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Earn miles without flying. Frequent Miler is all about getting the most out of the loyalty game. You can easily earn hundreds of thousands of points and miles without traveling, then learn how to use those points towards luxury travel. In this podcast, Frequent Miler founder Greg, and senior author Nick debate current topics in the points & miles world.
 
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What is the domestic US destination that Greg thinks should be on your bucket list and what else do he and Nick have in mind "someday"? Listen to this week's show to find out. 1:13 What crazy thing....did Plaid do this week? https://frequentmiler.com/plaid-class-action-settlement-submit-claim-by-4-28-22/ 7:13 Mattress Running the Numbers: Which Hil…
 
American Airlines elite status will be easier than ever to achieve if you play the game right. Greg and Nick discuss why they care and how they plan to earn high-level AA elite status in their pajamas and without setting foot on an American Airlines plane. 1:08 Giant Mailbag / What crazy thing...did IHG do this week? 5:08 Mattress Running the Numbe…
 
1:33 Giant Mailbag: The Venture X vacation rental credit may apply more broadly than you'd expect. 4:31 What crazy thing....did American Express do this week? Unexpected (and clawed back) Uber credits https://frequentmiler.com/happy-holidays-from-amex-gold-cardholders-getting-bonus-10-uber-credits-targeted/ 7:12 Mattress running the numbers: Hyatt …
 
The awards we enjoy remembering most, a last-minute status tip, and more on this week's show. 1:34 Giant Mailbag: 240x pushback 6:33 What crazy thing....did Citi do this week? 9:00 Mattress running the numbers: Don't forget this shortcut to Marriott Titanium status 12:40 The Main Event: Our all-time favorite awards https://frequentmiler.com/my-all-…
 
The American Airlines SimplyMiles deal to earn 240 miles per dollar donated to charity was ultimately honored, but when we recorded this week's episode we didn't yet know it would be. We looked back at how we handled it in terms of what we published (and didn't), how much we donated, and our takeaways for next time. 00:50 Giant Mailbag: A personal …
 
Are you ready for the end? This week we talk about your to-do list to make sure you reap all the rewards you are due before the ball drops on New Year's Eve. 1:35 Giant Mailbag 5:46 What crazy thing did American Express do this week? https://frequentmiler.com/becoming-undead-and-grabbing-over-250000-points/ 9:57 Mattress running the numbers: Is the…
 
Air Canada's Aeroplan rewards program has unveiled a new credit card for the U.S. market. And, surprise... the card seems custom built for "gaming"! Ready to play? 0:01:00 Mailbag Double header Mea Culpa: Wyndham 10K, JetBlue pooling 00:05:00 Mattress Running the Numbers: Swagbucks 0:09:20 Main Event: Aeroplan encourages gaming. Ready player 1? 0:5…
 
This week we discuss whether we should stop ignoring Spirit Airlines and start booking that Big Front Seat everywhere we go (domestically). 01:09 Giant Mailbag & Confession Time https://frequentmiler.com/10-years-of-frequent-miler/ 5:12 What crazy thing...did American Express do this week? https://frequentmiler.com/maximizing-value-from-amex-multi-…
 
The Amex +4 referral offer stacks on top of existing bonus categories to make for some great deals. How can you trigger this deal easily and what are some good ways to maximize it? We discuss everything you need to know. 00:39 Giant Mailbag https://frequentmiler.com/10-years-of-frequent-miler/ https://frequentmiler.com/40kfaraway-stretching-the-bou…
 
Capital One has access to some incredible sweet spot awards, but there are also some sour spots that you would be missing if you gave up other award programs to go all-Capital One miles. We also analyze a targeted Hyatt promo, answer the question of the week, and more. 00:44 Giant Mailbag 2:14 What crazy thing did...Hyatt do this week? https://freq…
 
1:21 What crazy thing....did X1 do this week? https://frequentmiler.com/x1-card-review-up-to-4x-everywhere-its-here-its-real/ 6:33 Mattress Running the Numbers: Is it worth spending $8K for a Hilton free night certificate if targeted? https://frequentmiler.com/hilton-free-night-certificate-offer-with-just-8k-spend-targeted/ 11:58 Main Event: Capita…
 
1:05 Giant Mailbag 2:56 What crazy thing . . .triple header! 3:15 What crazy thing . . . did Amex do recently? https://frequentmiler.com/waves-of-amex-shut-downs-this-week/ 4:53 What crazy thing . . . did Cardless do this week? 6:46 What crazy thing . . . did Amtrak do this week? 8:53 Mattress running the numbers: How to lock in the Marriott Amex O…
 
1:23 Giant Mailbag 6:04 Mattress running the numbers: Is it worth spending $15K on the JetBlue Plus card to get Mosaic status? https://frequentmiler.com/jetblue-mosaic-status-with-15k-spend-from-10-1-to-12-31/ 10:17 Main Event: Our favorite sweet spot awards -Turkish Hawaii https://frequentmiler.com/how-to-book-united-flights-using-turkish-miles-sm…
 
