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Why Stephen should win #40KFaraway

Greg is the Frequent Miler. When we first announced the #40KFaraway challenge, I think it would have been fair for the average reader to assume that Greg would win. After all, out of the three of us, he’s the only one who has earned a million miles and points in a month. And he’s the only one to spend a week on Richard Branson’s private island. And he’s the only one to buy Sur La Table…

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Tools and tricks: changing dates, social media strengths, and other tips

In last weekend’s Frequent Miler on the Air, Greg mentioned a quick tip that for what to (try to) do if you get stuck beyond the cancellation deadline on a hotel booking that you need to change. It was a great tip that I’ve found useful in the past and put to use fairly recently. That made me think of a few other things that I thought would be worth sharing together in one post…

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Luxury Hyatt suites for cash + 9K points per night. How exciting is that?

A couple of months ago, Greg wrote an awesome post about booking luxury Hyatt suites for really reasonable points prices in some cases (See: Finding extreme luxury in Hyatt Premium Suites). Then, last week, Charlie at Running With Miles uncovered what can be another gem: it is possible to book a standard cash rate and then upgrade to a premium suite for 9K points per night on top of the cash rate. That sounded awesome…

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Turkish still a mixed bag, but patience helps

Over the past month and a half or so since we first posted the Turkish Miles & Smiles sweet spot to Hawaii (See: 7.5K each way to Hawaii: The sweetest spot we’ve been missing and then Forget email, book Turkish awards over the phone), we’ve heard from many, many readers who booked tickets successfully, many of whom have been pretty excited about booking multiple family members to Hawaii for 15,000 miles round trip per passenger.…

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Last Chance Deals: Many Airline Shopping Portal Bonuses, 0.5c IHG Points, Hilton Amex Spending Offers & More

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. If you’re planning on doing any online shopping today (August 17), don’t forget about all the airline shopping portal bonuses that end today. United, American, Southwest and Delta are all offering bonus miles when hitting certain spend thresholds, but be sure to also check Cashback Monitor to make sure you’d be…

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The sweet seats on Southwest, a sweet spot from abroad, a Vegas win and more

In this weekend’s Frequent Miler week in review around the web, read about where to sit on Southwest, a niche foreign program sweet spot, a new great FHR option in Las Vegas, and more. Read on for the weekend recap: The Critical Points: Why the Last Row on Southwest Is the Best Place to Fly While I won’t go to the extreme of the last row like Richard Kerr, I will firmly concur that the…

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Almost BonvAAyed & making lemonade from Marriott’s September lemons

In this week’s FM on the Air, see Greg and Nick discuss getting a broken award ticket reinstated, what’s up with all the Marriott changes, and where MSers can find a bright spot in the new award chart that debuts next month. One thing I neglected to note in my discussion of my AAward fiasco this week was my thanks to friends of the blog like Stefan from Rapid Travel Chai, Tiffany from One Mile…

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Marriott travel packages in a Peak world: good value?

When Marriott merged with SPG in August 2018, they massively increased the prices for travel packages.  Travel packages offer a way to spend a big chunk of Marriott Bonvoy points in exchange for two things: a bunch of airline miles of your choice plus a 7 night stay certificate.  The total cost in points depends upon the hotel category stay certificate you want and whether you want 50,000 or 100,000 airline miles. When the post-merger…

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Marriott Cash + Points Revised. Good deal?

This morning Marriott announced several changes to Marriott Bonvoy awards (details here).  One of the changes is that they revised Points + Cash pricing for peak and off-peak awards.  I wasn’t too excited about the original plan, but how about now?  Did Marriott redeem Cash + Points?  (see what I did there?) The chart, above, shows the regular award prices (Points Only) and the Cash + Points prices.  The Cash + Points rates are the…

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