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Flight Review: Lufthansa New First Class Munich-JFK for $363 and 62,500 AMEX points

July 16, 2014

Last week I flew Lufthansa business class aboard its A321 from Madrid to Munich, then its new first class aboard its A330 from Munich to New York’s JFK. I booked this itinerary two days prior to departure using 62,500 American Express Membership Rewards points transferred to Aeroplan and $363 in taxes/fees –  a far cry from the $10,240 […]

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Best Mileage Transfer Partners For Awards To Japan

July 7, 2014

TPG contributor Jason Steele writes today about how to maximize your award redemptions to get to one of our favorite Asian countries- Japan.  Japan is a popular tourist destination, and award travel there can be a great use of frequent flier miles. Flights to Japan from North America travel much farther than most flights to Europe, […]

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Best Chase and Amex Transfer Partners for Travel to Israel

June 30, 2014

Recently, we took an exhaustive look at the best Starwood Ultimate Rewards airline mileage transfer partners for award trips to Israel. Today I want to look at the best options for using American Express Membership Rewards points and Chase Ultimate Rewards points. American Express Membership Rewards This program offers a number of airline transfer partners […]

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3X Bonus Avianca LifeMiles, Free Wifi in NY Airports & More

June 28, 2014

Here’s a recap of the top points and miles news from this week: Reminder: AAdvange Members Earn 100,000 Bonus Miles For Asia Flights: American Airlines AAdvantage members can earn up to 100,000 bonus miles for taking a maximum of four eligible roundtrip flights on any of AA’s new non-stop routes between the US and Asia. Register prior to travel using promotion code ASIA2, purchase a […]

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Best Starwood Transfer Partners for Flights to Israel

June 23, 2014

Israel is a popular destination for American tourists as well as VFR (Visiting Friends and Relatives) travelers. It’s also a fairly complicated award trip to book, as the award charts of different airlines place Israel in different regions. Since the most valuable points are those earned in flexible transfer programs, we thought it would be […]

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Bonus Aeroplan Miles, Marriott Free Night, Ink Cards & More

May 31, 2014

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Chase Ink credit cards has expired. View the current offers here – Ink Plus, Ink Bold, Ink Cash.   Here’s a recap of the top points and miles news from this week: Reminder — Increased bonuses for Ink cards end June 1: The current offers of 60,000 points for the Chase Ink […]

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Family Travel Tips for Booking Multiple Awards and When to Split the Team

May 16, 2014

TPG contributor Jason Steele returns today to talk about family travel and will be giving weekly tips on the best ways to manage miles and points for the whole family.  Booking a single award seat is easy, but finding two together is much harder. Finding three business class award seats together on a long haul […]

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Up to 25,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles With Partner Transfer Promotion

April 29, 2014

Now through May 25, 2014, Aeroplan (the mileage program of Air Canada) is offering the chance to earn up to 25,000 bonus miles by converting points from their partners into Aeroplan miles. Like with past promos, this is a tiered bonus and the total bonus you get is based on the cumulative partner points you […]

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Post-Devaluation Aeroplan Strategy – Awards, Transfer Partners and Star Alliance Comparison

April 9, 2014

2014 seems to be the year of devaluation what with bad news from Delta and United. Aeroplan was not the first nor last to announce they’d be making changes to their program, including raising business and first class award chart redemptions. As the changes to Air Canada’s Aeroplan Rewards program took effect earlier this year, […]

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Saturday Recap: Lufthansa Miles for Economist Subscription, United Miles For Mercedes Purchases, Bonus Points For Best Western Stays & More

March 1, 2014

Update: The offer for the The Premier Miles & More World Mastercard  has changed. View the current offer here.  Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week: United Miles For Purchasing/Leasing A Mercedes-Benz: United and Mercedes Benz are partnering again to offer MileagePlus elite members special incentives when purchasing/leasing a Mercedes Benz, […]

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Using Points.com To Convert American Express Membership Rewards into US Airways (and Eventually American) Miles

February 26, 2014

Points.com is a points exchange and clearing house that allows members to trade one kind of points and miles for another and to track your balances and see certain promo offers. You can also redeem your points or miles through it for retail gift cards or for Paypal credits. It’s free to join and its […]

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In-flight Phone Calls/Texts Roundup: Which International Airlines Allow Talking and Texting on the Phone

December 23, 2013

I recently posted on whether or not cell phone use will be the downfall of aviation, and after the announcement that flyers would be able to keep their electronic devices on throughout flights, even during takeoff and landing, the FCC has also said it is considering a proposal that would allow passengers to use their cell […]

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Earn Up To 1,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles With Every $100 Best Western Travel Card Purchased

December 5, 2013

Aeroplan is giving away 1,000 bonus miles for the purchase of a $100 value Best Western travel card, and while this may not seem like a mind-blowing offer on the outset – it can be a good opportunity to triple-dip. To earn the 1,000 bonus miles, you must be a Best Western Rewards member, select “Aeroplan” as […]

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What are the Best Ways to Use Miles for a Last Minute Trip to Paris?

