All aboard — last call for 30x Amtrak points


Great deals come along each week, but these are reaching the end of the line. Get the deals you want before it’s too late!  Last Chance Deals Expiring February 28  30X Amtrak at 1800Flowers — Sometimes it’s good to be wrong. This one stuck around longer than I thought it would.  Get on this train before it rolls out. 22% Off gift cards via Amex Offer — Great chance to grab a nice discount and combine gift…

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Virgin Atlantic miles: not just for Necker Island and more


Welcome to Frequent Miler’s week in review around the web, where we recap some great posts we saw around the net. If you’ve found yourself with some Virgin Atlantic miles and Greg hasn’t convinced you that you need to go to Necker Island with them, Gary Leff reminds us that there are some other uses for those miles — like ANA First Class round trip for 120,000 miles. Methods of earning miles for trips like…

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Which hotel credit card stays in your wallet?


While we have seen some exciting 100,000 point sign up bonuses on cards like the Chase Sapphire Reserve and the Amex Business Platinum, there is one offer for “150,000 Bonus points” that is so bad that we’d never written about it until now. Find out why you should avoid this 150,000 point offer so you don’t fall for the misleading marketing hype. As you might expect, that story led to some spirited debate over using…

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Lions, Leopards and a Category 1 Marriott — oh my


Long before discovering points and miles as a method to travel, my wife and I had a shared dream trip: a safari. I think it’s the child within — the chance to see lions and leopards and elephants in their natural habitats rekindles the amazement of seeing them on TV for the first time as kids. It’s hard to describe the difference between watching Animal Planet and finding those scenes play out in real life…

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CitiBusiness AAdvantage 50K offer without 24-month language

  CitiBusines has a 50K mile sign up bonus offer out on the AAdvantage Platinum Select World Mastercard that does NOT include 24-month language.  While offers on this card typically exclude those who have opened or closed a CitiBusiness AAdvantage card within the past 24 months, the absence of that language on this offers means you should be eligible for the signup bonus even if you have opened or closed the card within that timeframe.…

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$2500 in fee free credit card spend for business card holders

Plastiq guy on phone

New users of the Plastiq bill pay service can pay up to $2500 worth of bills with a credit card fee-free.  Here are the terms: You must sign up with a referral link from someone who received a targeted business referral offer (more on this below).  I checked with my contact at Plastiq and found that since I wasn’t targeted, my referral link won’t work. You must make a payment of at least $100 by…

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Is it foolish to use hotel cards for everyday spend?

Foolish hotel card spend

In response to my post yesterday about the 150K Marriott offer (see: The 150,000 point offer everyone should avoid) a reader commented “To be fair, people who use hotel cards for their everyday spend are usually fools anyway.” I began composing a reply, but soon realized that my response might be interesting to others so I’m taking the unusual approach of replying via a new post… First, let’s get the obvious out of the way:…

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The 150,000 point offer everyone should avoid

Marriott 150K Offer

Last fall, Marriott began advertising a so-called 150,000 point offer for their Marriott Rewards Premier credit card.  The offer was so clearly inferior to the public 80K offer that I never even wrote about it.  To my surprise, I learned recently that Chase and Marriott are still trying to sucker people in with this offer… False Advertising? First I want to point out that this ad is terribly misleading.  It clearly says that you can…

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Chase Hyatt credit card now offering Explorist status for $50K spend

Chase Hyatt credit card w/ $50K spend gives you Explorist status

Hyatt is now offering automatic mid-tier Explorist status to those who spend $50K on the Chase Hyatt credit card within a calendar year.  Hyatt is also offering this benefit retroactively to those who spent $50K on the card in 2016. Hyatt’s new “World of Hyatt” program kicks in on March 1st.  I’ve previously written about the 5 things I love about the World of Hyatt and 5 things I hate about World of Hyatt.  One…

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