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The Points Guy

  • new10 Unexpected Airport Amenities You Won’t Believe
    Whether you’re stuck in an endless delay, find yourself with a layover, or have merely arrived early for your flight, TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne wants you to know that several U.S. airports offer a little something extra in terms of rela…
    - 6 hours ago 22 Nov 14, 5:59pm -
  • newDouble Points To Asia, Bonus HHonors, Discounted Starpoints
    Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn Double Business Extra points with American Flying to Asia from the USA American Airlines has partnered with Japan Airlines to offer double Business E…
    - 11 hours ago 22 Nov 14, 1:29pm -
  • Chase VIP Shopping Mall Lounge for United Cardmembers
    This holiday season, Chase is offering VIP lounges for United MileagePlus cardholders at two major US shopping malls, one in San Francisco, and the other in Short Hills, NJ. These lounges will be accessible to primary cardholders of any Chase United…
    - 1 day ago 21 Nov 14, 9:29pm -
  • Contest Roundup: Win Air France Miles, London Trip, Relax in Puerto Rico
    Check out the week in travel contests and sweepstakes for your chance to win a wine trip to France, win thousands of Air France miles, see relax in Puerto Rico, eat your way through Palm Beach & tour London. Win Thousands of Miles From Air France Pla…
    - 1 day ago 21 Nov 14, 7:29pm -
  • Delta Announces New Airbus A350 and A330-900 Orders
    In a blow to American aviation manufacturer Boeing, Delta announced yesterday that from 2017 to 2019, the airline will replace its older Boeing 747-400s and 767-300ERs with 25 long-haul A350-900s and 25 medium-haul A330-900neos from European-owne…
    - 1 day ago 21 Nov 14, 4:59pm -
  • What Are Points & Miles Worth? November 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 particular…
    - 1 day ago 21 Nov 14, 2:59pm -
  • Three Credit Cards for Mid-Tier Hotel Award Nights
    One of my foremost pieces of advice to award travelers is to make sure you earn points and miles on every dollar you spend, and the best way to do that is by using the right rewards credit card, or in many cases, cards. Today TPG Senior Points and…
    - 1 day ago 21 Nov 14, 1:08pm -
  • My Favorite Use of Points Ever? VIP at the Knicks With SPG
    As airlines and hotels programs devalue their points by increasing the amount of points needed for free flights and rooms, redeeming for non-travel experiences is becoming more and more appealing. Especially for road warriors, sometimes a vacation is…
    - 2 days ago 20 Nov 14, 8:56pm -
  • United Devalues MileagePlus Premier Program
    Delta recently devalued it’s SkyMiles program by increasing the Medallion Qualifying Dollar thresholds, and United quickly followed by raising their Premier Qualifying Dollar thresholds for 2015. This time around, United decided it was time to mak…
    - 2 days ago 20 Nov 14, 6:39pm -
  • Thursday Giveaway: $500 TodayTix Broadway Ticket Voucher
    One of the great cultural perks of New York City, is it’s amazing theatre scene. From classics by Ibsen to dazzling showstopping productions like Kinky Boots, there is something for everyone! Unfortunately, some theatre ticket prices have recently…
    - 2 days ago 20 Nov 14, 4:29pm -

Frugal Travel Guy

  • Credit Cards with Mileage Discounts on Award Bookings
    Recurring benefits are an important factor to consider when deciding whether a credit card is worth the annual fee. These benefits often come in the form of elite status, airport lounge access, annual free nights or an annual point bonus. A few cards…
    - 1 day ago 21 Nov 14, 11:00pm -
  • Passive Point Earning Opportunities
    At least once a week, Rick and I talk about strategies to increase our passive income (income acquired on a regular basis with little to no effort required). Common sources of passive income come from rental properties, interest from bank accounts a…
    - 1 day ago 21 Nov 14, 8:00pm -
  • Strategies to Combat Revenue-Based Mileage Programs
    The Wall Street Journal recently published an intriguing article about how frequent flyers are looking for loopholes to maximize miles earning when Delta and United’s revenue-based rewards programs go into effect on January 1, 2015 and March 1, 201…
    - 1 day ago 21 Nov 14, 5:09pm -
  • Park Lane Sheraton and Other Frugal Options in London
    When my husband and I planned our trip to London this fall, we hoped to use up some of the Starwood Preferred Guest points we’ve acquired with our Starwood Preferred Guest American Express card. Fortunately, SPG has a ton of hotels to choose from i…
    - 2 days ago 21 Nov 14, 8:00am -
  • The Keys to Frugal Travel Success
    I get asked almost daily what it takes to travel the world at the prices I pay. I could lay a line about the best credit card offer here and the best redemption there, but in truth, it is an attitude and some specific qualities that make for success…
    - 2 days ago 20 Nov 14, 11:00pm -
  • Boo, Hiss: Negative Changes to JetBlue Confirmed
    A couple of weeks ago, we wrote about several rumors going around about changes that appeared to be on the way from JetBlue. Unfortunately, the worst two rumored changes have been confirmed: JetBlue will add a checked-bag fee in the first half of 20…
    - 2 days ago 20 Nov 14, 10:19pm -
  • Are Chip and PIN Credit Cards Actually More Secure?
    Whether you care about how the Chip and PIN technology works, you should know that Chip and PIN cards are more secure than the magnetic strip cards that are still used for the vast majority of transactions in the US. A great explanation of why Chip &…
    - 2 days ago 20 Nov 14, 8:00pm -
  • Frugal Travelers: We Want Your Stories!
    Are you a stay-at-home mom obsessed with miles? A college student paying tuition for the points? Or a newbie figuring out how easy awards booking can make life? Whatever sort of frugal traveler you might be, we want to hear from you! Tell us your fru…
    - 2 days ago 20 Nov 14, 4:22pm -
  • Chronicles of Traveling with a Lap Infant: Part II
    This is the second of a multi-part series of articles chronicling our experiences traveling with our baby daughter, Mila, who was born in January of this year. As discussed in Part I of this series, our first couple of flights with Mila were a resou…
    - 3 days ago 20 Nov 14, 8:00am -
  • Travel Challenge: St. Lucia with Limited Flexibitilty
    The island of St. Lucia is a special place for me. Sara and I honeymooned there for a week in 2008 and returned 5 years later for an equally fantastic time. It was the right destination for us; a week hanging out at the beach on the west cost of the…
    - 3 days ago 19 Nov 14, 11:00pm -

One Mile at a Time

  • newWeekly Review: November 22, 2014
    Good morning from (sweltering hot) Sydney! This has been such an incredible and fantastic week. This trip with my dad is hands-down the best I've ever taken, and it's been so much fun sharing the stories with you guys. He's loving the comments as wel…
    - 4 hours ago 22 Nov 14, 8:33pm -
  • newSinging Happy Birthday On An Airplane!
    On Thursday our journey around the world continued, with a flight from Singapore to Melbourne in Singapore Airlines first class. This is the segment that I was most personally disappointed in myself over. That's because when I first booked the trip,…
    - 7 hours ago 22 Nov 14, 5:03pm -
  • newCondoms At Australian Airports — WTF?!
    I was using the restroom at Melbourne Airport today, when I noticed this vending machine by the door, with the verbiage "Minimum Size, Maximum Convenience." Now, I've seen vending machines at airports for feminine products, diapers, shaving cream, et…
    - 9 hours ago 22 Nov 14, 3:03pm -
  • newPassenger Removed From A Flight Over Allergies?!
    Check out this NBC 10 Philadelphia story about a girl who was removed from a US Airways flight between Charlotte and Philadelphia after she asked the flight attendant for Benadryl due to allergies. Apparently they kept asking her the trigger question…
    - 11 hours ago 22 Nov 14, 1:33pm -
  • newHas Chase Discontinued Partnership With Korean Air?
    GAH. I just landed in Sydney so let's mark this as "developing," until I have a chance to get in touch with someone at Chase, but it seems more than likely that Korean Air is no longer a transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards. In scrolling throu…
    - 20 hours ago 22 Nov 14, 4:23am -
  • Sneak Peek: New IHG PointsBreaks List
    IHG Rewards Club’s PointBreaks is traditionally one of the best promotions in the hotel industry. Through this promotion, select hotels are available for just 5,000 points per night. Since IHG Rewards Club points can be indirectly purchased for 0.…
    - 1 day ago 22 Nov 14, 12:03am -
  • Cool Video Of Emirates A380 Maintenance Check
    Last week Emirates uploaded a pretty snazzy video to their YouTube channel of an A380 3-C maintenance check, which took about two months to complete. I think a lot of people don't realize just how extensive maintenance checks on airplanes are. They'r…
    - 1 day ago 21 Nov 14, 10:06pm -
  • Redeem Miles For Etihad A380 First Class?
    There's no doubt that the "hottest" new aircraft entering the commercial aviation market this year is Etihad Airways' A380 (sorry Your Excellency, your plane might be a distant number two, unless we count the amount of drama, in which case you win by…
    - 1 day ago 21 Nov 14, 8:03pm -
  • Review: Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse New York JFK
    I had a commitment in New York City until around 5:30PM, so only made it to JFK at around 6:30PM, less than two hours before departure. Singapore Airlines flies out of Terminal 4, and by the time I checked in I seemed to be the only person at the cou…
    - 1 day ago 21 Nov 14, 6:33pm -
  • Why Aren’t There Nicer Seats To Hawaii?
    A common award request PointsPros receives is for trips to Hawaii, which has seen insane growth over the past few years with Alaska’s (the airline, not the state ;) ) expansion from the West Coast. Quite often people are looking for the best produc…
    - 1 day ago 21 Nov 14, 5:03pm -

