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The Points Guy

  • newHow Do I Figure Out a Good Credit Card Application Strategy?
    TPG reader Thomas sent me a message on Facebook to ask: “Love all your info. I’m learning a lot, but have lots more to learn. I’m interested in trying a credit card app-o-rama. I have 780+ credit, pay my balances each month, and 20 years of cre…
    - 5 hours ago 1 Feb 15, 3:29pm -
  • newCan I Use the US Airways Companion Pass After the Merger?
    TPG reader Bjorn tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy—”What will happen to the US Airways Companion tickets after the merger? My wife and I still have one each.” In just a couple months, US Airways and American Airlines will finally merge their fre…
    - 5 hours ago 1 Feb 15, 2:59pm -
  • newCan I Earn Points on Credit Card Balance Transfers?
    TPG reader Michelle sent me a message on Facebook to ask: “Do balance transfers between credit cards give you points, and if yes, which do you recommend?” Carrying credit card balances can be precarious, because any amount you pay in fees or int…
    - 6 hours ago 1 Feb 15, 2:29pm -
  • newHow Can I Avoid BA Fuel Surcharges Flying to Portugal?
    TPG reader Catherine tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “I’m booking honeymoon flights to Portugal and want to avoid British Airways fees and LHR. What’s the best business/first class product to fly? AA757, IB340, or other?” I love helping p…
    - 6 hours ago 1 Feb 15, 1:59pm -
  • newHow Do I Keep Track of Credit Cards Payments and Due Dates?
    TPG reader Steven messaged me on Facebook to ask: “Could you tell us how you manage your credit cards in terms of payment due dates and making sure you don’t miss a payment?” Maintaining a pristine credit score is crucial if you plan to get mul…
    - 7 hours ago 1 Feb 15, 1:29pm -
  • Now Boarding: An Aviation-Themed Bar in L.A.
    An exciting new cocktail bar has landed in Los Angeles, not too far from TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne. For all you fans of aviation history (and booze), here is her review.  Several miles north of LAX, Los Angeles now has a fun version of a…
    - 1 day ago 31 Jan 15, 7:30pm -
  • 8 Travel Tips that Every Parent Needs to Know
    Both the joys and rigors of travel can be magnified when you have children in tow, so today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele offers tips from his own experiences as a traveler and father to help you make the most of your next fam…
    - 1 day ago 31 Jan 15, 4:29pm -
  • 2x Southwest Points, Bonus SkyMiles, New Hyatt Centric Brand
    Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn Double Points on Southwest (Targeted) Check your email to see if you’ve been targeted to earn double points and double Tier Qualifying points on fl…
    - 1 day ago 31 Jan 15, 1:29pm -
  • 24 Hours in Kuala Lumpur
    I recently took an around-the-world trip from NYC (with a stay at the new Park Hyatt New York) and then on to Tokyo for 62,500 AA miles and $5.60, with award seats on American’s A321 first class JFK-San Francisco (SFO) and JAL’s Boeing 777…
    - 2 days ago 30 Jan 15, 11:30pm -
  • Amex Business Gold Rewards Card Changing Bonus Categories
    Today American Express announced changes to bonus categories and earnings on the Business Gold Rewards Card. These changes not only result in better Membership Rewards earnings overall, but also add flexibility to earn more in a category of your c…
    - 2 days ago 30 Jan 15, 9:44pm -

Frugal Travel Guy

  • newReader Success Story: Proof that Casual Commitment Can Translate to Big Rewards
    Over the years, we’ve had many readers share their success stories with us. Folks for whom traveling domestically once a year was a luxury are now traveling the world with just a few credit card sign-up bonuses. And the best part? They are sharing…
    - 12 hours ago 1 Feb 15, 8:00am -
  • Here’s to Besties: Credit Cards that Offer Bonus Points for Adding Authorized Users
    When it comes to earning miles, nothing beats a generous credit card sign-up bonus. However, sometimes it’s nice to get an extra bonus without the effort involved in meeting spending requirements. Some credit cards offer cardholders an opportunity…
    - 2 days ago 30 Jan 15, 11:00pm -
  • Time to Select 3X Points Bonus Category on Amex Business Gold Rewards Card
    The American Express Business Gold Rewards Card is among the top business cards offered. Last month, Amex announced changes to this card. As part of these changes, effective today, Amex will allow you to select one of the five purchase categories to…
    - 2 days ago 30 Jan 15, 10:00pm -
  • Head to Head: Citi AA Plantinum 50K Versus Southwest Premier 50K
    When deciding what rewards credit card to get, you should always go back to the basics and answer the question: What are my travel goals? If you only want to fly first class but are perfectly content with three star hotel accommodations, you’ll w…
    - 2 days ago 30 Jan 15, 8:00pm -
  • FTG Wallet Waitlist: Get Ready to Earn and Burn!
    We’ve received overwhelmingly positive interest in our new cool award-tracking tool, the FrugalTravelGuy Wallet. If you are still interested in creating an account, send us an email at editors@frugaltravelguy.com to let us know. While we can’t re…
    - 2 days ago 30 Jan 15, 5:52pm -
  • ♫Ooooh, I Wanna Take Ya♫ Credit Card Combinations to Get to Aruba for Fall Break
    Most of us should have our family Spring Breaks squared away by now, so that means it’s time to draft up our summer and fall travel plans. And if your children, like mine, are in school year-round then you’re probably already thinking about fall…
    - 3 days ago 30 Jan 15, 8:00am -
  • Throw Out Your Spreadsheets and Track Rewards With the FTG Wallet!
    We’re launching the FrugalTravelGuy Wallet, our super cool award-tracker tool. We’ve developed the Wallet as a free tool for you to keep track of your frequent flyer miles and points. By linking to or inputting your rewards program information,…
    - 3 days ago 29 Jan 15, 11:30pm -
  • Back From the Dead! Three Ways to Keep Dormant Accounts Active
    It’s a common problem every traveler faces. After the big sign-up bonus and points redemption, the loyalty account opened for the first class ticket or upgraded hotel room gets reduced to nearly nothing. What’s more, those travelers have no inten…
    - 3 days ago 29 Jan 15, 11:00pm -
  • A Small Silver Lining In the Avios Changes
    The big news in the points and miles world yesterday was the changes/devaluation announced for British Airways’ rewards program, due to take effect on April 28, 2015. However, what flew under the radar yesterday was the fact there would also be cha…
    - 3 days ago 29 Jan 15, 10:00pm -
  • Reader Request: Cover My Hotels for Two Weeks in Europe
    Readers Bill U. sent in the following request: “I’m headed to Europe for two weeks with my wife in the fall and was wondering what credit cards to pick up to help cover the cost of hotels. My flights are already taken care of but I want to minimi…
    - 3 days ago 29 Jan 15, 8:00pm -

One Mile at a Time

  • newReview: Copa Airlines Business Class Los Angeles To Panama City To Buenos Aires
    Copa Airlines has a fascinating business model. World-class, it ain’t, but it is a uniquely efficient carrier focusing on what might be one of the most convenient hubs in the world. With the Panama Canal in its backyard, Panama City has always been…
    - 2 hours ago 1 Feb 15, 6:03pm -
  • newAsiana A380 Flights To JFK As Of June 13, 2015
    As I wrote about yesterday, Asiana announced on Instagram that their next longhaul A380 destination would be New York JFK. That hardly came as a surprise, though frankly I wasn’t expecting them to announce the exact schedule so quickly. Via airline…
    - 4 hours ago 1 Feb 15, 4:03pm -
  • newLucky’s Lucky 7th: Best Mileage Redemptions
    To celebrate seven years of blogging (and reading) here on One Mile At A Time, I’m looking over past posts and having a giveaway every day this week. To start, I thought I’d highlight some of my favorite mileage redemptions from each year I’ve…
    - 6 hours ago 1 Feb 15, 2:03pm -
  • newSingapore Airlines Cutting Size Of First Class Cabins In Half
    As I wrote about last May, Singapore Airlines will be introducing a premium economy product throughout much of their longhaul fleet. Premium economy will gradually be introduced throughout their longhaul fleet starting with their Airbus A380s and Boe…
    - 9 hours ago 1 Feb 15, 11:33am -
  • newIt’s My Birthday, But You’re Getting The Presents!

