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When major news hit, such as the recent official merger of American Airlines and US Airways, I talk to major news outlets all over the place. When reporters are looking to pull quick quotes and soundbytes, though, it’s often difficult to give the full context of what I am explaining or detailed advice.

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That’s why, when the editor of the LA Times Travel Section asked me to pen an article to complement my appearance at the LA Times Travel Show last week, I jumped at the chance to give a full picture of what I do day-to-day here on the blog – not to mention the opportunity to write an article for a national newspaper like the LA Times.

The topic of my article was how to get the most for your miles, so it was a fairly huge, general subject meant to be a primer for points novices who are looking to understand the basics and get into the points and miles game. In it, I cover the different kinds of mileage programs out there, such as distance-based and fixed-value, the role credit cards play in your miles strategy, elite status, finding awards and more.

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You might have seen it in yesterday’s paper if you’re in the LA area, but for those of you who live elsewhere, you can find it under the title: “Going the Distance Go Get Airline Awards.”

If you’re a regular reader of The Points Guy, you’ll find a lot of familiar tips, trick and hints in my article, but if you have friends or family that want to learn more about points but don’t understand basics, this is a good first step, and I’d also direct them to my Beginners Guide, which is chock-full of great information for newbies and old hands alike.


I also want to thank all the readers that came out to the LA Times Travel Show to support me and hear me speak in person. As always, it means a lot to have you there, and I love the opportunity to meet you in person and hear what you have to say, so stay tuned for future appearances and I hope to meet many of you at future events!

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