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The Points Guy

  • newWhat’s The Best Way To Find AA Awards For Use On US Airways?
    This week, TPG reader Monica sent me a Facebook message with a great question: “I’ve read several of your articles about US Airways miles eventually transferring to AA miles. Is that option getting closer? We have US Airways miles that we want…
    - 16 hours ago 20 Jul 14, 6:08pm -
  • newGiveaway Reminder: TPG Mega Sweeps Courtesy of Expedia+ Rewards
    On Thursday we announced our biggest TPG Giveaway ever, a chance to win a $1500 Expedia travel voucher and VIP dinner courtesy of Expedia+ Rewards, the new loyalty program from the brand. A reminder that you have until 11:59pm EST on Tuesday, July 22…
    - 17 hours ago 20 Jul 14, 5:23pm -
  • newDo You Earn 2x Points for Buying Miles from United?
    I often purchase airline miles, especially when they’re offered at a good rate during a promotion. I never purchase them from the airline kiosk, because those rates can be up to $0.05 per mile, which is highway robbery. Usually when airlines do ru…
    - 19 hours ago 20 Jul 14, 3:21pm -
  • newCan I Transfer Amex Membership Rewards to Someone Else?
    I love transferable points. I’ve said it time and time again; the best way to protect yourself from program devaluations is to built up points in one of the three major transferable points programs: American Express Membership Rewards, Chase Ultima…
    - 20 hours ago 20 Jul 14, 1:29pm -
  • newWhere Should I Bank Miles from Flying Emirates Airlines?
    ‪This week I got a tweet from TPG reader Mark asking about what he should do with miles earned on Emirates Airlines: “@thepointsguy I have a trip on Emirates to Asia. What airline should I assign points to, as I doubt I will fly on Emirates agai…
    - 22 hours ago 20 Jul 14, 12:09pm -
  • Flight Review: Norwegian Air Intra-European 737-800 OSL-ARN
    During his recent round-the-world trip, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen traveled throughout Scandinavia and got to take a flight on European upstart airline Norwegian Air. Here’s his review of the experience. Although my round-the-world award in…
    - 2 days ago 19 Jul 14, 9:44pm -
  • TSA Fees, Free Iberia Miles, Etihad Launches SFO-AUH & More
    Here’s a recap of points, miles and travel industry news from the past week: Reminder that TSA fees go up on Monday, July 21:  In news I shared earlier this month, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will soon more than double – an…
    - 2 days ago 19 Jul 14, 1:00pm -
  • Travel Blogger Q & A: Ryan Gargiulo of Pause The Moment
    The best travel advice comes from other savvy travelers, and so we present a new series “Travel Blogger Q & As.” Here, we’ll introduce you to other intrepid travelers. To kick things off, Lifestyle Editor Shayne Benowitz interviews Ryan Gargiu…
    - 3 days ago 18 Jul 14, 6:04pm -
  • Best Travel Credit Card Offers for July 2014
    The travel credit card marketplace is an ever-shifting landscape. Offers come, offers go. Bonuses rise, bonuses fall. It pays (literally) to stay on top of the latest news to make sure you get in on the very best credit card offers out there. With th…
    - 3 days ago 18 Jul 14, 4:55pm -
  • Rental Cars For Family Travel
    Today, TPG Contributor Jason Steele looks at strategies for renting cars that can fit the whole family without breaking the budget. When I travel by myself, I have a simple formula for choosing which size rental car to reserve: I pick the smallest an…
    - 3 days ago 18 Jul 14, 12:20pm -

Frugal Travel Guy

  • newI Went Five for Five on Application Day
    I started application day by walking into TDBank and applying for their 5% cash back card for 6 months. No annual fee and 5% on groceries, gas, dining, cable phone and utility bills. Seems to fit my lifestyle pretty well. I had to apply at the branch…
    - 2 hours ago 21 Jul 14, 8:00am -
  • Reader Success Story: Stranded in Tokyo
    Over the past year, 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 shar…
    - 1 day ago 20 Jul 14, 8:00am -
  • Earning Miles for Checking Accounts
    Two years ago, I made quite a killing earning points by opening brokerage and checking accounts. BankDirect, with their archaic online banking system, earned me a decent amount of AAdvantage miles every month without me having to think about it too m…
    - 2 days ago 19 Jul 14, 8:00am -
  • Share Your Frugal Travel Success Story for a $25 Amazon Gift Card
    Here at FTG, we love sharing tips and tricks for seeing the world at prices we can all afford. The only thing our team loves more than sharing our tips is hearing from readers about how they’ve successfully booked their dream vacations as a result.…
    - 2 days ago 18 Jul 14, 11:00pm -
  • Southwest Refundable Fares For Seniors
    Last weekend a friend of mine was looking to book a plane ticket for his mother. Just a simple round-trip…however his mother is 88 and the trip is 5 months down the road. Her health is ok but any number of other family or life events might cause th…
    - 3 days ago 18 Jul 14, 8:00pm -
  • The Sign-up Bonus Strategy
    We all know how complicated this hobby can be. For example, you need to use that card when dining out, this card at Lowe’s, and an entirely different card when ordering anything online. Not only that, but you need to reconfigure all of that from ti…
    - 3 days ago 18 Jul 14, 8:00am -
  • Ending Soon: Increased Sign-up Bonus for the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card
    Not too long ago, the public offer for the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve card got a boost with a $100 statement credit after spending $100 on a Hilton stay within 3 months of account opening. This bonus was especially nice because cardholders could use…
    - 3 days ago 17 Jul 14, 11:00pm -
  • Delta SkyMiles are Extremely Valuable for Travel to South America
    If you are more interested in extraordinary premium cabin experiences than your destination, then this article will probably not be of interest to you. However, if you are interested in finding cheap ways to get to South America on miles, then contin…
    - 4 days ago 17 Jul 14, 8:00pm -
  • Frugal Travel Guy Rookie Bootcamp September 20th In Savannah
    Rick and I have been toying around with the idea of doing an event in Savannah, and we’re finally making it happen. Registration What: FTG Rookie Bootcamp Where: SpringHill Suites Savannah Downtown/Historic District - Savannah, GA When: Saturday S…
    - 4 days ago 17 Jul 14, 8:00am -
  • Travel Challenge: Finger Lakes New York
    Image courtesy of Wikitravel.org Upstate New York and New England are must visits during the Summer. It can certainly get oppressively hot, but the region totally transforms over the Summer. No doom and gloom of late fall and winter, but instead lush…
    - 4 days ago 16 Jul 14, 11:00pm -

