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  • newYou May Need Blank Passport Pages to Travel Abroad
    Recently, I ran into a problem with my passport. It doesn’t expire until 2022, but I was running out of space — and fast. I realized before I left for Turks and Caicos in May that I only had two pages left — and that one of those pages was one…
    - 10 hours ago Jul 15, 2019, 6:30pm -
  • Essential Items You Need to Bring on a Cruise
    I realized there are quite a few items I now think of as cruise essentials. Keep in mind that this is my cruise "extras" packing list — made up of items I've bought specifically for cruises. If you’re gearing up for your next cruise and trying to…
    - 3 days ago Jul 12, 2019, 6:30pm -
  • My Favorite Credit Cards that Aren’t Travel Cards
    My husband and I have had a ton of credit cards over the years, mostly due to the fact we have pursued a lot of signup bonuses. We’ve also canceled many of our cards over the years, although there are ones we keep for the long haul. By and large, h…
    - 5 days ago Jul 10, 2019, 6:30pm -
  • How I Took Advantage of Capital One Bonuses
    If you’re still able to get credit cards from Capital One, these are the three I suggest above all others. While I don’t like Capital One cards nearly as much as Chase or Citi credit cards, there’s value to be had in their flexible rewards prog…
    - 7 days ago Jul 8, 2019, 6:30pm -
  • Why I Signed up for the Chase Business Unlimited
    If you’re looking for a business credit card and considering an option from Chase, it’s important for you to take a close look at how each of their cards doles out points. Where the Ink Business Preferred gives out 3 points per $1 on up to $150,0…
    - 10 days ago Jul 5, 2019, 6:30pm -
  • 3 Credit Cards With Annual Fees I Don’t Mind Paying
    If you’ve been earning points and miles for a while, you already know that most of the top travel rewards credit cards charge an annual fee. While these fees are never welcome, they’re also a necessary evil. After all, some of the best travel cre…
    - 12 days ago Jul 3, 2019, 6:30pm -
  • One Thing You Should Be Doing for the Best Credit Card Offers
    Since Chase has tightened up requirements for new cards and signup bonuses over the last few years, I was surprised to see they would pre-approve me for another one of their credit cards. But I was even more surprised when I saw I had a “just for y…
    - 14 days ago Jul 1, 2019, 6:30pm -
  • How I’m Paying for a Family Trip to the UK in July
    My husband and I are taking our two children to the U.K. for two weeks in July. We’ll spend the first half of our trip in London, York, and the English Lake District before heading to Loch Lomond, Inverness, and Edinburgh in Scotland for the second…
    - 17 days ago Jun 28, 2019, 6:30pm -
  • All-Inclusive Resorts vs. Cruising: Which Is More Frugal?
    Since I frequently travel with my kids and prefer to keep things easy, I really love cruising and all-inclusive resorts. Both options make it easy to budget and pay for your trip without a ton of surprises, and both can be booked in one of my favorit…
    - 19 days ago Jun 26, 2019, 6:30pm -
  • 4 Things I Loved About the MSC Seaside
    Over spring break, my husband and I took our kids and my parents for a cruise on the MSC Seaside out of Miami. We booked a balcony cabin on the 15th floor, and we had an awesome time! Our cruise set us back almost $2,500, and we got a free “Drinks…
    - 21 days ago Jun 24, 2019, 6:30pm -

View From the Wing

One Mile at a Time

  • newChase Ink Business Cash Card Review (2019)
    There are lots of businesses that leave a lot of rewards on the table by not using the right credit card. In this post I wanted to take an in-depth look at the Ink Business Cash℠ Credit Card -- this is a credit that I personally have, and that I…
    - 8 hours ago Jul 15, 2019, 8:24pm -
  • newMaking My Nigerian Aviation Fantasy A Reality…
    Long time readers will know that I'm not exaggerating when I say that I have a slight obsession with quirky airline startups. Air Belgium was perhaps the perfect example of that, and I was lucky enough to be one of the (relatively) few passengers to…
    - 10 hours ago Jul 15, 2019, 6:40pm -
  • newEarn 1,000 Bonus Amex Points For Spending $40 At Staples (Targeted)
    For those of you not familiar with Amex Offers, it’s a program available through most Amex cards, where different cards are eligible for different savings and bonus offers. In many cases the offers can be huge, and more than offset the annual fee…
    - 10 hours ago Jul 15, 2019, 6:21pm -
  • newGreat Hainan Business Class Fares From The US
    Hainan Airlines is generally regarded as the best airline in mainland China. They have an excellent onboard product, in terms of the seats, service, and even food and drinks.Hainan often has attractive business class fares, which can be a great way…
    - 13 hours ago Jul 15, 2019, 4:03pm -
  • newAvianca LifeMiles Credit Card Review (New 60K Bonus)
    Avianca LifeMiles is one of the most useful frequent flyer programs for Star Alliance award redemptions. LifeMiles often sells miles at a discount directly, which can be a great value, and they also have some transfer partners, making their miles eas…
    - 14 hours ago Jul 15, 2019, 2:40pm -
  • newAeroplan Award Redemption Changes
    We can expect significant changes to Air Canada's loyalty program over the next year or so. Initially Air Canada was going to form their own frequent flyer program in 2020, which came after their contract with Aeroplan was due to expire. In the end A…
    - 15 hours ago Jul 15, 2019, 1:32pm -
  • newAir Italy Summer 2020 Flights To LAX, SFO, And YYZ
    In 2018, Qatar Airways bought a 49% stake in Air Italy, which was formerly known as Meridiana. The airline currently operates A330s on long haul flights, and hasn't quite grown the way Qatar Airways had planned (initially the plan was for the airlin…
    - 16 hours ago Jul 15, 2019, 12:58pm -
  • newRyanair Renames The 737 MAX
    The Boeing 737 MAX has been grounded for months, with no end in sight to the grounding, given that they keep finding problems with the plane.Even once the plane is fixed and certified by the FAA, there will be a lot of work required to get the plane…
    - 17 hours ago Jul 15, 2019, 12:09pm -
  • newKuwait Airways’ New Business Class Seats
    Kuwait Airways is a quirky airline, and they've been going great lengths to modernize their fleet in the past few years. The airline has taken delivery of new 777-300ERs and A330-200s, and in the next couple of years will start taking delivery of A32…
    - 18 hours ago Jul 15, 2019, 11:08am -
  • newGood Deals With New Singapore KrisFlyer Award Promo
    Singapore Airlines' KrisFlyer program offers monthly "Spontaneous Escapes" promotions, where they constantly have a list of flights that can be booked at a discount when redeeming miles.Presumably they're primarily discounting flights that they don'…
    - 18 hours ago Jul 15, 2019, 10:46am -

