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The Points Guy

  • newWhy You Shouldn’t Ignore Hotel Check-Out Times
    There are plenty of travel sites that tell you how to do things the right way — but as every traveler knows, sometimes things go wrong. In his bi-monthly Mistake Monday series, TPG Contributor J. Keith van Straaten invites you to learn from hi…
    - 10 hours ago Jul 27, 2015, 7:29pm -
  • newIHG Releases PointBreaks List for July 27-October 31
    IHG just released its latest list of PointBreaks hotels for July 27 – October 31, 2015 — and all included properties are bookable starting today, July 27. PointBreaks are reduced award redemptions at IHG hotels (Intercontinental, Crowne Pl…
    - 11 hours ago Jul 27, 2015, 6:29pm -
  • newUS-Based Airlines Boast Record Profits
    Gone are the days of airlines filing for bankruptcy left and right, as well as reporting stagnating profits, empty planes and millions in losses. US-based air carriers announced record profits last week, as quarter two and the first half of the fisca…
    - 12 hours ago Jul 27, 2015, 5:09pm -
  • newExciting New Airline Routes for July 2015 and Beyond
    The TPG team shares news of exciting new airline routes each month, including ones that have just launched, will soon launch, or are slated to launch in the future. Read on to see several new routes to look out for this month through the middle of…
    - 13 hours ago Jul 27, 2015, 4:29pm -
  • new8 Travel Rewards Credit Cards for Big Spenders
    From small businesses to big lifestyles, many award travelers need a card that offers extra benefits for extra spending. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at a variety of travel rewards cards to suit a big budget. Th…
    - 14 hours ago Jul 27, 2015, 3:29pm -
  • new10 Photos: Ithaa Undersea Restaurant in the Maldives
    Perhaps the Maldives’ best-known attraction, Ithaa restaurant is located at the Conrad Rangali Island. TPG Editor-in-Chief Zach Honig had a chance to dine there last week. From overwater villas and five-star facilities to incredibly friendly staff…
    - 15 hours ago Jul 27, 2015, 1:59pm -
  • newComprehensive Guide to Canceling Airline Award Tickets
    Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen runs through award ticket cancellation policies for major airlines, and explains what you can do to minimize or avoid change fees altogether. Booking airline award tickets is more of an art…
    - 17 hours ago Jul 27, 2015, 12:08pm -
  • Are Cards That Earn Double Points Automatically Better?
    TPG reader Ron sent me a message about how to value credit card rewards: “I mostly use my Capital One card because I get two points per dollar charged. It doesn’t seem like a bad deal, and I don’t want to go through the math every time I make…
    - 2 days ago Jul 26, 2015, 2:29pm -
  • What Strategy Should I Use to Earn Travel Rewards for Two?
    TPG reader Marcus sent me a question on Facebook about traveling with a companion: “I noticed most of the rewards credit cards that you recommended work for a single person. What if I want to book a flight with someone else? How can I double my p…
    - 2 days ago Jul 26, 2015, 1:59pm -
  • After Delta Devaluation, Should I Switch to Another Carrier?
    TPG reader Krystal asked me about her options once Delta’s latest devaluation goes into effect: “I live in NYC; with the recent change to Delta’s mileage chart starting in June 2016, do you think it’s time that I switch to another carrier lik…
    - 2 days ago Jul 26, 2015, 1:29pm -

Frugal Travel Guy

  • newProblems and Solutions: Using Points and Miles as Your Travel Savings Account
    To grasp the value of points and miles in comparison to the U.S. dollar, a basic understanding of how each rewards currency works must be understood. Credit card rewards, airline miles and hotel points are all forms of currency, but knowing their rel…
    - 6 hours ago Jul 27, 2015, 11:00pm -
  • newThe Fate of My Airline Statuses: Which to Keep Alive?
    The year is more than half over so many frequent flyers, myself included, are taking a look at where we stand with our travel goals and our progress towards status with the airlines. I’m not an earn-and-burn kind of girl in the sense that I don’…
    - 9 hours ago Jul 27, 2015, 8:00pm -
  • newIs This the Most Underrated Credit Card Benefit?
    The British Airways Visa Signature Card used to be one of the most popular credit cards around. However, since the April BA Avios devaluation and as the credit card earning structure changes, it has barely been mentioned anywhere. Nonetheless, I was…
    - 12 hours ago Jul 27, 2015, 5:25pm -
  • newRick’s Picks: The Value of Your Miles and Points Collection
    Humans collect things. We have for centuries. It can be coins, stamps, beanie babies, Barbie dolls, comic books, baseball cards, or miles and points. We all hoard things for the joy they bring to us, the value they hold, or just plain old addiction.…
    - 21 hours ago Jul 27, 2015, 8:00am -
  • Success Story: Christmas in Krakow
    Over the years, we’ve had many readers share their success stories with us. Folks for whom traveling domestically once a year was a luxury are now traveling the world with just a few credit card sign-up bonuses. And the best part? They are sharing…
    - 2 days ago Jul 26, 2015, 8:00am -
  • Not So Terrible After All? 5 Reasons to Invest in Hawaiian Airline Miles
    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Don’t count any rewards program out because it is generally accepted that the program sucks. You never know when your points and miles come in handy. Which is why I’m recommending investing in Hawaii…
    - 3 days ago Jul 24, 2015, 11:00pm -
  • The New American Express Centurion Lounge in Miami Is Pretty Terrible
    Miami (MIA) is the airport where I make the most connections, so I was really excited when I learned that a new American Express Centurion Lounge would be opening there. Primarily to make sure I would have access to the lounge, I recently accepted a…
    - 3 days ago Jul 24, 2015, 8:38pm -
  • How to Make the Best of Credit Card Transaction Fees and Conversions in Foreign Countries
    The best travel rewards credit cards will never charge you a foreign transaction fee, which is a fee tacked on to some credit cards of (up to 3% !) when your credit card is used to make a purchase not in U.S. dollars. Unfortunately, a top travel rewa…
    - 3 days ago Jul 24, 2015, 8:00pm -
  • In Case You Need a Reason, PointBreaks Return Next Week
    Looking for a reason to get out of town? We’ve rustled one up for you: PointsBreaks are back!These sweet deals are for bookings and stays from July 27 – October 31, 2015. The full list for IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks will be posted on Monda…
    - 3 days ago Jul 24, 2015, 7:00pm -
  • Hot New Travel Trend: 4 Reasons to Choose ‘Slow Travel’
    Trying to see the world when you have two small kids can be darn near impossible. It doesn’t matter if you have the money or if your business is completely location-independent. It doesn’t even matter if you have a huge stash of points and miles…
    - 4 days ago Jul 24, 2015, 8:00am -

