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The Points Guy

  • new6 Premium Travel Cards that Are Worth the High Annual Fee
    Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at the perks offered by a variety of premium travel credit cards, and explains why they’re worth the cost of admission. Premium credit cards may scare many people away with their…
    - 18 hours ago Jun 30, 2015, 10:00pm -
  • newDelta Low-Level Award Inventory Now on ExpertFlyer
    A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post about how ExpertFlyer can help you find award availability through its alert capabilities. In it, I lamented the fact that Delta forced the site to remove all data last fall. However, I am excited to share that…
    - 19 hours ago Jun 30, 2015, 9:47pm -
  • newUnited Will Begin Operating Biofuel Flights Later This Summer
    Fuel is expensive — it’s generally the largest operating expense of major carriers — so it’s no surprise that airlines are investing in alternatives with the hopes of potentially decreasing the cost of flying in the future. The New Yor…
    - 20 hours ago Jun 30, 2015, 7:59pm -
  • newUber Executives Arrested in Paris Following Protests
    Uber’s controversy in France continues this week after two of its top executives were taken into custody by French police for “illicit activities,” according to the Associated Press. These events follow last week’s anti-Uber protests in Pari…
    - 21 hours ago Jun 30, 2015, 7:25pm -
  • newDeal Alert: West Coast to Australia, New Zealand and Fiji from $771
    Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency such as Orbitz, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm East…
    - 22 hours ago Jun 30, 2015, 6:39pm -
  • newThe Most Pet-Friendly Points Hotels in America
    Stumped about the best spots for summer stays with your pets in tow? TPG Contributor Lane Nieset has done the research to highlight eight hotel brands — and individual properties within them — that welcome you, your loyalty points and yo…
    - 22 hours ago Jun 30, 2015, 6:10pm -
  • newDeal Alert: $21 One-Way Flights on Frontier
    Frontier Airlines is having a sale in honor of its 21st birthday, with one-way flights starting at $21. This deal includes routes from Atlanta, GA; Chicago- O’Hare, IL; Denver, CO; Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX; Philadelphia, PA and more for select dates…
    - 23 hours ago Jun 30, 2015, 5:46pm -
  • newSo, Greece is a Mess — What Does That Mean For Travelers?
    With the recent financial collapse of Greece and its subsequent July 5 referendum, travelers are not sure how to handle trips planned to Athens, the Greek Islands and beyond. Here’s our guide to what’s happening, and what it means for you. Previo…
    - 24 hours ago Jun 30, 2015, 4:29pm -
  • Help a Dog Rescue in Thailand with Points, Miles and More
    For this month’s installment of “Giving Tuesday,” a series designed to highlight travel-themed charities, TPG Contributor Jade Broadus — an avid traveler and owner of two rescue pups herself — shares how you can help an animal rescue i…
    - 1 day ago Jun 30, 2015, 3:29pm -
  • Seattle Amex Centurion Studio Lounge Opens Today
    The new Amex Centurion Studio Lounge is officially open for business at SeaTac International Airport as of this morning. This is the sixth US lounge in the Centurion network, joining others in Las Vegas (LAS), Dallas (DFW), New York (LGA), San Fr…
    - 1 day ago Jun 30, 2015, 1:00pm -

Frugal Travel Guy

  • newLeft Wanting More: 5 Destinations Worth Returning To
    I frequently get asked the question, “Which country is your favorite?” As anyone who travels often can tell you, this can be a very difficult question to answer by citing just one country. I like different places for different reasons. If you ask…
    - 8 hours ago Jul 1, 2015, 8:00am -
  • newToday Only! 2% Cash Back on Amex Biz Gift Cards at SimplyBestCoupons
    The cash back market is on a hot streak with 2%+ offers. TODAY ONLY: SimplyBestCoupons is offering 2% cash back on American Express Business Gift Cards. Remember the largest denomination gift card you can get to qualify for the cashback is $2,000 p…
    - 17 hours ago Jun 30, 2015, 11:19pm -
  • newHow Many Countries Have You Visited? Your Answer May Vary!
    A lot of people keep a list of the countries they have visited. I am always amazed when I see Puerto Rico included in these compilations. Puerto Rico can be considered many things but, much to the dismay of about 5% of its population, a country is no…
    - 17 hours ago Jun 30, 2015, 11:00pm -
  • newAssessing the Risks: My 91-Day Application Strategy
    When you pursue as many credit card sign-up bonuses as I do, it’s important to come up with a strategy to keep it all straight and avoid denials. Fortunately, I’ve learned from the best of ‘em. The 91-day application strategy I use now is one I…
    - 20 hours ago Jun 30, 2015, 8:00pm -
  • newLeaving Las Vegas (With Your Wallet Intact)
    Many of my friends don’t understand why I insist on going to Las Vegas at least twice a year. Personally speaking, I find Las Vegas to be an American take on the international city: at any given time, you’ll find people of all walks of life enjoy…
    - 23 hours ago Jun 30, 2015, 5:00pm -
  • newJetBlue Introduces Checked-Bag Fees and New Fare Options
    We have known for over six months that JetBlue planned to introduce checked-bag fees at some point in the first half of this year. On the last possible day to meet the deadline, JetBlue has made checked-bag fees on their flights official effective fo…
    - 24 hours ago Jun 30, 2015, 4:55pm -
  • How Many Points Are Too,ooo,ooo Many?
    Can you have too many points and miles? Does a travel bank of 50,000,000 miles get you closer to a travel goal any better than a bank of 500,000 miles? Whether you’re picking up points and miles through credit card sign-up bonuses, maximizing bonus…
    - 1 day ago Jun 30, 2015, 8:00am -
  • Traveling to Greece? What You Need to Know About the Financial Crisis
    We have booked a boatload of awards and planned a number of trips to Greece for clients this summer. In fact, we are currently putting the finishing touches on the honeymoon plans for one of my best friends who will be visiting Athens and a few Greek…
    - 2 days ago Jun 29, 2015, 11:06pm -
  • How Can I Get Credit for a Gifted SPG Reservation?
    Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) is my preferred hotel family. SPG’s great properties and redemption options earn top spot for me. Earning lifetime top-tier elite status with Starwood is a goal of mine. After reaching Platinum status this year, I’l…
    - 2 days ago Jun 29, 2015, 11:00pm -
  • 5 Tips for Getting the Best Fares With Flexible Travel Booking
    When you know the destination you want to visit and the dates you want to go, the chances for getting a good deal diminish as the fare is pretty much the fare. You can attempt to get the cost down by purchasing one-way tickets on different airlines,…
    - 2 days ago Jun 29, 2015, 8:00pm -

