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The Points Guy

  • newWhat’s the Most Lucrative Current Credit Card Sign-up Bonus?
    TPG reader Chris emailed me to ask: “What is the most lucrative credit card sign-up bonus offer available right now?”  There are some incredibly valuable targeted offers out there right now, but to answer this question I’m going to focus…
    - 8 hours ago 25 Jan 15, 3:29pm -
  • newCan I Transfer Hyatt Points to Southwest for Companion Pass?
    TPG Reader Yosef tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy- “Can I transfer Hyatt points to Southwest to help me earn the Southwest Companion Pass?”  The Southwest Companion Pass is an amazing perk that I frequently discuss. The good news is, yes, you c…
    - 9 hours ago 25 Jan 15, 2:59pm -
  • newWhat’s the Best Credit Card to Earn Free Domestic Flights?
    TPG reader Stacey tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy—”What’s the best travel rewards credit card to earn free flights for domestic travel?” The answer to this question depends heavily on another: what airline(s) do you like to fly? I think the…
    - 9 hours ago 25 Jan 15, 2:29pm -
  • newWhat Are Some Tips for Earning SPG Platinum Status?
    TPG reader Savannah tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy- “I really want to go for SPG Platinum this year, but don’t know if I’ll meet the requirements. Any advice?” Just like me, Savannah loves her SPG Platinum status. The easy tip if you’re n…
    - 10 hours ago 25 Jan 15, 1:59pm -
  • newChase Sapphire Preferred or Amex Platinum: Which Is Better?
    TPG reader Jonathan tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy- “Is the Chase Sapphire Preferred a better all-around credit card than the Amex Platinum?” There’s no single card that’s universally “better” than all others, because the value of any…
    - 10 hours ago 25 Jan 15, 1:29pm -
  • Flight Review: Delta Transcontinental JFK-LAX BusinessElite
    TPG Content and Community Manager Ryan Gaines recently flew from New York’s JFK to Los Angeles on Delta’s 767-300 in BusinessElite—after he was able to confirm upgrade space and use 12,500 miles to upgrade. Here are his thoughts about his fl…
    - 1 day ago 24 Jan 15, 8:30pm -
  • Is FoundersCard Worth It?
    As 2015 kicks into gear along with the quest for elite qualification, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about membership-only cards that can help you gain fast-track elite status, airfare and hotel discounts, and other benefits. Today, TPG C…
    - 1 day ago 24 Jan 15, 5:00pm -
  • Bonus AAdvantage Miles to Asia, Silvercar Discount, and More
    Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Silvercar Extends $59 Per Day Rental Promotion The rapidly expanding premium car rental company Silvercar is extending its $59 rental sale from now thro…
    - 1 day ago 24 Jan 15, 1:29pm -
  • SkyMall Catalog Files for Bankruptcy: A Sad Day in Travel
    Fellow Americans and travelers, it appears that a dark day has arrived, bringing the demise of the SkyMall catalog, whose quirky, silly and over-the-top products have kept us all chuckling and/or puzzled on many a domestic flight. To mark this mourn…
    - 2 days ago 23 Jan 15, 10:45pm -
  • What To Do and See in Havana, Cuba
    My recent weekend in Cuba was absolutely amazing! If you haven’t done so already, check out my recent posts on Who Can Go to Cuba?, Tips For Traveling to Cuba, How to Get to Cuba (and Back): Flight and Award Options and Where and How to Book…
    - 2 days ago 23 Jan 15, 9:45pm -

Frugal Travel Guy

  • newSend Us Your Reader Success Stories!
    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…
    - 16 hours ago 25 Jan 15, 8:00am -
  • Airlines that Offer Off-Peak Award Redemptions
    There are many ways to stretch your frequent flyer miles further, but one of the easiest is by redeeming off-peak or discounted awards. Opting to travel outside of the busy season can save you upwards of 50% on mileage redemptions. Whether you prefer…
    - 2 days ago 23 Jan 15, 11:00pm -
  • A Look into President Obama’s 2014 Travel
    The Washington Post (WP) published an article yesterday in which they mapped out President Obama’s 2014 travel. Regardless of political views, if you love to travel, you should find the contents of this article fascinating. The first number that ca…
    - 2 days ago 23 Jan 15, 10:00pm -
  • Europe With Two One-Way Flights for More Flexibility

    - 2 days ago 23 Jan 15, 8:00pm -
  • Trip Report: St. Maarten On a Budget
    When my husband and I learned that we would be on our own for our winter getaway this year, we decided to go somewhere we’ve never been. And after pouring through flight itineraries and hotel options, we settled on the half-Dutch/half-French island…
    - 3 days ago 23 Jan 15, 8:00am -
  • Virgin Australia Drops Fuel Surcharges — Will Qantas and Other Airlines Follow?
    Amid pressure from different groups within Australia, Virgin Australia has decided to eliminate fuel surcharges completely from their fares, according to Business Spectator. It is worth noting that this move by Virgin Australia is mostly symbolic, gi…
    - 3 days ago 23 Jan 15, 12:00am -
  • Heck Yes, Winter Is Coming! $99 Flights to Iceland

    - 3 days ago 22 Jan 15, 11:00pm -
  • Spending Your Way to Elite Status From Home
    As a general rule, the way you earn elite status with an airline is by purchasing a ticket, getting on a plane and flying. You earn an amount of elite qualification miles (medallion qualification miles [MQMs] if you’re a Delta flyer) that are track…
    - 3 days ago 22 Jan 15, 8:00pm -
  • Award Booking Tales: Using Multiple Reward Currencies for a Hawaii to India Business Class Award
    The most commonly associated task with an award booker is finding award availability. However, there is another significant under-the-radar task that is often essential, and that is making sure the math works for an award. When an award booking reque…
    - 4 days ago 22 Jan 15, 8:00am -
  • Anti-Jet Lag Pill Close to Being a Reality: Would You Take It?
    If I had to rank the worst things about travel, jet lag would certainly occupy one of the top spots. I am usually okay by the day after my arrival to an international long-haul destination, but I am totally worthless on that first day. However, when…
    - 4 days ago 22 Jan 15, 12:00am -

