Paying For Airline Lounge Membership With Miles – Worth It?

February 20, 2013

Annual airline lounge membership – when it’s offered at all – can be an expensive proposition. However, several airlines let you redeem miles for membership rather than paying cash. TPG contributor Nick Ewen takes an in-depth look at the miles options out there and whether any of them are a good value. Update: The offer […]

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Video Sunday Reader Question: Using Miles to Get to South Africa For a Honeymoon

January 13, 2013

TPG reader Jon has been reading about my adventures in South Africa and is thinking about going there for his honeymoon (congratulations, by the way!) later this year. Here’s what he wants to know about getting there: “Your recent trip to South Africa inspired me to reach out and see if you had any tips […]

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Today Only: New Air Canada Rouge Double Miles Fare Sale

December 19, 2012

Attention Canadian readers! Air Canada has just launched a new airline within an airline called Air Canada Rouge that is going to service seasonal leisure destinations in Europe and the Caribbean with flights departing daily from Toronto and Montreal beginning July 1, 2013. The airline will fly from Toronto to: Athens Venice Edinburgh Punta Cana […]

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Aeroplan Spending and Transfer Bonuses This Week

November 22, 2012

It’s not Thanksgiving in Canada, so I thought I’d post about three Aeroplan promotions that are going on at the moment. The first is called “Tangerine Saturday,” and is one day only this Saturday, November 24. All CIBC Aeroplan cardholders will earn 2x miles on all retail purchases including gas, grocery, drugstores and more. CIBC […]

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Saturday Recap: Delta Aircraft Update, Langham Elite Status, 20% Starwood Points Discount and More

October 20, 2012

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: 50 Free Aeroplan Miles: Now through December 31, 2012, when you register your Aeroplan and Costco numbers online on the Costco Canada promo page, you’ll be awarded 50 free Aeroplan miles. Ostensibly this looks like it’s for Canadian members, but there’s nothing in the T&C […]

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Limited Time 5x Points Bonus on All Purchases Through Aeroplan E-Store

October 17, 2012

Now through October 19, shoppers who connect to online retailers through Aeroplan’s shopping portal will earn 5x miles on all purchases. While some mainstream shopping bonuses go as high as 10x, 5x points on all purchases is a pretty lucrative proposition, especially if you’re getting ahead on your holiday shopping. Among the retailers you’ll find […]

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My Chicago Seminars Presentation: Transferrable Points Programs and Credit Card Bonus Categories

October 15, 2012

Another year, another great Chicago Seminars! I had a fantastic time in Elk Grove, Illinois (about 20 minutes from O’Hare) meeting and greeting tons of other highly engaged (and slightly obsessed) frequent flyer and points hounds. My talk was on transferrable points programs and credit card bonus categories. In it I covered the big three: […]

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Saturday Recap: Bonus Avios, American, Delta and United Miles Plus Cheap Ireland Flights

October 13, 2012

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: 100,000+ Bonus Iberia Avios For Premium Tickets to Europe: Much like recent American and British Airways promos, Iberia just announced new bonuses for traveling on premium fares between North America and Europe. You must register by December 31, 2012, and fly between […]

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Saturday Recap: Bonus United, Delta and Emirates Miles, 500 Free Hilton Points and Earning Bonus

October 6, 2012

Here’s a recap of interesting points and miles news and promos from the week. 15,000 Alaska Miles For New T-Mobile Contract: Now through March 31, 2013, potential cell phone customers who register with T-Mobile at this link will be eligible to earn 15,000 bonus Alaska Airlines MileagePlan Miles. This offer is open only to new […]

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Saturday Recap: United, Aeroplan and Club Carlson Bonuses, 25,000 American Miles, BMI Closing, Fairmont Airline Partner Bonuses

September 29, 2012

Here’s a quick recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week. 40% Discount on Purchased United Miles: Like last week’s discount on purchased United miles, the airline is offering up to an extended 40% discount on purchased miles now through October 31. You save 20% on purchases up to 30,000 miles and […]

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Sunday Reader Question: What is the best way to unload Membership Rewards points?

