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The Points Guy

  • newRanking the Best Starter Travel Cards for Award Flights
    Whether you’re just getting started as an award traveler yourself or trying to help a friend join the club, today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains which travel rewards credit cards are best for beginners interested prima…
    - 9 hours ago Sep 1, 2015, 11:00pm -
  • newKind Traveler: Give to Charities When You Book Your Travel
    For this month’s installment of “Giving Tuesday,” a series designed to highlight travel-themed charities, TPG Contributor Jade Broadus — an avid, deals-obsessed traveler — shares how you can give to your favorite charities while earn…
    - 13 hours ago Sep 1, 2015, 6:55pm -
  • newShould Flyers Have to Accommodate Nut Allergies?
    Welcome to Fly&Dine Tuesday, a monthly column that explores the intersection of food and travel with the help of TPG Contributor (and expert food writer) Jason Kessler of Fly&Dine, the best online source for dining while you fly. For decades, peanut-…
    - 14 hours ago Sep 1, 2015, 5:40pm -
  • newDeal Alert: Flights to Cancun from $196 on AA, Delta and United
    Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency, such as Orbitz, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Easter…
    - 15 hours ago Sep 1, 2015, 4:47pm -
  • newHotel Review: Virgin Hotels Chicago
    On a recent trip to the Windy City, TPG Editorial Intern Kevin Song stayed at the new — and highly anticipated — Virgin Hotels Chicago. Here’s his take on the experience. Hip mood lighting, edgy music and a certain flair for eccentricity are w…
    - 16 hours ago Sep 1, 2015, 4:05pm -
  • newEarn up to 4x Asia Miles on Flights to Hong Kong
    Cathay Pacific is now offering a pretty good deal for US residents who register and complete travel before November 30, 2015. As part of this offer, you’ll earn a bunch of Asia Miles when you travel round-trip to Hong Kong (HKG) on Cathay Paci…
    - 17 hours ago Sep 1, 2015, 3:20pm -
  • newChase and Amtrak are Ending Their Relationship
    Just last week, we reported on a new Amtrak Guest Rewards program that goes into effect January 24, 2016. After that date, you’ll still qualify for status using Tier Qualifying Points (TQPs), but the way you earn redeemable miles will change signi…
    - 17 hours ago Sep 1, 2015, 2:35pm -
  • newHow to Book Award Flights with Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
    Earning points and miles is the surprisingly easy part of award travel; it’s learning how to maximize value when redeeming that takes practice. In this post, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains how to use your Alaska Airli…
    - 18 hours ago Sep 1, 2015, 1:45pm -
  • newYour Points and Miles Guide to London
    In the second installment of our new “Points and Miles Destination Guide” series, TPG Contributor Whitney Magnuson explores the many different ways to maximize a trip to London using points and miles. From Big Ben to Westminster Abbey, the…
    - 19 hours ago Sep 1, 2015, 12:55pm -
  • Amazing Deal Alert: New York to Tel Aviv for $590 on Delta
    Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency such as Orbitz, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm East…
    - 1 day ago Aug 31, 2015, 10:57pm -

Frugal Travel Guy

  • newI Want to Go to San Juan, Puerto Rico – for CHEAP!

    - 6 mins ago Sep 2, 2015, 8:00am -
  • newAmex Abroad: No Bonus Points for the International Traveler
    “Don’t leave home without it.” That is one of American Express’ most recognizable slogans. However, if you are leaving home to travel abroad, there is, in many cases, little reason to take your Amex credit card, and not necessarily because fe…
    - 9 hours ago Sep 1, 2015, 11:00pm -
  • newWestin Beaver Creek Resort & Spa Review, Plus How to Stay 7 Nights FREE
    Late last month, my husband and I traveled with friends to Colorado for some hiking and R&R. We flew there on Southwest, of course, with points from each of our Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Cards. In total, our flights cost 16,000…
    - 12 hours ago Sep 1, 2015, 8:00pm -
  • newTop 10 Credit Cards – September 2015
    The following is the September 2015 edition of what I consider to be the Top 10 credit card products available at the moment. The list is based on a combination of factors, including current welcome bonus offers, daily earning potential, transfer par…
    - 13 hours ago Sep 1, 2015, 7:00pm -
  • newCould Your Social Standing Result in Hotel Discounts?
    There seem to be many various ways frugal travelers cut down on their expenses through points, miles and other discounts. Aside from traditional points and miles schemes, frugal travelers who have the will and desire can find a way to stay and play f…
    - 14 hours ago Sep 1, 2015, 6:00pm -
  • newThe 5 Best Ways to Use SPG Points
    If there is one travel rewards currency to collect, it is SPG points. If you’re looking for some inspiration on how to get the very best value out of your SPG points, take a look at what are some of the best ways to them: 1. Nights and Flights Thi…
    - 24 hours ago Sep 1, 2015, 8:00am -
  • Don’t Do That! The 5 WORST Ways to Use SPG Points
    Starwood Preferred Guest points are the most valuable travel rewards currency. SPG points are some of the hardest to earn (credit cards and staying at an SPG property are the only viable ways to earn them), so when it comes time to redeeming, please…
    - 1 day ago Aug 31, 2015, 11:00pm -
  • Alaska Airlines Announces Fall Award Sale
    Just got an email from Alaska Airlines notifying me of an economy class fall award sale they are running. Miles rates start at just 5,000 miles each way with this promotion. A couple of routes that can be booked for 5,000 miles are the following: Fre…
    - 1 day ago Aug 31, 2015, 9:30pm -
  • 10 Hacks for Making Airport Food More Tolerable and Affordable
    Fast food offerings can be unhealthy, expensive or predictably boring. I have a few fast food hacks of my own that I utilize when I’m traveling, so I got curious as to what other people might be doing to change their fast food experience. It turns…
    - 1 day ago Aug 31, 2015, 8:00pm -
  • Rick’s Picks: What’s New With British Airways Avios?
    With the credit card devaluation to 1 point per dollar for non-British Airways spending (general purchases), it makes little sense to continue earning on the BA card, what with the other alternatives available. Avios have been important to our famil…
    - 2 days ago Aug 31, 2015, 8:00am -

One Mile at a Time

  • newWin Free Points With Starwood’s Open The World Sweepstakes
    Every so often Starwood Preferred Guest runs a sweepstakes to highlight the various hotels in the portfolio, or to promote a new benefit. The latest offering "Open the World of SPG®" is now open, and can be a fun way to rack up some extra Starpoints…
    - 8 hours ago Sep 2, 2015, 12:03am -
  • newDelta (Kinda) Puts Its Money Where Its Mouth Is
    Per Bloomberg, Delta is convinced of its proven operational superiority -- so much so that Delta is now offering to refund business customers if on-time performance ever lags behind United's and American's.Now, let's unpack this, because while it i…
    - 10 hours ago Sep 1, 2015, 9:33pm -
  • newHilton & Uber Announce A Partnership… Sort Of
    In many ways, Starwood has been the industry leader when it comes to launching partnerships with other travel providers, for the purpose of benefitting frequent users of both companies. This sort of cross-loyalty marketing is brilliant, whereby you'r…
    - 13 hours ago Sep 1, 2015, 7:03pm -
  • newBroken WiFi And Broken People On American
    Today was a travel day for me, as I’m on my way to an SPG event at the US Open (which I’m excited to share with y’all a bit later).I tend to be a pretty easy passenger, and as long as I have water and space to work I’ll throw my headphones…
    - 14 hours ago Sep 1, 2015, 5:33pm -
  • newNew App Helps You Join Mile High Club… On The Ground?!
    As I've explained before, in general I’m a big fan of location based social networking applications. In many ways they sum up the worst of technology/the era we live in (minimizing someone to the point that they’re nothing more than a swipe left…
    - 16 hours ago Sep 1, 2015, 4:19pm -
  • newYou’ll Never Believe This Hotel’s Drink Menu!
    We've stayed at the Sheraton Stockholm for the past several days, which was an all around solid hotel. Despite the super crowded club lounge and lack of an upgrade, it was a great base from which to explore Stockholm. Service was great, and the locat…
    - 17 hours ago Sep 1, 2015, 2:33pm -
  • newAlaska Airlines Fall Award Sale — Starting At 5K Miles One-Way
    Last week Tiffany wrote about how Alaska Mileage Plan is offering up to a 40% bonus on the purchase of miles through October 6, 2015.That's an exciting promotion, given that it's a great way to buy miles for discounted premium cabin awards on Catha…
    - 19 hours ago Sep 1, 2015, 1:03pm -
  • newArlanda Express: Speedy Transport For Dummies
    As a relatively long-time Angeleno, I am well aware of what it's like not to have much in the way of reasonably accessible public transportation. I have lived in Chicago (for undergrad) and New York (briefly after undergrad), however, and thus am we…
    - 20 hours ago Sep 1, 2015, 11:33am -
  • Air France FlyingBlue Winter Promo Awards — Up To 50% Off
    One of the best uses of Air France/KLM FlyingBlue miles is booking their Promo Awards. FlyingBlue publishes these every month, and they offer 25-50% off select award tickets on Air France and KLM metal. Back in the day Promo Awards would consistently…
    - 1 day ago Sep 1, 2015, 1:03am -
  • Oh MAN…
    Guten tag from Berlin. After an amazing stay in Stockholm we jumped on an airberlin flight to Berlin for a few days. But as far as my review goes, we're still in Manchester! We stayed in the Hilton Manchester Deansgate, which is the tallest and mo…
    - 1 day ago Aug 31, 2015, 10:33pm -

