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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On my mind: Buying points without a plan

Every now and then it’s possible to buy hotel points or airline miles cheaply.  For example, Hilton frequently offers their points for a half cent each.  IHG also sometimes makes it possible to indirectly buy points at about a half cent each, or less.  And Avianca regularly offers their LifeMiles miles for about 1.4 cents each or less.  They even offer a subscription in which you can buy points monthly for as little as 1.35…

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My Kiva spend experiment

For the past 8 years, Kiva loans have been a significant part of my credit card spend strategy.  With Kiva, it’s possible to increase credit card spend and do good in the world, all at the same time.  With luck and time, you’ll get most of your money back.  The idea is to use your credit card to fund microloans, wait for the money to be repaid, and then withdraw the money via Paypal.  You…

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Easy Delta elite status boost

Airline elite status is great to have if you can get it easily.  With elite status you can get free checked bags, free premium seat selection, reduced change fees, chances for first class upgrades, and much more.  The higher your level of elite status, the more perks you get. Delta knows that their SkyMiles members love elite status and so they send end of year offers to members who are short of reaching the next…

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Rakuten Cyber Monday: Earn up to 15%/15X At many Retailers (December 2 Only)

For Cyber Monday, the Rakuten portal (formerly Ebates) is offering up to 15% back at hundreds of retailers, or 15x if you switch your account to earn Membership Rewards. That’s a great return at many of these stores, but you’ll need to act quickly as this increased rate is only available today (December 2). The Deal Earn up to 15X at many retailers through the Rakuten shopping portal. Direct link to offer. Key Terms Expires…

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5 easy ways to increase credit card spend without going broke

Best Everywhere Else Credit Cards

Credit card companies offer huge incentives for opening new credit card accounts.  50,000 point offers used to be considered big, but these days 60K, 70K, and 80K offers dominate.  Most of these offers, though, require more than being approved for a new card.  You must also meet big minimum spend requirements before you can get the bounty of rewards.  See our Best Offers Page to find the best credit card deals. What if you want…

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Searching for Hyatt SLH extreme luxury

Last week, One Mile at a Time wrote “AMAZING: Redeem Hyatt Points At $2,350+ Per Night Nicaraguan Private Island.”  This got my attention.  Calala Island is an all-inclusive resort that is part of SLH (Small Luxury Hotels of the World).  SLH, meanwhile, partners with Hyatt on some, but not all of their properties.  Over time, the partnership has  steadily added more and more member hotels (you can find info and an up-to-date list here).  With…

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Book Marriott meeting online for $100, get 10 elite nights

As we approach the end of the year, some of us are looking at our elite status situation and realizing that we haven’t yet met our goals.  If you were hoping to reach high level elite status with Marriott, please take a look at our recently re-published post: 12 Shortcuts to Marriott Platinum Elite status (2019 edition).  In this post, we’ll drill into one of the 12 shortcuts: get 10 elite nights by booking a…

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12 Shortcuts to Marriott Platinum Elite status (2019 edition)

Marriott Bonvoy is Marriott’s loyalty program.  One of the cool things about Marriott Bonvoy, besides its delightful name, is that elite perks are pretty good for a hotel chain of its size. Unfortunately, Marriott doesn’t apply the same benefits uniformly across their brands, and even within brands some properties are allowed exceptions.  Still, I find that Platinum perks at Marriott hotels are often very good.  You can find everything you need to know about Marriott…

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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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