View From the Wing

The Frequent Miler

  • Bet You Didn’t Know: The magic of Google Flights
    By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate…   Google’s Flight Search, often referred to simply as Google Flights, has quickly become my preferred search tool for airline flights. Perhaps you’re surprised to hear that. Maybe you’re even shak…
    - 2 days ago 21 Nov 14, 11:25am -
  • REDbird questions answered
    I did it. I finally got around to writing the complete guide to REDbird.  More specifically, it’s called “The complete guide to REDbird: The Target Prepaid REDcard.”  What is REDbird and why should I care, you ask?  Please see: REDcard chang…
    - 3 days ago 20 Nov 14, 11:28am -
  • Citi Prestige experiment failed, yet I’m way ahead. Here’s how…
    In September, I started an experiment with the Citi Prestige card.  I knew that its benefits were changing drastically as of October 19th and so I wanted to see if I could double up.  Specifically, could I earn the $200 airline fee credit before Oc…
    - 4 days ago 19 Nov 14, 11:25am -
  • Awesome Amex Sync Offers! Free money, mini shopping spree, and rebates up to 50%
    Amex is on a an incredible roll lately.  Through various promotions, they’re handing out cash to cardholders like its going out of style.  Here’s a roundup of some of the best current offers and how to play them… Background American Express r…
    - 5 days ago 18 Nov 14, 11:25am -
  • 30,000 miles to nowhere. Let’s do it!
    In my post “The last great mileage run” I described a one time opportunity to get top tier AAdvantage elite status (Executive Platinum) by enrolling in and completing the US Airways Preferred Status Trial.  Enrolling in the trial costs between $…
    - 6 days ago 17 Nov 14, 11:25am -
  • Bluebird is now eligible for Amex Sync offers!
    For quite a while, Serve has had an edge over Bluebird not just for online credit card loads, but also for its ability to participate in Amex Sync Offers.  Now, Doctor of Credit reports that Bluebird has caught up and can now be registered for these…
    - 6 days ago 16 Nov 14, 1:20pm -
  • Bet You Didn’t Know: Tricks to using Virgin Atlantic miles to fly Delta
    By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate…   It’s fascinating to me that so many airlines have decided it’s fair to promote a “free” ticket loyalty program and then turn around and charge several hundred dollars in fuel surcharges for one…
    - 9 days ago 14 Nov 14, 11:05am -
  • 50X Southwest points per dollar!
    Through the end of this year, 1-800-Flowers is offering 1500 Southwest Rapid Rewards points for each purchase of $29.99 or more.  You must use code RR57 at checkout to qualify. If you use the Passport program for free shipping and buy something that…
    - 9 days ago 13 Nov 14, 10:00pm -
  • A card I wrongly ignored
    I don’t know how I missed this.  Last weekend I was at the “West Coast DO,” which was a meet-up primarily for people interested in manufacturing spend.  At the DO, there was naturally a lot of talk about the semi-demise of the old Amex Blue C…
    - 10 days ago 13 Nov 14, 11:25am -
  • Reloadable debit cards spotted at Target. I’m not sure this is a good thing…
    Reloadable debit cards at Target Over the weekend, a reader tweeted a photo of reloadable debit cards that he found at Target. The cards shown include GreenDot Visa, GreenDot MasterCard, MyVanilla Visa, and NetSpend Visa.  All of these cards are rel…
    - 11 days ago 12 Nov 14, 11:25am -

The Flight Deal

The Free-quent Flyer

  • Pro tip: finding information on this site
    My goal when starting this blog was to write the kind of blog I would want to read, and part of that project has been the fact that I almost never repeat the same information twice. If I were an affiliate blogger I might find excuses to repeat the s…
    - 2 days ago 20 Nov 14, 11:06pm -
  • Using US Bank Flexpoints for hotel stays
    Flexpoints, US Bank's proprietary rewards currency, are famously most valuable when redeemed for airfare: they're worth between 1.33 and 2 cents each, which makes the US Bank Flexperks Travel Rewards card an (almost) unlimited 2.66% to 6% rewards…
    - 4 days ago 18 Nov 14, 9:28pm -
  • Quick hit: free money from American Express and Marriott Hotels
    I don't write about (or take advantage of) deals like this very often anymore, but this one is easy enough to be worth a quick mention.If you registered in time for the current American Express "Offer For You" at Marriott Hotels, you can get a $50 st…
    - 6 days ago 16 Nov 14, 7:35pm -
  • How my thinking has "evolved" on the costs of manufactured spend
    One principle I've always tried to adhere to on this site is transparency with my readers. That's why I periodically share my income from book sales, referrals to services like Uber, PayPal subscriptions, and so on, and why the comment sections are a…
    - 7 days ago 15 Nov 14, 10:16pm -
  • Why everyone's talking about the Diners Club Card Elite
    Back in September I was the first blogger to observe that the new Diners Club Card Elite, which earns 3 Club Rewards points per dollar spent at "grocery stores, supermarkets, drug stores, pharmacies and automobile fuel service stations when you pay a…
    - 11 days ago 12 Nov 14, 11:00am -
  • Do this now: more Fall promotions
    Starwood Preferred GuestOnce you've registered for Starwood's fall promotion (double points between September 15 and December 15, 2014, and triple points for stays including a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday night), sign into your Starwood Preferred Gues…
    - 11 days ago 11 Nov 14, 10:27pm -
  • Reflections on #WestCoastDO
    If you follow me on Twitter you know I spent this past weekend in Phoenix at the second gathering organized in large part by Matt at Saverocity, who was also the motive force behind March's friendly Mile Madness competition.Before I get to my own tho…
    - 12 days ago 11 Nov 14, 5:04am -
  • Statement credits are worth (much) less than cash
    I've written several times in the last few weeks about hacking Marriott elite status using the Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Visa card, and received a number of e-mails and comments suggesting the Ritz Carlton Visa card might be a better option, all…
    - 19 days ago 4 Nov 14, 11:00am -
  • Do this now: double points with Hilton HHonors
    Registration is now open for Hilton's winter "Double Up" promotion, whereby you can earn double points between November 1, 2014 and January 31, 2015, starting with your second stay.I love staying with Hilton, but naturally make almost all my reservat…
    - 19 days ago 3 Nov 14, 8:17pm -
  • US Bank Visa Buxx address changes
    Obviously, I change addresses somewhat more frequently than your average worker bee. Back in May I moved to the Upper Midwest from New England, then in August my partner and I finally moved into our own place together. That's a lot of address changes…
    - 24 days ago 30 Oct 14, 10:00am -

Well Traveled Mile

  • newNew IHG PointBreaks List Coming Monday – December, January, and February 2015
    As you know, I think IHG Rewards Club’s PointBreaks promotion that offers select hotels around the world for a discounted 5,000 points per night, can be an amazing promo. Of course the promotion won’t fit everyone’s needs every time, but when a…
    - 2 hours ago 22 Nov 14, 10:09pm -
  • Quick Chase Credit Card Bonus Offer Updates

