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The Points Guy

  • newDive Into the Best Hotel Pools in America
    Summer in the US can be sweltering, so while traveling around the country, where better to cool off than your hotel pool? Whether you want to do some serious laps, lounge in the sun, take a quick dip or simply sip cocktails in the shade,…
    - 14 hours ago May 25, 2015, 8:29pm -
  • newWhen Making Purchases Abroad, Be Sure the Numbers Add Up
    Every travel site will tell you how to do things the right way. But as every traveler knows, sometimes things go wrong. In his bimonthly “Mistake Monday” series, TPG Contributor J. Keith van Straaten invites you to learn from his mista…
    - 16 hours ago May 25, 2015, 6:29pm -
  • newPoints Intervention: Using an Elite Status Match or Challenge
    I get a ton of e-mail from readers asking for advice on how to maximize their points earning, whether it’s for personal use, business or both. This week, we’re featuring a new Points Intervention series where I help individuals and small…
    - 18 hours ago May 25, 2015, 4:29pm -
  • newAmazing Deal Alert: AA and United to Beijing from $660
    Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency, such as Orbitz, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11…
    - 19 hours ago May 25, 2015, 3:52pm -
  • newMaximize the Southwest Card’s 50,000-Point Bonus on Flights to the Caribbean
    Last winter was a brutal one for much of the US. So if you’ve been contemplating a tropical getaway in anticipation of next winter, the new 50,000-point sign-up bonuses after $2,000 spent within the first 3 months from Chase on all its S…
    - 19 hours ago May 25, 2015, 3:29pm -
  • newEvaluating IHG Rewards Club and Other Auction Programs
    Airline and hotel program auctions might be an easy way to blow hundreds of thousands of points without even taking a trip, but they also offer exclusive experiences that you couldn’t otherwise buy. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Corres…
    - 21 hours ago May 25, 2015, 1:59pm -
  • new8 Low-Level Hilton Properties that Make for Awesome Awards
    Award travel enthusiasts often focus on redeeming for first-class flights and stays at five-star hotels, but sometimes the best value can be found further down the award chart. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen sh…
    - 23 hours ago May 25, 2015, 12:08pm -
  • Amazing Deal Alert: AA and United to Shanghai from $653
    Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency, such as Orbitz, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11…
    - 2 days ago May 24, 2015, 3:38pm -
  • How Can I Use Chase Rewards Points to Fly on American?
    TPG reader Kareem tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “I have a Chase Sapphire Preferred credit card but I want to redeem for American Airlines. What are my options?” If you have the Chase Sapphire Preferred credit card, meaning you have…
    - 2 days ago May 24, 2015, 2:29pm -
  • How Can I Get to Hawaii with 52,000 Citi ThankYou Points?
    TPG reader Charles tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “I have 52k Citi ThankYou points earned from my Citi Prestige card. What’s the best strategy for using them to go to Hawaii in July?” One of the best perks of the Citi Prestige ca…
    - 2 days ago May 24, 2015, 1:59pm -

Frugal Travel Guy

  • newTaking Care of Business: Long-Term Credit Card Management
    Sign-up bonuses can make picking up new credit cards an almost thoughtless process, offering great perks and just a little effort. However, how do you manage your cards while keeping track of your points and the impact on your credit in the long run?…
    - 3 hours ago May 26, 2015, 8:00am -
  • newGet the Most From Your Transfers: Hotel Points to Airline Miles
    Last week, I mentioned that if you were deciding between picking up points in a hotel program or miles in an airline program and unless you had a specific goal in mind with your airline miles, you’d be best to focus on a hotel program. The basis of…
    - 12 hours ago May 25, 2015, 11:00pm -
  • newThe Top 5 Cities for Unbelievable Street Art
    [Photo: Street art in Lisbon, Portugal] Damaging private property with spray painted graffiti slogans and tags is neither desirable to look at nor is it usually legal, but when beautiful murals are created that transform a wall or building into a pie…
    - 15 hours ago May 25, 2015, 8:00pm -
  • Rick’s Picks: FTG Readers’ Favorite Cards, Part 2
    [Note: I have no idea what credit cards you as individuals are applying for unless you, as an individual, tell me by email or in a comment about your personal experiences. And what we can glean from your comments, emails and general statistics paint…
    - 1 day ago May 25, 2015, 8:00am -
  • Success Story: An All-Inclusive Vacation for 58 Cents
    Over the years, we’ve had many readers share their success stories with us. Folks for whom traveling domestically once a year was a luxury are now traveling the world with just a few credit card sign-up bonuses. And the best part? They are sharing…
    - 2 days ago May 24, 2015, 8:00am -
  • Where To Find Hot Hotel Deals
    On Monday, Christine explained why you should sign up for every hotel loyalty program. There are freebies and discounts across the board you’re otherwise leaving on the table by not signing up. Those benefits can be stacked with discounts that are…
    - 3 days ago May 22, 2015, 11:00pm -
  • Head to Head: Citi Prestige vs. American Express Platinum
    With its $450 annual fee and the highlighted club lounge benefit, the Citi Prestige card is posed as the nemesis of The Platinum Card from American Express. That’s not the only benefit the Citi Prestige and Amex Platinum cards have in common. Today…
    - 4 days ago May 22, 2015, 7:43pm -
  • Will Forthcoming Centurion Lounge Miami Impact Your Travel?
    American Express Centurion lounges are among the best airport lounges in the U.S. Currently, there are four such lounges open in Las Vegas McCarran International Airport, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), New York’s LaGuardia Airport (…
    - 4 days ago May 22, 2015, 6:20pm -
  • Limited-Time Offer: PointBreaks Is Back!
    Reward Nights for only 5,000 points per night? Yes, please! One of the best deals for booking on hotel points is back! With IHG Reward Club PointBreaks, Reward Nights are only 5,000 points from May 26 – July 31, 2015 (subject to availability) at pa…
    - 4 days ago May 22, 2015, 4:58pm -
  • 5 Reasons I’m Signing Up for Citi ThankYou Premier Card
    I was checking my husband’s credit scores a few days ago when I realized something: it’s been over 91 days since my husband signed up for a new rewards card. You know what that means. Time for a brand new round of applications! My husband may not…
    - 4 days ago May 22, 2015, 8:00am -

One Mile at a Time

  • newVideo: Entitled Douche Tries To Shame US Airways Agent, Fails Miserably
    There's no denying that there are lots of airline employees who go on power trips, and it makes for some good video when they're caught on camera (despite many airlines having policies against filming their facilities and employees). Unfortunately fo…
    - 44 mins ago May 26, 2015, 10:03am -
  • newReview: SriLankan Business Class A330-200 Hong Kong To Bangkok
    I was quite looking forward to flying SriLankan again. I had flown them a handful of times several years back, so was curious to see how this experience compared, now that they've joined oneworld. That being said, I was slightly less excited about ha…
    - 14 hours ago May 25, 2015, 8:33pm -
  • newLast Day For Increased Ink Cash Sign-Up Bonus
    As I wrote about a few weeks back, in celebration of National Small Business Week, Chase is offering increased sign-up bonuses on two of their most popular business credit cards. I figured I'd post a reminder, because today, May 25, 2015, is the last…
    - 17 hours ago May 25, 2015, 6:03pm -
  • newTwo Days Only: LifeMiles Targeted 125% Bonus On Purchased Miles
    In early May I wrote about how Avianca’s LifeMiles program is offering a 100% bonus on purchased miles through May 29, 2015. LifeMiles is offering a total of 120% bonus if you have an account registered outside of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras,…
    - 18 hours ago May 25, 2015, 4:57pm -
  • newIs This The Most Generous Lounge Access Policy Ever?
    While there are many things I love about San Diego, the lounge situation at the airport has not, traditionally, been one of them. The agents at the old Admirals Club were outrageously nice, but the space itself left plenty to be desired. The new faci…
    - 19 hours ago May 25, 2015, 3:33pm -
  • newUber Finally Approved In Nevada!
    Woohoo! I've started to love Las Vegas (once I appreciated it for what it is), though one thing that has driven me nuts about the place is the taxi mafia. I’d argue Las Vegas is the single most corrupt city in the US when it comes to taxis. That’…
    - 21 hours ago May 25, 2015, 2:03pm -
  • newReview: Dragonair G16 Lounge Hong Kong Airport
    I'm all for checking out new lounges, even if I know they'll suck. Since I had a bit of extra time and wanted to finish off my Hong Kong Airport oneworld lounge "bingo card," I figured I'd check out the Dragonair G16 Lounge. For those of you not fami…
    - 22 hours ago May 25, 2015, 12:57pm -
  • How Much Information Do You Volunteer On A Mistake Fare/Mileage Run?
    I've been involved in this hobby for a bit over a decade now, and there's no denying that my approach to things is different now than when I was 15. When I was mileage running as a teenager I'd quite proudly proclaim I was on a mileage run to anyone…
    - 1 day ago May 24, 2015, 11:33pm -
  • Review: Qantas Lounge Hong Kong Airport
    Having arrived in Hong Kong about 20 minutes early, I had a well over four hour layover before my connection to Bangkok, and then onwards travel to Colombo and Male. I quickly cleared transit security, where there surprisingly wasn't a wait at all, m…
    - 2 days ago May 24, 2015, 9:03pm -
  • San Diego Airport Commuter Terminal Closing June 4, 2015
    San Diego International Airport has long had a unique commuter terminal, which I've had a love-hate relationship with. The awesome thing is that the commuter terminal is separated from the rest of the airport, and it's tiny. It's like flying out of a…
    - 2 days ago May 24, 2015, 7:03pm -

