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What are the best hotel keeper cards...and more | Ask Us Anything Ep64 | 1-31-24

Frequent Miler on the Air

Release Date: 02/06/2024

Hilton Takes on Small Luxury Hotels (SLH) | Coffee Break Ep08 | 4-23-24 show art Hilton Takes on Small Luxury Hotels (SLH) | Coffee Break Ep08 | 4-23-24

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Until recently, Hyatt had a relationship with Small Luxury Hotels (SLH), but it was recently announced that Hilton will now be the one integrating SLH hotels. We'll talk about what that looks like in this week's Coffee Break episode. (0:58) - Background: What is SLH? Read more about this SLH update here: (02:15) - Hilton’s approach to SLH (08:40) - Why Hilton 120K isn’t so different from Hyatt 40K (14:56) - Favorite SLH properties Visit , and don’t forget to like and follow us on social media. You’ll find all other  Music Credit – Beach Walk by Unicorn Heads

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Shortcuts to AA elite status | Frequent Miler on the Air Ep251 | 4-19-24 show art Shortcuts to AA elite status | Frequent Miler on the Air Ep251 | 4-19-24

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American Airlines status isn't as easy as it used to be, but there are some shortcuts for those who think they'll be flying American Airlines enough to really want it. We'll discuss those shortcuts in this episode of Frequent Miler on the Air. (00:58) - Reader, Matt has been frustrated by Bilt's customer service... (Mailbag) (07:16) - AAdvantage® Aviator Red World Elite MasterCard (Card Talk) Find out more about this card here: We covered these a year ago in the show: Amassing American Airlines Miles | Ep199 | 4-22-23, which you can find here: (10:22) - AAdvantage® Aviator Silver World...

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United blocking partner awards | Coffee Break Ep07 | 4-16-24 show art United blocking partner awards | Coffee Break Ep07 | 4-16-24

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Tragically, United appears to to be blocking saver award space from Star Alliance partner bookings. In this coffee break episode we'll talk about what that means. (0:59) - Overview of United's recent changes Read more about these   (01:09) - Why it matters (07:11) - Research findings - what we've found out digging a little deeper... (09:50) - Are United miles now more valuable? (14:19) - Are United credit cards now more valuable? (extra award space) Visit , and don't forget to like and follow us on social media. You'll find all other Music Credit - Beach Walk by Unicorn Heads

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10 Tips for Rocking IHG One Rewards | Frequent Miler on the Air Ep250 | 4-12-24 show art 10 Tips for Rocking IHG One Rewards | Frequent Miler on the Air Ep250 | 4-12-24

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We don't talk about IHG One Rewards program much, but it may be a more valuable program than you think, especially if you keep our 10 tips in mind. Listen for more!  You can find Greg's interview on the All the Hacks podcast here: (03:42) - Reader Jeff (featured on last week's giant mailbag) answered questions about how he booked Delta One to Tokyo for 85K and how he visited Delta lounges in Atlanta and Denver...(Mail Bag) (10:42) - IHG One Rewards Traveler Credit Card (Card Talk) You can listen to our discussion about IHG premier cards on Ep193 of the Frequent Miler on the Air Podcast...

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Which program do you have the most love/hate relationship with? | Ask Us Anything Ep66 | 4-3-24 show art Which program do you have the most love/hate relationship with? | Ask Us Anything Ep66 | 4-3-24

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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 episode (66) was streamed live on April 3, 2024 and can be viewed in full here:  Here are all the questions asked during this episode (with timestamps) (00:30) - Read more about how to find . (07:12) - Hey Greg, Did you notice that there were some QR flights that were available thru jetblue but NOT british airways? (08:17) - Do any of you use the app...

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Which is the best Capital One Miles card? | Frequent Miler on the Air Ep249 | 4-5-24 show art Which is the best Capital One Miles card? | Frequent Miler on the Air Ep249 | 4-5-24

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What is the best Capital One Miles card? (01:35) - Pop quiz for Nick about filling in the gaps of a reader's trip report (Giant Mailbag) (13:32) - Jetblue’s Peak and off-Peak pricing... for checked bags (Crazy Thing) Read more about Jetblue's peak and off-peak baggage pricing here: (17:55) - Alaska Airlines offering up to 50% off award sale to Maldives, Tahiti & more (Award Talk) Read more about this Alaska Airlines award sale here: (19:40) - Read our post on the best time to visit any country here: (19:54) - Qatar business class award availability find Main Event: Which is the best...

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Robinhood Gold 3%: Too good to last? | Coffee Break Ep06 | 4-2-24 show art Robinhood Gold 3%: Too good to last? | Coffee Break Ep06 | 4-2-24

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Recently Nick wrote about a new credit card from Robinhood that will apparently offer a flat 3% back on most purchases. On this coffee break episode, we speculate as to whether or not this is too good to last. (0:30) - Robinhood Gold Card (and Gold membership) (02:37) - Read more about Robinhood Gold, the Robinhood Gold card, and the promo here: (04:21) - IRA match (06:57) - Amazing referral deal: actual 36c 10K Gold credit card or $1,100 with 10 referrals who sign up for Robinhood Gold and pay at least their first monthly or annual subscription fee. (11:57) - What about the whole Gamestop...

