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The Points Guy

  • newSpread the Word, TPG is Looking for Paid Summer Interns
    As ThePointsGuy.com continues to grow I’ve learned that much of our success is due to having many hands on deck. Next week we are welcoming our first ever Editor in Chief, Zach Honig, and would also like to bring on a few summer interns t…
    - 6 hours ago Apr 24, 2015, 7:40pm -
  • newSexy Summer Getaways for Grown-Ups
    Are you a grown-up? Do you love summer? Well, then you’re going to love TPG Contributor Christine Cantera‘s picks for destinations that won’t be overrun with families looking to entertain their kids…while you’re just hoping for so…
    - 7 hours ago Apr 24, 2015, 6:59pm -
  • newParty in Las Vegas, Dine In Tuscany, Relax In Hawaii
    Check out this week’s travel contests and sweepstakes to try your hand at winning a group villa vacation in Mexico, a foodie trip to Tuscany, a weekend in Walla Walla, Washington, a family getaway to Hawaii, or a glam trip to Las Vegas. Wi…
    - 8 hours ago Apr 24, 2015, 6:29pm -
  • newSave up to 25% with Starwood Buy Points Promo
    From now through May 31, 2015, you can purchase Starwood Preferred Guest points at up to a 25% discount with the new SPG buy points promo. As with recent buy points promotions, this one is tiered to provide a greater discount when you…
    - 8 hours ago Apr 24, 2015, 5:59pm -
  • new4 Things I Can’t Wait To Do With My Apple Watch
    Today’s the day—Apple Watch is here! But only if you pre-ordered it, like I did: my $699 model, the 42mm Stainless Steel Case with Black Classic Buckle, is supposed to come sometime between today and May 8. Some people say “the A…
    - 10 hours ago Apr 24, 2015, 3:59pm -
  • newWhat Are Points & Miles Worth? April Monthly Valuations
    You can view all posts in the Monthly Valuation Series here. One of the questions I’m asked most often is “how much is a point or mile worth?” That question varies from person to person and depends on how well you can maximize a pa…
    - 11 hours ago Apr 24, 2015, 2:59pm -
  • newHow to Book Award Travel to Buenos Aires
    TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen has put together guides for using miles to get to Tokyo, Sydney and Istanbul. This week, he shares insights on how to get to one of South America’s most popular destinations, Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires is…
    - 12 hours ago Apr 24, 2015, 1:59pm -
  • newUsing Points and Miles to Book Award Travel for Others
    Some of my favorite awards have been the ones I booked for other people, like taking my mom to Easter Island a few years ago, or treating my dad to a VIP experience at a Knicks game with Starpoints last year. Today, TPG Senior Points &…
    - 14 hours ago Apr 24, 2015, 12:08pm -
  • Thursday Giveaway: Five $100 iTunes Gift Cards
    For this week’s Thursday Giveaway, we are giving away five $100 iTunes Gift Cards, in celebration of the new Apple Watch, which is available for purchase Friday, April 24th. With these iTunes gift cards, you’ll be able to purchase ton…
    - 1 day ago Apr 23, 2015, 8:29pm -
  • Earn a New Smartphone with the AT&T Access More Card
    Citi has just launched an impressive new offer for the AT&T Access More Card. While this card is part of the ThankYou Rewards program, the sign-up bonus doesn’t come in the form of points. Instead, Citi is offering the opportunity to…
    - 1 day ago Apr 23, 2015, 7:50pm -

Frugal Travel Guy

  • new5 Reasons to Invest in SPG Points
    Starwood Preferred Guests is one of the most valuable hotel rewards currencies. While Starpoints are somewhat difficult to accrue, they can go quite a long way whether you want to use them for hotel stays or airline award redemptions. Here are five r…
    - 3 hours ago Apr 24, 2015, 11:00pm -
  • newHead to Head: Citi ThankYou Premier Versus Citi Prestige
    We’ve compared the Chase Sapphire Preferred to both of these cards, but with improved offers on, it is time to pit the Citi ThankYou Premier and the Citi Prestige card against one another. This is the first time we’ve done a head to head compari…
    - 6 hours ago Apr 24, 2015, 8:00pm -
  • newGet a Free iPhone 6 With the AT&T Access More Card From Citi!
    Citi has taken points and miles credit card lovers to a new level in the past month. Both the Citi ThankYou Premier and the Citi Prestige card offer fantastic 50,000-point bonus offers and you can get them both! Now Citi is upping their game again…
    - 9 hours ago Apr 24, 2015, 5:22pm -
  • newMy Top Picks for Hilton Free Night Certificates
    As I mentioned last week, I recently signed up for the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card. Although it’s been on my radar for a while, the $100 statement credit for any Hilton purchase currently being offered was enough to push me over the edge. The…
    - 18 hours ago Apr 24, 2015, 8:00am -
  • Would Would You Do: Sweat in a Suite or Downgrade?
    It is amazing the number of stories you can tell when you are actually traveling. After five days in Europe, I feel like I could already write a book about all of our experiences, both positive and negative. I will start with our air conditioning (A/…
    - 1 day ago Apr 24, 2015, 12:00am -
  • Never Waste a Mile Again: Three Rules to Maintain Point Balances
    The story you are about to read is (unfortunately) true. The situations may have been changed to protect the innocent. The facts and circumstances, however, I’m afraid I cannot make up. One of my dearest friends in this world is a fellow travel afi…
    - 1 day ago Apr 23, 2015, 11:00pm -
  • Flexible Points to Book an Asian Honeymoon
    I know Miguel loves it when he works with a client at PMMTravelConsulting and is able to get them a great award itinerary booked. The feeling of obtaining a fantastic deal and knowing the person traveling is going to have the time of your life never…
    - 1 day ago Apr 23, 2015, 8:00pm -
  • Award Booking Tales: How a $250 Investment Can Save You Over $1,000
    Back in January, I received a request from a client who already had an American Airlines award to Europe on hold. The problem with the award was that it included $2,000 in fuel surcharges, taxes and fees, as the two-passenger business class itinerary…
    - 1 day ago Apr 23, 2015, 6:00pm -
  • The Best Credit Card From Each Issuer
    I’m frequently asked, “What one credit card should I get?” To which my response usually is, “It depends.” If I had to pick one card as my favorite, it would be the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express, but in reality,…
    - 2 days ago Apr 23, 2015, 8:00am -
  • Target REDcard Loading Strategy for the Entire Family
    There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think of points and airline miles. The problem is that my family doesn’t have that same passion. They think about hotel points and airline miles about 30 seconds after they decide about a trip they wa…
    - 2 days ago Apr 22, 2015, 11:00pm -