View From the Wing

The Frequent Miler

  • newNecker Island: 557,000 miles in the bag, 180,000 miles on the way, and my plan for the rest
    My Virgin Atlantic account currently shows a balance of over 557,000 miles.  With most programs, I’d be pretty happy about that.  In this case, though, the total is less than half needed for a single award: A week on Richard Branson’s Necker Is…
    - 21 hours ago Sep 1, 2015, 10:25am -
  • Amtrak Guest Rewards 2016 — Better than expected. My take and recommendations.
    Last week, I travelled with family and friends to a number of national parks: Arches, Bryce, Grand Canyon, and Zion.  We used Amtrak points (transferred from Chase Ultimate Rewards) to make the journey west from Ann Arbor, Michigan.  The first leg…
    - 2 days ago Aug 31, 2015, 10:25am -
  • It’s not too late – Deals still alive as of 08/30/2015
    Each week we publish a number of fantastic deals on the blog and in Quick Deals. Most deals don’t last long, but some hang around for awhile. In an effort to keep you up to date, we have gone back through each of the deals posted over the last coup…
    - 3 days ago Aug 30, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • 470K worth of Sign-up Bonuses, 70K worth of Retention Bonuses, Sears & Amex Gift Card Portal Woes & More!
    Welcome to the Frequent Miler Week In Review series. Every Saturday we recap what you might have missed from Frequent Miler during the week. Enjoy! This Week From Frequent Miler Amex gift cards: Is the deal done? – The recent changes to portal t…
    - 3 days ago Aug 29, 2015, 9:00pm -
  • Gift Card Fraud, Key to Big Amex Credit Card Offers, Turning One Flight Into Four Years of Airline Status & More!
    Welcome to the Frequent Miler Week In Review series. Every Saturday we bring you some of the best posts from around the web. Enjoy! This Week Around the Web How I Turned 1 Roundtrip Ticket Into Almost 4 Years of Airline Elite Status – Utilizing…
    - 4 days ago Aug 29, 2015, 1:00pm -
  • Sears nixes portal rewards on gift cards. There may be hope yet.
    Yesterday, via Quick Deals, we reported that Sears is no longer allowing portal rewards to be earned when buying gift cards.  Previously, many portals had the following Terms & Conditions for Sears: Eligible for rewards on purchase of gift cards eff…
    - 5 days ago Aug 28, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • My wife scored another 70,000 points. I got a rock.
    For the past 6 months I’ve been happily earning two extra points per dollar on all purchases with my Citi Forward card.  Those two points per dollar were in addition to the 1 to 5 points per dollar the card normally earns (sadly the card is no lon…
    - 6 days ago Aug 27, 2015, 2:13pm -
  • Yes, shared ThankYou points can be transferred to miles
    One of the best features of Citi’s ThankYou Rewards program is that anyone can share points with anyone else.  Most other major programs have much less lenient about sharing (you can find info about sharing points with the major transferable point…
    - 7 days ago Aug 26, 2015, 10:25am -
  • 470,000 points after $48K spend
    In the post, “319,000 points after $33K spend” I wrote about my wife’s latest round of credit card aplications.  Unbeknownst to her, she applied for 8 cards in total and was approved (at that time) for 5 of them.  For review, here were the 5…
    - 8 days ago Aug 25, 2015, 10:25am -
  • Amex gift cards: Is the deal done?
    Last Thursday I made a big mistake.  I published a Quick Deal before drinking coffee.  From past mistakes that were caused by my caffeine starved brain, I should have known better.  While my coffee brewed, I noticed a reminder to myself to check t…
    - 9 days ago Aug 24, 2015, 10:25am -

The Flight Deal

The Free-quent Flyer

  • Travel hacking when you've got plenty of money
    Before I learned the first thing about travel hacking, I still traveled, and I was still broke. So for me, travel hacking straightforwardly allowed me to take the trips I was already taking — and more! — while paying far less out of pocket than I…
    - 2 days ago Aug 31, 2015, 9:59am -
  • Is cash really king for domestic economy travel?
    I love cash back. I earn a lot of cash back. Cash back can be used for all sorts of purposes that other currencies are ill-suited for. Things like food and shelter, paying taxes, and saving for retirement. But precisely because my personal preferenc…
    - 4 days ago Aug 28, 2015, 10:01pm -
  • Booking Iberia award tickets for fun and profit
    Before I get started today, it would be irresponsible of me not to state that your Avios are fine. You see, the last time I wrote about Iberia, the travel hacking blogosphere exploded with speculation about an upcoming British Airways Avios devaluat…
    - 7 days ago Aug 26, 2015, 9:59am -
  • Personal finance digression: putting Mango in "time out"
    I periodically write about high-interest accounts which I think are obvious choices for people with basically unlimited access to cash. In June I wrote that Mango prepaid cards had stopped accepting new applications. Shortly after that, the similar U…
    - 8 days ago Aug 25, 2015, 9:59am -
  • Do this now: register for end-of-year Hilton and Marriott 2015 promotions
    Registration has opened for what I assume are the final global promotions of 2015 for Hilton HHonors and Marriott Rewards.Hilton HHonors Triple your TripBetween September 1 and December 31, 2015, earn double base HHonors points Monday through Thursda…
    - 9 days ago Aug 24, 2015, 9:59am -
  • Weekend Roundup Roundup for August 23, 2015
    A lot of bloggers write weekend roundups of their own posts or posts from other bloggers they found interesting or helpful that week.So many, in fact, that it can be hard to keep track of them all. To make it easier, here's the inaugural Weekend Rou…
    - 10 days ago Aug 23, 2015, 4:55pm -
  • How to get started travel hacking (hint: don't apply for any credit cards!)
    A lot of people seem to treat my site as a space for "advanced" travel hackers, but I've never felt that way myself; in fact, I don't think of myself as an "advanced" travel hacker at all!I don't know the first thing about fuel dumps (although I took…
    - 12 days ago Aug 21, 2015, 9:59am -
  • Using Mint to track travel hacking expenses and returns
    The single most important thing you can do to succeed in travel hacking is stay organized. That's true of every single aspect of the game:If you're booking your hotel stays through a portal like Rocketmiles or Pointshound, you have to make sure the c…
    - 13 days ago Aug 20, 2015, 9:59am -
  • Loyalty is an expensive, annoying trap
    I shared on Monday that over the weekend I was the proud recipient of $1,300 in Delta voluntary denied boarding compensation, and reflected on some of the possible consequences for the miles and points I'd budgeted for my upcoming travel.Since I book…
    - 14 days ago Aug 19, 2015, 6:55pm -
  • How do you react to a shock to your travel budget? How should you?
    Yesterday my scheduled flight out from my ancestral homeland was overbooked — very overbooked. They asked for 6 volunteers, and ended up taking 5 of them, each of whom received $1,300 in Delta voluntary denied boarding compensation. I was one of th…
    - 16 days ago Aug 17, 2015, 9:59am -

