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The Points Guy

  • newVirgin Atlantic MasterCard 75,000 Mile Bonus Offer
    The Virgin Atlantic World Elite MasterCard usually comes with sign-up bonuses of 20,000 miles after the first purchase and 25,000 miles after a spend of $2,500, with the ability to earn 5,000 miles with an authorized user and 15,000 miles every yea…
    - 19 hours ago 22 Aug 14, 4:50pm -
  • newSPG Weekly Hot Escapes Top Five Picks
    The SPG Hot Escapes is a promotion that offers weekly hotel discounts, allowing customers to stay at Starwood properties for a more economical price. Each week, I will select and feature some of the best deals and options. How It Works The SPG Hot Es…
    - 20 hours ago 22 Aug 14, 3:40pm -
  • newHow To Take the LIRR from Penn Station for a Surf Session in Long Beach
    Lifestyle Editor Shayne Benowitz takes us on her journey as a surfer and to Long Beach, Long Island from Manhattan for a morning session. Want to know more about surf culture in New York? She’s rounded up some rad spots to check out. I’ve been…
    - 22 hours ago 22 Aug 14, 2:19pm -
  • newComfort Inn Bolivar Rome: Family Travel in the City Center
    On a recent trip to Italy, TPG Contributor Jason Steele and his family spent three nights at the Comfort Inn Bolivar in Central Rome. Here’s what they found. Our family loves to visit Italy, but it can be very difficult to find family friendly ac…
    - 24 hours ago 22 Aug 14, 12:08pm -
  • British Airways Launches 72-Hour Hold Option
    British Airways has launched a new hold option that allows potential customers to buy a little time when considering flights for purchase. For a $10 deposit fee, you can now lock in the fare on a flight and put it on hold for 72 hours. If you pur…
    - 2 days ago 21 Aug 14, 6:00pm -
  • Thursday Giveaway: Deluxe Package from Genius Pack
    Like most people, I do not like to check my luggage, and bringing a carry-on means that I will need to be both smart and efficient about what I pack in my bag. Between my clothes, toiletries and other travel needs, space is limited and I need to make…
    - 2 days ago 21 Aug 14, 4:10pm -
  • New York Weekend: Escape to the North Fork
    With summer turning to fall, the time is now to discover Long Island’s North Fork. Filled with wineries, farmland and fresh produce, it’s a gastronome’s dream. Contributor Adee Braun is your guide to the sweet and slowed down good life just…
    - 2 days ago 21 Aug 14, 2:14pm -
  • Hilton & Hyatt Elite Status Beyond Diamond: the Weekly Wish
    Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen continues his series The Weekly Wish, looking at flaws, shortcomings, and room for improvement in the world of travel and loyalty programs. Today’s wish: Hilton and Hyatt elite status beyond Diamond. I tend to an…
    - 2 days ago 21 Aug 14, 1:08pm -
  • National’s One Two Free Car Rental Promo Is Back
    National Car Rental’s “One Two Free” promotion returns today, August 20, 2014. This year’s promo invites Emerald Club members to earn Free Rental Days after every two qualifying rentals or after earning 600 points, and will run through Jan…
    - 3 days ago 20 Aug 14, 6:32pm -
  • Best Travel Credit Card Offers for August 2014
    Sign-up bonuses for travel credit cards are always changing, and as part of your strategy for maximizing points and miles earning, it pays to stay informed so you don’t miss the best deals out there.  To help you weigh your options, I like to p…
    - 3 days ago 20 Aug 14, 5:55pm -

Frugal Travel Guy

  • new4 Ways to Earn Points and Save Cash on Back-to-School Shopping
    It’s that time of year again when the kids go back to school and the excitement over buying school supplies overshadows the dread of the new school year. Whether you’re a student on your own or a parent who is footing the bill for this year’s n…
    - 13 hours ago 22 Aug 14, 11:00pm -
  • newHow to Pack for a 2 Week Trip Using Only Your Carry-On
    We left for our trip on Monday. Sunday was our day of scramble. We had to drop off Austin (our dog) with friends, tie up loose ends, double check everything … and pack. We spoke with family and friends throughout the day and, of course, they all as…
    - 16 hours ago 22 Aug 14, 8:00pm -
  • newRick Takes the Ice Bucket Challenge and Challenges the Team
    Randy Peterson nominated Rick for the Ice Bucket Challenge this morning and Rick immediately took up the challenge while on his fishing trip in beautiful Ketchikan, Alaska. Rick nominated all the Frugal Travel Guy writers: Howie, Ariana, Christine, H…
    - 17 hours ago 22 Aug 14, 6:21pm -
  • How to Search for Forrest Fenn’s Missing Treasure On Points
    Did you know that an eclectic millionaire named Forrest Fenn claims to have hidden over $2 million dollars in gold and treasure somewhere in the mountains north of Santa Fe, New Mexico?  He even wrote a book about it, called The Thrill of the Chase,…
    - 1 day ago 22 Aug 14, 8:00am -
  • Should I Cancel My Europe Trip Because of a Possible Iceland Volcano?
    Katy and I have a trip booked to Europe in a couple of weeks and we have a pending Icelandic volcano eruption possible. In most circumstances I would not be concerned about pressing on with the trip, but shortly thereafter I’m going to Australia an…
    - 2 days ago 21 Aug 14, 11:00pm -
  • Off To College: How to Ensure Your College Kid is Financially Smart
    High school doesn’t teach you about budgeting, financial planning and how to best use credit cards (at least mine didn’t). As we near the end of summer break, kids are headed back to school and college students are off to a new world of independe…
    - 2 days ago 21 Aug 14, 8:00pm -
  • How to Book Air France and KLM With Delta SkyMiles
    As many of you may know, Delta’s access to award availability on flights operated by Air France and KLM is abysmal. There are many reasons why SkyPesos is a term commonly used to refer to Delta SkyMiles and this is certainly one of them. This issue…
    - 2 days ago 21 Aug 14, 8:00am -
  • Travel Challenge: Bangkok
    When I was in college, I had the opportunity to study abroad for seven weeks in Thailand. I ended up missing out on that opportunity in order to take a full-time job at the university. By doing this, I was able to complete my undergraduate degree a y…
    - 3 days ago 20 Aug 14, 11:00pm -
  • 5 Great Airline Credit Card Perks
    Recently, I covered 5 Great Hotel Credit Card Perks, outlining all of the ways credit cards can save you money on your hotel stays. This week, I’m covering credit cards that offer great perks related to air travel. Airline co-branded credit cards a…
    - 3 days ago 20 Aug 14, 8:00pm -
  • I Witnessed the Consequences of Air Rage
    You’ve probably heard the reports of air rage incidents, the proverbial drunk passenger verbally harassing the flight attendants or even worse. While in everyday life the consequences of bad behavior may include getting kicked out of a bar or getti…
    - 3 days ago 20 Aug 14, 8:00am -

