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I recently took my first trip to Greece – with the flight over on US Airways’ Envoy Class from Philadelphia to Athens and a stay at the Hotel Belvedere Mykonos – and for my journey home, I bought an Air Italia coach ticket to Milan, then flew Emirates from Milan’s MXP to New York’s JFK. My… Read More

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Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen offers suggestions for how to get the most out return from a new computer purchase, including how to find the best price, maximize rewards, and protect your investment. 
This week, students and teachers across their country are begrudgingly setting their alarms,… Read More

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With summer coming to an end, I wanted to give a quick round up of credit card offers and promotions that will be ending soon.
Expiring Credit Card Offers

United Explorer: Ending September 2, 2014
• Earn 50,000 miles after $2,000 spent on purchases in the first 3 months.
• Earn an additional 5,000… Read More

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Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele offers insights into booking last minute flights, including tips for finding late award availability and minimizing costs when cash tickets are your only option.
Travelers who book their flights far in advance generally enjoy the least expensive airline tickets… Read More

Should I Get Amex Gold Premier or Southwest Rapid Rewards?

August 31, 2014

TPG reader Noah tweeted me to ask:  @thepointsguy “Which card should I get? The American Express Gold Premier Rewards credit card with the 50k bonus or Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier credit card with the 50k bonus?” I generally don’t answer questions like “Which credit card is better?” because there are so many factors to take into […]

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Will I Earn a Bonus for Upgrading to Citi Executive Card?

August 31, 2014

TPG reader Marty tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy “Does American Airlines ever give mile bonuses to upgrade your existing credit card from Platinum Select AAdvantage to Citi Executive AAdvantage?” The Citi Executive AAdvantage credit card is one of the most lucrative deals out there. This year alone, I’ve gotten two different Citi AAdvantage cards; both are […]

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How Can I Keep Delta Medallion Status If I’m Short MQDs?

August 31, 2014

TPG reader Julie tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy “Any ideas for someone who has enough Delta MQMs but is about $1500 short on MQDs? I want to maintain Silver Medallion Elite status and I have an Amex Platinum Delta card.” For United and Delta flyers, the elite status game got a little bit harder in […]

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Will Delta Reserve MQMs Qualify for Platinum Challenge?

August 31, 2014

TPG reader Matt tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy “I’m on a Delta Platinum Challenge, can I sign up for the Delta Reserve American Express credit card and have those MQM’s qualify for the challenge requirement?” Airline Elite status matches and challenges are a great way to leverage your current status and quickly earn similar status on another […]

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Cultured: Museum Hopping Through the Masters in Nice

August 30, 2014

The French Riviera has attracted and inspired everyone from philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche to celebrated writers and painters like Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Nice-based contributor Lane Nieset takes us museum hopping through places where these artistic greats lived and worked. If you visit the French Riviera, you’ll undoubtedly find a cultural reference to a […]

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Hyatt 50% Off in China, Bonus Southwest Rapid Rewards & More

August 30, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Get a $50 Visa Gift Card For Holiday Inn Stays: If you stay three nights or more at a Holiday Inn Resort, you can get a $50 Visa Gift card via the Hold On To Summer promotion from IHG. You […]

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Citi Double Cash: a New Cashback Credit Card Option

August 29, 2014

Citi just announced the launch of a new cash back credit card with a unique twist on earning. Unlike most cards, which offer rewards based solely on spending, the Citi Double Cash Card awards 1% cash back per dollar spent, and then offers another 1% cash back as you pay down your balance. The earning structure is […]

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SPG Free Nights, Starpoints & More with Tap Into Luxury Game

August 29, 2014

SPG has created a new online game called Tap Into Luxury, where SPG members can play to win prizes like free night stays, Starpoints, iTunes gift cards and Ticketmaster cash codes. One grand prize winner will get 250,000 Starpoints to take a dream vacation at any of 1,100 Starwood hotels and resorts across nine brands worldwide, […]

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Win Trips to Cartagena, New Zealand, Dublin & More

August 29, 2014

Here are some fun travel contests and sweepstakes from around the Web this week – and here’s hoping you win a trip somewhere you’ve always wanted to go! Win a Trip to Cartagena, Colombia: Agree to receive email communication from LAN and TAM airlines and you could win a trip to Cartagena, Colombia. The prize package includes […]

