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The Points Guy

  • newFlight Review: Singapore Economy Class HKG-SIN
    On his recent round-the-world trip, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen made a quick stop in Bali. To get there from Hong Kong, he flew Singapore Airlines economy via Singapore. Here’s his review of the experience. Until my recent trip around the wo…
    - 15 hours ago 26 Jul 14, 7:33pm -
  • newIHG Rewards Club 60% Buy Points Bonus
    IHG Rewards (formerly Priority Club) is offering a 60% bonus for purchasing 10,000 or more points through August 18, 2014. IHG offers bonuses for points purchases every so often, ranging from 25% to 100%, so this offer is about average compared to p…
    - 16 hours ago 26 Jul 14, 6:14pm -
  • new3x HHonors on Weekends, Contest to Fix PreCheck & More
    Here’s a recap of points, miles and travel industry news from the past week: Earn 2X Hilton HHonors points during the week and 3x on weekends: The Hilton HHonors Triple Your Trip promotion allows HHonors members to earn bonus points for stays at…
    - 22 hours ago 26 Jul 14, 12:06pm -
  • Summer Festival Fun in Edinburgh
    Summer in Edinburgh is a magical time according to TPG contributor Lori Zaino. Temps reach the soaring height of about 20 degrees Celsius on average (68 degrees Fahrenheit)  and everyone is ready to rock n’ roll after a long, hard winter. If you…
    - 2 days ago 25 Jul 14, 7:39pm -
  • Win Trips to US Open, Norway, the Galapagos & More
    There are some fun travel contests and sweepstakes around the web at the moment. Here are my top picks to win some great travel prizes: Marriott’s #WIN3NYC sweeps gives you a chance to experience the “Best of NYC”: Courtesy of Marriott, yo…
    - 2 days ago 25 Jul 14, 5:47pm -
  • Minor US Airways Award Chart Devaluation Coming August 1
    Just a reminder for all you Dividend Miles members, US Airways has scheduled a minor award chart devaluation for Friday, August 1. For travel booked on or after August 1, the airline will be raising redemption levels for round-trip travel on medium…
    - 2 days ago 25 Jul 14, 2:07pm -
  • Maximizing Marriott Rewards for Family Travel
    Today, TPG contributor Jason Steele continues his series on family travel options in the most prevalent hotel brands with a look at Marriott Rewards. Previously, we looked at several of the major hotel loyalty programs to evaluate how family fr…
    - 2 days ago 25 Jul 14, 12:47pm -
  • Marriott Rewards Premier Visa 70,000 points & Free Night
    While the bonus for the Marriott Rewards Premier Visa from Chase normally sits at 50,000 points, there has been a public offer floating around for 70,000 points (after spending $2,000 within the first 3 months) plus one free night at a category 1-4…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jul 14, 7:18pm -
  • 70,000 Point Signup Bonus for Chase Ink Plus
    Chase is currently offering a signup bonus of  70,000 Ultimate Rewards points for the Ink Plus card when you apply in a Chase branch. That’s 20,000 points more than the current standard 50,000 point offer, however, the $95 annual fee is not waive…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jul 14, 7:11pm -
  • Thursday Giveaway: Flight 001 Luggage Prize Pack
    As travelers on the go, we know the importance of our belongings, especially when trekking them through airports near and far. Whether you need luggage, city guides or other assorted travel accessories Flight 001, is a cool store with tons of opt…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jul 14, 5:45pm -

Frugal Travel Guy

  • newReader Success Story: Mad Dash to Melbourne – A Cautionary Tale
    Over the past year, we’ve had many readers share their success stories with us. Folks for whom traveling domestically once a year was a luxury are now traveling the world with just a few credit card sign-up bonuses. And the best part? They are shar…
    - 3 hours ago 27 Jul 14, 8:00am -
  • Are Norwegian Air’s Sub-$500 Fares to Europe the Lowest?
    Norwegian Air is a low-cost carrier that is offering pretty low round-trip fares to Europe. I recently began booking tickets for some relatives who were headed to Copenhagen this summer. Tickets were mostly around $1,000 when I searched ITA and Kayak…
    - 1 day ago 26 Jul 14, 8:00am -
  • Preview of IHG’s PointBreaks List for July 28 – September 30, 2014
    A preview of IHG’s latest Pointbreaks promotion is now live. For those unfamiliar with Pointbreaks, it’s a quarterly list of hotels that can be booked for just 5,000 points per night during select dates. There is usually always at least one great…
    - 1 day ago 25 Jul 14, 11:00pm -
  • Let’s Get Together Starwood Preferred Guest Promo
    Three paid stays and three free nights. Let’s Get Together Promotion Registration and Let’s Get Together Terms & Conditions. Let’s get to the details: Not everyone is eligible (I tried 12 accounts across my family/friends and only my wife Sa…
    - 2 days ago 25 Jul 14, 8:00pm -
  • I Heart Southwest: 5 Reasons I Love Southwest Airlines
    Las week I was presented with the opportunity for a last-minute trip, and I immediately started stressing over the details. Basically, my husband decided to take me up on an offer I made for a mini-getaway for his 35th birthday. The weird thing is, h…
    - 2 days ago 25 Jul 14, 8:00am -
  • One Week Left to Use US Airways Miles for Turkish Airlines Flights
    Last month I wrote an article about how, despite US Airways switching from Star Alliance to Oneworld as part of the merger process with American Airlines, US Airways Dividend miles could still be used to book awards on some of their former Star Allia…
    - 2 days ago 24 Jul 14, 11:00pm -
  • Marriott Rewards Visa Ups Sign-up Bonus to 70,000 Points
    The sign-up bonus for the Marriott Rewards Visa has officially increased to 70,000 points after$2,000 spent within 3 months. In addition to the 70,000 points, cardholders get a free night at a Category 1-4 hotel upon account opening. The $85 annual f…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jul 14, 8:00pm -
  • Credit Card Benefits that We Ignore – Rental Car Insurance
    When looking at a credit card and its features/benefits what are the first things you look at? How many points is the signup bonus? How many points you earn when you buy gas? How many points you earn when go grocery shopping? What lounge the card get…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jul 14, 8:00am -
  • Travel Challenge: Blue Ridge Parkway
    Image Courtesy of Wikitravel.org Scenic, beautiful and peaceful. Those are the three things that come to mind when I think of the Blue Ridge area. While Blue Ridge is a town located in North Georgia, the scenic parkway runs through North Carolina and…
    - 3 days ago 23 Jul 14, 11:00pm -
  • Marriott Premier Rewards Visa Joins the Referral Bonus Bandwagon
    For a while now, cardholders of certain Chase rewards cards have been able to earn bonus points for referring friends. For example, Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier cardholders can earn 5,000 points for each friend they refer who is then approved, up…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jul 14, 8:00pm -

