need to book further down the road!  Keep in mind sometimes the rates paid for some of these offers may cost mo…
    - 20 hours ago Oct 5, 2015, 7:49pm -
  • newDouble Orbucks on all flights booked with Orbitz
    Orbitz Rewards is celebrating their 2nd birthday by offering double Orbucks for all flights booked with them! If you need to book some flights and Orbitz meets your needs (ie price is the same as other sites) then you should book by October 25th!Offe…
    - 23 hours ago Oct 5, 2015, 5:03pm -
  • newOctober 5 Bonus Offer Highlight: American AAdvantage - 20% Bonus Miles when you convert Marriott Rewards Points
    Another day with lots of great bonuses! Always a nice way to start a week. A few of these new bonuses could easily be the bonus offer highlight but we give it to the second Marriott Rewards transfer bonus we posted in a week. This one is for membe…
    - 23 hours ago Oct 5, 2015, 4:41pm -
  • Le Club accorhotels: 4x Points for stays at new hotels Worldwide
    As we see on a monthly basis now, Le Club accorhotels has released the 4x bonus points offer for stays at their new locations. This latest set has offers for new hotels in over 15 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.Offer Details4X Le Club…
    - 1 day ago Oct 5, 2015, 3:56pm -
  • Bonus Offer Picks of the Week: September 28 - October 4, 2015
    Last week saw 91 new offers added to FFB from 34 different airline, hotel and coalition programs. From those offers these are FFB's Picks of the Week:Bonus Offer for FlyingFinnair Plus - Double Plus Points on all Finnair flights Worldwide. More..…
    - 1 day ago Oct 5, 2015, 3:13pm -
  • Bonus Page Updates: September 28 - October 4, 2015
    The following 34 programs had new offers added to them over the last week on FFB:October 2Air Canada / AeroplanAlitalia MilleMigliaAmtrak Guest RewardsBinter Canarias BinterMas British Airways Executive Club Carlson Hotels Club Carlson Cathay Pacifi…
    - 1 day ago Oct 5, 2015, 12:46pm -

Million Mile Secrets

Nomadic Matt

  • How to Travel Switzerland on a Budget
    Switzerland conjures up many images. On one side, there are majestic mountains, delicious fondue and chocolate, big banks sheltering people’s money, precision watches, and an orderly society. On the other, heart attack–inducing prices: $8 USD cof…
    - 1 day ago Oct 5, 2015, 1:00pm -
  • How to Take the Perfect Photo: Advanced Techniques
    Today, professional photographer Laurence Norah of Finding the Universe, continues his five part series on taking better travel photos. Photographs are an important part of the travel experience and with so many of you being budding photographers, La…
    - 5 days ago Oct 1, 2015, 1:00pm -
  • From Pencils to Planes: An Update on FLYTE
    In July, I launched a new charitable foundation called The Foundation for Learning and Youth Travel Education (FLYTE) to raise money for high schools in rural and low-income communities so that they may send their students on international educationa…
    - 8 days ago Sep 28, 2015, 1:00pm -
  • 9 Ways to Stay Safe (and Sane) in Morocco
    Wandering around the Fez medina, I could feel the stares. “Where are you going? Want to go to the tanneries? I’ll take you. No money. Don’t worry!” the medina’s faux guides said as they chased me down the street. “No, I’m fine,” I’d…
    - 12 days ago Sep 24, 2015, 12:26pm -
  • Conquering Mountains: A Guide to Solo Female Travel
    From Matt: For close to a year, Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse has been writing a monthly column on solo female travel for this website. She’s covered WWOOFing in South Africa, hitchhiking in China, safety tips, what to tell naysayers, and mu…
    - 15 days ago Sep 21, 2015, 1:00pm -
  • 11 Reasons Why I Fell in Love With Morocco
    Visiting Morocco has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember. I’ve always wanted to ride a camel, see the desert, explore maze-like medinas, and drink tea with Berbers. As I stood overlooking the Sahara one morning, marveling at the rhyt…
    - 19 days ago Sep 17, 2015, 12:23pm -
  • A Traveler’s Manifesto: Travel Rules to Live By
    As travelers of the world, we have a unique opportunity to break down barriers, foster cultural exchange, and create a positive impact on communities around the world. We can banish stereotypes of our own cultures, stimulate the local economy, and br…
    - 22 days ago Sep 14, 2015, 3:18pm -
  • How to Visit Sunny Chernobyl
    A few months ago, I read the book Visit Sunny Chernobyl by Andrew Blackwell, about the worst’s biggest garbage-ridden and polluted places. It’s like the anti-travel guide. It’s about all the places a traveler wouldn’t go, the ugly places we o…
    - 26 days ago Sep 10, 2015, 1:12pm -
  • HK Austin: The Best Hostel in Austin
    Of all the things I’ve done in my travels, nothing holds a higher place in my heart than the month I spent on the Thai island of Ko Lipe in 2006. Lounging on beaches, snorkeling, and playing backgammon by day and eating fish and gazing at stars at…
    - 28 days ago Sep 8, 2015, 1:00pm -
  • Camera Gear: How to Not End Up With the Wrong Equipment
    Today, professional photographer Laurence Norah of Finding the Universe, continues his five part series on taking better travel photos. Many of you are looking to improve your photography so Laurence is here to help us do just that. Part one in the s…
    - 33 days ago Sep 3, 2015, 1:00pm -

