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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West Palm Beach quietly becomes cool

For my sister-in-law’s birthday, I booked four of us with the West Palm Beach Food Tour.  Despite positive reviews, I wasn’t expecting much.  My perception of the area, from past visits, was not great.  On the west side you had CityPlace (now Rosemary Square) which is basically an over-the-top outdoor shopping mall.  Boring. The rest of the town, my memory told me, was run down and not at all a place I’d choose to go. …

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Complete Guide to Travel Companion Tickets for 2020 and Beyond

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 to reflect that the Southwest Companion Pass now requires 125,000 points; and to remove the Visa Infinite Discount Air Benefit which is no longer available. Aer Lingus Commercial Companion Ticket American Airlines Companion Certificate Alaska Airlines…

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Food fight: DoorDash vs Grubhub vs Uber Eats

In order to partially make up for increasing the Sapphire Reserve card’s annual fee from $450 to $550, Chase has added $60 per year in automatic statement credits for DoorDash food delivery purchases.  I tried it out the other day and found that it worked exactly as expected.  I charged the order to my Sapphire Reserve and the full cost was quickly reimbursed: Chase has also thrown in DoorDash DashPass memberships for Sapphire Reserve and…

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Cathay Pacific Asia Miles mixed cabin award pricing. First class for less.

Many people I know rave about flying Cathay Pacific first class. I haven’t yet tried it, but of course I want to (I stupidly didn’t book the infamous mistake fare from Vietnam!).  So, for an upcoming trip, I booked business class, but also waitlisted for first class awards.  I’ll happily pay the change fee ($100) if it means flying first class. In the course of searching for first class awards, I stumbled upon something very…

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A quick guide to transferable points programs

Amex Transfer Partners

Since I’m a points hoarder, I’m a huge fan of transferable points programs.  These are programs that allow you to transfer points to multiple loyalty programs at a fair exchange rate (often 1 to 1).  By collecting points in these programs, you have the ability to book travel opportunistically.  For example, suppose you’re finally ready to book that dream trip to Asia and you find (gasp) that Delta has the best award availability, but you…

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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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On my mind: The Platinum Age of Sponsored Perks

It’s official.  We’ve entered the golden age of credit card sponsored perks.  Maybe “platinum” age would be a better term given that Amex was an early adopter of this approach with their Platinum cards.  That said, I think that Capital One may have been first when they partnered with Uber in 2016.  Later they partnered with Hotels.com to offer 10X rewards for certain cards.  Both promotions are in the past.  Capital One may have been…

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Is the $550 Sapphire Reserve worth keeping? Here’s how to decide.

As we’ve previously reported, Chase is adding new features to their Sapphire Reserve card and raising the annual fee.  The annual fee will increase from $450 to $550 on the following schedule: January 12th 2020: $550 for new cardholders April 2020: $550 for existing cardholders (this change won’t affect you until your next annual fee is due). Given these changes, Is the card worth keeping when your next annual fee comes due? Nick is already…

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[Update: Confirmed] Chase to increase Sapphire Reserve annual fee to $550

Update: Chase has confirmed these changes as reported by The Points Guy. See the “new benefits” section below for full details. Doctor of Credit is reporting that the Chase Sapphire Reserve card’s annual fee will increase from $450 to $550 on the following schedule: January 12th 2020: $550 for new cardholders April 2020: $550 for existing cardholders (presumably this change won’t affect you until your next annual fee is due). We haven’t heard anything official…

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