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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Marriott Choice Benefit Valuations. Which to pick?

If you have completed 50 nights at Marriott & SPG hotels through the calendar year, then you are eligible to pick a “Choice Benefit”.  A second Choice Benefit is available for those who complete 75 nights.  Here’s the website for selecting your benefit: choice-benefit.marriott.com/en-us/marriott-rewards/benefits. Jan 16 Update: Website is down again. Jan 15 Update: Choice Benefit Selection is now live (as of Jan 15 2019) and deadline for selection has been extended to Feb 7th. Note…

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2019 predictions: BOA points to miles, Delta premium econ upgrades, Hilton perks, and more

Welcome to 2019!  This year, Bank of America points will become transferable, one of Virgin Atlantic’s best sweet spot awards will devalue, Delta will offer a new elite upgrade path to premium economy, and Hilton will introduce a new elite perk ….  Maybe. Before I detail my 2019 predictions, here’s how well I did with 2018 predictions… A US airline will introduce Basic Economy awards. Confirmed Delta began offering Basic Economy awards on some routes in December. A hotel chain…

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PSA: Today is last day to transfer Marriott points for 2018

Marriott’s new program allows members to transfer up to 100,000 points per calendar year to any other member.  If you have Gold status or higher, you can transfer points for free, otherwise it will cost you $10.  You have to call Marriott Rewards to make the transfer (801-468-4000).  Ironically, the automated phone system still mentions the old 50K per year limit, but I’ve verified that you can do up to 100K today. What’s the rush?…

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How to protect yourself from data breaches

News about the Marriott / SPG data breach shouldn’t have surprised anyone.  Yes, it’s awful when companies fail to adequately protect our data, but it doesn’t do any good to get angry.  The thing to do is to protect yourself.  Here’s how to protect yourself from data breaches: Protect your email accounts Get insured Lock your virtual doors Watch for danger 1. Protect your email accounts If a thief could gain access to your primary…

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Frequent Miler’s 10 greatest hits of 2018

On January 4 2018, we welcomed part-time author Stephen Pepper to the Frequent Miler team.  In addition to his Quick Deal and Deals Still Alive posts, Stephen found time to contribute a few in-depth posts.  And, guess what?  Stephen has three posts in this year’s top 10, including the top 2! Another trend: four of the top 10 posts were related to the Marriott / SPG merger.  Prior to the August 18th merger, there were…

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My 2018 predictions were spot on… except for that one wish…

Each year I try to predict the future of the points & miles world.  I’ve never pretended to be good at this, but it has been a fun exercise.  And, somehow, I’ve stumbled upon a lot of correct guesses in the past few years.  For example, here was my scorecard from 2017: Citi will add significant new benefits to the Prestige card: CONFIRMED-ISH (Citi did add new benefits, but it’s a stretch to call them “significant”. See: Citi…

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A mighty stack for last minute gifts

Sometimes its possible to stack multiple deals towards great value.  We refer to that as “extreme stacking”.  Fortunately, for those of you who need to ship a list minute holiday gift, Harry & David has you covered.  And I’ll show you how to stack the snot out of it… Here are the components you’ll need for the ultimate Harry & David stack: Free shipping from ShopRunner Enroll in ShopRunner for free with any Amex card…

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The exact value of CNB Crystal Visa Infinite Points

The CNB Crystal Visa Infinite card may be the single best rewards card available (for details, see: The amazing CNB Crystal Visa Infinite Card. A deep dive).  But, until now, it was tough to pinpoint the value of CNB points.  It has long been the case that points were best used to book travel (flights in particular), but the per point value varied depending upon the flight details.  Fortunately, it seems that CNB has changed…

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Curve Card: An amazing card for UK and European residents

The Curve card has several tricks up its sleeve, but the headliner is this: Use the Curve Mastercard for all of your credit and debit transactions, and behind the scenes it will pass that charge along to whichever credit card you want.  Curve has no foreign transaction fees (up to £500 per month with the free version of Curve), and it charges your underlying credit or debit card in its local currency so that no…

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