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The Points Guy

  • newThursday Giveaway: Win 1 of 5 iPad Minis
    This was a big week for us at The Points Guy as on Tuesday we launched our new app TPG To Go. After over a year of hard work and planning, we finally saw the app come to life and I couldn’t be prouder. The app is very easy to use, and it’s fille…
    - 2 hours ago 30 Oct 14, 3:30pm -
  • newComparison of Airline Elite Status – Which Program Is Best?
    It has been a long time since we compared the elite status programs of US airlines. But with news on the combined elite status program of American Airlines and US Airways, we asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to give us a snapshot of the vario…
    - 4 hours ago 30 Oct 14, 2:15pm -
  • newJetBlue Mosaic Improvements: The Weekly Wish
    Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen continues his series The Weekly Wish, looking at flaws, shortcomings, and room for improvement in the world of travel and loyalty programs. Today’s wish: step up the benefits in JetBlue Mosaic to make it more usef…
    - 6 hours ago 30 Oct 14, 12:08pm -
  • newFlight Review: JetBlue Mint New York (JFK)- Los Angeles
    This June JetBlue officially launched their premium transcontinental business class product: Mint on the lucrative JFK-LAX route. These retrofitted A321s started with a single daily flight between New York’s JFK and Los Angeles’ LAX. It’s…
    - 22 hours ago 29 Oct 14, 7:50pm -
  • newOne Year of Amazon Prime with Amex Everyday Cards
    Earlier this year American Express launched two new cards which were the American Express EveryDay Credit Card and the American Express EveryDay Preferred Credit Card. What’s great about both of these cards is that they earn full Membership Rew…
    - 23 hours ago 29 Oct 14, 7:06pm -
  • Using Miles to Fly China Airlines’ New 777-300ER
    Last week I wrote about China Airlines’ new 777-300ERs, which feature all-new service classes, including a beautiful Premium Business class cabin. The planes will be put into service on the airline’s routes from Taipei to Los Angeles, New York…
    - 1 day ago 29 Oct 14, 4:29pm -
  • Which Citi ThankYou Rewards Card Offers the Most Value?
    Citi has made impressive strides this year with the addition of nine new airline transfer partners, and while ThankYou Rewards finished last in our transferable points programs showdown earlier this week, there’s still a lot of value to be found…
    - 1 day ago 29 Oct 14, 1:59pm -
  • Domestic Airport Updates to Get Excited About!
    Just like the planes that serve them, some airports are in better shape than others. Today, TPG Contributor Jason Steele shows us some U.S. airports that are undergoing improvements, and a few more that should be. America gets a lot of criticism for…
    - 1 day ago 29 Oct 14, 12:08pm -
  • Earn Up To 25,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles With Partners
    Every so often, Aeroplan (the loyalty program of Air Canada) offers bonuses when you convert points from the program’s partners into Aeroplan miles, and now through November 24, when you transfer points from select partners, you can earn up to 25,0…
    - 2 days ago 28 Oct 14, 9:29pm -
  • Best Airlines To Fly Coach Domestically
    Though most people would rather fly business or first class given the chance, it’s not always possible to snag a seat at the front of the plane. So we asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to give us a quick rundown and ranking of the economy se…
    - 2 days ago 28 Oct 14, 7:01pm -

Frugal Travel Guy

  • newEarn Thousands, Save Hundreds at the Drugstore
    Earlier this week I did something I had not done in about four or five months: I stepped foot inside a pharmacy. The reason it had been so unusually long since I needed to enter a pharmacy? Drugstore.com. What is Drugstore.com? For those who have not…
    - 10 hours ago 30 Oct 14, 8:00am -
  • newDissatisfied with Air Travel? Properly Complain to Airlines Via Twitter
    I have to admit that I am not a big fan of social media, as evidenced by my Facebook profile picture — the same one since January 2009. But for business, I consider social media a necessary evil (hence PMM Travel Consulting’s Facebook and Twitter…
    - 18 hours ago 30 Oct 14, 12:00am -
  • newTravel Challenge: Germany Christmas Villages
    In this travel challenge, I want to show you how my wife Sara and I are making it to Germany in December with our family. A combination of purchasing points and credit cards with specific benefits fit the bill for keeping our costs managed. The trip…
    - 19 hours ago 29 Oct 14, 11:00pm -
  • newCha-Ching! Earn Extra Miles and Save on Holiday Shopping
    The holiday shopping season is close, which means many folks will be spending an average of $1,000 on gifts alone. Factor in massive retail sales, Thanksgiving and winter vacations, incidental costs associated with the holidays (dining, groceries, an…
    - 22 hours ago 29 Oct 14, 8:00pm -
  • newDiscover a Fresh Way to Fly in the First Ever Dreamliner 787-9
    Air New Zealand recently unveiled the first ever Dreamliner 787-9. The new Dreamliner 787-9 features the distinctive black version of the airline’s new-look livery. Ushering in a new dimension of global aviation, customers will discover the best s…
    - 24 hours ago 29 Oct 14, 6:00pm -
  • Walking Among the Dead: the Art of Cemetery Travel
    Who knew there was such a thing as cemetery travel? I sure didn’t. When I researched it further I found it is quite common to spend some (or all) of your vacation visiting final resting places. Perhaps it’s because tombs and cemeteries are not si…
    - 1 day ago 29 Oct 14, 8:00am -
  • Ten Complaints on TripAdvisor that Drive Me Crazy
    As someone who travels frequently, I rely on TripAdvisor for unbiased reviews of the resorts and hotels I plan to visit. Unfortunately, some of the reviews I come across make me wonder if I am living amongst the world’s biggest complainers. Let me…
    - 2 days ago 28 Oct 14, 11:00pm -
  • (Mostly) Good News: 2015 AAdvantage Program Announced
    Rumors have been going around for a few days now that the 2015 AAdvantage Program was going to be announced at any moment. What is particularly significant about the 2015 AAdvantage Program is that it would be the first that would combine the America…
    - 2 days ago 28 Oct 14, 8:00pm -
  • SALE: JetBlue & Delta from JFK to SJU
    [Updated 10/30/14: This sale has ended.] Don’t miss the amazing sale of JetBlue and Delta flights between New York City (JFK) and San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU), going on right now! Anybody up for skipping out on some winter? Valentine’s Day plan…
    - 2 days ago 28 Oct 14, 6:00pm -
  • Delta No Longer Allows Stopovers on International Awards [UPDATED]
    Update, 10/28/2014, 3:55 p.m. PST: Delta has confirmed that stopovers are still allowed and that they were simply having IT issues. A possible reaction to the overwhelming negative response from the apparent elimination of stopovers? Either way, thi…
    - 2 days ago 28 Oct 14, 4:00pm -

