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Best in Miles, Points, Credit Cards, Travel and More: Around the Web Nov 21 — Nov 27, 2021


Welcome to my weekly miles, points and new Omicron variant travel restrictions datapoints roundup plus other travel news from the blogosphere. Here are some topics:

  • Miles expiration policies
  • Here is what you have to do to earn a $40,000 fine
  • How to call out hotels playing games with inventory
  • New Kimpton secret password
  • Chase has relaxed 5/24 rules on some cards
  • Pros and cons of the Choice card with the 75,000 bonus
  • New Omicron variant travel restrictions
  • And more!

To access publications hidden behind the paywall, I have three words for you: Firefox. Bypass. Paywalls. Seriously, no need for any kind of trickery (beyond that 🙂 ). 


Here is a nice summary of airline mile expiration policies, by Miles to Memories.

In recent years, some people have decided that cruising at a certain altitude gives them an unalienable right to act like drunk, raging lunatics. One of those individuals has received a lesson about the wrongness of his ways, and it was an expensive lesson. FAA Fines Passengers Up To $40,823 For Alcohol Related Unruly Behavior, by Loyalty Lobby.

New Aegean members can get 6,000 miles for joining the loyalty program, which is enough for a domestic flight in Greece, by Running With Miles. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bigger bonus for joining a frequent-flyer program


VFTW has had two interesting hotel-related posts this week: Sometimes Hotels Play Games With Inventory, Here’s How To Call Them On It and Which Major Hotel Program Is Best? Well worth reading.

Here is a new Kimpton secret password, by Frequent Miler.

Credit cards

Multiple sources indicate that Chase might’ve relaxed its 5/24 rules on some cards.

You can get an extra 5,000 points on the JetBlue Plus card welcome bonus (regular bonus is 70,000 points), by Doctor of Credit.

Miles To Memories reports that Chase “upgrades” old Freedom cards for some people to Freedom Unlimited without warning, so check your account if you don’t want it.

And here is my own plug: 6 Reasons to Snag That Choice Hotel Credit Card 75,000-Point Welcome Bonus and 3 Reasons Not To!


The new Omicron variant discovered in South Africa is declared a “variant of concern” and makes everyone scared.

God Save the Points makes a case that sudden travel bans can exacerbate the problem even further, and he’s got a point. But considering that a new nasty Covid variant can bring the whole world to its knees, what’s the alternative?

Other tidbits

Here is an interesting trick you can use to bring outside water to the airport, by Johnny Jet.

Roads and Kingdoms city guides are different. Here is one for Edinburgh.


Here are two amazing stories:

  • The Notorious Mrs. Mossler
  • The Golden Age of Grift — Wow!
    • So now the Losers and the Outsiders are jealous that the Winners made money so easily. Jealousy + the promise of instant wealth are a dangerous combination. An open flame next to a gas canister of FOMO.
    • Maybe you can’t just have a founder with a history of fraud copy Tesla’s namesake, outright lie about technological progress, and roll a truck down a hill. (Though this dumpster fire is still worth like $5 billion, so idk.)
    • Today’s markets are the wild, wild west, except the Sheriff is passed out drunk and the grifters robbed the armory.

And now just for fun

WARNING: Language(?) 🙂



State of the Credit 2021: FICO? What FICO?

  Your excellent FICO credit score is worth less nowadays than it used to 10  years ago. That’s the truth. Just thought I’d let everyone know. 🙂 I wrote this post mostly for newbies in response to a few emails I received in the last couple of months. But even if you’re a veteran youContinue Reading

Miles and Points Strategy for Light Credit Card Users Who Love to Travel

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Best Credit Cards for Miles — Free Flights: Updated 6/02

  A very short post today. Just updated my Best Credit Cards for Miles — Free Flights. Added the following offers: AMEX Delta Gold and Platinum public 50,000 and 60,000-mile links for Business and Personal cards. AMEX Enhanced Business Gold Rewards 75,000 Public Offer. It’s interesting that the card now allows you to choose a 3X cashbackContinue Reading

Miles and Points Credit Cards Galore — And I’m Back from Spain!

I’m back on the East Coast after visiting another East Coast — East Coast of Spain. Lloret de Mar, Girona, Figueres, and the crown jewel of Catalonia: Barcelona. Reports are coming. The hardest part for me is choosing the pics, but I’ll manage. I gotta admit, I really let myself go this time. I usually keep updating myContinue Reading

My Best Credit Cards for Miles and Points Are Updated

  Just made a few changes to my lists to make sure they are current and everything works. Added the new Citi Prestige 50,000-mile offer and the US Bank LANPASS 30,000-mile offer. Say what you want, but the bonuses from these offers are totally worth dinging your score by 5-10 points, and in terms ofContinue Reading

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