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  • newNorwegian Clarifies Changes To Premium Lounge Access (With Some Good News!)
    Yesterday I wrote about how Norwegian had changed their lounge access policy for Premium passengers, seemingly without notice. Specifically, Premium passengers would no longer receive lounge access, unless they had purchased a much more expensive Pre…
    - 8 hours ago Jan 16, 2019, 12:03am -
  • newLeaked: Aer Lingus’ New Livery
    We've known for a while that Aer Lingus is shortly going to be announcing a brand refresh. Rumor has it that the airline will be revealing their refreshed brand tomorrow.Most notably, this will include the airline introducing a new livery and new un…
    - 10 hours ago Jan 15, 2019, 10:03pm -
  • newMinor Issues Highlight American’s Operational Incompetence
    Gosh, I just dream of one trip on American where they're not a disaster. I guess the whole "new year, new me" fad hasn't extended to the airline with which I'm basically in an arranged relationship, thanks to being based in Miami.I don't want to spe…
    - 11 hours ago Jan 15, 2019, 8:31pm -
  • newSilvercar Adding Audi Q7 To Fleet
    Silvercar is my favorite car rental company. In March 2017 it was announced that Silvercar would be acquired by Audi. The two companies working together was nothing new, given that Silvercar exclusively offers Audis in their fleet. With the investmen…
    - 13 hours ago Jan 15, 2019, 7:03pm -
  • newIs Qantas Trying To Wriggle Out Of This Wormy Situation?
    "Ask Lucky" forum member LivinLIfeFrankly posed an interesting question today that I figured I'd chime in on, and I'm curious what you guys think.You can read the entire original post here, but to summarize the situation:
    - 14 hours ago Jan 15, 2019, 6:03pm -
  • newEmirates First Class Mistake Fare Not Being Honored, But…
    So far I'd say it has been a pretty spectacular year for first class mistake fares.Cathay Pacific published $800 roundtrip first class fares from Vietnam to North America. They honored them.Cathay Pacific published $1,500 one-way first class fares…
    - 15 hours ago Jan 15, 2019, 5:03pm -
  • newVancouver’s Awesome Hotel Promo Extended
    For the past several years, beVancouver has offered a pretty awesome promotion for discounted Vancouver hotel stays in the off season. Vancouver is a seasonal hotel market, as hotels are packed during the peak summer season, while they’re fairl…
    - 16 hours ago Jan 15, 2019, 4:02pm -
  • newWorld Of Hyatt Card 2019 Elite Nights Have Posted
    The World of Hyatt Credit Card was introduced last summer, and is a card I really like. It has a $95 annual fee, but offers a suite of benefits that make it more than worthwhile, in my opinion.Among things, the card offers:
    - 17 hours ago Jan 15, 2019, 3:05pm -
  • newTAP Air Portugal Debuts A321LR On Transatlantic Flights
    TAP Air Portugal is in the process of refreshing their longhaul fleet.This includes the airline acquiring 20 Airbus A330-900neo aircraft, which feature an all new business class product. On top of that, the airline has 14 Airbus A321LR aircraft on o…
    - 18 hours ago Jan 15, 2019, 2:03pm -
  • newWOW: WOW Air Will Only Fly To Four US Cities This Summer
    WOW Air has been on a downward spiral lately, and the carrier's 2019 summer schedule reveals just how far the cuts are going.In the second half of last year we saw several European airlines go out of business overnight. While WOW Air is still in bus…
    - 19 hours ago Jan 15, 2019, 1:03pm -

The Frequent Miler

  • newStayVancouver: Get Up To $125 Amex Gift Card For 1 Night Stay, $50 For Each Additional Night
    StayVancouver is offering American Express gift cards worth $50-$125 for your first night when booking a stay in Vancouver, along with $50 for each additional night. This has the potential to be a great deal, but do your research to see if it’ll be…
    - 12 hours ago Jan 15, 2019, 7:40pm -
  • newSam’s Club Membership: Stack Offers To Make $39 Profit
    Sam’s Club is offering $45 off your first order when buying a $45 membership. That’s a good deal if you’re in the market for a Sam’s Club membership, but you can make a $39 profit by stacking with a few other offers. The Deal Get $45 off your…
    - 15 hours ago Jan 15, 2019, 4:29pm -
  • newBitmo: Save 15% On All Gift Cards With Promo Code NEWYEAR (Limit 2)
    Bitmo is offering 15% off all gift cards they sell through the app when using promo code NEWYEAR. With brands such as Airbnb, Delta, Nike and more, this is good for personal use and potentially reselling as well. The Deal Save 15% on any gift card br…
    - 18 hours ago Jan 15, 2019, 1:23pm -
  • newDoes it ever make sense to spend on a Hilton card?
    Over the weekend, my wife and I found ourselves in a situation where we could generate a lot of spend at very low cost. That particular opportunity isn’t the subject of this post. Unfortunately, we didn’t have access to our entire portfolio of ca…
    - 20 hours ago Jan 15, 2019, 11:52am -
  • Pack light? “$49” one-ways to Europe (round trip purchase required, basic econ)
    WOW Air is offering unbelievably cheap flights on select dates through March 11th: just $49 one-way from the US to quite a few cities in Europe. The catches are several: First, round trip travel appears to be required (I’ve found several dates wit…
    - 1 day ago Jan 14, 2019, 9:20pm -
  • Easy 1K United miles for UA cardholders
    If you have any of the Chase United Visa cards, you can earn 1,000 free and easy United MileagePlus miles by downloading/updating the United MileagePlus X app and enrolling in Visa Rewards with your Chase United Visa. Note that this should be open…
    - 1 day ago Jan 14, 2019, 8:02pm -

