75% Off Business Class Upgrades, Staving Off Mileage Expiration, Analyzing the Value of Points + Cash & More!


Welcome to the Frequent Miler Week In Review series. Every Saturday we bring you some of the best posts from around the web. Enjoy! This Week Around the Web Upgrade to Long-Haul Business Class on Select Airlines for up to 75% Off! – Details of a service that allows you to upgrade to business class very cheaply on a number of airlines. Will Citi Launch a New ThankYou Business Card? – Citi’s ThankYou points earning business card has disappeared…

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Should I or shouldn’t I?

Should I or shouldn’t I? Fork in Road

Here’s the thing… There’s a particular upscale car rental company that I’ve been eager to try out.  And, as luck would have it, I’ll be traveling to one of their supported cities over the holidays.  And, I’ll need a rental car.  And, all of the other rental car companies are outrageously expensive during that time so this company’s fixed pricing scheme works out nicely.  Perfect! But… A representative from this particular company made me an…

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Is there hope for Amex gift card rebates?

Amex gift card rebates

Buying Amex gift cards through cash back portals had been a key part of my strategy for increasing credit card rewards.  When buying Amex gift cards, it was possible to earn credit card rewards for the purchase, plus a cash profit from the portal that well exceeded gift card fees and shipping costs.  Please see “My Amex gift card strategy” for more details about how I used to use Amex gift cards. Unfortunately, in August,…

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The switch: REDbird to Serve

Switch REDbird to Serve

Early this month, I described my plans for switching one of my REDbird cards to Serve.  If I only had one or two REDbird cards, I wouldn’t have considered switching.  My local Target is as REDbird friendly as ever, and the ability to easily reload with Vanilla Visa gift cards has been huge (safety tip: not all Target stores are as accommodating). In my case, though, I was managing seven REDbird cards.  I like to…

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The multi-city cheaper flight trick still works (Update: Maybe Not).

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UPDATE 9/22/15 11:42 am: While I’ve successfully booked these multi-city discounted fares in the past, it no longer seems to be possible to book them.  For example, the discounted fares show up on AA.com, but when you click through to book, the system generates an error. In April, I published “Cheaper flights through multi-city search.”  In that post I showed how changing a flight search from a simple one-way or round-trip search to a multi-city…

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Arches, Bryce, Grand Canyon, Zion, and more via trains, planes, and automobiles

National Park Tour: Hoover Dam

Here it is. Our fantastic trip west to visit four national parks and the Hoover Dam… Amtrak Wolverine to Chicago Nine of us (across two families) began our trip west in business class on Amtrak’s Wolverine line, from Ann Arbor to Chicago.  The four and a half hour trip was pleasant and uneventful. Business class is slightly roomier than coach and includes complementary newspapers and a free non alcoholic drink per person. In Chicago, our…

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It’s not too late – Deals still alive as of 09/20/2015


Each week we publish a number of fantastic deals on the blog and in Quick Deals. Most deals don’t last long, but some hang around for awhile. In an effort to keep you up to date, we have gone back through each of the deals posted over the last couple of months to let you know which ones are still active. Deals added during the past week appear in bold. Here are the deals still…

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Discover’s “Deal of the Year” FAQ & Exclusions, Checking Application Statuses, Amtrak’s California Zephyr & More!


Welcome to the Frequent Miler Week In Review series. Every Saturday we recap what you might have missed from Frequent Miler during the week. Enjoy! This Week From Frequent Miler Can I really buy $500 gift cards with Apple Pay? How can I get an iPhone for free? Does my Discover card qualify? Discover’s Deal of the Year Questions Answered – Answers to people’s most frequently asked questions about Discover’s Apply Pay promotion. Amtrak’s California Zephyr – A review…

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Ethics in Travel Hacking, AA Elite Fast Track FAQ, No Annual Fee Credit Card Strategy & More!

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Welcome to the Frequent Miler Week In Review series. Every Saturday we bring you some of the best posts from around the web. Enjoy! This Week Around the Web AA Elite Fast Track FAQ – How to Calculate Distance & EQPs, Where to Find Deals & How to Search for Fares – Everything you need to know to search and find great fares to take advantage of the recent AA elite fast track opportunity. Ordering and Reselling the…

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Discover’s Deal of the Year: Excludes gift cards


I’ve written a lot about Discover’s current overlapping promotions: an extra 10% cash back for Apple Pay purchases, plus double all cash back for a year.  You can find full details here and here.  What’s new is that Discover has started telling people that gift card purchases don’t count for the Apple Pay promotion. When you use Apple Pay with Discover, it now shows a message on your phone that says (bolding is mine): “Get…

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