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Frugal Travel Guy

  • Airlines Increase Seats Ahead of Memorial Day Weekend
      New data from airline data company Cirium shows airlines are increasing their seats by nearly 6% compared to 2023, and over 12% compared to pre-pandemic figures.   American, Frontier, and Other Low-Cost Carriers Lead Seat Gains Low-cost carriers…
    - 5 days ago May 14, 2024, 8:34pm -
  • Airlines Sue Transportation Department Over Fee Disclosure Rules
      Reuters reports A4A is joining with Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue, and United Airlines to challenge the rulemaking announced in April.   Airlines Call New Rules “An Abuse of Discretion and Other…
    - 5 days ago May 14, 2024, 8:31pm -
  • Airlines Gain over 2,200 Workers in March 2024
      The latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics say airlines added over 2,200 more jobs in March 2024, bringing the total employed by airlines to over 800,000 people.   Delta, United Add Most Employees in March 2024 Passenger ai…
    - 9 days ago May 10, 2024, 9:05pm -
  • Delta, Southwest Take Top Honors in 2024 J.D. Power Study
      The two carriers were honored as the top in passenger experience from the J.D. Power 2024 North America Airline Satisfaction Study, released on May 8, 2024.   Safety and Media Coverage Top Factors in Satisfaction Scores In the First/Business segm…
    - 9 days ago May 10, 2024, 8:10pm -
  • JetBlue and Etihad Expand Codeshare Through Loyalty Partnership
      The New York-based airline announced the new loyalty partnership with long-time codeshare partner Etihad Airways, effective on May 8, 2024.   Loyalty Partnership Opens Award Travel, But Doesn’t Specify Reciprocal Recognition Under the new partn…
    - 11 days ago May 8, 2024, 5:53pm -
  • Spirit CEO: U.S. Aviation “Seems Ever More Like a Rigged Game”
      Christie made the comments during the airline’s 2024 first quarter earnings call, held on Monday, May 6, 2024.   Christie Slams DOJ and Shareholders for Merger Breakup, Says Current Normal Benefits Legacy Carriers In his opening comments, he la…
    - 11 days ago May 8, 2024, 4:37pm -
  • European Carriers Probed Over Alleged Greenwashing
      Reuters reports some of the airlines receiving investigation letters include the carriers under Lufthansa Group, Air France KLM, Norwegian Air, and SAS.   EU Seeks Scientific Proof Airlines are Offsetting Emissions Under Lufthansa group alone, th…
    - 16 days ago May 3, 2024, 5:45pm -
  • Unruly Flyer to Pay United $20,638 for Diversion
      The U.S. Department of Justice announced 30-year-old Alexander Michael Dominic MacDonald will pay the carrier $20,638 for causing the disturbance which led to his arrest.   Fight With Companion Started Events to Cause Diversion According to the J…
    - 16 days ago May 3, 2024, 5:19pm -
  • Flyers Say They Would Switch Seats – For the Right Reason
      But according to a new YouGov poll, many strangers would be happy to make the switch for the right reasons.   Spoiler alert: Cash isn’t one of them.   Top Reasons to Switch Seats is for Children, Spouses, or Upgrades The poll asked 700 U.S. ad…
    - 17 days ago May 2, 2024, 2:58am -
  • British Airways Introduces New Interiors, Beverage Offerings in Premium Cabins
      As shared on the FlyerTalk forums, the latest additions to British Airways’ in-flight experience includes new food, drinks, and entertainment options across cabins.   Front-of-Cabin Guests Get New Single Malts, While Short Haul Gets New Cabin T…
    - 17 days ago May 2, 2024, 2:38am -

View From the Wing

One Mile at a Time

  • newSpirit Airlines Eliminates Change Fees, One-Ups Other Airlines
    A couple of days ago, Frontier Airlines announced that it would radically overhaul its fare structure, and eliminate change fees on most fare bundles. Spirit Airlines has now revealed that it’s eliminating change fees altogether, in a way that’s…
    - 1 hour ago May 19, 2024, 9:26am -
  • newWeekly Review: May 18, 2024
    I hope everyone is having a nice weekend so far! I’m spending time with my mom, which I’m greatly enjoying. My goal is to catch up on trip reports in the next couple of weeks, and then take a review trip in early June, so I’m working on plannin…
    - 14 hours ago May 18, 2024, 8:30pm -
  • newCiti American AAdvantage Business Card Review: 75K Miles & Waived Fee
    American Airlines has co-branded credit cards issued by both Barclays and Citi. In this post, I wanted to take a look at the Citi / AAdvantage Business World Elite Mastercard, which is a popular small business credit card in this portfolio.
    - 17 hours ago May 18, 2024, 5:24pm -
  • newCiti Strata Premier Replaces Citi Premier: What Changed?
    There had been rumors of Citi launching a new ”Strata” card for a long time and speculation as to what this card would be like. The card finally launched this week, and it’s not exactly what I was expecting.
    - 19 hours ago May 18, 2024, 4:12pm -
  • newIntroduction: A Pleasant Voyage To Geneva
    Welcome to my next trip report series, covering a brief journey to Geneva this spring. This wasn’t a ”traditional” review trip (where I flew just for the sake of reviewing airlines), but rather we needed to be in Europe for a wedding. Of course…
    - 19 hours ago May 18, 2024, 3:23pm -
  • newFinally: Lufthansa Unveils New Safety Video
    Nowadays many airlines use safety videos as an extension of their marketing efforts. Some airlines have new safety videos every year. Then you have airlines like Lufthansa, which have more or less used the same safety video for the past decade.
    - 23 hours ago May 18, 2024, 12:06pm -
  • newTom Stuker, United Airlines’ Most Frequent Flyer, Hits 24 Million Miles
    If you’re into miles & points and/or frequently fly with United Airlines, you’ve probably heard of Tom Stuker. He’s United’s most frequent flyer, and almost certainly the world’s most frequent flyer who doesn’t work for an airline. Yester…
    - 24 hours ago May 18, 2024, 10:49am -
  • How To Redeem Hilton Honors Points For Best Value
    I write a lot about the value of hotel loyalty programs, and in this post I wanted to specifically look at the best ways to go about redeeming Hilton Honors points, and how I use my points. Just as I wrote guides to redeeming Marriott Bonvoy points…
    - 1 day ago May 18, 2024, 9:25am -
  • Radical: Frontier Airlines Overhauls Fares, Cuts Change Fees
    Frontier Airlines has just announced some major changes to its business model. These aren’t just minor tweaks, but rather I’d view them more as a complete transformation. The airline is even calling this the start of ”The New Frontier.” This…
    - 2 days ago May 17, 2024, 4:59pm -
  • How Are Hotels Paid When You Redeem Points?
    There’s a real thrill to redeeming points for stays at luxury properties, and getting outsized value. I’m sure many people have wondered about the economics of that. How much is the hotel getting reimbursed for your stay? Who is paying for any el…
    - 2 days ago May 17, 2024, 4:07pm -

