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Frugal Travel Guy

  • newGuests Pay More for Hotels, but Satisfaction is Driven by Category
      The index gave top honors to several hotel brands, including Hilton, Hyatt, and Marriott.   Despite Higher Price, Travelers Have Higher Satisfaction with Full-Service Hotels According to the study, travelers are paying more for hotels, with the a…
    - 10 hours ago Jul 17, 2024, 11:03pm -
  • newAmerican Express Opens Centurion Lounge at Reagan National Airport
      The financial services company opened their latest lounge at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) on Wednesday, July 17, 2024.   New Lounge Features Three Centurion Chefs in Space Inspired by DC History The new space is located in Term…
    - 12 hours ago Jul 17, 2024, 9:56pm -
  • Alaska Airlines Expands Flight Map Beyond West Coast
      The airline announced 18 new routes now available for sale on their website, including their first ever service to Vail, Colorado, and flights from the Midwest to Mexico.   New Service Includes Flights to Mexico, Vail, Reno, and Costa Rica The ne…
    - 7 days ago Jul 11, 2024, 6:12pm -
  • Delta Earns Nearly $2 Billion on American Express Cards Alone
      In the second quarter 2024 earnings call, held on July 11, 2024, Delta said the carrier earned $1.9 billion from their relationship with American Express   Earnings Part of Long-Term Goal to Earn $10 Billion From SkyMiles During the call, Delta p…
    - 7 days ago Jul 11, 2024, 5:54pm -
  • Delta Enters Strategic Agreement with Riyadh Air
      The Atlanta-based airline announced signing a strategic agreement with Riyadh Air, with both carriers being the exclusive partner in their respective countries.   Future Plans Include Interline, Codesharing, and Loyalty Reciprocity The deal was s…
    - 9 days ago Jul 9, 2024, 8:50pm -
  • Choice Hotels Joins with IAG to Offer Avios Transfer Portal
      The hospitality company announced they have launched a new partnership with IAG Loyalty to allow guests to turn their hotel points into Avios.   Avios Joins 10 Airlines as Choice Hotels Transfer Partners Under the new agreement, Choice Privileges…
    - 9 days ago Jul 9, 2024, 8:06pm -
  • American Adds More Utility to AAdvantage Miles
      The new bonuses were announced ahead of the long Independence Day weekend.   New Benefits Include WiFi for AAdvantage Miles, AAdvantage Experiences The additional options are part of the larger AAdvantage changes dating back to the beginning of t…
    - 9 days ago Jul 9, 2024, 3:44am -
  • Elliott Ramps Pressure on Southwest Board After New Director Voted In
      The management firm made their direction clear in a new letter to the Southwest board, as well as their new website pleading to investors at StongerSouthwest.com.   Elliott Warns They Will Work to “Give Shareholders a Direct Say” on Leadershi…
    - 9 days ago Jul 8, 2024, 11:20pm -
  • United Adds Weather Tracking to Delay Information
      United’s newest technological tool gives flyers access to local maps with real-time weather updates, giving them even more information about delays and what they can expect during the day.   Weather Maps Add New Layer of Customer Service From A…
    - 15 days ago Jul 3, 2024, 5:46pm -
  • Japan Airlines, ANA Introduce “Customer Harassment” Policies
      CNBC reports Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways have jointly introduced a new code of conduct for flyers to follow, with penalties ranging from a warning up to police activity.   Harassment Defined as Abusive Language, Assault, and Deception T…
    - 15 days ago Jul 3, 2024, 5:25pm -

