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The Points Guy

  • new60,000 Ultimate Rewards Bonus for Chase Ink Plus Ending Soon
    A few weeks ago, Chase launched a limited time sign-up bonus of 60,000 Ultimate Rewards points after you get the Ink Plus Business Card and spend $5,000 in the first three months of account opening. That bonus is now set to end on Sunday, March 1,…
    - 9 hours ago Feb 28, 2015, 12:29am -
  • newHotel Review: Andaz Maui at Wailea
    Back in 2012, I took a hardhat tour of the Andaz Maui, and ever since it opened in September of 2013, I’ve wanted to go back and check it out as a full-fledged guest. On my most recent trip to Hawaii, I figured I’d do five nights in Maui and th…
    - 12 hours ago Feb 27, 2015, 9:59pm -
  • new7 Spring Break Destinations for Grown-Ups
    As the winter drags on endlessly, are you craving a spring break escape—in the company of other adults? Well, you’re in luck, because new TPG Contributor Christine Cantera can suggest just the ticket: seven delightful destinations around the w…
    - 14 hours ago Feb 27, 2015, 7:59pm -
  • newWin a New Zealand Adventure, Shop in NY, Cruise the Caribbean
    Check out this week’s travel contests and sweepstakes to try your hand at winning a dream trip to New Zealand, a shopping weekend in NYC, a Caribbean cruise, a Southwest Las Vegas vacation or a trip to New Orleans. Win Your Dream Trip From Air New…
    - 15 hours ago Feb 27, 2015, 6:59pm -
  • newMarriott Hotel Award Category 2015 Changes – 27% Going Up
    Similar to other major chains, Marriott periodically adjusts the hotels within each of its award categories, and it has just released their list of hotels that will be changing categories in 2015. Over one-fourth of Marriott’s properties are movin…
    - 16 hours ago Feb 27, 2015, 5:59pm -
  • newMaximizing Purchases and Redeeming Awards at Disney Resorts
    Disney World is known for many things, and being inexpensive isn’t one of them. In this post, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains the best ways to use points and miles toward a Disney vacation, and ways to maximize purchas…
    - 17 hours ago Feb 27, 2015, 4:29pm -
  • newWhat Are Points & Miles Worth? February Monthly Valuations
    You can view all posts in the Monthly Valuation Series here. One of the questions I’m asked most often is “how much is a point or mile worth?” That question varies from person to person and depends on how well you can maximize a particular…
    - 20 hours ago Feb 27, 2015, 1:08pm -
  • Travel to Canada for the Women’s World Cup 2015
    When FIFA brings the Women’s World Cup games to Canada this summer, they’ll present sports and travel fans with two awesome opportunities: watching American greats such as Alex Morgan and Former FIFA World Player of the Year Abby Wambach kick som…
    - 1 day ago Feb 26, 2015, 10:29pm -
  • Thursday Giveaway: $500 in Uber Credits
    For this week’s Thursday Giveaway, we are giving one lucky TPG reader $500 in Uber Credits, which can redeemed directly into your account, in honor the recent Uber and SPG partnership. I’m a huge Uber fan, if you haven’t already signed-up, y…
    - 2 days ago Feb 26, 2015, 9:15pm -
  • Amex Premier Rewards Gold New Benefits and Increased Fee
    Today, American Express announced upcoming changes to bonus categories and benefits on the American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card, including increased points earning at restaurants, a new $100 airline fee credit, and no foreign transaction fe…
    - 2 days ago Feb 26, 2015, 7:43pm -

Frugal Travel Guy

  • newHappy Birthday to Us! PMM Travel Consulting Celebrates First Anniversary; Now Hiring
    One year ago today, PMM Travel Consulting was officially launched. At the time of our launch I was confident that we would be successful, but I had no idea what to expect. Today, I am extremely proud to say that the first year has indeed been a succ…
    - 2 hours ago Feb 28, 2015, 8:00am -
  • newTop 10 Luxury Hyatt Resorts You Can Book for Free
    One of the great things about this hobby is that it makes luxury travel more affordable. Saving up enough points and miles for a stay of 2+ nights at one of these resorts isn’t always easy. If you’re traveling with a family, getting enough points…
    - 11 hours ago Feb 27, 2015, 11:00pm -
  • newSignificant Improvements on the Way for Amex Premier Rewards Gold Card
    The American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card (Amex PRG) is one of the best personal cards available for domestic day to day spending, as it earns 3X points for flights booked directly with airlines and 2X points at U.S. gas stations and U.S. superm…
    - 12 hours ago Feb 27, 2015, 10:00pm -
  • newMaximize Your Family Award Strategy: American Express Everyday
    My favorite no-fee points earning credit card is the Amex Everyday Credit Card. It has no annual fee, charges no fees for additional cardholders, comes with a 0% introductory interest rate for 15 months and allows for points to be transferred to any…
    - 14 hours ago Feb 27, 2015, 8:00pm -
  • Dream Scenario: My Favorite IHG Free Night Redemptions
    One of the best hotel credit cards out there is the IHG Rewards Club Select credit card from Chase. Not only does it currently offer a 70,000 point sign-up bonus, but those points can also be used to book their all-inclusive resorts. Meanwhile, the c…
    - 1 day ago Feb 27, 2015, 8:00am -
  • Loyalty 101: Choosing a Hotel Loyalty Program
    Even novice travelers understand the value of loyalty programs. As a first-time traveler many years ago, I often dreamed about the perks that came with being a hotel elite, as well as redeeming points for free hotel rooms around the world. However, t…
    - 1 day ago Feb 26, 2015, 11:00pm -
  • Marriott Announces Disastrous 2015 Award Category Changes
    Yesterday, I wrote about Starwood’s 2015 award category changes. I ended that article by saying that Marriott (as well as Hilton) could learn a lot from Starwood and Hyatt about how hotel award category changes are done. Little did I know that less…
    - 1 day ago Feb 26, 2015, 10:00pm -
  • Reader Request: Which No-Fee Card Has a Sign-Up Bonus and 0% APR?
    This week’s reader request is a question I’m asked frequently: “What credit card can you recommend that has no annual fee, a good sign-up bonus and has a 0% interest rate for at least 12 months?” In browsing available travel rewards cards, th…
    - 2 days ago Feb 26, 2015, 8:00pm -
  • The Importance of Diversifying Your Rewards Points
    Diversification of points and miles is of the utmost importance. However, how much you should diversify your credit card points and miles, and in some cases, whether you should diversify at all is dependent primarily on your points and miles earning…
    - 2 days ago Feb 26, 2015, 8:00am -
  • Starwood Announces SPG Award Category Changes, Launches Uber Partnership
    Two significant developments in connection to Starwood have taken place over the last couple of days: the announcing of the 2015 SPG Award Category Changes and the launching of a partnership with Uber. Award Category Changes All in all, Starwood did…
    - 2 days ago Feb 26, 2015, 12:00am -