The Hustle Blog

  • 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…
    - 39 days ago 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…
    - 76 days ago 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.…
    - 97 days ago 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 -
  • British Airways Avios Devaluation
    The biggest news going around the travel blogosphere lately is one we’re sadly all too familiar with… devaluation. British Airways announced some pricey changes to their loyalty program that will take effect April 28, 2015. The last time they cha…
    - Jan 30, 2015, 12:00pm -
  • Evolve Money Changes Terms for Discover Cards
    There have been a lot of changes going on with Evolve Money lately. First, I wrote about how they were a great way to pay for bills or loans that you can’t normally pay for with credit or gift cards. Then, they announced great news that we could us…
    - Dec 24, 2014, 5:34pm -
  • Chase Freedom 2015 Bonus Categories Announced
    While we’re all busy trying to hit the $1,500 in spend for this quarter’s bonus categories, Chase has announced all the bonus categories for 2015. January – March Grocery stores Movie theaters Starbucks April – June Restaurants Bed Bath & Bey…
    - Dec 10, 2014, 12:00pm -


Johnny Jet

  • newTravel Tip of the Day: Don’t Get Close to Bison at Yellowstone
    Don’t Get Close to Bison at Yellowstone I just returned from an epic roadtrip from Bozeman, Montana to Jackson, Wyoming in Ford’s new Explorer Platinum—which took me, for the first time, to Yellowstone National Park. I can’t believe I waite…
    - 11 mins ago Oct 6, 2015, 4:00pm -
  • newTravel Webcam of the Week: Porto Webcams

    - 17 hours ago Oct 5, 2015, 11:37pm -
  • newTravel Instagrammer of the Week: Sam Horine
    Like this feature? Check out past Travel Instagrammer of the Week posts, Travel Tweeter of the Week posts and Travel Webcam of the Week posts! Sam Horine (samhorine) Sam Horine is a photographer based in New York City who teaches classes at NY…
    - 18 hours ago Oct 5, 2015, 10:24pm -
  • newTravel Tweeter of the Week: FlyerTalk
    Like this feature? Check out past Travel Tweeter of the Week posts, Travel Instagrammer of the Week posts and Travel Webcam of the Week posts! FlyerTalk (@FlyerTalk) Most travel junkies are familiar with FlyerTalk’s message boards, home of the…
    - 19 hours ago Oct 5, 2015, 9:23pm -
  • newCalgary Stampede in Style, Part 5: Final Roundup
    This is the third part in Trishna Patel’s five-part series on the Calgary Stampede. Check out the series homepage here, the first part here, the second part here, the third part here, and the fourth part here, and tune in on Monday for more on…
    - 24 hours ago Oct 5, 2015, 4:30pm -
  • Travel Tip of the Day: Don’t Resist If You’re Held Up
    Don’t Resist If You’re Held Up About a week ago, an American tourist was killed in Medellín, Colombia after being held up. As written by the Daily Mail, the man’s taxi was intercepted after he’d departed from his hotel—located in “one of…
    - 1 day ago Oct 5, 2015, 4:00pm -
  • Travel Style: Robert Rose
    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: Robert Rose Occupation: Producer & Host of Raw Travel…
    - 1 day ago Oct 5, 2015, 1:00pm -
  • Win a 6-Day Trip for Two Plus Airfare to Suzhou, China!
    When you think of China, what comes to mind? The Great Wall? Beijing? The Terracotta Warriors? How about Suzhou? As both a culture and a travel destination, China is insanely rich in resources, to the extent that UNESCO-recognized gems like Suzhou…
    - 1 day ago Oct 5, 2015, 1:00pm -
  • Reader Travel Tip of the Day: Hit the Cleaners Before Packing
    Hit the Cleaners Before Packing Each Friday, we’re featuring a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from reader Judi L. from Lake Forest, IL, who says: “If you hate to pack as much as I do, give yourself enou…
    - 4 days ago Oct 2, 2015, 4:00pm -
  • Calgary Stampede in Style, Part 4: Where to Stay
    This is the third part in Trishna Patel’s five-part series on the Calgary Stampede. Check out the series homepage here, the first part here, the second part here, the third part here, and the final part here. When I told local friends I was stay…
    - 4 days ago Oct 2, 2015, 2:00pm -

