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The Points Guy

  • newSummer Festival Fun in Edinburgh
    Summer in Edinburgh is a magical time according to TPG contributor Lori Zaino. Temps reach the soaring height of about 20 degrees Celsius on average (68 degrees Fahrenheit)  and everyone is ready to rock n’ roll after a long, hard winter. If you…
    - 4 hours ago 25 Jul 14, 7:39pm -
  • newWin Trips to US Open, Norway, the Galapagos & More
    There are some fun travel contests and sweepstakes around the web at the moment. Here are my top picks to win some great travel prizes: Marriott’s #WIN3NYC sweeps gives you a chance to experience the “Best of NYC”: Courtesy of Marriott, yo…
    - 6 hours ago 25 Jul 14, 5:47pm -
  • newMinor US Airways Award Chart Devaluation Coming August 1
    Just a reminder for all you Dividend Miles members, US Airways has scheduled a minor award chart devaluation for Friday, August 1. For travel booked on or after August 1, the airline will be raising redemption levels for round-trip travel on medium…
    - 10 hours ago 25 Jul 14, 2:07pm -
  • newMaximizing Marriott Rewards for Family Travel
    Today, TPG contributor Jason Steele continues his series on family travel options in the most prevalent hotel brands with a look at Marriott Rewards. Previously, we looked at several of the major hotel loyalty programs to evaluate how family fr…
    - 11 hours ago 25 Jul 14, 12:47pm -
  • Marriott Rewards Premier Visa 70,000 points & Free Night
    While the bonus for the Marriott Rewards Premier Visa from Chase normally sits at 50,000 points, there has been a public offer floating around for 70,000 points (after spending $2,000 within the first 3 months) plus one free night at a category 1-4…
    - 1 day ago 24 Jul 14, 7:18pm -
  • 70,000 Point Signup Bonus for Chase Ink Plus
    Chase is currently offering a signup bonus of  70,000 Ultimate Rewards points for the Ink Plus card when you apply in a Chase branch. That’s 20,000 points more than the current standard 50,000 point offer, however, the $95 annual fee is not waive…
    - 1 day ago 24 Jul 14, 7:11pm -
  • Thursday Giveaway: Flight 001 Luggage Prize Pack
    As travelers on the go, we know the importance of our belongings, especially when trekking them through airports near and far. Whether you need luggage, city guides or other assorted travel accessories Flight 001, is a cool store with tons of opt…
    - 1 day ago 24 Jul 14, 5:45pm -
  • Free Breakfast for SPG Platinum Elite – 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: free breakfast for SPG Platinum elites. Two years ago, Star…
    - 1 day ago 24 Jul 14, 12:09pm -
  • JetBlue 20% Refund on Award Redemptions Through July 25
    JetBlue is running a promotion through this Friday (11:59 pm Eastern time on July 25, to be exact), effectively offering a 20% discount for all award redemptions for travel between September 2 and October 31, 2014. This offer is not a true discount,…
    - 2 days ago 23 Jul 14, 10:50pm -
  • Citi ThankYou Rewards: Earning, Redeeming, and More
    Citi ThankYou Rewards doesn’t get as much attention here as its competitors (Chase Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guest). However, with the recent announcement that Citi will add eight new transfer p…
    - 2 days ago 23 Jul 14, 7:25pm -

Frugal Travel Guy

  • newPreview of IHG’s PointBreaks List for July 28 – September 30, 2014
    A preview of IHG’s latest Pointbreaks promotion is now live. For those unfamiliar with Pointbreaks, it’s a quarterly list of hotels that can be booked for just 5,000 points per night during select dates. There is usually always at least one great…
    - 53 mins ago 25 Jul 14, 11:00pm -
  • newLet’s Get Together Starwood Preferred Guest Promo
    Three paid stays and three free nights. Let’s Get Together Promotion Registration and Let’s Get Together Terms & Conditions. Let’s get to the details: Not everyone is eligible (I tried 12 accounts across my family/friends and only my wife Sa…
    - 4 hours ago 25 Jul 14, 8:00pm -
  • newI Heart Southwest: 5 Reasons I Love Southwest Airlines
    Las week I was presented with the opportunity for a last-minute trip, and I immediately started stressing over the details. Basically, my husband decided to take me up on an offer I made for a mini-getaway for his 35th birthday. The weird thing is, h…
    - 16 hours ago 25 Jul 14, 8:00am -
  • One Week Left to Use US Airways Miles for Turkish Airlines Flights
    Last month I wrote an article about how, despite US Airways switching from Star Alliance to Oneworld as part of the merger process with American Airlines, US Airways Dividend miles could still be used to book awards on some of their former Star Allia…
    - 1 day ago 24 Jul 14, 11:00pm -
  • Marriott Rewards Visa Ups Sign-up Bonus to 70,000 Points
    The sign-up bonus for the Marriott Rewards Visa has officially increased to 70,000 points after$2,000 spent within 3 months. In addition to the 70,000 points, cardholders get a free night at a Category 1-4 hotel upon account opening. The $85 annual f…
    - 1 day ago 24 Jul 14, 8:00pm -
  • Credit Card Benefits that We Ignore – Rental Car Insurance
    When looking at a credit card and its features/benefits what are the first things you look at? How many points is the signup bonus? How many points you earn when you buy gas? How many points you earn when go grocery shopping? What lounge the card get…
    - 2 days ago 24 Jul 14, 8:00am -
  • Travel Challenge: Blue Ridge Parkway
    Image Courtesy of Wikitravel.org Scenic, beautiful and peaceful. Those are the three things that come to mind when I think of the Blue Ridge area. While Blue Ridge is a town located in North Georgia, the scenic parkway runs through North Carolina and…
    - 2 days ago 23 Jul 14, 11:00pm -
  • Marriott Premier Rewards Visa Joins the Referral Bonus Bandwagon
    For a while now, cardholders of certain Chase rewards cards have been able to earn bonus points for referring friends. For example, Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier cardholders can earn 5,000 points for each friend they refer who is then approved, up…
    - 2 days ago 23 Jul 14, 8:00pm -
  • Want to try Bidding for your Vacation? DO THIS!
    We all know about Priceline, Hotwire, and the opportunity to bid for car rentals and hotels; I occasionally use these sites myself. There are however, many other sites available where you can bid for your vacation needs and plenty of support sites to…
    - 3 days ago 23 Jul 14, 8:00am -
  • Coffee: A Frugal Travel Ritual
    For coffee drinkers, nothing beats that first cup of morning brew and there’s nothing better than experiencing that same familiar ritual when we travel. It’s also one travel experience that is relatively inexpensive. Your next best cup of coffee…
    - 3 days ago 22 Jul 14, 11:00pm -

