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The Points Guy

  • newHow to Earn Bonus Rewards through Your Banking Relationship
    Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains how you can boost your travel rewards earnings through your checking, savings, and investment accounts. While credit card issuers are happy to earn your business by offering tr…
    - 30 mins ago Jul 7, 2015, 2:39pm -
  • newHere’s What You Missed This Holiday Weekend
    With holiday celebrations and summer activities, this past weekend was a busy one. Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite stories that you might’ve missed from the past few days: 1. What Are Points & Miles Worth? July Monthly Valuations: The…
    - 1 hour ago Jul 7, 2015, 1:45pm -
  • newBest Starter Cards for New Points and Miles Enthusiasts
    Whether you’re just getting started as an award traveler yourself or trying to help a friend join the club, today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains which travel rewards credit cards are best for beginners. One of the most…
    - 3 hours ago Jul 7, 2015, 12:08pm -
  • newTop 10 Travel Rewards Cards for Summer Travel
    Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele discusses a variety of travel rewards cards that can help make your summer travels both more affordable and more rewarding. You’ve earned the miles and booked the trip, and as you prepa…
    - 18 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 9:01pm -
  • newDeal Alert: Fly American to Asia from $597
    Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency, such as Orbitz, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Easter…
    - 18 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 8:49pm -
  • newDeal Alert: More $21 One-Way Flights on Frontier

    - 19 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 8:32pm -
  • newA Week in the Admirals Club — Chicago O’Hare International Airport
    It’s day one of TPG Intern Kevin Song‘s week-long Admirals Club tour, and he’s starting things off in Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport after spending a fantastic weekend in the Windy City grilling and celebrating Independence Day wi…
    - 19 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 8:07pm -
  • newHow to Seek Medical Attention Abroad
    Being sick at home is the pits, but when you’re thousands of miles away, it can be downright scary. TPG Contributor Christine Cantera gives you advice on how to seek medical attention abroad. Major Medical Emergencies Both as a physician and a trav…
    - 20 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 7:08pm -
  • newFinding the Best US Gateways for International Awards
    Most people search for flights by simply entering an origin and destination to see what pops up, but award travel sometimes involves more than just getting from A to B. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr looks at which connection cities give you…
    - 21 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 5:45pm -
  • newFast-Track Arrival Options Around the World
    We here at TPG love anything that speeds up the travel process, like Global Entry and TSA Precheck — and we want you to be aware that US citizens have similar options outside of the United States. TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino guides…
    - 23 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 4:29pm -

Frugal Travel Guy

  • newRick’s Picks: Citi Does it Again! Limited-Time Hilton Honors Visa Offer
    The folks at Citi are storming back into the travel rewards space. Effective July 7, 2015, Citi has increased the sign-up bonus on their Citi Hilton Honors Visa Signature Card to 75,000 Hilton Honors points after completing $2,000 in purchases withi…
    - 7 hours ago Jul 7, 2015, 8:00am -
  • newThe 5 Fastest Ways to Increase Your Credit Score
    Other than “What is the best credit card?” and “What credit card should I get?”, a top question I get asked about credit is “How do I increase my credit score?” Building credit and repairing credit is a marathon, not a sprint. Conversely,…
    - 16 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 11:00pm -
  • newHave You Purchased a Ticket to Asia or Oceania Since 2000? You May Be Owed Money!
    Have you purchased an airline ticket between the United States and Asia, Australia, New Zealand or the Pacific Islands since January 1, 2000? If so, you may be entitled to receive a portion of the settlement reached under The Transpacific Air Settlem…
    - 19 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 8:00pm -
  • Rick’s Picks: Whoops! My Biggest Mileage Run Mistake
    I’d love to tell you that every move I make in the mileage and points game is a winner. It’s not! As time has shown over the last seven months, I made a big mistake taking a mileage run last November. Last year, when a flyer achieved Gold Status…
    - 1 day ago Jul 6, 2015, 8:00am -
  • Reader Success Story: Hyatt Comes Through!
    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…
    - 2 days ago Jul 5, 2015, 8:00am -
  • 5 Reasons to Invest in Marriott Rewards Points
    Marriott Rewards doesn’t get as much attention as other hotel loyalty programs, mainly because of their high redemption rates (7,500 – 70,000 points per night). However, the program offers some unique benefits and generous earning opportunities.…
    - 4 days ago Jul 3, 2015, 11:00pm -
  • 10 Ways to Prevent SPG Points From Expiring
    Each loyalty program has its own terms for earning and redeeming points. Those earned points, in addition to not earning interest, may expire before you get a change to redeem them. With airlines, the easiest way to keep your miles from expiring is t…
    - 4 days ago Jul 3, 2015, 8:00pm -
  • Do You Need More Than One Business Credit Card?
    Although there are dozens of personal rewards cards to choose from, there’s one way to open the door to even more possibilities – starting a business. Still, it can be confusing to know whether you can qualify for a business or not. While some pe…
    - 4 days ago Jul 3, 2015, 8:00am -
  • A Deal Doesn’t Always Need to Be Free: When to Splurge
    Given the option of getting a great deal with points or paying out-of-pocket, I’ll almost always take the points option. But there are exceptions, and sometimes using cash can be a great deal. I don’t typically subscribe to email newsletters from…
    - 5 days ago Jul 2, 2015, 11:00pm -
  • You Should Be Using Amex Offers, and Here’s Why
    Correct me if I’m wrong, but I feel like American Express has received a lot of scorn from the community as of late. From my perspective, there’s still a lot of upside to the Centurion, especially when you consider the major changes that are bein…
    - 5 days ago Jul 2, 2015, 8:00pm -

One Mile at a Time

  • newWine Review: American First Class Dallas to Madrid
    Some very interesting choices here.I’m a big fan of Sauvignon Blanc on airplanes as the strong gooseberry, melon, and cut grass flavors of the wine (it tastes better than it sounds – trust me!) have often stayed strong at altitude.Languedoc i…
    - 1 hour ago Jul 7, 2015, 2:03pm -
  • newReview: Radisson Hotel Colorado Springs Airport
    As I explained in the introduction, we decided to spend a weekend in Colorado Springs, one of our favorite destinations for a quick getaway. Oh, who am I kidding -- we all know the real purpose of the trip was to earn a shipload of Carlson points giv…
    - 3 hours ago Jul 7, 2015, 12:03pm -
  • newAmtrak’s Singing Cafe Car Attendant
    I travel between Los Angeles and San Diego a fair bit, and it's a trip I always struggle with. In theory you have a good number of options -- you can take a plane, train, or automobile. But in practice it's just a crappy trip no matter which choice y…
    - 16 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 11:03pm -
  • newWine Review: American Business Class Beijing To Dallas
    Note from Andrew M.: Apologies for the picture quality – I only had my cell phone and I didn’t want to annoy the crew too much by taking multiple shots of the wine and slowing down meal service for others.American Business Class WineAmerican…
    - 18 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 9:33pm -
  • newHow To Turn A Mattress Run Into A Free Staycation: Introduction
    When I was growing up, my Dad would tell me about how when guys are fishing from shore, they would always try to cast to the center of the pond. But when they are fishing from a boat, they would try to cast as far back to the edge of the pond as they…
    - 19 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 8:03pm -
  • newMy Secret To Living Out Of A Carry-On
    When I first moved into hotels my luggage situation was a mess... as summed up in the picture below.Over time I've realized that if you're going to live out of suitcases full time you need to be super-minimalist and just live out of a carry-on. Whi…
    - 21 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 6:33pm -
  • newAir India Planning Flights To San Francisco and Toronto
    Air India joined the Star Alliance about a year ago, and I've been itching to redeem miles for a flight on them in first class ever since. After all of the fascinating stories I've read about them, I feel like I need to experience Air India firsthand…
    - 22 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 5:03pm -
  • newBuy American Miles For 2 Cents Each Through July 13, 2015
    American is offering both a 15% discount and tiered mileage bonuses on the purchase of AAdvantage miles through July 13, 2015. I do find it sort of funny how they turn these promotions into (minor) math puzzles, rather than just offering a straightfo…
    - 23 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 3:40pm -
  • Redeeming Citi ThankYou Points For Travel On American

