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The Points Guy

  • newChase VIP Shopping Mall Lounge for United Cardmembers
    This holiday season, Chase is offering VIP lounges for United MileagePlus cardholders at two major US shopping malls, one in San Francisco, and the other in Short Hills, NJ. These lounges will be accessible to primary cardholders of any Chase United…
    - 5 hours ago 21 Nov 14, 9:29pm -
  • newContest Roundup: Win Air France Miles, London Trip, Relax in Puerto Rico
    Check out the week in travel contests and sweepstakes for your chance to win a wine trip to France, win thousands of Air France miles, see relax in Puerto Rico, eat your way through Palm Beach & tour London. Win Thousands of Miles From Air France Pla…
    - 7 hours ago 21 Nov 14, 7:29pm -
  • newDelta Announces New Airbus A350 and A330-900 Orders
    In a blow to American aviation manufacturer Boeing, Delta announced yesterday that from 2017 to 2019, the airline will replace its older Boeing 747-400s and 767-300ERs with 25 long-haul A350-900s and 25 medium-haul A330-900neos from European-owne…
    - 9 hours ago 21 Nov 14, 4:59pm -
  • newWhat Are Points & Miles Worth? November Monthly Valuations
    You can view all posts in the Monthly Valuation Series here. One of the questions I’m asked most often is “how much is a point or mile worth?” That question varies from person to person and depends on how well you can maximize a particular…
    - 11 hours ago 21 Nov 14, 2:59pm -
  • newThree Credit Cards for Mid-Tier Hotel Award Nights
    One of my foremost pieces of advice to award travelers is to make sure you earn points and miles on every dollar you spend, and the best way to do that is by using the right rewards credit card, or in many cases, cards. Today TPG Senior Points and…
    - 13 hours ago 21 Nov 14, 1:08pm -
  • My Favorite Use of Points Ever? VIP at the Knicks With SPG
    As airlines and hotels programs devalue their points by increasing the amount of points needed for free flights and rooms, redeeming for non-travel experiences is becoming more and more appealing. Especially for road warriors, sometimes a vacation is…
    - 1 day ago 20 Nov 14, 8:56pm -
  • United Devalues MileagePlus Premier Program
    Delta recently devalued it’s SkyMiles program by increasing the Medallion Qualifying Dollar thresholds, and United quickly followed by raising their Premier Qualifying Dollar thresholds for 2015. This time around, United decided it was time to mak…
    - 1 day ago 20 Nov 14, 6:39pm -
  • Thursday Giveaway: $500 TodayTix Broadway Ticket Voucher
    One of the great cultural perks of New York City, is it’s amazing theatre scene. From classics by Ibsen to dazzling showstopping productions like Kinky Boots, there is something for everyone! Unfortunately, some theatre ticket prices have recently…
    - 1 day ago 20 Nov 14, 4:29pm -
  • JetBlue Adds Checked Bag Fees and More Seats, Loses Legroom
    In a move designed to satisfy its shareholders rather than its customers, JetBlue will soon begin charging checked bag fees, and in mid-2016, will begin adding more seats to its popular Airbus A320s. Having seen the success, however controversial, o…
    - 1 day ago 20 Nov 14, 2:59pm -
  • Tips for Delta MQD and United PQD Requirements in 2014
    With the deadline for elite status qualification looming, this week TPG Contributor Nick Ewen discusses strategies to help you earn or maintain your status into the new year. 2015 is rapidly approaching, which means we’re also in the home st…
    - 2 days ago 20 Nov 14, 1:08pm -

Frugal Travel Guy

  • newCredit Cards with Mileage Discounts on Award Bookings
    Recurring benefits are an important factor to consider when deciding whether a credit card is worth the annual fee. These benefits often come in the form of elite status, airport lounge access, annual free nights or an annual point bonus. A few cards…
    - 3 hours ago 21 Nov 14, 11:00pm -
  • newPassive Point Earning Opportunities
    At least once a week, Rick and I talk about strategies to increase our passive income (income acquired on a regular basis with little to no effort required). Common sources of passive income come from rental properties, interest from bank accounts a…
    - 6 hours ago 21 Nov 14, 8:00pm -
  • newStrategies to Combat Revenue-Based Mileage Programs
    The Wall Street Journal recently published an intriguing article about how frequent flyers are looking for loopholes to maximize miles earning when Delta and United’s revenue-based rewards programs go into effect on January 1, 2015 and March 1, 201…
    - 9 hours ago 21 Nov 14, 5:09pm -
  • newPark Lane Sheraton and Other Frugal Options in London
    When my husband and I planned our trip to London this fall, we hoped to use up some of the Starwood Preferred Guest points we’ve acquired with our Starwood Preferred Guest American Express card. Fortunately, SPG has a ton of hotels to choose from i…
    - 18 hours ago 21 Nov 14, 8:00am -
  • The Keys to Frugal Travel Success
    I get asked almost daily what it takes to travel the world at the prices I pay. I could lay a line about the best credit card offer here and the best redemption there, but in truth, it is an attitude and some specific qualities that make for success…
    - 1 day ago 20 Nov 14, 11:00pm -
  • Boo, Hiss: Negative Changes to JetBlue Confirmed
    A couple of weeks ago, we wrote about several rumors going around about changes that appeared to be on the way from JetBlue. Unfortunately, the worst two rumored changes have been confirmed: JetBlue will add a checked-bag fee in the first half of 20…
    - 1 day ago 20 Nov 14, 10:19pm -
  • Are Chip and PIN Credit Cards Actually More Secure?
    Whether you care about how the Chip and PIN technology works, you should know that Chip and PIN cards are more secure than the magnetic strip cards that are still used for the vast majority of transactions in the US. A great explanation of why Chip &…
    - 1 day ago 20 Nov 14, 8:00pm -
  • Frugal Travelers: We Want Your Stories!
    Are you a stay-at-home mom obsessed with miles? A college student paying tuition for the points? Or a newbie figuring out how easy awards booking can make life? Whatever sort of frugal traveler you might be, we want to hear from you! Tell us your fru…
    - 1 day ago 20 Nov 14, 4:22pm -
  • Chronicles of Traveling with a Lap Infant: Part II
    This is the second of a multi-part series of articles chronicling our experiences traveling with our baby daughter, Mila, who was born in January of this year. As discussed in Part I of this series, our first couple of flights with Mila were a resou…
    - 2 days ago 20 Nov 14, 8:00am -
  • Travel Challenge: St. Lucia with Limited Flexibitilty
    The island of St. Lucia is a special place for me. Sara and I honeymooned there for a week in 2008 and returned 5 years later for an equally fantastic time. It was the right destination for us; a week hanging out at the beach on the west cost of the…
    - 2 days ago 19 Nov 14, 11:00pm -