One Mile at a Time

  • newAeroflot’s Sensual 777-300ER Safety Video
    The first minute of that is just... wow:The post Aeroflot’s Sensual 777-300ER Safety Video appeared first on One Mile at a Time.        CommentsMost people ignore the safety instructions/videos at the ... by Chris@Gwayrav I'm not sure…
    - 13 hours ago 26 Jul 14, 9:33pm -
  • newLa Compagnie Business Class Paris To Newark Review
    As I explained yesterday, I flew from Paris to Newark on La Compagnie, the new French all business class airline operating exclusively in that market.I don’t even know where to start.The first challenge was finding their check-in. I took the TGV…
    - 17 hours ago 26 Jul 14, 5:36pm -
  • newReview: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class 787 Beijing To Addis Ababa
    Our flight left Beijing shortly after midnight, so we headed over to the airport at around 8PM. I should note at this point that we were exhausted. We had flown in the previous day from Zurich, and gotten up before 5AM for a full day tour of Beijing,…
    - 19 hours ago 26 Jul 14, 3:33pm -
  • newIHG Rewards Club Bonus On Purchased Points
    Through August 18, 2014, IHG Rewards Club is offering a widely targeted bonus of up to 60% on the purchase of points.The cost to purchase points varies based on how many you purchase, as follows:-- 1,000 – 10,000 points for $13.50 per 1,000 point…
    - 21 hours ago 26 Jul 14, 1:53pm -
  • newWeird Sign To See Posted At A Hotel Breakfast Buffet
    That is all.The post Weird Sign To See Posted At A Hotel Breakfast Buffet appeared first on One Mile at a Time.        CommentsNever say never, but I've never had a problem, even when ... by No Fly ZoneWhy is this weird? The sign is actu…
    - 22 hours ago 26 Jul 14, 12:38pm -
  • The Devil’s Advocate Hits Me Where It Hurts… Right In The Duck!
    My friend Scott runs the Hack My Trip blog, and he does a great job with it.We’re very different – I felt like going to college was the biggest waste of my life, while he has like 14 doctoral degrees and is trying to figure out a way to get back…
    - 2 days ago 25 Jul 14, 10:33pm -
  • It’s Time To Tackle The Bucket List
    A couple of days ago I got an interesting question on Instagram, of all places. The question was:"With three planes gone missing just this year, how has your perception of flying changed?"And that's complicated to answer, at least for me.It’s a…
    - 2 days ago 25 Jul 14, 7:53pm -
  • IHG PointBreaks Preview
    The most recent IHG Rewards Club’s PointBreaks preview was just posted in the IHG forum. The hotels on the list will be available for booking starting Monday, July 28, 2014, and will be valid for stays through Tuesday, September 30, 2014.IHG Rewar…
    - 2 days ago 25 Jul 14, 7:12pm -
  • I’m Flying La Compagnie From Paris To Newark Today!!!
    As ya’ll know, I’m pretty excited/hormonal about La Compagnie, the new all business class airline flying between Paris and Newark.Their business model is as flawed as the 787’s battery was for the first year, but that’s part of the fun.What…
    - 2 days ago 25 Jul 14, 5:33pm -
  • Chase Ink Plus 70,000 Point Sign-Up Bonus
    The Ink Plus® Business Credit Card is one of my favorite all around business cards, given that it offers:- A generous sign-up bonus- Extremely rewarding bonus categories, including 5x points on office supply stores, and on cellular phone, landline…
    - 2 days ago 25 Jul 14, 3:33pm -

The Frequent Miler

  • Thank you, Citi, Singapore is looking sweet.
    I’m freakin’ excited that Citbank now supports transfers of ThankYou points to airline miles.  Granted, most of the transfer partners are useless, but I really like the ability to transfer to Singapore Airlines.  And, I love the fact that Citi…
    - 2 days ago 25 Jul 14, 9:45am -
  • Kohl’s savings and cash back
    Kohl’s used to be an awesome option for earning points and miles.  In March, 2013, when I challenged myself to earn a million points and miles in a month, I earned hundreds of thousands of points from Kohl’s.  The trick was as follows: Go throu…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jul 14, 9:15am -
  • Citi changes the dating game
    Now that Citibank ThankYou points can be transferred to airline miles, those seeking love and marriage should consider revising their dating strategies.  Let me explain… Citi’s ThankYou points are generally worth about 1 cent per point when rede…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jul 14, 9:45am -
  • A novice’s guide to Paris
    My family and I recently spent five nights and four days in Paris.  That makes me uniquely unqualified to write a Paris guide.  The novice in the title of the post is me, not you.  That said, I can tell you about my experiences.  I won’t go int…
    - 5 days ago 22 Jul 14, 9:45am -
  • To Europe and back
    For the past two weeks my family and I have been mostly off-line during our European vacation.  While we were away, the big and horrible news was the Malaysian Airlines tragedy.  My heart goes out to everyone affected by this tragedy.  Regarding p…
    - 6 days ago 21 Jul 14, 11:45am -
  • FM classics: Bangkok Bound: My dangerous decision
    FM Intro: While I’m on vacation, I will be lazily reposting old classic Frequent Miler posts.  Today’s post, originally published February 5th 2013, recounts my scariest moments during my first class trip to Bangkok last year. Many people have s…
    - 10 days ago 17 Jul 14, 9:45am -
  • FM classics: Bangkok Bound: Thai 1st class, and my uh-oh moment
    FM Intro: While I’m on vacation, I will be lazily reposting old classic Frequent Miler posts.  Today’s post, originally published February 2nd 2013, recounts one of several adventures I enjoyed on my first class trip to Bangkok last year…  Jo…
    - 11 days ago 16 Jul 14, 9:45am -
  • FM classics: Up in the air
    FM Intro: While I’m on vacation, I will be lazily reposting old classic Frequent Miler posts.  Today’s post, originally published May 7 2012 tells the story of the events that led to my decision to blog full time…  Have you seen George Cloone…
    - 12 days ago 15 Jul 14, 9:45am -
  • FM classics: Let’s just be friends
    FM Intro: While I’m on vacation, I will be lazily reposting old classic Frequent Miler posts.  Today’s post, originally published May 4 2012 was inspired by the newfound ability (no longer available) to earn 5X everywhere with the combination of…
    - 13 days ago 14 Jul 14, 9:45am -
  • FM Classics: One card to rule them all
    FM Intro: While I’m on vacation, I will be lazily reposting old classic Frequent Miler posts.  Today’s post, originally published May 1, 2012, is by far the most widely read post I’ve ever written.  It was, at the time, suddenly possible to e…
    - 16 days ago 11 Jul 14, 9:45am -

