On September 11th, 2021, Frequent Miler turned 10 years old and I forgot my own blog’s anniversary. Oops! On that particular day, it so happened that Nick and I arrived at Le Meridien Maldives amidst our whirlwind “GuC Trip“. Without knowing it, we celebrated this blog’s anniversary in a spectacular way!
Nope! The above was incorrect!
This is pretty funny. As Kim pointed out in the comments, Frequent Miler first appeared with a brief introduction on September 3rd 2011 (not September 11th), and my first real post was on September 4th: Triple Dip shopping at Sears, Lands End, KMart with Chase Sapphire (note that none of the techniques listed in that post work anymore).
So, if we count September 4th 2011 as the start-date, what were we really doing on the 10 year anniversary? We were getting Q-tips stuck up our noses in preparation for our “GuC Trip:”
What a ride!
I started this blog in 2011 purely as a hobby. I didn’t think at the time that it was possible to earn a living through a blog, nor did it even occur to me to look into that option. It was truly just a fun way to spend my time while my day job had become less interesting. Six months later, though, I was blogging full time and I’ve never looked back.
What is Frequent Miler?
Over the years, the answer to “what is Frequent Miler?” has changed. Initially it was a blog specifically targeted towards advanced hobbyists interested in creative ways of earning points & miles. When I turned Frequent Miler into my full time gig in early 2012 (see: Up in the Air), though, I introduced a beginner’s newsletter named “Free Trips & Tricks”. The idea was to continue to publish advanced content on the blog and beginner content in the newsletter. Over time, the newsletter became harder and harder to maintain and I finally retired it in 2017 (I think). Upon retiring the newsletter, we starting adding long-form guides for those who want to look up the basics. Current guides include: American Airlines AAdvantage, Marriott Bonvoy, Delta SkyMiles, World of Hyatt, and many more (see our Resources Page). We also began an effort to write our posts in a way that would be accessible to newbies without dumbing them down for advanced readers. For example, when mentioning something like “5/24,” we’ll throw in a call-out box explaining what that is. Those in the know can easily skip that bit.
To determine your 5/24 status, see: Easy Ways to Count Your 5/24 Status. The easiest option is to track all of your cards for free with Travel Freely.
Going back a number of years… I introduced Quick Deals as a separate blog in June 2013. The idea was to keep long form content on the Frequent Miler blog and to publish short to-the-point deals on the Quick Deals site. Quick Deals quickly became popular and I eventually rolled it into the main site. Today, articles are primarily differentiated only by whether or not we mark them for inclusion at the top of our home page as “featured articles,” but you can still filter to only Quick Deals by clicking to our Quick Deals Category Page.
One of the biggest changes to “what is Frequent Miler?” came with the addition of our video and audio podcast “Frequent Miler on the Air” on May 31st, 2019. Since then, Nick and I have been recording the show weekly. Over time, listenership has grown steadily and the show has become as much a part of Frequent Miler as the blog itself. Every show features a “main event” dictated by current happenings, along with regular segments: Giant Mailbag, What Crazy Thing…?, Mattress Running the Numbers, Post Roast, and Question of the Week.
Who is Frequent Miler?
For the first few years, I was the sole face of the blog. But then I started enlisting help from others. In 2014, a reader named Anita volunteered to help keep the beginner’s newsletter up to date. And in November of 2014, Julian Kheel began guest writing for Frequent Miler with his weekly (and later bi-weekly) column “Bet You Didn’t Know.” Then in January 2015, Shawn Coomer joined me part time as Frequent Miler’s primary Quick Deal author (he also maintained our credit card database). Later, Alex Bachuwa started guest writing for Frequent Miler with his monthly-ish column “The Fine Print.” Behind the scenes, Carrie Yoder occasionally helped out with graphic design or video work (she put together all of the videos from my 2016 trip to Necker Island, for example).
