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The Points Guy

  • newIs Pizza Fair Compensation for Flight Delays?
    Flight delays are an inevitable part of air travel. Sometimes airlines are at fault and sometimes they aren’t; either way, how an airline responds is what matters most to those on board. Today, TPG Contributor Robbie Harrell explains why some D…
    - 2 hours ago 24 Oct 14, 7:19pm -
  • newContest Roundup: Amex Getaway, Ireland, Italy, Skiing in Chile & Vail
    Check out the week in travel contests and sweepstakes for your chance to win an American Express getaway, ski trips to Chile and Vail, a seven night cruise, and trips to Rome and Ireland. Win A Getaway for Two From American Express Travel Take a trav…
    - 3 hours ago 24 Oct 14, 6:29pm -
  • newDelta Testing Early Valet Baggage Service
    Over the past year, Delta has made a number of negative changes including Mileage Accrual Based on Spending, Additional Revenue Requirements for Medallion Status, Reduced SkyClub Guests and Increased Fees, A Tighter Same Day Confirm Policy, Bloc…
    - 5 hours ago 24 Oct 14, 4:05pm -
  • newApple Pay Overview: How to Set Up and Shop
    When Apple launched the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Watch and latest iPad back in September, the company also announced that it would launch a mobile payment system called Apple Pay in October. Well, it’s October, and Apple Pay has launched, so…
    - 7 hours ago 24 Oct 14, 1:59pm -
  • new5 Sunny Award Travel Destinations for the Holiday Season
    I’m a sucker for warm climates pretty much any time of year, but I especially relish a nice beach getaway in the middle of winter. Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele points out some hot award travel vacation ideas that you can still book for thi…
    - 9 hours ago 24 Oct 14, 12:08pm -
  • US Airways Barclaycard Updates and Targeted Offer
    The US Airways World Premier MasterCard has had a number of different sign-up bonuses within the last year- usually in the range of 30,000 to 40,000 miles, but US Airways is currently sending out targeted offers for 50,000 bonus miles after spend…
    - 1 day ago 23 Oct 14, 7:29pm -
  • Free Flu Shots via UberHealth Today Only
    As a frequent traveler, I’m careful to get a flu shot every year, and today in New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C., my favorite car service, Uber, is making getting a flu shot both easy and free. Today only, Thursday, October 23, between…
    - 1 day ago 23 Oct 14, 5:07pm -
  • Thursday Giveaway: $500 Visa Gift Card
    This year is simply flying by, I can’t believe it’s nearly November already! It seems like just yesterday that I was lounging at the Andaz Papagayo in Costa Rica and celebrating New Years with friends. Soon enough, the holiday’s will be rolling…
    - 1 day ago 23 Oct 14, 3:30pm -
  • Should the JetBlue Amex Card Earn a Spot in Your Wallet?
    I’ve made no secret of my disappointment over recent devaluations by legacy carriers. As I’ve considered which airline deserves the bulk of my business, I’ve been happy to try out new service, like my upcoming flight on JetBlue’s new Mint…
    - 1 day ago 23 Oct 14, 2:10pm -
  • Late Checkout for Hilton HHonors Diamond: the Weekly Wish
    Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen continues his series The Weekly Wish, looking at flaws, shortcomings, and room for improvement in the world of travel and loyalty programs. Today’s wish: guaranteed late checkout for Hilton HHonors Diamond elites.…
    - 1 day ago 23 Oct 14, 12:08pm -

Frugal Travel Guy

  • newChicago Seminars Recap: Managing Family Accounts
    If you came to the Chicago Seminars, you’re probably the go-to person in your family when it comes to points, miles and travel advice. Every family has their computer guy or car guy — and you’re the travel guy (or gal). I used to be the compute…
    - 1 hour ago 24 Oct 14, 8:00pm -
  • newRick Steves’ Top European Tourist Traps (and the Ones He’s Wrong About)
    Few people in the world know more about travel to Europe than Rick Steves. That is why I listen whenever he speaks on the topic, even if I do not necessarily agree with everything he says. In an article for The Seattle Times published this week, Rick…
    - 2 hours ago 24 Oct 14, 7:00pm -
  • newReward Yourself! Use Credit Card Rewards to Splurge
    A few years ago, I learned that my favorite band, Pearl Jam, was scheduled to perform two shows in nearby Chicago. Of course I was totally stoked, so I planned my entire day around buying tickets the second they went on sale. But somehow I completely…
    - 13 hours ago 24 Oct 14, 8:00am -
  • newChicago Seminars Recap: Breaking In Newbies
    Getting everyone on the same page is one of the hardest things to do in the miles and points game. How can you effectively present to several hundred people and hold all of their attention? Do you talk to the least knowledgeable audience member, or…
    - 22 hours ago 23 Oct 14, 11:00pm -
  • Chicago Seminar Recap: Computer Security Tips and Tricks
    My background is in technology. I used to be more of a hardcore geek: building PCs, running computer network cable, planning server deployments and IT consulting. Then I stumbled upon this world of travel and credit cards. It’s way more fun. At the…
    - 1 day ago 23 Oct 14, 8:00pm -
  • WOW Air: Roundtrip Fares to Iceland and Europe under $300
    Two days ago, I was trying to convince my wife that we should do a long weekend trip to Iceland. As is usually the case when I initially pitch her my travel plan ideas, she looked at me like I was crazy. I have wanted to travel to Iceland for years,…
    - 1 day ago 23 Oct 14, 4:45pm -
  • An Overlooked Advantage of the Amex EveryDay Credit Card
    Earlier this year, American Express introduced the no annual fee Amex EveryDay Credit Card, which earns 2X points at U.S. supermarkets on up to $6,000 per year in purchases. Additionally, if you use the card 20 or more times in a billing period, you…
    - 2 days ago 23 Oct 14, 8:00am -
  • Hyatt Continues Aggressive Expansion Plans in Puerto Rico
    One year ago today, there wasn’t a single Hyatt property operating in Puerto Rico. Now, there are three Hyatt properties operating on the island, with construction underway for a fourth one (and more rumored to be on the way). The 156-room Hyatt Pl…
    - 2 days ago 23 Oct 14, 12:00am -
  • How Many Miles Do You Need?
    “How many miles do I need for a coach ticket to Europe?” I get asked a variation of this question all the time. The answer I give is usually the same, and it has nothing to do with the flight distance or airline preference. We all have different…
    - 2 days ago 22 Oct 14, 11:00pm -
  • Want to Travel Solo On A Shoestring? Here’s How
    Do you have the travel bug but you’re reluctant to go off into the world alone? Perhaps you can’t find like-minded people who have either the time or resources to join you. Or maybe you would simply like to try a trip on your own. The good news i…
    - 2 days ago 22 Oct 14, 8:00pm -