The Frequent Miler

  • newGood deal: 1yr Office 365 + $50 Amazon GC for $99.99
    Update: This deal is back again. We’ve seen it a couple of times previously. As noted below, you can buy this deal and redeem the code to extend your Office 365 subscription by a year. We’ve added this to our running list of Prime Day deals. Ama…
    - 43 mins ago Jul 16, 2019, 3:58am -
  • new5 Tools for weeding through Prime Day deals and reducing buyer’s remorse
    As the first day of Amazon Prime Day comes to a close (see our Prime Day Deals post for a continuously-appended list of deals) and we prep for day two, I thought it might be useful to share a couple of quick tips for evaluating Prime Day (and other)…
    - 5 hours ago Jul 15, 2019, 11:28pm -
  • newAeroplan changes: lower fees, fewer options
    Aeroplan has announced a few changes today. Some of them are positive and take effect immediately (lower fees and greater flexibility) while others are negative and take effect in September (changes to stopovers & open jaws). Time will tell how much…
    - 8 hours ago Jul 15, 2019, 8:52pm -
  • newIHG points & cash promo: 20% off cash portion (buy points for 0.56c, maybe less)
    IHG has launched a new (targeted) promotion to get 20% off the cash portion of a points & cash reservation. These promos have historically been a good opportunity to buy IHG points cheaply. I’m seeing a low rate of 0.56c per point, with packages…
    - 9 hours ago Jul 15, 2019, 7:55pm -
  • new[Dead] Wow: 120x Membership Rewards points at LifeLock (buy at 0.8cpp)
    Update: Wow, that died fast. Down to 80% now — no longer a deal. As reported by WallersWallet, Rakuten (formerly Ebates) is offering 120% cash back today at LifeLock, which is part of the 3x cash back event that Stephen reported here at Frequent M…
    - 13 hours ago Jul 15, 2019, 3:16pm -
  • newAwesome offer: Save up to $100 on $333.33 at Newegg [Targeted]
    There is an awesome new Amex Offer out this morning to save up to $100 on $333 at select technology providers. This offer is appearing on some business cards. The awesome thing is that one of the merchants listed is That’s good news…
    - 16 hours ago Jul 15, 2019, 1:02pm -
  • newStaples offer: Spend $40+, get 1,000 Membership Rewards points
    There is a new current Amex Offer out this morning for Staples or spend $40+ in one or more transactions, get 1,000 Membership Rewards points or $10 back depending on the card on which you find it (see your offer for details) The…
    - 17 hours ago Jul 15, 2019, 12:05pm -
  • newPrime Day Deals [Both Amazon and more updated all day]
    Amzaon Prime Day begins today. If you’ve somehow managed to miss the lead-up sales and previous years, Prime Day is a summertime shopping holiday that Amazon has developed over the past couple of years and has turned into a 2-day shopping event. …
    - 18 hours ago Jul 15, 2019, 10:59am -
  • Ebates/Rakuten Offering 3x Cashback At 200+ Stores: JCPenney 9%, Walmart 10%, IHG 9% & More
    The Ebates/Rakuten shopping portal has launched a three day promotion offering triple cashback at more than 200 stores. You’ll want to check Cashback Monitor to make sure you’re getting the best rate, but many of these rates represent great deals…
    - 1 day ago Jul 15, 2019, 2:23am -
  • Meijer: Save $10 On $150+ Mastercard Gift Cards & $5 On $50+ Happy Gift Cards
    Meijer has a couple of new digital coupons today that’ll save you money on both Mastercard and Happy gift cards, both of which offer the potential for being profitable. The Deals Save $10 instantly on $150+ Mastercard gift cards. Save $5 instantly…
    - 2 days ago Jul 14, 2019, 3:24pm -