One Mile at a Time

  • newGreat Deal: 20% Bonus When You Convert Starpoints Into American Miles
    One of the things which makes the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express and the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express valuable is that Starpoints are so flexible. They can efficiently be redeemed…
    - 16 mins ago Jul 1, 2015, 4:12pm -
  • newTurkish To Offer Economy Transit Passengers Free Lounge Access
    Turkish Airlines flies to more countries than any other airline in the world. And while their business class hard product and service leaves something to be desired, their growth has been incredible.As you'd expect, premium cabin passengers are wel…
    - 1 hour ago Jul 1, 2015, 3:23pm -
  • newFamilies Of Germanwings Crash Victims Are Being Offered HOW MUCH?!
    One of the most shocking aviation accidents in a while was the Germanwings one from this past March, whereby the first officer intentionally crashed the plane into the ground, killing everyone aboard. I can't even begin to imagine how that must feel…
    - 2 hours ago Jul 1, 2015, 2:15pm -
  • newReview: AmEx Centurion Studio Seattle Airport SEA
    As most US-based travelers know by now, American Express has started opening up more of their own airport lounges in part because quite a bit of value has been lost in terms of the lounge privileges of The Platinum Card® from American Express. The c…
    - 4 hours ago Jul 1, 2015, 12:03pm -
  • newWinners Of The American Airlines Swag
    On Sunday I announced a giveaway, whereby you could win some fun American Airlines prizes: one of two $50 AA gift cards, one of three amenity kits, or one of four sets of pajamas. All you had to do was tell me about your weekend.And to be honest, I…
    - 6 hours ago Jul 1, 2015, 10:33am -
  • newThe Downside To Making Friends With Hotel Staff
    All things considered, living in hotels is pretty swell. I've really gotten to know the staff at the hotels I frequent most, which is awesome. They've almost become my extended family in many ways, and it really does help to make a hotel feel more li…
    - 18 hours ago Jun 30, 2015, 10:17pm -
  • newDom Perignon Rose Available In Emirates First Class On Select Routes
    Premium airlines sure do invest a lot of money in their food & wine offerings. Emirates really took this to a whole new level, when late last year they announced that they're investing $500 million in a new wine program. That might sound frivolous, b…
    - 19 hours ago Jun 30, 2015, 9:05pm -
  • newA Quick Update On My Health…
    I'm pretty open about my life on the blog, perhaps to a fault. I consider y'all to be my friends, at least those of you who want to be. ;) I share a lot of details on the blog, sometimes to my own detriment. But hey, that's a cost of doing business o…
    - 21 hours ago Jun 30, 2015, 7:25pm -
  • newDoes North Korea Hate Its New Airport Enough To Execute Designer?
    Last week Nick posted about the opening of a new terminal at Pyongyang International Airport. It features such modern amenities as a gift shop, a duty-free store, a chocolate fountain, a newstand (presumably with a wide selection of international, in…
    - 23 hours ago Jun 30, 2015, 5:54pm -
  • newWould You Switch Hotels Every Night In This Scenario?
    I've been living in hotels for well over a year now, and there's no denying that my perspective on things has changed considerably. In the past I'd be all about maximizing value. Nowadays I'm all about trying to find the perfect balance between maxim…
    - 24 hours ago Jun 30, 2015, 4:45pm -

View From the Wing

The Frequent Miler

The Flight Deal

The Free-quent Flyer

  • Thinking about Starwood Preferred Guest
    Since my American Express "old" Blue Cash card was closed late last year, I've carried just two American Express-issued credit cards: my trusty Hilton HHonors Surpass, and my ill-advised but so-far-irresistible Delta Business Platinum card.An individ…
    - 1 day ago Jun 30, 2015, 9:59am -
  • Paying credit card bills with money orders
    Today's post is about an issue that I've found causes the occasional misunderstanding in the travel hacking community.Some banks are (rightly) suspicious of large money order depositsIf you've ever searched Craigslist for a job, you've no doubt come…
    - 2 days ago Jun 29, 2015, 9:59am -
  • Use Amazon Allowance to meet monthly transaction requirements
    [edit June 28, 2015: this post originally said Bank of America BBR cards pay $20 and $25 per quarter; in fact they pay $25 and $30 for non-BoA and BoA customers, respectively, as correctly indicated on the second mention. We regret the error.] Via D…
    - 5 days ago Jun 26, 2015, 9:59am -
  • Annual Twitter recommendations
    At a reader's request, last year I wrote up a list of Twitter feeds that I follow, and consider essential to keeping my miles and points game in top form. Since the game is always changing, I thought I would turn it into an annual tradition.@Freeque…
    - 6 days ago Jun 25, 2015, 9:59am -
  • Do this now: activate third-quarter bonus categories
    Is everybody else as excited as I am about the beginning of the third quarter, just a few short days away? Here are the cash back bonus categories and activation links for the quarter beginning July 1 and ending September 30, 2015.Chase Freedom. 5 no…
    - 7 days ago Jun 24, 2015, 9:59am -
  • One weird old trick to get American Express business gift card orders approved
    Until today, I had never had an American Express business gift card order approved. In the good old days, this wasn't a big deal: business and consumer gift cards both typically paid out at the same high rates, and I didn't (and still don't) have en…
    - 8 days ago Jun 23, 2015, 8:29pm -
  • Why I won't chase Hyatt Diamond status
    [Update 6/22/15 8:17 pm: This post originally said the Hyatt Diamond status challenge requires 12 qualifying stays. It requires 12 qualifying nights.]The travel hacking blogosphere seems to be in a tizzy lately over the return earlier this month of…
    - 9 days ago Jun 22, 2015, 9:59am -
  • Galveston, TX, is a weird place to take a vacation
    Last weekend my partner and I took a 3-night vacation to Galveston, Texas, to visit some friends of hers who decided, for reasons I cannot begin to fathom, to spend a week in Galveston.We had fun, but I'll readily confess it was in spite of Galvest…
    - 15 days ago Jun 16, 2015, 9:59am -
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred is terrible, get Slate instead
    I'm going to do my readers a favor and assume that by the time they've graduated to blogs like mine from the training-wheels affiliate bloggers, they're perfectly aware of my objections to the Chase Sapphire Preferred, so I won't relitigate that case…
    - 16 days ago Jun 15, 2015, 9:59am -
  • Personal finance digression: some high-interest savings accounts may not be long for this world
    I've long been a shameless advocate of high-interest savings accounts. By replacing low-yield bonds at a one-to-one ratio in your portfolio with FDIC-insured savings accounts yielding 5%-6% APR, you can replicate or exceed the returns of those bonds…
    - 20 days ago Jun 11, 2015, 9:59am -

Well Traveled Mile

  • newExtra 20% Transfer Bonus For SPG To American Airlines
    From now until August 7, 2015, American Airlines will throw in an extra 5,000 AA miles for every 20,000 SPG points you transfer to your AAdvantage account. This is in addition to the 5,000 bonus miles that SPG throws in. Here is the breakdown on how…
    - 45 mins ago Jul 1, 2015, 3:43pm -
  • Last Day To Buy IHG Points At 0.5 Cents Per Point
    Today is the last day you will receive the 100% bonus when you purchase IHG points. As discussed in an earlier post, this deal is almost as good as manufacturing spend using the IHG card. If you have some trips coming up where you might consider stay…
    - 1 day ago Jun 30, 2015, 4:27pm -
  • Deal Alert: Amex Business Gift Card 2% Cash Back Next Monday
    On Monday July 6, 2015, SimplyBestCoupons will be offering 2% cash back on American Express business gift cards. This deal starts at midnight, Pacific Time. The latest trends seem to be that TopCashBack will follow as well with their own cash back de…
    - 1 day ago Jun 30, 2015, 3:55pm -
  • Quick Guide to Award Ticket Stopover Rules
    I decided to throw together a quick graphic comparing stopover and open-jaw rules for the most commonly earned airline miles for US travelers. I can’t say how useful it will be, but hopefully it can be a quick guide to go with my more in-depth aw…
    - 6 days ago Jun 25, 2015, 9:52am -
  • What Are Chase’s New Rules When Applying for Credit Cards?
    There has been a lot of chatter about Chase’s recent crackdown on approving anyone with more than 5+ new card accounts within the last two years. With these changes there may be new rules for getting approved when applying for Chase credits cards.…
    - 7 days ago Jun 24, 2015, 10:27am -
  • 40,000 Korean Air Miles Offer
    I recently received a mail-in offer from U.S. Bank for their co-branded Korean Air Visa Signature card. The bonus offer is 40,000 miles after $3,000 spent in the first 120 days (4 months.) Some of the other perks of this card include: 2 VIP Lounge co…
    - 7 days ago Jun 24, 2015, 8:27am -
  • Did You Know: Freeze These 2 Credit Reports Before Applying For Any Credit Card!
    Did You Know is a series highlighting some tips / tricks regarding earning miles, redeeming miles or in general saving money on your travels! Some of this information may be new to you while some may be a refresher. There are some cards for which you…
    - 7 days ago Jun 24, 2015, 8:25am -
  • Deal Alert: Amex Business Gift Card 2.25% Cash Back Today Only
    Just like last week, TopCashBack has followed the SimplyBestCoupons 2% cash back day with their own 2.25% cash back deal. This deal ends tonight at 11.59 PM Key Terms & Conditions Do not exceed a denomination of $2000 per order or else no cash back w…
    - 8 days ago Jun 23, 2015, 3:52pm -
  • Deal Alert: Amex Business Gift Card 2% Cash Back Today Only
    SimplyBestCoupons will be offering 2% cash back on Business American Express gift cards today. This deal ends at midnight PST. Key Terms & Conditions Do not exceed a denomination of $2000 per order or else no cash back will be earned This offer is fo…
    - 9 days ago Jun 22, 2015, 5:35pm -
  • Deal Alert: Get $20 For Buying $300 Worth In Visa Gift Cards At Staples
    Starting next Sunday June 21, 2015 Staples will run my favorite promotion: get $20 back when you purchase $300 or more in Visa gift cards! Since Staples is an office supply store, you can earn 5x Ultimate Rewards points by using any of the Chase Ink…
    - 12 days ago Jun 19, 2015, 7:17am -