1:07 Giant Mailbag 3:56 What crazy thing...did American Express do this week? https://frequentmiler.com/amex-platinum-adds-walmart-and-soulcycle-benefits/ 9:21 Mattress Running the Numbers: The Weak Link in Marriott's Week of Wonders 14:55 Main Event: Chase Battles for the Middle https://frequentmiler.com/new-world-of-hyatt-business-credit-card-lau…
 
00:51 Giant Mailbag 5:09 What crazy thing....did the Waldorf-Astoria Maldives do this week? 9:45 Mattress Running the Numbers: Is 129x Hilton points worth a mattress run? https://frequentmiler.com/earn-7500-hilton-points-when-staying-at-hilton-properties-in-las-vegas/ 15:02 Main Event: Disputing the Indisputable Best Offer https://frequentmiler.com…
 
00:31 Giant Mailbag: The highs and lows of Passing the GUC 10:00 Mattress running the numbers: A Radisson promo that really is mattress-run-worthy. 15:50 Main Event: Marriott fans the rumor flames 45:41 Question of the Week: Could you use US Bank Altitude Reserve points to pay for your Maldives sea plane transfer? Join our email list: https://frequ…
 
Greg and Nick recorded this week's episode in the air on the way home from the Maldives. With crystal clear waters, show-stopping sunsets, and fantastic service still fresh in mind - and while flying in the comfort of KLM business class during recording - the answer to the title question still wasn't an easy one. See the discussion for more. Subscr…
 
00:27 Giant Mailbag: Is the Hilton Surpass the better choice for Hilton Diamond status in 2021? 3:10 Mattress Running the Numbers: If you're spending for a Hilton free night certificate in 2021, should you finish off the spend for Diamond status? 10:14 What crazy thing...did Citi do this week? 13:55 Main Event: A deluge of transfer bonuses https://…
 
1:08 Giant Mailbag 4:41 What crazy thing...did Alitalia do this week? 11:10 Mattress running the numbers: At what price should you mattress run the new Wyndham promotions? https://frequentmiler.com/wyndham-earn-3000-bonus-points-when-booking-weekday-stays-check-in-sun-wed/ 18:52 Main Event: Elite status from home https://frequentmiler.com/shopping-…
 
00:41 Giant Mailbag: Is the Sears Shop Your Way Mastercard the best cash back card ever? 5:42 What crazy thing...did Radisson Rewards do? 12:21 Mattress running the numbers: Should Greg use a Marriott free night certificate or earn a new one? 22:07 Main Event: Easy top tier Hyatt elite status. Should you go for it? https://frequentmiler.com/easy-pa…
 
1:17 Giant Mailbag: Why not log in to United? 4:44 What crazy thing...did Aeroplan do this week? https://frequentmiler.com/aeroplan-might-be-a-more-exciting-transfer-partner-than-we-thought/ 10:41 Mileage running the numbers: When is an Emirates Skywards+ subscription worth it? https://frequentmiler.com/emirates-launches-skywards-subscription-plans…
 
Chase has added Air Canada as an Ultimate Rewards transfer partner. Having new options is always good news, but is the news "great"? 00:00:25 Giant mailbag (Airlines set award rates just above saver level) 00:04:55 Mattress Running the Numbers: Hilton Amex Offer (20% rebate) + Triple points promo + Aspire card $250 rebate 00:13:22 What Crazy Thing …
 
00:34 Giant Mailbag: Do you have any plans to to do a podcast about the US Bank Altitude Reserve card? https://frequentmiler.com/us-bank-altitude-reserve-guide/ 2:45 What crazy thing....did Alaska Airlines do this week? 10:37 Mileage Running the Numbers: Is it worth mileage running Delta Lifetime Diamond status? https://frequentmiler.com/manufactur…
 
00:21 All the things we got wrong last week 7:28 Giant Mailbag: Isn't Fine Hotels & Resorts overpriced? 14:53 What crazy thing.....did Amex do this week? 16:57 What crazy thing....did Amex do this week? 21:42 Mattress Running the Numbers: Best Western https://frequentmiler.com/best-western-amex-offer-spend-100-get-20-back/ 24:56 Main Event: Citi ha…
 
00:38 Giant Mailbag: Want more Ask Us Anything? See us on Youtube 2:24 What crazy thing...did Capital One do this week? https://frequentmiler.com/capital-one-shut-down-my-account-and-gave-me-only-a-half-cent-per-mile/ 11:34 Mattress Running the Numbers: Marriott Homes & Villas stacking promotions for 57,000 bonus points https://frequentmiler.com/ma…
 