View From the Wing

One Mile at a Time

  • newDo Airline Miles Expire? What You Need To Know
    For those of us into collecting miles & points, one thing to always be on the lookout for is mileage expiration policies. Programs have different policies when it comes to whether miles expire, and if so, what activity will prevent your miles from ex…
    - 13 hours ago Jul 17, 2024, 8:23pm -
  • newQatar Airways Unveiling “Qsuite Next Gen” Business Class
    Qatar Airways is known for its Qsuites business class. This is one of the world’s best business class experiences, between an excellent soft and hard product. Roughly seven years after the product was introduced, it’s available on most long haul…
    - 15 hours ago Jul 17, 2024, 6:34pm -
  • newChase Ink Preferred Card Best-Ever 120K Bonus Points Offer
    TheInk Business Preferred Credit Card is one of the best business credit cards out there. While this card has long had a generous welcome bonus, we’ve recently seen it improved even more. If you dont yet have this card and are eligible, this is a f…
    - 16 hours ago Jul 17, 2024, 5:36pm -
  • newWhy Is Business Class Sometimes Cheaper Than Economy?
    Airline pricing is a complicated art. Every so often, I get a message from a reader confused about how business class or first class on a particular flight is cheaper than economy. I ran into this myself for some tickets I was researching just now, s…
    - 18 hours ago Jul 17, 2024, 3:54pm -
  • newCapital One Venture Card Review: 2x Miles & More
    The Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card is an extremely popular travel rewards card — it offers an excellent return on everyday spending, whether you’re making purchases at home or abroad, and also offers some great perks. The card is even of…
    - 19 hours ago Jul 17, 2024, 2:12pm -
  • newAmerican Improves AAdvantage Business Program
    In late 2023, American Airlines made major changes to its small business rewards program. The airline ended the American Business Extra program, and replaced it with the AAdvantage Business program.
    - 21 hours ago Jul 17, 2024, 12:35pm -
  • newPark Hyatt London River Thames Opening Late 2024
    World of Hyatt is my favorite hotel loyalty program (thanks largely to the value of Globalist status), and Park Hyatt is my favorite Hyatt brand. Im always thrilled when the portfolio expands, and new Park Hyatts are added in exciting destinations,…
    - 21 hours ago Jul 17, 2024, 12:05pm -
  • newCaught On Camera: Cathay Pacific Worker Throws Bags Down Stairs
    It’s unfortunate just how often we see airline employees showing absolutely no care when handling the belongings of passengers. The latest such viral situation is especially bad, if you ask me (thanks to @pir8z40 for flagging this)…
    - 23 hours ago Jul 17, 2024, 10:59am -
  • newLucrative ITA Airways Volare Elite Status Match Offer
    Italian flag carrier ITA Airways has just launched a new status match opportunity, and it has the potential to be pretty useful.
    - 23 hours ago Jul 17, 2024, 10:21am -
  • newSix Found Dead At Grand Hyatt Bangkok, Murder-Suicide Suspected
    Yesterday I wrote about how a bizarre tragedy happened at the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok. I wanted to provide an update, as police in Bangkok have released more details about what happened, including a potential motive.
    - 24 hours ago Jul 17, 2024, 9:50am -

The Frequent Miler

The Flight Deal

The Free-quent Flyer

  • What I learned attending the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (twice)
    I’ve been out of the country for a few weeks visiting the Czech Republic, building the trip around attending the 58th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. This was my second time at KVIFF; we had such a great time attending just a few days of…
    - 3 days ago Jul 15, 2024, 9:12pm -
  • Quick hit: no, Freedom family product changes don't reset your quarterly bonus spend
    One of my favorite techniques is requesting product changes from Chase personal credit cards where I received a signup bonus to Freedom cards that earn 5 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar in their quarterly bonus categories, on up to $1,500 in spend…
    - 27 days ago Jun 20, 2024, 9:45pm -
  • Impressed by first MaxMyPoint hotel award alerts
    A few weeks ago I read a post comparing various hotel award alert tools that concluded MaxMyPoint was the only one that did the job (since the internet is no longer searchable I can no longer find that post; if you wrote it, let me know and I’ll li…
    - 41 days ago Jun 7, 2024, 9:14pm -
  • Quick hit: two more free options for manufacturing debit transactions
    I wrote recently about some tools I use to manufacture debit card transactions in order to trigger the highest rates on rewards checking accounts (often but not exclusively marketed under the “Kasasa” brand).Doctor of Credit then joined in the fu…
    - 41 days ago Jun 7, 2024, 7:25pm -
  • Venti reads my blog and makes some big, immediate improvements
    Back in February I wrote about Venti, a very-high-interest savings account with a gimmicky twist: the “interest” on your savings is credited to a separate “points” balance that can only be redeemed for travel through the Venti flight and hote…
    - 44 days ago Jun 3, 2024, 11:30pm -
  • 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…
    - 62 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…
    - 64 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…
    - 91 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…
    - 92 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…
    - 93 days ago Apr 16, 2024, 2:00pm -

