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  • newDiet Water, Melted Ice Cream, and Bison: The Weirdest Room Service Requests
      These are just some of the strange requests from travelers according to a recent study by online travel agency   Casual Cuisine Leads In-Room Dining Despite Outlandish Requests In finding how hotel guests do in-room dining,…
    - 6 hours ago Jun 8, 2023, 1:40pm -
  • Former Southwest Employee Charged with Selling Fake Vouchers
      On Monday, June 5, 2023, the U.S. Department of Justice indited 36-year-old Dajuan Martin on 12 counts of wire fraud and 46-year-old Ned Brooks on four counts of wire fraud for their part in the scheme.   Attorneys Allege Pair Created and Sold Fr…
    - 1 day ago Jun 7, 2023, 5:58pm -
  • Could Russia Create a Bigger Aviation Problem for U.S. Carriers?
      Airlines are now starting to wonder if the ongoing war will create even more problems for air travel in the future. The question was one of many addressed at the 79th International Air Transport Association Annual General Meeting in Istanbul.   W…
    - 3 days ago Jun 5, 2023, 8:58pm -
  • IATA Calls for Wholesale Review of Consumer Protection Laws
      The call for reviews comes out of the organization’s 79th Annual General Meeting and World Air Transport Summit, being held in Istanbul.   IATA Claims Current Laws Cost Customers More Over Long Run According to the group’s analysis, regulatio…
    - 3 days ago Jun 5, 2023, 7:45pm -
  • JetBlue Plans on Dumping Spirit’s LaGuardia Assets to Frontier
      JetBlue announced a plan to divest Spirit’s assets at the airport to the original carrier pursuing the low-cost carrier: Frontier Airlines.   Frontier to Get Six Gates, 22 Takeoff and Landing Slots Under the tentative agreement, Frontier will g…
    - 6 days ago Jun 2, 2023, 6:21pm -
  • Which Airlines do Flyers Avoid the Most?
        New research by The Vacationer revealed that there are certain airlines that Americans do their best to avoid using – irrespective of attractive fare price, convenience of schedule or basically under any other circumstances.   Who Took the I…
    - 6 days ago Jun 2, 2023, 5:20pm -
  • Research Reveals Many Vacationers Suffer Planner’s Remorse
        According to research by AI travel assistant GuideGeek, it appears that not everyone is eagerly looking forward to their vacations.   Unhappy Travelers Traveling Around the Globe The results of the study – conducted on behalf of GuideGeek b…
    - 14 days ago May 25, 2023, 7:36pm -
  • Lufthansa Reaches Minority Deal for ITA Airways
      The German aviation giant announced they will purchase a 41% interest in ITA Airways for 325 million Euros, with an option to purchase the remaining shares at a future date.   Capital Contribution Makes ITA Fifth Airline in Lufthansa Group Umbrel…
    - 14 days ago May 25, 2023, 7:26pm -
  • CheapAir.Com Study Reveals U.S. Cities With Largest Increase in Fares
      That’s the takeaway from the latest year-on-year study by consumer travel website, which has analyzed data from 128 million fares for 74 cities across the United States.   Smaller Cities Seeing the Biggest Increases  The findings…
    - 15 days ago May 24, 2023, 3:48pm -
  • Could Choice Hotels take over Wyndham Hotels & Resorts?

