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The Points Guy

  • newGermanwings Co-Pilot May Have Deliberately Caused Tragedy
    In a horrible turn of already tragic events, it appears that Tuesday’s crash of Germanwings Flight 4U9525 over a remote, snow-bound stretch of the French Alps may have been intentionally caused by its 28-year-old co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz. All 1…
    - 1 hour ago Mar 26, 2015, 5:29pm -
  • newDeal Alert: More $39 Fares from Frontier Airlines
    Frontier Airlines is having another sale with flights starting at $39 from several cities including Atlanta, GA; Cleveland, OH; Charlotte, NC; Cincinnati, OH; Detroit, MI; and Washington-Dulles for select dates from Apr. 14, 2015 through May 20…
    - 3 hours ago Mar 26, 2015, 3:38pm -
  • newHyatt Announces New Andaz Palm Springs to Open in 2016

    - 4 hours ago Mar 26, 2015, 2:33pm -
  • newAer Lingus Business Class Awards to Europe This Summer
    With the summer travel season fast approaching, many folks are starting to think about their travel plans, especially to Europe. Unfortunately, many airlines black out awards to Europe during the summer months, especially July and August and especial…
    - 5 hours ago Mar 26, 2015, 1:59pm -
  • newHow To Save on Hotel Rooms Using Tingo and DreamCheaper
    Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks at two new websites that can help you save on paid hotel stays. Technology has been a wonderful friend to the travel industry. Companies like Uber and Hotel Tonight enable travelers to…
    - 6 hours ago Mar 26, 2015, 12:08pm -
  • newAmex Business Platinum Losing 20% Pay With Points Rebate
    The family of American Express Platinum cards has been under duress lately. Not only have they lost many of their lounge access benefits – including access to both American Admirals Clubs and US Airways Clubs, but also more limited access to Delta…
    - 23 hours ago Mar 25, 2015, 7:49pm -
  • newLayover Lowdown: Berlin Tegel Airport
    Our “Layover Lowdown” series features airports and destinations around the world where you’re likely to be stuck between flights, offering tips on navigating and spending time in the airport, as well as some things to do if you find yourself…
    - 23 hours ago Mar 25, 2015, 7:29pm -
  • newLast-Minute Upgrade Strategies on US Airways
    One of the perks of airline elite status is getting bumped up to a premium cabin, but the upgrade process is complicated and it’s sometimes hard to predict when you’ll be accommodated. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen lo…
    - 24 hours ago Mar 25, 2015, 6:50pm -
  • How to Book Cheap Cathay and Emirates Business Class Awards
    I don’t often recommend buying airline miles because frequent flyer programs often charge around 3-3.5 cents per mile, a value that can be hard to recoup on most awards. However, Alaska Airlines is currently offering a promotion now through April 3…
    - 1 day ago Mar 25, 2015, 6:09pm -
  • Reminder: Last Day To Redeem US Airways Miles Before Programs Merge
    As a reminder, today is the last day to redeem US Airways miles using the current award charts, before they will be converted over to American AAdvantage miles, which will start this Saturday. American Airlines confirmed that US Airways Dividend Mil…
    - 1 day ago Mar 25, 2015, 4:36pm -

Frugal Travel Guy

  • newIs There One Last Hurrah for 50,000 US Airways Miles?
    Just for the heck of it, I asked my wife, Katy, to apply for the Barclaycard US Airways Premier World MasterCard, which has a 50,000-mile offer after first spend. This week, US Airways Dividend Miles are converting into American Airlines AAdvantage M…
    - 2 hours ago Mar 26, 2015, 4:50pm -
  • newNavigating Korean Air’s Cumbersome Award Booking Process
    Last month, I wrote about how I much I love Korean Air award bookings. One important topic not covered in that article was the process of completing an award purchase over the phone with Korean Air, which is certainly one of the worst aspects of the…
    - 11 hours ago Mar 26, 2015, 8:00am -
  • newIs the American Express Membership Rewards Program in Trouble?
    The American Express Membership Rewards program is, without question, one of the best rewards programs out there. Some even consider it to be the best. I give that nod to the Chase Ultimate Rewards program, but Amex is not far behind. However, thing…
    - 19 hours ago Mar 26, 2015, 12:00am -
  • newWhat Are the Most Valuable Travel Rewards Points?
    The most valuable travel rewards points are the ones that get you where you want, when you want at a price you’re willing to pay. These three factors that dictate our travel: Destination: where you’re going Timing: when you’re going Price: how…
    - 20 hours ago Mar 25, 2015, 11:00pm -
  • newHow to Maximize Point Redemptions for Tours and Activities
    Covering your airfare and hotel with points is obviously a huge cash saver. But what about all of those expenses you incur once you get to your destination? One expense you really don’t want to skimp on too much is for tours and activities. These a…
    - 23 hours ago Mar 25, 2015, 8:00pm -
  • How Much Weight Should Be Put Into State Department Warnings?
    I’ll be honest — I seldom read U.S. State Department warnings before visiting a particular country. Normally, I just purchase a cheap ticket, think about what appears to be a good place to visit, and then off I go. I don’t necessarily head off…
    - 1 day ago Mar 25, 2015, 8:00am -
  • One Day Left to Book US Airways Awards
    Earlier this month, American Airlines announced that the US Air and American rewards programs would be combining within a month. The two programs will actually end up combining in less than three weeks because the programs will officially combine on…
    - 2 days ago Mar 25, 2015, 12:00am -
  • One-Way Ticket Too Expensive? Try This Simple Trick!
    For a variety of reasons, often times you will find yourself needing to purchase a one-way ticket instead of a round trip. Depending on where you are flying to and from and the airlines involved, from a pricing standpoint, generally two different thi…
    - 2 days ago Mar 24, 2015, 11:00pm -
  • Summer Special: IBEROSTAR Kids Stay Free Promotion
    Earlier this month, we talked about the many financial advantages you get when you book your vacation at an all-inclusive resort. Not only is food and entertainment included in your room rate, but your alcohol is usually included too, in addition to…
    - 2 days ago Mar 24, 2015, 8:00pm -
  • Even MORE Travel Benefits on Amex, Chase, Citi Cards
    It’s no secret that frugal travelers love their credit cards. Through creative spending and other deliberate means of earning points, good card management is part of the way that we amass hundreds of thousands of points and ultimately use them to s…
    - 2 days ago Mar 24, 2015, 6:00pm -

One Mile at a Time

  • newCelebrating The Life Of US Airways Dividend Miles
    Last night we said good-bye to an old friend in the frequent flyer world. Like WorldPerks and OnePass before it, Dividend Miles is now one for the ages, a casualty of the era of airline consolidation. Dividend Miles will always hold a special place…
    - 2 hours ago Mar 26, 2015, 5:03pm -
  • new“How DARE You Associate Yourself With The Gulf Carriers!”
    As most of you probably know by now, there’s a battle going on between the “big three” US airlines and the “big three” Middle Eastern carriers. I’ve shared my thoughts about why the US carriers can’t compete with the Gulf carriers under…
    - 3 hours ago Mar 26, 2015, 3:33pm -
  • newWhat To Make Of Germanwings Crash?
    I don't actually have any brilliant insight here, but just figured I'd share my thoughts.The world is always caught off guard when airliners go down. Safe air travel is something we take for granted nowadays. And air travel has indeed become very sa…
    - 5 hours ago Mar 26, 2015, 2:03pm -
  • newReview: US Airways Business Class A330 Frankfurt To Philadelphia
    I've flown US Airways' business class twice before, and had sort of opposite experiences in terms of service:-- US Airways Business Class Charlotte to Paris-- US Airways Business Class London to CharlotteSo I was curious to give them a third try,…
    - 6 hours ago Mar 26, 2015, 12:35pm -
  • newAmerican & US Airways Getting Single Operating Certificate — So What?
    While it's easy to feel like the merger between American & US Airways has been moving at a snail's pace (even though I don't really think it has), the process is finally gaining momentum.As we speak, the Dividend Miles program is being merged into t…
    - 8 hours ago Mar 26, 2015, 11:03am -
  • newLast Call: Redeem US Airways Miles Today!
    In case you missed the announcement earlier in the week, today is your last chance to redeem US Airways Dividend Miles before the program combines with American AAdvantage. All Dividend Miles award redemptions must be made by 11:59PM CDT on Wednesda…
    - 20 hours ago Mar 25, 2015, 10:33pm -
  • newAer Lingus Business Class Awards Wide Open This Summer
    As most of you probably know by now, British Airways Executive Club is devaluing their award chart for bookings made as of April 28, 2015. While the cost of their most economical redemptions stay the same (economy on shorthaul flights), premium cabin…
    - 22 hours ago Mar 25, 2015, 8:10pm -
  • newReview: Hilton Garden Inn Frankfurt Airport
    My family is from Frankfurt, so I'm quite familiar with the area, and seem to have quite a few overnights there. Back in the day I'd just spend those overnights with family, though they all live a bit further from the airport now than in the past. So…
    - 24 hours ago Mar 25, 2015, 7:03pm -
  • How To Get Admirals Club Access For $200 Per Year
    Early last year, Citi came out with what was hands down the best sign-up bonus of the year -- they were offering a 100,000 mile sign-up bonus on the Citi Executive AAdvantage Card.Probably the reason for such a big bonus was that the American Expres…
    - 1 day ago Mar 25, 2015, 4:33pm -
  • Today’s Daily Getaways: Buy Club Carlson Gold Points Cheaply
    Daily Getaways, which is a promotion sponsored by the US Travel Association, has returned as of this week. Over the next five weeks all kinds of travel packages will be on sale, starting weekdays at 1PM ET.On some days there will be lots of competit…
    - 1 day ago Mar 25, 2015, 3:13pm -

