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The Points Guy

  • newUnder-The-Radar African Safari: Zambia
    First-time visitors to Africa tend to gravitate toward well-known destinations like South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania, but in this new travel series, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen sheds light on five of southern Africa’s other great safari dest…
    - 7 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 8:59pm -
  • newDeal Alert: Cheap Flights from West Coast to Asia from ~$600
    Our friends at Stealth Trips tipped us off to this great deal for those looking to head to Asia later this year: there appear to be tons of different flight options on sale starting at just over $600 round-trip from the U.S. Sale destinations includ…
    - 9 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 7:21pm -
  • newGiving Tuesday: Washington to Washington
    My new monthly series, Giving Tuesday, highlights travel-focused charities around the world. This month’s installment is from Davy Rothbart—writer of My Heart is an Idiot and brother of TPG Points & Miles Editor Peter Rothbart—who’s create…
    - 10 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 6:09pm -
  • newNew Wyndham Rewards Program is a Rare “Revaluation”
    Amidst an onslaught of recent program devaluations, there’s at long last some good news on the loyalty landscape horizon. On May 11, 2015, Wyndham Rewards will launch what I’d describe as a “revaluation,” a newly revised loyalty program t…
    - 12 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 4:00pm -
  • newIHG Rewards Card 70,000 Points Offer Extended
    Chase has been offering a sign-up bonus of 70,000 points for the IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card after you spend $1,000 in the first three months. While there have been targeted offers for 80,000 points from time to time, 70,000 points is the…
    - 13 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 3:02pm -
  • newTravel Rewards Credit Card Combinations to Explore Europe
    When talking about award travel, it’s easy to focus on earning points and miles, and lose sight of the actual traveling. Today, however, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr offers a detailed analysis of how you can use your travel rewards to explore Eu…
    - 14 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 1:59pm -
  • newTravel Rewards March Madness Final Four: Cast Your Votes
    Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen indulges our love for crowning a champion, as he continues with the semifinals of the TPG Travel Rewards 2015 Tournament. Earlier in the month, we announced the TPG Travel Rewards 2015 to…
    - 16 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 12:08pm -
  • Emirates Adds New U.S. Flights Amid Subsidy Concerns
    Earlier this week Emirates announced that it will be adding a second daily flight to Seattle, while also adding Orlando as its tenth American destination. The rapidly expanding Middle Eastern carrier has recently been scrutinized by American carrier…
    - 1 day ago Mar 30, 2015, 8:57pm -
  • Delta and Virgin Atlantic Announce New Summer Schedule
    Delta and Virgin Atlantic announced their new summer flying schedule, which calls for up to 39 daily transatlantic flights between the United Stated and the United Kingdom between the two carriers. A few years ago, the two airlines launched a partne…
    - 1 day ago Mar 30, 2015, 8:31pm -
  • Earn 5,000 Bonus Club Carlson Points with App Booking
    Club Carlson just sent out an email to elite members with the opportunity to earn 5,000 bonus points after making one booking using either their iPhone App or Android App by April 5, 2015, for a stay completed by the end of April. I’m currently a…
    - 1 day ago Mar 30, 2015, 7:59pm -

Frugal Travel Guy

  • newSeparating Credit Card Myth From Fact
    There are so many myths out there about credit cards that it is natural for the subject to be a confusing one. If you are a novice on the topic (and perhaps even if you are not) it is extremely important to be able to separate myths from facts to mak…
    - 4 hours ago Apr 1, 2015, 12:00am -
  • newTen Movies That Have Inspired Me to Travel
    The beautiful scenery, the zany adventures – movies make me want to travel! Here’s a list, in no particular order, of the movies that inspire me to get out and see the world. 1. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade You can probably include all the…
    - 5 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 11:00pm -
  • newCan I Do Better Through Orbitz Rewards?
    This may come as a surprise to some, but not every frugal traveler is loyal to just one travel brand. In fact, many travelers hold a number of different allegiances across multiple programs, all for different reasons. From award availability to free…
    - 6 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 10:00pm -
  • newHow to See Alaska For Free
    As the credit card rewards enthusiast of the family, I get a lot of questions about random travel itineraries all over the United States and abroad. In some cases, my family members and friends just want to get away for a weekend in a hotel room some…
    - 8 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 8:00pm -
  • newChase Extends the IHG Limited-Time Offer!
    It happens occasionally, and I wish I knew why a bank will extend a limited-time offer. Chase just did so with the IHG 70K sign-up bonus offer. At times, these sort of extensions make bloggers look like we don’t have the most current info, but in f…
    - 11 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 5:30pm -
  • newHow to Transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards to a Single Account
    Flexible rewards points are the foundation of a smart frugal travel plan. The ideal currency offers the ability to redeem points across multiple loyalty programs and also at a cash value. Pay the cash price or pay the points price — you pick which…
    - 20 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 8:00am -
  • Don’t Buy Retailer’s Extended Warranties — Use This Trick Instead

    - 1 day ago Mar 30, 2015, 11:00pm -
  • Nine (Free!) Travel Podcast Resources for Your Next Trip
    Lately, I’ve been listening to podcasts. My increased interest started a few months ago with a documentary podcast narrated by musician Iggy Pop on the life of writer William S. Burroughs. I was inspired to find the podcast while watching a Parts U…
    - 1 day ago Mar 30, 2015, 8:00pm -
  • Rick’s Picks: Second Time Around for Two Cards
    As reported earlier, Katy and I have just finished our recent card applications which included the same cards a second time around. Chase’s new rules indicate that you cannot receive a second bonus for the same card unless it has been a full two ye…
    - 2 days ago Mar 30, 2015, 8:00am -
  • Reader Success Story: Two Weeks in Disney World for 13 People!
    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…
    - 3 days ago Mar 29, 2015, 8:00am -

One Mile at a Time

  • newDelta & Aeromexico File For Joint Venture
    While the impact won't be immediate for customers, Delta and Aeromexico have filed an application with the US Department of Transportation requesting antitrust immunity for a new joint venture on flights between the US and Mexico. Via the Delta press…
    - 3 hours ago Apr 1, 2015, 1:03am -
  • newUp To 60% Bonus On Purchased American AAdvantage Miles
    Only days after the AAdvantage & Dividend Miles programs merged, American is back with a great bonus on buying miles. Through April 30, 2015, American AAdvantage is offering up to 60,000 AAdvantage bonus miles when you buy miles. The size of your mil…
    - 6 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 9:49pm -
  • newAir France FlyingBlue June/July Promo Awards — Up To 50% Off
    One of the best uses of Air France/KLM FlyingBlue miles is booking their Promo Awards. FlyingBlue publishes these every month, and they offer 25-50% off select award tickets on Air France and KLM metal. Back in the day Promo Awards would consistently…
    - 7 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 9:03pm -
  • newDISGUSTING: NYPD Officer Loses It On Uber Driver
    There's a cringe-worthy video making the rounds of an undercover NYPD officer verbally assaulting an UberX driver in New York City (this video contains strong language, so is not suitable for work). The video was taken and uploaded by the passenger -…
    - 9 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 7:33pm -
  • newAre Thailand’s Airlines Unsafe?
    The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) recently completed an audit of Thailand's Civil Aviation Authority, during which they found some troubling policies. Via Reuters: "One aviation source with knowledge of the matter told Reuters that…
    - 10 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 6:33pm -
  • newApparently You Can Earn Bonus Miles For Dining — Who Knew?!
    I'll be the first to admit I'm not as "hardcore" in this hobby as I used to be. That's partly because I have more going on in my life now than when I was 16. Back in the day I would go out of my way to earn bonus miles for virtually every purchase. $…
    - 11 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 5:33pm -
  • newIHG Rewards Club Credit Card 70K Sign-Up Bonus Extended Through May 31, 2015
    In early March I wrote about the 70,000 point sign-up bonus on the IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card, which was only supposed to be available through March 31, 2015. Well, it's worth noting that this sign-up bonus has now been extended through Ma…
    - 13 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 3:33pm -
  • newTransfer Points To Aeroplan And Earn Up To A 25% Bonus
    Through April 27, 2015, Air Canada’s Aeroplan frequent flyer program is offering up to a 25% bonus when converting points from many of their partners to Aeroplan. They seem to run this exact promotion a couple of times per year. The bonus is tiered…
    - 14 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 2:33pm -
  • newCan Your Travel Companions Visit You In First Class?
    In the past week I've had no fewer than a dozen readers ask me a question which ultimately boils down to: "I'm flying in first class, and my friend/family is flying in business/economy class. Is it okay if they come visit me?" Generally speaking, the…
    - 15 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 1:33pm -
  • newReview: Cathay Pacific Business Class A330 Hong Kong To Jakarta
    My flight was departing from Hong Kong at 4:05PM, so I got to the airport at 2:45PM. I was already issued my boarding pass in Chicago a couple of days prior, so proceeded directly to immigration and security, which took about 15 minutes. I briefly st…
    - 17 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 11:33am -

