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The Points Guy

  • newA First-Timer’s Travel Guide to Morocco
    One of our must-visit destinations for 2015, Morocco is filled with sandy deserts, lively souks and Berber culture. TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino guides us through some of the hottest spots for a visit to Morocco, including Marrakech, Fez…
    - 5 hours ago May 26, 2015, 8:29pm -
  • newCathay Pacific Finally Getting WiFi
    In a move that’s been a long time coming, Cathay Pacific announced that in 2016, its twelve new Airbus A350s will come equipped with wireless internet capability, signaling this world-class Asian carrier’s entrance into the in-flight WiFi ga…
    - 5 hours ago May 26, 2015, 7:59pm -
  • newTaking Pet-Friendly to a Whole New Level
    For this month’s installment of “Giving Tuesday,” a series designed to highlight travel-themed charities, TPG Contributor Jade Broadus — an avid traveler and owner of two rescue pups herself — shares how one hotel group is taking its pet…
    - 7 hours ago May 26, 2015, 6:29pm -
  • newDeal Alert: Head to Morocco on Iberia from $606
    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 11pm East…
    - 7 hours ago May 26, 2015, 6:01pm -
  • newOne Week Left for the 50,000 MileagePlus Explorer Bonus Offer
    Back in April, Chase relaunched the 50,000-mile sign-up bonus offer for its United MileagePlus Explorer card. For a while, the sign-up bonus had been just 30,000 miles, so this was a much better offer with a minimum-spending requirement of just $3,00…
    - 8 hours ago May 26, 2015, 5:00pm -
  • newPoints Intervention: Create a Points and Miles Action Plan
    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-business…
    - 9 hours ago May 26, 2015, 4:09pm -
  • newFinding Sweet Spots in United’s Devalued Award Chart
    United sure did a number on its award chart early last year, but there are still a few opportunities to save on redemptions. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr digs into the rules and routings to find hidden value in a significantly devalued Mile…
    - 10 hours ago May 26, 2015, 3:29pm -
  • newDeal Alert: Flights to China and Japan Still Available From $630
    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 11pm Easter…
    - 11 hours ago May 26, 2015, 2:00pm -
  • new7 Club Carlson Hotels that Make for Awesome Award Redemptions
    One complaint you won’t hear from award travel enthusiasts is that there aren’t enough places we want to go. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen stretches that list even further as he shares his favorite Club Carlson pro…
    - 13 hours ago May 26, 2015, 12:08pm -
  • Dive 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, TPG Inter…
    - 1 day ago May 25, 2015, 8:29pm -

Frugal Travel Guy

  • newDon’t Be Deterred by Citi Prestige’s High Annual Fee — Learn to Offset It!
    The Citi Prestige Card is one of the hottest credit cards at the moment. You can read more about this card here, here and here. If there is one aspect of the Citi Prestige that has deterred some people from applying, is its $450 annual fee which is n…
    - 1 hour ago May 27, 2015, 12:00am -
  • newRick’s Picks: Credit Card Applications Strategy for June
    We are close to the next round of applications and we have more than enough options to make June a very big month for new miles and points. The flurry of increased sign-up bonuses in April and May make the choices a little more complicated, but here…
    - 3 hours ago May 26, 2015, 10:20pm -
  • newGiving up on Disney: A Frugal Theme Park Getaway
    After years of considering a points-fueled trip to Disney World, I think I am finally ready to give up. I’ve been offered free hotel stays and park tickets for timeshare promotions, but bowed out every time. Meanwhile, I have plenty of points to bo…
    - 5 hours ago May 26, 2015, 8:00pm -
  • newSimpler Travel to the Caribbean: Seaborne and JetBlue Become Codeshare Partners
    Seaborne Airlines and JetBlue announced today that they have finalized terms to become codeshare partners. The two airlines have had an interline agreement since 2013 (with an interline agreement, an airline is able to check your bags all the way thr…
    - 6 hours ago May 26, 2015, 7:06pm -
  • newThe Joys and Frustrations of My Star Alliance Relationship
    Dear Star Alliance: why do you have to make our relationship so complicated? Can’t we go back to the days where I flew strange routes and you pretended to care about me? Your friend, -Joe I admit it: I have a tenuous relationship with Star Alliance…
    - 7 hours ago May 26, 2015, 6:00pm -
  • newIt’s About Time! Increased Payout on Ebates’ Amex Gift Cards
    Through their mobile app only, Ebates has increased the payout on American Express Gift Cards (both business and personal) to 2% until September 9, 2015. For those of you buying Amex gift cards who have missed out on the higher bonus because it wa…
    - 9 hours ago May 26, 2015, 4:37pm -
  • 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?…
    - 17 hours ago May 26, 2015, 8:00am -
  • Get 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…
    - 1 day ago May 25, 2015, 11:00pm -
  • The 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…
    - 1 day 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…
    - 2 days ago May 25, 2015, 8:00am -

