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When planning our posts, we often just write about whatever is top of mind.  But we’d like your suggestions too.  Do you have ideas for blog posts that you’d like to read?  If so, please comment below!

Via our Frequent Miler Insiders Facebook Group, we asked the same question and received many great suggestions.  Here are some of my favorites, in no particular order:

  • How to get under 5/24 and what to do while waiting.  It would be nice to have a dedicated page/post with best non-reporting biz offers for those in our category. [Note: we already answered this suggestion with a new post: Best business card offers that don’t add to 5/24]
  • Comparison of Award Ticket Cancellation/Miles Redeposit Fees and Deadlines across Programs that Are Available Using Transferable Points Currencies.  [Note: I’d like this too!]
  • How to get to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo on points.
  • A deep dive on credit card insurance benefits (also looking at lesser known cards and not just citi/chase) [Note: we have covered this with respect to ultra-premium cards (found here), but not others]
  • Easy ways to get decent value from Thank You points
  • The ins and outs of annual travel/trip insurance highlighting the overlap with credit card benefits. [Note: I like this topic, but I’m personally completely unqualified to write it since I’ve never purchased travel insurance]
  • How to plan award/low cost travel for families with school grade children. Having such limited windows of opportunity to travel – school breaks typically around holidays, which are also the busiest travel times leading to shortages in award availability.
  • A status match deep dive… include all the current known status matches plus the easiest ways to get status that can then be matched to each program.
  • The best ways to earn and redeem points for Bucket List products like Singapore Suites, The Apartments, QSuites.
  • Recommendations for [using] orphaned points for some of the major point currencies
  • A tutorial for beginners, starting with the basics (like don’t just start applying for cards etc), a list showing abbreviations, acronyms and their meanings.

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Jack Donners
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Jack Donners

Definitely interested in the young children angle since that is mostly my situation

Nathan
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Nathan

Lets think- let’s reminisce about all the points and miles deals that I missed.

Kate
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Kate

1. Comparison of fuel surcharges for variety of popular routes using currencies not too obscure or ones where getting miles stranded there could be a problem. 2. Agree the insurance angle would be useful. The Amex accident benefit is more complex than I imagined. 3. Best practices for getting room upgrades. ( Hilton for a free night just gave us a very lackluster room in nyc with diamond status – should one always email or call ahead?) 4. Ideas for great redemption hotels such as the one Nick just wrote about in Japan. 5. Examples of trip planning, especially how far out one needs to book certain premium airline seats, and what some of the best possibilities for finding them are.
But thanks, continue to learn much from the blog!

Jon
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Jon

I’d love to see a (very) detailed post on using miles/points for international travel with a lap infant, since I know in some cases the fees can be exorbitant.

Specifically:
1) what do I have to pay (nothing/just taxes/10% of the adult fare in cash/some amount of miles)?
2) how does #1 vary by airline?
3) if I’m booking with points and I’ll be charged cash, how do I know exactly how much that will be?
4) how does booking using one airline’s miles on another affect it? *** this is the big question I never see answered when this is discussed
5) a walk-through of the process of booking and adding the infant

To give a concrete example:

Say I want to book a business class ticket for myself and my infant daughter from New York to Zurich, on Swiss Air, using United miles, on united.com. When do I add the infant? How exactly do I add her? (with United? with Swiss?) What will I be charged (and how is it calculated), by who, and when?

Thank you!

Paul
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Paul

No protest articles about the major devaluation of United Mileage program. Most awards will cost 5x or more after the elimination of the award chart. Who will care about earning a 100K credit card sign up bonus when you will need over sign up bonus to earn the 400+K points one way in business class, now you can one way from 75K to 90K until the dynamic award chart takes effect.

Darcie Dufoe
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Darcie Dufoe

I second the …..Easy Ways to get Decent Value from Thank you Rewards. Would also like to include Amex on this.

Joshua
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Joshua

Always curious about whats currently “in your wallet” and whats at home + how your cards are currently used.

HoKo
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HoKo

An in-depth analysis of when to use which credit card in terms of travel insurance coverages. In my case I am usually debating between the Citi Prestige and the CSR. Off the top of my head here are some of the small technicalities that can make a big difference in terms of which card you should use:

1. Citi Prestige will not cover missed connections (i was the guy that emailed you guys months ago when they changed the benefits guide to reflect this). So if I am booking a tight connection I always use my CSR card.

2. What happens if you book a ticket on a non-Chase partner but pay for taxes and fees using your Chase card. I.E. Booking an award ticket on AA but paying for taxes with CSR. I don’t have it in front of me at the moment but I have read the fine print before and there is language about points only being covered if they are through Chase UR or a Chase partner (which i interpret to mean any of Chase’s transferrable partners).