One Mile at a Time

  • newRequired Sunday Viewing: The Airport Of Smiles
    Last night I wrote about the hilarious new six-part BBC Three series, entitled "The Airport of Smiles: Bangkok Airport." Here's the 30 second trailer.Anyway, the first episode has been uploaded to YouTube, and it's hilarious. If you have an hour you…
    - 4 hours ago 25 Jan 15, 8:03pm -
  • newUS Airways Awards Not Bookable On British Airways’ Website
    One of the awesome things about US Airways' transition from Star Alliance to oneworld is that it's now possible to redeem British Airways Avios for travel on US Airways.British Airways has a distance based award chart, making it incredibly lucrative…
    - 5 hours ago 25 Jan 15, 6:16pm -
  • newReview: Qantas Business Class 747 Los Angeles To New York
    We boarded through the forward left door, where I quickly took a glance into the business class section in the nose, before heading towards the stairs leading to the upper deck.Nowadays Qantas' 747s are three class, meaning they have just business c…
    - 8 hours ago 25 Jan 15, 4:03pm -
  • newKorean Air SkyPass Transfers Have Returned To Ultimate Rewards!
    As I wrote about on Thursday, Korean Air SkyPass transfers are finally returning to Chase Ultimate Rewards.The option to transfer points from Ultimate Rewards to SkyPass suddenly disappeared last November, and then about a month later we learned tha…
    - 10 hours ago 25 Jan 15, 1:39pm -
  • newComing Soon: Hilarious Bangkok Airport Documentary
    There's nothing I love more than a good airport documentary. National Geographic has done a great "Ultimate Airport Dubai" series, which, as the name suggests, follows operations at Dubai Airport. I loved the whole first season, and the show is now b…
    - 23 hours ago 25 Jan 15, 12:33am -
  • Weekly Review: January 24, 2015
    Hello from sunny Florida! I’ve spent the past five days at home with my parents (not living in hotels, for once), and it has actually been kind of relaxing.I’ve been getting sleep. I’ve been going to the gym. My mom has cooked.As much as I lo…
    - 1 day ago 24 Jan 15, 8:33pm -
  • Are Japanese Flight Attendants Sleeping With Pilots For Money?
    The Daily Mail ran a story this week about how many Japanese flight attendants are apparently turning to prostitution to make up for wage cuts. Apparently their wages have been cut from £28,000 per year in 2004 to £22,000 per year in 2013.Their pr…
    - 1 day ago 24 Jan 15, 5:33pm -
  • Mattress Running With Club Carlson’s Current Promotion
    For those of you that aren't familiar with the term "mattress running," it's when you stay at a hotel exclusively for the purpose of earning points and/or stay credits. It's the hotel equivalent of "mileage running," which is flying for the sole purp…
    - 1 day ago 24 Jan 15, 3:03pm -
  • Best Seats In Cathay Pacific First Class
    Cathay Pacific offers one of the all around most solid first class products, in my opinion. I don't think they're necessarily the best in any one area, but they're one of the airlines that's truly "solid" all around from the seat to the service to th…
    - 1 day ago 24 Jan 15, 1:03pm -
  • New App Will Tell You If Your Plane Will Crash
    Technology is a beautiful thing. It enables me to do what I love for a living every day. iPhone apps are also a lovely thing. They enable all kinds of things, from an on-demand car service, to other on-demand "services."CNN had a story today about a…
    - 2 days ago 24 Jan 15, 12:34am -

View From the Wing

The Frequent Miler

  • newIt’s not too late – Deals still alive as of 1/25/2015
    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…
    - 8 hours ago 25 Jan 15, 4:00pm -
  • Manufactured Spend Strategy, Underrated Credit Cards, Gift Card Churning & More
    Welcome to the new Frequent Miler Week In Review series. Every Saturday we recap what you might have missed from Frequent Miler during the week and bring you some of the best posts from around the web. Enjoy! This Week From Frequent Miler A faster w…
    - 1 day ago 24 Jan 15, 4:00pm -
  • Bet You Didn’t Know: How to setup credit fraud alerts by text or email
    By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate…   I was playing with my new REDbird card at Target the other day, which is pretty much the most awesome thing in manufactured spend since… well, since Bluebird. The folks at Target are incredibly nice, u…
    - 3 days ago 23 Jan 15, 11:25am -
  • Using the Citi Prestige 4th night free benefit
    I’ve recently become a big fan of the Citi Prestige card (see “Citi Prestige vs Premier vs Preferred”).  It may even be the single best travel rewards card currently available, but I’ll defer that topic to a future post.  Today I’ll simpl…
    - 4 days ago 22 Jan 15, 11:25am -
  • Surviving (and thriving) Delta 2015
    As of January 1, 2015, Delta has been awarding miles based on the ticket price rather than the distance flown.  Under the new program, long distance heavily discounted flights result in far fewer earned miles than before.  For example, as shown in…
    - 5 days ago 21 Jan 15, 11:25am -
  • How to get 30,000 miles and lots of satellite TV for free
    Last week I posted “$100 free for DIRECTV customers!”  Those with DIRECTV and a few Amex small business cards can use this offer to get free money from American Express.  But, what about those who do not have DIRECTV? It might be time to give i…
    - 6 days ago 20 Jan 15, 11:25am -
  • Amex’s crazy PointsMatch scheme. How to make the most of it.
    This morning, One Mile at a Time published: You Won’t Believe Amex’s Targeted “PointsMatch” Promotion.  And, you know what, Lucky was right.  I can hardly believe what I’m seeing… Summary Amex has a new targeted promotion called PointsM…
    - 6 days ago 19 Jan 15, 4:50pm -
  • My manufactured spend strategy
    When I meet long time readers in-person they often ask what exactly I do to manufacture spend.  They want to know which credit cards I use, what techniques I employ, and how much spend I manufacture.  I think that the primary motivation for questio…
    - 7 days ago 19 Jan 15, 11:25am -
  • Citi adds Virgin Atlantic as transfer partner
    In July 2014, Citibank added the ability to transfer ThankYou points to various airline programs, as long as you have a premium ThankYou card such as the Premier or Prestige.  Today, they added a new transfer partner: Virgin Atlantic. Overall, Virgi…
    - 7 days ago 19 Jan 15, 12:37am -
  • It’s not too late – Deals still alive as of 1/18/2015
    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…
    - 7 days ago 18 Jan 15, 4:00pm -

The Flight Deal

The Free-quent Flyer

  • Weekend blog housekeeping
    Here are a few updates I thought I'd share with my readers.New blog subscription providerIf you were signed up for a PayPal subscription back in December, before the account I was using to handle subscriptions was closed by PayPal, you should have…
    - 1 day ago 24 Jan 15, 10:24pm -
  • Regional: new AAA Visa gift card daily limits
    I often joke that I'm the only person left buying Visa gift cards from AAA. And before anyone complains, I understand:Yes, you have to be a AAA member;Yes, they're only available in some regions;Yes, purchases can be pretty time-consuming if the per…
    - 2 days ago 23 Jan 15, 9:52pm -
  • My 2014 in miles and points
    It's still January, and that means the blogger's code entitles me to write a 2014 retrospective on the miles and points I earned and redeemed in 2014. Last year I wrote an in-depth 2013 end-of-year accounting that included detailed information abo…
    - 5 days ago 21 Jan 15, 11:00am -
  • Earning flexible points at gas stations
    Via Doctor of Credit, the Citi ThankYou Premier card is apparently lowering its annual fee and significantly changing its bonus earning categories by including gas stations in its bonused "travel" category, while increasing its earning rate to 3 Tha…
    - 5 days ago 20 Jan 15, 9:33pm -
  • Do this now: register for Hyatt's Stay More Play More promotion
    Registration is open for the Hyatt Gold Passport Winter/Spring promotion, called "Stay More Play More." Between January 15 and April 30, 2015, you'll earn bonus points based on the specific offer you've been targeted for, presumably depending in par…
    - 6 days ago 20 Jan 15, 11:00am -
  • How do transfer bonuses and Travel Together Tickets affect the value of Avios for long-haul British Airways flights?
    Everyone knows that Avios, the awards currency used by British Airways Executive Club, can be redeemed for short-haul domestic flights at sometimes astronomical values. 4,500 or 7,500 Avios for expensive, short-haul flights is one of the great barg…
    - 7 days ago 19 Jan 15, 11:00am -
  • Lessons learned after a week in Italy
    I don’t write trip reports because I don’t like reading trip reports. On the other hand, while in Italy I discovered a few things I wasn’t expecting, which might prove useful to readers planning their own trips. So here are my top 6 travel-hack…
    - 9 days ago 17 Jan 15, 2:40am -
  • IHG Rewards Club "Into the Nights" free nights are surprisingly easy to use
    Reminder: select your rewards for last quarter's IHG Rewards Club promotionBefore I get to the subject of today's post, let me gently remind any readers who reached one or both of their "Into the Nights" thresholds to log into the promotion's site a…
    - 12 days ago 14 Jan 15, 11:00am -
  • Confirmed: Chase Freedom bonus excludes Walmart (and probably Target)
    Back on January 2, I reminded readers to register for their first quarter category bonuses, including the Chase Freedom 5% cash back bonus at grocery stores. While the registration page for that bonus says Walmart and Target stores are excluded from…
    - 13 days ago 13 Jan 15, 11:00am -
  • Guest post: the case AGAINST FlexPerks — because US Bank is just too hard
    [Editor's note: today's post is a guest submission from Trevor, who blogs alongside Joe Cortez at Tagging Miles, a member of the Saverocity blog network (i.e. the good guys). Trevor is a After seeing Trevor's rants about US Bank on Twitter where he…
    - 14 days ago 12 Jan 15, 11:00am -