Doctor of Credit

Hustler Money Blog

Travel Codex

  • newPossible Changes Coming to Marriott Rewards
    I just published an article this morning about how true inside scoops rarely happen, and then View from the Wing got a scoop. But Gary’s usually an exception to the rule. 😉 According to Gary, unidentified sources (who may or may not work for Ma…
    - 34 mins ago Oct 6, 2015, 3:37pm -
  • newHow Do Bloggers Learn about Promotions and Program Changes?
    Travel blogging is a competitive industry — and not just among the bloggers. Readers will send in emails, and forum users will publish the latest news in new threads. When people ask me how I learned about a new promotion or a change in the terms a…
    - 3 hours ago Oct 6, 2015, 1:30pm -
  • newToday’s Your Last Chance for a 40% Bonus on Alaska Airlines Miles
    I wrote last month about a great promotion from Alaska Airlines that provides a 40% bonus when you purchase miles by October 6. That date is now here, so this could be the last opportunity for a while to take advantage such a deal. 20% bonus on pur…
    - 5 hours ago Oct 6, 2015, 11:05am -

Maximizing Money

  • newShipt Grocery Delivery Service $10 Referral Credits
    Shipt is a grocery delivery service that lets you select your groceries online or via the app, choose a delivery option, and checkout with ease for some-day service from local shoppers.The post Shipt Grocery Delivery Service $10 Referral Credits app…
    - 1 hour ago Oct 6, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • Northwest FCU 3.04% APY Dream Fund Certificate with Easy Membership
    You can get a 3-year Add-on Certificate with a 3.04% APY on a $10,000 minimum deposit for a limited time from Northwest Federal Credit Union with easy membership available.The post Northwest FCU 3.04% APY Dream Fund Certificate with Easy Membership…
    - 1 day ago Oct 5, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • Top Bonus Roundup on Maximizing Money: Updated October 4, 2015
    Check out this review of the best recent promotions on Maximizing Money, updated on October 4, 2015.1. $10 Promotional Code - Buy $50 in Amazon Gift Cards to get a $10 bonus promotional code.2. Chase Premier Plus Checking $300 Bonus Code…
    - 3 days ago Oct 3, 2015, 9:45am -
  • Ebates $10 Gift Card Bonus and $50 Tell-A-Friend Promotion
    The Ebates cash back shopping network is currently offering a $10 gift card bonus when you open a new account.Get your Ebates $10 Gift Card Bonus when you open a free Ebates account today.Plus, you can earn $50 when you refer 2 of your friends with…
    - 4 days ago Oct 2, 2015, 7:50pm -
  • PenFed Offers $100 Bonus for Promise Visa, Defender AMEX, Gold Visa and More Cards
    The Pentagon Federal Credit Union is offering a $100 statement credit after $1,500 in purchases within 3 months for various credit card accounts opened through October 31, 2015, plus anyone in the U.S. can qualify for PenFed membership.The post PenF…
    - 4 days ago Oct 2, 2015, 7:45pm -
  • Santander Bank $500 Business Checking and Merchant Services Bonus
    Open a Santander Bank merchant services account with a Business Checking Plus account to receive a $500 cash bonus through December 31, 2015.The post Santander Bank $500 Business Checking and Merchant Services Bonus appeared first on Maximizing Mone…
    - 4 days ago Oct 2, 2015, 7:37pm -
  • FirstBank $200 Free Checking Account Bonus Offer
    FirstBank is offering a $200 banking bonus for opening a FirstBank Personal Checking Account, valid for residents of qualified locations in Colorado, California, and Arizona.The post FirstBank $200 Free Checking Account Bonus Offer appeared first on…
    - 4 days ago Oct 2, 2015, 7:35pm -
  • First Tennessee Bank Promotions 2015 – Personal Checking and Money Market
    First Tennessee Bank offers a variety of new account promotions that provide from $100 to $200 in bonus cash for new customers who open accounts and meet the qualifications.First Tennessee Bank is available to residents of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia…
    - 4 days ago Oct 2, 2015, 7:30pm -
  • Free Redbox 1-Day DVD Rental with Email Confirmation