One Mile at a Time

  • newThings You Only Hear On A Flight From Florida To Texas…
    You can't make this stuff up... Boarding a flight from Tampa to Dallas this afternoon, the guy in front of me popped his head into the cockpit. The first officer (a female) was seated in the right seat, and the left seat was empty (the captain was do…
    - 3 hours ago Apr 24, 2015, 11:33pm -
  • newList Of IHG Rewards Club Hotels Changing Category May 1, 2015
    Early last week I wrote about IHG Rewards Club's sneaky announcement about some hotel category changes they're making, which kick in for bookings as of May 1, 2015. They buried these changes in the bottom of the frequently asked questions about some…
    - 4 hours ago Apr 24, 2015, 10:03pm -
  • newAvoiding The BankDirect Monthly Account Service Fee
    Last month I analyzed the BankDirect Mileage Checking account and how it can be a lucrative way to earn American Advantage miles. To recap, you earn 100 American Advantage miles for every $1000 you keep in the account each month, up to $50,000. Then…
    - 6 hours ago Apr 24, 2015, 8:33pm -
  • newAmazing Qatar Airways Business Class Fares Out Of South Africa
    I don't think there's an airline which more consistently has unbelievable business class fares than Qatar Airways. They seem to have a "global 2-for-1" business class sale at least once a month, and some of the fares are unbelievable. For example, in…
    - 7 hours ago Apr 24, 2015, 7:03pm -
  • newThe Most Hypocritical Complaint About Airline Subsidies… EVER
    As most of you probably know by now, there’s a battle going on between the “big three” US airlines and the “big three” Middle Eastern carriers. I’ve shared my thoughts about why the US carriers can’t compete with the Gulf carriers under…
    - 9 hours ago Apr 24, 2015, 5:33pm -
  • newLas Vegas Makes Me Feel Stupid
    And not for the obvious reasons. Like most people, I have a love/hate relationship with Las Vegas. Actually, I mostly just hate it, but there's a little part of me that likes it. What do I like about Las Vegas? It has great food, cocktail lounges, en…
    - 10 hours ago Apr 24, 2015, 4:03pm -
  • newHow To Redeem Miles For Oman Air Business Class
    As I've explained in the past, there's probably not a business class product in the world I'm more anxious to try than Oman Air's. On their original Airbus A330 aircraft, business class is in a 1-2-1 configuration with fully forward facing seats, so…
    - 12 hours ago Apr 24, 2015, 2:33pm -
  • newA Decade Later, I’m Turning Down “Free” Miles
    I've been involved in this "hobby" for more than a decade now. And I feel just as passionately about it today as I did the day I get started, despite the fact that my approach to it has changed a lot. I'm just booking some travel today, and as I do s…
    - 13 hours ago Apr 24, 2015, 1:03pm -
  • newBest. Airline Pajamas. Ever.
    Yesterday I made a post about my thoughts on whether it's appropriate to walk around a plane in pajamas. I literally have more pajamas in my closet than all my other clothes combined, given that I've received hundreds of them over the years (nowadays…
    - 15 hours ago Apr 24, 2015, 11:33am -
  • The Devil Didn’t Want Creflo Dollar To Have A $65 Million Jet
    In mid-March I wrote about Creflo Dollar, the "prosperity gospel" preacher who wanted his congregation to fund a new $65 million Gulfstream G650. As the church explained it, they were looking for 200,000 people to give contributions of $300 or more t…
    - 1 day ago Apr 24, 2015, 1:33am -

View From the Wing

The Frequent Miler

  • newPersonal Capital’s potential 3% everywhere card
    Ben, from Reward Yourself, sent me a survey he received from Personal Capital: Personal Capital 3% card The survey asks for opinions about a possible new Personal Capital Visa credit card: In case the image, above, is hard to read, here is the import…
    - 16 hours ago Apr 24, 2015, 10:25am -
  • Today only: churn gift cards towards a Southwest Companion Pass for less than 1 cent per point
    Today only, the Southwest Rapid Rewards portal is offering 15 points per dollar at Saks: And, via the Frequent Miler Laboratory, we see that a reader named Josh reported earning portal rewards at Saks when he bought physical (by mail) gift cards, but…
    - 1 day ago Apr 23, 2015, 2:53pm -
  • Club Carlson’s 30,000 point bonus may be easier to get than expected
    As a reminder, Club Carlson is dumping the Bonus Award Nights feature of their credit cards as of June 1, 2015.  Shortly after I reported this change, Club Carlson sent emails to cardholders titled “Information regarding your Club Carlson Visa Ben…
    - 2 days ago Apr 23, 2015, 10:25am -
  • Mint survey suggests new card similar to Bluebird, REDbird, and Serve. MintBird?
    A reader reports being asked to fill out a survey by the online money tracking service Mint.  In the survey, he was asked his opinion about a new product from Mint.  Specifically, the survey said: This new product from Mint is a full service reload…
    - 2 days ago Apr 22, 2015, 11:35pm -
  • Prestige 4th night free benefit, take 2
    The last time I wrote about the Citi Prestige card’s 4th night free benefit, my review was lukewarm.  I complained a bit about the cumbersome booking process and the fact that booking through Citi means forgoing several options for savings.  As a…
    - 3 days ago Apr 22, 2015, 10:25am -
  • FTU Advanced returns for two more weekends
    Last weekend we held both FTU (Frequent Traveler University) and FTU Advanced at in Dallas. Between the two, I spoke at 5 different sessions.  As a result, I only had time to attend one session led by anyone else – Advanced Credit Cards by Stefan.…
    - 3 days ago Apr 22, 2015, 12:20am -
  • AA vs Delta Part 1: Intro
    In frequent flyer communities, you’ll get laughed out of town if you ask which is better: American Airlines or Delta? Obviously, AA is better. Unlike Delta, AA still rewards flyers with miles based on distance flown; AA has a very generous award ch…
    - 4 days ago Apr 21, 2015, 10:25am -
  • Discover It Miles not as lucrative as I had hoped
    When the Discover It Miles card was first introduced, I was excited about the potential (see: Discover introduces a new card and a potentially VERY lucrative 1st year offer).  Instead of a standard signup offer, Discover has promised to double all m…
    - 5 days ago Apr 20, 2015, 10:25am -
  • It’s not too late – Deals still alive as of 04/19/2015
    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…
    - 5 days ago Apr 19, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • How Much MS Do You Need, a 90,000 Point Mistake, Getting 4 BofA Cards in One Day & 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 and bring you some of the best posts from around the web. Enjoy! This Week From Frequent Miler Yes, you can c…
    - 6 days ago Apr 18, 2015, 3:00pm -

The Flight Deal

The Free-quent Flyer

  • Pro tip: Did Uber turn off "Gifts" in your account? Ask them to turn it back on!
    Back in November I wrote about a trick I like to use now that the Barclaycard Arrival+ card allows Arrival+ miles to be redeemed against taxi purchases: buying Uber credit in "redeemable" $25 chunks, so that Arrival+ miles can be redeemed against Ub…
    - 3 days ago Apr 22, 2015, 9:59am -
  • Should you use super-premium cards to pay for airfare through manufactured spend?
    A few months back I wrote a breakdown of three cards which earn bonused flexible points currencies at gas stations: the Chase Ink Plus (and Bold), Citi ThankYou Premier (as of April 19, 2015), and American Express Amex EveryDay Preferred.While flex…
    - 4 days ago Apr 21, 2015, 9:59am -
  • Manufacturing Chase Freedom's second quarter bonus categories
    A reader recently wrote to me asking if there were any super-secret hush-hush methods of manufacturing the $1,500 in 5% cash back offered by this quarter's Chase Freedom bonus categories. As a reminder, those bonus categories are "Restaurants, Bed …
    - 5 days ago Apr 20, 2015, 9:59am -
  • Quick hits: American Express gift card denominations and Smart & Final
    I'm enjoying lovely San Diego but wanted to share two quick hits that passed my desk yesterday.TopCashBack tracks multiple $2,000 American Express gift cards in a single orderBack in February American Express added language to their cash back portal…
    - 8 days ago Apr 16, 2015, 5:49pm -
  • Iberia Plus requires a positive points balance to search oneworld award space
    Iberia and British Airways, two of the airlines that use Avios as their rewards currency, have long had a number of differences in their award charts. British Airways charged each award segment separately, while Iberia averaged the cost of each first…
    - 10 days ago Apr 15, 2015, 10:00am -
  • When are more points worth more than fewer points?
    Back in January I posed the rhetorical question, "Should all manufactured spend go through American Express gift cards?" and outlined a number of practical problems with using American Express gifts cards to manufacture spend (cards are shipped to y…
    - 11 days ago Apr 14, 2015, 10:00am -
  • Quick hit: Hotel Hustle Hot Rates
    I'm fond of saying that what travel hacking needs is more facts and less data. Much of affiliate blogging is taken up with listing transfer partners and earning rates, without concern for the ways that people actually earn and redeem their miles and…
    - 14 days ago Apr 10, 2015, 11:47pm -
  • If US Bank is trimming the fat, is Flexperks Travel Rewards next?
    Plenty of digital ink has been spilled about the May 28/31 Club Carlson devaluation, including here, and there's not too much left to be said. However, one thing has been bugging me about the way Club Carlson has been talking about the change: they…
    - 15 days ago Apr 10, 2015, 10:00am -
  • Note on booking Delta flights with Alaska miles
    One of the great things about Alaska Airlines' Mileage Plan program is the ability to both credit paid flights operated by American Airlines and Delta Airlines, and redeem Mileage Plan miles for flights on either carrier (when low-level space is ava…
    - 16 days ago Apr 8, 2015, 9:11pm -
  • The May/June Club Carlson devaluation makes it just another middling hotel loyalty program
    Before I get to the meat of my analysis of Club Carlson’s recently-announced devaluation, allow me to briefly mention my general approach when it comes to credit card rewards:I prefer cash above all other rewards currencies. I can use cash to pay m…
    - 19 days ago Apr 6, 2015, 10:00am -