    - 1 day ago Jul 6, 2015, 2:03pm -
  • When Does It Make Sense To Go Into City On A Layover?
    Reader Djangojam asked the following question in the "Ask Lucky" forum:"Hi Lucky, I know that you're a big fan of Abu Dhabi so I wanted to get your advice. My 9 year old son and I will be transiting AUH later this month on our way to Bali. Specific…
    - 1 day ago Jul 6, 2015, 12:34pm -

View From the Wing

  • newQantas Awards Without Fuel Surcharges, Saving $1200 a Night on Hotels, and the Meaning of Miles
    A collection of the most interesting links you’ll want to see, many you’ll want to click.Continue reading Qantas Awards Without Fuel Surcharges, Saving $1200 a Night on Hotels, and the Meaning of Miles...
    - 1 hour ago Jul 7, 2015, 2:04pm -
  • newLimited-Time 75,000 Points for New No Fee Hilton Visa
    Key Link: Citi® Hilton HHonorsTM Visa Signature® CardThe no fee Hilton Visa has a limited-time offer of 75,000 points after spending $2,000 in the first three monthsI once saw a 60,000 point offer for this card. Normally their 'strong' bonus is…
    - 3 hours ago Jul 7, 2015, 12:04pm -
  • newSeveral Reader Questions… Answered.
    I recently asked readers for questions and I've been working through several with standalone posts. There were also questions with fairly straightforward answers, and so I thought I would combine a few of them into a single post.Continue reading S…
    - 15 hours ago Jul 7, 2015, 12:34am -
  • newThe 6 Ultimate Rewards Cards That Chase Still Issues
    There are currently (4) broadly available cards that earn Chase Ultimate Rewards points. Two are personal cards, and two are business cards -- each including a $95 annual fee and a no fee version. And there are two Ultimate Rewards cards that Chase…
    - 18 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 9:34pm -
  • newVietnam Airlines 787 Lands at Washington National Airport!
    In 1998 a United DC-10 made an emergency landing at Washington's National airport. It was a Chicago - Baltimore flight that was first diverted to Dulles (after being held over Cleveland) and then to National due to weather. It was low on fuel, had…
    - 20 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 7:04pm -
  • newBuy Up to 127,500 American Miles for 2.14 Cents Per Mile
    American AAdvantage is stacking a purchased miles bonus with a discount through July 13 that lets you buy miles for ~ 2.14 cents a mile.I assume the two are combined in order to make it sound more exciting and a little more opaque in terms of doing…
    - 23 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 4:34pm -
  • Russia’s FSB Detests Premium Passengers, TSA’s Instagram, and Parker Responds to DOJ Investigation
    A collection of the most interesting links you’ll want to see, many you’ll want to click.Continue reading Russia’s FSB Detests Premium Passengers, TSA’s Instagram, and Parker Responds to DOJ Investigation...
    - 1 day ago Jul 6, 2015, 2:04pm -
  • Which Airline Has the World’s Best Business Class?
    Business class, to me, is all about the seat. There aren't many airlines where the food and wine are remarkable, though better business class offerings will be fairly good. Mostly you want personal space to work effectively and to sleep so that you…
    - 1 day ago Jul 6, 2015, 12:04pm -
  • American Award Space ‘Back to Normal’ (Cough)
    I value my American miles for partner awards, but most members look to redeem American miles on American flights and that’s gotten very hard. It used to be exceptionally easy. Sometime in mid-2012 premium cabin awards to Europe really tightened up.…
    - 2 days ago Jul 6, 2015, 12:04am -
  • How to Get Emails When Delta (And Other Airline) Award Seats Open Up
    Expert Flyer is one of my favorite tools. It has several important uses for frequent flyers -- but since September Delta has prevented the site from displaying anything about the airline's flights.Fortunately they've brought back searches for Delta…
    - 2 days ago Jul 5, 2015, 9:41pm -

The Frequent Miler

  • newThe best 4th Night Free finds
    Last week I challenged readers to beat my best 4th Night finds.  The idea was to find hotels and dates in which the 4th night of a stay was astronomically more expensive than the first three nights.  Why?  Because one of the Citi Prestige card’s…
    - 5 hours ago Jul 7, 2015, 10:25am -
  • A frustrating yet successful morning rolling points
    Yesterday morning, I checked Sears and Kmart to see if there were any new 100% back in points offers.  I hit the jackpot at Kmart in the Weekly Member Deals section of their website, and  I reported my findings via Quick Deals. In the post “Roll…
    - 1 day ago Jul 6, 2015, 10:25am -
  • It’s not too late – Deals still alive as of 07/05/2015
    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…
    - 2 days ago Jul 5, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • New REDbird Loading Procedure, Double Dipping Discover’s 5% Categories, Crazy 4th Night Free Bookings & 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 Is it time to do the SPG Platinum challenge? – A look at the Starw…
    - 3 days ago Jul 4, 2015, 9:00pm -
  • Alaska Airlines Shutdowns, Paying Credit Cards with Money Orders, Gift Card Reselling Lessons & 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 How To Enroll In Targeted Barclaycard Promotions – An interesting little trick to enroll…
    - 3 days ago Jul 4, 2015, 1:00pm -
  • Double dipping Discover’s 3rd quarter categories
    Thanks to Discover’s offer to double all cash back for a year, their quarterly 5% categories are more interesting than ever.  Now, instead of earning 5% for those categories, cardholders enrolled in the Double Cash Back offers, will ultimately ear…
    - 4 days ago Jul 3, 2015, 10:25am -
  • Crazy 4th Night Free deals, and the $100 e-gift card challenge
    The Citi Prestige card’s 4th Night Free hotel benefit always struck me as kind of crazy.  When you use this benefit to book a four night stay, you get reimbursed for the entire price of the 4th night.  What were they thinking?  What if the fourt…
    - 5 days ago Jul 2, 2015, 10:25am -
  • Should you keep, upgrade, or downgrade your AAdvantage Aviator card? Do you have a choice?
    My wife and I have four AAdvantage Aviator Red MasterCards.  Yep, we have two each.  Before American Airlines and US Airways merged their loyalty programs, the BarclayCard US Airways MasterCard offered a terrific signup bonus: 50,000 miles after fi…
    - 6 days ago Jul 1, 2015, 10:25am -
  • Kate vs. K8. Loading Bluebird/Serve vs. REDbird.
    Many Target stores across the country have updated their customer swipe terminals, and the process for loading REDbird (the Target Prepaid REDcard) has changed.  Via email, Rapid Travel Chai reports the new process as follows (bolding is mine): ..No…
    - 7 days ago Jun 30, 2015, 10:25am -
  • Is it time to do the SPG Platinum challenge?
    In addition to collecting large quantities of points & miles, I enjoy finding shortcuts for obtaining and keeping elite status.  Over the course of the past three years, or so, I’ve used shortcuts to get and keep status with many loyalty programs,…
    - 8 days ago Jun 29, 2015, 10:25am -