    - 15 days ago May 24, 2023, 3:41pm -

View From the Wing

One Mile at a Time

The Frequent Miler

  • newWhen is it time to expand into a second or third transferrable points currency?
    Last week, I saw a question in our Frequent Miler Insiders Facebook group that comes up pretty frequently: Does it make sense to get a card in a new ecosystem if you’re already heavily invested in another transferable currency system? When is it ti…
    - 9 hours ago Jun 8, 2023, 10:45am -
  • newBuy Air Canada Aeroplan points with up to a 50% discount (1.31c each)
    Air Canada’s Aeroplan is out with a slightly modified version of its regular points sale. This time it’s up to a 50% discount on purchased points through June 17th. This makes it possible to buy Air Canada Aeroplan points for as low as 1.31 cents…
    - 20 hours ago Jun 7, 2023, 11:45pm -
  • Priority Pass & Plaza Premium partnership now present & pending
    Priority Pass made an unexpected announcement yesterday when they shared that Plaza Premium lounges will be returning to the fold. Once upon a time, you could access Plaza Premium lounges using a Priority Pass membership. However, that partnership ca…
    - 1 day ago Jun 7, 2023, 7:45pm -
  • 25% transfer bonus from Citi ThankYou to Avianca LifeMiles
    Avianca LifeMiles is offering a 25% transfer bonus when you transfer Citi ThankYou points to Avianca LifeMiles. If you have Citi ThankYou points, this can make some of Avianca’s already sweet spots downright indulgent. The Deal Avianca LifeMiles is…
    - 1 day ago Jun 7, 2023, 5:45pm -
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred: 90k In-Branch Offer (Ends Saturday 6/10)
    Update 6/7/23: All good things must come to an end. Doctor of Credit has shared the internal Chase memo below, stating that the 90K in-branch offer will rest with its ancestors on June 10th, to be replaced by a lesser, 70K offer (which is still bette…
    - 1 day ago Jun 7, 2023, 3:45pm -
  • Another Day, Another Fancy Macau Breakfast – Party of 5 Daily Update
    Update from Carrie: Yesterday’s failures behind us, we started the day with a clean slate and another incredible breakfast at another incredible Macau hotel. Before I dive in, let me explain this challenge to anyone new: If you’ve been following…
    - 1 day ago Jun 7, 2023, 2:30pm -
  • Great news (for many); American Airlines offering upgrades on award travel
    Some fantastic news got announced yesterday for anyone playing the Loyalty Points games but who falls short of Executive Platinum status. American Airlines will now be offering upgrades to elite members on award flights. You can read the full announc…
    - 1 day ago Jun 7, 2023, 1:45pm -
  • Which is the best Amex Platinum card in 2023?
    American Express has several varieties of their premium Platinum cards.  And, while they’re expensive, they’re loaded with great perks.  Which is the best best Amex Platinum card?  As long as the 200K offer is around, there’s no question tha…
    - 1 day ago Jun 7, 2023, 10:40am -
  • Marriott Promo: Stay 2 nights, get a 35K free night certificate (highly-targeted)
    Marriott has sent out a new promotion that awards a free night certificate worth up to 35,000 points after staying only two nights at Marriott properties. This promotion seems to be highly-targeted and appears either via e-mail or in the “Promotion…
    - 2 days ago Jun 6, 2023, 5:45pm -
  • Frequent Miler Live Wednesday June 7 at 9pm ET. Ask Us Anything!
    We might be on the other side of the world, but the Frequent Miler team will be taking your questions live on YouTube Wednesday June 7 at 9PM ET. Subscribe to our YouTube channel here, (and click the bell icon next to the “subscribe” button to e…
    - 2 days ago Jun 6, 2023, 3:45pm -

The Flight Deal

The Free-quent Flyer

  • "Transfer" timeline for Just 4 U Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan redemptions
    Last month I wrote about the option of redeeming Albertsons (and their subsidiaries) Just 4 U rewards for Alaska Airline Mileage Plan miles. The option of redeeming, for example, 7 Just 4 U rewards for 1,300 Mileage Plan miles instead of a $10 grocer…
    - 37 days ago May 2, 2023, 9:34pm -
  • Just 4 U Alaska Airlines redemptions work, for what it's worth
    A few months back a number of bloggers reported that Just 4 U rewards (the rewards program of Albertsons grocery stores and its countless sub-brands) could be redeemed for Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles.How it worksThe basic mechanism is simple.…
    - 63 days ago Apr 6, 2023, 10:59pm -
  • Comparing IHG's 4th-night-free with Marriott and Hilton's 5th-night-free
    I was reading Danny the Deal Guru’s write-up of the latest Chase IHG Rewards signup offers and something jumped out at me: the 4th-night-free benefit offered to cardholders, including those who hold the no-annual-fee IHG Rewards Traveler card. To b…
    - Jan 27, 2023, 10:59am -
  • Seven of my favorite travel hacks for people of all skill levels
    I was impressed by Greg’s post at The Frequent Miler yesterday, although I was a bit worried since I’d been planning my own post about my favorite still-working travel hacking tips. Fortunately, his list didn’t end up overlapping with mine much…
    - Jan 26, 2023, 4:52pm -
  • How gameable are foreign currency refunds?
    A funny thing happened during my August trip to the UK: I had an unusual number of foreign currency refunds. The refunds were unrelated: first I ordered a (surprisingly cheap!) £14 taxi from a train station to our first destination in the Lakes Dist…
    - Nov 2, 2022, 3:43pm -
  • Cross-post: My So-Called Gig Economy
    [Dear readers: this is the first and only post from my new blog about the app-based delivery economy you’ll find here on the main Free-quent Flyer Blog feed. You can read or subscribe to that blog at its own home, My So-Called Gig Economy.]I recent…
    - Sep 6, 2022, 7:04pm -
  • My short, boring COVID-19 infection, treatment, and recovery
    Since the beginning of the pandemic, my family has taken the novel coronavirus just about as seriously as anybody we know. In one way this was made easy since the United States imposed virtually no restrictions during the entire course of the plague,…
    - Sep 5, 2022, 9:23pm -
  • Interest rates are starting to get more interesting
    One of my favorite resources is DepositAccounts, which performs the simple, essential function of aggregating interest rates across a vast array of savings products. As you’d expect, the site is financed by ads and affiliate links, but in my experi…
    - Sep 2, 2022, 3:08am -
  • Leaving money on the table: you can use Railcards for Heathrow Express, too
    I was playing around doing some research for my recent posts on my trip to the United Kingdom and made a discovery that left me equally pleased (that I get to share it with you) and frustrated (that I didn’t realize it at the time): you can and sho…
    - Aug 26, 2022, 4:49pm -
  • When should you optimize for spontaneous, planned, or predictable expenses?
    I like to generalize travel hackers into three broad categories, although none describes any individual perfectly.Roughly speaking, I think of opportunistic travel hackers as people who keep an eye on signup, referral, and manufactured spending oppor…
    - Aug 23, 2022, 7:57pm -

