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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… Read More

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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.

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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.
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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… Read More

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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New American Express Lounge at Sydney International Airport

December 17, 2014

American Express has recently been opening up a bunch of their own airport lounges, known as the Amex Centurion Lounges. I had the opportunity to attend the Lounge Preview of the San Francisco location last month, and I’ve been impressed with other locations in New York LaGuardia, Dallas/Ft. Worth, and Las Vegas. Amex also recently announced plans for a Centurion Studio Lounge in […]

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Europe’s Best Christmas Markets

December 17, 2014

Headed to Europe to enjoy the wonder of the holiday season? Then read on as TPG International Correspondent Lori Zaino and TPG Contributor Lane Nieset share their picks for the most dazzling Christmas markets on the Continent.  Prague, Czech Republic: Old Town Christmas Market November 29, 2014 – January 11, 2015 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily Set in […]

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Delta Medallions Receive Hertz Elite Status Benefit

December 17, 2014

We’ve written extensively about Delta changing their Skymiles program for 2015, and most of the changes have been negative. However, Delta promised that there was “more to come” and one of those new additions is a partnership with Hertz, allowing Gold, Platinum, and Diamond Medallion members to enjoy complimentary elite status in the Hertz Gold Plus Rewards […]

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Last Chance: Chase Freedom 20,000 Sign-Up Bonus

December 17, 2014

As I’ve written about before, 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 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, today is the last day for the increased $200 […]

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Would You Fly Malaysia Airlines?

December 17, 2014

I’m flying on Malaysia Airlines for the first time tomorrow due to a pretty cheap business class fare (and my need to requalify for American Airlines Executive Platinum!) and I have to say I’m not worried about it. However, almost everyone I’ve told has either laughed or looked at me like I’m crazy for “jeopardizing my […]

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Starwood Offers SPG Members Free Internet Access

December 17, 2014

Last month, we wrote about how Marriott Offers Free Wi-Fi to All Marriott Rewards Members, and speculated if other brands such as Starwood would follow suit. Our speculation paid off as Starwood just announced today that SPG members who book their stays either through SPG.com, one of their hotel brand websites, or using their SPG App, will […]

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Guide to Maximizing Points and Miles for Baby Purchases

December 17, 2014

 I often stress the importance to award travelers of earning points or miles on every dollar spent, and since having kids isn’t known for being cheap, today TPG Contributor (and new father) Nick Ewen offers his strategies for earning travel rewards from baby (and parent) related purchases. If you’ve read some of my posts from earlier in the year, you […]

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Credit Card Combinations for a Paris Vacation

December 17, 2014

When talking about award travel, it’s easy to focus on earning points and miles and lose sight of the actual traveling. Today, however, TPG Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele offers a detailed analysis of how you can use your travel rewards to get to Paris. Last week, I looked at credit card strategies for award travel to Hawaii. The […]

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8 Nights of Hanukkah Hotels

December 16, 2014

Like a bag of shiny gelt (gold-wrapped chocolate coins), it’s a treat to gather with your extended mishpachah (family) for the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, which this year spans December 16-24. Based on the eight U.S. cities with the largest Jewish populations, TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne suggests a menorah’s worth of hotels to inspire celebrating the Festival of Lights […]

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Deal Alert: $44 American Airlines Flights from Chicago

December 16, 2014

Per the Flight Deal, American Airlines is running a fare sale with flights from Chicago to Orlando or Tampa starting at just $44 each way for travel in January and February. If you are interested in scoring any of these fares for $44, be sure to book sooner than later because typically, these fare sales usually […]

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