One Mile at a Time

  • newAir France FlyingBlue May/June Promo Awards — Up To 50% Off
    One of the best uses of Air France/KLM FlyingBlue miles is booking their Promo Awards. FlyingBlue publishes these every month, and they offer 25-50% off select award tickets on Air France and KLM metal. Back in the day Promo Awards would consistently…
    - 10 hours ago Feb 28, 2015, 12:03am -
  • newAnd The Gross Flight Attendant Of The Year Award Goes To…
    Yesterday I wrote a post about flying on what I think is possibly the most elite heavy day of the year (the last Thursday in February). My flight from Tampa to Dallas was a smelly one, as the guy next to me basically farted the whole way. But he had…
    - 12 hours ago Feb 27, 2015, 9:47pm -
  • newReview: Andaz London Liverpool Street Hotel
    While I transit Heathrow about a dozen times a year, I can count on one hand the number of times I've actually visited London. I'm not sure why, exactly, other than the fact that it's expensive and the hotel situation is a bit rough. And the weather…
    - 18 hours ago Feb 27, 2015, 4:03pm -
  • newReview: Etihad Airways First Class Apartment A380 Abu Dhabi To London
    I don't think words can do justice to how excited I was when I boarded the Etihad A380. As soon as my boarding pass was scanned I jogged down the jet bridge to the door of the plane. That's how excited I was. At the door I was greeted by the cabin ma…
    - 21 hours ago Feb 27, 2015, 1:03pm -
  • Is Today The Worst Day Of The Year To Be An Elite Flyer?
    Is today the worst day of the year to travel as an elite member... at least on American? Traditionally airline elite status expires at the end of February, so this is the time period where you have the most elite members flying. That's because even t…
    - 1 day ago Feb 27, 2015, 1:03am -
  • New American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card Benefits
    The American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card is one of the first cards I ever signed up for, and I've kept it ever since. Back in the day the card was really unique, as it offered 3x points on airfare purchased with airlines, 2x points on gas pur…
    - 2 days ago Feb 26, 2015, 9:03pm -
  • Singapore Airlines Has Lowered Their Fuel Surcharges, But By How Much?
    A couple of weeks ago I wrote about Singapore Airlines' announcement that they'd be lowering fuel surcharges for tickets booked as of February 26, 2015. Singapore Airlines announced that fuel surcharges would drop between US$5 (S$6.80) and US$83 (S$1…
    - 2 days ago Feb 26, 2015, 7:33pm -
  • Why Isn’t American AAdvantage A Citi ThankYou Rewards Partner?
    On Tuesday I wrote a post comparing the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Visa Card and Citi ThankYou® Premier Card, which are two of the most compelling flexible points currency cards on the market. In that post I explained how the Citi ThankYou Premier h…
    - 2 days ago Feb 26, 2015, 5:45pm -
  • China Airlines Awards Now Bookable On Delta.com
    Last May I wrote about Taipei-based China Airlines' new business class product, which is available on their newly delivered Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. China Airlines is known as the second rate Taiwan-based airline (after EVA Air), and doesn't have t…
    - 2 days ago Feb 26, 2015, 4:03pm -
  • Earn 15,000 Starpoints This Weekend With The SPG/Uber Partnership
    Yesterday I wrote about the new partnership between SPG and Uber, which is a huge value-add for SPG members. Here's a video introducing the new partnership: Active SPG members earn one extra Starpoint per dollar spent with Uber (up to $10,000 per yea…
    - 2 days ago Feb 26, 2015, 2:37pm -

View From the Wing

The Frequent Miler

  • newBet You Didn’t Know: Using Hipmunk to book ITA Matrix flights
    By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate…   I’ve already written a few times about how much I like using Google Flights when I’m booking a trip. But while Google Flights is incredibly fast, it still can’t compete with the power of its big b…
    - 22 hours ago Feb 27, 2015, 11:25am -
  • Bluebird, REDbird, Serve in-store loads working again
    This morning I published a warning that in-store reloads of Bluebird, REDbird (the Target Prepaid REDcard), and Serve cards were not reliably working (view post here).  Most of the day the problems continued, but as of 6pm EST tonight, we started re…
    - 1 day ago Feb 27, 2015, 2:08am -
  • Bluebird, REDbird, Serve in-store loads down? Online issues too. Developing…
    UPDATE 2/26/2015, 9:00 pm: Quite a few confirmations of successful loads have now rolled in.  Unless we hear otherwise, I believe the load issue is now fixed.  ALL CLEAR! UPDATE 2/26/2015, 8:30 pm: As of 6pm EST, we now have two reports are success…
    - 2 days ago Feb 26, 2015, 1:26pm -
  • A quick guide to transferable points programs
    Since I’m a points hoarder (explanation found here), I’m a huge fan of transferable points programs.  These are programs that allow you to transfer points to multiple loyalty programs at a fair exchange rate (typically 1 to 1).  By collecting p…
    - 2 days ago Feb 26, 2015, 11:25am -
  • US Bank business card employee spend does not count towards spend requirements
    Consider this a public service announcement… A reader reports that she did not earn the full signup bonus from the US Bank Club Carlson Business Rewards Visa card because she attempted to meet part of the minimum spend requirement through spend on…
    - 2 days ago Feb 26, 2015, 1:00am -
  • Banking transferable points and keeping them alive
    Amex Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Citi ThankYou Rewards have a lot in common between them, besides their similar sounding names.  All three are transferable points programs in which it is possible to convert points to various airl…
    - 3 days ago Feb 25, 2015, 11:25am -
  • How to convert 8900 Arrival Plus points to cash, and my latest retention call results
    Yesterday I called Barclays to see if they would offer me a retention bonus for keeping my Arrival Plus card another year.  The card’s $89 annual fee recently came due and I was hoping that they would offer to waive that fee (see “Cancelling my…
    - 4 days ago Feb 24, 2015, 12:08pm -
  • Cancelling my favorite cards
    Every time an annual fee comes due on a credit card, I make a decision as to whether to keep, cancel, or downgrade the card.  Are the benefits that the card offers worth the annual fee?  If not, the card should be ditched.  It turns out, ironicall…
    - 5 days ago Feb 23, 2015, 11:25am -
  • It’s not too late – Deals still alive as of 2/22/2015
    Each week we publish a number of fantastic deals on the blog and in Quick Deals. Most deals don’t last long, but some hang around for awhile. In an effort to keep you up to date, we have gone back through each of the deals posted over the last coup…
    - 6 days ago Feb 22, 2015, 4:00pm -
  • Possible Bluebird/Serve Changes at Walmart, A REDbird Rollout, Visa Gift Cards at Staples & More
    Welcome to the Frequent Miler Week In Review series. Every Saturday we recap what you might have missed from Frequent Miler during the week and bring you some of the best posts from around the web. Enjoy! This Week From Frequent Miler REDbird to be…
    - 7 days ago Feb 21, 2015, 4:00pm -

The Flight Deal

The Free-quent Flyer

  • newIs the Marriott Rewards Premier Visa free night certificate worthless?
    It's perfectly natural, when you're deeply involved in a hobby like travel hacking, to develop some intuitions that guide your decision making, shortcuts that let you quickly decide whether a given award redemption actually saves you money compared t…
    - 4 hours ago Feb 28, 2015, 5:34am -
  • Round two of Chase IHG Rewards Club vs. Hyatt Gold Passport credit cards
    My post on Tuesday comparing the annual free night certificates of the Chase IHG and Hyatt credit cards elicited a lot of well-thought-out responses in the comments section.The responses fell along 3 lines:Commenter JEM: "I generally travel solo, an…
    - 2 days ago Feb 26, 2015, 11:00am -
  • Do this now: Hilton Double your HHonors promotion
    Registration is now open for Hilton's Double your HHonors promotion. Between March 1 and May 31, 2015, earn double base HHonors points or double partner airline miles on paid stays at participating properties (the list of non-participating properties…
    - 3 days ago Feb 25, 2015, 11:00am -
  • Chase credit cards: IHG versus Hyatt (and current rebate offer)
    I've recently mentioned that I've lost interest in chasing credit card signup bonuses. These days, when I periodically reevaluate my miles and points strategy, I decide which cards I want to apply for based on their usefulness for manufactured sp…
    - 4 days ago Feb 24, 2015, 11:00am -
  • One more reason to love Alaska's MVP Gold status
    Until January 1, 2015, the key benefit of Delta Platinum Medallion status was free award changes and redeposits (up to 72 hours before departure). That was for two reasons: Delta would only price and issue award tickets as round-trips, and Delta rel…
    - 5 days ago Feb 23, 2015, 11:00am -
  • More weird Hilton HHonors pricing
    I've written before about "odd" pricing of Hilton premium room awards. Based on my research, I concluded that irregular pricing occurred when a hotel has a high enough fixed value assigned to HHonors points redeemed for premium rooms and, for whate…
    - 8 days ago Feb 20, 2015, 11:00am -
  • How important is diversifying manufactured spend?
    I often highlight a concept I like to call "imputed redemption values:" the dollar cost of a hotel night (after taxes and fees) that makes it worth redeeming that hotel's rewards currency instead of Barclaycard Arrival+ miles earned by manufacturin…
    - 11 days ago Feb 17, 2015, 11:00am -
  • More good news: Barclaycard Arrival+ no longer rounds up redemption amounts
    Barclaycard is the undisputed master in my mind of the marketing technique of "underpromise and overdeliver." It seems like every month they're making small, positive changes and adjustments to improve their flagship proprietary rewards card, the…
    - 12 days ago Feb 16, 2015, 11:00am -
  • Three notes on gift card purchase and liquidation
    There have been a couple developments around gift cards percolating around the travel hacking community for the last week or so. Here's a quick roundup, so readers can use this post to share their own experiences and ideas in the comments.American E…
    - 15 days ago Feb 13, 2015, 11:00am -
  • A good run: AAA Visa gift card axe falls
    I periodically write about AAA Visa gift cards: they're cheap (or free); they're PIN-enabled and thus easily liquidated; and they're available in many, though not all, parts of the country.For those with access to AAA branches selling Visa gift ca…
    - 17 days ago Feb 11, 2015, 11:00am -

