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The Points Guy

  • newCan I Book Marriott Hotel + Air Packages Without Set Dates?
    TPG reader Kenneth sent me a message on Facebook to ask about Marriott Hotel + Air packages: “I’m thinking of booking a Marriott Hotel + Air package to get the Southwest Companion Pass, but I don’t have any upcoming stays planned. Can I buy th…
    - 16 hours ago Feb 7, 2016, 2:30pm -
  • newWhen Should I Pay Cash Rather Than Redeem Points?
    TPG reader Irka emailed me to ask about striking a balance between earning and redeeming points: “I stay with Hilton when I travel for work, so I tend to stick with Hilton properties when I travel for pleasure. Is there a simple formula for de…
    - 16 hours ago Feb 7, 2016, 2:00pm -
  • newCan I Use the Citi Prestige 4th Night Free Twice in One Stay?
    TPG reader Scott sent me a message on Facebook to ask about Citi Prestige benefits: “If I use the Citi Prestige card for a 10-night stay at a hotel, do I get both the fourth and eighth nights free?” Based on the emails and comments coming into…
    - 17 hours ago Feb 7, 2016, 1:30pm -
  • newShould I Earn SPG and Marriott Points While I Still Can?
    TPG reader Kavin emailed me to ask about strategizing for the Marriott-Starwood merger: “Should I sign up for both the Marriott Rewards Premier Card and the Starwood Preferred Guest Amex before the two programs merge?” There’s been both a lo…
    - 17 hours ago Feb 7, 2016, 1:00pm -
  • newDoes Chase Sapphire Trip Insurance Apply to Award Tickets?
    TPG reader Zach sent me a message on Facebook to ask about trip insurance: “I recently used AAdvantage miles for a flight, and paid the taxes using my Chase Sapphire Preferred card. Is the trip interruption/cancellation insurance through Chase s…
    - 18 hours ago Feb 7, 2016, 12:30pm -
  • 5 Things to do in Singapore on Your Next Trip to Southeast Asia
    While it boasts one of the highest-rated airports in the world, Singapore has plenty else to offer, from unique cuisine to diverse culture. Whether you have an upcoming layover or are currently planning a trip to Southeast Asia, check out TPG Contrib…
    - 1 day ago Feb 6, 2016, 6:30pm -
  • 10 Photos: New Orleans’ Historic French Quarter
    TPG Contributor Kelsy Chauvin returns to her spicy home state to share glimpses of the French Quarter, one of the most visited and historic districts in North America. (All photos were taken by the author — follow more of Kelsy’s travels on Inst…
    - 2 days ago Feb 6, 2016, 3:30pm -
  • TPGtv Premiere, Top Cards, Uber Credit & More
    Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new s…
    - 2 days ago Feb 6, 2016, 12:00pm -
  • The Rare Case When a Woman Gives Birth In Flight
    What happens to a baby if it’s born 35,000 feet in the air over the Pacific Ocean? Well, the answer isn’t so cut and dry. In fact, there isn’t even an answer that applies to every birth that happens in the skies. Most airlines set restrictions…
    - 2 days ago Feb 5, 2016, 9:45pm -
  • Citi Has A New Way to Redeem ThankYou Points
    Citi recently added another method for redeeming ThankYou points earned with cards like the Citi Prestige — but you might want to think twice before using it. Members will now be able to shop with an app called “Wonder,” which allows you to…
    - 2 days ago Feb 5, 2016, 8:15pm -

Frugal Travel Guy

  • newSuccess Story: A Family Cruise to The Caribbean Using Just Points!
    Over the years, we’ve had many readers share their success stories with us. Folks for whom traveling domestically once a year was a luxury are now traveling the world with just a few credit card sign-up bonuses. And the best part? They are sharing…
    - 22 hours ago Feb 7, 2016, 8:00am -
  • Looking Ahead to My 40th Birthday Getaway With the Guys
    The trip won’t take place for another three years but I’ve already started planning my 40th birthday getaway. During my college experience, I became a brother in Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity where I made and have some of the best friendships for w…
    - 2 days ago Feb 5, 2016, 8:00pm -
  • Planning An Epic Trip That Will Cost $515 + 81,000 Miles
    I like to combine cash tickets with miles to stretch my miles even further. Granted, I only do this when those cash fares that I mentioned ended up falling into the very cheap or insanely cheap categories. I planned two trips in 2014 around a $150 m…
    - 3 days ago Feb 5, 2016, 4:00pm -
  • Rick’s Picks: The Chase Credit Cards That I Can’t Leave Home Without
    I’ve been a big fan of Chase credit cards and their Ultimate Rewards program since its inception. In fact, their Ultimate Rewards cards are the Chase cards I carry in my wallet on a daily basis. My big category spending is travel and dining while…
    - 3 days ago Feb 5, 2016, 8:00am -
  • You Should Be Getting Travel Insurance Now, Not Later, to Prepare for Winter Storms
    Winter Storm Jonas has come and gone, leaving massive piles of snow across the eastern United States. Up and down the Eastern Seaboard, massive snowdrifts buried cars, roads and even halted public transportation in its tracks. Some areas received ove…
    - 3 days ago Feb 4, 2016, 11:00pm -
  • Narrowing Down The Credit Cards I’ll be Applying For This Year
    Applying for credit cards with great signup bonuses is the quickest way to earn a lot of points and miles quickly. As such, I have made a habit of applying for 2-4 credit cards three or four times a year depending on the offers that are currently ava…
    - 3 days ago Feb 4, 2016, 8:00pm -
  • How to Go on a Free Vacation Using Chase Sapphire Preferred Rewards
    If you told your friends that you just took a vacation that was entirely paid for with the rewards from a single credit card that you picked up a few months ago and they’ll likely scoff in disbelief. It is seemingly improbable that such value can b…
    - 3 days ago Feb 4, 2016, 7:01pm -
  • If You Fall Under Any of These Guidelines…You May Have Too Many Credit Cards
    When you pursue points, miles, and signup bonuses like it’s your part-time job, it’s inevitable that you’ll start building an enviable stack of cards. You’ll cancel some, of course, but you’ll probably keep quite a few of them for the long…
    - 4 days ago Feb 4, 2016, 8:00am -
  • 5 Main Factors to Consider When Booking a Hotel
    Regardless of where you’re traveling, choosing a hotel to stay at can be daunting. Hotel points open up so many opportunities, that choosing one property out of dozens (or hundreds, if you go the flexible rewards route) can be overwhelming. Don’t…
    - 4 days ago Feb 3, 2016, 11:00pm -
  • 10 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Wait To Travel
    People who put off traveling usually have endless reasons for doing so. They may want to wait until they can do it “right,” or believe that they can’t afford it and don’t have the time. There are pets to take care of, fears of potential dange…
    - 4 days ago Feb 3, 2016, 8:00pm -

View From the Wing

  • newTurkish Airlines Announces 2 New Destinations During the Superbowl: Gotham City and Metropolis
    Turkish Airlines is paying for a big marketing tie-in with Batman v. Superman. It's no ANA-Star Wars, but they've got a special livery on a Boeing 777 that's been flying Miami - Istanbul - Mumbai.Apparently business class menus and amenity kits on…
    - 5 hours ago Feb 8, 2016, 1:04am -
  • newAmazon Gift Card Deals Return!
    Amazon had some amazing gift card deals in the runup to the holidays. Now with Valentine's Day around the corner, they've got discounted gift cards again.Continue reading Amazon Gift Card Deals Return!...
    - 7 hours ago Feb 7, 2016, 11:21pm -
  • newNow Earn Miles for Breast Augmentation and Other Plastic Surgery
    You really can earn miles for everything. People will do crazy things for miles, and why not? They're the most successful marketing innovation of our time. Airlines rent their programs to motivate customers of others businesses, and earn billions…
    - 10 hours ago Feb 7, 2016, 8:15pm -
  • new2 Free Nights at Al Maha Desert Resort
    I'm going to visit Al Maha Desert Resort next month. Lucky called it his favorite Starwood Starpoints redemption ever. It's an all-inclusive with standalone villas and infinity pools in the desert outside Dubai where rates can exceed $1700 per nigh…
    - 13 hours ago Feb 7, 2016, 5:34pm -
  • newChris Christie Campaign Spent Over $1400 on an Uber Ride, Averages Over $200 Per Trip
    Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders barely use Uber. Hillary has fleets of limos paid for by Goldman Sachs isn't going to offend entrenched urban interests. Sanders walks (30 miles, backwards, in the snow).New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's campai…
    - 15 hours ago Feb 7, 2016, 3:04pm -
  • newFree Starwood Points and Instant Status Plus United Pre-Order Meals are Coming
    A roundup of the most important stories of the day. I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites – the latest news and tips.Continue reading Free Starwood Points and Instant Status Plus United Pre-Order Meals are Co…
    - 17 hours ago Feb 7, 2016, 1:04pm -
  • Airline Loses Thousands of Passengers While Employees Turn Violent
    Pakistan is required to privatize the PIA under terms of an IMF loan. Of course the longer that's put off, the more loss-making quarters private investors will realize.Employee protests have turned violent in clashes with police involving rubber bu…
    - 1 day ago Feb 6, 2016, 11:34pm -
  • GAME ON: United Adds 3-Cabin Service to Premium New York-West Coast Routes
    Los Angeles is a hyper-competitive market. There's no more high revenue market than New York - Los Angeles, with New York - San Francisco following it. That's why the routes are so competitive, not just with so many airlines offering service but al…
    - 1 day ago Feb 6, 2016, 8:34pm -
  • HURRY: Redeem American Miles West Coast to South America in Business Class for the Whole Family
    oneworld member LAN will be flying Los Angeles to Santiago, Chile (where they have a whole route network beyond to elsewhere in the region) 3 times a week between October 16 and March 25 operated by a Boeing 787. The aircraft offers 2-2-2 fully flat…
    - 2 days ago Feb 6, 2016, 6:04pm -
  • 2-for-1 Hawaii Tickets from 110 Cities in North America
    Virgin America has a 2-for-1 sale on San Francisco - Honolulu and Maui flights in economy for a limited set of dates, and it's pretty good.That's from San Francisco only, but you can actually get 2-for-1 tickets to Hawaii from 110 different cities a…
    - 2 days ago Feb 6, 2016, 3:04pm -