MileValue

  • newHURRY: Houston to Johannesburg for $651 Roundtrip
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. I tweeted this deal first from @MileValueAlerts. Follow @MileValueAlerts on Twitter andfollow these directions to get a text message every time I tweet from that account. I…
    - 22 mins ago Jul 1, 2015, 4:06pm -
  • newStarpoints Transfer to 50% More American Airlines Miles
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Until August 7, 2015, you can transfer 20,000 SPG Starpoints to 30,000 American Airlines AAdvantage miles. This is a repeat of an awesome promo we saw last July.   It’s…
    - 51 mins ago Jul 1, 2015, 3:37pm -
  • newTop 10 Travel Credit Cards July 2015
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. There are a lot of reasons to collect miles and points. For free luxury hotel stays and First Class flights To travel to more countries than you could otherwise afford To t…
    - 4 hours ago Jul 1, 2015, 12:55pm -
  • newIntra-New Zealand, Australia, and South Pacific for 12,500 Miles
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Singapore Airlines charges only 12,500 Singapore miles one way for awards within the Southwest Pacific, which includes Australia, New Zealand, and a bunch of island paradis…
    - 4 hours ago Jul 1, 2015, 12:34pm -
  • newSouth America to Europe: 17k Singapore Miles or 58k in First Class
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Fly between South America and Europe for 17,425 miles one way year round. Or for only 58,225, fly one of the world’s nicest First Classes. These are fantastic deals as pa…
    - 24 hours ago Jun 30, 2015, 4:58pm -
  • Last Day for 60k Offer, Three 50k Offers, and Buying Hotel Points for 0.575 Cents
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Update 7/1/15: All these deals are dead. Today (June 30) the 60k and 50k Delta credit card offers expire, the 50k Hilton credit card offer expires, and the ability to buy I…
    - 1 day ago Jun 30, 2015, 12:48pm -
  • Today Only: $21 One Ways on Frontier for Summer and Fall
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Today only: Frontier is offering a fare sale for Summer and Fall travel. Fares start at $21 one way! The sale is valid for bookings made by 11:59 PM ET today (June 30) fo…
    - 1 day ago Jun 30, 2015, 12:19pm -
  • Ends Today: $23.10 One Way Tickets on Spirit for July and August Travel
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Update 6/30 at 1 PM ET: Stack this sale with the promo code 24OFF. It offers $12 off per one way and $24 of per roundtrip. But on the $23/$34 fares, it only offers 1 cent o…
    - 2 days ago Jun 30, 2015, 2:18am -
  • Hurry: Top Notch First Class Between Japan and Australia for 60,000 Miles
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Japan Airlines First Class space is widely available for 1-3 people per flight between Tokyo and Sydney between October 2015 and March 2016. That’s the heart of the Austr…
    - 2 days ago Jun 29, 2015, 7:06pm -
  • At What Hotels Can You Get the Fourth Night Free with Your Prestige and Other Questions Answered
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. I’ve written about the Citi Prestige® Card‘s benefit that gives you the fourth night free on hotel stays that you pay with your card: How to Save More than 25% Off H…
    - 2 days ago Jun 29, 2015, 12:56pm -

Frequent Flier

  • newWhite House Lifts Ban on Visitor Photography
    White House visitors who would feel reality-deprived if they were unable to photo-document their tours of the leader of the free world’s inner sanctum can now rest easy. Cameras and photography are now permitted on public White House tours. The ...…
    - 34 mins ago Jul 1, 2015, 3:54pm -
  • newJuly 4th Travel Forecast: a Lot Like Last Year
    Wondering what to expect on your July 4th trip? Think 2014. At least as far as the numbers go, this July 4th weekend will look a lot like last year’s. According to AAA, 41.9 million Americans will travel more than ... Read More
    - 23 hours ago Jun 30, 2015, 5:43pm -
  • newJetBlue Changes Course, Embraces Bag Fees
    Remember when checked bags were free on JetBlue? Cherish the memory, because as of today it’s just that, a memory. JetBlue announced late last year that, under pressure from Wall Street to boost profits, it would impose new fees and ... Read More
    - 24 hours ago Jun 30, 2015, 4:32pm -
  • The 10 Most Expensive Cities for Hotel Dining
    For the budget traveler — and you’re a budget traveler even if expenses are an afterthought — a handy metric for comparing trip costs among various cities is the CSI. And with the release of CSI 2.0, it’s even handier. ... Read More
    - 2 days ago Jun 29, 2015, 6:43pm -
  • Win an 8-Day European Tour
    Enter the Eagle Creek “Great Adventure Giveaway” sweepstakes by August 15, 2015, for a chance to win the grand prize: one of three escorted eight-day Europe tours (Italy, Iceland, or Croatia), including air, accommodations, daily breakfast, and a…
    - 2 days ago Jun 29, 2015, 4:31pm -
  • Win an 8-Day European Tour
    Enter the Eagle Creek “Great Adventure Giveaway” sweepstakes by August 15, 2015, for a chance to win the grand prize: one of three escorted eight-day Europe tours (Italy, Iceland, or Croatia), including air, accommodations, daily breakfast, and a…
    - 2 days ago Jun 29, 2015, 4:05pm -
  • Weekly Recap: the Airline Fee-for-All, Ticket-Change Fees Scrutinized, & More
    Following is our regular summary of the latest travel news and best frequent traveler promotions reviewed during the past week. If it was a good deal—or a notably bad deal—from an airline, hotel, or car rental loyalty program, you can ... Read Mo…
    - 5 days ago Jun 26, 2015, 9:51pm -
  • The World’s 10 Cleanest Airlines
    How many ways can we slice and dice the world’s airlines? With surveys and polls, carriers can be evaluated and ranked every which way. The biggest. The best. The most profitable. Airlines with the best inflight food; the best inflight ... Read Mor…
    - 5 days ago Jun 26, 2015, 4:49pm -
  • United Discounts Award Travel to Hawaii
    Through July 6, Mileage Plus members can book United award flights between the U.S. or Canada and Hawaii for 20 percent fewer miles. Travel at the discounted rates must be completed between August 18 and December 15. With the discount, ... Read More
    - 6 days ago Jun 25, 2015, 5:16pm -
  • 10,000 Bonus Points Per Night from Club Carlson
    Some of the most lucrative hotel promotions of the past few years have come from Club Carlson. The latest offer continues that trend. Offer Details Through December 31, Club Carlson members can earn a whopping 10,000 bonus points per night ... Read M…
    - 6 days ago Jun 25, 2015, 4:36pm -