One Mile at a Time

  • newReview: Etihad Airways Business Class A320 Abu Dhabi to Cairo
    Even though I've flown Etihad quite a bit, this was my first time on one of their regional aircraft.Etihad's A320 business class consists of a total of 16 seats, spread across four rows in a 2-2 configuration.The color scheme of the cabin is a bit,…
    - 25 mins ago 30 Oct 14, 5:33pm -
  • newAnswers To Your Questions About The US Airways Preferred Trial
    On Tuesday I wrote about the US Airways Trial Preferred program, which is hands down the best way to earn top tier status with US Airways (and now by connection, with the new American).It's one of the few "shortcuts" to top tier elite status, so und…
    - 2 hours ago 30 Oct 14, 4:03pm -
  • newHuge Vancouver Hotel Discounts With beVancouver
    beVancouver.com is back with another amazing promotion on Vancouver hotels for this winter, similar to the promotion they ran last year.beVancouver is offering a $50-$125 gift card for each booking at one of their qualifying hotels, even for one nig…
    - 3 hours ago 30 Oct 14, 2:33pm -
  • newOfficial: The Centurion Lounge San Francisco Opens November 6, 2014
    American Express has gotten into the airport lounge business, as they've been opening several of their own lounges for cardmembers around the country, called Centurion Lounges. So far they have lounges in Las Vegas, Dallas Ft. Worth, and New York LaG…
    - 5 hours ago 30 Oct 14, 1:03pm -
  • newRegister To Earn Double Hilton Points
    As some of you may recall, Hilton has taken an innovative approach with their fourth quarter promotion. In late September they let HHonors members vote for which promotion they'd like to see between November 1, 2014, and January 31, 2015.Admittedly…
    - 6 hours ago 30 Oct 14, 11:33am -
  • newShould US Airways Elites Be Upset With The New AAdvantage Program?
    Yesterday American announced the details of their 2015 AAdvantage program. This is the next step of the US Airways and American Airlines integration, whereby next year they'll be merging the Dividend Miles program into the AAdvantage program.A vast…
    - 18 hours ago 29 Oct 14, 11:33pm -
  • newYahoo Travel’s Bizarre Singapore Suites Class Story
    Late last month a Singapore Airlines Suites Class trip report went viral, whereby a guy redeemed miles to fly from Singapore to Frankfurt to New York, which the guy claimed retailed for $23,000.It's amazing how viral the trip report went, and equall…
    - 20 hours ago 29 Oct 14, 10:03pm -
  • newHow To Book Airline Tickets For Birth Of Child
    Have you ever needed to book travel to attend an event with an uncertain date?Probably the most common example of this is the birth of a child. You know that the birth is going to happen, but it could happen anytime within about a 4 week window. F…
    - 22 hours ago 29 Oct 14, 8:03pm -
  • newQatar Airways Adjusts A380 Schedules
    Qatar Airways has come across as remarkably organized lately when it comes to their A380 operations, which almost seemed too good to be true.However, it looks like Qatar Airways will be changing up their A380 schedule to all three destinations they'…
    - 23 hours ago 29 Oct 14, 6:48pm -
  • 20% Bonus When Converting Hotel Points To MileagePlus
    United MileagePlus is offering up to a 25% bonus when you convert hotel points into MileagePlus miles by November 30, 2014 and they post to your MileagePlus account by December 5, 2014.Through this promotion you earn 20% bonus miles on all transfers…
    - 1 day ago 29 Oct 14, 5:30pm -

The Free-quent Flyer

  • newUS Bank Visa Buxx address changes
    Obviously, I change addresses somewhat more frequently than your average worker bee. Back in May I moved to the Upper Midwest from New England, then in August my partner and I finally moved into our own place together. That's a lot of address changes…
    - 8 hours ago 30 Oct 14, 10:00am -
  • Deciding between low fees and bonus categories
    Several months ago, around the time I moved West and decided to try my hand at blogging and travel hacking for a living, I made a sort of philosophical decision that I would only manufacture spend in bonus categories, except for the few very, very ch…
    - 1 day ago 29 Oct 14, 10:00am -
  • Update: Marriott bonus nights and application timing
    Two weeks ago I wrote up a technique for achieving Marriott Gold elite status through manufactured spending that's slightly more convoluted but much cheaper than the straightforward method described by Frequent Miler. That post drew a lot of terrifi…
    - 3 days ago 27 Oct 14, 10:00am -
  • US Airways anniversary miles (and affiliate bloggers acting shamelessly)
    I've long said that the only question that mattered - and the one that was being studiously ignored by affiliate bloggers - about the Barclaycard US Airways MasterCard is what will happen to the card's anniversary miles.Applications for the card befo…
    - 7 days ago 23 Oct 14, 11:12pm -
  • Reflections on PayPal and My Cash warnings
    PayPal's compliance department is sending warning e-mailsIt's no secret that I'm a huge fan of PayPal My Cash cards as a tool for manufacturing spend in two of my favorite bonus categories: drug stores and gas stations. Unlike some more aggressive us…
    - 8 days ago 22 Oct 14, 10:00am -
  • Use rollover nights to earn Marriott Gold elite status
    Continued experiments with posting scheduleAs long as I've been writing this blog, I've posted on an extremely irregular schedule: my own. Typically, I get home from manufacturing spend, plop down at the desk and write about whatever I've been thinki…
    - 14 days ago 16 Oct 14, 10:00am -
  • Thrilling follow-up to subscription week!
    Last Sunday I introduced Subscription Week, 5 posts (one, two, three, four, five) selected from my archives which, while wide-ranging, I felt represented a selection of the best work I do here for my readers and which I hoped would encourage some cas…
    - 15 days ago 15 Oct 14, 10:00am -
  • Survival bias and the "ease" of travel hacking
    There's been a lot of great writing lately in the travel hacking blogosphere about the traps being laid by affiliate bloggers and others who suggest that travel hacking is so easy that "anyone can do it."My favorite post on the subject was "Airheads…
    - 16 days ago 14 Oct 14, 8:01pm -
  • What you miss when you miss MS
    In the last few weeks I saw posts from two of my favorite Boarding Area bloggers/punching bags that helped crystalize something I've been turning over in my head for a little while.At the end of September, Gary at View From the Wing wrote about the A…
    - 20 days ago 10 Oct 14, 11:14pm -
  • Subscription week: Alaska Airlines debit card
    [In today's final installment of Subscription Week, I've picked one of my favorite posts, thanks to the simplicity and genius of the mile-earning possibility: the Bank of America Alaska Airlines debit card. A person who was only interested in flying…
    - 20 days ago 10 Oct 14, 10:00am -

The Frequent Miler

  • newDevil’s Advocate stolen and unmasked
    The blog Travel Codex (very recently renamed from “Hack My Trip”) publishes a regular series called “Devil’s Advocate.”  I’m a fan.  The  series is not written by any of Travel Codex’s named authors (found here), but by an anonymous…
    - 8 hours ago 30 Oct 14, 10:25am -
  • How to buy REDbird for others, and how to use them at non participating stores
    There’s no question that the Target Prepaid REDcard (AKA REDbird) is an exciting new product.  At this time, though, it is only available in select locations across the United States (see “How to find REDbird”). I’ve been working on a “Com…
    - 1 day ago 29 Oct 14, 10:25am -
  • Delta award stop-overs only partially broken
    Delta has long allowed both a stop-over and an open-jaw on round trip awards.  This meant that it was possible to stop in multiple cities for the price of a single award.  For example, you could fly from the US to London, stop over for days or week…
    - 2 days ago 28 Oct 14, 3:15pm -
  • How to manufacture Hertz elite status
    Just like hotel chains and airlines, many rental car companies offer multiple tiers of elite status.  The intention is to incentivize loyalty by offering better benefits to better customers.  Here’s how to fast track to status without being a gre…
    - 2 days ago 28 Oct 14, 10:25am -
  • Can’t register REDbird? Do this…
    My wife’s REDbird registered without a problem.  Same for my niece.  My REDbird, though, was another story.  Every time I tried to register the card, I received an error.  Every time I called support I was told it would be fixed within a day or…
    - 3 days ago 27 Oct 14, 10:25am -
  • REDbird spotted in California and Minnesota; REDbird registers in North Carolina still amiss
    Here’s a quick update about where to find REDbird and where to avoid it. Minnesota In my post “How to find REDbird” I show a map of the official list of stores carrying the new Target Prepaid REDcard (AKA REDbird).  In response to that post, r…
    - 5 days ago 25 Oct 14, 3:25pm -
  • Amazon Local Register joins Square and shuts me down
    In some of the earliest posts on this blog in 2011, I wrote about the best ways of manufacturing spend through the use of Square.  Square is a device that connects to your smartphone or tablet and lets you accept credit card payments for a flat 2.75…
    - 6 days ago 24 Oct 14, 10:25am -
  • Buy AA miles for less than a penny each, automatically
    Great news for those who have the version of the US Airways credit card that automatically awards 10,000 bonus miles each year.  Barclaycard has announced that this benefit will continue once the US Airways and American Airlines loyalty programs com…
    - 7 days ago 23 Oct 14, 2:22pm -
  • Quickest spend to international flights
    At its most basic level, the frequent flyer game goes like this: Use tricks to earn lots of miles quickly Spend those miles on international luxury flights An ingrained belief in this hobby is that the best way to maximize value from your miles is to…
    - 7 days ago 23 Oct 14, 10:25am -
  • Amex shuts down “old” Blue Cash accounts
    Flyertalk has been lighting up with reports from those who have had their “old” Blue Cash credit card accounts suddenly closed.  Some discovered the closure when logging into their accounts.  Others received emails like the one posted by silver…
    - 8 days ago 22 Oct 14, 9:11pm -