One Mile at a Time

  • new9 Amazing Airline Lounge Amenities
    I love a good airport lounge, and think some of the better ones can be destinations in and of themselves. I've written in the past about the world's seven best first class airline lounges, and also about the five best airline lounges in the US.I fig…
    - 9 hours ago Feb 7, 2016, 9:13pm -
  • newReview: Al Maha Desert Resort Dubai Dining
    Al Maha is an all inclusive resort, meaning each guest in entitled to three meals per day. You can either eat in the hotel's main restaurant, Al Diwaan, or otherwise in your room. In the restaurant, meals are available at the following hours:-- Brea…
    - 13 hours ago Feb 7, 2016, 5:55pm -
  • newReview: Al Maha Bedouin Suite
    I'll say it right off the bat -- I loved Al Maha Resort, the Starwood Luxury Collection property just outside of Dubai. It was one of my favorite uses of Starpoints ever.To back up a bit, ordinarily redeeming points at this property is outrageously…
    - 18 hours ago Feb 7, 2016, 12:33pm -
  • Weekly Review: February 6, 2016
    Happy Saturday!This was a fairly low-key week, with most of my time spent blogging and catching up on trip reports. I was able to meet up with my dad in Los Angeles for a few days, and it was fun showing him around the city.This was really the calm…
    - 1 day ago Feb 6, 2016, 9:33pm -
  • Review: Six Senses Zighy Bay Activities & Dining
    In the last installment I shared the details of the villa we had at the Six Senses Zighy Bay in Oman. In this installment I'll talk about what we did during our time there, and my overall impressions of the resort.The resort has a total of 82 villas…
    - 1 day ago Feb 6, 2016, 7:34pm -
  • $1,100 New York To London Business Class Fares
    It has been a while since I've written about La Compagnie, the all business class airline flying between New York and London/Paris.Now that their operations seem to have stabilized quite a bit (unlike when they were flying chartered planes between N…
    - 2 days ago Feb 6, 2016, 6:08pm -
  • Great Deal: LAN Business Class Awards From Los Angeles To Santiago
    Several days ago I wrote about LAN restarting 3x weekly nonstop flights between Los Angeles and Santiago. As of now the route has just been announced for the peak season, between October 16, 2016, and March 25, 2017, but I imagine it has the potentia…
    - 2 days ago Feb 6, 2016, 4:36pm -
  • I Learned Something New: Aircraft Swaps Qualify As Schedule Changes
    Yesterday I wrote a post about an issue several readers are facing, where American is changing the equipment on the Los Angeles to Shanghai route as of June. The flight is being swapped from a 787 to an old configuration 777, meaning passengers are g…
    - 2 days ago Feb 6, 2016, 3:32pm -
  • 2-For-1 Tickets To Hawaii On Virgin America
    Virgin America is presently offering a 2-for-1 sale for tickets to Hawaii. The available dates are somewhat limited, but I'm sure some people will find this to be valuable.The promotion is valid for nonstop travel between San Francisco and Honolulu/…
    - 2 days ago Feb 6, 2016, 1:47am -
  • Alaska Introduces Elite Rollover Miles (Targeted)
    Usually I don't write about targeted offers, since you're not eligible if you didn't receive this offer by email. I'm writing about a targeted offer in this instance because it represents an interesting development for a program as a whole.Alaska Ai…
    - 2 days ago Feb 5, 2016, 11:40pm -

The Frequent Miler

  • newIt’s not too late – Deals still alive as of 2/07/2016
    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…
    - 14 hours ago Feb 7, 2016, 4:00pm -
  • Connecting the Dots on Prepaid Cards, iConsumer Interview, Removed from Portals & 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 Connecting the Dots – Strategies and best practices for moving beyo…
    - 1 day ago Feb 6, 2016, 10:00pm -
  • Update on Citi Retention, JetBlue Credit Card Strategy, Detained While Manufacturing Spend & 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 My Strange Citi Retention Call & Insights About Their New Retention Process – Citi seems…
    - 2 days ago Feb 6, 2016, 2:00pm -
  • Bet You Didn’t Know: Retrieving Online Itemized Receipts For Rental Car Tolls
    By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate…   Every time I rent a car, it happens. A day or two after I’ve returned the vehicle, the rental charge appears on my credit card bill. It’s roughly the expected amount, give or take a few bucks that ar…
    - 3 days ago Feb 5, 2016, 11:25am -
  • What happened to
    Recently, became the place to buy Visa gift cards.  With Simply Best Coupons offering 1.5% cash back and iCoupons offering 1.6% cash back, one could get back all of the purchase fee and most of the shipping fee when buying $500 Visa gi…
    - 3 days ago Feb 4, 2016, 8:03pm -
  • A good use for Hilton free night certs — in Connecticut
    The Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card has a very good signup bonus: 2 Free Weekend Nights after $2,500 spend. Each year, you can get another free weekend night by spending $10,000 on your card.  Those weekend nights can be used at almost any Hilton p…
    - 4 days ago Feb 4, 2016, 11:25am -
  • Can iConsumer really deliver cash + shares? My interview with iConsumer’s founder.
    A new cash back portal, iConsumer, made a big splash last month by offering some of the best cash back rates around.  Some examples include: 8% cash back for Ebay (briefly 16%!) and 32% cash back for 1800Flowers. Many of those great rates were due t…
    - 5 days ago Feb 3, 2016, 11:15am -
  • Referral links are back. Here’s why.
    I started this blog in September 2011 as a hobby.  I was terrifically excited about the travel hacking “game” and I wanted to share it with friends and family.  A couple of months later, I learned about credit card affiliate links.  I didn’t…
    - 6 days ago Feb 2, 2016, 11:25am -
  • Connecting the Dots
    Following the widespread shutdowns Amex inflicted on Bluebird and Serve cardholders, people are rushing to find alternatives.  There are many manufactured spend opportunities that do not involve prepaid cards, but for those who prefer to stick with…
    - 7 days ago Feb 1, 2016, 11:25am -
  • It’s not too late – Deals still alive as of 1/31/2016
    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…
    - 8 days ago Jan 31, 2016, 4:00pm -

The Flight Deal

The Free-quent Flyer

  • Thinking about buying HHonors points for 0.56 cents each? Read this first.
    I couldn't help but notice as I recently skimmed my RSS subscriptions that Hilton HHonors is running a promotion offering an 80% bonus on purchased HHonors points until 11:59 pm, Eastern time, on February 8, 2016.That means you can buy 80,000 HHonors…
    - 4 days ago Feb 4, 2016, 10:59am -
  • FoundersCard: the single most expensive way to buy Hilton HHonors Gold status
    There are smart, thoughtful guys who think loyalty programs are a scam and the best way to made clear-headed decisions is to opt out of the loyalty economy completely.Then there are Thought Leaders From Behind who respond that while it's possible for…
    - 6 days ago Feb 1, 2016, 7:53pm -
  • On communities and responsibilities
    I try not to get too worked up over other bloggers' behavior. If you want to throw up a generic Wordpress template with a affiliate link, you'll never hear a peep out of me.Of course, I make an exception for the very small number of c…
    - 10 days ago Jan 29, 2016, 3:42am -
  • Easy wins: Saint Kitts edition

