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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Marriott travel packages in a Peak world: good value?

When Marriott merged with SPG in August 2018, they massively increased the prices for travel packages.  Travel packages offer a way to spend a big chunk of Marriott Bonvoy points in exchange for two things: a bunch of airline miles of your choice plus a 7 night stay certificate.  The total cost in points depends upon the hotel category stay certificate you want and whether you want 50,000 or 100,000 airline miles. When the post-merger…

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Marriott Cash + Points Revised. Good deal?

This morning Marriott announced several changes to Marriott Bonvoy awards (details here).  One of the changes is that they revised Points + Cash pricing for peak and off-peak awards.  I wasn’t too excited about the original plan, but how about now?  Did Marriott redeem Cash + Points?  (see what I did there?) The chart, above, shows the regular award prices (Points Only) and the Cash + Points prices.  The Cash + Points rates are the…

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Marriott announces major award changes: peak/off-peak, cash+points, and more

Marriott has announced several major changes to their awards program.  This information was sent to us directly by Dan Forman, Senior Director Consumer PR at Marriott International.  Here’s a quick summary: Peak and off-peak award pricing coming September 14 2019. For my complete analysis, see: Surviving Marriott Peak & Off-Peak Award Pricing. Cash + Points pricing has changed. For my complete analysis, see: Marriott Cash + Points Revised. Good deal? Points Advance feature has devalued…

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Surviving Marriott Peak & Off-Peak Award Pricing

For better or worse (mostly worse), Marriott’s Peak and Off-Peak award pricing will begin September 14 2019.  At first glance, it doesn’t look too bad.  Category 1,2 and 3 award prices only vary 2,500 points per night from standard.  And category 4 and 5 award prices only vary 5,000 points per night from standard.  Categories 6 and 7, though, see bigger swings: 10K points per night from standard.  And category 8 jumps to 15K points…

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Marriott Bonvoy Complete Guide

Marriott Bonvoy is the all-in-one rewards program which replaced Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest, and Ritz-Carlton Rewards.  Compared to other programs, in my opinion, Marriott Bonvoy offers better than average rewards for paid stays, a strong elite program (but not best overall), best-in-class options for point transfers to airline miles, a huge selection of hotels that run from very low end to ultra-luxury, and credit cards that offer good value for their annual free nights…

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Inking credit card guides

I’m extremely proud of how we display credit card information on this Frequent Miler blog.  We work hard to keep our information up to date.  We always show the best public signup offers even when it means sacrificing income (often the offers available through affiliate channels are not the best offers).  We use a formula to estimate each offer’s first year value and sort by that result so that the best offers come out on…

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“Must have” Chase cards

The other day I was working on a post detailing a first year credit card signup strategy for someone new to the points & miles game.  I didn’t finish the post because I got bogged down with the question of which Chase cards to recommend. As a result, I decided that the topic of “must-have” Chase cards required a post of its own.  This is that post. Chase has quite a few excellent cards, but…

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Best options for domestic first class awards

Domestic first class is nicer than coach, but, in most cases, it’s hardly something to write home about.  Usually you’ll simply get a bigger seat and a few snacks and drinks, or a meal if you’re lucky.  If you’re really lucky, you might find yourself on an internationally configured aircraft flying a domestic route.  On these you’ll generally find large business class seats with electronic controls to adjust the recline all the way to flat…

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Complete guide to Avios: British Airways, Iberia, and Aer Lingus

I find that US residents are often skittish about foreign frequent flyer programs.  Many don’t realize that foreign programs are often the best options for booking domestic flights.  “Avios” is the name of the point currency shared by multiple foreign airline frequent flyer programs: British Airways, Iberia, and Aer Lingus.  Points earned in any of those three programs (or transferred from transferable points programs) can be moved to the other programs.  For example, if you…

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