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The Points Guy

  • newContest Roundup: GoPro Camera, New Zealand, Barbados, $10,000
    Check out the week in travel contests and sweepstakes for your chance to win a GoPro camera, a trip to the Virgin Islands to see the Necker Cup, a cycling trip through New Zealand, a beach vacation in Barbados, or $10,000 towards your next getaway. W…
    - 5 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 9:10pm -
  • newAmazing Deal Alert: $1,400 Business Class Fares to Europe
    Currently there are some amazing airfares from Los Angeles to Madrid next summer from $1,400 round-trip for Business Class. Reported itineraries include departures across the US as well, on several SkyTeam carriers including Delta, Air France, Al…
    - 6 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 7:37pm -
  • newDestination- Venice Beach, CA: Surf, Shop & Dine in Style
    Need a little travel inspiration for your points and miles habit? We’re proud to reintroduce the Destination of the Week series as a regular Friday column here at TPG. Think of it as DOTW 2.0, highlighting exciting destinations from all over the wo…
    - 8 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 5:52pm -
  • newHilton’s Launches New Double Hilton HHonors Points Promotion
    In September, Hilton HHonors members were asked to vote for their preference of fourth quarter promotions: double HHonors points or 1,000 bonus points per night. Double points won the day, so Hilton HHonors members are invited to sign up between…
    - 9 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 4:29pm -
  • newThe Ultimate Guide to the Best Airport Restaurants in the US
    While the landscape of U.S. airport dining can sometimes be a wasteland of fast-food joints and far-from-fresh fare, there is hope. Popping up at airport terminals across the country are riffs on local hotspots, tasty national chains and even ea…
    - 11 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 2:29pm -
  • newHow Revenue-Based Mileage Earning Affects Leisure Travelers
    As 2015 approaches, Delta and United get set to launch their new revenue-based frequent flyer programs, which tend to reward business travelers at the expense of economy leisure travelers. Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele looks at how these…
    - 14 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 12:08pm -
  • Discounted SkyMiles Redemptions Starting at 21,000 Miles
    Now through November 2, 2014, Delta is running a limited-time award travel sale which means discounted SkyMiles redemptions. Last month, Delta launched a similar sale which was only for Medallions and Delta credit cardholders including those with th…
    - 1 day ago 30 Oct 14, 7:13pm -
  • Southwest Airlines Ends Airtran A+ Rewards Program
    As one of the final steps in its merger with Southwest, AirTran will ending the A+ Rewards loyalty program on November 1, 2014. You can still earn and redeem A+ Rewards credits until that date, after which all accounts will be converted to the Sou…
    - 1 day ago 30 Oct 14, 5:58pm -
  • Thursday Giveaway: Win 1 of 5 iPad Minis
    This was a big week for us at The Points Guy as on Tuesday we launched our new app TPG To Go. After over a year of hard work and planning, we finally saw the app come to life and I couldn’t be prouder. The app is very easy to use, and it’s fille…
    - 1 day ago 30 Oct 14, 3:30pm -
  • Comparison of Airline Elite Status – Which Program Is Best?
    It has been a long time since we compared the elite status programs of US airlines. But with news on the combined elite status program of American Airlines and US Airways, we asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to give us a snapshot of the vario…
    - 1 day ago 30 Oct 14, 2:15pm -

Frugal Travel Guy

  • newBritish Airways Avios: The Perfect Companion for AA Miles
    When trying to plan a strategy for what points and programs to use, I try to find ones that are complimentary. Programs that have partnerships such as Crossover Rewards with Delta and Starwood are no brainers — you get to double dip if you’re ac…
    - 4 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 9:50pm -
  • newShould I Transfer A Line Of Credit To Another Card Before Closing My Credit Card?
    The answer for 99.99% of us is a resounding yes. For that .01% with piles of credit cards and plenty of available credit, you know who you are! To understand why the overwhelming majority of us should do this, let’s do a quick review of what makes…
    - 6 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 8:00pm -
  • newGoodbye, Ink Bold
    Chase has discontinued the Ink Bold as a product. The biggest different between the Bold and the Chase Ink Plus is the Bold is a charge card and the Plus is a credit card. Charge card: While there is no set limit on these cards, they must be paid in…
    - 7 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 7:00pm -
  • newMarriott to Provide Free Wi-Fi Internet to All Marriott Rewards Members
    In this day and age, I find it absolutely ridiculous that hotels do not provide free Wi-Fi Internet to all of their guests. Hotels do not charge extra for watching TV (outside of pay-per-view), taking a shower or turning on the air conditioner or hea…
    - 8 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 6:00pm -
  • newHappy to Be a Low-Rent Traveler — With Lots of Leftover Points!
    When I was growing up, my parents took us on all kinds of trips around the country. From weekends in the Smoky Mountains to trips to the beach, Dolly World, and even Disney World, they tried to show us what this country had to offer. With that being…
    - 18 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 8:00am -
  • Back To Budget Basics — Shop Your Wallet
    Last weekend my wife Sara and I sat down and looked through all the financial products and services we use to analyze the fees we pay. Our brokerage, retirement and insurance accounts were the biggies. At the same time, these are the hardest ones for…
    - 1 day ago 30 Oct 14, 11:00pm -
  • Are You Afraid to Fly Malaysia Airlines?
    You want to book an award from Point A to Point B on X dates using AA miles. There is availability for such an itinerary, but only on Malaysia Airlines. Would you go through with the award booking? The answer for many of our clients has (not surprisi…
    - 1 day ago 30 Oct 14, 8:00pm -
  • United Club Passes Giveaway — Act Fast!
    Two United Club Passes up for grabs! Reader Paul V. has graciously donated these passes, which expire on November 30, 2014, so be prepared to use them quickly. The pair is being offered to any servicemen and women. Email us with how you’ll use it…
    - 1 day ago 30 Oct 14, 6:08pm -
  • Earn Thousands, Save Hundreds at the Drugstore
    Earlier this week I did something I had not done in about four or five months: I stepped foot inside a pharmacy. The reason it had been so unusually long since I needed to enter a pharmacy? Drugstore.com. What is Drugstore.com? For those who have not…
    - 2 days ago 30 Oct 14, 8:00am -
  • Dissatisfied with Air Travel? Properly Complain to Airlines Via Twitter
    I have to admit that I am not a big fan of social media, as evidenced by my Facebook profile picture — the same one since January 2009. But for business, I consider social media a necessary evil (hence PMM Travel Consulting’s Facebook and Twitter…
    - 2 days ago 30 Oct 14, 12:00am -

