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The Points Guy

  • newFavorite Places: SPOT & Skye Bar in Sao Paulo, Brazil
    For the second installment of our new TPG weekend series, “Favorite Places,” I’m sharing a couple of hotspots in the huge, stylish city of São Paulo, Brazil. My recent trip there was inspired by amFAR’s Inspiration Gala, but I also managed…
    - 16 hours ago Apr 18, 2015, 6:30pm -
  • newAirbus’ Planned A380 Economy Layout Will Be A Tight Squeeze
    At the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany this week, Airbus unveiled its 2017 plans for an 11-abreast, 3 x 5 x 3 seat configuration in the economy section of its A380s. Cramped, narrow and poorly laid out, this design is clearly intended to…
    - 19 hours ago Apr 18, 2015, 3:29pm -
  • newFree $20 Amazon Credit, 50% IHG China Sale, and Other Deals
    Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: IHG 50% Off China Properties Every Friday Every Friday until June 19, 2015, IHG will release list of participating hotels in China that you can book for u…
    - 22 hours ago Apr 18, 2015, 12:29pm -
  • Starwood Giveaway, Drink Wine in Italy & Cruise the Amazon
    Check out this week’s travel contests and sweepstakes to try your hand at winning Starwood stays & points, a getaway to Amelia Island,  wine tasting in Italy, a tour through Spain or a cruise the Amazon! Win Starwood Points, Stays and Concert Tick…
    - 2 days ago Apr 17, 2015, 8:59pm -
  • 5 Small Cities in Europe Where You Can Live Large
    As the dollar edges closer to the Euro and holds strong against other European currencies, it seems like Europe is on every budget-conscious traveler’s mind. But why focus solely on crowded hotspots when there are plenty of charming places sca…
    - 2 days ago Apr 17, 2015, 8:14pm -
  • 4 Reasons Why US Airlines Are Better Than Singapore First
    After my recent journey in Singapore Airlines’ new first class aboard their Boeing 777-300ER, I’ve finally figured out what makes domestic carriers so fantastic—and boiled it down to these four simple things. 1. They encourage sobriety. By off…
    - 2 days ago Apr 17, 2015, 6:57pm -
  • Learn to Sail—And Set Off For The World’s Top Sailing Spots
    I’m thrilled to introduce “Sail Away,” our latest TPG monthly series providing you with everything you need to know to make the sailing lifestyle a reality. Today, TPG Contributor Shayne Benowitz takes us inside San Francisco Bay’s OCSC Sail…
    - 2 days ago Apr 17, 2015, 6:29pm -
  • 10 Spots to Use Citi Hilton Reserve’s $100 Statement Credit
    You can’t ask for much better than getting a free flight or hotel room while still earning travel rewards and elite credits. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen offers 10 great options for doing just that by using a newly of…
    - 2 days ago Apr 17, 2015, 4:59pm -
  • As Profits Soar, Delta Plans International Flight Cuts
    As the dollar continues to soar against foreign currencies and the price of oil continues to slump, Delta Air Lines has announced it is significantly scaling back its international network during the fourth quarter of 2015. Certain regions will be i…
    - 2 days ago Apr 17, 2015, 4:10pm -
  • 7 Winter Ski Destinations to Spend Your Summer Vacation
    Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at some relatively uncommon summer vacation destinations, and explains why they should be on your list. If you’re looking for great summer destinations to beat the heat, consider s…
    - 2 days ago Apr 17, 2015, 3:29pm -

Frugal Travel Guy

  • newReader Success Story: Points Redemption + Best Rate = HUGE Savings
    Over the years, we’ve had many readers share their success stories with us. Folks for whom traveling domestically once a year was a luxury are now traveling the world with just a few credit card sign-up bonuses. And the best part? They are sharing…
    - 2 hours ago Apr 19, 2015, 8:00am -
  • How to Find Award Space for Family Travel
    It’s not always easy saving up points for a whole family to travel together, let alone finding award availability. I’ve been doing this for about four years now and can attest to its difficulty. When I redeemed my first award, it was for four peo…
    - 1 day ago Apr 17, 2015, 11:00pm -
  • Easy Ways to Pay It Forward With Points and Miles
    This past week, I had the ability to help out a friend get home to visit a sick family member. My friend is going to China to see his father and has 18 hours of flying each way ahead of him. I used a pair of American Airlines systemwide upgrade certi…
    - 2 days ago Apr 17, 2015, 8:00pm -
  • Why I Signed Up for the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card
    About a week ago, I realized that I hadn’t signed up for any new credit cards since the end of last year — you know what that means. Since more than 90 days had passed since my last application, I was ready to pick a new card. Or maybe two. At f…
    - 2 days ago Apr 17, 2015, 8:00am -
  • Staying at a Marriott Soon? Tomorrow’s Daily Getaways Are for You
    We are now in the fourth week of the Daily Getaways. Personally, I have not found this year’s offers as attractive as previous ones. In fact, I have yet to even attempt to purchase any Daily Getaways this year. However, I am hoping that changes to…
    - 2 days ago Apr 17, 2015, 12:00am -
  • Why I’m Not Giving Up on Membership Rewards
    At the opening of this month, veteran FTG contributor Ariana explained why she was giving up on her American Express Membership Rewards accounts once and for all. On the surface, I am not inclined to disagree with her, because Membership Rewards ha…
    - 2 days ago Apr 16, 2015, 11:00pm -
  • Are You Double-Dipping? Hotel, Airline & Rental Car Reciprocal Elite Status
    Unlimited upgrades, waived change fees, bonus points and special thank yous are all benefits of having elite status with a loyalty program. Whether it is Diamond Medallion with Delta, Platinum with Marriott or Gold with Starbucks, each status has its…
    - 3 days ago Apr 16, 2015, 9:00pm -
  • Rick’s Picks: Free Golf With the Citi Prestige Card!
    This year marks my fiftieth year playing the game of golf, and in all those years, I can’t remember being offered a free round of golf (and certainly not three rounds per calendar year) for using a credit card. I’ve been fortunate enough to play…
    - 3 days ago Apr 16, 2015, 4:00pm -
  • Vienna: Unofficial Oneworld Hub Thanks to NIKI
    When you think of oneworld hubs in Europe, London (British Airways), Madrid (Iberia), Dusseldorf (airberlin), Berlin (airlberlin) and Helsinki (Finnair) are the ones that easily come to mind. However, unbeknownst to many, Vienna (VIE) has become an a…
    - 3 days ago Apr 16, 2015, 8:00am -
  • How to Triple Your Investment With the Citi Prestige Card
    At $450, the annual fee for the Citi Prestige card can be an instant turnoff. You might call it a barrier to entry, and indeed, if you can’t advance $450 in travel funds to yourself, then this card isn’t for you. I specifically use the word advan…
    - 3 days ago Apr 15, 2015, 11:00pm -