One Mile at a Time

  • newChase Sapphire Preferred Primary Rental Car Collision Benefit
    On Friday I wrote about the rumor that the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card would be eliminating the 7% annual points dividend for new card members as of July 20, 2014.Gary broke the news this morning that Chase is indeed making a few changes to the ca…
    - 19 hours ago 20 Jul 14, 3:00pm -
  • KLM 747 Business Class Amsterdam To Chicago
    Note: In light of yesterday's events, all of this doesn't really matter. That being said, I wrote the post yesterday while still on the plane, so will publish it as is. Again, my thoughts with the families and friends of those on MH17....Hello from…
    - 2 days ago 19 Jul 14, 8:33pm -
  • 422 Million American Express Points For Buying Tea Cup
    Ever wonder how many miles you can earn on a 36 million dollar tea cup purchase? Good, neither did I.Via Bloomberg:"A Chinese collector who bought an ancient Chinese ceramic cup for a record HK$281 million (US$36 million) at auction in April got an…
    - 2 days ago 19 Jul 14, 6:33pm -
  • Hilton HHonors Points On Sale
    Through September 3, 2014, Hilton is offering a 20% discount on the purchase of HHonors points. You can purchase at most 40,000 HHonors points per calendar year.Factoring in the discount, points cost 0.8 cents each. I value HHonors points at roughly…
    - 2 days ago 19 Jul 14, 4:33pm -
  • New LifeMiles Star Alliance Award Chart
    Yesterday I posted about the changes that Avianca announced to their LifeMiles program, for bookings made starting October 15, 2014.As much as I hate devaluations, I have to give LifeMiles credit for at least giving ample notice of the changes. In t…
    - 2 days ago 19 Jul 14, 1:09pm -
  • 20% Off Virgin America First Class
    Virgin America is offering 20% off non-refundable Main Cabin Select and First Class bookings made by tomorrow, July 20, 2014. The promotion is valid for travel between August 1 and September 1, 2014.Simply use promotion code LARGE20 at the time you…
    - 2 days ago 19 Jul 14, 11:23am -
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred 7% Annual Dividend Being Eliminated?
    The Chase Sapphire Preferred is my all around favorite credit card, and the one that I use the most for my everyday spend. One of the nice perks of the card is that it has offered a 7% annual points dividend. Basically you'd receive a 7% "points div…
    - 3 days ago 18 Jul 14, 6:22pm -
  • British Airways Award Search Tool Changes
    British Airways' award search tool is usually my "go to" place for searching oneworld award space for the airlines which aren't displayed on aa.com (like Cathay Pacific and Japan Airlines).It's not the most user friendly search interface, but it get…
    - 3 days ago 18 Jul 14, 5:03pm -
  • Richard Quest Samples New York To London Market
    I'm a huge fan of CNN's Richard Quest. The guy is absolutely nuts, but unlike Akbar Al Baker, in a good way (in my opinion). Not only does he do a great job covering finance, but I find he's one of the few travel reporters that actually knows his stu…
    - 3 days ago 18 Jul 14, 4:01pm -
  • LifeMiles Blocking Lufthansa First Class Awards
    Avianca's LifeMiles program may be taking a cue from some other Star Alliance programs by blocking Lufthansa first class award space.Star Alliance programs have historically blocked Lufthansa first classOver five years ago United Mileage Plus began…
    - 3 days ago 18 Jul 14, 1:45pm -

The Frequent Miler

  • FM classics: Bangkok Bound: My dangerous decision
    FM Intro: While I’m on vacation, I will be lazily reposting old classic Frequent Miler posts.  Today’s post, originally published February 5th 2013, recounts my scariest moments during my first class trip to Bangkok last year. Many people have s…
    - 4 days ago 17 Jul 14, 9:45am -
  • FM classics: Bangkok Bound: Thai 1st class, and my uh-oh moment
    FM Intro: While I’m on vacation, I will be lazily reposting old classic Frequent Miler posts.  Today’s post, originally published February 2nd 2013, recounts one of several adventures I enjoyed on my first class trip to Bangkok last year…  Jo…
    - 5 days ago 16 Jul 14, 9:45am -
  • FM classics: Up in the air
    FM Intro: While I’m on vacation, I will be lazily reposting old classic Frequent Miler posts.  Today’s post, originally published May 7 2012 tells the story of the events that led to my decision to blog full time…  Have you seen George Cloone…
    - 6 days ago 15 Jul 14, 9:45am -
  • FM classics: Let’s just be friends
    FM Intro: While I’m on vacation, I will be lazily reposting old classic Frequent Miler posts.  Today’s post, originally published May 4 2012 was inspired by the newfound ability (no longer available) to earn 5X everywhere with the combination of…
    - 7 days ago 14 Jul 14, 9:45am -
  • FM Classics: One card to rule them all
    FM Intro: While I’m on vacation, I will be lazily reposting old classic Frequent Miler posts.  Today’s post, originally published May 1, 2012, is by far the most widely read post I’ve ever written.  It was, at the time, suddenly possible to e…
    - 10 days ago 11 Jul 14, 9:45am -
  • FM classics: How Amazon paid me to collect miles
    FM Intro: While I’m on vacation, I will be lazily reposting old classic Frequent Miler posts.  Today’s post, originally published March 5, 2012, tells the true story of Amazon’s repeated mistakes that resulted in lots of undeserved money for m…
    - 11 days ago 10 Jul 14, 9:45am -
  • FM classics: Adventures on EBay
    FM Intro: While I’m on vacation, I will be lazily reposting old classic Frequent Miler posts.  Today’s post, originally published January 21, 2012, tells a story of how things can go wrong, and how problems can be resolved, when pursing points a…
    - 12 days ago 9 Jul 14, 9:45am -
  • FM classics: The Referral Backpedal
    FM Intro: While I’m on vacation, I will be lazily reposting old classic Frequent Miler posts.  Today’s post, originally published December 27, 2011, is the post in which I first announced that I would no longer include credit card affiliate link…
    - 13 days ago 8 Jul 14, 9:45am -
  • FM classics: One Point of View from the Wing at a Time
    FM Intro: While I’m on vacation, I will be lazily reposting old classic Frequent Miler posts.  Today’s post, originally published November 13, 2011, is a satiric look at a debate that took place between two well known bloggers.  At the time, Am…
    - 14 days ago 7 Jul 14, 9:45am -
  • Vacation notice

    - 16 days ago 5 Jul 14, 1:19am -

Well Traveled Mile

Million Mile Secrets

View From the Wing

  • newWhere is Delta’s Award Chart Going Next, and Why Won’t They Book Air France Seats Everyone Else Can?
    In this post I am going to offer some possible insight into what’s going on with Delta Skymiles — award availability, and the future of redemption — based on conversations with several different knowledgeable people regarding the transition to…
    - 12 hours ago 20 Jul 14, 10:15pm -
  • newMEME Alert: The #1 Ranked Hotel in Republic of Zubrowka
    I much liked Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. (What a cast! with Bill Murray, Harvey Keitel, F. Murray Abraham, Owen Wilson, and Jeff Goldblum in supporting roles.) So, too, apparently did a number of TripAdvisor reviewers. (HT: Jenny F.) F…
    - 15 hours ago 20 Jul 14, 7:14pm -
  • newLifeMiles Reveals Its Big Star Alliance Award Chart Changes..
    Since Avianca’s LifeMiles joined Star Alliance, it has been one of the most lucrative frequent flyer programs in the world. They’ve announced a new award chart starting October 15th, and have now released the details of the chart. Are there some…
    - 18 hours ago 20 Jul 14, 3:55pm -
  • newWhat Big Chase Sapphire Preferred Benefits Just Changed Today?
    I receive compensation for many links on this blog. You don’t have to use these links, but I am grateful to you if you do. I do not write about all credit cards that are available — instead focusing on miles, points, and cash back (and currencies…
    - 23 hours ago 20 Jul 14, 10:57am -
  • Don’t Inadvertently Lose Global Entry and PreCheck!
    I only just signed up for Global Entry in April of last year. And yet I just had to update my passport number in my Global Entry profile. I almost forgot to do it, so it seemed like — though this will be obvious to some, and too obscure for others…
    - 1 day ago 19 Jul 14, 11:30pm -
  • Here’s the 75,000 Hyatt Gold Passport Points Giveaway
    As you may know I’m giving away 75,000 Hyatt points. There’s a new digital hub that will help travelers explore Vegas and make the most of the Hyatt Gold Passport and MGM M life relationship. There’s daily content and regular giveaway opportuni…
    - 2 days ago 19 Jul 14, 8:30pm -
  • What’s the Best Place in the World to Live for Convenient Travel?
    Reader Jeff asks a question that may be too subject for me to answer definitely, what do you think? What is the best place in the world to live in to take advantage of not just miles/points, but to have relatively close access to great travel destina…
    - 2 days ago 19 Jul 14, 5:30pm -
  • Man Earns 422 Million Points, 20% Off Paid First Class, and What the Numbers Say About Airline Safety
    News and notes from around the interweb: Chinese man earns 422 million Amex points with one purchase. He bought a ceramic cup at auction, and earned a a fairly inflated Chinese American Express points with his Centurion card. If you ask me, it’s no…
    - 2 days ago 19 Jul 14, 2:45pm -
  • Avis is About to Revamp Its Loyalty Program, So Your Free Rental Days Will Expire Early
    Avis has been just about to launch a revamped loyalty program for a long time. Years, in fact. Now they’re finally talking about it publicly so it’s probably actually close. There are currently 4 levels to the Avis program: Preferred, First, Pres…
    - 2 days ago 19 Jul 14, 12:45pm -
  • One More Reason to Love Connecting at DFW!
    DFW Airport is getting a banh mi shop. It’s called Banh Shop and is slated to open later this month in terminal D (the ‘international’ terminal which does house some domestic flights) near gate 31. And here’s the weird thing… it’s owned b…
    - 2 days ago 19 Jul 14, 1:04am -

