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The Points Guy

  • new5 Reasons Why W Guangzhou Should Be the Brand Standard
    After being wowed by the W Beijing Chang’an, I had very high expectations for the W Guangzhou—and it delivered. Ideally, all W Hotels would offer the consistent level of quality I experienced in Guangzhou. This hotel had it all—luxury…
    - 10 hours ago May 5, 2015, 9:29pm -
  • newHow to Earn Up to 35x Miles on Flowers for Mother’s Day
    Mother’s Day is coming up this year on Sunday, May 10, and there are many shopping portals out there that offer bonuses for purchases of flowers, candy, jewelry and other gifts. If you plan on getting your mother (or grandmother!) somethin…
    - 10 hours ago May 5, 2015, 9:09pm -
  • newShould You Buy AAdvantage Miles at a 35% Discount?
    American Airlines is running a flash sale today through May 11, offering up to 35% off AAdvantage miles (depending on how many miles you purchase). Buying 6,000 to 14,000 miles nets you a 15% discount, but the real value comes when you purch…
    - 11 hours ago May 5, 2015, 8:29pm -
  • newOne Week with the Apple Watch…and I’m Diggin’ It
    I’ve had my Apple Watch for a week now. It arrived just before my trip to the Kentucky Derby, and I was able to test it out on Uber rides and during my treks through airports over the past few days. Is it the life-changing device peop…
    - 12 hours ago May 5, 2015, 7:29pm -
  • newThe 8 Best Music Festivals You Can Still See This Year
    Coachella? Over. Jazzfest? Done. But summer festival season is just getting ramped up, which is why we asked new TPG Contributor Jeff Miller—editor of Thrillist LA and a veteran of just about every major US festival—to give his picks for…
    - 13 hours ago May 5, 2015, 6:29pm -
  • newTop 10 Travel Rewards Credit Card Offers for May 2015
    The travel credit card marketplace is fickle. Bonuses go up and down, benefits evolve and annual fees change. Airline and hotel programs change all the time too, as you might have noticed last month with the British Airways award chart deval…
    - 15 hours ago May 5, 2015, 4:29pm -
  • newDeal Alert: Cheap Flights to Brazil from $630 R/T
    Thinking about flying to Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo this summer? You’re probably not going to do much better than this flight deal! Thanks to a tip from our friends at Stealth Trips, we’ve learned that American, Delta and United are o…
    - 17 hours ago May 5, 2015, 2:46pm -
  • new8 Reasons to Get the United MileagePlus Explorer Card
    Some travel rewards credit cards have strong sign-up bonuses, while others have useful ongoing benefits. In this post, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains how one co-branded United Airlines card fits into both cat…
    - 18 hours ago May 5, 2015, 1:59pm -
  • new9 Low-Level Starwood Properties that Make for Awesome Awards
    Award travel enthusiasts often focus on earning first class flights and five-star hotels, but sometimes the best value can be found further down on the award chart. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen shares his favo…
    - 20 hours ago May 5, 2015, 12:08pm -
  • 60,000 Bonus Points for Chase Ink Plus, $300 for Ink Cash
    Chase has just launched a limited-time sign-up offer on the Ink Plus Business Card for 60,000 points when you spend $5,000 in 3 months. That’s 20% higher than the normal sign-up bonus of 50,000 points, so if you’ve been holding off on…
    - 1 day ago May 4, 2015, 9:32pm -

Frugal Travel Guy

  • newTravel Planning With YouTube and Google Tools
    YouTube videos, Google Maps and Google Earth are invaluable resources for planning a trip or sharing with others what you’ve seen and experienced. You can find all sorts of information, such as whether that train trip you’re considering is intere…
    - 22 mins ago May 6, 2015, 8:00am -
  • newTop 10 Credit Cards: May 2015 Edition
    The following is the May 2015 edition of what I consider to be the Top 10 credit card products available at the moment. The list is based on a combination of factors, including current welcome bonus offers, daily earning potential, transfer partners…
    - 4 hours ago May 6, 2015, 3:56am -
  • newAward Booking Tales: Award Booking from Hell
    When it comes to airlines, there are so many things that are out of your control. Most notably, if things go wrong, there is no way of knowing how far they will be willing to go to help you and make things right. Some of you might recall PMM’s cli…
    - 9 hours ago May 5, 2015, 11:00pm -
  • newChase Ink Cash Increases Sign-Up Bonus to $300 or 30,000UR
    We re on a roll here with new offers and increased sign-up bonuses. Chase has just issued a 50% increase on the sign up for their no annual fee Ink Cash Business Card. The offer will supposedly end on May 25, and to the best of my knowledge I have…
    - 10 hours ago May 5, 2015, 9:30pm -
  • newBooking a Mountain Getaway to Colorado With Points
    With my husband’s birthday coming up this summer, I knew I had to plan something special. And let me tell ya, he’s spoiled. Last year, I took him on a cruise to the Bahamas for his birthday weekend! Anyway, my spoiled husband is apparently “bea…
    - 12 hours ago May 5, 2015, 8:00pm -
  • newIs REDBird a Dead Bird?
    We’re hearing rumors that as of tomorrow, May 6, Target will no longer accept credit cards as a form of payment for loading REDBird cards. So will you be running out to Target today? [Image via Getty]
    - 12 hours ago May 5, 2015, 7:33pm -
  • newTwo One-Day Sales: Cash Back for American Express Business Gift Cards
    Key players in the cash back game are at it again! Today only, May 5, TopCashBack is paying 2.25% on American Express Business gift cards. And tomorrow, May 6, Simply Best Coupons is offering 2% back on the purchase of American Express Business gi…
    - 13 hours ago May 5, 2015, 7:00pm -
  • newFive Truths of the Ultimate Frequent Flyer Guide
    In my opinion, one of the tenets of frugal travel is the ability to maximize travel at the lowest possible cost. Airlines, on the other hand, are less interested in this tenet and more interested in attracting more customers. Between program devaluat…
    - 14 hours ago May 5, 2015, 6:00pm -
  • newGet 20% Off Uber Rides Through April 2016 With Capital One
    I don’t have a single Capital One credit card listed on my credit report. If I remember correctly, I closed the only Capital One card I had back in 1999. It was my first credit card and it had a whopping $250 credit limit. Thinking back, I probably…
    - 24 hours ago May 5, 2015, 8:00am -
  • The Best Points to Get to Hawaii
    If you’ve ever had a conversation with Rick about Hawaii, he’s probably made reference to “FrugalTravelGuy West” — if there is a home away from home for him, it is the Grand Hyatt in Kauai. The beaches are beautiful and the resort is fantas…
    - 1 day ago May 4, 2015, 11:00pm -