The Flight Deal

The Free-quent Flyer

  • Arrival+ devaluation and imputed redemption values in a 2.11% world
    Last week a number of bloggers "confirmed" some forthcoming changes to the Barclaycard Arrival+ MasterCard. The trouble is, they confirmed different things!Amol at Travel Codex wrote: "The first changes for new cardmembers should go into effect somet…
    - 1 day ago Jul 6, 2015, 9:59am -
  • Triggering high-interest savings accounts
    Last month I wrote about two high-interest savings accounts linked to the Mango and Union Plus prepaid debit card products. At that time, Mango was no longer available for new signups, and I speculated that Union Plus would soon be closed to new ca…
    - 4 days ago Jul 3, 2015, 9:59am -
  • "The $100 Startup" is not a very good book
    This is a review of "The $100 Startup," by Chris Guillebeau. For a previous book review, see "Pound Foolish" is a pretty good book.Chris Guillebeau has a lot of interesting friends and acquaintancesThe conceit of "The $100 Startup" is that entreprene…
    - 5 days ago Jul 2, 2015, 9:59am -
  • Thinking about Starwood Preferred Guest
    Since my American Express "old" Blue Cash card was closed late last year, I've carried just two American Express-issued credit cards: my trusty Hilton HHonors Surpass, and my ill-advised but so-far-irresistible Delta Business Platinum card.An individ…
    - 7 days ago Jun 30, 2015, 9:59am -
  • Paying credit card bills with money orders
    Today's post is about an issue that I've found causes the occasional misunderstanding in the travel hacking community.Some banks are (rightly) suspicious of large money order depositsIf you've ever searched Craigslist for a job, you've no doubt come…
    - 8 days ago Jun 29, 2015, 9:59am -
  • Use Amazon Allowance to meet monthly transaction requirements
    [edit June 28, 2015: this post originally said Bank of America BBR cards pay $20 and $25 per quarter; in fact they pay $25 and $30 for non-BoA and BoA customers, respectively, as correctly indicated on the second mention. We regret the error.] Via D…
    - 11 days ago Jun 26, 2015, 9:59am -
  • Annual Twitter recommendations
    At a reader's request, last year I wrote up a list of Twitter feeds that I follow, and consider essential to keeping my miles and points game in top form. Since the game is always changing, I thought I would turn it into an annual tradition.@Freeque…
    - 12 days ago Jun 25, 2015, 9:59am -
  • Do this now: activate third-quarter bonus categories
    Is everybody else as excited as I am about the beginning of the third quarter, just a few short days away? Here are the cash back bonus categories and activation links for the quarter beginning July 1 and ending September 30, 2015.Chase Freedom. 5 no…
    - 13 days ago Jun 24, 2015, 9:59am -
  • One weird old trick to get American Express business gift card orders approved
    Until today, I had never had an American Express business gift card order approved. In the good old days, this wasn't a big deal: business and consumer gift cards both typically paid out at the same high rates, and I didn't (and still don't) have en…
    - 14 days ago Jun 23, 2015, 8:29pm -
  • Why I won't chase Hyatt Diamond status
    [Update 6/22/15 8:17 pm: This post originally said the Hyatt Diamond status challenge requires 12 qualifying stays. It requires 12 qualifying nights.]The travel hacking blogosphere seems to be in a tizzy lately over the return earlier this month of…
    - 15 days ago Jun 22, 2015, 9:59am -

Well Traveled Mile

  • newDeal Alert: Amex Business Gift Card 2.25% Cash Back Today Only
    Just as expected, TopCashBack is offering 2.25% cash back on all American Express Business gift cards. This deal ends tonight at 11:59:59 PM. If you haven’t signed-up already, then you click here to sign-up now! Key Terms & Conditions Do not exceed…
    - 6 hours ago Jul 7, 2015, 9:20am -
  • newCiti AA Executive Card Now Offering 75,000 Miles!
    Citi Executive® / AAdvantage® World EliteTM MasterCard® now offering an increased sign-up bonus of 75,000 miles after meeting a steep minimum spend of $7,500 in the first 3 months. While this isn’t the 100k bonus bonanza from last year, 75k stil…
    - 6 hours ago Jul 7, 2015, 9:10am -
  • newDeal Alert: Amex Business Gift Card 2% Cash Back Today
    Today, SimplyBestCoupons is offering 2% cash back on American Express business gift cards. This deal ends at 11:59:59 PM, Pacific Time. If you haven’t signed-up for SimplyBestCoupons yet, then you can use this link. Key Terms & Conditions Do not ex…
    - 23 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 3:43pm -
  • Big Changes to Barclays Arrival Plus MasterCard?
    Barclays may be in the works of making big changes with it’s hugely popular Barclays Arrival Plus MasterCard. Until now the Barclays Arrival Plus card has been a credit card that I planned to keep in my wallet. To start, the card offers a lucrati…
    - 5 days ago Jul 2, 2015, 12:35pm -
  • Extra 20% Transfer Bonus For SPG To American Airlines
    From now until August 7, 2015, American Airlines will throw in an extra 5,000 AA miles for every 20,000 SPG points you transfer to your AAdvantage account. This is in addition to the 5,000 bonus miles that SPG throws in. Here is the breakdown on how…
    - 6 days ago Jul 1, 2015, 3:43pm -
  • Last Day To Buy IHG Points At 0.5 Cents Per Point
    Today is the last day you will receive the 100% bonus when you purchase IHG points. As discussed in an earlier post, this deal is almost as good as manufacturing spend using the IHG card. If you have some trips coming up where you might consider stay…
    - 7 days ago Jun 30, 2015, 4:27pm -
  • Deal Alert: Amex Business Gift Card 2% Cash Back Next Monday
    On Monday July 6, 2015, SimplyBestCoupons will be offering 2% cash back on American Express business gift cards. This deal starts at midnight, Pacific Time. The latest trends seem to be that TopCashBack will follow as well with their own cash back de…
    - 7 days ago Jun 30, 2015, 3:55pm -
  • Quick Guide to Award Ticket Stopover Rules
    I decided to throw together a quick graphic comparing stopover and open-jaw rules for the most commonly earned airline miles for US travelers. I can’t say how useful it will be, but hopefully it can be a quick guide to go with my more in-depth aw…
    - 12 days ago Jun 25, 2015, 9:52am -
  • What Are Chase’s New Rules When Applying for Credit Cards?
    There has been a lot of chatter about Chase’s recent crackdown on approving anyone with more than 5+ new card accounts within the last two years. With these changes there may be new rules for getting approved when applying for Chase credits cards.…
    - 13 days ago Jun 24, 2015, 10:27am -
  • 40,000 Korean Air Miles Offer
    I recently received a mail-in offer from U.S. Bank for their co-branded Korean Air Visa Signature card. The bonus offer is 40,000 miles after $3,000 spent in the first 120 days (4 months.) Some of the other perks of this card include: 2 VIP Lounge co…
    - 13 days ago Jun 24, 2015, 8:27am -