One Mile at a Time

  • newThe Devil’s Advocate Hits Me Where It Hurts… Right In The Duck!
    My friend Scott runs the Hack My Trip blog, and he does a great job with it.We’re very different – I felt like going to college was the biggest waste of my life, while he has like 14 doctoral degrees and is trying to figure out a way to get back…
    - 1 hour ago 25 Jul 14, 10:33pm -
  • newIt’s Time To Tackle The Bucket List
    A couple of days ago I got an interesting question on Instagram, of all places. The question was:"With three planes gone missing just this year, how has your perception of flying changed?"And that's complicated to answer, at least for me.It’s a…
    - 4 hours ago 25 Jul 14, 7:53pm -
  • newIHG PointBreaks Preview
    The most recent IHG Rewards Club’s PointBreaks preview was just posted in the IHG forum. The hotels on the list will be available for booking starting Monday, July 28, 2014, and will be valid for stays through Tuesday, September 30, 2014.IHG Rewar…
    - 5 hours ago 25 Jul 14, 7:12pm -
  • newI’m Flying La Compagnie From Paris To Newark Today!!!
    As ya’ll know, I’m pretty excited/hormonal about La Compagnie, the new all business class airline flying between Paris and Newark.Their business model is as flawed as the 787’s battery was for the first year, but that’s part of the fun.What…
    - 6 hours ago 25 Jul 14, 5:33pm -
  • newChase Ink Plus 70,000 Point Sign-Up Bonus
    The Ink Plus® Business Credit Card is one of my favorite all around business cards, given that it offers:- A generous sign-up bonus- Extremely rewarding bonus categories, including 5x points on office supply stores, and on cellular phone, landline…
    - 8 hours ago 25 Jul 14, 3:33pm -
  • newTurkish Airlines New San Francisco To Istanbul Flight
    Turkish Airlines quietly added a new flight between San Francisco and Istanbul, which launches April 13, 2015.The amount of growth we’ve seen from Turkish Airlines in the past few years is nothing short of astounding. They serve more destinations…
    - 10 hours ago 25 Jul 14, 1:36pm -
  • newBonus On Purchased Southwest Rapid Rewards Points
    Through July 31, 2014, Southwest is offering a 40% bonus on the purchase of Rapid Rewards points. You can (though I don’t know why you would) purchase up to 60,000 Rapid Rewards points through this promotion.The minimum number of points you can pu…
    - 22 hours ago 25 Jul 14, 1:33am -
  • Why You Should Get (But Not Use) The Marriott Credit Card
    For a limited time, you can earn 70,000 Marriott Rewards points after spending $2,000 in the first three months on the Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card.As far as signup bonuses go, this is a decent one:-- Receive 1 Free Night Stay after accou…
    - 1 day ago 24 Jul 14, 9:33pm -
  • Should You Apply For A Citi ThankYou Credit Card?
    On Monday I wrote about how Citi ThankYou points are now transferable to more than a handful of airline mileage programs, depending on which version of the card you have. This adds quite a bit of value to the program, in my opinion.ThankYou points a…
    - 1 day ago 24 Jul 14, 6:33pm -
  • Best Camera For Frequent Traveler?
    Back in early 2011 I asked you guys for suggestions on which camera I should get. After taking into account the useful feedback and doing some further research, I decided to get the Canon S95.It has served me brilliantly for over three years, and al…
    - 1 day ago 24 Jul 14, 5:33pm -

The Frequent Miler

  • newThank you, Citi, Singapore is looking sweet.
    I’m freakin’ excited that Citbank now supports transfers of ThankYou points to airline miles.  Granted, most of the transfer partners are useless, but I really like the ability to transfer to Singapore Airlines.  And, I love the fact that Citi…
    - 14 hours ago 25 Jul 14, 9:45am -
  • Kohl’s savings and cash back
    Kohl’s used to be an awesome option for earning points and miles.  In March, 2013, when I challenged myself to earn a million points and miles in a month, I earned hundreds of thousands of points from Kohl’s.  The trick was as follows: Go throu…
    - 2 days ago 24 Jul 14, 9:15am -
  • Citi changes the dating game
    Now that Citibank ThankYou points can be transferred to airline miles, those seeking love and marriage should consider revising their dating strategies.  Let me explain… Citi’s ThankYou points are generally worth about 1 cent per point when rede…
    - 3 days ago 23 Jul 14, 9:45am -
  • A novice’s guide to Paris
    My family and I recently spent five nights and four days in Paris.  That makes me uniquely unqualified to write a Paris guide.  The novice in the title of the post is me, not you.  That said, I can tell you about my experiences.  I won’t go int…
    - 4 days ago 22 Jul 14, 9:45am -
  • To Europe and back
    For the past two weeks my family and I have been mostly off-line during our European vacation.  While we were away, the big and horrible news was the Malaysian Airlines tragedy.  My heart goes out to everyone affected by this tragedy.  Regarding p…
    - 5 days ago 21 Jul 14, 11:45am -
  • FM classics: Bangkok Bound: My dangerous decision
    FM Intro: While I’m on vacation, I will be lazily reposting old classic Frequent Miler posts.  Today’s post, originally published February 5th 2013, recounts my scariest moments during my first class trip to Bangkok last year. Many people have s…
    - 9 days ago 17 Jul 14, 9:45am -
  • FM classics: Bangkok Bound: Thai 1st class, and my uh-oh moment
    FM Intro: While I’m on vacation, I will be lazily reposting old classic Frequent Miler posts.  Today’s post, originally published February 2nd 2013, recounts one of several adventures I enjoyed on my first class trip to Bangkok last year…  Jo…
    - 10 days ago 16 Jul 14, 9:45am -
  • FM classics: Up in the air
    FM Intro: While I’m on vacation, I will be lazily reposting old classic Frequent Miler posts.  Today’s post, originally published May 7 2012 tells the story of the events that led to my decision to blog full time…  Have you seen George Cloone…
    - 11 days ago 15 Jul 14, 9:45am -
  • FM classics: Let’s just be friends
    FM Intro: While I’m on vacation, I will be lazily reposting old classic Frequent Miler posts.  Today’s post, originally published May 4 2012 was inspired by the newfound ability (no longer available) to earn 5X everywhere with the combination of…
    - 12 days ago 14 Jul 14, 9:45am -
  • FM Classics: One card to rule them all
    FM Intro: While I’m on vacation, I will be lazily reposting old classic Frequent Miler posts.  Today’s post, originally published May 1, 2012, is by far the most widely read post I’ve ever written.  It was, at the time, suddenly possible to e…
    - 15 days ago 11 Jul 14, 9:45am -

