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The Points Guy

  • newBritish Airways Devaluation Coming April 28
    The last time British Airways changed its Executive Club program was about 3 years ago when the airline made redemptions based on individual sectors, but today marks the next big changes to the British Airways Executive Club program. If you’re th…
    - 1 hour ago 28 Jan 15, 4:18pm -
  • newUsing British Airways Avios Without Fees from Miami
    Anyone who lives in an American Airlines hub with a lot of non-stop flights (NYC, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Charlotte, LA) should be best friends with British Airways Avios. Even if you never fly on a British Airways plane, know…
    - 3 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 2:55pm -
  • newPreventing The Next MH370: Where Are We Now?
     Today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains the unexpected challenge of locating a commercial airliner, and the technologies that could aid search efforts the next time a plane goes missing. One of the most frustrating a…
    - 5 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 1:08pm -
  • newMarriott Bringing its Moxy Brand to the US in 2016

    - 18 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 11:12pm -
  • newInside the Super Exclusive VIP Lounge at Havana Airport
    My recent weekend in Cuba was absolutely amazing! If you haven’t done so already, check out my recent posts on Who Can Go to Cuba?, Tips For Traveling to Cuba, How to Get to Cuba (and Back): Flight and Award Options, Where and How to Book Hot…
    - 19 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 10:50pm -
  • newUS Airways Awards Temporarily Not Bookable on British Airways Website
    Last year, I wrote about how US Airways were now bookable using British Airways Avios, and how you could take advantage of their distance based awards when flying US Airways. Over the past several days there has been a known issue with booking US A…
    - 20 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 9:39pm -
  • newEarn 15 Free Hilton Nights with Hilton Mom Voyage
    It’s a lucky day for family travel bloggers: Hilton Mom Voyage is currently taking applications for a yearlong blogging program targeted at family travel. In exchange for 20 blog posts and some other fairly easy requirements, the entire family (Mom…
    - 23 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 6:55pm -
  • Korean Air Returns as Ultimate Rewards Transfer Partner
    After a short hiatus, Chase has reinstated SkyTeam member Korean Air as a travel transfer partner. In November, the airline disappeared from the Ultimate Rewards Travel Center, but as of Sunday, Chase Sapphire Preferred and Ink Plus cardholders c…
    - 1 day ago 27 Jan 15, 4:59pm -
  • Flying on the Airbus A350: Which Airlines and Miles to Use
    Today, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen looks at which major airlines have ordered the new Airbus A350, and how you can use miles to test it out. Earlier this month, Qatar Airways became the launch customer of the newest Airbus jet, the A350XWB…
    - 1 day ago 27 Jan 15, 2:59pm -
  • How to Upgrade Hotel Rooms With Points
    Your hotel experience can vary widely, not only across brands and categories, but also between rooms in the same property. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at upgrade awards to help you make the most of your stay, and discusses which of th…
    - 1 day ago 27 Jan 15, 1:08pm -

Frugal Travel Guy

  • newHold Off on Amex to British Airways Transfers — BA Announces Significant Rewards Program Devaluation Effective April 28
    And this is why you should always be extra careful whenever considering speculative rewards currency transfers! Yesterday, I explained how I would be taking advantage of the current 40% bonus on American Express Membership Rewards point transfers to…
    - 14 mins ago 28 Jan 15, 5:26pm -
  • newSeeing the World in a Weekend – Starwood Properties of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
    Anyone who knows me knows I love San Juan, Puerto Rico. And while there is so much to do in the greater San Juan area, my favorite place to be is the old part of the city, Old San Juan. Those who know me well know I mostly hang out at Starwood Proper…
    - 10 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 8:00am -
  • newHyatt’s New Brand, Marriott’s New Acquisition
    There have been a couple significant developments in the hotel industry: the introduction of Hyatt’s new brand, Centric, and Marriott’s acquisition of Canada’s Delta hotels. Hyatt Centric Hyatt Centric is a full-service lifestyle brand designed…
    - 18 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 12:00am -
  • newThe Best Round-the-World Award Options Available
    Back in April, without any kind of warning, American Airlines eliminated their popular distance-based oneworld Explorer awards. While this type of award was not literally a round-the-world award (RTW) option, you could (in essence) easily convert it…
    - 19 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 11:00pm -
  • newHow to Take Advantage of Southwest’s New Flights to Central America
    In March, Southwest Airlines will begin its first round of flights to Central America with round-trip fares from Baltimore to San Jose, Costa Rica. The flights, which represent the airline’s first voyages beyond the U.S. and Caribbean, will hopeful…
    - 22 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 8:00pm -
  • newThree Scenarios for Award Tickets to Cuba
    With the continued developments in Cuban travel, airlines are beginning to position their brands towards travelers wishing to fly into Havana. Many carriers based in the United States have either announced or alluded to intentions of exploring regula…
    - 24 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 6:00pm -
  • Only Four Days Left! Amex’s 40% Bonus on Transfers to BA Avios
    For over a month now, American Express has been offering a 40 percent bonus on Membership Rewards point transfers to British Airways. This bonus offer will end on January 31, 2015. Last month, I discussed a few different instances in which it makes…
    - 1 day ago 27 Jan 15, 5:00pm -
  • Is Your Citi Executive AA MasterCard Annual Fee Due?
    This time last year, the points and miles world was engaged in a frenzy. Citibank was handing out 100,000 bonus AA miles after you spent $10,000 on their then-new Executive AA World MasterCard. On top of that, they were doling out a $200 statement…
    - 1 day ago 27 Jan 15, 8:00am -
  • Hotels, Airlines, Partnerships, Points: Starwood Preferred Guest Still #1
    The key to successfully redeeming points and miles for award travel is flexibility. If you’ve got flexible points, soft travel dates set and any number of destinations in mind, you’ll find that it isn’t very difficult to use your points and mil…
    - 2 days ago 26 Jan 15, 11:00pm -
  • Five Groups to Meet With When Traveling on a Budget
    There is no doubt our traveling experiences are enriched by the people we meet along the way. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to find people who share your interests or who are willing to offer up some hospitality. Here are five ways to join…
    - 2 days ago 26 Jan 15, 8:00pm -

One Mile at a Time

  • newBest Trip Ever: Dad’s Thoughts
    As I explained from the beginning, for me the most exciting part of the trip was seeing my dad's excitement. And while I've taken many trips with my dad, planning a complete surprise trip was a new one even for me. I can't say enough how much I enjoy…
    - 1 hour ago 28 Jan 15, 4:33pm -
  • new1,000 Free Points For Joining Hilton HHonors
    For the two of you reading this that aren't yet members of Hilton HHonors... ;) Hilton HHonors is running a promotion in conjunction with EVA Air whereby you can earn triple EVA Air Infinity MileageLands miles for your Hilton stays. That promotion as…
    - 3 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 3:03pm -
  • newBritish Airways Executive Club Program Changes 2015
    Oh boy. British Airways has just announced some major changes to the Executive Club, which have implications both for earning and redeeming Avios. These changes kick in for bookings made as of April 28, 2015. In other words, if you book before then y…
    - 6 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 12:09pm -
  • newBritish Airways Business Class Awards Available Over Summer
    Back in the day British Airways had excellent transatlantic first and business class award availability, but still wasn't that desirable given the fuel surcharges they impose. The past few years they've gotten progressively stingier with releasing tr…
    - 18 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 12:03am -
  • newAlaska Doesn’t Want To Pay For Delta’s Growth In Seattle
    One of the best sources of drama in the airline industry in 2014 was "the battle in Seattle" between Alaska and Delta. I won't provide a rundown of the situation again, other than linking to the previous post and sharing the below GIF, which I think…
    - 20 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 10:01pm -
  • newQantas Lowering Fuel Surcharges On Award Tickets
    With oil prices as low as they are, it's somewhat puzzling why airlines are still imposing fuel surcharges. As I wrote about in November, the reason many airlines haven't lowered fuel surcharges is because they don't have to. There's no accountabilit…
    - 22 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 7:50pm -
  • newWhat Is Hyatt Centric?
    Hyatt is introducing a new brand of hotels, called Hyatt Centric. Hyatt Centric is marketed at "the modern explorer," whatever that's supposed to mean. First of all, here's a three minute marketing video about Hyatt Centric. Am I the only one that fo…
    - 24 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 6:03pm -
  • ANA First Class Awards Wide Open To Seattle And Singapore
    Last week I wrote about ANA's significant schedule changes. With these schedule changes, ANA upgauged select routes to Boeing 777-300ERs, signifying the introduction of first class service (in the process their Paris route is losing first class servi…
    - 1 day ago 27 Jan 15, 4:03pm -
  • Starwood Introducing Alternative To Platinum Suite Night Awards
    In 2012 Starwood introduced a suite of new benefits for elite members, which really propelled them to one of my favorite hotel loyalty programs out there. From my perspective, the two most significant enhancements included: -- Platinum continental br…
    - 1 day ago 27 Jan 15, 2:33pm -
  • Etihad Is Changing Their Schedule For US Flights As Of March 29, 2015
    Airlines publish schedule changes all the time. While it's useful to plan as far in advance as possible, it's always frustrating when you've crafted that perfect trip, only to have a major schedule change ruin it close to departure. The best we can h…
    - 1 day ago 27 Jan 15, 1:03pm -

