About Frequent Miler

A friend recently looked at the Frequent Miler website and said “I don’t get it.  What is this all about?”  I took a step back and could see her point.  Nowhere on our website was an explanation.  What is Frequent Miler?  Our tagline (Earn Miles Without Flying) was nowhere to be seen at the time (we’ve since corrected that).  We didn’t even have the obligatory “About Frequent Miler” menu option.  This post is intended to answer that question (What is this all about?) and to provide a landing page for a new “About Frequent Miler” link.

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At its core, Frequent Miler is a blog about the miles & points “game”.  The game goes like this: you take advantage of marketing offers to earn huge numbers of miles & points.  Next, you take advantage of “sweet spot” awards to get the most value from those miles & points.  Repeat…  Travel…  Enjoy…  See “The Games We Play” for more information.

This was my bed on a recent flight.  Thanks to the miles & points game, I knew how to book this flight for only 80,000 miles.  More about this flight can be found here.

Frequent Miler is Different

You’ve probably heard of other sites that sound similar.  Why should you specifically visit Frequent Miler?

Readers come first

Most points & miles blogs make their money from credit card affiliate links.  If you click through one of these links and get approved for a credit card, the blog gets paid a commission.  That’s true for Frequent Miler too.  The difference is that we never display our affiliate links if we know of a better public offer.  For example, it’s common for an affiliate link to lead to a 40,000 point bonus at the same time that a 50,000 point offer is available which doesn’t pay a commission.  We only display the better offer.  As a result, we believe that our credit card pages are the best on the internet.

Further, our posts are driven by our interests, not by a desire to “sell” credit cards.  If we write that we love a credit card perk, it’s because we’re truly excited about it, not because we want you to sign up through our affiliate links.  In fact, you’ll find just as many posts singing the praises of cards in which we don’t earn affiliate commissions as those we do.  The same is true in reverse.  If we don’t like a card we’ll tell you so even if it means losing commissions.

We analyze the heck out of things

We’re known for our in-depth analyses of rewards cards, special offers, rewards programs, and much more.  If you want to know whether a deal is worth doing and how to maximize value from it, this is the blog to read.  For recent examples see:

We have fun

Shown left to right: Nick being tackled by his son; Stephen riding a Segway; Greg couch surfing

We love what we do.  The content on this site exists because we write about topics we’re exited about.  We love the game, and the excitement shows in our writing.

We recently completed an incredibly fun challenge called 40K to Far Away.  All three regular contributors to the blog (Nick, Stephen, and I) competed to see who could go the farthest with 40,000 points and $400.  Not only was this challenge a ton of fun for us and our followers, but it led us to discover many, many great deals that we shared with followers.  The most spectacular deal found was the ability to fly from anywhere in the US to Hawaii for only 7,500 points!  You can read more about the challenge and what we learned by clicking here.  We plan to do similar challenges at least once a year, but maybe more often.

Of course, our fun isn’t limited to an occasional challenge.  Nick and I do a video and podcast each week (Frequent Miler on the Air) where we discuss the latest miles & points topics, argue about who’s right or wrong (Hint: I’m right, he’s wrong), and generally have a great time.  Viewers and listeners regularly tell us how much they enjoy listening in.  To subscribe, search for Frequent Miler on whatever podcast app you use, or subscribe to our YouTube channel by clicking here: youtube.com/c/thefrequentmiler.

We also enjoy meeting our readers!  Once every two or three months we visit you.  Visits usually involve a few presentations and plenty of opportunities to chat.  We call this series “FM to Go“.  Click here to read all about it.

Greg presenting at FM to Go San Diego

How to get the most from Frequent Miler

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Join the conversation (Frequent Miler Insiders Facebook Group):

The best way to learn from others and to contribute your own ideas is to join our Facebook Group:

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About Greg The Frequent Miler

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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Marty Bloom
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Marty Bloom

I thoroughly enjoy your site & listening to you & Nick. I am amazed at the vast amount of information that you are able to provide on almost a daily basis. Your evaluation of credit cards is extremely helpful. Thank you & keep the information flowing.

Evan
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Evan

If you only have time to follow one points/miles blog this would be the one. These guys really provide the most comprehensive and honest information. The detail in their analysis of all things points/miles is insane. Even with the amount of time they must spend researching and writing they are always super response to individual questions.

tro
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tro

This is the only one I follow. Well and DoC but I’d call that more of a deals blog.

Josh
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Josh

Love your site guys. My #1 spot for credit card info and best deals. Keep up the great (and entertaining) work! This is the most fun hobby ever!

Susan M
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Susan M

No sales fluff, no sensationalism. You’re always entertaining and educational. Thank you!

Phil
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Phil

Thank you for all that you guys do. The level of detail in your analysis is mind blowing. Things such as 40k to far away truly puts your blog on a different level.

J P
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J P

Would love if the podcast could become available on Spotify but admittedly don’t know what all that entails to publish on the platform.

rich
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rich

I’ve been a semi-frequent “browser” of the site. One thing I haven’t figured out is Stephen’s involvement. I saw him on the challenge but there isn’t any kind of bio or discussion of contributors here. Or maybe there is but I can’t find it. Not really looking for any kind of personal info but just “hey, there are are our regular writers and their background in travel”.

While a lot of the content isn’t stuff I would do much of (e.g., MS), I do like a lot of it.

Thanks

AJK
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AJK

“A friend recently looked at the Frequent Miler website and said “I don’t get it. What is this all about?””

And it is at that point, you should have come to the startling and perhaps disappointing realization that you need better, less lazy, friends. Anyone–that is, who does not require hand-holding and spoon-feeding on the reg–who spends even a modest amount of time perusing your website should be able to “get it.”

