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The Points Guy

  • newMarriott Bringing its Moxy Brand to the US in 2016

    - 7 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 11:12pm -
  • newInside the Super Exclusive VIP Lounge at Havana Airport
    My recent weekend in Cuba was absolutely amazing! If you haven’t done so already, check out my recent posts on Who Can Go to Cuba?, Tips For Traveling to Cuba, How to Get to Cuba (and Back): Flight and Award Options, Where and How to Book Hot…
    - 7 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 10:50pm -
  • newUS Airways Awards Temporarily Not Bookable on British Airways Website
    Last year, I wrote about how US Airways were now bookable using British Airways Avios, and how you could take advantage of their distance based awards when flying US Airways. Over the past several days there has been a known issue with booking US A…
    - 8 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 9:39pm -
  • newEarn 15 Free Hilton Nights with Hilton Mom Voyage
    It’s a lucky day for family travel bloggers: Hilton Mom Voyage is currently taking applications for a yearlong blogging program targeted at family travel. In exchange for 20 blog posts and some other fairly easy requirements, the entire family (Mom…
    - 11 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 6:55pm -
  • newKorean Air Returns as Ultimate Rewards Transfer Partner
    After a short hiatus, Chase has reinstated SkyTeam member Korean Air as a travel transfer partner. In November, the airline disappeared from the Ultimate Rewards Travel Center, but as of Sunday, Chase Sapphire Preferred and Ink Plus cardholders c…
    - 13 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 4:59pm -
  • newFlying on the Airbus A350: Which Airlines and Miles to Use
    Today, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen looks at which major airlines have ordered the new Airbus A350, and how you can use miles to test it out. Earlier this month, Qatar Airways became the launch customer of the newest Airbus jet, the A350XWB…
    - 15 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 2:59pm -
  • newHow to Upgrade Hotel Rooms With Points
    Your hotel experience can vary widely, not only across brands and categories, but also between rooms in the same property. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at upgrade awards to help you make the most of your stay, and discusses which of th…
    - 17 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 1:08pm -
  • Etihad and Orbitz Make Unwelcome Changes to Mistake-Fare Flights
    Turns out that those magically cheap Etihad fares that we shared back in December may not be so magical, after all. I’ve been hearing from readers that although Etihad has agreed to honor these cheap mistake fares, the airline is now making changes…
    - 1 day ago 26 Jan 15, 10:29pm -
  • Hotel Review: Hotel Occidental Miramar in Havana, Cuba
    My recent weekend in Cuba was absolutely amazing! If you haven’t done so already, check out my recent posts on Who Can Go to Cuba?, Tips For Traveling to Cuba, How to Get to Cuba (and Back): Flight and Award Options, Where and How to Book Hot…
    - 1 day ago 26 Jan 15, 8:59pm -
  • SPG Accounts Hacked: Always Monitor Your Accounts
    Per this Flyertalk thread, several Starwood Preferred Guest accounts have been hacked, with their points redeemed for gift cards. If you notice that your SPG account shows that points have been redeemed for unauthorized transactions, contact Starwo…
    - 1 day ago 26 Jan 15, 7:40pm -

Frugal Travel Guy

  • newHyatt’s New Brand, Marriott’s New Acquisition
    There have been a couple significant developments in the hotel industry: the introduction of Hyatt’s new brand, Centric, and Marriott’s acquisition of Canada’s Delta hotels. Hyatt Centric Hyatt Centric is a full-service lifestyle brand designed…
    - 6 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 12:00am -
  • newThe Best Round-the-World Award Options Available
    Back in April, without any kind of warning, American Airlines eliminated their popular distance-based oneworld Explorer awards. While this type of award was not literally a round-the-world award (RTW) option, you could (in essence) easily convert it…
    - 7 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 11:00pm -
  • newHow to Take Advantage of Southwest’s New Flights to Central America
    In March, Southwest Airlines will begin its first round of flights to Central America with round-trip fares from Baltimore to San Jose, Costa Rica. The flights, which represent the airline’s first voyages beyond the U.S. and Caribbean, will hopeful…
    - 10 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 8:00pm -
  • newThree Scenarios for Award Tickets to Cuba
    With the continued developments in Cuban travel, airlines are beginning to position their brands towards travelers wishing to fly into Havana. Many carriers based in the United States have either announced or alluded to intentions of exploring regula…
    - 12 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 6:00pm -
  • newOnly Four Days Left! Amex’s 40% Bonus on Transfers to BA Avios
    For over a month now, American Express has been offering a 40 percent bonus on Membership Rewards point transfers to British Airways. This bonus offer will end on January 31, 2015. Last month, I discussed a few different instances in which it makes…
    - 13 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 5:00pm -
  • newIs Your Citi Executive AA MasterCard Annual Fee Due?
    This time last year, the points and miles world was engaged in a frenzy. Citibank was handing out 100,000 bonus AA miles after you spent $10,000 on their then-new Executive AA World MasterCard. On top of that, they were doling out a $200 statement…
    - 22 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 8:00am -
  • Hotels, Airlines, Partnerships, Points: Starwood Preferred Guest Still #1
    The key to successfully redeeming points and miles for award travel is flexibility. If you’ve got flexible points, soft travel dates set and any number of destinations in mind, you’ll find that it isn’t very difficult to use your points and mil…
    - 1 day ago 26 Jan 15, 11:00pm -
  • Five Groups to Meet With When Traveling on a Budget
    There is no doubt our traveling experiences are enriched by the people we meet along the way. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to find people who share your interests or who are willing to offer up some hospitality. Here are five ways to join…
    - 1 day ago 26 Jan 15, 8:00pm -
  • 2015 Credit Scores and Rick’s Red Letter Day
    For all the doubters who think applying for credit cards will ruin your credit scores, here are my latest updates after having over 220 credit cards approved. It is a red letter day for me personally as my credit score has finally topped my wife, Ka…
    - 2 days ago 26 Jan 15, 8:00am -
  • Send Us Your Reader Success Stories!
    Over the years, we’ve had many readers share their success stories with us. Folks for whom traveling domestically once a year was a luxury are now traveling the world with just a few credit card sign-up bonuses. And the best part? They are sharing…
    - 3 days ago 25 Jan 15, 8:00am -

