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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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Miles and money you may be missing

Many miles and points enthusiasts got into this hobby thanks to business travel that earned them accidental miles & points that they would like to be able to leverage for better vacations. Others wanted to travel more or more comfortably than their means allowed and discovered credit card bonuses as a medium through which to realize their travel dreams. As I’ve written before, my entry to miles & points came from reselling products. It started…

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Amex ratchets up their war on gaming with wave of shutdowns

Last week, Reddit was aflame with reports of Amex shutting down accounts.  While account shutdowns have long been common with other issuers, this hasn’t been Amex’s primary approach in the past.  For many years, they temporarily froze accounts in order to put them through financial review.  If the cardholder came out of the financial review successfully, their accounts were fully restored.  More recently, we’ve seen Amex clawing back points that they decided were earned through…

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Last Chance Deals: Fee-Free Visa Gift Cards, $100 Shopping Portal Bonus, Coin Deal & More

Last Chance Deals

Welcome to our weekly list of what’s ending this week as well as a collection of some other deals that are due to end soon. Only four deals are ending this week, but some of them have the potential to be very lucrative. The Upromise shopping portal is offering a $100 bonus which should be triggered by a large purchase from GiftCards.com. I’ve received tracking confirmation for my order which relates to their standard 1% cashback…

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Marriott’s bad news, the house always wins, a hidden devaluation, and more

This week around the web, read about what I think is Marriott’s next huge devaluation in disguise, the latest way that the house wins in Vegas (watch out, this one’s coming to a city near you), a hidden airline devaluation, and more. It’s not all doom and gloom — definitely check out the sweet spot video below if you have any interest in travel to/within Canada. Read on for the weekend recap. $8K+ Per Night…

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Why tune in to FM, expanding earning, which cards are trending, and more

This week in Frequent Miler on the Air, we revisit reader reviews of our new podcast, talk about whether Greg jumped on what was otherwise known as the credit card deal of the year: that waived-fee Aspire deal (and why he did or didn’t), how likely we are to choose AIrBnB after the article and more. Turn on, tune in, and chill out with us as we discuss miles and points in our weekly video…

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Credit card changing fortunes

One of the things that has long fascinated me about rewards credit cards is the way in which changes to other things (other cards, rewards programs, airport lounges, etc.) can effect the perceived value of a card.  OK, so yes, that proves that I’m a credit card nerd.  Still, even if you’re not a credit card nerd, I think you’ll find this interesting too… I took a look at a number of popular rewards credit…

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Playing in multi-player mode to earn more valuable rewards

Greg has written in the past about the games we play to earn valuable rewards and the tools we use to do it. The truth is, as with any game, these games are more fun in multi-player mode. For some people, that will mean a couple working together. For others, it may mean several members of a family. Here are some ways you can take advantage of playing the game in multi-player mode to increase…

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