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 earn free nights and enjoy extra perks during their stay. This FAQ guide will cover some of the mo…
    - 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 to know about getting the most from your Hilton Diamond benefits. As a Diamond statu…
    - 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 the mid-tier of the program and a fairly easy goal to reach with great rewards. It also offers some o…
    - 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 this, you will get a quick overview of how the offers stack up. Feel free to check out the tool…
    - 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 will find not just an a la carte restaurant, a buffet and a bar, but also quiet rooms, enough worksp…
    - 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 that the Marriott portfolio is geared more toward upscale and luxury properties than bu…
    - 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 of your questions. If you still have questions, feel free to drop them in the…
    - 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 the most ways to earn and use airline miles. It also offers perks you d…
    - 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 on stays, earning more points and more free perks and amenities when you stay at Hilton properties. Plus,…
    - 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? Most major card issuers have a credit card referral bonus program that lets you refer-a-friend to a credit card a…
    - Feb 21, 2020, 5:03am -


  • Anatomy of an Award: Trip to Oktoberfest with Points and Miles
    My wife and I attended Oktoberfest in Munich for the first time in 2017 and had an absolute blast. The food, the beer, the music and the overall atmosphere made it clear that this wouldn’t be my last visit. As my father, who is responsible for my G…
    - 6 days ago Jun 2, 2023, 9:11am -
  • Best Ways to Book Delta Flights with American Express Membership Rewards
    American Express Membership Rewards points are not only one of the most valuable credit-card currencies, they’re also quite easy to earn. The points are especially useful if you’re a Delta Air Lines flyer.Membership Rewards is a transfer partner…
    - 22 days ago May 17, 2023, 9:52am -
  • How to Get a Platinum Card from American Express for Free
    For the avid traveler, The Platinum Card® from American Express could quickly become a favorite.The post How to Get a Platinum Card from American Express for Free appeared first on MileValue.
    - 28 days ago May 12, 2023, 6:21am -
  • Capital One SavorOne Cash Rewards Credit Card Review
    If you’re both a foodie and financially conscious, the Capital One SavorOne Cash Rewards Credit Card should absolutely be on your radar. This is a no-annual-fee credit card for people who want to earn cash back on purchases for food and entertainme…
    - 31 days ago May 9, 2023, 5:58am -
  • Wyndham Rewards Earner® Card Review
    For savvy travelers and credit card enthusiasts, signing up for a hotel-branded credit card is a great way to get premium perks while staying at hotels as well as save up points that can lead to award stays. However, for a lot of people, paying an an…
    - 55 days ago Apr 14, 2023, 9:00am -
  • Capital One QuicksilverOne Cash Rewards Credit Card Review
    The Capital One QuicksilverOne Cash Rewards Credit Card is a solid option for those who have an average or fair credit score and want to earn rewards in the form of cash back. The QuicksilverOne card charges an annual fee of $39. However, it also off…
    - 64 days ago Apr 5, 2023, 2:12pm -
  • Bilt Rewards Now Offering 90-Day World of Hyatt Elite Status Trial
    As part of a recent partnership between Bilt Rewards and World of Hyatt, Bilt members can now register to enroll in World of Hyatt Explorist status for 90 days. By doing so, you’ll also have the opportunity to keep Explorist status or even unlock G…
    - 71 days ago Mar 29, 2023, 12:25pm -
  • Capital One Platinum Credit Card Review
    The Capital One Platinum Credit Card is a good option for customers who have average credit and want a $0 annual fee card. Typically, those with an average credit score receive lower credit limits. However, with the Capital One Platinum Card, you cou…
    - 92 days ago Mar 8, 2023, 2:44pm -
  • The Complete Guide to Booking Vacasa Rental Properties With Wyndham Rewards Points
    Vacasa's partnership with the Wyndham hotel chain allows Wyndham Rewards members to redeem their loyalty points at more than 15,000 vacation rental properties in North and Central America. This strategic move has added value to the Wyndham Rewards pr…
    - Feb 22, 2023, 11:28am -
  • Emirates Is Now Marketing Air Canada Award Flights Starting at 8,000 Skywards Miles
    Emirates and Air Canada originally started teasing plans of a strategic partnership back in July 2022; however, it wasn’t until December of last year that they actually finalized the deal.The post Emirates Is Now Marketing Air Canada Award Flights…
    - Jan 26, 2023, 2:42pm -

