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The Points Guy

  • new5 Great GoPro Accessories For Every Adventure Traveler
    Do you have a hankering for adventure travel? If you’ve got a GoPro camera or you’re considering buying one, TPG Contributor Ryan Gargiulo of Pause The Moment shares the best GoPro accessories to capture those incredible moments on the go. As a…
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  • newHotel Review: Park Hyatt New York – Park Deluxe King Room
    When the luxurious, hugely tall Park Hyatt New York opened this past September on Midtown Manhattan’s West 57th Street, a half-block from Carnegie Hall and across the street from the Russian Tea Room, it was an immediate sensation in New York Cit…
    - 8 hours ago 20 Dec 14, 6:29pm -
  • newBonus SkyMiles & AAdvantage Miles, Alaska’s Beyond Comfort
    Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed:  Alaska Introduces New Flight Experience “Alaska Beyond” Alaska is amping up their in-flight service with the launch of Alaska Beyond. First off, th…
    - 13 hours ago 20 Dec 14, 1:29pm -
  • Contest Roundup: Ski in Wyoming, Weekend In Rio, Luxury St. Croix
    Check out the week in travel contests and sweepstakes for your chance to win a trip to Bali or Bhutan, five days in Paris, a weekend getaway to Rio, the opportunity to snowboard with Travis Rice in Wyoming or a luxury vacation in St. Croix. Win Trips…
    - 1 day ago 19 Dec 14, 9:45pm -
  • Man Finds New Companion With Same Name as Ex-Girlfriend
    Looks like there’s a happy ending to the sad tale of the boyfriend who was dumped by his girlfriend and left with a round-the-world itinerary in her name: he’s now found a (platonic) taker for the free trip, a young woman with the same nation…
    - 1 day ago 19 Dec 14, 7:29pm -
  • US Airways MasterCard Referral Bonus up to 50,000 Miles
    One of the best travel credit card offers currently on the market is the US Airways Premier World Mastercard’s limited-time sign-up bonus offer of 50,000 miles with first purchase or balance transfer within 90 days and payment of the $89 annual fee…
    - 1 day ago 19 Dec 14, 6:29pm -
  • 6,000 Bonus HHonors Points With Citi Card (Targeted)
    The Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve card is sending out targeted emails offering 2,000 HHonors bonus points per stay when you use the card to pay there. The promotion is valid at any hotel or resort within the Hilton portfolio through February 28, 2015.…
    - 1 day ago 19 Dec 14, 5:29pm -
  • TPG Tips For Surviving Holiday Travel
    Traveling this year around the holidays? You may need a few tips to keep you sane until you manage to get where you are going and finally start to enjoy yourself. Read on as TPG International Correspondent Lori Zaino offers some guidance on surviving…
    - 1 day ago 19 Dec 14, 4:29pm -
  • What is American Airlines AAdvantage Elite Status Worth?
    As the year winds down and the scramble to attain elite status revs up (myself included!), I’ve been getting flooded with emails asking whether it’s worth spending X to get Y status with Z airline. The answer to that question really depends o…
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  • Southwest Adds Belize and Other International Destinations
    I don’t fly Southwest often, partly because of their relatively limited route network. However, their list of destinations keeps growing, and today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele shares yet another addition, along with some t…
    - 2 days ago 19 Dec 14, 1:08pm -

Frugal Travel Guy

  • What to Expect from Hyatt Gold Passport in 2015
    Hyatt recently announced a series of changes being made to the Gold Passport program in 2015. For the most part, the changes are positive and even the negatives aren’t majorly devastating. Hyatt has always done a good job of balancing negative chan…
    - 1 day ago 19 Dec 14, 11:00pm -
  • 26 South African Protea Properties to Join Marriott Rewards
    Earlier this year Marriott acquired Protea Hospitality Group, the largest hotel company in Africa. As such, Marriott went from not having a single hotel property in Central and Southern Africa to becoming the largest hotel company in all of Africa. H…
    - 1 day ago 19 Dec 14, 10:46pm -
  • Retirement Plans? See the World and Save Your Funds
    Whether you’re in retirement, getting close to retirement or (like me) are far from it but dreaming of it, you can do things every day to help you travel more after your working days are done. Let’s break down three life and financial scenarios:…
    - 1 day ago 19 Dec 14, 8:00pm -
  • Las Vegas Updates: Rocketmiles and myVEGAS Rewards
    Since my husband and I are currently in the midst of planning a frugal trip to Las Vegas and the West coast this summer, I thought I would share a few of the details I discovered about some of my favorite programs. First of all, I’m happy to report…
    - 2 days ago 19 Dec 14, 8:00am -
  • Give the Gift of Travel — And Earn Some Extra Rewards
    Here at FrugalTravelGuy, we have a tendency to think that experiences, not goods, make the best presents. We’re talking dinners, massages, outings or best of all — travel. And now, Hotels.com is making that gift even easier to give with the int…
    - 2 days ago 18 Dec 14, 11:00pm -
  • Say Goodbye to Amex Gift Cards from Online Shopping Portals
    This morning I gave our Magic 8-Ball a big shake and asked if we’d see an increase in the payouts for American Express Gift Cards and I didn’t get a single marginally positive response. I thought the 8-Ball was messing with me so I decided to ask…
    - 2 days ago 18 Dec 14, 8:00pm -
  • Four Frugal Travel Updates From the Week
    A few noteworthy items worth discussing: United’s Award Sale, Starwood’s Free Internet, Travel to Cuba and Hyatt’s Award Chart Update. United’s Award Sale: We did not report this initially for fear it was a glitch that would not last long, b…
    - 2 days ago 18 Dec 14, 6:00pm -
  • Cape Air, JetBlue or Seaborne for Intra-Caribbean Flights?
    If you are traveling to one of the Lesser Antilles islands in the Caribbean, chances are you are connecting in San Juan (SJU) before your final destination. From SJU, your main three options to get you to your final destination are Cape Air, JetBlue…
    - 3 days ago 18 Dec 14, 8:00am -
  • Reader Request: Longing for those VIP Lounges
    Last week, FTG reader Ray sent us a Reader Request: “With the start of the new year, I am considering signing up for a credit card or membership that will give me airport lounge access. I travel a lot and have international responsibilities in 2015…
    - 3 days ago 17 Dec 14, 11:00pm -
  • Eliminate Out-of-Pocket Costs and Other Reasons to Invest in Barclay Arrival Miles
    Travel isn’t completely free, even if we are redeeming miles and points. No matter how many points we use for those fabulous trips, there are always out-of-pocket expenses involved, including airlines taxes and fees. The best way to eliminate some…
    - 3 days ago 17 Dec 14, 8:00pm -