    - 13 days ago Jan 26, 2016, 10:59am -
  • Entitlement is only the start of a loyalty conversation
    Sometimes travel hacking is about figuring out what you're entitled to and how to get it. It's not unusual to read blog posts about Starwood Preferred Guest elites searching for suites right up until the minute they check in, to make sure that the fr…
    - 17 days ago Jan 22, 2016, 10:59am -
  • Your humble blogger's IHG Rewards Club Priceless Surprises datapoints
    Since November, IHG Rewards Club has been running a promotion called "Priceless Surprises." Under the terms of that promotion each time you stay at an IHG Rewards property, starting with your second stay, you are entered into a sweepstakes to earn at…
    - 18 days ago Jan 21, 2016, 10:59am -
  • Comparative advantages of Hyatt and Hilton: beach edition
    [editor's note: my worthless MacBook Pro has finally stopped working completely, so I'm using an aged clamshell laptop for my blogging this week. Grammar and punctuation will suffer, and pictures will be minimal/nonexistent.]Since getting a tier matc…
    - 19 days ago Jan 20, 2016, 10:59am -
  • On false economy
    [editor's note: my worthless MacBook Pro has finally stopped working completely, so I'm using an aged clamshell laptop for my blogging this week. Grammar and punctuation will suffer, and pictures will be minimal/nonexistent.]After dropping off my Mac…
    - 20 days ago Jan 19, 2016, 10:59am -
  • Done with Delta (SkyMiles)
    [editor's note: my worthless Macbook Pro has finally stopped working completely, so I'm using an aged clamshell laptop for my blogging this week. Grammar and punctuation will suffer, and pictures will be minimal/nonexistent.]I had an enlightening mom…
    - 21 days ago Jan 18, 2016, 10:59am -
  • The Grand Hyatt New York is a weird hotel
    Last weekend my partner and I went to New York City to see Hamilton, the hit new Broadway musical. As a newly minted Diamond member of Hyatt Gold Passport, I decided to book us at the Grand Hyatt New York and see what all the Hyatt fuss is about.Befo…
    - 25 days ago Jan 14, 2016, 5:11pm -

Well Traveled Mile

  • Top 10 Best Credit Card Sign-up Bonus Offers for February 2016
    I’ve consistently earned hundreds of thousands of airline miles and hotel points every year without paying out of pocket for a single flight. The best part is that I did this just from credit card sign-up bonuses that give out lucrative bonuses for…
    - 3 days ago Feb 5, 2016, 4:16pm -
  • Quick Deals: Hilton Surpass 85k, Barclaycard JetBlue, $20 Uber Credit
    American Express just bumped up the sign-up bonus on the Hilton Surpass to a all-time high of 85,000 points. This is a solid off on the card if you have not earned the bonus yet (remember Amex’s one bonus per card rule). Barclaycard released detail…
    - 5 days ago Feb 3, 2016, 6:03pm -
  • 7 Best Backpacks for Travel and Backpacking
    There are many different types of travel bags available in the market, each designed for a specific purpose. The reality is that each type–roller bags, daypacks, duffel bags, carry-on, backpacks–serves a different type of traveler better than oth…
    - 12 days ago Jan 27, 2016, 11:14am -
  • Kudos to Club Carlson & Why They Just Handed Me 141K Points
    Recently I received an email from a Club Carlson hotel which I booked three stays at using the 2-for-1 award night benefit. I made the reservations back in April before Club Carlson dumped it’s bonus award night benefit that was offered on their co…
    - 13 days ago Jan 25, 2016, 7:22pm -
  • 5 Best Lightweight & Packable Sleeping Bags for Travel
    If you’re planning travel and want to throw in some adventures or camping packing a lightweight and packable sleeping bag is an an essential piece of gear. Heck, maybe you just want to make sure you stay warm or don’t trust the hostels sheets! I…
    - 23 days ago Jan 16, 2016, 3:46am -
  • Last Chance for Quick & Easy Hilton Status Match (+ My Experience)
    Today is the last day to take advantage of Hilton’s official status match. Hilton is offering a generous and easy match to your status with any other hotel program. If you have top-tier status with any other program I would jump on as it only takes…
    - 28 days ago Jan 11, 2016, 12:15pm -
  • Top 10 Best Credit Card Sign-up Bonus Offers For December 2015
    Every month I’ll post the top 10 best current credit card sign-up offers and update the list throughout the month if offers change. You can always check out my credit cards page for other top cards, but since the best credit card offers are al…
    - 63 days ago Dec 7, 2015, 1:38pm -
  • Major American Airlines Award Chart Devaluation Coming in 2016
    With the American Airlines and US Airways merger an award chart devaluation at some point was sure to occur. Now, on the heels of making revenue based changes American Airlines just announced an award chart devaluation. Across the board the devaluati…
    - 82 days ago Nov 17, 2015, 9:02pm -
  • Chase Increasing Offers: Sapphire Preferred 55,000 Points & Freedom 15,000 Points
    Via the Frequent Miler blog, Chase is set to increase the sign-up bonuses on both the Sapphire Preferred and the Freedom credit cards. The sign-up bonus on the Sapphire Preferred card is expected to increase to a total of 55,000 points and the Freedo…
    - 95 days ago Nov 5, 2015, 9:59am -
  • 60,000 Ink Plus & 30,000 Ink Cash Sign-up Bonuses Are Back
    Chase increased the sign-up bonus for its Ink Plus business cards to 60,000 Ultimate Rewards bonus points. This is an additional 10,000 bonus points over the normal 50,000 offer. The bonus on the Ink Cash business credit card also bumped up by 10,…
    - Oct 16, 2015, 1:30pm -


  • Free Giveaway Friday: $51 Southwest Gift Card

    - 3 days ago Feb 5, 2016, 5:10pm -
  • American Airlines Finally Releasing Business Class on New Zealand Route
    ADVERTISER DISCLOSURE (click for more info). American Airlines starts flying between Los Angeles and Auckland daily on June 23, 2016 with a Dreamliner. The American Airlines Dreamliner has no First Class, but Business Class features flat beds in a 1-…
    - 3 days ago Feb 5, 2016, 3:24pm -
  • Tons of Japan Airlines First Class Award Space Open
    ADVERTISER DISCLOSURE (click for more info). Japan Airlines has released incredible First Class award space from the United States to Tokyo and beyond that you can book for only 62,500 American Airlines miles. Between Chicago or New York and Tokyo, …
    - 3 days ago Feb 5, 2016, 2:34am -
  • 25% Off Awards to Europe, Israel, Morocco for Spring Travel
    ADVERTISER DISCLOSURE (click for more info). Flying Blue–the loyalty program of Air France/KLM, Air Europa, Kenya Airways, and TAROM Romanian–has released its newest Promo Awards that let you fly from select American cities to anywhere in Europe…
    - 4 days ago Feb 4, 2016, 4:08pm -
  • Citi Prestige 50,000 ThankYou Points, $250 Airfare Credit, Worldwide Lounge Access
    ADVERTISER DISCLOSURE (click for more info). It is now February, which is a better time to get the card than December or January, so I’ve updated the post with my current analysis. The Citi Prestige® Card now comes with 50,000 bonus ThankYou Poin…
    - 4 days ago Feb 4, 2016, 6:10am -
  • Isn’t Showing Qantas Award Space
    ADVERTISER DISCLOSURE (click for more info). In Where to Search Award Space for All American Airlines Partners, I suggest searching Qantas award space on because displays Qantas award space. Don’t search Qantas award space on,…
    - 4 days ago Feb 3, 2016, 10:47pm -
  • How to Use United Expert Mode
    ADVERTISER DISCLOSURE (click for more info). United has a setting you can activate called Expert Mode that allows you to see how many seats are in each fare bucket on a given flight. I mentioned it first in “Booking Two Tickets on the Same United…
    - 5 days ago Feb 3, 2016, 3:55pm -
  • Plane Change Leads to International First Class Awards on These Domestic Routes
    ADVERTISER DISCLOSURE (click for more info). In the Spring, United is moving its internationally configured 777-200 onto one daily flight on these three domestic routes: Newark to San Francisco: April 5 – May 4 San Francisco to Newark: April 6 –…
    - 5 days ago Feb 3, 2016, 1:58pm -
  • Buy American Airlines Miles for 2 Cents Each This Week (and Beat the Devaluation)
    ADVERTISER DISCLOSURE (click for more info). American Airlines is offering a 10% discount and 42,500 bonus miles  on the purchase of miles through February 8, 2016.You can now buy 142,500 American Airlines miles including bonus for $2,884 or 2.02 ce…
    - 5 days ago Feb 2, 2016, 10:37pm -
  • Buy Hilton Points for 0.56 Cents This Week. Good Deal?
    ADVERTISER DISCLOSURE (click for more info). Through February 8, 2016, you can buy Hilton HHonors points with an 80% bonus.   Hilton points normally cost 1 cent each. With the 80% bonus, the price drops to 0.56 cents per point. If you buy the maxi…
    - 6 days ago Feb 2, 2016, 1:23pm -

