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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How to find AA award space on BA.com

This morning I asked “Is BA unable to see American Airlines award space?”  I had found an AA saver award that I wanted to book.  And I knew space was available.  Iberia.com and Qantas.com could see the space.  But I wanted to book with British Airways Avios, and BA.com could not see the award space.  A telephone agent couldn’t see the award space either even though she checked two different systems.  Her advice was to…

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Is BA unable to see American Airlines award space?

UPDATE: Trying the search over and over again seems to be the solution. A quick-ish way to do that is to to click the tabs for different days and then click back.  See: How to find AA award space on BA.com. Yesterday I tried to book a short distance one-way award flight on American Airlines.  It didn’t go as I had hoped.  AA had good award prices for the flight (7.5K economy, 15K business class),…

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The last no-brainer. The low annual fee credit card that offers great value for everyone.

The IHG card was it.  When talking to people new to points & miles I always mentioned this one.  The $49 per year IHG card used to offer a free night at any IHG property worldwide, every year upon renewal.  For just about anyone who travels at least once a year on their own dime, this card was a no-brainer.  And it was even better in two-player mode.  A couple could each get the card…

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Toward hacking Asia Miles: the unified oneworld award chart

In my recent post “Searching for business class sweet-spots in Iberia’s OneWorld award chart,” I wrote “I haven’t yet compared Iberia Avios awards to those available from other OneWorld airlines such as Cathay Pacific.”  Well, now that Cathay Pacific is out with a new 60K signup offer, it’s time to take a look. Cathay Pacific offers two different award charts depending upon how many non-Cathay OneWorld partners you fly.  If your itinerary includes more than…

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Calling recon to request a denial

On our page, we list recon (reconsideration) numbers in the App Tips section for each card issuer.  Often, when your application is denied, it is possible to reverse the decision by talking with an analyst. The news that the IHG card’s annual free night is being devalued (see: BUMMER: IHG Free night capped for everyone) has led to an interesting situation.  If you applied for the IHG card recently under the assumption that you’d be…

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More about Arrival Premier transfer partners (from my source), and why the card might not be all that

  Last week I excitedly revealed that Barclays’ not-yet-announced Arrival Premier card would offer transferable miles.  In my opinion, transferable points rewards are the best form of rewards.  And having a new option for earning transferable points is great.  No question. Since I published that, Doctor of Credit has revealed more about the card.  He somehow got his hands on a complete screenshot of Barclays’ (presumably beta) website for the new card (DoC published the…

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Hilton Conversion Questions Answered: New Ascend bonus? 5/24 effect?

In January, Amex revamped their Hilton credit card lineup and took over Citibank’s Hilton credit card portfolio. Amex rolled out four cards (click the links for more info about each card): Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card: New Hilton Honors American Express Business Card: New Hilton Honors American Express Ascend Card: Replaced Amex Hilton Surpass and Citi Hilton Reserve cards Hilton Honors Card from American Express: This is an update to the no-fee Hilton Amex…

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700 miles per dollar. Too good to be true?

Ever since I declared that CashBackMonitor was the king of portal finders, I’ve relied on their website to find the portal offering the best rewards for whichever online store I intended to shop at.  Over the years, CashBackMonitor has just gotten better.  And recently they added a great new feature: Stores Sorted by Rewards. On the CashBackMonitor home page, you’ll now see a list of the best portal payouts overall: If you’d like to filter…

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