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The Points Guy

  • newDeal Alert: More $21 One-Way Flights on Frontier

    - 14 mins ago Jul 6, 2015, 8:32pm -
  • newA Week in the Admirals Club — Chicago O’Hare International Airport
    It’s day one of TPG Intern Kevin Song‘s week-long Admirals Club tour, and he’s starting things off in Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport after spending a fantastic weekend in the Windy City grilling and celebrating Independence Day wi…
    - 39 mins ago Jul 6, 2015, 8:07pm -
  • newHow to Seek Medical Attention Abroad
    Being sick at home is the pits, but when you’re thousands of miles away, it can be downright scary. TPG Contributor Christine Cantera gives you advice on how to seek medical attention abroad. Major Medical Emergencies Both as a physician and a trav…
    - 2 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 7:08pm -
  • newFinding the Best US Gateways for International Awards
    Most people search for flights by simply entering an origin and destination to see what pops up, but award travel sometimes involves more than just getting from A to B. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr looks at which connection cities give you…
    - 3 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 5:45pm -
  • newFast-Track Arrival Options Around the World
    We here at TPG love anything that speeds up the travel process, like Global Entry and TSA Precheck — and we want you to be aware that US citizens have similar options outside of the United States. TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino guides…
    - 4 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 4:29pm -
  • newWhat’s It Like to Spend a Week at the Admirals Club?
    Well, we’re about to find out. TPG intern Kevin Song has kindly volunteered to spend this week touring the East Coast, visiting Admirals Clubs old and new with his brand-new Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard. In addition to full…
    - 5 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 3:29pm -
  • newTop 10 Travel Rewards Cards for Summer Travel
    Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele discusses a variety of travel rewards cards that can help make your summer travels both more affordable and more rewarding. You’ve earned the miles and booked the trip, and as you prepa…
    - 6 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 2:29pm -
  • newCould Selfie Payment Verification Replace the PIN?
    In a move that is targeted toward the “selfie generation,” MasterCard has begun a payment verification trial with 500 card holders to snap away instead of typing in a PIN or, heaven forbid, signing for a purchase. MasterCard is reportedly work…
    - 7 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 1:29pm -
  • newWhat Are Points & Miles Worth? July Monthly Valuations
    You can view all posts in the Monthly Valuation Series here. One of the questions I’m asked most often is “how much is a point or mile worth?” The answer varies from person to person and depends on how well you can maximize a particular cur…
    - 9 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 12:08pm -
  • Should I Get the Citi AA Executive Card with the 75,000-Mile Bonus?
    TPG reader Mike messaged me to ask a credit card question: “Should I sign up for the Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard with a 75,000-mile bonus?” Just this week, Citi announced a new sign-up bonus for the Citi AAdvantage Executive…
    - 1 day ago Jul 5, 2015, 2:59pm -

Frugal Travel Guy

  • newHave You Purchased a Ticket to Asia or Oceania Since 2000? You May Be Owed Money!
    Have you purchased an airline ticket between the United States and Asia, Australia, New Zealand or the Pacific Islands since January 1, 2000? If so, you may be entitled to receive a portion of the settlement reached under The Transpacific Air Settlem…
    - 46 mins ago Jul 6, 2015, 8:00pm -
  • newRick’s Picks: Whoops! My Biggest Mileage Run Mistake
    I’d love to tell you that every move I make in the mileage and points game is a winner. It’s not! As time has shown over the last seven months, I made a big mistake taking a mileage run last November. Last year, when a flyer achieved Gold Status…
    - 13 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 8:00am -
  • Reader Success Story: Hyatt Comes Through!
    Over the years, we’ve had many readers share their success stories with us. Folks for whom traveling domestically once a year was a luxury are now traveling the world with just a few credit card sign-up bonuses. And the best part? They are sharing…
    - 2 days ago Jul 5, 2015, 8:00am -
  • 5 Reasons to Invest in Marriott Rewards Points
    Marriott Rewards doesn’t get as much attention as other hotel loyalty programs, mainly because of their high redemption rates (7,500 – 70,000 points per night). However, the program offers some unique benefits and generous earning opportunities.…
    - 3 days ago Jul 3, 2015, 11:00pm -
  • 10 Ways to Prevent SPG Points From Expiring
    Each loyalty program has its own terms for earning and redeeming points. Those earned points, in addition to not earning interest, may expire before you get a change to redeem them. With airlines, the easiest way to keep your miles from expiring is t…
    - 3 days ago Jul 3, 2015, 8:00pm -
  • Do You Need More Than One Business Credit Card?
    Although there are dozens of personal rewards cards to choose from, there’s one way to open the door to even more possibilities – starting a business. Still, it can be confusing to know whether you can qualify for a business or not. While some pe…
    - 4 days ago Jul 3, 2015, 8:00am -
  • A Deal Doesn’t Always Need to Be Free: When to Splurge
    Given the option of getting a great deal with points or paying out-of-pocket, I’ll almost always take the points option. But there are exceptions, and sometimes using cash can be a great deal. I don’t typically subscribe to email newsletters from…
    - 4 days ago Jul 2, 2015, 11:00pm -
  • You Should Be Using Amex Offers, and Here’s Why
    Correct me if I’m wrong, but I feel like American Express has received a lot of scorn from the community as of late. From my perspective, there’s still a lot of upside to the Centurion, especially when you consider the major changes that are bein…
    - 4 days ago Jul 2, 2015, 8:00pm -
  • Planning a Trip to Asia? Consider Oneworld Fifth Freedom Asian Routes
    When it comes to the aviation world, fifth freedom is the right for an airline to fly between two foreign countries without entering its home country. In other words, if Airline 1 from Country X has permission to fly a route from Country Y to Country…
    - 5 days ago Jul 2, 2015, 8:00am -
  • How Far in Advance Should I Collect Points and Miles Before I Want to Travel?
    Flexibility and proper planning are your keys to success once you’ve got the right points and miles in your travel bank. But when should you start collecting various travel rewards currencies in preparation for that trip? Keep in mind that hotels w…
    - 5 days ago Jul 1, 2015, 11:00pm -

One Mile at a Time

  • newHow To Turn A Mattress Run Into A Free Staycation: Introduction
    When I was growing up, my Dad would tell me about how when guys are fishing from shore, they would always try to cast to the center of the pond. But when they are fishing from a boat, they would try to cast as far back to the edge of the pond as they…
    - 43 mins ago Jul 6, 2015, 8:03pm -
  • newMy Secret To Living Out Of A Carry-On
    When I first moved into hotels my luggage situation was a mess... as summed up in the picture below.Over time I've realized that if you're going to live out of suitcases full time you need to be super-minimalist and just live out of a carry-on. Whi…
    - 2 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 6:33pm -
  • newAir India Planning Flights To San Francisco and Toronto
    Air India joined the Star Alliance about a year ago, and I've been itching to redeem miles for a flight on them in first class ever since. After all of the fascinating stories I've read about them, I feel like I need to experience Air India firsthand…
    - 4 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 5:03pm -
  • newBuy American Miles For 2 Cents Each Through July 13, 2015
    American is offering both a 15% discount and tiered mileage bonuses on the purchase of AAdvantage miles through July 13, 2015. I do find it sort of funny how they turn these promotions into (minor) math puzzles, rather than just offering a straightfo…
    - 5 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 3:40pm -
  • newRedeeming Citi ThankYou Points For Travel On American