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 -
  • Drew’s $100 Bet With The Blog-Haters
    As of today: $0.00 has been claimed by haters. (I’ll update the dollar amount the minute it changes).   To those who complain about bloggers killing your deals, I’ve got a $100 opportunity for you to prove that your deal was killed by one of tho…
    - Oct 25, 2019, 6:37pm -
  • 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 -

Frequent Flyer Bonuses

Million Mile Secrets

  • 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 -
  • Pulling Back the Curtain on Email Deliverability
    You can create the best email in the world, but it won’t matter if it doesn’t make it to your subscriber.And that’s why it’s vitally important you work with an email service provider (like FeedBlitz!) who places the highest possible focus…
    - Aug 5, 2022, 4:42pm -
  • Your Guide to the FeedBlitz Email Ad Program
    Every email you send and every update that goes live is an opportunity — and that includes the opportunity to generate revenue.You’ve carved out your space on the world wide web and built a community of like-minded people interested in readin…
    - Mar 21, 2022, 5:57pm -
  • (Pumpkin) Spice Up Your Emails with Fall and Halloween-themed Templates
    Save time on design and get a jumpstart in spicing up your emails with a free Fall or Halloween-themed email template!A simple and easy way to bring the holidays into your email marketing – without having to start a design from scratch – these…
    - Sep 27, 2021, 2:33pm -
  • It’s Official: Google is Ending FeedBurner Email. Here are Your Next Steps.
    Google has announced that Feedburner's email services will end in July 2021. Here's a guide for you to help you plan your move to a new email service as painlessly as possible.        
    - Apr 14, 2021, 10:03pm -
  • 3 Ways to Earn (Even More) Money with Your Emails
    Learn how you can turn your emails into revenue streams.Growing an audience is one of the most exciting and engaging things you can do online. Through a variety of many different outlets, including email, you’re able to offer value to like-mind…
    - Mar 16, 2021, 1:30pm -
  • New: Schedule Your Emails Multiple Days a Week or Month
    More hassle-free set it and forget it email campaigns at your fingertips.The beauty of automated RSS-to-email campaigns is the set it and forget it factor, knowing your email campaigns will be sent as scheduled with your new content – that was…
    - Mar 12, 2021, 2:45pm -
  • 60+ Free Email Templates to Jumpstart Your Email Marketing
    Win the Inbox with eye-catching email campaigns and save time when it comes to design.Designing a template, especially one from scratch, can be a major frustration. But what if the hard work was already done for you? What if templates showcasing…
    - Feb 11, 2021, 5:08pm -
  • Featured Images now in Gmail Promotions Tab Bundles!
    Gmail’s recent broad rollout of promotions tab bundles will reward good, engaging emails with more opportunities to solidify that engagement.FeedBlitz is helping you make the most of that opportunity, out of the box, today, by making every email we…
    - Dec 14, 2020, 4:41pm -
  • New Mapping Feature Available with Every Email Send
    Zoom in to discover where your emails are being read.A great new feature offering more insight into your subscribers is now available with every email send and monthly insight report:Geographic data on engagement stats.And not just the numbers, t…
    - Dec 2, 2020, 9:43pm -