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

  • Best Practices for Searching Oneworld Availability
    If you’ve ever been frustrated trying to figure out the best ways to search for awards on Oneworld airlines, keep reading for some guidance and tips. We’ll address approaches to make searching easier and find good uses for your points and miles.…
    - 8 days ago Jul 10, 2024, 9:00am -
  • Anatomy of an Award: Trip to Merida and Playa del Carmen, Mexico
    All information about the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card has been collected independently by 10xTravel.I love planning and taking complex trips using points and miles to fly in international business class and stay at luxury hotels for a…
    - 15 days ago Jul 3, 2024, 9:00am -
  • Credit Cards with Rental Car Protection
    Car rental protection offered by rental companies can cost $15 to $30 a day—in 10 days, that could be as much as whopping $300. Alternatively, a credit card with rental insurance will offer the same coverage at no extra cost—and even if it does,…
    - 36 days ago Jun 12, 2024, 1:19pm -
  • U.S. Bank Altitude® Go Visa Signature® Card Review
    While U.S. Bank is often overlooked as a credit card issuer, there are some U.S. Bank cards out there that offer stellar rewards in specific bonus categories. In particular, the U.S. Bank Altitude® Go Visa Signature® Card is one of the best cards o…
    - 43 days ago Jun 5, 2024, 9:00am -
  • U.S. Bank Cash+ Visa Signature Card Review
    There are two basic types of credit card rewards users: those who want to earn passively without giving much thought to spending categories and those who want to juggle several credit cards to get the best rewards rate whenever they spend money. If y…
    - 50 days ago May 29, 2024, 9:00am -
  • U.S. Bank Visa® Platinum Credit Card Review
    The U.S. Bank Visa® Platinum Card, while a solid option for some, doesn’t have much to offer overall. Its only notable benefit is cell phone insurance worth up to $600 per claim. Still, let’s look at the different features of the U.S. Bank Vis…
    - 57 days ago May 22, 2024, 9:00am -
  • 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…
    - 64 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…
    - 71 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…
    - 78 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…
    - 85 days ago Apr 24, 2024, 9:00am -

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

  • Traveling with Friends: How to Avoid Disaster
    A few years ago, one night over dinner with some friends with whom I shared a love of gourmet food, sushi, great cocktails, politics, and movies, we realized that in all the years we’d known each other, we had never taken a trip together. As we all…
    - 3 days ago Jul 15, 2024, 1:07pm -
  • The 7 Best Hotels in Berlin
    Berlin is a cool city. Multicultural and artsy, Germany’s capital city is home to artists and creatives from all over the world. A hub for freelancers, digital nomads, and entrepreneurs, the city also boasts excellent museums, a boisterous nightlif…
    - 7 days ago Jul 11, 2024, 12:00pm -
  • Life Update: On the Road in 2024
    Hello there! It’s been a while since I’ve written a real blog. Sure, there have been lots of how-to posts, itineraries, where-to-stay suggestions, and old-post updates to keep helping you travel on a budget. But it’s been over a year since I wr…
    - 10 days ago Jul 8, 2024, 12:07pm -
  • Where to Stay in Istanbul: The Best Neighborhoods for Your Visit
    Straddling both Europe and Asia, Istanbul is a bustling, sprawling metropolis of over 15 million people. Formerly known as Constantinople, the ancient center of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires was one of the most important in the world for centurie…
    - 14 days ago Jul 4, 2024, 6:57am -
  • Credit Card Portals vs Transferring Points: What You Need to Know
    Earning points and miles is the best way to fly more for less. It’s the way I’ve been able to stay on the road for so long — and I’ve seen what a difference it’s made for my readers too. I write a lot about the best credit cards to get depe…
    - 30 days ago Jun 18, 2024, 12:31pm -
  • The Best Walking Tours in Bordeaux
    Bordeaux is a wine-lover’s paradise and an incredibly beautiful city. I first went there in 2010 and have been a huge fan ever since. Its 18th-century core is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the whole city is brimming with upscale wine bars, grea…
    - 30 days ago Jun 18, 2024, 12:30pm -
  • The 5 Best Hotels in Istanbul
    As the capital of several empires, Istanbul is one of the most ancient cities in the world. Stradling the boundary between Europe and Asia, this humming metropolis of over 15 million people boasts plenty to explore, from the bustling Grand Bazaar to…
    - 34 days ago Jun 14, 2024, 6:44am -
  • The Ultimate Guide to Teaching English Overseas

    - 38 days ago Jun 10, 2024, 12:54pm -
  • The 7 Best Hostels in Edinburgh
    Posted: 6/10/2024 | June 10th, 2024 Edinburgh is a historic city full of centuries-old architecture, cozy pubs, and world-class whisky. I’ve been there a bunch and always have a blast. It’s one of my favorite destinations in Europe. I’ve been g…
    - 38 days ago Jun 10, 2024, 12:47pm -
  • The 6 Best Hotels in Bogotá
    Posted: 6/4/24 | June 4th, 2024 Most travelers only spend a day or two in Bogotá. It’s not considered a highlight of Colombia and usually gets overlooked by most travelers. I think that’s a mistake. I actually loved my time in Bogotá. The city…
    - 44 days ago Jun 4, 2024, 9:10am -

