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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A typical day as a career blogger

When people learn that my blog is my career, they usually ask how I make money.  I answered that question several years ago (My job? I blog. Here’s the answer to your next question…), and the answer is the same today.  Others are curious about what a typical day is like for me “on the job.”  Well, yesterday was as typical as it gets so let me describe it… Pick a topic While taking the…

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Citi Rewards+ is a great companion to Premier or Prestige

When Citi introduced the no-fee Rewards+ card recently, we were surprised and confused.  The card rounds up rewards to the nearest 10 points.  This means that a $1 purchase earns 10X rewards, a 10 cent purchase earns 100X rewards, and a 1 cent purchase earns 1000X rewards.  Those numbers sound awesome until you think more about it.  How many tiny purchases do you really make?  Even if you make two small purchases every single day…

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Complete Guide to Travel Companion Tickets

If you ever travel with others, companion tickets offer the possibility of saving a lot of money or points for the second passenger. This guide describes each companion ticket option available. Since last publication, this guide has been updated with Aer Lingus, AA, Iberia, and Virgin Atlantic companion options.  We have also added additional information about the credit cards needed for each companion ticket. Please let us know of companion ticket options that we missed,…

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Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club, Autograph Collection Review

Over the course of our stay at the Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club, my opinion evolved from hate to love.  Actually, those words are too strong.  More accurately, my opinion evolved from dislike to like a lot. Here’s the story… Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club Basic Info Location: Anna Maria Island, Florida. Hotel chain: Marriott Point price: 50K per night standard. Category 6 hotel (50K standard, 40K off-peak, 60K peak).  Book 5 nights for the…

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Virgin Atlantic award chart (U.S.-centric)

Virgin Atlantic miles are super easy to obtain.  The Virgin Atlantic World Elite Mastercard earns 1.5 miles per dollar for all spend, plus it offers bonus miles when you reach certain thresholds.  In a previous post I detailed how it is possible to average 2.1 miles per dollar with this card.  Additionally, Virgin Atlantic partners with almost all transferable points programs: Amex, Chase, Citi, and Marriott.  Capital One is the only major holdout. We often…

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Transfer Partner Master List

Amex Transfer Partners

In my opinion, transferable points programs are the most valuable points to accumulate.  These points can often be used at better than 1 cent per point value to book travel.  Even better, points can be strategically transferred to airline and hotel programs when valuable awards are available.  This page details all of the point transfers available from a number of bank programs as well as from Marriott Bonvoy. If you prefer spreadsheets, you can find…

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Is the IHG sky falling? My take on variable point pricing.

In February, IHG confirmed that they plan to test variable award pricing in 2019.  Their news release included the following little gem: Testing new features for 2019 roll-out, designed to increase member engagement with variable point pricing. Loyalty Lobby asked IHG for clarification and was told this: As part of a continued effort to enrich the value proposition for our IHG Rewards Club members, we’ll be introducing variable pricing on reward night redemptions. We’re testing…

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Informed newbie turns Chase denial into approval. Here’s how.

This post is both a reminder (call recon when denied for a card!) and a story about how to get approved for a Chase credit card.  Do you remember the “informed newbie” named Ben?  When I last wrote about him, he had earned over 700,000 points from signup bonuses and was considering applying for the SPG Luxury Card (now called Bonvoy Brilliant): Over 700K and slowing down. Should Ben go for 125K more?  Since that…

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Reminder: 25K, 35K, and 50K Marriott hotel opportunities before and after March 5 2019

Update: Re-posting this to remind people that today (3/4/19) is the last day to book properties that are going up in price. We’ve previously reported that Marriott’s annual category changes have been announced and will take effect on March 5, 2019 (Marriott’s Annual Devaluation: 120 Fewer Properties For Credit Card Nights).  Every year, Marriott adjusts the point prices of many of their hotels by changing the category to which they’re assigned.  For example, category 5 hotels…

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