One Mile at a Time

  • newHow Should My Dad Document Our Round The World Trip?
    My dad will be turning a "round" age next month, and to celebrate I'm taking him on a surprise round the world trip.For those of you not up to date on the planning process thus far, check out these posts:-- Planning My Dad's Big Birthday Trip-- Up…
    - 1 hour ago 24 Oct 14, 8:03pm -
  • newMy Single Favorite Thing About Living In Hotels
    I'm often asked what my favorite and least favorite things are about living in hotels full time.My answers always vary a little, though I tend to think my least favorite things are the challenge of doing laundry and the general food situation (not h…
    - 3 hours ago 24 Oct 14, 6:03pm -
  • newShould You Keep Credit Cards After First Year?
    I've received a handful of comments on the blog in the last week alone asking how I handle credit cards when the first year's annual fee comes due. The questions are mostly similar to this one, asked by Amy on the Ask Lucky page of the blog:"Lucky,…
    - 5 hours ago 24 Oct 14, 4:03pm -
  • newUp To 35% Bonus When You Buy American Miles
    American is offering a tiered bonus on the purchase of AAdvantage miles through November 12, 2014.In order to qualify for the bonus you have to purchase at least 12,000 miles.The bonus tiers are as follows:-- Purchase 12,000-29,000 miles and earn…
    - 7 hours ago 24 Oct 14, 2:36pm -
  • newReview: Park Hyatt Seoul
    People often leave comments at the end of my posts saying "I want five minutes of my life back." Let me save you five minutes with a one sentence summary. The Park Hyatt Seoul is perfect.You've been warned...Incheon Airport is a long distance from…
    - 8 hours ago 24 Oct 14, 1:03pm -
  • newStunning Footage Of Mexico City Airport
    While I love travel and miles & points, I might just love aviation even more. From airplanes to airports to everything inbetween, I'm as enthused by all of it as a toddler.So there's nothing I love more than some good airplane and airport video foot…
    - 9 hours ago 24 Oct 14, 12:00pm -
  • newYou Won’t Believe This Racist Chinatown Tour Guide!
    I'm actually kind of a fan of double decker bus tours, especially the "hop on hop off" variety. When I visit a city for the first time I often like to use them on my first day or two to get a good overview of the city, and then from there decide wher…
    - 20 hours ago 24 Oct 14, 1:11am -
  • newBook Lufthansa First Class Awards In Advance
    There's no denying that booking Lufthansa first class with miles is getting more difficult by the day:-- Lufthansa only releases first class award space to partner airlines at most 15 days out, so if you need to plan further out than that you usuall…
    - 21 hours ago 24 Oct 14, 12:03am -
  • newNew FlyerTalk Premium Fare Deals Forum
    It has been over a decade since I've flown longhaul economy class, and that's thanks almost exclusively to miles & points.The truth is at this point I just won't fly longhaul economy unless I really have to. And since my schedule is usually extremel…
    - 23 hours ago 23 Oct 14, 10:03pm -
  • Air Canada 2015 Elite Program Changes
    Air Canada has announced some major changes to their 2015 elite program.To clarify, the Altitude program is separate from the Aeroplan program, which is Aeroplan's spun off frequent flyer program.While there are some good and bad elements to the ch…
    - 1 day ago 23 Oct 14, 7:58pm -

The Free-quent Flyer

  • newUS Airways anniversary miles (and affiliate bloggers acting shamelessly)
    I've long said that the only question that mattered - and the one that was being studiously ignored by affiliate bloggers - about the Barclaycard US Airways MasterCard is what will happen to the card's anniversary miles.Applications for the card befo…
    - 22 hours ago 23 Oct 14, 11:12pm -
  • Reflections on PayPal and My Cash warnings
    PayPal's compliance department is sending warning e-mailsIt's no secret that I'm a huge fan of PayPal My Cash cards as a tool for manufacturing spend in two of my favorite bonus categories: drug stores and gas stations. Unlike some more aggressive us…
    - 2 days ago 22 Oct 14, 10:00am -
  • Use rollover nights to earn Marriott Gold elite status
    Continued experiments with posting scheduleAs long as I've been writing this blog, I've posted on an extremely irregular schedule: my own. Typically, I get home from manufacturing spend, plop down at the desk and write about whatever I've been thinki…
    - 8 days ago 16 Oct 14, 10:00am -
  • Thrilling follow-up to subscription week!
    Last Sunday I introduced Subscription Week, 5 posts (one, two, three, four, five) selected from my archives which, while wide-ranging, I felt represented a selection of the best work I do here for my readers and which I hoped would encourage some cas…
    - 9 days ago 15 Oct 14, 10:00am -
  • Survival bias and the "ease" of travel hacking
    There's been a lot of great writing lately in the travel hacking blogosphere about the traps being laid by affiliate bloggers and others who suggest that travel hacking is so easy that "anyone can do it."My favorite post on the subject was "Airheads…
    - 10 days ago 14 Oct 14, 8:01pm -
  • What you miss when you miss MS
    In the last few weeks I saw posts from two of my favorite Boarding Area bloggers/punching bags that helped crystalize something I've been turning over in my head for a little while.At the end of September, Gary at View From the Wing wrote about the A…
    - 14 days ago 10 Oct 14, 11:14pm -
  • Subscription week: Alaska Airlines debit card
    [In today's final installment of Subscription Week, I've picked one of my favorite posts, thanks to the simplicity and genius of the mile-earning possibility: the Bank of America Alaska Airlines debit card. A person who was only interested in flying…
    - 14 days ago 10 Oct 14, 10:00am -
  • Subscription week: PayPal Extras MasterCard
    [Back on Sunday I explained that this week, I'm re-running 5 "classic" Free-quent Flyer Blog posts to encourage readers who find value in what I'm doing to sign up for a weekly or monthly PayPal subscription. Today's Subscription Week post is a favor…
    - 15 days ago 9 Oct 14, 10:00am -
  • Quick hit: register for additional $50 cash back from Discover
    I saw a number of folks on Twitter this week talking about a targeted offer for Discover cardholders to choose one merchant – in addition to the 4th quarter revolving 5% cash back categories – where they would be able to earn 5% cash back on u…
    - 16 days ago 9 Oct 14, 1:21am -
  • Subscription week: "old" Blue Cash
    [As I explained Sunday, this week I'm re-running 5 "classic" Free-quent Flyer Blog posts, with the hope that readers, both regular and new, will decide that this blog is worth supporting through a weekly or monthly PayPal subscription. Today's post i…
    - 16 days ago 8 Oct 14, 10:00am -

The Frequent Miler

  • newAmazon Local Register joins Square and shuts me down
    In some of the earliest posts on this blog in 2011, I wrote about the best ways of manufacturing spend through the use of Square.  Square is a device that connects to your smartphone or tablet and lets you accept credit card payments for a flat 2.75…
    - 11 hours ago 24 Oct 14, 10:25am -
  • Buy AA miles for less than a penny each, automatically
    Great news for those who have the version of the US Airways credit card that automatically awards 10,000 bonus miles each year.  Barclaycard has announced that this benefit will continue once the US Airways and American Airlines loyalty programs com…
    - 1 day ago 23 Oct 14, 2:22pm -
  • Quickest spend to international flights
    At its most basic level, the frequent flyer game goes like this: Use tricks to earn lots of miles quickly Spend those miles on international luxury flights An ingrained belief in this hobby is that the best way to maximize value from your miles is to…
    - 1 day ago 23 Oct 14, 10:25am -
  • Amex shuts down “old” Blue Cash accounts
    Flyertalk has been lighting up with reports from those who have had their “old” Blue Cash credit card accounts suddenly closed.  Some discovered the closure when logging into their accounts.  Others received emails like the one posted by silver…
    - 2 days ago 22 Oct 14, 9:11pm -
  • Manufacturing miles for free flights
    The fastest way, by far, to earn miles for free flights is to sign up for the best credit card offers.  The next best option is often to earn miles through online shopping portals.  The most dependable method, though, is to earn miles through credi…
    - 2 days ago 22 Oct 14, 10:15am -
  • Top 7 things I dislike about REDbird
    I’ve been writing a lot lately about the great new Target Prepaid REDcard (AKA REDbird).  And, there’s no doubt it’s a great new product.  It gives you an automatic 5% off Target purchases and free shipping via Target.com.  Even better, it c…
    - 3 days ago 21 Oct 14, 10:25am -
  • How to find the best credit card for groceries, gas, restaurants, and more
    One great way to increase credit card rewards is to maximize your use of category bonuses.  Many credit cards offer bonus points for shopping in certain locations or with certain types of vendors.  These bonuses are called category bonuses. A list…
    - 4 days ago 20 Oct 14, 10:25am -
  • REDbird advanced – Experiment results
    In the past two weeks, since REDbird (AKA the Target Prepaid REDcard) was launched, I’ve experimented to see what it can and can’t do.  Here’s what I found so far… Background REDbird is a prepaid card very similar to Bluebird and Serve. As s…
    - 5 days ago 19 Oct 14, 1:27pm -
  • The REDbird Life-cycle [Infographic]
    REDbird, the new Target Prepaid REDcard, is a terrific new alternative to Bluebird and Serve.  Like Bluebird and Serve, REDbird is a prepaid reloadable card and is a reasonable fee-free checking account alternative.  In addition to no-fees, it offe…
    - 6 days ago 18 Oct 14, 6:21pm -
  • REDbird technical issues
    REDbird, the new Target Prepaid REDcard, is awesome.  In addition to offering free shipping and 5% off all Target purchases, it allows free credit card reloads at Target and free bill pay (see “REDcard changes everything”).  So, yes, it is awes…
    - 7 days ago 17 Oct 14, 3:35pm -

