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Thursday Giveaway: Passes To The 2014 New York Times Travel Show

by on February 13, 2014 · 100 comments

in New York Times, Southwest Airlines, Thursday Giveaway

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Update: This offer is no longer available. View the current offer for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card here.

Offer expired March 9, 2014.

The first weekend in March, I will be making my third appearance speaking at the New York Times Travel Show at the Javits Center in NYC. As with last year, I have some amazing topics to discuss, from maximizing points to showing how anyone can travel in luxury while on a not-so-luxury budget.

Tickets are available now on the show’s website, however I am also going to give 15 lucky readers one pair of tickets each (2 per winner) for the weekend’s events. We’ll pick 5 blog readers, 5 Instagram followers and 5 Facebook fans as well.

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All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post, shoot me an Instagram photo with the hashtag #TPGNYT2014, or leave a comment on my Facebook wall telling me what you want to see me talk about at the show. Maybe you want the scoop on one of the newest credit cards to hit the market, or perhaps a discussion on current point valuations. Whatever you want to know, I want to know!

Make sure to enter by 5pm ET on Sunday, February 16 to be eligible. You can enter once per medium, but you can only win once. The winners will be chosen at random and announced next week. Good luck!

And the Winner of Last Week’s Prizes of 10,000 Southwest Points is…

Last week I talked about the devaluation of Southwest’s Wanna Get Away program and gave readers the opportunity to win 10,000 Southwest points to top off their account to use on an award before March 31 when the devaluation goes into effect. As a reminder once again, if you’re looking to score some Southwest points pre-devaluation (and possibly qualify early in the year for Southwest’s Companion Pass) there are 50,000-point sign-up offers on the Southwest credit cards right now as well.

Southwest will be devaluing Wanna Get Away redemptions March 31.

I hope Michelle uses her new points to book an award before the devaluation!

We received almost 900 submissions, many of which talked about flying to Aruba to get away from this nasty winter weather – sounds like a great idea to me! TPG reader Michelle was selected at random and her destination of choice is Boston:

“A surprise trip to Boston in April to cheer my husband on in his very first marathon (and of course to celebrate with post-race cannolis from Mike’s)!”

Congratulations and best of luck to your husband in the marathon! Thank you to everyone who entered the contest and be sure to submit an entry for this week’s giveaway.

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  • George H

    I want to go. Specially since I live in NY!! Thanks!!

  • Noah

    Bring on the show!!

  • JG

    NY Resident that’s dying to go on a vacation!

  • cotoneloc

    I’d like to hear more about maximizing international gateway stopovers.

  • matt

    Get me outta this snow!!

  • Neal

    I work a few blocks from The JC. Hope to see you there. i would like to see you talk more about my United miles and the best way to use them now post devaluation

  • Iveline

    You’re awesome, I am awesome…you must bring me to the show with you! :)

  • Bridget212323

    I’m interested in finding out how you can maximize your points on one airline without getting their card.

  • http://beckandscore.com/ Iveline

    I would love to talk Brazil with you, and see if you’re going down there for the World Cup!

  • dginchelsea

    I want the scoop on the latest credit card to hit the market!

  • Ivan M.

    I’d like to hear what you do when you have to fly airlines that are not in any alliance Airlines like Icelandair, Virgin Atlantic, Etihad that I may flight once and probably never again? Any ways to get some benefits out of that?

  • Tejash Patel

    I would love to here a few words on how to maximize points on small international carriers such as around SE Asia or south america!

  • Susan Wright

    Just want to hang and hear all the newest news! Amazing stuff!

  • Izushisobaman

    I was very excited to see your name! will be there!

  • harlanvaughn

    Hey TPG! I’d love to know more about Chase’s strategy now that United, Hyatt, AND Southwest have all recently devalued. Is it still the best?

  • tiffany l

    i’d love to see you talk about ways besides cc signups to build up your points balances!

  • Zac Brown

    I would also love to hear your biggest tips on maximizing stop- and lay-overs! Great stuff, thanks a lot!

  • Jacob K

    I’d like to hear about how you value UR points post-devaluations across the board, and what redemptions you’d rate the highest now!

  • Jason885

    That doesn’t sound like a bad deal! I’ve been meaning to check out FTU but can’t seem to justify it enough. A New York show could make that decision easier…

  • r0m8470

    I am interested to hear about options to really increase significant amount of points/miles beyond the initial sign-up bonus and paid long-haul trips.

  • jc

    How about tricks for generating spend that New Yorkers (and those that can’t buy Vanilla Reloads) can use?

