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The Points Guy

  • newThursday Giveaway: Win Two Round-Trip Business Tickets on Air Serbia from New York to Belgrade
    For this week’s Thursday Giveaway, we’re offering another social-media giveaway blitz on both Instagram and Twitter. The prize: two round-trip tickets in business class on Air Serbia’s new nonstop route between New York (JFK) and Belgra…
    - 1 hour ago Jun 23, 2016, 2:44pm -
  • newDeal Alert: East Coast to Maui from $599 Round-Trip on American Airlines
    Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency, such as Orbitz, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eas…
    - 2 hours ago Jun 23, 2016, 2:13pm -
  • new6 International Delta Routes You May Not Know About
    If you recently signed up for a Delta Amex or simply have a lot of SkyMiles in your account, you may be wondering how to redeem them. Below, TPG Points & Miles Editor Sarah Silbert shares some lesser-known international routes worth considering. Now…
    - 3 hours ago Jun 23, 2016, 12:20pm -
  • newJP Morgan Palladium Card: Is It Worth It?
    I’m not your average credit card consumer — I currently have 26 credit cards and spend more than $6,000 in annual fees. But, I run a website that’s focused on evaluating credit cards, so it’s my job. The thing is that I’m here to test ou…
    - 5 hours ago Jun 23, 2016, 10:59am -
  • newNew Turbulence Reports Could Make for Smoother Rides
    Turbulence is a bumpy business. Besides inducing anxiety in passengers around the world, it costs the airline industry about $100 million per year because of factors like crew and passenger injuries, maintenance, operational issues and money lost…
    - 20 hours ago Jun 22, 2016, 7:59pm -
  • newThe DOT Investigates Frequent Flyer Programs, Shares Results
    As frequent flyers, it can be easy to think that you’re being misled by airlines and their frequent flyer programs. And a couple of years ago, a congressman from Florida, Alan Grayson, felt the same, prompting the Inspector General of the Departme…
    - 22 hours ago Jun 22, 2016, 5:40pm -
  • newReview: JAL Sky Suite 787 Business Class — Tokyo to New York
    On his way back from a three-month study abroad adventure in China, TPG Contributor Michael Spelfogel tested out JAL’s new Sky Suite 787 onboard the Dreamliner, which he booked with 60,000 American AAdvantage miles. Read on for his impressions.…
    - 23 hours ago Jun 22, 2016, 5:14pm -
  • newAmerican Targeting Corporate Travelers with New Status Challenge

    - 24 hours ago Jun 22, 2016, 3:59pm -
  • Planning a Last-Minute Portugal Day Trip with Citi Prestige Concierge
    Last week, my family and I visited one of my favorite destinations in Europe: Portugal. I’d only ever been to Lisbon, so I was pretty excited when the rest of the group was willing to take a day trip to explore some of the nearby towns. We’d deci…
    - 1 day ago Jun 22, 2016, 2:44pm -
  • Deal Alert: Many US Cities to Europe from $438 Round-Trip
    Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency, such as Orbitz, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eas…
    - 1 day ago Jun 22, 2016, 2:17pm -

Frugal Travel Guy

  • newA 7-Person Trip to St. Thomas For Only 113,000 Points? It’s Possible!
    Family vacations can be complicated – especially when you’re using rewards. Not only do you have multiple schedules to work around, but you have to find flight availability and make sure it’s affordable for everyone as well. I’m pretty lucky…
    - 16 mins ago Jun 23, 2016, 4:00pm -
  • new6 Must-Have Travel Apps That Are Useful When You Have Limited Connectivity
    Always being connected to the internet is a blessing and a curse. At home, you’ve likely got a data plan and easy access to Wi-Fi, so there is never a problem getting online. Traveling internationally it can get costly and perhaps the best option…
    - 8 hours ago Jun 23, 2016, 8:00am -
  • newCiti Cards, Ranked
    Over the last two weeks, I have used my posts to consider the points and miles game from a long-term view. With credit card sign-up bonuses becoming more difficult to receive, I have spent more time considering which cards would offer the most benefi…
    - 17 hours ago Jun 22, 2016, 11:00pm -
  • newSpending a Weekend in Vietnam—a Powerful Weekend of Remembrance
    Our trip to Vietnam was not planned for the purpose of remembering the soldiers who served there during the war.  My friend has longed to visit Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) to connect with a professional friend she has wanted to meet for years and aske…
    - 20 hours ago Jun 22, 2016, 8:00pm -
  • newThis Is the Single Best Travel Win That I’ve Ever Had
    With so many travel deals going on all the time it is difficult to pick out which one is best, but one of the best travel wins I ever had was the first major trip I booked with miles. In 2014, I was looking to visit Asia and I was looking forward to…
    - 23 hours ago Jun 22, 2016, 5:00pm -
  • 5 of the Best Frequent Flyer Programs for Families
    While it is just my wife and me, I spend enough time helping other people plan their trips to understand what matters when you’re hauling a couple of small humans in tow. These are some of the attributes I’ve specifically looked for in programs t…
    - 1 day ago Jun 22, 2016, 8:00am -
  • Bad News: Amex Is Getting Rid of Prorated Fees—Here’s How It Affects You
    American Express has allowed credit card annual fees to be prorated by the month, which could be very useful in specific cases. For example, this year I had a few trips that took me through airports where there were American Express Centurion Lounges…
    - 2 days ago Jun 21, 2016, 11:00pm -
  • United Is Offering an Enticing Saver Awards Sale for a Limited Time
    Those who have purchased airfare to Europe understand that making the journey can be an expensive endeavor. Between the high price of fares and fuel surcharges added on top, trekking across the pond often costs thousands of dollars. However, those wh…
    - 2 days ago Jun 21, 2016, 8:26pm -
  • Is 2% Cash Back Better Than Miles?
    A few weeks ago I wrote about the best rewards program for people who are clueless about points and miles, and one of our readers, named GR, left a comment about 2% cash back cards vs. rewards credit cards that comes up quite a bit: “The best advic…
    - 2 days ago Jun 21, 2016, 8:00pm -
  • You Should Absolutely AVOID These 8 Tourist Traps This Summer
    For a destination or attraction to qualify as a tourist trap, it must be overpriced and filled with hordes of sightseers. And if it’s really bad, most guests will leave thinking, “Why did I come here again?” The worst part about tourist traps,…
    - 2 days ago Jun 21, 2016, 4:00pm -

View From the Wing

One Mile at a Time

  • newIs Marriott Playing Games With Guaranteed Late Check-Out?
    In April Marriott Rewards added some new benefits, including guaranteed late check-out, an experiences marketplace, and an elite concierge service. All three of these benefits are also offered by Starwood Preferred Guest, so it was refreshing to see…
    - 7 mins ago Jun 23, 2016, 3:37pm -
  • newChina Airlines A330 Business Class In 10 Pictures
    Yesterday I flew from Los Angeles to Taipei on China Airlines' brand new, gorgeous Boeing 777-300ER. I was very impressed by China Airlines, in particular the hard product, which is possibly the best business class product out there. Add in their rea…
    - 1 hour ago Jun 23, 2016, 2:42pm -
  • newEtihad Updates Their First Class Lounge Access Policy For The Better
    A few weeks ago Etihad's much anticipated new first class lounge in Abu Dhabi finally opened, after a significant delay. The lounge looks gorgeous, and I've heard great things so far. I'm excited to visit it myself soon, so I can decide if it ranks i…
    - 2 hours ago Jun 23, 2016, 1:26pm -
  • newThis British Airways Pilot Is A Jerk…
    Audio is going (somewhat) viral of an air traffic control exchange from a few days ago. The exchange is between a Dublin air traffic controller and a British Airways pilot who isn't pleased with how he's being treated. I think the audio speaks for it…
    - 15 hours ago Jun 23, 2016, 1:03am -
  • newI Learned Something New About Buying Starpoints
    Starwood has become more active lately when it comes to selling Starpoints. In the past they'd sell Starpoints at a discount a couple of times a year, while lately they seem to be selling them at a discount every couple of months, and in many cases t…
    - 17 hours ago Jun 22, 2016, 11:03pm -
  • new9 Thoughts On China Airlines’ New 777 Business Class
    Hello, still from a China Airlines flight between Los Angeles and Taipei, which I booked pretty last minute. It's almost time for breakfast, but before we land, I figured I'd share some more thoughts on the China Airlines product. A full trip report…
    - 19 hours ago Jun 22, 2016, 8:24pm -
  • newMy Unusual Business Class Seat Preference
    Reader Paul emailed me the following question:"Hi Lucky, I notice in your trip reports that you always seem to sit in the last row of business class. Is there a reason you choose to sit there, or is it just all that's available when you book last mi…
    - 21 hours ago Jun 22, 2016, 7:03pm -
  • newAre Non-Saver Flight Awards Always A Bad Deal?
    For those of us obsessed with miles & points, I think it goes without saying that the goal is to redeem miles at the saver level whenever possible. The thought of redeeming any other way almost makes me sick to my stomach.Of course we're in the mino…
    - 22 hours ago Jun 22, 2016, 5:33pm -
  • newDisgusting: 50 Taxi Drivers Assault A Single Uber Driver In Malaysia
    Uber has faced a lot of opposition with their growth, both on a government level and also on an individual level. While we've seen some peaceful protests from taxi drivers and their supporters (Russel Brand is among them), we've also repeatedly seen…
    - 24 hours ago Jun 22, 2016, 4:03pm -
  • Hello, Live From China Airlines Business Class!
    Hello, live from somewhere over the Pacific! As I explained yesterday, I booked a last minute trip to Asia in order to review the business class products on China Airlines and Japan Airlines. I'm extremely excited about this, because both airlines ha…
    - 1 day ago Jun 22, 2016, 2:33pm -

