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AA lock out details, an indirect transfer partner, easier Star Gold and more

In today’s Frequent Miler week in review around the web, read about an indirect transfer partner to keep in mind, a detailed datapoint from the AA shut down that is worth a read, easy(ish) paths to Star Alliance Gold and more. How To Transfer Points For Shangri-La Free Nights (From Amex, Chase, & More) David at Point Me to the Plane points us to a potentially interesting indirect transfer path to move points from the…

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Hacking Asia Miles, why the Ritz deval may be good, updated guides and more

This week’s episode of Frequent Miler on the Air is currently available in podcast format only (a technical issue has delayed publication of the video for now), so download from your favorite service to hear us talk about hacking the Asia Miles distance-based award chart, why Greg thinks the no-notice devaluation on the Ritz card may be a good thing, the question of the week, and more. Look on the bright side: if Greg made…

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Complete Guide to Travel Companion Tickets for 2020 and Beyond

If you ever travel with others, companion tickets offer the possibility of saving a lot of money or points for the second passenger. This guide describes each companion ticket option available. Since last publication, this guide has been updated to reflect that the Southwest Companion Pass now requires 125,000 points; and to remove the Visa Infinite Discount Air Benefit which is no longer available. Aer Lingus Commercial Companion Ticket American Airlines Companion Certificate Alaska Airlines…

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Food fight: DoorDash vs Grubhub vs Uber Eats

In order to partially make up for increasing the Sapphire Reserve card’s annual fee from $450 to $550, Chase has added $60 per year in automatic statement credits for DoorDash food delivery purchases.  I tried it out the other day and found that it worked exactly as expected.  I charged the order to my Sapphire Reserve and the full cost was quickly reimbursed: Chase has also thrown in DoorDash DashPass memberships for Sapphire Reserve and…

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Chase Ultimate Rewards Complete Guide 2020

Chase’s Ultimate Rewards points can be earned via credit card spend and new account bonuses. Those points can then be transferred to airline or hotel partners, used to pay for travel or merchandise, or converted to cash back.  Chase Ultimate Rewards competes directly with other bank issued transferable points programs: Amex Membership Rewards Capital One “Miles” Citi ThankYou Rewards Below, you’ll find everything you need to know about Chase Ultimate Rewards, edited and updated for…

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Cathay Pacific Asia Miles mixed cabin award pricing. First class for less.

Many people I know rave about flying Cathay Pacific first class. I haven’t yet tried it, but of course I want to (I stupidly didn’t book the infamous mistake fare from Vietnam!).  So, for an upcoming trip, I booked business class, but also waitlisted for first class awards.  I’ll happily pay the change fee ($100) if it means flying first class. In the course of searching for first class awards, I stumbled upon something very…

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Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card Complete Guide

The Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card makes for a unique one-card solution in that it offers the best of both worlds: earn 2x “miles” on all purchases and then redeem those “miles” for paid travel at a reasonable rate of return or transfer those “miles” to airline partners. While there are credit card combinations from other issuers that can offer greater returns, the Capital One Venture card likely appeals the most to those looking…

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A quick guide to transferable points programs

Amex Transfer Partners

Since I’m a points hoarder, I’m a huge fan of transferable points programs.  These are programs that allow you to transfer points to multiple loyalty programs at a fair exchange rate (often 1 to 1).  By collecting points in these programs, you have the ability to book travel opportunistically.  For example, suppose you’re finally ready to book that dream trip to Asia and you find (gasp) that Delta has the best award availability, but you…

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Last Chance Deals: Fee-Free VGCs, Alaska Airlines Shopping Portal Bonus & Promos For Marriott & IHG

Last Chance Deals 01.11.20

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. There are only four deals ending this week, with the Staples fee-free $200 Visa gift card deal actually starting today. You have another few days to take advantage of the two-tiered bonus through the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan shopping portal, while the most recent Marriott and IHG promos are also ending…

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