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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1.2 million miles available through Top 20 offers

Our current Top 10+ Credit Card Offers page contains a list of all best public signup offers (that we know of), sorted from top to bottom by an unbiased estimate of first year value.  Currently, the top 10 includes four Delta cards each offering signup bonuses of 60,000 or 70,000 miles.  The Ink Business Preferred 80K offer has kept its top spot and the Sapphire Preferred 55K offer has held on to its long-time top…

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Portal Alerts for May 22, 2017

Travel Mileage/Points Increases Merchant Best Rate on 05/22/2017 Best Rate on05/21/2017 AHAlife 10 mi./$ 7 pt./$ Best Rate History Dell Consumer 4 (2) mi./$ 3 mi./$ Best Rate History Bank/Credit Card Points Increases Merchant Best Rate on 05/22/2017 Best Rate on05/21/2017 Cash back Increases Merchant Best Rate on 05/22/2017 Best Rate on05/21/2017 Alfabank.ru Youth Card $489 Best Rate History Blair Technology Group 8% Best Rate History Burkes Outlet 8% 6.5% Best Rate History Carter’s 6%…

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Portal Alerts for May 21, 2017

Travel Mileage/Points Increases Merchant Best Rate on 05/21/2017 Best Rate on05/20/2017 Barneys New York 6 (2) mi./$ 4 pt./$ Best Rate History JCPenney 6 (3) mi./$ 4 mi./$ Best Rate History Magazines.com 50 (20) mi./$ 25 mi./$ Best Rate History Nike 10 (2) mi./$ 6 pt./$ Best Rate History Rosetta Stone Language Software 10 (5) mi./$ 5 mi./$ Best Rate History Saks Fifth Avenue 10 (3) mi./$ 5 mi./$ Best Rate History Bank/Credit Card Points…

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Should I go for the 30% transfer bonus to Virgin? Reader input requested.

The Amex Membership Rewards 30% transfer bonus to Virgin Atlantic ends Monday, May 22.  I’m tempted to take advantage of it, for several reasons: Virgin Atlantic miles are extremely valuable towards ANA first class flights. Virgin Atlantic miles can be quite valuable towards Delta flights. Virgin Atlantic miles can be valuable for Virgin Atlantic awards and upgrades if you don’t mind dealing with high fuel surcharges. Necker Island.  I want to go back.  See:  Is…

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Portal Alerts for May 20, 2017

Travel Mileage/Points Increases Merchant Best Rate on 05/20/2017 Best Rate on05/19/2017 AllHeart 2 mi./$ Best Rate History Bonobos 2 mi./$ 1.5 mi./$ Best Rate History Dell Small Business 3 mi./$ 2 mi./$ Best Rate History HearthSong 4 mi./$ 2 mi./$ Best Rate History Limitless Walls 3 mi./$ Best Rate History Bank/Credit Card Points Increases Merchant Best Rate on 05/20/2017 Best Rate on05/19/2017 Dell Small Business 3 pt./$ 2 pt./$ Best Rate History HearthSong 4 pt./$…

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Altitude Reserve flight search better than expected but far from perfect

The new US Bank Altitude Reserve card offers very good first year value thanks to its 50K signup bonus and $325 in travel credits (the card currently shows up in the #20 spot on our Top 10+ Credit Card Offers page)  The best use of the card’s points, in my opinion, is to redeem them for flights at a value of 1.5 cents per point. The problem is that you have to book your flights…

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Amex Platinum for Less (2017 edition)

Amex Platinum for Less

The Amex Platinum card comes with a slew of useful benefits such as lounge access (Centurion Lounge, Delta SkyClub, Priority Pass Select lounges, etc.); elite status with Starwood (and, therefore, Marriott too), Hilton, National Car Rental; free unlimited Boingo Wifi; annual $200 in airline fee reimbursements; Global Entry fee reimbursements; and more.  You can find a nearly complete checklist here: Amex Platinum Checklist. You get all of that, and more, for “only” $550 per year.…

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Portal Alerts for May 19, 2017

Travel Mileage/Points Increases Merchant Best Rate on 05/19/2017 Best Rate on05/18/2017 Goodyear Tire 3 mi./$ Best Rate History Abt Electronics 4 (2) mi./$ 2 mi./$ Best Rate History BarkShop 10 mi./$ Best Rate History CVS.com 2 mi./$ Best Rate History eBay 1 pt./$ 0.5 pt./$ Best Rate History JCPenney 6 (3) mi./$ 4 mi./$ Best Rate History Loews Hotel 3 mi./$ Best Rate History Sirius XM 500 mi. Best Rate History Steiner Sports 6 mi./$…

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Family mileage running for Star Alliance Gold

In the post “Hunt for Star Alliance Gold” I described why I wanted Star Alliance Gold status (lounge access!), and I told the story about a crazy Rube Goldberg-ish approach to status matching that I attempted. The match to Taj to Shargri-La to Singapore status approach ultimately failed, but a reader named Geo left a very interesting comment: If you travel often with your family, look into crediting to Egyptair Plus, apparently you can pool…

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