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The Points Guy

  • newFlight Review: United 767-300 BusinessFirst Transatlantic
    TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen took advantage of some great summer business class airfares to Europe this spring to score a cheap ticket to Rome in August on United. Here’s his review of the airline’s flagship BusinessFirst cabin aboard a Bo…
    - 3 hours ago 20 Sep 14, 3:29pm -
  • newEarn SPG & Best Western Bonus Points, Cheap JetBlue Awards
    Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn up to 3,000 Starpoints for Booking Sheraton Club With Your Amex Card You can earn up to 3,000 Starpoints for every Sheraton Club stay when you book w…
    - 5 hours ago 20 Sep 14, 1:29pm -
  • Maximizing Points and Miles on Apple iPhone 6 Purchases
    The day has finally arrived! The Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are finally here. Geeks, I mean technophiles, rejoice! Perhaps you drove past an Apple store over the past few days and mistook it for a campsite as folks stretched out in lines and on…
    - 1 day ago 19 Sep 14, 5:46pm -
  • Targeted Offer: Delta Gold and Platinum Medallion Fast Track
    The airline elite status landscape has shifted dramatically over the past year with both Delta and United implementing revenue requirements and overhauling their mileage-earning formulas. All that has a lot of flyers reevaluating their elite status s…
    - 1 day ago 19 Sep 14, 4:08pm -
  • Weekend Escape to Saint-Tropez
    Summer is swamped with tourists in the South of France, but the shoulder season months are the perfect time to visit jetset destinations like Saint-Tropez. Nice-based contributing writer Lane Nieset takes us on a weekend getaway to this seaside villa…
    - 1 day ago 19 Sep 14, 2:29pm -
  • Unaccompanied Minors: Tips to Help Kids Fly Solo Safely
    Air travel is a bit like riding a bike; after you’ve done it for a while, it becomes second nature. However, the world of airport terminals and baggage claims can be pretty overwhelming to the uninitiated, especially kids traveling alone. So today…
    - 1 day ago 19 Sep 14, 12:08pm -
  • Citi Launches New Expedia Credit Cards
    Hot on the heels of the launch of its newly revamped Expedia+ Rewards program this summer, the online travel agency has unveiled two new credit cards in conjunction with Citi, and Team TPG got all the details at a launch event last night. Here are th…
    - 2 days ago 18 Sep 14, 9:29pm -
  • How To Maximize Current Club Carlson Promotions
    Club Carlson, the loyalty program of brands including Radisson, Radisson Blu and Park Inn, is running a few different promotions right now that make it possible to rack up thousands of points and miles. 7,500 Bonus American AAdvantage Miles Now throu…
    - 2 days ago 18 Sep 14, 7:22pm -
  • Earn Triple Southwest Points Through November 20 (Targeted)
    Southwest recently launched a targeted offer where Rapid Rewards members can earn triple points on flights between now and November 20, 2014. You must register by November 20 and then book and fly by that day as well. The terms are clear that the off…
    - 2 days ago 18 Sep 14, 3:57pm -
  • Thursday Giveaway: 75,000 Hyatt Gold Passport Rewards Points
    Last year, Hyatt and MGM Resorts formed a strategic partnership in Las Vegas between their two in-house loyalty programs. Hyatt Gold Passport members are able to earn and redeem points at 12 M life destinations in Vegas, and members are also be abl…
    - 2 days ago 18 Sep 14, 2:29pm -

Frugal Travel Guy

  • newFrugal Guide to Lake Tahoe
    Mark Twain once described Lake Tahoe as “The fairest picture the whole earth affords.” Anyone who has taken Highway 89 and caught a glimpse of Emerald Bay would agree. The Lake itself is on the border of Nevada and California, with most tourist a…
    - 20 hours ago 19 Sep 14, 11:00pm -
  • newTrip Experience: Bangkok & Le Méridien Bangkok
    Bangkok was the one destination in our trip that wasn’t really a destination. It was our overnight stopover point multiple times through our trip. The many overnights took a toll on us, but being able to have those nights in Bangkok at a familiar h…
    - 23 hours ago 19 Sep 14, 8:00pm -
  • How to Maximize IHG Points with 100% Bonus Purchase
    I’m pretty excited to be taking my parents to their first all-inclusive resort this upcoming Spring Break. First, my parents have never been to an all-inclusive resort — and I’m sure they will think it is awesome! Second, I picked up all six of…
    - 1 day ago 19 Sep 14, 8:00am -
  • Farewell D. Walden: Chase Sapphire Has a New Customer
    If the only thing holding you back from picking up the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card is the cardholder name in the card art, then today is your lucky day! The ubiquitous D. Walden, who for so long was used in marketing materials, has been cast aside.…
    - 2 days ago 18 Sep 14, 10:30pm -
  • Almost 2/3 of 18 to 30 Year Olds Don’t Have a Credit Card
    The bad advice parents are giving to their children is hurting them not just in the long term but in the short term as well. In all reality, recent college graduates that don’t have any credit cards are getting their degree and the only thing they…
    - 2 days ago 18 Sep 14, 8:00pm -
  • Chronicles of Traveling with a Lap Infant
    This is the first of a multi-part series of articles chronicling our experiences traveling with our baby daughter, Mila, who was born in January of this year. It is not my intention at all to compete with Mommy Points or any other parent-travel blogg…
    - 2 days ago 18 Sep 14, 8:00am -
  • Travel Challenge: Costa Rica
    I haven’t been to Costa Rica, and frankly I don’t know why. Its tropical climate and amazing bio-culture are stand out and intrigue me. I mean average highs of 85 and average lows of 76? Talk about beach weather. During college, many friends went…
    - 3 days ago 17 Sep 14, 11:00pm -
  • When Does it Make Sense to Book a Non-Saver Award?
    Conventional wisdom (a.k.a. the blogosphere) tells us we should squeeze as much out of our mileage redemptions as possible. This involves investigating the best programs for particular destinations, booking premium seats to get the most bang for your…
    - 3 days ago 17 Sep 14, 8:00pm -
  • Seeing the World in a Weekend – Machu Picchu, Peru
    The long extended Labor Day weekend was the perfect window for a trip to Machu Picchu, especially with the great airfares that surfaced over the summer. We were lucky to take advantage, secure that bucket-list adventure and head off to Peru to explor…
    - 3 days ago 17 Sep 14, 8:00am -
  • Last Minute Award Bookings Are Possible — But Don’t Count On Them
    In some ways it is difficult for me to talk at all about last minute award bookings, given that I am constantly preaching to anyone that will listen that you need to book award travel as far ahead as possible. In fact, as recently as last week I wrot…
    - 4 days ago 16 Sep 14, 11:00pm -