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Transferring Points and Awards to Maximize Family Travel

August 29, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele looks at ways to make family travel planning easier by taking advantage of transfer options for various loyalty programs. One of the challenges of award travel for families is keeping track of all of the programs that you and your family members belong to, and figuring out how to use your points collectively to […]

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Delta Same Day Confirm Policy Changes Yet Again

August 28, 2014

Last year, Delta made some major changes to their Same Day Confirm policy, which requires that the same class of service must be available to change instead of just cabin to cabin availability. This means that if you were booked on a cheap fare, most likely you wouldn’t be able to Same Day Confirm and […]

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Hotel Deals of the Week: SPG Hot Escapes, Marriott & More

August 28, 2014

Looking for a last minute vacation? Each week, I’ll note some great deals, including some of the SPG Hot Escapes and other promotions that you can take advantage of to save some money on your next getaway. SPG Hot Escapes Top Picks For August 27-31, 2014 SPG Hot Escapes is a promotion that offers weekly hotel discounts […]

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Thursday Giveaway: $500 United Airlines Gift Card

August 28, 2014

As we have been talking about all week, there is a huge 50,000 point sign-up bonus for the United MileagePlus Explorer Card which is a limited-time offer ending on September 2nd. There are many perks of this card, including a $50 Statement Credit after your first purchase, Priority Boarding, free first checked bags, 2 United […]

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List Calories on Airline & Airport Menus: the Weekly Wish

August 28, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen continues his series The Weekly Wish, looking at flaws, shortcomings, and room for improvement in the world of travel and loyalty programs. Today’s wish: include calorie counts in airline and airport menus. Eating healthy on the road isn’t easy. Sometimes your only option is the drive-thru of a local fast food joint in between meetings, […]

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Using the United Explorer Bonus in a Post Devaluation World

August 27, 2014

In light of the limited-time sign-up bonus offer for the United MileagePlus Explorer Card of 50,000 miles after spending $2,000 within the first 3 months, I thought I would revisit what I think are the best United award options since the recent United devaluation. (Note that there’s a better offer of 50,000 miles plus a $50 statement credit for existing United members.) This […]

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First Class Dining Policies of the Major Domestic Airlines

August 27, 2014

Over the last few years – and even in recent weeks - major domestic airlines have been attempting to up their First Class dining game, achieving varying degrees of success. With food, wine and cocktail and service options going through some changes this fall, I thought it was a good time to take a look at the landscape […]

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10 Unexpected Things I Learned On My First Trip to Southeast Asia

August 27, 2014

Foreign correspondent Lori Zaino just returned from an incredible five week trip through Southeast Asia. Here, she recounts the most surprising encounters from her journey, packed with travel tips you can use. Fully vaccinated and backpack in tow, I embarked on my first journey through Southeast Asia for five weeks. In Thailand I visited Bangkok, Koh Samui and […]

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Travel Refunds: How to Save Money After Your Trip

August 27, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele discusses the importance of getting what you paid for (and not paying for what you didn’t get), and offers some strategies for collecting refunds on travel and service that comes up short.  Award travel enthusiasts pride themselves on planning vacations with points and miles and very small cash outlays. Unfortunately, the cost of award travel in […]

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Chase Freedom Ends 10% Annual Bonus & Other Changes

August 26, 2014

On the heels of the recent Chase Sapphire benefit changes (like the addition of primary auto rental insurance and the elimination of the annual 7% points dividend), Chase is making some major changes to the Chase Freedom program as well. However, unlike the changes to Sapphire Preferred (which were a mixed bag), these appear to all be negative. Per the […]

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Alaska Airlines 40% Buy Miles Bonus & Award Redemption Sale

August 26, 2014

Alaska Airlines is running a Buy Miles promotion through October 14, 2014, where you can buy miles with up to a 40% bonus. It’s a tiered bonus, and the amounts are as follows: Buy 5,000 – 19,000 miles, get a 20% Bonus Buy 20,000 – 34,000 miles, get a 30% Bonus Buy 35,000 – 40,000 miles, get […]

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