One Mile at a Time

  • newBritish Airways Business Class Awards Available Over Summer
    Back in the day British Airways had excellent transatlantic first and business class award availability, but still wasn't that desirable given the fuel surcharges they impose. The past few years they've gotten progressively stingier with releasing tr…
    - 6 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 12:03am -
  • newAlaska Doesn’t Want To Pay For Delta’s Growth In Seattle
    One of the best sources of drama in the airline industry in 2014 was "the battle in Seattle" between Alaska and Delta. I won't provide a rundown of the situation again, other than linking to the previous post and sharing the below GIF, which I think…
    - 8 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 10:01pm -
  • newQantas Lowering Fuel Surcharges On Award Tickets
    With oil prices as low as they are, it's somewhat puzzling why airlines are still imposing fuel surcharges. As I wrote about in November, the reason many airlines haven't lowered fuel surcharges is because they don't have to. There's no accountabilit…
    - 10 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 7:50pm -
  • newWhat Is Hyatt Centric?
    Hyatt is introducing a new brand of hotels, called Hyatt Centric. Hyatt Centric is marketed at "the modern explorer," whatever that's supposed to mean. First of all, here's a three minute marketing video about Hyatt Centric. Am I the only one that fo…
    - 12 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 6:03pm -
  • newANA First Class Awards Wide Open To Seattle And Singapore
    Last week I wrote about ANA's significant schedule changes. With these schedule changes, ANA upgauged select routes to Boeing 777-300ERs, signifying the introduction of first class service (in the process their Paris route is losing first class servi…
    - 14 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 4:03pm -
  • newStarwood Introducing Alternative To Platinum Suite Night Awards
    In 2012 Starwood introduced a suite of new benefits for elite members, which really propelled them to one of my favorite hotel loyalty programs out there. From my perspective, the two most significant enhancements included: -- Platinum continental br…
    - 15 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 2:33pm -
  • newEtihad Is Changing Their Schedule For US Flights As Of March 29, 2015
    Airlines publish schedule changes all the time. While it's useful to plan as far in advance as possible, it's always frustrating when you've crafted that perfect trip, only to have a major schedule change ruin it close to departure. The best we can h…
    - 17 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 1:03pm -
  • newAmazing Video Of Plane With Parachute Ditching Near Hawaii
    While I usually focus mostly on commercial aviation on the blog, there's an incredible US Coast Guard video of a plane running out of fuel and ditching near Hawaii, but not before deploying its parachute. The Cirrus SR-22 was being ferried from the m…
    - 18 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 12:03pm -
  • The Best Flight To South America Gets Downgraded
    There are few things I love more than a good fifth freedom route, be it Cathay Pacific's flight between New York and Vancouver, or Singapore Airlines' flight between New York and Frankfurt. There's something exciting about flying between two countrie…
    - 1 day ago 27 Jan 15, 12:03am -
  • My Newest Credit Card: Easy 50,000 AAdvantage Miles
    I've been lazy lately and haven't really applied for many credit cards. I don't have a good excuse, other than having been around the world more times than I can count in the past couple of months. I'm not one that necessarily applies for multiple cr…
    - 1 day ago 26 Jan 15, 9:33pm -

View From the Wing

The Frequent Miler

  • new5X ThankYou offer returns… sort of
    There used to be a wonderful sign up offer for the no fee Citi ThankYou Preferred card: earn 5 points per dollar at grocery stores, drug stores, and gas stations for 12 months.  At that time, Vanilla Reload cards were still purchasable via credit ca…
    - 19 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 11:25am -
  • The best card for reloading REDbird
    Ever since REDbird appeared and proved to be better than expected, I’ve been asked the same question many times: What is the best credit card to use to load REDbird?  Here’s the answer… Candidates Many cards are good choices for REDbird.  Let…
    - 2 days ago 26 Jan 15, 11:25am -
  • It’s not too late – Deals still alive as of 1/25/2015
    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…
    - 3 days ago 25 Jan 15, 4:00pm -
  • Manufactured Spend Strategy, Underrated Credit Cards, Gift Card Churning & More
    Welcome to the new 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 A faster w…
    - 4 days ago 24 Jan 15, 4:00pm -
  • Bet You Didn’t Know: How to setup credit fraud alerts by text or email
    By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate…   I was playing with my new REDbird card at Target the other day, which is pretty much the most awesome thing in manufactured spend since… well, since Bluebird. The folks at Target are incredibly nice, u…
    - 5 days ago 23 Jan 15, 11:25am -
  • Using the Citi Prestige 4th night free benefit
    I’ve recently become a big fan of the Citi Prestige card (see “Citi Prestige vs Premier vs Preferred”).  It may even be the single best travel rewards card currently available, but I’ll defer that topic to a future post.  Today I’ll simpl…
    - 6 days ago 22 Jan 15, 11:25am -
  • Surviving (and thriving) Delta 2015
    As of January 1, 2015, Delta has been awarding miles based on the ticket price rather than the distance flown.  Under the new program, long distance heavily discounted flights result in far fewer earned miles than before.  For example, as shown in…
    - 7 days ago 21 Jan 15, 11:25am -
  • How to get 30,000 miles and lots of satellite TV for free
    Last week I posted “$100 free for DIRECTV customers!”  Those with DIRECTV and a few Amex small business cards can use this offer to get free money from American Express.  But, what about those who do not have DIRECTV? It might be time to give i…
    - 8 days ago 20 Jan 15, 11:25am -
  • Amex’s crazy PointsMatch scheme. How to make the most of it.
    This morning, One Mile at a Time published: You Won’t Believe Amex’s Targeted “PointsMatch” Promotion.  And, you know what, Lucky was right.  I can hardly believe what I’m seeing… Summary Amex has a new targeted promotion called PointsM…
    - 9 days ago 19 Jan 15, 4:50pm -
  • My manufactured spend strategy
    When I meet long time readers in-person they often ask what exactly I do to manufacture spend.  They want to know which credit cards I use, what techniques I employ, and how much spend I manufacture.  I think that the primary motivation for questio…
    - 9 days ago 19 Jan 15, 11:25am -

The Flight Deal

The Free-quent Flyer

  • newUsing my Barclaycard Arrival+ PIN in Italy
    If you're a citizen of the United States, the Barclaycard Arrival+ card is likely the only "chip and PIN" card you carry. These cards are popular outside of the United States, but for economic and historical reasons they have not and, in my only-sli…
    - 9 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 8:49pm -
  • Marriott rollover nights and the hunt for Gold elite status
    Last October I wrote a couple of posts about an idea I had to use Marriott rollover nights in order to earn elite status once every two years. The technique takes advantage of the principle that elite status is valid for the remainder of the yea…
    - 2 days ago 26 Jan 15, 11:00am -
  • Weekend blog housekeeping
    Here are a few updates I thought I'd share with my readers.New blog subscription providerIf you were signed up for a PayPal subscription back in December, before the account I was using to handle subscriptions was closed by PayPal, you should have…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 15, 10:24pm -
  • Regional: new AAA Visa gift card daily limits
    I often joke that I'm the only person left buying Visa gift cards from AAA. And before anyone complains, I understand:Yes, you have to be a AAA member;Yes, they're only available in some regions;Yes, purchases can be pretty time-consuming if the per…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jan 15, 9:52pm -
  • My 2014 in miles and points
    It's still January, and that means the blogger's code entitles me to write a 2014 retrospective on the miles and points I earned and redeemed in 2014. Last year I wrote an in-depth 2013 end-of-year accounting that included detailed information abo…
    - 7 days ago 21 Jan 15, 11:00am -
  • Earning flexible points at gas stations
    Via Doctor of Credit, the Citi ThankYou Premier card is apparently lowering its annual fee and significantly changing its bonus earning categories by including gas stations in its bonused "travel" category, while increasing its earning rate to 3 Tha…
    - 7 days ago 20 Jan 15, 9:33pm -
  • Do this now: register for Hyatt's Stay More Play More promotion
    Registration is open for the Hyatt Gold Passport Winter/Spring promotion, called "Stay More Play More." Between January 15 and April 30, 2015, you'll earn bonus points based on the specific offer you've been targeted for, presumably depending in par…
    - 8 days ago 20 Jan 15, 11:00am -
  • How do transfer bonuses and Travel Together Tickets affect the value of Avios for long-haul British Airways flights?
    Everyone knows that Avios, the awards currency used by British Airways Executive Club, can be redeemed for short-haul domestic flights at sometimes astronomical values. 4,500 or 7,500 Avios for expensive, short-haul flights is one of the great barg…
    - 9 days ago 19 Jan 15, 11:00am -
  • Lessons learned after a week in Italy
    I don’t write trip reports because I don’t like reading trip reports. On the other hand, while in Italy I discovered a few things I wasn’t expecting, which might prove useful to readers planning their own trips. So here are my top 6 travel-hack…
    - 11 days ago 17 Jan 15, 2:40am -
  • IHG Rewards Club "Into the Nights" free nights are surprisingly easy to use
    Reminder: select your rewards for last quarter's IHG Rewards Club promotionBefore I get to the subject of today's post, let me gently remind any readers who reached one or both of their "Into the Nights" thresholds to log into the promotion's site a…
    - 14 days ago 14 Jan 15, 11:00am -