Nomadic Matt

  • 22 Ways to Save Money in Paris
    Uncorking a bottle of French wine on a sunny day, spreading Brie on a baguette, gazing out on the Paris skyline in front of the Sacré-Coeur in Montmartre – to me, that is the perfect day. Paris is one of my favorite cities in the world thanks to i…
    - 4 days ago 17 Jul 14, 4:21pm -
  • Help Stop the Promotion of Unethical Tourism (Boycott TBEX!)
    Every year, a travel bloggers conference called TBEX is held in North America. I’ve gone many times. This year, the conference is being held in Cancun, Mexico and, as part of the offering of pre-conference activities, they are offering dolphin enco…
    - 7 days ago 14 Jul 14, 4:09pm -
  • How to Hack a Free Trip Around the World: 2014 Edition
    Travel hacking is a constantly changing world – tips, tricks, and advice that worked even a few months ago can suddenly be obsolete. Deals come and go, programs change, credit cards come and go, ways to game the system end as new ones begin, bank r…
    - 11 days ago 10 Jul 14, 4:06pm -
  • Why You Should Skip School to Travel the World
    With the cost of higher education rising dramatically each year, should you forgo college* and instead use that money to travel the world? It’s one of the questions I receive a lot from graduating high school students and disenchanted college fres…
    - 14 days ago 7 Jul 14, 3:42pm -
  • A Prohibition Bar Crawl Through NYC
    Warning: This is not a budget-friendly post, but it will make you thirsty! I love the 1920s—a lot. Midnight in Paris is one of my favorite movies. I had a Prohibition-era themed birthday party this year. I own vintage clothes. I listen to a lot of…
    - 20 days ago 1 Jul 14, 3:31pm -
  • How Emily Taught English to Fund Her RTW Adventure
    There are a lot of ways to fund your travels – we’ve met readers who’ve taken odd jobs, worked on yachts, volunteered, saved for their trip, and more. What I love about reader success stories is that they highlight the diversity of ways to make…
    - 27 days ago 24 Jun 14, 1:56pm -
  • Why I Ended My Partnership with G Adventures
    I believe in being fully transparent on my website. I think it’s the only way to really run a website. And, so, in the name of full transparency, I want to talk about a big change that’s happened on this one. For the last ten years, I’ve been t…
    - 32 days ago 19 Jun 14, 1:37pm -
  • Historical Walking Tours of New York City: The Good, Bad, and Amazing!
    New York City has many walking tour companies—from free tours to food tours to neighborhood tours to expensive private walking tours. This place has it all, and with so much history and culture and so many nationalities represented here, it’s not…
    - 35 days ago 16 Jun 14, 3:01pm -
  • A Birthday Promise to Myself
    Today is my birthday. I am thirty-three years old. I’m not a fan of birthdays. It’s not like today is any different than yesterday. My thoughts, feelings, successes, and failures are still the same. It’s the time in between the birthdays that c…
    - 39 days ago 12 Jun 14, 1:13pm -
  • 14 Ways to Safely Hitchhike Across the United States
    My first experience with hitchhiking was in Belize. Back in 2005, I hitchhiked the entire country as it was the most common way locals got around. If they were doing it, why not me? It was a lot of fun and a lot easier and safer than I thought. Since…
    - 41 days ago 9 Jun 14, 10:49pm -

The Hustle Blog

  • Hyatt Updates Mobile App
    I just downloaded an app update for the Hyatt mobile app for Android. I believe the iPhone update for the app has been out for a few week now. From what I’ve noticed, it’s a very useful update. Prior to this update, the app was only great for ch…
    - 13 days ago 8 Jul 14, 11:00am -
  • Bluebird & Serve Increase Daily Load Limit to $2500
    American Express Bluebird has updated their Membership Agreement. Previously, the daily load limit was $1,000 via loading online with Vanilla Reload cards or loading in person at Walmart with a debit/gift card. As of July 1, the daily load limit will…
    - 15 days ago 6 Jul 14, 11:00am -
  • A Machu Picchu Anniversary: Palacio del Inka & Cusco
    TRIP INDEX The hotel was a short taxi ride away and we were surprised that we were already feeling the effects of the altitude. Cusco is over 11,000 feet above sea level (higher than Machu Picchu and surrounding villages) so it may hit you hard! When…
    - 19 days ago 2 Jul 14, 11:00am -
  • Chase Freedom Third Quarter 2014 Bonus Categories Are Live!
    The 3rd quarter of 2014 is upon us so that means new bonuses and maybe some shuffling of spend. As I wrote previously, this quarter’s bonus categories are gas stations & Kohl’s. You will receive 5 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent in th…
    - 20 days ago 1 Jul 14, 3:58pm -
  • US Airways MasterCard 20% Bonus Miles
    This summer, earn 20% more miles with your US Airways Dividend Miles MasterCard. Earn 20% more miles on every purchase you make with your card between July 1 and August 31, including US Airways purchases, up to a maximum of 10,000 bonus miles.  The…
    - 24 days ago 27 Jun 14, 11:00am -
  • Chase Hyatt Credit Card
    Hotel cards are often overlooked in the credit card game, but they shouldn’t be. Many of them have lucrative sign-up and anniversary bonuses. The Chase Hyatt credit card is no exception. In fact, many see it as one of the best hotel rewards cards o…
    - 33 days ago 18 Jun 14, 11:00am -
  • Chase Freedom 3rd Quarter Bonus Categories – Sign Up!
    You can now activate your Chase Freedom credit cards to earn 5 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent in these 2 bonus categories: Gas stations Kohl’s The 3rd quarter bonus categories will run from July 1 – September 30, 2014. Ways to Leverag…
    - 36 days ago 15 Jun 14, 11:00am -
  • Earning United Miles Just Went Revenue-Based
    Well, United has just gone the way of Delta with their announcement today. Starting March 1, 2015, United will change the way you earn frequent flyer miles. The distance flown will no longer matter; United will soon reward its biggest spenders (whic…
    - 40 days ago 11 Jun 14, 11:00am -
  • Pay Bills & Earn Miles/Points with Evolve Money
    In the realm of Manufacture Spend (MS), Evolve Money is a small-time but reliable service. It is basically a Bill Pay service that allows you to pay certain bills with debit or Visa/MasterCard gift cards. To be clear, you cannot pay off credit card b…
    - 47 days ago 4 Jun 14, 11:00am -
  • Chase Ultimate Rewards Gets a New Partner – Singapore Airlines
    Great news for those of us who earn Chase Ultimate Rewards points. Singapore Airlines is the newest transfer partner! Singapore Airlines is always regarded as one of the best airlines in the world, especially their elusive First Class. It’s virtual…
    - 60 days ago 22 May 14, 11:00am -