The Frequent Miler

  • newFree Experian credit monitoring for iPhone and Android users
    I recently wrote about an opportunity for most AAA customers to get free Experian credit monitoring.  Now, it turns out that you don’t even need AAA.  You just need a smart phone or tablet… Experian has released a free iPhone and Android (in be…
    - 5 hours ago Jun 23, 2016, 10:25am -
  • Is the Costco Anywhere Visa the best new cash back card?
    Costco recently switched their co-branded card from Amex to Citibank.  Now, in store, they accept only Visa credit cards (or Visa/MC debit cards).  And, they now offer a co-branded Visa credit card instead of the old Amex Costco card. On the surfac…
    - 1 day ago Jun 22, 2016, 10:25am -
  • US Bank FlexPerks Gold Amex: The best new option for dining, but is it worth it?
    US Bank has apparently ditched their old FlexPerks Travel Rewards Amex card in favor of a new one.  The new card is called “U.S. Bank FlexPerks Gold American Express Card” (hat tip: Doctor of Credit). The old Amex card For $49 per year, the old…
    - 2 days ago Jun 21, 2016, 10:25am -
  • Using Singapore KrisFlyer miles, and keeping miles alive
    Singapore KrisFlyer Miles are mostly great. Here’s why I think so: Promiscuity: Thanks to Singapore being one of the 3 most promiscuous airline programs, their miles are easy to get.  Simply transfer 1 to 1 from Amex Membership Rewards, Chase Ulti…
    - 3 days ago Jun 20, 2016, 10:25am -
  • It’s not too late – Deals still alive as of 06/19/2016
    Each week we publish a number of fantastic deals on the blog and in Quick Deals. Most deals don’t last long, but some hang around for awhile. In an effort to keep you up to date, we have gone back through each of the deals posted over the last coup…
    - 4 days ago Jun 19, 2016, 3:00pm -
  • Freedom vs. Freedom Unlimited, Getting in on Amex Presales, Shedding the SkyPesos Name & More!
    Welcome to the Frequent Miler Week In Review series. Every Saturday we recap what you might have missed from Frequent Miler during the week. Enjoy! This Week From Frequent Miler United snubs my Gogo passes. Discover It Miles to the rescue – Dis…
    - 5 days ago Jun 18, 2016, 9:00pm -
  • Fighting Chase 5/24 & Losing, Family Travel Hacking Guide, Better Way to App-O-Rama & More!
    Welcome to the Frequent Miler Week In Review series. Every Saturday we bring you some of the best posts from around the web. Enjoy! This Week Around the Web Fighting Chase 5/24: I Lost! (And Lessons Learned) – Chase seems to be enforcing 5/24 mor…
    - 5 days ago Jun 18, 2016, 1:00pm -
  • Delta SkyMiles sheds SkyPeso moniker
    For years, View from the Wing has teasingly referred to Delta SkyMiles as “SkyPesos.”  And the Delta SkyPeso term has caught on, so much so that many people use the term without explanation.  Given that Amex is currently giving away oodles of S…
    - 6 days ago Jun 17, 2016, 10:25am -
  • Freedom vs. Freedom Unlimited
    Last year, I detailed my plan for increasing my Chase Ultimate Rewards point balance.  The reason for focusing on Ultimate Rewards?  I’m a huge fan of transferable points programs, especially Ultimate Rewards.  Chase has several very useful tran…
    - 7 days ago Jun 16, 2016, 10:25am -
  • Has Delta broken its promise to price awards dynamically? Is that a good thing?
    About a year ago, Delta sent out a memo titled “SkyMiles Program Developments Worth Noting”.  The title alone struck fear in my heart.  In the past, SkyMiles developments have rarely been good.  At that time, I wrote a critical (but lightheart…
    - 8 days ago Jun 15, 2016, 10:25am -

The Flight Deal

The Free-quent Flyer

  • Do this now: register for Q3 2016 cash back bonuses
    Registration is now open for cards offering rotating cash back bonus categories in the third quarter of 2016. Here's the rundown:Chase Freedom. Earn 5 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent at restaurants and wholesale clubs, on up to $1,500 in com…
    - 8 days ago Jun 15, 2016, 2:38pm -
  • Quick hits: Turkish Airlines, IST, Budapest
    Hello from the Radisson Blu Carlton Hotel in Bratislava!It's been a hectic few days, so I'm taking it slow today and thought I'd check in with some thoughts on the first leg of our trip.Turkish Airlines is very niceThursday night, I flew from Chicago…
    - 9 days ago Jun 14, 2016, 11:09am -
  • Well, I'm going to Europe
    As much as it pains me to say this, having dropped out of the formal labor force a few years ago, for the last few months I've been busy.The bulk of that business has been maximizing the value of my Wells Fargo 5% cash back offer. But as of tomorrow…
    - 14 days ago Jun 9, 2016, 9:59am -
  • Paid flights are not a strategy for earning redeemable miles
    This week as the blogosphere erupted like a school of piranhas around the bloody calf of the American AAdvantage devaluation, I quipped on Twitter that "'Where to credit your paid flights' should be of tertiary interest to travel hackers. Interesti…
    - 15 days ago Jun 8, 2016, 5:08pm -
  • Earn valuable points, or expensive points?
    I've been messing around with shopping portals for the past few days, which is always a good opportunity to reflect on deeper questions about the miles and points lifestyle.Manufactured spend gives one vision of costAs a manufactured spend enthusiast…
    - 20 days ago Jun 3, 2016, 8:13pm -
  • Making travel free
    In my experience there are two broads ways people tend to view the benefits of travel hacking. For fun, let's call the two groups "budgeters" and "savers." Their behavior is not systematically different in any way — they might both apply for the sa…
    - 23 days ago May 31, 2016, 9:59am -
  • Excited about Ultimate Rewards transfers to Flying Blue? Let's talk about it
    In case you've been staying in a buddhist travel hacker monastery for the last week, the big news to come out of the loyalty world this week was the unannounced addition of Flying Blue, the loyalty program of Air France and KLM, as a transfer partner…
    - 30 days ago May 24, 2016, 9:59am -
  • Techniques I don't write about (but you should know about!)
    The range of topics I write about here is pretty freewheeling. I have an open mind about any and all approaches to travel hacking and manufactured spend, and am willing to at least dabble in anything that sounds lucrative enough.On the other hand, my…
    - 34 days ago May 20, 2016, 9:59am -
  • Anniversary post: what I've learned in two years of blogging full time
    How time flies. It's been an entire year since I wrote my first anniversary post, about your economy, which means I must be due for another post commemorating my second year of working for myself — and working for you!If my first anniversary post w…
    - 38 days ago May 16, 2016, 9:59am -
  • Membership Rewards points aren't worthless, but they are worth less
    If you follow the miles and points bloggers who churn out a constant flood of material on signup bonuses, you already know that earlier this week there was an untargeted offer available for the American Express Platinum card which earned 100,000 Memb…
    - 41 days ago May 13, 2016, 9:59am -