Well Traveled Mile

  • newCiti AT&T Access More Card Sign-up Bonus Offering Free Phone Up To $650
    Citi just announced the launched of a new card, the AT&T Access More Card from Citi, which appears to be another interesting consumer credit card option from Citi. The new card is currently offering new cardmembers a free phone up to $650 in va…
    - 18 hours ago Apr 24, 2015, 8:01am -
  • Try Out Well Traveled Mile’s Award Booking Service
    I’m excited to announce I’ll be offering an award booking service at Well Traveled Mile. You can check it out here and can now find it directly on the main menu tab as well. The primary focus will be to provide exceptional tailored service in…
    - 2 days ago Apr 23, 2015, 10:00am -
  • Go Paperless, Earn Free 1,000 Club Carlson Points
    In wake of Earth Day, Club Carlson is offering an easy free 1,000 Gold Points to targeted members for enrolling in paperless statements. I can’t say for sure how broadly Club Carlson is targeting it’s members with this promotion or if it’s dir…
    - 2 days ago Apr 23, 2015, 9:33am -
  • 30 Nights. Crowne Plazas. 150K IHG Points. Why Not!
    Coincidentally the previous IHG Pointbreaks came out right as I was planning some travels through Europe. I had just finished wrapping up an amazing three month stint exploring Argentina and Brazil and had a lot of IHG points I wanted to burn thr…
    - 3 days ago Apr 22, 2015, 10:25am -
  • Hotel Review: Park Hyatt Mendoza, Argentina
    After staying in both Park Hyatt properties in Argentina—Palacio Duhau Park Hyatt Buenos Aires  and the Park Hyatt Mendoza—it’s an interesting comparison looking at the two hotels side-by-side. To put things simply, the property overall and…
    - 5 days ago Apr 20, 2015, 11:22am -
  • Deal Alert: Get $20 For Buying $300 Worth In Visa Or MasterCard Gift Cards At Staples!
    Starting this Sunday April 19, 2015 Staples has a promotion where you get a $20 rebate in the form of a Staples gift card when you purchase $300 or more in Visa or MasterCard gift cards! This deal will end on April 25, 2015 Since Staples is an office…
    - 8 days ago Apr 16, 2015, 8:57pm -
  • Award Booking Help
    While earning a ton of miles through credit cards is what’s talked about, the majority of the effort in this game goes into actually booking that dream vacation / getaway. This involves a great amount of patience and understanding of alliances, awa…
    - 8 days ago Apr 16, 2015, 6:28pm -
  • Fare Alert: California To Indonesia – $386 RT
    Via The Flight Deal, a website I always check for extremely low paid fares, an interesting deal showed up for flights between 5 California cities and Jakarta, Indonesia for only $386 round-trip! Unfortunately this deal is with Delta which means you w…
    - 9 days ago Apr 16, 2015, 8:47am -
  • Flight Review: American Airlines First Class Flagship Suites MIA to EZE
    On my last trip down to Argentina I had a chance to fly on American Airlines First Class Flagship Suites before the existing was replaced. American Airlines new 777-200s will no longer have a first class cabin and instead feature a superb looki…
    - 10 days ago Apr 15, 2015, 9:42am -
  • The New ANA Partner Chart Is In Effect
    All Nippon Airways, ANA, had a distance based award chart that had many sweet spots including 68,000 miles for a round-trip business class ticket to Europe! Read this post highlighting why the old ANA distance based award chart was awesome! Starting…
    - 10 days ago Apr 15, 2015, 8:35am -

MileValue

  • newThe Best Cards to Earn United, American, Delta, Alaska, Southwest, Singapore, and British Airways Miles
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. This was a popular post two years ago, and I want to update it with all the cards to earn the following miles, which I consider the most important: American Delta United Al…
    - 14 hours ago Apr 24, 2015, 12:00pm -
  • newBeginners Post: Alliances, Hubs, and Search Engines
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. This is the sixth post in a monthlong series that started here. Each post will take about two minutes to read and may include an action item that takes the reader another t…
    - 15 hours ago Apr 24, 2015, 11:00am -
  • Top 10 Travel Credit Cards April 2015
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Update 4/23/15:Three of the offers on this list have improved in April, so I am re-posting this re-ordered. There are a lot of reasons to collect miles and points. For free…
    - 2 days ago Apr 23, 2015, 12:00pm -
  • Beginners Post: Five Types of Miles
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. This is the fifth post in a monthlong series that started here. Each post will take about two minutes to read and may include an action item that takes the reader another t…
    - 2 days ago Apr 23, 2015, 11:00am -
  • How to Combine Citi ThankYou Points Into One Account
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Yesterday I shared how you can get both the Citi Prestige® Card and Citi ThankYou® Premier Card, get both their 50,000 point sign up bonuses after spending $3,000 in t…
    - 3 days ago Apr 22, 2015, 12:00pm -
  • Review: Westin Maui Resort & Spa Ka’anapali
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. My friend and I stayed two nights at the Westin Maui Resort & Spa Ka’anapali last weekend that cost me 12,000 SPG Starpoints and $31.25 per night. I really enjoyed my sta…
    - 3 days ago Apr 22, 2015, 11:00am -
  • How to Use United Expert Mode
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. United has a setting you can activate called Expert Mode that allows you to see how many seats are in each fare bucket on a given flight. I mentioned it yesterday in “Boo…
    - 3 days ago Apr 21, 2015, 10:30pm -
  • Getting Both Citi Prestige and Citi Premier for 100,000 Bonus ThankYou Points
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. In the last two weeks, the Citi Prestige and Citi ThankYou Premier have each increased their sign up bonuses to 50,000 ThankYou Points after spending $3,000 in the first th…
    - 4 days ago Apr 21, 2015, 12:02pm -
  • Airbnb Is Now in Cuba, I’ve Booked a Stay
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Airbnb is now in Cuba, and I’ve booked myself a stay that I should currently be enjoying. (Since internet access in Cuba is not the easiest thing in the world, I’ve qu…
    - 4 days ago Apr 21, 2015, 11:00am -
  • Citi ThankYou Premier Brand New 50,000 Point Sign Up Bonus
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. The Citi ThankYou® Premier Card now offers 50,000 bonus ThankYou Points after $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.   Not to be confused wit…
    - 5 days ago Apr 20, 2015, 1:00pm -

