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The Points Guy

  • newObama Eases Some US Travel Restrictions to Cuba
    The island of Cuba is only 90 miles from Key West, Florida, but it has been 54 years since most U.S. citizens could legally travel there. Yesterday, however, President Obama announced that in light of Cuban leader Raúl Castro’s agreement to rel…
    - 15 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 9:52pm -
  • newSkyTeam Rolls Out SkyPriority Services & Fast-Track Security
    SkyTeam has officially completed the rollout of SkyPriority services at over 1,000 airports worldwide, making benefits available to Elite Plus flyers as well as those flying first or business class on all member airlines. SkyPriority offers servic…
    - 16 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 8:15pm -
  • newEarn Double Miles on United Flights (Targeted)
    United Airlines is currently running a targeted promotion where select MileagePlus members can earn double miles on their travel for qualifying flights now through January 31, 2015. With this offer, targeted members can earn up to 50,000 bonus miles…
    - 18 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 6:29pm -
  • newThursday Giveaway: $500 Hotels.com Gift Card
    For this week’s Thursday Giveaway, Hotels.com is generously giving one lucky TPG Reader a $500 Hotels.com gift card in honor of the introduction of them offering gift cards in both the U.S. and Canada. The Hotels.com Gift Card is redeemable at…
    - 20 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 4:29pm -
  • newUsing Amex FHR to Save Big on Luxury Hotels
    I’ve been an American Express Platinum cardholder for years. While the $450 annual fee is nothing to scoff at, I’m able to get way more than that in value every year. Off the bat, each calendar year you get $200 in airline reimbursements, and e…
    - 22 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 2:59pm -
  • newHow to Redeem Avios Without Huge Fees and Surcharges
    Surcharges and fees are the scourge of award travel enthusiasts, but since they’re unlikely to be going away anytime soon, learning how to avoid them can help you make the most of your points and miles. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen offers str…
    - 24 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 1:08pm -
  • New American Express Lounge at Sydney International Airport
    American Express has recently been opening up a bunch of their own airport lounges, known as the Amex Centurion Lounges. I had the opportunity to attend the Lounge Preview of the San Francisco location last month, and I’ve been impressed with ot…
    - 2 days ago 17 Dec 14, 9:45pm -
  • Europe’s Best Christmas Markets
    Headed to Europe to enjoy the wonder of the holiday season? Then read on as TPG International Correspondent Lori Zaino and TPG Contributor Lane Nieset share their picks for the most dazzling Christmas markets on the Continent.  Prague, Czech Repu…
    - 2 days ago 17 Dec 14, 8:39pm -
  • Delta Medallions Receive Hertz Elite Status Benefit
    We’ve written extensively about Delta changing their Skymiles program for 2015, and most of the changes have been negative. However, Delta promised that there was “more to come” and one of those new additions is a partnership with Hertz, allow…
    - 2 days ago 17 Dec 14, 6:59pm -
  • Last Chance: Chase Freedom 20,000 Sign-Up Bonus
    As I’ve written about before, I’ve had the Chase Freedom card for years now and it becomes even more powerful when combined with the Chase Sapphire Preferred and/or Ink Plus cards. The standard sign-up bonus on the Freedom card is $100 (1…
    - 2 days ago 17 Dec 14, 5:49pm -

Frugal Travel Guy

  • newLas Vegas Updates: Rocketmiles and myVEGAS Rewards
    Since my husband and I are currently in the midst of planning a frugal trip to Las Vegas and the West coast this summer, I thought I would share a few of the details I discovered about some of my favorite programs. First of all, I’m happy to report…
    - 5 hours ago 19 Dec 14, 8:00am -
  • newGive the Gift of Travel — And Earn Some Extra Rewards
    Here at FrugalTravelGuy, we have a tendency to think that experiences, not goods, make the best presents. We’re talking dinners, massages, outings or best of all — travel. And now, Hotels.com is making that gift even easier to give with the int…
    - 14 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 11:00pm -
  • newSay Goodbye to Amex Gift Cards from Online Shopping Portals
    This morning I gave our Magic 8-Ball a big shake and asked if we’d see an increase in the payouts for American Express Gift Cards and I didn’t get a single marginally positive response. I thought the 8-Ball was messing with me so I decided to ask…
    - 17 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 8:00pm -
  • newFour Frugal Travel Updates From the Week
    A few noteworthy items worth discussing: United’s Award Sale, Starwood’s Free Internet, Travel to Cuba and Hyatt’s Award Chart Update. United’s Award Sale: We did not report this initially for fear it was a glitch that would not last long, b…
    - 19 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 6:00pm -
  • Cape Air, JetBlue or Seaborne for Intra-Caribbean Flights?
    If you are traveling to one of the Lesser Antilles islands in the Caribbean, chances are you are connecting in San Juan (SJU) before your final destination. From SJU, your main three options to get you to your final destination are Cape Air, JetBlue…
    - 1 day ago 18 Dec 14, 8:00am -
  • Reader Request: Longing for those VIP Lounges
    Last week, FTG reader Ray sent us a Reader Request: “With the start of the new year, I am considering signing up for a credit card or membership that will give me airport lounge access. I travel a lot and have international responsibilities in 2015…
    - 2 days ago 17 Dec 14, 11:00pm -
  • Eliminate Out-of-Pocket Costs and Other Reasons to Invest in Barclay Arrival Miles
    Travel isn’t completely free, even if we are redeeming miles and points. No matter how many points we use for those fabulous trips, there are always out-of-pocket expenses involved, including airlines taxes and fees. The best way to eliminate some…
    - 2 days ago 17 Dec 14, 8:00pm -
  • Starwood to Open Sheraton Hotel in Dubrovnik Next Year
    Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced this week that it has signed an agreement with Hoteli Dubrovačka Rivijera d.d. to open a new Sheraton hotel in Dubrovnik, Croatia. The new hotel, to be known as the Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel…
    - 2 days ago 17 Dec 14, 7:12pm -
  • Flying This Holiday Season? Extra Travel Tips and Tricks
    For those who travel frequently, you’ve undoubtedly learned the tricks of packing efficiently, making it through security, navigating the airports and anticipating trip interruptions. For those who travel infrequently — perhaps only during the ho…
    - 2 days ago 17 Dec 14, 8:00am -
  • Marriott’s New Housekeeping Tipping Initiative Makes for an Awkward Stay
    Back in September of this year, Marriott announced that it would be joining A Woman’s Nation (AWN), a nonprofit organization founded by Maria Shriver, in their “The Envelope Please” initiative, which is designed to encourage and enable hotel gu…
    - 3 days ago 16 Dec 14, 11:00pm -

