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Daily Drop is a newsletter that teaches you how to earn and redeem miles and points in under 5 minutes a day (witty commentary, gifs and memes included 😉). Join Mike and Megan for The Daily Drop Podcast to extend the conversation that earns you free(ish) travel. Expanding some of your favorite miles and points topics, answering your questions... and we promise to not skip on the witty commentary.

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In this episode, we’re joined by the founder of Daily Drop and one half of Kara and Nate on YouTube, Nate Buchanan. He shares his journey from saving two million points to owning a Miles and Points company. He discusses how he got started in the Miles and Points game, the strategies he used to earn points, and how his redemption strategies have evolved over time. Plus, he answers a few questions from the Daily Drop audience!Check out the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card elevated offer here: http...
In this episode, Mike and Megan discuss creative ways to use Chase Ultimate Rewards Points. They share personal examples of how they have used these points to book flights and hotels at incredible value. They highlight the flexibility and high value of Chase Ultimate Rewards Points, particularly when used with transfer partners like United and Virgin Atlantic. They also emphasize the benefits of the Chase Sapphire Preferred and Chase Sapphire Reserve cards, which currently have elevated welco...
In this episode, Mike answers one of our most common questions around here. He discusses how he justifies holding credit cards with high annual fees, using the Chase Sapphire Reserve as an example. Check out the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card here: https://www.dailydrop.com/credit-cards/chase-sapphire-reserve Keep Up With Daily Drop: Read the newsletter: https://www.dailydrop.com Join the Lounge: https://www.facebook.com/groups/dailydroplounge Check out our top cards: https://dailyd...
In this episode, Megan dives deep into American Express Membership Rewards points. She explains the rules and limitations of American Express cards, the cards that earn Membership Rewards points, and how to earn additional points through Rakuten. Megan also discusses some secrets to earn more MR points. Enjoy!Resources:Favorite Amex MR earning cards: https://www.dailydrop.com/credit-card-issuers/american-expressRakuten + Amex: https://www.dailydrop.com/pages/how-to-earn-more-american-express-...
In this episode, Mike and Megan are joined by Brendan from the Daily Drop Youtube channel to talk all about their mistakes. They cover topics such as booking upgraded hotel rooms with points, accidentally using the wrong free night award, using points for poor value, analysis paralysis in redemption, forgetting visa requirements, and passport expiration drama. Plus everyone learns a new hack that ends up saving Brendan thousands of miles on an upcoming trip! Resources:Virgin Companion Pa...
In this episode, Mike discusses the major shakeup in the points and miles world, with Bilt Rewards adding Alaska Airlines as a transfer partner and why you should care about this!Resources:The Bilt Card: https://www.dailydrop.com/credit-cards/bilt-mastercard Episode Time Stamps:01:24 Changes to Alaska Airlines loyalty program05:09 Introduction of new award charts06:36 New sweet spots and improved pricing10:38 Free stopovers in partner airline hubs12:22 Future ability to combine partner a...
In this very fun episode, we give you the recording of our speech that we hosted live at the Travel and Adventure Show Atlanta 2024. Megan and Mike talk you through how we visited over 50 countries last year thanks to the magic of miles and points!Resources:Slides: https://bit.ly/tasslidesdd YouTube version of this ep: https://youtu.be/XjRpjlHZYKo Free gift as mentioned at the start - Miles and Points 101: https://www.dailydrop.com/course-videos/what-are-miles-points Episode Time Stamps:...
In this episode, Megan provides an ultimate guide to Chase Ultimate Rewards. She explains what Ultimate Rewards are, how to earn them, and why people are kind of obsessed with them. She also explores the different cards that earn Ultimate Rewards and how to build a points family. Megan covers redemption options through the Chase portal and transfer partners, and more!Resources:Written guide to Chase Ultimate Rewards: https://www.dailydrop.com/pages/daily-drop-s-guide-to-chase-ultimate-rewards...
In this episode, we are joined by Megan, Mike, and Tiffany to chat about what's in our wallets and why?! We answer questions like what's one card we frequently reach for? What's a favorite co branded card we have? What's our strategy for choosing our next card? And we answer some questions from you!Resources from this episode: Top Cards: https://www.dailydrop.com/credit-cards2 Player Mode article: https://www.dailydrop.com/pages/miles-and-points-in-two-player-mode2 Player Mode episode: https:...
In this episode, Mike discusses fifth freedom flights and their travel hacking implications. He highlights several airlines that operate fifth freedom routes, including Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Air France, Gulf Air, and Ethiopian Airlines. Resources:Weekend Round Up Newsletter: https://newsletter.dailydrop.com/forms/d7b781f6-5522-40bb-a818-f7cf9810662f Episode Time Stamps:01:33 Introduction to Fifth Freedom Flights03:13 Emirates Fifth Freedom Routes05:52 Singapore Airlines Fift...
Sign Up Bonus Bonanza