Well Traveled Mile

  • new$30 Off 4 – Star Hotel Booking On Hot Wire – No Minimum, “Hot Rates” Only
    There is yet another great hotel booking discount promotion, this time Hot Wire is offering $30 USD off when you book a 4-star or higher “Hot Rates” hotel. The promotion says it will go until March 2, 2015, but these deals often end sooner due…
    - 23 hours ago Feb 27, 2015, 10:28am -
  • Leveraging The SPG – Uber Partnership To Earn Upto 6X
    This weeks seems to be a busy week for Starwood Preferred Guest. They recently announced a partnership with Uber, an app based taxi service, that can increase your earning potential to 6x per dollar. You can sign-up for an account and receive $20 tow…
    - 2 days ago Feb 26, 2015, 8:12pm -
  • Starwood’s 2015 Property Category Changes
    Starwood’s SPG program recently announced that starting March 10th, 2015 the assigned category of 267 properties will be changing. While ~10.5% of the properties are moving up, ~12% are moving down. The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from A…
    - 2 days ago Feb 26, 2015, 10:43am -
  • Flexible Bank-Point Airline Transfer Partner Master Guide (Updated)
    Update 02/25/2015: Qantas added as new Citi ThankYou Rewards transfer partner and other corrections made on transfer chart. If you found this resource helpful check out my other mile & point resources. One aspect that makes flexible reward points…
    - 3 days ago Feb 25, 2015, 2:00pm -
  • SPG Transfer Times – Alaska Airlines
    Starwood points have always been a hot commodity since they can be transferred to 31 different airlines. Additionally you get a 5,000 bonus for every 20,000 points transferred. While these are all great perks for having a ton of Starwood points, ther…
    - 3 days ago Feb 25, 2015, 7:25am -
  • Full Preview List of IHG PointBreaks Hotels is Out – Bookable February 25 to May 31, 2015
    Today IHG released the full list of PointBreaks hotels for stays from February 25 through May 31, 2015. You can book an award night at any of these hotels for only 5,000 points per night, but be sure to book quickly after the list goes live tomorro…
    - 4 days ago Feb 24, 2015, 3:28pm -
  • Barclays Promotion: Earn 50% More Miles with Your US Airways Dividend Miles MasterCard
    Continuing to try to keep customers spending on the US Airways through the merger Barclays just launched a new bonus mile earning promotion for existing US Airways MasterCard holders. Barclays is offering existing US Airways Dividend Miles® MasterCa…
    - 4 days ago Feb 24, 2015, 10:13am -
  • Evolve Money Changing Debit Card Payments – Adding Fees!
    Until now, Evolve Money was a great way to liquidate gift cards by paying bills that normally wouldn’t accept credit cards. However this morning I received the following e-mail: The key takeaway here is: “Beginning Feb. 24, 2015, certain debit ca…
    - 5 days ago Feb 23, 2015, 7:50pm -
  • Well Traveled Mile Updates and New Addition to the Blog
    It’s Monday and I’ve got some exciting updates to announce that are coming to Well Traveled Mile. Along with several other small design changes you may see over the next week I’ve decided to open the door to another blogger to write about miles…
    - 5 days ago Feb 23, 2015, 12:28pm -
  • New IHG PointBreaks Preview List Coming Out Tomorrow
    Today Loyalty Lobby shared the sneak peek of the new upcoming IHG PointBreaks list. The full preview list of hotels will be released tomorrow February 24, 2015. The list of PointBreaks hotels will include 140 properties and will be available for book…
    - 5 days ago Feb 23, 2015, 10:11am -

MileValue

  • newAmerican vs. United vs. Delta: Best Flat Bed Transcon Award Space
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. American Airlines, United, and Delta fly flat beds on their daily flights between New York-JFK and San Francisco and Los Angeles. Delta also flies its flat beds between New…
    - 15 hours ago Feb 27, 2015, 6:12pm -
  • newFree Giveaway Friday: 20 Delta Free Drink Coupons
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Generous reader g is giving away 20 Delta coupons that are each good for one beer, cocktail, “wine split,” or headset on board. I’ll pick FIVE WINNERS who each get FO…
    - 18 hours ago Feb 27, 2015, 3:33pm -
  • The Only Miles You Can Use Before You Earn Them
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. In a recent Free Credit Card Consultation, Matt wrote: Goal: April 4 – 7 from Chicago (preferably ORD) to San Francisco Bay Area for 2 adults. Ideally, we’d like to fl…
    - 2 days ago Feb 26, 2015, 5:27pm -
  • Singapore Suites Class Awards Get Cheaper
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Singapore Airlines has lowered the fuel surcharges on its flights, which means your Singapore Suites Class bookings are now cheaper. You know Singapore Suites Class as the…
    - 2 days ago Feb 26, 2015, 4:40pm -
  • IHG Rewards PointBreaks List Means $35 Hotels Until May 31
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. The brand new PointBreaks list allows us to book hotel rooms through May 31, 2015 for $35 per night. Even if you’ve read other posts on the list, read this. I’ve hone…
    - 3 days ago Feb 25, 2015, 8:43pm -
  • The Airline That Releases Business Class Space to Europe Three Months Out
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. All airlines release award space 11 months out. I’m not sure where that idea came from. Many flights never have any award space released, and flights that do have award s…
    - 3 days ago Feb 25, 2015, 2:34pm -
  • DoT Reasoning for Not Enforcing United Krone Fares Might Doom Mistake Fares
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. A few weeks ago, United’s Danish website was way under-pricing First Class tickets from London to the United States, about $100 to anywhere you wanted to go. United said…
    - 3 days ago Feb 24, 2015, 9:54pm -
  • $19+ Fares From Atlanta to 16 Cities
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Frontier Airlines is having a one day sale today with fares from $19 to $49 from Atlanta, Georgia to: Austin Chicago-O’Hare Cincinnati Cleveland Denver Indianapolis La…
    - 4 days ago Feb 24, 2015, 4:29pm -
  • Buy Avios for 1.43 Cents Each with This One Trick
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Through 11:59 PM tomorrow February 25, 2015, British Airways is offering a 50% bonus on the purchase of Avios. This is the biggest bonus ever offered on the purchase of Av…
    - 4 days ago Feb 24, 2015, 4:16pm -
  • Best Ways to Get from South America to Europe
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. I’m intrigued by flights and awards that don’t involve America. If there’s a cool award to get from Australia to SE Asia, that can be integral to a longer, better, a…
    - 5 days ago Feb 23, 2015, 9:13pm -