One Mile at a Time

  • newWeekly Review: April 18, 2015
    Hello from Dallas! I'm in Dallas for Frequent Traveler University this weekend, after spending the week recovering from my trip to the Maldives. You'd figure a trip from the Maldives wouldn't require recovering, but it's not an easy place to get to,…
    - 12 hours ago Apr 18, 2015, 10:33pm -
  • newIs Marriage The Solution To Pilot Suicide?
    It looks like Turkish Airlines' CEO has a possible solution to pilot suicide, in the aftermath of Germanwings first offices Andreas Lubitz downing an A320 in the French Alps. Via CBS News: "Turkish Airlines' CEO has one possible solution to avoid ano…
    - 14 hours ago Apr 18, 2015, 8:33pm -
  • newApartments Vs. Hotels in Madrid (And Elsewhere)
    While Ben, and many of his readers, are preparing for (in some cases, multiple) trips to Beijing from Washington in American Airlines business class thanks to that now-famous mistake fare, I suspect I'm not the only one among you who purchased ticket…
    - 16 hours ago Apr 18, 2015, 6:33pm -
  • newUpdate On Singapore Suites Class Award Availability Out Of The US
    Singapore Airlines Suites Class is one of the most aspirational first class products out there. It remains one of only two airlines with double bed in first class (the other is China Eastern on their new 777s). For the past several years it has been…
    - 18 hours ago Apr 18, 2015, 4:33pm -
  • newI’m Now Assuming The Dubai First Class Mistake Fare Will Be Honored
    Last Thursday I wrote about the amazing first class mistake fare which British Airways published between Dubai and Austin. British Airways basically left off a zero (or placed the decimal one digit off, depending on how you look at it), and published…
    - 20 hours ago Apr 18, 2015, 2:33pm -
  • newSub-$1,200 Business Class Tickets Between New York and Paris Still Available!
    On Thursday I wrote about the amazing business class fares published on oneworld between New York and Paris, which seem to be matching the fares published by all business class airline La Compagnie. It was a ~$1,700 fare valid for travel on American,…
    - 22 hours ago Apr 18, 2015, 12:15pm -
  • Review: Air Europa Club Business 737 Amsterdam to Madrid
    Our flight to Madrid from Amsterdam was delayed by nearly two hours due to industrial strikes in France, which seem to be about as reliable a source of delay in Europe as snow is to O'Hare or fog is to SFO. At the end of the jetway just before the bo…
    - 1 day ago Apr 17, 2015, 11:03pm -
  • A Guaranteed Easy Way To Reach Credit Card Minimum Spend In One Day
    Aw, crap. So yesterday I was flying from Tampa to Dallas on American in MD-80 first class. I had my laptop out during boarding because I was trying to finish a couple of blog posts. The MD-80 is a bit tight, even in first class, so there's not much s…
    - 2 days ago Apr 17, 2015, 8:03pm -
  • Could Starwood Merge With IHG Or Wyndham?
    In mid-February Starwood's CEO, Frits van Paasschen, suddenly resigned. This was a bit of a surprising move, given that Starwood didn't have a permanent CEO replacement ready to go. This was probably related to the fact that Starwood's stock hasn't b…
    - 2 days ago Apr 17, 2015, 6:33pm -
  • United Clubs Leaving Priority Pass As Of May 15, 2015
    Priority Pass is the most extensive independent lounge membership program in the world, and has over 700 partner lounges. Rather than buying access to lounges individually (either in the form of a day pass or a yearly membership for a specific club),…
    - 2 days ago Apr 17, 2015, 5:03pm -

View From the Wing

The Frequent Miler

  • newHow Much MS Do You Need, a 90,000 Point Mistake, Getting 4 BofA Cards in One Day & More!
    Welcome to the Frequent Miler Week In Review series. Every Saturday we recap what you might have missed from Frequent Miler during the week and bring you some of the best posts from around the web. Enjoy! This Week From Frequent Miler Yes, you can c…
    - 19 hours ago Apr 18, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • Bet You Didn’t Know: A shared secret about Amex credit pulls, plus an Offersbot update
    By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate…   One of the things I love about writing both this series and my Devil’s Advocate column over at Travel Codex is how often people are willing to selflessly contribute ideas and tips to share with the co…
    - 2 days ago Apr 17, 2015, 10:25am -
  • 420,000 miles closer to Necker Island
    Today I applied for four identical Virgin Atlantic credit cards.  The cards are advertised as if they have a 90,000 mile signup bonus, but I think that’s misleading.  15,000 of the 90,000 miles are from the annual anniversary bonus for spending $…
    - 3 days ago Apr 16, 2015, 3:30pm -
  • Misleading portal deal details: how to make sense of them
    You would think that email promotional advertisements would be pretty straightforward, right?  You would think that the vendor would want you to know if the deal being offered was good only for today, right? With online shopping portals, though, the…
    - 3 days ago Apr 16, 2015, 10:43am -
  • Tying loose ends: Prestige 4th night, 5X everywhere, retrieving points, Necker Island
    Today I have a grab bag of follow-ups from previous posts… Citi Prestige 4th Night Fee Hotel Benefit One nice perk of the Citi Prestige card is the ability to book a four night hotel stay, pretty much anywhere, and get the fourth night free.  I wr…
    - 4 days ago Apr 15, 2015, 10:25am -
  • My 90,000 point Ultimate Rewards mistake
    You know that sinking knot in the pit of your stomach feeling when you realize you just made a big mistake?  Yeah, that was me yesterday morning… I keep a spreadsheet of credit cards I’ve opened and closed, and I was doing a bit of housekeeping…
    - 5 days ago Apr 14, 2015, 10:25am -
  • IHG adds new top tier membership level, but hasn’t yet figured out its name
    IHG has just put out a news release about their loyalty program.  We can sum up what we know so far in a few bullets: Beginning July 2015, there will be a new top tier status that is higher than Platinum status. This means that the IHG credit card (…
    - 5 days ago Apr 13, 2015, 11:58pm -
  • CashBackMonitor adds an awesome new feature. Here’s why you should care.
    Over the weekend, CashBackMonitor unveiled a new feature called “Best Rate History”.  Here’s why that’s awesome… Background Online shopping portals are a great way to increase rewards for purchases you plan to make anyway.  The idea is to…
    - 6 days ago Apr 13, 2015, 3:30pm -
  • Last call for FTU and how to get to Dallas dirt cheap
    Yes, seats are still available for FTU Dallas + get $20 off Frequent Traveler University (FTU) is taking place this coming weekend (April 17-19 2015) in Dallas.  This will be the last general session FTU to be held this year, but I do expect that on…
    - 6 days ago Apr 13, 2015, 10:25am -
  • Yes, you can cancel your Club Carlson card after booking Bonus Award Nights
    Quick background: Club Carlson recently announced that Bonus Award Nights, the best feature of their co-branded credit cards, would no longer be available as of June 1 2015.  Instead, they are offering: A one-time 30,000 point bonus for a one night…
    - 7 days ago Apr 12, 2015, 8:21pm -

The Flight Deal

The Free-quent Flyer

  • Quick hits: American Express gift card denominations and Smart & Final
    I'm enjoying lovely San Diego but wanted to share two quick hits that passed my desk yesterday.TopCashBack tracks multiple $2,000 American Express gift cards in a single orderBack in February American Express added language to their cash back portal…
    - 3 days ago Apr 16, 2015, 5:49pm -
  • Iberia Plus requires a positive points balance to search oneworld award space
    Iberia and British Airways, two of the airlines that use Avios as their rewards currency, have long had a number of differences in their award charts. British Airways charged each award segment separately, while Iberia averaged the cost of each first…
    - 4 days ago Apr 15, 2015, 10:00am -
  • When are more points worth more than fewer points?
    Back in January I posed the rhetorical question, "Should all manufactured spend go through American Express gift cards?" and outlined a number of practical problems with using American Express gifts cards to manufacture spend (cards are shipped to y…
    - 5 days ago Apr 14, 2015, 10:00am -
  • Quick hit: Hotel Hustle Hot Rates
    I'm fond of saying that what travel hacking needs is more facts and less data. Much of affiliate blogging is taken up with listing transfer partners and earning rates, without concern for the ways that people actually earn and redeem their miles and…
    - 8 days ago Apr 10, 2015, 11:47pm -
  • If US Bank is trimming the fat, is Flexperks Travel Rewards next?
    Plenty of digital ink has been spilled about the May 28/31 Club Carlson devaluation, including here, and there's not too much left to be said. However, one thing has been bugging me about the way Club Carlson has been talking about the change: they…
    - 9 days ago Apr 10, 2015, 10:00am -
  • Note on booking Delta flights with Alaska miles
    One of the great things about Alaska Airlines' Mileage Plan program is the ability to both credit paid flights operated by American Airlines and Delta Airlines, and redeem Mileage Plan miles for flights on either carrier (when low-level space is ava…
    - 11 days ago Apr 8, 2015, 9:11pm -
  • The May/June Club Carlson devaluation makes it just another middling hotel loyalty program
    Before I get to the meat of my analysis of Club Carlson’s recently-announced devaluation, allow me to briefly mention my general approach when it comes to credit card rewards:I prefer cash above all other rewards currencies. I can use cash to pay m…
    - 13 days ago Apr 6, 2015, 10:00am -
  • Yes, the new Wyndham Rewards program will be great
    I saw yesterday morning that Shawn at Miles to Memories had taken a crack at comparing the much-beloved Club Carlson rewards program with the just-announced changes to the Wyndham Rewards program, effective May 11, 2015.There are many methods of com…
    - 16 days ago Apr 3, 2015, 10:00am -
  • What's the point of class-of-service bonuses?
    With the 2015 division of US airline loyalty programs into revenue-based (Southwest, Delta, United) and distance-based (American, Alaska) models, deciding on a primary carrier and loyalty program has become a game with multiple moving parts. While l…
    - 18 days ago Apr 1, 2015, 10:00am -
  • Trailing interest charges: the silent killer
    Every travel hacker knows that interest charges (and annual fees) are the flip side of credit card rewards. You may earn 2% on the front end when paying with a credit card, whether you're buying a cup of coffee or manufacturing spend, but if you don'…
    - 19 days ago Mar 31, 2015, 10:00am -

