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The Points Guy

  • newLast Chance: Chase Freedom 20,000 Sign-Up Bonus
    As I’ve written about before, I’ve had the Chase Freedom card for years now and it becomes even more powerful when combined with the Chase Sapphire Preferred and/or Ink Plus cards. The standard sign-up bonus on the Freedom card is $100 (1…
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  • newWould You Fly Malaysia Airlines?
    I’m flying on Malaysia Airlines for the first time tomorrow due to a pretty cheap business class fare (and my need to requalify for American Airlines Executive Platinum!) and I have to say I’m not worried about it. However, almost everyone I’v…
    - 2 hours ago 17 Dec 14, 4:20pm -
  • newStarwood Offers SPG Members Free Internet Access
    Last month, I wrote about how Marriott Offers Free Wi-Fi to All Marriott Rewards Members, and speculated if other brands such as Starwood would follow suit. That speculation was warranted, as Starwood announced today that SPG members who book the…
    - 3 hours ago 17 Dec 14, 2:45pm -
  • newGuide to Maximizing Points and Miles for Baby Purchases
     I often stress the importance to award travelers of earning points or miles on every dollar spent, and since having kids isn’t known for being cheap, today TPG Contributor (and new father) Nick Ewen offers his strategies for earning travel rew…
    - 3 hours ago 17 Dec 14, 2:30pm -
  • newCredit Card Combinations for a Paris Vacation
    When talking about award travel, it’s easy to focus on earning points and miles and lose sight of the actual traveling. Today, however, TPG Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele offers a detailed analysis of how you can use your tr…
    - 5 hours ago 17 Dec 14, 1:08pm -
  • new8 Nights of Hanukkah Hotels
    Like a bag of shiny gelt (gold-wrapped chocolate coins), it’s a treat to gather with your extended mishpachah (family) for the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, which this year spans December 16-24. Based on the eight U.S. cities with the largest Jewi…
    - 20 hours ago 16 Dec 14, 9:45pm -
  • newDeal Alert: $44 American Airlines Flights from Chicago
    Per the Flight Deal, American Airlines is running a fare sale with flights from Chicago to Orlando or Tampa starting at just $44 each way for travel in January and February. If you are interested in scoring any of these fares for $44, be sure to book…
    - 23 hours ago 16 Dec 14, 6:29pm -
  • 50,000 SkyMiles Sign-Up Bonus for Amex Delta Gold Card
    American Express has launched limited time signup bonus offers of 50,000 Delta SkyMiles and a $50 statement credit on their Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card and their Business Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card. The signup bonuses for these cards…
    - 1 day ago 16 Dec 14, 5:29pm -
  • Follow My Travels on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
    If you follow TPG on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, you may notice that I’ve been posting a lot more lately, with a lot more pictures and stories of my travels. In the past I’ve viewed social media as an alternate and more nimble way to relay …
    - 1 day ago 16 Dec 14, 4:29pm -
  • Credit Card Annual Spending Bonuses to Hit in 2014
    As 2014 winds down, there are a lot of important award travel considerations for the end of the year, including elite status qualification, upcoming program changes, and credit card benefits to maximize before they expire. Back in January I looked…
    - 1 day ago 16 Dec 14, 2:59pm -

Frugal Travel Guy

  • newFlying This Holiday Season? Extra Travel Tips and Tricks
    For those who travel frequently, you’ve undoubtedly learned the tricks of packing efficiently, making it through security, navigating the airports and anticipating trip interruptions. For those who travel infrequently — perhaps only during the ho…
    - 10 hours ago 17 Dec 14, 8:00am -
  • newMarriott’s New Housekeeping Tipping Initiative Makes for an Awkward Stay
    Back in September of this year, Marriott announced that it would be joining A Woman’s Nation (AWN), a nonprofit organization founded by Maria Shriver, in their “The Envelope Please” initiative, which is designed to encourage and enable hotel gu…
    - 19 hours ago 16 Dec 14, 11:00pm -
  • newAeroplan Miles-Earning Credit Card Now Available for U.S. Residents
    Air Canada’s Aeroplan rewards program is one of the most underrated rewards program out there. Sure, they impose fuel surcharges on their own flights (as well as many of their partners’ flights), but the list of partners on which they do not impo…
    - 20 hours ago 16 Dec 14, 10:00pm -
  • newAutomatically Price Match Purchases with Citi-Double Cash and Citi Price Rewind
    As the holiday shopping season continues, it’s important to remember several key benefits for Citi cardholders. Let’s start with the Citi Double Cash card, shall we? First of all, the Citi Double Cash card allows you to earn 2% cash-back on all p…
    - 22 hours ago 16 Dec 14, 8:00pm -
  • Win Tickets to See Howie at the New York Times Travel Show
    The weekend of January 23, 2015, I’ll be speaking at the New York Times Travel Show at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. Talking mileage runs, points and miles on the Today Show was pretty darn cool, but being on the same stage and right b…
    - 1 day ago 16 Dec 14, 8:00am -
  • Limited Time Offer: 40% Bonus when Transferring Amex Membership Rewards Points to British Airways
    From now until January 31, 2015, you will receive a 40% transfer bonus when transferring American Express Membership Rewards points to a British Airways Avios Executive Club account. In other words, for every 1,000 Amex MR points you transfer to your…
    - 2 days ago 16 Dec 14, 12:00am -
  • The Risk of a 0% Credit Card
    Credit cards that offer 0% interest rates are one of the most amazing phenomenons in the credit industry. A creditor is effectively giving you access to “free” money. You’ve got to pay the money back, but they’re not charging you anything for…
    - 2 days ago 15 Dec 14, 11:00pm -
  • My Top 10 Tips for Visiting the Pyramids of Giza
    A trip that is on most travelers bucket list is visiting the Pyramids in Egypt. When planning such major travel, it’s always good to gather information and personal experiences from other travelers who have visited the destination. One person’s e…
    - 2 days ago 15 Dec 14, 8:00pm -
  • The Greatest Expedition of Your Life (Sponsored)
    Want to make your 5-year-old self proud and become an explorer? Trade in your keyboard for a pair of binoculars and head to sunny South Africa’s wide open spaces and endless sky to explore all the flora and fauna of this majestic land. Keep your e…
    - 2 days ago 15 Dec 14, 7:00pm -
  • Famous Sayings in the Miles and Points Game
    As my blogging career winds down and I look back at the years I’ve played this game, there have been some memorable sayings floated by fellow travelers that have left a lasting impression on me. Here are some of my favorites and their relation to t…
    - 2 days ago 15 Dec 14, 8:00am -