One Mile at a Time

  • newAirline Award Ticket Hold Policies
    One of the challenging aspects of booking award travel is that award space is often incredibly fluid. Piecing together an award ticket can be complicated, so my preferred approach is to put the long haul flight on hold whenever possible, then add the…
    - 16 hours ago 22 Aug 14, 7:33pm -
  • newDear Hotels: I’m Not Traveling With The Brady Bunch Or Concubines!
    Picking up on my post earlier about hotels customizing experiences, is there a way for me to explain to hotels that I'm not traveling with the Brady Bunch and/or a harem of concubines?!During three of my most recent hotel stays I've been upgraded to…
    - 18 hours ago 22 Aug 14, 6:03pm -
  • newQantas US Flight Changes
    Qantas has been undergoing some major restructuring lately due to huge losses. The most profitable aspect of their operations seem to be their flights to the US, given those routes still don't see too much competition from other carriers.As part of…
    - 19 hours ago 22 Aug 14, 4:33pm -
  • newHospitality Happens At The Margins
    I think it's fair to say that airlines and hotels make money at the margins.In other words, you have various groups of guests you can "count on," and then it's filling those extra seats and rooms at the highest possible yields that has the greatest…
    - 21 hours ago 22 Aug 14, 2:36pm -
  • newAZAL Azerbaijan All Business Class 727 Between Baku And Geneva
    There are several airlines operating all business class configurations, from British Airways' Club World London City service between New York and London, to La Compagnie's new service between New York and Paris.But here's one I had never heard of un…
    - 23 hours ago 22 Aug 14, 1:03pm -
  • Cathay Pacific New Boston To Hong Kong Flight Coming
    Last August Cathay Pacific made a game of announcing their newest US destination. They said within a few days they'd announce service to one of the pictured destinations, which included Boston, Seattle, Miami, and Newark.Their newest destination end…
    - 1 day ago 22 Aug 14, 10:54am -
  • Lufthansa Ice Bucket Challenge And India Commercial
    Lufthansa has uploaded a couple of cool videos lately that I figured would be worth sharing.The first is of a Lufthansa MD-11 captain doing the ice bucket challenge. Pretty hilarious, though I'm kind of shocked he didn't even take his badge off whil…
    - 1 day ago 22 Aug 14, 4:42am -
  • Virgin Atlantic MasterCard (Up To) 90K Sign-Up Bonus
    I've written in the past about the Virgin Atlantic MasterCard. It's not the most lucrative credit card out there given that I don't find it to be very rewarding for everyday spend, and I don't find their Flying Club miles to be all that valuable.Tha…
    - 2 days ago 21 Aug 14, 11:03pm -
  • Qatar Airways A380 First Class Award Space
    Qatar Airways first revealed their A380 schedule back in late April, when they announced that they'd inaugurate A380 service between Doha and London Heathrow as of June 17, 2014.As soon as they updated the route to reflect the A380 they stopped rele…
    - 2 days ago 21 Aug 14, 9:33pm -
  • Review: AmEx Centurion Lounge New York LGA Airport
    Last week American Express opened their latest airline lounge, which is the Centurion Lounge at New York LaGuardia Airport.It's interesting to see a credit card company get in the business of building airport lounges, though I think it's brilliant.…
    - 2 days ago 21 Aug 14, 7:33pm -

The Frequent Miler

  • A point hoarder’s approach to booking domestic flights
    In the post “Opportunistic hoarding vs. earning and burning,” I described my approach to earning points, miles, and cash back.  I earn opportunistically based on the best available deals at the time.  I wrote: 100,000 AA miles for signing up fo…
    - 1 day ago 22 Aug 14, 10:05am -
  • Is the One Two Free game worth playing?
    Every year National Car Rental offers a promotion called “One Two Free”.  The basic idea is that you can earn a free rental day for every two qualifying rentals. I recently explained why National’s Executive status is worth having, and I showe…
    - 2 days ago 21 Aug 14, 10:05am -
  • Up to 2.625% back for timeshares, fortune tellers, and more
    In my recent post, “Best options when paying for flights,” I listed a number of credit cards that offer better than usual rewards for either travel purchases or all purchases.  In the comments of that post, a few readers alerted me to a new, ter…
    - 3 days ago 20 Aug 14, 10:05am -
  • Discover extreme savings
    Yesterday I showed why I’m excited about Discover cash back (hint: it’s possible to double the value of your cash back by redeeming for car rental certificates).  Today I’ll show an example of stacking Discover cash back opportunities towards…
    - 4 days ago 19 Aug 14, 10:05am -
  • Discover rental car discounts and upgrades
    Lately I’ve been excited about earning Discover cash back.  What?  Cash back sounds boring, right?  Well, it is kind of boring, usually, but not when I’m excited about car rentals.  Let me explain… When I travel, I like to save money, but c…
    - 5 days ago 18 Aug 14, 10:05am -
  • Best options when paying for flights
    The best way to fly, of course, is to redeem points and miles to travel for free.  Often, though, that’s not practical.  Maybe award seats are not available.  Maybe your travel is work-related and expenses will be reimbursed.  Maybe the price o…
    - 8 days ago 15 Aug 14, 10:05am -
  • Quickest spend to real stays
    In the past few days I analyzed options for manufacturing spend in order to earn top tier hotel stays (see this post), and bottom tier hotel stays (see this post).  The former analysis showed that, for most situations, the best path to luxury hotel…
    - 9 days ago 14 Aug 14, 10:05am -
  • Quickest spend to bottom tier
    Yesterday, I published “Quickest spend to top tier stays.”  There, I analyzed a number of options for buying gift cards as a way to earn hotel points.  The goal was to see which options would result in top-tier hotel stays for the least effort.…
    - 10 days ago 13 Aug 14, 10:05am -
  • Quickest spend to top tier stays
    In my recent post, “Easy wins,” I showed, among other things, easy ways to get credit card signup bonuses for luxury hotel stays.  Another option for luxury stays, is to use points earned from credit card spend.  Some people buy and liquidate g…
    - 11 days ago 12 Aug 14, 10:05am -
  • Help solve the case of Amex gift card portal failures
    In recent weeks, I’ve been hearing more and more complaints about cash back portals.  In particular, people have been reporting that they have not received cash back for purchases of Amex gift cards made through portals.  Some have reported seein…
    - 12 days ago 11 Aug 14, 10:05am -