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Million Mile Secrets

  • newDaraius’ Diary: The Truth About Strangers
    Daraius:  We’ve got a great team at Million Mile Secrets helping with posts.  But I miss writing as much as I did in the old days!  So here I am writing about stuff that I really care about (and which … Continue reading →        Co…
    - 8 hours ago Jul 1, 2015, 8:30am -
  • newRegister for 5X Categories for Freedom, Discover It, US Bank Cash+, & More!
    It’s the beginning of a new quarter and it’s time to register and start earning in new 5% cash back categories with cards like the Chase Freedom, Discover It, and US Bank Cash+! I’ll show you which categories will give you 5% … Continue rea…
    - 8 hours ago Jul 1, 2015, 8:00am -
  • Ends Today! Book Frontier Airlines Flights Starting at $21
    Fare sale!  You can get 1-way flights on Frontier Airlines for as low as $21 each.  But you must book today, June 30, 2015! The travel dates depend on the route, and fall between now and December 16, 2015.  Be sure to check the … Continue re…
    - 1 day ago Jun 30, 2015, 4:05pm -
  • Now You Can Book Southwest Flights Through March 8, 2016
    Southwest has opened up their schedule through March 8, 2016.  So this is an excellent time to start planning Valentine’s Day travel. Southwest flies to vacation destinations such as Aruba, Cancun, Costa Rica, and Montego Bay. While most air…
    - 1 day ago Jun 30, 2015, 1:50pm -
  • Experience More Rides (and Less Waiting!) at Disney With Touringplans.com Mobile App
    I wrote that Touringplans.com is a great tool for researching and planning trips to Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and Universal Orlando. But Touringplans.com also has a mobile app, called Lines, which can save you time, stress, and frustration when…
    - 1 day ago Jun 30, 2015, 8:31am -

Nomadic Matt

  • Introducing a Brand New Awesome Nomadic Matt (Plus Some Announcements)
    For close to three years, this website had the same design. When it came out, I loved it but over the course of those three years, the website has grown with a new forum, destination guides, new books, sections, and much more. To accommodate all that…
    - 2 days ago Jun 29, 2015, 3:34pm -
  • Introducing: The NM Case Study Project
    Months ago, I announced that I wanted to help four readers plan their trips from start to finish as part of a case study project for this website. While I haven’t talked about this in a long time, it’s because I’ve been busy making it happen. A…
    - 6 days ago Jun 25, 2015, 12:42pm -
  • How to Visit Napa Valley on a Budget
    With its verdant hills, acres of vineyards, and temperate climate, Napa Valley in California is one of the world’s premier wine-producing regions. Every year 3.3 million people flock to this region to bike, hike, swim in a veritable pool of wine, a…
    - 9 days ago Jun 22, 2015, 3:36pm -
  • Travel and the Art of Losing Friends
    After months on the road, you find yourself back home and excited to resume old friendships. You plan dinners, get-togethers, and nights out. And, as some people fail to respond or show up, you begin realize an awful truth — while you were out expl…
    - 13 days ago Jun 18, 2015, 11:18am -
  • How to Take Professional Travel Photos
    Photography. It’s not something I’ve very good at. I take all my pictures on an iPhone and, if they aren’t used on the blog, they mostly just sit on my hard drive. But I still think photographs are important for the memories they represent. You…
    - 16 days ago Jun 15, 2015, 3:12pm -
  • Searching for a More Balanced Life
    Somewhere in Wyoming, I realized my life had gone off track. I was at a scenic overlook, gazing upon these majestic mountains rising up from the ground in the distance, and all I could think was “OK, it’s time to go!” As I got back in the car,…
    - 20 days ago Jun 11, 2015, 2:34pm -
  • How to Stay Safe in South Africa
    On the second Wednesday of the month, Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse writes a guest column featuring tips and advice on solo female travel. It’s an important topic I can’t adequately cover, so I brought in an expert to share her advice. Thi…
    - 21 days ago Jun 10, 2015, 3:14pm -
  • How To Pack A Professional Travel First Aid Kit
    I get a lot of questions about health care on the road. How can I avoid getting sick? What do you do about vaccines? What happens when I do get sick? Since I’m not a doctor, I don’t like giving medical advice beyond a few general tips so I’ve a…
    - 23 days ago Jun 8, 2015, 2:28pm -
  • How to Travel Across the United States on $50 a Day
    The great American road trip is a rite of passage in the States. We Americans have a unique fascination with the open road. It’s built into our cultural DNA. In Jazz Age America, the car was a symbol of freedom – a chance to escape your small tow…
    - 30 days ago Jun 1, 2015, 2:19pm -
  • 9 Things I Learned While Driving Across the United States
    After 12,000 miles and four and a half months on the road, I’m home. My epic book tour across the country is over, and I fell in love with the United States all over again. I think the United States is an underrated destination. Travel across the U…
    - 34 days ago May 28, 2015, 1:24pm -

The Hustle Blog

  • (Dead) Fare Alert: EWR-MEX $140 Round Trip
    UPDATE: Looks like it’s gone as of 12:21 AM EST. Damn, better luck next time folks! As I was randomly browsing flights tonight, I came across what seems like a very cheap fare to Mexico City from Newark. This has to be a mistake since it’s a full…
    - 33 days ago May 30, 2015, 4:00am -
  • Don’t Forget to Track Car Rental Reservations with AutoSlash
    Some people think car rentals can be a lengthy process. For me, I try to keep it as simple as possible. You have two options to use AutoSlash. Search for a car using their site Make your booking elsewhere & use AutoSlash to find better rates The pro…
    - 91 days ago Apr 1, 2015, 11:00am -
  • Last Chance at Chase Freedom Q1 Categories
    As we come up on the end of March, we also come to the end of the first quarter of 2015. With that comes the end of the Chase Freedom 5% bonus categories – grocery stores, movie theaters & Starbucks. Be sure to get all your Q1 spend in by March 31!…
    - 93 days ago Mar 30, 2015, 11:00am -
  • Probable Southwest Rapid Rewards Devaluation
    Last week, Southwest Airlines sent an email to its Rapid Rewards loyalty program members informing them of a future change in the program. Sadly, they weren’t very specific about the change but it reads as a devaluation. We created Rapid Rewards®…
    - Feb 17, 2015, 12:00pm -
  • British Airways Avios Devaluation
    The biggest news going around the travel blogosphere lately is one we’re sadly all too familiar with… devaluation. British Airways announced some pricey changes to their loyalty program that will take effect April 28, 2015. The last time they cha…
    - Jan 30, 2015, 12:00pm -
  • Evolve Money Changes Terms for Discover Cards
    There have been a lot of changes going on with Evolve Money lately. First, I wrote about how they were a great way to pay for bills or loans that you can’t normally pay for with credit or gift cards. Then, they announced great news that we could us…
    - Dec 24, 2014, 5:34pm -
  • Chase Freedom 2015 Bonus Categories Announced
    While we’re all busy trying to hit the $1,500 in spend for this quarter’s bonus categories, Chase has announced all the bonus categories for 2015. January – March Grocery stores Movie theaters Starbucks April – June Restaurants Bed Bath & Bey…
    - Dec 10, 2014, 12:00pm -
  • Register Now! American Express Small Business Saturday
    Registration for American Express Small Business Saturday is live! Register all your eligible American Express cards at this link as soon as you can. As I detailed in a previous post, this year’s Small Business Saturday, which occurs on November 29…
    - Nov 17, 2014, 12:00pm -
  • 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…
    - Nov 10, 2014, 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…
    - Nov 7, 2014, 12:00pm -

