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The Points Guy

  • newThursday Giveaway: 30,000 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Miles
    For this week’s Thursday Giveaway, we’re offering a chance to win 30,000 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles, in honor of the 40% buy miles bonus promotion. Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan is one of TPG’s favorite frequent flyer programs. He pe…
    - 11 hours ago Aug 27, 2015, 8:36pm -
  • newDeal Alert: Business Class to Europe on Delta from $2,267
    Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency such as Orbitz, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm East…
    - 11 hours ago Aug 27, 2015, 8:08pm -
  • newWest Coast to Europe Awards Wide Open in Business Next Summer
    Sure, it might seem a little early to start thinking about your summer 2016 Euro trip, but when there’s business-class award seats available during peak season, it’s worth planning far in advance. And that appears to be the case today. Thanks t…
    - 12 hours ago Aug 27, 2015, 7:02pm -
  • newWhat to Expect from Amtrak’s New Revenue-Based Rewards Program
    There’s a new revenue-based rewards program in the works, and it isn’t from an airline. Amtrak’s planning to revamp its Guest Rewards program, and like the recent shifts we’ve seen with Delta and United, this generally isn’t a change for th…
    - 13 hours ago Aug 27, 2015, 6:30pm -
  • newLast Chance: Get a 20% Bonus When You Transfer SPG Points to American AAdvantage
    Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) is one of TPG’s favorite programs to rack up points in, and Starpoints also rank as the most valuable award currency in his monthly valuations. In addition to the great redemption rates at hotel properties and the S…
    - 13 hours ago Aug 27, 2015, 5:45pm -
  • newShould You Buy Hilton HHonors Points with an 80% Bonus?
    Now through August 31 (next Monday), Hilton is offering an 80% bonus when you buy HHonors points up to a maximum of 80,000 points (144,000 with this promo). Instead of the usual 1 cent per point, this drops their price down to 0.556 cents per point.…
    - 14 hours ago Aug 27, 2015, 4:50pm -
  • new5 Things I Loved About My Trip to Istanbul
    Istanbul is Europe and Asia all in one. We all know the city’s attractions are amazing, from the Blue Mosque to the Hagia Sophia to the Basilica Cistern, and even though there’s been some political turmoil and even a bombing/shooting while I wa…
    - 15 hours ago Aug 27, 2015, 3:57pm -
  • newDoes It Make Sense To Buy Alaska Miles With a 40% Bonus?
    Now through October 6, 2015, Alaska MileagePlan is offering up to a 40% bonus on purchased miles. Like the last time we saw this promo back in April, this bonus is tiered. The more miles you buy, the bigger your bonus. Here is how it breaks down: Buy…
    - 16 hours ago Aug 27, 2015, 3:09pm -
  • newI Finally Used My SPG Amex for an International Hotel Stay
    One of my biggest gripes with the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express has been the foreign transaction fees, which meant that it didn’t make sense to use my card internationally even when staying at a Starwood property. How…
    - 17 hours ago Aug 27, 2015, 2:17pm -
  • newBirthday Benefits from Airline and Hotel Loyalty Programs
    Today, TPG Contributor Mitch Berman delves into the variety of birthday benefits you can earn from airlines, hotels and more. My family goes to one of our favorite restaurants several times a year. If we let them know it’s one of our birthdays, w…
    - 18 hours ago Aug 27, 2015, 1:10pm -

Frugal Travel Guy

  • newAward Booking Tales: A Family of 5 Goes Around the World in Business Class
    Back in February, an award booking request came into PMM Travel Consulting that was arguably the most complex request we had ever received. In particular, there were three factors about this round-the-world (RTW) request for travel between January an…
    - 8 hours ago Aug 27, 2015, 11:00pm -
  • newFare Sale! Let’s Go Anywhere on Emirates
    We love sales! Top-notch airline Emirates currently offers a good one on business and economy class fares from all 10 U.S. gateway cities: Chicago (ORD), Boston (BOS), San Francisco (SFO), Los Angeles (LAX), Seattle (SEA), Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), Ho…
    - 10 hours ago Aug 27, 2015, 9:00pm -
  • new4 Credit Cards for Saving on Last-Minute Travel
    If you’re a planner and can coordinate trips 10 – 12 months in advance, you’ll get ideal flights and rooms in the hotel of your choosing by using miles and points for the very best redemptions. Sometimes though, last-minute trips or trips wit…
    - 11 hours ago Aug 27, 2015, 8:00pm -
  • newWould You Put A Flight on Layaway?
    What if that dream fare is just out of reach and points or miles are not an option? Is there a better way to pay for the perfect flight without incurring credit card interest? Flight layaway could be an option – and one new startup wants to use tha…
    - 13 hours ago Aug 27, 2015, 6:00pm -
  • newHyatt Sale: 20% Off Two-Night Stays or 25% Off Three-Night Stays
    Hyatt is currently running a sale whereby you can get 20% off two-night (or more) stays or 25% off three-night (or more) stays at select properties. In order to take advantage of this promotion, you must book your reservation by September 28, 2015 an…
    - 15 hours ago Aug 27, 2015, 4:36pm -
  • newRick’s Picks: The Ups and Downs of the Delta Suntrust Debit Card
    I really, really enjoyed my time with the Delta Suntrust debit card. On July 25, the party that has been the Suntrust debit card and its earning of one Delta mile per dollar spent came to an end: debit card holders are now limited to $2,000 per mon…
    - 23 hours ago Aug 27, 2015, 8:00am -
  • New Benefits: 5 Reasons Frequent Travelers Need SPG Business Amex
    The Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express is a must for anyone who is a Starwood loyalist, but even if you’re not a top-tier elite in the SPG program, the card deserves a spot in your wallet. New benefits that took ef…
    - 1 day ago Aug 26, 2015, 11:00pm -
  • Ranking Pet Peeves: Frequent Travelers’ Biggest Hotel Complaints
    Frequent Business Traveler and FlyerTalk have conducted their annual pet peeves survey for hotels. According to the results of the survey, these are the things travelers hate the most about staying in hotels: Expensive and slow Internet Hard to reach…
    - 1 day ago Aug 26, 2015, 9:00pm -
  • I Thought This Was the Best Rewards Program, But Now That I Look Closer…
    The Citi ThankYou and American Express Membership Rewards program are becoming more and more similar, with competing sign-up bonuses, many of the same transfer partners, and even in the way they’re being valued by points and miles bloggers. So whic…
    - 1 day ago Aug 26, 2015, 8:00pm -
  • I Want to Go to Honolulu — for CHEAP!
    When you begin planning a trip, there are several questions to answer. What is there to do at my destination? How do I get around? Are there ways I can save on lodging, food and activities? This post, the first in a series, is designed to help answ…
    - 2 days ago Aug 26, 2015, 8:00am -