One Mile at a Time

  • newSneak Peek: New IHG PointsBreaks List
    IHG Rewards Club’s PointBreaks is traditionally one of the best promotions in the hotel industry. Through this promotion, select hotels are available for just 5,000 points per night. Since IHG Rewards Club points can be indirectly purchased for 0.…
    - 2 hours ago 22 Nov 14, 12:03am -
  • newCool Video Of Emirates A380 Maintenance Check
    Last week Emirates uploaded a pretty snazzy video to their YouTube channel of an A380 3-C maintenance check, which took about two months to complete.I think a lot of people don't realize just how extensive maintenance checks on airplanes are. They'r…
    - 4 hours ago 21 Nov 14, 10:06pm -
  • newRedeem Miles For Etihad A380 First Class?
    There's no doubt that the "hottest" new aircraft entering the commercial aviation market this year is Etihad Airways' A380 (sorry Your Excellency, your plane might be a distant number two, unless we count the amount of drama, in which case you win by…
    - 6 hours ago 21 Nov 14, 8:03pm -
  • newReview: Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse New York JFK
    I had a commitment in New York City until around 5:30PM, so only made it to JFK at around 6:30PM, less than two hours before departure.Singapore Airlines flies out of Terminal 4, and by the time I checked in I seemed to be the only person at the cou…
    - 8 hours ago 21 Nov 14, 6:33pm -
  • newWhy Aren’t There Nicer Seats To Hawaii?
    A common award request PointsPros receives is for trips to Hawaii, which has seen insane growth over the past few years with Alaska’s (the airline, not the state ;) ) expansion from the West Coast. Quite often people are looking for the best produc…
    - 9 hours ago 21 Nov 14, 5:03pm -
  • newHow Delta Is Marketing The 2015 SkyMiles Program
    As most of you probably know by now, Delta will be radically altering their frequent flyer program in 2015, whereby they'll begin awarding miles based on how much you spend on your ticket as opposed to how many miles you fly.Maybe this is old news,…
    - 11 hours ago 21 Nov 14, 3:33pm -
  • newTrunkster Zipperless Luggage — Thoughts?
    Last month I posted about Bluesmart, the world's first (self proclaimed) "smart" luggage. What made it so "smart?" It came with a digitally controlled lock, location tracking, trip data tracking, a battery charger, built-in scale, etc.They went the…
    - 12 hours ago 21 Nov 14, 2:03pm -
  • newDoes Buying Virgin America Points Make Sense?
    Virgin America is once again offering a promotion whereby you can earn a bonus on the purchase of Elevate points. The promotion isn't quite as generous as the 80% bonus they offered in October, though you have through December 12, 2014, to purchase E…
    - 14 hours ago 21 Nov 14, 12:33pm -
  • Giveaway: $1,000 And Elite Status
    This is just a quick reminder that National Rental Car is sponsoring a giveaway for readers of One Mile At A Time as part of their One Two Free promotion.FIVE winners will each receive a year of Emerald Club Executive status, along with a $200 Ameri…
    - 1 day ago 20 Nov 14, 8:03pm -
  • How (And Why) To Use Alitalia Miles
    Hi everyone! To continue my trend of absolutely destroying any potential credibility I might have in the miles and points community with the things I write on Ben's blog (see also: Lufthansa first class is just okay, and Egypt for Instagrammers), tod…
    - 1 day ago 20 Nov 14, 5:03pm -

View From the Wing

The Frequent Miler

  • newBet You Didn’t Know: The magic of Google Flights
    By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate…   Google’s Flight Search, often referred to simply as Google Flights, has quickly become my preferred search tool for airline flights. Perhaps you’re surprised to hear that. Maybe you’re even shak…
    - 15 hours ago 21 Nov 14, 11:25am -
  • REDbird questions answered
    I did it. I finally got around to writing the complete guide to REDbird.  More specifically, it’s called “The complete guide to REDbird: The Target Prepaid REDcard.”  What is REDbird and why should I care, you ask?  Please see: REDcard chang…
    - 2 days ago 20 Nov 14, 11:28am -
  • Citi Prestige experiment failed, yet I’m way ahead. Here’s how…
    In September, I started an experiment with the Citi Prestige card.  I knew that its benefits were changing drastically as of October 19th and so I wanted to see if I could double up.  Specifically, could I earn the $200 airline fee credit before Oc…
    - 3 days ago 19 Nov 14, 11:25am -
  • Awesome Amex Sync Offers! Free money, mini shopping spree, and rebates up to 50%
    Amex is on a an incredible roll lately.  Through various promotions, they’re handing out cash to cardholders like its going out of style.  Here’s a roundup of some of the best current offers and how to play them… Background American Express r…
    - 4 days ago 18 Nov 14, 11:25am -
  • 30,000 miles to nowhere. Let’s do it!
    In my post “The last great mileage run” I described a one time opportunity to get top tier AAdvantage elite status (Executive Platinum) by enrolling in and completing the US Airways Preferred Status Trial.  Enrolling in the trial costs between $…
    - 5 days ago 17 Nov 14, 11:25am -
  • Bluebird is now eligible for Amex Sync offers!
    For quite a while, Serve has had an edge over Bluebird not just for online credit card loads, but also for its ability to participate in Amex Sync Offers.  Now, Doctor of Credit reports that Bluebird has caught up and can now be registered for these…
    - 6 days ago 16 Nov 14, 1:20pm -
  • Bet You Didn’t Know: Tricks to using Virgin Atlantic miles to fly Delta
    By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate…   It’s fascinating to me that so many airlines have decided it’s fair to promote a “free” ticket loyalty program and then turn around and charge several hundred dollars in fuel surcharges for one…
    - 8 days ago 14 Nov 14, 11:05am -
  • 50X Southwest points per dollar!
    Through the end of this year, 1-800-Flowers is offering 1500 Southwest Rapid Rewards points for each purchase of $29.99 or more.  You must use code RR57 at checkout to qualify. If you use the Passport program for free shipping and buy something that…
    - 8 days ago 13 Nov 14, 10:00pm -
  • A card I wrongly ignored
    I don’t know how I missed this.  Last weekend I was at the “West Coast DO,” which was a meet-up primarily for people interested in manufacturing spend.  At the DO, there was naturally a lot of talk about the semi-demise of the old Amex Blue C…
    - 9 days ago 13 Nov 14, 11:25am -
  • Reloadable debit cards spotted at Target. I’m not sure this is a good thing…
    Reloadable debit cards at Target Over the weekend, a reader tweeted a photo of reloadable debit cards that he found at Target. The cards shown include GreenDot Visa, GreenDot MasterCard, MyVanilla Visa, and NetSpend Visa.  All of these cards are rel…
    - 10 days ago 12 Nov 14, 11:25am -