View From the Wing

  • newDoes a Hotel Rewards Program I’d Never Heard Of Offer the Best Rate of Return?
    I found myself at the Crystal Inn & Suites in Logan, Utah ... with about 100 Future Farmers of America ... where I discovered the surprisingly lucrative Crystal Rewards program.Continue reading Does a Hotel Rewards Program I’d Never Heard Of Offer…
    - 11 hours ago May 26, 2015, 12:04am -
  • newMake Your Own Airline Elite Status
    The first level of elite status is getting harder to obtain, and less valuable to have. Airlines often value their credit card holders as much as first-tier elites. For folks who fly regularly but not enough for status, just getting the airline's c…
    - 13 hours ago May 25, 2015, 9:34pm -
  • newReview: Hyatt’s Concourse Hotel, the Closest Hotel to LAX
    The Concourse Hotel used be the Radisson, is now managed by Hyatt, and is the closest property to LAX airport. It has a super-prompt and convenient shuttle. But man, does it need a refresh in at least the room I was assigned...Continue reading Rev…
    - 16 hours ago May 25, 2015, 7:04pm -
  • newStarwood Refreshing Amex Benefits? Politicians Behave Badly While Flying. And Much More.
    A collection of interesting links you’ll want to see, many you’ll want to click.Continue reading Starwood Refreshing Amex Benefits? Politicians Behave Badly While Flying. And Much More....
    - 18 hours ago May 25, 2015, 4:34pm -
  • newSingapore’s New Premium Economy, Plus A380 Business and Suites Class Refresh, Revealed
    I first shared Singapore Airlines’ plan to reconfigure Boeing 777s to include a premium economy cabin a year ago. Unfortunately, that reconfiguration means cutting the number of first class seats in half on those 777s. Their A380s getting premium e…
    - 21 hours ago May 25, 2015, 2:04pm -
  • newoneworld Member Malaysia Airlines Entered Receivership Today
    Malaysia Airlines was placed into receivership today. The idea is that they are going to move the 'good' assets to a new company, which will continue to operate the airline.This bankruptcy proceeding and transfer of assets does not - itself - affec…
    - 23 hours ago May 25, 2015, 12:04pm -
  • Card Bonuses Less Than 50,000 Points — That are Still Well Worth Getting
    50,000 mile signup bonuses are the bare minimum that people get excited about. It's really more of an ante than anything else. So cards that have smaller 'headline point value' bonuses sometimes have the value of their bonuses disregarded, or they…
    - 1 day ago May 25, 2015, 12:03am -
  • Has the Trick to Book Qantas First Class Awards Become Less Reliable?
    Qantas first class on US-Australia routes is one of the toughest awards to book in the world. There's been a trick that makes it easier. I'll describe the trick, and also the challenge to making that trick work that's crept up in recent months.Con…
    - 2 days ago May 24, 2015, 9:42pm -
  • My Humble Thanks to Delta
    There were some downsides to serving as emcee for the Freddie Awards at the Delta Flight Museum in Atlanta. Two things that weren't downsides, though, were getting to have dinner sitting down inside an L-1011, and the fantastic hospitality of Delta'…
    - 2 days ago May 24, 2015, 7:04pm -
  • My Next Trip Report: Virgin Australia and Delta Business Class, the Great Barrier Reef and Sydney
    Here I begin my next trip report -- a SkyMiles redemption for business class on Virgin Australia and Delta, plus stays at the Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas and the Park Hyatt Sydney. This trip features both my perfect travel day, and the biggest trav…
    - 2 days ago May 24, 2015, 4:34pm -

The Frequent Miler

  • newBest credit card combos: Mixed rewards
    This is part 4 of a multi-part series of “best credit card combos”. The goal is to find the combination of 2, 3, or maybe 4 credit cards that, together, offer the best rewards for day to day spend. The series, so far, is as follows: Best credit c…
    - 22 mins ago May 26, 2015, 10:25am -
  • 2015 predictions revisited. Are we near the end of the SkyPesos moniker?
    At the start of the year, in the post “Predictions for 2015, 83.3% guaranteed,” I reviewed my predictions from 2014 and published new predictions for 2015.  The title of the post came from the idea that 5 out of my 6 2015 predictions had come tr…
    - 1 day ago May 25, 2015, 10:25am -
  • It’s not too late – Deals still alive as of 05/24/2015
    Each week we publish a number of fantastic deals on the blog and in Quick Deals. Most deals don’t last long, but some hang around for awhile. In an effort to keep you up to date, we have gone back through each of the deals posted over the last coup…
    - 2 days ago May 24, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • Best Flexible Points Currency, Rules for Multiple Chase Inks, GiftCardMall Portal Warning & More!
    Welcome to the Frequent Miler Week In Review series. Every Saturday we recap what you might have missed from Frequent Miler during the week and bring you some of the best posts from around the web. Enjoy! This Week From Frequent Miler Ink Rules: Opt…
    - 3 days ago May 23, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • Free manufactured spend. What’s left?
    On the surface, the points & miles game appears to be incredibly easy.  To earn hundreds of thousands, maybe millions, of points & miles simply do the following: Sign up for the best credit card offers Get lots of points & miles from the signup bonu…
    - 4 days ago May 22, 2015, 10:25am -
  • Membership Rewards vs. Ultimate Rewards vs. ThankYou Rewards. Which is best?
    The big 3 credit card issuers, Amex, Chase, and Citibank, have a lot in common.  Each offers a proprietary rewards program in which points can be redeemed for travel or merchandise.  Each allows points to be transferred to a selection of airline an…
    - 5 days ago May 21, 2015, 10:25am -
  • Citi Prestige 4th Night Free benefit does not allow government (or conference) rates
    This morning I posted the good news that the Citi Prestige card’s 4th Night Free benefit now allows booking AAA, AARP, and military rates.  Several people asked me about government rates.  I had already sent that question to Citi last night, but…
    - 6 days ago May 20, 2015, 10:06pm -
  • Citi Prestige 4th Night Free benefit now offers AAA, AARP and military rates
    The Citi Prestige card somehow keeps getting better.  I bet that many get scared off by its advertised $450 annual fee, but I believe that the card is suited to just about every frequent traveler: You can sign up in-branch instead of online to get a…
    - 6 days ago May 20, 2015, 10:25am -
  • Half way to Necker Island
    Late last week, a 150,000 point offer for the American Express Business Platinum card was published on a number of blogs, including Frequent Miler’s Quick Deals.  This was intended to be a targeted offer, but it worked for pretty much anyone who c…
    - 7 days ago May 19, 2015, 10:25am -
  • Ink Rules: Options for getting additional 60K and 30K Ink Plus and Ink Cash bonuses
    Through May 25th, Chase is offering enhanced bonuses for their Ink Cash and Ink Plus business credit cards.  Both cards earn valuable Ultimate Rewards points.  The Ink Plus has the added ability to transfer points to airline and hotel programs or t…
    - 8 days ago May 18, 2015, 10:25am -

