Contact Me

Ask me any questions about deals at  I’ll be happy to respond to them anytime. You can also leave a comment below.  I want to help all my readers in any way I can.  Thanks.

108 comments for “Contact Me

  1. David Lo
    October 22, 2012 at 2:35 am

    I love Romsdeals!!!!!

    • Romsdeals
      October 22, 2012 at 3:14 am

      Thanks for the support 🙂

  2. choi
    January 7, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Rom, have you test out the new card called My Vanilla, as posted on dans deals, however he didnt go into detail of process of getting cash out. I m waiting for a permanent card of my vanilla and see if it works like dan said. just wonder if you have tried it.

    • January 7, 2013 at 8:55 pm

      I’ve applied for one, but vanilla reload and bluebird is better. The my vanilla has a 50 cent fee per transaction I think. I found the fees too costly.

  3. Choi Lu
    January 29, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Rom, could you run me through how to order GC for United and get reimburse on Amex Platinum, I recently got the card and did register UA as the airline to reimburse but I dont have a clue how to do it. please run step by step. Much thanks


  4. Choi Lu
    March 14, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Hey Rom, have you ever transfer MR pts to a family members mileage account. In this case, I want to send a few Ks MR pts to my sister Asia Mile account from CX. do you think its possible ? Thanks

    • March 14, 2013 at 12:51 pm

      Yes very possible. You just can’t transfer MR points to another persons MR account.

      • choi
        March 14, 2013 at 5:18 pm

        Rom, I ve tried it but doesnt seem to work. it default to my AM account #, doesnt let me input my sis account. could you detail me the steps or how you got to it to work ? thanks

        • March 14, 2013 at 5:46 pm

          To transfer you need To add a program to your Membership Rewards account go: -> Points Summary -> Linked Travel Programs (bottom right corner) -> Scroll to the bottom of your linked programs and then link Link Additional Programs.

  5. choi
    March 14, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Thanks for your help, much appreciated.

  6. Mel
    April 19, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    There is a deal at Meijer next week you may be interested in. Starting 4/21/13, there is a Debit Car that you receive $20 after you make 2 deposits of $100 or more.
    See page 18 of the online ad,

  7. Jerry Mandel
    May 20, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    “Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express – Better 45K Delta Miles offer through Cardmatch, follow instructions in this post.” Hi-I didn’t see the 45K offer in that link.

    • May 20, 2013 at 2:44 pm

      It might be targeted, it shows up in my cardmatch.

  8. jkl
    June 17, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    hi there
    love the site

    how far in advance did you book your hawaii flights on ba?

    • June 17, 2013 at 6:32 pm

      I booked my Hawaiian flights on BA about 8-9 months ahead because I travel during peak seasons. If you aren’t going during peak season, it should be easier to find flights. Flights using Avios for AA flights can be cancelled and you will only lose your $5 taxes per ticket if not done last minute (I think 21 days).

      • jkl
        June 18, 2013 at 8:18 am

        were looking at march or april…

        • June 18, 2013 at 9:53 am

          I would just book once you are 90% sure of your plans.

  9. choi
    June 17, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Hey Rom. OD just carries new Amazon GC with $500, can I load and pull out 1k with this process through send money to a wife and friend ? what do you think

    • June 17, 2013 at 6:33 pm

      Amazon gift cards cannot be liquidated that way. Amazon payments is only with credit cards.

  10. choi
    June 17, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    just want to do this once a month only

  11. choi
    June 26, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Hey Rom. read your report on Hawaii, just want your help with finding hotels in waikiki or anywhere on the island but without parking and pesky resort fee

    • June 27, 2013 at 5:47 am

      Hyatt shouldn’t charge you resort fee when using points, but parking is still expensive.

  12. John
    July 2, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    I call AA when I see lots of flights available on British Airway and JAL for Cathay flights, but AA tells me nothing is available. Do you have any suggestions for booking Cathay First with AA miles?

    • July 3, 2013 at 12:27 am

      Use BA search engine to look for space then call.