    - 7 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 2:03pm -
  • newWhen Does It Make Sense To Go Into City On A Layover?
    Reader Djangojam asked the following question in the "Ask Lucky" forum:"Hi Lucky, I know that you're a big fan of Abu Dhabi so I wanted to get your advice. My 9 year old son and I will be transiting AUH later this month on our way to Bali. Specific…
    - 8 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 12:34pm -
  • Introduction: One Merlot At A Time
    Is American First Class catering better than Cathay’s?At least for wine?It's a nearly Buzzfeed-worthy question, but this is one of only several heresies (at least for longtime readers of this blog) that I’ll discuss in this post. ;)First, a…
    - 1 day ago Jul 5, 2015, 6:24pm -
  • Best 45 Minute Flight Ever? “This Makes Cathay Look Like Easyjet!”
    I've reviewed a good number of first class products on the blog over the years. And I'd argue I've reviewed just about all the world's best products -- ANA, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Etihad, Japan Airlines, Qatar, Singapore, etc.But there's one air…
    - 1 day ago Jul 5, 2015, 3:08pm -
  • Emirates 777 Vs. A380 First Class: Which Is Better?
    Reader Danie left the following comment in the "Ask Lucky" forum:"Never thought I'd say this, but I just took longhaul Emirates first class flights -- one in a 777 and one in the A380. Of course the bar and the shower were awesome, but aside from t…
    - 2 days ago Jul 4, 2015, 6:57pm -
  • Weekly Review: July 4, 2015
    Good morning from San Diego!I'm spending the week in California, and trying to be as low-key as possible while I recuperate (update below). The weather has been perfect, and it's been nice to relax a bit.Stay tuned for next week, as there is some…
    - 2 days ago Jul 4, 2015, 3:53pm -

View From the Wing

  • newVietnam Airlines 787 Lands at Washington National Airport!
    In 1998 a United DC-10 made an emergency landing at Washington's National airport. It was a Chicago - Baltimore flight that was first diverted to Dulles (after being held over Cleveland) and then to National due to weather. It was low on fuel, had…
    - 2 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 7:04pm -
  • newBuy Up to 127,500 American Miles for 2.14 Cents Per Mile
    American AAdvantage is stacking a purchased miles bonus with a discount through July 13 that lets you buy miles for ~ 2.14 cents a mile.I assume the two are combined in order to make it sound more exciting and a little more opaque in terms of doing…
    - 4 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 4:34pm -
  • newRussia’s FSB Detests Premium Passengers, TSA’s Instagram, and Parker Responds to DOJ Investigation
    A collection of the most interesting links you’ll want to see, many you’ll want to click.Continue reading Russia’s FSB Detests Premium Passengers, TSA’s Instagram, and Parker Responds to DOJ Investigation...
    - 7 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 2:04pm -
  • newWhich Airline Has the World’s Best Business Class?
    Business class, to me, is all about the seat. There aren't many airlines where the food and wine are remarkable, though better business class offerings will be fairly good. Mostly you want personal space to work effectively and to sleep so that you…
    - 9 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 12:04pm -
  • newAmerican Award Space ‘Back to Normal’ (Cough)
    I value my American miles for partner awards, but most members look to redeem American miles on American flights and that’s gotten very hard. It used to be exceptionally easy. Sometime in mid-2012 premium cabin awards to Europe really tightened up.…
    - 21 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 12:04am -
  • newHow to Get Emails When Delta (And Other Airline) Award Seats Open Up
    Expert Flyer is one of my favorite tools. It has several important uses for frequent flyers -- but since September Delta has prevented the site from displaying anything about the airline's flights.Fortunately they've brought back searches for Delta…
    - 23 hours ago Jul 5, 2015, 9:41pm -
  • American Eliminating First Class From 2 Of Their 3 New York – London Flights
    As American retrofits its Boeing 777-200 fleet, their only aircraft that will retain a first class cabin is their Boeing 777-300ERs.The 777-200s get a good business class seat (similar to American's 787 business seat), but once reconfigured no longe…
    - 1 day ago Jul 5, 2015, 7:04pm -
  • What’s the Best Hotel Breakfast?
    I'll take a good quality restaurant breakfast (not the standard US airport hotel buffet) over a club lounge, foregoing evening options. But for a mediocre restaurant breakfast I'll prefer the quick service of the lounge.There are hotels that offer…
    - 1 day ago Jul 5, 2015, 4:34pm -
  • What’s the Best First Class for West Coast – Asia?
    The choice here is ultimately going to be driven by availability, although there are plenty of airlines worth checking given the miles that are available.Consider that it's entirely possible to use a different airline for the outbound as the return…
    - 1 day ago Jul 5, 2015, 2:04pm -
  • Review: Delta Business Class, Sydney – Los Angeles
    After missing my Virgin Australia flight to Los Angeles and spending the night at the Rydges hotel at the airport, I was re-booked onto Delta's own Sydney - Los Angeles flight. I was actually excited to be able to compare Virgin Australia's 7-acros…
    - 1 day ago Jul 5, 2015, 12:04pm -

The Frequent Miler

  • newA frustrating yet successful morning rolling points
    Yesterday morning, I checked Sears and Kmart to see if there were any new 100% back in points offers.  I hit the jackpot at Kmart in the Weekly Member Deals section of their website, and  I reported my findings via Quick Deals. In the post “Roll…
    - 10 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 10:25am -
  • It’s not too late – Deals still alive as of 07/05/2015
    Each week we publish a number of fantastic deals on the blog and in Quick Deals. Most deals don’t last long, but some hang around for awhile. In an effort to keep you up to date, we have gone back through each of the deals posted over the last coup…
    - 1 day ago Jul 5, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • New REDbird Loading Procedure, Double Dipping Discover’s 5% Categories, Crazy 4th Night Free Bookings & More!
    Welcome to the Frequent Miler Week In Review series. Every Saturday we recap what you might have missed from Frequent Miler during the week. Enjoy! This Week From Frequent Miler Is it time to do the SPG Platinum challenge? – A look at the Starw…
    - 2 days ago Jul 4, 2015, 9:00pm -
  • Alaska Airlines Shutdowns, Paying Credit Cards with Money Orders, Gift Card Reselling Lessons & More!
    Welcome to the Frequent Miler Week In Review series. Every Saturday we bring you some of the best posts from around the web. Enjoy! This Week Around the Web How To Enroll In Targeted Barclaycard Promotions – An interesting little trick to enroll…
    - 2 days ago Jul 4, 2015, 1:00pm -
  • Double dipping Discover’s 3rd quarter categories
    Thanks to Discover’s offer to double all cash back for a year, their quarterly 5% categories are more interesting than ever.  Now, instead of earning 5% for those categories, cardholders enrolled in the Double Cash Back offers, will ultimately ear…
    - 3 days ago Jul 3, 2015, 10:25am -
  • Crazy 4th Night Free deals, and the $100 e-gift card challenge
    The Citi Prestige card’s 4th Night Free hotel benefit always struck me as kind of crazy.  When you use this benefit to book a four night stay, you get reimbursed for the entire price of the 4th night.  What were they thinking?  What if the fourt…
    - 4 days ago Jul 2, 2015, 10:25am -
  • Should you keep, upgrade, or downgrade your AAdvantage Aviator card? Do you have a choice?
    My wife and I have four AAdvantage Aviator Red MasterCards.  Yep, we have two each.  Before American Airlines and US Airways merged their loyalty programs, the BarclayCard US Airways MasterCard offered a terrific signup bonus: 50,000 miles after fi…
    - 5 days ago Jul 1, 2015, 10:25am -
  • Kate vs. K8. Loading Bluebird/Serve vs. REDbird.
    Many Target stores across the country have updated their customer swipe terminals, and the process for loading REDbird (the Target Prepaid REDcard) has changed.  Via email, Rapid Travel Chai reports the new process as follows (bolding is mine): ..No…
    - 6 days ago Jun 30, 2015, 10:25am -
  • Is it time to do the SPG Platinum challenge?
    In addition to collecting large quantities of points & miles, I enjoy finding shortcuts for obtaining and keeping elite status.  Over the course of the past three years, or so, I’ve used shortcuts to get and keep status with many loyalty programs,…
    - 7 days ago Jun 29, 2015, 10:25am -
  • It’s not too late – Deals still alive as of 06/28/2015
    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…
    - 8 days ago Jun 28, 2015, 3:00pm -