Well Traveled Mile

  • Four New Cards & 130K Miles – A Look At My Latest Credit Card Applications
    I was long overdue for a round of credit card applications. My last round was back in October 2014, so I decided to pull the trigger on some new cards this last week. I was anticipating the Amex Starwood Preferred Guest card to offer an increased 30…
    - 9 days ago Aug 24, 2015, 2:33am -
  • TopCashBack Limiting Cash Back Eligibility On Amex Gift Cards To $200
    This morning I got my favorite recurring e-mail: TopCashBack will be increasing their cashback payout on Amex gift cards to 2.25% today! However in the terms and conditions part of the e-mail, it states that gift cards over $200 will not be eligible…
    - 13 days ago Aug 20, 2015, 4:33pm -
  • Deal Alert: $100 Sears Gift Card For $85 On eBay
    Gift Card Mall, via eBay, is back with another sale. Right now, you can buy a $100 Sears physical gift card for $85. As reported yesterday, there is an eBay Bucks offer going on right through which you can earn 14.1x on gift cards! Remember, by using…
    - 15 days ago Aug 18, 2015, 3:55pm -
  • Starwood Adds A New Transfer Partner – Korean Air
    Starpoints are easily the most valuable set of points you can earn in this game. They can be transferred to over 30 airlines at a 1:1 ratio and you receive a 25% bonus on every 20,000 points you transfer. Right now there is an increased sign-up bonus…
    - 15 days ago Aug 18, 2015, 8:27am -
  • Deal Alert: 14.1X On Gift Cards Bought On eBay!
    I received the following offer in my inbox, so chances are you did too! Look for the subject “Only VIPs earn 3X eBay Bucks.” Here are the details   I’ve written in the past discussing all the reasons I love shopping on eBay, like earning 5x Ul…
    - 16 days ago Aug 17, 2015, 3:30pm -
  • Why I Downgraded My Citi AA Executive Card Rather Than Closing It
    I recently downgraded my Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World EliteTM MasterCard® because the annual fee was due and it didn’t make sense for me to pay $450 based on my already established travel plans. I had multiple cards that I opened during t…
    - 16 days ago Aug 17, 2015, 2:52pm -
  • Register For Free Boingo Wi-Fi With Your SPG Card Now!
    Two days ago on August 11, 2015, the Starwood Preferred Guest Cards by American Express underwent some changes. Link: Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express One of the new benefits is the free Boingo Wi-Fi Access. In order to se…
    - 20 days ago Aug 13, 2015, 7:33am -
  • Starwood Preferred Guest Now Offering 30,000 Starpoints!
    Once again, American Express increased the sign-up bonus for the Starwood Preferred Guest® Card to 30,000 Starpoints in the July – August time frame. The sign-up bonus for the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Card has also been increased to 30,…
    - 22 days ago Aug 11, 2015, 6:42pm -
  • Deal Alert: 16.1X On Gift Cards Bought On eBay!
    I received the following offer in my inbox, so chances are you did too! Look for the subject “A bonus offer for our VIPs—4X eBay Bucks.” Here are the details   I’ve written in the past discussing all the reasons I love shopping on eBay, like…
    - 22 days ago Aug 11, 2015, 7:09am -
  • 30,000 Points Sign-up Bonus on Starwood Preferred Guest Amex Cards
    American Express just increased the sign-up bonus on the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express cards to 30,000 bonus points after spending $5,000 in the first 6 months of card membership. This is a great sign-up bonus that is offered every now…
    - 22 days ago Aug 11, 2015, 5:59am -

MileValue

  • newMany American Cities to Cancun for $198+ Roundtrip
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. I tweeted this deal first from @MileValueAlerts. Follow @MileValueAlerts on Twitterand follow these directions to get a text message every time I tweet from that account.…
    - 15 hours ago Sep 1, 2015, 5:02pm -
  • newSweetpots with Korean Miles #3: Cheap Emirates, Gol, Hawaiian, Alaska Awards
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Korean Air has multiple award charts when redeeming its SkyPass miles. There is one award chart to fly Korean, one award chart to fly SkyTeam partners, and award charts…
    - 19 hours ago Sep 1, 2015, 12:59pm -
  • newAlaska Fall Award Fare Sale Starting at 5,000 Miles, 12,500 Miles to Hawaii or Mexico
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Alaska Airlines is having an award sale from 47 of its cities. Awards start at 5,000 miles one way, and I see Hawaii and Mexico awards discounted to 12,500 miles one way. S…
    - 21 hours ago Sep 1, 2015, 11:10am -
  • new18,750 Mile Awards to Europe for Fall Travel
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Flying Blue–the loyalty program of Air France/KLM, Air Europa, Kenya Airways, and TAROM Romanian–has released its newest Promo Awards that let you fly from select North…
    - 22 hours ago Sep 1, 2015, 10:00am -
  • Many American Cities to Bogota, Colombia for $228+
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. I tweeted this deal first from @MileValueAlerts. Follow @MileValueAlerts on Twitter and follow these directions to get a text message every time I tweet from that account.…
    - 1 day ago Sep 1, 2015, 12:35am -
  • Great Flat Bed Award Space on New West Coast to Europe Flight for Cheaper than They Say
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. British Airways is launching a new route from San Jose to London on May 4, 2016. The new route will be flown by a 787-9 Dreamliner with flat beds in Business and First Clas…
    - 2 days ago Aug 31, 2015, 12:46pm -
  • Ends Today: Buy Hilton Points with 80% Bonus. Good Deal?
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Today (August 31, 2015 until 11:59 PM ET) is the last day to buy Hilton HHonors points with an 80% bonus. Hilton points normally cost 1 cent each. With the 80% bonus, the…
    - 2 days ago Aug 31, 2015, 12:12pm -
  • Ends Monday: Starpoints Transfer to 50% More American Airlines Miles
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Update 8/30/15: This offer ends Monday August 31, 2015. ———- Until August 31, 2015, you can transfer 20,000 SPG Starpoints to 30,000 American Airlines AAdvantage mil…
    - 3 days ago Aug 30, 2015, 6:10am -
  • American Airlines Miles No Longer Book Hawaiian Airlines’ Mainland to Hawaii Flights from September 1
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Update August 30, 2015: You must book your Hawaiian Airlines awards between the United States mainland and Hawaii by Monday August 31 if you want to use American Airlines m…
    - 3 days ago Aug 30, 2015, 6:00am -
  • Luxurious Malaysia First Class on its A380 is Wide Open for 70k Miles
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Malaysia Airlines has an incredible First Class product on its A380, on par with the best in the world. I flew Malaysia First Class from Paris to Kuala Lumpur in 2013 and l…
    - 5 days ago Aug 28, 2015, 11:22am -

