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The Points Guy

  • newMeet Me at the Houston Reader Meet-Up in the Amex Centurion Lounge
    Back in June we described the launch of the new Centurion Lounge in Houston and why American Express Platinum Card Members were so excited about it. Of course, there were all the usual perks: high-speed Wi-Fi, noise-buffering workspaces, a full bar,…
    - 39 mins ago Jul 27, 2016, 3:39pm -
  • newAirbus is Using Drones to Help Inspect its Aircraft
    It’s usually cause for concern when drones fly too close to airplanes, but Airbus is embracing the technology in hopes that it’ll help expedite the process of inspecting aircraft before flights. The current process for aircraft inspections is t…
    - 1 hour ago Jul 27, 2016, 2:59pm -
  • newOn the New TPGtv: How to Book Singapore Suites in 90 Seconds
    It feels like only yesterday we were launching TPGtv, our video series spotlighting the world’s most spectacular destinations and highlighting how you can maximize points and miles to book your own amazing travel adventures. Well, it’s been near…
    - 2 hours ago Jul 27, 2016, 1:59pm -
  • newWhy You Might Want to Use Uber or Lyft When Traveling Abroad
    TPG Contributor Steven Ganeles shares a cautionary tale about what happened to him on a recent trip to China, and why he thinks you should consider using Uber or Lyft as an alternative to local taxis abroad. Public transportation is usually a grea…
    - 3 hours ago Jul 27, 2016, 1:05pm -
  • newRedeeming Starpoints for Maximum Value
    Thanks to a wide variety of high-value opportunities to redeem your points, Starpoints top TPG’s monthly valuations list. If you’re looking to redeem your rewards, though, it helps to know how each of the SPG program’s many redemption options…
    - 4 hours ago Jul 27, 2016, 11:59am -
  • newBooking A Hyatt Points + Cash Award When There’s No Availability
    TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen found himself in a difficult situation when a Hyatt Points + Cash award he meant to book mysteriously disappeared… after he’d transferred Chase Ultimate Rewards points to book it. But as he discovered, Hyatt age…
    - 5 hours ago Jul 27, 2016, 10:59am -
  • newSingapore Offering 50% Discount on SilkAir Award Redemptions
    Singapore Airlines is now allowing customers to book award flights on its regional subsidiary SilkAir at a 50% discount. Awards are available starting at just 3,750 miles each way between Singapore (SIN) and Kuala Lumpur (KUL), and 6,250 between SIN…
    - 19 hours ago Jul 26, 2016, 8:59pm -
  • newGoogle Maps Enhanced With ‘Areas of Interest’ For Finding Activities On The Go
    Google has updated its Maps app in such a way that allows users to use the service as a discovery tool in addition to relying on it for directions. Available now on desktop, as well as Android and iOS devices, the maps now show “Areas of Interes…
    - 20 hours ago Jul 26, 2016, 7:59pm -
  • newFYI: You Can Now Go Glamping in NYC — for $2,000 Per Night
    “Roughing it” isn’t typically the way one would describe spending a night in New York City at one of the world’s most popular boutique hotel chains, but the W New York in Midtown Manhattan is doing its best to redefine the phrase in appropria…
    - 21 hours ago Jul 26, 2016, 7:05pm -
  • newEtihad Will Operate the A380 Twice Daily to JFK Starting Next June
    Etihad Airways will soon be upgrading its second daily flight from New York (JFK) to Abu Dhabi (AUH) from a Boeing 777-300ER to an Airbus A380. This means starting June 1, 2017, you’ll have a better chance of finding availability to book yourself…
    - 21 hours ago Jul 26, 2016, 6:55pm -

Frugal Travel Guy

  • new3 Travel Insurance Benefits That Make the Chase Sapphire Preferred a Must Have Card
    It is no secret that I am a huge proponent of utilizing travel insurance when traveling abroad. As we have seen in multiple episodes this year alone, life can get incredibly unpredictable in some very bad ways when far from home. By adding the right…
    - 18 mins ago Jul 27, 2016, 4:00pm -
  • newA Joyride in Your Wallet: Here Are the Best Cards to Link to Your Uber Account
    I don’t think I’ve ever quite appreciated Uber as much as I did during my week in Calais, France. The town had nothing in the way of rideshare services and on the few occasions I called a taxi for the 5-mile ride across town, I had to wait a full…
    - 8 hours ago Jul 27, 2016, 8:00am -
  • newThis New Aeroplan Promotion Is Making It Easier to Earn Bonus Miles
    You can earn up to 55,000 bonus Air Canada Aeroplan miles for making transfers from select hotel transfer partners if you make your transfer between now and August 14. Eligible hotel transfer partners are: Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) (1:1) Marriot…
    - 17 hours ago Jul 26, 2016, 11:00pm -
  • new6 MUST HAVE Cards to Keep in Your Wallet If Your Annual Fee Budget Is Below $300
    We all love our miles and points credit cards, but the one negative feature almost all of them share are the annual fees. Ranging from $49 – $450, these annual fees mean cardholders really have to think about which recurring benefits make a card wo…
    - 20 hours ago Jul 26, 2016, 8:00pm -
  • newRecently Announced IHG PointBreaks List! Where Will You Be Staying?
    Every three months, frugal travelers have many things to look forward to. From rotating bonus categories to new application rounds, the value can be found at every turn as the seasons change. Another one of my favorite traditions is the announcement…
    - 22 hours ago Jul 26, 2016, 6:45pm -
  • This Experience Holds the High Score for Hotel Customer Service
    When I was asked to share my best hotel customer service experience ever, it only took me around two seconds to pinpoint my best hotel stay so far. While I’ve stayed at my top tier hotels abroad, my best experience ever actually took place in Mexic…
    - 1 day ago Jul 26, 2016, 4:00pm -
  • Here Are 3 Good Reasons Why It May Be Worth Skipping a Loyalty Program
    Our writers on this site all talk about the joys of loyalty programs and how they can unlock the very best of luxury travel. It is very true—with the right combination of loyalty programs and miles, travelers can make the most of their adventures w…
    - 1 day ago Jul 26, 2016, 8:00am -
  • How to Have a European Vacation for Only $1,000
    A lot of people think that travel has to be expensive, but that just isn’t true. Let’s take a look at a breakdown of how you could take a summer trip to Europe for only $1,000. Flights Many people think that flights are going to kill a budget t…
    - 2 days ago Jul 25, 2016, 11:00pm -
  • 8 Reasons to Plan a European Weekend Getaway to Brussels
    You may not have Brussels, Belgium on your travel bucket list, but it is a city you should definitely visit. No, there isn’t an equivalent of the Eiffel Tower in this compact city, but you’ll still feel the vibe and ambiance of Paris as you wande…
    - 2 days ago Jul 25, 2016, 8:00pm -
  • 5 Creative Ways to Earn Extra Cash While Traveling
    Traveling long term isn’t for everybody, but one of the biggest hurdles for people to overcome in order to be able to take a longer trip is how to pay for it. Many people will spend a few years saving up and then take a couple of months off to trav…
    - 2 days ago Jul 25, 2016, 4:41pm -

View From the Wing

One Mile at a Time

  • newWe Tried To Call Out Our Flight Crew For Smoking…
    Hello from Shanghai! Matthew and I just flew China Eastern from Los Angeles to Shanghai, and as I wrote about several hours ago, every 15-20 minutes a strong cigarette smoke odor filled the cabin. We did some investigating throughout the flight, and…
    - 2 hours ago Jul 27, 2016, 2:29pm -
  • newAir France Cabin Crew Are Starting A Week-Long Strike
    It's a day that ends in "y," which means European aviation is experiencing a major strike.This time around it's the Air France cabin crew on strike, and it's expected to last a week. The dispute is over their new contract, which is supposed to kick…
    - 3 hours ago Jul 27, 2016, 1:32pm -
  • newEmirates Will Soon Fly The A380 To Johannesburg
    Emirates is by far the world's largest operator of the A380 (they have almost half of the world's A380s on order), so their threshold for sending an A380 to a destination is much lower than at some other carriers, which have to be much more selective…
    - 4 hours ago Jul 27, 2016, 12:16pm -
  • newMalaysia Airlines Deactivates Their Reactivated Deactivated 747
    As I first wrote about in March, a few months back struggling Malaysia Airlines brought a 747-400 back into service. Malaysia Airlines used to have a fleet of Boeing 747s, which they retired in 2012. This coincided with the airline taking delivery of…
    - 5 hours ago Jul 27, 2016, 11:44am -
  • newLive From 34,000 Feet: Someone Keeps Smoking On My China Eastern Flight
    Hello, live from a China Eastern flight enroute from Los Angeles to Shanghai. I'll have more thoughts on the flight once I land, given that the wifi is super slow. Suffice to say that China Eastern has a great (though very bland) reverse herringbone…
    - 15 hours ago Jul 27, 2016, 1:27am -
  • newHere Goes One Of My Craziest Trips Yet!
    One of the main reasons I travel is to review new airlines, which is why many of my trips are quick and have crazy routings.However, I think this might just be one of my craziest trips yet. Over the course of the next week I'll be flying:-- China E…
    - 17 hours ago Jul 26, 2016, 11:08pm -
  • newWhy It’s Worth Being Picked Up At The Airport In A Hotel Car
    For cities without good public transportation, one of my biggest frustrations is getting from the airport to the hotel. Maybe I just have horrible luck, but I seem to consistently have issues with this. From drivers nearly falling asleep on me, to dr…
    - 18 hours ago Jul 26, 2016, 10:03pm -
  • newRumor: Chase To Introduce Competitor To Amex Platinum & Citi Prestige
    In general the cards from three of the biggest US issuers -- American Express, Chase, and Citi -- match one another:-- Each has co-branded hotel and airline credit cards, which offer special perks-- Each has cards that accrue a transferrable points…
    - 23 hours ago Jul 26, 2016, 5:45pm -
  • newEmirates Permanently Downgrades Dallas Route From A380 To 777
    Emirates is the world's largest operator of the A380, with 81 A380s already in their fleet, and a total of 142 A380s ordered. As a result, they're not especially selective with the routes on which they deploy the plane, since it makes up almost half…
    - 23 hours ago Jul 26, 2016, 5:07pm -
  • newOne MAJOR Change To American’s Newly Reconfigured 777s
    Yesterday American quietly put a Boeing 777-200 into service with their newest business class product, featuring B/E Aerospace Super Diamond seats. This caught me off guard, since I thought American's Boeing 787-9 would be the first to feature Americ…
    - 24 hours ago Jul 26, 2016, 4:40pm -