Well Traveled Mile

Million Mile Secrets

View From the Wing

Nomadic Matt

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

The Hustle Blog

  • My Biggest Mile Manufacturer – TD Go
    During a time where Joann & I have more miles & points than we do vacation days, I’m looking for easier ways to manufacture these points instead of ways to just amass a stockpile of them. Notice my emphasis is on easy.  I’m not a fan of drivi…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jul 14, 11:00am -
  • Hyatt Updates Mobile App
    I just downloaded an app update for the Hyatt mobile app for Android. I believe the iPhone update for the app has been out for a few week now. From what I’ve noticed, it’s a very useful update. Prior to this update, the app was only great for ch…
    - 19 days ago 8 Jul 14, 11:00am -
  • Bluebird & Serve Increase Daily Load Limit to $2500
    American Express Bluebird has updated their Membership Agreement. Previously, the daily load limit was $1,000 via loading online with Vanilla Reload cards or loading in person at Walmart with a debit/gift card. As of July 1, the daily load limit will…
    - 21 days ago 6 Jul 14, 11:00am -
  • A Machu Picchu Anniversary: Palacio del Inka & Cusco
    TRIP INDEX The hotel was a short taxi ride away and we were surprised that we were already feeling the effects of the altitude. Cusco is over 11,000 feet above sea level (higher than Machu Picchu and surrounding villages) so it may hit you hard! When…
    - 25 days ago 2 Jul 14, 11:00am -
  • Chase Freedom Third Quarter 2014 Bonus Categories Are Live!
    The 3rd quarter of 2014 is upon us so that means new bonuses and maybe some shuffling of spend. As I wrote previously, this quarter’s bonus categories are gas stations & Kohl’s. You will receive 5 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent in th…
    - 26 days ago 1 Jul 14, 3:58pm -
  • US Airways MasterCard 20% Bonus Miles
    This summer, earn 20% more miles with your US Airways Dividend Miles MasterCard. Earn 20% more miles on every purchase you make with your card between July 1 and August 31, including US Airways purchases, up to a maximum of 10,000 bonus miles.  The…
    - 30 days ago 27 Jun 14, 11:00am -
  • Chase Hyatt Credit Card
    Hotel cards are often overlooked in the credit card game, but they shouldn’t be. Many of them have lucrative sign-up and anniversary bonuses. The Chase Hyatt credit card is no exception. In fact, many see it as one of the best hotel rewards cards o…
    - 39 days ago 18 Jun 14, 11:00am -
  • Chase Freedom 3rd Quarter Bonus Categories – Sign Up!
    You can now activate your Chase Freedom credit cards to earn 5 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent in these 2 bonus categories: Gas stations Kohl’s The 3rd quarter bonus categories will run from July 1 – September 30, 2014. Ways to Leverag…
    - 42 days ago 15 Jun 14, 11:00am -
  • Earning United Miles Just Went Revenue-Based
    Well, United has just gone the way of Delta with their announcement today. Starting March 1, 2015, United will change the way you earn frequent flyer miles. The distance flown will no longer matter; United will soon reward its biggest spenders (whic…
    - 46 days ago 11 Jun 14, 11:00am -
  • Pay Bills & Earn Miles/Points with Evolve Money
    In the realm of Manufacture Spend (MS), Evolve Money is a small-time but reliable service. It is basically a Bill Pay service that allows you to pay certain bills with debit or Visa/MasterCard gift cards. To be clear, you cannot pay off credit card b…
    - 53 days ago 4 Jun 14, 11:00am -

Frequent Flier

  • Recap: The Week’s Biggest Stories and Best Deals
    Following is our regular summary of the latest travel news and best frequent traveler promotions reviewed during the past week. If it was a good deal—or a notably bad deal—from an airline, hotel, or car rental loyalty program, you can ... Read Mo…
    - 2 days ago 25 Jul 14, 9:31pm -
  • Airlines Squeeze Flyers, Roll in the Dough
    Pity not the airlines. This week, most U.S. airlines announced their operational and financial results for the second quarter. And they were nothing short of record-breaking. American reported net income of $864 million. But if merger-related expense…
    - 2 days ago 25 Jul 14, 5:14pm -
  • Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Gov’t Watch List
    The great majority of American travelers will never suffer the effects of having their names included on the federal government’s watch list of known or suspected terrorists. Air travel is stressful enough without the added worry of being subjected…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jul 14, 6:01pm -
  • Are Pigs Treated Better Than Coach-Class Passengers?
    If pigs could fly … well, they might have it better than humans flying in coach. Pigs on a truck are probably on their way to the slaughterhouse. For people on a plane, shoehorned into coach seats, it just feels ... Read More
    - 3 days ago 24 Jul 14, 3:45pm -
  • CheapTickets’ New Loyalty Currency Expires After Just 30 Days
    The online travel agencies already boast competitive prices, plenty of inventory, and solid if not flashy user interfaces. So it’s no mystery why the latest battle for the hearts and minds of travel consumers is taking place in the arena ... Read M…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jul 14, 6:12pm -
  • Hilton’s New Promotion Undermined by the Fine Print
    Longtime points chasers will recall, wistfully, a time when a hotel chain’s “systemwide promotion” was just that: systemwide. In other words, stays at any and all properties in that hotel company’s network would count toward earning whatever…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jul 14, 3:47pm -
  • Act Fast: JetBlue 20% Award-Price Discount
    JetBlue has recently been among the most aggressive airlines in offering discounts on award travel. That’s the good news. The bad news: The discounts, this latest one included, have all been flash sales, giving TrueBlue members as little as 48 ...…
    - 5 days ago 22 Jul 14, 6:06pm -
  • Citi Adds Transfer Partners to ThankYou Program
    A majority of frequent-flyer miles are earned through purchases made by credit cards, either cards linked directly to specific airline programs or cards that award points that may be transferred into multiple airline and hotel programs, such as the S…
    - 5 days ago 22 Jul 14, 4:49pm -
  • Chase Sapphire Credit Card Adds, Deletes Perks
    The Chase Sapphire Preferred card has established itself as one of the perennial favorites among travel-rewards aficionados for a number of good reasons. Among them: No foreign transaction fees Points transfer 1:1 to 11 airline and hotel programs Awa…
    - 6 days ago 21 Jul 14, 6:33pm -
  • Win an 8-Day Trip for 2 to Tokyo
    Enter the Sapporo “Legendary Journey” sweepstakes by August 27, 2014, for a chance to win the grand prize: an eight-day trip to Tokyo for two, including air, hotel, and $2,400 in spending money. In addition to the grand prize, 12 ... Read More
    - 6 days ago 21 Jul 14, 4:27pm -