Well Traveled Mile

  • Leverage The Travelocity Amex Card With RewardsBoost To Get 98% Off Travel
    The Travelocity® Rewards American Express® Card may unlock the secret to some of the most powerful manufacture spend strategies and the potential rewards from the card are huge. However, this card is often overlooked for credit cards that offer mor…
    - Jun 5, 2014, 9:57pm -
  • Top 10 Best Credit Card Sign-up Bonus Offers For June 2014
    Every month I’ll post the top 10 best current credit card sign-up offers and update the list throughout the month if offers change. You can always check out my credit cards page for a full list of cards, but since the best credit card offers ar…
    - Jun 5, 2014, 3:33am -
  • Infographic Comparison of Airline Award Charts [Updated)
    Devaluations are never good. For one they make us spend more miles for award flights, and two they put me to work updating the airline award chart comparison infographics! Over the last year we saw a handful of deviations including United, Delta (2x?…
    - Jun 5, 2014, 3:00am -
  • I Quit School Today To Blog Full-Time
    Around the same time I launched Well Traveled Mile, I was in the midst of mailing off applications for graduate school. In some ways I was hedging my bets, continuing my education while building a travel blog on the side as a platform to share one of…
    - Jun 3, 2014, 8:02am -
  • 4 Credit Card Sign-up Bonuses to Consider for Free Flights to Europe
    Europe is often atop many folks travel list and earning miles for free flights is a great way to cover the flight across the pond. Award flights from the US to Europe are likely the most competitive and highly demanded award routings, often making g…
    - Jun 2, 2014, 7:49am -
  • 30,000 Points Bonus Back on American Express SPG Credit Cards (+ Refer a Friend for 5k Points)
    The Starwood American Express cards are among the most flexible hotel credit cards available and the points are valuable for both hotel stays and flights. The sign-up bonus on both the personal and business version of this card just increased to 30,…
    - May 31, 2014, 6:00am -
  • Roundup of New Credit Card Sign-up Bonus Offers
    This week a handful of new offers were released and make for some great opportunities to earn a few nice sign-up bonuses. It is always ideal to grab a credit card when it is offering a higher than normal sign-up bonus and here a a few that are wor…
    - May 30, 2014, 7:26am -
  • Lufthansa Miles & More Basics: Part 3 – 10 Great Uses of Lufthansa Miles
    The 50,000 mile Lufthansa Premier Miles & More World MasterCard® offer is currently one of the best airline credit card offers available. It’s one of the few sign-up bonuses that is worth a roundtrip flight to Europe from the US. Since it’s a…
    - May 29, 2014, 7:01am -
  • US Airways Off-peak Awards to Europe
    US Airways off-peak awards are one of my favorite awards and offer an exceptional value for getting to Europe and other destinations. Even though US Airways and American Airlines are in the process of merging, US Airways Dividend miles are still amon…
    - May 28, 2014, 7:28am -
  • Join My Private IHG Best Rate Guarantee Group Discussion
    I’ve written a few articles about how IHG has one of the most valuable best rate guarantees among all hotel brands. You can get a free night at an IHG hotel if you find the same room on an OTA (online travel agency) at a lower price. Over the last…
    - May 27, 2014, 7:13pm -

MileValue

  • newRedeem American Airlines Miles: Part 12 — Europe
    ADVERTISER DISCLOSURE (click for more info). Let’s talk about how to use American Airlines miles for awards to Europe. This is not the best use of American Airlines miles because award space isn’t great, and American collects fuel surcharges on…
    - 15 hours ago Jun 23, 2016, 12:43am -
  • newHow to Transfer ThankYou Points Step-by-Step
    ADVERTISER DISCLOSURE (click for more info). Citi ThankYou Points are transferable to one hotel and 12 airline programs. Folks who have a Citi ThankYou® Premier, Citi Prestige® Card, or Citi Chairman card can transfer Citi ThankYou Points at a 1…
    - 21 hours ago Jun 22, 2016, 6:24pm -
  • 45,000 United Miles Roundtrip to Europe if You Book in the Next Week
    ADVERTISER DISCLOSURE (click for more info). United has announced a 25% discount on roundtrip economy class awards between the United States and Europe. That means your trip to Europe would cost 45,000 miles roundtrip instead of the normal 60,00…
    - 1 day ago Jun 22, 2016, 12:35pm -
  • Buy Avios for 1.45 Cents through Starpoint Sale & Avios Transfer Bonus
    ADVERTISER DISCLOSURE (click for more info). Until July 5, 2016, you can transfer 20,000 Starpoints to 33,750 British Airways Avios. The normal rate is 20,000 points to 25,000 Avios, but Avios is running a 35% bonus on transferring hotel points. The…
    - 2 days ago Jun 21, 2016, 4:59pm -
  • Second Cheapest Starpoints Ever (2.45 Cents)
    ADVERTISER DISCLOSURE (click for more info). Until July 1, 2016, Starwoodis offering a 30% discount on the normal purchase price of SPG points. Starpoints are normally sold in increments of 500 points for 3.5 cents per point. With 30% off, the pric…
    - 2 days ago Jun 21, 2016, 4:25pm -
  • EXPIRES TOMORROW: 75,000 Bonus Membership Rewards for American Express Platinum
    ADVERTISER DISCLOSURE (click for more info). This limited time offer EXPIRES TOMORROW June 22, 2016. Apply today to qualify for the 75,000 Membership Reward bonus!  Through June 22, 2016, there is a publicly available offer for 75,000 bonus Membe…
    - 2 days ago Jun 21, 2016, 3:38pm -
  • Reader story: Part 3– Is the Chase 5/24 Rule Actually in Effect?
    ADVERTISER DISCLOSURE (click for more info). I have a friend who, after about five months off from applying for any new cards, decided to give it another go recently. He is writing a series for MileValue on his experience. Below is Part 3, where he t…
    - 2 days ago Jun 21, 2016, 1:30pm -
  • New Costco Credit Cards Offer Up to 4% Cash Back
    ADVERTISER DISCLOSURE (click for more info). Today Costco switched over from only accepting American Express cards to only accepting Visa cards. Its new co-branded cards are the Costco Anywhere Visa® Card by Citi and Costco Anywhere Visa® Business…
    - 3 days ago Jun 21, 2016, 12:47am -
  • Redeem American Airlines Miles: Part 11 — Redeeming for Central and South America
    ADVERTISER DISCLOSURE (click for more info). Let’s talk about how to use American Airlines miles for awards to Central and South America. American Airlines flies more routes from the United States to Central and South America than any other car…
    - 3 days ago Jun 20, 2016, 10:00pm -
  • Reader Story: Part 2– Application Day
    ADVERTISER DISCLOSURE (click for more info). I have a friend who, after about five months off from applying for any new cards, decided to give it another go recently. He is writing a series for MileValue on his experience. Below is Part 2: applyin…
    - 3 days ago Jun 20, 2016, 8:30am -

Frequent Flier

  • newVideo: Delay Leads to Brawl Onboard Flight at PEK
    Passengers on a plane at Beijing Capital International Airport started to take their frustrations out on the crew and each other after a flight delay of more than four hours. Video captured the physical altercation onboard a Hainan Airlines flight th…
    - 6 hours ago Jun 23, 2016, 10:00am -
  • newUnited Hopes Upgrades Will Bring $3.1 Billion in Returns
    Value-driving initiatives include commercial enhancements and cost structure improvements. United Airlines is hoping to improve their bottom line by over $3 billion by 2018, through a number of improvements and upgrades to travelers. In a presentatio…
    - 6 hours ago Jun 23, 2016, 10:00am -
  • newBelgian Airline Files for Bankruptcy
    Belgian regional carrier VLM Airlines filed for bankruptcy Wednesday. According to a statement from the airline, “all flights are cancelled with immediate effect.” For more information on this story, visit Flightglobal. To discuss this story, vis…
    - 6 hours ago Jun 23, 2016, 10:00am -
  • newSFO Is Giving Its Terminal 1 a $2.4 Billion Makeover
    Beginning June 29, San Francisco International Airport (SFO) will be giving its Terminal 1 a $2.4 billion makeover. The renovation is the final part of the airport’s $4.1 billion decade-long capital improvement plan. The terminal will be receiving…
    - 6 hours ago Jun 23, 2016, 10:00am -
  • newFAA Updates Rules for Commercial and Personal Drones
    The Federal Aviation Administration’s guidelines for operating unmanned aircraft systems have just been updated with new rules effective as of August 2016 for commercial operators as well as drone hobbyists. The majority of updated regulations appl…
    - 19 hours ago Jun 22, 2016, 8:42pm -
  • newCracked Windshield Forces Flight to Return to BOS
    Due to a cracked windshield, a JetBlue Airways flight en route to Pittsburgh was forced to return to Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) an hour after takeoff. Though the flight landed safely, the Federal Aviation Administration is carrying out…
    - 19 hours ago Jun 22, 2016, 8:30pm -
  • newFlight Diverted After Man Allegedly Sexually Assaults Sleeping Teen
    An Alaska Airlines flight from Portland, Ore. to Anchorage, Ala. was diverted to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) after a California man aboard the aircraft reportedly attempted to kiss a sleeping 16-year-old girl seated next to him. The pi…
    - 20 hours ago Jun 22, 2016, 7:52pm -
  • newEx-Airline Supervisor to Plead Guilty in Child Sex Case
    Defense attorney Frank Walker II has confirmed that client Ray Howland, a former American Airlines operations manager, is now set to plead guilty to charges of federal interstate child-sex in Pittsburgh. Howland was arrested near Pittsburgh Internat…
    - 20 hours ago Jun 22, 2016, 7:16pm -
  • newSnarky Exhange Between BA Pilot and Air Traffic Controller Goes Viral
    The strained conversation between the frustrated pilot of a London-bound plane stuck on the tarmac at Dublin Airport and an air traffic controller has gone public. A snide exchange between a British Airways pilot and an air traffic controller at Dubl…
    - 21 hours ago Jun 22, 2016, 6:25pm -
  • Spirit Seeks to Win Flyers With Service
    Customer service turnaround is executive’s primary focus for summer months. American low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines is planning to improve their negative image in the marketplace, starting with boosting their overall customer experience. In an in…
    - 1 day ago Jun 22, 2016, 10:00am -

