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The Points Guy

  • newRoundup of Credit Card Bonuses and Promotions Ending Soon
    With summer coming to an end, I wanted to give a quick round up of credit card offers and promotions that will be ending soon. Expiring Credit Card Offers United Explorer: Ending September 2, 2014 • Earn 50,000 miles after $2,000 spent on purchases…
    - 14 hours ago 1 Sep 14, 5:50pm -
  • newLast Minute Travel: Finding Award Availability & More
    Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele offers insights into booking last minute flights, including tips for finding late award availability and minimizing costs when cash tickets are your only option. Travelers who book their flights far in advance gene…
    - 19 hours ago 1 Sep 14, 12:08pm -
  • Should I Get Amex Gold Premier or Southwest Rapid Rewards?
    TPG reader Noah tweeted me to ask:  @thepointsguy “Which card should I get? The American Express Gold Premier Rewards credit card with the 50k bonus or Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier credit card with the 50k bonus?” I generally don’…
    - 2 days ago 31 Aug 14, 1:59pm -
  • Will I Earn a Bonus for Upgrading to Citi Executive Card?
    TPG reader Marty tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy “Does American Airlines ever give mile bonuses to upgrade your existing credit card from Platinum Select AAdvantage to Citi Executive AAdvantage?” The Citi Executive AAdvantage credit card is one…
    - 2 days ago 31 Aug 14, 1:29pm -
  • How Can I Keep Delta Medallion Status If I’m Short MQDs?
    TPG reader Julie tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy “Any ideas for someone who has enough Delta MQMs but is about $1500 short on MQDs? I want to maintain Silver Medallion Elite status and I have an Amex Platinum Delta card.” For United and Delta fl…
    - 2 days ago 31 Aug 14, 12:59pm -
  • Will Delta Reserve MQMs Qualify for Platinum Challenge?
    TPG reader Matt tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy “I’m on a Delta Platinum Challenge, can I sign up for the Delta Reserve American Express credit card and have those MQM’s qualify for the challenge requirement?” Airline Elite status matches a…
    - 2 days ago 31 Aug 14, 12:29pm -
  • Cultured: Museum Hopping Through the Masters in Nice
    The French Riviera has attracted and inspired everyone from philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche to celebrated writers and painters like Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Nice-based contributor Lane Nieset takes us museum hopping thro…
    - 3 days ago 30 Aug 14, 3:30pm -
  • Hyatt 50% Off in China, Bonus Southwest Rapid Rewards & More
    Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Get a $50 Visa Gift Card For Holiday Inn Stays: If you stay three nights or more at a Holiday Inn Resort, you can get a $50 Visa Gift card via the Hold On…
    - 3 days ago 30 Aug 14, 12:29pm -
  • Citi Double Cash: a New Cashback Credit Card Option
    Citi just announced the launch of a new cash back credit card with a unique twist on earning. Unlike most cards, which offer rewards based solely on spending, the Citi Double Cash Card awards 1% cash back per dollar spent, and then offers another 1%…
    - 3 days ago 29 Aug 14, 8:32pm -
  • SPG Free Nights, Starpoints & More with Tap Into Luxury Game
    SPG has created a new online game called Tap Into Luxury, where SPG members can play to win prizes like free night stays, Starpoints, iTunes gift cards and Ticketmaster cash codes. One grand prize winner will get 250,000 Starpoints to take a dream v…
    - 4 days ago 29 Aug 14, 4:41pm -

Frugal Travel Guy

  • newThe $10 Massage & $4 Pedicure – Is It For You?
    A massage in Savannah will run $50-$60 for an hour … a pedicure $20-$25. We’re a tourist town and prices reflect it. Locals need to leave the historic district and find places that aren’t looking for tourist revenue but rather want local / repe…
    - 37 mins ago 2 Sep 14, 8:00am -
  • newDo You Know What Currency You Need?
    It really just isn’t as simple as use the local currency of the country. However, because of that things can really end up being a lot easier … just make sure you know how much your dollar is worth. The United States is the 4th largest country in…
    - 8 hours ago 1 Sep 14, 11:00pm -
  • newSeeing the World in a Weekend – Traverse City, Michigan
    I have traveled all over the world and have found no better place on earth to be than my home town in the summer. One of my neighbors asked why I never wrote an article about it and I didn’t really have a reason. So today’s Seeing the World in a…
    - 11 hours ago 1 Sep 14, 8:00pm -
  • newAccount Balances Show Disparity Between Airline Miles and Hotel Points
    About twice a year I do an inventory of our miles and points to look at my strengths and weaknesses in coverage. The last look shows my continuing problem acquiring hotel points. At present we have 1,340,000 airline miles and only 300,000 hotel point…
    - 23 hours ago 1 Sep 14, 8:00am -
  • Reader Success Story: An Ex-Pat Learns to Travel for Free
    Over the past year, we’ve had many readers share their success stories with us. Folks for whom traveling domestically once a year was a luxury are now traveling the world with just a few credit card sign-up bonuses. And the best part? They are shar…
    - 2 days ago 31 Aug 14, 8:00am -
  • 5 Great Bank Rewards Credit Card Perks
    Bank Rewards credit cards are great for the flexibility they offer. The ability to transfer bank rewards points (Ultimate Rewards, Membership Rewards, Citi Thank You points) to a variety of airline and hotel transfer partners is the single best perk…
    - 3 days ago 29 Aug 14, 11:00pm -
  • Which is Better: Private Car, Taxi, Uber or Tuk Tuk?
    Knowing the right transportation option in the right circumstance can save you time, hassle and a significant amount of money. Ever try to catch a cab in Manhattan during shift change? Unless it is a short trip no one will want to take it — good l…
    - 3 days ago 29 Aug 14, 8:00pm -
  • That Time I Dumped All of My Ultimate Rewards Points…
    I did something last week that I hadn’t really planned on doing. I dumped around 80,000 Ultimate Rewards points into my Southwest Rapid Rewards account. <Gasp!> It was a hasty decision, but was one that I ultimately have to live with. First of all,…
    - 4 days ago 29 Aug 14, 8:00am -
  • We Want to Hear Your Success Stories
    Here at Frugal Travel Guy, we work hard to bring you the best tips and tricks to get you on the vacation of your dreams at a price that you can afford, but there is something you may not know. Every Sunday, we publish Reader Success Stories that feat…
    - 4 days ago 28 Aug 14, 11:00pm -
  • What Are the New Changes to the FICO Credit Scoring System?
    The world of credit would be relatively simple if we had a single credit report and a single score based off of that report. Unfortunately this couldn’t be further from the reality. John Ulzheimer, a nationally recognized credit expert shared a gre…
    - 4 days ago 28 Aug 14, 8:00pm -