The Flight Deal

The Free-quent Flyer

  • Pro tip: finding information on this site
    My goal when starting this blog was to write the kind of blog I would want to read, and part of that project has been the fact that I almost never repeat the same information twice. If I were an affiliate blogger I might find excuses to repeat the s…
    - 1 day ago 20 Nov 14, 11:06pm -
  • Using US Bank Flexpoints for hotel stays
    Flexpoints, US Bank's proprietary rewards currency, are famously most valuable when redeemed for airfare: they're worth between 1.33 and 2 cents each, which makes the US Bank Flexperks Travel Rewards card an (almost) unlimited 2.66% to 6% rewards…
    - 3 days ago 18 Nov 14, 9:28pm -
  • Quick hit: free money from American Express and Marriott Hotels
    I don't write about (or take advantage of) deals like this very often anymore, but this one is easy enough to be worth a quick mention.If you registered in time for the current American Express "Offer For You" at Marriott Hotels, you can get a $50 st…
    - 5 days ago 16 Nov 14, 7:35pm -
  • How my thinking has "evolved" on the costs of manufactured spend
    One principle I've always tried to adhere to on this site is transparency with my readers. That's why I periodically share my income from book sales, referrals to services like Uber, PayPal subscriptions, and so on, and why the comment sections are a…
    - 6 days ago 15 Nov 14, 10:16pm -
  • Why everyone's talking about the Diners Club Card Elite
    Back in September I was the first blogger to observe that the new Diners Club Card Elite, which earns 3 Club Rewards points per dollar spent at "grocery stores, supermarkets, drug stores, pharmacies and automobile fuel service stations when you pay a…
    - 10 days ago 12 Nov 14, 11:00am -
  • Do this now: more Fall promotions
    Starwood Preferred GuestOnce you've registered for Starwood's fall promotion (double points between September 15 and December 15, 2014, and triple points for stays including a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday night), sign into your Starwood Preferred Gues…
    - 10 days ago 11 Nov 14, 10:27pm -
  • Reflections on #WestCoastDO
    If you follow me on Twitter you know I spent this past weekend in Phoenix at the second gathering organized in large part by Matt at Saverocity, who was also the motive force behind March's friendly Mile Madness competition.Before I get to my own tho…
    - 11 days ago 11 Nov 14, 5:04am -
  • Statement credits are worth (much) less than cash
    I've written several times in the last few weeks about hacking Marriott elite status using the Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Visa card, and received a number of e-mails and comments suggesting the Ritz Carlton Visa card might be a better option, all…
    - 18 days ago 4 Nov 14, 11:00am -
  • Do this now: double points with Hilton HHonors
    Registration is now open for Hilton's winter "Double Up" promotion, whereby you can earn double points between November 1, 2014 and January 31, 2015, starting with your second stay.I love staying with Hilton, but naturally make almost all my reservat…
    - 18 days ago 3 Nov 14, 8:17pm -
  • US Bank Visa Buxx address changes
    Obviously, I change addresses somewhat more frequently than your average worker bee. Back in May I moved to the Upper Midwest from New England, then in August my partner and I finally moved into our own place together. That's a lot of address changes…
    - 23 days ago 30 Oct 14, 10:00am -

Well Traveled Mile

  • Quick Chase Credit Card Bonus Offer Updates

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  • Don’t Forget to Earn $10 Per Amex Card During Small Business Saturday
    American Express Small Business Saturday is returning this year on November 29, 2014. This is one of my favorite perks of having multiple American Express credit cards and it’s super easy to earn maximize the promotion—just go support your local…
    - 1 day ago 20 Nov 14, 10:40pm -
  • La Cumbrecita, Argentina: How to Get There, Where to Stay & What to Do
    La Cumbrecita, Argentina has been on my travel bucket list for quite some time now. During my last trip to Argentina the small mountain town eluded my travels, but after hearing word of the town’s quaint charm (cars are not allowed in the town) and…
    - 4 days ago 17 Nov 14, 8:54pm -
  • Guide to Mastering Bus Travel in Argentina
    If you’re considering to or have traveled to Argentina you’ve probably noticed that getting around the country is very expensive by flying. Argentina is a massive country. It’s the third largest country in the Southern hemisphere and stretches…
    - 5 days ago 17 Nov 14, 3:29am -
  • Ultimate Guide to Alaska Airlines Miles: Part 8 – Best Tips and How to Search for Award Seats
    Although not a heavy hitter as far as the airline credit card scene goes, but Alaska Airlines miles are among the best miles to accumulate for domestic and international travel. Alaska is not part of either of the major alliances, but it has 14 partn…
    - 7 days ago 14 Nov 14, 9:54pm -
  • Silvercar Offering 50% Rental Car Bookings Next Week
    Last week Silvercar announced a great promo to earn up to $200 per referral when you refer friends to use Silvercar. You’ll earn $100 for each person that signs up and rents a car for two days, plus a $500 bonus when you refer 5 friends. Well now S…
    - 9 days ago 13 Nov 14, 4:03am -
  • Highlights Of Each Hotel Loyalty Program
    Among hotel loyalty programs there is something that draws customers back to the hotel. For avid mile and points chasers the tactics may be ways to stretch their hotel points, earn easy status, or get ultra luxury benefits during stays. Given that ho…
    - 10 days ago 11 Nov 14, 2:36pm -
  • Which Barclays Credit Card Sign-up Bonus Should You Apply For?
    Barclays currently has several great credit card sign-up offers on the table—most of the offers are at an all-time high. Given that Barclays has several valuable sign-up offers it really comes down to how you can use the miles and points. Each card…
    - 12 days ago 9 Nov 14, 2:46pm -
  • Top 10 Best Credit Card Sign-up Bonus Offers for November 2014
    Every month I’ll post the top 10 best current credit card sign-up offers and update the list throughout the month if offers change. You can always check out my credit cards page for a full list of cards, but since the best credit card offers ar…
    - 13 days ago 8 Nov 14, 2:21pm -
  • Earn Up To $200 Silver Car Referral Credits – No Limit!
    From now until the end of the year, Silvercar is offering at least $1,000 for referring 5 people to their program that rent a car (an Audi A4!) for at least two days. What’s even better is they’re not offering $1,000 in credits, they’re offerin…
    - 14 days ago 7 Nov 14, 6:44pm -

MileValue

  • new50k Bonus Miles on CitiBusiness AAdvantage Card
    The CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World MasterCard® is a business card that offers 50,000 bonus American Airlines miles and two Admirals Club lounge passes after spending $3,000 on the card in the first three months. This card is…
    - 7 hours ago 21 Nov 14, 7:18pm -
  • Chase Freedom 20,000 Point Bonus
    The Chase Freedom is offering 20,000 bonus Ultimate Rewards after spending $500 in the first three months. This is double the normal sign up bonus. It is also offering up to 50,000 bonus Ultimate Rewards for existing cardholders who refer … Continu…
    - 1 day ago 21 Nov 14, 12:29am -
  • Last Minute Award Space to South American Summer
    The calendar is turning to Summer below the equator, and it’s not too late to book yourself an award to escape the cold in the United States. Many airlines release unsold seats as Saver award space in the last weeks, … Continue reading →
    - 1 day ago 20 Nov 14, 7:15pm -
  • Comparison of Four Major Airline Credit Cards
    American Airlines, United, Delta, and US Airways all release several co-branded credit cards with various benefits, bonuses, and fees. I have attempted to summarize the following cards on one table for easy comparison: Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum…
    - 2 days ago 20 Nov 14, 7:34am -
  • Delta Releases 2015 Award Chart
    Delta had already released its 2015 award chart for travel beginning in the United States (exlcuding Hawaii) and Canada, and now Delta has released SkyMiles Award Charts for 2015 from all other parts of the world. The current award chart … Continue…
    - 2 days ago 19 Nov 14, 6:20pm -
  • Uber New Rider Bonus Drops November 24
    Uber has replaced taxis for me. I always use the app for airport pickups and safely getting around on weekeend nights. Uber is the world’s best taxi service because it has clean, courteous drivers and the easiest ride-ordering app imaginable. Tap…
    - 2 days ago 19 Nov 14, 5:05pm -
  • No Stopovers on Delta Awards from January 1, 2015
    As widely predicted, Delta is eliminating stopovers on its awards starting January 1, 2015. Its SkyMiles program rules page says as much. This is a bummer, but the good news is that one way awards will be bookable with Delta … Continue reading →
    - 4 days ago 18 Nov 14, 2:19pm -
  • Two Tricks I Used on My Last Award Booking
    As you read this, I’m 35,000 feet up on my way to Medellin, Colombia. I was in Tucson over the weekend for a tennis tournament, and I didn’t have any exit flight booked. I really wanted to return to Colombia because … Continue reading →
    - 4 days ago 18 Nov 14, 2:02pm -
  • Register Now for American Express Small Business Saturday
    American Express Small Business Saturday is back the Saturday after Thanksgiving–November 29, 2014. You can register your American Express cards now. This year, you can get up to three $10 statement credits per American Express card. Since I have f…
    - 4 days ago 18 Nov 14, 2:00pm -
  • Buy Up to 250k AA Miles. Good Deal?
    American Airlines and US Airways are both running sales on the purchase of their miles through November 30. For now, your American Airlines miles and US Airways miles will sit in separate accounts, and you can redeem them on separate … Continue rea…
    - 4 days ago 17 Nov 14, 7:52pm -