One Mile at a Time

  • newAt What Point Is Award Night Blocking No Longer A Glitch?
    I'm a big fan of Hyatt Gold Passport. Along with Starwood Preferred Guest, it's one of my two preferred hotel chains. So when I notice negatives with Hyatt or Starwood, it's often simply a function of me dealing with them most, so also being most lik…
    - 8 hours ago Aug 27, 2015, 11:33pm -
  • newReview: Emirates A380 First Class Dallas To Dubai
    I've reviewed Emirates first class several times before, most recently between Los Angeles and Dubai and then between Dubai and Singapore. Emirates offers one of my all around favorite first class products, thanks in no small part to just how fun the…
    - 11 hours ago Aug 27, 2015, 8:03pm -
  • new10 Best Credit Card Offers For August
    Every month I make a post with what I consider to be the best credit card sign-up bonuses of the month.While there are several excellent long standing credit card offers, the specifics of the best offers are constantly changing (be it the annual fe…
    - 14 hours ago Aug 27, 2015, 5:33pm -
  • newGreat Deal! 40% Bonus When Buying Alaska Mileage Plan Miles
    Alaska Airlines has just announced their new promotion for purchasing miles, and if you've been salivating at the recent images of Emirates first class, you'll want to pay close attention!For those who don't have access to credit cards in the US, t…
    - 15 hours ago Aug 27, 2015, 4:03pm -
  • newRedeem Miles For British Airways Business Class Between California And Europe
    Yesterday I posted about how British Airways is launching flights between San Jose and London as of May 4, 2016. This represents their fourth destination in California, after Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco.Perhaps the most exciting part…
    - 17 hours ago Aug 27, 2015, 2:33pm -
  • newLady Denied Boarding After Chugging Bottle Of Cognac At Beijing Airport
    I think we can all relate to wanting to "maximize" value, whatever form that may come in. I've certainly been known to have a glass or two of Krug too many on a flight in the name of "maximizing value." But the truth is that there's seriously diminis…
    - 18 hours ago Aug 27, 2015, 1:03pm -
  • newAmEx Small Business Saturday Returning In 2015
    One of the things I love about American Express is that the annual fees on virtually all cards more than pay for themselves. And that's outside of the actual "published" benefits on a card. Specifically, American Express also offers promotions like S…
    - 20 hours ago Aug 27, 2015, 11:33am -
  • Amazing Deal: ~$335 Tickets To Europe On American!
    In general airfare has been extremely high the past couple of years, given the number of capacity cuts we've seen in the airline industry. That's a bit puzzling to consumers given how low the price of oil has been. Ultimately the cost of airfare isn'…
    - 1 day ago Aug 26, 2015, 11:21pm -
  • How To Create Your Own In-Flight Map
    I love maps and can spend hours dreaming about places to go next or thinking about where I've been. I also love GPS technology, and have had a handheld GPS in one form or another since the early days of the Garmin eTrex (circa 2000). It still amazes…
    - 1 day ago Aug 26, 2015, 9:33pm -
  • British Airways Starting Flights Between London And San Jose
    British Airways has just announced their latest US route, which is one that most of us probably weren't expecting.British Airways will be launching flights between London Heathrow and San Jose, California, as of May 4, 2016.The new route will go…
    - 1 day ago Aug 26, 2015, 7:33pm -

View From the Wing

The Frequent Miler

  • newMy wife scored another 70,000 points. I got a rock.
    For the past 6 months I’ve been happily earning two extra points per dollar on all purchases with my Citi Forward card.  Those two points per dollar were in addition to the 1 to 5 points per dollar the card normally earns (sadly the card is no lon…
    - 17 hours ago Aug 27, 2015, 2:13pm -
  • Yes, shared ThankYou points can be transferred to miles
    One of the best features of Citi’s ThankYou Rewards program is that anyone can share points with anyone else.  Most other major programs have much less lenient about sharing (you can find info about sharing points with the major transferable point…
    - 2 days ago Aug 26, 2015, 10:25am -
  • 470,000 points after $48K spend
    In the post, “319,000 points after $33K spend” I wrote about my wife’s latest round of credit card aplications.  Unbeknownst to her, she applied for 8 cards in total and was approved (at that time) for 5 of them.  For review, here were the 5…
    - 3 days ago Aug 25, 2015, 10:25am -
  • Amex gift cards: Is the deal done?
    Last Thursday I made a big mistake.  I published a Quick Deal before drinking coffee.  From past mistakes that were caused by my caffeine starved brain, I should have known better.  While my coffee brewed, I noticed a reminder to myself to check t…
    - 4 days ago Aug 24, 2015, 10:25am -
  • It’s not too late – Deals still alive as of 08/23/2015
    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…
    - 5 days ago Aug 23, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • Delta Award Value, Citi Online Spend Tracker, Plastiq Questions Answered & More!
    Welcome to the Frequent Miler Week In Review series. Every Saturday we recap what you might have missed from Frequent Miler during the week. Enjoy! This Week From Frequent Miler Sears.com DOES count as a department store for Discover’s 5% categor…
    - 5 days ago Aug 22, 2015, 9:00pm -
  • Finding Hidden AAdvantage Awards, Best Hotel Loyalty Program, In Flight WiFi Trick & More!
    Welcome to the Frequent Miler Week In Review series. Every Saturday we bring you some of the best posts from around the web. Enjoy! This Week Around the Web Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott, and Starwood by the numbers (aka why I love Hyatt) – A data dri…
    - 6 days ago Aug 22, 2015, 1:00pm -
  • Bet You Didn’t Know: Citibank’s New Online Bonus Spend Tracker
    By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate…   It feels a little weird to say this, but Citibank’s been crushing it lately. Not only have they made enormous strides with their flexible ThankYou points currency, but they’re doing a lot of the lit…
    - 7 days ago Aug 21, 2015, 10:25am -
  • Great value from Delta SkyMiles. Hurry!
    Quick info: Delta is running an award sale for flights between the US and Europe.  Flight must take place between October 20 and February 29, 2016 and must be booked by this Friday (August 21).  The original Quick Deal about this award can be found…
    - 8 days ago Aug 20, 2015, 10:25am -
  • Chase Ink 5X? Send check to self? Pay credit card bill? Combine payments? Is Plastiq reliable? Top 5 Plastiq questions answered…
    This morning, via Frequent Miler’s Quick Deals,  I posted a new Plastiq credit card bill payment offer: Pay Utilities by credit card for free.  To get this deal, you must sign up with a promo link (found in the Quick Deal), schedule 6 or more uti…
    - 9 days ago Aug 19, 2015, 10:25am -

The Flight Deal

The Free-quent Flyer

  • Booking Iberia award tickets for fun and profit
    Before I get started today, it would be irresponsible of me not to state that your Avios are fine. You see, the last time I wrote about Iberia, the travel hacking blogosphere exploded with speculation about an upcoming British Airways Avios devaluat…
    - 2 days ago Aug 26, 2015, 9:59am -
  • Personal finance digression: putting Mango in "time out"
    I periodically write about high-interest accounts which I think are obvious choices for people with basically unlimited access to cash. In June I wrote that Mango prepaid cards had stopped accepting new applications. Shortly after that, the similar U…
    - 3 days ago Aug 25, 2015, 9:59am -
  • Do this now: register for end-of-year Hilton and Marriott 2015 promotions
    Registration has opened for what I assume are the final global promotions of 2015 for Hilton HHonors and Marriott Rewards.Hilton HHonors Triple your TripBetween September 1 and December 31, 2015, earn double base HHonors points Monday through Thursda…
    - 4 days ago Aug 24, 2015, 9:59am -
  • Weekend Roundup Roundup for August 23, 2015
    A lot of bloggers write weekend roundups of their own posts or posts from other bloggers they found interesting or helpful that week.So many, in fact, that it can be hard to keep track of them all. To make it easier, here's the inaugural Weekend Rou…
    - 5 days ago Aug 23, 2015, 4:55pm -
  • How to get started travel hacking (hint: don't apply for any credit cards!)
    A lot of people seem to treat my site as a space for "advanced" travel hackers, but I've never felt that way myself; in fact, I don't think of myself as an "advanced" travel hacker at all!I don't know the first thing about fuel dumps (although I took…
    - 7 days ago Aug 21, 2015, 9:59am -
  • Using Mint to track travel hacking expenses and returns
    The single most important thing you can do to succeed in travel hacking is stay organized. That's true of every single aspect of the game:If you're booking your hotel stays through a portal like Rocketmiles or Pointshound, you have to make sure the c…
    - 8 days ago Aug 20, 2015, 9:59am -
  • Loyalty is an expensive, annoying trap
    I shared on Monday that over the weekend I was the proud recipient of $1,300 in Delta voluntary denied boarding compensation, and reflected on some of the possible consequences for the miles and points I'd budgeted for my upcoming travel.Since I book…
    - 9 days ago Aug 19, 2015, 6:55pm -
  • How do you react to a shock to your travel budget? How should you?
    Yesterday my scheduled flight out from my ancestral homeland was overbooked — very overbooked. They asked for 6 volunteers, and ended up taking 5 of them, each of whom received $1,300 in Delta voluntary denied boarding compensation. I was one of th…
    - 11 days ago Aug 17, 2015, 9:59am -
  • New Staples Visa gift cards got you down? Try these two weird old tricks
    I like buying Visa gift cards from Staples. I buy a lot of Visa gift cards from Staples. But the new Staples Visa gift card design has been causing me enough frustration that it's started to disrupt my mellow manufactured spend lifestyle.I was tossin…
    - 14 days ago Aug 14, 2015, 9:59am -
  • Quick hit: my annual fees and retention offers
    I wrote yesterday that I don't chase signup bonuses as one of my principle methods of earning miles and points. But I also consider recurring annual benefits to be worth almost nothing.I've written before that companion tickets are scams, with the e…
    - 15 days ago Aug 13, 2015, 9:59am -

