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Frugal Travel Guy

  • newFour Seasons, Mandarin Oriental, Accor and Hyatt Honored in Top 50 Hotels
      Four major hotel programs had their properties honored in the inaugural edition of The World’s 50 Best Hotels, including two from Accor and one from Hyatt.   While Boutique Hotels Take Most Ratings, Major Players Still Counted Among the Best Ac…
    - 10 hours ago Sep 20, 2023, 11:48pm -
  • newPassengers Revolt over Delayed Brussels Airlines Flight from Congo
      Insider reports the attempt to storm a Brussels Airlines airplane happened at an airport in Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.   Videos Show Flyers Clashing with Ground Crew, Trying to Board Aircraft The viral video on social media wa…
    - 13 hours ago Sep 20, 2023, 9:28pm -
  • Frontier Seeks More Flyers Through Status Match, While CEO Challenges Labor Force
      While Frontier Airlines is trying to attract more flyers through status matches and easier ways to get elite status, carrier CEO Barry Biffle recently made comments suggesting “productivity changes” is hurting all aspects of his business.   B…
    - 6 days ago Sep 15, 2023, 8:04pm -
  • The New Delta SkyMiles: It’s All About the Money
      The Atlanta-based carrier announced their new loyalty earning metrics on Thursday, September 14, 2023, moving away from a combination of miles and elite qualifying dollars to just pure spend.   Moving to Spend “Simplifies” Loyalty for Custome…
    - 6 days ago Sep 15, 2023, 7:36pm -
  • World of Hyatt Extends Status Challenge to AAdvantage Elites
      The hotelier announced a new promotion offering 90 days of Explorist status for all AAdvantage elite members, with the opportunity to move up to Globalist through February 2025.   Potential World of Hyatt Elite Level Based on AAdvantage Status Un…
    - 8 days ago Sep 13, 2023, 7:42pm -
  • JetBlue to Grant Northeast Low-Cost Carrier Holdings to Allegiant
      The New York-based carrier announced a plan to divest “all of the holdings of Spirit Airlines at Boston Logan International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport” to the ultra-low-cost-carrier.   Divesture to Allegiant Part of Volu…
    - 8 days ago Sep 13, 2023, 6:39pm -
  • Flyers Stuck on Singapore A380 for Nearly Eight Hours Over Technical Issue
      A group of flyers found themselves in just that situation. The Straits Times reports the airline grounded the flight at Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) due to a technical issue.   Aircraft Had Electricity Cut Several Times as Engineer…
    - 10 days ago Sep 11, 2023, 9:08pm -
  • FlyerTalk Remembers 9/11
        At 8:46 a.m. Eastern Time on September 11, 2001, American Airlines Flight 11 was crashed into floors 93 through 99 of One World Trade Center, killing 82 crewmembers and passengers onboard. Seventeen minutes later, United Airlines Flight 175 was…
    - 11 days ago Sep 10, 2023, 4:11am -
  • United Increases Interest in Denver, but No HQ Move Planned
      While the carrier now owns 114 acres of land near the airport, executives for the airline say they won’t be leaving Chicago anytime soon.   Denver Primed for Growth – But What Kind? In August 2023, Reuters reported United purchased a plot of…
    - 15 days ago Sep 6, 2023, 5:37pm -
  • Qantas’ CEO Joyce Ousted Ahead of Schedule
      The airline announced his departure is effective immediately, ending his run of 15 years at the helm of the carrier.   Joyce Exits After Action from Transport Workers Union and Australian Regulators Alan Joyce joined Qantas in 2000, after spendin…
    - 15 days ago Sep 6, 2023, 5:13pm -