Well Traveled Mile

  • Deal Alert: Get $20 For Buying $300 Worth In Visa Or MasterCard Gift Cards At Staples!
    Starting this Sunday April 19, 2015 Staples has a promotion where you get a $20 rebate in the form of a Staples gift card when you purchase $300 or more in Visa or MasterCard gift cards! This deal will end on April 25, 2015 Since Staples is an office…
    - 3 days ago Apr 16, 2015, 8:57pm -
  • Award Booking Help
    While earning a ton of miles through credit cards is what’s talked about, the majority of the effort in this game goes into actually booking that dream vacation / getaway. This involves a great amount of patience and understanding of alliances, awa…
    - 3 days ago Apr 16, 2015, 6:28pm -
  • Fare Alert: California To Indonesia – $386 RT
    Via The Flight Deal, a website I always check for extremely low paid fares, an interesting deal showed up for flights between 5 California cities and Jakarta, Indonesia for only $386 round-trip! Unfortunately this deal is with Delta which means you w…
    - 3 days ago Apr 16, 2015, 8:47am -
  • Flight Review: American Airlines First Class Flagship Suites MIA to EZE
    On my last trip down to Argentina I had a chance to fly on American Airlines First Class Flagship Suites before the existing was replaced. American Airlines new 777-200s will no longer have a first class cabin and instead feature a superb looki…
    - 4 days ago Apr 15, 2015, 9:42am -
  • The New ANA Partner Chart Is In Effect
    All Nippon Airways, ANA, had a distance based award chart that had many sweet spots including 68,000 miles for a round-trip business class ticket to Europe! Read this post highlighting why the old ANA distance based award chart was awesome! Starting…
    - 4 days ago Apr 15, 2015, 8:35am -
  • Noob Guide to Miles & Points: Part 1 – Introduction to Rewards Points
    If you’re new to the miles and points world, it can seem big and complex—maybe a bit too complex. This series’ goal is to clarify the different between airline miles, hotel points, and other rewards points and how best to use them. Noob Guide…
    - 5 days ago Apr 14, 2015, 10:11am -
  • Deal Alert: $50 Sears Gift Card For $40 On eBay
    Gift Card Mall, via eBay, is back with another sale. Right now, you can buy a $50 Sears physical gift card for $40. There is, however, a limit of 2 per household. Remember, by using a shopping portal + a Chase Ink card, you can really maximize your e…
    - 6 days ago Apr 13, 2015, 5:37pm -
  • Citi Prestige Now Offering 50,000 Points Sign-up Bonus
    City just increased the sign-up bonus on the Citi Prestige Card and is now offering 50,000 ThankYou Rewards points. To earn the 50,000 bonus points you’ll need to spend $3,000 on the card within the first three months. In the past the card’s norm…
    - 9 days ago Apr 10, 2015, 10:56am -
  • Daily Getaways 2015 – Hyatt Points On Sale Today
    Starting at 1 P.M. EST today, April 10, 2015 Daily Getaways will sell limited packages of Hyatt “Deals.” If interested make sure to pull the trigger quickly because Hyatt deals WILL sell out! As you can see, the deals are packaged as stays but in…
    - 9 days ago Apr 10, 2015, 8:05am -
  • Should You Keep Or Cancel Your Club Carlson Visa?
    When Club Carlson announced it would be dropping the Bonus Award Night benefit from it’s co-branded credit cards, like many other cardholders I had to decide whether or not to keep or cancel my cards. With every credit card I always weigh the bene…
    - 10 days ago Apr 9, 2015, 8:52am -

MileValue

Frequent Flier

  • Weekly Recap: Coach-Class Seat Wars, United’s Free Drinks, & More
    Following is our regular summary of the latest travel news and best frequent traveler promotions reviewed during the past week. If it was a good deal—or a notably bad deal—from an airline, hotel, or car rental loyalty program, you can ... Read Mo…
    - 1 day ago Apr 18, 2015, 12:58am -
  • How Many Middle Seats Is Too Many?
    When considering (oxymoron alert!) coach-class comfort, the focus tends to be on legroom and seat width. Indeed, those two variables go a long way toward determining how comfortable you’ll be, especially on longer flights. But there is a third vari…
    - 2 days ago Apr 17, 2015, 5:38pm -
  • United Brings Back Free Drinks on Long Flights
    Beginning on June 1, coach-class travelers on United’s long-haul international flights will be reintroduced to an amenity that disappeared on most United flights more than a decade ago: free beer and wine. The complimentary beverages are part of a…
    - 3 days ago Apr 16, 2015, 5:14pm -
  • Starwood Launches 10th Hotel Brand with a Bonus
    Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. already encompasses nine separate brands, accounting for more than 1,200 individual hotels, in 100 countries. That’s big. But in an industry where bigger is better, it’s just mid-pack size-wise. Marriott,…
    - 3 days ago Apr 16, 2015, 4:07pm -
  • J.D. Power Rates the Hotel Loyalty Programs
    In its latest Hotel Loyalty/Rewards Program Satisfaction Report, J.D. Power reports that travelers are happier with their frequent-stay programs than they were in 2014. On its 1,000-point scale, overall ratings increased from 676 in last year’s rep…
    - 4 days ago Apr 15, 2015, 5:29pm -
  • Southwest Doubles Down on Comfort with New Seats
    One of the keys to Southwest’s success has been its core value proposition: a pretty comfortable seat, for a pretty good price. Maybe not the most comfortable seat or the very lowest price. But a pretty good combination of the ... Read More
    - 4 days ago Apr 15, 2015, 4:23pm -
  • Delta Discounts Award Tickets on 15 Routes
    Through April 23, SkyMiles members can book award travel on 15 routes within the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean, and Mexico for as few as 10,000 miles each way. Award travel at the discounted rates must be completed between April 30 ... Read More
    - 5 days ago Apr 14, 2015, 6:58pm -
  • Changes Make IHG Rewards More and Less Rewarding
    The headline of the latest press release from InterContinental touts “Enhancements to Its Award Winning Loyalty Program – IHG Rewards Club.” Indeed, there are some changes that qualify as enhancements. For many IHG Rewards members, however, the…
    - 5 days ago Apr 14, 2015, 4:22pm -
  • Win a Trip to Maui for 4
    Enter the Grand Wailea “Grand Refresh” sweepstakes by June 23, 2015, for a chance to win the grand prize: a four night trip for four to Maui, including airfare, hotel, tours, activities, and dinners nightly. To enter, provide the requested ... Re…
    - 6 days ago Apr 13, 2015, 6:23pm -
  • New Report Ranks Best, Worst U.S. Airlines
    The 2015 Airline Quality Rating report, a joint undertaking by professors at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical and Wichita State universities, was published this week with its annual review and rankings of U.S. airlines’ performance during the previous yea…
    - 6 days ago Apr 13, 2015, 5:01pm -

Travel is Free

Frequent Flyer Bonuses

Million Mile Secrets

  • newIs the Increased Bonus on the AMEX Starwood Card Worth Waiting For?
    Million Mile Secrets reader Keith commented with a question about booking rooms for his company.  But the answer could apply to most anybody thinking about applying for the Starwood AMEX card! Daraius, I’ve been waiting to pull the trigger on an…
    - 2 hours ago Apr 19, 2015, 8:30am -
  • newHow to Quickly Find What You’re Looking for on Million Mile Secrets
    Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook or Twitter! If you need some help finding the latest deals, credit card recommendations, or more information on a particular topic, this post is for you! Here are some tips on how to navigate the site. … C…
    - 2 hours ago Apr 19, 2015, 8:00am -
  • Blog Giveaway: 20,000 American Airlines Miles!