Well Traveled Mile

  • 70,000 Bonus Points + Free Night Every Year with the IHG Rewards Club MasterCard
    [Disclosure: I do not earn a referral for the Chase IHG Rewards Club Select MasterCard. However, it’s one of my favorite hotel credit cards and I’ll always write about the best deals even if they don’t pay me. To find other top deals check out…
    - 3 days ago 22 Jan 15, 10:30pm -
  • Complete Resource Guide to Hotel Award Charts
    I decided to run a comparison and breakdown the number of hotels each program has in each category. So, here’s a table of how many properties each hotel program has in each hotel category. Also included are links to the list of properties wit…
    - 11 days ago 14 Jan 15, 5:25pm -
  • Top 10 Best Credit Card Sign-up Bonus Offers for January 2015
    Every month I’ll post the top 10 best current credit card sign-up offers and update the list throughout the month if offers change. You can always check out my credit cards page for a full list of cards, but since the best credit card offers ar…
    - 15 days ago 10 Jan 15, 4:03pm -
  • New Hyatt Gold Passport Stay More Play More Promotion 2015
    Although late to the bunch, Hyatt has revealed their new targeted Hyatt Gold Passport Stay More Play More promotion for stays between January 15 through April 30, 2015. Link: Hyatt Gold Passport Stay More Play More Registration Terms: Hyatt Gold…
    - 16 days ago 9 Jan 15, 8:02pm -
  • Roundup of Current Hotel Promotions | 2015 Quarter 1
    With the start of the new year hotel programs have already started to unveil their new promotions for 2015. Taking advantage of these promotions can be great ways to supercharge points earning, especially so if you have upcoming paid stays. That said…
    - 20 days ago 6 Jan 15, 2:00am -
  • How to Get $25 Statement Credit for Opting-in for Paperless Statements on US Airways Card
    Via Points Centric, Barclays is offering a targeted promotion for it’s US Airways cardholders to switch to paperless statements. If you haven’t previous had your account settings changed to received statement credits you most likely already recei…
    - 30 days ago 26 Dec 14, 11:24pm -
  • Lounge Review: The Club at ATL
    Back in October on my way down to Buenos Aires, Argentina I had a chance to check out The Club at ATL. Using my Lounge Club membership that comes with the Ritz-Carlton credit card I was able to access the lounge for free and was pleasantly surpris…
    - 30 days ago 26 Dec 14, 3:25pm -
  • Refer a Friend to Barclays 50,000 US Airways Mastercard Offer
    Barclays just launched their refer-a-friend program for the US Airways® Premier World MasterCard® offering existing card holders up to 50,000 bonus US Airways miles. For each friend you refer and is approved for the card by January 18, 2015 you’…
    - 38 days ago 19 Dec 14, 4:27am -
  • Earning 70,000 Ultimate Rewards Points On My 2nd Ink Plus Card
    Back in September, I wrote about the amazing 70,000 Ultimate Rewards point sign-up offer on the Chase Ink Plus card. Even though I already had an existing Ink Plus card that I opened in March, 2014 I decided that the deal was too good to pass up and…
    - 38 days ago 19 Dec 14, 1:00am -
  • Hotel Review: Tupungato Divino Wine Hotel – Valle de Uco, Argentina
    If you’re planning a trip to Argentina’s wine country, sooner or later you will probably hear of a place known as Valle de Uco. Over the last 20 years, Valle de Uco in Mendoza province has steadily been growing within the wine industry and now pr…
    - 48 days ago 9 Dec 14, 1:44am -

MileValue

  • Three Credit Cards I’ll Never Cancel
    In My Credit Card Strategy for 2015, I mentioned three credit cards I would never cancel: Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature Card with 85,000 bonus points after spending $2,500 in the first 90 days Hyatt Credit Card with two free nights at…
    - 1 day ago 24 Jan 15, 5:09pm -
  • Redeem American Airlines Miles: Part 6 — Redeeming for Hawaii
    Let’s talk about how to use American Airlines miles for awards to Hawaii. What You’re Reading This is the sixth post in one comprehensive guide that tells you everything you need to know about American Airlines miles. Now is the time to writ…
    - 2 days ago 23 Jan 15, 8:15pm -
  • Lots of First Class Award Space to South America
    Right now there is a ton of First Class award space available on American Airlines flights to Santiago, Chile for 2015. I flew First Class on American Airlines to Buenos Aires two years ago. The flight and bed were comfortable, though the service wa…
    - 2 days ago 23 Jan 15, 1:47pm -
  • Free Giveaway: Four Southwest Drink Passes
    Update January 23: Cave Man is giving away four more Southwest drink passes. Ben S won the last four. All previous commenters are entered. New comments will also count for entry. Generous reader Brandon wants to give his four Southwest drink passe…
    - 2 days ago 23 Jan 15, 12:15pm -
  • Anatomy of an Award: Cancun, Panama, Buenos Aires, and Montevideo on One Singapore Award
    My friend just booked a Singapore Airlines award with two stopovers, one destination, and one open jaw. He’ll be hopping through the Americas for six weeks for 60,000 miles and $123. I’m especially keen to highlight this award because: it’s int…
    - 3 days ago 22 Jan 15, 3:29pm -
  • Tax Dump Etihad and Qantas First Class on the A380 Out of London
    Etihad and Qantas both fly their stunning A380s with ultra-luxurious First Classes out of London. You can get on both for only 40,000 American Airlines miles one way, and you can do it while avoiding the big London departure tax. Etihad First Class o…
    - 4 days ago 22 Jan 15, 4:53am -
  • Redeem American Airlines Miles: Part 5 — Domestic and Transcontinental Awards
    Let’s talk about how to use American Airlines miles for domestic flights including its flagship service between New York and Los Angeles and San Francisco, which includes fully flat beds in Business Class and First Class. (This post doesn’t cove…
    - 4 days ago 21 Jan 15, 9:54pm -
  • My Credit Card Strategy for 2015
    I get almost all my miles from credit cards. I rarely fly a paid flight on an airline that offers miles (and when I do, it’s usually not paid by me) I don’t do much online shopping through airline portals My dining program earnings are minimal Fo…
    - 4 days ago 21 Jan 15, 3:02pm -
  • Citi ThankYou Points Now Transfer to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Miles
    Citi ThankYou Points now transfer to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles at a 1:1 rate. That makes one hotel and 10 airline partners for Citi ThankYou Points earned on the Citi ThankYou® Premier Card and Citi Prestige® Card. The Citi ThankYou®…
    - 5 days ago 21 Jan 15, 5:56am -
  • Anatomy of an Award: Qatar A380 Business Class for 30k American Airlines Miles
    I’ve got 2.5 weeks between high school and law school reunions this spring. It looked like the perfect time to check out Egypt and Dubai for the first time and more of Thailand (only been to Phuket so far), while also flying some of the world’s…
    - 5 days ago 20 Jan 15, 8:59pm -