Well Traveled Mile

  • newUp To 90,000 Mile Sign-up Bonus on the Virgin Atlantic MasterCard
    The sign-up bonus on the Virgin Atlantic World Elite MasterCard® credit card from Bank of America has just increased to 90,000 bonus miles. The terms on the offer include several requirements to earn the full 90,000, and simply put things it is more…
    - 21 hours ago 22 Aug 14, 3:06pm -
  • Award Space Series | Part 2 – Maximizing Your Miles Through SkyTeam
    Award Space Series Index Part 1   |  Introduction to Maximizing Your Miles Through Airline Alliances Part 2  |  Maximizing Your Miles Through SkyTeam Alliance Part 3  |  Maximizing Your Miles Through Star Alliance Part 4  |  Maximizing…
    - 1 day ago 22 Aug 14, 7:02am -
  • Flexible Bank-Point Hotel Transfer Partner Master Guide
    To accompany the Flexible Bank-Point Airline Transfer Partner Master Guide I’ve created a similar version showing which transferrable points can be transferred to certain hotel programs. Although hotel transfer options are much fewer than airli…
    - 2 days ago 21 Aug 14, 3:58am -
  • 10% Bonus on Chase Freedom For Checking Customers Being Dropped
    Recently Chase released news that it is changing several benefits of the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card. In case you missed it, the 7% annual points dividend on the card will be eliminated in 2016, but with that comes a positive change. The card wil…
    - 3 days ago 20 Aug 14, 2:43pm -
  • Burning Through 100K Hilton Points for a 25 Night Stay in Argentina
    After having to pass up some of the category 1 and 2 Hilton properties in Southeast Asia I decided to take a look at some lower-tier Hilton properties in my next destination—Argentina. The choices are limited as there are only two Hilton properties…
    - 4 days ago 19 Aug 14, 8:51am -
  • Flexible Bank-Point Airline Transfer Partner Master Guide
    One aspect that makes flexible reward points (or bank-points) incredibly valuable is that they can be transferred to various airline and hotel programs. Simply put, this means you can earn bank-points and transfer at a 1:1 ratio to your favorite ai…
    - 5 days ago 18 Aug 14, 4:12am -
  • Why Now Is The Time to Apply For The Barclays US Airways MasterCard
    The US Airways® Premier World MasterCard® is currently among the best ways to earn US Airways miles. With the US Airways and American Airlines merger going through the card will be discontinued at some point in the near future, but until then the c…
    - 8 days ago 15 Aug 14, 9:02am -
  • 50,000 Miles Now Offered on Three Amex Cards
    American Express just unrolled three versions of their Delta Airlines credit cards offering an increased sign-up bonus of 50,000 miles. To earn the sign-up bonus you will have to complete the minimum spending requirement, which differs from card to c…
    - 9 days ago 14 Aug 14, 5:30am -
  • Should You be a Marriott Rewards or Ritz-Carlton Member – What’s the Difference?
    Although Ritz-Carlton is a luxury hotel chain owned by Marriott, both brands still retain independent loyalty programs and you can only have a membership to one program. With rewards points interchangeable between both programs in reality there is…
    - 10 days ago 13 Aug 14, 7:22am -
  • Top 10 Best Credit Card Sign-up Bonus Offers for August 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…
    - 11 days ago 12 Aug 14, 7:50am -

Million Mile Secrets

  • newBlog Giveaway: $200 in Shell Gas Station Gift Cards!
    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. Emily and I want…
    - 4 hours ago 23 Aug 14, 8:00am -
  • new10,000 Starwood Hotel Points Winners!
    Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook or Twitter! Thanks to everyone who left a comment and tweeted to win the 10,000 Starwood Hotel Points giveaway. Congrats to: Nadine who commented: I like to use my Starwood points for the cash and points a…
    - 4 hours ago 23 Aug 14, 7:30am -
  • newFree 2 Day Weekend Car Rental From Avis!
    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. Via PointsCentri…
    - 17 hours ago 22 Aug 14, 7:00pm -
  • new70,000 Virgin Atlantic Miles When You Complete A LOT of Spending on the Virgin Atlantic 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. You can now get…
    - 20 hours ago 22 Aug 14, 4:00pm -
  • “I Have Been Traveling Every 6 Weeks of My Life for Over 19 Years”
    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. Welcome to the n…
    - 1 day ago 22 Aug 14, 8:00am -

View From the Wing

  • newBuying Lufthansa Miles Cheap, More Qantas Award Seats, and How to Enjoy Vacation
    Today’s frequent flyer news to know: Can you undo a Chase Ultimate Rewards redemption? One amazing benefit of the British Airways Visa is the companion award ticket. Spend $30,000 on the card in a year and a second passenger gets to fly for no addi…
    - 12 hours ago 23 Aug 14, 12:00am -
  • newYou May Be Able to Sign Up for 50,000 Hyatt Bonus Points – Even If You Weren’t Targeted
    Hyatt has a targeted 50,000 point bonus offer out. I wasn’t targeted for it. There are also several smaller targeted bonuses out. I wasn’t targeted for any of them, either. I’ve gotten some reports, though, of customers getting added to the pro…
    - 15 hours ago 22 Aug 14, 9:00pm -
  • new“One Card to Replace Them All” Ready to Ship!
    When ‘Coin’ was announced back in November, an app you’d manage on your phone and a single card onto which you could load your many credit cards… and gift cards.. cough.. it was greeted with a great deal of excitement. (See “One Card to Rep…
    - 17 hours ago 22 Aug 14, 6:50pm -
  • newLEAK: New Bose Noise Cancelling Headsets – QC25 – May Be Out Next Month
    Bonusfeber breaks the news and fortunately Google translates. A video briefly leaked on Vimeo which has since been pulled down. Bose is trying to keep the details quiet and refuses comment. Since Bose is the leader in frequent flyer noise cancelling…
    - 20 hours ago 22 Aug 14, 4:04pm -
  • newBIG! 90,000 Mile Bonus Offer for New Virgin Atlantic MasterCard!
    PointsCentric uncovered a 90,000 mile signup bonus for the Virgin Atlantic co-brand credit card. They used to offer the card as an American Express (one of those oddball American Express cards not issued by American Express). Now it’s a MasterCard.…
    - 23 hours ago 22 Aug 14, 1:15pm -
  • Cathay Pacific is Launching a Boston Flight.. With First Class!
    Cathay Pacific will start Boston – Hong Kong service in May of next year. This is exciting because Cathay Pacific is my overall favorite airline, and their Hong Kong – New York JFK service is my favorite flight in the world. When I first saw the…
    - 1 day ago 22 Aug 14, 11:39am -
  • HOT DEAL: Free 2-Day Weekend Car Rental from Avis
    A week and a half ago I wrote about how you can get instant and free car rental status from Avis and from National. PointsCentric points out that when you sign up for your Avis status you will be given a free 2-day weekend car rental. [W]hen I got my…
    - 2 days ago 21 Aug 14, 11:05pm -
  • The Three Kinds of Value Rewards Cards Offer
    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. I do not write about all credit cards that are available — instead focusing on miles, points, and cash back (and currencies…
    - 2 days ago 21 Aug 14, 7:00pm -
  • United Adding First Class Meals to Flights of Just 800 Miles
    As American and US Airways split the difference on meal service and eliminate meals from nearly all flights under 1000 miles, United decides to go the opposite direction. Scott Mayerowitz reports that United will add back meals in domestic first clas…
    - 2 days ago 21 Aug 14, 4:05pm -
  • How Important Are Elites to Starwood? Uber to United and Hyatt? and Hyatt Bonuses
    News and notes from around the interweb: The importance of loyalty to Starwood: 2% of guests deliver 30% of profit, and over 50% of guests are SPG members. Another underscoring as well of customization to meet guest needs. (HT: Alan H.) In addition t…
    - 2 days ago 21 Aug 14, 2:15pm -