The Flight Deal

The Free-quent Flyer

  • Pro tip: flying as a dual Alaska-Delta elite
    I've written before about my transition this year from Delta Platinum Medallion to Alaska MVP Gold 75K status. In short, I couldn't justify crediting my paid Delta flights to the SkyMiles program now that they've moved to revenue-based earning and v…
    - 1 day ago May 25, 2015, 9:59am -
  • In defense of American Express for Target
    American Express for Target prepaid cards were, until earlier this month, one of two popular methods for running up credit credit spend at Target store locations. Loads of up to $1,000 cost $3 each, and it was possible to liquidate the funds on the…
    - 5 days ago May 21, 2015, 9:59am -
  • I'm not loading up on business Amex gift cards today (but you probably should!)
    In case you missed it, perhaps because of job responsibilities in the formal economy, today TopCashBack (my referral link) is offering 2.25% cash back on business American Express gift cards purchased after clicking through their shopping portal.To…
    - 7 days ago May 19, 2015, 8:11pm -
  • An interesting FlyerTalk thread on blogging and bloggers
    These days I don't spend much time reading other blogs, or FlyerTalk for that matter (although I do periodically post random thoughts on savings and investment in the Saverocity Forum). I'll skim the headlines in my RSS reader for new American Expre…
    - 7 days ago May 19, 2015, 9:59am -
  • Documents responsive to United Danish Kroner mistake fare FOIA request
    A reader passed along and asked that I share some documents provided by the Department of Transportation in response to his FOIA request regarding the Danish Kroner mistake in February, 2015. For those who weren't following the play-by-play, this was…
    - 8 days ago May 18, 2015, 9:59am -
  • Suntrust has politely asked that you step up your game
    It seems that in the last few days Suntrust has been mailing letters to holders of Delta SkyMiles-earning debit cards, notifying them of a radical devaluation in the terms of the program, effective July 25, 2015.Via Doctor of Credit, for cardholders…
    - 13 days ago May 13, 2015, 7:57pm -
  • Anniversary post: your economy doesn't interest me much
    A little historyI graduated from college in 2007, and that fall decided to pursue a longtime dream of mine: teaching English in Russia, where I had studied abroad as an undergraduate. In the fall of 2008, I returned to the United States to look for…
    - 13 days ago May 13, 2015, 9:59am -
  • What role should non-bonused spend play in your miles and points strategy?
    Last week Shawn at Miles to Memories wrote about his experience buying PIN-enabled, Metabak-issued, personalized Visa gift cards from GiftCardMall, after clicking through a cash back portal like TopCashBack.I responded to him on Twitter, remarking "…
    - 15 days ago May 11, 2015, 9:59am -
  • Possible point-of-sale update rolling out to Family Dollar (nothing to worry about)
    This seems like it's been a week of minor updates, but during a promotion as lucrative as the one we're currently living through I don't consider that a vice.I ran into an extremely minor hiccup while liquidating some deeply-discounted Vanilla Visa…
    - 18 days ago May 8, 2015, 9:59am -
  • Waiveable annual fees
    PrefaceI'm not going to write about any changes to the Target Prepaid REDcard until tomorrow. For all the wailing, lamentations, and gnashing of teeth you could possibly want, go read boardingarea.com or something. We'll all know everything there is…
    - 20 days ago May 6, 2015, 9:59am -

Well Traveled Mile

  • newNew IHG PointBreaks List Summer 2015
    The IHG PointBreaks promotion is one of the better perks in the hotel industry because selective IHG hotels can be booked for only 5,000 IHG points per night! The current promotion, which goes live today May 26, 2015 will cover bookings and stays unt…
    - 3 hours ago May 26, 2015, 7:47am -
  • Reminder: 10 Days Left to Book Club Carlson 2-for-1 Award Nights
    One of the most attractive benefits of the Club Carlson Visa is being dumped June 1, 2015. If you currently have the card, you hopefully well aware that Bonus Award Night benefit allows you to get a last night free on any award stays of two or more n…
    - 4 days ago May 22, 2015, 9:16am -
  • Deal Alert: Get $20 For Buying $300 Worth In Visa Gift Cards At Staples!
    Starting this Sunday May 24, 2015 Staples has a promotion where you receive a $20 rebate in the form of a Visa prepaid card when you purchase $300 or more in Visa gift cards! This deal will end May 30, 2015 Since Staples is an office supply store, yo…
    - 5 days ago May 21, 2015, 3:07pm -
  • Why Everyone Should Combine The Citi ThankYou Premier With The Prestige Card
    A reader brought to my attention that I’ve been writing a lot of Citi related material recently. Well, it wasn’t by design but more of some fresh analysis on a potentially profitable points program. Read: A Look Into The Citi ThankYou Points Prog…
    - 5 days ago May 21, 2015, 7:06am -
  • Deal Alert: Amex Gift Cards 2.25% Cash Back Today!
    Well, this just got interesting… TopCashBack is offering 2.25% cash back on American Express Business Gift Cards today. This deal ends tonight! I wonder if this is a response to Simlpy Best Coupons offering up to 2.1% tomorrow. Key Terms & Conditio…
    - 6 days ago May 20, 2015, 6:12pm -
  • Deal Alert: Get $10 Back For Every $200 Spent On Amex Gift Cards
    American Express Sync has an offer going on right now: spend $200 or more with a synced Amex card and receive a $10 statement credit. This deal expires July 31, 2015! You can maximize this deal by going through a cash back portal such as: BeFrugal, T…
    - 6 days ago May 20, 2015, 7:08am -
  • Deal Alert: Amex Gift Cards 2.1% Cash Back On May 21, 2015
    American Express Business Gift Cards will be eligible for a 2% cash back via the Simply Best Coupons shopping portal. This will only last 1 day on May 21, 2015. When your purchases exceed $20,000 the payout becomes 2.1% Key Terms & Conditions Do not…
    - 6 days ago May 20, 2015, 7:02am -
  • WTM’s Best Travel Gear Guide
    When it comes to travel gear it makes all the difference to have the right stuff. After journeying through 42+ countries with my backpack, bag, or suitcase I have found what works for me and what doesn’t. No doubt a huge part of traveling and se…
    - 6 days ago May 20, 2015, 6:26am -
  • Fare Alert: U.S. To Brazil – $450 RT
    Via The Flight Deal, you can head to Brazil on American Airlines for $450 round-trip! Besides the great price, its worth noting that since the flights are all on American Airlines, your earning structure will be 100% of the mileage flown! So far, we…
    - 7 days ago May 19, 2015, 9:43pm -
  • Deal Alert: 16.5X on Gift Cards Bought On eBay!
    I received the following offer in my inbox, so chances are you did too! Look for the subject “A bonus for our VIPs—earn 5X eBay Bucks” Although it says 5x, when you click on the “See Details” link, it reads: “10% in eBay Bucks on every qu…
    - 7 days ago May 19, 2015, 4:01pm -

MileValue

  • newTop 8 Uses for 106,000 Point Sign Up Bonuses of Citi Prestige and ThankYou Premier
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. You can get both the Citi Prestige and Citi ThankYou Premier, each with 50,000 bonus ThankYou Points after spending $3,000 in the first three months, as long as you apply…
    - 22 hours ago May 25, 2015, 12:56pm -
  • Ends Monday May 25: Chase Ink Plus Offering 60,000 Bonus Points and up to 50,000 Point Referral Bonuses
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Until May 25, 2015, the Chase Ink Plus business credit card is offering 60,000 bonus Ultimate Rewards after spending $5,000 in the first three months. Existing cardmembers…
    - 3 days ago May 23, 2015, 2:00pm -
  • Map and List of Hotels That Cost $35 Per Night Until July 31
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. The new IHG PointBreaks hotels will be bookable May 26 for stays May 26 to July 31. The cost will be 5,000 points or $35 per night. Below is a map and list of the propertie…
    - 4 days ago May 22, 2015, 1:38pm -
  • Copa ConnectMiles, New Star Alliance Program and Award Chart Announced. What are the Sweet Spots?
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Copa, the Panamanian Star Alliance carrier, has long been part of United’s MileagePlus program. That relationship will end June 30, and Copa ConnectMiles will launch on…
    - 4 days ago May 22, 2015, 1:31pm -
  • Free Giveaway: I’ll Pay a Second Person’s $100 Global Entry Fee
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Two weeks ago, I gave away the same thing and Ty won. Same prize this week, but you need to enter again to be considered. Global Entry is amazing. If you apply and are acce…
    - 4 days ago May 22, 2015, 12:47pm -
  • Awards Between Australia or New Zealand and Africa
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Yesterday I published “Awards Between South America and Australia or New Zealand” because two days ago I published “How to Book a RTW Trip in 2015. Use These Underpr…
    - 5 days ago May 21, 2015, 8:18pm -
  • Citi Prestige vs. AAdvantage Executive: Better Card?
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Last month Citi improved the offer on the Citi Prestige® Card, which comes with 50,000 bonus ThankYou Points after $3,000 in purchases made with your card in the first…
    - 5 days ago May 21, 2015, 12:59pm -
  • Lufthansa First Class to Europe for 40,000 Points + $311
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. You can book Lufthansa First Class for 50,000 Asiana Club miles–40,000 Starpoints–one way. This is Asiana’s award chart from the mainland United States for roundtrip…
    - 6 days ago May 20, 2015, 7:43pm -
  • Awards Between South America and Australia or New Zealand
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Yesterday I published “How to Book a RTW Trip in 2015. Use These Underpriced Awards Around the World,” which I am very proud of. Take a look if you’re an adventurer w…
    - 6 days ago May 20, 2015, 2:52pm -
  • Starwood Preferred Guest Card: Lower Spending Requirement, Same Bonus
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. The Starwood Preferred Guest personal credit card has lowered its minimum spending requirement. Now to get the 25,000 bonus Starpoints, you need only spend $3,000 in the fi…
    - 6 days ago May 20, 2015, 12:56pm -

