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The Points Guy

  • newWhich Credit Cards Are Best for Building Credit?
    TPG reader Martine asked me on Facebook: “I just completed paying off my consolidated debt and am looking to build my credit, if possible with some type of rewards credit card. My credit score is 694 with Transunion, but 744 with Experian.  Do you…
    - 11 hours ago 21 Sep 14, 2:59pm -
  • newWhich Starwood Hotel Should I Stay at in Puerto Rico?
    TPG reader Drew asked me on Facebook: “I’m going on a honeymoon in April, 2015, and I’m trying to use Starpoints and Delta SkyMiles to make it more affordable. Because of its proximity to Atlanta, I was thinking Puerto Rico might be a good opti…
    - 11 hours ago 21 Sep 14, 2:29pm -
  • newWhat’s the Best Way to Get Airport Lounge Access?
    TPG reader Gagan asked me on Facebook: “What is the best option to get airport lounge access throughout the U.S. and internationally? I’m not a member of any frequent flyer club and have no status. Will I have to buy a pass?” Lounge access is n…
    - 12 hours ago 21 Sep 14, 1:59pm -
  • newAre Award Booking Services Worth the Price?
    TPG reader Todd tweeted  me to ask: @thepointsguy -”Are award booking services worthwhile?  If so, do you have any recommendations?” The Points Guy website actually started out as an award booking service, so before I ever wrote my first blog p…
    - 12 hours ago 21 Sep 14, 1:29pm -
  • Flight Review: United 767-300 BusinessFirst Transatlantic
    TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen took advantage of some great summer business class airfares to Europe this spring to score a cheap ticket to Rome in August on United. Here’s his review of the airline’s flagship BusinessFirst cabin aboard a Bo…
    - 1 day ago 20 Sep 14, 3:29pm -
  • Earn SPG & Best Western Bonus Points, Cheap JetBlue Awards
    Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn up to 3,000 Starpoints for Booking Sheraton Club With Your Amex Card You can earn up to 3,000 Starpoints for every Sheraton Club stay when you book w…
    - 2 days ago 20 Sep 14, 1:29pm -
  • Maximizing Points and Miles on Apple iPhone 6 Purchases
    The day has finally arrived! The Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are finally here. Geeks, I mean technophiles, rejoice! Perhaps you drove past an Apple store over the past few days and mistook it for a campsite as folks stretched out in lines and on…
    - 2 days ago 19 Sep 14, 5:46pm -
  • Targeted Offer: Delta Gold and Platinum Medallion Fast Track
    The airline elite status landscape has shifted dramatically over the past year with both Delta and United implementing revenue requirements and overhauling their mileage-earning formulas. All that has a lot of flyers reevaluating their elite status s…
    - 2 days ago 19 Sep 14, 4:08pm -
  • Weekend Escape to Saint-Tropez
    Summer is swamped with tourists in the South of France, but the shoulder season months are the perfect time to visit jetset destinations like Saint-Tropez. Nice-based contributing writer Lane Nieset takes us on a weekend getaway to this seaside villa…
    - 2 days ago 19 Sep 14, 2:29pm -
  • Unaccompanied Minors: Tips to Help Kids Fly Solo Safely
    Air travel is a bit like riding a bike; after you’ve done it for a while, it becomes second nature. However, the world of airport terminals and baggage claims can be pretty overwhelming to the uninitiated, especially kids traveling alone. So today…
    - 3 days ago 19 Sep 14, 12:08pm -

Frugal Travel Guy

  • newReader Success Story: Married 20-Somethings Traveling in Style
    Over the past year, 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 shar…
    - 18 hours ago 21 Sep 14, 8:00am -
  • Frugal Guide to Lake Tahoe
    Mark Twain once described Lake Tahoe as “The fairest picture the whole earth affords.” Anyone who has taken Highway 89 and caught a glimpse of Emerald Bay would agree. The Lake itself is on the border of Nevada and California, with most tourist a…
    - 2 days ago 19 Sep 14, 11:00pm -
  • Trip Experience: Bangkok & Le Méridien Bangkok
    Bangkok was the one destination in our trip that wasn’t really a destination. It was our overnight stopover point multiple times through our trip. The many overnights took a toll on us, but being able to have those nights in Bangkok at a familiar h…
    - 2 days ago 19 Sep 14, 8:00pm -
  • How to Maximize IHG Points with 100% Bonus Purchase
    I’m pretty excited to be taking my parents to their first all-inclusive resort this upcoming Spring Break. First, my parents have never been to an all-inclusive resort — and I’m sure they will think it is awesome! Second, I picked up all six of…
    - 3 days ago 19 Sep 14, 8:00am -
  • Farewell D. Walden: Chase Sapphire Has a New Customer
    If the only thing holding you back from picking up the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card is the cardholder name in the card art, then today is your lucky day! The ubiquitous D. Walden, who for so long was used in marketing materials, has been cast aside.…
    - 3 days ago 18 Sep 14, 10:30pm -
  • Almost 2/3 of 18 to 30 Year Olds Don’t Have a Credit Card
    The bad advice parents are giving to their children is hurting them not just in the long term but in the short term as well. In all reality, recent college graduates that don’t have any credit cards are getting their degree and the only thing they…
    - 3 days ago 18 Sep 14, 8:00pm -
  • Chronicles of Traveling with a Lap Infant
    This is the first of a multi-part series of articles chronicling our experiences traveling with our baby daughter, Mila, who was born in January of this year. It is not my intention at all to compete with Mommy Points or any other parent-travel blogg…
    - 4 days ago 18 Sep 14, 8:00am -
  • Travel Challenge: Costa Rica
    I haven’t been to Costa Rica, and frankly I don’t know why. Its tropical climate and amazing bio-culture are stand out and intrigue me. I mean average highs of 85 and average lows of 76? Talk about beach weather. During college, many friends went…
    - 4 days ago 17 Sep 14, 11:00pm -
  • When Does it Make Sense to Book a Non-Saver Award?
    Conventional wisdom (a.k.a. the blogosphere) tells us we should squeeze as much out of our mileage redemptions as possible. This involves investigating the best programs for particular destinations, booking premium seats to get the most bang for your…
    - 4 days ago 17 Sep 14, 8:00pm -
  • Seeing the World in a Weekend – Machu Picchu, Peru
    The long extended Labor Day weekend was the perfect window for a trip to Machu Picchu, especially with the great airfares that surfaced over the summer. We were lucky to take advantage, secure that bucket-list adventure and head off to Peru to explor…
    - 5 days ago 17 Sep 14, 8:00am -