Well Traveled Mile

  • 70,000 Bonus Points + Free Night Every Year with the IHG Rewards Club MasterCard
    [Disclosure: I do not earn a referral for the Chase IHG Rewards Club Select MasterCard. However, it’s one of my favorite hotel credit cards and I’ll always write about the best deals even if they don’t pay me. To find other top deals check out…
    - 5 days ago 22 Jan 15, 10:30pm -
  • Complete Resource Guide to Hotel Award Charts
    I decided to run a comparison and breakdown the number of hotels each program has in each category. So, here’s a table of how many properties each hotel program has in each hotel category. Also included are links to the list of properties wit…
    - 14 days ago 14 Jan 15, 5:25pm -
  • Top 10 Best Credit Card Sign-up Bonus Offers for January 2015
    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…
    - 18 days ago 10 Jan 15, 4:03pm -
  • New Hyatt Gold Passport Stay More Play More Promotion 2015
    Although late to the bunch, Hyatt has revealed their new targeted Hyatt Gold Passport Stay More Play More promotion for stays between January 15 through April 30, 2015. Link: Hyatt Gold Passport Stay More Play More Registration Terms: Hyatt Gold…
    - 18 days ago 9 Jan 15, 8:02pm -
  • Roundup of Current Hotel Promotions | 2015 Quarter 1
    With the start of the new year hotel programs have already started to unveil their new promotions for 2015. Taking advantage of these promotions can be great ways to supercharge points earning, especially so if you have upcoming paid stays. That said…
    - 22 days ago 6 Jan 15, 2:00am -
  • How to Get $25 Statement Credit for Opting-in for Paperless Statements on US Airways Card
    Via Points Centric, Barclays is offering a targeted promotion for it’s US Airways cardholders to switch to paperless statements. If you haven’t previous had your account settings changed to received statement credits you most likely already recei…
    - 32 days ago 26 Dec 14, 11:24pm -
  • Lounge Review: The Club at ATL
    Back in October on my way down to Buenos Aires, Argentina I had a chance to check out The Club at ATL. Using my Lounge Club membership that comes with the Ritz-Carlton credit card I was able to access the lounge for free and was pleasantly surpris…
    - 33 days ago 26 Dec 14, 3:25pm -
  • Refer a Friend to Barclays 50,000 US Airways Mastercard Offer
    Barclays just launched their refer-a-friend program for the US Airways® Premier World MasterCard® offering existing card holders up to 50,000 bonus US Airways miles. For each friend you refer and is approved for the card by January 18, 2015 you’…
    - 40 days ago 19 Dec 14, 4:27am -
  • Earning 70,000 Ultimate Rewards Points On My 2nd Ink Plus Card
    Back in September, I wrote about the amazing 70,000 Ultimate Rewards point sign-up offer on the Chase Ink Plus card. Even though I already had an existing Ink Plus card that I opened in March, 2014 I decided that the deal was too good to pass up and…
    - 40 days ago 19 Dec 14, 1:00am -
  • Hotel Review: Tupungato Divino Wine Hotel – Valle de Uco, Argentina
    If you’re planning a trip to Argentina’s wine country, sooner or later you will probably hear of a place known as Valle de Uco. Over the last 20 years, Valle de Uco in Mendoza province has steadily been growing within the wine industry and now pr…
    - 50 days ago 9 Dec 14, 1:44am -

MileValue

  • newAnatomy of an Award: Booking Domestic United Flight with Singapore Miles
    Singapore miles are fantastic for booking domestic awards on United flights. Singapore has access to all the exact same Saver award space on United flights that United miles have access to (except extra space set aside for elites), and Singapore char…
    - 13 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 5:29pm -
  • newRedeem American Airlines Miles: Part 7 — East and Southeast Asia
    Let’s talk about how to use American Airlines miles for awards to East and Southeast Asia. Awards to East and Southeast Asia are some of the best value awards with American Airlines miles. What You’re Reading This is the seventh post in one c…
    - 15 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 2:52pm -
  • Anatomy of an Award: Etihad First Class on Dreamliner from Egypt to United States
    I booked myself a First Class award ticket from Cairo, Egypt to Washington DC with 15 hours on the brand new Etihad 787-9 Dreamliner for 90,000 American Airlines miles and a few dollars in taxes. Take a look at the suite: The Trip I had already booke…
    - 2 days ago 26 Jan 15, 5:25pm -
  • Replace all Credit, Debit, Gift, Loyalty, and Access Cards with Plastc Card
    Plastc Card could replace every card in your wallet. Plastc Card is a credit-card sized mini-computer that stores up to 20 credit cards, debit cards, loyalty cards, access cards for doors, and more, so that you don’t have to carry all of them indiv…
    - 2 days ago 26 Jan 15, 3:48pm -
  • British Airways Buying Aer Lingus Would Be Terrible for Your Miles
    Aer Lingus has decided to accept IAG’s takeover bid, which would mean that one company would own the flag carriers of the United Kingdom, Spain, and Ireland, since IAG already owns British Airways and Iberia. The deal is far from done because the I…
    - 2 days ago 26 Jan 15, 3:17pm -
  • MileValue Seeking New Award Booker
    The MileValue Award Booking Service is seeking a talented award booker to have fun, get paid, and help people book their dream trips. The MileValue Award Booking Service is the premier service for booking people their dream trips with frequent flyer…
    - 2 days ago 26 Jan 15, 2:15pm -
  • Three Credit Cards I’ll Never Cancel
    In My Credit Card Strategy for 2015, I mentioned three credit cards I would never cancel: Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature Card with 85,000 bonus points after spending $2,500 in the first 90 days Hyatt Credit Card with two free nights at…
    - 4 days ago 24 Jan 15, 5:09pm -
  • Redeem American Airlines Miles: Part 6 — Redeeming for Hawaii
    Let’s talk about how to use American Airlines miles for awards to Hawaii. What You’re Reading This is the sixth post in one comprehensive guide that tells you everything you need to know about American Airlines miles. Now is the time to writ…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jan 15, 8:15pm -
  • Lots of First Class Award Space to South America
    Right now there is a ton of First Class award space available on American Airlines flights to Santiago, Chile for 2015. I flew First Class on American Airlines to Buenos Aires two years ago. The flight and bed were comfortable, though the service wa…
    - 5 days ago 23 Jan 15, 1:47pm -
  • Free Giveaway: Four Southwest Drink Passes
    Update January 23: Cave Man is giving away four more Southwest drink passes. Ben S won the last four. All previous commenters are entered. New comments will also count for entry. Generous reader Brandon wants to give his four Southwest drink passe…
    - 5 days ago 23 Jan 15, 12:15pm -

