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Manufacturing free nights, finding cheap hotel awards, and more

Hotel Quarterly Promotions

This week at Frequent Miler, we covered topics including which chain is best for manufacturing free nights, where to find awards night bargains in the United States, and and how to maximize the use of free rental car days. Read on for this week’s recap. A valuable use of one two free: one-way rental Free days earned from One-Two-Free expire in about a month. I had one such free day in my account and it…

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Playing chess with Chase, losing a killer stack, $10K in fee-free CC payments and more

This week at Frequent Miler, Greg had some great speculation about Chase’s next moves and he and I offered differing takes on which hotel loyalty programs offer the most reward. Don’t forget that you have until 6pm Sunday night to enter for your chance to win $10,000 fee-free dollars, which will save you $250 on fees and make it easy to hit the spend on a card or two or rake in some free rewards. You’ll…

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Marriott transition in detail, get paid to eat steak, FM improvements and more

Whether you’re wondering about the finer details of the Marriott/SPG/Ritz merger or you are looking for a tip on redeeming your points when agents tell you that you can’t, you’ll find it in this Frequent Miler week in review, where we recap the week’s main stories, Read on for this week today. Better Best Offers Our Best Offers page was in need of a bit of a redesign and Greg has put in hours to…

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Surprises and strategy: opportunities for arbitrage, a reminder to pool your points, and more

It’s been a big week for surprise news: from the sneak preview of Marriott’s new award chart being better than expected to a Chase rumor that gave me the kick in the pants I needed to pool my points properly, there will and could be interesting changes on the horizon. In preparation for the new Marriott program to be, we laid out some of the best opportunities – from top-of-the-line properties that could become a…

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Marriott on our minds, free found money, how to earn miles post-SPG and more

Marriott has been on our minds this week, make no mistake about it. We went into the event on Monday wondering what Marriott would say about the unification of the post-merger loyalty programs. Throughout the week, we brought analysis — whether about sweet spots created, opportunities knocking, or your strategy for future earnings. Chase appears to have heard the cry of the disenchanted SPG cardholders and has released a compelling offer on the Freedom Unlimited…

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Award hacks, no-brainers, and what to do about Monday’s announcement

This week at Frequent Miler, we had some great hacks: from business class to Europe for 80K round trip to how to make those elusive AA flights appear on BA.com for flights to scoring a nice little upgrade on an award stay or saving $120 on a 1-night hotel stay, read up in the recap below. Finally, everyone wants to know what to do about the anticipation of Marriott Monday. See Greg’s take on the rumors…

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Getting more value from points & miles, losing value from IHG and more

This week at Frequent Miler, several posts were focused on getting more value than you’d expect. Whether getting more out of your Rapid Rewards than the conventional valuation or finding the sweet spots in Asia Miles, we had helpful analysis to help you maximize your awards. The Arrival Premier made a splash — though some would call it a belly flop, I nonetheless saw surprising value in its use for earning Japan Airlines miles. In…

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A quarter million miles that weren’t meant to be, first class for less, shakeups to credit card lineups and more

This week at Frequent Miler, we’ve had news of a number of changes in the credit card lanscape. From a new 2x everywhere (up to 3x possible) transferable currency card rumored to becoming from Barclays to a shakeup in the IHG card from Chase, we’ve got the juicy gossip on new products said to be launching as soon as in the next few days perhaps. That means your last chance to pick up the current IHG…

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Hacking the system: Real-time rewards, Avios, and more

Hacked Hyatt Gift Card

This week was all about hacking the system: from US Bank’s Real-time mobile rewards to the opportunities in Iberia’s Avios redemptions, we’ve discussed a number of sweet spots this week. Read on for the recap in this Frequent Miler Week in Review. My bumbling experiments with US Bank’s Real-Time Mobile Rewards US Bank’s Real-Time Mobile Rewards has the potential to be a total game-changer in cash-based points redemptions. Being able to book through channels other than…

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