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Frequent Miler meetup in Minneapolis, June 29
17 Apr. 2019
Frequent Miler meetup in Minneapolis, June 29
To the Point Greg and Nick from Frequent Miler have committed to coming to Minneapolis this summer as part of the Frequent Miler to Go travel talks they have started.  The Event will be hosted by Mike Graziano, who has presented several times at Frequent Traveler University and at the Chicago Seminars.  As many of
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United’s Decision to Eliminate Award Charts Should Scare You
16 Apr. 2019
United’s Decision to Eliminate Award Charts Should Scare You
Recently United Airlines decided to eliminate award charts in November.  Delta’s decision to stop publishing its award chart in early 2015 was a game changer.  United’s recent news that it will follow suit isn’t as game changing as that news was at that time, but it’s even more troubling for me because it negatively impacts ...
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100+ Ways to Earn Points, Miles & Travel Rewards
10 Apr. 2019
100+ Ways to Earn Points, Miles & Travel Rewards
To the Point There are more loyalty rewards programs linked with travel, finance and general consumption emerging every year, however many opportunities to earn rewards go without notice.  Although I’ve listed many ways to earn loyalty based rewards in this post, I know there are other ways that are not on this list. Ways to Earn
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Credit Union Concerns from Manufactured Spend
21 Mar. 2019
Credit Union Concerns from Manufactured Spend
No News is Good News For people who collect travel and cash back loyalty reward points, manufactured spend (MS) isn’t anything new.  However for some banks and credit unions, it’s still very new, strange, and probably pretty scary.  In the past few months I’ve opened up 2 new credit union accounts to help accommodate my
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My Amex Business Platinum Retention Call
16 Mar. 2019
My Amex Business Platinum Retention Call
Membership Rewards I’m a fan of and late bloomer to the American Express Membership Rewards (MR) program.  It isn’t the most straightforward rewards program out there, but the points are still valuable and can be used to book travel directly through the Amex Travel Portal, transferred directly to airline and hotel partner programs, or c...
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Another Bank Shutdown:  Bremer Bank
26 Feb. 2019
Another Bank Shutdown: Bremer Bank
Another One Bites the Dust Yesterday I wrote about an entire account shutdown with Bank of America (BoA) that affected two Alaska credit cards that I held with the bank.  Unfortunately that wasn’t the only shutdown that I found out about when I returned from my recent round-the-world trip a few days ago.  Bremer Bank
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Bank of America Shutdown(s)
25 Feb. 2019
Bank of America Shutdown(s)
Sick I’ve been traveling overseas on a round the world trip for about a month and returned home last night.   To put it mildly, my trip was a challenge.  With a stint in the hospital in Delhi, India and sickness and struggle to follow me most of my days on the road.  To prepare
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Simon Mall Increases Gift Card Limits to $25,000
16 Feb. 2019
Simon Mall Increases Gift Card Limits to $25,000
Rumor Was True Rumors have circulated for weeks now that Simon corporate was going to increase the daily debit/gift card purchase limits from $10,000 to $25,000.  I’m still in India traveling, but browsed my email and noticed an email yesterday from one of my local Simon Mall managers that confirmed the information that had been
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