View From the Wing

One Mile at a Time

  • newCathay Pacific’s New “Feels Good To Move” Ad
    Cathay Pacific had an exceptionally tough few years, given the extent to which Hong Kong was locked down during the pandemic. With border restrictions lifted and transpacific travel demand coming back shortly, the airline is finally profitable once a…
    - 12 mins ago Sep 21, 2023, 9:49am -
  • newWild: Man Runs Down Airport Runway Toward Airplane
    Here’s something we (fortunately) don’t see every day…
    - 15 hours ago Sep 20, 2023, 6:52pm -
  • newFlightradar24: The Ultimate App For AvGeeks
    Just as Im obsessed with miles and points, I also have an unhealthy interest in commercial aviation. Thats to say that I lovelearning everything about planes, including those that Im flying on, as well as those I just see overhead.
    - 17 hours ago Sep 20, 2023, 5:29pm -
  • newHow To Redeem Miles On RwandAir
    Several months ago, I wrote about how Qatar Airways Privilege Club greatly improved the value proposition of redeeming Avios on partner airlines. What’s awesome is that this pricing not only applies for travel on oneworld airlines, but also for tra…
    - 17 hours ago Sep 20, 2023, 4:36pm -
  • newDetails: Finnair Plus Adopting Avios As Rewards Currency
    In August 2023, major changes were announced to the Finnair Plus program. Finnair has now revealed more details about what exactly we can expect with the new program, so let’s go over all the details.
    - 19 hours ago Sep 20, 2023, 2:38pm -
  • newKalitta Air 747 Tries To Take Off Without Clearance
    As an aviation geek, I love listening to air traffic control audio, and always enjoy the VASAviation YouTube channel, which does a great job covering interesting air traffic control situations. Here’s the latest one of these.
    - 20 hours ago Sep 20, 2023, 1:41pm -
  • newHot Take: Is Delta Actually A “Premium” Airline?
    Delta recently announced some major changes for loyal flyers, including massive adjustments to the SkyMiles program, plus new restrictions on Sky Club access. I’ve been thinking a lot about these changes. Before I share my more detailed take on the…
    - 22 hours ago Sep 20, 2023, 12:15pm -
  • newNo More IHG Diamond With Ambassador Renewal?
    I’ve written before about how you can renew IHG Diamond status by buying InterContinental Ambassador status. Well, it would appear that this is no longer possible.
    - 23 hours ago Sep 20, 2023, 11:00am -
  • newEastern Airlines Plans New York To Wuhan Flights
    In the past I’ve called Eastern Airlines the world’s strangest airline. The carrier has a fleet of Boeing 767s and Boeing 777s, and it operates one scheduled route — a once monthly Miami to Santo Domingo flight. Well, the airline is now hoping…
    - 24 hours ago Sep 20, 2023, 10:14am -
  • Review: Lufthansa Senator Lounge Munich Airport (MUC)
    During my recent trip to Germany with my parents, I had the chance to check out both the Lufthansa Business Lounge and Lufthansa Senator Lounge at Munich Airport. I visited first thing in the morning, due to an unscheduled overnight in Munich (where…
    - 1 day ago Sep 20, 2023, 9:30am -

The Frequent Miler

The Flight Deal

The Free-quent Flyer

  • Don't sleep on the Better Balance Rewards forced product change spending bonus
    One of the interesting things about Bank of America credit cards, historically, has been that they were pretty indifferent to how many of the same credit card you carried. Bank of America’s credit card portfolio isn’t terribly impressive, but the…
    - 58 days ago Jul 25, 2023, 8:30pm -
  • "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…
    - 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.…
    - 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 -