View From the Wing

  • new50 Million Bonus Points, Discounted Hawaii Awards, and My Heart Stopped for a Moment.
    News and notes from around the interweb: Discounted United awards to Hawaii Bonus for points transfers into Aeroplan. Unfortunately Membership Rewards transfers aren’t eligible. Starwood transfers are, though — 80,000 Starpoints would yield 125,0…
    - 4 hours ago Apr 1, 2015, 12:34am -
  • newWyndham New Program Starts May 11: Drops Price of Award Nights By As Much As 70%
    It seems like hotel programs have been incentivizing booking low end hotels — keeping those cheap, making the points cost even cheaper than before — while pricing top end awards astronomically. We’ve seen massive ‘category creep’ at Marriot…
    - 6 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 10:34pm -
  • newNew Safety Concerns: Should You Fly Thailand’s Airlines?
    The International Civil Aviation Organization has “significant safety concerns” about Thailand’s aviation regulator‘s standards (not about Thailand’s airlines). ICAO, a UN agency, informed governments around the world about its designation…
    - 8 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 8:04pm -
  • newNew York Police Officer Unleashes Rant on Uber Driver
    There’s a video going around of an incident yesterday in New York where a police officer unleashes a rant on an Uber driver (“How long have you been in this country? … The only reason you’re not in handcuffs and going to jail .. is because I…
    - 11 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 5:34pm -
  • new70,000 Point IHG Rewards Club Visa Offer Extended Through May 31: Time to Jump on It?
    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. American Express, Citibank, Chase, and other banks are advertising partners of this site. I do not write about all credit car…
    - 13 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 3:34pm -
  • newWere British Airways Accounts Hacked… Again?!
    British Airways reported that about a million of their accounts were hacked and they locked down those accounts. Mine was among them, and I had to reset my password to regain access to my account. Once back in, I learned that they had temporarily rem…
    - 14 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 1:41pm -
  • newPark Hyatt New York Finally Making Reward Night Reservations Consistently Available
    The Park Hyatt New York was one of the most anticipated hotel openings last year. A new luxury property in New York, you can expect to pay a minimum in the high $600s per night on prepaid rates when the hotel expects to be relatively empty. It’s a…
    - 16 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 12:11pm -
  • How to Use Status From One Airline While Crediting Miles to Another (and Why You’d Want To)
    Reader Joe asked, I am US Chairman, and I have a trip to Alaska this fall (EWR-SEA-ANC). I would like to somehow get into First. I’m thinking I could do an Elite Match with AS to qualify for an upgrade. But I need the AA EQM’s to re-qualify for t…
    - 1 day ago Mar 31, 2015, 1:04am -
  • Strategy to Search for United Awards And Book Them for Less Using Amex Points
    Reader Ryan asked, I’m interested in using Amex MR points on ANA to fly United, but I can’t seem to understand how that works, or if there is YQ on those flights. And everyone raves about using ANA’s website to search, but I can’t seem to mak…
    - 1 day ago Mar 30, 2015, 11:04pm -
  • How Do You Manage So Many Credit Cards?
    Reader Craig asked, I would like to start opening up credit cards for my wife, but don’t want to need to have two separate user names to track for each of the banks. Any way to combine to make tracking easier? Managing myriad frequent flyer account…
    - 1 day ago Mar 30, 2015, 9:04pm -

The Frequent Miler

  • newWyndham: 15,000 points per night… Anywhere!
    Wow, I didn’t see this coming.  Via The Points Guy and Loyalty Traveler, I learned today that Wyndham is planning to overhaul their rewards program, in a very good way, on May 11th.  The startling part of the Wyndham announcement is that they wil…
    - 9 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 7:22pm -
  • newA great combination: American Airlines status plus Citi Prestige
    Last week, as the clock ticked down towards the last chance to use US Airways Chairman Preferred upgrade certificates, I finally found a reasonably good use for them. My wife and I had been planning a short trip to London where she has a business mee…
    - 18 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 10:25am -
  • Achieving AAdvantage elite status through points
    Late last week, my American Airlines and US Airways loyalty accounts were merged.  Even though AA and US Airways will continue to operate as separate airlines until the merger is complete, their loyalty programs are now one.  An interesting outcome…
    - 2 days ago Mar 30, 2015, 10:25am -
  • It’s not too late – Deals still alive as of 3/29/2015
    Each week we publish a number of fantastic deals on the blog and in Quick Deals. Most deals don’t last long, but some hang around for awhile. In an effort to keep you up to date, we have gone back through each of the deals posted over the last coup…
    - 3 days ago Mar 29, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • Best Credit Card for Spend, Upgrading Credit Cards, Waitlisting Award Tickets & More
    Welcome to the Frequent Miler Week In Review series. Every Saturday we recap what you might have missed from Frequent Miler during the week and bring you some of the best posts from around the web. Enjoy! This Week From Frequent Miler Amex EveryDay…
    - 4 days ago Mar 28, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • Bet You Didn’t Know: Mistake Fares Exclusively for Your City or Airline
    By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate…   Last week I wrote about some of the tools I use to quickly find and book mistake fares (see “Bet You Didn’t Know: A Toolkit for Chasing Mistake Fares). It was a popular post, but a number of folks me…
    - 5 days ago Mar 27, 2015, 10:25am -
  • Two days of manufactured spend revenge
    Last week, Point Princess and I spent two days driving all around Ann Arbor with the primary goal of using up Lyft credits and the secondary goal of manufacturing spend.  Point Princess happens to be a Lyft driver and I happened to be a slightly dis…
    - 6 days ago Mar 26, 2015, 10:25am -
  • The quick guide to Daily Getaways 2015
    The Daily Getaways are a set of travel deals available in limited quantities.  Each day for the next several weeks, a new deal becomes available at exactly 1 pm ET.  The most popular deals will be sold out before you can finish saying “where’s…
    - 7 days ago Mar 25, 2015, 10:25am -
  • Which one credit card is best for spend?
    Between my wife an I, we currently have about 30 open credit card accounts (not counting authorized user cards, debit cards, prepaid cards, etc.).  Many are cards that we got just for the signup bonuses.  When the annual fees come due we’ll cance…
    - 8 days ago Mar 24, 2015, 10:25am -
  • Amex EveryDay cards deflate Fair Trading Prices, Ink Cash outshines Ink Plus, Freedom outshines both, and more…
    Last week, Point Princess tweeted a request for me to update my Fair Trading Prices page.  Done!  It had been over a year since it was last updated and a lot has changed since then.  Fair Trading Prices are per point estimates of how much money a…
    - 9 days ago Mar 23, 2015, 10:25am -

