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Free Nights Each Year from Three Hotel Credit Cards

Hotel credit cards are the often quiet, but very powerful workhorses of the miles and points world.  Maybe it’s just me, but I see and hear much more about airline credit cards than hotel cards, even though I don’t think hotel points are any less valuable for most of us than airline miles. Show More Summary

Spoiled by Delta?

Let’s talk about an airline for a minute. The core purpose of an airline is transportation between points on a map. The free Coke and pretzels, even the miles, are somewhat secondary. I look for three things in an airline – reliability, convenience, reasonable (not cheap) price. Show More Summary

Spirit Airlines Will Give You Miles if You Borrow Money to Fund Your Vacation, Because That’s a Good Idea..

Spirit is promoting personal loans from Prosper: 200 points for checking your rate online (no hard credit pull, apparently) and 1 point per dollar borrowed up to $35,000. Whether you need to break free from work or some scary credit card debt, we understand. Show More Summary

Will the Thai Airways Mileage Program Be a Savior for United Passengers?

yosithezet responds to my post suggesting that the Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer program is a good place to credit miles for United flights (because it earns full miles flown and you can top off accounts with points transferred from Citi,...Show More Summary

Rotating Chase Cards – Extracting the Most Value From Chase

The most valuable issuer of mile and point cards has to be Chase. They have one of the best transferable programs – Ultimate Rewards – and they also play host to several co-branded credit cards of various airlines and banks. Anyone that has any desire for free travel at all has at least one of the Chase cards in their wallet. Show More Summary

40% Bonus When You Buy Alaska Miles (Allows One-Way Partner Awards With Stopover)

Alaska Airlines is offering a 40% bonus when you purchase or gift miles. That’s actually a pretty good deal compared to other airlines with similar bonuses, because the starting price on their points is lower. Through April 3, there’s a tiered bonus in place. Show More Summary

Are Your Miles Getting More Valuable Over Time?

During the week Quartz ran a story with a rather curious headline -- "The simple reason why your airline points always get more valuable." Now, I don't think there's anyone that likes miles & points more than I do, but I have an "earn & burn" philosophy. Show More Summary

You Can Now Book American and US Airways Standard/AAnytime Awards With Either Airline’s Miles

US airlines generally allow you to book miles at a ‘saver’ or ‘low’ award level, and at a more expensive price point that offers greater availability. The old standard used to be that spending ‘double miles’ would get you any seat, any flights. Show More Summary

$20 Hotel Credit for Flight Booking On Orbitz Through the End of the Month

I like booking airline reservations through online travel sites like Orbitz, rather than directly, because it allows me to quintuple dip: My usual frequent flyer miles My usual points from credit card spend on the purchase A rebate for going through a shopping portal The online booking site’s rewards. Show More Summary

Who Has the Best Business Class to Europe for Using Your Miles?

Reader Pamela wants to know, Which is your favorite airline for business class from the east coast to Europe? I have tons of points and miles for any alliance. To date we have preferred Lufthansa (but don’t even mention Air Berlin around me!). Show More Summary

Ruh-Roh: Are American’s Business Awards Offline, Just As Points Are About to Expire?

Business ExtrAA is the American Airlines small business program, where points are earned in parallel to AAdvantage miles. It’s an opportunity to double dip — you add your Business ExtrAA number to reservations and earn business points, while the traveler earns frequent flyer miles as usual. Show More Summary

How to get the most out of your airline miles

One of my largest assets is about to take a hit, and there's nothing I can do about it. In January, my United Airlines points will fall in value and I'll lose my elite status. Even if I kept it, it'd be worth less. Rewards points, it turns out, are a lousy investment. Show More Summary

Comparing Miles: Which Airline Loyalty Program Is Better?

It can be really hard to place a value on airline frequent flier miles compared to other types of credit card rewards. For instance, we all know how much cash back offers are worth, and most other rewards points typically offer a fixed value, often one cent per point towards merchandise or gift...

Hot in Cleveland: The Hub of New Airline Activity?

4 months agoTravel / Air Travel : The Gate

“Yesterday JetBlue announced its 88th destination – Cleveland, Ohio”, according to this article posted at Points, Miles & Martinis. “It will launch a twice daily non-stop service between Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) on April 30, 2015. Show More Summary

Buying American Miles Now Counts As Airfare Spend

I've written in the past about which airline and hotel loyalty programs process points purchases directly. When you buy points directly from an airline or hotel, they're often processed by points.com, which acts as the third party in these transactions. Show More Summary

American Now Processes Their Own Buy/Gift Miles Transactions

US Airways and American both used to use Points.com to process purchase miles transactions. That meant the transactions were charged by that third party, instead of the airline itself. You would not earn bonus miles for an ‘airline’ or ‘travel’ transaction with your credit card. Show More Summary

The 12 Frequent Flyer Days of Christmas are Filled With Big Miles and Points Giveaways!

The Milepoint frequent flyer community celebrates the holidays with 100 prizes to give away beginning on December 13. In the 12 Milepoint Days of Christmas, there’s 100,000 hotel points to give out, airport lounge basses, airline miles, elite status, inflight internet passes, and even a Sterling Silver Starbucks card. Show More Summary

How Much Are Miles Really Worth? Valuations for Each Program

What is the value of miles and points by airline, hotel and credit card program? Miles used to be thought to be worth 2 cents. I think that conventional wisdom developed out of the idea that a cross country flight cost about $500… or 25,000 miles. Show More Summary

A Trick for Free Miles, Used Beverage Carts, and a Delicious New Centurion Lounge Dessert!

News and notes from around the interweb: Delta is selling used beverage carts, and you could own one! Another e-rewards signup bonus and a post making the point that you can have as many of these as you want (one per airline with which they’re offering them) using unique email addresses each time. Show More Summary

Credit Cards and Airline Miles – Can You Really Get Free Flights?

I’ve heard about it from friends who travel often for work, about how they were accumulating points from their favorite airlines to get some free flights. However it wasn’t until I discovered Chris Guillbeau from the Art of Non-Conformity that I saw it as a possible way to save significant amounts of money. He was someone […]

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