One Mile at a Time

  • newEmirates Schools The US Carriers On Open Skies
    One of the airline industry's biggest controversies so far this year has been the Open Skies battle going on between the "big three" US carriers (American, Delta, and United) and the "big three" Gulf carriers (Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar).As I've ex…
    - 8 hours ago May 6, 2015, 12:06am -
  • newAer Lingus Doesn’t Want Other Airlines Using Dublin Airport Resources
    Aer Lingus has undergone an amazing restructuring over the past few years, whereby they've responsibly added new routes and overhauled their products. This was largely under the leadership of Christoph Mueller, who is one of the brightest guys in the…
    - 10 hours ago May 5, 2015, 9:33pm -
  • newEtihad Ate My A380!
    I'm a big fan of "chasing" new airplanes and routes, and do everything I can to get on as many interesting inaugural flights as possible. I did the inaugural flights of the Etihad A380, Qatar A380, Qatar A350, etc.Etihad's second A380 route was supp…
    - 12 hours ago May 5, 2015, 7:33pm -
  • newWhy I’m Keeping The Club Carlson Card
    There's no arguing that the Club Carlson program -- and in particular the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature® Card -- are undergoing a massive devaluation. For bookings as of June 1, 2015:-- The Club Carlson Visa is no longer offering a se…
    - 14 hours ago May 5, 2015, 6:03pm -
  • newIs Starwood Going The Way Of Targeted Promotions?
    With hotel occupancy and rates having nicely recovered from the recession, it's no surprise that hotel promotions aren't as lucrative as in the past.I think most of the major hotel chains' promotions the past couple of years can be summed up as "bet…
    - 15 hours ago May 5, 2015, 4:42pm -
  • newUp To 35% Discount On Purchased American AAdvantage Miles
    American just wrapped up their April promotion on the purchase of AAdvantage miles, whereby they offered up to a 60% bonus on purchased miles.Now American is back with what they call a "flash sale," whereby they're offering up to a 35% discount on p…
    - 17 hours ago May 5, 2015, 3:03pm -
  • newIncreased Sign-Up Bonus On The Best No Annual Fee Business Credit Card
    In celebration of National Small Business Week, Chase is offering increased sign-up bonuses on two of their most popular business credit cards. These increased bonuses are available for applications through May 25, 2015, and this is similar to the pr…
    - 18 hours ago May 5, 2015, 1:33pm -
  • newEtihad Changes Terms On 25% Citi Transfer Bonus
    A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the 25% bonus which Etihad Guest was offering when transferring points from Citi's flexible points currency.The promotion was a bit different than transfer bonuses we're used to with other programs, since usually…
    - 19 hours ago May 5, 2015, 12:18pm -
  • newCaptain Panda Spends 8 Hours In Beijing
    On Saturday I posted a link to a pretty epic Air China promotional video which was unveiled last month. In it, an animated panda gives a tour of Air China's Boeing 747-8. And. It's. Amazing.Reader Paos pointed out that this was actually a sequel to…
    - 20 hours ago May 5, 2015, 11:23am -
  • AMAZING DEAL: Etihad A380 First Class Apartment Awards Wide Open To New York!
    One of the most aspirational first class products in the world is Etihad's A380 First Class Apartment, which I'd argue is the single best first class hard product in the world.Etihad launched the A380 on their Abu Dhabi to London route this past Dec…
    - 1 day ago May 4, 2015, 10:03pm -

View From the Wing

The Frequent Miler

  • newConfirmed: REDbird credit card loads will not be allowed as of May 6, 2015
    I reported earlier today that it appeared that today may be the last day to reload the Target Prepaid REDcard (AKA REDbird) with a credit card.  Since then, I was able to confirm this rumor… I just talked with three different employees at three di…
    - 12 hours ago May 5, 2015, 7:57pm -
  • newREDbird credit card loads: here today, gone tomorrow? Developing…
    I hate spreading unconfirmed rumors, but this one is important, if true.  A few people via comments on this blog have reported a memo that supposedly went out to all Target stores saying that credit cards will no longer be an allowed form of payment…
    - 14 hours ago May 5, 2015, 5:30pm -
  • newThis may be the single best current signup offer
    25,000 points after $3,000 spend in 3 months.  That doesn’t sound like a great offer.  Credit card issuers routinely offer 40,000 points or more with similar spend requirements.  But, this one is special… This offer, which is intended for Amer…
    - 21 hours ago May 5, 2015, 10:25am -
  • Updates: REDbird, Plenti, my 90,000 point mistake, Ink 30K and 60K offers
    I have a number of quick updates for today… REDbird One of my local Target stores (Carpenter Road, Ann Arbor) has stopped allowing credit card reloads, but all other area Target stores continue to allow it.  This has happened at several other Targ…
    - 2 days ago May 4, 2015, 10:25am -
  • It’s not too late – Deals still alive as of 05/02/2015
    Each week we publish a number of fantastic deals on the blog and in Quick Deals. Most deals don’t last long, but some hang around for awhile. In an effort to keep you up to date, we have gone back through each of the deals posted over the last coup…
    - 3 days ago May 3, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • Ink Plus 60k, Targeted Amex Business Card Offers, Permanent eBay Bans & 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 Prestige 4th n…
    - 4 days ago May 2, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • Bet You Didn’t Know: An overlooked no-fee Club Carlson credit card and an experiment
    By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate…   Ever since Greg the Frequent Miler first reported last month that Club Carlson was doing away with the Bonus Award Nights benefit of their Visa cards, the question in many people’s minds has been “ho…
    - 5 days ago May 1, 2015, 10:25am -
  • Ink Plus 60K? Ink Cash 30K?
    Just a quick heads-up: National Small Business Week runs next week, May 4-8. In the recent past, Chase has celebrated Small Business Week by increasing the signup bonus on the Ink Plus and Ink Cash product lines to 60K and 30K, respectively.  I have…
    - 5 days ago Apr 30, 2015, 9:55pm -
  • How to find Amex upgrade offers online
    This is my third round of publishing easy ways to find credit card upgrade offers from American Express online.  Over time, Amex has repeatedly changed the way upgrade offers appear on their website.  Shown below are updated instructions for findin…
    - 6 days ago Apr 30, 2015, 10:25am -
  • Delta’s jets don’t pull themselves
    On Friday morning I’ll join 19 other “Global Hashtags”  teammates for the Delta Jet Drag competition.  Our goal appears to be to pull a jet faster than any other team.  The real goal, though, is to raise money for the American Cancer Society…
    - 7 days ago Apr 29, 2015, 7:28pm -