One Mile at a Time

  • newReview: Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa Johannesburg
    My friend Mike recently shared his experience with an SPG Moments event, whereby he got two tickets in the SPG Suite at a Paul McCartney concert, followed by his experience using the American Express Platinum concierge to secure reservations at Jules…
    - 7 hours ago Jul 27, 2015, 10:03pm -
  • newI Gave Up Drinking Soda, And How It Relates To Travel
    This post is mainly for my mother, who was on such a mission to get me to quit drinking soda that she started sending me articles over Facebook about how bad it is for you. ;)I've realized that living in hotels full time has taken somewhat of a tol…
    - 10 hours ago Jul 27, 2015, 7:33pm -
  • newFlying First Class To Europe From The West Coast
    If you are passionate about having a non-stop flight to Europe from West of the Mississippi, your options are limited to begin with. If you want to redeem frequent flyer miles for first class, your choices are reduced even further.We get requests e…
    - 12 hours ago Jul 27, 2015, 5:03pm -
  • newFall 2015 IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks Hotels Now Bookable For Just 5,000 Points
    A few days ago I wrote about the upcoming PointBreaks deals for fall, which is one of the most lucrative promotions in the hotel industry, whereby select hotels are bookable for just 5,000 points per night.Well, while the PointBreaks list hasn’t…
    - 14 hours ago Jul 27, 2015, 3:31pm -
  • newWould You Like A History Lesson With Your Flight?
    I love passionate people. I don't actually care what they're passionate about, as long as they love what they do and it shows.I sort of realized that when I took Amtrak from San Diego to Los Angeles last month, and had a singing cafe car attendant:…
    - 14 hours ago Jul 27, 2015, 2:35pm -
  • newThe Beauty Of The Rollover Mile
    Friday Travis posted about "status runs," i.e., mileage runs you might take solely for the purpose of qualifying for the next tier or elite status in a given airline program.Travis concluded that status runs were really only useful at the margins.…
    - 16 hours ago Jul 27, 2015, 1:03pm -
  • newInsane Video Of KLM 777 Landing In Gusty Winds
    When it comes to my obsessions in life, I'm even more in love with airplanes than I am with loyalty programs. Airplanes were my first ever love. To this day I can't help but look in the sky every time I hear a plane.Not surprisingly, that means I a…
    - 19 hours ago Jul 27, 2015, 10:33am -
  • Hi, I’m Ben… And I Don’t Travel The World For Free
    As I've hinted at, this has probably been the craziest week of my life. So I figured I'd share some background and thoughts for long time readers, along with some context for the newer people, because in many ways I'm as puzzled as anyone else.Late…
    - 1 day ago Jul 26, 2015, 10:03pm -
  • Buy Alaska Miles For Cheap Through August 9, 2015
    Through August 9, 2015, Alaska is offering up to a 35% bonus on the purchase of Mileage Plan miles.The bonuses are tiered, meaning the more miles you buy, the bigger the bonus you get, as follows:-- Buy 10,000 – 19,000 miles: get a 20% Bonus-…
    - 1 day ago Jul 26, 2015, 8:03pm -
  • Why You Need 5000 IHG Points NOW And How To Get Them
    Earlier this week, Ben provided a preview of the upcoming IHG Points Break list which goes live on Monday. Given that we're still welcoming lots of new readers here at One Mile at a Time, I thought it might be useful to provide some context as to w…
    - 1 day ago Jul 26, 2015, 6:33pm -

View From the Wing

The Frequent Miler

  • newImproved Amex gift card deal predictions
    A number of online portals offer cash back or miles when purchasing American Express gift cards. This presents a great opportunity to run up spend on credit cards to meet minimum spend requirements, hit big spend thresholds, or just to earn regular e…
    - 19 hours ago Jul 27, 2015, 10:25am -
  • It’s not too late – Deals still alive as of 07/26/2015
    Each week we publish a number of fantastic deals on the blog and in Quick Deals. Most deals don’t last long, but some hang around for awhile. In an effort to keep you up to date, we have gone back through each of the deals posted over the last coup…
    - 2 days ago Jul 26, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • Increasing Credit Card Spend, What Delta’s Announcement Meant, Amex Biz Cards without a 12 Month Wait & More!
    Welcome to the Frequent Miler Week In Review series. Every Saturday we recap what you might have missed from Frequent Miler during the week. Enjoy! This Week From Frequent Miler What Delta said. What Delta meant. What Delta wanted to say. – A br…
    - 2 days ago Jul 25, 2015, 9:00pm -
  • Multiple Twitter Accounts for Amex Offers, Travel vs. Travel Hacking Benefits, Value of an Amex Credit Card & More!
    Welcome to the Frequent Miler Week In Review series. Every Saturday we bring you some of the best posts from around the web. Enjoy! This Week Around the Web Strategies for Registering Multiple Twitter Accounts for Amex Offers & Getting Around Phone…
    - 3 days ago Jul 25, 2015, 1:00pm -
  • Bet You Didn’t Know: Amex Business Card Apps Without a 12 Month Wait
    By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate…   Amex business cards are still a bountiful source for signup bonus points. Unlike the Amex personal cards which are now limited to just one signup bonus per lifetime, the business cards normally only re…
    - 4 days ago Jul 24, 2015, 10:25am -
  • How to increase credit card spend. Announcing a new resource page.
    Whether your goal is to meet minimum spend requirements for new credit cards, or to earn credit card big spend bonuses, you can find techniques for increasing credit card spend in a new resource page on this blog: How to increase credit card spend. …
    - 5 days ago Jul 23, 2015, 10:25am -
  • Subscribe without commenting
    Sometimes, the best information is found not in my posts, but in the comments of my posts.  It has always been possible to subscribe to comments on this blog by writing a comment and selecting a subscription checkbox.  If you’ve seen comments tha…
    - 6 days ago Jul 22, 2015, 10:25am -
  • How to see which purchases qualify for Chase Ink and Freedom bonus categories
    I feel like a dummy.  I’ve struggled with this for years.  Chase Ink cards are great because the earn valuable Ultimate Rewards points and they offer a number of 2X and 5X bonus categories.  However, it has always been tough to figure out whethe…
    - 6 days ago Jul 21, 2015, 7:16pm -
  • What Delta said. What Delta meant. What Delta wanted to say.
    Last week, Delta sent an email to many members with the subject heading “SkyMiles Program Developments Worth Noting.”  And, its true.  Delta flyers ought to note some of these developments, but they’re not easily sussed out from the email. …
    - 8 days ago Jul 20, 2015, 10:25am -
  • It’s not too late – Deals still alive as of 07/19/2015
    Each week we publish a number of fantastic deals on the blog and in Quick Deals. Most deals don’t last long, but some hang around for awhile. In an effort to keep you up to date, we have gone back through each of the deals posted over the last coup…
    - 9 days ago Jul 19, 2015, 3:00pm -