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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  • July 2024
    Saturday Dear Diary: Haven’t written in a long time. But I’m back for a reason. And searching for the right words… Because what does a person say when the GREATEST WEEK OF THEIR LIFE finally arrives?! Here’s what I do know… The air smells c…
    - 17 days ago Jul 1, 2024, 7:00am -
  • June 2024
    Growth Spurt Why was the bus driver so unpleasant? Certainly wasn’t subtle. He just seemed to despise all of us kids. Especially me. Could see it in his glare through the giant rearview mirror. As if a pile of gouda cheese was right under his nose.…
    - 47 days ago Jun 1, 2024, 7:45am -
  • 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…
    - 78 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…
    - 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…
    - 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 -

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  • Review: JAL Business Class Chicago to Tokyo on the 777-300ER
    JAL Business Class in an Apex Suite makes for a comfortable flight across the Pacific.  My first time for both JAL business class as well as in an Apex Suite. a 2-3-2 cabin in business class on a 777 sounds bad, but the seat is very private, especia…
    - 2 days ago Jul 16, 2024, 12:58pm -
  • Review: Wilderness Hotel Inari, Inari, Finland
    A trip to Lapland to view the Northern Lights called for extra special accommodations. And that meant finding one of the “glass igloos” that the Nordics are famous for. After much online searching, I zeroed in on Wilderness Hotel Inari. Why this…
    - 3 days ago Jul 15, 2024, 11:00am -
  • Best Deals to Antarctica for 2024
    Since I started traveling to Antarctica regularly and writing about deals to Antarctica I am surprised by the number of people who want to visit Antarctica. Not only have I personally helped over 500 couples and families travel to Antarctica, every d…
    - 5 days ago Jul 13, 2024, 5:11pm -
  • Deal Alert: 70% off Swan Hellenic Cruises
    Swan Hellenic has quickly become one of my favorite expedition companies offering small ship expedition cruises to the most remote places in the world. Not being afraid to get off the beaten path and avoiding traditional ports. Now, for those who hav…
    - 7 days ago Jul 11, 2024, 1:30pm -
  • 5 Things I loved about Explora Cruises
    Explora Cruises offers a unique and luxurious way to explore the world’s most beautiful destinations. I have now been on Explora I twice in 2024 and I am a fanboy! The ship is huge and beautiful. Rooms are stunning and everything about an Explora J…
    - 14 days ago Jul 4, 2024, 3:25pm -
  • Deal Alert: 25% Off Lindblad Galapagos Cruises 
    Just last week Celebrity Cruises agreed to sell two ships to Lindblad Expeditions and rename both ships with the National Geographic branding. Now we know not only the new names of the two small ships which will join the Lindblad fleet and we are cel…
    - 23 days ago Jun 25, 2024, 1:00pm -
  • JAL Heralbony Business Class Amenity Kit Review
    Japan Airlines premium cabins are a very pleasant experience. On my flight Chicago to Tokyo, I received this Heralbony amenity kit.  Not a brand I was aware of beforehand, but the kits have a unique look. It is a bit unusual, in that there are no be…
    - 24 days ago Jun 24, 2024, 12:59pm -
  • Celebrity Transfers Galapagos Cruise Ships to Lindblad Expeditions
    Celebrity Cruises Galapagos expedition is shrinking their fleet and Lindblad Expedition is growing in a recently announced deal that will shake up who is the largest operator in the Galapagos islands.  The 48-guest Celebrity Xpedition and the 16-gue…
    - 26 days ago Jun 22, 2024, 5:22pm -
  • Review: EVA Air B777-300ER Business Class, San Francisco to Taipei
    After 3 1/2 years of anticipation, the time finally came to take this flight. I initially dreamed up the idea of a round-the-world trip centered around EVA Air B777-300ER Business Class back in 2019. Though initially scheduled on the longer overnight…
    - 28 days ago Jun 20, 2024, 11:00am -
  • 13 Days Thanksgiving Antarctica Cruise: $7,499!
    Have you ever wanted to go to Antarctica? Ever thought about extending your Thanksgiving break into a longer vacation? Now you can go on an expedition ship to Antarctica with Atlas Ocean Voyages and save 30% off published pricing. I bring you a speci…
    - 31 days ago Jun 17, 2024, 4:12pm -