The Flight Deal

View From the Wing

Well Traveled Mile

  • Things to Consider When Transferring Flexible Points to an Airline Program
    After publishing my flexible bank-point transfer chart I figured it would be the perfect time to follow up with a post outlining some of the major factors to consider when transferring points to an airline program. Of course, figuring out which airli…
    - 2 days ago 28 Oct 14, 10:00pm -
  • Guide to Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond Suite Upgrade Awards – 2014
    One of the major perks of Hyatt Diamond status include the four Diamond Suite Upgrade Awards each year. The upgrade certificates can be used on any eligible paid rate including Points + Cash rates and your suite is confirmed at time of booking. Hyatt…
    - 3 days ago 27 Oct 14, 3:34pm -
  • $100 Amazon Gift Card Give Away Winner – Did You Win?
    Last week we gave our readers the chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card in our give away and as promised, we have selected a winner using Random.org. To enter each reader had the option to leave a comment telling us their favorite way to use points…
    - 4 days ago 26 Oct 14, 9:14pm -
  • How Long to Earn the Hyatt Credit Card’s 2 Free Nights?
    I recently applied for the Hyatt Credit Card offered by Chase to earn two free nights at any Hyatt hotel in the world. This is a great sign-up bonus for anyone looking to stay at some of Hyatt top-tier hotel as the free nights can be used at ANY hote…
    - 9 days ago 22 Oct 14, 3:38am -
  • Guide To US Airways Miles: Part 4 – Maximizing US Airways Miles on Central & South America Awards
    The 40,000 mile US Airways® Premier World MasterCard® offer is currently among the top airline credit card offers available. With the US Airways and AA merger going through it’s only a matter of time before this card will no longer be available,…
    - 10 days ago 21 Oct 14, 3:28am -
  • Well Traveled Mile Giveaway: Win a $100 Amazon Gift Card!
    Happy Monday! It’s been awhile since I held a giveaway on Well Traveled mile and without all of you I wouldn’t be here writing. On that note, let’s give away a $100 Amazon gift card. Want to win? All you have to do is subscribe to the Well Tr…
    - 10 days ago 20 Oct 14, 4:02pm -
  • Review of My Recent Recent Credit Card Applications – 110,000 Points + 2 Free Nights
    As I was gearing up to depart for my extended trip to Argentina I decided to launch a round of credit card applications. I have several cards in my wallet that had upcoming annual fees so I wanted to cancel a few cards, as well as apply for a handfu…
    - 11 days ago 20 Oct 14, 3:14am -
  • Confirmed: Using Ritz-Carlton Credit Card Travel Credits on Gift Cards
    I have written about the Ritz-Carlton Credit Card and how it can be a great option for anyone who frequents Marriott hotels. Not only does the card offer some great perks for Marriott stays, but the card comes with other valuable benefits that incl…
    - 14 days ago 17 Oct 14, 1:37am -
  • Guide to Hyatt’s 60-Day Diamond Challenge – 2014
    One hotel elite status that I am chasing after this year is the Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond. Across the board Hyatt properties offer some of the most consistent high quality properties along with their generous elite status program benefits. One of…
    - 15 days ago 16 Oct 14, 3:33am -
  • Guide To US Airways Miles: Part 3 – Maximizing US Airways Miles on Europe Awards
    The 40,000 mile US Airways® Premier World MasterCard® offer is currently among the top airline credit card offers available. With the US Airways and AA merger going through it’s only a matter of time before this card will no longer be availabl…
    - 16 days ago 14 Oct 14, 12:37pm -

MileValue

  • newDelta.com No Longer Displaying Alaska and Virgin Australia Award Space
    Delta.com is no longer displaying award space on Alaska Airlines or Virgin Australia. You can search for award space on both airlines on other websites and book it by phone with Delta. Delta.com is pretty terrible. It shows very few … Continue read…
    - 4 hours ago 30 Oct 14, 1:47pm -
  • newHow to Earn and Spend 93,000 American Airlines Miles
    American Airlines and US Airways are currently offering huge sign up bonuses on their co-branded credit cards. While the miles will temporarily go to separate accounts, everyone’s American Airlines and US Airways miles will be combined in early 201…
    - 21 hours ago 29 Oct 14, 8:50pm -
  • Lufthansa First Class Award Space This Spring for Two People
    Lufthansa First Class is one of the nicest ways to travel between the United States and Europe. Plus if you fly out of Frankfurt in Lufthansa First Class, you get to access the First Class Terminal, one of the nicest … Continue reading →
    - 1 day ago 29 Oct 14, 2:23pm -
  • Something Fishy is Going on with Delta Stopovers
    One Mile at a Time reports that Delta has stealthily eliminated stopovers on awards. That’s not quite correct, but something very fishy is going on. Here’s how I know it is not true. Above is a roundtrip award from Washington … Continue reading…
    - 2 days ago 28 Oct 14, 4:23pm -
  • Integration Announcement of AAdvantage and Dividend Miles
    As I predicted five days ago, we got out our American Airlines AAdvantage and US Airways Dividend Miles integration announcement today. The announcement is fantastic news, honestly much better than I expected. As a reminder, the parent companies of t…
    - 2 days ago 28 Oct 14, 3:25pm -
  • Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard with 50,000 Bonus Miles
    The Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® MasterCard® is currently offering 50,000 bonus miles and two Admirals Club day passes after spending $3,000 on the card in the first 3 months of account opening. This is enough miles for two roundtrips wi…
    - 3 days ago 27 Oct 14, 7:11pm -
  • China Airlines 777-300ER Business Class Improvement
    China Airlines has just taken delivery of its 777-300ERs. The new plane looks beautiful with a top-of-the-line flat bed business class, a quality premium economy, and economy that offers the chance to combine three seats into one family “couch.”…
    - 4 days ago 27 Oct 14, 5:36am -
  • My Experience: Cadillac Test Drive for 7,500 Miles
    Saturday I went to a Cadillac dealership in La Quinta, California to test drive a Cadillac to earn 7,500 American Airlines miles. Unfortunately the deal is now dead as View from the Wing reported (and no, I don’t have any … Continue reading →
    - 4 days ago 26 Oct 14, 11:48pm -
  • Giveaway: Pair of United Club Passes that Expire 11/30/14
    Generous reader Bill is donating two United Club passes that expire 11/30/14, about a month from now, to one lucky winner. If you are can use the passes between the 5th and 30th of next month (to account for the … Continue reading →
    - 7 days ago 24 Oct 14, 5:06am -
  • Amazing Drone Footage of Mexico City Airport

    - 7 days ago 24 Oct 14, 4:29am -

Frequent Flier

  • newHilton Offers Double Points for Two or More Stays
    In late September, Hilton polled members of its HHonors program on their choice of bonuses for the company’s next promotion: double points for two or more stays, or 1,000 bonus points for Thursday through Monday nights. Apparently the majority of .…
    - 52 mins ago 30 Oct 14, 5:06pm -
  • newTicket Prices Remain High Despite Lower Fuel Costs
    The price of jet fuel has plunged by 22 percent so far this year — a boon to airlines, for whom fuel is their single largest operating expense. Common sense would suggest that such significant savings would be passed through ... Read More
    - 23 hours ago 29 Oct 14, 6:43pm -
  • The Future of Flying: Windowless Planes, Panoramic Views
    The U.K.-based Centre for Process Innovation has a vision for the future of flying, and it doesn’t include windows. No windows, but a 360-degree view of the plane’s exterior? It’s a neat trick, accomplished with flexible photovoltaic displays m…
    - 1 day ago 29 Oct 14, 5:06pm -
  • Virgin America Calls Out Blah Airlines
    Virgin America’s latest promotional video runs almost six hours. And in all that time, there’s nary a glimpse of Virgin America. The video, which runs a crushing 5 hours and 46 minutes, is a pseudo-documentary, capturing in real time Blah ... Rea…
    - 2 days ago 28 Oct 14, 7:12pm -
  • New AAdvantage Program to Feature Few Changes
    That thunderous sigh of relief you heard earlier this morning? That was in response to American’s disclosure of the long-awaited details of the consolidation of American’s AAdvantage and US Airways’ Dividend Miles programs. Members of the two p…
    - 2 days ago 28 Oct 14, 5:03pm -
  • Are These the 5 Worst Airlines?
    Ranking the airlines and generating lists of the top five or ten or fifty is a popular pastime. While such best-of lists have little in the way of practical application, they’re amusing to consider, and if nothing else are an ... Read More
    - 3 days ago 27 Oct 14, 7:34pm -
  • Win 1 Million Hilton Points and a Caribbean Cruise
    Enter the CruisesOnly “1,000,000 Points” sweepstakes by December 31, 2014, for a chance to win the grand prize: 1 million Hilton HHonors points, a seven-night Caribbean cruise, four nights at a Hilton hotel, and $1,000 in spending money. To enter…
    - 3 days ago 27 Oct 14, 4:36pm -
  • 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…
    - 6 days ago 24 Oct 14, 6:15pm -
  • Earn 4X AAdvantage Miles for Wyndham Stays
    Between October 15, 2014, and January 16, 2015, AAdvantage members can earn quadruple miles for the second, third, and fourth stays at all 7,000-plus Wyndham hotels. Registration is required. Deal or No Deal Wyndham Rewards members who elect to earn…
    - 6 days ago 24 Oct 14, 4:51pm -
  • Double Delta Miles and Elite Bonus for Hilton Stays
    It’s unusual to see an airline offering elite-qualifying miles for hotel stays. Here’s one from Delta, for Hilton stays. Offer Details Through December 20, SkyMiles members can earn double miles plus 250 Medallion-qualifying miles for stays of tw…
    - 7 days ago 23 Oct 14, 6:10pm -