One Mile at a Time

  • newTons Of Virgin Atlantic Upper Class Award Space!
    A couple of weeks ago Virgin Atlantic announced some pretty major operational changes, which mostly involved them adding routes to the US and eliminating routes to destinations in the East (including discontinuing service to Mumbai and Tokyo Narita).…
    - 48 mins ago 22 Sep 14, 12:46am -
  • newReview: KLM Business Class 747-400 Amsterdam To Chicago
    I boarded through door 2L, and headed straight up the stairs to the upper deck. After flying the 747-8 quite a bit, the stairs on the 747-400 feel quite drab and confined, by comparison.While the 747-400 is showing its age and the overheard bins loo…
    - 6 hours ago 21 Sep 14, 7:29pm -
  • Air China Awards Bookable With Aeroplan Miles Again
    Last week I wrote about a system issue between Air Canada's Aeroplan program and Air China, whereby award tickets weren't properly being issued. Even though Aeroplan was issuing award tickets for travel on Air China, there was a communication error w…
    - 1 day ago 20 Sep 14, 8:43pm -
  • Is This The Most Expensive Hotel Room Ever?
    You might expect to pay tens of thousands of dollars for a suite at the Burj Al Arab or for a stay on Necker Island, but here's one that might surprise you.Check out the rates for Hotel Shangri La Santa Monica for tonight on Kayak.Yep, that's right…
    - 1 day ago 20 Sep 14, 7:04pm -
  • Weekly Review: September 20, 2014
    In the past week I've been to Hong Kong and back, and am presently in Las Vegas, after a quick hop up to Seattle. That brings the mileage count to over 45,000 flown miles since August 28th.I am exhausted, and really looking forward to a somewhat qui…
    - 1 day ago 20 Sep 14, 4:47pm -
  • Lufthansa’s First Class Construction Duck!
    Since I live in hotels full time I try to keep my material possessions to a minimum, since they weigh down my carry on, and that doesn't help anyone.There are two things I can't help but collect (and then send to my parents' home), though -- Lufthan…
    - 2 days ago 20 Sep 14, 12:33am -
  • Starwood American Express US Open Cardmember Event
    When we think of major travel credit cards, we're usually pretty focused on the concrete benefits of the card -- how many points you earn per dollar spent, how you can redeem those points, etc. And using those metrics the Starwood Preferred Guest® C…
    - 2 days ago 19 Sep 14, 10:03pm -
  • Why Does Seattle Have To Be So Captivating?
    As long time readers may know, about two years ago I made the decision to move from Tampa to Seattle. I had lived in Tampa for far too long, and couldn’t stand it. The only nice thing about it was being close to my parents, who I care more about th…
    - 2 days ago 19 Sep 14, 8:03pm -
  • Las Vegas Taxi Excitement
    I have a love/hate relationship with Las Vegas. It's the worst place on earth... which is why I both love and hate it. I don't think there's anywhere in the world more ridiculous, and less than 24 hours into my current trip I'm already reminded why.…
    - 2 days ago 19 Sep 14, 6:03pm -
  • Check Out This Crazy JetBlue Emergency Landing Video!
    As many of you may have heard, a JetBlue plane bound for Austin made an emergency landing in Long Beach yesterday after one of the engines overheated and there was some smoke in the cabin. Four people were injured, though that was due to the evacuati…
    - 2 days ago 19 Sep 14, 4:33pm -

The Frequent Miler

  • More Citi fun; How to repair a broken phone for free; IHG awesome free nights; and 5 for San Diego
    Random thoughts today… Citi refuses to take my money This is the ongoing saga of my attempt to signup for a Citigold checking account (see this post and this post).  I called yesterday to check on the application status and was told that my applic…
    - 3 days ago 19 Sep 14, 10:05am -
  • Citigold, Citi Prestige. From $400 to 200K. What does $200 + $250 equal? And, a pile of…
    In yesterday’s post (Pondering Prestige. When 30K beats 60K) I described my plan to signup for both Citigold checking and the Citi Prestige card for a combined 70,000 points.  In the short time since then, I’ve learned a lot.  The number one le…
    - 4 days ago 18 Sep 14, 10:05am -
  • Pondering Prestige. When 30K beats 60K.
    Rapid Travel Chai recently spent a fun filled day in New Jersey signing up for credit cards in-branch (read his post here).  His prime target was the Citi Prestige 60K offer.  He had learned about the offer from this Frequent Miler post.  I, in tu…
    - 5 days ago 17 Sep 14, 10:05am -
  • See you in San Diego?
    UPDATE: The San Diego event described below is now sold out, but please see the last section of this post for details about a chance of buying a ticket. I spent the day yesterday developing an awesome new Google Docs spreadsheet.  I had hoped to rev…
    - 6 days ago 16 Sep 14, 10:05am -
  • Into the Nights, or not?
    I’ve been slow to write about IHG’s Into the Night promotion because I haven’t yet decided exactly how good it is or whether it’s worth playing.  Obviously, if you have paid hotel nights coming up, you might as well enroll in the promo.  An…
    - 7 days ago 15 Sep 14, 10:05am -
  • The Spectrum Rewards offer–what is it worth?
    Most credit card signup bonuses follow a simple pattern: Spend $X in Y months and get bonus Z.  For example, quite a few offers are: “Spend $3000 in 3 months and get 40,000 points.”  Some offers are more complicated, such as the Citi ThankYou P…
    - 10 days ago 12 Sep 14, 10:05am -
  • Amex gift cards double or nothing, bye bye Amazon Payments, and a sign of what’s to come
    Hoopla Doopla says “no way” Last week I published a Quick Deal about the cash back portal Hoopla Doopla: “An obvious portal price mistake: 40% cash back for Amex gift cards. Who’s in?”  Their site showed a ridiculously high 40% cash back r…
    - 11 days ago 11 Sep 14, 10:05am -
  • Searching for points and finding a Point Cascade (and a dead PPM)
    Lately I’ve been receiving emails from Virgin America telling me that my 1,500 Elevate points are about to expire.  First I had 90 days left, then 60.  I’ve vaguely noted to myself that I should do something to keep the points alive.  I don’…
    - 12 days ago 10 Sep 14, 10:05am -
  • Exercising the Amex Campus Edition card
    It’s been almost two years since I first wrote about the American Express Campus Edition card.  At the time, I found the card interesting, but there were better and easier point earning opportunities available.  As a result, my Campus Edition car…
    - 13 days ago 9 Sep 14, 10:05am -
  • The many flavors of Amex Prepaid cards
    I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about Amex prepaid cards: Bluebird, Serve, Amex for Target, etc.  If you’re wondering how to use these cards for earning points and miles, here are the basics of what you need to know… American Expre…
    - 14 days ago 8 Sep 14, 10:05am -

Well Traveled Mile

  • Can You Earn 40,000 Miles on the Barclays Arrival Plus a 2nd Time?
    The Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® has been offering a 40,000 mile sign-up bonus after spending $3,000 in three months for a little over a year now. The card was released on the market around early 2013, so there haven’t been…
    - 1 day ago 20 Sep 14, 5:49pm -
  • Earn Extra Miles When You Book Hotel Stays Using PointsHound
    For awhile now PointsHound has become a growing hotel booking website that awards airline miles when you a book a hotel stay. While the perks of using PointsHound have been around and is not something new, it remains a great way to earn extra air…
    - 3 days ago 19 Sep 14, 12:03am -
  • Current Credit Card Bonuses vs Past Highest Bonuses – Apply Now or Wait?
    Timing the right moment to apply for a new credit card for a lucrative signup bonus is always a gamble–bottom line is that you always want to get the best offers. Period. It can even get more complicated when applying for multiple credit cards at a…
    - 4 days ago 17 Sep 14, 3:54pm -
  • 100% Bonus When You Buy IHG Rewards Club Points – 0.58 Cents Each!
    IHG is offering up to a 100% bonus when you purchase 50,000 or more points from now through September 22, 2014. This is the highest bonus that IHG Rewards Club has offered for purchasing their points and could be a great way to rack up cheap points.…
    - 6 days ago 16 Sep 14, 8:44am -
  • How Long Does It Take To Earn The 40,000 US Airways Miles Bonus?
    Well Traveled Mile reader Brian asks “how long does it take to earn the 40,000 US Airways miles bonus?” The US Airways® Premier World MasterCard® is offering 40,000 US Airways bonus miles after making the first purchase and paying the $89 annua…
    - 7 days ago 15 Sep 14, 5:35am -
  • Amazon Payments Eliminates $1,000 Free Credit Card Payments
    Amazon Payments was one of the easiest ways to help meet a minimum spend requirement, but sending money for free will no longer be possible as of October 13, 2014. Amazon Payments, which allowed its users to send or pay another Amazon Payments user $…
    - 10 days ago 12 Sep 14, 10:56am -
  • New Club Carlson Offers: Triple Points, 3rd Weekend Night Free, and 25% Off Award Nights
    Club Carlson just announced three potentially valuable fall promotions that include 3X point earning, 25% off award nights, and 3rd weekend night free at select hotels. This is on top of their recent 3,000 point per stay offer available when you book…
    - 12 days ago 10 Sep 14, 7:11am -
  • Earn 3,000 Club Carlson Bonus Points Per Stay When Booked Through Mobile App
    Club Carlson just released a new promo offering 3,000 bonus Gold Points per stay when you book and complete the stay using Club Carlson’s mobile app. The promotion period is good for stays between September 8 and November 16, 2014. Although this is…
    - 13 days ago 9 Sep 14, 5:50am -
  • Hotel Review: The Stones Hotel, Marriott Autograph Collection – Bali, Indonesia
    Bali is synonymous with this sort of exotic beachy, laid back surfer culture—that vibe is also absorbed by some of the resorts in the area. While in Legian, Bali I decided to take advantage of a free night certificate with Marriott at The Stones H…
    - 13 days ago 9 Sep 14, 5:36am -
  • Top 10 Best Credit Card Sign-up Bonus Offers for September 2014
    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…
    - 14 days ago 8 Sep 14, 10:20am -