Well Traveled Mile

  • Four New Cards & 130K Miles – A Look At My Latest Credit Card Applications
    I was long overdue for a round of credit card applications. My last round was back in October 2014, so I decided to pull the trigger on some new cards this last week. I was anticipating the Amex Starwood Preferred Guest card to offer an increased 30…
    - 4 days ago Aug 24, 2015, 2:33am -
  • TopCashBack Limiting Cash Back Eligibility On Amex Gift Cards To $200
    This morning I got my favorite recurring e-mail: TopCashBack will be increasing their cashback payout on Amex gift cards to 2.25% today! However in the terms and conditions part of the e-mail, it states that gift cards over $200 will not be eligible…
    - 8 days ago Aug 20, 2015, 4:33pm -
  • Deal Alert: $100 Sears Gift Card For $85 On eBay
    Gift Card Mall, via eBay, is back with another sale. Right now, you can buy a $100 Sears physical gift card for $85. As reported yesterday, there is an eBay Bucks offer going on right through which you can earn 14.1x on gift cards! Remember, by using…
    - 10 days ago Aug 18, 2015, 3:55pm -
  • Starwood Adds A New Transfer Partner – Korean Air
    Starpoints are easily the most valuable set of points you can earn in this game. They can be transferred to over 30 airlines at a 1:1 ratio and you receive a 25% bonus on every 20,000 points you transfer. Right now there is an increased sign-up bonus…
    - 10 days ago Aug 18, 2015, 8:27am -
  • Deal Alert: 14.1X On Gift Cards Bought On eBay!
    I received the following offer in my inbox, so chances are you did too! Look for the subject “Only VIPs earn 3X eBay Bucks.” Here are the details   I’ve written in the past discussing all the reasons I love shopping on eBay, like earning 5x Ul…
    - 11 days ago Aug 17, 2015, 3:30pm -
  • Why I Downgraded My Citi AA Executive Card Rather Than Closing It
    I recently downgraded my Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World EliteTM MasterCard® because the annual fee was due and it didn’t make sense for me to pay $450 based on my already established travel plans. I had multiple cards that I opened during t…
    - 11 days ago Aug 17, 2015, 2:52pm -
  • Register For Free Boingo Wi-Fi With Your SPG Card Now!
    Two days ago on August 11, 2015, the Starwood Preferred Guest Cards by American Express underwent some changes. Link: Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express One of the new benefits is the free Boingo Wi-Fi Access. In order to se…
    - 15 days ago Aug 13, 2015, 7:33am -
  • Starwood Preferred Guest Now Offering 30,000 Starpoints!
    Once again, American Express increased the sign-up bonus for the Starwood Preferred Guest® Card to 30,000 Starpoints in the July – August time frame. The sign-up bonus for the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Card has also been increased to 30,…
    - 17 days ago Aug 11, 2015, 6:42pm -
  • Deal Alert: 16.1X On Gift Cards Bought On eBay!
    I received the following offer in my inbox, so chances are you did too! Look for the subject “A bonus offer for our VIPs—4X eBay Bucks.” Here are the details   I’ve written in the past discussing all the reasons I love shopping on eBay, like…
    - 17 days ago Aug 11, 2015, 7:09am -
  • 30,000 Points Sign-up Bonus on Starwood Preferred Guest Amex Cards
    American Express just increased the sign-up bonus on the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express cards to 30,000 bonus points after spending $5,000 in the first 6 months of card membership. This is a great sign-up bonus that is offered every now…
    - 17 days ago Aug 11, 2015, 5:59am -

MileValue

Frequent Flier

  • newUber Wins Big at LAX
    Most of the higher-profile news reports about ride-sharing service Uber have a decidedly negative tinge to them. A woman in China robbed and molested by a Uber driver. The increase in urban traffic congestion tied to Uber vehicles. Safety concerns ..…
    - 13 hours ago Aug 27, 2015, 6:38pm -
  • newOnboard Drink Limits: Yea or Nay?
    With full flights and ever-decreasing legroom, flying has become a test of patience and stamina, pushing some travelers to the edge of their endurance. Add alcohol to that toxic mix and air rage looms large. It’s a vicious circle: Travel ... Read M…
    - 14 hours ago Aug 27, 2015, 4:56pm -
  • Get Ready for Faster Inflight WiFi
    When it comes to inflight WiFi, disappointment has been the name of the game. Slow. Unreliable. And a generally dodgy value given the ratio of price to performance. The solution to the current technology’s shortcomings, according to Gogo, is its ..…
    - 2 days ago Aug 26, 2015, 6:09pm -
  • Hilton Puts Kibosh on In-Room TV Porn
    Hilton will soon join the likes of Ritz-Carlton, Marriott, Omni, Drury, and Nordic Choice hotels in eliminating adult content from its in-room on-demand TV offerings. Hilton released the following statement regarding the move to TravelPulse: We are m…
    - 2 days ago Aug 26, 2015, 4:33pm -
  • How to write down great essay
    You will quickly realize that the creating knowledge develop considerably even though from university or college simply because you will find usually writing assignments to finish for every element or even product or perhaps solution. Your own punctu…
    - 2 days ago Aug 26, 2015, 1:24pm -
  • New IHG Promotion: Free Nights, Big Bonuses, Oh My!
    InterContinental Hotels Group’s new “Accelerate” promotion extends IHG Rewards’ string of marketing initiatives targeting individual program members with offers tailored to their presumed potential for future hotel stays. Because the offers a…
    - 3 days ago Aug 25, 2015, 6:16pm -
  • Limited Time: Fast Track to JetBlue Elite Perks
    JetBlue really, really wants you (and you, and you) to join the ranks of its TrueBlue elites. So, as it has for the third consecutive year, the airline is offering travelers a fast track to Mosaic, JetBlue’s name for its ... Read More
    - 3 days ago Aug 25, 2015, 4:15pm -
  • National’s ‘One Two Free’ Promo Returns
    As recurring travel promotions go, National Car Rental’s “One Two Free” has been a perennial winner. Unlike Marriott’s MegaBonus offer, which has shed considerable value in its last few iterations, the just-announced version of “One Two Fre…
    - 4 days ago Aug 24, 2015, 6:30pm -
  • Win a 7-Day Trip to Fiji for 2
    Enter the Fiji Water “Win a Trip to Fiji” sweepstakes by September 30, 2015, for a chance to win the grand prize: a seven-night trip for two to Fiji, including air, hotel, and daily breakfasts. To enter, provide the requested ... Read More
    - 4 days ago Aug 24, 2015, 5:22pm -
  • Weekly Recap: Falling Airfares, When a Free Trip Is too Expensive, & More
    Following is our regular summary of the latest travel news and best frequent traveler promotions reviewed during the past week. If it was a good deal—or a notably bad deal—from an airline, hotel, or car rental loyalty program, you can ... Read Mo…
    - 6 days ago Aug 22, 2015, 6:43pm -