Frequent Flier

  • newJoin the Mile High Club? There’s an App for That
    There are apps to facilitate just about every imaginable type of hook-up. There’s Ashley Madison for married would-be cheaters. Tinder for gay men looking for brief encounters. Match for those in the market for long-term relationships. And on and o…
    - 13 hours ago Sep 1, 2015, 6:42pm -
  • newAlaska Air Discounts Award Travel Up to 60%
    As it has been doing with refreshing regularity, Alaska Airlines is again discounting award flights. This time, the discounts apply to award travel between September 9 and December 16 (with some blackout dates between November 20 and December 1). But…
    - 15 hours ago Sep 1, 2015, 4:38pm -
  • newHow to write down any Phrase Paper
    > Two Techniques: Sample PapersWriting Your Phrase Paper C’s may get levels, nevertheless solely an A+ composition generates a location on your own grandmother’s family fridge or even your own refrigerator. Are you reduction the very little colle…
    - 20 hours ago Sep 1, 2015, 11:41am -
  • Win a Trip on Virgin America’s Inaugural Hawaii Flight
    Enter the Virgin America “Make Your Hawaiiscape” sweepstakes by September 30, 2015, for a chance to win the grand prize: a trip for two on Virgin America’s inaugural Hawaii flight from San Francisco to Honolulu, including air, 100,000 Elevate f…
    - 2 days ago Aug 31, 2015, 6:26pm -
  • Coming Soon to a Hotel Near You: Nuisance Fees
    It’s taken years, but today unbundled pricing is pretty much the industry standard when it comes to airfares. The airlines advertise a “base” fare, and charge extra for checked bags, a pre-reserved seat, frequent-flyer miles, and on and on ad .…
    - 2 days ago Aug 31, 2015, 5:17pm -
  • Weekly Recap: Onboard Drink Limits, Hilton’s In-Room Porn Ban, & More
    Following is our regular summary of the latest travel news and best frequent traveler promotions reviewed during the past week. If it was a good deal—or a notably bad deal—from an airline, hotel, or car rental loyalty program, you can ... Read Mo…
    - 4 days ago Aug 29, 2015, 7:45pm -
  • Easy Bonus Points from Marriott. But There’s a ‘But’
    Is the battle for the hearts and minds of travelers best fought in the trenches of social media? Marriott seems to think so, and is using Marriott Rewards points to both engage consumers and enlist them as marketing shills. Here’s ... Read More
    - 5 days ago Aug 28, 2015, 5:09pm -
  • Uber Wins Big at LAX
    Most of the higher-profile news reports about ride-sharing service Uber have a decidedly negative tinge to them. A woman in China robbed and molested by a Uber driver. The increase in urban traffic congestion tied to Uber vehicles. Safety concerns ..…
    - 6 days ago Aug 27, 2015, 6:38pm -
  • Onboard Drink Limits: Yea or Nay?
    With full flights and ever-decreasing legroom, flying has become a test of patience and stamina, pushing some travelers to the edge of their endurance. Add alcohol to that toxic mix and air rage looms large. It’s a vicious circle: Travel ... Read M…
    - 6 days ago Aug 27, 2015, 4:56pm -
  • Get Ready for Faster Inflight WiFi
    When it comes to inflight WiFi, disappointment has been the name of the game. Slow. Unreliable. And a generally dodgy value given the ratio of price to performance. The solution to the current technology’s shortcomings, according to Gogo, is its ..…
    - 7 days ago Aug 26, 2015, 6:09pm -

Travel is Free

  • August Expenses
    August included some Bulgaria and mostly traveling arou […]The post August Expenses appeared first on Travel is Free.
    - 2 days ago Aug 31, 2015, 2:50pm -
  • Hotel Status Benefits in Charts
    I try to make things I don’t see elsewhere, and h […]The post Hotel Status Benefits in Charts appeared first on Travel is Free.
    - 3 days ago Aug 30, 2015, 4:42pm -
  • Bulgaria and Turkey (no coasts involved): August Travels
    July Travels ended in Serbia, then we caught a terrible […]The post Bulgaria and Turkey (no coasts involved): August Travels appeared first on Travel is Free.
    - 6 days ago Aug 27, 2015, 5:48pm -
  • IHG Fall “Accelerate” Promo Q&A
    IHG is back with another great promo. This is a big pro […]The post IHG Fall “Accelerate” Promo Q&A appeared first on Travel is Free.
    - 7 days ago Aug 25, 2015, 9:17pm -

Frequent Flyer Bonuses

Million Mile Secrets

Nomadic Matt

  • The 9 Best Places to Teach English Overseas
    Every year, tens of thousands of people go overseas and teach English. Young and old, they go for many reasons: to learn about a new culture, make some money to travel, seek adventure, or just experience something new. The time I spent teaching Engli…
    - 2 days ago Aug 31, 2015, 3:14pm -
  • Travel is a Privilege
    Let’s face it: not everyone is able to travel. Whether it’s money, family obligations, or circumstance, travel is out of reach for a large percentage of the world’s population. In the “quit your job to travel the world” cheerleading that ha…
    - 9 days ago Aug 24, 2015, 2:43pm -
  • How NOT to Let Anxiety Stop You From Traveling
    When I was younger, I was very socially awkward. I got anxiety trying to talk to strangers. Travel forced me to get over that and become what is termed a “learned extrovert.” It’s sink or swim on the road and, since I wanted to travel and be on…
    - 16 days ago Aug 17, 2015, 1:00pm -
  • How to Gain the Support of Your Friends and Family
    Once a month, Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse writes a guest column featuring tips and advice on solo female travel. It’s an important topic I can’t adequately cover, so I brought in an expert to share her advice. This month’s column is ab…
    - 20 days ago Aug 13, 2015, 1:00pm -
  • Win a Free Trip Intrepid Travel Tour and $500 Towards Airfare!
    Today’s a special day! Last year, I joined forces with Intrepid Travel. They are one of the best tour companies in the world and the people there are as passionate about travel as I am. As part of our partnership, readers get 10% off all tours over…
    - 23 days ago Aug 10, 2015, 12:00pm -
  • Everything You Need to Know About VPNs for Travel
    On the first Tuesday Thursday of each month, Dave Dean from Too Many Adapters gives us great tips and advice on travel tech and gear. In this month’s column, he delves deep into VPNs, what they are, and why they are important. Computer security see…
    - 27 days ago Aug 6, 2015, 11:10am -
  • Confession: I’m Terrified of Flying
    I have a confession to make: I hate flying. It scares the living shit out of me. This is how my typical airport experience goes: Before the flight: “I can’t wait to get on a plane and relax and watch some movies. This is going to be great!” Dur…
    - 30 days ago Aug 3, 2015, 12:40pm -
  • 10 Simple Tips to Help You Avoid Getting Sick When You Travel
    I get a lot of questions about health care on the road – “How can I avoid getting sick? What need vaccines? What happens when I do get sick?” Since I’m not a doctor, I don’t like giving medical advice so I’ve asked Mike Huxley, a register…
    - 37 days ago Jul 27, 2015, 2:20pm -
  • Take FLYTE: How You Can Help Students Get a Better Education and Travel More
    Travel is a powerful agent for change. It broadens our horizons and helps us find our purpose. Think about the first time you traveled overseas. Remember those feelings of freedom, possibility, and excitement you had? Remember what got you hooked and…
    - 42 days ago Jul 22, 2015, 11:19am -
  • How to Shoot the Perfect Travel Photograph
    ­Today, professional photographer Laurence Norah of Finding the Universe, continues his five part series on taking better travel photos. Photographs are important for the memories they represent. You look at a picture and it conjures up thoughts, fe…
    - 44 days ago Jul 20, 2015, 2:48pm -