In January 2017, I posted “Help Wanted.” Julian had published his final Bet You Didn’t Know post in December when he joined The Points Guy full-time (but he’s now senior finance editor at CNN Underscored), and I had received notice from Shawn who was planning to work full time on his own blog, Miles to Memories. I received around 100 applications from my Help Wanted post. I narrowed the applicants down to the top 12 and then to the top 4 and finally to the one. Nick Reyes became my first full time hire at Frequent Miler. He brought energy and a fresh new voice to the mix. Today, I no longer think of Frequent Miler as my blog with others helping. Now, it is “our blog” and “our podcast.” Technically I still own it all, but I like to think of Frequent Miler as belonging to the team. Speaking of “the team”…
In 2018, Stephen Pepper joined us as a part-time Quick Deals author. He makes it possible for Nick to enjoy two days off per week without us slowing down production. Actually, on Stephen’s days (usually Sunday and Wednesday), I think we publish many more Quick Deals than other days. Stephen also occasionally writes great long-form content for Frequent Miler such as the ever-popular “Wyndham Timeshare Presentation Survival Guide. Get Your “No” Face On.” A couple of other notable posts that come to mind include “My Experience Using Chase Sapphire Reserve Rental Car Insurance,” and “Beauty In The Eye Of The Cardholder: Stephen’s Top 6 Card-Linked Programs.” Check them out if you haven’t already!
In 2020, Carrie Yoder officially joined the team. She had done work for Frequent Miler in the past, but now she signed on as our permanent part-time “creative director.” Carrie has completely overhauled our website design, drastically improved the design of our email newsletters (these are the email versions of our blog posts, not to be confused with the discontinued beginner’s newsletter), and has been a key driver in our expanded social media presence (such as with Instagram, for example).
Readership over time
While this is a gross oversimplification, I’ll characterize each year of blogging (September through August, starting in 2011) based on what I think were the major sources of readership growth:
Year 1… 5X Everywhere
September 2011 to August 2012
A couple of months after I started blogging, Chase decided to change their Ink Business card so that it offered 5x at office supply stores. That was especially awesome because it was possible to buy Visa gift cards in-store and online at stores like Staples, Office Depot, and OfficeMax. Suddenly there was an easy way to earn 5x everywhere! Buy gift cards with your Ink card and then use those gift cards for your daily purchases. Things got even better when I reported that Vanilla Reload cards were available to buy at Office Depot stores and they could be loaded onto fee-free Amex prepaid cards (see: One Card to Rule them All).
Year 2… Bluebird
September 2012 to August 2013
Early in my second 12 months of blogging, American Express & Walmart introduced a revolutionary new prepaid card: Bluebird. Bluebird was similar in some ways to the reloadable prepaid cards that Amex had offered before, but it was a billion times better (give or take). The new card offered fee free bill payments, free withdrawals to your bank account, higher limits, and more. My post “Bluebird takes flight and changes the game” was one of my most popular posts in my second 12 months of blogging. With Bluebird, it was now incredibly easy to meet credit card minimum spend requirements (for big signup bonuses) or to simply generate points through “manufactured spend”.
Another huge development during this time was the introduction of PINs to Visa and Mastercard gift cards. PINs made it possible to use gift cards almost anywhere that debit cards were accepted. It was now possible to use your credit card to buy debit gift cards (in order to earn rewards), and then use those debit gift cards to perform cash-like transactions. The impact of this change took time to develop partially due to the fact that reload cards were still an easy option at the time.
Year 3… Walmart Ascendant
September 2013 to August 2014
During my 3rd year of blogging, options for buying Vanilla Reload cards at nationwide chains dried up. The new challenge then was to find the best ways to buy Visa and Mastercard gift cards and earn miles while doing so. Thanks to now having PINs, Visa and Mastercard gift cards could be used in-store to reload prepaid cards like Bluebird and Serve (a product very similar to Bluebird). Walmart not only allowed reloading certain prepaid cards for free, but they even had automated kiosks in many stores that made it possible to liquidate these gift cards without interacting with store employees. The same Visa and Mastercard gift cards (AKA debit gift cards) could be used at some stores’ money centers (again, Walmart was the go-to store for many of us) to pay bills that couldn’t usually be paid by credit card, or to simply buy money in the form of money orders that could be deposited into a bank account.