Well Traveled Mile

Million Mile Secrets

View From the Wing

Nomadic Matt

  • Life on the Road as a Gay Couple
    One things we haven’t focused on this site is LGBT travel and, as we bring in a wider range of reader interviews, I wanted to highlight LGBT readers as I’m curious learn about their experiences traveling around the world, as many countries have h…
    - 4 days ago 21 Jul 14, 3:35pm -
  • 22 Ways to Save Money in Paris
    Uncorking a bottle of French wine on a sunny day, spreading Brie on a baguette, gazing out on the Paris skyline in front of the Sacré-Coeur in Montmartre – to me, that is the perfect day. Paris is one of my favorite cities in the world thanks to i…
    - 8 days ago 17 Jul 14, 4:21pm -
  • Help Stop the Promotion of Unethical Tourism (Boycott TBEX!)
    Every year, a travel bloggers conference called TBEX is held in North America. I’ve gone many times. This year, the conference is being held in Cancun, Mexico and, as part of the offering of pre-conference activities, they are offering dolphin enco…
    - 11 days ago 14 Jul 14, 4:09pm -
  • How to Hack a Free Trip Around the World: 2014 Edition
    Travel hacking is a constantly changing world – tips, tricks, and advice that worked even a few months ago can suddenly be obsolete. Deals come and go, programs change, credit cards come and go, ways to game the system end as new ones begin, bank r…
    - 15 days ago 10 Jul 14, 4:06pm -
  • Why You Should Skip School to Travel the World
    With the cost of higher education rising dramatically each year, should you forgo college* and instead use that money to travel the world? It’s one of the questions I receive a lot from graduating high school students and disenchanted college fres…
    - 18 days ago 7 Jul 14, 3:42pm -
  • A Prohibition Bar Crawl Through NYC
    Warning: This is not a budget-friendly post, but it will make you thirsty! I love the 1920s—a lot. Midnight in Paris is one of my favorite movies. I had a Prohibition-era themed birthday party this year. I own vintage clothes. I listen to a lot of…
    - 24 days ago 1 Jul 14, 3:31pm -
  • How Emily Taught English to Fund Her RTW Adventure
    There are a lot of ways to fund your travels – we’ve met readers who’ve taken odd jobs, worked on yachts, volunteered, saved for their trip, and more. What I love about reader success stories is that they highlight the diversity of ways to make…
    - 31 days ago 24 Jun 14, 1:56pm -
  • Why I Ended My Partnership with G Adventures
    I believe in being fully transparent on my website. I think it’s the only way to really run a website. And, so, in the name of full transparency, I want to talk about a big change that’s happened on this one. For the last ten years, I’ve been t…
    - 36 days ago 19 Jun 14, 1:37pm -
  • Historical Walking Tours of New York City: The Good, Bad, and Amazing!
    New York City has many walking tour companies—from free tours to food tours to neighborhood tours to expensive private walking tours. This place has it all, and with so much history and culture and so many nationalities represented here, it’s not…
    - 39 days ago 16 Jun 14, 3:01pm -
  • A Birthday Promise to Myself
    Today is my birthday. I am thirty-three years old. I’m not a fan of birthdays. It’s not like today is any different than yesterday. My thoughts, feelings, successes, and failures are still the same. It’s the time in between the birthdays that c…
    - 43 days ago 12 Jun 14, 1:13pm -

The Hustle Blog

  • 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…
    - 3 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…
    - 18 days ago 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…
    - 20 days ago 6 Jul 14, 11:00am -
  • A Machu Picchu Anniversary: Palacio del Inka & Cusco
    TRIP INDEX The hotel was a short taxi ride away and we were surprised that we were already feeling the effects of the altitude. Cusco is over 11,000 feet above sea level (higher than Machu Picchu and surrounding villages) so it may hit you hard! When…
    - 24 days ago 2 Jul 14, 11:00am -
  • Chase Freedom Third Quarter 2014 Bonus Categories Are Live!
    The 3rd quarter of 2014 is upon us so that means new bonuses and maybe some shuffling of spend. As I wrote previously, this quarter’s bonus categories are gas stations & Kohl’s. You will receive 5 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent in th…
    - 24 days ago 1 Jul 14, 3:58pm -
  • US Airways MasterCard 20% Bonus Miles
    This summer, earn 20% more miles with your US Airways Dividend Miles MasterCard. Earn 20% more miles on every purchase you make with your card between July 1 and August 31, including US Airways purchases, up to a maximum of 10,000 bonus miles.  The…
    - 29 days ago 27 Jun 14, 11:00am -
  • Chase Hyatt Credit Card
    Hotel cards are often overlooked in the credit card game, but they shouldn’t be. Many of them have lucrative sign-up and anniversary bonuses. The Chase Hyatt credit card is no exception. In fact, many see it as one of the best hotel rewards cards o…
    - 38 days ago 18 Jun 14, 11:00am -
  • Chase Freedom 3rd Quarter Bonus Categories – Sign Up!
    You can now activate your Chase Freedom credit cards to earn 5 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent in these 2 bonus categories: Gas stations Kohl’s The 3rd quarter bonus categories will run from July 1 – September 30, 2014. Ways to Leverag…
    - 41 days ago 15 Jun 14, 11:00am -
  • Earning United Miles Just Went Revenue-Based
    Well, United has just gone the way of Delta with their announcement today. Starting March 1, 2015, United will change the way you earn frequent flyer miles. The distance flown will no longer matter; United will soon reward its biggest spenders (whic…
    - 45 days ago 11 Jun 14, 11:00am -
  • Pay Bills & Earn Miles/Points with Evolve Money
    In the realm of Manufacture Spend (MS), Evolve Money is a small-time but reliable service. It is basically a Bill Pay service that allows you to pay certain bills with debit or Visa/MasterCard gift cards. To be clear, you cannot pay off credit card b…
    - 52 days ago 4 Jun 14, 11:00am -

