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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30K BA Avios for hosting your first airbnb stay

The British Airways shopping portal is offering 30,000 Avios for hosting your first stay with airbnb.  The first stay must total $100 or more in order to qualify for the full 30,000 points. The portal lists the following purchase conditions: Stated rewards is for when you have welcomed your first guest to stay and the stay is completed. If the order total is less than $100 you will receive a lower reward. No rewards are…

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The new 95K Sonesta credit card. My lazy review.

Bank of America is out with a new credit card: Sonesta World Mastercard.  Sonesta is a small hotel chain with only 74 participating properties, all of which are in the Americas.  You can find a list of properties here.  I was very surprised to find one in my own town, Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Who knew? Bank of America advertises the signup bonus on this card as “up to 95,000 points.”  But it’s really a 60K…

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Pay taxes via credit card, 2019 edition

Preparing taxes is no fun. No fun at all. But paying taxes doesn’t have to be painful. In fact, it can be quite rewarding to pay taxes via credit card. The key is to earn credit card rewards that more than offset tax payment fees. Here’s what you need to know… Important due dates for 2019 taxes January 15 2019: 4th quarter estimated taxes for 2018 April 15 2019: Final 2018 taxes due April 15…

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Is the new Bonvoy card good for anyone?

Chase has unveiled a new fee-free Marriott Bonvoy card: Bonvoy Bold.  Is the new card worth getting?  Is it worth keeping?  Let’s dig in… Confusing Bonvoy card names Why do credit card companies love alliteration?  This just confuses customers.  Consider the currently available Marriott Cards: Bonvoy Bold, Bonvoy Boundless, Bonvoy Business, Bonvoy Brilliant.  Can you keep track of which is which?  Nope.  I can’t either.  But my Marriott credit card comparison chart should help.  This…

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Marriott Bonvoy Complete Guide

This guide has been updated to include the all new Marriott Bonvoy Bold credit card.  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…

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Should you combine ThankYou accounts?

pooling ThankYou accounts

Citibank ThankYou Rewards points can be earned from several credit cards, and from some bank accounts. By default, each credit card or bank account has its own ThankYou Rewards account.  Citi does provide a way to combine accounts, but should you?  In the past, I said no (see this post for details), but now things have changed and the question is once again relevant. Advantages of combining ThankYou accounts There are a few advantages to…

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40% or 50% transfer bonus: Amex to Marriott (targeted)

American Express is offering some card members a 40% or 50% bonus when transferring from Membership Rewards to Marriott Bonvoy. With the 50% bonus, 1,000 Membership Rewards points will result in 1,500 Marriott Bonvoy points. The Deal Targeted 40% or 50% transfer bonus when transferring Amex Membership Rewards points to Marriott Bonvoy. Key Terms End date: There is no listed end date for this targeted bonus.  I’m guessing that it will end by June 30,…

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40% to 50% transfer bonus to British Airways Avios from Membership Rewards (targeted)

American Express is offering some card members a terrific 40% or 50% transfer bonus from Membership Rewards to British Airways or Iberia Avios. With this bonus, 1,000 Membership Rewards points will get you either 1,400 or 1,500 British Airways Avios.  Even though this bonus appears to be only for British Airways Avios and not Iberia or Aer Lingus, it’s possible to move your points from one to another (see: How to transfer Avios between Aer Lingus,…

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On my mind (Venture only? edition)

If for some reason you could only have one credit card, Capital One’s Venture card would be a solid choice.  But is it the best choice for everyone?  Lately I’ve been wondering whether it would be my choice… Capital One’s recent transfer bonus to Air France has me thinking more about the Venture card (and it’s business twin: Spark Miles for Business).  The ability to earn 2 “miles” per dollar everywhere puts the Venture card…

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