Travel is Free

Frequent Flyer Bonuses

Million Mile Secrets

  • newNews You Can Use – Easy Marriott Points, Unlimited Flights in Brazil Deal, IHG & Hyatt Discounts
    1.   A Few Fast Marriott Points You can earn points for interacting with Marriott on social media.  And you’ll earn a quick 25 points by linking your Twitter and Instagram.  It only takes a few clicks. I wish earning these … Continue reading…
    - 11 hours ago Aug 27, 2015, 8:20pm -
  • newEurope on Sale! ~$600 Round-Trip, Even From the West Coast!
    United Airlines has great deals on flights to Barcelona, Dublin, Helsinki, and Madrid! The Flight Deal reports you can fly from many cities in the US to Barcelona, Helsinki, and Madrid for ~$600 round-trip in coach.  Or you can fly to Dublin for…
    - 16 hours ago Aug 27, 2015, 3:04pm -
  • newBest Ways to Europe Using Starwood Points
    You can transfer Starwood points to 30+ airline partners.  And some are great for flying to Europe! I’ll highlight the best deals and give you helpful tips! About the AMEX Starwood Cards Link:  Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from Americ…
    - 23 hours ago Aug 27, 2015, 8:30am -
  • newSave Time Finding Disney Restaurant Reservations With Disney Dining Buddy
    A highlight of a Walt Disney World vacation for many folks is a meal at 1 of their themed dining locations. But reservations for many of these restaurants are often hard to get!  That’s because Disney opens reservations 180 days … Continue readi…
    - 23 hours ago Aug 27, 2015, 8:00am -
  • Hot! $336 to $700 Round-Trip to Europe! (Won’t Last!)
    The Flight Deal and Slickdeals report cheap fares are available from multiple cities in the US to many European destinations!  Check your city to see if it’s included. You can fly to Dublin from New York City for as little as … Continue reading…
    - 1 day ago Aug 26, 2015, 11:00pm -

Nomadic Matt

  • Travel is a Privilege
    Let’s face it: not everyone is able to travel. Whether it’s money, family obligations, or circumstance, travel is out of reach for a large percentage of the world’s population. In the “quit your job to travel the world” cheerleading that ha…
    - 4 days ago Aug 24, 2015, 2:43pm -
  • How NOT to Let Anxiety Stop You From Traveling
    When I was younger, I was very socially awkward. I got anxiety trying to talk to strangers. Travel forced me to get over that and become what is termed a “learned extrovert.” It’s sink or swim on the road and, since I wanted to travel and be on…
    - 11 days ago Aug 17, 2015, 1:00pm -
  • How to Gain the Support of Your Friends and Family
    Once a month, Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse writes a guest column featuring tips and advice on solo female travel. It’s an important topic I can’t adequately cover, so I brought in an expert to share her advice. This month’s column is ab…
    - 15 days ago Aug 13, 2015, 1:00pm -
  • Win a Free Trip Intrepid Travel Tour and $500 Towards Airfare!
    Today’s a special day! Last year, I joined forces with Intrepid Travel. They are one of the best tour companies in the world and the people there are as passionate about travel as I am. As part of our partnership, readers get 10% off all tours over…
    - 18 days ago Aug 10, 2015, 12:00pm -
  • Everything You Need to Know About VPNs for Travel
    On the first Tuesday Thursday of each month, Dave Dean from Too Many Adapters gives us great tips and advice on travel tech and gear. In this month’s column, he delves deep into VPNs, what they are, and why they are important. Computer security see…
    - 22 days ago Aug 6, 2015, 11:10am -
  • Confession: I’m Terrified of Flying
    I have a confession to make: I hate flying. It scares the living shit out of me. This is how my typical airport experience goes: Before the flight: “I can’t wait to get on a plane and relax and watch some movies. This is going to be great!” Dur…
    - 25 days ago Aug 3, 2015, 12:40pm -
  • 10 Simple Tips to Help You Avoid Getting Sick When You Travel
    I get a lot of questions about health care on the road – “How can I avoid getting sick? What need vaccines? What happens when I do get sick?” Since I’m not a doctor, I don’t like giving medical advice so I’ve asked Mike Huxley, a register…
    - 32 days ago Jul 27, 2015, 2:20pm -
  • Take FLYTE: How You Can Help Students Get a Better Education and Travel More
    Travel is a powerful agent for change. It broadens our horizons and helps us find our purpose. Think about the first time you traveled overseas. Remember those feelings of freedom, possibility, and excitement you had? Remember what got you hooked and…
    - 37 days ago Jul 22, 2015, 11:19am -
  • How to Shoot the Perfect Travel Photograph
    ­Today, professional photographer Laurence Norah of Finding the Universe, continues his five part series on taking better travel photos. Photographs are important for the memories they represent. You look at a picture and it conjures up thoughts, fe…
    - 39 days ago Jul 20, 2015, 2:48pm -
  • My 28 Favorite Places to Visit in the US
    From sea to shining sea, the United States is home to a diverse landscape — both culturally and physically. Spending months traveling across its vast landscape gave me a deep appreciation for all my country has to offer. After travelling 13,000 mil…
    - 43 days ago Jul 16, 2015, 2:58pm -

The Hustle Blog

  • Amex Offer – Spend $300 on Airfare, Get $50 Back
    I just came across this offer while going through my wife’s American Express offers. She seems to get the better ones that I don’t get on either my EveryDay Preferred or Starwood Preferred Guest Business card. Get a one-time $50 statement credit…
    - 37 days ago Jul 22, 2015, 11:00am -
  • Q3 Rotating Bonuses – Chase Freedom & Discover IT
    New quarter, new bonuses! These bonuses will run through September 30, 2015. Chase Freedom Activate here. Most gas stations have gift card racks so this should be an easy $1,500 to spend this quarter. Gas stations Kohl’s Discover IT Activate here.…
    - 58 days ago Jul 1, 2015, 5:20pm -
  • (Dead) Fare Alert: EWR-MEX $140 Round Trip
    UPDATE: Looks like it’s gone as of 12:21 AM EST. Damn, better luck next time folks! As I was randomly browsing flights tonight, I came across what seems like a very cheap fare to Mexico City from Newark. This has to be a mistake since it’s a full…
    - 90 days ago May 30, 2015, 4:00am -
  • Don’t Forget to Track Car Rental Reservations with AutoSlash
    Some people think car rentals can be a lengthy process. For me, I try to keep it as simple as possible. You have two options to use AutoSlash. Search for a car using their site Make your booking elsewhere & use AutoSlash to find better rates The pro…
    - Apr 1, 2015, 11:00am -
  • Last Chance at Chase Freedom Q1 Categories
    As we come up on the end of March, we also come to the end of the first quarter of 2015. With that comes the end of the Chase Freedom 5% bonus categories – grocery stores, movie theaters & Starbucks. Be sure to get all your Q1 spend in by March 31!…
    - Mar 30, 2015, 11:00am -
  • Probable Southwest Rapid Rewards Devaluation
    Last week, Southwest Airlines sent an email to its Rapid Rewards loyalty program members informing them of a future change in the program. Sadly, they weren’t very specific about the change but it reads as a devaluation. We created Rapid Rewards®…
    - Feb 17, 2015, 12:00pm -
  • British Airways Avios Devaluation
    The biggest news going around the travel blogosphere lately is one we’re sadly all too familiar with… devaluation. British Airways announced some pricey changes to their loyalty program that will take effect April 28, 2015. The last time they cha…
    - Jan 30, 2015, 12:00pm -
  • 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…
    - Dec 24, 2014, 5:34pm -
  • Chase Freedom 2015 Bonus Categories Announced
    While we’re all busy trying to hit the $1,500 in spend for this quarter’s bonus categories, Chase has announced all the bonus categories for 2015. January – March Grocery stores Movie theaters Starbucks April – June Restaurants Bed Bath & Bey…
    - Dec 10, 2014, 12:00pm -
  • Register Now! American Express Small Business Saturday
    Registration for American Express Small Business Saturday is live! Register all your eligible American Express cards at this link as soon as you can. As I detailed in a previous post, this year’s Small Business Saturday, which occurs on November 29…
    - Nov 17, 2014, 12:00pm -