Frequent Flier

  • newWeekly Recap: Southest’s Opaque Award Pricing, Pay Airline CEOs in Miles, & 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…
    - 1 hour ago Apr 25, 2015, 12:40am -
  • newThe 10 Happiest Places on Earth
    When Walt Disney called Disneyland “the happiest place on earth,” he was on to something crucial in destination marketing. Happy places entice; unhappy places don’t. What is true for theme parks is just as true for countries. Given a choice, ..…
    - 8 hours ago Apr 24, 2015, 6:20pm -
  • Should American’s CEO Be Paid in Frequent-Flyer Miles?
    Yesterday’s announcement that American’s CEO, Doug Parker, would henceforth be paid solely in company stock — no cash — was lauded by shareholders and the financial community as a sure sign that Parker is “all in” on American. That is ...…
    - 1 day ago Apr 23, 2015, 7:03pm -
  • Delta’s ‘Basic’ Fares Come Bundled with a Warning
    Delta’s so-called Basic Economy fares have been available in limited markets since 2012. They were “updated” in October 2014, and most recently in March 2015. What they are are heavily discounted, highly restricted coach fares offered by Delta…
    - 1 day ago Apr 23, 2015, 4:40pm -
  • Free Uber Rides, Discounts for Cap One Cardholders
    Uber wants to dominate the ride-share space, and it’s offering both short- and long-term incentives to secure that dominance. The company already has points-earning relationships in place with American Expresss and Starwood. Now Uber has two promot…
    - 2 days ago Apr 22, 2015, 7:13pm -
  • Rapid Rewards, What’s Your Deal?
    Back in February, Southwest posted the following warning to its website (my emphasis): We created Rapid Rewards because we think you deserve to actually feel rewarded. And, from time to time we must make some updates to our program. Beginning ... Rea…
    - 2 days ago Apr 22, 2015, 5:47pm -
  • Alaska Air Debuts Self-Tagged Bags with a Bonus
    Alaska Airlines has a new idea for checking bags. And it’s offering bonus miles to flyers willing to try it out. The new idea: Tag your bag at home. According to the airline: We’ve taken a whole step out of ... Read More
    - 3 days ago Apr 21, 2015, 6:53pm -
  • IHG’s ‘Share Forever’ Promotion Begins on May 1
    The earning potential for InterContinental’s new “Share Forever” promotion ranges from 68,500 to 115,500 bonus points. Plus up to 58,500 bonus points to share with others. Or to keep. It’s complicated. Offer Details Between May 1 and Septembe…
    - 3 days ago Apr 21, 2015, 5:26pm -
  • Win Premium Economy Tickets to Paris
    Enter the Atout France “France on the Fly” sweepstakes by June 30, 2015, for a chance to win the grand prize: roundtrip Premium Economy tickets for two to Paris, and a culinary experience with a top French baker. (Hotel accommodations ... Read Mo…
    - 4 days ago Apr 20, 2015, 6:30pm -
  • $1,750. Unlimited Monthly Flights. Surf Air.
    All the flying you want, for $1,750 a month. Sound too good to be true? It is true, however, but with some important qualifications. First, the unlimited flying is only within California. That’s because Surf Air is currently not authorized ... Read…
    - 4 days ago Apr 20, 2015, 5:02pm -

Travel is Free

Frequent Flyer Bonuses

Million Mile Secrets

Nomadic Matt

  • 32 Travel Questions You Asked (With My Attempted Answers)
    One thing I don’t do enough is answer your questions. Periodically, I have Q&A’s, but if my ongoing book tour has taught me anything it’s that you have a lot of questions that don’t get answered on the blog! Since not everything lends itself…
    - 3 days ago Apr 21, 2015, 3:28pm -
  • The Shape of Things to Come (P.S. – I’m Hiring!)
    Things are changing here at a fast pace so it’s time to take a step back, breathe, and share news about what is going on because it’s going to be big (and awesome!). Simply put, this website is too big for my little ole self to run alone. Moreove…
    - 8 days ago Apr 16, 2015, 3:54pm -
  • 4 Travel Gadgets Actually Worth Buying
    On the first Tuesday second Monday of each month, Dave Dean from Too Many Adapters gives us great tips and advice on travel tech and gear. This month’s column is about gadgets worth taking on the road. It’s surprisingly hard to find travel gear t…
    - 11 days ago Apr 13, 2015, 3:24pm -
  • BIG NEWS: New Budget Travel Guides and Book Updates!
    Back in September, I announced the release of a series of travel guides, beginning with five cities around the world. They were handy resources for travelers that got to the point, included off the beaten path destinations, and directed people to mor…
    - 18 days ago Apr 6, 2015, 2:55pm -
  • The Saturday City: Natchez, Mississippi
    As the Southern cotton economy expanded on the back of slave labor in the early 1800s, towns designed to transport the cotton emerged on the Mississippi River: New Orleans, Memphis, Vicksburg, and Natchez. Located high on the bluffs of the Mississipp…
    - 21 days ago Apr 4, 2015, 12:50pm -
  • 12 Things I’d Tell Any New Traveler
    Hope. Fear. Excitement. Traveling for the first time provided me with wave of conflicting emotions. When I left to travel the world, I didn’t know what to expect. I wasn’t well-traveled and was as green as they come. No one I knew had ever done t…
    - 25 days ago Mar 30, 2015, 3:33pm -
  • Updates from the Book Tour #2
    Hello from Las Vegas! It’s day sixty-six of the #fiftyaday book tour. Last week, after driving over 5,000 miles through a dozen states, I watched the sun set marvelously over the Pacific. After two months of traveling, I made it across the country.…
    - 29 days ago Mar 26, 2015, 3:31pm -
  • How to Spend 4 Days in New Orleans
    New Orleans. NOLA. The Big Easy. A city by many names, all conjuring the jovial “Laissez les bons temps rouler!” (“Let the good times roll!”) attitude towards life the city is famous for. New Orleans is filled with scrumptious French-inspired…
    - 31 days ago Mar 24, 2015, 3:45pm -
  • Discovering Purpose on a Farm in South Africa
    On the second Wednesday third Thursday of the month, Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse writes a guest column featuring tips and advice on solo female travel. It’s a topic I can’t cover so I brought in an expert to share her advice. After a day…
    - 36 days ago Mar 19, 2015, 3:39pm -
  • Living Les Bons Temps At Mardi Gras
    As I threw beads over the wrought-iron balcony of Bourbon Bandstand in the French Quarter, I looked down at the crowds: strangers in elaborate costumes toasted drinks, laughed, and danced with each other as streets bands performed jazz. Everyone move…
    - 38 days ago Mar 17, 2015, 2:50pm -

The Hustle Blog

  • 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…
    - 24 days ago 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!…
    - 26 days ago 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®…
    - 67 days ago 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…
    - 85 days ago 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 -
  • Register Now! American Express Small Business Saturday
    Registration for American Express Small Business Saturday is live! Register all your eligible American Express cards at this link as soon as you can. As I detailed in a previous post, this year’s Small Business Saturday, which occurs on November 29…
    - Nov 17, 2014, 12:00pm -
  • Follow Up: Evolve Money + Discover Card
    This is a follow up to my post over the weekend about Evolve Money’s newest developments. It looks like all is well just like Evolve said! The payment has posted to my Discover account as a regular payment & I already see the Evolve payments postin…
    - Nov 10, 2014, 4:32pm -
  • Evolve Money Now Takes Discover Cards
    I just received an email from Evolve Money about a new feature – they now accept Discover credit cards as payment sources! Previously, they only accepted debit cards or gift cards as payment sources to pay bills. This opens up a nice avenue to earn…
    - Nov 7, 2014, 12:00pm -
  • New Next Generation NEXUS Kiosks Coming
    As a NEXUS member, I just received an email with some significant updates about the kiosk process when traveling by air between the United States & Canada. “Next Generation” kiosks are being installed to provide “faster, more reliable and more…
    - Oct 3, 2014, 11:00am -

