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The Points Guy

  • newWhat Are Points & Miles Worth? August 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…
    - 7 hours ago Aug 3, 2015, 8:30pm -
  • new$50 Uber Rebate for Amex Business Cardholders
    We’ve seen several Uber promos that give users some extra incentive to use the service, from a partnership with SPG to free Rolls Royce rides to sizable discounts via Capital One. Now Uber has partnered up with Amex to offer up to a $50 rebate…
    - 8 hours ago Aug 3, 2015, 7:34pm -
  • newEarn a 30% Bonus on Purchased Hyatt Points
    In July, Hyatt was offering an opportunity to earn a 40% bonus on purchased points. Unfortunately that deal expired on July 31, and it was only available to elite members. This latest offer, however, while not quite as lucrative as last month’s,…
    - 9 hours ago Aug 3, 2015, 6:32pm -
  • newReview: Swiss A330 Business Class, Zurich-New York
    At the tail end of a round-the-world trip, TPG Contributor Sarah Silbert flew from Zurich to New York in Swiss’ A330 business class. With decent availability, particularly for flights operating outside of North America, this Star Alliance airlin…
    - 11 hours ago Aug 3, 2015, 4:48pm -
  • newOne Week Left to Book the $399 Singapore Air Fare to Moscow
    Due to the tremendous popularity of our deal alert series, Singapore Airlines reached out to see if we’d like to feature a deal exclusively for TPG readers. And since this is one heck of a steal, we were happy to oblige! Last month, we shared a fan…
    - 12 hours ago Aug 3, 2015, 3:34pm -
  • newDeal Alert: United to Costa Rica from $321
    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 Eas…
    - 13 hours ago Aug 3, 2015, 2:39pm -
  • newThe Mint Effect — Why Transcon Business Fares Are Dropping
    One of the reasons I love award travel is that it allows people to experience high-end service they might never be able to afford otherwise. However, some previously astronomical business-class fares are becoming much more reasonably priced. Toda…
    - 14 hours ago Aug 3, 2015, 1:59pm -
  • Which Cards Pair Well with Chase Sapphire Preferred?
    TPG Reader Dana tweeted me to ask about earning points for gas and grocery expenses: @thepointsguy — “Which flexible points card should I pair with the Chase Sapphire Preferred to maximize rewards in the gas & grocery categories?” For me, the…
    - 2 days ago Aug 2, 2015, 2:29pm -
  • Do All Citi ThankYou Points Transfer to Airline Partners?
    TPG reader Andy wrote in to ask about transferring Citi ThankYou Rewards: “Can I transfer ThankYou points earned with my Citi Forward card to partner airlines?” When it comes to cards with no annual fee, the Citi Forward card is one of the be…
    - 2 days ago Aug 2, 2015, 1:59pm -
  • Which Airline is Best for Low-Tier Elite Status?
    TPG reader Jonathan wrote in to ask about earning low-tier elite status: “New business traveller here. If I’m just starting to fly and would only hit low-tier elite status (around 25,000 miles), would you recommend American, Delta, or United?”…
    - 2 days ago Aug 2, 2015, 1:29pm -

Frugal Travel Guy

  • newAre You Diversified? Breaking Down the Components of a Credit Card
    Have you ever looked at a credit card and wondered how it all worked? Just how many hands have a piece in the associated transactions? If so, read on! We’ll show you why we like certain cards here at FrugalTravelGuy and why diversity is more than…
    - 5 hours ago Aug 3, 2015, 11:00pm -
  • newTop 10 Credit Cards: August 2015
    The following is the August 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 partne…
    - 8 hours ago Aug 3, 2015, 8:21pm -
  • newFive Free Lodging Offers for English Speakers
    Did you know that there are English language schools and other opportunities throughout the world that will provide lodging, tours, food, transportation and even long-term housing to you just for speaking English? Technically, it’s not totally free…
    - 8 hours ago Aug 3, 2015, 8:00pm -
  • newRick’s Picks: Is Media Attention Bad for Points and Miles Collectors?
    Ben from the One Mile at a Time blog has been in a media frenzy the last few weeks, and the Negative Nellies are up in arms about all the exposure collecting points and miles is getting. I’ve seen numerous comments and posts about the end being n…
    - 20 hours ago Aug 3, 2015, 8:00am -
  • Success Story: Seaside Portugal With a Toddler in Tow
    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 Aug 2, 2015, 8:00am -
  • Ranking the Best Chase Reward Credit Cards
    Chase has by far the most impressive line-up of reward credit cards. Most of our favorite rewards programs offer a credit card through Chase, often with a generous sign-up bonus to seal the deal. With so many great cards, it’s tough to choose a fav…
    - 3 days ago Jul 31, 2015, 11:00pm -
  • Infinite Possibilities: What Inspires You to Visit a Destination?
    How do we decide on our destinations? Wanderlust aside, what gives us the want to visit these different parts of the world? Of all the places we could see on our points and miles, what makes us choose one destination over another? Earlier this mont…
    - 3 days ago Jul 31, 2015, 9:00pm -
  • Playcation Settles the Debate: Top Pizza Destinations Worldwide
    Playcation is a FrugalTravelGuy column for travelers who want more than a typical vacation. Follow Playcation for inspiration on how you can maximize travel fun with interesting, off-beat and memorable experiences. Wanderlust gets me out of the d…
    - 3 days ago Jul 31, 2015, 6:00pm -
  • Reader Question: What’s The Difference Between Elite Qualifying Points and Elite Qualifying Miles?
    In Part I of our Award Booking Essentials series on American Airlines, reader Chris from Irvine asked the following questions in the comment section: “What’s the difference between elite qualifying points vs elite qualifying miles? Which one is…
    - 3 days ago Jul 31, 2015, 4:24pm -
  • Around the World in First Class: The Luxury of Thai and Lufthansa First Class Flights
    This is the sixth and final piece of a six-part series about a trip my wife Sara and I recently took around the world in first class. Check out the photos throughout the post! Initially, our trip back to New York was going to be in Korean First Cla…
    - 4 days ago Jul 31, 2015, 8:00am -

