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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Can you get the Hilton Ascend bonus if you’ve had the Surpass?

All four new Amex Hilton cards are now available with shiny new signup offers. And each offer says “Welcome bonus offer not available to applicants who have or have had this product.”  With respect to the Ascend card, that surprises me. For background, you can read about each of the cards here: Hilton Amex Cards. Everything you need to know.  The Hilton Aspire, Hilton Ascend, and Hilton business card each offer up to 100K bonus…

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Dining perks from Amex: Taste from American Express Invites

Taste from American Express Invites

Did you know that Amex offers a dining benefit where, at selected restaurants, you can get perks such as 20% off your food bill, free drinks, or free appetizers? Somehow I missed this Amex perk altogether until I began researching the perks for the new PenFed Pathfinder Rewards American Express Card.  Among the card’s advertised benefits was “Taste Dining”.  I had no idea what that was, so I dug further.  It turns out that this…

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$100 travel benefit per year for free, and other perks from PenFed

PenFed Pathfinder Rewards

Do you remember my recent post “A great deal if you can get it: FNBO TravElite Amex Card“?  I wrote about the no-annual-fee travel TravElite card which was available only to those targeted.  Now, PenFed has released a nearly identical card that is available to everyone: PenFed Pathfinder Rewards American Express Card Click here for our complete guide to this new card The PenFed and FNBO cards are strikingly similar: Signup Bonus: 25K points after…

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How to find Hyatt Points Plus Cash Deals

Early this week we reported that Hyatt has been discounting the cash portion of their Points + Cash awards at certain properties.  It’s not clear if there is rhyme or reason to this, but at the time of this writing the deal is still happening at a few locations (Extreme Hotel Deals has been keeping their list up to date).  Normally Hyatt’s Point + Cash prices are half the normal point cost for an award…

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Seven ways to secure a Southwest Companion Pass without flying

If you want to be free to fly around the country (and slightly beyond), with a friend, the best deal around is the Southwest Companion Pass.  The deal is simple: earn 110,000 Southwest points in one calendar year and you’ll get a Companion Pass valid for the rest of that year and all of the next year.  While the Companion Pass is valid, it can be used an unlimited number of times.  Simply book a…

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Secret Marriott cards, and how to get them

Chase advertises two Marriott cards: Marriott Rewards Premier ($85 per year) and Marriott Rewards Premier Business ($99 per year). The cards vary in a few details, but they’re very similar.  Both offer: An annual category 1-5 free night (beginning with your first card anniversary); 15 nights credit per year towards elite status; and 1 night credit towards elite status with each $3,000 spend.  And while both offer bonus categories, neither is a good choice for…

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