View From the Wing

The Frequent Miler

  • newPreparing for 100 miles per dollar
    Recently 1-800-Flowers reappeared as an Amex Offer: Unlike many Amex offers, this one is not available for signup through social media channels such as Twitter or Facebook.  Instead, you have to receive the offer under the “Amex Offers For You”…
    - 6 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 11:25am -
  • 5X ThankYou offer returns… sort of
    There used to be a wonderful sign up offer for the no fee Citi ThankYou Preferred card: earn 5 points per dollar at grocery stores, drug stores, and gas stations for 12 months.  At that time, Vanilla Reload cards were still purchasable via credit ca…
    - 1 day ago 27 Jan 15, 11:25am -
  • The best card for reloading REDbird
    Ever since REDbird appeared and proved to be better than expected, I’ve been asked the same question many times: What is the best credit card to use to load REDbird?  Here’s the answer… Candidates Many cards are good choices for REDbird.  Let…
    - 2 days ago 26 Jan 15, 11:25am -
  • It’s not too late – Deals still alive as of 1/25/2015
    Each week we publish a number of fantastic deals on the blog and in Quick Deals. Most deals don’t last long, but some hang around for awhile. In an effort to keep you up to date, we have gone back through each of the deals posted over the last coup…
    - 3 days ago 25 Jan 15, 4:00pm -
  • Manufactured Spend Strategy, Underrated Credit Cards, Gift Card Churning & More
    Welcome to the new Frequent Miler Week In Review series. Every Saturday we recap what you might have missed from Frequent Miler during the week and bring you some of the best posts from around the web. Enjoy! This Week From Frequent Miler A faster w…
    - 4 days ago 24 Jan 15, 4:00pm -
  • Bet You Didn’t Know: How to setup credit fraud alerts by text or email
    By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate…   I was playing with my new REDbird card at Target the other day, which is pretty much the most awesome thing in manufactured spend since… well, since Bluebird. The folks at Target are incredibly nice, u…
    - 5 days ago 23 Jan 15, 11:25am -
  • Using the Citi Prestige 4th night free benefit
    I’ve recently become a big fan of the Citi Prestige card (see “Citi Prestige vs Premier vs Preferred”).  It may even be the single best travel rewards card currently available, but I’ll defer that topic to a future post.  Today I’ll simpl…
    - 6 days ago 22 Jan 15, 11:25am -
  • Surviving (and thriving) Delta 2015
    As of January 1, 2015, Delta has been awarding miles based on the ticket price rather than the distance flown.  Under the new program, long distance heavily discounted flights result in far fewer earned miles than before.  For example, as shown in…
    - 7 days ago 21 Jan 15, 11:25am -
  • How to get 30,000 miles and lots of satellite TV for free
    Last week I posted “$100 free for DIRECTV customers!”  Those with DIRECTV and a few Amex small business cards can use this offer to get free money from American Express.  But, what about those who do not have DIRECTV? It might be time to give i…
    - 8 days ago 20 Jan 15, 11:25am -
  • Amex’s crazy PointsMatch scheme. How to make the most of it.
    This morning, One Mile at a Time published: You Won’t Believe Amex’s Targeted “PointsMatch” Promotion.  And, you know what, Lucky was right.  I can hardly believe what I’m seeing… Summary Amex has a new targeted promotion called PointsM…
    - 9 days ago 19 Jan 15, 4:50pm -

The Flight Deal

The Free-quent Flyer

  • newUsing my Barclaycard Arrival+ PIN in Italy
    If you're a citizen of the United States, the Barclaycard Arrival+ card is likely the only "chip and PIN" card you carry. These cards are popular outside of the United States, but for economic and historical reasons they have not and, in my only-sli…
    - 21 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 8:49pm -
  • Marriott rollover nights and the hunt for Gold elite status
    Last October I wrote a couple of posts about an idea I had to use Marriott rollover nights in order to earn elite status once every two years. The technique takes advantage of the principle that elite status is valid for the remainder of the yea…
    - 2 days ago 26 Jan 15, 11:00am -
  • Weekend blog housekeeping
    Here are a few updates I thought I'd share with my readers.New blog subscription providerIf you were signed up for a PayPal subscription back in December, before the account I was using to handle subscriptions was closed by PayPal, you should have…
    - 4 days ago 24 Jan 15, 10:24pm -
  • Regional: new AAA Visa gift card daily limits
    I often joke that I'm the only person left buying Visa gift cards from AAA. And before anyone complains, I understand:Yes, you have to be a AAA member;Yes, they're only available in some regions;Yes, purchases can be pretty time-consuming if the per…
    - 5 days ago 23 Jan 15, 9:52pm -
  • My 2014 in miles and points
    It's still January, and that means the blogger's code entitles me to write a 2014 retrospective on the miles and points I earned and redeemed in 2014. Last year I wrote an in-depth 2013 end-of-year accounting that included detailed information abo…
    - 7 days ago 21 Jan 15, 11:00am -
  • Earning flexible points at gas stations
    Via Doctor of Credit, the Citi ThankYou Premier card is apparently lowering its annual fee and significantly changing its bonus earning categories by including gas stations in its bonused "travel" category, while increasing its earning rate to 3 Tha…
    - 8 days ago 20 Jan 15, 9:33pm -
  • Do this now: register for Hyatt's Stay More Play More promotion
    Registration is open for the Hyatt Gold Passport Winter/Spring promotion, called "Stay More Play More." Between January 15 and April 30, 2015, you'll earn bonus points based on the specific offer you've been targeted for, presumably depending in par…
    - 8 days ago 20 Jan 15, 11:00am -
  • How do transfer bonuses and Travel Together Tickets affect the value of Avios for long-haul British Airways flights?
    Everyone knows that Avios, the awards currency used by British Airways Executive Club, can be redeemed for short-haul domestic flights at sometimes astronomical values. 4,500 or 7,500 Avios for expensive, short-haul flights is one of the great barg…
    - 9 days ago 19 Jan 15, 11:00am -
  • Lessons learned after a week in Italy
    I don’t write trip reports because I don’t like reading trip reports. On the other hand, while in Italy I discovered a few things I wasn’t expecting, which might prove useful to readers planning their own trips. So here are my top 6 travel-hack…
    - 12 days ago 17 Jan 15, 2:40am -
  • IHG Rewards Club "Into the Nights" free nights are surprisingly easy to use
    Reminder: select your rewards for last quarter's IHG Rewards Club promotionBefore I get to the subject of today's post, let me gently remind any readers who reached one or both of their "Into the Nights" thresholds to log into the promotion's site a…
    - 14 days ago 14 Jan 15, 11:00am -