Nomadic Matt

  • The 15 Best Things to Do in Oaxaca
    Posted: 6/5/2023 | June 5th, 2023 Oaxaca stole my heart. I was enamored by this colorful and vibrant city from the moment I stepped foot on its cobblestoned streets. It has it all: history, culture, friendly people, food, mezcal. (I love this city so…
    - 3 days ago Jun 5, 2023, 2:53pm -
  • The Best Walking Tours in Mexico City
    Posted: 6/1/2023 | June 1st, 2023 I love Mexico City. It’s dynamic, diverse, bustling, and filled with incredible museums and restaurants. There’s so much to do here. It takes a long time to peel back the layers of this onion and get to the essen…
    - 7 days ago Jun 1, 2023, 2:30pm -
  • Get Your Guide Review: Is It Actually Worth Using?
    Posted: 6/1/2023 | June 1st, 2023 I love trip planning. Reading about a destination, learning its history, and discovering all the cool things to see and do (and eat) is one of the many things I like about traveling. When I first started backpacking,…
    - 7 days ago Jun 1, 2023, 11:00am -
  • My Step-By-Step Guide to Backpacking Europe
    Backpacking Europe in the summer can be overwhelming. Use this guide to avoid the common pitfalls and find out how you can plan a budget-friendly trip around the continent. With tips and tricks for accommodation and transportation, as well as country…
    - 14 days ago May 25, 2023, 1:00pm -
  • Where to Stay in New Orleans: The Best Neighborhoods for Your Visit
    Posted: 5/23/23 | May 23rd, 2023 New Orleans is known for its rambunctious nightlife and wild Mardi Gras. But there’s more to the Big Easy than the frozen drinks on Bourbon Street. It’s essential to branch out during your visit. The Garden Distri…
    - 16 days ago May 23, 2023, 1:00pm -
  • The 16 Best Things to Do in New Orleans
    Posted: 5/23/2023 | May 23rd, 2023 New Orleans is one of the best cities in the world. Synonymous with debauchery, it’s become famous for the boisterous Mardi Gras festival that takes over the city each February. But there is more to “NOLA” tha…
    - 16 days ago May 23, 2023, 12:00pm -
  • The 9 Best Travel Apps
    In this month's travel tech guest post, Dave Dean from Too Many Adaptors weighs in on the best travel apps of the year. What apps should you be using? Are there some you should definitely be avoiding? Our tech expert has you covered!The post The 9 B…
    - 17 days ago May 22, 2023, 4:25pm -
  • How Much Does it Cost to Travel Western Europe?
    Last Updated: 5/22/23 | May 22nd, 2023 Europe. Prices vary greatly depending on how far north, east, south or west you travel. After all, Europe is huge with multiple visa zones and multiple currencies. For 45 EUR, you can get a private room in parts…
    - 17 days ago May 22, 2023, 1:00pm -
  • The 14 Best Things to Do in Bristol
    Last Updated: 5/22/23 | May 22nd, 2023 While most travelers who visit England only visit London, there are actually a lot of other gems in the country worth exploring. One such place is Bristol. “Bristol? There’s not much there.” That was the s…
    - 17 days ago May 22, 2023, 12:26pm -
  • The 6 Best Hostels in Athens
    Posted: 5/16/2023 | May 16th, 2023 Athens one of the most popular destinations in Europe. Boasting incredible historical sites like the millennia-old Acropolis, delicious (and affordable) food, and a growing cocktail bar scene, Athens is a sprawling…
    - 23 days ago May 16, 2023, 6:10pm -

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 & 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 -



  • June 2023
    Being Neighborly Whirlwind last month for me. Numerous flights. Multiple cities. A variety of subpar meals at 30,000 feet. Fortunately, my greatest passion in life is observing people. So, I decided to get to work. While in the air, I conducted in-de…
    - 8 days ago Jun 1, 2023, 7:04am -
  • May 2023
    Thousand Oaks Multiple disclaimers before we begin… Disclaimer 1:You’ve probably noticed how I try to balance out heavy posts with funny ones. We’re due for the latter. But something happened. There’s no way to avoid talking about it. And, ye…
    - 39 days ago May 1, 2023, 7:00am -
  • April 2023
    Day In The Park You’ve spotted him in passing. On the outskirts of your life. He’s never with a buddy, there’s no way he has a wife. In the produce aisle, he loiters. Strangely vacant type of stare. Often sitting at your Starbucks with a cup of…
    - 69 days ago Apr 1, 2023, 7:00am -
  • March 2023
    Note We interrupt our monthly storytelling for a quick administrative note. I’ve gotten a few questions about this over the last year. Just wanted to quickly post my answers here to eliminate any confusion… Yes, I’m aware of a blog that has tri…
    - 99 days ago Mar 1, 2023, 8:21am -
  • February 2023
    Ice Man It happened 30 years ago. To a sports-obsessed kid with thick glasses and abnormally large teeth. Not to mention, a pair of legs that even chickens would call skinny. Basically, all the makings of a future hall-of-famer. Ok, maybe I wasn’t…
    - Feb 1, 2023, 8:00am -
  • January 2023
    Unexpected Reminders If blogs could speak, this one might ask… What do I want to be in the new year? Important question. And we’ll get to that answer. But, first, let’s rewind the clock… It was 3 years ago. Kobe Bryant and his daughter (along…
    - Jan 1, 2023, 9:36am -
  • December 2022
    Adieu To ’22 Crazy realization… It has, somehow, been 4 years since the MileNerd days. Huh? I stopped writing a daily miles and points blog…4 years ago?? Could have sworn all of that was just yesterday. This whole time thing needs to chill, rig…
    - Dec 1, 2022, 8:09am -
  • November 2022
    Tray Tables Locked Come on. Who misses flights? But we’re still a long way from the airport. This isn’t some Sandra Bullock romcom featuring the delightful British actor Hugh Grant. It’s real life. And I’ve never been so late for a flight. It…
    - Nov 1, 2022, 7:01am -
  • October 2022
    Monday Night Football I was in Las Vegas last week. On the final night, I settled in to watch a game at the crowded sportsbook. Wanted to make sure the empty seat was free. But before I could finish the question, my boisterous seat neighbor bellowed:…
    - Oct 1, 2022, 7:35am -
  • September 2022
    Curtains I’ve had a long, strange love affair with game shows… 1997:All my buddies were busy making plans. A week filled with keg stands and pretty girls in small bikinis. It was time for spring break debauchery. My plans, on the other hand, were…
    - Sep 1, 2022, 7:00am -