The Flight Deal

The Free-quent Flyer

  • newTrailing interest charges: the silent killer
    Every travel hacker knows that interest charges (and annual fees) are the flip side of credit card rewards. You may earn 2% on the front end when paying with a credit card, whether you're buying a cup of coffee or manufacturing spend, but if you don'…
    - 18 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 10:00am -
  • Anatomy of an Award Trip: City of New Orleans
    As teased in yesterday's housekeeping post, I'm headed to New Orleans for a week! Here's the scoop:Getting there: a family bedroom on Amtrak's City of New OrleansAmtrak operates a daily service between Chicago and New Orleans stopping in, among othe…
    - 5 days ago Mar 27, 2015, 10:00am -
  • Blog housekeeping for March 26, 2015
    A few quick notes on the site, feel free to skip if this stuff bores you.WELCOME SAVEROCITY READERS!Matt, the benevolent dictator/head honcho over at Saverocity, recently reconfigured his site and generously offered to plug my RSS feed into his fro…
    - 6 days ago Mar 26, 2015, 10:00am -
  • Onward from Madrid, Dublin, Berlin
    Last week I wrote about the three transatlantic British Airways partners that, due to the distances involved and the fact that taxes and fees are low on these routes, make even post-devaluation Avios redemptions competitive with cash or (depending on…
    - 7 days ago Mar 25, 2015, 10:00am -
  • I love Uber, but they are seriously terrible
    The private ride-coordinating app Uber exists for a single reason. It’s not the ubiquity of smartphones and it’s not the rise of the freelance economy. It’s the fact that taking taxis is the worst, and always has been.For me and most people I k…
    - 8 days ago Mar 24, 2015, 10:00am -
  • Fun with post-devaluation Avios for premium cabin redemptions
    In the last few years we've been flooded with airline rewards program devaluations. A few examples:On the earning side, we've seen revenue-based earning on Delta and United. Alaska also reduced earning on Delta-operated flights, leaving American (a…
    - 13 days ago Mar 19, 2015, 10:00am -
  • How many Ultimate Rewards points do you stockpile?
    I recently saw Frequent Miler bemoaning his low Ultimate Rewards balances and had to chuckle to myself. Why? Because I do my best to keep my Ultimate Rewards balance at the bare minimum I'm likely to need in the immediate future.I've written befo…
    - 15 days ago Mar 17, 2015, 10:00am -
  • Do this now: register for Q2 2015 cash back bonuses
    Registration is open for cards offering rotating cash back bonus categories in the second quarter of 2015. Here's the skinny:Chase Freedom. 5 non-flexible Ultimate Rewards points at restaurants, Bed Bath & Beyond, H&M, and overstock.com, on up to $…
    - 16 days ago Mar 16, 2015, 10:00am -
  • Weekend thoughts on killing deals
    I saw a few interesting posts in the last few days about the ethics and mechanics of writing publicly about techniques to manufacture spend:Thoughts on Killing a $25K MS Deal — Matt from SaverocityFamily Travel For Real Life, Southwest Cards, Top…
    - 17 days ago Mar 15, 2015, 12:44am -
  • Understanding Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan earning activity
    I like to think there's a difference between loyalty programs that are confusing and those that are merely complicated. It's confusing how many Delta SkyMiles an award ticket will cost because Delta continually obfuscates and changes the number of Sk…
    - 19 days ago Mar 13, 2015, 10:00am -

Well Traveled Mile

  • newMillions Of Avios Stolen From BA Accounts
    British Airways announced that thousands of Executive Club accounts have been hacked and millions of Avios have been stolen. The somewhat comforting note is that apparently no sensitive information such as passenger details, saved credit card informa…
    - 22 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 6:32am -
  • SPG Transfer Times – All Nippon Airways (ANA)
    Starwood points have always been a hot commodity since they can be transferred to 31 different airlines. Additionally you get a 5,000 bonus for every 20,000 points transferred. While these are all great perks for having a ton of Starwood points, ther…
    - 1 day ago Mar 31, 2015, 2:30am -
  • Chase Ink To End LoungeClub Partnership
    Wow, I definitely didn’t see THIS coming. I just received the following letter in my mail informing me that Chase and LoungeClub® are ending their partnership on April 30, 2015! For those who aren’t aware why this is such a big deal: Every Chase…
    - 1 day ago Mar 31, 2015, 1:38am -
  • 25% Discount On Award Travel To Brazil & Chile On United!
    United Airlines is currently having a sale on any award trips to Brazil and Chile, charging only 45,000 miles for a round-trip economy ticket! Terms & Conditions Promotion period ends at 11:59 p.m. on April 26, 2015 Offer is valid for travel beginnin…
    - 2 days ago Mar 30, 2015, 2:09am -
  • 5X eBay Bucks Cashing Out As 10X: 16.5X With No Limits!
    eBay is back with another offer to triple dip! The e-mail I received has the following subject line: “For our VIPs–earn 5X eBay Bucks. ” However, when I clicked on the “See Details ” I noticed the following: Notice the wording says “Earn…
    - 6 days ago Mar 25, 2015, 8:18pm -
  • Daily Getaways 2015 – 100,000 IHG Points Still Available At $0.05 / Point
    I recently wrote about why the Daily Getaways IHG deal was a profitable one. While the day of sale has passed, there are still some vouchers left to be purchased. As of this moment, I can see the following: There is no indicator as to how much longer…
    - 6 days ago Mar 25, 2015, 6:25pm -
  • How to Avoid Paying Close-in Booking Fees on United Awards
    Almost all airline programs charge a close-in booking fee for booking award tickets within 21 days of departure. Originally via Mile Value, there is a simple and easy hack that may make it possible to avoid paying United’s $75 close-in booking f…
    - 7 days ago Mar 25, 2015, 12:13pm -
  • Did You Know: Booking One-Way Flights Using ANA Miles
    Did You Know is a series highlighting some tips / tricks regarding earning miles, redeeming miles or in general saving money on your travels! Some of this information may be new to you while some may be a refresher. All Nippon Airways, a Star Allianc…
    - 7 days ago Mar 25, 2015, 8:03am -
  • Earn Free Arrival Miles Via Barclays New Rewards Fan Zone
    The Barclaycard Arrival Plus World MasterCard has a handful of useful travel features which makes it among my favorite travel rewards credit cards. In the past Barclays has pushed customer interaction with numerous targeted card usage promos and the…
    - 8 days ago Mar 24, 2015, 12:41pm -
  • Hotel Review: Hampton by Hilton Cluj-Napoca, Romania
    I recently had the chance to explore a small bit of Romania on my way to Budapest, where I ended up booking 5 nights at the Hampton by Hilton Cluj-Napoca. The hotel is a category 2 Hilton property and costs 10,000 Hilton HHonors points or around …
    - 12 days ago Mar 20, 2015, 12:07pm -

MileValue

  • newWhy I Got the Citi Prestige
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. I was just approved for the Citi Prestige® Card yesterday. I got the card for its: Sign Up Bonus: 30,000 ThankYou Points after $2,000 in spending Category Bonuses: 3x on…
    - 1 hour ago Apr 1, 2015, 3:02am -
  • newToday Only, Over 50% Off Luxurious Palazzo and Venetian Suites in Las Vegas
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Update at 3:37 PM ET: Neither package has sold out. Today is the seventh day of five weeks of discounted travel packages from the US Travel Association called Daily Getaw…
    - 18 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 10:06am -
  • new20% Off United Awards to Hawaii
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. United is offering a 20% discount on roundtrip Saver economy awards booked to Hawaii by April 19 and flown Mondays through Thursdays from April 14 to May 19. The total cost…
    - 18 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 9:39am -
  • The Current Big Picture with Miles and Points
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Most of the posts on this site are minutia: a discount on awards to Brazil and Chile or a new Delta route with good award space to Europe. Such posts are only valuable o…
    - 1 day ago Mar 30, 2015, 9:29pm -
  • Why Delta Eliminating Its Award Chart is No Big Deal
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. I was explaining to my brother the changes that Delta has made in 2015, and I mentioned that the one I just couldn’t believe was that Delta eliminated its award chart. It…
    - 2 days ago Mar 30, 2015, 8:46am -
  • Brand New Delta Transatlantic Route Has Amazing Award Space This Summer
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Delta has a new daily flight from Philadelphia to London that begins April 26, 2015 with excellent economy award space immediately and good Business Class award space later…
    - 2 days ago Mar 30, 2015, 8:22am -
  • US Airways Miles Have Been Converted to American Airlines Miles
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. My US Airways miles have been transferred into my American Airlines account. This is a screenshot from my AAdvantage account. My American Airlines mile balance shows the co…
    - 2 days ago Mar 29, 2015, 7:22pm -
  • Purchase Daily Getaways with These Credit Cards to Maximize Rewards
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Purchases of Daily Getaways packages–see my rundown of the best deals this coming week–are coded as purchases from a travel agency. That means: You can redeem Arrival m…
    - 3 days ago Mar 29, 2015, 4:08am -
  • Sale on United Awards to Brazil and Chile
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. United is offering a 25% discount on roundtrip economy awards to Brazil and Chile this Spring (their Fall.) For 45,000 United miles, you can fly roundtrip to Santiago, Rio…
    - 3 days ago Mar 28, 2015, 8:56pm -
  • Daily Getaways: Preview of Week 2
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Monday begins the second week of five weeks of discounted travel packages from the US Travel Association called Daily Getaways. Every weekday at 1 PM ET, a discounted tra…
    - 4 days ago Mar 28, 2015, 7:01am -