    - 2 days ago 20 Nov 14, 10:51pm -
  • Don’t Forget to Earn $10 Per Amex Card During Small Business Saturday
    American Express Small Business Saturday is returning this year on November 29, 2014. This is one of my favorite perks of having multiple American Express credit cards and it’s super easy to earn maximize the promotion—just go support your local…
    - 2 days ago 20 Nov 14, 10:40pm -
  • La Cumbrecita, Argentina: How to Get There, Where to Stay & What to Do
    La Cumbrecita, Argentina has been on my travel bucket list for quite some time now. During my last trip to Argentina the small mountain town eluded my travels, but after hearing word of the town’s quaint charm (cars are not allowed in the town) and…
    - 5 days ago 17 Nov 14, 8:54pm -
  • Guide to Mastering Bus Travel in Argentina
    If you’re considering to or have traveled to Argentina you’ve probably noticed that getting around the country is very expensive by flying. Argentina is a massive country. It’s the third largest country in the Southern hemisphere and stretches…
    - 6 days ago 17 Nov 14, 3:29am -
  • Ultimate Guide to Alaska Airlines Miles: Part 8 – Best Tips and How to Search for Award Seats
    Although not a heavy hitter as far as the airline credit card scene goes, but Alaska Airlines miles are among the best miles to accumulate for domestic and international travel. Alaska is not part of either of the major alliances, but it has 14 partn…
    - 8 days ago 14 Nov 14, 9:54pm -
  • Silvercar Offering 50% Rental Car Bookings Next Week
    Last week Silvercar announced a great promo to earn up to $200 per referral when you refer friends to use Silvercar. You’ll earn $100 for each person that signs up and rents a car for two days, plus a $500 bonus when you refer 5 friends. Well now S…
    - 10 days ago 13 Nov 14, 4:03am -
  • Highlights Of Each Hotel Loyalty Program
    Among hotel loyalty programs there is something that draws customers back to the hotel. For avid mile and points chasers the tactics may be ways to stretch their hotel points, earn easy status, or get ultra luxury benefits during stays. Given that ho…
    - 11 days ago 11 Nov 14, 2:36pm -
  • Which Barclays Credit Card Sign-up Bonus Should You Apply For?
    Barclays currently has several great credit card sign-up offers on the table—most of the offers are at an all-time high. Given that Barclays has several valuable sign-up offers it really comes down to how you can use the miles and points. Each card…
    - 13 days ago 9 Nov 14, 2:46pm -
  • Top 10 Best Credit Card Sign-up Bonus Offers for November 2014
    Every month I’ll post the top 10 best current credit card sign-up offers and update the list throughout the month if offers change. You can always check out my credit cards page for a full list of cards, but since the best credit card offers ar…
    - 14 days ago 8 Nov 14, 2:21pm -

MileValue

  • newHow I Just Blew Rudy Maxa’s Mind
    I just appeared on the Rudy Maxa radio show to talk about United making it harder to achieve elite status by adding a separate spending requirement on United tickets in addition to miles flown, a requirement which came into effect this year … Con…
    - 9 hours ago 22 Nov 14, 3:23pm -
  • 50k Bonus Miles on CitiBusiness AAdvantage Card
    The CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World MasterCard® is a business card that offers 50,000 bonus American Airlines miles and two Admirals Club lounge passes after spending $3,000 on the card in the first three months. This card is…
    - 1 day ago 21 Nov 14, 7:18pm -
  • Chase Freedom 20,000 Point Bonus
    The Chase Freedom is offering 20,000 bonus Ultimate Rewards after spending $500 in the first three months. This is double the normal sign up bonus. It is also offering up to 50,000 bonus Ultimate Rewards for existing cardholders who refer … Continu…
    - 2 days ago 21 Nov 14, 12:29am -
  • Last Minute Award Space to South American Summer
    The calendar is turning to Summer below the equator, and it’s not too late to book yourself an award to escape the cold in the United States. Many airlines release unsold seats as Saver award space in the last weeks, … Continue reading →
    - 2 days ago 20 Nov 14, 7:15pm -
  • Comparison of Four Major Airline Credit Cards
    American Airlines, United, Delta, and US Airways all release several co-branded credit cards with various benefits, bonuses, and fees. I have attempted to summarize the following cards on one table for easy comparison: Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum…
    - 3 days ago 20 Nov 14, 7:34am -
  • Delta Releases 2015 Award Chart
    Delta had already released its 2015 award chart for travel beginning in the United States (exlcuding Hawaii) and Canada, and now Delta has released SkyMiles Award Charts for 2015 from all other parts of the world. The current award chart … Continue…
    - 3 days ago 19 Nov 14, 6:20pm -
  • Uber New Rider Bonus Drops November 24
    Uber has replaced taxis for me. I always use the app for airport pickups and safely getting around on weekeend nights. Uber is the world’s best taxi service because it has clean, courteous drivers and the easiest ride-ordering app imaginable. Tap…
    - 3 days ago 19 Nov 14, 5:05pm -
  • No Stopovers on Delta Awards from January 1, 2015
    As widely predicted, Delta is eliminating stopovers on its awards starting January 1, 2015. Its SkyMiles program rules page says as much. This is a bummer, but the good news is that one way awards will be bookable with Delta … Continue reading →
    - 4 days ago 18 Nov 14, 2:19pm -
  • Two Tricks I Used on My Last Award Booking
    As you read this, I’m 35,000 feet up on my way to Medellin, Colombia. I was in Tucson over the weekend for a tennis tournament, and I didn’t have any exit flight booked. I really wanted to return to Colombia because … Continue reading →
    - 4 days ago 18 Nov 14, 2:02pm -
  • Register Now for American Express Small Business Saturday
    American Express Small Business Saturday is back the Saturday after Thanksgiving–November 29, 2014. You can register your American Express cards now. This year, you can get up to three $10 statement credits per American Express card. Since I have f…
    - 4 days ago 18 Nov 14, 2:00pm -

Frequent Flier

  • Recap: The Week’s Biggest Stories and Best Deals
    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 day ago 21 Nov 14, 7:02pm -
  • From Choice Hotels: Double Points for Mobile Bookings
    Between November 20 and December 17, Choice Privileges members can earn double points for bookings made via the Choice Hotels mobile app. A maximum of 30,000 bonus points may be earned through the promotion. Registration is required. Deal or No ... R…
    - 1 day ago 21 Nov 14, 5:25pm -
  • ‘Connection Day’ Means Free WiFi on 11/26
    In what has been dubbed “Connection Day,” Verizon Wireless, JetBlue, GoGo, Amazon, Pandora, and several other companies have banded together to make WiFi access and digital content available for free. The day in question is Wednesday, November 26…
    - 2 days ago 20 Nov 14, 7:47pm -
  • Southwest Promises to Not Nickel-and-Dime Flyers
    Within 24 hours of JetBlue’s announcement that it planned to impose fees for checked bags and reduce legroom in coach, the reactions of two of the airline’s key stakeholder groups have been expressed loudly and clearly. Wall Street is elated ...…
    - 2 days ago 20 Nov 14, 6:11pm -
  • United, Orbitz Sue Hidden-City Ticketing Site
    United and Orbitz are unlikely allies. Nevertheless, the two companies are jointly suing Skiplagged.com, a website that facilitates hidden-city ticketing. For those not in the know, hidden-city ticketing is the money-saving technique in which a trave…
    - 3 days ago 19 Nov 14, 8:02pm -
  • Coming from JetBlue: More Fees, Less Legroom
    The worst fears of JetBlue loyalists were confirmed today in a news release distributed in advance of the company’s Wednesday investors conference. The airline has been under pressure from Wall Street for months to boost its bottom line and, ultima…
    - 3 days ago 19 Nov 14, 5:47pm -
  • Delta Nixes Award Stopovers in 2015
    Airline mileage programs are famous for their devaluations and generally customer-unfriendly ways. But even in that context, Delta stands out for the number and severity of the negative changes its loyalists have been asked to endure. The new-for-201…
    - 4 days ago 18 Nov 14, 7:44pm -
  • United Upgrades Newark Airport Experience
    When’s the last time you heard someone say something nice about Newark Airport? For that matter, when’s the last time you heard someone say something nice about United Airlines? Compliments may be in the offing, as the two travel industry ... Rea…
    - 4 days ago 18 Nov 14, 6:00pm -
  • Marriott’s New WiFi Policy Angers Travel Agents

    - 5 days ago 17 Nov 14, 8:00pm -
  • Win a Cruise + 250,000 United Frequent-Flyer Miles
    Enter the United Cruises “1,000,000 Million Mile Cruise” sweepstakes by December 31, 2014, for a chance to win the grand prize: a $3,000 cruise voucher, plus 250,000 United MileagePlus miles. (Among other things, the miles could be used to fly ..…
    - 5 days ago 17 Nov 14, 5:13pm -