    - 21 hours ago 31 Jan 15, 11:03pm -
  • newWeekly Review: January 31, 2015
    Hello from Abu Dhabi! I am here with my mom, and it has been a fun and relaxing trip so far! I can't wait to share her thoughts and reactions with you guys in the coming weeks. Let's just say she may still be recovering from a hangover after our Emir…
    - 24 hours ago 31 Jan 15, 8:33pm -
  • Alaska Airlines Now Blocking Emirates Business Class Awards?
    Goodness, the situation between Alaska and Emirates keeps getting worse. Long story short, up until now we've known that Emirates first class awards aren't bookable using Alaska miles for travel after March 28, 2015. Here are the previous posts on th…
    - 1 day ago 31 Jan 15, 6:33pm -
  • SimplyCash Business Card: Last Day To Select 3% Cash Back Category
    I've written in the past about the SimplyCash® Business Card from American Express, which is one of the most compelling no annual fee business credit cards I’ve seen. They’re offering a $250 statement credit after spending $5,000 on qualifying p…
    - 1 day ago 31 Jan 15, 4:33pm -
  • Next Asiana A380 Destination: New York JFK
    Last August, Asiana launched their first A380 longhaul flight, between Los Angeles and Seoul Incheon. I had the chance to fly from Los Angeles to Seoul Incheon in A380 first class last October, and quite enjoyed it. I'm a huge fan of Asiana in terms…
    - 1 day ago 31 Jan 15, 2:33pm -
  • Uber $30 First Ride Bonus Is Back
    As I’ve explained many times in the past, Uber is one of those companies that uses technology to make life better. When public transportation in a city isn’t good, I used to get really frustrated by the lack of options and taxi “mafias,” thou…
    - 1 day ago 31 Jan 15, 12:33pm -

View From the Wing

The Frequent Miler

  • newWhat’s going on with DIRECTV’s $100 credit? Problems, explanations, and a possible solution
    On January 14th I published what appeared to be a fantastic deal for DIRECTV customers with Amex business cards: $100 free for DIRECTV customers!  The basic deal was this: you had to register your Amex business card for this promo by 1/31/2015 (Satu…
    - 1 hour ago 1 Feb 15, 6:39pm -
  • newIt’s not too late – Deals still alive as of 2/01/2015
    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…
    - 4 hours ago 1 Feb 15, 4:00pm -
  • Hiding Manufactured Spend, Old & New 5x, 100 Miles Per Dollar & More
    Welcome to the new 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 The best c…
    - 1 day ago 31 Jan 15, 4:00pm -
  • How to keep your LifeMiles alive
    A bit over two years ago I bought a bunch of miles in the Avianca LifeMiles program for about 1.3 cents each.  I was prompted to do so by posts like this one.  As time went by I discovered that this was a fantastic buy.  After all, there were amaz…
    - 1 day ago 31 Jan 15, 12:25pm -
  • Discover’s National Car Rental certificates
    In August I published “Discover rental car discounts and upgrades”.  In that post I described my approach to car rentals: maintain Executive status with National Car Rental (which allows me to reserve a mid-sized car, but pickup a much bigger or…
    - 2 days ago 30 Jan 15, 8:25pm -
  • Bet You Didn’t Know: Access the US Airways upgrade list by app and web
    By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate…   If you’re like me, when you’re preparing to fly back and forth across the United States of America for absolutely no reason, the #1 question on your mind is “am I going to be doing this while drink…
    - 2 days ago 30 Jan 15, 11:25am -
  • An awesome new 5X (and beyond) game. Let’s play…
    Here’s a little Thursday morning treasure hunt… I received a tip last night that a certain store is now carrying Vanilla Visa gift cards loadable up to $500.  I knew from experience that this store often accepts their own gift cards as payment f…
    - 3 days ago 29 Jan 15, 11:25am -
  • 30,000 miles to nowhere: My 4 mile buffer and a contingency plan
    Background: Until recently, there was a one time opportunity to get top tier American Airlines AAdvantage elite status (Executive Platinum) by enrolling in and completing the US Airways Preferred Status Trial.  For fun, I decided to go for it and I…
    - 4 days ago 28 Jan 15, 8:00pm -
  • Preparing for 100 miles per dollar
    Recently 1-800-Flowers reappeared as an Amex Offer: Unlike many Amex offers, this one is not available for signup through social media channels such as Twitter or Facebook.  Instead, you have to receive the offer under the “Amex Offers For You”…
    - 4 days ago 28 Jan 15, 11:25am -
  • 5X ThankYou offer returns… sort of
    There used to be a wonderful sign up offer for the no fee Citi ThankYou Preferred card: earn 5 points per dollar at grocery stores, drug stores, and gas stations for 12 months.  At that time, Vanilla Reload cards were still purchasable via credit ca…
    - 5 days ago 27 Jan 15, 11:25am -

The Flight Deal

The Free-quent Flyer

  • newPersonal finance digression: my beef with Future Advisor
    This isn't a personal finance blog, or a financial independence blog, or an early retirement blog. But I understand there's a lot of overlap in interest between those subjects and travel hacking, so every once in a while I let myself vent about the…
    - 21 hours ago 31 Jan 15, 10:54pm -
  • American sure makes buying tickets confusing
    Regular readers know that my plan for air travel in 2015 is simple:I requested a status match to Alaska Airlines MVP status, and received MVP Gold 75K status, valid through 2015.Until the end of 2014 I continued to credit my paid Delta travel to Sky…
    - 2 days ago 30 Jan 15, 9:37pm -
  • Should all manufactured spend go through American Express gift cards?
    Earlier this week the BeFrugal shopping portal temporarily raised their payout on American Express gift cards to 2.2% from 1.5%. Several shopping portals (including my favorite, TopCashBack) periodically raise their earning rates on these cards, so…
    - 3 days ago 30 Jan 15, 12:23am -
  • Using my Barclaycard Arrival+ PIN in Italy
    If you're a citizen of the United States, the Barclaycard Arrival+ card is likely the only "chip and PIN" card you carry. These cards are popular outside of the United States, but for economic and historical reasons they have not and, in my only-sli…
    - 5 days ago 27 Jan 15, 8:49pm -
  • Marriott rollover nights and the hunt for Gold elite status
    Last October I wrote a couple of posts about an idea I had to use Marriott rollover nights in order to earn elite status once every two years. The technique takes advantage of the principle that elite status is valid for the remainder of the yea…
    - 6 days ago 26 Jan 15, 11:00am -
  • Weekend blog housekeeping
    Here are a few updates I thought I'd share with my readers.New blog subscription providerIf you were signed up for a PayPal subscription back in December, before the account I was using to handle subscriptions was closed by PayPal, you should have…
    - 8 days ago 24 Jan 15, 10:24pm -
  • Regional: new AAA Visa gift card daily limits
    I often joke that I'm the only person left buying Visa gift cards from AAA. And before anyone complains, I understand:Yes, you have to be a AAA member;Yes, they're only available in some regions;Yes, purchases can be pretty time-consuming if the per…
    - 9 days ago 23 Jan 15, 9:52pm -
  • My 2014 in miles and points
    It's still January, and that means the blogger's code entitles me to write a 2014 retrospective on the miles and points I earned and redeemed in 2014. Last year I wrote an in-depth 2013 end-of-year accounting that included detailed information abo…
    - 11 days ago 21 Jan 15, 11:00am -
  • Earning flexible points at gas stations
    Via Doctor of Credit, the Citi ThankYou Premier card is apparently lowering its annual fee and significantly changing its bonus earning categories by including gas stations in its bonused "travel" category, while increasing its earning rate to 3 Tha…
    - 12 days ago 20 Jan 15, 9:33pm -
  • Do this now: register for Hyatt's Stay More Play More promotion
    Registration is open for the Hyatt Gold Passport Winter/Spring promotion, called "Stay More Play More." Between January 15 and April 30, 2015, you'll earn bonus points based on the specific offer you've been targeted for, presumably depending in par…
    - 12 days ago 20 Jan 15, 11:00am -