Pointscentric

Johnny Jet

  • newTravel Tip of the Day: Hotel Wi-Fi Guide
    Hotel Wi-Fi Guide Our friends at Hipmunk recently released what they’re calling “The Hipmunk Guide to Free Hotel Wi-Fi,” in which they’ve compiled some of their endless travel data into a helpful post on hotel Wi-Fi. The guide looks at such t…
    - 15 hours ago Aug 27, 2015, 4:00pm -
  • Travel Style: Sebastian Harrison
    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: Sebastian Harrison Occupation: Founder of Cellular Abr…
    - 1 day ago Aug 27, 2015, 3:31am -
  • British Airways Bringing Direct 787-9 Service Between San José and London
    Silicon Valley: Mecca of tech—and soon, connected to London with non-stop Dreamliner service. British Airways announced today that on May 4, 2016—about eight months from now—it will begin regularly scheduled direct flights between Mineta S…
    - 1 day ago Aug 26, 2015, 11:13pm -
  • Travel Tip of the Day: Don’t Put Your Bags on Other Bags
    Don’t Put Your Bags on Other Bags This should be common sense, but I was reminded last week that it’s worth repeating. On my American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to London (story), I watched in horror as the woman sitting directly behind me…
    - 2 days ago Aug 26, 2015, 7:00pm -
  • Paris to Doha on a Qatar Airways A380
    Flight information: Date: August 24, 2015 Airline: Qatar Airways Flight: QR 42 Aircraft: A380 Class: Business Origin: Paris, Charles De Gaulle Intl Arpt (CDG) Departing: Monday, August 24, 2015 at 10:30 am Departure terminal: AEROGARE 1 Destination:…
    - 2 days ago Aug 26, 2015, 3:36pm -
  • Top 10 in Travel News: Week of August 26, 2015
    THE TOP 10 IN TRAVEL NEWS THIS WEEK: Los Angeles poised to approve policy that would allow Uber, Lyft at LAX Airbnb renters in Paris will soon have to pay tourism tax Switzerland has completed construction on the world’s longest tunnel Here’s pro…
    - 2 days ago Aug 26, 2015, 12:00pm -
  • Travel Contests: Week of August 26, 2015
    This week’s travel contests include: Win a two-night escape at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North! (JohnnyJet.com contest) Win a 6-night trip for two to the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France (ends August 31) Win a 6-night trip…
    - 2 days ago Aug 26, 2015, 11:00am -
  • Travel Product of the Week: Traveler Defense Alarm
    If you don’t sleep soundly when you travel because you’re worrying about someone breaking into your room, you should seriously consider getting a Traveler Defense Alarm. They’re small, lightweight, portable and easy to set up.Just push the meta…
    - 2 days ago Aug 25, 2015, 10:39pm -
  • Travel Video of the Week: Where Your Checked Baggage Goes
    Ever wonder what happens to your bag after you check it, and before it’s loaded onto the plane? FlyerTalk recently posted about this video created by the team at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, and it’s pretty cool. The video follows a piece o…
    - 2 days ago Aug 25, 2015, 10:10pm -
  • Travel Website of the Week: AirlineQuality.com
    The SkyTrax Airline rating system has been around since 1999, and now AirlineQuality.com (aka SkyTrax) is the go-to place for airline and airport ratings. AirlineQuality.com has ratings and reviews for over 681 airlines and 725 airports and rece…
    - 2 days ago Aug 25, 2015, 9:20pm -

Doctor of Credit

  • new5% Cash Back On All Amazon Purchases, Taxable Points & Miles, Ultimate Rewards Is Dying & Amtrak’s New Revenue Based Model
    5% Cashback on All Your Amazon Purchases Through Giving Assistant Shopping Portal! by Oren’s Money Saver. Don’t have a lot of experience with this portal, but will do a review of them soon. Are Miles, Points, and Cashback Taxable by the IRS? by T…
    - 4 hours ago Aug 28, 2015, 3:15am -
  • new60,000 Thank You Points with Premier Card and $3500 in Spend!
    The Offer Direct Link Signup for the Citi Thank You Premier and receive a 60,000 points bonus after spending $3500 within 3 months. This is an awesome deal! Usually, you get 50,000 points after $3000 in spend; now it’s 60,000 after $3500. The Fine…
    - 5 hours ago Aug 28, 2015, 2:00am -
  • new$20 Staples Gift Card with $300 Amex Gift Card Purchase, 8/30-9/5
    The Offer Direct Link (next weeks ad page 13) Purchase $300 in Amex gift cards and receive a $20 Staples gift card via Staples Easy Rebates.   You need to submit a Staples Easy Rebate in order to get the $20 gift card. The rebate form will print out…
    - 16 hours ago Aug 27, 2015, 3:13pm -
  • new$15 Off When You Pay & Book With Open Table (August 29th – 30th)
    The Offer Receive $15 off any Open Table restaurant when you book and pay using Open Table. You Must also enter the promotional code Brunch in the payment settings. The Fine Print Offer valid for first-time mobile payments users only To use your $15…
    - 17 hours ago Aug 27, 2015, 2:30pm -
  • newFidelity Considering Parting Ways With American Express & Bank of America And Why This Is Bad News For Us
    Bloomberg is reporting that Fidelity Investments is considering dropping American Express & Bank of America as their co-branded partners on the Fidelity American Express rewards cards (they already have a Visa version which only earns at 1.5% on all…
    - 17 hours ago Aug 27, 2015, 1:58pm -
  • newPNC Up To $400 Checking Bonus – Available Nationwide
    Offer at a glance Maximum bonus amount: $400  Availability: Previously this deal has been restricted to: AL, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, MD, MI, MO, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, VA, WI and District of Columbia. But this no longer seems to be the case. D…
    - 19 hours ago Aug 27, 2015, 12:00pm -
  • Amex Platinum 100k Signup Bonus Offer
    The Offer Direct Link Get approved for the Amex Platinum card and receive 100,000 Membership Reward points after spending $3000. The standard offer is 40,000. To get this offer, you need to go to the above link incognito. After a number of incognito…
    - 1 day ago Aug 27, 2015, 12:20am -
  • $150 Amex Gift Card for $141 at Safeway/Vons & More
    The Offer Purchase $150 or more in American Express gift cards at Safeway/Vons/Pavilion’s and get a $15 instant discount with coupon. $150 Amex gift card will cost $141 total after the discount. There’s also an offer to get $5 off an Amex Serve c…
    - 2 days ago Aug 26, 2015, 6:55pm -
  • Small Business Saturday Will Return On November 28th
    American Express have updated their shop small website, which now displays a promotion for Small Business Saturday (seen below) that will return on November 28th. This shouldn’t really come as a surprise as it’s always the Saturday after thanksgi…
    - 2 days ago Aug 26, 2015, 4:30pm -
  • $100 eBay Gift Card for $95 on eBay
    The Offer Direct Link Purchase a $100 eBay e-gift card for $95 from Paypal Digital Gifts on eBay Currently, no limit is being shown as to the quantity you can purchase. It will likely be added soon. UPDATE: It’s now limited to 1 per buyer. I purcha…
    - 2 days ago Aug 26, 2015, 3:24pm -