One Mile at a Time

  • newSkyTeam Fare War Continues: Philadelphia To Europe ~$1,700 In Business Class This Summer
    As both Ben and I mentioned on multiple occasions last week, it's a good time to buy a business class ticket to Europe for travel this summer, particularly if you want to fly to Dublin.While Ben likes to tout how "~$1,500 business class tickets" are…
    - 1 hour ago May 27, 2015, 12:03am -
  • newA Singapore Airlines Plane Lost Both Engines And Kept Flying
    Flightradar24 is reporting that Singapore Airlines flight 836 from Singapore to Shanghai suffered a double engine failure yesterday at cruising altitude. The flight was operated by an Airbus A330-300, and apparently the plane dropped 13,000 feet befo…
    - 3 hours ago May 26, 2015, 10:15pm -
  • newThe Most Likeable Celebrity I’ve Ever Flown With
    When I talk to my non-frequent flyer friends about our hobby, one of the most common questions I get is "what celebrities have you flown with?" While I've flown with a ton of celebrities over the years, it's a question I struggle to answer:-- Aside…
    - 5 hours ago May 26, 2015, 8:33pm -
  • newReview: SriLankan Business Class A330-200 Bangkok To Colombo
    As soon as we arrived at the gate the passengers terminating their travels in Bangkok deplaned. A vast majority of passengers seemed to get off, including the one other business class passenger. Interestingly the pilots seated across from me stayed o…
    - 7 hours ago May 26, 2015, 6:33pm -
  • new100% Bonus On Purchased Hilton HHonors Points
    Through June 17, 2015, Hilton HHonors is offering a 100% bonus on purchased points.The cost to purchase points with HHonors is ordinarily one cent per point (including tax), so through this promotion you can purchase Hilton points for 0.5 cents each…
    - 8 hours ago May 26, 2015, 5:09pm -
  • newSummer 2015 IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks Hotels Now Bookable For Just 5,000 Points
    Last week I wrote about the upcoming PointBreaks deals for summer, which is one of the most lucrative promotions in the hotel industry, whereby select hotels are bookable for just 5,000 points per night.Well, while the PointBreaks list hasn’t yet…
    - 10 hours ago May 26, 2015, 3:38pm -
  • newMalaysia Airlines To Transfer All Assets To New Company
    Malaysia Airlines is in a terrible financial situation, and finally has a new CEO, Christoph Mueller, who's trying to turn the company around by cleaning house.And he's not being moderate in how he's approaching it. As I've written about in the past…
    - 13 hours ago May 26, 2015, 12:03pm -
  • 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…
    - 15 hours ago May 26, 2015, 10:03am -
  • Review: 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…
    - 1 day ago May 25, 2015, 8:33pm -
  • Last 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…
    - 1 day ago May 25, 2015, 6:03pm -

View From the Wing

The Frequent Miler

  • newCiti ThankYou Premier keeps getting better
    I don’t know how I missed this, but a reader named Mike let me know that the Citi ThankYou Premier card now offers 1.25 cents per point value towards hotels, cruises, and car rentals!  Previously, the card’s enhanced redemption value was limited…
    - 8 hours ago May 26, 2015, 5:17pm -
  • 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…
    - 15 hours 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…
    - 2 days 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…
    - 5 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…
    - 6 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…
    - 7 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…
    - 8 days ago May 19, 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…
    - 2 days 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…
    - 6 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…
    - 8 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…
    - 9 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…
    - 14 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 "…
    - 16 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…
    - 19 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…
    - 21 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…
    - 17 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…
    - 5 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…
    - 6 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…
    - 7 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…
    - 7 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…
    - 7 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