The Flight Deal

The Free-quent Flyer

  • Quick hit: when are you eligible for your first Hilton Honors Aspire American Express resort credit?
    I started writing this blog because I was frustrated by how imprecise and inaccurate the mainstream travel hacking bloggers I was reading at the time were. In some ways that situation has gotten a lot worse, as credit card affiliate blogs have consol…
    - 5 days ago Jan 11, 2019, 10:59am -
  • The great, good, weird, and apologetic about the Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort
    What a week! I bring you alohas (that means “hello”) from Maui, the second largest island in the state of Hawaii (or as the locals call it, “the aloha state”). As a reminder, I organized this trip as a belated honeymoon taking advantage of a…
    - 7 days ago Jan 9, 2019, 10:59am -
  • Do this now: link your JetBlue and Delta accounts to Lyft
    Last month I wrote about Lyft’s partnership with the Ebates app, which allows you to earn $1 in Ebates cash back each time you start a Lyft booking through the Ebates app. It struck me at the time, and still strikes me, as a bit silly, but it works…
    - 28 days ago Dec 18, 2018, 10:04pm -
  • An annoying (but probably good) change to Visa gift cards from Staples.com
    Like most (all?) travel hackers, I consider flexible Chase Ultimate Rewards points to be the most valuable currency for hotels (World of Hyatt) and award tickets (United Mileage Plus and Southwest Rapid Rewards), and even find myself redeeming them f…
    - 34 days ago Dec 13, 2018, 7:22pm -
  • Everyone's a Radisson thinkfluencer now
    Radisson Rewards seems to have hired a new marketing agency, and they’re trying to make a splash. Last week I got a funny e-mail from an “Associate” at Wye Communications, that began:“I’ve been keeping up with your [coverage / blog posts /…
    - 41 days ago Dec 5, 2018, 8:06pm -
  • Product review: what is a Torro bracelet and who wants one?
    Welcome back, folks. The past few weeks have been extremely annoying and frustrating for me, which was not helped in the slightest by my birthday falling in the middle of last week. However, that’s all behind us now, so I’m moving my birthday to…
    - 44 days ago Dec 3, 2018, 6:10pm -
  • Three small cash back opportunities
    A couple interesting cash back opportunities have crossed my desk recently that I wanted to make sure readers are aware of.Lemoney Turbo Cashback bountiesLemoney is a relatively new cashback portal. In general it has earning rates in line with other…
    - 60 days ago Nov 17, 2018, 10:59am -
  • My version of the co-branded paradox
    I was listening to the latest episode of the new Milenomics² podcast, which everyone should subscribe to, and sign up for bonus Patreon content from, and the hosts brought up what they call the “co-branded paradox.” By this they mean the counter…
    - 61 days ago Nov 16, 2018, 10:59am -
  • How bad would a Hyatt devaluation need to be?
    I’ve been following with interest the changes Hyatt has made to certain types of award reservations. To roughly summarize the changes:points can now be redeemed for “premium” suite award nights;Points + Cash can now be redeemed for standard and…
    - 68 days ago Nov 9, 2018, 6:28pm -
  • What I learned from a week using Autoslash
    Long-time readers know I detest driving, which can lead to funny situations like taking an Uber from Houston to Galveston, but due in large part to lifecycle effects I’ve recently found myself renting cars more and more. With newly limited vacation…
    - 83 days ago Oct 25, 2018, 9:59am -

MileValue

  • newWhy I Credit Card Fasted
    There are numerous ways to accrue travel rewards fast, and many people will fall into more than one of these categories. Daddy Warbucks Type A: You buy expensive flights and book expensive hotel rooms which earn exponentially more travel rewards than…
    - 4 hours ago Jan 16, 2019, 3:42am -
  • newIssuing Banks Rules for Approvals and New Bonuses
    Updated 1/15/19 with latest expansion of the 5/24 rule to all Chase cards.  Will you be approved for a new card? Will you get its bonus? What if you’ve already had that card and gotten its bonus before? The answers to these questions depend on the…
    - 14 hours ago Jan 15, 2019, 5:31pm -
  • Tuscany Trip Report: Part I
    Two summers ago I spent a month in Italy, primarily on the Adriatic coast, and told you all about it in a series of trip reports: Trip Report: Puglia (Apulia) Italy Part I  Trip Report: Puglia (Apulia) Italy Part II Trip Report: Puglia (Apulia) Ital…
    - 4 days ago Jan 11, 2019, 9:11pm -
  • WOW….Get the Companion Pass Through 2019 via all Southwest Consumer Cards!
    I didn’t see this one coming. All three consumer Southwest Cards’ benefits packages have been updated with a limited time offer that lasts for one month. For spending $4,000 within three months of opening your new card, you will earn 30,000 Rapid…
    - 5 days ago Jan 11, 2019, 7:36pm -
  • Five Bonus Offers Ending this Week
    The United Explorer Card, Southwest Rapid Rewards Priority Credit Card, Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Credit Card, Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card, and the World of Hyatt Credit Card all have temporarily elevated sign up bonus offers that…
    - 8 days ago Jan 8, 2019, 1:11am -
  • Citi Prestige Cardholders Now Earn 5x on Dining & Air Travel
    It’s time to take that Citi Prestige Card you forgot about out of your sock drawer and put it back in your wallet. I’m sure there are quite a few of you who kept this card around for it’s Fourth Hotel Night Free benefit, as those who pay to sta…
    - 12 days ago Jan 4, 2019, 2:00pm -
  • Happy New Year! 19 Free Upgrade Codes for AwardWallet Plus
    UPDATE 12/3, 10:25 AM ET: All upgrade codes for existing users have been exhausted. The upgrade code for new users is still active and can be used nine more times.  At the bottom of this post are 19 free upgrade codes to six months of Award Wallet P…
    - 13 days ago Jan 3, 2019, 12:44am -
  • Invitation for Reader Contributions
    Hey guys! I would like to incorporate more of your experiences using travel rewards into MileValue’s blog content. My idea is to feature roughly one reader per month who wants to share their experience collecting or redeeming travel rewards–or ev…
    - 19 days ago Dec 28, 2018, 7:07pm -
  • What to Do With Leftover Points When Closing a Platinum Card
    This week I helped my dad decide what to do with his Platinum Card from American Express. He opened it a year ago, at a point when the Cardmatch Tool was offering a 100k Membership Reward point sign-up bonus to targeted customers. These are the quest…
    - 19 days ago Dec 27, 2018, 9:56pm -
  • Happy Holidays MileValue Readers!
    Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Festivus… whatever you may celebrate–or boycott–at the end of the year, I hope you celebrate it well with loved ones. I wanted to send a quick thank you to all of those who support this blog, whether that…
    - 22 days ago Dec 25, 2018, 3:44pm -

