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The Points Guy

  • newEmirates Adds New U.S. Flights Amid Subsidy Concerns
    Earlier this week Emirates announced that it will be adding a second daily flight to Seattle, while also adding Orlando as its tenth American destination. The rapidly expanding Middle Eastern carrier has recently been scrutinized by American carrier…
    - 11 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 8:57pm -
  • newDelta and Virgin Atlantic Announce New Summer Schedule
    Delta and Virgin Atlantic announced their new summer flying schedule, which calls for up to 39 daily transatlantic flights between the United Stated and the United Kingdom between the two carriers. A few years ago, the two airlines launched a partne…
    - 11 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 8:31pm -
  • newEarn 5,000 Bonus Club Carlson Points with App Booking
    Club Carlson just sent out an email to elite members with the opportunity to earn 5,000 bonus points after making one booking using either their iPhone App or Android App by April 5, 2015, for a stay completed by the end of April. I’m currently a…
    - 12 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 7:59pm -
  • newThe American Airlines Mistake-Fare Guide to Beijing
    If you were lucky enough to get the American Airlines $462 Business Class mistake fare to Beijing, you’re already used to the satisfaction that comes after working through confusing restrictions and finding your way through crowded thoroughfares an…
    - 12 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 7:25pm -
  • newChanges to Lounge Club Program for Chase Ink Customers
    Chase just sent a letter to Chase Ink cardholders informing them of upcoming changes to the Lounge Club program. Currently, new Chase Ink customers receive 2 complimentary passes to airport lounges through the Lounge Club program; however, this ben…
    - 14 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 5:19pm -
  • newIHG Rewards Card 70,000 Points Offer Ends Soon
    Update: The IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card 70,000 point offer has been extended, though there is no confirmed end date. Chase has been offering a sign-up bonus of 70,000 points for the IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card after you spend $1,00…
    - 15 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 4:29pm -
  • newDaily Getaways Deals — Best Western, Vegas, Choice Hotels
    Last week marked the return of the Daily Getaways, an assortment of daily discounts and deals with various travel brands and loyalty programs sponsored by the US Travel Association. Over the next few weeks, the Daily Getaways will offer hotel pac…
    - 16 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 3:29pm -
  • newUsing Avios for Short-haul Flights from Oneworld Hubs
    British Airways Avios have long been valued for short-haul redemptions. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr looks at how much value you can expect to get by redeeming on Oneworld and other partner airlines from their respective hubs. With the impend…
    - 18 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 1:59pm -
  • new7 Rewards Credit Cards You Probably Haven’t Heard Of
    Today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at some less common travel rewards credit cards to see what kind of value they offer. Would you rather drive an Alpha Romeo than a Honda, or drink craft microbrews over Budweiser? The…
    - 20 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 12:08pm -
  • Deal Alert: Los Angeles-Copenhagen Still Available From $600+ R/T
    A few weeks ago, we highlighted some great fares from Los Angeles to Copenhagen on American Airlines which at the time were starting at under $700 roundtrip. Not only are those sale fares still available, other airlines have also jumped in and are of…
    - 2 days ago Mar 29, 2015, 5:29pm -

Frugal Travel Guy

  • newHow to Transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards to a Single Account
    Flexible rewards points are the foundation of a smart frugal travel plan. The ideal currency offers the ability to redeem points across multiple loyalty programs and also at a cash value. Pay the cash price or pay the points price — you pick which…
    - 20 mins ago Mar 31, 2015, 8:00am -
  • newDon’t Buy Retailer’s Extended Warranties — Use This Trick Instead

    - 9 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 11:00pm -
  • newNine (Free!) Travel Podcast Resources for Your Next Trip
    Lately, I’ve been listening to podcasts. My increased interest started a few months ago with a documentary podcast narrated by musician Iggy Pop on the life of writer William S. Burroughs. I was inspired to find the podcast while watching a Parts U…
    - 12 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 8:00pm -
  • newRick’s Picks: Second Time Around for Two Cards
    As reported earlier, Katy and I have just finished our recent card applications which included the same cards a second time around. Chase’s new rules indicate that you cannot receive a second bonus for the same card unless it has been a full two ye…
    - 24 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 8:00am -
  • Reader Success Story: Two Weeks in Disney World for 13 People!
    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 Mar 29, 2015, 8:00am -
  • BigCrumbs Shopping Portal Now Back as MainStreetSHARES
    I got notice today that Bigcrumbs was back in business today after several months of being offline. For those not familiar with BigCrumbs, it was a shopping portal many of us in the game used to make purchases at various retailers and receive cash ba…
    - 3 days ago Mar 28, 2015, 12:00am -
  • Miles Madness: My Picks for Reward Card Champs 2015
    Wallaby Financial is collecting votes for Card Madness 2015, which is their quest to identify readers’ favorite rewards credit cards. The way it works is that they let readers vote on their favorite cards across four categories (best airline credit…
    - 3 days ago Mar 27, 2015, 11:00pm -
  • Has Your British Airways Account Been Hacked?
    It seems that many have had their British Airways account hacked and balance reduced to zero. Our own Rick Ingersoll‘s account has been affected, though his wife Katy’s was not. Now is the time, gamers and savers: check and keep an eye on your BA…
    - 3 days ago Mar 27, 2015, 9:07pm -
  • Head to Head: Chase Sapphire Preferred Versus Citi ThankYou Premier
    The Chase Sapphire Preferred Card and the Citi ThankYou Premier Card are the flagship travel rewards card offered by Chase and Citi. There are exclusive cards, such as the JP Morgan Palladium Card or Citigroup Chairman American Express card, that are…
    - 3 days ago Mar 27, 2015, 8:00pm -
  • The Other Reason to Love Credit Cards
    A few years ago, I got scammed by a moving company in Indianapolis. Long story short, they presented me with a bill that didn’t add up and then charged my credit card with some crazy amount that made almost no sense. Fortunately, it was pretty easy…
    - 4 days ago Mar 27, 2015, 8:00am -

One Mile at a Time

  • newEnd Of March Miles And Points To-Do List
    While you may have another two weeks to finish your taxes, you have just over 24 hours to either register for or take advantage of these miles and points opportunities.The post End Of March Miles And Points To-Do List appeared first on One Mile at a…
    - 7 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 1:03am -
  • newElite Members Only: 5,000 Bonus Club Carlson Points For App Booking
    Club Carlson sent out an email to elite members of their program today, offering 5,000 bonus Gold Points when you make a booking through their iPhone or Android app by April 5, 2015, and complete your stay anytime in April.The email reads as follows…
    - 9 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 10:43pm -
  • newVirgin Atlantic Flight Cancelled After Foam Cannon Salute
    Virgin Atlantic had their inaugural flight from Atlanta to Manchester last night, which landed this morning. The plane was supposed to turn right back around to Atlanta as VS109... only it didn't.As is the norm on many inaugural flights, upon landin…
    - 11 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 9:03pm -
  • newBritish Airways Avios Restored After Account Audits
    On Friday I posted about how without any communication, British Airways locked thousands of Executive Club members out of their accounts. As it turns out, it seems the accounts were shut down for anyone that uses a third party service (like Award Wal…
    - 12 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 7:33pm -
  • newWhat’s My Credit Score?
    There are a lot of misconceptions about how credit scores are calculated. When I explain to people that I have 20+ credit cards open at a given time, the first question I'm usually asked is "doesn't that ruin your credit score?!"The answer is no, an…
    - 14 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 6:03pm -
  • newWhat Are The Origins Of Airport Codes?
    I've received several messages today from readers pointing out an awesome website -- http://airportcod.es/.Have you ever wondered the origin of airport codes? Well this website lists virtually all major airports, and where their airport codes origin…
    - 15 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 5:03pm -
  • newWhat’s The First Flexible Points Card You Should Get?
    Reader Rob asked the following question on the "Ask Lucky" page yesterday:"Despite your best efforts, multiple articles, and excellent advice, I am still a bit undecided on which credit card to go for to best meet my travel goals. In the end, I coul…
    - 17 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 3:09pm -
  • newReview: Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
    Hong Kong is my favorite city in the world, and over the years I've visited it dozens of times. There's something about the vibe of the city that energizes me, unlike anywhere else I've traveled to.In Hong Kong I tend to have a few hotels I go back…
    - 19 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 1:03pm -
  • newShould You Buy Best Western Rewards Points Through Daily Getaways?