One Mile at a Time

  • newDoha Taxis: Pay What You Want?
    So I've spent the past couple of days in Doha (thanks for the condolences). The city is about as exciting as watching paint dry, and that's being generous.It's somewhat rare that I take taxis nowadays. I always try to stick to public transportation…
    - 14 hours ago 1 Sep 14, 5:33pm -
  • newRedeem Starpoints For Suites Or Premium Rooms
    It's interesting to see the policies different hotel loyalty programs have towards redeeming points for premium rooms and suites.For example, Hyatt Gold Passport is one of the more favorable loyalty programs for award redemptions in suites. They cha…
    - 16 hours ago 1 Sep 14, 3:33pm -
  • newAmerican AAdvantage Discount On Shared Miles
    Through September 30, 2014, American AAdvantage is offering up to a 35% bonus on shared miles. I'm writing about this simply to explain why in almost all cases it's not worth taking advantage of.Sharing miles is basically an opportunity to transfer…
    - 18 hours ago 1 Sep 14, 1:33pm -
  • newRedeem Aeromexico Kilometers For Flights On Northwest!
    If you're a big of the red tail and still reminisce about "the good old days," you can wipe those teardrops off your guitar!Just collect Aeromexico Club Premier Kilometers instead, and you'll be flying them before you know it (though a Saturday nigh…
    - 19 hours ago 1 Sep 14, 12:33pm -
  • newExpertFlyer Pulls All Delta Information
    As I explained a couple of weeks ago, ExpertFlyer is one of the travel tool subscription services I pay for, given that it saves me a ton of time and does display some information which isn’t otherwise readily available online.Over the past couple…
    - 21 hours ago 1 Sep 14, 10:33am -
  • MileagePlus Explorer Card 50,000 Mile Sign-Up Bonus Last Chance
    Link: United MileagePlus® Explorer Card For a while now Chase has been offering an increased sign-up bonus on their co-branded United card. They’re offering a sign-up bonus of 50,000 MileagePlus miles after spending $2,000 in the the first three m…
    - 1 day ago 31 Aug 14, 8:33pm -
  • Qatar Airways 787 Business Class
    After a pleasant flight in Jet Airways business class from Newark to Brussels, I was excited to fly with Qatar Airways from Brussels to Doha, which was the last portion of my 67,500 AAdvantage mile business class award between the US and the Middle E…
    - 2 days ago 31 Aug 14, 6:33pm -
  • How Delta Prices Award Tickets
    As much as I give the program a lot of crap, there are many great uses of Delta SkyMiles, and in many ways I think SkyMiles are more valuable than several years ago, at least comparatively.Do I find SkyMiles to be the most valuable currency? Of cour…
    - 2 days ago 31 Aug 14, 4:33pm -
  • Lufthansa A380 Flights To India
    In late January of this year, India lifted their bans on A380. Given what a high capacity market India is, this was welcome news for several carriers, given that there's probably not a more ideal market in the world for the aircraft.From the beginni…
    - 2 days ago 31 Aug 14, 3:09pm -
  • “I Just Need Your Paper Ticket, Please”
    Yesterday I flew from Toronto to Brussels in Jet Airways business class. Despite a few hiccups, it was a pleasant flight all around, and exceeded my expectations.From there I had a three hour layover before my connecting flight to Doha in Qatar Airw…
    - 2 days ago 31 Aug 14, 12:33pm -

The Frequent Miler

  • newChallenge accepted
    You know the drill.  I was nominated for the ALS ice bucket challenge by my uncle Lew, and by Mommy Points (link).  I’ve pledged to donate $100 to ALS research, $100 to Food Gatherers, and $100 to Doctors without Borders.  Next up, I challenge D…
    - 17 hours ago 1 Sep 14, 1:53pm -
  • Will the real Virgin Atlantic offer please stand up?
    Bank of America recently introduced a new signup offer for their Virgin Atlantic credit card.  The bank describes it as chance to earn up to 90,000 miles.  Some blogs have described it as a 75K offer.  Some have said that you can earn up to 127,50…
    - 4 days ago 29 Aug 14, 10:05am -
  • Office supply 1X, Devolvolution, FlexPerks minus AA, and more
    Miscellaneous thoughts and happenings… Online Office Depot and OfficeMax not posting as office supply A reliable source has informed me that all of his recent online Office Depot and OfficeMax purchases made with his Chase Ink cards have failed to…
    - 5 days ago 28 Aug 14, 10:05am -
  • The walls are closing in on Amex gift card spend

    - 6 days ago 27 Aug 14, 10:05am -
  • Surviving the new Iberia Avios award chart
    Iberia and British Airways share the same miles program called “Avios”.  Recently, Iberia published a partner award chart that is quite different from British Airways’ own partner award chart.  Some fear that British Airways will soon follow…
    - 7 days ago 26 Aug 14, 10:05am -
  • Maximizing value from the U.S. Bank FlexPerks Travel Rewards Visa Card
    Last week I described how I used points from my FlexPerks Travel Rewards card to buy a one-way flight from Las Vegas to Detroit.  The retail price of the flight was just over $300 in economy, or $387 in first class.  Since FlexPerks charges 20,000…
    - 8 days ago 25 Aug 14, 10:05am -
  • 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…
    - 11 days 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…
    - 12 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…
    - 13 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…
    - 14 days ago 19 Aug 14, 10:05am -

Well Traveled Mile

  • newNew Double Cash Back Card From Citi – Earn 2% Cash Back on Everything
    Citi recently launched its newest and possibly most rewarding cash back credit card, the Citi Double Cash Card. The card has a unique rewards earning structure that allows you to earn up to 2% back across the board. You will earn 1% cash back on ever…
    - 16 hours ago 1 Sep 14, 3:28pm -
  • Master List of Airline Award Fees – Change Fees, Cancellation Fees, & Phone Booking Fees 2014
    Using airline miles for award flights is one of the best ways to travel for less, however if you have to change or cancel an award ticket you’re often hit with high fees. Each airline program has its own award ticket fee policy and may charge you…
    - 4 days ago 29 Aug 14, 5:48am -
  • Evolve Money Now Limits One Payment Per Biller Per Month
    Evolve Money just sent out an email with some big changes that are likely going to adjust your manufacture spend strategy using the program. If you’ve been taking advantage of Evolve Money to earn extra miles and points to pay your mortgage the new…
    - 6 days ago 27 Aug 14, 5:48pm -
  • Using Barclays Arrival Plus Card To Maximize Your Miles & Points Earning Strategy
    Anyone new to the miles and points game will quickly realize that there are several types of ‘travel rewards’ credit cards—airline mile, bank-point travel rebate, and flexible-point credit cards. Each type of card holds its own purpose and in a…
    - 7 days ago 26 Aug 14, 7:33am -
  • Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature 60,000 Point Offer (+$25 Statement Credit)
    The Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature sign-up bonus worth 60,000 Hilton HHonors points after spending $1,000 within the first 4 months will be around for 7 more days. The offer is set to end on August 31, 2014, so if you plan on applying be sure to…
    - 8 days ago 25 Aug 14, 9:55am -
  • Up 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…
    - 11 days 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…
    - 11 days 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…
    - 12 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…
    - 13 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…
    - 14 days ago 19 Aug 14, 8:51am -

