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The Points Guy

  • newThe first US hotel with flight simulators is opening this fall
    Have you always dreamed of engaging in a virtual F-16 battle? Do you wish to play commercial airline captain for a day while attempting a landing at the world’s busiest airport? You don’t have to wait too long or travel too far to fulfill your Av…
    - 2 hours ago Jul 21, 2024, 1:00pm -
  • newThe 6 best Alaska cruise shore excursions — from heli-hiking to whale watching
    There are some cruise destinations — Barcelona, for instance, or Venice — where you really don’t need to sign up for shore excursions. You can just walk off the ship and head to the major attractions on your own. For the most part, the ports of…
    - 20 hours ago Jul 20, 2024, 7:00pm -
  • newFlight cancellations soar past 5,000 as woes spill into Saturday; Delta and United hardest hit
    Flight cancellations continue to climb this weekend in the wake of Friday’s IT outage that wreaked havoc globally — affecting everything from air travel to banking and critical infrastructure. Though airlines successfully got planes back in the a…
    - 23 hours ago Jul 20, 2024, 4:18pm -
  • newHow and why to book Bluegreen Vacations resorts through Choice Hotels
    Bluegreen Vacations, an American private vacation ownership brand owned by Hilton Grand Vacations, is best known for its timeshare properties. But you don’t have to purchase a timeshare to stay at a Bluegreen Vacations resort — you can book 15 Bl…
    - 23 hours ago Jul 20, 2024, 4:00pm -
  • What it’s like to stay at The Caledonian Edinburgh, Curio Collection by Hilton
    [circuit type=review circuit_id=”8748″] The Caledonian Edinburgh is a charming historic former railway hotel. Adjacent to the Princes Street Gardens, the location is perfect for seeing the sights in both Old Town and New Town. The warm and friend…
    - 1 day ago Jul 20, 2024, 1:00pm -
  • Deal alert: Points and miles travel deals for July 2024
    Editor’s note: This is a recurring post, regularly updated with new information and offers. Some of the below offers may be targeted. Citi is a TPG advertising partner.  From lucrative deals for bonus points on hotel stays to generous sales of air…
    - 2 days ago Jul 19, 2024, 9:00pm -
  • How to skip long rental car pick-up lines for free
    Editor’s note: This post has been updated with new information. The last thing you want after your flight is to see a long car rental pick-up line — or worse, to be told there’s no car for you left at all. A while ago, I booked a car with Hertz…
    - 2 days ago Jul 19, 2024, 8:00pm -
  • Quick Points: Earn bonus points and miles by booking group travel
    Trips with family and friends can be a blast for everyone involved — and a great opportunity for you to even earn extra points and miles. You can easily rack up bonus points or miles when you decide to book part or all of the travel for your entire…
    - 2 days ago Jul 19, 2024, 7:00pm -
  • The 10 best hotels in Scottsdale, Arizona, for a dreamy desert getaway
    Set amid the scenic Sonoran Desert, dotted with towering Saguaro cacti and under the gaze of majestic Camelback Mountain, Scottsdale is a true oasis that feels worlds away from the bustle of neighboring Phoenix, the state capital of Arizona that happ…
    - 2 days ago Jul 19, 2024, 6:30pm -
  • Yet another giant cruise ship is heading to Los Angeles as competition heats up
    Cruise fans in Southern California are about to have another major option for sailings to Mexico. This week, Royal Caribbean executives revealed that the line’s giant, amenity-packed Ovation of the Seas would reposition to Los Angeles for Mexico cr…
    - 2 days ago Jul 19, 2024, 6:00pm -

Frugal Travel Guy

  • American Airlines Potentially Avoids Flight Attendant Strike with Tentative Agreement
      The Association of Professional Flight Attendants announced they have reached a tentative agreement with the Fort Worth-based airline, which could end a negotiation period spanning years.   Agreement Still Need Reviews and Notes, Details Not Yet…
    - 2 days ago Jul 19, 2024, 10:22pm -
  • Crowdstrike Outage Forces Cancellation of Over 2,000 Flights
      CNN reports the outages affected everyone from airlines to hospitals and emergency response systems, leaving airlines to cancel flights and manually rebook flyers using hand-written boarding passes.   Over 2,500 Flights Cancelled, 8,300 Delayed A…
    - 2 days ago Jul 19, 2024, 8:45pm -
  • Guests 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…
    - 4 days ago Jul 17, 2024, 11:03pm -
  • American 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…
    - 4 days 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…
    - 10 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…
    - 10 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…
    - 12 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…
    - 12 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…
    - 12 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…
    - 13 days ago Jul 8, 2024, 11:20pm -