Frequent Flier

  • newMore Double Points from Virgin America
    Virgin America started the new year with a double-points promotion for a handful of its more popular flights, through February 28. The airline has launched yet another promotion, featuring double points on a host of additional routes, and extending t…
    - 11 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 7:13pm -
  • newHacked: Starwood Members’ Accounts
    It’s not clear whether incidents of loyalty accounts being hacked are increasing in number, or whether they’re simply being more widely recognized and reported. What’s inarguably true is that we’re hearing more about them. The latest report o…
    - 12 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 6:09pm -
  • Earn Double AAdvantage Miles for Asia Flights
    Through March 20, AAdvantage members can earn double miles when flying American or Japan Airlines on the following routes between the U.S. and Asia: Between Dallas/Fort Worth, Chicago O’Hare, Los Angeles, San Diego, New York, Boston, or Vancouver a…
    - 1 day ago 26 Jan 15, 8:02pm -
  • Win an 8-Day Trip to France for 2
    Enter the Ste. Michelle Wine “Explore the Possibilities” sweepstakes by March 31, 2015, for a chance to win the grand prize: an eight-day trip for two to France, including air and hotel accommodations. To enter, provide the requested information…
    - 2 days ago 26 Jan 15, 5:45pm -
  • 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…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jan 15, 7:53pm -
  • Yelp Dubs Small-Town BBQ Joint the Country’s Best Restaurant
    Copper Top BBQ, in Big Pine, CA, (population: 1,756) is the best restaurant in the United States. Says who, you might ask? Says Yelp. Which means … well, something. If nothing else, it means that Copper Top was at the ... Read More
    - 5 days ago 23 Jan 15, 5:59pm -
  • 70,000-Point Bonus for New IHG Credit Card Sign-Ups
    Between January 22 and March 31, new IHG Rewards Club Select credit card customers will receive a 70,000-point bonus after spending $1,000 during the first three months. Card details No annual fee for the first year; $49 annually thereafter ... Read…
    - 5 days ago 22 Jan 15, 7:27pm -
  • Earn 10,000 Bonus Points for Radisson Stays
    Club Carlson’s recent bonus promotions have been among the hotel industry’s most generous. This offer, for Radisson stays, continues that trend, although there are caveats. Offer Details Through December 31, 2015, Club Carlson members can earn 10…
    - 6 days ago 22 Jan 15, 5:51pm -
  • Foreign Travel? There’s an App for That
    Frommers calls its new smartphone app “the essential international travel companion.” The stripped-down version of Frommers Translator is available for free, for iOS and Android mobile devices. It features basic translation for 13 languages. An a…
    - 6 days ago 21 Jan 15, 7:27pm -
  • United Upgrades Inflight Meal Service
    Beginning on February 1, first- and business-class travelers flying on United within North America will get an upgrade, inflight food-wise. The revamp includes more options, new menu items, and meal service on shorter flights. Among the new entrees:…
    - 7 days ago 21 Jan 15, 5:51pm -

Travel is Free

  • newExplaining Airline Status and the Benefits
    How does Airline Status work? This will give an overview of the complexities of different airline status benefits in a clear way. It will also explain earning and using the benefits. While I’m cynical in regards to “status” in general, there…
    - 22 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 7:35am -
  • 6 Reason to Love British Airways Avios
    British Airways, for whatever reason, isn’t as glorified as the other major points programs but it is awesome and completely niche. Some redemptions are terrible, most are okay, but there are so many amazing redemptions when using British Airways A…
    - 1 day ago 26 Jan 15, 9:01pm -
  • I Could Travel The World On Two Types Of Credit Cards
    Or I should say that there are two types of credit cards that I find especially lucrative and I find myself drawn to and using. This is a strategy that works for me (as someone who has been doing this for years) and that I think can work for anyone.…
    - 5 days ago 23 Jan 15, 4:10pm -
  • $0 Trip Series: Mistake Fare to Muscat, Oman
    Earlier I did a $0 trip all with miles and points to Latin America (Panama, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Guatemala). The concept was to spend zero dollars on flights and hotels. That trip was nearly free in every other way too as taxis and what not we…
    - 7 days ago 21 Jan 15, 12:57pm -
  • Big Contest/Giveaway!
    UPDATE: The contest ended and I am reaching out to the winners so they can pick their prizes. Congrats to David, Stephen, and Steven!   Carrie and I have been traveling since 2011. We’ve been able to live on a poverty level budget and we’ve d…
    - 7 days ago 20 Jan 15, 7:00pm -
  • The New Ways of Earning United Miles
    March 1st is around the corner and people are planning out their next status move, so it’s about time I wrote something on United’s new status system and the huge devaluation of earnings. The bad news is that United moved to a (mostly) revenue b…
    - 8 days ago 19 Jan 15, 9:34pm -
  • Is Charging Taxes on Award Nights Legal?
    Of course, this observation has nothing to do with any opinion regarding taxes… instead, I’m just super shocked how many hotels charge money after specifically stating in the award booking receipt I’d pay $0.00. To go from zero to any amount…
    - 9 days ago 19 Jan 15, 8:51am -
  • 6 Routes Even I’d Fly Business Class On
    For those who fly a lot, every flight in “premium cabin” is a forfeit of money in the future. You’ll have to pay to earn back those miles at some point, you’ll have to pay for a flight in the future, or you paid to get those miles. Now, peop…
    - 10 days ago 17 Jan 15, 7:40pm -
  • 10 Alternative Destinations That Are Less Traveled
    My goal is to the see the world, so I’m hardly recommending skipping any place. However, sometimes I need to get away from the crowds. Sometimes I’m more interested in culture or beauty and less interested in having the option of pizza and tour…
    - 14 days ago 14 Jan 15, 2:28am -

Frequent Flyer Bonuses

Million Mile Secrets

Nomadic Matt

  • Four Reasons This is the Year of the Budget Traveler
    When I started traveling in 2006, there were no large travel blogs as we know them, sharing economy websites, or apps, and there were few online booking sites for obscure destinations. I remember finding only one website about backpacking Europe and…
    - 6 days ago 22 Jan 15, 3:32pm -
  • Americans Aren’t the Only Ones Who Get Travel Deals
    This past Christmas, Etihad Airlines mistakenly published cheap airfare from the United States to India, Africa, and the Middle East that made its way across the web like wildfire. Fares were as low as $178 round-trip. It was an incredible Christmas…
    - 8 days ago 20 Jan 15, 3:18pm -
  • How to Save (and Not Save) Money in the Virgin Islands
    Budget travel is like a puzzle to me. I roam the world, trying to put the pieces together and I’ve been able to turn some of the most expensive destinations in the world into budget destinations – Iceland, Japan, Sweden, and even Norway. I’ve o…
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  • Ten Years Ago, I Quit My Job to Travel the World
    Ten years ago, I embarked on the trip that would change my life. It was 2004 and I was trying to convince a friend to visit the Galapagos Islands the following January. He wasn’t sold on the idea and suggested Thailand instead. Since I didn’t car…
    - 16 days ago 12 Jan 15, 4:50pm -
  • 10 Destinations to Visit When You’re a Budget Traveler
    The world is full of affordable destinations, and it doesn’t require much effort to find them. No matter what continent, there are always places you can visit on a budget – even countries we think of as expensive are quite budget-friendly if you…
    - 20 days ago 8 Jan 15, 2:01pm -
  • How You Can Travel the World Cheaper, Longer, and Smarter (Plus, get FREE stuff)
    When I first wrote How to Travel the World on $50 a Day, it was just a small PDF guide with some travel coupons you downloaded from this site. It was meant to be a one stop, easy-to-follow guide for planning your trip. When Penguin publishing approac…
    - 22 days ago 6 Jan 15, 1:33pm -
  • My 16 Favorite Things to Do in the Virgin Islands
    Two of the most-visited destinations in the Caribbean, the US and British Virgin Islands are what I expected them to be – white sand beaches, excellent diving and snorkeling, turquoise crystal clear water, scenic hiking, lots of boating opportuniti…
    - 29 days ago 29 Dec 14, 6:17pm -
  • Why Road Trips are a Good Idea for Family Travel
    On the third fourth 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 mon…
    - 33 days ago 26 Dec 14, 3:00pm -
  • Why I Travel Alone
    “Joe, did you book your ticket yet?” I asked. “No. I changed my mind. I’m not going to go.” “What? You aren’t going to Australia? We’ve been planning this vacation for months!” “Yeah, I don’t feel like it. We’ll go some other…
    - 37 days ago 22 Dec 14, 3:04pm -
  • How to Travel on $50 A Day: The Book Tour
    Most people think it seems too good to be true that you can travel across the world on less than it costs to live at home. They believe that cheap travel is a pipe dream. But, as readers of the blog, you know that not to be true, and, in the coming m…
    - 42 days ago 17 Dec 14, 3:20pm -