3. IIRC Chase trip insurance does not cover any sort of alternate travel arrangements even if you qualify for trip interruption coverage… So lets say you were flying BWI-KEF-BWI with the outbound flights on Sep 10th and the inbound flights on Sep 20th.
On Sep 15th some sort of covered scenario occurs – I think Chase would refund you the cost of the return portion of your ticket. But you will still be on your own for purchasing new tickets getting home from Iceland – and those sort of last minute tickets can cost an arm and a leg.

That raises another interesting question – if you booked roundtrip tickets how do they decide how much to refund if the outbound flights have been used but the inbound flights have not? Do they just decide it’s a 50/50 split and give you half your money back?

These are just a couple example, there are a lot of very important distinctions between the coverages and I have read a number of horror stories of people getting screwed with Citi Prestige not covering missed connections or Chase not covering new flights home, so clearly people are largely unaware of these important caveats.

HoKo
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HoKo

One more thing here: I’ve seen mixed reports of how the insurance coverage works when booking separate tickets. For example, lets say I book a trip DCA-JFK on DL and then JFK-HKG on CX. My DL flight is delayed, which causes me to miss the CX flight. Lets say I booked this itinerary using my CSR card. Do I have any recourse through my trip insurance here?

Per my comment above, maybe this example runs afoul of the “Chase Partner” language…so alter the example to be IAD-EWR on UA and then JFK-SIN on SQ since those are both Chase UR partners. Do I have coverage?

And then you can take things a step further by discussing how the coverage might vary based on whether you’re talking about a cash ticket or an award ticket.

Of course some of this stuff may just be YMMV but it would be good to get an in-depth analysis of the terms of the program as written. You guys also have a valuable platform to crowd-source a wide range of people’s experiences – i.e. ask for people to chime in if they’ve encountered this scenario before and whether or not they received coverage when they filed their claim.

Perhaps you could do a partner-post with a lawyer who could try and parse the legalese in the T&C booklets.

John F Caffrey
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John F Caffrey

I have two ideas and one of those you have already touched upon. That is annual insurance. Yes, I book all of my international trips with one of the premium credit cards but I would never rely on those benefits alone to take care of me in the event of a major event. So, I supplement that coverage by buying an annual policy of medical insurance which includes evacuation coverage. There is no coverage for lost baggage, delays or the typical “travel” insurance coverages. I am 72 and the premium I pay is under $450 for BOTH my wife and I for a full year. We typically take 2-3 international trips per year so that cost is easily amortized and quickly recovered and is less than the typical cost of a single trip insurance policy. Remember, if you are over 65 and covered by Medicare there is NO international coverage. Most policies covering those under 65 also no longer cover international travel or they provide minimum benefits.

My second topic is international cell phone use. I am tired of hearing about Google Fi, maybe it will be a future solution but not now. I am convinced that dedicated mobile hot spots are today’s solution. That way you can use any carrier’s phone or service and maximize coverage for up to 5 devices. We still buy the $10 a day Verizon international plan on one of our two phones but for all of our internet needs we use one of the hot spot devices. We could probably figure out how to use these devices to also make calls over the internet but need some help on that. On a recent cruise to SE Asia we could get internet in every port and often even when close to shore. Compared to the ship’s internet packages this device paid for itself in a single trip.

Nick Reyes
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Just curious — how is a dedicated hot spot better than Google Fi? You could hotspot 5 devices off your phone. And Fi phones are unlocked, so you could put any carrier’s SIM card in if you didn’t find Google Fi to have the best service in one country or another. You only pay for the data you use (i.e. if you use 1.7GB of data, you pay $17). I’m not trying to argue — just wondering why a dedicated mobile hotspot is today’s solution? Not sure what it does that a phone can’t (and obviously a phone has additional functionality that the hotspot doesn’t).

Before Fi and T-Mobile, I always used to just travel with an unlocked phone and buy a local SIM and hotspot off my phone. Now I skip the local SIM because Fi is cheap enough to beat spending time researching which carrier and where to buy a SIM and all that.

Again, legitimately asking — I’m open to understanding why a hotspot would be better.

Steve
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Steve

if you didn’t want to switch carriers I guess. My skyroam is gathering dust since I switched to Fi.

OhBoy
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OhBoy

I’ve used the GlocalMe hotspot ($150 for the hardware and then you buy data on virtual SIMs) in 6 countries in the last 6 or so months. A hotspot is incredibly helpful when traveling as a family. I had kids with phones (for Pokemon Go) and iPads, as well as grandparents with phones and the hotspot worked out so well. I don’t need to keep my personal cell in hotspot mode.

Ernest B
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Ernest B

John – I am 71 and we too travel internationally 2 to 3 times a year. Please let me know which company you use for your health care coverage. Thanks.

