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The Points Guy

  • newThe Best Cups of Coffee in the Sky
    When Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen joined the road warrior ranks, he went from despising coffee to craving a morning jolt of caffeine—even on a 6am flight to Atlanta. Fortunately, airlines are now recognizing the importance of…
    - 5 hours ago Mar 3, 2015, 8:59pm -
  • newCostco Waves Goodbye to Amex, Inks Deal with Citi
    Today, TPG Contributor Richie Cardinale reports on the newly signed partnership between Costco and Citi. Just last month, Costco announced that it would cut ties with American Express, ending a relationship that spanned sixteen years and account…
    - 7 hours ago Mar 3, 2015, 6:59pm -
  • newFoundersCard Reduced Annual Fee Promo Extended Through March
    Last month, TPG contributor and COO Leigh Rowan took a new look at FoundersCard to see whether it’s a good fit for various spending and travel habits, and whether the benefits it offers justify the annual fee. He also discussed the discount…
    - 9 hours ago Mar 3, 2015, 5:18pm -
  • newDeal Alert: San Francisco-Hong Kong from $550
    For amazing deals like these, be sure to follow TPG on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and follow our special TPG Alerts twitter feed. Per this Flyertalk thread, United Airlines is offering some cheap fares between San Francisco and Hong Kong…
    - 9 hours ago Mar 3, 2015, 4:28pm -
  • newDeal Alert: $39 Frontier Airlines Fares
    Frontier Airlines is having another sale with flights starting at $39 from many of the cities they fly from including Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Chicago-O-Hare; Dallas/Ft. Worth; Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Denver, CO; Phoenix, AZ; New York (LGA); Seattle,…
    - 10 hours ago Mar 3, 2015, 3:48pm -
  • newTop 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for March 2015
    As airline and hotel loyalty programs change constantly, having a coherent, powerful credit card strategy is more important than ever. Factors to consider include sign-up bonuses, earning bonuses and structures, and the host of other benefits that c…
    - 11 hours ago Mar 3, 2015, 2:39pm -
  • new10 Hyatt Properties 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 Hyatt properties…
    - 13 hours ago Mar 3, 2015, 1:08pm -
  • Travel Rewards Credit Card Combinations to Explore East Asia
    When talking about award travel, it’s easy to focus on earning points and miles, and lose sight of the actual traveling. Today, however, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr offers a detailed analysis of how you can use your travel rewards to explore Ea…
    - 1 day ago Mar 2, 2015, 7:39pm -
  • Air France KLM 50% off Flying Blue Promo Awards for May-June
    Flying Blue, the mileage program of SkyTeam partners Air France, KLM and Air Europa, offers Promo Awards each month that enable you to book award flights for as little as half of the miles normally needed on some routes and in certain cabins. Th…
    - 1 day ago Mar 2, 2015, 5:59pm -
  • Hilton Latest Hotel Chain to Offer Free WiFi
    Free WiFi is fast becoming less of a benefit and more of a given for hotel guests around the world. Whereas even a year ago many of the major chains charged everyone but elites for using WiFi while smaller hotels enticed business travelers with the…
    - 1 day ago Mar 2, 2015, 4:14pm -

Frugal Travel Guy

  • newTop 10 Credit Cards: March 2015
    The following is the March 2015 edition of what I consider to be the Top 10 credit card products available at the moment. The list is based on a combination of factors, including current welcome bonus offer, daily earning potential, transfer partners…
    - 2 hours ago Mar 4, 2015, 12:00am -
  • newChronicles of Traveling with a Lap Infant: Part III
    This is the third of a multi-part series of articles chronicling our experiences traveling with our baby daughter, Mila, who was born in January of 2014. In Part I of this series, I covered our first flights with Mila, which were a resounding succe…
    - 3 hours ago Mar 3, 2015, 11:00pm -
  • newDo All-Inclusive Resorts Really Help You Save Money?
    On the first of every month, I create a monthly budget based on the bills we need to pay out that month. Included are things like our mortgage, our estimated utility bills and health insurance, along with anything extra we need to pay for. This incl…
    - 6 hours ago Mar 3, 2015, 8:00pm -
  • newDid the DOT Kill Mistake Fares for Good?
    The latest United Airlines mistake fare saga has come to an end. It didn’t end well for the consumer. Last week, the Office of Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings in the Department of Transportation released its ruling on the United mistake fare…
    - 8 hours ago Mar 3, 2015, 6:00pm -
  • newBeat the ‘Small City Tax’ When Flying
    I love living in Savannah, Georgia. It’s a small yet diverse city with great food, an amazing history and some of the most beautiful and historic green spaces in the country. My home is wonderful, but when I try to travel anywhere, my flights are a…
    - 18 hours ago Mar 3, 2015, 8:00am -
  • Score a Couple of Free Hotel Nights (With a Single Credit Card!)
    Last week, I showed you how to score a single free flight, either for one person or two, with a single credit card. Travel goals differ from person to person and for someone looking to get into the world of points and miles, a short-term, attainable…
    - 1 day ago Mar 2, 2015, 11:00pm -
  • Seeing the World in a Weekend – Jakarta, Indonesia
    Selecting Jakarta, Indonesia as our latest destination was truly overestimating the amount of travel that can be accomplished in a long weekend. With 44 hours on the plane (26 of which were in business class and 18 in coach) and 29 hours on the groun…
    - 1 day ago Mar 2, 2015, 8:00pm -
  • Rick’s Picks: The Application Cycle Never Stops
    Serious miles and points junkies are constantly involved in all the facets of the application cycle — it never stops. Let me show you what I mean with where we stand right now. Katy last applied for credit cards on November 19, and my applications…
    - 2 days ago Mar 2, 2015, 8:00am -
  • Reader Success Stories: Miles for Emergencies
    Over the years, we’ve had many readers share their success stories with us. Folks for whom traveling domestically once a year was a luxury are now traveling the world with just a few credit card sign-up bonuses. And the best part? They are sharing…
    - 3 days ago Mar 1, 2015, 8:00am -
  • Happy Birthday to Us! PMM Travel Consulting Celebrates First Anniversary; Now Hiring
    One year ago today, PMM Travel Consulting was officially launched. At the time of our launch I was confident that we would be successful, but I had no idea what to expect. Today, I am extremely proud to say that the first year has indeed been a succ…
    - 4 days ago Feb 28, 2015, 8:00am -

