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Today's special episode is hosted by Gideon the Free-quent Flyer. [Cold open] Harraseeket Inn holiday buffets: https://www.harraseeketinn.com/dine-1 Hello, and welcome to The Manifesto with Gideon, the Free-quent Flyer, on the Milenomics Podcast Network. I’m Gideon, the Free-quent Flyer, and I’m joined today by Ted Fleischaker, board member of Port…
 
We discuss the addition of Wyndham/Vacasa as a Citi ThankYou Point transfer partner, ZIPAIR from LAX to Tokyo, Frontier leaving Newark, and a $500 brokerage bonus from "Tastyworks." Let's get right into it. Citi TYP Shakeup: AA Out (for now?) Wyndham In Wyndham 1:1 from Premier/Prestige, 5:4 from lower level cards Wyndham opens up Vacasa rentals--a…
 
Three major loyalty programs updated their schemes this week. We discuss this and more in this week's No Annual Fee podcast... Marriott Bonvoy Changes (Direct Link) Doing away with award chart March 2022, points required will track cash price Free Night Certificate Top Off limited to 15k, starts “early 2022” Certificates/status extended again (FM) …
 
Robert chats with Robin Hutson from Luxe Recess about trends she's seeing in the luxury travel market. They compare notes on recent travels with an eye towards planning for the coming year. Last Chatted in January, 2021 (listen) Vaccines were just becoming available Things looked like they were getting better, then Delta variant What are you seeing…
 
Today's Podcast comes to you from Gideon The Freequent Flyer who has a companion piece to this podcast on his site. Hello and welcome to The Manifesto with Gideon the Free-quent Flyer on the Milenomics Podcast Network. I am Gideon the Free-quent Flyer and I’m joined today by the Director of Travel Rewards at Bilt Rewards, Richard Kerr. Richard, wel…
 
Today we're releasing an episode of "Checking In with Robert Dwyer" that's normally reserved for subscribers of the Milenomics Podcast Network. Robert chats with Joe Cheung about what it's like to visit Disney Parks these days, and what's coming in the near future to Disney World. 0:22 What Joe has been up to since Saverocity Observation Deck Produ…
 
Four great credit card welcome bonuses to consider from Bank of America. Let’s discuss them, how we’d prioritize them, and also navigating the complicated and ever-changing approval standards over at Bank of America. 0:54 BofA Amtrak 50,000 + $100 Statement Credit (DoC) Do a dummy booking to see offer $79 AF not waived $2,500 min spend in 90 days A…
 
On today's No Annual Fee show we discuss: 0:30 Q3 2021 5x Categories Chase Freedom Grocery Stores Select Streaming Services Discover Restaurants PayPal Citi Dividend Gas Stations Home Improvement 3:50 New Citi Custom Cash Card (HT DoC) Direct Link 20,000 TYP for spending $750 in first 3 months No AF 5x TYP on up to $500 spend each month in biggest …
 
A Hot news week has us sitting down to discuss the following: 0:29 Chase Sapphire Preferred 100,000 Direct Link Subject to 5/24 $95 AF (not waived first year) Try generating a referral if you/your spouse have one (chase.com/referafriend) “Earn 100,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.* That…
 
0:30 JetBlue New York - London Now Bookable Direct Link Website was down when they released these (classic JetBlue) Starts August 12, 2021 Economy “from” $595 roundtrip Mint “from” $1,979 roundtrip 4:55 New Airlines: Avelo and Breeze Avelo is a new West coast airline that has set up from BUR (Link for more details ) Routes are somewhat unique, to a…
 
0:23 Earn Singapore Status Through Bank Point Transfer (link) Get 1 elite qualifying mile for every 5 bank points transferred Transfer 250,000 bank points between April 7, 2021 and February 28, 2022 Get Star Alliance Gold for 12 months Gets you UA lounge access when travelling domestically and other Star Alliance Gold benefits Singapore miles expir…
 
Many of you reading this might not even know there is a podcast called The Milenomics Second Podcast (MSP). We're celebrating on the blog today the ending of season 1 of the Milenomics Second Podcast, hosted by our very own Garth Grawburg. Feats of Strength On the Saverocity Observation deck Festivus Episodes Joe and Trevor often cover of feats of …
 
We've got a full show today. Let's get right into it... 0:25 Q2 2021 5x Categories Chase Freedom Gas Stations Home Improvement Stores Discover Gas Stations Wholesale Clubs Select Streaming Services Citi Dividend Supermarkets Drugstores 3:15 Amex 40% Transfer Bonuses to Hilton/Marriott 1,000 MRs become 2,800 Hilton 1,000 MRs become 1,400 Marriott On…
 
