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Earn miles without flying. Frequent Miler is all about getting the most out of the loyalty game. You can easily earn hundreds of thousands of points and miles without traveling, then learn how to use those points towards luxury travel. In this podcast, Frequent Miler founder Greg, and senior author Nick debate current topics in the points & miles world.
 
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1:36 What crazy thing did Hyatt do this week? 7:57 Mileage running the numbers: Is it worth spending to keep Air Canada Aeroplan elite status? 13:54 Main Event: 17 Surprising ways to save on travel 1:09:06 Question of the Week: Which airline programs allow holding an award ticket to avoid phantom award space? Join our email list: https://frequentmi…
 
There are lots of great sweet spots that are exciting in theory are nearly impossible to actually book. This week, Greg and Nick discuss *practical* sweet spots -- the ones they have booked & you can, too. 1:25 This week's disclaimer 4:16 Mattress running the numbers: Is it worth mattress running to get 2x, 3x, or 4x IHG points. 10:12 Main Event: P…
 
Would you rather earn 120K Chase Ultimate Rewards points or 160K Amex Membership Rewards points? It turns out that the answer may not be as simple as you think. 00:48 Giant Mailbag: Newcomer to the show books round the world with ANA. 2:45 What crazy thing . . . did Nick do this week? https://frequentmiler.com/cashing-out-why-nick-is-dumping-a-chun…
 
United recently offered business class seats to many destinations around the world for 60K miles each way. Was it a great deal that everyone should have booked? We each share our thought process with this kind of deal and why one of us booked it and one of us didn't. 1:07 Giant Mailbag: The Capital One Venture X travel credit might not be so easy t…
 
Is the new IHG One Rewards set to top Marriott Rewards? While it won't dethrone Hyatt atop the loyalty rewards mantle, IHG One is looking surprisingly strong. 1:38 Giant Mailbag: Is the Apple card a better beginner card? 6:15 What crazy thing . . . did Caesars Rewards do this week? The un-matched get rematched. https://frequentmiler.com/hail-caesar…
 
Can a coupon book really be worth $695? This week we run the numbers and see if it all adds up to make the Platinum card worthwhile. 00:43 Giant Mailbag double header. First up: Booking Air France intra-European flights via Virgin Atlantic and getting Caesars Diamond back again 4:27 Giant Mailbag: Confession time: Caesars Diamond once again 11:45 W…
 
The best card for a student or young professional just starting out on life's journey and the path to valuable rewards for spend isn't necessarily clear-cut, but on this week's show we discuss the options we would be most likely to recommend -- and why one probably stands out over the rest for a large segment of the market. 1:09 Giant Mailbag doubl…
 
Did you know that your Ultimate Rewards points can still transfer to Amtrak? Or that Citi ThankYou points can become British Airways Avios? This week we talk about ways to wave your magic wand and convert your points creatively. 1:18 Giant Mailbag: Award availability disclaimers 5:33 Confession Time! 9:36 What crazy thing...did British Airways do t…
 
1:07 Giant Mailbag: What about Wyndham? 5:52 Mattress running the numbers: Wyndham promotion for up to 5x points https://frequentmiler.com/great-new-wyndham-promo-earn-up-to-5x-points-on-one-stay-by-5-31-22/ 9:30 What crazy thing double header! What crazy thing . . . did Greg do this week? https://frequentmiler.com/approved-for-venture-x-am-i-nuts-…
 
Booking award flights can be difficult, frustrating and time-consuming -- but it doesn't have to be. This week, we talk about the challenges of booking the best flight awards and how to overcome them. 00:56 Giant Mailbag 2:29 What crazy thing....did American Airlines do this week? https://frequentmiler.com/gregs-american-airlines-loyalty-point-prog…
 
Which cards do we flex for grocery, gas, travel, and everywhere else? Greg and Nick discuss the cards they use for each category and why. 1:04 Giant Mailbag: About that Amex pop-up . . . 4:00 What crazy thing . . . did Qatar do this week? https://frequentmiler.com/qatar-airways-changes-qmiles-adios-hello-avios/ 8:54 Mattress Running the Numbers: Ma…
 
With many great Hyatt properties moving out of range of free night certificates, is it finally time to step off the bandwagon of Hyatt fandom? This week we discuss what will change, what won't, and where we go from here. 00:32 Giant Mailbag: Confession Time 06:11 What crazy thing did....Barclays do this week? https://frequentmiler.com/caution-wyndh…
 