Million Mile Secrets

  • newThe Secret to Saving 7,500 American Airlines Miles!
    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 Giddy for…
    - 15 hours ago 1 Sep 14, 4:00pm -
  • newOne Week Left: American Express Delta SkyMiles 50,000 Mile Sign-Up Bonus
    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. Have you been th…
    - 23 hours ago 1 Sep 14, 8:00am -
  • Blog Giveaway: $200 in Kiva 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. You’re the bes…
    - 3 days ago 30 Aug 14, 8:00am -
  • $200 in Shell Gas Station Gift Cards Winners!
    Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook or Twitter! Thanks to everyone who left a comment and tweeted to win the $200 in Shell Gas Station Gift Cards giveaway. Congrats to: Whitney who commented: My wife and I want to make our move from … Conti…
    - 3 days ago 30 Aug 14, 7:30am -
  • Are You Allowed to Get 140,000 Marriott Points From 2 Chase Cards at Once?
    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.  Here’s our Advertiser Disclosure.  Million Mile Secrets reader John Phillips commented: Dear Daraius, I need to acc…
    - 5 Dec 01, 12:00am -

View From the Wing

  • newThe Most Useful Advice from this Blog
    Doctor of Credit asked me for my ‘most underrated blog posts’ and I admit I had a hard time figuring out what to share. Does that mean things I think are great but that didn’t get much notice? (That probably means I was wrong about their being…
    - 6 hours ago 2 Sep 14, 1:00am -
  • newHow to Eat Sushi (You’ve Been Doing it Wrong!)
    Eat the roll with your fingers. Turn the sushi pieces on their side with your chopsticks before dipping fish into soy sauce. Definitely don’t eat the ginger slices together with the roll or fish! And don’t shake soy sauce off the sushi. You can j…
    - 9 hours ago 1 Sep 14, 10:30pm -
  • newACT NOW: Last Chance for Up to 55,000 United Miles
    I receive compensation for many links on this blog. You don’t have to use these links, but I am grateful to you if you do. American Express, Citibank, Chase, and other banks are advertising partners of this site. I do not write about all credit car…
    - 12 hours ago 1 Sep 14, 7:15pm -
  • newNew, Better Link for 50,000 American Airlines Business Card Offer
    Back in March I provided an updated link for the American Airlines co-branded business credit card from Citibank that included a 50,000 mile signup bonus. That link seems to have stopped working. sagy writes, The link that you have gives a “Page No…
    - 15 hours ago 1 Sep 14, 4:30pm -
  • new3000 Mile First-Time Hotel Booking Bonus Extended Through October 10
    Rocketmiles is a hotel booking site with a limited number of hotels and in a limited – but growing – number of cities. It rebates you a potentially large number of miles for your reservations. (You generally won’t earn hotel points for your sta…
    - 17 hours ago 1 Sep 14, 2:15pm -
  • newDelta Against Its Customers: No Longer Permits Expertflyer Access to Inventory, Seat Maps, Fares, or Even Flight Status
    Delta has forced Expertflyer to remove access to all of its data from the website. As of today, Delta has requested that we no longer offer to you any information on ExpertFlyer pertaining to Delta. Since our inception almost 10 years ago we have acc…
    - 19 hours ago 1 Sep 14, 12:15pm -
  • This Amazing Viral Landing Video Didn’t Really Happen. Here’s How We Know!
    This video of a Delta jet making a rather amazing landing has been making the rounds. I’ve seen it on Facebook, and three readers sent it to me. The strength of the nose gear on the Boeing 787 is very impressive! But… this didn’t really happen.…
    - 1 day ago 1 Sep 14, 12:30am -
  • It’s Too Dang Early for This!
    The meal service standards that US Airways went to in the spring — and American adopts tomorrow — call for an ‘enhanced snack basket’ in first class on all flights from 700 to 999 miles. Fort Lauderdale – Washington National is 899 miles. S…
    - 1 day ago 31 Aug 14, 9:30pm -
  • Two Rolex Watches Were Stolen From This Hotel Guest. You’ll Never Guess Where They Were Found!
    News and notes from around the interweb: Simon Mall gift cards – that come with PINs and can be used to buy money orders – can now be purchased online for ~ $5 per $500 all-in. An important reminder for avoiding tourist scams: you’re not that g…
    - 2 days ago 31 Aug 14, 6:30pm -
  • Always Enter Your Car Rental Confirmation Numbers into Autoslash for Savings – It’s Free!
    Reader Brian B. offers a good reminder: Needed minivan + different city return… ended up with Budget @ [$600+] + $350 one-way fee! …I fill out Autoslash’s form. I forget about it. 10 days later (4 days before my trip) i get a response. Mid-size…
    - 2 days ago 31 Aug 14, 3:30pm -

Nomadic Matt

  • This is the Best Thai Food Outside of Thailand
    I’ve left pieces of my heart in many places around the world: New York, Paris, Stockholm, and Hong Kong to name a few. But no place has a bigger piece than Thailand. It was my home for a long time (and in many ways still is). No amount of time ther…
    - 5 days ago 28 Aug 14, 11:46am -
  • Walking Among the Dead at Pere Lachaise Cemetery
    Death is not the end for the residents of Père Lachaise in Paris. Their tombs and graves are gawked at every day by hundreds of camera-touting tourists seeking the cemetery’s famous and not-so-famous inhabitants. The cemetery was built in 1804 as…
    - 8 days ago 25 Aug 14, 1:00pm -
  • 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…
    - 12 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…
    - 15 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…
    - 19 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…
    - 22 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…
    - 33 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…
    - 36 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…
    - 43 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…
    - 47 days ago 17 Jul 14, 4:21pm -

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…
    - 34 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…
    - 41 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…
    - 56 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…
    - 58 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…
    - 62 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…
    - 63 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…
    - 67 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…
    - 76 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…
    - 79 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…
    - 83 days ago 11 Jun 14, 11:00am -

