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The Points Guy

  • newEarn Up To a 60% Bonus on Purchased American AAdvantage Miles
    Currently American Airlines is running a buy miles promotions, where you can buy American Airlines AAdvantage miles for as little as 2 cents per mile. From March 31 through April 30, 2015, you’ll earn up to 60,000 AAdvantage bonus miles, whe…
    - 15 mins ago Apr 1, 2015, 3:32pm -
  • new9 SPG Properties that Make for Awesome Award Redemptions
    One complaint you won’t hear from award travel enthusiasts is that there aren’t enough places we want to go. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen stretches that list even further as he shares his favorite Starwood proper…
    - 2 hours ago Apr 1, 2015, 1:59pm -
  • new25% American Express Transfer Bonus To Virgin Atlantic
    Though not as high as recent transfer bonuses of 30-35%, American Express Membership Rewards, the points program of cards including the Platinum Card and the Premier Rewards Gold as well as the EveryDay cards, is offering a 25% transfer bonus to…
    - 3 hours ago Apr 1, 2015, 12:39pm -
  • newAvoiding Award Travel Change and Cancellation Fees
    Travelers generally pick one airline over another based on cost and the in-flight experience, but in this post, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at why you should also consider the costs of not flying at all. Right now…
    - 4 hours ago Apr 1, 2015, 12:08pm -
  • newUnder-The-Radar African Safari: Zambia
    First-time visitors to Africa tend to gravitate toward well-known destinations like South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania, but in this new travel series, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen sheds light on five of southern Africa’s other great safari dest…
    - 19 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 8:59pm -
  • newDeal Alert: Cheap Flights from West Coast to Asia from ~$600
    Our friends at Stealth Trips tipped us off to this great deal for those looking to head to Asia later this year: there appear to be tons of different flight options on sale starting at just over $600 round-trip from the U.S. Sale destinations includ…
    - 20 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 7:21pm -
  • newGiving Tuesday: Washington to Washington
    My new monthly series, Giving Tuesday, highlights travel-focused charities around the world. This month’s installment is from Davy Rothbart—writer of My Heart is an Idiot and brother of TPG Points & Miles Editor Peter Rothbart—who’s create…
    - 22 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 6:09pm -
  • newNew Wyndham Rewards Program is a Rare “Revaluation”
    Amidst an onslaught of recent program devaluations, there’s at long last some good news on the loyalty landscape horizon. On May 11, 2015, Wyndham Rewards will launch what I’d describe as a “revaluation,” a newly revised loyalty program t…
    - 24 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 4:00pm -
  • IHG Rewards Card 70,000 Points Offer Extended
    Chase has been offering a sign-up bonus of 70,000 points for the IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card after you spend $1,000 in the first three months. While there have been targeted offers for 80,000 points from time to time, 70,000 points is the…
    - 1 day ago Mar 31, 2015, 3:02pm -
  • Travel Rewards Credit Card Combinations to Explore Europe
    When talking about award travel, it’s easy to focus on earning points and miles, and lose sight of the actual traveling. Today, however, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr offers a detailed analysis of how you can use your travel rewards to explore Eu…
    - 1 day ago Mar 31, 2015, 1:59pm -

Frugal Travel Guy

  • newFive Quick Ways to Save Big on Passport and Visa Related Expenses
    Travel abroad often? Save big with these easy tricks! 1. Buy one set of extra passport pages, get one set FREE. Passports fill up quite quickly when you travel a lot. My passport was issued in 2011 and it was nearly full, so I recently sent it away f…
    - 8 hours ago Apr 1, 2015, 8:00am -
  • newSeparating Credit Card Myth From Fact
    There are so many myths out there about credit cards that it is natural for the subject to be a confusing one. If you are a novice on the topic (and perhaps even if you are not) it is extremely important to be able to separate myths from facts to mak…
    - 16 hours ago Apr 1, 2015, 12:00am -
  • newTen Movies That Have Inspired Me to Travel
    The beautiful scenery, the zany adventures – movies make me want to travel! Here’s a list, in no particular order, of the movies that inspire me to get out and see the world. 1. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade You can probably include all the…
    - 17 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 11:00pm -
  • newCan I Do Better Through Orbitz Rewards?
    This may come as a surprise to some, but not every frugal traveler is loyal to just one travel brand. In fact, many travelers hold a number of different allegiances across multiple programs, all for different reasons. From award availability to free…
    - 18 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 10:00pm -
  • newHow to See Alaska For Free
    As the credit card rewards enthusiast of the family, I get a lot of questions about random travel itineraries all over the United States and abroad. In some cases, my family members and friends just want to get away for a weekend in a hotel room some…
    - 20 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 8:00pm -
  • newChase Extends the IHG Limited-Time Offer!
    It happens occasionally, and I wish I knew why a bank will extend a limited-time offer. Chase just did so with the IHG 70K sign-up bonus offer. At times, these sort of extensions make bloggers look like we don’t have the most current info, but in f…
    - 22 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 5:30pm -
  • How to Transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards to a Single Account
    Flexible rewards points are the foundation of a smart frugal travel plan. The ideal currency offers the ability to redeem points across multiple loyalty programs and also at a cash value. Pay the cash price or pay the points price — you pick which…
    - 1 day ago Mar 31, 2015, 8:00am -
  • Don’t Buy Retailer’s Extended Warranties — Use This Trick Instead

    - 2 days ago Mar 30, 2015, 11:00pm -
  • Nine (Free!) Travel Podcast Resources for Your Next Trip
    Lately, I’ve been listening to podcasts. My increased interest started a few months ago with a documentary podcast narrated by musician Iggy Pop on the life of writer William S. Burroughs. I was inspired to find the podcast while watching a Parts U…
    - 2 days ago Mar 30, 2015, 8:00pm -
  • Rick’s Picks: Second Time Around for Two Cards
    As reported earlier, Katy and I have just finished our recent card applications which included the same cards a second time around. Chase’s new rules indicate that you cannot receive a second bonus for the same card unless it has been a full two ye…
    - 2 days ago Mar 30, 2015, 8:00am -

One Mile at a Time

  • new25% Bonus On Amex Transfers To Virgin Atlantic
    American Express is offering a 25% bonus for points transfers to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club through April 30, 2015. This only applies to the US Membership Rewards program, so for those accruing points through the Amex EveryDay℠ Preferred Credit Ca…
    - 27 mins ago Apr 1, 2015, 3:20pm -
  • newInk Cards Discontinuing Lounge Club Membership — So What?
    I received a letter in the mail yesterday regarding my Ink Plus® Business Credit Card, which in part read as follows:"Action Needed: You can enroll in the LOUNGE CLUB program until April 30, 2015.We're writing to let you know that we are ending ou…
    - 2 hours ago Apr 1, 2015, 1:33pm -
  • newHilton Surpass American Express 80K Sign-Up Bonus Is Back
    Through May 5, 2015, the Hilton HHonors Surpass Card from American Express is offering an increased sign-up bonus of 80,000 HHonors points after spending $3,000 in purchases within the first three months of card membership.The card has a $75 annual…
    - 4 hours ago Apr 1, 2015, 12:04pm -
  • newWestJet Introduces #SmartSeats (April Fool’s Joke)
    I'm generally not a huge fan of April Fool's day. It's too much not-so-funny all at once.That being said, you can always count on WestJet, the Canadian low cost carrier, to come up with a great concept for the day. This year they're announcing #Smar…
    - 5 hours ago Apr 1, 2015, 10:33am -
  • newDelta & Aeromexico File For Joint Venture
    While the impact won't be immediate for customers, Delta and Aeromexico have filed an application with the US Department of Transportation requesting antitrust immunity for a new joint venture on flights between the US and Mexico.Via the Delta press…
    - 15 hours ago Apr 1, 2015, 1:03am -
  • newUp To 60% Bonus On Purchased American AAdvantage Miles
    Only days after the AAdvantage & Dividend Miles programs merged, American is back with a great bonus on buying miles.Through April 30, 2015, American AAdvantage is offering up to 60,000 AAdvantage bonus miles when you buy miles.The size of your mil…
    - 18 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 9:49pm -
  • newAir France FlyingBlue June/July 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…
    - 19 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 9:03pm -
  • newDISGUSTING: NYPD Officer Loses It On Uber Driver
    There's a cringe-worthy video making the rounds of an undercover NYPD officer verbally assaulting an UberX driver in New York City (this video contains strong language, so is not suitable for work). The video was taken and uploaded by the passenger -…
    - 20 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 7:33pm -
  • newAre Thailand’s Airlines Unsafe?
    The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) recently completed an audit of Thailand's Civil Aviation Authority, during which they found some troubling policies.Via Reuters:"One aviation source with knowledge of the matter told Reuters that…
    - 21 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 6:33pm -
  • newApparently You Can Earn Bonus Miles For Dining — Who Knew?!
    I'll be the first to admit I'm not as "hardcore" in this hobby as I used to be. That's partly because I have more going on in my life now than when I was 16.Back in the day I would go out of my way to earn bonus miles for virtually every purchase. $…
    - 22 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 5:33pm -