Frequent Flier

  • newRecap: 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…
    - 7 hours ago 21 Nov 14, 7:02pm -
  • newFrom Choice Hotels: Double Points for Mobile Bookings
    Between November 20 and December 17, Choice Privileges members can earn double points for bookings made via the Choice Hotels mobile app. A maximum of 30,000 bonus points may be earned through the promotion. Registration is required. Deal or No ... R…
    - 9 hours ago 21 Nov 14, 5:25pm -
  • ‘Connection Day’ Means Free WiFi on 11/26
    In what has been dubbed “Connection Day,” Verizon Wireless, JetBlue, GoGo, Amazon, Pandora, and several other companies have banded together to make WiFi access and digital content available for free. The day in question is Wednesday, November 26…
    - 1 day ago 20 Nov 14, 7:47pm -
  • Southwest Promises to Not Nickel-and-Dime Flyers
    Within 24 hours of JetBlue’s announcement that it planned to impose fees for checked bags and reduce legroom in coach, the reactions of two of the airline’s key stakeholder groups have been expressed loudly and clearly. Wall Street is elated ...…
    - 1 day ago 20 Nov 14, 6:11pm -
  • United, Orbitz Sue Hidden-City Ticketing Site
    United and Orbitz are unlikely allies. Nevertheless, the two companies are jointly suing Skiplagged.com, a website that facilitates hidden-city ticketing. For those not in the know, hidden-city ticketing is the money-saving technique in which a trave…
    - 2 days ago 19 Nov 14, 8:02pm -
  • Coming from JetBlue: More Fees, Less Legroom
    The worst fears of JetBlue loyalists were confirmed today in a news release distributed in advance of the company’s Wednesday investors conference. The airline has been under pressure from Wall Street for months to boost its bottom line and, ultima…
    - 2 days ago 19 Nov 14, 5:47pm -
  • Delta Nixes Award Stopovers in 2015
    Airline mileage programs are famous for their devaluations and generally customer-unfriendly ways. But even in that context, Delta stands out for the number and severity of the negative changes its loyalists have been asked to endure. The new-for-201…
    - 3 days ago 18 Nov 14, 7:44pm -
  • United Upgrades Newark Airport Experience
    When’s the last time you heard someone say something nice about Newark Airport? For that matter, when’s the last time you heard someone say something nice about United Airlines? Compliments may be in the offing, as the two travel industry ... Rea…
    - 3 days ago 18 Nov 14, 6:00pm -
  • Marriott’s New WiFi Policy Angers Travel Agents

    - 4 days ago 17 Nov 14, 8:00pm -
  • Win a Cruise + 250,000 United Frequent-Flyer Miles
    Enter the United Cruises “1,000,000 Million Mile Cruise” sweepstakes by December 31, 2014, for a chance to win the grand prize: a $3,000 cruise voucher, plus 250,000 United MileagePlus miles. (Among other things, the miles could be used to fly ..…
    - 4 days ago 17 Nov 14, 5:13pm -

Travel is Free

  • Testing ANA’s Star Alliance Award Searches and Booking
    I’ve been praising ANA’s current award chart a lot, and recently praising their soon to be award chart as well. But ANA isn’t just useful for booking Star Alliance awards, it’s useful for finding Star Alliance award availability. ANA is kno…
    - 2 days ago 19 Nov 14, 8:52pm -
  • Best Miles for Free Flights Within The USA
    I’ll mention what I believe are the three best airline miles to collect for domestic flights within the US. Each option I’ll mention will be priced significantly less than the typical 25,000 miles for a roundtrip you see with most big airlines. W…
    - 3 days ago 19 Nov 14, 7:21am -
  • Best Club Carlson Category 1 & 2 Hotels
    Club Carlson is one of my favorite programs to burn with, both because they have some reasonable redemptions, and the credit card gives a free night per redemption. Plus, there are ways to maximize those free nights by making more stays. But for us,…
    - 4 days ago 18 Nov 14, 7:54am -
  • How to time the Southwest Companion Pass like a pro
    The Southwest Cards are back to 50,000 points for the sign up bonuses, and this is super relevant as the year comes to a close for one incredible reason… the potential to have the Companion Pass for almost exactly two years. If you’re not familia…
    - 4 days ago 17 Nov 14, 9:45pm -
  • Getting Free Hotel Club Lounge Access
    I’m doing the FAQ and slowly trying to do posts on each of those questions, but a while ago Elaine asked about getting lounge access. And since I like free food, I decided to do posts on this. This post is about getting lounge access and breakfast…
    - 5 days ago 17 Nov 14, 6:18am -
  • Mileage Running Is Still Alive (for me at least)
    While I do plan on making the most of our Southwest companion pass next year, or at least I keep saying that, our international travel books up quick. November Flight: New York to Milan November Flight: Prague to Hong Kong December Hotels: Vienna and…
    - 10 days ago 12 Nov 14, 5:14am -
  • Alaska Airline Miles Best Prices (from the first partner award chart)
    Alaska is one of the coolest frequent flyer programs around. However, it functions differently than any other program I usually talk about. Instead of being in an alliance, Alaska is a sort of free agent that’s friendly with a ton of airlines in al…
    - 11 days ago 11 Nov 14, 5:42am -
  • African Safari Hotels on Points
    In the after math of a huge mistake fare (which I posted about yesterday) that led to tons of tickets to Africa for ~$200, including my second mistake fare to Africa booked in the last month, I figured some people may be going on a safari or two soo…
    - 12 days ago 10 Nov 14, 8:03am -
  • What’s a Mistake Fare to Kenya?
    I told ya’ll where to find them a couple weeks ago. But for those that don’t listen, you still may be able to join in and see the discussion on our facebook page. www.facebook.com/travelisfree
    - 12 days ago 9 Nov 14, 4:55pm -