One Mile at a Time

  • newWeekly Review: September 20, 2014
    In the past week I've been to Hong Kong and back, and am presently in Las Vegas, after a quick hop up to Seattle. That brings the mileage count to over 45,000 flown miles since August 28th. I am exhausted, and really looking forward to a somewhat qui…
    - 2 hours ago 20 Sep 14, 4:47pm -
  • newLufthansa’s First Class Construction Duck!
    Since I live in hotels full time I try to keep my material possessions to a minimum, since they weigh down my carry on, and that doesn't help anyone. There are two things I can't help but collect (and then send to my parents' home), though -- Lufthan…
    - 18 hours ago 20 Sep 14, 12:33am -
  • newStarwood American Express US Open Cardmember Event
    When we think of major travel credit cards, we're usually pretty focused on the concrete benefits of the card -- how many points you earn per dollar spent, how you can redeem those points, etc. And using those metrics the Starwood Preferred Guest® C…
    - 21 hours ago 19 Sep 14, 10:03pm -
  • newWhy Does Seattle Have To Be So Captivating?
    As long time readers may know, about two years ago I made the decision to move from Tampa to Seattle. I had lived in Tampa for far too long, and couldn’t stand it. The only nice thing about it was being close to my parents, who I care more about th…
    - 23 hours ago 19 Sep 14, 8:03pm -
  • Las Vegas Taxi Excitement
    I have a love/hate relationship with Las Vegas. It's the worst place on earth... which is why I both love and hate it. I don't think there's anywhere in the world more ridiculous, and less than 24 hours into my current trip I'm already reminded why.…
    - 1 day ago 19 Sep 14, 6:03pm -
  • Check Out This Crazy JetBlue Emergency Landing Video!
    As many of you may have heard, a JetBlue plane bound for Austin made an emergency landing in Long Beach yesterday after one of the engines overheated and there was some smoke in the cabin. Four people were injured, though that was due to the evacuati…
    - 1 day ago 19 Sep 14, 4:33pm -
  • How Many Miles Does It Take?
    Last week I answered a reader question about collecting miles for a trip between the US and Southeast Asia. As part of that I included a chart giving a general "range" of the miles required by different mileage programs, and there were several reques…
    - 1 day ago 19 Sep 14, 1:33pm -
  • Review: KLM Crown Lounge Amsterdam
    I got to Schipol Airport at around 10AM for my 12:40PM departure to Chicago. The check-in hall wasn't especially grand compared to some other major airports, though it was perfectly functional. I quickly found the Sky Priority check-in area, which wa…
    - 1 day ago 19 Sep 14, 11:33am -
  • Redeem Miles For Flight Simulator
    As an aviation geek there's nothing cooler than a full motion airline flight simulator. Given that they cost millions of dollars, it's kind of tough to get into them unless you have an "in" at an airline or training center. There are a few airlines t…
    - 2 days ago 19 Sep 14, 12:00am -
  • Review: Hotel Pulitzer Amsterdam
    After three nights at Hotel Des Indes in Den Haag, I took the train to Amsterdam for five nights at Hotel Putlizer. As I explained in the introduction post, rates were crazy expensive, as you’d expect in Amsterdam in summer. As much as I struggle w…
    - 2 days ago 18 Sep 14, 7:33pm -

The Frequent Miler

  • More Citi fun; How to repair a broken phone for free; IHG awesome free nights; and 5 for San Diego
    Random thoughts today… Citi refuses to take my money This is the ongoing saga of my attempt to signup for a Citigold checking account (see this post and this post).  I called yesterday to check on the application status and was told that my applic…
    - 1 day ago 19 Sep 14, 10:05am -
  • Citigold, Citi Prestige. From $400 to 200K. What does $200 + $250 equal? And, a pile of…
    In yesterday’s post (Pondering Prestige. When 30K beats 60K) I described my plan to signup for both Citigold checking and the Citi Prestige card for a combined 70,000 points.  In the short time since then, I’ve learned a lot.  The number one le…
    - 2 days ago 18 Sep 14, 10:05am -
  • Pondering Prestige. When 30K beats 60K.
    Rapid Travel Chai recently spent a fun filled day in New Jersey signing up for credit cards in-branch (read his post here).  His prime target was the Citi Prestige 60K offer.  He had learned about the offer from this Frequent Miler post.  I, in tu…
    - 3 days ago 17 Sep 14, 10:05am -
  • See you in San Diego?
    UPDATE: The San Diego event described below is now sold out, but please see the last section of this post for details about a chance of buying a ticket. I spent the day yesterday developing an awesome new Google Docs spreadsheet.  I had hoped to rev…
    - 4 days ago 16 Sep 14, 10:05am -
  • Into the Nights, or not?
    I’ve been slow to write about IHG’s Into the Night promotion because I haven’t yet decided exactly how good it is or whether it’s worth playing.  Obviously, if you have paid hotel nights coming up, you might as well enroll in the promo.  An…
    - 5 days ago 15 Sep 14, 10:05am -
  • The Spectrum Rewards offer–what is it worth?
    Most credit card signup bonuses follow a simple pattern: Spend $X in Y months and get bonus Z.  For example, quite a few offers are: “Spend $3000 in 3 months and get 40,000 points.”  Some offers are more complicated, such as the Citi ThankYou P…
    - 8 days ago 12 Sep 14, 10:05am -
  • Amex gift cards double or nothing, bye bye Amazon Payments, and a sign of what’s to come
    Hoopla Doopla says “no way” Last week I published a Quick Deal about the cash back portal Hoopla Doopla: “An obvious portal price mistake: 40% cash back for Amex gift cards. Who’s in?”  Their site showed a ridiculously high 40% cash back r…
    - 9 days ago 11 Sep 14, 10:05am -
  • Searching for points and finding a Point Cascade (and a dead PPM)
    Lately I’ve been receiving emails from Virgin America telling me that my 1,500 Elevate points are about to expire.  First I had 90 days left, then 60.  I’ve vaguely noted to myself that I should do something to keep the points alive.  I don’…
    - 10 days ago 10 Sep 14, 10:05am -
  • Exercising the Amex Campus Edition card
    It’s been almost two years since I first wrote about the American Express Campus Edition card.  At the time, I found the card interesting, but there were better and easier point earning opportunities available.  As a result, my Campus Edition car…
    - 11 days ago 9 Sep 14, 10:05am -
  • The many flavors of Amex Prepaid cards
    I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about Amex prepaid cards: Bluebird, Serve, Amex for Target, etc.  If you’re wondering how to use these cards for earning points and miles, here are the basics of what you need to know… American Expre…
    - 12 days ago 8 Sep 14, 10:05am -

Well Traveled Mile

  • newCan You Earn 40,000 Miles on the Barclays Arrival Plus a 2nd Time?
    The Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® has been offering a 40,000 mile sign-up bonus after spending $3,000 in three months for a little over a year now. The card was released on the market around early 2013, so there haven’t been…
    - 1 hour ago 20 Sep 14, 5:49pm -
  • Earn Extra Miles When You Book Hotel Stays Using PointsHound
    For awhile now PointsHound has become a growing hotel booking website that awards airline miles when you a book a hotel stay. While the perks of using PointsHound have been around and is not something new, it remains a great way to earn extra air…
    - 2 days ago 19 Sep 14, 12:03am -
  • Current Credit Card Bonuses vs Past Highest Bonuses – Apply Now or Wait?
    Timing the right moment to apply for a new credit card for a lucrative signup bonus is always a gamble–bottom line is that you always want to get the best offers. Period. It can even get more complicated when applying for multiple credit cards at a…
    - 3 days ago 17 Sep 14, 3:54pm -
  • 100% Bonus When You Buy IHG Rewards Club Points – 0.58 Cents Each!
    IHG is offering up to a 100% bonus when you purchase 50,000 or more points from now through September 22, 2014. This is the highest bonus that IHG Rewards Club has offered for purchasing their points and could be a great way to rack up cheap points.…
    - 4 days ago 16 Sep 14, 8:44am -
  • How Long Does It Take To Earn The 40,000 US Airways Miles Bonus?
    Well Traveled Mile reader Brian asks “how long does it take to earn the 40,000 US Airways miles bonus?” The US Airways® Premier World MasterCard® is offering 40,000 US Airways bonus miles after making the first purchase and paying the $89 annua…
    - 6 days ago 15 Sep 14, 5:35am -
  • Amazon Payments Eliminates $1,000 Free Credit Card Payments
    Amazon Payments was one of the easiest ways to help meet a minimum spend requirement, but sending money for free will no longer be possible as of October 13, 2014. Amazon Payments, which allowed its users to send or pay another Amazon Payments user $…
    - 8 days ago 12 Sep 14, 10:56am -
  • New Club Carlson Offers: Triple Points, 3rd Weekend Night Free, and 25% Off Award Nights
    Club Carlson just announced three potentially valuable fall promotions that include 3X point earning, 25% off award nights, and 3rd weekend night free at select hotels. This is on top of their recent 3,000 point per stay offer available when you book…
    - 10 days ago 10 Sep 14, 7:11am -
  • Earn 3,000 Club Carlson Bonus Points Per Stay When Booked Through Mobile App
    Club Carlson just released a new promo offering 3,000 bonus Gold Points per stay when you book and complete the stay using Club Carlson’s mobile app. The promotion period is good for stays between September 8 and November 16, 2014. Although this is…
    - 12 days ago 9 Sep 14, 5:50am -
  • Hotel Review: The Stones Hotel, Marriott Autograph Collection – Bali, Indonesia
    Bali is synonymous with this sort of exotic beachy, laid back surfer culture—that vibe is also absorbed by some of the resorts in the area. While in Legian, Bali I decided to take advantage of a free night certificate with Marriott at The Stones H…
    - 12 days ago 9 Sep 14, 5:36am -
  • Top 10 Best Credit Card Sign-up Bonus Offers for September 2014
    Every month I’ll post the top 10 best current credit card sign-up offers and update the list throughout the month if offers change. You can always check out my credit cards page for a full list of cards, but since the best credit card offers ar…
    - 12 days ago 8 Sep 14, 10:20am -

