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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… Read More

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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… Read More

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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,… Read More

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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… Read More

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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Battle at 30,000 Feet: Seat Reclining vs. Leg Room

August 26, 2014

I just read a story that struck a chord with me. The AP reported that on Sunday, a fight broke out between two passengers over leg room on a United Airlines flight from Newark  that caused the flight to be diverted. A man utilized a Knee Defender,  a gadget that attaches to your tray table and prevents the person in front of you from […]

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United and Hawaiian Launch New Self Service Baggage Options

August 26, 2014

I’m not normally one to check bags. I much prefer a carry on to save time at check-in, eliminate the risk of the airline losing it and avoid extra fees. However, sometimes it’s just not possible to fit everything into your carry on. With this in mind, United and Hawaiian Airlines both recently announced new self-service baggage check options, including […]

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Amex Platinum vs. Visa Black Card vs. Citi Prestige: Who Wins?

August 26, 2014

Rewards credit cards come in a wide variety of flavors. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at the bonuses, benefits, and other aspects of three premium cards to see how they stack up against one another. With the economy slowly recovering, travel providers and financial institutions have stepped up their games to try to woo high spenders. We’ve seen this […]

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Flight Review: US Airways Envoy Class PHL-Athens

August 25, 2014

Last week I took my first trip to Greece, meeting up with old friends on the Cyclades island of Mykonos. I left directly from a family visit in Philadelphia, and in order to take AAdvantage of my stash of American Airlines miles, I chose to redeem on the US Airways nonstop flight from PHL to Athens’ ATH, on a US Airways-operated A330. […]

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Iberia Devalues Avios Award Chart, Is British Airways Next?

August 25, 2014

Iberia Airlines recently devalued its award chart, greatly increasing the number of Avios one needs for Oneworld partner redemptions. Since Iberia and British Airways are both owned by the International Airlines Group, it’s not unrealistic to think that a similar change could be coming to British Airways with regard to redeeming on their partner airlines. Here’s a look at the award […]

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Flying Blue Added as Citi ThankYou Transfer Partner

August 25, 2014

Last month, Citi ramped up the value of their Thank You program by adding 8 new transfer partners, including Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer and Cathay Pacific Asia Miles. While most of these Asian/Middle Eastern frequent flyer programs are not as lucrative as programs based in North America, there are still great values to be had, as we […]

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Aloft Introduces Robotic Butler & The Future of Hotel Tech

August 25, 2014

The future of hotel technology has arrived: robot butlers, digital concierges and apps that let you choose your own room are just the beginning. TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne checks in on state-of-the-art advancements being used right now at hotel chains around the world.  You don’t have to remember Rosie, the electronic maid of cartoon family The Jetsons to appreciate […]

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Maximizing IHG Rewards Card For Free Nights

August 25, 2014

Today, TPG contributor Jason Steele explains how to maximize the IHG Rewards Card to redeem for free nights at their properties.  Credit card users have become accustom to earning some sort of anniversary bonus, especially from Chase cards. For example, their Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards credit cards offer cardholders 3,000 or 6,000 points each year, depending on if they […]

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How Can I Get Elite Status By Doing Starwood Transfers?

August 24, 2014

TPG reader Andrew asks on Facebook: “I have approximately two million SPG points that I can transfer to airlines. I’d like to know if you have any strategies on how I can get airline elite status by doing Starwood transfers?” I love the innocence of newbie questions, and today’s newbie question of the week comes […]

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Can I Earn an Additional 1Point/ $1 By Booking Via Amex’s Travel Website?

August 24, 2014

TPG reader Dan tweets: @thepointsguy– “Can you still earn an additional 1pt/$1 by booking travel via AMEX’s online travel center? Paying for travel with a credit card can be very lucrative. I really try to discourage people from going directly to airline and hotel websites because you rake in tons of extra points by booking […]

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