The Flight Deal

The Free-quent Flyer

  • newAutomate Twitter American Express offers the (really) easy way
    Hat tips go to William Charles, Devil's Advocate, and Amit Agarwal at Digital Inspirations for this post.IntroductionIn the last few weeks there have been a flurry of posts about methods of automating enrollment in American Express offers available…
    - 19 hours ago Jul 27, 2015, 9:59am -
  • How does the Club Carlson annual free night benefit work?
    IntroductionOn June 1, the US Bank Club Carlson co-branded credit cards underwent a serious devaluation: the last-night-free benefit was eliminated, and replaced with a single, domestic award night each year cardholders spend $10,000 on the credit c…
    - 3 days ago Jul 25, 2015, 9:59am -
  • How to glamp right. Hint: don't be me
    I'm still recovering from a 3-night glamping adventure, so no serious miles-and-points analysis today. Instead, here are my thoughts on what you should keep in mind when going glamping for the first time.IntroductionI grew up in Western Montana, whi…
    - 4 days ago Jul 24, 2015, 9:59am -
  • Thoughts towards earning domestic airline miles as cheaply as possible
    [For reasons I cannot begin to understand, I am camping far from civilization this week. I have a couple posts scheduled, but won't be participating as actively as usual in the comments or on Twitter.]Last week I received polite notification from Sun…
    - 6 days ago Jul 22, 2015, 9:59am -
  • Can current cardholders get one more TripIt Pro subscription from Barclaycard Arrival+?
    [For reasons I cannot begin to understand, I am camping far from civilization this week. I have a couple posts scheduled, but won't be participating as actively as usual in the comments or on Twitter.]A few months back the free TripIt Pro subscriptio…
    - 7 days ago Jul 21, 2015, 9:59am -
  • Travel benefits versus travel hacking benefits
    [For reasons I cannot begin to understand, I am camping far from civilization this week. I have a couple posts scheduled, but won't be participating as actively as usual in the comments or on Twitter.]With the announced elimination, as of January 1,…
    - 8 days ago Jul 20, 2015, 9:59am -
  • Let's go rail running!
    Earlier this year, Frequent Miler wrote about the possibility of achieving Amtrak elite status through "rail running:" boarding trains for the sole purpose of earning enough Tier Qualifying Points with Amtrak Guest Rewards to achieve "Select" status…
    - 12 days ago Jul 16, 2015, 9:59am -
  • Citi Double Cash Purchase Tracker — Revealed!
    The Citi Double Cash is, at face value, a no-annual-fee, 2% cash back credit card. But rather than awarding 2% cash back on purchases, the geniuses in Citi's credit card division came up with a way to drag out their cash back awards over the life o…
    - 14 days ago Jul 14, 2015, 9:59am -
  • Fun with Choice Privileges Preferred Hotels & Resorts
    On Friday I wrote a quick rundown on the basics of redeeming Choice Privileges points at their thousands of hotels all over the world at reasonable cost, compared to the big chains I usually write about. Readers were quick to point out that I had mi…
    - 15 days ago Jul 13, 2015, 9:59am -
  • Choice Privileges is a weird loyalty program
    On Monday I wrote for the first time about Choice Privileges, the loyalty program of Choice Hotels International. They have a seemingly generous rewards program, with their Barclaycard-issued Choice Privileges Visa Signature card earning 2 Choice Pri…
    - 18 days ago Jul 10, 2015, 9:59am -

Well Traveled Mile

  • newFall 2015 IHG PointBreaks Hotels List Preview Now Bookable
    Starting today you can book IHG’s PointBreaks participating hotels at a hugely discounted award night price of 5,000 points! The hotels can be booked for stays from July 27 through October 31, 2015. Link: Bookable List of IHG PointBreaks Hotels…
    - 13 hours ago Jul 27, 2015, 4:04pm -
  • newIHG PointBreaks Live Now – Book For Only 5,000 Points!
    Starting today, you can book any of the properties that are on sale for the Fall 2015 PointBreaks sale by IHG. Holiday Inn Zilina, Slovakia Simply click here to start booking. You can book for stays until October 31, 2015 but due to a recent rule cha…
    - 20 hours ago Jul 27, 2015, 9:10am -
  • Fall 2015 IHG PointBreaks Hotels List Preview Now Live – 5,000 ($35) Points Per Night
    Today IHG released the full list of PointBreaks hotels for stays from July 27 through October 31, 2015. You can book an award night at any of these hotels for only 5,000 points ($35) per night! The full list of hotels will be bookable at the 5,00…
    - 3 days ago Jul 24, 2015, 11:47pm -
  • IHG Rewards Club PointBreaks Preview – Fall 2015
    The IHG PointBreaks promotion is one of the better perks in the hotel industry because selective IHG hotels can be booked for only 5,000 IHG points per night! Recall that with the IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card you get a 10% rebate on all poin…
    - 3 days ago Jul 24, 2015, 10:39pm -
  • Deal Alert: Amex Business Gift Card 2.2% Cash Back Today
    BeFrugal is offering 2.2% cash back on American Express business gift cards. This deal ends tonight at 11:59:59 PM, Pacific Time. If you haven’t signed-up for BeFrugal yet, you can use this link to get a $5 sign-up bonus. Key Terms & Conditions Do…
    - 4 days ago Jul 24, 2015, 1:12pm -
  • Deal Alert: Amex Business Gift Card 2.25% Cash Back Today Only
    Just as expected, TopCashBack is offering 2.25% cash back on all American Express Business gift cards. This deal ends tonight at 11:59:59 PM. If you haven’t signed-up already, then you click here to sign-up now! Key Terms & Conditions Do not exceed…
    - 5 days ago Jul 23, 2015, 3:09pm -
  • Alaska Airlines Announces A New Partner: Hainan Airlines
    Alaska Airlines just announced a new international partnership with Hainan Airlines which is based out of Beijing, China. Hainan serves direct non-stop routes to Beijing from: Boston Chicago Seattle San Jose This clears up the question as to “Why H…
    - 5 days ago Jul 22, 2015, 7:04pm -
  • Deal Alert: Amex Business Gift Card 2% Cash Back Today
    SimplyBestCoupons is offering 2% cash back on American Express business gift cards. This deal ends tonight at 11:59:59 PM, Pacific Time. If you haven’t signed-up for SimplyBestCoupons yet, then you can use this link. Key Terms & Conditions Do not e…
    - 6 days ago Jul 22, 2015, 7:09am -
  • Ritz-Carlton Credit Card Retention Offer Data Point – 5k Points + Free Night
    I’ve written about the Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card in the past and how the card offers some incredible benefits. The problem is the card comes with a hefty annual fee of $395 which may not be worth it to some. The Ritz-Carlton Credit Card offe…
    - 6 days ago Jul 21, 2015, 5:31pm -
  • Deal Alert: $100 76 Gift Card For $90 – 1375 UR Points For Free!
    Right now you can purchase $100 76 Gas gift cards on eBay for $90. The maximum limit is 3 per household. You can earn 5x on this purchase via the simple trick discussed in this post! What makes this a no-brainer is that you can sell this gift …read…
    - 7 days ago Jul 21, 2015, 3:21am -

MileValue

  • newRedeem American Airlines Miles: Part 8 — East and Southeast Asia
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Let’s talk about how to use American Airlines miles for awards to East and Southeast Asia. Awards to East and Southeast Asia are some of the best value awards with Amer…
    - 11 hours ago Jul 27, 2015, 6:00pm -
  • newIHG Rewards PointBreaks List Means $35 Hotels Until October 31
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. The brand new PointBreaks list allows us to book hotel rooms through October 31, 2015 for $35 per night. Even if you’ve read other posts on the PointBreaks list, read…
    - 16 hours ago Jul 27, 2015, 12:57pm -
  • newAnatomy of an Award: Air Serbia Award with ThankYou Points
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. I just used 5,000 ThankYou Points to book a one way award flight from Belgrade to Bucharest. I transferred my ThankYou Points to Etihad Guest Miles, which is the frequent f…
    - 16 hours ago Jul 27, 2015, 12:45pm -
  • How I Booked My Friend an Award Home When There Was “No” Award Space
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Here is just how easy and how essential it is to search for awards segment-by-segment. My friend is visiting me in Belgrade, Serbia and wants to fly home to Los Angeles nex…
    - 4 days ago Jul 24, 2015, 4:49pm -
  • Redeem American Airlines Miles: Part 7 — Redeeming for Hawaii
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Let’s talk about how to use American Airlines miles for awards to Hawaii. What You’re Reading For a limited time, the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite™…
    - 4 days ago Jul 24, 2015, 12:55pm -
  • San Francisco to Sydney Qantas Flight Now Searchable on AA.com
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. The Qantas San Francisco to Sydney flight that begins in mid-December is now searchable and bookable on aa.com. This is really bad news for Business Class award space. Last…
    - 4 days ago Jul 24, 2015, 12:47pm -
  • Avianca Brazil Joins Star Alliance, Searchable on Aeroplan.com
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Avianca Brazil (formerly Ocean Air) has joined Star Alliance, and its award space is already searchable on aeroplan.com and bookable with Star Alliance miles. This is great…
    - 4 days ago Jul 23, 2015, 8:38pm -
  • Anatomy of an Award: India to United States in Etihad First Class Apartment
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. In May, I booked myself an award in an Etihad A380 First Class Apartment for January 2016. I am looking forward to flying the spacious suite with a couch/bed and separate s…
    - 5 days ago Jul 23, 2015, 4:14pm -
  • Until August 23, 25% Transfer Bonus from Citi ThankYou Points to Virgin Atlantic
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Transfers of Citi ThankYou Points to Virgin Atlantic miles will have a 25% bonus through August 23, 2015. You must transfer ThankYou Points in 1,000 point increments, so un…
    - 5 days ago Jul 23, 2015, 12:01pm -
  • Many American Cities to Cancun as Low as $213 Roundtrip
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Follow @MileValueAlerts on Twitter and follow these directions to get a text message every time I tweet from that account. I’ve tweeted from @MileValueAlerts only once th…
    - 6 days ago Jul 22, 2015, 2:51pm -