Pointscentric

  • newChanging an Award Ticket with No Easy Solution – What You Would Do in This Case?
    I’ve been wanting to try out the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo in Costa Rica for a while now and after convincing some of our friends to join us, I proceeded to book award flights and the hotel for 5 nights for a trip next month. I booked all of this s…
    - 5 hours ago Jul 1, 2015, 11:52am -
  • Quick Deal: Take $10 off $200 Visa Gift Cards at Staples.com 
    Update: Deal dead – Out of stock. Told you it was gonna go quick! Via Doctor of Credit, Staples is offering $10 off $200 Visa gift cards with a limit of 3 cards per person. Since each Visa card has a $6.95 purchase fee, you will net $3.05 per card…
    - 2 days ago Jun 29, 2015, 12:01pm -
  • PSA: The Alaska Airlines 25,000 Miles + $100 Statement Credit Offer Never Actually Disappered
    Last month, I posted how I found a way to generate the Alaska Airlines 25,000 miles + $100 statement credit offer when many had thought it was a goner. Then Maximizing Money one-upped me and found a direct link which made getting the offer easier a…
    - 5 days ago Jun 26, 2015, 11:30am -
  • Award Trip Breakdown: What To Do in Seattle for a Long Weekend
    In the first installment of this two part series, I posted about how we were visiting a friend of ours who moved out to Seattle for only $11.20. While the purpose of this trip was to see our friend, we also wanted to explore Seattle as neither my wif…
    - 8 days ago Jun 23, 2015, 11:20am -
  • Hawaiian Airlines Follows Up with a Nice Mahalo
    A few weeks ago I posted about our experience assisting in a medical emergency on our flight home on Hawaiian Airlines Flight 50 HNL-JFK. It was a popular post and it was interesting to see what others thought of the situation. While I was surprise…
    - 11 days ago Jun 20, 2015, 2:11pm -

Johnny Jet

  • newTravel Tip of the Day: What to Do if You’re Traveling to Greece
    What to Do if You’re Traveling to Greece I’ve only been to Greece a few times, so I’m no expert on the place. But one thing I do know about Greece is that although it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world (especially the islands), I…
    - 4 mins ago Jul 1, 2015, 4:24pm -
  • newTop 10 in Travel News: Week of July 1, 2015
    THE TOP 10 IN TRAVEL NEWS THIS WEEK: Disney World will ban selfie-sticks from its theme parks After resisting for years, JetBlue adds checked bag fee Baha Mar developer files for bankruptcy Porter Airlines is on its way to Pittsburgh Nine dead after…
    - 4 hours ago Jul 1, 2015, 12:43pm -
  • newTravel Contests: Week of July 1, 2015
    This week’s travel contests include: Win a four-night trip for two to Peru Win a romantic vacation for two in Fiji Win a cruise of Italy worth $13,700 Win a three-night trip for two to Buenos Aires Win a snorkeling excursion in Aruba Win big with D…
    - 5 hours ago Jul 1, 2015, 11:00am -
  • newTravel Product of the Week: Allett KeepSafe RFID Passport Wallet
    A few months ago we featured a cool travel wallet that was large enough to hold a passport. The only thing that Bellroy wallet was missing was RFID-blocking technology. RFID stands for radio-frequency identification, and new passports are made with t…
    - 10 hours ago Jul 1, 2015, 6:27am -
  • newTravel Video of the Week: The Royal Flush Super Waterslide
    I’m not much of a fan of waterparks because I don’t think the water is all that sanitary—but after seeing this video of the Royal Flush slide, I might just take my chances. Wow! The Royal Flush launches riders into the sky with or without a ra…
    - 11 hours ago Jul 1, 2015, 5:44am -
  • new20 of the Most Beautiful Places in America
    When I tell people that I travel the world for a living, the question I’m most frequently asked is: What’s your favorite country? Everyone expects me to say something exotic like the Cook Islands but my answer is always the United States of Ameri…
    - 18 hours ago Jun 30, 2015, 10:45pm -
  • newTravel Website of the Week: CBP’s Airport Wait Times
    One of the biggest pet peeves in travel is long lines. After a long international flight, there’s nothing worse than being greeted by a ridiculously long customs line—especially if you have a connecting flight waiting. Sadly, the United States i…
    - 18 hours ago Jun 30, 2015, 10:12pm -
  • newTravel App of the Week: Detour
    Thanks to our friends over at Afar magazine for turning us onto this new and impressive app that gets travelers off the beaten path. Detour takes users on audio walks that don’t go to all of the touristy places and let users go at their own pace, o…
    - 19 hours ago Jun 30, 2015, 9:20pm -
  • newTravel Tip of the Day: Find Out If You Need a Visa—Ahead of Time

    - 24 hours ago Jun 30, 2015, 4:34pm -
  • Cathay Pacific Partners with LoungeBuddy at SFO
    Today marks the first day Cathay Pacific passengers can get a more personalized experience at the airline’s SFO lounge through LoungeBuddy. If you aren’t familiar with LoungeBuddy, it’s an app that features photos, reviews, ratings and amenitie…
    - 2 days ago Jun 29, 2015, 7:34pm -

Doctor of Credit

  • new20% Bonus When You Transfer SPG Points To American Airlines (20k > 30k)
    The Offer Direct link to offer American Airlines is offering a 20% transfer bonus when you transfer SPG points to American Airline miles. This is in addition to the bonus 5,000 miles you receive when you transfer 20,000 points or more. 20,000 Starpoi…
    - 2 hours ago Jul 1, 2015, 2:36pm -
  • newTarget Data Breach Class Action Settle: Receive Up To $10,000
    The Offer Direct link to claim website You can receive a settlement up to $10,000 if: You made a purchase using a debit or credit card at Target between 11/27/13 and 12/18/13 You provided your contact information to Target any time before December 1…
    - 5 hours ago Jul 1, 2015, 11:00am -
  • newBBVA Extends No-Annual-Fee Offer on the NBA Credit Card + $100 Signup Bonus
    No Annual Fee We reported that the BBVA is offering the NBA credit card with no-annual-fee for life if you apply before 6/30/15. The good news is that they’ve now extended that  offer until 8/31/15. (Direct Link) The standard offer on this card i…
    - 14 hours ago Jul 1, 2015, 2:33am -
  • Amex Offers: $5 Off $10 at QuikTrip [Targeted]
    The Offer Spend $10 at QuikTrip convenience store with a registered Amex card and receive a $5 statement credit. Can repeat a second time. This offer is targeted. It’s showing up for some and not for others. Quiktrip locator The Fine Print Valid un…
    - 1 day ago Jun 30, 2015, 2:41pm -
  • Amex Offers: 30-50% Off at BJ’s [Targeted]
    The Offer There are two separate offers being reported: Spend $50 at BJ’s with a registered Amex card and receive a $25 statement credit. Can repeat 3 times. Spend $100 at BJ’s with a registered Amex card and receive a $30 statement credit. Can…
    - 1 day ago Jun 30, 2015, 1:00pm -
  • New Target POS Makes REDbird Loads More Difficult
    Numerous Flyertalk reports indicate that Target is in the process of updating their registers (POS) and that this has been impacting the process of loading the Amex Prepaid REDcard, a.k.a. REDbird. The most conclusive data we have so far is that unde…
    - 1 day ago Jun 30, 2015, 1:00pm -
  • Giveaway, Starbucks For Currency Conversion, Tipping Your Cashier & 110% Price Guarantee
    Huge! The 2015 BigHabitat Craptastic Crowd-Sourced Giveaway Raffle! by Big Habitat. If you want some free stuff, enter this competition. Please don’t vote me the raffle master, I have other things to do! Instead vote for Freequent Flyer. Using your…
    - 1 day ago Jun 30, 2015, 12:00pm -
  • Firstrade Triple 100 Brokerage Bonus: 100 Free Trades, $100 Transfer Rebate, and $100 Cash
    This post is part of our series on IRA & Brokerage bonuses. Every Tuesday we share another bonus with you. The Offer Firstrade is offering a tiered bonus in the form of free trades, an account transfer rebate, and $100 cash (depending on the deposit…
    - 1 day ago Jun 30, 2015, 12:00pm -
  • BBVA Compass Travel Promotion (6% Back on $1-2k Travel)
    The Offer There are three separate offers Compass cardholders are receiving: Via Email: Spend $2,000 in the travel category on the BBVA Compass NBA credit card and receive a bonus of 10,000 points, or $100. Valid July 1, 2015 – July 15, 2015. Via E…
    - 2 days ago Jun 30, 2015, 1:08am -
  • Roundup: Current Discounted Gift Cards on eBay
    We’ve posted most of the eBay gift card deals that have come up recently (here, here, here). Some have expired and a few others have been added, so we’ll just round up here what’s currently available. $50 iTunes e-gift card for $40. Limit 4. $5…
    - 2 days ago Jun 29, 2015, 7:07pm -

