Episode 15: Juicy Award Search Tool, Revived Ultra-premium Card, Avoiding Close-in Booking Fees and more

On this week’s show we discuss:

0:35 Juicy Miles Award Search Tool (link)

  • Performs award searches across bank point and frequent flyer programs
  • Some glitches, but tons of potential
  • Key concept: Many programs show better availability on their own metal than partners
  • I can’t stop using the service
  • If they add alerts, get the right filters set up, fix the glitches and avoid shutdown: Look out world
  • $10 for a 5-day trial, $29.99/month (Frequent Miler review)

2:15 Citi Prestige Available for 50,000 TYP Signup (link)

  • $495 annual fee
  • $250 easy travel credit (per calendar year, Dec statement close)
  • 5x on flights and dining
  • 4th night free hotel (book through Concierge through Sept 2019)
  • Keep in mind Citi’s crazy 24-month policy (open or closed, maybe product changed) for signup bonuses across ThankYou cards

3:45 American Express sending out 1099 for referral credits

  • Valuing them at $0.1 per piece for membership rewards points
  • Hilton points at 0.67 cents (who on earth is referring from a Hilton card?)
  • Possible these will be adjusted

 5:10 4x Fuel Rewards on GCs at Stop & Shop (link)

  • Happy Lady
  • Do fuel rewards math (around 1.5 cents per piece if you can use them)
  • 2/1/2019-2/14/2019

5:40 Listener Question: Avoiding $75 Close-in Award Booking Fees

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