The Frequent Miler

The Flight Deal

The Free-quent Flyer

  • How I'm thinking about money these days
    Personal finance and travel hacking in the United States are almost always linked through the intermediary of credit cards, which unlike in most civilized countries are allowed to charge lightly-regulated fees which they rebate to customers in the fo…
    - 2 days ago May 17, 2024, 8:16pm -
  • "How do we scale this?"
    One of my favorite questions travel hackers ask is “how do we scale this?” The implicit answer is, usually, “we don’t.” Contrary to what economists pretend to believe, the world is in fact chock-full of arbitrage opportunities. What is true…
    - 4 days ago May 14, 2024, 11:49pm -
  • Credit cards I'm eyeing for my first round of applications in years
    Longtime readers may know that I don’t chase signup bonuses in the way a lot of travel hackers do. This is not because I have anything against signup bonuses, it’s just not something I’ve found to be a good use of my own time and energy. I vast…
    - 31 days ago Apr 18, 2024, 6:45pm -
  • Quick hit: free HotelSlash membership
    AutoSlash is getting into the hotel game with a new search product, appropriately called HotelSlash. After poking around on it for half an hour I didn’t see anything special about it (like Venti and a thousand similar sites, it’s just a way to pa…
    - 32 days ago Apr 17, 2024, 8:35pm -
  • The Tesla Protocol, Boeing, and the regression to the minimum viable product
    One of the most striking stories I’ve heard about Tesla vehicles had nothing to do with exploding cars, drowning shipping magnates, or spontaneous highway shutdowns. It was a simple tweet from a Tesla enthusiast and Elon Musk fan praising the third…
    - 33 days ago Apr 16, 2024, 2:00pm -
  • Robinhood Gold versus Bank of America Preferred Rewards Platinum Honors
    [To the reader: since I think a lot of people will be using affiliate links to sell this product, I’m not including any links, including my own referral links, in this post]Robinhood, the online brokerage founded and aggressively marketed back when…
    - 52 days ago Mar 28, 2024, 9:19pm -
  • How does Hilton price 5th-night-free awards?
    I manufacture a lot of Hilton Honors points with the American Express Surpass co-branded credit card, and I redeem almost as many. The Surpass earns a free night certificate that can be used worldwide after spending $15,000 per year and Diamond statu…
    - 53 days ago Mar 27, 2024, 7:59pm -
  • Manufacturing transactions is harder than you think
    There are countless methods of manufacturing credit card spend, but the basic principles are simple: generate a credit card purchase (usually at some cost), liquidate the purchase back to cash (usually at some cost), and use the cash (plus any costs…
    - 75 days ago Mar 5, 2024, 9:11pm -
  • How much is World of Hyatt credit card spend towards Globalist status worth?
    It sounds like a cliche because it is, but World of Hyatt points are virtually the only loyalty currency to have retained a large part of their value in the years since I started travel hacking. This only sounds controversial because they have, in fa…
    - 79 days ago Mar 1, 2024, 8:27pm -
  • Delta and American Express: break-even changes to break-even cards
    If you have a Delta co-branded American Express card, then you might have gotten an e-mail or read elsewhere (Frequent Miler, Danny Deal Guru, Doctor of Credit) about increases to the annual fee and changes to some of the cards’ other benefits.I’…
    - Feb 8, 2024, 10:08pm -