Frequent Flier

  • newUnited Offers Mileage Bounty for Bug Reports
    United is serious about squashing security bugs on its website and in its mobile apps. How serious? So serious that they are offering a bounty of up to 1 million MileagePlus miles to anyone who reports a problem. Under the ... Read More
    - 6 hours ago May 26, 2015, 6:53pm -
  • newTo Know Spirit Air Is to Love It. Or Not
    Spirit, by most accounts the country’s most reviled airline, has launched another P.R. offensive designed to warm the cockles of the hearts of the legions of travelers who find the carrier’s business practices nasty and deceptive. Last year, afte…
    - 8 hours ago May 26, 2015, 4:47pm -
  • Singapore 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
    - 1 day ago May 25, 2015, 7:18pm -
  • Win 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 ...…
    - 1 day 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 -

Travel is Free

Frequent Flyer Bonuses

Million Mile Secrets

  • newNews You Can Use – Save at Starwood Hotels, $20 Off Visa Gift Cards, $5 Off Uber, & More!
    1.   Buy 2 Nights, Get the 3rd Night Free With Starwood Hotels in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa You’ll get the 3rd night free when you use your MasterCard to book participating Starwood hotels in Europe, the Middle … Continue reading → …
    - 8 hours ago May 26, 2015, 5:00pm -
  • 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 →     …
    - 17 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…
    - 17 hours ago May 26, 2015, 8:00am -
  • Use 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…
    - 1 day 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…
    - 2 days ago May 25, 2015, 8:31am -

Nomadic Matt

  • The 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…
    - 1 day ago May 25, 2015, 2:31pm -
  • 21 Amazing Restaurants From My Road Trip Across the United States

    - 9 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…
    - 14 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…
    - 16 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…
    - 27 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…
    - 56 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!…
    - 58 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®…
    - 99 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 App of the Week: Twicer
    According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of “twicer” is “one that does something twice or does two things.” And that’s exactly what this new app—called Twicer—has been offering users since it launched at the Cannes Film Festival. T…
    - 8 mins ago May 27, 2015, 1:07am -
  • new12 reasons to visit Southeast Asia with Holland America
    Check out more on Caitlin Martin’s Holland America adventure here, and stay tuned for the next chapter next week! How would you explore Southeast Asia for two weeks? You may think of booking a hotel room in each city, getting around via public tr…
    - 2 hours ago May 26, 2015, 11:35pm -
  • newTravel Tip of the Day: The Cheapest Times to Visit Your Summer Destination
    The Cheapest Times to Visit Your Summer Destination My colleague Wendy Perrin just helped TripAdvisor create a list of the 10 most popular destinations this summer—and identify the least expensive week to visit each. For example, “New York City…
    - 7 hours ago May 26, 2015, 6:21pm -
  • Travel 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…
    - 1 day 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 -