MileValue

  • newLimited Time Offer: 75,000 Bonus Points on Hilton Visa Signature
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. For a limited time, the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card offers 75,000 bonus HHonors points after spending $2,000 on the card in the first three months. Th…
    - 4 hours ago Jul 7, 2015, 11:20am -
  • newAmerican Airlines Dreamliners to Fly Los Angeles to Sao Paulo and Shanghai. Award Space?
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. American Airlines will start flying its 787-8 Dreamliners with economy and Business Class seating from Los Angeles to Shanghai on October 5, 2015 and Sao Paulo on November…
    - 12 hours ago Jul 7, 2015, 3:01am -
  • newAmerican Airlines Miles for 2.01 Cents Each: Good Deal?
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. American Airlines is running a sale on the purchase of their miles through Monday July 13, 2015. You can buy up to 100,000 American Airlines miles during the sale and get…
    - 22 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 4:45pm -
  • Citi ThankYou Points Can Be Redeemed for 1.6 Cents Each on 20 Airlines
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. I’ve said it a million times that one reason the Citi Prestige® Card is so awesome is that you can redeem its ThankYou Points by transferring them to 11 types of airli…
    - 1 day ago Jul 6, 2015, 12:59pm -
  • Travel Tips from Someone On the Road 365 Days a Year
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. I’m in the middle of 18 months of travel. I live out of a suitcase and change beds every few days or few months. Here are some of my top travel tips that I use to enjoy m…
    - 1 day ago Jul 6, 2015, 12:21pm -
  • An American in Cuba in 2015: Trip Report of Viñales
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. I just spent a completely legal week in Cuba, split between Havana and Viñales. An American in Cuba in 2015 is a six part series on the trip. This post will focus on my…
    - 3 days ago Jul 4, 2015, 5:07pm -
  • Make a One Minute Complaint for Free Flights or Magazines
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Updated July 4, 2015 because this deal is still alive, and I love reading the full Economist print edition online each week for free. Updated August 14, 2014 because my mil…
    - 3 days ago Jul 4, 2015, 2:00pm -
  • Better Card: Citi Prestige vs. Executive AAdvantage
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Yesterday I reviewed the improved offer on the Citi Executive AAdvantage World MasterCard, which now offers 75,000 bonus American Airlines after spending $7,500 in the…
    - 4 days ago Jul 3, 2015, 7:00pm -
  • Anatomy of an Award: Using Avianca LifeMiles to Buy Business Class Ticket Between US and Europe for $1,040
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Last week I published How to Consistently Buy Business Class Tickets to Europe for about $1,000, which explained how to purchase Avianca miles and use them to book award ti…
    - 4 days ago Jul 3, 2015, 12:56pm -
  • Free Giveaway: 51 Award Wallet Codes
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. New codes at 9:39 PM ET on July 3 Enjoy one of these 50 free upgrade codes to six months of Award Wallet Plus. Award Wallet is the free way I track my 33 miles and poi…
    - 4 days ago Jul 3, 2015, 10:32am -

Frequent Flier

  • newEarn 2,000 Bonus Points Per Night at Carlson Hotels
    This isn’t the most generous Carlson promotion in recent memory. But as summer hotel offers go, it’s not bad. Offer Details Between July 7 and September 27, Club Carlson members can earn 2,000 bonus points for every Carlson Rezidor night ... Read…
    - 56 mins ago Jul 7, 2015, 2:13pm -
  • newIntroducing the World’s Most Expensive Hotel City
    The most expensive city for hotel stays is now in America, according to Bloomberg’s latest study of hotel rates in the world’s top 100 financial centers. Average hotel rates surged 88.2 percent from last year, to $397, to push per-night ... Read…
    - 21 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 6:36pm -
  • newWin a Trip to Key West for 4 Persons
    Enter the Snappers “TLC Summer Giveaway” sweepstakes by August 31, 2015, for a chance to win the grand prize: a four-day trip for four to Key West, including air and three nights at the Marriott Key West Beachside Resort. NOTE: ... Read More
    - 23 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 4:13pm -
  • Weekly Recap: New JetBlue Fees, Feds Suspect Airline Collusion, & 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…
    - 4 days ago Jul 4, 2015, 12:40am -
  • Limited Time: 75,000-Mile Bonus for AAdvantage Credit Card
    American introduced its Citibank-issued Citi Executive/AAdvantage World Elite MasterCard four years ago, to compete with other premium travel-rewards cards like the American Express Platinum card, the Delta Reserve card, and the United Mileage Plus C…
    - 4 days ago Jul 3, 2015, 4:58pm -
  • How to Turn 20,000 Starwood Points into 30,000 American Miles
    How can you turn 20,000 Starwood points into 30,000 American AAdvantage miles? It’s complicated, but not too complicated. Offer Details Through August 7, American AAdvantage members can earn a 20 percent bonus when converting Starwood Preferred Gue…
    - 5 days ago Jul 2, 2015, 6:31pm -
  • Feds Suspect (Gasp!) Collusion Among Airlines
    Colluding to keep prices high? The U.S. airlines? Shocking! Well, maybe not so shocking to the millions of travelers who find themselves paying more and getting less. But apparently it’s news to the DOJ, which this week issued formal requests ... R…
    - 5 days ago Jul 2, 2015, 4:53pm -
  • Delta Boosts Transcon Flights
    If you fly on either of the country’s two most hotly contested routes — between New York and Los Angeles or New York and San Francisco — consider yourself blessed. Unlike many routes that are dominated by one or two ... Read More
    - 6 days ago Jul 1, 2015, 6:24pm -
  • White House Lifts Ban on Visitor Photography
    White House visitors who would feel reality-deprived if they were unable to photo-document their tours of the leader of the free world’s inner sanctum can now rest easy. Cameras and photography are now permitted on public White House tours. The ...…
    - 6 days ago Jul 1, 2015, 3:54pm -
  • July 4th Travel Forecast: a Lot Like Last Year
    Wondering what to expect on your July 4th trip? Think 2014. At least as far as the numbers go, this July 4th weekend will look a lot like last year’s. According to AAA, 41.9 million Americans will travel more than ... Read More
    - 7 days ago Jun 30, 2015, 5:43pm -

Travel is Free

Frequent Flyer Bonuses

Million Mile Secrets

  • newSave Time Planning Your Next Road Trip With Roadtrippers
    I love road trips with friends!  So I was excited to learn about the Roadtrippers website! You can use it to find interesting itineraries for classic road trips like Route 66, funky guides such as the United States of Bacon, as well … Continue r…
    - 7 hours ago Jul 7, 2015, 8:30am -
  • newBest Ways to Fly to Orlando With Miles & Points (or Small Money)!
    Now that summer is here, many folks are starting to think about vacations. A perennial favorite are the theme parks in Orlando, Florida.  And it’s within reach if you want to use your miles and points! I’ve written about how … Continue reading…
    - 7 hours ago Jul 7, 2015, 8:00am -
  • new30% Cash Back at Macy’s With Discover It Card!
    The Discover It card is offering double cash back after the 1st 12 months for new card members.  And right now, you can get 30% cash back when you shop at Macy’s online. I’ll show you how it works! Get … Continue reading →       Relat…
    - 19 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 8:30pm -
  • Explore Europe for Cheap With Budget Airlines!
    Now that the busy summer travel season is here, folks are wondering how to see more of Europe for less money. One trick is to fly on budget airlines once you get to Europe. I’ll show you when to use miles … Continue reading →        …
    - 1 day ago Jul 6, 2015, 8:30am -
  • Disney World: 5 Great Hotels to Book With Points
    I’ve written about how to take a Disney vacation for cheap using miles and points.  And how you can get airfare and a 5-night stay at Disney hotels Dolphin and Swan from just 2 credit cards! There are so many … Continue reading →       …
    - 1 day ago Jul 6, 2015, 8:00am -

