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Practical Sweet Spot Awards | Ep149 | 5-7-22

Frequent Miler on the Air

Release Date: 05/07/2022

Extreme Hotel Savings | Ep162 | 8-6-22 show art Extreme Hotel Savings | Ep162 | 8-6-22

Frequent Miler on the Air

Friends don't let friends pay full price for hotels. Here are some of the tools we use to slice and dice the price of lodging. 00:44 Giant Mailbag: Pop-up averted over the phone 4:14 3 Cards, 3 Continents, 3 Updates https://frequentmiler.com/frequent-milers-2022-team-challenge-3-cards-3-continents/ 15:34 What crazy thing....did Marriott Bonvoy do this week? When it says you can't use suite night awards, maybe that's not true . . . 23:45 Mattress running the numbers: Buying IHG points for 0.5c each https://frequentmiler.com/buy-ihg-points/ 28:53 Main Event: Extreme hotel savings 29:40 Buying...

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The best free nights in the Big Apple | Ep 161 | 7-30-22 show art The best free nights in the Big Apple | Ep 161 | 7-30-22

Frequent Miler on the Air

Want to sleep cheap in the city that never sleeps? Using hotel points can save you a boatload on your next New York City vacation, but not all award options are created equally. This week, Greg and Nick discuss your best bets. 00:58 Giant Mailbag Double Header (First up: IHG welcome bonus free night not top-off-able) 03:56 Marriott free night certificates extendable after all 9:39 What crazy thing...did IHG do this week? 14:39 Mattress running the numbers: Locking in the 20% back Marriott offer for good rates in the future and abroad 21:27 Awards we booked this week 25:33 3 Cards, 3...

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The dream trip that got away | Ep160 | 7-23-22 show art The dream trip that got away | Ep160 | 7-23-22

Frequent Miler on the Air

As we plan for our 3 Cards, 3 Continents dream trips, we can't quite have it all. There have been dreams we've had to put on hold for future trips and this week Greg and Nick discuss a couple of those fantastic trips they hope to take one day but couldn't fit into this challenge. 00:45 Giant Mailbag: Chase reconsideration success 4:00 3 Cards, 3 Continents, 3 Updates 16:45 What crazy thing.....did IHG and Chase do this week? 21:08 Awards we booked this week 25:03 Main Event: The dream trip that got away 27:30 Greg's free night certificate wish list 33:24 Nick's tropical paradises lost ...

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[Fixed] *Please* tell us how to find business class awards | Ep159 | 7-16-22 show art [Fixed] *Please* tell us how to find business class awards | Ep159 | 7-16-22

Frequent Miler on the Air

[Update: The wrong episode was initially loaded. This update includes the correct episode.]. Wondering how to find those elusive business class awards? Greg and Nick discuss the tricks in their toolbags. 00:28 Giant Mailbag 1:48 Mattress running the numbers: Daily Getaways Are any of these deals worth speculatively buying? Our analysis: 3:46 IHG points for half a cent each 4:35 Hilton points for half a cent each 4:47 Wyndham points for 1.17c each 5:30 Best Western at 0.55cpp 6:38 Choice points for 0.52cpp 8:35 Marriott gift cards for 20% off Hyatt points 11:31 #3Cards2Continents3Updates ...

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How to book round the world awards | Ep158 | 7-9-22 show art How to book round the world awards | Ep158 | 7-9-22

Frequent Miler on the Air

Want to travel all around the world in business class for about as many points as most people use for a simple round trip to Europe? This show has the tips you need to book the famed ANA Round the World award -- and reasons why you might want to consider paying a few more miles and booking your trip via Air Canada Aeroplan instead. 1:25 Giant Mailbag: About those Virgin Atlantic awards . . . 3:45 3 Cards, 3 Continents, 3 Updates 5:45 What crazy thing...did Marriott Bonvoy do this week? 8:41 Awards we booked this week 14:45 Main Event: How to book round the world awards 15:27 ANA Round the...

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Virgin Atlantic releases award floodgates | Ep157 | 7-2-22 show art Virgin Atlantic releases award floodgates | Ep157 | 7-2-22

Frequent Miler on the Air

Virgin Atlantic has promised to open up at least 12 award seats on every flight. This has led to unprecedented award availability. Here's how to make the most of it. 1:27 Giant Mailbag: How to log into hotel wi-fi with a Chromebook 4:44 3 Cards 3 Continents 3 Updates Stephen cashes out 50K Membership Rewards Greg exchanges 40K ThankYou points for 56K Avios Nick needs to cancel his first booking 14:59 Mattress Running the Numbers: Biltmore Arizona 18:35 Awards we booked this week (St Pancras, London) 23:07 Main Event: Virgin Atlantic releases award floodgates 45:53 Question of the week: Are...