00:21 Giant Mailbag: Is the AT&T Access More card worth keeping? 6:11 What crazy thing....did Amex do this week? 9:52 Mattress running the numbers: Marriott stay once or twice, get one or two free nights. Deal or no deal? https://frequentmiler.com/targeted-marriott-stay-once-get-free-night-award-stay-twice-get-2-free-night-awards/ 14:24 Main Event:…
 
00:41 Giant Mailbag: Reader Greg is unhappy 2:57 What crazy thing did.....Resy do this week? https://frequentmiler.com/now-125k-15x-platinum-via-resy/ 5:47 What crazy thing...did Upside do this week? 8:48 Mattress running the numbers: Chase 50% transfer bonus to Marriott 11:20 Main Event: 15x Madness from American Express https://frequentmiler.com/…
 
3:00 Giant Mailbag 4:22 What crazy thing...did Alliant Credit Union do this week? https://frequentmiler.com/alliant-looks-to-reclaim-the-throne-as-cash-back-king/ 14:26 Mattress Running the Numbers: Nothing this week 15:17 Main Event: Rewards for Rent https://frequentmiler.com/renters-rejoice-bilt-mastercard-offers-points-for-rent-transfer-to-hyatt…
 
00:32 Giant Mailbag 7:26 What crazy thing . . .double header! What crazy thing did the Point debit card do this week? https://frequentmiler.com/point-debit-card-rundown-referrals-bonus-points-access-deals-more/ 12:27 What crazy thing did Wyndham Rewards dot his week? https://frequentmiler.com/weird-wyndham-timeshare-offer-3-nights-15k-points-for-19…
 
00:32 Giant Mailbag 2:09 What crazy thing...did Amex do this week? https://frequentmiler.com/bypass-amexs-lifetime-rule-when-you-expand-your-membership/ 9:36 Mattress running the numbers: Run Radisson for the United card-linked offer? https://frequentmiler.com/mpx-earn-25x-mileageplus-miles-on-a-radisson-stay-max-8250-miles/ 14:37 Main Event: Citi …
 
Amex, Chase, and Capital One each are offering 100,000 point credit card offers. All three are terrific offers, but which is best? Greg and Nick debate this topic and more... 0:0:18 Confession Time with Greg 0:03:18 What crazy thing did... Nick do this week? 0:05:45 Mattress running the numbers: Stacking IHG deals 0:11:19 Main Event: Battle of the …
 
3:34 Giant Mailbag: The Captain catches his white whale 4:15 What crazy thing....did Hilton do this week? https://frequentmiler.com/hilton-replaces-breakfast-benefit-for-elite-members-in-the-united-states/ 9:18 What crazy thing....did Marriott do this week? https://frequentmiler.com/marriott-now-limited-points-advance-holds-to-no-more-than-60-days/…
 
1:00 Giant Mailbag: Loading....loading.... 2:39 What crazy thing...did Cardless do this week? https://frequentmiler.com/manchester-united-card-500-after-3k-spend-currently-doesnt-add-to-5-24/ 5:57 Mattress Running the Numbers: Should anyone mattress run the Choice Privileges stay twice, get 8K points promo? https://frequentmiler.com/choice-hotels-p…
 
00:43 Giant Mailbag: Wyndham is great! No, Wyndham stinks! Or maybe it's all the same feedback.... 5:28 What crazy thing....did Days Inn do this week? https://frequentmiler.com/days-inn-offering-10k-to-atay-at-the-best-days-inn-properties-write-about-it/ 10:22 What crazy thing did....Wyndham Rewards do this week? 14:57 Mattress Running the Numbers:…
 
Giant Mailbag 3:02 What crazy thing....did Marriott do? They began taking bookings for a Category 5 resort in the Maldives! https://frequentmiler.com/new-marriott-category-5-maldives-hotel-le-meridien-maldives-use-free-night-certs/ 4:55 Mattress running the numbers: Stacking Hyatt promos and milestone benefits https://frequentmiler.com/targeted-ear…
 
0:56 Giant Mailbag: Are Capital One's partners the right fit for a beginner? 05:28 What crazy thing....did Greg and Nick do this week? https://frequentmiler.com/good-news-marriott-extending-certificates-and-points/ 08:03 Mattress running the numbers: Is it worth buying Wyndham points, or should you wait? https://frequentmiler.com/buy-wyndham-points…
 
00:48 Giant Mailbag: The IHG Rewards cards are great in the right circumstances https://frequentmiler.com/ihg-sweet-spot-dynamic-pricing-4th-night-free/ 5:30 What crazy thing......did Southwest do this week? https://frequentmiler.com/southwest-rapid-rewards-subscription/ 10:25 Mattress Running the Numbers: Radisson splits. Is it that bad and are we…
 