Frequent Flier

  • newSingapore Air Puts the Premium in Premium Economy
    On most airlines, Premium Economy, by whatever name (Main Cabin Extra, Delta Comfort, and so on) is little more than a standard coach seat with a few extra inches of legroom. With comfort in regular coach on the decline due ... Read More
    - 15 hours ago May 25, 2015, 7:18pm -
  • newWin a Trip for 2 to Dijon, France
    Enter the Maille “Dijon Delights” sweepstakes by July 31, 2015, for a chance to win the grand prize: a trip for two to Dijon, France, including air, train tickets between Paris and Dijon, two nights’ hotel accommodations, tours, and dinner ...…
    - 18 hours ago May 25, 2015, 4:42pm -
  • Weekly Recap: Full Summer Flights, Least Sucky Inflight WiFi, & More
    Following is our regular summary of the latest travel news and best frequent traveler promotions reviewed during the past week. If it was a good deal—or a notably bad deal—from an airline, hotel, or car rental loyalty program, you can ... Read Mo…
    - 3 days ago May 23, 2015, 8:59pm -
  • PointBreaks: Free IHG Nights for Just 5,000 Points
    IHG Rewards today released a preview of its latest list of PointBreaks hotels that will be available for booking for just 5,000 points per night. Offer Details Beginning on May 26, IHG Rewards members can book award nights for 5,000 ... Read More
    - 4 days ago May 22, 2015, 4:51pm -
  • Earn Up to 2,500 United Bonus Miles for Shopping
    You do earn miles by shopping at the airlines’ mileage malls, right? There’s no reason not to. The prices are the same. And by making your purchases through the airline’s portal, you’ll be earning miles — typically between one and ... Read…
    - 5 days ago May 21, 2015, 7:04pm -
  • Airline Stocks Tank (and Why That’s Good News)
    Yesterday, United’s stock price plunged more than 10 percent; Southwest was down more than 9 percent. Other airlines’ share prices were similarly hammered. You’ve followed Warren Buffet’s oft-repeated advice to avoid buying airline stocks, so…
    - 5 days ago May 21, 2015, 6:27pm -
  • Delta Reduces Prices for Some Awards
    When Delta removed the award-price charts from its website, disingenuously assuring SkyMiles members that they could simply look up award prices on Delta’s online booking widget, travelers were rightly upset. Transparency and predictability had bee…
    - 6 days ago May 20, 2015, 6:35pm -
  • Starwood Credit Card – Same Bonus, Easier to Earn
    For a host of reasons, the Starwood Preferred Guest credit card is one of the most valuable and versatile of the travel-rewards cards. But the normal 25,000-point sign-up bonus is decidedly modest, compared to the bonuses offered by other loyalty ...…
    - 6 days ago May 20, 2015, 5:02pm -
  • Earn Southwest Points for Discounted Event Tickets
    Members of Southwest’s Rapid Rewards program have a new option for earning points: ScoreBig, an online seller of tickets to live events such as professional sports games, music concerts, theater performances, and the like. ScoreBig auctions off tic…
    - 7 days ago May 19, 2015, 6:29pm -
  • Which Airline’s WiFi Is the Least Sucky?
    Just how good is airline WiFi? Not very good, according to Gizmodo. In fact, the tech website warns, “All inflight WiFi sort of sucks.” First of all, you can’t know exactly what kind of WiFi your plane will offer until ... Read More
    - 7 days ago May 19, 2015, 4:50pm -

Travel is Free

Frequent Flyer Bonuses

Million Mile Secrets

  • newA Stopover in Vibrant Hong Kong: Part 1 – Introduction & Planning
    Daraius and I took my parents on an around-the-world trip to the Maldives, India, and Hong Kong.  My step-dad, Mark, had never been outside the US, and my mom had only been to India. We had a free stopover in Hong … Continue reading →     …
    - 2 hours ago May 26, 2015, 8:30am -
  • newNew IHG PointBreaks Hotels – Only 5,000 Points per Night!
    You can book IHG PointBreaks hotels for just 5,000 IHG Rewards points per night.  That’s much less than the regular rate of 10,000 to 50,000 points per night.  And using the IHG points & cash trick, you’ll pay $35 per night. … Continue readi…
    - 3 hours ago May 26, 2015, 8:00am -
  • newUse Your Phone Overseas Without Spending Big Money Using SIM Cards!
    When traveling overseas, cell phones and tablets come in handy for keeping in touch with folks back home, finding your way around, and making reservations.  But international plans with carriers like AT&T and Verizon are still pricey.  So how can…
    - 18 hours ago May 25, 2015, 5:00pm -
  • Avoid These 8 Mistakes When Signing-Up for Credit Cards!
    When you’re new to rewards travel, it can appear overwhelming.  Applying for credit cards is 1 of the best ways to earn lots of miles and points so you can travel for free (or nearly free).  When signing-up for credit cards, … Continue reading…
    - 1 day ago May 25, 2015, 8:31am -
  • Earn Miles and Points Paying Rent and HOA Fees
    Doctor of Credit reports that you can earn miles and points paying rent and HOA (home owners association) fees with RentPayment.com. But not everyone will be able to use RentPayment.com to pay their rent or HOA fees.  Keep reading to … Continue re…
    - 1 day ago May 25, 2015, 8:00am -

Nomadic Matt

  • newThe Travel Slump (And How to Deal With It)
    The slump. It happens to us all. After months on the road, you wake up one day and feel a little off. Travel doesn’t seem as exciting as it used to be. You’re bored, tired, and uninterested. You start to think, “What’s wrong with me? I’m se…
    - 20 hours ago May 25, 2015, 2:31pm -
  • 21 Amazing Restaurants From My Road Trip Across the United States

    - 8 days ago May 18, 2015, 12:45pm -
  • How to Travel Around South Africa
    On the second Wednesday of the month, Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse writes a guest column featuring tips and advice on solo female travel. It’s an important topic I can’t adequately cover, so I brought in an expert to share her advice. Thi…
    - 13 days ago May 13, 2015, 12:10pm -
  • 7 Things I Learned While Driving Through the American South
    The American South has a mixed reputation in U.S. popular culture: it’s home to sweet tea, greasy but delicious food, country music and the blues, friendly and helpful people, and beautiful and diverse landscapes. However, it’s also supposedly fi…
    - 15 days ago May 11, 2015, 1:04pm -
  • 17 Tech Related Travel Questions (and Answers!)
    On the first Tuesday of each month, Dave Dean from Too Many Adapters gives us great tips and advice on travel tech and gear. In this month’s column he answers all your tech related questions. I get asked a lot about travel technology every day, esp…
    - 21 days ago May 5, 2015, 3:18pm -
  • How to Travel the World in a Wheelchair
    A few months ago, I was wasting time researching on the Internet when I came across a travel blog written by a guy who traveled the world in a wheelchair. For hours, I read his blog, intrigued by what he did. I love when people don’t let their limi…
    - 26 days ago Apr 30, 2015, 1:00pm -
  • How to Master Life, Language, and Travel with Tim Ferriss
    When I was teaching English in Bangkok, a friend gave me a copy of The Four Hour Workweek by some guy named Tim Ferriss. Apparently, it was a best selling book. At the time, I was trying to figure out how to extend my travels and my friend thought t…
    - 28 days ago Apr 28, 2015, 2:16pm -
  • 32 Travel Questions You Asked (With My Attempted Answers)
    One thing I don’t do enough is answer your questions. Periodically, I have Q&A’s, but if my ongoing book tour has taught me anything it’s that you have a lot of questions that don’t get answered on the blog! Since not everything lends itself…
    - 35 days ago Apr 21, 2015, 3:28pm -
  • The Shape of Things to Come (P.S. – I’m Hiring!)
    Things are changing here at a fast pace so it’s time to take a step back, breathe, and share news about what is going on because it’s going to be big (and awesome!). Simply put, this website is too big for my little ole self to run alone. Moreove…
    - 40 days ago Apr 16, 2015, 3:54pm -
  • 4 Travel Gadgets Actually Worth Buying
    On the first Tuesday second Monday of each month, Dave Dean from Too Many Adapters gives us great tips and advice on travel tech and gear. This month’s column is about gadgets worth taking on the road. It’s surprisingly hard to find travel gear t…
    - 43 days ago Apr 13, 2015, 3:24pm -