Travel is Free

  • newMaking Europe Plans After We Land
    We landed in Milan Friday morning on a mistake fare that a number of other people had booked, and the only thing I knew is that I didn’t want to actually stay in Milan. Since we had nowhere to be we took suggestions from some of the airport staff…
    - 53 mins ago 22 Nov 14, 11:14pm -
  • Testing ANA’s Star Alliance Award Searches and Booking
    I’ve been praising ANA’s current award chart a lot, and recently praising their soon to be award chart as well. But ANA isn’t just useful for booking Star Alliance awards, it’s useful for finding Star Alliance award availability. ANA is kno…
    - 3 days ago 19 Nov 14, 8:52pm -
  • Best Miles for Free Flights Within The USA
    I’ll mention what I believe are the three best airline miles to collect for domestic flights within the US. Each option I’ll mention will be priced significantly less than the typical 25,000 miles for a roundtrip you see with most big airlines. W…
    - 4 days ago 19 Nov 14, 7:21am -
  • Best Club Carlson Category 1 & 2 Hotels
    Club Carlson is one of my favorite programs to burn with, both because they have some reasonable redemptions, and the credit card gives a free night per redemption. Plus, there are ways to maximize those free nights by making more stays. But for us,…
    - 5 days ago 18 Nov 14, 7:54am -
  • How to time the Southwest Companion Pass like a pro
    The Southwest Cards are back to 50,000 points for the sign up bonuses, and this is super relevant as the year comes to a close for one incredible reason… the potential to have the Companion Pass for almost exactly two years. If you’re not familia…
    - 5 days ago 17 Nov 14, 9:45pm -
  • Getting Free Hotel Club Lounge Access
    I’m doing the FAQ and slowly trying to do posts on each of those questions, but a while ago Elaine asked about getting lounge access. And since I like free food, I decided to do posts on this. This post is about getting lounge access and breakfast…
    - 6 days ago 17 Nov 14, 6:18am -
  • Mileage Running Is Still Alive (for me at least)
    While I do plan on making the most of our Southwest companion pass next year, or at least I keep saying that, our international travel books up quick. November Flight: New York to Milan November Flight: Prague to Hong Kong December Hotels: Vienna and…
    - 11 days ago 12 Nov 14, 5:14am -
  • Alaska Airline Miles Best Prices (from the first partner award chart)
    Alaska is one of the coolest frequent flyer programs around. However, it functions differently than any other program I usually talk about. Instead of being in an alliance, Alaska is a sort of free agent that’s friendly with a ton of airlines in al…
    - 12 days ago 11 Nov 14, 5:42am -
  • African Safari Hotels on Points
    In the after math of a huge mistake fare (which I posted about yesterday) that led to tons of tickets to Africa for ~$200, including my second mistake fare to Africa booked in the last month, I figured some people may be going on a safari or two soo…
    - 13 days ago 10 Nov 14, 8:03am -

Frequent Flyer Bonuses

Million Mile Secrets

  • newThree $10 Statement Credits for AMEX Small Business Saturday!
    Are you ready to do a little free holiday shopping? American Express Small Business Saturday is next week and it’s time to register your AMEX credit cards. This year you will get three $10 statement credits when you use your AMEX … Continue read…
    - 4 hours ago 22 Nov 14, 8:00pm -
  • newBlog Giveaway: Amazon Prime Membership!
    Thanks for being the best blog readers!  This week we’re giving away 2 Amazon Prime memberships, good for 1 year. By doing your holiday shopping on Amazon you can avoid the lines and with Amazon Prime you won’t have to … Continue reading →…
    - 15 hours ago 22 Nov 14, 9:00am -
  • newFrequent Traveler University Ticket Winners!
    Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook or Twitter! Thanks to everyone who left a comment and tweeted to win the 10 tickets to Frequent Traveler University giveaway! Congrats to: Bo who commented: First of all, I love Washington, DC. Second of al…
    - 16 hours ago 22 Nov 14, 8:30am -
  • Earn 3,000 Southwest Bonus Points for Your 1st Hotel Booking With Rocketmiles
    You can earn 3,000 Southwest bonus points when you make your 1st booking with Rocketmiles!  Book by December 31, 2014, for stays through April 30, 2015. Southwest points are worth ~1.43 cents each so your 1st booking will earn you ~$43 towards ……
    - 1 day ago 21 Nov 14, 8:00pm -
  • “I Was Buying and Selling Dell Computers on eBay to Pay for College”
    Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook or Twitter! Welcome to the next installment of our interview series where folks share their thoughts about Big Travel with Small Money! Miles & Points Interview:   Life, Tailored Andrew writes Life, Tailo…
    - 2 days ago 21 Nov 14, 9:00am -

Nomadic Matt

  • 6 Lessons Learned from 3 Months in China
    China is a fascinating and rapidly changing country. Old customs and habits hang on as modern skyscrapers go up every second, the country becomes more of a global powerhouse, and people from around the world move there. Last year, my friend, Scott Yo…
    - 2 days ago 20 Nov 14, 2:00pm -
  • How to Change the “I’m Too Poor to Travel” Mindset and Say Yes to Travel
    “Your advice is great if you are middle-class, your parents are giving you money, or you’re from the West. Your website can never work for me. I’m too poor to travel. This advice is only for privileged people.” I encounter this line of though…
    - 5 days ago 17 Nov 14, 2:00pm -
  • 10 Common Fears That Stop You from Traveling Solo
    On the second Wednesday of the month, Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse writes a column featuring tips and advice on solo female travel. It’s not a topic I can cover and, since there’s a lot of female travelers out there, I felt it was importa…
    - 10 days ago 12 Nov 14, 2:00pm -
  • The No-Nonsense Guide to Data Security for Travelers
    On the first Tuesday 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 on data security. It’s topic that worries a lot of travelers (especially folks like me who work o…
    - 18 days ago 4 Nov 14, 1:59pm -
  • Falling in Love with the Land of Elves
    As we stared up at the sky, patches of neon and dark green changed to light pink and back to green. They came out of nowhere, hung like curtains on invisible hangers, and danced a duet to an unheard symphony. They would appear, vanish, and reappear a…
    - 19 days ago 3 Nov 14, 3:32pm -
  • How to Spend Four Days in Prague
    Prague is a destination that always seems to be in vogue. It’s been on the tourist map for a long time and the crowds show no signs of abating. Prague is a gorgeous, well-preserved medieval city coupled with a rich history, expansive parks, Vegas-s…
    - 23 days ago 30 Oct 14, 2:28pm -
  • How to Move Abroad and Save Money
    There are many people I look up to in travel writing. Tim Leffel is one of them. He’s been writing about budget travel long before I knew what travel, let alone budget travel, even was. He’s been places I’ve only dreamed about and was even kind…
    - 25 days ago 28 Oct 14, 1:41pm -
  • 9 Tips for Better Family Travel
    On the third Friday of every month, Cameron Wears from The Traveling Canucks is here to give us tips and advice on how to travel better with your kids. This is an often requested topic so I’m excited to have him on the team! Here is this month’s…
    - 29 days ago 24 Oct 14, 1:17pm -
  • Take the First Step Out the Door (A Community Challenge)
    The Dutch have a saying: “He who is outside his door already has the hardest part of his journey behind him.” It’s one of my favorite travel quotes. The first step in any endeavor is always the hardest. It takes courage. You have to overcome yo…
    - 30 days ago 23 Oct 14, 3:45pm -
  • 30 Fantastic Photos from Iceland to Inspire Your Next Trip
    Last month, I finally visited Iceland. Iceland wasn’t the impossible budget destination people made it out to be. The locals were warm and welcoming, took me around, and showed me their homes. They were incredibly hospitable and I made a lot of Ice…
    - 33 days ago 20 Oct 14, 2:52pm -

The Hustle Blog

  • 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…
    - 6 days ago 17 Nov 14, 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…
    - 12 days ago 10 Nov 14, 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…
    - 16 days ago 7 Nov 14, 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…
    - 51 days ago 3 Oct 14, 11:00am -
  • Chase Freedom 4th Quarter 2014 Bonus Categories are Live!
    It’s October 1st, the first day of Q4! Let’s get started earning those 7,500 Ultimate Rewards points. Don’t forget to activate your Chase Freedom cards to earn 5 points per dollar spent at the following bonus categories: Amazon.com Zappos.com S…
    - 52 days ago 1 Oct 14, 4:18pm -
  • Newark Airport Family Day 2014
    Finally, I can tell my nephew, who has been asking me about this since the beginning of summer, the great news. Newark Airport Family Day is back for 2014! We took my nephew the past 2 years and he absolutely loved it. Here are the details: October…
    - 54 days ago 30 Sep 14, 11:00am -
  • Small Business Saturday 2014
    Shop Small One of my favorite days of the year for free money is returning this year to kick off the holiday season. Small Business Saturday (Shop Small) will happen on November 29, 2014. Last year’s event was a bit of a downer due to the reduced s…
    - 55 days ago 29 Sep 14, 11:00am -
  • Chase Freedom 4th Quarter 2014 – 5x Points at Amazon & Department Stores
    You can now activate your Chase Freedom credit cards to earn 5 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent in the following categories: Amazon.com Zappos.com Select department stores JCPenney Kohl’s Macy’s Nordstrom Sears You can see the list of a…
    - 67 days ago 17 Sep 14, 11:00am -
  • After 3+ Years, Amazon Payments Will Come to an End
    Big news hit the manufactured spend circles this week. After more than 3 years of very easy manufactured spend, Amazon Payments will be ending its person to person payment options on October 13, 2014. You can find the new terms on Amazon’s help pag…
    - 72 days ago 12 Sep 14, 11:00am -
  • Credit Karma Now Provides Full Credit Report For Free
    I use Credit Karma for loosely monitoring my TransUnion-based credit score. It’s a free service and it will update your score once a week when you log in. Recently, they have added your full credit report to the list of features. This is a great…
    - 30 Jul 14, 6:36pm -