One Mile at a Time

  • newAmex Transfer Bonus To Airbnb Gift Cards
    Back in December American Express announced a new Membership Rewards relationship with Airbnb "the world's leading community-driven hospitality company where people can list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world." The net effect…
    - 54 mins ago Mar 4, 2015, 1:03am -
  • newCathay Pacific Returns As US Amex Transfer Partner
    Yesterday I posted about how Cathay Pacific Asia Miles disappeared from the Membership Rewards transfer page over the weekend. Asia Miles is a 1:1 transfer partner with Amex Membership Rewards, and can be useful for some oneworld redemptions, especia…
    - 3 hours ago Mar 3, 2015, 11:08pm -
  • newHow To Combine Hyatt Gold Passport Points
    Reader Luis left the following comment on my post yesterday about how to make Hyatt Diamond Guest Of Honor reservations: "Ben, have you ever transferred Hyatt points before? Is there a fee? And could this be a way to get a Diamond member to book a ro…
    - 4 hours ago Mar 3, 2015, 9:33pm -
  • newKorean Air Launching 747-8 Flights To London As Of August 2015
    The passenger version of the Boeing 747-8 has been a bit of a flop unfortunately, as only a few airlines have ordered it. Ultimately the twin engine widebody aircraft are much more versatile and fuel efficient, so it's tough for most airlines to just…
    - 6 hours ago Mar 3, 2015, 8:03pm -
  • newIs It Worth Going Out Of Your Way To Earn Hotel Status?
    Reader Bob asked the following question on the blog yesterday: "Excluding simply personal preferences, in your opinion, which hotel brand offers the best rewards based on status? For example, is SPG Platinum truly worth the effort if it wouldn’t be…
    - 8 hours ago Mar 3, 2015, 6:11pm -
  • newAir Tahiti Nui To Join OneWorld Alliance In 2015?
    Via a Tahiti Nui Television article, the French Polynesia Tourism Minister claims that Air Tahiti Nui may be joining the oneworld alliance in 2015. The article is in French, but here's the relevant section (translated using Google Translate): In addi…
    - 9 hours ago Mar 3, 2015, 4:33pm -
  • newReview: Sheraton London Heathrow Hotel
    While I’ve had overnight connections in London more times than I can count, I’ve always either gone into the city or stayed at the Hilton London Heathrow Terminal 4. The Hilton is an ideal option if you’re connecting to/from Terminal 4, since i…
    - 11 hours ago Mar 3, 2015, 3:03pm -
  • newWhy You Should Apply For The Chase Ink Cash Credit Card
    In early February I wrote a post about the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, which I consider to be the single most valuable credit card in the market. For me it's a "super card," given that it offers double points on dining and travel, no foreign tra…
    - 13 hours ago Mar 3, 2015, 12:33pm -
  • How To Redeem Miles For Emirates First Class
    Reader Cynthia left the following question on the blog recently: "Hi, I was hoping to do a splurge Emirates first class flight from NY to Dubai with my mum on November, just like what you did you your dad, but when searching on the Alaska website, I…
    - 1 day ago Mar 3, 2015, 1:03am -
  • How To Make Hyatt Diamond Guest Of Honor Reservations
    In mid-February, Hyatt Gold Passport announced a couple of new Diamond benefits. The most exciting new benefit is called Guest Of Honor, whereby when a Diamond member makes a points booking for someone else, they'll receive the full Diamond benefits.…
    - 1 day ago Mar 2, 2015, 11:03pm -

View From the Wing

The Frequent Miler

  • newHacking Walt Disney World
    At a frequent flyer get together late last year, I had the pleasure of dining with a woman who is an expert in all things Disney (or, at least, much more expert than me in anything Disney, so that’s good enough for me).  She was telling me a numbe…
    - 15 hours ago Mar 3, 2015, 11:25am -
  • Manufacturing spend: What’s safe?
    I write often about techniques for manufacture spend.  These are techniques designed to increase credit card spend in ways that result in getting most or all of your money back.  The purpose of these techniques is to help meet minimum spend require…
    - 2 days ago Mar 2, 2015, 11:25am -
  • It’s not too late – Deals still alive as of 3/1/2015
    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 Mar 1, 2015, 4:00pm -
  • Transferable Points Programs, Amex Reload Problems & Solutions, Frozen Credit Reports & 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 Cancelling my…
    - 3 days ago Feb 28, 2015, 4:00pm -
  • Bet You Didn’t Know: Using Hipmunk to book ITA Matrix flights
    By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate…   I’ve already written a few times about how much I like using Google Flights when I’m booking a trip. But while Google Flights is incredibly fast, it still can’t compete with the power of its big b…
    - 5 days ago Feb 27, 2015, 11:25am -
  • Bluebird, REDbird, Serve in-store loads working again
    This morning I published a warning that in-store reloads of Bluebird, REDbird (the Target Prepaid REDcard), and Serve cards were not reliably working (view post here).  Most of the day the problems continued, but as of 6pm EST tonight, we started re…
    - 5 days ago Feb 27, 2015, 2:08am -
  • Bluebird, REDbird, Serve in-store loads down? Online issues too. Developing…
    UPDATE 2/26/2015, 9:00 pm: Quite a few confirmations of successful loads have now rolled in.  Unless we hear otherwise, I believe the load issue is now fixed.  ALL CLEAR! UPDATE 2/26/2015, 8:30 pm: As of 6pm EST, we now have two reports are success…
    - 6 days ago Feb 26, 2015, 1:26pm -
  • A quick guide to transferable points programs
    Since I’m a points hoarder (explanation found here), I’m a huge fan of transferable points programs.  These are programs that allow you to transfer points to multiple loyalty programs at a fair exchange rate (typically 1 to 1).  By collecting p…
    - 6 days ago Feb 26, 2015, 11:25am -
  • US Bank business card employee spend does not count towards spend requirements
    Consider this a public service announcement… A reader reports that she did not earn the full signup bonus from the US Bank Club Carlson Business Rewards Visa card because she attempted to meet part of the minimum spend requirement through spend on…
    - 6 days ago Feb 26, 2015, 1:00am -
  • Banking transferable points and keeping them alive
    Amex Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Citi ThankYou Rewards have a lot in common between them, besides their similar sounding names.  All three are transferable points programs in which it is possible to convert points to various airl…
    - 7 days ago Feb 25, 2015, 11:25am -

The Flight Deal

The Free-quent Flyer

  • Is the Marriott Rewards Premier Visa free night certificate worthless?
    It's perfectly natural, when you're deeply involved in a hobby like travel hacking, to develop some intuitions that guide your decision making, shortcuts that let you quickly decide whether a given award redemption actually saves you money compared t…
    - 4 days ago Feb 28, 2015, 5:34am -
  • Round two of Chase IHG Rewards Club vs. Hyatt Gold Passport credit cards
    My post on Tuesday comparing the annual free night certificates of the Chase IHG and Hyatt credit cards elicited a lot of well-thought-out responses in the comments section.The responses fell along 3 lines:Commenter JEM: "I generally travel solo, an…
    - 6 days ago Feb 26, 2015, 11:00am -
  • Do this now: Hilton Double your HHonors promotion
    Registration is now open for Hilton's Double your HHonors promotion. Between March 1 and May 31, 2015, earn double base HHonors points or double partner airline miles on paid stays at participating properties (the list of non-participating properties…
    - 7 days ago Feb 25, 2015, 11:00am -
  • Chase credit cards: IHG versus Hyatt (and current rebate offer)
    I've recently mentioned that I've lost interest in chasing credit card signup bonuses. These days, when I periodically reevaluate my miles and points strategy, I decide which cards I want to apply for based on their usefulness for manufactured sp…
    - 8 days ago Feb 24, 2015, 11:00am -
  • One more reason to love Alaska's MVP Gold status
    Until January 1, 2015, the key benefit of Delta Platinum Medallion status was free award changes and redeposits (up to 72 hours before departure). That was for two reasons: Delta would only price and issue award tickets as round-trips, and Delta rel…
    - 9 days ago Feb 23, 2015, 11:00am -
  • More weird Hilton HHonors pricing
    I've written before about "odd" pricing of Hilton premium room awards. Based on my research, I concluded that irregular pricing occurred when a hotel has a high enough fixed value assigned to HHonors points redeemed for premium rooms and, for whate…
    - 12 days ago Feb 20, 2015, 11:00am -
  • How important is diversifying manufactured spend?
    I often highlight a concept I like to call "imputed redemption values:" the dollar cost of a hotel night (after taxes and fees) that makes it worth redeeming that hotel's rewards currency instead of Barclaycard Arrival+ miles earned by manufacturin…
    - 15 days ago Feb 17, 2015, 11:00am -
  • More good news: Barclaycard Arrival+ no longer rounds up redemption amounts
    Barclaycard is the undisputed master in my mind of the marketing technique of "underpromise and overdeliver." It seems like every month they're making small, positive changes and adjustments to improve their flagship proprietary rewards card, the…
    - 16 days ago Feb 16, 2015, 11:00am -
  • Three notes on gift card purchase and liquidation
    There have been a couple developments around gift cards percolating around the travel hacking community for the last week or so. Here's a quick roundup, so readers can use this post to share their own experiences and ideas in the comments.American E…
    - 19 days ago Feb 13, 2015, 11:00am -
  • A good run: AAA Visa gift card axe falls
    I periodically write about AAA Visa gift cards: they're cheap (or free); they're PIN-enabled and thus easily liquidated; and they're available in many, though not all, parts of the country.For those with access to AAA branches selling Visa gift ca…
    - 21 days ago Feb 11, 2015, 11:00am -