The Hustle Blog

  • 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…
    - 35 days ago 24 Dec 14, 5:34pm -
  • Chase Freedom 2015 Bonus Categories Announced

    - 49 days ago 10 Dec 14, 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…
    - 72 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…
    - 79 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…
    - 82 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
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  • 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…
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  • 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…
    - 17 Sep 14, 11:00am -

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…
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  • 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…
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  • 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…
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  • 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

  • newTravel Product of the Week: Essentia Memory Foam Neck Pillow
    A couple weeks ago I attended the Delray Sands Resort opening party and to my surprise they had a departing gift bag with a really cool neck pillow inside. It was made by Essentia, the makers of the only natural memory foam in the world who, in addi…
    - 1 hour ago 28 Jan 15, 4:45am -
  • newTravel Video of the Day: Plane Runs Out of Fuel, Ditches Near Hawaii
    Did you see this incredible video from Monday? A small plane from the San Francisco Bay Area ran out of fuel 253 miles northeast of Maui and had to ditch in the ocean. The 28-year-old pilot had a built-in parachute on his single-engine Cirrus SR-22 a…
    - 2 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 3:53am -
  • newTravel Website of the Week: TaxiFareFinder’s RideGuru
    I’m a big fan of TaxiFareFinder’s RideGuru, which tells you how much taxis and rideshares cost wherever you’re in need of a ride so you can compare. For example, the other day I needed to get my dad a ride from Manhattan Beach to San Pedro and…
    - 3 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 3:29am -
  • newTravel App of the Week: iWrecked
    God forbid you ever get in an accident while traveling (or at home), but if you do, the free app iWrecked can help you be better prepared. iWrecked directs users to the info they need after a traffic accident, anywhere. It helps you create a detail…
    - 3 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 2:54am -
  • newEarn 50,000 US Airways/American Airlines Miles
    If you’re like me and like to save money by using miles for last-minute expensive trips, or for helping your loved ones experience the finer things in life, then listen up: My favorite deal in travel right now is Barclaycard’s limited-time offer…
    - 8 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 10:03pm -
  • newTravel Tip of the Day: Put Carry-Ons in Zipper-First
    Put Carry-Ons in Zipper-First To minimize the risk of carry-on theft on the plane, put your carry-on bag(s) in the overhead bin across the aisle from you and put the zippers in facing first. That way you can always see if someone is trying to get in…
    - 13 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 5:00pm -
  • Travel Tip of the Day: Travel Resources for Northeast Blizzard
    Travel Resources for Northeast Blizzard According to the National Weather Service, later today and tomorrow a major nor’easter is expected to bring heavy snow and blizzard conditions to the Northeast. That means if you’re traveling from any of th…
    - 1 day ago 26 Jan 15, 6:38pm -
  • Travel Style: Lee Abbamonte
    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: Lee Abbamonte Occupation: Entrepreneur and multimedia…
    - 2 days ago 26 Jan 15, 2:00pm -

Doctor of Credit

  • newFree $10 for Signing Up with Topcashback
    The Offer TopCashBack is an online shopping portal. They always have a referral program which benefits the REFERRER. Occasionally they sweeten the pot and give a signup bonus for the REFEREE too. I just signed into my Topcashback account and noticed…
    - 2 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 4:32am -
  • newHilton HHonors 1,000 Point Sign Up Bonus
    The Offer Direct link to offer Receive 1,000 Hilton HHonors points if you sign up for a new account. The Fine Print You’re supposed to be an EVA Air member to be eligible Valid until March 31st, 2015. Only available to new members, those with exis…
    - 3 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 3:30am -
  • newCiti Prestige 60,000 Point Offer, $350 Annual Fee
    The Offer Receive up to 60,000 ThankYou points when you sign up for the Citi Prestige card: Receive 30,000 ThankYou points after you spend $3,000 within the first three months Receive an additional 30,000 ThankYou points after you spend a total of $1…
    - 3 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 3:18am -
  • newCitibank $100 Account Package Checking Bonus
    Offer at a glance Maximum bonus amount: $400 Availability: Nationwide  Direct deposit required: No Additional requirements: Deposit $10,000 and maintain for at least 15 days  Hard/soft pull: Soft Credit card funding: Up to $50,000, although people…
    - 3 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 2:43am -
  • newCiti Gold $400 Checking Bonus
    Offer at a glance Maximum bonus amount: $400 Availability: Nationwide  Direct deposit required: No Additional requirements: Deposit $50,000 and maintain for at least 15 days  Hard/soft pull: Soft Credit card funding: Up to $50,000, although people…
    - 4 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 1:37am -
  • newTargeted IHG Survey For 2,500 Points + Interesting Questions Regarding Future IHG Credit Card Options
    Hotel chains and airlines often seen out targeted surveys to their loyalty members as a way of doing market research. IHG recently sent out such a survey (title of the e-mail was “Earn 2,500 Bonus Points by Sharing Your Opinion”). Unfortunately t…
    - 6 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 12:20am -
  • newHow Pick Your Own 3x Category On The American Express Business Gold Card
    Update: At least one person has been able to successfully chose their category now. They did this by using online chat. You should also be able to do it online now: Card benefits Choice Scroll to the end of the terms & conditions Enroll Back in Decem…
    - 8 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 9:48pm -
  • new$100 Sears Gift Card for $80 on eBay – $22 Moneymaker
    Via FrequentMiler, GiftCardMall on eBay put back up their $100 Sears gift card for $80. They’ve done this in the past but each time the details are a little different. No telling how long this will last. In the past these have sold out very quickly…
    - 10 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 7:53pm -
  • newMerrill Edge IRA and Brokerage Account Bonuses: Up To $600 In Cash
    The Offer Merrill Edge is offering three tiered deposit bonuses in the form of cash and trades for new self-directed IRA or Cash Management Accounts opened and funded with qualifying assets from outside of Merrill Lynch and Bank of America. Merrill E…
    - 18 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 11:45am -
  • SunTrust In Store Checking $150 Bonus
    Offer at a glance Maximum bonus amount: $200 Availability: InStore branches only, not at all locations. [Branch locator] Direct deposit required: Yes, up to $1,000. Additional requirements: Yes, see below. Hard/soft pull: Soft pull Credit card fund…
    - 1 day ago 27 Jan 15, 3:52am -