Travel is Free

  • Quick Tip On Using Alaska Miles For Delta Flights
    This is a really short post about something that annoys […]The post Quick Tip On Using Alaska Miles For Delta Flights appeared first on Travel is Free.
    - 12 days ago Jun 11, 2016, 6:25pm -
  • 7 Best Places for Cheap Food In Sydney!
    I normally don’t write food “reviews” […]The post 7 Best Places for Cheap Food In Sydney! appeared first on Travel is Free.
    - 13 days ago Jun 10, 2016, 6:19pm -
  • List Of Free/Cheap Food (from referral and signup bonuses)
    Given that we have eaten out most of the time for the l […]The post List Of Free/Cheap Food (from referral and signup bonuses) appeared first on Travel is Free.
    - 80 days ago Apr 4, 2016, 11:32pm -
  • Daily Getaways Is Starting!
    I said, “I wish we had more Hertz points” a […]The post Daily Getaways Is Starting! appeared first on Travel is Free.
    - 81 days ago Apr 3, 2016, 7:34pm -

Frequent Flyer Bonuses

Million Mile Secrets

Nomadic Matt

  • newHow to Make Kick-Ass Travel Videos
    As you know, over the last few months, I’ve been putting together an online travel media school covering writing, photography, marketing, and, now as of today, video. Today, I’m announcing the final course in the media school on making travel vid…
    - 2 hours ago Jun 23, 2016, 2:00pm -
  • How to Crush it on Couchsurfing
    Couchsurfing is not only a great way to save money (it's free!), but it offers a peak into local life. However, many travelers fail to connect with hosts or use the service successfully. These 7 tips will help you optimize your profile and find hosts…
    - 3 days ago Jun 20, 2016, 2:53pm -
  • How Gay Travel is Different (And Why it Matters)
    Being gay is something that often worries people from the LGBT community who want to travel around. Is it safe? Will I be accepted? Should I hide my sexuality? Which countries can I travel? I'm happy to introducing our new LGBT travel guru, Adam…
    - 7 days ago Jun 16, 2016, 1:00pm -
  • Thoughts (and One Wish) on My Birthday
    Yesterday was my birthday. I turned 35. I celebrated by having 1920s Gatsby-themed party, as I love the ’20s. The jazz, fashion, speakeasies, and literature — I wish I could go back in time and experience it! (And yes, I do love Woody Allen’s M…
    - 10 days ago Jun 13, 2016, 1:14pm -
  • How I Earn 1 Million Frequent Flier Miles Each Year
    Free travel is my favorite kind of travel! This post shows you how to take money out of the travel equation and frequent flier programs to get free flights and hotel rooms. The 8 strategies listed here will get you out of your house faster, cheaper…
    - 14 days ago Jun 9, 2016, 7:46pm -
  • 18 of the Best Spots in Patagonia
    Patagonia is the perfect vacation spot for outdoorsy types, with its many glaciers and tiny, remote villages scattered all throughout. This region is worth taking your time to see and there are tons of amazing spots to visit. Here are 18 of the best…
    - 15 days ago Jun 8, 2016, 3:07pm -
  • How to (Legally) Stay in Europe for More Than 90 Days
    Every year, thousands of travelers wonder how they can stay in Europe for more than 90 days - the limit in the Schengen Zone. The good news is that there are a few different ways to stay, but it can get complicated. In this post, I share what you can…
    - 17 days ago Jun 6, 2016, 12:30pm -
  • 9 Ways to Become a Successful 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…
    - 21 days ago Jun 2, 2016, 12:54pm -
  • Racism on the Road: An Interview with Alex
    In this post, I interview Alex - a 29-year-old black guy from Northern California who's traveling the world. In it, he shares how he got started as well as the obstacles he's had to face - both at home and abroad - based on the color of his skin. Th…
    - 23 days ago May 31, 2016, 3:30pm -
  • How Am I Doing? Help Me Make This Place Better!
    Every six months I like to survey the community to get a sense of what’s working and what’s not. Checking in lets me understand what you like and how you feel. This 10-question survey will take only five minutes of your time and these responses l…
    - 31 days ago May 23, 2016, 1:00pm -

The Hustle Blog

  • 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…
    - 15 days ago 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 -
  • Probable Southwest Rapid Rewards Devaluation
    Last week, Southwest Airlines sent an email to its Rapid Rewards loyalty program members informing them of a future change in the program. Sadly, they weren’t very specific about the change but it reads as a devaluation. We created Rapid Rewards®…
    - Feb 17, 2015, 12:00pm -
  • British Airways Avios Devaluation
    The biggest news going around the travel blogosphere lately is one we’re sadly all too familiar with… devaluation. British Airways announced some pricey changes to their loyalty program that will take effect April 28, 2015. The last time they cha…
    - Jan 30, 2015, 12:00pm -

Pointscentric

  • newHyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Poolside Cabana Review
    Part 1: Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort Review Part 2: Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Cabana Review (this post) As highlighted in my earlier post, we enjoyed our time at the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and thought it made for a perf…
    - 4 hours ago Jun 23, 2016, 11:30am -
  • BofA Alaska Airlines Business Card Signup Bonus Increased to 30,000 Miles
    While the signup bonus on the personal Bank of America Alaska card increased to 30,000 miles a few weeks ago (remember it is available with a $100 statement credit via this direct link), the business version of this card was still stuck with a signup…
    - 7 days ago Jun 17, 2016, 1:22am -
  • My App-O-Rama Results: 175,000 Points/Miles + $300 in Airline/Statement Credits
    Last month, I applied for several new credit cards and decided to apply for them all on the same day in one “app-o-rama”. While it’s true some people are shifting away from the app-o-rama idea and applying for cards as needed, I stuck to it …
    - 8 days ago Jun 15, 2016, 11:30am -
  • Did You Know Active Military Members Get Free American Airlines Lounge Access?
    I like to think I know quite a bit about points/miles/frequent flyer programs etc. but even after 2.5 years of blogging, I’m still learning new things and this tip is a good one for our active military members. This weekend I learned that American…
    - 10 days ago Jun 13, 2016, 11:30am -
  • One More Reminder Why I Hate The Marriott Rewards Program
    Earlier this year, my wife & I spent the long Presidents Day weekend (which happened to coincide with Valentine’s Day), at the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel to escape the cold weather in NY. We could not have timed the trip better – it was record co…
    - 12 days ago Jun 11, 2016, 1:30pm -

milenerd

  • newAmerican Status Challenge
    Thanks to reader John for sending an interesting link. This is a status challenge with American but seems like it will only work for people with certain corporate email addresses. If you want to do something similar but the link doesn’t work, you…
    - 9 hours ago Jun 23, 2016, 7:10am -
  • 3 Good Uber Deals
    Just when I think I’m out, Uber pulls me back in (for a day at a time). Here’s a good promo for people in Boston and another one for New Yorkers. Plus an interesting offer if you live in Atlanta and like baseball.
    - 1 day ago Jun 22, 2016, 7:39am -
  • Tuesdeals
    A 35% bonus when converting hotel points into British Airways points. Through Sunday, get $15 when buying $300 in Visa gift cards from Staples. Here’s a discounted price for buying Starwood points.
    - 2 days ago Jun 21, 2016, 7:49am -
  • Weekend Catch-Up
    A few of you were able to pick up 10,000 points for adding a user to your Hilton American Express card. Didn’t work for me. I seem to say that a lot. Pick up American Express gift cards from Office Depot/Office Max through Saturday. You get 10 buc…
    - 3 days ago Jun 20, 2016, 7:13am -
  • End Of Week Deals
    Reader Ashok says the Alaska card is now limited to one every 90 days. Both business and personal links are up to 30,000 miles. Reader Joe might be the only person I know who’s interested in doing this one…unlimited Business Class flights betwee…
    - 6 days ago Jun 17, 2016, 8:30am -
  • Thursday Stuff
    Good bonuses for buying American miles and Club Carlson points if your balances need a bump. Yet another strong Rocketmiles deal. Especially if you have an American credit card. A few of you reached out to say you were newly targeted for 75,000 Un…
    - 7 days ago Jun 16, 2016, 7:01am -
  • 500 Free Marriott Points
    Finally an Instagram deal for all the teenage girls out there! Pick up an easy 500 Marriott points for following them. The instructions are there at the top of the page. Got a TON of emails for the United Club giveaway yesterday. Winners have been…
    - 8 days ago Jun 15, 2016, 7:09am -
  • United Club Passes
    Thanks to the response to a recent post, I have a few giveaways for you guys that I’ll probably space out a little bit. For this first one, I have 13 United Club one-time lounge passes to share. Expiration dates are all in 2017. Pretty simple rand…
    - 9 days ago Jun 14, 2016, 9:24am -
  • Letter Not To Be Ignored
    For those who spend/spent a lot of money on a certain credit card, you might have received a letter in the last month. A bunch of you got it. That letter basically said your spending has to stop or your rewards will be frozen. I would highly, highl…
    - 10 days ago Jun 13, 2016, 7:50am -
  • Free United Miles
    Thanks to reader Kelly for sharing how she got a free 1,750 United miles here. The Prosper offer is half of what it was when I posted it before, but if you missed that, this should still be worth your time. Have a great weekend, guys!
    - 13 days ago Jun 10, 2016, 7:44am -