  13. LM
    July 17, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Any tips for churning chase cards? I had a Southwest some time ago. Cancelled then signed up for another Chase (I thought a year passed so I was ok) but then they denied my promotional points.
    Do you know/think i’ll qualify for other chase cards? These are separate though? How many chase accounts can I have at one time?

  14. Brian
    September 16, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Any idea where I can get beans in/around OC (Irvine-ish)? All the stores seem tapped out or are cash only 🙁

    • September 16, 2013 at 3:04 pm

      Try Santa Ana. Not too sure, I don’t look around there too much. Sorry!

  15. Jerry Mandel
    September 16, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    I guess that means gift cards. I don’t understand ” tapped out”. Grocery and drug stores? Walmart, Target, Costco?
    Office supply stores? Some can be bought online. VISA, Vanilla. Green dot cards are cash only. Maybe in banks or in their websites.

  16. Jonathan
    September 20, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Hey Roms, I just got a snail mail from Southwest Airlines to go to … it gave a free 1,000 points for just registering for the promotion. Have you seen this before?

    • September 20, 2013 at 5:28 pm

      Probably a targeted offer. I’d go for it.

  17. jim
    October 5, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    few questions

    1 ) I have chase IHG free night certificate from my Chase PC club and the certificate expires in April 2014. Can I give this to anyone like my sister if she is traveling? How I do it?

    2) My wife, Myself & my sister have the US airways card with 60k miles each. If my sister doesn’t need her USairways miles, do you think it makes sense to transfer her miles to my account by paying 50k miles for $567? I wonder if USairways miles can be used to book hotel & car rental too like AADVANTAGE miles does?

    3) Do you know if there is a way or trick to add & track United miles on award wallet? What is it?

    4) Have you ever used or still use I signed up for their lifetime membership promo many months ago but never actually have yet added my miles or points.

    5) Do you know if you get 5% back on amazon payment using Discover card? They have 5% back on online shopping from Oct-Dec.
    6) My wife & I received offer from Citi. it is 2 miles per dollar up to 2500 miles only on online shopping. What you think is the trick to do this? I do online shopping but it is from Amazon & I have 2000 in amazon gift card balance.
    Buy visa gift cards online?

    • October 6, 2013 at 6:13 pm

      1. It is very YMMV. You can call the hotel and authorize someone else to check in.

      2. I think it is worth it if you plan on using the miles soon. I would only use for international travel for best value. I don’t think usair has hotel and car rental with miles.

      3. None I am aware of.

      4. Never tried it.

      5. I’ve gotten it in the past.

      6. You could try Amazon Payments.

    • Jerry Mandel
      November 28, 2013 at 1:39 pm

      2) It makes no sense to transfer miles.Sister merely buys a ticket with her miles in your name or wife’s name.

  18. jim
    October 5, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    I forgot to tell you the offer from Citi

    2 American Airlines AAdvantage® Miles On Eligible Online Purchases!
    You already earn 2 miles per $1 spent on eligible American Airlines purchases made online.† Enroll now and after your enrollment is complete*, you will start earning 2 AAdvantage® miles per $1 spent on other eligible online purchases, once your enrollment is complete. Earn up to 2,500 AAdvantage® bonus miles, through 12/31/13!*

    * This offer starts within 2 business days of when you enroll and will end on 12/31/13. AAdvantage® miles are only earned on eligible purchases. Earnings associated with this program will equal 1 AAdvantage® bonus mile per $1 spent on eligible purchases and may overlap with other special offers in which you are currently enrolled. AAdvantage® miles earned with this offer are subject to a maximum of 2,500 AAdvantage® bonus miles. Eligible purchases exclude balance transfers, cash advances, convenience checks, items returned for credit, fees and interest charges. Online purchases are transactions made via a computer network or other online service. All purchases must be posted during the promotional period. We reserve the right to determine which purchases qualify for this offer.

    • October 6, 2013 at 6:14 pm

      I would do it, might not reach the max but that is okay.