Hustler Money Blog

  • newSunTrust Business Checking Review: $300 Bonus Promotion
    For business owners living in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington D.C., and West Virginia, SunTrust Bank is offering up to $300 cash bonus with their new SunTrust…
    - 2 hours ago Aug 28, 2015, 5:35am -
  • newChartway Federal Credit Union Review: $100 Checking Bonus
    This is a nationwide deal! Chartway Federal Credit Union is offering a $100 cash bonus for opening new checking account with promo code MYMONARCH. To earn the $100 bonus, you must must open a new checking account, add eStatements, and make five signa…
    - 5 hours ago Aug 28, 2015, 1:49am -
  • newExtrabux Review: $5 Welcome Bonus
    Do you shop online often? Then sign up for an Extrabux account and start getting rewarded for simply shopping online! When you open an account, you will be able to shop online at more than 2,500 stores. You can earn up to 30% cash back, get money-s…
    - 12 hours ago Aug 27, 2015, 6:58pm -
  • newStaples Amex Gift Card $20 Bonus Promotion
    Hurry to your local Staples starting this Sunday, August 30th through September 5th, 2015! Staples (Ad on page 13) is offering $20 Staples Gift Card via Staples Easy Rebate when you buy $300 or more in American Express Gift Cards. One rebate per hous…
    - 14 hours ago Aug 27, 2015, 5:31pm -
  • newPNC Bank Virtual Wallet Review: Up to $400 Bonus
    Available nationwide, PNC Bank is now offering $400 Bonus when you open a Virtual Wallet® with Performance Select account, then establish a qualifying direct deposit of $5,000 or more and make at least one payment with PNC Online Bill Pay. Promotion…
    - 14 hours ago Aug 27, 2015, 5:11pm -
  • newUSAA Cashback Rewards Plus Amex Review
    Get rewarded with your purchases when you use the USAA Cashback Rewards Plus Amex. You will receive 5% cash back on gasoline and military base purchases for the first $3,000 you spend these categories combined. After that, you will earn 1% for the…
    - 15 hours ago Aug 27, 2015, 4:09pm -
  • Fidelity Bank Review: $300 Checking and Savings Bonus
    Residents of Pennsylvania can earn a $300 checking and savings account bonus when they sign up with Fidelity Bank. All you need to do to receive the $200 checking bonus is sign up for any new Checking account and set up a direct deposit of a…
    - 1 day ago Aug 27, 2015, 2:57am -
  • USAA Classic American Express Review
    Improve your credit rating with the USAA Classic American Express®! This card was made for people with average credit. With it, you will be able to make consistent, on-time payments which could improve your credit rating — sometimes in as little…
    - 1 day ago Aug 27, 2015, 1:39am -
  • Dime Savings Bank Money Market Account Review: 1.10% APY Rate
    Open a money market account with Dime Savings Bank and receive a great APY rate of 1.10% for balances up to $250,000 guaranteed for the entire year. Dime Savings Bank is proud to deliver financial services of the highest quality by relying on tra…
    - 1 day ago Aug 26, 2015, 11:38pm -
  • Best Cash Back Shopping Stores, September 2015
    Here at HustlerMoneyBlog, I want to help you find the absolutely lowest price on all items with maximum cash back. You can get maximum cash back by becoming a member from the list of cash back programs below. These Cash back sites give you cash back…
    - 1 day ago Aug 26, 2015, 7:31pm -

Travel Codex

  • newCiti ThankYou Premier Card Increased 60k Point Bonus!
    The Citi ThankYou card normally has a bonus of 50,000 points, but there is currently an increased offer for 60,000 points, which is the highest I can recall seeing it. This is a great card to have from Citi given it’s bonus structure and how Citi i…
    - 3 hours ago Aug 28, 2015, 4:11am -
  • newBritish Airways First Class – Prague to Mexico $800 RT! [EXPIRED]
    UPDATE: This deal has now expired. Congrats to those who got it!   British Airways is having another great First Class sale, this time putting routes from Prague (PRG) to either Mexico City (MEX) or Cancun (CUN) on sale for just ~$800 round trip. Th…
    - 16 hours ago Aug 27, 2015, 3:04pm -
  • newGet to Hawaii for Less Using Virgin Atlantic Miles
    Last time, I walked through the rates for redeeming Singapore’s KrisFlyer miles on the new Virgin America routes to Hawaii from San Francisco (starting December 3rd, 2015). But then I thought, “Can we do better?” Yes! …If you live west of Da…
    - 18 hours ago Aug 27, 2015, 1:30pm -

Maximizing Money

Boarding Area

  • newVirgin £979 – Upper Class – London to Chicago
    The Virgin and Delta sites seem to be down at the moment, but this fare is available on Expedia.co.uk I believe the fare is only available today so book fast. I cannot see anyone else matching at the moment.The post Virgin £979 – Upper Class –…
    - 2 hours ago Aug 28, 2015, 5:27am -
  • newWhere Can You Find Gasoline for Less Than $1.90 Per Gallon in the United States?
    An increasing number of states in the United States have fuel stations which are selling gasoline at less than $1.90 per gallon as of the time this article was posted……but which states are these; and where are those fuel stations located — as…
    - 3 hours ago Aug 28, 2015, 4:13am -
  • newCiti ThankYou Premier Card Increased 60k Point Bonus
    The Citi ThankYou card normally has a bonus of 50,000 points, but there is currently an increased offer for 60,000 points, which is the highest I can recall seeing it. This is a great card to have from Citi given it’s bonus structure and how Citi i…
    - 3 hours ago Aug 28, 2015, 4:11am -
  • newWhat’s the Best Card If You Want to Use Points to Buy Tickets — Not Redeem Award Seats
    A reader asks, "What credit card is best for the option of using points to purchase a ticket (not exchange for airline points)? I am trying to expand my ability to use credit card points to buy the ticket, thus earning airline points for the flight."…
    - 6 hours ago Aug 28, 2015, 1:04am -
  • newFirst look: New Delta Sky Club SFO (PHOTOS)
    Delta’s long awaited new Sky Club at San Francisco International Airport opens Friday morning, August 28, at 6 am, but TravelSkills got an exclusive first look at the big, bright new space today. All we can say right now is bring your sunglasses an…
    - 7 hours ago Aug 28, 2015, 12:01am -
  • newAt What Point Is Award Night Blocking No Longer A Glitch?
    I'm a big fan of Hyatt Gold Passport. Along with Starwood Preferred Guest, it's one of my two preferred hotel chains. So when I notice negatives with Hyatt or Starwood, it's often simply a function of me dealing with them most, so also being most lik…
    - 8 hours ago Aug 27, 2015, 11:33pm -
  • newUberX, Lyft at LAX finally gets green light
    Los Angeles International Airport will become the largest in the country to allow passenger pick-ups by ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft following a final vote of approval this week by the Los Angeles City Council. Uber still has to apply fo…
    - 8 hours ago Aug 27, 2015, 10:59pm -
  • newPepper Spray Used on JetBlue Flight
    I’d love to know how pepper spray was allowed to be brought onboard this flight… A JetBlue flight from Kingston, Jamaica to New York ‘s JFK ended with a fight between two women once the plane landed. Weapons used in this fight included an eyebr…
    - 8 hours ago Aug 27, 2015, 10:58pm -
  • newWhat is UberTaxi, Why it is Pointless & My Recent Experience in Berlin
    I recently had the "pleasure" of trying out Uber in Berlin. Unlike other cities, they have a product called UberTaxi. Basically it is Uber but in a regular taxi. Sort of defeats the purpose doesn't it? Well my experience sort of supports that line of…
    - 8 hours ago Aug 27, 2015, 10:49pm -
  • new$15 for 2000 American Airlines Miles ($0.0075 per mile)
    American sent out a marketing email offering 2000 miles for signing up with NextIssue, a service that lets you read a bundle of periodicals on mobile devices.Continue reading $15 for 2000 American Airlines Miles ($0.0075 per mile)...
    - 9 hours ago Aug 27, 2015, 10:34pm -