Frequent Flier

  • newExtended: 70K-Point Bonus for New IHG Credit Card Sign-Ups
    Originally set to expire today, one of the most generous of the current rewards credit card bonuses has been extended. Through May 31, new IHG Rewards Club Select credit card customers will receive a 70,000-point bonus after spending $1,000 during ..…
    - 10 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 5:36pm -
  • newTaxi Versus Rideshare? RideGuru Can Help
    For all the buzz they’ve generated, rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft are relative newcomers to the taxi-service scene. And it’s not always self-evident how they stack up against each other or against more mainstream services. For many, th…
    - 12 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 4:32pm -
  • Win a 6-Day Trip to Aruba for 4
    Enter the flipflop Wines “Aruba” sweepstakes by April 30, 2015, for a chance to win the grand prize: a six-night trip for four to Aruba, including airfare, hotel, a Jeep tour, and snorkeling cruise. To enter, provide the requested contact ... Rea…
    - 1 day ago Mar 30, 2015, 6:50pm -
  • Hackers Steal Millions from Major Mileage Program
    Got miles in British Airways’ Executive Club program? If so, you might want to double check to confirm that your account wasn’t hacked. In the latest instance of a major travel-loyalty program falling victim to malicious intruders, The Guardian r…
    - 1 day ago Mar 30, 2015, 5:39pm -
  • Weekly Recap: American, US Air Programs to Merge, & More
    Following is our regular summary of the latest travel news and best frequent traveler promotions reviewed during the past week. If it was a good deal—or a notably bad deal—from an airline, hotel, or car rental loyalty program, you can ... Read Mo…
    - 4 days ago Mar 27, 2015, 6:15pm -
  • United Discounts Awards Flights to Brazil, Chile
    If you have miles in United’s MileagePlus program and a hankering to visit either Brazil or Chile, you’re in luck. Between March 25 and June 25, roundtrip coach-class award flights to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Santiago, Chile, can be ... Read M…
    - 4 days ago Mar 27, 2015, 4:20pm -
  • 5,000 Bonus Points for Radisson, Country Inn Stays
    Club Carlson’s have been among the more generous hotel promotions in recent years. The next one, for stay beginning next month, features a nice bonus but suffers from limited hotel participation and an unholy mess of bonus-eligible dates. Offer Det…
    - 5 days ago Mar 26, 2015, 6:20pm -
  • For Daily Travel Deals, Check Out Daily Getaways
    For the sixth consecutive year, the U.S. Travel Association has launched Daily Getaways: one discount offer per day, for one month, from the likes of Best Western, Busch Gardens, Choice Hotels, Hertz, Hilton, InterContinental, MGM Resorts, Universal…
    - 5 days ago Mar 26, 2015, 4:55pm -
  • More than 1 Million Now Enrolled in TSA’s Precheck
    This week, the TSA announced a significant milestone for its Precheck program: the enrollment of its 1 millionth traveler. Precheck travelers may leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belts, and keep laptops in their cases and 3-1-1 compliant liq…
    - 6 days ago Mar 25, 2015, 6:06pm -
  • Frontier Ups Checked-Bag Fees
    Beginning in May, Frontier passengers will pay more to check their bags. That’s no surprise, given the airline’s ongoing transition to an ultra-low-cost carrier (think Spirit, Ryanair). The marketing strategy is straightforward: Advertise extra-l…
    - 6 days ago Mar 25, 2015, 4:43pm -

Travel is Free

  • new30+ Best Uses of American Express Membership Rewards Points
    There are so many “best uses” of American Express Membership Rewards points because they have a large number of transfer partners compared to Citi and Chase. Unfortunately, Amex doesn’t have two of my favorite airline miles, AA and United (fav…
    - 22 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 6:07am -
  • How To Start Planning an Award Trip
    Kai asks on the FAQ page advice for planning an award booking. He says; I have some miles, I know where I’m leaving from, and where I want to go. But there seems to be a lot of possibilities in between using stop-overs, open-jaws, or routing rules…
    - 1 day ago Mar 30, 2015, 10:51pm -
  • Unbelievably Cheap Hotel Award Redemptions
    Keeping track and analyzing every dollar we spend on hotels has taught me that saving our points for lower category hotels saves us money in the long run. If there’s a place on this list you’d like to visit, feel free to blow your points. Quick…
    - 2 days ago Mar 30, 2015, 5:40am -
  • 7 Scamy Things I Hate About Airline Miles & Hotel Points
    If I were to write a letter to an airline or hotel CEO, I’d likely want to bring up the ethics of some of the accepted scams that are out there. A lot of my thoughts would be about transparency or about deceiving people. And for me that most …
    - 3 days ago Mar 28, 2015, 7:36pm -
  • An Introduction To Stopovers and Open-Jaws
    If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of “stopovers” we have a great InfoGraphic that you can check out: Airline Stopovers and Open-Jaws InfoGraphic. I also recently did a Complete List of Airline Stopover Rules, but it’s been awhile since…
    - 6 days ago Mar 26, 2015, 6:20am -
  • Most Aspirational Miles Award Ever – Necker Island
    I’m browsing through the redemption section of Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Blue Miles, because they have quite a few unique hotel redemption options. As you may know, Virgin is run by Richard Branson, who famously lives on an island (off the Brit…
    - 7 days ago Mar 25, 2015, 5:55am -
  • Analyzing Best Uses of the Daily Getaways Deals
    I wrote about a couple of the deals earlier but the full list has been revealed and I decided to break down all the travel deals. Look at the terms and conditions, come up with some best uses and give it some real thought. DailyGetaways is a 5 week…
    - 8 days ago Mar 24, 2015, 5:47am -
  • First Look at the Newly Renovated Radisson Hotel & Suites Downtown Austin
    The Radisson in Austin is one of the best locations in Austin, but they’ve been getting killed on TripAdvisor for being an older hotel in need of renovation. Right now they are in the middle of a renovation of the rooms and they finished floor 12…
    - 8 days ago Mar 23, 2015, 7:29pm -
  • Best East Coast Award Flights To Europe
    There are a number of distance based programs out there for whom there are specific routes that make east coast flights to Europe super cheap. The distance across the Atlantic is sometimes barely much more than the distance from the west coast to th…
    - 10 days ago Mar 22, 2015, 2:43am -

Frequent Flyer Bonuses

Million Mile Secrets

Nomadic Matt

  • 12 Things I’d Tell Any New Traveler
    Hope. Fear. Excitement. Traveling for the first time provided me with wave of conflicting emotions. When I left to travel the world, I didn’t know what to expect. I wasn’t well-traveled and was as green as they come. No one I knew had ever done t…
    - 2 days ago Mar 30, 2015, 3:33pm -
  • Updates from the Book Tour #2
    Hello from Las Vegas! It’s day sixty-six of the #fiftyaday book tour. Last week, after driving over 5,000 miles through a dozen states, I watched the sun set marvelously over the Pacific. After two months of traveling, I made it across the country.…
    - 6 days ago Mar 26, 2015, 3:31pm -
  • How to Spend 4 Days in New Orleans
    New Orleans. NOLA. The Big Easy. A city by many names, all conjuring the jovial “Laissez les bons temps rouler!” (“Let the good times roll!”) attitude towards life the city is famous for. New Orleans is filled with scrumptious French-inspired…
    - 8 days ago Mar 24, 2015, 3:45pm -
  • Discovering Purpose on a Farm in South Africa
    On the second Wednesday third Thursday of the month, Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse writes a guest column featuring tips and advice on solo female travel. It’s a topic I can’t cover so I brought in an expert to share her advice. After a day…
    - 13 days ago Mar 19, 2015, 3:39pm -
  • Living Les Bons Temps At Mardi Gras
    As I threw beads over the wrought-iron balcony of Bourbon Bandstand in the French Quarter, I looked down at the crowds: strangers in elaborate costumes toasted drinks, laughed, and danced with each other as streets bands performed jazz. Everyone move…
    - 15 days ago Mar 17, 2015, 2:50pm -
  • 7 Common Travel Myths That are WRONG (and Why I’m Giving Hands On Help Now)
    Years ago, the website Earth Porm reposted my article “The Ultimate Guide to Traveling When You’re Broke,” and in January, social media maven and actor George Takei shared the post with his eight million Facebook fans (as a huge Star Trek geek…
    - 23 days ago Mar 9, 2015, 3:26pm -
  • Everything You Need to Know About Using Smartphones When You Travel
    On the first Tuesday of each month, Dave Dean from Too Many Adapters gives us tips and advice on travel tech and gear. He is our resident expert, trying out new products and seeing what works so you end up with gear that doesn’t break and a laptop…
    - 29 days ago Mar 3, 2015, 2:00pm -
  • My 2015 Group Tours: Two Trips to Europe!
    At the end of 2013, I started leading group trips. I’ve done four so far and have really enjoyed them. I like meeting readers, exposing others to my travel style and taking them around to some of my favorite places in Europe. I want others to fall…
    - 34 days ago Feb 26, 2015, 1:00pm -
  • What Makes a Nomad a Nomad?
    What makes a nomad a nomad? Or a backpacker a backpacker? How do you define a budget traveler? Am I a nomad because I move around a lot or did I give up the rights to call myself that when I got an apartment? Am I a luxury traveler because I stay in…
    - 37 days ago Feb 23, 2015, 2:31pm -
  • 7 Common Excuses People Use to Avoid Family Travel
    On the third Friday Saturday 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 m…
    - 39 days ago Feb 21, 2015, 3:06pm -

