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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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Saturday Recap: Join Hyatt in Supporting the Oklahoma Tornado Relief Efforts, Delta’s Terminal 4 at JFK is Now Open, Bonus Starpoints and Elite Qualifying Nights on SPG Group Bookings, Triple Iberia Points with Marriott, Bonus on British Airways Purchased Avios

May 25, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Join Hyatt in Supporting the Oklahoma Tornado Relief Efforts: Earlier this week, a massive tornado struck Oklahoma where thousands of lives and numerous communities have been devastated by this disaster. Hyatt is encouraging your support to help this cause by donating $50,000 […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Foreign Frequent Flyer Programs

May 7, 2013

With the launch of a 50,000-mile sign-up bonus offer on Barclaycard’s Lufthansa Miles & More Premier World Mastercard over the weekend, I wanted to take a look at the top 10 foreign frequent flyer programs you should consider, even if you’re based in the US, and some great redemptions on each. 1. British Airways: British […]

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Airline Miles Expiration Policies Roundup

April 17, 2013

Following up on the recent national survey I commissioned from The Princeton Group and my contest about how people track their frequent flyer miles, I thought it would be a good idea to create a basic guide to the expiration policies of the major airline and hotel loyalty programs. Although mileage expiration is a major […]

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Up To 40,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles With Partner Points Conversions

April 16, 2013

From now through May 13, 2013, 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. Unfortunately, Amex Membership Rewards points transfers to Aeroplan do not count for this promo, but it could be a good way to boost your Aeroplan balance. […]

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Aeroplan Star Alliance Award Taxes and Fees Overview – Taxes and Fees Roundup

March 25, 2013

This is the fourth and final installment of my series on calculating the cost of various Star Alliance awards using Aeroplan miles. In Part 1 of my series, I priced out awards on Air Canada, United, Lufthansa, Brussels Air, Singapore Airlines, Air New Zealand, ANA and South African Airways. In Part 2, I looked at […]

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Aeroplan Star Alliance Award Taxes and Fees – Part 3

March 22, 2013

This is the third installment of my series on calculating the cost of various Star Alliance awards using Aeroplan miles. Aeroplan is the frequent flyer program of Air Canada, a member of Star Alliance, so you can use Aeroplan miles to book on any of the 27 Star Alliance carriers. The program is also a […]

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Aeroplan Star Alliance Award Taxes and Fees – Part 2

March 18, 2013

This is Part 2 in my series calculating the cost of various Star Alliance awards using Aeroplan miles. In Part 1, I priced out awards on Air Canada, United, Lufthansa, Brussels Air, Singapore Airlines, Air New Zealand, ANA and South African Airways. In this installment, we’ll look at some other popular Star Alliance carriers including: […]

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Overview of Aeroplan Star Alliance Award Taxes and Fees

March 13, 2013

Aeroplan is the frequent flyer program of Air Canada, which is a member of Star Alliance with 26 (for now) airline partners, and is also a transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards – which you earn on cards like the Premier Rewards Gold and the Platinum – and Starwood Preferred Guest. It has also […]

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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 aircanada.com 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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