John F Caffrey
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John F Caffrey

I use a product called Geo Trekker which is issued by one of the Blue Cross related companies. However, there are other companies out there with fine products. Search Allianz. Also the company names DAN which is for divers offers a competitive product and you don’t need to be a diver, just a member of the organization. Do an internet search under the term “annual travel medical insurance” and you will have more info than you can process.

Ernest B
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Ernest B

John – Thanks for your rapid reply. I will check out your suggestions.

Tricia
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Tricia

John, We are 62 and 72. I would love to know the insurance company that you use. Thanks

HoKo
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HoKo

A chart showing which programs waive resort/destination fees on award stays (and how they handle points/cash rates)

Sethon
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Sethon

Getting to Tokyo 2020 on points, please!

HoKo
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HoKo

I would second the guy that proposed a deep dive on fuel surcharges. There are a lot of different angles on how you could cover this:

-Airlines like AC that charge YQ on some partners but not others…would be great to get a chart that showed every AC partner and expected YQ for the most popular redemptions. For example, list the *A partners that fly to Europe and expected YQ when booking through AC. Same thing for *A partners to Asia, etc. This way we could focus our efforts on the airlines with lower surcharges.

-Certain sweetspots that incur large YQ…thereby negating a lot of their appeal. IIRC Asiana has very attractive rates from USA-Europe but I think all of their rewards have large YQ – so it would be good to see those numbers listed out since at first glance the mileage rate appears very tempting. I think CX also has decent mileage rates to Europe but I am unclear how they handle YQ on AA and IB flights.

-Which programs pass along the same YQ as listed in ITA Matrix (When I am trying to get an idea of what sort of YQ I am gonna be on the hook for I use ITA Matrix…but some airlines don’t pass along the full amount. So in that scenario it is a very frustrating experience having no idea what sort of cash outlay I should be expecting)

OR97
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OR97

1. Playing the game for 2 travelers (or even families of 4) is not too terribly difficult. However, for families/groups greater than 4? Strategies here would be great
2. How to get to Oceania in J (or even PE) on points/miles. It seems most of the airline programs are more theoretical in this regard, than actually available (for any number of travelers much less a family)
3. An Iberia/Aer Lingus/BA comparison for Avios usage overall, and on more specific routes/regions (especially with upcoming BA avois changes)

OhBoy
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OhBoy

I’ve struggled to find international premium class for a family of 4. Any tips? I’m out of LAX

Bob
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Bob

I think a more thorough look into how to find value as dynamic pricing of premium award seats at the three major US airlines becomes a reality. For instance, Delta veterans (I’m thinking Richard Kerr) claim to have found ways to optimize Sky Pesos. It’s time to look at what to do with United Rubles and (many say soon-to-be) American Dinars as premium award seats become significantly more expensive.

r m h
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r m h

i would love a breakdown on how to book with partner airlines using the typical major us carriers (i.e. delta, united, aa). i often read how i can use my miles to book on airline X, but how do i do that??

OhBoy
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OhBoy

How about sweet spots for finding 4 J or F international availability? Taking my family on a trip like this would be great.

JustSaying
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JustSaying

As a recently retiree premium redemptions are essentially all we are interested in since we have shown off domestic travel due to the difficulty of reasonable first class availability, the fact we catch someone’s unprotected cough every time we travel and just a protest of global energy consumption……….all that said we will still take those once or twice a year international premium trips so if it fits that end game then we read every word you write……….

Yus
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Yus

A guide to booking african safari using points. There are guides for booking flights, but I have struggled to find anything for booking the hotels/resorts/lodges at safari destinations with transferable points or hotel points. Anything to give me and I’m sure many others a way to get am African safari without paying 20k for two people.

CaveDweller
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CaveDweller

@Yus
United is doing a non-stop to CPT soon then visit Garden Route Game Lodge 2 nites or so (Hotels.com) ..I was going to rent a car then visit Mosel ,SA. then get to the lodge @ 10am not a 4 hr drive like 30 mins.My Rich buddy did this and loved it’s slightly less then $20K for 2 and u can always Go Back or do another . No Malaria and I’ve been looking for a year.and mind the weather .

CHEERs

Pam
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Pam

I would like how/when/where detail on booking a meeting at Marriott for 10 elite night credits. Sounds like a cheap way towards status, but I could use some step-by-step info. Thanks for asking, Greg!

jed
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jed

I hope you don’t do the tutorial for beginners. People need to get some hints and then go figure stuff out on their own.

Pam
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Pam

Also would like to keep discussion going on best uses of airline credits now that purchasing AA gift cards has been axed. You have said several times in your posts, Greg, that you have no problems using all yours. Since I now have $1,000/yr to use & hate to check bags to begin with(!) I could sure use some input.