The Hustle Blog

  • Citi ThankYou Premier – 60,000 ThankYou Points
    UPDATE 1:50 PM EST: Another link is still up! UPDATE 1:25 PM EST: Original link DEAD! Thank to US Credit Card Guide, the best offer we’ve ever seen for the Citi ThankYou Premier credit card has been discovered! Using this link, you can earn the fo…
    - 5 days ago Aug 28, 2015, 2:45pm -
  • Amex Offer – Spend $300 on Airfare, Get $50 Back
    I just came across this offer while going through my wife’s American Express offers. She seems to get the better ones that I don’t get on either my EveryDay Preferred or Starwood Preferred Guest Business card. Get a one-time $50 statement credit…
    - 42 days ago Jul 22, 2015, 11:00am -
  • Q3 Rotating Bonuses – Chase Freedom & Discover IT
    New quarter, new bonuses! These bonuses will run through September 30, 2015. Chase Freedom Activate here. Most gas stations have gift card racks so this should be an easy $1,500 to spend this quarter. Gas stations Kohl’s Discover IT Activate here.…
    - 63 days ago Jul 1, 2015, 5:20pm -
  • (Dead) Fare Alert: EWR-MEX $140 Round Trip
    UPDATE: Looks like it’s gone as of 12:21 AM EST. Damn, better luck next time folks! As I was randomly browsing flights tonight, I came across what seems like a very cheap fare to Mexico City from Newark. This has to be a mistake since it’s a full…
    - 95 days ago May 30, 2015, 4:00am -
  • Don’t Forget to Track Car Rental Reservations with AutoSlash
    Some people think car rentals can be a lengthy process. For me, I try to keep it as simple as possible. You have two options to use AutoSlash. Search for a car using their site Make your booking elsewhere & use AutoSlash to find better rates The pro…
    - Apr 1, 2015, 11:00am -
  • Last Chance at Chase Freedom Q1 Categories
    As we come up on the end of March, we also come to the end of the first quarter of 2015. With that comes the end of the Chase Freedom 5% bonus categories – grocery stores, movie theaters & Starbucks. Be sure to get all your Q1 spend in by March 31!…
    - Mar 30, 2015, 11:00am -
  • Probable Southwest Rapid Rewards Devaluation
    Last week, Southwest Airlines sent an email to its Rapid Rewards loyalty program members informing them of a future change in the program. Sadly, they weren’t very specific about the change but it reads as a devaluation. We created Rapid Rewards®…
    - Feb 17, 2015, 12:00pm -
  • British Airways Avios Devaluation
    The biggest news going around the travel blogosphere lately is one we’re sadly all too familiar with… devaluation. British Airways announced some pricey changes to their loyalty program that will take effect April 28, 2015. The last time they cha…
    - Jan 30, 2015, 12:00pm -
  • Evolve Money Changes Terms for Discover Cards
    There have been a lot of changes going on with Evolve Money lately. First, I wrote about how they were a great way to pay for bills or loans that you can’t normally pay for with credit or gift cards. Then, they announced great news that we could us…
    - Dec 24, 2014, 5:34pm -
  • Chase Freedom 2015 Bonus Categories Announced
    While we’re all busy trying to hit the $1,500 in spend for this quarter’s bonus categories, Chase has announced all the bonus categories for 2015. January – March Grocery stores Movie theaters Starbucks April – June Restaurants Bed Bath & Bey…
    - Dec 10, 2014, 12:00pm -

Pointscentric

Johnny Jet

  • newTravel Product of the Week: TYLT RIBBN Charger
    If you took a roadtrip this summer, you probably realized pretty quickly that you should’ve brought a car charger capable of charging two devices, or maybe one that didn’t tangle. Well, TYLT’s elegantly designed RIBBN charger is billed as on…
    - 8 hours ago Sep 2, 2015, 12:00am -
  • newTravel Video of the Week: The World’s Biggest Selfie Service
    It’s no secret that selfies are a part of American life these days. We’ve even written a post on the best selfie sticks to try. But in Asia, they—both selfies and selfie sticks—are even more popular, and as a result, Tourism Australia is targ…
    - 9 hours ago Sep 1, 2015, 11:19pm -
  • newTravel Website of the Week: Time.is
    I have a private page that only I can access on JohnnyJet.com filled with the websites I use the most. One of them is Time.is, and it’s been there for years. I use it all the time, to find out the exact time where I am in the world or where I’m…
    - 9 hours ago Sep 1, 2015, 10:52pm -
  • newTravel App of the Week: GroundLink
    Looking for a dependable and affordable car service when you travel? GroundLink, operating in 5,000 cities in 110 countries, might be your answer! I’ve tried them out in NYC and London (two weeks ago) and was impressed with how easy and quick it…
    - 14 hours ago Sep 1, 2015, 6:00pm -
  • newTravel Tip of the Day: Pack a First Aid Kit
    Pack a First Aid Kit I always carry a mini first aid kit (a little plastic bag) in my carry-on (Tylenol in particular has brought me instant relief in the past), just in case. Here’s what I carry in mine: a thermometer, Band-Aids, Tylenol, nose dro…
    - 14 hours ago Sep 1, 2015, 5:40pm -
  • Travel Webcam of the Week: Krakow’s Market Square
    Like this feature? Check out past Travel Webcam of the Week posts, Tweeter of the Week posts and Travel Instagrammer of the Week posts! Krakow’s Market Square (wentzl.pl/en/content/camera.html) Sadly, I’ve never been to Krakow, Poland, and…
    - 1 day ago Sep 1, 2015, 5:06am -
  • Travel Instagrammer of the Week: Zach Glassman
    Like this feature? Check out past Travel Instagrammer of the Week posts, Travel Tweeter of the Week posts and Travel Webcam of the Week posts! Zach Glassman (zachspassport) The Instagram account zachspassport has over 250,000 followers and the…
    - 1 day ago Sep 1, 2015, 4:15am -
  • Travel Tweeter of the Week: Joe Bracatelli
    Like this feature? Check out past Travel Tweeter of the Week posts, Travel Instagrammer of the Week posts and Travel Webcam of the Week posts! Joe Bracatelli (@JoeSentMe) Joe Brancatelli was slow to join Twitter but he’s now tweeting daily on t…
    - 1 day ago Sep 1, 2015, 3:31am -
  • Travel Style: Janene Mascarella
    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: Janene Mascarella Occupation: Beauty Director, BELLA N…
    - 2 days ago Aug 31, 2015, 4:00pm -
  • Travel Tip of the Day: How to Improve the Taste of the Drinking Water
    How to Improve the Taste of the Drinking Water If you’re traveling to a place where the water doesn’t taste great but is safe to drink, use one of those flavored vitamin C packets like Emergen-C. I use them all the time—not just to flavor th…
    - 2 days ago Aug 31, 2015, 4:00pm -

Doctor of Credit

Hustler Money Blog

  • newClass Action Lawsuits, File Claim & Settlement Money- September, 2015
    Check all the Class Action Lawsuit Settlements. Below is our full list of open lawsuits in which you may be eligible to submit a claim. Browse through the list and see if you purchased the product or service and if you’re eligible to submit a claim…
    - 4 hours ago Sep 2, 2015, 4:11am -
  • newAbout Us
    Anthony Nguyen – Founder/Editor-in-chief Anthony Nguyen, also known as Hu$tler/The Bank Guy, founded HustlerMoneyBlog in 2006 with a passion for finding the best deals, bank promotions, credit card offers, cash back, points & miles, and everything…
    - 4 hours ago Sep 2, 2015, 3:31am -
  • newLyft Review: $20 Off first ride for new customers with code LYFTAFF49255
    If you ever need a friendly, affordable ride around town, then consider signing up for Lyft. Using your mobile phone, just download the app, sign up, and request a ride at any time with just the tap of a button. You’ll get picked up by a reliable…
    - 7 hours ago Sep 2, 2015, 1:04am -
  • newSwitch to AT&T and get $300 in credits when you buy a Smartphone on AT&T Next and trade in a smartphone
    For a limited time, AT&T is offering up to $300 in credits when you complete just a few requirements. Simply switch over to AT&T wireless, trade in any valuable smartphone, and you’ll receive $300 in credits! If you are not satisfied with your cell…
    - 10 hours ago Sep 1, 2015, 9:57pm -
  • newAlly Bank Free Webroot Review: Free Online Security
    Sign up for the Ally Bank Free Webroot to protect yourself online with their free security software. With the free Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus software from Ally Bank, you can safely use your devices knowing that they are protected. Surf th…
    - 12 hours ago Sep 1, 2015, 8:15pm -
  • newDelta SkyMiles with SPG Review: 1,000 Bonus Miles
    Sign up for the Delta Skymiles with SPG and receive 1,000 bonus miles on stays of two nights more. Stay two nights or more at participating Starwood hotels and resorts such as Westin, Sheraton and W Hotels and you will be eligible to earn the bonus m…
    - 13 hours ago Sep 1, 2015, 7:20pm -
  • newCathode Ray Tube Antitrust Class Action Lawsuit: $25 Minimum Cash Refund
    If you purchased a cathode ray tube (CRT) product such as a television or computer monitor (in certain states) between 3/1/1995 and 11/25/2007, you may be entitled to a cash refund from the CRT Antitrust Class Action Lawsuit. This settlement re…
    - 13 hours ago Sep 1, 2015, 6:37pm -
  • newWestern Federal Credit Union Review: $25 Referral Bonus
    Anyone in the U.S. can recommend Western Federal Credit Union to a family member or friend to receive a $25 referral bonus when he or she opens a new checking account. Be sure to tell them about the credit union’s great checking features like…
    - 14 hours ago Sep 1, 2015, 5:41pm -
  • newSignature Federal Credit Union CD Account Review: 1.15% APY for 18-Month Term
    Signature Federal Credit Union offers customers the chance to earn at a competitive rate of 1.15% APY on a 18-month CD. As long as you maintain a balance of $500 or higher, you can earn at this rate with no monthly maintenance fees! You can check…
    - 15 hours ago Sep 1, 2015, 5:15pm -
  • newFeatured Chase Bank Credit Card Bonuses, September 2015
    Chase Bank offers some of the best bank bonuses and credit card bonuses out there today.  You shouldn’t wait to open a Chase Bank Checking account since there are thousands of branches all across the United States. Currently there are two Chase Ba…
    - 16 hours ago Sep 1, 2015, 3:42pm -