Million Mile Secrets

  • newBlog Giveaway: $100 Best Western Gift Card!
    Disclosure:  We get a commission for links on the blog. You don’t have to use our links, but we’re very grateful when you do.  American Express is a Million Mile Secrets advertising partner.  Here’s our Advertiser Disclosure. In celebration…
    - 11 hours ago 20 Sep 14, 8:00am -
  • new$200 in SkyMall Gift Card Winners!
    Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook or Twitter! Thanks to everyone who left a comment and tweeted to win the $200 in SkyMall Gift Cards giveaway. Congrats to: Ben E who commented: Halloween Zombie! You’ve won a $100 SkyMall gift card! @thre…
    - 11 hours ago 20 Sep 14, 7:30am -
  • Boost Your Points or Cash Back Earnings When You Buy the New iPhone 6!
    Disclosure:  We get a commission for links on the blog. You don’t have to use our links, but we’re very grateful when you do.  American Express is a Million Mile Secrets advertising partner.  Here’s our Advertiser Disclosure. The new iPhone…
    - 1 day ago 19 Sep 14, 4:00pm -
  • “Trips to Easter Island & Africa Convinced Me to Share My Experiences & Photos”
    Disclosure: We get a commission for links on the blog. You don’t have to use our links, but we’re very grateful when you do.  American Express is a Million Mile Secrets advertising partner.  Here’s our Advertiser Disclosure. Welcome to the n…
    - 1 day ago 19 Sep 14, 8:00am -
  • Reminder: Get a $30 Credit Towards Your 1st Ride With Uber!
    Disclosure: We get a commission for links on the blog. You don’t have to use our links, but we’re very grateful when you do.  American Express is a Million Mile Secrets advertising partner.  Here’s our Advertiser Disclosure. If you haven’…
    - 1 day ago 19 Sep 14, 7:30am -

View From the Wing

  • newHow Your Wireless Internet Can Get You Arrested at the Airport
    Not sure how I missed this story last week. A passenger was detained on a Southwest plane at Seattle-Tacoma Airport after using ominous names for his Wi-Fi hot spot, sources said. Passenger Alayna Keagle said people became concerned Thursday after no…
    - 41 mins ago 20 Sep 14, 6:15pm -
  • newTravel Loyalty Programs are All About Conflicts of Interest
    I was recently engaged as an expert witness for a federal criminal trial. It’s a fascinating story that I plan to tell. But in order to explain how a program member got embroiled in what was seen as a conflict of interest, how this person came to b…
    - 3 hours ago 20 Sep 14, 3:30pm -
  • newNever Accept a Room That’s Unacceptable
    I checked into Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas yesterday. Quickly up to my room and there was a strong smell of chlorine. Back down to the check-in desk. Now, it was noon (so not yet check-in time). The hotel was full. They had no rooms to offer. I could h…
    - 6 hours ago 20 Sep 14, 12:30pm -
  • newA New Signup Bonus for the Fidelity Investment Rewards 2% Rebate Amex
    I’m liking the new Citi Double Cash product as the best cash rebate card but the Fidelity Investment Rewards American Express currently has a $50 signup bonus. I favor points over cash back. But I also recognized that if I’m doing any un-bonused…
    - 19 hours ago 20 Sep 14, 12:16am -
  • newSan Diego is Cracking Down on Cab Drivers Who Smell
    The San Diego airport is requiring cab drivers not to smell bad. And the cab drivers are livid. For years, inspectors with the San Diego Regional Airport Authority have run down their checklist for each cabbie — proof of insurance, functioning wind…
    - 21 hours ago 19 Sep 14, 9:45pm -
  • newEarning Miles with Debit Cards That Have No PINs, Gaming Argentina’s Currency, and Drinking from a Plastic Bag
    News and notes from around the interweb: PIN-less debit transactions. Use your phone to create postcards and then outsource mailing of them American Airlines is apparently limiting ticket sales in Argentina, because Argentina is limiting the amount o…
    - 24 hours ago 19 Sep 14, 7:15pm -
  • Airline Meals Now Offered for Home Delivery!
    You can get airline meals delivered to your home — premium cabin meals from LSG Skychefs. “I wish I could eat what they serve on the plane all the time” Said no one, ever. But Air Food One thinks there is a business is distributing excess airli…
    - 1 day ago 19 Sep 14, 4:44pm -
  • How to Get Your Hotel Stays for Free Using a Best Rate Guarantee Claim
    Mommy Points yesterday has a post summarizing hotel ‘best rate guarantee’ policies. The idea is that each hotel chain wants to convince you to book directly through them. That’s because booking through a third party website like Expedia or Orbi…
    - 1 day ago 19 Sep 14, 2:05pm -
  • The Very Strange Idea of the Frequent Flyer Weekend
    Walking into a Westin lobby last night — Thursday — I was confronted with this projected onto the floor. To a frequent flyer business traveler this makes all the sense in the world. Thursday is done. The work week is, for all intents and purposes…
    - 1 day ago 19 Sep 14, 12:14pm -
  • Does Boeing’s Pet Export-Import Bank Matter?
    Pizza in Motion is happy to see some movement extending the Export-Import bank’s charter, even temporarily. I don’t think Ex-Im should go away. I say this narrowly from the perspective of someone who’s a Boeing supporter. Here’s a video my em…
    - 2 days ago 19 Sep 14, 12:00am -