The Hustle Blog

  • Don’t Forget to Track Car Rental Reservations with AutoSlash
    Some people think car rentals can be a lengthy process. For me, I try to keep it as simple as possible. You have two options to use AutoSlash. Search for a car using their site Make your booking elsewhere & use AutoSlash to find better rates The pro…
    - 55 days ago Apr 1, 2015, 11:00am -
  • Last Chance at Chase Freedom Q1 Categories
    As we come up on the end of March, we also come to the end of the first quarter of 2015. With that comes the end of the Chase Freedom 5% bonus categories – grocery stores, movie theaters & Starbucks. Be sure to get all your Q1 spend in by March 31!…
    - 57 days ago Mar 30, 2015, 11:00am -
  • Probable Southwest Rapid Rewards Devaluation
    Last week, Southwest Airlines sent an email to its Rapid Rewards loyalty program members informing them of a future change in the program. Sadly, they weren’t very specific about the change but it reads as a devaluation. We created Rapid Rewards®…
    - 98 days ago Feb 17, 2015, 12:00pm -
  • British Airways Avios Devaluation
    The biggest news going around the travel blogosphere lately is one we’re sadly all too familiar with… devaluation. British Airways announced some pricey changes to their loyalty program that will take effect April 28, 2015. The last time they cha…
    - Jan 30, 2015, 12:00pm -
  • Evolve Money Changes Terms for Discover Cards
    There have been a lot of changes going on with Evolve Money lately. First, I wrote about how they were a great way to pay for bills or loans that you can’t normally pay for with credit or gift cards. Then, they announced great news that we could us…
    - Dec 24, 2014, 5:34pm -
  • Chase Freedom 2015 Bonus Categories Announced
    While we’re all busy trying to hit the $1,500 in spend for this quarter’s bonus categories, Chase has announced all the bonus categories for 2015. January – March Grocery stores Movie theaters Starbucks April – June Restaurants Bed Bath & Bey…
    - Dec 10, 2014, 12:00pm -
  • Register Now! American Express Small Business Saturday
    Registration for American Express Small Business Saturday is live! Register all your eligible American Express cards at this link as soon as you can. As I detailed in a previous post, this year’s Small Business Saturday, which occurs on November 29…
    - Nov 17, 2014, 12:00pm -
  • Follow Up: Evolve Money + Discover Card
    This is a follow up to my post over the weekend about Evolve Money’s newest developments. It looks like all is well just like Evolve said! The payment has posted to my Discover account as a regular payment & I already see the Evolve payments postin…
    - Nov 10, 2014, 4:32pm -
  • Evolve Money Now Takes Discover Cards
    I just received an email from Evolve Money about a new feature – they now accept Discover credit cards as payment sources! Previously, they only accepted debit cards or gift cards as payment sources to pay bills. This opens up a nice avenue to earn…
    - Nov 7, 2014, 12:00pm -
  • New Next Generation NEXUS Kiosks Coming
    As a NEXUS member, I just received an email with some significant updates about the kiosk process when traveling by air between the United States & Canada. “Next Generation” kiosks are being installed to provide “faster, more reliable and more…
    - Oct 3, 2014, 11:00am -

Pointscentric

Johnny Jet

  • newTravel Tip of the Day: Happy Memorial Day
    Happy Memorial Day Happy Memorial Day! Natalie and I are in Connecticut, where I grew up, for some tradition (like the annual stickball game) and time with family. It’s an important holiday here (not to mention a long weekend), just as it is in…
    - 19 hours ago May 25, 2015, 4:00pm -
  • Reader Travel Tip of the Day: More London Airport Help
    More London Airport Help Each Friday, we’re featuring a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. Yesterday’s tip on getting to the airport in London drew a few great pieces of insight from readers, including this one from Katherine S.…
    - 4 days ago May 22, 2015, 7:19pm -
  • Alberta in the Springtime
    My wife Natalie and I recently visited Alberta, Canada. It was my second time there and it’s a part of the world that many travelers refer to as one of the most beautiful places on earth. My first trip was last summer for the world famous Calgary S…
    - 5 days ago May 21, 2015, 5:32pm -
  • Travel Tip of the Day: How to Get from London to its Airports
    How to Get from London to its Airports I just returned from London, where I spent a quick but exciting 30 hours. One of the questions I always get about London from readers is: What’s the best way to get between the city and the airport? The a…
    - 5 days ago May 21, 2015, 4:00pm -
  • Win roundtrip air for two to Iceland with Icelandair!
    Iceland is a place of stunning beauty. Waterfalls, geysers, glaciers, black sand beaches, volcanos—the land just gives and gives in Iceland, and the people are as nice as any I’ve met anywhere. And now, you and a guest could win flights to see i…
    - 6 days ago May 20, 2015, 6:00pm -
  • Travel Tip of the Day: Don’t Wait to Use Your US Airways Companion Certificate
    Don’t Wait to Use Your US Airways Companion Certificate If you were able to snag the US Airways® Premier World MasterCard® (and its 50,000-mile offer) before it disappeared, you ended up with a US Airways companion certificate, which allows yo…
    - 6 days ago May 20, 2015, 5:30pm -
  • Travel Video of the Day: Delta’s New Meme-tastic Safety Video
    Delta’s new in-flight safety video captures basically every internet sensation possible. We appreciate the Dancing Baby the Dramatic Chipmunk! The airline initially launched a series of safety videos beginning in late 2012 using pop culture refe…
    - 6 days ago May 20, 2015, 5:04pm -
  • Travel Contests: Week of May 20, 2015
    This week’s travel contests include: Win roundtrip air for two to Iceland with Icelandair! (JohnnyJet.com contest) Win a dream trip to Paris Win a private cruise through the BVI Win a 7-night trip for two to the Dominican Republic Win a trip to Pu…
    - 6 days ago May 20, 2015, 3:30pm -
  • Summer travel predictions with Chris McGinnis
    Our good friend and fellow travel writer Chris McGinnis has partnered with Best Western as the YouMustBeTrippin.com business travel expert to offer some predictions for the summer travel season ahead. This guy has basically been everywhere, writt…
    - 6 days ago May 20, 2015, 2:52pm -
  • A video tour of the luxury safari camp Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara
    Editor’s note: Johnny, like Richard below, stayed at the Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara back in 2012. Feel the excitement when pulling up in a cruiser to camp Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara. Masai warriors welcome guests with a traditional dance…
    - 6 days ago May 20, 2015, 2:19pm -

Doctor of Credit

Hustler Money Blog

  • newFeatured Cash Back Credit Cards, May 2015
    While American Express and Citi are advertising partners of HustlerMoneyBlog, the opinions and beliefs in this article are the author’s alone and have not been reviewed, approved, or otherwise endorsed by the issuer. Americans are good at spending…
    - 9 hours ago May 26, 2015, 2:01am -
  • newKeyBank Review: $300 Checking & $200 Key Silver Money Market Account Bonus
    Targeted only, Keybank is offering a $500 bonus combo with Offer Code R and Reservation Number 9 good through June 26, 2015. You get $300 when you open any qualifying checking account and $200 when you open a Key Silver Money Market account. You want…
    - 11 hours ago May 26, 2015, 12:01am -
  • Chase Ink Plus Business Card Review 2015: Earn 60,000 Bonus Points- that’s $750 Towards Travel Rewards
    This limited-time offer ends Monday, May 25th. Read all about the Ink Plus® Business Credit Card Review 2015 Edition. You can easily earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $5,000 in the first 3 months from account opening. That’s $750 toward tra…
    - 2 days ago May 24, 2015, 9:02am -
  • Chase Ink Cash Business Card Review- $300 Cash Back Bonus and No Annual Fee
    This limited-time offer ends Monday, May 25th. The highest cash back I’ve seen for Chase Ink Cash® Business Card! There are a plethora of business credit cards out there, however the Chase Ink Cash® Business Card offers some of the best rewards w…
    - 3 days ago May 23, 2015, 12:06am -
  • eBay Discounted Gift Card Deals, Offers, & Promotions
    Buying gift cards for stores that you normally go to can save you a lot of money especially you can get them at a discounted of up to 20% Off. At the moment, there are many gift card deals on eBay from stores such as iTunes, Hyatt, Sears, Cabela’s…
    - 4 days ago May 22, 2015, 2:22pm -
  • Banana Republic Coupons, Discounts, and Promo Codes: Save Up To 70%