    - 21 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 11:03am -
  • Does This Look To You Like A “Hard Landing?”
    In terms of what’s quite possibly the most pathetic cover up I’ve seen for a plane “accident,” an Air Canada Airbus A320 crash landed in Halifax last night. Photo courtesy TSB Canada First and foremost, thank goodness that nobody seems to be…
    - 1 day ago Mar 29, 2015, 11:33pm -

View From the Wing

  • newHow to Use Status From One Airline While Crediting Miles to Another (and Why You’d Want To)
    Reader Joe asked, I am US Chairman, and I have a trip to Alaska this fall (EWR-SEA-ANC). I would like to somehow get into First. I’m thinking I could do an Elite Match with AS to qualify for an upgrade. But I need the AA EQM’s to re-qualify for t…
    - 7 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 1:04am -
  • newStrategy to Search for United Awards And Book Them for Less Using Amex Points
    Reader Ryan asked, I’m interested in using Amex MR points on ANA to fly United, but I can’t seem to understand how that works, or if there is YQ on those flights. And everyone raves about using ANA’s website to search, but I can’t seem to mak…
    - 9 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 11:04pm -
  • newHow Do You Manage So Many Credit Cards?
    Reader Craig asked, I would like to start opening up credit cards for my wife, but don’t want to need to have two separate user names to track for each of the banks. Any way to combine to make tracking easier? Managing myriad frequent flyer account…
    - 11 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 9:04pm -
  • newHow to Use Your Miles to Fly on Your Airline’s Partners
    Reader Dee asked, I’d love to know more about how to transfer points from one airline to flying on a partner (example: AA to Cathay Pacific). Sites seem intentionally vague on how to do this and how many points it would cost. Am looking to fly ORD-…
    - 13 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 6:34pm -
  • newReview: Etihad’s New Business Class (and Temporary First Class) Lounge, Abu Dhabi
    Here I review Etihad’s new business class lounge (with temporary first class section) in Abu Dhabi International Airport’s terminal 3. Previous installments: Introduction, overview, and costs Star Alliance first class and business class lounges,…
    - 16 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 4:04pm -
  • newWill Chicago rename an airport for President Obama?
    Rahm Emanuel now denies it. The topic came up as the mayor fielded a question on why he quickly proposed, then abandoned efforts to name a new North Side high school after Obama and the South Side’s Stony Island Parkway after the late Arthur Brazie…
    - 18 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 2:04pm -
  • newThe Basic Principles of Hotel Loyalty Programs
    I receive compensation for many links on this blog. You don’t have to use these links, but I am grateful to you if you do. American Express, Citibank, Chase, and other banks are advertising partners of this site. I do not write about all credit car…
    - 20 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 12:04pm -
  • Limited-Time 60,000 Point Signup Bonus for Hilton Visa
    I receive compensation for many links on this blog. You don’t have to use these links, but I am grateful to you if you do. American Express, Citibank, Chase, and other banks are advertising partners of this site. I do not write about all credit car…
    - 1 day ago Mar 30, 2015, 2:34am -
  • How to Make Money Booking Award Tickets for People
    Reader J. Clifton asked, What is a good way for someone to get into award booking? After getting involved in this hobby, I’ve thought it might be a fun way to earn some extra money. I’m a big fan of developing multiple income streams, don’t qui…
    - 1 day ago Mar 30, 2015, 12:04am -
  • How American’s Account Merging With US Airways Helps With Lifetime Elite Status
    My US Airways miles have been combined into my American AAdvantage account. They started with Dividend Miles members who did not have an AAdvantage account Then transitioned members who had matched their AAdvantage and Dividend Miles accounts. They c…
    - 1 day ago Mar 29, 2015, 9:34pm -

The Frequent Miler

  • newAchieving AAdvantage elite status through points
    Late last week, my American Airlines and US Airways loyalty accounts were merged.  Even though AA and US Airways will continue to operate as separate airlines until the merger is complete, their loyalty programs are now one.  An interesting outcome…
    - 21 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 10:25am -
  • It’s not too late – Deals still alive as of 3/29/2015
    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 Mar 29, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • Best Credit Card for Spend, Upgrading Credit Cards, Waitlisting Award Tickets & 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 and bring you some of the best posts from around the web. Enjoy! This Week From Frequent Miler Amex EveryDay…
    - 3 days ago Mar 28, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • Bet You Didn’t Know: Mistake Fares Exclusively for Your City or Airline
    By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate…   Last week I wrote about some of the tools I use to quickly find and book mistake fares (see “Bet You Didn’t Know: A Toolkit for Chasing Mistake Fares). It was a popular post, but a number of folks me…
    - 4 days ago Mar 27, 2015, 10:25am -
  • Two days of manufactured spend revenge
    Last week, Point Princess and I spent two days driving all around Ann Arbor with the primary goal of using up Lyft credits and the secondary goal of manufacturing spend.  Point Princess happens to be a Lyft driver and I happened to be a slightly dis…
    - 5 days ago Mar 26, 2015, 10:25am -
  • The quick guide to Daily Getaways 2015
    The Daily Getaways are a set of travel deals available in limited quantities.  Each day for the next several weeks, a new deal becomes available at exactly 1 pm ET.  The most popular deals will be sold out before you can finish saying “where’s…
    - 6 days ago Mar 25, 2015, 10:25am -
  • Which one credit card is best for spend?
    Between my wife an I, we currently have about 30 open credit card accounts (not counting authorized user cards, debit cards, prepaid cards, etc.).  Many are cards that we got just for the signup bonuses.  When the annual fees come due we’ll cance…
    - 7 days ago Mar 24, 2015, 10:25am -
  • Amex EveryDay cards deflate Fair Trading Prices, Ink Cash outshines Ink Plus, Freedom outshines both, and more…
    Last week, Point Princess tweeted a request for me to update my Fair Trading Prices page.  Done!  It had been over a year since it was last updated and a lot has changed since then.  Fair Trading Prices are per point estimates of how much money a…
    - 8 days ago Mar 23, 2015, 10:25am -
  • It’s not too late – Deals still alive as of 3/22/2015
    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 Mar 22, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • 5X at eBay, Brand New Guides & Resources, Gift Card Churning for Beginners & 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 and bring you some of the best posts from around the web. Enjoy! This Week From Frequent Miler The Other Way…
    - 10 days ago Mar 21, 2015, 3:00pm -

The Flight Deal

The Free-quent Flyer

  • Anatomy of an Award Trip: City of New Orleans
    As teased in yesterday's housekeeping post, I'm headed to New Orleans for a week! Here's the scoop:Getting there: a family bedroom on Amtrak's City of New OrleansAmtrak operates a daily service between Chicago and New Orleans stopping in, among othe…
    - 4 days ago Mar 27, 2015, 10:00am -
  • Blog housekeeping for March 26, 2015
    A few quick notes on the site, feel free to skip if this stuff bores you.WELCOME SAVEROCITY READERS!Matt, the benevolent dictator/head honcho over at Saverocity, recently reconfigured his site and generously offered to plug my RSS feed into his fro…
    - 5 days ago Mar 26, 2015, 10:00am -
  • Onward from Madrid, Dublin, Berlin
    Last week I wrote about the three transatlantic British Airways partners that, due to the distances involved and the fact that taxes and fees are low on these routes, make even post-devaluation Avios redemptions competitive with cash or (depending on…
    - 6 days ago Mar 25, 2015, 10:00am -
  • I love Uber, but they are seriously terrible
    The private ride-coordinating app Uber exists for a single reason. It’s not the ubiquity of smartphones and it’s not the rise of the freelance economy. It’s the fact that taking taxis is the worst, and always has been.For me and most people I k…
    - 7 days ago Mar 24, 2015, 10:00am -
  • Fun with post-devaluation Avios for premium cabin redemptions
    In the last few years we've been flooded with airline rewards program devaluations. A few examples:On the earning side, we've seen revenue-based earning on Delta and United. Alaska also reduced earning on Delta-operated flights, leaving American (a…
    - 12 days ago Mar 19, 2015, 10:00am -
  • How many Ultimate Rewards points do you stockpile?
    I recently saw Frequent Miler bemoaning his low Ultimate Rewards balances and had to chuckle to myself. Why? Because I do my best to keep my Ultimate Rewards balance at the bare minimum I'm likely to need in the immediate future.I've written befo…
    - 14 days ago Mar 17, 2015, 10:00am -
  • Do this now: register for Q2 2015 cash back bonuses
    Registration is open for cards offering rotating cash back bonus categories in the second quarter of 2015. Here's the skinny:Chase Freedom. 5 non-flexible Ultimate Rewards points at restaurants, Bed Bath & Beyond, H&M, and overstock.com, on up to $…
    - 15 days ago Mar 16, 2015, 10:00am -
  • Weekend thoughts on killing deals
    I saw a few interesting posts in the last few days about the ethics and mechanics of writing publicly about techniques to manufacture spend:Thoughts on Killing a $25K MS Deal — Matt from SaverocityFamily Travel For Real Life, Southwest Cards, Top…
    - 16 days ago Mar 15, 2015, 12:44am -
  • Understanding Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan earning activity
    I like to think there's a difference between loyalty programs that are confusing and those that are merely complicated. It's confusing how many Delta SkyMiles an award ticket will cost because Delta continually obfuscates and changes the number of Sk…
    - 18 days ago Mar 13, 2015, 10:00am -
  • Yet another loyalty program trap: airline companion tickets
    In the last few weeks I've done a bit of a deep dive into the annual free night certificates offered by various co-branded hotel credit cards (IHG (and here), Marriott, Hyatt), with the general theme that a single annual free night certificate has…
    - 21 days ago Mar 10, 2015, 10:00am -