The Frequent Miler

  • newEarn points from authorized users. Is it worth it?
    Credit card companies want cardholders to add authorized users (AUs).  The hope is that more users will result in more spend which means more profit for the card issuer.  Because of this, it’s sometimes possible to earn points for adding authoriz…
    - 6 hours ago Jul 27, 2016, 10:25am -
  • Kickfurther review 2. Manufacturing profit and spend.
    Kickfurther is a platform that lets companies seek funding from the Kickfurther community by offering a return on investment (such as 8% profit in 10 months, for example).  Technically, these offers aren’t loans.  When you invest in a Kickfurther…
    - 1 day ago Jul 26, 2016, 10:25am -
  • Prestige 50K offer hanging on by a thread. Still possible to get up to $1300 in flights for $450.
    A couple of weeks ago I reported that the writing was on the wall for two great Citibank signup offers: the Citi Prestige 50K offer and the Citi AT&T Access More free phone offer (See: Two great Citi offers may soon be gone. What to do?).  I was rig…
    - 2 days ago Jul 25, 2016, 10:25am -
  • It’s not too late – Deals still alive as of 07/24/2016
    Each week we publish a number of fantastic deals on the blog and in Quick Deals. Most deals don’t last long, but some hang around for awhile. In an effort to keep you up to date, we have gone back through each of the deals posted over the last coup…
    - 3 days ago Jul 24, 2016, 3:00pm -
  • Hyatt Diamond Without Diamond, Pooling ThankYou Points, Booking ITA Itineraries & 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. Enjoy! This Week From Frequent Miler Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play review (no spoilers) – The H…
    - 4 days ago Jul 23, 2016, 9:00pm -
  • Huge Citi Prestige Changes, Product Changing to Costco, Award Change Fees & More!
    Welcome to the Frequent Miler Week In Review series. Every Saturday we recap what you might have missed from around the web. Enjoy! This Week Around the Web The Citi Prestige Changes Are Here: What Changed & What Didn’t – Details of the new l…
    - 4 days ago Jul 23, 2016, 1:00pm -
  • Bet You Didn’t Know: A New Way To Book Flights Directly From ITA Matrix
    By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate…   ITA Matrix is still the godfather of booking engines. There simply isn’t a more powerful tool out there for piecing together complex flight itineraries. Even though Google Flights has become my primary…
    - 5 days ago Jul 22, 2016, 10:25am -
  • How to get Hyatt Diamond benefits without status
    Last year I decided not to mattress run to keep my Hyatt Diamond status.  It was a tough decision: Hyatt Diamond status is awesome.  But, I was simply too far from re-qualifying.  Then, a very lucky thing happened.  In November of last year, Hyat…
    - 6 days ago Jul 21, 2016, 10:25am -
  • Should you avoid pooling ThankYou accounts?
    Citibank ThankYou Rewards points can be earned from several credit cards, and from some Citi bank accounts.  By default, each credit card or bank account has its own ThankYou Rewards account, but Citi provides a mechanism to pool these “sponsor”…
    - 7 days ago Jul 20, 2016, 11:44am -
  • Attempting to buy SPG points for 1.15 cents each
    In June I was looking for alternative ways to earn or cheaply buy SPG points, and so I browsed to SPG on Broadway.  This is a website that lets you use SPG points to purchase play tickets or earn SPG points when buying tickets.  I’ve written befo…
    - 8 days ago Jul 19, 2016, 10:25am -

The Flight Deal

The Free-quent Flyer

  • I don't buy points, but maybe you should!
    Every major loyalty program sells their points for cash, normally at a fixed rate through the industry-sponsored site Points.com.For example, you can buy up to 60,000 Delta SkyMiles per calendar year for 3.76 cents each, up to 75,000 United MileagePl…
    - 1 day ago Jul 26, 2016, 9:59am -
  • "Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits" is a beautiful, not-very-useful book
    This is a review of "Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits" by Philip A. Fisher. You can find all my previous book reviews here. If you're interested in buying a copy, I hope you'll consider using my Amazon Associates referral link.In my May review of t…
    - 2 days ago Jul 25, 2016, 9:59am -
  • Travel hacking without spend
    While I write a lot about strategies for using manufactured spend to get pay for travel at deep discounts, I know that many of my readers find manufacturing spend to be distasteful, time-consuming, or impossible (I know because you never hesitate to…
    - 5 days ago Jul 22, 2016, 9:59am -
  • In defense of mileage running for top-tier elites
    I have the rather unfashionable view that mileage runs on Delta, American, and United are more likely to be worthwhile for top-tier elites now that those programs are revenue-based than they were under the previous, distance-based regime.Mileage runn…
    - 8 days ago Jul 19, 2016, 9:59am -
  • When deals don't stack
    One of the most popular approaches to travel hacking is finding deals that "stack:" when you can apply multiple techniques to a single transaction, you can bring your out of pocket expenses even lower than you would applying any one of them individua…
    - 9 days ago Jul 18, 2016, 9:59am -
  • Is the Citi Prestige a good deal? Compared to what?
    This isn't my favorite kind of blog post to write, but I do consider it essential service journalism in the context of a travel hacking blogosphere whose default mode is "breathlessly excited."The Citi Prestige credit card is often pitched as an esse…
    - 13 days ago Jul 14, 2016, 9:59am -
  • Ways you could (but shouldn't) manufacture spend
    In addition to the garden variety manufactured spend I do day in and day out, I also enjoy keeping my eyes open for new avenues that might prove easier or more lucrative. Naturally, most of those either don't work or do work, but cost too much to be…
    - 14 days ago Jul 13, 2016, 9:59am -
  • Is this how UberPOOL is supposed to work?
    On our return from Germany last month, we stayed overnight in New York City, flying into JFK on airberlin Saturday evening and out of LaGuardia on Delta the next morning. Traveling between the two airports and midtown Manhattan should be easy on publ…
    - 16 days ago Jul 11, 2016, 9:59am -
  • Microhacking: ATM fee refund edition
    Even before most travel hackers' American Express prepaid cards were shut down last year, American Express had restricted Bluebird and Serve cash withdrawals to ATM's in the United States. That was a shame since they had previously worked as fee-free…
    - 19 days ago Jul 8, 2016, 9:59am -
  • When do you contact the hotel, or, living gratefully
    The feeling I most associate with travel hacking is "gratitude." That's because before I discovered the world of miles and points, or at least before I knew just how big and beautiful that world is, I still traveled all the time.Back then I traveled…
    - 20 days ago Jul 7, 2016, 9:59am -