    - 1 day ago Apr 18, 2015, 8:00am -
  • 12,000 Delta Airlines Miles Winners!
    Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook or Twitter! Thanks to everyone who left a comment and tweeted to win the 12,000 Delta Airlines miles giveaway. Congrats to: Kristi who commented: The 6,000 Delta miles would put me over the 25,000 miles I…
    - 1 day ago Apr 18, 2015, 7:30am -
  • “I Am Happy to Be Living Multiple Lifetimes”
    Welcome to the next installment of our interview series where folks share their thoughts about Big Travel with Small Money! Miles & Points Interview:   LeeFamilyTravel  Jung writes LeeFamilyTravel to share travel tips and hints with readers who lo…
    - 2 days ago Apr 17, 2015, 8:00am -

Nomadic Matt

  • The Shape of Things to Come (P.S. – I’m Hiring!)
    Things are changing here at a fast pace so it’s time to take a step back, breathe, and share news about what is going on because it’s going to be big (and awesome!). Simply put, this website is too big for my little ole self to run alone. Moreove…
    - 3 days ago Apr 16, 2015, 3:54pm -
  • 4 Travel Gadgets Actually Worth Buying
    On the first Tuesday second Monday 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 about gadgets worth taking on the road. It’s surprisingly hard to find travel gear t…
    - 6 days ago Apr 13, 2015, 3:24pm -
  • BIG NEWS: New Budget Travel Guides and Book Updates!
    Back in September, I announced the release of a series of travel guides, beginning with five cities around the world. They were handy resources for travelers that got to the point, included off the beaten path destinations, and directed people to mor…
    - 13 days ago Apr 6, 2015, 2:55pm -
  • The Saturday City: Natchez, Mississippi
    As the Southern cotton economy expanded on the back of slave labor in the early 1800s, towns designed to transport the cotton emerged on the Mississippi River: New Orleans, Memphis, Vicksburg, and Natchez. Located high on the bluffs of the Mississipp…
    - 15 days ago Apr 4, 2015, 12:50pm -
  • 12 Things I’d Tell Any New Traveler
    Hope. Fear. Excitement. Traveling for the first time provided me with wave of conflicting emotions. When I left to travel the world, I didn’t know what to expect. I wasn’t well-traveled and was as green as they come. No one I knew had ever done t…
    - 20 days ago Mar 30, 2015, 3:33pm -
  • Updates from the Book Tour #2
    Hello from Las Vegas! It’s day sixty-six of the #fiftyaday book tour. Last week, after driving over 5,000 miles through a dozen states, I watched the sun set marvelously over the Pacific. After two months of traveling, I made it across the country.…
    - 24 days ago Mar 26, 2015, 3:31pm -
  • How to Spend 4 Days in New Orleans
    New Orleans. NOLA. The Big Easy. A city by many names, all conjuring the jovial “Laissez les bons temps rouler!” (“Let the good times roll!”) attitude towards life the city is famous for. New Orleans is filled with scrumptious French-inspired…
    - 26 days ago Mar 24, 2015, 3:45pm -
  • Discovering Purpose on a Farm in South Africa
    On the second Wednesday third Thursday of the month, Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse writes a guest column featuring tips and advice on solo female travel. It’s a topic I can’t cover so I brought in an expert to share her advice. After a day…
    - 31 days ago Mar 19, 2015, 3:39pm -
  • Living Les Bons Temps At Mardi Gras
    As I threw beads over the wrought-iron balcony of Bourbon Bandstand in the French Quarter, I looked down at the crowds: strangers in elaborate costumes toasted drinks, laughed, and danced with each other as streets bands performed jazz. Everyone move…
    - 33 days ago Mar 17, 2015, 2:50pm -
  • 7 Common Travel Myths That are WRONG (and Why I’m Giving Hands On Help Now)
    Years ago, the website Earth Porm reposted my article “The Ultimate Guide to Traveling When You’re Broke,” and in January, social media maven and actor George Takei shared the post with his eight million Facebook fans (as a huge Star Trek geek…
    - 41 days ago Mar 9, 2015, 3:26pm -

The Hustle Blog

  • Don’t Forget to Track Car Rental Reservations with AutoSlash
    Some people think car rentals can be a lengthy process. For me, I try to keep it as simple as possible. You have two options to use AutoSlash. Search for a car using their site Make your booking elsewhere & use AutoSlash to find better rates The pro…
    - 18 days ago Apr 1, 2015, 11:00am -
  • Last Chance at Chase Freedom Q1 Categories
    As we come up on the end of March, we also come to the end of the first quarter of 2015. With that comes the end of the Chase Freedom 5% bonus categories – grocery stores, movie theaters & Starbucks. Be sure to get all your Q1 spend in by March 31!…
    - 20 days ago Mar 30, 2015, 11:00am -
  • Probable Southwest Rapid Rewards Devaluation
    Last week, Southwest Airlines sent an email to its Rapid Rewards loyalty program members informing them of a future change in the program. Sadly, they weren’t very specific about the change but it reads as a devaluation. We created Rapid Rewards®…
    - 61 days ago Feb 17, 2015, 12:00pm -
  • British Airways Avios Devaluation
    The biggest news going around the travel blogosphere lately is one we’re sadly all too familiar with… devaluation. British Airways announced some pricey changes to their loyalty program that will take effect April 28, 2015. The last time they cha…
    - 79 days ago Jan 30, 2015, 12:00pm -
  • Evolve Money Changes Terms for Discover Cards
    There have been a lot of changes going on with Evolve Money lately. First, I wrote about how they were a great way to pay for bills or loans that you can’t normally pay for with credit or gift cards. Then, they announced great news that we could us…
    - Dec 24, 2014, 5:34pm -
  • Chase Freedom 2015 Bonus Categories Announced
    While we’re all busy trying to hit the $1,500 in spend for this quarter’s bonus categories, Chase has announced all the bonus categories for 2015. January – March Grocery stores Movie theaters Starbucks April – June Restaurants Bed Bath & Bey…
    - Dec 10, 2014, 12:00pm -
  • Register Now! American Express Small Business Saturday
    Registration for American Express Small Business Saturday is live! Register all your eligible American Express cards at this link as soon as you can. As I detailed in a previous post, this year’s Small Business Saturday, which occurs on November 29…
    - Nov 17, 2014, 12:00pm -
  • Follow Up: Evolve Money + Discover Card
    This is a follow up to my post over the weekend about Evolve Money’s newest developments. It looks like all is well just like Evolve said! The payment has posted to my Discover account as a regular payment & I already see the Evolve payments postin…
    - Nov 10, 2014, 4:32pm -
  • Evolve Money Now Takes Discover Cards
    I just received an email from Evolve Money about a new feature – they now accept Discover credit cards as payment sources! Previously, they only accepted debit cards or gift cards as payment sources to pay bills. This opens up a nice avenue to earn…
    - Nov 7, 2014, 12:00pm -
  • New Next Generation NEXUS Kiosks Coming
    As a NEXUS member, I just received an email with some significant updates about the kiosk process when traveling by air between the United States & Canada. “Next Generation” kiosks are being installed to provide “faster, more reliable and more…
    - Oct 3, 2014, 11:00am -

