End of Most Serve Credit Card Loads, Best Uses of Choice Points, Killing a $25k MS Deal & 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 and bring you some of the best posts from around the web. Enjoy!

This Week From Frequent Miler

Chasing Ultimate Rewards – A strategy for rebuilding a depleted stockpile of Chase Ultimate Rewards points.

Chase kills the Amtrak card. Why you might care… – The Amtrak card is now completely gone. While it may not seem like a huge loss, the card has one very lucrative benefit.

Hertz vs. National Car Rental. Which is more rewarding? – A detailed comparison of two very different car rental loyalty programs.

Bet You Didn’t Know: 3 Ways to Earn the Most Points at Disney – Maximizing Disney vacations to both save money and earn points.

US Airways Chairman’s Preferred Elites: Hurry to use your upgrade certificates – The merger of AAdvantage and Dividend Miles is less than 30 days away and these valuable certificates need to be redeemed before then.

Amex Serve Credit Card Loads to End in April – American Express has announced the end of most online credit card loads to their prepaid Serve product.

This Week Around the Web

BBVA Compass NBA TripleDouble American Express Card: 5x Everywhere & 10,000 Point Bonus –  A new card that earns 5X everywhere, but with a catch.

Google Flights now featuring RouteHappy flight data –  The popular flight search tool has now added information about seat comfort, Wi-Fi availability, in-flight entertainment and more.

Best Use of Choice Points – The best uses and sweet spots of this often underutilized program.

Getting to Sydney on SkyMiles: Inside the Numbers – A data driven look at the mileage costs to Sydney when redeeming Delta SkyMiles.

Some interesting data on Delta award availability – Inside the numbers of award costs from New York City to a number of popular destinations.

Thoughts on Killing a $25K MS Deal – The ethics of outing deals to gain pageviews and why one $25k MS deal probably should stay under wraps.

Starwood Living Social – Deal or No Deal? – Inside a recent Living Social Starwood deal and a comparison to see if it actually delivers the savings promised.

Oddly Priced Routes With Miles (in a good way) – The best redemption sweet spots across a variety of programs.

The Many Flavors of the Companion Pass  – A comparison of companion pass programs from a number of different airlines.

Have a great weekend!

About Shawn Coomer - Senior Editor

Shawn Coomer has spent nearly a decade circling the globe for pennies on the dollar. He uses that first-hand knowledge and experience to teach others how to achieve their travel dreams for the least amount of money possible.

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    • A few would be the Fidelity Amex, US Bank FlexPerks Amex & the Penfed Premium Travel Rewards American Express. Although it is no longer issued, some people still have the Citi AAdvantage Amex as well.

  1. The Starwood Living Social article is not properly linked and I can’t find it with a search on this website. Can you please correct? Interested in reading it!

  2. When I clicked on “Some interesting data on Delta award availability,” it pulled up a malicious site..

    • I apologize and thank you for letting us know. BoardingArea is aware of the issue and is trying to fix it.

  3. Greg, with Amex Campus Edition no longer available, I’m no longer seeing a 20k TY points increase each month. Would you please do a similar post for TY points!

  4. Do you know if there is a maximum number of Choice points that will count toward the Companion Pass? I have a spare 50000 UR I was thinking of transferring to Amtrak—>Choice–>Southwest. Thanks for your help 🙂

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