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The Points Guy

  • newSingapore & Virgin Australia Launch Point Conversion Option
    Last week, Singapore Airlines and Virgin Australia enhanced their partnership by launching a new feature that enables KrisFlyer and Velocity Frequent Flyer members to convert points and miles between the two programs. This new (and pretty unique)…
    - 12 hours ago 26 Nov 14, 9:45pm -
  • newUltimate Black Friday Shopping Guide to America’s Best Mega Malls
    If you’re amongst the 90 million people expected to travel during Thanksgiving weekend, your holiday plans might mean spending Black Friday in uncharted shopping territory. To solve this retail dilemma, TPG Contributor Liana Lozada has rounded up…
    - 13 hours ago 26 Nov 14, 8:29pm -
  • newAlaska Airlines Announces New 2015 Mileage Plan Program
    Following Delta’s Increased Medallion Qualifying Dollars announcement and United Devaluing MileagePlus Premier Program, Alaska Airlines decided that they would revamp their 2015 Mileage Plan program as well. Similar to Delta and United, Alaska Air…
    - 15 hours ago 26 Nov 14, 6:31pm -
  • newOverview of American Airlines Award Routing Rules
    With major changes to Delta and United’s frequent flyer programs in the past year and more to come from the American Airlines/US Airways merger, I asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to look at the current state of airline award routing rul…
    - 16 hours ago 26 Nov 14, 5:29pm -
  • newDeal Alert: $41 US Airways Flights Las Vegas- Philadelphia
    While most of you are probably traveling today for Thanksgiving, US Airways is running a fare sale with flights starting at $41 between Las Vegas and Philadelphia for select dates in January and February. These flights are bookable on the US Airways…
    - 18 hours ago 26 Nov 14, 3:59pm -
  • new7 Ways to Get Great Value from the British Airways Visa
    In the travel rewards game, earning points and miles is only one half of the equation. How you spend them is what really determines what they’re worth, and how far they’ll take you. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen offers suggestions for using…
    - 19 hours ago 26 Nov 14, 2:59pm -
  • newCredit Card Strategies for Holiday Shopping
    The holiday shopping season offers not only doorbuster discounts and seasonal specials, but also plenty of opportunities to maximize travel rewards. Today TPG Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele offers tips to help you get the most…
    - 21 hours ago 26 Nov 14, 1:08pm -
  • Citi ThankYou Rewards 100% Transfer Bonus to Hilton HHonors
    For a limited time, Citi ThankYou Rewards is offering a 100% bonus on points transferred to hotel partner Hilton HHonors. Normally ThankYou Points transfer to Hilton at 1:1, but through January 8, 2015, you’ll get 2,000 HHonors points for every 1,0…
    - 2 days ago 25 Nov 14, 9:45pm -
  • 8 Hot Shopping Destinations in the World’s Most Fashionable Cities
    Heading to a fashion capital and don’t know where to start when it comes to shopping? Nice-based TPG contributor Lane Nieset spotlights some of the best places to shop in the world’s most fashionable cities, from classic streets to new neighborh…
    - 2 days ago 25 Nov 14, 8:11pm -
  • IHG Releases PointBreaks List for November 24-February 28
    IHG just released its latest list of PointBreaks hotels for November 24- February 28, 2015. PointBreaks are reduced award redemptions at IHG hotels (Intercontinental, EVEN Hotels, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn, etc.) that require just …
    - 2 days ago 25 Nov 14, 6:13pm -

Frugal Travel Guy

  • newMake Bonus Categories Count: Meeting Minimum Spend Requirements Wisely
    Those of you who, like me, do not partake in manufactured spending, know that meeting credit card minimum spend requirements (MSR) in order to obtain welcome bonuses can be extremely challenging, particularly when you are working on meeting more than…
    - 2 hours ago 27 Nov 14, 8:00am -
  • newWhy You Should Get the Chase Freedom Card
    Large credit card signup bonuses are a favorite of mine – I can’t ignore them. Pair a big bonus with a small spend requirement and no annual fee and you have what I consider to be a complete no-brainer. Enter the Chase Freedom. Previously, I hav…
    - 11 hours ago 26 Nov 14, 11:00pm -
  • newWhich Hotel Credit Cards Offer the Most Free Nights?
    Hotel credit card sign-up bonuses either come in the form of points or a certain number of nights, with varying restrictions on when and where those nights can be redeemed. Sometimes cardholders even get both points and a certain number of nights. Bo…
    - 14 hours ago 26 Nov 14, 8:00pm -
  • newTop Black Friday and Cyber Monday Travel Deals
    It seems to me that this year the travel and tourism industries have made a concerted effort to offer more Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals than ever before. Fodor’s has put together a great list of these deals. Here are my favorites: Mexico Boo…
    - 16 hours ago 26 Nov 14, 5:49pm -
  • Narita, Japan – A Favorite and Frugal Layover
    Most people recognize Narita as the name of a hub airport in Japan. However, it is also the name of the city in which the airport is located. What travelers might not know is that spending a layover in Narita, Japan is budget friendly and fun. It’s…
    - 1 day ago 26 Nov 14, 8:00am -
  • Award Booking Tales: A LANPASS Award Booking
    Regardless of how many awards you have booked or how long you have been booking awards professionally, there are so many airlines out there that inevitably, you will have the opportunity to book awards with rewards programs you had not previously boo…
    - 1 day ago 25 Nov 14, 11:00pm -
  • Now Is the Perfect Time to Earn the Southwest Companion Pass
    In case you didn’t know, all four versions of the Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card are currently offering a 50,000 point signup bonus. What that means is, it’s now the perfect time to earn the Southwest Companion Pass for the entirety of 2015…
    - 2 days ago 25 Nov 14, 8:00pm -
  • United Announces New, Expanded Seasonal Service to Europe, Summer 2015
    United Airlines has announced new seasonal daily flights to two European cities, plus expanded service to a third European city for summer 2015. ORD-DUB From June 4, 2015 until August 17, 2015, United will be offering daily service between Chicago (O…
    - 2 days ago 25 Nov 14, 5:27pm -
  • Two No-Fee Credit Cards to Help Your Credit Report
    No-fee credit cards are an important part of your long-term credit strategy, as they’ll be the cards that you hold on to for your entire life. Whether you’re carrying the cards in your wallet or they regularly sit in a drawer at home, you want t…
    - 2 days ago 25 Nov 14, 8:00am -
  • Grow Your AAdvantage Mileage Balance
    The Citi/AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard has a straightforward offer: spend $1,000 a month for three months (Edit: $3,000 total within the first three months) and you’ll pick up a bonus 50,000 American Airlines miles. That’s enough miles f…
    - 2 days ago 24 Nov 14, 11:00pm -