Johnny Jet

  • Travel Style: Emily Jablon
    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: Emily Jablon  Occupation: Blogger at MillionMileSecre…
    - 1 day ago Apr 17, 2015, 10:09pm -
  • Reader Travel Tip of the Day: Taxi Precautions
    Taxi Precautions Each Friday, we’re featuring a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from reader William S., who says: “When taking a taxi in an unfamiliar place, pull up a map of your route using GPS on yo…
    - 2 days ago Apr 17, 2015, 5:37pm -
  • Star Wars Fans: ANA Has a Plane For You
    Get ready to geek out Star Wars fans because ANA is bringing you a snazzy R2-D2 Jet via its newest 787-9 Dreamliner which will be making international flights in fall 2015. Yes that’s right for the first time ever, a Star Wars character will appe…
    - 2 days ago Apr 17, 2015, 2:14pm -
  • Beyond the music: 5 things to do in California’s Coachella Valley
    Just over two hours from Los Angeles and boasting its own international airport, the Coachella Valley is a fun, active destination for Angelenos looking for a quick getaway and travelers looking to bask in Southern California’s perpetually sunny we…
    - 2 days ago Apr 16, 2015, 10:41pm -
  • United updates international economy meals and beverages
    United has announced it will be revamping its international economy food and beverage service. Beginning on June 1, customers in economy class will receive a complimentary three-course meal, complimentary beer and wine, and snacks for purchase. Whi…
    - 3 days ago Apr 16, 2015, 6:31pm -
  • Travel Tip of the Day: Don’t Leave Dogs in Cars
    This makes me so mad. When i got back to my car in the parking lot of the grocery store, I saw this dog panting in the car next to me. It's 90 degrees today. Even with the windows down, that car will turn into a sauna quickly. So, I marched back into…
    - 3 days ago Apr 16, 2015, 5:19pm -
  • Travel Tip of the Day: How To Request Missing Frequent Flyer Credit
    How To Request Missing Frequent Flyer Credit Yesterday’s tip was about saving your boarding passes so you can ensure you get frequent flyer credit for the flights you’ve taken. If you don’t see credit for a flight you’ve taken after 15 days,…
    - 4 days ago Apr 15, 2015, 9:07pm -
  • My Sports Weekend in Fort Worth, Texas
    Howdy! If you’re following me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and/or Periscope (this week’s Travel App of the Week) then you know I was just in Fort Worth, Texas with my buddy Lee Abbamonte. The city of Fort Worth invited us down so we coul…
    - 4 days ago Apr 15, 2015, 7:52pm -

Doctor of Credit

  • newAmerican Express Platinum: 25,000 Points + No Annual Fee Offer Is Back (Ameriprise)
    The Offer Direct link to offer Receive a sign up bonus of 25,000 American Express membership rewards points when you spend $3,000 within the first three months on the The Platinum Card from American Express for Ameriprise Financial. The annual fee o…
    - 42 mins ago Apr 19, 2015, 9:25am -
  • newGoogle Wallet Now Keeping Funds in FDIC-Insured Accounts
    Yahoo Finance reports that Google Wallet is now keeping your Wallet balance in FDIC-insured bank accounts, insuring the money in the case of the company goes bankrupt. Typical bank accounts come with FDIC insurance on balances of up to $250,000 and s…
    - 5 hours ago Apr 19, 2015, 4:52am -
  • newTarget Prepaid REDcard Not Giving 5% Off Online
    I wrote a few days ago about buying an Applebees gift card online at target.com with my REDcard. The result was that 5% does not get deducted for the purchase of third party gift cards at Target. See $50 Applebees Gift Card Deal at Target & More Gif…
    - 7 hours ago Apr 19, 2015, 3:10am -
  • newChase Now Matching People To 80,000 Point IHG Offer
    The public sign up bonus for the Chase IHG card is currently 70,000 points (after there previously being an 80,000 point offer), it’s been possible to get an offer of 80,000 points + $50 for some during the booking process (there is also a third 7…
    - 16 hours ago Apr 18, 2015, 6:30pm -
  • newUp To 10,000 Additional United Miles When You Redeem For Marriott Hotel + Air Packages.
    The Offer Receive bonus United miles when you redeem Marriott/Ritz Carlton points for a Marriott Hotel + Air Packages. This is in addition to the standard 10% bonus you get for redeeming for United miles instead of another airline. The number of bonu…
    - 18 hours ago Apr 18, 2015, 4:30pm -
  • new[Targeted] Citi Prestige 100,000 ThankYou Points After $3,000 In Spend + New Card Design
    The Offer Receive a sign up bonus of 100,000 ThankYou points when you spend $3,000 or more within the first three months of account opening. The Fine Print This is a targeted offer, it won’t be available to everybody Our Verdict A few people have r…
    - 20 hours ago Apr 18, 2015, 2:00pm -
  • newCiti In-Branch Offers on ThankYou Premier & AAdvantage Executive
    We’ve discussed in the past various offers for the Citi Prestige card, in-branch vs online, but there’s also  enhanced/different offers from Citi only available in-branch on other cards. Travelwithgrant and RapidTravelChai both provide images…
    - 22 hours ago Apr 18, 2015, 12:00pm -
  • 0.4% Portal Cash Back On Visa Gift Cards On Giftcardmall
    The Offer Direct link to offer Receive 0.4% cash back when you purchase Visa gift cards from Giftcardmall when you use the shopping portal Simply Best Coupons The Fine Print This deal is for a limited time only (according to FM on or around the July…
    - 1 day ago Apr 18, 2015, 2:15am -
  • $20 Off Your Bill with Opentable’s New Feature
    The Offer and New Feature OpenTable, the restaurant reservation application, has introduced a new feature to make paying for your bill much easier. You can now see and pay for your bill right from your smartphone while dining with the Opentable smart…
    - 1 day ago Apr 18, 2015, 1:30am -
  • Can My Spouse (Husband/Wife) Use Household Income For Their Credit Card Application?
    Hello, I have a question about what happen’s when a spouse doesn’t have their own income himself/herself and they want to apply for a credit card. Can they put down the total household income as their own? Can you explain a bit about the process…
    - 2 days ago Apr 17, 2015, 6:30pm -

Hustler Money Blog

  • Best Bank Rates, High Yield Savings, Money Market Accounts- April 2015
    Looking for the best place to stash your cash? The following Savings & Money Market Accounts are available to everyone to earn the highest interest rate possible! This means finding the kind of savings account that is best suited for your needs. Savi…
    - 2 days ago Apr 16, 2015, 11:02pm -
  • Delta SkyMiles Dining Review: 3,500 Bonus SkyMiles
    If you love to travel, here’s a great offer for up to 3,500 bonus Delta SkyMiles from SkyMiles Dining. All you have to do is join SkyMiles Dining by June 30, 2015 and spend $30 on a single dine at a participating restaurant, bar or club within 30 d…
    - 2 days ago Apr 16, 2015, 10:30pm -
  • MileagePlus Dining Review: 3,000 Bonus Miles
    Check out this MileagePlus Dining Promotion and earn 3,000 bonus miles when you join MileagePlus Dining, spend $30 on a single dine, and complete a review within 30 days. You’ll get 1,000 bonus miles on your first dine and review. Dot it 5X to earn…
    - 3 days ago Apr 16, 2015, 9:34pm -
  • AAdvantage Dining Review: Earn 2,000 Bonus American Airline AAdvantage Miles
    Earn 2,000 bonus American Airline AAdvantage miles from AAdvantage Dining for frequent travelers when you sign up and spend $30 or more at a participating restaurant, bar or club within 30 days of joining. Then complete your review within 30 days of…
    - 3 days ago Apr 16, 2015, 4:56pm -
  • Hilton HHonors Dining 2,000 Bonus Hilton HHonors Points
    Frequent travelers can take advantage of a great offer for 2,000 bonus Hilton HHonors points from Hilton HHonors Dining good through June 30, 2015. For a limited time, join Hilton HHonors Dining and earn 1,000 Hilton HHonors Bonus points on your firs…
    - 3 days ago Apr 16, 2015, 9:17am -
  • Chase Bank $200 Total Checking Bonus Coupon Code + $50 Saving Coupon
    The Chase Bank $200 Total Checking bonus coupon code + $50 Savings Bonus with direct deposit available through May 15, 2015. Available to new Chase checking customers only, you must deposit $100 within 10 days along with setting up a direct deposit w…
    - 3 days ago Apr 16, 2015, 5:17am -
  • OptionsHouse Review: Trade Commission-Free for 90 Days
    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 $4.95 with multiple options trading tools and competitive comm…
    - 3 days ago Apr 16, 2015, 4:33am -
  • Discover It Chrome for Students with $20 Cash Back Review
    Discover it® Chrome for Students with $20 Cash Back after making a purchase in the first 3 months. You’ll earn 2% cash back automatically on up to $1,000 in combined purchases at restaurants and gas stations each quarter, then 1% cash back on all…
    - 3 days ago Apr 16, 2015, 3:17am -
  • Amex Twitter Sync Smart & Final $75 Statement Credit
    For those with an American Express Credit Card and a Twitter account, you can get $25 Statement Credit on $50 Purchases at Smart & Final. You must sync your AmEx cards and tweet #AmexSmartFinal using your twitter account. A return message will inform…
    - 3 days ago Apr 15, 2015, 11:33pm -
  • Amex Offers: $20 Back at Amazon.com Targeted Promotion
    If you are an American Express credit card holder, then log into your Amex account to see if you have the Offer for You $20 back on $20 Spending at Amazon.com good through June 6, 2015. This AMEX Offers For You’s Amazon $20 Statement Credit is a ta…
    - 3 days ago Apr 15, 2015, 11:11pm -