Well Traveled Mile

  • newAre You Applying For the Best 50,000 Mile AA MasterCard Sign-up Bonus Offer?
    If you’ve been looking at applying for the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard you’ve probably aware of the 50,000 bonus mile offer floating around. This is a great deal and the easiest way to accrue American Airlines miles, which are amo…
    - 2 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 4:02pm -
  • 70,000 Bonus Points + Free Night Every Year with the IHG Rewards Club MasterCard
    [Disclosure: I do not earn a referral for the Chase IHG Rewards Club Select MasterCard. However, it’s one of my favorite hotel credit cards and I’ll always write about the best deals even if they don’t pay me. To find other top deals check out…
    - 6 days ago 22 Jan 15, 10:30pm -
  • Complete Resource Guide to Hotel Award Charts
    I decided to run a comparison and breakdown the number of hotels each program has in each category. So, here’s a table of how many properties each hotel program has in each hotel category. Also included are links to the list of properties wit…
    - 14 days ago 14 Jan 15, 5:25pm -
  • Top 10 Best Credit Card Sign-up Bonus Offers for January 2015
    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…
    - 18 days ago 10 Jan 15, 4:03pm -
  • New Hyatt Gold Passport Stay More Play More Promotion 2015
    Although late to the bunch, Hyatt has revealed their new targeted Hyatt Gold Passport Stay More Play More promotion for stays between January 15 through April 30, 2015. Link: Hyatt Gold Passport Stay More Play More Registration Terms: Hyatt Gold…
    - 19 days ago 9 Jan 15, 8:02pm -
  • Roundup of Current Hotel Promotions | 2015 Quarter 1
    With the start of the new year hotel programs have already started to unveil their new promotions for 2015. Taking advantage of these promotions can be great ways to supercharge points earning, especially so if you have upcoming paid stays. That said…
    - 23 days ago 6 Jan 15, 2:00am -
  • How to Get $25 Statement Credit for Opting-in for Paperless Statements on US Airways Card
    Via Points Centric, Barclays is offering a targeted promotion for it’s US Airways cardholders to switch to paperless statements. If you haven’t previous had your account settings changed to received statement credits you most likely already recei…
    - 33 days ago 26 Dec 14, 11:24pm -
  • Lounge Review: The Club at ATL
    Back in October on my way down to Buenos Aires, Argentina I had a chance to check out The Club at ATL. Using my Lounge Club membership that comes with the Ritz-Carlton credit card I was able to access the lounge for free and was pleasantly surpris…
    - 33 days ago 26 Dec 14, 3:25pm -
  • Refer a Friend to Barclays 50,000 US Airways Mastercard Offer
    Barclays just launched their refer-a-friend program for the US Airways® Premier World MasterCard® offering existing card holders up to 50,000 bonus US Airways miles. For each friend you refer and is approved for the card by January 18, 2015 you’…
    - 41 days ago 19 Dec 14, 4:27am -
  • Earning 70,000 Ultimate Rewards Points On My 2nd Ink Plus Card
    Back in September, I wrote about the amazing 70,000 Ultimate Rewards point sign-up offer on the Chase Ink Plus card. Even though I already had an existing Ink Plus card that I opened in March, 2014 I decided that the deal was too good to pass up and…
    - 41 days ago 19 Dec 14, 1:00am -

MileValue

  • newNew, Worse Avios Award Chart
    British Airways Avios has gutted its award chart for some awards booked April 28, 2015 or later. All the best deals on the chart, though, are untouched, and mostly the bad deals were made worse. In my mind, the devaluation is no big deal. Here’s th…
    - 1 hour ago 28 Jan 15, 4:38pm -
  • newLuxurious ANA First Class Award Space Wide Open for 50,000 Miles
    ANA’s “First Square” is one of the nicest First Classes in the world. The fully enclosed suite featured on ANA’s 777-300ERs is a top of the line hard product, including a fully flat bed. In addition, it comes with–from the reports I’ve…
    - 2 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 3:41pm -
  • Anatomy of an Award: Booking Domestic United Flight with Singapore Miles
    Singapore miles are fantastic for booking domestic awards on United flights. Singapore has access to all the exact same Saver award space on United flights that United miles have access to (except extra space set aside for elites), and Singapore char…
    - 1 day ago 27 Jan 15, 5:29pm -
  • Redeem American Airlines Miles: Part 7 — East and Southeast Asia
    Let’s talk about how to use American Airlines miles for awards to East and Southeast Asia. Awards to East and Southeast Asia are some of the best value awards with American Airlines miles. What You’re Reading This is the seventh post in one c…
    - 1 day ago 27 Jan 15, 2:52pm -
  • Anatomy of an Award: Etihad First Class on Dreamliner from Egypt to United States
    I booked myself a First Class award ticket from Cairo, Egypt to Washington DC with 15 hours on the brand new Etihad 787-9 Dreamliner for 90,000 American Airlines miles and a few dollars in taxes. Take a look at the suite: The Trip I had already booke…
    - 2 days ago 26 Jan 15, 5:25pm -
  • Replace all Credit, Debit, Gift, Loyalty, and Access Cards with Plastc Card
    Plastc Card could replace every card in your wallet. Plastc Card is a credit-card sized mini-computer that stores up to 20 credit cards, debit cards, loyalty cards, access cards for doors, and more, so that you don’t have to carry all of them indiv…
    - 2 days ago 26 Jan 15, 3:48pm -
  • British Airways Buying Aer Lingus Would Be Terrible for Your Miles
    Aer Lingus has decided to accept IAG’s takeover bid, which would mean that one company would own the flag carriers of the United Kingdom, Spain, and Ireland, since IAG already owns British Airways and Iberia. The deal is far from done because the I…
    - 2 days ago 26 Jan 15, 3:17pm -
  • MileValue Seeking New Award Booker
    The MileValue Award Booking Service is seeking a talented award booker to have fun, get paid, and help people book their dream trips. The MileValue Award Booking Service is the premier service for booking people their dream trips with frequent flyer…
    - 2 days ago 26 Jan 15, 2:15pm -
  • Three Credit Cards I’ll Never Cancel
    In My Credit Card Strategy for 2015, I mentioned three credit cards I would never cancel: Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature Card with 85,000 bonus points after spending $2,500 in the first 90 days Hyatt Credit Card with two free nights at…
    - 4 days ago 24 Jan 15, 5:09pm -
  • Redeem American Airlines Miles: Part 6 — Redeeming for Hawaii
    Let’s talk about how to use American Airlines miles for awards to Hawaii. What You’re Reading This is the sixth post in one comprehensive guide that tells you everything you need to know about American Airlines miles. Now is the time to writ…
    - 5 days ago 23 Jan 15, 8:15pm -

Frequent Flier

  • newMore Double Points from Virgin America
    Virgin America started the new year with a double-points promotion for a handful of its more popular flights, through February 28. The airline has launched yet another promotion, featuring double points on a host of additional routes, and extending t…
    - 22 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 7:13pm -
  • newHacked: Starwood Members’ Accounts
    It’s not clear whether incidents of loyalty accounts being hacked are increasing in number, or whether they’re simply being more widely recognized and reported. What’s inarguably true is that we’re hearing more about them. The latest report o…
    - 24 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 6:09pm -
  • Earn Double AAdvantage Miles for Asia Flights
    Through March 20, AAdvantage members can earn double miles when flying American or Japan Airlines on the following routes between the U.S. and Asia: Between Dallas/Fort Worth, Chicago O’Hare, Los Angeles, San Diego, New York, Boston, or Vancouver a…
    - 2 days ago 26 Jan 15, 8:02pm -
  • Win an 8-Day Trip to France for 2
    Enter the Ste. Michelle Wine “Explore the Possibilities” sweepstakes by March 31, 2015, for a chance to win the grand prize: an eight-day trip for two to France, including air and hotel accommodations. To enter, provide the requested information…
    - 2 days ago 26 Jan 15, 5:45pm -
  • Recap: The Week’s Biggest Stories and Best Deals
    Following is our regular summary of the latest travel news and best frequent traveler promotions reviewed during the past week. If it was a good deal—or a notably bad deal—from an airline, hotel, or car rental loyalty program, you can ... Read Mo…
    - 5 days ago 23 Jan 15, 7:53pm -
  • Yelp Dubs Small-Town BBQ Joint the Country’s Best Restaurant
    Copper Top BBQ, in Big Pine, CA, (population: 1,756) is the best restaurant in the United States. Says who, you might ask? Says Yelp. Which means … well, something. If nothing else, it means that Copper Top was at the ... Read More
    - 5 days ago 23 Jan 15, 5:59pm -
  • 70,000-Point Bonus for New IHG Credit Card Sign-Ups
    Between January 22 and March 31, new IHG Rewards Club Select credit card customers will receive a 70,000-point bonus after spending $1,000 during the first three months. Card details No annual fee for the first year; $49 annually thereafter ... Read…
    - 6 days ago 22 Jan 15, 7:27pm -
  • Earn 10,000 Bonus Points for Radisson Stays
    Club Carlson’s recent bonus promotions have been among the hotel industry’s most generous. This offer, for Radisson stays, continues that trend, although there are caveats. Offer Details Through December 31, 2015, Club Carlson members can earn 10…
    - 6 days ago 22 Jan 15, 5:51pm -
  • Foreign Travel? There’s an App for That
    Frommers calls its new smartphone app “the essential international travel companion.” The stripped-down version of Frommers Translator is available for free, for iOS and Android mobile devices. It features basic translation for 13 languages. An a…
    - 7 days ago 21 Jan 15, 7:27pm -
  • United Upgrades Inflight Meal Service
    Beginning on February 1, first- and business-class travelers flying on United within North America will get an upgrade, inflight food-wise. The revamp includes more options, new menu items, and meal service on shorter flights. Among the new entrees:…
    - 7 days ago 21 Jan 15, 5:51pm -