One Mile at a Time

  • newWhat Is A Fifth Freedom Flight?
    Fifth freedom flights have always interested me, and I’ve made a point to fly as many of these flights as possible over the past several years.Some have been interesting, like flying New York to Frankfurt on Singapore Airlines with the “First La…
    - 7 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 7:03pm -
  • newAMAZING DEAL: $1,400 Business Class To Europe Next Summer
    On Tuesday I wrote about the incredible business class fares being offered between the west coast and Europe. SkyTeam was publishing fares of $1,500+ out of Portland and San Francisco, and you could fly on Air France, Alitalia, Delta, or KLM.The far…
    - 9 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 5:02pm -
  • newRoutes With SAS New Business Class
    Back in May, SAS announced the new business class product they'd install throughout their longhaul fleet starting in 2015.Not only will they install it on their existing A330/A340 aircraft, but they'll also install it on the four A330s they'll be ta…
    - 9 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 4:33pm -
  • newRoyal Jordanian 787 Flights To The US
    Back in the day, redeeming American AAdvantage miles to the Middle East was really tough. The only airline partner that American had in the Middle East was Royal Jordanian, which in terms of quality certainly isn't in the same league as the "big thre…
    - 11 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 3:17pm -
  • newReview: Le Meridien Cairo Airport
    My Cairo layover was a bit interesting. I was landing from Abu Dhabi at 3AM, and was departing the next afternoon at 1PM. So I had 34 hours in Cairo total.I decided it made the most sense to book Le Meridien Cairo Airport, since it looked gorgeous,…
    - 12 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 1:55pm -
  • newDelta SkyMiles Award Sale Through November 2, 2014
    Delta SkyMiles is offering an award sale for tickets booked by November 2, 2014.The promotion is valid for travel in select markets between December 3, 2014, and February 18, 2015.Through this promotion you can receive discounts of up to 10,000 mil…
    - 14 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 11:33am -
  • American Adds Second Daily Los Angeles To London Flight
    As a general rule of thumb, the tougher upgrades are on a route, the higher yield the route is. It's not a science, but generally it's true. And when it comes to American Airlines, there's no denying that Los Angeles to London Heathrow is one of the…
    - 1 day ago 31 Oct 14, 12:43am -
  • Maximizing American Miles With Credit Card Bonuses
    Earlier in the week we learned about the next step of the integration between American AAdvantage and US Airways Dividend Miles. AAdvantage is more or less staying the same, while Dividend Miles will be merged into AAdvantage in the second quarter of…
    - 1 day ago 30 Oct 14, 8:33pm -
  • Free Wifi For All Marriott Rewards Members Starting In 2015
    Marriott made a pretty major announcement today, which we should all be excited about.As of January 15, 2015, Marriott Rewards members will receive complimentary standard wifi as long as they make their reservation directly with Marriott (be it onli…
    - 1 day ago 30 Oct 14, 6:27pm -
  • Review: Etihad Airways Business Class A320 Abu Dhabi to Cairo
    Even though I've flown Etihad quite a bit, this was my first time on one of their regional aircraft.Etihad's A320 business class consists of a total of 16 seats, spread across four rows in a 2-2 configuration.The color scheme of the cabin is a bit,…
    - 1 day ago 30 Oct 14, 5:33pm -

The Free-quent Flyer

  • US Bank Visa Buxx address changes
    Obviously, I change addresses somewhat more frequently than your average worker bee. Back in May I moved to the Upper Midwest from New England, then in August my partner and I finally moved into our own place together. That's a lot of address changes…
    - 2 days ago 30 Oct 14, 10:00am -
  • Deciding between low fees and bonus categories
    Several months ago, around the time I moved West and decided to try my hand at blogging and travel hacking for a living, I made a sort of philosophical decision that I would only manufacture spend in bonus categories, except for the few very, very ch…
    - 3 days ago 29 Oct 14, 10:00am -
  • Update: Marriott bonus nights and application timing
    Two weeks ago I wrote up a technique for achieving Marriott Gold elite status through manufactured spending that's slightly more convoluted but much cheaper than the straightforward method described by Frequent Miler. That post drew a lot of terrifi…
    - 5 days ago 27 Oct 14, 10:00am -
  • US Airways anniversary miles (and affiliate bloggers acting shamelessly)
    I've long said that the only question that mattered - and the one that was being studiously ignored by affiliate bloggers - about the Barclaycard US Airways MasterCard is what will happen to the card's anniversary miles.Applications for the card befo…
    - 8 days ago 23 Oct 14, 11:12pm -
  • Reflections on PayPal and My Cash warnings
    PayPal's compliance department is sending warning e-mailsIt's no secret that I'm a huge fan of PayPal My Cash cards as a tool for manufacturing spend in two of my favorite bonus categories: drug stores and gas stations. Unlike some more aggressive us…
    - 10 days ago 22 Oct 14, 10:00am -
  • Use rollover nights to earn Marriott Gold elite status
    Continued experiments with posting scheduleAs long as I've been writing this blog, I've posted on an extremely irregular schedule: my own. Typically, I get home from manufacturing spend, plop down at the desk and write about whatever I've been thinki…
    - 16 days ago 16 Oct 14, 10:00am -
  • Thrilling follow-up to subscription week!
    Last Sunday I introduced Subscription Week, 5 posts (one, two, three, four, five) selected from my archives which, while wide-ranging, I felt represented a selection of the best work I do here for my readers and which I hoped would encourage some cas…
    - 17 days ago 15 Oct 14, 10:00am -
  • Survival bias and the "ease" of travel hacking
    There's been a lot of great writing lately in the travel hacking blogosphere about the traps being laid by affiliate bloggers and others who suggest that travel hacking is so easy that "anyone can do it."My favorite post on the subject was "Airheads…
    - 17 days ago 14 Oct 14, 8:01pm -
  • What you miss when you miss MS
    In the last few weeks I saw posts from two of my favorite Boarding Area bloggers/punching bags that helped crystalize something I've been turning over in my head for a little while.At the end of September, Gary at View From the Wing wrote about the A…
    - 21 days ago 10 Oct 14, 11:14pm -
  • Subscription week: Alaska Airlines debit card
    [In today's final installment of Subscription Week, I've picked one of my favorite posts, thanks to the simplicity and genius of the mile-earning possibility: the Bank of America Alaska Airlines debit card. A person who was only interested in flying…
    - 22 days ago 10 Oct 14, 10:00am -

The Frequent Miler

  • newBet You Didn’t Know: 5x for physical Sears gift cards
    By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate.. If there’s one thing we can count on from Sears nowadays (and there literally might only be one thing we can count on from Sears nowadays), it’s impressive shopping portal bonuses.  Greg has reported on…
    - 15 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 10:25am -
  • Devil’s Advocate stolen and unmasked
    The blog Travel Codex (very recently renamed from “Hack My Trip”) publishes a regular series called “Devil’s Advocate.”  I’m a fan.  The  series is not written by any of Travel Codex’s named authors (found here), but by an anonymous…
    - 2 days ago 30 Oct 14, 10:25am -
  • How to buy REDbird for others, and how to use them at non participating stores
    There’s no question that the Target Prepaid REDcard (AKA REDbird) is an exciting new product.  At this time, though, it is only available in select locations across the United States (see “How to find REDbird”). I’ve been working on a “Com…
    - 3 days ago 29 Oct 14, 10:25am -
  • Delta award stop-overs only partially broken
    Delta has long allowed both a stop-over and an open-jaw on round trip awards.  This meant that it was possible to stop in multiple cities for the price of a single award.  For example, you could fly from the US to London, stop over for days or week…
    - 3 days ago 28 Oct 14, 3:15pm -
  • How to manufacture Hertz elite status
    Just like hotel chains and airlines, many rental car companies offer multiple tiers of elite status.  The intention is to incentivize loyalty by offering better benefits to better customers.  Here’s how to fast track to status without being a gre…
    - 4 days ago 28 Oct 14, 10:25am -
  • Can’t register REDbird? Do this…
    My wife’s REDbird registered without a problem.  Same for my niece.  My REDbird, though, was another story.  Every time I tried to register the card, I received an error.  Every time I called support I was told it would be fixed within a day or…
    - 5 days ago 27 Oct 14, 10:25am -
  • REDbird spotted in California and Minnesota; REDbird registers in North Carolina still amiss
    Here’s a quick update about where to find REDbird and where to avoid it. Minnesota In my post “How to find REDbird” I show a map of the official list of stores carrying the new Target Prepaid REDcard (AKA REDbird).  In response to that post, r…
    - 6 days ago 25 Oct 14, 3:25pm -
  • Amazon Local Register joins Square and shuts me down
    In some of the earliest posts on this blog in 2011, I wrote about the best ways of manufacturing spend through the use of Square.  Square is a device that connects to your smartphone or tablet and lets you accept credit card payments for a flat 2.75…
    - 8 days ago 24 Oct 14, 10:25am -
  • Buy AA miles for less than a penny each, automatically
    Great news for those who have the version of the US Airways credit card that automatically awards 10,000 bonus miles each year.  Barclaycard has announced that this benefit will continue once the US Airways and American Airlines loyalty programs com…
    - 8 days ago 23 Oct 14, 2:22pm -
  • Quickest spend to international flights
    At its most basic level, the frequent flyer game goes like this: Use tricks to earn lots of miles quickly Spend those miles on international luxury flights An ingrained belief in this hobby is that the best way to maximize value from your miles is to…
    - 9 days ago 23 Oct 14, 10:25am -