One Mile at a Time

  • newAmazing Footage: Video Of Severe Turbulence From Inside A Cabin
    Yesterday an American Airlines flight from Seoul to Dallas diverted to Tokyo after hitting severe turbulence. Four passengers and one crewmember were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.We don't generally put much thought into reports of…
    - 36 mins ago 17 Dec 14, 5:19pm -
  • newHilton HHonors Lifetime Diamond Status Coming In 2015
    While I personally don't think lifetime status is worth "chasing" given how much programs change nowadays, there's no doubt it's a nice reward for stays you'd make anyway.Hotels offering lifetime elite statusAmong the major hotel chains, Hyatt, Mar…
    - 2 hours ago 17 Dec 14, 4:03pm -
  • newFree Wifi For All SPG Members Starting In 2015
    Back in late October, Marriott announced that they would begin offering all Marriott Rewards members booking directly through Marriott free in-room wifi. That came after IHG Rewards Club began offering all members free in-room wifi as of early this y…
    - 3 hours ago 17 Dec 14, 2:54pm -
  • newDelta Elite Members Now Receive Hertz Status
    The past couple of years we've seen some interesting and slightly unconventional partnerships emerge, as loyalty programs look for more ways to cross-market.We saw this with Delta's partnership with Starwood, with Hyatt's partnership with MGM, etc.…
    - 5 hours ago 17 Dec 14, 12:33pm -
  • newSales Of Macadamia Nuts In Korea Have Increased How Much?!
    Okay, I promise I'll eventually stop talking about this Korean Air nut incident. Just not now... because the story is just too good to ignore. Forget the drama between Alaska and Delta in Seattle, or the Qatar Airways A380 delivery chronicles... this…
    - 16 hours ago 17 Dec 14, 2:03am -
  • newEveryone Reading This Should Get The Chase Freedom
    No, really.And maybe this is because all I do in life nowadays is tell people not to get CapitalOne cards, but the Chase Freedom® is really the much better option if you're looking for a no-annual fee card that you can actually use on travel you wa…
    - 20 hours ago 16 Dec 14, 9:35pm -
  • newHyatt Gold Passport Promotion Coming January 12, 2015
    With IHG Rewards Club leading the pack in announcing their first quarter 2015 promotion, it's pretty normal for other hotel programs to follow with their promotion details pretty quickly. After all, they don't want to lose business due to another pro…
    - 21 hours ago 16 Dec 14, 8:47pm -
  • newLufthansa Adds United Lounge Access For HON Circle Members
    Lufthansa's uber-top tier status is HON Circle, which can be earned by accruing 600,000 elite qualifying miles over the course of two years.The status comes with quite a few benefits, probably the most significant of which is access to the Lufthansa…
    - 22 hours ago 16 Dec 14, 8:03pm -
  • newPSA: Don’t Open Airplane Emergency Exit For Fresh Air Or To Get Off Faster
    There are a couple of interesting stories over the past couple of days from planes in China that had the emergency exits opened. As uncivilized as the US aviation industry seems sometimes, it's easy to take for granted that at least most people have…
    - 23 hours ago 16 Dec 14, 6:33pm -
  • 30% Discount On Sharing American & US Airways Miles
    Through December 30, 2014, American AAAdvantage and US Airways Dividend Miles are both offering a 30% discount on sharing miles.The cost to share miles through this promotion is 0.875 cents per mile, factoring in the 30% discount.On top of that, th…
    - 1 day ago 16 Dec 14, 5:03pm -

View From the Wing

The Frequent Miler

  • newIncreasing rewards beyond 50X
    Click here to view in browser: Increasing rewards beyond 50XLast month 1800Flowers ran a promotion that made it possible to earn 50 Southwest Rapid Rewards points per dollar with each order.  This was exciting for a number of reasons including the…
    - 7 hours ago 17 Dec 14, 11:25am -
  • How to cash in your PayPal My Cash cards when PayPal freezes your account
    Click here to view in browser: How to cash in your PayPal My Cash cards when PayPal freezes your accountImage this scenario:  Suppose a blogger you know had been buying PayPal My Cash cards at a certain three letter drug store and paying with a car…
    - 1 day ago 16 Dec 14, 11:25am -
  • Citi Prestige vs Premier vs Preferred

    - 2 days ago 15 Dec 14, 11:25am -
  • Bet You Didn’t Know: What to do when British Airways doesn’t show partner availability
    Click here to view in browser: Bet You Didn’t Know: What to do when British Airways doesn’t show partner availabilityBy Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate…   Greg has written before about the incredible value in British Airways awards, inc…
    - 5 days ago 12 Dec 14, 11:25am -
  • 30,000 miles to nowhere. Progress and plans.
    Click here to view in browser: 30,000 miles to nowhere. Progress and plans.Background: Currently, there’s a one time opportunity to get top tier AAdvantage elite status (Executive Platinum) by enrolling in and completing the US Airways Preferred S…
    - 6 days ago 11 Dec 14, 11:25am -
  • 30,000 miles to nowhere. Lessons learned so far.
    Click here to view in browser: 30,000 miles to nowhere. Lessons learned so far.Background: Currently, there’s a one time opportunity to get top tier AAdvantage elite status (Executive Platinum) by enrolling in and completing the US Airways Preferr…
    - 7 days ago 10 Dec 14, 10:00pm -
  • FTU Dallas registration postponed until Thursday 10am Central
    Click here to view in browser: FTU Dallas registration postponed until Thursday 10am CentralDue to technical difficulties, FTU registration has been pushed back one day. Hopefully they’ll be ready to go tomorrow morning (Thursday at 10 am Central)…
    - 7 days ago 10 Dec 14, 7:15pm -
  • From one FTU to another (and be ready at 10 tomorrow if you want to go!)
    Click here to view in browser: From one FTU to another (and be ready at 10 tomorrow if you want to go!)UPDATE: Registration is now open for FTU Dallas: FTU Advanced: ftuniversity.com/events/ftu-advanced-dallas/ FTU: ftuniversity.com/events/ftu-dalla…
    - 8 days ago 10 Dec 14, 2:00am -
  • An analysis of the Virgin Atlantic 90K offer
    Click here to view in browser: An analysis of the Virgin Atlantic 90K offerNote: This is a slightly updated re-publish of a post from August, titled “Will the real Virgin Atlantic offer please stand up?” Bank of America recently re-introduced a…
    - 8 days ago 9 Dec 14, 11:25am -
  • 30 points per dollar, but I’m still waiting for more
    Click here to view in browser: 30 points per dollar, but I’m still waiting for moreA few weeks ago, I wrote “How to feed the hungry and fly for free.”  In that post I showed how to donate 74 boxes of fruit or nuts from 1-800-Flowers to a food…
    - 9 days ago 8 Dec 14, 11:05am -