    - 4 days ago May 22, 2015, 2:01pm -
  • Uber Capital One Credit Debit Card $60 Free Ride Credit
    If you have been using Uber car service, you know how great and convenience it can be with their Uber app. With a few clicks on the Uber app, you get a private car to come pick you up exactly where you are. Even better now that Capital One and Uber a…
    - 4 days ago May 22, 2015, 1:29pm -
  • Sam’s Club Plus Membership Promotion: Free $5 Gift Card Bonus & Free Food Items
    Check out this Sam’s Club Plus membership deal whereas you get $5 Sam’s club gift card and free Daily Chef Asparagus Pomodori with Sundried Tomato, Castle Wood Reserve or Daily Chef Sliced Oven-Roasted Turkey, and Daily Chef Ciabatta Rolls when…
    - 5 days ago May 21, 2015, 8:30pm -
  • Staples $20 Visa Prepaid Card Promotion Bonus
    Hurry to your local Staples starting this Sunday! Staples (Ad on page 10) is offering $20 Visa Prepaid Card via Staples Easy Rebate when you buy $300 or more in Visa Gift Cards. One rebate per household, this is an easy way to earn points or cash usi…
    - 5 days ago May 21, 2015, 7:10pm -
  • OceanFirst Bank Review: $300 Checking Bonus
    For residents of New Jersey, OceanFirst Bank is offering up to $300 checking account bonuses with offer code OFB300. Simply open a Simply Great or Classic checking to get your first $100 bonus, then earn an additional $200 bonus over the next 2 month…
    - 5 days ago May 21, 2015, 4:37pm -

Hack My Trip

  • Save $10 on Your First Purchase from LoungeBuddy
    You guys know I’m a fan of LoungeBuddy, a free app that lets you find and review airport lounges even when you don’t have an Internet connection. This makes it super helpful when you’re on the road and maybe aren’t familiar with the airport.…
    - 5 days ago May 21, 2015, 1:30pm -
  • Can We Find Anything Redeeming About Plenti?
    From the desk of the Devil’s Advocate…   Sometimes it’s easy to argue against Conventional Wisdom. For instance, I honestly do believe app-o-ramas have limited value. I think it sometimes does make sense to Pay With Points, and I’m almost ce…
    - 5 days ago May 21, 2015, 11:05am -
  • Award Travel Rules on Alaska Airlines
    Chauncey emailed me last weekend with a question about Alaska Airlines routing rules. Not all their rules are well published on Alaska’s website, and he needed to get to Europe with a combination of KLM and Air France flights. Fortunately, Alaska…
    - 7 days ago May 19, 2015, 11:05am -
  • Travel Meetup in Bellevue Tomorrow at Wild Ginger
    Dave helps run a monthly meetup on travel, miles, and manufactured spend in the Seattle area, alternating between Seattle and Bellevue. This month’s event is coming up soon — Tuesday, May 18 — and he’s asked me to spread the word. Wild Ginge…
    - 8 days ago May 18, 2015, 2:34pm -
  • Review: Raffles Hotel Presidential Suite
    Raffles is one of the most famous names in luxury travel, and nearly everyone who visits Singapore stops by the original Raffles Hotel on Beach Road. The majority go for tea at the Tiffin Room or a Singapore Sling from the wood-paneled Long Bar. …
    - 8 days ago May 18, 2015, 11:05am -

Maximizing Money

  • AsterRIDE Taxi and Chauffeur App Free $20 Ride Credit and $20 Referrals
    AsterRIDE lets you book a taxi, luxury sedan, SUV, or limousine service from your iPhone or Android smartphone, plus new AsterRIDE users can get a free $20 credit or a 10% discount to use toward your first ride.The post AsterRIDE Taxi and Chauffeur…
    - 2 days ago May 24, 2015, 8:41pm -
  • KeyBank Personal Checking Account $200 or $500 Cash Reward Bonus Promotion
    KeyBank is offering a $200 cash reward when you open a new KeyBank Hassle-Free Account or any personal checking account with a direct deposit by June 12, 2015.Updated May 23, 2015: There is a new $500 targeted bonus available that offers $300 for op…
    - 4 days ago May 22, 2015, 9:25pm -
  • Wells Fargo Checking Account $100 Targeted Bonus Offer
    Wells Fargo bank is offering a $100 cash bonus through June 26, 2015, but it is for targeted customers only.Review this Wells Fargo Personal Checking Promotion for additional details about where this offer is available.The post Wells Fargo Checking…
    - 4 days ago May 22, 2015, 8:55pm -
  • Top Bonus Roundup on Maximizing Money: Updated May 22, 2015
    Check out this review of the best recent promotions on Maximizing Money, updated on May 22, 2015.1. Staples $20 Prepaid Card Offer - Buy $300 in Visa Gift Cards to get a $20 Prepaid Card at Staples from May 24th to May 30, 2015.2. Free Movie Ticket…
    - 4 days ago May 22, 2015, 8:25pm -
  • Staples $20 Visa Prepaid Card to Buy $300 in Visa Gift Cards
    From May 24th to May 30, 2015, you can get a $20 Visa Prepaid Card by rebate when you buy a total of $300 or more in Visa Gift Cards in-store at Staples.Check out this $20 Staples Bonus for more details.Review these Bonus Reward Credit Cards as wel…
    - 4 days ago May 22, 2015, 8:20pm -
  • Southwest Airlines Rewards Credit Card 50K Personal and 60K Business
    The Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Plus and Premier Cards are currently offering 50,000 bonus Rapid Rewards points after you spend $2,000 within 3 months of opening a new account.Plus, the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Business Credit C…
    - 4 days ago May 22, 2015, 8:10pm -
  • Credit Card Application Reconsideration Telephone Numbers To Call for Denied Accounts
    If you've applied for a new credit card account, and your application is pending or has been denied, then you can call these reconsideration numbers to accelerate your application process or overturn your denial.The post Credit Card Application Reco…
    - 4 days ago May 22, 2015, 8:07pm -
  • Tickmill Currency Exchange $50 New Account Bonus and $50 Referrals
    New Tickmill currency exchange customers who open a LIVE account can get a $50 bonus when you deposit at least $500, plus both new and current customers can earn $50 via the Tickmill referral program.The post Tickmill Currency Exchange $50 New Accou…
    - 5 days ago May 21, 2015, 9:58pm -
  • Get $60 in Free Uber Ride Credit for Capital One Card Members
    When you sign up for Uber and pay with an eligible Capital One credit card or debit card (including Capital One 360 debit cards) by June 30, 2015, your first 2 rides are free for up to $30 per ride.The post Get $60 in Free Uber Ride Credit for Capit…
    - 5 days ago May 21, 2015, 9:27pm -
  • Spark Pay $50 Bonus for Credit Card Processing from Capital One
    The Spark Pay credit card processing service from Capital One will give you a $50 bonus after you process $5,000 within the first 3 months, and it's free and easy to get started.The post Spark Pay $50 Bonus for Credit Card Processing from Capital On…
    - 5 days ago May 21, 2015, 8:40pm -