  19. Jay
    October 10, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Rom, what’s the cheapest award travel/airline to go to Taipei (TPE)? I see United as 120k miles, is there any other airline that is cheaper?


    • October 10, 2013 at 9:20 pm

      US Airways is 90K round trip. Miles are harder to get. There’s a share miles promo right now if you have any miles already you can take advantage of it. Otherwise you can get us air cc or Amex spg.

      United is easiest to get miles through chase sp and ink bold and plus.

  20. Toni
    October 12, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Hey Rom,

    Have you heard anything about changes with buying Visa and Mastercard GC’s from Kroger or Kroger affiliate stores? I’ve been buying the variable visa GCs from our local City Market for over a year, got 1 point per dollar, and not only did I load up on points, it also saved me tons at the pump. About 3 weeks ago, I went in to do my routine gc roundup and didn’t get any points. I tried 3 other stores in my area and all yielded the same results (I live in Colorado). I called my parents in Utah, they tried several stores and the same thing happened. I then tried another store in Utah, completely different area, and no points once again. I know that technically we were never supposed to get points for those cards, but most people always did. I haven’t read anything on any blogs about Kroger cracking down on this, but what are the odds of 7 stores in 2 states suddenly not giving fuel points for these cards anymore? Have you heard anything about this? Has there been some kind of policy change? I’ve also noticed that the variable Visas and Mastercards now look different as well. Anyway, maybe this is old news and I am just missing the info somewhere, but I thought I would ask anyway. Thanks!

    • October 13, 2013 at 8:18 am

      They could have caught on and coded in the system they won’t count anymore. I’ve heard reports of that. Sorry!

  21. Jerry Mandel
    October 13, 2013 at 9:11 am

    It seems like all grocery stores are no longer giving fuel points on loadable gift cards and on their own store gift cards. It may continue on all gift cards.

    • NewToo
      December 1, 2013 at 1:16 pm

      Hey Jerry,

      Is this confirmed that this no longer works? I found another post of yours (below) and was considering this strategy.

      “I charge (US Bank) gift cards at Krogers. ($500 each) and get big fuel points and miles or points to meet minimum spending.. An automated phone call gets a PIN to convert to debit cards. Money orders in Walmart cost 68c per $1,000 MO. Deposit MOs in bank checking account. SAME DAY recycling of funds. Fuel savings more than offset all fees=a tiny profit. No wasting time with Vanilla, Bluebird, Amazon. I charge fuel at the pump with FREE US Bank Kroger 1-2-3 Rewards credit card for more fuel discount. Last fill up was 13.3 gallons X $1.25 discount = $16.63 savings. Maybe similar at other grocer chains?”


  22. Frank
    November 28, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    HI Ron,
    Are you familiar with Aadvantage?
    my question is I booked a flight from LAX to HNL in Jan. I will be flying AA but I booked my flight with BA with avios points. I also have Citi Aadvantage card so it gives me free checked bag and group 1 boarding. I called AA yesterday just to confirm my benefits but the rep told me since I book my flight with BA, benefit will not apply. She told me in order for the benefit to apply the flight must marketed and operated by AA, but my is marketed by BA instead.
    You have way around it?
    Thank you

  23. Jerry Mandel
    November 28, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    She is wrong. Did you pay the government taxes/fees with your Citi AAdvantage card? Show the card at the baggage check in counter. If questioned, tell agent that fees paid with your card.

    • frank
      November 28, 2013 at 2:20 pm

      Hi Jerry,
      thanx for the reply
      No, I didn’t pay the fees with my aa card because when i booked i didn’t have that card
      i just newly applied 2 months ago but i booked my flight like 4 months ago

  24. Jerry Mandel
    November 28, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Anyway, show the card at the check in counter. It’s worth a try.