Well Traveled Mile

  • Leverage The Travelocity Amex Card With RewardsBoost To Get 98% Off Travel
    The Travelocity® Rewards American Express® Card may unlock the secret to some of the most powerful manufacture spend strategies and the potential rewards from the card are huge. However, this card is often overlooked for credit cards that offer mor…
    - Jun 5, 2014, 9:57pm -
  • Top 10 Best Credit Card Sign-up Bonus Offers For June 2014
    Every month I’ll post the top 10 best current credit card sign-up offers and update the list throughout the month if offers change. You can always check out my credit cards page for a full list of cards, but since the best credit card offers ar…
    - Jun 5, 2014, 3:33am -
  • Infographic Comparison of Airline Award Charts [Updated)
    Devaluations are never good. For one they make us spend more miles for award flights, and two they put me to work updating the airline award chart comparison infographics! Over the last year we saw a handful of deviations including United, Delta (2x?…
    - Jun 5, 2014, 3:00am -
  • I Quit School Today To Blog Full-Time
    Around the same time I launched Well Traveled Mile, I was in the midst of mailing off applications for graduate school. In some ways I was hedging my bets, continuing my education while building a travel blog on the side as a platform to share one of…
    - Jun 3, 2014, 8:02am -
  • 4 Credit Card Sign-up Bonuses to Consider for Free Flights to Europe
    Europe is often atop many folks travel list and earning miles for free flights is a great way to cover the flight across the pond. Award flights from the US to Europe are likely the most competitive and highly demanded award routings, often making g…
    - Jun 2, 2014, 7:49am -
  • 30,000 Points Bonus Back on American Express SPG Credit Cards (+ Refer a Friend for 5k Points)
    The Starwood American Express cards are among the most flexible hotel credit cards available and the points are valuable for both hotel stays and flights. The sign-up bonus on both the personal and business version of this card just increased to 30,…
    - May 31, 2014, 6:00am -
  • Roundup of New Credit Card Sign-up Bonus Offers
    This week a handful of new offers were released and make for some great opportunities to earn a few nice sign-up bonuses. It is always ideal to grab a credit card when it is offering a higher than normal sign-up bonus and here a a few that are wor…
    - May 30, 2014, 7:26am -
  • Lufthansa Miles & More Basics: Part 3 – 10 Great Uses of Lufthansa Miles
    The 50,000 mile Lufthansa Premier Miles & More World MasterCard® offer is currently one of the best airline credit card offers available. It’s one of the few sign-up bonuses that is worth a roundtrip flight to Europe from the US. Since it’s a…
    - May 29, 2014, 7:01am -
  • US Airways Off-peak Awards to Europe
    US Airways off-peak awards are one of my favorite awards and offer an exceptional value for getting to Europe and other destinations. Even though US Airways and American Airlines are in the process of merging, US Airways Dividend miles are still amon…
    - May 28, 2014, 7:28am -
  • Join My Private IHG Best Rate Guarantee Group Discussion
    I’ve written a few articles about how IHG has one of the most valuable best rate guarantees among all hotel brands. You can get a free night at an IHG hotel if you find the same room on an OTA (online travel agency) at a lower price. Over the last…
    - May 27, 2014, 7:13pm -

MileValue

  • newA Change to My Advice on Applying for Credit Cards
    ADVERTISER DISCLOSURE (click for more info). The landscape for credit card approvals, and more importantly, getting cards’ bonuses has changed during the five years I’ve been in the game. I combined the new rules to write “Best Order for Card…
    - 4 hours ago Jul 27, 2016, 12:11pm -
  • newHow to Maximize Domestic Award Redemptions: Ultimate Rewards
    Let’s talk about transferring Ultimate Rewards to airline partners for redeeming on domestic awards. This is part one in a series that will allow you to master redeeming awards within the United States, no matter what kind of points or miles you…
    - 21 hours ago Jul 26, 2016, 6:49pm -
  • When Does British Airways Add Fuel Surcharges to Avios Awards?
    ADVERTISER DISCLOSURE (click for more info). British Airways collects fuel surcharges on almost all award redemptions. People constantly complain to me that their recent “free ticket” cost $650 or $1,000 or more in “taxes.” In fact, taxes mak…
    - 1 day ago Jul 26, 2016, 3:19pm -
  • United Trick Award Example
    ADVERTISER DISCLOSURE (click for more info). Although United offers no stopovers on one way awards, the airline allows one stopover on roundtrip awards in addition to your destination. This can lead to all sorts of outsized value: You can see 2-3 cit…
    - 1 day ago Jul 26, 2016, 12:15pm -
  • Pointbreaks List Released! List of Hotels You Can Stay in for $30 This Summer
    The brand new PointBreaks list allows us to book hotel rooms through October 31, 2016 for $30 per night. Even if you’ve read other posts on the PointBreaks list, read this. I’ve honed my strategy for getting $30 per night rooms quite a bit, a…
    - 2 days ago Jul 25, 2016, 9:36pm -
  • New Citi Prestige Offer: 40,000 ThankYou Points After $4,000 Minimum Spend
    ADVERTISER DISCLOSURE (click for more info). Citi is relaunching the Citi Prestige® Card  with a new offer. The Citi Prestige® Card now comes with 40,000 bonus ThankYou Points after $4,000 in purchases made with your card in the first 3 months t…
    - 2 days ago Jul 25, 2016, 4:38pm -
  • Get 2,500 Starpoints for Adding An Authorized User
    ADVERTISER DISCLOSURE (click for more info). From now through September 19, 2016 you can earn 2,500 SPG points for adding an authorized user to your Starwood Preferred Guest®Credit Card from American Express. The promotion was originally sent out a…
    - 2 days ago Jul 25, 2016, 12:37pm -
  • How to Combine Region-Based Miles with BA Avios to See More and Pay Less
    ADVERTISER DISCLOSURE (click for more info). Avios are ideal for short, direct, economy flights, especially between regions on award charts. Today I’m going to show you some examples of how you can combine the use of Avios with region-based miles t…
    - 3 days ago Jul 25, 2016, 12:41am -
  • Combine New Alaska Awards on Hainan & Hilton 75k Offer For (Almost Free) Trip to Asia
    ADVERTISER DISCLOSURE (click for more info). Hainan Airlines is a new partner of Alaska Airlines, and their flights are now bookable on alaskaair.com. Their award chart is dirt cheap. That’s right, 50,000 miles one way in a flat bed for over 1…
    - 5 days ago Jul 23, 2016, 12:56am -
  • Want to Win a Million United Miles?
    ADVERTISER DISCLOSURE (click for more info). United is giving away one billion miles to Untited Mileage Plus members in a sweepstakes.  The only condition is that you are a United Mileage Plus member. How to Enter the Sweepstakes Between August 1,…
    - 5 days ago Jul 22, 2016, 3:26pm -

Frequent Flier

  • newJetBlue Hints at Trans-Atlantic Service in Q2 Results
    The carrier will acquire two orders of Airbus A321 aircraft over the next seven years. The latter batch, says CEO Robin Hayes, could be converted to serve European routes. Low-cost carrier JetBlue has intimated that it may be preparing to expand its…
    - 6 hours ago Jul 27, 2016, 10:00am -
  • newStarwood Takes Loss in Last Quarter
    Starwood Hotels is facing a profit loss and less growth than expected in its last quarter. Starwood Hotels and Resorts, due to multiple factors, has been hit with a profit loss and slow growth for the last fiscal quarter of 2016. Two things are at pl…
    - 6 hours ago Jul 27, 2016, 10:00am -
  • newAirline to Discount Flights for HK Travelers by 50%
    For Hong Kong-based travelers who are flying business and economy, Etihad Airways is offering a discount of 50 percent. The discount is usable for bookings made by July 31. According to Business Traveller, the prices are as follows: Economy class Bus…
    - 6 hours ago Jul 27, 2016, 10:00am -
  • newVirgin Atlantic Serves Posh Drinks at LHR T3 Clubhouse
    Mr. Lyan, bartender of the Dandelyan Bar, has crafted “travel-inspired, botanical” cocktails for consumption by Virgin Atlantic customers. The selections include the “Diamond Daisy,” which contains Bacardi Carta Blanca, Riesling, pandan,…
    - 18 hours ago Jul 26, 2016, 10:40pm -
  • newMan Delays Flight After Ripping Off Plane Ceiling
    A passenger aboard a Cathay Pacific flight to Bangkok  on Wednesday accidentally tore off part of the aircraft’s ceiling while attempting to store his luggage, causing the flight to be delayed for over three hours. The man allegedly pulled down…
    - 19 hours ago Jul 26, 2016, 8:51pm -
  • newEtihad Opens New Lounge at LAX
    Etihad Airways officially debuted its new First and Business Class Lounge at the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The lounge is available to all First and Business Class guests departing on one of Etih…
    - 19 hours ago Jul 26, 2016, 8:50pm -
  • newEngine Trouble Forces Delta Flight to Divert
    Engine trouble forced a Delta Air Lines flight en route to New York City from Tampa, Florida, to divert Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) Monday. Passenger Chelsea Adams said, “We thought it was a normal flight and all of a sudden, I mean…
    - 19 hours ago Jul 26, 2016, 8:49pm -
  • newUnited Express Jet Lands Safe After Scare
    “Beautiful landing” successful after a nose landing gear malfunction Over 50 passengers are expressing their gratitude to both United Airlines and SkyWest Airlines after a safe and successful emergency landing at Durango-La Plata County Airport (…
    - 20 hours ago Jul 26, 2016, 8:14pm -
  • newEtihad Might Lose Influence at Virgin Australia
    Unless the Gulf carrier agrees to make a considerable cash infusion, Etihad could lose a seat on the Virgin Australia board of directors and nearly half its interest in the company. A stock offering intended to raise hundreds of millions of dollars i…
    - 20 hours ago Jul 26, 2016, 8:02pm -
  • You Can’t Take It With You (But Do Anyway): A Dangerous Evacuation Trend
    Annually, pilots and flight attendants gather at their corporate training centers with the enthusiasm and slight trepidation of attending a dentist appointment. Here, in classrooms and at simulators, you’ll find us muttering commands to ourselves a…
    - 1 day ago Jul 26, 2016, 4:00pm -