One Mile at a Time

  • newReminder: Register For Small Business Saturday
    Just a quick reminder to register your American Express cards for this year's Small Business Saturday.As I wrote about a couple of weeks ago, this is a promotion whereby American Express card members can register to receive a statement credit for pu…
    - 8 hours ago 27 Nov 14, 2:03am -
  • newQantas A380 First Class Sydney To Los Angeles
    G’day from up top (that is the opposite of down under, right?), mates!Today my dad and I flew Qantas A380 first class from Sydney to Los Angeles, which I suppose is the beginning of the end of our incredible-beyond-words journey.As anyone that ha…
    - 10 hours ago 26 Nov 14, 11:33pm -
  • newHappy Thanksgiving And A Giveaway
    It's that time of year when we (at least those in the US) take a step back and think about the things for which we are thankful. For me, this Thanksgiving is a time to look back at my accident-- which is now 2 months in the rear view mirror-- and be…
    - 12 hours ago 26 Nov 14, 9:33pm -
  • newAlaska Flyers Earn More Miles…Unless It’s Delta
    I feel like all I do is write about Alaska Airlines.Alaska just sent out an email with the heading "What's in Store for 2015 Mileage Plan Members." At the bottom of the email is this:Do you see that shocked look on her face? Well, there's a good re…
    - 14 hours ago 26 Nov 14, 7:33pm -
  • newAlaska Airlines Adds E175s To SkyWest Fleet
    Growing up in Seattle, I remember the days when Alaska Airlines barely flew outside of the west coast. In the early 2000s, they started a few transcontinental routes like Washington National with the addition of newer 737s, but those were exception…
    - 16 hours ago 26 Nov 14, 5:33pm -
  • newDoes Your Partner Support Your Points Addiction?
    Blogging is really hard!Jotting down random stories when we’re traveling together is one thing, but I have no idea how Ben cranks out 50+ posts a week. Just writing a handful while he’s gone is tough!He also said I could write about “whatever…
    - 18 hours ago 26 Nov 14, 3:33pm -
  • newIs Buying Hilton HHonors Points A Good Deal?
    Hilton HHonors is offering a promotion on buying and gifting HHonors points. The bonus amounts are targeted, with members receiving a 20% - 50% bonus on purchased Hilton points.When you're logged in to your Hilton account click on the "Buy Points" p…
    - 20 hours ago 26 Nov 14, 1:33pm -
  • Have You Won $200 And National Emerald Elite Status?
    Last week National Car Rental sponsored a giveaway for readers of One Mile At A Time as part of their One Two FreeFIVE winners were randomly selected, and will each receive a year of Emerald Club Executive status, along with a $200 American Express…
    - 1 day ago 26 Nov 14, 1:03am -
  • Lack Of American Saver Award Availability Is A Glitch
    A couple of days ago I wrote about how American seemingly stopped releasing all saver level award space for travel starting in December. While there's no denying there has been a trend the past several years whereby American is releasing less and les…
    - 1 day ago 25 Nov 14, 10:16pm -
  • What To Do On A Longhaul Flight?
    Reader Jeff emailed me yesterday to say that he's taking his first longhaul flight in first class soon (flying Cathay Pacific from Hong Kong to New York, for what it's worth), and wanted to know what my "routine" is for longhaul flights -- when do I…
    - 2 days ago 25 Nov 14, 8:33pm -

View From the Wing

  • newThis Never Gets Old
    Even the comments on the video, many from hotel employees, are priceless. You can join the 40,000+ people who see these deals and analysis every day — sign up to receive posts by email (just one e-mail per day) or subscribe to the RSS feed. It’s…
    - 10 hours ago 27 Nov 14, 12:15am -
  • newAlaska Airlines Will No Longer Be Our “Delta Hack” for Full Mileage Earning on Cheap Tickets
    Starting January 1, discounted Delta airlines fares will no longer earn full mileage when crediting to Alaska Airlines. We knew this had to be coming — with Delta moving to a revenue-based frequent flyer earning structure, with miles earned based o…
    - 13 hours ago 26 Nov 14, 9:20pm -
  • newUnited Has Started Requiring Proof of Addresses Changes to Places Outside the U.S.
    Delta requires minimum spending in order to earn elite status in addition to the required miles you have to fly. And since Delta does, United does also. Both airlines allow you to avoid the requirement if you spend $25,000 or more in a year on their…
    - 15 hours ago 26 Nov 14, 6:30pm -
  • new30,000 Miles for a Checking Account is Back, So is Buying Status from US Airways
    News and notes from around the interweb: Up to 30,000 American miles for a Citibank checking account Apparently selfie sticks cause radiation concerns. And yet – somehow – nude-o-scopes do not..? Six things I learned about Singapore Taxis Earlier…
    - 18 hours ago 26 Nov 14, 3:40pm -
  • newBritish Airways Increases Top Elite Status Qualification Threshold
    British Airways’ top elite tier is Gold. But because theirs is an airline frequent flyer program, it’s more complicated than that. There’s an upper tier within the tier called Gold Guest List (and an invitation only Premier level as well). BA i…
    - 21 hours ago 26 Nov 14, 1:20pm -
  • Amazing Time Lapse Video of an Airbus A380 Heavy Maintenance Check
    Every couple of years an aircraft undergoes a “C check” which entails a majority of the plane’s components to be inspected. Emirates posted a time-lapse video of one of their Airbus A380s undergoing such a check. It’s amazing to watch. (HT: J…
    - 1 day ago 26 Nov 14, 1:45am -
  • American Airlines Award Space Coming Back Online!
    Over the weekend international award space on American Airlines flights for next year dried up almost completely. Lack of award availability on American isn’t a new issue. Premium cabin transatlantic awards more or less went away two years ago. It…
    - 1 day ago 25 Nov 14, 11:00pm -
  • The Airport Lounge Is 75 Years Old
    Airline lounges are 75 years old. The first one was an American Airlines lounge in New York. American has a great online history of its lounges. The original club opened in 1939. New York’s Mayor LaGuardia was criticized for having too big an offic…
    - 2 days ago 25 Nov 14, 9:00pm -
  • Free Miles and the Cheapest Awards, Anywhere – Plus a New Points-Earning App
    News and notes from around the interweb: 1000 free miles from the program with the cheapest award tickets in the world. JAL’s new 767-300ER debuts December 8 The new list of IHG Rewards Club discounted PointBreaks hotels for just 5000 points per ni…
    - 2 days ago 25 Nov 14, 6:15pm -
  • Here’s How Rewards Credit Card Deals Between Banks and Loyalty Programs Work Behind the Scenes
    Reader George asked about the economics of rewards credit cards. I was just mulling over the economics of credit card bonusing last night- are all of the costs absorbed by the credit card companies? 2x travel and dining are broad credits that capture…
    - 2 days ago 25 Nov 14, 3:30pm -

The Frequent Miler

  • new30,000 miles to nowhere. Amazing fare!
    Click here to view in browser: 30,000 miles to nowhere. Amazing fare! This is just a quick note for anyone seeking US Airways elite status through the Preferred Status Trial program (see “30,000 miles to nowhere. Let’s do it!”)… US Airways is…
    - 20 hours ago 26 Nov 14, 1:25pm -
  • How to feed the hungry and fly for free
    Click here to view in browser: How to feed the hungry and fly for free Southwest Airlines has, in my opinion, the single best deal in the travel industry: earn 110,000 points in one calendar year and they’ll give you a Companion Pass good for the r…
    - 2 days ago 25 Nov 14, 11:15am -
  • Gifting your way to a Southwest companion pass. Experiments in progress
    Click here to view in browser: Gifting your way to a Southwest companion pass. Experiments in progress Two weeks ago, I posted a way to earn 50 Southwest points per dollar by buying flowers and other goodies from 1-800-Flowers.  In that post, I said…
    - 3 days ago 24 Nov 14, 11:25am -
  • Bet You Didn’t Know: The magic of Google Flights
    Click here to view in browser: Bet You Didn’t Know: The magic of Google Flights By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate…   Google’s Flight Search, often referred to simply as Google Flights, has quickly become my preferred search tool for…
    - 6 days ago 21 Nov 14, 11:25am -
  • REDbird questions answered
    Click here to view in browser: REDbird questions answered I did it. I finally got around to writing the complete guide to REDbird.  More specifically, it’s called “The complete guide to REDbird: The Target Prepaid REDcard.”  What is REDbird a…
    - 7 days ago 20 Nov 14, 11:28am -
  • Citi Prestige experiment failed, yet I’m way ahead. Here’s how…
    Click here to view in browser: Citi Prestige experiment failed, yet I’m way ahead. Here’s how… In September, I started an experiment with the Citi Prestige card.  I knew that its benefits were changing drastically as of October 19th and so I w…
    - 8 days ago 19 Nov 14, 11:25am -
  • Awesome Amex Sync Offers! Free money, mini shopping spree, and rebates up to 50%
    Click here to view in browser: Awesome Amex Sync Offers! Free money, mini shopping spree, and rebates up to 50% Amex is on a an incredible roll lately.  Through various promotions, they’re handing out cash to cardholders like its going out of styl…
    - 9 days ago 18 Nov 14, 11:25am -
  • 30,000 miles to nowhere. Let’s do it!
    Click here to view in browser: 30,000 miles to nowhere. Let’s do it! In my post “The last great mileage run” I described a one time opportunity to get top tier AAdvantage elite status (Executive Platinum) by enrolling in and completing the US A…
    - 10 days ago 17 Nov 14, 11:25am -
  • Bluebird is now eligible for Amex Sync offers!
    Click here to view in browser: Bluebird is now eligible for Amex Sync offers! For quite a while, Serve has had an edge over Bluebird not just for online credit card loads, but also for its ability to participate in Amex Sync Offers.  Now, Doctor of…
    - 11 days ago 16 Nov 14, 1:20pm -
  • Bet You Didn’t Know: Tricks to using Virgin Atlantic miles to fly Delta
    Click here to view in browser: Bet You Didn’t Know: Tricks to using Virgin Atlantic miles to fly Delta By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate…   It’s fascinating to me that so many airlines have decided it’s fair to promote a “free” t…
    - 13 days ago 14 Nov 14, 11:05am -