Hustler Money Blog

  • SunTrust Bank $200 Checking Promotion
    SunTrust Bank is offering up to $200 bonus when you open an Everyday checking account with promo code WINTER15. This promotion is for residents of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee,…
    - 1 day ago 27 Jan 15, 4:46am -
  • ExxonMobil SpeedPass App Free $25 Amazon Gift Card
    Download the ExxonMobil SpeedPass App to earn a free $25 Amazon Gift Card after making 3 separate purchases of at least $25 using the Speedpass+ app good through June 30, 2015. Whether you have a iPhone or Android phone, go into the respective store(…
    - 1 day ago 27 Jan 15, 1:47am -
  • Astoria Bank Review: $250 Checking Bonus Promotion
    For residents of New York, Astoria Bank is offering a $250 bonus when you open a new Simple+ or Select Checking account, maintain the required balance, and then either set up direct deposits of $250 or more or make three online bill payments of at le…
    - 2 days ago 26 Jan 15, 9:11am -
  • First Tennessee Bank $251 Bonus Promotion
    For residents of Tennessee, Mississippi, Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, Arkansas and Alabama, First Tennessee Bank is offering a $151 consumer checking bonus & $100 money market savings bonus good through May 30, 2015. First Tennessee offers a va…
    - 2 days ago 26 Jan 15, 7:10am -
  • Fifth Third Bank Review: $200 Checking Bonus Promotion
    Fifth Third Bank offers a $200 cash bonus checking promotion when you open a new Fifth Third Essential checking account, enroll in direct deposit within 90 days of account opening, and make three online payments within 90 days of account opening. The…
    - 2 days ago 26 Jan 15, 2:36am -
  • Personal Capital Free $10 Amazon Gift Card
    Check out Personal Capital’s Free $10 Amazon Gift Card by linking one bank account(cannot be a credit card) through their referral program. Once you have your own account, you can refer your friends and family for an additional $10 per referral. …
    - 3 days ago 24 Jan 15, 9:42pm -
  • SB1 Federal Credit Union Review: $100 Checking Bonus
    For residents of Philadelphia, PA, Sb1 Federal Credit Union is offering a $100 checking bonus using promo code 1FFTY. For the $100 checking account bonus, you must set up a direct deposit of at least $250 monthly and sign up for eStatements. The SB1…
    - 4 days ago 24 Jan 15, 7:33am -
  • Ebay Chevron Texaco Free $10 Gift Card Deal
    Buy a $100 Chevron and Texaco Gas Card to receive a FREE $10 Promotional Gas Card for a limited time only! This offer won’t last long so buy them today to get free shipping. The Cards will ship via USPS First Class Mail (no tracking number) and you…
    - 4 days ago 24 Jan 15, 1:27am -
  • Banana Republic Coupons, Discounts, and Promo Codes: Save Up To 70%
    Find all the best Coupons, Discounts, and Promotion Codes to save up to 70% Off when shopping at BananaRepublic.com. Receive 50% off sale items with code (Exp: 1/23): BREXTRA Receive 40% off full priced items with code (Exp: 1/25): BRTIME Banana Repu…
    - 4 days ago 24 Jan 15, 12:21am -
  • Wells Fargo At Work $50 Bonus Promotion
    You can now get this Wells Fargo At Work $50 checking account promotion good until January 31, 2015. The promotion is limited to only new consumer checking customers who are employed by an enrolled Wells Fargo At Work company. Tell your banker to ent…
    - 4 days ago 24 Jan 15, 12:11am -

Hack My Trip

  • newAlaska Airlines Upgrades DigEplayers with Microsoft Tablets
    In a press release this morning, Alaska Airlines announced plans to phase out its clunky digEplayers — handheld video players with pre-recorded television and films — to replace them with Microsoft-powered tablets that instead rely on its new str…
    - 9 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 9:03pm -
  • newSave 12% on Most Fares to and from Washington
    As an early celebration for the Seahawks winning the Super Bowl next weekend, and to recognize their 12th Man supporters, Alaska Airlines is offering 12% off travel to and from Washington State between February 12 and March 18. You must use the di…
    - 14 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 3:35pm -
  • newSingle Engine Aircraft Makes a Parachute Landing Near Hawaii
    I read on Chris McGinnis’s blog Travel Skills that there was a successful emergency landing of a Cirrus SR-22 single-engine aircraft after the plane ran out of fuel over the Pacific Ocean and ejected its parachute. The pilot was ferrying the aircra…
    - 15 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 3:11pm -
  • newHyatt Centric Will Launch this Summer with 15 Properties
    Hyatt CEO Mark Hoplamazian announced last night at the Americas Lodging Investment Summit that the company will be launching “Hyatt Centric” with 15 properties in cities such as San Francisco, Chicago, Park City, Washington, and Paris. Although s…
    - 18 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 12:05pm -
  • Save Big when Buying GoGo Internet before You Fly
    I am not a rabid fan of in-flight Internet access. I check my email, Twitter, and various other online accounts constantly during the day, but somehow I manage to survive 8 hours each night without being plugged in. Similarly, I can manage three hou…
    - 4 days ago 24 Jan 15, 5:37pm -

Maximizing Money

  • newCLAIM YOUR BONUS – MoneyStream Financial Management Service $25 Tango Card to Connect Account
    Updated 1/27/2015: MoneyStream is now honoring the $25 Tango Card promotion that they previously denied, and you can claim your $25 Tango Card online, even if you closed your account.The post CLAIM YOUR BONUS – MoneyStream Financial Management Ser…
    - 8 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 10:20pm -
  • newDarien Rowayton Bank $100 Money Market with Free Checking Bonus in New York and Connecticut
    Darien Rowayton Bank is offering a $100 bonus when you open a new personal MAX Money Market Account with a Free Checking Account and make qualifying deposits, valid through March 31, 2015, for residents of New York and Connecticut.The post Darien Ro…
    - 8 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 10:17pm -
  • newPNC WorkPlace Banking $100 Referral Bonus and $400 New Checking Promotion
    PNC Bank offers the PNC WorkPlace Banking program that allows employees to earn a $100 bonus for referring your co-workers to open a new account, plus your co-workers also can receive up to $400 in new checking account rewards, valid through June 30,…
    - 8 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 10:15pm -
  • newAstoria Bank Checking Account up to $250 Bonus in New York
    Astoria Bank (formerly Astoria Federal Savings) is offering a $50 bonus for both new and current checking account customers when you activate a direct deposit, plus new customers can get a $250 bonus for a limited time with Simple+ and Select checkin…
    - 8 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 10:13pm -
  • neweBay Deals – $100 Sears Gift Card for $80
    Get a $100 Sears Gift Card for $80 with a limit of 2 Sears Gift Cards per eBay user ID.You can also get a $200 Sears Gift Card for $175 with a limit of 1 Sears Gift Cards per eBay user ID.The post eBay Deals – $100 Sears Gift Card for $80 appeare…
    - 8 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 10:10pm -
  • newKirin Beer Class Action Settlement – Up to $12 with No Proof of Purchase
    If you purchased bottles and/or cans of Kirin Ichiban beer or Kirin Light beer brewed and sold in the United States for personal, family, or household purposes and not for re-sale from October 25, 2009, to December 17, 2014, you may be entitled to up…
    - 8 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 10:06pm -
  • newPlayStation Network, Qriocity or Sony Online Entertainment Account Settlement
    If you had a PlayStation Network account, Qriocity account, or Sony Online Entertainment account at any time before May 15, 2011, then you may be entitled to receive benefits in this class action settlement.The post PlayStation Network, Qriocity or…
    - 8 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 9:48pm -
  • newCredit Union of Denver $40 Youth Account Promo and $25 Referrals
    Credit Union of Denver is offering a $50 youth account promotion as well as $25 referral bonuses for both parties.Membership in Credit Union of Denver is open to everyone living or working in Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Denver, Douglas, or Jefferson C…
    - 9 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 9:06pm -
  • newJet.com Free 6-Month Membership (Similar to Amazon)
    Jet.com is a soon-to-be-launched shopping club that will be similar to Amazon, Sam's Club, and Costco with low prices on everything that you buy.Right now, you can get a Free 6-Month Jet.com Membership if you sign up via my referral link.The post J…
    - 9 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 8:38pm -
  • newGrindaBuck Online Rewards Program $1 Sign-Up Bonus
    GrindaBuck is an online rewards program that lets you earn rewards for completing various activities like surfing the Internet, clicking on ads, listening to music, taking surveys, and completing offers.You'll get 100 Free GrindaBucks if you join vi…
    - 10 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 8:00pm -