Million Mile Secrets

  • newCan You Transfer Points Earned on Any Citi ThankYou Card to Airline Partners?
    Disclosure:  We get a commission for links on the blog.  You don’t have to use our links, but we’re very grateful when you do.  American Express is a Million Mile Secrets advertising partner.  Here’s our Advertiser Disclosure. Million Mile…
    - 10 hours ago 21 Sep 14, 4:00pm -
  • newHow to Downgrade to the Citi Double Cash Card
    Disclosure: We get a commission for links on the blog. You don’t have to use our links, but we’re very grateful when you do.  American Express is a Million Mile Secrets advertising partner.  Here’s our Advertiser Disclosure. Million Mile Se…
    - 17 hours ago 21 Sep 14, 8:30am -
  • newWhat to Do When Renting a Car & You Don’t Have Personal Car Insurance
    Disclosure: We get a commission for links on the blog. You don’t have to use our links, but we’re very grateful when you do.  American Express is a Million Mile Secrets advertising partner.  Here’s our Advertiser Disclosure. Million Mile Se…
    - 18 hours ago 21 Sep 14, 8:00am -
  • Blog Giveaway: $100 Best Western Gift Card!
    Disclosure:  We get a commission for links on the blog. You don’t have to use our links, but we’re very grateful when you do.  American Express is a Million Mile Secrets advertising partner.  Here’s our Advertiser Disclosure. In celebration…
    - 2 days ago 20 Sep 14, 8:00am -
  • $200 in SkyMall Gift Card Winners!
    Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook or Twitter! Thanks to everyone who left a comment and tweeted to win the $200 in SkyMall Gift Cards giveaway. Congrats to: Ben E who commented: Halloween Zombie! You’ve won a $100 SkyMall gift card! @thre…
    - 2 days ago 20 Sep 14, 7:30am -

View From the Wing

Nomadic Matt

  • We Didn’t Listen to Those Who Said Travel Wasn’t Possible
    Last month, I announced I’d be featuring monthly columnists on this website. I’ve introduced two so far and now it’s time to introduce our final one! On the third Friday of every month, Cameron Wears from The Traveling Canucks will be here givi…
    - 3 days ago 19 Sep 14, 1:00pm -
  • BIG NEWS: Announcing the Start of a Budget Travel Guide Series
    Today, I’m incredibly excited to share some big, big news about a project I’ve been working on for the last few months. Today marks the official launch of “Nomadic Matt’s Guidebooks” – a series of budget travel guides for destinations aro…
    - 4 days ago 17 Sep 14, 1:53pm -
  • 10 Interesting and Helpful Travel Websites
    Every day, a dozen new travel websites start up in hopes of making your trip planning easier, help you meet locals, crowdsource your advice, or save money. And with equal speed as many travel websites fail each day. A lot of travel start ups try to f…
    - 7 days ago 15 Sep 14, 11:48am -
  • I’m Off to Iceland
    Next Tuesday, I am making good on a birthday promise. Last year, I created a list of “19 Things to Do Before I Turn 35” as a way to direct my travels. But, when I turned 33 this year, I realized I hadn’t accomplished a single thing on that li…
    - 10 days ago 11 Sep 14, 4:01pm -
  • Why I Became a Solo Female Traveler
    Last month, I announced I’d be bringing monthly columnists to this website. On the second Wednesday of the month, Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse will be here to give you great tips and advice on solo female travel. Her column starts this mont…
    - 12 days ago 10 Sep 14, 1:17pm -
  • The Happiness of Pursuit with Chris Guillebeau
    When I first started blogging, I came across a website called The Art of Non-Conformity. It was by this guy on a personal quest to visit every country in the world before he turned 35 years old. That guy was Chris Guillebeau. I began to follow his ad…
    - 13 days ago 8 Sep 14, 2:26pm -
  • My Long-Distance Travel Romance
    From the first moment I looked upon Paris, I was in love. Paris was everything I thought it would be — beautiful, sophisticated, ancient, orderly, and relaxed. All the clichés were true. As I stared at the Arc de Triomphe and then down the bouleva…
    - 18 days ago 4 Sep 14, 1:00pm -
  • How Technology Makes Travel Better
    A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that I’m bringing on regular columnists for this website. On the first Tuesday of the month, Dave Dean from Too Many Adapters will be here giving you great tips and advice on travel tech and gear. His column start…
    - 20 days ago 2 Sep 14, 12:00pm -
  • This is the Best Thai Food Outside of Thailand
    I’ve left pieces of my heart in many places around the world: New York, Paris, Stockholm, and Hong Kong to name a few. But no place has a bigger piece than Thailand. It was my home for a long time (and in many ways still is). No amount of time ther…
    - 25 days ago 28 Aug 14, 11:46am -
  • Walking Among the Dead at Pere Lachaise Cemetery
    Death is not the end for the residents of Père Lachaise in Paris. Their tombs and graves are gawked at every day by hundreds of camera-touting tourists seeking the cemetery’s famous and not-so-famous inhabitants. The cemetery was built in 1804 as…
    - 28 days ago 25 Aug 14, 1:00pm -

The Hustle Blog

  • 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…
    - 5 days ago 17 Sep 14, 11:00am -
  • After 3+ Years, Amazon Payments Will Come to an End
    Big news hit the manufactured spend circles this week. After more than 3 years of very easy manufactured spend, Amazon Payments will be ending its person to person payment options on October 13, 2014. You can find the new terms on Amazon’s help pag…
    - 10 days ago 12 Sep 14, 11:00am -
  • Credit Karma Now Provides Full Credit Report For Free
    I use Credit Karma for loosely monitoring my TransUnion-based credit score. It’s a free service and it will update your score once a week when you log in. Recently, they have added your full credit report to the list of features. This is a great…
    - 53 days ago 30 Jul 14, 6:36pm -
  • My Biggest Mile Manufacturer – TD Go
    During a time where Joann & I have more miles & points than we do vacation days, I’m looking for easier ways to manufacture these points instead of ways to just amass a stockpile of them. Notice my emphasis is on easy.  I’m not a fan of drivi…
    - 61 days ago 23 Jul 14, 11:00am -
  • Hyatt Updates Mobile App
    I just downloaded an app update for the Hyatt mobile app for Android. I believe the iPhone update for the app has been out for a few week now. From what I’ve noticed, it’s a very useful update. Prior to this update, the app was only great for ch…
    - 76 days ago 8 Jul 14, 11:00am -
  • Bluebird & Serve Increase Daily Load Limit to $2500
    American Express Bluebird has updated their Membership Agreement. Previously, the daily load limit was $1,000 via loading online with Vanilla Reload cards or loading in person at Walmart with a debit/gift card. As of July 1, the daily load limit will…
    - 78 days ago 6 Jul 14, 11:00am -
  • A Machu Picchu Anniversary: Palacio del Inka & Cusco
    TRIP INDEX The hotel was a short taxi ride away and we were surprised that we were already feeling the effects of the altitude. Cusco is over 11,000 feet above sea level (higher than Machu Picchu and surrounding villages) so it may hit you hard! When…
    - 82 days ago 2 Jul 14, 11:00am -
  • Chase Freedom Third Quarter 2014 Bonus Categories Are Live!
    The 3rd quarter of 2014 is upon us so that means new bonuses and maybe some shuffling of spend. As I wrote previously, this quarter’s bonus categories are gas stations & Kohl’s. You will receive 5 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent in th…
    - 82 days ago 1 Jul 14, 3:58pm -
  • US Airways MasterCard 20% Bonus Miles
    This summer, earn 20% more miles with your US Airways Dividend Miles MasterCard. Earn 20% more miles on every purchase you make with your card between July 1 and August 31, including US Airways purchases, up to a maximum of 10,000 bonus miles.  The…
    - 87 days ago 27 Jun 14, 11:00am -
  • Chase Hyatt Credit Card
    Hotel cards are often overlooked in the credit card game, but they shouldn’t be. Many of them have lucrative sign-up and anniversary bonuses. The Chase Hyatt credit card is no exception. In fact, many see it as one of the best hotel rewards cards o…
    - 96 days ago 18 Jun 14, 11:00am -