UPgRD

  • Upgrd 94: Captain Denny
    By Upgrd Podcast - Upgrd PodcastIn this frequent flyerpodcast we are joined by Captain Denny to discuss customerservice, the CaptainJason Dahl scholarship and frequent flyer news. Disclaimer: The views expressed are thepersonal opinions of the…
    - 14 Oct 12, 12:09am -
  • Upgrd 93: Airline Predictions 2012
    By Upgrd Podcast - Upgrd PodcastOur frequentflyers review our airline predictions from last year and prognosticateon upcoming airline and hotel promotions and changes in 2012.Although our crystal balls were somewhat clouded in 2011 a littlebit o…
    - 23 Feb 12, 8:00pm -
  • Upgrd 92: Adiós SpanAir
    By Upgrd Podcast - Upgrd PodcastJoin our frequent flyers as wediscuss the closure of SpanAir, the bankruptcy proceedings ofAmerican Airlines, and recent hotel and airline promotionsincluding:Delta may make run at US AirwaysUS Airways evaluate…
    - 3 Feb 12, 1:00pm -
  • Upgrd 91: Airline Mileage Devaluation
    By Upgrd Podcast - Upgrd PodcastIn this week's frequent flyer travelpodcast we discuss the recent airline news and changes manyairline mileage programs including:USAirways 100% mile bonus is backUnited and Continental get single operating certi…
    - 3 Dec 11, 3:19am -
  • Upgrd 90: End of Year Mileage Planning
    By Upgrd Podcast - Upgrd PodcastIn this frequent flyerpodcast we discuss Matthew's secretconnecting city, some special offers, and then answer listenersquestions. Topics include:Sale on Delta Club Passes and United Club PassesHilton's reward bo…
    - 27 Oct 11, 12:00pm -
  • Upgrd 89: Method to the Madness
    By Upgrd Podcast - Upgrd PodcastIn this week's frequent flyerpodcast, we are joined by Nicholas Kralev to discuss his newbook Decoding Air Travel. We discuss how you canconstruct your own airfare by looking at the airline tariffs andinventory bu…
    - 14 Aug 11, 11:42pm -
  • Upgrd 88: Credit Card Churning
    By Upgrd Podcast - Upgrd PodcastIn this week's frequent flyerpodcast we are joined by Rick, frugal travelguy, to discuss churning credit cards for the most frequentflyer and hotel points. Listen as we discuss:How you can apply for up multiple cr…
    - 27 Jul 11, 6:10pm -
  • Upgrd 87: Social Flights
    By Upgrd Podcast - Upgrd PodcastIn this week's frequent flyerpodcast we are joined by Allen of Corporate Flight Managementto discuss their new program socialflights.com. On social flights,individuals can group together to secure a corporate jet t…
    - 19 Jun 11, 3:24pm -
  • Upgrd 86: Springtime Travel
    By Upgrd Podcast - Upgrd PodcastIn this episode of our frequent flyerpodcast we welcome Seth from The Wandering Aramean blog to discuss:A recap of the Frequent Traveler Awards and LuncheonLufthansa A380 SFO inauguralStarwood SPG new promoAAdav…
    - 24 May 11, 11:22pm -
  • Upgrd 85: Our Travels
    By Upgrd Podcast - Upgrd PodcastIn this episode of our frequent flyerpodcast we discuss some recent trips and airline newsincluding:Captain Denny flight with a number of travelers from FlyertalkBehind the scenes tour at SFO before theflightT…
    - 11 Apr 11, 10:05pm -

Johnny Jet

  • Reader Travel Tip of the Day: Bring a Car Charger
    Bring a Car Charger Each Friday, we’re featuring a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from Ellie of Otter Creek, Maine, who says: “I travel a lot for business and need to keep my phone charged at all times.…
    - 1 day ago 21 Nov 14, 4:15pm -
  • Travel Style: Summer Hull
    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: Summer Hull, known online as Mommy Points Occupation:…
    - 1 day ago 21 Nov 14, 2:00pm -
  • Travel Tip of the Day: Use the Loo Right After Takeoff
    Use the Loo Right After Takeoff The moment the seatbelt sign goes off after takeoff, I get up to use the loo—even if I don’t really have to go to the bathroom that badly. I do it because I know that at this moment, I won’t have to wait in a lin…
    - 2 days ago 20 Nov 14, 5:00pm -
  • Travel Tip of the Day: Water Spout Caution
    Water Spout Caution Use caution when refilling your water bottles at a water dispenser in an airport or hotel, as these sorts of water sources can often carry germs. If you do use them, the most important thing to remember is to make sure not to t…
    - 3 days ago 19 Nov 14, 8:41pm -
  • Black Friday and Cyber Monday Travel Deals for 2014
    Here’s a list of Black Friday and Cyber Monday Travel Deals for 2014 Amazon Black Friday | Cyber Monday MSC Cruises is getting a head start on Black Friday and Cyber Monday with a special sale starting today and lasting through Monday, Dec. 1. For…
    - 3 days ago 19 Nov 14, 7:43pm -
  • JetBlue to Charge Baggage Fees and Pack More Seats In
    I’ve been telling people that if American Airlines follows Delta’s and United Airlines‘ unpopular move of changing their frequent flier program of earning miles based on ticket price rather than distance flown, that the big winner is going to…
    - 3 days ago 19 Nov 14, 5:48pm -
  • What To Do In Weather Delays and Flight Cancellations
    Here are my go-to tips, websites and apps for all you need to know about what to do in weather delays and flight cancellations: 1. Research: I don’t leave home without knowing the weather where I am and where I’m going—including at layover air…
    - 3 days ago 19 Nov 14, 5:11pm -
  • Top 10 in Travel News: Week of November 19, 2014
    THE TOP 10 IN TRAVEL NEWS THIS WEEK: Passenger gets $1,200 bill for in-flight Wi-Fi Pay Phones in New York City Will Become Free Wi-Fi Hot Spots Updated MileagePlus Premier Requirements for 2016 status Alaska Airlines launching new San Diego-Hawaii r…
    - 3 days ago 19 Nov 14, 2:00pm -

Doctor of Credit

  • Increased Signup Bonus on Citi ThankYou Card
    [This post does not contain any affiliate links.] The Offer Direct Link Citi offers 3 versions of cards that issue ThankYou points: Citi ThankYou Preferred. No annual fee. Regular signup bonus of 20,000 points. Citi ThankYou Premier. $125 annual fee,…
    - 2 days ago 21 Nov 14, 12:16am -
  • Co-branded Credit Cards That I Wish Existed
    Most card issuers have at least a few co-branded credit cards, usually these are with travel related companies but sometimes the partnerships can be a little bit out of the ordinary. Because the large airlines and hotel chains already have agreements…
    - 3 days ago 20 Nov 14, 11:42am -
  • U.S Bank Drops Restaurants As A 5% Cashback Category On Their Cash+ Credit Card
    U.S bank has made yet another negative change to their Cash+ credit card, it’s no longer possible to select restaurants as a 5% cash back category. Unlike other 5% cash back credit cards that offer rotating categories, the Cash+ card allows you to…
    - 3 days ago 20 Nov 14, 8:49am -
  • Amex Offer: Moneymaker with $25 Off $125 at J Crew, Split-Tender Online
    I recently conducted a J Crew experiment, and the results are just in. J Crew Offer Direct Link Spend $125 at J Crew of jcrew.com and receive a $25 statement credit. Signup is available via Twitter by tweeting #AmexJCrew from a connected Twitter acco…
    - 3 days ago 20 Nov 14, 4:40am -
  • 2015 5% Categories for Freedom and Discover
    [This post does not contain any affiliate links.] Discover IT and Chase Freedom both offer 5% cash-back categories, on up to $1,500 of spend. These categories switch quarterly. They recently released the details of the coming 2015 year categories. Di…
    - 3 days ago 20 Nov 14, 12:07am -
  • Free $10 for PNC Debit/Credit Cardholders with Visa Checkout
    We recently posted an offer of  Free $10 for Bank of America cardholders with Visa Checkout. More recently, it came to my attention a similar offer with PNC Bank. The Offer Direct Link Create a Visa Checkout account (similar to a Paypal account) and…
    - 4 days ago 19 Nov 14, 12:09am -
  • [Targeted] Spend $10 With Apple Pay & U.S Bank And Get $10 Credit
    The Offer Use Apple Pay with a linked, eligible U.S Bank credit card to make a purchase of $10 or more and receive a $10 statement credit The Fine Print This is a targeted promotion, if you did not receive the e-mail from U.S Bank you’re not eligib…
    - 4 days ago 18 Nov 14, 2:29pm -
  • American Express Testing Free FICO Scores As A Benefit
    A lot of card issuers have started offering free FICO scores to consumers under the FICO open access initiative. Citi was the last card issuer to tell consumers that they would be offering cardholders free access to their FICO scores starting in 2015…
    - 4 days ago 18 Nov 14, 1:30pm -
  • Underrated Blogposts
    Sometimes I put a ton of work into a post and it gets a lot of attention, other times I put a ton of work into a post and it gets virtually none. There are times where I am particularly proud of a post and nobody seems to notice. I decided it was a g…
    - 5 days ago 18 Nov 14, 10:51am -
  • HOT! Free $5 Amazon Gift Card with Chime (if you’re fast)
    Chime just unveiled a whole slew of new offers. I haven’t had a chance to look well, but there is one great offer: free $5 at Amazon. Spend $5 or more on Amazon.com and receive a $5 credit. I jumped right over to Amazon and purchased a $5 Amazon gi…
    - 5 days ago 18 Nov 14, 4:06am -