Frequent Flier

  • newPointBreaks: Free IHG Nights for Just 5,000 Points
    IHG Rewards today released its latest list of PointBreaks hotels that are available for booking for just 5,000 points per night. Offer Details Beginning on July 27, IHG Rewards members can book award nights for 5,000 points at around 160 ... Read Mor…
    - 12 hours ago Jul 27, 2015, 5:04pm -
  • newWin a 4-Night Disney Cruise for 4 to the Bahamas
    Enter the Twinings Tea “Cruise” sweepstakes by September 15, 2015, for a chance to win the grand prize: a four-night cruise to the Bahamas for four persons aboard the Disney Dream ship, departing from Port Canaveral, Florida, including air, groun…
    - 13 hours ago Jul 27, 2015, 3:52pm -
  • Weekly Recap: A Fee for Priority Deplaning, Airline Sadism, & More
    Following is our regular summary of the latest travel news and best frequent traveler promotions reviewed during the past week. If it was a good deal—or a notably bad deal—from an airline, hotel, or car rental loyalty program, you can ... Read Mo…
    - 3 days ago Jul 25, 2015, 1:05am -
  • Delta Discounts Paid and Award Tickets
    Delta isn’t known for either the frequency or the generosity of its SkyMiles award discounts. In the past, they’ve been few and far between, and less than compelling. With its new sale on both paid and award tickets, announced today, ... Read Mor…
    - 3 days ago Jul 24, 2015, 5:21pm -
  • The 8 Best (and Worst) Travel Apps
    Betting that the future lies in mobile booking, the travel industry is investing untold millions in developing and refining mobile apps. So far, the results are decidedly mixed, with some apps overdelivering on the promise of usability and elegance,…
    - 4 days ago Jul 23, 2015, 6:38pm -
  • Airlines ‘Delighted’ to Make Flying Painful
    Does it sometimes seem like the airlines not only make travel an unpleasant experience but that they positively revel in travelers’ pain? Turns out you were right. Speaking on behalf of all airlines, Jeff Smisek, United’s CEO, admitted the ugly .…
    - 4 days ago Jul 23, 2015, 5:08pm -
  • How to Earn 750 United Miles in 1 Minute
    Is one minute of your time worth 750 United MileagePlus miles? If so, read on. For a limited time, MileagePlus members can earn 750 miles for establishing a MyPoints account and keeping it active for at least 30 days. Signing ... Read More
    - 5 days ago Jul 22, 2015, 5:52pm -
  • Alaska Air Adds 15th Loyalty-Program Partner
    Alaska Airlines today announced the addition of its fifteenth Mileage Plan airline partner. Beginning on June 23, Mileage Plan members can earn miles for flying on China’s Hainan Airlines; mileage redemption for Hainan award flights will begin late…
    - 6 days ago Jul 22, 2015, 4:27pm -
  • Easy Terms Touse as Phrase Beginners to Create Better Essays
    A money purchase is actually a little bit of document that samedayessays.org serves just like a check that is certain. A money order are available at grocery stores and banks, as well as some other types of stores. In the ... Read More
    - 6 days ago Jul 22, 2015, 1:02pm -
  • Miles-for-Shopping Bonuses from American, Southwest, United
    You do earn miles by shopping at the airlines’ mileage malls, right? There’s no reason not to. The prices are the same. And by making your purchases through the airline’s portal, you’ll be earning miles — typically between one and ... Read…
    - 6 days ago Jul 21, 2015, 6:08pm -

Travel is Free

  • [Master List] Hotel Award Charts
    Simple, but I had a new idea for a resource. I went to […]The post [Master List] Hotel Award Charts appeared first on Travel is Free.
    - 3 days ago Jul 25, 2015, 4:22pm -
  • IHG PointBreak (Jul 27 – Oct 31)
    The PointBreaks Preview is out and will be fully bookab […]The post IHG PointBreak (Jul 27 – Oct 31) appeared first on Travel is Free.
    - 4 days ago Jul 24, 2015, 3:18pm -
  • Stop Using The Phrase “Opportunity Cost” Poorly
    *This post was actually written and rewritten months ag […]The post Stop Using The Phrase “Opportunity Cost” Poorly appeared first on Travel is Free.
    - 5 days ago Jul 23, 2015, 4:26pm -
  • Everyone in this hobby is bad at math
    Right now I’m quasi-exiled and as I said, this we […]The post Everyone in this hobby is bad at math appeared first on Travel is Free.
    - 5 days ago Jul 22, 2015, 9:18pm -

Frequent Flyer Bonuses

Million Mile Secrets

Nomadic Matt

  • new10 Simple Tips to Help You Avoid Getting Sick When You Travel
    I get a lot of questions about health care on the road – “How can I avoid getting sick? What need vaccines? What happens when I do get sick?” Since I’m not a doctor, I don’t like giving medical advice so I’ve asked Mike Huxley, a register…
    - 15 hours ago Jul 27, 2015, 2:20pm -
  • Take FLYTE: How You Can Help Students Get a Better Education and Travel More
    Travel is a powerful agent for change. It broadens our horizons and helps us find our purpose. Think about the first time you traveled overseas. Remember those feelings of freedom, possibility, and excitement you had? Remember what got you hooked and…
    - 6 days ago Jul 22, 2015, 11:19am -
  • How to Shoot the Perfect Travel Photograph
    ­Today, professional photographer Laurence Norah of Finding the Universe, continues his five part series on taking better travel photos. Photographs are important for the memories they represent. You look at a picture and it conjures up thoughts, fe…
    - 8 days ago Jul 20, 2015, 2:48pm -
  • My 28 Favorite Places to Visit in the US
    From sea to shining sea, the United States is home to a diverse landscape — both culturally and physically. Spending months traveling across its vast landscape gave me a deep appreciation for all my country has to offer. After travelling 13,000 mil…
    - 12 days ago Jul 16, 2015, 2:58pm -
  • A Lesson in Kindess While Hitchhiking Through Iceland
    “Where are you going?” he asked from the driver’s seat. “Thingeyri,” I replied. A confused look appeared on the man’s face. “Thingeyri,” I said again, this time changing the intonation in my voice. “Ahh, Thingeyri! Yes, I can take y…
    - 15 days ago Jul 13, 2015, 1:37pm -
  • The Business of Travel Blogging
    Notice: This is a bit of inside baseball about travel blogging, so if you aren’t interested in that sort of thing, head over here and read something travel related! Okay, if you’re still here, you’re probably interested in blogging. It’s not…
    - 19 days ago Jul 9, 2015, 11:52am -
  • 9 Summer Reads to Satiate Your Wanderlust
    At the start of the New Year, I vowed to read one book a week, and I’m proud to say I’m accomplishing that goal. I even started a book club to keep me focused (I mean, you can’t recommend books if you don’t read them, right?). Thanks to my gr…
    - 22 days ago Jul 6, 2015, 2:34pm -
  • Introducing a Brand New Awesome Nomadic Matt (Plus Some Announcements)
    For close to three years, this website had the same design. When it came out, I loved it but over the course of those three years, the website has grown with a new forum, destination guides, new books, sections, and much more. To accommodate all that…
    - 29 days ago Jun 29, 2015, 3:34pm -
  • Introducing: The NM Case Study Project
    Months ago, I announced that I wanted to help four readers plan their trips from start to finish as part of a case study project for this website. While I haven’t talked about this in a long time, it’s because I’ve been busy making it happen. A…
    - 33 days ago Jun 25, 2015, 12:42pm -
  • How to Visit Napa Valley on a Budget
    With its verdant hills, acres of vineyards, and temperate climate, Napa Valley in California is one of the world’s premier wine-producing regions. Every year 3.3 million people flock to this region to bike, hike, swim in a veritable pool of wine, a…
    - 36 days ago Jun 22, 2015, 3:36pm -