The Flight Deal

The Free-quent Flyer

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

Well Traveled Mile

  • newDeal Alert: Amex Business Gift Card 2% Cash Back Today
    Today, SimplyBestCoupons is offering 2% cash back on American Express business gift cards. This deal ends at 11:59:59 PM, Pacific Time. If you haven’t signed-up for SimplyBestCoupons yet, then you can use this link. Key Terms & Conditions Do not ex…
    - 5 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 3:43pm -
  • Big Changes to Barclays Arrival Plus MasterCard?
    Barclays may be in the works of making big changes with it’s hugely popular Barclays Arrival Plus MasterCard. Until now the Barclays Arrival Plus card has been a credit card that I planned to keep in my wallet. To start, the card offers a lucrati…
    - 4 days ago Jul 2, 2015, 12:35pm -
  • Extra 20% Transfer Bonus For SPG To American Airlines
    From now until August 7, 2015, American Airlines will throw in an extra 5,000 AA miles for every 20,000 SPG points you transfer to your AAdvantage account. This is in addition to the 5,000 bonus miles that SPG throws in. Here is the breakdown on how…
    - 5 days ago Jul 1, 2015, 3:43pm -
  • Last Day To Buy IHG Points At 0.5 Cents Per Point
    Today is the last day you will receive the 100% bonus when you purchase IHG points. As discussed in an earlier post, this deal is almost as good as manufacturing spend using the IHG card. If you have some trips coming up where you might consider stay…
    - 6 days ago Jun 30, 2015, 4:27pm -
  • Deal Alert: Amex Business Gift Card 2% Cash Back Next Monday
    On Monday July 6, 2015, SimplyBestCoupons will be offering 2% cash back on American Express business gift cards. This deal starts at midnight, Pacific Time. The latest trends seem to be that TopCashBack will follow as well with their own cash back de…
    - 6 days ago Jun 30, 2015, 3:55pm -
  • Quick Guide to Award Ticket Stopover Rules
    I decided to throw together a quick graphic comparing stopover and open-jaw rules for the most commonly earned airline miles for US travelers. I can’t say how useful it will be, but hopefully it can be a quick guide to go with my more in-depth aw…
    - 11 days ago Jun 25, 2015, 9:52am -
  • What Are Chase’s New Rules When Applying for Credit Cards?
    There has been a lot of chatter about Chase’s recent crackdown on approving anyone with more than 5+ new card accounts within the last two years. With these changes there may be new rules for getting approved when applying for Chase credits cards.…
    - 12 days ago Jun 24, 2015, 10:27am -
  • 40,000 Korean Air Miles Offer
    I recently received a mail-in offer from U.S. Bank for their co-branded Korean Air Visa Signature card. The bonus offer is 40,000 miles after $3,000 spent in the first 120 days (4 months.) Some of the other perks of this card include: 2 VIP Lounge co…
    - 13 days ago Jun 24, 2015, 8:27am -
  • Did You Know: Freeze These 2 Credit Reports Before Applying For Any Credit Card!
    Did You Know is a series highlighting some tips / tricks regarding earning miles, redeeming miles or in general saving money on your travels! Some of this information may be new to you while some may be a refresher. There are some cards for which you…
    - 13 days ago Jun 24, 2015, 8:25am -
  • Deal Alert: Amex Business Gift Card 2.25% Cash Back Today Only
    Just like last week, TopCashBack has followed the SimplyBestCoupons 2% cash back day with their own 2.25% cash back deal. This deal ends tonight at 11.59 PM Key Terms & Conditions Do not exceed a denomination of $2000 per order or else no cash back w…
    - 13 days ago Jun 23, 2015, 3:52pm -

MileValue

  • newAmerican Airlines Miles for 2.01 Cents Each: Good Deal?
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. American Airlines is running a sale on the purchase of their miles through Monday July 13, 2015. You can buy up to 100,000 American Airlines miles during the sale and get…
    - 4 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 4:45pm -
  • newCiti ThankYou Points Can Be Redeemed for 1.6 Cents Each on 20 Airlines
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. I’ve said it a million times that one reason the Citi Prestige® Card is so awesome is that you can redeem its ThankYou Points by transferring them to 11 types of airli…
    - 8 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 12:59pm -
  • newTravel Tips from Someone On the Road 365 Days a Year
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. I’m in the middle of 18 months of travel. I live out of a suitcase and change beds every few days or few months. Here are some of my top travel tips that I use to enjoy m…
    - 8 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 12:21pm -
  • An American in Cuba in 2015: Trip Report of Viñales
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. I just spent a completely legal week in Cuba, split between Havana and Viñales. An American in Cuba in 2015 is a six part series on the trip. This post will focus on my…
    - 2 days ago Jul 4, 2015, 5:07pm -
  • Make a One Minute Complaint for Free Flights or Magazines
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Updated July 4, 2015 because this deal is still alive, and I love reading the full Economist print edition online each week for free. Updated August 14, 2014 because my mil…
    - 2 days ago Jul 4, 2015, 2:00pm -
  • Better Card: Citi Prestige vs. Executive AAdvantage
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Yesterday I reviewed the improved offer on the Citi Executive AAdvantage World MasterCard, which now offers 75,000 bonus American Airlines after spending $7,500 in the…
    - 3 days ago Jul 3, 2015, 7:00pm -
  • Anatomy of an Award: Using Avianca LifeMiles to Buy Business Class Ticket Between US and Europe for $1,040
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Last week I published How to Consistently Buy Business Class Tickets to Europe for about $1,000, which explained how to purchase Avianca miles and use them to book award ti…
    - 3 days ago Jul 3, 2015, 12:56pm -
  • Free Giveaway: 51 Award Wallet Codes
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. New codes at 9:39 PM ET on July 3 Enjoy one of these 50 free upgrade codes to six months of Award Wallet Plus. Award Wallet is the free way I track my 33 miles and poi…
    - 3 days ago Jul 3, 2015, 10:32am -
  • Four Negative Changes to Arrival Plus
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Right now, you cannot apply for an Arrival Plus, the card that normally offers 40,000 bonus miles after spending $3,000 in three months, which is worth $456 in free travel,…
    - 4 days ago Jul 3, 2015, 12:04am -
  • Massive 21% Off Frontier’s Already Low Fares for Summer, Fall, Thanksgiving Travel
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Through Sunday July 5: Frontier is offering 21% off Summer and Fall travel. Fares start at $42 one way, but this is an even better deal for expensive roundtrips!   The sa…
    - 4 days ago Jul 2, 2015, 5:14pm -