Well Traveled Mile

  • $25 Credits Posting for Paperless Statement Offer on Barclay Credit Cards
    A little over a month back I wrote about how it’s possible for Barclays cardholders to get a $25 statement credit for opting-in to receive paperless statements. Good news, those statement credits are posting and along with many other reports mine…
    - 1 day ago 31 Jan 15, 2:51pm -
  • Increased 50,000 Mile Sign-up Bonus on the United MileagePlus Explorer Business Card
    The Chase United MileagePlus Explorer Business Card just increased its sign-up bonus offer to 50,000 United miles after spending $2,000 within the first three months. Link: United MileagePlus Explorer Business Card This is marketed as a limited-time…
    - 4 days ago 28 Jan 15, 6:06pm -
  • Are You Applying For the Best 50,000 Mile AA MasterCard Sign-up Bonus Offer?
    If you’ve been looking at applying for the Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard you’ve probably aware of the 50,000 bonus mile offer floating around. This is a great deal and the easiest way to accrue American Airlines miles, which are amo…
    - 4 days ago 28 Jan 15, 4:02pm -
  • 70,000 Bonus Points + Free Night Every Year with the IHG Rewards Club MasterCard
    [Disclosure: I do not earn a referral for the Chase IHG Rewards Club Select MasterCard. However, it’s one of my favorite hotel credit cards and I’ll always write about the best deals even if they don’t pay me. To find other top deals check out…
    - 10 days ago 22 Jan 15, 10:30pm -
  • Complete Resource Guide to Hotel Award Charts
    I decided to run a comparison and breakdown the number of hotels each program has in each category. So, here’s a table of how many properties each hotel program has in each hotel category. Also included are links to the list of properties wit…
    - 18 days ago 14 Jan 15, 5:25pm -
  • Top 10 Best Credit Card Sign-up Bonus Offers for January 2015
    Every month I’ll post the top 10 best current credit card sign-up offers and update the list throughout the month if offers change. You can always check out my credit cards page for a full list of cards, but since the best credit card offers ar…
    - 22 days ago 10 Jan 15, 4:03pm -
  • New Hyatt Gold Passport Stay More Play More Promotion 2015
    Although late to the bunch, Hyatt has revealed their new targeted Hyatt Gold Passport Stay More Play More promotion for stays between January 15 through April 30, 2015. Link: Hyatt Gold Passport Stay More Play More Registration Terms: Hyatt Gold…
    - 23 days ago 9 Jan 15, 8:02pm -
  • Roundup of Current Hotel Promotions | 2015 Quarter 1
    With the start of the new year hotel programs have already started to unveil their new promotions for 2015. Taking advantage of these promotions can be great ways to supercharge points earning, especially so if you have upcoming paid stays. That said…
    - 27 days ago 6 Jan 15, 2:00am -
  • How to Get $25 Statement Credit for Opting-in for Paperless Statements on US Airways Card
    Via Points Centric, Barclays is offering a targeted promotion for it’s US Airways cardholders to switch to paperless statements. If you haven’t previous had your account settings changed to received statement credits you most likely already recei…
    - 37 days ago 26 Dec 14, 11:24pm -
  • Lounge Review: The Club at ATL
    Back in October on my way down to Buenos Aires, Argentina I had a chance to check out The Club at ATL. Using my Lounge Club membership that comes with the Ritz-Carlton credit card I was able to access the lounge for free and was pleasantly surpris…
    - 37 days ago 26 Dec 14, 3:25pm -

MileValue

  • newHuge Secret Discounts on United Partner Business Class Awards
    United.com is offering cheaper prices for partner Business Class award award bookings than what United’s chart says the price is. This sale is unannounced and could end at any time. In February 2014, United went to two charts: a cheaper one for fli…
    - 4 hours ago 1 Feb 15, 4:07pm -
  • Ends Today: Membership Rewards 40% Transfer Bonus to British Airways Avios
    Well, it’s January 31. So today is your last chance to transfer. Since I posted this initially, I have two other posts on Avios: New, Worse Avios Award Chart takes effect in April. The best-value awards were not touched in this devaluation. All th…
    - 1 day ago 31 Jan 15, 4:14pm -
  • Redeem American Airlines Miles: Part 8 — Redeeming for Middle East and Indian Subcontinent
    Let’s talk about how to use American Airlines miles for awards to the Middle East and Indian Subcontinent. American Airlines has the best award space to the Middle East and Indian Subcontinent by far and some of its nicest partners fly these rou…
    - 2 days ago 30 Jan 15, 10:52pm -
  • Free Giveaway Friday: Pair of Admirals Club Passes
    The Cave Man has generously donated two Admirals Club passes that expire February 8, 2016 to one lucky reader. American Airlines operates Admirals Clubs in these locations. My favorite is at Honolulu International Airport, overlooking the garden, a…
    - 2 days ago 30 Jan 15, 5:31pm -
  • Fly to Europe or Israel for 12,500 Miles
    Flying Blue–the loyalty program of Air France/KLM, Air Europa, Kenya Airways, and TAROM Romanian–has released its newest Promo Awards that let you fly from select US cities to anywhere in Europe or to Israel for as little as 12,500 miles each way…
    - 2 days ago 30 Jan 15, 3:30pm -
  • Thai First Class: 9 Hours for 40,000 United Miles Wide Open
    Thai Airways First Class on its 747 operates daily between Bangkok and Sydney. Thai Airways First Class is luxurious with renowned Thai service, awesome Thai food, and free hourlong Thai massages for First Class passengers departing Bangkok. The pri…
    - 3 days ago 29 Jan 15, 9:51pm -
  • How Long Will the 50,000 Mile American Airlines Offers Last?
    Now is a special time to earn American Airlines miles. The personal American Airlines credit card is offering 50,000 bonus miles after spending $3,000 in the first three months. The business American Airlines credit card is offering another 50,000…
    - 3 days ago 29 Jan 15, 5:29pm -
  • Amazing Award Space for 2 on Nicest First Class in the World? 14 Hours in Etihad A380 First Class for 60,000 Miles
    The Etihad A380 is the plane I most want to fly in First Class. The suite is so big, you get a seat and an entire couch/bed next to you. The suite is so big that First Class is in a 1-1 configuration on an A380. (Most airlines are 1-2-1.) The suite i…
    - 4 days ago 28 Jan 15, 11:20pm -
  • New, Worse Avios Award Chart
    British Airways Avios has gutted its award chart for some awards booked April 28, 2015 or later. All the best deals on the chart, though, are untouched, and mostly the bad deals were made worse. In my mind, the devaluation is no big deal. Here’s th…
    - 4 days ago 28 Jan 15, 4:38pm -
  • Luxurious ANA First Class Award Space Wide Open for 50,000 Miles
    ANA’s “First Square” is one of the nicest First Classes in the world. The fully enclosed suite featured on ANA’s 777-300ERs is a top of the line hard product, including a fully flat bed. In addition, it comes with–from the reports I’ve…
    - 4 days ago 28 Jan 15, 3:41pm -

