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Over the past year, Delta has really chiseled away their SkyMiles program by implementing many negative changes for their flyers. They’ve announced Mileage Accrual Based on Spending, Additional Revenue Requirements for Medallion Status, Reduced SkyClub Guests and Increased Fees, Tightened Their… Read More

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Spend bonuses on a credit card can dramatically increase its value proposition and justify the annual fee. The American Express Premier Rewards Gold card has been one of my go-to cards for years. It offers 3 Membership Rewards points per dollar spent on airfare and 2 points per dollar spent on gas… Read More

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Earlier this week, Chase launched a limited-time sign-up bonus offer for the Ink Plus card where you can earn 70,000 points when you spend $5,000 in 3 months. The $95 annual fee is not waived, but this offer still beats the normal 50,000 point bonus (and even the occasional 60,000 point bonus). I… Read More

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As a points and miles devotee, I’m always trying to get the best return I can on my rewards, and an important part of my strategy is knowing how to handle annual fees from credit cards.  Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele offers some tips on ways you can offset, minimize, or avoid those fees… Read More

Club Carlson Promo: 30% Bonus on Purchased Gold Points

September 30, 2014

In case you missed this past summer’s Club Carlson flash sale and still want to top up your account, you can take advantage of the latest “Get Away Faster” promotion and receive a 30% bonus when you buy 10,000-40,000 Gold Points from now through October 31, 2014. This promo allows you to purchase a minimum of 10,000 and a maximum […]

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Reminder: US Airways 100% Bonus on Purchased Miles Extended

September 30, 2014

As I wrote about previously, US Airways is offering a bonus of up to 100% on purchased Dividend Miles that has just been extended through October 12, 2014. However unlike some recent promotions, this one is targeted. As the American Airlines and US Airways merger continues to move along, this could be one of the last chance to buy US Airways […]

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When to Book Your Thanksgiving Travel

September 30, 2014

Now that the leaves are changing color, a chill’s in the air and pumpkin-flavored everything can be found everywhere, it can only mean one thing: Thanksgiving will be here before you know it. Travel booking site Kayak.com has sifted through a cornucopia of data to find the best times to pounce on Turkey Day travel, so if you haven’t made your travel […]

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Deal Alert: $15 Fares on Frontier- Chicago, Miami & Philly

September 30, 2014

In the past few weeks, we’ve written about Frontier Airlines offering $19 fares from Phoenix and $15 fares from Houston to San Francisco. Today they’re back at it with $15 fares from Chicago O’Hare, Miami and Philadelphia. Frontier is launching new service in American Airlines hub Miami and US Airways hub Philadelphia, and to celebrate they’re offering some […]

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7 Top Business Credit Cards for Travel Rewards

September 30, 2014

Yesterday, Chase launched a historically high sign-up bonus offer of 70,000 points for the Ink Plus business credit card. However, if you already have the Ink Plus or were thinking of applying for another business credit card, there are some other great offers available at the moment. To help you decide, here’s a rundown of what […]

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Train or Plane? U.S. Routes Where Amtrak Beats Flying

September 30, 2014

Unlike European trains, which are known for comfort and punctuality, Amtrak doesn’t have the same allure as air travel. Still, there are some domestic routes where the train competes (or even comes out ahead) in terms of time and cost. TPG Contributor Nick Ewen took a deeper look at these routes to see when the train is the better option. […]

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Chase Ink Plus 70,000 Point Sign-up Bonus – Amazing Deal Alert

September 29, 2014

Chase has just launched a limited-time sign-up offer for the Ink Plus card, where you’ll earn 70,000 points when you spend $5,000 in 3 months. That’s 40% higher than the normal sign-up bonus of 50,000 points, so if you’ve been holding off on getting this card, now is the time to do it. Previously this offer was only […]

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Hotel Review: W New York Times Square

September 29, 2014

The TPG team recently met in New York for strategy meetings and checked into a variety of hotels across the city. TPG International Correspondent Lori Zaino stayed at W New York Times Square. Here’s her review on the property. Stay tuned for more New York City hotel reviews from the rest of the team. Having once lived in New […]

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Double Hilton HHonors Points or 1,000 Point Bonus Per Stay

September 29, 2014

Hilton HHonors is gearing up to launch their next promotion and wants your vote on what it should be. The two choices are either double points or 1,000 bonus points per night. Members can vote to earn either Double Hilton HHonors Points, beginning on their second stay, or 1,000 Bonus Points for every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday night […]