Doctor of Credit

Hustler Money Blog

  • newAmerican Airlines Round-Trip From New York or Boston to Maui starting $599
    For those of you who live on the east coast, American Airlines is having a round-trip from New York or Boston to Maui for only $599. This is a great deal because it’s a round trip to Hawaii. Enjoy sipping a margarita on the beach where you can hav…
    - 29 mins ago Jun 23, 2016, 3:15pm -
  • newBank of Arkansas Savings Promotion: $250 Bonus (AR)
    Available to residents of Arkansas, Bank of Arkansas is offering you a chance to earn up to $250 in savings a year when you open a new checking and savings account. To be eligible for this offer, simply open a checking and savings account, use yo…
    - 44 mins ago Jun 23, 2016, 3:00pm -
  • newDell 13.3″ i5 Touch Ultrabook Core via eBay: $849.99 + Free Shipping
    For a limited time, eBay you can order a Dell 13.3″ Touch Ultrabook Core for only $849.99 + FREE SHIPPING! This is one of the best laptops for it’s price. Use this laptop for work, school, and even moderate gaming. This laptop has Intel Graphics…
    - 59 mins ago Jun 23, 2016, 2:45pm -
  • newAir China: Newark, New Jersey To/From Hong Kong, China For $589 Round-Trip
    Are you residing in Newark, New Jersey or Hong Kong in China? If so, Air China is offering you the opportunity to travel from Newark, New Jersey to/from Hong Kong from September 12 – 19, 2016 for as low as $589 round-trip! Use Priceline t…
    - 1 hour ago Jun 23, 2016, 2:30pm -
  • newPioneerWV Federal Credit Union Referral Promotion: $25 Referral Bonus (WV, KY, OH)
    For residents of Kentucky, West Virginia, and Ohio, PioneerWV FCU is offering the chance to earn a $25 bonus! To get the bonus, simply spread the word of PioneerWV FCU to your friends and family members. Your referee must either close a loan or open…
    - 2 hours ago Jun 23, 2016, 2:00pm -
  • newNew Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express Review: $150 Statement Credit
    While American Express is an advertising partner of HustlerMoneyBlog, the opinions and beliefs in this article are the author’s alone and have not been reviewed, approved, or otherwise endorsed by the issuer. The Blue Cash Preferred® Card from Ame…
    - 13 hours ago Jun 23, 2016, 3:00am -
  • newDiscover Bank IRA CD Promotion
    If you’re considering opening a IRA CD account, Discover bank is offering up to 2.30% APY if you open a new account with them. This much higher the any other competitors savings account I have ever seen. This is a great account to open if you’re…
    - 15 hours ago Jun 23, 2016, 1:00am -
  • newEmprise Bank Reward Checking Account: Earn up to 2.02% APY
    For residents of Kansas, Emprise Bank is offering up to 2.02% APY with a maximum balance of $10,000 with their free Rewards Checking Account. You’ll earn a fantastic interest rate and nationwide ATM refunds. Get it all for doing simple things that…
    - 16 hours ago Jun 23, 2016, 12:00am -
  • newT-Mobile iPhone Promotion: Free iPhone SE or $400 Rebate
    T-Mobile is having a promotion where you can receive a $400 rebate or iPhone SE when you purchase 2 iPhones. You can purchase any phone two iPhones and you’ll receive the $400 rebate when you fill out the form and turn it in within 30 days of purc…
    - 17 hours ago Jun 22, 2016, 10:45pm -
  • newT-Mobile Tuesday Promotion: Free Stuff Every Tuesday
    For T-Mobile customers, You can get a variety of different prizes for T-Mobile Tuesday! Just download the T-Mobile App on your Android or Apple Device for free, and click on the “My Every Tuesday Stuff” you should be able to redeem your prize!…
    - 18 hours ago Jun 22, 2016, 9:45pm -

Travel Codex

  • Cathay Pacific Unveils Routes for Its A350
    We’ve known for a while that Cathay Pacific’s first major route for the A350-900 will be on the Hong Kong to London Gatwick run. Now that’s changed with Cathay Pacific’s introduction of the plane on regional routes. For those of you looking t…
    - 5 days ago Jun 18, 2016, 5:30pm -
  • Singapore Airlines Announces San Francisco Nonstop Flight
    Star Alliance “frenemies” would probably be the best way to describe the relationship between Singapore Airlines and United. Still bruising from United’s surprise announcement of the San Francisco to Singapore nonstop service with its flagshi…
    - 6 days ago Jun 17, 2016, 3:40pm -
  • Review: UberMOTO in Southeast Asia
    Hao Tran is joining the Travel Codex crew today, writing from his new hometown, Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, as a veteran points and miles traveler. He’ll be contributing articles about where to go in Asia, as well as tips on how to get there wit…
    - 6 days ago Jun 17, 2016, 11:05am -
  • Seattle Meetup Next Week at Art Marble 21
    Next week is the usual travel meetup for Seattle-area residents. It alternates between Bellevue and Seattle — but always on the third Tuesday of the month. This month we’ll be in Seattle at Art Marble 21 near Lake Union. Art Marble 21 731 Westlak…
    - 7 days ago Jun 16, 2016, 5:10pm -
  • A New and Better Way To App-O-Rama
    From the desk of the Devil’s Advocate…   I don’t believe in app-o-ramas. And I believe there’s a growing contingent of readers who agree with me. One of the more popular and revisited posts from the Devil’s Advocate archive is titled “A…
    - 7 days ago Jun 16, 2016, 11:05am -
  • Review: Hilton Berlin
    In part because I planned my trip to Berlin so close to departure, I had difficulty booking a single hotel for all four nights in the city. Paid nights were still available though expensive. Award nights were limited.  I booked different properties…
    - 13 days ago Jun 10, 2016, 7:10pm -
  • oneworld Alliance Kills Unique Policy for Connecting Passengers
    As reported this morning by One Mile at a Time, the oneworld Alliance has rescinded its long-standing policy that protects passengers who make connections on separate tickets. This customer-unfriendly change is more important than it seems — and it…
    - 13 days ago Jun 10, 2016, 6:58pm -
  • Receive 25% Bonus HawaiianMiles with Amex Transfer Bonus
    Hawaiian Airlines offers one of the best products between the mainland and Hawaii. Although I do like Alaska Airlines, partly due to the easy upgrade process, I have to give Hawaiian credit for using widebody aircraft and serving free meals in coach.…
    - 14 days ago Jun 9, 2016, 5:22pm -
  • MGM Announces the New M life Rewards MasterCard
    As I hinted last week, MGM has made a slight tweak to the name of its loyalty program — from “M life” to “M life Rewards” — and also released its first co-brand M life Rewards MasterCard in partnership with First Bankcard. Because it’s…
    - 14 days ago Jun 9, 2016, 4:26pm -
  • Review: Lufthansa Business Class from San Francisco to Frankfurt
    Although I had planned months before to go to ITB Berlin, a large travel industry trade show in Europe during March, I waffled when it came to arranging my trip. Just days before I was still sitting at my computer and trying to decide when and where…
    - 14 days ago Jun 9, 2016, 12:15pm -