Travel is Free

  • Explaining Airline Status and the Benefits
    How does Airline Status work? This will give an overview of the complexities of different airline status benefits in a clear way. It will also explain earning and using the benefits. While I’m cynical in regards to “status” in general, there…
    - 1 day ago 27 Jan 15, 7:35am -
  • 6 Reason to Love British Airways Avios
    British Airways, for whatever reason, isn’t as glorified as the other major points programs but it is awesome and completely niche. Some redemptions are terrible, most are okay, but there are so many amazing redemptions when using British Airways A…
    - 2 days ago 26 Jan 15, 9:01pm -
  • I Could Travel The World On Two Types Of Credit Cards
    Or I should say that there are two types of credit cards that I find especially lucrative and I find myself drawn to and using. This is a strategy that works for me (as someone who has been doing this for years) and that I think can work for anyone.…
    - 5 days ago 23 Jan 15, 4:10pm -
  • $0 Trip Series: Mistake Fare to Muscat, Oman
    Earlier I did a $0 trip all with miles and points to Latin America (Panama, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Guatemala). The concept was to spend zero dollars on flights and hotels. That trip was nearly free in every other way too as taxis and what not we…
    - 7 days ago 21 Jan 15, 12:57pm -
  • Big Contest/Giveaway!
    UPDATE: The contest ended and I am reaching out to the winners so they can pick their prizes. Congrats to David, Stephen, and Steven!   Carrie and I have been traveling since 2011. We’ve been able to live on a poverty level budget and we’ve d…
    - 8 days ago 20 Jan 15, 7:00pm -
  • The New Ways of Earning United Miles
    March 1st is around the corner and people are planning out their next status move, so it’s about time I wrote something on United’s new status system and the huge devaluation of earnings. The bad news is that United moved to a (mostly) revenue b…
    - 9 days ago 19 Jan 15, 9:34pm -
  • Is Charging Taxes on Award Nights Legal?
    Of course, this observation has nothing to do with any opinion regarding taxes… instead, I’m just super shocked how many hotels charge money after specifically stating in the award booking receipt I’d pay $0.00. To go from zero to any amount…
    - 9 days ago 19 Jan 15, 8:51am -
  • 6 Routes Even I’d Fly Business Class On
    For those who fly a lot, every flight in “premium cabin” is a forfeit of money in the future. You’ll have to pay to earn back those miles at some point, you’ll have to pay for a flight in the future, or you paid to get those miles. Now, peop…
    - 11 days ago 17 Jan 15, 7:40pm -
  • 10 Alternative Destinations That Are Less Traveled
    My goal is to the see the world, so I’m hardly recommending skipping any place. However, sometimes I need to get away from the crowds. Sometimes I’m more interested in culture or beauty and less interested in having the option of pizza and tour…
    - 15 days ago 14 Jan 15, 2:28am -

Frequent Flyer Bonuses

Million Mile Secrets

Nomadic Matt

  • Four Reasons This is the Year of the Budget Traveler
    When I started traveling in 2006, there were no large travel blogs as we know them, sharing economy websites, or apps, and there were few online booking sites for obscure destinations. I remember finding only one website about backpacking Europe and…
    - 6 days ago 22 Jan 15, 3:32pm -
  • Americans Aren’t the Only Ones Who Get Travel Deals
    This past Christmas, Etihad Airlines mistakenly published cheap airfare from the United States to India, Africa, and the Middle East that made its way across the web like wildfire. Fares were as low as $178 round-trip. It was an incredible Christmas…
    - 8 days ago 20 Jan 15, 3:18pm -
  • How to Save (and Not Save) Money in the Virgin Islands
    Budget travel is like a puzzle to me. I roam the world, trying to put the pieces together and I’ve been able to turn some of the most expensive destinations in the world into budget destinations – Iceland, Japan, Sweden, and even Norway. I’ve o…
    - 13 days ago 15 Jan 15, 2:00pm -
  • Ten Years Ago, I Quit My Job to Travel the World
    Ten years ago, I embarked on the trip that would change my life. It was 2004 and I was trying to convince a friend to visit the Galapagos Islands the following January. He wasn’t sold on the idea and suggested Thailand instead. Since I didn’t car…
    - 16 days ago 12 Jan 15, 4:50pm -
  • 10 Destinations to Visit When You’re a Budget Traveler
    The world is full of affordable destinations, and it doesn’t require much effort to find them. No matter what continent, there are always places you can visit on a budget – even countries we think of as expensive are quite budget-friendly if you…
    - 20 days ago 8 Jan 15, 2:01pm -
  • How You Can Travel the World Cheaper, Longer, and Smarter (Plus, get FREE stuff)
    When I first wrote How to Travel the World on $50 a Day, it was just a small PDF guide with some travel coupons you downloaded from this site. It was meant to be a one stop, easy-to-follow guide for planning your trip. When Penguin publishing approac…
    - 22 days ago 6 Jan 15, 1:33pm -
  • My 16 Favorite Things to Do in the Virgin Islands
    Two of the most-visited destinations in the Caribbean, the US and British Virgin Islands are what I expected them to be – white sand beaches, excellent diving and snorkeling, turquoise crystal clear water, scenic hiking, lots of boating opportuniti…
    - 30 days ago 29 Dec 14, 6:17pm -
  • Why Road Trips are a Good Idea for Family Travel
    On the third fourth Friday of every month, Cameron Wears from The Traveling Canucks is here to give us tips and advice on how to travel better with your kids. This is an often requested topic so I’m excited to have him on the team! Here is this mon…
    - 33 days ago 26 Dec 14, 3:00pm -
  • Why I Travel Alone
    “Joe, did you book your ticket yet?” I asked. “No. I changed my mind. I’m not going to go.” “What? You aren’t going to Australia? We’ve been planning this vacation for months!” “Yeah, I don’t feel like it. We’ll go some other…
    - 37 days ago 22 Dec 14, 3:04pm -
  • How to Travel on $50 A Day: The Book Tour
    Most people think it seems too good to be true that you can travel across the world on less than it costs to live at home. They believe that cheap travel is a pipe dream. But, as readers of the blog, you know that not to be true, and, in the coming m…
    - 42 days ago 17 Dec 14, 3:20pm -

The Hustle Blog

  • Evolve Money Changes Terms for Discover Cards
    There have been a lot of changes going on with Evolve Money lately. First, I wrote about how they were a great way to pay for bills or loans that you can’t normally pay for with credit or gift cards. Then, they announced great news that we could us…
    - 35 days ago 24 Dec 14, 5:34pm -
  • Chase Freedom 2015 Bonus Categories Announced