Travel is Free

  • newAward Challenge: Round The World with 3 Cards
    You can actually book Round the World tickets with frequent flyer miles, and while they tend to allow a lot of stops, they often require 200,000+ miles in one program. So I thought that I would do a sort of challenge for myself: Book a “round the…
    - 18 hours ago 30 Oct 14, 12:15am -
  • Best Use of an IHG Free Night Certificate
    Every year on the anniversery of your IHG credit card, you get a free night certificate. What’s unique about this benefit is that the annual fee is low ($49), and the “free night” has no limits. You can use it at any hotel. So you might as well…
    - 2 days ago 28 Oct 14, 11:27pm -
  • The IHG Into The Nights is back to “normal, and tips for remaining problems
    If you don’t know that IHG is the biggest mess of a company, then you don’t know anything about IHG. If you’ve ever had a problem, called customer support, or tried to use any of their technologies you will probably want to pull out hair. This…
    - 2 days ago 28 Oct 14, 8:21pm -
  • Is United Award Availability Better For Credit Card Holders?
    The other day I saw a tweet from saianel who said that he had less award availability now that he canceled the credit card. It also seems that every year Star Alliance award availability to Europe gets worse and worse. Finding a ticket in the summer…
    - 3 days ago 27 Oct 14, 9:20pm -
  • Unveiling Flying Blue (Air France + KLM) Miles 101 and Best Uses
    Flying Blue is an exciting program that is now transferable from Citi ThankYou points, Amex MR points, and SPG points. But little did I know just how awesome this program is. So I’m very excited for this post. I’m very proud of this research. No…
    - 3 days ago 27 Oct 14, 6:19am -
  • Stories From My Hitchhiking Diary in 2010
    The story of Caroline and I dating and getting married is an odd romantic tale of me visiting her on my hitchhike-around-the-world-trip (for free hopefully). However, when we started dating, and because I immediately knew we’d get married, I knew…
    - 4 days ago 27 Oct 14, 2:00am -
  • Steps of the Target REDbird [Infographic]
    Target and American Express have come out with a card similar to the Amex Bluebird, but the big difference is that you can load $5,000 a month with a credit card for free. You also have the ability to billpay credit cards and withdraw money for free…
    - 4 days ago 26 Oct 14, 6:54pm -
  • 6 Tips and Tools For Booking Hotels
    What’s the general process I go through for choosing to pay cash or points for a hotel? And how do I pick a hotel? Recently, I discussed how I earn hotel points without credit cards, but I wanted to discuss the booking part. Choosing the promotion…
    - 5 days ago 25 Oct 14, 11:42pm -
  • Hotel and Airline Promotions, Crazy Uber Driver and Free Sprit Baggage Trick
    There’s tons of stuff going on in the miles and points world, but I’ve never been one to post often and about everything. I’d rather save that and only post when I have something good… I figure that way when I post, people read it because…
    - 7 days ago 23 Oct 14, 6:58am -

Frequent Flyer Bonuses

Million Mile Secrets

  • newGet 2,000 Asia Miles for 1st Hotel Booking With Kaligo
    You can get 2,000 Asia Miles with your 1st hotel booking with Kaligo when you register and book by January 31, 2015.  Asia Miles are the award miles of Cathay Pacific.  And Kaligo is a website that allows you to earn airline miles when you ……
    - 3 days ago 2 Nov 14, 9:00am -
  • newGet 20% Off Your 1st Airbnb Booking of $200 or More!
    Until November 1, 2014, new Airbnb users can get 20% off their 1st booking of $200 or more.  Use the coupon code “20off“ to get the discount. Airbnb is a website that connects travelers with owners renting rooms, apartments, or … Continue read…
    - 1 hour ago 30 Oct 14, 4:50pm -
  • newFree $5 Sears Gift Card and Chance to Win a $10 or $15 Sears Gift Card
    Via Doctor of Credit, you can get a free $5 Sears gift card and get a chance to win a $10 or $15 Sears gift card.  You have to enter by 11:59 pm Central Time on November 1, 2014. Free $5 … Continue reading →        CommentsSame here.…
    - 9 hours ago 30 Oct 14, 8:30am -
  • There’s Still Time to Get Your Ticket to Frequent Traveler University in Washington, DC!
    Would you like to learn more about collecting miles & points and meet folks who share your interest in travel? Frequent Traveler University is the perfect opportunity to do just that! You can still get tickets to Frequent Traveler University, … Con…
    - 1 day ago 29 Oct 14, 5:00pm -
  • Get Early Access to Sales With the IHG App
    Do you have frequent paid and award stays at IHG hotels? If you have an iOS (Apple) or Android mobile device, you should consider downloading the free IHG Hotels app.  That’s because it lets you access promotions and rates not available … Conti…
    - 1 day ago 29 Oct 14, 4:00pm -

Nomadic Matt

  • newHow to Spend Four Days in Prague
    Prague is a destination that always seems to be in vogue. It’s been on the tourist map for a long time and the crowds show no signs of abating. Prague is a gorgeous, well-preserved medieval city coupled with a rich history, expansive parks, Vegas-s…
    - 4 hours ago 30 Oct 14, 2:28pm -
  • How to Move Abroad and Save Money
    There are many people I look up to in travel writing. Tim Leffel is one of them. He’s been writing about budget travel long before I knew what travel, let alone budget travel, even was. He’s been places I’ve only dreamed about and was even kind…
    - 2 days ago 28 Oct 14, 1:41pm -
  • 9 Tips for Better Family Travel
    On the third Friday of every month, Cameron Wears from The Traveling Canucks is here to give us tips and advice on how to travel better with your kids. This is an often requested topic so I’m excited to have him on the team! Here is this month’s…
    - 6 days ago 24 Oct 14, 1:17pm -
  • Take the First Step Out the Door (A Community Challenge)
    The Dutch have a saying: “He who is outside his door already has the hardest part of his journey behind him.” It’s one of my favorite travel quotes. The first step in any endeavor is always the hardest. It takes courage. You have to overcome yo…
    - 7 days ago 23 Oct 14, 3:45pm -
  • 30 Fantastic Photos from Iceland to Inspire Your Next Trip
    Last month, I finally visited Iceland. Iceland wasn’t the impossible budget destination people made it out to be. The locals were warm and welcoming, took me around, and showed me their homes. They were incredibly hospitable and I made a lot of Ice…
    - 10 days ago 20 Oct 14, 2:52pm -
  • Help Plan My Trip to the Caribbean
    In a few weeks, I’m heading to the Caribbean. I’ve been to a few islands down there (Bahamas, Curacao, Grand Cayman) but have never spent an extended amount of time there so I’m pumped! I’ve always wanted to sail around the region. I’m flyi…
    - 14 days ago 16 Oct 14, 3:42pm -
  • Why Solo Female Travel is Different
    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 not a topic I can cover and since there’s a lot of solo female travelers out there, I felt it w…
    - 15 days ago 15 Oct 14, 3:12pm -
  • 11 Tips to Help You Visit Expensive Iceland on Budget
    Iceland. The land of sheep, northern lights, volcanoes with unpronounceable names (try Eyjafjallajökull), and high prices. It’s supposedly one of the least budget-friendly countries in the world – which made visiting even more appealing to me. I…
    - 17 days ago 13 Oct 14, 2:48pm -
  • Smartphones, Tablets, or Laptops: What’s Best for Travelers?
    On the first Tuesday of each month, Dave Dean from Too Many Adapters is here giving you great tips and advice on travel tech and gear. Here is his column this month. “Should I bring a laptop, tablet or smartphone?” It’s a question I’m often…
    - 23 days ago 7 Oct 14, 1:57pm -
  • 19 Reader Questions and Answers
    Every day I get asked hundreds of travel questions. My inbox is constantly full, and it takes hours each day to answer them all. I’m not bothered because I enjoy answering people’s travel questions and helping others travel more. However, not eve…
    - 24 days ago 6 Oct 14, 5:13pm -