Last year year we launched a podcast network, adding the Manifesto hosted by Gideon the Free-quent Flyer to the Patreon Feed. In this episode Gideon sits down with Kelly de Schaun, Chief Executive Officer of the Galveston Park Board. Enjoy this special episode, and if you're interested in even more great podcast content, check us out on Patreon. He…
 
Robert: Amex has been ratcheting up the complexity on their offers and benefits. Partially due to covid, wanting to retain customers, and wanting to maintain and build engagement. The gamification of Amex is in full swing. Sam: These credits are not free money, and they’re definitely not always easy as we’ll discuss today... For each of these let’s…
 
Robert chats with Robin Hutson from Luxe Recess about luxury family travel trends, blending points & miles with a trip booked through a full-service travel agency, and where families are going in Florida in addition to Disney. 0:30 Travel Planning Picking Up 1:15 Luxe Recess LuxeRecess.com Origin story What Luxe Recess is/isn't Robert's articles on…
 
I received an offer via email the other day for a wine-focused rewards credit card I've been monitoring for a while, the Grand Reserve World Mastercard. They've temporarily bumped the welcome bonus on the card to 75,000 points (worth around $450 towards wine and accesories) so I reached out to Grand Reserve Founder and CEO Matthew Goldman for a cha…
 
We're back today with a show we've talked about recording for some time now. The topic of booking travel in 2021 is a unique one because this is a very unique time in travel, miles and points. Spurred on by cancellations last year by both of us, large travel bank balances, and plenty of want for travel we talk about our best practices for booking i…
 
We're back with a packed No Annual Fee episode of the podcast. Let's get right into it... 0:22 2021 Amex Perks/Offers (Summary from Amex) Personal $30 PayPal Credit Per Month (no activation required) [Targeted] $50 back on $50 at Best Buy (use twice, activation required) [Targeted] $50 back on $50 at Home Depot (use twice, activation required) Busi…
 
On today's podcast I chat with Bram Berkowitz to discuss investing in mutual savings banks. I first became familiar with the topic from an excellent article he wrote: See: How The Average Person Can Make A Lot Of Money Investing In Mutual Savings Banks 0:00 Background and intro 2:10 The basic pattern of mutual banks offering pre-IPO shares to accou…
 
On this week's "No Annual Fee" podcast we discuss... 0:25 Amex Personal Gold/Platinum Offers through Resy (HT DDG) Direct Link to offers Personal Gold has standard characteristics (60k welcome bonus, $4k min spend, $250 fee) plus 20% back at restaurants first year up to $250 back Personal Platinum has standard characteristics (75k welcome bonus, $5…
 
Earlier this year we launched a podcast network, adding the Manifesto hosted by Gideon the Free-quent Flyer to the Patreon Feed. In this episode Gideon sits down with Kelly de Schaun, Chief Executive Officer of the Galveston Park Board. Enjoy this special episode, and if you're interested in even more great podcast content, check us out on Patreon.…
 
Today we're doing 10 minutes on the podcast All About Amex. This post is a companion piece to that audio. The goal here is to describe the "quirks and features" (as Doug DeMuro would say) of American Express credit cards and their Membership Rewards program. Amex may not be as straightforward to interact with as Chase but if you take time to famili…
 
0:25 Stop & Shop Rewards can now be used for Groceries (Milenomics Slack) 1 point per dollar earned Redeem 100 points for $1 (1 cpp value) 2,000 max per transaction (ie, max $20 off) Fuel Rewards is 100 points for $0.10/gallon up to 20 gallons (Up to 2 cpp of value if you can fill a 20 gallon tank) But how much gas can you realistically use? You ne…
 
Today we're back with a standard No Annual Fee episode. We do the news, and then talk Personal Finance and Amex Small Business Credits. 0:30 GiftCards.com joins giftcardmall with $2k monthly portal cap Rakuten lasted until 7/7 at $60k/mo Showing $2k cap as of 7/8 1:50 [Targeted?] Chase Marriott/Ritz cards: 10x on Gas + Dining (DoC) 7/15-9/15 $3,500…
 
A couple months ago we launched the Milenomics Podcast Network which now includes three shows: Milenomics² Podcast with Sam Simon and Robert Dwyer Milenomics Second Podcast hosted by Garth Grawburg The Manifesto with Gideon The Free-quent Flyer Subscribers gain access to these shows as well as a thriving Slack community, the ability to attend meetu…
 