Doctor of Credit

  • newNew Option for Paying Rent or Tuition Via Credit Card
    We’ve written before about numerous services which will allow you to pay your rent via credit or debit card, usually with a fee. You can see the Complete List Of Options For Paying Your Rent With A Debit Or Credit Card for all the options. Enter:…
    - 5 hours ago May 26, 2015, 8:14pm -
  • newAmex Offers: $5 Off $15 with Uber [YMMV]
    The Offer Spend $15 or more on Uber with a registered Amex card and receive a $5 statement credit. This offer is targeted to some people in their Amex logins and is not apparently available on Twitter currently. I checked a couple of my cards and did…
    - 7 hours ago May 26, 2015, 5:55pm -
  • newTwo Credit Bureaus You Should Freeze Before You Apply For A U.S Bank Credit Card
    We’re re-posting this post due to the name change of IDA (now called SageStream) and they fact that it’s possible to request these freezes via fax. Thanks goes to Kenny from Miles4more first posting about the ability to fax in these requests. U.S…
    - 8 hours ago May 26, 2015, 4:45pm -
  • newJoin Hong Kong Airlines Fortune Wings & Receive 400 Miles For Free
    The Offer Direct link to offer Receive 300 Fortune Wings miles when you sign up for the program Receive another 100 Fortune Wings miles when you connect their app and your account together You can also gain more miles (up to 1,700 miles in total) and…
    - 9 hours ago May 26, 2015, 3:45pm -
  • new$20 Amazon Giftcard For Sending $50 With Western Union ($5 Fee) + $20 Referral Bonus
    The Offer Direct link to offer (note, this is Points With A Crew’s referral link) Receive a $20 Amazon gift card when you send $50 or more using Western Union. To receive this promotion you need to use somebodies referral link and enter in your e-m…
    - 10 hours ago May 26, 2015, 2:46pm -
  • Ride Sharing In Nevada, 2015 Predicition & Malaysia Airlines Goes Into Receivership
    2015 predictions revisited. Are we near the end of the SkyPesos moniker? by Frequent Miler. Look back at how he is doing with his predictions so far. I’ll do a similar post at the end of the month, so far I’m doing OK but not great. oneworld Memb…
    - 1 day ago May 26, 2015, 12:31am -
  • American Express Gift Cards 2% Cash Back – Ebates Mobile App
    The Offer Receive 2% cash back when you purchase American Express gift cards using the Ebates mobile application The Fine Print Today only Must use Ebates mobile application Using a coupon code will invalidate cash back Denominations over $2,000 will…
    - 1 day ago May 26, 2015, 12:06am -
  • eBay Selling $100 Texaco Giftcards For $90 – Limit Of Three – Profit Of $30.45-$53.55
    The Offer Direct link to offer eBay is currently selling $100 Chevron/Texaco gift cards for $90 The Fine Print Limit Of Three cards USPS First Class Mail (no tracking) Allow 2-6 business days after receiving your e-mail receipt for delivery Our Verdi…
    - 1 day ago May 25, 2015, 11:55pm -
  • Credit Card Annual Fee Waivers & Other Benefits For Those On Active Duty
    Given that it’s Memorial day, I decided it would be a good idea to repost this information. Hopefully some of you find it useful, this post was originally republished on 4th of July, 2014. It’s 4th of July & Independence day, I’m always gratefu…
    - 1 day ago May 25, 2015, 3:30pm -
  • Join Aeroflot Bonus & Get 500 Miles For Free
    The Offer Direct link to offer Receive a sign up bonus of 500 miles for free when you join Aeroflot Offer page doesn’t mention the bonus, but your account will be instantly credited. The Fine Print Unknown expiration date Our Verdict Aeroflot is a…
    - 1 day ago May 25, 2015, 2:32pm -

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…
    - 23 hours ago May 26, 2015, 2:01am -
  • KeyBank 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…
    - 1 day 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…
    - 3 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…
    - 4 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

  • newEating Well in Singapore
    When I first got an invitation to visit Singapore as part of an official tourism board event, one thought went through my head — I am going to get fat on all that amazing food! Singapore’s long history as a multicultural entrepôt has brought t…
    - 14 hours ago May 26, 2015, 11:05am -
  • 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…
    - 6 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…
    - 8 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 -

Maximizing Money

  • newCurrent IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks for 5,000 Points Per Night
    The InterContinental Hotels Group has announced the new IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks for reward nights at only 5,000 points per night, valid for booking through July 31, 2015.The post Current IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks for 5,000 Points Per Night a…
    - 6 hours ago May 26, 2015, 6:55pm -
  • newThe Tie Bar Referral Program $10 Credits for Both Parties
    The Tie Bar offers a huge selection of ties for every occasion, and both new and current customers can get a $10 credit to spend via The Tie Bar Refer A Friend program.Updated May 26, 2015: The Tie Bar referral program has now been updated so that b…
    - 6 hours ago May 26, 2015, 6:50pm -
  • newMogl Offers $20 Cash Back on Spending at Participating Restaurants
    The Mogl dining rewards program will give you $20 cash back when you spend $20 at any participating restaurants today only on Tuesday, May 26, 2015.The post Mogl Offers $20 Cash Back on Spending at Participating Restaurants appeared first on Maximiz…
    - 6 hours ago May 26, 2015, 6:45pm -
  • newSpark Miles Business Credit Card from Capital One 50,000 Bonus Miles
    The Spark Miles Business Credit Card from Capital One has increased its bonus to 50,000 miles after $4,500 in purchases within the first 3 months, and the annual fee is waived for the first year.You can also get the Spark Cash Business Credit Card t…
    - 7 hours ago May 26, 2015, 6:41pm -
  • 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 -

Boarding Area

Frequent Flyer Miles 101

  • newPriority Club PointBreaks: Book a hotel for 5,000 points
    And we’re back! I hope everyone had a nice Memorial Day weekend. Priority Club (IHG Rewards) just announced its list of PointBreaks opportunities, bookable from now until the end of May. These hotels, mostly within the Holiday Inn brand, are bookab…
    - 12 hours ago May 26, 2015, 1:01pm -
  • 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…
    - 3 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…
    - 6 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…
    - 14 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…
    - 15 days ago May 11, 2015, 11:21pm -