Maximizing Money

Boarding Area

  • new100% Bonus on Purchasing IHG Points
    InterContinental Hotels Group is offering a bonus when purchasing points through July 18, 2016. You can get a 100% bonus on all points purchased, and the maximum points you can purchase is 60,000. It did make me sign into my IHG account to reve…
    - 59 mins ago Jun 23, 2016, 2:45pm -
  • newChina Airlines A330 Business Class In 10 Pictures
    Yesterday I flew from Los Angeles to Taipei on China Airlines' brand new, gorgeous Boeing 777-300ER. I was very impressed by China Airlines, in particular the hard product, which is possibly the best business class product out there. Add in their rea…
    - 1 hour ago Jun 23, 2016, 2:42pm -
  • newUber Atlanta Promo 50% Braves Tickets And UberX
    There is a sweet Uber deal in Boston this summer, How To Score Cheap $2 Uber Rides This Summer as well as a good option in NYC, How To Get 2 Free UberPool Rides This Summer. Here is the Uber promotion in Atlanta. With this one, Uber riders will r…
    - 2 hours ago Jun 23, 2016, 2:03pm -
  • newIHG Rewards Wants To Reward Me 3,000 Bonus Points
    It’s been a while since I’ve booked a stay which earned IHG Rewards points. The last time I can recall earning some IHG points was from the Priceless Surprises promo. (I may have also earned some points from some small purchases with my IHG credi…
    - 2 hours ago Jun 23, 2016, 1:55pm -
  • newAA, DL, UA $467–$557 Chicago to London, Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Munich Sep-Oct
    I will keep this fare alert brief since I am on a bouncing bus heading out of New Orleans. American, Delta and United have low fares from Chicago to London, Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Munich with fares from $467 to $557 round trip. Low fares to…
    - 2 hours ago Jun 23, 2016, 1:50pm -
  • newFighter Jets Escort Diverted Delta Plane
    After a confrontation between a passenger and the crew, a Delta flight was not only diverted, but escorted back by F-16 fighter jets. This Los Angeles bound flight left San Antonio, but had to divert to Tuscon.  The passenger was causing trouble ear…
    - 2 hours ago Jun 23, 2016, 1:35pm -
  • newEtihad Updates Their First Class Lounge Access Policy For The Better
    A few weeks ago Etihad's much anticipated new first class lounge in Abu Dhabi finally opened, after a significant delay. The lounge looks gorgeous, and I've heard great things so far. I'm excited to visit it myself soon, so I can decide if it ranks i…
    - 2 hours ago Jun 23, 2016, 1:26pm -
  • newAmazon’s HazMat Problems
    Amazon will sell you just about anything. That also means the company will ship just about anything. And it seems that lately that shipping is costing it a lot of money thanks to screw-ups in the company's handling of hazardous materials. Oopsie.The…
    - 3 hours ago Jun 23, 2016, 1:07pm -
  • newThis Will Turn Your Smart Phone into a Gameboy (cartridges and all!)
    I’m really nostalgic for old games and play them pretty frequently.  I mostly loved my NES emulators but hated them when they would suddenly crash, oh, let’s say, towards the ending of a Boy and His Blob (and whenever I did things that tended to…
    - 3 hours ago Jun 23, 2016, 1:07pm -
  • newFIRST LOOK: Inside the New American Express Centurion Lounge Houston
    I had an opportunity to see the brand new American Express Centurion lounge Houston last night and try the food since I was invited to the pre-opening party there. Here's the food, drinks, and a visual tour of the space.Continue reading FIRST LOOK:…
    - 3 hours ago Jun 23, 2016, 1:04pm -

Frequent Flyer Miles 101

  • newReader Question: Pay with Points Or Cash?
    Reader Question: We are currently booked at the Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok for a total of 120,000 HHonors points for five nights, at 30,000 points per night, plus the fifth night free on an award stay bonus. We could also pay with a combination of poi…
    - 16 hours ago Jun 22, 2016, 11:21pm -
  • The New Costco Anywhere Visa Card
    It’s finally available. With Costco having dumped American Express as a partner and moved on to Citibank, the Costco credit card is changing and, for the most part, it’s changing for the better. The Rewards The Costco Anywhere card comes with a n…
    - 2 days ago Jun 21, 2016, 5:02pm -
  • An Uber Deal, Free Accor Points And Hotel Tips
    Happy Monday to everyone. Here’s a bit about what’s going on in the world of travel. Uber Deal with Capital One It’s not as good as last year’s 20% rebate, but Capital One Quicksilver is partnering again with Uber to offer a rebate on all Ube…
    - 3 days ago Jun 21, 2016, 12:32am -
  • Free And Easy Points & Miles
    I do a lot of posts about ways to earn big points or miles, but they usually involve, you know, work, which I am opposed to. So today’s post will be about a couple of ways to pick up points, but they will require no more than a few taps of your…
    - 5 days ago Jun 18, 2016, 1:35pm -
  • Easy And Less Easy Way To Pick up 50,000 United Miles
    I got a pair of emails from United today with alternatives to pick up 50,000 miles. Lots of Clicking… In the past, I’ve discussed e-Miles, a points for clicks program. The concept is simple: They’ll send you links to click. You click through th…
    - 7 days ago Jun 16, 2016, 9:36pm -
  • On Orlando And Other Current News…
    Warning: This post is going to be a bit longer than the typical one and will come closer to politics than I normally like to get. When I lived in Minneapolis, one of my favorite sights was watching airplanes take off as I drove to the airport. Flight…
    - 9 days ago Jun 14, 2016, 11:07pm -
  • Delta Card Referrals, Facebook Update
    Delta Credit Card Referrals – Refer Your Friends If you have a Delta credit card and want to take advantage of your friends (in a good way), you can refer them for a card and receive 10,000 bonus miles per approval (up to 55,000 per year), an incre…
    - 10 days ago Jun 13, 2016, 9:06pm -
  • Searching Awards with ExpertFlyer
    One of the downsides with award travel is that, frankly, it’s a pain to hunt down which flights are available for which dates. For infrequent flyers, though, that’s not really an issue, since you are not booking more than once or twice per year.…
    - 12 days ago Jun 11, 2016, 8:50pm -
  • A Delta Bonus And A JetBlue Extension
    Delta Ups The Ante on Credit Cards Delta has entered its seasonally high period. That is, the period when the credit card sign-up bonus is higher than usual. The Gold card will get you 50,000 miles after you spend $2,000 within the first three months…
    - 14 days ago Jun 9, 2016, 11:14pm -
  • American Finalizes Changes to Mileage Program
    With the changes to the Aadvantage program that became official yesterday, American Airlines has become the fourth of the big four airlines (United, Delta and Southwest) to move from a mileage earning system based on how far you fly to one based on h…
    - 16 days ago Jun 7, 2016, 11:57pm -

The Faraway Guide

  • Top 10 Credit Cards For December 2015
    December 2015 has loads of deals in the credit card space. Chase and Citibank dominate this month's top ten list, earning a combined eight (!!) nominations. That isn't to say there aren't many, many other...
    - Dec 1, 2015, 11:45am -
  • You Already Have The World’s Best Travel App
    We were lost. Maybe it was the fact we hadn’t stopped travelling for ten months, but Andrea and I had slipped when it came to planning. Our new plan: arrive via plane, bus or train and then figure it out...
    - Nov 9, 2015, 1:33pm -
  • Why Retail Cards Hurt Your Credit Score
    I have never been a big mall person. For me, spending time in a retail store is somewhere between a trip to the dentist and slow torture with no end in sight – especially with the limited risk and lucrative...
    - Nov 1, 2015, 2:13pm -
  • Visit Russia For 72 Hours Without A Visa
    The 72-hour visa free ferry to visit Russia can save hundreds of dollars for US citizens traveling to the country. But it was bittersweet for Andrea and I, as we recently spent 4 nights at the grandiose InterContinental Moscow – and paid dearly…
    - Oct 19, 2015, 12:00pm -
  • Expedia Just Made An Under The Radar, Positive Change
    As a fan of points, typically I'd advise readers to book directly on the airline or hotel website. This is because booking with a third party - like Expedia - can negate beneficial parameters associated with...
    - Sep 30, 2015, 12:59pm -
  • Using Points & Miles To Visit Halong Bay, Vietnam
    Halong Bay, Vietnam is a mesmerizing place. As you sail through floating mountains, you get that unique sense of calm that only faraway places create. Located in the northeast corner of Vietnam...
    - Sep 29, 2015, 12:53pm -
  • 5% Cash Back At Amazon For Chase Freedom Cardholders
    Chase Freedom remains one of the best credit cards without an annual fee. The reason is simple: on top of 1% cash back on every purchase, Chase offers quarterly categories for 5% cash back. From October...
    - Sep 28, 2015, 12:53pm -
  • Last Chance: 75,000 Hilton Points & No Annual Fee With Citi Visa Signature
    There are only a couple days left to enjoy 75,000 Hilton bonus points with no annual fee. These points are available with the Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature card, the best no-fee hotel card currently...
    - Sep 27, 2015, 1:52pm -
  • Using Points To Visit Seoul, South Korea
    One of my favorite cities in all of Asia is Seoul, South Korea. The place was a shock to my senses: 600-year-old villages intermingle with organic restaurants, street vendors and retail stores are swarmed by...
    - Sep 22, 2015, 12:54pm -
  • Citi AA Platinum Card Eliminating Foreign Transaction Fees
    As a frequent American Airlines traveler, one of my favorite cards is the Citi AA Platinum. It has a waived annual fee in the first year and offers 50,000 bonus miles upon sign up, among other...
    - Sep 21, 2015, 12:13pm -

milepoint (Forums)