    Redbox will give you a free 1-day DVD rental just for confirming your email address when you sign up for their newsletter.The post Free Redbox 1-Day DVD Rental with Email Confirmation appeared first on Maximizing Money.
    - 4 days ago Oct 2, 2015, 7:28pm -
  • Citibank Checking Account up to 50,000 AAdvantage Miles Promotion
    Citibank is offering up to 50,000 American Airlines AAdvantage miles when you open a new Checking Account Package and complete qualifying debit card purchases and online bill payments, valid through December 31, 2015.The post Citibank Checking Accou…
    - 5 days ago Oct 1, 2015, 9:36pm -

Boarding Area

  • newWeekend Mileage Run to LA
    The wife and I are both Alaska MVG Gold 75K this year.  Me through status-matching my UA 1K status, her through BIS.  Yeah, she wasn’t too happy I took the easy route.  Anyway, this year is shaping up that I will easily qualify for Gold, but not…
    - 31 mins ago Oct 6, 2015, 3:40pm -
  • newPossible Changes Coming to Marriott Rewards
    I just published an article this morning about how true inside scoops rarely happen, and then View from the Wing got a scoop. But Gary’s usually an exception to the rule. 😉 According to Gary, unidentified sources (who may or may not work for Ma…
    - 34 mins ago Oct 6, 2015, 3:37pm -
  • newHundreds of Cities Available for Fewer American Miles!
    One way to save big on American Airline awards is by taking advantage of the American Airlines AAdvantage Reduced Mileage Awards that are available for Citibank and Barclaycard co-branded American Airlines cardholders.  These reduced mileage awards…
    - 48 mins ago Oct 6, 2015, 3:23pm -
  • newChipping and Dipping But Where Is My PIN?
    October 1 came and went, and the world did not spin off its axis. What am I talking about? The EMV liability shift, of course. Huh? October 1 was the day the fine folks at Visa and MasterCard declared that the USA would finally move to the Europay, M…
    - 56 mins ago Oct 6, 2015, 3:15pm -
  • new[Photo] Burned Bridges at Sunset in Maui
    I’m having trouble finding the mental bandwidth to post today, so I just wanted to share a photo that makes me happy. While staying in Hawaii in July, Mrs. Jeffsetter and I often drove past this boardwalk and animal preserve north of Kihei. Each ti…
    - 1 hour ago Oct 6, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • newBREAKING NEWS: Delta REMOVING seats on some jets. Extensive fleet modifications for Flight Attendants work space improvements.
    The SVP of in-flight services, Allison Ausband, today told Delta flight attendants that Delta is investing “millions of dollars” toward the improvements and fleet modifications that are starting today and will continue thorough 2018. Thanks to Re…
    - 1 hour ago Oct 6, 2015, 2:57pm -
  • newHilton Colombo Residence: The Japanese Penthouse
    In reviewing the Conrad Tokyo, I said that Hilton Gold is the best status abroad for the effort required to maintain it. The Hilton Colombo Residences is another reason why this is true. For 16,000 points and $82/night I had the three bedroom Japanes…
    - 1 hour ago Oct 6, 2015, 2:43pm -
  • new20% Bonus for Transferring Marriott Points to American Airline Miles
    Through October 31, 2015, you will receive a 20% bonus when you transfer your Marriott hotel points to American Airlines miles. Aside from Starwood, I typically think transferring miles from a hotel loyalty program to an airline program is a bad deal…
    - 2 hours ago Oct 6, 2015, 2:39pm -
  • newReview: Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse London Heathrow
    For the return flight I was flying from London to San Francisco on Virgin Atlantic's noon flight in Upper Class from London to San Francisco. I was actually flying home with Tiffany's 15 year old niece (Tiffany and her husband were staying in Europe,…
    - 2 hours ago Oct 6, 2015, 2:33pm -
  • newLooking Past The “Cheapest” Options Can Save You Money And Points!
    Even though you may default to looking at the cheapest options for booking travel, it can save you money to look at the more expensive options at time!The post Looking Past The “Cheapest” Options Can Save You Money And Points! appeared first on…
    - 2 hours ago Oct 6, 2015, 2:11pm -