One Mile at a Time

  • newEpic One Man Band At Seattle Airport
    This would certainly make me smile: The post Epic One Man Band At Seattle Airport appeared first on One Mile at a Time.        Related StoriesSanta Joins Global EntryAmazing Footage: Video Of Severe Turbulence From Inside A CabinMeet The Mos…
    - 2 hours ago 21 Dec 14, 1:03am -
  • newReview: Qantas First Class Lounge LAX
    On Thursday I wrote about how the new Qantas First Class Lounge LAX is finally open. The press release was quite detailed and had some great media images. As luck would have it I was passing through LAX on Thursday, so I reached out to Qantas to see…
    - 5 hours ago 20 Dec 14, 9:44pm -
  • newSeven Tips For Stress-Free Holiday Travel
    This is the busiest travel week of the year in the United States, and the weather forecast isn't looking particularly helpful. For that matter, many airlines reported that yesterday was their busiest travel day ever. Given that so many people are goi…
    - 7 hours ago 20 Dec 14, 7:42pm -
  • newWeekly Review: December 20, 2014
    Hello from New York! I had a great week in the mountains of Utah, and a review of the phenomenal St. Regis will be coming soon. It has also been a fun week with travel and industry news — this time of year seems to bring out some “interesting”…
    - 11 hours ago 20 Dec 14, 3:33pm -
  • newSanta Joins Global Entry
    I always love when a government organization has a sense of humor. Apparently the CBP is among them, as they've published a cute holiday video about Santa waiting in line at immigration and then joining Global Entry. Check it out. The post Santa Join…
    - 12 hours ago 20 Dec 14, 2:09pm -
  • Hilton Diamond: Guaranteed Suite Upgrades And Late Check-Out?
    My favorite thing about blogging is hearing what you guys have to say. You've actually chimed in over 200,000 times in the comments section of the blog. Comments range from thought provokingly insightful to complete digital garbage. But that's part o…
    - 1 day ago 19 Dec 14, 7:33pm -
  • American Eagle Supervisor To Me: “Do I Need To Call Law Enforcement?”
    So I flew American yesterday from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles to New York in first class. I planned a long layover in Los Angeles so I could visit the new Qantas First Lounge since it was opening day (more on that later). The flight from Salt Lake…
    - 1 day ago 19 Dec 14, 5:03pm -
  • Up To 50,000 US Airways Miles For Referring Friends
    I can't tell yet if this is targeted, or if Barclaycard is slowly rolling this out to all cardholders, but it appears at least some US Airways Premier World MasterCard® holders are getting an offer to refer their friends to the card and receive 5,00…
    - 1 day ago 19 Dec 14, 4:03pm -
  • Air Canada Business Class Award Seats To Delhi & Dubai
    As I wrote about last week, Air Canada is launching some exciting new Boeing 787 routes next November. Air Canada will launch nonstop 4x weekly Boeing 787 flights between Toronto and Delhi as of November 1, 2015. The flight will operate with the foll…
    - 1 day ago 19 Dec 14, 2:46pm -
  • It’s Going To Be An Exciting Day On The Blog!
    Why should you be refreshing the blog every five minutes today? Because yesterday was my most dysfunctional travel day of the year. Possibly the peak was when an American Eagle supervisor claimed I took a picture of her (which I didn't), and after de…
    - 2 days ago 19 Dec 14, 1:57pm -

View From the Wing

The Frequent Miler

  • Bet You Didn’t Know: Dining bonuses without expensive dining checks
    Click here to view in browser: Bet You Didn’t Know: Dining bonuses without expensive dining checks By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate…   Frequent Miler readers are likely familiar with the Rewards Network dining programs, which allow you …
    - 2 days ago 19 Dec 14, 11:25am -
  • Amex gift card portal rewards may end
    Click here to view in browser: Amex gift card portal rewards may end Through a reliable source I just heard that tomorrow (December 19th) will be the last day that American Express will offer gift cards through cash back portals. Purchasing Amex gift…
    - 2 days ago 18 Dec 14, 7:58pm -
  • Here’s your ticket to Hertz Five Star status, without Delta or United status
    Click here to view in browser: Here’s your ticket to Hertz Five Star status, without Delta or United status UPDATE: As several readers pointed out, the original post was incorrect. Originally I wrote that you could get Hertz President’s Circle st…
    - 3 days ago 18 Dec 14, 11:25am -
  • Vanilla Reload cards gone by April 1. Here’s the good part…
    Click here to view in browser: Vanilla Reload cards gone by April 1. Here’s the good part… The buzz today regarding the death of Vanilla Reload cards was triggered by emails from American Express to Serve and Bluebird cardholders.  Customers rec…
    - 3 days ago 17 Dec 14, 8:33pm -
  • Increasing rewards beyond 50X
    Click here to view in browser: Increasing rewards beyond 50X Last month 1800Flowers ran a promotion that made it possible to earn 50 Southwest Rapid Rewards points per dollar with each order.  This was exciting for a number of reasons including the…
    - 4 days ago 17 Dec 14, 11:25am -
  • How to cash in your PayPal My Cash cards when PayPal freezes your account
    Click here to view in browser: How to cash in your PayPal My Cash cards when PayPal freezes your account Image this scenario:  Suppose a blogger you know had been buying PayPal My Cash cards at a certain three letter drug store and paying with a car…
    - 5 days ago 16 Dec 14, 11:25am -
  • Citi Prestige vs Premier vs Preferred

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  • Bet You Didn’t Know: What to do when British Airways doesn’t show partner availability
    Click here to view in browser: Bet You Didn’t Know: What to do when British Airways doesn’t show partner availability By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate…   Greg has written before about the incredible value in British Airways awards, inc…
    - 9 days ago 12 Dec 14, 11:25am -
  • 30,000 miles to nowhere. Progress and plans.
    Click here to view in browser: 30,000 miles to nowhere. Progress and plans. Background: Currently, there’s a one time opportunity to get top tier AAdvantage elite status (Executive Platinum) by enrolling in and completing the US Airways Preferred S…
    - 10 days ago 11 Dec 14, 11:25am -
  • 30,000 miles to nowhere. Lessons learned so far.
    Click here to view in browser: 30,000 miles to nowhere. Lessons learned so far. Background: Currently, there’s a one time opportunity to get top tier AAdvantage elite status (Executive Platinum) by enrolling in and completing the US Airways Preferr…
    - 10 days ago 10 Dec 14, 10:00pm -

The Flight Deal

The Free-quent Flyer

  • Has the Chase Sapphire been quietly retired?
    For years, Chase has offered 3 Ultimate Rewards-earning personal (not small business) credit cards: the Chase Freedom, Chase Sapphire, and Chase Sapphire Preferred.The Freedom is Chase's entry into the crowded field of rotating 5% cash back category…
    - 3 days ago 17 Dec 14, 9:27pm -
  • Do this now: IHG Rewards Set Your Sights promotion
    IHG Rewards has announced and opened registration for their upcoming promotion, called "Set Your Sights." Between January 1 and April 30, 2015, members can earn at least 50,000 IHG Rewards points for completing a series of tasks, which will vary dep…
    - 4 days ago 17 Dec 14, 11:00am -
  • Guest post: Funding bank accounts with credit cards
    [Editor's note: this post was a guest submission by Will from Doctor of Credit. Will previously wrote for the site on the subject of depositing money orders remotely using smartphone apps, which I found to be an immensely helpful resource. I often me…
    - 5 days ago 16 Dec 14, 11:00am -
  • Easy and free ways to liquidate prepaid gift cards from Office Max
    By now many of my readers will have seen information about the current Office Max promotion, running through December 27, 2014, for $20 off $300 or more in Visa or MasterCard gift cards purchased in-store.Since $200 Visa and MasterCard gift cards com…
    - 5 days ago 16 Dec 14, 12:01am -
  • Do this now: Register for Chase Freedom cash back
    It's that time of the quarter, when registration opens for Chase Freedom bonus categories. In the first quarter of 2015, Chase Freedom cards will earn 5 non-flexible Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent at grocery stores excluding Walmart and Ta…
    - 5 days ago 15 Dec 14, 7:56pm -
  • IHG Rewards Into the Chaos: Points or Nights?
    As you know, IHG Rewards' 4th quarter promotion is called Into the Nights, and gives you the option of earning up to 50,000 bonus points or 2 free nights at any IHG property, or a combination of points and nights.As you may or may not know, depending…
    - 8 days ago 13 Dec 14, 1:12am -
  • Cash back at Amazon.com
    First of all, check out my spiffy new disclosure policy which should now be found at the top of each blog post when you visit my website. It reads:"Disclosure: to the best of my knowledge, I receive no third-party affiliate revenue for any of the co…
    - 9 days ago 12 Dec 14, 12:44am -
  • Quick hit: Orbitz $100 off $100+ promo is back (2 nights required)
    Via Miles To Memories, run, don't walk over to Orbitz.com and start booking pairs of nights for $100 off using promo code "VISACHECKOUT" and paying through, you guessed it, Visa Checkout.Your total stay cost must exceed $100 before the discount is ap…
    - 10 days ago 10 Dec 14, 3:27pm -
  • Update: selling Marriott gift cards to Cardpool
    Last month I wrote about a nice opportunity to score Marriott stays on the cheap or make a quick buck buying Marriott gift cards for 25% off and then reselling them at 92% of their face value.First the good news: as expected, Marriott gift card purc…
    - 12 days ago 9 Dec 14, 11:00am -
  • Developing: problems with Walmart bill pay
    This is just a quick note going into the weekend for readers who haven't yet seen this on Twitter, Flyertalk, or another manufactured spending forum.Some Walmart Money Center registers are no longer showing some credit card payment networksAs longti…
    - 15 days ago 6 Dec 14, 3:24am -

