About Nick Reyes

Nick Reyes is a (fairly) regular guy with an animalistic passion for maximizing the value of miles and money to travel the world in comfort and style. There is little in life that he loves more than finding a fantastic deal and helping you shop smarter & harder to achieve your travel dreams.

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DOT reverses course, risk/reward on future awards, and more

In this weekend’s Frequent Miler week in review around the web, read what you need to know about getting your money back for canceled flights, ponder whether now is the time to gamble on future bookings, details on the options available to small business in terms of the stimulus package, and more. US Government: Airlines Must Contact Everyone They Refused A Refund To And Offer One Finally. Thank you to the Department of Transportation for…

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5% back at Staples.com via Dosh (max $20 per day)

Stephen Pepper found a fantastic deal that he posted over on his site GC Galore: the Dosh app is offering 5% back at Staples.com (up to $20 back per day) when you use a linked credit card. While this won’t make any sense for folks who would be in a hurry to liquidate, this might be really attractive for those who can float the cash. It probably won’t last, so you’ll want to get in sooner rather than…

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[Targeted] 10x online w/ Citi spending offer (up to 2500 points)

Update: Kathy from Will Run for Miles reports having gotten this offer on the AAdvantage Platinum Select card and reader jeph36 reports receiving it on a Citi Dividend card. Keep an eye out for emails on any of your Citi cards. Citi has sent out a targeted spending offer for some Citi Rewards+ cardholders offering 10x for eligible online purchases through 4/30/20, up to 2500 points. I imagine that most readers will be spending $250 online between now…

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COVID-19’s impact on our business, Hyatt & Simon surprise, readers delight

This week, COVID-19 was likely on all of our minds: between the staggering numbers we see on the news and heartbreaking stories we read each day and the impact it has had on daily life for most of us is something we’re all likely to remember for a long time. From a business standpoint, it has also been on our minds as we have seen revenue drop to historic lows for Frequent Miler. On this…

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Amex extending time to meet welcome bonuses (applies retroactively also)

The Points Pundit over at Travel Update made a nice find: if you have been or are approved between 12/1/19 and 5/31/20 for a new Amex account for which you’re eligible for a welcome bonus, Amex is automatically extending the period to make eligible purchases by 3 months. It’s great that this not only applies to new applicants, but also those who were previously approved on or after 12/1/19 and may have suddenly found themselves…

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Which cards to use for Simon Visa Gift Cards online

Yesterday, Simon Mall opened registration for a new manufactured spending opportunity that enables the volume for which their malls have become known with the convenience of shopping from home. See: Simon Gift Card online bulk ordering. Everything you need to know. Readers had two key questions: Which credit card(s) should you use to purchase and how the heck are you liquidating these Simon gift cards in a time when most of the United States is…

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Simon Visa Gift Card online bulk ordering. Everything you need to know.

Earlier today, we reported that Simon Malls is now offering a Bulk Customer program where you can register to buy Visa Gift Cards online that can be loaded with up to $1K per card. Just like those approved to buy in bulk on-property, those who are approved for this program can order up to $25K per day in Visa Gift Cards. While Simon has long offered a corporate program for customers with a legitimate business, Frequent Miler helped…

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Simon now selling $1K cards online up to $25K at a time

Update: This post covers the key announcement information. For more detail on the full registration and ordering process / experience, see this newer post: Simon Visa Gift Card online bulk ordering. Everything you need to know. Simon Mall has gone live with a program to sell $1K Visa Gift Cards online and these cards can be customized with your name. Customers can register now for this new bulk customer program. This post will outline the key information…

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Update: Capital One says they are working to restore gift card redemptions

Update 4/1/20: After publishing this post, Capital One reached out to affirm that this is a temporary change. They tell us: “Due to operational constraints from COVID-19, we are temporarily unable to fulfill gift card rewards. We are working to restore this redemption option as soon as possible.”. In other words, the official statement from Capital One is that this is an issue in the supply chain rather than an effort to slow down redemptions…

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