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…
    - 2 hours ago 25 Jul 14, 9:31pm -
  • newAirlines Squeeze Flyers, Roll in the Dough
    Pity not the airlines. This week, most U.S. airlines announced their operational and financial results for the second quarter. And they were nothing short of record-breaking. American reported net income of $864 million. But if merger-related expense…
    - 7 hours ago 25 Jul 14, 5:14pm -
  • Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Gov’t Watch List
    The great majority of American travelers will never suffer the effects of having their names included on the federal government’s watch list of known or suspected terrorists. Air travel is stressful enough without the added worry of being subjected…
    - 1 day ago 24 Jul 14, 6:01pm -
  • Are Pigs Treated Better Than Coach-Class Passengers?
    If pigs could fly … well, they might have it better than humans flying in coach. Pigs on a truck are probably on their way to the slaughterhouse. For people on a plane, shoehorned into coach seats, it just feels ... Read More
    - 1 day ago 24 Jul 14, 3:45pm -
  • CheapTickets’ New Loyalty Currency Expires After Just 30 Days
    The online travel agencies already boast competitive prices, plenty of inventory, and solid if not flashy user interfaces. So it’s no mystery why the latest battle for the hearts and minds of travel consumers is taking place in the arena ... Read M…
    - 2 days ago 23 Jul 14, 6:12pm -
  • Hilton’s New Promotion Undermined by the Fine Print
    Longtime points chasers will recall, wistfully, a time when a hotel chain’s “systemwide promotion” was just that: systemwide. In other words, stays at any and all properties in that hotel company’s network would count toward earning whatever…
    - 2 days ago 23 Jul 14, 3:47pm -
  • Act Fast: JetBlue 20% Award-Price Discount
    JetBlue has recently been among the most aggressive airlines in offering discounts on award travel. That’s the good news. The bad news: The discounts, this latest one included, have all been flash sales, giving TrueBlue members as little as 48 ...…
    - 3 days ago 22 Jul 14, 6:06pm -
  • Citi Adds Transfer Partners to ThankYou Program
    A majority of frequent-flyer miles are earned through purchases made by credit cards, either cards linked directly to specific airline programs or cards that award points that may be transferred into multiple airline and hotel programs, such as the S…
    - 3 days ago 22 Jul 14, 4:49pm -
  • Chase Sapphire Credit Card Adds, Deletes Perks
    The Chase Sapphire Preferred card has established itself as one of the perennial favorites among travel-rewards aficionados for a number of good reasons. Among them: No foreign transaction fees Points transfer 1:1 to 11 airline and hotel programs Awa…
    - 4 days ago 21 Jul 14, 6:33pm -
  • Win an 8-Day Trip for 2 to Tokyo
    Enter the Sapporo “Legendary Journey” sweepstakes by August 27, 2014, for a chance to win the grand prize: an eight-day trip to Tokyo for two, including air, hotel, and $2,400 in spending money. In addition to the grand prize, 12 ... Read More
    - 4 days ago 21 Jul 14, 4:27pm -

Travel is Free

  • newNew PointBreaks & Latin Stopover Tricks
    First things first, PointBreaks preview is available. The list will be bookable and for stays between July 28- September 30th. If you’re not familiar, read up on IHG PointBreaks here, as it’s a list of bookable hotels for 5,000 points (which c…
    - 7 hours ago 25 Jul 14, 5:14pm -
  • 6 Unbelievable Stopover Tickets
    “I went to book a ticket and you’ll never believe what happened next…” didn’t really fit as a title. But here are a few tickets that I would consider steals. Some more complicated than others, but all of good “value”. If you’re unfami…
    - 1 day ago 24 Jul 14, 9:48pm -
  • The Future of Miles and Points
    Once there is a proven formula, the formula becomes broken. This is true for airlines, blogs, miles and many other things. That’s because when everyone knows the magic formula, the formula stops working. It’s somehow bland and worthless, less no…
    - 3 days ago 22 Jul 14, 7:26pm -
  • High Roller Credit Cards
    Should you fear the large annual fees of these 3 high roller credit cards? The annual fees are large and not waived for the first year, but they have above and beyond benefits. Value of the cards, the value of the word “value”, and benefits are…
    - 8 days ago 17 Jul 14, 5:12pm -
  • Why We Flew First Class
    Now I’m not a fire and brimstone blogger, but I’ll try to justify why my First Class splurge was a great opportunity. Which I wouldn’t have to do if I hadn’t spent so much time saying why I don’t fly first class. See, in general, I value…
    - 9 days ago 16 Jul 14, 10:06pm -
  • Tallest Hotels in the World [Infographic]
    Technically there are two ways to define the “tallest hotel in the world.” The better way is by what floors the hotel’s rooms are actually on. That’s what this infographic is about. The dumber way would be to define “tallest hotel” by the…
    - 11 days ago 14 Jul 14, 9:19pm -
  • 3 Years Blogging!
    The truth is, I don’t know exactly when I started blogging at travelisfree, but I do know that I registered and moved to travelisfree.com (instead of a wordpress.com blog) on July, 11th. So we’ll go ahead and say it’s 3 years of travelisfree.co…
    - 15 days ago 11 Jul 14, 3:47am -
  • Ann Arbor Art Fair DO, July 19-20
    There is an annual “DO” in Ann Arbor, MI. A DO is a get together of frequent flyer nerds, or something like that, and this one is free, next weekend, and your’s truly will be speaking. … Me. That’s me… I’ll be speaking there. In the p…
    - 15 days ago 10 Jul 14, 7:14pm -
  • The Complete Guide to Hotel Best Rate Guarantees
    Using Best Rate Guarantees (BRG’s) we’ve gotten completely free stays at the InterContinental Vienna (a $300/night hotel), IC Budapest, IC San Juan, DoubleTree Bucharest and more. We’ve also used BRG’s to get huge discounts at the JW Marriott…
    - 18 days ago 7 Jul 14, 9:24pm -

Frequent Flyer Bonuses

milepoint (Forums)

  • newMekong River or North Vietnam ?
    I might have some downtime in between a trip to SEA. I was wondering if someone has done, or heard of someone one taking a few days to go down the Mekong River ? Plan B, I want to take a sampan to Catba National Park ? Basic criteria is a) No cell s…
    - 3 mins ago 25 Jul 14, 11:50pm -
  • 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…
    - 4 mins ago 25 Jul 14, 11:49pm -
  • newTeh Penalty Box
    I think it's time for a new Box thread that works. So, here goes.
    - 9 mins ago 25 Jul 14, 11:44pm -
  • newSJC had global entry sort of
    Today i saw global entry at sjc but then realized it just separate line and one still has fill out paper form. You might stay it doesn't have too many international flights but today both ANA and Volaris flight landed at dame time causing big back lo…
    - 11 mins ago 25 Jul 14, 11:42pm -
  • newAna 787: how ana flight attendants know if your seats need to be reclined
    Just noticed today that ana on nrt-sjc flight have following on every seat. Their seats botyom portion moves forward compared with full back recline.. The sensor when green means its in upright position. Red is reclined. Didn't see on united 787
    - 14 mins ago 25 Jul 14, 11:39pm -
  • newGet More Acquainted With Your Knees as Boeing Reworks 737
    Get More Acquainted With Your Knees as Boeing Reworks 737This article describes how Boeing is fitting 11 additional seats into the economy class section of the 737 airplane, while the business class section is getting lie-flat seats and 15 inch vide…
    - 15 mins ago 25 Jul 14, 11:38pm -
  • new(photo trivia) Guess the airport
    MP doesn't feel complete without it so here's a guessing game with some easy rules.In a nutshell one member posts a photo of an airport and everybody else has to guess the airport name/location.Obviously the photo shall not reveal too much informat…
    - 23 mins ago 25 Jul 14, 11:30pm -
  • newChip-and-PIN cards, coming soon (hopefully) to a U.S. bank near you.
    Chip-and-PIN cards, coming soon (hopefully) to a U.S. bank near you. You’ll need them.By Christopher Elliott June 19, 2014The Washington PostIn this article, the author describes his experiences while driving on the Brenner Autobahn between Aus…
    - 55 mins ago 25 Jul 14, 10:58pm -
  • newFTU Advanced: Chicago Sept 26-28, [SOLD OUT]
    Folks,Copying and pasting Gary's post so we have a separate thread for the September eventThe event is sold out!One of the most requested things we've gotten for future Frequent Traveler University events is a different program -- while each one ha…
    - 1 hour ago 25 Jul 14, 10:41pm -
  • newUnited MileagePlus: Is Premier Status Worth It For Me?
    Hi all,Hi all. I'm new here and I hope to one day contribute.Right now, I'm trying to figure out if it's worth it (for me personally) to spend $$ to achieve Premier or Premier Exec status on United when the only perk I care about is the free upgra…
    - 1 hour ago 25 Jul 14, 10:27pm -