Frequent Flyer Bonuses

Million Mile Secrets

Nomadic Matt

  • 6 Lessons Learned from 3 Months in China
    China is a fascinating and rapidly changing country. Old customs and habits hang on as modern skyscrapers go up every second, the country becomes more of a global powerhouse, and people from around the world move there. Last year, my friend, Scott Yo…
    - 2 days ago 20 Nov 14, 2:00pm -
  • How to Change the “I’m Too Poor to Travel” Mindset and Say Yes to Travel
    “Your advice is great if you are middle-class, your parents are giving you money, or you’re from the West. Your website can never work for me. I’m too poor to travel. This advice is only for privileged people.” I encounter this line of though…
    - 5 days ago 17 Nov 14, 2:00pm -
  • 10 Common Fears That Stop You from Traveling Solo
    On the second Wednesday of the month, Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse writes a column featuring tips and advice on solo female travel. It’s not a topic I can cover and, since there’s a lot of female travelers out there, I felt it was importa…
    - 10 days ago 12 Nov 14, 2:00pm -
  • The No-Nonsense Guide to Data Security for Travelers
    On the first Tuesday of each month, Dave Dean from Too Many Adapters gives us great tips and advice on travel tech and gear. This month’s column is on data security. It’s topic that worries a lot of travelers (especially folks like me who work o…
    - 18 days ago 4 Nov 14, 1:59pm -
  • Falling in Love with the Land of Elves
    As we stared up at the sky, patches of neon and dark green changed to light pink and back to green. They came out of nowhere, hung like curtains on invisible hangers, and danced a duet to an unheard symphony. They would appear, vanish, and reappear a…
    - 18 days ago 3 Nov 14, 3:32pm -
  • How to Spend Four Days in Prague
    Prague is a destination that always seems to be in vogue. It’s been on the tourist map for a long time and the crowds show no signs of abating. Prague is a gorgeous, well-preserved medieval city coupled with a rich history, expansive parks, Vegas-s…
    - 22 days ago 30 Oct 14, 2:28pm -
  • How to Move Abroad and Save Money
    There are many people I look up to in travel writing. Tim Leffel is one of them. He’s been writing about budget travel long before I knew what travel, let alone budget travel, even was. He’s been places I’ve only dreamed about and was even kind…
    - 25 days ago 28 Oct 14, 1:41pm -
  • 9 Tips for Better Family Travel
    On the third 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 month’s…
    - 29 days ago 24 Oct 14, 1:17pm -
  • Take the First Step Out the Door (A Community Challenge)
    The Dutch have a saying: “He who is outside his door already has the hardest part of his journey behind him.” It’s one of my favorite travel quotes. The first step in any endeavor is always the hardest. It takes courage. You have to overcome yo…
    - 29 days ago 23 Oct 14, 3:45pm -
  • 30 Fantastic Photos from Iceland to Inspire Your Next Trip
    Last month, I finally visited Iceland. Iceland wasn’t the impossible budget destination people made it out to be. The locals were warm and welcoming, took me around, and showed me their homes. They were incredibly hospitable and I made a lot of Ice…
    - 32 days ago 20 Oct 14, 2:52pm -

The Hustle Blog

  • 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…
    - 5 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…
    - 11 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…
    - 15 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…
    - 50 days ago 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…
    - 51 days ago 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…
    - 53 days ago 30 Sep 14, 11:00am -
  • 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…
    - 54 days ago 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…
    - 66 days ago 17 Sep 14, 11:00am -
  • After 3+ Years, Amazon Payments Will Come to an End
    Big news hit the manufactured spend circles this week. After more than 3 years of very easy manufactured spend, Amazon Payments will be ending its person to person payment options on October 13, 2014. You can find the new terms on Amazon’s help pag…
    - 71 days ago 12 Sep 14, 11:00am -
  • Credit Karma Now Provides Full Credit Report For Free
    I use Credit Karma for loosely monitoring my TransUnion-based credit score. It’s a free service and it will update your score once a week when you log in. Recently, they have added your full credit report to the list of features. This is a great…
    - 30 Jul 14, 6:36pm -

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

  • newReader Travel Tip of the Day: Bring a Car Charger
    Bring a Car Charger Each Friday, we’re featuring a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from Ellie of Otter Creek, Maine, who says: “I travel a lot for business and need to keep my phone charged at all times.…
    - 10 hours ago 21 Nov 14, 4:15pm -
  • newTravel Style: Summer Hull
    Want to know how to travel in style, just like the pros? We check in with frequent fliers to find out how often they fly, their favorite destinations and what they never leave home without. Name: Summer Hull, known online as Mommy Points Occupation:…
    - 12 hours ago 21 Nov 14, 2:00pm -
  • Travel Tip of the Day: Use the Loo Right After Takeoff
    Use the Loo Right After Takeoff The moment the seatbelt sign goes off after takeoff, I get up to use the loo—even if I don’t really have to go to the bathroom that badly. I do it because I know that at this moment, I won’t have to wait in a lin…
    - 1 day ago 20 Nov 14, 5:00pm -
  • Travel Tip of the Day: Water Spout Caution
    Water Spout Caution Use caution when refilling your water bottles at a water dispenser in an airport or hotel, as these sorts of water sources can often carry germs. If you do use them, the most important thing to remember is to make sure not to t…
    - 2 days ago 19 Nov 14, 8:41pm -
  • Black Friday and Cyber Monday Travel Deals for 2014
    Here’s a list of Black Friday and Cyber Monday Travel Deals for 2014 MSC Cruises is getting a head start on Black Friday and Cyber Monday with a special sale starting today and lasting through Monday, Dec. 1. For those travelers interested in takin…
    - 2 days ago 19 Nov 14, 7:43pm -
  • JetBlue to Charge Baggage Fees and Pack More Seats In
    I’ve been telling people that if American Airlines follows Delta’s and United Airlines‘ unpopular move of changing their frequent flier program of earning miles based on ticket price rather than distance flown, that the big winner is going to…
    - 2 days ago 19 Nov 14, 5:48pm -
  • What To Do In Weather Delays and Flight Cancellations
    Here are my go-to tips, websites and apps for all you need to know about what to do in weather delays and flight cancellations: 1. Research: I don’t leave home without knowing the weather where I am and where I’m going—including at layover air…
    - 2 days ago 19 Nov 14, 5:11pm -
  • Top 10 in Travel News: Week of November 19, 2014
    THE TOP 10 IN TRAVEL NEWS THIS WEEK: Passenger gets $1,200 bill for in-flight Wi-Fi Pay Phones in New York City Will Become Free Wi-Fi Hot Spots Updated MileagePlus Premier Requirements for 2016 status Alaska Airlines launching new San Diego-Hawaii r…
    - 3 days ago 19 Nov 14, 2:00pm -

Doctor of Credit

  • Increased Signup Bonus on Citi ThankYou Card
    [This post does not contain any affiliate links.] The Offer Direct Link Citi offers 3 versions of cards that issue ThankYou points: Citi ThankYou Preferred. No annual fee. Regular signup bonus of 20,000 points. Citi ThankYou Premier. $125 annual fee,…
    - 1 day ago 21 Nov 14, 12:16am -
  • Co-branded Credit Cards That I Wish Existed
    Most card issuers have at least a few co-branded credit cards, usually these are with travel related companies but sometimes the partnerships can be a little bit out of the ordinary. Because the large airlines and hotel chains already have agreements…
    - 2 days ago 20 Nov 14, 11:42am -
  • U.S Bank Drops Restaurants As A 5% Cashback Category On Their Cash+ Credit Card
    U.S bank has made yet another negative change to their Cash+ credit card, it’s no longer possible to select restaurants as a 5% cash back category. Unlike other 5% cash back credit cards that offer rotating categories, the Cash+ card allows you to…
    - 2 days ago 20 Nov 14, 8:49am -
  • Amex Offer: Moneymaker with $25 Off $125 at J Crew, Split-Tender Online
    I recently conducted a J Crew experiment, and the results are just in. J Crew Offer Direct Link Spend $125 at J Crew of jcrew.com and receive a $25 statement credit. Signup is available via Twitter by tweeting #AmexJCrew from a connected Twitter acco…
    - 2 days ago 20 Nov 14, 4:40am -
  • 2015 5% Categories for Freedom and Discover
    [This post does not contain any affiliate links.] Discover IT and Chase Freedom both offer 5% cash-back categories, on up to $1,500 of spend. These categories switch quarterly. They recently released the details of the coming 2015 year categories. Di…
    - 2 days ago 20 Nov 14, 12:07am -
  • Free $10 for PNC Debit/Credit Cardholders with Visa Checkout
    We recently posted an offer of  Free $10 for Bank of America cardholders with Visa Checkout. More recently, it came to my attention a similar offer with PNC Bank. The Offer Direct Link Create a Visa Checkout account (similar to a Paypal account) and…
    - 3 days ago 19 Nov 14, 12:09am -
  • [Targeted] Spend $10 With Apple Pay & U.S Bank And Get $10 Credit
    The Offer Use Apple Pay with a linked, eligible U.S Bank credit card to make a purchase of $10 or more and receive a $10 statement credit The Fine Print This is a targeted promotion, if you did not receive the e-mail from U.S Bank you’re not eligib…
    - 3 days ago 18 Nov 14, 2:29pm -
  • American Express Testing Free FICO Scores As A Benefit
    A lot of card issuers have started offering free FICO scores to consumers under the FICO open access initiative. Citi was the last card issuer to tell consumers that they would be offering cardholders free access to their FICO scores starting in 2015…
    - 4 days ago 18 Nov 14, 1:30pm -
  • Underrated Blogposts
    Sometimes I put a ton of work into a post and it gets a lot of attention, other times I put a ton of work into a post and it gets virtually none. There are times where I am particularly proud of a post and nobody seems to notice. I decided it was a g…
    - 4 days ago 18 Nov 14, 10:51am -
  • HOT! Free $5 Amazon Gift Card with Chime (if you’re fast)
    Chime just unveiled a whole slew of new offers. I haven’t had a chance to look well, but there is one great offer: free $5 at Amazon. Spend $5 or more on Amazon.com and receive a $5 credit. I jumped right over to Amazon and purchased a $5 Amazon gi…
    - 4 days ago 18 Nov 14, 4:06am -

