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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Best credit cards for buying Visa or Mastercard gift cards

One path to earning credit card rewards is to find ways to increase credit card spend and get most of your money back (see our guide here).  Visa and Mastercard gift cards are often a key component to making these techniques work because they have PINs and can therefore be used in many places that only accept debit cards. Without question, the biggest bang for your buck is to meet spend requirements on new credit…

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3 Easy Ways to Count Your 5/24 Status

With most Chase credit cards, Chase will not approve your application if you have opened 5 or more cards with any bank in the past 24 months.  This is known as the 5/24 rule. Chase uses your credit report to count your 5/24 status.  As a result, any business cards that do not get reported to the personal credit bureaus are not included in this count.  Even Chase business cards are not counted (but most…

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What to do when the wifi login page doesn’t pop up

Many wifi networks are open to the public to connect, but then use a pop up web page to authorize access to the internet. This is common in hotels, cafes, airports, etc. The problem is that sometimes the pop up web page doesn’t pop up.  When this happens, you can’t access the internet.  What to do? Solution Simply enter this into your browser’s address bar: neverssl.com I’ve had several chances recently to try this out…

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40K to Far Away Afterglow. Help us design the next #40KFarAway challenge.

What a ride!  The 40K to Far Away challenge is done, the votes have been counted, and the Frequent Miler team is slowly settling back in to business as usual blogging.  Today, though, I’ll take a quick look back at the challenge and a look forward to what’s next… As you can see above, I earned the most votes for this challenge (thank you!), so I’m technically the winner.  A number of people have said,…

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Vote for your favorite 40K to Far Away trip! [Update: the votes are in]

Who won the 40K to Far Away challenge?  You’ll find the results of the voting poll at the bottom of this post.  Voting was open until Sunday October 20th at 10pm ET. Greg Nick Stephen Distance Traveled (click here for details) >18,000 miles ~16,061 miles ~13,394 miles Spend 40,000 points $397.08 Details here 23,500 points $398.70 Details here 40,000 points $382.44 Details here Notable Accomplishments Crossed African continent twice 27-hour sleeper car train journey across…

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Maximizing (and understanding) United Excursionist Perks

In the 40K to Far Away challenge, I was assigned Chase points.  I had a budget of 40,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points and $400 to go as far as possible.  The other guys had Citi and Amex points to work with.  And I was determined to make full use of the one most interesting transfer partner that neither of my competitors had access to: United MileagePlus. United doesn’t have a particularly competitive award chart (they…

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10 reasons to vote for Greg for #40KFarAway

Now that the Frequent Miler team has completed the 40K to Far Away Challenge, we will soon publish a poll to let readers decide who won.  With that poll, we’ll publish summary results: where did we go, what did we do, how much did we spend, etc.  But lists and statistics only tell part of the story.  To really understand our accomplishments, I think it is best to hear from each of us why our…

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40K Far Away: Who went farthest?

While Stephen finishes up the last couple of days of his trip, we’re each working on wrapping up our 40K to Far Away posts.  In addition to detailed trip reports, each of us will present an accounting: exactly how much did we spend in points and cash for everything (this includes food, tipping, subways, etc.)? In the meantime, we’re ready to present the total distance traveled by each of us (in Stephen’s case, it assumes…

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How Greg toured Madrid & Africa for 40K points and $400 (#40kfaraway)

Success!  With my meager 40K + $400 budget, I visited Washington DC; Madrid, Spain; Dakar Senegal; Johannesburg, South Africa; and Cape Town, South Africa.  I finally ended my journey on the island of Mahé in the Seychelles (lodging in the Seychelles was not included in this budget since it occurred after I declared that I was done).  Not counting small distance travel (walking, transport to/from airports, driving around Jo’burg, etc.), I traveled 18,037 miles and…

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