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 -


  • newPros and Cons of Earning Credit Card Rewards While Paying Tuition
    Whether you’re sending yourself or a family member to college, annual tuition fees can be daunting. In the 2022-2023 school year, the average annual tuition fee was $39,400 for private universities and $10,950 for public universities (for state res…
    - 1 hour ago Sep 21, 2023, 9:00am -
  • Capital One SavorOne Rewards for Students Credit Card Review
    If you’re a student with a credit score in the “average” range (which is usually considered to be between 580 and 680), the Capital One SavorOne Rewards for Students Credit Card is quite simply one of the best cards on the market for you.The p…
    - 8 days ago Sep 13, 2023, 9:00am -
  • Unique Ways to Use the United Excursionist Perk
    Earning a free one-way flight may sound too good to be true. But with the Excursionist Perk from United Airlines, you can do exactly that. This is a hidden gem from United that’s actually not hidden at all. Redeeming your free flight is straightfor…
    - 15 days ago Sep 6, 2023, 9:00am -
  • Capital One Quicksilver Rewards for Students Credit Card
    [vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text uncode_shortcode_id="186589"]Many credit card issuers offer cards geared toward college students with little or no credit history and scores in the “average” range (which is typically considered to…
    - 22 days ago Aug 30, 2023, 9:00am -
  • Hotel Review: AC Hotel by Marriott Colón, Valencia
    The AC Hotel by Marriott Colón Valencia markets itself as a “four-star lifestyle hotel in the center of Valencia.” Earlier this year, my wife and I spent five nights at this property during the annual Las Fallas festival in Valencia, Spain.The…
    - 29 days ago Aug 23, 2023, 9:00am -
  • How Best to Redeem the British Airways Travel Together Ticket
    Maximizing the redemption value of rewards and perks is often a question of timing, as well as of finding the sweet spots.The post How Best to Redeem the British Airways Travel Together Ticket appeared first on MileValue.
    - 36 days ago Aug 16, 2023, 5:34am -
  • Changes to the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard®
    The Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard® is the top-tier credit card in the Citi® / AAdvantage® family. This card has been a great selection for American Airlines loyalists for years because of its premium travel perks and acces…
    - 49 days ago Aug 3, 2023, 1:31pm -
  • Best Ways to Use British Airways Avios
    The British Airways Executive Club, the loyalty program of British Airways, uses Avios as its reward currency that can be redeemed for award flights. Avios are used and accepted by multiple airlines, meaning the opportunities for redemption are wid…
    - 63 days ago Jul 20, 2023, 2:10pm -
  • Capital One Platinum Secured Credit Card Review
    A secured credit card is a great tool for people with poor credit who want to start rebuilding their credit and working toward qualifying for better cards and higher credit limits in general. The idea is that you put down a deposit to ensure your lin…
    - 70 days ago Jul 13, 2023, 1:54pm -
  • 100,000-Point Welcome Bonus with Chase Ink Business Preferred Is Now Available After Spending $8,000
    Until recently, the Chase Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card has been offering 100,000 points to new cardmembers who spend $15,000 or more on their card within the first three months after account opening. However, as of June 29, 2023, Chase has lo…
    - 83 days ago Jun 30, 2023, 2:58am -

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

  • 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…
    - 21 days ago 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,…
    - 22 days ago 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 -
  • 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 -

Nomadic Matt

  • The Best Walking Tours in Seville
    Posted: 9/15/2023 | September 15th, 2023 Seville is gorgeous. It’s full of beautiful architecture and is considered the artistic, cultural, and financial capital of southern Spain. Known for its flamenco dancing and its unique blend of European and…
    - 6 days ago Sep 15, 2023, 2:23pm -
  • Where to Stay in Edinburgh: The Best Neighborhoods for Your Visit
    Posted: 9/15/23 | September 15th, 2023 Edinburgh is fabulous. Famed for its beauty, museums, castle, historic university, and literary past, it’s also a moody city but with a cozy feel. I think Edinburgh is a magical destination, from the pubs with…
    - 6 days ago Sep 15, 2023, 2:18pm -
  • The 5 Best Hostels in Jerusalem
    Posted: 9/15/23 | September 15th, 2023 Jerusalem is one of the oldest cities in the world, founded over 5,000 years ago. And while it is loaded with history, it’s not a stuffy, dusty capital fit only for antiquity buffs. It’s actually a lively, m…
    - 6 days ago Sep 15, 2023, 1:57pm -
  • How to Travel on a Budget
    Last Updated: 9/4/23 | September 4th, 2023 Travel has become really expensive. Post-COVID, the entire world seems to be traveling again and prices just keep rising. I am astonished at how high they have gotten. But it’s a product of rising costs an…
    - 17 days ago Sep 4, 2023, 12:00pm -
  • The 5 Best Hostels in Kuala Lumpur
    Posted: 8/31/23 | August 31st, 2023 Kuala Lumpur is one of my favorite cities in Southeast Asia. It’s a melting pot of influences and cultures (Indian, Chinese, Malay, Western), there’s a ton of activities to do, and it’s a foodie heaven that I…
    - 21 days ago Aug 31, 2023, 1:35pm -
  • Bilt FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions About My New Favorite Card
    Posted: 9/15/23 | September 15, 2023 The Bilt Mastercard® is one of my favorite travel credit cards. While I have a handful of others in my wallet, Bilt is my go-to for most of my day-to-day spending. Plus, it’s still the only credit card that all…
    - 21 days ago Aug 31, 2023, 12:00pm -
  • The Best Travel Insurance for Digital Nomads
    Posted: 8/31/23 | August 31st, 2023 Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more people were transitioning to remote work. Digital nomads were becoming increasingly common as people quit the cubicle to work from wherever they felt like. Today, as…
    - 21 days ago Aug 31, 2023, 11:12am -
  • 5 Myths About Booking a Flight that You Need to Ignore
    Last Updated: 8/28/23 | August 28th, 2023 Let’s talk about cheap flights. We all know airlines are out to screw us over — and no one wants to be the person who gets stuck paying the highest fare. That’s why we spend hours upon hours researching…
    - 24 days ago Aug 28, 2023, 12:00pm -
  • The Best Walking Tours in Dublin
    Posted: 8/21/2023 | August 21st, 2023 I love Dublin. As a writer, how could I not? This is a city once home to iconic Nobel laureates like George Bernard Shaw, William Butler Yeats, and Samuel Beckett. It’s the perfect place for cozy cafes and writ…
    - 31 days ago Aug 21, 2023, 5:34pm -
  • The 5 Best Hostels in Dublin
    Posted: 8/21/2023 | August 21st, 2023 Lively Dublin is known for its rambunctious pubs, literary scene (William Butler Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, and Samuel Beckett all lived here), Guinness, and live music. Dublin is quite compact and walkable if y…
    - 31 days ago Aug 21, 2023, 7:07am -