The Flight Deal

The Free-quent Flyer

Well Traveled Mile


  • newI Wasn’t Expecting That Auto-Approval!
    I just applied for the Ink Business Unlimited Credit Card. And for the first time in a very long time, I was automatically approved! My inner miles nerd did somersaults when the auto-approval screen popped up. If you’re new to this blog and/or the…
    - 2 hours ago Jul 16, 2019, 2:15am -
  • Issuing Banks Rules for Approvals and New Bonuses
    This is a living post, continuously updated over time as the miles and points hobby evolves. They change the rules and we have to stay on top of them. Today I’ve updated the section about Citi cards to reflect the new sign-up bonus eligibility time…
    - 3 days ago Jul 12, 2019, 10:36pm -
  • Citi Cards’ Travel Protection Benefits Drop September 22
    I originally wrote this post in 2017, as a part of series summarizing and comparing travel insurance offered by some of the most popular travel rewards cards. In light of big changes coming to Citi cards soon, am updating it. As of September 22, 2019…
    - 5 days ago Jul 10, 2019, 7:47pm -
  • Why I Lowered the Credit Limit on my Chase Card
    I just got off the phone with Chase card services. I called to lower the credit limit on my United Explorer Business Card. I am gearing up to apply for another Chase credit card, and this is a step to prepare for my next application. If you keep up w…
    - 7 days ago Jul 9, 2019, 4:11am -
  • Walking Across America with Points: Week 2
    I hope everyone had a fantastic fourth of July! We’ve been following Mike Hammari for a bit now as he makes his way across this nation of ours on foot, soaking in the scenes in a very different way than most of us are accustomed to. Slowly! Mike is…
    - 11 days ago Jul 4, 2019, 9:47pm -
  • Amex Cardholders Get Up to $50 Off Amazon Order
    Amazon is offering 20% off purchases sold by Amazon, in addition to various gift cards not sold by Amazon, for those that apply at least 1 Membership Rewards point to their order and pay with the Amex card that earned it. The maximum discount is $50…
    - 13 days ago Jul 2, 2019, 11:12pm -
  • Top 10 Business Credit Cards for Travel Rewards: June 2019
    Applying for business credit cards is a great way to earn more miles and points than you already do, but many people don’t apply for business cards because they incorrectly believe they don’t qualify. You don’t need to have employees, nor does…
    - 18 days ago Jun 27, 2019, 8:11pm -
  • Routes You Can Fly to Southern South America in a Flat Bed for 45k Points
    At the beginning of the week I wrote about how I recently redeemed 45,000 Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles, transferred from Ultimate Rewards, to fly Delta One between Atlanta, Georgia and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Virgin Atlantic is not in an airlin…
    - 18 days ago Jun 27, 2019, 7:00pm -
  • Top 10 Credit Cards for Travel Rewards: June 2019
    There are a lot of reasons to collect miles and points. For free First Class flights and luxury hotel stays To travel to more countries than you could otherwise afford (like Norway, pictured above) To take your family on vacation To visit home for t…
    - 20 days ago Jun 26, 2019, 1:24am -
  • New British Airways Avios Partner Award Chart
    Over a month ago I wrote about the impending devaluation of the British Airways Avios program’s prices to fly partner airlines. Since then, the speculated award prices have all been confirmed. Here is the speculative chart I included in that origin…
    - 20 days ago Jun 25, 2019, 7:26pm -

Frequent Flier

  • newWe Are Back: Iceland’s Defunct Wow Air to Rise From the Ashes
    A team formed from the former-leadership of now-defunct Wow Air are reportedly exploring way to restart the Reykjavik-based budget carrier under a new name. The reborn transatlantic airline (currently without a name) is expected to initially serve de…
    - 6 hours ago Jul 15, 2019, 11:00pm -
  • newTour Agency Thomas Cook Turns to Investors for Help
    Tour agency Thomas Cook has been struggling with revenue and is now talking to shareholders about a rescue deal to help it continue operations. If you have a trip booked through Thomas Cook, don't worry. The company is confident that travelers will c…
    - 7 hours ago Jul 15, 2019, 9:30pm -
  • newGood News, Bad News: Changes Coming to Air Canada Aeroplan
    FlyerTalkers are taking exception to the changes coming in September 2019 for Air Canada’s Aeroplan program. The carrier will force flyers into only one stopover or one “open jaw” on a roundtrip award, while travel in the same continent will no…
    - 9 hours ago Jul 15, 2019, 8:00pm -
  • newSingapore Girl, You’re a Great Way to Fly – But Are You Outdated?
    As airline advertising goes, the Singapore Airlines advertisements of the 1980s and 1990s certainly stood out. With a soft-focus that would make your high-school drama teacher proud, breathy voiceovers, terrible jingles, and plenty of ‘Singapore Gi…
    - 10 hours ago Jul 15, 2019, 6:30pm -
  • newWhat’s an Appropriate Punishment for Sneaking Into a Different Cabin?
    Newspaper headlines about a passenger who sneakily upgraded her seat during a recent international flight has FlyerTalk choosing sides. Is changing cabins mid-flight the ultimate victimless crime or a huge step toward lawlessness? - or to paraphrase…
    - 16 hours ago Jul 15, 2019, 1:00pm -
  • newTurns Out, the Qatar Passenger That Claimed to Be Bit by Spider Is a Fraud
    In 2015, lawyer Jonathon Hogg claimed that he was bitten by a brown recluse spider on a Qatar Airways flight from Doha to Cape Town. He is taking action against the carrier and is seeking damages, but he has been labeled “a fraudster” following e…
    - 20 hours ago Jul 15, 2019, 9:00am -
  • “A Plane Was in Our Lane:” Miley Cyrus’ Sister Shares Terrifying Landing Experience
    It’s hard to realize sometimes that celebrities are real people just like us and can have serious fears—like a fear of flying. Miley Cyrus and her family and band recently went through a tough landing that kicked her anxiety into gear over the fl…
    - 1 day ago Jul 14, 2019, 8:00pm -
  • Norwegian Air CEO Steps Down Unexpectedly, But Retains Advisory Role
    After nearly two decades at the helm of Norwegian Air Shuttle, Bjørn Kjos will step down as CEO, but will continue to be a major stakeholder and maintain an advisory role at the company. Under Kjos’s reign, Norwegian rapidly expanded from a little…
    - 2 days ago Jul 14, 2019, 3:00pm -
  • Tokyo Hotel Has a Cockpit in the Room
    So you’ve just gotten off a ridiculously long flight to Tokyo. What do you want to do now? Well, for guests at the Haneda Excel Hotel Tokyu close to Haneda International Airport, they may want to get back into a plane—just as a pilot with a new f…
    - 2 days ago Jul 13, 2019, 8:00pm -
  • SpiceJet Employee Killed by Landing Gears
    A SpiceJet technician was killed on Tuesday night at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport (CCU). The incident, which has been confirmed by the airline, occurred when hydraulic flaps covering the landing gear of a craft suddenly shut. Both…
    - 3 days ago Jul 13, 2019, 3:00pm -