View From the Wing

The Frequent Miler

  • newTwo days of manufactured spend revenge
    Last week, Point Princess and I spent two days driving all around Ann Arbor with the primary goal of using up Lyft credits and the secondary goal of manufacturing spend.  Point Princess happens to be a Lyft driver and I happened to be a slightly dis…
    - 8 hours ago Mar 26, 2015, 10:25am -
  • The quick guide to Daily Getaways 2015
    The Daily Getaways are a set of travel deals available in limited quantities.  Each day for the next several weeks, a new deal becomes available at exactly 1 pm ET.  The most popular deals will be sold out before you can finish saying “where’s…
    - 1 day ago Mar 25, 2015, 10:25am -
  • Which one credit card is best for spend?
    Between my wife an I, we currently have about 30 open credit card accounts (not counting authorized user cards, debit cards, prepaid cards, etc.).  Many are cards that we got just for the signup bonuses.  When the annual fees come due we’ll cance…
    - 2 days ago Mar 24, 2015, 10:25am -
  • Amex EveryDay cards deflate Fair Trading Prices, Ink Cash outshines Ink Plus, Freedom outshines both, and more…
    Last week, Point Princess tweeted a request for me to update my Fair Trading Prices page.  Done!  It had been over a year since it was last updated and a lot has changed since then.  Fair Trading Prices are per point estimates of how much money a…
    - 3 days ago Mar 23, 2015, 10:25am -
  • It’s not too late – Deals still alive as of 3/22/2015
    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…
    - 4 days ago Mar 22, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • 5X at eBay, Brand New Guides & Resources, Gift Card Churning for Beginners & 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 and bring you some of the best posts from around the web. Enjoy! This Week From Frequent Miler The Other Way…
    - 5 days ago Mar 21, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • Bet You Didn’t Know: A Toolkit for Chasing Mistake Fares
    By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate…   “How the heck did you know about that deal?” It’s a common refrain after the dust has settled from yet another mistake fare pile-on such as the one that occurred earlier this week. Let’s face i…
    - 6 days ago Mar 20, 2015, 10:25am -
  • Beijing bound!
    On Tuesday evening, I plugged in my phone and went to bed early – like, grandpa early.  I hadn’t slept well for the past few nights and was extremely tired.  Then, as I was close to drifting off, my wife mentioned that my phone was making noise…
    - 7 days ago Mar 19, 2015, 10:25am -
  • The nearly complete guide to Frequent Miler resources, and more
    In January, I welcomed Shawn Coomer to the Frequent Miler team.  Since then, he has helped tremendously by writing Quick Deal posts, Saturday “week in review” posts, Sunday “It’s not too late – deal’s still alive” posts, and revising a…
    - 8 days ago Mar 18, 2015, 10:25am -
  • Rail running: pursuing Amtrak status to save on hotels
    In a recent post I discussed the end of the Chase Amtrak credit card.  The reason most readers should care about this is that the Amtrak credit card was one of the few ways to unlock the ability to transfer Amtrak points to Choice Privileges points…
    - 9 days ago Mar 17, 2015, 10:25am -

The Flight Deal

The Free-quent Flyer

  • newBlog housekeeping for March 26, 2015
    A few quick notes on the site, feel free to skip if this stuff bores you.WELCOME SAVEROCITY READERS!Matt, the benevolent dictator/head honcho over at Saverocity, recently reconfigured his site and generously offered to plug my RSS feed into his fro…
    - 9 hours ago Mar 26, 2015, 10:00am -
  • Onward from Madrid, Dublin, Berlin
    Last week I wrote about the three transatlantic British Airways partners that, due to the distances involved and the fact that taxes and fees are low on these routes, make even post-devaluation Avios redemptions competitive with cash or (depending on…
    - 1 day ago Mar 25, 2015, 10:00am -
  • I love Uber, but they are seriously terrible
    The private ride-coordinating app Uber exists for a single reason. It’s not the ubiquity of smartphones and it’s not the rise of the freelance economy. It’s the fact that taking taxis is the worst, and always has been.For me and most people I k…
    - 2 days ago Mar 24, 2015, 10:00am -
  • Fun with post-devaluation Avios for premium cabin redemptions
    In the last few years we've been flooded with airline rewards program devaluations. A few examples:On the earning side, we've seen revenue-based earning on Delta and United. Alaska also reduced earning on Delta-operated flights, leaving American (a…
    - 7 days ago Mar 19, 2015, 10:00am -
  • How many Ultimate Rewards points do you stockpile?
    I recently saw Frequent Miler bemoaning his low Ultimate Rewards balances and had to chuckle to myself. Why? Because I do my best to keep my Ultimate Rewards balance at the bare minimum I'm likely to need in the immediate future.I've written befo…
    - 9 days ago Mar 17, 2015, 10:00am -
  • Do this now: register for Q2 2015 cash back bonuses
    Registration is open for cards offering rotating cash back bonus categories in the second quarter of 2015. Here's the skinny:Chase Freedom. 5 non-flexible Ultimate Rewards points at restaurants, Bed Bath & Beyond, H&M, and, on up to $…
    - 10 days ago Mar 16, 2015, 10:00am -
  • Weekend thoughts on killing deals
    I saw a few interesting posts in the last few days about the ethics and mechanics of writing publicly about techniques to manufacture spend:Thoughts on Killing a $25K MS Deal — Matt from SaverocityFamily Travel For Real Life, Southwest Cards, Top…
    - 12 days ago Mar 15, 2015, 12:44am -
  • Understanding Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan earning activity
    I like to think there's a difference between loyalty programs that are confusing and those that are merely complicated. It's confusing how many Delta SkyMiles an award ticket will cost because Delta continually obfuscates and changes the number of Sk…
    - 13 days ago Mar 13, 2015, 10:00am -
  • Yet another loyalty program trap: airline companion tickets
    In the last few weeks I've done a bit of a deep dive into the annual free night certificates offered by various co-branded hotel credit cards (IHG (and here), Marriott, Hyatt), with the general theme that a single annual free night certificate has…
    - 16 days ago Mar 10, 2015, 10:00am -
  • Think for yourself: it's free!
    Here on the blog I very rarely make explicit recommendations.When the "old" Blue Cash card surfaced, I suggested readers "strongly consider" applying, and am pleased as punch at the hundreds of thousands of dollars my readers earned taking advantag…
    - 18 days ago Mar 8, 2015, 10:00am -