The Hustle Blog

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

Johnny Jet

  • newEarn 40,000 Points with the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
    If you ask any savvy frequent traveler to list his or her top three travel credit cards, chances are good that the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card will be on that list. Chances are very good, actually. Different travelers have different lists, and ha…
    - 6 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 9:36pm -
  • newTravel Product of the Week: ECBC TSA-Friendly Bags
    I recently sent my cousin to the International Travel Good Show in Las Vegas and he came back with some of the coolest travel gadgets and luggage. I’ll be featuring the best of the best in the next few months, and to start: ECBC bags, the onl…
    - 10 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 6:00pm -
  • newTravel Video of the Week: Fox Dives Headfirst Into Snow
    I bet a lot of my friends back east feel like doing this with all of the snow they received this winter—and are still getting (it snowed in Boston on Friday!). In this amazing Discovery video, a North American red fox “pinpoints field mice burie…
    - 11 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 5:00pm -
  • newTravel Tip of the Day: Wash Your Hands!
    Wash Your Hands! I’ve talked about the importance of washing your hands in an airplane bathroom, but I’ve never advised you flat-out to make sure you always keep your hands clean when you travel (and at home). I was reminded why the other day wh…
    - 12 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 4:00pm -
  • new10 things to do in historic Koblenz, Germany
    Historic Koblenz, Germany is a treasure for the historian, the wine connoisseur and the nature lover. Koblenz lies where the west flowing Mosel River meets the Rhine River, which comes down from the north. It’s surrounded by three low mountain r…
    - 14 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 2:00pm -
  • newTravel Contests: April 1, 2015
    This week’s travel contests include: Win a trip for two to Switzerland Win a $16,700 trip for two to Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympics Win a week-long Caribbean cruise for four Win a trip to the Bahamas Win a trip for two to a spa in Cabo San Lu…
    - 17 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 11:00am -
  • Travel Website of the Week: airportcod.es
    It took me a while to learn most of the major airport codes around the world but now that I have them down pat, it feels normal to speak in this code when talking to industry people and my aviation geek friends. I’m often asked what airport I’m r…
    - 1 day ago Mar 30, 2015, 8:00pm -
  • Travel App of the Week: Postagram
    Up until a few years ago, one thing was certain when I traveled: I’d always send a postcard to my family members. These days sending postcards the old fashion way is nothing but a hassle. First, you have to find a store or stand that sells them (w…
    - 1 day ago Mar 30, 2015, 6:00pm -

Doctor of Credit

  • newChanges To Wyndham Rewards: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
    Wyndham have announced a number of changes to their rewards program (aptly named Wyndham Rewards) all of these changes will start taking place on May 11th, 2015. Wyndham properties include the following brands: Let’s briefly have a look at the thre…
    - 4 hours ago Apr 1, 2015, 12:23am -
  • newWyndham Rewards Credit Card Review – No Annual Fee & Annual Fee Cards
    Wyndham Rewards has just released a new rewards program where all of their hotels can be booked for 15,000 points per night (tier 9 hotels used to cost as much as 50,000 points per night). There are no black out dates and no inventory held back, mean…
    - 5 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 11:09pm -
  • newRegions Bank $350 Checking Bonus [Atlanta, Miami, Tampa, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Austin, and Dallas only]
    We’re re-posting this deal because it’s now possible to get a total of $350 by taking advantage of the referral bonus as well. Offer at a glance Maximum bonus amount: $350 Availability: Atlanta, Miami, Tampa, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Austin, and…
    - 6 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 10:10pm -
  • newUS Bank Cash+ Now Offering $100 Signup Bonus
    [This post does not contain any affiliate links.] The Offer Direct Link Get approved for a new US Bank Cash+ or Cash Rewards credit card and receive $100 bonus after you spend $500 within 90 days. Note that this offer is not found directly on the US…
    - 8 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 7:52pm -
  • newSave 3% at Rakuten.com with Mastercard Easy Savings
    Mastercard offers discounts at various retailers when using any Mastercard Business credit card. Many hotel, gas stations, restaurants and more are eligible for varying discounts, see MasterCard Easy Savings Program – Save Up To 10% On Your Busine…
    - 9 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 7:03pm -
  • newAmazon Unveils the Dash Button for Faster Ordering
    Amazon launched today a new, faster way of ordering by clicking a single button to order certain household items. Upon noticing that your detergent is low, for instance, you’ll just press a button on a little device which is attached to your washin…
    - 11 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 5:23pm -
  • newChanges to Amazon’s ‘No Rush Shipping’ Option for Prime Members
    Amazon has a paid subscription service called Amazon Prime which offers free 2-day shipping on Amazon, among many other benefits. Apparently, the 2-day shipping really does cost them more and Amazon has been offering small bonuses for Prime members w…
    - 13 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 3:30pm -
  • newCurrent Free Airline Miles & Hotel Points Opportunities (17,400 Miles/Points Available)
    Here is a list of completely free airline miles and hotel points earning opportunities. We will do our best to keep this page updated, if we are missing anything then please let us know. You can either contact us, or comment at the bottom of this pos…
    - 14 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 2:30pm -
  • newHow to Trigger Amex Credit Limit Increase
    We’ve written before about Amex’s generous credit lines and how to go about getting a credit limit increase with them. I never requested a credit limit increase on my Amex cards simply  because they were high enough for my purposes and I didn’…
    - 15 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 1:30pm -
  • newState Farm Mutual Fund IRA Bonus: Up to $500 In Shares
    This post is part of our series on IRA & Brokerage bonuses. Every Tuesday we share another bonus with you. The Offer State Farm is currently offering a tiered bonus of between $200-$500 in shares for customers who rollover, transfer, or add new exter…
    - 16 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 12:00pm -