Well Traveled Mile

  • World of Hyatt FAQ: All Your Questions Answered
    With some of the best elite status benefits across all hotel programs, the World of Hyatt loyalty program is incredibly valuable for travels looking to ... Read moreWorld of Hyatt FAQ: All Your Questions Answered
    - Jan 19, 2021, 8:36pm -
  • Your Guide to Maximizing Hilton Diamond Benefits
    As Hilton Honor's top-tier elite status, Diamond status is stacked with valuable perks for business and luxury travelers alike. This guide covers everything you need ... Read moreYour Guide to Maximizing Hilton Diamond Benefits
    - Jan 6, 2021, 11:50pm -
  • Your Guide to Maximizing Hilton Honors Gold Benefits
    With over 6,300 properties across 18 brands, the Hilton Honors program is one of the largest and most popular hotel loyalty programs. Gold status is ... Read moreYour Guide to Maximizing Hilton Honors Gold Benefits
    - Jan 6, 2021, 11:10pm -
  • New Tool! Compare Credit Card Bonus Offers on a Graph
    We're excited to announce the launch of our new Card Maximizer tool. The idea of the tool is to help you quantitatively compare credit card offers. With ... Read moreNew Tool! Compare Credit Card Bonus Offers on a Graph
    - Mar 26, 2020, 10:18pm -
  • SFO United Polaris Lounge Review
    The new United Polaris lounge at San Francisco Airport (SFO) is one of the world’s largest lounges. On 28,120 square feet (2,612 square meters) you ... Read moreSFO United Polaris Lounge Review
    - Mar 5, 2020, 5:25am -
  • An In-Depth Guide to All 29 Marriott Hotel Brands
    Now that Marriott has merged with SPG and Ritz-Carlton, there are 32 Marriott hotel brands across the world representing more than 6,700 properties. You'll notice ... Read moreAn In-Depth Guide to All 29 Marriott Hotel Brands
    - Mar 5, 2020, 3:44am -
  • Marriott Bonvoy FAQ: All Your Questions Answered in One Place
    Have questions about getting started, earning or redeeming Marriott points? This comprehensive Marriott Bonvoy FAQ goes over everything you should know with answers to all ... Read moreMarriott Bonvoy FAQ: All Your Questions Answered in One Place
    - Mar 4, 2020, 8:19pm -
  • Complete Guide to United MileagePlus [2021 Guide]
    While it's gone through many changes United's MileagePlus remains one of the most valuable airline loyalty programs. Among U.S. frequent flyer programs, United MileagePlus offers ... Read moreComplete Guide to United MileagePlus [2021 Guide]
    - Mar 3, 2020, 8:15pm -
  • How to Get Hilton Gold Status (and Why You Want It)
    Having Gold status with Hilton Honors means you'll get extra perks when you stay at Hilton hotels and resorts. This can amount to savings money ... Read moreHow to Get Hilton Gold Status (and Why You Want It)
    - Mar 2, 2020, 11:25pm -
  • Credit Card Referral Bonus Programs - Refer a Friend to Earn Extra Points
    Want to earn thousands of bonus points or hundreds in cash back just by referring your friends and family to a credit card they'll love? ... Read moreCredit Card Referral Bonus Programs - Refer a Friend to Earn Extra Points
    - Feb 21, 2020, 5:03am -

MileValue

  • Annual Fee Credit Cards: When Are They Worth it?
    Paying a recurring annual fee to just be able to use your card sounds like a bad deal. Indeed, for many people, annual fee credit cards don’t even come into consideration.However, in many cases, annual fee credit cards can be of much greater value…
    - 4 days ago May 15, 2024, 9:00am -
  • U.S. Bank Business Leverage® Visa Signature® Card Review
    When it comes to choosing the right credit card for your small business, it’s important to choose a card that’s going to reward you in the categories that your business spends the most in. For instance, if gas station spending is your biggest bus…
    - 11 days ago May 8, 2024, 9:00am -
  • How to Avoid Paying Card Fees When Traveling Internationally
    The romance of travel can die quickly when you see your credit card statement. Few of us enjoy being charged to use our own money and when it comes to foreign transaction fees, it’s no different.What might feel like just a few extra dollars in fee…
    - 18 days ago May 1, 2024, 9:00am -
  • Capital One Credit Card Throwdown: SavorOne Rewards for Students vs. Quicksilver Rewards for Students
    Capital One has made an effort to appeal to the younger generation with marketing efforts such as branded cafes where Capital One cardholders receive special discounts, as well as exclusive access to tickets to sporting events, concerts and other ent…
    - 25 days ago Apr 24, 2024, 9:00am -
  • CLEAR Plus, TSA PreCheck, Global Entry and Nexus: The Complete Guide
    All information about the American Express Green Card has been collected independently by MileValue.For any frequent flyer, waiting in long security processing lines can start to get old.The post CLEAR Plus, TSA PreCheck, Global Entry and Nexus: Th…
    - 32 days ago Apr 17, 2024, 9:00am -
  • Earn 40+ Free Nights at Hilton Hotels With Two Cards
    All information about the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card has been collected independently by MileValue.Hilton Honors is currently offering three co-branded personal credit cards, all of which are issued by American Express.The post Earn…
    - 39 days ago Apr 10, 2024, 9:00am -
  • Capital One QuicksilverOne vs. Capital One Quicksilver
    The Capital One Quicksilver Cash Rewards Credit Card is a great option for those who want to earn a flat cash back rate on all of their purchases without having to worry about which bonus categories are going to earn them the most. This card offers 1…
    - 46 days ago Apr 3, 2024, 9:00am -
  • A Beginner’s Introduction to Travel Credit Cards
    There are many ways to earn travel miles and points, but none is as easy, quick, and cheap as opening up travel rewards cards. In particular, earning welcome bonuses on travel rewards cards is the number one way to rack up points and miles.In this a…
    - 53 days ago Mar 27, 2024, 9:00am -
  • U.S. Bank Business Platinum Card Review
    Most small business owners want to find a credit card that offers valuable perks to help their business and good spending bonuses. Some business owners may have already racked up a solid amount of credit card debt and need a card that will allow them…
    - 60 days ago Mar 20, 2024, 9:00am -
  • 7 Best Cards for Authorized Users in 2024
    Adding an authorized user to your credit card can be a win-win situation.You’ll rack up points and earn welcome bonuses faster, while they’ll build their credit history, enjoy cardholder perks and pay a much-reduced annual fee (if any!).Yet, ju…
    - 81 days ago Feb 28, 2024, 10:00am -