Well Traveled Mile

  • newMillions Of Avios Stolen From BA Accounts
    British Airways announced that thousands of Executive Club accounts have been hacked and millions of Avios have been stolen. The somewhat comforting note is that apparently no sensitive information such as passenger details, saved credit card informa…
    - 1 hour ago Mar 31, 2015, 6:32am -
  • newSPG Transfer Times – All Nippon Airways (ANA)
    Starwood points have always been a hot commodity since they can be transferred to 31 different airlines. Additionally you get a 5,000 bonus for every 20,000 points transferred. While these are all great perks for having a ton of Starwood points, ther…
    - 5 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 2:30am -
  • newChase Ink To End LoungeClub Partnership
    Wow, I definitely didn’t see THIS coming. I just received the following letter in my mail informing me that Chase and LoungeClub® are ending their partnership on April 30, 2015! For those who aren’t aware why this is such a big deal: Every Chase…
    - 6 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 1:38am -
  • 25% Discount On Award Travel To Brazil & Chile On United!
    United Airlines is currently having a sale on any award trips to Brazil and Chile, charging only 45,000 miles for a round-trip economy ticket! Terms & Conditions Promotion period ends at 11:59 p.m. on April 26, 2015 Offer is valid for travel beginnin…
    - 1 day ago Mar 30, 2015, 2:09am -
  • 5X eBay Bucks Cashing Out As 10X: 16.5X With No Limits!
    eBay is back with another offer to triple dip! The e-mail I received has the following subject line: “For our VIPs–earn 5X eBay Bucks. ” However, when I clicked on the “See Details ” I noticed the following: Notice the wording says “Earn…
    - 5 days ago Mar 25, 2015, 8:18pm -
  • Daily Getaways 2015 – 100,000 IHG Points Still Available At $0.05 / Point
    I recently wrote about why the Daily Getaways IHG deal was a profitable one. While the day of sale has passed, there are still some vouchers left to be purchased. As of this moment, I can see the following: There is no indicator as to how much longer…
    - 6 days ago Mar 25, 2015, 6:25pm -
  • How to Avoid Paying Close-in Booking Fees on United Awards
    Almost all airline programs charge a close-in booking fee for booking award tickets within 21 days of departure. Originally via Mile Value, there is a simple and easy hack that may make it possible to avoid paying United’s $75 close-in booking f…
    - 6 days ago Mar 25, 2015, 12:13pm -
  • Did You Know: Booking One-Way Flights Using ANA Miles
    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. All Nippon Airways, a Star Allianc…
    - 6 days ago Mar 25, 2015, 8:03am -
  • Earn Free Arrival Miles Via Barclays New Rewards Fan Zone
    The Barclaycard Arrival Plus World MasterCard has a handful of useful travel features which makes it among my favorite travel rewards credit cards. In the past Barclays has pushed customer interaction with numerous targeted card usage promos and the…
    - 7 days ago Mar 24, 2015, 12:41pm -
  • Hotel Review: Hampton by Hilton Cluj-Napoca, Romania
    I recently had the chance to explore a small bit of Romania on my way to Budapest, where I ended up booking 5 nights at the Hampton by Hilton Cluj-Napoca. The hotel is a category 2 Hilton property and costs 10,000 Hilton HHonors points or around …
    - 11 days ago Mar 20, 2015, 12:07pm -

MileValue

  • newThe Current Big Picture with Miles and Points
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Most of the posts on this site are minutia: a discount on awards to Brazil and Chile or a new Delta route with good award space to Europe. Such posts are only valuable o…
    - 10 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 9:29pm -
  • newWhy Delta Eliminating Its Award Chart is No Big Deal
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. I was explaining to my brother the changes that Delta has made in 2015, and I mentioned that the one I just couldn’t believe was that Delta eliminated its award chart. It…
    - 23 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 8:46am -
  • newBrand New Delta Transatlantic Route Has Amazing Award Space This Summer
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Delta has a new daily flight from Philadelphia to London that begins April 26, 2015 with excellent economy award space immediately and good Business Class award space later…
    - 23 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 8:22am -
  • US Airways Miles Have Been Converted to American Airlines Miles
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. My US Airways miles have been transferred into my American Airlines account. This is a screenshot from my AAdvantage account. My American Airlines mile balance shows the co…
    - 2 days ago Mar 29, 2015, 7:22pm -
  • Purchase Daily Getaways with These Credit Cards to Maximize Rewards
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Purchases of Daily Getaways packages–see my rundown of the best deals this coming week–are coded as purchases from a travel agency. That means: You can redeem Arrival m…
    - 2 days ago Mar 29, 2015, 4:08am -
  • Sale on United Awards to Brazil and Chile
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. United is offering a 25% discount on roundtrip economy awards to Brazil and Chile this Spring (their Fall.) For 45,000 United miles, you can fly roundtrip to Santiago, Rio…
    - 2 days ago Mar 28, 2015, 8:56pm -
  • Daily Getaways: Preview of Week 2
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Monday begins the second week of five weeks of discounted travel packages from the US Travel Association called Daily Getaways. Every weekday at 1 PM ET, a discounted tra…
    - 3 days ago Mar 28, 2015, 7:01am -
  • British Airways Avios Hacked. Your Balance May Be Zero
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. British Airways Avios accounts have been hacked. It's scary seeing over 300,000 of mine and my husband's @British_Airways Avios wiped. Please fix ASAP. — Angelina Aucello…
    - 4 days ago Mar 27, 2015, 6:19pm -
  • 63 Free Award Wallet Upgrade Codes
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Codes updated at 1:44 PM ET on 3/27/15 Enjoy one of these 63 free upgrade codes to six months of Award Wallet Plus. Award Wallet is the free way I track my 35 miles and p…
    - 4 days ago Mar 27, 2015, 8:01am -
  • Today Only: $25 Hotel Rooms by Purchasing Hilton Points for 0.5 Cents
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Update at 3:30 PM ET: The 250k and 100k deals have sold out. 150k remains. Update at 1:40 PM ET: These deals have not sold out. Today is the fifth day of five weeks of dis…
    - 4 days ago Mar 27, 2015, 8:00am -

