Bet You Didn’t Know: A New Way To Book Flights Directly From ITA Matrix

ita matrix

By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate…   ITA Matrix is still the godfather of booking engines. There simply isn’t a more powerful tool out there for piecing together complex flight itineraries. Even though Google Flights has become my primary search engine in recent years thanks to its speed and flexibility, it still has limits and can’t keep up with ITA Matrix when airfare availability is rapidly changing, such as during a mistake fare spree. However, to…

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How to get Hyatt Diamond benefits without status

Hyatt Diamond benefits without status

Last year I decided not to mattress run to keep my Hyatt Diamond status.  It was a tough decision: Hyatt Diamond status is awesome.  But, I was simply too far from re-qualifying.  Then, a very lucky thing happened.  In November of last year, Hyatt briefly offered a Diamond status match to anyone with mid or top tier status in a competing chain.  I didn’t think I would qualify since I had Hyatt Diamond status at…

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Should you avoid pooling ThankYou accounts?

pooling ThankYou accounts

Citibank ThankYou Rewards points can be earned from several credit cards, and from some Citi bank accounts.  By default, each credit card or bank account has its own ThankYou Rewards account, but Citi provides a mechanism to pool these “sponsor” accounts together. Pooling ThankYou Accounts Advantages There are a few advantages to pooling accounts: Simplicity: View all of your points at once.  If you have any expiring points, the soonest to expire points will be…

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Attempting to buy SPG points for 1.15 cents each

buy SPG points

In June I was looking for alternative ways to earn or cheaply buy SPG points, and so I browsed to SPG on Broadway.  This is a website that lets you use SPG points to purchase play tickets or earn SPG points when buying tickets.  I’ve written before about the former (see: Redeeming points for Broadway tickets. Amazing value possible with Delta, SPG.).  However, I’ve never played around with earning points this way.  It was time…

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Chase Special Consideration vs. 5/24

Chase Special Consideration

In the post “Chase Special Consideration,” I wrote about the special reconsiderations forms that a Chase banker can fill out on your behalf (if you have at least $10K on deposit) to help turn a credit card application from a denial to approval.  In fact, the process worked brilliantly for me with my Chase Ink Plus application.  I had hoped that it would work, in general, to break the 5/24 rule. What is the 5/24…

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play review (no spoilers)

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

A couple of weeks ago my wife, son, and I had the opportunity to see the new play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.  The story continues years after the original.  This time, it’s Harry’s son who goes to Hogwarts.  And, you know, mayhem ensues. Unlike any other play I’ve seen, this one is so long that it is shown in two parts, each with its own intermission.  We saw part one on a Thursday…

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It’s not too late – Deals still alive as of 07/17/2016

deals still alive

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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Consumer Arbitration, App-No-Rama Success, Chase Ink Special Consideration Approval & 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 Ink Plus success with Chase’s Special Consideration form – Overturning a denial by using a special form that needs to be filled out in-branch. App-No-Rama in action: Over 700K and counting – Applying for good offers as they come has proven to be a successful strategy. FlexPerks award charts…

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Erosion of Deals, Citi Reconsideration Roller Coaster, Capital One Churning Changes & 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 Around the Web The Erosion of Deals & Staying Ahead of the Game – How deals erode over time to negate inefficiencies and why it is best to stay ahead of the game. My Roller Coaster Ride with Citi Reconsideration –  A wild ride of reconsideration phone calls that eventually result in several…

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FlexPerks nerfs online first class and multi-city flight awards

FlexPerks Flight Search

With US Bank’s FlexPerks program, flight awards usually offer the best value (see: FlexPerks award charts for flights, hotels, car rentals, and annual fees).  And, it has been possible to maximize value from flight awards by selective use of multi-city searches and first class flights (see: Maximizing value from the U.S. Bank FlexPerks Travel Rewards Visa Card).  Recently, though, the online FlexPerks flight search interface has changed.  Now, multi-city and first class flights cannot be…

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