Travel is Free

  • New Startup
    The big announcement is that we’re starting a com […]The post New Startup appeared first on Travel is Free.
    - 9 days ago Jul 18, 2016, 2:23pm -
  • Where we’ve been, and what’s next
    There’s been confusion (and lots of rumors) about […]The post Where we’ve been, and what’s next appeared first on Travel is Free.
    - 11 days ago Jul 16, 2016, 10:12pm -
  • THE Short Introduction Guide to Miles / Points & Credit Cards
    I want to write the post that everyone should share wit […]The post THE Short Introduction Guide to Miles / Points & Credit Cards appeared first on Travel is Free.
    - 13 days ago Jul 14, 2016, 11:00pm -
  • Our 5 Years Of Travel Photos (12,280) in 3 Min
    I wanted to do something a little weird. The title says […]The post Our 5 Years Of Travel Photos (12,280) in 3 Min appeared first on Travel is Free.
    - 15 days ago Jul 12, 2016, 3:42pm -

Frequent Flyer Bonuses

Million Mile Secrets

  • newPart 13 – Viva Cuba! – Return Flights to the US
    Emily:  When I learned about America’s more relaxed policy towards travel to Cuba, I jumped at the opportunity! Cuba has a lot to offer.  My friends and I were drawn to the classic cars, the Art Deco architecture, and, of course, the … Contin…
    - 8 hours ago Jul 27, 2016, 8:31am -
  • newSouthwest Versus JetBlue for Flights to the Caribbean & Mexico
    Many folks love to book award flights on Southwest and JetBlue to get to the Caribbean & Mexico.  Both airlines have no blackout dates and award flight prices are based on the cash cost of the flight, so when tickets … Continue reading →    …
    - 8 hours ago Jul 27, 2016, 8:00am -
  • newWhich Hotel Cards Give You the Best Perks Like Room Upgrades & Late Check-Out?
    Hotel credit cards offer great benefits like sign-up bonus points and anniversary nights.  This means free or discounted hotel stays! Many cards also offer automatic elite status with a hotel chain.  So, you can get extra perks, like room upgrade…
    - 20 hours ago Jul 26, 2016, 8:30pm -
  • newLimited Time: $25 Off $100+ Hotels (Targeted)
    Check your email!  Some folks have been targeted to get $25 off $100+ bookings at select hotels on Expedia when paying with a MasterCard. And if you aren’t already an Expedia member, you should sign-up (for free!) to see if you receive a … Co…
    - 22 hours ago Jul 26, 2016, 6:09pm -
  • newCan You Save Time Booking ITA Matrix Itineraries With BookWithMatrix?
    I’ve written that ITA Matrix is a powerful airfare search tool with many built-in options not available elsewhere.  It’s simple to perform basic searches, and you can filter results by airline, departure and arrival times, flight duration, numbe…
    - 24 hours ago Jul 26, 2016, 4:20pm -

Nomadic Matt

  • 10 Life Changing Moments from 10 Years as a Nomad
    The last 10 years on the road have been one happy accident after another. When I think back on all the things I've experienced, I count myself blessed. In honor of my ten year anniversary as a nomad, I'm sharing my favorite life changing moments from…
    - 1 day ago Jul 26, 2016, 3:10pm -
  • The Challenges of Being a Gay Solo Backpacker
    Backpacking is a great way to explore the world. However, gay travelers have to deal with a new set of challenges on the road. Learn here how to face obstacles and overcome them when you travel so you can enjoy your backpacking experience to the full…
    - 6 days ago Jul 21, 2016, 1:16pm -
  • Too Many Places: Overcoming the Paradox of Choice
    Choosing where to go can be one of the most difficult choices when it comes to travel. How do you narrow down your destinations, get on with your trip planning, and not suffer the anxiety that comes with choice overload? Here are 6 ways to deal with…
    - 9 days ago Jul 18, 2016, 1:48pm -
  • My Guide to Eating in Austin
    Austin's known for an incredible food scene that has a ton of variety and fresh, local ingredients. After a couple of months in Austin and much food eaten, I've assembled a list of my favorite places thus far. From Asian cuisine to BBQ to American, y…
    - 13 days ago Jul 14, 2016, 1:17pm -
  • How to Travel Easter Island on a Tight Budget
    Easter Island is notoriously expensive to visit because it’s so remote - over 3,700 kilometers away from Santiago, Chile! Use the tips here to find out how to stretch your budget to the max. Learn how to save money on transportation, accommodation…
    - 14 days ago Jul 13, 2016, 1:39pm -
  • One Month Left: A Call for Help
    Dear Reader/Travel Lover/Good Soul, As Maya Angelou said, “Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even…
    - 16 days ago Jul 11, 2016, 1:47pm -
  • Reader Mail: Answering Your Questions!
    Time for another reader Q&A! It's been a while since the last time I did this, so I sent out a call for questions from my newsletter readers! In this post, I answer questions about television shows, food, politics, upcoming projects. Besides personal…
    - 20 days ago Jul 7, 2016, 12:12pm -
  • How to Make Kick-Ass Travel Videos
    Introducing our new Travel Video Course, taught by experts Nadine (Hey Nadine) and Kristen (Hopscotch the Globe)! They have over 46,000,000 YouTube views, have worked with big brands, tourism boards, and production companies. In this course, you’ll…
    - 34 days ago Jun 23, 2016, 2:00pm -
  • How to Crush it on Couchsurfing
    Couchsurfing is a great way to save money (it’s free!) and it offers a peek into local life. However, many travelers make bad first impressions that cause them to miss out on being hosted. If you want to stand out from the crowd and stay with amazi…
    - 37 days ago Jun 20, 2016, 2:53pm -
  • How Gay Travel is Different (And Why it Matters)
    Because different questions arise if you are traveling as part of the LGBT community, I'm introducing a new column by LGBT travel guru, Adam Goffman. In this first post, he addresses safety concerns and other worries of gay travelers. The post How G…
    - 41 days ago Jun 16, 2016, 1:00pm -

The Hustle Blog

  • Trip Report: Korean Air 747-8i First Class ICN-JFK
    ICN (Seoul Incheon) – JFK (New York) KE 85 06/05/2016 Boeing 747-8i First Class Seats 1A, 1J Well this flight was a full-on treat. We haven’t been in long haul First Class in a few years so it was great to be able to experience 2 of them during…
    - 49 days ago Jun 8, 2016, 11:00am -
  • Last Few Days to Earn 10x Points at Amazon & More via Chase Freedom
    Just a reminder that if you’ve activated this offer from Chase, there are only a few more days to spend up to $1,500 at Amazon, Zappos, Audible & Diapers.com and get 10 Ultimate Rewards per dollar spent. Since I do too much shopping at Amazon and I…
    - Dec 28, 2015, 6:30pm -
  • Citi ThankYou Premier – 60,000 ThankYou Points
    UPDATE 1:50 PM EST: Another link is still up! UPDATE 1:25 PM EST: Original link DEAD! Thank to US Credit Card Guide, the best offer we’ve ever seen for the Citi ThankYou Premier credit card has been discovered! Using this link, you can earn the fo…
    - Aug 28, 2015, 2:45pm -
  • Amex Offer – Spend $300 on Airfare, Get $50 Back
    I just came across this offer while going through my wife’s American Express offers. She seems to get the better ones that I don’t get on either my EveryDay Preferred or Starwood Preferred Guest Business card. Get a one-time $50 statement credit…
    - Jul 22, 2015, 11:00am -
  • Q3 Rotating Bonuses – Chase Freedom & Discover IT
    New quarter, new bonuses! These bonuses will run through September 30, 2015. Chase Freedom Activate here. Most gas stations have gift card racks so this should be an easy $1,500 to spend this quarter. Gas stations Kohl’s Discover IT Activate here.…
    - Jul 1, 2015, 5:20pm -
  • (Dead) Fare Alert: EWR-MEX $140 Round Trip
    UPDATE: Looks like it’s gone as of 12:21 AM EST. Damn, better luck next time folks! As I was randomly browsing flights tonight, I came across what seems like a very cheap fare to Mexico City from Newark. This has to be a mistake since it’s a full…
    - May 30, 2015, 4:00am -
  • 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…
    - 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!…
    - 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®…
    - 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 -