  • Candace P

    I would like to know how you keep track of all the bonuses past the sign up bonuses. I cannot remember which cards to use for gas, which ones at office supply stores, etc. Hope to meet you at the show!

  • aarondavidson

    Would love to go. Localish here in Connecticut. Great quick trip to learn.

  • Robert

    I’d love to hear about using stopovers and open jaws on AA flights!

  • dee seiffer

    I’d like to hear about your strategies for the year.

  • sharon

    I would love passes to go to the New York Times travel show. It would be great to hear about making use of the open jaw / stopovers / free one ways on different airline redemptions especially when some of the rules have been updated.

  • Kevin

    Just moved to NYC from CA and would love to go. Interested in hearing about NYC related issues (best program for flying out of the area, best credit card to use on taxis/subway, etc.).

  • Jackie

    I’d like to know what you think will be the next “big” thing in the points and miles world!!!!

  • dean

    generous. I could make it, then head off to China w/ thanks to your free referral for a visa

  • Stan

    Would love to get tickets to see the travel show. Never been to one before.

  • John Care

    Would love to go. Have a free night at the Waldorf I need to use.

  • Paul Teixeira

    Awesome giveaway idea!

  • Quinn

    I hope I win!

  • avi

    It would be nice to hear you speak on fuel dumping and hidden city ticketing

  • Karl P

    I would like to hear more about open-jaw ticketing and how you get around cancellation/reticketing fees when you use the third flight.

  • Scott

    I want to know the best way to get away somewhere warm…in first of course!

  • Joseph Mansour

    i would love to go and learn more about maximizing delta miles

  • ronette

    i would love to go to the show and learn more about credit card bonuses

  • wiznick

    I would like to hear more about cc churn strategies and how to sustain it over long time.

  • Aviva

    It would be awesome to learn more about which cards to use for everyday purchases- and utilizing my current credit card in the best way!

  • Julian

    Hi Brian. I’d love to go to the show here in NYC and hear you talk about maximizing manufactured spend techniques!

  • Josh

    Teach me your ways!!! I want to learn not only how to get massive amounts of points but also learn the neat way to maximize their value!!

  • romanhans

    I travel a lot so I’d love to go. As another ridiculously tall dude I’d love to hear your tips on traveling tall.

  • Jon

    I would like to hear some more about lesser known programs from which we can extract value with points/miles.

  • Sol Goldman

    I saw you last time…you’re a tall boy

  • julsdaman

    Will be in New York during the New York Times Travel Show and would love to be a part of it and gain more insight and accumulating reward points for luxury travel.

  • Bill Whittington

    I’d like a further discussion on hotel points and strategy.

  • David

    I would love to learn more about credit card bonuses and their best uses!

  • John Hill

    I’m just 2 hours from NYC and read your blog every day.

  • Becca B

    I’m actually in town that weekend! I need some more ideas for card churn

  • Truthiness

    Would love to hear more about the best use of hyatt points for high end properties (just switched over to them from hilton).

  • Vince

    Big fan of your blog, you are a great help for all of us Points and Miles collectors!

  • Marc

    Could you please talk about travel strategies after the major devaluations in United Mileageplus and Delta Skymiles? For instance, how should we go about booking flights on Star Alliance partners now that we can’t use USDM after March and Mileageplus is just too costly? Should we just say good bye to Lufthansa F forever or are there other ways to book it (i.e. maybe on LifeMiles…etc.). Would really appreciate if you could talk about these issues and would really love to hear your insights live on the Travel Show!

  • KurtisK

    With the lack of any recent transfer bonuses from Amex to Delta, I would like to see you talk about the future of the relationship between Delta and Amex.

  • heels05

    Thanks! I would love to go

  • William White IV

    fan of the blog, a lot of great information

  • Joanna

    I would love to hear you talk more about the best use of chase ultimate rewards points now that there have been the united and hyatt devaluations!

  • mike

    I’d love to hear more about manufacturing airlines miles for international flights.

  • Quincy Allen

    I would love to go! I love your blog and read it religiously just so I can always find good deals. Would love to see you in person… I’m only 2 hours away!!

  • Mike

    I’d like to hear you talk about how to maximize manufactured spend across multiple prepaid cards.

  • Sanders

    Would love to hear more about maximizing miles to be used for economy class tickets. Cheers!

  • http://www.laviajeramorena.com/ Chanel @ La Viajera Morena

    I would love to learn any new information on the latest strategies for earning M&P, there is always new information that one can benefit from :D

  • np1234

    Will be in NYC that weekend and would love to attend the travel show. Some info about credit card churning strategy would be great.