Boarding Area

  • newBest credit card combos: Mixed rewards
    This is part 4 of a multi-part series of “best credit card combos”. The goal is to find the combination of 2, 3, or maybe 4 credit cards that, together, offer the best rewards for day to day spend. The series, so far, is as follows: Best credit c…
    - 22 mins ago May 26, 2015, 10:25am -
  • newVideo: Entitled Douche Tries To Shame US Airways Agent, Fails Miserably
    There's no denying that there are lots of airline employees who go on power trips, and it makes for some good video when they're caught on camera (despite many airlines having policies against filming their facilities and employees). Unfortunately fo…
    - 44 mins ago May 26, 2015, 10:03am -
  • newMistake Fares Happen The Other Way, Too
    Mistake fares still happen and they garner much more media attention nowadays. But, I've got to wonder where the uproar is on this one...The post Mistake Fares Happen The Other Way, Too appeared first on Pizza In Motion.
    - 47 mins ago May 26, 2015, 10:00am -
  • newBuy LifeMiles, Get PremierMiles for free. Double Dip opportunity
    LifeMiles is offering a buy 1, get 1.2 miles bonus sale till May 29, 2015. Citibank is offering a 5x on international spend promotion on the PremierMiles credit card. There is a potential double dip opportunity in the making here.The post Buy LifeMi…
    - 2 hours ago May 26, 2015, 8:59am -
  • newDelta Air Lines DeltaONE 757 seats and service SFO to NYC (and back) review
    Bumpertunites, weather and your Delta options (and what NOT to do) Airport Express SFO stood me up (a service to avoid) & UBER saves the day Delta Air Lines DeltaONE 757 seats and service SFO to NYC (and back) review The Radisson Blu Fisherman’s Wh…
    - 3 hours ago May 26, 2015, 8:17am -
  • newPromo code: a further £100 off UK Qatar Airways flights
    With Business Class fares at near-Economy prices, we have featured Qatar Airways quite a lot of late. Not only is the product often great value, it is also fantastic quality. The general position with Qatar Airways is that you can often pick up a goo…
    - 4 hours ago May 26, 2015, 7:16am -
  • newThe New York Wheel: Tallest in the World to Debut on Staten Island in 2017?
    New York may not have held the title to the tallest building in the world in years — nor might it regain that title in the foreseeable future — but there are plans to build what is being billed as the largest landmark in the world.The New York W…
    - 5 hours ago May 26, 2015, 5:30am -
  • newThink the pre-rental inspection is optional? Then read this
    By the time a Dollar Rent A Car representative told David Lavine that a pre-rental inspection was unnecessary, it was too late.The post Think the pre-rental inspection is optional? Then read this appeared first on Elliott.
    - 6 hours ago May 26, 2015, 5:00am -
  • newJet Airways’ 25% off exclusive sale for JetPrivilege elites
    Jet Airways is running a sale where they are offering an exclusive 25% off to Platinum, Gold and Silver members, only on May 26, 2015. The discounts are sweet, and here is how to get your hands on them.The post Jet Airways’ 25% off exclusive sale…
    - 6 hours ago May 26, 2015, 4:45am -
  • newMy Week in Points: Ozarks, Walmart Gives $50 and I Eat Too Much
    A lot happened this week, or not, I don’t know. I stayed mostly away from the glowing screen, with a quick jaunt to Grand Cayman and Turks & Caicos, followed by a Memorial Day holiday weekend combined with business in Bentonville, AR and Branson, M…
    - 7 hours ago May 26, 2015, 3:48am -

Frequent Flyer Miles 101

  • This is not a good way to protest an oversold flight
    I’m actually away this weekend, so I had planned to take a few days off from blogging, when I saw a story about a passenger who chose a rather unusual way to protest an overbooked flight.  After being told that he would not be traveling to Jamaica…
    - 2 days ago May 24, 2015, 3:35am -
  • Prepare for summer flights, it won’t be pretty…
    Today, the Wall Street Journal’s Scott McCartney wrote a piece for the newspaper (Sorry, it’s behind a paywall.) that said, “Travel this summer is going to be a horrible, horrible experience.”  Granted, he wasn’t so concise, but I don’t…
    - 5 days ago May 21, 2015, 10:26pm -
  • Las Vegas: The country’s cheapest and most expensive vacation city
    There’s no city in the country or, for that matter, the world, quite like Las Vegas. I’m not sure if that’s a good or a bad thing, but one does get the job done. And Las Vegas can be either a bargain or a nightmare. I go there about once per ye…
    - 5 days ago May 21, 2015, 1:04am -
  • Earning points and miles for taking surveys
    The most common question I get is “How can I easily earn XXX,000 miles by next week so that I can book a first class trip to YYY?  Fortunately, that’s also the easiest question to answer: Sadly, you can’t.  While there are numerous alternativ…
    - 7 days ago May 19, 2015, 2:25pm -
  • Southwest brings back the big card bonus, and the best airline perk out there
    I don’t have the opportunity to fly Southwest a lot, but the airline generally does a good job.  Service is above average, the planes get to where they need to go on time and fares are, well, fair. But there’s one perk that Southwest offers that…
    - 10 days ago May 16, 2015, 2:47pm -
  • You are your own best advocate for rewards programs
    On any given day, a quick Google search will find you an article about “the best frequent flyer programs,” “easiest ways to use your frequent flyer miles” or “how to beat the airlines at their own game (Number four will shock you!).”  Tr…
    - 11 days ago May 15, 2015, 6:14pm -
  • American Airlines and US Airways prepare for integration
    American Airlines has released more details about its upcoming integration with US Airways, which has, so far, gone relatively smoothly. But the hard work begins this summer. In July, American will begin the passenger services systems integration, wh…
    - 12 days ago May 14, 2015, 8:24pm -
  • End of an Era: SunTrust crushes the Delta SkyMiles card
    It finally happened.  After years of allowing Delta flyers (and non-flyers) to rack up hundreds of thousands of Delta mlles with the swipe of a debit card, SunTrust announced a change of terms of service that essentially kill the usefulness of the c…
    - 13 days ago May 12, 2015, 11:41pm -
  • Chase United card offers inflated bonus of 50,000 miles
    It’s been a rough few on this end of the keyboard.  First, I found out that Phineas and Ferb is being cancelled.  Then, I watched the Patriots get whacked for Deflategate.  Tough weekend (and Monday). Unlike footballs, however, Chase credit card…
    - 14 days ago May 11, 2015, 11:21pm -
  • The convergence of full-service carriers and low-cost carriers
    Airlines seem to have finally discovered the secret to success: Keep costs low, shove as many people as you can onto planes and try not to grow too fast, except where you’re competing against somebody with higher costs.  Traditionally, consistent…
    - 16 days ago May 10, 2015, 10:29pm -

Mr. Free Miles

  • newHow To Still Get 50,000 AA Miles With The Citi Platinum Credit Card
    50,000 miles are still available with the Citi American Airlines Platinum Select credit card. This deal seemed to have expired, but reports are suggesting the two free domestic round-trips can still be had. Read your approval chances here.
    - 20 hours ago May 25, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • Meet Silvercar: Luxury Car Rentals For The Under 25 Years Old Segment
    Silvercar offers luxury Audi A4 car rentals and a great mobile experience for the under 25 year old segment. See why this company is changing the way customers rent cars while also keeping prices low.
    - 4 days ago May 22, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • Sail Through Floating Mountains In Halong Bay, Vietnam
    Halong Bay, Vietnam is one of the 7 new natural wonders of the world. After spending an afternoon sailing through floating mountains, I see why. View pictures of this magnificent place and a travel hack to get there.
    - 6 days ago May 20, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • [Revived] 90,000 Miles Available With Bank Of America Virgin Atlantic MasterCard
    First class, round trip to Hawaii or South Africa on your mind? Yeah, me too. Luckily 90,000 miles are now available with the Bank of America Virgin Atlantic MasterCard. This recently revived deal has big upside - read the details here.
    - 8 days ago May 18, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • Why Applying For Multiple Credit Cards Doesn’t Hurt Your Credit Score
    I applied for over 30 credit cards in two years - and my credit score improved. Uncover the surprising truth to why applying for multiple credit cards may not hurt your credit score.
    - 11 days ago May 15, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • Explore The Heavenly Shores Of Bondi Beach, Australia
    A day in pictures of Bondi Beach, located in Sydney, Australia. 24 hours sunbathing in one of the most famous beach towns in the world, and a few nearby treats - plus how you can travel there.
    - 13 days ago May 13, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • 50,000 Miles With Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Credit Card
    50,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards miles are now available with the Chase credit card. That's enough for three round-trip flights between San Francisco and New York - provided you are a flexible traveler. Read the details here.
    - 15 days ago May 11, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • [Limited Time] 60,000 Points With Chase Ink Plus
    The best credit card deal in the world is back again: 60,000 Ultimate Rewards points are available for a limited time with the Chase Ink Plus credit card. Offer ends May 25, so grab this deal while it lasts.
    - 18 days ago May 8, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • Hike An Active Volcano In Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
    A day in pictures in Tongariro National Park, located in the North Island of New Zealand. 24 hours hiking through volcanoes, moonlike craters, scenic alpine views and even a rainforest - plus how you can travel there.
    - 20 days ago May 6, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • 4 Steps To Understand & Improve Your Credit Score
    After earning over 2,000,000 frequent flyer miles in three years, my credit score improved. Today I write from the Fairmont Singapore, offering four steps to improve your score and have the ability to earn millions of miles as well.
    - 22 days ago May 4, 2015, 3:00pm -

milepoint (Forums)

