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This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page. How much are all those points and miles really worth?

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… Read More

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Learning the lingo is part of any hobby, and travel is no exception. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains a variety of travel related words and phrases that you’re likely to encounter, but may not fully understand.
If you travel, then you’ve probably… Read More

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page. United will be replacing the current first and business class seats with its BusinessFirst lie-flat product.

Business class fares to Europe tend to run anywhere from $3,000-$6,000 depending on the season and destination. But per this FlyerTalk thread, some intrepid travelers have uncovered fares as low as $1,100 roundtrip on Star Alliance airlines throughout the next year.

There are two catches, though. Read More

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page. The Southwest Airlines Companion Pass is so valuable, that it is in a class by itself.

TPG reader Christina emailed me to ask:
“My 50,000 point sign-up bonus for my Chase Rapid Rewards card posted on January 2, 2014.  I will hit 110,000 points before Dec 31, 2014, but January 2, 2015 is my statement closing date. Will I earn the companion pass for 2015 and 2016 since my statement… Read More

Do Delta Medallion Qualifying Dollars (MQDs) Roll Over?

December 21, 2014

TPG reader Jim emailed me to ask: “Do Delta Medallion Qualifying Dollars (MQDs) roll over? I’ve already qualified for 2015 Diamond Status. I have 140K MQMs and $17,000 in spending. The 15,000 MQMs roll over; what about the extra $4500?” One of the unique aspects of the Delta SkyMiles program is that you can roll over […]

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Should I Buy Trip Insurance from My Airline During Checkout?

December 21, 2014

TPG reader Cathy tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “Is it ever worth purchasing the trip insurance that airlines offer during checkout when buying a flight?” Trip insurance is a tricky subject. I think the main thing to know is the distinction between Trip Protection—which is usually what’s offered when you check out while purchasing a flight […]

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Can Alaska Compete with Delta for the Seattle Market?

December 21, 2014

TPG reader Dale sent me a message on Facebook to ask: “When can we expect Alaska to make a bold move to slow down Delta’s efforts here in Seattle market ? So far, they have not lit the fire!”  I love to watch airlines duke it out for control. With so many mergers these days, it’s […]

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Is It Worth Collecting Avios if I Typically Fly Southwest?

December 21, 2014

TPG reader Ian tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “Is it worth getting the British Airways Visa and collecting Avios if I already have the Southwest Companion Pass for 2015/16? I typically fly more on Southwest than American/BA.” The Southwest Companion Pass is one of the most amazing airline perks out there (if you fly Southwest, […]

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5 Great GoPro Accessories For Every Adventure Traveler

December 20, 2014

Do you have a hankering for adventure travel? If you’ve got a GoPro camera or you’re considering buying one, TPG Contributor Ryan Gargiulo of Pause The Moment shares the best GoPro accessories to capture those incredible moments on the go. As an avid adventure traveler and self-proclaimed tech geek, deciding which gadgets to take along with me […]

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Hotel Review: Park Hyatt New York – Park Deluxe King Room

December 20, 2014

When the luxurious, hugely tall Park Hyatt New York opened this past September on Midtown Manhattan’s West 57th Street, a half-block from Carnegie Hall and across the street from the Russian Tea Room, it was an immediate sensation in New York City. For the last few months it’s been almost impossible to snag a room here, but I […]

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Bonus SkyMiles & AAdvantage Miles, Alaska’s Beyond Comfort

December 20, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed:  Alaska Introduces New Flight Experience “Alaska Beyond” Alaska is amping up their in-flight service with the launch of Alaska Beyond. First off, the planes feature new leather seats with six-way adjustable headrests. My favorite new addition is personal power outlets at […]

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Contest Roundup: Ski in Wyoming, Weekend In Rio, Luxury St. Croix

December 19, 2014

Check out the week in travel contests and sweepstakes for your chance to win a trip to Bali or Bhutan, five days in Paris, a weekend getaway to Rio, the opportunity to snowboard with Travis Rice in Wyoming or a luxury vacation in St. Croix. Win Trips to Bhutan or Bali From Uma by Como […]

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Man Finds New Companion With Same Name as Ex-Girlfriend