View From the Wing

Well Traveled Mile

MileValue

Frequent Flier

  • newRecap: The Week’s Biggest Stories and Best Deals
    Following is our regular summary of the latest travel news and best frequent traveler promotions reviewed during the past week. If it was a good deal—or a notably bad deal—from an airline, hotel, or car rental loyalty program, you can ... Read Mo…
    - 3 hours ago 24 Oct 14, 6:15pm -
  • newEarn 4X AAdvantage Miles for Wyndham Stays
    Between October 15, 2014, and January 16, 2015, AAdvantage members can earn quadruple miles for the second, third, and fourth stays at all 7,000-plus Wyndham hotels. Registration is required. Deal or No Deal Wyndham Rewards members who elect to earn…
    - 4 hours ago 24 Oct 14, 4:51pm -
  • Double Delta Miles and Elite Bonus for Hilton Stays
    It’s unusual to see an airline offering elite-qualifying miles for hotel stays. Here’s one from Delta, for Hilton stays. Offer Details Through December 20, SkyMiles members can earn double miles plus 250 Medallion-qualifying miles for stays of tw…
    - 1 day ago 23 Oct 14, 6:10pm -
  • Are You a Hypocrite When Choosing an Airline?
    If you were to extrapolate from travelers’ complaints about air service, you’d be tempted to assume that their primary concerns when choosing airlines were legroom (more not less), nuisance fees (fewer not more), and frequent-flyer miles (more no…
    - 1 day ago 23 Oct 14, 4:16pm -
  • Up to 5,000 Bonus Marriott Points for Paris Stays
    Planning a Paris trip in the coming months? If so, this offer from Marriott is worth a look. Offer Details Between November 9, 2014, and January 31, 2015, Marriott Rewards members can earn up to 5,000 bonus points for weekend ... Read More
    - 3 days ago 21 Oct 14, 6:51pm -
  • United Goes All in on Hertz
    Today, members of United’s MileagePlus program can earn miles when renting cars with eight rental-car companies: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, National, Sixt, and Thrifty. Beginning on November 1, that list will be pared to three: Hertz, Doll…
    - 3 days ago 21 Oct 14, 5:08pm -
  • Earn Up to 10,000 Wyndham Bonus Points
    When it comes to building a winning loyalty program, Wyndham has at least one of the key ingredients: a network of almost 7,000 hotels, all over the world, at a wide range of price points. What Wyndham lacks, however, is ... Read More
    - 4 days ago 20 Oct 14, 6:39pm -
  • Win a Dream Cross-Country Road Trip
    Enter the Budget “Road Trip” sweepstakes by November 4, 2014, for a chance to win the grand prize: a $5,000 Budget car-rental credit, plus a $10,000 check. To enter, “Like” the Budget Facebook page, provide the requested contact information o…
    - 4 days ago 20 Oct 14, 4:11pm -
  • Recap: The Week’s Biggest Stories and Best Deals
    Following is our regular summary of the latest travel news and best frequent traveler promotions reviewed during the past week. If it was a good deal—or a notably bad deal—from an airline, hotel, or car rental loyalty program, you can ... Read Mo…
    - 7 days ago 18 Oct 14, 12:08am -
  • Saveur Picks the Best Airline Meals
    Saveur, probably the most credible of the surviving culinary magazines, has just published its 2014 Culinary Travel Awards, including its expert panel’s picks of the best in inflight dining. The inflight meal awards were broken down by class of ser…
    - 7 days ago 17 Oct 14, 6:20pm -

Travel is Free

  • Hotel and Airline Promotions, Crazy Uber Driver and Free Sprit Baggage Trick
    There’s tons of stuff going on in the miles and points world, but I’ve never been one to post often and about everything. I’d rather save that and only post when I have something good… I figure that way when I post, people read it because…
    - 2 days ago 23 Oct 14, 6:58am -
  • Use IHG Points At Competitor Hotel Chains
    I know, this is a strange sounding concept, but it is what it is. IHG lets you use IHG points for non-IHG hotels. The question is whether or not it’s a good deal… This was once again, brought to my attention by Rapid Travel Chai (thanks for being…
    - 2 days ago 22 Oct 14, 8:39pm -
  • Using United Miles on the Non-Star-Alliance Partner’s
    United has a number of partner airlines that aren’t in Star Alliance and not well talked about. Most are smaller and don’t show up on United.com, but they could still be helpful for 1) Getting to places you didn’t know you could go, 2) finding…
    - 3 days ago 22 Oct 14, 6:28am -
  • The 3 Awesome United Miles “Hopper” Flights
    Once upon a time, I flew from Guam… Somehow geeking out of extremely complicated but incredibly cheap routes became a thing of mine. Originally I flew the Pacific Hopper for 40,000 United miles in business class. (Now that flight would be more like…
    - 3 days ago 21 Oct 14, 5:50pm -
  • Who’s Really Sold Out In This Game
    I was going to call this, “a data driven look at whether or not I’ve sold out”, but that was too long. Plus at the Chicago Seminar conference  this weekend I was, what you call “inspired” to write a post naming names about who in this gam…
    - 4 days ago 20 Oct 14, 12:37pm -
  • How We Did A Year of Hotel Stays at $19/night (Without Credit Cards)
    If you’re a regular here at Travel Is Free, you know that my wife and I are full time travelers. This is basically for no other reasons than; 1) we like to travel, and 2) it’s cheaper for us to live out of hotels than it is to pay rent. This ……
    - 6 days ago 18 Oct 14, 3:46pm -
  • Cheapest Miles To Get To Europe
    Earlier I did a Best/Cheapest Frequent Flyer Miles to Use to Hawaii and people seemed to enjoy it. And if there’s something that Americans seem to like better than Hawaii, it’s Europe. So here’s the cheapest frequent flyer miles to get to Euro…
    - 8 days ago 16 Oct 14, 8:30pm -
  • One Amazing Award with Virgin Elevate Miles
    As you know, I like playing around with programs that aren’t as popular as the main few. Like Singapore, Korean, etc… Well, Virgin Elevate produced a great find, and I’m not sure if it’s a mistake. So I didn’t want to publicize it at first…
    - 8 days ago 16 Oct 14, 5:55pm -
  • FAQ: How To Find Mistake Fares
    For the most part, finding mistake fares is about being a member of the community. And it’s a question that, no surprise, showed up on my FAQ page. Now there are some more complex ways to find mistake fares (that I shared in the monthly newsletter…
    - 9 days ago 15 Oct 14, 10:03pm -