Nomadic Matt

  • Big Improvements to this Site Coming Soon (Thanks for Your Feedback!)
    Back in June, I released my annual reader survey – with a twist. To elicit more responses, I offered a free round-trip economy ticket. Boy, did I underestimate the number of people who would respond as a result! I figured that since the survey was…
    - 2 days ago 21 Aug 14, 3:14pm -
  • 15 Highlights from 8 Years on the Road
    Three weeks ago I celebrated my eight year anniversary of being on the road. On a warm morning on July 26, 2006, I left home for a year-long trip around the world. I didn’t return until 18 months later. I thought I’d be happy going back to cubicl…
    - 5 days ago 18 Aug 14, 3:53pm -
  • Win a Trip for Two to Morocco!
    As many of you know, a couple of months ago I ended my long-standing partnership with G Adventures. We both were going in different directions and they were no longer a fit for this website. What is important for me is to work with a company that has…
    - 9 days ago 14 Aug 14, 11:42am -
  • 7 Ways to Stay Motivated to Travel
    A motivated person can achieve anything they set their mind to. But how does one stay motivated, especially to travel, when you are busy working and living life while your family and friends disparage your ideas, you’re overwhelmed planning your tr…
    - 12 days ago 11 Aug 14, 2:17pm -
  • How to Find the Perfect Apartment on Sites Like Airbnb
    I used to hate renting apartments from websites like Airbnb, Wimdu, Homeaway, or Roomorama. As a solo traveler, I preferred the social atmosphere of hostels. It was simply easier to meet other people. And when I did want something other than a hostel…
    - 23 days ago 31 Jul 14, 4:16pm -
  • A Reminder to Roll with the Punches
    Bonjour from Paris! Today, I start my next European group tour. For two weeks, I’ll be taking twelve readers to some of my favorite bars, restaurants, and locations around Western Europe. We start in Paris, a city I can’t get enough of. My countl…
    - 26 days ago 28 Jul 14, 3:35pm -
  • Life on the Road as a Gay Couple
    One things we haven’t focused on this site is LGBT travel and, as we bring in a wider range of reader interviews, I wanted to highlight LGBT readers as I’m curious learn about their experiences traveling around the world, as many countries have h…
    - 33 days ago 21 Jul 14, 3:35pm -
  • 22 Ways to Save Money in Paris
    Uncorking a bottle of French wine on a sunny day, spreading Brie on a baguette, gazing out on the Paris skyline in front of the Sacré-Coeur in Montmartre – to me, that is the perfect day. Paris is one of my favorite cities in the world thanks to i…
    - 37 days ago 17 Jul 14, 4:21pm -
  • Help Stop the Promotion of Unethical Tourism (Boycott TBEX!)
    Every year, a travel bloggers conference called TBEX is held in North America. I’ve gone many times. This year, the conference is being held in Cancun, Mexico and, as part of the offering of pre-conference activities, they are offering dolphin enco…
    - 40 days ago 14 Jul 14, 4:09pm -
  • How to Hack a Free Trip Around the World: 2014 Edition
    Travel hacking is a constantly changing world – tips, tricks, and advice that worked even a few months ago can suddenly be obsolete. Deals come and go, programs change, credit cards come and go, ways to game the system end as new ones begin, bank r…
    - 44 days ago 10 Jul 14, 4:06pm -

The Hustle Blog

  • 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…
    - 24 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…
    - 31 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…
    - 46 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…
    - 48 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…
    - 52 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…
    - 53 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…
    - 57 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…
    - 66 days ago 18 Jun 14, 11:00am -
  • Chase Freedom 3rd Quarter Bonus Categories – Sign Up!
    You can now activate your Chase Freedom credit cards to earn 5 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent in these 2 bonus categories: Gas stations Kohl’s The 3rd quarter bonus categories will run from July 1 – September 30, 2014. Ways to Leverag…
    - 69 days ago 15 Jun 14, 11:00am -
  • Earning United Miles Just Went Revenue-Based
    Well, United has just gone the way of Delta with their announcement today. Starting March 1, 2015, United will change the way you earn frequent flyer miles. The distance flown will no longer matter; United will soon reward its biggest spenders (whic…
    - 73 days ago 11 Jun 14, 11:00am -

Frequent Flier

  • newRecap: 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…
    - 12 hours ago 23 Aug 14, 12:12am -
  • newUber Poised to Dominate the Car-Share Space
    Bigger isn’t always better. But it’s usually better than being smaller. And in business, a key measure of size is ubiquity. There are plenty of other online payment apps out there, but PayPal rules. It’s not inherently superior to the ... Read…
    - 18 hours ago 22 Aug 14, 5:28pm -
  • The Beginning of the End for JetBlue as We Know It
    As of earlier this week, JetBlue’s share price had soared 49 percent for the year. According to TheStreet, that outsized spike was largely attributable to institutional investors’ and analysts’ faith that Dave Barger, the airline’s CEO, will…
    - 2 days ago 21 Aug 14, 6:16pm -
  • National’s ‘One-Two-Free’ Promotion Is Back
    For the fourth straight year, National Car Rental is running its “One-Two-Free” promotion. In this case, repetition is a good thing. Offer Details Between August 20, 2014, and January 31, 2015, members of National’s Emerald Club will earn 600 p…
    - 2 days ago 21 Aug 14, 3:41pm -
  • Is Perfume the Antidote to Stinky Air Travel?
    In what is being characterized as a move to make air travel appealing to all the senses, Iberia is introducing a custom-designed scent into its aircraft cabins. The aroma, dubbed Mediterraneo, has three layers, according to a report by Skift: ... Rea…
    - 3 days ago 20 Aug 14, 6:14pm -
  • The World’s 7 Most Entertaining Airports
    Refreshingly, TravelAge West’s “7 Top Airports Around the World” doesn’t purport to reveal a scientific truth. No surveys were conducted, no numbers were crunched. Rather, it’s the publication’s own take on what a few airports have done t…
    - 3 days ago 20 Aug 14, 4:30pm -
  • Airline Loyalty? Not Much!
    Do airline loyalty schemes actually foster loyalty among the programs’ millions of members? According to a new poll, conducted for TheStreet by GfK and reported on by Business Traveler, a solid 63 percent of Americans have no loyalty to any ... Rea…
    - 4 days ago 19 Aug 14, 7:52pm -
  • Hyatt’s Fall Promotion – Nice but Not for Everyone
    Unlike an almost identical promotion that Hyatt ran a year ago, the hotel’s fall 2014 bonus offer is targeted. In other words, only Gold Passport members who meet certain criteria are eligible to receive the bonus points. Offer Details Between ...…
    - 4 days ago 19 Aug 14, 5:20pm -
  • Win a 3-Night Trip for 2 to London
    Enter the Lucky Magazine “London Trip” sweepstakes by October 20, 2014, for a chance to win the grand prize: a three-night trip to London for two, including air, hotel, luggage set, and shopping sprees. To enter, provide the requested information…
    - 5 days ago 18 Aug 14, 4:42pm -
  • 48 Hours Only: JetBlue Award Discount
    JetBlue has recently been among the most aggressive airlines in offering discounts on award travel. That’s the good news. The bad news: The discounts, this latest one included, have all been flash sales, giving TrueBlue members as little as 48 ...…
    - 5 days ago 18 Aug 14, 3:45pm -