Hustler Money Blog

  • American Express Twitter Sync Offers, Bonuses, & Promotions- November 2014
    If you have an American Express card and a Twitter, Facebook, TripAdvisor, or Foursquare account, check out the complete list of Amex Offers, Bonuses, and Promotions below to receive statement credits worth $5 to $150. To earn a statement credit, you…
    - 2 days ago 19 Nov 14, 4:28pm -
  • Chase Freedom First Quarter 5% Cash Back Categories 2015
    Owners of the Chase Freedom® – $200 Bonus Cash Back will be happy to hear that the company has just announced its 5% cash back categories for the first quarter of 2015. Between January and March of next year, you can earn 5% rewards on up to $1500…
    - 3 days ago 18 Nov 14, 4:19pm -
  • Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card Review
    For a limited time, the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card is offering two free weekend night certificates after you make $2,500 in purchases within the first four months of cardmembership. Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card Review Citi® Hilton HHo…
    - 3 days ago 18 Nov 14, 4:01pm -
  • Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Card Review
    Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Card offers 40,000 Hilton HHonors Bonus Points after spending $1,000 within 4 months of account opening. You get 6 HHonors Bonus Points for each $1 spent at a participating hotel within the Hilton HHonors portfolio.…
    - 3 days ago 18 Nov 14, 3:11pm -
  • Groupon Starbucks $10 Gift Card for $5
    Check out this Groupon $10 Starbucks Gift Card for only $5 good through November 21, 2014. For those who love Starbucks like myself, get this Starbucks $10 Gift Card asap since it’s like a free $5 gift card while supplies last. Limit to 1 per perso…
    - 3 days ago 18 Nov 14, 3:04pm -
  • PNC Bank Visa Checkout $10 Bonus Promotion
    Those who has a PNC Bank Visa debit or credit card, you can get a $10 statement credit good until 12/31/2014 simply by registering your card(no need to buy anything). With Visa Checkout, you can pay at participating online merchants similar to Paypal…
    - 3 days ago 18 Nov 14, 2:45pm -
  • American Express $30 Statement Credit for Small Business Saturday 2014
    Fast Reminder: Registration is now live on Shopsmall.com. Since the number of registrations is limited, you may want to register ASAP to guarantee your spot and then make your purchases on Saturday, Nov 29, 2014 to get your $30 statement credit. Amex…
    - 4 days ago 18 Nov 14, 1:25pm -
  • Capital One 360 Business Savings Review: $100 Bonus
    Capital One 360 Business Savings Account is offering a $100 cash bonus when you open their business savings. The account comes with a 0.40% Annual Percentage Yield along with no monthly fees, no minimum deposit requirements, and no hidden fees. The…
    - 4 days ago 18 Nov 14, 1:21pm -
  • Target Gift Cards 10% Off Black Friday Sale
    Here’s a Black Friday deal from Target whereas you get 10% off all Target gift cards on up to $300 total! It’s available in-store or online on Friday, November 28th, from 6AM-12PM only. However, you must wait until the next day Saturday, November…
    - 4 days ago 18 Nov 14, 12:42pm -
  • Chase Freedom Card Review: $200 Bonus Promotion
    For a limited time, you can earn a $200 bonus after you spend $500 in purchases in the first 3 months from account opening with the Chase Freedom® along with 5% cash back categories for the fourth quarter of 2014. Between October 1 and December 31,…
    - 4 days ago 17 Nov 14, 9:01pm -

Hack My Trip

  • newWill Delta Create a New Mileage Currency to Restrict Access to Business Class?
    With all the miles being printed by the banks, it’s only a matter of time until we hear about an airline experimenting with yet another currency targeted at only their elite passengers. And that will be the only way to redeem for a seat in front. M…
    - 14 hours ago 21 Nov 14, 12:10pm -
  • United Makes It Harder for Premier Members to Get Free Benefits
    In the past couple years, United Airlines has been hacking away at its MileagePlus loyalty program a little bit at a time. They made it harder to earn elite status, adding a new requirement to earn Premier Qualifying Dollars and spend a certain amoun…
    - 1 day ago 20 Nov 14, 3:40pm -
  • The Devil’s Advocate and the Gift Card Crusade of Doom
    From the desk of the Devil’s Advocate… I’m sitting in a Fairfield Inn & Suites room in Dallas. On the desk in front of me, mocking me quietly, is a $200 Marriott gift card. Most of you have already heard about the current AmEx Sync deal offe…
    - 2 days ago 20 Nov 14, 12:05pm -
  • Why Alaska Airlines Needs to Stop Boarding Early
    On Sunday I had another flight on Alaska Airlines flying home from San Francisco to Seattle. To anyone who travels regularly with Alaska, it should be no surprise that the flight boarded early. How early I don’t know because I wasn’t there, but…
    - 3 days ago 18 Nov 14, 2:30pm -
  • Where Will American Express Put the New Centurion Studio in Seattle?
    Several bloggers reported yesterday that American Express is opening a new Centurion Studio at SeaTac in 2015. Unlike the several Centurion Lounges that have been opened in Dallas, San Francisco, and elsewhere, the Studio concept is going to be a sm…
    - 4 days ago 18 Nov 14, 12:05pm -