Johnny Jet

  • newReader Travel Tip of the Day: Last-Minute Rate Switch
    Last-Minute Rate Switch Each Friday, we’re featuring a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from reader Mary D., who says: “We saved $24 on our one-night motel-room reservation by calling the day before (wh…
    - 10 hours ago Apr 24, 2015, 4:00pm -
  • newTravel Style: Hilary Doling
    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: Hilary Doling Occupation: Travel Editor, luxury commen…
    - 13 hours ago Apr 24, 2015, 1:00pm -
  • Travel Tip of the Day: Ask About the Hotel Pillows
    Ask About the Hotel Pillows Last week I was in Fort Worth, and while researching the Omni Fort Worth Hotel for my story (check it out here) after returning home, I learned that the hotel offers guests their choice of three types of pillows. That hurt…
    - 1 day ago Apr 23, 2015, 4:25pm -
  • Colorado’s A-Basin: Spring skiing at its best (into mid-June)
    While most of the country has had its fill of snow for the year, die-hard skiers like those in my family can’t get enough. Arapahoe Basin (aka A-Basin) ski area is Colorado’s last to close (mid-June) with a great deal to offer skiers of all ab…
    - 1 day ago Apr 23, 2015, 2:26pm -
  • Travel Style: Tony Biggs
    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: Tony Biggs Occupation: Hospitality Management /Directo…
    - 2 days ago Apr 22, 2015, 11:52pm -
  • Travel Tip of the Day: Jetski Caution
    Jetski Caution Sadly, two US cruise passengers collided on jetskis in the Cayman Islands last week, killing one of them. I grew up jetskiing—hence my name Johnny Jet (it used to be Johnny Jetski)—so I know how dangerous they can be. I almost got…
    - 2 days ago Apr 22, 2015, 4:09pm -
  • Top 10 in Travel News: Week of April 22, 2015
    THE TOP 10 IN TRAVEL NEWS THIS WEEK: Southwest to offer widest seats aboard Boeing 737 next year Passenger kicked off flight for poking fellow flier with pen (via @merwolf) Air NZ to start flights to Houston in December US cruise passengers collide…
    - 3 days ago Apr 22, 2015, 1:04pm -
  • Travel Contests: Week of April 22, 2015
    This week’s travel contests include: Win a trip to Australia Win a trip to Ontario to visit the set of the Hallmark Channel’s series, “The Good Witch” Win a three-night trip for two to Ireland Win a wine-tasting trip for two to Portugal Win a…
    - 3 days ago Apr 22, 2015, 11:05am -
  • UberFRESH: Delicious food delivered in an LA minute (+$25 off)
    UberFRESH Los Angeles is running a deal that we love! Anyone new to UberFRESH can get up to $25 of free food (expires December 31, 2015). Even if you’re an avid Uber user but haven’t tried UberFRESH, you can get the deal too. UberFRESH launched i…
    - 3 days ago Apr 22, 2015, 7:37am -
  • Travel Product of the Week: Bellroy Travel Wallet
    Looking for an elegant travel wallet that will hold everything you need? If so, then you need to check out the Bellroy Travel Wallet! It’s labeled as unisex but it’s definitely more masculine than feminine. What I love about it—besides the beau…
    - 3 days ago Apr 21, 2015, 9:48pm -

Doctor of Credit

  • newVisa Signature: BOGO Free Movie Tickets with Fandango through August, and Fandango Gift Card Promo
    The Offer Direct Link Purchase 2 movie tickets from Fandango on a Friday, for a Friday movie showing and get the second ticket free for Visa Signature cardholders. Purchase 2 movie ticket from Fandango on a Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, for a Frida…
    - 6 hours ago Apr 24, 2015, 8:21pm -
  • newChase.com is Down – Unscheduled Maintenance
    If you log in to your Chase account online and don’t see much info there, don’t panic. You weren’t shut down or anything. Via flyertalk (here and here) we all seem to be having the same issue. The login works fine, but all the info is unavaila…
    - 7 hours ago Apr 24, 2015, 7:10pm -
  • newUber Co-Founder Launches ‘Operator’ Personal Shopper App
    Operator was just officially launched. The company, inspiration of Uber co-founder Garrett Camp, wants to be our personal shoppers. For things that need a personal touch to purchase, an Operator rep familiar with that particular type of product will…
    - 8 hours ago Apr 24, 2015, 6:27pm -
  • new[CT only]Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union $100 Business Checking Bonus – No Requirement
    Offer at a glance Maximum bonus amount: $100 Availability: Must live, work, worship, attend school, or volunteer in Hartford County, Middlesex County, Tolland County, or New Haven County in Connecticut Direct deposit required: No Additional requirem…
    - 9 hours ago Apr 24, 2015, 5:30pm -
  • new$15 Off at 1800flowers, Stack with Amex Offer, Send to Mom [YMMV]
    The Offer Lots of people on Slickdeals are reporting an offer for 1800flowers popping up in the offers section of their Paypal account (found under the “Wallet” tab). Spend $15 get $15 off when paying with Paypal. There are a bunch of things whic…
    - 9 hours ago Apr 24, 2015, 5:16pm -
  • new[UPDATE #3] Gift Card Day: Lots of Discounted Gift Cards on eBay, 17 Options Currently! [Limited Quantity]
    Gift Card Day Today is a discounted gift card day on eBay. Here’s a list of the current discounted gift cards available. If we’re missing any, please let us know in the comments. Physical gift cards:  GiftCardMall $50 Applebees physical gift car…
    - 11 hours ago Apr 24, 2015, 3:13pm -
  • newDiscover Offering 2x Rewards On Their Debit Card (20¢ Per Purchase)
    The Offer Double your debit rewards with your Discover cash back checking account. Starting May 1st, you can earn 20¢ cash back on up to 100 debit purchases each month.   The Fine Print Valid from May 1st till July 31st Limit of 100 transactions (…
    - 11 hours ago Apr 24, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • newDiscover Checking $50 Sign Up Bonus
    Offer at a glance Maximum bonus amount: $50 Availability: Nationwide, only available to current Discover credit card or deposit customers (if you have the Discover it or Discover secured credit card, you’ll be eligible) Direct deposit required: Non…
    - 12 hours ago Apr 24, 2015, 2:00pm -
  • newAT&T Access More Card from Citi In Depth Review
    Yesterday Citi launched a new credit card called the AT&T Access More Card from Citi, a lot has already been written about this card but I thought it would be useful to complete an in depth review of the card. Note, we are talking about the AT&T acce…
    - 13 hours ago Apr 24, 2015, 12:45pm -
  • new$5 Uber rides [NYC Only]
      The Offer As a part of Earth day this week, Uber is running a promotion to promote their UberPool service, which groups people together in a Uber car all heading in the same direction. Uber users who use Uber pool in Manhattan will be able to get…
    - 14 hours ago Apr 24, 2015, 12:11pm -