Doctor of Credit

Hustler Money Blog

Travel Codex

  • Alaska Airlines “Global Department” Saved Our Trip To Europe
    Air travel this summer could be described as chaotic at best.  You can’t relax until you actually reach your destination.  Just when you think that everything is under control, trouble strikes.  This summer is already especially trying due to fa…
    - 1 day ago Jun 7, 2023, 2:05pm -
  • Review: The Club CHS, A Priority Pass Lounge
    I didn’t event expect to find a lounge at a small airport like Charleston. But lo and behold, there’s a Priority Pass lounge, and The Club CHS is pretty decent for an airport of this size. Note: this installment is part of my larger trip report t…
    - 1 day ago Jun 7, 2023, 2:00pm -
  • American Airlines Finally Expands Free T-Mobile Wifi to Viasat Planes
    As a frequent flyer with American these days, I’m happy to take good news however it comes. Generally mediocrity is what I expect, and sometimes I’m pleasantly surprised.  As a long time T-Mobile user, with a cheap old plan that I have no desire…
    - 1 day ago Jun 7, 2023, 12:59pm -
  • 50% Off 2023 Luxury 5 Star Swan Hellenic Cruise Worldwide
    This Swan Hellenic sale is out of this world offering the best prices on premium small ship luxury cruises that I have ever seen. Select cruises are below $4,000 per person!  As Swan Hellenic is trying to make a splash in the luxury expedition and o…
    - 6 days ago Jun 2, 2023, 3:05pm -
  • Review: Gameway Lounge LAX, a Priority Pass Lounge
    LAX is my home airport and it really is disappointing how much the Priority Pass network sucks here. There used to be some great lounge options but those have all since closed or canceled their partnerships with Priority Pass. The Virgin Atlantic Clu…
    - 7 days ago Jun 1, 2023, 2:00pm -
  • Swan Hellenic Review: Diana’s Christening Voyage
    In the world of luxury expeditions, Swan Hellenic has long been recognized for its commitment to providing exceptional experiences all over the world. Among its fleet, the majestic SH Diana stands as a testament to the company’s dedication to elega…
    - 8 days ago May 31, 2023, 2:35pm -
  • Using an eSIM is Easy
    Fully realizing eSIMs have been around for a long time, it is something I only recently experienced first hand. I finally utilized an eSIM for my mobile phone a recent trip.  Wow, I can’t believe how easy it is. eSIM makes cheap local mobile data…
    - 8 days ago May 31, 2023, 12:59pm -
  • Review: AmEx FHR Benefits at Palazzo and Venetian Las Vegas
    The Palazzo Hotel and its sister property, the Venetian, are two of my favorite hotels in Las Vegas. The two properties are located on the north end of the Las Vegas Strip, adjacent to other popular properties such as the Wynn/Encore, Mirage, and Cea…
    - 9 days ago May 30, 2023, 2:00pm -
  • Review: The Brown Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky
    I picked The Brown Hotel Louisville for my one night stay in the city. The Kentucky landmark serves up plenty of gilded age opulence, along with a Louisville original, the Hot Brown. My stay was marred, though, by the typical cost cutting masqueradin…
    - 9 days ago May 30, 2023, 1:00pm -
  • Alaska Airlines Visa Card “Swipe To Elite Status” Promotion
    At the beginning of the month, Alaska Airlines launched a promotion to receive elite qualifying miles (EQM) for paying with your Alaska Airlines Visa credit card.  In case you missed it, here are the details. The Promotion Alaska Airlines is awardin…
    - 15 days ago May 24, 2023, 2:04pm -