One Mile at a Time

  • newTravis’ SE Asian Adeventure: Hitchhiking On Malaysian
    Yesterday I described my family's general travel philosophy and how we applied it on our current month-long trip to Southeast Asia. After booking our flights into Jakarta, we sat back and waited to see if any deals would show up. We figured in the wo…
    - 15 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 9:33pm -
  • newAre Boutique Hotels Boutique Anymore?
    On Monday I posted about the news that IHG is acquiring Kimpton Hotels for $430 million. Yep, the world's largest hotel chain is taking over the world's first boutique hotel chain. To me this was a really logical move, even though admittedly most Kim…
    - 17 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 8:03pm -
  • newWhere To Find Award Space
    I've realized that my last few posts were starting to sound like an advertisement for award booking services, and that's truly not the intent. Yes, US Airways is hilariously impossible to deal with, but that doesn't mean you can't book your own award…
    - 19 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 6:03pm -
  • newWin Airport Lounge Access From LoungeBuddy
    *Keep reading to find out how you can win a $100 in airport lounge credit courtesy of LoungeBuddy.* LoungeBuddy is an innovative app that — as the name suggests — is all about the airport lounge experience. It’s location based so can automatica…
    - 20 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 4:33pm -
  • newQantas First Class Lounge LAX Now Open
    The new Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX is arguably the most gorgeous airport terminal in the United States. It also features some of the nicest shared lounges, like the Star Alliance First & Business Class Lounge. The business class sectio…
    - 22 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 3:03pm -
  • newNewly Single Guy Finds New Elizabeth Gallagher To Take On Trip
    In early November Travis wrote about the crazy story of Jordan Axani, a Canadian guy who booked a round the world trip with his girlfriend, only to break up with her. He went on a search to find a replacement travel companion that had the same name a…
    - 23 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 1:33pm -
  • EVA Air To Operate Hello Kitty Flights To Houston
    As I wrote about last week, EVA Air will be expanding their service to North America next summer, as they'll be launching 4x weekly service between Taipei and Houston as of June 2015. This expansion is a no brainer, not just because Houston is a huge…
    - 1 day ago 18 Dec 14, 1:03am -
  • 10 Best Credit Card Offers For December
    Every month I make a post with what I consider to be the best credit card sign-up bonuses of the month. While there are several excellent long standing credit card offers, the specifics of the best offers are constantly changing (be it the annual fee…
    - 2 days ago 17 Dec 14, 9:33pm -
  • Marriott MegaBonus 2015 Registration Open
    While Marriott Rewards isn’t my favorite hotel loyalty program, they do have some fairly lucrative promotions. One of their most popular promotions is MegaBonus, whereby historically they offer a free night certificate valid at a Category 1-4 prope…
    - 2 days ago 17 Dec 14, 8:33pm -
  • Abu Dhabi US Pre-Clearance Facility To Be Discontinued!!!
    I've written extensively and passionately about the US Pre-Clearance Facility in Abu Dhabi. For those of you that haven't seen my rants on the situation, see here: -- Abu Dhabi Airport United States Immigration Pre-Clearance Facility -- Dubai Airport…
    - 2 days ago 17 Dec 14, 6:50pm -

View From the Wing

The Frequent Miler

  • newBet You Didn’t Know: Dining bonuses without expensive dining checks
    Click here to view in browser: Bet You Didn’t Know: Dining bonuses without expensive dining checks By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate…   Frequent Miler readers are likely familiar with the Rewards Network dining programs, which allow you …
    - 1 hour ago 19 Dec 14, 11:25am -
  • newAmex gift card portal rewards may end
    Click here to view in browser: Amex gift card portal rewards may end Through a reliable source I just heard that tomorrow (December 19th) will be the last day that American Express will offer gift cards through cash back portals. Purchasing Amex gift…
    - 17 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 7:58pm -
  • Here’s your ticket to Hertz President’s Circle, without Delta or United status
    Click here to view in browser: Here’s your ticket to Hertz President’s Circle, without Delta or United status First United partnered up with Hertz, and now Delta has done the same.  Both programs offer a way for elites to get high level elite st…
    - 1 day ago 18 Dec 14, 11:25am -
  • Vanilla Reload cards gone by April 1. Here’s the good part…
    Click here to view in browser: Vanilla Reload cards gone by April 1. Here’s the good part… The buzz today regarding the death of Vanilla Reload cards was triggered by emails from American Express to Serve and Bluebird cardholders.  Customers rec…
    - 2 days ago 17 Dec 14, 8:33pm -
  • Increasing rewards beyond 50X
    Click here to view in browser: Increasing rewards beyond 50X Last month 1800Flowers ran a promotion that made it possible to earn 50 Southwest Rapid Rewards points per dollar with each order.  This was exciting for a number of reasons including the…
    - 2 days ago 17 Dec 14, 11:25am -
  • How to cash in your PayPal My Cash cards when PayPal freezes your account
    Click here to view in browser: How to cash in your PayPal My Cash cards when PayPal freezes your account Image this scenario:  Suppose a blogger you know had been buying PayPal My Cash cards at a certain three letter drug store and paying with a car…
    - 3 days ago 16 Dec 14, 11:25am -
  • Citi Prestige vs Premier vs Preferred

    - 4 days ago 15 Dec 14, 11:25am -
  • Bet You Didn’t Know: What to do when British Airways doesn’t show partner availability
    Click here to view in browser: Bet You Didn’t Know: What to do when British Airways doesn’t show partner availability By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate…   Greg has written before about the incredible value in British Airways awards, inc…
    - 7 days ago 12 Dec 14, 11:25am -
  • 30,000 miles to nowhere. Progress and plans.
    Click here to view in browser: 30,000 miles to nowhere. Progress and plans. Background: Currently, there’s a one time opportunity to get top tier AAdvantage elite status (Executive Platinum) by enrolling in and completing the US Airways Preferred S…
    - 8 days ago 11 Dec 14, 11:25am -
  • 30,000 miles to nowhere. Lessons learned so far.
    Click here to view in browser: 30,000 miles to nowhere. Lessons learned so far. Background: Currently, there’s a one time opportunity to get top tier AAdvantage elite status (Executive Platinum) by enrolling in and completing the US Airways Preferr…
    - 9 days ago 10 Dec 14, 10:00pm -