Frequent Flier

  • newIntroducing the World’s Most Expensive Hotel City
    The most expensive city for hotel stays is now in America, according to Bloomberg’s latest study of hotel rates in the world’s top 100 financial centers. Average hotel rates surged 88.2 percent from last year, to $397, to push per-night ... Read…
    - 2 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 6:36pm -
  • newWin a Trip to Key West for 4 Persons
    Enter the Snappers “TLC Summer Giveaway” sweepstakes by August 31, 2015, for a chance to win the grand prize: a four-day trip for four to Key West, including air and three nights at the Marriott Key West Beachside Resort. NOTE: ... Read More
    - 5 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 4:13pm -
  • Weekly Recap: New JetBlue Fees, Feds Suspect Airline Collusion, & More
    Following is our regular summary of the latest travel news and best frequent traveler promotions reviewed during the past week. If it was a good deal—or a notably bad deal—from an airline, hotel, or car rental loyalty program, you can ... Read Mo…
    - 3 days ago Jul 4, 2015, 12:40am -
  • Limited Time: 75,000-Mile Bonus for AAdvantage Credit Card
    American introduced its Citibank-issued Citi Executive/AAdvantage World Elite MasterCard four years ago, to compete with other premium travel-rewards cards like the American Express Platinum card, the Delta Reserve card, and the United Mileage Plus C…
    - 3 days ago Jul 3, 2015, 4:58pm -
  • How to Turn 20,000 Starwood Points into 30,000 American Miles
    How can you turn 20,000 Starwood points into 30,000 American AAdvantage miles? It’s complicated, but not too complicated. Offer Details Through August 7, American AAdvantage members can earn a 20 percent bonus when converting Starwood Preferred Gue…
    - 4 days ago Jul 2, 2015, 6:31pm -
  • Feds Suspect (Gasp!) Collusion Among Airlines
    Colluding to keep prices high? The U.S. airlines? Shocking! Well, maybe not so shocking to the millions of travelers who find themselves paying more and getting less. But apparently it’s news to the DOJ, which this week issued formal requests ... R…
    - 4 days ago Jul 2, 2015, 4:53pm -
  • Delta Boosts Transcon Flights
    If you fly on either of the country’s two most hotly contested routes — between New York and Los Angeles or New York and San Francisco — consider yourself blessed. Unlike many routes that are dominated by one or two ... Read More
    - 5 days ago Jul 1, 2015, 6:24pm -
  • White House Lifts Ban on Visitor Photography
    White House visitors who would feel reality-deprived if they were unable to photo-document their tours of the leader of the free world’s inner sanctum can now rest easy. Cameras and photography are now permitted on public White House tours. The ...…
    - 5 days ago Jul 1, 2015, 3:54pm -
  • July 4th Travel Forecast: a Lot Like Last Year
    Wondering what to expect on your July 4th trip? Think 2014. At least as far as the numbers go, this July 4th weekend will look a lot like last year’s. According to AAA, 41.9 million Americans will travel more than ... Read More
    - 6 days ago Jun 30, 2015, 5:43pm -
  • JetBlue Changes Course, Embraces Bag Fees
    Remember when checked bags were free on JetBlue? Cherish the memory, because as of today it’s just that, a memory. JetBlue announced late last year that, under pressure from Wall Street to boost profits, it would impose new fees and ... Read More
    - 6 days ago Jun 30, 2015, 4:32pm -

Travel is Free

Frequent Flyer Bonuses

Million Mile Secrets

  • newExplore Europe for Cheap With Budget Airlines!
    Now that the busy summer travel season is here, folks are wondering how to see more of Europe for less money. One trick is to fly on budget airlines once you get to Europe. I’ll show you when to use miles … Continue reading →        …
    - 12 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 8:30am -
  • new30% Cash Back at Macy’s With Discover It Card!
    The Discover It card is offering double cash back after the 1st 12 months for new card members.  And right now, you can get 30% cash back when you shop at Macy’s online. I’ll show you how it works! Get … Continue reading →       Relat…
    - 12 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 8:30am -
  • newDisney World: 5 Great Hotels to Book With Points
    I’ve written about how to take a Disney vacation for cheap using miles and points.  And how you can get airfare and a 5-night stay at Disney hotels Dolphin and Swan from just 2 credit cards! There are so many … Continue reading →       …
    - 13 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 8:00am -
  • Can You Transfer American Airlines Miles to Chase Ultimate Rewards?
    Million Mile Secrets reader, Giss comments: I have 160,000 miles in my American Airlines account. I also have a Chase Sapphire Preferred card.  I like the way Chase Ultimate Rewards allows me to redeem miles easier.  Is it possible to … Continue…
    - 1 day ago Jul 5, 2015, 5:01pm -
  • Airline Miles That Transfer to Hotel Points (But Should You Do It?)
    Million Mile Secrets reader, Freeman Grover, commented: Hi Daraius, Love reading your articles! Your recent post on transferring hotel points to airline miles was interesting.  I wonder if you can tell me if it’s possible to transfer miles to hot…
    - 2 days ago Jul 5, 2015, 8:30am -

Nomadic Matt

  • new9 Summer Reads to Satiate Your Wanderlust
    At the start of the New Year, I vowed to read one book a week, and I’m proud to say I’m accomplishing that goal. I even started a book club to keep me focused (I mean, you can’t recommend books if you don’t read them, right?). Thanks to my gr…
    - 6 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 2:34pm -
  • Introducing a Brand New Awesome Nomadic Matt (Plus Some Announcements)
    For close to three years, this website had the same design. When it came out, I loved it but over the course of those three years, the website has grown with a new forum, destination guides, new books, sections, and much more. To accommodate all that…
    - 7 days ago Jun 29, 2015, 3:34pm -
  • Introducing: The NM Case Study Project
    Months ago, I announced that I wanted to help four readers plan their trips from start to finish as part of a case study project for this website. While I haven’t talked about this in a long time, it’s because I’ve been busy making it happen. A…
    - 11 days ago Jun 25, 2015, 12:42pm -
  • How to Visit Napa Valley on a Budget
    With its verdant hills, acres of vineyards, and temperate climate, Napa Valley in California is one of the world’s premier wine-producing regions. Every year 3.3 million people flock to this region to bike, hike, swim in a veritable pool of wine, a…
    - 14 days ago Jun 22, 2015, 3:36pm -
  • Travel and the Art of Losing Friends
    After months on the road, you find yourself back home and excited to resume old friendships. You plan dinners, get-togethers, and nights out. And, as some people fail to respond or show up, you begin realize an awful truth — while you were out expl…
    - 18 days ago Jun 18, 2015, 11:18am -
  • How to Take Professional Travel Photos
    Photography. It’s not something I’ve very good at. I take all my pictures on an iPhone and, if they aren’t used on the blog, they mostly just sit on my hard drive. But I still think photographs are important for the memories they represent. You…
    - 21 days ago Jun 15, 2015, 3:12pm -
  • Searching for a More Balanced Life
    Somewhere in Wyoming, I realized my life had gone off track. I was at a scenic overlook, gazing upon these majestic mountains rising up from the ground in the distance, and all I could think was “OK, it’s time to go!” As I got back in the car,…
    - 25 days ago Jun 11, 2015, 2:34pm -
  • How to Stay Safe in South Africa
    On the second Wednesday of the month, Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse writes a guest column featuring tips and advice on solo female travel. It’s an important topic I can’t adequately cover, so I brought in an expert to share her advice. Thi…
    - 26 days ago Jun 10, 2015, 3:14pm -
  • How To Pack A Professional Travel First Aid Kit
    I get a lot of questions about health care on the road. How can I avoid getting sick? What do you do about vaccines? What happens when I do get sick? Since I’m not a doctor, I don’t like giving medical advice beyond a few general tips so I’ve a…
    - 28 days ago Jun 8, 2015, 2:28pm -
  • How to Travel Across the United States on $50 a Day
    The great American road trip is a rite of passage in the States. We Americans have a unique fascination with the open road. It’s built into our cultural DNA. In Jazz Age America, the car was a symbol of freedom – a chance to escape your small tow…
    - 35 days ago Jun 1, 2015, 2:19pm -