Pointscentric

milenerd

  • newAmerican Airlines Gift Card
    Only a couple of these posts left. Again, thanks to the amazing response from you guys in May, I’ve had some good stuff to give away… Been trying to space these out the best I can. So far, I’ve given out 13 United Club passes and free rental…
    - 9 hours ago Jul 27, 2016, 7:17am -
  • Tuesday Triple
    Thanks to fancy pants reader Rob who earned a bunch of American miles from this Neiman Marcus promo. Pretty decent batch of choices from IHG this time. As always, their PointBreaks options are 5,000 points per night. Still one of the best values in t…
    - 1 day ago Jul 26, 2016, 7:10am -
  • 2 Weekend Tips
    A couple of good email tips from over the weekend that I wanted to share… Chris with a reminder of how helpful Twitter can be – “Southwest debacle. My flight was one of the many cancelled today.  I had much better luck getting through to Sout…
    - 2 days ago Jul 25, 2016, 7:13am -
  • A Pair Of Offers For Cardholders
    Starwood cardholders are getting 2,500 points for adding a user. And United is giving a billion miles away to its cardholders.
    - 5 days ago Jul 22, 2016, 7:48am -
  • Expedia Hotel Discounts
    It was nice getting this reminder of an Expedia deal I’d forgotten about. $25 off a $100 stay and you can apparently get 3 (or more) of these.
    - 6 days ago Jul 21, 2016, 7:42am -
  • 2 Hotel Promotions
    Here’s some good incentive to book a Points + Cash stay with IHG. And this is another creative promo from Rocketmiles. Their Alaska offer is probably the best they have going right now. Maybe one day I’ll book one of these. Maybe…  
    - 7 days ago Jul 20, 2016, 7:06am -
  • A Tale Of 2 Gift Card Companies
    Positive Tale: Reader Jason shared a message from Gift Card Mart, where we now earn 5x points on our Chase Ink cards. Obviously, we all like 5x. Negative Tale: Many of you shared a shitty message about Gift Card Rescue. In short, they suck at busin…
    - 8 days ago Jul 19, 2016, 7:27am -
  • 10,000 Amex Points Once Again
    Man, I’ve posted this deal for a long time. ‘Twas such an innocent world when I first wrote about it… Forget iPhones, we didn’t even own calculators. We had to add with our fingers. And to subtract, we had to have fingers amputated. Back th…
    - 9 days ago Jul 18, 2016, 7:00am -
  • Favorite Place In The World?
    The title says it all. I’m working on a (hopefully) interesting post tackling this question from a unique angle. Pretty simple…if you have an absolute favorite place in the world, can you please let me know what that is? No matter how long or sh…
    - 12 days ago Jul 15, 2016, 9:22am -
  • Economist Deal
    For those who are classier than me (most people) and read The Economist, here’s another deal for it. According to my annoyingly classy friend Rob, this is a better deal than usual – 13,200 Avios for under 200 bucks. He said something long-winde…
    - 13 days ago Jul 14, 2016, 7:19am -

Doctor of Credit

Hustler Money Blog

  • newExpedia MasterCard Promotion: $25 Off $100
    For a limited time, Expedia is having a promotion where you can receive a $25 discount when you book more than $100 using your MasterCard before the deadline of September 30, 2016. This is a targeted offer, send out by email toward Expedia members…
    - 48 mins ago Jul 27, 2016, 3:30pm -
  • newLenovo Flex 3 Core i5 15.6″ Laptop via Amazon: $430 + Free Shipping
    Are you in search of a great deal on a brand new laptop? Well, we have two right here! While supplies last, you can purchase a Lenovo Flex 3 for only $430 with FREE SHIPPING. The Lenovo Flex 3 provides you with the functionality of a laptop a…
    - 1 hour ago Jul 27, 2016, 3:15pm -
  • newFirst Commonwealth Federal Credit Union Checking Promotion: $150 Bonus (PA)
    Available to residents of Pennsylvania, First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union is offering you a chance to earn a $150 bonus when you open a new checking account by August 31, 2016. To be eligible for this offer, simply open an eligible checking…
    - 1 hour ago Jul 27, 2016, 3:00pm -
  • newDelta Airlines Round Trip From Boston To Aruba Starting $192
    If you want to travel the United States, this is the promotion for you. United Airlines is having a cheap Round-trip from Boston To Aruba starting $192. Aruba is a great island located just right off the coast of Venezuela, full of beaches, sights…
    - 2 hours ago Jul 27, 2016, 2:45pm -
  • newGSA Federal Credit Union Referral Promotion: $25 Referral Bonus (D.C)
    For residents of D.C, GSA Federal Credit Union is offering the chance to earn a $25 Bonus! To acquire the bonus, simply spread the word of GSA FCU to your friends and family members. Your referee must then open up a new checking account. Once all of…
    - 2 hours ago Jul 27, 2016, 2:00pm -
  • newCiti Prestige® Card Review: 40,000 Bonus Points + $250 Air Travel Credit
    While Citi is an advertising partner of HustlerMoneyBlog, the content is not provided by Citi; and that the opinions and beliefs in the article have not been reviewed, approved, or otherwise endorsed by Citi. Learn more on our Advertising Policy. Cit…
    - 4 hours ago Jul 27, 2016, 12:25pm -
  • newNew Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express Review: 25,000 Bonus Starpoints
    While American Express is an advertising partner 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. The Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Car…
    - 13 hours ago Jul 27, 2016, 3:00am -
  • newAmerican Express Gift Card Promotion
    American Express Gift Card promotional codes can be used to waive the Purchase fees and Shipping fees if you use the promo code SHIP5(09/30/2016). When purchasing American Express Prepaid Gift Cards you will encounter 2 types of fees, Purchase F…
    - 15 hours ago Jul 27, 2016, 1:00am -
  • newBAC Community Bank Review: $60 Checking Bonus (CA)
    For residents of California, BAC Community Bank is offering you an opportunity to earn a $60 bonus! This offer does not expire and is based on each qualifying cycle! To start, you are required to open a Free Kasasa Tunes Digital Rewards Checking acco…
    - 16 hours ago Jul 27, 2016, 12:00am -
  • newAMEX Offers AmexTravel.com Promotion: $80 Statement Credit for $500 Purchase (YMMV)
    For those of you who travel frequently, AmexTravel and American Express is having a promotion where you can receive a $80 Statement Credit by spending the minimum of $500 or more at AmexTravel.com with your card by the deadline of September 30, 2016.…
    - 18 hours ago Jul 26, 2016, 10:45pm -

Travel Codex

  • Boeing Company Celebrates 100 Years of Aviation Greatness
    The Boeing Company has an undeniable presence in Seattle, even more so than Starbucks, Amazon, or Microsoft. Entire families have worked for the company across multiple generations. Every time I drive to Sea-Tac Airport I crane my neck to get a gli…
    - 9 days ago Jul 18, 2016, 5:02pm -
  • Chase Private Client and 65K For Everyone in Your Family
    A while ago, FrequentMiler detailed how those enrolled in Chase Private Client can get a 65,000-point bonus on the Chase Sapphire Preferred. This is a fantastic bonus in and of itself, since the public offer is “only” 55,000 points (still a gre…
    - 9 days ago Jul 18, 2016, 11:05am -
  • Most Partner Flights Earn More with Alaska Airlines Instead of American
    American Airlines is implementing several changes to its loyalty program on August 1 as it completes its transition to a revenue-based loyalty program. Most travelers will see fewer miles awarded for each flight under revenue-based programs when comp…
    - 11 days ago Jul 16, 2016, 5:21pm -
  • How to Find Award Space Using the Alaska Airlines Website
    Alaska Airlines’ unique award routing rules can present challenges when trying to find award inventory. Most airlines have an award chart that covers the entire globe, but Alaska has a very specific award chart that only covers specific routes.…
    - 12 days ago Jul 15, 2016, 11:05am -
  • Review: Beachside Cottage at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe
    Last month I had some empty time in my schedule and was already in Northern California, so I decided to take a quick drive up to Lake Tahoe for a couple nights. It’s someplace I used to go very often when I was young. Those who don’t live in Cal…
    - 13 days ago Jul 14, 2016, 7:53pm -
  • So Which Way Can I Be Wrong About the Hyatt Rebate Promo This Time?
    From the desk of the Devil’s Advocate…   Hyatt is clearly playing games with me. A little more than a year ago Hyatt announced a summertime 20% points rebate promotion for award and Points + Cash stays made by Hyatt Visa cardholders. Most folks…
    - 13 days ago Jul 14, 2016, 11:05am -
  • Meetup in Bellevue Next Week
    There have not been any new blog posts today while I work on some housekeeping chores, but I do want to let you know about another Seattle-area meetup next week. Dave is kind enough to host these every month on the third Tuesday, alternating between…
    - 14 days ago Jul 13, 2016, 10:10pm -
  • Save up to 40% on Hyatt Points and Stack with 10% Rebate
    Through July 31, you can purchase Gold Passport points from Hyatt and receive a bonus of up to 40% when you buy at least 5,000. This is a targeted promotion, according to One Mile at a Time, but I’ve got the same offer and I’ve seen many other pe…
    - 15 days ago Jul 12, 2016, 8:16pm -
  • Earn up to 55,000 Bonus Miles (27%) by Transferring Points to Aeroplan
    Aeroplan, the rewards program of Air Canada, is offering up to 55,000 bonus miles when you transfer points from select hotel partners between July 11 and August 14. This works out to a potential 27.5% bonus and could be worthwhile for some travelers.…
    - 15 days ago Jul 12, 2016, 4:49pm -
  • Five Ways to Have Fun on Your Next Business Trip
    While business travel usually involves a packed schedule that maximizes your time away from the office, don’t overlook the fact that you’re still entitled to a reasonable balance of work and pleasure. Most people kick up their feet at home after…
    - 15 days ago Jul 12, 2016, 2:45pm -

