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Nick's baller Bilt gamble | Coffee Break Ep02 | 2-27-24

Frequent Miler on the Air

Release Date: 02/27/2024

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Frequent Miler on the Air

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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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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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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 (65) was streamed live on March 6, 2024 and can be . Here are all the questions asked during this episode (with timestamps): (05:03) - Have you noticed that Emirates charges insane fuel surcharges out of countries that ban/restrict them? ​(06:19) - When you book Rio Las Vegas with Hyatt points do you not have to pay resort fee and get elite benefits...

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Back in January, Nick saw that Bilt was going to have a huge transfer bonus to Aeroplan (one of his favorite mileage programs)...but he didn't have a Bilt card yet. With luck on his side though, he suspected he could get the card and get over 100K Aeroplan miles in just a matter of days. Greg thought he was insane, but Nick's gamble paid off.

(02:48) - What is Bilt and why was Nick interested? 

Learn more about the Bilt card here

(03:16) - What was the Bilt bonus that finally got Nick's attention? 

We published those transfer bonus details here

(04:25) - Nick outlines the challenge in his timing, applying for the card ~6 days before the scheduled transfer bonus opportunity with lots of things to get done in that time.

(06:39) - Nick discovered he still needed to make 5 transactions on his new card, which he was able to do with the digital card he'd gotten upon approval.

(08:45) - Nick got lucky and the card arrived early (with one day to spare), and right around then he also got the email for a 5X offer...

(10:11) - The second dilemma: in order to maximize the 5X for 5 days of spend he'd need to spend $12,500, which was more than the card's credit limit. 

To read Nick's more detailed account of this, make sure and read his "How Nick Built his own Bilt bonus" post here.

(12:42) - Nick breaks down his ~$18K in spend which landed him with 62K Bilt rewards which then became 124K Air Canada Aeroplan miles.

(15:02) - Nick remembers the points-pooling ability in Air Canada Aeroplan.

(16:06) - Greg and Nick talk about how gambles like this can play a significant role in this game.

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Music Credit - Beach Walk by Unicorn Heads