The Hustle Blog

  • Q3 Rotating Bonuses – Chase Freedom & Discover IT
    New quarter, new bonuses! These bonuses will run through September 30, 2015. Chase Freedom Activate here. Most gas stations have gift card racks so this should be an easy $1,500 to spend this quarter. Gas stations Kohl’s Discover IT Activate here.…
    - 5 days ago Jul 1, 2015, 5:20pm -
  • (Dead) Fare Alert: EWR-MEX $140 Round Trip
    UPDATE: Looks like it’s gone as of 12:21 AM EST. Damn, better luck next time folks! As I was randomly browsing flights tonight, I came across what seems like a very cheap fare to Mexico City from Newark. This has to be a mistake since it’s a full…
    - 38 days ago May 30, 2015, 4:00am -
  • Don’t Forget to Track Car Rental Reservations with AutoSlash
    Some people think car rentals can be a lengthy process. For me, I try to keep it as simple as possible. You have two options to use AutoSlash. Search for a car using their site Make your booking elsewhere & use AutoSlash to find better rates The pro…
    - 96 days ago Apr 1, 2015, 11:00am -
  • Last Chance at Chase Freedom Q1 Categories
    As we come up on the end of March, we also come to the end of the first quarter of 2015. With that comes the end of the Chase Freedom 5% bonus categories – grocery stores, movie theaters & Starbucks. Be sure to get all your Q1 spend in by March 31!…
    - 98 days ago Mar 30, 2015, 11:00am -
  • Probable Southwest Rapid Rewards Devaluation
    Last week, Southwest Airlines sent an email to its Rapid Rewards loyalty program members informing them of a future change in the program. Sadly, they weren’t very specific about the change but it reads as a devaluation. We created Rapid Rewards®…
    - Feb 17, 2015, 12:00pm -
  • British Airways Avios Devaluation
    The biggest news going around the travel blogosphere lately is one we’re sadly all too familiar with… devaluation. British Airways announced some pricey changes to their loyalty program that will take effect April 28, 2015. The last time they cha…
    - Jan 30, 2015, 12:00pm -
  • Evolve Money Changes Terms for Discover Cards
    There have been a lot of changes going on with Evolve Money lately. First, I wrote about how they were a great way to pay for bills or loans that you can’t normally pay for with credit or gift cards. Then, they announced great news that we could us…
    - Dec 24, 2014, 5:34pm -
  • Chase Freedom 2015 Bonus Categories Announced
    While we’re all busy trying to hit the $1,500 in spend for this quarter’s bonus categories, Chase has announced all the bonus categories for 2015. January – March Grocery stores Movie theaters Starbucks April – June Restaurants Bed Bath & Bey…
    - Dec 10, 2014, 12:00pm -
  • Register Now! American Express Small Business Saturday
    Registration for American Express Small Business Saturday is live! Register all your eligible American Express cards at this link as soon as you can. As I detailed in a previous post, this year’s Small Business Saturday, which occurs on November 29…
    - Nov 17, 2014, 12:00pm -
  • Follow Up: Evolve Money + Discover Card
    This is a follow up to my post over the weekend about Evolve Money’s newest developments. It looks like all is well just like Evolve said! The payment has posted to my Discover account as a regular payment & I already see the Evolve payments postin…
    - Nov 10, 2014, 4:32pm -

Pointscentric

Johnny Jet

  • new10 things to do in Osnabrück, Germany
    As part of a weeklong, five-city visit to western Germany, I visited Osnabrück with Historic Highlights of Germany. Osnabrück is very old town with ancient walls, cozy cafes, great boutique shopping and excellent wine bars! Below, I’ve compiled…
    - 28 mins ago Jul 6, 2015, 8:18pm -
  • newTravel Tip of the Day: Tube Strikes in London This Week
    Tube Strikes in London This Week If you’ll be in London this week (where I recently was), today’s tip is an important one. Beginning on Wednesday night, employees of the Underground (Tube/subway) will go on strike for 24 hours, taking the Undergr…
    - 5 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 4:12pm -
  • Reader Travel Tip of the Day: Train Help Scam
    Train Help Scam Each Friday, we’re featuring a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip was inspired by Monday’s tip about pickpockets (where it was left as a comment), and it comes from reader Don K. Says Don: “Good…
    - 3 days ago Jul 3, 2015, 4:00pm -
  • Travel Style: Michael Holtz
    Want to know how to travel in style, just like the pros? We check in with frequent fliers to find out how often they fly, their favorite destinations and what they never leave home without. Name: Michael Holtz Occupation: Owner of SmartFlyer Hometown…
    - 3 days ago Jul 3, 2015, 1:00pm -
  • Travel Style: Erina Pindar
    Want to know how to travel in style, just like the pros? We check in with frequent fliers to find out how often they fly, their favorite destinations and what they never leave home without. Name: Erina Pindar Occupation: Managing Director, SmartFlyer…
    - 4 days ago Jul 2, 2015, 9:29pm -
  • Travel Tip of the Day: Swim within the Lifeguard Flags or Near Lifeguard Stands
    Swim Within the Lifeguard Flags or Near Lifeguard Stands I live near the beach in Los Angeles and over the years, I’ve come to learn that the safest place to swim is between the lifeguard flags, which are usually right in front of the lifeguard sta…
    - 4 days ago Jul 2, 2015, 4:00pm -
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina & Croatia, part 6: Magical Dubrovnik, Croatia
    This is the sixth and final installment in a six-part series following JohnnyJet.com writer Cynthia Cunniff through her experience of touring Bosnia-Herzegovina & Croatia with Insight Vacations. Head back to the series home page for the full exp…
    - 5 days ago Jul 1, 2015, 7:50pm -
  • Travel Tip of the Day: What to Do if You’re Traveling to Greece
    What to Do if You’re Traveling to Greece I’ve only been to Greece a few times, so I’m no expert on the place. But one thing I do know about Greece is that although it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world (especially the islands), I…
    - 5 days ago Jul 1, 2015, 4:24pm -
  • Top 10 in Travel News: Week of July 1, 2015
    THE TOP 10 IN TRAVEL NEWS THIS WEEK: Disney World will ban selfie-sticks from its theme parks After resisting for years, JetBlue adds checked bag fee Baha Mar developer files for bankruptcy Porter Airlines is on its way to Pittsburgh Nine dead after…
    - 5 days ago Jul 1, 2015, 12:43pm -
  • Travel Contests: Week of July 1, 2015
    This week’s travel contests include: Win a four-night trip for two to Peru Win a romantic vacation for two in Fiji Win a cruise of Italy worth $13,700 Win a three-night trip for two to Buenos Aires Win a snorkeling excursion in Aruba Win big with D…
    - 5 days ago Jul 1, 2015, 11:00am -

Doctor of Credit

  • newAmazon Announces Day of Major Sales on July 15, ‘Prime Day’
    Amazon announced today that they’ll be marking their 20th anniversary introducing a day of blowout sales on July 15, for Prime members only. Promises are made that it will be bigger even than Black Friday. Link Press Release You can signup now for…
    - 5 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 3:48pm -
  • newBest Posts Last Week: Account Shut Downs, 75k AA Offer, $25 Free At Amazon.com & More
    This week started with a bang, Staples was offering $10 off $200 Visa gift cards which meant it was a money maker before even taking into account credit card points. The deal didn’t last long, but if you’re signed up for text alerts for hot offer…
    - 5 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 3:36pm -
  • new2% Cashback on AmEx Business Gift Cards Today (7/6)
    The Offer Direct Link Purchase American Express business gift cards using the Simply Best Coupons shopping portal and receive 2% cashback. It sounds like this is  a one-day increase, but we don’t know that for certain. The Fine Print Business gift…
    - 6 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 3:11pm -
  • newJoin Topcashback and Receive a $15 Groupon Gift Card
    The Offer Direct Link Join Topcashback (a shopping portal) and receive a free $15 Groupon gift card. The Fine Print Requires some sort of purchase after signing up in order to make you eligible for the $15 gift card; unclear exactly how much the purc…
    - 21 hours ago Jul 5, 2015, 11:19pm -
  • newFree $8.50 for BBVA NBA Cardholders
    Via Orensmoneysaver The Offer Signup for e-statements on your BBVA Compass credit card and receive 750 free points, or $7.50. Take a short survey and receive 100 points, or $1. In order to do these deals, you need to login to your Compass account usi…
    - 22 hours ago Jul 5, 2015, 10:32pm -
  • Free Shipping on Gift Cards at Giftcards.com [Expires July 8]
    The Offer Purchase Visa gift cards from giftcards.com and get the shipping fee waived with coupon code: INDEPENDENCE. There is a $4.95 activation fee which is not waived, but this code can help waive the $1.99 shipping fee per card. You can only orde…
    - 2 days ago Jul 5, 2015, 6:10am -
  • $10 Off $30 Groceries on Amazon [Prime Members]
    The Offer Direct Link Purchase $30+ in the grocery category on Amazon and receive a $10 discount with promo code: 10OFFGRO. Prime members only. You can even use the coupon on Subscribe & Save items. So long as the S&S item itself is more than $30 BE…
    - 2 days ago Jul 5, 2015, 5:51am -
  • $15 Off $50 on Amazon with Amex Membership Rewards Points [YMMV]
    The Offer Use Shop With Points on Amazon with Amex Membership Rewards points to pay for your Amazon purchase and receive a $15 discount when making a purchase of $50. Use promo code: SWP07AXP15. This offer is working for many. The code won’t work…
    - 4 days ago Jul 2, 2015, 9:04pm -
  • $10 Off $10 on Amazon with Discover Card [First Time Points-Users, YMMV]
    The Offer Direct Link Spend at least 1¢ using Discover Pay-With-Points on Amazon and receive a $10 discount off your purchase. Use promo code: SWP07DFS10. This offer is showing up as a banner for many. It only works for first-time Discover Pay-With…
    - 4 days ago Jul 2, 2015, 5:42pm -
  • Alaska Airlines Shutdowns (Transfers, No AF & Multiple Applications) – What You Need To Know
    Recently a number of readers have informed me of account shut downs with Alaska Airlines (AS), I thought it was time to have a look at what is causing these shut downs and what you can do to prevent them. There are three main issues: Flexible point t…
    - 4 days ago Jul 2, 2015, 12:26pm -

