You might as well register: 30% more miles from United’s partners

30% more miles

United is running a potentially lucrative new promotion: From now until November 20th, if you earn miles from any of United’s partners, United will throw in either 10% or 30% bonus miles depending on whether or not you’ve earned miles from that partner in the past 12 months.  The 30% bonus is reserved for those partners that you have not received miles from in the past year. The good news is that the 30% offer…

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A case study of a 470,000 point application spree

application spree

In mid August, my wife applied for 8 credit cards across three banks.  After a few phone calls, all 8 cards were approved.  You can read the full details here and here.  Currently, we’re still working on the minimum spend requirements for some of these cards, but in the end we expect to earn a total of 470,000 points and miles.  In the prior posts I added plenty of warnings and caveats.  If you’re thinking…

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It’s not too late – Deals still alive as of 10/04/2015


Each week we publish a number of fantastic deals on the blog and in Quick Deals. Most deals don’t last long, but some hang around for awhile. In an effort to keep you up to date, we have gone back through each of the deals posted over the last couple of months to let you know which ones are still active. Deals added during the past week appear in bold. Here are the deals still…

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Playing Uber Roulette, Amex Gift Card Portal Clawbacks, Unbiased Credit Card Rankings & More!


Welcome to the Frequent Miler Week In Review series. Every Saturday we recap what you might have missed from Frequent Miler during the week. Enjoy! This Week From Frequent Miler Uber Roulette – Strategies for avoiding Uber’s sometimes very expensive surge pricing. Many answers, one decision – The ultimate decision as to whether or not to take a free car rental in exchange for a review on the blog. Amex neuters Small Business Saturday. No statement credits this year. – It…

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20% off Netflix, Citi Dividend Retention Strategy, Citi 50K Checking Account Bonus Analysis & More!


Welcome to the Frequent Miler Week In Review series. Every Saturday we bring you some of the best posts from around the web. Enjoy! This Week Around the Web The Aeroplan Awards You Should Book By December 15th – Which awards are increasing the most in December’s devaluation? My FTU Hotels Talk: Everything But Hilton, Hyatt and Starwood – Looking beyond the main award programs with a look at hotels that you will want to see. Rant: Conflict of Interest in…

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Amex claws back old portal payout

Amex portal

A couple of days ago I logged into my TopCashback account and found something disturbing.  My pending cash back for Amex Gift Cards had dropped to negative $195. I clicked the dollar amount to see the details.  There, I found that I had one pending payout of $30 (which will surely be reversed soon) and a negative payout of $225.  Yikes. I hastily shot off a (nicely worded) “WTF” support ticket to TopCashback. Then I…

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Unbiased credit card rankings: a work in progress

Unbiased credit card rankings

As a reader of this blog, you probably already know that you can find the best credit card signup offers on this page: Best credit card offers.  Since offers constantly come and go, we work hard not only to keep the offers up to date, but also to ensure that we have links to the best offers.  For example, we’ll choose a link offering 50,000 points plus a statement credit over a link offering 50,000…

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Amex neuters Small Business Saturday. No statement credits this year.

Small Business Saturday FAQ

In the past several years, the Saturday after Thanksgiving was like Christmas to those with a handful of American Express cards.  Each year, on that day (dubbed “Small Business Saturday”), Amex would offer statement credits for purchases made at small businesses.  By splitting transactions it has been possible to buy things for free. This year, though, it looks as though the party is over.  In the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Small Business Saturday, Amex…

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Many answers, one decision

One decision Silvercar

Last week I wrote a short post in which I debated whether or not to accept a free car rental in exchange for a promise to write a post about my experience.  I had already made my decision before publishing (and had let the rental car company know), but I didn’t declare the decision in that post.  I wanted to to hear what readers thought without them being swayed by my decision. To my surprise,…

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Uber Roulette

Uber Surge Pricing

As a customer, I’m a big fan of Uber.  It’s easy, convenient, and inexpensive.  Intellectually, I even like their Surge Pricing model.  By charging more during peak demand times, they ensure that more cars become available to meet  that demand.  It makes sense. That said, I don’t like to pay more. Option 1: Leave the surge. In some cases, an app like SurgeProtector can help.  It will show you the nearest spot to you in…

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