View From the Wing

The Frequent Miler

  • newAnnouncing the “Us” card: a Bluebird, Serve, and REDcard competitor!
    Yesterday, a reader sent me an advance copy of a press release from FirstCayman Internet Bank, where she works in human resources.  The press release introduces a new prepaid card that is directly intended to compete with Amex Bluebird, Serve, and t…
    - 5 hours ago Apr 1, 2015, 10:25am -
  • newWyndham: 15,000 points per night… Anywhere!
    Wow, I didn’t see this coming.  Via The Points Guy and Loyalty Traveler, I learned today that Wyndham is planning to overhaul their rewards program, in a very good way, on May 11th.  The startling part of the Wyndham announcement is that they wil…
    - 20 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 7:22pm -
  • A great combination: American Airlines status plus Citi Prestige
    Last week, as the clock ticked down towards the last chance to use US Airways Chairman Preferred upgrade certificates, I finally found a reasonably good use for them. My wife and I had been planning a short trip to London where she has a business mee…
    - 1 day ago Mar 31, 2015, 10:25am -
  • Achieving AAdvantage elite status through points
    Late last week, my American Airlines and US Airways loyalty accounts were merged.  Even though AA and US Airways will continue to operate as separate airlines until the merger is complete, their loyalty programs are now one.  An interesting outcome…
    - 2 days ago Mar 30, 2015, 10:25am -
  • It’s not too late – Deals still alive as of 3/29/2015
    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…
    - 3 days ago Mar 29, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • Best Credit Card for Spend, Upgrading Credit Cards, Waitlisting Award Tickets & 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 Amex EveryDay…
    - 4 days ago Mar 28, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • Bet You Didn’t Know: Mistake Fares Exclusively for Your City or Airline
    By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate…   Last week I wrote about some of the tools I use to quickly find and book mistake fares (see “Bet You Didn’t Know: A Toolkit for Chasing Mistake Fares). It was a popular post, but a number of folks me…
    - 5 days ago Mar 27, 2015, 10:25am -
  • Two days of manufactured spend revenge
    Last week, Point Princess and I spent two days driving all around Ann Arbor with the primary goal of using up Lyft credits and the secondary goal of manufacturing spend.  Point Princess happens to be a Lyft driver and I happened to be a slightly dis…
    - 6 days ago Mar 26, 2015, 10:25am -
  • The quick guide to Daily Getaways 2015
    The Daily Getaways are a set of travel deals available in limited quantities.  Each day for the next several weeks, a new deal becomes available at exactly 1 pm ET.  The most popular deals will be sold out before you can finish saying “where’s…
    - 7 days ago Mar 25, 2015, 10:25am -
  • Which one credit card is best for spend?
    Between my wife an I, we currently have about 30 open credit card accounts (not counting authorized user cards, debit cards, prepaid cards, etc.).  Many are cards that we got just for the signup bonuses.  When the annual fees come due we’ll cance…
    - 8 days ago Mar 24, 2015, 10:25am -

The Flight Deal

The Free-quent Flyer

  • newWhat's the point of class-of-service bonuses?
    With the 2015 division of US airline loyalty programs into revenue-based (Southwest, Delta, United) and distance-based (American, Alaska) models, deciding on a primary carrier and loyalty program has become a game with multiple moving parts. While l…
    - 6 hours ago Apr 1, 2015, 10:00am -
  • Trailing interest charges: the silent killer
    Every travel hacker knows that interest charges (and annual fees) are the flip side of credit card rewards. You may earn 2% on the front end when paying with a credit card, whether you're buying a cup of coffee or manufacturing spend, but if you don'…
    - 1 day ago Mar 31, 2015, 10:00am -
  • Anatomy of an Award Trip: City of New Orleans
    As teased in yesterday's housekeeping post, I'm headed to New Orleans for a week! Here's the scoop:Getting there: a family bedroom on Amtrak's City of New OrleansAmtrak operates a daily service between Chicago and New Orleans stopping in, among othe…
    - 5 days ago Mar 27, 2015, 10:00am -
  • Blog housekeeping for March 26, 2015
    A few quick notes on the site, feel free to skip if this stuff bores you.WELCOME SAVEROCITY READERS!Matt, the benevolent dictator/head honcho over at Saverocity, recently reconfigured his site and generously offered to plug my RSS feed into his fro…
    - 6 days ago Mar 26, 2015, 10:00am -
  • Onward from Madrid, Dublin, Berlin
    Last week I wrote about the three transatlantic British Airways partners that, due to the distances involved and the fact that taxes and fees are low on these routes, make even post-devaluation Avios redemptions competitive with cash or (depending on…
    - 7 days ago Mar 25, 2015, 10:00am -
  • I love Uber, but they are seriously terrible
    The private ride-coordinating app Uber exists for a single reason. It’s not the ubiquity of smartphones and it’s not the rise of the freelance economy. It’s the fact that taking taxis is the worst, and always has been.For me and most people I k…
    - 8 days ago Mar 24, 2015, 10:00am -
  • Fun with post-devaluation Avios for premium cabin redemptions
    In the last few years we've been flooded with airline rewards program devaluations. A few examples:On the earning side, we've seen revenue-based earning on Delta and United. Alaska also reduced earning on Delta-operated flights, leaving American (a…
    - 13 days ago Mar 19, 2015, 10:00am -
  • How many Ultimate Rewards points do you stockpile?
    I recently saw Frequent Miler bemoaning his low Ultimate Rewards balances and had to chuckle to myself. Why? Because I do my best to keep my Ultimate Rewards balance at the bare minimum I'm likely to need in the immediate future.I've written befo…
    - 15 days ago Mar 17, 2015, 10:00am -
  • Do this now: register for Q2 2015 cash back bonuses
    Registration is open for cards offering rotating cash back bonus categories in the second quarter of 2015. Here's the skinny:Chase Freedom. 5 non-flexible Ultimate Rewards points at restaurants, Bed Bath & Beyond, H&M, and, on up to $…
    - 16 days ago Mar 16, 2015, 10:00am -
  • Weekend thoughts on killing deals
    I saw a few interesting posts in the last few days about the ethics and mechanics of writing publicly about techniques to manufacture spend:Thoughts on Killing a $25K MS Deal — Matt from SaverocityFamily Travel For Real Life, Southwest Cards, Top…
    - 18 days ago Mar 15, 2015, 12:44am -