Travel is Free

  • New PointBreaks & Latin Stopover Tricks
    First things first, PointBreaks preview is available. The list will be bookable and for stays between July 28- September 30th. If you’re not familiar, read up on IHG PointBreaks here, as it’s a list of bookable hotels for 5,000 points (which c…
    - 2 days ago 25 Jul 14, 5:14pm -
  • 6 Unbelievable Stopover Tickets
    “I went to book a ticket and you’ll never believe what happened next…” didn’t really fit as a title. But here are a few tickets that I would consider steals. Some more complicated than others, but all of good “value”. If you’re unfami…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jul 14, 9:48pm -
  • The Future of Miles and Points
    Once there is a proven formula, the formula becomes broken. This is true for airlines, blogs, miles and many other things. That’s because when everyone knows the magic formula, the formula stops working. It’s somehow bland and worthless, less no…
    - 5 days ago 22 Jul 14, 7:26pm -
  • High Roller Credit Cards
    Should you fear the large annual fees of these 3 high roller credit cards? The annual fees are large and not waived for the first year, but they have above and beyond benefits. Value of the cards, the value of the word “value”, and benefits are…
    - 10 days ago 17 Jul 14, 5:12pm -
  • Why We Flew First Class
    Now I’m not a fire and brimstone blogger, but I’ll try to justify why my First Class splurge was a great opportunity. Which I wouldn’t have to do if I hadn’t spent so much time saying why I don’t fly first class. See, in general, I value…
    - 11 days ago 16 Jul 14, 10:06pm -
  • Tallest Hotels in the World [Infographic]
    Technically there are two ways to define the “tallest hotel in the world.” The better way is by what floors the hotel’s rooms are actually on. That’s what this infographic is about. The dumber way would be to define “tallest hotel” by the…
    - 13 days ago 14 Jul 14, 9:19pm -
  • 3 Years Blogging!
    The truth is, I don’t know exactly when I started blogging at travelisfree, but I do know that I registered and moved to travelisfree.com (instead of a wordpress.com blog) on July, 11th. So we’ll go ahead and say it’s 3 years of travelisfree.co…
    - 16 days ago 11 Jul 14, 3:47am -
  • Ann Arbor Art Fair DO, July 19-20
    There is an annual “DO” in Ann Arbor, MI. A DO is a get together of frequent flyer nerds, or something like that, and this one is free, next weekend, and your’s truly will be speaking. … Me. That’s me… I’ll be speaking there. In the p…
    - 17 days ago 10 Jul 14, 7:14pm -
  • The Complete Guide to Hotel Best Rate Guarantees
    Using Best Rate Guarantees (BRG’s) we’ve gotten completely free stays at the InterContinental Vienna (a $300/night hotel), IC Budapest, IC San Juan, DoubleTree Bucharest and more. We’ve also used BRG’s to get huge discounts at the JW Marriott…
    - 20 days ago 7 Jul 14, 9:24pm -

Frequent Flyer Bonuses

milepoint (Forums)

  • newTeh Penalty Box
    I think it's time for a new Box thread that works. So, here goes.
    - 13 mins ago 27 Jul 14, 10:22am -
  • newWhat Restaurant Is At The Top Of Your "I Must Eat Here" List?
    .... and perhaps folks who have eaten there can provide a review / opinion.OK - For me it's Alinea in Chicago right now.
    - 16 mins ago 27 Jul 14, 10:19am -
  • 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…
    - 17 mins ago 27 Jul 14, 10:18am -
  • newNYC dining options
    I just booked my annual work trip to NYC but was able to add two extra days (yay!). A friend is coming to meet me on Saturday afternoon and I'm looking for some suggestions for a Saturday night meal + entertainment/fun. Any suggestions?I've been t…
    - 19 mins ago 27 Jul 14, 10:16am -
  • newSATO and military travel
    Does anybody know which airline is the preferred military fare airline when it comes to the following routes:YYZ-HNLSAN-YYZI know bookings are done through SATO and that some routes have specific contracts. Hope this makes sense to someone out the…
    - 19 mins ago 27 Jul 14, 10:16am -
  • new422,860,000 AmEx Points from Single Purchase
    It's a pretty good rate to earn that many points from a USD 36 million charge (see below). It's probably available only to HK residents. Collector Gets 422 Million AmEx Points With Cup Purchase By Frederik Balfour Jul 18, 2014 12:38 PM ET...Click…
    - 27 mins ago 27 Jul 14, 10:08am -
  • newFood Porn
    This, my friends, is the best freaking burger you will ever dream of putting in your mouth.And if you come to Seattle, I'll show you where to go get it.
    - 28 mins ago 27 Jul 14, 10:07am -
  • newAnd the best hotel in the world is…
    And the best hotel in the world is…The BURJ AL ARAB in Dubai has been named the best hotel in the world by readers of The Telegraph’s luxury magazine Ultratravel.In addition to taking the title of best hotel in the Middle East, the luxury hote…
    - 40 mins ago 27 Jul 14, 9:55am -
  • 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…
    - 46 mins ago 27 Jul 14, 9:49am -
  • newThe One Dish You Should Never Order in Rome
    The One Dish You Should Never Order in Rome When it comes to dining in Rome, there's one pasta dish to avoid, and one you shouldn't leave the city without trying.You should never order… Fettuccine Alfredo. This is an American dish that has been…
    - 52 mins ago 27 Jul 14, 9:43am -