The Flight Deal

The Free-quent Flyer

  • Buy Uber credit in "redeemable" chunks
    Back in October, Uber and American Express were offering a $10 credit when you spent $10 or more on Uber using a linked American Express card. That was great if you were planning to take one (or many more) eligible Uber rides by December 31, but it…
    - 2 days ago 25 Nov 14, 11:00am -
  • Breaking: Discover It has removed cash back redemption thresholds
    [update 11/25/14: Twitter follower @jlazarev pointed out this morning that he was unable to redeem the $15.22 in his Discover cash back balance. It seems I overstated the change that Discover had made: they didn't remove the redemption threshold, wh…
    - 2 days ago 25 Nov 14, 4:22am -
  • Status match to Alaska MVP Gold 75K? Don't forget to nominate an MVP!
    Last month I reminded my readers who are abandoning Delta and United next year to request a status match to the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan, which will continue to award redeemable miles based on distance flown — including on the same Delta fl…
    - 3 days ago 24 Nov 14, 7:30pm -
  • Pro tip: finding information on this site
    My goal when starting this blog was to write the kind of blog I would want to read, and part of that project has been the fact that I almost never repeat the same information twice. If I were an affiliate blogger I might find excuses to repeat the s…
    - 6 days ago 20 Nov 14, 11:06pm -
  • Using US Bank Flexpoints for hotel stays
    Flexpoints, US Bank's proprietary rewards currency, are famously most valuable when redeemed for airfare: they're worth between 1.33 and 2 cents each, which makes the US Bank Flexperks Travel Rewards card an (almost) unlimited 2.66% to 6% rewards…
    - 9 days ago 18 Nov 14, 9:28pm -
  • Quick hit: free money from American Express and Marriott Hotels
    I don't write about (or take advantage of) deals like this very often anymore, but this one is easy enough to be worth a quick mention.If you registered in time for the current American Express "Offer For You" at Marriott Hotels, you can get a $50 st…
    - 11 days ago 16 Nov 14, 7:35pm -
  • How my thinking has "evolved" on the costs of manufactured spend
    One principle I've always tried to adhere to on this site is transparency with my readers. That's why I periodically share my income from book sales, referrals to services like Uber, PayPal subscriptions, and so on, and why the comment sections are a…
    - 11 days ago 15 Nov 14, 10:16pm -
  • Why everyone's talking about the Diners Club Card Elite
    Back in September I was the first blogger to observe that the new Diners Club Card Elite, which earns 3 Club Rewards points per dollar spent at "grocery stores, supermarkets, drug stores, pharmacies and automobile fuel service stations when you pay a…
    - 15 days ago 12 Nov 14, 11:00am -
  • Do this now: more Fall promotions
    Starwood Preferred GuestOnce you've registered for Starwood's fall promotion (double points between September 15 and December 15, 2014, and triple points for stays including a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday night), sign into your Starwood Preferred Gues…
    - 15 days ago 11 Nov 14, 10:27pm -
  • Reflections on #WestCoastDO
    If you follow me on Twitter you know I spent this past weekend in Phoenix at the second gathering organized in large part by Matt at Saverocity, who was also the motive force behind March's friendly Mile Madness competition.Before I get to my own tho…
    - 16 days ago 11 Nov 14, 5:04am -

Well Traveled Mile

  • New IHG PointBreaks List Now Bookable – Hotels for 5,000 ($35) Points Per Night
    IHG Rewards Club’s PointBreaks list is now live and the hotels on the list are available for booking from November 24th through February 28, 2015. Although IHG has yet to update the current PointBreaks page with the new list of hotels you can sear…
    - 3 days ago 24 Nov 14, 5:33pm -
  • New IHG PointBreaks List Coming Monday – December, January, and February 2015
    As you know, I think IHG Rewards Club’s PointBreaks promotion that offers select hotels around the world for a discounted 5,000 points per night, can be an amazing promo. Of course the promotion won’t fit everyone’s needs every time, but when a…
    - 4 days ago 22 Nov 14, 10:09pm -
  • Quick Chase Credit Card Bonus Offer Updates

    - 6 days ago 20 Nov 14, 10:51pm -
  • Don’t Forget to Earn $10 Per Amex Card During Small Business Saturday
    American Express Small Business Saturday is returning this year on November 29, 2014. This is one of my favorite perks of having multiple American Express credit cards and it’s super easy to earn maximize the promotion—just go support your local…
    - 6 days ago 20 Nov 14, 10:40pm -
  • La Cumbrecita, Argentina: How to Get There, Where to Stay & What to Do
    La Cumbrecita, Argentina has been on my travel bucket list for quite some time now. During my last trip to Argentina the small mountain town eluded my travels, but after hearing word of the town’s quaint charm (cars are not allowed in the town) and…
    - 10 days ago 17 Nov 14, 8:54pm -
  • Guide to Mastering Bus Travel in Argentina
    If you’re considering to or have traveled to Argentina you’ve probably noticed that getting around the country is very expensive by flying. Argentina is a massive country. It’s the third largest country in the Southern hemisphere and stretches…
    - 10 days ago 17 Nov 14, 3:29am -
  • Ultimate Guide to Alaska Airlines Miles: Part 8 – Best Tips and How to Search for Award Seats
    Although not a heavy hitter as far as the airline credit card scene goes, but Alaska Airlines miles are among the best miles to accumulate for domestic and international travel. Alaska is not part of either of the major alliances, but it has 14 partn…
    - 12 days ago 14 Nov 14, 9:54pm -
  • Silvercar Offering 50% Rental Car Bookings Next Week
    Last week Silvercar announced a great promo to earn up to $200 per referral when you refer friends to use Silvercar. You’ll earn $100 for each person that signs up and rents a car for two days, plus a $500 bonus when you refer 5 friends. Well now S…
    - 14 days ago 13 Nov 14, 4:03am -
  • Highlights Of Each Hotel Loyalty Program
    Among hotel loyalty programs there is something that draws customers back to the hotel. For avid mile and points chasers the tactics may be ways to stretch their hotel points, earn easy status, or get ultra luxury benefits during stays. Given that ho…
    - 16 days ago 11 Nov 14, 2:36pm -
  • Which Barclays Credit Card Sign-up Bonus Should You Apply For?
    Barclays currently has several great credit card sign-up offers on the table—most of the offers are at an all-time high. Given that Barclays has several valuable sign-up offers it really comes down to how you can use the miles and points. Each card…
    - 18 days ago 9 Nov 14, 2:46pm -

