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Frequent Miler on the Air

Release Date: 04/04/2020

Nick's 30 night mattress run | Ep 64 | 9/19/20 show art Nick's 30 night mattress run | Ep 64 | 9/19/20

Frequent Miler on the Air

This week: With Hyatt's generous overlapping offers, Nick is thinking of going big. Will he book a 30 night stay? Also: Chase is out with huge signup offers. Should we grab what's there now or wait for even better? Giant Mailbag: An earnest defense of Best Western What Crazy Thing Did Citi Do This Week? Mattress running the numbers: Should Nick book a 30 night stay? Analysis of Hyatt's promos: https://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/hyatt-bonus-journeys-q4-2020-promo/ Should Nick book with Points or Cash? Testing the spreadsheet Worksheet:...

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Hyatt comes out swinging | Ep 63 | 9/11/20 show art Hyatt comes out swinging | Ep 63 | 9/11/20

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Greg and Nick analyze Hyatt's latest COVID inspired promotions. They're sweet! How will the others respond? We put down our bets. 00:37 Mailbag (HSBC $600 deal) 3:56 Crazy Citi thing: (not crazy but noteworthy) 5:23 Mattress Running the Numbers (Wyndham) 10:49 Nick's Labor Day Weekend Surprise 14:20 Main Event - Hyatt comes out swinging 32:22 What will the others do? Marriott? Hilton? IHG? 34:25 Post Roast - "Chase Sapphire: What's Next?" 40:17 Question of the Week (or not)

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Is the Chase Sapphire Reserve king for life or on its last term? | Ep62 | 9-5-20 show art Is the Chase Sapphire Reserve king for life or on its last term? | Ep62 | 9-5-20

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In light of the coming Chase Freedom Flex and enhancements to the Chase Freedom Unlimited, is the Sapphire Reserve the king of the Ultimate Rewards wallet, or should you save money with the lower fee of the Sapphire Preferred or Ink Business Preferred? Greg and Nick discuss that, airline change fee changes, and more. This week's timestamps may be added after publication. Music credit: Annie Yoder

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Pandemic vacation, take 3 | Ep61 | 8-29-20 show art Pandemic vacation, take 3 | Ep61 | 8-29-20

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1:02 Mailbag: Nick closes the loop on Capital One and offers Confession Time 7:13 What crazy thing did Citi do this week? 9:50 Mattress Running the Numbers: Is the Marriott status challenge worth mattress running? 19:28 Main Event: Pandemic Vacation Take 3 51:40 Question of the Week: Does opening credit cards affect your insurance rates? Don't forget to like & subscribe for more! Go to . Music credit: Annie Yoder

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Has Citibank Sears-iously improved much this week? | Ep60 | 8-22-20 show art Has Citibank Sears-iously improved much this week? | Ep60 | 8-22-20

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00:45 Reader Feedback: Greg's trip to Ventana Big Sur 4:26 What crazy thing did Citi do this week? A $900 million mistake 8:46 Mattress Running the Numbers: Targeted Marriott promotion for a free night cert after one paid night 16:24 Main Event: Searsiously? Did Sears make Citi more valuable? 43:24 Post Roast: Greg roasts Nick's ommissions. (Nick roasted Greg during the Main Event) 52:32 Question of the Week: What is the best credit card for accelerating retirement savings through manufactured spending? Don't forget to like and subscribe! See: TheFrequentMiler.com/Subscribe for our email...

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Did the new Aeroplan lost its luster already? | Ep59 | 8-15-20 show art Did the new Aeroplan lost its luster already? | Ep59 | 8-15-20

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0:33 Reader feedback: A change in our ratings 4:57 What crazy thing did Citi do this week? Ritz-Carlton edition. 9:41 Mattress Running the Numbers: Choice 50K promo at all-inclusive resorts 21:41 Quick Hits: Southwest Travel Funds to points conversion: Do it or not and why? 28:16 Quick Hits: Get 10K miles from United MPX 32:42 Quick Hits: An easy 20K Aeroplan miles, almost for free 36:08 The new Aeroplan: What's changing and why you may or may not be excited 58:11 Post Roast: Greg picks at Nick's post 1:04:54 Post roast: Nick picks a few bones with Greg 1:11:20 Question of the Week...