Frequent Flyer Miles 101

  • newTravel Hacks 101 (One Could Save Your Marriage!)

    - 20 hours ago Oct 5, 2015, 8:18pm -
  • New launches: Inside Flyer, Facebook
    A few notes this week about my continuing movement toward the 21st century… Way back when, before there was this whole internet thing, the frequent flyer world belonged to a guy named Randy Petersen, who published a magazine called Inside Flyer. Si…
    - 2 days ago Oct 4, 2015, 6:44pm -
  • An Unusual Delta Promotion, AA Knows why I Fly and the World’s Largest Lodging Company?
    Delta and…Four Seasons? I guess it’s not the “Delta” part of the promotion that I just received, but rather, the Four Seasons part. While the upscale Four Seasons chain works with preferred partners to provide amenities to certain customers,…
    - 4 days ago Oct 2, 2015, 9:22pm -
  • News from the Industry: New Bag Fees, Progress on Integration, JetBlue Business Portal
    Amtrak joins the bag fee game   Well, it was good while it lasted. As of today, the company is going to start charging excess baggage fees on passengers who bring on excess luggage, which is defined as more than two bags and two personal items. Ther…
    - 5 days ago Oct 1, 2015, 9:09pm -
  • Three indulgent attractions around the world worth seeing
    I use a number of different sources on any given day to decide what I am going to write about, including the news, reader requests (I need more of those, by the way.) and, of course, the internet. One of my favorite sites is actually CNN travel. They…
    - 6 days ago Sep 30, 2015, 10:06pm -
  • Discover Card Bonus categories for Q4
    I try not to do too many credit card posts in a row, but Discover just released its fourth quarter bonus categories, and this one is always a money-maker. Nothing particularly complicated: In terms of simplicity, yesterday’s post was a 1, on a sca…
    - 7 days ago Sep 29, 2015, 9:23pm -
  • The best everyday credit card: Citi Double Cash
    Okay, that’s kind of an unfair title. There’s no such thing as a single credit card that is best for everyone. But, if you aren’t playing the game where you try to max out every category, it might just be easier to take a very good return on ev…
    - 8 days ago Sep 28, 2015, 1:53pm -
  • Alaska-Iceland Air partnership, and the last days of US Airways
    Alaska Air and Iceland Air have danced before, but they’re doing the tango now as they formalized a partnership that begins on October 1. The casual flyer might not be paying much attention to this combination, but it could have some great results…
    - 9 days ago Sep 27, 2015, 8:34pm -
  • Earn up to 150,000 Copa (Star Alliance) miles
    I don’t speak a lot about Copa, since I don’t have a lot of readers who fly it (It is hubbed in Panama City and connects a lot of north-south traffic.) but, in the tradition of LatinPass, it is offering 150,000 miles to fly to 10 new destinations…
    - 11 days ago Sep 25, 2015, 10:37pm -
  • Big American Airlines bonuses to Europe, increased Chase Ink bonus
    There are a couple of interesting bonuses out there now. Both involve a bit of work, but what kind of fun would it be if they just gave them to you? Actually, it would be a lot of fun, but the world doesn’t work that way. AA (and BA, which has a li…
    - 13 days ago Sep 24, 2015, 1:23am -