Hustler Money Blog

  • newAmerican Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card Review
    The 15,000 membership rewards points are very flexible and can easily be converted to 15,000 frequent flier miles. You could also get $150 in gift cards at many stores such as Home Depot, Crate & Barrel, Banana Republic/Gap/Old Navy, or Macy’s. Wit…
    - 12 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 3:54pm -
  • newAmerican Express Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card Review* – 25,000 Bonus Starpoints
    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. Notably having the least restrictive aw…
    - 21 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 6:50am -
  • Groupon Coupon Codes, Promo Codes, and Discounts
    Groupon offers you amazing deals on the best things to do, see, eat, and buy in hundreds of cities worldwide. Save up to 90% on delightful products, unbeatable travel experiences, and tickets to the hottest concerts, sporting events, shows, and more.…
    - 1 day ago Mar 30, 2015, 10:39pm -
  • Bank Mutual Referral Bonus Review
    Are you a member of Bank Mutual or that you would like to switch over to Bank Mutual? If so, current members can receive $50 per referral bonus for up to $200 in your account. Those who are being referred can earn $100 checking bonus when you open a…
    - 1 day ago Mar 30, 2015, 10:32pm -
  • MainStreetSHARES Review: Online Cash Back Shopping
    MainStreetSHARES, formerly known as BigCrumbs, is now back is business offering cash back for all online shopping. In addition, you can earn virtual shares called msSHARES when you and your referrals shop through MainStreetSHARES. They are promoting…
    - 1 day ago Mar 30, 2015, 10:09pm -
  • Industrial State Bank Review: $100 Checking Bonus
    For residents of Kansas, Industrial State Bank is offering a $100 bonus with a Free Green Leaf Checking account with the following requirements: Pay 3 bills using their online bill pay system Receive electronic statements Make 15 settled non-atm debi…
    - 1 day ago Mar 30, 2015, 8:23pm -
  • Mr. Rebates Cash Back Rewards Review- $5 Sign-up Bonus
    Heard of getting cash back for doing online shopping? Mr. Rebates $7.50 Bonus Sign-Up is currently my new cash back online shopping portal for stores such as Ebay 3% CB, Home Depot 4% CB, Sears 3% CB, WalMart 3%, and many more stores. They sometime a…
    - 2 days ago Mar 29, 2015, 10:28pm -
  • East Cambridge Savings Bank Review
    For business owners of Massachusetts, East Cambridge Savings Bank is offering a $100 business checking account bonus with a Debit MasterCard and Online Banking. To receive the American Express $100 gift card, the account must not have a negative bala…
    - 2 days ago Mar 29, 2015, 10:00pm -
  • U.S. Bank FlexPerks Travel Rewards American Express Card Review
    The U.S. Bank FlexPerks® Travel Rewards American Express® Card offers 20,000 bonus FlexPoints after you spend $3,500 in Net Purchases within the first four months of account opening-that’s up to $400 value! The card lets you earn 2X FlexPoints on…
    - 2 days ago Mar 29, 2015, 7:49pm -
  • Bank of Lee’s Summit Review: $100 Checking Bonus
    For residents of Missouri, Bank of Lee’s Summit is offering a $100 bonus with a Total e Green Leaf Checking account with the following requirements: Pay 3 bills monthly through NetTeller Bill Pay. Receive monthly eStatements. Have 15 settled debit…
    - 4 days ago Mar 28, 2015, 3:36am -

Hack My Trip

  • newReview: American Airlines Flagship Lounge London Heathrow
    American Airlines offers four Flagship Lounges in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and London. These are special additions to the Admirals Club network and are offered to premium cabin passengers and to Executive Platinum and oneworld Emerald members…
    - 14 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 2:15pm -
  • newSave $20 on FTU Tickets, Plus Great Benefits from Sponsors
    Time is running out to buy tickets to Frequent Traveler University in Dallas. If you haven’t bought yet, tickets are just $129 when you use the promo code MILEPOINT, and rooms at the host hotel are $99. The event will be held on April 17-19 and is…
    - 17 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 11:05am -
  • Review: Stockholm Arlanda T2 Menzies Business Lounge
    I took a mileage run to Stockholm back in January and just recently found the photographs I took of four different airport lounges from that trip. Among the least impressive was the Menzies Business Lounge at Stockholm Arlanda T2. I was mainly ther…
    - 2 days ago Mar 30, 2015, 1:30pm -
  • Transcon Premium Cabin Throwdown: Results and Summary
    I’ve reviewed every premium transcontinental service from New York’s JFK to San Francisco and Los Angeles. These routes command high volumes of premium passengers and each boast the most comfortable and luxurious experience. Introduction: Scor…
    - 2 days ago Mar 30, 2015, 11:05am -
  • Transcon Premium Cabin Throwdown: Virgin America First Class
    Lastly, we profile Virgin America’s transcon service. The airline with arguably the nicest first class on most domestic routes. How does it stack up against the premium offerings on JFK-SFO and JFK-LAX? Introduction: Scoring and Considerations Unit…
    - 5 days ago Mar 27, 2015, 11:05am -

Maximizing Money

  • newIHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card 70,000 Bonus Points and Annual Free Night
    The IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card now offers 70,000 bonus points after $1,000 in purchases within 3 months, plus you get an annual free night eCertificate with no annual fee for the first year.Check out this IHG Rewards Club Card Bonus if you…
    - 8 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 8:02pm -
  • newAmazon Mom Offers $20 Credit Plus 20% Off Pampers Diapers with 30-Day Free Trial
    Sign up for Amazon Mom to get a $20 Amazon.com credit with select Pampers subscriptions and 20% off your diapers subscriptions, valid through April 2, 2015.Just join via this Amazon Mom $20 Credit Promotion to get a $20 Amazon credit with select Pam…
    - 8 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 7:58pm -
  • newAmazon Dash Button Provides Instant Ordering for Prime Members
    The new Amazon Dash Button is an actual button that you place on your items, which allows you to instantly reorder your favorite household products by simply pressing the button.It's free to get an Amazon Dash Button for the products that you use al…
    - 8 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 7:35pm -
  • newCapital One Bank 94th and Broadway Branch (NYC) $150 Checking Bonus
    To celebrate the grand opening of the 94th and Broadway branch of Capital One Bank in New York City, they will give you a $150 bonus when you stop by in person and open a personal checking account by May 31, 2015, plus use your debit card 3 times or…
    - 12 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 4:28pm -
  • TradeKing $200 New Account Bonus Offer – Biggest Ever
    There is a TradeKing $200 new account bonus offer that is available through April 30, 2015.You'll get a $200 TradeKing New Account Bonus when you open an account with at least $3,000 and make 3 trades.This is the biggest TradeKing bonus ever for $2…
    - 1 day ago Mar 30, 2015, 9:35pm -
  • Chase Total Checking Coupons $300 Bonus thru May 7, 2015
    Chase now has coupon codes available for a $300 Total Checking account bonus with a direct deposit as well as a $150 Savings account bonus with a $10,000 deposit for 90 days.Get your $300 Chase Personal Checking Bonus Code now before they are all go…
    - 1 day ago Mar 30, 2015, 9:30pm -
  • Astoria Bank Checking Account up to $250 Bonus in New York
    Astoria Bank (formerly Astoria Federal Savings) is offering a $50 bonus for both new and current checking account customers when you activate a direct deposit, plus new customers can get a $250 bonus for a limited time with Simple+ and Select checkin…
    - 1 day ago Mar 30, 2015, 9:27pm -
  • American Airlines Credit Union $25 Personal Checking Bonus
    The American Airlines Credit Union is offering a $25 personal checking bonus.The AA Credit Union is open to anyone working in the Air Transportation Industry and their families.Check out these AA Credit Union Promotions for more details.The post A…
    - 1 day ago Mar 30, 2015, 9:25pm -
  • Bank Mutual Refer A Friend Program Returns with Bigger Bonuses
    The Bank Mutual Refer A Friend Program has returned with bigger bonuses than ever before, as current customers can now earn $50 for each friend that you refer (previously $20), plus new customers will get $100 for opening a new checking account.Bank…
    - 1 day ago Mar 30, 2015, 9:22pm -
  • RBC Direct Investing 20 Free Trades Promotion in Canada
    RBC Direct Investing will allow you to trade free for 1 year with 20 free trades and no minimum balance required, valid through March 31, 2015.The post RBC Direct Investing 20 Free Trades Promotion in Canada appeared first on Maximizing Money.
    - 1 day ago Mar 30, 2015, 9:20pm -