The Hustle Blog

  • Amex Offer – Spend $300 on Airfare, Get $50 Back
    I just came across this offer while going through my wife’s American Express offers. She seems to get the better ones that I don’t get on either my EveryDay Preferred or Starwood Preferred Guest Business card. Get a one-time $50 statement credit…
    - 6 days ago Jul 22, 2015, 11:00am -
  • Q3 Rotating Bonuses – Chase Freedom & Discover IT
    New quarter, new bonuses! These bonuses will run through September 30, 2015. Chase Freedom Activate here. Most gas stations have gift card racks so this should be an easy $1,500 to spend this quarter. Gas stations Kohl’s Discover IT Activate here.…
    - 26 days ago Jul 1, 2015, 5:20pm -
  • (Dead) Fare Alert: EWR-MEX $140 Round Trip
    UPDATE: Looks like it’s gone as of 12:21 AM EST. Damn, better luck next time folks! As I was randomly browsing flights tonight, I came across what seems like a very cheap fare to Mexico City from Newark. This has to be a mistake since it’s a full…
    - 59 days ago May 30, 2015, 4:00am -
  • Don’t Forget to Track Car Rental Reservations with AutoSlash
    Some people think car rentals can be a lengthy process. For me, I try to keep it as simple as possible. You have two options to use AutoSlash. Search for a car using their site Make your booking elsewhere & use AutoSlash to find better rates The pro…
    - Apr 1, 2015, 11:00am -
  • Last Chance at Chase Freedom Q1 Categories
    As we come up on the end of March, we also come to the end of the first quarter of 2015. With that comes the end of the Chase Freedom 5% bonus categories – grocery stores, movie theaters & Starbucks. Be sure to get all your Q1 spend in by March 31!…
    - Mar 30, 2015, 11:00am -
  • Probable Southwest Rapid Rewards Devaluation
    Last week, Southwest Airlines sent an email to its Rapid Rewards loyalty program members informing them of a future change in the program. Sadly, they weren’t very specific about the change but it reads as a devaluation. We created Rapid Rewards®…
    - Feb 17, 2015, 12:00pm -
  • British Airways Avios Devaluation
    The biggest news going around the travel blogosphere lately is one we’re sadly all too familiar with… devaluation. British Airways announced some pricey changes to their loyalty program that will take effect April 28, 2015. The last time they cha…
    - Jan 30, 2015, 12:00pm -
  • Evolve Money Changes Terms for Discover Cards
    There have been a lot of changes going on with Evolve Money lately. First, I wrote about how they were a great way to pay for bills or loans that you can’t normally pay for with credit or gift cards. Then, they announced great news that we could us…
    - Dec 24, 2014, 5:34pm -
  • Chase Freedom 2015 Bonus Categories Announced
    While we’re all busy trying to hit the $1,500 in spend for this quarter’s bonus categories, Chase has announced all the bonus categories for 2015. January – March Grocery stores Movie theaters Starbucks April – June Restaurants Bed Bath & Bey…
    - Dec 10, 2014, 12:00pm -
  • Register Now! American Express Small Business Saturday
    Registration for American Express Small Business Saturday is live! Register all your eligible American Express cards at this link as soon as you can. As I detailed in a previous post, this year’s Small Business Saturday, which occurs on November 29…
    - Nov 17, 2014, 12:00pm -

Pointscentric

Johnny Jet

  • newTravel Webcam of the Week: EarthCam’s Eiffel Tower Webcam
    Like this feature? Check out past Travel Webcam of the Week posts, Tweeter of the Week posts and Travel Instagrammer of the Week posts! EarthCam’s Eiffel Tower Webcam (earthcam.com/france/paris/?cam=eiffeltower_hd) Everyone I know dreams of…
    - 6 hours ago Jul 27, 2015, 11:28pm -
  • newTravel Instagrammer of the Week: Murad Osmann
    Like this feature? Check out past Travel Instagrammer of the Week posts, Travel Tweeter of the Week posts and Travel Webcam of the Week posts! Murad Osmann (muradosmann) Arguably one of the most beautiful pictures you’ll find on Instagram (be…
    - 6 hours ago Jul 27, 2015, 11:03pm -
  • newTravel Tweeter of the Week: The Flight Deal
    Like this feature? Check out past Travel Tweeter of the Week posts, Travel Instagrammer of the Week posts and Travel Webcam of the Week posts! The Flight Deal (@TheFlightDeal) Last week I featured Airfarewatchdog as our Travel Tweeter of the Wee…
    - 7 hours ago Jul 27, 2015, 10:26pm -
  • new5 Credit Cards for Overseas Travel
    American Express is an advertising partner of JohnnyJet.com, but the opinions and beliefs in this post are those of the author alone, who makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information. When you’re traveling overseas, there are a lot…
    - 12 hours ago Jul 27, 2015, 5:00pm -
  • newTravel Tip of the Day: Use Your Personal Hotspot for Wi-Fi
    Use Your Personal Hotspot for Wi-Fi Many people don’t realize they have a personal hotspot on their phone—a means of extending your phone’s network so it can be picked up by other devices (privately). I use mine all the time when I’m in a hot…
    - 13 hours ago Jul 27, 2015, 4:00pm -
  • newResidence Inn Mix: Taking Hotel Happy Hour to a New Level
    It’s not enough anymore for hotels to just give travelers a room with a bed. They want more. Travelers want to feel invested in and passionate about the hotel brand. One way to instill the excitement is to give guests a little something extra,…
    - 15 hours ago Jul 27, 2015, 2:00pm -
  • newTravel Style: Joshua Johnson
    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: Joshua Benjamin Johnson Occupation: Digital Media Pr…
    - 16 hours ago Jul 27, 2015, 1:00pm -
  • Elite Status. Preferred Pricing. VIP Treatment – Welcome to FoundersCard
    Calling all movers and shakers, business professionals, and entrepreneurs that want to gain elite status on airlines quickly. Have you heard of FoundersCard? It’s a membership-only card that can help you gain special preferred pricing and privilege…
    - 1 day ago Jul 27, 2015, 1:35am -
  • Travel Style: Quang Dang
    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: Quang Dang Occupation: Executive chef Hometown: Calgar…
    - 3 days ago Jul 24, 2015, 7:03pm -
  • Reader Travel Tip of the Day: Freezer Check
    Freezer Check Each Friday, we’re featuring a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from reader Ann S., who says: “Since we’re usually eating from the freezer for the first day or two after returning from a t…
    - 4 days ago Jul 24, 2015, 4:00pm -