Maximizing Money

  • newSUBWAY Free 6″ Sub with 30 oz. Drink Purchase
    SUBWAY restaurants will give you a free 6" Sub Sandwich when you buy a 30 oz. drink after you sign up to receive SUBWAY text offers on your mobile phone.This offer is valid at participating SUBWAY restaurants.The post SUBWAY Free 6″ Sub with 30 o…
    - 17 mins ago Jul 27, 2016, 4:01pm -
  • newDRYV On-Demand Dry Cleaning and Laundry $10 Referral Credits
    DRYV is an on-demand dry cleaning and laundry service that provides pick-up and delivery of your clothing, so that you can have your garments cleaned, pressed, folded, and starched 7 days a week.DRYV is currently available in most major neighborhood…
    - 18 hours ago Jul 26, 2016, 10:30pm -
  • newTax Free School Supplies Offer School Savings for 2016 Sales Tax Holidays
    Take advantage of the 2016 Sales Tax Holidays for tax free school supplies and school shopping savings for children and adults, plus you can even buy tax free computers and computer accessories in some states.Enjoy no sales tax on select school supp…
    - 20 hours ago Jul 26, 2016, 8:28pm -
  • newbevRAGE App – Get Cash Back on Beer, Wine and Liquor at Stores, Restaurants and Bars
    The bevRAGE App for iOS and Android lets you earn cash back paid out via PayPal when you buy beer, wine, and liquor, both in stores and at restaurants and bars.Download the free bevRAGE App today, and you'll even get access to a special offer for $3…
    - 20 hours ago Jul 26, 2016, 8:24pm -
  • newRebateCodes Cash Back Shopping $5 Sign-Up Bonus and $5 Referrals
    RebateCodes is a cash back shopping network that rewards you with rebates when you visit their site first before shopping online at popular stores.Plus, you can earn a $5 RebateCodes Sign-Up Bonus when you join that is instantly added to your new ac…
    - 20 hours ago Jul 26, 2016, 8:22pm -
  • newCheckPoints Rewards App – Earn Free Gift Cards and Airline Miles
    CheckPoints is a free app for iOS or Android that lets you earn gift cards, airline miles, and other rewards for visiting local stores, scanning products, watching videos, and completing offers.Earn points for all types of activities, like simply sc…
    - 21 hours ago Jul 26, 2016, 7:14pm -
  • LaMar’s Lover for Life – Free Donut and Coffee for Online Card Registration
    The LaMar’s Lover for Life loyalty program will give you a free donut and coffee on your next visit just for registering your membership card online.Take advantage of this offer to get a free donut and coffee from LaMar's Donuts at participating l…
    - 2 days ago Jul 25, 2016, 10:42pm -
  • Johnny Rockets eClub – Free Hamburger on Next Visit and Your Birthday
    The Johnny Rockets eClub offers you a free hamburger on your next visit and on your birthday every year when you sign up for free today.Just sign up to get a free hamburger with the purchase of an entrée and a drink or shake during your visit.The…
    - 2 days ago Jul 25, 2016, 7:57pm -
  • TD Bank Checking Account Promotion: Free Samsung Galaxy
    TD Bank is offering a Free Samsung Galaxy when you open a new checking account online with a new or upgrade 2-year activation required.New TD Bank accounts are available for residents of Connecticut, Washington D.C., Delaware, Florida, Massachusetts…
    - 2 days ago Jul 25, 2016, 4:33pm -
  • Santander Bank $300 Business Checking Bonus
    Open a Santander Bank Business Checking or Business Checking Plus account and deposit $10,000 within 90 days to receive a $300 cash bonus, valid through September 30, 2016.Santander Bank has branches in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts…
    - 2 days ago Jul 25, 2016, 4:31pm -

Boarding Area

  • newEarn 4x Fuel Points Right Now and More!
    From today (7/27) through 8/9/16 you can earn 4x Fuel Points on eligible gift card purchases at the Kroger family of grocery stores (ie not on variable load Visa gift cards or Kroger gift cards)! This is great news for those who like to earn points…
    - 24 mins ago Jul 27, 2016, 3:54pm -
  • newLufthansa Selling Tickets On Airbnb?
    It’s no secret that I am a big fan of Airbnb. We are starting to use it more and more and I suspect that many of you are also catching on to how great it is. But, a post by Onemileatatime has caught my eye and got me thinking about the application…
    - 1 hour ago Jul 27, 2016, 3:17pm -
  • newHong Kong Kai Tak Airport war crazy
    Ein sehr sehenswertes Video zum alten Airport Hong Kong Kai Tak!
    - 1 hour ago Jul 27, 2016, 3:04pm -
  • newCiti AT&T Access More, US Bank Korean Air & Comenity Virgin America Credit Card Art and Info
    Good morning everyone, happy Wednesday! Sorry for not writing during the last few days, I was in Pismo Beach riding ATVs on the sand dunes over the weekend and busy earlier this week. Sneak peek: I have a great upcoming blog post about what to do w…
    - 1 hour ago Jul 27, 2016, 2:59pm -
  • newEarn or Burn your Miles and Points?
    A hotly debated topic among frequent fliers is whether to hoard your miles and save them for a rainy day or spend them right away on a flight before the airline can devalue the miles.  Devaluation typically comes in the form of a revision to the pro…
    - 1 hour ago Jul 27, 2016, 2:55pm -
  • newOnly 40k for a Virgin Atlantic Charter and Training Day, How Cool! Virgin Atlantic Flying without Fear
    I was chatting with Greg the FrequentMiler about his upcoming Necker Island trip for 1,200,000 Virgin Atlantic miles. That will be an awesome week for…The post Only 40k for a Virgin Atlantic Charter and Training Day, How Cool! Virgin Atlantic Flyi…
    - 2 hours ago Jul 27, 2016, 2:47pm -
  • newWe Tried To Call Out Our Flight Crew For Smoking…
    Hello from Shanghai! Matthew and I just flew China Eastern from Los Angeles to Shanghai, and as I wrote about several hours ago, every 15-20 minutes a strong cigarette smoke odor filled the cabin. We did some investigating throughout the flight, and…
    - 2 hours ago Jul 27, 2016, 2:29pm -
  • newA Simple Model for Why Airline Stocks Have Fallen Despite Record Profits — And What Could Change That
    Delta's and American's shares are down about 10% year-over-year. United is down about 15%. JetBlue has fallen even more than United. Stocks are lower even as airlines continue to make record profits. And it's actually easy to understand why that…
    - 2 hours ago Jul 27, 2016, 2:04pm -
  • newLufthansa Selling Seats on Airbnb
    I’ve written about many interesting Airbnb listings in the past but a new one which Kim sent me an article about has got to be the most interesting (maybe a better word would be surprising). There is a bargain Airbnb in NYC where you stay in the a…
    - 2 hours ago Jul 27, 2016, 1:55pm -
  • newAir France Cabin Crew Are Starting A Week-Long Strike
    It's a day that ends in "y," which means European aviation is experiencing a major strike.This time around it's the Air France cabin crew on strike, and it's expected to last a week. The dispute is over their new contract, which is supposed to kick…
    - 3 hours ago Jul 27, 2016, 1:32pm -