Frequent Flier

  • newAmerican Flights Bookable on Orbitz, Again
    American Airlines and Orbitz are back in business, together again. Just three days after Orbitz had stopped displaying American flights on its consumer websites, and three days before US Airways flights were set to disappear as well, the dust-up betw…
    - 12 hours ago 1 Sep 14, 7:48pm -
  • newWin a 4-Day Sundance Retreat for 2
    Enter the Sundance “25th Anniversary” sweepstakes by October 15 for a chance to win one of three grand prizes: each a trip for two to the Sundance Resort in Sundance Village, Utah, including air, three nights’ hotel accommodations, rental car,…
    - 13 hours ago 1 Sep 14, 6:27pm -
  • Frequent Flyer Miles or Cash Back? The Game’s Afoot
    For years, I have been suggesting to my readers that they should compare the value of any rewards credit card they’re considering not with another rewards card but with a cash-rebate card. Cash always trumps loyalty points with the same ... Read Mo…
    - 4 days ago 29 Aug 14, 6:06pm -
  • $5 for a Boarding Pass? Allegiant Says Print or Pay
    Just when you thought the airlines’ relentless fee-mongering had reached its peak, yet another airline figures out yet another way to charge flyers for yet another service once considered basic. This time, the target is your boarding pass. Here’s…
    - 5 days ago 28 Aug 14, 6:46pm -
  • J.D. Power Rates the Credit Cards
    J.D. Power today released results of its eighth annual ranking of credit card customer satisfaction. The study measures customer satisfaction with credit card issuers by examining six factors: interaction; credit card terms; billing and payment; rewa…
    - 5 days ago 28 Aug 14, 4:35pm -
  • Ryanair Business Class: Oxymoron?
    Is Ryanair business class an oxymoron? We’ll soon know. Today, “Europe’s favourite low cost airline” (Ryanair’s self-description) rolled out Ryanair Business Plus, what it’s calling “a tailored suite of travel benefits.” Predictably,…
    - 5 days ago 27 Aug 14, 7:47pm -
  • Citi Cards Add New Transfer Partner: Flying Blue
    Just last month, Citi gave its ThankYou rewards program a significant lift with the addition of eight new airline programs that ThankYou points may be transferred into at a 1:1 ratio. Unfortunately for U.S.-based travelers, all eight programs are hos…
    - 6 days ago 27 Aug 14, 6:48pm -
  • American Pulls Fares from Orbitz
    Want to book a flight on American Airlines? Fine, just don’t plan to buy your ticket from Orbitz. According to American: “American Airlines has withdrawn its fares from consumer websites powered by Orbitz, effective immediately.” US Airways far…
    - 6 days ago 26 Aug 14, 7:26pm -
  • Alaska Air Discounts Fall Award Flights
    Over the past few years, Alaska has been among the most prolific award discounters. That isn’t saying much, as there’s been little in the way of award discounting among other airlines. Still, at least Alaska was trying. With this latest ... Read…
    - 7 days ago 26 Aug 14, 5:21pm -
  • American Targets Kids for More Fees
    Nuisance fees sometimes can be downright nasty. For example: when they target children. A case in point is American’s just-announced change to the fees it charges for children traveling alone. Today, children between the ages of five and 11 are ...…
    - 8 days ago 25 Aug 14, 5:28pm -

Travel is Free

  • newBest Use of Chase Ultimate Rewards Points
    Chase Ultimate Rewards points are absolutely my favorite currency. If you have the Ink Bold, Ink Plus or Chase Sapphire Preferred you can transfer to many great partners and the transfers are instant. This allows you to shop around for the best flig…
    - 3 hours ago 2 Sep 14, 4:48am -
  • newAm I wrong about the Citi 2% Cashback card sucking? Best or Worst?
    Am I wrong about the Citi 2% Cashback card sucking? The answer is no, not really. First of all, you’re supposed to earn 1% when you spend and 1% when you pay the card off. But when I looked at the terms and conditions (“pricing & information”)…
    - 5 hours ago 2 Sep 14, 2:45am -
  • new$0 Trip to Latin America: Introduction
    I thought about calling this series the Farewell to Royal Ambassador trip, or the Latin Hopper trip. But the goal is to have an abso-freaking-lutely free trip. Like $0.00. No taxes. No fuel surcharges (not that I would ever do that). No dollars. Whil…
    - 16 hours ago 1 Sep 14, 3:10pm -
  • The Irony of Miles & Points
    Sometimes I wake up and I realize just how unbelievable all of this is. Just the irony of who we are, and where we are. It’s the story of sleeping on the beach, and sleeping at the JW Marriott in the same week. Follow me for one second… We’re 2…
    - 1 day ago 1 Sep 14, 2:51am -
  • Please, Stop Listening to Bloggers and Getting Crappy Rewards Cards!
    I’m just going to analyze some of the popular credit cards to talk about right now, and give my non-bias opinion. And then I’ll give alternatives, if the previously mentioned cards suck. Let me sum this up: There are 3 Delta cards with a 50,000…
    - 2 days ago 31 Aug 14, 12:25am -
  • What I Didn’t Say About United Open-Jaws
    So I said open-jaws on stopovers were illegal. But, I did share the exceptions, and I did tell you back tracking is possible… but I didn’t connect the dots, yet. Recently I published the Complete Guide to United Routing Rules. I’m extremely pro…
    - 4 days ago 29 Aug 14, 5:30pm -
  • Best Use of Malaysia Airlines Enrich Miles
    Malaysia Airlines is a heck of a program. Particularly the award chart for actually flying on Malaysia is actually pretty decent. Then there are all kinds of options with a 15% discount booking online, and stack that with cash + miles redemptions. R…
    - 5 days ago 28 Aug 14, 12:36am -
  • The Complete Guide to United Award Routing Rules
    United Award Routing Rules: Intro   This site has been the first to publish many of the routing rules for United. And in many ways, it’s the only site to make any attempt to write about the subject. This is because the rules are not published by U…
    - 7 days ago 26 Aug 14, 4:41am -
  • Free Phone and Internet Plans for Travelers
    Actual Free Phone Plans (non-wifi): FreedomPop FreedomPop is what inspired this post. BikeGuy and GoMike deserve a hat-tip for sharing this with me. And I wrote this entire thing to post last week, and then decided to see if FreedomPop has an affili…
    - 8 days ago 25 Aug 14, 6:02pm -

Frequent Flyer Bonuses

milepoint (Forums)