Time and time again, I’ve learned there are two people when it comes to this “game:” Those who come and ask, “wow, I see you’re flying first class and taking showers in the air, teach me so that I can do that, too!” And then there are those who come and ask, “So, the CSR earns 3x on travel, but the Plat earns 5x. Given the extra insurance on the CSR, would you still choose the Plat?” or “I saw this incredible sweet spot on the VS award chart for NH F travel round-trip. Do you think, instead of a true RT (i.e., NYC-NRT-NYC), I’d be able to redeem as an open jaw (i.e., NYC-NRT-LHR)?”

History and experience teaches that the people who ask the first question lack the motivation and ambition to ever succeed and that I’d be better off not wasting my time, whereas those in the latter category, who have already done considerable legwork on their own and have demonstrated they are motivated and ambitious, are more deserving of assistance.

Time to cut this friend loose, I’m afraid.

P.S. Love the blog.

Adam
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Adam

Agreed and the inherent fear is that if you start catering to the people who totally need hand holding, you end up with a bunch of people who will do things like call up the credit card companies asking why some deal isn’t working and ruin it for all of us. As a result, there is a risk they will slowly move away from MS stuff and the buying club content and gradually become a credit card and travel marketing site like TPG and MMM. That said, when I first found frequent miler years ago it was a bit inaccessible. Fine for me, but it is amazing how simple things like an about me page really draw in the masses and turn a hobby website into a money making machine. So I definitely think this is in their best interest which I think they have realized.

They seem like super passionate great guys who really enjoy the “game” and I have faith that they will continue to offer the best content for their hardcore readership even as they attempt to monetize their work a little more aggressively (something they totally deserve to do based on the quality of their content). I have faith that they will work hard to strike the correct balance.

MSer
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MSer

As someone who stumbled upon the miles and.points (and cashback) game 7+ years ago (wistful recollections of 5x Vanilla Reloads immediately come to mind), can confidently say FM is one of only two blogs worth reading in this space (other is Doctor of Credit). The rest are lazy blatant credit card pimping shills where the reader is treated as a fool to be scammed (cough TPG, cough) into clicking inferior links or links for cards that are only being hyped because they pay a fat commission to the blog, not because they are worthwhile getting.

And FM truly does understand the game and its many nuances without going too far over the ethical line 🙂

Mary Jane
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Mary Jane

First off, I am not a surveys or reviews person but this site is so unique that I actually participate. I started reading this blog when it was only Greg and he has chosen excellent associates to add to the blog. The amount of analysis and research that goes into articles is impressive. I share the same feelings of previous responders: If you’re going to read one travel blog, this should be it.

Larry
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Larry

It’s the best site in the space. Hands down. It’s the top of my list, and when I see that a new article is out, I still get excited. You never have to worry about a “ten reasons to get the [whatever] credit card” post where you know that the unspoken and most important eleventh reason is “because I get paid.” You can trust this site. You feel like the people running it care about what you care about in this game. I hope that never changes. Selfishly, I hope the big dollars never make changes irresistible. I was sad when Mommy Points ended up, for example, on TPG — she had been another go to that I trusted — and frankly (and happily) I’m a bit surprised that nothing similar has happened here yet.

One of the things I find especially interesting here is that the comments are still a strength. The comments at OMAAT and VFTW, for example, used to be a strength, but they’ve slowly turned into a cesspool. Some of the same jerks seem to migrate here from time to time, but they are by far the minority. I think that is probably an indication that you guys are doing it right.

WR2
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WR2

I can always count on you guys to go next level on any subject. Other blogs will often copy paste the same info, but you guys will go in depth on the best way to maximize opportunities, especially on the redemption side of things.

r m a h
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r m a h

you guys are money.

Adam
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Adam

You guys came onto my radar a few years ago when the sites that first introduced me to this game, MMM and TPG, started to go downhill. Frequent Miler was clearly for serious players back then. I’m glad you guys have recently begun to bring the best of both worlds by offering the highest level of analysis and curation of deals, while at the same time creating high quality content including the podcast and 40k to far away competition. Some of your content blows me away…your thumbs up thumbs down credit card bonus infographic was next level. Keep it up (and please don’t sell out!)

Sam L
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Sam L

I am grateful for the site, the value that you guys provide and the passion that you share. FM and DoC are the two points & miles site I visit daily. And because of how you run “Best Offer”, your links are the first place I go when I apply for credit cards.

Analyze and optimize is my day job, I’m glad you guys’ share and the same passion, and that your day job helps improve the quality of my leisure time.

Ricecakes
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Ricecakes

Love the blog, read it a lot and now listen to the podcast as well. I have learned so much from you all but still think I am a newbie. Loved the 40k trip and the Hawaii gem Nick shared.
Question: Ritz $100 discount for two round trips. FAQ/concierge say I have to be one of the travelers. Is this absolutely required, any data points? I am able to enter in another persons contact details instead of mine, plus another traveler.

Nick Reyes
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You’re correct. The terms state you need to be one of the travelers, but the reality is that it’ll let you book it for two people not named you. I have no idea if or when they would shut you down for it, but it’s possible to do.

Jim
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Jim

I currently have the Marriott Brilliance Card from American Express. I should have known better but I applied for Chase Marriott Card ( the one with a 95 dollar fee) I was approved, however they refused the sign up bonus. Now I’m not interested in having this card.i can call and cancel the card and avoid the 95 dollar fee or suck it up and pay. Any other options ? What would you do?
Jim