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2013 Updated Airline Award Charts and Partner Lists

July 11, 2013

There have been a lot of changes in the past year as airlines have merged (or are about to!), award requirements have changed on various routes such as with Air France (or are about to with programs like Aeroplan), new airlines have joined alliances and formed non-alliance partnerships like Qantas and Emirates’ recent agreement, and […]

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Cheap Thanksgiving Business Class Flights To Europe Are Back! JFK To London $1,613, Total Roundtrip

June 20, 2013

Every year many carriers discount premium tickets to Europe by up to 50% or more. Some fares even work for Christmas/New Years travel and recently many of these fares were filed. Many just require a Saturday night stay, but some do require a week. Play around with ITA software so be flexible to find the […]

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Air France La Premiere (First Class) Promo Awards Now Bookable for Non-Elites

June 5, 2013

A few months ago, Flying Blue, the frequent flyer program of Air France, KLM and Air Europa, announced some major (negative) changes to award redemptions including higher award ticket redemption mileage requirements and some reduced surcharges on Economy and Premium Economy awards that will affect intercontinental award ticket starting in this month. One other aspect […]

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Targeted Amex 35% Transfer Bonus to Air France/KLM Flying Blue

May 1, 2013

Now through May 31, 2013, American Express is offering a targeted 35% bonus on transfers of Membership Rewards points to Air France/KLM’s loyalty program, Flying Blue. If you’re not yet a member of Flying Blue, you can join here. This offer is targeted and you might notice that when you log into Membership Rewards normally it […]

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Air France First Class Cabin Awards To Open To Non-Elites

April 29, 2013

Flying Blue, the frequent flyer program of Air France, KLM and Air Europa, recently posted some major changes to the program which will come into effect in June including some big mileage redemption requirement increases for premium economy, business and first class on Air France. However, one of the other facts that was recently clarified […]

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Major Flying Blue Air France KLM Devaluation

April 29, 2013

Late last week, Flying Blue, the frequent flyer program of Air France, KLM and Air Europa quietly rolled out some changes to award redemptions that will affect intercontinental award tickets including that starting in June 2013, it will be raising the number of miles for premium awards on Premium Economy, Business and First Class awards […]

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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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Flying Blue May-June 2013 Promo Awards Announced – Business Class From Chicago, Montreal and JFK to Europe for 50,000 Miles Roundtrip

April 11, 2013

The next round of Flying Blue 50%-off Promo Awards is out with new awards priced out through June 30, 2013. Flying Blue is the frequent flyer program of SkyTeam partners Air France, KLM and Air Europa. Promo awards are 50% off normal award levels and run all year long, but the gateway cities generally change […]

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In-Flight WiFi Roundup – Which International Airlines Keep You Connected

March 27, 2013

While kicking back and catching up on trashy TV and Oscar-nominated movies during long-haul overseas flight is always enjoyable, sometimes jetsetters have work to do, and some airlines have it covered. A few weeks ago I discussed the in-flight WiFi options aboard the major US domestic carriers. Today it’s time to look overseas to which […]

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Up to 40% Bonus on Buying Flying Blue Miles – Worth It?

February 28, 2013

Several readers have emailed me this week asking my opinion on the latest Buy Miles bonus offer from Flying Blue (the frequent flyer program of Air France and KLM), so I wanted to take a closer look. In short, the answer is no, but if you care to know why, or see how it may […]

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50,000 Miles Roundtrip Business Class from New York and Toronto To Europe with Flying Blue Promo Awards

February 14, 2013

The next round of Flying Blue 50%-off Promo Awards is out with some new awards priced out through April 30, 2013, including business class on Air France from both New York JFK and Toronto Pearson to Europe Zones 1, 2 and 3 for just 25,000 miles each way. For those of you new to miles, […]

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Saturday Recap: 50% Bonus on Purchased American Miles, New Perks for Oneworld Emerald Members, Up to 30% Bonus on Hyatt Purchased Points, New Benefits For SkyMiles Medallions Flying GOL

February 2, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: American Airlines 50% Bonus on Purchased Miles: Now, through February 28, 2013, you can earn up to 30,000 bonus miles when you buy AAdvantage miles. You can purchase between 5,000-60,000 miles and you’ll earn a bonus of 1,500-30,000 AAdvantage miles. So, you can get a […]

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Airline Status Match and Challenge Information For 2013

January 30, 2013

At the end of February, many of you who did not accrue enough elite miles/points in 2012 will be dropped from your current elite status level. However, you can still use your existing status to challenge to another airline, which can be good until the end of February 2014. Just note that if you did […]

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Flying Blue Promo Awards Through March 2013 Announced

October 16, 2012

The next round of Flying Blue 50%-off Promo Awards is out, and this time, rather than just being valid for two months as usual, some of these specially priced awards are good through March 2013. As a little refresher: Flying Blue is the frequent flyer program of SkyTeam partners Air France and KLM. Promo awards […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Airline Menus by Celebrity Chefs

October 9, 2012

This week’s Travel Tuesday Top 10 list comes from TPG contributor Sarah Tomlinson, a travel writer who just happens to be a foodie and whose recent travels have included a trip to Bordeaux and the Armagnac region in France. Today she shares some of the exciting things happening in airplane galleys across the globe as […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Ways You Can Fly the A380

September 4, 2012

With a range of 9,600 miles, a cruising speed of 560 miles per hour, 240 feet in length, 80 feet tall, a wingspan of over 260 feet, and over 5,000 square feet of floor space spread out over two full decks, the Airbus A380 is the largest jumbo-jet in the skies, and an aviation enthusiast’s […]

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Summer Business Class Sale To Europe

June 25, 2012

Business class airfare to Europe are generally outrageously priced, so I rarely even search for them – for me it’s either paid coach (and hopefully upgraded) or business/first class redemptions using my miles and points. However, summer (as well as Thanksgiving) is usually a good time to buy business class seats since there are fewer […]

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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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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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May/June Flying Blue Promo Award Routes Announced

May 2, 2012

Flying Blue, the frequent flyer program of SkyTeam partners Air France and KLM, runs 50% off promo awards all year long, but changes the gateway city pairings every two months. That means you can fly roundtrip from certain North American cities to Europe and beyond for as low as 25,000 miles in coach and 50,000 […]

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Hyatt Summer Promo: Up To 5X Airline Miles

April 28, 2012

Most hotel programs give you the option to earn airline miles instead of hotel points, however I never really take them up on that offer since I usually have way too many airline miles and not enough hotel points. Having miles is great, but people always underestimate the costs of hotels and especially if you […]

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Sunday Reader Question: Getting Better Seat Assignments on Partner Flights

April 22, 2012

TPG reader Doug asks: “I was able to get 3 tickets from Minneapolis to Sicily on Delta with a stopover in Paris for 60,000 miles each—something I didn’t believe was possible even after spending about a month reading mileage websites until I read your article. On the Minneapolis-Sicily itinerary, one of the segments is an […]

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Update: Air France/KLM Business Class Awards Now Bookable With Delta

April 4, 2012

As I wrote about recently, for nearly the past month Delta was not able to book Air France and KLM business class awards. This created a variety of issues, including the inability for Delta to process business class upgrades even when they were available for those who paid more for upgrade eligible fares. However, it […]

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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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