The Hustle Blog

  • 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…
    - 27 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…
    - 29 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…
    - 30 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…
    - 31 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…
    - 43 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…
    - 48 days ago 12 Sep 14, 11:00am -
  • Credit Karma Now Provides Full Credit Report For Free
    I use Credit Karma for loosely monitoring my TransUnion-based credit score. It’s a free service and it will update your score once a week when you log in. Recently, they have added your full credit report to the list of features. This is a great…
    - 92 days ago 30 Jul 14, 6:36pm -
  • My Biggest Mile Manufacturer – TD Go
    During a time where Joann & I have more miles & points than we do vacation days, I’m looking for easier ways to manufacture these points instead of ways to just amass a stockpile of them. Notice my emphasis is on easy.  I’m not a fan of drivi…
    - 99 days ago 23 Jul 14, 11:00am -
  • Hyatt Updates Mobile App
    I just downloaded an app update for the Hyatt mobile app for Android. I believe the iPhone update for the app has been out for a few week now. From what I’ve noticed, it’s a very useful update. Prior to this update, the app was only great for ch…
    - 8 Jul 14, 11:00am -
  • Bluebird & Serve Increase Daily Load Limit to $2500
    American Express Bluebird has updated their Membership Agreement. Previously, the daily load limit was $1,000 via loading online with Vanilla Reload cards or loading in person at Walmart with a debit/gift card. As of July 1, the daily load limit will…
    - 6 Jul 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: MileCalc
    MileCalc It’s just about that time—that time when mileage junkies start flying all across the globe and returning home without leaving the airport. Why do they do this? So they can retain their elite status with the airlines. And this could be th…
    - 2 hours ago 30 Oct 14, 4:00pm -
  • newFish Tales at Deep Water Cay, Bahamas
    Upon my arrival at Deep Water Cay, the legendary Bahamas fishing resort, I was amazed at how a place so magnificent in natural splendor and tranquility could be so incredibly accessible. Located about 300-feet east of Grand Bahama Island, this two-mi…
    - 16 hours ago 30 Oct 14, 2:19am -
  • newTravel Tip of the Day: How to Tell Which Side the Fuel Tank Is On
    How to Tell Which Side the Fuel Tank Is On After all these years of driving and renting cars, you would think I’d know (rather than having to guess) which side the gas tank is on. Instead, it took a ridiculous BuzzFeed article to teach me that most…
    - 24 hours ago 29 Oct 14, 6:00pm -
  • Germany’s Condor Airlines is a pleasant surprise
    Condor Airlines is not a company that strikes a chord with most international travelers. But, its loyal German fan base (it’s a German company) and an expanding roster of international travelers are taking notice of this company’s growing interna…
    - 1 day ago 29 Oct 14, 4:17pm -
  • Top 10 in Travel News: Week of October 29, 2014
    THE TOP 10 IN TRAVEL NEWS THIS WEEK: American Airlines Just Announced Their New AAdvantage Program with US Airways Dividend Miles Members Seeking Unity, U.S. Revises Ebola Monitoring Rules Wi-Fi hotspot named for terror group delays AA flight at LAX…
    - 1 day ago 29 Oct 14, 2:00pm -
  • Travel Style: Maggie Parker
    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: Maggie Parker Occupation: Freelance journalist Hometow…
    - 1 day ago 29 Oct 14, 1:09pm -
  • Travel Contests: Week of October 29, 2014
    This week’s travel contests include: Win a 22″ Wheeled Carry-on Duffel and 32″ Wheeled Duffel from Pathfinder Luggage! (JohnnyJet.com contest) Win trip for two to Fiji Win a trip for two to Iceland Win one of two family beach vacations to Cari…
    - 1 day ago 29 Oct 14, 12:00pm -
  • Travel Product of the Week: TravelCard
    Pretty much every traveler I know (especially iPhone users) finds keeping their phone charged a real and constant challenge on the road. The TravelCard is a portable smartphone charger that fits in your wallet and gives you an additional five hours…
    - 2 days ago 28 Oct 14, 9:00pm -

Doctor of Credit

  • newChase Removes The Annual Fee For The First Year on Their British Airways Card
    The Offer Direct link (currently no links without affiliate links are available. In the mean time you can use the DD link if you like) British Airways Visa Signature Card now has the annual fee removed ($95) for the first year. Here are the key marke…
    - 48 mins ago 30 Oct 14, 5:10pm -
  • newReview of TD First Class Visa Credit Card; $250 Cash Signup Bonus, 3% Dining & Travel [Geographically Limited]
    [This post does not contain any affiliate links.] We like to highlight some of the lesser know credit cards. Today we’re going to review the TD First Class Visa from TD Bank. The main two selling-points of the card are the $250 signup bonus and the…
    - 3 hours ago 30 Oct 14, 3:22pm -
  • newList Of Churnable Credit Cards
    Whenever I ask for resources that people wish existed on Twitter, I get the same answer “what credit cards are churnable”. I’ve tried to put a list together several times but have been overwhelmed or got involved in other projects. Thankfully I…
    - 4 hours ago 30 Oct 14, 2:00pm -
  • newIt’s Time To Celebrate! One Year Blog Anniversary
    A little over a year ago, I started this blog. Originally it was designed to cater exclusively to credit score information, I was unhappy with the information that was out there and even more unhappy with companies that were misleading consumers int…
    - 23 hours ago 29 Oct 14, 6:35pm -
  • [OH, MI, IN, PA, KY, WV] Huntington Bank $150 Checking Promotion
    Offer at a glance Maximum bonus amount: $150 Availability: Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and West Virginia Direct deposit required: Yes, $500 or more Additional requirements: None Hard/soft pull: Soft Credit card funding: None Mont…
    - 1 day ago 29 Oct 14, 2:52pm -
  • Blogger Litmus Test
    One of my readers recently e-mailed me and asked if I could put together a good list of points and miles blogs and communities in the UK. I thought this might be a good idea, not only for the UK but for other countries as well. Some people are dual c…
    - 1 day ago 29 Oct 14, 12:45pm -
  • American Express Adds Free Amazon Prime As Sign Up Bonus On Everyday & Bluecash Cards
    American express has beefed up the sign up bonuses on four of it’s credit cards. When you meet the minimum spend on any of these cards you’ll also receive a promo code for your free year of amazon prime in addition to the regular sign up bonuses.…
    - 1 day ago 29 Oct 14, 7:51am -
  • [Targeted] Get An Additional $10 Gift Card When You Purchase A $50 Giftcard At Amazon.com October
    he Offer Direct link to offer Receive a $10 promotional credit when you purchase $50 in Amazon.com gift cards, you’ll need to be signed into your account to see if you’re eligible. Add $50 in Amazon gift cards to your cart and then add the promot…
    - 2 days ago 28 Oct 14, 4:29pm -
  • Wells Fargo $10/$20 Bonus For Using A Debit/Credit Card With Apple Pay
    The Offer Debit card bonus / Credit card bonus Use a linked Wells Fargo debit or credit card with your iPhone 6 and Apple Pay and you can earn a: $20 bonus when you use a linked credit card $10 bonus when you use a linked debit card The Fine Print Bo…
    - 2 days ago 28 Oct 14, 2:22pm -
  • Get $20 Off Your Next Uber Ride In Australia
    The Offer Direct link to offer Receive a $20AUD discount on your next uber ride when you use promotional code “20PP” and use paypal as your payment method. Full instructions at the direct offer link above. The Fine Print Discount only applicable…
    - 2 days ago 28 Oct 14, 1:45pm -