September 23, 2012

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  This week TPG reader Dawn asked for advice on how she should unload her Membership Rewards points before her account is closed: “I have been a member of Amex since 1991 and almost as long with Membership […]

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One Day Only Aeroplan 75% Bonus

September 19, 2012

Although Aeroplan is promoting an ongoing 75% bonus on miles for flights flown within Canada on Air Canada or Air Canada Express by Canadian residents through October 21, the mileage program also announced a one-day promotion that will award flyers who book flights on today (September 19) by 2:59am Eastern Standard Time for travel […]

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300,000 Aeroplan Miles With Up and Away Facebook Contest For Canadians

September 19, 2012

From now through October 12, 2012, Aeroplan and Accor Hotels are sponsoring the Up and Away contest with a grand prize of 300,000 Aeroplan miles and a four-night (up to $1,400 USD value) stay in any Accor hotel worldwide. Other prizes include a second prize of 100,000 Aeroplan miles and a two-night stay  (up to […]

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Tips for Searching Star Alliance Award Availability

September 17, 2012

With so many ways to earn and buy Star Alliance miles, like the current 100% US Airways buy miles bonus and the 40% United discount, I thought it would be helpful to summarize the best ways to search for Star Alliance award availability. I’ll be doing the same for Oneworld and SkyTeam in the near […]

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Great Deal: Up to 8,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles With Starwood Stays This Fall

September 12, 2012

Starwood Preferred Guest is offering a great little side bonus this fall: between September 10 and December 9, 2012 you can get 3,000 Aeroplan miles when you stay 3 nights at any SPG hotel, 5,000 miles for 5 nights and if you stay at a Canadian SPG hotel for 3 of those nights you get […]

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75% Bonus Air Canada Aeroplan Miles Promo

September 11, 2012

Air Canada’s frequent flyer program, Aeroplan, just launched a bonus promotion where passengers who fly within Canada on Air Canada or Air Canada Express earn 75% bonus Aeroplan miles between now and October 21. To be eligible, you must register here with your Aeroplan number by October 21. Eligible flights flown prior to registration and […]

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How to Convert Amex Membership Rewards to US Airways Miles at a Decent Ratio

August 29, 2012

Update: This can no longer be done. Although American Express Membership Rewards has 19 airline partners and three that are in Star Alliance, they no longer have a US based Star Alliance carrier since United/Continental left in October of 2011. Now cardholders must go through another partner such as Air Canada’s Aeroplan, All Nippon Airways […]

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Up to 20% Bonus With Aeroplan Partner Conversion Promotion

August 14, 2012

Now through September 9, 2012, Aeroplan is offering a bonus when you transfer points from its hotel and car loyalty program partners into Aeroplan miles, you score bonuses of up to 10,000 miles. (Registration link). Note: Transfers from American Express Membership Rewards do not qualify for this promotion. Here’s how it breaks down: So when […]

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Saturday Recap: British Airways Visa Bonus Ending, 30,000 Bonus American Miles, Aeroplan Bonus Miles and More

July 14, 2012

Here’s a quick recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week. Final Week for the British Airways Visa 100,000 Avios Offer Update: The current sign-up bonus offer for the British Airways Visa is 50,000 Avios. 25,000 upon first use, and another 25,000 when you spend $2,500 within 90 days. While the British Airways […]

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Up to 40,000 Bonus Miles With Aeroplan Partner Transfer Promotion

May 25, 2012

Between now and June 18, 2012, Air Canada’s Aeroplan mileage program is running a promotion that could mean up to 40,000 bonus miles for transferring points from their partners. Here’s how it breaks down, per the chart below. When you transfer enough points from a partner to get 5,000 Aeroplan miles, you get a bonus […]

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Tuesday Travel Top 10: How to Use Miles for the Best First Class Products

May 8, 2012

On Friday, CNN published a list of the best first class cabins in the sky with contenders from all over the world. Interestingly enough, no US airline made the list. But what good is a list of amazing first class cabins if you don’t know how you can fly in one of them without paying […]

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(Video) Sunday Reader Question: Which Airlines Have The Highest Fuel Surcharges?

March 4, 2012

TPG reader Andrew asks a question about fuel surcharges, a topic that’s a top priority for budget-minded miles users: “I am going to transfer  Starwood points to an airline (or a couple airlines) within a year. I’d like to transfer them to frequent flyer plans that do not charge fuel surcharges, or at least ones […]

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Best Canadian Credit Cards for Miles and Points

February 8, 2012

I love Canada. I used to make near weekly business trips to Montreal and Toronto in my old job and nowadays there are many Canadian TPG readers – many of whom sit idly on the side as we gorge ourselves on mega credit card bonuses here in the US. While we are accustomed to 50,000 […]

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Updated: 20 of My Favorite Airline Awards

January 23, 2012

It’s been almost a year since I’ve updated the list of my 20 Favorite Airline Awards. Since then, so much has changed in the world of points and frequent flyer miles—from Aeroplan fuel surcharges to British Airways’ new Avios program—that I thought it was high time for a refreshing of the list. I’m going to […]

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