Catching up

Happy July 4th everyone!

I took a rare vacation from blogging last week.  We attended my niece’s high school graduation in Buffalo, then spent a day wandering around my old home town near Princeton NJ, and finished up with four days in Manhattan at the 48 Lex (which was terrific, by the way).  Now that I’m back, I realize that I have a few follow-ups and minor news nuggets to report…

Car rental

Before my trip, I looked into renting a car for our brief stay in New Jersey.  I reported the quest in two posts: “Finding the best car rental deal” and “Priceline car rentals.”  There were 5 of us traveling together, all with luggage, so I wanted a big car to hold everything and everyone.  I intended to do Priceline until a reader let me in on a great Alamo deal.  With this deal, I was able to rent a very nice minivan for two days for about $80 all-in!  This was waaay better than the best Minivan price from any alternative I could find, and it was even better than the best intermediate-size car deal I could find elsewhere. Unfortunately, this reader asked me not to blog about the deal, so I’ll honor his request.  Sorry!


In the post, “The best pizza in Manhattan?” I asked for pizza recommendations.  Within Manhattan, the most popular recommendation was John’s of Bleecker Street.  Many said to forget Manhattan and head to Brooklyn.  Other locations outside of Manhattan receiving votes were Long Island, Queens, Staten Island, New Haven Connecticut, Stowe Vermont, and Sao Paulo Brazil!  One reader suggested Cottage Inn pizza in Ann Arbor.  I have to assume that was a joke because Cottage Inn’s pizza (even the one on William) doesn’t come close (in my mind) to other Ann Arbor favorites: New York Pizza Depot, Anthony’s Gourmet Pizza, or Bella Italia.

Anyway, while in New York, I only had a chance to try two places: John’s of Bleecker and Bleecker Street Pizza.  Both served terrific traditional New York style pizzas. While I enjoyed both, I had a very slight preference for Bleecker Street, whereas my son had a slight preference for John’s.  You won’t go wrong with either.

Lucky me

Due to a glitch in my site’s HTML, Google now believes that I am Ben Schlappig (One Mile at a Time), also known as Lucky:


Hopefully this will be sorted out by the time you read this!

Quick Deals

A few weeks ago I introduced a new blog page called Quick Deals (see “Introducing Frequent Miler’s Quick Deals“).  Since then I’ve posted quite a few deals, but I’ve had some trouble with deal notifications.  I tried several services that broadcast blog posts to Twitter, Facebook, etc. but I ran into problems with each of them.  Finally I signed up for the pro version of Hootsuite and set up the notifications there.  As far as I can tell, that’s working well.  As a reminder, here are your options for signing up for alerts:

  • Instant email: Signup for emails by clicking here.
  • Newsreader: The new Quick Deals page has a different RSS feed than the main Frequent Miler page.  You can subscribe to the new feed with this URL.
  • Social Media: If you follow Frequent Miler on Twitter, Facebook, or Google+, then there’s nothing extra to do.  You are already receiving Quick Deal alerts, and hopefully they’re working correctly now!


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Greg is the owner, founder, and primary author of the Frequent Miler. He earns millions of points and miles each year, mostly without flying, and dedicates this blog to teaching others how to do the same.

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Yes, it was a joke…I like New York Pizza Depot, when they make a fresh pie. Never tried Anthonys or Bella Italia (even though I have lived here 20 years)…Am I missing something?


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Love your site!


Quote from The Office: Identity theft is not a joke! Millions of families suffer every year!
Hopefully someone at google can fix your picture error.
Happy Fourth of July everyone. Stay safe and have fun.


Could you at least hint to the Alamo trick? Is any more info for it on FT, MP, FW or SD?


Let me know if you need help with the google authorship issues… Should be able to solve it easily if you’re having troubles after your fix


I got a great deal on a car rental.. but i can’t tell you how I did it.

WHAT?!?!? What’s the point of telling us you got a great deal if you are not going to share it.

I get that there are just some things that aren’t put out in the public domain for fear of killing the deal, (I have a couple myself) but when you say you got a great deal but are not going to share it, it kind of smacks of “naa naa, I got a secret and I’m not going to tell you what it is.”

What’s the point of even mentioning it?

Just curious. Why even mention it?


Thanks for the reply.
Alamo coupons? Why was that in the “don’t tell anyway” category? that’s not even close to being a “secret” Oh well.

BTW… let me know if you want a really good code. One that doesn’t involve coupons. 😉


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