The Free-quent Flyer

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What the Times got right and wrong about travel hacking

The New York Times Magazine had an article in yesterday’s paper issue (although, confusingly, it’s been available online since last week) about travel hacking. I spoke to the author for about an hour all the way back in April, 2020, when the article was still taking shape, which was its own interesting experience. I tried to put the writer on the right...

Quick hits: rollovers (hitting); awards (waiting); Chase targeted offers (missed me so far)

There are quite a few current and expired offers floating around right now that I want to put in one place to make it easy for readers (and me) to keep track of.Hyatt elite night and Delta Medallion Qualifying Mile rolloversYour 2020 Hyatt elite nights are not technically being rolled over into 2021. Rather, as long as you register by January 15, 2021,...

A tale of two Hyatts Place

Last week I took a road trip to neighboring Delaware to check out some of the beach communities we missed on our trip to Exmore in August. It was a fun time, and since neither of us had ever been to Delaware before we built the trip around completing the Discover Delaware Trail. We saw a lot of Delaware, and got some great ideas for stuff we’d like...

How I'm positioned going into 2021

With the end of the year in sight and the possibility of travel again appearing on the horizon, I thought it would be unusually desirous to take stock of my current portfolio of rewards currencies, identify any strengths and shortcomings, and apply myself with renewed vigor as needed.Bank ProgramsThe three bank-sponsored programs I participate in are...

Register for Hyatt free night earning opportunity (and other Chase grocery offers)

There’s a great opportunity right now for Chase World of Hyatt and legacy Hyatt cardholders, so I want to remind readers to register for both offers (and some other available Chase offers) before registration closes on one of them tomorrow.The Chase Hyatt Double FeatureI guess these offers were sent out by e-mail, but if you’re like me, you trash most...

Why are some Visa cards dropping collision damage waiver coverage?

As I tweeted out on Friday, I was surprised to get an e-mail from US Bank telling me that my Flexperks Travel Rewards card would no longer have “Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver and Extended Warranty Protection” as of February 1, 2021. Today I saw Doctor of Credit report that several additional Visa cards will be dropping the same or related benefits.All...

Grocery store rewards datapoints at the end of a lucrative few weeks

The last few months have seen a more or less continuous stream of offers supercharging the value of grocery store manufactured spend:Between September 4 and 10 Green Dot cards earned 5 points per dollar at Giant/Martin’s/Stop and Shop;In quick succession Safeway offered $10 off $400 in Visa, MasterCard, and then again Visa gift cards;Then Giant stepped...

Galveston Revisited: my interview with the head of Galveston Park Board

Back in May, Sam and Robert of the Milenomics Squared podcast (and a slew of other activities in and around the world of travel hacking) invited me to join their network and record a biweekly podcast. As a reminder for folks who missed the initial announcement, there are two ways to get new and archived episodes of The Manifesto:My paid subscribers...

Foreign exchange products: TransferWise and Revolut

As long-time readers know, I listen to a lot of podcasts, and so I end up hearing a lot of podcast ads. A few months ago, I started hearing ads for a new international payment service called TransferWise. As someone who has occasionally needed to send money overseas for things like tuition, and receive money from abroad for things like voice acting...

The Chase Freedom family of cards: it's (still) all about quantity

In a case of impeccable timing, at the beginning of this week I was high in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Shenandoah National Park, far from cell service, and so was barely aware of Chase’s announcement of a shakeup of their Freedom credit card lineup until we returned to sea level. This gave me the great fortune of being able to read what everybody else...

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