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How Frequent Miler (the business) will survive COVID-19

This blog, Frequent Miler, was born in September 2011.  I started it simply as an outlet to share my excitement about my latest passion: miles, points, and elite status shortcuts.  It didn’t even occur to me at the time that I could earn real money from the blog, but things changed quickly.  First, Boarding Area offered to host my blog.  This gave me an instant audience and better ad revenue than I could have earned…

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Frequent Miler’s Best April Fools Posts

Happy April Fools Day!  Rather than publish a new April Fools post, I decided to do a quick overview of my favorite April Fools posts from the past.  Here goes… Introducing the Cottonelle Card! (2019) This is one of my favorites.  I didn’t try to fool anyone with this post, but instead made up this ridiculous idea of a two-ply roll of rewards credit cards.  I had no idea when I posted this how valuable…

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Non-travel point redemptions that don’t stink

Since 2008, I haven’t had a year go by without an international trip (a fact I had to double-check by going through old photos last night). This year may break that streak. For the first time in a long time, I don’t currently have any future travel booked apart from a hotel reservation or two that I just haven’t gotten around to canceling. On our Frequent Miler on the Air chat this past weekend, Greg…

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Instant Gift Card Deals: Save Money & Get Rewarded

Physical Gift Cards

When you’re about to buy something, you may be able to save money or earn extra miles by first buying a merchant gift card and then using that gift card to make your purchase. Often, though, gift card deals take time. You may have to wait for gift cards to arrive in the mail, wait for an emailed gift card that comes hours or even days later, or drive to a different store to purchase…

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Last Chance Deals: Free Stock From SoFi, Portal Bonuses, Spending Bonuses & More

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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. 20 deals are ending this week, with several of them being harder to take advantage of right now due to the lack of travel opportunities. Many of these deals can still be used though, such as the free stock from SoFi, UPromise portal bonus and targeted spending offers on select Citi,…

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Skyway robbery, nice move from Chase, huge sweet spot ending, and more

This weekend’s Frequent Miler week in review around the web is tinged with the current battle between customers and airlines: many airlines are trying to squirm out of offering refunds and it just isn’t right to keep your money when they can’t provide the service unless they want to offer you an incentive to accept a voucher. Read on for some of the current stories out there — but also a really nice move from…

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The “Nick is right 3 times” episode. Cashing out points and hurrying vs waiting to get new cards.

You know what they say: the third time is the charm. And that’s why this week’s Frequent Miler on the Air felt semi-charmed to me: not once, not twice, but three times I proved Greg wrong. Ok, maybe that’s a stretch. Three times I explained why I think Greg was wrong. Are you #TeamGreg or #TeamNick? Watch or listen to us debate whether and when to cash out points and if now is really a good time to…

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On my mind: Is now a good time to apply for credit cards? Really?

I’ve written a fair bit recently about applying for rewards credit cards.  The general idea has been that while this is a bad time for traveling, it’s a great time for earning points, miles, and cash back from home.  But, is that really true? Arguments for applying now… A number of blogs have argued “yes” — now is the time to apply.  One Mile at a Time wrote: If you’re going to apply for credit…

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Nick predicts: Hyatt & Marriott’s elite status plan for 2020

Yesterday, we learned that Hilton will extend elite status to 2021 or even 2022 for some. Radisson announced the day before that they are extending elite status. IHG announced two weeks ago that they are reducing 2020 elite status requirements due to the current COVID-19 situation. What about Hyatt and Marriott? Will we see an extension of elite benefits? What are they waiting for in announcing it? We don’t yet know — and in my…

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