Majored in Miles

As a "student" of miles and points for the past five years, Dakota has traveled the globe by utilizing credit cards and loyalty programs. His love for travel continually drives him to creatively find new methods of accumulating points for free travel and helping others do the same.

Hotel Point Transfers No Longer Count Toward Companion Pass

Today is a terrible day. According to The Points Guy, Southwest will no longer count points transferred from partner programs, including hotels and car rental agencies toward the Companion Pass. If you are like me and bought quite a few SPG points to then transfer to Marriott for a Nights + Flights package, you’re out of luck. This is the statement Southwest provided to The Points Guy earlier today: “We’re working to protect the integrity and value of Southwest’s industry-unique Rapid Rewards® Companion Pass by closing a loophole that previously allowed Members to transfer mileage and points from other...

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Deal: 2 Pairs of Samsung Wireless N/C Headphones $129 – Today Only

2 Pairs of Samsung Level On Headphones for $129 Update: Deal appears to be dead. Samsung is showing “out of stock.” Kudos if you got in on it. Samsung is running a Buy 1 Get 1 Free deal TODAY ONLY for two pairs of Level On Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones for $129. I plan to take advantage of this to go along with my inbound iPhone 7. The reviews are pretty good and the price couldn’t be better. Click here to view this deal and all of the specials Samsung is running today as a part of their 12 Days of Deals....

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How To Make SPG Points Stretch on Star Alliance

Aeroplan, the loyalty program of Air Canada, is running a promotion through December 12th which will give you a tiered bonus, up to 30%, for converting your hotel points to airline miles. Transferring SPG points to Aeroplan right now has the potential to save you quite a few Starpoints for the right redemption. There are also some bad hotel transfer options which we’ll discuss.

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Flight Review: Frontier “Stretch” Economy

I sat in Row 3 – Seat F on both the outbound and inbound legs from DEN to DCA which were 3 hours and 3.5 hours, respectively. Stretch Seats have a pitch of 36″- 38″, depending on the row, while standard economy is 28″- 29″. It’s kind of funny to me that Frontier copied Delta Comfort+ by differentiating the “premium economy” seats from all other seats by adding some decorative stitching to the back. The amount of cushion in the Stretch seats were also a bit of a disappointment as well.

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Act Fast: Free Hertz President’s Circle Status!

*** Update: This offer appears to be dead according to some members on the FlyerTalk thread below.*** According to this thread on FlyerTalk, you can get instantly matched to Hertz President’s Circle Status, just by going to the link below and filling out the form. Free Hertz President’s Circle Status This promotion is being offered as a status match for Nordic Choice Club Platinum members, but it is currently working for anyone who applies. I filled out the form a few days ago and received complementary President’s Circle Status today. President’s Circle Status comes with the following benefits and...

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Hotel Review: The Palace Hotel San Francisco

The Palace The Palace San Francisco is a Starwood Luxury Collection Property and is one of my favorite hotels in the world. If someone gave me the option to stay at the St. Regis or the Palace, I’d pick the Palace. This grand belle of the gilded age was built in 1875 and was the highest building in the city for many years thereafter, standing at eight stories. The hotel completed a major renovation a couple of years ago and it’s a night and day difference. Luckily for me, I work for a San Francisco based company, so I...

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Hotel Review: Hyatt Centric Chicago

Hyatt Centric Chicago When the Hyatt Centric brand was first introduced a few years ago, I didn’t really get the concept or see how it filled a gap in Hyatt’s portfolio of properties. I really like the Andaz brand and it’s been my “modern” choice when traveling for a while now; however, my company has a list of preferred hotels in each city that I must use, and the Hyatt Centric was one of the only decent options for my trip to Chicago a couple of weeks back. I booked the standard room and redeemed a Diamond Suite Upgrade...

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Act Fast: SFO to Colombo for $394 r/t – Easy Hop to Maldives

According to SecretFlying you can fly from San Francisco to Colombo, Sri Lanka for as low as $394 round-trip on China Eastern. Dates look pretty spotty, but this is a great chance to visit the Maldives for the price of a domestic flight. SecretFlying found the following available dates in September and October: “Example dates: 7th-13th Sep 19th Sep – 4th Oct 19th Sep – 11th Oct 27th Sep – 6th Oct 27th Sep – 11th Oct 27th Sep – 13th Oct” It looks like if you want to go to Male, Maldives from Colombo, you can book a separate...

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Points Strategies for Couples

Let’s face it, stashing points and making that first class award booking is difficult enough when traveling alone, but for couples, traveling on points can sometimes seem impossible. Since my wife and I got married in 2012, we’ve been traveling together a lot. I’ve come to learn that booking awards for two is a double edged sword. Having the ability to apply for two of every credit card is great, but when it comes time to book, finding two open seats on a plane, especially in premium cabins, can be quite the task. Today, I wanted to discuss some...

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