Travel is Free

  • Pre-Introducting: Our Complete Free Trip Series
    This is the pre-post of the post explaining my first series on a completely free trip. $0 in hotels. $0 in airlines (+ $0 in taxes and fuel surcharges). This takes free travel from a theory to real life examples. We’ll show what every flight and ev…
    - 3 days ago 20 Aug 14, 5:33am -
  • Complete Map of Starwood (SPG) Hotels
    Here is the Complete Map of Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Hotels. Check the other Complete Maps Here, like IHG and Club Carlson. (Click in the top right corner for full screen) Standard SPG Award Nights: Category 1 = 3,000 points (2,000 on weekend…
    - 4 days ago 19 Aug 14, 5:08am -
  • Maximizing The Southwest Companion Pass
    The Southwest Companion Pass is [arguably] the best value two credit cards can get you. I mean, anytime you fly, one person gets to fly with you for free! Doesn’t matter if you paid in points or cash, the second person’s flight is free. This Comp…
    - 5 days ago 18 Aug 14, 5:34am -
  • The Brokest We Were in 3 Examples
    It was not so long ago, and yet it was. See shortly after getting married we had a freaking ton of miles and decided to do a year of travel. We went across the world but towards the end of that year, our funds were completely dry. So all our … Con…
    - 7 days ago 16 Aug 14, 3:53am -
  • MSing for Hotels
    I don’t write about the details of MS. I write about using miles. However, I do think about MS in terms of redemptions. Like when I hear how much a hotel costs in points, I tend to think, “that would be like x runs to the grocery store”. Co-Br…
    - 10 days ago 13 Aug 14, 3:20am -
  • Cheapest Ways to Get to Hawaii Using Miles
    Everyone wants to know the cheapest miles to get to Hawaii. Doing the usual, I decided to make a chart of airline prices to Hawaii. This will show how many miles it takes to get to Hawaii on each airline, and which credit cards will get these mile…
    - 11 days ago 12 Aug 14, 3:40am -
  • Overwater Bungalows with Hotel Points [Infographic]
    What are all the Overwater Bungalows that can be booked with points? How can you earn the points? How much does it cost to upgrade? And, how can I get status to increase the chance of a freebee upgrade? This infographic shows it all (including what t…
    - 12 days ago 11 Aug 14, 4:18am -
  • Complete Map of Club Carlson Hotels
    Anxious to get out my second complete map (the first is IHG here), Club Carlson was the voted next release. This is every Club Carlson hotel viewable by category. Enjoy. (Click in the top right corner for full screen) Category 1 = 9,000 points Categ…
    - 14 days ago 9 Aug 14, 3:38pm -
  • Best Use of Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Miles
    Another new Citi transfer is Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer. It’s mostly noted for being the way of using miles to fly Singapore Airlines suites (with the double bed). But I tried to dig a little deeper and find some of the other highlights of the…
    - 17 days ago 6 Aug 14, 3:27am -

Frequent Flyer Bonuses

milepoint (Forums)

  • newIs TAP leaving Star?
    Last week I would have been able to book reward travel on United using a TAP flight. Today I tried to book it and get a message as follows: Due to rapidly changing partner availability the following flights are no longer available. Please choose ano…
    - 9 mins ago 23 Aug 14, 11:42am -
  • newTeh Penalty Box
    I think it's time for a new Box thread that works. So, here goes.
    - 12 mins ago 23 Aug 14, 11:39am -
  • 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…
    - 12 mins ago 23 Aug 14, 11:39am -
  • newWhat’s Wrong with United Continental?
    This article describes some of the business problems that exist at United Airlines. According to the author, they include a structural deficiency relative to peers, a result of an overly large network and airplanes that are not optimized for the rou…
    - 54 mins ago 23 Aug 14, 10:57am -
  • newMalbec Spotting
    This thread is for listing of good Malbecs found outside of Argentina... maybe we can include mail order bottles as well. I'll try to update this main post with an ongoing list. Gaucho is not allowed to scoff at our inevitably sub-par selections.
    - 2 hours ago 23 Aug 14, 10:19am -
  • newAA Chat/Lounge Thread
    Just figured we'd start one where people can easily pass a few minutes in between other tasks or ask a quick question without worry of search etc.
    - 2 hours ago 23 Aug 14, 10:17am -
  • 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:
    - 2 hours ago 23 Aug 14, 9:44am -
  • new(photo trivia) Guess the airport
    MP doesn't feel complete without it so here's a guessing game with some easy rules.In a nutshell one member posts a photo of an airport and everybody else has to guess the airport name/location.Obviously the photo shall not reveal too much informat…
    - 2 hours ago 23 Aug 14, 9:38am -
  • newGood news?
    Royal Ambassador Criteria: Royal Ambassador status is by invitation only. To qualify for invitation to Royal Ambassador status, an Ambassador member must: During their membership year, stay at least 60 qualifying nights in any IHG® properties inclu…
    - 2 hours ago 23 Aug 14, 9:37am -
  • new[JMB Forum Diamond Premier Lounge] The JAL Forum Conversational Thread
    Everyone the JMB Forum Diamond Premier Lounge is open for business As a tradition of the JMB forum, people like going OT all the time and therefore we have this lounge thread. But since this is an upgrade of FT, our conversational thread has been u…
    - 2 hours ago 23 Aug 14, 9:21am -

Flyertalk MilesBuzz

  • newAMS to MSP GUC upgrade chances
    I was just wondering if anyone has had any experience with using GUCs on this route. Does the plane typically go out full up front?
    - 2 hours ago 23 Aug 14, 10:14am -
  • newNovember - where to go for a honeymoon?
    Hi, We are looking for a great holiday destination in November. Which Island would you recommend in terms of good weather? We don't need night life, rather looking for sunny weather and nice beaches. We only have time in November to enjoy our...
    - 2 hours ago 23 Aug 14, 10:08am -
  • newOK - So what am I doing wrong
    I have now tried three different bookings and cannot ever see the Hold Your Flight option. I have tried to and fro IST, BCN, and now NCE - I have tried in different classes just to see and the option never is presented. What am I doing wrong - I..…
    - 2 hours ago 23 Aug 14, 9:37am -
  • newCan I stand by or SDC to shorten a layover on an award ticket?
    I'm thinking of booking an award ticket UIO-IAH-LAS. There are two flights from IAH-LAS three and six hours after the flight from UIO lands in IAH, but no award availability on these two flights. The earliest award availability from IAH-LAS is 9.…
    - 2 hours ago 23 Aug 14, 9:29am -
  • newBuying non-£ tickets with BA Premium Plus Amex - Raffles?
    All, I apologise if this has been asked/debated before, but do people think it is worth buying non-£ tickets with your Premium Plus Amex? By way of example, I have just bought 2x ex-EU (Oslo to Sydney) tickets in Club (going via HongKong and..…
    - 3 hours ago 23 Aug 14, 8:58am -
  • newAdding One Way Dom. Segment
    Due to a change in plans, have to continue to YEG from YVR, after arriving from overseas. Currently have HKG - YVR booked. Long day and am brain dead right now..... Can I add a segment, or am I best to book the one way and join things up. .…
    - 3 hours ago 23 Aug 14, 8:51am -
  • newICs with space for children
    Apologies for using this topic when I'm not a contributor at all. I've asked IC via twitter and via chat but with no luck so I'll ask the experts now... I am one of the 'pretend' AMB in that I only sign up for the weekend certificate as I've...
    - 3 hours ago 23 Aug 14, 8:45am -
  • newRedeeming JP Miles on 9W and partner
    Does anybody know whether JP Miles can be redeemed in a single itinerary (in order to get through check in) where one flight is on 9W international and other flight is a partner airline. Both redemption bookings. Jet call center agent said this...
    - 3 hours ago 23 Aug 14, 8:45am -
  • newMan with Giraffe in London
    Bit of a fun thread for sitings of people with their stuffed giraffes. I had to rub my eyes earlier on the London Underground today... A diamond member with his Giraffe was headed towards Hilton Islington! Couldn't help but smile at seeing a 5...
    - 3 hours ago 23 Aug 14, 8:39am -
  • newWhen to book?
    Hi everyone, I apologize in advance but I swear, I couldn't locate an existing thread to bring this up :) To make a long story short, I'll be spending a part of my next vacation with a close friend of mine in Czech Republic. Air Transat...
    - 3 hours ago 23 Aug 14, 8:35am -