Hustler Money Blog

  • KeyBank Checking Review: $250 Bonus Promotion
    KeyBank is offering another $250 checking promotion with offer code RETB1014 good until December 5, 2014. Make sure to have at least one direct deposit of $500 or more within 60 days of account opening to trigger the $250 bonus. With the Key Express…
    - 3 days ago 28 Oct 14, 12:30am -
  • Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard Review
    Choosing a credit card can be an overwhelming process, hence it’s important to pick the the right credit card. The NEW Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® MasterCard® gives members up to 50,000 American Airlines Advantage bonus miles and 2 Adm…
    - 3 days ago 27 Oct 14, 1:54pm -
  • Motif Investing Review: $100 Referral Bonus
    Want to earn a $100 bonus using my Motif Investing referral link? Simply open a Motif Investing non-retirement account with at least $1,000, make your first Motif trade, then we will both earn a $100 bonus. A motif consists of up to 30 stocks, rangin…
    - 6 days ago 24 Oct 14, 7:42am -
  • Banana Republic Coupons, Discounts, and Promo Codes: Save Up To 70%
    Find all the best Coupons, Discounts, and Promotion Codes to save up to 70% Off when shopping at BananaRepublic.com. Use Offer Code BRSHOPNOW to get 50% off on Banana’s regular and 50% off sale items. The promo code expires 10/25/2014 Banana Republ…
    - 7 days ago 23 Oct 14, 9:21pm -
  • U.S Bank FlexPerks 3,500 Bonus Points Promotion
    Those with a U.S. Bank FlexPerks Business Travel Rewards Visa® card ( 20,000 Bonus FlexPoints) or the regular FlexPerks card, you can earn 1,000 points for registering an account with Visa Checkout good until November 30, 2014. No requirement to sho…
    - 7 days ago 23 Oct 14, 9:16pm -
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred Review – 40,000 Bonus Points($500 towards hotel/airfare) Best Travel Card!
    Chase Sapphire? Preferred Card – $250 Sign-Up Bonus – SummaryThe Chase Preferred Sapphire Card is offering new cardholders 25,000 bonus points after you spend $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months. With 25,000 bonus points, you can re…
    - 8 days ago 23 Oct 14, 5:55am -
  • Chase Bank $200 Total Checking Bonus Coupon Code
    Chase Bank $200 Checking Bonus Coupon Code The Chase Bank $200 Total Checking bonus coupon code with direct deposit available through November 15, 2014. Available to new Chase checking customers only, you must deposit $100 within 10 days along with s…
    - 8 days ago 23 Oct 14, 1:47am -
  • Huntington Bank $150 Asterisk-Free Checking Bonus
    Open up a Huntington Bank Asterisk-Free Checking account to earn $150 cash bonus for setting up direct deposit of at least $500 within the first 60 days. Promotion is valid through October 26, 2014 for residents of Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvan…
    - 8 days ago 23 Oct 14, 1:01am -
  • SunTrust Bank $200 Checking Promotion
    SunTrust Bank is offering up to $200 bonus when you open an Everyday checking account with promo code FALL14CHECKING. This promotion is apparently nationwide with no expiration date!  In order to earn the $200, you must have a single qualifying Dire…
    - 8 days ago 22 Oct 14, 8:46pm -
  • eBay Gift Card Deals: 10% for Sears Gift Cards
    Just a reminder, you may want to buy Sears gift cards if there is a discount whenever they are on sale. You do this because you can always use a Sears gift card to buy another gift card(like an Amazon or Shell) on their gift card rack like the pictur…
    - 8 days ago 22 Oct 14, 8:41pm -

Hack My Trip

  • newLooking at the New American AAdvantage Changes Side-by-Side
    Amol and I each reviewed the new changes to American Airlines’ AAdvantage program when they were announced on Wednesday. Although there’s some overlap, I took the approach of discussing what those changes mean for existing US Airways customers wh…
    - 2 hours ago 30 Oct 14, 4:00pm -
  • newJust How Terrible Are Citi ThankYou Points? (Yes, It’s An Encore!)
    From the desk of the Devil’s Advocate… For those of you who might be joining us from Frequent Miler and elsewhere for the first time today (and welcome to all of you!), a few months ago I wrote a three-part series on the downsides of the major…
    - 7 hours ago 30 Oct 14, 11:05am -
  • newNew Name, Same Great Stuff
    As I warned some readers in the last issue of the weekly newsletter, I recently made the decision to move this blog to a new domain. I’m taking up the “Travel Codex” name that I had previously dedicated to the community forums. You can find the…
    - 21 hours ago 29 Oct 14, 9:21pm -
  • American Airlines AAdvantage Changes for 2015
    American Airlines released information about their 2015 AAdvantage program, including details about the merger with Dividend Miles.  Scott already posted the changes for people coming from the US Airways side, so I’ll be going over changes coming…
    - 2 days ago 28 Oct 14, 6:15pm -
  • What the New American AAdvantage Means for US Airways

    - 2 days ago 28 Oct 14, 3:55pm -

Maximizing Money

  • newBank of Hawaii $100 Credit Card Bonus with MyBankoh Rewards
    Bank of Hawaii offers a $100 bonus after $1,000 in purchases with their American Express and Visa Signature credit cards with MyBankoh Rewards, plus you'll receive up to a 20% annual year-end bonus on points earned, and there are no annual fees.The…
    - 3 hours ago 30 Oct 14, 3:00pm -
  • newLandmark Credit Union $100 Checking Bonus in Wisconsin and Illinois
    Landmark Credit Union will give you a $100 bonus when you open any new Landmark checking account with eStatements and set up a recurring direct deposit, valid through October 31, 2014.More Wisconsin Banking BonusesBank Mutual Refer A Friend Bonuses…
    - 4 hours ago 30 Oct 14, 2:10pm -
  • First Bank Financial Centre $200 Checking Bonus in Wisconsin
    First Bank Financial Centre in Wisconsin is offering a $200 cash reward when you open any new personal checking account and complete qualifying activities, available through November 7, 2014.Just visit a First Bank Financial Centre branch in Wiscons…
    - 1 day ago 29 Oct 14, 5:46pm -
  • 1st Contact Forex £10 Referral Bonus for Money Transfer Service
    The 1st Contact Forex money transfer service offers current clients a £10 bonus for each new client that you refer.Alternative First Money Transfer Bonuses for U.S. CustomersUSForex $50 Amazon Gift Card Bonus for First TransferRia $20 Amazon Gift…
    - 1 day ago 29 Oct 14, 5:44pm -
  • AMEX EveryDay Cards up to 15,000 Bonus Points and up to 50% More Points
    The AMEX EveryDay Card and AMEX EveryDay Preferred Card provide up to 15,000 Membership Rewards bonus points after qualifying purchases, plus up to 50% more points each billing statement.In addition, both of the American Express EveryDay cards now o…
    - 2 days ago 28 Oct 14, 7:35pm -
  • Blue Cash Everyday Card $50 Bonus from American Express
    The Blue Cash Everyday Card from American Express offers 1 year of Amazon Prime and a $50 bonus in the form of a statement credit after you spend $1,000 within the first 3 months.The post Blue Cash Everyday Card $50 Bonus from American Express appea…
    - 2 days ago 28 Oct 14, 7:30pm -
  • Blue Cash Preferred Card $100 Bonus Offer from American Express
    The Blue Cash Preferred Card from American Express is now offering 1 year of Amazon Prime and a $100 bonus in the form of a statement credit after $1,000 in purchases within the first 3 months.The post Blue Cash Preferred Card $100 Bonus Offer from…
    - 2 days ago 28 Oct 14, 7:25pm -
  • Airbnb Person-to-Person Vacation Rentals and Guest Hosting $50 New Account Credit and $100 Referral Bonuses
    Airbnb is a person-to-person vacation rental and guest hosting network that offers a $50 credit to new members and $100 in credits to current members through the Airbnb referral program.Updated 10/28/2014: Airbnb is now offering new customers a $50…
    - 2 days ago 28 Oct 14, 7:20pm -
  • Ghirardelli Chocolate Class Action Settlement $24 with No Proof Required
    If you purchased certain Ghirardelli chocolate products in the United States between August 17, 2008, and October 2, 2014, you may be entitled to up to $24 in cash rewards with no proof of purchase required.The post Ghirardelli Chocolate Class Actio…
    - 2 days ago 28 Oct 14, 7:16pm -
  • Intel Pentium 4 Class Action Settlement $15 Cash with No Proof Required
    If you bought a computer with a Pentium 4 processor between November 20, 2000, and June 30, 2002, you may be eligible for a $15 cash settlement with no proof of purchase required.The post Intel Pentium 4 Class Action Settlement $15 Cash with No Proo…
    - 2 days ago 28 Oct 14, 6:50pm -