Sign Up Bonus Bonanza

2024-02-0728:14

In this episode, Mike and Megan (are back 🎉) discuss several exciting credit card offers. Who gets the spotlight… Southwest, World of Hyatt, Marriott, Capital One, and United.Resources:All elevated offers Here: https://www.dailydrop.com/ranked-credit-cards/increased-welcome-offers Southwest specific bonuses here: https://www.dailydrop.com/ranked-credit-cards/southwest-airlines-cards? Southwest Card Head to Head Episode: https://podcast.dailydrop.com/2253039/13884478 Episode Time Sta...
In this episode, Megan discusses the importance of award search tools and shares six award search tools, 3 for flights and 3 for hotels. The question "How do I find award bookings?!" comes up a lot around here and these are tools to add to your search toolkit! Resources:Seats.aero: https://bit.ly/ddseatsaero Points Yeah: https://bit.ly/ddpointsyeah Seat Spy: https://bit.ly/3SEVV66 Guide with tutorials: https://bit.ly/ddfreesearchtoolsMax My Point: https://bit.ly/ddmaxmypoi...
In this episode, Mike discusses credit scores and credit card statements. He explains the components of a credit score, including payment history, utilization, average credit length, new credit, and credit mix.Episode Time Stamps:00:00 Intro and the basics00:57 Components of a Credit Score02:21 Payment History and Utilization02:49 Average Credit Length and New Credit04:17 Credit Mix04:46 Understanding Credit Card Statements06:38 Payment Due Date and Interest07:34 Importance of Making Payments...
In this episode, Megan discusses the strategy of two-player mode in travel hacking. You’ll learn how to maximize your points with someone else, the various bank rules to keep in mind, how to manage annual fees, and more.Episode Time Stamps:00:28 What is Two Player Mode?01:24 The Two Player Mode Process03:21 Example: Chase Sapphire Preferred05:08 Maximizing Two Player Mode with Different Card Families06:35 Managing Annual Fees07:28 Example: Maximizing Two Player Mode with Chase10:18 Referral R...
Welcome to the weekly round up! Here we'll sum up what happened in the newsletter this week in 10 minutes.Monday: https://www.dailydrop.com/newsletters/my-current-favorite-travel-hack?Tuesday: https://www.dailydrop.com/newsletters/a-new-way-to-fly-to-mexico-with-points?Wednesday: https://www.dailydrop.com/newsletters/airline-status-match-through-2026?Thursday: https://www.dailydrop.com/newsletters/today-only-save-on-southwest-flights?Friday:Keep Up With Daily Drop: Stay up to date with the n...
In this episode, Mike shares lesser-known travel hacks that can help travelers maximize their experiences and rewards. He discusses booking unique accommodations with points and miles, earning extra loyalty points, using status matches for one-time perks, bidding for upgrades, and more. Keep Up With Daily Drop:Read the newsletter: https://www.dailydrop.com Join the Lounge: https://www.facebook.com/groups/dailydroplounge Check out our top cards: https://dailydrop.com/pages/our-top-credi...
Yearly Round Up 2023

Yearly Round Up 2023

2023-12-3045:16

In this episode, Mike shares his 2023 travel stats and best hacks along the way!Find a newsletter referenced here: https://dailydrop.com/ Keep Up With Daily Drop: Join the Lounge: https://www.facebook.com/groups/dailydroplounge Check out our top cards: https://dailydrop.com/pages/our-top-credit-cards Follow along on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dailydrop/ Hang out on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@DailyDrop Prefer a video podcast? Head over here: https://www.youtube.com/@...
In this episode Megan and Mike set a challenge to create the best itinerary booked with points using only $0 annual fee cards… and it was a challenge! Tune in to hear 2 very different strategies for earning and redeeming points, plus we want you to vote on the best itinerary! Join the Daily Drop Lounge here to vote: https://www.facebook.com/groups/dailydroplounge Episode Time Stamps:1:00 - The Challenge Rules2:07 - 2 things to know… 4:21 - Our 3 card choices7:30 - How we “...
Welcome to the weekly round up! Here we'll sum up what happened in the newsletter this week in 10 minutes.Monday: https://www.dailydrop.com/newsletters/what-i-d-do-if-i-could-only-travel-once-per-year?tid=podcastTuesday: https://www.dailydrop.com/newsletters/major-award-sale-to-basically-everywhere?tid=podcastWednesday: https://www.dailydrop.com/newsletters/how-to-use-hotel-points-for-flights?tid=loungeThursday: https://www.dailydrop.com/newsletters/family-travel-as-a-points-padawan?tid=podca...
Join Mike and Megan as we dive in head first to the best travel hacking content. In this episode, we answer a handful of requests for points help. Including…A trip to Ecuador with Capital One miles…Off to Oktoberfest with Chase points (Reference resource, podcast on stopovers - https://podcast.dailydrop.com/2253039/13796833-how-to-book-stopovers-a-new-transfer-bonus-and-a-hostile-takeover)An around the world trip with Marriott (Reference resource, podcast on earning 1 million Marriott points ...
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