The Flight Deal

The Free-quent Flyer

  • Has the Chase Sapphire been quietly retired?
    For years, Chase has offered 3 Ultimate Rewards-earning personal (not small business) credit cards: the Chase Freedom, Chase Sapphire, and Chase Sapphire Preferred.The Freedom is Chase's entry into the crowded field of rotating 5% cash back category…
    - 2 days ago 17 Dec 14, 9:27pm -
  • Do this now: IHG Rewards Set Your Sights promotion
    IHG Rewards has announced and opened registration for their upcoming promotion, called "Set Your Sights." Between January 1 and April 30, 2015, members can earn at least 50,000 IHG Rewards points for completing a series of tasks, which will vary dep…
    - 2 days ago 17 Dec 14, 11:00am -
  • Guest post: Funding bank accounts with credit cards
    [Editor's note: this post was a guest submission by Will from Doctor of Credit. Will previously wrote for the site on the subject of depositing money orders remotely using smartphone apps, which I found to be an immensely helpful resource. I often me…
    - 3 days ago 16 Dec 14, 11:00am -
  • Easy and free ways to liquidate prepaid gift cards from Office Max
    By now many of my readers will have seen information about the current Office Max promotion, running through December 27, 2014, for $20 off $300 or more in Visa or MasterCard gift cards purchased in-store.Since $200 Visa and MasterCard gift cards com…
    - 4 days ago 16 Dec 14, 12:01am -
  • Do this now: Register for Chase Freedom cash back
    It's that time of the quarter, when registration opens for Chase Freedom bonus categories. In the first quarter of 2015, Chase Freedom cards will earn 5 non-flexible Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent at grocery stores excluding Walmart and Ta…
    - 4 days ago 15 Dec 14, 7:56pm -
  • IHG Rewards Into the Chaos: Points or Nights?
    As you know, IHG Rewards' 4th quarter promotion is called Into the Nights, and gives you the option of earning up to 50,000 bonus points or 2 free nights at any IHG property, or a combination of points and nights.As you may or may not know, depending…
    - 6 days ago 13 Dec 14, 1:12am -
  • Cash back at Amazon.com
    First of all, check out my spiffy new disclosure policy which should now be found at the top of each blog post when you visit my website. It reads:"Disclosure: to the best of my knowledge, I receive no third-party affiliate revenue for any of the co…
    - 8 days ago 12 Dec 14, 12:44am -
  • Quick hit: Orbitz $100 off $100+ promo is back (2 nights required)
    Via Miles To Memories, run, don't walk over to Orbitz.com and start booking pairs of nights for $100 off using promo code "VISACHECKOUT" and paying through, you guessed it, Visa Checkout.Your total stay cost must exceed $100 before the discount is ap…
    - 9 days ago 10 Dec 14, 3:27pm -
  • Update: selling Marriott gift cards to Cardpool
    Last month I wrote about a nice opportunity to score Marriott stays on the cheap or make a quick buck buying Marriott gift cards for 25% off and then reselling them at 92% of their face value.First the good news: as expected, Marriott gift card purc…
    - 10 days ago 9 Dec 14, 11:00am -
  • Developing: problems with Walmart bill pay
    This is just a quick note going into the weekend for readers who haven't yet seen this on Twitter, Flyertalk, or another manufactured spending forum.Some Walmart Money Center registers are no longer showing some credit card payment networksAs longti…
    - 13 days ago 6 Dec 14, 3:24am -

Well Traveled Mile

MileValue

  • new50,000 Delta SkyMiles Offer
    The Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card is offering 50,000 SkyMiles and a $50 statement credit after spending $1,000 in the first three months. Business owners can get the same offer on the business version of the card. Delta Miles I value Delta mile…
    - 21 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 3:23pm -
  • 25% Discount on Purchasing Starpoints. Good deal?
    I just got an email today from Starwood Preferred Guest announcing up to a 25% discount on the purchase of Starpoints. Through December 31, 2014, you can purchase up to 20,000 Starpoints with the following discounts: 500 – 9,500 Starpoints — 3.15…
    - 1 day ago 18 Dec 14, 8:01am -
  • Book Tickets from Fake Location to Save Money
    A friend passed along an article from Time.com that advocates doing something I’ve done a few times, but not described: You can often get a cheaper price on a cash ticket if you book the ticket in foreign currency through airline’s website design…
    - 2 days ago 17 Dec 14, 4:54pm -
  • Citi Prestige: 30,000 ThankYou Points, $250 Airfare Credit, Admirals Club Lounge Access
    The Citi Prestige® Card comes with 30,000 bonus ThankYou Points after $2,000 in purchases made with your card in the first 3 months the account is open, $250 in airfare or airline fee credits per calendar year, access to the American Airlines Admir…
    - 3 days ago 17 Dec 14, 12:12am -
  • How to Get Two Roundtrips to Central or South America from One Credit Card
    American Airlines offers some of the most generous off peak awards in the world. Off peak awards are discounts (ranging from 20-30%) on economy awards with MileSAAver award space, the capacity-controlled space that we like to book. To Peru, Colombia,…
    - 3 days ago 16 Dec 14, 4:47pm -
  • Membership Rewards 40% Transfer Bonus to British Airways Avios Through 1/31/15
    American Express Membership Rewards transfers to British Airways Avios will come with an automatic 40% transfer bonus from now through January 31, 2015. Is this British Airways transfer bonus a good deal? Should you take advantage of the 40% transfe…
    - 3 days ago 16 Dec 14, 7:14am -
  • 5 Easy Ways to Earn More Miles
    How am I flying around the world in some of the world’s nicest Business and First Classes? By earning loads of miles, of course. Here are five easy ways you can earn more miles. 1. Collect More Credit Card Sign Up Bonuses This is the easiest one, a…
    - 4 days ago 15 Dec 14, 6:17pm -
  • What Do You Call That DC Airport Not Named Dulles or BWI?
    The Washington Post has an interesting poll running right now. It’s really just one question about what you call the commercial airport closest to DC. Beneath that, there are several demographic questions that I’m sure they’ll try to correlate…
    - 4 days ago 15 Dec 14, 3:14pm -
  • 20% Off United Awards to Hawaii, Mexico, and Ski Destinations
    United is offering a 20% discount on roundtrip Saver economy awards booked this month to Hawaii, Mexico, and several ski and warm weather destinations in the continental United States. The number of awesome winter destinations included is staggering…
    - 4 days ago 15 Dec 14, 2:50pm -
  • Redeem Arrival Miles to Cancel Out Annual Fee
    A reader writes that he used 8,010 Arrival miles to avoid paying the annual fee on his Barclaycard Arrival PlusTM World Elite MasterCard®, which comes with 40,000 bonus miles after spending $3k in the first 90 days. Arrival miles are completely unl…
    - 5 days ago 14 Dec 14, 4:50pm -