Maximizing Money

Boarding Area

Flyertalk MilesBuzz

  • newZRH-SIN on LX or SQ business class?
    Looking at the reviews, it appears to be a no-brainer to go for SQ given seats of business class. Just wanted to check with fellow FTers if there are any other reasons to go with LX? This will be a revenue business ticket, single flyer. Pros SQ..…
    - 14 mins ago Jun 8, 2023, 7:52pm -
  • newNo show on outbound, return cancelled - help
    I have booked a full fare flight in J to the US in a few weeks, but due to medical / family reasons, I had to fly out sooner. BA quoted me £4,000 to change my ticket! I was told over the phone that if I don’t show up for my flight next week, my...
    - 17 mins ago Jun 8, 2023, 7:49pm -
  • new241 Amex with infant and baby
    Hi all, I've used a 241 twice to book with an under 2 however I now have an infant and an under 2. I was wondering if I could use the 241 and avios to book my wife and I plus the infant and then book my 2 year old on his own ticket then link the...
    - 23 mins ago Jun 8, 2023, 7:43pm -
  • newBA 2156 ANU-LGW 8 June
    Anyone know the reason for the overnight delay of this flight? The feeder flight arrived only 20 mins late into ANU and has now left for the round trip to Aruba. Gone from a 21:25 departure to 09:00 tomorrow. ( I'm not on it, but people in same...
    - 34 mins ago Jun 8, 2023, 7:32pm -
  • newNew German Properties: Feel the Joy of New Neighborhoods
    Just got this email... looks like new Germany properties! Gosh Hyatt is expanding fast, I hope Globalist remains valuable if they get as big as the other brands like Hilton who seem to have less value... *Feel the Joy of New Neighborhoods**me and.…
    - 45 mins ago Jun 8, 2023, 7:21pm -
  • newRules for Using AA Trip Credits: can I use to buy an AA RTW Oneworld Explorer ticket?
    I just called the AA RTW desk to modify a ticket for Mrs Jrobin and to purchase a Oneworld Explorer ticket which AA has on hold for her. I asked to use the $769 credit from the first ticket as part payment for the second, but was told that credits..…
    - 55 mins ago Jun 8, 2023, 7:11pm -
  • newORD to GRR leg cancelled on International trip. What are our options
    My friend and I booked award flights from Krakow to Grand Rapids several months ago using AA miles. We are to fly from Krakow to Helsinki to Chicago on Finnair, landing in Chicago at 5:25pm and then to Grand Rapids on American at 9:00pm. American...
    - 58 mins ago Jun 8, 2023, 7:08pm -
  • newAdvice for Upcoming India Award Booking
    Greetings FTers. In late July or early August I'm planning to fly from SFO to Delhi and then in mid-August fly from Mumbai back to SFO. My plan was ideally to use United miles to fly Air India (their nonstop flight would be best of course),...
    - 1 hour ago Jun 8, 2023, 7:04pm -
  • newI need help doing a piece on the best beach restaurants in NYC
    *Hello. Thanks for reading. My name is Martin Aguirre and I am doing a piece on the best beach restaurants in New York city. I've just discovered GITANO Island, a waterfront restaurant and beach lounge/club located in Governor's Island, a 5 minute...
    - 1 hour ago Jun 8, 2023, 6:58pm -
  • newSk nyc-dub/lhr
    Some good deals for under $600 in SAS premium economy to Dublin and London toward the end of the year. They'll show up on Google Flights if you play around with the calendar, but you can also go directly to the SAS website to book. (GF doesn't have..…
    - 1 hour ago Jun 8, 2023, 6:52pm -

