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Necker Island no longer bookable with miles.

So long, Sir Richard Branson. Reports on Twitter indicate that Necker Island is no longer bookable with Virgin Atlantic miles. Greg spent a week on Necker Island in 2016 and loved it (See: Is Necker Island...
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Mastercard gift cards not processing as debit at Walmart

Reports in the comments at Doctor of Credit indicate that Mastercard gift cards can no longer be used as debit cards at Walmart stores. Only being able to run these gift cards as credit...
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Iberia now charging more for Chicago and Los Angeles to Madrid

Iberia Plus, the loyalty program of Spanish airline Iberia (and falls under the Avios scheme of British Airways and Aer Lingus), has a distance-based award chart. Chicago and Los Angeles have long priced incorrectly...

Frequent Miler Live Tuesday (May 11) at Noon ET. Ask Us Anything!

Greg and Nick will be back with another round of Frequent Miler Live: Ask Us Anything on Youtube on Tuesday, May 11, 2021.  As always, we'll be there to discuss credit card rewards, award...

The bright side of the Radisson changes: the rest of the world

Andy Shuman at Lazy Traveler's Handbook has put together a phenomenal post about the foreign Radisson properties changing category when the newly-split Radisson Hotels programs begins in June 2021. Whether you agreed with my...

Finally approved by Capital One!

Six months ago, I applied for the Capital One Venture Rewards card.  Denied.  18 months before that, I applied for the Spark Miles Business card.  Denied.  Other family members tried either or both cards. ...

[Update: Only 31x so far] Going for Wyndham’s 124x offer

Update 4/9/21: As expected, my Wyndham portal purchase tracked at far less than the promised 124 points per dollar.  The portal is showing only 31 points per dollar earned.  I filed a claim here,...

Airlines eliminate change fees: Quick reference chart

Recently, each of the domestic US airlines has announced that they are eliminating change fees.  That's awesome.  But the details can be hard to remember.  Which fare classes apply?  Do we keep the fare...

Clarifying that Brex post: what it boils down to is the rewards

Earlier this morning, I published a post about Brex Cash. Since publishing that post, I learned a number of facts that I'd previously missed (and shouldn't have) and I realized that some readers may...

The trick for extending your old Cathay Pacific miles

Cathay Pacific's Asia Miles used to have an awful expiration policy -- miles earned before January 1, 2020 expire(d) after 36 months regardless of activity. Cathay announced a change in that policy back at...

My Hyatt bonus points and nights posted! Here’s how to read the results…

My points and elite nights have finally posted from my two stays at Vacation Rentals at Wild Dunes Resort.  Thanks to Hyatt's Bonus Journey's promotion, my stay was eligible for double elite nights and...

Amex Green Card Counts as Credit Card Towards Amex Limit

Recently, reports surfaced on Reddit indicating that Amex is treating the Green card like a credit card when it comes to getting approved for a new card (Hat Tip: Doctor of Credit).  Amex has...

The Amex popup is real!

It's real!  For years now, I've been applying for Amex cards and hadn't ever seen the popup that tells you that you're not eligible for an Amex welcome bonus.  In fact, in 2018, I...

Marriott category changes on 3/3/21: Pretty mild

Marriott Bonvoy has announced that category changes are coming on March 3, 2021. My first-glance take is that the changes don't actually look that bad. I see a lot of properties decreasing in price and...

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