Frequent Flyer Bonuses

Million Mile Secrets

Nomadic Matt

  • new9 Tips for Better Family Travel
    On the third Friday of every month, Cameron Wears from The Traveling Canucks is here to give us tips and advice on how to travel better with your kids. This is an often requested topic so I’m excited to have him on the team! Here is this month’s…
    - 8 hours ago 24 Oct 14, 1:17pm -
  • Take the First Step Out the Door (A Community Challenge)
    The Dutch have a saying: “He who is outside his door already has the hardest part of his journey behind him.” It’s one of my favorite travel quotes. The first step in any endeavor is always the hardest. It takes courage. You have to overcome yo…
    - 1 day ago 23 Oct 14, 3:45pm -
  • 30 Fantastic Photos from Iceland to Inspire Your Next Trip
    Last month, I finally visited Iceland. Iceland wasn’t the impossible budget destination people made it out to be. The locals were warm and welcoming, took me around, and showed me their homes. They were incredibly hospitable and I made a lot of Ice…
    - 4 days ago 20 Oct 14, 2:52pm -
  • Help Plan My Trip to the Caribbean
    In a few weeks, I’m heading to the Caribbean. I’ve been to a few islands down there (Bahamas, Curacao, Grand Cayman) but have never spent an extended amount of time there so I’m pumped! I’ve always wanted to sail around the region. I’m flyi…
    - 8 days ago 16 Oct 14, 3:42pm -
  • Why Solo Female Travel is Different
    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 not a topic I can cover and since there’s a lot of solo female travelers out there, I felt it w…
    - 9 days ago 15 Oct 14, 3:12pm -
  • 11 Tips to Help You Visit Expensive Iceland on Budget
    Iceland. The land of sheep, northern lights, volcanoes with unpronounceable names (try Eyjafjallajökull), and high prices. It’s supposedly one of the least budget-friendly countries in the world – which made visiting even more appealing to me. I…
    - 11 days ago 13 Oct 14, 2:48pm -
  • Smartphones, Tablets, or Laptops: What’s Best for Travelers?
    On the first Tuesday of each month, Dave Dean from Too Many Adapters is here giving you great tips and advice on travel tech and gear. Here is his column this month. “Should I bring a laptop, tablet or smartphone?” It’s a question I’m often…
    - 17 days ago 7 Oct 14, 1:57pm -
  • 19 Reader Questions and Answers
    Every day I get asked hundreds of travel questions. My inbox is constantly full, and it takes hours each day to answer them all. I’m not bothered because I enjoy answering people’s travel questions and helping others travel more. However, not eve…
    - 18 days ago 6 Oct 14, 5:13pm -
  • 61 Travel Tips to Make You the World’s Savviest Traveler
    Most people aren’t born savvy travelers. It’s something that only comes with on the road experience. In the beginning, you make a lot of mistakes. Travel savviness is a process born of missed buses, foolish behavior, cultural unawareness, and cou…
    - 22 days ago 2 Oct 14, 2:28pm -
  • Post-Trip Depression: It’s Often Emotionally Harder to Come Home than Go Away
    Before my first trip around the world, I was driving through Boston with my friend Mike. One of the things I was talking about was how different life would be when I returned home. Where would my friends be in life? How would they change? What jobs w…
    - 25 days ago 29 Sep 14, 2:25pm -

The Hustle Blog

  • New Next Generation NEXUS Kiosks Coming
    As a NEXUS member, I just received an email with some significant updates about the kiosk process when traveling by air between the United States & Canada. “Next Generation” kiosks are being installed to provide “faster, more reliable and more…
    - 21 days ago 3 Oct 14, 11:00am -
  • Chase Freedom 4th Quarter 2014 Bonus Categories are Live!
    It’s October 1st, the first day of Q4! Let’s get started earning those 7,500 Ultimate Rewards points. Don’t forget to activate your Chase Freedom cards to earn 5 points per dollar spent at the following bonus categories: Amazon.com Zappos.com S…
    - 23 days ago 1 Oct 14, 4:18pm -
  • Newark Airport Family Day 2014
    Finally, I can tell my nephew, who has been asking me about this since the beginning of summer, the great news. Newark Airport Family Day is back for 2014! We took my nephew the past 2 years and he absolutely loved it. Here are the details: October…
    - 24 days ago 30 Sep 14, 11:00am -
  • Small Business Saturday 2014
    Shop Small One of my favorite days of the year for free money is returning this year to kick off the holiday season. Small Business Saturday (Shop Small) will happen on November 29, 2014. Last year’s event was a bit of a downer due to the reduced s…
    - 25 days ago 29 Sep 14, 11:00am -
  • Chase Freedom 4th Quarter 2014 – 5x Points at Amazon & Department Stores
    You can now activate your Chase Freedom credit cards to earn 5 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent in the following categories: Amazon.com Zappos.com Select department stores JCPenney Kohl’s Macy’s Nordstrom Sears You can see the list of a…
    - 37 days ago 17 Sep 14, 11:00am -
  • After 3+ Years, Amazon Payments Will Come to an End
    Big news hit the manufactured spend circles this week. After more than 3 years of very easy manufactured spend, Amazon Payments will be ending its person to person payment options on October 13, 2014. You can find the new terms on Amazon’s help pag…
    - 42 days ago 12 Sep 14, 11:00am -
  • Credit Karma Now Provides Full Credit Report For Free
    I use Credit Karma for loosely monitoring my TransUnion-based credit score. It’s a free service and it will update your score once a week when you log in. Recently, they have added your full credit report to the list of features. This is a great…
    - 86 days ago 30 Jul 14, 6:36pm -
  • My Biggest Mile Manufacturer – TD Go
    During a time where Joann & I have more miles & points than we do vacation days, I’m looking for easier ways to manufacture these points instead of ways to just amass a stockpile of them. Notice my emphasis is on easy.  I’m not a fan of drivi…
    - 93 days ago 23 Jul 14, 11:00am -
  • Hyatt Updates Mobile App
    I just downloaded an app update for the Hyatt mobile app for Android. I believe the iPhone update for the app has been out for a few week now. From what I’ve noticed, it’s a very useful update. Prior to this update, the app was only great for ch…
    - 8 Jul 14, 11:00am -
  • Bluebird & Serve Increase Daily Load Limit to $2500
    American Express Bluebird has updated their Membership Agreement. Previously, the daily load limit was $1,000 via loading online with Vanilla Reload cards or loading in person at Walmart with a debit/gift card. As of July 1, the daily load limit will…
    - 6 Jul 14, 11:00am -

UPgRD

  • Upgrd 94: Captain Denny
    By Upgrd Podcast - Upgrd PodcastIn this frequent flyerpodcast we are joined by Captain Denny to discuss customerservice, the CaptainJason Dahl scholarship and frequent flyer news. Disclaimer: The views expressed are thepersonal opinions of the…
    - 14 Oct 12, 12:09am -
  • Upgrd 93: Airline Predictions 2012
    By Upgrd Podcast - Upgrd PodcastOur frequentflyers review our airline predictions from last year and prognosticateon upcoming airline and hotel promotions and changes in 2012.Although our crystal balls were somewhat clouded in 2011 a littlebit o…
    - 23 Feb 12, 8:00pm -
  • Upgrd 92: Adiós SpanAir
    By Upgrd Podcast - Upgrd PodcastJoin our frequent flyers as wediscuss the closure of SpanAir, the bankruptcy proceedings ofAmerican Airlines, and recent hotel and airline promotionsincluding:Delta may make run at US AirwaysUS Airways evaluate…
    - 3 Feb 12, 1:00pm -
  • Upgrd 91: Airline Mileage Devaluation
    By Upgrd Podcast - Upgrd PodcastIn this week's frequent flyer travelpodcast we discuss the recent airline news and changes manyairline mileage programs including:USAirways 100% mile bonus is backUnited and Continental get single operating certi…
    - 3 Dec 11, 3:19am -
  • Upgrd 90: End of Year Mileage Planning
    By Upgrd Podcast - Upgrd PodcastIn this frequent flyerpodcast we discuss Matthew's secretconnecting city, some special offers, and then answer listenersquestions. Topics include:Sale on Delta Club Passes and United Club PassesHilton's reward bo…
    - 27 Oct 11, 12:00pm -
  • Upgrd 89: Method to the Madness
    By Upgrd Podcast - Upgrd PodcastIn this week's frequent flyerpodcast, we are joined by Nicholas Kralev to discuss his newbook Decoding Air Travel. We discuss how you canconstruct your own airfare by looking at the airline tariffs andinventory bu…
    - 14 Aug 11, 11:42pm -
  • Upgrd 88: Credit Card Churning
    By Upgrd Podcast - Upgrd PodcastIn this week's frequent flyerpodcast we are joined by Rick, frugal travelguy, to discuss churning credit cards for the most frequentflyer and hotel points. Listen as we discuss:How you can apply for up multiple cr…
    - 27 Jul 11, 6:10pm -
  • Upgrd 87: Social Flights
    By Upgrd Podcast - Upgrd PodcastIn this week's frequent flyerpodcast we are joined by Allen of Corporate Flight Managementto discuss their new program socialflights.com. On social flights,individuals can group together to secure a corporate jet t…
    - 19 Jun 11, 3:24pm -
  • Upgrd 86: Springtime Travel
    By Upgrd Podcast - Upgrd PodcastIn this episode of our frequent flyerpodcast we welcome Seth from The Wandering Aramean blog to discuss:A recap of the Frequent Traveler Awards and LuncheonLufthansa A380 SFO inauguralStarwood SPG new promoAAdav…
    - 24 May 11, 11:22pm -
  • Upgrd 85: Our Travels
    By Upgrd Podcast - Upgrd PodcastIn this episode of our frequent flyerpodcast we discuss some recent trips and airline newsincluding:Captain Denny flight with a number of travelers from FlyertalkBehind the scenes tour at SFO before theflightT…
    - 11 Apr 11, 10:05pm -