We're back with a bit of a stretch for our 'short cut' topic. Robert and I sat down to have a quick chat about our upcoming summer travel plans, both of which revolve around vacation rentals. Along the way, as we tend to do, we took a bit of a deep dive into price variances between booking channels, how does the current Chase 1.5 cpp cash out metho…
 
Update: Here's link to the Instagram Live video Last week Emirates greatly reduced taxes + fees on awards on their metal using their Skywards miles. That's great for those who want to fly Emirates metal, especially since we can transfer bank points to Skywards 1:1 across so many programs. But the place a lot of us immediately went with this was to …
 
We've been seeing [targeted] heightened 20,000 Membership Reward "Blue Star" referrals come and go on Amex Business Platinum and Personal Gold cards. Right now they seem to be "in season" with a high percentage of these cards showing heightened referral bonuses. Update: Others are reporting seeing this one Personal Platinum and Business Gold as wel…
 
This episode was originally released last July 4th for our Patreon members. We're releasing it here for all readers and listeners of the Podcast. Maybe you'll find it a nice 38 minute distraction from everything going on right now. Original Show notes are as follows: Today we're taking a break from the regular show format to have a little fun. Both…
 
Welcome to another episode of Short Cuts on our No Annual Fee Podcast. I recently applied for a Home Equity Line of Credit and noticed that my FICO score was a bit lower than I expected. It got me wondering whether it is still important to monitor my credit report and check my credit score, and if so - how? In this episode we mention these services…
 
Welcome to another episode of Short Cuts on our No Annual Fee Podcast. Today we talk about where the points & miles game fits in the context of a pandemic like we're currently experiencing. We discuss the importance of demand schedules. Check this link for more on that topic. Want more? Become a Patron to Unlock 1+ Hour Weekly Shows Support Milenom…
 
Welcome to another episode of Short Cuts on our No Annual Fee Podcast. Today we're talking about opportunities for travel deals surrounding Coronavirus. Not necessarily for travel in the near term, but where we see angles to book award travel further out with flexible cancellation terms. Want more? Become a Patron to Unlock 1+ Hour Weekly Shows Che…
 
We're trying something different on our No Annual Fee Podcast this week with a format called Short Cuts. In Short Cuts we'll cover the latest points & miles news, and our take on recent developments, in short digestible shows with a singular topic. This week we're talking Coronavirus change waivers, and how to navigate them for upcoming travel. In …
 
We've not put out a free episode of the Milenomics² podcast since last year--The success of the paid show led us to focus on the thriving community of Patreon subscribers. Over on the Patreon page, and on the heels of the Shop Talk post we did about AA Account Shutdown issues, we've recorded a few paid shows on the topic of AA shutdowns as well. I'…
 
0:42 Bank of America $300 Personal Checking Bonus (HT DoC) Requires $4,000 Direct Deposit in 3 months You need to have a checking account with BofA to quality for their Preferred Rewards program (which provides up to 75% uplift for spending on certain personal BofA credit cards) 1:30 Banco Popular Avianca Vuela Visa 60,000 Offer (HT US Credit Card …
 
Today we're back with what turns out to be a meaty review of core Milenomics philosophies, but first the news... 0:30 Citi Double Cash to Earn TYP? (HT DoC) Coming later this year Unclear what the conversion ratio will be 1:10 Citi Going to 48-Month Waiting Period on AA Cards (link) 2:10 BofA Alaska Personal 40,000 + $100 Statement Credit (HT DoC) …
 
On this week's No Annual Fee Edition of the podcast we discuss: 0:30 Q3 5x Categories Announced Chase Freedom: Gas and streaming services Discover: PayPal and restaurants Citi Dividend: Airline and car rentals 1:20 Office Depot $10 off $100 in Select Happy Cards (link) Repeat of last promo Unfortunately looks to be excluding Happy Guy (Home Depot) …
 
Today we're answering questions posed by 'future' listeners of this very podcast. These are questions from those of you new to points & miles, and maybe you haven't yet found this site. Along with these 4 questions we tackle the news and of course an entertaining look at the world of points & miles. News 0:30 [Targeted] Amex Business Platinum 50,00…
 
We're back with news, and a discussion around credit cards you should never close. Share your 'must keep' cards in the comments below, and enjoy! 0:33 25% Transfer Bonus from Citi (others, but not Amex) (link MilesTalk) One of those wonky ones where they bump the points on the receiving end Strange, and a bit of a bummer, that Amex wasn’t included …
 
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