Year 4… Target REDbird
September 2014 to August 2015
My fourth year of blogging was dominated by REDbird: The Target Prepaid REDcard. This was yet another prepaid reloadable card from American Express. Unlike Bluebird and Serve, though, Target initially allowed REDbird to be loaded at the register, with a credit card, for free! It was literally possible to load REDbird at Target with a credit card, with no fee, and then go online to use REDbird to pay the credit card bill. The point, of course, was to easily manufacture spend with rewards-earning credit cards.
The ability to load REDbird with a credit card lasted for 7 months. Afterwards, Target continued to accept debit cards, including debit gift cards. So, the REDbird game continued until Target stopped accepting debit card loads altogether, 12 months after they initially released the card.
Year 5… The banks strike back
September 2015 to August 2016
My 5th blogging year was a tough one for credit card signup bonuses and manufactured spend. Not long after the effective death of REDbird, Amex began freezing all Bluebird and Serve accounts in which the cards were used to manufacture spend. Many less well known options for manufacturing spend died as well. In the post “Credit Card Spend in 2016 and Beyond,” I argued that the only options for manufacturing spend that will last long term are those that incur risk or incur enough fees to cover credit card processing costs. And that’s why I began writing more about techniques that involve risk (such as KickFurther) and fees (such as Plastiq).
And, for those who repeatedly sign up for credit cards in order to earn big bonuses, Chase quietly introduced their dreaded 5/24 Rule (where they’ll deny you if you’ve opened 5 new cards in the past 24 months), Amex expanded their “once per lifetime rule” to business cards, and Citi drastically expanded their 24 month rule to include all cards within the same brand.
Year 6… Chase Sapphire Reserve takes world by storm
September 2016 to August 2017
Frequent Miler’s sixth year kicked off with Chase’s introduction of their ultra-premium Sapphire Reserve card along with its 100,000 points welcome bonus. To say that this card took the points world by storm is an understatement. Both the card’s features and its welcome bonus were so good that everybody had to have one. This led to many new people discovering an interest in points & miles. For the first time, in my experience, it became common to overhear people in public discussing credit card rewards.
The Sapphire Reserve card also had a huge effect on the credit card landscape overall. It was the first ultra-premium card to offer huge point earnings for spend (3x travel & dining). Soon, many others rushed to compete:
- U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve: 3x travel & mobile wallet
- Amex Gold: 4x U.S. grocery (up to $25K per year), and 4x dining worldwide
- Amex Green: 3x travel & dining (sound familiar?)
- Citi Prestige: 5x dining & airfare
Year 7… SPG’s long goodbye
September 2017 to August 2018
Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) used to be everyone’s favorite rewards program. Their points were incredibly valuable, not just towards hotel stays, but also when redeemed for airline miles. They offered a huge number of airline partners and with most you could transfer 20,000 SPG points into 25,000 airline miles. That was great until Marriott decided to buy SPG.
Marriott fully merged Marriott Rewards and SPG into a single loyalty program (Marriott Bonvoy) on August 18, 2018. Until then, a partial merger created a number of awesome short-term opportunities. For example, during this time it was possible to book top-end Marriott properties for only 15,000 SPG points per night. And, Ritz-Carlton properties (which had their own award chart at the time) could be booked for only 10,000 to 23,333 SPG points per night!
There were also great elite status opportunities such as the fact that elite nights offered by Marriott and SPG credit cards automatically combined — this year only. Plus, the Ritz Carlton credit card was still available for new sign-ups back then and it offered automatic 75K Platinum status for the first year of card membership.