Frequent Flier

  • Southwest Employees Stage Vaccine Protest at Headquarters and in Court
      Both events happened on Monday, October 18, 2021, as the employees seek an alternative to either accepting the vaccine or potentially losing their jobs. Southwest Pilots Ask Court for Time, While Employees Stage Demonstration The demonstration at…
    - Oct 19, 2021, 6:44pm -
  • Flyer Makes Ill-Advised Stand on Airplane Using Microphone
      A Delta Air Lines passenger learned that the hard way when they attempted to “educate” the passengers about the COVID-19 pandemic during their flight. The moment on the Sunday, October 17, 2021 flight was caught on video thanks to a flyer post…
    - Oct 19, 2021, 6:16pm -
  • Singapore Airlines Plans World’s Shortest A380 Flight
      CNN reports Singapore Airlines will start flying some of their Airbus A380 aircraft between their home airport of Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Singapore Operates Hour-Long Flight For “Operational Reasons” Prior to…
    - Oct 19, 2021, 3:57am -
  • Southwest Denies Employees Subversive Actions to Blame for Network Meltdown
      In a message posted online, airline president and COO Mike Van de Ven outlined the problems that caused hundreds of flights to be cancelled.   “The Weekend Challenges Were Not a Result of Unusual Southwest Employee Activity” In his explanatio…
    - Oct 15, 2021, 3:09pm -
  • Arrivederci Alitalia, Ciao…ITA?
      Reuters reports the airline has flown its last flight, with government-owned airline Italia Trasporto Aereo (ITA) taking over the operations on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. New Airline, New Owners, Same Alitalia Colors (and Potential Problems) The moder…
    - Oct 15, 2021, 2:42pm -
  • Former 737 MAX Chief Technical Pilot Charged with Fraud
      U.S. attorneys for the Northern District of Texas announced the inditement of 49-year-old Mark A. Forkner on multiple counts of wire fraud and fraud involving aircraft parts in interstate commerce. Forkner: “I basically lied to the regulators (u…
    - Oct 15, 2021, 2:14pm -
  • American and JetBlue Roll Out Reciprocal Elite Benefits
      Both carriers announced which reciprocal rewards their most loyal flyers will get starting immediately. Reciprocal Benefits Include Priority Check-In, Security Screening and Boarding Between the two programs, the benefits are split equally for eli…
    - Oct 14, 2021, 3:12am -
  • Delta Climbs Back to Profitability, Reporting $216 Million Pre-Tax Income
      On the quarter ending September 30, 2021, the airline reported a pre-tax income of $216 million, excluding a $1.3 billion net benefit related to the second Payroll Support Program extension by Congress. SkyMiles Membership Continues to Grow, While…
    - Oct 13, 2021, 10:48pm -
  • What REALLY Caused Southwest’s Massive Weekend Meltdown?
      Immediately, rumors began spreading on the reasons why flights were grounded. While some blamed weather and a lack of staff at air traffic control centers, others claimed unionized pilots were attempting subversive action to protest COVID-19 vacci…
    - Oct 13, 2021, 8:48pm -
  • Marriott “Week of Wonders” Offers Bonuses for Booking Travel
      The hospitality giant launched their second annual “Week of Wonders,” offering limited-time bonuses for those who schedule a stay between October 7 and 14, 2021. “Wonders” Include Discounts, Points Bonuses and Experiences Similar to their…
    - Oct 8, 2021, 12:15am -

Travel is Free

  • Most Domestic Flights As Low As 5,000 AA Miles
    I was just looking at AA domestic flights and every route I’ve searched for so far has many days available for 5,000 AA miles. This goes as far as Oct 2020.The post Most Domestic Flights As Low As 5,000 AA Miles appeared first on Travel is Free.
    - Nov 20, 2019, 8:33pm -
  • Nick of FM on #40kFarAway [TIF Podcast]
    Nick of FrequentMiler talks about his experience doing the “40K To Far Away” contest, where all 3 FrequentMiler bloggers see how far they can get, each with 40,000 of a different bank currency. Nick, given Citi TY Points, found and used the deal…
    - Oct 24, 2019, 6:41pm -
  • The Extreme Maximizing of JAL Miles
    Whenever I’ve done posts comparing the prices across different programs I’ve already found that JAL Miles are among the lowest, but today I’ll show you how to potentially double the value of these already great miles.   As you’ll see, I firs…
    - Oct 22, 2019, 7:49pm -
  • Asia Miles Award Charts & Routing Rules
    Once again, I realized that there was no published Asia Miles partner award chart (which is different than the OneWorld Multi-Carrier Award Chart), and so I decided to make and quick publish the Asia Miles Partner Award Chart, alongside the Cathay an…
    - Oct 21, 2019, 7:06pm -