Frequent Flyer Miles 101

  • newBits And Pieces from around The Industry
    Double Starwood Points at Tribute Hotels So the cool new thing for hotel chains to do these days is to pretend that they aren’t chains. Of course, given the nature of the product, that’s not always an easy thing to do. So many of the major chains…
    - 23 hours ago Jul 26, 2016, 5:03pm -
  • Southwest: Breakdown Leads to Fare Sale Extension
    Hope you all enjoyed your weekend of pidgey-grinding. Back to the show: Last week, Southwest Airlines suffered a massive technical breakdown, delaying passengers, causing cancelled flights and a meltdown of their website. It was bad for the passenger…
    - 2 days ago Jul 25, 2016, 2:19pm -
  • Are Bank Credit Card Points The Way To Go?
    I’m normally not a big fan of having points just for the sake of having them (unless you got those points for free). There’s no need, for instance, to apply for a United Airlines credit card if you are never going to fly them. Thus, do you need C…
    - 5 days ago Jul 23, 2016, 12:41am -
  • Lufthansa Surprise: Guess Where You’re Going?
    This feature from Lufthansa may be something that I never get to use, but I have to admit, it looks pretty cool. Surprise! If you’ve got a lot of time, flexibility and live near Frankfurt or Munich, Lufty has something for you. It’s not an opport…
    - 7 days ago Jul 20, 2016, 2:24pm -
  • Is Citi Prestige Eliminating Admirals Club Access in 2017?
    Well, this is ugly. Citibank seems to have prematurely leaked information that it will be eliminating Admirals Club access in June, 2017, as one of the benefits of the card. If true, that would significantly impact the value of what has been my favor…
    - 8 days ago Jul 19, 2016, 1:50pm -
  • Just A Couple Of Weekend Tidbits
    Normally, I’m happy if I get one good bit of info from a single source in a week. But two? Hey, twice as good. Why Do We Need A Seatbelt Demonstration? It’s a plane ritual. No matter what class of service, destination or amount of luggage you car…
    - 10 days ago Jul 17, 2016, 8:33pm -
  • Shocker: The Airlines Lose A Round in Washington
    I had a few other topics I wanted to talk about today, but they are going to have to wait a day so that I can discuss the new FAA reauthorization bill. And, before your eyes roll, I’ll tell you that there are a few pieces in it that might interest…
    - 12 days ago Jul 15, 2016, 2:33pm -
  • Priority Pass: A Must for International Travelers
    While I often write about lounges, it’s usually domestic ones that I address. Today, I’m going to talk about international lounges and how to access them (for free). What Are Airline Lounges? Airport lounges are areas sponsored by (usually) indiv…
    - 13 days ago Jul 14, 2016, 11:34pm -
  • A Rental Car Bonus (And Discussion)
    A United Deal So we’ll get the deal out of the way first. “Up to 40% off” a rental with Hertz, 500 United miles per rental and 1,500 bonus miles when you book a mid-size or larger. Ho-hum. It’s not a bad one if you want United miles; otherwis…
    - 14 days ago Jul 13, 2016, 2:24pm -
  • What’s Happening in The Airline Industry…
    And we’re back! Just got back to the US yesterday and am recovering from jet lag while trying to figure out why thousands of people are walking around staring at their cell phones, trying to catch imaginary objects. Qatar Taking A Share in Lan Airl…
    - 15 days ago Jul 12, 2016, 3:44pm -

The Faraway Guide

  • Top 10 Credit Cards For December 2015
    December 2015 has loads of deals in the credit card space. Chase and Citibank dominate this month's top ten list, earning a combined eight (!!) nominations. That isn't to say there aren't many, many other...
    - Dec 1, 2015, 11:45am -
  • You Already Have The World’s Best Travel App
    We were lost. Maybe it was the fact we hadn’t stopped travelling for ten months, but Andrea and I had slipped when it came to planning. Our new plan: arrive via plane, bus or train and then figure it out...
    - Nov 9, 2015, 1:33pm -
  • Why Retail Cards Hurt Your Credit Score
    I have never been a big mall person. For me, spending time in a retail store is somewhere between a trip to the dentist and slow torture with no end in sight – especially with the limited risk and lucrative...
    - Nov 1, 2015, 2:13pm -
  • Visit Russia For 72 Hours Without A Visa
    The 72-hour visa free ferry to visit Russia can save hundreds of dollars for US citizens traveling to the country. But it was bittersweet for Andrea and I, as we recently spent 4 nights at the grandiose InterContinental Moscow – and paid dearly…
    - Oct 19, 2015, 12:00pm -
  • Expedia Just Made An Under The Radar, Positive Change
    As a fan of points, typically I'd advise readers to book directly on the airline or hotel website. This is because booking with a third party - like Expedia - can negate beneficial parameters associated with...
    - Sep 30, 2015, 12:59pm -
  • Using Points & Miles To Visit Halong Bay, Vietnam
    Halong Bay, Vietnam is a mesmerizing place. As you sail through floating mountains, you get that unique sense of calm that only faraway places create. Located in the northeast corner of Vietnam...
    - Sep 29, 2015, 12:53pm -
  • 5% Cash Back At Amazon For Chase Freedom Cardholders
    Chase Freedom remains one of the best credit cards without an annual fee. The reason is simple: on top of 1% cash back on every purchase, Chase offers quarterly categories for 5% cash back. From October...
    - Sep 28, 2015, 12:53pm -
  • Last Chance: 75,000 Hilton Points & No Annual Fee With Citi Visa Signature
    There are only a couple days left to enjoy 75,000 Hilton bonus points with no annual fee. These points are available with the Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature card, the best no-fee hotel card currently...
    - Sep 27, 2015, 1:52pm -
  • Using Points To Visit Seoul, South Korea
    One of my favorite cities in all of Asia is Seoul, South Korea. The place was a shock to my senses: 600-year-old villages intermingle with organic restaurants, street vendors and retail stores are swarmed by...
    - Sep 22, 2015, 12:54pm -
  • Citi AA Platinum Card Eliminating Foreign Transaction Fees
    As a frequent American Airlines traveler, one of my favorite cards is the Citi AA Platinum. It has a waived annual fee in the first year and offers 50,000 bonus miles upon sign up, among other...
    - Sep 21, 2015, 12:13pm -

milepoint (Forums)

  • newTeh Penalty Box
    I think it's time for a new Box thread that works. So, here goes.
    - 19 mins ago Jul 27, 2016, 3:59pm -
  • newIHG Rewards Club PointBreaks through October 31, 2016
    CAMBODIA INTERCONTINENTAL PHNOM PENH for 5K IHG points returns as part of the new PointBreaks list http://www.ihg.com/hotels/gb/en/global/redeem-rewards/pointbreaksSome terms have changed since the last time I booked using this rate!Due to the limi…
    - 31 mins ago Jul 27, 2016, 3:47pm -
  • 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…
    - 38 mins ago Jul 27, 2016, 3:40pm -
  • newNEXUS flying on AC YYZ TB
    I don't need to fill out one of those blue entry things do I? I have always filled them out, I seem to recall they stay in my bag?Thank you
    - 44 mins ago Jul 27, 2016, 3:34pm -
  • newEfficient salami-slicing, or "how low can the points balance go?"
    Of late I have been burning off my squirreled away collection of Aeroplan points, in anticipation of impending (and most likely un-warned-aforehand) devaluations of the reward matrix.Just burned my last 50,000-point slice for a transcontinental, tra…
    - 48 mins ago Jul 27, 2016, 3:30pm -
  • new30 minutes onhold as E50K
    Damn you Air Canada.30 minutes now on hold. I f**** hate this airline. RIDICULOUS.So freaking mad.
    - 54 mins ago Jul 27, 2016, 3:24pm -
  • newLooking for 1 ticket to FTU DC August 5-7
    If you have one available please start a conversation or reply to this thread.Thanks!
    - 1 hour ago Jul 27, 2016, 2:54pm -
  • newLooking for a GPU to apply on a July 11 travel from IAD to FRA
    If someone has a United GPU that is not going to use, I truly appreciate it. Thanks for your consideration!
    - 2 hours ago Jul 27, 2016, 2:21pm -
  • newApple SIM Argentina Pre-paid?
    Well, my subject line really sums up my question... I'd like to know whether or not I'll need to hunt around when I land in Mendoza, Argentina (for a week) and go looking for a local SIM card either at the airport or in town, or if the unlocked Apple…
    - 3 hours ago Jul 27, 2016, 1:01pm -
  • newNew Luxury Hotels for 2016/2017
    SEE ALSO:NEW LUXURY HOTELS FOR 2014/2015 ON MP:https://milepoint.com/forums/threads/new-luxury-hotels-for-2014-2015.106885/Mandarin Oriental to manage new Beijing propertyhttp://www.businesstraveller.asia/asia-pacific/news/mandarin-oriental-to-manage…
    - 6 hours ago Jul 27, 2016, 10:35am -