Amex offers some of the best cards on the market both in terms of initial welcome bonus offers and rewards for ongoing spend, but how do you stay in Amex's good graces so you can remain eligible? This week, we discuss avoiding dreaded pop-up prison. 1:18 Giant Mailbag 5:49 What crazy thing . . . did American Express do this week? 8:32 Mattress runn…
 
Getting the best deal on an award ticket is rarely done by going to one airline's website and searching round trip. Greg & Nick discuss the artistry that goes into building a masterpiece of a booking. 1:28 Giant Mailbag 5:57 What crazy thing did Radisson do this week? 10:17 Mattress Running the Numbers: Should you product change to the IHG Premier?…
 
1:06 Giant Mailbag 9:37 What crazy thing did . . . Aeromexico do this week? https://frequentmiler.com/expanded-delta-award-availability-via-aeromexico/ 15:50 Mattress Running the Numbers Triple Header https://frequentmiler.com/ihg-offering-up-to-35000-point-bonus-with-intercontinental-ambassador-renewal-or-enrollment/ https://frequentmiler.com/marr…
 
This week's episode was recording when word came in about the death of the incredible Resy offer. Still, the sweet spots discussed are highly relevant for anyone sitting on a bunch of Membership Rewards points. Listen in as we discuss how half a million points could buy you seven round trip business class tickets to Europe -- or even more valuable …
 
What is the domestic US destination that Greg thinks should be on your bucket list and what else do he and Nick have in mind "someday"? Listen to this week's show to find out. 1:13 What crazy thing....did Plaid do this week? https://frequentmiler.com/plaid-class-action-settlement-submit-claim-by-4-28-22/ 7:13 Mattress Running the Numbers: Which Hil…
 
American Airlines elite status will be easier than ever to achieve if you play the game right. Greg and Nick discuss why they care and how they plan to earn high-level AA elite status in their pajamas and without setting foot on an American Airlines plane. 1:08 Giant Mailbag / What crazy thing...did IHG do this week? 5:08 Mattress Running the Numbe…
 
1:33 Giant Mailbag: The Venture X vacation rental credit may apply more broadly than you'd expect. 4:31 What crazy thing....did American Express do this week? Unexpected (and clawed back) Uber credits https://frequentmiler.com/happy-holidays-from-amex-gold-cardholders-getting-bonus-10-uber-credits-targeted/ 7:12 Mattress running the numbers: Hyatt …
 
The awards we enjoy remembering most, a last-minute status tip, and more on this week's show. 1:34 Giant Mailbag: 240x pushback 6:33 What crazy thing....did Citi do this week? 9:00 Mattress running the numbers: Don't forget this shortcut to Marriott Titanium status 12:40 The Main Event: Our all-time favorite awards https://frequentmiler.com/my-all-…
 
The American Airlines SimplyMiles deal to earn 240 miles per dollar donated to charity was ultimately honored, but when we recorded this week's episode we didn't yet know it would be. We looked back at how we handled it in terms of what we published (and didn't), how much we donated, and our takeaways for next time. 00:50 Giant Mailbag: A personal …
 
Are you ready for the end? This week we talk about your to-do list to make sure you reap all the rewards you are due before the ball drops on New Year's Eve. 1:35 Giant Mailbag 5:46 What crazy thing did American Express do this week? https://frequentmiler.com/becoming-undead-and-grabbing-over-250000-points/ 9:57 Mattress running the numbers: Is the…
 
Air Canada's Aeroplan rewards program has unveiled a new credit card for the U.S. market. And, surprise... the card seems custom built for "gaming"! Ready to play? 0:01:00 Mailbag Double header Mea Culpa: Wyndham 10K, JetBlue pooling 00:05:00 Mattress Running the Numbers: Swagbucks 0:09:20 Main Event: Aeroplan encourages gaming. Ready player 1? 0:5…
 
This week we discuss whether we should stop ignoring Spirit Airlines and start booking that Big Front Seat everywhere we go (domestically). 01:09 Giant Mailbag & Confession Time https://frequentmiler.com/10-years-of-frequent-miler/ 5:12 What crazy thing...did American Express do this week? https://frequentmiler.com/maximizing-value-from-amex-multi-…
 
The Amex +4 referral offer stacks on top of existing bonus categories to make for some great deals. How can you trigger this deal easily and what are some good ways to maximize it? We discuss everything you need to know. 00:39 Giant Mailbag https://frequentmiler.com/10-years-of-frequent-miler/ https://frequentmiler.com/40kfaraway-stretching-the-bou…
 
