The Miles and Points Blog Posts I Bookmarked in 2014

I read a lot of miles and points blogs and keep a scrapbook bookmark folder . Many are how-to or reference. Some are from mad scientists. Some are controversial. Some I disagree. Not many are deals or short-term news, those I act on immediately and don’t look back.

Here is an idiosyncratic recap of 2014 in miles and points through what caught my attention at the time.

Apologies for the cut and paste formatting, any other way would have taken way too long, this is pulled directly from the bookmarks and not everyone has their blog name in page titles.

Readers, chime in with the posts you have stored in speed dial.

Virgin Atlantic May Have The Worst Miles, But There Are 8 Great Ways You Can Use Them – View from the Wing

How to get the American Express for Target card – The Frequent Miler

Using the Target Amex card to run up spend – The Frequent Miler

It Begins: PQDs Posting on United.com – Page 26 – FlyerTalk Forums

Save Miles By Exploiting ANA Stopover Rules for US and Canadian Flights | Milenomics

Free Domestic Flights; When and Where to Exploit the Double Down | Milenomics

Chicago Flyers: How to Save 10,000 American Airlines Miles on Trips to Europe This Summer.

Use Kimpton password for hotel amenity bonus – Loyalty Traveler

China Southern A380 First Class Platinum Private Suite – One Mile at a Time

Flying China Southern A330 First Class – One Mile at a Time

China Southern Emailed Me! – One Mile at a Time

American Airlines AAdvantage Off-Peak Award Chart

How To Redeem Korean Air SkyPass Miles – One Mile at a Time

Tips and Tricks for Planning Credit Card Application Sprees

Confirmed: PayPower Prepaid Visa Cards are Going Fee Free | Milenomics.com

Gift card PINs – The Frequent Miler

Gift Card PIN Number | Million Mile Secrets

Everything you ever wanted to know about Amex gift cards – The Frequent Miler

Unlocking the Virgin Australia Award Chart (Now that They’re a Starwood Transfer Partner) – View from the Wing

DansDeals.com » Blog Archive » Starwood’s 31st Airline Transfer Partner: Virgin Australia; More Good News For CLE

When Airlines Take Actions Based On Your Blog Post – One Mile at a Time

2015 Korean Air Blackout dates for DL Skymiles redemptions – FlyerTalk Forums

Search OneWorld Award Space Using JAL.com – One Mile at a Time

Advice on third Barclays card – FlyerTalk Forums

DansDeals.com » Blog Archive » 102 Direct Flights From NYC That Can Be Booked With British Airways Avios

Acronyms Thread for the Uninitiated

Rediscovering Discover Rewards – The Frequent Miler

The trick to get United First & Business awards at low Saver mile prices, even when not available | MileCards.com

Playing the Reselling Game: The Pitfalls and Profits | Frugal Travel Guy

Strategic Values Using Chase Points to Redeem Skyteam Airline Award Tickets – View from the Wing

Great Redemption Values Using Chase Points to Fly Alaska Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines – View from the Wing

Avianca LifeMiles Award Chart And Redemption Basics – One Mile at a Time

Where to Search for Award Space on All 26 of US Airways’ Partners | milevalue.com

Top 11 Awards To Book With US Airways Miles To Book Now That It Is In Oneworld | The Points Guy

United’s stopover and routing rules | Travel Is Free

United Airlines & Azul Frequent Flier Partnership (Earn & Redeem Miles On Azul) | LoyaltyLobby

How Much Does It Cost to Earn Frequent Flyer Miles & Points with Your Car Rentals? – TravelByPoints

Frequent Flyer Bonuses: Why you should consider crediting your Avis rentals to SAS EuroBonus

Rationality is overrated – The Frequent Miler

USA EMV cards available today (Chip & PIN -or- Chip & Signature). – Page 130 – FlyerTalk Forums

Serve takes the lead over Bluebird – The Frequent Miler

DansDeals.com » Blog Archive » 22 Things To Keep In Mind When Using Avios

Gems from TBB Comments – April 24-May 3, 2014 | TravelBloggerBuzz

The shopping cart trick: how to get a credit card without a hard pull – Personal Finance Digest

It’s Starting to Feel Like Tom Vu Out There in Blog World: If You Don’t Get Credit Cards, You A Loser! | Online Travel Review

A Guide to ANA Miles | Travel Is Free

Closing Credit Cards – myFICO® Forums

Don’t Waste Valuable Spend on Tiered Signup Bonuses – Hack My Trip

#milemadness Charlotte Exposed!