Boarding Area

  • newLAX-BOM $835 United-Lufthansa-Swiss
    Great fare drop for Los Angeles LAX – BOM Bombay, India route with prices as low as $835 to about $865 for many dates during most months into December 2015. Star Alliance seems to be the lead airlines for these discount rates. $834.07 United Airlin…
    - 20 mins ago Apr 1, 2015, 3:44am -
  • newDelta & Aeromexico File For Joint Venture
    While the impact won't be immediate for customers, Delta and Aeromexico have filed an application with the US Department of Transportation requesting antitrust immunity for a new joint venture on flights between the US and Mexico.Via the Delta press…
    - 3 hours ago Apr 1, 2015, 1:03am -
  • new50 Million Bonus Points, Discounted Hawaii Awards, and My Heart Stopped for a Moment.
    News and notes from around the interweb: Discounted United awards to Hawaii Bonus for points transfers into Aeroplan. Unfortunately Membership Rewards transfers aren’t eligible. Starwood transfers are, though — 80,000 Starpoints would yield 125,0…
    - 4 hours ago Apr 1, 2015, 12:34am -
  • newWyndham Rewards Revolutionizes Loyalty Landscape with Easier Access to Free Nights‏
    Wyndham Hotel Group has just announced a new loyalty program that turns the industry on its head by bucking the devaluation trend and offering members real, attainable rewards. The new Wyndham Rewards eliminates complication and allows members to ear…
    - 4 hours ago Apr 1, 2015, 12:18am -
  • newToday is the last day to…
    Since it is the last day of the month, many promotions are coming to an end. Many of these have been extremely lucrative and I want to ensure you do not miss the deadline. I’ve written about some of these offers today as well, but here is a compile…
    - 4 hours ago Apr 1, 2015, 12:03am -
  • newManaged Inclusion – I Won’t Miss You
    Last week, TSA announced that over 1 million travelers have enrolled in the TSA PreCheck program. Further, over 3.6 million travelers are eligible by virtue of their participation in one of the trusted traveler programs offered by U.S. Customs and B…
    - 4 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 11:59pm -
  • newLUFTHANSA: Business Class Retrofit Update For April
    Lufthansa has updated their Business Class Cabin installation process. We're approaching 75% completion!
    - 4 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 11:48pm -
  • newIs Your Dog’s In-Flight Safety Worth $50?
    How much would you pay to know your pet will safely arrive from point A to point B? Delta hopes the answer is $50. Actually, Delta hopes the answer is $250 because it’ll cost you $200 to check your pet as luggage and another $50 to use the new pet…
    - 5 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 11:23pm -
  • newNew Marriott/Hilton cancellation policy irks (Reader Report)
    Effective January 1 this year, new last minute cancellation policies went into effect at Marriott and Hilton. This means that the relatively standard practice of allowing cancellations up to 5 or 6 pm on the day of arrival is no longer in effect. I…
    - 5 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 10:58pm -
  • newWyndham New Program Starts May 11: Drops Price of Award Nights By As Much As 70%
    It seems like hotel programs have been incentivizing booking low end hotels — keeping those cheap, making the points cost even cheaper than before — while pricing top end awards astronomically. We’ve seen massive ‘category creep’ at Marriot…
    - 6 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 10:34pm -

Frequent Flyer Miles 101

  • newWhy you should always be prepared when booking travel
    My friend Mike, the author of the blog Travelzork, is an interesting character.  Everyone has their niches, and he has a couple, including European travel, casino freebies and high-end alcohol (His blog covers the first two well and mentions the thi…
    - 4 hours ago Apr 1, 2015, 12:09am -
  • Cash Back shopping: So long, BigCrumbs
    It happened again: Picking Arizona for the Final Four cost me, as they couldn’t get by Wisconsin.  On the plus side, I’ve still got three remaining (with Michigan State helping me for the second straight year).  It happens. Long-time readers wi…
    - 2 days ago Mar 30, 2015, 12:19am -
  • A few notes on traveling and airport security
    Other than the American/US Airways mileage integration, which starts tomorrow, it has actually been a very quiet week for miles.  Normally, there’s a good credit card bonus to talk about, but I’m just not in the mood today.  But something else…
    - 4 days ago Mar 27, 2015, 4:15pm -
  • Final details on AA and US Airways merged programs
    As seen here. AA and US are finally going to merge their programs this Friday and, based on what I’ve seen from AA’s management (Technically, the team came from US Airways and that team came from America West, but why quibble?), it should go rela…
    - 7 days ago Mar 25, 2015, 3:02pm -
  • Wall Street Journal talks cash back cards, but doesn’t get the whole story
    It’s that time of year when a young man’s thoughts turn to those of college basketball.  A week ago, I would have been hard-pressed to tell you the name of the Wichita State basketball team or, for that matter, anything else about Wichita State.…
    - 8 days ago Mar 24, 2015, 3:27pm -
  • Judging the values of redemptions…
    I’ve talked a lot about the best ways to earn miles, but not as much about redeeming them.  So here’s a few things to consider when you are getting ready to spend your miles: Most airlines open up redemptions at the same time as putting tickets…
    - 9 days ago Mar 23, 2015, 3:43pm -
  • The world is on sale! A strong dollar is your travel friend
    I’m going to be away for the weekend but, before I go, here’s some good news for you that are still planning your summer vacation. The world has gone on sale.  Well, I should amend that: Prices are the same, but you’ll get more for your dollar…
    - 12 days ago Mar 20, 2015, 2:47pm -
  • JetBlue updates schedule through 1/4/16
    While most of the major carriers allow you to plan trips 330 (or more) days in advance, the low-cost carriers don’t usually go out that far.  Since they have few partnerships or hubs, they have the flexibility to move planes around to manage suppl…
    - 13 days ago Mar 18, 2015, 11:00pm -
  • American Airlines and US Airways prepare to merge mileage programs
    It’s almost that time.  Sometime next calendar quarter, AA and US Airways will be combining their programs as the airlines face the integration, which is largely a 2015 event.  I tend to believe that the integration will go well; unlike with the…
    - 14 days ago Mar 17, 2015, 8:56pm -
  • Cruising with United and “alternative” awards
    Airline miles can be used to travel all over the world.  If you have enough of them, you can do it in a premium class of service, as well. The airlines are also happy to let you use miles to buy non-airline products, as well.  You can generally boo…
    - 17 days ago Mar 15, 2015, 3:37pm -

Mr. Free Miles

  • ‘The Beach’ Book & Movie Locations In Thailand
    The mystical setting of The Beach, a book written in 1996 and popularized as a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio in 2002, is based on various breathtaking Thailand locations. Where to go and how to get there - yours to explore.
    - 2 days ago Mar 30, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • Day In Pictures: Valparaiso, Chile
    A day in pictures of Valparaiso, Chile. Vibrant street art, relaxed rooftop music and an iconic energy make this hidden Pacific Ocean gem outshine it's more famous neighbor, Santiago - learn how to get there.
    - 4 days ago Mar 28, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • 7 Things Everyone Needs In Their Carry On Bag
    Upgrade your carry-on bag with these 7 amazing products you need. From the best electronics to multi-purpose accessories you never thought of, these items will have you traveling in style.
    - 6 days ago Mar 26, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • How I Earned 2 Million Airline Miles In 3 Years (And How You Can Too)
    After earning 2 million airline miles and hotel points, I quit my corporate job to travel the world. Today I explain how I did this and how you can too.
    - 7 days ago Mar 25, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • When To Add An Authorized User To Your Credit Card Account
    Authorized user is an important term when managing your credit score. Often a person's credit score can raise dramatically when added as such a user - learn when to utilize this little-known practice, and when to pass.
    - 9 days ago Mar 23, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • Day In Pictures: Bondi Beach, Australia
    A day in pictures of Bondi Beach, located in Sydney, Australia. 24 hours sunbathing in one of the most famous beach towns in the world, and a few nearby treats - plus how you can travel there.
    - 11 days ago Mar 21, 2015, 4:00pm -
  • Apply for an Australian ETA Travel Visa as a U.S. Citizen
    Australian ETA travel visa application process for U.S. citizens - an easy, electronic application with a low cost. Find out how to apply for the visa, who is eligible and other important things to know along the way.
    - 13 days ago Mar 19, 2015, 4:00pm -
  • Check Out My Guest Post on David's Been Here
    Recently I submitted a guest post to the highly-respected travel website, David's Been Here. Read the full post about why you should hike to Machu Picchu but avoid the Inca Trail - including, as always, a miles tip to get there.
    - 14 days ago Mar 18, 2015, 4:00pm -
  • 50,000 miles with Chase British Airways Visa
    50,000 Avios miles are available through 3/31/15 with the Chase British Airways Visa. That’s two free round trip flights in the U.S., or even two to a few cities in Europe. Read the details here.
    - 16 days ago Mar 16, 2015, 4:00pm -
  • Day In Pictures: Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
    A day in pictures in Tongariro National Park, located in the North Island of New Zealand. 24 hours hiking through volcanoes, moonlike craters, scenic alpine views and even a rainforest - plus how you can travel there.
    - 18 days ago Mar 14, 2015, 4:00pm -

milepoint (Forums)