View From the Wing

One Mile at a Time

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…
    - 6 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…
    - 31 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…
    - 44 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…
    - 44 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…
    - 48 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…
    - 65 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…
    - 68 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…
    - 94 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…
    - 95 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…
    - 96 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.…
    - 11 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…
    - 18 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,…
    - 39 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…
    - 46 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…
    - 53 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…
    - 60 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…
    - 67 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…
    - 74 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…
    - 81 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…
    - 88 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

  • The 5 Best Hotels in Medellín
    Medellín is the second-largest city in Colombia and a favorite among the digital nomad crowd. Nestled in the Aburrá Valley, the city has great weather year-round, earning it the nickname: “the City of Eternal Spring.” I spent a lot of time in M…
    - 3 days ago Jul 18, 2024, 12:00pm -
  • 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…
    - 6 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…
    - 10 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…
    - 13 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…
    - 17 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…
    - 33 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…
    - 33 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…
    - 37 days ago Jun 14, 2024, 6:44am -
  • The Ultimate Guide to Teaching English Overseas

    - 41 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…
    - 41 days ago Jun 10, 2024, 12:47pm -

The Hustle Blog

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

Pointscentric

milenerd

  • 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…
    - 20 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.…
    - 50 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…
    - 81 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 -

Doctor of Credit

Hustler Money Blog

  • Acorns Promotions: $20 Bonus, $625 for 3 Referrals (Nationwide)
    If you’re looking for ways to earn making while making a great investment in your life, then consider having Acorns – if you already have an account, here you’ll find the latest Acorns promotions, bonuses, and offers.  This app is made for any…
    - 2 days ago Jul 19, 2024, 7:20pm -
  • Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card 75,000 Bonus Miles
    Hustlermoneyblog has partnered with CardRatings for our coverage of credit card products. Hustlermoneyblog and CardRatings may receive a commission from card issuers. The Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card is a great option for…
    - 2 days ago Jul 19, 2024, 5:57pm -
  • Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card 65,000 Bonus Miles
    Hustlermoneyblog has partnered with CardRatings for our coverage of credit card products. Hustlermoneyblog and CardRatings may receive a commission from card issuers. The Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card is great for people t…
    - 2 days ago Jul 19, 2024, 5:45pm -
  • Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business American Express Card 75,000 Bonus Miles
    Hustlermoneyblog has partnered with CardRatings for our coverage of credit card products. Hustlermoneyblog and CardRatings may receive a commission from card issuers. The Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business American Express Card is offering a welcome offe…
    - 2 days ago Jul 19, 2024, 5:33pm -
  • Discover Bank Promotions for July 2024: $360 Cashback Debit, Up to 5.10% APY Savings, CD, MMA
    Interested in banking with Discover® Bank? Find the latest Discover Bank promotions, offers, and bonuses here. Update 7/19/24: The 9-month term CD has increased to 5.10% APY (from 4.25%). Discover Online Savings is offering 4.30% APY while their D…
    - 2 days ago Jul 19, 2024, 5:08pm -
  • Discover Bank CD Review: Earn Up To 5.10% APY CD Rates
    Discover® Bank is one of the largest banks mostly known for their credit cards, but you can earn competitive rates when opening a Discover® CD account – Discover is offering Certificates of Deposits (CDs) with rates up to 5.10% APY. This rate is…
    - 2 days ago Jul 19, 2024, 4:45pm -
  • Discover Bank IRA CD Review: Earn Up To 5.10% APY
    Interested in opening a CD account with Discover® Bank? Consider opening a Discover® Bank IRA CD account – if you are thinking about retirement, consider opening a Discover Bank IRA CD to earn a guaranteed rate to offset your risk for the futur…
    - 2 days ago Jul 19, 2024, 4:31pm -
  • Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card 50,000 Bonus Miles
    Hustlermoneyblog has partnered with CardRatings for our coverage of credit card products. Hustlermoneyblog and CardRatings may receive a commission from card issuers. If you’re an avid traveler, especially with Delta Airlines, the Delta SkyMiles®…
    - 2 days ago Jul 19, 2024, 4:21pm -
  • Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card 40,000 Miles Bonus
    Hustlermoneyblog has partnered with CardRatings for our coverage of credit card products. Hustlermoneyblog and CardRatings may receive a commission from card issuers. Do you fly with Delta Airlines? Are you looking for a great airline credit card? Th…
    - 2 days ago Jul 19, 2024, 4:10pm -
  • Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card 60,000 Bonus Miles
    Hustlermoneyblog has partnered with CardRatings for our coverage of credit card products. Hustlermoneyblog and CardRatings may receive a commission from card issuers. Is Delta Airlines your preferred airline? Why not be rewarded for it with the Delta…
    - 2 days ago Jul 19, 2024, 3:50pm -