Frequent Flier

  • newMarriott’s MegaBonus Is Back for 2015
    Marriott’s MegaBonus is back for 2015, but in name only. Offer Details Between February 1 and April 30, 2015, Marriott Rewards members can earn 2,500 points for the second and subsequent stays, up to a maximum of 25,000 points. Registration ... Rea…
    - 17 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 7:38pm -
  • newComing from Starwood: Free WiFi, with Strings
    It’s been just over a month since Marriott announced that, beginning next year, Marriott Rewards members will be treated to free standard WiFi at most hotels in the chain’s network. This week, Starwood matched Marriott’s offer: Beginning Februa…
    - 19 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 5:42pm -
  • Airlines Under Fire from Media, Lawmakers
    The New York Times editorial board is an august group, comprised of 19 of the newspaper’s most distinguished writers and editors. When the Times publishes an opinion piece with the editorial board’s byline, it typically concerns a matter of weigh…
    - 2 days ago 17 Dec 14, 7:28pm -
  • InterCon’s Purchase of Kimpton Gets Mixed Reaction
    This week’s announcement that InterContinental Hotels Group will purchase Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants elicited a decidedly split reaction among travelers. Among many Kimpton loyalists, the prospect of the company’s 62 boutique hotels coming unde…
    - 2 days ago 17 Dec 14, 5:10pm -
  • Delta Upgrades Elite Status with Hertz Perks
    In the latest preferred marketing partnership among major travel suppliers, Hertz will award elite status in its Gold Plus Rewards program to elite members of Delta’s SkyMiles program, as follows: Delta Diamond and Platinum elites receive Hertz Pre…
    - 3 days ago 16 Dec 14, 7:18pm -
  • New InterCon Promo: ‘At Least 50,000 Bonus Points’
    InterContinental’s next promotion, “Set Your Sights,” extends the company’s recent string of highly personalized promotions, with offers that vary widely according to the profiles of IHG Rewards members. Offer Details After registering on the…
    - 3 days ago 16 Dec 14, 5:50pm -
  • Win a 4-Night Virgin Islands Getaway
    Enter the Lucky magazine “British Virgin Islands” sweepstakes by February 9, 2015, for a chance to win the grand prize: a trip for two to the British Virgin Islands, including air, four nights’ hotel accommodations, one dinner, a LeSportsac lug…
    - 4 days ago 15 Dec 14, 7:38pm -
  • American Adds New Mileage Bonuses for Premium Fares
    American’s recent announcement that it would not follow Delta and United in converting to a spend-based mileage program in 2015 was a relief to the many infrequent leisure travelers who would be disadvantaged by the new revenue-focused schemes. Tod…
    - 4 days ago 15 Dec 14, 5:31pm -
  • 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…
    - 7 days ago 12 Dec 14, 10:47pm -
  • United Discounts Award Tickets by 20%
    What’s better than redeeming your miles for a free trip? How about redeeming fewer miles for the same trip. United is offering a 20 percent discount on roundtrip coach Saver awards to select destinations booked by December 30 and completed ... Read…
    - 7 days ago 12 Dec 14, 5:18pm -

Travel is Free

  • newHow To Get Award Nights for the InterContinental Bora Bora Thalasso
    In the wake of the Into The Nights promotion, there are a number of “Free Nights” out there. We each got two free nights from the Into The Nights promo, and each have a free night from the IHG credit card annual perk. One of the nicest InterCo…
    - 14 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 10:35pm -
  • What stopover tickets have we personally booked?
    Someone asked on the FAQ about what stopovers we have personally booked and flown. And in all honesty, some of it doesn’t apply anymore, but a lot of it is. First, I’ll say that back in the day, British Airways allowed unlimited stopovers. In hin…
    - 1 day ago 18 Dec 14, 1:50am -
  • Finding American Airlines’ (AA) MPM Limit and Rules
    Earlier I wrote a post on American Airlines routing rules that did not deal with the Maximum Permitted Mileage (MPM) and instead dealt with the other aspects of their routing rules. But MPM limits are still an integral part of AA’s routing rules…
    - 3 days ago 16 Dec 14, 10:47pm -
  • RTW Challenge: 6 Continents with 3 Credit Cards
    Same rules as last time, but different goal. The goal is to start in the US and see the 5 other inhabited continents: South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia. One of the rules is that I have to use current credit card bonuses, and current awa…
    - 3 days ago 16 Dec 14, 7:13pm -
  • New IHG Promo for 2015: Q&A
    IHG has announced a new version of the Big Win or the Into The Nights promotion for Jan 1 to April 30 and this time it’s basically the same thing as the Big Win but it’s called the “Set Your Nights” promotion (register here). All these prom…
    - 4 days ago 15 Dec 14, 6:33pm -
  • Complete List of Airline Award Charts
    This post is important to bookmark (not that I’m biased) because of the award charts that are unique to this site. There is no other complete Flying Blue award chart on the internet other than the one I’ve made here. I’ve never seen another Al…
    - 4 days ago 15 Dec 14, 12:02pm -
  • “Could I be getting better value out of my miles/points?”
    There is nothing wrong with earning free miles/points from the lowest hanging fruits, and only earning with a couple programs. Many people read my articles on how to do 7 stopovers with JAL and then they start to wonder if they are doing something…
    - 6 days ago 13 Dec 14, 5:44pm -
  • How To Book Your “Free Night” With IHG, Hilton, and Hyatt
    The credit cards of IHG, Hilton (the Reserve card) and Hyatt all give free nights, although the details are all very different. First I’ll explain what those differing rules are and then I’ll explain how to go online and actually use your free ni…
    - 8 days ago 11 Dec 14, 11:25pm -
  • Our 9 Favorite Points Hotels of 2014
    The end of the year is near and we’ve actually already been to a lot of the hotels we have scheduled from now until the end of the year (IC Warsaw, IC Vienna, IC Budapest, etc…) and so I might as well get this yearly tradition out of the way and…
    - 10 days ago 9 Dec 14, 9:38pm -

Frequent Flyer Bonuses

Million Mile Secrets

  • new“I Wasn’t Always Responsible With Credit Cards…”
    Welcome to the next installment of our interview series where folks share their thoughts about Big Travel with Small Money! Miles & Points Interview:   Travel Hack Guy Richard writes Travel Hack Guy to share his travel stories and tell folks how…
    - 4 hours ago 19 Dec 14, 9:00am -
  • newBook Summer Travel: Southwest Schedule Open Through August 7, 2015
    You can now book paid and award tickets on Southwest through August 7, 2015 (instead of June 5, 2015).  So you can book your summer flights now! Southwest flies throughout the US and to international destinations like the Caribbean and … Continue…
    - 14 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 11:00pm -
  • newFinally a Positive Change to Bluebird!
    Via Doctor of Credit, you can now use your Bluebird card for AMEX Offers. Although the terms say that Bluebird is not eligible for AMEX Offers, @AmexOffers states Bluebird is eligible. You Can Use Your Bluebird With AMEX Offers If … Continue readin…
    - 15 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 10:00pm -
  • newLimited Time: No Fees on Visa Gift Cards at AAA!
    Via The Forward Cabin, you can buy Visa gift cards at AAA locations with no fee through December 31, 2014, IF you’re an AAA member. This could be useful for folks currently trying to meet minimum spending requirements. Through December 31, … Con…
    - 19 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 6:00pm -
  • Can You Earn the Southwest Companion Pass by Ordering Flowers and Gifts?
    I’ve written that the easiest way to earn the Southwest Companion Pass is by applying for 2 Chase Southwest credit cards with the 50,000 point sign-up bonus. But did you know there could be another way to earn the Companion … Continue reading →…
    - 1 day ago 18 Dec 14, 9:30am -