Frequent Flier

  • newWin a 6-Day Trip to Aruba for 4
    Enter the flipflop Wines “Aruba” sweepstakes by April 30, 2015, for a chance to win the grand prize: a six-night trip for four to Aruba, including airfare, hotel, a Jeep tour, and snorkeling cruise. To enter, provide the requested contact ... Rea…
    - 13 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 6:50pm -
  • newHackers Steal Millions from Major Mileage Program
    Got miles in British Airways’ Executive Club program? If so, you might want to double check to confirm that your account wasn’t hacked. In the latest instance of a major travel-loyalty program falling victim to malicious intruders, The Guardian r…
    - 14 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 5:39pm -
  • Weekly Recap: American, US Air Programs to Merge, & More
    Following is our regular summary of the latest travel news and best frequent traveler promotions reviewed during the past week. If it was a good deal—or a notably bad deal—from an airline, hotel, or car rental loyalty program, you can ... Read Mo…
    - 4 days ago Mar 27, 2015, 6:15pm -
  • United Discounts Awards Flights to Brazil, Chile
    If you have miles in United’s MileagePlus program and a hankering to visit either Brazil or Chile, you’re in luck. Between March 25 and June 25, roundtrip coach-class award flights to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Santiago, Chile, can be ... Read M…
    - 4 days ago Mar 27, 2015, 4:20pm -
  • 5,000 Bonus Points for Radisson, Country Inn Stays
    Club Carlson’s have been among the more generous hotel promotions in recent years. The next one, for stay beginning next month, features a nice bonus but suffers from limited hotel participation and an unholy mess of bonus-eligible dates. Offer Det…
    - 5 days ago Mar 26, 2015, 6:20pm -
  • For Daily Travel Deals, Check Out Daily Getaways
    For the sixth consecutive year, the U.S. Travel Association has launched Daily Getaways: one discount offer per day, for one month, from the likes of Best Western, Busch Gardens, Choice Hotels, Hertz, Hilton, InterContinental, MGM Resorts, Universal…
    - 5 days ago Mar 26, 2015, 4:55pm -
  • More than 1 Million Now Enrolled in TSA’s Precheck
    This week, the TSA announced a significant milestone for its Precheck program: the enrollment of its 1 millionth traveler. Precheck travelers may leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belts, and keep laptops in their cases and 3-1-1 compliant liq…
    - 6 days ago Mar 25, 2015, 6:06pm -
  • Frontier Ups Checked-Bag Fees
    Beginning in May, Frontier passengers will pay more to check their bags. That’s no surprise, given the airline’s ongoing transition to an ultra-low-cost carrier (think Spirit, Ryanair). The marketing strategy is straightforward: Advertise extra-l…
    - 6 days ago Mar 25, 2015, 4:43pm -
  • America’s 10 Most Dangerous Cities
    The 12 most sun-drenched beaches. The 15 destinations with the friendliest people. The best value-vacation spots for your dollar. Cities with the best pizza (or burger, or pastrami sandwich). OK, fine. There’s a place for all those places. But what…
    - 7 days ago Mar 24, 2015, 6:50pm -
  • American, US Air Programs to Merge This Weekend
    Where the merger of AAdvantage and US Airways’ Dividend Miles programs is concerned, American has proceeded in accord with the venerable marketing adage, “Under-promise and over-deliver.” Originally, American committed to consolidating the two…
    - 7 days ago Mar 24, 2015, 4:44pm -

Travel is Free

  • new30+ Best Uses of American Express Membership Rewards Points
    There are so many “best uses” of American Express Membership Rewards points because they have a large number of transfer partners compared to Citi and Chase. Unfortunately, Amex doesn’t have two of my favorite airline miles, AA and United (fav…
    - 2 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 6:07am -
  • newHow To Start Planning an Award Trip
    Kai asks on the FAQ page advice for planning an award booking. He says; I have some miles, I know where I’m leaving from, and where I want to go. But there seems to be a lot of possibilities in between using stop-overs, open-jaws, or routing rules…
    - 9 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 10:51pm -
  • Unbelievably Cheap Hotel Award Redemptions
    Keeping track and analyzing every dollar we spend on hotels has taught me that saving our points for lower category hotels saves us money in the long run. If there’s a place on this list you’d like to visit, feel free to blow your points. Quick…
    - 1 day ago Mar 30, 2015, 5:40am -
  • 7 Scamy Things I Hate About Airline Miles & Hotel Points
    If I were to write a letter to an airline or hotel CEO, I’d likely want to bring up the ethics of some of the accepted scams that are out there. A lot of my thoughts would be about transparency or about deceiving people. And for me that most …
    - 3 days ago Mar 28, 2015, 7:36pm -
  • An Introduction To Stopovers and Open-Jaws
    If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of “stopovers” we have a great InfoGraphic that you can check out: Airline Stopovers and Open-Jaws InfoGraphic. I also recently did a Complete List of Airline Stopover Rules, but it’s been awhile since…
    - 5 days ago Mar 26, 2015, 6:20am -
  • Most Aspirational Miles Award Ever – Necker Island
    I’m browsing through the redemption section of Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Blue Miles, because they have quite a few unique hotel redemption options. As you may know, Virgin is run by Richard Branson, who famously lives on an island (off the Brit…
    - 6 days ago Mar 25, 2015, 5:55am -
  • Analyzing Best Uses of the Daily Getaways Deals
    I wrote about a couple of the deals earlier but the full list has been revealed and I decided to break down all the travel deals. Look at the terms and conditions, come up with some best uses and give it some real thought. DailyGetaways is a 5 week…
    - 7 days ago Mar 24, 2015, 5:47am -
  • First Look at the Newly Renovated Radisson Hotel & Suites Downtown Austin
    The Radisson in Austin is one of the best locations in Austin, but they’ve been getting killed on TripAdvisor for being an older hotel in need of renovation. Right now they are in the middle of a renovation of the rooms and they finished floor 12…
    - 8 days ago Mar 23, 2015, 7:29pm -
  • Best East Coast Award Flights To Europe
    There are a number of distance based programs out there for whom there are specific routes that make east coast flights to Europe super cheap. The distance across the Atlantic is sometimes barely much more than the distance from the west coast to th…
    - 9 days ago Mar 22, 2015, 2:43am -

Frequent Flyer Bonuses

Million Mile Secrets

Nomadic Matt

  • new12 Things I’d Tell Any New Traveler
    Hope. Fear. Excitement. Traveling for the first time provided me with wave of conflicting emotions. When I left to travel the world, I didn’t know what to expect. I wasn’t well-traveled and was as green as they come. No one I knew had ever done t…
    - 16 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 3:33pm -
  • Updates from the Book Tour #2
    Hello from Las Vegas! It’s day sixty-six of the #fiftyaday book tour. Last week, after driving over 5,000 miles through a dozen states, I watched the sun set marvelously over the Pacific. After two months of traveling, I made it across the country.…
    - 5 days ago Mar 26, 2015, 3:31pm -
  • How to Spend 4 Days in New Orleans
    New Orleans. NOLA. The Big Easy. A city by many names, all conjuring the jovial “Laissez les bons temps rouler!” (“Let the good times roll!”) attitude towards life the city is famous for. New Orleans is filled with scrumptious French-inspired…
    - 7 days ago Mar 24, 2015, 3:45pm -
  • Discovering Purpose on a Farm in South Africa
    On the second Wednesday third Thursday of the month, Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse writes a guest column featuring tips and advice on solo female travel. It’s a topic I can’t cover so I brought in an expert to share her advice. After a day…
    - 12 days ago Mar 19, 2015, 3:39pm -
  • Living Les Bons Temps At Mardi Gras
    As I threw beads over the wrought-iron balcony of Bourbon Bandstand in the French Quarter, I looked down at the crowds: strangers in elaborate costumes toasted drinks, laughed, and danced with each other as streets bands performed jazz. Everyone move…
    - 14 days ago Mar 17, 2015, 2:50pm -
  • 7 Common Travel Myths That are WRONG (and Why I’m Giving Hands On Help Now)
    Years ago, the website Earth Porm reposted my article “The Ultimate Guide to Traveling When You’re Broke,” and in January, social media maven and actor George Takei shared the post with his eight million Facebook fans (as a huge Star Trek geek…
    - 22 days ago Mar 9, 2015, 3:26pm -
  • Everything You Need to Know About Using Smartphones When You Travel
    On the first Tuesday of each month, Dave Dean from Too Many Adapters gives us tips and advice on travel tech and gear. He is our resident expert, trying out new products and seeing what works so you end up with gear that doesn’t break and a laptop…
    - 28 days ago Mar 3, 2015, 2:00pm -
  • My 2015 Group Tours: Two Trips to Europe!
    At the end of 2013, I started leading group trips. I’ve done four so far and have really enjoyed them. I like meeting readers, exposing others to my travel style and taking them around to some of my favorite places in Europe. I want others to fall…
    - 33 days ago Feb 26, 2015, 1:00pm -
  • What Makes a Nomad a Nomad?
    What makes a nomad a nomad? Or a backpacker a backpacker? How do you define a budget traveler? Am I a nomad because I move around a lot or did I give up the rights to call myself that when I got an apartment? Am I a luxury traveler because I stay in…
    - 36 days ago Feb 23, 2015, 2:31pm -
  • 7 Common Excuses People Use to Avoid Family Travel
    On the third Friday Saturday of every month, Cameron Wears from The Traveling Canucks is here to give us tips and advice on how to travel better with your kids. This is an often requested topic so I’m excited to have him on the team! Here is this m…
    - 38 days ago Feb 21, 2015, 3:06pm -