Frequent Flier

  • newWeekly Recap: Points for Uber Rides, United’s Mistake Fares, & More
    Following is our regular summary of the latest travel news and best frequent traveler promotions reviewed during the past week. If it was a good deal—or a notably bad deal—from an airline, hotel, or car rental loyalty program, you can ... Read Mo…
    - 11 hours ago Feb 27, 2015, 10:36pm -
  • newMarriott Gets Tough on Points Expiration
    This week, the world of miles and points took yet another small step in the direction of stinginess and nastiness with Marriott’s announcement of an upcoming change to its points-expiration policy. According to a longstanding clause in the Marriott…
    - 15 hours ago Feb 27, 2015, 6:11pm -
  • Delta Will Upgrade Inflight WiFi
    Slow inflight WiFi got you down? Delta customers can look forward to both faster speeds and more reliable connections when 250 of the airline’s planes are outfitted with Gogo’s satellite-based 2Ku systems. The upgrades will affect Delta’s narro…
    - 2 days ago Feb 26, 2015, 5:30pm -
  • New Hilton Promotion: Double Miles or Points
    Hilton’s recent network-wide promotions have been halfhearted affairs, neither notably generous nor particularly creative. The company’s latest effort is more of the same. Offer Details Between March 1 and May 31, HHonors members can choose to ea…
    - 2 days ago Feb 26, 2015, 4:57pm -
  • PointBreaks: IHG Award Nights for Just 5,000 Points
    IHG Rewards today released its latest list of PointBreaks hotels available for booking for just 5,000 points per night through May 31, 2015. Offer Details Effective immediately, IHG Rewards members can book award nights for 5,000 points at 146 partic…
    - 3 days ago Feb 25, 2015, 7:01pm -
  • Uber Rides Now Earn Starwood Points
    It was inevitable that, sooner or later, Uber would start awarding airline- or hotel-program points for using its service. It turns out to be sooner rather than later, and the loyalty points in question are from the Starwood Preferred Guest ... Read…
    - 3 days ago Feb 25, 2015, 5:44pm -
  • Earn a Free Night After 2 Choice Hotel Stays
    Over the past three years, Choice’s standard offer has become 8,000 points after two stays. Sometimes it’s promoted as such: 8,000 points after two stays. More often though, the headline promotes either a free night or a $50 gift card ... Read Mo…
    - 4 days ago Feb 24, 2015, 7:28pm -
  • DOT: United Need Not Honor Mistake Fares
    Did you hear about United’s “mistake fares” earlier this month: business- and first-class tickets from the U.K. mistakenly priced at $100 or less? Many thousands of travelers did, and gleefully rushed to book trips at the ridiculously low fares…
    - 4 days ago Feb 24, 2015, 6:19pm -
  • Win a Year’s Worth of Free Delta Flights, Plus a Cruise
    Enter the SkyMiles Cruises “Fly Free” sweepstakes by March 31, 2015, for a chance to win the grand prize: 24 Delta flight certificates, each good for one roundtrip flight within the 48 continental United States and Canada, plus one $3,000 ... Rea…
    - 5 days ago Feb 23, 2015, 7:21pm -
  • Disney Theme Park Tickets: Now $105
    Just how magical is Disney’s Magic Kingdom in Orlando? As of Sunday, February 22, it’ll cost you a Mickey-mortifying $105 to find out. That’s for one person, for one day. Disney raised one-day admission prices at its other parks as ... Read Mor…
    - 5 days ago Feb 23, 2015, 6:18pm -

Travel is Free

  • newTraveling and MSing $20k Cashback a Year
    I’m a little behind this year at only about $2,000 in profit for 2015. But realizing how good of a thing it is, I decided to take it seriously and match my travel expenses this year in cashback. While we went slightly over $20,000 in expenses 2014…
    - 5 hours ago Feb 28, 2015, 4:25am -
  • AirAsia Flight Pass is Here! (The AirAsia Hopper)
    Originally this deal got passed around as a kind of a pass with “unlimited” flying for 2 months. While it’s not exactly true, you can get as many as 20 flights in 2 months with this pass, a seriously good deal if you have the time and interest…
    - 2 days ago Feb 25, 2015, 9:58pm -
  • Complete Guide to Hyatt Gold Passport Rewards – Chapter 1: Earning Hyatt Rewards Points
      Chapter 1: Earning Hyatt Rewards Points Earning Hyatt Points via Credit Cards Hyatt is married to Chase. The only transfer option is from Chase Ultimate Rewards Points, and the Hyatt credit card is a Chase card. Thus these are the credit cards tha…
    - 4 days ago Feb 24, 2015, 6:16pm -
  • PointBreaks is out – Feb 25 – May 31
    Quick catch up, if you’re not familiar. Read the post IHG PointBreaks for Beginners and it will catch you up to speed. Basically IHG lists about 160 hotels every 2-3 months that can be redeemed for 5,000 points. But the number of rooms that can be…
    - 4 days ago Feb 24, 2015, 12:37pm -
  • How to Tell the Difference Between Planes [Infographic]
    We fly so much that one day I decided to look around at the planes and also check out the back of the in-flight magazine until I could tell the difference between the big planes. The big planes were super easy and I picked up some more tricks on tell…
    - 5 days ago Feb 23, 2015, 8:14pm -
  • Hidden Credit Card Offers: IHG 80k + $50 & Amtrak 18k + Companion Ticket
    Amtrak 18,000 points + Companion Pass Scott commented a couple of weeks ago saying that he dug up this offer in flyertalk. I didn’t see much info on it other than that people applied and it worked. Here’s the deal. You get 18,000 points for signi…
    - 5 days ago Feb 23, 2015, 2:18am -
  • Deals Of The Week
    I’ve never been one to write about every single deal that comes out. After all, most deals are 20% off a rate that’s 20% more. In other words, most deals are useless. But if there are good deals, I still want to let you know about them. And my co…
    - 5 days ago Feb 23, 2015, 2:16am -
  • Booking the (T&L) Top 500 Hotels on Points
    Maybe I should get a life, but I went to every website of the top 500 hotels according to Travel and Leisure’s Top 500 Hotels of 2015 list. I’ve done this every year, but this is the first time I’ve been so thorough. In this post I’m going t…
    - 6 days ago Feb 21, 2015, 10:41pm -
  • “All-Inclusive” Hotels Using Points
    For the first time we’re using points on an “all-inclusive” resort here in Jamaica. Especially in the Caribbean, there are a surprising number of “all-inclusive” hotels that are available on points. This is a way to truly make a trip free…
    - 10 days ago Feb 17, 2015, 10:00pm -

Frequent Flyer Bonuses

Million Mile Secrets

Nomadic Matt

  • My 2015 Group Tours: Two Trips to Europe!
    At the end of 2013, I started leading group trips. I’ve done four so far and have really enjoyed them. I like meeting readers, exposing others to my travel style and taking them around to some of my favorite places in Europe. I want others to fall…
    - 2 days ago Feb 26, 2015, 1:00pm -
  • What Makes a Nomad a Nomad?
    What makes a nomad a nomad? Or a backpacker a backpacker? How do you define a budget traveler? Am I a nomad because I move around a lot or did I give up the rights to call myself that when I got an apartment? Am I a luxury traveler because I stay in…
    - 5 days ago Feb 23, 2015, 2:31pm -
  • 7 Common Excuses People Use to Avoid Family Travel
    On the third Friday Saturday of every month, Cameron Wears from The Traveling Canucks is here to give us tips and advice on how to travel better with your kids. This is an often requested topic so I’m excited to have him on the team! Here is this m…
    - 7 days ago Feb 21, 2015, 3:06pm -
  • Hogmanay: Edinburgh’s Amazing New Year’s Celebration
    I hate New Year’s Eve. To me, it’s a non-holiday. A night out where bars have an excuse to overcharge customers, people get excited for a twenty second countdown, and you realize after the clock turns over that life is still the same. New Year’…
    - 12 days ago Feb 16, 2015, 2:00pm -
  • How to Stay Safe When You Travel as a Solo Female
    On the second Wednesday of the month, Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse writes a guest column featuring tips and advice on solo female travel. It’s an important topic I can’t cover so I brought in an expert to share her advice. This month her…
    - 17 days ago Feb 11, 2015, 2:18pm -
  • 12 Things Not to Do When You Travel
    Travel writers always talk about what to do when you travel. It’s all must-see attractions and things to do. Go here, do this, see that, and act this way. But what about all the things you shouldn’t do on the road? There are plenty of mistakes tr…
    - 19 days ago Feb 9, 2015, 2:24pm -
  • The Great American Road Trip (Part Deux)
    To Americans, there’s nothing that hold more appeal than the classic road trip. It’s built into our cultural DNA dating as far back as the 1920s. In Jazz Age America, the car was a symbol of freedom – a chance to escape your small town and the…
    - 23 days ago Feb 5, 2015, 3:39pm -
  • Has Technology Ruined the Travel Experience?
    On the first Tuesday of each month, Dave Dean from Too Many Adapters gives us great tips and advice on travel tech and gear. He is our resident expert, trying out new products and seeing what works so you end up with gear that doesn’t break and a…
    - 25 days ago Feb 3, 2015, 2:18pm -
  • My 12 Recommended Books for 2015
    There’s nothing more inspirational than a well-written travel book. It can fill you with awe, wonder, and wanderlust. Books make those 10-hour bus rides through Laos more bearable. They get us excited for new destinations and can change our world v…
    - 26 days ago Feb 2, 2015, 2:01pm -
  • Updates From the Book Tour!
    As the sun rises in Asheville, North Carolina, it is day 12 of my cross-country tour to promote my new book, How to Travel the World on $50 a Day. This is my seventh stop and I’m having an amazing time driving around the U.S., meeting other travele…
    - 30 days ago Jan 29, 2015, 2:59pm -