Frequent Flier

  • Recap: The Week’s Biggest Stories and Best Deals
    Following is our regular summary of the latest travel news and best frequent traveler promotions reviewed during the past week. If it was a good deal—or a notably bad deal—from an airline, hotel, or car rental loyalty program, you can ... Read Mo…
    - 3 days ago 18 Jul 14, 9:42pm -
  • Airlines’ Rising Fees Befuddle and Infuriate Flyers
    The airlines call them ancillary revenues. Travelers call it nickel-and-diming. By whatever name, the dizzying array of fees that airlines now impose for everything from checked bags to carry-on bags to seat selection to ticket reissues is big busine…
    - 3 days ago 18 Jul 14, 5:14pm -
  • Kimpton Rebrands, Refreshes Points Program
    Kimpton, with just over 50 hotels and restaurants in its network, is a David among Goliaths when it comes to hotel chains. Marriott, for instance, just passed the 4,000-hotel mark, and it’s not the largest of the major chains. Size ... Read More
    - 4 days ago 17 Jul 14, 6:41pm -
  • Just How Uncomfortable Can Air Travel Be?
    Much is currently being made in academic economics journals about the widening wealth gap between the haves and the have-nots. And the idea has gotten considerable traction among travelers as well. Whether the two phenomena are linked or not remains…
    - 4 days ago 17 Jul 14, 5:13pm -
  • Starwood Resort Stays for 35% Fewer Points
    As it did last year, Starwood is offering award nights at six resorts for 35 percent fewer Starpoints. With the discount factored in, the per-night prices for the participating resorts are as follows: W Retreat and Spa Maldives – ... Read More
    - 5 days ago 16 Jul 14, 6:07pm -
  • Are These the World’s Best Airlines?
    As it has since 1999, airline ratings service Skytrax has published the results of its 2014 World Airline Survey, ranking more than 200 of the world’s airlines from best to worst. The rankings were based on responses to 18.9 million ... Read More
    - 5 days ago 16 Jul 14, 4:58pm -
  • Earn Up to 2,000 Bonus United Miles for Online Shopping
    Proving that airline marketers have a sense of time that differs markedly from our own, United is already using back-to-school shopping as a hook to promote purchases on its MileagePlus Shopping portal. Offer Details Through August 31, MileagePlus me…
    - 6 days ago 15 Jul 14, 6:14pm -
  • From Best Western: Another Rate, Another Bonus
    In theory, multiple promotions are a good thing: more options for getting more for your travel dollar. But there comes a point where too many choices can lead to confusion and exasperation. This rate-specific bonus for Best Western stays could ... Re…
    - 6 days ago 15 Jul 14, 5:06pm -
  • Virgin America Will Match Status of 4 Airlines
    Got status? If so, and it’s with American, Delta, Southwest, or United, Virgin America will match it in the Elevate program for 90 days, as follows: American Gold members get Elevate Silver; Platinum, Executive Platinum members get Elevate Gold ...…
    - 7 days ago 14 Jul 14, 7:00pm -
  • Win Free Hotel Rooms for Life
    Enter the Radisson “Radisson for Life” sweepstakes by August 17, 2014, for a chance to win the grand prize: five free Radisson room nights per year, for up to 58 years. The winner will also receive an annual check for ... Read More
    - 7 days ago 14 Jul 14, 4:12pm -

Travel is Free

  • High Roller Credit Cards
    Should you fear the large annual fees of these 3 high roller credit cards? The annual fees are large and not waived for the first year, but they have above and beyond benefits. Value of the cards, the value of the word “value”, and benefits are…
    - 4 days ago 17 Jul 14, 5:12pm -
  • Why We Flew First Class
    Now I’m not a fire and brimstone blogger, but I’ll try to justify why my First Class splurge was a great opportunity. Which I wouldn’t have to do if I hadn’t spent so much time saying why I don’t fly first class. See, in general, I value…
    - 4 days ago 16 Jul 14, 10:06pm -
  • Tallest Hotels in the World [Infographic]
    Technically there are two ways to define the “tallest hotel in the world.” The better way is by what floors the hotel’s rooms are actually on. That’s what this infographic is about. The dumber way would be to define “tallest hotel” by the…
    - 7 days ago 14 Jul 14, 9:19pm -
  • 3 Years Blogging!
    The truth is, I don’t know exactly when I started blogging at travelisfree, but I do know that I registered and moved to travelisfree.com (instead of a wordpress.com blog) on July, 11th. So we’ll go ahead and say it’s 3 years of travelisfree.co…
    - 10 days ago 11 Jul 14, 3:47am -
  • Ann Arbor Art Fair DO, July 19-20
    There is an annual “DO” in Ann Arbor, MI. A DO is a get together of frequent flyer nerds, or something like that, and this one is free, next weekend, and your’s truly will be speaking. … Me. That’s me… I’ll be speaking there. In the p…
    - 11 days ago 10 Jul 14, 7:14pm -
  • The Complete Guide to Hotel Best Rate Guarantees
    Using Best Rate Guarantees (BRG’s) we’ve gotten completely free stays at the InterContinental Vienna (a $300/night hotel), IC Budapest, IC San Juan, DoubleTree Bucharest and more. We’ve also used BRG’s to get huge discounts at the JW Marriott…
    - 14 days ago 7 Jul 14, 9:24pm -
  • My Top 25 Travel Experiences
    The question I get all the time is what’s my “favorite country”. Which is fine, I don’t think like that, but I understand the question. What the question should be is what are my “favorite travel experiences”. Here are 25, some crazy adve…
    - 15 days ago 5 Jul 14, 10:55pm -
  • Airline Stopover and Open-Jaw [Infographic]
    Many airlines allow a stopover on their award tickets. This is a unique advantage to using miles and points, as a stopover (a layover with an unlimited amount of time) does not increase the price of an award ticket. This essentially gives two destina…
    - 21 days ago 30 Jun 14, 1:42pm -
  • Why I’m Thankful
    This miles and points community is… the best! Because of two posts on this blog, we raised $2,220 towards Rachel and Zack’s adoption in Ukraine. This is a huge fundraiser for them. Huge! I’ll take a minute to thank everyone involved and share…
    - 23 days ago 28 Jun 14, 5:46pm -

Frequent Flyer Bonuses

milepoint (Forums)