Well Traveled Mile

  • newThe AmEx Premier Rewards Gold Card Will Be More Valuable Than Ever
    American Express® recently announced changes to their Premier Rewards Gold Card effective June 1st, 2015. Earlier this year, AmEx got rid of the annual high spend bonus of 15,000 Membership Rewards upsetting a lot of card holders. These new changes,…
    - 15 hours ago Mar 3, 2015, 10:54am -
  • How to Hold United Award Tickets Using the PayPal Trick
    Typically I try not to wait until the last minute to book award flights. However while booking my last award flight using United miles it was coming down to the wire—I was trying to book a one-way economy class flight from Buenos Aires to Rio de J…
    - 2 days ago Mar 2, 2015, 11:08am -
  • How To Get The $50 Statement Credit Offer For The Hyatt Credit Card
    The Hyatt Credit Card from Chase is one of my favorite hotel cards. The card has a unique sign-up bonus of 2 free nights redeemable at any Hyatt property. This alone can easily make up for the semi-low annual fee of $75. Additional benefits include P…
    - 3 days ago Mar 1, 2015, 8:15am -
  • Earn 15,000 SPG Points This Saturday
    The SPG – Uber partnership keeps on rolling out the good news! A few days ago they announced their #SuiteRide promotion where riders in New York, San Francisco, Mexico City, London and Dubai can earn 15,000 SPG points when they select the “SPG Ve…
    - 4 days ago Feb 27, 2015, 6:42pm -
  • $30 Off 4 – Star Hotel Booking On Hot Wire – No Minimum, “Hot Rates” Only
    There is yet another great hotel booking discount promotion, this time Hot Wire is offering $30 USD off when you book a 4-star or higher “Hot Rates” hotel. The promotion says it will go until March 2, 2015, but these deals often end sooner due…
    - 5 days ago Feb 27, 2015, 10:28am -
  • Leveraging The SPG – Uber Partnership To Earn Upto 6X
    This weeks seems to be a busy week for Starwood Preferred Guest. They recently announced a partnership with Uber, an app based taxi service, that can increase your earning potential to 6x per dollar. You can sign-up for an account and receive $20 tow…
    - 5 days ago Feb 26, 2015, 8:12pm -
  • Starwood’s 2015 Property Category Changes
    Starwood’s SPG program recently announced that starting March 10th, 2015 the assigned category of 267 properties will be changing. While ~10.5% of the properties are moving up, ~12% are moving down. The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from A…
    - 6 days ago Feb 26, 2015, 10:43am -
  • Flexible Bank-Point Airline Transfer Partner Master Guide (Updated)
    Update 02/25/2015: Qantas added as new Citi ThankYou Rewards transfer partner and other corrections made on transfer chart. If you found this resource helpful check out my other mile & point resources. One aspect that makes flexible reward points…
    - 6 days ago Feb 25, 2015, 2:00pm -
  • SPG Transfer Times – Alaska Airlines
    Starwood points have always been a hot commodity since they can be transferred to 31 different airlines. Additionally you get a 5,000 bonus for every 20,000 points transferred. While these are all great perks for having a ton of Starwood points, ther…
    - 7 days ago Feb 25, 2015, 7:25am -
  • Full Preview List of IHG PointBreaks Hotels is Out – Bookable February 25 to May 31, 2015
    Today IHG released the full list of PointBreaks hotels for stays from February 25 through May 31, 2015. You can book an award night at any of these hotels for only 5,000 points per night, but be sure to book quickly after the list goes live tomorro…
    - 7 days ago Feb 24, 2015, 3:28pm -

MileValue

  • newHow Much of the Swipe Fees Do Credit Card Companies Give Back to Us?
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Every time you use your credit card, the bank is earning swipe fees from the merchant. It’s these swipe fees plus other ways that banks profit off credit cards–interes…
    - 6 hours ago Mar 3, 2015, 8:00pm -
  • newCostco to No Longer Accept AMEX, Only Visa
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Costco currently only accepts American Express cards. Soon, Costco will accept Visa cards. Starting April 1, 2016 (in 13 months), Costco will no longer accept American Exp…
    - 10 hours ago Mar 3, 2015, 3:31pm -
  • newUnited to Offer Flat Beds from Boston to Los Angeles
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. In July and August 2015, United will put one of its p.s. 757-200s, configured with flat beds up front, on the Los Angeles to Boston route. These planes fly every flight bet…
    - 11 hours ago Mar 3, 2015, 3:10pm -
  • Top 10 Travel Credit Cards for March 2015
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. There are a lot of reasons to collect miles and points. For free luxury hotel stays and first class flights To travel to more countries than you could otherwise afford To t…
    - 1 day ago Mar 2, 2015, 5:00pm -
  • Amazing China Airlines Award Space Now Searchable on Delta.com
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. China Airlines is a Taiwan-based member of SkyTeam, whose flights are bookable with Delta miles. China Airlines recently started flying a world-class flat bed Business Clas…
    - 1 day ago Mar 2, 2015, 4:18pm -
  • Discounted Economy and Business Class Awards for May and June Travel
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Flying Blue–the loyalty program of Air France/KLM, Air Europa, Kenya Airways, and TAROM Romanian–has released its newest Promo Awards that let you fly from select North…
    - 2 days ago Mar 1, 2015, 3:30pm -
  • American vs. United vs. Delta: Best Flat Bed Transcon Award Space
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. American Airlines, United, and Delta fly flat beds on their daily flights between New York-JFK and San Francisco and Los Angeles. Delta also flies its flat beds between New…
    - 4 days ago Feb 27, 2015, 6:12pm -
  • Free Giveaway Friday: 20 Delta Free Drink Coupons
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Generous reader g is giving away 20 Delta coupons that are each good for one beer, cocktail, “wine split,” or headset on board. I’ll pick FIVE WINNERS who each get FO…
    - 4 days ago Feb 27, 2015, 3:33pm -
  • The Only Miles You Can Use Before You Earn Them
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. In a recent Free Credit Card Consultation, Matt wrote: Goal: April 4 – 7 from Chicago (preferably ORD) to San Francisco Bay Area for 2 adults. Ideally, we’d like to fl…
    - 5 days ago Feb 26, 2015, 5:27pm -
  • Singapore Suites Class Awards Get Cheaper
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Singapore Airlines has lowered the fuel surcharges on its flights, which means your Singapore Suites Class bookings are now cheaper. You know Singapore Suites Class as the…
    - 5 days ago Feb 26, 2015, 4:40pm -