  • newSheraton Grand Hotel and Spa, Edinburgh (Review)
    I had a one-night stay with my wife here in late August 2014. It was our first visit to Scotland. We rented a car at the airport and drove to the hotel.I'm an SPG Plat so we got an upgrade to the club floor (the hotel was pretty full so I was satisf…
    - 23 mins ago 2 Sep 14, 7:00am -
  • newTeh Penalty Box
    I think it's time for a new Box thread that works. So, here goes.
    - 37 mins ago 2 Sep 14, 6:46am -
  • 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…
    - 39 mins ago 2 Sep 14, 6:44am -
  • newSleeping in a diplomatic mission in Chiang Mai, Thailand
    Here is your change to feel like an Ambassador for a day.:http://www.traveldailynews.asia/news/article/56438/sleeping-in-a-diplomatic-mission
    - 51 mins ago 2 Sep 14, 6:32am -
  • newthe most expensive valet parking in the world?
    seems there must be even more expensive places but............. USD 109 (AED 400) seems steepthe guy parking the car might earn that in a week, so no excuse for the high cost of labourDubai Mall is chaotic on weekends and if you have money to burn,…
    - 54 mins ago 2 Sep 14, 6:29am -
  • newBA Avios possible changes on partner flights
    Randomly up at midnight on a Sunday, saw this and figured milepoint should know (in case everyone doesn't religiously check FT and the blogs):http://milenomics.com/2014/08/suspension-rules-burn-avios-upcoming-aa-flights-now/TLDR Version: Iberia Avio…
    - 1 hour ago 2 Sep 14, 5:53am -
  • newUnited Flight 201
    Thanks you United on giving us one of your old 777-200 jets for a flight from IAH to HNL. That is all we need is an 8 hour direct flight with the only inflight entertainment is on our own devices. I am so thankful I can get Direct TV from DFW to IA…
    - 2 hours ago 2 Sep 14, 5:08am -
  • newDelta Air Lines Information Completely Removed From ExpertFlyer Effective Immediately
    Here is the official statement from ExpertFlyer:Changes to Delta Data VisibilityDelta has requested that we no longer offer to you any information on ExpertFlyer pertaining to Delta. Since our inception almost 10 years ago we have accessed Delt…
    - 2 hours ago 2 Sep 14, 5:04am -
  • newInternational Date Line Glitch
    I had a multi-night consecutive stay starting in Tokyo and ending in Hawaii. According to the clock, I checked-out of Tokyo after I checked into Hawaii and HHonors wants me to chose which "valid stay" I should pick for HHonors credit.I'm trying to e…
    - 3 hours ago 2 Sep 14, 4:46am -
  • new(photo trivia) Guess the city
    Given the success of the 'guess the airport' thread, though this might be a good thread to start. A breath of fresh air, if you will...Anyways, same rules apply. First submission:
    - 3 hours ago 2 Sep 14, 4:21am -

Flyertalk MilesBuzz

  • newnok air customer service in english????
    i've been having some problems trying to get in touch with nok air about a reservation i made last week.... i made the booking online on their website, made the online payment & got the ticket on my email....about 20 minutes later i received...
    - 46 mins ago 2 Sep 14, 6:37am -
  • newDiscover Q4 2014 -- Online Shopping / Department Stores
    Discover has announced their 4th quarter 5% CBB cats, online shopping and department stores. Online shopping is pretty broad, I'm thinking maybe AGC + portal or Staples? What's the best play here.
    - 2 hours ago 2 Sep 14, 5:49am -
  • newMML at LAX - is it now dry?
    HI there, I was wondering if anyone has visited the Maple Leaf Lounge at LAX Terminal 2 recently? According to the Priority Pass website, it has stopped serving liquor. Is this true? Thanks!
    - 2 hours ago 2 Sep 14, 5:42am -
  • newLong layover options in ZRH with kids?
    Apologies if I've put this in the wrong forum - still getting to know my way around FT. Due to a flight cancellation, my pleasant 1.5 hour layover in Geneva has now been switched to a 5.5 hour layover in ZRH. I'll be arriving from IDA at 7:00 in.…
    - 2 hours ago 2 Sep 14, 5:37am -
  • newSEZ part of OW via UL or CX ?
    Hi all I am looking at booking a RTW LONE4 with OW but want to include a stop in SEZ. However none comes up on OW booking engine and couple agents I spoke to says no OW airlines fly there. But CX and UL does. I know with UL the flight..…
    - 2 hours ago 2 Sep 14, 5:22am -
  • new10 hours in BOG?
    Hi, I'll be flying from GIG to UIO on AV C late November. I'll land in BOG around 1pm on a Thursday flying to UIO on a 11pm flight. Any tips about what to do during this time? I suppose visiting Botero's might be tricky because if the...
    - 2 hours ago 2 Sep 14, 5:10am -
  • newWhich Hilton Honors card?
    I am looking to sign up for hilton honors card and get best deal on points. I manage couple hotels so I get good discount so don't plan on staying at hilton as first choice of hotel but do plan on taking vacation and staying at hilton...
    - 2 hours ago 2 Sep 14, 5:00am -
  • newRecomendation for getting back to, Japan.
    Hey guys I need some help here. Me and my wife and 5 month old are going back to Japan soon. Either around end of October or November. We are planning on using miles to get to Okayama and going in business class. For us the best way of...
    - 3 hours ago 2 Sep 14, 4:43am -
  • newStand by for same day flight
    Dear All, I just booked a reward ticket BKKNCE via ZRH in C class on 05SEP Unfortunatelly Swiss did not want to confirm the LX562 at 0855 and only gave me the LX568 1255. Is it possible to go to the gate or transfer desk uppon arrival in ZRh.…
    - 3 hours ago 2 Sep 14, 4:29am -
  • newTraveling/ Boarding with Eldery
    I'm sure this has been discussed before but I searched and couldn't find an exact answer to my question. On Thursday, I'm flying to Vegas with my grandparents (yeah, I know). They are in their late 70s but are still mentally there and physically...
    - 3 hours ago 2 Sep 14, 4:28am -