Frequent Flier

  • Weekly Recap: Fire United’s CEO, and Other Stories
    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…
    - 2 days ago 30 Jan 15, 10:06pm -
  • United Cuts (and Complicates) Partner Earning Rates
    It’s been a bad week for members of major airline loyalty programs. First, there was the announcement from British Airways that, from April 28, mileage-earning rates on discounted coach tickets would be slashed, from 100 percent of the actually flo…
    - 2 days ago 30 Jan 15, 6:33pm -
  • In Seoul, In-Taxi Vomiting Will Cost You
    If you find yourself in a taxi in South Korea with an overriding impulse to vomit, you’ll want to consider the price of succumbing to the urge: 150,000 won (about $138). That’s the fine agreed to by the city of ... Read More
    - 3 days ago 29 Jan 15, 7:11pm -
  • British Airways Devalues Its Mileage Program
    Yesterday, in the inboxes of many members of British Airways’ Executive Club program (including mine) there appeared an email with the apparently innocuous subject line “We’re making changes to the Executive Club.” Of course, any traveler wor…
    - 3 days ago 29 Jan 15, 5:36pm -
  • Should United’s CEO Resign?
    Should United’s CEO resign? Almost 9,000 people have signed a petition demanding that he do just that. The online petition was launched by former United employees and cites dissatisfaction not just from retirees but from current employees and custo…
    - 4 days ago 28 Jan 15, 8:22pm -
  • Airlines with the Best Inflight WiFi
    Addicted to WiFi? Most of us are. And the craving doesn’t cease when we board a plane. If anything, when confined for hours in a too-tight seat in a too-packed plane, the lure of Internet diversion spikes. The airlines, aware ... Read More
    - 4 days ago 28 Jan 15, 6:02pm -
  • More Double Points from Virgin America
    Virgin America started the new year with a double-points promotion for a handful of its more popular flights, through February 28. The airline has launched yet another promotion, featuring double points on a host of additional routes, and extending t…
    - 5 days ago 27 Jan 15, 7:13pm -
  • Hacked: Starwood Members’ Accounts
    It’s not clear whether incidents of loyalty accounts being hacked are increasing in number, or whether they’re simply being more widely recognized and reported. What’s inarguably true is that we’re hearing more about them. The latest report o…
    - 5 days ago 27 Jan 15, 6:09pm -
  • Earn Double AAdvantage Miles for Asia Flights
    Through March 20, AAdvantage members can earn double miles when flying American or Japan Airlines on the following routes between the U.S. and Asia: Between Dallas/Fort Worth, Chicago O’Hare, Los Angeles, San Diego, New York, Boston, or Vancouver a…
    - 6 days ago 26 Jan 15, 8:02pm -
  • Win an 8-Day Trip to France for 2
    Enter the Ste. Michelle Wine “Explore the Possibilities” sweepstakes by March 31, 2015, for a chance to win the grand prize: an eight-day trip for two to France, including air and hotel accommodations. To enter, provide the requested information…
    - 6 days ago 26 Jan 15, 5:45pm -

Travel is Free

  • Explaining Airline Status and the Benefits
    How does Airline Status work? This will give an overview of the complexities of different airline status benefits in a clear way. It will also explain earning and using the benefits. While I’m cynical in regards to “status” in general, there…
    - 6 days ago 27 Jan 15, 7:35am -
  • 6 Reason to Love British Airways Avios
    British Airways, for whatever reason, isn’t as glorified as the other major points programs but it is awesome and completely niche. Some redemptions are terrible, most are okay, but there are so many amazing redemptions when using British Airways A…
    - 6 days ago 26 Jan 15, 9:01pm -
  • I Could Travel The World On Two Types Of Credit Cards
    Or I should say that there are two types of credit cards that I find especially lucrative and I find myself drawn to and using. This is a strategy that works for me (as someone who has been doing this for years) and that I think can work for anyone.…
    - 9 days ago 23 Jan 15, 4:10pm -
  • $0 Trip Series: Mistake Fare to Muscat, Oman
    Earlier I did a $0 trip all with miles and points to Latin America (Panama, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Guatemala). The concept was to spend zero dollars on flights and hotels. That trip was nearly free in every other way too as taxis and what not we…
    - 11 days ago 21 Jan 15, 12:57pm -
  • Big Contest/Giveaway!
    UPDATE: The contest ended and I am reaching out to the winners so they can pick their prizes. Congrats to David, Stephen, and Steven!   Carrie and I have been traveling since 2011. We’ve been able to live on a poverty level budget and we’ve d…
    - 12 days ago 20 Jan 15, 7:00pm -
  • The New Ways of Earning United Miles
    March 1st is around the corner and people are planning out their next status move, so it’s about time I wrote something on United’s new status system and the huge devaluation of earnings. The bad news is that United moved to a (mostly) revenue b…
    - 13 days ago 19 Jan 15, 9:34pm -
  • Is Charging Taxes on Award Nights Legal?
    Of course, this observation has nothing to do with any opinion regarding taxes… instead, I’m just super shocked how many hotels charge money after specifically stating in the award booking receipt I’d pay $0.00. To go from zero to any amount…
    - 13 days ago 19 Jan 15, 8:51am -
  • 6 Routes Even I’d Fly Business Class On
    For those who fly a lot, every flight in “premium cabin” is a forfeit of money in the future. You’ll have to pay to earn back those miles at some point, you’ll have to pay for a flight in the future, or you paid to get those miles. Now, peop…
    - 15 days ago 17 Jan 15, 7:40pm -
  • 10 Alternative Destinations That Are Less Traveled
    My goal is to the see the world, so I’m hardly recommending skipping any place. However, sometimes I need to get away from the crowds. Sometimes I’m more interested in culture or beauty and less interested in having the option of pizza and tour…
    - 19 days ago 14 Jan 15, 2:28am -

Frequent Flyer Bonuses

Million Mile Secrets

Nomadic Matt

  • Updates From the Book Tour!
    As the sun rises in Asheville, North Carolina, it is day 12 of my cross-country tour to promote my new book, How to Travel the World on $50 a Day. This is my seventh stop and I’m having an amazing time driving around the U.S., meeting other travele…
    - 3 days ago 29 Jan 15, 2:59pm -
  • Four Reasons This is the Year of the Budget Traveler
    When I started traveling in 2006, there were no large travel blogs as we know them, sharing economy websites, or apps, and there were few online booking sites for obscure destinations. I remember finding only one website about backpacking Europe and…
    - 10 days ago 22 Jan 15, 3:32pm -
  • Americans Aren’t the Only Ones Who Get Travel Deals
    This past Christmas, Etihad Airlines mistakenly published cheap airfare from the United States to India, Africa, and the Middle East that made its way across the web like wildfire. Fares were as low as $178 round-trip. It was an incredible Christmas…
    - 12 days ago 20 Jan 15, 3:18pm -
  • How to Save (and Not Save) Money in the Virgin Islands
    Budget travel is like a puzzle to me. I roam the world, trying to put the pieces together and I’ve been able to turn some of the most expensive destinations in the world into budget destinations – Iceland, Japan, Sweden, and even Norway. I’ve o…
    - 17 days ago 15 Jan 15, 2:00pm -
  • Ten Years Ago, I Quit My Job to Travel the World
    Ten years ago, I embarked on the trip that would change my life. It was 2004 and I was trying to convince a friend to visit the Galapagos Islands the following January. He wasn’t sold on the idea and suggested Thailand instead. Since I didn’t car…
    - 20 days ago 12 Jan 15, 4:50pm -
  • 10 Destinations to Visit When You’re a Budget Traveler
    The world is full of affordable destinations, and it doesn’t require much effort to find them. No matter what continent, there are always places you can visit on a budget – even countries we think of as expensive are quite budget-friendly if you…
    - 24 days ago 8 Jan 15, 2:01pm -
  • How You Can Travel the World Cheaper, Longer, and Smarter (Plus, get FREE stuff)
    When I first wrote How to Travel the World on $50 a Day, it was just a small PDF guide with some travel coupons you downloaded from this site. It was meant to be a one stop, easy-to-follow guide for planning your trip. When Penguin publishing approac…
    - 26 days ago 6 Jan 15, 1:33pm -
  • My 16 Favorite Things to Do in the Virgin Islands
    Two of the most-visited destinations in the Caribbean, the US and British Virgin Islands are what I expected them to be – white sand beaches, excellent diving and snorkeling, turquoise crystal clear water, scenic hiking, lots of boating opportuniti…
    - 34 days ago 29 Dec 14, 6:17pm -
  • Why Road Trips are a Good Idea for Family Travel
    On the third fourth Friday of every month, Cameron Wears from The Traveling Canucks is here to give us tips and advice on how to travel better with your kids. This is an often requested topic so I’m excited to have him on the team! Here is this mon…
    - 37 days ago 26 Dec 14, 3:00pm -
  • Why I Travel Alone
    “Joe, did you book your ticket yet?” I asked. “No. I changed my mind. I’m not going to go.” “What? You aren’t going to Australia? We’ve been planning this vacation for months!” “Yeah, I don’t feel like it. We’ll go some other…
    - 41 days ago 22 Dec 14, 3:04pm -

The Hustle Blog

  • 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…
    - 2 days ago 30 Jan 15, 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…
    - 39 days ago 24 Dec 14, 5:34pm -
  • Chase Freedom 2015 Bonus Categories Announced