Year 8… Manufactured spending goes local and underground
September 2018 to August 2019
Manufacturing spend techniques had been dying off for years, but this is the year that Walmart began cracking down on money order purchases. That was arguably the beginning of the end of big-scale manufactured spending at Walmart. This accelerated a trend that was already happening:
- MS goes local: There aren’t many good Manufactured Spending techniques that work nationwide anymore. If you’re into buying money orders or paying bills with debit gift cards, your best bet is to find local and regional stores that allow it.
- MS goes underground: As one technique after another has dried up over the years, people who discover new techniques have been more and more hesitant to share with others publicly. As a result, many private message boards have popped up where only those on the inside can learn from others.
Year 9… Pandemic!
September 2019 to August 2020
The first half of the Frequent Miler year (September through Feb) went well enough, but then COVID-19 hit us like a wall. For the next six months, readership dropped a bit and revenue almost completely disappeared. I wrote about the situation in these posts:
How Frequent Miler (the business) will survive COVID-19 (published April 1, 2020): This post included a brief history of this blog, including how it turned from a hobby into my career; and I shared an email I had sent to the Frequent Miler team (Nick, Stephen, and Carrie) where I predicted that revenue would drop precipitously, but I pledged to use my savings to keep the team going for “at least the next 6 months.”
How Frequent Miler (the business) is surviving COVID-19 (published June 26, 2020): In this update, I showed that business had tumbled… as predicted. There was still some revenue coming in, however. That, combined with a Paycheck Protection Program loan meant that we’d be able to keep going at current staffing levels several months into 2021. I further gave an update as to projects we were undertaking to make the business stronger than ever once the recession eased.
Frequent Miler’s COVID-19 business survival update (published October 5, 2020): In the final update to this series I wrote that we were out of the woods. While revenue hadn’t yet nearly reached pre-pandemic levels, it was obvious to me that it would soon. I wrote “73% of our September affiliate revenue came in the second half of the month. My guess is that our October revenue will hit maybe 60% of pre-pandemic levels and hopefully November will be even better than that.” I was right. November was even better than that and we were soon back to pre-pandemic revenue levels and more!
Year 10… Incredible Welcome Bonuses & frequentmiler.com
September 2020 to August 2021
The tenth year of Frequent Miler has been all about incredible new credit card welcome bonuses. Chase kicked off the FM year with an 80K Sapphire Preferred offer, and quickly followed that up with the best Marriott card offer we had ever seen: 5 Free 50K Nights. Those offers seemed to open the floodgates on great offers. Soon, we regularly saw 100K offers for many different cards. And Amex decided that 100K wasn’t enough so they would throw in 10x earnings and later 15x earnings on top of their welcome bonuses for their Platinum cards!
In October, I finally, finally, finally secured ownership of the domain “frequentmiler.com.” Up until then the domain was owned by a shipping logistics company which intended to use the domain someday. We celebrated the move to frequentmiler.com (previously frequentmiler.boardingarea.com) with a big swag giveaway.
Year 11 and beyond…
Last week I published a new “help wanted” post. Nick and I want to do more podcasting (because it’s fun!) and hope to do guest appearances on a bunch of other podcasts. In order to free up Nick’s time for that, we’re looking for someone to take over a number of Nick’s current duties. He and I will continue to publish long form posts every weekday morning, at a minimum, but we hope for a new hire to take over many of the Quick Deals and other responsibilities.
I hope you enjoyed this walk through FM memory lane. Readers (and now listeners too!) are what make this possible. So, thank you! It’s incredible to me that my career is as a blogger and podcaster! How did this happen? Even though it all started ten years ago, it still feels very new. I’m looking forward now to the next ten years of blogging, podcasting, and whatever other “-ing” comes next!