Travel Codex

  • newGet to Hawaii for Less: Amazing Deals from Korean Air
    While I was writing these articles, my goal was to include ALL of the meaningful ways to get to Hawaii and ignore the programs that aren’t easy to accrue to. Y’know, the ones that only transfer in from SPG and don’t have a co-branded card. So I…
    - 21 hours ago Sep 1, 2015, 11:05am -
  • Review: An Easy Transit Through Düsseldorf
    I had about two hours between my inbound flight from New York to Düsseldorf and my connecting flight to Barcelona.  This was my first time flying through Düsseldorf and I was somewhat confused at first.  Usually when arriving in Europe, I’m ush…
    - 2 days ago Aug 31, 2015, 11:05am -
  • Get to Hawaii for Less Using Avios from the West Coast
    In the last two articles, we covered two of the cheapest ways to get to Hawaii on miles: using Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer (to book travel on United Airlines and Virgin America) and using Virgin Atlantic miles (to book travel on Virgin America only…
    - 5 days ago Aug 28, 2015, 11:05am -

Maximizing Money

  • newTempleton Rye Whiskey Class Action Settlement – Up to $18 with No Proof Required
    If you (individuals and businesses) purchased bottles of Templeton Rye whiskey or alcoholic beverages containing Templeton Rye whiskey in the United States between January 1, 2006, and July 21, 2015, you may be entitled to up to $18 from this settlem…
    - 9 hours ago Sep 1, 2015, 11:14pm -
  • newBeck’s Beer Class Action Lawsuit – Up to $12 with No Proof Required
    If you purchased bottles and/or cans of Beck's Pilsner, Beck's Dark, Beck's Light, and/or Beck's Oktoberfest in the United States from May 1, 2011, to June 23, 2015, for consumption and not resale, then you may be entitle to a settlement of up to $12…
    - 9 hours ago Sep 1, 2015, 10:59pm -
  • newCathode Ray Tubes Indirect Purchaser Class Action Lawsuit – $25 with No Proof Required
    Consumers (individual or business) in 21 states and the District of Columbia who indirectly purchased Cathode Ray Tubes (CRT) products between February 4, 1999, and November 25, 2007, are eligible to receive a potential $25 payment from this settleme…
    - 9 hours ago Sep 1, 2015, 10:44pm -
  • newNYC Restaurants $10 Back on $50 Spend with American Express Card
    American Express card members can get a $10 statement credit per card when you spend $50 at qualifying New York City restaurants from September 1st to September 30, 2015.The post NYC Restaurants $10 Back on $50 Spend with American Express Card appea…
    - 10 hours ago Sep 1, 2015, 9:56pm -
  • Ting Mobile Service Refer A Friend Program $50 Credits
    The Ting mobile service offers new customers a free $50 credit toward a device or as a Ting credit, plus current customers can get $50 in credit for your first referral and $25 for subsequent referrals via the Ting Refer A Friend program.Just visit…
    - 1 day ago Aug 31, 2015, 9:25pm -
  • Connexus Credit Union $80 Checking Account Bonus – Openly Available Membership
    Connexus Credit Union is celebrating their 80th anniversary by giving you an $80 bonus for opening a new Xtraordinary or MyRewards checking account with a direct deposit, valid through October 31, 2015.Anybody in the U.S.A. can qualify for membershi…
    - 1 day ago Aug 31, 2015, 8:12pm -
  • Rocketmiles Offers 500 Bonus Miles or Points To Book Stay
    To celebrate the anniversary of Amelia Earhart’s solo flight across the Atlantic, Rocketmiles will give you an extra 500 bonus miles or points when you book your next Rocketmiles hotel stay by September 3, 2015.The post Rocketmiles Offers 500 Bonu…
    - 4 days ago Aug 28, 2015, 11:00pm -
  • Citi ThankYou Premier Card 60,000 New Bonus Points Promotion
    The Citi ThankYou Premier Card now offers 60,000 bonus points after $3,500 in purchases within the first 3 months, which is redeemable for $600 in gift cards or $750 for airfare.Review the details of the Citi ThankYou Premier Card Bonus to take adva…
    - 4 days ago Aug 28, 2015, 10:33pm -
  • Staples $20 Gift Card to Buy $300 in American Express Gift Cards
    From August 30th to September 5, 2015, you can get a $20 Staples Gift Card by rebate when you buy a total of $300 or more in American Express Gift Cards in-store at Staples.Check out this $20 Staples Bonus for more details.Review these Bonus Reward…
    - 4 days ago Aug 28, 2015, 9:45pm -
  • Huntington Bank $200 Huntington 5 Checking Account Bonus Offer
    Huntington Bank is offering a $200 cash bonus when you open a Huntington 5 Checking account with a $1,000 minimum deposit, valid for accounts opened through November 24, 2015.This personal checking bonus offer is available for new Huntington checkin…
    - 4 days ago Aug 28, 2015, 9:25pm -

Boarding Area

  • newShould Flyers Have to Accommodate Nut Allergies?
    In this month’s Fly&Dine Tuesday column for The Points Guy, I recount the story of a woman with a nut allergy who tried to dictate the eating habits of an entire plane full of people. It’s already sparked a pretty hearty debate over at The Points…
    - 18 mins ago Sep 2, 2015, 7:36am -
  • newChase Ink Bold Business Card now Shows Credit Line and Cash Advance Limit
    Good evening everyone. 1 month ago, Chase sent out letters announcing that they would be converting all Chase Ink Bold Charge Cards into credit cards with a stated credit limit and cash advance limit. Those changes are not effective as of August 31…
    - 4 hours ago Sep 2, 2015, 4:14am -
  • newMist Showers Installed at Former Concentration Camp Site: Good Idea or Politically Incorrect?
    In response to a significant heat wave being experienced during this summer in Poland, mist showers were installed by administrators of the museum at Auschwitz to help people cool off while they visit the former concentration camp.While the intentio…
    - 4 hours ago Sep 2, 2015, 3:43am -
  • newIntro to Cashback Credit Cards and Current Best Options
    It turns out I’m as in to maximizing cashback as Keri is into collecting miles and points through credit cards, probably more so. Since I regularly assess my cashback credit cards to make sure I’m getting the best deals, I agreed to share my favo…
    - 6 hours ago Sep 2, 2015, 2:13am -
  • newAlaska Airlines Discount Code for 5% Off
    Alaska Airlines has a promo code valid through September 7 for 5% off Insider Extra Fares. Use Discount Code EC6208. Note this discount is only good for Insider Extra fares per the Terms & Conditions. Discount: Valid for one discount of 5% off all I…
    - 8 hours ago Sep 2, 2015, 12:23am -
  • newDOT Committee Recommends Cell Phone Use Be Allowed Onboard
    The Department of Transportation's Advisory Committee for Aviation Consumer Protection voted to recommend that airlines be permitted to choose whether or not cell phones are allowed onboard their planes.Continue reading DOT Committee Recommends Cell…
    - 8 hours ago Sep 2, 2015, 12:04am -
  • newWin Free Points With Starwood’s Open The World Sweepstakes
    Every so often Starwood Preferred Guest runs a sweepstakes to highlight the various hotels in the portfolio, or to promote a new benefit. The latest offering "Open the World of SPG®" is now open, and can be a fun way to rack up some extra Starpoints…
    - 8 hours ago Sep 2, 2015, 12:03am -
  • newMerry Christmas! The FlyerTalk Secret Santa Returns Again!
    Some of you who are reading this while sweltering in the late summer heat in the northern hemisphere may find this latest news refreshing, as for the thirteenth consecutive year, the Secret Santa Extravaganza occurs yet again on FlyerTalk — and onc…
    - 8 hours ago Sep 2, 2015, 12:02am -
  • newLUFTHANSA Announces ‘Oktoberfest Flight Crew’ Schedule
    Lufthansa announces their special Oktoberfest flights for 2015....Charlotte, Dubai and Vancouver so far!
    - 8 hours ago Sep 2, 2015, 12:00am -
  • newDolce Resorts bookable with Wyndham Rewards points
    Dolce Hotels & Resorts are geared for conferences, small conventions and big parties. Wyndham Rewards acquired the small hotel brand in February 2015 and now these hotels are integrated into Wyndham Rewards for earning and using points. There are som…
    - 8 hours ago Sep 1, 2015, 11:54pm -