Capital One has access to some incredible sweet spot awards, but there are also some sour spots that you would be missing if you gave up other award programs to go all-Capital One miles. We also analyze a targeted Hyatt promo, answer the question of the week, and more. 00:44 Giant Mailbag 2:14 What crazy thing did...Hyatt do this week? https://freq…
 
1:21 What crazy thing....did X1 do this week? https://frequentmiler.com/x1-card-review-up-to-4x-everywhere-its-here-its-real/ 6:33 Mattress Running the Numbers: Is it worth spending $8K for a Hilton free night certificate if targeted? https://frequentmiler.com/hilton-free-night-certificate-offer-with-just-8k-spend-targeted/ 11:58 Main Event: Capita…
 
1:05 Giant Mailbag 2:56 What crazy thing . . .triple header! 3:15 What crazy thing . . . did Amex do recently? https://frequentmiler.com/waves-of-amex-shut-downs-this-week/ 4:53 What crazy thing . . . did Cardless do this week? 6:46 What crazy thing . . . did Amtrak do this week? 8:53 Mattress running the numbers: How to lock in the Marriott Amex O…
 
1:23 Giant Mailbag 6:04 Mattress running the numbers: Is it worth spending $15K on the JetBlue Plus card to get Mosaic status? https://frequentmiler.com/jetblue-mosaic-status-with-15k-spend-from-10-1-to-12-31/ 10:17 Main Event: Our favorite sweet spot awards -Turkish Hawaii https://frequentmiler.com/how-to-book-united-flights-using-turkish-miles-sm…
 
1:07 Giant Mailbag 3:56 What crazy thing...did American Express do this week? https://frequentmiler.com/amex-platinum-adds-walmart-and-soulcycle-benefits/ 9:21 Mattress Running the Numbers: The Weak Link in Marriott's Week of Wonders 14:55 Main Event: Chase Battles for the Middle https://frequentmiler.com/new-world-of-hyatt-business-credit-card-lau…
 
00:51 Giant Mailbag 5:09 What crazy thing....did the Waldorf-Astoria Maldives do this week? 9:45 Mattress Running the Numbers: Is 129x Hilton points worth a mattress run? https://frequentmiler.com/earn-7500-hilton-points-when-staying-at-hilton-properties-in-las-vegas/ 15:02 Main Event: Disputing the Indisputable Best Offer https://frequentmiler.com…
 
00:31 Giant Mailbag: The highs and lows of Passing the GUC 10:00 Mattress running the numbers: A Radisson promo that really is mattress-run-worthy. 15:50 Main Event: Marriott fans the rumor flames 45:41 Question of the Week: Could you use US Bank Altitude Reserve points to pay for your Maldives sea plane transfer? Join our email list: https://frequ…
 
Greg and Nick recorded this week's episode in the air on the way home from the Maldives. With crystal clear waters, show-stopping sunsets, and fantastic service still fresh in mind - and while flying in the comfort of KLM business class during recording - the answer to the title question still wasn't an easy one. See the discussion for more. Subscr…
 
00:27 Giant Mailbag: Is the Hilton Surpass the better choice for Hilton Diamond status in 2021? 3:10 Mattress Running the Numbers: If you're spending for a Hilton free night certificate in 2021, should you finish off the spend for Diamond status? 10:14 What crazy thing...did Citi do this week? 13:55 Main Event: A deluge of transfer bonuses https://…
 
1:08 Giant Mailbag 4:41 What crazy thing...did Alitalia do this week? 11:10 Mattress running the numbers: At what price should you mattress run the new Wyndham promotions? https://frequentmiler.com/wyndham-earn-3000-bonus-points-when-booking-weekday-stays-check-in-sun-wed/ 18:52 Main Event: Elite status from home https://frequentmiler.com/shopping-…
 
00:41 Giant Mailbag: Is the Sears Shop Your Way Mastercard the best cash back card ever? 5:42 What crazy thing...did Radisson Rewards do? 12:21 Mattress running the numbers: Should Greg use a Marriott free night certificate or earn a new one? 22:07 Main Event: Easy top tier Hyatt elite status. Should you go for it? https://frequentmiler.com/easy-pa…
 
1:17 Giant Mailbag: Why not log in to United? 4:44 What crazy thing...did Aeroplan do this week? https://frequentmiler.com/aeroplan-might-be-a-more-exciting-transfer-partner-than-we-thought/ 10:41 Mileage running the numbers: When is an Emirates Skywards+ subscription worth it? https://frequentmiler.com/emirates-launches-skywards-subscription-plans…
 