Nomadic Matt

  • 9 Summer Reads to Satiate Your Wanderlust
    At the start of the New Year, I vowed to read one book a week, and I’m proud to say I’m accomplishing that goal. I even started a book club to keep me focused (I mean, you can’t recommend books if you don’t read them, right?). Thanks to my gr…
    - 1 day ago Jul 6, 2015, 2:34pm -
  • Introducing a Brand New Awesome Nomadic Matt (Plus Some Announcements)
    For close to three years, this website had the same design. When it came out, I loved it but over the course of those three years, the website has grown with a new forum, destination guides, new books, sections, and much more. To accommodate all that…
    - 8 days ago Jun 29, 2015, 3:34pm -
  • Introducing: The NM Case Study Project
    Months ago, I announced that I wanted to help four readers plan their trips from start to finish as part of a case study project for this website. While I haven’t talked about this in a long time, it’s because I’ve been busy making it happen. A…
    - 12 days ago Jun 25, 2015, 12:42pm -
  • How to Visit Napa Valley on a Budget
    With its verdant hills, acres of vineyards, and temperate climate, Napa Valley in California is one of the world’s premier wine-producing regions. Every year 3.3 million people flock to this region to bike, hike, swim in a veritable pool of wine, a…
    - 15 days ago Jun 22, 2015, 3:36pm -
  • Travel and the Art of Losing Friends
    After months on the road, you find yourself back home and excited to resume old friendships. You plan dinners, get-togethers, and nights out. And, as some people fail to respond or show up, you begin realize an awful truth — while you were out expl…
    - 19 days ago Jun 18, 2015, 11:18am -
  • How to Take Professional Travel Photos
    Photography. It’s not something I’ve very good at. I take all my pictures on an iPhone and, if they aren’t used on the blog, they mostly just sit on my hard drive. But I still think photographs are important for the memories they represent. You…
    - 22 days ago Jun 15, 2015, 3:12pm -
  • Searching for a More Balanced Life
    Somewhere in Wyoming, I realized my life had gone off track. I was at a scenic overlook, gazing upon these majestic mountains rising up from the ground in the distance, and all I could think was “OK, it’s time to go!” As I got back in the car,…
    - 26 days ago Jun 11, 2015, 2:34pm -
  • How to Stay Safe in South Africa
    On the second Wednesday of the month, Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse writes a guest column featuring tips and advice on solo female travel. It’s an important topic I can’t adequately cover, so I brought in an expert to share her advice. Thi…
    - 27 days ago Jun 10, 2015, 3:14pm -
  • How To Pack A Professional Travel First Aid Kit
    I get a lot of questions about health care on the road. How can I avoid getting sick? What do you do about vaccines? What happens when I do get sick? Since I’m not a doctor, I don’t like giving medical advice beyond a few general tips so I’ve a…
    - 29 days ago Jun 8, 2015, 2:28pm -
  • How to Travel Across the United States on $50 a Day
    The great American road trip is a rite of passage in the States. We Americans have a unique fascination with the open road. It’s built into our cultural DNA. In Jazz Age America, the car was a symbol of freedom – a chance to escape your small tow…
    - 36 days ago Jun 1, 2015, 2:19pm -

The Hustle Blog

  • 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.…
    - 6 days ago Jul 1, 2015, 5:20pm -
  • (Dead) Fare Alert: EWR-MEX $140 Round Trip
    UPDATE: Looks like it’s gone as of 12:21 AM EST. Damn, better luck next time folks! As I was randomly browsing flights tonight, I came across what seems like a very cheap fare to Mexico City from Newark. This has to be a mistake since it’s a full…
    - 38 days ago May 30, 2015, 4:00am -
  • Don’t Forget to Track Car Rental Reservations with AutoSlash
    Some people think car rentals can be a lengthy process. For me, I try to keep it as simple as possible. You have two options to use AutoSlash. Search for a car using their site Make your booking elsewhere & use AutoSlash to find better rates The pro…
    - 97 days ago 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!…
    - 99 days ago Mar 30, 2015, 11:00am -
  • Probable Southwest Rapid Rewards Devaluation
    Last week, Southwest Airlines sent an email to its Rapid Rewards loyalty program members informing them of a future change in the program. Sadly, they weren’t very specific about the change but it reads as a devaluation. We created Rapid Rewards®…
    - Feb 17, 2015, 12:00pm -
  • British Airways Avios Devaluation
    The biggest news going around the travel blogosphere lately is one we’re sadly all too familiar with… devaluation. British Airways announced some pricey changes to their loyalty program that will take effect April 28, 2015. The last time they cha…
    - Jan 30, 2015, 12:00pm -
  • Evolve Money Changes Terms for Discover Cards
    There have been a lot of changes going on with Evolve Money lately. First, I wrote about how they were a great way to pay for bills or loans that you can’t normally pay for with credit or gift cards. Then, they announced great news that we could us…
    - Dec 24, 2014, 5:34pm -
  • Chase Freedom 2015 Bonus Categories Announced
    While we’re all busy trying to hit the $1,500 in spend for this quarter’s bonus categories, Chase has announced all the bonus categories for 2015. January – March Grocery stores Movie theaters Starbucks April – June Restaurants Bed Bath & Bey…
    - Dec 10, 2014, 12:00pm -
  • Register Now! American Express Small Business Saturday
    Registration for American Express Small Business Saturday is live! Register all your eligible American Express cards at this link as soon as you can. As I detailed in a previous post, this year’s Small Business Saturday, which occurs on November 29…
    - Nov 17, 2014, 12:00pm -
  • 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 -

Pointscentric

Johnny Jet

  • newTravel Style: Andrew Zimmern
    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: Andrew Zimmern Occupation: Chef, Teacher, Cultural Ant…
    - 17 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 10:20pm -
  • new10 things to do in Osnabrück, Germany
    As part of a weeklong, five-city visit to western Germany, I visited Osnabrück with Historic Highlights of Germany. Osnabrück is very old town with ancient walls, cozy cafes, great boutique shopping and excellent wine bars! Below, I’ve compiled…
    - 19 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 8:18pm -
  • newTravel Tip of the Day: Tube Strikes in London This Week
    Tube Strikes in London This Week If you’ll be in London this week (where I recently was), today’s tip is an important one. Beginning on Wednesday night, employees of the Underground (Tube/subway) will go on strike for 24 hours, taking the Undergr…
    - 23 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 4:12pm -
  • Reader Travel Tip of the Day: Train Help Scam
    Train Help Scam Each Friday, we’re featuring a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip was inspired by Monday’s tip about pickpockets (where it was left as a comment), and it comes from reader Don K. Says Don: “Good…
    - 4 days ago Jul 3, 2015, 4:00pm -
  • Travel Style: Michael Holtz
    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: Michael Holtz Occupation: Owner of SmartFlyer Hometown…
    - 4 days ago Jul 3, 2015, 1:00pm -
  • Travel Style: Erina Pindar
    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: Erina Pindar Occupation: Managing Director, SmartFlyer…
    - 5 days ago Jul 2, 2015, 9:29pm -
  • Travel Tip of the Day: Swim within the Lifeguard Flags or Near Lifeguard Stands
    Swim Within the Lifeguard Flags or Near Lifeguard Stands I live near the beach in Los Angeles and over the years, I’ve come to learn that the safest place to swim is between the lifeguard flags, which are usually right in front of the lifeguard sta…
    - 5 days ago Jul 2, 2015, 4:00pm -
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina & Croatia, part 6: Magical Dubrovnik, Croatia
    This is the sixth and final installment in a six-part series following JohnnyJet.com writer Cynthia Cunniff through her experience of touring Bosnia-Herzegovina & Croatia with Insight Vacations. Head back to the series home page for the full exp…
    - 6 days ago Jul 1, 2015, 7:50pm -
  • Travel Tip of the Day: What to Do if You’re Traveling to Greece
    What to Do if You’re Traveling to Greece I’ve only been to Greece a few times, so I’m no expert on the place. But one thing I do know about Greece is that although it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world (especially the islands), I…
    - 6 days ago Jul 1, 2015, 4:24pm -
  • Top 10 in Travel News: Week of July 1, 2015
    THE TOP 10 IN TRAVEL NEWS THIS WEEK: Disney World will ban selfie-sticks from its theme parks After resisting for years, JetBlue adds checked bag fee Baha Mar developer files for bankruptcy Porter Airlines is on its way to Pittsburgh Nine dead after…
    - 6 days ago Jul 1, 2015, 12:43pm -