Well Traveled Mile

  • Millions Of Avios Stolen From BA Accounts
    British Airways announced that thousands of Executive Club accounts have been hacked and millions of Avios have been stolen. The somewhat comforting note is that apparently no sensitive information such as passenger details, saved credit card informa…
    - 1 day ago Mar 31, 2015, 6:32am -
  • SPG Transfer Times – All Nippon Airways (ANA)
    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…
    - 2 days ago Mar 31, 2015, 2:30am -
  • Chase Ink To End LoungeClub Partnership
    Wow, I definitely didn’t see THIS coming. I just received the following letter in my mail informing me that Chase and LoungeClub® are ending their partnership on April 30, 2015! For those who aren’t aware why this is such a big deal: Every Chase…
    - 2 days ago Mar 31, 2015, 1:38am -
  • 25% Discount On Award Travel To Brazil & Chile On United!
    United Airlines is currently having a sale on any award trips to Brazil and Chile, charging only 45,000 miles for a round-trip economy ticket! Terms & Conditions Promotion period ends at 11:59 p.m. on April 26, 2015 Offer is valid for travel beginnin…
    - 3 days ago Mar 30, 2015, 2:09am -
  • 5X eBay Bucks Cashing Out As 10X: 16.5X With No Limits!
    eBay is back with another offer to triple dip! The e-mail I received has the following subject line: “For our VIPs–earn 5X eBay Bucks. ” However, when I clicked on the “See Details ” I noticed the following: Notice the wording says “Earn…
    - 7 days ago Mar 25, 2015, 8:18pm -
  • Daily Getaways 2015 – 100,000 IHG Points Still Available At $0.05 / Point
    I recently wrote about why the Daily Getaways IHG deal was a profitable one. While the day of sale has passed, there are still some vouchers left to be purchased. As of this moment, I can see the following: There is no indicator as to how much longer…
    - 7 days ago Mar 25, 2015, 6:25pm -
  • How to Avoid Paying Close-in Booking Fees on United Awards
    Almost all airline programs charge a close-in booking fee for booking award tickets within 21 days of departure. Originally via Mile Value, there is a simple and easy hack that may make it possible to avoid paying United’s $75 close-in booking f…
    - 7 days ago Mar 25, 2015, 12:13pm -
  • Did You Know: Booking One-Way Flights Using ANA Miles
    Did You Know is a series highlighting some tips / tricks regarding earning miles, redeeming miles or in general saving money on your travels! Some of this information may be new to you while some may be a refresher. All Nippon Airways, a Star Allianc…
    - 7 days ago Mar 25, 2015, 8:03am -
  • Earn Free Arrival Miles Via Barclays New Rewards Fan Zone
    The Barclaycard Arrival Plus World MasterCard has a handful of useful travel features which makes it among my favorite travel rewards credit cards. In the past Barclays has pushed customer interaction with numerous targeted card usage promos and the…
    - 8 days ago Mar 24, 2015, 12:41pm -
  • Hotel Review: Hampton by Hilton Cluj-Napoca, Romania
    I recently had the chance to explore a small bit of Romania on my way to Budapest, where I ended up booking 5 nights at the Hampton by Hilton Cluj-Napoca. The hotel is a category 2 Hilton property and costs 10,000 Hilton HHonors points or around …
    - 12 days ago Mar 20, 2015, 12:07pm -


  • newWhy I Got the Citi Prestige
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. I was just approved for the Citi Prestige® Card yesterday. I got the card for its: Sign Up Bonus: 30,000 ThankYou Points after $2,000 in spending Category Bonuses: 3x on…
    - 11 hours ago Apr 1, 2015, 4:40am -
  • newToday Only: Discounted Stay, Eat, and Play Packages at Caesars Properties in Las Vegas and Atlantic City
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Today is the eighth day of five weeks of discounted travel packages from the US Travel Association called Daily Getaways. Every weekday at 1 PM ET, a discounted travel pa…
    - 12 hours ago Apr 1, 2015, 4:01am -
  • newDelta SkyMiles Quarter 2 Change: Delta No Longer Lists Your SkyMiles Balance!
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. The Delta SkyMiles program has sunk to unimaginable lows. I thought it was ridiculous in February that Delta removed its award charts, so we would no longer know how much a…
    - 12 hours ago Apr 1, 2015, 4:00am -
  • Today Only, Over 50% Off Luxurious Palazzo and Venetian Suites in Las Vegas
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Update at 3:37 PM ET: Neither package has sold out. Today is the seventh day of five weeks of discounted travel packages from the US Travel Association called Daily Getaw…
    - 1 day ago Mar 31, 2015, 10:06am -
  • 20% Off United Awards to Hawaii
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. United is offering a 20% discount on roundtrip Saver economy awards booked to Hawaii by April 19 and flown Mondays through Thursdays from April 14 to May 19. The total cost…
    - 1 day ago Mar 31, 2015, 9:39am -
  • The Current Big Picture with Miles and Points
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Most of the posts on this site are minutia: a discount on awards to Brazil and Chile or a new Delta route with good award space to Europe. Such posts are only valuable o…
    - 2 days ago Mar 30, 2015, 9:29pm -
  • Why Delta Eliminating Its Award Chart is No Big Deal
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. I was explaining to my brother the changes that Delta has made in 2015, and I mentioned that the one I just couldn’t believe was that Delta eliminated its award chart. It…
    - 2 days ago Mar 30, 2015, 8:46am -
  • Brand New Delta Transatlantic Route Has Amazing Award Space This Summer
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Delta has a new daily flight from Philadelphia to London that begins April 26, 2015 with excellent economy award space immediately and good Business Class award space later…
    - 2 days ago Mar 30, 2015, 8:22am -
  • US Airways Miles Have Been Converted to American Airlines Miles
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. My US Airways miles have been transferred into my American Airlines account. This is a screenshot from my AAdvantage account. My American Airlines mile balance shows the co…
    - 3 days ago Mar 29, 2015, 7:22pm -
  • Purchase Daily Getaways with These Credit Cards to Maximize Rewards
    I earn a commission for some links on this blog. Citi is a MileValue partner. Purchases of Daily Getaways packages–see my rundown of the best deals this coming week–are coded as purchases from a travel agency. That means: You can redeem Arrival m…
    - 3 days ago Mar 29, 2015, 4:08am -

Frequent Flier

  • newExtended: 70K-Point Bonus for New IHG Credit Card Sign-Ups
    Originally set to expire today, one of the most generous of the current rewards credit card bonuses has been extended. Through May 31, new IHG Rewards Club Select credit card customers will receive a 70,000-point bonus after spending $1,000 during ..…
    - 22 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 5:36pm -
  • newTaxi Versus Rideshare? RideGuru Can Help
    For all the buzz they’ve generated, rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft are relative newcomers to the taxi-service scene. And it’s not always self-evident how they stack up against each other or against more mainstream services. For many, th…
    - 23 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 4:32pm -
  • Win a 6-Day Trip to Aruba for 4
    Enter the flipflop Wines “Aruba” sweepstakes by April 30, 2015, for a chance to win the grand prize: a six-night trip for four to Aruba, including airfare, hotel, a Jeep tour, and snorkeling cruise. To enter, provide the requested contact ... Rea…
    - 2 days ago Mar 30, 2015, 6:50pm -
  • Hackers Steal Millions from Major Mileage Program
    Got miles in British Airways’ Executive Club program? If so, you might want to double check to confirm that your account wasn’t hacked. In the latest instance of a major travel-loyalty program falling victim to malicious intruders, The Guardian r…
    - 2 days ago Mar 30, 2015, 5:39pm -
  • Weekly Recap: American, US Air Programs to Merge, & More
    Following is our regular summary of the latest travel news and best frequent traveler promotions reviewed during the past week. If it was a good deal—or a notably bad deal—from an airline, hotel, or car rental loyalty program, you can ... Read Mo…
    - 5 days ago Mar 27, 2015, 6:15pm -
  • United Discounts Awards Flights to Brazil, Chile
    If you have miles in United’s MileagePlus program and a hankering to visit either Brazil or Chile, you’re in luck. Between March 25 and June 25, roundtrip coach-class award flights to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Santiago, Chile, can be ... Read M…
    - 5 days ago Mar 27, 2015, 4:20pm -
  • 5,000 Bonus Points for Radisson, Country Inn Stays
    Club Carlson’s have been among the more generous hotel promotions in recent years. The next one, for stay beginning next month, features a nice bonus but suffers from limited hotel participation and an unholy mess of bonus-eligible dates. Offer Det…
    - 6 days ago Mar 26, 2015, 6:20pm -
  • For Daily Travel Deals, Check Out Daily Getaways
    For the sixth consecutive year, the U.S. Travel Association has launched Daily Getaways: one discount offer per day, for one month, from the likes of Best Western, Busch Gardens, Choice Hotels, Hertz, Hilton, InterContinental, MGM Resorts, Universal…
    - 6 days ago Mar 26, 2015, 4:55pm -
  • More than 1 Million Now Enrolled in TSA’s Precheck
    This week, the TSA announced a significant milestone for its Precheck program: the enrollment of its 1 millionth traveler. Precheck travelers may leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belts, and keep laptops in their cases and 3-1-1 compliant liq…
    - 7 days ago Mar 25, 2015, 6:06pm -
  • Frontier Ups Checked-Bag Fees
    Beginning in May, Frontier passengers will pay more to check their bags. That’s no surprise, given the airline’s ongoing transition to an ultra-low-cost carrier (think Spirit, Ryanair). The marketing strategy is straightforward: Advertise extra-l…
    - 7 days ago Mar 25, 2015, 4:43pm -