  • newFlash Sale - 75% Bonus On Club Carlson Points!
    Gold Points Flash Sale has begun! https://www.facebook.com/clubcarlso...2270471785403/819123618100082/?type=1&theaterYou can get 70K points for $280 which adds up to $4 per 1K points, a better rate than the USTA's Daily GatewaysOur first Gold Poin…
    - 13 mins ago 21 Jul 14, 9:41am -
  • newTeh Penalty Box
    I think it's time for a new Box thread that works. So, here goes.
    - 30 mins ago 21 Jul 14, 9:24am -
  • 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…
    - 1 hour ago 21 Jul 14, 8:44am -
  • newAny news about Premium Membership P3(2014)?
    Any news about Premium Membership P3 (2014)? Is there an approximate lauch time? Thanks!
    - 2 hours ago 21 Jul 14, 7:28am -
  • newHyatt Gift Card vs Gift Check
    Hi, I've never used these before, what's the difference between the card and check other than domestic vs. global use? Can a card be used multiple times if one stay doesn't use up the whole amount? What about checks? Thanks!
    - 3 hours ago 21 Jul 14, 6:55am -
  • 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 21 Jul 14, 6:34am -
  • newQualifying nights?
    Hi all,I am in doubt if I could get the nights or not for my stays next month. I'll be working as a technical translator for a group from a company and we will be staying at some Hilton's, but is a group booking. I really don't care about the points…
    - 4 hours ago 21 Jul 14, 6:02am -
  • newMontreal transfer time
    I am flying into YUL on TK airlines and transferring to UA airlines going to ORD. The scheduled transfer time is 65 minutes. I understand you clear US Customs in YUL. Is 65 minutes enough time to make the connection, and do we claim our bags and then…
    - 4 hours ago 21 Jul 14, 5:38am -
  • newAn Introduction to AutoSlash.com
    Thanks for visiting AutoSlash's forum on ConcourseZ! AutoSlash is a unique new free service that helps people save money on car rentals. We do this in two ways:1. After you book your rental with AutoSlash, we automatically apply coupons and discou…
    - 4 hours ago 21 Jul 14, 5:38am -
  • newMalaysian passenger airliner crash in Ukraine
    Preliminary reports are appearing of a Malaysian widebody crashing in the Ukraine, some rumors saying it was shot down. Too soon to know if this is real or all rumor.Here is the Interfax report:7/17 19:11 MALAYSIAN BOEING CRASHES NOT FAR FROM DON…
    - 5 hours ago 21 Jul 14, 4:25am -

Flyertalk MilesBuzz

  • newKF redemption question: 46.75K miles for a SIN-HKG biz roundtrip or S$2.2K?
    I'm looking at business class fares to HK for this weekend (long weekend in Singapore). It's either S$2,200 or 46,750 KF miles... by my math, 46,750 KF miles at 3.75c per mile (US$0.03) + S$100 in fees = S$1,850. That means for another...
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  • newDiamond member as second guest. Will diamond benefits be given?
    Do u guys know?
    - 2 hours ago 21 Jul 14, 8:06am -
  • newDFW lounges
    Hi Flying back to London next week from DFW on BA flight number, AA metal. Three of us travelling, 2 silver one bronze, all in business. Can we use the BA lounge as well as AA? The oneworld website blurb says "travelling on BA only" but...
    - 2 hours ago 21 Jul 14, 7:59am -
  • newWho tickets KLM.com US based purchases? MQDs?
    So looking at KLM.com there's better fares than on Delta.com, which is not usually the case, but alas.... Booking on KLM.com in the US, does Delta still ticket it with a 006? Most of the flights have DL flight numbers too not KLM ones.... I...
    - 2 hours ago 21 Jul 14, 7:53am -
  • newUsing services like Uber and Blacklane from hotels
    Assuming you're not using bellhop to pick up luggage from the room, are you ok with having cars from services like Uber or Blacklane pick you up outside the hotel, or would go around the corner? Does this differ from country to country and from...
    - 2 hours ago 21 Jul 14, 7:31am -
  • new241 Voucher Questions
    Due to hitting the required spending threshold on my German BA Barclaycard, I have earned my first ever 241 voucher. I'm about to use it on redeeming two Avios flights to Israel next year. My understanding is that tickets booked with Avios are...
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  • newBereavement refunds on EK
    Hey guys, not sure if someone else has asked this question, didn't see it so here I go. I was due to fly out AKL/PRG June 10 (last month) on the return leg of my flight which I had booked via Expedia, until my Mum who lives here in NZ fell ill &..…
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  • newEK Catering no longer serving desserts?
    Was surprised to see the following served out as a dessert in Y on my JFK-DXB leg. Not sure if it was a one off or if they are moving to a ready made dessert offering. Image: http://i59.tinypic.com/2m5xe9u.jpg
    - 3 hours ago 21 Jul 14, 6:27am -
  • newEWR any experience gold, pc, PLAT
    I have a 2 weeks rental next week in Newark airport and i would very much like to know how is the customer service there how are the agents, and most importantly how is their upgrading skills;), ill appreciate any help, comment, tip, or info. if..…
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  • newDCA Experience - AC sucks here
    I waited on board my plane for an hour and 46 minutes to get off tonight. The plane at our gate had mechanical issues and we could not get off anywhere else except this gate?????? I missed room service and missed seeing a client for a drink. There...
    - 4 hours ago 21 Jul 14, 6:17am -

Reddit r/churning

  • newIs there any reason to not get the Target REDcard (debit)?
    submitted by DigglersDirk [link] [comment]
    - 19 mins ago 21 Jul 14, 9:35am -
  • newChase ink bonus breakdown
    For chase ink, is there a way to see which purchases received bonus points? I paid a Comcast bill, but it was categorized as misc, so trying to figure out if I got bonus points for it. submitted by theguru123 [link] [comment]
    - 4 hours ago 21 Jul 14, 5:51am -
  • newCongratulations, /r/Churning! You're subreddit of the day!
    submitted by SROTDroid [link] [1 comment]
    - 5 hours ago 21 Jul 14, 5:19am -
  • newCVS and cash only everything
    So just hit CVS for my biweekly "try and hit my current minimum spend" and was told there are internal memos trying to get everything reloadable to cash only. Not sure the validity of this claim but its a bit scary regardless. Any one else hear of an…
    - 7 hours ago 21 Jul 14, 2:43am -
  • newBoth Versions of Sapphire?
    At some point I may find it not worth my while to hold onto the CSP. A common refrain is CSRs offering to downgrade to the no fee version. Does anyone have any experience with getting the no fee version and its sign up bonus before canceling the Pref…
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  • newServe & Isis Limits - Close & Reopen?
    Somewhat of a question and heads up for new churners, you have to sign up THRU isis to get the $1500/$500 limits on serve; not simply add serve to your isis wallet. So I'll have to close this account and re open thru isis, and hope that doesn't cause…
    - 10 hours ago 21 Jul 14, 12:06am -
  • newBest Travel Apps
    Somewhat off topic, but what are some travel apps that I should have as a frequent traveler/churner? I'm a big fan of TripCase but I'm curious if there are any other "must haves" out there. submitted by Iamsam78 [link] [4 comments]
    - 10 hours ago 20 Jul 14, 11:45pm -
  • newBarclays Cash Advance Policy
    Has anyone had problems with setting their Barclay Credit Card Cash Advance line to $0? I tried with my Arrival Plus and was told that I couldn't change it. submitted by al19059 [link] [3 comments]
    - 10 hours ago 20 Jul 14, 11:40pm -
  • newNot lazy...Honestly confused about which CC to get.
    I have been reading up on Credit Cards ever since I got my first one (Visa Signature through a local bank, no sign up bonus) and I think its time I get a new one to maximize my points earned (and a big thing for me is the sign-up bonus). I have spent…
    - 11 hours ago 20 Jul 14, 10:46pm -
  • newWhat's the best CC deal you've ever seen?
    And how long ago was it? Do you think they'll ever do it again? submitted by trooper5010 [link] [7 comments]
    - 12 hours ago 20 Jul 14, 10:06pm -