Doctor of Credit

Hustler Money Blog

  • newScottrade IRA Brokerage Review: Up to $2,000 Bonus
    Scottrade, a popular online discount brokerage with competitive features, is offering up to $2,000 cash bonus for new or existing customers. In order to earn the $2,000 bonus, you must open and fund your IRA or brokerage account with at least $1,000,…
    - 17 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 9:44pm -
  • newU.S Bank Visa Checkout $15 Statement Credit Bonus
    For cardholders of U.S Bank Visa credit card, you are eligible for a Free $15 statement credit good through 8/15/2015 simply by registering your card(no need to buy anything). With Visa Checkout, you can pay at participating online merchants similar…
    - 17 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 9:42pm -
  • newSimply Best Coupons American Express Business Gift Card Promotion
    Simply Best Coupons, a cash back shopping portal with $5 sign-up bonus, is offering 2% cash back for buying American Express business gift cards starting today(I’m not sure how long this will last). Hurry since there is no cost to join, Simply Best…
    - 18 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 9:14pm -
  • newBest Cash Back Shopping Stores, July 2015
    Here at HustlerMoneyBlog, I want to help you find the absolutely lowest price on all items with maximum cash back. You can get maximum cash back by becoming a member from the list of cash back programs below. These Cash back sites give you cash back…
    - 20 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 7:11pm -
  • Chase Bank Total Checking Review: $150 Bonus Promotion
    Chase Total Checking® is offering a $150 bonus when you set up direct deposit good through October 14, 2015. Make sure to enter your email to receive a Total Checking Coupon from Chase Bank to take it to your local Chase branch. With Chase Total Che…
    - 1 day ago Jul 6, 2015, 5:13am -
  • Chase Premier Plus Checking Review: $300 Bonus Coupon
    You can now open a Chase Premier Checking online or in-branch for a $300 bonus with direct deposit good through October 14, 2015. Unlike other Chase coupons, you can apply online directly through the above promotional link. The Chase Premier Checking…
    - 1 day ago Jul 6, 2015, 5:01am -
  • Huntington Bank $150 Asterisk-Free Checking Bonus
    Open up a Huntington Bank Asterisk-Free Checking account to earn $150 cash bonus for setting up direct deposit of at least $500 within the first 60 days. Promotion is valid through July 15, 2015 for residents of Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania,…
    - 2 days ago Jul 6, 2015, 1:01am -
  • American Express Credit Card Bonuses, July 2015
    While American Express is an advertising partner of HustlerMoneyBlog, the opinions and beliefs in this article are the author’s alone and have not been reviewed, approved, or otherwise endorsed by the issuer. American Express credit cards have many…
    - 2 days ago Jul 5, 2015, 6:34pm -
  • Chili’s Birthday Freebie Review
    Anybody can get a FREE appetizer or dessert on their birthday when they join My Chili’s Rewards! You’ll also receive 60 points as a sign up bonus- that’s enough for a FREE menu item. Joining My Chili’s Rewards allows you to earn point…
    - 2 days ago Jul 5, 2015, 5:45pm -
  • Featured Chase Bank Credit Card Bonuses, July 2015
    Chase Bank offers some of the best bank bonuses and credit card bonuses out there today.  You shouldn’t wait to open a Chase Bank Checking account since there are thousands of branches all across the United States. Currently there are two Chase Ba…
    - 3 days ago Jul 4, 2015, 5:42pm -

Hack My Trip

  • Which Online Travel Agency Has the Best Rewards Program?
    Two years ago I compared the various rewards offered by different third-party online travel agencies: Orbitz, Expedia, Hotels.com, and Travelocity. Since that time Expedia has updated their program (again) and made it less valuable (again), whil…
    - 1 day ago Jul 6, 2015, 1:30pm -
  • Get 1.6 Cents Per Point on Codeshares When Using Citi Prestige ThankYou Points
    One of my favorite credit card programs is Citi ThankYou Rewards. While they’ve really bolstered the program lately with cards like the Citi Prestige, it has a special place for me since my first credit card was a Citi MTVu card, that is now a Citi…
    - 1 day ago Jul 6, 2015, 11:05am -
  • Trade 20,000 Starpoints for 30,000 American Airlines Miles
    Now through August 7, American Airlines is offering a special 20% bonus on transferred points from Starwood Preferred Guest. This is in addition to the bonus miles you’ll already earn from Starwood when you transfer 20,000 points or more. In case…
    - 4 days ago Jul 3, 2015, 1:30pm -
  • Win a Free Trip to Hong Kong from Cathay Pacific and LoungeBuddy
    LoungeBuddy — one of the best tools for information on airport lounges — is partnering with Cathay Pacific to integrate iBeacon technology into their lounge at San Francisco. This technology uses short-range location information to provide relev…
    - 4 days ago Jul 3, 2015, 11:05am -
  • Confirmed: Negative Changes Coming to Barclaycard Arrival Plus
    Yesterday, I noticed that Barclaycard wasn’t allowing applications for their Arrival Plus World Elite Mastercard.  I even tried calling the special application phone number but was greeted with a message that “the offer I was applying for was no…
    - 5 days ago Jul 2, 2015, 2:29pm -

Maximizing Money

  • newScottrade Offers up to $2,000 Brokerage Account Bonus
    Scottrade is offering up to $2,000 in bonus cash for new or existing customers who open and/or fund a brokerage account through September 30, 2015.You'll earn $100 when you fund your account with at least $50,000, or you can earn up to $2,000 when y…
    - 19 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 7:45pm -
  • newCharles Schwab Promotion – $100 Cash Bonus, 500 Free Trades and More
    Update 7/6/2015: There is now a Charles Schwab promotion that offers 500 commission-free online trades when you make a net deposit of $50,000 into your new account (increased from 300 free trades).Alternatively, you can get a $100 bonus when you ope…
    - 19 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 7:40pm -
  • newStarwood SPG Pro 10,000 Bonus Starpoints Promotion
    Starwood SPG Pro for travel professionals is offering a Book Two Bonus that will give you up to 10,000 bonus Starpoints for eligible client bookings between July 1st and August 31, 2015.The post Starwood SPG Pro 10,000 Bonus Starpoints Promotion app…
    - 20 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 7:38pm -
  • newBBVA Compass NBA American Express Card 10,000 Bonus Points
    The BBVA Compass NBA American Express Card offers 10,000 bonus points after $500 in qualifying transactions within the first 90 days of account opening, which is redeemable for $100 cash back, and there is no annual fee for the life of the account wh…
    - 22 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 5:20pm -
  • newMonroe Bank & Trust $350 Business Checking Bonus and $250 Referrals in Michigan and Ohio
    Monroe Bank & Trust for residents of southeast Michigan and northwest Ohio offers up to a $350 business checking account bonus for new customers and $250 business referrals for current customers.The post Monroe Bank & Trust $350 Business Checking Bo…
    - 22 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 5:18pm -
  • newOrange County’s Credit Union $50 Checking Account Bonus in California
    Orange County's Credit Union offers a referral program that will give both members a $50 bonus when a current member refers a new member to open a checking account with free eStatements, a debit MasterCard, and either a direct deposit OR 5 debit card…
    - 24 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 3:35pm -
  • newHuntingdon Valley Bank Little Patriot Savers Account $1 Per “A” Grade and $5 Family Bonus
    Huntingdon Valley Bank in Pennsylvania provides kids with a Little Patriot Savers account that offers a $1 bonus per "A" grade and a $5 family account bonus.The post Huntingdon Valley Bank Little Patriot Savers Account $1 Per “A” Grade and $5 Fa…
    - 24 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 3:31pm -
  • Fandango Visa Checkout $10 Movie Ticket Discount on Saturday and Sunday
    You can get $10 off your Fandango movie ticket purchase on Saturday and Sunday when you pay with Visa Checkout through September 6, 2015.The post Fandango Visa Checkout $10 Movie Ticket Discount on Saturday and Sunday appeared first on Maximizing Mo…
    - 4 days ago Jul 4, 2015, 12:28am -
  • Ebates $10 Gift Card Bonus and $50 Tell-A-Friend Promotion
    The Ebates cash back shopping network is currently offering a $10 gift card bonus when you open a new account.Get your Ebates $10 Gift Card Bonus when you open a free Ebates account today.Plus, you can earn $50 when you refer 2 of your friends with…
    - 4 days ago Jul 3, 2015, 8:30pm -
  • Suffolk Federal Credit Union $20 eStatements Enrollment Bonus
    Suffolk Federal Credit Union in Long Island, New York, will give you a $20 bonus to enroll in free eStatements between July 15th and August 31, 2015, plus you'll be entered to win a prize, including a $250, $500, or $1,000 Visa Gift Card.The post Su…
    - 4 days ago Jul 3, 2015, 8:21pm -