Hustler Money Blog

  • newChase 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…
    - 10 hours ago Jul 1, 2015, 6:25am -
  • newWalgreens TCPA Prescription Class Action Lawsuit
    Walgreens is settling a class action lawsuit alleging it violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) after making prerecorded calls to pharmacy customers’ cell phones. If you received a prerecorded call on your cell phone reminding you…
    - 11 hours ago Jul 1, 2015, 5:25am -
  • newIncredible Bank Online Savings Account Review: 1.07% APY Rate
    If you’re looking for an online savings account with high interest rates, consider signing up with Incredible Bank so you can cash in on their 1.07% APY. This is a nationwide offer from an online bank so anybody can join. As long as you mainta…
    - 19 hours ago Jun 30, 2015, 9:29pm -
  • newBuffalo Wild Wings Birthday Freebie Review: Free Wings
    Join the Buffalo Wild Wings Buffalo Circle if you’re interested in their birthday offer for free snack size wings. There is no purchase necessary and the coupon will be good for one week before and one week after your birthday. As a member of th…
    - 21 hours ago Jun 30, 2015, 7:45pm -
  • newTarget Data Breach Class Action Lawsuit: $10,000 Cash
    Did you shop at Target between 11/27/2013 to 12/18/2013 or receive notice that your personal information had been compromised? If so, you could get up to $10,000 from the Target Data Breach Settlement. As long as you have evidence of the dama…
    - 22 hours ago Jun 30, 2015, 6:49pm -
  • newFirst Republic Bank Review: $25 Cash Bonus
    If you live in California, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, New York, or Oregon, you can earn a $25 cash bonus from First Republic Bank. To earn the bonus, simply open a new Classic Checking account, maintain a balance of $2,500 to avoid the…
    - 23 hours ago Jun 30, 2015, 5:38pm -
  • Fazoli’s Birthday Freebie Review
    You can get a FREE dessert for your birthday if you join the Fazoli’s eFamily Club! In addition to that, you will also receive a signup bonus for a free spaghetti. As a member of Fazoli’s eFamily Club you will have access to discounts, sp…
    - 1 day ago Jun 30, 2015, 4:07pm -
  • able Banking Online Savings Account Review: 1.00% APY Rate
    Readers that are interested in an online savings account with competitive interest rates should check out the Money Market Savings Account from able Banking. This great account offers 1.00% APY and has no monthly fees or minimum deposit requireme…
    - 1 day ago Jun 30, 2015, 1:35pm -
  • Life Time Fitness TCPA Class Action Lawsuit: $100 Cash
    If you received a text message from Life Time Fitness from January 1, 2014 to April 15, 2014, you could get $100, a free 3-month Life Time Fitness membership, or a $250 membership credit from a class action settlement. The Settlement resolves a class…
    - 2 days ago Jun 29, 2015, 10:44pm -
  • Best Bank Bonuses, Promotions, Deals, Offers & Referrals, July 2015
    Below is the complete list of bank bonuses nationwide. Read our in-depth review for a complete guide of each bank bonus. Make sure to read all the terms and conditions at the bank's web page to fulfill the bonus requirements.
    - 2 days ago Jun 29, 2015, 8:11pm -

Hack My Trip

  • newAlaska Airlines Credit Card Now Includes Free Checked Bag
    Of all the U.S. carriers, Alaska Airlines has been the only one off the top of my head that did not include a free checked bag as a benefit of its co-branded credit card. Today that’s changing. Travelers with the Visa Signature card from Bank of A…
    - 3 hours ago Jul 1, 2015, 1:25pm -
  • newRound Two: A Better AwardWallet Upgrade Giveaway
    Last week I shared some free upgrade codes for AwardWallet, which I think is a great service. If you didn’t get one, it’s well worth the $5 to pay for a six-month upgrade yourself. Just this week I was reminded that Megan had 60,000 United miles…
    - 5 hours ago Jul 1, 2015, 11:05am -
  • American Express Centurion Studio Opens in Seattle
    Today the new American Express Centurion Studio opened in Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (HT to The Points Guy). Located across from gate B3, it will be open from 5 AM to 10 PM every day and is most convenient for travelers on Southwest and som…
    - 1 day ago Jun 30, 2015, 2:03pm -
  • Using Southwest Airlines to Fill in My First Class Award
    Megan and I are going to Spain this summer, traveling first class on British Airways. It’s shaping up to be a great vacation so far with nearly every flight we wanted — the right dates, the right routes, the right cabins, etc. Nothing’s worse t…
    - 1 day ago Jun 30, 2015, 11:05am -
  • Delta Refreshes TUMI Amenity Kits with Two New Designs
    Amenity kits are one factor that helps differentiate airlines and their premium cabins. Some have partnerships with designers or luggage manufacturers, and Delta is known for its TUMI amenity kits. Starting July 1, passengers in Delta One busin…
    - 2 days ago Jun 29, 2015, 6:28pm -

