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15 Things For Which I Am Thankful

by on November 24, 2011 · 10 comments

in General TPG Business

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2011 has been a pretty wild year when it comes to points and travel. We’ve seen lots of positive and negative changes: from Continental leaving Membership Rewards to British Airways “revitalising” their frequent flyer program. Here are some of the miles and points related things that I’ve been thankful for this year:

1) The increase in credit card sign up bonuses. Most notably the British Airways 100,000 mile promo, which allowed me to get a roundtrip business class ticket from NYC to Bali with a stopover in Hong Kong.
2) Starwood’s decision to count award stays towards elite status
3) The Chase Ultimate Rewards program blossoming into a formidable competitor to Amex Membership Rewards
4) The demise of foreign transaction fees on many credit cards (including Ink Bold, which was just announced)
5) The rise of category bonuses on credit cards – specifically 2 points per dollar on all travel and dining spend with the Chase Sapphire Preferred card
6) Mistake fares, like the $150 roundtrip Delta fares that allowed me to go to Stockholm and Copenhagen three times in a one month span
7) US Airways 100% buy miles promos that will allow me to fly around the world in business class for relatively cheap prices
8 ) Amex bump bonuses, which were sweet while they lasted! Those were some of the easiest points I ever earned – huge paydays just for calling up and asking.
9) The places that I’ve been able to go because of my miles and points. Whether it’s the Costa Brava, Mauritius, or California with my Grandmother, I wouldn’t have been able to travel as much (and not in as much comfort) without my points and miles.
10) Global Entry- it’s saved me so much time and frustration already. I can’t imagine international travel without it.
11) Being able to quit my day job and become a full-time blogger!
12) Going on my first Mega Do and having the Oneworld Mega Do lined up for January
13) Amex transfer bonuses- the multiple Delta 50-67% promos and the British Airways 50% helped pad my accounts
14) Speaking at my first points/miles conference and being asked by my friend and follow blogger, Rick the Frugal Travel Guy, to help plan next year’s event
15) Savvy TPG readers! I love waking up every day to new emails – whether success stories, deal tips or even constructive criticism. I read every single email (and try to respond to as many as possible). Keep it up!

What are you thankful for this year when it comes to travel, miles and points?

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  • Estele19

    I’m thankful because I’m dozing in the KLM Crown Lounge at Schiphol (although I do miss the turkey and all the trimmings), waiting for my flight to Vienna. Miles made it possible for me to get a business class award ticket from NYC to my favorite city for a long weekend. I spend 90% of my vacation time making bimonthly visits to my parents, who are 90 and 97, and flying business for this trip is making it much more relaxing and enjoyable. So I’m thankful for becoming a miles junkie in 2011 and for all I’ve learned from TPG and many other sources.

  • Rfento05

    TPG, make sure you share your itinerary for the hong kong/Bali trip because it seems like there were a lot of people booking that last week

  • PJ

    ah you did not cath the Sapphire Preferred 50K with anohter 50 K bump simply on a secure message into our firendly Chase.

    On the Thanksgivng eve, a few friends of mine emailed me thanks for the good signup deals I passed along from here my reply was ” I am feeling good when you did great on my tips..”

    also, BA devaluation came out with some bright side: tremendous value on short hops..

    JFK-Halifax 9K plus 52 RT Nova Scotia here I come next summer !!

    going on right now: I just got another target offer from AMex Platinum for 100K the recipient again is a never lived here first name with my last name …debating if I should apply on it with my daughter’s name

    another thing to be thanksful on Sapphire Preferred: if you have a trusted CO Platinum Elite member, when you want to book a CO /UA award ask your fly hero to book it for you with maximum flexibility ( next to nothing fees, last minute booking etc etc.. sweeet late discovery this year )

    Happy holidays all:)

  • PJ

    I suggest TPG wears a name tag when he boards his flight to Bali.. will meet a lot of alumni to laugh over unlimited drinks in the air

  • PJ

    well said; your feeling is not alone !! Happy Holidays last week we had a brithday celebration in ou dancing club for George’s 97 th birthday

  • Nabeel Jafferali

    Just called Chase to inquire about my Ink Bold opened in October 2011. Was told the no foreign transaction fee won’t take effect until April. That’s pretty stupid IMHO.

  • calbear77

    I am thankful for my upcoming trip to south america, which I learned about within days of first coming to this site. And I am thankful for the nearly 400K points I have earned in the last two months alone that I have yet to spend!

    The plan is to take a business class international trip a year for as long as this train is running. This site has literally changed my life by making all this possible.

  • sil

    I am thankful for all your useful information on this blog. I have long been a member of flyertalk.com but didn’t actively participated till May 2011. It was from reading flyertalk.com that I first came to your blog to read more on credit card sign up bonuses.

    Since May, I have accumulated 835k miles. I have my European ,South America ,and Southeast Trips on biz/1st class lined up with my free points. I haven’t redeemed my SouthEast Asia trip with points yet.

    Thanks !! Happy Thanksgiving

  • Simon

    “Sapphire Preferred 50K with another 50 K bump simply on a secure message into our friendly Chase” => is there a link to details on this?

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