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Boarding Area

  • newAir India starts codesharing with Vistara
    Air India has launched a global codeshare on Vistara flights, the first step of the virtual merger between the two carriers. The post Air India starts codesharing with Vistara appeared first on Live from a Lounge.
    - 6 hours ago Jul 18, 2024, 3:30am -
  • newPark Hyatt London opening October 1st?
    Park Hyatt London is finally open to booking starting October 1stThe post Park Hyatt London opening October 1st? appeared first on Monkey Miles.
    - 7 hours ago Jul 18, 2024, 3:01am -
  • newTHAILAND: Visa exemption now allows for 60 day stay
    Australians and New Zealanders, in fact, citizens of 93 countries who are eligible for the visa exemption program, can now stay for 60 days. Here is the Thai government’s public relations release. Previously, the maximum stay without visa renewal w…
    - 11 hours ago Jul 17, 2024, 10:04pm -
  • newHow to find SLH hotels bookable with Hilton points & free night certificates
    Hilton’s partnership with Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) has made Hilton points and free night certificates exciting again. There are numerous participating SLH hotels that are are drool-worthy destinations and which would be out of reach f…
    - 12 hours ago Jul 17, 2024, 9:45pm -
  • newHyatt Close To Acquiring Standard Hotels
    The first Standard Hotel property - The Standard Hollywood - was opened on Sunset in 1999 and closed during the pandemic. The original investors included Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, and Benicio del Toro.Current hotels include New York in the M…
    - 12 hours ago Jul 17, 2024, 9:09pm -
  • newFinal Hours: Amazon Prime Day Ends Tonight
    Amazon Prime Day ends in just a few hours. Thousands of items are discounted…The post Final Hours: Amazon Prime Day Ends Tonight appeared first on The Bulkhead Seat.
    - 13 hours ago Jul 17, 2024, 8:50pm -
  • newLos Angeles to Dallas on the A321 EOW
    This is a review of the flight from Los Angeles to Dallas on the A321 EOW and some of the surroundings. In my 50 or so flights around the US every year almost exclusively on American, the predominance of the flights are on the A321 and the Boeing 737…
    - 13 hours ago Jul 17, 2024, 8:50pm -
  • newFinal Hours of Amazon Prime Day – Here Are The Deals Still Available
    There's only a few hours left for Amazon Prime Day (it officially ends at midnight PT), but there are still deals on travel, tech, and household items including ...
    - 13 hours ago Jul 17, 2024, 8:31pm -
  • newWould You Partake in a Complimentary Breakfast If You Are Not a Guest At a Hotel Property?
    A number of mid-range hotel properties offer a complimentary breakfast in the form of a buffet as part of the room rate for guests who stay at them. Would you partake in a complimentary breakfast if you are not a guest at a hotel property?Most hotel…
    - 13 hours ago Jul 17, 2024, 8:03pm -
  • newLOUNGE REVIEW: Manaia Lounge, Christchurch, New Zealand
    I’m not going to spend too many words on this lounge. It’s an OK lounge with a mixture of clients. Emirates, Qantas, Fiji Airways, China Southern Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Jetstar use the lounge. It also has paid access when capacity allows. I…
    - 15 hours ago Jul 17, 2024, 6:42pm -