  • newTeh Penalty Box
    I think it's time for a new Box thread that works. So, here goes.
    - 25 mins ago May 26, 2015, 10:22am -
  • newRental car companies add fees
    http://www.ksdk.com/news/article/313619/28/First-airlines-now-rental-car-companies-add-feesSome consumer experts say rental car companies have gotten as bad as the airlines at charging fees, but there are tips for avoiding these fees.The obvious on…
    - 2 hours ago May 26, 2015, 9:06am -
  • newAround The World In 50 Years
    AROUND THE WORLD IN 50 YEARSMy Adventure to Every Country on EarthAlbert Podell2015Thomas Dunne Books$26.99Many frequent flyers like to keep score of all the countries they have visited. For an elite group of frequent flyers, bragging rights b…
    - 2 hours ago May 26, 2015, 9:00am -
  • newLooking to rent 7-seater minivan in Norway
    Hello,I'm in search for a rental company in Norway to hire a 7-seater minivan [such as Ford Galaxy, Volkswagen Touran, Peugeot 5008, Chevrolet Uplander and the like], pick up in Oslo, return in Bergen, total of 10 days.We'll be 4 adults with lots o…
    - 2 hours ago May 26, 2015, 8:59am -
  • new(photo trivia) Guess the airport
    MP doesn't feel complete without it so here's a guessing game with some easy rules.In a nutshell one member posts a photo of an airport and everybody else has to guess the airport name/location.Obviously the photo shall not reveal too much informat…
    - 2 hours ago May 26, 2015, 8:57am -
  • new(photo trivia) Guess the city
    Given the success of the 'guess the airport' thread, though this might be a good thread to start. A breath of fresh air, if you will...Anyways, same rules apply. First submission:
    - 2 hours ago May 26, 2015, 8:50am -
  • newUA mileage summary report format
    I stared at my recent UA mileage summary and finally figured out how they are posting miles under the new system. Not rocket science, but not so obvious either. They have it broken down into two pieces, the "spend" for each leg X 5 to calculate the…
    - 2 hours ago May 26, 2015, 8:32am -
  • newRead up on the subject
    Read up on the subject, so that you are performing the right kind of exercises to achieve the muscles you desire. There are different types of exercise techniques that work on different things, such as toning or muscle building, as well as different…
    - 3 hours ago May 26, 2015, 7:28am -
  • newSPG Members Paying Higher $$ on App, on SPG Member Site
    This post is a coda to yesterday's SPG App/BRG "next day booking" post.I decided to take a look and see whether the App is pricing higher for bookings beyond "next day," which was the subject of the prior post.And I am disappointed to report that a…
    - 5 hours ago May 26, 2015, 5:55am -
  • newExcel form for tracking & predicting total miles
    This information was buried in another thread where some people might not have noticed it, so I'm posting it here.I've created a "quick 'n dirty" Excel spreadsheet that you can use to enter your future trips in order to see how many miles, PQMs, etc…
    - 6 hours ago May 26, 2015, 5:14am -

Flyertalk MilesBuzz

  • newLH First class lounge voucher valid for two?
    Can one take a companion with the LH F lounge voucher from the M&M Selections benefits or is it just for one?
    - 18 mins ago May 26, 2015, 10:29am -
  • newLH A380 First Class seat recommendation for couples
    I was able to upgrade my Fiancée & my flight tomorrow from business to first class on an LH A380 from JFK-FRA. (We are connecting to Turkish Airways Business Class to IST) Hoping that's worth the 40k miles/person upgrade! :) The seat layout is...
    - 34 mins ago May 26, 2015, 10:13am -
  • newBa lounge Gatwick
    Just landed at Gatwick from Orlando, travelled WT+ flying back to Edinburgh are we entitled to use the lounge?
    - 44 mins ago May 26, 2015, 10:03am -
  • newSchengen Visa
    I'm sorry if there is already a thread like this, but I either can't find the information I need or it wasn't clear. I am traveling with a touring group to several countries in Europe and I depart on July 4th (in 38 days). I have a United States.…
    - 45 mins ago May 26, 2015, 10:02am -
  • newSixt in Lisbon airport (LIS) experience report
    Had the 'pleasure' to rent from Sixt in LIS last week. Totally regret it, hence the report here: I and two colleagues were on a business trip to a supplier about 200km south of LIS and I had rented a CDMR with navigation for two days from Sixt,...
    - 54 mins ago May 26, 2015, 9:53am -
  • newHave: 113352 club carlson Want:120k Hilton award booking
    Thanks! Do not accept other offer.
    - 57 mins ago May 26, 2015, 9:50am -
  • newUS Airways charged for baggage for a Sapphire member
    As the title says - my wife has flown from the UK to the US on BA, then a few days later on a domestic with USAir. She is a sapphire member (BA Silver) and was charged for her checked in baggage although the USAIR website says that she should have...
    - 1 hour ago May 26, 2015, 9:45am -
  • newBuying Skymiles when short?
    Hi all, I recently got the Amex Delta card that gives 50k skymiles for 1k min spend in 3 months. I'm eyeing a one way ticket to asia late december that is 55k skymiles + $50 or so. My question is, will it be possible/worth it to buy the 5k...
    - 1 hour ago May 26, 2015, 9:42am -
  • newBA on an AA reservation: Manage my Booking
    I just booked with AA a trip that involves my return from Los Angeles on BA. It's got a BA flight number and, of course, it's BA-operated. All the flights have my BAEC number attached. My understanding was that itineraries with BA in them...
    - 1 hour ago May 26, 2015, 9:40am -
  • newTrip to Tokyo - HND vs NRT
    I'm planning a leisure trip to Japan this autumn and was wondering about the pros and cons of flying to NRT and HND. I want to book it with miles, preferably on mileage bargains (since Japan pops up fairly often there) but that is not a must. It has.…
    - 1 hour ago May 26, 2015, 9:34am -

Reddit r/churning

  • newthe wallet app?
    What's your opinion of this? Is this like awardwallet, but for each individual card and not just miles/points/etc? submitted by qwe7791 [link] [comment]
    - 3 hours ago May 26, 2015, 8:05am -
  • newOptimized no annual fee, no rotating categories, combination of credit cards for max long term cash back. (for frugals)
    Most must be familiar with these, but just thought I'll throw my thoughts out there. If you don't care about introductory bonus offers and prefer to stick with credit cards for the long run then you wont need any other cc besides the set listed below…
    - 7 hours ago May 26, 2015, 3:41am -
  • newStaples irregularity?
    Hi everyone, I purchased 2 $200 Visa gift cards at a Staples store today and as soon as the check out clerk saw what I wanted to purchase, she reached under her desk and took out a three ring binder with what I assume was directions for checking out…
    - 7 hours ago May 26, 2015, 3:36am -
  • newJust got denied for the Citi 2x Mastercard.
    Just got denied for the Citi 2x Mastercard. What should I do to best determine the factors? I am going to receive notice in the mail but I've never been denied any CC. I did just get a car and house (past 12 months) as well as 3 new CCs. submitted…
    - 8 hours ago May 26, 2015, 3:04am -
  • new[Not churning] Credit card search engine?
    I remember someone posting in a comment sometime back either on /r/churning or /r/creditcards a link to a really comprehensive search engine for credit cards that could search by things like FTF, chip, annual fee, card network, etc. It looked pretty…
    - 8 hours ago May 26, 2015, 2:48am -
  • newAmEx Business cards - churnable after 1 year of being approved, or 1 year after canceling the card?
    Fairly confused about this and couldn't find an answer using the search function or Google. I also tried looking at the terms/conditions for the current AmEx Business offers, but no luck there either. I have an AmEx Gold Business that I got around J…
    - 8 hours ago May 26, 2015, 2:27am -
  • newWalmart Metabank VGC load via CC failed. Tender not allowed.
    I have been loading this re-loadable Metabank VGC to hit my minimum spend on a new card. Have done it 3x at my local Walmart without issue. Tried today and got "tender not allowed", the cashier let me try again and I got the same error. Of course she…
    - 16 hours ago May 25, 2015, 7:04pm -
  • newClosed CSP nearly a year ago, can I sign up again and get the sign up bonus?
    I remember closing my Chase Sapphire Preferred card roughly a year ago (can't remember exactly which month, but it was about a month or two before the AF hit). Can I sign up for it again and receive another sign-up bonus? Thanks submitted by crowd7…
    - 17 hours ago May 25, 2015, 6:00pm -
  • new5x eBay Bucks For Many Accounts
    eBay is offering 5x eBay Bucks (10%) for targeted accounts between May 25 and 26th. You can go through eBates to get your cash back there plus use the card you're churning with to get a good chunk of spend out of the way. It's only good for $100 in e…
    - 17 hours ago May 25, 2015, 5:50pm -
  • newWhy track application date for each card?
    I see throughout this sub that people suggest tracking the application date of each card when organizing your cards spreadsheet. Wouldn't it make more sense to track the date that the card was issued (i.e., when you get that "welcome" email)? The dif…
    - 17 hours ago May 25, 2015, 5:30pm -

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