The Flight Deal

The Free-quent Flyer

  • newDo this now: IHG Rewards Set Your Sights promotion
    IHG Rewards has announced and opened registration for their upcoming promotion, called "Set Your Sights." Between January 1 and April 30, 2014, members can earn at least 50,000 IHG Rewards points for completing a series of tasks, which will vary dep…
    - 7 hours ago 17 Dec 14, 11:00am -
  • Guest post: Funding bank accounts with credit cards
    [Editor's note: this post was a guest submission by Will from Doctor of Credit. Will previously wrote for the site on the subject of depositing money orders remotely using smartphone apps, which I found to be an immensely helpful resource. I often me…
    - 1 day ago 16 Dec 14, 11:00am -
  • Easy and free ways to liquidate prepaid gift cards from Office Max
    By now many of my readers will have seen information about the current Office Max promotion, running through December 27, 2014, for $20 off $300 or more in Visa or MasterCard gift cards purchased in-store.Since $200 Visa and MasterCard gift cards com…
    - 2 days ago 16 Dec 14, 12:01am -
  • Do this now: Register for Chase Freedom cash back
    It's that time of the quarter, when registration opens for Chase Freedom bonus categories. In the first quarter of 2015, Chase Freedom cards will earn 5 non-flexible Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent at grocery stores excluding Walmart and Ta…
    - 2 days ago 15 Dec 14, 7:56pm -
  • IHG Rewards Into the Chaos: Points or Nights?
    As you know, IHG Rewards' 4th quarter promotion is called Into the Nights, and gives you the option of earning up to 50,000 bonus points or 2 free nights at any IHG property, or a combination of points and nights.As you may or may not know, depending…
    - 5 days ago 13 Dec 14, 1:12am -
  • Cash back at Amazon.com
    First of all, check out my spiffy new disclosure policy which should now be found at the top of each blog post when you visit my website. It reads:"Disclosure: to the best of my knowledge, I receive no third-party affiliate revenue for any of the co…
    - 6 days ago 12 Dec 14, 12:44am -
  • Quick hit: Orbitz $100 off $100+ promo is back (2 nights required)
    Via Miles To Memories, run, don't walk over to Orbitz.com and start booking pairs of nights for $100 off using promo code "VISACHECKOUT" and paying through, you guessed it, Visa Checkout.Your total stay cost must exceed $100 before the discount is ap…
    - 7 days ago 10 Dec 14, 3:27pm -
  • Update: selling Marriott gift cards to Cardpool
    Last month I wrote about a nice opportunity to score Marriott stays on the cheap or make a quick buck buying Marriott gift cards for 25% off and then reselling them at 92% of their face value.First the good news: as expected, Marriott gift card purc…
    - 8 days ago 9 Dec 14, 11:00am -
  • Developing: problems with Walmart bill pay
    This is just a quick note going into the weekend for readers who haven't yet seen this on Twitter, Flyertalk, or another manufactured spending forum.Some Walmart Money Center registers are no longer showing some credit card payment networksAs longti…
    - 12 days ago 6 Dec 14, 3:24am -
  • Considering the US Bank Flexperks Travel American Express
    [Update 12/9/14: Oops! I stopped into another US Bank branch today and studied the fine print of this offer. It turns out the American Express version of the card also bonuses charitable spending, it's just formatted slightly differently on the websi…
    - 13 days ago 4 Dec 14, 11:00am -

Well Traveled Mile

MileValue

  • newBook Tickets from Fake Location to Save Money
    A friend passed along an article from Time.com that advocates doing something I’ve done a few times, but not described: You can often get a cheaper price on a cash ticket if you book the ticket in foreign currency through airline’s website design…
    - 1 hour ago 17 Dec 14, 4:54pm -
  • newCiti Prestige: 30,000 ThankYou Points, $250 Airfare Credit, Admirals Club Lounge Access
    The Citi Prestige® Card comes with 30,000 bonus ThankYou Points after $2,000 in purchases made with your card in the first 3 months the account is open, $250 in airfare or airline fee credits per calendar year, access to the American Airlines Admir…
    - 18 hours ago 17 Dec 14, 12:12am -
  • How to Get Two Roundtrips to Central or South America from One Credit Card
    American Airlines offers some of the most generous off peak awards in the world. Off peak awards are discounts (ranging from 20-30%) on economy awards with MileSAAver award space, the capacity-controlled space that we like to book. To Peru, Colombia,…
    - 1 day ago 16 Dec 14, 4:47pm -
  • Membership Rewards 40% Transfer Bonus to British Airways Avios Through 1/31/15
    American Express Membership Rewards transfers to British Airways Avios will come with an automatic 40% transfer bonus from now through January 31, 2015. Is this British Airways transfer bonus a good deal? Should you take advantage of the 40% transfe…
    - 1 day ago 16 Dec 14, 7:14am -
  • 5 Easy Ways to Earn More Miles
    How am I flying around the world in some of the world’s nicest Business and First Classes? By earning loads of miles, of course. Here are five easy ways you can earn more miles. 1. Collect More Credit Card Sign Up Bonuses This is the easiest one, a…
    - 2 days ago 15 Dec 14, 6:17pm -
  • What Do You Call That DC Airport Not Named Dulles or BWI?
    The Washington Post has an interesting poll running right now. It’s really just one question about what you call the commercial airport closest to DC. Beneath that, there are several demographic questions that I’m sure they’ll try to correlate…
    - 2 days ago 15 Dec 14, 3:14pm -
  • 20% Off United Awards to Hawaii, Mexico, and Ski Destinations
    United is offering a 20% discount on roundtrip Saver economy awards booked this month to Hawaii, Mexico, and several ski and warm weather destinations in the continental United States. The number of awesome winter destinations included is staggering…
    - 2 days ago 15 Dec 14, 2:50pm -
  • Redeem Arrival Miles to Cancel Out Annual Fee
    A reader writes that he used 8,010 Arrival miles to avoid paying the annual fee on his Barclaycard Arrival PlusTM World Elite MasterCard®, which comes with 40,000 bonus miles after spending $3k in the first 90 days. Arrival miles are completely unl…
    - 3 days ago 14 Dec 14, 4:50pm -
  • Power Point Slides from Chicago Seminars about Trick Awards
    I gave a well-received presentation on Trick Awards at the Chicago Seminars in October. The presentation dealt with free one ways, negative price one ways, open jaws, stopovers, avoiding fuel surcharges, and award chart SUPER sweet spots. Enjoy! —…
    - 5 days ago 12 Dec 14, 3:39pm -
  • Powerpoint Slides from Chicago Seminars about Southwest Companion Pass
    In October, I had the pleasure of speaking at the Chicago Seminars. My original slot was to speak about Trick Awards, but a last minute cancellation by another speaker had me also speak about the Southwest Companion Pass. Here are my slides from the…
    - 5 days ago 12 Dec 14, 3:20pm -