Doctor of Credit

  • new$5 In Orbitz Credit For Uploading A Picture + Entry To Free Trip To Mexico
    The Offer Direct link to offer The second week of the Orbitz “We’ll Reward You For That” promotion is now live (you can earn a total of $110 in Orbitz credit). This week you’ll earn $5 in Orbucks when you upload a photo, it’s called cheers…
    - 2 hours ago Jul 28, 2015, 2:55am -
  • new$25 Kmart e-Gift Cards for $21.25 on eBay is Back
    There’s a whole slew of eBay gift card deals still ongoing, and the Kmart deal which was sold out is now back. The Offer Direct Link Purchase a $25 Kmart e-gift card for $21.25 from Paypal Digital Gifts on eBay. Limit 5. The Fine Print “Limited q…
    - 7 hours ago Jul 27, 2015, 10:07pm -
  • newDelta 1,500 Miles Shopping Portal Bonus
    The Offer Direct Link Receive up to 1,500 bonus miles when you use the Delta Skymiles Shopping portal. Here is the breakdown: Spend $100 or more and receive 300 bonus miles (3 points per $1 spent) Spend $300 or more and receive 700 bonus miles (2.33…
    - 10 hours ago Jul 27, 2015, 7:29pm -
  • newGift Card Deals at Staples.com: Gap, Sephora, Jiffy Lube & More
    The Offer Save 15% on Gap, Old Navy, and Banana Republic e-gift cards. $100 Sephora gift card for $90. Limit 10. $25 Jiffy Lube physical gift card for $21.99 shipped. Limit 10. The Fine Print Offers expire 8/1/15 Our Verdict Be sure to pay with your…
    - 14 hours ago Jul 27, 2015, 3:26pm -
  • new$200 Staples Gift Cards for $170 from Paypal
    The Offer Direct Link Purchase a $200 e-gift card to Staples for just $170 from Paypal Digital Gifts (PPDG). You won’t see any sort of advertisement of this sale. Just click the ‘$200′ option and the price will auto-adjust to $170. You can then…
    - 14 hours ago Jul 27, 2015, 2:57pm -
  • $10 Raise/Topcashback Promo Ends Soon
    We reported on an awesome promo offered currently by Topcashback to get $10 per gift card listing that you sell on Raise. For those who sell gift cards often, this can be a huge boon to get $10 back on each gift card. Topcashback just released the en…
    - 1 day ago Jul 27, 2015, 3:09am -
  • Best Posts Last Week: Free $20, Guide To Funding $100,000 With Credit Card, $110 In Free Hotel Credit & 110,000 In Credit Card Points
    There wasn’t much news in the credit card world, it’s possible for some people to get a 60,000 mile + $50 statement credit on the American Express Delta Gold cards (both personal & business) and the Citi Business AAdvantage Platinum Select bonus…
    - 1 day ago Jul 26, 2015, 6:30pm -
  • Two Targeted Barclaycard Promotions: 10,000 Wyndham Bonus Points + $10 From Sallie Mae
    There are two current targeted offers for some Barclaycard cardholders. They are as follows: Spend $250 or more using your Barclaycard Wyndham credit card for the months of August, September & October and receive 10,000 bonus points. Use your Sallie…
    - 1 day ago Jul 26, 2015, 5:32pm -
  • Have A SunTrust Delta Debit Card? Ask For An Annual Fee Refund & Get $72 Back
    In case you didn’t know on the 25th of July changes were introduced to the SunTrust Delta Debit card which effectively crippled the card and made it largely worthless for the majority of people. The card used to have an annual fee of $75, whenever…
    - 2 days ago Jul 26, 2015, 2:00pm -
  • Got A Question? We’ve Got The Answer
    I want to start answering more reader questions, it’s something that we used to do a lot of but haven’t done as much of recently. If you have a question that you can find the answer to (and please search on this site and google first) then please…
    - 2 days ago Jul 26, 2015, 12:30pm -

Hustler Money Blog

Travel Codex

  • newUp to 40% Bonus on Purchased Miles from Alaska Airlines
    Alaska Airlines is offering its miles on sale at a special price through August 9, with even larger discounts for customers who have one of its Visa Signature credit cards. (This is the same credit card that includes a $99 companion fare and just re…
    - 16 hours ago Jul 27, 2015, 1:30pm -
  • newRevisiting Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay
    It’s been a while since I wrote about my trip to Singapore in March, but with the city-state’s Golden Jubilee approaching on August 7-10, I thought it would be interesting to comment on a couple of cultural observations about the city. Today’s…
    - 18 hours ago Jul 27, 2015, 11:05am -
  • Four Ways to Earn Thousands of Extra Miles
    When I meet a group of readers I am often asked how I earn most of my miles. My answer is that I buy tickets and fly — I just try to do it cheaply. Others prefer credit card bonuses, which I also take advantage of. But there are other tips that m…
    - 4 days ago Jul 24, 2015, 11:05am -
  • Earn Double Alaska Miles on New Partner Hainan Airlines
    Alaska Airlines announced today that Hainan Airlines and its Fortune Wings Club have joined Mileage Plan as a new partner. From Alaska’s main base in Seattle, Hainan flies to Beijing and Shanghai. There are also additional routes from Chicago, Bost…
    - 6 days ago Jul 22, 2015, 3:15pm -
  • Could Unions Cause More Damage to Kimpton than IHG?
    Everyone wondered what would happen to Kimpton Hotels after its acquisition by IHG late last year. One major concern was that IHG’s lower standards (elite status doesn’t get you much) would tarnish Kimpton’s stellar reputation. They certainly…
    - 6 days ago Jul 22, 2015, 1:30pm -

Maximizing Money

Boarding Area

Frequent Flyer Miles 101

  • newThe best cash shopping credit card is…
    I may receive compensation if you get a credit card through my link. Thank you very much in advance! Most of my posts focus on either acquiring or using miles and/or points. In fact, there is no such thing as a program with zero value, and Rule #1 is…
    - 8 hours ago Jul 27, 2015, 9:20pm -
  • July 25 has come and gone…
    And it’s a sad, sad time for many of us. You see, yesterday, SunTrust bank ended one of the great mileage deals in existence (and really, one of the greatest deals of all time) by devaluing its Delta debit card. A little background: Several years a…
    - 1 day ago Jul 26, 2015, 5:31pm -
  • It’s been a bad week to be a tourist in the UK…
    Think you’ve had it rough? Taken a two-hour delay and then gotten stuck in the middle seat directly in front of the rear lav? Be glad you’re not one of these people (Thanks to Flyertalk and Yahoo for providing some entertainment): EasyJet travele…
    - 3 days ago Jul 24, 2015, 11:10pm -
  • 750 free United Airlines miles (I think.)
    An offer went out to United Airlines credit card holders as seen here, but I see nothing in here to indicate that not everyone is eligible. Worst case scenario, you get the base 500 miles. It’s rare that you get free miles just to sign up for somet…
    - 5 days ago Jul 23, 2015, 3:56pm -
  • You may still be able to get a 50K miles Citi Aadvantage card (the potential back door)
    A few days ago, I had a post about a Citibank card that had a nice sign-up bonus but wasn’t worth the fee for most people. But what if you could get most of the sign-up bonus at no cost? Now, it becomes interesting… While doing some research for…
    - 5 days ago Jul 22, 2015, 11:07pm -
  • Delta is bad at math, a New York airport strike and free credit reports
    A few tidbits from around the industry: An interesting irony regarding the recent Delta changes to its program: Upgrades from the least expensive domestic coach tickets to first class are 30,000 miles, one-way. A round-trip first class ticket starts…
    - 6 days ago Jul 21, 2015, 5:51pm -
  • Citi offers a great AA bonus, but do you actually want the card?