Flyertalk MilesBuzz

  • newDomestic SP Run
    After receiving the email about double SP in July I thought I would look at going on a domestic run that would get me the extra 700 odd points that I needed for requalification ( my year ends in December) for a half decent price and came up with...
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  • newGA Stops Man from Boarding for Drinking
    At zone 3 boarding for Saturday's DL 1581 SEA-ANC, the GA walks to a young man seated nearby and asks him if he had been drinking. When he replies, "Yes", she tell him, "Sorry, you can't board this flight, but I will re-book you." The man...
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  • newKLM boarding times
    Flying on KLM from AMS - JFK and the boarding pass says boarding begins 1:55 minute before departure time....is that really the true boarding time? Cannot imagine why it takes almost 2 hours to board a 747
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  • newSwissport Gatwick North Terminal baggage reclaim delays today
    Luckily I convinced the missus to bring carry on only today http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-28508587
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  • newChauffeur service vs Uber
    Just wondering: Considering that Uber is now pretty reliable in Dubai and many other cities, how much of a 'draw' is the chauffeur service? I get that there are several African destinations not covered by Uber, but it seems like much of Americas,.…
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  • newDumb question re. domestic upgrades
    I haven't flown much for awhile and am rusty re. UA upgrades and could use some help. I am scheduled to fly IAD - SFO on 30 July on a 3 class 777 (UA 340). I am ticketed on a Y fare (Y cabin, Y fare class) and was waitlisted for a CPU - no automatic.…
    - 3 hours ago 27 Jul 14, 7:34am -
  • newBag Transfer at JFK
    I think the answer to this question is clear but I have been asked to check. We are flying AMS TO LHR (2hr transfer) - JFK (20 hour transfer) - SFO. The last flight is under a BA flight number operated by AA. I would never have worked this out...
    - 3 hours ago 27 Jul 14, 7:28am -
  • newEx-CMB EK Fares (to CHC)
    Hi All, noob here, so pls be gentle. :) Chanced upon a CMB-CHC return fare in J which looks pretty decent. I believe it's not a mistake fare. I live in SIN, so an ex-CMB fare, which takes me to DXB, BKK and SYD, seems too long. So I thought I..…
    - 3 hours ago 27 Jul 14, 7:23am -
  • newAir India STV
    Is it possible to book an award ticket to STV (Surat) via United Miles. I called to book but the agent says there is no such airport code. I have been on a flight between DEL-STV. Anyone have any inputs to this?
    - 4 hours ago 27 Jul 14, 6:57am -
  • newBeware: Van broken into during Park, Stay & Fly at Hyatt Regency SFO
    Sorry this is so long. Just wanted to share my experience @ Hyatt Regency SFO. I was on a Park, Stay and Fly package which gives up to 10 days of secure, covered valet parking with a stay. Upon return, we found our 1 year old Honda minivan...
    - 4 hours ago 27 Jul 14, 6:32am -

Reddit r/churning

  • newAny reason to keep two CSPs in the family?
    Both my wife and I now have a Chase Sapphire Preferred. Mine is about to be one-year old (AF time) and my wife was just approved. Both credit limits are similar (mine $29k, hers $22k). We each have two other personal cards with Chase (UE and Freedom)…
    - 6 hours ago 27 Jul 14, 4:48am -
  • newCheck bonus with credit card
    Sorry if this isn't the correct place but I figured you smart,handsome people may know. I am currently taking flight lessons and they give me a 5% bonus if I pay with check or cash in advance. However, I currently have a chase sapphire preferred an…
    - 13 hours ago 26 Jul 14, 9:11pm -
  • newHelp me with my next churn..
    I'm looking for a set of good credit cards that provide the best sign up bonus. Having a solid rewards programs is a bonus. One card that I pick up must be a visa/mc and have no foreign transaction fee. I'm currently using the SPG Amex, Discover, Ped…
    - 15 hours ago 26 Jul 14, 7:46pm -
  • newWhy Visa Gift Cards
    Why Visa Gift Cards You see them in the supermarkets, gas stations, office supply stores, or really any place that sells stuff these days. Nicely packaged gift cards to restaurants, stores, Amazon on a rack. On some racks, you can find Visa and Maste…
    - 18 hours ago 26 Jul 14, 4:43pm -
  • best points program to Costa Rica?
    I have 130,000 UR points - curious what transfer points program is best for travel from Portland, OR (PDX) to SJO (San Jose, Costa Rica) in September. Any suggestions? submitted by skilletdogg [link] [1 comment]
    - 1 day ago 26 Jul 14, 7:06am -
  • The smaller Citi AAdvantage cards
    So, I have a question about some of the less popular Citi AAdvantage cards. There's the Gold AAdvantage World Mastercard, and the Platinum Select AAdvantage World Mastercard. Right now the Gold is at 25K miles for only 750 in spend (annual fee waived…
    - 1 day ago 26 Jul 14, 1:34am -
  • How long after canceling a Chase reward card can I apply for it again and get the same bonus?
    Should I wait a certain amount of time? My credit score is in the mid-700s and don't want to hurt it with a lot of hard pulls / cancellations that could hurt the score, but would alsosacrifice some points to score awesome amounts of miles. submitted…
    - 1 day ago 26 Jul 14, 1:13am -
  • Help valuing miles
    So I got the Citi AAdvantage 50k offer and netted 53,000 AA miles from it. This (http://thepointsguy.com/2014/05/what-is-a-point-or-mile-worth-new-monthly-valuation-series/) says the miles are worth 1.7 cents apiece. I booked a one way award flight o…
    - 2 days ago 25 Jul 14, 10:09pm -
  • Chase Bank checking/savings bonuses
    Are there any resources for getting the $500 (or $400) checking/savings vouchers? Any chance this sub has friendly patrons that don't need the vouchers? Doctorofcredit recommends ebay, but it'd be nice to keep it 'in the family'. submitted by Ubv…
    - 2 days ago 25 Jul 14, 8:52pm -
  • Can I always use points towards statement credit?
    I'm looking to make a purchase shortly that should hit the spend requirements of some card and Marriott has 70k points after $2,000 spend. I've done CSP, Chase Freedom, Amazon Visa, and Barclays cards in the past which all have allowed me to pay down…
    - 2 days ago 25 Jul 14, 7:55pm -