Frequent Flier

  • For One Uber Rival, It’s the End of the Road
    Long ago we conceived of the technology that gave rise to the rideshare movement. And nearly four years ago we invented what is now known as “ridesharing” with an app that connected riders with everyday drivers in their personal vehicle. ... Read…
    - 38 days ago Dec 31, 2015, 7:46pm -
  • Attention HHonors Members: Hilton Award-Price Changes
    Early last year, Hilton made a significant change to the way it communicates changes to the prices for award stays at its hotels: Instead of an annual announcement of all award-price changes for the coming year, Hilton would henceforth “be ... Read…
    - 39 days ago Dec 31, 2015, 6:24pm -
  • The Year’s 10 Biggest Travel Stories
    It’s been yet another eventful year for travel, with plenty of drama on multiple fronts. Based on well over 1 million pages viewed by readers, here are the year’s 10 most-read blog posts: 1. The Airline with the Best Award-Seat ... Read More
    - 39 days ago Dec 30, 2015, 10:40pm -
  • Oscar-Winning Actor Bashes Hoverboard Ban
    Just when you thought the hoverboard kerfuffle had played itself out, no less a media heavyweight than Russell Crowe has launched the issue back into the headlines. Apparently unaware of the wide-ranging ban on transporting hoverboards on commercial…
    - 40 days ago Dec 30, 2015, 6:22pm -
  • The World’s 10 Most Valuable Airline Brands
    If you asked me to list the world’s most valuable airline brands, I’d mention, in no particular order, Singapore Airlines, Southwest, JetBlue, Lufthansa, and two or three others. They’d be the select few airlines which, fairly or not, seem to .…
    - 40 days ago Dec 29, 2015, 7:57pm -
  • Twister Seats: Hope for Coach-Class Comfort?
    Review the recent literature on new airline-seating designs and you might conclude that all the design industry’s resources were being directed either toward ludicrously luxe lie-flat first-class beds (or suites), or, at the opposite end of the com…
    - 40 days ago Dec 29, 2015, 6:45pm -
  • New from Hilton: ‘Little Extras’
    Taking a page from the airlines’ revenue-optimization playbook, Hilton is offering travelers a little something extra, for a little more money. Customers who opt to pay extra for a Little Extras Upgrade at participating DoubleTree hotels will recei…
    - 41 days ago Dec 28, 2015, 7:26pm -
  • Win a 4-Night Trip for 4 to London (including Tea Tasting)
    Enter the Twinings Tea “Twinings of London” sweepstakes by January 31, 2016, for a chance to win the grand prize: a trip for four to London, including air, four nights’ hotel, and a tea tasting with Stephen Twining at The ... Read More
    - 42 days ago Dec 28, 2015, 4:39pm -
  • Farewell and Thanks: My Final Week at…
    A long time ago, in a galaxy not so far, far away, I launched a website. This website: It was 1997. I was managing loyalty marketing for a major international airline. The airline industry was in the midst of ... Read More
    - 42 days ago Dec 28, 2015, 4:28pm -
  • Weekly Recap: Best Airports, Silvercar Discounts, & 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…
    - 44 days ago Dec 26, 2015, 5:52pm -

Travel is Free

  • Everything You Need To Know About IHG PointBreaks
    PointBreaks is the best hotel promotion and it comes re […]The post Everything You Need To Know About IHG PointBreaks appeared first on Travel is Free.
    - 12 days ago Jan 27, 2016, 12:28am -
  • IHG PointBreaks for Jan 25 – Apr 30, 2016
    The PointBreaks list is out, bookable Jan 25 for stays […]The post IHG PointBreaks for Jan 25 – Apr 30, 2016 appeared first on Travel is Free.
    - 14 days ago Jan 24, 2016, 11:17pm -
  • Breaking Down The Costs of Living In Luxury Hotels For All 2015
    Another calendar year traveling the world, and living i […]The post Breaking Down The Costs of Living In Luxury Hotels For All 2015 appeared first on Travel is Free.
    - 19 days ago Jan 19, 2016, 10:44pm -
  • Our 9 Favorite Hotels of 2015
    I started to combine my annual hotel expenses post with […]The post Our 9 Favorite Hotels of 2015 appeared first on Travel is Free.
    - 33 days ago Jan 6, 2016, 5:31pm -

Frequent Flyer Bonuses

Million Mile Secrets

  • newWhat’s the Best Card for Airport Parking?
    Million Mile Secrets reader, Ali, tweeted: Which is the best credit card to use to pay for airport parking? When you travel frequently, airport parking gets expensive!  So it’s a good idea to make sure you’re getting rewarded for your spending…
    - 13 hours ago Feb 7, 2016, 5:00pm -
  • newHave a Big Expense Coming Up? Consider These Cards
    Million Mile Secrets reader, Ryan, tweeted: I’m making a $5,500 purchase soon. Which credit card should I sign-up for to get the best deal? Great question, Ryan! Major expenses like home improvement projects, weddings, small business purchases, a…
    - 21 hours ago Feb 7, 2016, 9:30am -
  • newAre There Any Debit Cards That Earn Miles, Points, and Cash Back?
    Million Mile Secrets reader, John, commented: I was curious – are there no more debit card rewards programs out there or do you not really focus on those since the points you collect from credit card rewards are just that much … Continue reading…
    - 21 hours ago Feb 7, 2016, 9:00am -
  • Blog Giveaway: You Can Still Enter to Win $1,000 in Visa Gift Cards!
    Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook or Twitter! We’re giving away $1,000 in Visa gift cards!  And you can enter to win every day through February 27, 2016, at 9:00 pm Central Time. There will only be 1 winner!  And the more … Continue re…
    - 2 days ago Feb 6, 2016, 7:00am -
  • Jet Set to Jaipur Giveaway Winners!
    Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook or Twitter! Thanks to everyone who entered to win our Jaipur trip report giveaway. Congratulations to: Rashida – you’ve won: Tribal tote bag Hand-rolled flower paper envelopes Assorted peacock notecards…
    - 2 days ago Feb 6, 2016, 6:30am -

Nomadic Matt

  • 43 Travel Questions and My (Attempted) Answers
    You asked and I answered! In this big Q&A post, I answer your burning questions - covering everything from visa questions, travel recommendations, and more. There's a lot of good stuff in here, consisting of the kind of information that doesn't warra…
    - 4 days ago Feb 4, 2016, 2:00pm -
  • My (Non-Existent) Itinerary in South America (or How I’m Dealing With My Anxiety)
    Ever juggle too many projects? I'm trying to do eight things while traveling and it's been hard to maintain. In an effort to create more balance in my life, I'm making a change: no more timetables, no more deadlines. Change is coming and it is coming…
    - 7 days ago Feb 1, 2016, 2:22pm -
  • Visiting Isaan: Adventures Through Rural Thailand
    Thailand's Isaan region is one of the most under-visited parts of the country and travelers tend to pass through or skip it altogether. But Isaan will exceed all of your expectations if you let it and is a places where you can get off the trail and s…
    - 11 days ago Jan 28, 2016, 12:00pm -
  • My (Current) Ultimate List of Travel Movies
    Sometimes wanderlust needs to be nurtured and the best way to do it is through film. The greatest movies are the ones that get you itching to pack a bag and head out into the world. This Ultimate List of Travel Movies will inspire you to get off the…
    - 13 days ago Jan 26, 2016, 1:41pm -
  • NOW OPEN: The Ultimate Travel Blogging Course
    My blogging course is now fully open to students! Become a successful travel blogger that will stand the test of time and sweep past your competition. If you ever wanted to know how I've grown my empire, how to build a business, and how to create a t…
    - 18 days ago Jan 21, 2016, 2:27pm -
  • Why this Family Took Their Teens on an Epic RTW Adventure
    The Schwarzes are a middle class family from Iowa that made travel a priority. With two kids in tow, they set out on a round-the-world trip. In this post, they explain how family travel is feasible and share their advice for other families out there!…
    - 21 days ago Jan 18, 2016, 3:15pm -
  • The Foolproof Guide to Staying in Shape While Traveling
    Steve Kamb, creator of Nerd Fitness and author of "Level Up Your Life" gives in-depth advice on how to stay fit while on the road. Included is a workout you can do anywhere, guidelines on how to party, and how to eat without going overboard. If you w…
    - 25 days ago Jan 14, 2016, 2:00pm -
  • The Secret Pool of Kuang Si Waterfall
    Kuang Si waterfall in Luang Prabang is a breathtaking waterfall you shouldn't miss. It was the most beautiful thing I saw during my entire visit to the country. It was gorgeous - almost fairylike. This is the story of my day there and how I came acro…
    - 28 days ago Jan 11, 2016, 2:00pm -
  • My 18 Current Favorite Restaurants in Europe
    After exploring Europe quite a bit last year and gorging on food, these are my new favorite 18 restaurants around the continent. They are definitely places you don't want to miss the next time you travel Europe. The post My 18 Current Favorite Resta…
    - 35 days ago Jan 4, 2016, 2:00pm -
  • The Cost of Traveling Laos
    Laos is one of the most popular destinations for travelers in Southeast Asia but a bit more expensive than you think. However, there is still value to be found. This article breaks down the prices and gives you tips on how to save money in the count…
    - 42 days ago Dec 28, 2015, 2:02pm -