Travel Codex

  • 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…
    - 5 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…
    - 6 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…
    - 8 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…
    - 10 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…
    - 17 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…
    - 26 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…
    - 27 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…
    - 29 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…
    - 31 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…
    - 34 days ago Jun 17, 2024, 4:12pm -

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Flyertalk MilesBuzz

  • newJMK Lounge
    Hello, does anyone have any feedback on Mykonos lounge? Do you get access if you fly Business or it's only a paid one? Is it worth it? Thank you in advance!
    - 34 mins ago Jul 21, 2024, 2:53pm -
  • newMalaysia tourist SIM (not e-Sim)
    Will be visiting for a couple of weeks in the new year and, based on experience in Phuket last year; would like to have a local SIM (For booking taxi's and a like) as my phone is *not* compatible with e-sim (Samsung FE20) Therefore looking for...
    - 42 mins ago Jul 21, 2024, 2:45pm -
  • newHeadstart MQDs within 6-8 weeks of new card or new year?
    *I answered my own question but can't delete this post. It's 6-8 weeks after the card is activated.* I'm considering a Delta Skymiles Business Platinum to get me over the line for Diamond. However, I am confused if the Headstart MQDs are...
    - 54 mins ago Jul 21, 2024, 2:33pm -
  • newQuanta’s domestic with BA silver
    Hi all, im visiting Austria and New Zealand and was wondering what BA silver gets you on Quanta’s domestic between Melbourne and Christchurch and Auckland and Sydney. i tried a dummy booking and entered BA exec number and was still being charged.…
    - 56 mins ago Jul 21, 2024, 2:31pm -
  • newdomestic connection -baggage question
    we booked a flight from USA to Auckland with air NZ and reaching there early morning. That time we just booked till Auckland but now we are planning to add domestic connection to queens town ( 4 hours after arrival - separate ticket ).Our ticket is..…
    - 60 mins ago Jul 21, 2024, 2:27pm -
  • newNever cruised but have free offer
    I have never been on a cruise but got a status match so could cruise for free on Princess. And again on Virgin but without our family. We generally spend our vacations with teen and grown children in Europe and big cities. Stay in Hyatts or...
    - 2 hours ago Jul 21, 2024, 1:42pm -
  • newWeird flight map for UA 31 on 07/21 (only on flightstats)
    Not seeing this weird map in any of the other trackers, just on flightstats (https://www.flightstats.com/v2/flight-tracker/UA/31)! Image:...
    - 2 hours ago Jul 21, 2024, 1:36pm -
  • newBA Loyalty Points for Aadvantage - Ultimate Rewards
    Am I reading the AA site correctly - BA flights if I use my AA number they earn the same miles and loyalty points as AA straight out? That is, calculated based on fare not on distance? Buying an expensive business class ticket and want to make sure..…
    - 2 hours ago Jul 21, 2024, 1:30pm -
  • newRedeem Miles with Base Account get Silver Benefits When Both Traveling?
    Looking to book a flight for two and use miles from a base skymiles traveler. If the second traveling on that itinerary is Silver, will the Silver benefits (free checked bag and seat selection) be available to both? Thanks in advance
    - 2 hours ago Jul 21, 2024, 1:07pm -
  • newFoolproof Way to Book for Others?
    As the family "travel agent" I'm often elected to book reservations for others. Sometimes I book paid stays, and sometimes I book awards, and have no intention of physically staying. I often check in online and just chat "So and so will check in.…
    - 3 hours ago Jul 21, 2024, 12:48pm -

Reddit r/churning

  • newQuestion Thread - July 21, 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…
    - 6 hours ago Jul 21, 2024, 9:01am -
  • newNews and Updates Thread - July 21, 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…
    - 6 hours ago Jul 21, 2024, 9:00am -
  • newTrip Report and Churning Success Story Weekly Thread - Week of July 21, 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,…
    - 6 hours ago Jul 21, 2024, 9:00am -
  • newNJ Meetup Feelers
    I've been to a few of the New York meetups and noticed there were quite a few NJ folks there. The majority of us were from Middlesex County. I've located a venue in New Brunswick a few blocks from the train station that is willing to host us for a Me…
    - 14 hours ago Jul 21, 2024, 1:50am -
  • Question Thread - July 20, 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 20, 2024, 9:00am -
  • News and Updates Thread - July 20, 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 20, 2024, 9:00am -
  • Manufactured Spending Weekly Thread - Week of July 20, 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 Jul 20, 2024, 9:00am -
  • Question Thread - July 19, 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 19, 2024, 9:01am -
  • News and Updates Thread - July 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 days ago Jul 19, 2024, 9:00am -
  • Frustration Friday Weekly Thread - Week of July 19, 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 Jul 19, 2024, 9:00am -

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