Travel is Free

  • 30+ Best Uses of American Express Membership Rewards Points
    There are so many “best uses” of American Express Membership Rewards points because they have a large number of transfer partners compared to Citi and Chase. Unfortunately, Amex doesn’t have two of my favorite airline miles, AA and United (fav…
    - 1 day ago Mar 31, 2015, 6:07am -
  • How To Start Planning an Award Trip
    Kai asks on the FAQ page advice for planning an award booking. He says; I have some miles, I know where I’m leaving from, and where I want to go. But there seems to be a lot of possibilities in between using stop-overs, open-jaws, or routing rules…
    - 2 days ago Mar 30, 2015, 10:51pm -
  • Unbelievably Cheap Hotel Award Redemptions
    Keeping track and analyzing every dollar we spend on hotels has taught me that saving our points for lower category hotels saves us money in the long run. If there’s a place on this list you’d like to visit, feel free to blow your points. Quick…
    - 2 days ago Mar 30, 2015, 5:40am -
  • 7 Scamy Things I Hate About Airline Miles & Hotel Points
    If I were to write a letter to an airline or hotel CEO, I’d likely want to bring up the ethics of some of the accepted scams that are out there. A lot of my thoughts would be about transparency or about deceiving people. And for me that most …
    - 4 days ago Mar 28, 2015, 7:36pm -
  • An Introduction To Stopovers and Open-Jaws
    If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of “stopovers” we have a great InfoGraphic that you can check out: Airline Stopovers and Open-Jaws InfoGraphic. I also recently did a Complete List of Airline Stopover Rules, but it’s been awhile since…
    - 6 days ago Mar 26, 2015, 6:20am -
  • Most Aspirational Miles Award Ever – Necker Island
    I’m browsing through the redemption section of Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Blue Miles, because they have quite a few unique hotel redemption options. As you may know, Virgin is run by Richard Branson, who famously lives on an island (off the Brit…
    - 7 days ago Mar 25, 2015, 5:55am -
  • Analyzing Best Uses of the Daily Getaways Deals
    I wrote about a couple of the deals earlier but the full list has been revealed and I decided to break down all the travel deals. Look at the terms and conditions, come up with some best uses and give it some real thought. DailyGetaways is a 5 week…
    - 8 days ago Mar 24, 2015, 5:47am -
  • First Look at the Newly Renovated Radisson Hotel & Suites Downtown Austin
    The Radisson in Austin is one of the best locations in Austin, but they’ve been getting killed on TripAdvisor for being an older hotel in need of renovation. Right now they are in the middle of a renovation of the rooms and they finished floor 12…
    - 9 days ago Mar 23, 2015, 7:29pm -
  • Best East Coast Award Flights To Europe
    There are a number of distance based programs out there for whom there are specific routes that make east coast flights to Europe super cheap. The distance across the Atlantic is sometimes barely much more than the distance from the west coast to th…
    - 11 days ago Mar 22, 2015, 2:43am -

Frequent Flyer Bonuses

Million Mile Secrets

  • new80,000 Hilton Point Sign-up Bonus With AMEX Hilton Surpass Is Back!
    Via One Mile at a Time, you can once again get 80,000 Hilton points with the AMEX Hilton Surpass card. To get the 80,000 Hilton points, sign-up for the AMEX Hilton HHonors card  and spend $3,000 on purchases within the 1st 3 months … Continue r…
    - 37 mins ago Apr 1, 2015, 3:10pm -
  • newToday! New 5% Quarterly Bonus Categories for Freedom, Discover It, US Bank Cash+, & More
    It’s a new quarter, so you can start earning 5% cash back in new categories with cards such as Chase Freedom, Discover It, US Bank Cash+, and more! Find out in which categories you’ll earn 5% back.  And how to activate your bonus! Cards ……
    - 7 hours ago Apr 1, 2015, 8:30am -
  • newToday Only: Save on Caesars Hotels Vacation Packages
    Today only at 1:00 pm Eastern Time, you can buy discounted Caesars hotel vacation packages through Daily Getaways. Through April 24, 2015, a new travel deal will be available every weekday at 1:00 pm Eastern Time.  But these deals sell out fast!…
    - 8 hours ago Apr 1, 2015, 8:00am -
  • newBest of Million Mile Secrets – March 2015
    1.   You learned there’s a new prepaid card that’s better than AMEX Bluebird & Serve! 2.   You can get 5 nights and 2 airline tickets to Disney World from 2 cards! 3.   Do you know how to get … Continue reading →       Related St…
    - 8 hours ago Apr 1, 2015, 7:30am -
  • newAll Wyndham Hotels Will Soon Cost Only 15,000 Points per Night!
    There’s great news for folks who use points to book award stays at Wyndham hotels! Starting May 11, 2015, you’ll be able to book a standard room at ANY Wyndham hotel for 15,000 points per night.  And there are no … Continue reading →   …
    - 17 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 10:30pm -

Nomadic Matt

  • 12 Things I’d Tell Any New Traveler
    Hope. Fear. Excitement. Traveling for the first time provided me with wave of conflicting emotions. When I left to travel the world, I didn’t know what to expect. I wasn’t well-traveled and was as green as they come. No one I knew had ever done t…
    - 2 days ago Mar 30, 2015, 3:33pm -
  • Updates from the Book Tour #2
    Hello from Las Vegas! It’s day sixty-six of the #fiftyaday book tour. Last week, after driving over 5,000 miles through a dozen states, I watched the sun set marvelously over the Pacific. After two months of traveling, I made it across the country.…
    - 6 days ago Mar 26, 2015, 3:31pm -
  • How to Spend 4 Days in New Orleans
    New Orleans. NOLA. The Big Easy. A city by many names, all conjuring the jovial “Laissez les bons temps rouler!” (“Let the good times roll!”) attitude towards life the city is famous for. New Orleans is filled with scrumptious French-inspired…
    - 8 days ago Mar 24, 2015, 3:45pm -
  • Discovering Purpose on a Farm in South Africa
    On the second Wednesday third Thursday of the month, Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse writes a guest column featuring tips and advice on solo female travel. It’s a topic I can’t cover so I brought in an expert to share her advice. After a day…
    - 13 days ago Mar 19, 2015, 3:39pm -
  • Living Les Bons Temps At Mardi Gras
    As I threw beads over the wrought-iron balcony of Bourbon Bandstand in the French Quarter, I looked down at the crowds: strangers in elaborate costumes toasted drinks, laughed, and danced with each other as streets bands performed jazz. Everyone move…
    - 15 days ago Mar 17, 2015, 2:50pm -
  • 7 Common Travel Myths That are WRONG (and Why I’m Giving Hands On Help Now)
    Years ago, the website Earth Porm reposted my article “The Ultimate Guide to Traveling When You’re Broke,” and in January, social media maven and actor George Takei shared the post with his eight million Facebook fans (as a huge Star Trek geek…
    - 23 days ago Mar 9, 2015, 3:26pm -
  • Everything You Need to Know About Using Smartphones When You Travel
    On the first Tuesday of each month, Dave Dean from Too Many Adapters gives us 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 laptop…
    - 29 days ago Mar 3, 2015, 2:00pm -
  • 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…
    - 34 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…
    - 37 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…
    - 39 days ago Feb 21, 2015, 3:06pm -