Jayne S
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Jayne S

What credit cards recent college grads should apply for if they have good credit due to being an authorized user on their parents cards. Will college student loans prevent a college grad from getting credit cards?

Charles Fastner
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Charles Fastner

A guide to ask available status matches sounds interesting

R W
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R W

With Chase having so many useful cards, what do you do when you have 10 or more with a overall high credit line when you are under 5/24 and ready to apply for more. Able to get value from all, but to get approved, do you cancel or downgrade or just wait for the call to re-allocate credit. Does canceling cards hurt or help approvals.?

Matt
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Matt

Quick guide to Airlines with best points currency to transfer from and booking partners to book through. Along with maybe short tips and and things to watch out for with each like fuel surcharges or ability to stopover

Dan
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Dan

The best award flight options from continental u.s. to europe using various different mileage currencies.

Mylvia
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Mylvia

How to get to Turkey/Istanbul on points (including business class flights).Please!!

Hin
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Hin

How to most cheaply and efficiently get to/from and park at airports. For example I was recently in Puerto Vallarta but the airport doesn’t allow Uber to pick up at the airport but if you walk 5 min over a bridge you could get an Uber for half the price of a taxi at the airport. Also which airport or off airport parking is best? When flying out of Sacramento I park my car in a local (nice) neighborhood and Uber to the airport saving lots of money over parking at the airport.

angela
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angela

this is good info, thanks!

Pam
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Pam

I think tutorials are a great idea, esp if you tailor different strategies to the degree of risk/benefit a cardholder is willing to assume. Apply for 2 cards at a time for quick bonuses, for instance, but be aware the effects to future apps based on the lender/credit score/frequency.

Marc Elliott Levy
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Marc Elliott Levy

Full list of credit cards that you can product change to but aren’t available for direct sign up

Alan
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Alan

Suggested topic: purchasing lifetime status with miles? Is there a program out there where lifetime status can still be purchased either via credit card spend or by using miles/points to “buy” it? If one has 1mm of AmEx MR, should one consider something like that (if it exists) before slowly depleting that stash on flights/hotels? Thanks.

Stannis
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Stannis

Instead of focusing on the 5 in 5/24 I’d like to see a roadmap that focuses on the 24. The idea would be an AOR that bangs out a half dozen personal cards from the jump and then strings out business card apps while waiting for the 24 month shot clock to expire. Does that make sense?

MDM
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MDM

Info on international rent cars, whether it is best to use points or pay (of course, first priority for my points is flights). Now that I use award tickets, the rental car can be my biggest single expense and headache. I started using Hertz this past year, mainly because it is 1 of 2 choices in the nearby town in Italy. For years, I used Nova and drove from Florence, but that can be stressful either departing or returning. Now I train to Chiusi and get a car there.

I get Hertz offers for bonus points, etc., but they never apply to Europe. I do get a discount using the CDP code from UA. Should I rent through Hertz or use the Chase portal or Amex or UA site? I also could not get my free days to apply to my rental in Italy.

If you use points for the car, the same sorts of questions arise about insurance. Are you covered when using points?

There is another related topic: submitting an insurance claim with Chase. My first one was for trip cancellation last year due to canceled flights caused by East coast weather. It took months of going round and round with Chase to get the refund. They constantly requested documents that were already submitted. Now this year, I have recently submitted a claim for rental car damage. Today, I received an email requesting documents, ALL of which I submitted with the original application. This looks to be the same routine as last year, I am not happy with the Chase insurance benefits department.

Ed L
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Ed L

Something I am curious about. In the past, Marriott had 3 elite levels. If you failed to requalify for Plat then you got a soft landing to Gold. So now we have 5 elite levels, but I haven’t seen info on what happens if you fail to requalify for your prior elite level. Do soft landings still exist?

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“The best ways to earn and redeem points for Bucket List products like Singapore Suites, The Apartments, QSuites.”
“Comparison of Award Ticket Cancellation/Miles Redeposit Fees and Deadlines across Programs that Are Available Using Transferable Points Currencies”

are the two i am most interested in

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Ed Dee
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Ed Dee

I’m interested in understanding how Amex Offers for MR points earning cards work. I have Platinum, Gold, and Blue Business cards that earn MR points. All my Amex Offers gives $ back and a few that gives additional MR points but none give MR points back. Is there a trick to get Amex Offers that give MR points back? I’ve called Amex and they told me it depends on where you use your cards and targeted differently but that didn’t really answer my question. I see most offers appear in all 3 cards so I don’t see how they are targeted. I see there are 100 Amex Offers in both Platinum and Gold and 90 in Blue Business.
Thank you.