Reddit r/churning

  • newDaily Question Thread - June 08, 2023
    Welcome to the Daily Question thread at r/churning! This is the thread to post questions about churning for miles/points/cash. Just because you have a question about credit cards does NOT mean it belongs here. If you’re brand new here, please read…
    - 11 hours ago Jun 8, 2023, 9:00am -
  • newDaily Discussion Thread - June 08, 2023
    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 your discussion is about…
    - 11 hours ago Jun 8, 2023, 9:00am -
  • newData Points Weekly - Week of June 08, 2023
    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…
    - 11 hours ago Jun 8, 2023, 9:00am -
  • What Card Should I Get? Weekly Thread - Week of June 07, 2023
    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…
    - 1 day ago Jun 7, 2023, 12:01pm -
  • Daily Question Thread - June 07, 2023
    Welcome to the Daily Question thread at r/churning! This is the thread to post questions about churning for miles/points/cash. Just because you have a question about credit cards does NOT mean it belongs here. If you’re brand new here, please read…
    - 1 day ago Jun 7, 2023, 9:00am -
  • Daily Discussion Thread - June 07, 2023
    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 your discussion is about…
    - 1 day ago Jun 7, 2023, 9:00am -
  • Daily Question Thread - June 06, 2023
    Welcome to the Daily Question thread at r/churning! This is the thread to post questions about churning for miles/points/cash. Just because you have a question about credit cards does NOT mean it belongs here. If you’re brand new here, please read…
    - 2 days ago Jun 6, 2023, 9:00am -
  • Daily Discussion Thread - June 06, 2023
    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 your discussion is about…
    - 2 days ago Jun 6, 2023, 9:00am -
  • Bank Bonus Weekly Thread - Week of June 06, 2023
    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 Jun 6, 2023, 9:00am -
  • Daily Question Thread - June 05, 2023
    Welcome to the Daily Question thread at r/churning! This is the thread to post questions about churning for miles/points/cash. Just because you have a question about credit cards does NOT mean it belongs here. If you’re brand new here, please read…
    - 3 days ago Jun 5, 2023, 9:01am -

Dan's Deals

Johnny Jet

  • newFree Hotel Nights With These Credit Cards
    Many travel credit cards also allow you to earn free hotel nights at select brands, whether you use a co-branded travel credit card or an unbranded card.The post Free Hotel Nights With These Credit Cards appeared first on Johnny Jet.
    - 4 hours ago Jun 8, 2023, 4:11pm -
  • newUp to 200,000 Points With The Best Marriott Credit Cards 2023
    Want free nights and complimentary Marriott Bonvoy perks? The best Marriott credit cards can help you achieve these travel goals.The post Up to 200,000 Points With The Best Marriott Credit Cards 2023 appeared first on Johnny Jet.
    - 6 hours ago Jun 8, 2023, 2:23pm -
  • newWhat Credit Score Is Needed for the Amex Gold?
    The American Express Gold Card comes with plenty of perks for common purchases. What credit score is needed for the Amex Gold?The post What Credit Score Is Needed for the Amex Gold? appeared first on Johnny Jet.
    - 6 hours ago Jun 8, 2023, 2:10pm -
  • new12 Things in Travel You Need to Know Today
    12 Things in Travel You Need to Know Today (This is a recurring post, updated daily with new information): Thursday, June 8 Yesterday’s TSA checkpoint numbers TSA officers screened 2,341,044...The post 12 Things in Travel You Need to Know Today ap…
    - 6 hours ago Jun 8, 2023, 2:01pm -
  • newThe Travel Insurance Coverage That Goes Above and Beyond
    As I mentioned the other day, I just booked a last-minute family trip to Europe and my wife Natalie and I are getting everything ready for our big adventure. There...The post The Travel Insurance Coverage That Goes Above and Beyond appeared first on…
    - 15 hours ago Jun 8, 2023, 4:46am -
  • new10 Reasons BottleRock Napa Valley is America’s Best Music Festival
    Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Napa Valley’s BottleRock pairs the very best of Napa’s wine, food, and craft brews with some of the biggest names in music. This was our first...The post 10 Reasons BottleRock Napa Valley is America’s Best Mus…
    - 22 hours ago Jun 7, 2023, 10:03pm -
  • newWhat Every Savvy Traveler Packs When They Travel and Why It’s Not Great to Check Lithium-ion Batteries
    On our flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu last year, the bottom cover of my HP laptop, which had already been acting up, popped out of one of its base...The post What Every Savvy Traveler Packs When They Travel and Why It’s Not Great to Check Lit…
    - 22 hours ago Jun 7, 2023, 9:44pm -
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred Credit Score: What You Need To Know
    Chase looks at many factors before approving users, but the most important is credit score. So what is Chase Sapphire Preferred credit score needed?The post Chase Sapphire Preferred Credit Score: What You Need To Know appeared first on Johnny Jet.
    - 1 day ago Jun 7, 2023, 3:16pm -
  • Best Credit Card To Build Your Credit Score?
    If you want to build credit, a few credit cards can help. Use them wisely and responsibly while you see your credit score rise.The post Best Credit Card To Build Your Credit Score? appeared first on Johnny Jet.
    - 1 day ago Jun 7, 2023, 2:17pm -
  • Do You Pay Interest On Credit Cards When You Pay Your Balance in Full?
    This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our...The post Do You Pay Interest On Credit Cards When You Pay Your Balance…
    - 1 day ago Jun 7, 2023, 1:47pm -