Hustler Money Blog

  • IHG Rewards Club Dining Review: 1,000 Bonus Points
    Sign up now to IHG Rewards Club Dining to earn 1,000 bonus IHG Rewards Club points when spend $30 or more and complete a review within 30 days. IHG Rewards Club Dining is free to join and you can earn points when dining at over 10,000 participating r…
    - 1 day ago Apr 24, 2015, 2:02am -
  • Synchrony Bank Optimizer Plus Review: 1.05% APY High Yield Savings
    Synchrony Bank’s Optimizer Plus High Yield Savings(see table above) is offering 1.05% APY for all balances with interest rate compounded daily. It offers one of the best savings accounts on the internet along with a suite of other competitive onlin…
    - 1 day ago Apr 24, 2015, 12:34am -
  • North Shore Bank $200 Checking Account Bonus Review
    North Shore Bank is offering a $200 Checking Bonus by making 10 qualifying North Shore Bank Debit card transactions OR set up direct deposit each month by 5/9/2015. They will deposit $12.50 into your account every month for 16 months. With all of the…
    - 1 day ago Apr 23, 2015, 9:06pm -
  • Alaska Airlines 5,000 Bonus Miles Bag Tag Promotion
    Alaska Airlines is offering 1,000 bonus miles for each flight by printing out your baggage tag at home with up to a total of 5,000 free miles good through October 20, 2015. You do need to have a Mileage Plan number and it must be attached to your res…
    - 1 day ago Apr 23, 2015, 9:05pm -
  • Staples Visa Checkout $30 Off $150 Promotion
    Right now on the homepage of Staples, they are offering $30 off $150 purchase for using Visa Checkout good until 4/24/2015. Limit 1 per person. There are a few items you can’t buy: No cash/credit back. Not valid on SKU 513096, any Beats™, Bose®,…
    - 1 day ago Apr 23, 2015, 8:21pm -
  • eBay BP Gift Card Deals: 5% Off Promotion
    Those who pump their gas at BP, you can now buy a $100 BP Gift Card for only $95 from SVM Gift Cards on eBay.  There is a limit of 3 per buyer, so essentially $300 BP Gift Cards for $285. Use a 2% or 3% cash back credit card along with 2% back with.…
    - 1 day ago Apr 23, 2015, 7:58pm -
  • Uber Fresh Review: Free $25 Credit
    Uber Fresh, a meal-delivery service in Los Angeles, is offering a $25 Free Credit with promo code FREEFRESH good through 12/31/2015. Available at lunch time(11-2pm) and dinner (5-8:30pm) only Monday-Friday, you can open the Uber app and have access t…
    - 2 days ago Apr 22, 2015, 10:46pm -
  • Navy Federal Credit Union Visa Checkout $10 Bonus
    Navy Federal CU/Visa Checkout is offering a $10 Credit when you enroll with a Navy Federal debit or credit card by 3/31/2015. There is no need to buy anything to get the $10 bonus but simply sign up for a Visa Checkout account. Visa Checkout, a digit…
    - 2 days ago Apr 22, 2015, 10:09pm -
  • Amazon $10 Promo Code with $50 Gift Card Purchase *Targeted Offer*
    Targeted offer only, Check out this Amazon.com free $10 promo code with a $50 Gift Card purchase using promo code 0415GCARDS good through April 30, 2015. You will need to be logged into your Amazon account to see the promotion if you qualify. Those w…
    - 2 days ago Apr 22, 2015, 10:01pm -
  • Staples Cashstar eGift Card Promotion: Buy $200 for Free $40 ePromo Card
    Valid through 4/28/2015, Cashstar is offering a Free $20 Staples ePromo card with a purchase of $100 Staples eGift Cards! There is a limit of 2 ePromo cards per customer. Therefore, if you buy $200 Staples eGift cards, you would be getting a free $40…
    - 2 days ago Apr 22, 2015, 8:59pm -

Hack My Trip

  • Is the New 30% Rebate on Amex Pay With Points Better Than We Think?
    From the desk of the Devil’s Advocate…   Why does Amex hate their personal cardmembers? Earlier this week Amex rolled out another new cardmember benefit exclusively for their Business Platinum cardholders, which means it does not include their…
    - 2 days ago Apr 23, 2015, 11:05am -
  • How to Outsmart Your Favorite Travel Search Engines

    - 3 days ago Apr 22, 2015, 11:05am -
  • Why You Should Buy SPG Starpoints on Sale at a 25% Discount
    Starwood generally has two sales a year on its valuable Starpoints currency, during which it offers a 25% discount on purchase of up to 20,000 points. If you maximize the offer you’ll pay $525, or 2.625 cents per point — a discount from the regul…
    - 3 days ago Apr 21, 2015, 3:48pm -
  • New AND Existing Customers Can Save $50 on Silvercar
    Silvercar was a fabulous sponsor for the latest Frequent Traveler University in Dallas. They donated $1,000 in gift cards to the charity raffle and even brought one of their Audi A4 sedans to the main floor so people could see what they’re rentin…
    - 4 days ago Apr 21, 2015, 1:40pm -
  • Up to 5,000 Bonus Miles for Using Alaska’s Self-Tag Express
    Alaska Airlines has had a do-it-yourself option for checked baggage for a while now. Self-Tag Express™ lets you print out a baggage tag from the check-in kiosk, attach it to your bag, and then drop it at the counter. In theory this makes lines mov…
    - 4 days ago Apr 20, 2015, 9:29pm -

Maximizing Money

Boarding Area

  • newFree Starbucks Tonight Thanks to Technology Glitch
    My twitter and Facebook feed (h/t: everyone!) is blowing up with reports of free Starbucks across the country. CNBC.com reports that the point of sale systems at many locations went down during a daily update this evening and rather than turn custom…
    - 22 mins ago Apr 25, 2015, 1:46am -
  • newBook the Intercontinental Koh Samui Before May 1!
    View from the Wing just posted about the 450 IHG (Intercontinental, Holiday Inn, etc) hotels that are changing redemption categories on May 1 and the Intercontinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort in Koh Samui, Thailand is on the list. I stayed there…
    - 51 mins ago Apr 25, 2015, 1:17am -
  • newSomething Exciting Coming To Hotels.com?
    A few days back I received an e-mail from Hotels.com that made me a bit curious. The e-mail didn’t have much detail or information included, but it did tell me that “Something exciting is coming…“. So, what could it be??? While I don’t have…
    - 54 mins ago Apr 25, 2015, 1:14am -
  • newFare Alert British Airways to Cape Town $891 from California, less from other airports
    British Airways has an airfare deal to Cape Town as low as $891 round trip from Los Angeles and San Francisco and even lower from many other airports around the USA, like $836 from Dallas for departures November 2015 to March 2016. Anytime airfare to…
    - 58 mins ago Apr 25, 2015, 1:10am -
  • newUS Courts Limit EU Compensation Claims, Doug Parker Gives Me an Idea, and 1000 Free Avios
    With an airline CEO being compensated in all stock, what would it mean for a frequent flyer program President to be compensated in miles?Here's 1000 free Avios. A Congressman takes a swipe at TSA 'authoritah', Boeing losses, and more.Continue read…
    - 2 hours ago Apr 25, 2015, 12:04am -
  • newTouch that! Don’t touch that! The TSA’s inconsistencies
    As a frequent traveler, I frequently get yelled at by the TSA.  And I’m frequently doing whatever they yelled at me to do the last time. I used to opt out when I had to go through the scanning machines.  Now that I have pre-check, I’m not const…
    - 2 hours ago Apr 24, 2015, 11:41pm -
  • newThings You Only Hear On A Flight From Florida To Texas…
    You can't make this stuff up...Boarding a flight from Tampa to Dallas this afternoon, the guy in front of me popped his head into the cockpit. The first officer (a female) was seated in the right seat, and the left seat was empty (the captain was do…
    - 3 hours ago Apr 24, 2015, 11:33pm -
  • newBest Mile Earning Offers for Mother’s Day Flowers
    If you’re thinking of sending flowers this Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 10), make sure you’re maximizing your cashback and mile earning potential. Here are the best mileage offers for Mother’s Day I could find. If you know of better offers, plea…
    - 3 hours ago Apr 24, 2015, 11:06pm -
  • newIHG Devaluation 2015 – Which Properties Are Changing in Cost?
    The latest information regarding the IHG devaluation 2015 including which properties are increasing in cost and which are going down. Some are increasing by as much as 50%!The post IHG Devaluation 2015 – Which Properties Are Changing in Cost? appe…
    - 3 hours ago Apr 24, 2015, 11:02pm -
  • newHangar Party to Support the LeRoy Homer Foundation: Consider Attending
    You might be asking yourself who was LeRoy Homer; and what is this foundation of which there is a hangar party to support?Jason Dahl was the captain of the Boeing 757-222 aircraft which operated as United Airlines flight 93 when it crashed into a fi…
    - 3 hours ago Apr 24, 2015, 10:42pm -