Johnny Jet

  • newReader Travel Tip of the Day: Wait for the Baggage Claim Bathrooms
    Wait for the Baggage Claim Bathrooms Each Friday, we’re featuring a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from Jason C., who says: “Everyone usually heads to the first bathroom after getting off a plane, creat…
    - 5 hours ago 24 Oct 14, 4:00pm -
  • newTravel Style: Kristin Francis
    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 Francis  Occupation: Managing Editor for Souv…
    - 8 hours ago 24 Oct 14, 1:00pm -
  • Travel Video of the Week: Air New Zealand’s “Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made”
    Air New Zealand has a history of making viral-ready safety videos (like this one), and their latest—”The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made”—is more of the same. Like others before it, it features a Hobbit theme and includes a number of the…
    - 1 day ago 23 Oct 14, 8:31pm -
  • Travel Tip of the Day: Be Careful Displaying Sensitive Business on the Plane
    Be Careful Displaying Sensitive Business on the Plane Yesterday’s tip was about speaking softly or cautiously about sensitive business issues in public. Today’s tip is similar: Always be smart and cautious sensitive files when viewing them on a…
    - 1 day ago 23 Oct 14, 4:00pm -
  • A look at Radisson, Part 2 — Radisson at Cross Keys, Baltimore (+ 5 can’t-miss Baltimore experiences)
    This is part 2 of Caitlin Martin’s three-part look at three Radisson hotels. Check out the intro here, part 1 here and part 3 next week. Radisson at Cross Keys, Baltimore (5100 Falls Road, Baltimore, MD; 410-532-6900) is nestled in a gated communi…
    - 2 days ago 22 Oct 14, 11:43pm -
  • Travel Style: Lauren Salisbury
    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: Lauren Salisbury Occupation: Social Media & Marketing…
    - 2 days ago 22 Oct 14, 11:15pm -
  • Travel Tip of the Day: Be Careful when Speaking about Sensitive Business
    Be Careful when Speaking about Sensitive Business It still astounds me to hear people speaking really loudly about sensitive business on the phone or to a colleague on a plane, in a club room, at the gate, on a train, or wherever—in any public pl…
    - 2 days ago 22 Oct 14, 8:07pm -
  • Top 10 in Travel News: Week of October 22, 2014
    THE TOP 10 IN TRAVEL NEWS THIS WEEK: Hilton introduces new lifestyle brand Travelers From West Africa Must Now Enter US Through Only 5 Airports Bermuda tourism back in business after Gonzalo Passenger charged in air rage row over reclining seat, coul…
    - 2 days ago 22 Oct 14, 1:00pm -

Doctor of Credit

  • newFree $5/$10/$15 Sears/K-Mart Gift Card x 2
    The Offer Direct link to offer Note: this offer is not live yet. Should be live on the 24th onwards (hopefully by the time you read this post) Receive a mystery gift card of $5, $10 or $15 when you spend $50 or more online or in store. BUT you can ge…
    - 5 hours ago 24 Oct 14, 3:58pm -
  • newMy Experience Filing A Missing Cash Back Claim With Topcashback
    In my recent review of Topcashback (TCB) I mentioned that I’d never had a tracking issue that resulted in cash back not posting to my account. I guess I tempted fate because I recently had ~$300 in pending cash back suddenly disappear (for those wo…
    - 8 hours ago 24 Oct 14, 12:45pm -
  • newSimon Gift Cards In-Mall, Online and In-Bulk ($1000 Visa Gift Cards for $1003.95?)
    Simon Mall sells Visa gift cards in the Mall and online. There have been some changes over time in their online gift card sales. They also offer bulk gift card sales for businesses who want to reward their employees. It’s technically possible to bu…
    - 11 hours ago 24 Oct 14, 10:00am -
  • My Experience Signing Up for REDbird and Some Identity Verification Ponderings
    Getting the Bird I was passing through Maryland, and decided to stop into Target for a REDbird. Currently I have Serve and I’m not planning on switching right now since we all assume that the credit-card-load option will stop sooner or later. But a…
    - 2 days ago 22 Oct 14, 10:00am -
  • Citi Rebrands AAdvantage Credit Cards & Ups Public Sign Up Bonuses
    Citi seems to be a company with a mission at the moment and that mission is to gain market share in the lucrative credit card market. They’ve recently launched their double cash card, completely revamped their Expedia cards, announced they will off…
    - 3 days ago 22 Oct 14, 4:31am -
  • President Obama’s New “BuySecure” Executive Order Summary
    On October 17th, President Obama signed a new Executive Order called the BuySecure initiative. The aim of BuySecure is to help securing transactions and sensitive data in light of all the recent data breaches. When announcing this new intiative Presi…
    - 3 days ago 22 Oct 14, 3:52am -
  • Citibank To Start Offering Cardholders Free FICO Scores
    Citibank has announced that starting in January, 2015 they will provide their cardholders with access to their FICO score for free. Unfortunately this won’t be able to all Citibank cardholders, it will only be available to those who hold a Citibank…
    - 3 days ago 21 Oct 14, 5:25pm -
  • $100 Toys R Us Giftcards For $85, Small Money Maker
    The Offer Direct link to offer (make sure you shop through TCB to get 1.5% cash back) eBay is currently selling $100 Toys R Us giftcards for $85 shipped, this is a potential small money maker (see our verdict section) The Fine Print Limit of two gift…
    - 3 days ago 21 Oct 14, 3:26pm -
  • Sign Up For Visa Check Out And Receive 1,000 Free FlexPoints
    The Offer Direct link to offer Receive 1,000 FlexPoints when you sign up for Visa check out with a participating U.S Bank credit card The Fine Print No purchase necessary Must register between August 28th and November 30th You might be able to regist…
    - 3 days ago 21 Oct 14, 3:25pm -
  • MasterCard Partners With Zwipe To “Unveil” Biometric Credit Card
    There has been a lot of security breaches recently, because of this there is more and more consumer demand for increased security especially when it comes to sensitive payment data such as credit card information. MasterCard has recently partnered wi…
    - 3 days ago 21 Oct 14, 2:30pm -