Frequent Flier

  • newNew Starwood Award Prices Are a Mixed Bag
    Starwood has published its list of hotels that will change categories on March 10, resulting in either an increase or decrease in the number of SPG points required for a free award night. According to Starwood, “Just over 22% of ... Read More
    - 6 hours ago Mar 3, 2015, 7:39pm -
  • newHilton’s Free WiFi Comes with Strings
    When it comes to a policy on free in-room WiFi, Hilton’s motto would seem to be “Better late than never.” The pressure from travelers to make at least basic WiFi available for free for hotel guests has been building for ... Read More
    - 8 hours ago Mar 3, 2015, 6:16pm -
  • New from United: Redeem Miles for Cruises
    Members of United’s MileagePlus program who live in the U.S. may now redeem their miles, alone or in combination with cash, for cruises with more than two dozen cruise lines. Cruise itineraries include the Caribbean, South America, Europe, Mexico,…
    - 1 day ago Mar 2, 2015, 7:09pm -
  • Win a 9-Day Trip to Ireland for 2
    Enter the Guinness “Ultimate Irish Adventure” sweepstakes by March 31, 2015, for a chance to win the grand prize: a nine-day trip to Ireland for two, including air, hotels, Irish breakfast daily, a cooking class, Dublin city tour, Belfast city ..…
    - 1 day ago Mar 2, 2015, 4:51pm -
  • Weekly Recap: Points for Uber Rides, United’s Mistake Fares, & 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…
    - 4 days ago Feb 27, 2015, 10:36pm -
  • Marriott Gets Tough on Points Expiration
    This week, the world of miles and points took yet another small step in the direction of stinginess and nastiness with Marriott’s announcement of an upcoming change to its points-expiration policy. According to a longstanding clause in the Marriott…
    - 4 days ago Feb 27, 2015, 6:11pm -
  • Delta Will Upgrade Inflight WiFi
    Slow inflight WiFi got you down? Delta customers can look forward to both faster speeds and more reliable connections when 250 of the airline’s planes are outfitted with Gogo’s satellite-based 2Ku systems. The upgrades will affect Delta’s narro…
    - 5 days ago Feb 26, 2015, 5:30pm -
  • New Hilton Promotion: Double Miles or Points
    Hilton’s recent network-wide promotions have been halfhearted affairs, neither notably generous nor particularly creative. The company’s latest effort is more of the same. Offer Details Between March 1 and May 31, HHonors members can choose to ea…
    - 5 days ago Feb 26, 2015, 4:57pm -
  • PointBreaks: IHG Award Nights for Just 5,000 Points
    IHG Rewards today released its latest list of PointBreaks hotels available for booking for just 5,000 points per night through May 31, 2015. Offer Details Effective immediately, IHG Rewards members can book award nights for 5,000 points at 146 partic…
    - 6 days ago Feb 25, 2015, 7:01pm -
  • Uber Rides Now Earn Starwood Points
    It was inevitable that, sooner or later, Uber would start awarding airline- or hotel-program points for using its service. It turns out to be sooner rather than later, and the loyalty points in question are from the Starwood Preferred Guest ... Read…
    - 6 days ago Feb 25, 2015, 5:44pm -

Travel is Free

  • newComplete Guide to Hyatt Rewards Chapter 2: Best Use of Hyatt Points
      Chapter 2: Redeeming Hyatt Rewards Points Introduction Award nights start at 5,000 points a night and go up to 30,000 points. But it’s a great deal compared to most chains. 5,000 points for a low end reward is about as good as it gets. On the to…
    - 8 hours ago Mar 3, 2015, 5:32pm -
  • new201 Course: Advanced Posts on Miles and Points
    Take your game to the next level – that’s a large focus for this blog. But this post is a heavy post with tons of concepts and reading material to help more advanced miles and points collectors learn even more besides just hearing about deals. Th…
    - 22 hours ago Mar 3, 2015, 4:26am -
  • Best Hotel Rewards Program [InfoGraphic]
    Update: The InfoGraphic now reflects the details of the best rewards programs for 2015, including the T&L Top 500 hotels for 2015. What makes the best hotel rewards program (or best hotel “loyalty” program) is made up of a combination of status…
    - 2 days ago Mar 2, 2015, 2:56am -
  • Traveling and MSing $20k Cashback a Year
    I’m a little behind this year at only about $2,000 in profit for 2015. But realizing how good of a thing it is, I decided to take it seriously and match my travel expenses this year in cashback. While we went slightly over $20,000 in expenses 2014…
    - 4 days ago Feb 28, 2015, 4:25am -
  • AirAsia Flight Pass is Here! (The AirAsia Hopper)
    Originally this deal got passed around as a kind of a pass with “unlimited” flying for 2 months. While it’s not exactly true, you can get as many as 20 flights in 2 months with this pass, a seriously good deal if you have the time and interest…
    - 6 days ago Feb 25, 2015, 9:58pm -
  • Complete Guide to Hyatt Gold Passport Rewards – Chapter 1: Earning Hyatt Rewards Points
      Chapter 1: Earning Hyatt Rewards Points Earning Hyatt Points via Credit Cards Hyatt is married to Chase. The only transfer option is from Chase Ultimate Rewards Points, and the Hyatt credit card is a Chase card. Thus these are the credit cards tha…
    - 7 days ago Feb 24, 2015, 6:16pm -
  • PointBreaks is out – Feb 25 – May 31
    Quick catch up, if you’re not familiar. Read the post IHG PointBreaks for Beginners and it will catch you up to speed. Basically IHG lists about 160 hotels every 2-3 months that can be redeemed for 5,000 points. But the number of rooms that can be…
    - 8 days ago Feb 24, 2015, 12:37pm -
  • How to Tell the Difference Between Planes [Infographic]
    We fly so much that one day I decided to look around at the planes and also check out the back of the in-flight magazine until I could tell the difference between the big planes. The big planes were super easy and I picked up some more tricks on tell…
    - 8 days ago Feb 23, 2015, 8:14pm -
  • Hidden Credit Card Offers: IHG 80k + $50 & Amtrak 18k + Companion Ticket
    Amtrak 18,000 points + Companion Pass Scott commented a couple of weeks ago saying that he dug up this offer in flyertalk. I didn’t see much info on it other than that people applied and it worked. Here’s the deal. You get 18,000 points for signi…
    - 9 days ago Feb 23, 2015, 2:18am -

Frequent Flyer Bonuses

Million Mile Secrets

Nomadic Matt

  • newEverything You Need to Know About Using Smartphones When You Travel
    On the first Tuesday of each month, Dave Dean from Too Many Adapters gives us tips and advice on travel tech and gear. He is our resident expert, trying out new products and seeing what works so you end up with gear that doesn’t break and a laptop…
    - 12 hours ago Mar 3, 2015, 2:00pm -
  • My 2015 Group Tours: Two Trips to Europe!
    At the end of 2013, I started leading group trips. I’ve done four so far and have really enjoyed them. I like meeting readers, exposing others to my travel style and taking them around to some of my favorite places in Europe. I want others to fall…
    - 6 days ago Feb 26, 2015, 1:00pm -
  • What Makes a Nomad a Nomad?
    What makes a nomad a nomad? Or a backpacker a backpacker? How do you define a budget traveler? Am I a nomad because I move around a lot or did I give up the rights to call myself that when I got an apartment? Am I a luxury traveler because I stay in…
    - 8 days ago Feb 23, 2015, 2:31pm -
  • 7 Common Excuses People Use to Avoid Family Travel
    On the third Friday Saturday of every month, Cameron Wears from The Traveling Canucks is here to give us tips and advice on how to travel better with your kids. This is an often requested topic so I’m excited to have him on the team! Here is this m…
    - 10 days ago Feb 21, 2015, 3:06pm -
  • Hogmanay: Edinburgh’s Amazing New Year’s Celebration
    I hate New Year’s Eve. To me, it’s a non-holiday. A night out where bars have an excuse to overcharge customers, people get excited for a twenty second countdown, and you realize after the clock turns over that life is still the same. New Year’…
    - 15 days ago Feb 16, 2015, 2:00pm -
  • How to Stay Safe When You Travel as a Solo Female
    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 cover so I brought in an expert to share her advice. This month her…
    - 20 days ago Feb 11, 2015, 2:18pm -
  • 12 Things Not to Do When You Travel
    Travel writers always talk about what to do when you travel. It’s all must-see attractions and things to do. Go here, do this, see that, and act this way. But what about all the things you shouldn’t do on the road? There are plenty of mistakes tr…
    - 22 days ago Feb 9, 2015, 2:24pm -
  • The Great American Road Trip (Part Deux)
    To Americans, there’s nothing that hold more appeal than the classic road trip. It’s built into our cultural DNA dating as far back as the 1920s. In Jazz Age America, the car was a symbol of freedom – a chance to escape your small town and the…
    - 26 days ago Feb 5, 2015, 3:39pm -
  • Has Technology Ruined the Travel Experience?
    On the first Tuesday of each month, Dave Dean from Too Many Adapters gives us great tips and advice on travel tech and gear. He is our resident expert, trying out new products and seeing what works so you end up with gear that doesn’t break and a…
    - 28 days ago Feb 3, 2015, 2:18pm -
  • My 12 Recommended Books for 2015
    There’s nothing more inspirational than a well-written travel book. It can fill you with awe, wonder, and wanderlust. Books make those 10-hour bus rides through Laos more bearable. They get us excited for new destinations and can change our world v…
    - 29 days ago Feb 2, 2015, 2:01pm -

