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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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March/April Flying Blue Promo Award Cities Announced

February 15, 2012

Every two months Flying Blue, the frequent flyer program of Air France and KLM, announces a list of cities that only require 50% of the normal miles. For example, US to Europe flights in coach are normally 50,000 miles, but promo awards are only 25,000 miles roundtrip. Flying Blue is a 1:1 transfer partner of […]

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Valentine’s Day Destination of the Week: Paris

February 10, 2012

TPG Managing Editor Eric takes us to the City of Lights for a bit of a romantic twist for Destination of the Week. As Valentine’s Day approaches, we thought we’d pick one of the world’s most romantic cities as our next Destination of the Week: Paris. Paris needs no introduction. A center of culture and […]

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January/February Flying Blue 50% Off Promo Awards

January 25, 2012

My theme this week is maximizing award discounts and one of the best values for discounted transatlantic travel is the ever-changing Flying Blue Promo awards. 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. […]

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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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Using Amex Points to Book My First FlyingBlue Promo Award

November 5, 2011

Just thought I’d chime in and share my experience booking my first ever Flying Blue Promo Award. I frequently write about Flying Blue (Air France/KLM’s frequent flyer program) and their bi-monthly 50% off Promo Awards. In general, Flying Blue charges high fees, but these promo awards may make sense since the number of miles required […]

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Air France Intra-European Business Class Review

July 26, 2011

This trip report is going to be pretty short, but I thought I’d still highlight Air France’s short-haul business class product. While many of us complain about US domestic first class as, “not being worth it” and “paling in comparison to the good old days of travel,” European business class is much, much worse. In […]

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July/August Air France & KLM 50% Off Promo Awards

July 21, 2011

Air France’s frequent flyer program, Flying Blue, is a 1:1 transfer partner of American Express, but I generally don’t recommend using them for awards. Their taxes and surcharges are usually very high so it usually makes sense to transfer to Delta instead (usually at a significant transfer bonus) to book the same Skyteam award. However, […]

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Reader Success Story: Using Delta Miles to Paris and Seychelles

July 8, 2011

I love getting reader emails – especially when they are success stories. I was corresponding back and forth with TPG reader Bill and I was delighted to get a confirmation of his upcoming trip. I thought it was a great demonstration of getting in on the top deals and then getting the maximum value of […]

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AirFrance.us Now Shows Delta Awards

May 24, 2011

I’m a big fan of using airfrance.us to look up Skyteam award inventory. Historically, it’s been a reliable indicator of Air France, KLM, Alitalia, Czech and Kenyan award availability. When you found something at the Classic level, it meant it was bookable using Delta miles. The only flaw was that Delta inventory did not show. […]

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Flying Blue 50% Off Promo Awards Announced and a Guide on How to Book Them

May 3, 2011

I find Flying Blue (the frequent flyer program of Air France, KLM, and some other Skyteam carriers) to be generous with award availability. They even run “50% off” promo awards all year long, which means you can fly roundtrip from certain North American cities to Europe and beyond for as low as 25,000 in coach and […]

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Air France Bull in a China Shop Incident

April 12, 2011

Growing up, my parents always called me a “bull in a china shop” for not being the most graceful when it came to my surroundings. Hey, it’s hard being 5 feet tall by the 3rd grade! (Okay, maybe that’s a little bit of an exaggeration, but you get the point). Anyway, I could only think […]

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Assorted Points and Miles Contests

March 19, 2011

I’m not a huge sweepstakes person, but I figured I might as well post these. The way I look at it, since my site readership has been increasing at huge rates this past year, the chances of a TPG reader winning one is on the rise. Air France: Click 4 buttons to win 160,000 FlyingBlue miles […]

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My Birthday Wish List

March 7, 2011

Today is my birthday and while I’ve already gotten myself a gift (a $260 roundtrip ticket to Madrid which I splurged and upgraded both directions, an Air Europa ticket to Barcelona, one night at Le Meridien Barcelona on points and two nights at the Westin Palace Madrid on cash and points), I thought I’d create […]

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Twenty of My Favorite Airline Awards

February 21, 2011

I book millions of miles a month in awards for clients and I’m always trying to think about what award option works the best, since most people have multiple mileage balances and flexible credit card points. Whether its wrangling a Delta award to the “low” level or helping someone maximize an American Express transfer bonus […]

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Air France Adds Premium Economy to A380

February 20, 2011

Air France recently announced that they are adding Premium Voyageur seats to its A380 super-jumbo fleet. This is great news for flyers who want to spend more for a nicer, roomier seat, but don’t have the kind of money to afford business class. Air France’s premium economy seat is actually a more comfortable and generous seat unlike […]

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Delta Skymiles vs. Flying Blue for Skyteam Awards – Which is Better?

February 18, 2011

Delta and Air France/KLM have a very close relationship. As founding members of the Skyteam alliance, they also have a tight-knit joint venture that allows them to own a huge portion of transatlantic travel. While this relationship continues to grow (I sometimes hear, “Thank you for calling the Delta, Air France, and KLM elite line, […]

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1,000 Flying Blue Miles for Account Sign-Up

February 16, 2011

I’m a big fan of the Flying Blue frequent flyer program. As an Amex 1:1 transfer partner, I find that having the option of the Flying Blue airlines to be extremely useful at times, even though they do have relatively high fees on awards (often $250+). What I like: They allow one way awards on […]

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Flying Blue 50% Off Promo Awards for March/ April Announced

February 14, 2011

Flying Blue (the frequent flyer program of Air France, KLM, and some other Skyteam carriers) is frequently generous with award availability. They even run “50% off” promo awards all year long, which means you can fly roundtrip from certain North American cities to Europe and beyond for as low as 25,000 roundtrip in coach and 50,000 […]

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