Frequent Flyer Bonuses

Million Mile Secrets

  • A Quick Guide to 7 Key Email Marketing Metrics to Watch
    Maximize your email efforts by tracking these metrics and making adjustments as needed.With the growing number of customer and client interactions online, building and nurturing an email list is extremely important. But — it’s only the beginn…
    - Nov 20, 2023, 9:41pm -
  • How to Choose an Email Newsletter Service
    Email was invented in 1971, and since then, it has completely changed how we communicate with people we know and those we may not know in person. With the introduction of social media in 1997 and the rapid rise and evolution of these channels, it w…
    - Oct 31, 2023, 1:11pm -
  • An Introduction to Forever Funnels
    Imagine sending emails to your list that offer value, increase engagement, and strengthen brand awareness at regular intervals without creating new content for each email — for an unlimited amount of time. Oh! And it’s all done automatically.…
    - Oct 30, 2023, 3:11pm -
  • 9 Signs It’s Time to Switch Email Services
    How to tell if you’ve outgrown your current provider.When it comes to email marketing, the time-tested age-old saying rings true:Your emails are only as good as the service provider sending them.*OK, this isn’t really a time-tested age-old…
    - Oct 27, 2023, 4:54pm -
  • Get Into the Spirit with Free Holiday GIFs and Images
    Have a little fun this holiday season with millions of free stock images and GIFs to add to your emails.Adding fun new images and GIFs is a simple and easy way to bring the holidays into your email marketing. And the best part is that you can qui…
    - Oct 5, 2023, 5:04pm -
  • Optimize Your Email Subject Lines with ChatGPT AI
    You know by now that email marketing is an incredibly powerful tool for staying connected and engaging with your audience, but the success of your email efforts hinges on one crucial detail: whether or not your subscribers are opening your emails.…
    - Oct 5, 2023, 1:22pm -
  • Beat the Algorithms by Turning your Online Audiences into Email Subscribers
    7 actions to take today to convert your audience and grow your email list.Social media and podcasts are incredible platforms for connecting with like-minded people and building a community. A downside of them both, however, is you’re at the whi…
    - Sep 21, 2023, 1:55pm -
  • Holiday Email Campaigns 101 with FeedBlitz
    The holiday season seems to creep up faster and faster as each year passes. And because of this, it’s never too soon to get a jump-start on planning, content creation, and revenue strategizing. This guide covers multiple topics related to all thi…
    - Aug 31, 2023, 5:02pm -
  • Is This Email About My FeedBlitz Account Genuine?
    Bad actors can try to try to steal your login credentials here at FeedBlitz by faking a “your account has been suspended” or similar scary sounding email, which takes you to a copy of our login screen. We’re also seeing some new spins on this,…
    - Aug 30, 2023, 8:52pm -
  • Introducing FeedBlitz Accel
    A new plan to help you define, refine, and maximize subscriber engagement and audience targeting for stellar results.Increase VisibilityThe data and capabilities to reach your subscribers when they’re most likely to open your emails.…
    - Jan 19, 2023, 3:00pm -

Nomadic Matt

  • Where to Stay in San Francisco: The Best Neighborhoods for Your Visit
    Posted: 5/16/24 | May 16th, 2024 I love visiting San Francisco. It boasts amazing food (especially in Chinatown, Japantown, and the Mission), lots of gorgeous hiking trails, and plenty of top-notch attractions that make passing the time here a breeze…
    - 3 days ago May 16, 2024, 6:12am -
  • The Perfect 7-Day Croatia Itinerary
    Posted: 5/13/2024 | May 13th, 2024 Croatia has been a bustling tourist hot spot for six or seven years now. Shaped like a boomerang and bordering Bosnia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Slovenia, this small country of four million people punches well above i…
    - 6 days ago May 13, 2024, 7:23pm -
  • The 12 Best Things to Do in Chicago
    Posted: 5/13/2024 | May 13th, 2024 Famously known as “the Second City” (meaning second in population to New York), I feel like Chicago is often overlooked by travelers. It sees a fraction of the visitors LA and NYC receive, which is a shame, as i…
    - 6 days ago May 13, 2024, 7:15pm -
  • A Better Way To Book Hotels? A Review of Plannin
    Posted: 5/12/24 | May 12th, 2024 I love planning trips. Researching things to do, reading up on history and culture, planning my itinerary. It’s fun. There are, however, parts of trip planning that can be tedious. Trying to find a cheap flight can…
    - 7 days ago May 12, 2024, 12:00pm -
  • The 5 Best Hotels in San Francisco
    Posted: 5/10/24 | May 10th, 2024 San Francisco one of my favorite cities in the United States. I’m always looking forward to my next visit. There’s an amazing food scene here (especially Asian food), and it’s close to some stunning national par…
    - 9 days ago May 10, 2024, 1:00pm -
  • The 6 Best Hotels in Copenhagen
    Posted: 4/26/24 | April 26th, 2024 A compact capital with more bikes than cars, Copenhagen is a lively, modern city perfect for weekend getaways. Copenhagen is also considered one of the world’s happiest cities, boasting plenty of green space, cool…
    - 23 days ago Apr 26, 2024, 10:19am -
  • The 6 Best Hotels in Dubrovnik
    Posted: 4/22/24 | April 22nd, 2024 Dubrovnik is a gorgeous historic city. Perched on the rugged coast of Croatia, it explodes to life every summer as cruisers, backpackers, and beachgoers flock to the city. With medieval charm, a UNESCO Old Town, and…
    - 27 days ago Apr 22, 2024, 12:00pm -
  • How to Spend Your Time in Tokyo: A Suggested Itinerary
    Last Updated: 4/22/24 | April 22nd, 2024 Tokyo is one of the most amazing cities in the world. It’s fast-paced, futuristic, and bursting with weird and wonderful activities to keep you busy, including gorgeous shrines, palaces, and temples; hip clu…
    - 28 days ago Apr 21, 2024, 12:14pm -
  • The Perfect 7-Day Japan Itinerary for First-Time Visitors
    Posted: 4/17/2024 | April 17th, 2024 Japan captured my heart from the moment I firs visited. The delicious food, the rich culture, breathtaking landscapes, vibrant history, and the very friendly and polite people – it all blew my mind. But Japan of…
    - 32 days ago Apr 17, 2024, 12:52pm -
  • How to Find the Perfect Apartment for Vacation Rentals
    Renting an apartment is a great way to balance the privacy of a hotel with the cost of a hostel. You get immersed in a local environment and have access to a host who can answer all your questions. If you're on the fence about using the sharing econo…
    - 33 days ago Apr 16, 2024, 4:16pm -