Frequent Flier

  • JetBlue Gets New Leader. New Direction Next?
    Although it’s no surprise — the rumors have been circulating for months — JetBlue’s announcement that Dave Barger will be stepping down as the company’s CEO on February 16, 2015, still comes as a shock. Barger has been with JetBlue ... Read…
    - 2 days ago 19 Sep 14, 6:12pm -
  • Southwest’s LAX Terminal to Get Makeover
    Los Angeles International Airport, the country’s third-busiest, seems as busy reinventing itself as it is busy hosting arriving and departing passengers. The renovations to Tom Bradley International Terminal are ongoing. And the $300 million upgrad…
    - 3 days ago 18 Sep 14, 6:16pm -
  • Earn Bonus Airline Miles for Radisson Stays
    Carlson now has several solid bonuses on offer for fall and winter stays. The sweet spot: where they overlap. Offer Details Between September 15 and December 15, Club Carlson members can earn 7,500 American AAdvantage miles after two stays at ... Rea…
    - 3 days ago 18 Sep 14, 4:22pm -
  • American Agents Vote ‘Yes’ to Unionization
    Until yesterday, there was just one employee group at American Airlines that was not represented by a union: customer-service workers, including reservations and airport agents. On September 16, in what the union calls “the largest labor organizing…
    - 4 days ago 17 Sep 14, 7:28pm -
  • Spirit’s New Look Is Bold, Brash
    Is there a season for airline rebranding? With new logos and aircraft paint schemes introduced by three U.S. carriers just this month, you might think so. First, there was Southwest, closely followed by Frontier. And this week, it’s Spirit’s turn…
    - 4 days ago 17 Sep 14, 5:40pm -
  • Earn Bonus United, Air Canada Miles for London Flights
    Fall is a great time to visit London. Bonus miles make it even better. Offer Details Between September 23 and December 12, MileagePlus members can earn up to 35,000 bonus miles for roundtrip flights between the U.S. or Canada and ... Read More
    - 5 days ago 16 Sep 14, 6:34pm -
  • Southwest: ‘No Plans to Charge Bag Fees’
    Among the larger U.S. airlines, arguably no carrier has done more to reinvent itself than Southwest. In just the past few years, Southwest has designed and rolled out a new frequent flyer program; introduced a new fare structure; launched internation…
    - 5 days ago 16 Sep 14, 5:32pm -
  • Marriott Nudges Guests to Tip Housekeepers
    As tipping goes, tipping hotel housekeepers is as optional as it gets. There are no reliable statistics on how many travelers leave a few bucks on the nightstand before checking out after their hotel stays, but my best guess is ... Read More
    - 6 days ago 15 Sep 14, 7:15pm -
  • Win 1 of 4 REI Adventure Trips
    Enter the REI “Around the World” sweepstakes by October 3, 2014, for a chance to win one of four grand prizes: 1) a 10-day trip for two to Machu Picchu; 2) a 10-day trip for two to Costa Rica; 3) ... Read More
    - 6 days ago 15 Sep 14, 4:13pm -
  • 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…
    - 9 days ago 12 Sep 14, 9:44pm -

Travel is Free

  • More Travel MEMEs
    Reaction to hearing, “Thank you for being a Platinum member”. The bellboy when I try to carry my own bag into the Park Hyatt   Then the bellboy delivers a welcome gift Revenue Based Elite Status All The Amazing “Buy Miles” Promotions That En…
    - 2 days ago 19 Sep 14, 8:38pm -
  • $0 Trip to Latin America: The Travel Credit Cards
    In case you haven’t been following, the goal with our trip to Central/South America was to do a completely free trip. $0 in travel expenses. Hopefully this will be the first of many trips like this, but this series itself is just on our travels to…
    - 4 days ago 17 Sep 14, 6:46pm -
  • Drew’s Guide to Southeast Asia on Miles & Points
    We’re the type of travelers who want to get to know a place, and the goal isn’t to check off a country and say I’ve seen it when I’ve only seen the airport and the Hyatt. So my experience isn’t a couple layovers in Phuket, but Carrie and…
    - 6 days ago 16 Sep 14, 6:36am -
  • Find Your “Booking Class Code”: The Difference Between 0% Miles and 100%
    Now I’m not one to go around recommending people actually pay for tickets, but when it happens, you need to know how to get the most miles no matter what airline you’re flying on. We’ve got another international mistake fare coming up, or perha…
    - 6 days ago 15 Sep 14, 9:31pm -
  • Remembering the Glory Days, and My First Ever Blog Posts
    I tried to figure out how old my blog is and have had zero luck. The good news is that I found two old posts that represent the glory days in 2011. Reminisce with me for a minute… But first, I’ll share why I think it’s so hard to find … Cont…
    - 9 days ago 13 Sep 14, 3:08am -
  • Best Category 1 & 2 Starwood SPG Hotels
    If you’re familiar with the Starwood SPG program you know that category 1 & 2 hotels are insanely cheap. We’re talking 2,000 to 4,000 points for a night.  SPG and Hilton seem to have the biggest gap between highest and lowest hotels. Albeit ne…
    - 10 days ago 12 Sep 14, 12:14am -
  • Two Bribes (Kind-of) Ruining My Free Trip
    Let me be clear about two things. 1) We have never had a Yellow Fever vaccine, ever. And 2) I don’t like lying, at all… but the stakes were pretty high. If we missed our flight the rest of the ticket would have been cancelled. So let me back up…
    - 10 days ago 11 Sep 14, 4:48pm -
  • 7 Hotel Locations with Downtown at the Front Door
    My favorite part of luxury hotels is not the luxury, but the location. Sometimes the hotels are in grand beautiful historic buildings on the main square and I can’t help but think, “only Ritz Carlton could afford to buy that building”. Also, I…
    - 11 days ago 10 Sep 14, 2:23pm -
  • $0 Trip to Latin America: Booking the Flights
    A little bit ago I introduced our series on doing completely Free Trips with all travel expenses paid. This is our “first trip” since having the concept of doing trips with the goal of being completely free. $0 Trip to Latin America: Introduction…
    - 13 days ago 8 Sep 14, 10:32pm -

Frequent Flyer Bonuses

milepoint (Forums)