    - 7 days ago Jul 20, 2015, 9:33pm -
  • Notes from the road
    I’m on the road again this weekend, but here’s a few tidbits that I picked up today: It doesn’t matter how much body spray you put on. If you haven’t showered in several days, the people next to you will notice. Planes are small and squishy,…
    - 10 days ago Jul 17, 2015, 9:58pm -
  • Delta “enhances” SkyMiles again and signals more changes
    Another day, another email from Delta telling us about changes to the SkyMiles program. And, as usual, there are some ups and downs, but the downs outnumber the ups. These changes take place on June 1, 2016, but it’s good to be aware. There are thr…
    - 12 days ago Jul 15, 2015, 10:25pm -
  • Yet another reason not to book hotels through online travel agents (OTAs)
    Last week, the Wall Street Journal ran an article about a family that booked a room through Expedia, only to find out two days before their trip that the hotel was cancelling the reservation, since it had oversold the property (The article might be…
    - 14 days ago Jul 14, 2015, 1:18am -

The Faraway Guide

  • newHow To Save Airline Miles By Manipulating Award Routes
    Full disclosure, I had a lot of trouble with the title of this post. How To Save Airline Miles By Manipulating Award Routes may leave you confused, unsure if this at all helps your current or future travel plans. So here is what I will say: in th…
    - 16 hours ago Jul 27, 2015, 12:48pm -
  • Why Applying For Multiple Credit Cards Doesn’t Hurt Your Credit Score
    I applied for over 30 credit cards in two years - and my credit score improved. In this post, we'll uncover the surprising truth to why applying for multiple credit cards may not hurt your credit score...
    - 1 day ago Jul 26, 2015, 6:43pm -
  • Thai Airways Boeing 777-300 Business Class Review (Bangkok To Beijing)
    40,000 United miles secured a business class seat on Thai Airways 614 from Bangkok (BKK) to Beijing (PEK), with a first leg departing from Singapore (SIN). Today’s post will focus on the second segment to Beijing, which is a premier...
    - 4 days ago Jul 23, 2015, 10:15pm -
  • LAN Airlines Boeing 767-300 Business Class Review (Montevideo to Santiago)
    22,500 American Airlines miles was a hefty sum for the two-hour LAN Airlines 903 flight from Montevideo, Uruguay (MVD) to Santiago, Chile (SCL). Unfortunately business class was the only option available, so Andrea and I locked in the seats...
    - 6 days ago Jul 21, 2015, 5:15pm -
  • The Ultimate List Of Airline Award Chart Links
    Knowing the award charts for airlines is critical to your travel goals. With this in mind, below is the ultimate list of award charts, broken out by featured and global alliances. Note that the featured airlines are relevant for U.S. readers and…
    - 8 days ago Jul 20, 2015, 1:00pm -
  • My 5 Month Ordeal Getting An American Airlines Refund
    As I wrote about in January, I flew American Airlines to Buenos Aires on an old 777-200 aircraft - choosing to upgrade to business class at the last second. I did this, in part, because of AA's long-standing policy that upgrading an award...
    - 11 days ago Jul 17, 2015, 1:00pm -
  • The Ultimate List Of Hotel Award Chart Links
    Hotel award charts are always changing. Which is why I wrote this post and constantly maintain it: the ultimate list of hotel award chart links, segmented by featured hotels and other. Note that the featured hotels are relevant for U.S. readers..…
    - 12 days ago Jul 16, 2015, 1:00pm -
  • 5 Steps To Use Credit Cards & Maximize Your Travels
    This is the handbook to use credit cards and maximize your travels. In 2011, I began applying for 15+ credit cards a year in order to earn frequent flyer miles. Since then, I've earned over 2,500,000 points and miles and hit 45 countries traveled.…
    - 15 days ago Jul 13, 2015, 3:02pm -
  • Which Frequent Flyer Programs Should I Sign Up For?
    Wondering what frequent flyer programs to sign up for? You aren't alone. The first step in elevating your travels is to become a member of the programs. The first frequent flyer program was started by American Airlines in 1979; since then, over..…
    - 15 days ago Jul 13, 2015, 4:37am -
  • Understand & Improve Your Credit Score
    A firm understanding of your credit score is the easiest way to improve it. Which is why earning points and miles starts with your credit score. Fortunately, the widely held notion that more credit cards means a lower credit score is false – in…
    - 17 days ago Jul 11, 2015, 2:00pm -

milepoint (Forums)

  • newTeh Penalty Box
    I think it's time for a new Box thread that works. So, here goes.
    - 5 mins ago Jul 28, 2015, 4:58am -
  • newCopa Connect Miles status match
    I´ve been a member of Mileage Plus for the past few years and right now I have a Gold status with United.Copa Airlines just launched their own mileage program (Connect Miles) and are moving away from Mileage Plus on July 1st.I read on Copa website…
    - 20 mins ago Jul 28, 2015, 4:43am -
  • newBrand New LGA Airport?
    http://www.theverge.com/2015/7/27/9049743/laguardia-airport-replacement-new-yorkI just saw this on my feedly... First i've heard of it. I did hear about improvements and the eventual, possibility of longer flights but this takes it to a whole new le…
    - 26 mins ago Jul 28, 2015, 4:37am -
  • newRIP...Hotelchatter.com & Sister sites
    We're Checking Out for The Very Last Time On Friday, July 31, HotelChatter, Jaunted and VegasChatter will check out for the very last time. We will be integrating our content into Condé Nast Traveler, our parent company since 2008. Ever...Click t…
    - 2 hours ago Jul 28, 2015, 3:02am -
  • newGood Aviation-band Scanner
    Slightly OT (or at least not something normally discussed here), but maybe not as it falls into general "travel" or "aviation" I think.I have an Icom IC2200H radio in my truck for work purposes, and an ancient Motorola MT1000 handheld in the same ba…
    - 2 hours ago Jul 28, 2015, 2:36am -
  • new(photo trivia) Guess the city
    Given the success of the 'guess the airport' thread, though this might be a good thread to start. A breath of fresh air, if you will...Anyways, same rules apply. First submission:
    - 3 hours ago Jul 28, 2015, 2:03am -
  • 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…
    - 4 hours ago Jul 28, 2015, 1:24am -
  • newWashington, DC | August 21-23, 2015 [advanced]
    We are thrilled to announce FTU Advanced will be returning to the Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport from August 21-23, 2015.Over two days, our experts will share their extensive knowledge of how to earn, book, and travel like a p…
    - 6 hours ago Jul 27, 2015, 11:24pm -
  • newI have plenty of miles but cant seem to find any flights to use them
    I have a lot of miles, plenty. Enough to fly anywhere. They are located on American Express and Alaska Air. I just now realized that I can move the miles from the AMEX to the frequent flyer program of my choice. I used to just use the AMEX points on…
    - 7 hours ago Jul 27, 2015, 10:06pm -
  • newMoving Walkways at EWR ( Terminal C)
    Most of these are out of service, some of them have been removed / cordoned off. C is a huge terminal, does anyone know what kind of renovations are going on / when these moving walkways will be back.Thanks. To walk from one end of C to the other ta…
    - 9 hours ago Jul 27, 2015, 8:33pm -

