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Frequent Miler on the Air

Release Date: 05/09/2020

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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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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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Like & subscribe! Links in the timestamps below. 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/ ...

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Greg and Nick discuss:

-Aeroplan mileage sale: Crazy deal, or crazy customers? Is Greg getting even crazier?

-Amex's different strategy for our northern neighbors: what they've got that we don't and whether or not we think they'll do something similar in the US

-Spa Week deal: I said this deal stinks and if you didn't click through to the post you might have missed Greg's comment about why it could be great. With Mother's Day around the corner, this could be worth pursuing

All that and more. Timestamps:

00:23 Reader feedback

4:01 What crazy thing did Citi do this week? ("Expiring" points after a product change - that won't really expire)

10:02 What crazy thing did Hilton do this week? 13:39 Aeroplan promotion: Points on sale May 7-13

18:40 Did Greg buy miles? Is he thinking about it? Should anybody buy? Why or why not?

23:52 Why were so many people buyers? Has our hobby gone mad?

25:13 We're always buying miles by giving up cash back to accept points.

26:51 Greg is going to transfer to Air Canada for elite status. Why??

31:55 Greg makes a prediction. We all know how he's doing with predictions this year.

32:26 Amex throws Canada a bone. What's with that? It's not Canadian Express. Will they increase redemption value stateside as well?

40:38 A deal that stinks...but doesn't. This is why you should click through and read the comments.

48:23: Question of the Week: Which card for groceries in August?