  • newThe Community Lounge - Good m/a/e everybody - enjoy your stay with us.
    Good morning/afternoon/evening (m/a/e) everyone - welcome to MilePoint and the community lounge, don't be a stranger, please join in the conversation or just to say.....English - "hello"Arabic -...The Community Lounge - Good m/a/e everybody - enjoy y…
    - 8 mins ago 22 Sep 14, 1:26am -
  • newTeh Penalty Box
    I think it's time for a new Box thread that works. So, here goes.
    - 12 mins ago 22 Sep 14, 1:22am -
  • newDelta Forum Lounge Thread
    Where would DL milepointers shoot the breeze besides the DL Forum Lounge Thread.So here it goes...
    - 14 mins ago 22 Sep 14, 1:20am -
  • newUnited Schedule Change - Flight 3 Hours Earlier?
    United just re-scheduled my flight 3 hours earlier than it was originally booked for travel at the end of December. I went on the United site and found a flight that is a little more agreeable than a 3 hour change. Could I call United and ask them t…
    - 39 mins ago 22 Sep 14, 12:55am -
  • newNew Air Canada baggage fees for Canada, USA, and Caribbean
    This was announced a couple of days ago. To check your specific allowance for a specific flight, you can check here Here is a chart from AC that may also help... note the date that it takes effect for tickets issues and for when travel commences (to…
    - 43 mins ago 22 Sep 14, 12:51am -
  • newDid you not secure a ticket for the FTU Advanced in San Diego? Another chance here!
    Folks,Thank you so much for your interest in the FTU Advanced we're hosting in San Diego on the weekend of March 6th 2015. The event sold out in less than two hours today and there are no tickets available.However, you might be in luck! We have r…
    - 48 mins ago 22 Sep 14, 12:46am -
  • newHyatt Regency - Boston
    I am a new member here on Milepoint and as I was looking through the posts and the property list, it appears that nobody has reviewed the Hyatt Regency - Boston. There are reviews for both sister properties in Cambridge and by the airport. I am sur…
    - 56 mins ago 22 Sep 14, 12:38am -
  • new60k bonus miles for Canadian Amex plat is still alive
    This offer has been in the market for a few months now, and it is still available. It is a good deal if you like airport lounge access + $200 travel credit/calendar year (many people reported got $400 for 12 month period). Here is a link if you want…
    - 59 mins ago 22 Sep 14, 12:35am -
  • newHumorous Signs - best photos
    It seems menus in Asia are not as funny as they used to be. But there are still gems on the menu, on the street, in hotels etc.What are the best, funniest, oddest things you've photographed?This is from Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia, 2008.View atta…
    - 1 hour ago 22 Sep 14, 12:32am -
  • new(photo trivia) Guess the city
    Given the success of the 'guess the airport' thread, though this might be a good thread to start. A breath of fresh air, if you will...Anyways, same rules apply. First submission:
    - 3 hours ago 21 Sep 14, 11:01pm -

Flyertalk MilesBuzz

  • new1st Friday bonus post date
    I signed up for the Chase Sapphire card in July. To take advantage of the 1st Friday 3x point bonus, my wife and I went out for nice dinners on 8/1 and 9/5. I was just looking over my account and see they show the charges on 8/2 and 9/6, and did not.…
    - 42 mins ago 22 Sep 14, 12:52am -
  • newLooking for reward business flights from Asia to SFO/LAX over Christmas time
    Well I have my outbound flight to LHR available on 12/20 to LHR. I want to fly back east and have no problem getting from LHR to an Asian gateway city on the 1st or 2nd of January. I just can't find a saver award in J across the Pacific home...
    - 45 mins ago 22 Sep 14, 12:49am -
  • newMedallion bag tag straps?
    Hi all, I hit silver medallion for the first time, and I am wondering what most people use to attach the complimentary bag tags to their luggage. I recall reading that you could go to the sky club and they would give you a strap that you can use.…
    - 45 mins ago 22 Sep 14, 12:49am -
  • newSYD SkyTeam Lounge - opening December 2014
    Latest update of the delayed opening of the Sydney SkyTeam lounge is now December 2014: http://www.ausbt.com.au/skyteam-lounge-to-open-at-sydney-airport?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=flipper&utm_campaign=home-flipper Will apparently include...
    - 51 mins ago 22 Sep 14, 12:43am -
  • newFare difference refunded?
    I booked a return ticket in Flexi Saver with 1 year validity for HKD11200 from HKG to LHR via SIN two weeks ago. Last Thursday, when I tried to change the departure flight online, the website said I'll have HKD 1100 refunded. I thought it was some...
    - 55 mins ago 22 Sep 14, 12:39am -
  • newWhat do you Consider Essential
    Okay, When it comes to saving money, what do you consider essential, and what's just fluff. I will admit, towels, a coffeemaker and 24-hour room service aren't important to me. What I care about? Decent showers, clean sheets and a...
    - 1 hour ago 22 Sep 14, 12:33am -
  • newBest use of 70k miles UA
    I have about 70k miles in my united mileage account. I am trying to figure out the route from NZ/Australia somehow to Cambodia with stopover whatever in another city with a better class. Anyone has any suggestions of how I can use those miles? ...
    - 1 hour ago 22 Sep 14, 12:08am -
  • newScotland scenery road trip from and to the Midlands
    Hey FTers. Sorry for a vague question, I will try to make it less vague as I go. I have never been to Scotland and I am always a bit envious of the people that go up there and come back with stunning photos. Also I like the idea of having a...
    - 1 hour ago 22 Sep 14, 12:08am -
  • newAC 420 vs AC 490
    Hi folks: My friend needs some help from our esteemed experts on Flyertalk. Here is the short story: E50K, Flex fare, YYZ-YUL, which s/he will use to upgrade to J class. Q: h/she prefer AC420, because it has the pods (A330), so they can take a.…
    - 2 hours ago 21 Sep 14, 11:56pm -
  • newSpecial Dividends -- how soon?
    Question for anyone who has crossed a special dividends threshold lately: how long before you received access to your perks? I'm wanting to give a free trial preferred to someone before their upcoming trip, but am curious if I will even be able to...
    - 2 hours ago 21 Sep 14, 11:49pm -

Reddit r/churning

  • newServe: How often can you "safely" change the credit card that you load you account with.
    If you don't know the "answer" then maybe you could share how often you've changed your credit cards on serve. submitted by saudisurfer [link] [4 comments]
    - 2 hours ago 21 Sep 14, 11:27pm -
  • newWas hoping you guys could help me get home as efficiently as possible
    I have some points saved up, and I'm trying to get back home within the US. Leaving from Seattle, and my destination and departure date depends on a few variables that I'll avoid getting into if possible. I don't have an airline preference. Here's wh…
    - 2 hours ago 21 Sep 14, 11:21pm -
  • newBarclay Reward Redemption - Refundable ticket
    Could you redeem the miles on a refundable ticket, cancel the ticket and keep the reward or would you go negative on points? submitted by throwawaybarclay [link] [4 comments]
    - 5 hours ago 21 Sep 14, 8:52pm -
  • newSelling 2 new Incipio Cashwrap cases for AT&T iPhone 4/4s
    I bought 2 of these from the ATT store when they put it on clearance for $11 a pop. From what I can tell, they are unopened, but since I never opened them or use them, I can't verify for sure. I have decided to go with getting a new phone, so I am le…
    - 6 hours ago 21 Sep 14, 8:00pm -
  • new[x-post from /personalfinance] Interested in opening a new credit card--need advice!
    Hey there, I'm interested in opening a new credit card primarily for rewards or cash back, and need some advice. Let me start off by listing some relevant information: 26, male Salary: $100K/yr + Credit score: 781 (reported by Credit Karma, data as…
    - 8 hours ago 21 Sep 14, 5:13pm -
  • newchecking my understanding of UR points for travel
    Hello! I'm trying to go from BHM to DEN on 11/6/14 and back to bhm on 11/7. I have a CSP with ~50k UR points. This is my first time trying something like this, so please bear with me. Here are my options for current tickets: USair/AA- ~$384 RT +50 ba…
    - 9 hours ago 21 Sep 14, 4:17pm -
  • newWe churned our way to Maldives...
    ...for ~$300 of which most of it was taxes on our tickets. Churning took us to Dublin, Iceland and finally the Maldives! Thank your /r/churning! However, I wanted to see if any of you geniuses could help us out with one last thing on this amazing hon…
    - 16 hours ago 21 Sep 14, 9:38am -
  • newShould I take 25k MR to keep my Amex PRG and pay $175 AF?
    Annual fees just hit on my Amex PRG ($175) and my Amex SPG ($65). For SPG they offered my 1000 points + another 500 for x spend. That's not worth it for me to keep it so I'm going to cancel. I heard somewhere that you can downgrade the SPG to Amex Bl…
    - 24 hours ago 21 Sep 14, 1:43am -
  • New to churning, looking for research suggestion
    I recently discovered this sub a few days ago, and have been unable to stop thinking about / researching churning ever since. I'd definitely like to give it a go, but feel a bit overwhelmed with the sheer number of possibilities. Any advice to point…
    - 1 day ago 21 Sep 14, 1:19am -
  • Hoping for some advice with selecting hotels to use awards on.
    In June of 2015 on approximately the 5th - 22nd, I will be flying to one of the following locations for at least 7 to 14 days of the possible days listed above. NY Boston, MA Florida I am looking for hotels or airline/hotel combo pack bookings for th…
    - 1 day ago 20 Sep 14, 11:45pm -