Flyertalk MilesBuzz

  • newAir India B777-300 Row 41
    I have a question concerning AI 77W (777-300), specifically the row 41. Air India's own map shows a fairly wide gap between Seats 41A and 41C. Seatguru etc do not show such a gap. If you know this plane, which one is correct? Thanks.
    - 49 mins ago Jul 27, 2016, 3:29pm -
  • newBest headphones for the price.
    Not sure if this is the right forum to post this but, I was wondering what are the best headphones to use on a flight that don't cost an arm and a leg. I usually use regular earbuds and half the time have trouble hearing the music/movies on my ipad.…
    - 49 mins ago Jul 27, 2016, 3:29pm -
  • new777-300ER High Density Row 18
    According to SeatGuru, Air Canada has three versions of the 777-300ER High Density (with 3-class seating) in their fleet. In mid-July 2016, we flew YVR-LHR and then LHR-YVR. Both directions we were in row 18 H,J,K. On the YVR-LHR leg we were on a.…
    - 58 mins ago Jul 27, 2016, 3:20pm -
  • newCountries sharing currency union
    I was trying to think of countries with separate political governments sharing a common currency. So for starters the obvious one is the Euro zone. Others I can think of are San Marino, Monaco, Vatican City and Andorra also using the Euro. ...
    - 59 mins ago Jul 27, 2016, 3:19pm -
  • newDatabase of CPU/RPU/GPU and E+ success for United flights?
    I've seen a lot of threads discussing some successes/failures regarding upgrades and E+. However, they aren't organized in a quantifiable way. Is there some database out there for such a thing? Sometimes it would be nice to send a quick query to..…
    - 1 hour ago Jul 27, 2016, 3:18pm -
  • newLHR Queues and delays
    We have all heard about the awful queues, leading onto various delays in the last 2 weeks, all seem to have gone quiet in regards to this now. How are things looking? Doing an exDUB on sunday so trying to estimate how bad it will be
    - 1 hour ago Jul 27, 2016, 3:15pm -
  • newNewbie to JetBlue. Fare questions.
    Good morning all, I suppose a lot of this is like any other airline, and perhaps I'm wasting everyone's time. Some things will just be best guesses, but perhaps some real world experience might help. Some family has booked a hotel in Florida..…
    - 1 hour ago Jul 27, 2016, 3:13pm -
  • newAdvice on Transport from LPA
    I am burning some Avios at the end of August, taking me and the boy to Gran Canaria. I have booked flight on Avios and Hotel on Hotels.com but could do with advice on transport. The hotel is in Mogan, about 55km from the airport (about as far...
    - 2 hours ago Jul 27, 2016, 2:48pm -
  • newWill I run into problems converting my Google account from Hotmail to GMail?
    The Google account that I've been using for many years is a Hotmail account, not a GMail account. So I log into all my Google services (Chrome, Drive, Maps, Photos, etc) with the Hotmail account, as well as both of my Android devices (Nexus 6P and...
    - 2 hours ago Jul 27, 2016, 2:47pm -
  • newWhy can't I search award from JFK to HNL?
    Been trying every day for the past week to search for award ticket pricing from JFK to HNL. If I use flexible calendar (5 weeks) or flexible days, I keep getting: ---Quote--- We're sorry, there was a problem processing your calendar request...…
    - 2 hours ago Jul 27, 2016, 2:44pm -

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Dan's Deals

Johnny Jet

  • newTravel Tip of the Day: Ask If There Are More Security Checkpoints
    Ask If There Are More Security Checkpoints My buddy Ramsey (@DailyTravelTips) recently tweeted a tip that I always consider but had never thought to share—for some strange reason. But Ramsey’s right: “Many airports have more than one security c…
    - 2 hours ago Jul 27, 2016, 2:00pm -
  • newTravel News: Week of July 27, 2016
    THE TOP 10 IN TRAVEL NEWS THIS WEEK: TSA seizes record number of firearms in carry-ons NYC debuts plans for upgraded subway cars with WiFi and USB chargers 3 Big Ways Instagram is Changing Restaurants Suddenly Considering Travel Insurance? You’re N…
    - 4 hours ago Jul 27, 2016, 12:00pm -
  • newTravel Contests: Week of July 27, 2016
    This week’s travel contests include: Win a luxury trip to Monaco (ends July 27 at 11:59 pm ET) Win an Arlo prize bundle (ends July 31) Win 16 grand prizes of your choice of $8,000 cash or a $10,000 trip Win a Disney cruise for four Win a luxurious…
    - 5 hours ago Jul 27, 2016, 11:00am -
  • newBarclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard Review
    There are dozens of travel reward credit cards on the market, and if you’re completely new to the scene, it can be difficult to decide which one is the best fit for you. American Airlines and United have popular programs, but what if you aren’t a…
    - 10 hours ago Jul 27, 2016, 6:05am -
  • newTravel Books of the Week: Lonely Planet Pocket-Sized Books
    Lonely Planet just released two fun, pocket-sized travel books: “How to Pack for Any Trip” ($11.99) and “Just POINT!” ($8.63). Both are handy guides, especially for those who don’t want to always have to reach for their phone apps for t…
    - 13 hours ago Jul 27, 2016, 3:25am -
  • newTravel Product of the Week: Modobag
    Last week while attending the TBEX conference in Stockholm, I met Kevin O’Donnell and Boyd Bruner, entrepreneurs from Chicago. These guys caught my attention (and everyone else’s) by cruising around on what they call “the world’s first motor…
    - 16 hours ago Jul 27, 2016, 12:25am -
  • newTravel Video of the Week: How to Start a Fire with a Sandwich Bag
    I don’t watch a lot of TV, but occasionally I get sucked into the Discovery show Naked and Afraid. The people on the show are insane, but I’m always fascinated by their incredible survival techniques. Recently, I stumbled upon a viral YouTube vid…
    - 16 hours ago Jul 27, 2016, 12:21am -
  • newTravel Website of the Week: First Class Flyer
    Not too many people want to pay for information these days—especially in the travel field. However, there’s one newsletter I know of that has no problem finding subscribers. It’s Matthew Bennet’s First Class Flyer. The reason it’s so popula…
    - 17 hours ago Jul 26, 2016, 10:59pm -
  • newTravel App of the Week: GoEuro
    If you’re in or heading to Europe and you aren’t sure of your transportation options (it happens often), here’s a solution: Download the GoEuro app. It’s available for both Android and iOS and will help book you a train, bus or plane ticket…
    - 18 hours ago Jul 26, 2016, 10:43pm -
  • Travel Tip of the Day: Ask Your Uber Driver This Important Question
    Ask Your Uber Driver This Important Question I’m pretty much an Uber expert, as I’ve taken well over 100 rides and (separately) ordered over 100 for my dad (he doesn’t drive anymore, so when I’m not in town these are his wheels). In no way is…
    - 1 day ago Jul 26, 2016, 4:00pm -

TravelBloggerBuzz

  • newHilton HHonors FAQ, Rent Men, Hottest Places on Earth
    We bring you a Hilton HHonors FAQ or cheat sheet if you prefer, show you how to hire Rent Men, visit the hottest places on earth to melt like butter, see how the airlines continue to screw Elites with upgrades, show you what you get for booking hotel…
    - 6 hours ago Jul 27, 2016, 10:30am -
  • More Amex Points, Bhutan, LGBT Personal Finance, Blog Buzz
    We bring you even more Amex Points, visit Bhutan, learn about LGBT Personal Finance issues, bring you the latest in the Miles & Points Blog Buzz, latest on the Citi Prestige card and possibly a new high end Chase Sapphire Reserve card, news about the…
    - 1 day ago Jul 26, 2016, 10:30am -
  • Singapore Airlines First Class,Passport Index,Europe Waterfalls
    We do our best to get you on Singapore Airlines First Class, bring you an awesome resource Passport Index, visit Europe waterfalls, a resource page on visiting Singapore, some travel innovations, climb Eiffel Tower, laugh about Trump at RNC, cry over…
    - 2 days ago Jul 25, 2016, 10:30am -
  • How to Support TBB Monthly Post – July 2016
    I am having way too much fun in the 2016 Ann Arbor Art Fair DO. So much that I live blogged the event for you! After our Saturday dinner, some of us got together in the Ann Arbor Sheraton’s lounge as usual and had more fun there. So much in fact th…
    - 3 days ago Jul 24, 2016, 10:30am -
  • Welcome to the 2016 Ann Arbor Art Fair DO!
    Welcome to the 2016 Ann Arbor Art Fair DO! We are all here this weekend to learn more about stuff we do, you know, travel and hacking and stuff like that… TBB Blog Mission: To Entertain. Educate. Inspire. In That Order! This site is AD-FREE! You ca…
    - 4 days ago Jul 23, 2016, 10:30am -
  • New Citi Prestige Card Offer, Hyatt Diamond, Why Concorde Failed
    We bring you the new New Citi Prestige Card Offer details and they are not good, how to get Hyatt Diamond benefits without having the actual status, learn why the Concorde failed, wait for the new Cathay Pacific credit card, learn about coffee and la…
    - 5 days ago Jul 22, 2016, 10:30am -
  • Pooling ThankYou Points, Hyatt Platinum, Krakow Drinking
    We bring you a guide on pooling ThankYou points, show you all you need to know about Hyatt Platinum, visit Krakow drinking 24 hours, do crazy stuff in Greece, learn about computer science, coffee, financial stress, car maintenance costs, immigration,…
    - 6 days ago Jul 21, 2016, 10:30am -
  • Best Treks, United Bribes, Ghost City Ani, Deflated Prestige
    We bring you the best treks in the world, learn how United bribes, visit the Ghost City of Ani, weep over the deflated Prestige card, fantasize about visiting the new Conrad near Bora Bora, marvel at some amazing ancient architectural wonders, go to…
    - 7 days ago Jul 20, 2016, 10:30am -
  • Citi Prestige Ticking Clock, Secret Beaches, Ethiopia’s Tourism
    We bring you the latest on the Citi Prestige card and its infamous ticking clock, swim in secret beaches, learn more about Ethiopia’s tourism, laugh at the most absurd wedding announcement, learn more about Chase’s Private Client division, learn…
    - 8 days ago Jul 19, 2016, 10:30am -
  • Alaska Awards, Free Amex Points, Teufelsberg, Hyatt Empathy
    We bring you more on Alaska Airlines awards, insist on getting you free Amex points, visit Teufelsberg in Berlin, learn about Hyatt empathy, get the latest on the Travel Is Free blog, bring you a new site that is supposed to help you book with ITA ma…
    - 9 days ago Jul 18, 2016, 10:30am -