Maximizing Money

Boarding Area

  • newGreat Deal: 20% Bonus When You Convert Starpoints Into American Miles
    One of the things which makes the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express and the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express valuable is that Starpoints are so flexible. They can efficiently be redeemed…
    - 16 mins ago Jul 1, 2015, 4:12pm -
  • newGet Your Own Free Travel Assistant, Plus an Amex Rumor and Hyatt Grammar
    A collection of the most interesting links you’ll want to see, many you’ll want to click.Continue reading Get Your Own Free Travel Assistant, Plus an Amex Rumor and Hyatt Grammar...
    - 24 mins ago Jul 1, 2015, 4:04pm -
  • newTime to carry on with JetBlue
    If you are a fan of getting your first checked bag for free on JetBlue things are about to change.  JetBlue just put in to motion their plans from last November to start charging flyers for their first checked bag when booking a low-level “Blue”…
    - 58 mins ago Jul 1, 2015, 3:30pm -
  • new7 ways to avoid a painful dentist bill
    A trip to the dentist can result in a big bill you hadn’t budgeted for. Or maybe things have been so tight that after you’ve paid other bills, dental care doesn’t even make the list. While cleanings, check-ups and X-rays have fairly predictabl…
    - 58 mins ago Jul 1, 2015, 3:30pm -
  • newCorner Bakery Rolls Out More Locations to Airports
    Rolls out! I said “rolls out!” Because it’s a bakery. Man do I amuse myself. In any case, fast casual chain Corner Bakery Cafe just announced that they’re gearing up for “aggressive expansion” in airports according to Gary Price, Presiden…
    - 1 hour ago Jul 1, 2015, 3:27pm -
  • newTurkish To Offer Economy Transit Passengers Free Lounge Access
    Turkish Airlines flies to more countries than any other airline in the world. And while their business class hard product and service leaves something to be desired, their growth has been incredible.As you'd expect, premium cabin passengers are well…
    - 1 hour ago Jul 1, 2015, 3:23pm -
  • newNew Month, New Quarter – New Deals to Maximize
    It is now the 3rd quarter which means new bonus categories on the Discover It, Chase Freedom and Citi Dividend cards. Find out how to max out your spending in the bonus categories through gift card purchases and other means.The post New Month, New Q…
    - 1 hour ago Jul 1, 2015, 3:21pm -
  • newQatar A380 FIRST Doha – Bangkok: 500 Euro
    Eigentlich noch immer ein sehr gutes Angebot ...
    - 1 hour ago Jul 1, 2015, 3:07pm -
  • newFlash Sale: Save Up To 40% At Hyatt Hotels In Asia Pacific
    Hyatt is having a flash sale (July 1-3 for booking) for their hotels in the Asia Pacific regions. While we love to use points for travel, getting between 10-40% off of your hotel stay may be enough to induce you to pay cash! Especially if the outrigh…
    - 1 hour ago Jul 1, 2015, 3:07pm -
  • newUp to 25% off Virgin America Flights!
    For flights booked by end of day tomorrow (July 2, 2015), you can get up to a 25% discount on Virgin America flights. Although you must book within the next 48 hours or so, this is valid for flights between July 14 and August 29, 2015. This promotion…
    - 1 hour ago Jul 1, 2015, 3:05pm -

Frequent Flyer Miles 101

  • newJetBlue bag fees start tomorrow; another one bites the dust
    We’re down to one domestic airline with free bags, as JetBlue will start charging for checked bags tomorrow, leaving Southwest as the lone freebie. Mosaic (elite) members will still get two free bags, as will anyone on their itinerary. JetBlue is m…
    - 19 hours ago Jun 30, 2015, 9:23pm -
  • I give up: You should get the British Airways Visa, (especially if you live in the US!)
    Certain cards mentioned may give me a commission if you order them through my site. I thank you in advance. I give up. I’ve been waiting and waiting for British Airways to turn on its 100,000 Avios (the fancy BA term for miles) promo for its Visa…
    - 2 days ago Jun 29, 2015, 9:10pm -
  • Another example of why it’s important to keep an eye on your reservations…
    It’s rare that there’s a problem with a reservation after you book it. Normally, you buy your ticket, show up at the airport and fly. Every once in a while, the airline will change your flight time or plane type and, even more rarely, your flight…
    - 4 days ago Jun 27, 2015, 10:54pm -
  • Foreign transaction fees on credit cards…
    I received a question the other day about foreign transaction fees on credit cards, which I also refer to as “because they can” fees. These fees are just what they sound like: if you make a purchase abroad (or purchase from a merchant located abr…
    - 6 days ago Jun 25, 2015, 5:32pm -
  • JetBlue’s Mint is coming to Boston
    It was exactly 20 days ago that I told a reader that Mint would be coming to Boston when the hellmouth froze over. So much for that, as the temperature just dropped precipitously in Sunnydale; this morning, JetBlue announced Mint service from Boston…
    - 8 days ago Jun 23, 2015, 1:11pm -
  • Boeing Dreamliner does a vertical takeoff at the Paris airshow
    Okay, this is just cool. For those of you who have never seen a vertical take-off, this 787 was awfully impressive at the Paris Airshow. No amount of miles would get me on that plane, though. Well, maybe for a really good promo, I’d consider it……
    - 9 days ago Jun 22, 2015, 4:13pm -
  • About credit scores
    Over the past few days, I have gotten a barrage of questions about credit scores. Okay, it was two, but ’round these here parts, that counts as a barrage. There are a fair amount of urban legends regarding credit scores, and nobody outside the comp…
    - 10 days ago Jun 21, 2015, 11:24pm -
  • Amex loses a case; what impact will it have
    According to the Wall Street Journal, a judge in February ruled against American Express in a case that will allow merchants to offer a discount for using a card other than Amex. The article is behind a paywall, but I’ll give a few basics and why i…
    - 12 days ago Jun 19, 2015, 7:18pm -
  • Hilton: 5,000 bonus points per stay through July 6
    This is why you should read your email on a daily basis. Yesterday, Hilton sent around a promotion offering 5,000 bonus points per stay at any Hilton property, between now and July 6. Make sure to read through the sparse terms and conditions at the b…
    - 13 days ago Jun 18, 2015, 4:14pm -
  • Uber, Lyft, Bridj and the death of the taxi
    I’ve recently become fascinated with transportation sharing services, both because they give me lots of free things and they have, in a short period, so significantly transformed the way we get around. Zipcar, which may already past its peak, was f…
    - 14 days ago Jun 17, 2015, 9:55pm -

Mr. Free Miles

  • newWhere To Stay In Vilanculos, Mozambique
    The best place to stay in Mozambique is in Vilanculos. The small beach town has preserved both its culture and beautiful landscape among the southern half of Mozambique. With several tiny islands stretching off the coast, there are...
    - 4 hours ago Jul 1, 2015, 12:16pm -
  • 7 Cups Of Coffee That Changed My Life
    Perhaps my biggest vice (in the running with chocolate), is my obsession for good coffee. To me, coffee is best completely black without any sugar or additives. And if there is one thing I have learned on my trip around the world...
    - 1 day ago Jun 30, 2015, 10:13am -
  • Mr. Free Miles Is Merging With The Faraway Guide!
    As a brand new addition to The Faraway Guide, I am extremely excited to join this amazing website. After earning over 2,300,000 miles, traveling to 45 countries and reaching 10,000 unique monthly visitors at Mr. Free Miles, I am...
    - 2 days ago Jun 29, 2015, 7:50pm -
  • My Favorite Supplements For Life And Travel
    The vitamin and supplement world is a huge profit driver I have many problems with. So many conventional supplements have false claims, creepy ingredients, and are downright unnecessary. I am a firm believer in eating your vitamins and...
    - 2 days ago Jun 29, 2015, 6:18pm -
  • Lounge Review: LGM Lounge In Istanbul Airport (SAW)
    My review of the LGM Lounge at the Istanbul Airport (SAW) comes with a disclaimer: I spent two hours there after a terrible experience with Pegasus Airlines where, among other things, I was booked on the wrong flight. Safe to say I wasn't...
    - 5 days ago Jun 26, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • Everything You Need To Know About Visiting Mozambique
    Mozambique is one of the more spectacular places I have ever seen. But with such uniqueness and beauty, places like this are typically difficult to get to and Mozambique is no exception...
    - 5 days ago Jun 26, 2015, 10:17am -
  • A Perfect Weekend In Valparaiso, Chile
    Valparaiso - also known as "Valpo" - is sensory overload when you first arrive (in the best way possible of course). The colors, textures, patterns...
    - 6 days ago Jun 25, 2015, 10:56am -
  • Why Bazaruto, Mozambique Should Be On Your Bucket List
    Bazaruto Island is a National Park located off the coast of Vilanculos, Mozambique in the Indian ocean. The perfectly preserved paradise is known for its white sandy beaches, a 300m sand dune, and epic snorkeling...
    - 7 days ago Jun 24, 2015, 10:14am -
  • A City With Style: Valparaiso, Chile
    The eclectic and colorful city of Valparaiso, also known as the "Cultural Capital of Chile"” and "Little San Francisco" is a vibrant jewel in South America that is my latest obsession...
    - 8 days ago Jun 23, 2015, 12:00pm -
  • [Increase] 50,000 Points & No Fee With Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature
    With an increase to 50,000 bonus points, the Citi Hilton HHonors card is a great no-fee option that also has a $50 statement credit - which is pretty easy to obtain. Here are the details...
    - 9 days ago Jun 22, 2015, 3:00pm -

milepoint (Forums)