Hustler Money Blog

  • newChase Bank Total Checking Review: $150 Bonus Promotion
    Chase Total Checking® is offering a $150 bonus when you set up direct deposit good through October 14, 2015. Make sure to enter your email to receive a Total Checking Coupon from Chase Bank to take it to your local Chase branch. With Chase Total Che…
    - 16 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 5:13am -
  • newChase Premier Plus Checking Review: $300 Bonus Coupon
    You can now open a Chase Premier Checking online or in-branch for a $300 bonus with direct deposit good through October 14, 2015. Unlike other Chase coupons, you can apply online directly through the above promotional link. The Chase Premier Checking…
    - 16 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 5:01am -
  • newHuntington Bank $150 Asterisk-Free Checking Bonus
    Open up a Huntington Bank Asterisk-Free Checking account to earn $150 cash bonus for setting up direct deposit of at least $500 within the first 60 days. Promotion is valid through July 15, 2015 for residents of Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania,…
    - 20 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 1:01am -
  • American Express Credit Card Bonuses, July 2015
    While American Express is an advertising partner of HustlerMoneyBlog, the opinions and beliefs in this article are the author’s alone and have not been reviewed, approved, or otherwise endorsed by the issuer. American Express credit cards have many…
    - 1 day ago Jul 5, 2015, 6:34pm -
  • Chili’s Birthday Freebie Review
    Anybody can get a FREE appetizer or dessert on their birthday when they join My Chili’s Rewards! You’ll also receive 60 points as a sign up bonus- that’s enough for a FREE menu item. Joining My Chili’s Rewards allows you to earn point…
    - 1 day ago Jul 5, 2015, 5:45pm -
  • Featured Chase Bank Credit Card Bonuses, July 2015
    Chase Bank offers some of the best bank bonuses and credit card bonuses out there today.  You shouldn’t wait to open a Chase Bank Checking account since there are thousands of branches all across the United States. Currently there are two Chase Ba…
    - 2 days ago Jul 4, 2015, 5:42pm -
  • Carrabba’s Italian Grill Birthday Freebie Review
    Join the Carrabba’s Amici Club if you’re interested in their birthday offer for free dessert with purchase of an entree. As an additional signup bonus, Carrabba’s will also give you a coupon for a free appetizer. Being a member of the Amici Cl…
    - 2 days ago Jul 4, 2015, 5:10pm -
  • Best CD Rates, Highest Interest- July, 2015
    Below are the best national available CD Rates for 6-month, 9-month, 1 year, 18-month, 2 year, 3 year, 4 year, and 5 year! Best National CD Rates Best Regional CD Rates
    - 2 days ago Jul 4, 2015, 1:46pm -
  • Eat Free On Your Birthday! Birthday Freebies! July, 2015
    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…
    - 3 days ago Jul 4, 2015, 6:23am -
  • Chase, Citi, Discover, American Express Credit Cards 5% Cash Back Categories – Quarter III 2015
    Below chart gives you the 5% Cash Back Quarterly Categories  for Chase Freedom, Discover It, & Citi Dividend. I also added the year round 5% in office supply stores and cable bundled services with the Chase Ink Plus and Chase Ink Cash. For American…
    - 3 days ago Jul 3, 2015, 11:15pm -

Hack My Trip

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

Maximizing Money

  • newStarwood SPG Pro 10,000 Bonus Starpoints Promotion
    Starwood SPG Pro for travel professionals is offering a Book Two Bonus that will give you up to 10,000 bonus Starpoints for eligible client bookings between July 1st and August 31, 2015.The post Starwood SPG Pro 10,000 Bonus Starpoints Promotion app…
    - 1 hour ago Jul 6, 2015, 7:38pm -
  • newBBVA Compass NBA American Express Card 10,000 Bonus Points
    The BBVA Compass NBA American Express Card offers 10,000 bonus points after $500 in qualifying transactions within the first 90 days of account opening, which is redeemable for $100 cash back, and there is no annual fee for the life of the account wh…
    - 3 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 5:20pm -
  • newMonroe Bank & Trust $350 Business Checking Bonus and $250 Referrals in Michigan and Ohio
    Monroe Bank & Trust for residents of southeast Michigan and northwest Ohio offers up to a $350 business checking account bonus for new customers and $250 business referrals for current customers.The post Monroe Bank & Trust $350 Business Checking Bo…
    - 3 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 5:18pm -
  • newOrange County’s Credit Union $50 Checking Account Bonus in California
    Orange County's Credit Union offers a referral program that will give both members a $50 bonus when a current member refers a new member to open a checking account with free eStatements, a debit MasterCard, and either a direct deposit OR 5 debit card…
    - 5 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 3:35pm -
  • newHuntingdon Valley Bank Little Patriot Savers Account $1 Per “A” Grade and $5 Family Bonus
    Huntingdon Valley Bank in Pennsylvania provides kids with a Little Patriot Savers account that offers a $1 bonus per "A" grade and a $5 family account bonus.The post Huntingdon Valley Bank Little Patriot Savers Account $1 Per “A” Grade and $5 Fa…
    - 5 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 3:31pm -
  • Fandango Visa Checkout $10 Movie Ticket Discount on Saturday and Sunday
    You can get $10 off your Fandango movie ticket purchase on Saturday and Sunday when you pay with Visa Checkout through September 6, 2015.The post Fandango Visa Checkout $10 Movie Ticket Discount on Saturday and Sunday appeared first on Maximizing Mo…
    - 3 days ago Jul 4, 2015, 12:28am -
  • Ebates $10 Gift Card Bonus and $50 Tell-A-Friend Promotion
    The Ebates cash back shopping network is currently offering a $10 gift card bonus when you open a new account.Get your Ebates $10 Gift Card Bonus when you open a free Ebates account today.Plus, you can earn $50 when you refer 2 of your friends with…
    - 3 days ago Jul 3, 2015, 8:30pm -
  • Suffolk Federal Credit Union $20 eStatements Enrollment Bonus
    Suffolk Federal Credit Union in Long Island, New York, will give you a $20 bonus to enroll in free eStatements between July 15th and August 31, 2015, plus you'll be entered to win a prize, including a $250, $500, or $1,000 Visa Gift Card.The post Su…
    - 3 days ago Jul 3, 2015, 8:21pm -
  • JSC Federal Credit Union $100 Checking Account Promotion in Texas
    JSC Federal Credit Union in the Houston Bay Area will give you a $100 bonus when you open a Free Checking Account with a direct deposit, Visa debit card, home banking, and eStatements.The post JSC Federal Credit Union $100 Checking Account Promotion…
    - 4 days ago Jul 2, 2015, 11:21pm -
  • USX Federal Credit Union $100 Checking Account Bonus in OH and PA
    USX Federal Credit Union will give everyone who is eligible to join U$X FCU up to a $100 bonus when you open a Free Checking Account and set up a direct deposit or recurring deposit of at least $500 per month, available through August 31, 2015, at br…
    - 4 days ago Jul 2, 2015, 10:33pm -