Travel is Free

  • How To Get Free Travel With Car/RV Relocation
    I’ve recently been intrigued by the idea of car/RV rental relocation as a way to get cheap (or even free) trips. That’s right. You can get a rental of an RV with beds and your gas reimbursed for free (or $1 a day) for simply relocating the vehicl…
    - 11 days ago Jul 4, 2019, 8:51pm -
  • Best Alila Hotels To Book With Hyatt Points
    Gary Leff (of VFTW) originally broke the news on Hyatt acquiring Two Roads Hospitality… Well, he also reported that Alila Hotels Joined Hyatt Rewards. Some of the hotels are going to get added next month (for which Gary lists the dates), but the ma…
    - 13 days ago Jul 2, 2019, 5:42pm -
  • Map of Choice Hotels [with Choice Points]
    Finally, here is the map of Choice Hotels by points price. This is one of the last hotel chains as part of the Complete Map series (which can also be found on the Resource Page). So be sure to check out Marriott, IHG, Hilton, Hyatt, and Radisson ther…
    - 21 days ago Jun 24, 2019, 8:21pm -
  • Best Use of Virgin Atlantic Miles [by Partner]
    Like Alaska miles, Virgin Atlantic Flying Club has a unique set of mileage redemptions that varies by partner, some of which are amazing deals. In truth, I made a note to look into their partners after OneMileAtAtime booked and posted about a first c…
    - 28 days ago Jun 18, 2019, 10:00am -

Frequent Flyer Bonuses

Million Mile Secrets

Nomadic Matt

  • Is Brazil Safe to Visit?
    Posted: 7/13/2019 | July 13th, 2019 Offering pristine nature and access to the Amazon rainforest, historic cities and colonial architecture, and lots of affordable food and activities, Brazil will have some something for every traveler. A popular des…
    - 3 days ago Jul 13, 2019, 2:57pm -
  • 11 Travel Podcasts That Will Give You Serious Wanderlust
    Posted: 7/12/2019 | July 12th, 2019 I love podcasts. As someone who travels often, they’re a great way to stay informed and entertained while you’re on the go. To help me highlight some of the best podcasts in the industry, I’ve invited Debbie…
    - 4 days ago Jul 12, 2019, 3:27pm -
  • The Best Walking Tours in Paris
    Posted: 7/8/2019 | July 8th, 2019 I love visiting Paris. I’ve been going there for over nine years and have yet to tire of the history, the charm, or the food (and wine!). Over the years, I’ve taken a million different tours of this amazing city…
    - 8 days ago Jul 8, 2019, 2:22pm -
  • The Best Tour Companies in Australia
    Posted: 7/6/2019 | July 6th, 2019 Few countries capture the imagination quite like Australia. With world-class beaches, unusual wildlife, stunning natural landscapes, a unique history, and a fun and vibrant culture, Australia has something to offer e…
    - 10 days ago Jul 6, 2019, 4:26pm -
  • Is Central America Safe to Visit?
    Posted: 7/6/2019 | July 6th, 2019 Central America is one of my favorite regions for backpacking. While it can be challenging to get around, it also offers incredible beauty, abundant nature, picturesque beaches, and affordable prices. Political uphea…
    - 10 days ago Jul 6, 2019, 4:25pm -
  • Ads? On this Site? What? Why?
    Posted: 7/1/2019 | July 1st, 2019 For eleven years, I vowed never to put an ad up on this website. None. Zero. Zilch. I hate ads. They are ugly. They are intrusive, sometimes popping up right when you load a page. (And don’t get me started on pre-r…
    - 15 days ago Jul 1, 2019, 1:12pm -
  • 13 Off-the-Beaten-Path Things to See and Do in Paris
    Posted: 6/24/2019 | June 24th, 2019 Paris is filled with famous attractions: the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Versailles, the catacombs, the Pantheon, the Arc de Triomphe, Sacre-Coeur. The list goes on. There are so many amazing sites here that you coul…
    - 22 days ago Jun 24, 2019, 12:38pm -
  • The Best Tour Companies in Italy
    Posted: 6/22/2019 | June 22nd, 2019 Italy is home to incredible food (give me all the gnocchi and wine), rolling green hills, cultivated vineyards, incredible lakes and mountains, a long rich history dating back thousands of years, and welcome cultur…
    - 24 days ago Jun 22, 2019, 1:03pm -
  • Is Colombia Safe to Visit?
    Posted: 6/22/2019 | June 22nd, 2019 Colombia is one of the most popular countries in South America for backpackers and travelers. In 2017 (the last year there were figures), it saw over three million visitors — three times as many as there were 10…
    - 24 days ago Jun 22, 2019, 12:59pm -
  • Is Southeast Asia Safe for Travelers?
    Posted: 6/22/2019 | June 22nd, 2019 Southeast Asia is one of the most popular regions in the world for backpackers and budget travelers. It’s home to a well-worn travel trail that dates back to the 1960s and ’70s, stretching across Thailand, Myan…
    - 24 days ago Jun 22, 2019, 12:57pm -

The Hustle Blog

  • Using Miles to Get Myles Home: Tips on Lap Infant Award Tickets
    I haven’t written a post in FOREVER here, but I think this last trip calls for it. Long story short, some medical issues during our Philippines trip forced us to cancel and rebook our flight home within a day’s notice and I’m glad that my stock…
    - Jul 26, 2018, 1:00pm -
  • Is the Chase Sapphire Reserve Annual Fee Worth Paying Over the Preferred?
    The Chase Sapphire Reserve – Can’t ignore the talk of the town. Like I tell all my friends & coworkers, if any major bank is offering a signup bonus of 100,000 points, I’m 99% getting it. It’s a no brainer. Even at a high $450 annual fee (whi…
    - Sep 7, 2016, 12:00pm -
  • 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…
    - 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 & 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 -