00:52 Giant Mailbag: A reader tips us off to a great new Cat 4 Marriott in the US 3:31 What crazy thing....did Southwest do this week? https://frequentmiler.com/southwest-rapid-rewards-points-devalued-but-still-good-value-to-be-had/ 8:31 Mattress Running the Numbers: Is the Intercontinental Ambassador offer worth it this time with additional stacki…
 
00:34 Giant Mailbag: Greg asks for advice 8:04 What crazy thing....double header! First: What crazy thing...did Greg do this week? https://frequentmiler.com/going-for-wyndhams-124x-offer/ Note that the increased payouts have ended: https://frequentmiler.com/wyndham-rewards-shopping-portal-offering-up-to-quintuple-base-points-great-rates-on-offer/ 1…
 
00:34 Giant Mailbag: Hacking rental cars https://frequentmiler.com/are-car-rentals-set-to-be-the-most-expensive-part-of-your-trip/ 05:35 What crazy thing....did Air France do this week? https://frequentmiler.com/air-frances-flying-blue-miles-are-easier-to-extend-than-i-thought/ 12:51 Mattress Running the Numbers: 41K Choice Privileges points for ju…
 
00:57 Giant Mailbag 4:10 What crazy thing...did Marriott do this week? https://frequentmiler.com/marriott-on-twitter-worth-a-try/ https://frequentmiler.com/reverse-bonvoyed-doubled-elite-nights-awarded-when-they-shouldnt-have-been/ 19:42 Mattress Running the Numbers: Is Wyndham Rewards the ticket to Disney+? https://frequentmiler.com/disney-plus-su…
 
00:47 Giant Mailbag 3:17 What crazy thing.....did Choice Privileges do this week? https://frequentmiler.com/wacky-choice-promo-8k-points-if-you-stay-this-weekend-or-next-weekend/ 9:18 Mattress running the numbers: 3 Wyndham nights gets 7500 bonus points. Is that worth enough? https://frequentmiler.com/wyndham-rewards-q2-2021-promo-earn-1000-7500-bo…
 
00:27 Giant Mailbag: Choice Privileges promotion fail https://frequentmiler.com/70k-points-with-500-all-inclusive-booking-via-choice-privileges/ 07:58 What crazy thing...did American Express do this week? https://frequentmiler.com/huge-new-referral-offers-for-both-sides-on-amex-cards-200-4x-home-furnishings/ 18:36 Mattress Running the Numbers: Is t…
 
00:15 Giant Mailbag: Misdirected mail 2:44 What crazy thing...did Staples do this week? 6:02 Main Event: Delta Roars Back https://frequentmiler.com/exciting-enhancements-for-deltas-top-tier-elites-on-my-mind/ https://frequentmiler.com/delta-now-shows-upgrade-certificate-availability-in-search-results/ https://frequentmiler.com/delta-upgrade-availab…
 
00:37 Giant Mailbag: Google Fi limited to 30 days abroad 4:01 What crazy thing....did the IRS do? https://frequentmiler.com/judge-rules-some-credit-card-rewards-earning-activity-is-taxable/ 18:21 Mattress running the numbers: Hyatt Bonus Journeys Q2 https://frequentmiler.com/new-world-of-hyatt-promo-2k-points-every-2-nights-2-5k-for-cardholders-wit…
 
00:40 Giant Mailbag: "It's like a 21c hotel on steroids" 3:52 What crazy thing...did Nick's wife do this week? 10:07 Mattress running the numbers: Last call for a Hyatt mattress run https://frequentmiler.com/ludicrously-easy-path-to-hyatt-globalist-status-top-tier-status-for-2-years/ https://frequentmiler.com/hyatt-cash-or-points-worksheet/ 16:50 M…
 
3:08 Audience Feedback 4:33 Mattress Running the Numbers: Best Western elite status with just 3 stays https://frequentmiler.com/best-western-slashes-elite-requirements-for-2021/ 9:06 Main Event: Extreme stacking gone wrong https://frequentmiler.com/hugely-profitable-rewarding-the-motley-fool-subscription-with-amex-offer/ https://frequentmiler.com/a…
 
00:22 Giant Mailbag https://frequentmiler.com/a-trip-down-the-turkish-miles-smiles-rabbit-hole/ 4:52 What crazy thing....double header! 5:29 What crazy thing did Marriott do this week? Marriott launched a new promo, but many members have been unable to register. https://frequentmiler.com/marriott-launches-easy-elite-status-for-2021-and-cheaper-save…
 
00:24 Giant Mailbag 2:03 What crazy thing did....Spirit Airlines do? https://youtu.be/U8CRj6t3KuU 9:17 Mattress running the numbers: The Motley Fool https://frequentmiler.com/hugely-profitable-rewarding-the-motley-fool-subscription-with-amex-offer/ 21:22 Main Event: Is Chase dropping the hammer on manufactured spending? https://frequentmiler.com/up…
 
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