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The Best Path to Priority Pass | Frequent Miler on the Air Ep248 | 3-29-24 show art The Best Path to Priority Pass | Frequent Miler on the Air Ep248 | 3-29-24

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A number of high end credit cards give you Priority Pass membership. Full Priority Pass offers access to airport lounges, restaurants, and experiences (e.g. Be Relax Spa, Minute suites, Game Space etc), which can be pretty useful. But which of the current pathways to this membership is the best, (especially if you'd still like access to those restaurants)? (01:52) - More feedback on the pronunciation of Qatar. (Mail Bag) (03:45) - Hilton Honors Business Card, which will be increasing its annual fee from $95 to $195, along with some other changes. (Card Talk) (14:03) - United Pooling...

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Preferred Hotels bookable ONLINE with Choice Points | Coffee Break Ep05 | 3-26-24 show art Preferred Hotels bookable ONLINE with Choice Points | Coffee Break Ep05 | 3-26-24

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Choice Privileges has made it easier to book their Preferred hotel partners, finally providing a way to book these online with your Choice points!  (02:41) - Overview of Preferred Hotels bookable online with Choice Points Read about how to Preferred Hotels are now bookable online with Choice Points: (04:22) - What's the best ways to get Choice points? (07:43) - Read about buying points with a (sometimes available) cash and points trick: (10:08) - Particularly exciting hotels in the Preferred Hotels collection (bookable online with Choice Points) (10:58) - U.S. options... (13:23) -...

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Mastering Marriott’s Madness | Frequent Miler on the Air Ep247 | 3-22-24 show art Mastering Marriott’s Madness | Frequent Miler on the Air Ep247 | 3-22-24

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In some ways Marriott can be the Frankenstein’s monster of rewards programs. There's lots of good stuff about the program...and lots of bad stuff too, all sloppily sewn together. (01:36) - More advice about how to pronounce "Qatar"! (Mailbag) Read our post on how to pronounce "Qatar": (08:46) - Ritz Carlton Card (Card Talk) Read more about the Ritz Carlton card here: (21:41) - Alaska wants you to pay to see ads (Crazy Thing) (25:00) - Buy Choice points with 50% bonus (0.69c per point) (Mattress Running the Numbers) Read more about the Choice points discount here:  (33:20) - United to...

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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 episode (64) was streamed live on Jan 31, 2024 and can be viewed in full here: Frequent Miler Live: Ask Us Anything
 
Here are all the questions asked during this episode (with timestamps)

(00:44) - Should Nick upgrade his Aviator card? 

(04:12) - Would you advise to get United Club card and pay the annual fee with 30k points? Is it a good deal? 

(06:03) -Just got my first Amex a BLUE BUSSINESS PLUS. how do I avoid pop up jail when I’m ready to apply to other Amex cards 

(07:27) - Chase and Barclays have declined me due to too many credit checks. How do you work around this? 

(09:38) - What are the best hotel keeper cards currently?

(14:32) - ​What is a reasonable cost to upgrade from economy to business on a transatlantic flight? 

(16:36) - I have the Bonvoy Boundless, planning on getting the Brilliant, and then upgrading the Boundless to the Ritz-Carlton. What is the best timing for upgrading and applying to get all the free night certs? 

(19:34) - Does it make sense to transfer Chase points to Marriott to top up free night certificates? 

(22:06) - Would you hold off on getting American Airlines cards, given your prediction that a devaluation is coming soon? 

(27:18) - This question is for everyone. If you could live anywhere in the U.S., or the world for that matter, based solely on travel hocking opportunities, where would you live? 

(31:58)- What's your prediction on Wells Fargo transfer partners, there was a leak that WF autograph Journey is getting 5x on hotels, 4x on airlines, 3x on travel and dining with $95 annual fee 

(33:19) - Is it worth spending $15K on your Hyatt card through Plastiq to get a free night certificate? 

(34:29) - Will Chase not approve my SouthWest Performance Business card if I didn’t put any post-sign-up-bonus spend on my SouthWest Premier Business card I got a few months ago? 

(35:09) - How do I keep my Delta Platinum status or get to Diamond this year 

(36:30) - ​Has Bilt changed the game with their 150% transfer bonuses regarding the rule of thumb against doing speculative transfers?

(42:30) - What credit card would you recommended to maximize hotel award redemption for a family of five?

(45:59) - With all AMEX Platinums being part of the same family and can only get one sign up bonus for this family, are there any strategies or benefits to getting more than one AMEX Platinums (of any version)?

(48:43) - How is Greg dealing with Detroit Lion loss to the San Francisco 49ers? Which city has best airline and hotel redemption to Vegas?

(53:00)- ​I'd love to hear some hotel tips from things Stephen has learned from his 50 state road trip. I'm planning a month long road trip and would love tips on maximizing value of points