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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iPhone withdrawal symptoms when switching to Android Pixel

Remember the incredible phone deal offered by Google Fi a couple of weeks ago? The deal was intended to last until midnight pacific time, but it died early. Apparently Google doesn’t have the ability to predict behavior nor the finances to cover a bad bet (I jest). You can read about the expired deal here: WOW! Get a Google Fi phone & travel gift card worth the phone’s price. The deal was especially good for…

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Booking Delta flights with Capital One miles

Capital One has long touted that their Venture card earns 2 miles per dollar everywhere and with no blackout dates.  That’s technically true, but a bit deceiving in that Capital One “miles” are not airline miles at all.  Instead, they’re basically pennies that can be used only for travel.  When you incur a travel expense with your Venture card, you can erase that charge with your “miles” at a rate of one “mile” per cent…

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On my mind, unplugged (Business Platinum Edition)

I’m writing this while flying across the Atlantic on my return from England. I don’t have internet access at the moment because my wife does. I know, that was a confusing sentence. Bear with me. I’ll explain, and I’ll get to the point… Several credit cards offer free Gogo in-flight wifi passes. These include CNB Crystal Visa Infinite, US Bank Altitude Reserve, US Bank Flexperks Signature Visa, and Amex Business Platinum. Did I miss any?…

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The Tools We Use (for playing the game)

The post “The Games We Play,” outlines approaches we use to earn more points & miles, to get more from our points & miles, to save money, and to get elite perks for less.  This post lists the tools we use to help us achieve these goals. Table of Contents General tools Earn more points & miles Award bookings Deal seeking Elite perks What should beginners do? General tools for playing the game Social media:…

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To London on a whim

Being a career blogger has its perks.  One of my favorite perks is the ability to do my job anywhere.  This gives me the ability to tag along when my wife travels for work, which she often does.  Having oodles of miles at my disposal obviously helps a lot too. This time, I wasn’t planning to join my wife on her business trip to London.  We had just been to London last month and I…

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Best offers for low spenders

Best offers for low spenders

The best way to earn points & miles quickly is through credit card signup offers.  If you meet the minimum spend requirements and pay your bill in full each and every month, then you can get far more value from the credit card than the credit card company will ever get from you. One catch: most of the best offers have high spend requirements.  Requiring $3K spend in 3 months is typical, but $5K in…

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The games we play

There’s no good name for our miles/points/deals hobby.  People used to refer to the collection of things we do as “travel hacking,” but that term has fallen out of favor.  Some call it “the game.”  Others call it “the hobby.”  Regardless of what you call it, there are patterns that define it.  In this post I’ll outline those patterns.  These are the things we do to earn more points & miles, to get more from…

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Google Fi now officially supports new iPhones, Samsung, and more

Today, Google announced that their phone service, previously called “Project Fi” is now out of project status and has been renamed to “Google Fi”.  Even better, they now officially support many more phones than before, including modern iPhones and Samsung phones!  This is particularly exciting to the travel community since Fi supports high speed data roaming around the world for no additional cost. Background regarding Google Fi In the US, Fi primarily uses the T-Mobile…

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More SPG properties fully Marriott.com enabled. Eligible for points advance and online certificates

W Maldives

Since the August merger of the Marriott Rewards and SPG (Starwood Preferred Guest) programs, Marriott has been working towards integrating the programs onto one technology platform. To-date, the integration hasn’t been smooth, but there are now signs of progress.  I previously reported that Sheraton and Four Points hotels had been fully integrated into Marriott.com.  And now, as of November 27th, many more brands are fully integrated: Design Hotels, Le Meridien, W, and Westin. According to…

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