Earning 50,000 Mile Bonuses Multiple Times, How to Find the Best Award Flights, and Let Amex Pay Your TV Bill

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Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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  1. how could you possibly not agree with Wendy??? she’s telling people to use your service!

  2. LOL re the most exclusive lounge, Gary. But since it can only (barely) fit one person, perhaps there is something to that exclusivity.

    On the Fidelity offer you referenced from your Jan. 2 post: Are you saying that one can deposit $100,000 in year one and link it to say, United, and then deposit another $100,000 in Year Two and link that deposit to Delta; and thus get 50,000 miles at both United and Delta?

  3. Re underrated cards, I agree that SPG amex is underrated. I have steered many acquaintances to it simply because it is kinda the Miles for Dummies card. No one need engage in crazy antics to make it work for them.

  4. Gary, getting the Fidelity bonus more than once is not as straightforward as it used to be. I’m a Premium Services Fidelity customer. I received the United 50,000 mile bonus in October 2013, and followed all the rules. When I tried to get it again earlier this month, I was told I was ineligible. When I asked why, the rep said “I input your account number into our internal tool, and the tool said you’re not eligible”. I asked what criteria Fidelity uses to determine eligibility; Fidelity refused to provide specifics. What appears to be happening is that Marketing unilaterally sets the criteria and refuses to share them externally. Sad news….up until now, I thought Fidelity was a reputable company that was above pulling stunts like this.

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