The Flight Deal

The Free-quent Flyer

  • newQuick update: Vanilla Visas and "Delayed Redemption"
    In my post yesterday I forgot to mention an occasional problem that arises when manufacturing spend with Vanilla-branded prepaid Visa debit cards. This oversight is especially unfortunate since it actually occurred to me yesterday: the dreaded "De…
    - 22 hours ago May 5, 2015, 9:59am -
  • Liquidating deeply-discounted $200 Vanilla Visa gift cards
    As most of my readers no doubt know, through May 16, 2015, you'll instantly receive $20 off every $300 in Visa gift cards purchased at both Office Max and Office Depot. The discount is instantly calculated against every $300 in Visa gift card purchas…
    - 2 days ago May 4, 2015, 10:00am -
  • I love last seat availability
    I've written before about the lie of "no-blackout-date" policies at major hotel chains. By guaranteeing access to any standard room at a fixed redemption rate, hotel loyalty programs stave off open revolt from their most desirable properties by refus…
    - 5 days ago May 1, 2015, 9:59am -
  • Should US Bank product changes be a part of your game?
    When I wrote yesterday's post, I wasn't planning to make this a series! But ever since a US Bank representative told me it was possible to request a product change from a Club Carlson Business Rewards card to the Business Edge Cash Rewards card, I've…
    - 6 days ago Apr 30, 2015, 9:59am -
  • Deciding between, applying for, and changing between US Bank credit cards
    [update 4/29/15: I just called into US Bank to ask for compensation for the loss of the last-night-free benefit on the Club Carlson Business Rewards card. Instead, the representative offered me a product change, including to the Business Edge Cash R…
    - 7 days ago Apr 29, 2015, 9:59am -
  • Pro tip: Did Uber turn off "Gifts" in your account? Ask them to turn it back on!
    Back in November I wrote about a trick I like to use now that the Barclaycard Arrival+ card allows Arrival+ miles to be redeemed against taxi purchases: buying Uber credit in "redeemable" $25 chunks, so that Arrival+ miles can be redeemed against Ub…
    - 14 days ago Apr 22, 2015, 9:59am -
  • Should you use super-premium cards to pay for airfare through manufactured spend?
    A few months back I wrote a breakdown of three cards which earn bonused flexible points currencies at gas stations: the Chase Ink Plus (and Bold), Citi ThankYou Premier (as of April 19, 2015), and American Express Amex EveryDay Preferred.While flex…
    - 15 days ago Apr 21, 2015, 9:59am -
  • Manufacturing Chase Freedom's second quarter bonus categories
    A reader recently wrote to me asking if there were any super-secret hush-hush methods of manufacturing the $1,500 in 5% cash back offered by this quarter's Chase Freedom bonus categories. As a reminder, those bonus categories are "Restaurants, Bed …
    - 16 days ago Apr 20, 2015, 9:59am -
  • 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…
    - 20 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…
    - 21 days ago Apr 15, 2015, 10:00am -

Well Traveled Mile

  • Major Club Carlson Devaluation – 2015 Hotel Category Changes
    If the removal of the last free night benefit from Club Carlson’s Visa wasn’t reason enough, the massive devaluation announced today confirms it’s time to burn your Club Carlson points. In general it’s mostly a devaluation and as of June 1,…
    - 2 days ago May 4, 2015, 9:12am -
  • Free & Quick 1,000 American Airlines AAdvantage Miles
    Right now you can earn a super easy free 1,000 American Airlines AAdvantage miles. All it takes is just a few minutes and watching a few promo videos, so there’s no reason not too! To earn the 1,000 free AA miles you need watch 6 promotional vide…
    - 6 days ago Apr 30, 2015, 7:16am -
  • United Explorer Card 55,000 Mile + $50 Sign-up Bonus Offer is Back
    The United MileagePlus Explorer Card is offering an increased 50,000 United mile sign-up bonus after spending $3,000 in within the first three months. You’ll also earn 5,000 additional miles when you add an authorized user who makes their first pur…
    - 7 days ago Apr 29, 2015, 8:36am -
  • Best Western Rewards MasterCard Premier Card Review – 70,000 Bonus Points
    Via Doctor of Credit, there are several new Best Western Rewards MasterCards that just hit the market and my be worth looking into. There are actually four versions of the card which are issued through First National Bank of Omaha (FNBO). The most…
    - 9 days ago Apr 27, 2015, 11:29am -
  • Citi AT&T Access More Card Sign-up Bonus Offering Free Phone Up To $650
    Citi just announced the launched of a new card, the AT&T Access More Card from Citi, which appears to be another interesting consumer credit card option from Citi. The new card is currently offering new cardmembers a free phone up to $650 in va…
    - 12 days ago Apr 24, 2015, 8:01am -
  • Try Out Well Traveled Mile’s Award Booking Service
    I’m excited to announce I’ll be offering an award booking service at Well Traveled Mile. You can check it out here and can now find it directly on the main menu tab as well. The primary focus will be to provide exceptional tailored service in…
    - 13 days ago Apr 23, 2015, 10:00am -
  • Go Paperless, Earn Free 1,000 Club Carlson Points
    In wake of Earth Day, Club Carlson is offering an easy free 1,000 Gold Points to targeted members for enrolling in paperless statements. I can’t say for sure how broadly Club Carlson is targeting it’s members with this promotion or if it’s dir…
    - 13 days ago Apr 23, 2015, 9:33am -
  • 30 Nights. Crowne Plazas. 150K IHG Points. Why Not!
    Coincidentally the previous IHG Pointbreaks came out right as I was planning some travels through Europe. I had just finished wrapping up an amazing three month stint exploring Argentina and Brazil and had a lot of IHG points I wanted to burn thr…
    - 14 days ago Apr 22, 2015, 10:25am -
  • Hotel Review: Park Hyatt Mendoza, Argentina
    After staying in both Park Hyatt properties in Argentina—Palacio Duhau Park Hyatt Buenos Aires  and the Park Hyatt Mendoza—it’s an interesting comparison looking at the two hotels side-by-side. To put things simply, the property overall and…
    - 16 days ago Apr 20, 2015, 11:22am -
  • 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…
    - 21 days ago Apr 15, 2015, 9:42am -