Boarding Area

  • newThe new Delta 752 layout you really want to fly on
    Also, the new Delta 752 layout that you are roughly guaranteed to never fly on. Delta does big business operating charter aircraft for sports teams and a recent DoT filing has the company taking 11 of its 757-200 aircraft and reconfiguring them for N…
    - 21 mins ago Jul 6, 2015, 8:25pm -
  • newWell This Has Never Happened Before – More Gift Card Churning Follies
    When buying from one exchange and selling to another you can expect fraud and possibly $0 balances, but something happened to me today that I would never expect!The post Well This Has Never Happened Before – More Gift Card Churning Follies appeare…
    - 42 mins ago Jul 6, 2015, 8:04pm -
  • newHow To Turn A Mattress Run Into A Free Staycation: Introduction
    When I was growing up, my Dad would tell me about how when guys are fishing from shore, they would always try to cast to the center of the pond. But when they are fishing from a boat, they would try to cast as far back to the edge of the pond as they…
    - 43 mins ago Jul 6, 2015, 8:03pm -
  • newAvis Launches New Revenue Based Loyalty Program
    …with mystery redemption levels. Last fall Avis announced Avis First would be replaced by Avis Preferred and on July 1 that finally happened. You can opt in to earn Avis Preferred points here and get 250 bonus points if you rent within the first 3…
    - 1 hour ago Jul 6, 2015, 7:41pm -
  • newLast Day To Book Discounted United Awards To Hawaii
    Since late last year, United has started releasing award sales to various regions around the world. In some cases, they are in premium cabins and actually bring the award price closer to what it used to be before the great United devaluation of 2014.…
    - 1 hour ago Jul 6, 2015, 7:31pm -
  • newWould you pay to belong to a loyalty program?
    Once upon a time, your favorite companies would encourage repeat business by rewarding you for your loyalty with perks and benefits. Today loyalty comes with a price.The post Would you pay to belong to a loyalty program? appeared first on Elliott.
    - 1 hour ago Jul 6, 2015, 7:30pm -
  • newFrontier Airlines $21 Sale
    Frontier Airlines is offering flights starting at $21 one-way. This sale is for tickets purchased through end of day today Monday July 6, 2015 for travel August 4 through September 30, 2015.  Unfortunately though, it seems like the sale fares ar…
    - 1 hour ago Jul 6, 2015, 7:28pm -
  • newVietnam Airlines 787 Lands at Washington National Airport!
    In 1998 a United DC-10 made an emergency landing at Washington's National airport. It was a Chicago - Baltimore flight that was first diverted to Dulles (after being held over Cleveland) and then to National due to weather. It was low on fuel, had…
    - 2 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 7:04pm -
  • newTwo new nonstops to India
    Now that the Federal Aviation Administration has given a green light to Indian carriers to expand service to the U.S., the Economic Times of India reports that Air India is planning to start flying to San Francisco later this year. The newspaper said…
    - 2 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 6:49pm -
  • newMy Secret To Living Out Of A Carry-On
    When I first moved into hotels my luggage situation was a mess... as summed up in the picture below.Over time I've realized that if you're going to live out of suitcases full time you need to be super-minimalist and just live out of a carry-on. Whil…
    - 2 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 6:33pm -

Frequent Flyer Miles 101

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

Mr. Free Miles

  • new75,000 AAdvantage Bonus Miles With Citi Executive Card
    75,000 bonus AAdvantage miles are available for a limited time with the Citibank AA  Executive card. This is a 50% increase from the standard 50,000 mile offer and could net several thousand dollars in value. Here are the full details...
    - 3 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 6:00pm -
  • newManage All Your Credit Cards With TFG's CardTracker
    Managing credit cards can be hard. Trust me, I know. After accumulating over 50 credit cards - with 15 open at any given time - managing multiple credit cards was a part time job for me at one point. Through this experience, I have learned...
    - 8 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 1:00pm -
  • The Ultimate List Of Airline Contact Pages & Phone Numbers
    Flight changes happen - delays, reschedules, etc. True frequent flyers need all airlines contact pages and phone numbers at their fingertips. This post serves that purpose, categorized by featured airlines and other. Note that featured airlines a…
    - 1 day ago Jul 5, 2015, 1:00pm -
  • The Ultimate List Of Hotel Contact Pages & Phone Numbers
    Reaching out to your hotel is essential for room requests, upgrades and more. Which is why ll added major hotel contact pages and phone numbers below, categorized by featured hotels and other. Note that featured hotels are prioritized for...
    - 3 days ago Jul 3, 2015, 1:00pm -
  • The Ultimate List Of Bank Contact Pages & Phone Numbers
    Contacting your bank, whether through their webpage or phone number, is inevitable. This post serves as a collection of bank contact resources, categorized by featured and other. Note that featured banks are prioritized for U.S. readers and...
    - 4 days ago Jul 2, 2015, 1:00pm -
  • Where To Stay In Vilanculos, Mozambique
    The best place to stay in Mozambique is in Vilanculos. The small beach town has preserved both its culture and beautiful landscape among the southern half of Mozambique. With several tiny islands stretching off the coast, there are...
    - 5 days ago Jul 1, 2015, 12:16pm -
  • 7 Cups Of Coffee That Changed My Life
    Perhaps my biggest vice (in the running with chocolate), is my obsession for good coffee. To me, coffee is best completely black without any sugar or additives. And if there is one thing I have learned on my trip around the world...
    - 6 days ago Jun 30, 2015, 10:13am -
  • Mr. Free Miles Is Merging With The Faraway Guide!
    As a brand new addition to The Faraway Guide, I am extremely excited to join this amazing website. After earning over 2,300,000 miles, traveling to 45 countries and reaching 10,000 unique monthly visitors at Mr. Free Miles, I am...
    - 7 days ago Jun 29, 2015, 7:50pm -
  • My Favorite Supplements For Life And Travel
    The vitamin and supplement world is a huge profit driver I have many problems with. So many conventional supplements have false claims, creepy ingredients, and are downright unnecessary. I am a firm believer in eating your vitamins and...
    - 7 days ago Jun 29, 2015, 6:18pm -
  • Lounge Review: LGM Lounge In Istanbul Airport (SAW)
    My review of the LGM Lounge at the Istanbul Airport (SAW) comes with a disclaimer: I spent two hours there after a terrible experience with Pegasus Airlines where, among other things, I was booked on the wrong flight. Safe to say I wasn't...
    - 10 days ago Jun 26, 2015, 3:00pm -

milepoint (Forums)