Hack My Trip

  • Attend Next Week’s Seattle Meetup and Learn about Boeing’s Everett Delivery Center
    Every month, one of my readers helps me organize a local meetup in the Seattle area. This was recently moved from the third Thursday to the third Tuesday to make it easier to find space for the growing group. Next week it will be hosted at Liberty Ba…
    - 2 days ago Apr 17, 2015, 2:47pm -
  • How to Pick a Seat in Coach for International Travel
    I recently returned from a trip to Singapore and flew coach. I keep telling myself that I’ll never fly long distances in coach again, but somehow I make it work. A typical Boeing 777-200ER aircraft has 254 economy class seats and 37 business cla…
    - 2 days ago Apr 17, 2015, 11:05am -
  • Save 20% on Marriott Gift Cards with Daily Getaways
    My updates on Daily Getaways have been less frequent because there really isn’t much to talk about, but tomorrow’s promotion is a slam dunk. You can buy Marriott gift cards on Friday at 10 AM Pacific Time for a quick 20% discount on face value…
    - 3 days ago Apr 16, 2015, 5:26pm -
  • Devil’s Advocate Turns 1 Year Old. Let’s Give Something Away!
    From the desk of the Devil’s Advocate…   I’m not typically into navel gazing. But I decided to engage in a bit of it today. Don’t worry, I promise it won’t become a habit. Just a little over a year ago, Scott Mackenzie, the founder and own…
    - 3 days ago Apr 16, 2015, 11:05am -
  • What’s the Upper Limit of Travel Spending? Back of the Envelope Analysis
    I’m on a plane right now and considering a hypothetical question: Given the physical constraints of reality, how much could the most loyal, most lucrative customers possibly spend with the airlines and hotel chains? As an aside, we’ll ignore m…
    - 4 days ago Apr 15, 2015, 2:35pm -

Maximizing Money

  • newDash Restaurant Payment App $5 Free Credit and $5 Referrals
    The Dash App for Android and iPhone provides an easy way to pay at restaurants and bars directly from your mobile phone (available in New York, Chicago, and Washington D.C.), plus you can get a free $5 credit toward your first dine and a $5 credit fo…
    - 14 hours ago Apr 18, 2015, 8:35pm -
  • newPay with OpenTable App $20 Free Credit toward Restaurant Dining
    The Pay with OpenTable App for iPhone and Android allows you to pay for your dining directly from your smartphone at participating restaurants.Plus, you can get a free $20 credit toward your first reservation and dine by April 20, 2015, with the Pro…
    - 14 hours ago Apr 18, 2015, 7:58pm -
  • Reserve Restaurant Reservation App $20 Referral Credits
    The Reserve App is your personal dining concierge that allows you to make restaurant reservations directly from your phone.Plus, you can get a $25 credit for new users to use toward your first dining reservation as well as $20 referral credits for b…
    - 1 day ago Apr 17, 2015, 11:06pm -
  • Staples $20 Gift Card to Buy $300 in MasterCard or Visa Gift Cards
    From April 19th to April 25, 2015, you can get a $20 Staples Gift Card by rebate when you buy a total of $300 or more in MasterCard or Visa Gift Cards in-store at Staples.Check out this $20 Staples Bonus for more details.Review these Bonus Reward C…
    - 2 days ago Apr 17, 2015, 1:50am -
  • National Park Week Free Entrance This Opening Weekend
    National Park Week offers free admission to all 397 of your national parks for the opening weekend of National Park Week on April 18th and April 19, 2015.Enjoy Free National Park Week for free entrance to U.S. national parks.The post National Park…
    - 2 days ago Apr 17, 2015, 1:45am -
  • TopCashback Freebies – 100 Diapers Free After Cash Back
    New TopCashback members can get 100 Huggies Snug & Dry Ultra Diapers from Walmart with this cash back deal that runs through Tuesday, April 21, 2015.The post TopCashback Freebies – 100 Diapers Free After Cash Back appeared first on Maximizing Mone…
    - 2 days ago Apr 17, 2015, 1:40am -
  • Mogl Offers up to $25 Cash Back on Spending at Participating Restaurants
    The Mogl dining rewards program will give you up to $25 cash back when you spend at any participating restaurant this Saturday and Sunday, April 18-19, 2015.The post Mogl Offers up to $25 Cash Back on Spending at Participating Restaurants appeared f…
    - 2 days ago Apr 17, 2015, 1:35am -
  • M&T Bank $150 MyChoice Checking Account Promotion – New Online Coupon Code Request
    I've just discovered a new way to get coupon codes for the $150 cash bonus when you add a qualifying direct deposit of at least $100 to your new M&T Bank MyChoice Checking account that is opened by June 30, 2015.M&T Bank has branches located through…
    - 2 days ago Apr 17, 2015, 1:30am -
  • Bridgeview Bank $100 Checking, Savings or Money Market Bonus in Illinois
    Bridgeview Bank will give you a $100 bonus and donate $50 to the USO of Illinois when you open a new checking, savings, or money market account or make a qualifying deposit to your existing savings or money market account, available through April 25,…
    - 2 days ago Apr 17, 2015, 1:26am -
  • Telhio Credit Union $50 Personal Checking, $25 Youth Savings and Referral Bonuses in Ohio
    Telhio Credit Union in Ohio is offering a $50 personal checking account bonus, a $25 youth savings account bonus, and up to $500 in referrals.Telhio membership is open to anyone who lives, works, worships, or goes to school in Franklin County and th…
    - 2 days ago Apr 17, 2015, 1:20am -

Boarding Area

  • newUpto 50% off sale by Jet Airways today
    Jet Airways has a great sale on for travel within India which is happening this weekend. Prices are really reasonable for many segments, and even lesser than some of the other low-cost carriers in the market. For instance, tickets to Goa from Mumbai…
    - 4 hours ago Apr 19, 2015, 6:30am -
  • newAmerican Airlines Orlando to Oslo $688, Stockholm $692, Copenhagen $702 June to August
    American Airlines, US Airways and oneworld partner British Airways have low fares around $700 round trip to Oslo, Copenhagen and Stockholm for travel primarily on Tuesdays and Saturdays during peak summer months. There are multiple routings and these…
    - 5 hours ago Apr 19, 2015, 5:25am -
  • newTravelers find new opportunities to do good
    After hundreds of business trips and a vacation or two, Clement Quintyne’s Briggs & Riley Rollaboard was ready for the recycler. The wheels were worn and the outside was frayed. His wife, Debra, figured it was time for new luggage. But what to do w…
    - 5 hours ago Apr 19, 2015, 5:00am -
  • newFare Alert United $606 San Francisco Stockholm July 2015 Star Alliance
    Star Alliance airlines have some low summer fares again from west coast to Scandinavia for travel in peak summer months of July and August. Today I see Norwegian Airlines has dropped fares by hundreds of dollars for travel around Scandinavia compared…
    - 5 hours ago Apr 19, 2015, 4:42am -
  • newStar Alliance Los Angeles Billund Denmark $632 July 2015
    Star Alliance Los Angeles Billund, Denmark round trip is pricing at $631 to $654 for several dates Mondays to Wednesdays from next week into mid-June 2015 and even a couple of dates at $632 for mid-July departures. Billund Denmark BLL airport has sev…
    - 6 hours ago Apr 19, 2015, 4:13am -
  • newOman: Nizwa on a Friday Night
    After driving almost 180 kilometers southwest on highway 15 from Muscat — approximately one hour and 45 minutes or so — I arrived in Nizwa where many of those streets were under construction. Despite the detours — including down this street whi…
    - 7 hours ago Apr 19, 2015, 2:51am -
  • newMy Cousin is Hipster Ariel
    AVByte has been doing a lot of Disney themed videos, and they just released an Ariel one.  Ariel is jealous that Beauty and Cinderella get their own live-action movies. But my cousin has been acting this part for a while.  Check out the original hi…
    - 8 hours ago Apr 19, 2015, 2:19am -
  • newAir Transat Auctioning Cheap Tickets To Europe On Twitter
    Talk about a really creative way to sell airline tickets for a good cause… Air Transat, a Canadian airline based out of Montreal is offering tickets to Europe (from Canada) starting at some very attractive prices through an auction on Twitter. The…
    - 8 hours ago Apr 19, 2015, 1:52am -
  • newAmerican Airlines’ Goldilocks Problem: Boards too Early, Updates Delays Too Late. They Need to Be Just…
    I love many things about American Airlines. First and foremost is the AAdvantage program, and especially that I’m well taken care of as an Executive Platinum member (100,000 mile flyer). Their lounge agents have been exceptionally good to me during…
    - 10 hours ago Apr 19, 2015, 12:04am -
  • newRoad Warriorette Weekend Express
    Hey readers! Got a question or something you want to discuss this weekend?  Here’s the perfect opportunity!  Whether you want to share an interesting travel story, a packing tip, an etiquette tip, or anything else going on in the business travel…
    - 10 hours ago Apr 18, 2015, 11:55pm -