    - 49 days ago 10 Dec 14, 12:00pm -
  • Register Now! American Express Small Business Saturday
    Registration for American Express Small Business Saturday is live! Register all your eligible American Express cards at this link as soon as you can. As I detailed in a previous post, this year’s Small Business Saturday, which occurs on November 29…
    - 72 days ago 17 Nov 14, 12:00pm -
  • Follow Up: Evolve Money + Discover Card
    This is a follow up to my post over the weekend about Evolve Money’s newest developments. It looks like all is well just like Evolve said! The payment has posted to my Discover account as a regular payment & I already see the Evolve payments postin…
    - 79 days ago 10 Nov 14, 4:32pm -
  • Evolve Money Now Takes Discover Cards
    I just received an email from Evolve Money about a new feature – they now accept Discover credit cards as payment sources! Previously, they only accepted debit cards or gift cards as payment sources to pay bills. This opens up a nice avenue to earn…
    - 82 days ago 7 Nov 14, 12:00pm -
  • New Next Generation NEXUS Kiosks Coming
    As a NEXUS member, I just received an email with some significant updates about the kiosk process when traveling by air between the United States & Canada. “Next Generation” kiosks are being installed to provide “faster, more reliable and more…
    - 3 Oct 14, 11:00am -
  • Chase Freedom 4th Quarter 2014 Bonus Categories are Live!
    It’s October 1st, the first day of Q4! Let’s get started earning those 7,500 Ultimate Rewards points. Don’t forget to activate your Chase Freedom cards to earn 5 points per dollar spent at the following bonus categories: Amazon.com Zappos.com S…
    - 1 Oct 14, 4:18pm -
  • Newark Airport Family Day 2014
    Finally, I can tell my nephew, who has been asking me about this since the beginning of summer, the great news. Newark Airport Family Day is back for 2014! We took my nephew the past 2 years and he absolutely loved it. Here are the details: October…
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  • Small Business Saturday 2014
    Shop Small One of my favorite days of the year for free money is returning this year to kick off the holiday season. Small Business Saturday (Shop Small) will happen on November 29, 2014. Last year’s event was a bit of a downer due to the reduced s…
    - 29 Sep 14, 11:00am -
  • Chase Freedom 4th Quarter 2014 – 5x Points at Amazon & Department Stores
    You can now activate your Chase Freedom credit cards to earn 5 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent in the following categories: Amazon.com Zappos.com Select department stores JCPenney Kohl’s Macy’s Nordstrom Sears You can see the list of a…
    - 17 Sep 14, 11:00am -

UPgRD

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

Johnny Jet

  • newTop 10 in Travel News: Week of January 28, 2015
    THE TOP 10 IN TRAVEL NEWS THIS WEEK: FAA warns of fire danger caused by e-cigarettes on planes SkyMall files for bankruptcy Virgin Australia dropping fuel surcharges for US flights Chicago’s O’Hare regains title of world’s busiest airport Orbit…
    - 4 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 2:00pm -
  • newTravel Contests: Week of January 28, 2015
    This week’s travel contests include: Win a $10,000 dream trip or a number of other prizes (must complete the Travel + Leisure 2015 World’s Best Awards Survey) Win two tickets to New Zealand from Air New Zealand Win a $100,000 getaway to Hawaii W…
    - 5 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 1:00pm -
  • newTravel Product of the Week: Essentia Memory Foam Neck Pillow
    A couple weeks ago I attended the Delray Sands Resort opening party and to my surprise they had a departing gift bag with a really cool neck pillow inside. It was made by Essentia, the makers of the only natural memory foam in the world who, in addi…
    - 13 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 4:45am -
  • newTravel Video of the Day: Plane Runs Out of Fuel, Ditches Near Hawaii
    Did you see this incredible video from Monday? A small plane from the San Francisco Bay Area ran out of fuel 253 miles northeast of Maui and had to ditch in the ocean. The 28-year-old pilot had a built-in parachute on his single-engine Cirrus SR-22 a…
    - 14 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 3:53am -
  • newTravel Website of the Week: TaxiFareFinder’s RideGuru
    I’m a big fan of TaxiFareFinder’s RideGuru, which tells you how much taxis and rideshares cost wherever you’re in need of a ride so you can compare. For example, the other day I needed to get my dad a ride from Manhattan Beach to San Pedro and…
    - 14 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 3:29am -
  • newTravel App of the Week: iWrecked
    God forbid you ever get in an accident while traveling (or at home), but if you do, the free app iWrecked can help you be better prepared. iWrecked directs users to the info they need after a traffic accident, anywhere. It helps you create a detail…
    - 15 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 2:54am -
  • newEarn 50,000 US Airways/American Airlines Miles
    If you’re like me and like to save money by using miles for last-minute expensive trips, or for helping your loved ones experience the finer things in life, then listen up: My favorite deal in travel right now is Barclaycard’s limited-time offer…
    - 20 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 10:03pm -
  • Travel Tip of the Day: Put Carry-Ons in Zipper-First
    Put Carry-Ons in Zipper-First To minimize the risk of carry-on theft on the plane, put your carry-on bag(s) in the overhead bin across the aisle from you and put the zippers in facing first. That way you can always see if someone is trying to get in…
    - 1 day ago 27 Jan 15, 5:00pm -

Doctor of Credit

  • newMaster List Of Gas Station Rewards Programs
    This is a guest post that was submitted by Josh from Frugal Hack Me. I strongly recommend you follow him on twitter and read his website (or do what I do and add it to your feedly). Almost every gas station chain has a rewards program nowadays, but j…
    - 4 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 1:30pm -
  • newHuntington Voice Credit Card – Pick Your Own 3% Cash Back Category
    This is another post in our Weird Wednesday series where we have a look at unknown or little known credit cards to see if they are worth applying for or not. You can view more posts in the series here. Today we are going to be looking at the Huntingt…
    - 4 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 1:25pm -
  • newChase United MileagePlus Explorer Business Card: 50,000 Mile Sign Up Bonus
    The Offer Direct link to offer Receive a sign up bonus of 50,000 miles on the United MileagePlus Explorer Business Card when you make $2,000 in purchases within three months The Fine Print Annual fee of $95 is waived the first year Earns at the foll…
    - 6 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 11:30am -
  • newFree $10 for Signing Up with Topcashback
    The Offer TopCashBack is an online shopping portal. They always have a referral program which benefits the REFERRER. Occasionally they sweeten the pot and give a signup bonus for the REFEREE too. I just signed into my Topcashback account and noticed…
    - 13 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 4:32am -
  • newHilton HHonors 1,000 Point Sign Up Bonus
    The Offer Direct link to offer Receive 1,000 Hilton HHonors points if you sign up for a new account. The Fine Print You’re supposed to be an EVA Air member to be eligible Valid until March 31st, 2015. Only available to new members, those with exis…
    - 14 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 3:30am -
  • newCiti Prestige 60,000 Point Offer, $350 Annual Fee
    The Offer Receive up to 60,000 ThankYou points when you sign up for the Citi Prestige card: Receive 30,000 ThankYou points after you spend $3,000 within the first three months Receive an additional 30,000 ThankYou points after you spend a total of $1…
    - 14 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 3:18am -
  • newCitibank $100 Account Package Checking Bonus
    Offer at a glance Maximum bonus amount: $100 Availability: Nationwide  Direct deposit required: No Additional requirements: Deposit $10,000 and maintain for at least 15 days  Hard/soft pull: Soft Credit card funding: Up to $50,000, although people…
    - 15 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 2:43am -
  • newCiti Gold $400 Checking Bonus
    Offer at a glance Maximum bonus amount: $400 Availability: Nationwide  Direct deposit required: No Additional requirements: Deposit $50,000 and maintain for at least 15 days  Hard/soft pull: Soft Credit card funding: Up to $50,000, although people…
    - 16 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 1:37am -
  • newTargeted IHG Survey For 2,500 Points + Interesting Questions Regarding Future IHG Credit Card Options
    Hotel chains and airlines often seen out targeted surveys to their loyalty members as a way of doing market research. IHG recently sent out such a survey (title of the e-mail was “Earn 2,500 Bonus Points by Sharing Your Opinion”). Unfortunately t…
    - 17 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 12:20am -
  • newHow Pick Your Own 3x Category On The American Express Business Gold Card
    Update: At least one person has been able to successfully chose their category now. They did this by using online chat. You should also be able to do it online now: Card benefits Choice Scroll to the end of the terms & conditions Enroll Back in Decem…
    - 20 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 9:48pm -

