The art of extreme stackery


a piggy bank on top of gold coinsFor those who love it, shopping is its own reward.  For everyone else, we can console ourselves by earning big rewards while shopping.  In this week’s podcast, Nick and Greg discuss the art of extreme stackery (yes, that’s a made-up word) so that we can all reap rewards (miles, points, and cash back) when shopping.  Additionally, on the podcast, we talk about the latest big Hyatt news, booking Etihad flights with Air France/KLM Flying Blue miles, and more.

Elsewhere on the blog this week, read all about Hyatt’s big changes; find out how Tim got over $1400 for a delayed flight; learn about a new transferable points card; and more. Watch or listen to the podcast or read on for more from this week at Frequent Miler.

This week’s podcast

00:00:00 Intro
00:01:42 Giant Mailbag
00:02:36 — Backpack tip
00:03:09 — Nordic Choice
00:06:00 — AutoSlash for the win
— Schwab debit card rocks
— Open Hotel Alert to the rescue
00:08:57 — Turkish Airlines: valuable mess
00:10:22 Card Talk: Amex Blue Business Plus
00:16:42 Award Talk: Book Etihad w/ Flying Blue miles
00:22:29 Award Talk: BREAKING NEWS from Hyatt
00:22:57 — Hyatt’s revamped Milestone Rewards
00:37:17 — New ways to earn Hyatt elite nights
00:40:04 — Mr & Mrs Smith integration w/ Hyatt
00:50:38 Award Talk: Get the room you really want Nick’s way
Main Event: The Art of Extreme Stackery Extreme Rewards via Extreme Stacking
See blog post–> Extreme stacking for holiday purchases
01:33:05 Question of the Week: When going for the Companion Pass, should I open the personal or business Southwest card first?

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This week on the Frequent Miler blog…

Big World of Hyatt news

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Big Hyatt changes are in store for 2024:

Wells Fargo to add transfer partners and launch new Autograph card

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Transferable points and new credit cards are coming soon from Wells Fargo.  It’s exciting to think that we may soon have a new player in this game.  I realize that not everyone is a Wells Fargo fan, but more competition to give us transferable points is always a good thing.  Now I’m crossing my fingers that they’ll offer good transfer ratios and decent transfer partners (let’s hope that Choice isn’t the only choice).

See: Wells Fargo to add transfer partners and launch new Autograph card

How Tim got over $1400 for a delayed flight: A Guide to EU 261 Claims

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Tim’s Singapore Airlines flight from Frankfurt to JFK was delayed and so Tim filed an EU 261 claim.  He received over $700 per person from Singapore Airlines (over $1400 total).  There’s much more to this post than a happy story for Tim.  This is a mini-guide that you can refer to when you too get delayed when flying from or to Europe.

See: How Tim got over $1400 for a delayed flight: A Guide to EU 261 Claims

“Up to” something? Amex adding weirdly worded welcome offers

American Express Spinning Wheel Up To Or More Welcome Offer Signup Bonus

Well… ick.  Amex has been experimenting with new ways of describing welcome bonus offers.  Now, instead of always seeing fixed offers like “90,000 points after $5,000 spend”, you’ll sometimes see things like “Earn up to 150,000 points” or “Earn 100,000 points or more.”  You won’t know exactly what your welcome bonus will be until after you apply.  Fortunately, after you apply, but before you accept the new card, Amex will show you the full details of the offer and you’ll have a chance to back out with no harm to your credit report.  Still… this can make comparison shopping for new cards much more difficult.

See: “Up to” something? Amex adding weirdly worded welcome offers

United’s Excursionist Perk: Ideal for Positioning Flights?

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One of the strengths of United’s mileage program is the ability to add a free segment to an international award.  They call this an “Excursionist Perk award.”  If you need an extra flight in the middle of an international trip, this might work for you.  There are also ways to use Excursionist Perks that are not nearly that simple and definitely not what United intended.  In this advanced award booking post I explored the question of whether Excursionist Perks are ideal for booking positioning flights for international travel.

See: United’s Excursionist Perk: Ideal for Positioning Flights?

American Express Hilton Honors Aspire Credit Card Review (2023)

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Amex made big changes to their Hilton Aspire and Surpass cards recently.  In this post, Tim reviews the new Aspire card.  Is it worth the new $550 annual fee?  Personally, I’m looking forward to dumping one of my two Delta cards next year in order to free up room in my Amex portfolio for a Hilton card.

See: American Express Hilton Honors Aspire Credit Card Review (2023)

That’s it for this week at Frequent Miler. Keep an eye on this week’s last chance deals to be sure that you don’t miss any before they are gone.

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