Nomadic Matt

  • We Didn’t Listen to Those Who Said Travel Wasn’t Possible
    Last month, I announced I’d be featuring monthly columnists on this website. I’ve introduced two so far and now it’s time to introduce our final one! On the third Friday of every month, Cameron Wears from The Traveling Canucks will be here givi…
    - 1 day ago 19 Sep 14, 1:00pm -
  • BIG NEWS: Announcing the Start of a Budget Travel Guide Series
    Today, I’m incredibly excited to share some big, big news about a project I’ve been working on for the last few months. Today marks the official launch of “Nomadic Matt’s Guidebooks” – a series of budget travel guides for destinations aro…
    - 3 days ago 17 Sep 14, 1:53pm -
  • 10 Interesting and Helpful Travel Websites
    Every day, a dozen new travel websites start up in hopes of making your trip planning easier, help you meet locals, crowdsource your advice, or save money. And with equal speed as many travel websites fail each day. A lot of travel start ups try to f…
    - 5 days ago 15 Sep 14, 11:48am -
  • I’m Off to Iceland
    Next Tuesday, I am making good on a birthday promise. Last year, I created a list of “19 Things to Do Before I Turn 35” as a way to direct my travels. But, when I turned 33 this year, I realized I hadn’t accomplished a single thing on that li…
    - 9 days ago 11 Sep 14, 4:01pm -
  • Why I Became a Solo Female Traveler
    Last month, I announced I’d be bringing monthly columnists to this website. On the second Wednesday of the month, Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse will be here to give you great tips and advice on solo female travel. Her column starts this mont…
    - 10 days ago 10 Sep 14, 1:17pm -
  • The Happiness of Pursuit with Chris Guillebeau
    When I first started blogging, I came across a website called The Art of Non-Conformity. It was by this guy on a personal quest to visit every country in the world before he turned 35 years old. That guy was Chris Guillebeau. I began to follow his ad…
    - 12 days ago 8 Sep 14, 2:26pm -
  • My Long-Distance Travel Romance
    From the first moment I looked upon Paris, I was in love. Paris was everything I thought it would be — beautiful, sophisticated, ancient, orderly, and relaxed. All the clichés were true. As I stared at the Arc de Triomphe and then down the bouleva…
    - 16 days ago 4 Sep 14, 1:00pm -
  • How Technology Makes Travel Better
    A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that I’m bringing on regular columnists for this website. On the first Tuesday of the month, Dave Dean from Too Many Adapters will be here giving you great tips and advice on travel tech and gear. His column start…
    - 18 days ago 2 Sep 14, 12:00pm -
  • This is the Best Thai Food Outside of Thailand
    I’ve left pieces of my heart in many places around the world: New York, Paris, Stockholm, and Hong Kong to name a few. But no place has a bigger piece than Thailand. It was my home for a long time (and in many ways still is). No amount of time ther…
    - 23 days ago 28 Aug 14, 11:46am -
  • Walking Among the Dead at Pere Lachaise Cemetery
    Death is not the end for the residents of Père Lachaise in Paris. Their tombs and graves are gawked at every day by hundreds of camera-touting tourists seeking the cemetery’s famous and not-so-famous inhabitants. The cemetery was built in 1804 as…
    - 26 days ago 25 Aug 14, 1:00pm -

The Hustle Blog

  • 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…
    - 3 days ago 17 Sep 14, 11:00am -
  • After 3+ Years, Amazon Payments Will Come to an End
    Big news hit the manufactured spend circles this week. After more than 3 years of very easy manufactured spend, Amazon Payments will be ending its person to person payment options on October 13, 2014. You can find the new terms on Amazon’s help pag…
    - 8 days ago 12 Sep 14, 11:00am -
  • Credit Karma Now Provides Full Credit Report For Free
    I use Credit Karma for loosely monitoring my TransUnion-based credit score. It’s a free service and it will update your score once a week when you log in. Recently, they have added your full credit report to the list of features. This is a great…
    - 52 days ago 30 Jul 14, 6:36pm -
  • My Biggest Mile Manufacturer – TD Go
    During a time where Joann & I have more miles & points than we do vacation days, I’m looking for easier ways to manufacture these points instead of ways to just amass a stockpile of them. Notice my emphasis is on easy.  I’m not a fan of drivi…
    - 59 days ago 23 Jul 14, 11:00am -
  • Hyatt Updates Mobile App
    I just downloaded an app update for the Hyatt mobile app for Android. I believe the iPhone update for the app has been out for a few week now. From what I’ve noticed, it’s a very useful update. Prior to this update, the app was only great for ch…
    - 74 days ago 8 Jul 14, 11:00am -
  • Bluebird & Serve Increase Daily Load Limit to $2500
    American Express Bluebird has updated their Membership Agreement. Previously, the daily load limit was $1,000 via loading online with Vanilla Reload cards or loading in person at Walmart with a debit/gift card. As of July 1, the daily load limit will…
    - 76 days ago 6 Jul 14, 11:00am -
  • A Machu Picchu Anniversary: Palacio del Inka & Cusco
    TRIP INDEX The hotel was a short taxi ride away and we were surprised that we were already feeling the effects of the altitude. Cusco is over 11,000 feet above sea level (higher than Machu Picchu and surrounding villages) so it may hit you hard! When…
    - 80 days ago 2 Jul 14, 11:00am -
  • Chase Freedom Third Quarter 2014 Bonus Categories Are Live!
    The 3rd quarter of 2014 is upon us so that means new bonuses and maybe some shuffling of spend. As I wrote previously, this quarter’s bonus categories are gas stations & Kohl’s. You will receive 5 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent in th…
    - 81 days ago 1 Jul 14, 3:58pm -
  • US Airways MasterCard 20% Bonus Miles
    This summer, earn 20% more miles with your US Airways Dividend Miles MasterCard. Earn 20% more miles on every purchase you make with your card between July 1 and August 31, including US Airways purchases, up to a maximum of 10,000 bonus miles.  The…
    - 85 days ago 27 Jun 14, 11:00am -
  • Chase Hyatt Credit Card
    Hotel cards are often overlooked in the credit card game, but they shouldn’t be. Many of them have lucrative sign-up and anniversary bonuses. The Chase Hyatt credit card is no exception. In fact, many see it as one of the best hotel rewards cards o…
    - 94 days ago 18 Jun 14, 11:00am -

Frequent Flier

  • JetBlue Gets New Leader. New Direction Next?
    Although it’s no surprise — the rumors have been circulating for months — JetBlue’s announcement that Dave Barger will be stepping down as the company’s CEO on February 16, 2015, still comes as a shock. Barger has been with JetBlue ... Read…
    - 1 day ago 19 Sep 14, 6:12pm -
  • Southwest’s LAX Terminal to Get Makeover
    Los Angeles International Airport, the country’s third-busiest, seems as busy reinventing itself as it is busy hosting arriving and departing passengers. The renovations to Tom Bradley International Terminal are ongoing. And the $300 million upgrad…
    - 2 days ago 18 Sep 14, 6:16pm -
  • Earn Bonus Airline Miles for Radisson Stays
    Carlson now has several solid bonuses on offer for fall and winter stays. The sweet spot: where they overlap. Offer Details Between September 15 and December 15, Club Carlson members can earn 7,500 American AAdvantage miles after two stays at ... Rea…
    - 2 days ago 18 Sep 14, 4:22pm -
  • American Agents Vote ‘Yes’ to Unionization
    Until yesterday, there was just one employee group at American Airlines that was not represented by a union: customer-service workers, including reservations and airport agents. On September 16, in what the union calls “the largest labor organizing…
    - 3 days ago 17 Sep 14, 7:28pm -
  • Spirit’s New Look Is Bold, Brash
    Is there a season for airline rebranding? With new logos and aircraft paint schemes introduced by three U.S. carriers just this month, you might think so. First, there was Southwest, closely followed by Frontier. And this week, it’s Spirit’s turn…
    - 3 days ago 17 Sep 14, 5:40pm -
  • Earn Bonus United, Air Canada Miles for London Flights
    Fall is a great time to visit London. Bonus miles make it even better. Offer Details Between September 23 and December 12, MileagePlus members can earn up to 35,000 bonus miles for roundtrip flights between the U.S. or Canada and ... Read More
    - 4 days ago 16 Sep 14, 6:34pm -
  • Southwest: ‘No Plans to Charge Bag Fees’
    Among the larger U.S. airlines, arguably no carrier has done more to reinvent itself than Southwest. In just the past few years, Southwest has designed and rolled out a new frequent flyer program; introduced a new fare structure; launched internation…
    - 4 days ago 16 Sep 14, 5:32pm -
  • Marriott Nudges Guests to Tip Housekeepers
    As tipping goes, tipping hotel housekeepers is as optional as it gets. There are no reliable statistics on how many travelers leave a few bucks on the nightstand before checking out after their hotel stays, but my best guess is ... Read More
    - 5 days ago 15 Sep 14, 7:15pm -
  • Win 1 of 4 REI Adventure Trips
    Enter the REI “Around the World” sweepstakes by October 3, 2014, for a chance to win one of four grand prizes: 1) a 10-day trip for two to Machu Picchu; 2) a 10-day trip for two to Costa Rica; 3) ... Read More
    - 5 days ago 15 Sep 14, 4:13pm -
  • 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…
    - 8 days ago 12 Sep 14, 9:44pm -