Frequent Flier

  • Recap: The Week’s Biggest Stories and Best Deals
    Following is our regular summary of the latest travel news and best frequent traveler promotions reviewed during the past week. If it was a good deal—or a notably bad deal—from an airline, hotel, or car rental loyalty program, you can ... Read Mo…
    - 2 days ago 23 Jan 15, 7:53pm -
  • Yelp Dubs Small-Town BBQ Joint the Country’s Best Restaurant
    Copper Top BBQ, in Big Pine, CA, (population: 1,756) is the best restaurant in the United States. Says who, you might ask? Says Yelp. Which means … well, something. If nothing else, it means that Copper Top was at the ... Read More
    - 2 days ago 23 Jan 15, 5:59pm -
  • 70,000-Point Bonus for New IHG Credit Card Sign-Ups
    Between January 22 and March 31, new IHG Rewards Club Select credit card customers will receive a 70,000-point bonus after spending $1,000 during the first three months. Card details No annual fee for the first year; $49 annually thereafter ... Read…
    - 3 days ago 22 Jan 15, 7:27pm -
  • Earn 10,000 Bonus Points for Radisson Stays
    Club Carlson’s recent bonus promotions have been among the hotel industry’s most generous. This offer, for Radisson stays, continues that trend, although there are caveats. Offer Details Through December 31, 2015, Club Carlson members can earn 10…
    - 3 days ago 22 Jan 15, 5:51pm -
  • Foreign Travel? There’s an App for That
    Frommers calls its new smartphone app “the essential international travel companion.” The stripped-down version of Frommers Translator is available for free, for iOS and Android mobile devices. It features basic translation for 13 languages. An a…
    - 4 days ago 21 Jan 15, 7:27pm -
  • United Upgrades Inflight Meal Service
    Beginning on February 1, first- and business-class travelers flying on United within North America will get an upgrade, inflight food-wise. The revamp includes more options, new menu items, and meal service on shorter flights. Among the new entrees:…
    - 4 days ago 21 Jan 15, 5:51pm -
  • New Citi Credit Card Transfer Partner: Virgin Atlantic
    Among rewards credit cards, the Citibank cards linked to the ThankYou Rewards program may not be the best, but they definitely deserve recognition for being the most improved. That improvement has taken the form of expanding the list of airline ... R…
    - 5 days ago 20 Jan 15, 7:52pm -
  • $99 Helicopter Transfers to JFK, Newark Airports
    Beginning today, flyers have a new option for getting between Manhattan and either New York JFK or Newark Liberty airports: a helicopter ride from Gotham Air. Price: $99 promotional rate for first-time users; $199 – $219 thereafter. Flight time: si…
    - 5 days ago 20 Jan 15, 5:59pm -
  • Win a Trip for 2 to Madrid or Barcelona
    Enter the Red Diamond “International Dream Trip” sweepstakes by March 31, 2015, for a chance to win the grand prize: a seven-night trip for two to either Madrid or Barcelona, including air and hotel accommodations. To enter, provide the requested…
    - 6 days ago 19 Jan 15, 7:35pm -
  • When an Airline’s Loyalty Program Becomes ‘Too Popular’…
    Can an airline loyalty program become “too popular”? That, according to a story in the South China Morning Post, is precisely the fate that has befallen Cathay Pacific’s Marco Polo program. How can it be a bad thing for a ... Read More
    - 6 days ago 19 Jan 15, 6:26pm -

Travel is Free

  • I Could Travel The World On Two Types Of Credit Cards
    Or I should say that there are two types of credit cards that I find especially lucrative and I find myself drawn to and using. This is a strategy that works for me (as someone who has been doing this for years) and that I think can work for anyone.…
    - 2 days ago 23 Jan 15, 4:10pm -
  • $0 Trip Series: Mistake Fare to Muscat, Oman
    Earlier I did a $0 trip all with miles and points to Latin America (Panama, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Guatemala). The concept was to spend zero dollars on flights and hotels. That trip was nearly free in every other way too as taxis and what not we…
    - 4 days ago 21 Jan 15, 12:57pm -
  • Big Contest/Giveaway!
    Carrie and I have been traveling since 2011. We’ve been able to live on a poverty level budget and we’ve done some free trips via miles from credit cards, best rate guarantees, mistake fares, and all kinds of things. But I don’t have tricks…
    - 5 days ago 20 Jan 15, 7:00pm -
  • The New Ways of Earning United Miles
    March 1st is around the corner and people are planning out their next status move, so it’s about time I wrote something on United’s new status system and the huge devaluation of earnings. The bad news is that United moved to a (mostly) revenue b…
    - 6 days ago 19 Jan 15, 9:34pm -
  • Is Charging Taxes on Award Nights Legal?
    Of course, this observation has nothing to do with any opinion regarding taxes… instead, I’m just super shocked how many hotels charge money after specifically stating in the award booking receipt I’d pay $0.00. To go from zero to any amount…
    - 7 days ago 19 Jan 15, 8:51am -
  • 6 Routes Even I’d Fly Business Class On
    For those who fly a lot, every flight in “premium cabin” is a forfeit of money in the future. You’ll have to pay to earn back those miles at some point, you’ll have to pay for a flight in the future, or you paid to get those miles. Now, peop…
    - 8 days ago 17 Jan 15, 7:40pm -
  • 10 Alternative Destinations That Are Less Traveled
    My goal is to the see the world, so I’m hardly recommending skipping any place. However, sometimes I need to get away from the crowds. Sometimes I’m more interested in culture or beauty and less interested in having the option of pizza and tour…
    - 12 days ago 14 Jan 15, 2:28am -
  • 6 Steps To Planning A Free Trip
    I recently talked about the free trip we did to Latin America and I have another free trip coming up. But what I want to emphasize is that anyone can get a free trip, they just have to know what they’re doing and how to properly compare deals. Ne…
    - 13 days ago 12 Jan 15, 5:00pm -
  • Top Travel Tech Gadgets
    One thing I’ve learned about blogging is that “MUST have tech gadgets for travelers” would do better as a title, but to be honest, I’m fully under the belief that you don’t need anything to travel well. But I was asked to do a post on trave…
    - 16 days ago 10 Jan 15, 12:10am -