Nomadic Matt

  • How to Travel on $50 A Day: The Book Tour
    Most people think it seems too good to be true that you can travel across the world on less than it costs to live at home. They believe that cheap travel is a pipe dream. But, as readers of the blog, you know that not to be true, and, in the coming m…
    - 2 days ago 17 Dec 14, 3:20pm -
  • How to Sail the British Virgin Islands for Free
    The British Virgin Islands often foster images of intrepid sailors and adventurers living their own version of a Jimmy Buffett song – sailing the seas, relentlessly drinking rum, stopping at hidden beaches, and exploring deserted islands. Standing…
    - 4 days ago 15 Dec 14, 4:27pm -
  • How to Travel the World on $50 a Day: The New Edition (and Special Offer)
    In 2013, I published my first book, How to Travel the World on $50 A Day. However, information constantly changes in travel – tips get dated and new ways to save always emerge, which is why with great excitement, I’d like to announce an even big…
    - 8 days ago 11 Dec 14, 3:12pm -
  • What Hitchhiking Alone as a Female in China Taught Me About Hospitality
    On the second Wednesday of the month, Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse writes a guest column featuring tips and advice on solo female travel. It’s an important topic I can’t cover so I brought in an expert to share her advice. This is her col…
    - 9 days ago 10 Dec 14, 2:38pm -
  • 16 Delicious Restaurants in Hong Kong
    Wandering the crowded streets of Hong Kong, one always finds street vendors serving delicious noodles, roasted ducks hanging in the windows of restaurants, fish tanks full of tonight’s dinner, and trendy restaurants next to decades old dim sum esta…
    - 11 days ago 8 Dec 14, 2:10pm -
  • How to Spend Four Days in Hong Kong
    Hong Kong. Its name inspires visions of a chaotic, jam-packed city with soaring skyscrapers, thick smog, endless noodle stands, big finance, and wild nights out. It’s one of my top five favorite cities in the world and I relish any chance to visit.…
    - 15 days ago 4 Dec 14, 2:55pm -
  • 10 of the Best New Travel Apps of 2014
    On the first Tuesday of each month, Dave Dean from Too Many Adapters gives us great tips and advice on travel tech and gear. This month’s column is on the best apps to help manage and save on your trip. There’s no shortage of travel apps clutter…
    - 17 days ago 2 Dec 14, 5:25pm -
  • 6 Lessons Learned from 3 Months in China
    China is a fascinating and rapidly changing country. Old customs and habits hang on as modern skyscrapers go up every second, the country becomes more of a global powerhouse, and people from around the world move there. Last year, my friend, Scott Yo…
    - 29 days ago 20 Nov 14, 2:00pm -
  • How to Change the “I’m Too Poor to Travel” Mindset and Say Yes to Travel
    “Your advice is great if you are middle-class, your parents are giving you money, or you’re from the West. Your website can never work for me. I’m too poor to travel. This advice is only for privileged people.” I encounter this line of though…
    - 32 days ago 17 Nov 14, 2:00pm -
  • 10 Common Fears That Stop You from Traveling Solo
    On the second Wednesday of the month, Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse writes a column featuring tips and advice on solo female travel. It’s not a topic I can cover and, since there’s a lot of female travelers out there, I felt it was importa…
    - 37 days ago 12 Nov 14, 2:00pm -

The Hustle Blog

  • Chase Freedom 2015 Bonus Categories Announced

    - 9 days ago 10 Dec 14, 12:00pm -
  • Register Now! American Express Small Business Saturday
    Registration for American Express Small Business Saturday is live! Register all your eligible American Express cards at this link as soon as you can. As I detailed in a previous post, this year’s Small Business Saturday, which occurs on November 29…
    - 32 days ago 17 Nov 14, 12:00pm -
  • Follow Up: Evolve Money + Discover Card
    This is a follow up to my post over the weekend about Evolve Money’s newest developments. It looks like all is well just like Evolve said! The payment has posted to my Discover account as a regular payment & I already see the Evolve payments postin…
    - 39 days ago 10 Nov 14, 4:32pm -
  • Evolve Money Now Takes Discover Cards
    I just received an email from Evolve Money about a new feature – they now accept Discover credit cards as payment sources! Previously, they only accepted debit cards or gift cards as payment sources to pay bills. This opens up a nice avenue to earn…
    - 42 days ago 7 Nov 14, 12:00pm -
  • New Next Generation NEXUS Kiosks Coming
    As a NEXUS member, I just received an email with some significant updates about the kiosk process when traveling by air between the United States & Canada. “Next Generation” kiosks are being installed to provide “faster, more reliable and more…
    - 77 days ago 3 Oct 14, 11:00am -
  • Chase Freedom 4th Quarter 2014 Bonus Categories are Live!
    It’s October 1st, the first day of Q4! Let’s get started earning those 7,500 Ultimate Rewards points. Don’t forget to activate your Chase Freedom cards to earn 5 points per dollar spent at the following bonus categories: Amazon.com Zappos.com S…
    - 79 days ago 1 Oct 14, 4:18pm -
  • Newark Airport Family Day 2014
    Finally, I can tell my nephew, who has been asking me about this since the beginning of summer, the great news. Newark Airport Family Day is back for 2014! We took my nephew the past 2 years and he absolutely loved it. Here are the details: October…
    - 80 days ago 30 Sep 14, 11:00am -
  • Small Business Saturday 2014
    Shop Small One of my favorite days of the year for free money is returning this year to kick off the holiday season. Small Business Saturday (Shop Small) will happen on November 29, 2014. Last year’s event was a bit of a downer due to the reduced s…
    - 81 days ago 29 Sep 14, 11:00am -
  • Chase Freedom 4th Quarter 2014 – 5x Points at Amazon & Department Stores
    You can now activate your Chase Freedom credit cards to earn 5 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent in the following categories: Amazon.com Zappos.com Select department stores JCPenney Kohl’s Macy’s Nordstrom Sears You can see the list of a…
    - 93 days ago 17 Sep 14, 11:00am -
  • After 3+ Years, Amazon Payments Will Come to an End
    Big news hit the manufactured spend circles this week. After more than 3 years of very easy manufactured spend, Amazon Payments will be ending its person to person payment options on October 13, 2014. You can find the new terms on Amazon’s help pag…
    - 98 days ago 12 Sep 14, 11:00am -

UPgRD

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

Johnny Jet

  • newTravel Tip of the Day: Open Your Trunk Before Arriving
    Open Your Trunk Before Arriving Following up on Tuesday’s tip about not leaving anything of value out in the open in your car (or rental car), here’s another reminder: Don’t park your car in a touristy place or a parking lot and then put all…
    - 15 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 10:11pm -
  • newWin one of two $100 airport lounge credits from LoungeBuddy!
    Today, LoungeBuddy—the free app that tells you everything you need to know about airport lounges—is launching a first-of-its-kind service: the ability to book airport lounge access through an iPhone. With the new LoungeBuddy, you won’t have to…
    - 15 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 9:17pm -
  • newTravel Video of the Day: North Face’s #SeeForYourself Cab
    This is a sponsored post. When was the last time you went on an epic adventure with your cab driver? If that strikes you as unusual question, you need to watch the video above, which captures an amazing promotion from the minds of the seasoned adve…
    - 18 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 7:11pm -
  • Choice Hotels’ Best Internet Rate Guarantee: An Empty Promise?
    If you book hotel rooms on the internet, you’ve likely encountered the online price guarantee. The specifics vary among chains, but the essential promise is always the same: Find the same room for less on another website, and we’ll beat it. Choic…
    - 1 day ago 18 Dec 14, 4:00am -
  • Travel Tip of the Day: Free Geek Squad Help at O’Hare Until December 23
    Free Geek Squad Help at O’Hare Until December 23 Flying through/to/from Chicago O’Hare airport over the holidays? Keep this in mind: Every day until December 23, from 8 am – 5 pm local time, Best Buy’s Geek Squad will be offering free tech h…
    - 2 days ago 17 Dec 14, 11:34pm -
  • Travel Style: Stephen Oddo
    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: Stephen Oddo Occupation: Co-Founder, Walks of Italy &…
    - 2 days ago 17 Dec 14, 2:00pm -
  • Top 10 in Travel News: Week of December 17, 2014
    THE TOP 10 IN TRAVEL NEWS THIS WEEK: Delta security flaw lets passengers access others’ boarding passes Gogo to install Wi-Fi on American Air’s two-class regional jets Delta rebrands cabins, classes of service United Airlines is giving each of it…
    - 2 days ago 17 Dec 14, 1:00pm -
  • Travel Contests: Week of December 17, 2014
    This week’s travel contests include: Win a trip for two to the Amazon with Everett Potter, LAN Airlines and International Expeditions Win a $10K dream trip by completing the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards Survey Win a five-day trip to the V…
    - 2 days ago 17 Dec 14, 12:00pm -