Hustler Money Blog

  • newDarien Rowayton Bank Review: $100 Money Market with Free Checking Bonus
    For residents of New York and Connecticut, Darien Rowayton Bank offers a $100 bonus when you open a new personal MAX Money Market Account along with a Free Checking Account good through March 31, 2015. To get the $100 bonus, you must make a minimum i…
    - 2 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 3:51pm -
  • newHilton HHonors 1,000 Bonus Points EVA Air Members
    You can now get 1,000 Bonus Hilton HHonors points and earn 3X Infinity Mileagelands Bonus miles wwhen you stay with Hilton HHonors. From now until March 31, 2015, Eva Air and Hilton HHonors will reward you with triple Infinity MileageLands Bonus Mile…
    - 2 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 3:50pm -
  • newAmex Membership Rewards Airbnb 25% Increase Gift Card Promotion
    Attention American Express Membership Rewards members! You can now get $125 Airbnb eGift Card for 10,000 Membership Rewards points good through March 31, 2015- that’s 25% more value on Airbnb eGift Cards! Likewise, you can get a $313 Airbnb eGift…
    - 2 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 3:27pm -
  • SunTrust Bank $200 Checking Promotion
    SunTrust Bank is offering up to $200 bonus when you open an Everyday checking account with promo code WINTER15. This promotion is for residents of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee,…
    - 2 days ago 27 Jan 15, 4:46am -
  • ExxonMobil SpeedPass App Free $25 Amazon Gift Card
    Download the ExxonMobil SpeedPass App to earn a free $25 Amazon Gift Card after making 3 separate purchases of at least $25 using the Speedpass+ app good through June 30, 2015. Whether you have a iPhone or Android phone, go into the respective store(…
    - 2 days ago 27 Jan 15, 1:47am -
  • Astoria Bank Review: $250 Checking Bonus Promotion
    For residents of New York, Astoria Bank is offering a $250 bonus when you open a new Simple+ or Select Checking account, maintain the required balance, and then either set up direct deposits of $250 or more or make three online bill payments of at le…
    - 2 days ago 26 Jan 15, 9:11am -
  • First Tennessee Bank $251 Bonus Promotion
    For residents of Tennessee, Mississippi, Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, Arkansas and Alabama, First Tennessee Bank is offering a $151 consumer checking bonus & $100 money market savings bonus good through May 30, 2015. First Tennessee offers a va…
    - 2 days ago 26 Jan 15, 7:10am -
  • Fifth Third Bank Review: $200 Checking Bonus Promotion
    Fifth Third Bank offers a $200 cash bonus checking promotion when you open a new Fifth Third Essential checking account, enroll in direct deposit within 90 days of account opening, and make three online payments within 90 days of account opening. The…
    - 3 days ago 26 Jan 15, 2:36am -
  • Personal Capital Free $10 Amazon Gift Card
    Check out Personal Capital’s Free $10 Amazon Gift Card by linking one bank account(cannot be a credit card) through their referral program. Once you have your own account, you can refer your friends and family for an additional $10 per referral. …
    - 4 days ago 24 Jan 15, 9:42pm -
  • SB1 Federal Credit Union Review: $100 Checking Bonus
    For residents of Philadelphia, PA, Sb1 Federal Credit Union is offering a $100 checking bonus using promo code 1FFTY. For the $100 checking account bonus, you must set up a direct deposit of at least $250 monthly and sign up for eStatements. The SB1…
    - 4 days ago 24 Jan 15, 7:33am -

Hack My Trip

  • newAvios Devaluation Will Largely Affect Business and First Class
    Overnight, British Airways announced many changes to its Executive Club loyalty program — what most people know better as Avios — that will take effect on April 28. (HT to Head for Points, the best authority on British Airways.) The changes are l…
    - 1 hour ago 28 Jan 15, 4:39pm -
  • newWhat to Do When Flying before a Blizzard or a Hurricane
    While I just wrote a series on what to do if your flight is cancelled (also, Part 2 and Part 3), I thought it might be worth visiting how to strategize if you have travel booked near an impending blizzard, hurricane or massive storm. I managed to ta…
    - 2 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 3:14pm -
  • newYour Last Chance to Buy American Airlines Miles at 2.1 Cents
    American Airlines is currently running a promotion that offers various amounts of bonus miles when you purchase them by January 30. The largest bonus of 35,000 miles kicks in when you buy between 70,000 and 100,000 miles. The list price for 70,000 +…
    - 3 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 2:25pm -
  • newAlaska Airlines Upgrades DigEplayers with Microsoft Tablets
    In a press release this morning, Alaska Airlines announced plans to phase out its clunky digEplayers — handheld video players with pre-recorded television and films — to replace them with Microsoft-powered tablets that instead rely on its new str…
    - 21 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 9:03pm -
  • Save 12% on Most Fares to and from Washington
    As an early celebration for the Seahawks winning the Super Bowl next weekend, and to recognize their 12th Man supporters, Alaska Airlines is offering 12% off travel to and from Washington State between February 12 and March 18. You must use the di…
    - 1 day ago 27 Jan 15, 3:35pm -

Maximizing Money

  • newCLAIM YOUR BONUS – MoneyStream Financial Management Service $25 Tango Card to Connect Account
    Updated 1/27/2015: MoneyStream is now honoring the $25 Tango Card promotion that they previously denied, and you can claim your $25 Tango Card online, even if you closed your account.The post CLAIM YOUR BONUS – MoneyStream Financial Management Ser…
    - 19 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 10:20pm -
  • newDarien Rowayton Bank $100 Money Market with Free Checking Bonus in New York and Connecticut
    Darien Rowayton Bank is offering a $100 bonus when you open a new personal MAX Money Market Account with a Free Checking Account and make qualifying deposits, valid through March 31, 2015, for residents of New York and Connecticut.The post Darien Ro…
    - 19 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 10:17pm -
  • newPNC WorkPlace Banking $100 Referral Bonus and $400 New Checking Promotion
    PNC Bank offers the PNC WorkPlace Banking program that allows employees to earn a $100 bonus for referring your co-workers to open a new account, plus your co-workers also can receive up to $400 in new checking account rewards, valid through June 30,…
    - 19 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 10:15pm -
  • newAstoria Bank Checking Account up to $250 Bonus in New York
    Astoria Bank (formerly Astoria Federal Savings) is offering a $50 bonus for both new and current checking account customers when you activate a direct deposit, plus new customers can get a $250 bonus for a limited time with Simple+ and Select checkin…
    - 19 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 10:13pm -
  • neweBay Deals – $100 Sears Gift Card for $80
    Get a $100 Sears Gift Card for $80 with a limit of 2 Sears Gift Cards per eBay user ID.You can also get a $200 Sears Gift Card for $175 with a limit of 1 Sears Gift Cards per eBay user ID.The post eBay Deals – $100 Sears Gift Card for $80 appeare…
    - 20 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 10:10pm -
  • newKirin Beer Class Action Settlement – Up to $12 with No Proof of Purchase
    If you purchased bottles and/or cans of Kirin Ichiban beer or Kirin Light beer brewed and sold in the United States for personal, family, or household purposes and not for re-sale from October 25, 2009, to December 17, 2014, you may be entitled to up…
    - 20 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 10:06pm -
  • newPlayStation Network, Qriocity or Sony Online Entertainment Account Settlement
    If you had a PlayStation Network account, Qriocity account, or Sony Online Entertainment account at any time before May 15, 2011, then you may be entitled to receive benefits in this class action settlement.The post PlayStation Network, Qriocity or…
    - 20 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 9:48pm -
  • newCredit Union of Denver $40 Youth Account Promo and $25 Referrals
    Credit Union of Denver is offering a $50 youth account promotion as well as $25 referral bonuses for both parties.Membership in Credit Union of Denver is open to everyone living or working in Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Denver, Douglas, or Jefferson C…
    - 21 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 9:06pm -
  • newJet.com Free 6-Month Membership (Similar to Amazon)
    Jet.com is a soon-to-be-launched shopping club that will be similar to Amazon, Sam's Club, and Costco with low prices on everything that you buy.Right now, you can get a Free 6-Month Jet.com Membership if you sign up via my referral link.The post J…
    - 21 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 8:38pm -
  • newGrindaBuck Online Rewards Program $1 Sign-Up Bonus
    GrindaBuck is an online rewards program that lets you earn rewards for completing various activities like surfing the Internet, clicking on ads, listening to music, taking surveys, and completing offers.You'll get 100 Free GrindaBucks if you join vi…
    - 22 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 8:00pm -