Chase has added Air Canada as an Ultimate Rewards transfer partner. Having new options is always good news, but is the news "great"? 00:00:25 Giant mailbag (Airlines set award rates just above saver level) 00:04:55 Mattress Running the Numbers: Hilton Amex Offer (20% rebate) + Triple points promo + Aspire card $250 rebate 00:13:22 What Crazy Thing …
 
00:34 Giant Mailbag: Do you have any plans to to do a podcast about the US Bank Altitude Reserve card? https://frequentmiler.com/us-bank-altitude-reserve-guide/ 2:45 What crazy thing....did Alaska Airlines do this week? 10:37 Mileage Running the Numbers: Is it worth mileage running Delta Lifetime Diamond status? https://frequentmiler.com/manufactur…
 
00:21 All the things we got wrong last week 7:28 Giant Mailbag: Isn't Fine Hotels & Resorts overpriced? 14:53 What crazy thing.....did Amex do this week? 16:57 What crazy thing....did Amex do this week? 21:42 Mattress Running the Numbers: Best Western https://frequentmiler.com/best-western-amex-offer-spend-100-get-20-back/ 24:56 Main Event: Citi ha…
 
00:38 Giant Mailbag: Want more Ask Us Anything? See us on Youtube 2:24 What crazy thing...did Capital One do this week? https://frequentmiler.com/capital-one-shut-down-my-account-and-gave-me-only-a-half-cent-per-mile/ 11:34 Mattress Running the Numbers: Marriott Homes & Villas stacking promotions for 57,000 bonus points https://frequentmiler.com/ma…
 
00:21 Giant Mailbag: Is the AT&T Access More card worth keeping? 6:11 What crazy thing....did Amex do this week? 9:52 Mattress running the numbers: Marriott stay once or twice, get one or two free nights. Deal or no deal? https://frequentmiler.com/targeted-marriott-stay-once-get-free-night-award-stay-twice-get-2-free-night-awards/ 14:24 Main Event:…
 
00:41 Giant Mailbag: Reader Greg is unhappy 2:57 What crazy thing did.....Resy do this week? https://frequentmiler.com/now-125k-15x-platinum-via-resy/ 5:47 What crazy thing...did Upside do this week? 8:48 Mattress running the numbers: Chase 50% transfer bonus to Marriott 11:20 Main Event: 15x Madness from American Express https://frequentmiler.com/…
 
3:00 Giant Mailbag 4:22 What crazy thing...did Alliant Credit Union do this week? https://frequentmiler.com/alliant-looks-to-reclaim-the-throne-as-cash-back-king/ 14:26 Mattress Running the Numbers: Nothing this week 15:17 Main Event: Rewards for Rent https://frequentmiler.com/renters-rejoice-bilt-mastercard-offers-points-for-rent-transfer-to-hyatt…
 
00:32 Giant Mailbag 7:26 What crazy thing . . .double header! What crazy thing did the Point debit card do this week? https://frequentmiler.com/point-debit-card-rundown-referrals-bonus-points-access-deals-more/ 12:27 What crazy thing did Wyndham Rewards dot his week? https://frequentmiler.com/weird-wyndham-timeshare-offer-3-nights-15k-points-for-19…
 
00:32 Giant Mailbag 2:09 What crazy thing...did Amex do this week? https://frequentmiler.com/bypass-amexs-lifetime-rule-when-you-expand-your-membership/ 9:36 Mattress running the numbers: Run Radisson for the United card-linked offer? https://frequentmiler.com/mpx-earn-25x-mileageplus-miles-on-a-radisson-stay-max-8250-miles/ 14:37 Main Event: Citi …
 
Amex, Chase, and Capital One each are offering 100,000 point credit card offers. All three are terrific offers, but which is best? Greg and Nick debate this topic and more... 0:0:18 Confession Time with Greg 0:03:18 What crazy thing did... Nick do this week? 0:05:45 Mattress running the numbers: Stacking IHG deals 0:11:19 Main Event: Battle of the …
 
3:34 Giant Mailbag: The Captain catches his white whale 4:15 What crazy thing....did Hilton do this week? https://frequentmiler.com/hilton-replaces-breakfast-benefit-for-elite-members-in-the-united-states/ 9:18 What crazy thing....did Marriott do this week? https://frequentmiler.com/marriott-now-limited-points-advance-holds-to-no-more-than-60-days/…
 
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