Well Traveled Mile

MileValue

  • Refer Friends to 50,000 Mile US Airways Card for 5,000 Miles
    Existing cardholders can earn up to 50,000 bonus US Airways miles by referring friends to the 50,000 mile bonus offer on the US Airways Premier World MasterCard. For every friend who applies through your referral, cardholders earn 5,000 US Airways m…
    - 1 day ago 19 Dec 14, 6:02pm -
  • Discount on Business Class United Awards to Europe
    Right now, awards: booked with United miles between the United States and Europe for flights in January, February, and March 2015 on partner airlines cost only 57,500 miles each way in Business Class That’s the same price that awards booked on Unit…
    - 1 day ago 19 Dec 14, 5:37pm -
  • 50,000 Delta SkyMiles Offer
    The Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card is offering 50,000 SkyMiles and a $50 statement credit after spending $1,000 in the first three months. Business owners can get the same offer on the business version of the card. Delta Miles I value Delta mile…
    - 2 days ago 18 Dec 14, 3:23pm -
  • 25% Discount on Purchasing Starpoints. Good deal?
    I just got an email today from Starwood Preferred Guest announcing up to a 25% discount on the purchase of Starpoints. Through December 31, 2014, you can purchase up to 20,000 Starpoints with the following discounts: 500 – 9,500 Starpoints — 3.15…
    - 3 days ago 18 Dec 14, 8:01am -
  • Book Tickets from Fake Location to Save Money
    A friend passed along an article from Time.com that advocates doing something I’ve done a few times, but not described: You can often get a cheaper price on a cash ticket if you book the ticket in foreign currency through airline’s website design…
    - 3 days ago 17 Dec 14, 4:54pm -
  • Citi Prestige: 30,000 ThankYou Points, $250 Airfare Credit, Admirals Club Lounge Access
    The Citi Prestige® Card comes with 30,000 bonus ThankYou Points after $2,000 in purchases made with your card in the first 3 months the account is open, $250 in airfare or airline fee credits per calendar year, access to the American Airlines Admir…
    - 4 days ago 17 Dec 14, 12:12am -
  • How to Get Two Roundtrips to Central or South America from One Credit Card
    American Airlines offers some of the most generous off peak awards in the world. Off peak awards are discounts (ranging from 20-30%) on economy awards with MileSAAver award space, the capacity-controlled space that we like to book. To Peru, Colombia,…
    - 4 days ago 16 Dec 14, 4:47pm -
  • Membership Rewards 40% Transfer Bonus to British Airways Avios Through 1/31/15
    American Express Membership Rewards transfers to British Airways Avios will come with an automatic 40% transfer bonus from now through January 31, 2015. Is this British Airways transfer bonus a good deal? Should you take advantage of the 40% transfe…
    - 5 days ago 16 Dec 14, 7:14am -
  • 5 Easy Ways to Earn More Miles
    How am I flying around the world in some of the world’s nicest Business and First Classes? By earning loads of miles, of course. Here are five easy ways you can earn more miles. 1. Collect More Credit Card Sign Up Bonuses This is the easiest one, a…
    - 5 days ago 15 Dec 14, 6:17pm -
  • What Do You Call That DC Airport Not Named Dulles or BWI?
    The Washington Post has an interesting poll running right now. It’s really just one question about what you call the commercial airport closest to DC. Beneath that, there are several demographic questions that I’m sure they’ll try to correlate…
    - 5 days ago 15 Dec 14, 3:14pm -

Frequent Flier

  • 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…
    - 1 day ago 19 Dec 14, 7:29pm -
  • Which Airlines Lose Your Bags, Baby?
    Checking a bag on your next flight? No doubt you’ve factored the checked-bag fee into your choice of airline. But have you also considered the likelihood that your bag will actually be delivered? Not all bags make it to their ... Read More
    - 1 day ago 19 Dec 14, 5:46pm -
  • Marriott’s MegaBonus Is Back for 2015
    Marriott’s MegaBonus is back for 2015, but in name only. Offer Details Between February 1 and April 30, 2015, Marriott Rewards members can earn 2,500 points for the second and subsequent stays, up to a maximum of 25,000 points. Registration ... Rea…
    - 2 days ago 18 Dec 14, 7:38pm -
  • Coming from Starwood: Free WiFi, with Strings
    It’s been just over a month since Marriott announced that, beginning next year, Marriott Rewards members will be treated to free standard WiFi at most hotels in the chain’s network. This week, Starwood matched Marriott’s offer: Beginning Februa…
    - 2 days ago 18 Dec 14, 5:42pm -
  • Airlines Under Fire from Media, Lawmakers
    The New York Times editorial board is an august group, comprised of 19 of the newspaper’s most distinguished writers and editors. When the Times publishes an opinion piece with the editorial board’s byline, it typically concerns a matter of weigh…
    - 3 days ago 17 Dec 14, 7:28pm -
  • InterCon’s Purchase of Kimpton Gets Mixed Reaction
    This week’s announcement that InterContinental Hotels Group will purchase Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants elicited a decidedly split reaction among travelers. Among many Kimpton loyalists, the prospect of the company’s 62 boutique hotels coming unde…
    - 3 days ago 17 Dec 14, 5:10pm -
  • Delta Upgrades Elite Status with Hertz Perks
    In the latest preferred marketing partnership among major travel suppliers, Hertz will award elite status in its Gold Plus Rewards program to elite members of Delta’s SkyMiles program, as follows: Delta Diamond and Platinum elites receive Hertz Pre…
    - 4 days ago 16 Dec 14, 7:18pm -
  • New InterCon Promo: ‘At Least 50,000 Bonus Points’
    InterContinental’s next promotion, “Set Your Sights,” extends the company’s recent string of highly personalized promotions, with offers that vary widely according to the profiles of IHG Rewards members. Offer Details After registering on the…
    - 4 days ago 16 Dec 14, 5:50pm -
  • Win a 4-Night Virgin Islands Getaway
    Enter the Lucky magazine “British Virgin Islands” sweepstakes by February 9, 2015, for a chance to win the grand prize: a trip for two to the British Virgin Islands, including air, four nights’ hotel accommodations, one dinner, a LeSportsac lug…
    - 5 days ago 15 Dec 14, 7:38pm -
  • American Adds New Mileage Bonuses for Premium Fares
    American’s recent announcement that it would not follow Delta and United in converting to a spend-based mileage program in 2015 was a relief to the many infrequent leisure travelers who would be disadvantaged by the new revenue-focused schemes. Tod…
    - 5 days ago 15 Dec 14, 5:31pm -

