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TPG reader Sophia tweeted me to ask:
@thepointsguy– “Must the minimum spending requirement be met when my third statement closes or exactly 90 days after opening the account in order to earn a sign-up bonus?”

In order to get lucrative credit card sign-up bonuses, you often have to hit spend… Read More

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TPG reader Scott tweeted me to ask:
@thepointsguy– “Do Delta Medallion Qualifying Miles roll over if you haven’t qualified on Medallion Qualifying Dollars? I have 65k MQMs this year but am only a Silver Medallion.” 

In 2014, both Delta and United instituted revenue requirements to qualify for… Read More

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TPG reader Mike tweeted me to ask:
@thepointsguy– “Is now the best time to get the Southwest credit card if I want the Companion Pass, or should I wait until 2015?” 

The Southwest Companion Pass is one of the most amazing airline perks out there. It lets you bring a designated companion along on… Read More

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TPG reader Krassi tweeted me to ask:
@thepointsguy– “What are the most aspirational hotel award redemptions out there?”

Over the past year, we’ve seen a lot of hotel programs devalue, meaning you need to use more points than ever for award nights–especially at the higher end properties. Read More

10 Unexpected Airport Amenities You Won’t Believe

November 22, 2014

Whether you’re stuck in an endless delay, find yourself with a layover, or have merely arrived early for your flight, TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne wants you to know that several U.S. airports offer a little something extra in terms of relaxation, recreation and diversion.  Hatfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) The Club at ATL You don’t necessarily have to be […]

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Double Points To Asia, Bonus HHonors, Discounted Starpoints

November 22, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn Double Business Extra points with American Flying to Asia from the USA American Airlines has partnered with Japan Airlines to offer double Business Extra points when you travel on American Airlines or codeshare (AA) flights operated by Japan […]

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Chase VIP Shopping Mall Lounge for United Cardmembers

November 21, 2014

This holiday season, Chase is offering VIP lounges for United MileagePlus cardholders at two major US shopping malls, one in San Francisco, and the other in Short Hills, NJ. These lounges will be accessible to primary cardholders of any Chase United card (including the MileagePlus Explorer, the MileagePlus Club card, and business versions), along with up […]

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Contest Roundup: Win Air France Miles, London Trip, Relax in Puerto Rico

November 21, 2014

Check out the week in travel contests and sweepstakes for your chance to win a wine trip to France, win thousands of Air France miles, see relax in Puerto Rico, eat your way through Palm Beach & tour London. Win Thousands of Miles From Air France Play the Mr. Miles game and have a chance […]

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Delta Announces New Airbus A350 and A330-900 Orders

November 21, 2014

In a blow to American aviation manufacturer Boeing, Delta announced yesterday that from 2017 to 2019, the airline will replace its older Boeing 747-400s and 767-300ERs with 25 long-haul A350-900s and 25 medium-haul A330-900neos from European-owned Airbus, which feature Rolls Royce engines, and are expected to save 20% per seat in operating costs. The retail cost of these 50 new […]

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What Are Points & Miles Worth? November Monthly Valuations

November 21, 2014

You can view all posts in the Monthly Valuation Series here. One of the questions I’m asked most often is “how much is a point or mile worth?” That question varies from person to person and depends on how well you can maximize a particular currency for your needs. Still, some points are worth more than others. To give readers […]

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Three Credit Cards for Mid-Tier Hotel Award Nights

November 21, 2014

One of my foremost pieces of advice to award travelers is to make sure you earn points and miles on every dollar you spend, and the best way to do that is by using the right rewards credit card, or in many cases, cards. Today TPG Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at credit card combinations tailored […]

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My Favorite Use of Points Ever? VIP at the Knicks With SPG

November 20, 2014

As airlines and hotels programs devalue their points by increasing the amount of points needed for free flights and rooms, redeeming for non-travel experiences is becoming more and more appealing. Especially for road warriors, sometimes a vacation is not traveling. I’m in a similar situation where I have tons of points, but the real pleasure […]

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United Devalues MileagePlus Premier Program

November 20, 2014

Delta recently devalued it’s SkyMiles program by increasing the Medallion Qualifying Dollar thresholds, and United quickly followed by raising their Premier Qualifying Dollar thresholds for 2015. This time around, United decided it was time to make some of their own changes to their MileagePlus program, and not just follow in Delta’s footsteps. These latest changes have to do […]