Frequent Flyer Bonuses

Million Mile Secrets

Nomadic Matt

  • Four Reasons This is the Year of the Budget Traveler
    When I started traveling in 2006, there were no large travel blogs as we know them, sharing economy websites, or apps, and there were few online booking sites for obscure destinations. I remember finding only one website about backpacking Europe and…
    - 3 days ago 22 Jan 15, 3:32pm -
  • Americans aren’t the only ones who get travel deals
    This past Christmas, Etihad Airlines mistakenly published cheap airfare from the United States to India, Africa, and the Middle East that made its way across the web like wildfire. Fares were as low as $178 round-trip. It was an incredible Christmas…
    - 5 days ago 20 Jan 15, 3:18pm -
  • How to Save (and Not Save) Money in the Virgin Islands
    Budget travel is like a puzzle to me. I roam the world, trying to put the pieces together and I’ve been able to turn some of the most expensive destinations in the world into budget destinations – Iceland, Japan, Sweden, and even Norway. I’ve o…
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  • Ten Years Ago, I Said Yes to Travel
    Ten years ago, I embarked on the trip that would change my life. It was 2004 and I was trying to convince a friend to visit the Galapagos Islands the following January. He wasn’t sold on the idea and suggested Thailand instead. Since I didn’t car…
    - 13 days ago 12 Jan 15, 4:50pm -
  • 10 Destinations to Visit When You’re a Budget Traveler
    The world is full of affordable destinations, and it doesn’t require much effort to find them. No matter what continent, there are always places you can visit on a budget – even countries we think of as expensive are quite budget-friendly if you…
    - 17 days ago 8 Jan 15, 2:01pm -
  • How You Can Travel the World Cheaper, Longer, and Smarter (Plus, get FREE stuff)
    When I first wrote How to Travel the World on $50 a Day, it was just a small PDF guide with some travel coupons you downloaded from this site. It was meant to be a one stop, easy-to-follow guide for planning your trip. When Penguin publishing approac…
    - 19 days ago 6 Jan 15, 1:33pm -
  • My 16 Favorite Things to Do in the Virgin Islands
    Two of the most-visited destinations in the Caribbean, the US and British Virgin Islands are what I expected them to be – white sand beaches, excellent diving and snorkeling, turquoise crystal clear water, scenic hiking, lots of boating opportuniti…
    - 27 days ago 29 Dec 14, 6:17pm -
  • Why Road Trips are a Good Idea for Family Travel
    On the third fourth 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 mon…
    - 30 days ago 26 Dec 14, 3:00pm -
  • Why I Travel Alone
    “Joe, did you book your ticket yet?” I asked. “No. I changed my mind. I’m not going to go.” “What? You aren’t going to Australia? We’ve been planning this vacation for months!” “Yeah, I don’t feel like it. We’ll go some other…
    - 34 days ago 22 Dec 14, 3:04pm -
  • How to Travel on $50 A Day: The Book Tour
    Most people think it seems too good to be true that you can travel across the world on less than it costs to live at home. They believe that cheap travel is a pipe dream. But, as readers of the blog, you know that not to be true, and, in the coming m…
    - 39 days ago 17 Dec 14, 3:20pm -

The Hustle Blog

  • 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…
    - 32 days ago 24 Dec 14, 5:34pm -
  • Chase Freedom 2015 Bonus Categories Announced

    - 46 days ago 10 Dec 14, 12:00pm -
  • Register Now! American Express Small Business Saturday
    Registration for American Express Small Business Saturday is live! Register all your eligible American Express cards at this link as soon as you can. As I detailed in a previous post, this year’s Small Business Saturday, which occurs on November 29…
    - 69 days ago 17 Nov 14, 12:00pm -
  • Follow Up: Evolve Money + Discover Card
    This is a follow up to my post over the weekend about Evolve Money’s newest developments. It looks like all is well just like Evolve said! The payment has posted to my Discover account as a regular payment & I already see the Evolve payments postin…
    - 76 days ago 10 Nov 14, 4:32pm -
  • Evolve Money Now Takes Discover Cards
    I just received an email from Evolve Money about a new feature – they now accept Discover credit cards as payment sources! Previously, they only accepted debit cards or gift cards as payment sources to pay bills. This opens up a nice avenue to earn…
    - 79 days ago 7 Nov 14, 12:00pm -
  • New Next Generation NEXUS Kiosks Coming
    As a NEXUS member, I just received an email with some significant updates about the kiosk process when traveling by air between the United States & Canada. “Next Generation” kiosks are being installed to provide “faster, more reliable and more…
    - 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…
    - 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 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…
    - 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…
    - 17 Sep 14, 11:00am -

UPgRD

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

Johnny Jet

  • When Airlines Don’t Issue Fee Waivers It Becomes A Safety Issue
    I’m a huge fan of American Airlines since in my opinion they have the most responsive social media team, best frequent flier program in the U.S. and arguably the top premium product for LAX/SFO-JFK flights. However, I’m shocked and disappointed t…
    - 2 days ago 24 Jan 15, 9:39am -
  • Pet-friendly Essex Resort and Spa in Essex, Vermont
    A few days at the Essex Resort and Spa is a fantastic way to relax—and perfect for a partner of a ski fanatic who would rather “spa” and shop than hit the slopes! Essex Resort has 18 acres nestled at the base of Mt. Mansfield’s western footh…
    - 2 days ago 23 Jan 15, 6:00pm -
  • Reader Travel Tip of the Day: Small Lists Can Go a Long Way
    Small Lists Can Go a Long Way Each Friday, we’re featuring a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from Terry L. from Amarillo, TX, who builds on the thoughts of a past reader by saying: “I was able to pack…
    - 2 days ago 23 Jan 15, 5:00pm -
  • Travel Style: Sam Deal
    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: Sam Deal Occupation: Pilot for United Airlines & Trave…
    - 2 days ago 23 Jan 15, 2:00pm -
  • 6 Reasons to Stay at Westin Grand Cayman Beach Resort & Spa
    Now that it’s cold across much of the US, it’s clearly a perfect time to talk about warm weather and the tropical island paradise of Grand Cayman! (Yes, it could be that I’ve been spending too much time freezing in my lovely home state of PA…
    - 3 days ago 22 Jan 15, 7:00pm -
  • Travel Tip of the Day: Direct Doesn’t Mean Non-Stop

    - 3 days ago 22 Jan 15, 5:00pm -
  • Travel Tip of the Day: Don’t Publicize Your Vacations
    Don’t Publicize Your Vacations Many of us love using social media (here’s my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) to share information and photos about our travels, but you might want to be wary of doing so, especially if you have social media follow…
    - 4 days ago 21 Jan 15, 7:00pm -
  • Travel Style: Jason Steele
    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: Jason Steele Occupation: Freelance travel writer and c…
    - 4 days ago 21 Jan 15, 2:30pm -