Frequent Flier

  • newEmirates Says Dubai Flights Will be Canceled Due to Maintenance
    Emirates has just announced that “a significant number” of its operations will be affected by the closure of the southern runway at DXB during April and May. In a statement, the carrier confirmed that many services will be re-timed or even cancel…
    - 8 hours ago Jan 16, 2019, 12:00am -
  • newVirgin Atlantic Will Triple Its Fleet with This Acquisition
    Virgin Atlantic’s fleet is about to triple, thanks to having a hand in part of an acquisition of short-range airline Flybe and all its jets; this won’t be Virgin’s first foray into the short-haul market, though, as the airline once owned a now-…
    - 9 hours ago Jan 15, 2019, 10:30pm -
  • newDelta Serving Campbell’s Soup In SkyClub?
    Over on the FlyerTalk Forum, user FlyBitcoin poses the question: is the surprisingly good chicken soup served in Delta Air Lines' SkyClub lounges just Campbell's soup, transferred from cans to bowls?"The source was SkyClub agents and others closely…
    - 11 hours ago Jan 15, 2019, 9:00pm -
  • newTSA to Incognito DiCaprio: Reveal Yourself
    While flying aboard a commercial flight departing from John F. Kennedy International Airport in the hoodie-and-baseball cap combo customary for celebrities attempting to keep a low profile, Leonardo DiCaprio nevertheless had to remove his disguise at…
    - 12 hours ago Jan 15, 2019, 7:30pm -
  • newPolicing The Overhead Storage Bin?

    - 13 hours ago Jan 15, 2019, 6:46pm -
  • newUnited Should Be Ashamed of Coach Meals

    - 13 hours ago Jan 15, 2019, 6:43pm -
  • newWhat’s Up With United’s Bad Wifi?

    - 13 hours ago Jan 15, 2019, 6:42pm -
  • newPremium Economy Reward Bookings on American Airlines?
    According to one recent report, American Airlines AAdvantage members will soon have expanded options for using reward miles to book seats in the premium economy cabin. The move by the world’s largest airline comes on the heels of an announcement by…
    - 18 hours ago Jan 15, 2019, 2:00pm -
  • newA Gun Slips Past the Thinned-Out TSA (and Onto a Plane)
    Transportation Security Administration officials say that staffing levels have not been dramatically affected by the partial government shutdown which started on December 22. News of a security lapse in which a passenger brought a handgun onto an int…
    - 22 hours ago Jan 15, 2019, 10:00am -
  • Cathay Pacific Honors ANOTHER Mistake Fare
    Only a few weeks after it mistakenly advertised and honored deeply discounted business and first class fares between Vietnam and North America, Cathay Pacific has been hit by another glitch. The glitch has seen premium seats between Europe and Hong K…
    - 1 day ago Jan 15, 2019, 2:00am -

Travel is Free

Frequent Flyer Bonuses

Million Mile Secrets

Nomadic Matt

  • Surprise! I’m Moving to Paris
    Posted: 1/14/19 | January 14th, 2019 Ever since I first set eyes upon it, I’ve wanted to move to Paris. It was everything I’ve imagined it to be. A city that oozed sophistication and history from its cobblestone streets, ancient buildings, cafes,…
    - 2 days ago Jan 14, 2019, 2:00pm -
  • My 12 Favorite Hostels in Bangkok in 2019
    Here are the best hostels in Bangkok based on my experience of visiting Bangkok for over a decade. I tried them all so you don't!The post My 12 Favorite Hostels in Bangkok in 2019 appeared first on Nomadic Matt's Travel Site.
    - 6 days ago Jan 10, 2019, 2:57pm -
  • UPDATES: New and EXPANDED Editions of Our Guidebooks!
    Posted: 1/9/2019 | January 9th, 2019 Happy 2019, my fellow travelers! This is going to be a big year at Nomadic Matt HQ. I have some big personal news I’ll be sharing next week (no, I’m not getting married. Yet.) and big news about the direction…
    - 7 days ago Jan 9, 2019, 2:00pm -
  • Barcelona Itinerary: How to Spend Your Time in This Incredible City in 2019
    Posted: 1/7/19 | January 7th, 2019 Barcelona is one of the most popular destinations in Europe. It’s a city that I’ve been to many times. Once a major city in the Roman Empire, the city still places an important role in the region and is home to…
    - 9 days ago Jan 7, 2019, 2:00pm -
  • TravelCon 2019: New Speakers and Info!
    Posted: 1/3/2019 | January 3rd, 2019 Are you looking to get into the travel media industry? Would you like to take your career to the next step? Well, good! Because it’s time to talk TravelCon 2019 (again!!!!). TravelCon is a conference to help tra…
    - 13 days ago Jan 3, 2019, 2:00pm -
  • How I Research My Solo Travel Destinations
    Posted: 1/2/2019 | January 2nd, 2019 Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse writes our regular column on solo female travel. It’s an important topic I can’t adequately cover, so I brought in an expert to share her advice for other women travelers t…
    - 14 days ago Jan 2, 2019, 2:00pm -
  • 14 Major Travel Scams to Avoid
    Getting scammed while traveling happens more often than you think! Unfortunately, there are some people out there who want to take advantage of you not being familiar with your surroundings. But a healthy dose of suspicion goes a long way in avoiding…
    - 19 days ago Dec 28, 2018, 2:00pm -
  • 9 Ways to Become a Successful Travel Blogger
    Travel blogging is a crowded field — and it gets more crowded by the day. And a lot of the advice that people give is actually counterintuitive to your success. It takes a lot of hard work to be successful in this industry. After years of doing thi…
    - 20 days ago Dec 27, 2018, 1:54pm -
  • My Top 11 Hostels in Berlin in 2019
    Posted: 1/9/2019 | January 9th, 2019 Berlin is a gigantic city. It stretches over 883 square kilometers and is home to over 3.6 million people. I hated the city when I first visited it. I just couldn’t vibe with the city. But the more I came back,…
    - 23 days ago Dec 24, 2018, 6:32pm -
  • How to Become a House Sitter and Never Pay for Accommodation
    Accommodation is a big expense when traveling – probably the biggest! Want to lower your accommodation costs when you travel? Try housesitting! Dalene and Pete are expert housesitters and share their trips and tricks to help you secure free accommo…
    - 23 days ago Dec 24, 2018, 3:18pm -