Hidden Gem of the Emerald City: Alaska’s Mileage Plan – Hack My Trip

The Business Class Award Routes to Europe United Doesn’t Want You to Know About – View from the Wing

DansDeals.com » Blog Archive » How To Use And Decrypt United’s Powerful Expert Mode

The Guide to Earning Miles and Points with Kiva Lending

Special Travel Discounts You May Not Know About | Frugal Travel Guy

No Marriott Rewards credit before 2015 at 116 Protea and African Pride hotels bookable on Marriott.com – Loyalty Traveler

The 10 Airline Frequent Flyer Programs That You Should Know About Now – View from the Wing

How to Use Virgin Atlantic Miles Without Fuel Surcharges | The Points Guy

How To Liquidate Prepaid Cards Via Amazon Payments

Seeing the World in a Weekend – Anchorage, Alaska | Frugal Travel Guy

How To Find Star Alliance Awards 101 | Travel Is Free

An Even Better AAdvantage Award to Africa – Hack My Trip

You’re Subsidizing Those Expensive Tickets Business Travelers Buy! – View from the Wing

Asiana Airlines Flights from Seoul-Incheon to Busan – Canadian Kilometers

Getting AA Benefits On A Flight Booked Using BA Avios

DansDeals.com » Blog Archive » Some Deals Are Not Deals At All

Ultimate Guide to Booking an American Airlines Mileage Award – View from the Wing

MSing for Hilton HHonors Points (4 Credit Card Comparison) and Reykjavik, Iceland Hotel Options | Travel with Grant

6 Unbelievable Stopover Tickets | Travel Is Free

Rookie Wednesday: The “funny” little things you should know before you try FlyerTalk – Delta Points

Complete Map of IHG Rewards Properties | Travel Is Free

How to upgrade Air France flights with Delta miles | MileCards.com

Credit Cards With Primary Rental Car Insurance | Million Mile Secrets

Hilton discount codes – the complete official list – euflyer.com euflyer.com

The DIY Guide to Booking Award Tickets – Part I: Know Why Award Tickets Exist – asthejoeflies

Award Sweet Spot: The West Coast, Alaska and Hawaii, using Avios – Miles4More

How to Use Alaska Air miles | Million Mile Secrets

How To Know If You Have Lounge Access On International Itineraries – One Mile at a Time

Maximizing value from the U.S. Bank FlexPerks Travel Rewards Visa Card – The Frequent Miler

Make Sure You Have a MasterCard in Your Wallet – View from the Wing

Award Booking Ins and Outs: United Airlines – The Forward Cabin

Don’t Close your Credit Card! Downgrade or Convert to these Credit Cards | Travel with Grant

Master Charts to Avoiding Fuel Surcharges (YQ) | Travel Is Free

The newest 2% cash back card (and how to use it) — The Free-quent Flyer

The Complete Guide to United Award Routing Rules | Travel Is Free

United Open-Jaws | Travel Is Free

Getting To Christmas Island And Cocos Islands On Points

Quick update: online American Express credit reallocation — The Free-quent Flyer

Maximizing Marriott Rewards: Flight and Hotel Packages

Best Use of Citi ThankYou Points – Airline Transfers | Travel Is Free

Best Use of Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Miles | Travel Is Free

The Pacific Hopper with Miles | Travel Is Free

DansDeals.com » Blog Archive » 30 Awesome Things You Can You Do With 75K-95K Ultimate Rewards Points

Best Use of Amtrak Guest Rewards Points | Travel Is Free

Choice Hotel Rewards | Travel Is Free

Survey: Best of Travel Is Free | Travel Is Free

The Curse Of The Traveler – One Mile at a Time

5 Things You Should Know About Southwest Rapid Rewards | Travel Is Free

American Express Membership Rewards Best Deals – View from the Wing

Indonesian Hopper (with Korean Air Miles) | Travel Is Free

Skymiles MQD Requirements for 2016: Well Played, Delta

Best Use of Korean Air Skypass Miles | Travel Is Free

The Lufthansa Trans-Pacific Hopper | Travel Is Free

We’re Removing All Credit Card Affiliate Links – Here’s Why » Doctor Of Credit

Loyalty Traveler $100 hotel night rule – Loyalty Traveler

booking Delta flights with Virgin Flying Club points

How to Hack S***WOOD Hotel Rates – TheMrPickles

American Express Dropping the Hammer-Blue Cash 5% Cards Closed Being Closed Today – Milenomics.com

Credit Card Roadside Assistance Can Help If Your Car Gets Stuck! – View from the Wing

The 3 United Miles “Hopper” Flights | Travel Is Free

The Hotel Rate Ethicist: Corporate Discount Codes, and Your Advice Needed on Whether I Should Renew AAA Membership? – View from the Wing

Manufactured spending: manufacturing miles – The Frequent Miler

Sun Country Credit Card With 40,000 Miles Sign Up Bonus Review » Doctor Of Credit

Best Use of Flying Blue (Air France + KLM) Miles | Travel Is Free

Using ITA: How to Find Flights within a Specific Alliance – Travel Codex

Using ITA: How to Find a W Fare on United to Redeem a Global Premier Upgrade – Travel Codex

Learn of 11 Hidden Gem Airline Mile Programs | Travel Is Free

The New ANA Award Chart Officially has The Best Miles Prices Out There | Travel Is Free

Alaska Airline Miles Best Prices (from the first partner award chart) | Travel Is Free