  25. Jerry Mandel
    December 1, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Kroger gives no fuel points for loadable gift cards and for their own Kroger gift cards. They do give fuel points for restaurant and store gift cards. (Maybe better luck with other chains.) With a minimum of 100 points, I use the no fee US Bank Kroger 1-2-3 Rewards credit card to pay at the pump. That gives an extra 15c off per gallon in addition to the discount from your accumulated fuel points. As I recall, the Kroger credit card gave an extra 25c off per gallon for the first 90 days (?)/year(?). Apply for the Kroger credit card at a Kroger service desk. Note: Kroger has some subsidiary chains. Scan the Kroger loyalty key ring tag at the pump first.
    I was getting the big fuel points before they cut out the points on the loadable gift cards. The Kroger loyalty program will let you select from a long list of charities and will send your selected one something from all your purchases. Maybe other chains do the same?

  26. Anna
    December 2, 2013 at 2:46 am

    Hi Rom,

    I remember reading a blog your wrote on the Citi AAdvantage card a while back. You mentioned that you received $200 statement credit for AA purchase. So does that mean you have to spend $200 or more with AA to trigger that statement credit? or you can just spend less than that to trigger it? Also, can you buy an AA gift card to qualify for it? I don’t have any travel coming up anytime soon for me to fly on AA, so I am trying to think of ways to get that $200 statement credit.

    • December 2, 2013 at 5:56 am

      The card you are thinking about is AMEX Platinum. You would need that card and you can buy 2 X $100 aa gc and get statement credit. The citi aa card does not have such a thing at the moment. The Amex platinum offer is only 25K now. Might want to wait for a better offer.

  27. Jacky Lam
    December 15, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Hey Rom,

    It was nice to get to meet you today. Your site looks awesome! I hope to learn a lot from you, man. Keep it up!



  28. Vin Carneiro
    December 17, 2013 at 6:06 am

    Hello Rom,

    First of all, thanks for your website. It has great information.

    I have one question. I have a very good credit score and I’m getting ready for the multiple credit card application using the different browser method.

    I’m interested in the initiation bonus offered by those credit cards, but I have no intention of keeping these cards to use in the future. When is the right time to close them? Any strategy you would recommend at the time of closing to have least impact on the score?

    Thank you for your help

    • December 17, 2013 at 6:19 am

      Read my post today. Keep each card for at least a year and longer if they offer you anything. Transferring your credit line when you close the card minimizes the damage. Your score will be fine if you pay in full and on time every month. Let me know if you need help with card choices or anything else. Feel free to email me too.

  29. Steve
    December 19, 2013 at 3:27 am

    With your award booking service, do you actually book the flights, or just give us the info? And what forms of payment do you accept?

    • December 19, 2013 at 5:49 am

      I actually book it for you or put it on hold. I can accept PayPal, amazon payments, or google wallet.

  30. Steve
    December 19, 2013 at 5:58 am

    Thanks for getting back to me. I’ve been collecting points since last October and have only had one opportunity since then to go to Europe(lack of vacation time) so i have more than 800K airline miles combined between USAirways, AA United/Chase UR AMEX MR/Avios, and SPG points. I would like to go to Israel and someplace else for a total of 2 weeks in late May to early June. Would you be interested? I’ll know my dates in the next 2 weeks. Have to coordinate with family in Israel.

  31. mel
    February 14, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Hey Rom,

    Love your blog! Got a question. I booked some a ticket to Europe (saver coach) with my United miles pre-devaluation. I need to make a change of dates, not destination. If there is a seat available under standard award (still coach), will I be able to make the change without paying more miles?

  32. Jen
    February 14, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    Rom, I have a upcoming Japan trip, would you mind advising on
    1. What is a good way to get Japanese Yen from ATM inexpensively,
    2. Is it possible buy a sim card at NRT airport ? (I have a unlocked iphone 4)

    • February 15, 2014 at 2:39 pm

      1. Get the fidelity cash management ATM card

      2. They don’t use SIM cards. You’ll have to rent a wifi hotspot or phone.

  33. Jerry Mandel
    February 15, 2014 at 7:36 am

    Many credit unions rebate foreign ATM fees when using their ATM cards. Ask your bank about fees using its ATM card. Always notify credit and ATM/debit cards when and where you will be so your cards will not be declined. Ask your cell phone company and Japan Tourism about SIM cards. AARP will lend its members a cell phone for overseas use.