MileValue

  • newBeginners Post: Basics of Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. This is the eleventh post in a monthlong series that started here. Each post will take about two minutes to read and may include an action item that takes the reader anoth…
    - 24 mins ago May 6, 2015, 7:15am -
  • newCiti ThankYou Points First Transfer Bonus: 25% to Etihad Miles, but…
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Citi ThankYou Points transfer 1:1 to 11 types of airline miles. If you transfer your points to miles, they become those miles with all the related rules, restrictions, and…
    - 18 hours ago May 5, 2015, 2:01pm -
  • newDelta Posts Blackout Dates Online
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Via The Points Guy, Delta has posted blackout dates for award travel on the following three partners online: China Airlines (hub: Taipei) China Southern (hub: Guangzhou) Ko…
    - 18 hours ago May 5, 2015, 1:20pm -
  • My Experience Booking a Hotel with Roomer
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Roomer is a new hotel booking site with a radically different concept. Roomer gave me $250 in credits to test out the site. Over the weekend, I stayed in a hotel room I boo…
    - 1 day ago May 5, 2015, 6:33am -
  • Wide Open Award Space in Etihad A380 First Class Apartments New York Abu Dhabi
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Update at 11:45 PM: A previous version of this post speculated the space was phantom because I couldn’t book it on my only attempt before writing the post and rushing to…
    - 1 day ago May 4, 2015, 10:42pm -
  • Save $150+ On Canceling an American Airlines Award (TRICK!)
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. I booked a few awards to Thailand and Egypt in January. The awards would have allowed me to explore new areas and fly some of the world’s fanciest First and Business Clas…
    - 2 days ago May 4, 2015, 5:38pm -
  • Top 10 Travel Credit Cards May 2015
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. There are a lot of reasons to collect miles and points. For free luxury hotel stays and First Class flights To travel to more countries than you could otherwise afford To t…
    - 2 days ago May 4, 2015, 5:29am -
  • An American in Cuba in 2015: Entry, Exit, and Legal Requirements
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. I just spent a completely legal week in Cuba, split between Havana and Viñales. An American in Cuba in 2015 is a six part series on the trip. This post will focus on entr…
    - 2 days ago May 4, 2015, 5:11am -
  • Quick Summary for Listeners of the Rudy Maxa Radio Show
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. I was just on the Rudy Maxa Radio Show discussing Round the World trips since the end of Round the World awards. My interview talked about some of the very cheap awards fe…
    - 4 days ago May 2, 2015, 3:06pm -
  • Complete Guide to Citi Prestige Lounge Access
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Right now the Citi Prestige® Card comes with 50,000 bonus ThankYou Points after $3,000 in purchases made with your card in the first 3 months the account is open. Beyon…
    - 4 days ago May 2, 2015, 6:19am -

Frequent Flier

  • newClub Carlson Makes Nice with Elites
    Hard on the heels of announcing award-price increases that will significantly devalue the program, Club Carlson is throwing its members a bone. Well, not all its members. Just elite members. Offer Details Between June 1 and July 31, Club Carlson ...…
    - 13 hours ago May 5, 2015, 6:20pm -
  • newFree Amazon Streaming Video Coming to JetBlue
    JetBlue already boasts industry-leading comfort in coach class, with relatively roomy seats and an inflight entertainment system that includes free Internet access. For Amazon Prime members, it’s about to get even better. Beginning “later this ye…
    - 15 hours ago May 5, 2015, 4:40pm -
  • Award-Price Changes Coming to Club Carlson Hotels
    Of the major hotel chains, Carlson has boasted some of the most lucrative loyalty-program promotions in recent years, featuring triple points, a free night after three paid nights, and so on. But even as Club Carlson has been especially free ... Read…
    - 2 days ago May 4, 2015, 6:00pm -
  • Win a Trip to the Napa Valley for 2
    Enter the Diageo Chateau and Estate’s “Napa Valley Getaway” sweepstakes by June 30, 2015, for a chance to win one of four grand prizes: each a trip for two to the Napa Valley, including air, two nights’ hotel accommodations, and ... Read More
    - 2 days ago May 4, 2015, 3:25pm -
  • Weekly Recap: Best Award Availability, Easy American Miles, & More
    Following is our regular summary of the latest travel news and best frequent traveler promotions reviewed during the past week. If it was a good deal—or a notably bad deal—from an airline, hotel, or car rental loyalty program, you can ... Read Mo…
    - 4 days ago May 1, 2015, 11:57pm -
  • Freddies Voters Pick the 6 Best Travel Loyalty Programs
    There is no best frequent-traveler program. What there is, crucially, is a best program for you, given your goals, your travel and shopping patterns. But if there were a best program, there’s probably no better indicator than the results of ... Rea…
    - 5 days ago May 1, 2015, 5:01pm -
  • Limited Time: 50,000-Mile Sign-Up Bonus for United Credit Card
    Through June 2, new customers for the United MileagePlus Explorer card, issued by Chase, can earn 50,000 bonus miles after spending $3,000 within the first three months. In addition to the hefty limited-time sign-up bonus, the card features the follo…
    - 6 days ago Apr 30, 2015, 6:20pm -
  • How to Earn an Easy 1,000 Miles from American
    One hundred miles for a minute of your time. That’s the potential payout rate from American’s new Learn and Earn promotion: Watch six short videos extolling the virtues of the AAdvantage program, each followed by a simple question. Answer the ...…
    - 6 days ago Apr 30, 2015, 4:35pm -
  • Alaska Air Takes the Battle for Seattle to Delta
    Could Delta be regretting its decision to attack Alaska Airlines at its primary-hub airport, Seattle? Since Delta began bulking up its services to and from Seattle, Alaska has responded with frequent-flyer program initiatives and its own new flights,…
    - 7 days ago Apr 29, 2015, 6:54pm -
  • Consumer Reports Ranks Airlines’ Award Availability
    Although the proliferation of revenue-based programs and dynamic award pricing is changing the game somewhat, the availability of award seats remains one of the key factors in determining the real-world value of any loyalty program. It would seem, th…
    - 7 days ago Apr 29, 2015, 5:40pm -

