About Nick Reyes

Nick Reyes is a (fairly) regular guy with an animalistic passion for maximizing the value of miles and money to travel the world in comfort and style. There is little in life that he loves more than finding a fantastic deal and helping you shop smarter & harder to achieve your travel dreams.

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Chase shutdown week, the dark side of the hobby, your predictably irrational behavior and more

Each week at Frequent Miler, we keep an eye on articles across the net to bring you our week in review around the web. This week, we have a number of stories of Chase shutdowns that are a good reminder to keep your addiction to miles and points under control. Speaking of that addiction, there is a post on the dark side of the hobby for those who might not be able to let go…

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Secret cards, secret deals, the secrets to a Companion pass without flying and more

This week at Frequent Miler, hotel talk dominated the conversation: we talked about secret hotel cards and revealed how to find the oddly secret Hyatt points plus cash deals that had some hotels pricing from 2500 points and $18. We furthermore contemplated what to with hotel cards on the verge of conversion and how to eek out great value from hotel points with Marriott Travel Packages. Read on for all that and more in this…

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First Class deals: British Airways Europe to the US from ~$2100

Via German blog You Have Been Upgraded and Flyertalk’s Premium Fare Deals, there are some amazing prices on first class airfares between Europe and the US on British Airways and American Airlines — starting from $2,162 round trip from Bucharest, Romania to Phoenix, Arizona. Great deals are also available to New York, Chicago, Washington, DC, Honolulu, and West Coast cities. These prices are available on flights that are marketed by American, so I believe they will not qualify for the big Alaska Airlines bonuses on paid premium cabin British Airways…

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Stack Prestige + SPG promo Buy 4 get 2 free

Starwood Preferred Guest is running a good promotion in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East: Use a Mastercard to buy 2 or 3 nights and get 1 free or buy 4 nights and get 2 free. This will stack with the Citi Prestige 4th night free. Rates are a little high, so it’s not accurate to call this a Buy 3 get 3 free — but it can certainly amount of a nice discount on 6 nights in…

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Why are Marriott Travel Packages a good deal?

We recently posted a quick deal because availability for the JW Marriott Phu Quoc is wide open for 2018, and we noted that it is a great option for a 7-night Marriott Travel Package. A reader later wrote to ask a question that comes up every now and then: Why are Marriott Travel Packages a good deal? More specifically, they asked: Why do you say the Marriott Travel Package is a really good deal? Seven nights…

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Cancun for under $200 RT from Chicago & Houston, $200’s from other cities

If you’re looking to escape the winter chill, flights to Cancun are on sale today from a number of US Cities on United — and these aren’t basic economy fares. Thrifty Traveler Premium reports fares as low as $169 RT from Houston, $197 RT from Chicago, $231 from Washington DC, and several more. The cheapest prices are available via airfare metasearch site Momondo, though it’s easier to search for cheap dates with Google Flights first. Some examples follow — head over…

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How do you use Chase Pay in-store?

Chase Pay at ShopRite

Recently, there have been some terrific Chase Pay promotions, a couple of which have been available in-store only (see Chase Pay: 10x at Best Buy up to $400 per card (now expired), and the Chase Pay Shop Rite offer, which is still active through February 4th. As these in-store Chase Pay promos have come around, some readers have asked how do you use Chase Pay in-store? The process is actually pretty easy. First, you need to download the Chase Pay…

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Now book Kimpton hotels with IHG points! Huge value w/ IHG free night

Kimpton Hotels and its Kimpton Karma Rewards has been a much-loved niche brand for years. IHG acquired Kimpton last year and announced that they were merging the loyalty programs, leading many Kimpton loyalists to wonder whether they will keep any of the benefits they have grown to love in the combined program (See: Earn Inner Circle Status in the combined IHG Kimpton program). On the flip side, many IHG members have wondered when we would be…

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Chase online payment deadline extended to 11:59pm Eastern

Chase has sent out an email advising cardholders that they have updated their system to extend the same-day online payment deadline to 11:59pm Eastern Time. Previously, the cutoff time for online/mobile app same-day payments was 8pm Eastern. It was possible to make a same day payment between 8pm-11:59pm, but it required calling to make the payment over the phone with a representative. Phone payments between 8pm-11:59pm Eastern resulted in a late payment fee posting to your…

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