Amex Platinum Reimbursement Returns, Boarding Pass Barcode Security, Staples $300 Visa Gift Card 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 Hyatt Amex OPEN Discount to End & Other Options to Save 15%+ on Hyatt Gift Cards – Even though the Amex OPEN Hyatt discount is ending, there are a few ways you can still get deeply discounted gift cards. It Lives! Amex Platinum Reimbursements For Gift Cards Lives! – It…

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Bet You Didn’t Know: The Citibank ThankYou Business Card

citibank thankyou business

By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate…   A few weeks ago our friend Stefan over at Rapid Travel Chai wrote about the “zombie” CitiBusiness ThankYou card. He speculated that since all online links for the business version of the ThankYou card have either disappeared or result in an error, Citibank might in the near future embark on a relaunch of the card to complement the rest of their revamped ThankYou program. I think Stefan’s got some great…

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A checklist for securing expedited security, hotel and car elite status, two $200 reimbursements, and more

Platinum Checklist

A bit of good news for Amex Platinum cardholders surfaced yesterday.  First, it was widely reported that Amex Platinum holders are now eligible for free Hilton Gold status.  Second, we learned that a glitch in Platinum card airline fee reimbursements has been fixed.  These developments reminded me of an item on my to-do list: Create a checklist of to-dos for Amex Platinum cardholders. Done. I was originally inspired to create this to-do by a friend. …

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Discover’s Deal of the Year: Still Waiting


Quick background: Discover is currently running two overlapping promotions: an extra 10% cash back for Apple Pay purchases, plus double all cash back for a year.  Each promotion is amazing on its own. Taken together, they’re fantastic.  You can find full details here and here. The one little hitch has been the introduction of terms to the Apple Pay promo.  The terms now exclude gift card purchases.  See: Discover’s Deal of the Year: Excludes gift…

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AA vs Delta Part 2: good upgrades, bad food, and in-flight ads


In part 1 of this series, I made it clear: my goal is not to compare the AA and Delta frequent flyer programs.  On paper, at least, AA’s program has Delta beat by a mile.  And that’s partly because it is on paper.  That is, AA publishes their award chart.  Delta does not.  But there’s more: AA offers significantly lower international award prices.  AA offers first class international awards (Delta tops out at business class). …

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More than double price for discounted AA first class? No ThankYou Citi. FlexPerks to the rescue.

discounted AA first class

In March of last year, Citibank increased the value of ThankYou Rewards points for Citi Prestige cardholders.  When used to purchase American Airlines flights, each point is now worth 1.6 cents each instead of the previous 1.33 cents (which still applies to tickets on other airlines).  Since then, I’ve been a big fan of the combination of the Citi Prestige card and ThankYou Rewards points for those who fly American Airlines often.  For details and…

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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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