The Hustle Blog

  • Using Miles to Get Myles Home: Tips on Lap Infant Award Tickets
    I haven’t written a post in FOREVER here, but I think this last trip calls for it. Long story short, some medical issues during our Philippines trip forced us to cancel and rebook our flight home within a day’s notice and I’m glad that my stock…
    - Jul 26, 2018, 1:00pm -
  • Is the Chase Sapphire Reserve Annual Fee Worth Paying Over the Preferred?
    The Chase Sapphire Reserve – Can’t ignore the talk of the town. Like I tell all my friends & coworkers, if any major bank is offering a signup bonus of 100,000 points, I’m 99% getting it. It’s a no brainer. Even at a high $450 annual fee (whi…
    - Sep 7, 2016, 12:00pm -
  • Trip Report: Korean Air 747-8i First Class ICN-JFK
    ICN (Seoul Incheon) – JFK (New York) KE 85 06/05/2016 Boeing 747-8i First Class Seats 1A, 1J Well this flight was a full-on treat. We haven’t been in long haul First Class in a few years so it was great to be able to experience 2 of them during…
    - Jun 8, 2016, 11:00am -
  • Last Few Days to Earn 10x Points at Amazon & More via Chase Freedom
    Just a reminder that if you’ve activated this offer from Chase, there are only a few more days to spend up to $1,500 at Amazon, Zappos, Audible & Diapers.com and get 10 Ultimate Rewards per dollar spent. Since I do too much shopping at Amazon and I…
    - Dec 28, 2015, 6:30pm -
  • Citi ThankYou Premier – 60,000 ThankYou Points
    UPDATE 1:50 PM EST: Another link is still up! UPDATE 1:25 PM EST: Original link DEAD! Thank to US Credit Card Guide, the best offer we’ve ever seen for the Citi ThankYou Premier credit card has been discovered! Using this link, you can earn the fo…
    - Aug 28, 2015, 2:45pm -
  • Amex Offer – Spend $300 on Airfare, Get $50 Back
    I just came across this offer while going through my wife’s American Express offers. She seems to get the better ones that I don’t get on either my EveryDay Preferred or Starwood Preferred Guest Business card. Get a one-time $50 statement credit…
    - Jul 22, 2015, 11:00am -
  • Q3 Rotating Bonuses – Chase Freedom & Discover IT
    New quarter, new bonuses! These bonuses will run through September 30, 2015. Chase Freedom Activate here. Most gas stations have gift card racks so this should be an easy $1,500 to spend this quarter. Gas stations Kohl’s Discover IT Activate here.…
    - Jul 1, 2015, 5:20pm -
  • (Dead) Fare Alert: EWR-MEX $140 Round Trip
    UPDATE: Looks like it’s gone as of 12:21 AM EST. Damn, better luck next time folks! As I was randomly browsing flights tonight, I came across what seems like a very cheap fare to Mexico City from Newark. This has to be a mistake since it’s a full…
    - May 30, 2015, 4:00am -
  • Don’t Forget to Track Car Rental Reservations with AutoSlash
    Some people think car rentals can be a lengthy process. For me, I try to keep it as simple as possible. You have two options to use AutoSlash. Search for a car using their site Make your booking elsewhere & use AutoSlash to find better rates The pro…
    - Apr 1, 2015, 11:00am -
  • Last Chance at Chase Freedom Q1 Categories
    As we come up on the end of March, we also come to the end of the first quarter of 2015. With that comes the end of the Chase Freedom 5% bonus categories – grocery stores, movie theaters & Starbucks. Be sure to get all your Q1 spend in by March 31!…
    - Mar 30, 2015, 11:00am -

Pointscentric

milenerd

  • It’s That Time
    Ok, 3 topics left. Lots to say, so here we go. I’ll paste some quotes from different readers under each topic because, frankly, your words have been WAY better than mine lately. Topic 1 – What happens to MileNerd.com? “If I compare it to the re…
    - 5 days ago Jan 11, 2019, 10:29am -
  • Evolution
    We’re closing in on the end of the week here, guys… So, have the last few days been intense? Uh… -Will Vanna and Pat end the next Wheel of Fortune with super awkward banter?-Is LAX a bad airport?-Does Superman weirdly wear underwear on the outs…
    - 6 days ago Jan 10, 2019, 10:58am -
  • Thank You Note
    Dear Fellow Nerds: What’s more teary-eyed than a roomful of millennials watching puppy videos on Youtube? This guy. (Damn, that made no sense) Emotions are weird, right? You really can’t plan or prepare for them…they just kind of show up. Man,…
    - 7 days ago Jan 9, 2019, 10:15am -
  • The State Of Miles And Points
    No way to let this final week pass without sharing some thoughts on the current state of this game. The first (and most important) question – Is this hobby dead? Of course not. If there are points to be earned, there’s still a game to be played.…
    - 8 days ago Jan 8, 2019, 10:22am -
  • Regrets. I Have A Few.
    This chapter of “Nerdy Weirdo Says Goodbye” was supposed to be about my biggest missteps here. Those are coming. But I need to respond to something and am clueless how to do it appropriately. Friday’s post was extremely meaningful to me. Dim bu…
    - 9 days ago Jan 7, 2019, 10:20am -
  • Last Posts – Chapter 4
    Where I Come From Everyone has a story, right? Most of you have been loyal readers for years. And, since 2011, you’ve heard from “MileNerd” here. No pictures of me as the blog logo. Today, with one of my final posts, I’d like to talk about wh…
    - 12 days ago Jan 4, 2019, 10:15am -
  • Last Posts – Chapter 3
    Blogging Other than “What card should I get,” the question I got asked most over the last 8 years was… “I’m going to start a blog. Do you have any tips?” To be honest, I never knew what to say. So, I’ll try to sneak this answer in here…
    - 13 days ago Jan 3, 2019, 10:03am -
  • Last Posts – Chapter 2
    Fernweh This would be a perfect moment to speak poetically about endings. Unfortunately, I’m kind of an idiot. Poetry isn’t a great idea here (unless you like rhymes that sound like a combination of Humpty Dumpty and Vanilla Ice). I don’t have…
    - 14 days ago Jan 2, 2019, 9:58am -
  • Last Posts – Chapter 1
    Why Write? Ever meet a person who can remember dates with the accuracy of a computer? “Honey, this snowstorm is like the one from January 12 years ago. If I recall, it started on a Wednesday during the credits of Desperate Housewives and…” Yeah…
    - 15 days ago Jan 1, 2019, 8:01am -
  • End Of 2018
    2018. Well, it sure wasn’t boring. As most of you know, I like to close the MileNerd year with some of the thoughts that are kicking around in my brain. Usually, it’s pretty easy to do… This year is a little different. There’s just so much to…
    - 33 days ago Dec 14, 2018, 11:52am -