Frequent Flyer Miles 101

  • newEarning Etihad miles for trip reviews
    Etihad is not a program that you run into every day, although it is the operator of what I have labeled the ultimate first class experience.  It has a number of partners around the world, including American in the US.  The airline is a glaring exam…
    - 18 hours ago Apr 18, 2015, 3:42pm -
  • Tidbits from around the industry: Starwood hotels, the economy class squeeze
    Starwood Hotels, owner of Westin, Sheraton and a few others, announced that it is launching its tenth brand, the Tribute Portfolio.  Tribute hotels are actually independent hotels that “associate” with Starwood, meaning that they use Starwood’…
    - 3 days ago Apr 16, 2015, 6:11pm -
  • Changes coming to Priority Club (Intercontinental, Holiday Inn, etc)
    Priority Club, the loyalty program for hotel chains Intercontinental, Holiday Inn brands and others, has always been a bit of an enigma.  In terms of earning points, it is one of the best. They are generous with base and bonus earnings and the cred…
    - 4 days ago Apr 15, 2015, 9:14pm -
  • Rocketmiles promo for American Airlines
    For those who aren’t interested in hotel points, there’s Rocketmiles.  Rocketmiles is a booking site that allows you to earn airline miles for hotel stays, generally at a much higher rate than you would earn from the hotel.  Usually, you’ll e…
    - 5 days ago Apr 14, 2015, 12:00am -
  • Discover Card quarterly bonus
    One of the nice things about Discover cards is their rotating quarterly bonuses.  For the first $1,500 in spend each quarter, you earn 5% back, instead of whatever your card traditionally pays.  Not huge, but it’s up to $75 per calendar quarter i…
    - 6 days ago Apr 13, 2015, 12:12am -
  • An easy 1,000 Hilton Honors points for free
    Offers vary in both complexity and generosity. The best offers, of course, are the lucrative and easy ones. But “not so lucrative” and easy also have something to be said for them. Namely, that they’re easy. Hilton has been kind enough to partn…
    - 7 days ago Apr 12, 2015, 12:03am -
  • A couple of high-end credit card deals worth your time (but one comes with a catch)
    I have to admit, part of the fun of this gig is the “something for nothing” aspect, whether it is miles, cash back or the occasional “free after ExtraBucks” shampoo at CVS (Okay, the first two are generally more exciting, especially because t…
    - 9 days ago Apr 10, 2015, 2:21am -
  • Club Carlson offers a great bonus…and then shoots a credit card perk
    I was very excited to see Club Carlson bring back its triple point promotion for stays through June 28.  I’ve always liked Club Carlson; its brands, such as Radisson, are not as well-known as the Hiltons of the world, but they’ve always been goo…
    - 11 days ago Apr 8, 2015, 8:46pm -
  • Your days of pre-check may be ending. Secure your fast pass
    Yesterday, the TSA announced that it would be ending, or at least severely cutting back, the program that allowed passengers who were not a part of the pre-check program to use the pre-check lane.  The TSA has made this threat before, but it has got…
    - 11 days ago Apr 8, 2015, 12:07am -
  • Alaska Airlines: The little program that could (benefit you if you’re an infrequent traveler)
    As a New Englander, I don’t get to spend too much time on airlines that focus on western states such as Frontier, WestJet and, to some extent, Southwest.  But one that I really miss is Alaska Airlines (Don’t call them “Alaskan Airlines,” by…
    - 12 days ago Apr 6, 2015, 11:44pm -

Mr. Free Miles

  • Summer Travel Guide: San Juan, Puerto Rico
    Just four hours and 35,000 frequent flyer miles away from the U.S. northeast, Puerto Rico is long overlooked as a Caribbean destination. Not anymore. Learn how to book your luxury escape, including two nights at the Ritz-Carlton.
    - 2 days ago Apr 17, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • Playing With Elephants In Chiang Mai, Thailand
    Play with elephants, explore Buddhist temples on a scooter and then eat vegan coconut ice cream - all in one day. Today's day in pictures spotlight is the laid-back vibes of Chiang Mai, Thailand. Learn how to get there.
    - 4 days ago Apr 15, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • [Limited Time] 80,000 Points Available With Hilton HHonors Surpass Amex
    Receive 80,000 bonus HHonors points through May 2 with the Amex Hilton HHonors Surpass credit card. That’s enough for 1 night at a top-tier hotel or 10 nights at a lower category - read the details here.
    - 6 days ago Apr 13, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • Get Your Credit Score For Free With CreditKarma.com
    Your credit score can be the most important financial figure in your life. And in the world of earning frequent flyer miles, it is everything. Fortunately, knowing your score - and how to improve it - has never been so easy.
    - 10 days ago Apr 9, 2015, 4:00pm -
  • China 72 Hour Visa Free Policy: What It Is & What To Expect At The Airport
    China's new 72 hour visa free entrance policy makes traveling to the country hassle free. Save money and time with the free entrance, but after using it myself I note some important details.
    - 11 days ago Apr 8, 2015, 4:00pm -
  • 3% Return In First Year With Discover It Miles
    The brand new Discover it Miles credit card is making serious noise in the award space. Earn 3% return in your first year, using the miles on virtually any travel purchase.
    - 13 days ago Apr 6, 2015, 4:00pm -
  • Day In Pictures: Salkantay Trail To Machu Picchu, Peru
    A day in pictures of the Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru. A truly stunning display of raw nature, this trail takes you from imposing snow-capped mountains into deep, lush rainforest. Learn how to get there.
    - 15 days ago Apr 4, 2015, 5:00pm -
  • 7 Best Travel Websites You've Never Heard Of
    The 7 best travel websites you have never heard of. Learn how to enable cheap travel, where you should go and how to manage it once booked - make more of your travels this year.  
    - 16 days ago Apr 3, 2015, 1:00am -
  • 2 Free Weekend Nights With Citibank Hilton HHonors Reserve
    Two free weekend nights are available with the Citibank Hilton HHonors Reserve. I used mine for a $1,500-a-night villa; redeem yours at Hilton, Conrad & Waldorf Astoria properties, among others.
    - 18 days ago Apr 1, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • ‘The Beach’ Book & Movie Locations In Thailand
    The mystical setting of The Beach, a book written in 1996 and popularized as a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio in 2002, is based on various breathtaking Thailand locations. Where to go and how to get there - yours to explore.
    - 20 days ago Mar 30, 2015, 3:00pm -

milepoint (Forums)