One Mile at a Time

  • new500 Bonus Points For Hyatt Mobile Booking
    Mobile bookings are becoming increasingly popular for hotels, so it's no surprise that hotels want to provide an incentive for you to download their app and book through it. After all, when you're on the go and need to make a same night reservation,…
    - 4 hours ago Aug 4, 2015, 12:27am -
  • newThe Diminishing Marginal Return On Hotel Breakfast
    One of my favorite hotel elite perks is complimentary breakfast. As I've explained before, my two preferred hotel chains are Hyatt and Starwood.In general I'd say Hyatt does breakfast best, as you receive a full, hot breakfast as a Diamond member w…
    - 6 hours ago Aug 3, 2015, 9:57pm -
  • newShould You Complain On Flight About Bad Service?
    Reader Craig posted an interesting question in the "Ask Lucky" forum. While it's a fairly long story/question, I do think it raises an interesting question, which is why I think it's worth answering here:I have the utmost respect for the majority o…
    - 8 hours ago Aug 3, 2015, 7:33pm -
  • new5 Most Rewarding Credit Cards For Everyday Spend
    The primary way I rack up miles & points are through credit cards. That's primarily through maximizing my return on everyday spend, as well as through the lucrative sign-up bonuses offered by card issuers.Last month I wrote a post about which credi…
    - 10 hours ago Aug 3, 2015, 5:33pm -
  • newHow Tough Is It To Redeem Alaska Miles On Emirates?
    Emirates first class is one of my favorite first class products in the world. From the perspective of maximizing fun while flying, it really is tough to beat. I remember my first flight in Emirates first class like it was yesterday.Between the onbo…
    - 13 hours ago Aug 3, 2015, 2:52pm -
  • newUp To 30% Bonus On Purchased Hyatt Points
    Through August 31, 2015, Hyatt Gold Passport is offering up to a 30% bonus on the purchase of points.This comes literally right after Hyatt offered a targeted 40% bonus to elite members, which ended on July 31, 2015.If you max out the promotion a…
    - 15 hours ago Aug 3, 2015, 1:27pm -
  • newReview: Emirates First Class Dallas to Dubai
    As I mentioned in my introduction, I’m not really going to review the flights in-depth for this trip report. Our flight from Dallas to Dubai will be the exception, as it was really the highlight of the trip. Ben has reviewed Emirates ad nauseum, so…
    - 16 hours ago Aug 3, 2015, 11:33am -
  • Taking Mom On An Airplane Ride: Introduction
    As some of you may recall, earlier this year I took my mom to the UAE and Singapore for a quick getaway. She hasn’t had the opportunity to travel much in recent years, and was really excited about the prospect of flying something “fancy.”To b…
    - 1 day ago Aug 2, 2015, 9:33pm -
  • One Direction Finalists — Help Me Choose The Winners
    Friday was the last day to submit entries to join me in the SPG Luxury Suite at an upcoming One Direction concert. I simply asked you guys to tell me what you loved about SPG and/or One Direction, so thanks to the hundreds of you that participated. I…
    - 1 day ago Aug 2, 2015, 4:03pm -
  • Buy One Get One Free Movie Tickets With Visa Signature Card
    I don't think Ben has posted about this promotion yet this summer, but if you have a Visa Signature card, you could be getting Buy One Get One Free movie tickets on Fridays through August 21st.You must purchase the tickets through the Visa Signatur…
    - 2 days ago Aug 2, 2015, 1:03pm -

View From the Wing

  • newWill Delta’s Partner Awards Become Crazy Expensive Too?
    [T]he way to get value out of SkyMiles remains to use them for international business class awards on partner airlines. And the funny thing is, that's how you'd usually get value out of SkyMiles even before their recent devaluations.There's frequen…
    - 4 hours ago Aug 4, 2015, 12:04am -
  • newAirline Route Launched With a Limerick and a Frequent Flyer PROGRAM That Will Expire
    I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites – the latest news and tips.Continue reading Airline Route Launched With a Limerick and a Frequent Flyer PROGRAM That Will Expire...
    - 6 hours ago Aug 3, 2015, 9:34pm -
  • newHow to Snag Etihad First Class Awards
    A reader asks for advice in securing Etihad first class awards. They are a fantastic value with American Airlines miles, and the product is one of the very best for the seat, food, and amenities. And there are some patterns to watch to book these a…
    - 9 hours ago Aug 3, 2015, 7:04pm -
  • newAre Airfares Too High… Or Just Right? Here’s How to Get Cheaper Airfares
    The old joke about how to become a millionaire quickly is to start off with a billion dollars and invest in an airline. The idea that airlines are profit-generating machines, earning unfair rates of return on the backs of consumers, is hard to squar…
    - 14 hours ago Aug 3, 2015, 2:04pm -
  • newWill Airlines Start Charging New Fees to Get Off the Plane First?
    Skift ran a piece, "The Next Great Untapped Airline Fee is Getting Off the Plane First" and it's a rather silly idea even in a world of seemingly-silly fees.Despite a survey showing passengers would be willing to pay for the privilege, no such fee w…
    - 16 hours ago Aug 3, 2015, 12:04pm -
  • Why Have Airport Restaurants and Amenities Recently Gotten So Much Better?
    As a general matter, airport restaurants are bad. Or, at least, they're much worse than comparable offerings outside the airport.But restaurants and other amenities far surpass what used to be available in airports. Airport food and services used…
    - 1 day ago Aug 3, 2015, 12:04am -
  • Wow. Watch This Sandstorm Overtake Amman Airport
    Royal Jordanian flights were diverted to Tel Aviv while "Flights operated by other Arab carriers, which cannot land in Israel, were diverted to Aqaba."Continue reading Wow. Watch This Sandstorm Overtake Amman Airport...
    - 1 day ago Aug 2, 2015, 9:34pm -
  • Turkish Airlines Diverts Over a Cell Phone, Arranges Lounge Access for Passengers on the Ground
    On Thursday, Turkish Airlines flight TK79 from Istanbul to San Francisco diverted to Warsaw.A mobile phone had been found on an empty seat and no passengers claimed it. As a result they treated the incident as a bomb scare. Continue reading Turkis…
    - 1 day ago Aug 2, 2015, 7:04pm -
  • Iceland on Miles and Points
    Reader Ray asks, "What’s the most efficient way (point wise) to get from SFO (JFK is ok too) to KEF? Iceland Air doesn’t seem to play point game?"Continue reading Iceland on Miles and Points...
    - 1 day ago Aug 2, 2015, 4:34pm -
  • Will Intercontinental Hotels Buy Fairmont, and What Happens to Lifetime Fairmont Status?
    Last week market excitement ratcheted up over an IHG-Starwood combination, although that culminated in word from IHG that talks ended without a deal. (Starwood is still a potential acquisition target for Wyndham and Accor.)Now it appears that IHG,…
    - 2 days ago Aug 2, 2015, 2:04pm -

The Frequent Miler

  • newManaging multiples: the Chrome Switch Person capability rocks. Here’s why.
    In a recent post, I shared strategies that help prevent brain explosions.  The basic idea is that if you try to take advantage of every deal and opportunity you read about, your brain will explode.  Not literally, of course.  But, you will likely…
    - 18 hours ago Aug 3, 2015, 10:25am -
  • It’s not too late – Deals still alive as of 08/02/2015
    Each week we publish a number of fantastic deals on the blog and in Quick Deals. Most deals don’t last long, but some hang around for awhile. In an effort to keep you up to date, we have gone back through each of the deals posted over the last coup…
    - 2 days ago Aug 2, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • Managing Multiple “Birds”, Improved Amex Gift Card Predictions, How to Choose Which Deals to Pursue & 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 Improved Amex gift card deal predictions – Updating previous predi…
    - 2 days ago Aug 1, 2015, 9:00pm -
  • Cheap Miles for Domestic Flying, An Easy Way to Automate Amex Offers, Chase Ink Strategy Under New Rules & 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 Spun that Best Buy iPad Deal Into Thousands of Points/Miles at No Cost Using Ninja Tr…
    - 3 days ago Aug 1, 2015, 1:00pm -
  • IHG signup bonus no longer counting towards status
    A few weeks ago, after publishing “How to find the best IHG signup offer: 80K points plus $50,” a number of readers contacted me to let me know that the points they had earned from signing up for the IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card had counte…
    - 4 days ago Jul 31, 2015, 10:25am -
  • How to prevent your brain from exploding
    Lately, thanks to Rolling Stone magazine, our hobby has become “The Hobby”.  I prefer to think of it as The Game.  Regardless, while this game/hobby/whatever is awesome for those who master it, it is also filled to the brim with complexity: dea…
    - 5 days ago Jul 30, 2015, 10:25am -
  • IHG Spire: Ideas for nabbing the new 25K Choice benefit without staying in hotels.
    UPDATE: It appears that points from credit card signup bonuses no longer count as elite qualifying.  As a result, a number of items in this post are no longer relevant. IHG finally named their new top-tier elite status: Spire.  Inspiring, right? …
    - 6 days ago Jul 29, 2015, 10:25am -
  • Managing multiples: Bluebird, REDbird, Serve
    Bluebird, REDbird (the Target Prepaid REDcard), and Serve are prepaid reloadable cards from American Express.  The cards are marketed as no-fee checking account alternatives, but they also can be used to increase credit card spend (to earn rewards).…
    - 7 days ago Jul 28, 2015, 10:25am -
  • Improved Amex gift card deal predictions
    A number of online portals offer cash back or miles when purchasing American Express gift cards. This presents a great opportunity to run up spend on credit cards to meet minimum spend requirements, hit big spend thresholds, or just to earn regular e…
    - 8 days ago Jul 27, 2015, 10:25am -
  • It’s not too late – Deals still alive as of 07/26/2015
    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…
    - 9 days ago Jul 26, 2015, 3:00pm -