MileValue

  • Happy Thanksgiving
    Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! This year, just like the last two Thanksgivings, I am thankful for my readers. Without you, I might be in an office somewhere. I will spend this Thanksgiving in Medellin, Colombia. Amazingly, I think it’s my first Tha…
    - 1 day ago 26 Nov 14, 8:42am -
  • There is Still Award Space for Thanksgiving Trips Home
    If you’ve somehow made it until two days before Thanksgiving without booking a flight and would like to book one, there is award space available. I did searches on transcontinental routes with two airlines and found good award space, even … Conti…
    - 2 days ago 25 Nov 14, 6:47pm -
  • 50 New Award Wallet Upgrade Codes
    Enjoy one of these 50 free upgrade codes to six months of Award Wallet Plus. Award Wallet is the free way I track my 35 miles and points balances and store my login information for those programs. Read more about Award Wallet. … Continue reading…
    - 2 days ago 25 Nov 14, 6:28pm -
  • Why Delta Going One Way on Awards is a Huge Deal
    Right now, you pay the same price for a roundtrip award and a one way award booked with Delta miles. Obviously, under current rules, booking a one way award is foolish. Starting January 1, 2015, we will be able to … Continue reading →
    - 3 days ago 24 Nov 14, 9:34am -
  • How to Earn and Spend 146,000 American Airlines Miles
    American Airlines and US Airways are currently offering huge sign up bonuses on their co-branded credit cards. While the miles will temporarily go to separate accounts, everyone’s American Airlines and US Airways miles will be combined in early 201…
    - 3 days ago 24 Nov 14, 7:58am -
  • The Stereotype of an American in Colombia
    I like to ask people what their stereotype of Americans is when I travel. I just get a kick out of it. The other day in the taxi in Medellin, Colombia, I didn’t even have to ask. It was pouring … Continue reading →
    - 3 days ago 24 Nov 14, 7:06am -
  • How I Just Blew Rudy Maxa’s Mind
    I just appeared on the Rudy Maxa radio show to talk about United making it harder to achieve elite status by adding a separate spending requirement on United tickets in addition to miles flown, a requirement which came into effect this year … Con…
    - 5 days ago 22 Nov 14, 3:23pm -
  • 50k Bonus Miles on CitiBusiness AAdvantage Card
    The CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World MasterCard® is a business card that offers 50,000 bonus American Airlines miles and two Admirals Club lounge passes after spending $3,000 on the card in the first three months. This card is…
    - 6 days ago 21 Nov 14, 7:18pm -
  • Chase Freedom 20,000 Point Bonus
    The Chase Freedom is offering 20,000 bonus Ultimate Rewards after spending $500 in the first three months. This is double the normal sign up bonus. It is also offering up to 50,000 bonus Ultimate Rewards for existing cardholders who refer … Continu…
    - 6 days ago 21 Nov 14, 12:29am -
  • Last Minute Award Space to South American Summer
    The calendar is turning to Summer below the equator, and it’s not too late to book yourself an award to escape the cold in the United States. Many airlines release unsold seats as Saver award space in the last weeks, … Continue reading →
    - 7 days ago 20 Nov 14, 7:15pm -

Frequent Flier

  • newNew United App Awards Miles for In-Store Purchases
    Just in time for Black Friday and all the shopping days before Christmas, United has released to a “select group” of MileagePlus members its new app that allows shoppers to earn miles for purchases in the stores of around 50 ... Read More
    - 14 hours ago 26 Nov 14, 7:42pm -
  • newUS Airways Elites Can Pay to Retain or Upgrade Status for 2015
    Following American’s announcement that it would allow current elite members of its AAdvantage program to pay to either retain or boost their status for 2015, it was just a matter of time before US Airways made a similar offer to ... Read More
    - 16 hours ago 26 Nov 14, 5:31pm -
  • Best Western’s Fall Promotion: 500 Bonus Points
    Best Western’s winter promotion is half as generous as its fall promotion; and its fall promotion wasn’t exactly a door-buster. Offer Details Between November 24, 2014, and February 1, 2015, Best Western Rewards members can earn 500 bonus points…
    - 2 days ago 25 Nov 14, 7:31pm -
  • TSA Confiscates Record Number of Guns
    Everyone knows that guns are a no-no in the cabin when flying commercial, right? Wrong, apparently. According to the Transportation Security Administration, for the year to date, through November 17, 1,931 flyers were snagged at airport security chec…
    - 2 days ago 25 Nov 14, 6:32pm -
  • PointBreaks: IHG Award Nights for Just 5,000 Points
    IHG Rewards today released its latest list of PointBreaks hotels available for booking for just 5,000 points per night through February 28, 2015. Offer Details Effective immediately, IHG Rewards members can book award nights for 5,000 points at 165 p…
    - 3 days ago 24 Nov 14, 5:38pm -
  • Win a 14-Day Trip to Colombia for 2
    Enter the LAN “Captivating Colombia” sweepstakes by December 1, 2014, for a chance to win the grand prize: a 14-day trip for two to Colombia, including air, hotels, meals, tours, and a Fuji camera. To enter, provide the requested information ...…
    - 3 days ago 24 Nov 14, 4:34pm -
  • 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…
    - 6 days ago 21 Nov 14, 7:02pm -
  • From Choice Hotels: Double Points for Mobile Bookings
    Between November 20 and December 17, Choice Privileges members can earn double points for bookings made via the Choice Hotels mobile app. A maximum of 30,000 bonus points may be earned through the promotion. Registration is required. Deal or No ... R…
    - 6 days ago 21 Nov 14, 5:25pm -
  • ‘Connection Day’ Means Free WiFi on 11/26
    In what has been dubbed “Connection Day,” Verizon Wireless, JetBlue, GoGo, Amazon, Pandora, and several other companies have banded together to make WiFi access and digital content available for free. The day in question is Wednesday, November 26…
    - 7 days ago 20 Nov 14, 7:47pm -
  • Southwest Promises to Not Nickel-and-Dime Flyers
    Within 24 hours of JetBlue’s announcement that it planned to impose fees for checked bags and reduce legroom in coach, the reactions of two of the airline’s key stakeholder groups have been expressed loudly and clearly. Wall Street is elated ...…
    - 7 days ago 20 Nov 14, 6:11pm -

Travel is Free

  • The Best Use (or “Sweet Spots”) for 11 Airline Miles Programs
    If I had a stash of specific miles, what would be the top one or two ways I would use each of those miles? I intend to answer that question with 11 different airline frequent flyer programs. Also, I’ll give a catch… Since I never ever pay fue…
    - 1 day ago 26 Nov 14, 1:37am -
  • 75+ Travel Tools, Websites, and Resources that I Personally Use
    We travel full time, book a lot of travel, and write/research about budget travel. Therefore I literally came up with 75+ websites that I actually and regularly use. This isn’t just about miles and points, but about resources for budget trave…
    - 3 days ago 24 Nov 14, 9:13pm -
  • Map of IHG PointBreaks List (Now Bookable)
    IHG’s PointBreaks, a list of hotels bookable for 5,000 IHG points from now until Feb 28, is now live for booking. Click Here to see the list and find bookings. Sorry this map took longer to get up than the last one (was away from the internet for…
    - 3 days ago 24 Nov 14, 6:00pm -
  • Making Europe Plans After We Land
    We landed in Milan Friday morning on a mistake fare that a number of other people had booked, and the only thing I knew is that I didn’t want to actually stay in Milan. Since we had nowhere to be we took suggestions from some of the airport staff…
    - 4 days ago 22 Nov 14, 11:14pm -
  • Testing ANA’s Star Alliance Award Searches and Booking
    I’ve been praising ANA’s current award chart a lot, and recently praising their soon to be award chart as well. But ANA isn’t just useful for booking Star Alliance awards, it’s useful for finding Star Alliance award availability. ANA is kno…
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  • Best Miles for Free Flights Within The USA
    I’ll mention what I believe are the three best airline miles to collect for domestic flights within the US. Each option I’ll mention will be priced significantly less than the typical 25,000 miles for a roundtrip you see with most big airlines. W…
    - 8 days ago 19 Nov 14, 7:21am -
  • Best Club Carlson Category 1 & 2 Hotels
    Club Carlson is one of my favorite programs to burn with, both because they have some reasonable redemptions, and the credit card gives a free night per redemption. Plus, there are ways to maximize those free nights by making more stays. But for us,…
    - 9 days ago 18 Nov 14, 7:54am -
  • How to time the Southwest Companion Pass like a pro
    The Southwest Cards are back to 50,000 points for the sign up bonuses, and this is super relevant as the year comes to a close for one incredible reason… the potential to have the Companion Pass for almost exactly two years. If you’re not familia…
    - 10 days ago 17 Nov 14, 9:45pm -
  • Getting Free Hotel Club Lounge Access
    I’m doing the FAQ and slowly trying to do posts on each of those questions, but a while ago Elaine asked about getting lounge access. And since I like free food, I decided to do posts on this. This post is about getting lounge access and breakfast…
    - 10 days ago 17 Nov 14, 6:18am -