Travel is Free

Frequent Flyer Bonuses

Million Mile Secrets

  • newNo More Credit Card Loads With Target REDcard Starting Tomorrow!
    Frequent Miler confirms that starting tomorrow, May 6, 2015, you will NO longer be able to load your Target Prepaid REDcard directly with a credit card! Until now, folks have been adding money to their prepaid REDcard at Target registers … Continue…
    - 10 hours ago May 5, 2015, 9:25pm -
  • new300+ Club Carlson Hotels Will Soon Cost More (or Fewer) Points!
    I wrote about the US Bank Club Carlson credit card losing the free night perk on June 1, 2015.  And now, via Miles From Blighty, over 300 Club Carlson hotels are changing categories. Here’s a look at what you can expect.  What’s … Continue…
    - 15 hours ago May 5, 2015, 5:00pm -
  • newLimited Time: $300 Cash Back or 30,000 Points With Chase Ink Cash
    For a limited time, the sign-up bonus on the Chase Ink Cash business card has been increased to $300 or 30,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points after meeting minimum spending requirements. Usually, the sign-up bonus is $200 or 20,000 Chase Ultimate ……
    - 18 hours ago May 5, 2015, 2:05pm -
  • newThe Cheapest Way to Hawaii From the West Coast With Miles & Points
    This post was written by Kam from Awardadvocate, a service that helps folks book award flights. Hawaii is a dream destination for many folks.  And you can get there for cheap from the West Coast with British Airways Avios points! … Continue readin…
    - 23 hours ago May 5, 2015, 8:30am -
  • newFind Inspiration for Your Next Hotel Stay and Save 10% With StayDreamer!
    I’ve written about StayFaster and StayAtHand, and now the company behind these hotel booking tools has also created StayDreamer. If you’re looking for getaway ideas, StayDreamer will help you discover unique US hotels. Find out how this site c…
    - 24 hours ago May 5, 2015, 8:00am -

Nomadic Matt

  • new17 Tech Related Travel Questions (and Answers!)
    On the first Tuesday of each month, Dave Dean from Too Many Adapters gives us great tips and advice on travel tech and gear. In this month’s column he answers all your tech related questions. I get asked a lot about travel technology every day, esp…
    - 16 hours ago May 5, 2015, 3:18pm -
  • How to Travel the World in a Wheelchair
    A few months ago, I was wasting time researching on the Internet when I came across a travel blog written by a guy who traveled the world in a wheelchair. For hours, I read his blog, intrigued by what he did. I love when people don’t let their limi…
    - 6 days ago Apr 30, 2015, 1:00pm -
  • How to Master Life, Language, and Travel with Tim Ferriss
    When I was teaching English in Bangkok, a friend gave me a copy of The Four Hour Workweek by some guy named Tim Ferriss. Apparently, it was a best selling book. At the time, I was trying to figure out how to extend my travels and my friend thought t…
    - 8 days ago Apr 28, 2015, 2:16pm -
  • 32 Travel Questions You Asked (With My Attempted Answers)
    One thing I don’t do enough is answer your questions. Periodically, I have Q&A’s, but if my ongoing book tour has taught me anything it’s that you have a lot of questions that don’t get answered on the blog! Since not everything lends itself…
    - 15 days ago Apr 21, 2015, 3:28pm -
  • 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…
    - 20 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…
    - 23 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…
    - 30 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…
    - 32 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…
    - 37 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.…
    - 41 days ago Mar 26, 2015, 3:31pm -

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…
    - 35 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!…
    - 37 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®…
    - 78 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…
    - 96 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

  • new20 Reasons To Go On A European River Cruise With Uniworld
    If you’re following me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and/or Periscope, then you know I’m still in Europe with my dad! I was originally supposed to fly back to North America after my AmaWaterways Lower Danube cruise with my wife but since I need…
    - 4 hours ago May 6, 2015, 3:13am -
  • newTravel Product of the Week: Polaroid Cube
    Want to take some action videos on vacation this summer without having to break the bank with a GoPro? Well, check out the Polaroid Cube. The Polaroid Cube is a colorful 35-mm rubberized cube (comes in red, black or blue) that is splash-proof and we…
    - 10 hours ago May 5, 2015, 10:06pm -
  • newTravel Video of the Week: Insane Dubai Skydiving
    Just watching this two-minute video makes my hands and feet sweat! These guys and girls obviously don’t have a fear of heights as they couldn’t seem happier to be skydiving off of the world’s second-highest residential structure. Kudos to Dub…
    - 10 hours ago May 5, 2015, 9:55pm -
  • newTravel Website of the Week: RelayRides
    Thanks to my buddy Rudy Maxa for turning me on to this car rental website that helps travelers save money—and some even make money. RelayRides doesn’t own any cars. Instead, it acts as a middleman between owners of private cars and people who…
    - 10 hours ago May 5, 2015, 9:53pm -
  • newTravel App of the Week: Hitlist
    Hitlist, a new free app for iOS and Android, is a great tool for travel in the modern, social world. Hitlist lets you build out a list of places you’d like to visit using your own inclinations, Hitlist’s recommendations and the lists of your frie…
    - 10 hours ago May 5, 2015, 9:25pm -
  • newTravel Tip of the Day: Avoid San Francisco September 15-18
    Avoid San Francisco September 15-18 Thanks to my buddy and #TravelSkills Twitter chat co-host Chris McGinnis for alerting me to the fact that you should not travel to travel to San Francisco September 15-18, 2015 because of the annual Salesforce meet…
    - 16 hours ago May 5, 2015, 4:00pm -
  • Travel Tip of the Day: How to Deal with Hotel Curtains that Don’t Close
    How to Deal with Hotel Curtains that Don’t Close If you’re like me and you like your hotel room to be pitch-black when you sleep, here’s a tip I use to deal with hotel curtains that don’t completely close: I overlap them and prop a pillow up…
    - 2 days ago May 4, 2015, 4:00pm -
  • Travel Style: Chris Strodder
    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: Chris Strodder Occupation: Writer/Teacher Hometown: Lo…
    - 2 days ago May 4, 2015, 1:00pm -
  • Travel Style: Terrance Zepke
    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: Terrance Zepke Occupation: Author and Travel Talk Show…
    - 4 days ago May 1, 2015, 10:57pm -
  • Reader Travel Tip of the Day: Bring a Pillowcase
    Bring a Pillowcase Each Friday, we’re featuring a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from reader Nellann N., who says: “I always travel with a zipped pillow cover and my own pillowcase. Easy to pack and I…
    - 5 days ago May 1, 2015, 4:00pm -