  • July 2019
    A Day At The Beach I’d heard some stories of vacations for free Those tales were nothing but white noise to me Society taught fancy trips cost a mint And my net worth was roughly 3 stacks of lint So I stared at the TV eating pop tarts Amusing mys…
    - 15 days ago Jul 1, 2019, 8:49am -
  • June 2019
    The Mission To Win A Car I love game shows. Always have. Probably always will. Maybe it’s my gambling nature, but something about showing up empty-handed in the morning and leaving with a car at the end of the day always seemed incredible. During m…
    - 45 days ago Jun 1, 2019, 8:02am -
  • May 2019
    The Uber Experiment You trust complete strangers to drive you around, right? Actually, that’s probably not the best way to advertise Uber… “Get into some dude’s car and hope you’re not meeting a lunatic” I mean, what if we showed up here…
    - 76 days ago May 1, 2019, 8:48am -
  • April 2019
    Nonsensical Ethics Talk At first, it seemed like a perfectly normal day. I went to McDonald’s and ordered a Big Mac. Didn’t pay much attention to the guy at the window as he handed it over. But then he said, “Look at me. We expect to be called…
    - Apr 1, 2019, 7:01am -
  • March 2019
    Insecurity Ever cringe when you hear a bad line of dialogue in an otherwise great movie? How about this one from Jerry Maguire? “You complete me.” A generation of people…actual grown-ass, non-teeny bopper humans…found those words to be incred…
    - Mar 1, 2019, 8:04am -
  • February 2019
    Impacts Miss me? Well, dammit, the feeling is mutual. What can I say…it feels VERY strange to not be here writing every day.  Newsflash to myself: Do something for a decade and there’s a big hole when it goes away. I think these monthly posts wi…
    - Feb 1, 2019, 9:40am -
  • It’s That Time
    Ok, 3 topics left. Lots to say, so here we go. I’ll paste some quotes from different readers under each topic because, frankly, your words have been WAY better than mine lately. Topic 1 – What happens to “If I compare it to the re…
    - Jan 11, 2019, 10:29am -
  • Evolution
    We’re closing in on the end of the week here, guys… So, have the last few days been intense? Uh… -Will Vanna and Pat end the next Wheel of Fortune with super awkward banter?-Is LAX a bad airport?-Does Superman weirdly wear underwear on the outs…
    - Jan 10, 2019, 10:58am -
  • Thank You Note
    Dear Fellow Nerds: What’s more teary-eyed than a roomful of millennials watching puppy videos on Youtube? This guy. (Damn, that made no sense) Emotions are weird, right? You really can’t plan or prepare for them…they just kind of show up. Man,…
    - Jan 9, 2019, 10:15am -
  • The State Of Miles And Points
    No way to let this final week pass without sharing some thoughts on the current state of this game. The first (and most important) question – Is this hobby dead? Of course not. If there are points to be earned, there’s still a game to be played.…
    - Jan 8, 2019, 10:22am -

Doctor of Credit

Hustler Money Blog

Travel Codex

  • American Airlines Extends 737 Max Grounding
    American Airlines 737 max airplanes have been grounded since March and it appears that their grounding will be extended yet again. The last grounding extension was until September 3rd. Yet, with no fix for the 737 and Boeing still working with the FA…
    - 1 day ago Jul 14, 2019, 8:56pm -
  • Review: Primeclass Lounge Batumi Airport
    Batumi International Airport is a very small and crowded facility at times. Yet, despite being a single terminal with only a couple of remote stands, the airport offers a lot of facilities crowded into the small space. The Primeclass lounge, is simil…
    - 2 days ago Jul 13, 2019, 5:27pm -
  • New Flagship Alaska Lounge Opens in Seattle’s North Satellite
    As I walked into the newest Alaska Lounge in Seattle’s North Satellite, I couldn’t help but think, “This looks like an international business class lounge.” It doesn’t hurt that the lounge’s main seating area is anchored by a large floati…
    - 4 days ago Jul 12, 2019, 3:38pm -
  • An Impromptu Beach Day in Landlocked Dallas
    While I work on my next trip report, I thought I’d share a light-hearted story from the July 4th holiday.  We stayed at home over the long weekend, just heading down the road to mom’s house occasionally.  But as we often do, we started talking…
    - 4 days ago Jul 12, 2019, 11:00am -
  • Impressions on Cathay Pacific First Class and Hong Kong
    Some initial thoughts on the first flight of my to Bhutan and Nepal. Chicago to Hong Kong is the longest flight, and the only one of the trip in first class. I’ve flown Cathay Pacific First Class before, but it has been 7 years (time flies!). I had…
    - 5 days ago Jul 10, 2019, 7:59pm -
  • Review: Buta Airways Batumi to Baku
    Around the world, low cost carriers are taking over. From Transatlantic flights on Norwegian, to intra-Europe jumps on RyanAir, Easyjet, or Wizzair to Air Asia, Cebu Pacific, Scoot, and more in Asia, every continent has some type of low cost player.…
    - 5 days ago Jul 10, 2019, 6:24pm -
  • Review: Lufthansa Senator Lounge, Washington Dulles
    I originally planned to visit the Priority Pass Turkish Airlines Lounge during my long layover at Dulles.  The line stretched out the door, though, so I decided to look for something else.  I noticed the Lufthansa Senator and Business lounges next…
    - 7 days ago Jul 9, 2019, 11:00am -
  • Next Trip: Trekking in Bhutan and Nepal
    Much of my travel is for business, but my next trip is strictly for fun. A great friend of mine has a sabbatical from work this summer, and we planned a trip. No sabbatical for me, but plenty of vacation time to use. I’ll miss my family, with exten…
    - 7 days ago Jul 8, 2019, 7:57pm -
  • Alaska Airlines Will Add More Flights to Vacation Destinations This Winter
    Anyone who knows me knows I love Seattle. The cold, rainy winters don’t bother me (and there have been entire months with zero break in the overcast clouds), while the summers are truly gorgeous. But even I admit that I need to take a break around…
    - 13 days ago Jul 3, 2019, 3:00pm -
  • Delta Announces Major Investment in Main Cabin Service
    Delta Air Lines announced yesterday that it is making big investments in the quality of service it provides to main cabin (read: economy) passengers on flights of 6.5 hours or more. Other, shorter international flights that offer Delta’s signature…
    - 13 days ago Jul 3, 2019, 1:00pm -