The Hustle Blog

  • Last Few Days to Earn 10x Points at Amazon & More via Chase Freedom
    Just a reminder that if you’ve activated this offer from Chase, there are only a few more days to spend up to $1,500 at Amazon, Zappos, Audible & and get 10 Ultimate Rewards per dollar spent. Since I do too much shopping at Amazon and I…
    - 41 days ago Dec 28, 2015, 6:30pm -
  • Citi ThankYou Premier – 60,000 ThankYou Points
    UPDATE 1:50 PM EST: Another link is still up! UPDATE 1:25 PM EST: Original link DEAD! Thank to US Credit Card Guide, the best offer we’ve ever seen for the Citi ThankYou Premier credit card has been discovered! Using this link, you can earn the fo…
    - Aug 28, 2015, 2:45pm -
  • Amex Offer – Spend $300 on Airfare, Get $50 Back
    I just came across this offer while going through my wife’s American Express offers. She seems to get the better ones that I don’t get on either my EveryDay Preferred or Starwood Preferred Guest Business card. Get a one-time $50 statement credit…
    - Jul 22, 2015, 11:00am -
  • Q3 Rotating Bonuses – Chase Freedom & Discover IT
    New quarter, new bonuses! These bonuses will run through September 30, 2015. Chase Freedom Activate here. Most gas stations have gift card racks so this should be an easy $1,500 to spend this quarter. Gas stations Kohl’s Discover IT Activate here.…
    - Jul 1, 2015, 5:20pm -
  • (Dead) Fare Alert: EWR-MEX $140 Round Trip
    UPDATE: Looks like it’s gone as of 12:21 AM EST. Damn, better luck next time folks! As I was randomly browsing flights tonight, I came across what seems like a very cheap fare to Mexico City from Newark. This has to be a mistake since it’s a full…
    - May 30, 2015, 4:00am -
  • Don’t Forget to Track Car Rental Reservations with AutoSlash
    Some people think car rentals can be a lengthy process. For me, I try to keep it as simple as possible. You have two options to use AutoSlash. Search for a car using their site Make your booking elsewhere & use AutoSlash to find better rates The pro…
    - Apr 1, 2015, 11:00am -
  • Last Chance at Chase Freedom Q1 Categories
    As we come up on the end of March, we also come to the end of the first quarter of 2015. With that comes the end of the Chase Freedom 5% bonus categories – grocery stores, movie theaters & Starbucks. Be sure to get all your Q1 spend in by March 31!…
    - Mar 30, 2015, 11:00am -
  • 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 -



  • 2 More Chances For Romance
    Thanks to a few of you for sending these 1-800-Flowers deals after yesterday’s post… Get 1750 Southwest points when you spend 30 bucks. Or pick up the same number of JetBlue points using code TB1750. If you pay with an American Express card, ch…
    - 3 days ago Feb 5, 2016, 8:50am -
  • Miles For Romantics
    Turn on the Marvin Gaye, light some candles, and get those Valentine’s Day flowers ordered. Oh, and collect some miles from FTD while you’re at it… 35 Delta miles per dollar spent 30 from United (bonus 250 if you have their credit card) 30 fr…
    - 4 days ago Feb 4, 2016, 8:53am -
  • Surpass Bonus
    Hilton’s Surpass card from is back with a strong 85,000-point offer. As always, with American Express cards, make sure you read the terms if you’ve had the card before.
    - 5 days ago Feb 3, 2016, 9:00am -
  • Uber Free Ride For Existing Users
    You guys know I’m a sucker for Uber deals… Looks like people with a Visa card saved in their Uber account are getting this $20 ride credit offer. Open up your app and see if it pops up. In less profitable (but more cute) Uber news, the puppies ar…
    - 6 days ago Feb 2, 2016, 8:59am -
  • 2 Card Updates
    Thanks to reader Scott for sending both of these: 50,000 points for Citibank’s ThankYou Premier card is here. And I’ve heard this one more a few people lately – 80,000 points from IHG.
    - 7 days ago Feb 1, 2016, 9:08am -
  • 3,000 Miles For Hotel Bookings
    If you’re new to Rocketmiles or Kaligo, pick up 3,000 miles if you book a stay today. Have a great weekend, nerds!
    - 10 days ago Jan 29, 2016, 9:53am -
  • Money Order Questions
    For whatever reason, I got a bunch of emails yesterday about structuring and depositing money orders. Instead of responding to the questions individually, I thought I’d do it as a post. Here are my answers: First, I’m not a lawyer. If you d…
    - 11 days ago Jan 28, 2016, 9:41am -
  • DirecTV Offers Ending
    VERY observant reader Phil let me know that the DirecTV offers (30,000 miles from United or 25,000 from American) are ending today. Will the offers be extended as they have in the past? I would guess so, but can’t say for sure.
    - 12 days ago Jan 27, 2016, 10:05am -
  • 50,000 American Miles For Checking Account
    Thanks to Mark and a bunch of you for reaching out about the reappearance of this popular Citibank deal. Use code WD3QFS2Y4C and enter it here. Many of you sent a link from the master of these types of offers and I’m sure all the small print deta…
    - 13 days ago Jan 26, 2016, 8:52am -
  • Latest PointBreaks
    It’s not the best selection we’ve seen from IHG, but their PointBreaks hotels are still a great value. As always, 5,000 points per night is hard to beat.
    - 14 days ago Jan 25, 2016, 8:51am -

Doctor of Credit

Hustler Money Blog

  • New Sandy Spring Bank $25 Referral Bonus
    Sandy Spring Bank $25 Referral Bonus: If you live in Maryland or Virginia and you know someone who needs a new checking account, you should refer them to Sandy Spring Bank so you can receive a $25 Cash Bonus. As long as you have your own …
    - 56 days ago Dec 13, 2015, 11:00pm -
  • Fort Worth Community Credit Union Care Checking Review: $125 Promotion
    For residents of Fort Worth, Texas, you can earn an opportunity to receive a $125 maximum bonus, when you open a Care (Free) Checking account with Fort Worth Community Credit Union. When you open a checking account, you will also receive No Monthl…
    - 56 days ago Dec 13, 2015, 10:36pm -
  • New Astoria Bank $50 Checking Bonus
    Astoria Bank $250 Bonus Offer: Those of you living in New York have the chance to earn a $50 Bonus after signing up for any checking account from Astoria Bank. When you open a new checking account, they will automatically deposit $50 after yo…
    - 56 days ago Dec 13, 2015, 9:00pm -
  • Dell Free $200 eGift Card Bonus with Vizio 55″ HDTV Purchase
    Dell offers a Free $200 eGift Card Bonus when you purchase the 55″ Vizio D55u-D1 4K Smart 120Hz LED HDTV with free Wall Mount for $670.99, promotion ends December 14, 2015. Shipping is free for this item.  Don’t forget to sign up for Dell Adv…
    - 57 days ago Dec 13, 2015, 4:10pm -
  • Samsung Pay $200 Free Gift Code
    Samsung Pay offers $200 Free Gift Code when you activate the app on any eligible Galaxy smartphone, add a compatible card and submit a claim, promotion available through January 20, 2016. If you lease or purchase a Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+, S6…
    - 57 days ago Dec 13, 2015, 3:07pm -
  • Hot Deals – KitchenAid Professional 600 Series 6-Quart Stand Mixer, The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki, RAVPower Compact Car Jump Starter
    Looking for the hottest deals on Laptops, T.Vs, Computers, Cell Phones, household appliances, and other electronic items? Today we have the KitchenAid Professional 600 Series 6-Quart Stand Mixer, The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki, RAVPower Compa…
    - 57 days ago Dec 13, 2015, 2:02pm -
  • New Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card Review: 50,000 Bonus Points
    If hotels stays become a norm and you find yourself favoring a particular brand, a hotel credit card may be advantageous and very rewarding. Carefully research your options because there are many to choose from. However, do consider the Marriott Re…
    - 57 days ago Dec 12, 2015, 11:14pm -
  • New Salem Five Bank $100 Checking Bonus
    Salem Five Bank $100 Bonus Offer: Anyone can earn a $100 Bonus after signing up for a Star, Gold Star, or eOne Checking/Savings combo account from Salem Five Bank. You can receive this bonus as long as you open an eligible account, follow the…
    - 57 days ago Dec 12, 2015, 11:00pm -
  • New Apple Bank $100 Checking Bonus
    Apple Bank $100 Bonus Offer: If you live in New York and you’re looking for a new checking account, you should sign up with Apple Bank so you can earn a $100 Bonus. When you open a new ExtraValue Checking or Grand Yield Now Checking accoun…
    - 57 days ago Dec 12, 2015, 9:00pm -
  • HomeStreet Bank Select Checking Review: $200 Promotion
    If you live in Hawaii, Oregon, or Washington, and you need a checking account with no monthly fees or minimum balance requirement, then open a SelectPlus or Select Checking account with HomeStreet Bank to have an opportunity to earn a $200 cash b…
    - 57 days ago Dec 12, 2015, 6:41pm -

