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Deal Alert: Europe Business Class Fares For $1,100

December 21, 2014

Business class fares to Europe tend to run anywhere from $3,000-$6,000 depending on the season and destination. But per this FlyerTalk thread, some intrepid travelers have uncovered fares as low as $1,100 roundtrip on Star Alliance airlines throughout the next year. There are two catches, though. The first is that the fares are only being […]

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How Can I Get the Southwest Companion Pass for 2015/16?

December 21, 2014

TPG reader Christina emailed me to ask: “My 50,000 point sign-up bonus for my Chase Rapid Rewards card posted on January 2, 2014.  I will hit 110,000 points before Dec 31, 2014, but January 2, 2015 is my statement closing date. Will I earn the companion pass for 2015 and 2016 since my statement closing […]

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Do Delta Medallion Qualifying Dollars (MQDs) Roll Over?

December 21, 2014

TPG reader Jim emailed me to ask: “Do Delta Medallion Qualifying Dollars (MQDs) roll over? I’ve already qualified for 2015 Diamond Status. I have 140K MQMs and $17,000 in spending. The 15,000 MQMs roll over; what about the extra $4500?” One of the unique aspects of the Delta SkyMiles program is that you can roll over […]

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Can Alaska Compete with Delta for the Seattle Market?

December 21, 2014

TPG reader Dale sent me a message on Facebook to ask: “When can we expect Alaska to make a bold move to slow down Delta’s efforts here in Seattle market ? So far, they have not lit the fire!”  I love to watch airlines duke it out for control. With so many mergers these days, it’s […]

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Is It Worth Collecting Avios if I Typically Fly Southwest?

December 21, 2014

TPG reader Ian tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “Is it worth getting the British Airways Visa and collecting Avios if I already have the Southwest Companion Pass for 2015/16? I typically fly more on Southwest than American/BA.” The Southwest Companion Pass is one of the most amazing airline perks out there (if you fly Southwest, […]

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Bonus SkyMiles & AAdvantage Miles, Alaska’s Beyond Comfort

December 20, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed:  Alaska Introduces New Flight Experience “Alaska Beyond” Alaska is amping up their in-flight service with the launch of Alaska Beyond. First off, the planes feature new leather seats with six-way adjustable headrests. My favorite new addition is personal power outlets at […]

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Contest Roundup: Ski in Wyoming, Weekend In Rio, Luxury St. Croix

December 19, 2014

Check out the week in travel contests and sweepstakes for your chance to win a trip to Bali or Bhutan, five days in Paris, a weekend getaway to Rio, the opportunity to snowboard with Travis Rice in Wyoming or a luxury vacation in St. Croix. Win Trips to Bhutan or Bali From Uma by Como […]

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US Airways MasterCard Referral Bonus up to 50,000 Miles

December 19, 2014

One of the best travel credit card offers currently on the market is the US Airways Premier World Mastercard’s limited-time sign-up bonus offer of 50,000 miles with first purchase or balance transfer within 90 days and payment of the $89 annual fee. The normal sign-up bonus is between 35,000-40,000 miles. Now the issuer, Barclaycard, has […]

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What is American Airlines AAdvantage Elite Status Worth?

December 19, 2014

As the year winds down and the scramble to attain elite status revs up (myself included!), I’ve been getting flooded with emails asking whether it’s worth spending X to get Y status with Z airline. The answer to that question really depends on factors that vary from person to person, but it prompted me to think more specifically about […]

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Southwest Adds Belize and Other International Destinations

December 19, 2014

I don’t fly Southwest often, partly because of their relatively limited route network. However, their list of destinations keeps growing, and today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele shares yet another addition, along with some tips for how to boost your Rapid Rewards balance. Southwest is undergoing a major expansion, but rather than just […]

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SkyTeam Rolls Out SkyPriority Services & Fast-Track Security

December 18, 2014

SkyTeam has officially completed the rollout of SkyPriority services at over 1,000 airports worldwide, making benefits available to Elite Plus flyers as well as those flying first or business class on all member airlines. SkyPriority offers services like priority check-in and boarding that (at least in theory) will make your airport experience a little easier. SkyTeam has also announced […]

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Earn Double Miles on United Flights (Targeted)

December 18, 2014

United Airlines is currently running a targeted promotion where select MileagePlus members can earn double miles on their travel for qualifying flights now through January 31, 2015. With this offer, targeted members can earn up to 50,000 bonus miles. Qualifying fare classes include F, A, J, C, D, Z, P, Y, B, M, E and U. […]

