Getting more from your mileage, which Marriott benefits to expect (searchable guide), and more

This week at Frequent Miler, we have a great new tool for figuring out your Marriott elite benefits, why you should be paying attention to Membership Rewards, how to save miles by adding a leg, and more. Read on for this week’s recap. Marriott Platinum Elite: What to expect when checking in Greg made a terrific tool for figuring out your elite benefits on Marriott stays. He input all of the various official information we…

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3% back on gas w/ Spent from now on

Card-linked rewards program Spent is offering 3% cash back on gas purchases at select retailers. They sent out an email to users today indicating that this is a long-term change without an end date rather than a short-term offer, so it seems you’ll be able to continue to earn 3% back for these purchases for the foreseeable future. The Deal Get 3% cash back with card-linked cash back app Spent at the following gas stations: Shell BP Chevron-Texaco…

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New highest-ever 70K Delta SkyMiles offer

The Delta Reserve Business Credit Card from American Express is sporting a newly-increased offer of 70,000 Delta SkyMiles plus 10K MQMs after you spend $5,000 in purchases in the first 3 months. That’s the highest offer we’ve ever seen on this card, which comes with a number of valuable benefits for Delta flyers and those who need some help from spend to achieve elite status. The Offer Key Card Details Quick Thoughts This card is a great choice…

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New Air New Zealand route & pop-up event in Chicago

Air New Zealand is doing a 3-day pop-up event in downtown Chicago to promote its new nonstop service beginning November 30, 2018 from Chicago to Auckland. The event features some sort of cubes / shipping containers with the sights and sounds of New Zealand and Australia and visitors will have a chance to win a pair of tickets to New Zealand or Australia. More importantly, this flight could be a good option to get Down Under…

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Marriott Platinum Elite: What to expect when checking in

Marriott and SPG’s combined program offers quite a few perks for those with Platinum elite status or better.  Some of the headline benefits of Platinum status include: Lounge access Room upgrade to standard suite Guaranteed 4PM late checkout Welcome choice gift (with daily breakfast as one option) Those are excellent perks, but did you know that you might not get them?  All of the perks have exceptions: Lounge access: Certain resorts are excluded. Room upgrade…

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6 calls, 6 different answers…customer service doesn’t always know best.

An old proverb says, “”He who asks a question remains a fool for five minutes. He who does not ask remains a fool forever.” I propose an addendum: “He who is not a fool should not be fooled by whatever a customer service rep tells him.” Even the simplest question can get a different answer every time. In this morning’s post about Leveraging the United Excursionist Perk to save miles, I advised that you not call United to try to book…

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New 50K JetBlue Business card offer

Barclays has increased the offer on the JetBlue Business credit card to 50,000 TrueBlue points after spending $1,000 on purchases in the first 90 days. That’s a valuable offer for JetBlue flyers that is augmented by the 10% rebate on award flights. The Offer Key Card Details Quick Thoughts This is a nice offer for those who fly JetBlue. TrueBlue points have a somewhat variable value, but are generally worth just under 1.5c each. That makes this bonus…

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Wow: Amex knocks it out of the park with new 4x dining / $120 credit benefits…

Update: Amex has pulled these benefits as quickly as they were introduced. They showed up for some users earlier this afternoon but have now disappeared. It seems this might have gotten published early on Amex’s end. It will be very interesting to see if and when these benefits actually go live and whether those who enrolled for the $120 dining credit before the benefits were pulled from logins will get the credits. If you have…

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10% back on hotel bookings and other travel cash back at Ebates today

Today (9/20/18) only, Ebates is offering extra cash back on a number of travel websites as part of its Travel Thursdays promotion, including 10% back on Marriott stays, 8% back at InterContinental, 10% back at HotelStorm and more. The Deal Today get 10% back on “Ebates Hotel” bookings and increased cash back at a number of sites including 10% back at Marriott and 8% back at InterContinental Hotels. Direct link to this promotion Key Terms Ends at 11:59pm Pacific time 9/20/18…

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