Flyertalk MilesBuzz

  • newInaccurate Folio Dates and Customer Service Experience at Marriott
    I wanted to share a frustrating experience I recently had with Marriott, hoping it might help others. I have been a loyal Marriott Bonvoy member for over 10 years and have generally had positive experiences. However, a recent issue has left me quite.…
    - 37 mins ago Jul 18, 2024, 8:55am -
  • newBA Companion Voucher Flight Query
    I am booked to travel to Faro this Saturday morning and we used my Fiancés BA companion voucher and my Avios points to make this booking. He can no longer travel but I want to travel as I’m meeting family there. Will I experience any proble…
    - 44 mins ago Jul 18, 2024, 8:48am -
  • newOne World Lounge Access - tricky situation
    Will this work? I am One World Sapphire. London Gatwick airport - I want to buy a ticket on Iberia (One World Partner) for Tuesday departing at 7:30pm. This should grant me access to the lounge on Tuesday (all day) and allow me to stay until..…
    - 2 hours ago Jul 18, 2024, 7:41am -
  • newAurora Borealis March 2025
    Read that winter 2025 is forecasted to be one of the most spectacular in decades. Trying to decide where in the world to go chase it. My priorities are: 1. Place with the highest chance of seeing the northern lights. 2. Nice hotel. Not...
    - 2 hours ago Jul 18, 2024, 7:16am -
  • newEarlier flight ? (Alaska award)
    Reposting from JAL page. What are the chances on getting on an earlier domestic JAL flight if one shows up and there is availability? I know ANA did this for us once when we had an earlier-than-expected international arrival. My son has an..…
    - 2 hours ago Jul 18, 2024, 7:08am -
  • newClaiming EU261 for a delay and missing connection
    I have successfully claimed EU261 several times. It has been a while so just wanted to check with you guys here before I send in the request, in order not to miss anything. I had two planned flights yesterday, bot in EU. The first one was delayed...
    - 3 hours ago Jul 18, 2024, 6:33am -
  • newEarlier flight ? (Alaska award)
    What are the chances on getting on an earlier domestic JAL flight if one shows up and there is availability? I know ANA did this for us once when we had an earlier-than-expected international arrival. My son has an ITM-HND flight, paired with..…
    - 3 hours ago Jul 18, 2024, 6:16am -
  • newBaggage allowance on one-way with a stopover
    I'm flying the following one-way with a stopover in J on an Aeroplan reward ticket: BNE-SIN-BOM-ADD-IST (stopover) IST-ATL-YYZ On the SQ website, my baggage allowance appears to be 40 kg for the BNE-IST portion and 32 kg x2 for the IST-YYZ...
    - 3 hours ago Jul 18, 2024, 6:06am -
  • newBA Holidays: Upgrading AA flight with BA codeshare?
    Not sure if this is a strictly BA question. I have a BA Holiday coming up and I didn't realise one of my AA domestic flights was not in Business (LAS-DFW BA4730). Doh! So I asked BA Holidays about upgrading and they quoted me £1,000 to upgrade,..…
    - 4 hours ago Jul 18, 2024, 5:59am -
  • newNo Piccadilly line 01:00 20 Jul to end 21 Jul to/from Heathrow
    PICCADILLY LINE: Saturday 20 July, from 0100 approximately and all day Sunday 21 July, no service between Kings Cross St Pancras and Heathrow (all terminals) / Uxbridge. This includes Saturday night / Sunday morning Night Tube. Replacement bus...
    - 4 hours ago Jul 18, 2024, 5:11am -

Reddit r/churning

  • newQuestion Thread - July 18, 2024
    Welcome to the Daily Question thread at ! 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 the wiki b…
    - 31 mins ago Jul 18, 2024, 9:01am -
  • newNews and Updates Thread - July 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…
    - 32 mins ago Jul 18, 2024, 9:00am -
  • newData Points Weekly - Week of July 18, 2024
    This is the Weekly Data Points Central thread ​ In this little hobby of ours, we constantly rely on sharing the experiences and data points by others to optimize our award earning process. From how often you can apply for a card or bank account, to…
    - 32 mins ago Jul 18, 2024, 9:00am -
  • newWhat Card Should I Get? Weekly Thread - Week of July 17, 2024
    Welcome to the What Card Should I Get Weekly Thread, where we try to figure out what card you should get or critique your current plans or AOR if you're doing it that way). Everything is YMMV and these are all opinions. Agree or disagree with your vo…
    - 22 hours ago Jul 17, 2024, 12:00pm -
  • Question Thread - July 17, 2024
    Welcome to the Daily Question thread at ! 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 the wiki b…
    - 1 day ago Jul 17, 2024, 9:00am -
  • News and Updates Thread - July 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…
    - 1 day ago Jul 17, 2024, 9:00am -
  • Question Thread - July 16, 2024
    Welcome to the Daily Question thread at ! 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 the wiki b…
    - 2 days ago Jul 16, 2024, 9:01am -
  • News and Updates Thread - July 16, 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 Jul 16, 2024, 9:00am -
  • Bank Bonus Weekly Thread - Week of July 16, 2024
    This is the Weekly Bank Account Bonus Thread. Use it for anything related to bank accounts and bonuses, such as: ​ * Churning mechanisms (DD, etc) * Data points (did bank X bonus arrive) * Other bank account discussions/questions ​ ​ Before ask…
    - 2 days ago Jul 16, 2024, 9:00am -
  • 2024 Demographic Survey Results
    After crunching all the numbers and building visualizations for all the responses, the results of this year’s demographic survey are in! Before we get to this year’s results, insights, and thoughts, you can find the results and discussions for pr…
    - 3 days ago Jul 15, 2024, 2:50pm -

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