    - 53 days ago 10 Dec 14, 12:00pm -
  • Register Now! American Express Small Business Saturday
    Registration for American Express Small Business Saturday is live! Register all your eligible American Express cards at this link as soon as you can. As I detailed in a previous post, this year’s Small Business Saturday, which occurs on November 29…
    - 76 days ago 17 Nov 14, 12:00pm -
  • Follow Up: Evolve Money + Discover Card
    This is a follow up to my post over the weekend about Evolve Money’s newest developments. It looks like all is well just like Evolve said! The payment has posted to my Discover account as a regular payment & I already see the Evolve payments postin…
    - 83 days ago 10 Nov 14, 4:32pm -
  • Evolve Money Now Takes Discover Cards
    I just received an email from Evolve Money about a new feature – they now accept Discover credit cards as payment sources! Previously, they only accepted debit cards or gift cards as payment sources to pay bills. This opens up a nice avenue to earn…
    - 86 days ago 7 Nov 14, 12:00pm -
  • New Next Generation NEXUS Kiosks Coming
    As a NEXUS member, I just received an email with some significant updates about the kiosk process when traveling by air between the United States & Canada. “Next Generation” kiosks are being installed to provide “faster, more reliable and more…
    - 3 Oct 14, 11:00am -
  • Chase Freedom 4th Quarter 2014 Bonus Categories are Live!
    It’s October 1st, the first day of Q4! Let’s get started earning those 7,500 Ultimate Rewards points. Don’t forget to activate your Chase Freedom cards to earn 5 points per dollar spent at the following bonus categories: Amazon.com Zappos.com S…
    - 1 Oct 14, 4:18pm -
  • Newark Airport Family Day 2014
    Finally, I can tell my nephew, who has been asking me about this since the beginning of summer, the great news. Newark Airport Family Day is back for 2014! We took my nephew the past 2 years and he absolutely loved it. Here are the details: October…
    - 30 Sep 14, 11:00am -
  • Small Business Saturday 2014
    Shop Small One of my favorite days of the year for free money is returning this year to kick off the holiday season. Small Business Saturday (Shop Small) will happen on November 29, 2014. Last year’s event was a bit of a downer due to the reduced s…
    - 29 Sep 14, 11:00am -

UPgRD

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

Johnny Jet

  • A personal tour guide—almost everywhere—for $9.99 or less!
    You’ve driven some very scenic highways, toured National Parks and historic sites. Imagine how much more enjoyable these experiences would be if you’d had a personal, expert tour guide in your car (without the need to share your guide with a busl…
    - 2 days ago 30 Jan 15, 9:18pm -
  • Reader Travel Tip of the Day: It’s Still Available!
    It’s Still Available! Each Friday, we’re featuring a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day—but this week’s reader tip is a little different. Today, I’m featuring a question from reader Shaggy Dog (yep), who asks: “Is the US Ai…
    - 2 days ago 30 Jan 15, 5:00pm -
  • Travel Style: Gabe Saglie
    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: Gabe Saglie Occupation: Senior Editor, Travelzoo Home…
    - 2 days ago 30 Jan 15, 2:00pm -
  • Travel Tip of the Day: Call Now, AmEx Platinum and Centurion Cardholders!
    Call Now, AmEx Platinum and Centurion Cardholders! If you’re like me and have The Platinum Card® from American Express (or the Centurion card), a Johnny Jet advertising partner, for one of its many benefits, including up to $200 worth of anci…
    - 3 days ago 29 Jan 15, 7:00pm -
  • Travel Style: John Scott
    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: John M. Scott III Occupation: President & Chief Exec…
    - 4 days ago 28 Jan 15, 9:59pm -
  • Travel Tip of the Day: Combine Your US Airways Dividend Miles Account with Your American AAdvantage Account
    Combine Your US Airways Dividend Miles Account with Your American AAdvantage Account If you have both an American Airlines AAdvantage account and a US Airways Dividend Miles account, now is the time to start combining them—as I lay out here. Since…
    - 4 days ago 28 Jan 15, 6:30pm -
  • Top 10 in Travel News: Week of January 28, 2015
    THE TOP 10 IN TRAVEL NEWS THIS WEEK: FAA warns of fire danger caused by e-cigarettes on planes SkyMall files for bankruptcy Virgin Australia dropping fuel surcharges for US flights Chicago’s O’Hare regains title of world’s busiest airport Orbit…
    - 4 days ago 28 Jan 15, 2:00pm -
  • Travel Contests: Week of January 28, 2015
    This week’s travel contests include: Win a $10,000 dream trip or a number of other prizes (must complete the Travel + Leisure 2015 World’s Best Awards Survey) Win two tickets to New Zealand from Air New Zealand Win a $100,000 getaway to Hawaii W…
    - 4 days ago 28 Jan 15, 1:00pm -

Doctor of Credit

  • newAn Interesting Way To Qualify For Citi Gold Checking
    There are a number of reasons as to why you might want a Citi Gold Checking account, one of the most obvious reasons is that Citi often offer higher bonuses on their credit cards to Citi Gold checking customers. For example you can get 60,000 ThankY…
    - 5 hours ago 1 Feb 15, 2:47pm -
  • newWho Is Offering The Highest Interest Rates For Deposit Accounts?
    You’ve mentioned several accounts that pay 1% APY or more. Can you suggest some? I have some serious cash that needs to park for a year or so (high 6 figures). Would welcome any suggestions how I could use it to maximize points, cash or miles. - SM…
    - 6 hours ago 1 Feb 15, 1:45pm -
  • newGift Card Arbitrage on Raise: Macy’s at 30% Off
    We’ve mentioned these before, but it’s never been this good. At the time of this writing there’s around 30 Macy’s e-gift cards of around $50 value each at 27% off. Add code SUPER3 for another 3% off (one time use). You’ll be getting Macy’…
    - 14 hours ago 1 Feb 15, 5:43am -
  • new$5 Off Cable Bill with Chime & More with Auto-Pay
    Thanks to Grant for letting us know about a new Chime offer of $5 off $25 for your cable bill from Comcast, Charter, Cox, DirecTV, Time Warner Cable, and Dish. The Comcast is going the fastest with only 20 left at the time of this writing. The other…
    - 16 hours ago 1 Feb 15, 4:29am -
  • new€20 ($22.5) Discount On Any Flight, Hotel Or Car Rental Booking
    The Offer Direct link to offer Receive a discount of €20 ($22.5USD) on any flight, hotel or car rental booking when you use the American Express travel portal in Germany and the promotional code “jetztamex”. The Fine Print Any excess must be p…
    - 18 hours ago 1 Feb 15, 1:52am -
  • newHow To Get The Chase IHG 80,000 Point + $50 Statement Credit Offer
    For awhile there has been a link floating around for a 80,000 point + $50 statement credit offer on the Chase IHG card. The problem is that the offer displays fine, but when you click apply it redirects you to an inferior 60,000 point + $50 statement…
    - 21 hours ago 31 Jan 15, 10:40pm -
  • Updates on Those Barclay $25 Paperless Credits
    We reported on the $25 bonus Barclay was offering for going paperless on the US Airways card. In the past few days there have been numerous reports of the credits posting. Shows up as PROMO STATEMENT CRT. A couple of interesting things arose on this…
    - 2 days ago 30 Jan 15, 7:03pm -
  • [Possible] New Travel Reward Card Coming to Discover, and Guess How Much Discover Reward Changes Cost Them
    I found a very interesting article about Discover on pymnts.com. There were lots of interesting tidbits there, here are two of them. Discover Travel Card? Discover  CEO David Nelms is quoted as mentioning that a new non-cashback Discover card is com…
    - 2 days ago 30 Jan 15, 6:22pm -
  • Update on BigCrumbs Breach
    Our friend over at BigHabitat reported a couple days ago that shopping portal BigCrumbs is down and “currently offline”. He offers different possibilities of what could have happened. The Big Crumbs site updated their message yesterday to include…
    - 2 days ago 30 Jan 15, 4:38pm -
  • $10 Bonus for NEW Bluebird or Serve Members with Tax Refund Deposit [Publicly Available]
    [We originally posted this offer on January 18 for Bluebird accounts only. Thanks to Maximizing Money for letting us know that the same offer is available for new Serve accounts as well. We’ve updated the post with this info.] The Offer Direct Link…
    - 3 days ago 30 Jan 15, 2:13am -