Travel Codex

  • I Was Detained By The Police For Manufactured Spending
    Disclaimer: I was at no time arrested. Anything you read on this post is indicative of a personal experience that occurred and should not be used as advice. This is a true story and it should be read as just a story.  Background As many of you know,…
    - 4 days ago Feb 4, 2016, 3:00pm -
  • Citi Makes ThankYou Rewards Easier to Understand
    Citi’s ThankYou Rewards program is one of my main credit card rewards programs, and also my longest tenured program – I’ve been a member for almost 8 years now.  In recent years, the value of ThankYou Points has actually increased. I used to v…
    - 6 days ago Feb 2, 2016, 12:05pm -
  • United to Launch Non-Stop Service to Singapore with Boeing Dreamliner
    Singapore is a major hub for international trade and finance. Singapore Airlines staked out a strong position in the city-state before the current era of Middle East carriers began increasing the competition, but every airline — Delta, Singapore,…
    - 9 days ago Jan 29, 2016, 9:58pm -
  • The Ultimate Guide to Delta Air Lines Upgrade Rules
    Today I’m wrapping up my series on upgrade policies for domestic carriers in the United States. I’ve had fun and learned a lot as I poke around through the fine print. It’s not that I didn’t know all the answers before, just as I’m sure al…
    - 9 days ago Jan 29, 2016, 8:04pm -
  • Watch the Boeing 737 MAX Make Its First Flight in Seattle
    Sometime in the next 15 to 45 minutes, Boeing will operate the first test flight of the 737 MAX here in the Pacific Northwest. The clock is counting down to 9:00 AM although weather could impact the actual departure time. You can follow along with…
    - 10 days ago Jan 29, 2016, 4:48pm -
  • Stay at SLS Las Vegas to Earn Bonus Points, a Free Night, or Uber Credit
    Starwood has been heavily promoting the SLS Las Vegas hotel since it announced a new partnership with the property late last year. This is partly because it’s one of a handful Tribute Portfolio hotels, a new brand that Starwood unveiled about th…
    - 10 days ago Jan 28, 2016, 11:42pm -
  • The Ultimate Guide to American Airlines Upgrade Rules

    - 11 days ago Jan 28, 2016, 2:30pm -
  • Are Ultimate Rewards Best Used for Buying Airfare Now?
    From the desk of the Devil’s Advocate…   Recently I’ve been criticizing Chase Ultimate Rewards, writing about how they’re falling behind many of the other major bank programs such as Citi ThankYou and Amex Membership Rewards. I won’t rel…
    - 11 days ago Jan 28, 2016, 12:05pm -
  • Three Changes Coming to Alaska Airlines that Weren’t Announced on Monday
    Last night I enjoyed attending a party at the Museum of Flight for many of Alaska Airlines’ employees, business partners, and customers to celebrate the new brand unveiled on Monday afternoon. And this morning I passed through the airport on an ear…
    - 12 days ago Jan 27, 2016, 3:09pm -
  • The Ultimate Guide to United Airlines Upgrade Rules
    I’m continuing my series on upgrade policies at each of the major U.S. carriers after briefly summarizing just the complimentary elite upgrades in a post last week. Yesterday I covered the upgrade policies at Alaska Airlines, which I know quite w…
    - 13 days ago Jan 26, 2016, 12:05pm -

Maximizing Money

Boarding Area

Frequent Flyer Miles 101

  • Yet Another Reason Not to Buy Miles
    This I don’t understand. Airlines are constantly sending offers to sell you miles directly, allowing you to build your balance without having to take one of those bothersome fights. Mileage purchases are generally bad deals. Otherwise, airlines wou…
    - 1 day ago Feb 7, 2016, 2:46am -
  • Valentine’s Day Gifts and A Retirement
    For Your Sweetie… Normally, I find that flowers work very nicely for Valentine’s Day and there are always opportunities to earn extra miles, such as this promotion to get 30 miles per dollar spent at But why stop there? Take your sweetie…
    - 3 days ago Feb 4, 2016, 10:26pm -
  • American Gives Us More Info on Product Upgrades
    A year ago, American Airlines announced that it would be spending $2 billion on upgrades to the in-flight product. It seemed to confirm that statement on its most recent quarterly conference call that it would be spending $1.2 billion in 2016 on “n…
    - 5 days ago Feb 2, 2016, 10:26pm -
  • Citibank Checking Account Bonuses are Back, but…
    We’ve grown accustomed to earning miles from signing up for credit cards, but they come less frequently when signing up for a bank account. Citibank, however, is one of the few that always seems to have some sort of bonus for opening a bank account…
    - 6 days ago Feb 1, 2016, 10:15pm -
  • Intercontinental Devalues Points on the High End
    Well, it had to happen. Intercontinental Hotels raised the high end of its reward prices from 50,000 points to 60,000 points for the most expensive hotels. It did so on only 13 hotels, and they were in places that you would expect, such as Paris, San…
    - 7 days ago Jan 31, 2016, 8:06pm -
  • Airbnb Goes Themed and a Las Vegas Starwood Promotion
    Apparently, the Airbnb market has gotten pretty competitive. Over the long run, that should be good for customers, as competition will lower prices. To keep prices higher, some properties are going to interesting lengths to generate a premium. The Ne…
    - 9 days ago Jan 30, 2016, 1:09am -
  • Carlson Hotels is up for Sale
    Merger-mania is coming back to the hotel space, as Carlson Hotel Group, known for its Radisson brands, has put itself up for sale. Carlson, the former owner of TGI Fridays,* ran the eponymous “Club Carlson” rewards program. The program itself was…
    - 11 days ago Jan 28, 2016, 3:52am -
  • JetBlue to Upgrade…Cabin Interior
    While it already has the best entertainment for everyone and high-speed internet access with Fly-Fi, JetBlue is taking it up again, introducing several new or improved features to the 100 A320 aircraft. Features Wi-Fi will be available gate-to-gate,…
    - 12 days ago Jan 27, 2016, 1:32am -
  • Bad Advice from Andie MacDowell
    Okay, it’s been a rough weekend, so we’re keeping this one short. Bad Advice from Andie MacDowell Apparently, Andie MacDowell was not happy with AA after they moved her to coach with her dog when she had paid for first. Truthfully, reading throug…
    - 14 days ago Jan 25, 2016, 1:41am -
  • Promotions for Your Perusal
    It’s promotion season again and there are actually a few good ones out there. Here’s a quick glance: Virgin America: Double Points Virgin America is a program that I don’t talk about often, but it’s actually a pretty good one and the staff on…
    - 17 days ago Jan 22, 2016, 3:57pm -