Well Traveled Mile

  • new5X eBay Bucks Cashing Out As 10X: 16.5X With No Limits!
    eBay is back with another offer to triple dip! The e-mail I received has the following subject line: “For our VIPs–earn 5X eBay Bucks. ” However, when I clicked on the “See Details ” I noticed the following: Notice the wording says “Earn…
    - 22 hours ago Mar 25, 2015, 8:18pm -
  • Daily Getaways 2015 – 100,000 IHG Points Still Available At $0.05 / Point
    I recently wrote about why the Daily Getaways IHG deal was a profitable one. While the day of sale has passed, there are still some vouchers left to be purchased. As of this moment, I can see the following: There is no indicator as to how much longer…
    - 1 day ago Mar 25, 2015, 6:25pm -
  • How to Avoid Paying Close-in Booking Fees on United Awards
    Almost all airline programs charge a close-in booking fee for booking award tickets within 21 days of departure. Originally via Mile Value, there is a simple and easy hack that may make it possible to avoid paying United’s $75 close-in booking f…
    - 1 day ago Mar 25, 2015, 12:13pm -
  • Did You Know: Booking One-Way Flights Using ANA Miles
    Did You Know is a series highlighting some tips / tricks regarding earning miles, redeeming miles or in general saving money on your travels! Some of this information may be new to you while some may be a refresher. All Nippon Airways, a Star Allianc…
    - 1 day ago Mar 25, 2015, 8:03am -
  • Earn Free Arrival Miles Via Barclays New Rewards Fan Zone
    The Barclaycard Arrival Plus World MasterCard has a handful of useful travel features which makes it among my favorite travel rewards credit cards. In the past Barclays has pushed customer interaction with numerous targeted card usage promos and the…
    - 2 days ago Mar 24, 2015, 12:41pm -
  • Hotel Review: Hampton by Hilton Cluj-Napoca, Romania
    I recently had the chance to explore a small bit of Romania on my way to Budapest, where I ended up booking 5 nights at the Hampton by Hilton Cluj-Napoca. The hotel is a category 2 Hilton property and costs 10,000 Hilton HHonors points or around …
    - 6 days ago Mar 20, 2015, 12:07pm -
  • You Might Be Eligible To Earn 16.5X On Gift Cards Bought On eBay!
    I received the following offer in my inbox, so chances are you did too! Look for the subject “For our VIPs–earn 10% in eBay Bucks.” I wrote an earlier post discussing all the reasons I love shopping on eBay, like earning 5x Ultimate Rewards on…
    - 6 days ago Mar 20, 2015, 8:43am -
  • The US Airways World MasterCard Remaining Timeline
    I recently received notifications about my current US Airways World MasterCard changing into an AAdvantage Aviator Red MasterCard. It looks like the good folk at American Airlines have finally decided to feed us somewhat new information.   The Timel…
    - 6 days ago Mar 20, 2015, 6:50am -
  • Deal Alert: Get $20 For Buying $300 Worth In MasterCard Gift Cards At Staples! (Again)
    Staples is running a great promotion currently when you buy Visa gift cards. Next week from 03/22 – 03/28 Staples is running a similar promotion, this time with MasterCard gift cards. When you buy $300 worth in MasterCard gift cards, you get a $20…
    - 7 days ago Mar 19, 2015, 5:06pm -
  • How To Earn 11X+ On All Southwest Flights
    Southwest Airlines is one of my favorite airline. They almost always have the lowest fares for the segments I’m trying to fly and I love their Rapid Rewards program. There are no saver and standard seats: if it’s for sale, it can be booked using…
    - 7 days ago Mar 19, 2015, 7:53am -


  • new5x Per Dollar at Restaurants from April to June with Chase Freedom, Refer Friends to Get 50,000 More Points
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. From April 1 to June 30, you can earn 5 Ultimate Rewards per dollar using your Chase Freedom at restaurants. You must activate your bonus categories here to earn the 5x. On…
    - 10 hours ago Mar 26, 2015, 8:23am -
  • newAeroflot Award Space Bookable on, Wide Open to Russia This Summer
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Aeroflot flights are now bookable on with Delta SkyMiles. The Russian carrier flies from New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, and Miami to Moscow and throughout…
    - 11 hours ago Mar 26, 2015, 7:25am -
  • Ends Today: $29 Flights on Frontier This Spring
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Frontier’s spring sale ends today. Fares start at $29 one way! The sale is valid for bookings made by 11:59 PM ET on March 25 for domestic, nonstop travel on Tuesdays, We…
    - 1 day ago Mar 25, 2015, 3:42pm -
  • Virgin America Eliminates Fuel Surcharges on Virgin Australia Flights
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Virgin America no longer collects fuel surcharges on redemptions that fly Virgin Australia. That means you can fly Virgin Australia’s flat bed Business Class from Los Ang…
    - 1 day ago Mar 25, 2015, 3:08pm -
  • Today Only: Hotels In Europe for $20
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Update at 2:47 PM on 3/25/15: These packages sold out before I could buy one. Today is the third day of five weeks of discounted travel packages from the US Travel Associ…
    - 1 day ago Mar 25, 2015, 1:00pm -
  • Confirmed: AAdvantage and Dividend Miles Plan to Combine March 28, Last Day to Book US Airways Awards is March 25
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Update 3/24/15: American Airlines has confirmed that the integration of AAdvantage and Dividend Miles will begin, though the process could take several days. Tomorrow (3/25…
    - 2 days ago Mar 24, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • Anatomy of an Award: Flights to Cuba with Miles
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. I just booked myself a trip to Cuba with miles. One direction I am flying on a single award from the United States to Cuba. On the return, I am flying two awards: Cuba to…
    - 2 days ago Mar 24, 2015, 7:38am -
  • Today Only: $29 Hotel Rooms
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Update at 7:48 PM ET: None of the packages have sold out. Today is the second day of five weeks of discounted travel packages from the US Travel Association called Daily…
    - 3 days ago Mar 24, 2015, 4:51am -
  • Citi ThankYou Points Now Transferable to 11 Airlines & Hilton
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Updated March 23, 2015 with the addition of Qantas as a partner Citi ThankYou Points are now transferable to one hotel and 11 airline programs. Folks who have a Citi Than…
    - 3 days ago Mar 23, 2015, 3:05pm -
  • Guide to Booking United Flights to Hawaii with Singapore KrisFlyer Miles
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. It is cheaper to book the exact same United flights to Hawaii with Singapore KrisFlyer miles than with United miles. United charges 22,500 miles each way in economy and 40,…
    - 3 days ago Mar 23, 2015, 7:49am -

Frequent Flier

  • new5,000 Bonus Points for Radisson, Country Inn Stays
    Club Carlson’s have been among the more generous hotel promotions in recent years. The next one, for stay beginning next month, features a nice bonus but suffers from limited hotel participation and an unholy mess of bonus-eligible dates. Offer Det…
    - 16 mins ago Mar 26, 2015, 6:20pm -
  • newFor Daily Travel Deals, Check Out Daily Getaways
    For the sixth consecutive year, the U.S. Travel Association has launched Daily Getaways: one discount offer per day, for one month, from the likes of Best Western, Busch Gardens, Choice Hotels, Hertz, Hilton, InterContinental, MGM Resorts, Universal…
    - 2 hours ago Mar 26, 2015, 4:55pm -
  • More than 1 Million Now Enrolled in TSA’s Precheck
    This week, the TSA announced a significant milestone for its Precheck program: the enrollment of its 1 millionth traveler. Precheck travelers may leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belts, and keep laptops in their cases and 3-1-1 compliant liq…
    - 1 day ago Mar 25, 2015, 6:06pm -
  • Frontier Ups Checked-Bag Fees
    Beginning in May, Frontier passengers will pay more to check their bags. That’s no surprise, given the airline’s ongoing transition to an ultra-low-cost carrier (think Spirit, Ryanair). The marketing strategy is straightforward: Advertise extra-l…
    - 1 day ago Mar 25, 2015, 4:43pm -
  • America’s 10 Most Dangerous Cities
    The 12 most sun-drenched beaches. The 15 destinations with the friendliest people. The best value-vacation spots for your dollar. Cities with the best pizza (or burger, or pastrami sandwich). OK, fine. There’s a place for all those places. But what…
    - 2 days ago Mar 24, 2015, 6:50pm -
  • American, US Air Programs to Merge This Weekend
    Where the merger of AAdvantage and US Airways’ Dividend Miles programs is concerned, American has proceeded in accord with the venerable marketing adage, “Under-promise and over-deliver.” Originally, American committed to consolidating the two…
    - 2 days ago Mar 24, 2015, 4:44pm -
  • Win an 8-Day European River Cruise for 2
    Enter the Budget Travel “European River Cruise” sweepstakes by April 17, 2015, for a chance to win the grand prize: an eight-day Europe river cruise for two, including two $500 vouchers to cover airfare, and meals. To enter, provide the ... Read…
    - 3 days ago Mar 23, 2015, 5:45pm -
  • Earn Triple Points for Virgin America’s Dallas Flights
    Southwest may have invented low fares, but Virgin America wants to stake a claim to have invented higher expectations. That, at any rate, is the premise of its new bonus campaign for flights to and from Dallas Love Field. On ... Read More
    - 3 days ago Mar 23, 2015, 4:25pm -
  • Weekly Recap: Full Flights, Cheating Cheaters, & 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 Mar 20, 2015, 9:09pm -
  • Earn Double JetBlue Points for Transcon Flights
    If you’re flying across the country, JetBlue should already be on your list. The airline’s new bonus offer won’t hurt, either. Offer Details Between March 20 and May 27, TrueBlue members can earn double points for JetBlue flights between New ..…
    - 6 days ago Mar 20, 2015, 4:04pm -

