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

Frequent Miler on the Air

Release Date: 04/09/2024

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

Frequent Miler on the Air

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

Frequent Miler on the Air

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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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: Frequent Miler Live: Ask Us Anything

Here are all the questions asked during this episode (with timestamps)

(00:30) - Read more about how to find Qatar QSuites award space here.

(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 Flighty? If yes, any improvements you want them to make?

(10:19) - Hello! Is there a reason so many credit cards are dropping Priority Pass?

(12:45) - what program do you have the strongest love/hate relationship with?

(17:20) - Which ways of booking business/premium econ domestic flights have the best availability at a reasonable cost? I'm trying to make longer positioning flights more comfortable for 2-5 people

(18:55) - what's the best way to pay for my 28 day Marriott stay, CSR, Ritz, or Hyatt for getting Globalist status? thanks

Read Stephen's post about long-term hotel stays in states where you may not have to pay taxes: https://frequentmiler.com/staying-30-nights-in-a-hotel-you-might-not-have-to-pay-the-taxes/

(21:12) - Nick, on a podcast you said you were going to pick-up the Brilliant even without the SUB. Would you not consider temporarily product changing your Ritz card(s) to be eligible for the SUB?

(22:55) - Any favorite resources for finding interesting things to do in a country? I have several destinations that I want to visit for 1-2 things I know about, but would need more to fill the trip

(27:07) - I earned a bunch of Capital One points hoping to use them one day on Turkish, but with the devaluation what do you think some other good uses are?

Read our Capital One Complete Guide 

Read our Capital One Sweet Spots post

(30:26) - I have a question how can I book Swiss rail Pass? I’ve tried everywhere and I just can’t find it. Is there a way to use any airline points or just pay cash for that?

(32:19) - Several Airlines use Avios and they may have different expiration policy. Can I transfer from one to the other to avoid expiration? Thanks!

(35:09) - can the amex 10+ referral multiplier stack? 

(36:12) - When applying for a second Ink card, is it similar to the initial application or you have to explain to Chase that the new card is for a different business? 

(37:15) - Greg and Nick both said they would prefer Alaska miles over AA miles. I heard their reasons why but can you all name any sweet spots with Alaska? after the last two devaluation great deals are missing

Read the post about Alaska Award Chart, Winners, Losers, and Sweet Spots here

(40:16) - About to apply for the Venture X & I’m curious if u know anything about the black box that is their approval algorithm. Specific DPs?

(41:24) - can you reiterate some best practices to limit the risk Amex not treating tax payments as eligible spend for the signup bonus?

(44:30) - With the Robinhood card, and the USBAR, wouldn’t it make more sense to buy points vs getting points on a card?

(45:40) - Cruise questions. It seems that Caesars status alone is no longer enough for cruise matches and they ask for other offers so trip to AC is a must? I that correct? If so, better to wait until July 1st?

(50:42) - As someone who just started the point game. Am I too late with all the devaluation going on? I started with Amex and working on the Amex points game now.

(54:08) - Is there a way to avoid an airline in google flights explore tab? There’s an option to toggle in the regular flights tab but not in the explore tab.

(54:50): Which one of these humans is the frequent miler?

(56:26) - How can I keep my Hawaiian Points from expiring? I recently cancel my Hawaiian credit card

(56:59) - Who has flown the most miles?

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Music Credit - "Into the Never" by Annie Yoder