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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.

Frequent Miler on the Air Greg Davis-Kean

    • Places & Travel
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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.

    Should you plan now for future travel? | Ep52 | 7-4-20

    Should you plan now for future travel? | Ep52 | 7-4-20

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    00:30 Reader Feedback: Were we too hard on IHG?
    9:30 What crazy thing did Citi do this week?
    Our post about the minimum spend extension: https://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/citis-turn-use-prestige-credit-at-supermarkets-restaurants-more-time-to-meet-spend/
    Report of no extension:
    https://grabamile.boardingarea.com/2020/06/citiextension2020/
    16:21: Chase adds temporary benefits
    Link: https://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/chase-summertime-bonuses-on-sapphire-reserve-and-preferred/
    30:23 Is the Radisson 5K promotion worth mattress running? https://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/radisson-rewards-earn-5000-bonus-points-per-stay-through-end-of-2020/
    39:19 Is this a good time to collect points for future travel?
    Related post about manufacturing free nights: https://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/manufacturing-free-nights-hyatt-hilton-marriott/
    48:03 Card Talk Commercial Intervention https://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/traveling-with-six-credit-cards-for-four-a-card-talk-intervention/
    52:20 Is this a good time to book future travel given waived change fees and increased availability?
    2 credit cards for a European vacation: https://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/2-credit-card-guide-european-adventure/
    First class availability post: https://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/book-the-worlds-best-first-class-now-fly-next-year/
    1:02:20 Question of the Week: When can you get a Capital One bonus again? What should Nick do about a Capital One upgrade offer?

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Is manufactured spending dead? | Ep52

    Is manufactured spending dead? | Ep52

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    00:38 Reader Feedback: Facebook comments & changes to our group
    8:31 Pandemic Vacation: How does Greg feel about it in hindsight?
    https://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/pandemic-vacation-is-it-safe/
    21:57 IHG Points: Are they now worth more? Did Greg's methodology make sense? Is basing RRVs just on big city US redemptions a reliable way to determine the RRV?
    https://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/what-are-ihg-points-worth-now-that-they-have-dynamic-pricing/
    38:18 Is manufactured spending dead? Gift Card Mall portal changes
    https://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/giftcardmall-cap-reduced-from-60k-to-2k-for-cash-back/
    41:22 Plastiq becomes a bad play
    https://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/another-hit-to-ms-plastiq-fees-increasing-to-2-85/
    47:44 MS time machine: a trip down memory lane. First up: US Mint coins
    50:00 Vanilla Reloads
    51:55 Visa Gift Cards Got PINs
    52:42 Load Bluebird with VGCs
    54:46 Golden Age of Redbird
    1:00:19 Flipping the script: Easy purchase, but tough liquidation

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Is it worth mattress running Marriott, picking the right Hyatt milestone and more | Ep51

    Is it worth mattress running Marriott, picking the right Hyatt milestone and more | Ep51

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    3:28 Reader Feedback
    5:25 What crazy thing did Citi do this week?
    9:44 Why Greg wrote the Juneteenth / Black Lives Matter post and why he did it now.
    https://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/hopeful-juneteenth/
    15:15 Marriott's big move: Free elite night credit
    https://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/marriott-gifting-elite-night-credit-dropping-many-redemption-rates/
    https://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/which-marriott-elite-benefits-apply/
    https://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/covid-19-hotel-flexibility-policies-compared-for-future-trip-planning/
    40:25 How much are the suite night awards worth? How many points would you use to bridge the gap? (Is it worth mattress running for status or benefits?)
    45:08 If you had Titanium last year, is it worth going after Titanium again for the extra choice benefit?
    52:25 If you have Platinum now, how far should you go to get Titanium?
    1:00:09 Hyatt Milestone benefit
    https://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/which-hyatt-milestone-reward-should-i-pick/
    1:14:13 Question of the Week: Will elite status extensions count

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Awesome award travel (economy to first class), Rakuten rant, best business cards & more | Ep50

    Awesome award travel (economy to first class), Rakuten rant, best business cards & more | Ep50