The Flight Deal

View From the Wing

  • new60 Hours in Buenos Aires: Eating Around the City, Four Notable Meals to Consider
    You’ll Also Want to Be Sure to Read: American Airlines Flagship Lounge, New York JFK American Airlines First Class, New York JFK – Buenos Aires Review: Park Hyatt Buenos Aires I had a chance to try some of the best restaurants in Buenos Aires on…
    - 52 mins ago 1 Nov 14, 12:57am -
  • newFARE WAR! Under $1500 Business Class, West Coast – Europe
    This one is credit to One Mile at a Time. There are business class roundtrip fares next summer on Skyteam airlines from the West Coast to Europe for less than $1500 roundtrip through end of the schedule. $1500 isn’t cheap per se but it’s about wh…
    - 5 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 8:30pm -
  • newHow to Find Out If You’ve Won 2 Free Hotel Nights!
    Frequent Traveler University, December 5-7, Hyatt Regency Crystal City (near Washington’s National Airport) All you need to do is read this post..! This week I ran a giveaway of free tickets to Frequent Traveler University paired with hotel nights…
    - 6 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 7:31pm -
  • newAmelia Earhart’s Plane Possibly Found, Virgin Hires Pilots With No Experience, and the Newest/Coolest Plane on the Market!
    News and notes from around the interweb: Bone up on your Spirit Airlines knowlewdge: They charge a ‘passenger usage fee’ for booking online which is funny, since they supposedly axed their ‘web convenience fee’ back in 2008. Sneaky! Your rent…
    - 9 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 5:15pm -
  • newDiscounted Awards to Tahiti, and Half Off Business Class to Europe!
    Air France KLM’s Flying Blue program should be interesting to U.S. frequent flyers for several reasons. They offer one-way awards, which Delta won’t have until next year. They are an American Express Membership Rewards and a Citi Thank You points…
    - 10 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 3:30pm -
  • newHUGE Aeroplan Award Pricing “Sale” BOOK NOW! GO!
    Aeroplan has imposed a new, more restrictive pricing system for award travel. But there’s apparently an interesting situation that’s arisen, maybe they want to make things go down a bit more smoothly with the introduction of these new rules! Ever…
    - 13 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 12:58pm -
  • newQuestions That Are Rarely Asked: Airport Parking
    About a month ago I offered the first in a series, Questions That Are Rarely Asked. (Why do flight attendants have to collect pre-departure beverage cups, but you’re allowed to keep the beverage you brought onboard yourself?) Today’s entry concer…
    - 14 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 12:14pm -
  • Review: Park Hyatt Buenos Aires.. and Great Elite Recognition!
    You’ll Also Want to Be Sure to Read: American Airlines Flagship Lounge, New York JFK American Airlines First Class, New York JFK – Buenos Aires The Park Hyatt Buenos Aires is a great city hotel, set in an upscale neighbor apart from the hustle an…
    - 1 day ago 31 Oct 14, 12:30am -
  • Great Deal: British Airways Visa Drops First Year Annual Fee, Still Offers 50,000 Points!
    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…
    - 1 day ago 30 Oct 14, 9:30pm -
  • Up to 10,000 Miles Off Delta Economy Award Redemptions
    Delta is short-term award sale. Delta wants you to ‘book your dream trip’ but your dream had better not include business class, because the sale is for coach only. And you had better not want to travel on peak holiday dates — because those are…
    - 1 day ago 30 Oct 14, 8:44pm -

Well Traveled Mile

  • newWrap-up of 43 Free Hotel Nights During 3 Months in Southeast Asia
    Over the last 3 months of traveling in Southeast Asia, from the end of June to the beginning of September, I was able to successfully book 43 free hotel nights. Now, not all were 5 star hotels, some were just quaint boutique hotels. I’ve been p…
    - 4 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 9:52pm -
  • Things to Consider When Transferring Flexible Points to an Airline Program
    After publishing my flexible bank-point transfer chart I figured it would be the perfect time to follow up with a post outlining some of the major factors to consider when transferring points to an airline program. Of course, figuring out which airli…
    - 3 days ago 28 Oct 14, 10:00pm -
  • Guide to Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond Suite Upgrade Awards – 2014
    One of the major perks of Hyatt Diamond status include the four Diamond Suite Upgrade Awards each year. The upgrade certificates can be used on any eligible paid rate including Points + Cash rates and your suite is confirmed at time of booking. Hyatt…
    - 4 days ago 27 Oct 14, 3:34pm -
  • $100 Amazon Gift Card Give Away Winner – Did You Win?
    Last week we gave our readers the chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card in our give away and as promised, we have selected a winner using Random.org. To enter each reader had the option to leave a comment telling us their favorite way to use points…
    - 5 days ago 26 Oct 14, 9:14pm -
  • How Long to Earn the Hyatt Credit Card’s 2 Free Nights?
    I recently applied for the Hyatt Credit Card offered by Chase to earn two free nights at any Hyatt hotel in the world. This is a great sign-up bonus for anyone looking to stay at some of Hyatt top-tier hotel as the free nights can be used at ANY hote…
    - 10 days ago 22 Oct 14, 3:38am -
  • Guide To US Airways Miles: Part 4 – Maximizing US Airways Miles on Central & South America Awards
    The 40,000 mile US Airways® Premier World MasterCard® offer is currently among the top airline credit card offers available. With the US Airways and AA merger going through it’s only a matter of time before this card will no longer be available,…
    - 11 days ago 21 Oct 14, 3:28am -
  • Well Traveled Mile Giveaway: Win a $100 Amazon Gift Card!
    Happy Monday! It’s been awhile since I held a giveaway on Well Traveled mile and without all of you I wouldn’t be here writing. On that note, let’s give away a $100 Amazon gift card. Want to win? All you have to do is subscribe to the Well Tr…
    - 11 days ago 20 Oct 14, 4:02pm -
  • Review of My Recent Recent Credit Card Applications – 110,000 Points + 2 Free Nights
    As I was gearing up to depart for my extended trip to Argentina I decided to launch a round of credit card applications. I have several cards in my wallet that had upcoming annual fees so I wanted to cancel a few cards, as well as apply for a handfu…
    - 12 days ago 20 Oct 14, 3:14am -
  • Confirmed: Using Ritz-Carlton Credit Card Travel Credits on Gift Cards
    I have written about the Ritz-Carlton Credit Card and how it can be a great option for anyone who frequents Marriott hotels. Not only does the card offer some great perks for Marriott stays, but the card comes with other valuable benefits that incl…
    - 15 days ago 17 Oct 14, 1:37am -
  • Guide to Hyatt’s 60-Day Diamond Challenge – 2014
    One hotel elite status that I am chasing after this year is the Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond. Across the board Hyatt properties offer some of the most consistent high quality properties along with their generous elite status program benefits. One of…
    - 16 days ago 16 Oct 14, 3:33am -