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!…
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  • September 2023
    How To Be A Real Man We hear so much debate about what it means to be a man these days. Such a complex question. In extremely confusing times. So, let’s uncover the answers. I recently surveyed hundreds of women and feel proud to share such valuabl…
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  • July 2023
    Chai Tea Had any interesting conversations lately? You remember those… Focused on a person more than a device. Engaged. Brain stimulated.    I just had one of those old-school chats. Courtesy of a longtime reader named James. An affable guy who h…
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  • 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…
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  • 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…
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  • 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…
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  • 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…
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  • 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…
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  • 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…
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  • 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…
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Doctor of Credit

Hustler Money Blog

Travel Codex

  • Review: United 767-400 Polaris Business Class, Madrid to Washington
    My ride home from Spain took some twists and turns due to schedule changes. I’ll detail this below, but I ended up on United 767-400 Polaris Business Class. While a comfortable way across the Atlantic, it’s the same old song and dance with Polari…
    - 3 days ago Sep 18, 2023, 12:00pm -
  • Review: British Airways Concorde Room at London Heathrow 2023
    The British Airways Concorde Room at London Heathrow is among the most exclusive lounges available to a select few flyers. Only passengers flying British Airways or other OneWorld carriers in first class from London Heathrow terminal 5 can access the…
    - 6 days ago Sep 15, 2023, 4:38pm -
  • Swan Hellenic: Save $2,000 on 2024 Cruises
    Swan Hellenic expeditions have made a splash in the expedition and cruise space with new itineraries around the world. By going places other companies do not, there’s an opportunity to see more remote places by small ship. The company focuses on Po…
    - 7 days ago Sep 14, 2023, 9:38pm -
  • Review: FlySafair Business Class Between Cape Town and Johannesburg
    For our anniversary trip to South Africa, we flew into and spent our time in and around Cape Town. But as things are with award travel availability, our trip home started in Johannesburg. I’ve been to JoBurg for work previously and we had to be sel…
    - 23 days ago Aug 29, 2023, 12:59pm -
  • All Inclusive Resorts Join Hyatt Prive
    The World of Hyatt portfolio has continued to grow with the addition of new acquisitions and new hotel brands. The AMR collection brings several new hotels, mostly all inclusive resorts, into the greater collection of properties. Now, several months…
    - 24 days ago Aug 28, 2023, 5:32pm -
  • Cruise Options for those without Passports and Undocumented Americans
    Cruising can be a great way to spend a vacation. You get on a ship, unpack once, and then get to explore several places without having to live out of a suitcase or change hotels. Cruises can take you to the most remote places on earth, where planes,…
    - 27 days ago Aug 25, 2023, 6:52pm -
  • Review: The Cellars-Hohenort, an SLH property in Cape Town
    After our safari at Aquila Private Game Reserve, we had another day in Cape Town before heading home.  Instead of staying in the city center, we opted to stay a bit further out. Both for a change of pace, and for a Hyatt night.  We stayed at the ba…
    - 27 days ago Aug 25, 2023, 12:59pm -
  • Deal Alert: Seabourn Luxury Antarctica Expedition from $8998
    The Seabourn Antarctica expedition voyage deal is back again at its lowest prices in nearly a year! For those with flexibility and looking for something to do this holiday season, consider an 11 day great white continent adventure on the world’s ne…
    - 29 days ago Aug 23, 2023, 1:02pm -
  • Review: Aquila Private Game Reserve, South Africa
    The main destination for our anniversary trip is South Africa. First trip to Africa for my wife, and we wanted to experience a safari.  Our time here was shorter than ideal, although too long if you ask our daughter who remained back at home, so we…
    - 31 days ago Aug 21, 2023, 12:59pm -
  • Review: Delta A330-900neo Premium Select, Minneapolis to Paris
    For the return portion of my reverse roundtrip from Europe, I selected Air France’s Skyteam partner, Delta. Yes, initially, I planned to fly Delta to the US and then Air France back. But as I noted in my Air France Premium Economy report, a Delta s…
    - 31 days ago Aug 21, 2023, 11:00am -