The Hustle Blog

  • 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®…
    - 15 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…
    - 33 days ago 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…
    - 69 days ago Dec 24, 2014, 5:34pm -
  • Chase Freedom 2015 Bonus Categories Announced

    - 84 days ago 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 -
  • Chase Freedom 4th Quarter 2014 Bonus Categories are Live!
    It’s October 1st, the first day of Q4! Let’s get started earning those 7,500 Ultimate Rewards points. Don’t forget to activate your Chase Freedom cards to earn 5 points per dollar spent at the following bonus categories: Amazon.com Zappos.com S…
    - Oct 1, 2014, 4:18pm -
  • Newark Airport Family Day 2014
    Finally, I can tell my nephew, who has been asking me about this since the beginning of summer, the great news. Newark Airport Family Day is back for 2014! We took my nephew the past 2 years and he absolutely loved it. Here are the details: October…
    - Sep 30, 2014, 11:00am -

UPgRD

  • Upgrd 94: Captain Denny
    By Upgrd Podcast - Upgrd PodcastIn this frequent flyerpodcast we are joined by Captain Denny to discuss customerservice, the CaptainJason Dahl scholarship and frequent flyer news. Disclaimer: The views expressed are thepersonal opinions of the…
    - Oct 14, 2012, 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…
    - Feb 23, 2012, 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…
    - Feb 3, 2012, 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…
    - Dec 3, 2011, 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…
    - Oct 27, 2011, 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…
    - Aug 14, 2011, 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…
    - Jul 27, 2011, 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…
    - Jun 19, 2011, 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…
    - May 24, 2011, 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…
    - Apr 11, 2011, 10:05pm -

Johnny Jet

  • newTravel App of the Week: TravelSmart
    Created by Allianz Global Assistance, TravelSmart is a handy app for international travelers that lists emergency numbers such as those of the police, fire department and ambulance by destination (911 is not universal). I also love that it has a drug…
    - 10 mins ago Mar 4, 2015, 1:47am -
  • new10 tips for maximizing a family ski trip at Keystone Resort, Colorado
    There’s no shortage of reasons why Keystone’s long been a family favorite. This world-class, three-mountain resort offers so much that you might be wondering where to begin, and so as a local Colorado mom, I’ve put together some helpful tips to…
    - 51 mins ago Mar 4, 2015, 1:06am -
  • newHow I Got Shingles From Too Much Travel and What To Do
    I went to the doctor last Wednesday because I had a really nasty earache, which felt like someone was stabbing my inner ear with a pin. Each time, the pain would only last for a split second but it would make my eyes water and part of my body twitch.…
    - 2 hours ago Mar 3, 2015, 11:29pm -
  • newTravel Tip of the Day: How to Charge Your iPhone Faster
    How to Charge Your iPhone Faster Yesterday I wrote about how I just got a new iPhone and that I love the fact that it has every app imaginable. What I don’t like about the iPhone is that its battery drains much more quickly than the batteries of my…
    - 9 hours ago Mar 3, 2015, 5:00pm -
  • To the Bahamas on Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas
    As a cruise neophyte, I had few comparison points for my trip on Royal Caribbean’s newly refurbished ship, Freedom of the Seas, except for the clichés about cruises being for the geriatric set. Nothing could be further from my experience on the…
    - 1 day ago Mar 2, 2015, 6:00pm -
  • Travel Tip of the Day: Find iPhone
    Find iPhone I just got my first iPhone last week (full disclosure: Apple sent it to me for a 3-month trial). So far, I love all the apps, but one that really blows me away is the Find iPhone app, which will show you exactly where your iPhone(s) and i…
    - 1 day ago Mar 2, 2015, 5:00pm -
  • Travel Style: Randy Greencorn
    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: Randy Greencorn Occupation: Online Travel Publisher Ho…
    - 1 day ago Mar 2, 2015, 2:00pm -
  • Travel Agency Says it is First to Book Cuba
    According to its blog, CheapAir has become the first travel agency to start booking US travel to Cuba since the Obama administration announced the first step in restoring diplomatic regulations with Cuba back in mid-December. But it’s not simp…
    - 4 days ago Feb 28, 2015, 12:57am -

Doctor of Credit

Hustler Money Blog

  • newFeatured Credit Card Bonuses, Deals, & Promotions – March, 2015
    Looking for a credit card with miles, cash, or points bonus? Below is our complete list of 2015 credit card bonuses, deals, and promotions and reviews from Chase, American Express, Citi, Discover, and others. Our list gives you the highest to lowest…
    - 9 hours ago Mar 3, 2015, 4:54pm -
  • newChase Ink Plus Business Card Review 2015: Get 50,000 Bonus Points- that’s $625 Towards Travel Rewards
    Read all about the Ink Plus® Business Credit Card Review 2015 Edition. You can easily earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $5,000 in the first 3 months from account opening. That’s $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewa…
    - 11 hours ago Mar 3, 2015, 3:02pm -
  • newNFL Extra Points Credit Card Review 2015- $100 Cash Back Bonus
    NFL Extra Points Credit Card from Barclays is offering 10,000 BONUS POINTS after $500 in purchases within the first 90 days of account opening, equal to $100 in CASH BACK statement credits. There is also a 0% Intro APR for Balance Transfers Period fo…
    - 17 hours ago Mar 3, 2015, 9:09am -
  • newFidelity IRA 10% Match Bonus Promotion
    Fidelity is now offering up to 10% IRA match when you move your IRA assets to a Fidelity IRA.  You get between 1% to 10% match of your future contribution for 3 years if you roll over $10,000+ to them. The matching promotion is valid for both new an…
    - 17 hours ago Mar 3, 2015, 9:05am -
  • newCostco News: Replacing Amex with Citi and Visa
    Effective April 1, 2016, Costco will no longer accept Amex cards and will start accepting Citibank Visa. Visa would replace American Express as the credit card network for Costco in the U.S. and Puerto Rico on the same date. More than likely, you wil…
    - 17 hours ago Mar 3, 2015, 8:33am -
  • newM&T Bank Review: $150 MyChoice Checking Bonus
    For residents of CT, DC, DE, FL, MA, MD, NJ, NY, OR, PA, VA, & WV, you can now apply online for M&T Bank MyChoice Checking $150 Bonus for setting up direct deposit of at least $100 within 90 days of account opening by March 31, 2015. You’ll enjoy i…
    - 19 hours ago Mar 3, 2015, 7:02am -
  • newKeyBank $200 Checking Account Bonus Promotion
    From now until May 1, 2015, you can earn $200 bonus by switching to an eligible KeyBank checking account with offer code ONFT0315 then make at least $1,000 in cumulative direct deposits within 60 days after account opening. KeyBank $200 Checking Acc…
    - 20 hours ago Mar 3, 2015, 6:01am -
  • newChase Bank $200 Total Checking Bonus Coupon Code + $50 Saving Coupon
    Chase Bank $250 Checking Savings Bonus Coupon The Chase Bank $200 Total Checking bonus coupon code + $50 Savings Bonus with direct deposit available through April 15, 2015. Available to new Chase checking customers only, you must deposit $100 within…
    - 20 hours ago Mar 3, 2015, 5:47am -
  • Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard Review 2015: $400 Statement Credit + 2X Cash Back Rewards
    The Barclaycard Arrival Plus(TM) World Elite MasterCard® is offering 40,000 bonus miles($400 off your next trip) after $3,000 in purchases within the first 90 days from account opening. It’s a new premium travel rewards card with 2.2% cash back to…
    - 1 day ago Mar 2, 2015, 7:01pm -
  • Best Bank Bonuses, Promotions, Deals, Coupons & Referrals, March 2015
    Below is the complete list of bank bonuses nationwide. Read our in-depth review for a complete guide of each bank bonus. Make sure to read all the terms and conditions at the bank's web page to fulfill the bonus requirements.
    - 2 days ago Mar 2, 2015, 6:11am -