Reddit r/churning

  • newBarclay Arrival Plus World actually gives 2.24% rewards?
    Hey all, So every site likes to say that the BAPW gives 2.2% back but I think we have all missed a small detail: the travel expense itself gives miles even after being paid for using miles. Simple hypothetical: 25$ Travel expense, gives me 50 miles.…
    - 7 hours ago 23 Aug 14, 4:38am -
  • new9 months of credit cards/churning: Possible next steps?
    Hi, (Using a throwaway because of all of the personal data) I'm originally from Germany and I've been living in the US for 9 months by now. I got into the whole credit card / churning area and I really enjoy reading about it. So far, I was able to ge…
    - 12 hours ago 23 Aug 14, 12:19am -
  • newBest reward points to use for travel within the USA?
    I'm based out of Dallas (DFW and DAL), from what I've been seeing Southwest Rapid Rewards and Avios (and partners) provide the best value. Am I missing other airlines that would be useful in getting? I sometimes travel to San Fran, Chicago, DC, Miami…
    - 17 hours ago 22 Aug 14, 7:16pm -
  • newApplying for multiple AmEx cards from targeted offers?
    Sorry to constantly bring it up, but I got my first AmEx card through a targeted offer a month ago, the 150k AmEx Business Plat offer. This week I received two more offers: 100k Plat and 75k Business Gold. The offers expire less than 90 days from op…
    - 19 hours ago 22 Aug 14, 5:06pm -
  • newChase Freedom Changes
    submitted by zodiacs [link] [1 comment]
    - 20 hours ago 22 Aug 14, 4:09pm -
  • newUsing Miles or Cash? (67.5k AA Miles vs. $950 Cash)
    Hello All, I'm, planning a trip to southeast asia from NY this december and am wondering if i should be using my miles or cash to pay for the trip. I've heard that using miles when i am able to get over 1.7 cents per mile of value is worth it, howeve…
    - 21 hours ago 22 Aug 14, 3:05pm -
  • newHoping for advice.. best way to spend AMEX points?
    I've got a few frequent flier cards, Miles&More with ~33k, Avios with ~8k and Flying Blue ~4k. I can use the 35k AMEX points to give me a rebate on my bill which amounts to about £160 or I can transfer to them to Avios for 1 to 1 mapping. Wondering…
    - 21 hours ago 22 Aug 14, 3:02pm -
  • newMiles and Refunded Purchases
    This is probably a dumb question but I was curious how this would work. Let's say I need 2000 miles to get to the balance I need for an award trip on United, and I use my United Explorer card to buy a refundable flight that is 3 months away. I get my…
    - 22 hours ago 22 Aug 14, 2:07pm -
  • 5% cashback card on all grocery store purchases for 90 days, might be good for churning visa gift cards.
    submitted by Squeezer99 [link] [9 comments]
    - 1 day ago 22 Aug 14, 5:49am -
  • "I have not been denied credit by Chase within the last 6 months."
    I've seen this checkbox on some (not all) Chase card applications. Does getting denied by Chase effectively preclude you from getting these cards for the next 6 months? I searched on this topic and couldn't find much. Has anyone had to check this box…
    - 1 day ago 22 Aug 14, 5:15am -

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

  • newWhy You Need an Aegean Cruise
    This is part 2 in Caitlin Martin’s recap of her 7-day Aegean adventure with Louis Cruises. Check out part 1 here, and tune in next week for part 3! Are you a cultural junkie but yearning for some relaxation? Do you want to experience some local o…
    - 12 hours ago 23 Aug 14, 12:03am -
  • newAdventure and solitude at the JW Marriott Guanacaste in Costa Rica, in words and pictures
    For years I’ve heard stories describing Costa Rica and all it has to offer and for years, I’ve been eager to experience a particular region of this country. Recently my quest to visit Central America came to fruition and Guanacaste, Costa Rica di…
    - 17 hours ago 22 Aug 14, 7:16pm -
  • newReader Travel Tip of the Day: Canada + Your Global Entry Card
    Canada + Your Global Entry Card Each Friday, we’re featuring a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from Corey of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, who says: “If you’re going to Canada and back to the US and have Globa…
    - 20 hours ago 22 Aug 14, 3:59pm -
  • newTravel Style: Brian David Bruns
    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: Brian David Bruns Occupation: Author, Sometimes Publis…
    - 23 hours ago 22 Aug 14, 1:00pm -
  • British Airways Customers Can Now Pay $10 To Hold Their Flight Bookings
    British Airways announced today that anyone searching for airline deals on BA.com will now be able to hold their flights for up to 72 hours with a deposit of $10. This new option gives customers the time and flexibility to make sure they’re happy w…
    - 1 day ago 22 Aug 14, 8:34am -
  • Travel Tip of the Day: Don’t Follow the Crowd when Crossing the Street
    Don’t Follow the Crowd when Crossing the Street While in New York City last week I saw some tourists almost get killed because they weren’t paying attention and crossed the street when the person in front of them did. That was almost a huge mista…
    - 2 days ago 21 Aug 14, 4:00pm -
  • Travel Tip of the Day: Last-Night Phone Charging
    Last-Night Phone Charging I’m sure one of the most common things travelers leave behind in their hotel room is their phone charger. I used to be that person, too. Now when I charge my phone on my last night in a hotel room, I put my carry-on bag n…
    - 3 days ago 20 Aug 14, 5:51pm -
  • The Tuscany Hotel in New York City
    These days all the major hotel chains are getting so big and dominant that it’s starting to affect my purchasing decisions—and I’m probably not the only one. And that’s a huge mistake. I admit I often have to remind myself that it’s okay to…
    - 3 days ago 20 Aug 14, 4:17pm -