MileValue

  • newSolid Delta Award Sale for Winter Travel
    Delta has an award sale for economy awards booked by November 3, 2014 and flown between December 3, 2014 and February 18, 2015 within the United States, Caribbean, and Americas. The discounts are nice, especially to Southern South America (Chile, ……
    - 12 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 1:25pm -
  • Super Cheap, Super Luxury Award on Qatar A380
    Qatar Airways has begun flying its A380s from Doha to London and will begin service to Paris and Bangkok soon. There are a lot of luxury options between the Middle East and Europe, so I want to focus on the … Continue reading →
    - 1 day ago 30 Oct 14, 9:39pm -
  • Delta.com No Longer Displaying Alaska and Virgin Australia Award Space
    Delta.com is no longer displaying award space on Alaska Airlines or Virgin Australia. You can search for award space on both airlines on other websites and book it by phone with Delta. Delta.com is pretty terrible. It shows very few … Continue read…
    - 2 days ago 30 Oct 14, 1:47pm -
  • How to Earn and Spend 93,000 American Airlines Miles
    American Airlines and US Airways are currently offering huge sign up bonuses on their co-branded credit cards. While the miles will temporarily go to separate accounts, everyone’s American Airlines and US Airways miles will be combined in early 201…
    - 2 days ago 29 Oct 14, 8:50pm -
  • Lufthansa First Class Award Space This Spring for Two People
    Lufthansa First Class is one of the nicest ways to travel between the United States and Europe. Plus if you fly out of Frankfurt in Lufthansa First Class, you get to access the First Class Terminal, one of the nicest … Continue reading →
    - 2 days ago 29 Oct 14, 2:23pm -
  • Something Fishy is Going on with Delta Stopovers
    One Mile at a Time reports that Delta has stealthily eliminated stopovers on awards. That’s not quite correct, but something very fishy is going on. Here’s how I know it is not true. Above is a roundtrip award from Washington … Continue reading…
    - 3 days ago 28 Oct 14, 4:23pm -
  • Integration Announcement of AAdvantage and Dividend Miles
    As I predicted five days ago, we got out our American Airlines AAdvantage and US Airways Dividend Miles integration announcement today. The announcement is fantastic news, honestly much better than I expected. As a reminder, the parent companies of t…
    - 3 days ago 28 Oct 14, 3:25pm -
  • Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard with 50,000 Bonus Miles
    The Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® MasterCard® is currently offering 50,000 bonus miles and two Admirals Club day passes after spending $3,000 on the card in the first 3 months of account opening. This is enough miles for two roundtrips wi…
    - 4 days ago 27 Oct 14, 7:11pm -
  • China Airlines 777-300ER Business Class Improvement
    China Airlines has just taken delivery of its 777-300ERs. The new plane looks beautiful with a top-of-the-line flat bed business class, a quality premium economy, and economy that offers the chance to combine three seats into one family “couch.”…
    - 5 days ago 27 Oct 14, 5:36am -
  • My Experience: Cadillac Test Drive for 7,500 Miles
    Saturday I went to a Cadillac dealership in La Quinta, California to test drive a Cadillac to earn 7,500 American Airlines miles. Unfortunately the deal is now dead as View from the Wing reported (and no, I don’t have any … Continue reading →
    - 5 days ago 26 Oct 14, 11:48pm -

Frequent Flier

  • newWould Americans Rather Work for Free than Travel?
    Last year, American workers declined to take advantage of 169 million days of paid vacation time, foregoing $52.4 billion in salary and benefits. That’s the key finding in the U.S. Travel Association’s “All Work and No Pay: The Impact of ... Re…
    - 9 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 5:13pm -
  • Save 35% on 2-Night Radisson Stays
    Travelers can save 35 percent for stays of two or more nights at participating Radisson hotels in the Americas and Asia Pacific booked by November 11 and completed between November 21, 2014, and January 31, 2015. Deal or No Deal ... Read More
    - 1 day ago 30 Oct 14, 6:17pm -
  • Hilton Offers Double Points for Two or More Stays
    In late September, Hilton polled members of its HHonors program on their choice of bonuses for the company’s next promotion: double points for two or more stays, or 1,000 bonus points for Thursday through Monday nights. Apparently the majority of .…
    - 1 day ago 30 Oct 14, 5:06pm -
  • Ticket Prices Remain High Despite Lower Fuel Costs
    The price of jet fuel has plunged by 22 percent so far this year — a boon to airlines, for whom fuel is their single largest operating expense. Common sense would suggest that such significant savings would be passed through ... Read More
    - 2 days ago 29 Oct 14, 6:43pm -
  • The Future of Flying: Windowless Planes, Panoramic Views
    The U.K.-based Centre for Process Innovation has a vision for the future of flying, and it doesn’t include windows. No windows, but a 360-degree view of the plane’s exterior? It’s a neat trick, accomplished with flexible photovoltaic displays m…
    - 2 days ago 29 Oct 14, 5:06pm -
  • Virgin America Calls Out Blah Airlines
    Virgin America’s latest promotional video runs almost six hours. And in all that time, there’s nary a glimpse of Virgin America. The video, which runs a crushing 5 hours and 46 minutes, is a pseudo-documentary, capturing in real time Blah ... Rea…
    - 3 days ago 28 Oct 14, 7:12pm -
  • New AAdvantage Program to Feature Few Changes
    That thunderous sigh of relief you heard earlier this morning? That was in response to American’s disclosure of the long-awaited details of the consolidation of American’s AAdvantage and US Airways’ Dividend Miles programs. Members of the two p…
    - 3 days ago 28 Oct 14, 5:03pm -
  • Are These the 5 Worst Airlines?
    Ranking the airlines and generating lists of the top five or ten or fifty is a popular pastime. While such best-of lists have little in the way of practical application, they’re amusing to consider, and if nothing else are an ... Read More
    - 4 days ago 27 Oct 14, 7:34pm -
  • Win 1 Million Hilton Points and a Caribbean Cruise
    Enter the CruisesOnly “1,000,000 Points” sweepstakes by December 31, 2014, for a chance to win the grand prize: 1 million Hilton HHonors points, a seven-night Caribbean cruise, four nights at a Hilton hotel, and $1,000 in spending money. To enter…
    - 4 days ago 27 Oct 14, 4:36pm -
  • Recap: The Week’s Biggest Stories and Best Deals
    Following is our regular summary of the latest travel news and best frequent traveler promotions reviewed during the past week. If it was a good deal—or a notably bad deal—from an airline, hotel, or car rental loyalty program, you can ... Read Mo…
    - 7 days ago 24 Oct 14, 6:15pm -

Travel is Free

  • newIHG Winter Flash Sale [MAP]
    Don’t know why I made a map for a two day sale, but hopefully it will be helpful for someone. Book by midnight of November 1st, for stays December 16th to February 14th, 2015. They have put most hotels in Europe into 6 different price points: 2…
    - 22 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 3:33am -
  • 7 Tips For Venice, Italy on Miles and Points
    Venice is a short hop from Milan on the east coast and is one of the most unique cities I’ve ever seen. However interesting you can imagine Venice to be, it’s actually that interesting. Not a let down destination at all. I mean, take a very ol…
    - 1 day ago 30 Oct 14, 7:07pm -
  • Award Challenge: Round The World with 3 Cards
    You can actually book Round the World tickets with frequent flyer miles, and while they tend to allow a lot of stops, they often require 200,000+ miles in one program. So I thought that I would do a sort of challenge for myself: Book a “round the…
    - 2 days ago 30 Oct 14, 12:15am -
  • Best Use of an IHG Free Night Certificate
    Every year on the anniversery of your IHG credit card, you get a free night certificate. What’s unique about this benefit is that the annual fee is low ($49), and the “free night” has no limits. You can use it at any hotel. So you might as well…
    - 3 days ago 28 Oct 14, 11:27pm -
  • The IHG Into The Nights is back to “normal, and tips for remaining problems
    If you don’t know that IHG is the biggest mess of a company, then you don’t know anything about IHG. If you’ve ever had a problem, called customer support, or tried to use any of their technologies you will probably want to pull out hair. This…
    - 3 days ago 28 Oct 14, 8:21pm -
  • Is United Award Availability Better For Credit Card Holders?
    The other day I saw a tweet from saianel who said that he had less award availability now that he canceled the credit card. It also seems that every year Star Alliance award availability to Europe gets worse and worse. Finding a ticket in the summer…
    - 4 days ago 27 Oct 14, 9:20pm -
  • Unveiling Flying Blue (Air France + KLM) Miles 101 and Best Uses
    Flying Blue is an exciting program that is now transferable from Citi ThankYou points, Amex MR points, and SPG points. But little did I know just how awesome this program is. So I’m very excited for this post. I’m very proud of this research. No…
    - 5 days ago 27 Oct 14, 6:19am -
  • Stories From My Hitchhiking Diary in 2010
    The story of Caroline and I dating and getting married is an odd romantic tale of me visiting her on my hitchhike-around-the-world-trip (for free hopefully). However, when we started dating, and because I immediately knew we’d get married, I knew…
    - 5 days ago 27 Oct 14, 2:00am -
  • Steps of the Target REDbird [Infographic]
    Target and American Express have come out with a card similar to the Amex Bluebird, but the big difference is that you can load $5,000 a month with a credit card for free. You also have the ability to billpay credit cards and withdraw money for free…
    - 5 days ago 26 Oct 14, 6:54pm -