Doctor of Credit

Hustler Money Blog

  • Personal Capital Free $10 Amazon Gift Card
    Check out Personal Capital’s Free $10 Amazon Gift Card by linking one bank account(cannot be a credit card) through their referral program. Once you have your own account, you can refer your friends and family for an additional $10 per referral. …
    - 1 day ago 24 Jan 15, 9:42pm -
  • SB1 Federal Credit Union Review: $100 Checking Bonus
    For residents of Philadelphia, PA, Sb1 Federal Credit Union is offering a $100 checking bonus using promo code 1FFTY. For the $100 checking account bonus, you must set up a direct deposit of at least $250 monthly and sign up for eStatements. The SB1…
    - 2 days ago 24 Jan 15, 7:33am -
  • Ebay Chevron Texaco Free $10 Gift Card Deal
    Buy a $100 Chevron and Texaco Gas Card to receive a FREE $10 Promotional Gas Card for a limited time only! This offer won’t last long so buy them today to get free shipping. The Cards will ship via USPS First Class Mail (no tracking number) and you…
    - 2 days ago 24 Jan 15, 1:27am -
  • 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. Receive 50% off sale items with code (Exp: 1/23): BREXTRA Receive 40% off full priced items with code (Exp: 1/25): BRTIME Banana Repu…
    - 2 days ago 24 Jan 15, 12:21am -
  • Wells Fargo At Work $50 Bonus Promotion
    You can now get this Wells Fargo At Work $50 checking account promotion good until January 31, 2015. The promotion is limited to only new consumer checking customers who are employed by an enrolled Wells Fargo At Work company. Tell your banker to ent…
    - 2 days ago 24 Jan 15, 12:11am -
  • American Express Twitter Sync Offers, Bonuses, & Promotions- January 2015
    If you have an American Express card and a Twitter, Facebook, TripAdvisor, or Foursquare account, check out the complete list of Amex Offers, Bonuses, and Promotions below to receive statement credits worth $5 to $150. To earn a statement credit, you…
    - 2 days ago 23 Jan 15, 11:28pm -
  • Featured Cash Back Credit Cards, January 2015
    While American Express is an advertising partner of HustlerMoneyBlog, the opinions and beliefs in this article are those of the author alone, who makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information. Americans are good at spending money. Real…
    - 2 days ago 23 Jan 15, 10:01pm -
  • Liberty Bank Review: $100 Checking Promotion
    Liberty Bank is offering a $100 checking account bonus with direct deposit good through 12/31/2015. To earn the $100 bonus, you must open an account with a $25 opening deposit and set up a direct deposit of payroll, social security, pension, or gover…
    - 2 days ago 23 Jan 15, 8:42pm -
  • Texas Dow Employees Credit Union Checking Account $150 Bonus
    Texas Dow Employees Credit Union (TDECU) is rewarding new members who open up a Checking Account with direct deposit before June 30, 2015 with a $150 bonus. It’s easy to become a member of TDECU.  Apply online and with just $5, open a share savin…
    - 3 days ago 23 Jan 15, 2:10am -
  • FEDCOM Credit Union Review: $150 Checking Bonus and $100 Referral Bonus
    For residents of Michigan, FEDCOM Credit Union is offering a $150 checking account bonus and $100 referral bonuses.  Their checking accounts include Fresh Start checking, Student checking, and Military checking for active military members. All check…
    - 4 days ago 22 Jan 15, 6:18am -

Hack My Trip

  • Save Big when Buying GoGo Internet before You Fly
    I am not a rabid fan of in-flight Internet access. I check my email, Twitter, and various other online accounts constantly during the day, but somehow I manage to survive 8 hours each night without being plugged in. Similarly, I can manage three hou…
    - 1 day ago 24 Jan 15, 5:37pm -
  • Review: American Express Centurion Lounge Las Vegas
    The American Express Centurion Lounge in Las Vegas has the distinction of being the first to open in the U.S. — though Amex has operated its own lounges in other countries for several years prior. I remember lots of buzz at the time. But while the…
    - 2 days ago 23 Jan 15, 5:15pm -
  • The Hassle (and Benefits) of Booking Air Travel through Concur
    Though it is my preference to always book travel with the airline that operates my flights, that isn’t always a choice. There may be a lower fare through some codeshare arrangement, a special sale on an online travel agency, and — in the case of…
    - 2 days ago 23 Jan 15, 12:05pm -
  • Review: American Express Centurion Lounge Dallas
    While I gave credit to the Amex Centurion Lounge in San Francisco for having the best food, Dallas has the best drinks. The cocktails and wine have been excellent every time I visit, which is becoming increasingly often as my travel on American Airl…
    - 3 days ago 22 Jan 15, 4:53pm -
  • How Much is a Credit Inquiry Worth? Seriously, I’m Asking.
    From the desk of the Devil’s Advocate…   Posing a question in a blog headline typically means the writer of the post already knows the answer and will deign to share it only if you click on his or her link. However, as you probably know, I am n…
    - 3 days ago 22 Jan 15, 12:05pm -

Maximizing Money

  • New AMEX Twitter Sync Promos – Hilton, Newegg, City Sports and More
    American Express is offering new Twitter sync promotions at participating merchants, including new offers for Hilton, Newegg, City Sports, and more.Sync these New AMEX Twitter Discount Promotions to save extra money during your shopping with an Amer…
    - 2 days ago 23 Jan 15, 9:55pm -
  • Wells Fargo At Work Program $50 Checking Account Bonus
    The Wells Fargo At Work Program is currently offering a $50 bonus for new consumer checking account customers who work for select participating businesses, valid through January 31, 2015.The post Wells Fargo At Work Program $50 Checking Account Bonu…
    - 2 days ago 23 Jan 15, 9:53pm -
  • Curb Referral Program $10 Free Credits for Booking Taxis
    Updated 1/23/2015: There is a new Curb Promo Code DINELA for new or existing users that gets you $10 off your next ride, plus new users can use Referral Code 43R91H for another $10 credit for a total of $20 off your first ride.The Curb app (formerly…
    - 2 days ago 23 Jan 15, 7:58pm -
  • Office 365 Education Free for Eligible Students and Teachers
    Eligible students and teachers can get access to Office 365 Education for free.The post Office 365 Education Free for Eligible Students and Teachers appeared first on Maximizing Money.
    - 2 days ago 23 Jan 15, 7:56pm -
  • Amazon Prime $72 This Saturday Only – January 24, 2015
    Heads up that this Saturday (1/24/2015), in celebration of Amazon Studio’s recent Golden Globe wins for Transparent, Amazon will be offering Amazon Prime memberships for a discounted rate of just $72, which is more than 25% off the regular $99 pric…
    - 3 days ago 23 Jan 15, 12:15am -
  • Personal Capital Online Money Management Service $10 Referral Bonus
    The Personal Capital online money management software service is offering a $10 referral bonus for both parties with a free Personal Capital account.Just sign up via this $10 Personal Capital Referral Link and link 1 account with Personal Capital to…
    - 3 days ago 22 Jan 15, 8:55pm -
  • Sb1 Federal Credit Union $100 Checking and $50 Credit Card Bonus in Philadelphia
    Sb1 Federal Credit Union is giving new members a $100 bonus for opening a checking account and a $50 bonus for opening a credit card account.Membership in Sb1 FCU is available if you live, work, worship, or attend school in Philadelphia (south of Le…
    - 3 days ago 22 Jan 15, 8:53pm -
  • Texas Dow Employees Credit Union $150 Checking and $150 Auto Loan Bonuses
    The Texas Dow Employees Credit Union is offering a $150 bonus when you sign up for free checking and establish a direct deposit, plus another $150 when you refinance your auto loan with TDECU, valid through June 30, 2015.The post Texas Dow Employees…
    - 3 days ago 22 Jan 15, 7:15pm -
  • Citizens Equity First Credit Union Promotions – $50 Checking Bonus
    The Citizens Equity First Credit Union offers a variety of promotions that are updated on a regular basis including a $50 Visa Gift Card for new CEFCU Checking accounts.Check out these CEFCU Promotions if you live in select counties in Illinois and…
    - 3 days ago 22 Jan 15, 7:12pm -
  • Gyft Promotion: Get $15 Gift Card for Only $10 from Amazon, Starbucks and Other Merchants
    The Gyft digital gift card platform is running a special promotion that will allow you to buy $15 in retail gift cards from participating merchants for only $10 with a free $5 Gyft Card sign-up bonus.The post Gyft Promotion: Get $15 Gift Card for On…
    - 3 days ago 22 Jan 15, 7:10pm -