Doctor of Credit

Hustler Money Blog

  • newKeyBank $200 Checking Account Bonus Promotion
    From now until June 12, 2015, you can earn $200 bonus by switching to an eligible KeyBank checking account with offer code ONFT0515 then make at least $1,000 in cumulative direct deposits within 60 days after account opening. KeyBank $200 Checking A…
    - 10 hours ago May 5, 2015, 10:01pm -
  • newBest Bank Bonuses, Promotions, Deals, Coupons & Referrals, May 2015
    Below is the complete list of bank bonuses nationwide. Read our in-depth review for a complete guide of each bank bonus. Make sure to read all the terms and conditions at the bank's web page to fulfill the bonus requirements.
    - 10 hours ago May 5, 2015, 9:11pm -
  • newChase Ink Cash Business Card Review- $300 Cash Back Bonus and No Annual Fee
    There are a plethora of business credit cards out there, however the Chase Ink Cash® Business Card offers some of the best rewards with $300 cash back signup bonus, no annual fee, and a superb rewards program. 2015 Chase Ink Cash Business Review Ink…
    - 14 hours ago May 5, 2015, 6:06pm -
  • newChase Ink Plus Business Card Review 2015: Earn 60,000 Bonus Points- that’s $750 Towards Travel Rewards
    Read all about the Ink Plus® Business Credit Card Review 2015 Edition. You can easily earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $5,000 in the first 3 months from account opening. That’s $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewa…
    - 17 hours ago May 5, 2015, 3:02pm -
  • OptionsXpress Brokerage $150 Amazon Gift Card Promotion
    OptionsXpress, rated 4 out of 5 stars by Barron’s as the best for options traders, is offering a $150 Amazon.com Gift Card for depositing $1,000 and make 10 trades within the first 90 days. The bonus promotion valid through December 31, 2015. Optio…
    - 1 day ago May 5, 2015, 5:13am -
  • Best Bank Rates, High Yield Savings, Money Market Accounts- May 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…
    - 1 day ago May 5, 2015, 12:02am -
  • Groupon Sams Club Membership Deal: Free $20 Gift Card
    Act quick! Check out this Groupons Sam’s Club deal whereas you get a one year Sam’s Club member ship for $45 with a FREE $20 gift card + $25 in free product coupons. In addition to the One Year Sam’s Club Membership, you get a complimentary mem…
    - 1 day ago May 4, 2015, 11:26pm -
  • Samsclub.com $20 Statement Credit Amex Offers #AmexSamsClub
    For those with an American Express Credit Card and a Twitter account, you can get $20 Statement Credit on $20 Purchases at Samsclub.com. You must sync your AmEx cards and tweet #AmexSamsClub using your twitter account. A return message will inform yo…
    - 1 day ago May 4, 2015, 10:57pm -
  • American Express Twitter Sync Offers, Bonuses, & Promotions- May 2015
    If you have an American Express card and a Twitter, Facebook, TripAdvisor, or Foursquare account, check out the complete list of Amex Offers, Bonuses, and Promotions below to receive statement credits worth $5 to $150. To earn a statement credit, you…
    - 1 day ago May 4, 2015, 10:08pm -
  • Staples GAP Gift Card Deal: 20% OFF Promotion
    Check out this Staples’ GAP gift card deal to save $10 on $50 or more with code 41996 good through 5/9/2015. I love GAP gift cards because you can use it interchangeable at Old Navy and Banana Republic. You can also sell these gift cards back on gi…
    - 1 day ago May 4, 2015, 9:34pm -

Hack My Trip

Maximizing Money

  • newHelloFresh $40 Food Credit on Home Delivered Meals
    HelloFresh delivers fresh ingredients for home-cooked meals directly to your door including nutritious recipes, so that you can prepare delicious meals without any hassles.You can save $40 off your first order at www.hellofresh.com with the Promo Co…
    - 9 hours ago May 5, 2015, 10:55pm -
  • newChase Credit Card Referral Bonuses for Cardholders – Active for Ink Plus Card
    Participate in the Chase Refer-A-Friend Credit Card Program for current cardholders to earn special bonuses when you refer new Chase credit card applicants.Right now, the Chase Ink Plus Card is offering 60,000 bonus points for new members, plus you…
    - 9 hours ago May 5, 2015, 10:50pm -
  • newAmazon Prime Members Stream Free Video on JetBlue Flights
    Amazon Prime members will be able to stream Instant Video on JetBlue Flights for free to watch movies and TV shows.The post Amazon Prime Members Stream Free Video on JetBlue Flights appeared first on Maximizing Money.
    - 9 hours ago May 5, 2015, 10:45pm -
  • newKeyBank Personal Checking Account $200 Cash Reward Bonus Promotion
    KeyBank is offering a $200 cash reward when you open a new KeyBank Hassle-Free Account or any personal checking account with a direct deposit by June 12, 2015.KeyBank can open and service accounts in the following states: AK, CO, CT, ID, IN, KY, ME,…
    - 13 hours ago May 5, 2015, 6:25pm -
  • newKapitall Brokerage Accounts Trade-Free IRAs and Free Robo Portfolios until 2016
    Kapitall brokerage accounts now offer fee-free IRAs with no trade commissions and Robo Portfolio accounts with no advisory fees until 2016.The post Kapitall Brokerage Accounts Trade-Free IRAs and Free Robo Portfolios until 2016 appeared first on Max…
    - 13 hours ago May 5, 2015, 6:20pm -
  • newAdore Me Lingerie Store $25 VIP Discount and $15 Referrals
    Adore Me is an online lingerie store that sells bras, panties, swimwear, sleepwear, corsets, lingerie, plus sizes, and more.Just sign up via this Adore Me VIP Referral Link to get your first set for only $24.95 with free shipping both ways.The post…
    - 13 hours ago May 5, 2015, 6:11pm -
  • newCurbStand Cashless Valet App $8 Free Parking Pass
    CurbStand is a cashless valet app for Android and iPhone that can be used in Los Angeles, Austin, Dallas, Houston, Miami, New York, and other select locations throughout the U.S.Just download the CurbStand App and enter Promo Code JOHN4085 during si…
    - 14 hours ago May 5, 2015, 5:23pm -
  • Plenti Offers U.S. Coalition Loyalty Program from Multiple Brands
    The Plenti loyalty program from American Express has now launched and is open for enrollment.Plus, a new Plenti Credit Card from American Express is available with a 2,500 Plenti Points welcome offer for new card members.The post Plenti Offers U.S.…
    - 1 day ago May 4, 2015, 10:36pm -
  • Chase Bank Bonus Coupon Codes for Checking and Savings Accounts
    Earn bonus cash for opening a new Chase Bank checking or savings account and meeting the qualifications.Updated May 4, 2015: There is now a $500 Chase Bank combo code available to get $300 with a Total Checking account and/or $200 with a Savings acc…
    - 1 day ago May 4, 2015, 10:25pm -
  • Musement Travel Activity Booking Service 5€ Referral Discounts
    Musement lets you find and book activities, guided tours, tickets to museums and attractions, city passes, and much more all around the world.The post Musement Travel Activity Booking Service 5€ Referral Discounts appeared first on Maximizing Mone…
    - 1 day ago May 4, 2015, 10:23pm -