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    Greg & Nick discuss:
    1:12 Feedback time: Rakuten Visa rant
    https://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/earn-6-cashback-on-rakuten-visa-at-grocery-stores-restaurants-mobile-wallet-purchases/
    8:00 What crazy thing did Citi do this week?
    11:52 Economy class to Africa: The best deals are cheaper than flights to Europe
    https://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/best-ways-to-get-to-africa-using-miles-economy-class-edition/
    15:09 Premium Economy: Vanished Air France award space
    https://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/book-air-france-klm-with-virgin-atlantic-miles/
    21:55 Business Class: ANA's super sweet award chart
    https://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/269000-ana-miles-expire-in-5-months-what-to-do/
    https://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/ana-strengths-and-sweet-spots/
    https://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/ana-now-charges-10-of-mileage-for-lap-infants/
    39:43 First class: The world's best, now bookable for next spring
    https://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/book-the-worlds-best-first-class-now-fly-next-year/
    48:25 Are you tempted to transfer points to book this stuff?
    54:16 Do the best Kimpton hotels in the US excite you?
    https://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/best-kimpton-hotels-united-states-canada/
    https://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/kimpton-ihg-platinum-experience-kimpton-muse/
    https://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/grocery-store-diamond-new-emirates-suites-from-new-york-ppp-enhancements-and-more/ (for a link to road trip post)
    1:02:33 US Bank releases Altitude Go
    https://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/us-bank-launches-altitude-go/
    1:07:41 Question of the Week: Which business cards are "easy" to get right now?
    https://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/complete-guide-to-plastiq-credit-card-payments/

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Chase steals the Joy of Free, extra sweetness with Etihad and more | Ep49

    Chase steals the Joy of Free, extra sweetness with Etihad and more | Ep49

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    Greg & Nick discuss:
    Reader feedback: You can't take my Joy of Free
    Ricardo's comment: https://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/is-it-now-irrational-to-hold-ultimate-rewards-points-on-nicks-mind/comment-page-1/#comment-2263474
    See also:
    https://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/why-the-worst-rewards-are-the-best/
    9:16 Baby in business class debate (feedback rekindles an old discussion)
    Greg's old post: https://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/the-baby-in-business-class-debate/
    Nick's response: https://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/why-travel-with-a-baby/
    11:02 What crazy thing did Citi do this week? Benefits added are too little, too late.
    See: https://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/citi-joins-the-party-5x-prestige-online-3x-groceries-on-premier-starts-now/
    18:05 Exciting opportunities in Aeroplan/Etihad partnership
    See: https://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/etihad-partners-with-air-canada-opportunities-abound/
    https://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/aeroplan-etihad-sweet-spot-first-class-to-australia/
    36:13 How Chase introducing a customer-friendly use of points ironically takes away the Joy of Free
    See: https://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/is-it-now-irrational-to-hold-ultimate-rewards-points-on-nicks-mind/
    52:56 IHG 4th Night Free: Good enough to upgrade the old credit card or consider applying for a new one?
    See: https://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/ihg-sweet-spot-dynamic-pricing-4th-night-free/

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Chase Sapphire Reserve: Compelling UR cash out rate? The latest in COVID credit card changes. | Ep48

    Chase Sapphire Reserve: Compelling UR cash out rate? The latest in COVID credit card changes. | Ep48

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    Greg & Nick discuss:

    -Chase COVID enhancements to CSR and CSP
    -Should anyone consider redeeming Chase points at 1.5c each for groceries? Is it only for those who are cash-strapped - or should more people think about this option?
    -Confession time, question of the week, and more
    Timestamps & links:
    1:58 Confession Time: Greg's Airline Incidental Sin
    https://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/amex-airline-fee-reimbursements-still-works/

    10:50 Why Nick doesn't like Early Bird Check-in
    https://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/complete-guide-southwest-companion-pass/#Early_Bird_CheckIn

    14:21 What crazy thing did Citi do this week? (Er - What didn't they do?)

    17:12 Chase's big new COVID offer
    https://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/wow-chase-responds-with-new-covid-benefits-on-csr-and-csp/

    22:44 Is redeeming points for 1.5cpp a good deal?

    35:13 Does it make sense to sign up for the CSR now?

    37:46 Upgrade to the CSR now?

    41:18 How about the Ritz card? Will Chase do anything for us?
    https://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/ritz-fee-credits-what-works/

    48:43 Capital One's forgotten COVID enhancement
    https://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/capital-one-adds-restaurant-and-streaming-redemptions/
    https://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/capital-one-brings-back-some-travel-gift-cards-including-special-offers/

    53:26 Question of the week: Can you double-dip Chase grocery rewards with an upgrade?

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