The Hustle Blog

  • newDon’t Forget to Track Car Rental Reservations with AutoSlash
    Some people think car rentals can be a lengthy process. For me, I try to keep it as simple as possible. You have two options to use AutoSlash. Search for a car using their site Make your booking elsewhere & use AutoSlash to find better rates The pro…
    - 5 hours ago Apr 1, 2015, 11:00am -
  • Last Chance at Chase Freedom Q1 Categories
    As we come up on the end of March, we also come to the end of the first quarter of 2015. With that comes the end of the Chase Freedom 5% bonus categories – grocery stores, movie theaters & Starbucks. Be sure to get all your Q1 spend in by March 31!…
    - 2 days ago Mar 30, 2015, 11:00am -
  • Probable Southwest Rapid Rewards Devaluation
    Last week, Southwest Airlines sent an email to its Rapid Rewards loyalty program members informing them of a future change in the program. Sadly, they weren’t very specific about the change but it reads as a devaluation. We created Rapid Rewards®…
    - 43 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…
    - 61 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…
    - 98 days ago Dec 24, 2014, 5:34pm -
  • Chase Freedom 2015 Bonus Categories Announced
    While we’re all busy trying to hit the $1,500 in spend for this quarter’s bonus categories, Chase has announced all the bonus categories for 2015. January – March Grocery stores Movie theaters Starbucks April – June Restaurants Bed Bath & Bey…
    - Dec 10, 2014, 12:00pm -
  • Register Now! American Express Small Business Saturday
    Registration for American Express Small Business Saturday is live! Register all your eligible American Express cards at this link as soon as you can. As I detailed in a previous post, this year’s Small Business Saturday, which occurs on November 29…
    - Nov 17, 2014, 12:00pm -
  • Follow Up: Evolve Money + Discover Card
    This is a follow up to my post over the weekend about Evolve Money’s newest developments. It looks like all is well just like Evolve said! The payment has posted to my Discover account as a regular payment & I already see the Evolve payments postin…
    - Nov 10, 2014, 4:32pm -
  • Evolve Money Now Takes Discover Cards
    I just received an email from Evolve Money about a new feature – they now accept Discover credit cards as payment sources! Previously, they only accepted debit cards or gift cards as payment sources to pay bills. This opens up a nice avenue to earn…
    - Nov 7, 2014, 12:00pm -
  • 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 -

Johnny Jet

  • newBiggest surprises as a traveler to Copenhagen, Denmark
    This is the first part in Melissa Curtin’s series on travel surprises in Europe. Next up in the series, next week: Berlin! There are so many things you don’t think about before you embark on a trip—especially things that you take for granted in…
    - 44 mins ago Apr 1, 2015, 3:03pm -
  • newTop 10 in Travel News: Week of April 1, 2015
    THE TOP 10 IN TRAVEL NEWS THIS WEEK: Pilot who suffered midair breakdown sues JetBlue for allowing him to fly Improved baggage handling saving airline industry USD18 billion Atlanta’s airport remains the world’s busiest; LAX moves up to No. 5 For…
    - 4 hours ago Apr 1, 2015, 12:00pm -
  • newEarn 40,000 Points with the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
    If you ask any savvy frequent traveler to list his or her top three travel credit cards, chances are good that the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card will be on that list. Chances are very good, actually. Different travelers have different lists, and ha…
    - 18 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 9:36pm -
  • newTravel Product of the Week: ECBC TSA-Friendly Bags
    I recently sent my cousin to the International Travel Good Show in Las Vegas and he came back with some of the coolest travel gadgets and luggage. I’ll be featuring the best of the best in the next few months, and to start: ECBC bags, the onl…
    - 22 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 6:00pm -
  • newTravel Video of the Week: Fox Dives Headfirst Into Snow
    I bet a lot of my friends back east feel like doing this with all of the snow they received this winter—and are still getting (it snowed in Boston on Friday!). In this amazing Discovery video, a North American red fox “pinpoints field mice burie…
    - 23 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 5:00pm -
  • newTravel Tip of the Day: Wash Your Hands!
    Wash Your Hands! I’ve talked about the importance of washing your hands in an airplane bathroom, but I’ve never advised you flat-out to make sure you always keep your hands clean when you travel (and at home). I was reminded why the other day wh…
    - 24 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 4:00pm -
  • 10 things to do in historic Koblenz, Germany
    Historic Koblenz, Germany is a treasure for the historian, the wine connoisseur and the nature lover. Koblenz lies where the west flowing Mosel River meets the Rhine River, which comes down from the north. It’s surrounded by three low mountain r…
    - 1 day ago Mar 31, 2015, 2:00pm -
  • Travel Contests: April 1, 2015
    This week’s travel contests include: Win a trip for two to Switzerland Win a $16,700 trip for two to Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympics Win a week-long Caribbean cruise for four Win a trip to the Bahamas Win a trip for two to a spa in Cabo San Lu…
    - 1 day ago Mar 31, 2015, 11:00am -

Doctor of Credit

Hustler Money Blog

  • newAmerican Express Premier Rewards Gold Card Review
    The 15,000 membership rewards points are very flexible and can easily be converted to 15,000 frequent flier miles. You could also get $150 in gift cards at many stores such as Home Depot, Crate & Barrel, Banana Republic/Gap/Old Navy, or Macy’s. Wit…
    - 24 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 3:54pm -
  • American Express Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card Review* – 25,000 Bonus Starpoints
    While American Express is an advertising partner of HustlerMoneyBlog, the opinions and beliefs in this article are the author’s alone and have not been reviewed, approved, or otherwise endorsed by the issuer. Notably having the least restrictive aw…
    - 1 day ago Mar 31, 2015, 6:50am -
  • Groupon Coupon Codes, Promo Codes, and Discounts
    Groupon offers you amazing deals on the best things to do, see, eat, and buy in hundreds of cities worldwide. Save up to 90% on delightful products, unbeatable travel experiences, and tickets to the hottest concerts, sporting events, shows, and more.…
    - 2 days ago Mar 30, 2015, 10:39pm -
  • Bank Mutual Referral Bonus Review
    Are you a member of Bank Mutual or that you would like to switch over to Bank Mutual? If so, current members can receive $50 per referral bonus for up to $200 in your account. Those who are being referred can earn $100 checking bonus when you open a…
    - 2 days ago Mar 30, 2015, 10:32pm -
  • MainStreetSHARES Review: Online Cash Back Shopping
    MainStreetSHARES, formerly known as BigCrumbs, is now back is business offering cash back for all online shopping. In addition, you can earn virtual shares called msSHARES when you and your referrals shop through MainStreetSHARES. They are promoting…
    - 2 days ago Mar 30, 2015, 10:09pm -
  • Industrial State Bank Review: $100 Checking Bonus
    For residents of Kansas, Industrial State Bank is offering a $100 bonus with a Free Green Leaf Checking account with the following requirements: Pay 3 bills using their online bill pay system Receive electronic statements Make 15 settled non-atm debi…
    - 2 days ago Mar 30, 2015, 8:23pm -
  • Mr. Rebates Cash Back Rewards Review- $5 Sign-up Bonus
    Heard of getting cash back for doing online shopping? Mr. Rebates $7.50 Bonus Sign-Up is currently my new cash back online shopping portal for stores such as Ebay 3% CB, Home Depot 4% CB, Sears 3% CB, WalMart 3%, and many more stores. They sometime a…
    - 3 days ago Mar 29, 2015, 10:28pm -
  • East Cambridge Savings Bank Review
    For business owners of Massachusetts, East Cambridge Savings Bank is offering a $100 business checking account bonus with a Debit MasterCard and Online Banking. To receive the American Express $100 gift card, the account must not have a negative bala…
    - 3 days ago Mar 29, 2015, 10:00pm -
  • U.S. Bank FlexPerks Travel Rewards American Express Card Review
    The U.S. Bank FlexPerks® Travel Rewards American Express® Card offers 20,000 bonus FlexPoints after you spend $3,500 in Net Purchases within the first four months of account opening-that’s up to $400 value! The card lets you earn 2X FlexPoints on…
    - 3 days ago Mar 29, 2015, 7:49pm -
  • Bank of Lee’s Summit Review: $100 Checking Bonus
    For residents of Missouri, Bank of Lee’s Summit is offering a $100 bonus with a Total e Green Leaf Checking account with the following requirements: Pay 3 bills monthly through NetTeller Bill Pay. Receive monthly eStatements. Have 15 settled debit…
    - 5 days ago Mar 28, 2015, 3:36am -