Boarding Area

  • newBlowin’ in the Wind – Chicago O’Hare T5, BA Terraces First Lounge

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  • newWhy I’m Not Traveling to Cuba… And You Should Consider This Before Going There, Too.
    If you write a travel-related blog, you’re supposed to have a sense of adventure,. This post is how my sense of adventure is actually outweighed by risk, legal risk, that most will never face. Hear me out, and I’d love it if you just tell me I’…
    - 31 mins ago 25 Jan 15, 11:04pm -
  • newNortheast Winter Weather Advisories By Airline
    Just a head’s up for those travelers who are planning this week, there is expected to be bad weather in the Northeast, and because of this many airlines are offering waived change fees and fare differences if you’re looking to make a change due…
    - 2 hours ago 25 Jan 15, 9:22pm -
  • newNot looking like a lost Tourist
    The gentleman strolled past me as I entered the Sky Train Siam station in Bangkok, Thailand. In his left hand he clutched a detailed city map, a free overview city map, the transit system map. In his left was the Lonely Planet guidebook. Nothing scre…
    - 2 hours ago 25 Jan 15, 9:15pm -
  • newACT FAST: Book w/ Cathay Pacific & Get…
    Find out about Cathay Pacific special offer which comes around each year to celebrate the Chinese New Year. This year if you book a flight by 2/19, you getThe post ACT FAST: Book w/ Cathay Pacific & Get… appeared first on Michael W Travels....
    - 3 hours ago 25 Jan 15, 8:38pm -
  • newJourney to the Aircraft Graveyard, Kicked Out of Airplane Offices, and the 737 Cockpit Suite
    News and notes from around the interweb: The ‘reborn’ PEOPLExpress, which had to cease operations, has now been evicted from its airport offices. Thailand is imposing new time of sale restrictions on liquor. Because apparently in addition to roll…
    - 3 hours ago 25 Jan 15, 8:34pm -
  • newHitchhiking as a Legitimate Form of Transportation
    While somewhere in the back of my mind I know hitchhiking exists, I suppose it's something I consider to be more of a transportation method borne of desperation than a choice. I always thought people hitchhiked because they had to, not because they w…
    - 3 hours ago 25 Jan 15, 8:19pm -
  • newRequired Sunday Viewing: The Airport Of Smiles
    Last night I wrote about the hilarious new six-part BBC Three series, entitled "The Airport of Smiles: Bangkok Airport." Here's the 30 second trailer.Anyway, the first episode has been uploaded to YouTube, and it's hilarious. If you have an hour you…
    - 4 hours ago 25 Jan 15, 8:03pm -
  • newSnapshot: British Airways BA002 – Sleeper flight
    We’ve seen how British Airways treated me aboard BA001 across the pond. How about on the return leg aboard BA002? Well the cabin is nice and dark when you board – in the mood for either a late night snack, or for some passengers, the joy of sleep…
    - 4 hours ago 25 Jan 15, 7:57pm -
  • newHilton Amex Sync Twitter Promotion: $50 Statement Credit
    Amex Sync Twitter Promotion has a current discount offer for Hilton stays. All you have to do is register your card with American Express Sync, tweet Amex and you’ll be on your way to a $50 statement credit on your next Hilton Hotel Booking. How A…
    - 4 hours ago 25 Jan 15, 7:51pm -

Frequent Flyer Miles 101

  • Intercontinental ups card bonus to 70,000 points
    (Note: I do not receive any compensation for this card.  Just part of the service ’round these here parts.) Intercontinental’s Priority Club is not my favorite program.  The owner of the ICH brand, as well as Holiday Inn and a few others, is no…
    - 2 days ago 24 Jan 15, 12:55am -
  • Specials on Virgin and travel hints in the media
    By the way, my apologies to those of you who typed in a risqué Google search and ended up here.  I’m talking about Virgin the airlines. Because of ownership restrictions, Virgin America and Virgin Atlantic have only loose ties, but both carry Ric…
    - 3 days ago 23 Jan 15, 12:27am -
  • It’s sale season, and the low-cost carriers are producing
    We’re into the quieter season of travel.  With the exception of February break, the first few months of the year are relatively quiet for the airlines, with fewer business travelers, so the sales come out.  Keep in mind, however, that if you are…
    - 5 days ago 20 Jan 15, 11:34pm -
  • Keep an eye on your airfare, even if your fare is non-refundable
    Back in “the good old days,” which weren’t actually so good from a pricing point of view, it was easy to change a ticket.  Simply call the airline and it would be taken care of.  Price drop on a ticket you bought?  Just call the airline (wit…
    - 6 days ago 20 Jan 15, 1:22am -
  • United matches American on premium ticket bonus
    United has announced that it is giving bonus miles for passengers flying in premium cabins between now and February 28.  Conveniently, its new dollar-based system for earning miles starts on March 1, so you have only six weeks to take advantage of t…
    - 8 days ago 18 Jan 15, 12:10am -
  • American and US Airways start to merge accounts…
    American and US Airways are beginning the process of combining accounts.  Truthfully, there’s not much to it.  Head to American’s website and it will simply ask you for your name and US Airways account number.  Assuming it can match the two, y…
    - 10 days ago 16 Jan 15, 1:16am -
  • And we’re back! First quarter hotel promotions…
    It’s official, I’ve entered the 21st century. Verizon is offering free Wi-Fi on my flight and, for the first time, I’m typing at 30,000 feet. It’s actually Jet Blue’s Fly-Fi product which is supposed to be pretty good, although it’s been…
    - 11 days ago 14 Jan 15, 11:33pm -
  • Hilton Customer Service: The Right Way and the Wrong Way
    Apparently, Goofus and Gallant are still around.  We’re in Florida and had a one-night stay booked at the Hampton Inn PBI (near the West Palm Beach Airport), followed by two nights in a Homewood Suites in W Palm Beach.  Here’s the winner and th…
    - 23 days ago 3 Jan 15, 1:15am -
  • Sort of out of office for the next two weeks
    So I’ll be in and out for the next two weeks, mostly out.  There is a possibility that this blog will not be updated until January 15.  In that case, I wish you all a happy new year. Mike Now fortified with even more Twitter! Follow me @FFMiles10…
    - 24 days ago 1 Jan 15, 3:46pm -
  • Southwest Sale, Shopping Portal
    Southwest Airlines launched a flash fare sale, good through tomorrow.  The fares are decent, but not great.  The plus side to Southwest is that they don’t charge the nickel-and-diming fees that most other carriers do.  There’s no fee to change…
    - 25 days ago 31 Dec 14, 3:27pm -

Mr. Free Miles

milepoint (Forums)