UPgRD

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

Johnny Jet

  • 10 Tips for First-Timers to Calgary Stampede
    I’ve had the Calgary Stampede on my bucket list for some time now and I can finally tick it off, thanks to the good folks at Travel Alberta, who flew me from L.A. to Calgary to experience it. As an added bonus, I got to fly Air Canada’s rouge for…
    - 3 days ago 18 Jul 14, 9:30pm -
  • Reader Travel Tip of the Day: Pack a Highlighter
    Pack a Highlighter Each Friday, we’re featuring a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from JoAnn M. of Reno, NV, who’s been full of good tips recently. Today, she says: “Pack a highlighter so the Concierg…
    - 3 days ago 18 Jul 14, 4:30pm -
  • Malaysia Airlines MH17 Resource Page
    We are all deeply disturbed, saddened and puzzled about what happened to Malaysia Airlines MH17, en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. Below I have compiled a resource page to help you stay updated on the story. TOP #MH17 STORIES Malaysia Airlines…
    - 4 days ago 17 Jul 14, 8:57pm -
  • Travel Style: Joel Serra-Bevin
    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: Joel Serra-Bevin Occupation: Global Community Manager…
    - 4 days ago 17 Jul 14, 5:00pm -
  • Travel Tip of the Day: Don’t Use the Bathroom When the Seatbelt Sign is On
    Don’t Use the Bathroom When the Seatbelt Sign is On Tuesday’s tip was to check out turbulence forecast maps before or while you fly to get an idea of if and when your flight will be turbulent. These forecasts are especially helpful when you hav…
    - 4 days ago 17 Jul 14, 4:30pm -
  • 10 Things You Need to Know About Flying Air Canada Rouge
    Last week, I flew on Air Canada rouge for the first time. They began operating on July 1, 2013 with a start-up fleet of two Airbus A319 aircraft and two Boeing 767-300ER aircraft. By the end of this month, they’ll operate a total of 27 aircraft inc…
    - 5 days ago 16 Jul 14, 8:19pm -
  • Travel Tip of the Day: 72-Hour Transit in China without a Visa
    72-Hour Transit in China without a Visa My colleague “Lucky” recently wrote an informative post on dealing with China’s “72-hour transit without a visa” policy. In September 2013, China began allowing certain citizens (including those from…
    - 5 days ago 16 Jul 14, 7:30pm -
  • KLM is the First to Offer Customer Service Through LinkedIn
    Effective today, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will offer 24/7 service via LinkedIn. Customers can approach KLM with general and flight-related queries on topics such as seat reservations, rebooking a ticket or making arrangements for extra baggage. KLM i…
    - 5 days ago 16 Jul 14, 7:01pm -

Doctor of Credit

  • newChase Makes Changes To It’s Credit Card Line Up
    Update: Somebody mentioned that application links regularly do not work during the weekend, so the Chase Sapphire no annual fee card will most likely be sticking around. It is strange that the Fairmont offer is redirecting though. Chase looks to have…
    - 24 hours ago 20 Jul 14, 10:10am -
  • [NY only] Astoria Bank $250 Checking Account Promotion
    Offer at a glance Maximum bonus amount: $250 Availability: New York only Direct deposit required: Optional, direct deposit of $250 or more per month for three months Additional requirements: Optional, three online bill payments of $25 or more for thr…
    - 1 day ago 20 Jul 14, 1:58am -
  • Chase Freedom Bonus Now $175/17,500 Points
    The Offer Direct link to offer Receive a $150/15,000 Chase UR point bonus when you spend $500 or more within three months of account opening (normally $100/10,000 Chase UR points) Receive an additional $25/2,500 Chase UR point bonus when you add an a…
    - 1 day ago 20 Jul 14, 1:02am -
  • Chinese Man Earns 422 Million American Express Points
    According to Bloomberg a Chinese man recently earned a total of 422 million American Express points after he purchased a HK$281 million (US$36 million) porcelain cup in a Sotherby’s auction. Unfortunately these are Hong Kong AmEx points which ar…
    - 2 days ago 19 Jul 14, 3:44am -
  • An Introduction To PayPal Select
    PayPal select is a new service offered by PayPal, it combines a cash back portal, special offers and increased customer support to “select” PayPal customers. There are no additional fees to join, but you must receive an invitation to join (if you…
    - 3 days ago 18 Jul 14, 8:35pm -
  • [Select Areas Only] American Express Shop Small: Spend $5 And Receive $5 Statement Credit
    The Offer Direct link to offer Receive a $5 statement credit when you spend $5 or more in a single in-store transaction at a qualifying Shop Small business (listed on the website, found here). This deal is only available in the following locations: H…
    - 3 days ago 18 Jul 14, 6:56pm -
  • U.S Bank $150 Checking Bonus + Entry For $100,000 In Cash/Tesla Model S
    Offer at a glance Maximum bonus amount: $150 + chance to win $100,000 Availability: Nationwide Direct deposit required: Optional Additional requirements: Three bill pays Hard/soft pull: Soft, chex systems inquiry will be done Credit card funding: Yes…
    - 3 days ago 18 Jul 14, 4:25pm -
  • PenFed Now Offers It’s Cardholders A Free FICO Score
    PenFed is the latest credit card issuer to start offering it’s cardholders free access to their FICO scores. When you log into your account you should see a button that says “Your FICO score is ready! View it now” at the top where three small a…
    - 3 days ago 18 Jul 14, 12:30pm -
  • AmEx Offer: $25 Off $250+ Purchase At Best Buy, Easy Money Maker
    The Offer Direct link to offer Receive a $25 statement credit when you make a $250+ purchase at Best Buy with an American Express credit card enrolled in the offer Enroll in the offer via twitter using #AmexBestBuy The Fine Print Expires September,…
    - 3 days ago 18 Jul 14, 1:31am -
  • 1,000 Free Airberlin TopBonus Miles + Up To 2,000 Miles Per Sixt Rental
    The Offer Direct link to offer Sign up for Sixt and receive 1,000 Airberlin topbonus miles for free Receive miles for every Sixt car rental you make 500 miles per rental 1,000 miles per rental after five rentals 1,500 miles per rental after ten renta…
    - 3 days ago 18 Jul 14, 12:05am -