Doctor of Credit

  • new[Targeted] Best Buy Visa Offer: $30/$50 in Rewards with $300/$500 Spend
    Spend $300 anywhere outside of Best Buy and get a $30 Best Buy Reward certificateThe post [Targeted] Best Buy Visa Offer: $30/$50 in Rewards with $300/$500 Spend appeared first on Doctor Of Credit.
    - 3 hours ago Jan 16, 2019, 4:30am -
  • newCiti Refreshes their Online Login User Interface
    Citi is in the midst of rolling out an update to their online user interface inside the credit card login, and probably to bank logins too for those who use Citi banking. Most of us already see the changes. No major changes jump out to me. It’s mor…
    - 3 hours ago Jan 16, 2019, 4:27am -
  • newAT&T Thanks Customers: Join Audible For $4.95 & Get $10 Amazon Credit
    The Offer AT&T Thanks customers can join Audible and pay $4.95 per month for three months. They also get a $10 Amazon credit for joining The Fine Print After signing up with this offer, you’ll receive an email within 48 hours to confirm the receipt…
    - 4 hours ago Jan 16, 2019, 4:17am -
  • newUPS MyChoice Premium – 3 Months For $3
    The Offer Direct link to offer You can currently get 3 months of UPS MyChoice Premium for $3 by registering for a new account or upgrading your membership (manage my memberships, upgrade to premium membership) and enter promo code BTH5ZYHD3 Our Verdi…
    - 4 hours ago Jan 16, 2019, 4:09am -
  • newPlastiq: New Business Signups Get $10,000 in Free Credit Card Processing after Spending $10,000
    Plastiq has a special offer for new business users:Businesses who signup using this signup link and spend $10,000 on Plastiq will then get $10,000 in free processing toward future payments (called ‘FFDs’).Bonus FFDs will post automatically w…
    - 6 hours ago Jan 16, 2019, 2:08am -
  • new[Targeted] Chase Southwest: Earn 15% Bonus When You Have 10,000/25,000 Points Post To Your Account
    Chase & Southwest are offering some credit cardholders a 15% bonus on points when they have a certain amount of points post to your Rapid Rewards account between 2/1/19 and 4/30/19. I've seen two variations of this offerThe post [Targeted] Chase Sou…
    - 9 hours ago Jan 15, 2019, 11:05pm -
  • newSam’s Club: Become A Member For $45 & Get $45 Off Your First Scan & Go Order – Stack For Massive Discounts
    Join Sam's Club for $45 and get $45 off your first Scan & Go order. The post Sam’s Club: Become A Member For $45 & Get $45 Off Your First Scan & Go Order – Stack For Massive Discounts appeared first on Doctor Of Credit.
    - 9 hours ago Jan 15, 2019, 10:57pm -
  • newLane Bryant: $10 Off $10 When You Text TRENDY To 552255
    The Offer Lane Bryant is offering $10 off $10 when you text TRENDY to 552255. This will sign you up to text notifications, if you have already signed up you will need to text STOP to that number first and then text TRENDY. The Fine Print In store on…
    - 10 hours ago Jan 15, 2019, 10:00pm -
  • newChase $600 Checking + Savings Bonus
    Update: 1/15/19: Another new working link found. Do this quickly if interested as last time Chase pulled the link within a day or two. Hat tip to reader naimsalman. Update 1/9/2019: New working link found. Valid until January 17th, 2019. Hat tip to r…
    - 10 hours ago Jan 15, 2019, 9:48pm -
  • newFree Tickets To See Glass
    Update: Please note: Space is not guaranteed, is limited to event capacity and is first-come, first served. Probably not worth it unless you’re willing to get there early. The Offer Direct link to offer Universal is currently offering free advance…
    - 10 hours ago Jan 15, 2019, 9:36pm -

Hustler Money Blog

Travel Codex

  • newUltimate Guide to Cathay Pacific First and Business Class Lounges in Hong Kong
    Cathay Pacific is well-regarded for service both onboard and on the ground. In particular, their lounges are excellent. I’ve reviewed the Cathay Pacific Lounge in London Heathrow and enjoyed visits in Cathay lounges elsewhere.  Now I’ll discus…
    - 18 hours ago Jan 15, 2019, 2:01pm -
  • Review: United Polaris Lounge Los Angeles
    Last Friday, I took advantage of a special opportunity.  United offered Mileage Plus members a “sneak preview” of the new LAX Polaris Lounge for just 2,500 miles.  So, I made a day trip to Los Angeles to give it a look.  My general impressions…
    - 2 days ago Jan 14, 2019, 12:00pm -
  • Introduction: Waffles and Beer, Part Deux
    Back in August, I made a quick weekend hop to Belgium and Amsterdam to review Delta’s new A350.  But I left that trip with some unfinished business.  As I mentioned in the post, I booked a “reverse round trip” to fly Delta One from Amsterdam…
    - 5 days ago Jan 11, 2019, 12:00pm -
  • Review: The Algonquin Hotel Times Square
    Disclosure: American Express covered some of the costs of transportation, accommodation, and entertainment during this trip and provided compensation for this review. As always, my thoughts and opinions remain my own. Some of you already know that I…
    - 7 days ago Jan 9, 2019, 1:00pm -
  • My Travel Goals for 2019
    After summarizing my 2018 in travel, now I’m looking ahead to what travel related items I hope to accomplish in 2019. What about my travel goals from last year? I met a few of my goals I set out for last year, including returning to Africa. Early i…
    - 12 days ago Jan 4, 2019, 2:02pm -
  • Hidden Gems: Ohio’s Cuyahoga Valley National Park
    We made our final stop on our cross-country road trip in northeastern Ohio.  There, we spent an afternoon exploring Cuyahoga Valley National Park.  Situated within the suburbs of Akron and Cleveland, you’d never expect to find a National Park her…
    - 12 days ago Jan 4, 2019, 12:00pm -
  • Unlock Your IHG Winter Promo with Offers Staring at 40K Points
    InterContinental Hotel Group, or IHG, runs regular promotions that often include custom offers for each member. Instead of a public deal, like Hilton’s winter offer of 2,000 bonus points for each stay, the specifics of IHG’s promotion aren’t kn…
    - 13 days ago Jan 3, 2019, 1:27pm -
  • Singapore Airlines Updates Award Chart and Adds Certainty to Waitlist
    In an email announcement last night, Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer has updated many of its rules for redeeming award miles for upgrades and award travel. Although all airlines make changes to their award pricing on a regular basis, often every one or…
    - 13 days ago Jan 3, 2019, 11:19am -
  • Family Trip Report: Air Canada 787 Dreamliner Business Class, SFO-YYZ
    AC756 ~ 12/29/2018 Boeing 787 Dreamliner SFO-YYZ Our little family of four is in the middle of a big winter fun trip, currently in Quebec City, and our first step on the trip was Air Canada Dreamliner business class from SFO to Toronto. My 3 year old…
    - 15 days ago Jan 1, 2019, 3:40pm -
  • 2018 in Travel-New Places, Old Favorites, and More.
    The year 2018 is nearly past us, and as I often do, here is a summary of my travels in the past year. I find travel these days a mixed bag. Time away from family while traveling for business is difficult, but seeing the world, especially when it is…
    - 16 days ago Dec 31, 2018, 3:55pm -

