NYC Miles Meetup August 6: Venue Change

230 Fifth Garden Rooftop Lounge

As a reminder, MilesAbound and I are having an NYC miles meetup next Wednesday. Originally, we wanted to have it the Hudson Hotel Sky Terrace. Due to high interest (and the fact that Hudson Hotel has limited space due to private events), we are moving to a bigger venue: 230 Fifth Garden Rooftop Lounge. As before, we look forward to meeting everyone and talking miles and points! Don't forget to please RSVP to the event here so we have an idea how many people to expect. Venue: 230 FIFTH AVE corner 27th street on 5th Ave.   … [Read more...]

Can You Name One Of My Favorite Places?


Sometimes you don't realize a place is one of your favorites until you see it again after many years. Natalya just returned from there and brought pictures. So who can name this favorite place? And, as an added bonus, can you name something particularly famous about it? There are no prizes. Just some nostalgia.   Answer: It is Chateau de Chillon in Montreux! And it is famous for Lord Byron's poem The Prisoner of Chillon. … [Read more...]

Why I Removed My Post This Morning

As with anything in life, we are sometimes faced with difficult decisions and I had to make one today. In general, when it comes to a good deal, I try to exercise discretion. It may come as no surprise that I don't post about everything I know when it comes to deals. Some deals are too sensitive to withstand mass distribution and some deals were told to me in secret and are simply not mine to share. When it comes to earning miles and points, there is a fine line between "sharing" and "sharing too much." This morning, I wrote about a slightly new to me deal I just happened to find myself … [Read more...]

IHG Rewards Point Breaks: 5,000 Points a Night Hotels Until Sept 30, 2014

Intercontinental Miramar Panama

The IHG Rewards Club Point Breaks List came out today. These are properties where you can book rewards nights for just 5,000 IHG Rewards Club points until September 30,2014. The list this time around does have a few nice options like the: Intercontinental Bucharest, Crowne Plaza Istanbul- Harbiye, Intercontinental Costa Rica at Multiplaza Mall. Intercontinental Real Guatemala, Intercontinental Miramar Panama I previously wrote about how you can get any hotel on the list for $35 a night by using the cash and points trick summarized in the following steps: Have 5,000 … [Read more...]

NYC Miles Meetup on Wednesday, August 6

Hudson Hotel Sky Terrace

Update: The venue for this event has changed. It is now at the 230 Fifth Garden Rooftop Lounge. Details here. Live near NYC and want to talk about miles strategies on a summer evening with fellow frequent flyers? MilesAbound and I are organizing a reader and fellow miles enthusiasts get-together on Wednesday, August 6. Since we both like a nice outdoor setting to have a few drinks, we chose the Hudson Hotel Sky Terrace. It's my personal favorite outdoor bar and has a great view of the NYC skyline. Event information: Huston Hotel Sky Terrace 58th Street and Columbus Avenue 6:30 pm … [Read more...]

Amex Business Platinum Sending Out Targeted Offers for 150,000 Points

American Express seems to love my mom! Last year, she received an offer for 75,000 Membership Rewards points for the Business Gold Rewards card and an offer for 100,000 Membership Rewards points for the Business Platinum card simultaneously. As the Business Gold Rewards card had a waived annual fee of $175 the first year and the Platinum Card's $450 was not waived, we decided to go with the Business Golds Reward offer. It turns out that was the right decision as she got an even better offer for the Amex Business Platinum Card this year: 150,000 Membership Rewards points after spending … [Read more...]

Chase Ink Plus 70,000 Point Sign-Up Bonus At Bank Branch

It was reported today that Chase Ink Plus is currently running a 70,000 points sign-up bonus after spending $5,000 within 3 months at the local bank branch. The $95 annual fee is not waived. This is far better than the current best publicly available internet offer that offers 50,000 points for the same spending requirement and a waived annual fee. 20,000 points is worth far more than the $95 annual fee so any of us should be gladly willing to pay $95 for the extra 20,000 points. Chase Ink Credit Cards Overview Among the two Chase Ink cards, there are two credit cards: Chase Ink Bold and … [Read more...]

Why I Signed Up For the Discover Card: Cash Back Rewards and 5% Category Bonuses!

Discover it card

I recently signed up for the Discover It  card after knowing about it for a while. I shop online for pretty much everything and I like to always go through an online portal to earn extra miles and points for my shopping. When I would compare sites, I started noticing that ShopDiscover portal was frequently offering among the best bonuses, but I never had access to the portal since it requires a holding one of the Discover cards. I was also missing out on the rotating quarterly bonuses earning 5% cash back on everyday expenses such as gas stations, restaurants, holiday shopping, etc. The … [Read more...]