Frequent Flyer Miles 101

  • newCredit card deals to start the month
    It’s that time of year, when Pats fans start worrying about Tom Brady; we stop complaining about the humidity and start to worry about the snow; and my kids, who thought it would be fun to wake up at 6 am every day all summer, have suddenly decided…
    - 10 hours ago Sep 1, 2015, 9:57pm -
  • Unfortunately, airlines want to make a profit, too
    One thing I’ll say about consumer advocate Chris Elliott: He’s persistent. This morning, he posted an article on fortune.com chastising the airlines for “piling on the perks” for their best customers at the expense of their customers in econo…
    - 1 day ago Aug 31, 2015, 9:43pm -
  • Extended stay properties (with a quick review)
    When traveling for more than a few days, most people look for the closest and least expensive brand that they’ve heard of and hope for the best. It’s hard, though, to prepare for all the additional costs, including meals, internet access, etc. Th…
    - 2 days ago Aug 31, 2015, 12:51am -
  • Quick hits: Hyatt targeted promotion, Lyft
    For those of you who are New Englanders, you probably have fond memories of Story Land, whether you’ve gone there yourself, taken your kids or both. I’m in New Hampshire for the weekend but couldn’t manage to disconnect completely. A couple of…
    - 3 days ago Aug 29, 2015, 11:17pm -
  • Why I gave in and got a Marriott card
    Yesterday, I did something that I rarely do: I got a credit card for a program that I never use, the Chase Marriott card. The 80,000 point bonus (which ends at the end of August) was simply too good and the value from the card was way higher than the…
    - 6 days ago Aug 27, 2015, 6:15pm -
  • News from around the industry…
    Mileage deals are slow right about now, but there’s a few tidbits around the travel industry that are worth noting Get ready to take off for Cuba. With the US having reopened tourism to the island, airlines are already scheduling flights, with Bloo…
    - 6 days ago Aug 26, 2015, 10:58pm -
  • Quarterly Priority Club bonus: Points or free nights (individualized)
    A few times per year, Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG, owner of Intercontinental, Holiday Inn brands, others) does a personalized bonus, based on your stay history and spending patterns with its brands. There are a number of “templates” for of…
    - 8 days ago Aug 25, 2015, 4:10pm -
  • Mileage running for fun and, well, just for fun
    I really appreciate my friend Marty. He’s a great guy and knows all the good restaurants in Las Vegas, but even better, he’s more, er, “enthusiastic*” about miles than I am. Whenever I tell my wife about one of my “exploits,**” causing he…
    - 9 days ago Aug 24, 2015, 6:26pm -
  • The two best airline elite perks (that don’t involve upgrades)
    I write a fair amount about elite status, the extra perks that airlines give you for flying a certain amount of miles (and/or spending a certain amount of money) each year. To me, the best perks are related to the ability to upgrade, whether its free…
    - 9 days ago Aug 24, 2015, 1:29am -
  • Copa Airlines offers business class bonus and it may be worth a look
    Not many people have heard of Copa Airlines. Previously owned by Continental (who, in turn, has now been renamed United), Copa is a Panamanian carrier with a unique business model, connecting north-south passengers between North American and Latin/So…
    - 10 days ago Aug 22, 2015, 8:50pm -

The Faraway Guide

  • newUsing Points To Visit Kyoto, Japan
    Kyoto, Japan is an incredible tourist spot with an extensive history and colorful picture opportunities. It was the capital city and emperor's residence for over a 100 years and, perhaps more importantly...
    - 19 hours ago Sep 1, 2015, 1:00pm -
  • How To Hike Trolltunga In One Day
    My jaw literally dropped the first time I saw a photo of Trolltunga. Instantly I knew I would sit on the edge of the famous "Troll's Tongue." As the end of our trip around the world became near, it was a...
    - 2 days ago Aug 31, 2015, 12:00pm -
  • [Expired] 80,000 Marriott Points With Chase Visa
    80,000 Marriott points are available with the Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card, a substantial increase from the normal 50,000 point offer. Marriott points can be used at both Marriott and...
    - 4 days ago Aug 29, 2015, 6:02pm -
  • Deal Alert: $299 Round Trip New York To Dublin
    The northeast of the United States has already seen a few big deals pop up this month, mainly within the country. That changed this week when American Airlines announced a new promotion from...
    - 5 days ago Aug 28, 2015, 6:04pm -
  • 4 Steps To Improve Your Credit Score
    Earning points and miles will always start with a credit score. Thousands of people play this game by carefully understanding and maintaining their scores. These people understand that the widely held...
    - 6 days ago Aug 27, 2015, 12:00pm -
  • 5 Steps To Use Credit Cards & Maximize Your Travels
    This is the handbook to use credit cards and maximize your travels. In 2011, I began applying for 15+ credit cards a year in order to earn frequent flyer miles. Since then, I've earned over 2,500,000 points and miles and hit 48 countries traveled.…
    - 7 days ago Aug 26, 2015, 2:53pm -
  • Using Points To Visit Hallstatt, Austria
    A "best small town in Europe" list almost never excludes Hallstatt, Austria. The adorable town, dating back over 7,000 years as a salt mine, has been on my bucket list ever since seeing pictures nearly ten...
    - 8 days ago Aug 25, 2015, 12:28pm -
  • The Most Underrated Credit Card For Large Spenders
    The credit card game changes the more you spend. If you spend $1,000 a month, your bonus options are different than someone spending a much larger amount. Small business can often be placed in the...
    - 9 days ago Aug 24, 2015, 12:57pm -
  • American Express Cards May Be Hurting Your Credit Score
    American Express is a tricky bank. Their no spending limit policy on charge cards is an amazing asset for high-spenders, allowing virtually unlimited spend each month – as long as you pay it off. But that could...
    - 12 days ago Aug 21, 2015, 12:46pm -
  • Lounge Review: United Club London Heathrow LHR In Terminal 2
    The United Club at London Heathrow (LHR) is a relatively new lounge located in Terminal 2 of the massive airport. Luckily the lounge matches the size of the airport - with enough room to fit 280 seats and three food and drink areas, it is both busy a…
    - 13 days ago Aug 20, 2015, 11:49am -

milepoint (Forums)