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…
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  • 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

  • new10 Things I Hate About Las Vegas
    I’m a travel lover, not hater. But there are 10 things that I really despise about Las Vegas and here they are, in no particular order. You’ll have to let me know if you agree or disagree in the comments. 1. Bumpy flights When the temperature ri…
    - 17 hours ago 26 Jul 14, 5:46pm -
  • Travel Style: Susan Spano
    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: Susan Spano Occupation: Travel Writer/Peace Corps Volu…
    - 2 days ago 25 Jul 14, 10:29pm -
  • Charleston, SC, Part 1: Charleston Gets Top Vote for Best City—Again
    This is Part 1 in Dave Zuchowski’s three-part series on Charleston, South Carolina—voted the best city in the U.S. and Canada in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards for the second year in a row. Tune in for Part 2 next Friday. Lucky Cha…
    - 2 days ago 25 Jul 14, 6:56pm -
  • Reader Travel Tip of the Day: The Motel Freshener
    The Motel Freshener Each Friday, we’re featuring a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from Phil R. of West Lafayette, Indiana, who says: “This is a tip from back years ago when I was constantly traveling. I…
    - 2 days ago 25 Jul 14, 4:30pm -
  • Travel Style: David DiGregorio
    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: David DiGregorio  Occupation: Destination Marketing C…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jul 14, 5:15pm -
  • Travel Tip of the Day: The “Call from the Front Desk” Scam
    The “Call from the Front Desk” Scam Yesterday, I wrote about the “Let’s have a drink” scam. Well, here’s another one that’s making the rounds, including my buddy Peter Greenberg’s newsletter yesterday and DailyFinance.com. The “Call…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jul 14, 4:30pm -
  • Travel Tip of the Week: Beware the “Let’s Have a Drink” Scam
    Beware the “Let’s Have a Drink” Scam I’ve been scammed before in Budapest and there’s a good chance I’ll be scammed again since I travel so much. But my colleague Tom Brosnahan, in his travel guide from Turkey, just alerted me to the “…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jul 14, 6:00pm -
  • Top 10 in Travel News: Week of July 23, 2014
    THE TOP 10 IN TRAVEL NEWS THIS WEEK: The Official Flight Manifest For MH17 Malaysia Airlines offers refunds until Thursday Netherlands opens war crimes investigation into airliner downing Michael Bloomberg flys to Israel on EL AL to protest FAA ban A…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jul 14, 1:30pm -

Doctor of Credit

Hustler Money Blog

  • Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card Review
    Earn 70,000 Points after spending $2,000 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 10 Free Nights! Mar…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jul 14, 8:33pm -
  • TD Ameritrade $2,500 Cash Bonus Rewards
    TD Ameritrade offers $2,500 in cash bonus money for depositing $1 million in new funds valid until September 30, 2014. You will also get a $75 transfer rebate to cover any rollover or transfer fees that your other brokerages charge you. TD Ameritrade…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jul 14, 6:06pm -
  • Chase Premier Checking Review: $500 Bonus Coupon Promotion
    There are now Chase $500 Premier Checking Coupons available online on eBay to buy. This is by far the biggest Chase checking deal I’ve seen in all my years of writing about Chase bonuses. Once you get the Chase Coupon Code, you visit your local Cha…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jul 14, 11:51am -
  • Coinstar $8 Chili’s eGift Card Bonus
    Gather up all your change around the house because Coinstar is having a $8 Chili’s bonus when you pour in $40 or more at their counting machine. They will print the  $8 bonus on your receipt with no expiration. The $8 Chile’s eCertificate bonus…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jul 14, 11:30am -
  • MileagePlus Dining Program Review: 1,500 Bonus United Miles
    Frequent fliers can take advantage of this great offer for 1,500 United MileagePlus bonus miles from MileagePlus Dining. You need to join MileagePlus Dining by December 10, 2014, then earn 1,500 bonus miles when you spend $30 on a single dine at a pr…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jul 14, 9:19am -
  • Bank of Maine Review: $150 Cash Bonus Promotion
    For residents of Maine, Massachusetts, & New Hampshire, the Bank of Maine Promise Rewards Checking account is offering up to $150 in cash bonus. In order earn $150 bonus, you must set up direct deposit, do 10 debit card purchases, and bill payments t…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jul 14, 6:24am -
  • United MileagePlus Shopping Portal Review: Earn Up To 2,000 Bonus Miles
    Shop now using the United MileagePlus Shopping Mall to earn up to 2,000 bonus miles when spending $500 or more good  through August 31, 2014. Other spending requirements include $125 to earn 500 bonus miles, $250 to earn 1,000 miles, and $375 to ear…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jul 14, 6:19am -
  • Frontier Airlines 11% Off Winter Promotion
    Book your next flight with Frontier Airlines by 7/24/2014 and get 11% off using promo code WINTERSAVINGS. You must travel domestically between December 13 through March 1. The blackout dates include December 19-24, December 26–28, and January 3-4.…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jul 14, 5:04am -
  • Eat Free On Your Birthday! Birthday Freebies! July, 2014
    Here's the complete list of restaurants that give free meal/deals for your birthday.Acme Markets / Albertsons and possibly others, Free Birthday cake for first birthday, must bring proof of child being 1 yr old, ex: birth certificate.THE PALM…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jul 14, 1:23am -
  • Banana Republic Coupons, Discounts, and Promo Codes: Save Up To 60%
    Find all the best Coupons, Discounts, and Promotion Codes to save up to 60% Off when shopping at BananaRepublic.com. Use Offer Code BRTHINKBIG to get 40% off on Banana’s regular and 50% off sale items. The promo code expires 7/23/2014 Banana Republ…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jul 14, 5:21pm -