  34. choi
    February 26, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Do you know when I can start booking Oneworld and AA partners with USAir miles ? I m interested in Ethiad F to Maldives for 3 passengers. How far out can we look and book ?

    • February 26, 2014 at 8:57 am

      You’ll have to wait until march 30 when official merger happens. You can look 11 months out.

  35. Cory
    March 5, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Hey Rom,

    Love your site! thanks for the info!

    I want to pick your brain for a second. My fiance and I are fairly new to the game. Our intended April churn: Me – Barclay Arrival, BofA Alaska Airlines, and Chase United. Her – Chase Ink Plus, American Citi Advantage, and Hilton Amex.

    The New Amex EveryDay card really has my eye. In your opinion, should we add it to the mix? And if so, which one of us should apply?

    Thanks again!

  36. Andy
    March 5, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Hi Rom, thanks a lot for your highly informative blog! Could you shed lights on how to book EVA flights (SFO-TPE) using UA miles? Do I have to call UA and incur a tel booking fee? I read your post in Jan (Hello Kitty) and really appreciate your guidance on detailed steps – leaving in 1 week and not sure if has the same visibility of seats vs. EVA site .etc. Safe and fun travel in Hong Kong! Thanks again.

    • March 6, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      Eva site shows different availability than United.

  37. Yashesh
    March 10, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Hi Rom, Thanks for the useful info you provide on this blog.
    I have a question about the best credit card to put 4K spend (for United tickets) on? I don’t carry United explorer, but I have Barclays arrival, Amex Prem Gold, Ink bold, Chase Sapphire Pref.

    Thanks in advance,

    • March 10, 2014 at 9:40 pm

      AMEX Premier gold to get 3X MR points.

  38. Billy L
    March 20, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Hi Rom,

    We travel to Taipei, Taiwan every year from JFK/LGA/EWR. We just started MSing and signing up for bonus rewards after reading your blog (thank you!). How do you suggest to proceed on getting business class flights for free/cheap? Generate Amex Rewards and transfer to Dynasty Flyer on China Airlines? Generate Delta points and get an upgrade on China Airlines via SkyMiles (is this even possible?)? Get the China Airlines credit card and generate points directly? Generate points on something to transfer into Star Alliance and upgrade on Eva Airlines? Use Chase UR points somehow? Use a different airline? There are so many options I’m not sure what’s best. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

    • March 21, 2014 at 7:50 am

      I would collect UR for Eva air. China air does not have a gold program.

      • Billy L
        March 21, 2014 at 11:20 pm

        I logged into Chase Ultimate Rewards and there’s no option to transfer points to Eva. But I can book Eva flights directly through Chase UR. Are you suggesting this method since I get 1.25 value on the UR points? It seems UR points are translated directly into $. I checked a few dates from NYC to TPE and it’s about ~90k UR points (~$1k) in Economy or ~430k UR points (~$5.4k ) in Business class on Eva. Assuming a generous 50k UR points for every credit card signup, that’s 9 credit cards I need to sign up for before getting 1 business class flight. Am I looking at this right?

        • March 22, 2014 at 8:14 pm

          You have to search on and transfer to united

          • Billy L
            March 28, 2014 at 10:55 pm

            I did some more work on this and this is the best I could come up with. I hope it helps others:

            If you have Chase UR points, transfer to United to fly on Eva Air. Thanks Rom. It’s 80k business and 35k economy, one-way at the saver-award rate. Taxes and fees for business class seem to be very low ($18). Economy is under $100.

            If you have SPG or Amex MR, transfer to AA to fly on Cathay Pacific. It’s 55k business, 35k economy, one-way. Up to $145 in taxes and fees.

            That’s the best I could find on these reward programs going from the US (NY) to Taipei.

    • March 21, 2014 at 7:51 am

      You can transfer 90K MR to ANA for roundtrip to taipei.