Maximizing Money

Boarding Area

Flyertalk MilesBuzz

  • newConnecting reward flight legs
    If I find a reward LHR-SFO on BA, can I add on an AA avios reward at the end of it SFO-LAS on the same ticket? I’ve always done these separately (usually the last leg via a cash ticket) but it’s just dawned upon me that there should be no reason…
    - 15 mins ago Sep 21, 2023, 9:46am -
  • newMissing tier points on Finnair operated by Norra
    Longtime lurker, thank you for all the advice. I took a Finnair flight AY1076 operated by Norra from RIX (riga) to HEL (Helsinki). The booking class was 'B' and so I was expecting 20 tier points as per BA avios flight calculator but the flight has..…
    - 21 mins ago Sep 21, 2023, 9:40am -
  • newAvios Upgrade ?? BA flight but QR ticket
    D ticket issued by QR but includes a BA flight (not codeshare). There is Avios availability in F - is it possible to get it upgraded with BA or will they point me to QR (at which point I will give up even before trying !!!)
    - 22 mins ago Sep 21, 2023, 9:39am -
  • newVOML - What does it usually include?
    Hi, will be flying on Qatar for the first time in October and I'm quite excited about that! Just a bit curious about the VOML (Vegetarian Oriental) meal - I'm not a vegetarian but would definitely prefer Chinese food over Middle-Eastern food. Is..…
    - 24 mins ago Sep 21, 2023, 9:37am -
  • newCX website - unresponsive after inputting PNR + Earnings on different fare classes?
    I just tried adding a Qatar PNR to my CX account on the website and it didn't work. The website told me to "login" with the PNR instead so that's what I did, and I was able to access the booking. Then, I tried to log in to my account and retrieve...
    - 27 mins ago Sep 21, 2023, 9:34am -
  • newLikelihood of getting on an earlier flight at LHR - Avios booking
    Dear all, Just wondering if there is any chance at all to get on an earlier service from LHR T5 to the same destination (2 hours earlier)? Avios booking, and there is no Avios availability on the earlier service. We will be at T5 anyway, just...
    - 41 mins ago Sep 21, 2023, 9:20am -
  • newsurveys for virgin atlantic points
    Hi there, is there good any survey sites to earn Virgin Atlantic (red) points? Thanks
    - 44 mins ago Sep 21, 2023, 9:17am -
  • newHo Chi Minh - Ho Tram - SGN return transfers
    We're going to Ho Chi Minh and Ho Tram in October for a week so I'm looking for a car transfer service for the return journey (starting in the city centre and returning us to the airport). Anyone any experience of this return trip? How much...
    - 1 hour ago Sep 21, 2023, 9:01am -
  • newReactivating Expired Cathay Asia Miles
    Wondering if anyone else has successfully got back expired Asia Miles with Cathay? My wife has over 100000 miles which have now expired since we didn't use any due to Covid. Cathay are saying the only way to reactivate them is to pay $40 USD...
    - 2 hours ago Sep 21, 2023, 8:30am -
  • newWidespread C7 availability
    A bunch of my Expert Flyer alerts went off and I was able to confirm mileage upgrades and SWUs on about a dozen flights. Interestingly, only the US/Canada availability was "real" -- a DFW-FRA shows C7 ("upgrade"-C) but wasn't bookable. But just a.…
    - 2 hours ago Sep 21, 2023, 8:09am -