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 -

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  • May 2024
    Transcend The average human rises. Stumbles down to fresh caffeine. To be armed for daily bullshit… One requires this machine. Big sips while rapid scrolling through a wild barrage of news. All injected in the bloodstream, Before both feet are plac…
    - 18 days ago May 1, 2024, 7:00am -
  • April 2024
    Stamp Collecting There was a wild story in the world of sports last week. (The wildness of the reaction is even more fascinating – and it’s what we’re here to examine) We’ll get to that shortly. Here’s the quick backstory for our non-sports…
    - 48 days ago Apr 1, 2024, 7:00am -
  • March 2024
    Aloha Spirit Many years have passed since this was a miles and points blog. The impacts on my life? Profound. Man, it was such a unique situation. MileNerd fell into a niche that didn’t exist at the time. The readers followed. So, along the way, I…
    - 79 days ago Mar 1, 2024, 10:33am -
  • February 2024
    Watering Plants It was a badass crew (of junior high school kids). The lineup included: Yours truly-A very regular attendee of after-school detention. If the principal’s office was Cheers, then I was Norm. You knew where to find me. Behind the thic…
    - Feb 1, 2024, 8:41am -
  • January 2024
    Wheels Up You start another travel year. A story yet untold. Still hungry for adventures… Those vacations feel like gold. “Keep grinding through the workweek” – it’s what you tell yourself inside. Daily cobwebs turn to boredom. Time to get…
    - Jan 1, 2024, 8:00am -
  • December 2023
    The Bonds We Make Somehow, we’ve already reached the last post of the year. How did this happen? Did someone click a fast-forward button? Is there a Karen available to write a strongly worded letter to time? Something like: Dear Time: So…uh, what…
    - Dec 1, 2023, 9:10am -
  • November 2023
    Lucy Land I agreed to watch my sister’s dog for the weekend. That feels worthy of writing a live diary. Thursday Could Lucy be the sweetest creature on this planet? Possibly. She is, essentially, a 9-pound ball of love. Bouncing around with turbo-p…
    - Nov 1, 2023, 7:00am -
  • October 2023
    Cardboard, Not Concrete I’m running very late. There’s a tight 15-minute window that I’m about to miss. A wedding? Graduation? Emergency surgery? Nope. I’m at the mall to pick up a new iPhone. (According to this email, I need to arrive precis…
    - Oct 1, 2023, 7:02am -
  • September 2023
    How To Be A Real Man We hear so much debate about what it means to be a man these days. Such a complex question. In extremely confusing times. So, let’s uncover the answers. I recently surveyed hundreds of women and feel proud to share such valuabl…
    - Sep 1, 2023, 7:05am -
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Travel Codex

  • newSeabourn Luxury Alaska Cruise Deal: $1919 + $600 Onboard Credit!
    Seabourn is discounting Alaska cruises with major savings on last minute departures for travel May – Aug 2024. Two people can sail for less than $5,000 total and some of the lowest prices I’ve ever seen for luxury cruises to Alaska ever! Experien…
    - 18 hours ago May 18, 2024, 4:48pm -
  • Seabourn Arctic Cruise Sale: From $5,000 + Onboard Credit
    Are you ready to embark on a polar expedition to the high arctic? Want to save upwards of 30% already reduced prices? Step aboard the Seabourn Venture, where luxury meets adventure, and prepare to be whisked away on an unforgettable Arctic expedition…
    - 2 days ago May 17, 2024, 1:15pm -
  • Hyatt Hotel Sale: 20% Off with Hyatt Prive
    As travel enthusiasts eagerly anticipate the revival of global exploration, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, a leading name in luxury hospitality, has unveiled an enticing offer set to elevate the travel experience. With a focus on indulgence and exclusivit…
    - 2 days ago May 16, 2024, 10:54pm -
  • Review: Deluxe King Suite at Hotel Toranamon Hills, Tokyo
    Next stop on our Tokyo trip is the new Hotel Toranamon Hills, which is a Hyatt property near central Tokyo. As the name states, this is within the Toranamon Hills development in what has been primarily a business district of Tokyo. This area has good…
    - 3 days ago May 16, 2024, 12:57pm -
  • Alaska Airlines Selling First Class Upgrades On Existing Bookings
    Last Saturday, I did what I usually do when I wake up, I checked my flights on Alaska Airlines.  I do this to see if any flights have schedule changes or cancellations.  This process only takes about 30 seconds so I can do this a couple of times pe…
    - 6 days ago May 13, 2024, 3:01pm -
  • Review: Air France Lounge Paris Terminal 2E, Hall L
    I arrived a little early at CDG Terminal 2E to file a tax refund claim for some gifts I bought. Then I remembered I needed the merchant to provide a form to claim the refund. Oops. Anyway, I used the extra time to visit the Air France Lounge Paris Te…
    - 13 days ago May 6, 2024, 11:00am -
  • Review: Sheraton Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam
    The Sheraton Phu Quoc Long Beach is located on the island of Phu Quoc. Specifically, it is located in the northern part of the island, away from the hustle and bustle of the downtown Phu Quoc area. From the airport, it’s about a 45-minute drive to…
    - 17 days ago May 2, 2024, 3:00pm -
  • Review: citizenM Paris Charles de Gaulle Hotel
    To wrap up my quick Vienna getaway, I needed one night in Paris prior to my flight home. While I considered heading into the city, my short stay made that impractical. Thus, I sought out one of Charles de Gaulle’s airport hotels. This time, I decid…
    - 20 days ago Apr 29, 2024, 11:00am -
  • Earned American Million Miler. I don’t care, and neither do they.
    When I earned 1 Million miles on United almost 10 years ago (yikes). Despite being annoyed with what was then a poorly run airline, I was very excited to hit that summit. There is the feeling of accomplishment, but also some real benefits to those th…
    - 25 days ago Apr 24, 2024, 12:59pm -
  • Review: Fairmont Maldives Grounds, Amenities and Dining
    Welcome back! In the first part of this review, I covered the logistics of staying at a private island resort in the Maldives and reviewed the Fairmont Maldives overwater villa. In this post, I will talk about the resort grounds, amenities, and dinin…
    - 26 days ago Apr 23, 2024, 2:00pm -