      • Billy L
        March 28, 2014 at 11:04 pm

        It looked to me like transferring MR to AA for Cathay Pacific instead of ANA was better because the fees and taxes are cheaper. I was seeing around $290 in fees each way on ANA. I was only seeing $5 in taxes and fees from NY to Tokyo when flying on AA metal. I don’t know if the fees are the similar if you use the AA miles to fly on Cathay Pacific from NY to Taiwan. Do you know what AA would charge in taxes and fees on this route if you redeem through Cathay Pacific?

        What are your thoughts Rom? 55K vs 45K on business but you (potentially) save a lot on the taxes and fees.

        • March 29, 2014 at 9:14 am

          Aa roundtrip on Cathay would be about $100. I think Eva roundtrip with ANA would be $300-400. Might be worth it to do direct flight. But in the end depends on scheduling and availability

  39. Billy L
    March 29, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    How about Amex MR or SPG to US Airways for 90k round trip business class? When US Airways was part of the Star Alliance, you could do that with Eva. Now that they are part of OneWorld, 90k for round trip on JAL or Cathay sounds pretty good. What do you think?

  40. Billy L
    April 22, 2014 at 7:56 pm


    Can I ask you for some more Asia travel advice since it seems you go there often? So I have AA miles to book a trip to Japan and Taiwan. I plan to visit Japan first for a few days and then to Taiwan for a few weeks. Since AA got rid of their international stopovers, does this mean I have to book 2 separate awards to visit both countries? Meaning, I have to book from NY to Japan. Then book another award from Japan to Taiwan? Or is there a way to do this with one award?

    If I need to book a separate award, do you have any suggestions on the most efficient ways to use points to go from Japan to Taiwan?


    • April 23, 2014 at 11:55 am

      You will have to book NYC to Taipei then tokyo to NYC for example. Use avios 10K from tpe to tyo oneway on Cathay or jal. Using an open jaw and one way with avios is the best option.

  41. Billy L
    May 17, 2014 at 8:49 am

    I just booked a award travel on a Cathay Pacific flight using AA miles from EWR to HKG. The agent charged 10% of fare for our infant as expected. However, when I booked another award travel coming back from HKG to EWR, they charged us 25%. The agent said the reasoning behind this is because of Cathay Pacific taxes and fees, and that taxes and fees are different depending on where you originate. The American Airlines website agrees with this posting states 10% of the fare.

    [Interestingly, when I looked at infant fare for Cathay Pacific flights on British Airways using Avios, I notice they are charging me 10% Avios miles for the infant fare (not more $). So it seems to me the infant fare is based on the carrier with miles, not the carrier you’re flying.]

    The AA agent who put the award on hold said 25%. The booking agent double checked with the desk and also said 25%. So, am I suppose to be charged 10% of 25% of the fare? Should I keep calling back and what should I say in response to the 25% on Cathay Pacific?

    • May 18, 2014 at 3:43 pm

      It should be 10%. Avios is the best for infant fare

  42. choi
    May 23, 2014 at 8:22 am

    Hi Rom. I know one of your favorite destination is Maui. I was offered to stay at the Hyatt Regency this summer for a very good deal, However I want to ask you about the ease of getting around Maui without a car rental. Hyatt charges $25 per day for parking which adds up over a week of stay. I never been to the Hyatt or Maui but the deal was so good, I had to jump in. do you think its possible to get to all the famous points without a car ? Thanks

    • May 23, 2014 at 10:25 am

      No, you will need a car. Don’t be stuck at a hotel! Car rentals are cheap

  43. choi
    June 24, 2014 at 8:34 am

    I have two questions for you,

    1. I want to enter the Hyatt Diamond Challenge that coincide with my Maui vacation but want to maximize the 2 months time, how long from the time I send the request to the actual begin of trail ?

    2. I want to use your booking service for mid 6/2015 summer vacation using USAir miles, when do you think its the right time for you to start looking ? here is what I have in mind
    3 pax
    Cun-Athen(stopover)BA F
    Athen-doh(layover)Qatar F or J
    doh-sgn(destination)Qatar F or J
    sgn-hkg-lax CX- F
    lax-cun(through away segment) anything, dont matter

    I will provide further details once you set a time line to book.