Maximizing Money

  • newELFI Education Loan Finance $100 Bonus to Refinance Student Debt
    The ELFI Education Loan Finance Program offered by SouthEast Bank can help you consolidate or refinance your student loans with manageable payments, affordable rates, flexible terms, no application fees, no origination fees, and no prepayment penalti…
    - 10 hours ago Jan 15, 2019, 9:32pm -
  • newCrowdStreet – Commercial Real Estate Investing: $200 Referral Bonuses
    Invest in commercial real estate offerings through the CrowdStreet platform for accredited investors, plus get a $200 bonus for referring your friends and family to CrowdStreet. [Read More] CrowdStreet – Commercial Real Estate Investing: $200 Ref…
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  • $6,000+ Best Cash Bonuses and Free Money Promotions
    Check out this review of the best cash bonuses and free money promotions on Maximizing Money to get started making extra money and receiving special savings on your everyday financial transactions with over $6,000 in rewards. [Read More] $6,000+ Be…
    - 2 days ago Jan 14, 2019, 5:23pm -
  • TopCashback Freebies – Free 500-Count Baby Wipes from Walmart
    New TopCashback members can get Free 500-Count Baby Wipes from Walmart when you spend at least $8.97 or more on the 500-Count Baby Wipes from Walmart, and get $10 in cash back from TopCashback, valid through January 20, 2019. [Read More] TopCashbac…
    - 2 days ago Jan 14, 2019, 3:21pm -
  • Debitize Automatic Credit Card Payment Service $10 Referral Bonuses
    Check out Debitize to automate your monthly credit card payments and transform your credit cards into debit cards, plus get a $10 sign-up bonus for new users and $10 referrals when you share Debitize with your friends. [Read More] Debitize Automati…
    - 2 days ago Jan 14, 2019, 2:07pm -
  • Bones Coffee Company $5 Discount and $5 Referral Rewards
    Check out the Bones Coffee Company to take your coffee time to the next level with some of the most extraordinary coffee flavors in the world, plus get a $5 discount off your first order and earn $5 rewards for referring your friends. [Read More] B…
    - 4 days ago Jan 11, 2019, 9:30pm -
  • Cleo – Intelligent Money Assistant: $5 Sign-Up Bonus and $5 Referrals (USA and UK)
    Try the Cleo AI money chatbot in Facebook Messenger to get an instant $5 bonus when you link a bank account and create a free Cleo Wallet, which you can immediately transfer to your linked bank account. [Read More] Cleo – Intelligent Money Assist…
    - 6 days ago Jan 10, 2019, 12:15am -
  • First Hawaiian Bank – Get $300 with Priority Banking Checking Account
    First Hawaiian Bank will give residents of Hawaii, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands a $150 bonus with a $15,000 deposit or a $300 bonus with a $30,000 deposit into a Priority Banking Checking Account. [Read More] First Haw…
    - 6 days ago Jan 9, 2019, 9:31pm -
  • Tokyo Joe’s Restaurant – Get Free Entree to Register for Addict Club (AZ, CA, CO, TX)
    If you live near a Tokyo Joe's restaurant in Arizona, California, Colorado or Texas, register for the Addict Club to get a Free Entree with no purchase necessary during your next visit. [Read More] Tokyo Joe’s Restaurant – Get Free Entree to Re…
    - 6 days ago Jan 9, 2019, 8:39pm -
  • Catch – Financial Safety Net: $5 Sign-Up Bonus and $5 Referrals
    Join Catch to create your own personal financial safety net, plus get a $5 sign-up bonus for creating your first savings plan, and earn $5 referral rewards for sharing Catch with your friends, family, and colleagues. [Read More] Catch – Financial…
    - 8 days ago Jan 8, 2019, 2:03am -