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Finally got time to read this! Just wanted to add my voice to all of the others. Best blog out there, period. I actually work for one of the major credit card companies, and your insights have turned me into “the credit card guru” within my department. I plan to retire next year, and will use my points hoard to travel extensively, thanks to you guys. My wife still tells everyone about our “free trip” two years ago to London and Bruges, thanks to VA points getting us Delta business class, staying at the St. Pancras Marriott (and scoring an upgrade), and then catching the train to Bruges and leveraging IHG points and status for a lovely stay there.
All that said, keep doing what you are doing!! And many, many thanks. 🙂
Congratulations on 10 years of being the best! I found you at the beginning of my journey (and near the beginning of yours), back when I was reading a dozen or more blogs. Didn’t take long to narrow it down. You guys manage to mix knowledge with integrity and humor, creating an informative and fun blog. I trust what you write and how you write it. Thanks for being the best virtual travel buddy!
September 3rd vs 11th? After listening to the podcast, I wanted to go back in time to find out when I might have started reading this blog. In doing so, I found the initial post was dated September 3rd. So what event are you counting as the official start of your blog? Nick-hopefully, Greg will do better in determining the actual day you started with the blog. 😉 I am curious how Greg came up with 9-11-11 as the date though. Congrats on whenever the 10th anniversary occurred!
LOL, this is kind of hilarious. Somehow September 11 was stuck in my head and I never double-checked. My guess is that it happened because I had encoded “September 2011” in my head as “9/11”. Anyway, its been over 10 years and I’m an elderly guy, so cut me some slack 🙂
Notice that I did not play the “elderly” card. I am in sympathy with you.
Well done Greg and Team. It’s been an invaluable resource for my travel adventures
Congratulations on creating a great travel resource! While travel isn’t interesting to me until the mask requirements disappear, it’s still fun to read and mentally plan some trips. You guys do a good job.
A retread to the points/miles game after being out of it for a decade or so. However, go back to the beginning of loyalty memberships – airlines & hotels. Keep up the good work.
Hands down the best miles and points blog out there. You guys rock! Here’s to another 10 years!
Absolutely agree! Thank you Greg!
One word to describe Frequent Miler. Integrity! It does not go unnoticed. I have mad respect for you guys publishing the best offers, even when you get no referral credit. Most of the other blogs in this space are lacking this key principal. And your integrity will keep me reading your blog, while ignoring the rest. Congratulations on 10 years and gratitude for bringing your passion to the people!
To the FM team,
I started this travel hacking during the pandemic which is the irony 🙂 I stumbled upon your blog coincidentally and glad I followed the blog ever since. Most of your blog are quite relevant to where I am coming from (Malaysia) and I applied some of the methods and techniques from Greg and Nick and even Stephen and guess what, it works even in Malaysia ! (i.e. MS and Mattress Running the numbers). Those MS and Mattress Running the numbers got me, millions of miles, couple of top elite statuses with Marriott, Hilton and Hyatt with very minimal cost.
I do follow most of your podcasts when I am bored working in my day job because your podcasts are the best thing that ever happened during this pandemic.
If you happen to drop by Malaysia [esp. Kuala Lumpur, we do have beautiful skyline and awesome top class hotels like the New Tallest Park Hyatt in the world (completion by 2022, search for Park Hyatt Kuala Lumpur) and brand new Conrad Kuala Lumpur], email me, we should meet up, I’ll bring a bunch of travel hack fans to meet and have sip some nice cocktails by the rooftop bars in Kuala Lumpur.
Here’s to another 10 years followed by another 10 🙂
What timing as I just commented on a post of yours or Nicks in the last week or two saying it would be great to have a recap of MS over the years.
Anyway…Congratulations on ten years Greg and congratulations to your team! I discovered you back in 2011 via boarding area along with Ben, Gary, Summer and Darius at MMS, I would read all of the content daily. I can recall getting off the DC metro after work and stopping at the nearby Office Depot to buy the $500 VGC and then CVS to get VRs. I also enjoyed meeting you at the FTU in DC (Tysons VA Hilton I believe) back in 2012 or 2013. It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years. Your MS information was fantastic and was incredibly useful in my experiencing some fantastic trips from 2013-2017.