The Hustle Blog

  • Probable Southwest Rapid Rewards Devaluation
    Last week, Southwest Airlines sent an email to its Rapid Rewards loyalty program members informing them of a future change in the program. Sadly, they weren’t very specific about the change but it reads as a devaluation. We created Rapid Rewards®…
    - 11 days ago Feb 17, 2015, 12:00pm -
  • British Airways Avios Devaluation
    The biggest news going around the travel blogosphere lately is one we’re sadly all too familiar with… devaluation. British Airways announced some pricey changes to their loyalty program that will take effect April 28, 2015. The last time they cha…
    - 29 days ago Jan 30, 2015, 12:00pm -
  • Evolve Money Changes Terms for Discover Cards
    There have been a lot of changes going on with Evolve Money lately. First, I wrote about how they were a great way to pay for bills or loans that you can’t normally pay for with credit or gift cards. Then, they announced great news that we could us…
    - 66 days ago Dec 24, 2014, 5:34pm -
  • Chase Freedom 2015 Bonus Categories Announced

    - 80 days ago Dec 10, 2014, 12:00pm -
  • Register Now! American Express Small Business Saturday
    Registration for American Express Small Business Saturday is live! Register all your eligible American Express cards at this link as soon as you can. As I detailed in a previous post, this year’s Small Business Saturday, which occurs on November 29…
    - Nov 17, 2014, 12:00pm -
  • Follow Up: Evolve Money + Discover Card
    This is a follow up to my post over the weekend about Evolve Money’s newest developments. It looks like all is well just like Evolve said! The payment has posted to my Discover account as a regular payment & I already see the Evolve payments postin…
    - Nov 10, 2014, 4:32pm -
  • Evolve Money Now Takes Discover Cards
    I just received an email from Evolve Money about a new feature – they now accept Discover credit cards as payment sources! Previously, they only accepted debit cards or gift cards as payment sources to pay bills. This opens up a nice avenue to earn…
    - Nov 7, 2014, 12:00pm -
  • New Next Generation NEXUS Kiosks Coming
    As a NEXUS member, I just received an email with some significant updates about the kiosk process when traveling by air between the United States & Canada. “Next Generation” kiosks are being installed to provide “faster, more reliable and more…
    - Oct 3, 2014, 11:00am -
  • Chase Freedom 4th Quarter 2014 Bonus Categories are Live!
    It’s October 1st, the first day of Q4! Let’s get started earning those 7,500 Ultimate Rewards points. Don’t forget to activate your Chase Freedom cards to earn 5 points per dollar spent at the following bonus categories: Amazon.com Zappos.com S…
    - Oct 1, 2014, 4:18pm -
  • Newark Airport Family Day 2014
    Finally, I can tell my nephew, who has been asking me about this since the beginning of summer, the great news. Newark Airport Family Day is back for 2014! We took my nephew the past 2 years and he absolutely loved it. Here are the details: October…
    - Sep 30, 2014, 11:00am -

UPgRD

  • Upgrd 94: Captain Denny
    By Upgrd Podcast - Upgrd PodcastIn this frequent flyerpodcast we are joined by Captain Denny to discuss customerservice, the CaptainJason Dahl scholarship and frequent flyer news. Disclaimer: The views expressed are thepersonal opinions of the…
    - Oct 14, 2012, 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…
    - Feb 23, 2012, 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…
    - Feb 3, 2012, 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…
    - Dec 3, 2011, 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…
    - Oct 27, 2011, 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…
    - Aug 14, 2011, 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…
    - Jul 27, 2011, 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…
    - Jun 19, 2011, 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…
    - May 24, 2011, 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…
    - Apr 11, 2011, 10:05pm -

Johnny Jet

  • newTravel Agency Says It Is First to Book Cuba
    According to its blog, CheapAir has become the first travel agency to start booking US travel to Cuba since the Obama administration announced the first step in restoring diplomatic regulations with Cuba back in mid-December. But it’s not simp…
    - 9 hours ago Feb 28, 2015, 12:57am -
  • new2015 is Full of Purchases, Milestones and Travel for Millennials
    American Express is an advertising partner of JohnnyJet.com, but the opinions and beliefs in this post are those of the author alone, who makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information. Look out for the big spenders and travelers hitti…
    - 10 hours ago Feb 27, 2015, 11:30pm -
  • newSanta Fe, New Mexico, Part 5: La Posada de Santa Fe
    This is the fifth and final part in Dennis Kamoen’s five-part series about Santa Fe, New Mexico, which he discovered on a visit to the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival. Check out the first part here, the second part here, the third part here, an…
    - 10 hours ago Feb 27, 2015, 11:15pm -
  • newReader Travel Tip of the Day: The Beach Suitcase/Cooler
    The Beach Suitcase/Cooler Each Friday, we’re featuring a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from reader Karol H. (again!), who says: “When traveling to a beach destination, I bring a zip-up, soft-sided (su…
    - 17 hours ago Feb 27, 2015, 5:00pm -
  • Santa Fe, New Mexico, Part 4: An Art Lover’s Destination
    This is the fourth part in Dennis Kamoen’s five-part series about Santa Fe, New Mexico, which he discovered on a visit to the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival. Check out the first part here, the second part here, the third part here, and tune in…
    - 1 day ago Feb 27, 2015, 4:50am -
  • 50,000 AAdvantage miles—for $1,475, or $89 and one purchase
    American Airlines just sent me an email offering me the chance to “buy AAdvantage miles for [myself] or gift miles to a friend or loved one.” Here’s the page they linked, where you can buy 1,000 to 100,000 bonus miles. I think it’s a terribl…
    - 1 day ago Feb 26, 2015, 9:38pm -
  • Highlights from The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center’s multi-million dollar renovation
    The 406-room Westin Washington, D.C. City Center (1400 M Street NW, Washington, DC; 202-429-1700) recently completed a $17 million renovation. The hotel made upgrades to its guest rooms, restaurant, lobby, and meeting facilities this past summer,…
    - 2 days ago Feb 26, 2015, 6:00pm -
  • Travel Tip of the Day: Oakland Airport Parking Promotion
    Oakland Airport (OAK) Parking Promotion Thanks to my colleague Harriet Baskas for alerting me to the parking promotion Oakland International Airport is currently running. From now through April 15, travelers departing from OAK on any airline heading…
    - 2 days ago Feb 26, 2015, 5:00pm -