Hustler Money Blog

  • newBank of the West $150 Checking Account Bonus
    Bank of the West has a $150 checking account bonus available to new customers that reside in many Western states good until 3/6/2015. There is a $300 Premier checking bonus, but keeping the account fee-free is much more difficult. Instead, I recommen…
    - 22 hours ago 31 Jan 15, 9:41pm -
  • Chime Card Cash Back Review: Free $10 Referral Bonus
    Last day for this $10 bonus! Chime Card is now offering $10 sign-up bonus when you make a $50 deposit good until 1/31/2015. It is a prepaid/reloadable Visa debit card that’s very similar to Amex Serve. With a Chime card, you get shopping deals for…
    - 2 days ago 31 Jan 15, 4:26am -
  • Bank of America Visa Checkout $10 Bonus
    Bank of America/Visa Checkout is offering a $10 Prepaid Reward Visa Card when you sign up with a Bank of America Visa debit or credit card by 2/27/2015. There is no need to buy anything to get the $10 bonus but simply sign up for a Visa Checkout acco…
    - 2 days ago 31 Jan 15, 4:13am -
  • Chase Bank $5 Statement Credit for Paperless Statements
    Those with a Chase bank account, sign up now for paperless statements and receive a $5 statement credit valid until March 31, 2015. Your $5 bonus will be deposited within 6 weeks of enrolling for paperless statements. There is a limit of one paperles…
    - 2 days ago 31 Jan 15, 3:21am -
  • TD Bank Review: Free Fitbit FLEX
    Visit your local TD Bank and get a free Fitbit FLEX for opening a checking and savings account good through March 7, 2015. In order to get the free Fitbit FLEX, you must open a TD Bank checking and savings account with a debit card and enroll in onli…
    - 2 days ago 31 Jan 15, 12:12am -
  • The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN Review
    While American Express is an advertising partner of HustlerMoneyBlog, the opinions and beliefs in this article are the author’s alone and have not been reviewed, approved, or otherwise endorsed by the issuer. Get the The Business Platinum Card® fr…
    - 2 days ago 30 Jan 15, 4:42pm -
  • Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card Review
    Earn 50,000 Points after spending $1,000 in your first 3 months from account opening with the Chase Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card. Receive 1 Free Night Stay after account approval in category 1-4 locations, that’s up to 7 Free Nights! Marr…
    - 2 days ago 30 Jan 15, 9:03am -
  • American Express Serve Review: $10 Statement Credit
    American Express Serve is offering a $10 statement credit when you direct deposit your federal tax refund into your new account by May 31, 2015. Open a new a serve account and file your 2014 tax return by April 15, 2015, then set up to receive your r…
    - 2 days ago 30 Jan 15, 8:59am -
  • FREE $25 Visa Card with Kia Test Drive
    Test-drive any new Kia by March 31, 2015, and receive a $25 Kia Visa Prepaid Card for the first 10,000 people. Simply enter your information, then select “Print Now” to receive a certificate to submit to your Kia Salesperson. FREE $25 Visa Card w…
    - 2 days ago 30 Jan 15, 8:55am -
  • North Community Bank Review: $300 Bonus Promotion
    For residents of Illinois & Indiana, North Community Bank is offering a $100 checking account bonus with direct deposit and $200 savings bonus when you deposit $5,000 good until June 30, 2015. You must open Personal Checking Account with minimum depo…
    - 2 days ago 30 Jan 15, 8:54am -

Hack My Trip

  • Earning More Miles while Shopping with MileagePlus X
    In late January, United Airlines began testing a new mobile app called MileagePlus X that is now available to the public. It’s a shopping tool that helps you earn more miles on everyday purchases, and it’s fairly simple to operate. Register your…
    - 1 day ago 31 Jan 15, 2:25pm -
  • Is Award Travel Tax Deductible?
    Some small business owners wonder if they can claim a tax deduction when they use frequent flyer miles to book a trip. This is the flip side of a question I addressed yesterday, whether the miles and points you earn need be reported as taxable income…
    - 1 day ago 31 Jan 15, 12:05pm -
  • Why Is Citi Sending Surveys that Ask about Taxing Miles?
    Tax time is upon us, and sometimes people get concerned about the taxable value of their frequent flyer miles and hotel points. Between my wife and I, we have about 3 million points across various accounts. This could be worth between $30,000 and $30…
    - 2 days ago 30 Jan 15, 12:05pm -
  • Plans for Expanding SeaTac Leave Me Scratching My Head
    I’m not an airport manager, architect, or anyone qualified to determine the best way to build an airport. But some of the plans for expanding Seattle’s airport strike me as especially odd. The problem is the port authority believes passenger tra…
    - 3 days ago 29 Jan 15, 4:10pm -
  • TravelCon OC Schedule & Updates!
    TravelCon OC is about a month away from now! Tickets are still available for purchase and we’ve been able to set the schedule for the event on February 28th, 2015. As a recap, TravelCon OC is being held at the Embassy Suites Anaheim-South from 9AM-…
    - 3 days ago 29 Jan 15, 2:15pm -

Maximizing Money

  • Top Bonus Roundup on Maximizing Money: Updated January 31, 2015
    Check out this review of the best recent promotions on Maximizing Money, updated on January 31, 2015.1. American Express FlexPerks Credit Cards - U.S. Bank has introduced 2 new FlexPerks American Express cards that offer up to a $200 bonus statement…
    - 2 days ago 30 Jan 15, 11:30pm -
  • TD Bank Offers Free Fitbit FLEX to New Customers
    TD Bank is giving new customers a free Fitbit FLEX when you open a checking and savings account by March 7, 2015, or while supplies last at your local TD Bank.You might also want to consider the TD First Class Visa $250 Bonus or the TD Easy Rewards…
    - 2 days ago 30 Jan 15, 10:47pm -
  • Chime Prepaid Card $10 Sign-Up Bonus, Referral Bonuses and Shopping Rewards
    The Chime Visa Prepaid Card has updated their referral program to provide new card members with a $10 sign-up bonus when you join via a current member's referral, plus current members will earn a $10 referral bonus for each new member that you refer,…
    - 2 days ago 30 Jan 15, 9:58pm -
  • GoBank Checking Account $10 Credit with $500 Deposit
    GoBank will give you a $10 bonus credit when you register for a GoBank Checking Account and deposit $500 or more this tax season, available nationwide at participating Walmart stores.The post GoBank Checking Account $10 Credit with $500 Deposit appe…
    - 2 days ago 30 Jan 15, 9:55pm -
  • Mango Prepaid MasterCard $20 Bonus and $10 Referrals with 6% APY Savings
    The Mango Prepaid MasterCard offers a $20 bonus with a direct deposit, $10 for referrals, and a 6% APY on balances of up to $5,000 with a free Savings account.The post Mango Prepaid MasterCard $20 Bonus and $10 Referrals with 6% APY Savings appeared…
    - 2 days ago 30 Jan 15, 9:16pm -
  • Brink’s Prepaid MasterCard $20 Sign-Up Bonus and $20 Referrals
    The Brink's Prepaid MasterCard offers new members a $20 bonus when you load at least $40, and current members earn a $20 bonus as well through the Brink's referral program.Plus, members who qualify for a Preferred account by having a direct deposit…
    - 2 days ago 30 Jan 15, 8:18pm -
  • Campus USA Credit Union $25 Checking Referral Bonus in Florida
    The Campus USA Credit Union in Florida offers both new and current members a $25 bonus via their referral program when the referee opens a new Campus Checking Account with a direct deposit.CAMPUS USA Credit Union membership is available if you live,…
    - 2 days ago 30 Jan 15, 7:26pm -
  • Conscious Box Offers Free Healthy Snack Box and $5 Referrals
    Conscious Box lets you sample the best natural, non-GMO products every month, and you can get your first box for free when you pay $6.95 for shipping.You can order your First Conscious Box Free when you sign up via this referral link, but you'll hav…
    - 2 days ago 30 Jan 15, 7:24pm -
  • Interra Credit Union $10 eStatements Bonus in Indiana
    Interra Credit Union in Indiana is offering a $10 bonus when you sign up for free Interra eStatements.The post Interra Credit Union $10 eStatements Bonus in Indiana appeared first on Maximizing Money.
    - 3 days ago 30 Jan 15, 12:49am -
  • North Community Bank $100 Checking and $200 Savings Bonuses in Chicago Area
    North Community Bank in the Chicago area is offering a $100 checking account bonus and a $200 savings account bonus through June 30, 2015.This North Community Bank promotion is available at all of their sister branches, including Metrobank, Archer B…
    - 3 days ago 30 Jan 15, 12:46am -

