About Greg The Frequent Miler

Greg is the owner, founder, and primary author of the Frequent Miler. He earns millions of points and miles each year, mostly without flying, and dedicates this blog to teaching others how to do the same.

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Portal Alerts for November 23, 2017

Travel Mileage/Points Increases Merchant Best Rate on 11/23/2017 Best Rate on11/22/2017 Bob’s Stores 5 (2) mi./$ 2.5 mi./$ Best Rate History COCOTIQUE 300 mi./$ 250 mi./$ Best Rate History Old Navy 5 (2) mi./$ 4 pt./$ Best Rate History Bank/Credit Card Points Increases Merchant Best Rate on 11/23/2017 Best Rate on11/22/2017 Bob’s Stores 5 pt./$ 3 pt./$ Best Rate History Eastern Mountain Sports 5 pt./$ 4 pt./$ Best Rate History Gilt City 4 pt./$ 3…

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Portal Alerts for November 22, 2017

Travel Mileage/Points Increases Merchant Best Rate on 11/22/2017 Best Rate on11/21/2017 1-800-FLORALS 20 pt./$ 15 pt./$ Best Rate History 1-800-GET-LENS 8 pt./$ 6 pt./$ Best Rate History 1-800-GOT-JUNK 1.5 mi./$ Best Rate History 1-800-PET-MEDS 10 pt./$ 8 pt./$ Best Rate History 123InkCartridges 2.5 mi./$ Best Rate History 1800Lighting 8 pt./$ 6 pt./$ Best Rate History 1928 Jewelry 15 pt./$ 11 pt./$ Best Rate History 1Ink.com 20 pt./$ 14 pt./$ Best Rate History 24 Hour Fitness…

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Points & miles changing fortunes. Which points are worth more (or less) than before?

Credit Card Trends

I maintain point values (Reasonable Redemption Values) for each of the major travel and credit card points programs.  Most of the values are derived from a mix of empirical data and calculations based on logical assumptions.  The results are objective and unbiased.  Up-to-date numbers can always be found here: . RRVs made it possible for me to create objective estimates of the value of credit card signup bonuses.  From those estimates, I created unbiased credit…

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What are hotel points worth? November 2017 reasonable redemption values.

Hotel points and airline miles vary in value depending upon how you use them.  For example, you could spend 15,000 Hyatt points for a night at a $150 hotel to get 1 cent per point value, or you could spend the same 15,000 points for a $1,500 resort night (as I did in Costa Rica last year) to get 10 cents per point value. Even though there is no right answer to how much points…

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Rumor about new Marriott/SPG cards: 3 tiers and really good initial offer

When Marriott took over Starwood, they said that they would run parallel loyalty programs until 2018.  More recently they have said that they hope to bring the programs together by the end of 2018.  While we are eager to learn all about the new program, one aspect that is especially interesting is the question of what will happen to their credit cards.  Today, Marriott branded credit cards are issued by Chase whereas SPG cards are…

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Paypal bought the Tio bill pay service and shut them down

In July, PayPal announced that they had completed the purchase of the bill payment service Tio (formerly ChargeSmart).  Now, via Business Wire, it was reported that PayPal suspended Tio’s operations to protect Tio’s customers.  They wrote: This suspension of services is a result of PayPal’s discovery of security vulnerabilities on the TIO platform and issues with TIO’s data security program that do not adhere to PayPal’s information security standards. TIO is not integrated into PayPal’s…

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