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How to Redeem Avios Without Huge Fees and Surcharges

December 18, 2014

Surcharges and fees are the scourge of award travel enthusiasts, but since they’re unlikely to be going away anytime soon, learning how to avoid them can help you make the most of your points and miles. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen offers strategies for getting around these extra costs on one of the more egregious offenders: British Airways. British Airways […]

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Delta Medallions Receive Hertz Elite Status Benefit

December 17, 2014

We’ve written extensively about Delta changing their Skymiles program for 2015, and most of the changes have been negative. However, Delta promised that there was “more to come” and one of those new additions is a partnership with Hertz, allowing Gold, Platinum, and Diamond Medallion members to enjoy complimentary elite status in the Hertz Gold Plus Rewards […]

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Would You Fly Malaysia Airlines?

December 17, 2014

I’m flying on Malaysia Airlines for the first time tomorrow due to a pretty cheap business class fare (and my need to requalify for American Airlines Executive Platinum!) and I have to say I’m not worried about it. However, almost everyone I’ve told has either laughed or looked at me like I’m crazy for “jeopardizing my […]

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Credit Card Combinations for a Paris Vacation

December 17, 2014

When talking about award travel, it’s easy to focus on earning points and miles and lose sight of the actual traveling. Today, however, TPG Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele offers a detailed analysis of how you can use your travel rewards to get to Paris. Last week, I looked at credit card strategies for award travel to Hawaii. The […]

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Deal Alert: $44 American Airlines Flights from Chicago

December 16, 2014

Per the Flight Deal, American Airlines is running a fare sale with flights from Chicago to Orlando or Tampa starting at just $44 each way for travel in January and February. If you are interested in scoring any of these fares for $44, be sure to book sooner than later because typically, these fare sales usually […]

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50,000 SkyMiles Sign-Up Bonus for Amex Delta Gold Card

December 16, 2014

American Express has launched limited time signup bonus offers of 50,000 Delta SkyMiles and a $50 statement credit on their Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card and their Business Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card. The signup bonuses for these cards are normally 30,000-35,000 SkyMiles, so the present offer for these is substantially better. These offer will be available until December 21, 2014. Here are more details of the present offers: […]

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AirAsia Drama Lands Unruly Chinese Passengers in Hot Water

December 15, 2014

Korean Air’s “nutroversy” can take a back seat this week, as it’s AirAsia’s turn to make infamous headlines. In an incident that CNN termed “hot watergate,” the combative behavior of a few Chinese passengers aboard a China-bound AirAsia flight forced the captain to return the plane to Bangkok, infuriating not only the 174 passengers and six crew members on […]

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American Express 40% Transfer Bonus To British Airways Avios

December 15, 2014

American Express Membership Rewards, the points program of premium cards like the Platinum Card and the Premier Rewards Gold as well as the EveryDay Preferred and EveryDay cards, just launched a 40% bonus on transfers to British Airways now through January 31, 2015. Normally when you transfer Amex points to Avios, the ratio is 1:1, so if you transfer […]

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How I Booked First Class to Tokyo for 62,500 Miles and $5.60

December 15, 2014

If you follow me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, then you probably know by now that I’m currently in Tokyo, and I flew here on Japan Airlines in their chic new first class service. The total out of pocket cost for my first class flights—from JFK to San Francisco on American Airlines’ new A321T, and […]

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American Unveils Lucrative Bonus Mileage Promotion for 2015

December 15, 2014

Today, American Airlines announced a 2015 mileage promotion that will offer bonus miles to AAdvantage and Dividend Miles members for eligible first and business class fares. This is huge for those who fly American and pay for premium fares and frankly I’m surprised that it isn’t targeted and lasts the entire year. In a jab […]

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Should I Buy up to American Executive Platinum Elite Status?

December 14, 2014

TPG reader Al sent me a message on Facebook asking: “US Airways just quietly posted their revised buy-up to elite program, which is pretty close if not identical to American’s boost program. Do you think it’s worth it to buy up for higher elite status?” It’s December, which means it’s crunch time for elite status. […]

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What Will Happen to My US Airways Dividend Miles in 2015?

December 14, 2014

TPG reader @MrMainStreet tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “Are Dividend Miles going away with the US Airways/AA merger? Do we need to spend them before Quarter Two?” People get nervous about airline mergers, as there always seem to be winners and losers. American Airlines recently announced that the AAdvantage and Dividend Miles loyalty programs will merge in […]

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