Frequent Flier

  • newInterCon’s Purchase of Kimpton Gets Mixed Reaction
    This week’s announcement that InterContinental Hotels Group will purchase Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants elicited a decidedly split reaction among travelers. Among many Kimpton loyalists, the prospect of the company’s 62 boutique hotels coming unde…
    - 45 mins ago 17 Dec 14, 5:10pm -
  • newDelta Upgrades Elite Status with Hertz Perks
    In the latest preferred marketing partnership among major travel suppliers, Hertz will award elite status in its Gold Plus Rewards program to elite members of Delta’s SkyMiles program, as follows: Delta Diamond and Platinum elites receive Hertz Pre…
    - 23 hours ago 16 Dec 14, 7:18pm -
  • New InterCon Promo: ‘At Least 50,000 Bonus Points’
    InterContinental’s next promotion, “Set Your Sights,” extends the company’s recent string of highly personalized promotions, with offers that vary widely according to the profiles of IHG Rewards members. Offer Details After registering on the…
    - 1 day ago 16 Dec 14, 5:50pm -
  • Win a 4-Night Virgin Islands Getaway
    Enter the Lucky magazine “British Virgin Islands” sweepstakes by February 9, 2015, for a chance to win the grand prize: a trip for two to the British Virgin Islands, including air, four nights’ hotel accommodations, one dinner, a LeSportsac lug…
    - 2 days ago 15 Dec 14, 7:38pm -
  • American Adds New Mileage Bonuses for Premium Fares
    American’s recent announcement that it would not follow Delta and United in converting to a spend-based mileage program in 2015 was a relief to the many infrequent leisure travelers who would be disadvantaged by the new revenue-focused schemes. Tod…
    - 2 days ago 15 Dec 14, 5:31pm -
  • Recap: The Week’s Biggest Stories and Best Deals
    Following is our regular summary of the latest travel news and best frequent traveler promotions reviewed during the past week. If it was a good deal—or a notably bad deal—from an airline, hotel, or car rental loyalty program, you can ... Read Mo…
    - 5 days ago 12 Dec 14, 10:47pm -
  • United Discounts Award Tickets by 20%
    What’s better than redeeming your miles for a free trip? How about redeeming fewer miles for the same trip. United is offering a 20 percent discount on roundtrip coach Saver awards to select destinations booked by December 30 and completed ... Read…
    - 5 days ago 12 Dec 14, 5:18pm -
  • One Airline Does Right Thing, Cuts Fuel Surcharges
    Fact: In many parts of the U.S., the price of a gallon regular gas has fallen below $3 at the pump. Fact: Crude oil prices are the lowest they’ve been in five years. Fact: Fuel accounts for almost half of ... Read More
    - 6 days ago 11 Dec 14, 7:32pm -
  • Earn 500 Starwood Bonus Points for Mobile Bookings
    Mobile is the future. To push travelers to adopt that future sooner rather than later, Starwood is the latest hotel chain to offer bonus points for mobile bookings. Offer Details Between December 10, 2014, and March 31, 2015, Starwood Preferred ... R…
    - 6 days ago 11 Dec 14, 5:32pm -
  • Hyatt Announces Award-Price Changes for 2015
    Last year, Hyatt significantly devalued its Gold Passport program by increasing the number of points required for most award stays. This year, the news is better. Although the number of points required for a free night will increase at 22 ... Read Mo…
    - 7 days ago 10 Dec 14, 7:36pm -

Travel is Free

  • newFinding American Airlines’ (AA) MPM Limit and Rules
    Earlier I wrote a post on American Airlines routing rules that did not deal with the Maximum Permitted Mileage (MPM) and instead dealt with the other aspects of their routing rules. But MPM limits are still an integral part of AA’s routing rules…
    - 19 hours ago 16 Dec 14, 10:47pm -
  • newRTW Challenge: 6 Continents with 3 Credit Cards
    Same rules as last time, but different goal. The goal is to start in the US and see the 5 other inhabited continents: South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia. One of the rules is that I have to use current credit card bonuses, and current awa…
    - 23 hours ago 16 Dec 14, 7:13pm -
  • New IHG Promo for 2015: Q&A
    IHG has announced a new version of the Big Win or the Into The Nights promotion for Jan 1 to April 30 and this time it’s basically the same thing as the Big Win but it’s called the “Set Your Nights” promotion (register here). All these prom…
    - 2 days ago 15 Dec 14, 6:33pm -
  • Complete List of Airline Award Charts
    This post is important to bookmark (not that I’m biased) because of the award charts that are unique to this site. There is no other complete Flying Blue award chart on the internet other than the one I’ve made here. I’ve never seen another Al…
    - 2 days ago 15 Dec 14, 12:02pm -
  • “Could I be getting better value out of my miles/points?”
    There is nothing wrong with earning free miles/points from the lowest hanging fruits, and only earning with a couple programs. Many people read my articles on how to do 7 stopovers with JAL and then they start to wonder if they are doing something…
    - 4 days ago 13 Dec 14, 5:44pm -
  • How To Book Your “Free Night” With IHG, Hilton, and Hyatt
    The credit cards of IHG, Hilton (the Reserve card) and Hyatt all give free nights, although the details are all very different. First I’ll explain what those differing rules are and then I’ll explain how to go online and actually use your free ni…
    - 6 days ago 11 Dec 14, 11:25pm -
  • Our 9 Favorite Points Hotels of 2014
    The end of the year is near and we’ve actually already been to a lot of the hotels we have scheduled from now until the end of the year (IC Warsaw, IC Vienna, IC Budapest, etc…) and so I might as well get this yearly tradition out of the way and…
    - 8 days ago 9 Dec 14, 9:38pm -
  • Cheapest Miles to East Asia
    So far I’ve done Cheapest Miles to Hawaii, and Cheapest Miles to Europe. And what this is, is a chart comparing all the airline miles prices back to back to show you the best options. In this case I’ll be doing a chart of the best miles from No…
    - 9 days ago 9 Dec 14, 2:16am -
  • ANA Stopover Secrets
    I have yet to write about this trick, but since ANA’s award chart is changing to a region based program in April… It’s going to end anyways and more people might as well benefit from it. Ya know, it’s not the easiest trick in the world, but…
    - 10 days ago 8 Dec 14, 1:08am -

