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Currencies gaining value: from expanded availability to new partners

Amex Transfer Partners

This week brought great news on the award currency front — whether expanded award availability with an Amex transfer partner, Citi’s addition of a valuable new partner, or some juicy gossip about the future of Starroitt-Marlton Rewards, the state of miles and points looks a bit brighter as of late. ANA offering better award availability to their own members I love earning transferable currencies for the variety of partners to whom you can transfer. Foreign…

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Free stuff and the conversion game

Are you looking for some free stuff? You’re in luck — we’ve got some giveaways coming up and you’ve only missed one gave-away so far this week. Greg and I will be at FTU next weekend with some stuff to give away — and congrats to the lucky ready who won the free nights Greg gave away this week. In between all that, this week at Frequent Miler we brought you some free advice on…

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Cooking up some new brews with your points

This week, Greg cooked up some creative combinations to bring out the best from a couple of interesting deals. Amex also announced their latest concoctions and I’ll admit that they had me at “Aspire”. All that an more in today’s Frequent Miler Week in Review. A simple Chip & PIN solution for US tourists If you’ve traveled to Europe, you know that there are situations where a signature-based card just doesn’t work. Or maybe you’ve…

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Staying in the Inner Circle and maximizing your nights and points

Welcome to the Frequent Miler Week in Reivew, where we recap the highlights of the week here at FM. This week, we covered how to (try) to keep your Inner Circle status, the best way to use Marriott free nights here in the US, and maximizing rewards — whether choosing the right Marriott card, where you can earn 5X, or what to do with those FlexPerks points before they devalue. Read on for the full…

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Turning choices into the right rewards

Whether it’s choosing to give Delta your loyalty or to trade Choice points for United miles, this week we looked at some of the dilemmas you might face in trying to get the right return for your time and efforts. Read on for this week in review at Frequent Miler. How much is Delta Silver status worth? Airline status is much more difficult to value than it at first seems. Do you value perks by…

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Virgin Atlantic surprises and Southwest delights

This week at Frequent Miler, we started the week on eBay and Wyndham Rewards, but by the end of the week Southwest and Virgin Atlantic were the main things on our minds. Read on to find out why in this week in review at FM. Avoiding an eBay scammer Thanks to what I learned years ago from Greg regarding double dips, triple dips, and other Extreme Stacking techniques, my preferred method to earn miles without…

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Extra points buying, extra money selling

Greg has been on vacation this week, so I’ve had the reigns. While he’s been away, we’ve covered both a big portal promotion that’s good through Sunday and how to take advantage of stacking opportunities (speaking of which, don’t forget that all Sapphire card holders can earn an extra point per dollar with digital wallets, details below). Of course, I don’t just shop for myself, so I shared some of the things I’ve resold lately.…

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Locks discourage lazy criminals and Delta is calling all big spenders

Locks discourage lazy criminals — that’s the way to summarize this week’s advice on Equifax. Following the steps we’ve outlined will help make sure that you aren’t the low-hanging fruit. In other news, Delta is calling all big spenders — Diamond status will require big spend from those who are not buying a lot in Delta tickets — and the Citi Prestige comes through for me in a clutch situation. Read on for this week in…

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Maybe Premium Rewards is a contender and the doctor is in the house

After a recent golf tournament, my father-in-law responded with one of his favorite movie quotes when asked how he did on Sunday afternoon: “I coulda been a contender”. That quote could just as likely been attributed to the Bank of America Premium Rewards card when the final benefits were announced — but is that a fair assessment? This week, we took a closer look at that card, we learned which would be the gateway drug to…

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