  • newTeh Penalty Box
    I think it's time for a new Box thread that works. So, here goes.
    - 4 mins ago 25 Jan 15, 11:31pm -
  • newIHG Credit Card
    I see there is an offer for the IHG credit card. Spend $1000. in 3 months get 70,000 miles. Has anybody had any complaints about this card, is it a good program card to have/
    - 24 mins ago 25 Jan 15, 11:11pm -
  • newNew deal provides elite status, increased earning with Hertz
    http://ir.unitedcontinentalholdings.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=83680&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1979877http://www.united.com/CMS/en-US/products/travelproducts/car/pages/hertzoffer.aspxMileagePlus members who book with Hertz may earn the following per rental:1…
    - 26 mins ago 25 Jan 15, 11:09pm -
  • 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…
    - 38 mins ago 25 Jan 15, 10:57pm -
  • newNew York City Hotel Suggestions
    I am wondering what hotel for spa and near everything including dining for NYC should I go to? for about 800 dollars -1200 a night. I am waiting if I should go now or wait for Four Seasons Downtown.I love the design of Baccarat , I do not love Gramc…
    - 40 mins ago 25 Jan 15, 10:55pm -
  • newHilton Honors Security Hack
    Just read on TOBB that some HHonors members have had their accounts hacked and their points used for example to purchase items. Apparently, HHonors reinstated the points after members flagged up the breach.not sure how widespread this is, HHonors MP…
    - 1 hour ago 25 Jan 15, 10:35pm -
  • newDo 016 tickets on LH get counted for GS qual/re-qual?
    Hi all,For the first time after 8 years of 1K i got into GSFly alot the SFO-FRA-BLR route, as there is no united flight to BLR (unless you do SFO-EWR-DEL-BLR 2 stop. or SFO-HKG and then HKG-BLR on OneWorld).My question is, as half of these flights…
    - 1 hour ago 25 Jan 15, 10:23pm -
  • newCanary - smart home security
    Just came across this neat gadget, a home security system for when you're out traveling, you can access it through tablet or smartphone, looks cool, not available yet.More info on http://store.canary.is/
    - 2 hours ago 25 Jan 15, 10:00pm -
  • newStar Lounges in Mumbai?
    My domestic connection is in early morning and need to spend night 11 pm to 5 am.Is there any Start Lounges or any Lounges in Mumbai which is open at Night as well ?Thanks,
    - 2 hours ago 25 Jan 15, 9:46pm -
  • new400 TSA agents have been arrested for theft since 2003
    400 TSA agents have been arrested for theft of passenger items while not one terrorist has been caught.http://rt.com/usa/tsa-stealing-from-travelers-358/A TSA agent convicted of stealing more than $800,000 worth of goods from travelers said this typ…
    - 2 hours ago 25 Jan 15, 9:35pm -

Flyertalk MilesBuzz

  • newCheck luggage through - ORD-JFK-LHR-CPH-LHR
    Would I be allowed to check a bag from ORD straight to LHR without collecting it at CPH?
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  • newEarning Qantas miles but AA PQM on a Qantas flight to SYD
    Hey Guys I am flying LAX-SYD-MEL-LAS in March. I want to earn QF miles so I can start building a QF miles base to upgrade future Oz trips (I am Aussi live in LA go home twice a year) However I also want to make the flight count for AA elite...
    - 28 mins ago 25 Jan 15, 11:07pm -
  • newPrice mysteriously jumps - Hertz can't help? WWYD?
    Last summer, I booked a car with Hertz for a February trip to Spain. The cost was 253 euros. I did the "print this for your records" thing and they said they'd send an email confirmation. I printed and filed it away. Now, I am double checking.…
    - 30 mins ago 25 Jan 15, 11:05pm -
  • newNewbie questions re using mobile phone outside U.S.
    Plenty of international travel experience, but up until now have not had to/chosen not to use mobile phone as an actual telephone outside of U.S. Iphone 6. Verizon. My situation: will need to use voice only, and pretty minimally, in Mexico City. .…
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  • newBest way to build up QF points living in USA?
    Hey Guys I'm Aussie and I live in the US and have recently switched from United to American. I used to fly United back to Sydney from LAX and book E and upgrade to Biz with miles and copay. Now I have switched to American and Oneworld I will be...
    - 37 mins ago 25 Jan 15, 10:58pm -
  • newSome routes not available for On Business rewards?
    I have noticed that for some holiday routes (eg LGW-FUE) the on business screen shows award availability but it then gives an error when trying to price the flight. Something along the lines of "This route is not available for rewards, please start..…
    - 37 mins ago 25 Jan 15, 10:58pm -
  • newWhat are the benefits of Gold heading to Abu Dhabi via Doha
    Hi All I'm travelling to Abu Dhabi via Doha from Edinburgh soon on Qatar Airways and wondered if any fellow golds can give any advice please. I will be travelling with a companion who has no status and we're travelling economy. Is there any...
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  • newGetting points for wedding at HI
    Having wedding at Holiday Inn property - does anyone know how the points work? We will be putting all expenses on our IHG credit card - so 5 points per $, I see for meeting rewards you get 3 points per dollar - but you have to sign up for it...
    - 43 mins ago 25 Jan 15, 10:52pm -
  • newERF - Energy Recovery Fee
    Anyone know why this charge is even around in the days of sub - $2/gal gas? They knicked me 77 cents a day with it on my last rental. Here's how their website explains it - "To help recover the escalating energy costs related to our business...
    - 46 mins ago 25 Jan 15, 10:49pm -
  • newChange fees confusion
    I have purchased a PEC return trip to Dubai from Glasgow via LHR and the return journey has been upgraded using Avios. In my booking the domestic connections are showing as "J" class and the International flights showing as "T" class. I was...
    - 50 mins ago 25 Jan 15, 10:45pm -

Reddit r/churning

  • newIs there a list of cards you can re-churn after 1 year or so? The wiki here says 2 years is the general rule..
    I'm wondering if there are any blog posts or articles that lists cards that you can get the promotional bonus after maybe 6 or 12 months... The wiki says "The general rule for most banks is 2 years since the closure of that card" but I've heard of ca…
    - 2 hours ago 25 Jan 15, 9:39pm -
  • newBest Hotel Cards to get for Australia Trip?
    Wife and I are currently looking into a 2016 trip to AUS (possibly NZ) for 7-10 days. We are going to use United for the airline, and have no issues getting the points there. I have taken a look on Award Mapper and the likes, but wanted some opinions…
    - 3 hours ago 25 Jan 15, 8:09pm -
  • newWhat information is required to add a spouse card to Chase
    Sister and I are going on a trip. Would it be possible to add her as a spouse to Chase so the points combine? What information is required to add a spouse. submitted by djcurry [link] [6 comments]
    - 6 hours ago 25 Jan 15, 5:35pm -
  • newOther MS methods
    So I know that people who have different MS methods aren't likely to share them on an open forum, but I have a general question. Are there good MS methods similar to Redcard/Serve, old amazon payments, etc that you use? Are there little known ways to…
    - 8 hours ago 25 Jan 15, 3:52pm -
  • newHas anyone tried Flint Mobile for churning?
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.flint.views They are giving 5 free transactions after sign-up. That's 5 credit card bonuses right there or did I miss something? submitted by chaapu [link] [6 comments]
    - 14 hours ago 25 Jan 15, 9:36am -
  • newPSA: Keeping Redbird Live
    Reading about how people are pushing 2500 a swipe on Redbird, the problems with proper crediting of Redbird from such loads, the numerous people reporting Fraud Alerts and calling the bank while they are in line, drove me to post this. Folks, please…
    - 20 hours ago 25 Jan 15, 3:59am -
  • newredbird rant
    Customer service rep: How much do you want to load? Me: $2000 Customer service rep: Why that amount? Me: uhh... (in my head...fuck you motherfucker) Customer service rep: :D submitted by foxyfox3 [link] [7 comments]
    - 20 hours ago 25 Jan 15, 3:22am -
  • Antarctica
    I've booked a family trip (three of us) on a ship to Antarctica next January. There appears to be very little potential for use of miles and points for the cruise itself (I live in Iowa, so no Barclay's Arrival). I could/can/probably will pay with ca…
    - 1 day ago 24 Jan 15, 10:55pm -
  • What category of purchases get bonus points with the Starwood Perferred Guest AMEX
    submitted by MrGumburcules [link] [2 comments]
    - 1 day ago 24 Jan 15, 10:17pm -
  • MR points to AirBnb Gift Card, get 25% more
    I'm considering using AirBnb for a short weekend in April and noticed that Amex MR has AirBnb gift cards with a 25% bonus if you purchase before the end of March. LIMITED TIME OFFER: Get 25% more value on Airbnb eGift Cards through March 31, 2015. It…
    - 1 day ago 24 Jan 15, 8:02pm -