The Faraway Guide

  • Expedia Just Made An Under The Radar, Positive Change
    As a fan of points, typically I'd advise readers to book directly on the airline or hotel website. This is because booking with a third party - like Expedia - can negate beneficial parameters associated with...
    - 6 days ago Sep 30, 2015, 12:59pm -
  • Using Points & Miles To Visit Halong Bay, Vietnam
    Halong Bay, Vietnam is a mesmerizing place. As you sail through floating mountains, you get that unique sense of calm that only faraway places create. Located in the northeast corner of Vietnam...
    - 7 days ago Sep 29, 2015, 12:53pm -
  • 5% Cash Back At Amazon For Chase Freedom Cardholders
    Chase Freedom remains one of the best credit cards without an annual fee. The reason is simple: on top of 1% cash back on every purchase, Chase offers quarterly categories for 5% cash back. From October...
    - 8 days ago Sep 28, 2015, 12:53pm -
  • Last Chance: 75,000 Hilton Points & No Annual Fee With Citi Visa Signature
    There are only a couple days left to enjoy 75,000 Hilton bonus points with no annual fee. These points are available with the Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature card, the best no-fee hotel card currently...
    - 9 days ago Sep 27, 2015, 1:52pm -
  • Using Points To Visit Seoul, South Korea
    One of my favorite cities in all of Asia is Seoul, South Korea. The place was a shock to my senses: 600-year-old villages intermingle with organic restaurants, street vendors and retail stores are swarmed by...
    - 14 days ago Sep 22, 2015, 12:54pm -
  • Citi AA Platinum Card Eliminating Foreign Transaction Fees
    As a frequent American Airlines traveler, one of my favorite cards is the Citi AA Platinum. It has a waived annual fee in the first year and offers 50,000 bonus miles upon sign up, among other...
    - 15 days ago Sep 21, 2015, 12:13pm -
  • Deal Alert: $99 One Way Boston To Iceland
    WOW Air is offering an incredible deal to Iceland and a handful of other European cities, mainly departing from the northeast of the United States. $99 is the lowest fee to get there, while the...
    - 18 days ago Sep 18, 2015, 12:57pm -
  • Using Points To Visit Valparaiso, Chile
    Valparaiso, Chile is the capital of cool - the rooftop views and vibrant energy gave me that unique sense of being in a faraway place. With maybe the best street art in the world, it fascinates me that...
    - 21 days ago Sep 15, 2015, 12:47pm -
  • Increased 50,000 Bonus Miles With Chase Southwest
    Chase has doubled the offer for the Southwest Rapid Rewards card, now at 50,000 bonus miles after $2,000 in spend. Southwest is one of the most popular airlines in the country, so this immediately...
    - 22 days ago Sep 14, 2015, 12:36pm -
  • Deal Alert: $106 Round Trip New York To Miami
    Flyers from the United States northeast are continuing to get positive travel news. American Airlines is offering extreme discounts for flights to Miami across a wide range of origins, including New York...
    - 25 days ago Sep 11, 2015, 12:58pm -

milepoint (Forums)