Hack My Trip

  • US Airways Mastercard End Date Announced
    There’s been much speculation over the last few months, but today Barclays is finally sending out e-mails with official dates for the conversion of their current US Airways Dividend Miles MasterCards to new AAdvantage Aviator cards.  According to…
    - 1 day ago Mar 2, 2015, 11:43pm -
  • Make $1000 In One Hour or Less with Lyft
    Full Disclosure: This post contains my personal referral links from Lyft. I earn a referral bonus of $1000 per applicant dependent on the offers and requirements listed. Feel free to use any referral link from any Lyft driver/partner you know. You ar…
    - 4 days ago Feb 27, 2015, 2:05pm -
  • My #30kToNowhere Mileage Run Cost Only 3.99 CPM… Or Did It?
    From the desk of the Devil’s Advocate…   The flights have been flown, the cheap lounge liquors imbibed, the snarky tweets tweeted, and after 24 flights over a period of 84 days, it is official. I am somebody. OK, so I’m only somebody when I’…
    - 6 days ago Feb 26, 2015, 12:05pm -
  • More Tickets for Sale to FTU Advanced San Diego
    One of my readers is unable to attend the upcoming FTU Advanced in San Diego on March 6-7. It’s being held in a pretty neat location in Mission Bay — Rapid Travel Chai has even volunteered to organize an optional dinner on Sunday night for anyone…
    - 8 days ago Feb 23, 2015, 3:38pm -
  • Award Maps for 13 Frequent Flyer Programs
    Most airline frequent flyer program redemptions are region-based, so you pick your origin and destination and look at an award chart to determine how many miles the ticket should cost. But there are often times when this involves a lot of back and…
    - 9 days ago Feb 23, 2015, 12:05pm -

Maximizing Money

  • newLiving Social Discount Shopping Network $10 Deal Bucks Referral Bonus
    The Living Social discount shopping network offers a free $10 Deal Bucks sign-up bonus when you open a new account.Sign up for a new account through this Living Social $10 Deal Bucks Bonus Link, and you'll receive a free $10 Deal Bucks bonus to help…
    - 3 hours ago Mar 3, 2015, 11:20pm -
  • newRestaurant Week Boston American Express Card $5 Statement Credit Bonus
    American Express card members can get a $5 statement credit at participate restaurants during Restaurant Week Boston.Take advantage of this Restaurant Week Boston AMEX Promotion from March 1-6 and March 8-13, 2015.The post Restaurant Week Boston Am…
    - 3 hours ago Mar 3, 2015, 11:16pm -
  • newPlated Fresh Food Delivery Service 2 Free Plates for Referrals
    Plated is a fresh food delivery service that provides you with a weekly box of fresh and seasonal ingredients that are pre-portioned to cook perfect meals, starting at $12 per plate.Plus, when you sign up via this Plated 2 Free Plates Referral Link,…
    - 3 hours ago Mar 3, 2015, 11:14pm -
  • newBlue Cash Preferred Card $200 Bonus Offer from American Express
    The American Express Blue Cash Preferred Card has a new promotion for up to $200 in bonus rewards after qualifying purchases.The post Blue Cash Preferred Card $200 Bonus Offer from American Express appeared first on Maximizing Money.
    - 6 hours ago Mar 3, 2015, 8:27pm -
  • newSam’s Club New or Renewed Membership $5 Gift Card Bonus
    You can get a $5 Gift Card and a free Rotisserie Chicken when you join or renew your Sam's Club membership by April 1, 2015.The post Sam’s Club New or Renewed Membership $5 Gift Card Bonus appeared first on Maximizing Money.
    - 6 hours ago Mar 3, 2015, 8:25pm -
  • newHilton HHonors Offers Double Points or Double Miles
    Hilton HHonors members can earn double points or double miles at select destinations for every night of your stay from March 1, 2015, through May 31, 2015.Review our full List of Hotel Promotions to earn more bonus points from your favorite hotel lo…
    - 6 hours ago Mar 3, 2015, 8:22pm -
  • newAmazon $10 Promo Code with $50 Gift Card Purchase – Targeted
    Amazon.com will give you a free $10 promotional code with a $50 Amazon Gift Card purchase, valid for targeted customers through March 31, 2015.Just click on this Amazon $10 Promotional Credit Offer and use code 0315GCARDS to get a $10 promotional cr…
    - 6 hours ago Mar 3, 2015, 8:20pm -
  • newFidelity Offers up to 10% IRA Match for Next 3 Years
    Fidelity is offering up to a 10% match of your annual IRA contributions for the next 3 years when you switch to a Fidelity IRA.The post Fidelity Offers up to 10% IRA Match for Next 3 Years appeared first on Maximizing Money.
    - 6 hours ago Mar 3, 2015, 8:17pm -
  • new511 Rideshare Vanpool $25 Gift Card Referrals in San Francisco Bay Area
    The 511 Rideshare Vanpool service in the San Francisco Bay Area is offering current riders a $25 gift card to Peet's Coffee & Tea when you refer a new rider, plus new Vanpool riders can get 3 free rides.The post 511 Rideshare Vanpool $25 Gift Card R…
    - 7 hours ago Mar 3, 2015, 7:18pm -
  • newGoGet Carshare Australia $35 Referral Credit and Free Sign-Up
    GoGet Carshare in Australia is offering current members a $35 credit for each new member that you refer in select locations, plus new members can sign up for the GoStarter plan for free for the first year, which is a savings of $49.The post GoGet Ca…
    - 7 hours ago Mar 3, 2015, 6:45pm -