Flyertalk MilesBuzz

  • newJetBlue- new points for surveys site- 400 free points intro offer
    https://www.pointsforsurveys.com/general/pfs-lp-400 400 TrueBlue points for completion for your first survey- varies after that. It looks like it's run by SSI, which also does United's Opinion Miles Club and Opinion Outpost. So probably...
    - 1 hour ago 25 Jul 14, 10:25pm -
  • newCheaper to change or cancel with penalty?
    I'm quite concerned that I've lost my mind and would appreciate your take on this. I had a round-trip to HKG booked in October that I've had to change to an open jaw a couple of months later (YYZ to PEK and back to YYZ from PVG). Had to call in...
    - 2 hours ago 25 Jul 14, 10:22pm -
  • newReward change made, then unmade
    Original trip was SEA-FRA-ZRH-ATH (no stopover, no open jaw) Return was ATH-MUC-IAD (no stopover, no open jaw). All flights on Lufthansa except the ZRH-ATH leg. Return was scheduled for July 24 at 1:05 PM Athens time. I called elite desk on..…
    - 2 hours ago 25 Jul 14, 10:16pm -
  • newWhat to do with a free stay during a Platinum challenge
    I'm just about to sign up for the Starwood Platinum challenge, and I have a small puzzler for everyone who likes to figure out how to get the most out of the system. For the month of July, I have 4 nights over 2 stays, so this is where my...
    - 2 hours ago 25 Jul 14, 10:12pm -
  • newLe Meridien Oak brook Chicago IL Diappointing grand opening
    This is a brand new hotel opening on July 31st , I believe they postponed few time. I tried to call this property many times , it went straight to voicemail . called the general line , they said hotel is not yet opened. They had a promotion...
    - 2 hours ago 25 Jul 14, 10:08pm -
  • newAir Canada Long Haul
    Hi guys, Its been a while since I last posted and I have a few reservations about my flight. I am flying with Air New Zealand from Auckland to Sydney and Air Canada from Sydney to Toronto via Vancouver, since I have flown Air New Zealand before I.…
    - 2 hours ago 25 Jul 14, 10:04pm -
  • newMO @ WD
    I am in Louisiana. Over the past few days I have had less success of getting MOs at WD. One has refused to let me purchase with a split. 2 let me purchase, but mentioned about just going through training for WU MO that they should not take prepaids..…
    - 2 hours ago 25 Jul 14, 9:59pm -
  • newNikon 1- should I buy additional lenses?
    Hi all, My mom has offered me her VERY gently used Nikon 1 (as in she used it for 2 days on a trip and then deemed it 'too heavy'). I see that there are additional lenses I could purchase for it as well. Does anyone recommend this camera? I...
    - 2 hours ago 25 Jul 14, 9:50pm -
  • newA380 at BHX?
    With the runway extension completed, what are the chances?
    - 2 hours ago 25 Jul 14, 9:50pm -
  • newCustomer Service automated greeting??
    I couldn't find the right words to search so this may have been posted, but the last few times I've called AA it seems they have changed the setup when speaking to an agent. When it gets transferred I always get the voice mail name greeting -...
    - 2 hours ago 25 Jul 14, 9:46pm -

Reddit r/churning

  • newHelp valuing miles
    So I got the Citi AAdvantage 50k offer and netted 53,000 AA miles from it. This (http://thepointsguy.com/2014/05/what-is-a-point-or-mile-worth-new-monthly-valuation-series/) says the miles are worth 1.7 cents apiece. I booked a one way award flight o…
    - 2 hours ago 25 Jul 14, 10:09pm -
  • newChase Bank checking/savings bonuses
    Are there any resources for getting the $500 (or $400) checking/savings vouchers? Any chance this sub has friendly patrons that don't need the vouchers? Doctorofcredit recommends ebay, but it'd be nice to keep it 'in the family'. submitted by Ubv…
    - 3 hours ago 25 Jul 14, 8:52pm -
  • newCan I always use points towards statement credit?
    I'm looking to make a purchase shortly that should hit the spend requirements of some card and Marriott has 70k points after $2,000 spend. I've done CSP, Chase Freedom, Amazon Visa, and Barclays cards in the past which all have allowed me to pay down…
    - 4 hours ago 25 Jul 14, 7:55pm -
  • newFly to Switzerland and stay for 3 months. How should I prepare?
    First time churner here. Next summer, I plan on flying from LAX to Geneva and staying for 3 months for a paid internship. How should I prepare? -It'll be nice to have a no forex fee credit card (although I'll get paid in Swiss Francs from working).…
    - 5 hours ago 25 Jul 14, 6:50pm -
  • newFinding my next AoR cards, major travel expense coming soon
    Hey Churners! Recently joined /r/churning and must say I have learned quite a bit already! I'm hoping someone can help me pick a good set of next cards as I have a trip coming up later this year to Brazil and I'm hoping to minimize the cost - hopeful…
    - 6 hours ago 25 Jul 14, 5:48pm -
  • newGetting bonuses on different Chase Cards
    I recently got a Chase Sapphire Preferred for the bonus and am now considering getting the Chase Ink Plus. Can I still get the sign up bonus for the Ink even though these cards are from the same bank? submitted by rufusslim1 [link] [5 comments]
    - 8 hours ago 25 Jul 14, 3:59pm -
  • newHelp using Asia Miles
    I have 120k thank you points and 60k MR points. I am hoping to use them for 2 round trip business or first class tickets to Madrid sometime next March. What would be the best way to go about this? I have identified Asia miles because both mr and ty…
    - 9 hours ago 25 Jul 14, 3:22pm -
  • newWhere to go with my points?
    My wife and I will be celebrating our anniversary in early Sept. I have the following points: Southwest - 55k US Air - 40k AMEX - 50k Alaska Air - 30k w/companion pass Club Carlson - 180k I was thinking maybe an all inclusive trip trip to one of the…
    - 9 hours ago 25 Jul 14, 2:35pm -
  • newIs it bad that I like the way a CC looks?
    I'm 26 and finally starting to build good credit. I have had a measly debit card and chase freedom for several years before I started trying to get a better card. Last year, I got the CitiAA card and thought it looked pretty cool. I just got the CSP…
    - 10 hours ago 25 Jul 14, 1:32pm -
  • newAmEx Business Platinum OPEN 100k/150k targeted offer
    I just received this in the mail, has anyone got this? I'm only a part-time churner, I only really stick with Chase or AA Citi related cards, but this offer SOUNDS good, I'm just not familiar with AmEx's program. Has anyone received this offer and re…
    - 11 hours ago 25 Jul 14, 12:52pm -