Unfortunately due to having a baby in 2018 and my wife not being keen on travel with an infant, coupled with the pandemic and getting busier with my career, I’ve been unable to fulfill my travel longing much these past few years but nevertheless have enjoyed FM greatly and can’t wait to resume travel with my built up stash of miles and points.
All the best!
Those were the glory days! I’ve been reading since the Vanilla reload days 🙂
As one of your earliest readers, I’ve very much enjoyed the ride. I got into travel hacking at about the same time as you! (Remember the crazy scheme buy ebay gift cards, then to buy the potentially hot walmart gift cards form ebay, laundering them, then selling them to resellers? LOL BTW, in the early days, you could also buy $500 Visa gc from Walmart with those…..which I would then bluebird.)
I recommend your blog to everyone I know who has miles and points questions. It is sad that we all have to keep all the MS stuff on the down low at this point, but it is necessity. There is still plenty of things that work, but I can’t even share them at this point, nor can I do the volume I used to. I think I’m going to give up my Delta status at this point since I just can’t justify the opportunity costs of that MS anymore.
I think the biggest area of growth I’ve appreciated is your growth into the redemption space. I think you and Nick can rival any blog in this space at this point, and I’d encourage keeping that as a a focus since much like MS, I swear it is getting harder and harder. (The Turkish stuff is still hard to believe, yet, with a lot of elbow grease, I’m flying FSD-DEN-SFO-LIH-DEN-FSD all for 15K rt….that is nuts! Not to mention staying in Nick’s suite he recommended thanks to your google sheets work helping me get Hyatt Globalist status; that was stellar stuff.)
In honor of your 10th anniversary, maybe it would be fun to do some top 10 posts lists? Top 10 MS posts of all time, top 10 credit card bonus posts, top 10 redemption posts, top 10 quick deals, etc Could even have the reader vote the top one in each category with a prize to the original author, even if they work somewhere else!
Finally, hope you guys get back on the road to meet with us in person again. I’d make the trek again to MSP if you came. Heck, you even have a big fan base right here in Sioux Falls, SD if you ever wanted to come! (#1 on your places to visit, I’m sure) Let me know, and Andrew K and I will make it happen.
Mike (THEsocalledfan aka the GUC guy)
Great job!! Thanks for 10 good years. Will look forward to the next 10.
Keep it up; I will click your link occasionally when I get new cards to make sure you are funded – I read this blob 3+ times a week.
The best blog out there! So glad I found FM a few years ago just by random chance. Seeing the new daily posts and listening to the podcast is the highlight of my day! Love you guys!
Nice job and congratulations. I’m in my late 50s and I just wonder where all of the time has gone. It feels like just yesterday I graduated college and started my first job and now it is 30+ years later.
You then realize all of the things “old” people told you were true like “time flies”, “youth is wasted on the young”, etc.
My blog reading has greatly diminished for a variety of reasons, including some blogs with horribly annoying ads but this is one of the few I still read frequently.
I first learned of the Points & Miles game in 2011 when I stumbled upon a blog called Mommy Points. For the next 6 months I dove deep into learning everything I could and read 10-15 blogs everyday. I even attended something called The Chicago Seminar that year and met you! Today, I consider myself something of an “expert” and my daily reading is down to 2 blogs: Yours, which I read in full every day because it truly became my favorite, and The Points Guy, which I skim to see if there is anything of particular interest each morning. No other blog has ever really captured my attention in the way yours does. Adding Nick was probably the best decision you could have made – he has really added a lot to the site, and your interactions are excellent. You seem like a great boss, and I hope to be reading FM for many years to come!
Congratulations. My #1 source for all things points and miles.