Frequent Flyer Bonuses

Million Mile Secrets

Nomadic Matt

  • 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…
    - 7 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…
    - 10 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…
    - 15 days ago 12 Nov 14, 2:00pm -
  • The No-Nonsense Guide to Data Security for Travelers
    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 data security. It’s topic that worries a lot of travelers (especially folks like me who work o…
    - 23 days ago 4 Nov 14, 1:59pm -
  • Falling in Love with the Land of Elves
    As we stared up at the sky, patches of neon and dark green changed to light pink and back to green. They came out of nowhere, hung like curtains on invisible hangers, and danced a duet to an unheard symphony. They would appear, vanish, and reappear a…
    - 24 days ago 3 Nov 14, 3:32pm -
  • How to Spend Four Days in Prague
    Prague is a destination that always seems to be in vogue. It’s been on the tourist map for a long time and the crowds show no signs of abating. Prague is a gorgeous, well-preserved medieval city coupled with a rich history, expansive parks, Vegas-s…
    - 28 days ago 30 Oct 14, 2:28pm -
  • How to Move Abroad and Save Money
    There are many people I look up to in travel writing. Tim Leffel is one of them. He’s been writing about budget travel long before I knew what travel, let alone budget travel, even was. He’s been places I’ve only dreamed about and was even kind…
    - 30 days ago 28 Oct 14, 1:41pm -
  • 9 Tips for Better Family Travel
    On the third Friday 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 month’s…
    - 34 days ago 24 Oct 14, 1:17pm -
  • Take the First Step Out the Door (A Community Challenge)
    The Dutch have a saying: “He who is outside his door already has the hardest part of his journey behind him.” It’s one of my favorite travel quotes. The first step in any endeavor is always the hardest. It takes courage. You have to overcome yo…
    - 35 days ago 23 Oct 14, 3:45pm -
  • 30 Fantastic Photos from Iceland to Inspire Your Next Trip
    Last month, I finally visited Iceland. Iceland wasn’t the impossible budget destination people made it out to be. The locals were warm and welcoming, took me around, and showed me their homes. They were incredibly hospitable and I made a lot of Ice…
    - 38 days ago 20 Oct 14, 2:52pm -

The Hustle Blog

  • 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…
    - 10 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…
    - 17 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…
    - 20 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…
    - 55 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…
    - 57 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…
    - 58 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…
    - 59 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…
    - 71 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…
    - 76 days ago 12 Sep 14, 11:00am -
  • Credit Karma Now Provides Full Credit Report For Free
    I use Credit Karma for loosely monitoring my TransUnion-based credit score. It’s a free service and it will update your score once a week when you log in. Recently, they have added your full credit report to the list of features. This is a great…
    - 30 Jul 14, 6:36pm -

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

  • newTo run or not to run—with the bulls, in Pamplona, Spain
    The Fiesta of San Fermin takes place in Pamplona, Spain, for eight days in early July. At the heart of the fiesta is the famous Encierro—the Running of the Bulls. Each morning at 8 am, about half a dozen bulls charge headlong through the crowds dow…
    - 9 hours ago 27 Nov 14, 12:25am -
  • new11 Ways to Find Cheap Holiday Flights
    The most popular question I get this time of year is this: “How can find cheap holiday flights?” I feel like saying, “Don’t you remember what I told you last year, and the year before?” Strategies don’t change that much—just dates. So i…
    - 15 hours ago 26 Nov 14, 6:42pm -
  • newTravel Tip of the Day: Mind the Upcoming Weather
    Mind the Upcoming Weather Today is already one of the busiest travel days of the year, and now all the forecasts are suggesting today is going to be a messy travel day. A storm is moving into the northeast, which means all of those delay-prone airpo…
    - 20 hours ago 26 Nov 14, 2:00pm -
  • Travel Tip of the Day: Bring Earphones/Headphones/Earbuds
    Bring Earphones/Headphones/Earbuds This is a simple one. These days, most airlines are offering either free or paid in-flight entertainment. To save a few dollars (usually $2-$5), bring your own earphones/headsets/earbuds so you aren’t forced to bu…
    - 2 days ago 25 Nov 14, 5:50pm -
  • Top 10 in Travel News: Week of November 25, 2014
    THE TOP 10 IN TRAVEL NEWS THIS WEEK: Airbus seeks patent for ‘flying doughnut’ Alcohol and Pork off the Menu as UK’s First Sharia Hotel Opens for Business Canadian couple face $1M bill after woman gives birth in U.S. Delta to buy 50 wide-bodied…
    - 2 days ago 25 Nov 14, 2:00pm -
  • Travel Contests: Week of November 25, 2014
    This week’s travel contests include: Win a trip for two to Australia Win one of three Polaroid Pic-300 Instant Print Cameras (on Twitter) Win an exquisite watch, plus a trip to Paris to show it off, from Travel and Leisure Win a spa vacation in th…
    - 2 days ago 25 Nov 14, 1:00pm -
  • Where to stay in Tel Aviv + 10 notes on travel there
    Tel Aviv, to me, may as well have been in California. It’s a city of tremendous geographic heritage, with proximity to some of the world’s furthest documented reaches, but in all the best ways, it felt like California to me. With palms and heat…
    - 2 days ago 25 Nov 14, 12:20pm -
  • Modern-day Macau: A vibrant mix of Portuguese & Chinese cultures
    Thanks to its past, Macau has a unique blend of cultures and entertainment options alive here for travelers of all types. Modern-day Macau is much more than just gambling. There’s rich heritage to explore walking through old Chinese neighborhoods,…
    - 2 days ago 25 Nov 14, 4:42am -

Doctor of Credit

  • newGreat Holiday Offers from Chime – Amazon, Walmart, Target, Best Buy & More
    25 Days – 25 Offers I received an email from Chime today with some great Holiday offers on the Chime card.   It doesn’t look like it’s targeted; all Chime cardholder probably got this email. For 25 days from December 1 – December 25 there wi…
    - 9 hours ago 27 Nov 14, 12:27am -
  • newTwitter Introduces ‘Twitter Offers’, Similar to Amex Offers
    Twitter Offers Yesterday, Twitter announced on their blog the roll-out of ‘Twitter Offers’, offers to get discounts at various retailers. These offers will show up in your Twitter timeline, and with a single click you’ll be able to save the of…
    - 12 hours ago 26 Nov 14, 10:15pm -
  • newFree $5 iTunes Giftcard – Today Only (26th November)
    Verizon is running a promotion called “Connection Day”, the idea is to basically give away a ton of freebies on the busiest travel day of the year. At first glance nothing really seemed to be that interesting (more on that later) but it seems pos…
    - 16 hours ago 26 Nov 14, 5:26pm -
  • $25 Free Credit When You Join Roomer – Hotel Booking Website
    Roomer is a hotel booking website with a twist. They allow users to sell their unused nonrefundable rooms to other users. For example, let’s say you book a room in NYC for NYE and then suddenly your best friend let’s you know they are having a pa…
    - 2 days ago 25 Nov 14, 11:25am -
  • Help Me Decide Where To Donate $1,200
    Back at the start of October I asked readers if they’d like the site to continue to donate at bare minimum 10% of the sites revenue to charity or if they’d prefer that that money was given out in the form of reader competitions instead. The resul…
    - 3 days ago 24 Nov 14, 1:45pm -
  • What’s A Blogpost Or Tool Which You Wish Existed But Doesn’t?
    On this blog I write content that I find useful and also content that I think I’d find useful. Sometimes I hit the mark and the posts are extremely popular and other times they fall flat on their faces. One thing I’ve noticed is that most of my p…
    - 3 days ago 24 Nov 14, 12:15pm -
  • I Challenged Paypal on their Warning Email; Here’s Their Response…
    Paypal Cash Paypal Cash card is a reload card you can buy at various retailers and load the funds into your Paypal account to make purchases with. Some folks have success buying these cards with a credit card and earning points. Technically, you…
    - 3 days ago 24 Nov 14, 10:00am -
  • Fee-Free Amex Gift Cards at CVS, $50 Amex Gift Card for $45 with Chime
    The stars aligned and we have gift card deals at CVS and a Chime offer at CVS running concurrently. Fee Free Amex We previously reported that from November 23 – November 26, CVS is running a promotion that you can buy Amex gift cards with no activa…
    - 3 days ago 23 Nov 14, 10:26pm -
  • Bad News on Citi and Discover Quarterly Categories, and Tips to Survive
    Last week we posted the good news on quarterly categories, with Freedom Q1 2015 at supermarkets and Discover Q1 2015 at gas stations. Now for the bad news… Discover The current (Q4) Discover category is online purchases, including Paypal, Google Wa…
    - 4 days ago 23 Nov 14, 9:18pm -
  • Credit Sesame Improves The T&C On Their $150 Amazon Gift Card Referral Bonus
    In case you didn’t know, Credit Sesame recently launched their referral program. If you refer 6 or more friends in any calendar month, Credit Sesame will send you a $150 amazon gift card. I was very critical of this referral program to begin with,…
    - 4 days ago 23 Nov 14, 4:45am -

