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

Frequent Miler on the Air

Release Date: 03/29/2024

When points wag the dog | Coffee Break Ep11 | 5-21-24 show art When points wag the dog | Coffee Break Ep11 | 5-21-24

Frequent Miler on the Air

Sometimes points and miles wag the points-collector dog... which is to say, sometimes the hobby changes your travel behavior. In episode 11 of Coffee Break, we'll talk about how. (01:40) - Rent day date nights (Greg) (03:32) - Going to baseball games / event tickets (Nick) (06:54) - Helicopter into NY (Greg) (09:15) - Vacationing where the award space is (Nick) (13:37) - "Forced" to travel due to expiring free nights (Greg) Read about the Kimpton Seafire here: Read about the Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain Tucson here: Visit , and don’t forget to like and follow us on social media....

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Strategizing Hilton cards, credits, and free nights | Frequent Miler on the Air Ep255 | 5-17-24 show art Strategizing Hilton cards, credits, and free nights | Frequent Miler on the Air Ep255 | 5-17-24

Frequent Miler on the Air

Hilton's SLH partnership is stirring up some excitement over Hilton, even for people like Greg who haven't bothered with Hilton cards for awhile, so this week we're discussing Hilton credit cards, credits, and free nights. (02:07) - We forgot about Qpoints last week... (Mail Bag) (05:10) - Citi Strata Premier (Card Talk) (10:33) - Citi accidentally made Strata Premier details public (Crazy Thing) (11:56) - Citi accidentally published FAQ showing that it may be possible to upgrade to Prestige card (Crazy Thing) (14:10) - Earn Delta MQDs on hotel bookings & car rentals (Mattress Running the...

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Announcing the 2024 Team Challenge | Ask Us Anything Ep67 | 5-8-24 show art Announcing the 2024 Team Challenge | Ask Us Anything Ep67 | 5-8-24

Frequent Miler on the Air

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 special episode (67) was streamed live on May 8, 2024 and introduces our 2024 annual team challenge! (06:10) - Hi FM Team, now that we are approaching Summer, what you are most looking forward to this Summer? (13:35) - how do you plan on handling the requirement for onward travel that many countries have in this challenge? (15:37) - What's the "budget" for the...

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Our favorite big spend bonuses | Frequent Miler on the Air Ep254 | 5-11-24 show art Our favorite big spend bonuses | Frequent Miler on the Air Ep254 | 5-11-24

Frequent Miler on the Air

Some credit cards offer extra perks or progress toward elite status for big spenders. On this week's episode, we talk about which of those bonuses might be worth the spend. But before we get into that, this episode is full of news you can use and tips to keep in mind in regular segments like Card Talk and Mattress Running the Numbers. (00:00) Intro (01:26) A tip we neglected to mention regarding positioning flights (Giant Mailbag) (05:33) Card Talk (05:46) Venture X Business card losing Priority Pass restaurant access for new Visa cards (Card Talk) (08:57) Qatar Airways Cardless Cards (Card...

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4 Cool things Nick learned at the Toronto Travel Summit | Coffee Break Ep10 | 5-7-24 show art 4 Cool things Nick learned at the Toronto Travel Summit | Coffee Break Ep10 | 5-7-24

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Nick just came back from a weekend in Toronto at the Toronto Travel Summit. In today's Coffee Break episode, he'll share 4 cool things he learned there.   (2:00) - Air France is working on upgrades using miles that sounds like it might be very reasonable. (07:30) - Aeroplan intends to bring back family pooling the same as it was. (09:17) - Aeroplan is actually working on getting partner space back up and running. (12:56) - Hotels could be a good use of Finnair Avios (18:08) - Networking at these things continues to be great! Lots of interested / interesting people & creators with...

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Tips for booking Positioning Flights | Frequent Miler on the Air Ep253 | 5-3-24 show art Tips for booking Positioning Flights | Frequent Miler on the Air Ep253 | 5-3-24

Frequent Miler on the Air

Sometimes you book an award ticket that requires you to do some positioning in order to catch that flight - for instance if the flight doesn't depart from your home airport. There are a few best practices to keep in mind when booking these "positioning flights", which we'll discuss in today's Frequent Miler on the Air episode. (01:08) - One reader writes in: "If you have Platinum Honors, I would rank the BofA Premium Rewards Elite card the highest for Priority Access by far. The airline credit offset is very easy to use and you get them all at once so there's no obnoxious coupon book"... (Mail...