  • newTeh Penalty Box
    I think it's time for a new Box thread that works. So, here goes.
    - 3 mins ago Jul 6, 2015, 8:43pm -
  • newBest Way to Get to Asia
    Hey All,These mileage programs are so overwhelming! So I'm looking to book a multi-city trip, or 2 one way trips and I'm trying to figure out the best way to do this. I am looking to fly from NYC area to Shanghai on August 5, and fly back from Tok…
    - 8 mins ago Jul 6, 2015, 8:38pm -
  • new787 J versus 777-200 F trip report
    Last week I had to go to China. We needed to fly from ORD into PEK and return out of PVG back to ORD. We had some travel flexibility so my coworker and I opted to fly ORD/DFW/PEK on the outbound on the new 787 (instead of the 777 direct flight) and…
    - 15 mins ago Jul 6, 2015, 8:31pm -
  • newAmtrak Debuts Business Class on LAX-SEA Coast Starlight
    Amtrak started a new pilot program on June 23rd offering a third class of service on the popular Coast Starlight route between Los Angeles, the SF Bay Area, Portland, Seattle, and intermediate points.http://gojetting.com/2015/06/amtrak-cs-business/S…
    - 23 mins ago Jul 6, 2015, 8:23pm -
  • newElite status and code share, how do they work?
    Hi, wondering if experts can shed some light on this.I will be flying on Austrian, just a short hop from CDG to VIE.- The segment from CDG to VIE is a code share, the actual operating airline is AF. - The segment from VIE to CDG is on Austrian.-…
    - 36 mins ago Jul 6, 2015, 8:10pm -
  • newHilton Florence Metropole – $50
    Great chain hotel - with free shuttle to the historic centermany nights in November and DecemberUse flexible dates on hilton.com
    - 40 mins ago Jul 6, 2015, 8:06pm -
  • newPurchasing UA Miles
    Hi Everyone.....I need some advice please.I just purchased travel from Orlando to Hong Kong for October 2015. We are going via San Francisco.The tickets were $900 r/t for economy.I am taking my wife who just overcame a pulmonary embolism a few ye…
    - 52 mins ago Jul 6, 2015, 7:54pm -
  • 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…
    - 53 mins ago Jul 6, 2015, 7:53pm -
  • newSheraton Boston – $85
    Rare deal for this expensive property. Available on March 12th only. on spg.com.
    - 58 mins ago Jul 6, 2015, 7:48pm -
  • newSeattle MiniDO w/ United and Boeing (Saturday July 25)
    Here's a chance to enjoy a great event courtesy of Milepoint—and all in the name of our continued support of helping others.If you are in Seattle on Saturday, July 25, or can be (use those award miles), we'll pick up the tab for two members of Mil…
    - 2 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 7:12pm -

Flyertalk MilesBuzz

  • newYour LeClub Accorhotels Activity
    This has probably been noted before, but in a very old thread. For a long time, when I logged into my account, it mentioned in the upper right a stay I had from 2010. Now, when I click on the little blue circle, it highlights some points that I..…
    - 10 mins ago Jul 6, 2015, 8:36pm -
  • newUnited paid me money - how to find out what for?
    Hi, kind of a strange situation...today I checked one of my bank-accounts and found a direct deposit from United on it. While I am expecting two refunds from United the amount did not match either of the expected payments (either way to high or...
    - 23 mins ago Jul 6, 2015, 8:23pm -
  • newAmex Platinum Villas Program benefit ending 7/31/2015
    Never used this benefit, not really sure what it was, but noticed it on my PDF statement that clised this past month, figured I'd pass along: ---Quote--- *Important Change to Your Account Benefits* As of August 1, 2015, the Platinum Villas...
    - 34 mins ago Jul 6, 2015, 8:12pm -
  • newDFW - BZE availability 'disappeared'?
    I'm hoping someone can help me understand something. A few weeks ago I was looking to book 4 Avios rewards tickets from DFW to BZE on Feb 1, 2016 and returning Feb 14, 2016. There was plenty of availability on those and several other dates (I was...
    - 46 mins ago Jul 6, 2015, 8:00pm -
  • newAA: EWR/IAH/CLE-HKG/ICN/PVG $597~ ai
    Very good fares to Hong Kong, Seoul and Shanghai from the United hubs of Newark, Houston and Cleveland. Found on The Flight Deal...
    - 47 mins ago Jul 6, 2015, 7:59pm -
  • newNeed cheap flight from Kiev to Madrid/Lisbon
    Hi all! Can you help me to find cheap flights from Kiev to Madrid/Lisbon at the end of October or at the end of March?
    - 50 mins ago Jul 6, 2015, 7:56pm -
  • newSo this is BA CE/CW?
    Another BA CW TATL … and some JER additions! Not a full TR, just some high-lights/low-lights. A bit different for us, as we had BIL/SIL travelling with us, and they’re Blooooo … but I had managed to find 4 x UuA to CE/CW for the trip. Yay, 4…
    - 1 hour ago Jul 6, 2015, 7:45pm -
  • newWeird booking reference issue
    I've had a bit of a stressful day (BA delays causing a turnaround issue here http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/british-airways-executive-club/1692843-potential-missed-transfer-dub-advice-please.html) but the primary concern was a slight change to a...
    - 1 hour ago Jul 6, 2015, 7:42pm -
  • newMany flight schedule/numbers changes?
    Just noticed many of my upcoming itineraries for August have new flight numbers. Check it out, as usual your seat assignments have been lost. New flight numbers in my trips include flights: - FLL-IAH - IAH-LAS - LAS-IAH - IAH-MIA - MCO-IAH .…
    - 1 hour ago Jul 6, 2015, 7:41pm -
  • newFirst mileage run question
    We are considering doing our first ever mileage run. Would be a short, same day turn around, probably to ORD, on UA. We are looking at about a 3 hour layover at ORD. Do not plan to leave the sterile area. The question I have is when should I...
    - 1 hour ago Jul 6, 2015, 7:40pm -

Reddit r/churning

  • newDenied for Ink Plus; Alternative card to MS for points?
    Hi guys, As title says I was just denied for the Ink Plus business card. Pretty bummed out because I really like Hilton, IHG, United, and SW. Anywho, I figure I will be one of many on the exodus to the TYP/My Rewards program. My interest in these pr…
    - 2 mins ago Jul 6, 2015, 8:44pm -
  • newTwo VGC PINs do not work
    Anyone have this happen, and find a solution? I called to reset them, twice now, and neither time has worked. Target says the PINs are invalid. I called and spoke to a CSR, who just told me to go through the automated system. When I told him that did…
    - 18 mins ago Jul 6, 2015, 8:28pm -
  • newStarwood Hotels Nights & Flights - Reminder Post
    Hey everyone, I always see SPG points being spoken about, and I rarely ever hear of anyone redeeming the Nights & Flights benefit that the program has. I figured I would share the program again here to ideally educate everyone a little and possibly s…
    - 51 mins ago Jul 6, 2015, 7:55pm -
  • newDoes downgrade require HP?
    Looking to downgrade my Amex Plat to the PRG to avoid the steep annual fee. I assume Amex will pro-rate the AF credit for the remainder of the year if I change product instead of accepting a potential retention offer. However, does a downgrade requir…
    - 53 mins ago Jul 6, 2015, 7:53pm -
  • newLooking for SW Plus and Premier 50k referral
    Trying to help out a friend but having trouble finding a working referral link. Yes, I did check the thread, but it didn't have the Plus listed. submitted by thinkingthought [link] [3 comments]
    - 2 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 6:47pm -
  • newHilton Honors - sleeping there but not the guest
    I was curious if there is anyway I can get Hilton rewards for staying at the Hilton when my company has reserved the room. The company reserved the room and pays for the room. I asked the front desk to apply the rewards, but they said they couldn't b…
    - 2 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 6:33pm -
  • newData Point / Success Story about SW Comp Pass
    Hi, New member/ Long time lurker here. I am posting a small success story. Recently I applied for two Southwest personal credit cards (Premier and Plus) at the same time in order to get the 50K signup bonus towards the companion pass and received th…
    - 2 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 6:22pm -
  • newGiftCardMall Emergency Situation?
    Got my Staples VGC in the mail today. Can't activate online (gives error) and when I call the number it says "due to emergency conditions we are unable to take your call at this time." wtf? Are we all just barraging their system trying to get these a…
    - 3 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 5:54pm -
  • newAny good Amex offers?
    Are there any good Amex offers currently out? I want to get the 80K Hilton bonus for an upcoming trip and wanted to combine pulls, anything worth signing up for since I'll only get the bonus once? I checked cardmatch but nothing came up. submitted…
    - 3 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 5:44pm -
  • newDiscover IT 10% cash back
    This month's 5% cash back (x2) is at Home Improvement and Department Stores. So, if I just went to one of these stores and bought $1500 in VGC, loaded them onto bluebird or redbird and then depo'd to my bank account I would profit $150 (minus activa…
    - 3 hours ago Jul 6, 2015, 5:40pm -

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