Best Starwood Transfer Partners for Flights to Israel

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…

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

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…

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

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…

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

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,…

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

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,…

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

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…

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

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…

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

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…

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

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…