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Frequent Miler origin story - Greg's story | Coffee Break Ep09 | 4-30-24 show art Frequent Miler origin story - Greg's story | Coffee Break Ep09 | 4-30-24

Frequent Miler on the Air

Today's Coffee Break episode was inspired by a recent email we got asking... how did Frequent Miler get started? Since our Coffee Break episodes are 20 minutes or less, we started but telling Greg's side of the Frequent Miler origin story. (01:47) - in 2011 Greg first learned about this points and miles hobby when his current employer at the time issued a "no travel" decree... (04:22) - Greg started a blog for his friends...because it was easier then emailing everyone about what he'd learned. (05:29) - Greg almost immediately became intrigued with stacking opportunities. (07:06) - Greg was...

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Luxury lodging... on points | Frequent Miler on the Air Ep252 | 4-26-24 show art Luxury lodging... on points | Frequent Miler on the Air Ep252 | 4-26-24

Frequent Miler on the Air

There are many ways to book luxury hotels (credit card points, hotel points, etc) and this can be a great way to stay in some amazing luxury accommodations you'd never justify paying cash for. We'll dive into this today. (01:43) - Please share an experience when a positioning flight had not gone to plan, perhaps share a "Positioning Flight From Hell" type of experience. (Mailbag) . (06:23) - On our Instagram post, @marriottbonvoy's account trolls Hyatt by saying "Fortunately for our guests, we don’t play games with welcome gifts, points, and awards at Luxury locations such as St. Regis, JW...

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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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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 appeared Friday, then disappeared hours later, then re-appeared (Crazy Thing)

(19:19) - You can't use pooled United miles for partner redemptions, only United & United Express (Crazy Thing)

(25:55) - National Car Rental double credit for registered users' weekend rentals between April 4 through June 8, 2024 (Mattress Running the Numbers)

Read more about this National Car Rental deal here.

(29:36) - Regional first class awards for 12.5K, 16.5K, 22K points thanks to Qatar Avios (Award Talk)

(32:00) - Read more about this regional sweet spot here.

(35:58) - Preferred Hotels bookable online

Check out the Preferred Hotels Coffee Break episode here.

(40:31) - Choice Privileges Experiences might be worth a look

Main Event: The Best Path to Priority Pass

(45:08) - Full Priority Pass offers access to airport lounges, restaurants, and experiences (e.g. Be Relax Spa, Minute suites, Game Space etc.)

(47:43) - Chase Sapphire Reserve & Ritz lose restaurants

(49:06) - Check out our Card Talk segment of last week's podcast episode 247 where we talked about the Ritz Card and its access to Priority Pass.

(51:38) - Wack-a-mole Alternatives to still get restaurant access with your Priority Pass

(52:48) - Venture X Biz (Read more about the Venture X Business card here.

(53:55) - US Bank Altitude Reserve (8 visits) (Read more about the US Bank Altitude Reserve card here.)

(55:43) - Business Altitude Connect (4 visits) (Read more about the Business Altitude Connect card here.)

(56:16) - Bank Of America Premium Rewards Elite (4 memberships) (Read more about the Bank of America Premium Rewards Elite card here.)

(1:00:15) - UBS Visa Infinite Business (Read more about the UBS Visa Infinite Business card here.)

(1:00:54) - UBS Visa Infinite (Read more about the UBS Visa Infinite card here.)

(1:01:25) - Citi Prestige (no longer available if you don't already have it)

(1:02:09) - Barclays Emirates Skywards Premium World Elite Mastercard (Read more about the Barclays Emirates Skywards Premium World Elite Mastercard here.)

(1:07:06) -  Deciding between two hotels, one with cash (and therefore a Hilton points-earning opportunity) or paying Hyatt points. How do you make the choice? (Question of the Week)

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Music Credit – “Ocean Deep” by Annie Yoder