Frequent Flyer Bonuses

Million Mile Secrets

Nomadic Matt

  • How to Spend Four Days in Prague
    Prague is a destination that always seems to be in vogue. It’s been on the tourist map for a long time and the crowds show no signs of abating. Prague is a gorgeous, well-preserved medieval city coupled with a rich history, expansive parks, Vegas-s…
    - 1 day ago 30 Oct 14, 2:28pm -
  • How to Move Abroad and Save Money
    There are many people I look up to in travel writing. Tim Leffel is one of them. He’s been writing about budget travel long before I knew what travel, let alone budget travel, even was. He’s been places I’ve only dreamed about and was even kind…
    - 4 days ago 28 Oct 14, 1:41pm -
  • 9 Tips for Better Family Travel
    On the third Friday 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 month’s…
    - 8 days ago 24 Oct 14, 1:17pm -
  • Take the First Step Out the Door (A Community Challenge)
    The Dutch have a saying: “He who is outside his door already has the hardest part of his journey behind him.” It’s one of my favorite travel quotes. The first step in any endeavor is always the hardest. It takes courage. You have to overcome yo…
    - 8 days ago 23 Oct 14, 3:45pm -
  • 30 Fantastic Photos from Iceland to Inspire Your Next Trip
    Last month, I finally visited Iceland. Iceland wasn’t the impossible budget destination people made it out to be. The locals were warm and welcoming, took me around, and showed me their homes. They were incredibly hospitable and I made a lot of Ice…
    - 11 days ago 20 Oct 14, 2:52pm -
  • Help Plan My Trip to the Caribbean
    In a few weeks, I’m heading to the Caribbean. I’ve been to a few islands down there (Bahamas, Curacao, Grand Cayman) but have never spent an extended amount of time there so I’m pumped! I’ve always wanted to sail around the region. I’m flyi…
    - 15 days ago 16 Oct 14, 3:42pm -
  • Why Solo Female Travel is Different
    On the second Wednesday of the month, Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse writes a guest column featuring tips and advice on solo female travel. It’s not a topic I can cover and since there’s a lot of solo female travelers out there, I felt it w…
    - 16 days ago 15 Oct 14, 3:12pm -
  • 11 Tips to Help You Visit Expensive Iceland on Budget
    Iceland. The land of sheep, northern lights, volcanoes with unpronounceable names (try Eyjafjallajökull), and high prices. It’s supposedly one of the least budget-friendly countries in the world – which made visiting even more appealing to me. I…
    - 18 days ago 13 Oct 14, 2:48pm -
  • Smartphones, Tablets, or Laptops: What’s Best for Travelers?
    On the first Tuesday of each month, Dave Dean from Too Many Adapters is here giving you great tips and advice on travel tech and gear. Here is his column this month. “Should I bring a laptop, tablet or smartphone?” It’s a question I’m often…
    - 24 days ago 7 Oct 14, 1:57pm -
  • 19 Reader Questions and Answers
    Every day I get asked hundreds of travel questions. My inbox is constantly full, and it takes hours each day to answer them all. I’m not bothered because I enjoy answering people’s travel questions and helping others travel more. However, not eve…
    - 25 days ago 6 Oct 14, 5:13pm -

The Hustle Blog

  • 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…
    - 29 days ago 3 Oct 14, 11:00am -
  • Chase Freedom 4th Quarter 2014 Bonus Categories are Live!
    It’s October 1st, the first day of Q4! Let’s get started earning those 7,500 Ultimate Rewards points. Don’t forget to activate your Chase Freedom cards to earn 5 points per dollar spent at the following bonus categories: Amazon.com Zappos.com S…
    - 30 days ago 1 Oct 14, 4:18pm -
  • Newark Airport Family Day 2014
    Finally, I can tell my nephew, who has been asking me about this since the beginning of summer, the great news. Newark Airport Family Day is back for 2014! We took my nephew the past 2 years and he absolutely loved it. Here are the details: October…
    - 32 days ago 30 Sep 14, 11:00am -
  • Small Business Saturday 2014
    Shop Small One of my favorite days of the year for free money is returning this year to kick off the holiday season. Small Business Saturday (Shop Small) will happen on November 29, 2014. Last year’s event was a bit of a downer due to the reduced s…
    - 33 days ago 29 Sep 14, 11:00am -
  • Chase Freedom 4th Quarter 2014 – 5x Points at Amazon & Department Stores
    You can now activate your Chase Freedom credit cards to earn 5 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent in the following categories: Amazon.com Zappos.com Select department stores JCPenney Kohl’s Macy’s Nordstrom Sears You can see the list of a…
    - 45 days ago 17 Sep 14, 11:00am -
  • After 3+ Years, Amazon Payments Will Come to an End
    Big news hit the manufactured spend circles this week. After more than 3 years of very easy manufactured spend, Amazon Payments will be ending its person to person payment options on October 13, 2014. You can find the new terms on Amazon’s help pag…
    - 50 days ago 12 Sep 14, 11:00am -
  • Credit Karma Now Provides Full Credit Report For Free
    I use Credit Karma for loosely monitoring my TransUnion-based credit score. It’s a free service and it will update your score once a week when you log in. Recently, they have added your full credit report to the list of features. This is a great…
    - 93 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 6 Jul 14, 11:00am -

UPgRD

  • Upgrd 94: Captain Denny
    By Upgrd Podcast - Upgrd PodcastIn this frequent flyerpodcast we are joined by Captain Denny to discuss customerservice, the CaptainJason Dahl scholarship and frequent flyer news. Disclaimer: The views expressed are thepersonal opinions of the…
    - 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

  • newReader Travel Tip of the Day: HotelCoupons.com
    HotelCoupons.com Each Friday, we’re featuring a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from “Jon the Road Trip Guy,” who says: “Me and my fiancee take road trips all the time and we use HotelCoupons.com to…
    - 10 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 4:00pm -
  • newTravel Style: Rosalind Cummings-Yeates
    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: Rosalind Cummings-Yeates Occupation: Freelance Journal…
    - 13 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 1:00pm -
  • Travel Tip of the Day: MileCalc
    MileCalc It’s just about that time—that time when mileage junkies start flying all across the globe and returning home without leaving the airport. Why do they do this? So they can retain their elite status with the airlines. And this could be th…
    - 1 day ago 30 Oct 14, 4:00pm -
  • Fish Tales at Deep Water Cay, Bahamas
    Upon my arrival at Deep Water Cay, the legendary Bahamas fishing resort, I was amazed at how a place so magnificent in natural splendor and tranquility could be so incredibly accessible. Located about 300-feet east of Grand Bahama Island, this two-mi…
    - 2 days ago 30 Oct 14, 2:19am -
  • Travel Tip of the Day: How to Tell Which Side the Fuel Tank Is On
    How to Tell Which Side the Fuel Tank Is On After all these years of driving and renting cars, you would think I’d know (rather than having to guess) which side the gas tank is on. Instead, it took a ridiculous BuzzFeed article to teach me that most…
    - 2 days ago 29 Oct 14, 6:00pm -
  • Germany’s Condor Airlines is a pleasant surprise
    Condor Airlines is not a company that strikes a chord with most international travelers. But, its loyal German fan base (it’s a German company) and an expanding roster of international travelers are taking notice of this company’s growing interna…
    - 2 days ago 29 Oct 14, 4:17pm -
  • Top 10 in Travel News: Week of October 29, 2014
    THE TOP 10 IN TRAVEL NEWS THIS WEEK: American Airlines Just Announced Their New AAdvantage Program with US Airways Dividend Miles Members Seeking Unity, U.S. Revises Ebola Monitoring Rules Wi-Fi hotspot named for terror group delays AA flight at LAX…
    - 2 days ago 29 Oct 14, 2:00pm -
  • Travel Style: Maggie Parker
    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: Maggie Parker Occupation: Freelance journalist Hometow…
    - 3 days ago 29 Oct 14, 1:09pm -