Boarding Area

  • newThe Target REDcard: How to Pay Your Mortgage With a Credit Card and Meet Minimum Spends
    A step by step guide to using the Target REDcard - an amazing tool to meet minimum spends and pay your mortgage, or any big bill, with a credit card. The post The Target REDcard: How to Pay Your Mortgage With a Credit Card and Meet Minimum Spends ap…
    - 15 mins ago 28 Jan 15, 5:25pm -
  • newStarbucks Rewards Free $5 When You Load $10 (Targeted)
    Calling all Starbucks Rewards members, check your inbox for a sweet targeted offer from Starbucks for a free $5 when you load $10 onto your registered card by February 2, 2015. Starbucks Rewards Free $5 When You Load $10 (Targeted) Bottom Line Check…
    - 23 mins ago 28 Jan 15, 5:17pm -
  • newCheap Hotels for Super Bowl 2015 (for those with points)
    Almost every TV-watching American knows that the Super Bowl is this coming Sunday in Phoenix, Arizona.  Most of us who will watch the game (or just eat finger foods at a party while watching the commercials more than the game), will do so on a TV in…
    - 32 mins ago 28 Jan 15, 5:08pm -
  • newHere’s Why Starwood Changed Their Terms to Distinguish Base and Bonus Points…
    I noted several changes to Starwood Preferred Guest terms and conditions yesterday in addition to the change to make Platinum 50 night member Suite Night Awards an option (introducing other choices that a Platinum could pick instead if they prefer).…
    - 56 mins ago 28 Jan 15, 4:44pm -
  • newAvios Devaluation Will Largely Affect Business and First Class
    Overnight, British Airways announced many changes to its Executive Club loyalty program — what most people know better as Avios — that will take effect on April 28. (HT to Head for Points, the best authority on British Airways.) The changes are l…
    - 1 hour ago 28 Jan 15, 4:39pm -
  • newBest Trip Ever: Dad’s Thoughts
    As I explained from the beginning, for me the most exciting part of the trip was seeing my dad's excitement. And while I've taken many trips with my dad, planning a complete surprise trip was a new one even for me.I can't say enough how much I enjoy…
    - 1 hour ago 28 Jan 15, 4:33pm -
  • newMarriott Receives FCC Ruling on Petition To Allow Wifi Blocking
    Back in October, Marriott was caught blocking Wifi at the Gaylord Opryland hotel, saying that they had been intending to block “rogue wireless hotspots”. Marriott and the American Hotel & Lodging Association then petitioned in late December the F…
    - 1 hour ago 28 Jan 15, 4:17pm -
  • newSearching for a silver lining in the Avios changes
    When the best news in a loyalty scheme change is that a small subset of passengers didn't get screwed that's relatively bad news. Credit card players in Avios who like short-haul flights in coach should be happy.The post Searching for a silver linin…
    - 1 hour ago 28 Jan 15, 4:15pm -
  • newParty in the Sky: I Didn’t Expect THIS on My Mileage Run
    A few weeks ago I flew from Philadelphia to Las Vegas. Twice in 4 days. On one trip I stayed in Vegas for 2 nights. […]
    - 1 hour ago 28 Jan 15, 4:14pm -
  • newLimited Time: 50,000 Miles via United MileagePlus Explorer Business Card!
    Great news if you are looking to add 50,000 more United miles to your stash as there is currently a public link to apply for the United MileagePlus Explorer Business Card and get 50,000 miles after you spend $2,000 in the first three months! While th…
    - 1 hour ago 28 Jan 15, 4:11pm -

Frequent Flyer Miles 101

  • newHey big spender, what’s in your wallet? Part I, American Express Platinum
    I’ve recently gotten two questions regarding credit cards and decided to make them into one topic.  The questions were about the best card for big spenders/heavy travelers and the second was about credit cards that offer lounge access.  Note that…
    - 21 hours ago 27 Jan 15, 9:01pm -
  • Double miles at Intercontinental, extra SPG Platinum bonuses and Valentine’s Day flowers…
    For those who prefer to earn miles instead of hotel points, you can get double miles at Intercontinental (and other ICH hotels) through April 30.  Generally, you won’t get nearly as much value from a hotel when you take miles instead of their in-h…
    - 1 day ago 27 Jan 15, 5:04pm -
  • JetBlue extends schedule, winter storm Juno
    JetBlue extended its schedule until October 24, meaning that you can book flights through those dates.  Most of the major airlines have schedules that go out 330 days, but a lot of the low-cost/non-network carriers have shorter periods.  Not bookin…
    - 3 days ago 26 Jan 15, 2:40am -
  • Intercontinental ups card bonus to 70,000 points
    (Note: I do not receive any compensation for this card.  Just part of the service ’round these here parts.) Intercontinental’s Priority Club is not my favorite program.  The owner of the ICH brand, as well as Holiday Inn and a few others, is no…
    - 5 days ago 24 Jan 15, 12:55am -
  • Specials on Virgin and travel hints in the media
    By the way, my apologies to those of you who typed in a risqué Google search and ended up here.  I’m talking about Virgin the airlines. Because of ownership restrictions, Virgin America and Virgin Atlantic have only loose ties, but both carry Ric…
    - 6 days ago 23 Jan 15, 12:27am -
  • It’s sale season, and the low-cost carriers are producing
    We’re into the quieter season of travel.  With the exception of February break, the first few months of the year are relatively quiet for the airlines, with fewer business travelers, so the sales come out.  Keep in mind, however, that if you are…
    - 8 days ago 20 Jan 15, 11:34pm -
  • Keep an eye on your airfare, even if your fare is non-refundable
    Back in “the good old days,” which weren’t actually so good from a pricing point of view, it was easy to change a ticket.  Simply call the airline and it would be taken care of.  Price drop on a ticket you bought?  Just call the airline (wit…
    - 9 days ago 20 Jan 15, 1:22am -
  • United matches American on premium ticket bonus
    United has announced that it is giving bonus miles for passengers flying in premium cabins between now and February 28.  Conveniently, its new dollar-based system for earning miles starts on March 1, so you have only six weeks to take advantage of t…
    - 11 days ago 18 Jan 15, 12:10am -
  • American and US Airways start to merge accounts…
    American and US Airways are beginning the process of combining accounts.  Truthfully, there’s not much to it.  Head to American’s website and it will simply ask you for your name and US Airways account number.  Assuming it can match the two, y…
    - 13 days ago 16 Jan 15, 1:16am -
  • And we’re back! First quarter hotel promotions…
    It’s official, I’ve entered the 21st century. Verizon is offering free Wi-Fi on my flight and, for the first time, I’m typing at 30,000 feet. It’s actually Jet Blue’s Fly-Fi product which is supposed to be pretty good, although it’s been…
    - 14 days ago 14 Jan 15, 11:33pm -

Mr. Free Miles

milepoint (Forums)