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

  • Travel Style: Akshay Nanavati
    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: Akshay Nanavati Occupation: Explorer, speaker, ultrama…
    - 2 days ago 20 Sep 14, 12:20am -
  • Reader Travel Tip of the Day: Open Your Hotel Safe the Night Before
    Open Your Hotel Safe the Night Before Each Friday, we’re featuring a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from reader Del C., who builds on Wednesday’s “shoe in the safe” tip by saying: “The shoe in the…
    - 2 days ago 19 Sep 14, 4:00pm -
  • Travel Tip of the Day: Photograph Your Prescriptions
    Photograph Your Prescriptions Back in May, my dad and I went on Windstar Star Pride’s inaugural cruise from Barcelona to Rome. Our first port was Sete, France, a sleepy little French seaside port known as Cette until 1928. The highlight for me, be…
    - 3 days ago 18 Sep 14, 4:00pm -
  • Travel Tip of the Day: Put a Shoe in the Safe
    Put a Shoe in the Safe If you like to use the safe when you stay in a hotel, but worry you’re going to forget you’ve left your valuables in there, here’s a solution: Put one of your shoes in the safe with your belongings the night before you…
    - 4 days ago 17 Sep 14, 6:00pm -
  • Moon Palace in Cancun for TBEX 2014
    Hola! If you’re following me on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter, then you know I just returned from Cancun, Mexico, where I attended the TBEX conference. I landed after a short three hour, 35-minute flight from New York. It was my first time to…
    - 4 days ago 17 Sep 14, 4:23pm -
  • Top 10 in Travel News: Week of September 17, 2014
    THE TOP 10 IN TRAVEL NEWS THIS WEEK: Marriott to Place Gratitude Envelopes in Hotel Guest Rooms Free In Flight GoGo Wifi & Free In Flight Texting with T-Mobile WestJet to charge some travellers for first checked bag Minnesota Man Films TSA Attempt To…
    - 5 days ago 17 Sep 14, 1:30pm -
  • Travel Style: Dana Newman
    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: Dana Newman Occupation: Still working on figuring that…
    - 5 days ago 17 Sep 14, 1:00pm -
  • Travel Contests: Week of September 17, 2014
    This week’s travel contests include: Win 140,000 HawaiianMiles plus two-night stays at The Royal Hawaiian AND Moana Surfrider! (JohnnyJet.com contest) Win a copy of Chris Guillebeau’s “The Happiness of Pursuit” (JohnnyJet.com contest) Win a…
    - 5 days ago 17 Sep 14, 12:00pm -

Doctor of Credit

  • new[NY, MA, RI and CT only] Webster Bank Up To $100 Checking Promotion
    Offer at a glance Maximum bonus amount: $100 Availability: NY, MA, RI and CT only Direct deposit required: Optional Additional requirements: See below Hard/soft pull: Unknown Credit card funding: Unknown Monthly fees: $5-$21.99, all waivable Early a…
    - 17 hours ago 21 Sep 14, 8:32am -
  • Free Money – $5
    Posted on: 9/19/2014   By: Chuck Finally! Something from Chime that’s actually good. They’re giving card-members a free $5. Just use the card anywhere you wish to shop and they’ll instantly reimburse you $5. I received this email, and it seem…
    - 2 days ago 19 Sep 14, 6:08pm -
  • Who’s The Sucker?
    Posted on: 9/19/2014 By: Chuck Debit Cash-back Many of us like to do certain online debit card transactions using our PP debit card. This debit card gives 1% cash-back for non-PIN purchases. 1% isn’t a great number, but it is great for something wh…
    - 3 days ago 19 Sep 14, 10:00am -
  • Citi Bank Launches Two New Expedia Co-branded Credit Cards
    It looks like Citi is getting serious about competing in the credit card market place, this year has seen them offer 100,000 mile sign up bonuses for their co-branded American Airlines card, add airline transfer partners for their Thank You point pro…
    - 4 days ago 18 Sep 14, 5:04am -
  • 5% Vs. 5% Vs. 5%
    Posted on: 9/17/2014 By: Chuck I’m in the market for a new credit card (aren’t we always?), and I was looking into different cards with a high category-bonus, such as supermarket, gas, drugstore … the kind of stores we frequent.  Another crite…
    - 5 days ago 17 Sep 14, 10:00am -
  • Agoda.com Review
    I book a lot of hotel rooms every year, almost all my personal travel is done with hotel points and free night certificates but when it comes to business travel I am able to book my own hotel rooms using cash and then get reimbursed by my employer. O…
    - 5 days ago 16 Sep 14, 8:46pm -
  • AmEx Offers: $5 Statement Credit When You Spend $15+ At Walmart.com
    The Offer Direct link to offer Receive a $5 statement credit when you use an American Express card enrolled for this offer and spend $15 or more at Walmart.com [Read: An Intro To AmEx Offers] The Fine Print Valid until November 30th, 2014 or until st…
    - 5 days ago 16 Sep 14, 3:21pm -
  • Rotating 5% Cashback Categories For Q4 2014 + Tips/Tricks For Increasing Your Spend
    We’re getting closer to the start of quarter four of 2014, which means it’s now possible to activate your 5% cashback categories on cards that offer 5% rotating categories (Chase Freedom, Discover it & Citi Dividend). Below we look at how to sign…
    - 5 days ago 16 Sep 14, 2:51pm -
  • Charles Schwab $100 High Yield Checking Account Bonus (No Monthly Fees, No International ATM Withdrawal Fees + ATM Fee Reimbursements)
    Offer at a glance Maximum bonus amount: $100 Availability: Nationwide  Direct deposit required: No Additional requirements: Must add $10,000 in funds Hard/soft pull: Hard, Equifa Credit card funding: Unknown Monthly fees: None Early account terminat…
    - 6 days ago 15 Sep 14, 4:21pm -
  • How To Reallocate Your Credit Limits With American Express
    Previously we’ve shown you how to get a 3x credit limit increase with American Express (which is useful for increasing your total available credit, which in turn should decrease your credit utilization which in turn should improve your FICO score)…
    - 7 days ago 15 Sep 14, 11:45am -