The Faraway Guide

  • Top 10 Credit Cards For December 2015
    December 2015 has loads of deals in the credit card space. Chase and Citibank dominate this month's top ten list, earning a combined eight (!!) nominations. That isn't to say there aren't many, many other...
    - 69 days ago Dec 1, 2015, 11:45am -
  • You Already Have The World’s Best Travel App
    We were lost. Maybe it was the fact we hadn’t stopped travelling for ten months, but Andrea and I had slipped when it came to planning. Our new plan: arrive via plane, bus or train and then figure it out...
    - 91 days ago Nov 9, 2015, 1:33pm -
  • Why Retail Cards Hurt Your Credit Score
    I have never been a big mall person. For me, spending time in a retail store is somewhere between a trip to the dentist and slow torture with no end in sight – especially with the limited risk and lucrative...
    - 99 days ago Nov 1, 2015, 2:13pm -
  • Visit Russia For 72 Hours Without A Visa
    The 72-hour visa free ferry to visit Russia can save hundreds of dollars for US citizens traveling to the country. But it was bittersweet for Andrea and I, as we recently spent 4 nights at the grandiose InterContinental Moscow – and paid dearly…
    - Oct 19, 2015, 12:00pm -
  • Expedia Just Made An Under The Radar, Positive Change
    As a fan of points, typically I'd advise readers to book directly on the airline or hotel website. This is because booking with a third party - like Expedia - can negate beneficial parameters associated with...
    - Sep 30, 2015, 12:59pm -
  • Using Points & Miles To Visit Halong Bay, Vietnam
    Halong Bay, Vietnam is a mesmerizing place. As you sail through floating mountains, you get that unique sense of calm that only faraway places create. Located in the northeast corner of Vietnam...
    - Sep 29, 2015, 12:53pm -
  • 5% Cash Back At Amazon For Chase Freedom Cardholders
    Chase Freedom remains one of the best credit cards without an annual fee. The reason is simple: on top of 1% cash back on every purchase, Chase offers quarterly categories for 5% cash back. From October...
    - Sep 28, 2015, 12:53pm -
  • Last Chance: 75,000 Hilton Points & No Annual Fee With Citi Visa Signature
    There are only a couple days left to enjoy 75,000 Hilton bonus points with no annual fee. These points are available with the Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature card, the best no-fee hotel card currently...
    - Sep 27, 2015, 1:52pm -
  • Using Points To Visit Seoul, South Korea
    One of my favorite cities in all of Asia is Seoul, South Korea. The place was a shock to my senses: 600-year-old villages intermingle with organic restaurants, street vendors and retail stores are swarmed by...
    - Sep 22, 2015, 12:54pm -
  • Citi AA Platinum Card Eliminating Foreign Transaction Fees
    As a frequent American Airlines traveler, one of my favorite cards is the Citi AA Platinum. It has a waived annual fee in the first year and offers 50,000 bonus miles upon sign up, among other...
    - Sep 21, 2015, 12:13pm -

milepoint (Forums)

  • newTeh Penalty Box
    I think it's time for a new Box thread that works. So, here goes.
    - 7 mins ago Feb 8, 2016, 6:21am -
  • new[JMB Forum Diamond Premier Lounge] The JAL Forum Conversational Thread
    Everyone the JMB Forum Diamond Premier Lounge is open for business As a tradition of the JMB forum, people like going OT all the time and therefore we have this lounge thread. But since this is an upgrade of FT, our conversational thread has been u…
    - 54 mins ago Feb 8, 2016, 5:34am -
  • newNew site- comments and suggestions
    I'm seeing lots of comments, complaints, and suggestions posted in all different places here, on Facebook, and in private conversations. Perhaps it would help to have a dedicated thread for this stuff.So, to start it out:A) On the forum front page…
    - 1 hour ago Feb 8, 2016, 5:22am -
  • 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…
    - 3 hours ago Feb 8, 2016, 3:22am -
  • 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:
    - 4 hours ago Feb 8, 2016, 2:07am -
  • newThis fall - Germany, Austria (including szg's Do), France, etc.
    UA3999 PVD IAD 1017 1145 CR7 2AI was dozing and came to as they announced group 2, so I scamperedup there and stood around waiting to merge in, and some guy askedif I was in group 2, and I said, actually, I'm in group 1, and allthese silly Rhode…
    - 4 hours ago Feb 8, 2016, 2:06am -
  • new(photo trivia) Guess the airport
    MP doesn't feel complete without it so here's a guessing game with some easy rules.In a nutshell one member posts a photo of an airport and everybody else has to guess the airport name/location.Obviously the photo shall not reveal too much informat…
    - 4 hours ago Feb 8, 2016, 2:03am -
  • newLast Summer's UA PQD Challenge
    All,As I've shifted many of my flights off United and ceased my endless international business travel, United finally decided to miss me and randomly offered me a PQD challenge back in August with these rules:Did anyone else get this promo? If so,…
    - 5 hours ago Feb 8, 2016, 1:21am -
  • newLAS VEGAS | APRIL 29-MAY 1, 2016 [SIGNATURE]
    We are thrilled to announce the first ever FTU Signature event, at The D Hotel in Las Vegas on April 29-May 1, 2016. At this FTU Signature Event there will be sessions aimed at both beginners as well as more intense advanced FTU sessions. Whether th…
    - 7 hours ago Feb 7, 2016, 11:34pm -
  • newNYT: Airlines Reap Record Profits, and Passengers Get Peanuts
    Link:"Helped by falling oil prices, airlines are reporting record profits, but for many passengers this sudden bonanza has meant little more than extra bags of free peanuts and pretzels.The four biggest domestic carriers — American...NYT: Airlines…
    - 22 hours ago Feb 7, 2016, 8:39am -

Flyertalk MilesBuzz

  • newTrip Report - The Club at the Legian
    Introduction In summary we would definitely return to the Legian and if staying for any longer than a few days we would happily choose the Club villas. The Club often has “stay 4 pay for 3â€� promotions and with all the inclusions it makes…
    - 11 mins ago Feb 8, 2016, 6:17am -
  • newSelecting seats and upgrades on CX Holidays (Book & Save)
    Hey all, I've been looking at tickets from LAX to HKG round trip and found out that booking flight + hotel together saves more money than booking the flight itself for some reason.. So I'm looking at PEY tickets and after creating a dummy...
    - 54 mins ago Feb 8, 2016, 5:34am -
  • newIs UA really Cutting service from IAH to TYR
    Can't seem to find any flights
    - 60 mins ago Feb 8, 2016, 5:28am -
  • newIs it even worth it to try to book CX First Class with AS miles?
    My wife and I are planning on taking a trip to Asia either late this year or early next year in first class on AS miles, so I have been reading up on the super long Cathay Pacific-related threads in this forum to try to learn as much as I can. It...
    - 1 hour ago Feb 8, 2016, 5:15am -
  • newPotential New US Destinations
    Everyone always talks about Miami being El Al's next US destination, but I think there are a few destinations that could potentially see El Al service in the future. Miami - This is the obvious one that everyone talks about. The Miami metro area..…
    - 1 hour ago Feb 8, 2016, 5:00am -
  • newUpgrading Elevate Award Ticket
    Title says it all...any experiences in upgrading an Elevate award ticket once the paid upgrade window opens?
    - 2 hours ago Feb 8, 2016, 4:42am -
  • newLINKS for Hilton HHonors Hotels in Bolivia {BOL}
    _Organisation_ LINKS for Hilton HHonors Hotels worldwide ( +LINKS for Hilton HHonors Hotels in Americas (excluding USA)...
    - 2 hours ago Feb 8, 2016, 4:14am -
  • newTrying to book an award flight over the phone that isn't on the BA site.
    Hey guys, I'm trying to get from PVG(Shanghai) to KIX(Osaka) on 03/08 in Y on JL. There's one flight on the BA site that departs at 5:10pm and arrives at 9pm. I was hoping to get in sooner than that so I looked on Expedia and noticed that there...
    - 2 hours ago Feb 8, 2016, 4:08am -
  • newPayPal Debit MasterCard declined transactions
    I've been using my PPBDMC for years. I just let it pull from my backup funding source (bank account) and typically have a $0 PayPal balance. Lately in the last week or so I've had lots of transactions declined. Anyone else experiencing a difference..…
    - 2 hours ago Feb 8, 2016, 4:07am -
  • new2 Hrs to connect to AA in NRT enough? Separate ticket incoming on JL
    I will be coming in from DEL on JL in J. I have an onward separate ticket on AA to DFW, 2 hours later at 10:30 am. Would I need to enter Japan and then go through security and immigration again? I will likely not have a checked bag, so that...
    - 2 hours ago Feb 8, 2016, 3:58am -