The Hustle Blog

  • newLast 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!…
    - 21 hours 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®…
    - 42 days ago 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…
    - 60 days ago 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…
    - 97 days ago Dec 24, 2014, 5:34pm -
  • Chase Freedom 2015 Bonus Categories Announced

    - 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 -
  • Evolve Money Now Takes Discover Cards
    I just received an email from Evolve Money about a new feature – they now accept Discover credit cards as payment sources! Previously, they only accepted debit cards or gift cards as payment sources to pay bills. This opens up a nice avenue to earn…
    - Nov 7, 2014, 12:00pm -
  • New Next Generation NEXUS Kiosks Coming
    As a NEXUS member, I just received an email with some significant updates about the kiosk process when traveling by air between the United States & Canada. “Next Generation” kiosks are being installed to provide “faster, more reliable and more…
    - Oct 3, 2014, 11:00am -
  • Chase Freedom 4th Quarter 2014 Bonus Categories are Live!
    It’s October 1st, the first day of Q4! Let’s get started earning those 7,500 Ultimate Rewards points. Don’t forget to activate your Chase Freedom cards to earn 5 points per dollar spent at the following bonus categories: Amazon.com Zappos.com S…
    - Oct 1, 2014, 4:18pm -

Johnny Jet

  • newTravel Website of the Week: airportcod.es
    It took me a while to learn most of the major airport codes around the world but now that I have them down pat, it feels normal to speak in this code when talking to industry people and my aviation geek friends. I’m often asked what airport I’m r…
    - 12 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 8:00pm -
  • newTravel App of the Week: Postagram
    Up until a few years ago, one thing was certain when I traveled: I’d always send a postcard to my family members. These days sending postcards the old fashion way is nothing but a hassle. First, you have to find a store or stand that sells them (w…
    - 14 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 6:00pm -
  • newTravel Tip of the Day: Look at Airline Partner Sites when Booking Flights
    Look at Airline Partner Sites when Booking Flights When you’re pricing out flights, don’t just go to the site of the airline with which you want to earn miles. Instead, search multiple sites (including our search engine) and their partner sites,…
    - 16 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 4:00pm -
  • newTravel Style: Hanne Hellvik
    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: Hanne Hellvik Occupation: Freelancer Hometown: Kristia…
    - 19 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 1:00pm -
  • 15 Tips for Surviving a Long Flight
    Long flights: Do you love them or hate them? They’re a necessity to get to the most far-flung destinations on the planet and some people love them, while others loathe them. But long flights don’t have to be something to be dreaded – they can a…
    - 1 day ago Mar 30, 2015, 6:44am -
  • Travel Style: Monica Ortega
    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: Monica Ortega Occupation: Host of webseries Monica Goe…
    - 3 days ago Mar 27, 2015, 9:44pm -
  • Reader Travel Tip of the Day: Better M60 Update
    Better M60 Update Each Friday, we’re featuring a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from reader E, who improved Tuesday’s tip on NYC’s M60 bus by correcting a mistake I made with some good New York know…
    - 4 days ago Mar 27, 2015, 4:00pm -
  • Travel Tip of the Day: Explore the Lounge Before Ordering Food
    Explore the Lounge Before Ordering Food Here’s a tip for anyone with access to a lounge, like an American Airlines Admirals Club—by way of a club membership, the Citi AAdvantage Executive World EliteTM MasterCard, a guess pass, or simply the d…
    - 5 days ago Mar 26, 2015, 4:55pm -

Doctor of Credit

  • newChase Also Removing Lounge Club Benefit For Fairmont Cardholders
    We’ve previously reported that Chase will be removing the Lounge Club card benefit for Chase Ink cardholders, it seems these are not the only cards affected by these changes. For the few people who have the Chase Fairmont card, you’ll also be los…
    - 6 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 2:03am -
  • newCredit Card Losing A Benefit? Ask For Compensation
    Credit cards often have new benefits added, but they also have benefits removed or modified. Whenever this happens, you should always call in and ask for some type of compensation. This has worked extremely well for me in the past and is something I…
    - 9 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 10:45pm -
  • newAmerican Express Will Add A Minimum Order Size To ShopRunner Benefit
    One of the benefits of having an American Express credit card is that you can get free access to ShopRunner (normal price is $79 annually), which gives you free two day shipping at a number of different merchants and also free return shipping on eli…
    - 9 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 10:35pm -
  • new15 Things Everybody Should Know About American Express
    Each & every card issuer is slightly different in what they offer and how they handle different things. I thought it would be a good idea to have a look at 15 different things everybody should know about American Express. You might know some of thes…
    - 13 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 6:30pm -
  • new“Final” Credit Card Coming Soon – Increased Security & Budgeting Tools
    When I first saw the marketing for Final Credit Card I thought it was another “All In One Credit Card” such as Coin or Stratos (or Plastc, Wallby, Swyp) but it turns out this isn’t the case and Final will actually extend you credit themselves a…
    - 15 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 4:26pm -
  • newRound Up Of All The Current Chase Southwest Bonuses
    Chase & Southwest have been sending out all sorts of targeted and non-targeted offers recently, I thought it might be helpful to list all of the current bonuses and who is eligible for what. In total Chase & Southwest offer three different cards: So…
    - 16 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 3:30pm -
  • newChase Southwest Premier 10,000 Points + $200 Statement Credit Offer
    The Offer Direct link to offer Receive a $200 statement credit after your first purchase and 10,000 Southwest points after you spend $500 on purchases within the first three months of account opening The Fine Print Annual fee of $99 is applied to you…
    - 17 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 2:20pm -
  • newCommon Bank Bonus Misconceptions + Why You Should Give Them A Go

    - 19 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 12:45pm -
  • Barclaycard Aviator 10% Miles Back Benefit Is Now Live
    If you have either the Barclaycard Aviator Red or Barclaycard Aviator Silver card, you can now take advantage of the “Get 10% of Your Redeemed Miles Back” benefit. You don’t need to have receive your new Aviator cards for this benefit to have t…
    - 1 day ago Mar 30, 2015, 3:58am -
  • Best Posts This Week: Chase $450 Offer, Benefits Removed, 60k Bonuses & Much More
    Late in the week Chase sent out a number of offers on their Southwest credit cards. It’s now possible to get 60,000 points on the business premier version, simply by calling. There is a targeted offer on the personal premier for 50,000 points + $10…
    - 1 day ago Mar 30, 2015, 12:00am -