Hustler Money Blog

  • Alliant Credit Union Review: $150 Checking Bonus
    Those who are an Alliant member, they just sent out an email for current members to open an Alliant checking account for a $150 cash bonus using promo code CHEK002 good through October 31, 2014. To earn the $150 bonus, you must make at least one purc…
    - 1 day ago 20 Sep 14, 7:59pm -
  • AT&T $10 Bonus for Paperless Statements
    AT&T $10 Bonus for Paperless Statements is now available for enrollment if you’re an AT&T customer. You’ll get a FREE $10 Reward card with their paperless billing promotion. This will help you to cut the clutter from getting a monthly statement i…
    - 1 day ago 20 Sep 14, 6:59pm -
  • MileagePlus Dining VIP 2,000 Bonus Miles
    Check out this MileagePlus Premier Members VIP Status and earn 2,000 bonus miles when you join MileagePlus Dining, spend $30 on a single dine, and complete a review within 30 days. Whether you are a new MileagePlus Dining member or existing member, y…
    - 1 day ago 20 Sep 14, 5:34pm -
  • AAdvantage Dining Review: Earn 2,000 Bonus American Airline AAdvantage Miles
    Earn 2,000 bonus American Airline AAdvantage miles from AAdvantage Dining for frequent travelers when you sign up and spending $30 or more on a signle dine at at a participating restaurant, bar or club within 30 days of joining. Then complete your re…
    - 1 day ago 20 Sep 14, 3:26pm -
  • Best Cash Back Shopping Stores, September 2014
    Here at HustlerMoneyBlog, I want to help you find the absolutely lowest price on all items with maximum cash back. You can get maximum cash back by becoming a member from the list of cash back programs below. These Cash back sites give you cash back…
    - 2 days ago 19 Sep 14, 4:19pm -
  • Webster Bank $100 Checking Account Bonus
    For residents of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New York, you can now apply for this Webster Bank $100 checking account bonus until November 3, 2014 when you apply to their Webster Premier Checking account. The bonus has four tiers: $5…
    - 4 days ago 18 Sep 14, 1:18am -
  • AT&T $10 AutoPay Bonus Reward Card Promotion
    For customers of AT&T Wireless, U-verse, Home Phone, or Internet customer, they are now offering a $10 AT&T Reward Card when you enroll in AutoPay. Simply sign up for automatic payment of your bill via credit card or bank account and get a $10 prepai…
    - 4 days ago 17 Sep 14, 4:27pm -
  • American Express $5 Statement Credit for Spending $15 at Walmart.com
    Check out this $5 statement credit Amex Sync Offer for spending $15 or more at Walmart.com good through November 30th, 2014. This is available by syncing your Amex card via Twitter and using your Synced Amex card at Walmart.com for $5 statement credi…
    - 5 days ago 16 Sep 14, 9:19pm -
  • American Express Twitter Sync Offers, Bonuses, & Promotions- September 2014
    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…
    - 5 days ago 16 Sep 14, 7:28pm -
  • Charles Schwab High Yield Checking Review: $100 Bonus
    Open a Charles Schwab High Yield Checking to get $100 Bonus when you make a $10,000 deposit into your account. The High Yield Checking has absolutely no fees with no minimums, no monthly fees, no direct deposit, and free checks. You will get FREE ATM…
    - 5 days ago 16 Sep 14, 7:26pm -

Hack My Trip

  • Is Christopher Elliott Right about Airline Alliances?
    From the desk of the Devil’s Advocate… This might be the most challenging column I’ve written to date. I’m taking on a Herculean task that may very well prove impossible. I’m going to argue a position that’s more controversial and may cau…
    - 4 days ago 18 Sep 14, 11:05am -
  • Participating Properties for the Hyatt 48 Hour Sale Ending TONIGHT!
    Hyatt has another 48 Hour Sale that ends tonight, offering discounts of up to 30%, and as usual I held out posting about it until I could get some more information about which hotels are participating. Without this list, sometimes it’s a shot in th…
    - 4 days ago 17 Sep 14, 7:55pm -
  • Marriott’s Tip Envelopes Are Tacky
    Marriott announced new tip envelopes for its housekeeping staff this week, and the response was covered well in an NPR story on Tuesday. I think it was a bad idea, and I certainly won’t be using them on any future stays. They create a bad name fo…
    - 5 days ago 17 Sep 14, 11:05am -
  • FTU Advanced Is SOLD OUT! Want a Second Chance?
    This morning I shared details on the latest FTU Advanced — a smaller, more experienced version of Frequent Traveler University. Tickets went fast because the audience is kept small — I think the first two had only ~100 people. And after only thr…
    - 5 days ago 16 Sep 14, 5:23pm -
  • Buy IHG Rewards Points for 0.58 Cents Each!
    IHG Rewards is throwing its hat into the ring with a 50% or 100% bonus on purchased points/miles. Now through September 22, you can get more IHG Rewards points when you buy them through Points.com. Because these are purchased through a third party, t…
    - 5 days ago 16 Sep 14, 2:05pm -
  • FTU Advanced Heading to San Diego in March!
    I’m excited to announce another FTU Advanced is coming on March 6! Hyatt is back as the host hotel, and we’ll all be heading to the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay in San Diego. From March 6-8, I’ll be up on stage with four other great bloggers plus…
    - 6 days ago 16 Sep 14, 12:10pm -

Maximizing Money

  • Amazon $10 Promo Code with $50 Gift Card Purchase – Targeted Offer
    Amazon.com will give you a free $10 promotional code with a $50 Gift Card purchase, valid for targeted customers only when you purchase the gift cards by September 30, 2014.Just click on this Amazon Gift Card Promo Link to see if you qualify for thi…
    - 2 days ago 19 Sep 14, 8:10pm -
  • New Amazon Prime Referral Program Offers $5 Credits
    Amazon.com has introduced a new Amazon Prime Referral Program that allows any Amazon customer to earn a $5 credit when you refer your friends to join Amazon Prime.When your friends Join Amazon Prime and make a $5 purchase, you'll get a $5 credit tow…
    - 2 days ago 19 Sep 14, 8:07pm -
  • Fandango U.S. Bank FlexPerks Travel Rewards Visa Signature Card Members 2-for-1 Movie Tickets on Fridays
    Fandango is offering U.S. Bank FlexPerks Travel Rewards Visa Signature card members 2-for-1 movie tickets for any movie on Fridays, starting this Friday on September 19th and running through September 26, 2014.Plus, anybody with a Visa Signature car…
    - 2 days ago 19 Sep 14, 4:50pm -
  • Krispy Kreme Free Doughnut for Talk Like A Pirate Day – Sept. 19th
    Krispy Kreme is offering a free doughnut for Talk Like A Pirate Day on Friday, September 19, 2014.Celebrate Talk Like A Pirate Day with a Free Krispy Kreme Doughnut.The post Krispy Kreme Free Doughnut for Talk Like A Pirate Day – Sept. 19th appea…
    - 2 days ago 19 Sep 14, 4:45pm -
  • $15 iTunes Code for Only $10 via Groupon
    Check out this deal to get a $15 iTunes Code for $10 via Groupon while supplies are available.The post $15 iTunes Code for Only $10 via Groupon appeared first on Maximizing Money.
    - 2 days ago 19 Sep 14, 4:40pm -
  • Make Extra Income at Retail Stores as a Gigwalker
    If you're looking to make some extra money with your smartphone, the Gigwalk app will pay you to perform tasks at various retail stores for anywhere from $3 to $100 per Gig.The post Make Extra Income at Retail Stores as a Gigwalker appeared first on…
    - 2 days ago 19 Sep 14, 4:38pm -
  • TD Easy Rewards Visa Credit Card $100 Bonus for $500 Spend
    The TD Easy Rewards Visa Credit Card will give you 10,000 bonus points or a $100 cash back bonus after you spend $500 within 90 days of account opening, and there is no annual fee.Check out this TD Bank Credit Card Bonus for more details.The post T…
    - 3 days ago 18 Sep 14, 9:59pm -
  • Community Credit Union of Florida $60 Checking and Referral Bonuses
    Community Credit Union of Florida will give you $60 in 60 days when you open a new CCU Checking Account, and when you refer your friends to CCU, you'll both receive $60 in 60 days, plus students can receive $25 after 60 days when you open a Student C…
    - 3 days ago 18 Sep 14, 9:54pm -
  • MileagePlus Dining Rewards Program 1,500 Bonus Miles for New Members
    MileagePlus Premier members can get 2,000 bonus miles and VIP status when you join MileagePlus Dining, spend $30 on a single dine, and complete a review within 30 days.Alternatively, the United MileagePlus Dining rewards program is offering 1,500 bo…
    - 3 days ago 18 Sep 14, 8:46pm -
  • AAdvantage Dining Program 2,000 American Airlines Bonus Miles
    The AAdvantage Dining program is currently offering 2,000 American Airlines bonus miles with the AAdvantage Dining new member bonus, valid through September 30, 2014.Get your 2,000 AAdvantage Dining Program Bonus Miles when you complete your first r…
    - 3 days ago 18 Sep 14, 8:44pm -