Hustler Money Blog

  • newSharebuilder Promotion Codes- Complete Bonuses & Free Automatic Investment Credits, November 2014
    Sharebuilder, an online brokerage founded in 1996, is now offering many bonuses and free automatic investment credits. Part of Capital One Bank, Sharebuilder offers an online trading platform that is ideal for the novice investor; no minimum balance…
    - 9 hours ago 22 Nov 14, 3:30pm -
  • newAmerican Express Gift Card Free Shipping Promo Codes
    Those who purchase American Express Gift Cards online, there will be shipping fees such as Standard USPS shipping, Express 2nd Day shipping, or Express Next Day shipping. Here are the Shipping Fees for American Express Gift Cards: Standard USPS Shipp…
    - 9 hours ago 22 Nov 14, 3:23pm -
  • newCiti Prestige Card Review
    Citi ThankYou® Prestige Card offers 30,000 bonus ThankYou Points after $2,000 in purchases made with your card in the first 3 months. This includes the $250 Air Travel Credit each year along with complimentary 4th night for any hotel stay. As a card…
    - 9 hours ago 22 Nov 14, 3:22pm -
  • newBank of America Visa Checkout $10 Bonus
    Bank of America/Visa Checkout is offering a $10 Prepaid Reward Visa Card when you sign up with a Bank of America Visa debit or credit card by 12/4/2014. There is no need to buy anything to get the $10 bonus but simply sign up for a Visa Checkout acco…
    - 11 hours ago 22 Nov 14, 1:13pm -
  • newAmazon $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 GCNOVEMBER good through November 30, 2014. You will need to be logged into your Amazon account to see the promotion if you qualify. Thos…
    - 15 hours ago 22 Nov 14, 8:38am -
  • newFeatured 0% APR on Balance Transfers & Purchases – November, 2014
    The Featured 0% Balance Transfer & Purchase Cards are available below from longest 18 months to the lowest 12 months intro period. If you are carrying a high balance and paying interest each month, you can save a lot of money by doing a balance trans…
    - 21 hours ago 22 Nov 14, 2:53am -
  • Chase Slate Review: 15 Months 0% APR Balance Transfer and Purchases with No Balance Transfer Fee
    By far the best card for a balance transfers, the Chase Slate® is offering a 0% Introductory APR on balance transfers and purchases for 15 months and $0 balance transfer fee! With no balance transfer fee for the first 60 days, the Slate from Chase i…
    - 1 day ago 21 Nov 14, 7:37pm -
  • tradeMONSTER Online Stock Broker Review
    tradeMONSTER is offering 60 days of commissions-free trading with no platform fees, no maintenance fees, and superior value on commissions. It’s the latest online trading technology, and a full suite of trading tools.  Owned by optionMONSTER, a fi…
    - 2 days ago 20 Nov 14, 9:22pm -
  • American Express Twitter Sync Offers, Bonuses, & Promotions- November 2014
    If you have an American Express card and a Twitter, Facebook, TripAdvisor, or Foursquare account, check out the complete list of Amex Offers, Bonuses, and Promotions below to receive statement credits worth $5 to $150. To earn a statement credit, you…
    - 3 days ago 19 Nov 14, 4:28pm -
  • Chase Freedom First Quarter 5% Cash Back Categories 2015
    Owners of the Chase Freedom® – $200 Bonus Cash Back will be happy to hear that the company has just announced its 5% cash back categories for the first quarter of 2015. Between January and March of next year, you can earn 5% rewards on up to $1500…
    - 4 days ago 18 Nov 14, 4:19pm -

Hack My Trip

  • Will Delta Create a New Mileage Currency to Restrict Access to Business Class?
    With all the miles being printed by the banks, it’s only a matter of time until we hear about an airline experimenting with yet another currency targeted at only their elite passengers. And that will be the only way to redeem for a seat in front. M…
    - 1 day ago 21 Nov 14, 12:10pm -
  • United Makes It Harder for Premier Members to Get Free Benefits
    In the past couple years, United Airlines has been hacking away at its MileagePlus loyalty program a little bit at a time. They made it harder to earn elite status, adding a new requirement to earn Premier Qualifying Dollars and spend a certain amoun…
    - 2 days ago 20 Nov 14, 3:40pm -
  • The Devil’s Advocate and the Gift Card Crusade of Doom
    From the desk of the Devil’s Advocate… I’m sitting in a Fairfield Inn & Suites room in Dallas. On the desk in front of me, mocking me quietly, is a $200 Marriott gift card. Most of you have already heard about the current AmEx Sync deal offe…
    - 3 days ago 20 Nov 14, 12:05pm -
  • Why Alaska Airlines Needs to Stop Boarding Early
    On Sunday I had another flight on Alaska Airlines flying home from San Francisco to Seattle. To anyone who travels regularly with Alaska, it should be no surprise that the flight boarded early. How early I don’t know because I wasn’t there, but…
    - 4 days ago 18 Nov 14, 2:30pm -
  • Where Will American Express Put the New Centurion Studio in Seattle?
    Several bloggers reported yesterday that American Express is opening a new Centurion Studio at SeaTac in 2015. Unlike the several Centurion Lounges that have been opened in Dallas, San Francisco, and elsewhere, the Studio concept is going to be a sm…
    - 5 days ago 18 Nov 14, 12:05pm -