Boarding Area

  • newThe Best Combo of Ultimate Rewards Cards
    A big part of any solid miles and points strategy is not just knowing which cards to get, but knowing which cards to keep for the long haul.  One “family” of points that I think is particularly important to know how to maximize for the long haul…
    - 26 mins ago Jul 7, 2015, 2:43pm -
  • newA Week in Anchorage – Arriving for the 100th Anniversary
    As some of you know from past posts, I still have a home in Anchorage from my years there.  We visit it as often as we can.  Since my wife doesn’t work, this means she gets the whole summer up here, but for me it means only a week away from work…
    - 26 mins ago Jul 7, 2015, 2:43pm -
  • newCan you trust Walmart’s ‘Made in USA’ product claims?
    For many Americans, a “Made in USA” label can often mean the difference between buying an item, or putting it back on the shelf.Advertising watchdog group Truth in Advertising alleges that Wal-Mart mislabeled more than 100 items as “Made in th…
    - 39 mins ago Jul 7, 2015, 2:30pm -
  • newBREAKING – Carnival Corp. First US Cruise Line to Cuba
    Carnival Corporation announced this morning that it has received approval from the US Department of the Treasure and the US Department of Commerce to operate cruises to Cuba. Carnival plans to being cruises through the company’s recently unveiled…
    - 41 mins ago Jul 7, 2015, 2:28pm -
  • newQantas Awards Without Fuel Surcharges, Saving $1200 a Night on Hotels, and the Meaning of Miles
    A collection of the most interesting links you’ll want to see, many you’ll want to click.Continue reading Qantas Awards Without Fuel Surcharges, Saving $1200 a Night on Hotels, and the Meaning of Miles...
    - 1 hour ago Jul 7, 2015, 2:04pm -
  • newWine Review: American First Class Dallas to Madrid
    Some very interesting choices here.I’m a big fan of Sauvignon Blanc on airplanes as the strong gooseberry, melon, and cut grass flavors of the wine (it tastes better than it sounds – trust me!) have often stayed strong at altitude.Languedoc is…
    - 1 hour ago Jul 7, 2015, 2:03pm -
  • new$29 Frontier Airline Sales
    Yesterday, Frontier Airlines was offering $21 fares, but today there is another sale where they are slightly higher at a whopping “starting at” $29 one-way. Although fares are slightly more expensive, there seems to be many more routes available.…
    - 2 hours ago Jul 7, 2015, 1:37pm -
  • newI hate phone screen protectors but I carry one in case of this happening to me…
    I have never EVER broken a screen. I have had “smart-ish” phones for a long time. My first ever smart phone was a Samsung i300. OK, so calling it a “smart phone” is pushing it just a little bit. A palm pilot with a phone is a better descripti…
    - 2 hours ago Jul 7, 2015, 1:36pm -
  • newIs Europe about to ban selfies?
    After the European Parliament votes on “freedom of panorama” on Thursday, July 9, travelers to Europe, along with millions of Europeans, might have to watch their backs after posting their photos. The law could be just a few footsteps behind.Aft…
    - 2 hours ago Jul 7, 2015, 1:30pm -
  • newMarriott Cards Offering 80,000 Points, But May Not Be The Best Offer
    There is simply no other co-branded credit card that offers so many different offers on the same cards as Marriott does. Basically, you can pick from a variety of point offerings with different minimum spending requirements on the same Marriott card…
    - 2 hours ago Jul 7, 2015, 1:07pm -

Frequent Flyer Miles 101

  • newA few random notes on a day of travel…
    I spent yesterday traveling from Boston to Las Vegas. It wasn’t supposed to be the whole day, but it turned out that way. To my benefit. Here’s a few random notes from the day. Hopefully, you’ll find something to help you. There’s a new Delta…
    - 24 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 3:11pm -
  • The backdoor route to Europe that will save you some cash
    Summer travel to Europe is expensive. There’s just no way around it. You can use miles, of course, and there are generally flights available for 60,000 miles round-trip, but if you’re flying a family of four, you may not have the 240,000 miles yo…
    - 3 days ago Jul 4, 2015, 10:47pm -
  • Free golf and geeking out to a Chase Sapphire dining bonus
    (I’m going to be out of office for the next week or so. I’ll be posting, but not as frequently as usual.) I have spoken to a few people who have the Citibank Prestige card to gauge reactions. Lounges? Great. Cash credits? Great. Free hotel nights…
    - 4 days ago Jul 3, 2015, 9:27pm -
  • Starwood conversion bonus to American miles
    I’m not traditionally a fan of converting hotel points to airline miles, since the value tends to get quite diluted in the conversion. So a recent promotion with Starwood and American Airlines, which gives you a 20% additional bonus when you exchan…
    - 5 days ago Jul 2, 2015, 2:39pm -
  • JetBlue bag fees start tomorrow; another one bites the dust
    We’re down to one domestic airline with free bags, as JetBlue will start charging for checked bags tomorrow, leaving Southwest as the lone freebie. Mosaic (elite) members will still get two free bags, as will anyone on their itinerary. JetBlue is m…
    - 7 days ago Jun 30, 2015, 9:23pm -
  • I give up: You should get the British Airways Visa, (especially if you live in the US!)
    Certain cards mentioned may give me a commission if you order them through my site. I thank you in advance. I give up. I’ve been waiting and waiting for British Airways to turn on its 100,000 Avios (the fancy BA term for miles) promo for its Visa…
    - 8 days ago Jun 29, 2015, 9:10pm -
  • Another example of why it’s important to keep an eye on your reservations…
    It’s rare that there’s a problem with a reservation after you book it. Normally, you buy your ticket, show up at the airport and fly. Every once in a while, the airline will change your flight time or plane type and, even more rarely, your flight…
    - 10 days ago Jun 27, 2015, 10:54pm -
  • Foreign transaction fees on credit cards…
    I received a question the other day about foreign transaction fees on credit cards, which I also refer to as “because they can” fees. These fees are just what they sound like: if you make a purchase abroad (or purchase from a merchant located abr…
    - 12 days ago Jun 25, 2015, 5:32pm -
  • JetBlue’s Mint is coming to Boston
    It was exactly 20 days ago that I told a reader that Mint would be coming to Boston when the hellmouth froze over. So much for that, as the temperature just dropped precipitously in Sunnydale; this morning, JetBlue announced Mint service from Boston…
    - 14 days ago Jun 23, 2015, 1:11pm -
  • Boeing Dreamliner does a vertical takeoff at the Paris airshow
    Okay, this is just cool. For those of you who have never seen a vertical take-off, this 787 was awfully impressive at the Paris Airshow. No amount of miles would get me on that plane, though. Well, maybe for a really good promo, I’d consider it……
    - 15 days ago Jun 22, 2015, 4:13pm -