Hustler Money Blog

  • Holiday Restaurants and Merchants Gift Card Promotions: 2014 Edition
    Many restaurants and popular retail stores have holiday gift card promotions for 2014. These deals basically reward you with a bonus gift card for FREE when you purchase a merchant gift card for a certain amount. If you’re looking for ways to save…
    - 2 days ago 25 Nov 14, 2:33pm -
  • Softcard App United MileagePlus 2,500 Bonus Miles
    Download the Softcard mobile payment app to earn 2,500 bonus United MileagePlus miles for connecting your United MileagePlus® Explorer Card(30,000 bonus miles after you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months). Then make sure you make your first transact…
    - 2 days ago 25 Nov 14, 2:21pm -
  • United MileagePlus 5,000 Bonus Miles Transfer Promotion
    Get up to 5,000 Bonus United MileagePlus miles for transferring hotel points from hotel partner programs such as Hilton HHonors, Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest good through December 5, 2014. Simply convert your hotel points into MileagePl…
    - 2 days ago 25 Nov 14, 1:47pm -
  • Spirit 1,000 Bonus Miles Online Mall Promotion

    - 2 days ago 25 Nov 14, 1:30pm -
  • Free Bonus Airline Miles, Points, and Rewards – November, 2014
    Get the most out of your loyalty programs such as Starwood, Hilton HHonors, Priority Club, Southwest, Delta Skymiles, and many more . Find the most bonus points, miles and rewards program all in one place. With your bonus points and miles, you can re…
    - 2 days ago 25 Nov 14, 5:07am -
  • OptionsHouse Promotion Codes, Bonuses, & Deals – November, 2014
    OptionsHouse, one of today’s top rated online discount brokerages, offers competitive commission rates for stock trades, ETFs, mutual funds and retirement accounts. All stock trades are $4.75 with multiple options trading tools and competitive comm…
    - 3 days ago 24 Nov 14, 6:36pm -
  • Chase $200 Total Checking & $200 Savings Coupon Promotion
    Chase $200 Total Checking and Chase $200 Savings combo that is valid until January 31, 2015 on eBay up to $400 total in bonuses. There is NO direct deposit requirement for the Total Checking and $15K deposit requirement for the Savings account. You c…
    - 3 days ago 24 Nov 14, 12:20pm -
  • Discover It Review: $150 Cash Back Bonus
    Discover it® is offering a $150 cash back bonus when you make $750 in purchases during your 1st three months from account opening. You still get the 5% Cashback Bonus in rotational categories(1% for everything else) with no annual fee and free FICO…
    - 3 days ago 24 Nov 14, 5:41am -
  • Chase Freedom Card Review: $200 Bonus Promotion
    For a limited time, 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. Between October 1 and December 31,…
    - 4 days ago 23 Nov 14, 9:01pm -
  • Sharebuilder Promotion Codes- Complete Bonuses & Free Automatic Investment Credits, November 2014
    Sharebuilder, an online brokerage founded in 1996, is now offering many bonuses and free automatic investment credits. Part of Capital One Bank, Sharebuilder offers an online trading platform that is ideal for the novice investor; no minimum balance…
    - 5 days ago 22 Nov 14, 3:30pm -

Hack My Trip

  • newAlaska Airlines Will Offer More Miles Next Year
    Alaska Airlines announced today several tweaks to its Mileage Plan loyalty program. These include a higher tier bonus for their top elite members (MVP Gold 75K), new and higher fare class multipliers for some of their more expensive tickets, and a m…
    - 16 hours ago 26 Nov 14, 6:03pm -
  • My Hotel Blew Up, So How Do I Fix That?
    Exaggerated title aside, that was my gut reaction when I learned Saturday morning that there had been a gas explosion in the basement of the Hyatt Regency London The Churchill. Fortunately the damage was much less than it could have been. About a doz…
    - 4 days ago 23 Nov 14, 12:30pm -
  • Full-Length RSS Feed Returns
    Thank you to the long-time readers who showed patience after I moved the RSS feed to an excerpt-only format. I was reevaluating the best way to manage plagiarism on the Internet and also how I wanted to manage the RSS feed in general after moving to…
    - 5 days ago 22 Nov 14, 7:21pm -
  • Will Delta Create a New Mileage Currency to Restrict Access to Business Class?
    With all the miles being printed by the banks, it’s only a matter of time until we hear about an airline experimenting with yet another currency targeted at only their elite passengers. And that will be the only way to redeem for a seat in front. M…
    - 6 days ago 21 Nov 14, 12:10pm -
  • United Makes It Harder for Premier Members to Get Free Benefits
    In the past couple years, United Airlines has been hacking away at its MileagePlus loyalty program a little bit at a time. They made it harder to earn elite status, adding a new requirement to earn Premier Qualifying Dollars and spend a certain amoun…
    - 7 days ago 20 Nov 14, 3:40pm -

Maximizing Money

  • newStaples Free $5 ePromo Card with $25 Staples eGift Card Purchase
    Staples is offering a free $5 ePromo Card with every $25 Staples eGift Card purchased online through December 13, 2014.Check out this Staples eGift Card Promotion to get $5 in free ePromo Cards for every $25 in eGift Cards purchased.The post Staple…
    - 13 hours ago 26 Nov 14, 9:10pm -
  • new1,000 Airberlin Topbonus Miles from Sixt Rental Cars
    You can get 1,000 airberlin topbonus miles just for registering for this Sixt rental car promotion.The post 1,000 Airberlin Topbonus Miles from Sixt Rental Cars appeared first on Maximizing Money.
    - 13 hours ago 26 Nov 14, 9:06pm -
  • newShopRunner Free 1-Year Membership for Anybody with $100 Purchase
    ShopRunner has sent me a special link that will give anyone a free 1-year ShopRunner membership when you make 1 purchase of $100 or more on a single ShopRunner order.The post ShopRunner Free 1-Year Membership for Anybody with $100 Purchase appeared…
    - 14 hours ago 26 Nov 14, 8:18pm -
  • newInterra Credit Union $100 Checking Promo and Other Black Friday Deals
    Interra Credit Union in Indiana is offering a $100 bonus to open a checking account as well as a variety of other Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotions from November 28th to December 6, 2014.The post Interra Credit Union $100 Checking Promo and O…
    - 14 hours ago 26 Nov 14, 7:59pm -
  • newInstall Amazon 1Button App for $5 Off Next Purchase
    Install the Amazon 1Button App and make a $25 purchase to receive a $5 credit toward your next purchase of $5 or more using the Amazon 1Button App.Check out this Amazon 1Button App $5 Bonus Offer for more details.The post Install Amazon 1Button App…
    - 15 hours ago 26 Nov 14, 6:40pm -
  • newAmazon Mom Referral Program $10 Credit for Both Parties
    Amazon.com is offering Amazon customers a $10 credit when you try the Amazon Mom 30-day free trial and make a purchase of $25 or more.Just visit this Amazon Mom Free Trial $10 Bonus Link to start your free trial and get a $10 bonus credit after you…
    - 15 hours ago 26 Nov 14, 6:35pm -
  • newTwitter Offers for Merchant Discounts on Credit or Debit Cards
    Twitter has announced a new Twitter Offers service that will provide users with merchant discounts that are linked directly to your credit or debit card.The post Twitter Offers for Merchant Discounts on Credit or Debit Cards appeared first on Maximi…
    - 15 hours ago 26 Nov 14, 6:33pm -
  • Credit Sesame Referral Program $150 Amazon Gift Card – Plus $100 Giveaway
    The Credit Sesame referral program will give you a $150 Amazon Gift Card if you get 6 or more of your friends to complete free registration with Credit Sesame for access to free credit scores and ID protection services.Plus, if you join for free via…
    - 2 days ago 24 Nov 14, 10:35pm -
  • Nationwide Bank $200 E-Checking Account Bonus for New Customers
    Nationwide Bank is offering a $200 bonus for new customers when you open an E-Checking Account and set up a direct deposit, valid through December 31, 2014, and available nationwide.More Nationally Available Bank BonusesSunTrust Bank $200 Checking…
    - 2 days ago 24 Nov 14, 10:30pm -
  • Fidelity IRA or Brokerage Account up to $2,500 Bonus on New and Existing Accounts
    Fidelity is offering up to $2,500 in bonus cash when you open and fund a Fidelity IRA or brokerage account or add to an existing one.Check out this Fidelity IRA or Brokerage Bonus for more details.The post Fidelity IRA or Brokerage Account up to $2…
    - 2 days ago 24 Nov 14, 10:25pm -