Maximizing Money

  • newCapital One 360 Black Friday Sale 2014 Bonus Offers Are Coming
    The Capital One 360 Black Friday Sale will once again offers special promotions on a variety of Capital One 360 accounts from Friday, November 28th, through Monday, December 1, 2014.Check out the 2014 Capital One 360 Black Friday Promotions Page for…
    - 10 hours ago 21 Nov 14, 4:20pm -
  • newAAdvantage eShopping Mall Offers 1,050 Bonus Miles
    The AAdvantage eShopping Mall is offering up to 1,050 bonus American Airlines miles when you meet qualified spending through November 24, 2014.Just enroll in this AAdvantage eShopping Mall Promotion to earn up to 1,050 bonus AA miles.The post AAdva…
    - 10 hours ago 21 Nov 14, 4:15pm -
  • newTing Mobile Service Refer A Friend Program $100 Credits
    The Ting mobile service offers new customers a free $100 credit toward a device or as a Ting credit, plus current customers can get $50 in credit for your referrals via the Ting Refer A Friend program.Just visit this Ting $100 Referral Link to get a…
    - 10 hours ago 21 Nov 14, 4:10pm -
  • newHelloFresh $20 Food Credit on Home Delivered Meals
    HelloFresh delivers fresh ingredients for home-cooked meals directly to your door including nutritious recipes, so that you can prepare delicious meals without any hassles.You can save $20 off your first order at www.hellofresh.com with the Promo Co…
    - 10 hours ago 21 Nov 14, 4:07pm -
  • Amazon $10 Promo Code with $50 Gift Card Purchase – Targeted
    Amazon.com will give you a free $10 promotional code with a $50 Amazon Gift Card purchase, valid for targeted customers through November 30, 2014.Just click on this Amazon $10 Promotional Credit Offer and use code GCNOVEMBER to get a $10 promotional…
    - 1 day ago 20 Nov 14, 10:59pm -
  • $25 Bonus to Test Drive Car in Allentown or Langhorne, PA
    You can get a $25 Prepaid Visa bonus card to test drive a vehicle in Allentown or Langhorne, Pennsylvania.The post $25 Bonus to Test Drive Car in Allentown or Langhorne, PA appeared first on Maximizing Money.
    - 1 day ago 20 Nov 14, 10:55pm -
  • Free VIP Lounges for United MileagePlus Card Members in NJ and CA
    Chase is providing free VIP Lounge access for United MileagePlus Card members at 2 major malls in Short Hills, NJ, and San Francisco, CA, from November 22nd to December 24, 2014.The post Free VIP Lounges for United MileagePlus Card Members in NJ and…
    - 1 day ago 20 Nov 14, 9:20pm -
  • Free SiriusXM Radio Access – Your Radio Is On from November 19th to December 2nd
    Anyone with an inactive SiriusXM radio can listen for free from November 19th to December 2, 2014.Just turn your radio on to get Free SiriusXM Access for 2 weeks.The post Free SiriusXM Radio Access – Your Radio Is On from November 19th to Decembe…
    - 1 day ago 20 Nov 14, 9:19pm -
  • Cobbler Union Boots and Shoes $40 Referral Program Credits
    Cobbler Union provides luxury boots and shoes as well as bespoke shoemaking services with all of their shoes being handcrafted in Spain, plus new customers can get a $40 discount and earn $40 for each new customer that you refer.More Shoe Discounts…
    - 1 day ago 20 Nov 14, 9:16pm -
  • Scient Federal Credit Union Referral $10 Starbucks Gift Card
    Scient Federal Credit Union offers current members a $10 Starbucks Gift Card when you refer your friends to join Scient FCU.The post Scient Federal Credit Union Referral $10 Starbucks Gift Card appeared first on Maximizing Money.
    - 1 day ago 20 Nov 14, 7:59pm -

Boarding Area

  • newWill Copa’s New Star Alliance Frequent Flyer Program Add Fuel Surcharges to Award Tickets After All?
    A commenter who appears to work for Copa suggests that the new program will add fuel surcharges to awards. Miguel writes, Gary, my comments dont reflect COPA Holdings, or my superiors or companywide opinions or statements. All tickets currently purch…
    - 1 hour ago 22 Nov 14, 1:15am -
  • newTonight’s SWAG Saturday winner is… (yeah you won before) is that you?
    It sure has been fun to see the response of how many found the blog and what tips you have enjoyed. It is also fun to see so many new and old readers taking part. Now on to this weeks winner and it is a reader who has won before! I will again say con…
    - 1 hour ago 22 Nov 14, 1:15am -
  • newPreclearance for U.S. International Travel is Still Growing
    The U.S. plans to continue expanding their international preclearance locations. Currently at 15 locations in Abu Dhabi, Aruba, Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, and Ireland, this addresses about 18% of inbound travelers. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)…
    - 2 hours ago 22 Nov 14, 12:14am -
  • newSneak Peek: New IHG PointsBreaks List
    IHG Rewards Club’s PointBreaks is traditionally one of the best promotions in the hotel industry. Through this promotion, select hotels are available for just 5,000 points per night. Since IHG Rewards Club points can be indirectly purchased for 0.…
    - 2 hours ago 22 Nov 14, 12:03am -
  • newFavorite Airport, Aircraft, Seat Selection, and More
    Even though I write about my family’s travels pretty extensively on here, I don’t often get into topics like my favorite international city, favorite domestic airport, favorite island, favorite foods, and worst travel experience.  I don’t even…
    - 3 hours ago 21 Nov 14, 10:53pm -
  • newCelebrate With a New 10-Year China Visa.. at 50% Off!
    This month China has started issuing visas valid for multiple entry over 10 years to US passport holders for tourism and short-term business visits. Your passport must be valid for at least a year, and you can continue to use your 10 year visa even w…
    - 4 hours ago 21 Nov 14, 10:40pm -
  • newLow Cost Airline To Brazil – $500 Business Class One-Way
    Today, Azul airlines received their final permissions to begin flying to the US. Azul was founded by JetBlue’s founder and is now reaching into the same country as it’s older sibling. Azul will begin flying between the US and Brazil on December 2…
    - 4 hours ago 21 Nov 14, 10:37pm -
  • newI Wish I Had Gone for the Upsell
    Today got off to a rough start. I was flying out of my apartment for a meeting and realized a tenth of a second before […]
    - 4 hours ago 21 Nov 14, 10:32pm -
  • newCool Video Of Emirates A380 Maintenance Check
    Last week Emirates uploaded a pretty snazzy video to their YouTube channel of an A380 3-C maintenance check, which took about two months to complete.I think a lot of people don't realize just how extensive maintenance checks on airplanes are. They'r…
    - 4 hours ago 21 Nov 14, 10:06pm -
  • newScenes From A Dulini Lodge Safari Part II: A Leopard & Her Dinner……
    In Part II of my Safari Trip Report, I share the images of Leopard who is enjoying the fruits of her hunt after successfully taking down an Impala. We're not talking Chevy here.....
    - 5 hours ago 21 Nov 14, 9:37pm -

Frequent Flyer Miles 101

  • newMileage shopping: Here comes the full-court press from the airlines
    Rule #2: Never buy anything on the internet without getting some sort of rebate.  Never.  Doesn’t matter if it’s miles, cash or box tops. So winter has arrived.  The bad news is that our boiler needs some repair.  The good news is that I just…
    - 4 hours ago 21 Nov 14, 10:32pm -
  • JetBlue adds bag fees, more seats
    JetBlue announced today that it would be joining virtually every other airline in North America by adding baggage fees and seats to its planes, in addition to other minor changes.  Southwest now stands out as the only major airline without a first b…
    - 2 days ago 19 Nov 14, 8:54pm -
  • Tidbits from around the industry…
    JetBlue has launched a flash sale which will save you a bit of money, but the discount is only good through tomorrow night.  The two-day travel sale offers 15% off international flights and 20% off domestic and is good only on certain dates, namely…
    - 3 days ago 18 Nov 14, 2:34pm -
  • Lots of small changes going on at American Airlines and the good stuff won’t last…
    Note: I’m going to be out of town for the next few days, so posts might not be as frequent.  Assume every other day or so. It’s always nice to write a post after a big Patriots win.  Anytime Tom Brady can throw two interceptions and win by more…
    - 4 days ago 17 Nov 14, 2:21pm -
  • United Taketh Away, United Giveth and United Loseth a customer…
    Monkey see, Monkey do.  Matching Delta’s increase, United has announced that it is raising the amount of spend you need on tickets to accompany you miles to earn elite status for 2016 by 20%.  Like Delta, you can have the ticket-spend minimum wai…
    - 6 days ago 15 Nov 14, 10:18pm -
  • Thanksgiving week deals, sort of…