Hustler Money Blog

  • newGroupon Coupon Codes, Promo Codes, and Discounts
    Groupon offers you amazing deals on the best things to do, see, eat, and buy in hundreds of cities worldwide. Save up to 90% on delightful products, unbeatable travel experiences, and tickets to the hottest concerts, sporting events, shows, and more.…
    - 9 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 10:39pm -
  • newBank Mutual Referral Bonus Review
    Are you a member of Bank Mutual or that you would like to switch over to Bank Mutual? If so, current members can receive $50 per referral bonus for up to $200 in your account. Those who are being referred can earn $100 checking bonus when you open a…
    - 9 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 10:32pm -
  • newMainStreetSHARES Review: Online Cash Back Shopping
    MainStreetSHARES, formerly known as BigCrumbs, is now back is business offering cash back for all online shopping. In addition, you can earn virtual shares called msSHARES when you and your referrals shop through MainStreetSHARES. They are promoting…
    - 10 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 10:09pm -
  • newIndustrial State Bank Review: $100 Checking Bonus
    For residents of Kansas, Industrial State Bank is offering a $100 bonus with a Free Green Leaf Checking account with the following requirements: Pay 3 bills using their online bill pay system Receive electronic statements Make 15 settled non-atm debi…
    - 11 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 8:23pm -
  • Mr. Rebates Cash Back Rewards Review- $5 Sign-up Bonus
    Heard of getting cash back for doing online shopping? Mr. Rebates $7.50 Bonus Sign-Up is currently my new cash back online shopping portal for stores such as Ebay 3% CB, Home Depot 4% CB, Sears 3% CB, WalMart 3%, and many more stores. They sometime a…
    - 1 day ago Mar 29, 2015, 10:28pm -
  • East Cambridge Savings Bank Review
    For business owners of Massachusetts, East Cambridge Savings Bank is offering a $100 business checking account bonus with a Debit MasterCard and Online Banking. To receive the American Express $100 gift card, the account must not have a negative bala…
    - 1 day ago Mar 29, 2015, 10:00pm -
  • U.S. Bank FlexPerks Travel Rewards American Express Card Review
    The U.S. Bank FlexPerks® Travel Rewards American Express® Card offers 20,000 bonus FlexPoints after you spend $3,500 in Net Purchases within the first four months of account opening-that’s up to $400 value! The card lets you earn 2X FlexPoints on…
    - 1 day ago Mar 29, 2015, 7:49pm -
  • Bank of Lee’s Summit Review: $100 Checking Bonus
    For residents of Missouri, Bank of Lee’s Summit is offering a $100 bonus with a Total e Green Leaf Checking account with the following requirements: Pay 3 bills monthly through NetTeller Bill Pay. Receive monthly eStatements. Have 15 settled debit…
    - 3 days ago Mar 28, 2015, 3:36am -
  • Virgin Atlantic Flying Club 250 Bonus Miles
    Log in to your Virgin Atlantic Flying Club account and download the Shops Away Mile Finder toolbar to earn 250 bonus miles. With the Shops Away portal, you can earn Flying Club miles for shopping online at popular retailers. Virgin Atlantic Flying Cl…
    - 3 days ago Mar 28, 2015, 3:19am -
  • UNCLE Credit Union Review: $100 Checking Bonus
    For residents of California, UNCLE Credit Union is offering a $100 checking account bonus with direct deposit. For the $100 Bonus, simply open a new checking account with promo code New Member Promo and set up direct deposit of at least $100 to your…
    - 3 days ago Mar 28, 2015, 2:52am -

Hack My Trip

  • newReview: Stockholm Arlanda T2 Menzies Business Lounge
    I took a mileage run to Stockholm back in January and just recently found the photographs I took of four different airport lounges from that trip. Among the least impressive was the Menzies Business Lounge at Stockholm Arlanda T2. I was mainly ther…
    - 18 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 1:30pm -
  • newTranscon Premium Cabin Throwdown: Results and Summary
    I’ve reviewed every premium transcontinental service from New York’s JFK to San Francisco and Los Angeles. These routes command high volumes of premium passengers and each boast the most comfortable and luxurious experience. Introduction: Scor…
    - 21 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 11:05am -
  • Transcon Premium Cabin Throwdown: Virgin America First Class
    Lastly, we profile Virgin America’s transcon service. The airline with arguably the nicest first class on most domestic routes. How does it stack up against the premium offerings on JFK-SFO and JFK-LAX? Introduction: Scoring and Considerations Unit…
    - 4 days ago Mar 27, 2015, 11:05am -
  • Touring Siem Reap: Night Markets and Bars
    As I mentioned in my review of the Park Hyatt Siem Reap, you should really set aside a night or two to go into town and enjoy the nightlife. Whatever the comforts of your accommodations, I thought the town was a great and relaxing place to spend the…
    - 5 days ago Mar 26, 2015, 2:45pm -
  • Transcon Premium Cabin Throwdown: JetBlue Mint
    JetBlue recently launched its new Mint service (it’s take on first class) on the SFO and LAX routes from its hub at JFK. I had the opportunity to fly them from San Francisco to New York this past February over Valentine’s Day to add to the spars…
    - 5 days ago Mar 26, 2015, 1:30pm -

Maximizing Money

  • newTradeKing $200 New Account Bonus Offer – Biggest Ever
    There is a TradeKing $200 new account bonus offer that is available through April 30, 2015.You'll get a $200 TradeKing New Account Bonus when you open an account with at least $3,000 and make 3 trades.This is the biggest TradeKing bonus ever for $2…
    - 10 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 9:35pm -
  • newChase Total Checking Coupons $300 Bonus thru May 7, 2015
    Chase now has coupon codes available for a $300 Total Checking account bonus with a direct deposit as well as a $150 Savings account bonus with a $10,000 deposit for 90 days.Get your $300 Chase Personal Checking Bonus Code now before they are all go…
    - 10 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 9:30pm -
  • newAstoria Bank Checking Account up to $250 Bonus in New York
    Astoria Bank (formerly Astoria Federal Savings) is offering a $50 bonus for both new and current checking account customers when you activate a direct deposit, plus new customers can get a $250 bonus for a limited time with Simple+ and Select checkin…
    - 10 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 9:27pm -
  • newAmerican Airlines Credit Union $25 Personal Checking Bonus
    The American Airlines Credit Union is offering a $25 personal checking bonus.The AA Credit Union is open to anyone working in the Air Transportation Industry and their families.Check out these AA Credit Union Promotions for more details.The post A…
    - 10 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 9:25pm -
  • newBank Mutual Refer A Friend Program Returns with Bigger Bonuses
    The Bank Mutual Refer A Friend Program has returned with bigger bonuses than ever before, as current customers can now earn $50 for each friend that you refer (previously $20), plus new customers will get $100 for opening a new checking account.Bank…
    - 10 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 9:22pm -
  • newRBC Direct Investing 20 Free Trades Promotion in Canada
    RBC Direct Investing will allow you to trade free for 1 year with 20 free trades and no minimum balance required, valid through March 31, 2015.The post RBC Direct Investing 20 Free Trades Promotion in Canada appeared first on Maximizing Money.
    - 10 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 9:20pm -
  • TopCashBack Shopping Network $10 Referral Bonuses for Both Parties
    TopCashback is offering new members a $10 sign-up bonus when you join via a referral link and earn $10 in payable cash back rewards.Just sign up through this TopCashBack $10 New Member Bonus Referral Link and earn $10 in cash back rewards from shopp…
    - 4 days ago Mar 26, 2015, 10:51pm -
  • Schoola Offers $15 in Free School Clothes for Your Kids – Free Shipping Today
    Schoola offers gently used school clothes for boys and girls of all ages, plus you can get $15 in free credits to use toward your first order of $15 or more with free shipping on all orders for a limited time (usually only free shipping on orders of…
    - 4 days ago Mar 26, 2015, 10:50pm -
  • Arvest Bank Corporate Credit Card $100 Bonus for Businesses
    Arvest Bank Corporate Credit Cards are business cards with no annual fee, and you can currently get a $100 bonus after $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months when you apply by March 31, 2015.The post Arvest Bank Corporate Credit Card $100 Bon…
    - 4 days ago Mar 26, 2015, 10:46pm -
  • UNCLE Credit Union $50 or $100 New Member Promotion in California
    UNCLE Credit Union is currently offering a $50 or $100 checking account bonus for new members to join UNCLE.Membership in UNCLE Credit Union is open to anyone who lives, works, attends school, or worships in the California counties of Alameda, Contr…
    - 4 days ago Mar 26, 2015, 8:25pm -