Travel is Free

  • How To Get Award Nights for the InterContinental Bora Bora Thalasso
    In the wake of the Into The Nights promotion, there are a number of “Free Nights” out there. We each got two free nights from the Into The Nights promo, and each have a free night from the IHG credit card annual perk. One of the nicest InterCo…
    - 2 days ago 18 Dec 14, 10:35pm -
  • What stopover tickets have we personally booked?
    Someone asked on the FAQ about what stopovers we have personally booked and flown. And in all honesty, some of it doesn’t apply anymore, but a lot of it is. First, I’ll say that back in the day, British Airways allowed unlimited stopovers. In hin…
    - 3 days ago 18 Dec 14, 1:50am -
  • Finding American Airlines’ (AA) MPM Limit and Rules
    Earlier I wrote a post on American Airlines routing rules that did not deal with the Maximum Permitted Mileage (MPM) and instead dealt with the other aspects of their routing rules. But MPM limits are still an integral part of AA’s routing rules…
    - 4 days ago 16 Dec 14, 10:47pm -
  • RTW Challenge: 6 Continents with 3 Credit Cards
    Same rules as last time, but different goal. The goal is to start in the US and see the 5 other inhabited continents: South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia. One of the rules is that I have to use current credit card bonuses, and current awa…
    - 4 days ago 16 Dec 14, 7:13pm -
  • New IHG Promo for 2015: Q&A
    IHG has announced a new version of the Big Win or the Into The Nights promotion for Jan 1 to April 30 and this time it’s basically the same thing as the Big Win but it’s called the “Set Your Nights” promotion (register here). All these prom…
    - 5 days ago 15 Dec 14, 6:33pm -
  • Complete List of Airline Award Charts
    This post is important to bookmark (not that I’m biased) because of the award charts that are unique to this site. There is no other complete Flying Blue award chart on the internet other than the one I’ve made here. I’ve never seen another Al…
    - 6 days ago 15 Dec 14, 12:02pm -
  • “Could I be getting better value out of my miles/points?”
    There is nothing wrong with earning free miles/points from the lowest hanging fruits, and only earning with a couple programs. Many people read my articles on how to do 7 stopovers with JAL and then they start to wonder if they are doing something…
    - 7 days ago 13 Dec 14, 5:44pm -
  • How To Book Your “Free Night” With IHG, Hilton, and Hyatt
    The credit cards of IHG, Hilton (the Reserve card) and Hyatt all give free nights, although the details are all very different. First I’ll explain what those differing rules are and then I’ll explain how to go online and actually use your free ni…
    - 9 days ago 11 Dec 14, 11:25pm -
  • Our 9 Favorite Points Hotels of 2014
    The end of the year is near and we’ve actually already been to a lot of the hotels we have scheduled from now until the end of the year (IC Warsaw, IC Vienna, IC Budapest, etc…) and so I might as well get this yearly tradition out of the way and…
    - 11 days ago 9 Dec 14, 9:38pm -

Frequent Flyer Bonuses

Million Mile Secrets

Nomadic Matt

  • How to Travel on $50 A Day: The Book Tour
    Most people think it seems too good to be true that you can travel across the world on less than it costs to live at home. They believe that cheap travel is a pipe dream. But, as readers of the blog, you know that not to be true, and, in the coming m…
    - 3 days ago 17 Dec 14, 3:20pm -
  • How to Sail the British Virgin Islands for Free
    The British Virgin Islands often foster images of intrepid sailors and adventurers living their own version of a Jimmy Buffett song – sailing the seas, relentlessly drinking rum, stopping at hidden beaches, and exploring deserted islands. Standing…
    - 5 days ago 15 Dec 14, 4:27pm -
  • How to Travel the World on $50 a Day: The New Edition (and Special Offer)
    In 2013, I published my first book, How to Travel the World on $50 A Day. However, information constantly changes in travel – tips get dated and new ways to save always emerge, which is why with great excitement, I’d like to announce an even big…
    - 9 days ago 11 Dec 14, 3:12pm -
  • What Hitchhiking Alone as a Female in China Taught Me About Hospitality
    On the second Wednesday of the month, Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse writes a guest column featuring tips and advice on solo female travel. It’s an important topic I can’t cover so I brought in an expert to share her advice. This is her col…
    - 10 days ago 10 Dec 14, 2:38pm -
  • 16 Delicious Restaurants in Hong Kong
    Wandering the crowded streets of Hong Kong, one always finds street vendors serving delicious noodles, roasted ducks hanging in the windows of restaurants, fish tanks full of tonight’s dinner, and trendy restaurants next to decades old dim sum esta…
    - 13 days ago 8 Dec 14, 2:10pm -
  • How to Spend Four Days in Hong Kong
    Hong Kong. Its name inspires visions of a chaotic, jam-packed city with soaring skyscrapers, thick smog, endless noodle stands, big finance, and wild nights out. It’s one of my top five favorite cities in the world and I relish any chance to visit.…
    - 16 days ago 4 Dec 14, 2:55pm -
  • 10 of the Best New Travel Apps of 2014
    On the first Tuesday of each month, Dave Dean from Too Many Adapters gives us great tips and advice on travel tech and gear. This month’s column is on the best apps to help manage and save on your trip. There’s no shortage of travel apps clutter…
    - 18 days ago 2 Dec 14, 5:25pm -
  • 6 Lessons Learned from 3 Months in China
    China is a fascinating and rapidly changing country. Old customs and habits hang on as modern skyscrapers go up every second, the country becomes more of a global powerhouse, and people from around the world move there. Last year, my friend, Scott Yo…
    - 31 days ago 20 Nov 14, 2:00pm -
  • How to Change the “I’m Too Poor to Travel” Mindset and Say Yes to Travel
    “Your advice is great if you are middle-class, your parents are giving you money, or you’re from the West. Your website can never work for me. I’m too poor to travel. This advice is only for privileged people.” I encounter this line of though…
    - 34 days ago 17 Nov 14, 2:00pm -
  • 10 Common Fears That Stop You from Traveling Solo
    On the second Wednesday of the month, Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse writes a column featuring tips and advice on solo female travel. It’s not a topic I can cover and, since there’s a lot of female travelers out there, I felt it was importa…
    - 39 days ago 12 Nov 14, 2:00pm -

The Hustle Blog

  • Chase Freedom 2015 Bonus Categories Announced

    - 11 days ago 10 Dec 14, 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…
    - 34 days ago 17 Nov 14, 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…
    - 40 days ago 10 Nov 14, 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…
    - 44 days ago 7 Nov 14, 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…
    - 79 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…
    - 80 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…
    - 82 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…
    - 83 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…
    - 95 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…
    - 100 days ago 12 Sep 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

