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Saturday Recap: United Airlines Launches Baggage Delivery, Bonus TrueBlue Points for Boston Flyers, Air Canada Partner Bonus, European Intercontinental Offer

January 19, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Delta Announces Revenue Requirement for Elite Status: As a recap from earlier this week, starting in 2014, US-based Delta Medallion members will need to either spend $25,000 dollars a year on a Delta American Express credit card, or spend a certain amount of money in addition […]

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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.com Now Blinding Users From Seeing Taxes and Fees on Award Searches

December 1, 2012

I absolutely hate getting on the phone- especially when it comes to airlines. I’m one of those annoying people who will ignore your call and then text you back to see what you want. Perhaps its my Gen Y techie background, but I just feel like I’m wasting my life away when picking up the […]

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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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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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Maximize Your Points With Back to School Shopping

August 16, 2012

Back to school shopping can be a major expense, but if you play your cards right (literally) you can rack up a ton of miles and points by leveraging online shopping portals. What are these portals? Basically online retailers pay a commission to websites to refer them business – so these portals are simply intermediary […]

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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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15% Off Air Canada Flights To New York With Mastercard

June 27, 2012

There’s just a few days left, but if you have a Mastercard, you’re eligible for a couple discounts on reservations made on Air Canada until June 30 (Saturday) for travel between now and December 14, 2012. First, you’ve got to register your card by June 30 to get a special promo code. Then go to aircanada.com/priceless […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Airline Apps

June 26, 2012

As more people begin to carry smartphones and PDA’s such as iPhones and iPads as well as Blackberries and Androids, more and more airlines have created apps that allow their passengers to do everything from check flight status and check in to tracking checked bags, downloading city guides and finding the nearest airport lounge. Here […]

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My Severe Case of Points Procrastination

June 21, 2012

I’ve recently been dealing with a rough bout of a condition I bet many of you are familiar with: points procrastination, the bad habit of putting off a booking until the last minute in the hopes of creating the perfect award itinerary with the least amount of miles possible. My Situation I am supposed to […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Ways to Get Access to Airline Lounges

May 29, 2012

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  Airline lounges are becoming more and more sophisticated by the day, and are one way the major airlines try to build brand loyalty in an increasingly competitive marketplace, so I thought I’d take a look at the […]

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Updated Airline Award Charts and Partner Lists

May 24, 2012

The past year has seen some major changes in the airline world, especially concerning frequent flyer programs. New airlines have joined alliances, formed non-alliance partnerships with each other, and even introduced all-new mileage programs like British Airways Avios. So I thought it was time to update my consolidated list of airline award charts and partner […]

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Amazing Deal Alert: Free Upgrades and Lounge Pass With Air Canada Business Program

April 16, 2012

Business frequent flyer programs allow companies to earn perks such as free travel, lounge passes and other amenities in addition to the miles individual employees accrue. I’ve written before about the US airlines that offer such programs, but it turns out that Air Canada’s Aeroplan also has a Rewards for Small Businesses program, which you […]

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How to Get Around Long Hold Times When Calling Airlines

March 12, 2012

One of the things I like doing least in life is calling up airlines. Even as a top-tier member in several elite status programs, I dread having to pick up the phone and speak with phone agents. However, as much as I don’t like it, it’s a fact of life for a frequent traveler because […]

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Amazing Deal Alert: Star Alliance Fares to Brussels from $232 Total Roundtrip

February 2, 2012

UPDATE: Deal Dead Vayama.com is currently running a sale on European fares and several savvy Slickdeal and Flyertalk members have uncovered super cheap fares to Brussels from multple US cities including NYC, Boston, Washington, Chicago and LA. I plugged in a random date and got $337 total, which is pretty good for European fares these […]

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Air Canada 50% Off Sale on Select Routes

January 3, 2012

If you’ve ever flown to Canada or within, you know that fares are usually pretty high – even for relatively short flights. In fact, I often recommend using miles for Canadian flights since they are usually the same as domestic US roundtrips, but cost more to buy so the value of each mile is higher […]

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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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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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Sunday Reader Question: How to Maximize Miles When Flying on Airline Partners and Codeshares?

November 6, 2011

TPG reader Rosemary writes: Something that has confused me for awhile now is how to make certain I am earning 100% of mileage points for one airline when actually flying on a codeshare flight and a different airline’s metal. How does this work exactly? As long as I sign up with a mileage number for […]

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Attaining Airline Elite Status Series: The Basics and Why People Mileage Run

October 26, 2011

This is an installment in my Maximizing Elite Status series. Articles include; The Basics and Why People Mileage Run, Using ITA Matrix to Find Cheap Flights, How Much is Elite Status Worth?, Comparing Top Tier Status, Comparing Mid-Tier Status, Comparing Low Level Status, How to Get Elite Miles Without Flying, Understanding Elite Status Bump Thresholds, The Lowdown on Soft Landings, How to Cope with Losing […]

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Sunday Reader Question: How Do You Book Complex Awards?

October 16, 2011

TPG reader Jim asks: “How do you guys always book those multi-segment awards for the low mileage amounts?  I use Expert Flyer and can find the segments I want, but If I try to book it, it seems like it will charge me for each segment individually and not as a single 25,000 domestic or 40,000-60,000 international. […]

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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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500 Free Aeroplan Miles with Fairmont Email Sign-up

September 21, 2011

If you don’t currently have an Air Canada Aeroplan account, you should get one right now (link). They are a transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards and after Continental leaves the program starting October 1, 2011, they will most likely become the premier partner when redeeming Star Alliance awards. They are also transfer partners […]

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