Doctor of Credit

Hustler Money Blog

  • newiTunes Gift Card Promotion: $100 for $85 Deal
    eBay is offering a $100 iTunes gift card for $85, that’s a 15% savings! Unlike before, there is no purchase limit so buy as many as you want. You’ll get free shipping. All iTunes gift cards work on the iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store, and M…
    - 14 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 10:47pm -
  • newChase Freedom Card Review: $100 Bonus Promotion
    You can earn a $100 bonus after you spend $500 in purchases in the first 3 months from account opening with the Chase Freedom® along with 5% cash back categories for the first quarter of 2015. Between January 1 and March 31, you can earn 5% rewards…
    - 18 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 7:11pm -
  • newVisa Fee-Free Gift Cards AAA Promotion
    Are you a member of AAA and live in the Mid-Atlantic? If so, then you can purchase Visa gift cards fee-free at AAA locations good until December 31, 2014. It’s super easy to give millions of gift choices with one convenient Visa gift card that’s…
    - 20 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 4:43pm -
  • newAnchorBank Checking Review: $100 Account Bonus
    Available for residents of Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota, AnchorBank is offering $100 checking account bonus when you set up direct deposit good until December 31, 2014. Customers can earn up to $100 for opening any new personal checking ac…
    - 22 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 2:15pm -
  • newCitibank Regular Checking Review: $100 Bonus
    Available nationwide, sign up now online to a Citibank Regular Checking in the Citibank Account Package to earn up to $100 bonus. There is no direct deposit requirement, however you must complete bill payment for two consecutive months and deposit $1…
    - 24 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 1:10pm -
  • Best Bank Rates Nationwide, December 2014
    The following savings accounts are available to everyone. Make sure to read their terms and conditions in order to get the high rate. Find the best bank rate available nationwide!  
    - 2 days ago 17 Dec 14, 10:02am -
  • Eat Free On Your Birthday! Birthday Freebies! December, 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…
    - 2 days ago 17 Dec 14, 6:23am -
  • Telhio Credit Union Review: $200 Bonus Promotion
    Telhio Credit Union in Ohio offers a $200 bonus when you open a new checking account, electronic statements, Telhio VISA debit card and a Telhio savings account with at least $5,000 good through December 31, 2014. Telhio offers a range of checking op…
    - 3 days ago 16 Dec 14, 9:56pm -
  • Pure Via Sweetener Class Action Lawsuit Settlement
    Pure Via Sweetener is offering up to $30 in order to settle a class action lawsuit claiming they deceptively marketed their Pure Via Natural Sweetener products. Consumers who have purchased Pure Via products may be eligible to receive a cash refund…
    - 3 days ago 16 Dec 14, 9:51pm -
  • Amex Offers: $50 Off $200 At Marriott Hotels
    You can now registered your American Express card via Twitter Sync to get a $50 statement credit when you make a purchase of $200 or more at Marriott Hotels good until December 31, 2014. People have reported to buying a $200 Marriott gift card at the…
    - 3 days ago 16 Dec 14, 9:17pm -

Hack My Trip

  • newGet 1,000 Bonus Miles for Referring a Friend to PointsHound
    If you still haven’t booked your hotel for this year’s winter break, consider trying PointsHound. It’s a site I’ve written about many times before that makes it easy to earn airline miles or other types of reward points when you book. Now thr…
    - 20 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 4:30pm -
  • newLoungeBuddy Announces In-App Purchases, Plus $200 Giveaway!
    LoungeBuddy has been around for a year now, offering one of the best tools to find and review airport lounges. Chatting with the team behind it, I’ve learned that they really know their airport lounges. Stuff like figuring out which obscure loung…
    - 23 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 2:00pm -
  • The Amex Platinum! Now Improved! But Not Really!
    From the desk of the Devil’s Advocate…   A few days ago American Express announced yet another new feature for their Platinum card, which is a product that always gets a lot of attention around these parts. This time it’s 10 free inflight Gogo…
    - 1 day ago 18 Dec 14, 12:05pm -
  • Alaska Airlines Plans New Board Room in SEA North Satellite
    When United got kicked out of the North Satellite at Seattle’s Sea-Tac airport, it left behind a basement-level United Club that many hoped would one day become a second Alaska Airlines Board Room. The main Board Room location near the C and D Conc…
    - 2 days ago 17 Dec 14, 5:10pm -
  • Hertz Providing Status to Delta SkyMiles Elite Members
    Several weeks ago I described a new partnership between United Airlines and Hertz, in which some United elite members would get complimentary elite status with Hertz and Hertz would become the only car rental agency to offer discounts to United custo…
    - 2 days ago 17 Dec 14, 4:15pm -