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Where to park your transferable points | Ep156 | 6-25-22 show art Where to park your transferable points | Ep156 | 6-25-22

Frequent Miler on the Air

Got to cancel your card but don't know what to do with your points? Here are your best options. 00:58 3 Cards, 3 Continents, 3 updates 17:31 Giant Mailbag: Comments from live stream draft audience 21:32 What crazy thing . . . did the Curve credit card do this week? 26:05 Main Event: Where to park your transferable points 28:37 Air France / KLM Flying Blue 33:16 Emirates? No. 33:50 Cathay Pacific Asia Miles 37:26 Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer? No, 37:50 Virgin Atlantic 40:07 Avios (British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus, Qatar) 43:05 Air Canada Aeroplan 48:03 Avianca LifeMiles 54:12 Qantas?...

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Drafting the dream: Strategies for drafting the best 3 card, 3 continent dream trip | Ep155 | 6-18-22 show art Drafting the dream: Strategies for drafting the best 3 card, 3 continent dream trip | Ep155 | 6-18-22

Frequent Miler on the Air

You're planning a dream trip to 3 continents; which 3 credit cards would you choose for the best combination of welcome bonuses and card benefits? This week, we talk strategy for our upcoming draft -- because once one of us makes a selection, the other two will be left scrambling to strategize the next move. 1:25 Giant Mailbag 2:38 Awards we booked this week Link to the SimplyMiles deal we referenced: 11:22 Mattress running the numbers: Marriott Homes & Villas stacking deals 18:40 Main Event: Drafting the Dream: Strategies for drafting the best 3 card, 3 continent dream trip Link to read...

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Amex end game: What to do once you've signed up for all the cards? | Ep154 | 6-11-22 show art Amex end game: What to do once you've signed up for all the cards? | Ep154 | 6-11-22

Frequent Miler on the Air

Yes, you can continue to march on the Amex point parade even after you've signed up for all the cards. 00:53 Giant Mailbag: What's the best loyalty program outside of the United States? 4:18 Mattress running the numbers: Magazines.com stacking deals 9:08 What crazy thing did....Curve do this week? 14:25 Main Event: Amex end game 15:52 No Lifetime Language offers (NLL) 19:26 A "lifetime" may be shorter than you think 22:50 Downgrade / Upgrade path 26:11 Ways to earn more points with your existing cards (first up: referrals) 31:11 Authorized user / Additional cardholder bonuses 34:07 Pay...

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Keeper features of ultra premium cards | Ep153 | 6-4-22 show art Keeper features of ultra premium cards | Ep153 | 6-4-22

Frequent Miler on the Air

00:50 Giant Mailbag 5:13 What crazy thing.....double feature! First up: Virgin Atlantic takes away calendar view (but we've got ya covered) 8:03 What crazy thing...did Germany do this week? 11:22 Mattress running the numbers: Is the 50% transfer bonus from Chase to Marriott a good deal?  18:20 Main Event: Keeper features of ultra premium cards 39:01 Question of the Week: Is it worth spending toward Delta elite status to get my family upgraded? Join our email list: Music Credit: Annie Yoder

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There are lots of great sweet spots that are exciting in theory are nearly impossible to actually book. This week, Greg and Nick discuss *practical* sweet spots -- the ones they have booked & you can, too.

1:25 This week's disclaimer

4:16 Mattress running the numbers: Is it worth mattress running to get 2x, 3x, or 4x IHG points.

10:12 Main Event: Practical sweet spot awards First up: Delta One to Europe for 50K

14:12 Star Alliance business class to Europe

17:32 Ability to book short flights cheaply

22:58 Using Iberia Avios for business class between Spain and the Eastern US

26:48 Qatar Qsuites via American Airlines miles or Avios

30:18 ANA Business Class to Japan / Asia

34:57 Hyatt awards

37:57 Vacasa vacation rentals via Wyndham Rewards

43:09 Choice privileges points for Nordic Choice properties

44:37 Capital One points for great Major League Baseball tickets

47:56 Question of the Week: I transferred points for what turned out to be phantom availability. Am I stuck? What could I have done differently?

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Music credit: Annie Yoder