  • David L. Zion

    What a promotion! Would love to further learn about which cards offer the best value for flights/stays in the Caribbean

  • john

    oh! pick me!!!

  • Phillip Baker

    I check you site every morning. I like reading about all the promotions and point tips.

  • Carter29072

    I read your blog every day but would love to hear you in person. I have earned lots of points and miles.

  • Karen

    Would love to see you share more of your tips in person!

  • Jonathan Sha

    What are your thoughts on the recent major devaluation of airline miles? Wil other programs likely follow this precursor? And how can an average flyer maximize his/her FF points?

  • Steve G

    would love to hear more about the best redemptions per airline

  • Eddie

    Would love to hear your thoughts on the recent perk “devaluation” of the Amex Platinum card!

  • Biggles209

    I’m always interested in reading the valuations that people place on miles and points

  • Daniel

    I would to hear more about how to find the best value for the mileage programs that recently devalued their miles

  • michael

    Hope travel show is fun..

  • Zeke414

    This travel show sounds great, would love the opportunity to attend!

  • andyonthego

    I’d like to hear about changes to the Amex Platinum and whether the card is still worth the annual fee.

  • Chris

    I’d like to hear what you think is the best US frequent flyer program for top-tier flyers.

  • iris97

    would love to see you at the show, and learn more about tips for maximizing value to use points for a frequently traveled route

  • Derek W

    My fiancee and I will be in NY for this and we would love to hear more on maximizing points/miles in preparation for our honeymoon!

  • Peter D

    Would like to see you talk about combining/consolidating points from several issuers.

  • Peebs

    I’d love to hear about: Strategies of Maximizing points redemption for a vacation when you don’t have enough. If you had to chose one, Would you rather spend on flights? hotels? tours?
    BTW, I’m in NYC and will be there at the travel show. Looking forward to your presentation.

  • purplelotus

    Will be in New York this weekend. My favorite American city. Want some tips on budget travel. Do you cruise? I think it’s an inexpensive way to see the world.

  • NinaK

    I would love to hear you talk at the show. I would like to hear about some of the great trips you’ve taken this year.

  • http://www.richardtoscano.com Richard Toscano

    What, benefits, if any, is being an IATA member for a travel company? Is it something, without which, an agency loses benefits for itself and its agents and /or cache or is it more to protect the consumer? Are all well-known travel and tour groups IATA members?

  • Maggie

    I want to talk to you about best bang for your buck miles redemption on United now that the devaluation has occurred. And some insider tips to Paris would be good too!

  • Edgar L

    I want to attend your session(s) and learn more travel tips!

  • rich

    best use of British airways miles/travel together cerft:
    Is it worth the fuel sur charges for 2 , 1 st class tickets to london

  • bookworm

    I saw you at the NYC show last year and you started me on the road to maximizing points. It was the highlight of the Travel Show for me. I hope to hear your presentation again this year.

    Thanks a bunch!

  • Allen

    will go to the travel show, but definitely to see you

  • http://patrickstravelogue.blogspot.com/ Patrick McCann

    Would love to see you talk at Javits about what the best values in redemptions are!

  • Bonnie Bouman

    I would like to know how FFers are taking the new United requirements to be Premier: that you have to spend a minimum of $2000 (whatever it is) *plus* the BIS flight miles, in order to be an elite.

    Are folks upset? Will the elite numbers be decimated? For those who are elite, will benefits be better, or is the number of customers who spent less than the minimum$ pretty small anyway? Thank you!

  • Laura

    I’d like to learn award booking strategies on United (i.e how to book stopovers, open jaws, etc.). Now that I’m deep into earning miles & points, I need to get up to speed on how to get excellent value when the time comes to redeem all the miles I’m earning. So, I’m thinking — primer on UA awards.

  • Ncsam

    I’d like to attend and learn more about point valuations of flexible currencies, like UR, MR, and Starpoints.

  • Esteban

    Would love to go to the Traavel Shows on NYC

  • Deep

    Running low on points these days, need to find some new spend options…(I’ll be visiting NYC that weekend and will try to attend.)

  • scott

    How to optimize miles once you’ve collected them, booking trips, etc

  • beluga dreams

    An industry stopover overview would be great!

  • Emilie

    This blog has been a great help for a newbie with points and rewards like me. Would love to go to the show, I’ll be using my points to go to NYC that weekend :)

  • SA

    Would love to attend the show to gather some tips from your presentation

  • Tatyana

    Comment #100: I will see you at the New York Times Travel Show. Do not forget: March 1, 5 pm, SEMINAR ROOM 1.

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