    • June 25, 2014 at 9:10 am

      1. Takes about 3 business days
      2. I can start looking next month but 3 tickets will be tough. Usually 2 is doable.

      • choi
        June 26, 2014 at 8:51 am

        i certainly cant separate my wife or child on different flight, however I do have enough points to cover both F or J. I dont mind a mix of both F or J among three of us as long as we travel together.

  44. Allen
    July 20, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Hi Rom, great site. Enjoying your bora bora trip report very much. Am traveling to Intercontinental Bora Bora Thalasso myself in Jan 2015 – very excited though I hear it rains more that time of year. Had a question about PPT airport transit time in customs.

    Am flying Air Tahiti Nui (LAX to PPT), arriving at 5:55am. There is an Air Tahiti flight (PPT to BOB) departing at 7:15am. The next one leaves at 10:45am.

    Is it feasible to make the 7:15am flight? Not sure if PPT customs will make the transfer time (1hr 20 min) too tight…

    Thanks so much!

  45. Ryon
    July 31, 2014 at 6:58 am

    Hi Rom,
    Do you happen to have a chance to take a look at the new Master credit card issued by Sam’s Club? It offers 5% on gas, 3% on travel and dining, 1% on everything. Please let me know how you think about this card.

    Thank you

  46. Brandon
    August 22, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Recently I read some Credit Card agreement have something like gift card is not an eligible purchase to gain the bonus they provide
    for example some american express credit card
    does that mean we cannot use some of the fee free method to meet the minimum spending requirements?

    • August 22, 2014 at 9:23 am

      There are no reports of that rule being enforced

      • Brandon
        August 22, 2014 at 10:51 am

        OMG…. I cannot believe you really answering me….. I am so excited when I read about your blog
        I am planning to do similar things that you do, but for me I just do not travel that much. Probably once in a year.

        I did some research online in this site and some of the airline’s site. I found out business class mileage award is usually not available, but economic and first class is more available. Is there any tricks to get the business class one? since it is one step up than economy class but not cost as much as first class.

        In addition, I read about getting almost 100k points just for signing up 2 chase credit cards. Can you combine both cards points to redeem a ticket?

        Thank you for creating this blog and I am really appreciate you take your time to answer my dumb questions. Thanks!!!

  47. Andy
    December 24, 2014 at 1:02 am

    Hi Rom,
    Enjoying your site!
    I was wondering if you have any insight into how to liquidate $500 Simon Mall Visa Gift Cards (issued by Metabank and serviced by Blackhawk)? I have 4 of them. I’ve read on flyertalk that they don’t work with EvolveMoney anymore. The Walmarts in my area (East SF Bay) no longer take any gift cards for loading Serve, CheckFreePay, or buying money orders. I haven’t tried any other MO options, but I’ve heard that these Metabank cards are quick to get frozen…
    Any experience with this? Thanks!


  48. Jerry Mandel
    December 24, 2014 at 2:03 am

    Andy- I charge everything on my Citi AAdvantage card to get the miles. Each time you have a statement, phone in and use the cards to pay your balance until used up. No PIN needed. I never heard about debit cards being frozen. Citi will not accept *GIFT* cards……only *DEBIT* cards, If yours are not DEBIT cards, call up to get a PIN to convert them into DEBIT cards.Try to get money orders at USPS. Obviously, you can use them at grocery stores, movies, and gasoline stations. Prepay cable, cell phone, and utilities by phone.You get it back by having no payments for many months. See if you can use them to pay insurance bills. Walmart never accepted *GIFT* cards for money orders-only *DEBIT* cards.

  49. coco
    January 23, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    i had a Citi AAdvantage card 2 years ago.
    then if i apply it again. could they give me a bonus again?

  50. Andy
    April 15, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    Hi Rom,

    Would you help me figuring out the most economical way to get to Europe in June? Reading your blog ~1Yr but still not “clicking” on how to best use my miles (UA 69K, AA 96K, BA 45K and MR pt 51K). Plan on France, Italy and Spain for 7 nights.