Frequent Flyer Bonuses

Million Mile Secrets

Nomadic Matt

  • newHow to Travel on $50 A Day: The Book Tour
    Most people think it seems too good to be true that you can travel across the world on less than it costs to live at home. They believe that cheap travel is a pipe dream. But, as readers of the blog, you know that not to be true, and, in the coming m…
    - 3 hours ago 17 Dec 14, 3:20pm -
  • How to Sail the British Virgin Islands for Free
    The British Virgin Islands often foster images of intrepid sailors and adventurers living their own version of a Jimmy Buffett song – sailing the seas, relentlessly drinking rum, stopping at hidden beaches, and exploring deserted islands. Standing…
    - 2 days ago 15 Dec 14, 4:27pm -
  • How to Travel the World on $50 a Day: The New Edition (and Special Offer)
    In 2013, I published my first book, How to Travel the World on $50 A Day. However, information constantly changes in travel – tips get dated and new ways to save always emerge, which is why with great excitement, I’d like to announce an even big…
    - 6 days ago 11 Dec 14, 3:12pm -
  • What Hitchhiking Alone as a Female in China Taught Me About Hospitality
    On the second Wednesday of the month, Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse writes a guest column featuring tips and advice on solo female travel. It’s an important topic I can’t cover so I brought in an expert to share her advice. This is her col…
    - 7 days ago 10 Dec 14, 2:38pm -
  • 16 Delicious Restaurants in Hong Kong
    Wandering the crowded streets of Hong Kong, one always finds street vendors serving delicious noodles, roasted ducks hanging in the windows of restaurants, fish tanks full of tonight’s dinner, and trendy restaurants next to decades old dim sum esta…
    - 9 days ago 8 Dec 14, 2:10pm -
  • How to Spend Four Days in Hong Kong
    Hong Kong. Its name inspires visions of a chaotic, jam-packed city with soaring skyscrapers, thick smog, endless noodle stands, big finance, and wild nights out. It’s one of my top five favorite cities in the world and I relish any chance to visit.…
    - 13 days ago 4 Dec 14, 2:55pm -
  • 10 of the Best New Travel Apps of 2014
    On the first Tuesday of each month, Dave Dean from Too Many Adapters gives us great tips and advice on travel tech and gear. This month’s column is on the best apps to help manage and save on your trip. There’s no shortage of travel apps clutter…
    - 15 days ago 2 Dec 14, 5:25pm -
  • 6 Lessons Learned from 3 Months in China
    China is a fascinating and rapidly changing country. Old customs and habits hang on as modern skyscrapers go up every second, the country becomes more of a global powerhouse, and people from around the world move there. Last year, my friend, Scott Yo…
    - 27 days ago 20 Nov 14, 2:00pm -
  • How to Change the “I’m Too Poor to Travel” Mindset and Say Yes to Travel
    “Your advice is great if you are middle-class, your parents are giving you money, or you’re from the West. Your website can never work for me. I’m too poor to travel. This advice is only for privileged people.” I encounter this line of though…
    - 30 days ago 17 Nov 14, 2:00pm -
  • 10 Common Fears That Stop You from Traveling Solo
    On the second Wednesday of the month, Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse writes a column featuring tips and advice on solo female travel. It’s not a topic I can cover and, since there’s a lot of female travelers out there, I felt it was importa…
    - 35 days ago 12 Nov 14, 2:00pm -

The Hustle Blog

  • Chase Freedom 2015 Bonus Categories Announced

    - 7 days ago 10 Dec 14, 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…
    - 30 days ago 17 Nov 14, 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…
    - 37 days ago 10 Nov 14, 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…
    - 40 days ago 7 Nov 14, 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…
    - 75 days ago 3 Oct 14, 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…
    - 77 days ago 1 Oct 14, 4:18pm -
  • Newark Airport Family Day 2014
    Finally, I can tell my nephew, who has been asking me about this since the beginning of summer, the great news. Newark Airport Family Day is back for 2014! We took my nephew the past 2 years and he absolutely loved it. Here are the details: October…
    - 78 days ago 30 Sep 14, 11:00am -
  • Small Business Saturday 2014
    Shop Small One of my favorite days of the year for free money is returning this year to kick off the holiday season. Small Business Saturday (Shop Small) will happen on November 29, 2014. Last year’s event was a bit of a downer due to the reduced s…
    - 79 days ago 29 Sep 14, 11:00am -
  • Chase Freedom 4th Quarter 2014 – 5x Points at Amazon & Department Stores
    You can now activate your Chase Freedom credit cards to earn 5 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent in the following categories: Amazon.com Zappos.com Select department stores JCPenney Kohl’s Macy’s Nordstrom Sears You can see the list of a…
    - 91 days ago 17 Sep 14, 11:00am -
  • After 3+ Years, Amazon Payments Will Come to an End
    Big news hit the manufactured spend circles this week. After more than 3 years of very easy manufactured spend, Amazon Payments will be ending its person to person payment options on October 13, 2014. You can find the new terms on Amazon’s help pag…
    - 96 days ago 12 Sep 14, 11:00am -

UPgRD

  • Upgrd 94: Captain Denny
    By Upgrd Podcast - Upgrd PodcastIn this frequent flyerpodcast we are joined by Captain Denny to discuss customerservice, the CaptainJason Dahl scholarship and frequent flyer news. Disclaimer: The views expressed are thepersonal opinions of the…
    - 14 Oct 12, 12:09am -
  • Upgrd 93: Airline Predictions 2012
    By Upgrd Podcast - Upgrd PodcastOur frequentflyers review our airline predictions from last year and prognosticateon upcoming airline and hotel promotions and changes in 2012.Although our crystal balls were somewhat clouded in 2011 a littlebit o…
    - 23 Feb 12, 8:00pm -
  • Upgrd 92: Adiós SpanAir
    By Upgrd Podcast - Upgrd PodcastJoin our frequent flyers as wediscuss the closure of SpanAir, the bankruptcy proceedings ofAmerican Airlines, and recent hotel and airline promotionsincluding:Delta may make run at US AirwaysUS Airways evaluate…
    - 3 Feb 12, 1:00pm -
  • Upgrd 91: Airline Mileage Devaluation
    By Upgrd Podcast - Upgrd PodcastIn this week's frequent flyer travelpodcast we discuss the recent airline news and changes manyairline mileage programs including:USAirways 100% mile bonus is backUnited and Continental get single operating certi…
    - 3 Dec 11, 3:19am -
  • Upgrd 90: End of Year Mileage Planning
    By Upgrd Podcast - Upgrd PodcastIn this frequent flyerpodcast we discuss Matthew's secretconnecting city, some special offers, and then answer listenersquestions. Topics include:Sale on Delta Club Passes and United Club PassesHilton's reward bo…
    - 27 Oct 11, 12:00pm -
  • Upgrd 89: Method to the Madness
    By Upgrd Podcast - Upgrd PodcastIn this week's frequent flyerpodcast, we are joined by Nicholas Kralev to discuss his newbook Decoding Air Travel. We discuss how you canconstruct your own airfare by looking at the airline tariffs andinventory bu…
    - 14 Aug 11, 11:42pm -
  • Upgrd 88: Credit Card Churning
    By Upgrd Podcast - Upgrd PodcastIn this week's frequent flyerpodcast we are joined by Rick, frugal travelguy, to discuss churning credit cards for the most frequentflyer and hotel points. Listen as we discuss:How you can apply for up multiple cr…
    - 27 Jul 11, 6:10pm -
  • Upgrd 87: Social Flights
    By Upgrd Podcast - Upgrd PodcastIn this week's frequent flyerpodcast we are joined by Allen of Corporate Flight Managementto discuss their new program socialflights.com. On social flights,individuals can group together to secure a corporate jet t…
    - 19 Jun 11, 3:24pm -
  • Upgrd 86: Springtime Travel
    By Upgrd Podcast - Upgrd PodcastIn this episode of our frequent flyerpodcast we welcome Seth from The Wandering Aramean blog to discuss:A recap of the Frequent Traveler Awards and LuncheonLufthansa A380 SFO inauguralStarwood SPG new promoAAdav…
    - 24 May 11, 11:22pm -
  • Upgrd 85: Our Travels
    By Upgrd Podcast - Upgrd PodcastIn this episode of our frequent flyerpodcast we discuss some recent trips and airline newsincluding:Captain Denny flight with a number of travelers from FlyertalkBehind the scenes tour at SFO before theflightT…
    - 11 Apr 11, 10:05pm -