December 19, 2014

Looks like there’s a happy ending to the sad tale of the boyfriend who was dumped by his girlfriend and left with a round-the-world itinerary in her name: he’s now found a (platonic) taker for the free trip, a young woman with the same nationality and name. Jordan Axani, a 28-year-old guy from Toronto, recently parted ways with one Elizabeth […]

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US Airways MasterCard Referral Bonus up to 50,000 Miles

December 19, 2014

One of the best travel credit card offers currently on the market is the US Airways Premier World Mastercard’s limited-time sign-up bonus offer of 50,000 miles with first purchase or balance transfer within 90 days and payment of the $89 annual fee. The normal sign-up bonus is between 35,000-40,000 miles. Now the issuer, Barclaycard, has […]

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6,000 Bonus HHonors Points With Citi Card (Targeted)

December 19, 2014

The Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve card is sending out targeted emails offering 2,000 HHonors bonus points per stay when you use the card to pay there. The promotion is valid at any hotel or resort within the Hilton portfolio through February 28, 2015. You can do this a total of three separate times, earning a […]

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TPG Tips For Surviving Holiday Travel

December 19, 2014

Traveling this year around the holidays? You may need a few tips to keep you sane until you manage to get where you are going and finally start to enjoy yourself. Read on as TPG International Correspondent Lori Zaino offers some guidance on surviving dreaded winter holiday travel. With the scent of fresh pine and baked […]

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What is American Airlines AAdvantage Elite Status Worth?

December 19, 2014

As the year winds down and the scramble to attain elite status revs up (myself included!), I’ve been getting flooded with emails asking whether it’s worth spending X to get Y status with Z airline. The answer to that question really depends on factors that vary from person to person, but it prompted me to think more specifically about […]

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Southwest Adds Belize and Other International Destinations

December 19, 2014

I don’t fly Southwest often, partly because of their relatively limited route network. However, their list of destinations keeps growing, and today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele shares yet another addition, along with some tips for how to boost your Rapid Rewards balance. Southwest is undergoing a major expansion, but rather than just […]

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Obama Eases Some US Travel Restrictions to Cuba

December 18, 2014

The island of Cuba is only 90 miles from Key West, Florida, but it has been 54 years since most U.S. citizens could legally travel there. Yesterday, however, President Obama announced that in light of Cuban leader Raúl Castro’s agreement to release two Cuban-detained Americans (one an intelligence operative) in exchange for three Cubans jailed in America, the U.S. plans to re-establish […]

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SkyTeam Rolls Out SkyPriority Services & Fast-Track Security

December 18, 2014

SkyTeam has officially completed the rollout of SkyPriority services at over 1,000 airports worldwide, making benefits available to Elite Plus flyers as well as those flying first or business class on all member airlines. SkyPriority offers services like priority check-in and boarding that (at least in theory) will make your airport experience a little easier. SkyTeam has also announced […]

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Earn Double Miles on United Flights (Targeted)

December 18, 2014

United Airlines is currently running a targeted promotion where select MileagePlus members can earn double miles on their travel for qualifying flights now through January 31, 2015. With this offer, targeted members can earn up to 50,000 bonus miles. Qualifying fare classes include F, A, J, C, D, Z, P, Y, B, M, E and U. […]

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Thursday Giveaway: $500 Hotels.com Gift Card

December 18, 2014

For this week’s Thursday Giveaway, Hotels.com is generously giving one lucky TPG Reader a $500 Hotels.com gift card in honor of the introduction of them offering gift cards in both the U.S. and Canada. The Hotels.com Gift Card is redeemable at over 100,000 hotels, chain properties, resorts, and bed and breakfast accommodations worldwide through their site, so it’s really a […]

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Using Amex FHR to Save Big on Luxury Hotels

December 18, 2014

I’ve been an American Express Platinum cardholder for years. While the $450 annual fee is nothing to scoff at, I’m able to get way more than that in value every year. Off the bat, each calendar year you get $200 in airline reimbursements, and every 5 years you get a $100 rebate for Global Entry/TSA Pre-check. Plus, […]

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How to Redeem Avios Without Huge Fees and Surcharges

December 18, 2014

Surcharges and fees are the scourge of award travel enthusiasts, but since they’re unlikely to be going away anytime soon, learning how to avoid them can help you make the most of your points and miles. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen offers strategies for getting around these extra costs on one of the more egregious offenders: British Airways. British Airways […]

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