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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

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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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New credit cards and portals, evaluating the best offers, and more

This week at Frequent Miler, we started out by telling you how to count your 5/24 status — then we followed up later in the week with a brand new card that isn’t subject to the rule. You’ll find subjective analysis of the objectively ranked best offers as well as a new multi-faceted portal and a travel card that might actually save you some cash. All that and more in the recap. My take on…

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Hail to the CSR, miles for a car, the best Chase cards , and more

This week, we brought you posts about a better way to look at your Chase strategy, strategies for earning on the purchase of a car, what happens when you’ve cracked your rental up, and more. Read on for this Frequent Miler week in review. The best Chase cards that ARE subject to 5/24 Whether you’re just starting out with rewards credit cards or you’re a seasoned vet, you need to have a Chase application strategy.…

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The Sapphire Reserve killer comes back from the dead, your best bets when over 5/24, friends with benefits and more

This week, an unlikely assassin makes a stealthy return as US Bank unveils its new real-time mobile rewards benefit — which could be a game-changer if it catches on. If you have a friend with benefits, you might be able to enjoy Globalist status without staying sixty nights. Speaking of benefits, I forgot about an important benefit I’d lose when creating multiple Amex logins. All that and more in this Frequent Miler week in review.…

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Surprise Chase discoveries, good and bad, miles for taxes and more

This week at Frequent Miler, we looked at how you can pay the tax man while getting the best return for your spend, how to get top-tier status without many stays, and unexpected discoveries form Chase — both in terms of how many points you can earn for referrals and in the weird and scary glitch that might have compromised your account. Read on for our weekly recap. Pay taxes via credit card, 2018 edition…

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