Hustler Money Blog

  • newMotif Investing Review: $100 Referral Bonus
    Want to earn a $100 bonus using my Motif Investing referral link? Simply open a Motif Investing non-retirement account with at least $1,000, make your first Motif trade, then we will both earn a $100 bonus. A motif consists of up to 30 stocks, rangin…
    - 13 hours ago 24 Oct 14, 7:42am -
  • newBanana Republic Coupons, Discounts, and Promo Codes: Save Up To 70%
    Find all the best Coupons, Discounts, and Promotion Codes to save up to 70% Off when shopping at BananaRepublic.com. Use Offer Code BRSHOPNOW to get 50% off on Banana’s regular and 50% off sale items. The promo code expires 10/25/2014 Banana Republ…
    - 24 hours ago 23 Oct 14, 9:21pm -
  • newU.S Bank FlexPerks 3,500 Bonus Points Promotion
    Those with a U.S. Bank FlexPerks Business Travel Rewards Visa® card ( 20,000 Bonus FlexPoints) or the regular FlexPerks card, you can earn 1,000 points for registering an account with Visa Checkout good until November 30, 2014. No requirement to sho…
    - 24 hours ago 23 Oct 14, 9:16pm -
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred Review – 40,000 Bonus Points($500 towards hotel/airfare) Best Travel Card!
    Chase Sapphire? Preferred Card – $250 Sign-Up Bonus – SummaryThe Chase Preferred Sapphire Card is offering new cardholders 25,000 bonus points after you spend $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months. With 25,000 bonus points, you can re…
    - 2 days ago 23 Oct 14, 5:55am -
  • Chase Bank $200 Total Checking Bonus Coupon Code
    Chase Bank $200 Checking Bonus Coupon Code The Chase Bank $200 Total Checking bonus coupon code with direct deposit available through November 15, 2014. Available to new Chase checking customers only, you must deposit $100 within 10 days along with s…
    - 2 days ago 23 Oct 14, 1:47am -
  • 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 October 26, 2014 for residents of Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvan…
    - 2 days ago 23 Oct 14, 1:01am -
  • SunTrust Bank $200 Checking Promotion
    SunTrust Bank is offering up to $200 bonus when you open an Everyday checking account with promo code FALL14CHECKING. This promotion is apparently nationwide with no expiration date!  In order to earn the $200, you must have a single qualifying Dire…
    - 2 days ago 22 Oct 14, 8:46pm -
  • eBay Gift Card Deals: 10% for Sears Gift Cards
    Just a reminder, you may want to buy Sears gift cards if there is a discount whenever they are on sale. You do this because you can always use a Sears gift card to buy another gift card(like an Amazon or Shell) on their gift card rack like the pictur…
    - 2 days ago 22 Oct 14, 8:41pm -
  • American Express 2% Additional Cash Back from WholeFoods
    You know that the Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express($150 statement credit after spending $1,000 within the first 3 months) offers 6% cash back at U.S supermarkets on up to $6,000. Even better news now because you can get an additional…
    - 2 days ago 22 Oct 14, 7:35pm -
  • Chase Ink Plus Business Card Review 2014: Get 50,000 Bonus Points- that’s $625 Towards Travel Rewards
    Read all about the Chase Ink Plus Business Card Review 2014 Edition. You can easily earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $5,000 in the first 3 months from account opening. That’s $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards…
    - 3 days ago 21 Oct 14, 3:02pm -

Hack My Trip

  • newDoes It Matter When You Buy Tickets?
    Airline Reporting Corp. released a new survey on the best day to buy airline tickets, as reported in The Wall Street Journal yesterday. View from the Wing mentioned the survey on his blog this morning, but I have a different take that I’ll get to…
    - 5 hours ago 24 Oct 14, 4:13pm -
  • newITA Can’t Book Flights, and That’s the Best Part!
    Planning a trip can be very time intensive if you want a good experience. Should you invest that effort? For me, the answer is usually “yes.” I got into this hobby partly because I like travel but also because I like planning and organizing thing…
    - 10 hours ago 24 Oct 14, 11:05am -
  • View My Chicago Seminars Presentation on Alaska Airlines
    I had a great time presenting at Chicago Seminars last weekend, giving two talks on how to maximize the value of Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan as well as some step-by-step walkthroughs of using ITA Matrix. I want to spend a little time cleaning up the…
    - 1 day ago 23 Oct 14, 2:49pm -
  • Are Avios Always The Best Option For Short-Haul Flights?
    From the desk of the Devil’s Advocate… British Airways’ mileage program (called Avios) is known as a fantastic way to redeem for cheap short haul flights. Thanks to their 2011 award chart “devaluation” that converted Avios into a distanc…
    - 1 day ago 23 Oct 14, 11:05am -
  • Review: Grand Hyatt Hong Kong (after Renovations)
    The Grand Hyatt Hong Kong is Hyatt’s flagship property in Asia and sets the tone in a region where the Hyatt brand is expanding rapidly with one amazing new property after another. However, it remains my favorite of the bunch. I always try to st…
    - 2 days ago 22 Oct 14, 1:30pm -

Maximizing Money

  • newBeFrugal Cash Back Shopping Network $10 New Account Bonus and $20 Referral Program
    For a limited time, BeFrugal has increased their referral program bonus to provide current members with $20 for each friend that you refer to BeFrugal.com, plus each new BeFrugal member gets a $10 sign-up bonus.Join via this BeFrugal Referral Link t…
    - 5 hours ago 24 Oct 14, 3:50pm -
  • newDiscover Bank Cashback Checking $50 New Account Bonus
    The Discover Bank Cashback Checking Account is providing a $50 bonus for current Discover credit card members or deposit customers just for opening a new Discover Cashback Checking Account with a $25 minimum opening deposit through December 15, 2014.…
    - 5 hours ago 24 Oct 14, 3:48pm -
  • newHovelstay Offers Cheap Accommodations for Adventurous Travelers
    Hovelstay offers cheap and unique accommodations for adventurous travelers with no room rates over $99 and many places to stay for much cheaper.The post Hovelstay Offers Cheap Accommodations for Adventurous Travelers appeared first on Maximizing Mon…
    - 5 hours ago 24 Oct 14, 3:47pm -
  • newCheapTickets Offers $50 in CheapCash for Booking Flights
    The CheapTickets online travel booking portal is offering a new CheapCash rewards program that gives you up to $50 in CheapCash for booking flights, which can be redeemed toward future hotel bookings.The post CheapTickets Offers $50 in CheapCash for…
    - 6 hours ago 24 Oct 14, 3:03pm -
  • newNavy Federal Credit Union Flagship Rewards Card $400 Airline Ticket Bonus
    The Navy Federal Credit Union Visa Signature Flagship Rewards Credit Card is offering a $400 airline ticket bonus for a limited time.Check out the Navy Federal Visa Signature Flagship Rewards Card to get 40,000 points after $3,000 in purchases withi…
    - 22 hours ago 23 Oct 14, 10:55pm -
  • newLoopPay Mobile Payment Solution and $5 Amazon Gift Card Referrals
    LoopPay is a pay by phone solution that works on any phone, in any store, and with any credit or debit card, plus you can earn a $5 Amazon credit for each friend that you refer who purchases a LoopPay device.The post LoopPay Mobile Payment Solution…
    - 22 hours ago 23 Oct 14, 10:52pm -
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred Card Annual Fee Increases to $150
    It looks like the annual fee for the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card may be increasing to $150 per year after being waived for the first year.The post Chase Sapphire Preferred Card Annual Fee Increases to $150 appeared first on Maximizing Money.
    - 1 day ago 23 Oct 14, 9:05pm -
  • U.S. Bank $200 FlexPerks Travel Rewards Visa Signature Card Bonus
    The FlexPerks Travel Rewards Visa Signature Card is offering a $200 bonus when you make qualifying purchases, plus there is no annual fee for the first year.Learn more about this FlexPerks Signature Card Bonus Offer to earn a $200 bonus statement cr…
    - 2 days ago 22 Oct 14, 5:55pm -
  • SunTrust Bank up to $200 Checking Account Bonus Available Nationwide
    SunTrust Bank will give you up to a $200 bonus when you open an Everyday Checking account, set up a direct deposit, and use their Online Bill Payment feature, available nationwide across the U.S. for accounts opened online.Check out these SunTrust C…
    - 2 days ago 22 Oct 14, 5:50pm -
  • Huntington Bank $150 Asterisk-Free Checking Account Bonus Offer
    Huntington Bank is offering a $150 cash bonus when you open an Asterisk-Free Checking account with a direct deposit, valid for accounts opened through October 26, 2014.This personal checking bonus offer is available for new Huntington checking accou…
    - 2 days ago 22 Oct 14, 5:24pm -