The Flight Deal

The Free-quent Flyer

  • Simplifying and automating debit card transactions
    Last month I wrote about using Amazon Allowance to generate credit and debit transactions, like those required by Wells Fargo to waive monthly maintenance fees, by Bank of America's Better Balance Rewards card to ensure you receive your quarterly bo…
    - 4 days ago Jul 31, 2015, 9:59am -
  • Ben Schlappig's hobby has nothing to do with mine
    I don't know Ben Schlappig, although I've been in the same, large room with him a few times. But Ben has been the subject of a recent media blitz (Rolling Stone, Nightline, the Economist) which has upset a number of people I do know for the attention…
    - 5 days ago Jul 30, 2015, 9:59am -
  • Retiring to hotels: good idea, or great idea?
    After a prominent miles-and-points blogger cast off the chains of the rental housing market I wrote a light-hearted piece about manufacturing enough spend to, with the help of the Club Carlson last-night-free benefit, spend 30 days in one of thei…
    - 7 days ago Jul 28, 2015, 9:59am -
  • [updated] Automate Twitter American Express offers the (really) easy way
    [updated 8/2/15: apparently a number of people didn't read the Devil's Advocate post I linked to closely enough, and did not follow the instructions there, so I'll repeat the relevant ones here. When configuring your Twitterfeed account:"You’ll als…
    - 8 days ago Jul 27, 2015, 9:59am -
  • How does the Club Carlson annual free night benefit work?
    IntroductionOn June 1, the US Bank Club Carlson co-branded credit cards underwent a serious devaluation: the last-night-free benefit was eliminated, and replaced with a single, domestic award night each year cardholders spend $10,000 on the credit c…
    - 10 days ago Jul 25, 2015, 9:59am -
  • How to glamp right. Hint: don't be me
    I'm still recovering from a 3-night glamping adventure, so no serious miles-and-points analysis today. Instead, here are my thoughts on what you should keep in mind when going glamping for the first time.IntroductionI grew up in Western Montana, whi…
    - 11 days ago Jul 24, 2015, 9:59am -
  • Thoughts towards earning domestic airline miles as cheaply as possible
    [For reasons I cannot begin to understand, I am camping far from civilization this week. I have a couple posts scheduled, but won't be participating as actively as usual in the comments or on Twitter.]Last week I received polite notification from Sun…
    - 13 days ago Jul 22, 2015, 9:59am -
  • Can current cardholders get one more TripIt Pro subscription from Barclaycard Arrival+?
    [For reasons I cannot begin to understand, I am camping far from civilization this week. I have a couple posts scheduled, but won't be participating as actively as usual in the comments or on Twitter.]A few months back the free TripIt Pro subscriptio…
    - 14 days ago Jul 21, 2015, 9:59am -
  • Travel benefits versus travel hacking benefits
    [For reasons I cannot begin to understand, I am camping far from civilization this week. I have a couple posts scheduled, but won't be participating as actively as usual in the comments or on Twitter.]With the announced elimination, as of January 1,…
    - 15 days ago Jul 20, 2015, 9:59am -
  • Let's go rail running!
    Earlier this year, Frequent Miler wrote about the possibility of achieving Amtrak elite status through "rail running:" boarding trains for the sole purpose of earning enough Tier Qualifying Points with Amtrak Guest Rewards to achieve "Select" status…
    - 19 days ago Jul 16, 2015, 9:59am -

Well Traveled Mile

  • newDeal Alert: Amex Business Gift Card 2% Cash Back Next Monday
    SimplyBestCoupons will be offering 2% cash back on Business American Express gift cards on August 10, 2015 starting at midnight PST. READ: American Express Gift Cards 101 This deal ends at 11:59:59 PM PST on Monday August 10, 2015. Key Terms & Condit…
    - 12 hours ago Aug 3, 2015, 3:49pm -
  • My Latest Mini AOR – 90,000 Miles
    I got into this game so my family, especially my parents, can travel the planet and enjoy the luxuries they were too busy to ever enjoy while raising my brother and I. So when I see an increased offer for a credit card which may be of little use to m…
    - 4 days ago Jul 31, 2015, 7:58am -
  • 50% Bonus On Starwood Transfers To Aeroplan
    Aeroplan, Air Canada’s frequent flyer mileage program, has caught a lot of heat from the miles community because of the massive devaluations the program has gone through. However, right now they have a promotion which lets you earn bonus miles for…
    - 4 days ago Jul 31, 2015, 7:22am -
  • Citi AAdvantage Executive Card Global Entry Waiver Posting Time
    A few months back I wrote a post discussing the latest benefit to the Citi AAdvantage Executive card: A $100 Global Entry Fee Waiver. At the time there weren’t enough data points to say how soon the fee waiver was posting so I thought I would repor…
    - 5 days ago Jul 30, 2015, 7:03am -
  • New Gift Cards Guide For Beginners
    I’ve been slowly, but surely, updating the Beginners Guide section of this blog to have some content for those who are new to this game. The pages Credit Score and Airline Alliances & Award Charts have been there for a while but I realized a lot of…
    - 5 days ago Jul 29, 2015, 6:06pm -
  • 25,000 Alaska Miles For Opening A Checking Account!
    Bank of America is currently offering probably the best sign-up bonus for a checking account: 25,000 Alaska Airlines miles! You need to be targeted for this so check your e-mail right away! If you happen to be one of the lucky ones, then you need to…
    - 6 days ago Jul 29, 2015, 7:29am -
  • Fall 2015 IHG PointBreaks Hotels List Preview Now Bookable
    Starting today you can book IHG’s PointBreaks participating hotels at a hugely discounted award night price of 5,000 points! The hotels can be booked for stays from July 27 through October 31, 2015. Link: Bookable List of IHG PointBreaks Hotels…
    - 7 days ago Jul 27, 2015, 4:04pm -
  • IHG PointBreaks Live Now – Book For Only 5,000 Points!
    Starting today, you can book any of the properties that are on sale for the Fall 2015 PointBreaks sale by IHG. Holiday Inn Zilina, Slovakia Simply click here to start booking. You can book for stays until October 31, 2015 but due to a recent rule cha…
    - 8 days ago Jul 27, 2015, 9:10am -
  • Fall 2015 IHG PointBreaks Hotels List Preview Now Live – 5,000 ($35) Points Per Night
    Today IHG released the full list of PointBreaks hotels for stays from July 27 through October 31, 2015. You can book an award night at any of these hotels for only 5,000 points ($35) per night! The full list of hotels will be bookable at the 5,00…
    - 10 days ago Jul 24, 2015, 11:47pm -
  • IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks Preview – Fall 2015
    The IHG PointBreaks promotion is one of the better perks in the hotel industry because selective IHG hotels can be booked for only 5,000 IHG points per night! Recall that with the IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card you get a 10% rebate on all poin…
    - 10 days ago Jul 24, 2015, 10:39pm -

