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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Premium routes with wide open awards

UPDATE 3/20/20: I’ve added Qatar flights from North America to the list. Business class awards are wide open in January and February 2021!  I’ve also added United flights to Israel which are wide open this summer through September.  San Francisco to Tel Aviv via United is wide open in January and Feb 2021. One of the many weird things about life under COVID-19, for me, is that I don’t have any travel plans.  I can’t…

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Best cash back credit card offers

cash vs points

This blog is usually all about points and miles.  The game we play involves acquiring points & miles, usually without traveling, in order to travel nearly for free.  Current events, though, has led some of us to turn towards cash-earning options: new credit card bonuses, new bank account bonuses, cash rewards from spend, cash back shopping portals, etc.  This post is designed to dive into the first in the list: credit card bonuses. The cards…

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7 ways to increase credit card spend from home

Earning miles, points, and cash back from home is an attractive option whether you’re avoiding contracting and spreading a virus or you simply prefer to avoid malls and Walmart stores.  Regular readers of this blog know that earning rewards through credit card signups is an easy home based option.  Most welcome offers, though, require meeting minimum spend requirements.  For example, you may have to spend $5,000 in three months in order to qualify for a…

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Marriott shows rates with taxes and ALL fees (price transparency checkbox)

I stumbled upon something really cool last week.  Sometime recently (I don’t know when), Marriott added a new price transparency checkbox to their web-based property search.  Checking this box changes the display to show prices with taxes and resort fees included.  This is an awesome step in the right direction. In an ideal world, all-in pricing would be the default view, but with competitors not yet matching this feature it’s understandable why Marriott has made…

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A second look at Amex Green vs. Chase Sapphire Reserve

  The American Express® Green Card has been completely revamped.  Previously it was a nearly useless $95 per year card.  Now, at a $150 per year, it is a serious Chase Sapphire Reserve competitor with 3X rewards for travel and dining.  This post has been updated since the Sapphire Reserve card’s annual fee has increased but, in my opinion, the Green card still falls short in a head to head comparison. Let’s compare the Green…

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Kimpton Seafire Grand Cayman. Bottom Line Review.

The Kimpton Seafire Resort in Grand Cayman is an IHG property.  We stayed 3 nights using three separate uncapped IHG free night certificates (mine, my wife’s, and another family member’s).  Unfortunately, uncapped IHG free nights are no longer available through IHG credit cards. Instead, this resort is available for 70,000 IHG points per night.  Cash rates range from about $700 to well over $1,000 per night.  For details about how I booked our flights to…

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On my mind: Coronavirus, points and miles

Last weekend, I presented at the Travel & Adventure Show in Washington DC and Nick presented at FTU (Frequent Traveler University).  Going into the weekend I was surprised that the show and the FTU conference hadn’t been cancelled.  After all, thanks to the Coronavirus, conferences were being cancelled left and right around the nation.  Even South by Southwest was cancelled. I figured that FTU would have decent attendance since people had paid up to $129,…

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5 paths to extreme luxury with Hyatt

Hyatt is a tiny hotel chain when compared to the giants like Wyndham, Choice, Marriott, IHG, and Hilton.  But for those seeking luxury accommodations, Hyatt seems to have more than its fair share, especially considering their partnership with SLH (Small Luxury Hotels of the World).  This is awesome because, more than any other rewards program, Hyatt makes it relatively easy and affordable to secure a stay in amazing luxury suites. The Basics Hyatt’s award prices…

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Win $5 to $50K in stock with SoFi app

If you have a SoFi account, it’s time to open up the app and scroll down to find the chance to win up to $50,000 in stock (see the image above).  It seems like everyone wins something.  I only won $5 worth of stock, but even that’s pretty good for the 5 seconds of time it took me to get it.  Most people I’ve heard from say they won $10.  One Frequent Miler Insiders Facebook…

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