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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Sunday Reader Question: Are The Amex Membership Rewards Free Flight & Companion Pass Vouchers Worth It?

December 18, 2011

TPG reader Chris writes: “I was recently on the Membership Rewards website looking to transfer some miles and noticed the various e-certificates the airlines where offering for either free flights for a fixed amount or companion pass certificates. Do you rate any of these as a good deal or are generally mileage transfers (% bonuses) better?” In my opinion, […]

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Aeroplan Award Sale and Transfer Partner Bonus Reminder

December 6, 2011

Yesterday I wrote about Aeroplan (Air Canada’s frequent flyer program) running a pretty generous temporary sale on awards. You can get business class for the price of coach and first class for the price of business class on many of their awards – including Star Alliance partners. You can check out their award charts here. Aeroplan […]

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Amazing Deal Alert: Reduced Price Aeroplan Awards

December 5, 2011

It was recently reported by Matthew at UPGRD, that Aeroplan awards were pricing at incorrect levels. And this time around, the error was in favor of the passenger – basically you can get business class for the price of coach and First class awards for the price of business class. Aeroplan is an instant transfer […]

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Aeroplan Fuel Surcharge Update and Partner Transfer Promotion

November 22, 2011

Devaluation A couple weeks ago I wrote about Air Canada Aeroplan’s plans to institute huge fuel surcharges on many of their Star Alliance partner awards. After a lot of negative customer feedback, they began to backpedal on those changes and I thought they may have scrapped those plans. However, that was just a temporary stay […]

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Sunday Reader Question: Which Frequent Flyer Program is Best for International Upgrades?

November 20, 2011

TPG reader Ulysses writes: “Which airline’s elite status program offers the best chance of being upgraded on a flight?  I fly several times a year, but not enough to earn elite status on more than one airline.  I am particularly interested in long-haul, international flights since these are the sweetest upgrades to be had.”  Upgrades […]

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Aeroplan Backpedals on Fuel Surcharges … Sort Of

November 11, 2011

Yesterday I wrote about Aeroplan (the independent frequent flyer program of Air Canada) imposing huge surcharges on Star Alliance partner flights. Many of us complained to Aeroplan and they recently released a short press release in response: “Effective November 9th 2011 at 7pm, Aeroplan began applying, at Air Canada’s request, fuel surcharges to flight rewards on Lufthansa. Members […]

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Air Canada Aeroplan Institutes Huge Fuel Surcharges

November 10, 2011

Aeroplan used to be known as one of the top frequent flyer programs. They have generous routing rules and as a 1:1 transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest, they have been a solid option for Star Alliance awards (especially for mini-round the world trips).The key was to always avoid flying […]

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My Ranking of Airline Frequent Flyer Programs

October 24, 2011

All airline miles were not created equal. And while some programs are clearly better than others, the only thing that matters is how much value you get from your frequent flyer program. For example, if your preferred airport is only serviced by American – you may value your AAdvantage miles much more than any others. […]

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Friendly Reminder: 6 Deals are Expiring on Sept 30th, 2011

September 29, 2011

Maybe it’s because September 30 is the last day of the fiscal year, but a lot of great promotions, deals and transfer opportunities will be coming to an end on Friday, so now’s your last chance to take advantage of them. 1. Transfer Amex points to Continental Airlines. For information check out my recent post and video on […]

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