Boarding Area

  • newReview: Etihad Airways Business Class A320 Abu Dhabi to Cairo
    Even though I've flown Etihad quite a bit, this was my first time on one of their regional aircraft.Etihad's A320 business class consists of a total of 16 seats, spread across four rows in a 2-2 configuration.The color scheme of the cabin is a bit,…
    - 25 mins ago 30 Oct 14, 5:33pm -
  • newMarriott Rewards Free WiFi for all members
    Want free wifi without elite status at a major hotel chain? It might be time to take another look at Marriott. All Marriott Rewards members get free wifi starting 15 January 2015.The post Marriott Rewards Free WiFi for all members appeared first on…
    - 43 mins ago 30 Oct 14, 5:15pm -
  • newMaking Pizza – Italian Style
    Italy and pizza… a synonymous thought in everyone’s mind. For the past two weeks, we have had the pleasure of staying in a beautifully renovated Tuscan farmhouse with the best hosts imaginable.From the first night we arrived, David and Frances…
    - 49 mins ago 30 Oct 14, 5:09pm -
  • newFall trends to add to your business travel wardrobe
    Keeping up with each season’s changing trends can be hard, not to mention time consuming and expensive. The fashion world seems so out there, but most of us have to dress for the real world. This goes double for work—your job is not necessarily t…
    - 57 mins ago 30 Oct 14, 5:01pm -
  • newAmerican Express Centurion Lounge Opens in San Francisco Next Week!
    I receive compensation for many links on this blog. You don’t have to use these links, but I am grateful to you if you do. American Express, Citibank, Chase, and other banks are advertising partners of this site. I do not write about all credit car…
    - 1 hour ago 30 Oct 14, 4:45pm -
  • new20% Bonus MileagePlus Miles When You Convert Hotel Points
    Convert those unused frequent guest loyalty program points of lodging companies into MileagePlus frequent flier loyalty program miles towards award travel on United Airlines — and receive a bonus of 20 percent on all conversions worth 5,000 Mileage…
    - 1 hour ago 30 Oct 14, 4:32pm -
  • newMagic in Italy Hotel Review: Hotel Ideal
    Trip Report Index: Introduction Getting There Hotel Review: St. Regis Rome Hotel Review: Hotel De Russie Visiting Rome Hotel Review: The Westin Europa & Regina Visiting Venice Hotel Review: St. Regis Venice San Clemente Palace (previously reviewed) H…
    - 1 hour ago 30 Oct 14, 4:30pm -
  • newTime Is Running Out To Run The World’s Largest Half Marathon!
    I received an e-mail today from the Gothenburg (Sweden) race committee that entries have been coming in at a fast pace and they will be closing the registration window tomorrow, October 31. This race, held in Gothenburg, Sweden, is the largest half-m…
    - 2 hours ago 30 Oct 14, 4:21pm -
  • newFree $10 Credit at Amazon… Check to See if You Qualify!
    This is a quick reminder that you only have until October 31 to get your free $10 promotion code at Amazon with a $50 gift card purchase. This promotion has been running for the past few months and every month different accounts are targeted. You wil…
    - 2 hours ago 30 Oct 14, 4:16pm -
  • newThe Best Italian Food I’ve Ever Had: A Must Visit Venetian Restaurant
    Several years ago, I had the chance to visit Venice. The group I was with stumbled upon what I now think is the best Italian restaurant I’ve ever eaten at. While Venice is a huge tourist destination, and local eateries can be hard to come by, I wa…
    - 2 hours ago 30 Oct 14, 4:10pm -

Frequent Flyer Miles 101

  • newA few mileage tidbits and earning opportunities…
    Hyatt is one of my two favorite hotel programs, along with Starwood, and they’ve thrown in a little sweetener for those booking hotels before the end of the year.  Book a room between now and 12/31 on your mobile phone or their mobile website and…
    - 18 hours ago 30 Oct 14, 12:03am -
  • American and US Airways announce program integration; No real surprises
    Today, American Airlines and US Airways announced the timeline for the integration of the two programs and there were no real surprises.  Actually, there was one surprise, and that was that there are no real surprises.  Congratulations, American (a…
    - 2 days ago 28 Oct 14, 10:34pm -
  • Credit card sign-up bonus war heating up among airlines (a bank error in your favor)
    American, Delta and United (or should I say, Citibank, American Express and Chase) have engaged in a credit card war that is leading to consumers getting increased amounts of miles to sign up for a card.  It’s probably best to take advantage of th…
    - 3 days ago 28 Oct 14, 2:14am -
  • Earn Las Vegas comps for free before you even get there!
    I’m going on a bit of a tangent here, but enough people go to Las Vegas that covering a free (and fun, actually) way to get some comps online is worth a post. Casinos got into the frequent player clubs reluctantly.  They prefer the big players who…
    - 4 days ago 27 Oct 14, 12:53am -
  • Rule #1 in frequent flyer land: Always sign up for the free program
    It’s been one of those weeks, so today’s post is going to be short… On the subway home today, I ran into a friend that I hadn’t seen for a few months.  While catching up, she mentioned that she had just come home from a business trip to Chin…
    - 6 days ago 24 Oct 14, 11:27pm -
  • Great intro fares to Europe, Bad news for Int’l travelers and some sad news…
    Wow Air (almost as good a name as Wizz Air) is an Icelandic low-cost carrier that, until a few days ago, I had never heard of.  And then they announced what Ryan Air has been trying to do forever: ridiculously cheap fares over the Atlantic, such as…
    - 7 days ago 24 Oct 14, 12:28am -
  • Foreign transaction fees and how to avoid them
    Good news!  I was reunited with my trusty laptop today.  Bad news: They ended up charging me shipping fees, even though they said they wouldn’t.  Another reason to keep an eye on your computer. I was asked the other day about foreign transaction…
    - 8 days ago 23 Oct 14, 1:04am -
  • United Airlines teams up with Hertz; Is travel going to a partnership structure?
    Today, United Airlines announced a partnership with Hertz Car Rentals to provide extra benefits to United travelers who rent their car from Hertz.  This deal is on top of its partnership with Marriott, and tends to give the best offers to members wh…
    - 9 days ago 21 Oct 14, 11:17pm -
  • Kimpton: The best hotel you’ve never heard of
    Very few hotel chains do “boutique” properties well.  A boutique property is an individualized, usually smaller, hotel that often reflects the characteristics of the city or neighborhood.  They’re generally a little more upscale, but they don…
    - 10 days ago 20 Oct 14, 11:31pm -
  • On baggage fees…
    I got a note from a frustrated reader who got snagged by an over-zealous gate agent and charged a bag fee.  It was a legitimately sized bag that she had been using for a decade without a problem.  Unfortunately, I expect more of this type of action…
    - 11 days ago 20 Oct 14, 1:32am -

Mr. Free Miles

milepoint (Forums)