Doctor of Credit

Hustler Money Blog

  • KeyBank Checking Review: $250 Bonus Promotion
    KeyBank is offering another $250 checking promotion with offer code RETB1014 good until December 5, 2014. Make sure to have at least one direct deposit of $500 or more within 60 days of account opening to trigger the $250 bonus. With the Key Express…
    - 4 days ago 28 Oct 14, 12:30am -
  • Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard Review
    Choosing a credit card can be an overwhelming process, hence it’s important to pick the the right credit card. The NEW Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® MasterCard® gives members up to 50,000 American Airlines Advantage bonus miles and 2 Adm…
    - 4 days ago 27 Oct 14, 1:54pm -
  • Motif Investing Review: $100 Referral Bonus
    Want to earn a $100 bonus using my Motif Investing referral link? Simply open a Motif Investing non-retirement account with at least $1,000, make your first Motif trade, then we will both earn a $100 bonus. A motif consists of up to 30 stocks, rangin…
    - 8 days ago 24 Oct 14, 7:42am -
  • Banana Republic Coupons, Discounts, and Promo Codes: Save Up To 70%
    Find all the best Coupons, Discounts, and Promotion Codes to save up to 70% Off when shopping at BananaRepublic.com. Use Offer Code BRSHOPNOW to get 50% off on Banana’s regular and 50% off sale items. The promo code expires 10/25/2014 Banana Republ…
    - 8 days ago 23 Oct 14, 9:21pm -
  • U.S Bank FlexPerks 3,500 Bonus Points Promotion
    Those with a U.S. Bank FlexPerks Business Travel Rewards Visa® card ( 20,000 Bonus FlexPoints) or the regular FlexPerks card, you can earn 1,000 points for registering an account with Visa Checkout good until November 30, 2014. No requirement to sho…
    - 8 days ago 23 Oct 14, 9:16pm -
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred Review – 40,000 Bonus Points($500 towards hotel/airfare) Best Travel Card!
    Chase Sapphire? Preferred Card – $250 Sign-Up Bonus – SummaryThe Chase Preferred Sapphire Card is offering new cardholders 25,000 bonus points after you spend $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months. With 25,000 bonus points, you can re…
    - 9 days ago 23 Oct 14, 5:55am -
  • Chase Bank $200 Total Checking Bonus Coupon Code
    Chase Bank $200 Checking Bonus Coupon Code The Chase Bank $200 Total Checking bonus coupon code with direct deposit available through November 15, 2014. Available to new Chase checking customers only, you must deposit $100 within 10 days along with s…
    - 9 days ago 23 Oct 14, 1:47am -
  • Huntington Bank $150 Asterisk-Free Checking Bonus
    Open up a Huntington Bank Asterisk-Free Checking account to earn $150 cash bonus for setting up direct deposit of at least $500 within the first 60 days. Promotion is valid through October 26, 2014 for residents of Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvan…
    - 9 days ago 23 Oct 14, 1:01am -
  • SunTrust Bank $200 Checking Promotion
    SunTrust Bank is offering up to $200 bonus when you open an Everyday checking account with promo code FALL14CHECKING. This promotion is apparently nationwide with no expiration date!  In order to earn the $200, you must have a single qualifying Dire…
    - 9 days ago 22 Oct 14, 8:46pm -
  • eBay Gift Card Deals: 10% for Sears Gift Cards
    Just a reminder, you may want to buy Sears gift cards if there is a discount whenever they are on sale. You do this because you can always use a Sears gift card to buy another gift card(like an Amazon or Shell) on their gift card rack like the pictur…
    - 9 days ago 22 Oct 14, 8:41pm -

Hack My Trip

  • newUsing ITA: How to Find a W Fare on United to Redeem a Global Premier Upgrade
    I’m providing some step-by-step examples of real scenarios to help people learn to use ITA Matrix based on feedback from this blog and my Chicago Seminars presentation. Let’s imagine you want to book a flight on United Airlines and apply a Globa…
    - 11 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 2:20pm -
  • newUsing ITA: How to Find Flights within a Specific Alliance
    I’m providing some step-by-step examples of real scenarios to help people learn to use ITA Matrix based on feedback from this blog and my Chicago Seminars presentation. Let’s imagine you want to book a flight, and because you’re a member of Uni…
    - 13 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 12:45pm -
  • newView My Chicago Seminars Presentation on ITA Matrix
    Today I am making three posts on the use of ITA Matrix to search for flights. Many readers have found my posts useful, but they can be very abstract and some people have requested more real-life examples. I gave two examples during my presentation at…
    - 15 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 11:05am -
  • Looking at the New American AAdvantage Changes Side-by-Side
    Amol and I each reviewed the new changes to American Airlines’ AAdvantage program when they were announced on Wednesday. Although there’s some overlap, I took the approach of discussing what those changes mean for existing US Airways customers wh…
    - 1 day ago 30 Oct 14, 4:00pm -
  • Just How Terrible Are Citi ThankYou Points? (Yes, It’s An Encore!)
    From the desk of the Devil’s Advocate… For those of you who might be joining us from Frequent Miler and elsewhere for the first time today (and welcome to all of you!), a few months ago I wrote a three-part series on the downsides of the major…
    - 2 days ago 30 Oct 14, 11:05am -

Maximizing Money

  • newTop Bonus Roundup on Maximizing Money: Updated October 31, 2014
    Check out this review of the best recent promotions on Maximizing Money, updated on October 31, 2014.1. $25 Shell Gift Card Giveaway - Win 1 of 4 $25 Shell Gift Cards, plus earn up to $200 in Shell Gift Cards when you refer your friends through our…
    - 9 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 5:10pm -
  • newThe Tie Bar Referral Program $10 Credits
    The Tie Bar offers a huge selection of ties for every occasion, and you can get a $10 credit to spend via The Tie Bar Refer A Friend program.Just refer your friends to The Tie Bar, and you'll get a $10 credit when your friends spend $25 or more.Mor…
    - 9 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 5:08pm -
  • newChanges for Membership Rewards Transfers to Delta SkyMiles
    I just received a notification from American Express about changes to transfers between Membership Rewards and Delta SkyMiles, but these changes actually affect transfers into a Delta SkyMiles account from any partner loyalty program, and not just th…
    - 10 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 3:43pm -
  • British Airways Visa Signature Card 50,000 Bonus Avios with Waived Annual Fee
    The British Airways Visa Signature Card is now offering 50,000 bonus Avios when you make $2,000 in purchases within the first 3 months.Plus, the annual fee is waived for the first year when you apply by December 31, 2014, and then it is $95 thereaft…
    - 1 day ago 30 Oct 14, 8:05pm -
  • Sbarro Halloween Special Free Pizza Slice for Kids with Entree
    Sbarro restaurants are offering 1 free pizza slice for kids per entree ordered to celebrate Halloween on October 31, 2014, and during Mall Halloween Festivities.The post Sbarro Halloween Special Free Pizza Slice for Kids with Entree appeared first o…
    - 1 day ago 30 Oct 14, 7:55pm -
  • IHOP Free Scary Face Pancake on October 31, 2014
    IHOP restaurants are giving away free Scary Face Pancakes to kids on Friday, October 31, 2014.The post IHOP Free Scary Face Pancake on October 31, 2014 appeared first on Maximizing Money.
    - 1 day ago 30 Oct 14, 3:15pm -
  • Famous Dave’s Veterans Day Promotions for All Former and Current Military Personnel
    Famous Dave's restaurants across the U.S.A. are offering a free One Meat Salute for all former and current military personnel on Tuesday, November 11, 2014.Enjoy Famous Dave's Military Promotion for free food on Veterans Day.The post Famous Dave’…
    - 1 day ago 30 Oct 14, 3:10pm -
  • TD Ameritrade up to $1,500 for Brokerage or $2,500 for Retirement Accounts
    There are currently 5 different TD Ameritrade promotions available with up to $1,500 in bonus cash available for brokerage accounts or up to $2,500 available for retirement accounts.Plus, the new Amerivest Fee Rebate Offer will refund your advisory…
    - 1 day ago 30 Oct 14, 3:05pm -
  • Bank of Hawaii $100 Credit Card Bonus with MyBankoh Rewards
    Bank of Hawaii offers a $100 bonus after $1,000 in purchases with their American Express and Visa Signature credit cards with MyBankoh Rewards, plus you'll receive up to a 20% annual year-end bonus on points earned, and there are no annual fees.The…
    - 1 day ago 30 Oct 14, 3:00pm -
  • Landmark Credit Union $100 Checking Bonus in Wisconsin and Illinois
    Landmark Credit Union will give you a $100 bonus when you open any new Landmark checking account with eStatements and set up a recurring direct deposit, valid through October 31, 2014.More Wisconsin Banking BonusesBank Mutual Refer A Friend Bonuses…
    - 1 day ago 30 Oct 14, 2:10pm -