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  • newDon’t forget the Kimpton Secret Password to get free goodies for Summer 2024
    What is the Kimpton Secret Password and how does it work?The post Don’t forget the Kimpton Secret Password to get free goodies for Summer 2024 appeared first on Monkey Miles.
    - 5 hours ago May 19, 2024, 6:03am -
  • newSpirit Airlines Eliminates Change Fees, One-Ups Other Airlines
    A couple of days ago, Frontier Airlines announced that it would radically overhaul its fare structure, and eliminate change fees on most fare bundles. Spirit Airlines has now revealed that it’s eliminating change fees altogether, in a way that’s…
    - 5 hours ago May 19, 2024, 5:26am -
  • newReview: Air India Airbus A350 Premium Economy Class
    Air India has started to induct new A350 aircraft. Here is how they look on the inside, and what to expect when you book them for a flight. The post Review: Air India Airbus A350 Premium Economy Class appeared first on Live from a Lounge.
    - 6 hours ago May 19, 2024, 5:10am -
  • newLast Chance Deals: Checking bonus, Southwest shopping portal promo & more
    Welcome to our weekly list of what’s ending this week as well as a collection of some other deals that are due to end soon. It’s a quieter week for expiring deals this week, with only five offers about to end. That includes a Wells Fargo checkin…
    - 13 hours ago May 18, 2024, 9:45pm -
  • newWhat Is Wrong With This Photograph? Part 249
    I recently boarded the Boeing 737-800 aircraft that was operated by Delta Air Lines; and I sat comfortably at the window seat in the second row of the first class cabin prior to departure.For this edition of this popular game, can you guess what...…
    - 15 hours ago May 18, 2024, 8:03pm -
  • newAirbus or Boeing? How to Quickly Tell the Difference
    Those of you who are aviation geeks just amaze me. I mean, you can just glance at a plane and know what it is. Me? I’m lucky if I can…
    - 17 hours ago May 18, 2024, 6:13pm -
  • newLast Week at Economy Class and Beyond (16th May)
    It’s the end of another week, where I’ve discovered I hate lifting crates, filling them and everything to do with office moves. And it’s still following me. It must be time for Last Week at Economy Class and Beyond.  We’re all pawns, no mat…
    - 17 hours ago May 18, 2024, 5:20pm -
  • newReview: Chase Sapphire Lounge, Washington Dulles Airport
    The Chase Sapphire lounge is small, but I was there in the morning - from around 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. it wasn't super busy and there was plenty of available space. The lounge is well laid-out, food is good, and staff are friendly. The exterior of t…
    - 18 hours ago May 18, 2024, 5:04pm -
  • newIdiots Glue Themselves to a Runway, Shut Down the Airport
    A group of protestors glued themselves to a runway, causing flights to be canceled or diverted and temporarily closing the airport. Fox News’s Timothy H.J. Nerozzi reports that six climate activists breached a security perimeter at Germany’s Muni…
    - 18 hours ago May 18, 2024, 4:47pm -
  • newWeekly Review: May 18, 2024
    I hope everyone is having a nice weekend so far! I’m spending time with my mom, which I’m greatly enjoying. My goal is to catch up on trip reports in the next couple of weeks, and then take a review trip in early June, so I’m working on plannin…
    - 18 hours ago May 18, 2024, 4:30pm -