  • newTeh Penalty Box
    I think it's time for a new Box thread that works. So, here goes.
    - 5 mins ago Jun 23, 2016, 3:39pm -
  • 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…
    - 7 mins ago Jun 23, 2016, 3:37pm -
  • new(photo trivia) Guess the city
    Given the success of the 'guess the airport' thread, though this might be a good thread to start. A breath of fresh air, if you will...Anyways, same rules apply. First submission:
    - 8 mins ago Jun 23, 2016, 3:36pm -
  • new(photo trivia) Guess the airline
    Same concept and rules as the (photo trivia) Guess the airport and (photo trivia) Guess the city threads.Have fun! First one was in an airplane lav, a misleading clue is that this was only posted in English.View attachment 58989
    - 13 mins ago Jun 23, 2016, 3:31pm -
  • 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…
    - 16 mins ago Jun 23, 2016, 3:28pm -
  • newMarriott Grand Flora - Rome, Italy
    I recently completed a paid one night stay at this hotel, in an oval suite. This was the only room that looked to be big enough for my wife, young daughter, and I that also had a sofa bed. We stayed here the last night of our time in Italy; we had to…
    - 4 hours ago Jun 23, 2016, 12:11pm -
  • newRedesigned Cabin: London design firm reimagines United's Business Class
    It is considered the most desirable layout in Business class - Always next to the Aisle seat. Many achieve it in a 1-2-1 configuration like Delta's newer near flatbets. But this London based design firm Acumen seems to have solved a retrofit problem…
    - 5 hours ago Jun 23, 2016, 11:13am -
  • newNew Luxury Hotels for 2016/2017
    SEE ALSO:NEW LUXURY HOTELS FOR 2014/2015 ON MP:https://milepoint.com/forums/threads/new-luxury-hotels-for-2014-2015.106885/Mandarin Oriental to manage new Beijing propertyhttp://www.businesstraveller.asia/asia-pacific/news/mandarin-oriental-to-manage…
    - 5 hours ago Jun 23, 2016, 10:54am -
  • newUnited to Wall Street....trust us, we will get crappier.
    Showing the utter disregard for the passenger that makes the "friendly skies "" so welcoming, the CEO of ual is promising Wall Street there are ever more ways to make travel an ordeal. Slimmer seats, more crowded planes and unspecified cuts (dismant…
    - 5 hours ago Jun 23, 2016, 10:34am -
  • newAny news about Premium Membership P3?
    Any news about Premium Membership P3 (2014)? Is there an approximate lauch time? Thanks!
    - 13 hours ago Jun 23, 2016, 2:21am -

Flyertalk MilesBuzz

  • newAC 787-900 - Win!
    First time on the new AC 789, YYZ-YVR (Economy). After unpleasant experiences on the Rouge 319 and 777 slave ship, this plane was a very pleasant surprise! The Captain mentioned that the plane was 3 weeks old, and more were on the way. 31"..…
    - 12 mins ago Jun 23, 2016, 3:32pm -
  • newZurich Lounge
    Will be flying from Zurich to London City soon Is it worth visiting the lounge ? or is it quite a way from the lounge to the gate where the LCY flights depart and best to not bother ? All advice welcome
    - 17 mins ago Jun 23, 2016, 3:27pm -
  • newWhich Lounges are Accessible for NY--Singapore flights?
    Hi everyone, I am flying roundtrip from NY JFK to Singapore. I was wondering which lounges can I use while waiting in JFK and Singapore? Here is everything that I am member to: Priority Pass obtained with City National Bank Crystal Infinite...
    - 25 mins ago Jun 23, 2016, 3:19pm -
  • newWhat are Adjusted Stays?
    I logged into my account and noticed that there are two recent entries denoting "Adjusted Stays" with the folios attached verifying that the stays were revenue based qualified stays. No points were deducted so there's no point in calling to...
    - 31 mins ago Jun 23, 2016, 3:13pm -
  • newAmex DL Business Card delivery (different address)
    I was planning to apply for the DL Business today (had to wait for another Amex app to cycle off the 90-day mark). But I'm leaving town on Monday for 4 weeks. I've put my USPS on "hold" while I"m away. Two questions: 1. Does Amex DL card arrive..…
    - 32 mins ago Jun 23, 2016, 3:12pm -
  • newPromo Code - $300 off RT biz QR
    $300 off business RT from US airports on Qatar. $50 off economy. Code PAYPALQ1 T&C *Qatar Airways Terms & Conditions: • Offer ends 11:59PM EST Thursday July 14, 2016 • Offer is valid for bookings which are made by entering the promotion co…
    - 33 mins ago Jun 23, 2016, 3:11pm -
  • newis an L class fare purchased in the US for EU travel changeable?
    Hi all -- apologies for a simple brief question, which I need to act on today so hoping for your kind help: I purchased an L class ticket one way with TK, going Italy-IST-TLV, and for unfortunately reasons my date had to change due to work...
    - 54 mins ago Jun 23, 2016, 2:50pm -
  • newMUC Terminal 1 Lounges (Schengen / Non-Schengen Access)
    I am flying to/from MUC via Reykjavik on Icelandair. I have Priority Pass access to the Atlantic and Europa lounges in Terminal 1. As the flights are Schengen flights, I should use the Europa Lounge. However, the flights are early arrivals (6:15..…
    - 57 mins ago Jun 23, 2016, 2:47pm -
  • newMost Modern on the Island
    Introduction One of the best locations and most modern hotels on the island. Nice rooms and service. Best address in the City!
    - 1 hour ago Jun 23, 2016, 2:43pm -
  • newAmazing Beach Villa
    Introduction Likely the best beach villa ever stayed in. Beautiful view and right on the beach. Also one of the best FS GM Cocktail party I've experienced. I'd definitely go back again!
    - 1 hour ago Jun 23, 2016, 2:39pm -

Reddit r/churning

Dan's Deals

  • newAmazon Lightning Deal: PicassoTiles 100-Piece Set Magnet Building Tiles For $56.85 Shipped
    Amazon Lightning Deal: PicassoTiles 100-Piece Set Magnet Building Tiles For $56.85 Shipped Lighting deal valid while supplies last or until 1:39pm EDT. -Magnet Building Tiles Clear 3D color Magnetic Building Blocks – Creativity beyond Imagination -…
    - 50 mins ago Jun 23, 2016, 2:55pm -
  • newDell XPS 13.3″ Infinity Edge QHD+ Touchscreen Ultrabook For $849.99 Via eBay Daily Deals
    -Click here to view all of eBay’s daily deals. -Enroll in eBay Bucks and get 2% back (or more via targeted offers) on your eBay purchases. Dell XPS 13.3″ Infinity Edge QHD+ Touch Ultrabook For $849.99 Via eBay Daily Deals The XPS 13 is considered…
    - 2 hours ago Jun 23, 2016, 2:01pm -
  • newSaks Off 5th: Buy One Suit Get One Free!
    Please note: This is a paid advertisement which is stickied as the top post, please scroll down for new posts. Buy One Suit Get One Free Sale All eligible suits will say “Buy One, Get One FREE” below the item. Additionally you can get 100% wool s…
    - 14 hours ago Jun 23, 2016, 1:55am -
  • new50% Off Plus $14.99 Off Any Shutterfly Hardcover Photo Book!
    Shutterfly Photo Books Linky Through 6/26 Shutterfly is offering 50% off photo books. Use the following code for a stackable $14.99 credit towards any hardcover photo book: AFREEBOOK You can click on this link to apply the code to your Shutterfly acc…
    - 19 hours ago Jun 22, 2016, 8:39pm -
  • newSave $10 Off $150 Or $20 Off $300 Of AMEX Gift Cards At Office Depot Or Office Max Stores
    Through 6/25 you can instantly save $10 off $150+ or $20 off $300+ of AMEX gift cards from Office Depot or Office Max stores. A $100 and $200 gift card would cost $292.90 or 2 $200 gift cards would cost $393.90. Use your Chase Ink Plus or Chase Ink C…
    - 20 hours ago Jun 22, 2016, 8:12pm -
  • newAmerican: Philadelphia To/From Fort Lauderdale Or Miami For $58 Each Way
    American Express is a DansDeals.com advertiser. Earn 3 points per dollar on airfare with the AMEX Premier Rewards Gold Card or the AMEX Business Gold Rewards Card. –Bookable on Priceline. Tickets purchased from Priceline today are refundable until…
    - 20 hours ago Jun 22, 2016, 7:54pm -
  • Buy $300 In Visa Gift Cards From Staples This Week And Get A Free $15 Visa Gift Card Via Easy Rebate
    If you buy $300+ in Visa gift cards from Staples between 6/19 and 6/25 you can send in an Easy Rebate online to get a bonus $15 Visa gift card. This is valid in-store only. Officially there is a limit of 1 rebate per household. If you buy 2 $200 Vi…
    - 1 day ago Jun 22, 2016, 11:58am -
  • Amazon Daily Deals: Save On Teva And Rockport Footwear, KitchenAid Cookware, And A Hoover Vacuum Stick
    Deals valid until 11:59pm PDT or while supplies last: -KitchenAid Tri-Ply Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set: This was $499.99 yesterday and is just $222.99 today. -Save up to 50% on select Teva Footwear -Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner,…
    - 1 day ago Jun 22, 2016, 11:50am -
  • Woot-Off Going On Now
    All of your purchases ship for just a $5 fee. After you pay shipping one time the rest of your orders for the day ship for free. Woot Off Linky Electronics Woot Off Linky Computers Woot Off Linky Kids Woot Off Linky Sport Woot Off Linky Home Woot Off…
    - 1 day ago Jun 22, 2016, 11:40am -
  • Raffle To Win $25,000 Has Been Launched!
    Please note: This is a paid advertisement which is stickied as the top post, please scroll down for new posts. Click here to participate Every entry will be entered in the grand prize of $25,000 cash, the 2nd prize of 2 flights to Israel, and the 3rd…
    - 2 days ago Jun 22, 2016, 1:30am -