Doctor of Credit

  • UPS Data Breach Affects Over 100,000
    In recent news, 51 UPS Stores across 24 states were affected by a data breach between January 2014 and August 2014. UPS is quick to point out that this is just 1% of all UPS Stores. Approximately 105,000 customer transactions were effected, much less…
    - 1 day ago 22 Aug 14, 10:15am -
  • Booking.com Offering $14 Cashback Via TopCashBack
    Note: If you sign up to topcashback using our link and earn $10 in cash back, then we will also earn $10 as a referral bonus. You don’t have to use our link, but we appreciate you doing so. The Offer Receive $14 cash back when you make a consumer r…
    - 1 day ago 22 Aug 14, 3:32am -
  • BoA Virgin Atlantic Credit Card Now Offering Up To 75k Miles + 15k Anniversary
    The Offer Direct link to offer Receive up to 75,000 Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles when you sign up for the Virgin Atlantic World Elite MasterCard® credit card from Bank of America. Sign up bonus is broken down as follows: 20,000 miles after fir…
    - 1 day ago 22 Aug 14, 3:07am -
  • Walgreens Deal: $5 Walgreens Gift Card when you buy 2 Vanilla Gift Cards 8/24-30
    While Vanilla gift cards may not be the flavor of the month due to technical difficulties at Walmart in recent months, a half price activation fee is an inciting offer to pick up a few.   The Offer Starting 8/24/14 Walgreens is running a sale on Van…
    - 2 days ago 21 Aug 14, 11:20pm -
  • Amazon Local Register – 1.75% Payment Processing Fee
    There’s a lot of talk recently about a new payment-processing service which Amazon is rolling out, and its possible use for manufacturing spend. Amazon Local Register Amazon is offering to be the local cash-register of your business. Until now Ama…
    - 2 days ago 21 Aug 14, 10:30am -
  • Catalina Coupon: $10 Off $10 Coupon When You Purchase A $100 American Express Gift Card At Safeway/Vons
    The Offer Purchase a $100 American Express gift card and receive a Catalina coupon for $10 off your next purchase of $10 or more (note: in the past they’ve been known to change the promotion half way through and the coupon changes from $10 off $10+…
    - 2 days ago 21 Aug 14, 2:33am -
  • Free LEGO On The First Tuesday Every Month [Ages 6 to 14 Only]
    The Offer Direct link to offer Visit your local LEGO store [store locator] on the first Tuesday of every month and you can learn how to build a mini model, you also get to keep the mini model as well for free! The Fine Print Event only open to childr…
    - 3 days ago 20 Aug 14, 3:49pm -
  • Free Money: Amex Shop Small August [Select cities]
    This is different from Amex Offers, but check out this intro here for more great ways to get Free Money with your Amex cards. You may be familiar with the Small Business Saturday promotion American Express runs the Saturday after Thanksgiving every y…
    - 3 days ago 20 Aug 14, 1:20pm -
  • $10 Evolve Money Bill Payment Promo Code “WANTUBACK10″
    The Offer Evolve money is currently offering a targeted promo code that gives you $10 off any Bill Payment, promo code is “WANTUBACK10″ it looks like this code will only work for some people (most likely those who haven’t used the service recen…
    - 3 days ago 20 Aug 14, 5:14am -
  • Changes Coming To Chase Freedom: No More 10% Bonus, No Paperchecks
    Chase is making a number of changes to their Chase Freedom credit card, we speculated that the biggest change (10% bonus on points earned when you have a chase checking account open) was coming back in July. Below is a list of all the changes coming…
    - 3 days ago 20 Aug 14, 4:52am -

Hustler Money Blog

  • Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card Review
    Earn 50,000 Points after spending $1,000 in your first 3 months from account opening with the Chase Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card. Receive 1 Free Night Stay after account approval in category 1-4 locations, that’s up to 10 Free Nights! Mar…
    - 2 days ago 21 Aug 14, 4:33pm -
  • Class Action Lawsuits, File Claim & Settlement Money- August, 2014
    Check all the Class Action Lawsuit Settlements. Below is our full list of open lawsuits in which you may be eligible to submit a claim. Browse through the list and see if you purchased the product or service and if you’re eligible to submit a claim…
    - 3 days ago 20 Aug 14, 3:22am -
  • Verizon Amex Serve ISIS Wallet $45 Bonus
    Save more money with your Isis Wallet and and Serve card to get $20 off your Verizon bill or any in-store Verizon purchase after you spend $40 or more on one purchase good through 9/30/2014. You could also get a $25 credit after you sign up for a new…
    - 3 days ago 20 Aug 14, 2:44am -
  • North Shore Bank Review: Free Android Smartphone Checking Promotion
    For residents of Wisconsin, North Shore Bank is offering a free Android smartphone with their new checking account and promo code CELL PHONE good through September 30, 2014. You’ll receive a free Android smartphone with a new or upgrade 2-year acti…
    - 3 days ago 20 Aug 14, 1:55am -
  • BBVA Compass Money Market 1.00% APY Rate Guaranteeing Til 2016!
    For all residents living in AL, AZ, CA, CO, FL, NM & TX, you can now get BBVA 1.00% APY Money Market with the rate guaranteeing until January 1, 2016.  This BBVA Compass money market promotion is good for balances up to $2.5 million with a $10K mini…
    - 3 days ago 20 Aug 14, 1:39am -
  • Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express Review
    While American Express is an advertising partner of HustlerMoneyBlog, the opinions and beliefs in this article are those of the author alone, who makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information. For a limited time only, the Platinum Delt…
    - 5 days ago 18 Aug 14, 5:02pm -
  • Capital One 360 Checking $50 Bonus & Savings Account $25 Bonus – Make $1000 with Referral Promotion
    Capital One 360 Checking Account is an online bank with the quickest $50 bonus I can think of.  I have set up some automatic links so you can sign up right away. How To Earn $50 Bonus? Step 1) Open 360 Checking and make a total of 3 Card purchases o…
    - 7 days ago 16 Aug 14, 7:01pm -
  • CitiBusiness AAdvantage World MasterCard Review
    The NEW CitiBusiness®/ AAdvantage® World MasterCard® offers 30,000 American Airline AAdvantage® bonus miles and two Admiral’s Club® lounge One-Day Passes after making $1,000 in purchases in the first 3 months of cardmembership. You’ll earn 2…
    - 8 days ago 15 Aug 14, 8:13pm -
  • American Express Home Depot $60 Statement Credit Promotion
    There is a targeted $60 Amex Home Depot promotion that you can register to see if you could get it. There is no hurt in trying or you could call them to see if you qualify. If you are an American Express card member, you can get a 1-time $60 statemen…
    - 8 days ago 15 Aug 14, 8:00pm -
  • Nationwide Bank $75 Bonus E-Checking and Money Market Savings
    Let your money work for you by banking with Nationwide Bank! Simply open a new E-Checking account online along with direct deposit of $200 or more to receive a $25 bonus. You must enter bank offer code 0102000 and your account must remain open for 90…
    - 8 days ago 15 Aug 14, 7:45pm -

Hack My Trip

  • newIs Coin Helpful for Manufactured Spend?
    Coin is a startup that View from the Wing and I wrote about last year. It purports to make juggling a handful of credit and debit cards easier by letting you copy all the card information onto a single device, letting you switch between the cards you…
    - 46 mins ago 23 Aug 14, 11:05am -
  • Wait, Maybe SPG Starpoints Are The Worst Points Ever
    From the desk of the Devil’s Advocate… Today we continue our three-part series on the downsides of the major flexible miles currencies — Chase Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Starpoints.…
    - 2 days ago 21 Aug 14, 11:15am -
  • Frequent Flyer Programs, Transferable Points and Competitive Pressure
    Author note: This is a long post, but it’s designed to generate discussion on how transferable points (UR, SPG, AMEX-MR and now Citi TY points) are going to change how airlines set mileage redemption prices and compete with each other on price, qua…
    - 3 days ago 20 Aug 14, 4:29pm -
  • Are Frequent Flyer Programs a Fool’s Game?
    Airline loyalty programs have long tempted their most frequent customers with upgrades, bonus points, and other forms of special treatment. But the definition of a “frequent flyer” for many carriers has begun to shift from one who flies a lot of…
    - 4 days ago 19 Aug 14, 11:05am -
  • Making Sense of Caesars’ Total Rewards Program
    Many traditional hotel loyalty programs have been linking up with casino loyalty programs in recent years. This has provided them a foothold in Las Vegas, a city where mainstream brands have not had a strong presence. I think it’s been a good mov…
    - 5 days ago 18 Aug 14, 11:10am -
  • Some New Ideas for American Airlines’ Credit Cards
    United747 posted on FlyerTalk some screenshots from a recent survey by American Airlines and Citi on their credit card benefits. I found it interesting because most airline-branded credit cards are not very appealing (to me) given recent years’ imp…
    - 7 days ago 16 Aug 14, 2:18pm -