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

  • newTravel Style: Susan Spano
    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: Susan Spano Occupation: Travel Writer/Peace Corps Volu…
    - 1 hour ago 25 Jul 14, 10:29pm -
  • newCharleston, SC, Part 1: Charleston Gets Top Vote for Best City—Again
    This is Part 1 in Dave Zuchowski’s three-part series on Charleston, South Carolina—voted the best city in the U.S. and Canada in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards for the second year in a row. Tune in for Part 2 next Friday. Lucky Cha…
    - 5 hours ago 25 Jul 14, 6:56pm -
  • newReader Travel Tip of the Day: The Motel Freshener
    The Motel Freshener Each Friday, we’re featuring a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from Phil R. of West Lafayette, Indiana, who says: “This is a tip from back years ago when I was constantly traveling. I…
    - 7 hours ago 25 Jul 14, 4:30pm -
  • Travel Style: David DiGregorio
    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: David DiGregorio  Occupation: Destination Marketing C…
    - 1 day ago 24 Jul 14, 5:15pm -
  • Travel Tip of the Day: The “Call from the Front Desk” Scam
    The “Call from the Front Desk” Scam Yesterday, I wrote about the “Let’s have a drink” scam. Well, here’s another one that’s making the rounds, including my buddy Peter Greenberg’s newsletter yesterday and DailyFinance.com. The “Call…
    - 1 day ago 24 Jul 14, 4:30pm -
  • Travel Tip of the Week: Beware the “Let’s Have a Drink” Scam
    Beware the “Let’s Have a Drink” Scam I’ve been scammed before in Budapest and there’s a good chance I’ll be scammed again since I travel so much. But my colleague Tom Brosnahan, in his travel guide from Turkey, just alerted me to the “…
    - 2 days ago 23 Jul 14, 6:00pm -
  • Top 10 in Travel News: Week of July 23, 2014
    THE TOP 10 IN TRAVEL NEWS THIS WEEK: The Official Flight Manifest For MH17 Malaysia Airlines offers refunds until Thursday Netherlands opens war crimes investigation into airliner downing Michael Bloomberg flys to Israel on EL AL to protest FAA ban A…
    - 2 days ago 23 Jul 14, 1:30pm -
  • Travel Contests: Week of July 23, 2014
    This week’s contests include: Win a Cross-Trek 22” Wheeled Carry-On Duffel from Granite Gear! (JohnnyJet.com contest) Win a week-long vacation for two in Tuscany Win a trip to The Galapagos Islands Win a free Iceland vacation Win a trip for two…
    - 2 days ago 23 Jul 14, 12:00pm -

Doctor of Credit

Hustler Money Blog

  • Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card Review
    Earn 70,000 Points after spending $2,000 in your first 3 months from account opening with the Chase Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card. Receive 1 Free Night Stay after account approval in category 1-4 locations, that’s up to 10 Free Nights! Mar…
    - 1 day ago 24 Jul 14, 8:33pm -
  • TD Ameritrade $2,500 Cash Bonus Rewards
    TD Ameritrade offers $2,500 in cash bonus money for depositing $1 million in new funds valid until September 30, 2014. You will also get a $75 transfer rebate to cover any rollover or transfer fees that your other brokerages charge you. TD Ameritrade…
    - 1 day ago 24 Jul 14, 6:06pm -
  • Chase Premier Checking Review: $500 Bonus Coupon Promotion
    There are now Chase $500 Premier Checking Coupons available online on eBay to buy. This is by far the biggest Chase checking deal I’ve seen in all my years of writing about Chase bonuses. Once you get the Chase Coupon Code, you visit your local Cha…
    - 2 days ago 24 Jul 14, 11:51am -
  • Coinstar $8 Chili’s eGift Card Bonus
    Gather up all your change around the house because Coinstar is having a $8 Chili’s bonus when you pour in $40 or more at their counting machine. They will print the  $8 bonus on your receipt with no expiration. The $8 Chile’s eCertificate bonus…
    - 2 days ago 24 Jul 14, 11:30am -
  • MileagePlus Dining Program Review: 1,500 Bonus United Miles
    Frequent fliers can take advantage of this great offer for 1,500 United MileagePlus bonus miles from MileagePlus Dining. You need to join MileagePlus Dining by December 10, 2014, then earn 1,500 bonus miles when you spend $30 on a single dine at a pr…
    - 2 days ago 24 Jul 14, 9:19am -
  • Bank of Maine Review: $150 Cash Bonus Promotion
    For residents of Maine, Massachusetts, & New Hampshire, the Bank of Maine Promise Rewards Checking account is offering up to $150 in cash bonus. In order earn $150 bonus, you must set up direct deposit, do 10 debit card purchases, and bill payments t…
    - 2 days ago 24 Jul 14, 6:24am -
  • United MileagePlus Shopping Portal Review: Earn Up To 2,000 Bonus Miles
    Shop now using the United MileagePlus Shopping Mall to earn up to 2,000 bonus miles when spending $500 or more good  through August 31, 2014. Other spending requirements include $125 to earn 500 bonus miles, $250 to earn 1,000 miles, and $375 to ear…
    - 2 days ago 24 Jul 14, 6:19am -
  • Frontier Airlines 11% Off Winter Promotion
    Book your next flight with Frontier Airlines by 7/24/2014 and get 11% off using promo code WINTERSAVINGS. You must travel domestically between December 13 through March 1. The blackout dates include December 19-24, December 26–28, and January 3-4.…
    - 2 days ago 24 Jul 14, 5:04am -
  • Eat Free On Your Birthday! Birthday Freebies! July, 2014
    Here's the complete list of restaurants that give free meal/deals for your birthday.Acme Markets / Albertsons and possibly others, Free Birthday cake for first birthday, must bring proof of child being 1 yr old, ex: birth certificate.THE PALM…
    - 2 days ago 24 Jul 14, 1:23am -
  • Banana Republic Coupons, Discounts, and Promo Codes: Save Up To 60%
    Find all the best Coupons, Discounts, and Promotion Codes to save up to 60% Off when shopping at BananaRepublic.com. Use Offer Code BRTHINKBIG to get 40% off on Banana’s regular and 50% off sale items. The promo code expires 7/23/2014 Banana Republ…
    - 2 days ago 23 Jul 14, 5:21pm -