Boarding Area

Frequent Flyer Miles 101

  • Big Spender, Part II: One good and one horrid credit card
    The usual rules apply: I may receive a commission if you are approved for a card through my link.  Thank you in advance! Here’s part 2 of the best cards for big spenders and heavy travelers.  One of the cards, I really like and will be applying f…
    - 3 days ago 30 Jan 15, 1:32am -
  • British Airways ups reward levels, but the best deals are still good (and why you should care)
    Last year, I talked about the British Airways frequent flyer program and why it matter even if you don’t live in the UK.  The short version is: BA determines the amount of miles (or “avios,” as BA calls them) you need for a flight by the dista…
    - 4 days ago 29 Jan 15, 1:52am -
  • Hey big spender, what’s in your wallet? Part I, American Express Platinum
    I’ve recently gotten two questions regarding credit cards and decided to make them into one topic.  The questions were about the best card for big spenders/heavy travelers and the second was about credit cards that offer lounge access.  Note that…
    - 5 days ago 27 Jan 15, 9:01pm -
  • Double miles at Intercontinental, extra SPG Platinum bonuses and Valentine’s Day flowers…
    For those who prefer to earn miles instead of hotel points, you can get double miles at Intercontinental (and other ICH hotels) through April 30.  Generally, you won’t get nearly as much value from a hotel when you take miles instead of their in-h…
    - 5 days ago 27 Jan 15, 5:04pm -
  • JetBlue extends schedule, winter storm Juno
    JetBlue extended its schedule until October 24, meaning that you can book flights through those dates.  Most of the major airlines have schedules that go out 330 days, but a lot of the low-cost/non-network carriers have shorter periods.  Not bookin…
    - 7 days ago 26 Jan 15, 2:40am -
  • Intercontinental ups card bonus to 70,000 points
    (Note: I do not receive any compensation for this card.  Just part of the service ’round these here parts.) Intercontinental’s Priority Club is not my favorite program.  The owner of the ICH brand, as well as Holiday Inn and a few others, is no…
    - 9 days ago 24 Jan 15, 12:55am -
  • Specials on Virgin and travel hints in the media
    By the way, my apologies to those of you who typed in a risqué Google search and ended up here.  I’m talking about Virgin the airlines. Because of ownership restrictions, Virgin America and Virgin Atlantic have only loose ties, but both carry Ric…
    - 10 days ago 23 Jan 15, 12:27am -
  • It’s sale season, and the low-cost carriers are producing
    We’re into the quieter season of travel.  With the exception of February break, the first few months of the year are relatively quiet for the airlines, with fewer business travelers, so the sales come out.  Keep in mind, however, that if you are…
    - 12 days ago 20 Jan 15, 11:34pm -
  • Keep an eye on your airfare, even if your fare is non-refundable
    Back in “the good old days,” which weren’t actually so good from a pricing point of view, it was easy to change a ticket.  Simply call the airline and it would be taken care of.  Price drop on a ticket you bought?  Just call the airline (wit…
    - 13 days ago 20 Jan 15, 1:22am -
  • United matches American on premium ticket bonus
    United has announced that it is giving bonus miles for passengers flying in premium cabins between now and February 28.  Conveniently, its new dollar-based system for earning miles starts on March 1, so you have only six weeks to take advantage of t…
    - 15 days ago 18 Jan 15, 12:10am -

Mr. Free Miles

  • newTravel to Buenos Aires, Argentina Using Miles
    Buenos Aires has long been on my list of must-sees. The reasons are endless, but ultimately boil down to one: out of all the places on earth, B.A. is the most frequent answer when I question fellow travelers of their favorite destination. After fi…
    - 24 hours ago 31 Jan 15, 8:20pm -
  • How to plan an around-the-world trip using miles
    As many of my readers know, this month was a special one for me as I began my first around-the-world adventure – the holy grail of frequent flyers. Today I write to you from the Park Hyatt Buenos Aires, an elegant paradise of a hotel to be revie…
    - 5 days ago 28 Jan 15, 12:57am -
  • CreditCards.com and how to receive the best bonus offers with Card Match
    For anyone that has applied to a credit card, the inevitable trickle of doubt has been felt. What if I don’t get approved? Should I apply for an “easier” card? Should I apply at all? All valid questions that I personally ask even today, 30+…
    - 39 days ago 24 Dec 14, 5:00pm -
  • The top 5 mistakes to avoid when applying for a new credit card
    The moment you began reading this website you had set yourself up for an inevitable moment – you will, at some point, be declined for a credit card. As I’ve repeatedly said, being declined for cards does not mean your credit score will drop no…
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  • Wells Fargo Propel World American Express Credit Card Review: 40,000 Points Available
    The Propel World credit card does not get as much attention as it’s rewards counterparts. But the Wells Fargo option offers considerable value, especially as one of the only options from the bank. Here are the details: * 40,000 Propel points…
    - 3 Oct 14, 3:17am -
  • How to do The Amazing Race route using frequent flyer miles
    Last night's episode wrapped up the twenty-fourth installment of The Amazing Race television series – quite possibly the most brilliant reality show ever made and my personal favorite. This season was the All-Stars version, meaning there was a c…
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  • Barclays US Airways World MasterCard: 40,000 miles now available
    The Barclays US Airways Premier World MasterCard is an interesting value proposition for frequent flyers of American Airlines, especially considering that the newly merged airline announced that their mileage programs would merge sometime in 2015.…
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  • Barclays Arrival Plus credit card review: 40,000 miles now available
    Today we dive into one of the best travel cards out there: the Barclays Arrival Plus credit card. The Arrival Plus currently offers 40,000 bonus “miles” – not miles in the traditional sense – that can be used on a wide variety of purchase…
    - 3 Sep 14, 11:54pm -
  • Travel to Machu Picchu, Peru using frequent flyer miles
    The last several weeks have been a whirlwind for your humbled author, as I made the five-day, 65-kilometer Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu and lived to tell the tale. The tale lasted two weeks in total and included Cuzco, Lima and the lost city of…
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  • [Expired] American Express Delta Platinum credit card review: 50,000 miles now available
    American Express has another great offer for frequent flyers of Delta, this time with the Delta Platinum credit card. Earn 50,000 Delta miles by spending just $1,000 in the first three months and, unlike the Gold offer, also earn 15,000 MQMs to he…
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milepoint (Forums)