Frequent Flyer Miles 101

  • Out of Office notice
    I’ll be on the road for the next several days, so postings will be limited. In the meantime, here’s a new idea on how to keep your yard free of invasive plants.  If it’s good enough for PDX, it’s good enough for me. Now fortified with even m…
    - 1 day ago Apr 24, 2015, 1:50am -
  • A stunning “Uber-“deal from Capital One for Uber users…
    I try not to get too excited about credit card bonuses, since I have an inherent conflict of interest, but commissions from this one are going as a gift to the person who told me about the deal (It’s actually going to their kid.).  And frankly, it…
    - 3 days ago Apr 22, 2015, 1:44pm -
  • The greatest airline seat ever (which you can’t sit in)
    A reader sent me an article today* about the Thompson Aero Cozy Suite, an idea whose time came about twenty years ago.  In a row of three, the seats are staggered, giving each person a little bit more of space when climbing over their neighbor to ge…
    - 3 days ago Apr 21, 2015, 11:02pm -
  • Using AAA for savings at hotels, rental cars (and other good stuff)
    The last time I thought about AAA, it was in a discussion of things that technology has made obsolete, such as typewriters*, VCRs and that clicking sound that the dial made when you changed the channel manually on the TV.  As for AAA, I’m referrin…
    - 4 days ago Apr 20, 2015, 6:02pm -
  • Southwest devalues Rapid Rewards points. Again.
    And here we go.  One of the downsides to Southwest’s program is the airline’s tendency to change the value of points about once per year.  Say what you will about the legacy carriers, but they tend to hit you all at once.  Southwest is death b…
    - 5 days ago Apr 20, 2015, 12:16am -
  • Earning Etihad miles for trip reviews
    Etihad is not a program that you run into every day, although it is the operator of what I have labeled the ultimate first class experience.  It has a number of partners around the world, including American in the US.  The airline is a glaring exam…
    - 6 days ago Apr 18, 2015, 3:42pm -
  • Tidbits from around the industry: Starwood hotels, the economy class squeeze
    Starwood Hotels, owner of Westin, Sheraton and a few others, announced that it is launching its tenth brand, the Tribute Portfolio.  Tribute hotels are actually independent hotels that “associate” with Starwood, meaning that they use Starwood’…
    - 8 days ago Apr 16, 2015, 6:11pm -
  • Changes coming to Priority Club (Intercontinental, Holiday Inn, etc)
    Priority Club, the loyalty program for hotel chains Intercontinental, Holiday Inn brands and others, has always been a bit of an enigma.  In terms of earning points, it is one of the best. They are generous with base and bonus earnings and the cred…
    - 9 days ago Apr 15, 2015, 9:14pm -
  • Rocketmiles promo for American Airlines
    For those who aren’t interested in hotel points, there’s Rocketmiles.  Rocketmiles is a booking site that allows you to earn airline miles for hotel stays, generally at a much higher rate than you would earn from the hotel.  Usually, you’ll e…
    - 11 days ago Apr 14, 2015, 12:00am -
  • Discover Card quarterly bonus
    One of the nice things about Discover cards is their rotating quarterly bonuses.  For the first $1,500 in spend each quarter, you earn 5% back, instead of whatever your card traditionally pays.  Not huge, but it’s up to $75 per calendar quarter i…
    - 12 days ago Apr 13, 2015, 12:12am -

Mr. Free Miles

  • new[Update] 50,000 Points & New Changes With Citibank ThankYou Premier
    A new, increased sign-up offer of 50,000 points are now available with the Citi ThankYou Premier credit card. Transferable to major international airlines like Qantas and Singapore, ThankYou is a serious player in the points space.
    - 11 hours ago Apr 24, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • A Stroll Through The Shire In Hobbiton, New Zealand
    Take a stroll through The Shire in Hobbiton, New Zealand. Built from scratch in the farmlands of the north island, see why it is a must visit for any Lord of the Rings fan (or non-fan). And, as always, see how to get there on miles. 
    - 2 days ago Apr 22, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • 40,000 Miles Available With Barclays Arrival Plus
    40,000 points are now available with the Barclays Arrival Plus credit card. 2 points per dollar spent and bonus redemption options make this one of the best travel cards out there. Read the details and your approval chances here.
    - 4 days ago Apr 20, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • Summer Travel Guide: San Juan, Puerto Rico
    Just four hours and 35,000 frequent flyer miles away from the U.S. northeast, Puerto Rico is long overlooked as a Caribbean destination. Not anymore. Learn how to book your luxury escape, including two nights at the Ritz-Carlton.
    - 7 days ago Apr 17, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • Playing With Elephants In Chiang Mai, Thailand
    Play with elephants, explore Buddhist temples on a scooter and then eat vegan coconut ice cream - all in one day. Today's day in pictures spotlight is the laid-back vibes of Chiang Mai, Thailand. Learn how to get there.
    - 9 days ago Apr 15, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • [Limited Time] 80,000 Points Available With Hilton HHonors Surpass Amex
    Receive 80,000 bonus HHonors points through May 2 with the Amex Hilton HHonors Surpass credit card. That’s enough for 1 night at a top-tier hotel or 10 nights at a lower category - read the details here.
    - 11 days ago Apr 13, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • Get Your Credit Score For Free With CreditKarma.com
    Your credit score can be the most important financial figure in your life. And in the world of earning frequent flyer miles, it is everything. Fortunately, knowing your score - and how to improve it - has never been so easy.
    - 15 days ago Apr 9, 2015, 4:00pm -
  • China 72 Hour Visa Free Policy: What It Is & What To Expect At The Airport
    China's new 72 hour visa free entrance policy makes traveling to the country hassle free. Save money and time with the free entrance, but after using it myself I note some important details.
    - 16 days ago Apr 8, 2015, 4:00pm -
  • 3% Return In First Year With Discover It Miles
    The brand new Discover it Miles credit card is making serious noise in the award space. Earn 3% return in your first year, using the miles on virtually any travel purchase.
    - 18 days ago Apr 6, 2015, 4:00pm -
  • Day In Pictures: Salkantay Trail To Machu Picchu, Peru
    A day in pictures of the Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru. A truly stunning display of raw nature, this trail takes you from imposing snow-capped mountains into deep, lush rainforest. Learn how to get there.
    - 20 days ago Apr 4, 2015, 5:00pm -

milepoint (Forums)