Doctor of Credit

  • newDebit Cards on Evolve – A List
    Evolve started charging a 3% fee for the usage of some debit card issued by smaller banks. Here’s a list of the reports we’ve seen on which cards do or don’t incur the fee. Buxx Fee Chime Fee Gift cards Fee LMCU No fee Oink Prepaid Fee Paypal B…
    - 23 hours ago Feb 27, 2015, 11:00am -
  • U.S Bank Cash+ Card Now Available For Online Applications
    The U.S Bank Cash+ card allows you to choose two 5% cash back categories every quarter (and one 2% category), there is a spending limit of $2,000 per quarter but that still equals $100 in cash back per quarter if you can max out that spending. Previo…
    - 1 day ago Feb 27, 2015, 3:46am -
  • US Bank Sucks, IHG PointBreaks, Making Money With Raise, $25 Virgin America Discount & United Cruises
    US Bank business card employee spend does not count towards spend requirements by Frequent Miler. Sometimes I don’t understand big businesses, US Bank has probably spend $400+ acquiring this customer and then they have thrown that relationship in…
    - 1 day ago Feb 26, 2015, 11:29pm -
  • Changes To The American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card
    American Express are making a number of changes to their Premier Rewards Gold Card, people have been expecting these changes every since the AmEx EveryDay cards were released. These new changes will come into effect on June 1st, 2015. Changes Let’…
    - 1 day ago Feb 26, 2015, 10:30pm -
  • $25 eBay Gift Card for $23
    The Offer Direct Link Paypal Digital Gifts on eBay is selling $25 eBay e-gift cards for $23, an 8% savings. Unfortunately, there’s now a limit of 1 per buyer. You can also go through Befrugal or Topcashback for an additional 1.5% cashback. (Hopeful…
    - 2 days ago Feb 26, 2015, 7:36pm -
  • Free Museums With Bank of America & “Museums On Us” Program
    Yesterday Bank of America celebrated it’s 18th year of running the Museums on Us program, I thought it would be a good chance to have a look at this program and what it offers. Basically the Museums On Us program gives access to Bank of America &…
    - 2 days ago Feb 26, 2015, 12:59am -
  • Humerous REDcard Song – It’s all about the REDcard

    - 2 days ago Feb 26, 2015, 12:13am -
  • Green$ense Platinum MasterCard Review: 25¢ Per Transaction
    This is another post in our series “Weird Wednesdays” where every Wednesday we look at a slightly unusual or unknown credit card. You can view more posts in this series by clicking here. Today we’re going to be looking at the Green$ense Platinu…
    - 2 days ago Feb 26, 2015, 12:00am -
  • Wingz Review – Airport Car Service & $10 Free Credit For Signing Up

    - 2 days ago Feb 25, 2015, 11:05pm -
  • [YMMV] FlexPerks Spending Bonuses For March/April
    The Offer U.S Bank FlexPerks cardholders should have received a targeted spending bonus for March & April. To see if you have one go to: https://flexperkspromos.usbank.com/ and log in. Here are some of the offers people have reported receiving: Spen…
    - 2 days ago Feb 25, 2015, 10:40pm -

Hustler Money Blog

  • newChase Slate Review: 15 Months 0% APR Balance Transfer and Purchases with No Balance Transfer Fee
    By far the best card for a balance transfers, the Chase Slate® is offering a 0% Introductory APR on balance transfers and purchases for 15 months and $0 balance transfer fee! With no balance transfer fee for the first 60 days, the Slate from Chase i…
    - 16 hours ago Feb 27, 2015, 5:37pm -
  • newChase $175 Savings Coupon Promotion Review
    Earn a $175 bonus with a new Chase savings account for depositing a total of $15,000 or more new money within 10 business days available til 4/16/2015. Click on this Chase Bank $175 savings coupon code for more information on how you can get the Chas…
    - 17 hours ago Feb 27, 2015, 4:33pm -
  • Free $10 Amazon Credit for 1-Click Citi Credit Card Payment Method
    You can now get a $10 Amazon.com Credit when you change your 1-click payment setting to a Citi credit card. However, you must do this from a Mobile device. When you follow the link, you may receive an error message. Don’t worry, you can go ahead an…
    - 1 day ago Feb 26, 2015, 10:30pm -
  • North Shore Bank $100 Checking Account Bonus Review
    North Shore Bank is offering a $100 Checking Bonus by making 10 qualifying North Shore Bank Debit card transactions by 2/28/2015. With all of their checking accounts, you get these convenient, money-saving, time-saving benefits with access to over 23…
    - 2 days ago Feb 26, 2015, 9:35pm -
  • Charles Schwab Investor Reward Review: $2,500 Bonus Promotion
    Open a Charles Schwab account with $500,000 or more deposit to earn up to $2,500 bonus promotion. Visit a branch or call 1-800-404-3188 to become a Schwab investor to earn a cash bonus of up to $2,500 and enjoy a relationship focused on helping you m…
    - 2 days ago Feb 26, 2015, 3:01pm -
  • Personal Capital Free $10 Amazon Gift Card
    Quick and easy $10 bonus! Check out Personal Capital’s Free $10 Amazon Gift Card by linking one bank account(cannot be a credit card) through their referral program. Once you have your own account, you can refer your friends and family for an addit…
    - 2 days ago Feb 26, 2015, 6:42am -
  • Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Card Review
    Apply for the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Premier Card and get ready to get away with 25,000 bonus points after you spend $1,000 in your first 3 months of opening your account – currently enough for one roundtrip fare when redeemed for South…
    - 2 days ago Feb 26, 2015, 5:04am -
  • Fidelity IRA or Brokerage Account $2500 Bonus
    Fidelity is now offering up to $2500 deposit bonus when you open and fund a Fidelity IRA or brokerage account or add new money to an existing one. With your new Fidelity brokerage account, you’ll receive complimentary guidance online, by phone, or…
    - 3 days ago Feb 25, 2015, 9:53am -
  • Bank of America $300 Checking Promotion
    Highly targeted promotion, Bank of America now has a $300 personal checking account bonus available for new customers who receive a direct communication good through April 10, 2015. My guess is that they are Bank of America credit card customers with…
    - 3 days ago Feb 25, 2015, 6:26am -
  • Chase Coupons: $125, $150, $200, $300, $500, $600, $800 Bonus Promotions Checking & Savings
    Chase is well known for their Checking & Savings Coupons, Bonuses, and Promotions. Below, you’ll find the most complete list of Chase Checking $150, $200, $300, $500, $600, and even $800 Bonus Coupons Combo! We also have Chase $200 Coupon combo ti…
    - 3 days ago Feb 25, 2015, 12:03am -

Hack My Trip

  • newMake $1000 In One Hour or Less with Lyft
    Full Disclosure: This post contains my personal referral links from Lyft. I earn a referral bonus of $1000 per applicant dependent on the offers and requirements listed. Feel free to use any referral link from any Lyft driver/partner you know. You ar…
    - 20 hours ago Feb 27, 2015, 2:05pm -
  • My #30kToNowhere Mileage Run Cost Only 3.99 CPM… Or Did It?
    From the desk of the Devil’s Advocate…   The flights have been flown, the cheap lounge liquors imbibed, the snarky tweets tweeted, and after 24 flights over a period of 84 days, it is official. I am somebody. OK, so I’m only somebody when I’…
    - 2 days ago Feb 26, 2015, 12:05pm -
  • More Tickets for Sale to FTU Advanced San Diego
    One of my readers is unable to attend the upcoming FTU Advanced in San Diego on March 6-7. It’s being held in a pretty neat location in Mission Bay — Rapid Travel Chai has even volunteered to organize an optional dinner on Sunday night for anyone…
    - 5 days ago Feb 23, 2015, 3:38pm -
  • Award Maps for 13 Frequent Flyer Programs
    Most airline frequent flyer program redemptions are region-based, so you pick your origin and destination and look at an award chart to determine how many miles the ticket should cost. But there are often times when this involves a lot of back and…
    - 5 days ago Feb 23, 2015, 12:05pm -
  • Why You Shouldn’t Get a Hyatt Visa for the 20% Rebate
    From the desk of the Devil’s Advocate…   Today’s post begins with a disclaimer, which I feel is always the best way to start off a post. In my mind, it absolves me of all responsibility for what follows. In fact, if Scott would let me, I would…
    - 9 days ago Feb 19, 2015, 12:05pm -

