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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

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    • 4.9 • 411 Ratings

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.

    Best cards for grocery, dining, gas, travel, Costco, and more | Frequent Miler on the Air Ep256 | 5-24-24

    Best cards for grocery, dining, gas, travel, Costco, and more | Frequent Miler on the Air Ep256 | 5-24-24

    Everybody loves a one-size-fits-all answer, but today we're discussing which cards are best for which kinds of purchases: grocery, dining, gas, travel, Costco... Sure you can just keep one card in your wallet and earn on that card exclusively, but many of us switch it up depending on what we're purchasing. That's what we'll discuss in today's episode.
    (01:45) - Datapoints about AA companion certificates (Mail Bag)
    (05:32) - Hertz charging people to refill Tesla gas tanks (Crazy Thing)
    (12:07) - Frontier and Spirit eliminate change fees (Award Talk)
    (13:41) - Cool Alaska trick (Award Talk)
    Read more here: https://thriftytraveler.com/news/airlines/book-business-class-less-alaska-miles/
    (17:31) - Current Kimpton Hotel Secret Password May 24, 2024, to September 2, 2024. (Award Talk)
    Main Event: Best cards for grocery, dining, gas, travel, Costco, and more (18:54) - Best cards for grocery, dining, gas, travel, Costco, and more
    (19:45) - Big box stores including Costco, Sams Club, Target, etc
    Read more about the US Bank Altitude Reserve here: https://frequentmiler.com/USBAR/
    (22:55) - Grocery Stores
    Read more about the Citi Custom Cash here: https://frequentmiler.com/CustomCash/
    (23:44) - Read more about Amex Gold here: https://frequentmiler.com/AmxGoldCard/
    (24:49) - Read more about the Citi Strata Premier here: https://frequentmiler.com/TYpremier/
    Read more about the Capital One Savor card here (https://frequentmiler.com/C1SV/) and the  SavorOne here (https://frequentmiler.com/C1SVO/)
    (25:28) - Read more about the Aeroplan card here: https://frequentmiler.com/Aeroplan/
    (26:18) - Dining / Food Delivery
    (27:38) - Read more about the Amex Business Gold card here: https://frequentmiler.com/AmxGoldBiz/
    (29:13) - Read more about the Bank of America Customized Cash Rewards card here: https://frequentmiler.com/boaCR/
    (31:06) - Gas
    Read more about the Wyndham Rewards Earner Business Card here: https://frequentmiler.com/WyndhamEarnerBiz/
    (33:36) - Read more about the Wyndham Rewards Earner Plus Card here: https://frequentmiler.com/WyndhamEarnerPlus/
    (38:38) - Travel: Many cards offer enhanced rewards for travel booked through bank portal
    (39:03) - General Travel
    (39:50) - Read more about the Chase Sapphire Reserve here: https://frequentmiler.com/CSR/
    Read more about the Chase Ink Business Preferred here: https://frequentmiler.com/CIBP/
    (39:58) - Read more about the Amex Green Card here: https://frequentmiler.com/AmxGreen/
    (40:00) - Read more about the Wells Fargo Autograph card here: https://frequentmiler.com/WellsFargoAutograph/
    (41:37) - Airfare
    Read more about the Amex Platinum card here: https://frequentmiler.com/AmxPlat/
    (43:33) - Hotels
    (43:44) - Read more about the Wells Fargo Autograph Journey card here: https://frequentmiler.com/WellsFargoAutographJourney/
    (45:44) - Read what Greg keeps in his wallet here (https://frequentmiler.com/whats-in-gregs-wallet-2024-edition/) and what Nick keeps in his wallet here (https://frequentmiler.com/whats-in-nicks-wallet-2024-edition/)
    (46:07) - See our Best Category Bonuses resource here: https://frequentmiler.com/best-category-bonuses/
    (46:54) - Other notable category bonuses
    (47:08) - Read more about the Ink Business Cash card here: https://frequentmiler.com/CIC/
    (47:58) - Read more about the Chase Freedom Flex card here (https://frequentmiler.com/CFF/) and the Freedom Unlimited here (https://frequentmiler.com/CFU/)
    (50:35) - One of our readers is interested in becoming a content creator and has questions about things to consider. If we were starting out today, what would we do differently? (Question of the Week)
    (54:20) - Check out our Coffee Break episode on the origin story of Frequent Miler here: https://listen.frequentmiler.com/coffee09

    • 58 min
    When points wag the dog | Coffee Break Ep11 | 5-21-24

    When points wag the dog | Coffee Break Ep11 | 5-21-24

    Sometimes points and miles wag the points-collector dog... which is to say, sometimes the hobby changes your travel behavior. In episode 11 of Coffee Break, we'll talk about how.
    (01:40) - Rent day date nights (Greg)
    (03:32) - Going to baseball games / event tickets (Nick)
    (06:54) - Helicopter into NY (Greg)
    (09:15) - Vacationing where the award space is (Nick)
    (13:37) - "Forced" to travel due to expiring free nights (Greg)
    Read about the Kimpton Seafire here: https://frequentmiler.com/kimpton-seafire-grand-cayman-bottom-line-review/
    Read about the Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain Tucson here: https://frequentmiler.com/ritz-carlton-dove-mountain-tucson-bottom-line-review/
    Visit here to get updated on in-depth points and miles content like this, and don’t forget to like and follow us on social media. You’ll find all other Frequent Miler on the Air episodes here.
    Music Credit – Beach Walk by Unicorn Heads