Boarding Area

  • newAir Arabia è la prima low-cost con un programma di frequent flyer.
    AirArabia introduce Airewards, il primo programma di frequent flyer di una compagnia low-cost del Medio Oriente e del Nord Africa. L’accumulo di punti è basato sulla spesa piuttosto che sulle miglia percorse, 100 punti equivalgono a 1 US$ speso, p…
    - 13 mins ago Mar 31, 2015, 7:28am -
  • newAn airline seat dispute quickly spirals out of control
    Economy class airline seats are small and getting smaller — of that there is no doubt. But if you do have doubts, consider what happened to Deana Worth on a recent American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Miami. Worth purchased her economy clas…
    - 3 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 5:00am -
  • newDelta Points March Newsletter 2015
    We are well into SkyMiles 2015. As expected, and as as we have seen, things are not going smoothly at all. Sure Delta PR folks are trying to spin that all is well and good, but we know better. I mean just look at what you may have missed from the mon…
    - 4 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 4:07am -
  • newHow to Use Status From One Airline While Crediting Miles to Another (and Why You’d Want To)
    Reader Joe asked, I am US Chairman, and I have a trip to Alaska this fall (EWR-SEA-ANC). I would like to somehow get into First. I’m thinking I could do an Elite Match with AS to qualify for an upgrade. But I need the AA EQM’s to re-qualify for t…
    - 7 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 1:04am -
  • newHilton Huanying: An Interesting Idea for Additional Revenue for Hotel Properties…
    “Chinese citizens are already the world’s largest travel market”, according to this article written by Melinda of Magic of Miles. “By 2020, according to Hilton the number of Chinese travelers is expected to explode to around 200 million. To c…
    - 7 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 1:03am -
  • newEnd Of March Miles And Points To-Do List
    While you may have another two weeks to finish your taxes, you have just over 24 hours to either register for or take advantage of these miles and points opportunities.The post End Of March Miles And Points To-Do List appeared first on One Mile at a…
    - 7 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 1:03am -
  • newInaugural Flight Cancelled Due To Water Cannon Salute Gone Wrong
    This has got to go down as one of the most ridiculous reasons for a flight cancellation ever. A Virgin Atlantic plane known as “Beauty Queen”, a Boeing A330-300 had just made its inaugural flight from Atlanta to Manchester, England. Upon landing…
    - 7 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 12:37am -
  • newSo am I the last medallion on earth waiting for their Delta #BRAGTAG?
    OK, I know this is just silly. After all, I have my last two years of Delta Diamond Medallion tags still (no I did not sell them on Ebay like most others). But it still just bugs me for some reason. What really bugs me is not having my HOOU and JWD c…
    - 8 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 11:48pm -
  • newAmazon: 50% Off Sony Noise-Canceling Headphones Today Only!
    Amazon has Sony MDR10RNC Premium Noise Canceling Headphones on Deal of the Day today! These look pretty sweet and they get great reviews. They are on sale today only for 50% off. Regular price is $249.99 and you can get them today for only $124.99 s…
    - 8 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 11:36pm -
  • newGet Ready for More Sushi Near LAX
    A couple of weeks ago, I shared the LA Times’ list of great dining options near LAX. It covered all kinds of genres from pizza to Thai to Jamaican to Middle Eastern but it didn’t grab everything. In-N-Out didn’t make the list, nor did one of my…
    - 8 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 11:13pm -

Frequent Flyer Miles 101

  • Cash Back shopping: So long, BigCrumbs
    It happened again: Picking Arizona for the Final Four cost me, as they couldn’t get by Wisconsin.  On the plus side, I’ve still got three remaining (with Michigan State helping me for the second straight year).  It happens. Long-time readers wi…
    - 1 day ago Mar 30, 2015, 12:19am -
  • A few notes on traveling and airport security
    Other than the American/US Airways mileage integration, which starts tomorrow, it has actually been a very quiet week for miles.  Normally, there’s a good credit card bonus to talk about, but I’m just not in the mood today.  But something else…
    - 4 days ago Mar 27, 2015, 4:15pm -
  • Final details on AA and US Airways merged programs
    As seen here. AA and US are finally going to merge their programs this Friday and, based on what I’ve seen from AA’s management (Technically, the team came from US Airways and that team came from America West, but why quibble?), it should go rela…
    - 6 days ago Mar 25, 2015, 3:02pm -
  • Wall Street Journal talks cash back cards, but doesn’t get the whole story
    It’s that time of year when a young man’s thoughts turn to those of college basketball.  A week ago, I would have been hard-pressed to tell you the name of the Wichita State basketball team or, for that matter, anything else about Wichita State.…
    - 7 days ago Mar 24, 2015, 3:27pm -
  • Judging the values of redemptions…
    I’ve talked a lot about the best ways to earn miles, but not as much about redeeming them.  So here’s a few things to consider when you are getting ready to spend your miles: Most airlines open up redemptions at the same time as putting tickets…
    - 8 days ago Mar 23, 2015, 3:43pm -
  • The world is on sale! A strong dollar is your travel friend
    I’m going to be away for the weekend but, before I go, here’s some good news for you that are still planning your summer vacation. The world has gone on sale.  Well, I should amend that: Prices are the same, but you’ll get more for your dollar…
    - 11 days ago Mar 20, 2015, 2:47pm -
  • JetBlue updates schedule through 1/4/16
    While most of the major carriers allow you to plan trips 330 (or more) days in advance, the low-cost carriers don’t usually go out that far.  Since they have few partnerships or hubs, they have the flexibility to move planes around to manage suppl…
    - 12 days ago Mar 18, 2015, 11:00pm -
  • American Airlines and US Airways prepare to merge mileage programs
    It’s almost that time.  Sometime next calendar quarter, AA and US Airways will be combining their programs as the airlines face the integration, which is largely a 2015 event.  I tend to believe that the integration will go well; unlike with the…
    - 13 days ago Mar 17, 2015, 8:56pm -
  • Cruising with United and “alternative” awards
    Airline miles can be used to travel all over the world.  If you have enough of them, you can do it in a premium class of service, as well. The airlines are also happy to let you use miles to buy non-airline products, as well.  You can generally boo…
    - 16 days ago Mar 15, 2015, 3:37pm -
  • BankDirect should live to fight another day…
    My favorite way of earning American Airlines miles is with BankDirect, a financial institution that pays you in miles for your deposits. With interest rates so low, the bank is almost a gimme, considering that you are getting something back for you b…
    - 17 days ago Mar 13, 2015, 8:58pm -

Mr. Free Miles

  • new‘The Beach’ Book & Movie Locations In Thailand
    The mystical setting of The Beach, a book written in 1996 and popularized as a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio in 2002, is based on various breathtaking Thailand locations. Where to go and how to get there - yours to explore.
    - 17 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • Day In Pictures: Valparaiso, Chile
    A day in pictures of Valparaiso, Chile. Vibrant street art, relaxed rooftop music and an iconic energy make this hidden Pacific Ocean gem outshine it's more famous neighbor, Santiago - learn how to get there.
    - 3 days ago Mar 28, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • 7 Things Everyone Needs In Their Carry On Bag
    Upgrade your carry-on bag with these 7 amazing products you need. From the best electronics to multi-purpose accessories you never thought of, these items will have you traveling in style.
    - 5 days ago Mar 26, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • How I Earned 2 Million Airline Miles In 3 Years (And How You Can Too)
    After earning 2 million airline miles and hotel points, I quit my corporate job to travel the world. Today I explain how I did this and how you can too.
    - 6 days ago Mar 25, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • When To Add An Authorized User To Your Credit Card Account
    Authorized user is an important term when managing your credit score. Often a person's credit score can raise dramatically when added as such a user - learn when to utilize this little-known practice, and when to pass.
    - 8 days ago Mar 23, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • Day In Pictures: Bondi Beach, Australia
    A day in pictures of Bondi Beach, located in Sydney, Australia. 24 hours sunbathing in one of the most famous beach towns in the world, and a few nearby treats - plus how you can travel there.
    - 10 days ago Mar 21, 2015, 4:00pm -
  • Apply for an Australian ETA Travel Visa as a U.S. Citizen
    Australian ETA travel visa application process for U.S. citizens - an easy, electronic application with a low cost. Find out how to apply for the visa, who is eligible and other important things to know along the way.
    - 12 days ago Mar 19, 2015, 4:00pm -
  • Check Out My Guest Post on David's Been Here
    Recently I submitted a guest post to the highly-respected travel website, David's Been Here. Read the full post about why you should hike to Machu Picchu but avoid the Inca Trail - including, as always, a miles tip to get there.
    - 13 days ago Mar 18, 2015, 4:00pm -
  • 50,000 miles with Chase British Airways Visa
    50,000 Avios miles are available through 3/31/15 with the Chase British Airways Visa. That’s two free round trip flights in the U.S., or even two to a few cities in Europe. Read the details here.
    - 15 days ago Mar 16, 2015, 4:00pm -
  • Day In Pictures: Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
    A day in pictures in Tongariro National Park, located in the North Island of New Zealand. 24 hours hiking through volcanoes, moonlike craters, scenic alpine views and even a rainforest - plus how you can travel there.
    - 17 days ago Mar 14, 2015, 4:00pm -

milepoint (Forums)