Reddit r/churning

  • newCSP AF due soon, worth keeping or should I cancel?
    So I got the CSP sometime end of September last year, AF is due soon and I'm trying to weigh the pro's and con's and thought maybe the folks at /r/churning can help make the decision. I have accumulated approximately 65000 UR points this calendar yea…
    - 2 hours ago 2 Sep 14, 5:47am -
  • newIs anyone else trying to learn how to MS? Do you want to make a private google doc with me listing all the options and the pros and cons of each?
    Thinking about doing this, as there seems to be a ton of options. Anyone want to do a spreadsheet that we can all edit where we lay out all the options? Seems like it would create a great resource and be a great way to learn along the way. submitted…
    - 2 hours ago 2 Sep 14, 5:26am -
  • newFirst Ever Reddit Post - Please help
    So I started playing with credit card points a long time ago. I thought I was the only one who was doing it. Haha. I discovered reddit and churning a few months ago. I have since taken my churning to a new level. But I need some advice from some you…
    - 4 hours ago 2 Sep 14, 3:19am -
  • newOn this Labor Day, how many points/miles did you earn Today?
    How many points/miles/CB did you earn in a single day, and what activities did you perform to earn them? submitted by LumpyLump76 [link] [13 comments]
    - 6 hours ago 2 Sep 14, 1:52am -
  • newBest CC for cash back?
    I am not looking for travel, but just cash back. I have the CSP and BarclayCard Arrival Plus so far, and looking for other options. I've heard the Wells Fargo Propel is a little difficult to get approved on if you don't have an existing relationship…
    - 6 hours ago 2 Sep 14, 1:35am -
  • newQuestion about rejections
    If you're rejected for a card, does it "reset" the 30day/60day/90day rule where you have to wait before applying again for a card from that company? Or can you just apply a week or so later? submitted by Nyxtoggler [link] [5 comments]
    - 7 hours ago 2 Sep 14, 12:09am -
  • new60k CSP, 100k AmEx Platinum
    Hi all-- As the title states, I've earned these rewards recently on two of my new cards. I was curious what churners would recommend as the best use of my newly earned points. Since I can telecommute for my job, I often like to take two-week trips w…
    - 11 hours ago 1 Sep 14, 8:26pm -
  • newChurning for airline tickets for 3 to 5 people, ONT to MCO
    My wife and I are considering going to Disney World In January, leave 4th or 5th, come back 9 or 10th. Just started churning in July. I'm looking to take my family (2 adults, 1 child, 1 infant in arms) and possibly my two sister in laws, hence 3 to 5…
    - 13 hours ago 1 Sep 14, 6:18pm -
  • newWhat cards have you actually churned?
    Considering this a churning subreddit this does not get discussed nearly enough. submitted by The_John_Galt [link] [33 comments]
    - 14 hours ago 1 Sep 14, 5:48pm -
  • newFirst AOR results...
    Hey guys, I just applied for five cards and am posting results if anyone is interested. STATS: Age: 21 Income: $30,000 FICO:728 AAoA: 1 year and 2 months Current cards: Local Credit Union- Opened June 2011 CL 1000 Local Bank- Opened July 2013 CL 500…
    - 16 hours ago 1 Sep 14, 3:02pm -

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

  • newTravel Tip of the Day: Pets and Airport Security
    Pets and Airport Security I’ve been seeing an increase in travelers with dogs recently, and most of them have their companions wearing service dog harness vests. Unfortunately, I think most of these dogs aren’t really service dogs, as I know a…
    - 16 hours ago 1 Sep 14, 3:30pm -
  • newTravel Style: Kailash and Shivana Maharaj
    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: Kailash and Shivana Maharaj Occupation: Editors-in-chi…
    - 16 hours ago 1 Sep 14, 3:23pm -
  • Ibiza, Spain: Playground for Adults
    Ibiza was never on my list of places to go. A party island never sounded that appealing to me, but when a friend of mine called to invite me to join him and his Canadian British friends in their villa, and that he was leaving in ten days, it was ha…
    - 3 days ago 29 Aug 14, 10:07pm -
  • 5 Reasons to Visit the Turkish Riviera
    This is part 3 in Caitlin Martin’s recap of her 7-day Aegean adventure with Louis Cruises. Read part one on Greece here and part two on Louis Cruises here. Turkey, a peninsula surrounded by turquoise seas and a country rich in history, is a truly u…
    - 4 days ago 29 Aug 14, 6:51pm -
  • 2 DAYS LEFT: Earn 50,000 Miles with the United MileagePlus® Explorer Card
    One of the best travel credit card offers of the summer—the chance to earn 50,000 miles with the United MileagePlus® Explorer Card—is going off the table at midnight this Tuesday, September 2, 2014. There are a lot of good credit cards out th…
    - 4 days ago 29 Aug 14, 4:30pm -
  • Reader Travel Tip of the Day: Two Legs, One Flight Number
    Two Legs, One Flight Number Each Friday, we’re featuring a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from reader Paul B. of Los Gatos, CA, who says: “Last week returning from London (LHR) to San Jose (SJC) via…
    - 4 days ago 29 Aug 14, 4:00pm -
  • Travel Style: Barbara McNally
    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: Barbara McNally Occupation: Founder of Mother Lover…
    - 4 days ago 29 Aug 14, 1:00pm -
  • 7 Surprising Things to See and Do in Buffalo
    If you thought you knew the Buffalo/Niagara Falls area, well think again. New York state’s second largest metropolitan area has been undergoing somewhat of a renaissance that’s given it a new urban vibe in both its downtown core and throughout it…
    - 5 days ago 28 Aug 14, 6:31pm -

Doctor of Credit

  • Chase Total Checking $150 Bonus Is Back, Valid Until 10/15/2014
    Note: This post contains an affiliate link to eBay, we appreciate you using our links where possible.  Offer at a glance Maximum bonus amount: $150 Availability: Nationwide Direct deposit required: Yes, no minimum Additional requirements: None H…
    - 1 day ago 1 Sep 14, 5:29am -
  • Mint.com Now Offering Free Credit Scores
    Mint.com is now offering free credit scores to it’s members. The score they are provided is not a FICO score, instead it is a FAKO score under the name of “Equifax® credit score”. In addition to this free product, they are also offering a prem…
    - 3 days ago 30 Aug 14, 2:30pm -
  • Citibank Launches New “Double Cash” MasterCard That Earns 2% Cash Back, NO AF
    This post does not include any affiliate links of any kind. We appreciate you using our links where possible. It looks like Citibank is getting serious about offering competitive credit cards again with the release of their new card called “Double…
    - 4 days ago 29 Aug 14, 12:45pm -
  • Amex Offer: $20 off $100 at J Crew, Possible Money-maker
    You can see our introduction to AmEx Offers here. See also How to Sign Up for Multiple American Express Sync Offers. The Offer Spend $100 at J Crew or jcrew.com and receive a $20 statement credit. This is a targeted offer; it’s not available on all…
    - 4 days ago 28 Aug 14, 8:01pm -
  • Amazon Local Register (update)
    See our original post: Amazon Local Register – 1.75% Payment Processing Fee. We previously reviewed the new service that Amazon rolled out called Amazon Local Register. We’d like to correct/add a few points. Will Everyone Get a 1099k? We mention…
    - 5 days ago 28 Aug 14, 10:00am -
  • New restrictions on Evolve Money Payments
    Not all change is good, and it seems that Evolve Money is moving further and further away from being the gift card friendly company it once labeled itself as.  In the past the online billing company has said that it is committed to letting it’s cu…
    - 6 days ago 27 Aug 14, 6:59pm -
  • $25 Free Credit When You Join Hotel Engine
    This post contains a referral link. If you use our link you will receive a $25 credit on sign up, we will also receive a $25 credit after you make your first hotel booking. We appreciate you using our links whenever possible. Hotel Engine looks to be…
    - 6 days ago 27 Aug 14, 10:09am -
  • Citi Adds Two More ThankYou Point Airline Partners (Malaysia + AirFrance/KLM)
    In July Citi Bank announced that ThankYou points would be transferable to 7 different airline partners (along with Hilton HHonors which has been a partner for awhile now). They’ve also just announced two new airline additions. New Additions Below…
    - 6 days ago 27 Aug 14, 8:42am -
  • Are Avios Being Devalued Or Not? (Hint: Answer Is No)
    Over the past few days I’ve received a lot of e-mails and seen a lot of twitter messages speculating that an Avios devaluation is eminent. I thought I’d put together a post about why I think that’s not happening but then my friend from across t…
    - 7 days ago 26 Aug 14, 11:09am -
  • Credit Card Purchase Protection and My Stained Tie
    Suppopse you  just bought a new laptop and it gets stolen or damaged. Or suppose you bought a new tie, only to get nailed with chicken-grease on its first wear. Many credit cards offer an insurance called Purchase Protection. This insurance is auto…
    - 7 days ago 26 Aug 14, 10:00am -

