Second look at Revolut: Not ready for US customers, except for one great feature…


Last month I wrote about a new prepaid product designed for global travelers: Revolut.  Revolut is both a smart phone app and a prepaid debit card.  Theoretically, it’s perfect for global travelers: there are no fees (no foreign transaction fees, no currency exchange fees, no ATM fees… you get the idea) and it has true chip and pin capability. Ideally, one could use the card to avoid many of the expenses associated with international travel. …

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Hyatt Diamond status: the first benefit of the Marriott SPG merger

Hyatt Diamond status

Early last week, Marriott announced its acquisition of Starwood Hotels and Resorts.  And, even though Marriott says that they will preserve the best of both loyalty programs, I’m not too optimistic.  Mergers like these usually lead to what is best (or thought to be best) for stockholders, not for customers.  I’ve covered a couple angles of the deal already: Hey Marriott: Here’s how to keep SPG loyalists loyal Convert SPG points to miles? How to…

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It’s not too late – Deals still alive as of 11/22/2015


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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Using Points for Broadway Tickets, A New Barclaycard Product, How Marriott Can Keep SPG Customers & 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 Redeeming points for Broadway tickets. Amazing value possible with Delta, SPG. – How to redeem points/miles for Broadway tickets and why it can be a surprisingly good value. Hey Marriott: Here’s how to keep SPG loyalists loyal – Marriott announced their purchase of Starwood this week. If they want…

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A Painful Gift Card Reselling Lesson, Citi’s Version of Amex Offers, Hacking In-State College Tuition & 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 Gift Card Reselling & Arbitrage: A Painful & Expensive Lesson Resurfacing from the Past! – The one thing you should never do when buying and reselling gift cards. Citi Launches Amex Offers Competitor: How to Access & Full Analysis – Details of Citi’s new offers program and how to access…

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Convert SPG points to miles? How to play the Marriott merger.

SPG points to miles

On Monday we learned that Marriott will be buying Starwood in 2016.  Under the assumption that Marriott’s rewards program will be the surviving program after the merger, I made a plea to Marriott: Hey Marriott: Here’s how to keep SPG loyalists loyal.  I suggested that Marriott should convert SPG points to Marriott points at a favorable rate (1 to 4), match elite status at a favorable level (i.e. give SPG elites better status after the…

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The Sears double dip roller coaster

Sears double dip roller coaster

Background: Sears used to be one of the most reliable online merchants for portal “double dips”.  A Sears double dip goes as follows: Click through an online portal to and buy gift cards Click through an online portal again to and use the gift cards to buy merchandise Via the above process, it has long been possible to double portal rewards.  For example, when a portal offered 10 miles per dollar for shopping…

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Barclaycard introduces CashForward card


When Barclaycard first introduced their Arrival Plus card, it was pretty exciting.  At the time, it offered 2 points per dollar for all spend plus a 10% rebate on all points redeemed.  The card offered an effective return of 2.22% back on all purchases, as long as points were redeemed for travel.  Since then, the Arrival Plus has devalued a bit.  The 10% rebate has been lowered to 5% and the minimum redemption amount was…

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SPG: Two free nights (cat 1-5) after two stays!

SPG two free nights:

Every now and then I learn something cool about the miles & points hobby from my son.  For example, I previously reported a way to get targeted for Amex business card offers based on my son’s experience in setting up a website domain.  Now, I learned that new SPG members can get targeted for a really nice offer… On October 2nd, I enrolled my son in the Starwood Preferred Guest program.  I don’t even remember…

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Hey Marriott: Here’s how to keep SPG loyalists loyal

Marriott SPG

Yesterday, Marriott announced its acquisition of Starwood Hotels and Resorts.  The transaction is expected to close “mid 2016”, but we have no information yet about how or when the loyalty programs will merge.  My guess is that the loyalty programs will merge early 2017 and that Marriott Rewards will be the surviving program over Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG).  Assuming this is true, there will be a huge number of pissed off SPG loyalists.  SPG has…

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