MileValue

  • newQatar Airways First Class Award Space on Its A380 for 40,000 Miles
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Qatar’s A380 First Class looks fantastic. It is not the best Middle Eastern product and looks a half step behind Emirates First Class and Etihad First Class on their A380…
    - 11 hours ago Aug 3, 2015, 5:01pm -
  • newTop 10 Travel Credit Cards August 2015
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. There are a lot of reasons to collect miles and points. For free luxury hotel stays and First Class flights To travel to more countries than you could otherwise afford To t…
    - 15 hours ago Aug 3, 2015, 12:43pm -
  • newSomething a Lot of People Misunderstand about Airline Partners of Their Miles
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Last week, I re-published my guide to using Singapore miles to book United flights to Hawaii. The idea is that you are better off using Singapore miles than United miles to…
    - 15 hours ago Aug 3, 2015, 12:37pm -
  • 18,750 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…
    - 1 day ago Aug 2, 2015, 9:00pm -
  • Redeem American Airlines Miles: Part 10 — Redeeming for Australia and New Zealand
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Let’s talk about how to use American Airlines miles for awards to Australia and New Zealand. American Airlines miles have access to incredible economy award space to A…
    - 2 days ago Aug 1, 2015, 7:39pm -
  • Targeted 15,000 Bonus Miles for Existing American Airlines Cardholders
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Loyal reader Drew sent along an amazing targeted offer he received to continue spending on his Barclaycard AAdvantage Aviator Red Mastercard (which is what US Airways cards…
    - 3 days ago Jul 31, 2015, 6:05pm -
  • Best Credit Card to Buy Airfare
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Award taxes and airfare add up for everyone reading this blog, especially if you book yourself reimbursable tickets for work. What credit card should you use to pay the air…
    - 4 days ago Jul 31, 2015, 12:58pm -
  • Guide to Booking United Flights to Hawaii with Singapore KrisFlyer Miles
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Updated and expanded 7/31/15 because I booked myself another First Class award to Hawaii on United flights with Singapore miles this week. It is cheaper to book the exact s…
    - 4 days ago Jul 31, 2015, 12:20pm -
  • Amazing United Dreamliner Business Class Space to Rio and Santiago
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. United is offering tons of Business Class award space for the next 11 months on its flights to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Santiago, Chile. Both routes will soon be flown b…
    - 4 days ago Jul 31, 2015, 12:04am -
  • Earn 10,000 Elite Qualifying Miles with the American Airlines Executive Card
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. For a limited time, the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™ MasterCard® offers 75,000 bonus American Airlines miles after spending $7,500 in the first three…
    - 5 days ago Jul 30, 2015, 12:52pm -

Frequent Flier

  • newSpirit’s CEO Is Looking for Love
    As business cases go, Spirit’s is a confounding one. The airline, paradoxically, manages to both draw the most customer complaints and enjoy the industry’s highest profit margin. Fuming flyers and ecstatic investors? As improbable as the picture…
    - 9 hours ago Aug 3, 2015, 7:24pm -
  • newWin an 8-Day Kenya Safari
    Enter the Random House “Circling the Sun” sweepstakes by September 8, 2015, for a chance to win the grand prize: an eight-day Kenya safari, including air to and within Kenya, hotel or luxury tent accommodations, ground transfers, all meals, and .…
    - 12 hours ago Aug 3, 2015, 4:26pm -
  • Weekly Recap: Southwest Rejects Bag Fees, Delta’s Ultimate Upgrade, & 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…
    - 2 days ago Aug 1, 2015, 5:01pm -
  • The 10 Best Airports for Long Layovers
    Like it or not, sometimes as much of your travel time is spent in the airport as it is in the air. Between long layovers on connecting flights, flight delays, and the like, airports can become a traveler’s second home. ... Read More
    - 3 days ago Jul 31, 2015, 5:21pm -
  • Southwest: ‘No New Bag Fees’
    Last month, JetBlue’s imposition of fees for the first checked bag left just a single U.S. airline without such a fee, Southwest. Which raised the inevitable question: Would Southwest succumb to pressure from Wall Street to follow JetBlue’s lead…
    - 4 days ago Jul 30, 2015, 6:15pm -
  • Discounted InterContinental Points Can Be Rewarding
    Buying loyalty-program points from airlines or hotel chains is normally a sucker’s move, highly profitable for the seller but a lousy deal for the buyer. There are, however, occasional promotions than effectively lower the price of points and shift…
    - 4 days ago Jul 30, 2015, 4:37pm -
  • Wine Enthusiast’s 10 Best Airline Wine Programs
    If the travails of travel have driven you to drink, you’re in good company. But if wine is your preferred libation, your options are limited. With the combination of pressure to cut costs by serving cheapo vino and the challenge ... Read More
    - 5 days ago Jul 29, 2015, 6:32pm -
  • Feds Scrutinize Airlines for Price-Gouging
    On May 12, Amtrak’s Regional Train Number 188 went off the rails in Philadelphia, forcing many passengers on the heavily-traveled New York-Washington route to continue their trips by air. What the stranded travelers found when they attempted to boo…
    - 5 days ago Jul 29, 2015, 5:36pm -
  • Win an 8-Day European Tour
    Enter the Eagle Creek “Great Adventure Giveaway” sweepstakes by August 15, 2015, for a chance to win the grand prize: one of three escorted eight-day Europe tours (Italy, Iceland, or Croatia), including air, accommodations, daily breakfast, and a…
    - 5 days ago Jul 29, 2015, 4:05pm -
  • Will Congress Limit Bag Fees to $4.50?
    How much to check your bag: $20, $25, $30, or more? How about $4.50? That’s what Rep. John Mica, a Florida Republican, is proposing in a bill now being considered in the House of Representatives. The legislation, entitled the “Baggage ... Read Mo…
    - 6 days ago Jul 28, 2015, 6:35pm -