Maximizing Money

Boarding Area

Frequent Flyer Miles 101

  • Out Of Office Notice
    Hi all. I’m going to be out of town for the next couple of weeks. There will continue to be posts on LVA Travel, so keep up there.     Want to subscribe? Just enter your email in the box above (and to the right) and click on the confirmation. GMa…
    - 10 days ago Jul 6, 2019, 1:12am -
  • Air Canada, Discover And Posts From The Week
    Hmm, let’s see, what’s going on these days? You could be an unfortunate Air Canada customer who got locked on the plane. Anxiety disorder or not, I really wouldn’t want to wake up on an empty plane. And how did they miss a passenger? Certain Di…
    - 21 days ago Jun 24, 2019, 8:52pm -
  • Just How Loyal Is Your Loyalty Program?
    Some of what we’ve published at LVA Travel: Cash back shopping is a way to make your purchases work for you. Here’s how it works. Will your points and miles expire? Take a look at the expiration policies of some major companies. Added bonus: a pi…
    - 35 days ago Jun 10, 2019, 8:18pm -
  • Closing Old Credit Cards (And Some Upcoming Changes To This Blog)
    Note: At the bottom of this article, I discuss some upcoming changes to the blog. I came across an interesting article on CNBC today about closing credit cards. They offered a piece of advice that I don’t see often but is frequently correct. Should…
    - 40 days ago Jun 5, 2019, 6:53pm -
  • Forget Previous Years’ Empty Threats: This Summer Might Actually Be A Travel Disaster
    Every year around this time, a media outlet or two writes an article predicting an upcoming “summer from hell,” predicated on record passenger volumes and airport staffing shortages. And while summers are definitely tougher when it comes to wait…
    - 47 days ago May 30, 2019, 3:14pm -
  • Radisson Rewards Mid-Year Promotion: 3,000 Bonus Points Per Night
    Radisson Rewards, the loyalty program for the Radisson Collection and six other brands, has announced its mid-year promotion. It’s pretty straightforward and lasts from May 27 — August 31. Starting with your second stay, you’ll earn 3,000 bonu…
    - 49 days ago May 28, 2019, 3:29pm -
  • Clear: Your Accelerated Fast-Pass Through Security
    I was flying out of Boston’s Logan Airport today when I noticed an addition to the TSA checkpoint: The airport is rolling out Clear lanes in Terminal A. I’ve talked about Clear before, but here’s a quick reminder, since it’s now closing in on…
    - 53 days ago May 24, 2019, 1:54am -
  • American Airlines Lowers Some Bag Fees?
    Well, this is something that you don’t see every day. According to the Dallas Business Journal, American Airlines is lowering some bag fees. Don’t get too excited if you are an everyday passenger, though. These fees are only on specialty oversize…
    - 56 days ago May 21, 2019, 3:56pm -
  • Earn Hilton Honors Points With Lyft
    I’ve had an email from Hilton and Lyft sitting in my inbox for a few days, but it’s been a busy weekend, so I finally got around to opening it today. It turned out to be a promotional link between the two, so I’m glad that I did. As you probabl…
    - 57 days ago May 19, 2019, 7:08pm -
  • Delta SkyMiles Summer Flash Sale
    Do you like it hot? If you don’t, then skip to the next post. But if the summer heat of the southeast appeals to you, then I’ve got a cheap way to get you there. Delta just announced a SkyMiles summer flash sale to destinations in the southeast…
    - 62 days ago May 14, 2019, 11:28pm -

milepoint (Forums)

  • newBarcelona Apolo: Good Price, Poor Amenities
    During my last visit to Spain I decided to try out the TRYP Barcelona Apolo. It was an excellent price but the amenities left something to be desired. The post Barcelona Apolo: Good Price, Poor Amenities appeared first on InsideFlyer.
    - 12 hours ago Jul 15, 2019, 4:50pm -
  • newWhat to do with Expiring Wyndham Points
    The "use it or lose it" policy of Wyndham points can pose a problem with a looming expiration date. So what can you do to use them?The post What to do with Expiring Wyndham Points appeared first on InsideFlyer.
    - 13 hours ago Jul 15, 2019, 3:57pm -
  • newQatar Airways celebrates Skytrax award with extended Qmiles deal + added destinations (Up to 50% off!)
    Qatar Airways rewards their Privilege Club customers with some great award travel bargains. A special edition of Qatar Airways “Easy Deals” is now live, celebrating that Qatar Airways – for the 5th time – has been named by Skytrax as “Best…
    - 14 hours ago Jul 15, 2019, 3:05pm -
  • 10 Must See African Countries to Visit
    Africa is a vast continent with 54 countries, incredible biodiversity and a rich history attracting thousands of visitors every year. But which countries should you visit first?The post 10 Must See African Countries to Visit appeared first on Inside…
    - 4 days ago Jul 12, 2019, 4:28pm -
  • Decoding Your Mobile Boarding Pass
    Technology has made travel so much more seamless. You can carry a mobile boarding pass right on your phone. But what do the colors on it mean?The post Decoding Your Mobile Boarding Pass appeared first on InsideFlyer.
    - 4 days ago Jul 12, 2019, 3:17pm -
  • AerSpace Leg Room Product has Arrived
    Aer Lingus is introducing a premium product on select European flights in September called Aerspace for those looking for more leg room. The post AerSpace Leg Room Product has Arrived appeared first on InsideFlyer.
    - 4 days ago Jul 11, 2019, 5:17pm -
  • Americans and Kids Among Most Annoying Passengers
    According to a survey on Jetcost, a French travel search website, children, Americans and the intoxicated are amongst the most annoying co-passengers. The post Americans and Kids Among Most Annoying Passengers appeared first on InsideFlyer.
    - 4 days ago Jul 11, 2019, 4:55pm -
  • 3 New Business Class Products to Enjoy
    Business class is certainly a treat to enjoy. If you're a fan, there are three brand new business class products to consider flying!The post 3 New Business Class Products to Enjoy appeared first on InsideFlyer.
    - 6 days ago Jul 10, 2019, 4:31pm -
  • How to Cure Your Wanderlust with a Full Schedule
    The reality is, most of us can't take off to Paris at the drop of a hat. But that doesn't mean the busy bee can't cure their wanderlust!The post How to Cure Your Wanderlust with a Full Schedule appeared first on InsideFlyer.
    - 6 days ago Jul 10, 2019, 4:14pm -
  • Vueling Airlines: A No Frill, Low Cost Option
    On a recent trip from Paris to Barcelona, I decided to give the low cost Vueling Airlines a try. A decent flight aside from the 3hr delay. The post Vueling Airlines: A No Frill, Low Cost Option appeared first on InsideFlyer.
    - 6 days ago Jul 9, 2019, 5:06pm -