Travel is Free

  • newMore Travel MEMEs
    Reaction to hearing, “Thank you for being a Platinum member”. The bellboy when I try to carry my own bag into the Park Hyatt   Then the bellboy delivers a welcome gift Revenue Based Elite Status All The Amazing “Buy Miles” Promotions That En…
    - 22 hours ago 19 Sep 14, 8:38pm -
  • $0 Trip to Latin America: The Travel Credit Cards
    In case you haven’t been following, the goal with our trip to Central/South America was to do a completely free trip. $0 in travel expenses. Hopefully this will be the first of many trips like this, but this series itself is just on our travels to…
    - 3 days ago 17 Sep 14, 6:46pm -
  • Drew’s Guide to Southeast Asia on Miles & Points
    We’re the type of travelers who want to get to know a place, and the goal isn’t to check off a country and say I’ve seen it when I’ve only seen the airport and the Hyatt. So my experience isn’t a couple layovers in Phuket, but Carrie and…
    - 5 days ago 16 Sep 14, 6:36am -
  • Find Your “Booking Class Code”: The Difference Between 0% Miles and 100%
    Now I’m not one to go around recommending people actually pay for tickets, but when it happens, you need to know how to get the most miles no matter what airline you’re flying on. We’ve got another international mistake fare coming up, or perha…
    - 5 days ago 15 Sep 14, 9:31pm -
  • Remembering the Glory Days, and My First Ever Blog Posts
    I tried to figure out how old my blog is and have had zero luck. The good news is that I found two old posts that represent the glory days in 2011. Reminisce with me for a minute… But first, I’ll share why I think it’s so hard to find … Cont…
    - 8 days ago 13 Sep 14, 3:08am -
  • Best Category 1 & 2 Starwood SPG Hotels
    If you’re familiar with the Starwood SPG program you know that category 1 & 2 hotels are insanely cheap. We’re talking 2,000 to 4,000 points for a night.  SPG and Hilton seem to have the biggest gap between highest and lowest hotels. Albeit ne…
    - 9 days ago 12 Sep 14, 12:14am -
  • Two Bribes (Kind-of) Ruining My Free Trip
    Let me be clear about two things. 1) We have never had a Yellow Fever vaccine, ever. And 2) I don’t like lying, at all… but the stakes were pretty high. If we missed our flight the rest of the ticket would have been cancelled. So let me back up…
    - 9 days ago 11 Sep 14, 4:48pm -
  • 7 Hotel Locations with Downtown at the Front Door
    My favorite part of luxury hotels is not the luxury, but the location. Sometimes the hotels are in grand beautiful historic buildings on the main square and I can’t help but think, “only Ritz Carlton could afford to buy that building”. Also, I…
    - 10 days ago 10 Sep 14, 2:23pm -
  • $0 Trip to Latin America: Booking the Flights
    A little bit ago I introduced our series on doing completely Free Trips with all travel expenses paid. This is our “first trip” since having the concept of doing trips with the goal of being completely free. $0 Trip to Latin America: Introduction…
    - 12 days ago 8 Sep 14, 10:32pm -

Frequent Flyer Bonuses

milepoint (Forums)

  • newIs Virtuoso really that good?
    I have booked 3 times and none of those times with the programs I have never got upgrades. Wine is great.But here is my issue I would rather deal with the hotels myself. It gives me a rapport with a hotel, gets me to know the hotel and the manager.…
    - 1 min ago 20 Sep 14, 6:55pm -
  • newApple reportedly reaches agreements with Visa, MasterCard, and Am-Ex for iPhone mobile payments
    http://www.theverge.com/2014/8/31/6...hip-with-american-express-for-mobile-paymentsApple is widely expected to reveal a mobile payments system alongside the iPhone 6 at its press event on September 9th. The system — supposedly designed to take on…
    - 1 min ago 20 Sep 14, 6:55pm -
  • newTeh Penalty Box
    I think it's time for a new Box thread that works. So, here goes.
    - 2 mins ago 20 Sep 14, 6:54pm -
  • newCiti Thank You Points Now Transferable To Select Airlines
    http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/4...&utm_campaign=Feed: Dansdeals (DansDeals.com)Citi Transfer Partners:-Cathay Pacific-Etihad-EVA-Garuda Indonesia-Malaysia Airlines-Qatar-Singapore-Thai-HiltonAll points transferred are 1 Point = 1 mile, e…
    - 5 mins ago 20 Sep 14, 6:51pm -
  • newChase has dropped 7% Annual Bonus for New Sapphire Preferred Customers
    Current card holders will still earn the bonus for spend in 2014 and 2015. After that it will be discontinued. Chase did up the trip cancellation/trip interruption benefit from $5K max to $10K and made the rental car insurance primary vice secondar…
    - 7 mins ago 20 Sep 14, 6:49pm -
  • newAir China First Class Los Angeles to Beijing, Boeing 777-300ER
    Okay, so let’s address the obvious question. . . Why on earth would I want to fly Air China??? I know. I know. I must have heard that question a dozen times when I told people I was flying Air China to Beijing. Everyone warned me that Air China was…
    - 7 mins ago 20 Sep 14, 6:49pm -
  • newTap Into Luxury contest
    Spin to Win has come back againthis time as Tap Into Luxuryhttps://www.spgpromos.com/tapintoluxury/SPIN TO WIN INSTANT PRIZES DAILY OR THE GRAND PRIZE*:250,000 Starpoints® to take a dream vacation at any of our more than 1,100 hotels and resorts a…
    - 9 mins ago 20 Sep 14, 6:47pm -
  • newAegean Gold status
    Have a trip booked to get Gold status through Aegean Airlines. My question is, from this point forward all my flights need to be booked using my Aegean number in order to use benefits, is this correct?Can Aegean miles be transferred or combined with…
    - 18 mins ago 20 Sep 14, 6:38pm -
  • newI want to Buy United Miles
    Please i need Miles
    - 40 mins ago 20 Sep 14, 6:16pm -
  • newCheap places to eat good food around Midtown West/East, Theater District area?
    Looking on Yelp for places with lowest cost and highest ratings, here are a few that look interesting to me.Num Pang Sandwich ShopEpanada MamaGo Go CurryPatzeria Perfect PizzaGarlic New York Pizza BarLucky’s Famous BurgersI'm looking for che…
    - 56 mins ago 20 Sep 14, 6:00pm -