  • newThe Community Lounge - Good m/a/e everybody - enjoy your stay with us.
    Good morning/afternoon/evening (m/a/e) everyone - welcome to MilePoint and the community lounge, don't be a stranger, please join in the conversation or just to say.....English - "hello"Arabic -...The Community Lounge - Good m/a/e everybody - enjoy y…
    - 1 min ago Oct 6, 2015, 4:10pm -
  • newTeh Penalty Box
    I think it's time for a new Box thread that works. So, here goes.
    - 1 min ago Oct 6, 2015, 4:10pm -
  • newUPGRD Waitlinst - Yes, you're on/No, you're not
    This isn't a big deal since I just called to remove myself from the upgrade wait list for some upcoming flights, but I found the conversation a bit confusing. Stuff happens, and I'm not upset, but it is strange and doesn't build confidence.I booked…
    - 5 mins ago Oct 6, 2015, 4:06pm -
  • 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:
    - 18 mins ago Oct 6, 2015, 3:53pm -
  • newWheeler's Coffee, Love Lane, George Town, Penang, Malaysia [REVIEW:PHOTOS]
    July 2015, Our afternoon visitWhile exploring George Town we were also in Love Lane and stopped for a break at Wheeler’s. Penang is famous for excellent cuisine and good coffee.The shop is quaint and easily identifiable because the entrance is de…
    - 19 mins ago Oct 6, 2015, 3:52pm -
  • newFavorite Ways to Make Minimum Spend?
    I just got my first card with a big fat points bonus if I spend $3000 in the first 3 months. I was really hoping I'd be able to find a way to pay my rent with my credit card without getting charged a fee, but alas, my efforts were in vain. A couple f…
    - 23 mins ago Oct 6, 2015, 3:48pm -
  • newLifeMiles/Inside Flyer deal issue
    Hi guys,Not sure if it's right place to post it, however I keep getting (and not only me, apparently looking at different sites) problem with getting the 150% LifeMiles/IF promotion miles.I had a LifeMiles account before and registered at IF yester…
    - 42 mins ago Oct 6, 2015, 3:29pm -
    As I virtually live in this airport, please feel free to ask me anything you like by PM or posted here.I spend at least 10 hrs a weeks wandering about it..Marc.
    - 1 hour ago Oct 6, 2015, 2:43pm -
  • newAgoda Visa Discount Wednesdays are Back! Visa cardholders: mark your calendars and prepare to book some travels. Visa and are back with the Visa Wednesdays promotion, turning Hump Day into discount day for hotel bookings!The offer allows a…
    - 3 hours ago Oct 6, 2015, 12:44pm -
  • newKnee Defender
    Just curious how many choose to lean back while sitting in economy? I for one would never do that out of respect for the person behind me and greatly reducing their space even when others do it to me. I have had two laptops who's screens were damaged…
    - 4 hours ago Oct 6, 2015, 12:21pm -

Flyertalk MilesBuzz

  • newAirbus designs mezzanine to seat plane passengers on top of each other
    airbus designs mezzanine to seat plane passengers on top of each other... That will be an interesting experience!
    - 23 mins ago Oct 6, 2015, 3:48pm -
  • newNeed BA help with Disability seating ASAP
    Hi all, ive been pointed here by a couple of people i know who use this forum as it has some BA staff who actively look across the boards - Admin - please feel free to move this if its in the wrong section. i am due to fly from Gatwick on friday.…
    - 24 mins ago Oct 6, 2015, 3:47pm -
  • newTSA PRE and Global Services at EWR
    Who is in charge of the lines at the TSA security checkpoints? How does United get away with having a door that opens directly at the front of the line for Global Services people? Yesterday at least 15 came out and got at the front of the line...
    - 24 mins ago Oct 6, 2015, 3:47pm -
  • newUnited co-Pilot passes out
    Not unheard of, but interesting after the unfortunate AA pilot death.
    - 27 mins ago Oct 6, 2015, 3:44pm -
  • newDCA-JFK-YVR Min Connection Time?
    Hi all, Trying to book DCA-JFK-YVR on AA/CX and the agent (who was very helpful), got through to ticketing but said the connection time is too short. The best info I have says the minimum connection time domestic-international at JFK is 1:15,...
    - 27 mins ago Oct 6, 2015, 3:44pm -
  • newReview Test
    Introduction This is a test. Test Section This is a test.
    - 29 mins ago Oct 6, 2015, 3:42pm -
  • newUpgraded then Downgraded?
    So I applied one of my regional upgrade certificates to a return flight from LAS to ATL. Right before boarding I was upgraded to first class. After about 5-10 minutes of being on the plane I was informed by the staff that a mistake was made and that.…
    - 33 mins ago Oct 6, 2015, 3:38pm -
  • newAircraft seating config.
    I flew back from PRG last night on G-EUUA,I last flew in this aircraft in March,I was then in seat 33A last seat at the back,last night I was in 28A again the last seat at the back,so,has BA altered the seating to LESS seats?I can't work it...
    - 35 mins ago Oct 6, 2015, 3:36pm -
  • newDL: $1500 voucher, looking to maximize MQMs
    Long time lurker, first time caller here... I have a $1500 voucher that expires this year, and I'm looking to book something out of ATL to maximize the amount of MQMs I earn by using it. Travel dates could be 2015, but would prefer 2016. I'm...
    - 39 mins ago Oct 6, 2015, 3:32pm -
  • newCtrip: 8% off discount on group/private China tours paid with a Visa card
    Book a tour (group or private) in China on the Ctrip English website ( and you will receive an 8% off discount if you pay with your Visa card. A month after the tour, you will also be e-mailed coupons which you can...
    - 56 mins ago Oct 6, 2015, 3:15pm -