Maximizing Money

  • Capital One ShareBuilder Promo Code up to $600 Bonus Offer
    Capital One ShareBuilder is currently offering from $50 to $600 in bonus cash when you open a new account and deposit at least $5,000, valid through December 31, 2015.Just open a new Capital One ShareBuilder Account and enter Promo Code 600AFF15 dur…
    - 2 days ago Feb 26, 2015, 12:55am -
  • Virgin America Flight Discounts – 20% Off Promo Code and $25 Visa Checkout Discount
    Virgin America offers a variety of airline ticket discounts with promotional code savings and special deals on VirginAmerica.com.Right now, get up to 20% off All Cabin Fares and a $25 discount off a future flight when you use Visa Checkout to book a…
    - 2 days ago Feb 25, 2015, 11:54pm -
  • PNC Bank up to $300 Personal Checking Account Bonus with Virtual Wallet
    PNC Bank is offering up to a $300 personal checking account bonus when you open a PNC checking account with Virtual Wallet or other qualifying checking accounts through March 31, 2015.Check out this PNC Personal Checking Bonus that is available to r…
    - 2 days ago Feb 25, 2015, 11:50pm -
  • Chase Bank Savings Account $175 Bonus Coupon Codes
    We now have $175 Chase Bank Savings account coupon codes available freely through April 16, 2015.Learn more about these Chase Savings Account Coupon Codes and how you can qualify for $175 in new savings account bonuses from Chase Bank.The post Chas…
    - 2 days ago Feb 25, 2015, 11:30pm -
  • North Shore Bank Checking Account $100 Bonus in Wisconsin
    North Shore Bank is offering a $100 bonus just for opening a new checking account, valid through February 28, 2015.Check out these North Shore Bank Promotions for new checking account bonuses in Wisconsin.The post North Shore Bank Checking Account…
    - 2 days ago Feb 25, 2015, 11:25pm -
  • Charles Schwab Promotion – Up to $2,500 Cash Bonus
    The Charles Schwab Investor Reward is offering up to $2,500 in bonus cash when you enroll and make a qualifying net deposit of cash or securities.Update 2/26/2015: There is a brand new Charles Schwab promotion that is offering free membership to the…
    - 2 days ago Feb 25, 2015, 11:20pm -
  • BedandBreakfast.com Free Gift Card Promotional Codes and B&B Inn Discounts
    BedandBreakfast.com offers a variety of free gift card promotions and discount B&B reservation offers for savings when you travel and stay at Bed and Breakfast Inns.Get a free $15 gift card with every $100 in gift cards purchased. Use promo code: GO…
    - 2 days ago Feb 25, 2015, 11:16pm -
  • Bank of America $300 Checking Account Bonus – Targeted
    Bank of America is currently offering a $300 checking account bonus that expires on April 10, 2015, for targeted customers.The post Bank of America $300 Checking Account Bonus – Targeted appeared first on Maximizing Money.
    - 2 days ago Feb 25, 2015, 11:12pm -
  • Fidelity IRA or Brokerage Account up to $2,500 Bonus on New and Existing Accounts
    Fidelity is offering up to $2,500 in bonus cash when you open and fund a Fidelity IRA or brokerage account or add to an existing one.Check out this Fidelity IRA or Brokerage Bonus for more details.The post Fidelity IRA or Brokerage Account up to $2…
    - 2 days ago Feb 25, 2015, 11:11pm -
  • Uber Riders Earn Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints
    Starwood Preferred Guest members can now earn Starpoints for your Uber rides.The post Uber Riders Earn Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints appeared first on Maximizing Money.
    - 2 days ago Feb 25, 2015, 11:10pm -

Boarding Area

  • newLUFTHANSA: All Munich Based 3-class Long-Haulers Now Have NEW First Class Cabin
    Lufthansa has completed the installation of the new First Class cabin across all long-haul aircraft based in Munich. Next focus is on Premium Economy......
    - 4 hours ago Feb 28, 2015, 5:56am -
  • newUK newspaper accuses BA of spying on its staff
    The UK’s independent newspaper runs an article this morning accusing BA of intercepting email and phone calls of some of its employees during a bitter dispute in 2011. The airline, it is worth noting, denies the claims. The phones and computers, it…
    - 4 hours ago Feb 28, 2015, 5:34am -
  • newDelta Points February Newsletter 2015
    Gosh I am happy February is a short month as I don’t know if my heart can take many more #KeepDescending events from the mothership! At least winter is just about over, spring is on the way and just maybe March will not come in like a LION of deval…
    - 5 hours ago Feb 28, 2015, 5:01am -
  • newBombardier CSeries CS300 takes to the air
    The Bombardier CSeries takes a major leap forward today, with the launch of the longer bodied version of the CSeries conducting its maiden flight today from Montreal Mirabel Airport. CSeries CS300 In-flight. Image, Bombardier. The CS300 is the larger…
    - 6 hours ago Feb 28, 2015, 3:16am -
  • newFrequent Flyer Miles Replace Cocaine for Investment Bankers, Automate Your Delay Compensation, and the First Air Force One
    News and notes from around the interweb: For a few days only you can get $100 off top quality luggage while benefiting charity at the same time. For God’s Sake Shut Up About Credit Cards and Airline Miles (HT: Barry P.) The author complains that ta…
    - 9 hours ago Feb 28, 2015, 1:04am -
  • newSave Up To 20% Off Virgin America
    Virgin America is running a “Departure Deal” sale for a limited time where you can save you up to 20% off in all cabins. There isn’t much time left to book a flight with this offer so if you’re interested, it’s worth checking out right away…
    - 9 hours ago Feb 28, 2015, 1:03am -
  • newAir France FlyingBlue May/June Promo Awards — Up To 50% Off
    One of the best uses of Air France/KLM FlyingBlue miles is booking their Promo Awards. FlyingBlue publishes these every month, and they offer 25-50% off select award tickets on Air France and KLM metal. Back in the day Promo Awards would consistently…
    - 10 hours ago Feb 28, 2015, 12:03am -
  • newDay Room at the Crowne Plaza Changi Airport in Singapore
    After our relaxing time at the Park Hyatt Maldives, it was time to start the long journey home.  Our route home took us to Male, then Singapore, then Taipei, then LA, then finally home to Houston.  We had a good chunk of daytime in Singapore betwee…
    - 10 hours ago Feb 27, 2015, 11:23pm -
  • new1000 Places of Interest: 90 – Marco Polo Brücke (China – Peking)
    Geschichte ist spannend. Und es ist natürlich sehr inte […]
    - 11 hours ago Feb 27, 2015, 10:50pm -
  • new$50 American Airlines E-Gift Card Weekend Giveaway – Open to Everyone!
    I am giving away a $50 American Airlines e-gift card. If 100 people enter, then I will add a second prize. The contest is open to everyone and there are two ways to enter!The post $50 American Airlines E-Gift Card Weekend Giveaway – Open to Everyo…
    - 11 hours ago Feb 27, 2015, 10:46pm -