Maximizing Money

Boarding Area

  • newSWAG Saturday: It is time to upgrade my backpack. You get one too!
    This week I finally had to let go of my old backpack. I thought I was in love with it but then I discovered the zippers were not all that strong. It had many multi-pockets, but most were too small to be useful. The handle, well, not perfect. I could…
    - 1 hour ago 23 Aug 14, 10:21am -
  • newSave Up to 50% With Accor Hotels Private Sales
    There are eleven private sales currently on with participating Accor hotel and resort properties worldwide through August 28, 2014 where you can save up to 50 percent off of your room rate, depending on the sale — but the following criteria must be…
    - 6 hours ago 23 Aug 14, 5:36am -
  • new3,000 bonus Aeroplan miles when you fly with Air Canada
    Flying with Air Canada is the best way to treat yourself to the vacation you deserve and get closer to your next reward. All you need to do is register here, book a roundtrip flight with Air Canada by September 21, 2014, and fly by February 28,…
    - 9 hours ago 23 Aug 14, 2:33am -
  • newFriday Night Flights – Don’t Give Up on the UPG
    I seek to avoid flying on Mondays and Fridays, but as a business traveler, sometimes our wants are not what we get. A late week business trip forced me to fly on a Friday. Not just Friday, but Friday afternoon at 6PM. Prime hours departing DCA. I had…
    - 10 hours ago 23 Aug 14, 2:12am -
  • newTake My Free United Club Pass, Please
    Lounges in airports vary in quality dramatically from places I would intentionally skip entirely, to destinations that I will cross the airport to visit – especially for free spa services in the DFW Amex Centurion Lounge.  Even when I don’t use…
    - 11 hours ago 23 Aug 14, 12:35am -
  • newBuying Lufthansa Miles Cheap, More Qantas Award Seats, and How to Enjoy Vacation
    Today’s frequent flyer news to know: Can you undo a Chase Ultimate Rewards redemption? One amazing benefit of the British Airways Visa is the companion award ticket. Spend $30,000 on the card in a year and a second passenger gets to fly for no addi…
    - 12 hours ago 23 Aug 14, 12:00am -
  • newFirst Class Beer Pong At 35,000 FT – First Ever On A 777 In First class
    This week marks the very first time in history that a beer pong tournament was played onboard an International First Class flight. And we have the pictures to prove it. Some friend who had the ENTIRE first class cabin on an Air China 777ER in the For…
    - 12 hours ago 22 Aug 14, 11:59pm -
  • newDiscussion – GoGo WiFi Speeds
    I'm taking a risk on Friday night, and just throwing out a point of discussion to see if we can get something going. Tonight's discussion - inflight wi-fi speed (or lack thereof).The post Discussion – GoGo WiFi Speeds appeared first on Marshall Ja…
    - 13 hours ago 22 Aug 14, 11:14pm -
  • newFree $63 Value! It’s Free App Friday – Today Only Get 18 Free Apps For iTunes!
    It’s Friday again and time for more free kid’s apps. Here is a great deal if you are looking for some new kid-friendly apps for iTunes! Through tonight, 10 PM CST, you can get 18 FREE educational apps including colors, shapes, math, spelling, a…
    - 13 hours ago 22 Aug 14, 10:48pm -
  • newFree Avis Weekend Rental
    PointsCentric and View From the Wing just wrote about a way to get a free weekend rental from Avis. This is a one-time thing for signing up for Avis First status and using a MasterCard as your preferred credit card. Go to this site and enter the requ…
    - 14 hours ago 22 Aug 14, 10:03pm -

Frequent Flyer Miles 101

  • newHow to get United lounge access for free (with one small caveat)
    Ah, another Friday.  Of course, for those of us with kids, the weekends are often more tiring than the week.  What I discovered early is that kids don’t get quiet time on the weekend for the kids to rest, they get it to give parents a bit of a re…
    - 15 hours ago 22 Aug 14, 9:18pm -
  • newBag fees going up. Again.
    Traveling domestically or to Canada with a third bag? Congratulations, your trip just got $25 more expensive, as Delta raised its third bag fee to $150 and American quickly matched. Somebody at United must be sleeping late, but they’ll hop on board…
    - 21 hours ago 22 Aug 14, 3:07pm -
  • My frequent flyer soapbox
    A friend of mine, who is a far better writer than I am, once advised me that a Twitter post should be at least two of the following: funny, useful or informative.  I’m assuming that the same applies for blogs.  Well, this post won’t be funny (S…
    - 1 day ago 22 Aug 14, 1:25am -
  • United Airlines: Re-ups in Denver and a decent credit card offer
    This is the kind of stuff that gets airline nerds like me excited.  It might not do the same for others, but it’s fun reading. United has faced some serious competition in Denver from ultra low-cost carrier Frontier, which is the Spirit Air of the…
    - 3 days ago 20 Aug 14, 9:15pm -
  • Using a connection and dropping the last segment to save money. NO!!!
    Airline pricing has come a long way in the past couple of decades.  You no longer have to book a Saturday night stay to get the best fare.  You can book one-way fares for approximately half the price of a round-trip.  And you can pay for food, but…
    - 4 days ago 19 Aug 14, 9:09pm -
  • Happy National Aviation Day!
    In honor of Orville Wright’s birthday (not the popcorn guy, the other Orville), FDR declared August 19 to be National Aviation Day.  Truthfully, I feel that this is an important enough day that we should all be off from work, but my petition fell…
    - 4 days ago 19 Aug 14, 2:59pm -
  • JetBlue offers discounts on points redemptions
    There are plusses and minuses to JetBlue’s TrueBlue mileage program.  On the one hand, it is easy to understand and use.  Three points per dollar spent, with the opportunity for bonuses.  Likewise, there is always availability, with the cost in…
    - 5 days ago 18 Aug 14, 1:07pm -
  • Politicians finally get serious about what matters
    Poor John Kerry.  After his Air Force jet broke down in Hawaii, the guy was forced to fly commercial with the rest of us.  On the plus side, he managed to show us that he knows what’s important:   “Finally, some frequent-flier miles,” Kerry…
    - 6 days ago 17 Aug 14, 11:46pm -
  • JetBlue makes big changes to its ticket change policy
    Five days ago, I mentioned Yapta as a way to save money on flights you already booked.  I noted that it was particularly good for JetBlue, which gave you a credit for the fare difference.  I also noted that I didn’t expect it to last. Of course,…
    - 7 days ago 16 Aug 14, 1:29am -
  • Marriott offers a few new “bonuses”
    This year’s third-quarter MegaBonus at Marriott is more likely to be described as a MiniBonus.  In the past, the MegaBonus had the very popular “Stay two nights, get a certificate for a free night” option, but with hotels full and prices up, M…
    - 7 days ago 16 Aug 14, 1:17am -

Mr. Free Miles