  • newTeh Penalty Box
    I think it's time for a new Box thread that works. So, here goes.
    - 5 mins ago 30 Oct 14, 5:53pm -
  • newAltitude Enhancements Announced
    Just received the following:Below you’ll find some important updates regarding Air Canada AltitudeTM in 2015. These changes are being introduced following a thorough benchmarking exercise in order to competitively position Air Canada alongside the…
    - 10 mins ago 30 Oct 14, 5:48pm -
  • 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…
    - 10 mins ago 30 Oct 14, 5:48pm -
  • newDid you not secure a ticket for the FTU Advanced in San Diego? Another chance here!
    Folks,Thank you so much for your interest in the FTU Advanced we're hosting in San Diego on the weekend of March 6th 2015. The event sold out in less than two hours today and there are no tickets available.However, you might be in luck! We have r…
    - 11 mins ago 30 Oct 14, 5:47pm -
  • newIHG 48hr Sales Starts Soon
    I just came across this announcement on the IHG website when checking some of my current reservations. Apparently there is some kind of sale coming up soon, and after looking up some info about last years similar promo, it should be discounted (25-75…
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  • newGripes about Hyatt, *not* about specific properties
    I love Hyatt properties. I really do. And I love Gold Passport: ever since getting my Diamond status as part of SMD3 I have been faithfully re-qualifying, and this year will not be an exception.But...I don't understand how a major hotel chain can…
    - 13 mins ago 30 Oct 14, 5:45pm -
  • newTablet holders coming to F seats
    http://www.slashgear.com/united-is-replacing-headrest-screens-with-tablet-holders-28352840/United Airlines is redesigning its seats so that passengers will be able to prop up a tablet and yet still have space on their tray-table for their in-flight…
    - 18 mins ago 30 Oct 14, 5:40pm -
  • newDelta Forum Lounge Thread
    Where would DL milepointers shoot the breeze besides the DL Forum Lounge Thread.So here it goes...
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  • newRoyal Ambassador referral certificate officially dead
    there was no cert in my recent packageonly a 5k point voucher + BOGOIMO it was ended primarily due to flagrant abuse
    - 31 mins ago 30 Oct 14, 5:27pm -
  • newUnited Upgrade List Curiosity Question
    For an upcoming flight I have, I applied RPUs to both of my kids' reservations and decided to float on the CPU system for myself. I thought we had a good chance of clearing. Alas, I was wrong. But, I was puzzled when I saw the actual list. For pu…
    - 47 mins ago 30 Oct 14, 5:11pm -

Flyertalk MilesBuzz

  • newVictoria Falls to Cape Town - Help Requested
    I am trying to help my dear friend celebrate her 70th birthday in style... we finally got a major Business Class award booked from Rochester, NY to Victoria Falls, Africa (open jaw) Cape Town, Africa to Paris, France (stopover) and then back home to.…
    - 16 mins ago 30 Oct 14, 5:42pm -
  • newTablet holders coming to F seats
    http://www.slashgear.com/united-is-replacing-headrest-screens-with-tablet-holders-28352840/ ---Quote--- United Airlines is redesigning its seats so that passengers will be able to prop up a tablet and yet still have space on their tray-table...
    - 19 mins ago 30 Oct 14, 5:39pm -
  • newEarning FB miles on VS codeshare with DL?
    I'm sure this is common knowledge around here - apologies, but I'm new to Flying Blue. I found a nice fare on ebookers for an itinerary which involves a VS codeshare on DL metal. Will I earn FB miles on flights where the marketing airline is not..…
    - 34 mins ago 30 Oct 14, 5:24pm -
  • new8.5 Hour Layover Question
    Hope this is the right place to ask this... In June 2015 I have an 8.5 hour layover in Toronto, and recently a flight just became available that would allow me just a 2 hour layover instead. However, I have already purchased my tickets. I was...
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  • newrestaurants Chengdu
    My wife and I, Westerners will be in Chengdu for a few days, sightseeing. Would appreciate suggestions as where to eat. Of course want to try "hot pot" as well as other local restaurants. We will be staying in Sheraton Lido Thanks for...
    - 47 mins ago 30 Oct 14, 5:11pm -
  • newChanges to the Air Canada Corporate Rewards Program
    Just got this email ---Quote--- Dear maradori, Several changes have been made to the Air Canada Corporate Rewards Program and we’d like to keep you up to date in regards to what’s new. LUFTHANSA GROUP FLIGHT DISCOUNTS
    - 53 mins ago 30 Oct 14, 5:05pm -
  • newFirst AA 787-8 Dreamliner has been painted!!!
    We have a big surprise for you guys. AA has been painted the first 787-8 Dreamliner. https://twitter.com/AmericanAir/status/527579355548229632 https://twitter.com/AirwaysNews/status/527774903999926272 ...
    - 59 mins ago 30 Oct 14, 4:59pm -
  • newAA Waffles on Status Match to Exec Platinum- Can they do this?
    Hello everyone, I don't know if anyone has had issues with status matches before. I am 1K with United and requested Status match with AAdvantage to Exec Platinum. In my opinion the agent totally waffled on the request. I am wondering what the...
    - 59 mins ago 30 Oct 14, 4:59pm -
  • newHow late can I cancel a flight?
    I have a flight booked for tonight, and I'm still not sure if I'm going to take it. It's a Y fare from a flight pass. When is the point of no return for getting the credit back? T-2? Check-in cutoff? Boarding cut-off? Departure time?
    - 1 hour ago 30 Oct 14, 4:54pm -
  • newFree wifi effective January 15
    On Marriott Insiders and some twitter accounts, it's being detailed that all Marriott Rewards members will receive free WiFi in Marriott hotels booked through valid channels from January 15, 2015. Gold and Platinum will receive enhanced WiFi.
    - 1 hour ago 30 Oct 14, 4:48pm -

Reddit r/churning

  • newDeclined for Ink Plus, but 70,000 point offer still available
    I was declined after calling the recon line because I opened too many Chase cards in the recent past (2 in the past year, both personal) and that my business is too new (July 2014). But I just wanted you all to know that the 70,000 point offer is sti…
    - 2 hours ago 30 Oct 14, 3:45pm -
  • newBest way to load Serve with PayPal Debit?
    I recently got the PayPal Business Debit Card and plan to use it to MS by buying PPMCC and then loading funds to Serve (in addition to using the debit card for a lot of regular spend to stay under the radar). My question is: Is it better to use the P…
    - 3 hours ago 30 Oct 14, 3:08pm -
  • newChoice Points 50% Bonus - (Companion Pass)
    Hello all, I have seen a couple posts regarding the Southwest Companion Pass over the past few weeks. Well if any of you are looking to grab some points to fulfill Companion Pass for the end of this year, or even looking ahead to qualify in 2015, the…
    - 3 hours ago 30 Oct 14, 2:50pm -
  • newChase Freedom on Softcard not working
    Not sure if this is the right subreddit, but I tried adding 2 credit cards to my account: Chase Freedom and a American Express Blue. The AmEx went through just fine when I used it at a vending machine. However, when I tried using the Chase Freedom, I…
    - 4 hours ago 30 Oct 14, 1:52pm -
  • newWhich CC issuers pull from which bureaus?
    Looking at Myfico reports, my Experian has way too many inquiries lately but my Equifax not many. Can I apply for some EQ-pulled cards and if so where can I find info on issuers that pull from there? submitted by DericiousAprre [link] [3 comments]
    - 10 hours ago 30 Oct 14, 7:38am -
  • newWhat is the most accurate cash back website? (E.g. cashbackmonitor.com)
    I was doing portal shopping with a couple of cards and I noticed inaccuracies for the cash back websites. My example is Bare Necessities through Chase Ultimate Rewards: http://www.evreward.com/ has it at 6pts/dollar http://cashbackmonitor.com/ has it…
    - 12 hours ago 30 Oct 14, 5:30am -
  • new$45,000 per month in spending, but can't figure out if a credit card can be used. Help?
    My boss owns a small business and the payroll totals $45k every month. The way the it works is she funds a 3rd party Wells Fargo account from her bank account and the employees get paid from the Wells Fargo account. I proposed to her that she should…
    - 16 hours ago 30 Oct 14, 1:48am -
  • newIs it worth it to wait?
    I was going to apply/churn 2-3 cards in the next week or two, but is it worth it to wait until Black Friday? I know Capital One 360 has increased bonus offers on their checking/savings accounts, but does anyone know if CC companies do the same? For r…
    - 17 hours ago 30 Oct 14, 1:16am -
  • newMarriott Gold Elite Status Challenge
    During research if this challenge still existed, many said Marriott had shut it down as too many people were asking for it. I just emailed 'elite.member@marriott.com' and was able to sign up for the Gold Elite Status Challenge. 6 paid stays from now…
    - 23 hours ago 29 Oct 14, 7:12pm -
  • newI got pending approval for Marriott Rewards Premier even though its been 90 days since my last Chase card. What did I do wrong?
    This is the first time I haven't been instantly approved for a credit card application. What did I do wrong? My last two applications were for Barclay Arrival + and IHG Rewards and they were both 90 days ago. I currently have a total of 3 chase cards…
    - 23 hours ago 29 Oct 14, 6:56pm -