Travel is Free

  • newAn Introduction To Stopovers and Open-Jaws
    If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of “stopovers” we have a great InfoGraphic that you can check out: Airline Stopovers and Open-Jaws InfoGraphic. I also recently did a Complete List of Airline Stopover Rules, but it’s been awhile since…
    - 12 hours ago Mar 26, 2015, 6:20am -
  • Most Aspirational Miles Award Ever – Necker Island
    I’m browsing through the redemption section of Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Blue Miles, because they have quite a few unique hotel redemption options. As you may know, Virgin is run by Richard Branson, who famously lives on an island (off the Brit…
    - 2 days ago Mar 25, 2015, 5:55am -
  • Analyzing Best Uses of the Daily Getaways Deals
    I wrote about a couple of the deals earlier but the full list has been revealed and I decided to break down all the travel deals. Look at the terms and conditions, come up with some best uses and give it some real thought. DailyGetaways is a 5 week…
    - 3 days ago Mar 24, 2015, 5:47am -
  • First Look at the Newly Renovated Radisson Hotel & Suites Downtown Austin
    The Radisson in Austin is one of the best locations in Austin, but they’ve been getting killed on TripAdvisor for being an older hotel in need of renovation. Right now they are in the middle of a renovation of the rooms and they finished floor 12…
    - 3 days ago Mar 23, 2015, 7:29pm -
  • Best East Coast Award Flights To Europe
    There are a number of distance based programs out there for whom there are specific routes that make east coast flights to Europe super cheap. The distance across the Atlantic is sometimes barely much more than the distance from the west coast to th…
    - 5 days ago Mar 22, 2015, 2:43am -
  • What is it like to live out of hotels?
    I get this question a lot, but am never sure what to say. “Uh… it’s cool.” A lot of times when people find out that we’ve spent the majority of our marriage on the road, they say, “I could never do that”, or something to that effect.…
    - 6 days ago Mar 20, 2015, 6:10pm -
  • 40 Ways To Use Chase Ultimate Rewards Points
    Chase Ultimate Rewards has 11 transfer partners to frequent flyer/rewards programs and each transfer 1:1. 1,000 Chase points would get you 1,000 points in any of the programs I’m about to mention. There are 3 Chase cards that transfer to miles; the…
    - 8 days ago Mar 18, 2015, 11:26pm -
  • Deals: Daily Getaways, $20 off Visa Gift Cards, Stockholm for $300, and
    Daily Getaways is easily the most over hyped sale of the year, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t going to go after something. Just most people’s “something” is the Hyatt points. But there are a few other deals around the web I want to qu…
    - 8 days ago Mar 18, 2015, 4:20pm -
  • Best Hotel Booking Site Rewards Program
    The ability to get good deals on non-chain hotels is a must for anyone who travels outside of big cities. Many times I’m searching for the biggest savings on hotels in places that don’t have my regular hotel chains’ rewards programs. Thus, I…
    - 10 days ago Mar 16, 2015, 4:00pm -

Frequent Flyer Bonuses

Million Mile Secrets

Nomadic Matt

  • newUpdates from the Book Tour #2
    Hello from Las Vegas! It’s day sixty-six of the #fiftyaday book tour. Last week, after driving over 5,000 miles through a dozen states, I watched the sun set marvelously over the Pacific. After two months of traveling, I made it across the country.…
    - 3 hours ago Mar 26, 2015, 3:31pm -
  • How to Spend 4 Days in New Orleans
    New Orleans. NOLA. The Big Easy. A city by many names, all conjuring the jovial “Laissez les bons temps rouler!” (“Let the good times roll!”) attitude towards life the city is famous for. New Orleans is filled with scrumptious French-inspired…
    - 2 days ago Mar 24, 2015, 3:45pm -
  • Discovering Purpose on a Farm in South Africa
    On the second Wednesday third Thursday of the month, Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse writes a guest column featuring tips and advice on solo female travel. It’s a topic I can’t cover so I brought in an expert to share her advice. After a day…
    - 7 days ago Mar 19, 2015, 3:39pm -
  • Living Les Bons Temps At Mardi Gras
    As I threw beads over the wrought-iron balcony of Bourbon Bandstand in the French Quarter, I looked down at the crowds: strangers in elaborate costumes toasted drinks, laughed, and danced with each other as streets bands performed jazz. Everyone move…
    - 9 days ago Mar 17, 2015, 2:50pm -
  • 7 Common Travel Myths That are WRONG (and Why I’m Giving Hands On Help Now)
    Years ago, the website Earth Porm reposted my article “The Ultimate Guide to Traveling When You’re Broke,” and in January, social media maven and actor George Takei shared the post with his eight million Facebook fans (as a huge Star Trek geek…
    - 17 days ago Mar 9, 2015, 3:26pm -
  • Everything You Need to Know About Using Smartphones When You Travel
    On the first Tuesday of each month, Dave Dean from Too Many Adapters gives us tips and advice on travel tech and gear. He is our resident expert, trying out new products and seeing what works so you end up with gear that doesn’t break and a laptop…
    - 23 days ago Mar 3, 2015, 2:00pm -
  • My 2015 Group Tours: Two Trips to Europe!
    At the end of 2013, I started leading group trips. I’ve done four so far and have really enjoyed them. I like meeting readers, exposing others to my travel style and taking them around to some of my favorite places in Europe. I want others to fall…
    - 28 days ago Feb 26, 2015, 1:00pm -
  • What Makes a Nomad a Nomad?
    What makes a nomad a nomad? Or a backpacker a backpacker? How do you define a budget traveler? Am I a nomad because I move around a lot or did I give up the rights to call myself that when I got an apartment? Am I a luxury traveler because I stay in…
    - 31 days ago Feb 23, 2015, 2:31pm -
  • 7 Common Excuses People Use to Avoid Family Travel
    On the third Friday Saturday 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 m…
    - 33 days ago Feb 21, 2015, 3:06pm -
  • Hogmanay: Edinburgh’s Amazing New Year’s Celebration
    I hate New Year’s Eve. To me, it’s a non-holiday. A night out where bars have an excuse to overcharge customers, people get excited for a twenty second countdown, and you realize after the clock turns over that life is still the same. New Year’…
    - 38 days ago Feb 16, 2015, 2:00pm -

The Hustle Blog

  • 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®…
    - 37 days ago 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…
    - 55 days ago 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…
    - 92 days ago Dec 24, 2014, 5:34pm -
  • Chase Freedom 2015 Bonus Categories Announced

    - 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 -
  • 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…
    - Nov 10, 2014, 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…
    - Nov 7, 2014, 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…
    - Oct 3, 2014, 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: S…
    - Oct 1, 2014, 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…
    - Sep 30, 2014, 11:00am -