Mr. Free Miles

  • newRedeem Points & Miles For Cheap Travel
    Redeeming points and miles for cheap travel is the greatest travel hack of the 21st century. After redeeming 2,500,000 airline miles and hotel points, I truly believe that statement. And, finally, after many months of reading, signing up...
    - 2 hours ago Jul 7, 2015, 1:00pm -
  • new75,000 AAdvantage Bonus Miles With Citi Executive Card
    75,000 bonus AAdvantage miles are available for a limited time with the Citibank AA  Executive card. This is a 50% increase from the standard 50,000 mile offer and could net several thousand dollars in value. Here are the full details...
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  • Manage All Your Credit Cards With TFG's CardTracker
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  • The Ultimate List Of Airline Contact Pages & Phone Numbers
    Flight changes happen - delays, reschedules, etc. True frequent flyers need all airlines contact pages and phone numbers at their fingertips. This post serves that purpose, categorized by featured airlines and other. Note that featured airlines a…
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  • The Ultimate List Of Hotel Contact Pages & Phone Numbers
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  • The Ultimate List Of Bank Contact Pages & Phone Numbers
    Contacting your bank, whether through their webpage or phone number, is inevitable. This post serves as a collection of bank contact resources, categorized by featured and other. Note that featured banks are prioritized for U.S. readers and...
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  • Where To Stay In Vilanculos, Mozambique
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  • 7 Cups Of Coffee That Changed My Life
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  • Mr. Free Miles Is Merging With The Faraway Guide!
    As a brand new addition to The Faraway Guide, I am extremely excited to join this amazing website. After earning over 2,300,000 miles, traveling to 45 countries and reaching 10,000 unique monthly visitors at Mr. Free Miles, I am...
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  • My Favorite Supplements For Life And Travel
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  • newTeh Penalty Box
    I think it's time for a new Box thread that works. So, here goes.
    - 1 min ago Jul 7, 2015, 3:08pm -
  • newAnyone else stuck in Milepoint Silver purgatory?
    Just curious whether there are other souls like me, who have been stuck at the Silver level for (what seems like) a long time. Looks like the requirements to go from Silver to Gold are quite steep, and that pesky points total refuses to go up in spit…
    - 16 mins ago Jul 7, 2015, 2:53pm -
  • newpotential name issue with UA-LH ticket- my name didn't transfer properly
    OK, I tried search TOBB and this one for over an hour, sorry if it's under my nose. I was told by a LH agent at the main US CS number that I would be denied boarding in FRA, because my name shows up in the LH system as "Jane A Doe", while my passpor…
    - 21 mins ago Jul 7, 2015, 2:48pm -
  • newAnother Hotel Shootout, This Time at the Omni Downtown Austin Hotel
    Another Hotel Shootout, This Time at the Omni Downtown Austin Hotel We have a few fears about staying in hotels, usually centered around someone breaking into our room and the hotel overcharging us for WiFi, but now we have "shootout" to add to the…
    - 22 mins ago Jul 7, 2015, 2:47pm -
  • 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…
    - 28 mins ago Jul 7, 2015, 2:41pm -
  • newAMERICAN EXPRESS AND STARWOOD ENHANCE COBRAND CREDIT CARD BENEFITS
    Today, American Express and Starwood Hotels & Resorts are pleased to announce a host of new benefits adding more value to the Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®) Credit Card from American Express for US residents*.In addition to existing benefits, e…
    - 36 mins ago Jul 7, 2015, 2:33pm -
  • newFrom Dublin to Cardiff, what a pain
    I'm booking a trip for my wife and daughter to Ireland and the UK in June/July. Since my wife only has two weeks for the whole trip their schedule is very tight. They need to get from Dublin to Cardiff on July 3. Unfortunately, I can find Aer Ling…
    - 41 mins ago Jul 7, 2015, 2:28pm -
  • newBusinessman Denis O'Brien receives offers for luxury Algarve resort Quinta do Lago
    Businessman Denis O'Brien receives offers for luxury Algarve resort Quinta do LagoBillionaire businessman Denis O'Brien has received a number of approaches for his luxury Algarve resort, Quinta do Lago, that are expected to lead to its sale.It is u…
    - 2 hours ago Jul 7, 2015, 1:39pm -
  • newdietary consumption when you are looking to boost your muscle mass.
    Crevalor Stay aware of your dietary consumption when you are looking to boost your muscle mass. You need to be hydrated all the time. Muscle is 70 percent water, so you NEED it now more than ever. Also steer clear of alcohol, as that is known to incr…
    - 2 hours ago Jul 7, 2015, 1:32pm -
  • newAeroplan says blackouts are gone but not surcharges
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/aer...ut-what-about-those-fuel-surcharges-1.3137189"Aeroplan doesn't charge fuel surcharges on all their carriers." said Campbell. "[Taiwan airline] Eva, United, Swiss Airlines, they don't charge fuel surcharges."An…
    - 3 hours ago Jul 7, 2015, 12:31pm -

Flyertalk MilesBuzz

  • newA Brief Report on Tigerair Taiwan: TPE-DMK
    Trip Report – Tigerair Taiwan 2015 A Brief Report on Tigerair Taiwan Image: http://i1213.photobucket.com/albums/cc465/Carfield76/Summer%202015/IMG_9836_zpsmsszujjj.jpg ...
    - 5 mins ago Jul 7, 2015, 3:04pm -
  • newIncrease in miles needed for Premiere Awards?
    Hello all, Early this year I had been looking at La Premiere Awards from Europe to the USA, for a trip next year. I never booked but only looked at the possibilities. At that time, a Premiere ticket needed around 165.000 miles if I call correct...…
    - 5 mins ago Jul 7, 2015, 3:04pm -
  • newIncrease in miles needed for Premiere Awards?
    Mods please delete and I apologize for the double post
    - 8 mins ago Jul 7, 2015, 3:01pm -
  • newUA Miles on ANA Japan Air-operated flights
    Hi, has anyone recently been successful with earning United miles for ANA flights that are operated by Air Japan? I have heard mixed messages. I called United and they said I won't earn miles b/c it's operated by Air Japan not ANA, even though it's..…
    - 24 mins ago Jul 7, 2015, 2:45pm -
  • newLounge Access in SCL traveling to IPC
    I am arriving in SCL early in the morning around 5am. I am thinking of buying tickets in business class from SCL to IPC. Would I have access to a lounge in SCL until around 10am when my flight would leave? From what I see on LAN's website the lounge.…
    - 25 mins ago Jul 7, 2015, 2:44pm -
  • newTier Miles South African operated by Emirates
    Hi guys, Flying later this month JNB-DXB on South African code share operated by Emirates. Do I get EK Tier miles as well or only Skyward miles. Also I'm EK Gold are benefits like lounge access applicable? Thanks!
    - 26 mins ago Jul 7, 2015, 2:43pm -
  • newMAN-IST - Reward Seats Not Available?
    I'm looking at MAN-IST flights with both AC and UA and not seeing any availability for October or November. Is this particular segment only open to booking for members of TK's frequent flyer program? Tested a bunch of other segments to XXX-IST.…
    - 29 mins ago Jul 7, 2015, 2:40pm -
  • new10 days in Shanghai - too much?
    I have 10 solid days, currently only booked to Shanghai. Is that too much time to spend there? I'm considering a side trip to Hanoi; if so, how much of the 10 days should I dedicate? If I stay in Shanghai, are there any recommended day...
    - 31 mins ago Jul 7, 2015, 2:38pm -
  • newLounge access on ME/RJ codeshare at BEY
    I'm assuming that the answer is going to be "no", but I thought I'd still ask. In a bit over a month, I'll be flying from BEY to AMM. It's an ME-operated flight sold as an RJ codeshare. As a OW Emerald, will I get lounge access in BEY?
    - 33 mins ago Jul 7, 2015, 2:36pm -
  • newMR bonus on Uber?
    I just read that MR cards can earn a 2X MR bonus on Uber rides. Is this offer still valid? Is it a permanent offer or will it expire at some point? I don't have a MR card, but I held off on the PRG/EDP since a good chunk of my spend comes from...
    - 33 mins ago Jul 7, 2015, 2:36pm -

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