    - 8 days ago 14 Nov 14, 11:03am -
  • Airline Miles and Hotel Points Expiration Policies
    One of the most frustrating facets of frequent flyer/hotel programs is that, if you have no activity in your account for a certain period of time, your points can expire.  “Activity” might be anything from a stay/flight to a simple redemption. …
    - 8 days ago 13 Nov 14, 10:52pm -
  • Why an airline credit card may not be your best bet (even for that airline!)
    (Please note: many of the cards that I will discuss are available through the travel rewards banner found toward the bottom of the page here.  You don’t have to use these links, of course, but if you do, I really appreciate the support!) Over the…
    - 9 days ago 12 Nov 14, 11:10pm -
  • 500 Free Starwood points. Seriously, totally free.
    They don’t get easier than this one.  Register for the SPG More For You promotion.  Then, go into your Starwood profile (Sign in, click on your name, choose “My Profile” at the left) and make any change to your Stay Preferences, which is tow…
    - 10 days ago 11 Nov 14, 11:59pm -
  • Starwood: Small hotel program, big innovation
    While it’s not the largest chain, only 1/2-1/3 the size of some of its global competitors, Starwood Hotels (Westin, Sheraton, W Hotels, among others) has proven itself to be among the most innovative over time.  It is my primary hotel chain (altho…
    - 11 days ago 11 Nov 14, 12:03am -

Mr. Free Miles

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  • newUnited personal device entertainment for Android (finally!)
    http://www.prnewswire.com/news-rele...ntertainment-for-android-users-283511231.htmlUnited Airlines customers using Android devices can now use the latest version of the United app to access the airline's complimentary personal device entertainment se…
    - 1 min ago 22 Nov 14, 2:19am -
  • newTeh Penalty Box
    I think it's time for a new Box thread that works. So, here goes.
    - 1 min ago 22 Nov 14, 2:19am -
  • newNow you can Swap your Miles/Points Between VA Velocity & SQ Krisflyer Programs
    Was this covered here on Milepoint? Didn't know where to post this ... VA or SQ branch! So finally decided to post here.According to the Australian website Traveller entry dated today, Virgin Australia Velocity and Singapore Airlines Krisflyer frequ…
    - 5 mins ago 22 Nov 14, 2:15am -
  • newGas explosion at Hyatt The Churchill, London
    http://rt.com/uk/207827-london-hyatt-churchill-explosion/
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  • newUnited to spend $120M upgrading Newark airport with iPads
    http://www.electronista.com/articles/14/11/07/ipads.will.let.people.track.flights.shop.browse.web/
    - 15 mins ago 22 Nov 14, 2:05am -
  • new$70 in Free Hotel Tonight Credit with Promo Codes
    $70 in Free Hotel Tonight Credit with Promo CodesDownload Hotel Tonight app for iOS or Android.Use code LKING47 when you sign up for a $25 HotelTonight credit.Add the following codes for more credit:HTBACK $30 EXPIREDGETHT $15 EXPIREDMLK5 $5 200 U…
    - 16 mins ago 22 Nov 14, 2:04am -
  • newAward binded to account owner Credit Card
    Hi all,Although I "understand" the scare of the airlines to have people selling award tickets here and there, I could not understand that. I booked two award tickets LAX-CLT today, when I was going to pay, it required that the name on the credit car…
    - 17 mins ago 22 Nov 14, 2:03am -
  • newNew deal provides elite status, increased earning with Hertz
    http://ir.unitedcontinentalholdings.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=83680&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1979877http://www.united.com/CMS/en-US/products/travelproducts/car/pages/hertzoffer.aspxMileagePlus members who book with Hertz may earn the following per rental:1…
    - 22 mins ago 22 Nov 14, 1:58am -
  • new100-year-old woman sees the ocean for first time in her life
    100-year-old woman sees the ocean for first time in her lifeA woman who turns 101 years next month has seen the ocean for the first time.Ruby Holt had spent her 100 years in the state of Tennessee, US, working on a farm, working in a shirt factory,…
    - 36 mins ago 22 Nov 14, 1:44am -
  • 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…
    - 54 mins ago 22 Nov 14, 1:26am -

Flyertalk MilesBuzz

  • newBoeing Field
    I was looking at the arrival/departure board this morning at SEA. Boeing Field was listed with a United flight. It's status was cancelled. Are there commercial flights into Boeing Field?
    - 2 hours ago 22 Nov 14, 12:20am -
  • newDenied Boarding by EY due to VA "System Error"
    I had a rather infuriating situation happen today. My wife and I, and it turns out 4 others, were flying TBU to DUB via SYD and AUH. SYD to DUB is operated by EY. No problems until we went to board in AUH to DUB. They stated we were not checked..…
    - 2 hours ago 22 Nov 14, 12:14am -
  • newFree breakfast at Hotel Punta Islita in Costa Rica?
    Hi, Would anyone here be able to tell me if the Hotel Punta Islita in Costa Rica provide free breakfast on an award stay to an RC gold? I'm thinking about planning a week next year for a 10yr anniversary and that would certainly help. Thanks!
    - 2 hours ago 22 Nov 14, 12:06am -
  • newChase has stopped transfers to Korean Air
    I just went to transfer miles to book my honeymoon flights - mine transferred fine, and I went to transfer to my wife's account and it gave me an error. I called Chase and they said they have removed the ability to transfer to Korean Airlines,...
    - 2 hours ago 21 Nov 14, 11:55pm -
  • newCheap HBO to London
    BA.com has a useful feature which allows you to find their cheapest fare over their entire network. It shows single and return fares in all classes from London and it can be sorted and queried by month. But it has a limitation that it doesn't...
    - 3 hours ago 21 Nov 14, 11:05pm -
  • newCar rental return
    I'll be picking up a National rental car at SFO next week, spending some time in the Napa Valley, and then dropping it off in San Francisco on a weekday at midday. From all the discussion I've seen about traffic, I'm rather dreading the return trip,.…
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  • newNewark to Quebec City
    Will I clear Canadian customs at Newark or Quebec? Shak
    - 3 hours ago 21 Nov 14, 10:54pm -
  • newneed help navigating flyer talk
    I'm hoping to get input on which airline is most comfortable for business class (2 people traveling together; both elderly) from Rome-Miami. Hoping to find a flight that's short as possible of course, but needs to be on a comfortable aircraft....
    - 4 hours ago 21 Nov 14, 10:48pm -
  • newDL - BOS Base - Need 14K to requalify
    Any suggestions how I can add 14K ideally under $ 1000, pretty flexible after Thanksgiving - thru December. One or two trips. Thanks for any thoughts. Bob:
    - 4 hours ago 21 Nov 14, 10:42pm -
  • newBA returning to BHX? Not very likely
    The chief executive of Birmingham Airport (http://www.birminghampost.co.uk/business/business-news/birmingham-barcelona-flights-spark-hope-8060220) looks to be counting his chickens when he says that BA is starting to rebuild a presence a presence at.…
    - 4 hours ago 21 Nov 14, 10:34pm -

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