  • newTeh Penalty Box
    I think it's time for a new Box thread that works. So, here goes.
    - 28 mins ago 1 Feb 15, 7:35pm -
  • 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…
    - 49 mins ago 1 Feb 15, 7:14pm -
  • newAre Hyatt gift cards always this difficult to use?
    Keep running into issues trying to redeem gift cards/e-gift cards at check out.Last week at a Dulles area property the front desk clerk told me her computer did not have a gift card option and only displayed "Gift Certificate" as an option. She made…
    - 1 hour ago 1 Feb 15, 6:57pm -
  • newAnyone rerouting around winter weather this weekend?
    I noticed the AA winter weather waiver for ORD on Friday night, so called in and changed my Sunday DCA-ORD-SFO to DCA-DFW-SFO. Good thing I did as the ORD-SFO segment was cancelled today. Think my timing was pretty good as both my DFW-SFO and the on…
    - 1 hour ago 1 Feb 15, 6:35pm -
  • newUS Airways Flights Not Showing?
    Had a quick question on BA, not sure if there's a problem with their system, but it looks like a lot of US Airways flights aren't showing up right now when trying to book with Avios? I was looking 2 days ago at PHL-PHX on several different dates no m…
    - 2 hours ago 1 Feb 15, 6:31pm -
  • newDid AA increase SFO-LAX service?
    I see we're up to 9 flights a day, three of which are Canadair 900s. Did these all come over from the US side? Can't recall having regional jet service on that route and saw one aircraft at an adjoining gate with US colors as I flew out of T2 on Frid…
    - 2 hours ago 1 Feb 15, 6:29pm -
  • newBangkok Hotels
    This thread is dedicated to non chain or luxury hotels in Bangkok, such as the Oriental, Shangri La, the Peninsula, the Sukkothai, etc. We start with a recent article by Hotel Chatter website: Inside a Room at The Peninsula Hotel BangkokThere is als…
    - 2 hours ago 1 Feb 15, 5:34pm -
  • newSell Cvv Good Dumps Track 1/2 Bank Login WU Transfer Spam Tools Online
    <><><><><> Hello to all buyer <><><><><> We can make money online - why not? I'm hacker and seller reliable Come with us and enjoy the best products to make money Always Sell Cvv hight quality, fresh and valid 99% (Us,Uk,Ca,Au,Eu...) We have s…
    - 4 hours ago 1 Feb 15, 3:41pm -
  • newHello!
    I am new to this forum and I wish to learn more on fd. I love travelling and i hope you will help me to increase my knowledge.Thanks!
    - 5 hours ago 1 Feb 15, 3:28pm -
  • newgiving away GPU and RPU expiring tomorrow 1/31/15
    Unable to use GPU and RPU expiring tomorrow 1/31/15.Giving away. Hate to see them not being used!If you can use it, send me a PM.
    - 5 hours ago 1 Feb 15, 3:24pm -

Flyertalk MilesBuzz

  • new"Retrieve payment problem"
    I booked Etihad through AA. It has been ticketed. When I look at the itinerary on etihad.com I get the following warning: Image: https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-Pjx0zPBkL6Y/VM5622GsVFI/AAAAAAAABkE/_2LAXOeJGYA/s1152/Untitled.png I also...
    - 38 mins ago 1 Feb 15, 7:25pm -
  • new8-hour Layover in Doha
    Hey everyone, I'm flying QR from Warsaw to Bangkok this summer and was wondering what you all though about my plan for the stopover (and if it's feasible). First of all, I have dual Polish and American citizenship. From what I understand, with.…
    - 40 mins ago 1 Feb 15, 7:23pm -
  • new767 cot seats?
    Would anyone know if the SH 767s have cot seats in CE...Im presuming if they did it would be 2ab and 2jk. And a follow on question to this if no! Then could anyone recommend a suitable car seat that can be connected to a seat on the plane or is..…
    - 45 mins ago 1 Feb 15, 7:18pm -
  • newEC Changes: Extra bookings before cutoff?
    The changes to the Executive Club are starting to sink in. One of the points was this: ---Quote--- These changes will apply only to bookings made on or after 28 April. You will continue to collect and spend Avios and Tier Points at today’s…
    - 50 mins ago 1 Feb 15, 7:13pm -
  • newTop 10 subtle hints your flight will be delayed
    I'll start: --Cabin crew is instructed to serve food and drink while still on the tarmac --Both pilots walk off the plane right as boarding commences --3 syllables: DE ICE ING
    - 54 mins ago 1 Feb 15, 7:09pm -
  • newHelp, need preferred phone number
    I'm Exec Plat on AA but flying US today. Flight cancelled but main reservation number gets me a busy signal (!). Can anyone message me the preferred number to get to an agent? Please, please. Thanks in advance
    - 1 hour ago 1 Feb 15, 6:58pm -
  • newAeroplan downgrade - no notification
    Ugh AP business reward next week booked in September with several United legs. One leg ord-yyz rebooked an hour earlier and downgraded to economy with no notification. Of course I expected such treachery so was checking periodically. When I called...
    - 1 hour ago 1 Feb 15, 6:45pm -
  • newLounge Access Wording
    So, as a guy who earns status the hard way I kinda feel like I'm mooching lounge access, so I try to know all the rules and never get turned away. That said I just noticed something interesting. Wondering if someone can explain it. I live in..…
    - 1 hour ago 1 Feb 15, 6:42pm -
  • newParlor car on Coast Starlight "removed for maintenance " until March
    According to the conductor. 😔
    - 1 hour ago 1 Feb 15, 6:38pm -
  • newMSP Airport locations & Park, Stay, n Fly
    Does anyone out there who uses MSP frequently, know if any of the Marriott branded hotels within 5 miles or so of MSP allow a Park, Stay, n Fly arrangement coupled with the night prior to departure being booked on points? Don't care if it is a...
    - 1 hour ago 1 Feb 15, 6:38pm -

Reddit r/churning

  • newOld Visa Gift Cards
    I ended up with 2 meta bank $500 VGCs that seem to be from 2010 and there is nothing in the paperwork about a PIN. I went to the go wallet site and was able to set a pin successfully. Does anyone know if I will be able to load to serve at Wal Mart?…
    - 2 hours ago 1 Feb 15, 5:40pm -
  • newStuck with $800 in Visa Gift Cards - What's the latest liquidation plan? Is there an ongoing thread for this info (couldn't find it)?
    Walmart Money Center is now rejecting my Visa gift cards for money orders and bill pay services. They will only run them as debit. Is there a way to liquidate at Walmart still or will I actually have to make purchases with gift cards that don't earn…
    - 2 hours ago 1 Feb 15, 5:38pm -
  • new1,750 RR points for $29.99 purchase on 1800 Flowers is back
    the 1,750 Rapid Rewards bonus points promo with 1800 Flowers is back. Make any purchase of $29.99 or more and use promo code RR36 during checkout. Offer expires 2/14/15. More info at the link below. https://creditcards.chase.com/southwest/my-account…
    - 3 hours ago 1 Feb 15, 5:30pm -
  • newCan I still get the bonus offer points if I transfer the remaining balance to another card?
    Do balance transfers from a card you already met a spend on to another card with a 0% transfer APR nullify a point bonus? submitted by ajumbaje [link] [2 comments]
    - 3 hours ago 1 Feb 15, 5:10pm -
  • newBest card for travel (tolls) purchases?
    Has anyone seen a card that has general travel as a bonus category apart from the Chase Sapphire Preferred? I saw a article on TPG - lists the Chase Sapphire Preferred and then Barclay Arrival under the general travel categories, both which give 2x.…
    - 3 hours ago 1 Feb 15, 4:34pm -
  • newAmEx Serve Payee Issue?
    I've tried making a payment (in the name of my landlord) to my address. For some reason, it doesn't ever go through. Calling AmEx, they say the payment is being processed, but checks never arrive. I create a Payee (with no account number) to have a c…
    - 5 hours ago 1 Feb 15, 3:03pm -
  • newBarclays Arrival Plus Churning
    Apologies if this has been previously posted. For those into the churning game who wish to cancel and reapply every 6+ months, it seems like there's optimally there's going to be a balance of 250 points (assuming you've redeemed it for $25 previously…
    - 6 hours ago 1 Feb 15, 2:15pm -
  • newNewbie wanting to open Freedom and CSP day?
    I'm in college and am new to this sub. Been doing a lot of reading and interested in chase cards. I have a ~730 score, but I think much of it is thanks to a joint account I've been on under a guardian. I have had a local union card for 2 years that I…
    - 13 hours ago 1 Feb 15, 7:26am -
  • newBest No-Fee AMEX card?
    I'm looking to get a no-fee AMEX. I'd like to use the card for Amex Offers that pop up or promotional pre-sales for concerts. I won't use the card on a daily basis at all. I'd be willing to use it for a month to hit a spending requirement for a bonus…
    - 14 hours ago 1 Feb 15, 6:27am -
  • newWhat's your ink plus (or cash) 5x spend rate? 1x rate?
    SO and I are considering ink plus cards for the 5x office store bonus. We would use those cards to get 5x spend in other places, not strict MS like billpay/MO/Prepaid debit. B I'm reading about closed accounts on flyertalk. Many of them are not relat…
    - 14 hours ago 1 Feb 15, 5:55am -