Travel is Free

  • newBest Travel Credit Card… For What?
    Carrie makes fun of me because people often ask me, […]The post Best Travel Credit Card… For What? appeared first on Travel is Free.
    - 13 hours ago Aug 3, 2015, 2:47pm -
  • Egypt, Land of the Most “Free Hotels” (and Cheapest)
    This is not a joke, Egypt has the cheapest hotels IR […]The post Egypt, Land of the Most “Free Hotels” (and Cheapest) appeared first on Travel is Free.
    - 4 days ago Jul 30, 2015, 8:53pm -
  • Touring Ex-Yugoslavia (July Travels)
    I’m pretty excited about the Balkans right now an […]The post Touring Ex-Yugoslavia (July Travels) appeared first on Travel is Free.
    - 5 days ago Jul 29, 2015, 9:52pm -
  • July Expenses
    July started where June ended (duh), in Bosnia and Herz […]The post July Expenses appeared first on Travel is Free.
    - 6 days ago Jul 29, 2015, 2:04pm -

Frequent Flyer Bonuses

Million Mile Secrets

Nomadic Matt

  • newConfession: 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…
    - 15 hours 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…
    - 8 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…
    - 13 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…
    - 15 days ago Jul 20, 2015, 2:48pm -
  • My 28 Favorite Places to Visit in the US
    From sea to shining sea, the United States is home to a diverse landscape — both culturally and physically. Spending months traveling across its vast landscape gave me a deep appreciation for all my country has to offer. After travelling 13,000 mil…
    - 19 days ago Jul 16, 2015, 2:58pm -
  • A Lesson in Kindess While Hitchhiking Through Iceland
    “Where are you going?” he asked from the driver’s seat. “Thingeyri,” I replied. A confused look appeared on the man’s face. “Thingeyri,” I said again, this time changing the intonation in my voice. “Ahh, Thingeyri! Yes, I can take y…
    - 22 days ago Jul 13, 2015, 1:37pm -
  • The Business of Travel Blogging
    Notice: This is a bit of inside baseball about travel blogging, so if you aren’t interested in that sort of thing, head over here and read something travel related! Okay, if you’re still here, you’re probably interested in blogging. It’s not…
    - 26 days ago Jul 9, 2015, 11:52am -
  • 9 Summer Reads to Satiate Your Wanderlust
    At the start of the New Year, I vowed to read one book a week, and I’m proud to say I’m accomplishing that goal. I even started a book club to keep me focused (I mean, you can’t recommend books if you don’t read them, right?). Thanks to my gr…
    - 29 days 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…
    - 36 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…
    - 40 days ago Jun 25, 2015, 12:42pm -

The Hustle Blog

  • 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…
    - 13 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.…
    - 33 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…
    - 66 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 -
  • 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 -

Pointscentric

Johnny Jet

  • newDelta Air Lines Bans the Transport of Big Game Hunting Trophies
    Delta Air Lines just issued the following statement: “Effective immediately, Delta will officially ban shipment of all lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo trophies worldwide as freight. Prior to this ban, Delta’s strict acceptance pol…
    - 6 hours ago Aug 3, 2015, 9:48pm -
  • newTravel Style: Carole Kongprachith
    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: Carole Kongprachith Occupation: Entrepreneur, Editor a…
    - 7 hours ago Aug 3, 2015, 9:26pm -
  • newTravel Tip of the Day: The Wireless Plan All Travelers to Canada and Mexico Need
    The Wireless Plan All Travelers to Canada and Mexico Need I’ve been a huge fan of T-Mobile ever since, in 2014, they introduced free international data and text messaging in over 120 countries, plus all calls in those countries for just 20 cents a…
    - 11 hours ago Aug 3, 2015, 5:09pm -
  • newTravel Video of the Day: Crazy Dude Surfing on a Motorcycle in Tahiti
    DC Shoes, which makes skate and snowboard apparel, just posted a video of a crazy dude named Robbie “Maddo” Maddison surfing on a Motorcycle in Tahiti. I’m sure the locals and other tourists hated it and I really hope it doesn’t become a thin…
    - 13 hours ago Aug 3, 2015, 2:36pm -
  • Reader Travel Tip of the Day: Bring Post-Its
    Bring Post-Its Each Friday, we’re featuring a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip was left on Twitter by reader Kevin R., who added to yesterday’s tip about keeping track of your belongings in a hotel room. Kevin…
    - 3 days ago Jul 31, 2015, 4:00pm -
  • Travel Style: Jean Yves Chainon
    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: Jean Yves Chainon (Ooa Revo) Occupation: Entrepreneur…
    - 4 days ago Jul 31, 2015, 1:00pm -
  • Travel Tip of the Day: Keep Your Belongings in Sight in Your Hotel Room
    Keep Your Belongings in Sight in Your Hotel Room I rarely lose personal items in a hotel room and that’s because I always do a double—sometimes triple—sweep before I leave. And I don’t put any of my things anywhere it might be difficult to sp…
    - 4 days ago Jul 30, 2015, 4:00pm -
  • American Airlines Unadvertised Fare Sale! Flights from NY to Dallas for $75 Round-trip and More
    Thanks to TheFlightDeal.com for alerting us of American Airlines unadvertised fare sale! With an array of deeply discounted flights like NY to Dallas for $75 round-trip! –American – $75: New York / Boston – Dallas (and vice versa). Roundtrip, i…
    - 5 days ago Jul 29, 2015, 7:47pm -
  • Travel Tip of the Day: Big Alaska Savings
    Big Alaska Savings If you’re traveling to Alaska and plan on doing some sightseeing, here’s a great way to save some money: Get the Alaska TourSaver, published by my buddy and Alaska travel guru Scott McMurren! The Alaska TourSaver has more than…
    - 5 days ago Jul 29, 2015, 7:11pm -
  • Visiting Saratoga Springs, New York with my Dad
    Growing up my parents used to always go to Saratoga Springs, New York, for their wedding anniversary. I remember it clearly because it was always my worst weekend of the year—really the only time my mom would leave me for a long period of time. Yes…
    - 5 days ago Jul 29, 2015, 6:21pm -

