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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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Adding a lap infant to an award ticket: Don’t get ripped off

Recently, I tried to add a lap infant to an award ticket and nearly got gouged by American Airlines for nearly 3x what the ticket should have cost. The experience led me to three key finds for those who travel with lap infants. While these finds come late in the game for me (as my son is quickly approaching his second birthday), hopefully they can help other parents planning infant award travel. The Dilemma: Adding…

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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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Last Chance Deals: Fee-Free Mastercard Gift Cards At Staples & That’s It

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. The list is short this week as there’s only one deal due to end – the fee-free $200 Mastercard gift card deal at Staples. As always though, there are lots more ongoing deals, so check out the list below for other deals ending by the end of the month. Below you’ll…

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Polls are open through Sunday: Vote for #40KFaraway champ

It’s on: you have until Sunday evening 10pm ET to vote for the winner of the 40K to Far Away competition. Win, lose, or draw I think I speak for all three of us when I say that this competition and the engagement with readers has been a blast. I find myself actively excited to read each comment that comes in — be it compliment, constructive criticism, or contrary viewpoint. For those who have enjoyed the…

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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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Days 11-14 Of Stephen’s 40k: Beating The Casino, D.C. Segway Tour, Art & All The Way Back Home

The 15 year old grunger in me always wanted to be Rock Royalty

We left off day 10 of 40k To Far Away with me having to book a hostel-style Airbnb in Atlantic City. I’d planned to status match at Hard Rock Casino & Hotel to take advantage of getting two free nights with Rock Royalty status. What I hadn’t realized when planning my trip is that I’d be visiting the Friday and Saturday of Columbus Day weekend, so the hotel was booked up. Thankfully I’d left plenty…

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15 Reasons Stephen Should Win The #40kFaraway Challenge

Me and one of the trolls

So after 14 days of travel, my 40k To Far Away adventure finally came to an end last night. I might have technically traveled the shortest distance, but by a bunch of other metrics I feel like I traveled the “farthest”. Not convinced? Here are 15 reasons why you should vote for me as the winner of 40k To Far Away. 1) I Made It Home First off, returning home wasn’t part of the challenge,…

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