Maximizing Money

  • Capital One 360 Black Friday Sale 2014 Bonus Offers Are Coming
    The Capital One 360 Black Friday Sale will once again offers special promotions on a variety of Capital One 360 accounts from Friday, November 28th, through Monday, December 1, 2014.Check out the 2014 Capital One 360 Black Friday Promotions Page for…
    - 1 day ago 21 Nov 14, 4:20pm -
  • AAdvantage eShopping Mall Offers 1,050 Bonus Miles
    The AAdvantage eShopping Mall is offering up to 1,050 bonus American Airlines miles when you meet qualified spending through November 24, 2014.Just enroll in this AAdvantage eShopping Mall Promotion to earn up to 1,050 bonus AA miles.The post AAdva…
    - 1 day ago 21 Nov 14, 4:15pm -
  • Ting Mobile Service Refer A Friend Program $100 Credits
    The Ting mobile service offers new customers a free $100 credit toward a device or as a Ting credit, plus current customers can get $50 in credit for your referrals via the Ting Refer A Friend program.Just visit this Ting $100 Referral Link to get a…
    - 1 day ago 21 Nov 14, 4:10pm -
  • HelloFresh $20 Food Credit on Home Delivered Meals
    HelloFresh delivers fresh ingredients for home-cooked meals directly to your door including nutritious recipes, so that you can prepare delicious meals without any hassles.You can save $20 off your first order at www.hellofresh.com with the Promo Co…
    - 1 day ago 21 Nov 14, 4:07pm -
  • Amazon $10 Promo Code with $50 Gift Card Purchase – Targeted
    Amazon.com will give you a free $10 promotional code with a $50 Amazon Gift Card purchase, valid for targeted customers through November 30, 2014.Just click on this Amazon $10 Promotional Credit Offer and use code GCNOVEMBER to get a $10 promotional…
    - 2 days ago 20 Nov 14, 10:59pm -
  • $25 Bonus to Test Drive Car in Allentown or Langhorne, PA
    You can get a $25 Prepaid Visa bonus card to test drive a vehicle in Allentown or Langhorne, Pennsylvania.The post $25 Bonus to Test Drive Car in Allentown or Langhorne, PA appeared first on Maximizing Money.
    - 2 days ago 20 Nov 14, 10:55pm -
  • Free VIP Lounges for United MileagePlus Card Members in NJ and CA
    Chase is providing free VIP Lounge access for United MileagePlus Card members at 2 major malls in Short Hills, NJ, and San Francisco, CA, from November 22nd to December 24, 2014.The post Free VIP Lounges for United MileagePlus Card Members in NJ and…
    - 2 days ago 20 Nov 14, 9:20pm -
  • Free SiriusXM Radio Access – Your Radio Is On from November 19th to December 2nd
    Anyone with an inactive SiriusXM radio can listen for free from November 19th to December 2, 2014.Just turn your radio on to get Free SiriusXM Access for 2 weeks.The post Free SiriusXM Radio Access – Your Radio Is On from November 19th to Decembe…
    - 2 days ago 20 Nov 14, 9:19pm -
  • Cobbler Union Boots and Shoes $40 Referral Program Credits
    Cobbler Union provides luxury boots and shoes as well as bespoke shoemaking services with all of their shoes being handcrafted in Spain, plus new customers can get a $40 discount and earn $40 for each new customer that you refer.More Shoe Discounts…
    - 2 days ago 20 Nov 14, 9:16pm -
  • Scient Federal Credit Union Referral $10 Starbucks Gift Card
    Scient Federal Credit Union offers current members a $10 Starbucks Gift Card when you refer your friends to join Scient FCU.The post Scient Federal Credit Union Referral $10 Starbucks Gift Card appeared first on Maximizing Money.
    - 2 days ago 20 Nov 14, 7:59pm -

Boarding Area

  • newGas Explosion at Hyatt Regency Churchill Injures 14
    Late last night, there was a gas explosion at the Hyatt Regency Churchill around 11:40pm in the basement of the hotel. All 500 guests at the hotel were evacuated and are currently being put up at neighboring hotels. Per the BBC news: At least 14 p…
    - 2 hours ago 22 Nov 14, 9:49pm -
  • newUnited’s Sucker Bet: If You’re Hungry Enough, You’ll Waste Your Miles
    Conde’ Nast‘s Barbara Peterson looks at the United MileagePlus option to redeem miles for meals at their Newark hub. As part of an impressive re-do launching for United’s terminal at Newark, there are several top-end eateries going in. One feat…
    - 2 hours ago 22 Nov 14, 9:45pm -
  • newMost Visited Tourist Attractions in World
    Ever wonder what the most visited tourist attractions in the world are? Frequen flyer & world traveler Michael W looks at a list to see where he's been...The post Most Visited Tourist Attractions in World appeared first on Michael W Travels....
    - 3 hours ago 22 Nov 14, 9:20pm -
  • newUpdate – My US Airways Experiment
    You might remember that I took my first US Airways flights in a while last weekend. I posted about the experience overall here, and a snag that developed here. As I noted, for whatever reason, US Airways was unable to “see” my AAdvantage Gold/One…
    - 3 hours ago 22 Nov 14, 9:18pm -
  • newA Visit Into Iran
    “Amricouri! Amricouri!” That was the yell across the terminal from the passport officer as I smilingly placed my passport on the passport control counter of the Shiraz airport in Iran. Everyone in the airport stared at the lone American (me) that…
    - 3 hours ago 22 Nov 14, 8:54pm -
  • newWeekly Review: November 22, 2014
    Good morning from (sweltering hot) Sydney!This has been such an incredible and fantastic week. This trip with my dad is hands-down the best I've ever taken, and it's been so much fun sharing the stories with you guys. He's loving the comments as wel…
    - 4 hours ago 22 Nov 14, 8:33pm -
  • newLast Chance: Free Uber Rides (Up to $30) Ends Tomorrow
    One of the best Uber sign- up bonuses going on now be ending tomorrow, November 23,  but there’s still time to register and get a free $30 for your first Uber ride. Uber is a service that enables you to book a car service with the tap of your…
    - 4 hours ago 22 Nov 14, 8:28pm -
  • newMilwaukee to San Francisco 1st class $582 & 7488MQMs at 7.8CPM weekend Delta Mileage Run
    Folks it does not get much better than this. If you really want to for a slightly higher CPM you can fly out to SFO after work Friday and then redeye back and recover on Saturday. Better choice, IMO, is fly out Friday after work, over night, enjoy a…
    - 4 hours ago 22 Nov 14, 8:11pm -
  • newParking Options for the Upcoming FTU in DC
    A tip for those driving in for the Frequent Traveler University at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in December: if you don’t need in/out privileges, […]
    - 4 hours ago 22 Nov 14, 8:04pm -
  • newWestfield Unveils Disappointing Plan for Terminal 6 at LAX
    LAX is undergoing a massive transformation and I’m really happy about all most of the changes. The Tom Bradley International Terminal is an oasis in international travel, American’s Terminal 4 has really improved the pre-flight dining experience,…
    - 4 hours ago 22 Nov 14, 7:54pm -

Frequent Flyer Miles 101

  • newUpgrading domestic tickets on Delta: With miles or elite status
    I was recently asked by a friend how elite status upgrades on Delta work domestically (keeping in mind that Delta’s definition of “domestic” excludes Hawaii but does include certain foreign nations; congrats, Toronto, you guys are now American)…
    - 3 hours ago 22 Nov 14, 8:55pm -
  • Mileage shopping: Here comes the full-court press from the airlines
    Rule #2: Never buy anything on the internet without getting some sort of rebate.  Never.  Doesn’t matter if it’s miles, cash or box tops. So winter has arrived.  The bad news is that our boiler needs some repair.  The good news is that I just…
    - 1 day ago 21 Nov 14, 10:32pm -
  • JetBlue adds bag fees, more seats
    JetBlue announced today that it would be joining virtually every other airline in North America by adding baggage fees and seats to its planes, in addition to other minor changes.  Southwest now stands out as the only major airline without a first b…
    - 3 days ago 19 Nov 14, 8:54pm -
  • Tidbits from around the industry…
    JetBlue has launched a flash sale which will save you a bit of money, but the discount is only good through tomorrow night.  The two-day travel sale offers 15% off international flights and 20% off domestic and is good only on certain dates, namely…
    - 4 days ago 18 Nov 14, 2:34pm -
  • Lots of small changes going on at American Airlines and the good stuff won’t last…
    Note: I’m going to be out of town for the next few days, so posts might not be as frequent.  Assume every other day or so. It’s always nice to write a post after a big Patriots win.  Anytime Tom Brady can throw two interceptions and win by more…
    - 5 days ago 17 Nov 14, 2:21pm -
  • United Taketh Away, United Giveth and United Loseth a customer…
    Monkey see, Monkey do.  Matching Delta’s increase, United has announced that it is raising the amount of spend you need on tickets to accompany you miles to earn elite status for 2016 by 20%.  Like Delta, you can have the ticket-spend minimum wai…
    - 7 days ago 15 Nov 14, 10:18pm -
  • Thanksgiving week deals, sort of…

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  • Airline Miles and Hotel Points Expiration Policies
    One of the most frustrating facets of frequent flyer/hotel programs is that, if you have no activity in your account for a certain period of time, your points can expire.  “Activity” might be anything from a stay/flight to a simple redemption. …
    - 9 days ago 13 Nov 14, 10:52pm -
  • Why an airline credit card may not be your best bet (even for that airline!)
    (Please note: many of the cards that I will discuss are available through the travel rewards banner found toward the bottom of the page here.  You don’t have to use these links, of course, but if you do, I really appreciate the support!) Over the…
    - 10 days ago 12 Nov 14, 11:10pm -
  • 500 Free Starwood points. Seriously, totally free.
    They don’t get easier than this one.  Register for the SPG More For You promotion.  Then, go into your Starwood profile (Sign in, click on your name, choose “My Profile” at the left) and make any change to your Stay Preferences, which is tow…
    - 11 days ago 11 Nov 14, 11:59pm -

Mr. Free Miles

milepoint (Forums)