Flyertalk MilesBuzz

  • newtime enough for lounge?
    Hi flying first class tomorrow evening, will arrive terminal 5 at 10:05 A on Monday, connecting to domestic flight departing terminal 5 at 12:35P. Is there enough time in here to visit the lounge? thanks for your help.
    - 31 mins ago 20 Sep 14, 6:25pm -
  • newEdition Miami Beach -- Reservation Questions
    As was noted in a different thread, the new Edition Miami Beach is offering some great redemptions for March 2015. I just *attempted* to book a 3 night in stay in March for 2 adults and 2 kids. 1. After completing the reservation, I got a "Your.…
    - 31 mins ago 20 Sep 14, 6:25pm -
  • newSeat selection refunded but kept seat?
    I paid for UD seat selection (64A) on upcoming trip to BOM. Flight was changed to a 777 a couple of months ago, so I reselected 12A. I then thought a few weeks ago that it wasn't worth the money as I am going to be Silver next week and my flight..…
    - 38 mins ago 20 Sep 14, 6:18pm -
  • newUpgrading from CWLCY to LHR F
    So, not planning this but was interested how flexible BA are.. If you're on the LCY flight out of JFK, do BA ever allow people to 'upgrade' into F using miles? Clearly its more than just a standard upgrade as it would be on a separate aircraft..
    - 39 mins ago 20 Sep 14, 6:17pm -
  • newUK Capital Investments Group UKCIG: What is Travel tool?
    hi I am from UKCIG UK Capital Investments Group. I would like to know about travel tools. How are they used?Please answer. Thanks Gaurav Ji
    - 41 mins ago 20 Sep 14, 6:15pm -
  • newFunny Math
    Booking two one way flights - one to US; one from US to different Canadian City The total fare exceeds that of the two one ways. Even when taking into account the credit care extra charge for the US one way So I cancelled and booked...
    - 52 mins ago 20 Sep 14, 6:04pm -
  • newRUC Waitlist Question(s)
    We decided to use my wife's 2014 PM Benefits and get 4 RUC's to use for a mini-vacation run that will finish off flying for 2014 for us. I checked the flights we wanted and called the PM line. The CSR was able to get confirmed upgrades for both...
    - 53 mins ago 20 Sep 14, 6:03pm -
  • newDL: YUL-OGG Nov /Dec 582USD 638CAD
    YUL-ATl-HNL-OGG-LAX-JFK/ATL-YUL I'm on for 12/4-8...
    - 55 mins ago 20 Sep 14, 6:01pm -
  • newAA code-share flights operated by CX
    If I have some low-fare AA code-share flights operated by CX would they be eligible for AAdvantage mileage accrual? The actual routing is DFW-(AA)-HKG-(AA/CX)-CGK, booked all the way in Q-Class. Apologies if this has been covered in the past.
    - 1 hour ago 20 Sep 14, 5:50pm -
  • newHoliday Inn Express Frankfurt Airport EUR 24,04
    http://www.getaroom.com Check in 10 December 2014m check out 13 December 2014, breakfast and taxes included, EUR 78,07 for three nights. Fully refundable (although charged at the time of booking). Other dates may be possible, didn't check. I...
    - 1 hour ago 20 Sep 14, 5:47pm -

Reddit r/churning

UPgRD

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

Johnny Jet

  • newTravel Style: Akshay Nanavati
    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: Akshay Nanavati Occupation: Explorer, speaker, ultrama…
    - 19 hours ago 20 Sep 14, 12:20am -
  • Reader Travel Tip of the Day: Open Your Hotel Safe the Night Before
    Open Your Hotel Safe the Night Before Each Friday, we’re featuring a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from reader Del C., who builds on Wednesday’s “shoe in the safe” tip by saying: “The shoe in the…
    - 1 day ago 19 Sep 14, 4:00pm -
  • Travel Tip of the Day: Photograph Your Prescriptions
    Photograph Your Prescriptions Back in May, my dad and I went on Windstar Star Pride’s inaugural cruise from Barcelona to Rome. Our first port was Sete, France, a sleepy little French seaside port known as Cette until 1928. The highlight for me, be…
    - 2 days ago 18 Sep 14, 4:00pm -
  • Travel Tip of the Day: Put a Shoe in the Safe
    Put a Shoe in the Safe If you like to use the safe when you stay in a hotel, but worry you’re going to forget you’ve left your valuables in there, here’s a solution: Put one of your shoes in the safe with your belongings the night before you…
    - 3 days ago 17 Sep 14, 6:00pm -
  • Moon Palace in Cancun for TBEX 2014
    Hola! If you’re following me on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter, then you know I just returned from Cancun, Mexico, where I attended the TBEX conference. I landed after a short three hour, 35-minute flight from New York. It was my first time to…
    - 3 days ago 17 Sep 14, 4:23pm -
  • Top 10 in Travel News: Week of September 17, 2014
    THE TOP 10 IN TRAVEL NEWS THIS WEEK: Marriott to Place Gratitude Envelopes in Hotel Guest Rooms Free In Flight GoGo Wifi & Free In Flight Texting with T-Mobile WestJet to charge some travellers for first checked bag Minnesota Man Films TSA Attempt To…
    - 3 days ago 17 Sep 14, 1:30pm -
  • Travel Style: Dana Newman
    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: Dana Newman Occupation: Still working on figuring that…
    - 3 days ago 17 Sep 14, 1:00pm -
  • Travel Contests: Week of September 17, 2014
    This week’s travel contests include: Win 140,000 HawaiianMiles plus two-night stays at The Royal Hawaiian AND Moana Surfrider! (JohnnyJet.com contest) Win a copy of Chris Guillebeau’s “The Happiness of Pursuit” (JohnnyJet.com contest) Win a…
    - 3 days ago 17 Sep 14, 12:00pm -

Doctor of Credit

  • Free Money – $5
    Posted on: 9/19/2014   By: Chuck Finally! Something from Chime that’s actually good. They’re giving card-members a free $5. Just use the card anywhere you wish to shop and they’ll instantly reimburse you $5. I received this email, and it seem…
    - 1 day ago 19 Sep 14, 6:08pm -
  • Who’s The Sucker?
    Posted on: 9/19/2014 By: Chuck Debit Cash-back Many of us like to do certain online debit card transactions using our PP debit card. This debit card gives 1% cash-back for non-PIN purchases. 1% isn’t a great number, but it is great for something wh…
    - 1 day ago 19 Sep 14, 10:00am -
  • Citi Bank Launches Two New Expedia Co-branded Credit Cards
    It looks like Citi is getting serious about competing in the credit card market place, this year has seen them offer 100,000 mile sign up bonuses for their co-branded American Airlines card, add airline transfer partners for their Thank You point pro…
    - 3 days ago 18 Sep 14, 5:04am -
  • 5% Vs. 5% Vs. 5%
    Posted on: 9/17/2014 By: Chuck I’m in the market for a new credit card (aren’t we always?), and I was looking into different cards with a high category-bonus, such as supermarket, gas, drugstore … the kind of stores we frequent.  Another crite…
    - 3 days ago 17 Sep 14, 10:00am -
  • Agoda.com Review
    I book a lot of hotel rooms every year, almost all my personal travel is done with hotel points and free night certificates but when it comes to business travel I am able to book my own hotel rooms using cash and then get reimbursed by my employer. O…
    - 4 days ago 16 Sep 14, 8:46pm -
  • AmEx Offers: $5 Statement Credit When You Spend $15+ At Walmart.com
    The Offer Direct link to offer Receive a $5 statement credit when you use an American Express card enrolled for this offer and spend $15 or more at Walmart.com [Read: An Intro To AmEx Offers] The Fine Print Valid until November 30th, 2014 or until st…
    - 4 days ago 16 Sep 14, 3:21pm -
  • Rotating 5% Cashback Categories For Q4 2014 + Tips/Tricks For Increasing Your Spend
    We’re getting closer to the start of quarter four of 2014, which means it’s now possible to activate your 5% cashback categories on cards that offer 5% rotating categories (Chase Freedom, Discover it & Citi Dividend). Below we look at how to sign…
    - 4 days ago 16 Sep 14, 2:51pm -
  • Charles Schwab $100 High Yield Checking Account Bonus (No Monthly Fees, No International ATM Withdrawal Fees + ATM Fee Reimbursements)
    Offer at a glance Maximum bonus amount: $100 Availability: Nationwide  Direct deposit required: No Additional requirements: Must add $10,000 in funds Hard/soft pull: Hard, Equifa Credit card funding: Unknown Monthly fees: None Early account terminat…
    - 5 days ago 15 Sep 14, 4:21pm -
  • How To Reallocate Your Credit Limits With American Express
    Previously we’ve shown you how to get a 3x credit limit increase with American Express (which is useful for increasing your total available credit, which in turn should decrease your credit utilization which in turn should improve your FICO score)…
    - 5 days ago 15 Sep 14, 11:45am -
  • Paper for GoBank
    Paper checks We spoke about changes coming to GoBank, see GoBank Reappears. When I logged into my GoBank account a few days ago, I saw this: Apparently, GoBank is planning on adding an option of getting paper checks. They do mention that this is only…
    - 8 days ago 12 Sep 14, 7:41pm -