Flyertalk MilesBuzz

  • newCenter section of exit row in 767-300
    I'm about to fly to Europe with a small child on a two-cabin 767-300. Neither seat guru nor seat expert seems to have a decent map of the plane, but it is shown here: ...
    - 11 mins ago Jul 28, 2015, 4:52am -
  • newFirst Class on an LH A380, FRA-JNB
    I recently posted a video trip report of a journey in First Class aboard a Lufthansa 747-8. This was the first leg of a trip from Chicago to Johannesburg, via Frankfurt. Below is a video report of the second leg of the journey, on a Lufthansa A380...…
    - 16 mins ago Jul 28, 2015, 4:47am -
  • newAA: LAX-GIG ~$1666ai (Business)
    AA: LAX-GIG ~$1666ai (Business) Sample: Nov 14-15 LAX-JFK-GIG-JFK-LAX ~$1666ai (I) (14538mi ~11.2cpm) -FROM BRAZIL - PERMITTED 13JAN THROUGH 03FEB OR 07FEB THROUGH 29JUN OR 19JUL THROUGH 15DEC FOR EACH GATEWAY DEPARTURE TO BRAZIL -PERMITTED...
    - 33 mins ago Jul 28, 2015, 4:30am -
  • newDelta: Fredericton NB Canada
    I just stayed at the Delta Fredericton in New Brunswick Canada last week (July 22) as a Marriott Platinum. Excellent property (first time stay here). Highly recommended. It has a resort feel with in/out pool, river beach, indoor and outdoor...
    - 35 mins ago Jul 28, 2015, 4:28am -
  • newStaralliance RTW online booking error & Hotline experience Jul 2015
    I just tried to book a RTW on staralliance.com for 2 passengers and got this error message when I completed the itinerary (system checked OK for availability on all the sectors), keyed in all my personal, frequent flyer and credit card details: ...
    - 35 mins ago Jul 28, 2015, 4:28am -
  • newJFK TWA Flight Center into Hotel at T5
    http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2015/07/27/jfks_iconic_terminal_to_become_the_twa_flight_center_hotel.php ---Quote--- Governor Cuomo said that officials are currently working on a masterplan for the entirety of JFK Airport, which should be...
    - 41 mins ago Jul 28, 2015, 4:22am -
  • newflight from EWR to ATL in first class with delta
    Hello i will be flying in september in a md-88 and i would be flying in morning and i would like to know a little... if anyone has traveled in this route at this time i would like to know if this planes have good legroom and how is the meal...
    - 49 mins ago Jul 28, 2015, 4:14am -
  • newCan someone double check my thinking?
    I have been reading for days and my head is spinning with info, some of it conflicting. I'd love it if someone could double check my thinking to make sure I'm not crazy and there are not glaring holes. :) This is my plan. 1 - Purchase Amex...
    - 57 mins ago Jul 28, 2015, 4:06am -
  • newadvance seat selection on Finnair
    Hi, I have AA gold status and am looking at booking a ticket on Finnair, YYZ to HEL direct. To get advance seat selection using AA gold should i book on finnair.com or aa.com or the finnair call centre? Does finnair recognize AA status? is the...
    - 1 hour ago Jul 28, 2015, 4:03am -
  • newGot 2nd Floor A380 Y Seats
    Was able to move to the Upper Deck row 71 A/B from LHR-SFO much smaller cabin so hope it will be quieter up there. I never realized that economy would be on the 2nd floor but I guess it can be. From what I hear there is more elbow room due to the.…
    - 1 hour ago Jul 28, 2015, 4:01am -

Reddit r/churning

  • newKeep an eye out for a penfed offer (existing cardholders)
    I'm an existing penfed platinum rewards visa cardholder and got an email offer saying "we miss you" The offer is $100 statement credit for $1000 spend in the next two months. Not sure how widespread the offer is submitted by unfallible [link] [2 c…
    - 2 hours ago Jul 28, 2015, 2:48am -
  • newany retention offers lately?
    Hey, guys! I'm waiting to a little while to apply for a CSP. In mean time I dont have any minimum spends to complete so I guess I am kind of bored. So has anyone gotten any good retention offers lately? Here is my datapoint: I just completed a 10k ty…
    - 3 hours ago Jul 28, 2015, 2:11am -
  • newUnited Saver Award vs Standard Award?
    Hi guys, So I have about 90k in Ultimate Rewards at the moment and my wife and I were looking to take a trip to Oahu this September. I was looking up United Airlines flights and they seem to be the only fair prices flights going nonstop from SF to HN…
    - 3 hours ago Jul 28, 2015, 2:09am -
  • newFrustrating time trying to max out Discover 5% quarterly bonus
    So I went to my local hardware stores (Lowes & Menards) as well as Sears and not one of them carries any stinkin' VGC's to max out Discover's 5% (10% w/ bonus) cashback quarterly bonus. I'd rather not buy Amazon GC's because I already have a huge Ama…
    - 4 hours ago Jul 28, 2015, 1:00am -
  • new[Data Point] Declined for Chase Ink Plus business card.
    Applied for the Chase Ink Plus 50k point offer after $5k spend in 3 months for use with my sole proprietorship side-business, which involves building PCs and home-networking. I gave actual revenue projection numbers for the rest of the year based on…
    - 4 hours ago Jul 28, 2015, 12:39am -
  • newAmex Platinum question
    My wife and I currently have the SPG Amex, the Delta Amex, and the CSP card. We're actually pretty happy with the SPG Amex and CSP. We don't manufacture spend, but put enough money through the SPG Amex paying all our bills and my father's bills and m…
    - 5 hours ago Jul 28, 2015, 12:09am -
  • newCapital One Ventures Card
    As this link states, a person gets 40,000 miles if you spend $3000 on purchases within the first 3 months. My question is, say I get the card, could a close friend possibly send me a PayPal invoice of a sum of at least $3000 and I pay it with this ca…
    - 5 hours ago Jul 27, 2015, 11:47pm -
  • new[Not churning] A way around the credit limit
    I spend a lot for my business. I was recently approved for the chase ink card with only a $5k limit. I have a $5.5k purchase coming up. I called customer support and they told me I could request a CLI. I figured that was a waste of time as this was a…
    - 6 hours ago Jul 27, 2015, 11:25pm -
  • newIs there a way to make a business out of churning?
    I'm thinking two sides of the coin here. First, offer $200-$300 to someone who collects an airline signup bonus for you. After transferring the points to you then send them the cash. I'm sure there are plenty of people who don't need to fly and would…
    - 6 hours ago Jul 27, 2015, 10:37pm -
  • newNeed advice on United MileagePlus Credit Card Points
    I'd like to accumulate United miles paying my rent every month ($2,350). My landlord will take PayPal. But I have to pay $68.45/mnth in PayPal fees. Each calendar year I'm eligible to receive one 10,000-mile bonus after I reach $25,000 in net purchas…
    - 7 hours ago Jul 27, 2015, 10:32pm -

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