Johnny Jet

  • newTravel Tip of the Day: Explore the Lounge Before Ordering Food
    Explore the Lounge Before Ordering Food Here’s a tip for anyone with access to a lounge, like an American Airlines Admirals Club—by way of a club membership, the Citi AAdvantage Executive World EliteTM MasterCard, a guess pass, or simply the d…
    - 2 hours ago Mar 26, 2015, 4:55pm -
  • newTravel Tip of the Day: Don’t Ride the Luggage Carousel
    Don’t Ride the Luggage Carousel I’ve written before about the importance of staying away from the baggage carousel as you wait for your bags to show up. Well, there are signs everywhere, and it usually goes without saying, but you definitely shou…
    - 22 hours ago Mar 25, 2015, 9:05pm -
  • A surreal ski experience at Le Massif de Charlevoix and Hotel La Ferme, Quebec
    With endless opportunity for winter adventure Le Massif de Charlevoix and Hotel La Ferme in Quebec embody everything you can ask for in a ski resort, right down to the guided luge tour. Imagine if one of the co-founders of the famed Cirque du Soleil…
    - 1 day ago Mar 25, 2015, 3:10pm -
  • Travel Style: John K. Hart
    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: John K. Hart Occupation: Founder & CEO of Imagine If,…
    - 1 day ago Mar 25, 2015, 1:00pm -
  • Top 10 in Travel News: Week of March 25, 2015
    THE TOP 10 IN TRAVEL NEWS THIS WEEK: Qatar Airways boss accuses Delta of flying ‘crap’ planes DogVacay launches new service for cat owners who need pet sitters New Malaysia Airlines’ CEO to take over earlier than planned Higher passenger fees w…
    - 1 day ago Mar 25, 2015, 12:00pm -
  • Travel Contests: Week of March 25, 2015
    This week’s travel contests include: Win a 4-night relaxing Florida beach getaway Win a trip for two to Maui from Hawaiian Airlines (on Facebook) Win a trip to New York or Paris from Tablet Hotels Win a trip to New Orleans from Land’s End Win a…
    - 1 day ago Mar 25, 2015, 11:00am -
  • Travel Product of the Week: VIM & VIGR Compression Socks
    Do you worry about getting Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) when you fly? I do, which is why I drink a lot of water and try to get up every hour on flights. And when I travel with my dad on long flights, I usually get him compression socks. For those look…
    - 2 days ago Mar 25, 2015, 3:02am -
  • Travel Video of the Week: New Air France Safety Video
    Air France just introduced a new in-flight safety demonstration video showcasing the French way of flying. Air France revised the style of its video to keep passengers’ attention by using attractive women, adding some humor and hiring a choreograph…
    - 2 days ago Mar 25, 2015, 2:46am -

Doctor of Credit

  • newNew, One-Year Return Policy at Target for Certain Items
    Target announced an extended return policy for all Target-brand products for up to a year. They also extended the one-year return policy for all items purchased through the Gift Registry. Press Release link Target Return Policy link Previously, retu…
    - 4 hours ago Mar 26, 2015, 2:30pm -
  • newChase Southwest Plus 50,000 Point Offer Is Still Available
    In case you didn’t know it’s still possible to get 50,000 points on the Chase Southwest Premier credit card. Most people want to get two Chase Southwest cards at a time though, as that way they are well on their way to the Southwest Companion Pas…
    - 6 hours ago Mar 26, 2015, 12:45pm -
  • newExtra Reward-Categories for Citi Thank You Premier [New Cardholders]
    We reported on the new reward categories coming in April for the Citi Thank You Premier card. Currently the card earns 3 Thank You points for dining and entertainment, and 2 Thank You points for airline and hotels. Coming April 19 these numbers will…
    - 16 hours ago Mar 26, 2015, 2:56am -
  • newAmerican Express Business Platinum Will Lose 20% “Pay With Points” Rebate
    Starting July 1st, 2015 the American Express Business Platinum will no longer offer the 20% Pay With Points rebate. When using the Pay With Points redemption option American Express Membership Rewards points are worth 1¢ each, this benefit increas…
    - 16 hours ago Mar 26, 2015, 2:38am -
  • newReceive 10¢ Per Swiped Transactions With American Express Serve
    The Offer Get a dime every time you make a purchase with your American Express Serve card.   The Fine Print Valid until April 30th, 2015 No registration needed 10¢ will be added to your automatically This offer was sent out via e-mail, so unsure if…
    - 17 hours ago Mar 26, 2015, 2:01am -
  • new250 Free Virgin Atlantic Miles with Toolbar
    The Offer Download the toolbar for Virgin Atlantic’s shopping portal called ‘Shops Away’ and receive 250 free miles. There’s no direct landing page for this offer. Here’s how to go about getting this offer: Go to this Shops Away page and cl…
    - 21 hours ago Mar 25, 2015, 9:59pm -
  • $100 Sears e-Gift Cards for $85 on eBay, [TARGETED] 10% in eBay Bucks
    The Offer Direct Link Purchase $100 Sears e-gift card from Paypal Digital Gifts on eBay for $85. Limit 2 per buyer. The Fine Print Limited 2 per buyer Limited quantity available 10% in eBay Bucks There’s also a targeted offer which many have receiv…
    - 1 day ago Mar 25, 2015, 3:31pm -
  • [MO only] Bank Of Lee’s Summit $100 Checking Bonus
    Offer at a glance Maximum bonus amount: $100 ($8.33 per month) Availability: Must apply in person, they have four locations which are all in Missouri. Click here to view locations Direct deposit required: No Additional requirements: 3 bill pays, eSta…
    - 1 day ago Mar 25, 2015, 3:30pm -
  • [AL, AZ, CA, CO, FL, NM & TX] BBVA Compass Build My Savings Account: Receive Up To A 6% Matching Bonus
    Offer at a glance Maximum bonus amount: 6% match, up to $750 Availability: AL, AZ, CA, CO, FL, NM & TX only Additional requirements: Must have a starting deposit and regular deposit, must keep funds invested for at least 6 months Hard/soft pull: M…
    - 1 day ago Mar 25, 2015, 2:30pm -
  • TD Aeroplan Visa Credit Card Review – 25,000 Aeroplan Mile Sign Up Bonus
    This is another post in our Weird Wednesday series where we take a look at credit cards you might not have heard of today. We had hoped to post about a different card today, but we are still awaiting some more details so instead we’re going to look…
    - 1 day ago Mar 25, 2015, 1:30pm -

Hustler Money Blog

  • newClass Action Lawsuits, File Claim & Settlement Money- March, 2015
    Check all the Class Action Lawsuit Settlements. Below is our full list of open lawsuits in which you may be eligible to submit a claim. Browse through the list and see if you purchased the product or service and if you’re eligible to submit a claim…
    - 21 hours ago Mar 25, 2015, 9:52pm -
  • newChase Freedom Card Review: $100 Bonus Promotion
    You can earn a $100 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 first quarter of 2015. Between April 1st and June 30th, you can earn 5% rewards…
    - 22 hours ago Mar 25, 2015, 9:01pm -
  • newChase $175 Savings + Chase $300 Total Checking Coupons Together!
    Chase has been super generous lately with their Chase $175 Savings bonus + Chase $450 coupons combo. For the combo, it includes the Chase $300 Checking + Chase $150 Savings bonus. Below, I’ll show you how to max out by using both coupons to get a t…
    - 23 hours ago Mar 25, 2015, 7:47pm -
  • newTopCashBack Review: $10 Sign-Up Bonus
    TopCashBack*, one of the premier cash back shopping networks, is offering a $10 Sign-Up Bonus. Once you have an account with TopCashBack, you can refer your friends and family for an additional $10 bonus per referral and they will also earn a $10 sig…
    - 24 hours ago Mar 25, 2015, 6:43pm -
  • Kmart Gift Cards Ebay Sale: 10% Off Promotion
    You can now buy $25 Kmart gift codes for $22.50 by Paypal Digital Gifts via eBay. There is a maximum of 5 gift cards per buyer, hence you can buy $125 Kmart gift cards for $112.50. To save more money, you may want to register for eBay bucks to get 2%…
    - 1 day ago Mar 25, 2015, 6:11pm -
  • Sears eBay Gift Card Deals: 15% Off Promotion
    Just a reminder, you may want to buy Sears gift cards if there is a discount whenever they are on sale. You do this because you can always use a Sears gift card to buy another gift card(like an Amazon or Shell) on their gift card rack like the pictur…
    - 1 day ago Mar 25, 2015, 4:41pm -
  • Chase $450 Coupon Bonus Checking & Savings
    Available Freely Online, print this ASAP for Chase Bank’s $300 Total Checking & $150 Savings combo coupons good until May 7, 2015 to earn $450 total in bonuses. Remember, there IS a direct deposit requirement for the Total Checking and $10K deposit…
    - 1 day ago Mar 25, 2015, 9:06am -
  • OptionsXpress Review 2015- $100 Cash Bonus Promotion
    You can earn $100 Cash Bonus for opening a new Individual or Joint OptionsXpress account and funded with at least $500 by December 31, 2015. To earn the $100 bonus, you must execute 3 trades within twelve months of account opening. Accounts are FREE…
    - 1 day ago Mar 25, 2015, 8:42am -
  • Bank of America Visa Checkout $10 Bonus
    Bank of America/Visa Checkout is offering a $10 Prepaid Reward Visa Card when you sign up with a Bank of America Visa debit or credit card by 3/31/2015. There is no need to buy anything to get the $10 bonus but simply sign up for a Visa Checkout acco…
    - 1 day ago Mar 25, 2015, 8:13am -
  • Capital One Visa Checkout $10 Bonus
    This is a targeted promotion from Capital One. Simply enroll your Capital One Visa card with Visa checkout to get a $10 account credit good through April 30, 2015. Many have reported to gotten an email for those with a Capital One Visa card. If you h…
    - 2 days ago Mar 25, 2015, 4:10am -