  • 3 Ways to Win A Cruise from Carnival Corporation
    Do you love cruising? Never been on a cruise but are curious about it? Whether you’re old hat at cruising or are new to this type of travel, Carnival Corporation wants to help you enjoy the experience. They’ve launched a new campaign that include…
    - 1 day ago 19 Dec 14, 8:40pm -
  • Reader Travel Tip of the Day: Start Your GPS on the Way to the Rental Car
    Start Your GPS on the Way to the Rental Car Each Friday, we’re featuring a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip was left by reader Tim R., who says: “If you like using your portable GPS for rental cars rather than…
    - 1 day ago 19 Dec 14, 5:00pm -
  • Travel Tip of the Day: Open Your Trunk Before Arriving
    Open Your Trunk Before Arriving Following up on Tuesday’s tip about not leaving anything of value out in the open in your car (or rental car), here’s another reminder: Don’t park your car in a touristy place or a parking lot and then put all…
    - 2 days ago 18 Dec 14, 10:11pm -
  • Win one of two $100 airport lounge credits from LoungeBuddy!
    Today, LoungeBuddy—the free app that tells you everything you need to know about airport lounges—is launching a first-of-its-kind service: the ability to book airport lounge access through an iPhone. With the new LoungeBuddy, you won’t have to…
    - 2 days ago 18 Dec 14, 9:17pm -
  • Travel Video of the Day: North Face’s #SeeForYourself Cab
    This is a sponsored post. When was the last time you went on an epic adventure with your cab driver? If that strikes you as unusual question, you need to watch the video above, which captures an amazing promotion from the minds of the seasoned adve…
    - 2 days ago 18 Dec 14, 7:11pm -
  • Choice Hotels’ Best Internet Rate Guarantee: An Empty Promise?
    If you book hotel rooms on the internet, you’ve likely encountered the online price guarantee. The specifics vary among chains, but the essential promise is always the same: Find the same room for less on another website, and we’ll beat it. Choic…
    - 3 days ago 18 Dec 14, 4:00am -
  • Travel Tip of the Day: Free Geek Squad Help at O’Hare Until December 23
    Free Geek Squad Help at O’Hare Until December 23 Flying through/to/from Chicago O’Hare airport over the holidays? Keep this in mind: Every day until December 23, from 8 am – 5 pm local time, Best Buy’s Geek Squad will be offering free tech h…
    - 3 days ago 17 Dec 14, 11:34pm -
  • Travel Style: Stephen Oddo
    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: Stephen Oddo Occupation: Co-Founder, Walks of Italy &…
    - 4 days ago 17 Dec 14, 2:00pm -

Doctor of Credit

  • new[Targeted] Barclay Sallie Mae Card Receive 7x Points On Grocery Store Spend
    The Offer Receive an additional 2x rewards points on grocery store purchases, movie theater purchases and utility payments. Because Barclay Sallie Mae card already earns 5x rewards points on grocery store purchases (up to $250 in purchases per month…
    - 12 hours ago 20 Dec 14, 2:45pm -
  • newCan I Get Both The American Express Business Gold & The Platinum Bonus?
    In case you didn’t know, there are two increased sign up bonuses on American Express business cards. American Express Business Gold: Up To 75,000 Membership Rewards Points Annual Fee Waived How To Get A 100,000 Point Offer For The AmEx Platinum Bus…
    - 13 hours ago 20 Dec 14, 1:45pm -
  • newI Received A Shorter Than Advertised APR, Why?
    I recently applied for the Discover it card which is advertised as having an introductory APR of 0% for 14 months [Editors note: This card also has a different version with a $150 bonus]. I applied for this card but when I was approved, they didn’t…
    - 13 hours ago 20 Dec 14, 1:45pm -
  • Staples Confirms That 1.16 Million Credit Cards Affected In Data Breach
    Today Staples has confirmed that approximately 1.16 million credit cards were affected in a data breach. Here is the key information: Malware was deployed at 115 of 1,400 US retail locations Malware was removed immediately upon detection back in mid…
    - 1 day ago 19 Dec 14, 11:22pm -
  • Changes To The Way ACH Transfers Are Coded & The Ramifications For Bank Bonuses
    In March of 2014 the NACHA (who are responsible for development, administration, and governance of the ACH Network) released a number of new rules for how P2P (person to person) transactions would be handled, among other things. You can read the ful…
    - 2 days ago 19 Dec 14, 1:45pm -
  • 5,000/10,000 Mile Referral Bonus For The US Airways Barclay Card 50,000 Mile Offer
    In case you didn’t know Barclay has increased the sign up bonus on their US Airways card. They currently have two offers: 50,000 miles after first purchase, the annual fee of $89 is not waived 50,000 miles after first purchase and 10,000 anniversar…
    - 2 days ago 19 Dec 14, 5:02am -
  • Portal Double Dip on eBay – Success!
    It’s hard to catch a company like eBay on a double-dip like this. Here’s the scoop… eBay e-Gift Cards eBay gift cards have long been available as physical gift cards via GiftCardMall on eBay. Recently, a new eBay store called Paypal Digital Gif…
    - 2 days ago 19 Dec 14, 4:43am -
  • Free $5 Amazon Gift Card with Chime [Limited Quantity]
    [UPDATE December 18, 2014: Apparently, this offer is back on. I don’t see it in my Chime account, so I didn’t mention it immediately, but I saw three other bloggers mention it already, so I figured I’d  repost. Possibly, those who used it alre…
    - 2 days ago 19 Dec 14, 2:31am -
  • Evolve Money Disallows Discover Credit Card Payments For Some Bills & Will Allow Vanilla Reloads Starting January
    Back at the start of November, Evolve Money announced that users would be able to use it’s online bill payment platform to use Discover credit cards to pay all bills without any fees with plans to add Visa & MasterCard in the future. Today I receiv…
    - 2 days ago 18 Dec 14, 9:46pm -
  • Chase Ink cards after Visa Savings Edge
    This is a guest post by Free-Quent Flyer. I recently did a guest post on his site titled “Funding bank accounts with credit cards“. I’d recommend following him on Twitter and if you do manufactured spending I’d strongly recommend subscribing…
    - 3 days ago 18 Dec 14, 1:45pm -

Hustler Money Blog

  • newCardCash.com Review: Buy Sell Discounted Gift Cards
    Looking to save more on Gift Cards for Abercrombie, Lowe’s, Petco, and Sears from CardCash? Make sure to use promo code HOLIDAY5 at CardCash.com to get heavily discounted gift cards with free shipping for an additional 5% off! Just go to your shopp…
    - 3 hours ago 20 Dec 14, 11:50pm -
  • newSignature Bank of Georgia Review: $200 Referral Bonus
    For members of Signature Bank of Georgia, you can refer your friends and family for a $200 bonus both consumer and business account plus they will also get a $200 bonus. Located in Sandy Springs, Georgia, Signature Bank offers personalized banking wi…
    - 5 hours ago 20 Dec 14, 9:37pm -
  • newBMI Federal Credit Union $200 Bonus
    For residents of Ohio, simply join Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) Federal Credit Union using promo code AD200 and meet all new account and promotional requirements, you can earn a $200 bonus. This offer expires December 31, 2014. How to Receive Yo…
    - 7 hours ago 20 Dec 14, 7:45pm -
  • newChase British Airways Visa Signature Review
    Now with no annual fee for the first year($95 afterwards), sign up for the British Airways Visa Signature® Card to earn 50,000 BONUS AVIOS after you make $2,000 in purchases in the first 3 months of account opening! Earn Avios with every purchase th…
    - 12 hours ago 20 Dec 14, 2:50pm -
  • newChase 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…
    - 15 hours ago 20 Dec 14, 11:55am -
  • iTunes Gift Card Promotion: $100 for $85 Deal
    eBay is offering a $100 iTunes gift card for $85, that’s a 15% savings! Unlike before, there is no purchase limit so buy as many as you want. You’ll get free shipping. All iTunes gift cards work on the iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store, and M…
    - 2 days ago 18 Dec 14, 10:47pm -
  • Chase Freedom Card Review: $100 Bonus Promotion
    You can earn a $100 bonus after you spend $500 in purchases in the first 3 months from account opening with the Chase Freedom® along with 5% cash back categories for the first quarter of 2015. Between January 1 and March 31, you can earn 5% rewards…
    - 2 days ago 18 Dec 14, 7:11pm -
  • Visa Fee-Free Gift Cards AAA Promotion
    Are you a member of AAA and live in the Mid-Atlantic? If so, then you can purchase Visa gift cards fee-free at AAA locations good until December 31, 2014. It’s super easy to give millions of gift choices with one convenient Visa gift card that’s…
    - 2 days ago 18 Dec 14, 4:43pm -
  • AnchorBank Checking Review: $100 Account Bonus
    Available for residents of Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota, AnchorBank is offering $100 checking account bonus when you set up direct deposit good until December 31, 2014. Customers can earn up to $100 for opening any new personal checking ac…
    - 3 days ago 18 Dec 14, 2:15pm -
  • Citibank Regular Checking Review: $100 Bonus
    Available nationwide, sign up now online to a Citibank Regular Checking in the Citibank Account Package to earn up to $100 bonus. There is no direct deposit requirement, however you must complete bill payment for two consecutive months and deposit $1…
    - 3 days ago 18 Dec 14, 1:10pm -