Johnny Jet

  • newAudiobooks from Audible: Recommended Reads and a Summer Reading Bucket List
    Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a reader; like a ‘can’t-live-without-books’ kind of reader. I panic when I don’t have a book on me and simply can’t imagine my life without books. A love of reading is one of the greatest gifts my mother…
    - 20 hours ago Jun 22, 2016, 7:42pm -
  • Top 10 in Travel News: Week of June 22, 2016
    THE TOP 10 IN TRAVEL NEWS THIS WEEK: Singapore Airlines to Launch Nonstop Flights from LAX, SFO and New York Alaska Airlines CEO says he might keep Virgin America brand Shanghai Disneyland opens Low-Cost Holdouts Frontier and Spirit Will Join TSA’s…
    - 1 day ago Jun 22, 2016, 12:00pm -
  • Travel Tip of the Day: How to Make Natural Mosquito Repellant
    How to Make Natural Mosquito Repellant A lot of travelers are worried about contracting the Zika virus. As I’ve written before, I understand the concern. But if travel to affected areas is unavoidable, you’ll need to do everything you can to kee…
    - 1 day ago Jun 22, 2016, 12:00pm -
  • Travel Contests: Week of June 22, 2016
    This week’s travel contests include: Win roundtrip flights by private jet for 2 from JetSmarter! Win a trip to London Win a seven-night trip for two to Tahiti Win a $5,000 trip for two to Mexico Win a trip worth more than $4,000 (on Facebook and Tw…
    - 1 day ago Jun 22, 2016, 11:00am -
  • Win Roundtrip Flights by Private Jet for 2 from JetSmarter!
    Free roundtrip flights are great, but free roundtrip flights by private jet? Even better. If you’ve ever wanted to fly by private jet, this could be your (free) ticket. In our latest JohnnyJet.com contest, we’ve partnered up with JetSmarter—t…
    - 1 day ago Jun 22, 2016, 10:00am -
  • Travel Book of the Week: “Gulliver’s New Travels: Coloring in a New World” by James Gulliver Hancock
    I don’t know what’s going on, or what year it is anymore, but one of the newest trends in travel is—get this—coloring books. And I’m not talking for kids, either. My wife is into them, too. The most popular seems to be “Gulliver’s New…
    - 2 days ago Jun 21, 2016, 7:59pm -
  • Travel Product of the Week: WD 3TB My Passport Ultra Portable External Hard Drive
    The good folks over at WD just sent me one of their 3TB My Passport Ultra Portable External Hard Drives. It’s awesome because it’s the same size as the 256GB hard drive that I currently have in my carry-on bag. The only difference is that this th…
    - 2 days ago Jun 21, 2016, 5:59pm -
  • Travel Video of the Week: Runway Numbers Explained
    Ever wondered what the number on the end of runways mean? Even if you haven’t, this one-minute video from Atlas Obscura is worth watching. With some great visual accompaniment, the explanation reveals that the number on a runway correlates with the…
    - 2 days ago Jun 21, 2016, 5:28pm -
  • Travel Website of the Week: MyFlightForecast.com’s Turbulence Forecast
    Believe it or not, I have some friends that actually like turbulence when they fly. I’m not one of them, although over the years I’ve become a lot less nervous when my plane encounters it. I used to be afraid to fly, and they say turbulence is th…
    - 2 days ago Jun 21, 2016, 5:07pm -
  • Travel Tip of the Day: Which Animals Are the Most Dangerous in the US?
    Which Animals Are the Most Dangerous in the US? After a two-year old boy was taken by an alligator in a horrific accident at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, CNN ran a story identifying which animals are most likely to kill you in the United Stat…
    - 2 days ago Jun 21, 2016, 4:24pm -

TravelBloggerBuzz

  • newTrip Report: Greece To Meteora Part Four
    We continue to amaze you from our June 2015 trip to Greece. We are now in part four and in this edition we will take you to the Meteora area. Part One is here: On the Way to Greece Part Uno Part Two is here: Thessaloniki and Larissa Part Three is her…
    - 5 hours ago Jun 23, 2016, 10:15am -
  • Marriott Rewards Cheat Sheet, Bohemian Beach Hotels, Pilots
    We bring you the Marriott Rewards Cheat Sheet, we go stroll around Bohemian beach hotels, we learn how pilots talk, visit Yugoslavia and check out its monstrous brutalist Communist monuments, celebrate with Dan for the end of the Cleveland sports cur…
    - 1 day ago Jun 22, 2016, 10:15am -
  • Trip Report: Greece Larissa Beaches Velika Agiokampos Part 3
    We continue our vacation by taking my mother to an Airbnb at the Larissa beaches Velika Agiokampos. Weather did not cooperate as much as we would have liked but we still made the best of it, and most importantly, took my mother with us to give her a…
    - 2 days ago Jun 21, 2016, 10:31am -
  • Update on the TBB Blogs I Like List June 2016
    I have been keeping a list of the blogs I love, like and ignore. It is a labor of love. And once in a while I like to update and add some new blogs or delete some. So, here we go again. Note 1: Currently traveling, somewhere in Asia. Emails/comments…
    - 3 days ago Jun 20, 2016, 10:30am -
  • Guest Post – A Guide to Modern Music Economics
    Please welcome my friend and music blogger Josh who lives and breathes music! I asked him to do a post on modern music economics. One of my other passions is music if you did not know that already. Josh’s blog has been in the Blogs I Like list for…
    - 4 days ago Jun 19, 2016, 10:30am -
  • Targeted Credit Card Offers, Lobster & Sex, Rich Americans
    We bring you more targeted Credit Card offers, we taste lobster & sex in Beijing of all places, take a closer look at them rich Americans, freak out at the new face of cybercrime, totally freak out at this sugar baby gal, and I am going to fake there…
    - 6 days ago Jun 17, 2016, 10:30am -
  • Southwest Rapid Rewards, North Korean Buildings, Iran Tinder
    We bring you a Southwest Rapid Rewards cheat sheet, visit North Korean Buildings, check out awesome things about Iran, register for all 3rd Quarter cash back promos, check out more awesome travel photos, imagine eating at the world’s 50 best restau…
    - 7 days ago Jun 16, 2016, 10:30am -
  • American AADisadvantage, UFly, Petra, Asia Hidden Gems
    We have a state of disunion address about American AADisadvantage, Sun Country UFly program gets rocked, visit Petra and Asia Hidden Gems, go on the Tea Horse Road, learn more on how to get to Australia and New Zealand using Thank You points, watch J…
    - 8 days ago Jun 15, 2016, 10:30am -
  • Global Entry, Aegean Airlines, Hotel Branding, Cambodia Cities
    We show you how to get a Global Entry interview, how to credit your miles to Aegean Airlines, we learn about hotel branding, visit Cambodia cities & some amazing buildings in Milan, learn about practical tips visiting many destinations & more!   TBB…
    - 9 days ago Jun 14, 2016, 10:30am -
  • Singapore Suites, Amex Plat or Citi Prestige, Nicaragua lobsters
    We bring you a way to improve odds for Singapore Suites awards, compare Amex Plat or Citi Prestige, eat Nicaragua lobsters, get to Australia and New Zealand using Ultimate Rewards points, get the cheat sheet on Aeroplan miles, discover Sheradill, che…
    - 10 days ago Jun 13, 2016, 10:30am -