Hack My Trip

  • Will a Certain Fellow Blogger Please Calm Down About Lufthansa?
    From the desk of the Devil’s Advocate… I was at FTU Advanced this past weekend and had an absolute blast meeting and chatting with folks and exchanging ideas about loyalty programs. It’s great to be able to talk endlessly about our hobby withou…
    - 2 days ago 24 Jul 14, 11:15am -
  • Who Flies There?
    I led three sessions at FTU Advanced last weekend, and all of them were open ended. But for the most part I was leading people through different tools like ExpertFlyer, Award Nexus, and ITA Matrix. I’ll spend some time over the next couple weeks…
    - 3 days ago 22 Jul 14, 2:05pm -
  • Hacking Award Seats to South America – All 132 Routes
    Given our past attention to places farther from home, we round out the next part of this series with a look at award seats and routes to South America. Part 1 – Hacking Award Seats to Europe – All 403 Routes Part 2 – Hacking Award Seats to Asia…
    - 4 days ago 22 Jul 14, 11:05am -
  • Hacking Award Seats Down Under – All 31 Routes to Australia/NZ
    Over the past two weeks, we looked at finding the routes with the least demand to Europe and the Asia: Hacking Award Seats to Europe – All 403 Routes – Part 1 of 5 Hacking Award Seats to Asia – All 177 Routes – Part 2 of 5 In this next short…
    - 7 days ago 18 Jul 14, 12:00pm -
  • Kimpton Revamps Loyalty Program: Karma Rewards
    Last year I matched to Kimpton’s loyalty program, InTouch, and made good use of it with stays at Hotel Vintage Plaza in Portland, EPIC Hotel in Miami, Lorien Hotel & Spa in Alexandria, and Alexis Hotel in Seattle. Alexis remains my favorite, thoug…
    - 8 days ago 17 Jul 14, 2:30pm -
  • Did Hyatt Outwit The Devil’s Advocate?
    From the desk of the Devil’s Advocate… I am thrilled to report (and I am sure you are all thrilled to hear) that this past Friday I successfully completed my Hyatt Diamond Trial. As a result, I now have Diamond status with Hyatt until the end of…
    - 9 days ago 17 Jul 14, 11:15am -

Maximizing Money

  • newFuel Rewards Network Giveaway – Win 1 of 5 $25 FRN/Shell Gift Cards and 25¢/gal Sign-Up Bonus
    Enter the Fuel Rewards Network REAL Savings Contest on Maximizing Money to win 1 of 5 $25 FRN Gift Cards (Good at Shell Gas Stations), plus get a 25¢ per gallon discount as a sign-up bonus when you join the Fuel Rewards Network for free today.To wi…
    - 12 hours ago 25 Jul 14, 11:44am -
  • Capital One ShareBuilder Promo Code up to $600 Bonus Offer
    Capital One ShareBuilder is currently offering from $50 to $600 in bonus cash when you open a new account and deposit at least $5,000, valid through December 31, 2014.Just open a new Capital One ShareBuilder Account and enter Promo Code GET600AFF du…
    - 1 day ago 24 Jul 14, 2:35pm -
  • Marriott Rewards Credit Card 70,000 Points after Only $1,000 Spend (Not $2,000)
    The Marriott Rewards credit cards allow you to earn bonus points toward free hotel nights, plus there are several current promotions offering up to 70,000 bonus points.Updated July 25, 2014: Please note that there is a new affiliate link available f…
    - 1 day ago 24 Jul 14, 2:30pm -
  • The Bank of Maine $150 Promise Rewards Checking Account Bonus
    The Bank of Maine Promise Rewards Checking account offers up to $150 in bonus cash for new customers, plus you can earn a $50 bonus for each new customer that you refer.The Bank of Maine promotional offers are available to residents living in Maine,…
    - 1 day ago 24 Jul 14, 2:25pm -
  • TD Ameritrade up to $2,500 in Cash Bonuses
    TD Ameritrade is offering new and existing members up to $2,500 in cash bonus money when you deposit new funds, roll over your old 401(k)s, or transfer an IRA to TD Ameritrade by September 30, 2014.Review more details on this TD Ameritrade Promotion…
    - 1 day ago 24 Jul 14, 2:20pm -
  • UPS My Choice 6 Months Premium Membership for Free
    You can get 6 months of UPS My Choice Premium Membership for free through January 31, 2014.The post UPS My Choice 6 Months Premium Membership for Free appeared first on Maximizing Money.
    - 1 day ago 24 Jul 14, 2:19pm -
  • Ink Business Cards from Chase up to 70,000 Bonus Points – In Branch Only
    The Chase Ink Plus business credit card is now offering 70,000 bonus points for new applicants when you apply at your local Chase Bank branch.Check out more details on these Chase Ink Business Cards for business credit card solutions and business ch…
    - 2 days ago 23 Jul 14, 9:15pm -
  • TransWest Credit Union $25/$50 Referral Program Bonuses in Utah
    TransWest Credit Union has a referral program that offers both new and current members either $25 or $50 in bonus cash, depending on which accounts the new member opens.To join TransWest, you must be a resident of Salt Lake County in Utah; an employ…
    - 2 days ago 23 Jul 14, 9:11pm -
  • United MileagePlus Shopping up to 2,000 Bonus Miles
    The United MileagePlus Shopping rewards network is offering new and current members up to 2,000 bonus miles when you spend a qualifying amount from July 14th to August 31, 2014.The post United MileagePlus Shopping up to 2,000 Bonus Miles appeared fi…
    - 3 days ago 22 Jul 14, 9:01pm -
  • The Plum Card from American Express up to $600 Bonus Cash Back
    The American Express Plum business card is offering up to a $600 cash back bonus on up to $30,000 in purchases during your first 3 months as a card member with no annual fee for the first year.The post The Plum Card from American Express up to $600…
    - 3 days ago 22 Jul 14, 8:59pm -