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IHG Releases PointBreaks List for September 29-November 30

September 29, 2014

IHG just released its latest list of PointBreaks hotels for September 29- November 30, 2014. PointBreaks are reduced award redemptions at IHG hotels (Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, Indigo, Holiday Inn, etc.) that require just 5,000 Rewards Club points for a free night, and change every two months. While many of the participating properties are in fairly mundane destinations, there are always a few worth checking […]

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Credit Cards that Offer Elite Status for Car Rentals

September 29, 2014

At a time when elite benefits are shrinking and those that still exist are becoming more elusive, I’m appreciative of any elite status that I can get and maintain the easy way, even for rental cars. Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele discusses credit cards that let you circumnavigate the elite status requirements at rental car agencies, so you can reap the […]

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Do I Have to Pay Taxes on Credit Card Bonuses?

September 28, 2014

TPG reader Rushabh tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy– Do banks report sign-up bonuses to the IRS? Do we have to pay taxes on sign-up bonuses from credit card offers?” Rushabh wants to know what his tax liability is for points and miles earned from a credit card, and is concerned he might have to forfeit some […]

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Do I Earn MQDs for Delta Tickets Booked on Ultimate Rewards?

September 28, 2014

TPG reader Philip tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy If you book Delta tickets through Chase Ultimate Rewards, will you get MQDs? I’ve started to NOT get MQDs on recent tickets I have purchased through Ultimate Rewards.” Credit card points can be especially valuable when redeemed directly for airfare, because you usually earn miles on the […]

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Should I Drop United if I Fly Mostly Long Haul?

September 28, 2014

TPG reader Alvin asked me on Facebook: “I’m an infrequent flyer with United and Star Alliance (two long haul domestic round-trips and a transpacific each year). Since United is shifting to a fare-based mileage plan, this negates my travel style. Should I cash out soon and put my miles on another Star Alliance carrier?” This […]

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Should I Switch From United Premier 1K for More Upgrades?

September 28, 2014

TPG Reader Kyle tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy I’m a United Premier 1K based in San Francisco (SFO). There are too many 1K members in San Francisco, meaning I miss too many upgrades. Does it make sense to switch airlines?” A lot of things are happening for elite flyers this year. First off, United and […]

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Hotel Review: Moon Palace Resort, Riviera Maya, Mexico

September 27, 2014

Lifestyle Editor Shayne Benowitz and Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne attended the annual TBEX North America conference held earlier this month at the Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort in Mexico’s Riviera Maya. Here’s Shayne’s review of the all-inclusive resort. I’m a firm believer that where you stay while traveling has a profound impact on your impression of […]

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Bonus AAdvantage Miles & Avios, Delta MQMs at Hilton, & More

September 27, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Reminder: Earn 125,000 Bonus AAdvantage Miles Traveling To Europe American Airlines just launched a new promotion where AAdvantage members can earn up to 125,000 bonus AAdvantage miles when flying to Europe in business or first class. You’ll earn: 20,000 bonus AAdvantage miles after your first roundtrip […]

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8 Adrenaline Pumping Adventures in Thailand

September 26, 2014

Looking for some adventure in your life? TPG foreign correspondent Lori Zaino shares eight amazing activities in Northern Thailand that are sure to amp up your adrenaline. Read on if you’re looking for excitement while on vacation. During my five-week trip through Asia, I wanted a bit of everything: city touring, relaxation on beaches and, of course–a little adventure. It turns out that […]

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Earn 250 Delta Medallion Qualifying Miles for Hilton Stays

September 26, 2014

Hilton and Delta just launched a promotion similar to the one they had last year, offering 250 Medallion Qualifying Miles per stay of two nights or more and double miles between October 6, 2014 and December 20, 2014, up to a maximum of 10,000 MQMs when you select Delta as your Hilton HHonors Double Dip partner. These MQMs are in addition to the […]

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Our New Partnership With PeaceJam & 1 Billion Acts of Peace!

September 26, 2014

I am proud to announce TPG’s supporting partnership with PeaceJam and the One Billion Acts of Peace campaign. This remarkable organization harnesses the resources and wisdom of 13 Nobel Peace Laureates (from Archbishop Desmond Tutu to the Dalai Lama) to inspire today’s youth to become leaders and create positive change on a global level. With over 17 years of experience, the […]

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