Boarding Area

  • new60 Hours in Buenos Aires: Eating Around the City, Four Notable Meals to Consider
    You’ll Also Want to Be Sure to Read: American Airlines Flagship Lounge, New York JFK American Airlines First Class, New York JFK – Buenos Aires Review: Park Hyatt Buenos Aires I had a chance to try some of the best restaurants in Buenos Aires on…
    - 52 mins ago 1 Nov 14, 12:57am -
  • newBeware of Uber Surge Pricing on Halloween
    Many people are big fans of Uber.You're going to pay more if you need a ride during busy times of year. Be careful of Uber Surge Pricing during Halloween...The post Beware of Uber Surge Pricing on Halloween appeared first on Michael W Travels....
    - 2 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 11:26pm -
  • newHotel: Behind Closed Doors at Marriott
    I’m always fascinated when a travel industry leader is featured in a documentary. Not too long ago, British Airways had an excellent mini-series highlighting their daily operations. Produced in 2012, CNBC came out with an excellent documentary goin…
    - 4 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 10:10pm -
  • newA Call for Morocco-mendations
    Dear Friends. I’m about to embark upon my first trip to Africa. Tomorrow, I’ll leave Los Angeles and find myself in Morocco by the end of the weekend. This is one of the first times I’ve gone to a destination where I have no idea what to expect…
    - 5 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 8:38pm -
  • newFARE WAR! Under $1500 Business Class, West Coast – Europe
    This one is credit to One Mile at a Time. There are business class roundtrip fares next summer on Skyteam airlines from the West Coast to Europe for less than $1500 roundtrip through end of the schedule. $1500 isn’t cheap per se but it’s about wh…
    - 5 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 8:30pm -
  • newWhat does it cost an airline to cancel a flight? Very interesting numbers…
    24/7 Wall Street recently published an article highlighting the cost of canceling a flight – both due to the uncontrollable factors, such as weather, or controllable factors, such as scheduling of the crew. We’ve seen a lot of cancellations recen…
    - 6 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 8:10pm -
  • newVirgin Galactic “Expereinces An In-Flight Anomoly” And Spacecraft “Lost” Over Mojave Desert
    Virgin Galactic sent out a number of tweets this afternoon, confirming that its experimental spacecraft, SpaceShipTwo, was lost Friday during a test flight. The Associated Press is reporting the following: MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) — A Virgin Galactic sp…
    - 6 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 8:04pm -
  • newMore Rt 66, BBQ & Museums: Oklahoma Trip: Day 3
    What do you think are some of the best things to do in Oklahoma? Find out what frequent flyer & world traveler Michael W did during his last day in Tulsa...The post More Rt 66, BBQ & Museums: Oklahoma Trip: Day 3 appeared first on Michael W Travels.…
    - 6 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 7:50pm -
  • newThe Virgin Galactic SpaceShip Two Has Crashed
    The Virgin Galactic is Richard Branson’s project to bring tourism to space travel. It has taken several test flights and they have already had names added (over 700) to their waiting list of people ready to pay the $250,000 price for the opportun…
    - 6 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 7:42pm -
  • newDIscounted Airline Awards: Europe from 25,000 Miles Round Trip!
    It often takes a bunch of miles to move a family around the world on award tickets when you are multiplying by many travelers, so that’s why families are the ones who benefit the most from award chart sweet spots and limited time discounted awards.…
    - 6 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 7:38pm -

Frequent Flyer Miles 101

  • newJetBlue doesn’t extend schedule! Until Sunday, anyway…
    Trick or treat? Trick. Much as I love JetBlue, they do make the occasional rookie mistake. JetBlue extends its schedule every quarter or so, unlike the major airlines, who do it on a 330-day rolling basis.  Earlier today, I got an email that said th…
    - 5 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 8:50pm -
  • A few mileage tidbits and earning opportunities…
    Hyatt is one of my two favorite hotel programs, along with Starwood, and they’ve thrown in a little sweetener for those booking hotels before the end of the year.  Book a room between now and 12/31 on your mobile phone or their mobile website and…
    - 2 days ago 30 Oct 14, 12:03am -
  • American and US Airways announce program integration; No real surprises
    Today, American Airlines and US Airways announced the timeline for the integration of the two programs and there were no real surprises.  Actually, there was one surprise, and that was that there are no real surprises.  Congratulations, American (a…
    - 3 days ago 28 Oct 14, 10:34pm -
  • Credit card sign-up bonus war heating up among airlines (a bank error in your favor)
    American, Delta and United (or should I say, Citibank, American Express and Chase) have engaged in a credit card war that is leading to consumers getting increased amounts of miles to sign up for a card.  It’s probably best to take advantage of th…
    - 4 days ago 28 Oct 14, 2:14am -
  • Earn Las Vegas comps for free before you even get there!
    I’m going on a bit of a tangent here, but enough people go to Las Vegas that covering a free (and fun, actually) way to get some comps online is worth a post. Casinos got into the frequent player clubs reluctantly.  They prefer the big players who…
    - 5 days ago 27 Oct 14, 12:53am -
  • Rule #1 in frequent flyer land: Always sign up for the free program
    It’s been one of those weeks, so today’s post is going to be short… On the subway home today, I ran into a friend that I hadn’t seen for a few months.  While catching up, she mentioned that she had just come home from a business trip to Chin…
    - 7 days ago 24 Oct 14, 11:27pm -
  • Great intro fares to Europe, Bad news for Int’l travelers and some sad news…
    Wow Air (almost as good a name as Wizz Air) is an Icelandic low-cost carrier that, until a few days ago, I had never heard of.  And then they announced what Ryan Air has been trying to do forever: ridiculously cheap fares over the Atlantic, such as…
    - 8 days ago 24 Oct 14, 12:28am -
  • Foreign transaction fees and how to avoid them
    Good news!  I was reunited with my trusty laptop today.  Bad news: They ended up charging me shipping fees, even though they said they wouldn’t.  Another reason to keep an eye on your computer. I was asked the other day about foreign transaction…
    - 9 days ago 23 Oct 14, 1:04am -
  • United Airlines teams up with Hertz; Is travel going to a partnership structure?
    Today, United Airlines announced a partnership with Hertz Car Rentals to provide extra benefits to United travelers who rent their car from Hertz.  This deal is on top of its partnership with Marriott, and tends to give the best offers to members wh…
    - 10 days ago 21 Oct 14, 11:17pm -
  • Kimpton: The best hotel you’ve never heard of
    Very few hotel chains do “boutique” properties well.  A boutique property is an individualized, usually smaller, hotel that often reflects the characteristics of the city or neighborhood.  They’re generally a little more upscale, but they don…
    - 11 days ago 20 Oct 14, 11:31pm -

Mr. Free Miles

milepoint (Forums)

