SPG: Two free nights (cat 1-5) after two stays!

SPG two free nights:

Every now and then I learn something cool about the miles & points hobby from my son.  For example, I previously reported a way to get targeted for Amex business card offers based on my son’s experience in setting up a website domain.  Now, I learned that new SPG members can get targeted for a really nice offer… On October 2nd, I enrolled my son in the Starwood Preferred Guest program.  I don’t even remember…

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Hey Marriott: Here’s how to keep SPG loyalists loyal

Marriott SPG

Yesterday, Marriott announced its acquisition of Starwood Hotels and Resorts.  The transaction is expected to close “mid 2016”, but we have no information yet about how or when the loyalty programs will merge.  My guess is that the loyalty programs will merge early 2017 and that Marriott Rewards will be the surviving program over Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG).  Assuming this is true, there will be a huge number of pissed off SPG loyalists.  SPG has…

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Redeeming points for Broadway tickets. Amazing value possible with Delta, SPG.

Broadway tickets Wicked

Broadway plays can be crazy expensive.  You can always save money by buying discount tickets at one of the TKTS locations on the day of the show, but you can’t guarantee you’ll get the show you want.  And, especially at the Times Square location, you’ll likely spend a good part of your day in line. If you’d like to skip the lines, and ensure you get the tickets you really want, you’ll have to buy…

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It’s not too late – Deals still alive as of 11/15/2015


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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Manufactured Spending & PayPal, Mileage Running to Vegas, Necker Island Costs & 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 PayPal employee answers: Safe way to manufacture spend? – Answers to your questions about PayPal and manufactured spend from an anonymous employee. PayPal employee answers: Faster money back? Why work for evil? – More answers to your questions about PayPal and manufactured spend from an anonymous employee. My crazy…

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Amex Offers Audit, Hacking Disney, End of Year Application Strategy & More!

amex offers

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 Performing an Amex Offers Audit: Are You Ready for the Next Storm of Deals? – Performing an audit on your Twitter accounts to make sure everything is working properly. Are all of your cards synced and what data should you track to prevent missing out on future deals? End-of-Year…

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More than 40,000 IHG points for more than $46 and a cramped hand

IHG Priceless Surprises

Last week I wrote “Between 23,000 and 40,000 points for $46 and a cramped hand.” The idea discussed in that post was that you could enter the IHG and MasterCard® Priceless Surprises® Promotion by sending in hand written entries rather than staying in IHG properties.  Since the odds of winning something are pretty good, it looked like one could send it the maximum 94 entries and most likely receive between 23,000 and 40,000 points. More…

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Bet You Didn’t Know: 24 Hour Cancellation Policies For Award Tickets

award cancellation

By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate…   I have the worst luck. It’s practically guaranteed that the moment I book an airline ticket, the price will go down immediately afterwards. It’s as if I have permanent bad airfare karma. Just this week I experienced a textbook demonstration of this phenomenon. I needed to book a transcontinental ticket from LA to NYC and, due to appointments and work commitments, I only had a super small window of time…

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1,200,000 miles for Necker Island: Not easy. Not free.

Necker Island

Yesterday I reported my success in earning 1.2 million Virgin Atlantic miles which I plan to use for a week on Sir Richard Branson’s private Necker Island.  In response, a number of readers wanted to know what it cost me to do this.  The short answer: it wasn’t easy and it wasn’t free.  And, if I were to do it again today, it would be even harder and more expensive. As I reported in the…

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Necker Island, here we come!

Necker Island Wildlife

7 months ago I decided that it would be cool to use miles to book a week on Sir Richard Branson’s private Island.  Virgin Atlantic lists this award on their website under Partner Offers… Virgin Group: This award isn’t exactly cheap.  The cost: 1,200,000 miles.  In exchange, they offer 7 nights for 2 people including all food, drinks, and activities.  In April, when I decided to earn miles for this adventure, I had just over…

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