Hack My Trip

  • Will a Certain Fellow Blogger Please Calm Down About Lufthansa?
    From the desk of the Devil’s Advocate… I was at FTU Advanced this past weekend and had an absolute blast meeting and chatting with folks and exchanging ideas about loyalty programs. It’s great to be able to talk endlessly about our hobby withou…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jul 14, 11:15am -
  • Who Flies There?
    I led three sessions at FTU Advanced last weekend, and all of them were open ended. But for the most part I was leading people through different tools like ExpertFlyer, Award Nexus, and ITA Matrix. I’ll spend some time over the next couple weeks…
    - 5 days ago 22 Jul 14, 2:05pm -
  • Hacking Award Seats to South America – All 132 Routes
    Given our past attention to places farther from home, we round out the next part of this series with a look at award seats and routes to South America. Part 1 – Hacking Award Seats to Europe – All 403 Routes Part 2 – Hacking Award Seats to Asia…
    - 5 days ago 22 Jul 14, 11:05am -
  • Hacking Award Seats Down Under – All 31 Routes to Australia/NZ
    Over the past two weeks, we looked at finding the routes with the least demand to Europe and the Asia: Hacking Award Seats to Europe – All 403 Routes – Part 1 of 5 Hacking Award Seats to Asia – All 177 Routes – Part 2 of 5 In this next short…
    - 9 days ago 18 Jul 14, 12:00pm -
  • Kimpton Revamps Loyalty Program: Karma Rewards
    Last year I matched to Kimpton’s loyalty program, InTouch, and made good use of it with stays at Hotel Vintage Plaza in Portland, EPIC Hotel in Miami, Lorien Hotel & Spa in Alexandria, and Alexis Hotel in Seattle. Alexis remains my favorite, thoug…
    - 10 days ago 17 Jul 14, 2:30pm -
  • Did Hyatt Outwit The Devil’s Advocate?
    From the desk of the Devil’s Advocate… I am thrilled to report (and I am sure you are all thrilled to hear) that this past Friday I successfully completed my Hyatt Diamond Trial. As a result, I now have Diamond status with Hyatt until the end of…
    - 10 days ago 17 Jul 14, 11:15am -

Maximizing Money

  • Top Bonus Roundup on Maximizing Money: Updated July 26, 2014
    Check out this review of the best recent promotions on Maximizing Money, updated on July 26, 2014.The post Top Bonus Roundup on Maximizing Money: Updated July 26, 2014 appeared first on Maximizing Money.
    - 1 day ago 26 Jul 14, 10:35am -
  • Fuel Rewards Network Giveaway – Win 1 of 5 $25 FRN/Shell Gift Cards and 25¢/gal Sign-Up Bonus
    Enter the Fuel Rewards Network REAL Savings Contest on Maximizing Money to win 1 of 5 $25 FRN Gift Cards (Good at Shell Gas Stations), plus get a 25¢ per gallon discount as a sign-up bonus when you join the Fuel Rewards Network for free today.To wi…
    - 2 days ago 25 Jul 14, 11:44am -
  • Capital One ShareBuilder Promo Code up to $600 Bonus Offer
    Capital One ShareBuilder is currently offering from $50 to $600 in bonus cash when you open a new account and deposit at least $5,000, valid through December 31, 2014.Just open a new Capital One ShareBuilder Account and enter Promo Code GET600AFF du…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jul 14, 2:35pm -
  • Marriott Rewards Credit Card 70,000 Points after Only $1,000 Spend (Not $2,000)
    The Marriott Rewards credit cards allow you to earn bonus points toward free hotel nights, plus there are several current promotions offering up to 70,000 bonus points.Updated July 25, 2014: Please note that there is a new offer available for the Ma…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jul 14, 2:30pm -
  • The Bank of Maine $150 Promise Rewards Checking Account Bonus
    The Bank of Maine Promise Rewards Checking account offers up to $150 in bonus cash for new customers, plus you can earn a $50 bonus for each new customer that you refer.The Bank of Maine promotional offers are available to residents living in Maine,…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jul 14, 2:25pm -
  • TD Ameritrade up to $2,500 in Cash Bonuses
    TD Ameritrade is offering new and existing members up to $2,500 in cash bonus money when you deposit new funds, roll over your old 401(k)s, or transfer an IRA to TD Ameritrade by September 30, 2014.Review more details on this TD Ameritrade Promotion…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jul 14, 2:20pm -
  • UPS My Choice 6 Months Premium Membership for Free
    You can get 6 months of UPS My Choice Premium Membership for free through January 31, 2014.The post UPS My Choice 6 Months Premium Membership for Free appeared first on Maximizing Money.
    - 3 days ago 24 Jul 14, 2:19pm -
  • Ink Business Cards from Chase up to 70,000 Bonus Points – In Branch Only
    The Chase Ink Plus business credit card is now offering 70,000 bonus points for new applicants when you apply at your local Chase Bank branch.Check out more details on these Chase Ink Business Cards for business credit card solutions and business ch…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jul 14, 9:15pm -
  • TransWest Credit Union $25/$50 Referral Program Bonuses in Utah
    TransWest Credit Union has a referral program that offers both new and current members either $25 or $50 in bonus cash, depending on which accounts the new member opens.To join TransWest, you must be a resident of Salt Lake County in Utah; an employ…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jul 14, 9:11pm -
  • United MileagePlus Shopping up to 2,000 Bonus Miles
    The United MileagePlus Shopping rewards network is offering new and current members up to 2,000 bonus miles when you spend a qualifying amount from July 14th to August 31, 2014.The post United MileagePlus Shopping up to 2,000 Bonus Miles appeared fi…
    - 5 days ago 22 Jul 14, 9:01pm -