Hustler Money Blog

  • Free 1,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles Promotion
    Aeroplan, a loyalty frequent flyer program by Air Canada, is offering 1,000 Bonus Aeroplan Connections Miles for free simply by joining. You’ll also get an additional 1,000 bonus miles for every segment you fly with Air Canada (up to a maximum of 1…
    - 2 days ago 19 Jul 14, 2:36am -
  • Virgin America 8,000 Bonus Points Break Free Promotion
    Join Virgin America Elevate Rewards Program to earn up to 8,000 bonus points after your first flight by December 31, 2014. You get 500 bonus points just for joining the Elevate rewards program using my referral link. Depending on your flight cabin pu…
    - 2 days ago 19 Jul 14, 1:13am -
  • Free Bonus Airline Miles, Points, and Rewards – July, 2014
    Get the most out of your loyalty programs such as Starwood, Hilton HHonors, Priority Club, Southwest, Delta Skymiles, and many more . Find the most bonus points, miles and rewards program all in one place. With your bonus points and miles, you can re…
    - 4 days ago 17 Jul 14, 4:07pm -
  • U.S Bank Review: $150 Checking Bonus
    U.S. Bank is offering $150 Checking Power Up Your Summer promotion with direct deposit($500 or more) OR make 3 bill pay transactions good through September 14, 2014. Available nationwide, your checking account comes with access to over 5,300 ATMs, on…
    - 5 days ago 16 Jul 14, 9:53pm -
  • Staples Free $20 Staples Gift Card MasterCard Rebate Promotion
    From Staples Circular(page 8), you get get a free $20 Staples Gift Card for buying $300 or more in MasterCard Gift Cards. This is available at Staples from July 13th to July 19th, 2014 for the Staples MasterCard Gift Card Bonus Rebate Promotion. Ther…
    - 5 days ago 16 Jul 14, 4:21pm -
  • Spirit Airlines 8,000 Free Miles “Hate” Promotion
    A friend once told me, “Spirit Airlines is the bane of my existence!” due to their excessive charges like carry-ons, printing a boarding pass at check-in, or even asking for water on their flights. Spirit has the highest number of complaints per…
    - 6 days ago 15 Jul 14, 2:49am -
  • Telhio Credit Union Review: $200 Bonus Checking Account Promotion
    Telhio Credit Union in Ohio offers a $200 bonus when you open a new checking account, electronic statements, Telhio VISA debit card and a Telhio savings account with at least $5,000  good through September 27, 2014. Telhio offers a range of checking…
    - 6 days ago 15 Jul 14, 1:26am -
  • Liberty Bank for Savings Review: Earn up to $175 Bonuses
    For residents of Illinois, Liberty Bank for Savings is offering up to $175 in bonuses opening a new checking account, a Savings account, and a debit card. To get the first $50 bonus, you must open a new Liberty Checking account with Direct Deposit, e…
    - 6 days ago 15 Jul 14, 1:18am -
  • Discover It Chrome Review: 18 Months 0% APR Balance Transfers
    For those love getting cash back for the credit card purchases, the Discover it® Chrome offers 2% cash back on up to $1,000 in purchase each quarter at restaurants and gas stations. Cardholders will then receive 1% cash back on any other purchase th…
    - 6 days ago 14 Jul 14, 11:56pm -
  • Chase Ink Cash Business Card Review- $200 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 $200 cash back signup bonus, no annual fee, and a superb rewards program. 2014 Chase Ink Cash Business Review Ink C…
    - 10 days ago 11 Jul 14, 12:06pm -

Hack My Trip

  • Hacking Award Seats Down Under – All 28 Routes to Australia/NZ
    Over the past two weeks, we looked at finding the routes with the least demand to Europe and the Asia: Hacking Award Seats to Europe – All 403 Routes – Part 1 of 5 Hacking Award Seats to Asia – All 177 Routes – Part 2 of 5 In this next short…
    - 3 days ago 18 Jul 14, 12:00pm -
  • Kimpton Revamps Loyalty Program: Karma Rewards
    Last year I matched to Kimpton’s loyalty program, InTouch, and made good use of it with stays at Hotel Vintage Plaza in Portland, EPIC Hotel in Miami, Lorien Hotel & Spa in Alexandria, and Alexis Hotel in Seattle. Alexis remains my favorite, thoug…
    - 4 days ago 17 Jul 14, 2:30pm -
  • Did Hyatt Outwit The Devil’s Advocate?
    Devil’s Advocate is a weekly series that deliberately argues a contrarian view on travel and loyalty programs. Sometimes the Devil’s Advocate truly believes in the counterargument. Other times he takes the opposing position just to see if the ori…
    - 4 days ago 17 Jul 14, 11:15am -
  • Hyatt and MGM Create New Digital Hub for Las Vegas
    I’ve been fairly impressed with Hyatt Gold Passport’s online media efforts lately. They had a blog for a while, but sometime last year they relaunched Keyed into Hyatt, which has since offered some really stellar content surrounding their differe…
    - 5 days ago 16 Jul 14, 11:05am -
  • Review: Hyatt Regency DFW Airport
    Last December I took a trip to Amarillo to visit my in-laws and spent a night at the Hyatt Regency DFW International Airport along the way. It’s one of two Hyatt hotels located at DFW, though unlike the Grand Hyatt directly attached to Terminal D,…
    - 6 days ago 15 Jul 14, 11:05am -
  • T-Mobile’s Simple Choice Plan Works Well for International Travelers
    About a month ago I wrote about T-Mobile’s new Simple Choice Plan, which includes free international data and text message in over 120 countries as well as calls for only 20 cents a minute. It could be a great deal for a frequent traveler who wants…
    - 7 days ago 14 Jul 14, 11:05am -

Maximizing Money

  • Charles Schwab Promotion – Up to $2,500 Cash Bonus
    The Charles Schwab Investor Reward is offering up to $2,500 in bonus cash when you enroll and make a qualifying net deposit of cash or securities.Alternatively, you can get a TaylorMade SLDR S driver and up to 4 rounds of golf with the Charles Schwa…
    - 2 days ago 19 Jul 14, 8:50pm -
  • Fairmont Hotels $25 Resort Credit and Free Night Promotion with AMEX
    Use your American Express card to get a $25 resort credit and a free night at participating Fairmont Hotels & Resorts worldwide when you book by December 31, 2014, for stays through March 31, 2015.Check out more details on this Fairmont Hotel Promot…
    - 2 days ago 19 Jul 14, 8:40pm -
  • Ohio Natural Gas 2,500 Delta SkyMiles
    Ohio Natural Gas will provide you with 2,500 bonus Delta SkyMiles when you enroll on a fixed plan by July 31, 2014.The post Ohio Natural Gas 2,500 Delta SkyMiles appeared first on Maximizing Money.
    - 2 days ago 19 Jul 14, 8:38pm -
  • Virgin America Flight Discounts – 20% Off First Class or Main Cabin Select
    Virgin America offers a variety of airline ticket discounts with promotional code savings and special deals on VirginAmerica.com.Right now, get 20% off Virgin America flights in First Class or Main Cabin Select when you book by July 20th and fly fro…
    - 3 days ago 18 Jul 14, 7:45pm -
  • dineLA Restaurant Week $5 American Express Card Statement Credit Promotion
    Try new restaurants during dineLA Restaurant Week and earn a $5 statement credit per visit when you connect your American Express card, valid through July 27, 2014.Register your AMEX card for this dineLA Restaurant Week $5 American Express Promotion…
    - 3 days ago 18 Jul 14, 7:42pm -
  • Free 30-Day Trial of New Kindle Unlimited Book Subscription Service
    Amazon.com is providing a free 30-day trial for their new Kindle Unlimited service that provides unlimited access to over 600,000 book titles and thousands of audiobooks on any device for just $9.99 per month.Sign up for this Kindle Unlimited Free T…
    - 3 days ago 18 Jul 14, 7:41pm -
  • Choice Privileges Free $50 Gift Card Bonus for 2 Hotel Stays
    The Choice Privileges hotel rewards program is offering a free $50 gift card bonus when you stay at Choice Hotels 2 separate times with arrival between May 22nd and August 20, 2014.Register to get your Choice Hotels $50 Gift Card Bonus when you stay…
    - 3 days ago 18 Jul 14, 5:52pm -
  • Free Hercules Movie Ticket with $25 Red Robin Gift Card
    You can get a free movie ticket to see Hercules (in theaters on July 25th) when you purchase a $25 limited edition gift card from Red Robin.The post Free Hercules Movie Ticket with $25 Red Robin Gift Card appeared first on Maximizing Money.
    - 3 days ago 18 Jul 14, 5:50pm -
  • Saint Vincent Erie Federal Credit Union $25 Referral Program Bonuses in Pennsylvania
    Saint Vincent Erie Federal Credit Union offers a $25 bonus to both parties via their referral program.Saint Vincent Erie FCU is located in Erie, Pennsylvania, and membership is open to employees of Saint Vincent Health Center and approved medical-re…
    - 3 days ago 18 Jul 14, 5:11pm -
  • Next Issue Digital Magazines – Free Trial, 650 Elevate Points, and $15 Referral Bonuses
    Try out Next Issue for a free 60-day trial of unlimited digital magazine access including Motor Trend, Rolling Stone, Elle, Essence, Details, and many more.Plus, you can earn up to 650 Virgin America Elevate points when you become a new subscriber,…
    - 3 days ago 17 Jul 14, 11:10pm -