  • new25th Wedding Anniversary-that deserves a good trip,right?
    Ladies, gentlemen and other milepointers-Next October, my husband and I will be celebrating 25 years together. Trying to think of a great trip while utilizing the correct amount of miles-(so as not to use more than necessary) but before I figure wha…
    - 17 mins ago 22 Nov 14, 11:50pm -
  • newLuxe Valet App
    So... I remember posting about Uber when they were starting up a few years back... http://milepoint.com/forums/threads/uber-car-service.24676/And I was sort of dismissive of it, and now in spite of all the woes it's like a $10 billion company... som…
    - 20 mins ago 22 Nov 14, 11:47pm -
  • newOWMD 2?
    Realize you guys are hard at work in SMD4 and possible RTWMD - any insight into a second OWMD would be appreciated!!
    - 22 mins ago 22 Nov 14, 11:45pm -
  • newTell us what you think/Strongly Agree/Yes, it was easy...
    If you don't think so and respond to the UA web survey differently, you can bet that the subsequent website "enhancements" that will be delivered will be.... well, you know what they will be. You MP readers ought to, by now.I bet ANY changes will d…
    - 41 mins ago 22 Nov 14, 11:26pm -
  • newTeh Penalty Box
    I think it's time for a new Box thread that works. So, here goes.
    - 57 mins ago 22 Nov 14, 11:10pm -
  • newChoice Privileges member's referral bonus
    New members referred by an existing member get 500 bonus points on their first stay, and the existing member gets 500 points as well.If anyone needs a Choice Privileges Referral, just send me a PM with your first name and your email address, and I'll…
    - 1 hour ago 22 Nov 14, 11:07pm -
  • newBlankets in Y on red-eyes.....bye bye???
    I have now done several red-eyes on UA in the back of the bus.What disturbs me is that these flights were specifically targeted for blankets since most passengers slept for the duration of the flight.I am now 0/3 on my last 3 coach red-eyes for blan…
    - 2 hours ago 22 Nov 14, 10:23pm -
  • 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…
    - 2 hours ago 22 Nov 14, 9:54pm -
  • newNEXUS/Global Entry Discussion Thread for AC Flyers
    Given the popularity of Nexus for coming and going between Canada and the USA, and now the additional benefit of Global Entry for NEXUS members, I thought a thread here may be of use for the AC flyers here to continue to discuss these programs.
    - 3 hours ago 22 Nov 14, 9:26pm -
  • newProtest against United's planned changes to MileagePlus
    As the maintainer of the passengers' rights website, Untied.com, I've been asked to publicize the protest action by a group of long term MileagePlus members in response to United's planned changes to its program. Starting December 4, they're calling…
    - 4 hours ago 22 Nov 14, 8:30pm -

Flyertalk MilesBuzz

  • newCriteria for a flight to offer Premier Accelerator?
    I'm 608 miles short of Platinum and have no more scheduled flights this year. I understand the theory of buy a ticket, buy Miles Accelerator, then buy Premier Accelerator, then cancel ticket. But I just tried that SFO-PHX and there was no...
    - 2 hours ago 22 Nov 14, 10:00pm -
  • newInt'l baggage recheck at BWI?
    I have an international -> domestic connection on Southwest at BWI. I was wondering if I should be on the lookout for a baggage recheck area right outside CPB or if I'll need to schlep it to the check in counter on the other side of the airport....
    - 2 hours ago 22 Nov 14, 9:59pm -
  • new787 is now my favourite plane!
    This week in YVR, Air Canada had a little show and shine with their 787 Dreamliner. I was able to speak with the captain and the on board coach as well as have a quick sample of all 3 cabins. Without flying this bird yet, I can't find any drawbacks..…
    - 2 hours ago 22 Nov 14, 9:48pm -
  • newAny down side to one-way award travel?
    Sorry for the very basic question. I have never booked one way award travel before. Looking at a TATL trip. Nothing available up front for Saverpass a Saver Award outbound at present but there is Saverpass Saver Award in Global First...
    - 2 hours ago 22 Nov 14, 9:43pm -
  • newCredit card bill pay machine at Target?
    Today I went to Target to load my redcard. I noticed there is a kate style machine in the corner next to the exit. It is off though. It seems that it can pay credit card. I am not sure whether it only pays target credit card or any credit card. Has.…
    - 3 hours ago 22 Nov 14, 9:37pm -
  • newBA Aircraft from LCY 2007/8
    Hello, I know the ERJs only came in perhaps 2009, but what would BA Cityflyer have been using from LCY on domestic routes in around 2007 & 2008? Presumably BAE146 or something like that? Thanks S
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  • newAC MLL & Foodservice provider
    Some members have posted that they noticed or are sure there has been a change in caterers at the MLLs. A while back, one of the YYZ TB concierges told me the new company is Compass. One of the issues that bothered me was that both in YYZ and...
    - 3 hours ago 22 Nov 14, 9:23pm -
  • newintra-European C baggage allowance
    I've looked at the Finnair website (http://www.finnair.com/INT/GB/information-services/baggage/checked-baggage) and just wanted to confirm I'm reading the information correctly that an AA EXP travelling in AY C LHR-HEL on a BA ticket would be...
    - 3 hours ago 22 Nov 14, 9:21pm -
  • newROSETTA STONE “Around The Globe” 12/31/14dl, daily, 18+, US50+DC
    Grand Prize is a $2,500 Apple Vacations travel voucher which can be used on any Apple Vacation to anywhere they offer. *ROSETTA STONE “Around The Globe” Sweepstakes* *Eligibility:* Around The Globe Sweepstakes (the “Promotion”) is open…
    - 3 hours ago 22 Nov 14, 9:09pm -
  • newKVS Tool and Miles and More award availability
    KVS tool under Miles and Mores shows award space availabilty for several days I am considering for travel yet when I go online to book or call Miles and More they say no seats are available. Anyone else finding this ? Thanks
    - 3 hours ago 22 Nov 14, 9:07pm -

Reddit r/churning

  • newBest credit card offers?
    I know a lot of the deals get posted on here periodically, but is there a consolidated list of current offers? submitted by landof303 [link] [comment]
    - 19 mins ago 22 Nov 14, 11:48pm -
  • newHow many times can you churn a card before the banks stop issuing them to you?
    I can't imagine they'd give you the bonus more than 3 or 4 times... submitted by eltigre_rawr [link] [5 comments]
    - 59 mins ago 22 Nov 14, 11:08pm -
  • newBest Points Hotels in Koh Samui?
    Anyone have any experience booking a hotel in Koh Samui using points? Any recommendations? submitted by Frbtun [link] [6 comments]
    - 5 hours ago 22 Nov 14, 7:32pm -
  • newRedbird vs. Softserve
    The allure of the Target Prepaid REDcard (aka "Redbird"), particularly the opportunity to accomplish gift card reloads at Target instead of WalMart, is evident, and I am contemplating the switch from Serve, but (and I may be missing something), it lo…
    - 5 hours ago 22 Nov 14, 7:30pm -
  • newAA and US Airways Merger
    Not 100% if this is the right sub, but it is relevant for picking a FF program to target. I was wondering if anyone had any insight on the upcoming merger and the effects on their frequent flyer programs. It seems as though US Airways is the little b…
    - 6 hours ago 22 Nov 14, 5:48pm -
  • newDoes United Mileageplus treat Amex Serve as cash exchanges?
    I recently learned about churning and wanted to give it a try. I received the 50K offer email from United Mileageplus. Here's what I had planned: Apply for the United card. Apply for the Serve Card. Use the combination to pay rent. But I recently sa…
    - 8 hours ago 22 Nov 14, 4:01pm -
  • newHow do I get targeted offers?
    I've been churning for about a year now. Great credit, multiple accounts, blah blah blah. Have yet to receive a targeted offer (email or snail mail) other than what can be found anywhere out there available to the public. Is there something I need to…
    - 18 hours ago 22 Nov 14, 5:42am -
  • newAnyone had issues with SoftCard after changing phone service providers.
    I switched from Verizon to T-Mobile, but kept my number. I've got the new phone up to date with the correct SIM card installed and the correct app downloaded. Yet, SoftCard seems to be experiencing issues and wants me to call Verizon's customer servi…
    - 20 hours ago 22 Nov 14, 4:36am -
  • newFifth Third Real Life Rewards $250 statement credit
    I just got this in the mail today. $250 statement credit after $500 spend in three months. Anyone else get this offer or have this card? I'm surprised I haven't heard anything about it before. submitted by makgeolli [link] [4 comments]
    - 21 hours ago 22 Nov 14, 3:02am -
  • newShould I take Amex the 50k reward points at $1,000 minimum spend Premier Rewards Gold, or wait?
    Just got this in the mail -Seems to be a really good deal 50k reward points, AF waived for first year, $1,000 minimum spend I am new to churning - I have a Capital One Venture card I have had for about two months now, and a credit score of 765 - shou…
    - 22 hours ago 22 Nov 14, 2:31am -