Yearly Archives

Yearly Archives for 2011.

Frequent Miler’s 2011 Fails

Frequent Miler has existed for only 4 months, so it’s a bit silly for me to produce a best and worst of 2011, but hey I’m on vacation so I don’t mind “phoning it in” as they say.  This will be a two part post.  In this post I’ll present my top failures of 2011 based upon my own subjective option.  So, without further ado, let’s start with the worst of Frequent Miler and I’ll…

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Another way to earn miles through credit card spend

For those of you who, like me, are always on the lookout for more ways to spend a lot on your credit card and get most of it back, here’s another possibility: get a cash advance from your hotel. I have no idea how many hotels offer this option, but according to one reader the London Park Lane Sheraton offers up to 50 GBP per day as a cash advance, fee free.  The cash advance…

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Pay Taxes, Earn Miles

Last week I posted Frequent Miler’s Top 10 ways to spend a lot of money (and get most of it back).  #3 on the list was to pay your taxes by credit card.  And, yesterday, Million Mile Secrets published details about how to do this.  It’s an excellent, well researched, post.  If you’re interested, make sure to also look at the reader comments since there is great information there too.  Stay informed:Follow me on Twitter…

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Another Hilton Gem

This morning I wrote about how the Hilton HHonors Surpass card from American Express surpassed my expectations for its point-earning ability.  A few helpful readers pointed out that American Express has another Hilton HHonors card without the “Surpass” title and without the Surpass card’s $75 annual fee.  I took a look at this card and indeed it appears to be almost as good as the Surpass for point-earnings.  The main differences appear to be that…

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Surpassing Expectations

The Hilton HHonors Surpass Card from American Express might just be worth a second look. I had all but given up on Hilton.  I signed up for the Amex SPG card (Starwood) over the summer and since then have been quite impressed at how valuable SPG points can be.  In addition to the SPG card’s great ability to transfer to airline miles, I found that some of my favorite Starwood hotels (Westin, W, etc.) were…

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The Referral Backpedal

Yes, yes, I know: the only thing worse than another blog post proclaiming the God-like virtues of the Chase Sapphire Preferred card is yet another blog post fretting about whether or not the blogger in question should make money from credit card signup referrals. So, rather than belabor the point I’m just going to come right out and tell you what I’ve decided to do: I have a few permanent pages on the Frequent Miler…

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No bonanza for GiftCardExchangeDay?

On Saturday I wrote about how GiftCardGranny was hosting GiftCardExchangeDay in which you could sell gift cards to resellers at a higher than usual price.  I’ve checked out a few gift card offers, but have yet to find one that is higher than the rates that were available last week (including Sears).  I’m waiting to hear back from the company with clarification about this.  Once I do, I’ll update this post so check back!  Has…

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My favorite Christmas present

When I write about my favorite Christmas present, I’m supposed to declare that my favorite Xmas present was the company of friends and family. Or, perhaps I should say that the sheep given in my name to a poor villager in Africa wasthe perfect gift. Or, how about the gift of giving when I’ve donated time and/or money to worthy causes? Those are great things, sure, but I’m not going to lie. My favorite gift…

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Post Christmas Cash

The day after Christmas you’re likely to have a few merchant gift cards lying around.  If you’ve been following my posts about Gift Card Churning, you might have more than a few. The best way to get full value from these cards is to use them for things you would have bought anyway.  Or, treat yourself or others to something special.  However, if you can’t find a good use for them and you’d really prefer…

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When is an award flight a good deal?

Suppose you are looking for a good deal for a flight and you find that you can either buy a ticket for $400 or redeem 25,000 miles for an award flight. Which should you do? The decision can be quite complicated. You need to know how much those 25,000 miles are worth to you. Plus, if you redeem miles, you won’t earn miles from either the purchase of tickets or the flight itself. And if…

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