Doctor of Credit

  • new$10 Kmart Credit with $100 Visa Gift Card Purchase
    The Offer Direct Link (ad page 8) Purchase $100 in Visa/Mastercard/Amex gift cards from Kmart and receive a $10 Kmart credit. Note: This deal runs from 8/2/15-8/8/15. The Kmart credit is only valid from 8/9/15-8/15/15. The Fine Print Limit one $10 aw…
    - 2 hours ago Aug 4, 2015, 2:20am -
  • newOffice Max: $15 Off $300 on Mastercard Gift Cards
    The Offer Purchase $300 worth of Mastercard gift cards at Office Max and receive an instant $15 discount. This offer isn’t published in the ads, but it’s showing up at Office Max stores. You can purchase two $200 Mastercard gift cards and the to…
    - 5 hours ago Aug 3, 2015, 10:41pm -
  • newCiti Best Buy Mastercard Becoming A Visa + New Bonus Category
    The Best Buy credit card has a long history, it was first issued by HSBC and then Capital One took over and finally Citi took over. When Citi took over the card no longer earned 2% cash back on gas, but kept earning 2% on restaurants and 5% on Best B…
    - 9 hours ago Aug 3, 2015, 6:30pm -
  • newNavy Federal Increases Sign Up Bonus To $150 On cashRewards Credit Card
    The Offer Direct link to offer Receive a sign up bonus of $150 on the Navy Federal cashRewards credit card when you spend $1,500 during the first 90 days. The Fine Print Eligibility to NFCU is for military members, associated persons and their family…
    - 10 hours ago Aug 3, 2015, 5:30pm -
  • newPSA: Make Sure You Use Your Chime Card Or You’ll Be Charged A Fee
    The Chime card was really popular for awhile, it had great deals that were similar to AmEx sync deals and you could load it with debit cards. Unfortunately they cut back on who was targeted for deals and added fees for most debit cards that earned re…
    - 13 hours ago Aug 3, 2015, 2:30pm -
  • newM&T Bank $200 Checking Bonus [CT, DC, DE, FL, MA, MD, NJ, NY, OR, PA, VA, WV]
    Offer at a glance Maximum bonus amount: $200 Availability: While it will let you open an account online anywhere, it won’t actually work unless you live in one of the following states: CT, DC, DE, FL, MA, MD, NJ, NY, OR, PA, VA, WV Direct deposit r…
    - 14 hours ago Aug 3, 2015, 1:30pm -
  • new[MA] Blue Hills Bank $200 Checking Promotion ($100 Without Direct Deposit) No Hard Pull + 10k CC Fundable
    We’re reposting this deal because it’s a good one and has been extended until September 25th, 2015. Offer at a glance Maximum bonus amount: $200 Availability: Must live or work in MA Direct deposit required: Optional, recurring direct deposit of…
    - 15 hours ago Aug 3, 2015, 12:30pm -
  • new#AmexPotteryBarn: Spend $50, Receive $10 Statement Credit
    The Offer Direct link to offer Receive a $10 statement credit when you use an American Express card that is enrolled in this offer to spend $50 or more online or in store at Pottery Barn. The Fine Print Valid until September 15th, 2015 Valid in-store…
    - 17 hours ago Aug 3, 2015, 10:30am -
  • Free $50 in Uber Rides with Uber Business Account
    The Offer Direct Link Uber is promoting their business accounts with an offer of up to $50 in free rides. Open an Uber business account Enroll your American Express OPEN business credit card as the payment method on the account Enroll two employees i…
    - 1 day ago Aug 2, 2015, 11:37pm -
  • How Many Bank Accounts Can I Safely Open Within A Year For Bank Bonus Purposes?
    Thanks to your site I’ve started to open a few bank accounts so I can receive the sign up bonus associated with it. I’ve probably opened 4-5 within the past six or seven months, I’m just wondering if I am signing up for too many or if I can pus…
    - 1 day ago Aug 2, 2015, 7:00pm -

Hustler Money Blog

  • newFifth Third Bank $150 Checking Account Bonus
    Fifth Third Bank is offering $150 bonus when you open an Essential Checking account with qualifying activities and they will also donate $150 to Stand Up To Cancer. In order to earn the $150 bonus, you must set up direct deposit and make 3 online bil…
    - 4 hours ago Aug 3, 2015, 11:37pm -
  • newOfficeMax MasterCard Gift Card Promotion: $15 Off $300 Purchases
    Visit your local OfficeMax(store locator) for this unadvertised deal to Save $15 instantly off $300 or more in MasterCard gift cards good through August 8, 2015. Promotion offer is limited to 1 per customer while supplies last(not all stores enforce…
    - 5 hours ago Aug 3, 2015, 11:29pm -
  • newFeatured Credit Card Bonuses, Deals, & Promotions – August, 2015
    Looking for a credit card with miles, cash, or points bonus? Below is our complete list of 2015 credit card bonuses, deals, and promotions and reviews from Chase, American Express, Citi, Discover, and others. Our list gives you the highest to lowest…
    - 6 hours ago Aug 3, 2015, 9:54pm -
  • newM&T Bank MyChoice Checking Review: $200 Bonus
    Check out M&T Bank’s $200 MyChoice Checking account bonus with promo code QM good through 9/12/2015. You can call 1-800-724-3222 to open an account OR click on mtb.com/checking with the promo code for a $200 bonus with direct deposit. While you can…
    - 7 hours ago Aug 3, 2015, 9:25pm -
  • newFeatured Chase Bank Credit Card Bonuses, August 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…
    - 7 hours ago Aug 3, 2015, 9:02pm -
  • newWestern Sky, CashCall Class Action Lawsuit: Loan Reimbursement
    Are you a Michigan resident that has taken out a loan with Western Sky Financial LLC and/or CashCall Inc? If so, then you may be entitled to a reimbursement from the Western Sky Financial, CashCall Class Action Lawsuit. According to the lawsuit,…
    - 7 hours ago Aug 3, 2015, 9:00pm -
  • newWestern Bank Review: $50 Referral Bonus
    If you live in Arizona or North Dakota, spread the word about Western Bank to your friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors so you can earn $50 referral bonuses! All you need to do is complete the referral coupon and send it to any possible We…
    - 9 hours ago Aug 3, 2015, 7:00pm -
  • newCIT Bank Jumbo CD Account Review: 2.27% APY for 5-Year Term
    CIT Bank is offering customers across the US the chance to earn at a competitive rate of 2.27% APY on a 5-year online CD. There are only a few requirements for new customers to get started: you must be a U.S. citizen or resident alien that is 18…
    - 11 hours ago Aug 3, 2015, 5:00pm -
  • newAmex Sync One Kings Lane Twitter Promotion: $20 Statement Credit for $100 Purchase
    Here’s a great offer for people that have an American Express Credit Card and a Twitter account and are shopping for furnishings for their home. You guys can get a $20 Statement Credit after a single $100 purchase from Onekingslane.com. All you n…
    - 13 hours ago Aug 3, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • newJersey Mike’s Subs Birthday Freebie Review: Free Sub & Drink
    When you sign up for the Jersey Mike’s Subs Email Club, you’ll be rewarded with a free sub & drink coupon valid for your birthday, sent out to your email a week beforehand. As a member of this email club you will also receive bi-monthly emails le…
    - 15 hours ago Aug 3, 2015, 1:09pm -