Boarding Area

  • newTons Of Virgin Atlantic Upper Class Award Space!
    A couple of weeks ago Virgin Atlantic announced some pretty major operational changes, which mostly involved them adding routes to the US and eliminating routes to destinations in the East (including discontinuing service to Mumbai and Tokyo Narita).…
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  • newI’d Like to Share Some Personal Thank You’s — and Related Observations
    The Samsung Galaxy S5 really does take good photos, even in low light and even with someone at the controls who cannot do more than point and shoot (and isn’t great at holding steady). And Las Vegas is beautiful at night… from a distance. View fr…
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  • newDelicious Delta Dinner Options – The Details That Count For Business Travelers
    Flying back from Vegas at 35,000 feet and getting an aerial view of the Grand Canyon while having a choice of Calzone or Salmon really puts things into perspective. Flying in an airplane, especially with Delta is always and amazing experience. After…
    - 2 hours ago 21 Sep 14, 11:55pm -
  • newExpert Flyer Adds US Airways Awards And Upgrade Inventory
    The Folks over at Expert Flyer recently announced they’ve added the ability to search for US Airways award and upgrade inventory. This is good news when the trend with other airlines, notably Delta, continues to see less visibility to data that can…
    - 2 hours ago 21 Sep 14, 11:20pm -
  • newExpertFlyer Now Supporting US Airways Upgrades and Avaliabiliy
    ExpertFlyer will begin supporting US Airways Award & Upgrade searching and alerting. From their press release: As part of our continued partnership with American Airlines, we […]
    - 2 hours ago 21 Sep 14, 11:17pm -
  • newGrand Canyon Aerial Photos – 35,000 Feet Up
    Leaving Las Vegas we turned east and started to head back to Atlanta. As we passed Lake Mead and approached the Grand Canyon, I pulled out my iPhone 5s to snap a few photos. The pictures below are from the left side of the plane, which for our flight…
    - 3 hours ago 21 Sep 14, 10:55pm -
  • newActual Terms of IHG “Into The Nights” Free Nights Explained
    A few weeks ago, I wrote about IHG’s “Into The Nights” Promotion. The way the promotion works is that each member is offered a set of personalized tasks to complete and, once completed, the member can choose to receive a certain number of point…
    - 3 hours ago 21 Sep 14, 10:10pm -
  • newHello from 30,000 feet (Grand Canyon aerial photos)
    30,000 Feet Above the Grand Canyon National Park – I still get giddy about being to communicate while flying using Internet (in this case, by using Gogo - which so far is working perfectly - on my US Airways flight). So when shortly after taking…
    - 3 hours ago 21 Sep 14, 10:10pm -
  • newAmerican Express Centurion Lounge Las Vegas – the Original is Still Very Good
    I receive compensation for many links on this blog. You don’t have to use these links, but I am grateful to you if you do. American Express, Citibank, Chase, and other banks are advertising partners of this site. I do not write about all credit car…
    - 4 hours ago 21 Sep 14, 9:44pm -
  • newThe Weekly Recap – September 21, 2014
    Time for our weekly recap, and a pic of a really awesome view of Vegas.The post The Weekly Recap – September 21, 2014 appeared first on MJ on Travel.
    - 4 hours ago 21 Sep 14, 9:30pm -

Frequent Flyer Miles 101

  • newJetBlue CEO Dave Barger retires. Here come the fees…
    Having been out of town for a week, I’m busy getting over jet lag and should be back on a more regular schedule this week. Well, it happened.  As expected, CEO Dave Barger announced his resignation and is passing the reins to current president Rob…
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  • A few airline promotions: American, United
    Here’s a few of the better promos that are currently on the market.  You may or may not benefit, but it’s worth registering, just in case. Club Carlson isn’t my primary hotel program, but I do consider it to be one of, if not the, most genero…
    - 3 days ago 18 Sep 14, 3:11pm -
  • Double-dipping with Hilton (corrected version)
    (I have corrected information below regarding the Citi American Express Hilton credit card.  In the original post, I meant to write that you get Diamond status once you spend $40,000.)   I spent last night at the Concorde Opera Paris, the newest H…
    - 4 days ago 17 Sep 14, 2:32pm -
  • WestJet adds bag fees, changes rewards; Is this what JetBlue will look like?
    Today, we got a sneak preview at what might happen when (not if) JetBlue adds its first bag fee, thanks to our friends at WestJet.  WestJet is a Canadian low-cost carrier with an intent focus on customer service (just like JetBlue).  Although you m…
    - 6 days ago 15 Sep 14, 9:06pm -
  • A few tools to help you keep track of your credit history
    I’m a big fan of credit card bonuses as a quick way to earn miles.  In terms of speed and efficiency, they’re about as good as it gets. Having said that, if you plan to open a number of credit cards at once (known as an “app-o-rama” in the b…
    - 7 days ago 15 Sep 14, 12:50am -
  • Airline tickets: Don’t “Set it and Forget it”
    I’ll be out of town for the next several days, so posting will be only sporadic, but I didn’t even get on the plane before having my first adventure. I’m flying for business to Paris on Delta, with the return on Air France.  Until this afterno…
    - 8 days ago 14 Sep 14, 12:52am -
  • JetBlue’s gift, Cheap(er) destinations and the end of an era
    JetBlue sent out an email this morning announcing that they were lowering the minimum redemption level on flights from 5,000 point to 3,500.  The email did have a number of conditions, including days of the week and peak dates, but that is the case…
    - 9 days ago 12 Sep 14, 11:30pm -
  • You can beat the long lines at security (but it may cost you)
    In the Wall Street Journal today, travel columnist Scott McCartney wrote about American’s return to peak scheduling, where all the flights tend to come in during particular banks of times, as opposed to spacing them throughout the day.  By “bank…
    - 10 days ago 12 Sep 14, 5:52am -
  • Let the airlines pay you to shop
    There are airline gimmicks that I like and those that I don’t like.  Surprisingly, the airline shopping malls are among the ones that I do like.  And with only 105 shopping days until Christmas, you’re going to start seeing more emails from air…
    - 11 days ago 11 Sep 14, 12:38am -
  • Starwood Stay Promotion, Southwest Airlines new look
    Starwood Hotels just announced its fourth quarter promotion, called More For You.  For stays of two or more nights, you will earn double base SPG points, and if that stay includes a Friday or Saturday night, (Thursday or Friday in the Middle East),…
    - 12 days ago 9 Sep 14, 11:46pm -

Mr. Free Miles