Boarding Area

  • newGetting Caught Up On What’s New In The Travel World
    Our family just got back from a great 10-day vacation in Italy and I’m getting caught up.  There were a bunch of things I either missed or didn’t have time to touch base with all of you on.  You’ll find a list of them below, with my thoughts:…
    - 36 mins ago 27 Jul 14, 10:00am -
  • newDelta WEATHER ALERT: Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Summer Storms – Free changes 27/28JULY2014
    Sorry I did not get this posted yesterday when the alert went up but if you are planning on flying out of some of the biggest airports from the Northeast coast today you may want to rethink. Delta has a weather waver in place for the following airpor…
    - 1 hour ago 27 Jul 14, 9:16am -
  • newThe European Peace Walk (EPW)
    It is 100 years since World War One. One means of commemoration is the opening of a  550-kilometre (323 mile) trans-national walkway through 6 European countries. The EPW will start in Vienna, the walk moves into Bratislava.  It then proceeds…
    - 2 hours ago 27 Jul 14, 8:22am -
  • newAA: 32B or nor 32B that is the question.
    American Airlines (AA) is confusingly using the 32B designator for two very different plane types. Whilst both are Airbus A321's that's where the similarity ends. Once has three class, flat beds and a small coach section. The other, is more tradition…
    - 6 hours ago 27 Jul 14, 4:53am -
  • newHyatt Diamond benefits at the Park Hyatt Tokyo: food and drinks.
    The Hyatt Diamond drinks and breakfast benefits at the Park Hyatt Tokyo definitely enhanced our stay. Here's a detailed description with lots of photos.The post Hyatt Diamond benefits at the Park Hyatt Tokyo: food and drinks. appeared first on Point…
    - 7 hours ago 27 Jul 14, 3:58am -
  • newI’ll Be Flying the Lufthansa ‘Bangalore Express’
    Lufthansa’s San Francisco-Frankfurt-Bangalore route is the shuttle of choice for techies going from Silicon Valley to the heart of India’s outsourcing industry. The ‘Bangalore Express’ is favored over competing options like Cathay and Singapo…
    - 9 hours ago 27 Jul 14, 2:01am -
  • newHow To Get Etihad Gold Status
    Now through July 29, 2014, Etihad is accepting applications for status matched for Etihad Gold Status. Techincally this is only for Australia residents (but who says you can’t register with an Australia address, and then always change it later). Be…
    - 10 hours ago 27 Jul 14, 12:07am -
  • newBlack’s Barbecue Opens Up in Austin, How Does it Rate in the Smoked Meat Mecca of the World?
    My favorite barbecue – anywhere – is Black’s in Lockhart, Texas. I believe barbecue is all about the meat, and that meat is brisket. Sauce shouldn’t be necessary, it just hides the taste of good barbecue. I’ve had Franklin Barbecue in Austi…
    - 12 hours ago 26 Jul 14, 11:00pm -
  • newVideo Saturday: Top Gear looks at Improving speed around airports
    It’s Saturday again, so it must be time for another video. According to Top Gear, that well known motoring show, getting around airports is actually rather slow. Not because of the planes, but the ground vehicles, with everything taking an age. Tha…
    - 12 hours ago 26 Jul 14, 10:59pm -
  • newAeroflot’s Sensual 777-300ER Safety Video
    The first minute of that is just... wow:The post Aeroflot’s Sensual 777-300ER Safety Video appeared first on One Mile at a Time.        CommentsThey should have used the Baywatch theme for the first minute, ... by DavidRelated StoriesV…
    - 13 hours ago 26 Jul 14, 9:33pm -

Frequent Flyer Miles 101

  • Marriott Rewards Visa: 70,000 points and a bunch of other goodies
    (Note: I do not receive any compensation if you order this card.  In the event that I do receive compensation for your actions, I will always disclose it (as you’ll see when you hit the bottom of this thread.)) Every so often, Marriott gives us a…
    - 2 days ago 25 Jul 14, 3:00pm -
  • What do airline earnings say about passenger experiences?
    Once per quarter, airlines comment on their earnings for the previous quarter and give projections for the following quarter.  Anyone can listen to these reports through a webcast on the airlines’ websites.  There is normally a lot of technical l…
    - 3 days ago 24 Jul 14, 2:00pm -
  • Path to a decision: Should I renew my Delta Silver Elite status
    In the summer, a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of miles.  With the sounds of the Delta third-quarter conference call in the background, it’s time for me to make my decision on whether I will make an attempt to renew my Delta elite…
    - 4 days ago 23 Jul 14, 2:43pm -
  • Hilton Honors launches Q3 promo: Double or Triple points
    Hilton’s Q3 promo, which oddly runs from August 1 through October 31, offers double base points for stays Monday-Thursday night and triple points on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night stays.  Base points are those that you get just for the night (b…
    - 5 days ago 22 Jul 14, 2:13pm -
  • Update on manufactured spending methods
    When I first started this blog, one of my goals was to avoid turning it into another blog about manufactured spending.  MS definitely serves a purpose, such as when you need to meet minimum spending on a credit card to get a bonus, or when you are a…
    - 5 days ago 22 Jul 14, 1:53pm -
  • 9/11 Security fee increase goes into effect today
    As mentioned in June, the 9/11 security fee increase goes into effect today.  The new fees will be flat, with a one-way fee of $5.60 and round-trip fee of $11.20, versus the previous regime of fees per leg of the trip. I typically keep politics out…
    - 6 days ago 21 Jul 14, 2:28pm -
  • And people think I’m a mileage junkie…
    One of the great things about frequent flyer programs is the stories they generate.  The most well-known of crazy miles stories is the one of Pudding Guy, but there are plenty more out there.  This weekend, we will visit the world of a Chinese Art…
    - 7 days ago 20 Jul 14, 6:30pm -
  • Hoarding miles: Just how many miles should I hold onto?
    One of my favorite sayings in the mileage world is, “Miles don’t earn interest.”  In other words, you get nowhere by hoarding hundreds of thousands, or even millions of miles, as airlines tend to devalue them over time.  Inflation works in th…
    - 9 days ago 18 Jul 14, 1:43pm -
  • A few tidbits from around the mileage world…
    For those of you who have never flown Virgin America, it has a nice product, especially if you find yourself in the front of the plane.  Recently, the company launched an elite status match if you have status with United, American, Delta or Southwe…
    - 11 days ago 16 Jul 14, 1:49pm -
  • Manufactured Spending: The fun can end, too.
    “There’s two sides to every Schwartz.” -Dark Helmet, Spaceballs In this post, I discussed two methods to manufacture spend, one using Paypal cards to reload your Paypal account and the second using debit cards to build your balance on the Walg…
    - 12 days ago 15 Jul 14, 2:59pm -

Mr. Free Miles