Travel Codex

Maximizing Money

Boarding Area

  • newLyft 50% Off On Mondays ATL
    Lyft emailed me to let me know that they are offering 50% off on Mondays. Mondays must be a lower volume day for them which is weird because Monday seems like a big business traveler day. The offer that they sent me was specific to Atlanta so, check…
    - 58 mins ago Aug 4, 2015, 3:01am -
  • newNew Meetups Announced in San Francisco (August 15 and 18) and Orange County (August 22)
    Good evening everyone, it's been a few weeks since I did a meetup, so I wanted to get a few dates on the calendar. Since my last "unofficial" SF meetup was back on March 14 (terrible planning last time since the St. Patrick's Day parade was going on…
    - 1 hour ago Aug 4, 2015, 2:59am -
  • newWeekly Recap of Deals and Promotions
    While I typically write this weekly recap email on Sundays, I had a lot going on this past week and unfortunately didn’t get around to it till right now – Monday evening. So sorry, but hopefully this will help you catch up on all the deals and pr…
    - 2 hours ago Aug 4, 2015, 2:02am -
  • newHow To Earn 2,000 Bonus SPG Points Per Stay
    Last week, we wrote about a new SPG Promotion where you can earn 1,000 bonus SPG points per stay for SPG American Express cardholders, where when you register and stay two or more nights with SPG hotels and resorts between July 30 and August 30…
    - 2 hours ago Aug 4, 2015, 1:55am -
  • newHow To Earn 2,000 Bonus SPG Points Per Stay
    Last week, we wrote about a new SPG Promotion where you can earn 1,000 bonus SPG points per stay for SPG American Express cardholders, where when you register and stay two or more nights with SPG hotels and resorts between July 30 and August 30…
    - 2 hours ago Aug 4, 2015, 1:55am -
  • newBusiness Travel Lessons
    A friend sent me this Buzzfeed list recently and it hit a bit TOO close to my reality.  These business travel lessons really sum up some of the best (and worst) parts of life on the road. I had a discussion with some of my teammates at happy hour…
    - 2 hours ago Aug 4, 2015, 1:46am -
  • newMy Week in Points: Bad Math, Fun Math and more
    Summer season I am burning rather than earning, I don’t have any great miles-related achievements in July, only workaday domestic summer seafood weekend shuttle trips for my wife and mother-in-law. I do know that the Citi ThankYou center is not abl…
    - 3 hours ago Aug 4, 2015, 1:28am -
  • newTrip Report: Galway To Doolin, The Burren, Castles & Forts
    Castles, Cliffs, and the lunar landscape of The Burren. Next stop: Doolin. From Galway, we drive to Doolin. We booked one night at the Cahermaclanchy House B&B (which has one of the best Booking.com ratings in the area in Doolin, Ireland (thank you…
    - 3 hours ago Aug 4, 2015, 1:27am -
  • new500 Bonus Points For Hyatt Mobile Booking
    Mobile bookings are becoming increasingly popular for hotels, so it's no surprise that hotels want to provide an incentive for you to download their app and book through it. After all, when you're on the go and need to make a same night reservation,…
    - 4 hours ago Aug 4, 2015, 12:27am -
  • newThe Historic Line 1 Subway in Budapest: A Photographic Chronology
    As the oldest line of the Budapest Metro subway system, Line 1 has been in continuous operation since it was first inaugurated on Saturday, May 2, 1896 — with only the underground railway system in London being in operation longer.Although I am no…
    - 4 hours ago Aug 4, 2015, 12:08am -

Frequent Flyer Miles 101

  • newFun stuff from around the industry
    An article on Flyertalk about using miles to pay for education expenses in Canada sent me searching for other fun ways to use miles. Note that I didn’t say the best use of miles (The Air Canada example above has a terrible exchange rate, with each…
    - 6 hours ago Aug 3, 2015, 9:30pm -
  • Lifetime elite status: for those who travel too much
    For those who fly more than 25,000 miles in a year on a particular carrier, airlines reward you with extra benefits through their elite status programs for a year. But if you’ve had the unique “privilege” of having flown a million miles (not al…
    - 3 days ago Aug 1, 2015, 1:29am -
  • What price declines? Hotel rates continue to move up
    Yesterday, I talked about some of the “struggles” the airlines are having as pricing declines year over year. Granted, record earnings are nothing to cry about, but not as much as they could have made if prices had been higher. Yeah, I’d be cry…
    - 4 days ago Jul 30, 2015, 9:32pm -
  • Airline sales and internet haters…
    It’s that time of the year, when airlines start to put out fare sales for the fall promotions, filling seats that might otherwise go unsold. This week was the discount carriers, including JetBlue, Virgin America and Southwest, with the network car…
    - 5 days ago Jul 29, 2015, 9:06pm -
  • The contest for “best elite perk” is over, and Delta just won
    I spend a lot of time picking on Delta, mostly because they have devalued their program faster than any other company. But even I have to admit that their most recently announced perk for high-value customers (HVC) is pretty cool. Starting as early a…
    - 7 days ago Jul 28, 2015, 2:34pm -
  • The best cash shopping credit card is…
    I may receive compensation if you get a credit card through my link. Thank you very much in advance! Most of my posts focus on either acquiring or using miles and/or points. In fact, there is no such thing as a program with zero value, and Rule #1 is…
    - 7 days ago Jul 27, 2015, 9:20pm -
  • July 25 has come and gone…
    And it’s a sad, sad time for many of us. You see, yesterday, SunTrust bank ended one of the great mileage deals in existence (and really, one of the greatest deals of all time) by devaluing its Delta debit card. A little background: Several years a…
    - 8 days ago Jul 26, 2015, 5:31pm -
  • It’s been a bad week to be a tourist in the UK…
    Think you’ve had it rough? Taken a two-hour delay and then gotten stuck in the middle seat directly in front of the rear lav? Be glad you’re not one of these people (Thanks to Flyertalk and Yahoo for providing some entertainment): EasyJet travele…
    - 10 days ago Jul 24, 2015, 11:10pm -
  • 750 free United Airlines miles (I think.)
    An offer went out to United Airlines credit card holders as seen here, but I see nothing in here to indicate that not everyone is eligible. Worst case scenario, you get the base 500 miles. It’s rare that you get free miles just to sign up for somet…
    - 12 days ago Jul 23, 2015, 3:56pm -
  • You may still be able to get a 50K miles Citi Aadvantage card (the potential back door)
    A few days ago, I had a post about a Citibank card that had a nice sign-up bonus but wasn’t worth the fee for most people. But what if you could get most of the sign-up bonus at no cost? Now, it becomes interesting… While doing some research for…
    - 12 days ago Jul 22, 2015, 11:07pm -

The Faraway Guide

  • Deal Alert: United Offering $149 Round Trip Tickets New York To Los Angeles
    United is offering an amazing round trip fare between a handful of cities, including New York and Los Angeles. This flight typically ranges from $350 upwards and the other cities have similar discounts...
    - 3 days ago Aug 1, 2015, 11:53am -
  • Why The Chase Fairmont Card Is Undervalued
    Chase has more rewards cards than any other bank, the Fairmont Visa being one of them. But in terms of popularity, the Fairmont card is often overlooked for other products in large part to their smaller network of hotels. After spending five night…
    - 6 days ago Jul 28, 2015, 9:45pm -
  • How To Save Airline Miles By Manipulating Award Routes
    Full disclosure, I had a lot of trouble with the title of this post. How To Save Airline Miles By Manipulating Award Routes may leave you confused, unsure if this at all helps your current or future travel plans. So here is what I will say: in th…
    - 8 days ago Jul 27, 2015, 12:48pm -
  • Why Applying For Multiple Credit Cards Doesn’t Hurt Your Credit Score
    I applied for over 30 credit cards in two years - and my credit score improved. In this post, we'll uncover the surprising truth to why applying for multiple credit cards may not hurt your credit score...
    - 8 days ago Jul 26, 2015, 6:43pm -
  • Thai Airways Boeing 777-300 Business Class Review (Bangkok To Beijing)
    40,000 United miles secured a business class seat on Thai Airways 614 from Bangkok (BKK) to Beijing (PEK), with a first leg departing from Singapore (SIN). Today’s post will focus on the second segment to Beijing, which is a premier...
    - 11 days ago Jul 23, 2015, 10:15pm -
  • LAN Airlines Boeing 767-300 Business Class Review (Montevideo to Santiago)
    22,500 American Airlines miles was a hefty sum for the two-hour LAN Airlines 903 flight from Montevideo, Uruguay (MVD) to Santiago, Chile (SCL). Unfortunately business class was the only option available, so Andrea and I locked in the seats...
    - 13 days ago Jul 21, 2015, 5:15pm -
  • The Ultimate List Of Airline Award Chart Links
    Knowing the award charts for airlines is critical to your travel goals. With this in mind, below is the ultimate list of award charts, broken out by featured and global alliances. Note that the featured airlines are relevant for U.S. readers and…
    - 15 days ago Jul 20, 2015, 1:00pm -
  • My 5 Month Ordeal Getting An American Airlines Refund
    As I wrote about in January, I flew American Airlines to Buenos Aires on an old 777-200 aircraft - choosing to upgrade to business class at the last second. I did this, in part, because of AA's long-standing policy that upgrading an award...
    - 18 days ago Jul 17, 2015, 1:00pm -
  • The Ultimate List Of Hotel Award Chart Links
    Hotel award charts are always changing. Which is why I wrote this post and constantly maintain it: the ultimate list of hotel award chart links, segmented by featured hotels and other. Note that the featured hotels are relevant for U.S. readers..…
    - 19 days ago Jul 16, 2015, 1:00pm -
  • 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 45 countries traveled.…
    - 22 days ago Jul 13, 2015, 3:02pm -