Thank you first off. Bottom line, I’m in Zanzibar right now thanks to you and people like you full stop…Park Hyatt Zanzibar full stop
But I’ll go on
Your post on awesome suites bookable with Hyatt..Park Hyatt Zanzibar – boom!
Again, thank you for the quality content, the down to earth vibe and everything you out into the blog.
You have no idea and I can’t even convey what amazing adventures I’ve been on with my wife thanks to you all.
an example of your influence – Nicks post about 40k regarding exploring boundaries and appreciating what’s possible is now a monthly read with a calendar invite to remind me to push boundaries, never settle but instead go for what’s possible.
Yes. Content is on point. You all are 5/5 and your blog is hands down my #1 read in recent memory and I check multiple times a day… Speaking of memories…wow what a trip down memory lane. I started reading your blog 1x per week right around Red Bird days and now…multiple times a day I’m looking for “what crazy thing did FM post?”
Wish you and team all the best and many more years of solid blog content. You’ve carved a niche. Enjoy every minute of it.
Congratulations Greg and the entire FM team! Look forward to the future of the blog, and I have much appreciated being a reader for the past 8 years or so.
Great work Greg and the rest of the FM team. I think I have been a reader since year 1 and continue to read your posts everyday. Your blog was one of the inspirations for starting TWG and I am eternally grateful for that. Here’s to 10 more great years!
Congratulations Greg, Nick, and the rest of the team!
Happy Ten Year Blog Anniversary! Thank you so much for all that you do. If it weren’t for FM, I would not have elevated my lifestyle in such an extraordinary way. You are one of two points and miles blogs that I have consistently followed throughout the years due to incredibly timely and detailed information, easy to understand guides, and creativity (instead of boring boilerplate blog posts). Your blog is always the first blog I point to if somebody is interested in points and miles. I appreciate everything you’ve done. Cheers!!!
Congratulations and happy anniversary!!
I’ve been a reader since the beginning. So glad you are still here bigger ( but not too big) and better to guide us through the points and miles changes.
It’s been 10 years already? Congrats! I remember all of those topics.
After all these years, you’re still my first miles/points stop each day.
Keep up the fantastic work!
So happy to have been along with you for the ride, almost from the very beginning. Really pleased to have met you and had dinner a few times too at your events around the country over the years.
Surprised you didn’t mention Amex (old) blue as a great way to generate cash rewards back in the Redbird timeframe. That was a really big one for a lot of folks.
Back when we started I used to tag all my related spend and payments in MINT and doing an annual report of total spend was eyeopening, and I am not a heavy hitter in this field at all (just super keen and active).
Thank you, keep up the good work, and I look forward to the next decade+
The commitment to integrity, transparency and offering something for everyone (not just folks wanting first class apartments and ultra luxury hotels) has kept me reading since the beginning. THANK YOU. Your work has made my life (and my family’s lives) richer!
Start from here, and then become a blogger. Thank you very much.
The “RedBird” era was an amazing 12 months! I maxed out on that!
Also, fond memories of the Wells Fargo re-loadable VISA debit cards! (Reloadable with a credit card!) Load with credit card, withdraw cash from re-loadable VISA at ATM, pay credit card. Rinse, repeat!
Thanks for the great opportunities!
I think you meant to say that the old URL was frequentmiler.boardingarea.com 🙂
You are so right. Fixed!
Wonderful recap – happy to have been on the sidelines for most of your ride. Your passion for points & miles is evident in your posts. Thank you for meaningful & straight-shooting content, Congratulations.
You should should do the Hawaii posts.
Mahalo CD, always nice to hear from you!
FM is strong on redemptions and analysis. Your blog is the first I think of when I’m planning a new trip or deep diving into any topic in the miles and points game. Here’s to ten more years!
This blog has significantly improved the quality of my life. A sincere “thank you” for all the work you and your team puts in.
Congrats Greg and the team! I have been reading since 2014! (time flies)
Hoping for continued growth and success for you guys!