Boarding Area

  • new“How do hotels get away with this misrepresentation?”
    Is this an ocean view room? The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas in Maui says it is. Rosemary Tonsani says it isn’t. Tonsani was staying in the room in question a few weeks ago — a room designated as “oceanview.” But all she can see fr…
    - 3 hours ago May 6, 2015, 5:00am -
  • newSo we’re having a little election in the UK tomorrow
    24 hours before polling opens in the General Election, I wonder exactly Friday morning will look like for the UK, and our relationship with Europe.The post So we’re having a little election in the UK tomorrow appeared first on Miles from Blighty.
    - 3 hours ago May 6, 2015, 4:34am -
  • newStupid Tip of the Day: Enjoy the Simple Things in Life
    ...but one thing I have learned over the years is just how important are the simple things in life. I have traveled all over the world and would not trade that for anything in the world; but there are many times where I am in some far-flung land half…
    - 4 hours ago May 6, 2015, 3:56am -
  • newSome RedBird Comedy on a Sorrowful Day
    If you’re in the business of manufactured spending then tomorrow you’ll be filing for unemployment as multiple sources have confirmed that the RedBird has begun its decent into the annuls of MS spend history. We knew it would come to an e... read…
    - 4 hours ago May 6, 2015, 3:26am -
  • newMy Week in Points: Freddie and Warren
    So you’ve already been shopping in $2.5k increments today or you will before close. We’ll see what tomorrow brings. Still work to do and travel to enjoy. A quick recap of the week: Freddie Awards in Atlanta. Delta did a great job hosting the cere…
    - 4 hours ago May 6, 2015, 3:10am -
  • newEarn 2,500 Bonus Delta SkyMiles (Targeted)
    When it comes to Delta, they love to offer targeted promotions and this latest offer is no exception, in which SkyMiles members who are targeted can earn 2,500 bonus Delta SkyMiles after flying First Class by June 28th. Choose luxury—and 2,500 bonu…
    - 6 hours ago May 6, 2015, 1:19am -
  • newAn Entire Flight Breaks Out in Song for a Disabled Girl, and Several Good Mileage Offers
    A collection of interesting links you’ll want to see, many you’ll want to click.Continue reading An Entire Flight Breaks Out in Song for a Disabled Girl, and Several Good Mileage Offers...
    - 7 hours ago May 6, 2015, 12:34am -
  • newEmirates Schools The US Carriers On Open Skies
    One of the airline industry's biggest controversies so far this year has been the Open Skies battle going on between the "big three" US carriers (American, Delta, and United) and the "big three" Gulf carriers (Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar).As I've ex…
    - 8 hours ago May 6, 2015, 12:06am -
  • newRadisson Blu Strand Hotel, Stockholm
    This is part of the Trip Report Welcome to the Cold where I went from NYC to: Helsinki, Finland Stockholm, Sweden Riga, Latvia Istanbul, Turkey Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia If you’re just tuning in now be sure to read how I ended up with this unique itin…
    - 8 hours ago May 6, 2015, 12:00am -
  • newDrenched in raw sewage at the airport- twice
    NOTE: Be sure to click here to see all recent TravelSkills posts about: Star Wars invade DEN + United’s new 50,000 mile bonus + Secret stash of hidden hotel deals + Big new carrier for ATL + Roomier widebodies on domestic flights!  I remember r…
    - 9 hours ago May 5, 2015, 10:55pm -

Frequent Flyer Miles 101

  • newJetBlue: Flash fare sale
    JetBlue has a one-day flash sale today, which is different than their usual two-day flash sales.  Unlike other airlines, which have occasional sales for longer periods of time, JetBlue tends to offer one- or two-day quickies, with decent fares if yo…
    - 18 hours ago May 5, 2015, 1:46pm -
  • Double points for dining at Starwood restaurants
    One of the rare benefits that Starwood (and Hyatt, I believe) offers is the ability to earn points at their hotels’ restaurants, even if you are not staying there.  It’s a good way to keep your points from expiring if you need activity, and most…
    - 1 day ago May 4, 2015, 11:16pm -
  • UFB Direct dramatically devalues debit card
    While my favorite bank for earning American Airlines is BankDirect, a close second, until recently, was UFB Direct, which gave one mile for every two dollars spent on its debit card.  Unfortunately, I’m now using the past tense for the latter, bec…
    - 2 days ago May 3, 2015, 11:50pm -
  • Get your Mother’s Day mileage bonus!
    I was speaking with a reader last night and we got into a discussion about Mother’s Day.  The conversation was about the quality of flowers from online vendors versus those of a local florist*, but we both agreed: If Mom raised you right (or your…
    - 5 days ago May 1, 2015, 4:50pm -
  • 1,000 free American Airlines miles. No, seriously, free.
    It’s rare that airlines just give you miles for doing nothing, but AA is offering something about as close as you can get.  On its Learn and Earn page, AA is awarding points for taking one question quizzes.  150 points for each of six quizzes, an…
    - 6 days ago Apr 29, 2015, 11:28pm -
  • Free travel from getting “bumped”
    It’s always nice to hear a story where the airline passenger wins in the end.  Monday morning, I heard such a story. We were flying from Minneapolis (MSP) to Boston on an early morning flight.  With our kids practically comatose from a 5 am wake-…
    - 8 days ago Apr 28, 2015, 2:47pm -
  • A short review of Delta Comfort+
    As IT and revenue management becomes increasingly more sophisticated, they have allowed airlines to segment their customers more effectively and develop new products for sale.  Like it or not, airlines are profit-seeking enterprises, and if they det…
    - 11 days ago Apr 25, 2015, 4:43pm -
  • Out of Office notice
    I’ll be on the road for the next several days, so postings will be limited. In the meantime, here’s a new idea on how to keep your yard free of invasive plants.  If it’s good enough for PDX, it’s good enough for me. Now fortified with even m…
    - 12 days ago Apr 24, 2015, 1:50am -
  • A stunning “Uber-“deal from Capital One for Uber users…
    I try not to get too excited about credit card bonuses, since I have an inherent conflict of interest, but commissions from this one are going as a gift to the person who told me about the deal (It’s actually going to their kid.).  And frankly, it…
    - 14 days ago Apr 22, 2015, 1:44pm -
  • The greatest airline seat ever (which you can’t sit in)
    A reader sent me an article today* about the Thompson Aero Cozy Suite, an idea whose time came about twenty years ago.  In a row of three, the seats are staggered, giving each person a little bit more of space when climbing over their neighbor to ge…
    - 14 days ago Apr 21, 2015, 11:02pm -