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  • newTeh Penalty Box
    I think it's time for a new Box thread that works. So, here goes.
    - 8 mins ago Aug 4, 2015, 3:51am -
  • 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:
    - 51 mins ago Aug 4, 2015, 3:08am -
  • new(photo trivia) Guess the airport
    MP doesn't feel complete without it so here's a guessing game with some easy rules.In a nutshell one member posts a photo of an airport and everybody else has to guess the airport name/location.Obviously the photo shall not reveal too much informat…
    - 55 mins ago Aug 4, 2015, 3:04am -
  • newAMERICAN EXPRESS AND STARWOOD ENHANCE COBRAND CREDIT CARD BENEFITS
    Today, American Express and Starwood Hotels & Resorts are pleased to announce a host of new benefits adding more value to the Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®) Credit Card from American Express for US residents*.In addition to existing benefits, e…
    - 1 hour ago Aug 4, 2015, 2:32am -
  • newFruitless quest for flight credit
    I'm having trouble getting credit for a flight and, after four attempts, am looking for ideas.The back story: Last October I booked a trip to SLC for this past June. When I booked, I noticed that Z fares were cheaper than Flex, so I went for it. W…
    - 2 hours ago Aug 4, 2015, 2:10am -
  • newEighty American Airlines' Philadelphia Employees Claim Racial Discrimination And Safety Violations
    http://www.aviationpros.com/news/14...m-racial-discrimination-and-safety-violationsEighty African-American and minority ramp workers employed by American Airlines in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. have asked U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to…
    - 2 hours ago Aug 4, 2015, 1:59am -
  • newHONG KONG CLK
    As I virtually live in this airport, please feel free to ask me anything you like by PM or posted here.I spend at least 10 hrs a weeks wandering about it..Marc.
    - 2 hours ago Aug 4, 2015, 1:40am -
  • newNew Cowshed Amenity Kits coming to United [1 Aug 2015]
    New amenity kits for BF and GF from Cowshed by Soho House. Some of the products will also be in the lounges. http://newsroom.united.com/index.php?s=20295&item=124571The new United Global First and United BusinessFirst amenity kits will be available…
    - 2 hours ago Aug 4, 2015, 1:37am -
  • newAA Chat/Lounge Thread
    Just figured we'd start one where people can easily pass a few minutes in between other tasks or ask a quick question without worry of search etc.
    - 2 hours ago Aug 4, 2015, 1:35am -
  • newSpire welcome bonus
    I just received my spire elite email offering me 25,000 points or gifting platinum elite to a friend. Is PlatinumElite the same as RA? I am still confused by their tier levels.
    - 3 hours ago Aug 4, 2015, 1:27am -

Flyertalk MilesBuzz

  • newCM: IAD-GIG ~$963ai (Business)
    CM: IAD-GIG ~$963ai (D) (Business) Sample: Sep 13-18 IAD-PTY-GIG-PTY-IAD ~$963ai (D) (10710mi ~9cpm) -Through EOS. -PERMITTED FRI THROUGH SUN. -TRAVEL FROM LAST STOPOVER MUST COMMENCE NO EARLIER THAN 5 DAYS AFTER DEPARTURE FROM FARE ORIGIN..…
    - 27 mins ago Aug 4, 2015, 3:32am -
  • newUA Mileage run needed this Frid/Sat from ORD
    Flying LGA home to Ord for work. Will keep going. Desperate to get GPU's
    - 52 mins ago Aug 4, 2015, 3:07am -
  • newDELTA SM booking on Airfrance Premium Economy
    Hi! I am looking to book travel from ATL to CDG using my delta skymiles but i want to book on AirFrance in their Premium Economy cabin. When i try to book on Delta's website and select payment with skymiles, i can only select main cabin or...
    - 53 mins ago Aug 4, 2015, 3:06am -
  • newListing of all Air Canada 787-8 and 787-9 service
    Hi all Where can I find a listing of all Air Canada 787-8 and 787-9 service for September? Any suggestions? Cheers,
    - 1 hour ago Aug 4, 2015, 2:52am -
  • newMontreal and Vancouver
    Hello, I'd love your suggestions on things to do for an active family with a 6-yr old in Montreal and Vancouver. (We have about a week in each city.) Our daughter is well-traveled, and generally not fussy. We like to explore new cities...
    - 1 hour ago Aug 4, 2015, 2:51am -
  • newFlorence this weekend
    For those traveling to Florence soon the below video happened two days ago. They are thinking of bringing in the desperate boat immigrants from Northern Africa who have been floating up to the southern shores of Italy basically on overcrowded rafts,.…
    - 2 hours ago Aug 4, 2015, 2:28am -
  • newis there only one type of priority tag on checked bags?
    now that US and AA are combined as one, is there only one type of priority tag on checked bags? is there anything that distinguishes the bags of first class and different levels of elite status? thanks!
    - 2 hours ago Aug 4, 2015, 2:19am -
  • newAA parent forum
    The parent forum for American Airlines is open to posting from the iPhone app. It is not visible on the web which is causing a few threads to pop up on the app only but nowhere else.
    - 2 hours ago Aug 4, 2015, 1:57am -
  • newAA&JL: LAX-JFK-NRT-KUL RT 813$, 25.1k, 3.2cpm
    AA&JL: LAX-JFK-NRT-KUL RT 813$, 25.1k, 3.2cpm Bookable on AA if you go through google flights with sample dates: LAX-JFK, Jan 12 JFK-NRT, Jan 13 NRT-KUL, Jan 15 KUL-JFK, Jan 18 JFK-LAX, Jan 19
    - 2 hours ago Aug 4, 2015, 1:54am -
  • newDelta Officially Bans Trophy Animals as Cargo - When Will UA Step Up?
    Well we all know Smisek and Co. only copy Delta lockstep, but in this case, it's a good thing if they did. As discussed in the news and on the DL forum, they officially now refuse to carry trophy animals shot on safari, or any related...
    - 2 hours ago Aug 4, 2015, 1:50am -

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