Status Match Merry Go Round
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These posts were the most widely read and shared posts on MilesTalk in 2019. If you haven’t read them yet, they’re new to you! 😉

10. What is a Mile or Point Worth?

The MilesTalk “miles and points valuations” squeaked in at #10.

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9. BankDirect Accounts for AA Miles – Will 1099 Miles

This long time source of Advantage miles for banking announced it would begin issuing 1099s for miles in 2020. We all panicked, until we learned how reasonable the valuation would be.

8. CardMatch tool offering 100,000 pt Amex Platinum bonus again (Targeted)

Always popular – since we’d all like to get 100,000 Amex Membership Rewards….

7. Citi Double Cash Points WILL Be Transferable to Airlines [CONFIRMED]

Arguably the biggest credit card points change in 2019, meaning you can get 2X ThankYou points on anything, with no limit. Also led to the New “Citi Trifecta / Quadfecta”

6. Interesting Delta Partner Pricing: 161,000 SkyMiles?

When I found that you could get one price on one Skymiles partner and a MUCH higher price to the same destination on another partner, with no Delta metal included, it was a bit of a shock…

5. Ocean Resort Casino Atlantic City Review of “Black Card” Benefits

While less relevant to me than ever before as the entire Ocean ship seems to be sinking, many still visited just to check what these Black Card benefits actually get you. Also see: The Ocean Casino Resort Has an Identity Crisis (Atlantic City)

4. The “Secret” CitiBusiness ThankYou Credit Card You May Not Know About

Admittedly less of a secret after the thousands of reads of this post, but this card remains an open secret and a great deal for some with the rotating categories and no annual fee.

3. The Status Match Merry Go Round Explained (Using Both Hotel and Casino Status Match Opportunities Year After Year)

I thought this would be number 1, but it was edged out by two other related posts. This post is essentially my status match merry go round bible post.

Merry Go Round at Encore Boston Harbor

2. Easy Status Match to Wyndham Diamond (and possibly Total Rewards Diamond, Hyatt Explorist and Mlife Gold)

Not surprisingly neck in neck with #3, given that it’s the onramp to the Merry Go Round.

1. Free Atlantis Stay via Caesars Total Rewards Diamond: What To Expect with Room Fees, Food Costs, and More

The number one post of the year was this one, detailing everything you’d ever need to know about the free Atlantis stay that comes with Caesars Diamond status. Here’s hoping the benefit is renewed into 2020!

A very happy new year to each any every one of you! Thanks for taking the time to read my thoughts all year…

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I got "in the game" in 2003 and since then I've collected literally millions and millions of frequent flyer miles and hotel points. I've flown around the world in first class seats that would cost $29,000 using frequent flyer miles and a few bucks in tax. And I've stayed in some of the finest hotels - all for free! A few years ago I realized many of my friends actually thought I was paying for these!! So I started sharing my tips. It's long been a passion, but when I hosted a session on Miles and Points at this year's South by Southwest festival, my love of the game intensified and this blog was born.

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