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 Bonvoy Complete Guide

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 end to ultra-luxury, and credit cards that offer good value for their annual free nights…

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Cancelling your Prestige or Premier card? Here’s how to keep your points alive.

I’m a huge fan of transferable points programs.  These are programs that allow you to transfer points to multiple loyalty programs at a fair exchange rate.  By collecting points in these programs, you have the ability to book travel opportunistically.  When you’re ready to book an award flight, you can search for award availability on almost any airline, then find the best program for booking that award (the best program is often a partner to…

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Dumping my Citi Prestige card

I signed up for the Citi Prestige card in September, 2014. Back then, it was much easier to get Citigold status and so I locked in a $350 annual fee. Until this month, the fee never increased despite my having let my Citigold status lapse. Today, you need $200,000 invested with Citi in order to be granted Citigold. If you do so, you too can get the Prestige card for only $350. For everyone else,…

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Sign up for cards you don’t want to get cards you do

Filed under weird but true, there are situations where it makes sense to sign up for a credit card that you don’t want in order to get the card you do want.  I started this post thinking that I would have just three or four examples, but I quickly realized that there are many situations where this makes sense.  Typically the process requires signing up for a similar card and later calling to product change…

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Good news regarding United nixing award charts (and some bad news too)

As promised and threatened, on November 15th 2019, United eliminated close-in booking fees and stopped publishing award charts.  I previously covered my thoughts about these changes with both a pessimistic view and an optimistic view: Fallout from the United award chart obliteration The bright sides of the United award chart purge Both of the above posts were written before the changes went into effect.  Now that the changes are in place, we’re seeing both good…

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Dumping my CNB Crystal Visa Infinite.

The CNB Crystal Visa Infinite Card used to be awesome.  In addition to offering nice perks and great bonus categories, it offered $250 in airline fee reimbursements per card.  As a result, with free authorized users added to the account, it was possible to rack up $1,000 or more in reimbursements each year.  That was obviously a great deal for a $400 per year card.  Unfortunately, as of January 1, 2020, that’s all changing.  Here’s…

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Delta Diamond Choice Benefits: Which to choose and when

Delta’s top tier Diamond status isn’t easy to get, but it it comes loaded with perks.  Among them is the ability to choose three Choice Benefits each year. Choice Benefits page link The normal way to find the Choice Benefits page is to log into your Delta account on Delta.com and click around until you find it.  Alternatively, you can click here to jump directly to the Choice Benefits page. Which Diamond Choice Benefits are…

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On my mind (Choice Privileges edition)

Choice Privileges is a an oddball rewards program. You can’t book award stays more than 100 days in advance.  And the point prices change regularly.  The point prices for the next 6 months or so is listed on each hotel’s page. Fortunately, it’s sometimes possible to stumble upon outstanding value… Most Choice member hotels are low end cheap motels.  But Choice also includes the mid-tier Cambria chain which can be quite decent.  For example, I…

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The Peacock Inn: A charming inn and great point value in Princeton, NJ

I recently stumbled upon a great use of Choice Privileges points.  No, it’s not quite as dramatic of a deal as Nick’s Napa Valley find, but it’s still sweet.  Princeton NJ is a beautiful town, but most of the chain hotels are located on route 1, well away from the town’s beauty.  The cool place to stay is near Princeton’s main drag, Nassau Street, but hotel prices in town are exorbitant.  Luckily, the Peacock Inn,…

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