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Thursday Giveaway: $500 TodayTix Broadway Ticket Voucher

November 20, 2014

One of the great cultural perks of New York City, is it’s amazing theatre scene. From classics by Ibsen to dazzling showstopping productions like Kinky Boots, there is something for everyone! Unfortunately, some theatre ticket prices have recently reached stratospheric heights and buying a ticket requires a lot of planning and funds. Now, the app TodayTix offers […]

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JetBlue Adds Checked Bag Fees and More Seats, Loses Legroom

November 20, 2014

In a move designed to satisfy its shareholders rather than its customers, JetBlue will soon begin charging checked bag fees, and in mid-2016, will begin adding more seats to its popular Airbus A320s. Having seen the success, however controversial, of budget carriers who charge individual fees for everything from carry-on bags to seat assignments, JetBlue projects that […]

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Tips for Delta MQD and United PQD Requirements in 2014

November 20, 2014

With the deadline for elite status qualification looming, this week TPG Contributor Nick Ewen discusses strategies to help you earn or maintain your status into the new year. 2015 is rapidly approaching, which means we’re also in the home stretch for elite status qualification. Once the calendar flips, the balances for all of your elite qualifying miles and segments (as well as […]

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Top 8 Sites for Discounted Travel Gear

November 19, 2014

Shopping online rather than at brick-and-mortar stores can save you a good deal of money, especially when it comes to expensive travel gear like luggage, carryalls, outdoor wear and seasonal sports equipment. TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne has compiled this list of the top sites for discounted travel gear to help you get properly outfitted for your future trips - without spending a bundle.  Discount sites […]

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Starwood Preferred Guest 25% Discount for Buying Starpoints

November 19, 2014

Starwood Preferred Guest is offering a 25% discount on purchased Starpoints now through December 31, 2014. Much like the last time this promotion was offered, the discount is tiered. To get the full 25% off, you’ll need to purchase the maximum amount of 20,000 points. The tiers are set up as follows: • Buy 500–9,500 Starpoints, get 10% […]

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Delta Air Lines Launches More New Routes From Seattle

November 19, 2014

Delta Air Lines recently announced the addition of new daily nonstop flights from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Denver, Boise, Sacramento, Ketchikan and Sitka, Alaska, with service beginning as early as May, 2015. The new routes that Delta will serve, which will be operated by Delta Connection include: Five daily flights to Denver, beginning June 4 Four daily flights to Sacramento, Calif., beginning May […]

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Earn 4,000 United MileagePlus Miles with Softcard

November 19, 2014

Through February 28, 2015, you can earn up to 4,000 United miles when you connect a Chase United MileagePlus card to the Softcard contactless payment app for Android and Windows phones, and make purchases via the app with the linked card. You’ll earn 2,500 United MileagePlus miles for connecting a United card and making your first Softcard purchase; then earn an additional 500 miles for each month (through February […]

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Three Credit Cards for International Premium Class Travelers

November 19, 2014

One of my foremost pieces of advice to award travelers is to make sure you earn points and miles on every dollar you spend, and the best way to do that is by using the right rewards credit card, or in many cases, cards. Today TPG Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at credit card combinations tailored […]

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Tips to Qualify for Delta and United Elite Status in 2014

November 19, 2014

With the deadline for elite status qualification looming, this week TPG Contributor Nick Ewen discusses strategies to help you earn or maintain your status into the new year. 2015 is rapidly approaching, which means we’re also in the home stretch for elite status qualification. Once the calendar flips, the balances for all of your elite qualifying miles and segments (as well as […]

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Chase Freedom Increased 20,000 Sign-Up Bonus

November 18, 2014

I’ve had the Chase Freedom card for years now and it becomes even more powerful when combined with the Chase Sapphire Preferred and/or Ink Plus and Bold cards. The standard sign-up bonus on the Freedom card is $100 (10,000 points) when you spend $500 within the first three months of card membership, however for a limited-time they are offering a $200 (20,000 points) sign-up bonus. […]

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6 Top Airports for International Layovers

November 18, 2014

Inevitably, you will have to have a layover while flying at some point. TPG International Correspondent Lori Zaino offers up some international airports around the world with world-class features and amenities (and a quick excursion to the city center, time permitting) so you can maximize your layover. For layovers in in North America, check out our recent post […]

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