Mr. Free Miles

  • How 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.
    - 1 day 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)

  • new400 TSA agents have been arrested for theft since 2003
    400 TSA agents have been arrested for theft of passenger items while not one terrorist has been caught.http://rt.com/usa/tsa-stealing-from-travelers-358/A TSA agent convicted of stealing more than $800,000 worth of goods from travelers said this typ…
    - 3 mins ago May 27, 2015, 1:12am -
  • newAltitude Site
    Anyone else having trouble getting the Altitude site to load? Neither my work computer nor my tablet at home is having much luck. I'm experiencing serious delays and timeouts. And when the main page loads logging in is a near impossibility.
    - 13 mins ago May 27, 2015, 1:02am -
  • newTeh Penalty Box
    I think it's time for a new Box thread that works. So, here goes.
    - 23 mins ago May 27, 2015, 12:52am -
  • 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…
    - 53 mins ago May 27, 2015, 12:22am -
  • 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…
    - 60 mins ago May 27, 2015, 12:15am -
  • newDelta Plane Choice Help - PHL to LHR or CDG
    Hi,I'm new to the site, so my apologies if this is not posted in the appropriate area.My wife and I are planning to head to LHR or CDG via Business Class in the summer using Delta Skymiles. We've never flown Business overseas. Does anyone have a…
    - 1 hour ago May 26, 2015, 11:57pm -
  • 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:
    - 1 hour ago May 26, 2015, 11:54pm -
  • newSPG Hotels Coming and Going
    Coming Soon to SPGHotels that are in development, confirmed as on track to open, and rumors. Please cite sources, if possible.Leaving SPGHotels that have announced their departure from SPG.
    - 2 hours ago May 26, 2015, 11:06pm -
  • newThe Community Lounge - Good m/a/e everybody - enjoy your stay with us.
    Good morning/afternoon/evening (m/a/e) everyone - welcome to MilePoint and the community lounge, don't be a stranger, please join in the conversation or just to say.....English - "hello"Arabic -...The Community Lounge - Good m/a/e everybody - enjoy y…
    - 2 hours ago May 26, 2015, 10:48pm -
  • newSeattle Area Hotel Help
    So I have a short business trip to Seattle in mid-June and all the hotel rates are outrageous. I am a govie so I am suppose to stay on a gov't rate but none of the main hotels in downtown Seattle have any gov't rates. The gsa rate is $190.00 in June…
    - 3 hours ago May 26, 2015, 10:26pm -

Flyertalk MilesBuzz

  • newHow to find this ticket I found using ITA?
    I've read several guides on how to find the corresponding ticket price from ITA but I cant seem to find the ticket that cheap. The ticket I'm looking for is this:...
    - 29 mins ago May 27, 2015, 12:46am -
  • newLH Blocked Seats
    I recently reserved an economy seat on the upper deck of LH's A380. Shortly afterwards I noticed all the vacant seats are now reserved. However, on expertflyer, the ones that were vacant show up as being 'blocked'. Why would they block the...
    - 33 mins ago May 27, 2015, 12:42am -
  • newUmbrella Onboard
    I've never flown US before and have an upcoming flight which looks like it might be a rainy day. Am I allowed a wooden full-sized umbrella in the cabin?
    - 40 mins ago May 27, 2015, 12:35am -
  • newFor birdwatchers
    I just found this article, may be useful for birdwatchers first time in Peru http://www.peruthisweek.com/travel-5-locations-in-peru-for-the-best-birdwatching-106236
    - 1 hour ago May 27, 2015, 12:02am -
  • newGatwick Connection
    Greetings Experts...I have a flight on BA (Business) into London Gatwick from Marrakech, scheduled to land at 5:40pm. I am looking at a flight on BA from Gatwick to Glasgow, departing at 7:35pm. I can't change my Marrakech flight, and the 7:35pm to.…
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  • newQR's A350 in J Frankfurt-Doha
    I recently posted a trip report of my flight in QR´s new A-350 - actually the same aircraft I had the priviledge to fly with on delivery day in Toulouse. I started to take some measurements to compre it to QRs 787:))). I really loove the reverse..…
    - 1 hour ago May 26, 2015, 11:48pm -
  • newexpereince in booking tours and their service in Istanbul
    I'm planning on spending 3-4 days in Istanbul in September as part of a lay over. looking to see if folks in the forums have tried and used some of the hundreds of tour guide services found online. Looking for something that is reasonable priced...
    - 2 hours ago May 26, 2015, 11:41pm -
  • newMag stripe issues on Plat Card
    I have replaced my Platinum card 3 times in the last year due to issues reading the stripe. It's not completely dead but seems to take multiple reads etc. I have a Gold right next to it in my wallet, no issues at all. Just wondered if I was having a.…
    - 2 hours ago May 26, 2015, 11:38pm -
  • new15 Hours in GRU with no visa. What to do?
    So yeah. Arriving into GRU from MIA around 7:00 and leaving for MVD around 2200. Looking for things to do while in Terminals 2 and 3. Where can I take a shower? Will I be able to get a day pass for a lounge (inbound AA/ outbound TAM)? Any and all..…
    - 2 hours ago May 26, 2015, 11:25pm -
  • newseat 12A 0n 737-800
    flying AA PHX-ORD in 2 weeks on 737-800 does seat 12A have a mis-aligned window or no window?
    - 2 hours ago May 26, 2015, 11:18pm -