  • newThe Community Lounge - Good m/a/e everybody - enjoy your stay with us.
    Good morning/afternoon/evening (m/a/e) everyone - welcome to MilePoint and the community lounge, don't be a stranger, please join in the conversation or just to say.....English - "hello"Arabic -...The Community Lounge - Good m/a/e everybody - enjoy y…
    - 6 mins ago Apr 1, 2015, 3:58am -
  • new(photo trivia) Guess the airport
    MP doesn't feel complete without it so here's a guessing game with some easy rules.In a nutshell one member posts a photo of an airport and everybody else has to guess the airport name/location.Obviously the photo shall not reveal too much informat…
    - 41 mins ago Apr 1, 2015, 3:23am -
  • newWOW - Four Year Anniversary 20 Points
    20Awarded: Mar 19, 2015Four Year AnniversaryThank you for your continued membership.Speechless!!! What might 40th Anniversary bring if I survive Milepost?
    - 42 mins ago Apr 1, 2015, 3:22am -
  • newTeh Penalty Box
    I think it's time for a new Box thread that works. So, here goes.
    - 48 mins ago Apr 1, 2015, 3:16am -
  • newTesla Model S becomes best selling car model in Norway
    It seems we're quite excited about these in the KivaDO threads, but maybe it is just me.Anyway, it's probably time to continue the discussions in a distinct thread. If we carry this on for some time I'll change the title to be a little bit less spec…
    - 1 hour ago Apr 1, 2015, 2:52am -
  • new2015 dallas
    Hello, new to this, can anyone give me feedback on these events by FTU, as I am interested in Dallas in april. Is it strictly educational information, as that is what I want. Or is that selling of high cost memberships ? thanks !
    - 1 hour ago Apr 1, 2015, 2:42am -
  • newAadvantage aviator red MasterCard
    So here we go with the us airways premier world MasterCard switch. They sent me an email saying I would soon be receiving this Aadvantage aviator red MasterCard. Anyone know what this is or where it came about from? Overall I am just hoping that it i…
    - 2 hours ago Apr 1, 2015, 2:25am -
  • newWhat should I do
    This was actually regarding a stay toward the end of 2014. Raising this up only now because I just realised it. What happened was my wife booked us a penthouse room for two nights. It was a last minute booking, less than a week but we still had to pr…
    - 2 hours ago Apr 1, 2015, 2:20am -
  • new1 FTU Advanced Dallas Ticket for Sale or Trade
    I have a ticket for FTU Advanced Dallas that I will unfortunately be unable to use. I would like to sell it or trade it for a ticket to FTU Advanced San Diego. Please PM me if interested.SOLD! Thank you for your interest.
    - 2 hours ago Apr 1, 2015, 2:20am -
  • newChanges in Passport procedures
    At the end of this year, the State Department is doing away with adding pages to US passports entirely. So if you fill your pages up, you'll have to get a new passport altogether. After Dec. 31, all passports issued by the State Department will have…
    - 2 hours ago Apr 1, 2015, 2:10am -

Flyertalk MilesBuzz

  • newHow does Priority baggage work for *G and MI?
    Flying LHR-SIN-PEN next month on SQ/MI. How does priority baggage work? -Will the bags be tagged priority in LHR and if so, will they come out first in PEN? -Will the bags be tagged priority in PEN? If not, will they get priority tags added...
    - 27 mins ago Apr 1, 2015, 3:37am -
  • newNew Privilege for Platinum
    How well does it benefit overseas members? A lounge to rest and relax from all the walking in the mall.... :) Image: http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a228/KapitanE/10438469_10153195985948114_844397468998712193_n_zpsavpfzfcb.jpg ...
    - 31 mins ago Apr 1, 2015, 3:33am -
  • newDid AA eliminate Saver Awards to/from certain locations?
    First time searching for award flights in the past week and I am shocked to see that suddenly there is literally no Saver level awards to or from FSD to ANYWHERE. The only direct flights from FSD are to ORD or DFW and I have looked out through the...
    - 55 mins ago Apr 1, 2015, 3:09am -
  • newRecommendation for best Hilton hotel in the US
    I hope to solicit some recommendation from the Hilton experts here, as I am going to get the Citi Hilton Honors Reserve. I am looking for the best hotel in the Hilton portfolio in the US. I currently hold Diamond status. Things that I am...
    - 1 hour ago Apr 1, 2015, 2:36am -
  • newHI-Express Tegucigalpa
    Anybody got experience with the HI-Express in Tegucigalpa? I'll be spending 2 nights in Tegucigalpa and I am thinking of using points for the stay. My other option is paying for the nights at the InterContinental. Thanks
    - 2 hours ago Apr 1, 2015, 2:23am -
  • newUpgrade List - Does check-in time matter?
    When researching this question, I am finding conflicting information. I am a Platinum member and I always request an upgrade when I book a flight using 500 mile upgrades. Now, for instances when an upgrade does not clear prior to check-in, does..…
    - 2 hours ago Apr 1, 2015, 2:14am -
  • newBaggage transfer question and documentation.
    Hi all. Our big Perth flight (first time out of the country) flight is coming up next week! It's from Wellington-Auckland-Perth. My question is, do I have to pick my bags up at Auckland when I arrive domestic, then re-check them at the...
    - 2 hours ago Apr 1, 2015, 2:14am -
  • newJW Chicago - Concierge Lounge
    Is it closed on Saturdays? Does the hotel provide any benefit for it being closed?
    - 2 hours ago Apr 1, 2015, 2:11am -
  • newAA > TLV
    After exiting the ELAL / AA relationship is it possible that AA will serve TLV?
    - 2 hours ago Apr 1, 2015, 2:10am -
  • newOpen jaw in the same region
    One of my friends asked me today if her itinerary is valid before calling Aeroplan. Her itinerary is like this: PEK-NRT NH ---open jaw---- TPE-BKK (destination) BR BKK-TPE( layover 6hrs)-PEK BR For me, it seems valid as there is no stopover.…
    - 2 hours ago Apr 1, 2015, 2:00am -

Reddit r/churning

  • newChase Slate now offers free monthly FICO score/Credit Dashboard
    Just happened to be checking my Chase offers and realized they changed the design of the Chase Slate and now offer free monthly FICO scores and a credit dashboard. I don't have a Slate Card, so I can't see what the dashboard looks like, but I just th…
    - 2 mins ago Apr 1, 2015, 4:02am -
  • newKeep or Cancel my SoftCard/ISIS/Serve Acct?
    Now that I can no longer load it from my CC, is it even worth it to keep open? submitted by WazzuCougsAllDay [link] [1 comment]
    - 58 mins ago Apr 1, 2015, 3:06am -
  • newBreak up Marriott Vacation Package
    I'm working on my plan of attack for my points. Via the RC card, MR card and spending, I have about 300k Marriott points and am thinking about using them plus the ones I will earn (plus additional sign up bonuses) over the next year for a big vacatio…
    - 1 hour ago Apr 1, 2015, 2:39am -
  • newThe risks of MS
    Pizza in motion posted a good article about the risks of MS. Specifically, MS activity caused US Bank to close all accounts for a reader, and clawed back all the points. http://pizzainmotion.boardingarea.com/2015/03/31/the-risks-of-manufactured-credi…
    - 5 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 11:20pm -
  • newWhich card currently has the best sign up cash incentive?
    Chase freedom offers $100 after spending $500 in the first 3 months. Is the a card that offers a better cash back incentive currently? submitted by Suit_and_Tie_Guy [link] [14 comments]
    - 6 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 9:35pm -
  • newIf you could get one last Chase card...
    I recently completed my last AoR where I picked up the Citi Platinum Select AAdvantage, Southwest Premier, and the Southwest Plus... With that I've picked up the Southwest Companion Pass so I would like to now work on a bank of hotel points via hot…
    - 8 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 7:46pm -
  • newCould Uber or Lyft fulfill Chase's $300 coupon direct deposit requirement?
    From this subreddit I learned about the Chase coupon that offers $300 to new checking customers if they can set up a direct deposit upon account opening. Since I am currently a student and do not have a full time job, I was wondering if direct deposi…
    - 9 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 7:29pm -
  • newBarclays Spend
    So it's a common conception around here that barclays likes spend on their cards. So my question is do they look at pure dollars or number of transactions? Would msing a lot of spend with redcard count for them or would you be better to use it as an…
    - 9 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 6:59pm -
  • newDo points converted/transferred from Choice count towards SW Companion Pass?
    So I'm pretty sure it is common knowledge that converted/transferred points from Choice and other non-UR partners count towards the Companion Pass. However today I spoke to two CSR's who both told me that those points do not count. I tried phrasing i…
    - 11 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 4:59pm -
  • newAmex SPG Serve Load
    I haven't been able to find a good answer for this. Can I reach minimum spend on my new SPG by using serve online CC loads? If so, will it earn points? Thanks! submitted by ryandmg [link] [9 comments]
    - 11 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 4:43pm -

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