Hustler Money Blog

  • newChase $400 Coupons: $300 Total Checking & $100 Savings Account
    People are selling a few Chase Bank’s $300 Total Checking and Chase $100 Savings combo coupons that is valid until October 24, 2014 on eBay up to $400 total in bonuses. There IS a direct deposit requirement for the Total Checking and $10K deposit r…
    - 4 hours ago 2 Sep 14, 3:41am -
  • newBest Bank Bonuses, Promotions, Deals, Coupons & Referrals, September 2014
    Below is the complete list of bank bonuses nationwide. Read our in-depth review for a complete guide of each bank bonus. Make sure to read all the terms and conditions at the bank's web page to fulfill the bonus requirements.
    - 8 hours ago 1 Sep 14, 11:11pm -
  • newFirst Tennessee Bank $100 Express Checking Bonus
    First Tennessee Bank offers $100 bonus with a new Express Checking account with an opening deposit of $300 and set up direct deposit valid through 11/30/2014. There is no monthly service charge with direct deposit and no minimum balance required. You…
    - 8 hours ago 1 Sep 14, 11:10pm -
  • Citi Double Cash Card Review: #1 Cash Back Credit Card On All Purchases!
    Citi® Double Cash Card offers unlimited 1% cash back on all of your purchases when you buy and an additional 1% cash back as you pay for those purchases, whether you pay in full or over time. Unlike the Amex Fidelity card, you don’t need to apply…
    - 4 days ago 28 Aug 14, 11:51pm -
  • Featured Cash Back Credit Cards, September 2014
    Americans are good at spending money. Really good. With all the money that flows in and out of our households, it makes sense to try to capitalize on that. When we spend wisely or reward businesses with our purchase, shouldn’t we in turn be rewarde…
    - 4 days ago 28 Aug 14, 9:14pm -
  • First Federal Bank Review: $150 Checking Bonus
    My reader Wendy just emailed me about First Federal Bank $150 Bonus promotion with first mobile deposit and first online bill pay. The offer is valid until 8/31/2014 so hurry! You’ll earn up $150 when you open any checking(student, simple, e-checki…
    - 5 days ago 27 Aug 14, 10:13pm -
  • Featured Citi Bank Credit Card Bonuses, August 2014
    While Citi 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. Are you in need to open a Citibank checking account? F…
    - 5 days ago 27 Aug 14, 10:04pm -
  • Sharebuilder Promotion Codes- Complete Bonuses & Free Automatic Investment Credits, August 2014
    Sharebuilder, an online brokerage founded in 1996, is now offering many bonuses and free automatic investment credits. Part of ING Direct, Sharebuilder offers an online trading platform that is ideal for the novice investor; no minimum balance is req…
    - 6 days ago 26 Aug 14, 11:20pm -
  • Pinnacle Bank Review: Titans Banking $100 Bonus
    Pinnacle Bank is offering $100 bonus checking promotion with Titans MVP Checking account when you set up direct deposit by October 31, 2014.  At Pinnacle Bank, “free checking” means exactly what you sign up for with free online banking, free bil…
    - 6 days ago 26 Aug 14, 11:19pm -
  • Capital One ShareBuilder $600 Bonus for New and Existing Customers
    Capital One ShareBuilder is offering a $600 bonus for new and existing customers when you deposit $125K+ into your account good until December 31, 2014. Make sure to use Promo Code 14GET600S in order to qualify for this offer. The IRA account has a n…
    - 6 days ago 26 Aug 14, 10:34pm -

Hack My Trip

  • Nomad Series – Travel tips for globetrotters – Part 2 – On the Road
    As I mentioned in the first installment, I’ve been on the road continuously for the past 12 months, visiting about 36 countries, living in four and logging about 120,000 miles so far across pretty much every mode of transport imaginable. Rather tha…
    - 2 days ago 31 Aug 14, 3:24pm -
  • I Wish My Math Class Took Field Trips to Atlanta
    LoungeBuddy shared a pretty awesome article from Wired this morning on Twitter. The question: Could you observe the curvature of the Earth in Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport?  Atlanta has one of the most “efficient” termin…
    - 3 days ago 30 Aug 14, 3:46pm -
  • Nomad Series – 12 months out of a suitcase – Tips for Points and Miles Globetrotters
    While it’s cute that Lucky is living a full year in hotels, some of us don’t have the cash flow to be paying nightly rates and it still hurts to burn 40,000 star points for 5 nights at a Category 4 Sheraton, even if you’re a savvy points and mi…
    - 3 days ago 30 Aug 14, 12:35pm -
  • I Got It! It’s Chase Ultimate Rewards Points That Are Awful!
    From the desk of the Devil’s Advocate… This week we finish up 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) Starpo…
    - 5 days ago 28 Aug 14, 11:15am -
  • Up to 60% off Alaska Award Flights and 40% Extra Miles!
    Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan is putting a bunch of their award flights on sale for travel between August 30 and October 31. (You can book these awards starting today.) Some of the awards are as low as 5,000 miles one-way and represent a 60% disco…
    - 7 days ago 26 Aug 14, 1:40pm -
  • Targeted Offer: 50,000 MR to Upgrade Amex PRG To Platinum Card
    I don’t normally like to talk about targeted promotions, but when it comes to credit cards there seems to be more opportunity than with other companies to talk your way into getting a similar offer once you know it exists. (Chase is a particularly…
    - 7 days ago 26 Aug 14, 11:05am -