Hack My Trip

  • Review: American Airlines Flagship Lounge London Heathrow
    American Airlines offers four Flagship Lounges in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and London. These are special additions to the Admirals Club network and are offered to premium cabin passengers and to Executive Platinum and oneworld Emerald members…
    - 1 day ago Mar 31, 2015, 2:15pm -
  • Save $20 on FTU Tickets, Plus Great Benefits from Sponsors
    Time is running out to buy tickets to Frequent Traveler University in Dallas. If you haven’t bought yet, tickets are just $129 when you use the promo code MILEPOINT, and rooms at the host hotel are $99. The event will be held on April 17-19 and is…
    - 1 day ago Mar 31, 2015, 11:05am -
  • Review: Stockholm Arlanda T2 Menzies Business Lounge
    I took a mileage run to Stockholm back in January and just recently found the photographs I took of four different airport lounges from that trip. Among the least impressive was the Menzies Business Lounge at Stockholm Arlanda T2. I was mainly ther…
    - 2 days ago Mar 30, 2015, 1:30pm -
  • Transcon Premium Cabin Throwdown: Results and Summary
    I’ve reviewed every premium transcontinental service from New York’s JFK to San Francisco and Los Angeles. These routes command high volumes of premium passengers and each boast the most comfortable and luxurious experience. Introduction: Scor…
    - 2 days ago Mar 30, 2015, 11:05am -
  • Transcon Premium Cabin Throwdown: Virgin America First Class
    Lastly, we profile Virgin America’s transcon service. The airline with arguably the nicest first class on most domestic routes. How does it stack up against the premium offerings on JFK-SFO and JFK-LAX? Introduction: Scoring and Considerations Unit…
    - 5 days ago Mar 27, 2015, 11:05am -

Maximizing Money

  • newIHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card 70,000 Bonus Points and Annual Free Night
    The IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card now offers 70,000 bonus points after $1,000 in purchases within 3 months, plus you get an annual free night eCertificate with no annual fee for the first year.Check out this IHG Rewards Club Card Bonus if you…
    - 20 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 8:02pm -
  • newAmazon Mom Offers $20 Credit Plus 20% Off Pampers Diapers with 30-Day Free Trial
    Sign up for Amazon Mom to get a $20 credit with select Pampers subscriptions and 20% off your diapers subscriptions, valid through April 2, 2015.Just join via this Amazon Mom $20 Credit Promotion to get a $20 Amazon credit with select Pam…
    - 20 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 7:58pm -
  • newAmazon Dash Button Provides Instant Ordering for Prime Members
    The new Amazon Dash Button is an actual button that you place on your items, which allows you to instantly reorder your favorite household products by simply pressing the button.It's free to get an Amazon Dash Button for the products that you use al…
    - 20 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 7:35pm -
  • newCapital One Bank 94th and Broadway Branch (NYC) $150 Checking Bonus
    To celebrate the grand opening of the 94th and Broadway branch of Capital One Bank in New York City, they will give you a $150 bonus when you stop by in person and open a personal checking account by May 31, 2015, plus use your debit card 3 times or…
    - 23 hours ago Mar 31, 2015, 4:28pm -
  • TradeKing $200 New Account Bonus Offer – Biggest Ever
    There is a TradeKing $200 new account bonus offer that is available through April 30, 2015.You'll get a $200 TradeKing New Account Bonus when you open an account with at least $3,000 and make 3 trades.This is the biggest TradeKing bonus ever for $2…
    - 2 days ago Mar 30, 2015, 9:35pm -
  • Chase Total Checking Coupons $300 Bonus thru May 7, 2015
    Chase now has coupon codes available for a $300 Total Checking account bonus with a direct deposit as well as a $150 Savings account bonus with a $10,000 deposit for 90 days.Get your $300 Chase Personal Checking Bonus Code now before they are all go…
    - 2 days ago Mar 30, 2015, 9:30pm -
  • Astoria Bank Checking Account up to $250 Bonus in New York
    Astoria Bank (formerly Astoria Federal Savings) is offering a $50 bonus for both new and current checking account customers when you activate a direct deposit, plus new customers can get a $250 bonus for a limited time with Simple+ and Select checkin…
    - 2 days ago Mar 30, 2015, 9:27pm -
  • American Airlines Credit Union $25 Personal Checking Bonus
    The American Airlines Credit Union is offering a $25 personal checking bonus.The AA Credit Union is open to anyone working in the Air Transportation Industry and their families.Check out these AA Credit Union Promotions for more details.The post A…
    - 2 days ago Mar 30, 2015, 9:25pm -
  • Bank Mutual Refer A Friend Program Returns with Bigger Bonuses
    The Bank Mutual Refer A Friend Program has returned with bigger bonuses than ever before, as current customers can now earn $50 for each friend that you refer (previously $20), plus new customers will get $100 for opening a new checking account.Bank…
    - 2 days ago Mar 30, 2015, 9:22pm -
  • RBC Direct Investing 20 Free Trades Promotion in Canada
    RBC Direct Investing will allow you to trade free for 1 year with 20 free trades and no minimum balance required, valid through March 31, 2015.The post RBC Direct Investing 20 Free Trades Promotion in Canada appeared first on Maximizing Money.
    - 2 days ago Mar 30, 2015, 9:20pm -

Boarding Area

  • new25% Bonus On Amex Transfers To Virgin Atlantic
    American Express is offering a 25% bonus for points transfers to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club through April 30, 2015. This only applies to the US Membership Rewards program, so for those accruing points through the Amex EveryDay℠ Preferred Credit Ca…
    - 27 mins ago Apr 1, 2015, 3:20pm -
  • newWhen Will The Amex Centurion Lounge Open In MIA?
    Last year American Express announced two new lounge openings for 2015 – an American Express Centurion Lounge for the Miami International Airport, and a smaller-format American Express Studio in Seattle. These two lounges will be joining the four ex…
    - 35 mins ago Apr 1, 2015, 3:12pm -
  • newKameha Grand Zurich Autograph Collection joins as Marriott Rewards Category 7
    Kameha Grand Zurich Autograph Collection is a new build hotel and the first hotel member of Autograph Collection in Switzerland. The hotel joins Marriott Rewards as a category 7 hotel at 35,000 points per reward night. The hotel is in a new developme…
    - 37 mins ago Apr 1, 2015, 3:10pm -
  • newHesitation When Canceling a Very Big Trip
    Last summer my family had this big idea to spend some time in Ireland next summer.  We wanted to deviate from our normal travel patterns and go for more than just a couple days.  We wanted to rent a cottage and pretend we lived there for a couple o…
    - 60 mins ago Apr 1, 2015, 2:47pm -
  • newEurope Business Class to Asia (inc. Maldives) – from €1,650 return
    Oneworld member Sri Lankan Airlines is currently offering very competitive value on long-haul Business Class flights out of Frankfurt, Germany. Return prices are as low as €1651 to Colombo, €1731 to the Maldives and €1784 to Bangkok, Hong Kong,…
    - 1 hour ago Apr 1, 2015, 2:30pm -
  • newVery low Hilton/IHG Hotel rates for travel agents/airline staff
    Both Hilton and IHG hotels offer substantial discounts to travel agents, with Hilton extending this to anyone who works for an airline. Notably, the method of booking for both hotel chains is very straightforward and if you are eligible, the savings…
    - 1 hour ago Apr 1, 2015, 2:30pm -
  • newFare Alert LAX-AKL Auckland, Air New Zealand $875, LAX-SYD Sydney $1,023 sale ends April 2
    Fare Alert LAX-AKL Auckland, New Zealand is discounted to $875, perhaps a little lower for some dates during Air New Zealand’s 75th Anniversary 3-day sale ending 11:59pm Thursday, April 2 Pacific time. Yesterday I wrote a piece analyzing airfare be…
    - 1 hour ago Apr 1, 2015, 2:24pm -
  • newMarch App-O-Rama Updates: US Airways, British Airways, Alaska Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, and FlexPerks AMEX
    Good morning everyone, happy April Fool's Day. No pranks today for me, I don't have time for those. Before I went on my RV road trip, I did a mini App-O-Rama in mid March and it's been almost 2 weeks, so I can now share all my results. If you have…
    - 2 hours ago Apr 1, 2015, 2:13pm -
  • new10% off Virgin America Flights
    Virgin America is offering 10% off flights for all tickets purchased by the end of day today, April 1, 2015. During checkout, make sure to use the code BRANSON. This is valid for both one-way and roundtrip reservations for travel between April 14…
    - 2 hours ago Apr 1, 2015, 2:05pm -
  • newHave a Chase Ink Card? Here’s What You Need to Do Before You Lose an Important Benefit.
    I returned to the country to a pileup of mail, including this from Chase: Someone has too many currently-open Ink cards. Chase is removing the ‘Lounge Club’ benefit from their Ink products. Lounge Club is the credit card version of Priority Pass,…
    - 2 hours ago Apr 1, 2015, 2:04pm -