Hack My Trip

  • newTouring Siem Reap: Night Markets and Bars
    As I mentioned in my review of the Park Hyatt Siem Reap, you should really set aside a night or two to go into town and enjoy the nightlife. Whatever the comforts of your accommodations, I thought the town was a great and relaxing place to spend the…
    - 4 hours ago Mar 26, 2015, 2:45pm -
  • newTranscon Premium Cabin Throwdown: JetBlue Mint
    JetBlue recently launched its new Mint service (it’s take on first class) on the SFO and LAX routes from its hub at JFK. I had the opportunity to fly them from San Francisco to New York this past February over Valentine’s Day to add to the spars…
    - 5 hours ago Mar 26, 2015, 1:30pm -
  • newYawn… Someone Wake Me If Daily Getaways Ever Gets Good
    From the desk of the Devil’s Advocate…   Sigh. Yes, they’re back. Lucky us. This week saw the return of the endlessly long (okay, 5 weeks, but it feels like forever) Daily Getaways promotion, brought to us as always by the U.S. Travel Associa…
    - 8 hours ago Mar 26, 2015, 11:05am -
  • How to Book Award Flights with Miles and Points
    I like to say that there are two major parts of the points/miles game: earning the points/miles and using them. The question of how to book award flights with miles and points often gets delayed until after you have enough to go somewhere, and while…
    - 1 day ago Mar 25, 2015, 5:42pm -
  • Free M life Status and More with MGM Resorts Connections
    I’ve written before about the M life loyalty program at MGM Resorts in Las Vegas. What I think helps it stand out against other casino loyalty programs are the many ways in which you can acquire elite status, leading to shorter taxi queues, bette…
    - 1 day ago Mar 25, 2015, 2:45pm -

Maximizing Money

  • newThe Mission Bank $100 Free Green Leaf Checking Bonus in Kansas
    The Mission Bank in Kansas is offering up to a $100 bonus when you open a Free Green Leaf Checking account and meet the requirements in your first year.The post The Mission Bank $100 Free Green Leaf Checking Bonus in Kansas appeared first on Maximiz…
    - 20 hours ago Mar 25, 2015, 11:02pm -
  • newBean Box Coffee 15% Discount and Free Coffee Referrals
    Bean Box sells a variety of premium coffees that can be delivered right to your door, and you can buy single bags of coffee as well as order monthly coffee subscriptions.Get a 15% Bean Box Discount when you order either a single bag of coffee or a m…
    - 20 hours ago Mar 25, 2015, 10:35pm -
  • newNew AMEX Twitter Sync Promos – Qantas, Pharmaca, Best Western, Boston Market and More
    American Express is offering new Twitter sync promotions at participating merchants, including new offers for Qantas, Pharmaca, Best Western, Boston Market, and more.Sync these New AMEX Twitter Discount Promotions to save extra money during your sho…
    - 23 hours ago Mar 25, 2015, 7:57pm -
  • newMotif Investing $100 Account Referral Bonus for Both Parties
    Motif Investing offers a $100 referral bonus for both parties when a current customer refers a new customer who opens a Motif Investing account, funds it with at least $1,000, and executes 1 Motif trade.We now have a reader referral link available,…
    - 23 hours ago Mar 25, 2015, 7:55pm -
  • newCitizens Bank $200 Personal Checking Account Bonus at Select Supermarket Locations
    Citizens Bank is offering a $200 new personal checking account bonus at select supermarket locations through March 31, 2015.Citizens Bank brand is available in CT, DE, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, and VT, while the Charter One Version of this Promotion i…
    - 23 hours ago Mar 25, 2015, 7:54pm -
  • newCharter One $200 Personal Checking Account Bonus at Select Supermarket Locations
    Charter One is offering $200 in personal checking account bonuses when you open your new personal checking account at select supermarket locations through March 31, 2015.The Charter One brand is available in IL, MI, and OH (while its Citizens Bank s…
    - 23 hours ago Mar 25, 2015, 7:52pm -
  • newChase Total Checking Coupons $300 Bonus thru May 7, 2015
    Chase now has coupon codes available for a $300 Total Checking account bonus with a direct deposit as well as a $150 Savings account bonus with a $10,000 deposit for 90 days.Just click on this Chase $300 Total Checking Link to request the coupon cod…
    - 23 hours ago Mar 25, 2015, 7:50pm -
  • newCredit Card 5% Cash Rebate Categories for 2015
    Check out the 5% cash rebate credit card categories for 2015 from major credit card issuers, plus get a cash bonus when you apply for some of these cash reward cards today.Apply for these cards now to earn 5% cash back in the following purchase cate…
    - 23 hours ago Mar 25, 2015, 7:45pm -
  • newAmazon Prime No Rush Shipping Offers $5.99 Prime Pantry Credit
    Amazon Prime members who make a purchase of $6.01 or more and select free no-rush shipping can receive a $5.99 Prime Pantry credit to use toward your next Prime Pantry order.Just place any order on for $6.01 or more to receive this option…
    - 23 hours ago Mar 25, 2015, 7:41pm -
  • Bank of Lee’s Summit $100 Checking Account Bonus in Missouri
    Bank of Lee's Summit in Missouri will give you up to a $100 bonus in your first year when you open a Total e Green Leaf Checking account and complete the requirements.The post Bank of Lee’s Summit $100 Checking Account Bonus in Missouri appeared f…
    - 2 days ago Mar 24, 2015, 11:04pm -

Boarding Area

  • newGermanwings Flight 9525 Update 5: Co-Pilot Intentionally Crashed The Aircraft
    Investigators revealed their findings today and their conclusion is shocking. It has been determined that the Co-Pilot intentionally brought down Germanwings 9525.
    - 19 mins ago Mar 26, 2015, 6:17pm -
  • newIs AAdvantage Encouraging You to Earn Miles at the Expense of Your Employer?
    Hans M. forwards along this email from Rewards Network which runs ‘AAdvantage Dining’ and most of the airline and hotel co-brand dining programs where you earn miles for restaurant meals. It’s titled, Don’t Worry, We Won’t Tell Your Boss……
    - 32 mins ago Mar 26, 2015, 6:04pm -
  • newLooking for a way to better customer service? Garmin’s got directions
    As the owner of a Garmin Golf GPS, Jerry Cee found himself up against a steep learning curve and numerous technical challenges. But that wasn’t the worst of his problems. His new gadget stopped working after he “really screwed it up,” according…
    - 36 mins ago Mar 26, 2015, 6:00pm -
  • newGermanwings Crash: More Questions Than Answers
    Andreas Lubitz allegedly wanted to intentionally destroy the Airbus A320-200 aircraft operating as Germanwings flight 4U-9525 — which was carrying 144 passengers and six members of the flight crew from Barcelona to Dusseldorf but crashed in a mount…
    - 53 mins ago Mar 26, 2015, 5:43pm -
  • newHelp Charity today by Travelling and Going Places!
    It’s always nice to hear about great purchases where the proceeds go towards charity, so I want to share with you this opportunity I came across the other day where you can help several charity organizations by travelling abroad… in STYLE! Luxury…
    - 1 hour ago Mar 26, 2015, 5:32pm -
  • newAmazon Prime Now: $7.99 One Hour and Free 2 Hour Delivery Expands
    Amazon has a new delivery service – Prime Now – which features $7.99 for one hour delivery, and free two hour delivery for Amazon Prime members. The service started in Manhattan in December 2014, but in the past week has expanded to selected Zip…
    - 1 hour ago Mar 26, 2015, 5:29pm -
  • newEarn Up To 100,000 Points Referring Your Chase Cards
    Chase launches pretty frequent offers of bonus points for referring people to their cards. It is a nice way to get some strong word of mouth on their products without having to pay out cash referrals. With the combination of referring these two cards…
    - 1 hour ago Mar 26, 2015, 5:25pm -
  • newCelebrating The Life Of US Airways Dividend Miles
    Last night we said good-bye to an old friend in the frequent flyer world. Like WorldPerks and OnePass before it, Dividend Miles is now one for the ages, a casualty of the era of airline consolidation. Dividend Miles will always hold a special place…
    - 2 hours ago Mar 26, 2015, 5:03pm -
  • newAmazon’s Huge Luggage Sale
    You’ve been waiting to buy a new suitcase and your wait is finally worth it. Amazon has launched a huge 20% sale for all of their luggage (some restrictions apply) and that means you can grab a new rollerboard for cheap — or cheaper at least. Eve…
    - 2 hours ago Mar 26, 2015, 5:00pm -
  • new$400 off a Qantas Flight with Amex Offers!
    Another Amex Sync offer just appeared yesterday where you can get a $400 statement credit on a $2,500+ purchase at Qantas. And fortunately this one is available via Twitter so everyone is eligible and you can sync as many Amex cards as you have. T…
    - 2 hours ago Mar 26, 2015, 4:49pm -