Mr. Free Miles

  • 4 Steps To Understand & Improve Your Credit Score
    After earning over 2,000,000 frequent flyer miles in three years, my credit score improved. Today I write from the Fairmont Singapore, offering four steps to improve your score and have the ability to earn millions of miles as well.
    - 2 days ago May 4, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • [It's Back!] 55,000 Miles With Chase United MileagePlus Explorer
    A best-in-class offer is back: 55,000 United miles - and another 50,000 business version - is available through June 2. Don't miss out on these amazing offers - enough to book four round-trip economy class flights in the U.S.
    - 5 days ago May 1, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • Why Seoul, South Korea Should Be On Your Bucket List
    Under $100 can get you to one of my favorite destinations in the world: Seoul, South Korea. Somehow still under-the-radar for U.S. travelers, see if my pictures convince you to add it to your bucket list - and learn how to get there.
    - 7 days ago Apr 29, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • Vietnam Visa On Arrival (VOA): How To Get It While Traveling
    Traveling is fun; getting a visa is not. Vietnam has built a visa on arrival system that requires pre-approval - approval which can be difficult to obtain, especially when traveling. Read the step-by-step guide to get yours.
    - 9 days ago Apr 27, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • [Update] 50,000 Points & New Changes With Citibank ThankYou Premier
    A new, increased sign-up offer of 50,000 points are now available with the Citi ThankYou Premier credit card. Transferable to major international airlines like Qantas and Singapore, ThankYou is a serious player in the points space.
    - 12 days ago Apr 24, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • A Stroll Through The Shire In Hobbiton, New Zealand
    Take a stroll through The Shire in Hobbiton, New Zealand. Built from scratch in the farmlands of the north island, see why it is a must visit for any Lord of the Rings fan (or non-fan). And, as always, see how to get there on miles. 
    - 14 days ago Apr 22, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • 40,000 Miles Available With Barclays Arrival Plus
    40,000 points are now available with the Barclays Arrival Plus credit card. 2 points per dollar spent and bonus redemption options make this one of the best travel cards out there. Read the details and your approval chances here.
    - 16 days ago Apr 20, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • 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.
    - 19 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.
    - 21 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.
    - 23 days ago Apr 13, 2015, 3:00pm -

milepoint (Forums)

  • newThe Community Lounge - Good m/a/e everybody - enjoy your stay with us.
    Good morning/afternoon/evening (m/a/e) everyone - welcome to MilePoint and the community lounge, don't be a stranger, please join in the conversation or just to say.....English - "hello"Arabic -...The Community Lounge - Good m/a/e everybody - enjoy y…
    - 44 mins ago May 6, 2015, 6:55am -
  • newTrick it!
    I think we should also have a thread for all travel hackers who like to play around with different fares and forcing them to lose something on their way or combining them to a very special deal Plesase remember to keep things encrypted to prevent th…
    - 48 mins ago May 6, 2015, 6:51am -
  • newReally Four Seasons
    http://press.fourseasons.com/puntamita/hotel-news/2015/media-statement/well this is bullshit Four Seasons Love your company but this sounds like negligence that you are trying to hide.
    - 2 hours ago May 6, 2015, 5:42am -
  • newNew Luxury Hotels for 2014/2015
    http://www.fourseasons.com/content/fourseasons/en/properties/johannesburg.htmlNew Luxury Hotels for 2014/2015
    - 2 hours ago May 6, 2015, 5:38am -
  • 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:
    - 2 hours ago May 6, 2015, 5:31am -
  • newTeh Penalty Box
    I think it's time for a new Box thread that works. So, here goes.
    - 2 hours ago May 6, 2015, 5:28am -
  • newbest coffee beans in the world
    I liked the discussion about Brazilian coffees as there were specific examples of quality brandswhenever I travel to a coffee producing region, I usually buy a few different types of beans, I have a supply of +/- 10 kg at any one timeI usually use…
    - 3 hours ago May 6, 2015, 5:04am -
  • newI'm booked on the Vietnam Airlines A350 Inaugural flight to Paris!
    I'm so excited (and I just can't hide it)!!I have never been on an inaugural anything much less an inaugural flight on a brand new aircraft! But I finally got my butt booked on one and I'm so excited about it! As you guys know, inaugural flights com…
    - 3 hours ago May 6, 2015, 5:00am -
  • newSneak peek at the tunnel to Billy Bishop Airport
    While BBIA is mostly PD used, it will prob get more views on the AC forum (not to mention AC does use the airport and both are considering expansion should they ever allow use of the CS1000 jets.The tunnel is scheduled for completion in early 2015 (…
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  • newAeroplan membership growing faster than seats available, say members
    Aeroplan membership growing faster than seats available, say members'You have so many people competing for so few seats with these mileage options,' travel blogger sayshttp://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/aerop...er-than-seats-available-say-members-1.301681…
    - 3 hours ago May 6, 2015, 4:20am -

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