Frequent Flyer Miles 101

  • newWhy you should always be prepared when booking travel
    My friend Mike, the author of the blog Travelzork, is an interesting character.  Everyone has their niches, and he has a couple, including European travel, casino freebies and high-end alcohol (His blog covers the first two well and mentions the thi…
    - 16 hours ago Apr 1, 2015, 12:09am -
  • Cash Back shopping: So long, BigCrumbs
    It happened again: Picking Arizona for the Final Four cost me, as they couldn’t get by Wisconsin.  On the plus side, I’ve still got three remaining (with Michigan State helping me for the second straight year).  It happens. Long-time readers wi…
    - 3 days ago Mar 30, 2015, 12:19am -
  • A few notes on traveling and airport security
    Other than the American/US Airways mileage integration, which starts tomorrow, it has actually been a very quiet week for miles.  Normally, there’s a good credit card bonus to talk about, but I’m just not in the mood today.  But something else…
    - 5 days ago Mar 27, 2015, 4:15pm -
  • Final details on AA and US Airways merged programs
    As seen here. AA and US are finally going to merge their programs this Friday and, based on what I’ve seen from AA’s management (Technically, the team came from US Airways and that team came from America West, but why quibble?), it should go rela…
    - 7 days ago Mar 25, 2015, 3:02pm -
  • Wall Street Journal talks cash back cards, but doesn’t get the whole story
    It’s that time of year when a young man’s thoughts turn to those of college basketball.  A week ago, I would have been hard-pressed to tell you the name of the Wichita State basketball team or, for that matter, anything else about Wichita State.…
    - 8 days ago Mar 24, 2015, 3:27pm -
  • Judging the values of redemptions…
    I’ve talked a lot about the best ways to earn miles, but not as much about redeeming them.  So here’s a few things to consider when you are getting ready to spend your miles: Most airlines open up redemptions at the same time as putting tickets…
    - 9 days ago Mar 23, 2015, 3:43pm -
  • The world is on sale! A strong dollar is your travel friend
    I’m going to be away for the weekend but, before I go, here’s some good news for you that are still planning your summer vacation. The world has gone on sale.  Well, I should amend that: Prices are the same, but you’ll get more for your dollar…
    - 12 days ago Mar 20, 2015, 2:47pm -
  • JetBlue updates schedule through 1/4/16
    While most of the major carriers allow you to plan trips 330 (or more) days in advance, the low-cost carriers don’t usually go out that far.  Since they have few partnerships or hubs, they have the flexibility to move planes around to manage suppl…
    - 14 days ago Mar 18, 2015, 11:00pm -
  • American Airlines and US Airways prepare to merge mileage programs
    It’s almost that time.  Sometime next calendar quarter, AA and US Airways will be combining their programs as the airlines face the integration, which is largely a 2015 event.  I tend to believe that the integration will go well; unlike with the…
    - 15 days ago Mar 17, 2015, 8:56pm -
  • Cruising with United and “alternative” awards
    Airline miles can be used to travel all over the world.  If you have enough of them, you can do it in a premium class of service, as well. The airlines are also happy to let you use miles to buy non-airline products, as well.  You can generally boo…
    - 17 days ago Mar 15, 2015, 3:37pm -

Mr. Free Miles

  • new2 Free Weekend Nights With Citibank Hilton HHonors Reserve
    Two free weekend nights are available with the Citibank Hilton HHonors Reserve. I used mine for a $1,500-a-night villa; redeem yours at Hilton, Conrad & Waldorf Astoria properties, among others.
    - 47 mins ago Apr 1, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • ‘The Beach’ Book & Movie Locations In Thailand
    The mystical setting of The Beach, a book written in 1996 and popularized as a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio in 2002, is based on various breathtaking Thailand locations. Where to go and how to get there - yours to explore.
    - 2 days ago Mar 30, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • Day In Pictures: Valparaiso, Chile
    A day in pictures of Valparaiso, Chile. Vibrant street art, relaxed rooftop music and an iconic energy make this hidden Pacific Ocean gem outshine it's more famous neighbor, Santiago - learn how to get there.
    - 4 days ago Mar 28, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • 7 Things Everyone Needs In Their Carry On Bag
    Upgrade your carry-on bag with these 7 amazing products you need. From the best electronics to multi-purpose accessories you never thought of, these items will have you traveling in style.
    - 6 days ago Mar 26, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • How I Earned 2 Million Airline Miles In 3 Years (& How You Can Too)
    After earning 2 million airline miles and hotel points, I quit my corporate job to travel the world. Today I explain how I did this and how you can too.
    - 7 days ago Mar 25, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • When To Add An Authorized User To Your Credit Card Account
    Authorized user is an important term when managing your credit score. Often a person's credit score can raise dramatically when added as such a user - learn when to utilize this little-known practice, and when to pass.
    - 9 days ago Mar 23, 2015, 3:00pm -
  • Day In Pictures: Bondi Beach, Australia
    A day in pictures of Bondi Beach, located in Sydney, Australia. 24 hours sunbathing in one of the most famous beach towns in the world, and a few nearby treats - plus how you can travel there.
    - 11 days ago Mar 21, 2015, 4:00pm -
  • Apply for an Australian ETA Travel Visa as a U.S. Citizen
    Australian ETA travel visa application process for U.S. citizens - an easy, electronic application with a low cost. Find out how to apply for the visa, who is eligible and other important things to know along the way.
    - 13 days ago Mar 19, 2015, 4:00pm -
  • Check Out My Guest Post on David's Been Here
    Recently I submitted a guest post to the highly-respected travel website, David's Been Here. Read the full post about why you should hike to Machu Picchu but avoid the Inca Trail - including, as always, a miles tip to get there.
    - 14 days ago Mar 18, 2015, 4:00pm -
  • 50,000 miles with Chase British Airways Visa
    50,000 Avios miles are available through 3/31/15 with the Chase British Airways Visa. That’s two free round trip flights in the U.S., or even two to a few cities in Europe. Read the details here.
    - 16 days ago Mar 16, 2015, 4:00pm -

milepoint (Forums)