Maximizing Money

Boarding Area

  • newTiger Airways offering almost free tickets to Singapore for HDFC Card Members till September 7, 2014
    Tiger Airways is offering almost free one-ways on purchase of a return fare from Indian stations to Singapore, in case you book by September 7, 2014. You need to be able to book with an HDFC Credit/Debit/Prepaid card to be able to get this promotion.…
    - 26 mins ago 2 Sep 14, 6:57am -
  • newAmerican Flights Bookable On Orbitz (Again)
    After a dust up last week between American Airlines and Orbitz, American airlines plans to return to selling fares through Orbitz. It was pretty clear that American was putting the squeeze on Orbitz for lower fees.Most telling is that their statement…
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  • newNuts & Bolts of #SkyTeamRTW – Little Batteries, Big Job
    Sometimes the smallest items can make the difference between working on the road and searching for a power outlet so you can keep working on the road. Many travelers, traveling for work or pleasure, are tied to their mobile phones or tablets to be in…
    - 3 hours ago 2 Sep 14, 4:11am -
  • newHyatt Place Portland Maine – The Nightclubs Come Through Your Window
    “Portland is a very vibrant city! For your convenience we have provided earplugs.” I should have read beyond “The Quintessential Experience of New England” on the Hyatt Place Portland Old Port’s website to (emphasis added) “Guests would h…
    - 6 hours ago 2 Sep 14, 1:25am -
  • newHow Did You Spend Your Labor Day Weekend?
    I just returned from a little road trip to the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. It was a relatively low key weekend – a drive, a few Walmart stops along the way and mainly relaxing by the beach and the pool. I won’t be writing a full review of the hot…
    - 6 hours ago 2 Sep 14, 1:15am -
  • newUp to 20% Discount and 1,000 Bonus Points During Best Western Fall Promotion
    Book your reservation at the Best Value or Web Special rate plans at participating hotel properties between tomorrow, September 2, 2014 and November 23, 2014 at the official Internet web site of Best Western and you will receive a discount of up to 2…
    - 6 hours ago 2 Sep 14, 1:07am -
  • newExternal USB Charger on Sale
    Amazon has an external USB charger at a steep discount today. This USB charger is marked down from the Amazon price of $39 to $19.95. […]
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  • newThe Most Useful Advice from this Blog
    Doctor of Credit asked me for my ‘most underrated blog posts’ and I admit I had a hard time figuring out what to share. Does that mean things I think are great but that didn’t get much notice? (That probably means I was wrong about their being…
    - 6 hours ago 2 Sep 14, 1:00am -
  • newThe long way home….
    Using a combination of free and paid tickets I am taking the long way home to London. LA to London and Luxembourg, Amman and Doha, Male and then Hong Kong are all on the menu. The post The long way home…. appeared first on Miles from Blighty.
    - 7 hours ago 2 Sep 14, 12:14am -
  • newA Poem about the End of the 50,000 Mile United Offer
    In case you missed the 122,456 posts on the subject (actually that’s how many PQM I had last year), the 55,000 mile offer on the United MileagePlus® Explorer Card ends tomorrow. The normal bonus is only 30,000 miles. Inspired by my poem on the Ch…
    - 8 hours ago 1 Sep 14, 11:46pm -

Frequent Flyer Miles 101

  • Customers can make a difference; Out of office notice
    I’m going to be out for the Labor Day long weekend, but there was a piece of news that caught my eye based on a customer perspective.  Dublin-based Ryan Air, Europe’s largest Ultra Low-cost carrier (Think Spirit Air in the US.) announced a busin…
    - 3 days ago 30 Aug 14, 1:14am -
  • If you want to learn a little about airline stocks…
    Cowen and Company is holding its annual transportation conference in Boston next week.  Just about every major airline is presenting on September 3.  Presentations tend to be about 30 minutes and are led by a senior executive at the airline. If you…
    - 4 days ago 29 Aug 14, 12:16am -
  • Finding an Award Ticket: Part 2
    So now what happens?  You’ve scoured the internet.  You’ve kept the agent on the phone for half an hour.  You’ve changed your dates and lather, rinsed and repeated. Before we go to the nuclear option, I’m going to suggest one service which…
    - 4 days ago 29 Aug 14, 12:07am -
  • Finding an award ticket: Part I
    When it comes to finding an award ticket, there are a number of ways to get results.  The quality (and quantity) of those results, however, will depend on a number of factors, including when you are going to travel, where you are going, the class of…
    - 5 days ago 27 Aug 14, 11:37pm -
  • American Airlines pulls fares from Orbitz
    Claiming a dispute with Orbitz over pricing, American Airlines pulled its fares from Orbitz this morning as of today for travel after September 1. Fear not if you have already booked with Orbitz; your ticket is still good. If you need to make changes…
    - 7 days ago 26 Aug 14, 5:54pm -
  • 20% off code for JetBlue
    JetBlue has been kind enough to offer a 20% off promo code for flights within the US between 9/3 and 12/18. There are some restrictions on it, with certain holiday dates blacked out and travel limited to Monday-Thursday, but other than that, it looks…
    - 7 days ago 26 Aug 14, 2:35pm -
  • Et tu, Iberia? Then fall, British Airways?
    I always try to provide attribution when I get information from another source, but this one hit blogs and spread like wildfire and I have no idea where it originated. My source was an email from a friend, who got it from somewhere else, who got it f…
    - 8 days ago 25 Aug 14, 2:20pm -
  • Important: A note on contacting me through the contact form
    Hi guys, First, thank you for the emails, even the spammers who are trying to offer me SEO services (Thanks, but no thanks.). I reply to all the legit emails I get (Sorry, SEO guys.), but there’s a catch: the contact form is anonymous, meaning that…
    - 9 days ago 24 Aug 14, 1:17am -
  • Weekend update: United meals, Cathay in Boston, JetBlue silliness
    United Meals: In a rare enhancement (the good kind) of in-flight services, United announced that it is replacing its snack box meals in First with food that you may actually want to eat, including wraps, entree salads and hot sandwiches.  And while…
    - 10 days ago 23 Aug 14, 6:44pm -
  • How 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…
    - 10 days ago 22 Aug 14, 9:18pm -

Mr. Free Miles