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  • new150k AMEX Biz Plat
    Got a 150k AMEX plat offer in the mail today. 100k after 10k spend and 50k more after another 10k spend in 3 months. 170k MR for $160 worth of MS. Any bank other than AMEX and I would start chipping away. Is there any chance I can MS 20k in 3 months…
    - 9 mins ago May 27, 2015, 1:06am -
  • newSign up bonus award time frames
    I'm not a fulltime churner like you all, but I signed up for this cc specifically for the sign up bonus! I'm on my way! Anyways, I got the chase southwest RR card and it says allow 6-8 weeks for the bonus to show up, I'm just curious if it will actu…
    - 55 mins ago May 27, 2015, 12:20am -
  • newTrying to reach minimum spend, but don't want to hurt debt-credit ratio because only $6,000 credit line?
    Hey guys! I just got approved for a Chase Ink Plus. I only got a $6,000 credit line because I'm young and don't make too much income. This card requires a $5,000 MS in three months. So in this situation, would it be better to ask for a bigger credit…
    - 1 hour ago May 27, 2015, 12:10am -
  • newChurning Amex Plat cards
    Right now I have the Personal Plat card that I got from upgrading my PRG about 6 months ago. When upgrading I received 25k points straight up. Now my fee is up the end of June, so I was wondering if this plan would work. 1) When my Plat fee hits, I w…
    - 1 hour ago May 26, 2015, 11:58pm -
  • newTargeted 90k Virgin Atlantic offer
    I just got an offer for the Virgin Atlantic World Elite MasterCard for 90k miles. It breaks down as follows: 20k after first purchase 50k after $12k spend in 6 months 5k (up to) after adding additional Cardholders (2500 per card holder) 15k (up to)…
    - 1 hour ago May 26, 2015, 11:54pm -
  • newBest AAdvantage offer for someone who already has Red Aviator?
    The person already has Red Aviator and got the bonus off of it in February. High FICO 730-740, Low Utilization, Moderate household income, also has a legit business 2 years old with legit FEIN. I'm currently looking at 50k business with 5k spend whic…
    - 2 hours ago May 26, 2015, 11:38pm -
  • newPaying rent through Plastiq - Thoughts? Anybody used this service before?
    Just read DOC's blog post about Plastiq. Very interested in using this, but would like some feedback from those who have used it, and other services like it. I guess my only concerns are issues with receiving the check on time, and perhaps errors wit…
    - 3 hours ago May 26, 2015, 10:01pm -
  • newBest way to stay on top of gift card offers?
    I have a good chunk of minimum spend to meet in the next few months and am kicking myself for missing the Office Max deal earlier this month where you could get $20 off VGC purchases. There was another deal at Staples I missed as well. Anyone have go…
    - 5 hours ago May 26, 2015, 8:37pm -
  • newAnyone else unable to load at Target with US Bank Master Card gift cards?
    I'd been using the pin enabled gift cards. They had been working for me, but I'd tried Sunday and also this morning with no luck. Today the cashier indicated to me that these gift card loads were no longer accepted. She may be confusing these with re…
    - 6 hours ago May 26, 2015, 7:29pm -
  • newCancelling after a retention offer?
    What happens if you receive a retention offer, and then cancel a couple months later? For example, Amex offers you 25k MR points to keep your Plat open. What happens if you accept, and then 2 months later, go ahead and cancel the card? Do they claw t…
    - 6 hours ago May 26, 2015, 7:14pm -

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