Boarding Area

  • newPuppy Allegedly Drowned in Airport Bathroom Toilet by Woman in Nebraska
    I am not an “animal lover”; yet I am still wondering how in the world someone could even think of drowning a poor little puppy in a toilet in a public bathroom — let alone go through with that despicable action?Yet that is allegedly what happe…
    - 11 mins ago 28 Jan 15, 5:51am -
  • newUber offering INR 600 for signup via referrals till February 1
    Uber has been my favourite local travel solution for about a year now. Uber has been on an expansion spree across India, having operations in 10 cities across India now. One of the best parts about using Uber is their on-demand app, which shows you t…
    - 27 mins ago 28 Jan 15, 5:35am -
  • newWarning! These fees are about to get even more ridiculous
    Don’t look now, but one of the most unfair fees in corporate America is about to get even more unfair. I’m not talking about early termination fees or overdraft fees, but something a little closer to home for readers of this site: airline change…
    - 1 hour ago 28 Jan 15, 5:00am -
  • newEtihad Airways “The Residence” Tour | Video
    It didn't last more than a few minutes but turned out to be the best part of my yearly visit to the New York Times Travel Show. Etihad's "The Residence" mockup had people saying things out loud like "Oh, I should try this" and me thinking "Wait'll th…
    - 1 hour ago 28 Jan 15, 4:37am -
  • newWhy Haven’t You Visited Auschwitz?
    Auschwitz was liberated 70 years ago today. Any human with the means should visit Auschwitz in their lifetime. Honoring the dead and contemplating the evil enacted on those grounds is a life-defining experience. With barbarism so close to the surface…
    - 3 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 3:20am -
  • newWin A Trip To Scottsdale, Arizona
    Southwest The Magazine is running a travel contest where one lucky winner will get a trip to Scottsdale, Arizona. Find out all of the details here...The post Win A Trip To Scottsdale, Arizona appeared first on Michael W Travels....
    - 3 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 2:40am -
  • new4 days to take a call on your PremierMiles balances
    At the end of 2014, Citibank made a decision that they wanted to devalue their PremierMiles a bit. A whole lot actually. So, they are moving the 1 PremierMile = 1 Airmile equation to 2 PremierMiles = 1 Airmile, bringing it to the valuation that Ameri…
    - 3 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 2:37am -
  • newThe Creepiest TSA Agent Ever?
    The band, Paul and Storm, shares this creepy encounter with a TSA representative at an airport. [P] Not at ALL creepy. Thanks, TSA! https://t.co/1WAm9mkBsc — […]
    - 3 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 2:33am -
  • new1000 Free Hilton HHonors Points for Joining
    This EVA Air promotion has an interesting twist. Use the link for the promotion and if you aren’t already a Hilton HHonors member you get 1000 points just for signing up. Plus it’s an excuse to write out the name of the Taipei-based Star Alliance…
    - 5 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 1:14am -
  • newAmazon: Omaker Portable Bluetooth Speaker 70% Off!
    Amazon has a hot deal on the Omaker M4 Portable Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker With 12 Hour Playtime right now for only $19.99 (reg $69.99!) You’ll save 70% off with this sale on this highly rated Speaker for Outdoors/Shower With NFC Tap & Play Technology.…
    - 5 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 12:53am -

Frequent Flyer Miles 101

  • newHey big spender, what’s in your wallet? Part I, American Express Platinum
    I’ve recently gotten two questions regarding credit cards and decided to make them into one topic.  The questions were about the best card for big spenders/heavy travelers and the second was about credit cards that offer lounge access.  Note that…
    - 9 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 9:01pm -
  • newDouble miles at Intercontinental, extra SPG Platinum bonuses and Valentine’s Day flowers…
    For those who prefer to earn miles instead of hotel points, you can get double miles at Intercontinental (and other ICH hotels) through April 30.  Generally, you won’t get nearly as much value from a hotel when you take miles instead of their in-h…
    - 13 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 5:04pm -
  • JetBlue extends schedule, winter storm Juno
    JetBlue extended its schedule until October 24, meaning that you can book flights through those dates.  Most of the major airlines have schedules that go out 330 days, but a lot of the low-cost/non-network carriers have shorter periods.  Not bookin…
    - 2 days ago 26 Jan 15, 2:40am -
  • Intercontinental ups card bonus to 70,000 points
    (Note: I do not receive any compensation for this card.  Just part of the service ’round these here parts.) Intercontinental’s Priority Club is not my favorite program.  The owner of the ICH brand, as well as Holiday Inn and a few others, is no…
    - 4 days ago 24 Jan 15, 12:55am -
  • Specials on Virgin and travel hints in the media
    By the way, my apologies to those of you who typed in a risqué Google search and ended up here.  I’m talking about Virgin the airlines. Because of ownership restrictions, Virgin America and Virgin Atlantic have only loose ties, but both carry Ric…
    - 5 days ago 23 Jan 15, 12:27am -
  • It’s sale season, and the low-cost carriers are producing
    We’re into the quieter season of travel.  With the exception of February break, the first few months of the year are relatively quiet for the airlines, with fewer business travelers, so the sales come out.  Keep in mind, however, that if you are…
    - 7 days ago 20 Jan 15, 11:34pm -
  • Keep an eye on your airfare, even if your fare is non-refundable
    Back in “the good old days,” which weren’t actually so good from a pricing point of view, it was easy to change a ticket.  Simply call the airline and it would be taken care of.  Price drop on a ticket you bought?  Just call the airline (wit…
    - 8 days ago 20 Jan 15, 1:22am -
  • United matches American on premium ticket bonus
    United has announced that it is giving bonus miles for passengers flying in premium cabins between now and February 28.  Conveniently, its new dollar-based system for earning miles starts on March 1, so you have only six weeks to take advantage of t…
    - 10 days ago 18 Jan 15, 12:10am -
  • American and US Airways start to merge accounts…
    American and US Airways are beginning the process of combining accounts.  Truthfully, there’s not much to it.  Head to American’s website and it will simply ask you for your name and US Airways account number.  Assuming it can match the two, y…
    - 12 days ago 16 Jan 15, 1:16am -
  • And we’re back! First quarter hotel promotions…
    It’s official, I’ve entered the 21st century. Verizon is offering free Wi-Fi on my flight and, for the first time, I’m typing at 30,000 feet. It’s actually Jet Blue’s Fly-Fi product which is supposed to be pretty good, although it’s been…
    - 13 days ago 14 Jan 15, 11:33pm -

Mr. Free Miles

milepoint (Forums)

  • newtax refund on award when credit card no longer valid
    Called AA to cancel a New Zealand booking for May tonight. Since I booked this back in September, the credit card I used was compromised and replaced by a new one. I mentioned this to the agent and he sounded unfamiliar with the scenario, put me on h…
    - 13 mins ago 28 Jan 15, 5:49am -
  • newTeh Penalty Box
    I think it's time for a new Box thread that works. So, here goes.
    - 17 mins ago 28 Jan 15, 5:45am -
  • newGunmen attack Corinthia Hotel in Libya; at least 10 die
    Gunmen attack Corinthia Hotel in Libya; at least 10 die(CNN)At least 10 people and two attackers were killed in Tuesday's attack against the luxurious Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli, Libya, a spokesman for a security division of the Ministry of Interio…
    - 21 mins ago 28 Jan 15, 5:41am -
  • newMy Coke Rewards new site is broken
    They reworked their site. Is it broken for anyone else? Impossible to sign in- it requires a confirmation of the e-mail (same e-mail that has gotten a half dozen messages from them in the past month). Then most tries it never sent the confirmation e-…
    - 22 mins ago 28 Jan 15, 5:40am -
  • 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…
    - 31 mins ago 28 Jan 15, 5:31am -
  • newFCC officially bans Wi-Fi blocking
    With specific mention of Marriott's deauth shenanigans earlier, which is now explicitly illegal.https://www.fcc.gov/document/warning-wi-fi-blocking-prohibited
    - 46 mins ago 28 Jan 15, 5:16am -
  • newThe Goring in London Closes for Its Anticipated Renovation until Feb. 21, 2015
    The Goring Closes for Its Anticipated Renovation The Goring hotel in London is closing for the first time in the hotel's history for a renovation. The hotel will reopen on February 21 in time for its 105th anniversary. The renovation is being lead…
    - 49 mins ago 28 Jan 15, 5:13am -
  • newPayPal Here for Manufactured Spending
    Sorry if this thread already exists, but has anyone used Paypal Here for Manufactured Spend? Basically, you can accept credit card payments for goods and services by swiping a credit card. Can I swipe my credit card to put funds in my PayPal accoun…
    - 54 mins ago 28 Jan 15, 5:08am -
  • newHyatt celebrates launch of Centric, a new lifestyle brand
    Hyatt celebrates launch of Centric, a new lifestyle brand
    - 54 mins ago 28 Jan 15, 5:08am -
  • newHyatt plans Singapore’s first Andaz hotel
    Hyatt plans Singapore’s first Andaz hotelHyatt has announced plans to bring its Andaz hotel brand to Singapore for the first time.The company has signed a management contract with M+S Pte Ltd to develop an Andaz hotel in the city’s Ophir-Rochor…
    - 57 mins ago 28 Jan 15, 5:05am -