  • newSeattle MiniDO w/ United and Boeing (Saturday July 25)
    Here's a chance to enjoy a great event courtesy of Milepoint—and all in the name of our continued support of helping others.If you are in Seattle on Saturday, July 25, or can be (use those award miles), we'll pick up the tab for two members of Mil…
    - 1 min ago Jul 1, 2015, 4:27pm -
  • newTeh Penalty Box
    I think it's time for a new Box thread that works. So, here goes.
    - 6 mins ago Jul 1, 2015, 4:22pm -
  • newSPG Hotels Coming and Going
    Coming Soon to SPGHotels that are in development, confirmed as on track to open, and rumors. Please cite sources, if possible.Leaving SPGHotels that have announced their departure from SPG.
    - 46 mins ago Jul 1, 2015, 3:42pm -
  • newConvert 20K SPG to 30K AA Miles
    As posted by the Frequent Miler: http://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/2015/07/01/spg-aadvantage-20-bonus/From July 1, 2015 through August 7, 2015, American Airlines is offering a 20% transfer bonus on points transferred from SPG to AAdvantage. This…
    - 48 mins ago Jul 1, 2015, 3:40pm -
  • new(photo trivia) Guess the city
    Given the success of the 'guess the airport' thread, though this might be a good thread to start. A breath of fresh air, if you will...Anyways, same rules apply. First submission:
    - 1 hour ago Jul 1, 2015, 3:27pm -
  • newDiageo sells Gleneagles hotel to Hoxton hotel owner Ennismore
    Diageo sells Gleneagles hotel to Hoxton hotel owner Ennismore Drinks group Diageo has sold Scotland’s Gleneagles hotel, known for golf and country sports, to a company whose hotels are moulded in the image of Hoxton, London’s hipster district.T…
    - 1 hour ago Jul 1, 2015, 3:11pm -
  • newParis Hilton wants to sue for 'emotional distress' over plane crash prank
    Paris Hilton wants to sue for 'emotional distress' over plane crash prankParis Hilton is suing those responsible for letting her think her plane was crashing in a tv prank.The Hilton hotels heiress and reality star was the victim of a 'joke' by Egy…
    - 2 hours ago Jul 1, 2015, 2:52pm -
  • newDubai hotels now fourth most expensive globally
    Dubai hotels now fourth most expensive globallyBloomberg Business Week’s 2015 edition of World Hotel Index: Cities has revealed that Dubai hotel rates have dropped by 6.4% in 2015, making it the fourth most expensive city in the world for hotel s…
    - 2 hours ago Jul 1, 2015, 2:36pm -
  • newQatari investors acquire St. Regis Washington, DC
    Qatari investors acquire St. Regis Washington, DCQatar's Al Faisal Holding Company’s international hotel investment and hospitality subsidiary, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company (ARTIC) has acquired St Regis Washington, DC, reported Gulf Times…
    - 2 hours ago Jul 1, 2015, 2:34pm -
  • newDozens dead in Indonesia air crash
    Dozens dead in Indonesia air crashAn Indonesian air force transport plane has ploughed into a residential area in the country's third-largest city of Medan shortly after take-off, killing dozens of people.A total of 49 bodies have been recovered,…
    - 2 hours ago Jul 1, 2015, 2:31pm -

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  • newI know it's not wise to pay rent with a credit card if you're charged a fee and not working towards a minimum spend... but...
    Rent: $1906 Fee: $26 Card: Citi AA Plat Select. Minimum spending already met. My question is essentially: When is it worth spending extra money for bulk miles that don't go towards a minimum spend. Sometimes? Never? Give me your theories. submitted…
    - 3 mins ago Jul 1, 2015, 4:25pm -
  • new[Data Point] - PNC $300 Checking Bonus Posted in 27 days
    Signed up for a PNC checking account for the $300 bonus; made the $5000 direct deposit (bluebird withdraw) a few days after opening the account, then also made a bill pay soon after. Within 27 days of opening the account the bonus was posted. The T&C…
    - 16 mins ago Jul 1, 2015, 4:12pm -
  • newAmEx Business Card Sign Up Bonus Loophole?
    So the American Express website clearly states the following for business card applications: Welcome bonus offer not available to applicants who have or have had this product within the last 12 months. Here's my story though: We signed up for the AmE…
    - 33 mins ago Jul 1, 2015, 3:55pm -
  • newBest hotel card for NYC 4 nights this Fall?
    Other than the IHG card (which I currently have with 107k points which I primarily use for international HI stays), what's the best card I can churn for 4 nights in NYC (Manhattan preferably) this Autumn? submitted by crowd79 [link] [3 comments]
    - 1 hour ago Jul 1, 2015, 3:21pm -
  • newTranfering UR points from Freedom to Ink Plus
    I called the CS rep and he was able to transfer my points from my personal profile to my business profile He also mentioned that there should be a place where I an select this option (but was unable to advise as to where that would be.) Any thoughts?…
    - 1 hour ago Jul 1, 2015, 3:15pm -
  • newCiti AA executive card now 75k miles for $7500 spend
    http://www.aa.com/i18n/AAdvantage/earnMiles/beyondTravel/creditDebit/citi-executive.jsp It is possible (or has been in the past) to get the bonus cancel the card and have the $450 annual fee refunded. submitted by thequestion08 [link] [3 comments]
    - 1 hour ago Jul 1, 2015, 3:07pm -
  • newHow are you taking advantage of Discover it double cashback at HS/DS/Amazon?
    Seems like the doubled 5x points at hardware stores/department stores/amazon can bring in a lot of extra flow. Any tricks in particular being utilized? submitted by phrostbyt [link] [14 comments]
    - 2 hours ago Jul 1, 2015, 2:23pm -
  • new20% Bonus for Starwood Points to AAdvantage Miles (in addition to the standard 5,000 Bonus)
    From 7/1 - 8/7, transferring points from SPG to AA will get a 20% bonus. To maximize this, be sure to transfer in blocks of 20,000 points. From AA's website: 20,000 Starpoints = 20,000 AAdvantage miles 5,000 Standard SPG bonus = 5,000 AAdvantage mile…
    - 3 hours ago Jul 1, 2015, 1:57pm -
  • newCC spend bonus and product upgrade
    Good morning, I was hoping to get some insight from others if they have successfully met the $25,000 spend for a bonus of 10,000 miles on any card then requested a product upgrade to do try and meet another spend bonus. Any cards that have product u…
    - 3 hours ago Jul 1, 2015, 1:37pm -
  • newPSA: Discover Card Discontinuing Travel Related Benefits Effective 8/1/15
    Effective August 1, 2015 Discover card will discontinue the following benefits: 24/7 Travel Assistance Baggage Delay Insurance MyConcierge Travel Delay Emergency Roadside Assistance.   Got this in a pdf through my card account messages. submitted…
    - 3 hours ago Jul 1, 2015, 1:33pm -

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