Maximizing Money

  • newBetabrand $25 Referral Discounts for Quirky Clothing
    Betabrand sells unique and quirky clothing for men and women, plus new Betabrand customers can get $25 off your first purchase of $75 or more, and you'll earn a $25 credit for each new customer that you refer.Just visit this Betabrand $25 Discount R…
    - 14 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 10:25pm -
  • newFidelity Brokerage Account up to 50,000 Bonus Airline Miles Offers
    Fidelity brokerage accounts are currently offering up to 50,000 bonus airline miles for American Airlines, Delta Airlines, and United Airlines when you open and fund a new Fidelity account or deposit net new assets into an existing Fidelity account.…
    - 14 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 10:20pm -
  • newOptionsHouse Brokerage Account Current Promotional Codes and Bonus Offers
    OptionsHouse is offering a variety of OptionsHouse promotional codes for special offers.Check out these OptionsHouse Promotional Offers for the latest bonuses and special offers from OptionsHouse.com.Review more details on these OptionsHouse Promo…
    - 14 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 10:15pm -
  • neweBay Deals – $10 Bonus Chevron/Texaco Gas Card and $100 iTunes for $85
    Check out this $100 Chevron and Texaco Gas Card with a Free $10 Promotional Gas Card to get a free $10 Chevron and Texaco Promotional Gasoline Card when you purchase a $100 Chevron and Texaco Gasoline Gift Card.Check out this $100 iTunes Code for $8…
    - 15 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 10:13pm -
  • newSignature Bank of Georgia $200 New Account Bonus and Referral Rewards
    Signature Bank of Georgia offers consumer and business customers a $200 bonus when you open a new account via a current client's referral, plus current customers can earn a $200 bonus for each new client that you refer.The post Signature Bank of Geo…
    - 15 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 10:11pm -
  • newBMI Federal Credit Union $200 New Member Bonus in Ohio
    BMI Federal Credit Union is offering a $200 cash bonus to new members who complete the requirements, valid through December 31, 2014.BMI FCU is open to everyone who lives, works, worships, or attends school in Franklin, Licking, Fairfield, Pickaway,…
    - 16 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 8:20pm -
  • newMileagePlus Dining Rewards Program 2,000 Bonus Miles for New Members
    The United MileagePlus Dining rewards program is offering 2,000 bonus miles to new members through January 30, 2015.The post MileagePlus Dining Rewards Program 2,000 Bonus Miles for New Members appeared first on Maximizing Money.
    - 16 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 8:18pm -
  • newProsper Loan up to 35,000 United MileagePlus Miles
    The Prosper personal loan service is offering up to 35,000 United MileagePlus miles when you get a low-rate loan from Prosper.The post Prosper Loan up to 35,000 United MileagePlus Miles appeared first on Maximizing Money.
    - 16 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 8:16pm -
  • newAmazon Prime Now Offers 1-Hour Delivery
    Amazon.com has rolled out a new 1-hour local delivery service called Prime Now exclusively for Amazon Prime members.Amazon Prime Now is currently only available in parts of Manhattan, but it will be expanded to additional cities in the future.The p…
    - 17 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 7:36pm -
  • Sony Rewards Credit Card $200 Statement Credit Bonus
    The Sony Card is offering a $200 statement credit (increased from $100) after $500 in purchases within 90 days of account opening, and there is no annual fee.Review more details on this Sony Credit Card Promotional Offer to earn a $200 statement cre…
    - 2 days ago 17 Dec 14, 9:50pm -

Boarding Area

  • newEasyJet continues to add services to Tel Aviv – Paris joins the party.
    EasyJet continues its march into unfamiliar territories, with the addition of a new service between Paris Charles De Gaulle and Tel Aviv in Israel. EasyJet Airbus A319 at Belfast International Airport – Image, Economy Class and Beyond. The airline…
    - 45 mins ago 19 Dec 14, 12:00pm -
  • new$39 Flights from New York, Miami, Chicago, and Philly… to many other cities!
    Frontier Airlines is having an “Inaugural Service Sale” to celebrate some new cities. These fares are for flights out of  New York (LaGuardia), Philadelphia, Miami, and Chicago (O’Hare) to many other cities. This is a one-day only sale and y…
    - 56 mins ago 19 Dec 14, 11:49am -
  • newBet You Didn’t Know: Dining bonuses without expensive dining checks
    Click here to view in browser: Bet You Didn’t Know: Dining bonuses without expensive dining checksBy Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate…   Frequent Miler readers are likely familiar with the Rewards Network dining programs, which allow you …
    - 1 hour ago 19 Dec 14, 11:25am -
  • newDouble The Giveaway?
    I haven’t done a lot of sponsored giveaways, so when StayFaster reached back out to me last night about the 10% rebate and $200 giveaway, I was intrigued. To recap, they’re giving a 10% rebate on your first booking on virtually all the rates on…
    - 2 hours ago 19 Dec 14, 11:00am -
  • newIreland to the USA with British Airways Business Class – from €1078 (£875) all-in return
    British Airways is currently offering some truly excellent value Business Class flights from Dublin, Ireland’s capital, to the USA. Standout examples (all-in return prices) are New York (JFK) at €1078, San Francisco and Los Angeles at €1332 and…
    - 2 hours ago 19 Dec 14, 10:27am -
  • newReview: Leeli Lounge Male
    Der Flughafen Male ist ja ein wenig beengt und überfüllt. Da war diese Lounge eine nette Oase.
    - 2 hours ago 19 Dec 14, 10:24am -
  • newDid Club Carlson send you 10,000 points for Christmas?
    Check your mailbox if you are a Club Carlson member as you may have received a Christmas gift. Clicking on the link in the email elicited a 10,000 point gift. Very nice, and certainly the best gift that any airline or hotel has given me this Christma…
    - 3 hours ago 19 Dec 14, 9:31am -
  • newI piani di espansione di Aegean Airlines.
    Recentemente insignita del premio di Migliore Compagnia Regionale Europea per il 4° anno consecutivo dalla prestigiosa associazione di consulenza SkyTrax, Aegean Airlines A3 non è intenzionata a dormire sugli allori e progetta un 2015 più conness…
    - 4 hours ago 19 Dec 14, 8:32am -
  • newBA Business Class sale from Dublin (and Copenhagen)
    BA launched an excellent Business Class sale from Dublin yesterday. Fares range from EUR1140 to JFK and EUR1395 to Honolulu, San Francisco and Los Angeles. There are plenty of other destinations too! Travel Dates: 23 Dec – 2 Jan 27 Mar – 12 Apr 1…
    - 5 hours ago 19 Dec 14, 8:05am -
  • newAvoiding Uber Surge Pricing is Possible — But Is it Ethical?
    There have been mixed reactions pertaining to the policy by Uber of implementing a practice known as surge pricing, where the cost of a hired ride increases during what are considered to be peak times — such as when bars close, a sporting event con…
    - 6 hours ago 19 Dec 14, 7:10am -

Frequent Flyer Miles 101

Mr. Free Miles

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…
    - 3 mins ago 19 Dec 14, 12:42pm -
  • newTeh Penalty Box
    I think it's time for a new Box thread that works. So, here goes.
    - 16 mins ago 19 Dec 14, 12:29pm -
  • newWhere To Go To/From Paris?
    I'm trying to put together a summer itinerary for travel with our two kids, aged 8 and 3. My daughter got to spend a couple days in Paris earlier this year and wants to go back, so we plan to either start or end in Paris, but use planes or trains to…
    - 27 mins ago 19 Dec 14, 12:18pm -
  • new(photo trivia) Guess the city
    Given the success of the 'guess the airport' thread, though this might be a good thread to start. A breath of fresh air, if you will...Anyways, same rules apply. First submission:
    - 33 mins ago 19 Dec 14, 12:12pm -
  • newRegus opens first 'workpods' at Gatwick
    Regus opens first 'workpods' at Gatwick
    - 1 hour ago 19 Dec 14, 11:45am -
  • newEtihad unveils new A380 and B787-9 aircraft
    Etihad unveils new A380 and B787-9 aircraft
    - 1 hour ago 19 Dec 14, 11:38am -
  • newRound-the-world traveller finds his Elizabeth Gallagher
    Round-the-world traveller finds his Elizabeth GallagherJordan Axani will travel the world with Elizabeth Gallagher, after all. Just not the same Elizabeth Gallagher he used to date.Axani, 28, and his former girlfriend booked the three-week trip in…
    - 2 hours ago 19 Dec 14, 11:04am -
  • newAny news about Premium Membership P3(2014)?
    Any news about Premium Membership P3 (2014)? Is there an approximate lauch time? Thanks!
    - 3 hours ago 19 Dec 14, 9:26am -
  • newUK airports staff vote for Christmas strike
    UK airports staff vote for Christmas strikeCheck-in staff and cargo handlers at Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester airports have voted to stage a two-day strike next week.The proposed industrial action on December 23 and 24 threatens travel chaos at…
    - 4 hours ago 19 Dec 14, 8:39am -
  • newFight breaks out on Air China flight over crying baby
    Between a crying baby and reclined seats... An Air China flight enroute to Hong Kong was almost forced to turn back when a fight broke out between four female passengers.The dispute arose on flight CA443, which departed from Chongqing on 9am on W…
    - 4 hours ago 19 Dec 14, 8:36am -