Hack My Trip

  • Get 1,000 Bonus Miles for Referring a Friend to PointsHound
    If you still haven’t booked your hotel for this year’s winter break, consider trying PointsHound. It’s a site I’ve written about many times before that makes it easy to earn airline miles or other types of reward points when you book. Now thr…
    - 2 days ago 18 Dec 14, 4:30pm -
  • LoungeBuddy Announces In-App Purchases, Plus $200 Giveaway!
    LoungeBuddy has been around for a year now, offering one of the best tools to find and review airport lounges. Chatting with the team behind it, I’ve learned that they really know their airport lounges. Stuff like figuring out which obscure loung…
    - 3 days ago 18 Dec 14, 2:00pm -
  • The Amex Platinum! Now Improved! But Not Really!
    From the desk of the Devil’s Advocate…   A few days ago American Express announced yet another new feature for their Platinum card, which is a product that always gets a lot of attention around these parts. This time it’s 10 free inflight Gogo…
    - 3 days ago 18 Dec 14, 12:05pm -
  • Alaska Airlines Plans New Board Room in SEA North Satellite
    When United got kicked out of the North Satellite at Seattle’s Sea-Tac airport, it left behind a basement-level United Club that many hoped would one day become a second Alaska Airlines Board Room. The main Board Room location near the C and D Conc…
    - 3 days ago 17 Dec 14, 5:10pm -
  • Hertz Providing Status to Delta SkyMiles Elite Members
    Several weeks ago I described a new partnership between United Airlines and Hertz, in which some United elite members would get complimentary elite status with Hertz and Hertz would become the only car rental agency to offer discounts to United custo…
    - 3 days ago 17 Dec 14, 4:15pm -

Maximizing Money

  • XFINITY $100 Refer-A-Friend Program Bonuses by Comcast
    The XFINITY Refer-A-Friend Program by Comcast will give new customers up to a $100 Visa Prepaid Card when you sign up for qualifying services and remain in good standing for 60 days.Plus, current XFINITY customers can earn a $100 Visa Prepaid Card f…
    - 1 day ago 19 Dec 14, 7:21pm -
  • Peoples Bank $100 Checking Referral Bonuses for Both Parties in Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia
    Peoples Bank in Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia is giving both current and new customers up to $100 in bonus cash when a current customer refers a new customer to open a Peoples Bank consumer checking account by December 31, 2014.The post Peoples…
    - 1 day ago 19 Dec 14, 6:02pm -
  • AnchorBank $100 New Checking Bonus and $50 Referrals in Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, and Minnesota
    AnchorBank has new promotions for Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, and Minnesota residents, including a $100 new checking account bonus with a direct deposit and a $50 referral program bonus without a direct deposit.To qualify without a direct deposit, ju…
    - 2 days ago 18 Dec 14, 10:30pm -
  • Betabrand $25 Referral Discounts for Quirky Clothing
    Betabrand sells unique and quirky clothing for men and women, plus new Betabrand customers can get $25 off your first purchase of $75 or more, and you'll earn a $25 credit for each new customer that you refer.Just visit this Betabrand $25 Discount R…
    - 2 days ago 18 Dec 14, 10:25pm -
  • Fidelity Brokerage Account up to 50,000 Bonus Airline Miles Offers
    Fidelity brokerage accounts are currently offering up to 50,000 bonus airline miles for American Airlines, Delta Airlines, and United Airlines when you open and fund a new Fidelity account or deposit net new assets into an existing Fidelity account.…
    - 2 days ago 18 Dec 14, 10:20pm -
  • OptionsHouse Brokerage Account Current Promotional Codes and Bonus Offers
    OptionsHouse is offering a variety of OptionsHouse promotional codes for special offers.Check out these OptionsHouse Promotional Offers for the latest bonuses and special offers from OptionsHouse.com.Review more details on these OptionsHouse Promo…
    - 2 days ago 18 Dec 14, 10:15pm -
  • eBay Deals – $10 Bonus Chevron/Texaco Gas Card and $100 iTunes for $85
    Check out this $100 Chevron and Texaco Gas Card with a Free $10 Promotional Gas Card to get a free $10 Chevron and Texaco Promotional Gasoline Card when you purchase a $100 Chevron and Texaco Gasoline Gift Card.Check out this $100 iTunes Code for $8…
    - 2 days ago 18 Dec 14, 10:13pm -
  • Signature Bank of Georgia $200 New Account Bonus and Referral Rewards
    Signature Bank of Georgia offers consumer and business customers a $200 bonus when you open a new account via a current client's referral, plus current customers can earn a $200 bonus for each new client that you refer.The post Signature Bank of Geo…
    - 2 days ago 18 Dec 14, 10:11pm -
  • BMI Federal Credit Union $200 New Member Bonus in Ohio
    BMI Federal Credit Union is offering a $200 cash bonus to new members who complete the requirements, valid through December 31, 2014.BMI FCU is open to everyone who lives, works, worships, or attends school in Franklin, Licking, Fairfield, Pickaway,…
    - 2 days ago 18 Dec 14, 8:20pm -
  • MileagePlus Dining Rewards Program 2,000 Bonus Miles for New Members
    The United MileagePlus Dining rewards program is offering 2,000 bonus miles to new members through January 30, 2015.The post MileagePlus Dining Rewards Program 2,000 Bonus Miles for New Members appeared first on Maximizing Money.
    - 2 days ago 18 Dec 14, 8:18pm -