Reddit r/churning

  • newDowngrade CSP to Freedom Question
    So i have both the CSP and the Ink +. I think the Ink is more valuable for the 5x at office supply stores. My girlfriend has the CSP as well so we can use that for dining out. If I call to downgrade to the Freedom, do they run another hard pull? sub…
    - 23 mins ago Oct 6, 2015, 3:48pm -
  • newAMEX Premier Rewards Gold Card 50k MR points for $1k spend in 3 months
    Not sure why this isn't #1 right now on all the best-card-lists. Some churners value MR points at $0.02/point, and therefore this is a $1k bonus. I value them at a more conservative $0.01/point. Please correct me if I'm wrong, still learning! Thanks!…
    - 29 mins ago Oct 6, 2015, 3:42pm -
  • newCitigold checking account min spend
    Can I just use venmo, send 1k to a friend and then have them send it back to me? I am trying to get the 1k spend in the first 60 days to get the 50k AA points There is no fee on vemo for the Citi Debit Card submitted by vtcapsfan [link] [4 comment…
    - 1 hour ago Oct 6, 2015, 3:05pm -
  • new[Not churning] Chase now reporting Authorized Users in Credit Report
    My wife has been my AU on my CSP for about 1.5 years now. It hadn't ever shown up on her CR till now. Today I updated her CK profile, and it shows up, with the complete history of payments and marking her as an AU. Good for her credit score, since th…
    - 1 hour ago Oct 6, 2015, 2:49pm -
  • newHow do I use a portal for an item in auction on ebay?
    I should have asked this yesterday on the moronic Monday thread but this just dawned on me. If I wanted to take advantage of portal offering a % cash back on ebay purchases, how would I do this if an item was on auction? Thanks! submitted by lola…
    - 1 hour ago Oct 6, 2015, 2:48pm -
  • newAnyway to get Cash Back for Staples VGCs?
    I been buying a lot of VGCs on Staples via various cash back portals and none of them seems to work. The orders either don't track at all or shows up as $0.00. I know all of the portals have that gift card language but they never used to enforce it.…
    - 3 hours ago Oct 6, 2015, 1:21pm -
  • newAmex Offer - $10 back on $200 gift card
    Get a one-time $10 statement credit by using your enrolled Card to spend a total of $200 or more online at by 12/31/2015. See terms for exclusions. submitted by boxofducks [link] [3 comments]
    - 4 hours ago Oct 6, 2015, 12:11pm -
  • newTravel Agent Tuesday - Week of October 06, 2015
    Welcome to Travel Agent Tuesday at /r/churning! This is for those of you who have churned/MS'ed your way to X amount of points and are now close to redeeming them. As always read the wiki and look at the Award Charts listed on the side bar. Info requ…
    - 4 hours ago Oct 6, 2015, 12:03pm -
  • newRecon Vs. wait: combining hard pulls on the same day or just wait it out
    Today I did an app-o-rama as I have not done one since July. It seems that I'm in an in-between point with my credit reports. Background: Credit score is 673 (FICO) and 680-something for vanguard (credit reports are clear except for one zombie debt…
    - 6 hours ago Oct 6, 2015, 10:33am -
  • newDo MPX Amazon purchases get 5% on the Freedom card?
    Anybody know if the Chase Freedom gives 5% for Amazon purchases made via the Mileage Plus X app (MPX*Amazon)? submitted by KiddKaffeine [link] [8 comments]
    - 7 hours ago Oct 6, 2015, 9:13am -

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