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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Is the IHG sky falling? My take on variable point pricing.

In February, IHG confirmed that they plan to test variable award pricing in 2019.  Their news release included the following little gem: Testing new features for 2019 roll-out, designed to increase member engagement with variable point pricing. Loyalty Lobby asked IHG for clarification and was told this: As part of a continued effort to enrich the value proposition for our IHG Rewards Club members, we’ll be introducing variable pricing on reward night redemptions. We’re testing…

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Informed newbie turns Chase denial into approval. Here’s how.

This post is both a reminder (call recon when denied for a card!) and a story about how to get approved for a Chase credit card.  Do you remember the “informed newbie” named Ben?  When I last wrote about him, he had earned over 700,000 points from signup bonuses and was considering applying for the SPG Luxury Card (now called Bonvoy Brilliant): Over 700K and slowing down. Should Ben go for 125K more?  Since that…

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Reminder: 25K, 35K, and 50K Marriott hotel opportunities before and after March 5 2019

Update: Re-posting this to remind people that today (3/4/19) is the last day to book properties that are going up in price. We’ve previously reported that Marriott’s annual category changes have been announced and will take effect on March 5, 2019 (Marriott’s Annual Devaluation: 120 Fewer Properties For Credit Card Nights).  Every year, Marriott adjusts the point prices of many of their hotels by changing the category to which they’re assigned.  For example, category 5 hotels…

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My experience changing a Marriott Travel Package

Before the big Marriott / SPG merger last August, I recommended using points to buy Marriott travel packages.  At the time, they were a great way to convert points to airline miles.  Plus, you’d get a 7 night stay as a bonus. Marriott was very secretive about what would happen with travel packages after the merger, so I wrote about a thousand posts (give or take) speculating on how best to play it.  Since we…

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@Amex: What’s the deal with your Marriott spend offer?

Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card

On January 23rd, Amex published this press release: American Express and Marriott International Revamp Cobranded Consumer and Business Credit Cards with Introduction of new Marriott Bonvoy™ Travel Program.  Part of the press release described a spend offer for those with the SPG consumer card which was rebranded as the Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card.  Here’s a direct quote from the press release: In addition, starting February 24, 2019, Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card Members whose…

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On my mind (Marriott spend bonus edition)

In 2018 I made a very deliberate effort to reach near-top-tier Marriott elite status.  At the time, the status level was called Platinum Premier Elite, but now it is Titanium elite.  I made the push for that 75 night status, not because it’s much more valuable than 50 night Platinum Elite status, but because I thought it would be the best way to keep mid-tier Platinum status for multiple years (for an explanation, please see:…

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Last call to book ultra luxe Marriott hotels at 60K per night

When Marriott and SPG merged loyalty programs in August 2018, the award rates at their most expensive properties were temporarily capped at 60,000 points per night.  At the time, Marriott announced that category 8 pricing, along with peak and off-peak pricing, would be coming in “early 2019”.  Marriott has now confirmed to us that category 8 pricing (85K points per night) is scheduled to kick in on Tuesday March 5 2019.  If you’re reading this…

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In one fell swoop, Ebates shakes up portal and credit card rewards

Last week Ebates quietly introduced a new feature to their portal.  New members can now sign up to earn Membership Rewards points rather than cash back.  That alone is huge news.  However, Doctor of Credit points out that this change also means that the Ebates credit card now becomes the card for online purchases.  First the basics, then analysis on why I think this is a really big deal. The Ebates Shopping Portal The Ebates…

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Marriott Bonvoy Complete Guide

This post has been updated with the latest Bonvoy credit card information, shortcuts to elite status, point management (how to share points & keep points alive), and more. 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…

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