Johnny Jet

  • newTravel Style: Stephen Oddo
    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: Stephen Oddo Occupation: Co-Founder, Walks of Italy &…
    - 4 hours ago 17 Dec 14, 2:00pm -
  • newTop 10 in Travel News: Week of December 17, 2014
    THE TOP 10 IN TRAVEL NEWS THIS WEEK: Delta security flaw lets passengers access others’ boarding passes Gogo to install Wi-Fi on American Air’s two-class regional jets Delta rebrands cabins, classes of service United Airlines is giving each of it…
    - 5 hours ago 17 Dec 14, 1:00pm -
  • newTravel Contests: Week of December 17, 2014
    This week’s travel contests include: Win a trip for two to the Amazon with Everett Potter, LAN Airlines and International Expeditions Win a $10K dream trip by completing the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards Survey Win a five-day trip to the V…
    - 6 hours ago 17 Dec 14, 12:00pm -
  • newTravel Product of the Week: Lipault Vertical Wheeled Brief
    Are you looking for a sleek, lightweight bag with wheels? If so, check out the Lipault Vertical Wheeled Brief, a great option that has aircraft-grade aluminum retractable handles. The case is 17.75″ high x 14.5″ wide and made of 100% Nylon twi…
    - 18 hours ago 17 Dec 14, 12:05am -
  • newTravel Video of the Week: Best Ski Line of 2014
    Ski season is here! If you want to see one of the gnarliest runs ever, check out Cody Townsend as he takes big mountain skiing to an entirely new level. This daredevil goes down a vertical chute deep in the Alaska Tordrillos Mountain Range, earning…
    - 18 hours ago 16 Dec 14, 11:27pm -
  • newTravel Website of the Week: Charity Navigator
    Watching my local news the other night, I saw a very helpful segment with consumer reporter Ric Romero about the best charities to donate to. I learned that this time of year, donations typically spike as people become more generous with their mon…
    - 19 hours ago 16 Dec 14, 10:34pm -
  • newTravel App of the Week: Heirloom
    I bet you have a ton of old vacation photos in albums collecting dust. You probably don’t have the time to take each photo out, scan it, crop it, and then save it so you can share it with friends and family, do you? If yes, then you should check ou…
    - 21 hours ago 16 Dec 14, 9:24pm -
  • newHoliday lights and a quick stay at southern California’s Dana Point
    Well, I’m totally in the Christmas spirit after seeing a fabulous holiday lights display in Orange County, California! It’s the first year of Dana Point Harbor’s IlluminOcean installation, which features 22 ocean-themed light creations. The…
    - 23 hours ago 16 Dec 14, 6:45pm -

Doctor of Credit

  • newReflections on the Ongoing Saga of Amex Old Blue Cash
    Background Those of us who are into Manufacturing Spend have certainly heard about the deluge of shutdowns on the Amex Old Blue card. It first started on October 22, and we plodded along for a month and a half with no major developments on this fron…
    - 4 hours ago 17 Dec 14, 1:54pm -
  • newRecent Deals & Posts You Shouldn’t Miss
    In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been on a rampage updating our bank bonus page. This means I’ve needed to add a lot of new bank bonuses to the website, this is great but it’s also made the site a little bit hard to navigate for those not in…
    - 11 hours ago 17 Dec 14, 7:09am -
  • newCitibank $100 Regular Checking Promotion
    Offer at a glance Maximum bonus amount: $100 Availability: Nationwide Direct deposit required: No Additional requirements: Complete bill payment for two consecutive months, also must add $1,000-$15,000 in funds Hard/soft pull: Soft Credit card fundin…
    - 11 hours ago 17 Dec 14, 6:46am -
  • new[MA only]Watertown Savings Bank $100 Giftcard Checking Promotion
    Offer at a glance Maximum bonus amount: $100 gift card to select local retailers Availability: MA only  Direct deposit required: Yes, no minimum specified Additional requirements: None Hard/soft pull: Unknown Credit card funding: Unknown Monthly fee…
    - 12 hours ago 17 Dec 14, 6:12am -
  • new[PA only] TruMark Financial $100 Checking Promo
    Offer at a glance Maximum bonus amount: $100 Availability: Select counties in PA Direct deposit required: Yes, $300 per month (+$50) Additional requirements: 5 signature based credit card transactions (+$50) Hard/soft pull: Unknown Credit card fundin…
    - 12 hours ago 17 Dec 14, 5:39am -
  • new[MN & WI] Spire Credit Union $100 Checking Promotion
    Offer at a glance Maximum bonus amount: $100 Availability: MN & WI only, maybe be able to join if a family member is already a member Direct deposit required: Yes, no minimum specified Additional requirements: 5 check card transactions Hard/soft pull…
    - 13 hours ago 17 Dec 14, 5:14am -
  • new[WA Only] Sound Credit Union $100 Free Checking Bonus
    Offer at a glance Maximum bonus amount: $100 Availability: WA only, find branches here or sign up by phone. Direct deposit required: Yes, $250+ recurring Additional requirements: Must also open savings account Hard/soft pull: Unknown Credit card fund…
    - 13 hours ago 17 Dec 14, 4:38am -
  • new[CO only] Public Service Credit Union $100 Visa Giftcard Checking Bonus
    Offer at a glance Maximum bonus amount: $100 Availability: Colorado only. You must also live work or worship in select areas to qualify Direct deposit required: Yes, you need to deposit your full paycheck to get the bonus (this is manually checked vi…
    - 16 hours ago 17 Dec 14, 1:58am -
  • new[AR, KY, IL, MI, & TN] Focus Bank $100 Free Checking Bonus
    Offer at a glance Maximum bonus amount: $100 Availability: AR, KY, IL, MI, & TN Direct deposit required: Optional (+$25) Additional requirements: eStatements (+$25) Hard/soft pull: Soft Credit card funding: Unknown Monthly fees: None Early account…
    - 17 hours ago 17 Dec 14, 1:18am -
  • new[NJ only]Garden Savings $100 Checking Sign Up Bonus
    Offer at a glance Maximum bonus amount: $100 Availability: NJ only Direct deposit required: Yes, must receive on going direct deposit of $100+ per month Additional requirements: None Hard/soft pull: Unknown Credit card funding: Unknown Monthly fees:…
    - 17 hours ago 17 Dec 14, 12:46am -