Boarding Area

  • newJet Airways clarifies stance on Ukrainian Airspace, does not fully come clean
    A couple of days ago, Jet Airways put up a loosely worded media statement on their website, which stated that they have not been flying above Ukraine for a few months. Here is the statement: To this, I countered with data about the fact that Jet Airw…
    - 4 hours ago 21 Jul 14, 5:59am -
  • newVideo | United First Class 737-800 Seat 1F
    We're up front in United First Class aboard this 737-800 in seat 1F. Watch the full video review now to see what went right...and wrong. ... Read MoreThe post Video | United First Class 737-800 Seat 1F appeared first on modhop.
    - 5 hours ago 21 Jul 14, 4:36am -
  • newWeekly Recap of Deals and Promotions
    Happy Sunday! As you are well aware by now, at the end of every weekend I do a weekly recap post to ensure that you do not miss out on anything from the past week. The following pages also serve as your one-stop-shop to keep up to date on all the dea…
    - 9 hours ago 21 Jul 14, 1:12am -
  • newSunday Summary
    Welcome back to our Sunday Summary Series where we review the stories that were covered throughout the week. Don’t forget to enter National Emerald Executive status giveaway that expires tomorrow! Changes Coming to Hyatt’s Diamond Challenge? L…
    - 9 hours ago 21 Jul 14, 12:34am -
  • newDid You Win a $250 M Life Gift Card?
    To celebrate the launch of the new Hyatt and M Life website “Make Vegas Yours“, I got to give away a $250 M Life gift card (courtesy of Hyatt) to one lucky Mommy Points reader. The winner was selected at random from the 816 entries that were subm…
    - 9 hours ago 21 Jul 14, 12:33am -
  • newWhat’s in the July Sample Society Box
    This has been a good month for beauty boxes! First the Birchbox with a $9.99 rebate (or free subscription  to Women’s Health), and now this latest […]
    - 10 hours ago 20 Jul 14, 11:55pm -
  • newTonight’s Lufthansa #WorldCup 1st Class duck winner is….
      First let me say Congratulations to #22 that is Eric who is officially the winner of the Lufthansa WorldCup 1st Class duck plus his and hers 1st class kits. I will contact you soon to get your prize on the way. Next, let me say, that the following…
    - 10 hours ago 20 Jul 14, 11:40pm -
  • newWhere is Delta’s Award Chart Going Next, and Why Won’t They Book Air France Seats Everyone Else Can?
    In this post I am going to offer some possible insight into what’s going on with Delta Skymiles — award availability, and the future of redemption — based on conversations with several different knowledgeable people regarding the transition to…
    - 12 hours ago 20 Jul 14, 10:15pm -
  • newThe Two Million Mile Award Ticket
    How would you like to redeem two million miles for an award ticket? That is 2,000,000 miles for one trip – and it does not even guarantee that you will get the flight! Fortunately, you do not have to pay the miles if you do not get picked for the…
    - 12 hours ago 20 Jul 14, 9:56pm -
  • newThe Weekly Recap – July 20, 2014
    Lately, I’ve been writing a weekly recap on Saturday, and a “this week” roadmap post for the week ahead on Sunday. Oh well… didn’t happen this time. I’ve taken Sunday morning flights so much earlier than 8:20am on a Sunday in my time, bu…
    - 13 hours ago 20 Jul 14, 9:13pm -

Frequent Flyer Miles 101

  • newAnd people think I’m a mileage junkie…
    One of the great things about frequent flyer programs is the stories they generate.  The most well-known of crazy miles stories is the one of Pudding Guy, but there are plenty more out there.  This weekend, we will visit the world of a Chinese Art…
    - 15 hours ago 20 Jul 14, 6:30pm -
  • Hoarding miles: Just how many miles should I hold onto?
    One of my favorite sayings in the mileage world is, “Miles don’t earn interest.”  In other words, you get nowhere by hoarding hundreds of thousands, or even millions of miles, as airlines tend to devalue them over time.  Inflation works in th…
    - 3 days ago 18 Jul 14, 1:43pm -
  • A few tidbits from around the mileage world…
    For those of you who have never flown Virgin America, it has a nice product, especially if you find yourself in the front of the plane.  Recently, the company launched an elite status match if you have status with United, American, Delta or Southwe…
    - 5 days ago 16 Jul 14, 1:49pm -
  • Manufactured Spending: The fun can end, too.
    “There’s two sides to every Schwartz.” -Dark Helmet, Spaceballs In this post, I discussed two methods to manufacture spend, one using Paypal cards to reload your Paypal account and the second using debit cards to build your balance on the Walg…
    - 6 days ago 15 Jul 14, 2:59pm -
  • Hotel and airline partnerships: A few extra points for you
    Recently, hotels and airlines have started partnerships that benefit each other’s elite members.  In other words, if you have elite status on one, you can sign up for elite status on the other.  Obviously, the goal is to secure business ties and…
    - 7 days ago 14 Jul 14, 2:37pm -
  • Las Vegas luxury: It’s almost affordable
    As I sit here at the Fairfield Inn by the Las Vegas Airport, I find it odd to be writing about Las Vegas luxury hotels, given my surroundings.  But perhaps this is the best place to do so.  It provides some humility. Las Vegas is known for being ov…
    - 9 days ago 12 Jul 14, 2:50am -
  • Airline stocks: Interpreting data from United and American
    Note: Nothing in this post constitutes a recommendation to buy, sell or in any other way trade airline (or any other, for that matter) stocks. Last week, Delta Airlines through the investing world into a tizzy when it announced that its revenues woul…
    - 11 days ago 10 Jul 14, 3:21am -
  • New and Improved B Terminal at Logan Airport
    I’ve always had a thing for airports, but that’s related to my little frequent flyer obsession, not because they are swell places to hang out.  There’s only so many overpriced “convenience stores” and Sbarro’s restaurants one can see.  …
    - 12 days ago 9 Jul 14, 1:43am -
  • Out of office notice
    I’ll be away the week of July 6, returning July 13.  I will try to keep up during that time but can’t promise daily posts.  Nevertheless, check back, as I should have something new every few days. Now fortified with even more Twitter! Follow me…
    - 14 days ago 6 Jul 14, 11:14pm -
  • Yapta: A site that lets you know when your tickets have dropped in price
    Internet sites related to travel are a dime a dozen now.  The newest thing is a bevy of sites that promise to tell you the best date, time, moon cycle, etc., to buy a ticket.  Once you buy it, though, you’re on your own. Yapta.com offers a unique…
    - 16 days ago 5 Jul 14, 4:58pm -

Mr. Free Miles