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 new Bonvoy card good for anyone?

Chase has unveiled a new fee-free Marriott Bonvoy card: Bonvoy Bold.  Is the new card worth getting?  Is it worth keeping?  Let’s dig in… Confusing Bonvoy card names Why do credit card companies love alliteration?  This just confuses customers.  Consider the currently available Marriott Cards: Bonvoy Bold, Bonvoy Boundless, Bonvoy Business, Bonvoy Brilliant.  Can you keep track of which is which?  Nope.  I can’t either.  But my Marriott credit card comparison chart should help.  This…

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Marriott Bonvoy Complete Guide

This guide has been updated to include the all new Marriott Bonvoy Bold credit card.  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 to airline miles, a huge selection of hotels that run from very low…

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Should you combine ThankYou accounts?

pooling ThankYou accounts

Citibank ThankYou Rewards points can be earned from several credit cards, and from some bank accounts. By default, each credit card or bank account has its own ThankYou Rewards account.  Citi does provide a way to combine accounts, but should you?  In the past, I said no (see this post for details), but now things have changed and the question is once again relevant. Advantages of combining ThankYou accounts There are a few advantages to…

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[Expired] 40% or 50% transfer bonus: Amex to Marriott (targeted)

American Express is offering some card members a 40% or 50% bonus when transferring from Membership Rewards to Marriott Bonvoy. With the 50% bonus, 1,000 Membership Rewards points will result in 1,500 Marriott Bonvoy points. The Deal Targeted 40% or 50% transfer bonus when transferring Amex Membership Rewards points to Marriott Bonvoy. Key Terms End date: There is no listed end date for this targeted bonus.  I’m guessing that it will end by June 30,…

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[Expired] 40% to 50% transfer bonus to British Airways Avios from Membership Rewards (targeted)

American Express is offering some card members a terrific 40% or 50% transfer bonus from Membership Rewards to British Airways or Iberia Avios. With this bonus, 1,000 Membership Rewards points will get you either 1,400 or 1,500 British Airways Avios.  Even though this bonus appears to be only for British Airways Avios and not Iberia or Aer Lingus, it’s possible to move your points from one to another (see: How to transfer Avios between Aer Lingus,…

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On my mind (Venture only? edition)

If for some reason you could only have one credit card, Capital One’s Venture card would be a solid choice.  But is it the best choice for everyone?  Lately I’ve been wondering whether it would be my choice… Capital One’s recent transfer bonus to Air France has me thinking more about the Venture card (and it’s business twin: Spark Miles for Business).  The ability to earn 2 “miles” per dollar everywhere puts the Venture card…

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Amex Platinum 75K offer, BA first class awards, the devil is back, and more

In this weeks “around the web” we report news about friend referrals to Southwest cards and to Amex Platinum.  We discuss BA first class awards and the lack of point transfers to Lufthansa.  And last, but not least, the devil is back… for a moment. Credit Card News Refer any Southwest card Doctor of Credit reports that if you have any Southwest credit card, you can now earn a referral bonus by referring friends to…

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Is it time to give Marriott a break? Is the Gold card great? This and more in our nearly Nick-Free Week in Review

Welcome to this week’s Frequent Miler Week in Review.  Nick is on vacation in Crete at the Domes of Elounda, but he did take time out of his busy resort life to participate in our new weekly Facebook Live debate.  In this video you’ll see us debate Marriott Bonvoy (Is it time to give Marriott a break?); the Amex Gold Card (great or not?); the 25K Marriott in Hawaii (transfer points from Chase? NO!!!);  Capital…

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Luxury in Budapest starting at 8K per night, and suites at 13K [Sweet-spot spotlight]

A couple of weeks ago a reader alerted us to this unique opportunity.  Coincidentally, Travel is Free identified the same opportunity in his data driven look at Hyatt.  After massive renovation of a historic shopping arcade, the Párisi Udvar Hotel Budapest has recently opened.  And it looks amazing.  Prices generally run over $350 per night.  Luckily, this is a Hyatt hotel so we can pay in points.  Even better, the Párisi Udvar Hotel is a…

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