Frequent Flyer Miles 101

  • Final details on AA and US Airways merged programs
    As seen here. AA and US are finally going to merge their programs this Friday and, based on what I’ve seen from AA’s management (Technically, the team came from US Airways and that team came from America West, but why quibble?), it should go rela…
    - 1 day ago Mar 25, 2015, 3:02pm -
  • Wall Street Journal talks cash back cards, but doesn’t get the whole story
    It’s that time of year when a young man’s thoughts turn to those of college basketball.  A week ago, I would have been hard-pressed to tell you the name of the Wichita State basketball team or, for that matter, anything else about Wichita State.…
    - 2 days ago Mar 24, 2015, 3:27pm -
  • Judging the values of redemptions…
    I’ve talked a lot about the best ways to earn miles, but not as much about redeeming them.  So here’s a few things to consider when you are getting ready to spend your miles: Most airlines open up redemptions at the same time as putting tickets…
    - 3 days ago Mar 23, 2015, 3:43pm -
  • The world is on sale! A strong dollar is your travel friend
    I’m going to be away for the weekend but, before I go, here’s some good news for you that are still planning your summer vacation. The world has gone on sale.  Well, I should amend that: Prices are the same, but you’ll get more for your dollar…
    - 6 days ago Mar 20, 2015, 2:47pm -
  • JetBlue updates schedule through 1/4/16
    While most of the major carriers allow you to plan trips 330 (or more) days in advance, the low-cost carriers don’t usually go out that far.  Since they have few partnerships or hubs, they have the flexibility to move planes around to manage suppl…
    - 8 days ago Mar 18, 2015, 11:00pm -
  • American Airlines and US Airways prepare to merge mileage programs
    It’s almost that time.  Sometime next calendar quarter, AA and US Airways will be combining their programs as the airlines face the integration, which is largely a 2015 event.  I tend to believe that the integration will go well; unlike with the…
    - 9 days ago Mar 17, 2015, 8:56pm -
  • Cruising with United and “alternative” awards
    Airline miles can be used to travel all over the world.  If you have enough of them, you can do it in a premium class of service, as well. The airlines are also happy to let you use miles to buy non-airline products, as well.  You can generally boo…
    - 11 days ago Mar 15, 2015, 3:37pm -
  • BankDirect should live to fight another day…
    My favorite way of earning American Airlines miles is with BankDirect, a financial institution that pays you in miles for your deposits. With interest rates so low, the bank is almost a gimme, considering that you are getting something back for you b…
    - 13 days ago Mar 13, 2015, 8:58pm -
  • 1,000 free Hilton points just for changing your password (finally!)
    A few weeks ago, I mentioned that Hilton was giving people 1,000 free points just for changing their password.  Except they weren’t, since the link wasn’t working.  Good ol’ Hilton finally got it right, though, and they’re once again offeri…
    - 14 days ago Mar 12, 2015, 11:37pm -
  • Rental cars: Brand matters (and other tips)
    Rental cars matter.  People will put hours into choosing a flight and hotel but, when it comes time to picking the rental, they’ll grab the cheapest one.  Not a good idea.  You don’t have the level of “reservation protection” that you do w…
    - 16 days ago Mar 10, 2015, 11:16pm -

Mr. Free Miles

  • new7 Things Everyone Needs In Their Carry On Bag
    Upgrade your carry-on bag with these 7 amazing products you need. From the best electronics to multi-purpose accessories you never thought of, these items will have you traveling in style.
    - 4 hours ago Mar 26, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • How I Earned 2 Million Airline Miles In 3 Years (And How You Can Too)
    After earning 2 million airline miles and hotel points, I quit my corporate job to travel the world. Today I explain how I did this and how you can too.
    - 1 day ago Mar 25, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • When To Add An Authorized User To Your Credit Card Account
    Authorized user is an important term when managing your credit score. Often a person's credit score can raise dramatically when added as such a user - learn when to utilize this little-known practice, and when to pass.
    - 3 days ago Mar 23, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • Day In Pictures: Bondi Beach, Australia
    A day in pictures of Bondi Beach, located in Sydney, Australia. 24 hours sunbathing in one of the most famous beach towns in the world, and a few nearby treats - plus how you can travel there.
    - 5 days ago Mar 21, 2015, 4:00pm -
  • Apply for an Australian ETA Travel Visa as a U.S. Citizen
    Australian ETA travel visa application process for U.S. citizens - an easy, electronic application with a low cost. Find out how to apply for the visa, who is eligible and other important things to know along the way.
    - 7 days ago Mar 19, 2015, 4:00pm -
  • Check Out My Guest Post on David's Been Here
    Recently I submitted a guest post to the highly-respected travel website, David's Been Here. Read the full post about why you should hike to Machu Picchu but avoid the Inca Trail - including, as always, a miles tip to get there.
    - 8 days ago Mar 18, 2015, 4:00pm -
  • 50,000 miles with Chase British Airways Visa
    50,000 Avios miles are available through 3/31/15 with the Chase British Airways Visa. That’s two free round trip flights in the U.S., or even two to a few cities in Europe. Read the details here.
    - 10 days ago Mar 16, 2015, 4:00pm -
  • Day In Pictures: Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
    A day in pictures in Tongariro National Park, located in the North Island of New Zealand. 24 hours hiking through volcanoes, moonlike craters, scenic alpine views and even a rainforest - plus how you can travel there.
    - 12 days ago Mar 14, 2015, 4:00pm -
  • TripIt Pro Review: Why I use the travel app & how to get it for free
    The only organization app I use for travel, my TripIt Pro review is of gushing praise. With real-time travel alerts that beat the airlines and automatic updates, read how to get the $49 version for free.
    - 14 days ago Mar 12, 2015, 4:00pm -
  • The Perfect New Zealand Vacation: 7-day Road Trip From Auckland
    Skydiving, volcano hiking and private beaches are the standard vacation in the exhilarating country of New Zealand. In 7 short days, we did a bit of everything on our road trip of the North Island.
    - 15 days ago Mar 11, 2015, 4:00pm -

milepoint (Forums)