November 17, 2013

TPG Twitter follower Antwoinne is turning 30 and wants to go to Paris: “@thepointsguy do you have any thoughts on best mileage usage to get to Paris on award travel early December? Last minute 30th birthday trip!” Without knowing exactly where Antwoinne is flying from and what class of service he’s interested in, I do […]

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Earn Up To 25,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles With Partner Points Conversions

November 12, 2013

Once again, Air Canada’s Aeroplan mileage program is allowing you to earn bonus miles when converting points from their partners into Aeroplan miles. Dubbed as “a year–end bonus bonanza,” now through December 9, 2013, you can earn up 25,000 bonus miles when converting points from a selection of partner loyalty programs, including the following: ClubRewards SPG […]

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Current Aeroplan Bonuses and Promotions

October 26, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Aeroplan, the frequent flyer program of Air Canada, is offering a bunch of potentially lucrative promos with bonus miles flying right and left, so today I thought I’d do a quick post rounding up the current promotions […]

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New Aeroplan and TD Bank Credit Card Partnership

September 18, 2013

I was up in Toronto on Monday filming an appearance on a CTV show called “The Social”, which you can watch there, where I talked about how Canadians can maximize their points and miles, and since then, my mind has been on news from our neighbor to the north since a lot has been going […]

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Using Star Alliance Partner Miles On EVA Awards – Best Value From ANA, Aeroplan, Singapore or United?

September 12, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  Now that EVA has joined Star Alliance officially, a lot of curious readers have written in asking about the relative values of using its Star Alliance partners’ miles to book awards on the airline. I thought I’d […]

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Up to 9,000 Aeroplan Bonus Miles With Starwood – Now Through December 15, 2013

September 3, 2013

Echoing a similar promotion from last year, Starwood has partnered with Aeroplan this fall to offer Air Canada flyers up to 9,000 bonus miles for stays between now and December 15, 2013. Here’s how it breaks down: -Stay 5 qualifying nights and earn 5,000 bonus Aeroplan miles -Stay 2 more qualifying nights (7 total) and […]

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Analyzing Amex Membership Rewards Star Alliance Partners: Should You Transfer to Aeroplan, ANA or Singapore?

July 17, 2013

The beauty of the American Express Membership Rewards program is having the ability to transfer points to valuable airline partners so you can snag the exact award you want, when you want it. All three alliances have transfer partners and in this post I’ll shed some light on the three Star Alliance transfer partners: Air […]

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What Is The Most Economical Way To Use American Express Membership Rewards Points to China?

July 14, 2013

TPG Reader KG asked: “My family consisting of 4 adults and 4 children are planning a trip from Jacksonville to either Hong Kong or China early in 2014, for our adoption of toddler. We are trying to research lowest rates.  I have an American Express Platinum Card with 260,000 points and want to know the best […]

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Aeroplan Announces Major Miles Devaluation, New Credit Cards and Elite Spending Program

July 1, 2013

Air Canada’s Aeroplan Rewards program is launching some major changes to its program starting January 1, 2014, including a big devaluating overhaul of mileage award redemptions, signing a deal with a new credit card partner, eliminating mileage expiration, and instituting a new revenue-based program of elite status benefits. Award Chart Changes There were several major […]

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Saturday Recap: National Travel Insurance Survey Results, Earn Up To 10,000 AAdvantage Miles on Flights to China, Save 13% When Booking with Hotels.com, Best Western Launches Summer Promotion, Aeroplan Around the World Contest

June 29, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: National Travel Insurance Survey Results: As a recap from earlier this week, the results came in from the survey that I commissioned Princeton Survey Research Associates International to conduct, to find out whether or not people think it’s worth it to purchase travel […]

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Video SRQ: Using Amex Points to Cover a Trip to London and Paris

May 26, 2013

TPG reader Decker wants to take his wife on a trip to London and Paris next spring: “I have almost 500,000 points with American Express. My wife and I are planning a trip to London and Paris in March of 2014. Do you have any suggestions for how we can use these points in the […]

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