Frequent Flyer Miles 101

  • newWhy I gave in and got a Marriott card
    Yesterday, I did something that I rarely do: I got a credit card for a program that I never use, the Chase Marriott card. The 80,000 point bonus (which ends at the end of August) was simply too good and the value from the card was way higher than the…
    - 13 hours ago Aug 27, 2015, 6:15pm -
  • News from around the industry…
    Mileage deals are slow right about now, but there’s a few tidbits around the travel industry that are worth noting Get ready to take off for Cuba. With the US having reopened tourism to the island, airlines are already scheduling flights, with Bloo…
    - 1 day ago Aug 26, 2015, 10:58pm -
  • Quarterly Priority Club bonus: Points or free nights (individualized)
    A few times per year, Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG, owner of Intercontinental, Holiday Inn brands, others) does a personalized bonus, based on your stay history and spending patterns with its brands. There are a number of “templates” for of…
    - 3 days ago Aug 25, 2015, 4:10pm -
  • Mileage running for fun and, well, just for fun
    I really appreciate my friend Marty. He’s a great guy and knows all the good restaurants in Las Vegas, but even better, he’s more, er, “enthusiastic*” about miles than I am. Whenever I tell my wife about one of my “exploits,**” causing he…
    - 4 days ago Aug 24, 2015, 6:26pm -
  • The two best airline elite perks (that don’t involve upgrades)
    I write a fair amount about elite status, the extra perks that airlines give you for flying a certain amount of miles (and/or spending a certain amount of money) each year. To me, the best perks are related to the ability to upgrade, whether its free…
    - 4 days ago Aug 24, 2015, 1:29am -
  • Copa Airlines offers business class bonus and it may be worth a look
    Not many people have heard of Copa Airlines. Previously owned by Continental (who, in turn, has now been renamed United), Copa is a Panamanian carrier with a unique business model, connecting north-south passengers between North American and Latin/So…
    - 5 days ago Aug 22, 2015, 8:50pm -
  • The Hilton 4Q promotion is actually quite good (Oh, yeah, there’s a Marriott offer, too.)
    Hilton just announced its promotion for the fourth quarter, and it’s actually a good one. From September 1-December 31, you will earn double points for stays for Monday-Thursday nights, and triple points on Fri-Sun nights. Only base points (10 per…
    - 6 days ago Aug 21, 2015, 7:22pm -
  • JFK’s beautiful new terminal, the Ark
    I can’t believe I missed this one: JFK is building a new terminal, and it’s going to be a doozy. Costing $50 million to build and opening in 2016, the Ark, or playground as it seems, is scheduled to open in 2016, and has everything a passenger c…
    - 7 days ago Aug 20, 2015, 10:29pm -
  • Delta upselling: Are they really trying to shame passengers?
    One of my favorite activities as a mileage blogger is criticizing Delta because, from a consumer standpoint, they do so much that deserves to be criticized. Granted, not only do they have the right but they also, in fact, have the obligation to make…
    - 8 days ago Aug 19, 2015, 9:39pm -
  • A few tidbits from around the industry…
    It’s a quiet day for a Tuesday, but I did come across enough good stuff to keep myself amused for a little while. The first bit comes to us from Heels First Travel and is described as the “road trip from hell.” Personally, I find the video abso…
    - 10 days ago Aug 18, 2015, 5:13pm -

The Faraway Guide

  • new4 Steps To Improve Your Credit Score
    Earning points and miles will always start with a credit score. Thousands of people play this game by carefully understanding and maintaining their scores. These people understand that the widely held...
    - 19 hours ago Aug 27, 2015, 12:00pm -
  • 5 Steps To Use Credit Cards & Maximize Your Travels
    This is the handbook to use credit cards and maximize your travels. In 2011, I began applying for 15+ credit cards a year in order to earn frequent flyer miles. Since then, I've earned over 2,500,000 points and miles and hit 48 countries traveled.…
    - 2 days ago Aug 26, 2015, 2:53pm -
  • Using Points To Visit Hallstatt, Austria
    A "best small town in Europe" list almost never excludes Hallstatt, Austria. The adorable town, dating back over 7,000 years as a salt mine, has been on my bucket list ever since seeing pictures nearly ten...
    - 3 days ago Aug 25, 2015, 12:28pm -
  • The Most Underrated Credit Card For Large Spenders
    The credit card game changes the more you spend. If you spend $1,000 a month, your bonus options are different than someone spending a much larger amount. Small business can often be placed in the...
    - 4 days ago Aug 24, 2015, 12:57pm -
  • American Express Cards May Be Hurting Your Credit Score
    American Express is a tricky bank. Their no spending limit policy on charge cards is an amazing asset for high-spenders, allowing virtually unlimited spend each month – as long as you pay it off. But that could...
    - 7 days ago Aug 21, 2015, 12:46pm -
  • Lounge Review: United Club London Heathrow LHR In Terminal 2
    The United Club at London Heathrow (LHR) is a relatively new lounge located in Terminal 2 of the massive airport. Luckily the lounge matches the size of the airport - with enough room to fit 280 seats and three food and drink areas, it is both busy a…
    - 8 days ago Aug 20, 2015, 11:49am -
  • Using Points To Visit Moscow, Russia
    Moscow is something out of a dream: massive buildings line wide, timeless streets. The place is both accessible and unique - a faraway place in a centralized location. The location makes using points...
    - 10 days ago Aug 18, 2015, 1:25pm -
  • Amex SPG Adds Benefits, Increases Bonus To 30K For Limited Time
    American Express has increased the offer to 30,000 points on their Starwood Preferred Guest card and added some pretty interesting benefits. This limited time offer ends September 14 and represents a...
    - 11 days ago Aug 17, 2015, 12:57pm -
  • Deal Alert: $36 One Way Philadelphia to Las Vegas, $168 Round Trip
    In what has been a historically good month for airline fares, American Airlines has joined the fray with an incredible one-way deal - provided you can find it. Philadelphia residents can fly to Las Vegas for as...
    - 13 days ago Aug 15, 2015, 3:55pm -
  • Another Airline Begins Weighing Passengers
    Back in 2012, a tiny airline by the name of Samoa Air did something radical: they stated, “A kilo is a kilo is a kilo.” That’s their slogan – what it meant may be slowly changing the airline industry. Samoa Air...
    - 14 days ago Aug 14, 2015, 1:08pm -

milepoint (Forums)

  • newTeh Penalty Box
    I think it's time for a new Box thread that works. So, here goes.
    - 30 mins ago Aug 28, 2015, 6:41am -
  • 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…
    - 33 mins ago Aug 28, 2015, 6:38am -
  • new(photo trivia) Guess the airline
    Same concept and rules as the (photo trivia) Guess the airport and (photo trivia) Guess the city threads.Have fun! First one was in an airplane lav, a misleading clue is that this was only posted in English.View attachment 58989
    - 50 mins ago Aug 28, 2015, 6:21am -
  • newtom911 goes to Brussels and Amsterdam
    SUNDAYThis trip started Sunday afternoon with a 65 min CRJ200 regional jet from Sacramento to LAX (50 seats in economy). Flight time was 65 mins. Hard to keep the plane cool even when in the air. I'm on a $688 sale fare that I purchased 9 days out…
    - 53 mins ago Aug 28, 2015, 6:18am -
  • newCX Business Class 777-200 2-2-2 seating?
    I booked my parents on J, from CGK to SEA, the LAX-SEA leg will be on Alaska F.What confuse me is when I did seat assignment for them, the CGK-HKG leg is on 777-200 with 2-2-2 seating. I never found any seatmap for this config. Is this the new regio…
    - 2 hours ago Aug 28, 2015, 5:26am -
  • newEtihad reduces Dublin and Edinburgh flights
    Etihad reduces Dublin and Edinburgh flightsEtihad Airways will reduce its services to destinations including Dublin and Edinburgh this winter.The Gulf carrier will also cut some flights to Chengdu and Kuala Lumpur, reports airlineroute.net.The Abu…
    - 2 hours ago Aug 28, 2015, 4:58am -
  • new(photo trivia) Guess the city
    Given the success of the 'guess the airport' thread, though this might be a good thread to start. A breath of fresh air, if you will...Anyways, same rules apply. First submission:
    - 3 hours ago Aug 28, 2015, 4:21am -
  • newNuremberg '15
    UA1083 IAD SFO 1030 1328 739 2AI really don't like the F seats made to the Continentalspecification: it's hard to get quality sleep or even rest,and as I've said here before the merger, I preferred thephysical product of United economy plus to Co…
    - 5 hours ago Aug 28, 2015, 2:31am -
  • newHave Just the No-Fee Citi HHonors Visa Cards? Boost Your Earning to 9points/$ Until 11/22/15!
    This just landed in my inbox. Hilton HHonors continues what has been a year of truly lucrative promos for members, most of which are (a) stackable and (b) have no properties opting out. Click on the image below to go to the registration portal (this…
    - 7 hours ago Aug 28, 2015, 12:23am -
  • newWill the destruction of public trust be the airlines undoing?
    The path to mega profit was clear. Competition would be halted, leaving a handful of airlines to provide public transit for a third of a billion people. The airlines would then be free to collude, confederate and agree to constrict the number of av…
    - 7 hours ago Aug 28, 2015, 12:19am -