  • newTeh Penalty Box
    I think it's time for a new Box thread that works. So, here goes.
    - 1 min ago Apr 1, 2015, 3:46pm -
  • newWhat should I do
    This was actually regarding a stay toward the end of 2014. Raising this up only now because I just realised it. What happened was my wife booked us a penthouse room for two nights. It was a last minute booking, less than a week but we still had to pr…
    - 1 min ago Apr 1, 2015, 3:46pm -
  • 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…
    - 30 mins ago Apr 1, 2015, 3:17pm -
  • newSongkran Festival Celebrations!
    Songkran, is the traditional Thai New Year's Day celebrations and the most important Thai festival, will be held this year from Friday 13th to Sunday the15th of April. This is celebrated by drenching other revelers (total strangers) with water. A rec…
    - 51 mins ago Apr 1, 2015, 2:56pm -
  • newYour Own World,
    ​You too can own a 25-foot flamethrower to torch weeds, aliens, your security depositStarting...Your Own World,
    - 1 hour ago Apr 1, 2015, 2:42pm -
  • newThe best item in your carry-on?
    Spurred by the article below, we've been thinking: what is the best - the one indispensable - piece in your carry-on that has saved you on many a-trip?Article was in the WSJ and has been back-of-mind since reading - we wanted to share and build on i…
    - 1 hour ago Apr 1, 2015, 2:38pm -
  • newHilton Surpass AMEX 80K Sign-Up Bonus Is Back
    According to Lucky, through May 5, 2015, the Hilton HHonors Surpass Card from American Express is offering an increased sign-up bonus of 80,000 HHonors points after spending $3,000 in purchases within the first three months of card membership.http://…
    - 1 hour ago Apr 1, 2015, 2:25pm -
  • newChanges in Passport procedures
    At the end of this year, the State Department is doing away with adding pages to US passports entirely. So if you fill your pages up, you'll have to get a new passport altogether. After Dec. 31, all passports issued by the State Department will have…
    - 2 hours ago Apr 1, 2015, 1:55pm -
  • new1 FTU Advanced Dallas Ticket for Sale or Trade
    I have a ticket for FTU Advanced Dallas that I will unfortunately be unable to use. I would like to sell it or trade it for a ticket to FTU Advanced San Diego. Please PM me if interested.SOLD! Thank you for your interest.
    - 2 hours ago Apr 1, 2015, 1:48pm -
  • newWOW - Four Year Anniversary 20 Points
    20Awarded: Mar 19, 2015Four Year AnniversaryThank you for your continued membership.Speechless!!! What might 40th Anniversary bring if I survive Milepost?
    - 2 hours ago Apr 1, 2015, 1:39pm -

Flyertalk MilesBuzz

  • newRUC - Am I Needlessly Concerned
    In January and spouse and I (both PMs) booked MSP - SAN for last weekend of April. At that time we attempted to use her RUCs for outbound and were waitlisted. Also at that time, the seat chart (757) showed all FC seats as open. Now flight is 3 weeks.…
    - 36 mins ago Apr 1, 2015, 3:11pm -
  • newAmex [USA] - Virgin Atlantic (VS) 25% Transfer Bonus (till 4/30/15)
    Looks like a special is going on now.
    - 37 mins ago Apr 1, 2015, 3:10pm -
  • newFlight starting at ZYR with train to AMS - stamped train ticket
    I have a KLM ticket originating from Brussels South train station (ZYR), where the first segment is operated by train to AMS. I expected that I will need to check in at ZYR and planned accordingly, even though going to Brussels is a detour. This is..…
    - 40 mins ago Apr 1, 2015, 3:07pm -
  • newBaggage interline: BA > CX > CI
    Hello I have a trip on Friday under 3 separate bookings: LGW to AMS with BA - booked direct with BA AMS to HKG with CX - booked with avios on HKG to TPE with CI - booked through expedia
    - 45 mins ago Apr 1, 2015, 3:02pm -
  • newDelta Sky Lounge as Virgin Gold
    Hi, I recently have been status matched to Virgin Gold. I am about to book a domestic US return with Delta and noticed the Virgin T&Cs for lounge access say access is granted to Delta domestics lounges if a transatlantic same day sector in on the.…
    - 57 mins ago Apr 1, 2015, 2:50pm -
  • newduty free allowance for China
    The information I found regarding the duty free allowance in China is that you can bring "1500 ml of alcoholic beverages exceeding 12% alcohol by volume". Does this imply there is no limit (within reason, for personal consumption etc.) for wine...
    - 1 hour ago Apr 1, 2015, 2:44pm -
  • newAZ/DL: TRN-JFK RT $426 ai
    Found it stumbling around on google flights, bookable on Alitalia or delta. Sample dates: June 16-22 V fare First post on this thread, so sorry if wrong format.
    - 1 hour ago Apr 1, 2015, 2:43pm -
  • newQuestion re: Priority Pass Select Membership on Surpass card
    Hi All, Maybe you can shed a bit of light here. I have the Amex Platinum card, which comes with Priority Pass Select. Here is what it says about that: ---Quote--- After you enroll, your membership in Priority Pass Select will provide you...
    - 1 hour ago Apr 1, 2015, 2:33pm -
  • newAnother Hilliergram Faux-Pas
    I often rant about BA's Hilliergrams giving me offers to fly from London to Edinburgh (less than 30 minutes from my door), and I just received another one (double miles on LCY-EDI). However, this one included the following in the email header: ...
    - 1 hour ago Apr 1, 2015, 2:33pm -
  • newCF: Delta Announces It Will Stop Informing Travelers How Many Miles They’ve Earned
    In keeping with this date's theme, Cranky Flyer has the scoop...
    - 1 hour ago Apr 1, 2015, 2:32pm -

Reddit r/churning

  • newQuestion: churning and its impacts on your ability to get financing
    Hi guys. I've been churning consistently since June 2013 and have had some really awesome results and taken some pretty cool trips with my SO. I will be in the market for a new car in perhaps 2-3 years or so, as my baby is approaching 10, and it's ju…
    - 38 mins ago Apr 1, 2015, 3:09pm -
  • newBest way to get another 10k Aadvantage miles?
    Apologies if similar questions have been posted elsewhere, I couldn't find it after a search. I'm trying to plan a trip to Europe with my husband later this year, and while I have enough AAdvantage miles in my account for one RT ticket (I have 67k no…
    - 51 mins ago Apr 1, 2015, 2:56pm -
  • newAmex Hilton cards offering highest signup bonus yet
    The Surpass card is offering 80,000 points with a $3k spend in 3 months. Annual fee of $75 is not waived. The no fee version of this card is now offering 60,000 points with a $1k spend in 3 months. Both cards have their merits. These sign up increase…
    - 57 mins ago Apr 1, 2015, 2:50pm -
  • newWhat Card Wednesday - Week of April 01, 2015
    What Card Wednesdays, where we try to figure out what card you should get or critique your current plans or AOR if you're doing it that way). Everything is YMMV and these are all opinions. Agree or disagree with your votes. As always read the wiki, d…
    - 4 hours ago Apr 1, 2015, 12:02pm -
  • newGot my mileage! AA & USAIR CCs
    Probably old news to most. 50K with USAIR after first purchase. 50K with AA after $2K spending. Both mileages were shown on my second statement. Now with the merger, I'll have 130K miles, 30K was what I had previously on my USAIR mileage member accou…
    - 8 hours ago Apr 1, 2015, 7:34am -
  • newPerson-to-Person Transferable Points/Miles
    I was wondering if there's a list of programs that allow pooling of miles or points, with their respective limitations if any. For example, HawaiianMiles can be transferred to a holder of the Barclays HA credit card. Are there any more? submitted by…
    - 11 hours ago Apr 1, 2015, 5:11am -
  • newELI5 Barclay Arrival + Travel Redemption
    Looking for some extra clarification on the logistics of how this works? What kind of travel spending is eligible for redemption? submitted by MinNonMEC [link] [7 comments]
    - 11 hours ago Apr 1, 2015, 4:59am -
  • newhow to transfer bro's Amex MR points to my account?
    My bro is looking to sell his 50K MR points and I'm interested in buying his points. how do i go about transferring his points to my account? thanks. submitted by Bshater [link] [4 comments]
    - 12 hours ago Apr 1, 2015, 4:16am -
  • newWay to see Amex MR points broken down by transaction?
    Looking everywhere and can't figure out if this is possible & if so, how. Amex's website and statement, unlike Chase's, only shows transaction without any additional info as to the specific rewards the transaction is giving. The Membership Rewards su…
    - 12 hours ago Apr 1, 2015, 4:10am -
  • newChase Slate now offers free monthly FICO score/Credit Dashboard
    Just happened to be checking my Chase offers and realized they changed the design of the Chase Slate and now offer free monthly FICO scores and a credit dashboard. I don't have a Slate Card, so I can't see what the dashboard looks like, but I just th…
    - 12 hours ago Apr 1, 2015, 4:02am -

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