Flyertalk MilesBuzz

  • newDeclaring household goods as returning expat
    We maintain two households - one in the EU and one in the US. If I take a suitcase with used household goods (that were previously shipped from the US to the EU) back to the US - do these need to be declared? I have GE so want to make sure I..…
    - 1 hour ago May 19, 2024, 9:24am -
  • newGlobal Entry - UK Citizen living in UAE
    HI, I've had a search for this on both FT and the web but can't quite find anything. though I'm sure it's been asked before. I'd like to apply for GE as I travel frequently to the US. I've submitted the background check with the UK Home Office...
    - 2 hours ago May 19, 2024, 8:38am -
  • newNo catering in J - compensation? [ticket bought on day of travel]
    Following on from my thread yesterday, I flew on the inaugural flight yesterday from Izmir to Heathrow in J. Because I only booked my ticket that morning, when I got to the gate I was informed by a lovely staff member that there weren’t enough meal…
    - 2 hours ago May 19, 2024, 8:25am -
  • newLH flight number - F class but SQ equipment - which lounge
    LH website confuses me - can I get in the FCT on a paid F class ticket, LH flight number but SQ aircraft?
    - 2 hours ago May 19, 2024, 8:22am -
  • newMu: Sha - kul o/w $179 business
    Stumbled upon this while checking some options one way business class is cheaper than some economy fares seems to be only bookable via air Asia app/website Image:...
    - 4 hours ago May 19, 2024, 7:08am -
  • newModifying (prepending, in this case) award tickets
    I'm guessing there are already threads on this topic, so a merge would be understandable, but I'm not in the searching mood after the 4:18 chat session with 3 agents I've just endured. The mission was pretty simple: prepend PVG-JAX with MNL-PVG...
    - 5 hours ago May 19, 2024, 5:36am -
  • newTrip Report (Taylor’s Version) (SQ/VS J ; UA/SK/BA/DL Y)
    God morgon from beautiful Stockholm! My sisters and I try to do a sibling trip every year. Typically, our trips were to fun but not terribly exciting locations as my sisters were still in school. But when 2024 rolled around, the last of my...
    - 5 hours ago May 19, 2024, 5:27am -
  • newGeneral lounge and P1 lounges passes invalid for all Perth lounges when transferred
    Thoughts appreciated on: 1. I have 2 family members flying the Perth-Paris direct in August and their attempts to link the lounge passes I transferred to them have failed. I can't find any information on the Qantas website which specifically...
    - 6 hours ago May 19, 2024, 4:59am -
  • newMEX lounge
    Flying MEX-CDG in J and was wondering which of the many Grand Elite lounges will I be allowed to use? Also, does anyone have any secrets on how to get in touch with the Grand Elite people? I emailed them 10 days ago and have received no response. .…
    - 6 hours ago May 19, 2024, 4:39am -
  • newCE Catering Bands in 2024
    Evening All. I did search but the most recent post was from 2008! I was hoping that one of you esteemed regulars could tell me what to expect on the 5:15pm LHR - STR (Stuttgart) or should I get to the lounge early and eat there? Your attention to...
    - 6 hours ago May 19, 2024, 4:35am -

Reddit r/churning

  • newQuestion Thread - May 19, 2024
    Welcome to the Daily Question thread at r/churning! This is the thread to post questions about churning for miles/points/cash. Just because you have a question about credit cards does NOT mean it belongs here. If you’re brand new here, please read…
    - 2 hours ago May 19, 2024, 9:00am -
  • newNews and Updates Thread - May 19, 2024
    Welcome to the daily discussion thread! Please post topics for discussion here. While some questions can be used to start a discussion/debate, most questions belong in the question thread unless you love getting downvotes (if that link doesn’t work…
    - 2 hours ago May 19, 2024, 9:00am -
  • newTrip Report and Churning Success Story Weekly Thread - Week of May 19, 2024
    How'd your churning week go? Any super huge highs? Any thank yous you'd like to give /r/churning? ​ - Did you book an awesome Trip? - Are you excited to share your latest redemption? - Did you score some unexpected Miles/Points? ​ Trip Reports,…
    - 2 hours ago May 19, 2024, 9:00am -
  • Question Thread - May 18, 2024
    Welcome to the Daily Question thread at r/churning! This is the thread to post questions about churning for miles/points/cash. Just because you have a question about credit cards does NOT mean it belongs here. If you’re brand new here, please read…
    - 1 day ago May 18, 2024, 9:00am -
  • News and Updates Thread - May 18, 2024
    Welcome to the daily discussion thread! Please post topics for discussion here. While some questions can be used to start a discussion/debate, most questions belong in the question thread unless you love getting downvotes (if that link doesn’t work…
    - 1 day ago May 18, 2024, 9:00am -
  • Manufactured Spending Weekly Thread - Week of May 18, 2024
    Welcome to MS Weekly at /r/churning! ​ This is the open thread for discussion of all things MS. Methods, ideas, pain points, and everything else about MS is game. As always read the wiki. Be warned: Asking questions in here that show you haven't do…
    - 1 day ago May 18, 2024, 9:00am -
  • Question Thread - May 17, 2024
    Welcome to the Daily Question thread at r/churning! This is the thread to post questions about churning for miles/points/cash. Just because you have a question about credit cards does NOT mean it belongs here. If you’re brand new here, please read…
    - 2 days ago May 17, 2024, 9:00am -
  • News and Updates Thread - May 17, 2024
    Welcome to the daily discussion thread! Please post topics for discussion here. While some questions can be used to start a discussion/debate, most questions belong in the question thread unless you love getting downvotes (if that link doesn’t work…
    - 2 days ago May 17, 2024, 9:00am -
  • Frustration Friday Weekly Thread - Week of May 17, 2024
    This is your place to vent about the points and miles game. ​ - Did you have a particularly hard time on your MS run this week? - MS avenue dry up? - Did you screw up getting a bonus? ​ Let all your frustrations go here in this thread! submi…
    - 2 days ago May 17, 2024, 9:00am -
  • Question Thread - May 16, 2024
    Welcome to the Daily Question thread at r/churning! This is the thread to post questions about churning for miles/points/cash. Just because you have a question about credit cards does NOT mean it belongs here. If you’re brand new here, please read…
    - 3 days ago May 16, 2024, 9:00am -

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