Boarding Area

  • newBA changing Tier Points needed for Gold Guest List
    BA announced yesterday that it was increasing the Tier Points needed to secure Gold Guest List; a sub-section of Gold Status that I reviewed some weeks ago. The changes occur on 1 January 2015. They are also taking away the option to secure membershi…
    - 47 mins ago 27 Nov 14, 9:04am -
  • newGHA hotels (Kempinski etc) flash sale – 20-50% off globally
    GHA hotels (Kempinski, Pan Pacific etc) are running a flash sale until the end of today (27 November 2014). We’ve previously tweeted about this one (@theeuflyer), but as it’s the last day of the sale we thought it worth a post. You can book at th…
    - 52 mins ago 27 Nov 14, 8:59am -
  • newPaddington Bear spotting in London
    There are 50 Paddington Bear sculptures currently displayed around London through the end of 2014. Each bear is a unique design from celebrities like Emma Watson, Stephan Fry and Andrew Lloyd Weber. The sculptures were unveiled on November 4 and the…
    - 1 hour ago 27 Nov 14, 8:49am -
  • newA Jet Airways’ crew tries to sell a business class meal to an economy passenger
    Sometimes I hear travel stories that are about going above and beyond, and sometimes I also hear about the rotten apples that bring bad reputation to a brand. Here is one of the latter. Jet Airways’ is all set to go back to being a full-service car…
    - 3 hours ago 27 Nov 14, 6:52am -
  • newFree London travel tomorrow (28 November)
    Tomorrow (28 November) is the second day to take advantage of “Fare Free Fridays” – where all contactless Mastercard holders can travel free on the majority of London’s TFL transport network. The TFL network includes London Underground, Lo…
    - 3 hours ago 27 Nov 14, 6:30am -
  • new#FreeUberWeek across India: 5 Free Uber rides
    Uber has been on the rise in India. Just last week, they activated a new city in their portfolio, making it 11 Indian cities in 13 months of operations here. Recently, they added the capability to pay with a digital wallet in India, and this week the…
    - 4 hours ago 27 Nov 14, 5:40am -
  • newMumbai’s Terminal 2 now has First & Business Class lounges
    Mumbai’s Terminal 2, when it was open for business in February 2014, had started out with a temporary lounge, which was in itself a step-up from the earlier airport’s lounge. I wrote a full review of the interim lounge here. The airport, unlike i…
    - 6 hours ago 27 Nov 14, 4:18am -
  • newReminder: Register For Small Business Saturday
    Just a quick reminder to register your American Express cards for this year's Small Business Saturday.As I wrote about a couple of weeks ago, this is a promotion whereby American Express card members can register to receive a statement credit for pu…
    - 8 hours ago 27 Nov 14, 2:03am -
  • newPassengers Push Airplane Stuck in Ice
    If you think that the winter weather woes currently occurring in the northeastern United States have been difficult, oil workers in Siberia pushed the Tupolev-134 airplane on which they were passengers in order to free it from the ice — caused as a…
    - 8 hours ago 27 Nov 14, 1:50am -
  • newFree 1-Year ShopRunner Membership if You Spend $100 on an Order
    This is a sweet deal! ShopRunner is offering a free 1-year ShopRunner membership (normally $79). I have ShopRunner and it allows me to enjoy free 2-day shipping at 100+ retailers including Babies ‘R Us, Neiman Marcus, Toys R Us, and many more. As…
    - 8 hours ago 27 Nov 14, 1:22am -

Frequent Flyer Miles 101

  • newHappy Thanksgiving to all
    Hope that those of you traveling in the northeast survived the winter storm in good form. Now fortified with even more Twitter! Follow me @FFMiles101 Would you like to receive blog posts via email (only one per day, I promise)? Just hit the *Follow*…
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  • How to get 27 items at CVS for $.13 (total)
    It’s that time of year again, when turkeys hide and people shop.  And for those willing to go to the drugstore a couple of times this week, it’s time to save some big bucks on a ton of useful (and not so useful) items. Every year around Thanksgi…
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  • JetBlue non-deal deals
    Before we get started, I should mention that I get a lot of help from friends in the industry to fill in some details around the edges or correct the mistakes that I make.  One of those people is my friend Michael, who was good enough to look at my…
    - 2 days ago 25 Nov 14, 12:39am -
  • Upgrading domestic tickets on Delta: With miles or elite status
    I was recently asked by a friend how elite status upgrades on Delta work domestically (keeping in mind that Delta’s definition of “domestic” excludes Hawaii but does include certain foreign nations; congrats, Toronto, you guys are now American)…
    - 5 days ago 22 Nov 14, 8:55pm -
  • Mileage shopping: Here comes the full-court press from the airlines
    Rule #2: Never buy anything on the internet without getting some sort of rebate.  Never.  Doesn’t matter if it’s miles, cash or box tops. So winter has arrived.  The bad news is that our boiler needs some repair.  The good news is that I just…
    - 5 days ago 21 Nov 14, 10:32pm -
  • JetBlue adds bag fees, more seats
    JetBlue announced today that it would be joining virtually every other airline in North America by adding baggage fees and seats to its planes, in addition to other minor changes.  Southwest now stands out as the only major airline without a first b…
    - 8 days ago 19 Nov 14, 8:54pm -
  • Tidbits from around the industry…
    JetBlue has launched a flash sale which will save you a bit of money, but the discount is only good through tomorrow night.  The two-day travel sale offers 15% off international flights and 20% off domestic and is good only on certain dates, namely…
    - 9 days ago 18 Nov 14, 2:34pm -
  • Lots of small changes going on at American Airlines and the good stuff won’t last…
    Note: I’m going to be out of town for the next few days, so posts might not be as frequent.  Assume every other day or so. It’s always nice to write a post after a big Patriots win.  Anytime Tom Brady can throw two interceptions and win by more…
    - 10 days ago 17 Nov 14, 2:21pm -
  • United Taketh Away, United Giveth and United Loseth a customer…
    Monkey see, Monkey do.  Matching Delta’s increase, United has announced that it is raising the amount of spend you need on tickets to accompany you miles to earn elite status for 2016 by 20%.  Like Delta, you can have the ticket-spend minimum wai…
    - 11 days ago 15 Nov 14, 10:18pm -
  • Thanksgiving week deals, sort of…

    - 13 days ago 14 Nov 14, 11:03am -

Mr. Free Miles

milepoint (Forums)