Hustler Money Blog

  • Best Cash Back Shopping Stores, September 2014
    Here at HustlerMoneyBlog, I want to help you find the absolutely lowest price on all items with maximum cash back. You can get maximum cash back by becoming a member from the list of cash back programs below. These Cash back sites give you cash back…
    - 1 day ago 19 Sep 14, 4:19pm -
  • Webster Bank $100 Checking Account Bonus
    For residents of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New York, you can now apply for this Webster Bank $100 checking account bonus until November 3, 2014 when you apply to their Webster Premier Checking account. The bonus has four tiers: $5…
    - 3 days ago 18 Sep 14, 1:18am -
  • AT&T $10 AutoPay Bonus Reward Card Promotion
    For customers of AT&T Wireless, U-verse, Home Phone, or Internet customer, they are now offering a $10 AT&T Reward Card when you enroll in AutoPay. Simply sign up for automatic payment of your bill via credit card or bank account and get a $10 prepai…
    - 3 days ago 17 Sep 14, 4:27pm -
  • American Express $5 Statement Credit for Spending $15 at Walmart.com
    Check out this $5 statement credit Amex Sync Offer for spending $15 or more at Walmart.com good through November 30th, 2014. This is available by syncing your Amex card via Twitter and using your Synced Amex card at Walmart.com for $5 statement credi…
    - 4 days ago 16 Sep 14, 9:19pm -
  • American Express Twitter Sync Offers, Bonuses, & Promotions- September 2014
    If you have an American Express card and a Twitter, Facebook, TripAdvisor, or Foursquare account, check out the complete list of Amex Offers, Bonuses, and Promotions below to receive statement credits worth $5 to $150. To earn a statement credit, you…
    - 4 days ago 16 Sep 14, 7:28pm -
  • Charles Schwab High Yield Checking Review: $100 Bonus
    Open a Charles Schwab High Yield Checking to get $100 Bonus when you make a $10,000 deposit into your account. The High Yield Checking has absolutely no fees with no minimums, no monthly fees, no direct deposit, and free checks. You will get FREE ATM…
    - 4 days ago 16 Sep 14, 7:26pm -
  • TD Ameritrade $1500 Broker Bonus & $150 Transfer Fee Rebate
    TD Ameritrade offers $1,500 in cash bonus money plus a $150 transfer fee rebate for depositing $500,000 ore more in new funds valid until November 15, 2014. You will also get a $150 transfer rebate to cover any rollover or transfer fees that your oth…
    - 5 days ago 16 Sep 14, 2:10am -
  • BJ’s Wholesale Club Free 60-Day Trial
    Do you shop at wholesale Club like Sam’s or Costco? BJ’s Wholesale Club is offering a free 60-day trial for activating your membership through December 31, 2014. No cost to join now, simply filll out the BJ’s Free Membership Trial Form to pre-r…
    - 5 days ago 16 Sep 14, 1:37am -
  • Chase $200 Coupon Code Link Finder Fee
    I’m currently looking for the Chase $200 Total Checking Coupon Link and asking my readers to help me find it. The first person to provide me a working link will receive a $25 finder’s fee send directly to your Paypal account. If you are a Chase c…
    - 5 days ago 15 Sep 14, 11:49pm -
  • Chase Freedom 5% Cash Back Categories Quarter IV 2014
    Those with a Chase Freedom® credit card($100 cash back bonus after $500 spending during the first three months of membership), you can now sign up for the 5% cash back categories(Amazon.com, Zappos.com, and select Department Stores) and be activated…
    - 5 days ago 15 Sep 14, 9:38pm -

Hack My Trip

  • Is Christopher Elliott Right about Airline Alliances?
    From the desk of the Devil’s Advocate… This might be the most challenging column I’ve written to date. I’m taking on a Herculean task that may very well prove impossible. I’m going to argue a position that’s more controversial and may cau…
    - 2 days ago 18 Sep 14, 11:05am -
  • Participating Properties for the Hyatt 48 Hour Sale Ending TONIGHT!
    Hyatt has another 48 Hour Sale that ends tonight, offering discounts of up to 30%, and as usual I held out posting about it until I could get some more information about which hotels are participating. Without this list, sometimes it’s a shot in th…
    - 3 days ago 17 Sep 14, 7:55pm -
  • Marriott’s Tip Envelopes Are Tacky
    Marriott announced new tip envelopes for its housekeeping staff this week, and the response was covered well in an NPR story on Tuesday. I think it was a bad idea, and I certainly won’t be using them on any future stays. They create a bad name fo…
    - 3 days ago 17 Sep 14, 11:05am -
  • FTU Advanced Is SOLD OUT! Want a Second Chance?
    This morning I shared details on the latest FTU Advanced — a smaller, more experienced version of Frequent Traveler University. Tickets went fast because the audience is kept small — I think the first two had only ~100 people. And after only thr…
    - 4 days ago 16 Sep 14, 5:23pm -
  • Buy IHG Rewards Points for 0.58 Cents Each!
    IHG Rewards is throwing its hat into the ring with a 50% or 100% bonus on purchased points/miles. Now through September 22, you can get more IHG Rewards points when you buy them through Points.com. Because these are purchased through a third party, t…
    - 4 days ago 16 Sep 14, 2:05pm -
  • FTU Advanced Heading to San Diego in March!
    I’m excited to announce another FTU Advanced is coming on March 6! Hyatt is back as the host hotel, and we’ll all be heading to the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay in San Diego. From March 6-8, I’ll be up on stage with four other great bloggers plus…
    - 4 days ago 16 Sep 14, 12:10pm -