Flyertalk MilesBuzz

  • newMissing TP & Avios from Multi Carrier Flights
    Hey! I flown from GVA to LAX via LHR and PHX. The ticket was a codeshare ticket with Finnair and BA but on AA metal. The GVA to LHR was credited (BA metal) The LHR to PHX was NOT (AA metal) The PHX to LAX was credited (AA metal)
    - 21 mins ago Jul 16, 2019, 4:20am -
  • newcharged for more than two waters during a stay
    I had a stay at the DT west end in London and had several issues with the room (was moved a couple times because of problems with the rooms). I stayed on a point stay and even though the receipt I had showed $0 there was a charge of $3.77 that...
    - 33 mins ago Jul 16, 2019, 4:08am -
  • newIMPORTANT: Hard Evidence of Cathay not valuing their Marco Polo members
    Hi all, I created an account on FlyerTalk to share this experience I just had with Cathay today. For reference, I am a Marco Polo Silver member. Here is a timeline of flights I booked from Seattle to Hong Kong in August, separate bookings, my...
    - 41 mins ago Jul 16, 2019, 4:00am -
  • newbooking error on
    I'm trying to book a ticket on and it keeps erroring out when it goes to the payment page. It also happens when I change it to other flights. The reservation agent refused to honor the price that I see on the website. Is there anyone that..…
    - 46 mins ago Jul 16, 2019, 3:55am -
  • newHelp: UA Upgrade-able Fare Class Strangeness
    Pardon if I'm missing something obvious and stupid, but... I'm looking at GPU upgrade eligible fares from SIN-SFO. UA is showing me an economy "Q" fare @$1,357, which I thought WAS an eligible fare, and an instant business seat "PZ" fare for...
    - 1 hour ago Jul 16, 2019, 3:22am -
  • newBest time to book - any theories
    Right now I am 5 weeks out exactly , the flight isnt bad but the works for one way is $83 and I am thinking that is high - my thoughts is that I wait a little but not more than 3 weeks it may fall
    - 1 hour ago Jul 16, 2019, 3:17am -
  • newCancelled a reservation (received email) and Marriott has no record of it
    I have a hotel reservation with The Hague Marriott that is free cancellation *until (edited for accuracy)* Jul 12, 2019. I cancelled it on July 12 because I wanted to rebook it on my new credit card. I canceled it and received the cancellation...
    - 2 hours ago Jul 16, 2019, 3:01am -
  • newHow does AA calculate award miles? (to merge)
    I'm a little confused. I took a roundtrip international flight and received x number of miles. My relative who just took a one way trip for the same flight got exactly the same number of miles! how does AA calculate award miles?
    - 2 hours ago Jul 16, 2019, 2:44am -
  • newcaribbean catering rough!
    Just on return flight from st Lucia up front in FIRST Crew Lovely, wines lovely, but the food! . Chunks of dull fish and chocolate bread and butter pudding like they have come out of the St Trinians canteen Almost inedible, but...
    - 2 hours ago Jul 16, 2019, 2:38am -
  • newBA changed departure time but AA doesn't see it?
    I am arriving on July 28th from BWI on AA6173 which arrives at 9:05am. I then connect on AA6661 (BA0143) which was originally scheduled to depart at 10:10am. BA now says the flight leaves at 9am making it an impossible connection. I called the...
    - 2 hours ago Jul 16, 2019, 2:25am -