Hustler Money Blog

  • newChase Freedom Card Review: $200 Bonus Promotion
    Only 1 more day, this $200 offer ends on December 17th! You can earn a $200 bonus after you spend $500 in purchases in the first 3 months from account opening with the Chase Freedom® along with 5% cash back categories for the fourth quarter of 2014.…
    - 3 hours ago 17 Dec 14, 3:11pm -
  • newBest Bank Rates Nationwide, December 2014
    The following savings accounts are available to everyone. Make sure to read their terms and conditions in order to get the high rate. Find the best bank rate available nationwide!  
    - 12 hours ago 17 Dec 14, 6:02am -
  • newTelhio Credit Union Review: $200 Bonus Promotion
    Telhio Credit Union in Ohio offers a $200 bonus when you open a new checking account, electronic statements, Telhio VISA debit card and a Telhio savings account with at least $5,000 good through December 31, 2014. Telhio offers a range of checking op…
    - 20 hours ago 16 Dec 14, 9:56pm -
  • newPure Via Sweetener Class Action Lawsuit Settlement
    Pure Via Sweetener is offering up to $30 in order to settle a class action lawsuit claiming they deceptively marketed their Pure Via Natural Sweetener products. Consumers who have purchased Pure Via products may be eligible to receive a cash refund…
    - 20 hours ago 16 Dec 14, 9:51pm -
  • newAmex Offers: $50 Off $200 At Marriott Hotels
    You can now registered your American Express card via Twitter Sync to get a $50 statement credit when you make a purchase of $200 or more at Marriott Hotels good until December 31, 2014. People have reported to buying a $200 Marriott gift card at the…
    - 21 hours ago 16 Dec 14, 9:17pm -
  • newRobinhood Brokerage Review: Free Stock Trades No Minimum
    Sign up now to Robinhood brokerage account to be put on a waiting list and enjoy unlimited free trades with no minimum balance requirement. Currently available on iPhone app only, however, they promise roll out on Android and web interface soon. By u…
    - 22 hours ago 16 Dec 14, 7:55pm -
  • newUnity Bank Business Checking Review: $150 Bonus Promotion
    For residents of New Jersey or Pennsylvania , you can get a $150 cash bonus for opening a business checking along with $1K in funding with Unity Bank. Your free business checking has all the business services you need with local, personal attention.…
    - 23 hours ago 16 Dec 14, 6:55pm -
  • newUS Airways MasterCard Free $25 Credit Paperless Statements
    Log into your Barclays US Airways MasterCard account and sign up for paperless statements and make one purchase to get a $25 statement credit good through December 31, 2014. Many people have reported to be working for everyone with a US Airways Maste…
    - 23 hours ago 16 Dec 14, 6:53pm -
  • Best Brokerage Bonuses, Deals, & Promotions- December, 2014
    Below is our most updated 2014 list of brokerages bonuses, deals, and promotions such as ShareBuilder, TD Ameritrade, E*Trade, OptionsHouse, Schwab, Merrill Edge, Fidelity, Motif, OptionsXpress, and many more. You will find all the terms and conditio…
    - 1 day ago 16 Dec 14, 10:05am -
  • Staples Free $20 Gift Card eGift Promotion
    Staples has a sweet gift card deal going on right now whereas you get $20 free ePromo gift card for every $100 Staples eGift Card purchased online good through 12/20/2014. There is a limit of 2 ePromo cards per customer. Therefore, if you were to spe…
    - 2 days ago 15 Dec 14, 11:59pm -

Hack My Trip

  • newAlaska Airlines Plans New Board Room in SEA North Satellite
    When United got kicked out of the North Satellite at Seattle’s Sea-Tac airport, it left behind a basement-level United Club that many hoped would one day become a second Alaska Airlines Board Room. The main Board Room location near the C and D Conc…
    - 45 mins ago 17 Dec 14, 5:10pm -
  • newHertz Providing Status to Delta SkyMiles Elite Members
    Several weeks ago I described a new partnership between United Airlines and Hertz, in which some United elite members would get complimentary elite status with Hertz and Hertz would become the only car rental agency to offer discounts to United custo…
    - 2 hours ago 17 Dec 14, 4:15pm -
  • new40% Bonus for Transferring Membership Rewards to Avios through January 31
    Membership Rewards could be used like cash, with a value close to a penny per point if you use them to buy merchandise or pay at certain merchants. But I view this as one of the worst ways to redeem them. Instead, transferring points to another progr…
    - 3 hours ago 17 Dec 14, 3:10pm -
  • newWork In Finance? Travel Hacking May Be Off Limits
    Travel hacking exists in a very real grey area between legal (and reasonably ethical) attempts to save money and those who cross the line into fraud. I generally consider it to be a hobby that focuses on clever ways to make a complex system work to…
    - 3 hours ago 17 Dec 14, 2:33pm -
  • newChat with Other Seattle Travelers this Thursday!
    Special thanks are due to Biggles for organizing monthly meetups for the Seattle travel community. They’ve been getting larger every month, and when I’m able to join — a few events in Bellevue have been difficult for me to reach — I have a l…
    - 24 hours ago 16 Dec 14, 6:20pm -

Maximizing Money

Boarding Area

  • newGreatest Hits: 7 Rules for Buying Cheap Custom Suits While Traveling
    As the first year of Fly&Dine draws to a close, I’ll be looking back on the stories that turned Fly&Dine from a tiny blog into a growing monolith (and major hub of hyperbole). With only two weeks left in 2014, let’s take a look at the most popula…
    - 15 mins ago 17 Dec 14, 5:40pm -
  • newAlaska Airlines Goes “Beyond” — or Does It?
    Effective as of two days ago, Alaska Airlines introduced its Beyond experience — which comprises of improvements in its offerings: complimentary in-flight entertainment; artisan food and beverages; leather Rocaro seats equipped with personal power…
    - 20 mins ago 17 Dec 14, 5:35pm -
  • newNew Benefit for Delta Medallions: Hertz Elite Status
    Delta just sent out an email to their Gold, Platinum, and Diamond Medallion members letting them know of a new benefit that they can receive. These Medallion members will now receive elite status with Hertz. As part of our more rewarding partnership…
    - 21 mins ago 17 Dec 14, 5:34pm -
  • newWhy the Delta BP “hack” isn’t a security risk
    Sure, the part where Delta made it possible to view any boarding pass is an embarrassing mistake by the airline. And maybe a privacy issue. But not a security risk. Not at all. The post Why the Delta BP “hack” isn’t a security risk appeared fi…
    - 30 mins ago 17 Dec 14, 5:25pm -
  • newAmazing Footage: Video Of Severe Turbulence From Inside A Cabin
    Yesterday an American Airlines flight from Seoul to Dallas diverted to Tokyo after hitting severe turbulence. Four passengers and one crewmember were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.We don't generally put much thought into reports of…
    - 36 mins ago 17 Dec 14, 5:19pm -
  • newHow I Stay Connected – Phone and Internet – During International Travel
    I stay connected pretty incessantly while on the road, even on ‘vacation’. I make sure I have internet and phone capability wherever I go. And I do my best to keep the costs reasonable. I haven’t found a magic solution for that which really mak…
    - 40 mins ago 17 Dec 14, 5:15pm -
  • newDream Disney Hotel For Kids – Can You Say Despicable Me?
    This hotel looks so amazing for kids! I am in the process of planning a little trip for the kid’s first trip to Disney! First of all, Toddler Weekly Flyer loves Despicable Me and this room is super fun looking with missile beds for the kids! Mrs. W…
    - 43 mins ago 17 Dec 14, 5:12pm -
  • newAlaska Airlines Plans New Board Room in SEA North Satellite
    When United got kicked out of the North Satellite at Seattle’s Sea-Tac airport, it left behind a basement-level United Club that many hoped would one day become a second Alaska Airlines Board Room. The main Board Room location near the C and D Conc…
    - 45 mins ago 17 Dec 14, 5:10pm -
  • new5 Years of Elite Status – Status Matching Over and Over Again
    As the year comes to a close, here’s a post for all those with status who won’t qualify again next year as well as newbies who don’t realize how their current elite status can be stretched. Note that this post will be removed from PMttP this…
    - 52 mins ago 17 Dec 14, 5:03pm -
  • newHow to end a scam once and for all
    Scam. It’s one of those words in the English language that sounds like what it represents — an onomatopoeia (for those of you who actually Googled it). It’s abrupt ugliness – like that of the all-too-similar horror stories shared by scam vict…
    - 55 mins ago 17 Dec 14, 5:00pm -