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Frequent Flyer Miles 101

  • newAirport Security: Government Shutdown Edition
    I’ve always thought that it would be fun to be the person at Disney World who is responsible for figuring out the logistics to keep the lines as short as possible. It seems very satisfying to knock off a minute or two before Mickey. This week, it l…
    - 17 hours ago Jan 15, 2019, 2:32pm -
  • Southwest Offering Companion Pass With EVERY New Credit Card
    And now it gets interesting… It was only a few weeks ago that Southwest was offering 60,000 points to sign up for its Chase credit card. That was a great deal, particularly at the start of a new year. And now they’re dwarfing it. Companion Passes…
    - 5 days ago Jan 11, 2019, 2:36pm -
  • Cruise Lines: Learning From The Airlines (And It’s Not A Good Lesson)
    I’m a big fan of cruising and tend to write a lot about them. They’re an excellent value and can be a good way to see multiple locations on the same trip. But one of the trends in the industry, particularly in the mass market, is troubling: fees.…
    - 6 days ago Jan 10, 2019, 6:45pm -
  • Tuesday Travel Tidbits: Bathroom Beauty, Boutique Airlines, DC Shutdown
    Another week, another Tuesday. Or something like that. Here are a few tidbits that struck my fancy this week. La Guardia’s Fancy Bathrooms Every week, Wall Street Journal author Scott McCartney writes a column called “The Middle Seat.” It tends…
    - 8 days ago Jan 8, 2019, 3:44pm -
  • IHG Winter Promotion: Free Nights. Faster.
    IHG (InterContinental, Holiday Inn, several other brands) has announced its winter promotion, and it continues a long tradition of individualized bonuses. Based on your previous stay patterns, IHG gives you a number of “tasks.” You can complete o…
    - 9 days ago Jan 7, 2019, 3:47pm -
  • RIP, Herb Kelleher
    The airline industry lost a titan yesterday, with the passing of Southwest’s founder, Herb Kelleher. It would not be an exaggeration to state that, if there were a Mount Rushmore of modern aviation, he’d surely be on it. Herb was 87 (going on 18)…
    - 12 days ago Jan 4, 2019, 2:47pm -
  • WSJ: Credit Card Companies Cutting Back Bonuses
    Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal introduced the new year with an article that may be unwelcome to some members of the points community. Turns out that banks have made a resolution to go on a diet, as well. Problem is, their diet means cutting back…
    - 14 days ago Jan 2, 2019, 2:01pm -
  • A Few More Helpful Hints For A Cruise…
    Sadly, every vacation must come to an end. We recently got off the Celebrity Reflection and, while I’ve done over two dozen cruises in my lifetime, I rarely come off the ship without a few thoughts of “I’m glad I did it this way” or “I wish…
    - 17 days ago Dec 30, 2018, 3:06pm -
  • Hilton Honors Points Unlimited Promotion
    Remember those math questions that you got in high school, which started off with, “Two trains were heading in opposite direction.” You were then required to factor in speed, distance, etc. and determine when one of the would reach Utica? Well, I…
    - 18 days ago Dec 29, 2018, 2:45am -
  • Check Your Accounts For Expiration
    This will be my last post (probably) before 2019, but in the meantime, I have a homework assignment for you. It’s time to make sure that your points aren’t going to expire. Are Your Points Still There? As you may know, most loyalty programs deman…
    - 28 days ago Dec 19, 2018, 5:59pm -

milepoint (Forums)

  • Pet Peeves in Hotels. Yours? Mine.
    Every travel has pet peeves, some are airline related, but a number of them are hotel related. When a hotel property gets it right—a customer will choose to stay repeatedly. Get it wrong and your first visit will be your last. Here are a few things…
    - 16 days ago Dec 31, 2018, 4:31pm -
  • As Low as 128,000 SkyMiles Round Trip To or From Europe in Business Class: Delta One Day Sale December 21 2018
    Redeem as few as 128,000 SkyMiles for round-trip flights seated in the Delta One class cabin on Delta Air Lines — plus pay between $35.00 and $310.00 in taxes and fees — for travel between the 48 contiguous United States and Europe from Friday, F…
    - 25 days ago Dec 21, 2018, 10:36pm -
  • Round Trip: As Low as 54,000 SkyMiles To or From South Africa; 28,000 SkyMiles To or From London: Delta Air Lines Days of Deals Sale Winter Edition 2018
    You can redeem as few as 54,000 SkyMiles for round-trip flights seated in the economy class cabin on Delta Air Lines — plus pay between $40.00 and $200.00 in taxes and fees — for travel between the 48 contiguous United States and South Africa fro…
    - 34 days ago Dec 12, 2018, 10:00pm -
  • Rules of Travel (Unwritten ) for all Passengers
    The rules of travel. There are rules and then there are the unwritten rules of travel. We’re most familiar with the written rules such liquid limits at airport security and how many bags are free. But the unwritten rules are the ones that the “…
    - 48 days ago Nov 28, 2018, 9:44pm -
  • Review: Chase Sapphire Preferred Credit Card
    Despite the popularity of its bigger sibling (the Sapphire Reserve credit card), the Sapphire Preferred remains a great alternative for all travelers. When I first became interested in points and miles the Chase Sapphire Preferred was the one card th…
    - 50 days ago Nov 27, 2018, 12:28am -
  • Airport Security Beverages: chug or throw?
    During travel this time of year we often have that chill-reducing Starbucks or other hydration drink in hand. While we know we can’t bring liquids through airport security (repeat after me—we do know this, right?) which includes bottles of wate…
    - 53 days ago Nov 23, 2018, 11:55pm -
  • T-Mobile $5 International Roaming: Worth Buying When Traveling Abroad?
    T-Mobile’s free international roaming plan is no stranger to being raved about. It offers unlimited texting and “data at up to 2G speeds in 210+ countries”.  When traveling abroad and don’t have the interest or experience in swapping S…
    - 60 days ago Nov 16, 2018, 9:13pm -
  • Discounted Airport Lounge Access and Double Norwegian CashPoints
    Norwegian Reward and No1 Lounges are back again with an offer for discounted airport lounge access which earn double Norwegian CashPoints as well. This applies only to lounges located in these UK airports: Gatwick, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Heath…
    - 61 days ago Nov 15, 2018, 10:33pm -
  • Southwest and American Airlines Settle Conspiracy to Increase Airfares Lawsuit.
    Emails and letters are announcing a partial lawsuit settlement against American, Delta, Southwest, United, Continental and US Airways. The lawsuit, that all airlines have rejected, states that the carriers listed conspired to increase fares on domest…
    - 62 days ago Nov 14, 2018, 11:51pm -
  • Hilton’s Crazy Award Math: When 5 nights cost less than 4 nights
    Recently the always excellent FrequentMiler blog crunched the numbers on a Hilton Honors phenomena that’s often not looked at accurately. We highly recommend reading Nick’s original piece for the full story, but here’s a summary for you: Why…
    - 69 days ago Nov 8, 2018, 2:48pm -