Reddit r/churning

  • newDaily Question Thread - September 21, 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 hour ago Sep 21, 2023, 9:01am -
  • newDaily Discussion Thread - September 21, 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 hour ago Sep 21, 2023, 9:01am -
  • newData Points Weekly - Week of September 21, 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…
    - 1 hour ago Sep 21, 2023, 9:00am -
  • newWhat Card Should I Get? Weekly Thread - Week of September 20, 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…
    - 22 hours ago Sep 20, 2023, 12:01pm -
  • Daily Question Thread - September 20, 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 Sep 20, 2023, 9:00am -
  • Daily Discussion Thread - September 20, 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 Sep 20, 2023, 9:00am -
  • I built a free hotel award search tool for Hyatt, IHG, and Hilton
    Hi r/churning, Fellow churning hobbyist here! Over the past few months, I built as a passion project to help me monitor millions of World of Hyatt, Hilton Honors, and IHG One Rewards awards, so I don't have to do it manually…
    - 1 day ago Sep 20, 2023, 1:05am -
  • Daily Question Thread - September 19, 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 Sep 19, 2023, 9:01am -
  • Daily Discussion Thread - September 19, 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 Sep 19, 2023, 9:01am -
  • Bank Bonus Weekly Thread - Week of September 19, 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 Sep 19, 2023, 9:00am -

Dan's Deals

Johnny Jet

  • newDelta Air Lines Flight Crew Grant Aladdin Actress’ Wish and Help Her Catch a ‘Magic Carpet’ to Broadway Performance of a Lifetime
    Here’s a feel-good air travel story, which feels like an anomaly these days, since almost every airport and airline news story we read seems to involve passengers or flight attendants...The post Delta Air Lines Flight Crew Grant Aladdin Actress’…
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  • newHow Does Bilt Pay Rent? A Guide To How Bilt Payments Work
    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 How Does Bilt Pay Rent? A Guide To How Bilt Payments Work appe…
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  • newAmerican Airlines Flight Attendant Shares Her Top 3 Pet Peeves
    It’s not news to anyone that unruly passenger incidents have become a problem in the skies. The number of reported unruly passenger incidents peaked in 2021 at a whopping 492%...The post American Airlines Flight Attendant Shares Her Top 3 Pet Peev…
    - 18 hours ago Sep 20, 2023, 4:12pm -
  • newWhat Do Flight Attendants Notice When You Board a Plane? Here’s What They’re Looking For
    When you board a flight, you generally find members of the cabin crew waiting by the airplane door. They welcome you aboard (usually), and then you head to your seat...The post What Do Flight Attendants Notice When You Board a Plane? Here’s What T…
    - 18 hours ago Sep 20, 2023, 3:55pm -
  • newThe Best Airline Miles for Short Domestic Flights
    Short domestic flights can help you use up expiring points and miles but also keep your travel expenses low. Here are some examples to guide you.The post The Best Airline Miles for Short Domestic Flights appeared first on Johnny Jet.
    - 21 hours ago Sep 20, 2023, 1:15pm -
  • newCIT Bank Platinum Savings Account – Earn More Interest
    If you're seeking to earn the most interest on your savings, the CIT Bank Platinum Savings account is one of your best options.The post CIT Bank Platinum Savings Account – Earn More Interest appeared first on Johnny Jet.
    - 22 hours ago Sep 20, 2023, 11:56am -
  • 12 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): Wednesday, September 20 Yesterday’s TSA checkpoint numbers TSA officers screened 1,989,431...The post 12 Things in Travel You Need to Know T…
    - 1 day ago Sep 20, 2023, 8:01am -
  • This Simple Trick You’ve Probably Never Thought of Can Help to Keep You (And Your Stuff) Safe
    I’ve been writing about hotels a lot lately and I keep getting more tips from readers and colleagues. After I posted this piece, with three reasons to always get two...The post This Simple Trick You’ve Probably Never Thought of Can Help to Keep…
    - 2 days ago Sep 19, 2023, 5:52pm -
  • What Credit Cards Get Airport Lounge Access?
    Which card gets airport lounge access? You may enjoy a dedicated airline credit card, or would you be better off with a flexible rewards card?The post What Credit Cards Get Airport Lounge Access? appeared first on Johnny Jet.
    - 2 days ago Sep 19, 2023, 1:09pm -
  • CIT Bank 1 Year-CD Review
    The CIT Bank 1 Year-CD can help you earn more interest on your deposit without any fees. Its short-term commitment also makes it easy to access your cash.The post CIT Bank 1 Year-CD Review appeared first on Johnny Jet.
    - 2 days ago Sep 19, 2023, 1:00pm -