Reddit r/churning

  • newWeekly Anything Goes Thread - Week of July 15, 2019
    This is the Weekly Anything Goes thread There's more to this hobby than just credit cards - it spreads out into travel aspirations, what luggage or wallet you're using, or what flavor kombucha your local WeWork is serving. Please use this thread to t…
    - 18 hours ago Jul 15, 2019, 11:05am -
  • newDiscussion Thread - July 15, 2019
    Welcome to the daily discussion thread! Please post topics for discussion here. While some questions can be used to start a discussion/debate, most questions belong in the question thread unless you love getting downvotes. If your discussion is about…
    - 18 hours ago Jul 15, 2019, 11:05am -
  • newQuestion Thread - July 15, 2019
    Welcome to the Daily Question thread at /r/churning! This is the thread to post questions about churning for miles/points/cash. Just because you have a question about credit cards does NOT mean it belongs here. If you’re brand new here, please read…
    - 19 hours ago Jul 15, 2019, 10:05am -
  • Trip Reports and Churning Success Stories Weekly Thread - Week of July 14, 2019
    How'd your churning week go? Any super huge highs? Any thank yous you'd like to give /r/churning? Did you book an awesome Trip? Are you excited to share your latest redemption? Did you score some unexpected Miles/Points? Trip Reports, Success Stories…
    - 2 days ago Jul 14, 2019, 11:05am -
  • Discussion Thread - July 14, 2019
    Welcome to the daily discussion thread! Please post topics for discussion here. While some questions can be used to start a discussion/debate, most questions belong in the question thread unless you love getting downvotes. If your discussion is about…
    - 2 days ago Jul 14, 2019, 11:05am -
  • Question Thread - July 14, 2019
    Welcome to the Daily Question thread at /r/churning! This is the thread to post questions about churning for miles/points/cash. Just because you have a question about credit cards does NOT mean it belongs here. If you’re brand new here, please read…
    - 2 days ago Jul 14, 2019, 10:05am -
  • Manufactured Spending Weekly Thread - Week of July 13, 2019
    Welcome to MS Weekly at /r/churning! This is the open thread for discussion of all things MS. Methods, ideas, pain points, and everything else about MS is game. As always read the wiki. Be warned: Asking questions in here that show you haven't done a…
    - 3 days ago Jul 13, 2019, 11:05am -
  • Discussion Thread - July 13, 2019
    Welcome to the daily discussion thread! Please post topics for discussion here. While some questions can be used to start a discussion/debate, most questions belong in the question thread unless you love getting downvotes. If your discussion is about…
    - 3 days ago Jul 13, 2019, 11:05am -
  • Question Thread - July 13, 2019
    Welcome to the Daily Question thread at /r/churning! This is the thread to post questions about churning for miles/points/cash. Just because you have a question about credit cards does NOT mean it belongs here. If you’re brand new here, please read…
    - 3 days ago Jul 13, 2019, 10:04am -
  • Clawback Survey
    Please take this survey only if you've had points clawed back. We are trying to figure out patterns, how much people are affected, MR only vs. partner points, etc. email addresses are not being collected. We have moved the initial Clawback post to th…
    - 3 days ago Jul 12, 2019, 6:40pm -

Dan's Deals

Johnny Jet

  • newMy Favorite Amazon Prime Day Deals
    It’s quite remarkable that Amazon has turned Amazon Prime Day (which is today and tomorrow) into a huge shopping event in the middle of July. In just a few years,...The post My Favorite Amazon Prime Day Deals appeared first on Johnny Jet.
    - 10 hours ago Jul 15, 2019, 6:51pm -
  • newVideo: CBS News Piece on Apollo 11
    Fifty years ago this week, on July 20, 1969, man walked on the moon for the first time in human history. The Apollo 11 crew departed on July 16 of...The post Video: CBS News Piece on Apollo 11 appeared first on Johnny Jet.
    - 11 hours ago Jul 15, 2019, 5:41pm -
  • new48 Hours in Istanbul, Turkey
    Istanbul is one of the world’s great cities. With over 15 million people, situated strategically at the crossroads of Asia and Europe, it’s been a central point of trade and...The post 48 Hours in Istanbul, Turkey appeared first on Johnny Jet.
    - 13 hours ago Jul 15, 2019, 4:00pm -
  • Kaikagetsu Brings Japan’s Famous Hida Beef to the Lower East Side
    Kaikagetsu, at 162 Orchard Street in Manhattan, is a space of dark woods, lanterns and woven bamboo. In ambience and menu, it is a simple shrine to Hida, a city...The post Kaikagetsu Brings Japan’s Famous Hida Beef to the Lower East Side appeared…
    - 4 days ago Jul 12, 2019, 2:00pm -
  • Don’t Buy a Weekly or Monthly Métro Pass in Paris Without This
    Each Friday, we feature a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from reader Jeff, who shares an important note for anyone using a...The post Don’t Buy a Weekly or Monthly Métro Pass in Paris Without This appea…
    - 4 days ago Jul 12, 2019, 1:00pm -
  • Video: The U.S. Coast Guard Captures a Drug-Running Semi-Submersible
    This is insane! Earlier today, Admiral Karl Schultz of the U.S. Coast Guard posted a one-minute video on Twitter of a full-speed, open-sea capture of a drug-running semi-submersible. The crew...The post Video: The U.S. Coast Guard Captures a Drug-Ru…
    - 4 days ago Jul 12, 2019, 4:48am -
  • 5 Best Premium Credit Cards 2019 With Plenty of Rewards
    This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our...The post 5 Best Premium Credit Cards 2019 With Plenty of Rewards appear…
    - 5 days ago Jul 11, 2019, 3:17pm -
  • The Story of the Time I Met Megan Rapinoe
    I’m embarrassed to admit that I didn’t know who Megan Rapinoe was or how important she was to the United States women’s national soccer team when I first met her...The post The Story of the Time I Met Megan Rapinoe appeared first on Johnny Jet…
    - 5 days ago Jul 11, 2019, 2:49pm -
  • How to Avoid Travel Disruptions This Summer Amid American Airlines’s Issues
    Scott McCartney of the Wall Street Journal recently wrote a very informative article (available without a subscription here via on how bad American Airlines’s on-time performance has been this...The post How to Avoid Travel Disruptions Th…
    - 5 days ago Jul 11, 2019, 1:56pm -
  • Video: Man Beautifully Singing “Ave Maria” Beside Hotel Pianist
    Four months ago, Justin Gigliello of North Stonington, CT, shared an amazing video of himself singing with the resort pianist at the Grand Floridian at Disney World. Justin is a...The post Video: Man Beautifully Singing “Ave Maria” Beside Hotel…
    - 5 days ago Jul 11, 2019, 12:01am -