  • newTeh Penalty Box
    I think it's time for a new Box thread that works. So, here goes.
    - 9 mins ago Apr 25, 2015, 1:59am -
  • newHyatt Regency DFW Environmental Problems ???
    I thought it might just be me but after a friend who stayed in my room at the hotel the third night of my stay had the exact same issue, I decided it might be something about the hotel. I’m a doctor and I generally have a good understanding of my…
    - 10 mins ago Apr 25, 2015, 1:58am -
  • 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:
    - 46 mins ago Apr 25, 2015, 1:22am -
  • 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 hour ago Apr 25, 2015, 12:59am -
  • newOfficial Master Thread: SMD6 [Sold Out!]
    Last year was a very difficult year for the MegaDo organizers. We met with lots of busy airlines struggling with mergers, restructuring, new loyalty programs and more. We have had no less than 3 versions of this program ready to go, but each time had…
    - 2 hours ago Apr 25, 2015, 12:13am -
  • newDiamond Benefit at Centric Properties?
    What would be kind of benefits would Diamonds receive at Centric properties? T&C does not even have them listed yet. Will we receive full breakfast? is it 1000 points Diamond amenity?
    - 3 hours ago Apr 24, 2015, 11:04pm -
  • newDelta Forum Lounge Thread
    Where would DL milepointers shoot the breeze besides the DL Forum Lounge Thread.So here it goes...
    - 3 hours ago Apr 24, 2015, 11:03pm -
  • newBeijing/Shanghai/Hong Kong/Bangkok
    Great luxury dining?
    - 4 hours ago Apr 24, 2015, 10:06pm -
  • newAm I crazy to go to Tijuana?
    I have a few days in LA, and a rental car. I was thinking about spending a day in Tijuana. What are your thoughts? Is it generally safe these days? Am I crazy?
    - 4 hours ago Apr 24, 2015, 9:53pm -
  • newThe best item in your carry-on?
    Spurred by the article below, we've been thinking: what is the best - the one indispensable - piece in your carry-on that has saved you on many a-trip?Article was in the WSJ and has been back-of-mind since reading - we wanted to share and build on i…
    - 4 hours ago Apr 24, 2015, 9:49pm -

Flyertalk MilesBuzz

  • newmobile FT is an attrocity
    I think we all know this basic fact, but now that "view full site" links back to the mobile site (with a LOOOONG delay), I feel compelled to complain. -most of us have phones that are capable of using the "full site" -if you were capable of...
    - 16 mins ago Apr 25, 2015, 1:52am -
  • newHelp with AA award ticket FCO to USA
    Hi: I managed to snag 2 BC award tickets on AB for our upcoming trip to Rome in September out of JFK. However, I am having a really difficult time finding BC coming back. We'd like to fly back on 10/3 (can do 10/4 if we have to). I have tried...
    - 20 mins ago Apr 25, 2015, 1:48am -
  • newMy first First! Need tips!
    Hi all, I just booked a sAAver F award DUB-LHR-PHL-BWI for May 3. This will be my first time in Int'l F. So, despite knowing that BA F isn't exactly stellar, I'm still looking forward to the experience. And, I need your help in maximizing my...
    - 27 mins ago Apr 25, 2015, 1:41am -
  • newGlobal Upgrade (PU590) - Expiration Policy
    Quick question about the new Global Upgrade certificates offered to Diamonds: how do the expiration dates work? Let's say a certificate expires on September 1st. Which of these is correct? 1- ticket must be reissued (e.g. all segments...
    - 34 mins ago Apr 25, 2015, 1:34am -
  • newFL Congressman introduces bill to "crack down" on TSA
    I'm glad to see someone in Congress recognizing the problems. I wonder if this bill will actually go anywhere... http://www.travelpulse.com/news/airlines/watch-congressman-wants-crackdown-on-tsa-agents.html
    - 36 mins ago Apr 25, 2015, 1:32am -
  • newRefund on nonrefundable ticket if visa is not granted
    Thought I would see if anyone had an experience with this before I call AA. I've never seen this issue addressed in fare rules.... If I buy my partner a ticket (non US citizen) to come home with me and he is denied a visit visa, will AA refund..…
    - 36 mins ago Apr 25, 2015, 1:32am -
  • newUnited-First attempt at open-jaw award booking
    So looking to book a retirement present flight for mother-in-law to Greece. I have never booked an award flight+ open jaw so this is a good time to try and figure it out. I know we are allowed 1 stopover and 2 open jaws so I am trying to make...
    - 36 mins ago Apr 25, 2015, 1:32am -
  • newHow do you Transit Emirates to FlyDubai at DXB?
    Hi, How do you transit from an Emirates flight (Terminal 3) to a FlyDubai flight (Terminal 2) at DXB? Do I need to clear Immigaration and Customs, collect my bags and then re Check In with Fly Dubai? Or will the bags be checked through and I...
    - 39 mins ago Apr 25, 2015, 1:29am -
  • newIs baggage wrapping available at Lima International Airport?
    I will soon fly from Lima International Airport and my duffel bag is in pretty bad shape (several large holes in it). If there is baggage wrapping available at the airport I think my bag will make the trip. So, is there baggage wrapping available...
    - 44 mins ago Apr 25, 2015, 1:24am -
  • newYYZ- CPT question
    Flying YYZ to CPT through LHR. AC ticket but the second leg is operated by BA. Flying J. Does anyone have any suggestions as to: -how to get a seat assignment on BA and subsequently a boarding pass and - how to spend the 12 hour stopover-- is it...
    - 53 mins ago Apr 25, 2015, 1:15am -

Reddit r/churning

  • newApproved for Citi Premier, apply for Citi Prestige 8 days later?
    Recently did an AoR and got 7 new cards, one of which was the Citi Premier. I understand that people were able to apply for the exact same card, the AAdvantage ones, in the past and get approved. I don't exactly get how one would be able to convince…
    - 17 mins ago Apr 25, 2015, 1:51am -
  • newAm I getting this right?
    Never owned a reward card, never tried churning. I just want to make sure I get the basic picture, cause I feel like I'm missing something. So I sign up for a card with a large sign-up reward as long as I spend a minimum amount like $750. Can I just…
    - 1 hour ago Apr 25, 2015, 1:00am -
  • newThanks r/churning! Started in January and now I have a Companion Pass :)
    submitted by jgleit [link] [4 comments]
    - 2 hours ago Apr 25, 2015, 12:23am -
  • newCSP transferring question
    For transferring CSP points, do I have to transfer them to a reward program in my name? Or could I potentially use my UR points to pay for my spouse's (or a friends) ticket with points? submitted by mleland [link] [5 comments]
    - 2 hours ago Apr 25, 2015, 12:16am -
  • newChase Sapphire Plus and Chase Freedom 2 card system questions.
    Do I enable the 5% cash back for the Chase Freedom? My goal is flights...but the 5% category is only for cash back? Or can I get 5% points etc.? With a 35,000k annual income is this possible for me to gain benefits from churning? Ie: sapphire I have…
    - 2 hours ago Apr 24, 2015, 11:55pm -
  • newQuestion about the different Visa Prepaid Cards
    What is the difference between the many Visa Prepaid Cards? Are any of them preferable for MS? I figured I should just pick the lowest fee ones with a pin. The Greendot/Vanilla Reloads are the ideal ones to pick, because they offer the lowest fees, r…
    - 3 hours ago Apr 24, 2015, 10:41pm -
  • newHow can I register amex gift card to make online purchases?
    I called the number on the back of the card and there was no option to set the address/name on the card. submitted by phoenix7 [link] [2 comments]
    - 4 hours ago Apr 24, 2015, 10:10pm -
  • newRequesting Refund of FF Miles for Ticked Canceled for Medical Reasons
    Hi all - Not sure if this is the best sub for this but thought some here would likely know. I recently had a major medical issue come up and had to cancel a roundtrip flight - outbound was FF and inbound was cash. I am trying to get AA to refund both…
    - 6 hours ago Apr 24, 2015, 8:26pm -
  • newMillion Miler AA status
    Hey, I'm not sure if this is known, but I accidentally let my MS miles expire and then paid the fee to re-instate the miles. The miles used it not be a part of the million miler and those miles count towards the million miler program. submitted by…
    - 7 hours ago Apr 24, 2015, 7:13pm -
  • newCitigold + Citi Prestige $250 AF Data Point
    YMMV, but applied for Citi Prestige today in-branch for the $350 annual fee with 30k TYP after $3k spending and 30k TYP after another 12k spending. Rep told me of another promotion Citigold is having where you can get another $100 off your AF with Pr…
    - 7 hours ago Apr 24, 2015, 7:13pm -

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