Boarding Area

  • newReview: Cathay Pacific First Class Los Angeles – Hong Kong
    Must-read Earlier Installments: Singapore, Cathay, and Qantas First Class.. Some of the Best Meals of My Life, and a Tour of Hyatts in Bangkok, Singapore, and Sydney Inside the New Oneworld Lounge at LAX’s Tom Bradley International Terminal I’ve…
    - 35 mins ago 21 Dec 14, 2:00am -
  • newEpic One Man Band At Seattle Airport
    This would certainly make me smile:The post Epic One Man Band At Seattle Airport appeared first on One Mile at a Time.
    - 2 hours ago 21 Dec 14, 1:03am -
  • newA Review of 2014 (and Post #100)
    2014 has been both my favourite and least favourite year in general. In terms of travel, I’ve flown the most miles of my life, ever, and also have redeemed the most miles I’ve ever redeemed this year. However not speaking about myself, I don’t…
    - 2 hours ago 21 Dec 14, 1:00am -
  • newScenes From A Dulini Lodge Safari Part IV: The Many Faces Of A Cheetah
    In Part IV, I share a brief interaction with a Cheetah who would go on to come up with all sorts of fantastic facial expressions. Based on what'll you see, its hard to believe she's the fast animal on the planet!
    - 2 hours ago 21 Dec 14, 12:09am -
  • newThe Weekly Recap – December 20, 2014
    It’s hard to believe that Christmas and the new year are almost upon us. It’s been an exciting year here at MJ on Travel in more ways than one. While I’m mostly writing off December thanks to 2 weeks of vacation, overall traffic is up about 40…
    - 3 hours ago 20 Dec 14, 11:52pm -
  • newDon’t Make This One Simple Mistake on the Phone With an Airline
    I gifted a domestic first class award. It was for a fairly well-known personality who offered to speak at an event for a non-profit I’m involved with. A non-stop first class flight was a requirement, and he was doing us a favor after all. Neither w…
    - 4 hours ago 20 Dec 14, 11:00pm -
  • newHotel Review: Hilton Gatwick Airport
    A good while ago I reviewed the Hilton at Gatwick Airport – you can read it here. A recent trip required me to stay at the airport for an early morning flight. The Hilton used to be hugely expensive, but there is so much competition there now that…
    - 4 hours ago 20 Dec 14, 10:45pm -
  • newLufthansa, Thanks For the B-Day Wish!
    It's always nice to receive a Happy Birthday email on your special day. This year I was really impressed by a message from Lufthansa. Find out abou it here.The post Lufthansa, Thanks For the B-Day Wish! appeared first on Michael W Travels....
    - 4 hours ago 20 Dec 14, 10:17pm -
  • newReview: Qantas First Class Lounge LAX
    On Thursday I wrote about how the new Qantas First Class Lounge LAX is finally open.The press release was quite detailed and had some great media images. As luck would have it I was passing through LAX on Thursday, so I reached out to Qantas to see…
    - 5 hours ago 20 Dec 14, 9:44pm -
  • newThe Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made
    While I might be a little delayed, I just have seen the first two Hobbit movies and I’ve just seen the third movie on Wednesday (the day that it came out), and I think I absolutely loved them. Normally I don’t like ‘fantasy’ (or however you d…
    - 5 hours ago 20 Dec 14, 9:24pm -

Frequent Flyer Miles 101

  • newShopping for charity at Amazon Smile
    With only five shopping days left until Christmas, we’re getting into crunch time.  As you know, I’m a big fan of using online shopping malls for any of my purchases, getting either miles or cash back.  But there’s one major retailer that doe…
    - 7 hours ago 20 Dec 14, 8:04pm -
  • Starwood announces free internet for guests: Let the war begin!
    Technically, Intercontinental was the first of the Big 4 hotels to offer internet to everyone (as long as you are a member of the rewards program), but Starwood made the biggest splash when it announced free internet for guests who book at spg.com, t…
    - 2 days ago 19 Dec 14, 12:51am -
  • Intercontinental: One big promotion (good) and one big purchase (bad)
    I’ll hit the good stuff first.  Intercontinental just launched its “set your sights” promotion, which is almost exactly the same as the Into the Nights promotion earlier this year.  In fact, the promotion is so similar that they have the same…
    - 4 days ago 17 Dec 14, 1:46am -
  • American/US Airways offers 2015 bonuses for business, first class tickets; first step to revenue-based miles
    Here it comes.  American announced a new bonus today for first class and business class ticket purchases (Sorry, upgrades don’t count.).  How could a bonus be bad? It isn’t the bonus itself which is bad, but rather, what it signifies.  Earlier…
    - 5 days ago 16 Dec 14, 1:21am -
  • Some baggage fee tips and what lower fuel means to ticket prices (nothing)

    - 6 days ago 15 Dec 14, 2:34am -
  • Mistake fares and what not to do; Update on US Airways CC
    “Mistake fares” are just what they sound like.  They occur when an airline, hotel, etc. puts out the wrong fare/rate and consumers end up with a huge bargain (No consumer would book a fare when the mistake went the other way.).  Whether it’s…
    - 8 days ago 13 Dec 14, 3:46am -
  • Free points at Starwood and an annual adjustment at Hyatt

    - 10 days ago 11 Dec 14, 12:19am -
  • 100,000 American Airlines miles for $89
    (Full disclosure: I may receive compensation if you use one of my links.  Thank you in advance if you choose to do so, but thanks for reading my blog, regardless!) Had a wonderful weekend at my brother’s wedding and was fortunate to meet some very…
    - 12 days ago 8 Dec 14, 9:58pm -
  • Buying elite status on AA & Delta
    Found myself with a little free time, so I thought it might be fun to check in on the mileage world. Every year, at least one of the airlines allows you to pay for elite qualifying miles if you missed out on qualifying or requalifying for your elite…
    - 15 days ago 5 Dec 14, 9:13pm -
  • Out of office notice: Through Monday, Dec 8
    I’m going to be OoO for the next few days.  It seems like my brother just turned four yesterday, but he’s getting married this weekend, so the blog is on hold for a couple of days.  Catch you all on Monday! Now fortified with even more Twitter!…
    - 17 days ago 4 Dec 14, 12:40am -

Mr. Free Miles

milepoint (Forums)

  • newThank you Senator Schumer, time to break up BIGAIR
    The disinformation campaign of airlines for Wall Street is facing some serious headwinds starting today, this is a great country and it's time to give the air traveller what he wants-which is totally different from what big air/Wall Street is giving…
    - 3 mins ago 21 Dec 14, 2:32am -
  • newTeh Penalty Box
    I think it's time for a new Box thread that works. So, here goes.
    - 15 mins ago 21 Dec 14, 2:20am -
  • new(photo trivia) Guess the airport
    MP doesn't feel complete without it so here's a guessing game with some easy rules.In a nutshell one member posts a photo of an airport and everybody else has to guess the airport name/location.Obviously the photo shall not reveal too much informat…
    - 46 mins ago 21 Dec 14, 1:49am -
  • newSFO: The Centurion Lounge has checked in full
    "Please take a seat in your assigned lounge (UC) and enjoy the fine amenities and calm atmosphere (screaming kids, lady yelling on cellphone, ....) "Today is obviously a busy travel day, but has anyone been denied access to the Amex lounge at SF…
    - 1 hour ago 21 Dec 14, 1:07am -
  • newThe Community Lounge - Good m/a/e everybody - enjoy your stay with us.
    Good morning/afternoon/evening (m/a/e) everyone - welcome to MilePoint and the community lounge, don't be a stranger, please join in the conversation or just to say.....English - "hello"Arabic -...The Community Lounge - Good m/a/e everybody - enjoy y…
    - 2 hours ago 21 Dec 14, 12:51am -
  • newExpired Elite Status, still get benefits?
    I booked a flight on AA when I was a OneWorld Emerald member (BA silver). My status has since been downgraded to Ruby (BA bronze), but my itinerary is still showing that I get 2 free checked bags. I called in to confirm and was told I only get 1 free…
    - 2 hours ago 21 Dec 14, 12:27am -
  • newIntroducing Your Room
    Good day, guys,We have just set up a team to be the reservation agents. We search for your specific hotel and you quote your price. There's no additional fee and you never need to hand us your credit card details.Simple Steps To Enjoy Your Room1. S…
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  • newAny news about Premium Membership P3(2014)?
    Any news about Premium Membership P3 (2014)? Is there an approximate lauch time? Thanks!
    - 2 hours ago 21 Dec 14, 12:23am -
  • newRouting rule - can I route via Asia from Europe to the US?
    Hi, I was wondering if I can route an award flight back to the US from Europe via Asia? I read on a blog that United does have some routing rules (and restrictions) but they do not have mileage limits on award tickets.I've done with the arrangement…
    - 2 hours ago 21 Dec 14, 12:18am -
  • newYYZ DO on November 6
    In case people here are not wandering off to the other place, plans are afoot for a DO on November 6th:Date: 06-Nov-2014Time: 4:30pm until everyone leavesLocation: Against the Grain (25 Dockside Drive) $2 off pints and appetizers til 6pm. Located…
    - 3 hours ago 20 Dec 14, 11:55pm -