Frequent Flyer Miles 101

Mr. Free Miles

milepoint (Forums)

  • newTeh Penalty Box
    I think it's time for a new Box thread that works. So, here goes.
    - 6 mins ago 17 Dec 14, 5:49pm -
  • newAward booking "disappeared" after check-in
    Since most of my travel is paid by work I rarely use my miles for tickets, more for upgrades, etc., so in a sense I'm kind of a newbe at this, but recently I wanted a friend to visit my hometown for Thanksgiving, so I redeemed a bunch of miles for J…
    - 13 mins ago 17 Dec 14, 5:42pm -
  • newThe FTU DFW Ultimate Lounge Hop
    For those who will be in Dallas for FTU (Basic or Advanced), we have an opportunity to resurrect a time-honored frequent traveler and avgeek tradition - airport club lounge hopping!For those who are unfamiliar, the concept is simple: A roving party…
    - 22 mins ago 17 Dec 14, 5:33pm -
  • newSet Your Sights -- aka "Into the Nights 2"
    Getting shafted again as a Platinum, but that's nothing new.Post your offers here so we can see how much better they are than mine... https://setyoursights.ihg.com/
    - 49 mins ago 17 Dec 14, 5:06pm -
  • newPossible Park-n-Fly data breach
    Good old Krebs, wrecking your day once again... “While we believe that our systems are very secure, including SLL encryption, we have recently engaged multiple outside security firms to identify and resolve any possible gaps in our systems and as…
    - 52 mins ago 17 Dec 14, 5:03pm -
  • newIHG acquires Kimpton
    Well I didn't see this coming. I wonder what this will mean for people that hold Inner Circle status, or any sort of reciprocal status / perks for members of each chain. http://skift.com/2014/12/15/intercontinental-hotel-group-buys-kimpton-hotels-for…
    - 58 mins ago 17 Dec 14, 4:57pm -
  • newSoft opening of City of Dreams Manila - Hyatt City of Dreams to open in a few days
    On-line reservation of Hyatt City of Dreams Manila is possible from next monday.
    - 1 hour ago 17 Dec 14, 4:41pm -
  • newAny news about Premium Membership P3(2014)?
    Any news about Premium Membership P3 (2014)? Is there an approximate lauch time? Thanks!
    - 2 hours ago 17 Dec 14, 4:24pm -
  • newAmerican Airlines
    Anyone ever deal with American Airlines being so Difficult ... with wanting to change a Persons name on an existing ticket... I was forced to Lose out on $442 ` because an employee could not make a trip.... Finally got them to say they would send a…
    - 2 hours ago 17 Dec 14, 4:18pm -
  • newDelta Boarding Pass security issues...
    http://mashable.com/2014/12/16/delta-security-flaw/"I thought it was probable that I could send my boarding pass to someone and that they'd be able to open it," Grant told Mashable. "If that was the case, anyone could probably open any other boarding…
    - 2 hours ago 17 Dec 14, 4:18pm -

Flyertalk MilesBuzz

  • newMile High Club is against airline rules, does it also apply to Solo Mile High Club?
    Mile High Club is against airline rules, does it also apply to Solo Mile High Club? Please limit responses to the legal side of this only... Thanks!
    - 7 mins ago 17 Dec 14, 5:48pm -
  • newFlying into LAS
    Question-when flying B6 into LAS, are the gates at the main terminal? Or do you still have to take the tram to baggage claim and ground transport? Thanks in advance!
    - 11 mins ago 17 Dec 14, 5:44pm -
  • newBest way to use my AA miles?
    I'm not a frequent flyer but I managed to save up 100.000 miles on my AAdvantage account. I was always thinking I would use them one day for a big trip (Alaska, Hawaii, LA,..) But I was wondering when and how I could use them in the most efficient...
    - 11 mins ago 17 Dec 14, 5:44pm -
  • newUA: 2050 needed from WAS
    I need 2050 miles from WAS to get to the next status level before the end of the year. Bonus points for fun locations and airport preference is DCA then BWI then IAD. Thanks
    - 14 mins ago 17 Dec 14, 5:41pm -
  • new"Switcheroo" between adult and lap infant on a purchased seat on Jetblue
    Hi everyone, I have a reservation to travel in January from LAX to JFK on Jetblue for four: my wife, myself, one child in a seat, and a lap infant. Due to something coming up, my wife is no longer going to come with us. This has got me to...
    - 21 mins ago 17 Dec 14, 5:34pm -
  • newMileage Plan Enhancements or Partners you'd like to see in 2015
    Was reading Lucky's blog this morning (One Mile At A Time) and was reading about Delta's new enhanced partnership with Hertz, along with a post about Chase UR. I began daydreaming about Alaska enhancing MP with something similar to: * Crossover...
    - 27 mins ago 17 Dec 14, 5:28pm -
  • newIntl. biz class: comparison of 3 planes
    In deciding on which flights we'll take between Brazil and the U.S. in biz class, price and airports are obvious factors, but the planes used are also a consideration, especially as the seating is so different. 3 possible planes involved: 1)...
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  • newStatute of Limitations for reviews? Visits?
    Set of questions for this forum: - *At what point of time should I not comment about a stay good or bad?* I've stayed at hotels years ago but have not returned. Some of these stays go back more than >10 years. An example -- A thread was just..…
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  • newhow soon till UA starts Havana service? or will they?
    Looks like US is normalizing relations with Cuba http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-12-17/obama-to-announce-u-s-cuba-relations-shift-as-gross-is-released.html "President Barack Obama will end the U.S. isolation of Cuba that has persisted for...
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  • newWorth Spending the extra 27.5K Miles on OS J?
    Hello I currently have a UA Award ticket IAD-VIE ticket on OS for January and am in Y. I know it would cost $75 plus the more miles to upgtade. I have the miles thats not the problem but is it worth it? I usually don't like J class for overnight...
    - 52 mins ago 17 Dec 14, 5:03pm -

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