    • 18 min
    Strategizing Hilton cards, credits, and free nights | Frequent Miler on the Air Ep255 | 5-17-24

    Strategizing Hilton cards, credits, and free nights | Frequent Miler on the Air Ep255 | 5-17-24

    Hilton's SLH partnership is stirring up some excitement over Hilton, even for people like Greg who haven't bothered with Hilton cards for awhile, so this week we're discussing Hilton credit cards, credits, and free nights.
    (02:07) - We forgot about Qpoints last week... (Mail Bag)
    (05:10) - Citi Strata Premier (Card Talk)
    (10:33) - Citi accidentally made Strata Premier details public (Crazy Thing)
    (11:56) - Citi accidentally published FAQ showing that it may be possible to upgrade to Prestige card (Crazy Thing)
    (14:10) - Earn Delta MQDs on hotel bookings & car rentals (Mattress Running the Numbers)
    (16:58) - AutoCamp now bookable with Hilton points
    Main Event: Strategizing Hilton credit cards (20:40) - Hilton is the only major hotel program with easy to get, uncapped free night certificates
    (28:28) - Read about the Hilton Honors American Express Card here: https://frequentmiler.com/AmxHilton/#Goto
    (28:40) - Read about the Hilton Honors American Express Business Card here: https://frequentmiler.com/AmxHiltonBiz/#Goto
    (29:19) - Read about the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass Card here: https://frequentmiler.com/hilton-honors-american-express-surpass-card/#Goto
    (30:00) - Read about the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card here: https://frequentmiler.com/AmxHiltonAspire/#Goto
    (31:18) - Earning free nights
    (43:51) - Earning rebates to keep cards net free
    (51:22) - Greg's strategy
    (1:01:00) - Nick's thoughts
    (1:05:01) - Is booking anything better than booking nothing? (Question of the week)
    Visit https://frequentmiler.com/subscribe/ to get updated on in-depth points and miles content like this, and don’t forget to like and follow us on social media.
    Music Credit – “Ocean Deep” by Annie Yoder

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Announcing the 2024 Team Challenge | Ask Us Anything Ep67 | 5-8-24

    Announcing the 2024 Team Challenge | Ask Us Anything Ep67 | 5-8-24

    In addition to our regular weekly podcast, we also host an Ask Us Anything Live on YouTube once a month where the Frequent Miler team answers listener questions about points, miles, rewards cards, and whatever else comes to mind. This special episode (67) was streamed live on May 8, 2024 and introduces our 2024 annual team challenge!
    (06:10) - Hi FM Team, now that we are approaching Summer, what you are most looking forward to this Summer?
    (13:35) - how do you plan on handling the requirement for onward travel that many countries have in this challenge?
    (15:37) - What's the "budget" for the contestants in this challenge?
    (18:09) - Scoring? (And) Will the judges share their scoring criteria in advance?
    (19:06) - Will there be any opportunity for reader/viewer engagement at the convergence points?
    (24:00) - I hope you plan to document via Instagram stories this time! That's been my favorite way to watch along with the previous challenges in real time
    (28:48) - Can you guess where you're each getting sent?
    (32:17) - What is a place you are hoping you aren’t sent to?
    (35:39) - Thoughts on the strata? And the strata elite? Do you think there will be family language?
    (37:40) - Do you think that citi rebranding the premier signals a much better chance of a prestige replacement/csr comp coming in the next year or so?
    (40:30) - Thanks for all the awesome content! Citi has denied P2 and I premier 3 times in the last 2 years, should I product change my DC to Premier since it’s going away or try for Strata Elite?
    (42:13) - hi team! what's going on with transfers to Virgin? are points getting stuck in transit lately? would you advise holding off on transfers to virgin?
    (44:11) - Can you speak on the capital one VX business priority pass rumors? My newly issued card is a visa and I’ve read on other blogs that the visas won’t have restaurant access. Is this true?
    (46:46) - FHR Points question please - My Platinum AU is getting a points cost 33% higher than I get for the same stay, ideas on the reason?
    (49:29) - Question: what are the most rewarding ways to get 529 gift of college gift cards?
    (51:21) - Name your 6 must hit destinations if you were booking an ABA around the world trip
    (55:39) - Is it worth to move 100k out of Fidelity to Meryl to get platinum honors ? Did FM team saw any inconvenience on maintaining 100k in Meryl
    (58:36) - hi. I was recently informed by an Air France representative that it's permissible to forgo the first leg of a reward ticket and still utilize the second leg. Can you confirm this?"
    Visit this link to get updated on in-depth points and miles content like this, and don’t forget to like and follow us on social media. You’ll find all other Frequent Miler on the Air episodes here.