Boarding Area

  • newUBER coming to Nevada including Las Vegas – GREAT NEWS! (and needed)
    Gosh I love UBER e-mail’s telling me places I so want to use UBER now will have UBER. During my recent BoardingArea BAcon14 conference I so wished we had UBER. We could have saved a TON of money around town and just the ability to call for an UBER…
    - 49 mins ago 24 Oct 14, 8:17pm -
  • newHow Should My Dad Document Our Round The World Trip?
    My dad will be turning a "round" age next month, and to celebrate I'm taking him on a surprise round the world trip.For those of you not up to date on the planning process thus far, check out these posts:-- Planning My Dad's Big Birthday Trip-- Up…
    - 1 hour ago 24 Oct 14, 8:03pm -
  • newThe New International Phone Plan That Acts Like A Local Plan
    When it comes to staying connected abroad, it can be an expensive proposition. It really starts making you question how badly you need to upload the photo to Instagram of the lunch in front of you right now! Of course, it is always nice to stay conn…
    - 1 hour ago 24 Oct 14, 7:40pm -
  • newUber Is Ready to Roll Today In Las Vegas and Reno
    Uber, the taxi-alternative that bills itself as a technology platform to connect people seeking rides,  is set to pick up it’s first passengers in Las Vegas this afternoon. Uber says it will initially be focusing on areas away from the Las Vegas S…
    - 2 hours ago 24 Oct 14, 7:31pm -
  • newStolen Frequent Flyer Miles for Sale on the DarkNet
    S. passes along an article about CipherCracks, an individual online selling stolen miles dirt cheap. Dark net marketplaces like Agora and Evolution (where CipherCracks plies his trade) are known mostly for selling drugs, guns and counterfeit money. Y…
    - 2 hours ago 24 Oct 14, 7:15pm -
  • newOktoberfest, Route 66 & Pizza: Oklahoma Trip: Day 2
    Day 2 of our trip to Oklahoma was filled with a variety of things to do in Tulsa. Find out how we spent a busy day checking out Oktoberfest, Route 66 and more...The post Oktoberfest, Route 66 & Pizza: Oklahoma Trip: Day 2 appeared first on Michael W…
    - 2 hours ago 24 Oct 14, 7:14pm -
  • newWish I Was Here
    Have your travels to far off lands caused you to overlook the attractions that surround your home? Or are you pretty good about visiting the local attractions, and even just wandering around the neighborhoods nearby to sense the flavor of what life i…
    - 2 hours ago 24 Oct 14, 6:56pm -
  • newCruise Line Loyalty – How the Bank Rewards Programs Stack Up
    The bank card rewards programs offer a better value to cruisers than most cruise line credit cards.The post Cruise Line Loyalty – How the Bank Rewards Programs Stack Up appeared first on MJ on Travel.
    - 3 hours ago 24 Oct 14, 6:17pm -
  • newAmerican Adds Service from MIA to FRA But…
    In an interview with the Miami Herald, American Airlines CEO Doug Parker announced that the carrier will begin non-stop service to Frankfurt next year, as well as adding additional domestic flights. This is great news for Miami International Airport…
    - 3 hours ago 24 Oct 14, 6:06pm -
  • newMy Single Favorite Thing About Living In Hotels
    I'm often asked what my favorite and least favorite things are about living in hotels full time.My answers always vary a little, though I tend to think my least favorite things are the challenge of doing laundry and the general food situation (not h…
    - 3 hours ago 24 Oct 14, 6:03pm -

Frequent Flyer Miles 101

  • newGreat intro fares to Europe, Bad news for Int’l travelers and some sad news…
    Wow Air (almost as good a name as Wizz Air) is an Icelandic low-cost carrier that, until a few days ago, I had never heard of.  And then they announced what Ryan Air has been trying to do forever: ridiculously cheap fares over the Atlantic, such as…
    - 21 hours ago 24 Oct 14, 12:28am -
  • Foreign transaction fees and how to avoid them
    Good news!  I was reunited with my trusty laptop today.  Bad news: They ended up charging me shipping fees, even though they said they wouldn’t.  Another reason to keep an eye on your computer. I was asked the other day about foreign transaction…
    - 2 days ago 23 Oct 14, 1:04am -
  • United Airlines teams up with Hertz; Is travel going to a partnership structure?
    Today, United Airlines announced a partnership with Hertz Car Rentals to provide extra benefits to United travelers who rent their car from Hertz.  This deal is on top of its partnership with Marriott, and tends to give the best offers to members wh…
    - 3 days ago 21 Oct 14, 11:17pm -
  • Kimpton: The best hotel you’ve never heard of
    Very few hotel chains do “boutique” properties well.  A boutique property is an individualized, usually smaller, hotel that often reflects the characteristics of the city or neighborhood.  They’re generally a little more upscale, but they don…
    - 4 days ago 20 Oct 14, 11:31pm -
  • On baggage fees…
    I got a note from a frustrated reader who got snagged by an over-zealous gate agent and charged a bag fee.  It was a legitimately sized bag that she had been using for a decade without a problem.  Unfortunately, I expect more of this type of action…
    - 5 days ago 20 Oct 14, 1:32am -
  • Out of Office Notice
    Due to some upcoming travel, I will be out of the office until Monday.  I look forward to returning to posting at that time. Have a great weekend. Now fortified with even more Twitter! Follow me @FFMiles101 Would you like to receive blog posts via e…
    - 7 days ago 17 Oct 14, 12:53pm -
  • Tips and tidbits for the weekend
    I know, it’s only Thursday, but I’m out for much of the weekend and have a Pats game tonight, so I don’t know when I will be able to get to this.  I’m guessing that by game time, I’m going to be wishing that Gillette Stadium were a dome. H…
    - 8 days ago 16 Oct 14, 2:53pm -
  • The best everyday cards: Forget the 1%, be part of the 2%
    Today is a relatively quiet day in frequent flyer land (although I can’t wait to hear what Delta says on its quarterly conference call with analysts tomorrow), so I decided to introduce people to the 2% credit card. If you do not have a credit card…
    - 9 days ago 15 Oct 14, 5:52pm -
  • And now, for something different…

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  • JetBlue flash sale: flights as low as $64
    I’ll give JetBlue credit, they like to put out these flash sales and make you decide quickly.  Still, this one looks pretty good., for flights November 10-December 18, as they attempt to fill the shoulder season. With Boston and New York City as t…
    - 10 days ago 14 Oct 14, 2:03pm -

Mr. Free Miles

milepoint (Forums)