  • newTargeted Email: Member Bonus
    Received an email from Starwood yesterday titled "Amazing Bonus Offer Coming Your Way." Clicked through (they were very clear it's not for everyone" and had an offer of 5,000 extra starpoints with every 5th paid stay.Would love to know what bonus o…
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  • newWhat Do You Do When You Application Is Pending Approval?
    I just applied for the Chase Sapphire Preferred card and got a "pending approval" response.I've read that there's a "reconsideration line" that you can call if your application gets denied, but what, if anything, should you do when you apply for a c…
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  • newTeh Penalty Box
    I think it's time for a new Box thread that works. So, here goes.
    - 2 hours ago 27 Nov 14, 7:58am -
  • newAA member living in Europe - experiences to share?
    I will be AA EXP with the combined program in 2015 and I am moving to Europe Q3 of 2015. Naturally I will use my benefits until I go, but is there anyone with experience in using the AA program ex-EU? Preliminary research says AFKL, BA, LH are possib…
    - 2 hours ago 27 Nov 14, 7:54am -
  • newWiFi Pricing on TPAC 747
    What is United charging these days for TPAC 747 WiFi service? They sent me an email that my upcoming flight will have WiFi, but the links for further details are all broken.Do they have a lower-priced mobile device offering?
    - 2 hours ago 27 Nov 14, 7:31am -
  • newThat annoying Neverlost system
    I have never been a fan of those hardwired Neverlost systems. The new (?) tablet style version is even more annoying than the older ones. Bright and distracting at night, noisy (stupid welcome greeting every time you start the car, and what's wit…
    - 2 hours ago 27 Nov 14, 7:24am -
  • newDL accrual changes (for the worse, of course)
    www.alaskaair.com/content/mileage-plan/partners/delta.aspxFor Flights Taken on or After January 1, 2015:Economy Cabin:Earn 25% actual flight miles* flown in E class of service;Earn 50% actual flight miles* flown in L, U, T, X, V class of service;…
    - 2 hours ago 27 Nov 14, 7:23am -
  • newCongress will take on private equity/hedegfunds/wall st dba as "airlines"
    It is now so obvious that Wall Street is in the cockpit and the price fixing (seat discipline) and complete devaluation created by the airline cartels (there are no longer any "low cost airlines, except Spirit which, well its quite amazing they are s…
    - 3 hours ago 27 Nov 14, 7:14am -
  • 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…
    - 3 hours ago 27 Nov 14, 7:05am -
  • 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 27 Nov 14, 6:49am -

Flyertalk MilesBuzz

  • newThe rules are the rules.....they just don't make sense to me....
    I'm sure there are lots of rules that are confusing and complicated (or maybe I'm just a simpleton) but thought this might be a good place to document them. I'll start: Recently bought a AMS-LHR-LAS-ORD-LHR-AMS flight in J. All on BA metal...
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  • newWAW week of 20 April 2015 - low availability
    I'm trying to fly to Warsaw for the week of 20 April 2015 ... but having checked all the likely airlines (LO, SN, LH) it seems that there is very limited availability that week, on SN only business class, on LO and LH full fare economy. The week...
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  • newIberia charging for short haul seat selection even at check-in
    The past couple of economy short haul flights I've flow with Iberia (in the past week), there has been a charge for changing the assigned seat when checking in online. I know that their discount economy fares could not choose a seat before online.…
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  • newUA: PHL - DFW. $105 - $113 r/t. 3.8CPM
    Sample Date: 12/7: PHL-ORD-DFW-ORD-PHL. 3.8CPM / 2,952 Miles. Valid until February 12th, 2015 N class fare
    - 1 hour ago 27 Nov 14, 8:42am -
  • newIs it possible to avoid flying when travelling SXM-PTP?
    Yes, I do realise that those are airport codes and that the only way to get from airport to airport is to fly :D I used them since for most people the question becomes more clear than if I use the names of the cities/islands. I've tried to find...
    - 1 hour ago 27 Nov 14, 8:37am -
  • newRetroactive AA miles with Europcar
    Hello, I did not provide Europcar my American Airlines frequent flier number at the time of the rental and now they are telling me that it is impossible to retroactively credit my AA account. The reservation was actually made thru Alamo as...
    - 1 hour ago 27 Nov 14, 8:35am -
  • newbooking BA on AA website - biz becomes first
    Hi guys, I was checking a biz flight to Hawaii on some online broker. I got solutions for combination like BA-BA-AA for outbound and AA-AA-BA for inbound. But when I am redirected to AA website to book it, the itinerary summary returns me...
    - 1 hour ago 27 Nov 14, 8:35am -
  • newCan't checkin online for Little Red - should I be worried?
    I've just tried to checkin online for a Little Red flight to Edinburgh for later today. The fails with ---Quote--- Sorry, we were unable to retrieve your booking. Please check the details you gave us below and let us know the flight number and.…
    - 2 hours ago 27 Nov 14, 8:20am -
  • newSK-codeshare with Ethiad
    An unusual codeshare agreement has been annoneced. SK and EY will have coorporation between Abu Dhabi and a number of Europeen destinations: SK-code on Etihad Airways’ flights to Bruxelles, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Rome, Milan, Zürich, Geneva and..…
    - 2 hours ago 27 Nov 14, 8:17am -
  • newAPI added but still showing red
    I've added the API for an ex-EU booking. However, although it shows the green tick when completed, it goes back to red when I return to the main page in MMB for my wife. She's a US citizen, travelling to America and I've never had this before. As...
    - 2 hours ago 27 Nov 14, 8:11am -

Reddit r/churning

  • newHow to easily get cash off a reloadit?
    I accidentally bought a reloadit that won't work with my card, what's the easiest way to get the money off it? Can I buy a paypal card and then load it and withdraw the cash from getting cashback at a store? Is there a way to transfer it straight int…
    - 5 hours ago 27 Nov 14, 4:59am -
  • newCan I use a Reloadit pack with a Netspend Visa?
    Bought a Reloadit pack to use with my Netspend Visa and every time I put in the numbers I get an error message, any advice? Bought both of them today and have $100 on the reloadit. The reloadit has the netspend logo on it. edit: Found out it won't wo…
    - 8 hours ago 27 Nov 14, 2:05am -
  • newSmall change to URL to access United MileagePlus 50 K reward online
    Hi everyone, I was considering applying for the United MileagePlus, but when I logged in I only saw the offer for 30 K bonus miles. However, I saw the URL was as follows: https://www.theexplorercard.com/30kAFW... I changed the 30k to 50k, and sure en…
    - 9 hours ago 27 Nov 14, 1:18am -
  • newBest Puerto Rico Hotels for Churning? (Already used Barclays)
    Planning a trip to Puerto Rico in mid March, using SW Points from CLE +Companion Pass already earned. Car will likely be paid via Chase UR Points. So my only real expenses will be Lodging. We've used AirBnB in the past and I feel like you get a grea…
    - 10 hours ago 26 Nov 14, 11:35pm -
  • newShould my 20k bonus pt sign up offer show up somewhere in my new Chase Freedom Card account?
    I've got my card, but I don't see any mention in my account online of the bonus point offer. (This is the recent offer for 20k bonus points when you spend $500 in the first three months). I want to confirm that I will get the points before I start sp…
    - 11 hours ago 26 Nov 14, 10:46pm -
  • newBofA Better Balance Card
    Is it really as simple as setting up as 1 recurring transaction like a utility bill in order to get the $20 quarterly? Does it effect it if I pay off the balance completely every month? Seems like a good long term card to have to just set and forget…
    - 11 hours ago 26 Nov 14, 10:29pm -
  • newWhich Prepaid card should I use to MS and is it worth it?
    In the process of deciding which Prepaid Card (bluebird, serve, etc) to use in order to meet minimum spends and rack up US/AA miles, UR points. The cards I would consider doing this with is as follows: Chase Freedom Amex Blue Everyday Chase Marriott…
    - 11 hours ago 26 Nov 14, 10:27pm -
  • newUsing multiple amex serve/bluebird/redbird accounts?
    Hello. I have the target pre paid card that I'm currently using to MS $5k each month. Question I have is can I use other people's SSN and get more cards for myself or is that going to get me shut down? I have heard of people having multiple bluebirds…
    - 12 hours ago 26 Nov 14, 9:33pm -
  • newI want to book a trip in May. Is there a CC that I can sign up for right now that will give me a bonus in time to book my flight?
    I know a lot of CCs that I have churned require you to spend X in three months, then give you the bonus some time after that. Does anyone know any that have fairly quick turnaround times? submitted by OhanianIsACreep [link] [13 comments]
    - 15 hours ago 26 Nov 14, 6:59pm -
  • newCan you buy MO from Safeway using VGCs?
    Can you buy MO from Safeway using VGCs? I have some VGCs to unload and can't find a way to efficiently unload it. I don't have serve or bluebird. I have redbird, but i already used the full $5000 cash load limit, and so I would prefer to find another…
    - 16 hours ago 26 Nov 14, 6:05pm -