    Saw a good cash deal on LAX-CPH (via AMS) but can I drop the 2nd leg and buy a regional carrier’s AMS to ROM for instance (or I need to complete the journey and buy CPH – ROM or MAD)? On Award booking, BA seems way expensive after factoring in surcharges and I don’t know how to find AA space at 20K one-way coach – please shed lights & thank you very much!

    Also could you share the Florence 2Br condo you mentioned in previous trip reports? Views looks fantastic! Thanks Again!!

  51. jim
    August 3, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    I was seeing if you may be able to give me some advice on how to purchase Carnival Cruise line gift cards. They sell them on eBay for face value. I would like to be able to get them for about 90% of face value using shopping portals, certain web sites and certain credit cards. This is the starting point and just let me know if you know of a better way.
    1st I would love to find a website that sells them at a discount, but so far no luck.
    2nd I would like to find a portal to buy eBay gift cards from at a discount using either portals or certain credit cards.
    3rd once I have purchased the eBay gift cards I would also use another portal to be able to get cash back from purchasing the carnival gift cards using their portal.
    So far this is what I have.
    I’m buying a eBay gift card at Staples using one of my credit cards that pays me 5% back. It takes a few days for them to send me the eBay gift card. Then I’m looking for a site that will give me the most back from using their portal to purchase the carnival gift card from eBay.
    Also the grocery stores like Safeway and Kroger sell Carnival gift cards on their websites at face value.
    Any help and suggestions would be most appreciated.
    Panama Jim

    • August 7, 2015 at 6:10 am

      Ebates gives 2% cash back on eBay and ebucks is another 2%. I would keep hunting eBay. You can get discounted eBay gc sometimes

      • Panama Jim
        August 7, 2015 at 11:56 am

        I noticed that some of the portals will not give you any bonus when buying an ebay gift card from ebay. Do you know of any portals that will definitely pay a % back on purchasing an ebay gift card from ebay. Befrugal states it in their terms. eBay Cash Back

        Terms & Exclusions for eBay:

        1.1% Cash Back on purchases
        Only orders placed on eBay’s US site are eligible for cash back.
        Cash back not valid with purchase of eBay Motors, Real Estate, eBay branded gift cards, Bullion, coins and money, & select Business &

        Special Terms and Exclusions −

        Exclusions: Cash Back is not available on the purchase of eBay gift cards.

        I looked on ebucks and found nothing about ebay even being eligable for any type of ebay rebates.

        I just need to find one that I can use all the time.

  52. Jerry Mandel
    August 17, 2015 at 4:28 am

    1. In booking service, you wrote, “With AA miles, you can have a free stopover at a gateway city such as Los Angeles, Honolulu, Dallas, New York, or Miami.” Not any more.
    2. Including USPS, NO place in Dallas, Texas area will let you buy money orders using loaded gift/debit cards with PINs.
    3. Citi will no longer let you pay your credit card bill using loaded gift cards.

    • August 17, 2015 at 2:52 pm

      I will have to update it, thanks.

  53. Jim
    August 17, 2015 at 8:57 am

    Can I buy an ebay gift card from ebay with an ebay gift card without getting in trouble?

  54. Jack
    December 3, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    How do you book a One-Way Singapore Airlines Award from Las Vegas to Bangkok.


    • December 9, 2015 at 4:08 pm

      You have to call, it would be las to lax to NRT to sin to bkk. Not recommended. I would take fewer connections

  55. Ed Z
    January 17, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    Hi Rom,

    I have been reading your blog for 18 months – thanks for all of your hard work!

    I am trying to fly from MSP to HNL and have plenty of UR, MR, and SPG points. I know SPG transfers to Korean and I think it’s 30,000 RT. Do you know how I book this award?

    Thank You!

    • January 18, 2016 at 6:09 pm

      It’s quite complicated, but you would have to get to somewhere Hawaiian Air flies, such as New York or Los Angeles. You’ll have to call Korean Air to book the award and it is subject to availability.

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