  • 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 mins ago 24 Oct 14, 9:03pm -
  • newTeh Penalty Box
    I think it's time for a new Box thread that works. So, here goes.
    - 5 mins ago 24 Oct 14, 9:01pm -
  • newAltitude Enhancements Announced
    Just received the following:Below you’ll find some important updates regarding Air Canada AltitudeTM in 2015. These changes are being introduced following a thorough benchmarking exercise in order to competitively position Air Canada alongside the…
    - 7 mins ago 24 Oct 14, 8:59pm -
  • newFor my trip, the United mileageplus mileage credit was not processed for Lufthansa section
    For my trip San Francisco to India, the United mileageplus mileage credit was not yet processed for the Lufthansa section of flight, but it was processed for the United sections. Has anyone else seen this ?I got the following response from Mileage P…
    - 11 mins ago 24 Oct 14, 8:55pm -
  • newTravel Insurance Suggestions
    I am traveling abroad for 2 months and visiting multiple countries (France, Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand). I bought my main flight from the US for first class through US Airways with 120,000 miles and paid for ot…
    - 59 mins ago 24 Oct 14, 8:07pm -
  • newAny news about Premium Membership P3(2014)?
    Any news about Premium Membership P3 (2014)? Is there an approximate lauch time? Thanks!
    - 1 hour ago 24 Oct 14, 7:48pm -
  • newSPG Hotels Coming and Going
    Coming Soon to SPGHotels that are in development, confirmed as on track to open, and rumors. Please cite sources, if possible.Leaving SPGHotels that have announced their departure from SPG.
    - 2 hours ago 24 Oct 14, 7:22pm -
  • newI'm considering flying another carrier, giving up my points, and not flying my regular airline
    I've been looking to book LAS - JFK/LGA/HPN in December. I'm finding the lowest price for a coach or a biz seat is on Delta <insert gasp here>.I have UA Million Miler status. If I fly them, I'll get bonus miles, and there's always the possibility of…
    - 2 hours ago 24 Oct 14, 7:13pm -
  • newUS AIR PROMO 2500 Points
    Spend 2500 10/1-12/31.Code SP0706830Call 866-418-0881If you did not receive this targeted offer, they will still give it to you..Must be activated by October 29th,Points are good on AA also,...we all knew that
    - 2 hours ago 24 Oct 14, 7:05pm -
  • newAward ticket change fee
    We booked two FC saver tickets to Spain for next spring. The routing is less than ideal as we go to LGA and then out from EWR to LHR. From there it is on to BCN. The TALT portion is on BA and has high fees.There are non-stop flights from several US…
    - 2 hours ago 24 Oct 14, 7:01pm -

Flyertalk MilesBuzz

  • newI have (2) United Regional Premiere Upgrades I won't be able to use...
    Are they transferable/ sellable? I've spend a fortune on mandatory travel this year and the concept of getting something back is appealing! Thank you in advance.
    - 2 hours ago 24 Oct 14, 7:02pm -
  • newairberlin adjusts USA flights and frequencies 2015
    Air Berlin will drop Miami/MIA-Berlin/Tegel/TXL flights in May 2015, but add frequencies on routes to Dusseldorf/DUS from its New York/Kennedy/JFK, Los Angeles/LAX and Chicago/ORD and Los Angeles, according to business travel writer Joe Brancatelli..…
    - 2 hours ago 24 Oct 14, 6:57pm -
  • newChoice CC
    How quickly after you stay at a Choice lodging do the 32K points appear in your account?
    - 2 hours ago 24 Oct 14, 6:49pm -
  • newSpring/Summer Schedule is active
    So, as some of you may or may not know, the spring/summer 2015 A3 schedule has been up and bookable since last Friday. Have you been making your bookings???? The U, T, P class fares are limited, and are going fast. Those $88 ATH-BCN one-way July...
    - 2 hours ago 24 Oct 14, 6:47pm -
  • newTRIPIT Help!!!
    I spent 2 hours entering details into Tripit the other day while waiting for a flight in an airport terminal. For some reason, I wasn't able to get online using my iPad. I entered everything offline and there was a pop-up notice indicating it would..…
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  • newEndless hyperbole at BA.com
    I really wish BA would employ different web copywriters. From Mr Hillier's latest email today....(to bring to my attention the current sale and highlighting the opportunity to "enjoy affordable luxury...") "With the finest food and drink in the..…
    - 2 hours ago 24 Oct 14, 6:39pm -
  • newOriginal routing credit
    Does AA do this? Can I request it while at the airport to just send me home instead of doing the actual whole trip or are they only allowed to do it in irrops?
    - 3 hours ago 24 Oct 14, 6:36pm -
  • newNew Kenya Airways Lounge Open!
    Great news for those of us who suffer through Nairobi--the permanent new KQ lounge in Terminal 1A opened last night and it's fantastic! Spacious, good food selection and quality, wifi, relaxation room, and plenty of seating. It's comparable to the...
    - 3 hours ago 24 Oct 14, 6:33pm -
  • newSadly, I'm on the very last 747 that will ever leave JFK
    Just boarded my flight from JFK to NRT and sadly was just informed by the captain that we are on the very last 747 that will ever leave JFK. I'm not sure if he was referring to all airlines or just delta but either way it is sad. The upper deck of...
    - 3 hours ago 24 Oct 14, 6:31pm -
  • newAvis Rental Issue - Advice desperately needed
    Hello, I am hoping someone can give advice or help me out here. I have been using this forum for discount codes for a while now and I love it! I was hoping to get some help. I rented a Hyundai Genesis 2015 sedan (Premium range) on Oct 11, 2014.…
    - 3 hours ago 24 Oct 14, 6:27pm -

Reddit r/churning

  • newGoing on a trip for 12 nights, staying at IHG properties for all 12 nights, which card to use ?
    I am going to be charging around $1656 for just hotel stays. I have a IHG Rewards Master card, I also have a Chase Sapphire preferred, my dilemma is that IHG Rewards will give me back 5X points vs 2X points on the CSP? Which one should I use ? submi…
    - 4 hours ago 24 Oct 14, 4:49pm -
  • newDowngrading to receive bonus again?
    I have the Delta Gold Amex which I rarely use except when I need to check a bag for free which is once a year. I want to downgrade this card as I don't see the value of the card with the annual fee. If I downgrade, will I be eligible to receive the b…
    - 6 hours ago 24 Oct 14, 2:46pm -
  • newPlanning a month long RV tour of the lower 48 in the summer of 2016. Any cards that earn gas?
    Half the cost of the trip will be fuel. If I can stack the next 18 months on a card to earn points towards gas it would be fantastic. If I use it for normal expenses I can probably stack $2500 a month in average use. submitted by jeffco555 [link]…
    - 18 hours ago 24 Oct 14, 2:43am -
  • newCSP Bumping Annual Fee to $150
    It looks like Chase is bumping the CSP annual fee to $150, however they're still waiving it for the first year. It doesn't seem like affiliate links reflect the change, but that may change. If you've thinking about signing up for the CSP recently, yo…
    - 20 hours ago 24 Oct 14, 12:48am -
  • newWhich credit card companies check which credit reports?
    After checking my credit reports, I noticed that my Equifax score was much lower than my Transunion and Experian scores. Therefore, it'd probably be better for me to apply for cards that don't check Equifax. Also, from my credit report I was able to…
    - 21 hours ago 23 Oct 14, 11:43pm -
  • newNeed help!! I need 40k points on my SWCC by the end of the year
    Hoping you brilliant redditors can help me figure this out. I have about 40k points to go to get my companion pass through my SWCC. It's saved a ton of money over the last year flying with my wife, any I was hoping to qualify for it again next year.…
    - 24 hours ago 23 Oct 14, 9:22pm -
  • What's your favorite travel / miles and points blog and why?
    Just curious which blogs each of you enjoy reading. Maybe they have the best MS tips, maybe travel reviews, maybe something else. I know there are some great ones linked in the sidebar too. I'll start - I've been enjoying mommy points over at boardi…
    - 1 day ago 23 Oct 14, 8:29pm -
  • Churning Citi AA 50K
    So they recently came out with this: http://www.aa.com/i18n/AAdvantage/earnMiles/beyondTravel/creditDebit/citi-platinum.jsp?anchorLocation=DirectURL&title=citi Does that mean my old one counts as a separate product and I can apply for this one now? I…
    - 1 day ago 23 Oct 14, 8:08pm -
  • Dumb question, but I always heard it's bad to cancel credit cards.
    Is this true? Or is there a limit to how many you should cancel per quarter or something? submitted by KittonMitten [link] [20 comments]
    - 1 day ago 23 Oct 14, 6:57pm -
  • Citi HHonors Cash Advance fee, how should I proceed?
    Serve Load Cash Advance Fee Should I attempt to dispute the transaction before the cash advance fee posts? Or should I let it post before posting? I had initially set me cash advances to 0 before making the load so the load should have canceled which…
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