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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What are Marriott 35K certificates worth?

With news of the latest Marriott devaluation, Nick and I wondered if Marriott credit cards were still worth keeping (see: Is Marriott dead to us? Should it be to you?).  Most Marriott credit cards come with annual free night certificates valid at any property charging 35,000 points or less.  And, starting March 4th, many of the hotels that previously charged 35K will then charge more. In a recent Frequent Miler on the Air discussion, I…

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Delta Platinum complete guide

Delta’s mid-tier Amex credit card, Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Credit Card from American Express, underwent big changes as of January 30 2020.  Some of the changes are good and others are bad: Positive changes: $100 Global Entry fee credit every 4 years (or 4.5 years for TSA Precheck) Bonus categories: Earn 2X or 3X for various categories of spend. Business card earns 1.5X on eligible purchases of $5K or more (max 50K extra miles per calendar…

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Book Air France & KLM with Virgin Atlantic Miles

Your Virgin Atlantic miles just became more valuable.  Thanks to Virgin Atlantic’s new partnership with Air France and KLM, it’s now possible to book Air France and KLM flights with Virgin Atlantic miles.  This is great news because it dramatically increases options for flying between the US and Europe, within Europe, and between Europe and many other destinations. Awards for flying Air France and KLM can be booked on Virgin Atlantic’s website.  You can even…

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A limited time opportunity to buy Delta Platinum elite status

Amex and Delta are offering unprecedented welcome bonuses for their ultra-premium Delta Reserve cards.  In the past it has frequently been possible to get 10,000 MQMs (Medallion Qualifying Miles) when signing up for the Delta Reserve card.  Today, though, the Delta Reserve welcome bonuses include 20,000 MQMs.  MQMs are the primary currency you need to achieve Delta Medallion elite status.  With the welcome bonus offers available at the time of this writing, getting meaningful Delta…

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Buy points for less: When does it make sense to jump on a deal?

There are times when buying points or miles can make a lot of sense.  If you know what you’re doing, it’s often possible to save a lot of money or get a much better experience.  For example, you may be able to spend $50 on points to book a hotel that would have cost you over $100 if you booked the hotel for cash.  Or, maybe you were planning to pay $2,000 for an international…

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No more 3X for gift cards: Rakuten (formerly Ebates) Visa with Membership Rewards. Everything you need to know.

UPDATE: The magical Rakuten Visa card will no longer earn 3X for gift cards purchased through the Rakuten portal.  As a result, I no longer recommend this product unless you frequently shop through the Rakuten portal.  Rakuten has been sending out the following email to cardmembers: Dear Member, Starting February 15, 2020, Rakuten Cash Back Visa® Credit Card purchases made through Rakuten on GiftCardMall.com, GiftCards.com and Raise.com will be eligible for 1% Cash Back instead…

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Delta Status Boosts now posting mid-cycle

Delta Platinum and Delta Reserve Status Boosts are now being granted mid-cycle.  As a reminder, Delta Reserve cardholders earn 15,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQMs) towards elite status with each $30K of spend, up to $120K of spend per year.  And Delta Platinum cardholders earn 10,000 MQMs at $25K spend and again at $50K spend.  These big spend bonuses are called “Status Boosts”. In the past, Status Boosts didn’t take effect until the credit card statement…

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Pay taxes via credit card 2020 edition

My guess is that you don’t like paying taxes.  I don’t blame you.  Fortunately, there is a silver lining.  Paying taxes via credit card can be quite rewarding. The key is to earn credit card rewards that more than offset tax payment fees. For example, if you’ve signed up recently for a card that requires large spend to get a big welcome bonus, paying taxes via credit card can be the solution. Here’s everything you…

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Marriott Travel Packages expiring again? Here’s what to do

Background In the summer of 2018, 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: you exchange Marriott points for both a set number of airline miles plus a 7 night Marriott stay certificate. In the old program, it often made sense…

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