Happy birthday Frequent Miler and here’s to many more!
Greg, I have been reading your blog since 2012 and am pleased that the things that drew me and others to it originally—data-based analysis, honesty, and personality—continue to be hallmarks of what you and now a bigger team bring every day. Congratulations on your achievement and all the best to you and the FM team!
Wow- I can’t even believe it’s been 5 years since necker island! I think I’ve been following most of these ten, congratulations!!
Say, is the frequent miler laboratory a thing of the past? Last time I check it didn’t look like it had been updated in awhile.
Congrats Greg. You and your team keep us up to date on important points and miles issues in a fun and entertaining manner. Your efforts are appreciated. There’s only three blogs I check every day- you’re one of them.
Way to go Greg and Nick and team!
Great post! Nice trip down memory lane not just for you but for your readers as well. Thank you for all you do to help make ‘free’ travel possible and open the world up to so many.
Congratualtions, I have learned so much from you guys. Agree with many others that FM by far has the best blog and podcast!
Congratulations Greg! I probably was one of your early followers. Your analysis and unbiased writing stood out among all the bloggers. To this day, your blog is the only one I recommend to follow travelers. Keep up the good work!
By the way, great team! I haven’t had an opportunity to see the podcast but Nick’s enthusiasm is catching-even in print!
Hi Greg, Around the sametime this blog started, I begin a new job traveling for work. It opened my eyes to the “miles and points” game. This blog grew my knowledge and interest and afforded me and family many more opportunties then we would have had other wise. Thank you
Happy belated anniversary! You are the one blog/podcast I follow religiously! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the wisdom you and the team so graciously share.
Congratulations FM, your blog has been my favorite since I started collecting points and miles, really great work!
Congratulations to you and the rest of the crew! Truly the best miles and points analysis blog and podcast out there. Thank you.
The best blog in the points and miles space. Hands down, the best.
Good Luck Forward.Has anyone offered to buy the Blog at what $$$ range?
You guys are the best! Thanks for all your hard work. Through your guidance (since the very beginning 10 years ago) my wife and I have been around the World several times. Whenever we sign up for a new card, we always use your links to help support your team’s effort. Thanks again..
Wow… the year-by-year perspective really puts things in … wait for it … perspective! Very, very useful; very enjoyable to read; a signal example of what you (guys) do better than everyone else.
Love this post. Love this blog. Thank you all for your continued dedication to providing the best points and miles information and advice to the rest of us.
Best blog in the game. Thanks for all that you do
Congratulations on 10 fantastic years of providing the best content of any travel blog!
You keep writing, and I’ll keep trolling !!
Sold all stocks waiting for Crash meanwhile done 2 trips in 30 days and 6 more Booked..
Belated congratulations! I recall one of your first presentations, to a small group in Ann Arbor. Back in the one card for all days. I have appreciated all of the information you have shared. Much continued success. Your Toledo friend!
Congrats! Well deserved. Truly the best blog /podcast out there
Found Frequent Miler in Youtube late 2019 and been excited every Friday/Saturday. Really enjoy it every week even since.
Great content!! Congratulations on 10 years!!!
A decade of amazing content! I want to personally thank all the crew at FM for helping me more than any other blog to achieve my dreams of world travel in style. I’ve watched, as other outlets evolved into heartless credit card pumpers. It is so refreshing to see the common touch being applied every day by people who truly enjoy and appreciate travel as much as I do. Frequent Miler Insiders has also been a fantastic resource, providing unique reader feedback, which has often unlocked valuable new insights. I never travel anywhere without consulting Frequent Miler first!
Cheers, and Congratulations on 10 years!!!
It’s a great blog and a great team. Congrats on the anniversary and here’s to the next 10 years.
Wow! Congratulations on 10 years! And you celebrated in the best way possible — the Maldives! Onward and upward!
The best blog out there. Thanks for the outstanding content.