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PayPal lets the scammers scam, Mandarin becoming a Hilton, keep your eye on Wells Fargo and more

Fans of Mandarin Oriental

In this Frequent Miler week in review around the web, read about an option coming in Laqs Vegas that should enable you in the future to use Hilton free night certificates at a property that is currently still a Mandarin Oriental, why you might want to keep your eye on Wells Fargo this summer, and what to do to protect yoursefl against a common PayPal scam (because PayPal doesn’t appear to care much about scammers…

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Priority Pass’s innovates, why you might not want to book that tour through Chase, outsized Hilton value and more

In this weekend’s Frequent Miler Week in Review Around the web, we take a look at how Priority Pass is changing the game, where you can get outsized value from your Hilton points overseas,, a reminder to get out there and explore with your family and more. Read on for this week’s recap. Priority Pass is changing the game for airport lounges The first time I experienced an airport lounge, I was in awe. Not…

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A lifetime status hack, virtual reality seat maps, wishing the Conrad Maldives restaurant were cooler, and more

In this weekend’s Frequent Miler week in review around the web, we recap a nice little hack for those of you with the nights for lifetime status but not quite enough points, why some won’t mourn the end of SPG, a great overview on how to save time booking both award seats and cheap sales, and more. Read on for this week’s recap. Marriott/SPG Loophole to Lifetime Platinum Premier Status! While this post from Points…

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A Morgan Stanley hack, maximization gone wrong, how to use Fuel Everywhere Visas and more

In this Frequent Miler Week in Review Around the Web, we have a great hack for getting 2 Platinum cards for the price of 1, a reminder as to why free night certificates aren’t as valuable as they seem, a great way to maximize a cheaper Visa Gift Card option and more. Read on for this weekend’s recap. It worked! (For now.) I have a Morgan Stanley Amex Platinum! (For now.) The Morgan Stanley Amex…

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Is the chase on for churners? A hotel room hack, Platinum to the rescue and more

In this Frequent Miler week in review around the web, we have an indication that Chase may be after the churners, with stories of shutdowns accumulating and some even suggesting an effort to lure in churners with specific offers. In travel hacking, find a resource for how to adjust your thermostat when you can’t quite get the temperature right, and if you’re playing the credit card game in multi-player mode, you’ll want to check out…

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The truth about Chase hurts, charitable uses of your points, good no-fuel-surchage award to Europe and more

In this Frequent Miler week in review around the web, Chase’s actions speak loudly – is hope fading for churners? If you find yourself locked out of Ultimate Rewards, you might want to see the post below on a great option for fuel-surcharge-free business class awards to Europe that makes use of other transferable currencies. Also read about changes to Roomipay and more in this week’s recap. Chase is making a statement Sometimes, the truth…

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A possible Delta sweet spot, increasing odds of insta-approval, maximizing a stopover and more

The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

In this week’s Frequent Miler week in review around the web, we have some food for thought: a method for increasing your odds of isntant approval that might not be a good idea for everyone, a new service getting a lot of buzz that isn’t quite ready for prime time, and a couple of tips on award maximization. Read on for this week’s recap. Can a Lower Credit Limit Help You Get Approved for a…

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Is the SPG set to disappear? Is the $49 IHG card a bad deal? Will these awards devalue soon? Those answers and more.

In this Frequent Miler Week in Review, we have a juicy rumor on the demise of the SPG website and a list of awards that you should book before they’re gone. While most people will tell you that the $49 IHG card is a great deal, see below for a counterpoint. Those posts and more to follow — read on for this week’s recap. [RUMOR] SPG Website Going Down on August 1st? This is a…

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A more expensive award to save time, Swiss First Class resolution, SPG backtracks on changes, and more

Beyond calculating the opportunity cost to manufacture miles, are you figuring in the opportunity cost of an easier booking versus a more time-consuming one when determining which award to book? What can you do if you’ve got one of those canceled Aeroplan / Swiss First Class award bookings stagnating? Did all of SPG’s hotels change category as advertised? Those questions pondered and more in this week’s Frequent Miler Week in Reivew Around the web. Read…

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