  • newThe Community Lounge - Good m/a/e everybody - enjoy your stay with us.
    Good morning/afternoon/evening (m/a/e) everyone - welcome to MilePoint and the community lounge, don't be a stranger, please join in the conversation or just to say.....English - "hello"Arabic -...The Community Lounge - Good m/a/e everybody - enjoy y…
    - 2 mins ago Mar 31, 2015, 7:39am -
  • newMy US and AA Accounts Were Not Merged
    The former US account was created for AA and given a new AAdvantage #. My AA account is sitting like it was. Where do I go to merge them? Did I miss the merge e-mail? Both accounts have the same mailing address, same name, same phone... pretty much s…
    - 1 hour ago Mar 31, 2015, 6:32am -
  • newAny news about Premium Membership P3(2014)?
    Any news about Premium Membership P3 (2014)? Is there an approximate lauch time? Thanks!
    - 2 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 5:56am -
  • newTeh Penalty Box
    I think it's time for a new Box thread that works. So, here goes.
    - 2 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 5:40am -
  • new[JMB Forum Diamond Premier Lounge] The JAL Forum Conversational Thread
    Everyone the JMB Forum Diamond Premier Lounge is open for business As a tradition of the JMB forum, people like going OT all the time and therefore we have this lounge thread. But since this is an upgrade of FT, our conversational thread has been u…
    - 3 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 4:47am -
  • newAC 320 in Halifax incident
    Air Canada provides Update on AC624March 29, 2015Air Canada provides the following update on flight AC624, an Airbus A320, that was involved in an incident upon landing at Halifax International Airport, Nova Scotia. The incident occurred at approxi…
    - 3 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 4:45am -
  • 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…
    - 3 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 4:12am -
  • newVISA procedures for Canadians at Chinese consulates in Canada.
    if you are on at least your 2nd Chinese visa they used to give you a multiple entry one good for one year. Now, with Canadian passports being good for 10 years you can also get a ten year Chinese multiple entry visa. You cannot get it however, if it…
    - 4 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 4:04am -
  • new(photo trivia) Guess the airline
    Same concept and rules as the (photo trivia) Guess the airport and (photo trivia) Guess the city threads.Have fun! First one was in an airplane lav, a misleading clue is that this was only posted in English.View attachment 58989
    - 5 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 3:00am -
  • newBarclay USAirways credit card?
    I don't have status with either AA or USAir but I have both credit cards. Does it make any sense for me to keep the USA card? It's time for renewal and it doesn't seem to make sense anymore.ThanksPA
    - 6 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 1:25am -

Flyertalk MilesBuzz

  • newHyatt Guest of Honor program
    Dear all, I had my friend (*Diamond member*) make an award reservation for me at the Park Hyatt Tokyo using the *Guest of Honor* program, so I can enjoy the Diamond amenities. It appears that most Hyatt agents are not aware of this Guest of Honor.…
    - 13 mins ago Mar 31, 2015, 7:28am -
  • newHKG to SFO via PEK question
    I am planning a flight from Hong Kong to SFO but changing from Dragon Air to Air China in Beijing. I previously had an unpleasant experience in PVG which I was forced to go through immigration and custom during a 1.5 hours layover. I wonder if...
    - 17 mins ago Mar 31, 2015, 7:24am -
  • newUpgrade an EK flight using my Voyager miles?
    Hi Everyone I have some flights coming up on EK that I would like to upgrade using my Voyager miles but it seems that the star alliance upgrade from Voyager does not feature EK flights? Is this normal? Is their any way to get the upgrade done..…
    - 21 mins ago Mar 31, 2015, 7:20am -
  • newNew peak premium redem table
    under construction
    - 31 mins ago Mar 31, 2015, 7:10am -
  • newLINKS for Hilton HHonors Hotels in District of Columbia, USA {US-DC}
    _Organisation_ LINKS for Hilton HHonors Hotels worldwide (http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/hilton-hilton-hhonors/1665587-links-hilton-hhonors-hotels-worldwide.html) +LINKS for Hilton HHonors Hotels in USA...
    - 38 mins ago Mar 31, 2015, 7:03am -
  • newHotels with villas / cottages right on the beach?
    Heading to Hawaii for the first time in ages and have a quite particular request. Looking quite specifically for a beach-front cottage / villas that is *right* on the beach. I've been looking at options like the three beachfront suites the...
    - 39 mins ago Mar 31, 2015, 7:02am -
  • newCredit against debit cards
    I bought a BA flight recently that included EI in one of the legs but the system would only let me pay via a credit card & would not allow me to pay with my debit card. Any thoughts on why this would happen? NtD
    - 43 mins ago Mar 31, 2015, 6:58am -
  • newWould you risk the flight?
    Hey guys, My flight from Turkey ( with Turkish airlines ) is planned to arrive JFK at 04:50 PM . I need to be transferred to Charlotte. When i checked JFK to CLT flights i freaked out. Because the latest departure was at 06:30 PM(There is a.…
    - 58 mins ago Mar 31, 2015, 6:43am -
  • newSFO/OAK/SJC to DTW one rountrip airfare
    Leaving on Apr 2nd and returning on Apr 4 or 5. Looking for a lowest fare. Have AA, UA, 35k with Delta, amex MR and Chase Fares seems from $600 onwards. Even Southwest seems expensive. No need for hotel or car. PriceLine was also from $600.…
    - 1 hour ago Mar 31, 2015, 6:12am -
  • newN/S flight listings on Website
    I wish the website had a way of highlighting days with non-stop flights when the calendar selection screen comes up. Perhaps by *bolding* the dates when non-stops operate? I clicked on one departure date and the site proposed that I fly from...
    - 2 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 6:09am -

Reddit r/churning

  • newIs churning US-only?
    Hello, I tried to find this in the wiki, but I couldn't find any hints except that everything seems to be written in a default of being in the USA -- for example all the notes about how your credit ratings work etc. Is this a US-only practice or can…
    - 1 hour ago Mar 31, 2015, 6:30am -
  • newMaximum advisable rate of credit card applications?
    I have an upper 700s credit score and I wanted to take advantage of some cool cards I found on this subreddit. Including the Sallie Mae mastercard and some travel cards. Is it a bad idea to apply for 3 cards in less than a month? How long would it ta…
    - 1 hour ago Mar 31, 2015, 6:13am -
  • newImproved Spreadsheet + Public Sharing Link
    Hey everyone! The few times I have posted my spreadsheet, the amount of people messaging me asking for a copy has been overwhelming. Thank you for all the kind words! So after I saw there was a big interest, I decided to improve the spreadsheet, maki…
    - 3 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 4:55am -
  • newI really don't understand why anyone needs a 5% Amazon Credit Card...
    First, the Citi Forward has a 5x TYP (~8%) return on Amazon, but it's impossible to apply now, so let's forget it. Sallie Mae offers a 5% return on Amazon, and a monthly cap $750. I think most people will find this enough. If you really spend A LOT o…
    - 4 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 3:40am -
  • newLooking to replace my Amazon.com rewards card. Suggestions?
    Amateur churner here with credit score in the 790s. My Amazon card earns 1% on everything, 2% on gas, and food and drugs, and 3% on all Amazon.com purchases. I use this card as my daily spender, pay bills with it, and I spend a few hundred a month on…
    - 5 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 2:57am -
  • newRecon didn't go as planned. Advice for a newb?
    I am visiting New York in June for a 4 night stay. When researching cards I found the best card to get would be either the Hyatt or the SPG to cover at least 2 nights of stay. And a friend also going on the trip would get the same card to make the 4…
    - 8 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 11:39pm -
  • newAvios have been reinstated, able to book BA flights
    Just a heads up that it looks like British Airways have instated the Avios that went missing over the weekend. I had about 60k removed due to "Ex-Gratia", but it showed a deposit for the same amount for the same reason. Should be able to book fligh…
    - 12 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 7:25pm -
  • newNew Amazon Prime Store Card - 5% back + $40 GC
    Link (viewable by Prime members only?), screen-shot Just noticed this. Looks like Amazon is now offering a special store card (via Synchrony Bank) for prime members that offers 5% back on "any purchase at Amazon.com with the exception of Amazon Prime…
    - 13 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 7:01pm -
  • newMoronic Monday - Business Cards without a Business
    It's Moronic Monday, so I'd like to share a mistake I made in the hope that others can avoid the same thing. I applied for a Chase Ink Plus card without having an EIN or a "formal" business, though I do rent out one of my bedrooms and sell a few thin…
    - 13 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 6:29pm -
  • new80,000 IHG Card offer
    My wife was rounding out her latest AoR last week, and we decided to get the 70,000 points from the IHG Card. However, when she logged into her IHG account, the offer had changed to 80,000. It was literally on the same place on the page, just worth 1…
    - 15 hours ago Mar 30, 2015, 4:54pm -

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