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Do credit card category bonuses matter? | Ep58 | 8-8-20 show art Do credit card category bonuses matter? | Ep58 | 8-8-20

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00:51 Reader feedback: Nick's confession time Related post on product changing Capital One cards: 9:44 What crazy thing did Citi do this week? 17:02 Mattress Running the Numbers: Is it worth transferring Ultimate Rewards to IHG for easy elite status?  29:05 Main event: Do credit card category bonuses matter much? 47:20 Post Roast 54:33 Question of the Week: When does it make sense to diversify into a third currency? Should this reader go after ThankYou points? Don't forget to like and subscribe!

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Business credit cards during the pandemic | Ep 57 | 8-1-20 show art Business credit cards during the pandemic | Ep 57 | 8-1-20

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Links and timestamps:   00:42 Reader Feedback: An interesting Amex Clawback data point For background: 8:43 What crazy thing did....Greg do this week? 12:32 Mattress Running the Numbers: Intercontinental Ambassador now includes a free 40K night cert with a paid stay. Is it worth a mattress run? 27:20 The Main Event: Business Credit Card Offers 34:06 Is everyone else tightening up as much as Chase? 40:27 Post Roast: Are the "World's Best" really any good? 50:45 Greg roasts Nick's Freedom post 53:23 Question of the Week: If you already have an Amex Gold card, is it worth sacrificing a...

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Family vacation bookings on points | Ep56 | 7-25-20 show art Family vacation bookings on points | Ep56 | 7-25-20

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Links & timestamps below! Go to for more. 00:18 Reader feedback: Abbas wants to know hot we book hotel rooms for 4 people. 7:15 What crazy thing did Citi do this week? Issuers clamping down. 9:23 Confession time: How Greg might have lost a boatload of Citi points 10:58 Mattress running the numbers: Is the Cambria promo for 20K points after 2 stays worthwhile? 19:18 Booking family vacations: Big suites, vacation rentals, etc. 42:15 Post Roast: Greg rips me for my failure to take a stand 48:00 Turnabout: Greg's top picks for Hyatt suites were in pretty random spots. 55:10 Question of...

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Hyatt suite award winners and losers | Ep55 | 7-20-20 show art Hyatt suite award winners and losers | Ep55 | 7-20-20

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For links to more, see the posts included with the timestamps below: 00:21 Reader feedback: Is the Blue Business Plus not a better deal than the Premium Rewards card with Platinum Honors for most customers? 3:13 Correction: Greg says Blue Business "Cash", but he means Blue Business "Plus" 10:49 Hyatt adds suite booking online: Is this a win? Who loses 32:13 Mattress Running the Numbers: Is it worth mattress running Marriott Platinum 54:29 Post Roast: Nick already toasted Greg, so Greg tries to swing back. 1:07:22 Question of the Week: Which Hyatt credit card offer is better?

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Greg and Nick discuss:

-How COVID-19 is impacting the business of Frequent Miler in a major way and what we and you can do to weather the storm.

-Awesome news from Hyatt

-Simon $1K VGCs are how online, but are they worth it?

-Going live: get notified the next time we're live on YouTube.

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Timestamps:

1:36: Reader feedback: Clarifying Citi application rules

7:12: How Frequent Miler makes money and will survive the COVID-19 crisis despite big hits to income

18:20: A very special thank you

32:00: What can readers do to support Frequent Miler given the current environment?

36:36: Good news: Hyatt keeps Greg's wrong prediction streak alive and now I've caught his bug.

44:33: More news: Now register to buy $1K Simon Visa gift cards online, but is it a good deal?

57:52: We were live and will be again. Join us. Subscribe.

1:03:43. Question of the week: Are gift cards FDIC-backed? Should we be concerned about holding them right now?