If you suddenly had to spend a million dollars, what would be your rewards earning strategy to get the most bang for your big bucks? We get this type of question from time to time, whether from small business owners or those with a sudden tax bill from an inheritance or sale of a home and this week we discuss ways to tackle huge amounts of spend.
Elsewhere on the blog this week, Team Tokyo and Team San Francisco print their predictions for the upcoming Frequent Miler challenge, we show how to get great value out of the Amex cross-brand referral program, Greg highlights a high point in the Wyndham/Vacasa partnership, and a lot more. Watch, listen, or read on for more from this week at Frequent Miler.
Giant Mailbag #2
Card Talk: Bank of America Premium Rewards card
What crazy thing . . . did Choice Privileges do this week?
Mattress running the numbers: Wyndham summer promo
Nordic Choice rebrands as . . . Strawberry?
Using Wyndham points to book Vacasa
Avianca customer service success
Frequent Miler Challenge Update
Main Event: How would we spend $1 million?
Bank of America Premium Rewards card with Platinum Honors
Citi Double Cash or Capital One Venture / Venture X / Spark Miles
Multiple welcome bonuses
Venture X for Business
Delta Diamond for life
Get elite statuses American Airlines elite status
Air Canada Aeroplan elite status
Hyatt elite status
Marriott elite status
IHG elite status
What would Greg do?
What would Nick do?
Question of the Week: Is it possible to get an Amex Business card with a low percentage of business owned?
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This week on the Frequent Miler blog…
Greg recently kicked back and relaxed in the lap of luxury, finding a slice of paradise both in terms of being in Hawaii and certainly also in terms of his Big Island Vacasa experience. While properties will always vary from one to the next, Greg’s Kona rental really spotlights why this partnership can be so awesome. Hopefully the rumors of Choice buying Wyndham don’t become reality, because I would hate to see this partnership fade away.
These popular award search tools just keep getting better and better. In this latest update, Roame.Travel has added functionality for Alaska Mileage Plan, continuing to increase the value of that free tool. Whether you are new to award searching or you just like saving time, these tools can be really handy.
Party of 5 Predictions – What do we think Team SFO has planned?
With the 2023 Frequent Miler challenge set to take flight in just a few days, anticipation is building among the Frequent Miler team. Carrie and Stephen have planned the first week of the challenge, which kicks off in the coming week. As we get closer to the starting line, it feels increasingly strange to know that I’m traveling abroad in a few days….and I have no idea where I’m going. In this post, Carrie and Stephen try to predict what we’ll do in week two, when Tim and I take the baton. This post was full of excellent guesses, but the only tidbit that I’ll confirm or deny is that when Drew said it’s going to be “epic”, he wasn’t lying.
When I say that Carrie has exuded confidence about the challenge for the past month or so during team meetings, you probably still don’t quite imagine how pleased Team Asia appears to be with itself…..so while I have no idea where we’re going and what we’re doing, I can’t help but think it’s going to be an amazing week. But where will they actually take us and what will we do? In this post, Tim and I try to predict what Carrie and Stephen have in store. You will want to follow @Frequent_Miler on Instagram to keep up with updates in real time when we take off later this week.
If you have an Amex card that earns Membership Rewards points or cash back, Amex makes it easy to earn points referring others to new cards no matter which card they want. I have extensively updated this post to show you how to create your own cross-brand referral links or refer someone who wants a business card from one of your consumer cards, etc. Referring your household “Player 2” can be another great way to build up points and trigger bonuses, so you’ll want to familiarize yourself with the mechanics.
Everything you ever wanted to know about Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan under a single roof. While Alaska has certainly made some negative headlines over the past year, mostly getting rid of an award chart and slashing mileage earnings in some instances, there are also quite a few reasons why you might want to make this your oneworld program of choice. If you’ve decided that Alaska has the program for you, you’ll want to bookmark this guide for easy reference.
Avianca LifeMiles customer service has long had a reputation that preceded it, and not in a good way. That’s why I found it so surprising when I recently had a website error fail to ticket a booking and customer service was able to help me fix it and get ticketed with a call that took less than 20 minutes. More shocking yet is that I’m not alone — see the comments for multiple reader reports of both similar errors — and similar positive experiences getting them resolved.
That’s it for this week at Frequent Miler. Keep a close eye on this week’s month-ending last chance deals to make sure you don’t forget those expiring this month.