    Music Credit – “Into the Never” by Annie Yoder

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Our favorite big spend bonuses | Frequent Miler on the Air Ep254 | 5-11-24

    Our favorite big spend bonuses | Frequent Miler on the Air Ep254 | 5-11-24

    Some credit cards offer extra perks or progress toward elite status for big spenders. On this week's episode, we talk about which of those bonuses might be worth the spend. But before we get into that, this episode is full of news you can use and tips to keep in mind in regular segments like Card Talk and Mattress Running the Numbers.
    (00:00) Intro
    (01:26) A tip we neglected to mention regarding positioning flights (Giant Mailbag)
    (05:33) Card Talk
    (05:46) Venture X Business card losing Priority Pass restaurant access for new Visa cards (Card Talk)
    (08:57) Qatar Airways Cardless Cards (Card Talk)
    (15:16) What crazy thing . . . did Cardless do this week? 
    https://frequentmiler.com/cardless-appears-to-have-a-1-card-restriction/
    (19:32) Mattress running the numbers: Is it worth spending to Qatar Airways elite status?
    Note: The Qatar Club Infinite card also comes with bonus Qpoints in the first year, which reduce the path to renewing status for your second year. The spend we discussed regarding renewal of status really applies to status for year 3 and beyond.
    (28:17) Award Talk
    (28:20) Flying by the Seat of our Points: Frequent Miler's 2024 challenge
    https://frequentmiler.com/flying-by-the-seat-of-our-points-last-minute-travel-challenge/
    (31:33) You can now use JetBlue points to book Etihad and vice versa
    https://frequentmiler.com/earn-redeem-between-jetblue-and-etihad/
    (35:30) Bilt adds a new transfer partner....Hilton Honors
    https://frequentmiler.com/bilt-adding-hilton-as-newest-transfer-partner-but-transfer-ratio-is-poor/
    (37:32) Use Finnair Avios to book Nordic & Scandinavian hotels for great value
    https://frequentmiler.com/use-finnair-avios-to-book-scandinavian-hotels-at-2c-per-point-or-better/
    (40:30) Amex Travel positive experience honoring a fare
    (46:04) Our favorite big spend bonuses
    (46:45) Alaska Airlines companion certificates
    https://frequentmiler.com/as/
    https://frequentmiler.com/asbiz/
    (48:16) Hilton Surpass card free night certificate
    https://frequentmiler.com/amxhiltonbiz/
    (49:14) Hyatt consumer & business cards
    https://frequentmiler.com/woh/
    https://frequentmiler.com/wohbiz/
    (57:39) IHG Premier & Premier Business cards
    https://frequentmiler.com/ihgprem/
    https://frequentmiler.com/ihgbusiness/
    (1:01:47) Barclays Aviator Silver Loyalty Point bonuses & companion certificate
    https://frequentmiler.com/aviatorsilver/
    (1:06:20) Aeroplan 
    https://frequentmiler.com/aeroplan/
    (1:09:25) Question of the Week: How did Greg build up capacity for his player 3?
    Music credit: Annie Yoder

    • 1 hr 14 min
    4 Cool things Nick learned at the Toronto Travel Summit | Coffee Break Ep10 | 5-7-24

    4 Cool things Nick learned at the Toronto Travel Summit | Coffee Break Ep10 | 5-7-24

    Nick just came back from a weekend in Toronto at the Toronto Travel Summit. In today's Coffee Break episode, he'll share 4 cool things he learned there.
     
    (2:00) - Air France is working on upgrades using miles that sounds like it might be very reasonable.
    (07:30) - Aeroplan intends to bring back family pooling the same as it was.
    (09:17) - Aeroplan is actually working on getting partner space back up and running.
    (12:56) - Hotels could be a good use of Finnair Avios
    (18:08) - Networking at these things continues to be great! Lots of interested / interesting people & creators with different angles.
    Visit here to get updated on in-depth points and miles content like this, and don’t forget to like and follow us on social media. 
    Music Credit – Beach Walk by Unicorn Heads

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
411 Ratings

411 Ratings

Spudlibo ,

Excellent and Informative

This is a podcast I listen to right when new episodes appear in my feed. If you are interested in award travel, this is a must listen. The information is up to date so you won't miss any good deals or changes in airline or hotel programs.

aries4902 ,

You guys are the best!

I look forward every week to your podcast! I’ve learned so much I can’t thank you enough. You guys are the best when it comes to points and miles, no doubt about it

Jenny Reese ,

The best in points and miles world!

Greg and Nick (and the rest of the team) are simply the best in points and miles world. I can always rely to receive the most up to date info from their podcasts, and learn something new each time. They are not awkward, consistently funny and really knowledgeable. I look forward to my Saturday podcast each week and am loving the new coffee break feature!

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