Maximizing Money

  • newAmazon $10 Promo Code with $50 Gift Card Purchase – Targeted Offer
    Amazon.com will give you a free $10 promotional code with a $50 Gift Card purchase, valid for targeted customers only when you purchase the gift cards by September 30, 2014.Just click on this Amazon Gift Card Promo Link to see if you qualify for thi…
    - 23 hours ago 19 Sep 14, 8:10pm -
  • newNew Amazon Prime Referral Program Offers $5 Credits
    Amazon.com has introduced a new Amazon Prime Referral Program that allows any Amazon customer to earn a $5 credit when you refer your friends to join Amazon Prime.When your friends Join Amazon Prime and make a $5 purchase, you'll get a $5 credit tow…
    - 23 hours ago 19 Sep 14, 8:07pm -
  • Fandango U.S. Bank FlexPerks Travel Rewards Visa Signature Card Members 2-for-1 Movie Tickets on Fridays
    Fandango is offering U.S. Bank FlexPerks Travel Rewards Visa Signature card members 2-for-1 movie tickets for any movie on Fridays, starting this Friday on September 19th and running through September 26, 2014.Plus, anybody with a Visa Signature car…
    - 1 day ago 19 Sep 14, 4:50pm -
  • Krispy Kreme Free Doughnut for Talk Like A Pirate Day – Sept. 19th
    Krispy Kreme is offering a free doughnut for Talk Like A Pirate Day on Friday, September 19, 2014.Celebrate Talk Like A Pirate Day with a Free Krispy Kreme Doughnut.The post Krispy Kreme Free Doughnut for Talk Like A Pirate Day – Sept. 19th appea…
    - 1 day ago 19 Sep 14, 4:45pm -
  • $15 iTunes Code for Only $10 via Groupon
    Check out this deal to get a $15 iTunes Code for $10 via Groupon while supplies are available.The post $15 iTunes Code for Only $10 via Groupon appeared first on Maximizing Money.
    - 1 day ago 19 Sep 14, 4:40pm -
  • Make Extra Income at Retail Stores as a Gigwalker
    If you're looking to make some extra money with your smartphone, the Gigwalk app will pay you to perform tasks at various retail stores for anywhere from $3 to $100 per Gig.The post Make Extra Income at Retail Stores as a Gigwalker appeared first on…
    - 1 day ago 19 Sep 14, 4:38pm -
  • TD Easy Rewards Visa Credit Card $100 Bonus for $500 Spend
    The TD Easy Rewards Visa Credit Card will give you 10,000 bonus points or a $100 cash back bonus after you spend $500 within 90 days of account opening, and there is no annual fee.Check out this TD Bank Credit Card Bonus for more details.The post T…
    - 2 days ago 18 Sep 14, 9:59pm -
  • Community Credit Union of Florida $60 Checking and Referral Bonuses
    Community Credit Union of Florida will give you $60 in 60 days when you open a new CCU Checking Account, and when you refer your friends to CCU, you'll both receive $60 in 60 days, plus students can receive $25 after 60 days when you open a Student C…
    - 2 days ago 18 Sep 14, 9:54pm -
  • MileagePlus Dining Rewards Program 1,500 Bonus Miles for New Members
    MileagePlus Premier members can get 2,000 bonus miles and VIP status when you join MileagePlus Dining, spend $30 on a single dine, and complete a review within 30 days.Alternatively, the United MileagePlus Dining rewards program is offering 1,500 bo…
    - 2 days ago 18 Sep 14, 8:46pm -
  • AAdvantage Dining Program 2,000 American Airlines Bonus Miles
    The AAdvantage Dining program is currently offering 2,000 American Airlines bonus miles with the AAdvantage Dining new member bonus, valid through September 30, 2014.Get your 2,000 AAdvantage Dining Program Bonus Miles when you complete your first r…
    - 2 days ago 18 Sep 14, 8:44pm -

Boarding Area

  • newLas Vegas cab rides give you a headache? How to cut the noise
    LAS VEGAS –  I’ve been taking taxi cabs from one end of the Vegas Strip to the other the last couple of days visiting hotels (SLS Las Vegas, Mandarin Oriental and now, Mandalay Bay) and during most of those rides, I simply endured the loud ads…
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  • newHow Your Wireless Internet Can Get You Arrested at the Airport
    Not sure how I missed this story last week. A passenger was detained on a Southwest plane at Seattle-Tacoma Airport after using ominous names for his Wi-Fi hot spot, sources said. Passenger Alayna Keagle said people became concerned Thursday after no…
    - 41 mins ago 20 Sep 14, 6:15pm -
  • newRoad Warriorette Weekend Express
    Hey readers! Got a question or something you want to discuss this weekend?  Here’s the perfect opportunity!  Whether you want to share an interesting travel story, a packing tip, an etiquette tip, or anything else going on in the business travel…
    - 1 hour ago 20 Sep 14, 5:56pm -
  • newSafety Video Saturday – EVA Air
    It’s Saturday, and I’m still at BAcon 2014 (I was there a bit late today – jet lag is still a killer), but as it’s Saturday, it’s time to place your bag in the overhead bin, put your seat in the upright position and stow your tray table as…
    - 1 hour ago 20 Sep 14, 5:54pm -
  • newGreat Deal for Traveling Mommies
    The Pack ‘n’ Play products recommended by Tiff in a previous post are Amazon’s Deal of the Day. Click here to see the whole listing. […]
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  • newFrontier’s new award fees are almost reasonable
    A couple weeks back Frontier announced major changes to their Early Returns loyalty program, mostly making it worse for just about everyone except the company. Among the changes a new fee was introduced for booking award flights less than 180 days in…
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  • newHelp Me Test A New Blog Widget

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  • newA look at the VIP Lounge at Mandalay Bay
    This weekend I am at a blogging conference at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, and thanks to attending a Hyatt/Mlife event last summer I have Noir Mlife status which is normally reserved for folks who gamble more in a day than I make in years.  I’m pret…
    - 2 hours ago 20 Sep 14, 5:23pm -
  • newPSA – Atlanta Runway Closure
    Atlanta fliers, be advised that one the main runways at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is closed for the better part of a month for some maintenance work. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the airport does not expect a sign…
    - 2 hours ago 20 Sep 14, 5:04pm -
  • newIs It a Hotel’s Job to Keep Your Secrets?
    Cracked released an article on 5 Things You Learn About Rich People by Working at a Nice Hotel a few weeks ago. These “secrets of hotels” type articles […]
    - 2 hours ago 20 Sep 14, 4:59pm -

Frequent Flyer Miles 101

  • A few airline promotions: American, United
    Here’s a few of the better promos that are currently on the market.  You may or may not benefit, but it’s worth registering, just in case. Club Carlson isn’t my primary hotel program, but I do consider it to be one of, if not the, most genero…
    - 2 days ago 18 Sep 14, 3:11pm -
  • Double-dipping with Hilton (corrected version)
    (I have corrected information below regarding the Citi American Express Hilton credit card.  In the original post, I meant to write that you get Diamond status once you spend $40,000.)   I spent last night at the Concorde Opera Paris, the newest H…
    - 3 days ago 17 Sep 14, 2:32pm -
  • WestJet adds bag fees, changes rewards; Is this what JetBlue will look like?
    Today, we got a sneak preview at what might happen when (not if) JetBlue adds its first bag fee, thanks to our friends at WestJet.  WestJet is a Canadian low-cost carrier with an intent focus on customer service (just like JetBlue).  Although you m…
    - 5 days ago 15 Sep 14, 9:06pm -
  • A few tools to help you keep track of your credit history
    I’m a big fan of credit card bonuses as a quick way to earn miles.  In terms of speed and efficiency, they’re about as good as it gets. Having said that, if you plan to open a number of credit cards at once (known as an “app-o-rama” in the b…
    - 6 days ago 15 Sep 14, 12:50am -
  • Airline tickets: Don’t “Set it and Forget it”
    I’ll be out of town for the next several days, so posting will be only sporadic, but I didn’t even get on the plane before having my first adventure. I’m flying for business to Paris on Delta, with the return on Air France.  Until this afterno…
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  • JetBlue’s gift, Cheap(er) destinations and the end of an era
    JetBlue sent out an email this morning announcing that they were lowering the minimum redemption level on flights from 5,000 point to 3,500.  The email did have a number of conditions, including days of the week and peak dates, but that is the case…
    - 8 days ago 12 Sep 14, 11:30pm -
  • You can beat the long lines at security (but it may cost you)
    In the Wall Street Journal today, travel columnist Scott McCartney wrote about American’s return to peak scheduling, where all the flights tend to come in during particular banks of times, as opposed to spacing them throughout the day.  By “bank…
    - 9 days ago 12 Sep 14, 5:52am -
  • Let the airlines pay you to shop
    There are airline gimmicks that I like and those that I don’t like.  Surprisingly, the airline shopping malls are among the ones that I do like.  And with only 105 shopping days until Christmas, you’re going to start seeing more emails from air…
    - 10 days ago 11 Sep 14, 12:38am -
  • Starwood Stay Promotion, Southwest Airlines new look
    Starwood Hotels just announced its fourth quarter promotion, called More For You.  For stays of two or more nights, you will earn double base SPG points, and if that stay includes a Friday or Saturday night, (Thursday or Friday in the Middle East),…
    - 11 days ago 9 Sep 14, 11:46pm -
  • JetBlue getting ready to raise fees…
    In the strongest signal yet that new fees are coming at JetBlue, management clarified and expanded on some of its remarks about “fare families.” Treasurer Jim Leddy, at an industry conference last week, made several statements that confirm that J…
    - 12 days ago 9 Sep 14, 12:41am -

Mr. Free Miles