Flyertalk MilesBuzz

  • newNew hotels in Thailand including first Mama Shelter for the entire ASEAN
    Just came across this article. First Mama Shelter in ASEAN will open in 2018. http://www.bangkokpost.com/travel/news-and-pr/671940/accorhotels-unfazed-by-erawan-blast
    - 34 mins ago Aug 28, 2015, 6:37am -
  • newDeposit waiver for Platinum members?
    I've read this somewhere in an older thread. Can anyone confirm this was their experience as a Platinum member. Monday will be my first time renting with Sixt, I'll be at the Orlando location. I received a status match to Platinum.
    - 40 mins ago Aug 28, 2015, 6:31am -
  • newPoints Expiration and Household Accounts?
    Is it enough for one member of a pooled household account to post activity every 36 months to preserve the points of all members? And where at the website is the member's current point expiration date posted? Thanks...
    - 56 mins ago Aug 28, 2015, 6:15am -
  • newDelayed Flight -> East Coast Advance Train Ticket, any options?
    I know that on routes such as the transpennine express out of Manchester Airport that they have a policy of transferring you to the next train if you are on an advance ticket and you have proof that you flight has arrived late. However, there...
    - 1 hour ago Aug 28, 2015, 6:07am -
  • newKilling time in CDG
    I'm arriving in Terminal 2A (US Airways) at 8:30am and flying out of Terminal 3 at 2:30pm. Any advice on how to kill time in between? I'm thinking of staying in the Air Canada or American Airlines lounge in Terminal 2A upon arrival, but I'm...
    - 1 hour ago Aug 28, 2015, 6:01am -
  • newEffective Date for Upgradeable K Fares to Europe?
    According to Delta's website, K fares to Europe may be upgraded using miles starting June 1, 2016. I took that to mean that if your travel is June 2016 or later, you can do that upgrade now. But Delta's phone agent says that only M fares can be...
    - 1 hour ago Aug 28, 2015, 5:52am -
  • newCCR card and Aspire T5
    The lady at the entrance to the CCR, upon me showing her my card, did a double-take. I asked if there was an issue, and she responded that the white CCR card looks similar to the Aspire Lounge card. I don't have an Aspire card...but do they...
    - 1 hour ago Aug 28, 2015, 5:42am -
  • newWhich Citi AA to apply for
    I have been thinking of applying for the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World EliteTM MasterCard® or CITI PRESTIGE® CARD. Which is better? I see that both carry a $450.00 annual fee any other advantages one or the other? Is there a better card (th…
    - 2 hours ago Aug 28, 2015, 5:34am -
  • newNew e-gates in T5 LHR
    Hat tip to* KARFA* for this one: The extra ten e-gates have now been unveiled in the UK Border hall of Terminal 5 Arrivals, to add to the 5 e-gate. They were boxed off in a wooden crate until a few days ago, but *KARFA* reports that though they...
    - 2 hours ago Aug 28, 2015, 5:31am -
  • newRugby World Cup comes to LHR T5
    Twenty one days before the start of the Rugby World Cup, hosted by England and Wales, a pop up shop for the event has opened for business airside at T5, just in time for the end of summer rush. It's right next to South Security where the old Boots...
    - 2 hours ago Aug 28, 2015, 5:23am -

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  • newAm I the only one that has no desire to visit Europe or Asia?
    I read all these great posts about ways to get to Europe and Asia and how amazing Thailand is, but those places don't really interest me. I'd love to visit the South Pacific but a week on the beach in California or Florida sounds more fun that tourin…
    - 52 mins ago Aug 28, 2015, 6:19am -
  • newAMEX Same Day Time Frame
    I applied and was approved for the 100k Platinum offer tonight, over the phone. Immediately following I applied for the 30k SPG, since why not, might as well combine pulls. Instant Approval for Platinum around 10:05pm in Phoenix (1:05am EST). My SPG…
    - 1 hour ago Aug 28, 2015, 6:10am -
  • newAre there cards I should prioritize as someone completely new to churning?
    So, I'm very new to churning and would like some advice on how I should start. Mainly, my goal is to ease into churning, while attaining high value rewards. I kind of want to test the waters with maybe 2 cards to start and learn how the system works…
    - 1 hour ago Aug 28, 2015, 5:44am -
  • newAnyone use Facebook Sync for Amex Offers? My Citi Amex is no longer showing my "added offers".
    I'm sure the offers are still there and there's something screwy with facebook/amex right now but I've noticed over the past few days that when I add an offer from Facebook AmexSync, it'll add it to the pool but then when you refresh the page the num…
    - 2 hours ago Aug 28, 2015, 5:07am -
  • newTarget Prepaid Redcard Options
    As my spend requirements are climbing into the $5,000-$10,000 range, I'm wondering if anyone has any suggestions on where to pick up a Target Prepaid Redcard for someone who doesn't live in a qualifying state. The nearest Target with them is a solid…
    - 3 hours ago Aug 28, 2015, 3:53am -
  • newApplying for SPG & Amex Platinum Same Day
    So I called in today for the 100k Amex Platinum offer. My application is stuck in "In Progress" on the AmericanExpress.com/applicationstatus site. I was wondering if I should also apply for the SPG card given Amex combines hard pulls. Will this affec…
    - 4 hours ago Aug 28, 2015, 3:33am -
  • newAm I doing this right? NYC <> CHS award redemption.
    Still relatively new to the award redemption part of Churning and need a check here. I am booking a flight from NYC to Charleston, SC (CHS) departing on October 3rd, 2015 and returning October 6th, 2015. I currently have points/miles with the followi…
    - 5 hours ago Aug 28, 2015, 2:16am -
  • newMaximizing the Amex Platinum Card Benefits
    After the "PLATINUM ORGY" from yesterday's post, I imagine that a lot of you are eagerly awaiting your shiny new Platinum cards! Some of the extra benefits (in addition to the 100k MR's) are pretty great, but can be tricky to fully utilize. Two of my…
    - 5 hours ago Aug 28, 2015, 2:02am -
  • newWhat will you do with your 100k MR miles?
    Now that you've received the opportunity to gain 100K MR unexpectedly, what will you do with them? submitted by nullstring [link] [21 comments]
    - 6 hours ago Aug 28, 2015, 1:21am -
  • newCiti ThankYou Premier 60k Offer!!!
    Earn 60,000 ThankYou Points (TYP) after spending $3,500 in first 3 months! This is the best offer in history! Direct link: http://creditcards.citicards.com/usc/thankyou/Premier/2015/May/internal/default.htm [Edit] This is not an affiliate link, it's…
    - 7 hours ago Aug 28, 2015, 12:33am -

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