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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My InterContinental Ambassador experience in Austin

Earlier this week I published a guide to the InterContinental Ambassador program.  Unlike elite status at most other hotels where status is earned, Ambassador status is bought.  Pay either $200 or 40K IHG points for 12 months of status.  A couple of months ago, IHG changed the Ambassador program in various ways, some good and some bad.  I had an opportunity last week to try out the new program at the InterContinental Stephen F. Austin.  My…

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New InterContinental Ambassador: status you can buy

Intro InterContinental Hotels & Resorts is a single brand within the much larger International Hotel Group (IHG), the latter of which also includes brands such as Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, and Kimpton Hotels.  IHG has a rewards and recognition program that spans all of these brands: IHG Rewards Club.  Confusingly, while InterContinental hotels are part of the IHG Rewards Club program, they are also part of their own program: InterContinental Ambassador.  In this post you’ll…

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How to piece together an impossible award

Spoiler: In this post I show how it’s sometimes possible to book the most difficult flight awards at low prices by booking two awards instead of one. Let’s suppose your family of four wants to visit New Zealand during school winter break.  And further suppose you’d like to use your airline miles to fly business or first class.  Good luck with that.  Finding reasonably priced awards to New Zealand (or Australia) in our winter /…

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Marriott travel packages expiring soon. What to do.

Background Last summer, many of us bought Marriott travel packages before it was too late.  Prior to the Marriott/SPG merger, travel packages were a great deal.  As a reminder, a Marriott Travel Package is a way to use Marriott points to purchase a travel bundle: a set number of airline miles plus a 7 night Marriott stay certificate.  In the old program, it often made sense to purchase a travel package even if you were…

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Juicy Miles: Finally, a Kayak-like tool for flight awards!

This post has been updated with new information and new sections.  If you’ve read this post before, I recommend jumping to: Far from perfect, What’s new, and Enhancements coming soon.  Otherwise, please read on from the beginning… Juicy Miles is a user-friendly flight award search tool.  I didn’t think it was possible.  There are so many gotchas in trying to build a tool like this that most of those who have tried before have either…

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Marriott Homes & Villas live at .7 cents per point

Marriott has partnered with select vacation home property management companies to provide access to premium & luxury vacation homes around the world.  You can search and book homes on their Homes & Villas website: www.homesandvillasbymarriott.com.  At the time of this writing, I’ve been unable to find any properties outside of the US that available on dates that I select.  I keep getting this: Hopefully, that’s just a temporary glitch.  Within the US, the website seems…

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How to book Delta flights with Virgin Atlantic miles

Introduction One of the best ways to book Delta flights is with Virgin Atlantic miles. Via Virgin Atlantic, you can often book the same exact flights for fewer miles and far lower change fees than Delta would charge.  Plus, Virgin Atlantic miles are much easier to earn! On non-stop flights, Virgin Atlantic usually charges fewer miles than Delta for the same Delta flights.  Sometimes the difference can be extreme.  For example, Delta might require over…

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Why I love Kiva for earning rewards and doing good

Yesterday, a friend named Ariana published a negative post about Kiva “Why I’m No Longer Using Kiva To Earn Points And Miles.”  In that post, Ariana complained about the “farce” of Kiva’s peer to peer lending, Kiva partners’ sky high interest fees, the repayment rate myth, and lending inefficiency.  This post concerned me deeply.  In the past 7 years, I’ve lent nearly half a million dollars through Kiva (not all at once of course!) and…

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A big change to Frequent Miler’s point values.

Over the weekend, a friend showed me her wallet full of carefully labelled credit cards.  One card was labelled “gas”, another “rental cars”, and another “grocery”.  She had applied these labels to remind her which card to use where.  That was all great.  Then I saw one card was labelled simply “2.73”.  I asked what that was about.  She answered that it was her Freedom Unlimited card using “your numbers”.  She meant that the Freedom…

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