  • newNew Partner Earning Rates (1 March 2015 & beyond)
    http://www.united.com/CMS/en-US/Marketing/CustComm/Promotions/Pages/AirlinePartners.aspxEarn rates on coach travel, even on JV partners, is cut dramatically. Aye, lad, that be shitty.
    - 1 min ago 28 Jan 15, 5:39pm -
  • newTeh Penalty Box
    I think it's time for a new Box thread that works. So, here goes.
    - 8 mins ago 28 Jan 15, 5:32pm -
  • newFTU Advanced | San Diego
    We are thrilled to announce that the next FTU Advanced will be held at the gorgeous Hyatt Regency Mission Bay hotel in San Diego from March 6-8, 2015.Over two days, our five experts will share their extensive knowledge of how to earn, book, and trav…
    - 20 mins ago 28 Jan 15, 5:20pm -
  • 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…
    - 26 mins ago 28 Jan 15, 5:14pm -
  • newFCC Commissioner says Marriott shouldn't be able to block your Wi-Fi hotspot
    You should be able to use your own Wi-Fi hotspot at a hotel without the hotel trying to block you, FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel says. Speaking this morning at the State of the Net conference, Rosenworcel said that she'd like the FCC to quic…
    - 36 mins ago 28 Jan 15, 5:04pm -
  • newLooking for lodging options in Hamburg
    Hi,In May my extended family will be making a trip to Hamburg (The German one in case there is any doubt). There are going to be 13 of us, 8 adults and 5 children. I was wondering if any of you could make any suggestions on where to stay. We want to…
    - 46 mins ago 28 Jan 15, 4:54pm -
  • newAward Chart Changes Coming 28 April 2015
    If you churn credit cards and like flying short hops in coach then you're a "winner" in today's announcement. By which I mean you didn't get completely screwed. If you like upgrades, long-haul flights or premium cabin awards the news is much worse.…
    - 1 hour ago 28 Jan 15, 4:20pm -
  • newSkymall files for bankruptcy
    The planes will be a little lighter if Skymall magazines don't fill the seat pockets on the airplane. The company has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. How will we whittle away our flying hours after consuming the ubiquitous airline magazine. Who w…
    - 1 hour ago 28 Jan 15, 4:19pm -
  • new(photo trivia) Guess the city
    Given the success of the 'guess the airport' thread, though this might be a good thread to start. A breath of fresh air, if you will...Anyways, same rules apply. First submission:
    - 1 hour ago 28 Jan 15, 4:17pm -
  • newFirst time ever > I paid $12.50 to check in
    I've never paid the early check in fee because I always checked in exactly 24 hours in advance for my flight. I was sort of expecting an A 1 - 15 boarding pass for my first flight, and I got A 23. Ok, so maybe it would have been A 50 if I checked in…
    - 1 hour ago 28 Jan 15, 4:11pm -

Flyertalk MilesBuzz

  • newStar Alliance Upgrades
    Is there anywhere that actually documents in detail the star alliance upgrade rules for *A from Miles + Bonus? I found the table on https://en.aegeanair.com/milesandbonus/how-to-spend/all-airlines/ for seat upgrades on *A, but it doesn't list what...
    - 15 mins ago 28 Jan 15, 5:25pm -
  • newAnother Double Points Offer!
    https://www.virginamerica.com/cms/elevate-frequent-flyer/promotions/take-off-for-double-points-thank-you Short version: Long-haul/Medium-haul flights until March 31st are eligible for double points. Not clear: Does a DCA-DAL-LAX flight booked..…
    - 26 mins ago 28 Jan 15, 5:14pm -
  • newKLM Most Punctual Major Int'l Airline in 2014 - Flight Stats
    KLM has received the 2014 flightstats.com on time service award for best on-time arrival performance amongst major international airlines, with an on-time arrival rate of 88.66%. They achieved better on-time arrival rates than all of the major...
    - 33 mins ago 28 Jan 15, 5:07pm -
  • newWhat is this seating? DFW-AUH
    We have "row 32" right now... but none of these variants match any of the seating charts online for Etihad's 777. :( Thanks! Image: http://www.image-share.com/ipng-2836-102.html
    - 36 mins ago 28 Jan 15, 5:04pm -
  • newMillion Miler ... sort of
    I've never cashed a single AS mile since I joined a decade ago, so now my balance shows as 1,003,929. How much is CX F to Australia again?
    - 43 mins ago 28 Jan 15, 4:57pm -
  • newClose-in Award Availability
    I know it's often tough to generalize for certain airlines, but how does IB rank when it comes to releasing J availability close to departure? Is there a pattern to how it gets released, or generally random? I'm interested in experiences using...
    - 45 mins ago 28 Jan 15, 4:55pm -
  • newLAX 1 hour connecting time on the same ticket
    Hi, I am flying to US for the first time and I booked my tickets on Delta's website. My itinerary is SIN-NRT-LAX-PHX while arriving and SFO-LAX-NRT-SIN while departing. All on the same booking (i.e. same ticket). The problem is that at both...
    - 50 mins ago 28 Jan 15, 4:50pm -
  • new2 class flights from West Coast to New York in the afternoon?
    Hi all, I'm about to book a DONE3 and I'm trying to maximise the Qantas status credit earning potential in the US, despite only being able to use 4/6 US sectors (due to hitting the overall 16 sector limit). We don't have a lot of time to kill,.…
    - 52 mins ago 28 Jan 15, 4:48pm -
  • newYOW-YVR AC189 - Eupgrade waitlisted? Best approach?
    Hey, I am just a newbie to this forum. One thing that struck me in reading otherposts is how big the following is around aeroplan status and upgrades. As someone who is just recently travelling for work and have acheived 50K status (I know I'm low...
    - 56 mins ago 28 Jan 15, 4:44pm -
  • newConnecting in LAS?
    Is 37 minutes connecting too tight in LAS (for a ORD-LAS-SFO) flight? It must meet MCT as UA.com is offering it. I am assuming UA gates there are pretty close together in LAS. Not checking any luggage.
    - 1 hour ago 28 Jan 15, 4:36pm -

Reddit r/churning

  • newI got a 50k + $50 offer from Delta for the Gold AmExes in my email (expires 3/1).
    Looks like the offer may be targeted since the public one seems to just be 30k. Anyone else get this latest offer? submitted by tmiw [link] [comment]
    - 5 mins ago 28 Jan 15, 5:35pm -
  • newIHG 80K points / $50 statement credit / waived AF
    Recently I keep seeing the blogs mention the 70K point sign up bonus but /u/doctorofcredit points out that there might be zombie links to the old 80K offer out there. I just booked a rewards night (points racked up from the Into The Nights promo) and…
    - 54 mins ago 28 Jan 15, 4:46pm -
  • newBA devalues their charts
    I was holding off transferring my Amex MRs to BA for just this reason: http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/2015/01/28/british-airways-executive-club-program-changes/ Summary: economy tickets remain the same while business and first class tickets a…
    - 3 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 2:25pm -
  • newChase United Business Card Offer - 50k Miles After $2k Spend
    submitted by doctorofcredit [link] [1 comment]
    - 6 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 11:30am -
  • newHow badly will it damage my credit to have 5 credit cards?
    I'm trying to get 5 credit cards with 50k bonuses each to take a trip to australia. I have one at the moment. submitted by a3akbari [link] [8 comments]
    - 10 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 8:06am -
  • newConfusing SWA Scenario
    Consider the following... You frequently travel with southwest airlines and often change flights or cancel for a refund (the latter of which you may do on anytime level or above flights) because they let you do it for free. Now let's say you have ju…
    - 11 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 6:19am -
  • newHow long should it take for points transferred from Marriott to SW to hit my account?
    I am going for the SW companion fare. I timed the cards and my Christmas spend perfectly and had 105,100 points hit my SW account on Jan 18. Now I'm just 4900 points short. I have a bunch of Marriott points I'm not using, so I figured I would transfe…
    - 12 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 5:16am -
  • newTotal noob questions: Seeking advice on the next move
    Starting slow with my US Air Barclays MC last month has gotten me the free checked bags and miles on the airline I use most often. It was fun simple, and incredibly satisfying--now I want more! My credit score didn't budge (TU 735 and one hard pull,…
    - 12 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 5:16am -
  • new1000 SW RR points when you file your taxes with TurboTax
    submitted by yacht_boy [link] [10 comments]
    - 13 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 5:04am -
  • newRedbird Issue?
    I went to target today to load my redbird. Nothing too crazy- I only wanted to load 600 each from two cards. The first time I did it, I had some other stuff to buy, and so I loaded the card first. As soon as I told the cashier I wanted to load my red…
    - 14 hours ago 28 Jan 15, 3:44am -