  • newTeh Penalty Box
    I think it's time for a new Box thread that works. So, here goes.
    - 1 min ago Apr 19, 2015, 10:07am -
  • newtom911 goes to Madrid, Toledo and Berlin
    Hello this Friday morning from Madrid. Heading over to Toledo for a day trip by rail later today. Tried to do that last year and all the daytime trains were sold out 24 hours ahead and I couldn’t make it work. Forecast high for today is 20C (68F).…
    - 3 mins ago Apr 19, 2015, 10:04am -
  • newOfficial Master Thread: SMD6 [Sold Out!]
    Last year was a very difficult year for the MegaDo organizers. We met with lots of busy airlines struggling with mergers, restructuring, new loyalty programs and more. We have had no less than 3 versions of this program ready to go, but each time had…
    - 2 hours ago Apr 19, 2015, 8:33am -
  • new(photo trivia) Guess the city
    Given the success of the 'guess the airport' thread, though this might be a good thread to start. A breath of fresh air, if you will...Anyways, same rules apply. First submission:
    - 3 hours ago Apr 19, 2015, 7:12am -
  • newA lifestyle blogger's ANA Trip Report
    Perhaps a different style of trip report, not as detail in the process (i.e. food, and sleeping, etc), but gorgeous pictures!http://lingeredupon.blogspot.com/2015/02/the-ana-flight-experience.htmlA lifestyle blogger's ANA Trip Report
    - 4 hours ago Apr 19, 2015, 6:30am -
  • new[JMB Forum Diamond Premier Lounge] The JAL Forum Conversational Thread
    Everyone the JMB Forum Diamond Premier Lounge is open for business As a tradition of the JMB forum, people like going OT all the time and therefore we have this lounge thread. But since this is an upgrade of FT, our conversational thread has been u…
    - 4 hours ago Apr 19, 2015, 6:28am -
  • 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…
    - 6 hours ago Apr 19, 2015, 4:25am -
  • newairmiles agents
    spend about £20,000 every year on travel mainly from London (Business Class), my company has offices in KL, Singapore, Lagos and Nairobi. However I met a guy last month in Singapore who said to me he flew LHR to SIN return for £900 and I paid over…
    - 6 hours ago Apr 19, 2015, 4:08am -
  • newThe FTU DFW Ultimate Lounge Hop
    SEE POST #3 FOR AN UPDATED ATTENDEE LIST AS OF 15APRIL2015For 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…
    - 6 hours ago Apr 19, 2015, 3:52am -
  • newBig changes to IHG Rewards
    Got a email this morning.New changes (good):- Earn plat in as low as 40 nights.- new higher status to be introduced in July.Bad:- "Starting in May 2016, we will expire all points if there's no account activity in the prior 12 months".This is hu…
    - 7 hours ago Apr 19, 2015, 3:06am -

Flyertalk MilesBuzz

  • newEmirates App for iWatch
    It's now available on the App Store as an update. Will be interesting to see what it's like, I've not preordered a watch - would be good to see what it's like once people get theirs hands on them and more specifically - what the app does. I'm...
    - 11 mins ago Apr 19, 2015, 9:56am -
  • newThe android BA app is awesome :-)
    ...and the gods are punishing me for complaining about travelling in economy :rolleyes: Image: https://mysoreaftertenyears.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/screenshot_2015-04-19-10-36-18.png
    - 16 mins ago Apr 19, 2015, 9:51am -
  • newTK : HEL-LAX 1530 euros
    Business J class wide open in july, august and september normal business fare 2800 - 3500 euros
    - 23 mins ago Apr 19, 2015, 9:44am -
  • newFlying with a power chair
    Hi Everyone, I am a power chair user. I've visited the USA (specifically New York City) a number of times now but since my last visit I have a new chair. The airline I'm flying with this time says that my chair must be capable of disassembly.…
    - 31 mins ago Apr 19, 2015, 9:36am -
  • newQF flight operated by AA
    Hi Guys, I will be flying from Melbourne to Chicago via LA. The 2nd leg of the flight from LAX to ORD is operated by American Airlines, just wondering if meals will be provide for that flight ?
    - 36 mins ago Apr 19, 2015, 9:31am -
  • newBonus Points Offers- do you retain T&Cs so you can argue with Accor Customer Services
    Hi everyone, Accor has been releasing many bonus point offers the past few months. Besides the 1K + 3K + 4K points promotion for 3 stays, in the UK, Accor also released a few promotions with bonus points (500 - 1K) per stay, marketed as "up to...
    - 58 mins ago Apr 19, 2015, 9:09am -
  • newChoosing 1A/1K OF paid CW
    I just used avios for my wife and I CPT-LHR in October. I can select 1A as a gold but when I try to select 1K (still open) it does not allow it. She is blue - is this the reason?
    - 58 mins ago Apr 19, 2015, 9:09am -
  • newEx-EU: Check in bag for AA TATL sector from LHR the night before
    I have an upcoming ex-EU, doing a back-to-back on day 1, home, then AA TATL on day 2. Ordinarily I'd fly HBO, but I'd like to cycle to the station to get to LHR on day 2 and that isn't too easy with my wheelie bag. So, will it be possible to...
    - 2 hours ago Apr 19, 2015, 8:19am -
  • newFinal Redemption pre-April 28th Avios Devaluation
    With the upcoming Avios devaluation, I'm sure a lot of us will have made some last chance redemptions, locking in the current prices. If not, then hopefully this thread will serve as a source of inspiration! What has everyone got planned? Here's..…
    - 2 hours ago Apr 19, 2015, 8:19am -
  • newNo Champagne on 787?
    I just watched a video trip report on youtube and the menu shown in the video actually said that champagne is not available on the 787. Is this really the case? Any reason why VS decided not to serve champagne on the 787?
    - 2 hours ago Apr 19, 2015, 8:15am -

Reddit r/churning

  • newMy ms plan
    Currently I am managing 3, Redbirds, I use arrival and double cash to fill them every month. And anything I need to make a minimum spend. I also just opened a ink card, so now I am starting to buy 10 $200 gift cards from staples a month and then doi…
    - 6 hours ago Apr 19, 2015, 4:08am -
  • newAmex PRG MR bonus observation
    Was approved for the PRG on April 5th (50k/1k spend). Received it 2 days later. Met the min. spend on April 12th. 50k MR posted this morning (I had not paid off the balance yet). The first statement closes April 23rd. Is this abnormally quick for Ame…
    - 7 hours ago Apr 19, 2015, 3:33am -
  • newAmex PRG (Premier Rewards Gold) to Serve count towards min spend?
    Anyone have experience recently loading with Amex Premier Rewards Gold to Amex Serve counting as meeting minimum spend? submitted by sylentthunder [link] [comment]
    - 7 hours ago Apr 19, 2015, 3:17am -
  • newCritique for planning for trip to Singapore/Japan from US using mileage.
    On a whim today, I looked at if I had any offers available to me from Amex. As it turns out, I have an offer open to me for the Amex Plat which is 100k points if I spend $3000 in 3 months. From what I have read on here, this is one of the best offers…
    - 9 hours ago Apr 19, 2015, 1:31am -
  • newWhat date is used for Chase's 24 months period?
    I successfully ran the Southwest gauntlet last year. I fly almost exclusively with SWA and would love to cash in again once I'm eligible. What date should a use to start counting the 24 months? Is it based on the date you opened the card? The date yo…
    - 9 hours ago Apr 19, 2015, 1:04am -
  • newPrepaid cards with direct deposit out of the box
    I'm looking for a prepaid card that can do direct deposit or ACH transfers out of the box. I understand they all need to be registered online, but do they all require you to have a permanent card shipped to your address before you can use these featu…
    - 10 hours ago Apr 19, 2015, 12:09am -
  • newConsidering easing into churning
    I've been following this sub for a couple weeks now and would like to begin churning slowly. I don't expect to do any trips this year but may fly internationally next summer. In the meantime, I've received an offer for the AmEx Blue Cash Everyday wit…
    - 10 hours ago Apr 18, 2015, 11:55pm -
  • newDemographics of this Subreddit
    I'm just curious about the demographics of this subreddit. What does everyone here do for a living? Annual household income? I've always wondered what type of people churn. submitted by googs185 [link] [46 comments]
    - 11 hours ago Apr 18, 2015, 11:00pm -
  • newWhat other obscure cards to get after the major ones?
    Hey all - I was just curious about what other cards to get for rewards/points? I already have, or plan to get, nearly everything I need, but was curious if there is anything I might've missed? Cards I have: - Amex BCP - 6% groceries and Amex offers/b…
    - 12 hours ago Apr 18, 2015, 9:40pm -
  • newConverting my 'Serve' into Bluebird?
    Guys since you can no longer add cash from credit cards on Amex serve I am looking to convert to bluebird. Has anyone done this? submitted by Intelg [link] [10 comments]
    - 13 hours ago Apr 18, 2015, 9:22pm -

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