Reddit r/churning

  • newThree hard pulls for one Amex card?
    Hi everyone, I applied for the Amex everday card and got HPs on all the credit agencies!! I started building my credit recently and was wondering if this is common? Is there any way I can reduce the impact of this or get them to totally remove them?…
    - 6 mins ago Feb 8, 2016, 6:22am -
  • newIf you need to call a CSR, do it during the Superbowl
    super short wait times. submitted by /u/doodler1977 [link] [comments]
    - 6 hours ago Feb 8, 2016, 12:07am -
  • new"Costco delays switch from Amex to Visa"
    submitted by /u/cataringso [link] [comments]
    - 8 hours ago Feb 7, 2016, 10:25pm -
  • newPSA: You don't need to receive a 1099-INT from the company to report the income
    1099-INTs are very straightforward, and 99% of the time you know/can find out your interest. If you did not receive a 1099-INT and want to report the income, you are more than welcome to by filling in the bank's name and amount of interest (Box 1). I…
    - 9 hours ago Feb 7, 2016, 9:32pm -
  • newHas anyone received a 1099-INT from Capital One for the $400 checking account promo?
    Capital One says that I do not have any tax forms available, but I signed up for and received the $400 Capital One 360 checking account bonus (opened account in March, received bonus in June). Do any of you have a 1099-INT available that received thi…
    - 10 hours ago Feb 7, 2016, 8:25pm -
  • newCiti won't honor in branch 350 Prestige offer longterm
    Hey all, So I recently went in branch to apply for a Citi Prestige. The banker that helped me printed out the terms of the bonus (50,000 TYPs, 250 air credit etc.) and on that print out is the annual fee of 350. I've never applied for citigold and th…
    - 12 hours ago Feb 7, 2016, 6:32pm -
  • newBuying Chase Checking Coupon from Chase - just need the code or the paper offer?
    I'm planning on buying a Chase Checking coupon for a few bucks on Ebay. Can the seller just send the coupon code via email or do they need to mail the coupon? Put another way, when I go to Chase, can I provide them just the coupon code or will they a…
    - 12 hours ago Feb 7, 2016, 6:08pm -
  • newData Point: SPG point loan/gift not successful
    I needed 4k more points to complete a booking for this summer. I've seen people on here talking about getting point loans or even gifts! I explained I don't want it to fill up/I'm worried it might (it's in Paris in June) etc. I asked if there are any…
    - 17 hours ago Feb 7, 2016, 1:36pm -
  • newStorytime Sunday - Week of February 07, 2016
    How'd your churning week go? Any big ups, downs, or in betweens? submitted by /u/AutoModerator [link] [comments]
    - 19 hours ago Feb 7, 2016, 11:03am -
  • Citi Prestige 1.6 Redemption United?
    Possible new redemption option for the Prestige card. Also could be a weird typo like the 3x earning on gas a few weeks ago. ;) submitted by /u/naala89 [link]…
    - 1 day ago Feb 7, 2016, 3:28am -

Dan's Deals

Johnny Jet

  • Reader Travel Tip of the Day: How to Make a Hotel Room Feel More Like Home
    How to Make a Hotel Room Feel More Like Home Each Friday, we feature a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from reader Valencia G. of Chicago, who says: “Anytime I stay away from home I always take my own bedd…
    - 3 days ago Feb 5, 2016, 5:00pm -
  • Travel Style: Kristin Addis
    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: Kristin Addis Occupation: Travel blogger, influencer,…
    - 3 days ago Feb 5, 2016, 2:00pm -
  • Travel Tip of the Day: How to Avoid a Frighteningly Common Car Seat Risk
    How to Avoid a Frighteningly Common Car Seat Risk In a recent episode of TODAY, Jeff Rossen reported on a danger posed to many young children in winter that parents may not be aware of. Basically, when a child is wearing a big winter jacket and is…
    - 4 days ago Feb 4, 2016, 5:00pm -
  • Travel Tip of the Day: How to Pack Your Ski Gear Better
    How to Pack Your Ski Gear Better With ski and snowboard season upon us, you may be traveling with your ski gear soon. From a recent Allianz Global Assistance ski cheat sheet, here are a few tips to consider as you pack: “A little forethought when t…
    - 5 days ago Feb 3, 2016, 4:00pm -
  • Travel Style: Eric Stoen
    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: Eric Stoen Occupation: Travel writer and photographer…
    - 5 days ago Feb 3, 2016, 2:00pm -
  • Top 10 in Travel News: Week of February 3, 2016
    THE TOP 10 IN TRAVEL NEWS THIS WEEK: United Airlines to Operate Longest Scheduled Flight Zika Virus Worries Lead to Caribbean Babymoon Cancelations Mystery illness on board American Airlines plane forces LHR-LAX flight back to London 7 Royal Caribbea…
    - 5 days ago Feb 3, 2016, 1:00pm -
  • Travel Contests: Week of February 3, 2016
    This week’s travel contests: Win a trip to South Africa from South African Airways Win a four-night trip for two to St. Kitts Win a chance to go shopping in London, England Win a six-day trip to Suzhou, China Win a trip for two to the premiere of L…
    - 5 days ago Feb 3, 2016, 12:00pm -
  • Travel Product of the Week: Island Bum Nautical Lifeguard Straw Hat
    Ever since I found out I had a squamous cell carcinoma (skin cancer) on my lip, I’ve completely changed the way I spend time in the sun. I no longer play volleyball or hang out with my friends on the beach during peak hours unless I’m completely…
    - 5 days ago Feb 2, 2016, 11:32pm -
  • Travel Video of the Week: How to Override the Hotel Thermostat
    Thanks to my buddy Gary Leff for teaching me this great trick: how to override your hotel room thermostat and set it as hot or cold as you like. I’m sure you’ve been in hotels where the lowest or hottest setting isn’t good enough for you. Well…
    - 5 days ago Feb 2, 2016, 11:21pm -
  • Travel Website of the Week: Magic
    Magic is not exactly a website, but it’s pretty awesome. To get whatever you want (as long as it’s legal), no matter the time or day or city you’re in, just text “MAGIC” to this number: 83489. You’ll get a response within two minutes. Ac…
    - 5 days ago Feb 2, 2016, 11:02pm -


  • newBengazi Miles, AA Awards to New Zealand, Budapest, Fish
    We read the trials of Bengazi Miles dude, book AA Awards to New Zealand if you can still find them, marvel at Budapest & empty 787 interior, get hit with fish and more!   TBB Blog Mission: To Entertain. Educate. … read moreThe post Bengazi Miles,…
    - 19 hours ago Feb 7, 2016, 11:01am -
  • How to Support TBB – February 2016
    I am at a conference in Orlando and I AM keeping up with Feedly but I just don’t have the time to do the blog post. Very sorry about that. So I am taking the opportunity to do my monthly … read moreThe post How to Support TBB – February 2016 a…
    - 3 days ago Feb 5, 2016, 11:25am -
  • SW Companion Pass, Hilton Cat 2, Gorgeous Indoor Pools
    We breath a sense of relief on the future of the SW Companion Pass, check out the list of Hilton Cat 2 hotels, swim in gorgeous indoor pools & much more!   TBB Blog Mission: To Entertain. Educate. Inspire. In … read moreThe post SW Companion Pass…
    - 4 days ago Feb 4, 2016, 6:56am -
  • Thank You Rewards, AA Doug Parker interview, Cave Lodgings
    We dig into Thank You Rewards, read an interview of AA CEO Doug Parker, visit awesome cave lodgings & weddings around the world & lots more to laugh & learn!   TBB Blog Mission: To Entertain. Educate. Inspire. In That … read moreThe post Thank Yo…
    - 5 days ago Feb 3, 2016, 10:59am -
  • Pay Taxes & Earn Miles, IHG Rewards Gems, Tree Camping
    We show you how to pay taxes & earn miles if you think it is worth it, find two tiny IHG Rewards Gems, go tree camping, travel to Monrovia & more!   TBB Blog Mission: To Entertain. Educate. Inspire. In … read moreThe post Pay Taxes & Earn Miles,…
    - 6 days ago Feb 2, 2016, 11:30am -
  • Kosovo, Airline Fees, Selfie Fatalities, Drone Racing League
    We travel to Kosovo, learn about airline fees, weep over selfie fatalities, get our kicks in the new Drone Racing League, learn best social media tips & more!   TBB Blog Mission: To Entertain. Educate. Inspire. In That Order! This … read moreThe…
    - 7 days ago Feb 1, 2016, 11:30am -
  • IHG Rewards Devaluation, Open AA Awards, Delta Upgrades
    We weep together on yet another IHG Rewards devaluation, get the motor burning some AA miles, learn the rules on Delta Upgrades, visit the Hyatts in Cancun and much more!   TBB Blog Mission: To Entertain. Educate. Inspire. In That … read moreThe…
    - 8 days ago Jan 31, 2016, 11:30am -
  • More on Structuring, American Airlines Upgrade Rules, Kukeri
    We learn more on Structuring transactions, get up to date on the American Airlines upgrade rules, travel to Bulgaria and its weird Kukeri festival & more!   TBB Blog Mission: To Entertain. Educate. Inspire. In That Order! This site is … read more…
    - 10 days ago Jan 29, 2016, 11:30am -
  • ANA Awards, Etihad Apartment, US LGBT Travel, Structuring
    We learn about ANA Awards, how to burn AA miles to fly Etihad Apartment, get an update on the State of US LGBT Travel & discuss “structuring” and more! WARNING: The email with MailChimp to subscribers did NOT go out … read moreThe post ANA Awa…
    - 11 days ago Jan 28, 2016, 11:30am -
  • Upgrades on United, Luxury Trains, Patagonia, The Chickening
    We learn the rules of upgrades on United, ride on luxury trains, travel to Patagonia, freak out at The Chickening and lots more for your entertainment!   TBB Blog Mission: To Entertain. Educate. Inspire. In That Order! This site is … read moreThe…
    - 12 days ago Jan 27, 2016, 11:30am -