Flyertalk MilesBuzz

  • newStarwood free WIFi Feb 2015 - Hilton shorts business travelers
    According to Australian Business Traveler: ---Quote--- The Starwood group will give SPG members free Internet across its family of hotels – including Sheraton, W, Westin, Le Meridien and Aloft – from February 2015. ---End Quote--- If Hilt…
    - 18 mins ago 19 Dec 14, 12:27pm -
  • newLounge access in DXB
    I am traveling to DOH in March and have 6 hours sitting in DXB on the return. I am DM, but traveling on an economy plus ticket, unless I get my requested upgrade approved. I also have a SC Executive membership that I purchased earlier this year. ..…
    - 24 mins ago 19 Dec 14, 12:21pm -
  • newTAP lounge access in LIS on codeshare?
    Hi, I'll be flying xxx - LIS - yyy shortly. The (one) ticket was bought on the TAP website, both flights have TAP flight numbers. The first leg is operated by TAP, the second leg by SATA. Will I get access to the TAP lounge in LIS as a (non TAP)..…
    - 31 mins ago 19 Dec 14, 12:14pm -
  • newTransit in IST
    Hi there, I will be transiting in IST early next month, and will have a 2h transit time in the early morning. I do have *G and therefore should be eligible to use the CIP lounge? and is there any fast track facilities for *G members in IST? (I...
    - 34 mins ago 19 Dec 14, 12:11pm -
  • newMusic - POP/Dance onboard
    Hi all I quite like to listen to the chart music and also some dance music but on the last few flights the number of general pop and or dance albums seems to be decreasing to a point where I was struggling to find anything to listen to - anyone..…
    - 45 mins ago 19 Dec 14, 12:00pm -
  • newon-line booking
    I made an on-line booking on QT a few weeks back (SHJ-DOH) and paid by credit card. The tickets were issued and the money taken from my credit card. Now I keep getting messages to finalise my booking or my reservation wil be cancelled! I have to..…
    - 45 mins ago 19 Dec 14, 12:00pm -
  • newArrivals lounge in FRA?
    I'm flying into FRA in J in a few weeks, and this the first time I've done so since US left *A. What are the arrival lounge options now, if any? It looks like I can use the JAL lounge through OW if it was an outbound flight on US, but I'm not...
    - 48 mins ago 19 Dec 14, 11:57am -
  • newAman Tokyo opens Dec 22, 2014
    Having trouble finding a hotel in Tokyo where a regular room lightens your wallet by 100,000 yen/night? Fear not, Aman Tokyo in Otemachi is about to solve this pressing problem: http://www.amanresorts.com/amantokyo/home.aspx Cheapest room...
    - 49 mins ago 19 Dec 14, 11:56am -
  • newUSA customs and immigration Ex DXB
    Hi all, Im travelling J from DOH-DXB-LAX-LAS and return via SFO instead of LAX in early Jan. EK from DOH-LAX and SFO-DOH and then LAX-LAS and LAS-SFO on VX. Question is regarding inter-lining bags and customers etc.. My guess is i'll need...
    - 1 hour ago 19 Dec 14, 11:40am -
  • newBook the Cook - has anyone been forced to take it?
    Hi All, A lot of people say here, if you order from Book The Cook but find something you'd prefer on the standard onboard menu, you can forego the BTC option for the one on the menu. My question is, has anyone tried this and been told they...
    - 1 hour ago 19 Dec 14, 11:34am -

Reddit r/churning

  • newOfficial Barclays US Airways MasterCard Referral Thread
    If you have a referral code for the Barclays US Airways card, please post in this thread. Contest mode has been enabled, which randomizes the order of top-level comments, hides the votes, and collapses responses by default. Since these must be e-mail…
    - 5 hours ago 19 Dec 14, 7:51am -
  • newClosing barclay arrival+
    I need to close my arrival+ by February. What is the best way to burn 25000 points for travel redemption even though I don't have any travel plans.. Giftcards? submitted by momoboyus [link] [3 comments]
    - 5 hours ago 19 Dec 14, 7:17am -
  • newRecently found sub, looking to start churning! Read as much as I could tonight, still got a lot to read!
    I need to purchase about $3K(minimum) in flight tickets alone for travel(known) across the US in 2015. I figured I would look into making this work for me if possible. Looking at doing a large lump sum payment to pay off a financed vehicle in Jan too…
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  • new(MS) Step by Step on how to load BB/Serve at Walmart
    Inspired by a question. Decided to lift the vail on the secrets of Serve/BB loading at Walmart. Please forgive me. you walk through the automated doors you look around and breath in the humanity you scan left to right and try to find the legendary KA…
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  • newUS Airways card dividend miles account
    I am about to apply for the US Airways card for my dad and was wondering if I can attach my Dividend miles number to his card? Will this turn on any red flags on Barclay's side? Anyone tried it before? submitted by i_ate_a_dumpling [link] [2 comme…
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  • newWhats the steps to loading blue bird or serve from walmart?
    never tried cashier or kiosk. basically at kiosk punch some buttons, swipe blue bird card, then prepaid, then hit pre paid pin, and then you're loaded. is that about right? what about when trying to talk to a cashier? what are the maxes in a day for…
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  • newManufactured spend for AMEX cards?
    I'm looking to add the amex SPG to my next AOR and with the high spend (5k) for the bonus, I may want to MS. I have a Serve but I've read mixed reports on amex cards receiving spend toward the bonus using Serve. Could I buy VRs and load at Family Dol…
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  • newQuestion about FlexPerks
    Hey /r/churning, I have a question to anybody who has a US Bank card that uses flex perks. I'm trying to get an idea of how my rewards rate will look if I use my flexperks on things like statement credits or gift cards. I know it's not as optimal as…
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  • newFreedom -> Serve -> CSP
    Hi, I'm sure this has been answered elsewhere but I can't find it with a simple google search or on this sub. I remember seeing that Chase does not like loading with one account and paying off another. Is anyone here doing this or have more info? I'v…
    - 14 hours ago 18 Dec 14, 10:25pm -
  • newEvolve will start allowing Vanilla Reload for billpay starting January
    Coming in January 2015, Evolve Money will be added to the Vanilla Reload Network, which means you will be able to use the popular Vanilla Reload cards to pay your bills. This adds more than 65,000 locations across the country to purchase cash packs,…
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