  • newTeh Penalty Box
    I think it's time for a new Box thread that works. So, here goes.
    - 1 min ago 1 Nov 14, 1:48am -
  • 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…
    - 17 mins ago 1 Nov 14, 1:32am -
  • newAny news about Premium Membership P3(2014)?
    Any news about Premium Membership P3 (2014)? Is there an approximate lauch time? Thanks!
    - 34 mins ago 1 Nov 14, 1:15am -
  • newW Hotels Throws Its Support Behind Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage
    W Hotels Throws Its Support Behind Legalizing Same-Sex MarriageEveryone from chef Padma Lakshmi to the “illustrious drag queen Lady Bunny” joined celebrity host Jennifer Hudson last week in New York for W Hotels’ first Turn It Up For Change e…
    - 53 mins ago 1 Nov 14, 12:56am -
  • new2015 Austin Mega DO :: February 26 - March 1
    Hey everybody, welcome to the discussion thread for the 2015 Austin Mega DO. As usual, the website (https://www.ausmegado.com) will have the latest and greatest information in case I forget to update this post. As we announced a couple of weeks ago,…
    - 58 mins ago 1 Nov 14, 12:51am -
  • newMezza Luna @ The InterContinental Residence Suites Dubai Festival City, Dubai, UAE [ REVIEW ]
    September 2014, Breakfast and DinnerDuring our stay at the InterContinental Residence Suites Dubai Festival City, we had dinner and breakfast at Mezza Luna.The restaurant was designed in the same contemporary style as the lobby with two story floor…
    - 59 mins ago 1 Nov 14, 12:50am -
  • newAltitude Enhancements Announced
    Just received the following:Below you’ll find some important updates regarding Air Canada AltitudeTM in 2015. These changes are being introduced following a thorough benchmarking exercise in order to competitively position Air Canada alongside the…
    - 1 hour ago 1 Nov 14, 12:21am -
  • newMilepoint app
    Anyone else have issues with this app crashing constantly on the iPhone 6 with iOS 8? Its become essentially worthless. :-(
    - 2 hours ago 1 Nov 14, 12:18am -
  • newSupreme Court to hear case of couple who sued Air Canada for not being able to order a 7Up in French
    http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/0...da-for-not-being-able-to-order-7up-in-french/OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to hear the appeal of a couple who sued Air Canada when they weren’t able to order a 7Up in French.
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  • newWashington D.C. | Dec 5th - 7th [regular and advanced sessions]
    Folks,I'm happy to announce the first evolved FTU hosted with USA Today.The first of the new format events will be hosted on the weekend of December 5th at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, minutes from DCA, Reagan.There will be regular FTU sessions…
    - 2 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 11:54pm -

Flyertalk MilesBuzz

  • newAF First Class ATH-CDG-IAD - €3562
    Just found this deal. Tons of dates available, 28 days advance purchase required. Image: http://puu.sh/cyedR/cae73cbd6e.png
    - 2 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 11:55pm -
  • newCathay Pacific First Class
    Hi everyone, I'll be travelling on Cathay Pacific from LHR to HKG in First class next month... Does anyone know if this route have the new refreshed F?.. Which lounge would I have access to? Thanks!
    - 2 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 11:51pm -
  • newFB Prom awards - Europe to Tahiti wide open
    Don't usually take much notice but in the promo's this month is PPT from Europe. Just priced up a Y flight from London ( as -25%) at €368 + 60000 miles. Absolute bargain.
    - 2 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 11:49pm -
  • newVCE to Rome by train?
    Is it very difficult or tedious to go from Venice to Rome by train? After our stay in Venice at Easter, our daughter and grandson were planning to go on to Rome for 4-5 days. They would be traveling Easter Sunday? Would that be a problem, as in...
    - 2 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 11:49pm -
  • newUnited ZN Fare (What Exactly is It?)
    Long time lurker but first time poster What exactly is a ZN fare? I'm trying to put together a trip and I see that ZN fare is available for all of my desired flights in expert mode? any help is appreciated!
    - 2 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 11:37pm -
  • newTransferring at AMS into an Iberia Flight
    Hi All, First time poster here - just wanted some opinions and thoughts on an itinerary that my friend has. Not sure if this is the appropriate forum since it concerns IB and BA equally. Mods, please feel free to move if necessary. He has...
    - 2 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 11:36pm -
  • newMisinformation from UA agents on mileage earning eligiblity of Eidlewiess
    Would love some advice. I flew a Swiss flight from Zurich to Vancouver last June. Operated by Eidlewiess. I now know that this flight was ineligible for points however the following happened. 1, prior to booking I was informed by a UA agent that..…
    - 2 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 11:24pm -
  • neweUpgrade expiration dates for 2014 and 2015
    AC has announced definite expiration dates for eUpgrades on their Altitude 2015 page: ---Quote--- eUpgrade Credits earned on or after November 7, 2014 will be valid until February 29, 2016. Additionally, eUpgrade Credits earned on or after...
    - 2 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 11:21pm -
  • newIf My Flight Is Delayed Can I Avoid Change Fee?
    With wind in ORD there is a chance my flight may be delayed. I will not be able to travel and would like to avoid the $200 change fee. Would a delayed flight be eligible for avoiding the fee? If so, do I have to check-in to be eligible? Can I.…
    - 3 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 11:19pm -
  • newProblems with GE passport readers at SFO
    In the past few months, I've had problems getting the Global Entry kiosks to read my passport reliably. One reader will not "see" my passport, but the next one will, etc. I assumed that it was my passport, which was showing its age. But...
    - 3 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 11:11pm -

Reddit r/churning

  • newUnited Mileage Plus Application hack
    I recently received a targeted 50k offer for the united milage plus application, with instructions to visit at www.unitedexplorercard.com/earnmore I found that after logging in, if I visited www.theexplorercard.com/50k50AFWIC I was able to get a bett…
    - 2 hours ago 1 Nov 14, 12:01am -
  • newBill pay the CC which is added to Serve
    Hi Guys, I didnt some research but I couldnt find anything concrete so here I am asking again for any insight. I am hoping if I can pay the bill of my credit card with Serve that I have added to the Serve for loading funds. I have feeling it will fla…
    - 4 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 9:57pm -
  • newPaying rent with a credit card
    Hey all, quick question. So, my apartment now allows credit card payment (with a fee) towards rent. However, I only have a Visa Card (Chase Sapphire Preferred) and the apt takes Visa up to 500 and Mastercard up to X amount. Could I buy a Mastercard…
    - 8 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 5:27pm -
  • newIncome Verification
    Do any companies try to verify the captured income when applying for a card? Not saying I plan to inflate my income but I was just curious since credit limit is dependent upon the income. submitted by Hawtzi [link] [15 comments]
    - 11 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 2:41pm -
  • newAny wa to see award seat availability amongst all airlines?
    Thanks for any advice! submitted by JBGNY89 [link] [9 comments]
    - 11 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 2:24pm -
  • newWriting Checks from Chase Freedom
    I was approved for my first credit card today and have been reading r/churning for a couple of hours trying to think of ways to take advantage of the $100 signing bonus. Being in college my largest expense is rent, which I pay from my Schwab Checking…
    - 23 hours ago 31 Oct 14, 3:16am -
  • Applying for Barclays Sallie Mae as an IA resident
    Hi guys, I have been wanting to get the Barclay's Sallie Mae cc for past few months but have been unable to do so as they don't allow applications from residents of Iowa and Puerto Rico. Recently, I discovered a mail forwarding service called BongoUS…
    - 1 day ago 30 Oct 14, 11:02pm -
  • Already have CSP, and just got another offer for one in the mail. Can I sign up and get the rewards again?
    I already have the Chase Sapphire Preferred (got a few months ago) and I just got an application from Chase in the mail for another CSP, listing the 40k miles bonus. I have seen in other places that you can't apply for the same card and get benefits…
    - 1 day ago 30 Oct 14, 9:25pm -
  • Barclay's Application
    5 months ago I applied for the Arrival+ and the Sallie Mae a few days later. I had to call the reconsideration and get them to split my credit line so each has 4k. I tried applying for the US Airway's last night to grab some miles before the merger…
    - 1 day ago 30 Oct 14, 7:59pm -
  • Anyone get this email from Square?
    Its some new debit card linked phone based transfer method. Link Receiving money faq - looks like you will need to link a legit debit or bank account to that to receive. Might be a good way to unload gift cards perhaps? Pay yourself from your cell to…
    - 1 day ago 30 Oct 14, 7:20pm -