  • newAirbus A320 crash: German Wings flight 'down in southern France'
    Airbus A320 crash: German Wings flight 'down in southern France' An Airbus A320 operated by the German Wings airline has crashed in southern France, according to reports.More followsClick to expand...
    - 1 min ago Mar 26, 2015, 6:35pm -
  • newTeh Penalty Box
    I think it's time for a new Box thread that works. So, here goes.
    - 2 mins ago Mar 26, 2015, 6:34pm -
  • newNorwegian to change crew cockpit procedure
    Norwegian to change crew cockpit procedureNorwegian is changing its regulations to ensure there are always two crew members present in the cockpit, it was announced today.The low-cost carrier is the first airline to instigate a change in procedure…
    - 18 mins ago Mar 26, 2015, 6:18pm -
  • newCX J vs KA J
    Hey guys. I have 2 options going from hkg - dps in J. One is w/ CX and one is with KA. The CX one is a bit earlier in the morning which I tend to avoid. Does anyone know the difference in service, lounge, food between the two flights?
    - 34 mins ago Mar 26, 2015, 6:02pm -
  • 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…
    - 40 mins ago Mar 26, 2015, 5:56pm -
  • newWeird Situation with CX Award Ticket using AA....
    Hey guys. I think I'll be booking a CX flight JFK to YVR (vancounver) to HKG. It's a first class itinerary but only the JFK to YYZ segment will be in first and I'll be on business from YVR to HKG. What is the likelihood of some kind of last minute CX…
    - 44 mins ago Mar 26, 2015, 5:52pm -
  • newEarning Hotel Credits By Booking Through AA.COM
    Good Day!I'm sure I must have lost my senses. Up until recently, I was under the impression that if I book a hotel - any hotel - that's offered through AA.Com, I will receive Aadvantage Miles for that booking. My recollection is that it's circa 100…
    - 2 hours ago Mar 26, 2015, 5:02pm -
  • newAdmiral Club passes Zurich
    HiI am flying economy (ugh) from Zurich to JFK. I have two passes for Admiral Club that I received as a benefit with my Citicard. Can these be used at Zurich airport?ThanksPA
    - 2 hours ago Mar 26, 2015, 4:59pm -
  • newTesla's chief circus barker = Elon Musk
    I found this article rather amusing
    - 2 hours ago Mar 26, 2015, 4:58pm -
  • newEtihad CEO: Legacy airlines want to 'pull up the ladder'
    Etihad CEO: Legacy airlines want to 'pull up the ladder'Etihad Airways CEO James Hogan has warned against "the dark clouds of protectionism" ending the open skies agreements in place around the world.The Australian chief executive was specifically…
    - 2 hours ago Mar 26, 2015, 4:49pm -

Flyertalk MilesBuzz

  • newRitz Carlton Club Worth it?
    Hi all, I search online on google and on FT about the benefits of club level room an access and I couldnt find anything other than club food and better room. Is it justifyable to pay for Club level? At the Ritz Naples the nights are $799 and...
    - 19 mins ago Mar 26, 2015, 6:17pm -
  • new777 best seats in first
    Hello all, I'm flying with mrs Cobb to Dubai in first later in the year and have gone into the booking to reserve our seats. The return flight is on a 747 so I've gone for 2A and 2K which I'm happy with and have sat in before, however the outbound...
    - 20 mins ago Mar 26, 2015, 6:16pm -
  • newDinner in Barcelona
    A search turned up nothing recent so I thought I'd start a new thread and ask for recommendations for dinner in Barcelona. We will be there on our own for three nights and would like to graze (wonder into a couple of places located near each other)..…
    - 24 mins ago Mar 26, 2015, 6:12pm -
  • newTwo people in the cockpit.
    So after this weeks things, what is the SAS policy? air Canada have confirmed two in the cockpit at all times. Reason is, I am about to fly to Canada and the US. I have the choice between the two. Which will it be? SAS do you want my business?
    - 30 mins ago Mar 26, 2015, 6:06pm -
  • new787
    Hi just reading that the first 787is on the DFW ORD route, but just seen it at LHR... Wonder what it is doing here
    - 37 mins ago Mar 26, 2015, 5:59pm -
  • newLINKS for Hilton HHonors Hotels in Seychelles {SYC}
    _Organisation_ LINKS for Hilton HHonors Hotels worldwide ( +LINKS for Hilton HHonors Hotels in Africa...
    - 37 mins ago Mar 26, 2015, 5:59pm -
  • newFarelock problem
    I purchased a farelock and as soon as I saw the confirmation, realized that it was for the wrong date. I hit the cancel and refund reservation button immediately. Then I purchased a farelock for the correct date. This all took place in the span of.…
    - 42 mins ago Mar 26, 2015, 5:54pm -
  • newCash+Points + Diamond Suite Upgrade @ GH Kauai ~ club access?
    Hi All, We're looking at booking a last minute spontaneous trip using cash and points to the grand hyatt in Kauai. We'll use a diamond suite upgrade. I see there is a club lounge there. As Diamond members w/ a suite upgrade, are we entitled to...
    - 43 mins ago Mar 26, 2015, 5:53pm -
  • newPenAir to start PDX hub. PDX-CEC/LMT possibly more ...
    - 54 mins ago Mar 26, 2015, 5:42pm -
  • newLINKS for Hilton HHonors Hotels in South Africa {ZAF}
    _Organisation_ LINKS for Hilton HHonors Hotels worldwide ( +LINKS for Hilton HHonors Hotels in Africa...
    - 60 mins ago Mar 26, 2015, 5:36pm -

Reddit r/churning

  • newWant to get to Japan in December 2015
    I'm new to churning so noob tips are more than welcome. I have 32k AA miles, spend less than $2000k a month (not including rent, bummer that Serve will no longer allow cards other than AMEX), have an AMEX bc preferred and an Amazon Chase Rewards. Wha…
    - 3 mins ago Mar 26, 2015, 6:33pm -
  • newStopping apps for at least a year. Any reason not to go for broke?
    Should I apply for a business and a personal with every lender as long as I can meet all the minimum spends? I'm leaving for 1 year of international travels and I need all the points and miles that I can get. Hard pulls fall after a year, correct? So…
    - 3 hours ago Mar 26, 2015, 3:35pm -
  • newHow are Transactions deemed to be "Foreign" vs. Domestic?
    Specifically, looking to book flights & hotels. Currently outside the US on assignment, want to hit min spend on a card but obviously avoid fees if possible. Anyone know how the foreign-ness of a transaction is determined? E.g. if I book a flight on…
    - 4 hours ago Mar 26, 2015, 2:46pm -
  • newChase $300 Bonus on Checking with DD
    submitted by varun_v90 [link] [67 comments]
    - 5 hours ago Mar 26, 2015, 1:52pm -
  • newBritish Airways Visa Signature App + Recon Data Point
    I applied for this card earlier in the day and for the first time was not auto approved (760+ credit, clean history, one hard pull in the last three months, accounts in good standing with Chase since 2008) and got an email telling me to wait 10-30 da…
    - 6 hours ago Mar 26, 2015, 12:38pm -
  • newDoes a 1 month old hard pull count the same against my score as an 11 month old hard pull?
    I mean, will my score change over a two month period if I have the same utilization % and no hard pulls fall off during the period? Ignoring average age of credit, which would improve the score somewhat. This is relevant to me because I'm wondering i…
    - 12 hours ago Mar 26, 2015, 6:13am -
  • newCard I can apply for tonight and use immediately?
    I found out I need to charge about 2k for work expenses tomorrow and was wondering if there are any cards you can apply for and use immediately. I have a amex delta gold that gave me the card number before I got the card, so is this standard for all…
    - 15 hours ago Mar 26, 2015, 3:34am -
  • newBarclay Arrival+ Churn
    Hey everyone, I churned the Arrival+ last year (applied in January) and downgraded to the Arrival when it came time to pay the fee. If I want to get the signup bonus again, do I need to cancel the Arrival? Otherwise, would I just be left with an Arri…
    - 16 hours ago Mar 26, 2015, 2:48am -
  • newGot an 80k offer for the Chase Marriott Visa card in my inbox.
    $3k minimum spend, $85 AF not waived (vs. $1k spend and $0 AF for year 1, but that offer is currently 50k points). Thoughts? I don't recall them ever offering anything over 70k points. submitted by tmiw [link] [9 comments]
    - 17 hours ago Mar 26, 2015, 1:30am -
  • newPSA: Citi ThankYou Premier offering 3x dining & ent / 3x travel for first year on new apps (in addition to 50K bonus)
    not sure if this has been covered yet, but i was recently approved for a citi thankyou premier card. upon receiving the plastic, i noticed a provision in the welcome packet stating that due to the new award structure (transitioning in april from 3x o…
    - 22 hours ago Mar 25, 2015, 8:26pm -

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