  • newTeh Penalty Box
    I think it's time for a new Box thread that works. So, here goes.
    - 44 mins ago Sep 2, 2015, 7:10am -
  • newtom911 goes to Brussels and Amsterdam
    SUNDAYThis trip started Sunday afternoon with a 65 min CRJ200 regional jet from Sacramento to LAX (50 seats in economy). Flight time was 65 mins. Hard to keep the plane cool even when in the air. I'm on a $688 sale fare that I purchased 9 days out…
    - 53 mins ago Sep 2, 2015, 7:01am -
  • 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…
    - 1 hour ago Sep 2, 2015, 6:31am -
  • newMillion Mile Mileage Accumulation on AP Your Account Page
    Just noticed this on my account page - Air Canada Million Mile Program - Status Miles accumulated *Not sure how long this has been there but it is a nice addition.Here is the link on the page - http://www.aircanada.com/en/aeroplan/mmp.html
    - 2 hours ago Sep 2, 2015, 6:11am -
  • newCheap and best hotels in Mumbai?
    What are the luxury and famous and cheap hotels available to book in Mumbai?
    - 4 hours ago Sep 2, 2015, 4:07am -
  • newOWMD 2?
    Realize you guys are hard at work in SMD4 and possible RTWMD - any insight into a second OWMD would be appreciated!!
    - 4 hours ago Sep 2, 2015, 3:58am -
  • newHelp me craft a new strategy....
    Hi all -I am faced with a rare opportunity right now, one which I am hoping some expert travelers can help me out with. Essentially, I am starting from scratch as a FF, but have the ability to very quickly build up significant miles. I'm just tryi…
    - 5 hours ago Sep 2, 2015, 3:23am -
  • newCredit Card Newbie Question
    If you add someone to your credit card as an authorized user so that you may get bonus mileage points, then will that prevent that authorized user to apply for their own credit card for a signup bonus? (In other words if person A (me!) applied for a…
    - 5 hours ago Sep 2, 2015, 2:46am -
  • new(photo trivia) Guess the city
    Given the success of the 'guess the airport' thread, though this might be a good thread to start. A breath of fresh air, if you will...Anyways, same rules apply. First submission:
    - 5 hours ago Sep 2, 2015, 2:44am -
  • newUnited Airlines to revamp scheduling to fight flight delays
    United Airlines to revamp scheduling to fight flight delaysUnited Airlines plans to change the way it schedules flights by using new technology to address delays and cancellations, starting in January 2016.Read the entire article here:http://www.re…
    - 7 hours ago Sep 2, 2015, 1:18am -

Flyertalk MilesBuzz

  • newPossible reward flight dilemma
    My wife and I are currently on a river cruise in Europe that is supposed to end in Budapest. Due to extreme low water levels on the Danube we may end up stuck in Regensburg or being bussed a little further along. In any case, here's the dilemma: ...
    - 37 mins ago Sep 2, 2015, 7:17am -
  • newBA0243 Mexico to Heathrow - sickness
    Hi all, Anyone else on flight BA0243 on 30th August experienced any severe sickness? I appreciate we will all have been in Mexico, And not blaming BA for anything but just seeing if there is anyone else suffering that was on the flight. ...
    - 1 hour ago Sep 2, 2015, 6:35am -
  • newBA fuel surcharges/lower oil prices
    Oil prices slumped again today...Interesting conversation with lawyers over lunch, about airlines in general and particular BA's criplingly high 'fuel surcharge' Was crunching the numbers... Cost to fuel a 777 per flight hour Percentage slump..…
    - 1 hour ago Sep 2, 2015, 6:34am -
  • newAIRNZ flight opening times
    Are Airnz still strict on the flight opening times ? I recall a few years ago (I was about 4 hours before the flight departure) "the flight had not opened and that they required the supervisor to open the flight so we had to wait a couple of more..…
    - 1 hour ago Sep 2, 2015, 6:28am -
  • newMCT at ADL, Domestic, ZL & QF?
    What is the MCT at ADL? This would be a jetstar to ZL (regional express) and ZL to QF. Domestic to Domestic. I cant figure out EF... ZL4752 to QF738 Is it 30 min? 1.5 hrs? 3 hrs...
    - 1 hour ago Sep 2, 2015, 6:26am -
  • newSingapore VFTF
    Hi I am holding an Indian passport with no valid first world country visa. I have previously visited Europe and USA but the visas issued by them have been used up. Would I still be eligible for transit visa free in Singapore. Flight is from India..…
    - 2 hours ago Sep 2, 2015, 6:12am -
  • newNot sending reminders on Pay Now booking?
    Hi. When I do my usual pay at the counter (or rather, not pay now) rentals, I get a reminder email maybe a day or so before my rental pickup date/time. However, on Pay Now rentals, no reminder email. I have a customer number in my profile so...
    - 2 hours ago Sep 2, 2015, 6:09am -
  • newFlight Attendants & Wine
    I was recently on a flight from Dulles to Dubai in Global First and I noticed while everyone was sleeping (but me apparently) a flight attendant was pouring red wine from one of the bottles into a plastic water bottle (a former spring water bottle...
    - 2 hours ago Sep 2, 2015, 6:00am -
  • newCzech airlines opeated by Smart wings/Travel Service
    I see all the TLV-PRG flights are operated by smart wingsqtravel service. Is is possible to get Sky Team miles on theses fligths?
    - 2 hours ago Sep 2, 2015, 5:44am -
  • newWhen to use e upgrades?
    Hi guys Just qualified for 35k elite altitude status. I know by the end of this year I will hit super elite 100k status. Just a question as to when the best time to use my e upgrades is? Does air canada ever upgrade elites for free? From..…
    - 3 hours ago Sep 2, 2015, 5:14am -

Reddit r/churning

  • newChase Ink Retention -- Is it too late to ask for retention offers if the annual fee has already posted?
    I just checked my statement and realized its been the 1 year mark! Is it too late to ask for retention offers when I call in (i.e. waive my annual fee). submitted by letopeto [link] [comment]
    - 2 hours ago Sep 2, 2015, 5:56am -
  • newWhich CC best for each rewards dining program?
    I'm quickly stacking up CCs and I've signed up for a few dining programs, but I'm not sure if it matters all that much. Here are my cards: CSP, Freedom, United Explorer, Amex Plat, SPG Personal, Amex Delta Gold, Citi AAdvantage World Elite. Origina…
    - 4 hours ago Sep 2, 2015, 4:20am -
  • newAm I hitting Chase and Amex too hard and too fast, or am I psyching myself out
    Longtime lurker of this sub (well, reddit, really), and I'm probably psyching myself out, but I've been reading a lot of the flyertalk threads regarding Chase account closures and Amex FR and it's got me a little paranoid. I've been doing MS and chur…
    - 4 hours ago Sep 2, 2015, 3:28am -
  • newI can PC my Slate to: CSP, Freedom, or CS. Help me decide...
    Here's the dilemma. I'm pretty sure I'm ineligible for applying to these because of 5/24. I have opened 9 total accounts in the last 24 months: 10/13 (auto loan thru Chase) 01/14 Slate 05/14 Quicksilver 07/14 Sallie Mae, Cash+ 03/15 (mortgage), BCP,…
    - 5 hours ago Sep 2, 2015, 2:40am -
  • new[Non-churning] Question about One time passes for United Club
    I received two one-time passes for United Club from Chase Explorer card. I have an international flight coming up soon but the ticket is from non-United, non-Star Alliance company. Will I still be able to get into the lounge with the pass? submitted…
    - 5 hours ago Sep 2, 2015, 2:34am -
  • newIf I have no plans to cancel the CSP, should I just apply for the Ink Cash?
    I have had the CSP for 2 years now and I don't feel much of a need to cancel the card. If I'm going to continue paying the $95 annual fee for that card (and maintain access to UR travel redemptions) should I just apply for the Ink Cash card? I won't…
    - 6 hours ago Sep 2, 2015, 2:17am -
  • newCiti TY Premier offer question.
    I applied and got the card on the 15th of last month. The offer was 50k for 3k spend. Now i come on here once in a while and see they just started a 60k for 3.5k spend. If i call (should i call typ or the gen credit line) do I have any hope of gettin…
    - 6 hours ago Sep 2, 2015, 1:48am -
  • new[Question/Help] Min spend strategy for amex cards
    I got PRG, BRG and SPG last week and I have to meet a min spend of 1K, 10K and 3K respectively for the bonus in 3 months time. I had their Business Platinum since 4 months and haven't really spent a lot on it except min spend. I am not worried about…
    - 6 hours ago Sep 2, 2015, 1:43am -
  • newUsing serve to meet min spend on SPG
    Does anyone have any data points on using the American Express serve card to meet the minimum spend on the Starwood preferred Guest card submitted by outasflyguy [link] [8 comments]
    - 7 hours ago Sep 2, 2015, 1:24am -
  • newChase 5/24 Clarification
    Hey everyone, I just wanted some clarification on the Chase 5/24 rule. I understand that if you've applied for 5 chase cards within the past 2 years, that means that you probably wont get approved for another. I also know that business cards don't co…
    - 8 hours ago Sep 2, 2015, 12:08am -

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