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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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Pondering post-COVID-19 plans, do this before you cancel cards, and more

At the end of an unprecedented week, Greg and I talked travel: Is this a good time to book future travel? We obviously don’t know when “safe” will be, but maybe this is a good time to book for the future?  We also talked about credit cards: is it time to cut the cord and give up on our annual fees, or is there a better strategy? (Hint: there’s something you should be doing before…

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Making lemonade: Should we hope for a status run when normalcy returns? That, timestamps, confessions, and more.

This week on Frequent Miler on the Air, there were a few things we had to address: Greg’s potty mouth, a confession-confession, why those timestamps from Screaming Lincolns are great, and where we can look for opportunity when a sense of normalcy inevitably returns someday after this whole coronavirus outbreak is in our rearview mirror. We’re already seeing some positive moves from loyalty programs and are likely to see some more opportunity to come. Patience…

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Revisiting the CSR, hopes for HotelSlash, how Turkish is making Citi great again and more

Frequent Miler on the Air goes podcast-only this week thanks to a slight technical snafu from our video engineering department (*cough* Greg *cough*), but this week’s discussion is worth a listen nonetheless: our reader feedback segment made Greg completely reconsider his valuation of the Sapphire Reserve, and for good reason. We also reviewed how we predicted HotelSlash like a week before it launched and how we hope they put us in position to earn rewards…

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Debate night: are Marriott certs keepers? Getting a true 4th night free, and more

This week on Frequent Miler on the Air, Greg and Nick discuss whether or not the Marriott free night certificates are worth more than the price of admission — though, truth be told, the real question is whether or not you should be a buyer at the cost of the annual fee. I think the majority of readers shouldn’t be buyers – see if I convince Greg to join you in dumping his Marriott cards…

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Is the Rakuten Visa dead to us? Will Alaska be next year?

Is the Rakuten Visa dead to us? While I argue that it shouldn’t be buried just yet, there is no doubt that many have begun humming its funeral march this week. With this week’s surprise Alaska announcement, some were tuning up their pipe organs to say their final goodbyes to one of the sweetest award charts around even though Alaska doesn’t (yet) have a foot in the ground. On this week’s Frequent Miler on the…

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Is Marriott dead to us? Should it be to you?

Marriott has given us a rough week. The expansion of what is essentially blackout dates to legacy SPG properties and largely negative 2020 category changes had many readers asking us the obvious question: is it time to cut and run? Should we all dump the Marriott credit cards? Is Marriott dead to us? This week on Frequent Miler on the Air, Greg and I discuss the status of Marriott in our minds. Before we get…

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Saving an expiring Marriott cert, a first class mistake, juicy finds and more

Are you sitting on a Marriott Travel Package certificate and wondering what to do with it? This week on Frequent Miler on the Air, I tell Greg which of his ideas are not likely to work (and which one I think is pretty good!). From there, hear us discuss his first class booking mistake (don’t cry too many tears — it still ends with 22 hours of first class bliss for him!) and this week’s…

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The Stephen Pepper Episode, a card not to overlook, a tool you should use, and more

When the cat is away, the mice will play: with Greg on vacation this week, our podcast has a special guest. Our very own Stephen Pepper joined me this week to discuss his 5-year, 50-state road trip. We talked about places he didn’t expect to love, challenges he hadn’t known before planning to spend every night on the road for five years, and whether or not he’d recommend his lifestyle to others. Unfortunately, with our…

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