West Palm Beach quietly becomes cool

For my sister-in-law’s birthday, I booked four of us with the West Palm Beach Food Tour.  Despite positive reviews, I wasn’t expecting much.  My perception of the area, from past visits, was not great.  On the west side you had CityPlace (now Rosemary Square) which is basically an over-the-top outdoor shopping mall.  Boring. The rest of the town, my memory told me, was run down and not at all a place I’d choose to go. …

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New 100K United Business Card offer

There is a newly-increased welcome bonus offer available on the United℠ Business Card that can be highly valuable, offering enough miles to potentially fly partner business class one way to virtually any destination in the world (pending availability) and in most cases have miles left over. In fact, if you leverage the excursionist perk the way we’ve written about in the past (and indeed if you nested excursionist perk flights like Greg did), this could…

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Yeah, AA’s award search map tool is pretty cool…and frustrating

Yesterday, The Points Guy published a post titled, “Your favorite AA award tool is back — and better than ever“. The thing is, I didn’t have a favorite AA tool. And it’s back? That sounded like it required immediate investigation. After spending a few hours playing around with it, I can confirm that it is my new favorite American Airlines award search tool…..and I kind of hate it at the same time (mostly because AA doesn’t…

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FM to Go. Coming soon to a town near you.

As a complement to our Frequent Miler Insiders Facebook Group, we have started a new meetup / seminar series: FM to Go.  We have often had readers ask us to visit their town, and we’ve wanted to.  But we didn’t previously have a good way to pick where to go or how to organize a gathering in towns we don’t know well.  FM to Go is the answer. Our next FM to Go is going…

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$320 RT to China from Dallas on Air Canada

Anyone who has been reading the news the past few days is likely aware of the coronavirus outbreak in China. With Chinese New Year approaching this week, that will surely impact short-term travel plans for many (and minutes after publishing this deal, I saw that Thrifty Traveler had a post on the virus outbreak noting that the city of Wuhan is being quarantined, with flights and transportation to or from the city shut down). However,…

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[Dead] Easy 5x: Online Fee-free $100 Mastercard GCs at Staples.com

Update: This deal is back again. The maximum is 10 cards per account, which will come to exactly $1,000 with no activation or shipping fees, as shown in my screen shot below. (H/T: Dan’s Deals). The terms state it expires 1/25/20 but this will. not. last. Run, don’t walk. Keep in mind that there is also a new Amex Offer out that’s good for 10% back up to $50. Staples.com is offering fee-free $100 Mastercard Gift Cards right…

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[Targeted] Up to 12K bonus Southwest Rapid Rewards points with flight activity

Southwest Airlines is sending out targeted offers for bonus points with paid flight activity. In my case, I received an offer for 12,000 bonus Rapid Rewards points with 3 round trip flights — but the catch that will likely prevent me from taking advantage is that it requires Anytime or Business Select fares. Still, I’ll register in case I need a last-minute flight — and it’s worth checking your offer to see if you’ve received something better. The…

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Marriott expands BRG to Design Hotels

This morning, Stephen posted about his recent successes with Marriott’s best rate guarantee program. There’s some good news on that front: Design Hotels, one of the myriad of Marriott brands, is once again eligible for Best Rate Guarantee claims.You can’t make claims against the rates at designhotels.com or on the hotel-specific sites (though the good news is that you can book via those channels and still earn Marriott rewards points). In late 2018, Marriott had…

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2 More Best Rate Guarantee Successes (Sort Of) – This Time With Marriott

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Other than a little fumbling around one time with IHG, I was a Best Rate Guarantee virgin until recently. That changed when I made two successful claims with Hyatt and I gained a little more experience the other week with Marriott. Both of my Marriott Best Rate Guarantee claims were successful, but one of them didn’t work out quite as well as I’d been expecting. Here’s what the process was like and the results from…

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