Boarding Area

  • newAn Airline Credit Card Offer To Avoid
    There are some very lucrative credit card offers, ones like the long-lasting Citi AAdvantage Executive card that (had) offered 100,000 AA miles. Then we have the second tier airline credit card offers like the American Express Delta Skymiles Gold off…
    - 1 hour ago 25 Jul 14, 10:34pm -
  • newThe Devil’s Advocate Hits Me Where It Hurts… Right In The Duck!
    My friend Scott runs the Hack My Trip blog, and he does a great job with it.We’re very different – I felt like going to college was the biggest waste of my life, while he has like 14 doctoral degrees and is trying to figure out a way to get back…
    - 1 hour ago 25 Jul 14, 10:33pm -
  • newGet a 60% Bonus on Purchased IHG Points
    With IHG Rewards you can unofficially buy points for .7 cents each any time you want via a little bit of ‘work’ (as described here), however if you are starting from zero that method doesn’t work.  It also is a method that not all people are 1…
    - 1 hour ago 25 Jul 14, 10:27pm -
  • newWorld Cup memories
    I must admit that I got swept up in the 2014 World Cup. I was cheering for the United States even though I knew they had no realistic chance of advancing very far. When the United States advanced out of the so called “Group of Death” by defeating…
    - 2 hours ago 25 Jul 14, 9:26pm -
  • newAlaska Airlines Hires Pancake-Making Robot + $10 off Day Pass
    Who doesn’t love pancakes? Okay, you can put your hands down, Celiac sufferers. Everybody else, get ready for a pancake miracle. Alaska Airlines has upped the airport lounge breakfast game with “Popcake” machines that churn out pancakes faster…
    - 3 hours ago 25 Jul 14, 9:21pm -
  • newThree Better Ways to Check US Airways Flight Status
    When checking your US Airways flight status, your intuition would be that www.usairways.com is the best place to check.  But there are three better places […]
    - 3 hours ago 25 Jul 14, 8:45pm -
  • newIf The Suitcase Fits….
    I finished up my review of the Briggs & Riley BRX Explore International Expandable Wide-body Upright just yesterday, but missed a very important piece of information. As pointed out by JohnSD and gobluetwo, the question was whether this suitcase woul…
    - 3 hours ago 25 Jul 14, 8:40pm -
  • newLast Day to Get a 20% Rebate on all JetBlue Redemption Reservations
    This is a quick reminder that this promotion ends tonight! JetBlue is running a great promotion where ultimately you can use your points for free flights with a 20% discount. For all reservations booked through TONIGHT July 25, 2014 at 11:59pm ET, yo…
    - 3 hours ago 25 Jul 14, 8:28pm -
  • newOccidental El Embajador Santo Domingo Royal Club Room
    I recently stayed at the Occidental El Embajador in Santo Domingo while on a 4 day business trip. This was a new property for me, in a city that I frequent quite often. I booked a room on the Royal Club level, for an extra $20 a night to ensure that…
    - 3 hours ago 25 Jul 14, 8:26pm -
  • newBuying Open Box Best Buy Online – Why Its Good For Spending
    With the limiting of certain types of prepaid cards and reloads, many people are looking for other ways to get their manufactured spend in. Sure, it is still possible to buy gift cards, and many people are doing it to the tune of tens of thousands ea…
    - 4 hours ago 25 Jul 14, 8:06pm -

Frequent Flyer Miles 101

  • newMarriott Rewards Visa: 70,000 points and a bunch of other goodies
    (Note: I do not receive any compensation if you order this card.  In the event that I do receive compensation for your actions, I will always disclose it (as you’ll see when you hit the bottom of this thread.)) Every so often, Marriott gives us a…
    - 9 hours ago 25 Jul 14, 3:00pm -
  • What do airline earnings say about passenger experiences?
    Once per quarter, airlines comment on their earnings for the previous quarter and give projections for the following quarter.  Anyone can listen to these reports through a webcast on the airlines’ websites.  There is normally a lot of technical l…
    - 1 day ago 24 Jul 14, 2:00pm -
  • Path to a decision: Should I renew my Delta Silver Elite status
    In the summer, a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of miles.  With the sounds of the Delta third-quarter conference call in the background, it’s time for me to make my decision on whether I will make an attempt to renew my Delta elite…
    - 2 days ago 23 Jul 14, 2:43pm -
  • Hilton Honors launches Q3 promo: Double or Triple points
    Hilton’s Q3 promo, which oddly runs from August 1 through October 31, offers double base points for stays Monday-Thursday night and triple points on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night stays.  Base points are those that you get just for the night (b…
    - 3 days ago 22 Jul 14, 2:13pm -
  • Update on manufactured spending methods
    When I first started this blog, one of my goals was to avoid turning it into another blog about manufactured spending.  MS definitely serves a purpose, such as when you need to meet minimum spending on a credit card to get a bonus, or when you are a…
    - 3 days ago 22 Jul 14, 1:53pm -
  • 9/11 Security fee increase goes into effect today
    As mentioned in June, the 9/11 security fee increase goes into effect today.  The new fees will be flat, with a one-way fee of $5.60 and round-trip fee of $11.20, versus the previous regime of fees per leg of the trip. I typically keep politics out…
    - 4 days ago 21 Jul 14, 2:28pm -
  • And people think I’m a mileage junkie…
    One of the great things about frequent flyer programs is the stories they generate.  The most well-known of crazy miles stories is the one of Pudding Guy, but there are plenty more out there.  This weekend, we will visit the world of a Chinese Art…
    - 5 days ago 20 Jul 14, 6:30pm -
  • Hoarding miles: Just how many miles should I hold onto?
    One of my favorite sayings in the mileage world is, “Miles don’t earn interest.”  In other words, you get nowhere by hoarding hundreds of thousands, or even millions of miles, as airlines tend to devalue them over time.  Inflation works in th…
    - 7 days ago 18 Jul 14, 1:43pm -
  • A few tidbits from around the mileage world…
    For those of you who have never flown Virgin America, it has a nice product, especially if you find yourself in the front of the plane.  Recently, the company launched an elite status match if you have status with United, American, Delta or Southwe…
    - 9 days ago 16 Jul 14, 1:49pm -
  • Manufactured Spending: The fun can end, too.
    “There’s two sides to every Schwartz.” -Dark Helmet, Spaceballs In this post, I discussed two methods to manufacture spend, one using Paypal cards to reload your Paypal account and the second using debit cards to build your balance on the Walg…
    - 10 days ago 15 Jul 14, 2:59pm -

Mr. Free Miles