Flyertalk MilesBuzz

  • newAny Luck getting National to match a rate?
    Hi all, need to rent at BOS, 6/8-6/18. Even with a free rental day, I'm getting $750 all-in for a midsize (Emerald Aisle Service). With Budget, was able to get $350 all-in for a full-size. I've never used Budget and have heard not-good things...
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  • newQuestion: 30% bonus question
    This promotion talks about "eligible flights" but provides no list except for listing "destination airports". Now, YYZ and YVR are not in the list of destination airports but HKG is. AC flies between HKG and YVR and YYZ but nowhere else. Is it safe.…
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  • newWhen does EVA release award seats?
    Anyone know how early EVA release their award seats? Do they typically release 1, 2 or more seats in Business? Once these have been booked are more released later on based on load? For other *A airlines this old thread has a summary:...
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  • newPriority Pass thru Amex not honored at SFO?
    I'm looking at the list of lounges on the Amex Priority Pass page and it lists 3 United lounges at SFO. But clicking on each lounge there is a disclaimer that PP cards issued thru a financial institution will not be allowed access. Can anyone verify.…
    - 46 mins ago 21 Dec 14, 1:49am -
  • newMR on AA from Chile
    Hi, first post here. This year I will be around 23K miles short to EXP. I thought something like SCL - MIA - DFW - NRT could get me there but the fare at anytime between now and Dec 31st is roughly $3K which sounds like a bit too much to me. Any..…
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  • newPriority check-in line for non *G & non Y pax, with S100K friend?
    Hi folks: My friend (non *G, Y pax), and I are traveling around the same time, but on different AC flights. I am S100K, and am entitled to priority check line. I am wondering if my friend can also use the priority check line with me (at the...
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  • newIs ambassador worth it
    Bought second year of ambassador. First stay in Society Islands was nice but no real upgrade, but did get breakfast, good choices. Free weekend night at DC Willard, guess view room was an upgrade of sorts, no breakfast. And no executive...
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  • newSFO-AUH-MAA
    Hello fellow Flyertalkers, Travelling to Chennai end of Jan and seems that Etihad is offering some great business class fares out of SFO. They seem to use Jetairways planes which offer herringbone style flat beds - loved them on Cathay and Air.…
    - 1 hour ago 21 Dec 14, 1:16am -
  • newLooking for your advice on best carry-on luggage for Alaska
    So, my wonderful and perfect Samsonite Hardshell carry-on has finally tanked. I say perfect because she could hold enough stuff for a week plus on the road but would fit in all Alaska overhead bins (older, old, and the new bins). I am now...
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  • newConga: Shopback (Highlights: Expedia Flights 1% Expedia Hotels 8%)
    Join the new cash back site - Shopback, refer a friend and receive $5. Cash back highlights on this site;) Expedia Flights 1% (Especially good for intl flights) Expedia Hotels 8% (Other cash back sites only pay $2.25 or less for flights; 6%..…
    - 1 hour ago 21 Dec 14, 1:09am -

Reddit r/churning

  • newGoing for more AMEX non-AF cards
    Hi, I currently have the Blue Cash Everyday, Blue Sky, and Serve cards from AMEX. Due to their really good offers that come up on things like small business Saturday, and some of the offers that pop up online for Walmart, Best Buy, and other places t…
    - 1 hour ago 21 Dec 14, 1:13am -
  • newShould I just go ahead and cancel the hotel branded cards that I have?
    I currently have two hotel branded cards, one Hilton Citi Card and one Marriott Chase card. I got them several years ago when I was staying in hotels more frequently but I don't do a lot of that anymore. The Marriott has an annual fee and no foreign…
    - 2 hours ago 21 Dec 14, 12:21am -
  • newWhat are your Rules/Guidelines surrounding credit card apps?
    When can you churn a card, and what "rules" are there to make sure you always get an approval, is a subject that comes up often. We are constantly reading T&Cs, following data points, watching for changes from blogs, etc. So how about a thread that l…
    - 8 hours ago 20 Dec 14, 6:37pm -
  • newTiming of apps toward Chase Ink
    Hi, can you help with some timing of apps questions for a Chase Ink Plus? I hear it's a little tricky but I think I should apply for it first before I do several more apps in the 1Q to better my chances. I have a 730 score and added these cards in th…
    - 9 hours ago 20 Dec 14, 5:27pm -
  • newHelp with rewards strategy for trip to Thailand summer 2015 and Brazil spring 2016
    Hi everyone. I'm just getting into travel hacking, and have been reading as much as possible & currently working on my first round of rewards cards. I love this subreddit because it isn't such an information overload as FlyerTalk and was hoping I co…
    - 9 hours ago 20 Dec 14, 5:19pm -
  • newYear End - What was the best deal this year for you?
    The countdown to the New Year continues. Taking a look at your spreadsheet or shoebox or wallet, what was your Best Deal this past year in the churning/travel hacking space? Could be a particular sign-on bonus, could be a unlimited sale at xxx, or ma…
    - 20 hours ago 20 Dec 14, 6:24am -
  • Which cards should I be churning?
    Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard British Airways Signature Card Visa Chase Sapphire Preferred Visa US Airways Premier World MasterCard American Express Gold AMEX Chase Freedom Visa Discover Cashback Bonus Discover These are the credit…
    - 1 day ago 20 Dec 14, 1:21am -
  • Airlines cards vs points cards?
    Hey, Assuming the general goal is to get miles for travel, what is your preferred approach between the two options: Get airlines credit cards, then book tickets through their websites. Limited to the airline and their partners. Get "general" credit c…
    - 1 day ago 20 Dec 14, 1:11am -
  • Master thread/document of what cards are churnable?
    Hi everyone, I've been doing some searches in the subreddit and have found some great spreadsheets from the community but I have yet to see a document that specifically outlines what cards are churnable and on what timeframe. From what I've read Chas…
    - 1 day ago 20 Dec 14, 12:00am -
  • Bank of America has various branded cash rewards cards with special benefits. Is it possible to get one (and receive the bonus) when you already have the standard BankAmericard Cash Rewards card?
    Here's an example of one that I'm talking about: https://www.applyonlinenow.com/USCCapp/Ctl/entry?sc=VAB3LO#b submitted by DoritosDewItRight [link] [4 comments]
    - 1 day ago 19 Dec 14, 10:33pm -