Frequent Flyer Miles 101

  • newLa Guardia considering elimination of perimeter restrictions; does it matter?
    La Guardia (LGA) airport, one of the two major airports with perimeter restrictions, is considering ditching those limits.  More specifically, the Port Authority, which operates the airport, is examining the issue.  There’s no guarantee that any…
    - 19 hours ago Feb 27, 2015, 2:33pm -
  • A sort of Hilton promo and sort of free Hilton points; Starwood teams with Uber
    When it comes to pulling defeat from the jaws of victory, Hilton is near, if not, at the top of the list.  Their ability to tick off customers has virtually no rivals, a fact that they are highlighting with a couple of new promotions.  Note that bo…
    - 3 days ago Feb 25, 2015, 5:19pm -
  • Lower airfares and a couple of free hotel nights
    For those of you who have gotten tired of high fares, they’re not exactly going away, but January saw something we haven’t seen in a while: declining airfares in 2015 versus January, 2014.  Prices are measured using a metric called RASM, which s…
    - 4 days ago Feb 24, 2015, 12:53am -
  • Why are our airports so bad, anyway?
    Traveling is not a fun experience.  Sure, the vacation part of it is fun, but actually getting to where you are going, even under the best of circumstances, is a chore.  Under the worst, well, we’ve all been there. One of the under-discussed part…
    - 6 days ago Feb 22, 2015, 1:54am -
  • Delta initiates luggage guarantee through March 31
    Delta and Alaska Air continue to battle over Seattle, but passengers nationwide will benefit.  They’ve already waived first bag fees and given bonus miles.  Now, Delta is matching a unique Alaska feature, a baggage delivery guarantee. It’s pret…
    - 8 days ago Feb 19, 2015, 9:44pm -
  • Back to basics…
    When I created this blog, it was set up to be for novices and intermediate flyers.  There are a lot of excellent blogs out there for those who know the systems cold, but there was nothing available to get people to that point.  With that in mind, h…
    - 9 days ago Feb 19, 2015, 1:44pm -
  • A bad week for American Express
    I’m on the road this week, so posts may not be as timely as usual. Stick with me, we’ll get there. Last week, American Express announced that it is ending its relationship with Costco on March 31, 2016. Your first thought might be “big deal.”…
    - 10 days ago Feb 17, 2015, 9:52pm -
  • JetBlue’s flight status is down; here’s a workaround:
    For those of you flying JetBlue in the next 24 hours (including myself), you’re going to want to keep an eye on your flight if you live in or are traveling to a weather-affected area.  But there’s a problem: the flight status links on their site…
    - 13 days ago Feb 15, 2015, 9:08pm -
  • Telephone tip for calling your airline
    Obviously, airline phone lines are going to be tied up today, but if you absolutely have to call, meaning you have a flight in the next 48 hours, be prepared for a wait.  Some airlines will allow you to request a call back when an agent becomes avai…
    - 13 days ago Feb 15, 2015, 2:27pm -
  • An open letter to Citibank…
    Dear Citibank: I just got a Citibank Prestige card.  It’s a nice card.  I’m not a particularly prestigious person, but when it comes to travel benefits, they are incredible and more than offset the hefty annual fee.  I only have one problem wi…
    - 13 days ago Feb 15, 2015, 12:52am -

Mr. Free Miles

milepoint (Forums)

  • newHello!
    I am new to this forum and I wish to learn more on fd. I love travelling and i hope you will help me to increase my knowledge.Thanks!
    - 2 hours ago Feb 28, 2015, 8:05am -
  • newAfter Decades, La Guardia Airport May Allow Long-Haul Flights to Los Angeles, San Francisco
    After Decades, La Guardia Airport May Allow Long-Haul Flights to Los Angeles, San FranciscoAccording to recent reports, the ban in place since 1984 at LGA, limiting flights to no more than 1500 miles out of LGA, may soon be lifted. This could mean…
    - 2 hours ago Feb 28, 2015, 8:05am -
  • newHilton London Docklands Riverside to rebrand as a Doubletree
    Hilton London Docklands Riverside to rebrand as a DoubletreeHilton Worldwide is rebranding Hilton London Docklands Riverside as a Doubletree hotel.The property will become Doubletree by Hilton London Docklands this spring and will be the brand's 11…
    - 2 hours ago Feb 28, 2015, 8:01am -
  • newSaving the Dead Sea
    Israel and Jordan agreed to embark on a joint project to stabilize the level of the Dead Sea and save it from disappearing. The plan will replace the evapotating water and extracted minerals (Dead Sea salts) with brine pumped from the Red Sea. If the…
    - 2 hours ago Feb 28, 2015, 7:56am -
  • 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…
    - 2 hours ago Feb 28, 2015, 7:55am -
  • newAirline passengers are paying the price so that investors can profit
    Airline passengers are paying the price so that investors can profitIn 2008, the New York Times’ great (and now former) labor reporter Steven Greenhouse authored a book titled “The Big Squeeze.” The squeeze in question, of course, was the inc…
    - 2 hours ago Feb 28, 2015, 7:54am -
  • newFour Seasons Orlando - Better Than You'd Expect!
    Overview: A luxurious Disney-adjacent property that delivers a proper Four Seasons experienceStrengths: Service, outdoor water activities, kids’ program, roomsDrawbacks: Location and resulting transit burden, not considered “on property” at Dis…
    - 2 hours ago Feb 28, 2015, 7:52am -
  • newSouthwest grounds 128 planes due to missed inspections
    .... and I have to find out from my local evening news instead of on Milepoint http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/southwest-airlines-rapid-rewards/1657815-wn-ground-737-700-fleet.html started 3+ hours ago.
    - 2 hours ago Feb 28, 2015, 7:52am -
  • newChief executive of Malaysia Airlines: The toughest job in travel?
    Chief executive of Malaysia Airlines: The toughest job in travel? Christoph Mueller likes a challenge. Until this weekend, he was chief executive of Aer Lingus. Now, there are worse jobs than being an airline boss; in the olden days, at least, riva…
    - 2 hours ago Feb 28, 2015, 7:51am -
  • newUber database breach involves names, license numbers of 50,000 drivers
    Uber database breach involves names, license numbers of 50,000 driversUber hit by breach; driver data stolenUber said Friday that a database containing the names and drivers’ license numbers of 50,000 of its drivers was breached in May....Click t…
    - 2 hours ago Feb 28, 2015, 7:48am -

Flyertalk MilesBuzz

Reddit r/churning

  • newJust booked a trip at a great value!
    My wife and I are vacationing in Portugal, Spain, and Morocco this summer. Transferring Chase Ultimate Reward points to United, I was able to book 2 tix from the US to Lisbon, and Barcelona back home for a total of 120k miles and $180 out of pocket.…
    - 6 hours ago Feb 28, 2015, 3:32am -
  • newOfficial FRN Referral Thread
    If you have a referral link for the FRN rewards, please post it in this thread. Contest mode has been enabled, which randomizes the order of top-level comments, hides the votes, and collapses responses by default. submitted by Rittersspare [link]…
    - 8 hours ago Feb 28, 2015, 1:52am -
  • newProblem with redeeming CC Gold Points
    I've tried to redeem my Club Carlson Gold Points at various locations all over the world (I thought maybe the specific hotel I actually wanted to stay at was actually fully-booked), however almost ALL the properties I come across are "Currently Unava…
    - 9 hours ago Feb 28, 2015, 12:43am -
  • newWhat is a good card that you need a lot of spend on in order to qualify for a large reward?
    Looking for something like the 10k in 3 months spend for 100,000 miles that citi had last year. submitted by berryberrygood [link] [12 comments]
    - 9 hours ago Feb 28, 2015, 12:06am -
  • new[Not Churning] I hope I don't have this to look fwd to every month with my new Alaska Card
    submitted by thiseye [link] [5 comments]
    - 11 hours ago Feb 27, 2015, 10:55pm -
  • newTravelling to Europe on Points
    My husband and I are travelling to Europe at the end of October to meet my cousin's twin babies, who will be 6 months old, and to have one last couple's adventure before we get on the baby-making train. We've applied and been approved for 10 cards in…
    - 11 hours ago Feb 27, 2015, 10:21pm -
  • newBooked a trip to cancun through bookit.com, but didn't use the United Explorer card. Can I still take advantage of the free checked bag?
    I booked the trip using my CSP card, totally forgetting about my wife's United Millage Plus card. Is there a way I can still check bags for free on United, if I am a card holder, but didn't use the card? submitted by ItWorkedLastTime [link] [2 co…
    - 11 hours ago Feb 27, 2015, 10:17pm -
  • newGet a Marriott card for stay at Marriott?
    Hi! I just started getting into churning and will be getting married in a few months. I had originally planned to get a Marriott card since we have a lot of out of town guests and our hotel block is at Marriott. Given I'm about to spend a decent amou…
    - 12 hours ago Feb 27, 2015, 9:58pm -
  • newWhat's the 90 days rule?
    I'm coming up on my 90 days for my next AOR. But my we're also considering getting my wife a new car at the end of June. Is the 90 day period for when inquiries drop off the screen (but not off your report) the same thing for car loan pulls? Thanks…
    - 12 hours ago Feb 27, 2015, 9:37pm -
  • newBusiness credit application troubles
    Hey Churners - In the past week I've put in two applications for business credit cards with no luck. Business is in website design (legit corporation and everything) pulling in around $80k annually. I personally take home about $50k annually. On Mond…
    - 12 hours ago Feb 27, 2015, 9:16pm -