Boarding Area

  • newLUFTHANSA: Business Class Retrofit Update For March
    Lufthansa's latest update confirms that 70 long haul aircraft are now outfitted with the new Business Class cabin interior. That's 6 more that have been completed in the last month......
    - 8 mins ago Mar 4, 2015, 1:49am -
  • newUnited Will Announce New Food for Their Lounges Tomorrow… Including Hard Boiled Eggs and Salami!
    United previewed their new lounge food today for several folks (I was not invited), although apparently they’re not willing to comment until the official release tomorrow. Nonetheless, from tweets of folks at the event we have the menu and photos o…
    - 23 mins ago Mar 4, 2015, 1:34am -
  • newMy Hertz Gold Plus Rewards President’s Circle upgrade is at last here!
    If you have not been following along the past few weeks, I have been “patently” waiting for my promised upgrade to Hertz Gold Plus Rewards President’s Circle. Hertz says I will enjoy: Confirmed vehicle availability of Standard Equipment Economy…
    - 26 mins ago Mar 4, 2015, 1:31am -
  • newAmex Transfer Bonus To Airbnb Gift Cards
    Back in December American Express announced a new Membership Rewards relationship with Airbnb "the world's leading community-driven hospitality company where people can list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world."The net effect…
    - 54 mins ago Mar 4, 2015, 1:03am -
  • newVirgin America SFO deals. Buy by March 4, travel by June 10, 2015.
    Virgin America San Francisco deals caught my eye today as I thought about Florida and cheap one way drive out of state car rental specials in April and May. Virgin America SFO Deals. Lowest fares tend to be Tuesday and Wednesday flights. Buy by March…
    - 1 hour ago Mar 4, 2015, 12:46am -
  • newAA – We’ll Fly A Lot of Flights from LGA to the W. Coast…if the perimeter rule is removed
    AA president Scott Kirby said this at today’s JP Morgan Aviation and Transportation conference: “What would happen if you did change the perimeter rule is, yes, we would fly transcon. We’d fly a lot of flights from LaGuardia to the West Coast,…
    - 2 hours ago Mar 4, 2015, 12:17am -
  • newNatural Supplements for Quality Sleep
    I’ve invited my nutritional guru Heather back to guest blog again this week.  She’s going to be writing a series on  something important to all travelers… sleep!  Check back in the evenings this week for more from her on this critical topi…
    - 2 hours ago Mar 3, 2015, 11:33pm -
  • newDouble Amtrak Points!
    For all Amtrak train rides between March 16 and May 17, 20145 you will earn double points! This is for any route, no exclusions! Typically you earn 2 points per $1 spent on Amtrak travel, so with this promotion you’ll earn 4 points per $1. There…
    - 3 hours ago Mar 3, 2015, 11:14pm -
  • newCathay Pacific Returns As US Amex Transfer Partner
    Yesterday I posted about how Cathay Pacific Asia Miles disappeared from the Membership Rewards transfer page over the weekend.Asia Miles is a 1:1 transfer partner with Amex Membership Rewards, and can be useful for some oneworld redemptions, especia…
    - 3 hours ago Mar 3, 2015, 11:08pm -
  • newAir Marshals Scheduling Work Assignments for Vacations and Sexual Meetups, and That’s Not Even the Real Scandal. This Is.
    We’ve all long suspected it, now it’s become public that air marshal flight schedules get changed to accommodate affairs they’re having or cities they’d like to travel to for free. “I think she put the offer out to quite a few (federal air…
    - 3 hours ago Mar 3, 2015, 11:04pm -

Frequent Flyer Miles 101

  • newLegroom in coach is getting squeezed (but you don’t have to be there)
    CNN recently did an article on who offers what in terms of legroom in coach among the various US carriers.  And while there’s a six inch difference between industry leader JetBlue and laggard Spirit, although most of the airlines are clustered in…
    - 12 hours ago Mar 3, 2015, 1:30pm -
  • Death by a thousand cuts at Marriott…
    Marriott is quickly becoming the Delta of the airline industry.  As one of the largest players in the game, it is able to make changes that, independently, have virtually no impact on customers but, as a whole, begin to hurt. Over the past couple of…
    - 1 day ago Mar 2, 2015, 7:04pm -
  • Out of office notice
    I’m finishing up my busy season for travel this week and will be out through Friday.  There will still be posts, just less frequent.  Have a great week. Now fortified with even more Twitter! Follow me @FFMiles101 Would you like to receive blog po…
    - 2 days ago Mar 1, 2015, 11:19pm -
  • La Guardia considering elimination of perimeter restrictions; does it matter?
    La Guardia (LGA) airport, one of the two major airports with perimeter restrictions, is considering ditching those limits.  More specifically, the Port Authority, which operates the airport, is examining the issue.  There’s no guarantee that any…
    - 4 days ago Feb 27, 2015, 2:33pm -
  • A sort of Hilton promo and sort of free Hilton points; Starwood teams with Uber
    When it comes to pulling defeat from the jaws of victory, Hilton is near, if not, at the top of the list.  Their ability to tick off customers has virtually no rivals, a fact that they are highlighting with a couple of new promotions.  Note that bo…
    - 6 days ago Feb 25, 2015, 5:19pm -
  • Lower airfares and a couple of free hotel nights
    For those of you who have gotten tired of high fares, they’re not exactly going away, but January saw something we haven’t seen in a while: declining airfares in 2015 versus January, 2014.  Prices are measured using a metric called RASM, which s…
    - 8 days ago Feb 24, 2015, 12:53am -
  • Why are our airports so bad, anyway?
    Traveling is not a fun experience.  Sure, the vacation part of it is fun, but actually getting to where you are going, even under the best of circumstances, is a chore.  Under the worst, well, we’ve all been there. One of the under-discussed part…
    - 10 days ago Feb 22, 2015, 1:54am -
  • Delta initiates luggage guarantee through March 31
    Delta and Alaska Air continue to battle over Seattle, but passengers nationwide will benefit.  They’ve already waived first bag fees and given bonus miles.  Now, Delta is matching a unique Alaska feature, a baggage delivery guarantee. It’s pret…
    - 12 days ago Feb 19, 2015, 9:44pm -
  • Back to basics…
    When I created this blog, it was set up to be for novices and intermediate flyers.  There are a lot of excellent blogs out there for those who know the systems cold, but there was nothing available to get people to that point.  With that in mind, h…
    - 13 days ago Feb 19, 2015, 1:44pm -
  • A bad week for American Express
    I’m on the road this week, so posts may not be as timely as usual. Stick with me, we’ll get there. Last week, American Express announced that it is ending its relationship with Costco on March 31, 2016. Your first thought might be “big deal.”…
    - 14 days ago Feb 17, 2015, 9:52pm -

Mr. Free Miles

milepoint (Forums)