Flyertalk MilesBuzz

  • newDoes United or other airlines match the lower price
    Hi, I am seeing United and some other airlines now give you full refund within 24 hours after you book airfare. Is there any trick here? Say if the price goes down within the 24 hours time frame, can I (1) call United to match the lower price,...
    - 23 mins ago 28 Jan 15, 5:39am -
  • newFourth of July in Philadelphia as a Layover?
    Hello all, I was planning my summer vacation and noticed that my returning international flight arrives in PHL on the afternoon of the 4th of July before continuing on to SFO via ORD. I was thinking that I might change my flight to depart the...
    - 24 mins ago 28 Jan 15, 5:38am -
  • newWhat's the best way to book a complicated LAX-IST with stopovers in Europe itinerary?
    I am trying to book a Los Angeles to Istanbul trip, however it's actually a bit more complicated than that. My travel companion and I want to do a 1-2 day stop over in Europe (likely Paris and London, but open to other places) on the way there and...
    - 28 mins ago 28 Jan 15, 5:34am -
  • newEmirates cockpit visits
    Hi All, I've got a big trip planned in Feb with Emirates: AKL-SYD-DXB-BRU (Y class) and I was hoping during one of these legs to visit the cockpit to have a peak and a quick chat with the pilots either on the ground or if possible en route. I..…
    - 36 mins ago 28 Jan 15, 5:26am -
  • newNiseko in March
    Hi - I've read mixed (mostly good) things about Niseko in March. I'll be there between 12th-22nd or so (first 7 days are a vacation with friends, last few days a university alumni event). Anyone here with personal experience on skiing...
    - 1 hour ago 28 Jan 15, 4:45am -
  • newAmex Points to British Avios Transfer "cancelled" by British Airways
    Having trouble transferring Amex Rewards points to my British Avios account. Note that I've never actually previously flown BA or accrued/transferred points in Avios, so my current points balance is zero. I linked my BA Avios account and...
    - 1 hour ago 28 Jan 15, 4:38am -
  • newUA: ORD-SFO-LAS-ORD: 3,860 miles - $141 / 3.7 CPM
    One day turnaround. I booked my fare yesterday for 3/9/15 @ $155. Ticket on 3/10/15 is currently $141. Example fare: 3/10/15 - UA1171 ORD to SFO: 3:10PM - 6PM - UA1171 SFO to LAS: 9:10PM - 10:42PM - UA1254 LAS to ORD: 11:33PM - 5:15AM..…
    - 2 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 4:32am -
  • newBest Route from SIN to JAX
    It is my first time travelling from SIN to JAX. I know that there will be a transfer within USA to JAX with another airline. Therefore, i would like to know what is the best route? SIN-JFK-JAX? any recommendation in terms of travelling time.
    - 2 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 4:31am -
  • newEurope Double Dip: Amsterdam (AA new J), Dubai (EY J/ EY F), and Paris (AA J/F)
    Hi folks, I will consolidate two trips in one report here, to facilitate everyone's reading. Before going home over Christmas, I had spent Thanksgiving with my parents in Amsterdam (and Haarlem) before flying to the UAE for a shopping detour to...
    - 2 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 4:29am -
  • new(Business) AF/AZ/IB: BCN/MAD/MUC/FRA - GIG/GRU/BSB; ~ 1999 EUR/2275 USD ai r/t
    Sale on travel from Germany and Spain to South America in northern hemisphere Spring through end of June. BSB/GIG/GRU offer the best deals but many destinations in South America are on offer for under US $2900. Terms and conditions differ from...
    - 2 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 4:23am -

Reddit r/churning

  • newHow long should it take for points transferred from Marriott to SW to hit my account?
    I am going for the SW companion fare. I timed the cards and my Christmas spend perfectly and had 105,100 points hit my SW account on Jan 18. Now I'm just 4900 points short. I have a bunch of Marriott points I'm not using, so I figured I would transfe…
    - 46 mins ago 28 Jan 15, 5:16am -
  • newTotal noob questions: Seeking advice on the next move
    Starting slow with my US Air Barclays MC last month has gotten me the free checked bags and miles on the airline I use most often. It was fun simple, and incredibly satisfying--now I want more! My credit score didn't budge (TU 735 and one hard pull,…
    - 46 mins ago 28 Jan 15, 5:16am -
  • new1000 SW RR points when you file your taxes with TurboTax
    submitted by yacht_boy [link] [2 comments]
    - 58 mins ago 28 Jan 15, 5:04am -
  • newRedbird Issue?
    I went to target today to load my redbird. Nothing too crazy- I only wanted to load 600 each from two cards. The first time I did it, I had some other stuff to buy, and so I loaded the card first. As soon as I told the cashier I wanted to load my red…
    - 2 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 3:44am -
  • newamex serve vs. normal paying with CC
    I've been doing a lot of reading around the subreddit, and I am genuinely confused as to how the amex serve will benefit me. How is loading $1000 onto the card with my Chase Freedom better than me just paying my various $1000 bills with my chase fre…
    - 3 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 3:05am -
  • new[Question] Using someone else's Serve?
    I have access to the Serve accounts of a couple of family members (they're not into churning, but they signed up for the bonus a while back). I'm wondering how I would go about utilizing that to my advantage. I know that Serve only accepts online pay…
    - 3 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 2:33am -
  • newAMEX Premier Rewards meeting spending with Serve?
    Does loading serve with AMEX premier rewards card count as spend for the $1000 in 90 days requirement? submitted by grey3333 [link] [2 comments]
    - 5 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 12:42am -
  • newCitigold $400 checking account offer. Can you review my plan and poke any holes in it that you see please?
    Here is the link to the deal: https://banking.citibank.com/cbol/15/checking/q1/aquisition/default.htm?BT_X=1&masterID=&rateSheetId=&_jfp=https%3A%2F%2Fonline.citibank.com&BTData=402157B786961775A5D434BB9B5A9BFA595938284F6EEF5E4E1DDD7C7DE2728971236A&B…
    - 6 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 12:25am -
  • newServe question
    I am new to Serve and I have added money to my account from my Chase Southwest credit card. I would like to pay my car loan payment with money from Serve, but I am concerned because my car loan is also with Chase. Will there be any problems if I pay…
    - 6 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 12:01am -
  • newNew travel gig at work - Delta flight / SPG hotel. Any good current offers for 1st time churner?
    I work in IT consulting and start my first long term weekly travel-based project next week. I book my own weekly travel flying out from my home city Monday mornings and returning on Thursday evenings. This means there are also 3 hotel stays per week…
    - 6 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 11:52pm -