What It’s Actually Like to Live in Hotels for a Year – Hack My Trip

The Cheat Sheet to Each Airline’s 24-Hour Cancellation Policy

View My Chicago Seminars Presentation on ITA Matrix – Travel Codex

List Of Churnable Credit Cards » Doctor Of Credit

China’s 72-hour Visa-Free Transit Rule: Flyer Beware – ThePointsOfLife

The Trick to Using AwardWallet to Track Your United, Delta and Southwest Miles | Million Mile Secrets

Some Rental Car Companies Charge an Extra $15 per Toll! | Million Mile Secrets

Best Downgrade Options & Rules For Each Card Issuer » Doctor Of Credit

Who’s Really Sold Out In This Game | Travel Is Free

Use IHG Points At Competitor Hotel Chains | Travel Is Free

My Thoughts on All-Inclusive Resorts – The Deal Mommy

Get Virgin Australia Status and Miles by Flying Delta Award Ticket? | milevalue.com

Car Rental Tips for Driving in Central America – Points Summary

5 Common Car Rental Scams in Central America – Points Summary

My Square Foot London Edition – Loyalty Traveler

Paddington Bear spotting in London – Loyalty Traveler

Five Types of Blog Posts Not To Click On

Narita, Japan – A Favorite and Frugal Layover | Frugal Travel Guy

A Complete List of Discount Airlines and Their Route Maps/Fees

Now a oneworld Frequent Flyer Program Announces a Devaluation – View from the Wing

Everything you ever wanted to know about Buying Gift Cards at Best Buy – Doctor Of Credit

Electronic Indian Visas – whoopee – for some of us … | Tony Wheeler’s Travels

Top Business Credit Cards with No Annual Fee | The Points Guy

Master Chart of What Sites Search Airline Award Availability | Travel Is Free

ANA Stopover Secrets | Travel Is Free

How to buy REDbird for others, and how to use them at non participating stores – The Frequent Miler

The complete guide to REDbird: The Target Prepaid REDcard – The Frequent Miler

Bet You Didn’t Know: Never miss an Amex Sync deal with OffersBot – The Frequent Miler

“Could I be getting better value out of my miles/points?” | Travel Is Free

Citi ThankYou Rewards Review: Tips, Transfer Partners & More

Rules For Reallocating Your Credit Limit With Each Credit Card Issuer – Doctor Of Credit

The Complete Guide to Selling your Unwanted Gift Cards for Cash – Doctor Of Credit

Automating Your Telephone Calls – Chasing The Points

How long do SPG points transfers to Hawaiian Airlines take?

Card Issuers That Combine Multiple Credit Pulls/Inquiries

AMEX Platinum $200 Airline Fee Credit, Effective 12/01/10

1.8 SPG points per dollar, 5.76 Choice points per dollar – The Frequent Miler

On Blogging: Why I don’t (or at least try not to) whine on my blog | The Flying Consultant

ITA Matrix Gets an Update – Travel Codex

Myths About Travel Blogging: Bloggers Travel A Lot – Efficient Asian Man

How To Get A 100,000 Point Offer For The AmEx Platinum Business Card – Doctor Of Credit

Don’t Call the Airline! Get the APEC Card (ABTC) in Canada – Don’t Call the Airline!

Recommended Travel Resources (That I Actually Use!) – The Girl and Globe

100-meter rule – The Girl and Globe

My Top 10 Tips for Visiting the Pyramids of Giza | Frugal Travel Guy

Citi Prestige, Citi Premier, Citi Preferred. Which is best? – The Frequent Miler

DansDeals.com » Blog Archive » Poll: Which Prepaid AMEX Card Do You Use? A Recap Of All The Different Options

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  • Great collection of articles. I have read most of these posts and would agree that they are very well done and educational. Glad a few of my posts made it into your list. Happy New a Year Stefan!

  • John

    Wow, I expected a few links, not a library full.

    These are great, but how do you find the time?

    I only find time to review and bookmark a few sites myself. Am I just really inefficient?!?!

  • P T

    Happy New Year Stefan! I look forward to another year of reading your posts.

  • great list, Stefan!! There’s definitely a few useful links I missed in here!

  • Shannon

    thought about resuming weekly chai’s digest? It’s a good column I love you gave up long time ago! 🙁

  • Thanks! I’m glad I made it to your list

  • Rapid Travel Chai

    @Shannon – I have plants to bring it back and return to a regular schedule, in 2014 I let work and travel interfere too much.

  • OceanBreezes

    Many thanks for the post! I now have a great resource (this page) bookmarked 🙂 I read most of these blogs, but am always amazed at how much I missed when I see a consolidated list like this or talk to people at the seminars. I look forward to continuing to read your blog and seeing you at travel events – you are one of my favorite presenters! I appreciate your contributions to the community.

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  • Rapid Travel Chai

    @OceanBreezes – thank you, best wishes to you in 2015.

  • Great list; thanks for sharing as I see some posts in there I must read. Honored that a few of my personal posts made your list. Enjoying your blog and following your travels.