Mike

Author's details

Name: Mike
Date registered: September 26, 2013
URL: http://www.frequentflyermiles101.com

Biography

Hi, I'm Mike and I've been collecting and burning frequent flyer miles for two decades now. Come join in the fun!

Latest posts

  1. Hilton Brings Back Double (Or Triple) Points — April 27, 2017
  2. No, The US Is NOT Going To Extend The Electronics Ban To Europe — April 26, 2017
  3. 100,000 British Airways Avios From Chase (But Mind The Value Gap) — April 25, 2017
  4. Southwest Raises Credit Card Bonus — April 24, 2017
  5. Bonus Miles From AA Shopping And Free Airline Internet — April 22, 2017

Most commented posts

  1. Welcome to The Boston Globe readers! An introduction to the site… — 10 comments
  2. Using the Bluebird card for Manufactured Spending — 9 comments
  3. A request for my readers… — 5 comments
  4. Foreign transaction fees on credit cards… — 5 comments
  5. Rule #1 in frequent flyer land: Always sign up for the free program — 3 comments

Author's posts listings

Apr 11

When You Really Didn’t Mean To Write That…

Seriously, Don’t Write It Down… One of the first lessons that I learned when starting my job was never to write anything that I wouldn’t want to see on the cover of the New York Times. That thought has kept me from sending out more than one nasty email. Yet it seems to be something …

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Apr 10

Earning American Miles Through BankDirect

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Last week, I discussed the end of the mileage bonuses at Fidelity Investments. In that post, I referenced BankDirect, a Texas-based internet bank that offers miles instead of interest (Technically, it’s in addition to interest, which is currently a whopping 0.01% for balances greater than $2,500.). BankDirect: Your New Mileage Bank Several years ago, BankDirect, …

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Apr 07

American Is Selling Miles. Should You Be Buying?

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Years ago, when I first started writing this blog, I was virtually 100% opposed to buying miles directly from the airlines.* Over time, I have not exactly become a fan of it, but have softened my stance somewhat. They’re a good way to round up your balance if you are close to an award, and …

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Apr 06

Discover’s 5% Category: Home Improvement Stores And Wholesale Clubs

Discover Card

It’s time for the quarterly “you really need a Discover Card” thread. Discover offers some of the most versatile cards out there, with such benefits as excellent customer service and no foreign transaction fees, two features that don’t seem to matter until you need them. They matter. Best of all, Discover pulls it off without …

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Apr 05

Up To 30,000 American Miles To Fly To Asia

AAdvantage

I wanted to do a more extensive piece today, but I’m operating on sleep deprivation, so it will have to wait. For now, let’s talk about a bonus opportunity on American Airlines Earn up to 30,000 American AAdvantage Miles The promotion might be a bit on the expensive side, but it’s easy enough to earn …

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Apr 03

Club Carlson Offering Triple Points (And Then Some)

I’ve often referred to Club Carlson as “the little program that could.” Club Carlson, the owner of brands such as Radisson, Park Plaza and Country Inn & Suites, does not have the world’s best-known hotels, but they tend to make up for it with some fantastic promotions. Their second quarter promotion for 2017 is no …

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Apr 02

Fidelity Investments (Finally) Kills Its Great Mileage Deal

fidelity investments

Fidelity Investments used to offer one of the best mileage bonuses in the business, offering you up to 50,000 miles for opening a new account or depositing money into an existing one. The offer would expire every year on March 31 but, like the swallows who supposedly returned to Capistrano every year, Fidelity would extend …

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Mar 31

Hilton Tells Us Just How Little Their Points Are Worth

hilton honors

As I mentioned yesterday, loyalty programs love to sell points. Usually, they sell the points to merchants, who pass them on to you as rewards for purchases, but occasionally, they’ll sell to you directly. But there’s a problem, of course. Not for the company. For you, the consumer. Bottom Line: If they’re selling, you don’t …

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Mar 30

Delta SkyMiles Partner Promotion: 1,000 Miles Per New Partner

skymiles

Many moons ago, US Airways used to run a promotion that they called the “Grand Slam Promotion.” They would give you bonus miles based on the number of mileage partners* that you used. You could earn up to 100,000 miles, and the challenge was generally who could get to 100K with the least out of …

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Mar 29

Hyatt Announces Second Quarter Promotion

hyatt

I’ve always felt that hotels’ promotions* were a good indicator of how business is. When promos are good, that means that the companies need to drive business. When business is good, there is no need to offer a decent promotion. Hyatt Double Points for Being You Clearly, things are going well at Hyatt because their …

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