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United MileagePlus Lots of Fees Prepaid Debit Card

A couple of months ago, Greg wrote about a rumored new prepaid debit card: The United MileagePlus GO Prepaid Visa Debit Card. We wondered whether this new card would provide a new avenue for MS via mileage-earning PIN transactions. The verdict is in: this card won’t earn miles on PIN-based transactions and isn’t worth the fee for the vast majority of people. The Deal United prepaid debit card that earns 1X per dollar spent with a monthly cap of 2,500 miles…

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Buying a car: Used or new? Miles, money, or both?

Sooner or later, most of us face the prospect of needing a new set of wheels. That time has come for me — and so I’ve been trying to figure out the most advantageous play for getting the vehicle we want for the most attractive net cost. I’m not sure that I’ve come to a firm conclusion yet, so I figured I’d lay out my thought process and ask for reader input on the best…

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Transfer bonus from Citi to Hilton

Citi is out with a transfer bonus from Citi Thank You points to Hilton Honors points. With the bonus, points will transfer 1:2 (1 Citi Thank You point = 2 Citi Hilton points) from now through 9/20/17. The Deal Get 2 Hilton Honors Points for every 1 Citi Thank You Point transferred Key Terms Valid now through 9/20/17 Must transfer in 1,000 point increments Max of 500,000 Thank You Points in a single transaction, but no limit to the…

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Top things to do for MORE miles

There’s no doubt in my mind that credit card signup bonuses are the single best way to earn points and miles quickly.  But, what can you do when you’ve used up most signup bonuses opportunities? Chase offers many of the best signup offers, but they won’t let you get a bonus for the same card until 2 years have passed since you got the previous bonus.  Worse, for most of their cards, they won’t approve…

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Free Award Wallet Upgrade Codes!


AwardWallet is a free service for keeping track of frequent flyer miles, hotel points, bank points, store loyalty programs, and more. It offers both a web site and mobile app for accessing your information. AwardWallet lets you manage both your own and your family member’s accounts. For most accounts, it will automatically update your award balances without any extra work from you. Here are a few other cool things that I rely on AwardWallet to…

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Warning: 1800Flowers denying miles to gift card payers

In the past I’ve frequently written about ways to earn airline miles cheaply through 1800Flowers.  At a high level, the approach was to obtain 1800Flowers gift cards cheaply, sign up for free shipping, and then buy flowers or gifts using the best available mileage-earning promo codes.  Many readers earned Southwest Companion Passes by pacing dozens of $30 orders using this approach (but most codes today result in miles that are not companion pass eligible). Now,…

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Should you Fly Now Earn Later? A caution and advice.

Amex has quietly rolled out a new benefit to many Delta cardmembers: “Fly Now. Earn Later.”  This new benefit lets you borrow Delta miles.  To find the benefit, log into your Amex account, select your Delta SkyMiles card, and click the Benefits tab. If you then see the Fly Now, Earn Later option, then you have the benefit: If you click the “Request Fly Now, Earn Later” button, you’ll see how much you’re allowed to…

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How to avoid United Basic Economy

avoid United Basic Economy

Avoid United Basic Economy In the time since I published “How to avoid basic economy when paying with points,” United rolled out their Basic Economy product to virtually all domestic routes.  And, it turns out that United Basic Economy is the worst.  They offer no advanced seat assignments, no ability to upgrade, no same day changes or refunds, no overhead carry-ons, and no elite qualifying earnings. And, just to really make your life miserable, if you…

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How to book Delta One Suite saver awards

Delta One Suite

A few days ago I booked three Delta One Suites on Delta’s new A350 aircraft to fly nonstop from Tokyo to Detroit.  Each ticket cost 80,000 SkyMiles plus about $40 in fees (¥4460 JPY).  If you’ve been following the excitement about Delta’s new product, you probably know that the best published rate appears to be 160,000 miles one-way.  Luckily, there’s a simple way to snag saver level 80K awards… Delta One Suite Delta recently announced…

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