Flyertalk MilesBuzz

  • newVulnerability in El Al's website (what a surprise)
    https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/01/15/amadeus_security_hole/ A vulnerability in El Al's website (not surprising). And when alerted to the issue El Al made only a superficial fix to the issue so the underlying problem was still there (also not...
    - 16 mins ago Jan 16, 2019, 7:31am -
  • newUpgraded to SL with no explanation?
    HKG based GR (SL now). I've been doing a lot of travelling with CX recently, and racked up 255 CP in one month. I had two more flights in first week of Jan HKG-DEL-HKG that should have put me at 275, and then CAN-HKG-ORD coming up in a couple days...
    - 38 mins ago Jan 16, 2019, 7:09am -
  • newOnly if you golf (we do not)
    Introduction There is no reason to book here unless you like to golf in which case it's probably near nirvana. Some may enjoy looking out over a golf course but it's not my cuppa tea.Ours was the highest-end suite with hot tub on a secluded terrace..…
    - 59 mins ago Jan 16, 2019, 6:48am -
  • newCONGA: Robinhood Investments "Free Stock" for New Accounts!
    Get a new Robinhood Investment Account: fund it for as little as $1.00 and you will get a free share of stock, worth up to $200. You get more shares, by referrals. http://share.robinhood.com/georgeb1204
    - 1 hour ago Jan 16, 2019, 6:31am -
  • new"Document checks"
    Recently flew SJO-PTY-HAV (just last week in fact) and I made a rookie error of putting down the wrong passport expiry date when checking in online (hand luggage only). Went to the check in desk to rectify it and was then asked: - if I had a...
    - 1 hour ago Jan 16, 2019, 6:18am -
  • newDay trip to Cardiff from London in Mid March — Thoughts?
    Great Western Railway is having a sale through January 19 for trips through March 29. Same day return tickets are now just £30. I've never been to Wales let alone Cardiff and I am intrigued about doing this. Specifically I'm thinking about doing.…
    - 2 hours ago Jan 16, 2019, 5:57am -
  • newCoach vs Business Class
    Thoughts on coach versus business class on specifically the Lincoln Service 304 train from Chicago to St Louis and back. It's only 5 hours. I've read some trains simply have some extra room, some have many nicer things with the BC upgrade. ...
    - 2 hours ago Jan 16, 2019, 5:47am -
  • newLost out on $1500 voucher due to being relatively calm
    Hey all. Was booked DEN-BWI this evening and the captain indicated that there was a delay with the paperwork. To WN veterans it was obvious that there was a problem that was preventing pushback. After 30 min or so the Ops Agent came on board and..…
    - 2 hours ago Jan 16, 2019, 5:32am -
  • newFlex Plus Fare Increase??
    Has anyone noticed a FLEX plus Fare increase?? Up to this year,IF I bought a FLEX Plus Fare to Bangkok, it would be about 1100. I notice it when up to $1500, and thus for a RT I would be out $3000 versus of $2200. The regular FLEX fares are the...
    - 2 hours ago Jan 16, 2019, 5:22am -
  • newBooked AF, changed to DL stock, how will MQDs calculate?
    So, I booked a J fare for Spousal Unit-1 and myself via the AF app (it wasn't available via DL.com) BOS>TLV through CDG (it was $3K less per pax than any DL marketed flight). Today, I had to change dates from 29 JAN to 23 FEB -- same flight times.…
    - 3 hours ago Jan 16, 2019, 5:11am -

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Johnny Jet

  • newA Perfect Day in Barbados
    Barbados—the Caribbean’s easternmost island—is a land of rum and restoration. It is a holiday destination shaped in the British image, with afternoon tea and dry...The post A Perfect Day in Barbados appeared first on Johnny Jet.
    - 14 hours ago Jan 15, 2019, 5:58pm -
  • newThis Collapsible Beach Bucket Is Easy to Travel With
    We just returned from Hawaii, and while we were at the Four Seasons Lanai, the hotel’s “beach boys” gave our two-year-old son a few beach...The post This Collapsible Beach Bucket Is Easy to Travel With appeared first on Johnny Jet.
    - 15 hours ago Jan 15, 2019, 4:51pm -
  • newVideo: Man Surfs With Dolphins
    Have you seen this video of a guy surfing alongside a pod of dolphins? It’s pretty amazing. As ABC News notes, it happened in the...The post Video: Man Surfs With Dolphins appeared first on Johnny Jet.
    - 15 hours ago Jan 15, 2019, 4:30pm -
  • newHow to Drive the Hawaiian Islands With a Guide for Under $5
    A travel writer I follow on Twitter (Dana Freeman) recently tweeted a Hawaii tip that got my attention: Using Shaka App today to guide us...The post How to Drive the Hawaiian Islands With a Guide for Under $5 appeared first on Johnny Jet.
    - 16 hours ago Jan 15, 2019, 3:30pm -
  • newGet to the Airport Extra Early During the Government Shutdown
    The partial government shutdown is rolling on, with no sign of a resolution ahead, and travelers are among of those suffering for it. As seen...The post Get to the Airport Extra Early During the Government Shutdown appeared first on Johnny Jet.
    - 18 hours ago Jan 15, 2019, 2:00pm -
  • newWill the Government Shutdown Affect Your Travel Plans?
    This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products....The post Will the Government Shutdown Affect Your Travel Plans? appeared first on Johnny Jet.
    - 18 hours ago Jan 15, 2019, 1:37pm -
  • Travel Book of the Week: “101 Handy Tech Tips for the iPhone” by Rich DeMuro
    My buddy Rich DeMuro is on a mission to help everyday people understand technology and get the most out of their gadgets and apps (of...The post Travel Book of the Week: “101 Handy Tech Tips for the iPhone” by Rich DeMuro appeared first on Johnn…
    - 1 day ago Jan 14, 2019, 8:30pm -
  • Travel Style: Dynie Sanderson
    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,...The post Travel Style: Dynie Sanderson appeared first on Johnny Jet.
    - 2 days ago Jan 14, 2019, 5:00pm -
  • The 9 Credit Cards to Use for Maximizing Travel in 2019
    This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products....The post The 9 Credit Cards to Use for Maximizing Travel in 2019 appeared first on Johnny Jet.
    - 2 days ago Jan 14, 2019, 4:09pm -
  • Look for the Taxes and Fees Before Booking (Especially in Las Vegas)
    In an age of bare-bones fees and nickel-and-diming in travel, it’s no longer a surprise to find a hotel charging a steep resort fee. You...The post Look for the Taxes and Fees Before Booking (Especially in Las Vegas) appeared first on Johnny Jet.
    - 2 days ago Jan 14, 2019, 3:00pm -

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