  • newAadvantage aviator red MasterCard
    So here we go with the us airways premier world MasterCard switch. They sent me an email saying I would soon be receiving this Aadvantage aviator red MasterCard. Anyone know what this is or where it came about from? Overall I am just hoping that it i…
    - 1 min ago Mar 4, 2015, 1:56am -
  • newNew Member
    Hello everyone. I'm a long-time frequent flyer based in South Korea. My priority in selecting an airline is first Asiana, second any Star Alliance carrier, and third Korean Air. I used to fly a lot, ie. 600K BIS miles/year, but these days it's at a m…
    - 3 mins ago Mar 4, 2015, 1:54am -
  • newTeh Penalty Box
    I think it's time for a new Box thread that works. So, here goes.
    - 5 mins ago Mar 4, 2015, 1:52am -
  • newNew United Club menus coming soon (early 2015)
    Apparently United is upgrading food offers in the UClubs starting tomorrow. But hasn't bothered to tell anyone?!? http://twitter.com/AirlineReporter/status/572824218708140032The menu card is hard to read but looks like oatmeal & hard-boiled eggs in…
    - 35 mins ago Mar 4, 2015, 1:22am -
  • 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.
    - 56 mins ago Mar 4, 2015, 1:01am -
  • newHilton Website (Again!) Down?
    Several different attempts to log in to HHonors, or just check rates at different cities have gotten the "Oops what happened, we can't ...." and the comment to call if you want info. I tried through different entry points (Hilton Worldwide) and via m…
    - 1 hour ago Mar 4, 2015, 12:48am -
  • newbest coffee beans in the world
    I liked the discussion about Brazilian coffees as there were specific examples of quality brandswhenever I travel to a coffee producing region, I usually buy a few different types of beans, I have a supply of +/- 10 kg at any one timeI usually use…
    - 1 hour ago Mar 4, 2015, 12:47am -
  • new(photo trivia) Guess the airline
    Same concept and rules as the (photo trivia) Guess the airport and (photo trivia) Guess the city threads.Have fun! First one was in an airplane lav, a misleading clue is that this was only posted in English.View attachment 58989
    - 1 hour ago Mar 4, 2015, 12:46am -
  • 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…
    - 1 hour ago Mar 4, 2015, 12:35am -
  • new(photo trivia) Guess the city
    Given the success of the 'guess the airport' thread, though this might be a good thread to start. A breath of fresh air, if you will...Anyways, same rules apply. First submission:
    - 2 hours ago Mar 4, 2015, 12:21am -

Flyertalk MilesBuzz

  • newLounge Alternatives to Sky Club at MIA?
    I have about 5 hours in MIA on Thursday and while I know there's a Sky Club there I'd prefer a change of scenery if possible. Is anyone familiar with the other airport lounges? I suspect I'll be more limited in what terminals I can access (with a..…
    - 5 mins ago Mar 4, 2015, 1:52am -
  • newBest 3-4 day Business Carry-On
    Hi there, I am going to be needing a carry-on bag, as I have just embarked on a new career that requires me to travel Sunday/Monday - Thursday each week. I need a bag that: 1. Is carry-on (ie fits with most Canadian and American Airlines...
    - 6 mins ago Mar 4, 2015, 1:51am -
  • newOversold flight - any luck getting SDC before 24h mark?
    I have a flight Friday afternoon, no seats left on seat map to choose. Call to DM line confirms flight is oversold. I inquire if I can SDC to another flight to help DL and am told no. Is it worth HUACA? Anyone have luck with this?
    - 7 mins ago Mar 4, 2015, 1:50am -
  • newNew Cancellation Policy
    I have a reservation starting tomorrow. I'm confused about whether I can cancel or not without penalty today. It says "by March 3rd." Today is March 3rd. Does that mean I can cancel or not? Thanks.
    - 20 mins ago Mar 4, 2015, 1:37am -
  • newAWE 597 stops in KMEM?
    Monday, March 2, 2015, AWE (JFK-PHX) shows up as the only non FedEx flight going to Memphis. And then to Phoenix. I noticed that next week this A320 is replaced as an AA flight with a 738 on the same schedule. Why Memphis and why the change to AA?
    - 23 mins ago Mar 4, 2015, 1:34am -
  • newWhich Miles to Use?
    I have an upcoming 8/9 night trip to Japan (and possibly Korea) in the spring, and am wondering which miles I should use. I am not sure where I should post this, but this forum seems about right. First, my mileage levels (all miles excluding...
    - 26 mins ago Mar 4, 2015, 1:31am -
  • newORD Global First Lounge Temporarily Closed on 3 March 2015?
    9 hour layover in ORD, went in to the city came back to the airport early to try the GFL, this will likely be the only time I fly GF and/or via ORD. I go to the UA Club to ask for directions and she said "oh it's closed, but you can ask the...
    - 34 mins ago Mar 4, 2015, 1:23am -
  • newCan't select seats on non-award flight booked on jetblue.com
    Weeks ago, I booked a flight for this Thursday. Today, I moved it up to Wednesday, thanks to the travel waiver. But I can't select a seat. Here's what I did: * At T-25, I went to jetblue.com and searched for Wednesday flights as if I was buying..…
    - 34 mins ago Mar 4, 2015, 1:23am -
  • newValid until 2016
    If my card says valid until 2016. Does that mean I will be soft landed on Mar 1 2016?
    - 42 mins ago Mar 4, 2015, 1:15am -
  • newApproved GE with a 4 year old DUI
    To make a long story short I was arrested for a DUI in 2011, plead guilty in order to receive supervision, therefore no conviction. (In Illinois) I was really worried about this DUI and I literally read every page on this site regarding GE and...
    - 1 hour ago Mar 4, 2015, 12:55am -

Reddit r/churning

  • newBest/Fastest way to accrue Hilton points?
    I'll be travelling to Chicago for a week in about 3 months and will likely need to stay at a Hilton, for various reasons. It seems most of the Hiltons in the Greater Chicago area run about 60,000 points/night, or roughly $300/night. I see the HHonors…
    - 3 mins ago Mar 4, 2015, 1:54am -
  • newUS airways 50k points- how long for points to post after paying AF
    I paid the AF and made a transaction a week ago, but the 50k points haven't posted. How long did you guys? submitted by prgkmr [link] [2 comments]
    - 16 mins ago Mar 4, 2015, 1:41am -
  • newNext Card Choice
    Fellow Churners, I think it's about time for my next card and unfortunately there are too many options. Current cards: Barclay Arrival+, AMEX everyday, local bank's Visa Credit Score: 772 (Barclay) Monthly spend: $2500 I plan on going to NYC for a w…
    - 22 mins ago Mar 4, 2015, 1:35am -
  • newAmazon Hacks
    You all probably know this. But if you spend on Amazon you can 5x all your spend by getting a Chase Ink card and buying Amazon gift cards at your local Staples. I also 5x my Whole Foods purchases this way. New trick I figured out for Prime members i…
    - 29 mins ago Mar 4, 2015, 1:28am -
  • newvariable load $500 mastercard GC for redbird?
    So I found these at my local stop and shop. Am I correct in thinking that I can churn these with my OBC from amex at 5% because of groceries and then unload them with redbird? Or do you guys know if the CS will code it as something separate? I guess…
    - 31 mins ago Mar 4, 2015, 1:26am -
  • newChurn cash back bonus?
    Looked around but couldn't find a solid answer... It is possible to churn the cash back bonus of cards like the freedom or the Amex blue right? submitted by eltigre_rawr [link] [2 comments]
    - 2 hours ago Mar 3, 2015, 11:46pm -
  • newSERVE Softcard Signup question
    Can I signup with my friend's Softcard app? I don't own an android phone and he uses his softcard app but doesn't intend to signup for Serve anytime soon. submitted by DougalMcGuire [link] [comment]
    - 2 hours ago Mar 3, 2015, 11:45pm -
  • newOfficial Square Referral Thread
    If you have a referral for Square, please post in this thread. Contest mode has been enabled, which randomizes the order of top-level comments, hides the votes, and collapses responses by default. submitted by Rittersspare [link] [4 comments]
    - 3 hours ago Mar 3, 2015, 11:13pm -
  • newLooks like chase is onto the churners...
    this is a screenshot from my recent transaction with Chase's Ultimate Rewards website (see red text): http://imgur.com/DuHmTZW Just a heads up. Churn carefully everyone. submitted by Jforjustice [link] [6 comments]
    - 3 hours ago Mar 3, 2015, 10:37pm -
  • newQuestion on intra-household points transfers
    I was reading up on the SPG card, and it looks like you can transfer points among accounts as long as they are within the same household. So my wife and I can both get separate cards, and can just combine the points with no issue, no loss of points.…
    - 7 hours ago Mar 3, 2015, 7:13pm -