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How Revenue-Based Mileage Earning Affects Leisure Travelers

October 31, 2014

As 2015 approaches, Delta and United get set to launch their new revenue-based frequent flyer programs, which tend to reward business travelers at the expense of economy leisure travelers. Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele looks at how these changes impact leisure travelers to help frequent flyers who are figuring out where to place their loyalty and how to maximize their miles in 2015. In the dreams […]

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Discounted SkyMiles Redemptions Starting at 21,000 Miles

October 30, 2014

Now through November 2, 2014, Delta is running a limited-time award travel sale which means discounted SkyMiles redemptions. Last month, Delta launched a similar sale which was only for Medallions and Delta credit cardholders including those with the Delta SkyMiles American Express Gold card, but it seems like this current offer is open to everyone meaning you can […]

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Southwest Airlines Ends Airtran A+ Rewards Program

October 30, 2014

As one of the final steps in its merger with Southwest, AirTran will ending the A+ Rewards loyalty program on November 1, 2014. You can still earn and redeem A+ Rewards credits until that date, after which all accounts will be converted to the Southwest Rapid Rewards program, and credits will be converted to Rapid Rewards points. It […]

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Comparison of Airline Elite Status – Which Program Is Best?

October 30, 2014

It has been a long time since we compared the elite status programs of US airlines. But with news on the combined elite status program of American Airlines and US Airways, we asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to give us a snapshot of the various airlines’ elite programs as they stand and which ones […]

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JetBlue Mosaic Improvements: The Weekly Wish

October 30, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen continues his series The Weekly Wish, looking at flaws, shortcomings, and room for improvement in the world of travel and loyalty programs. Today’s wish: step up the benefits in JetBlue Mosaic to make it more useful to frequent flyers. I love elite status and all the perks that come with it. Whether I’m […]

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Flight Review: JetBlue Mint New York (JFK)- Los Angeles

October 29, 2014

This June JetBlue officially launched their premium transcontinental business class product: Mint on the lucrative JFK-LAX route. These retrofitted A321s started with a single daily flight between New York’s JFK and Los Angeles’ LAX. It’s already been so popular that they plan to expand to seven routes between these two hubs by year’s end, and this past Sunday, the carrier rolled out its […]

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Using Miles to Fly China Airlines’ New 777-300ER

October 29, 2014

Last week I wrote about China Airlines’ new 777-300ERs, which feature all-new service classes, including a beautiful Premium Business class cabin. The planes will be put into service on the airline’s routes from Taipei to Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco in the coming months. Today TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen explains how you can use miles to try […]

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Earn Up To 25,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles With Partners

October 28, 2014

Every so often, Aeroplan (the loyalty program of Air Canada) offers bonuses when you convert points from the program’s partners into Aeroplan miles, and now through November 24, when you transfer points from select partners, you can earn up to 25,000 bonus miles. As with past promotions, the bonus is tiered based on how many […]

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Best Airlines To Fly Coach Domestically

October 28, 2014

Though most people would rather fly business or first class given the chance, it’s not always possible to snag a seat at the front of the plane. So we asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to give us a quick rundown and ranking of the economy seats you’ll likely be flying domestically these days including […]

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American Airlines Announces New Combined AAdvantage Program

October 28, 2014

American Airlines just announced one of the major aspects of the bigger, (hopefully) better carrier, after the merger with US Airways: the new AAdvantage program. Essentially, American will adapt the legacy American AAdvantage program to incorporate some features of the Dividend Miles program. US Airways Dividend Preferred members will see the biggest change as their elite structure will be down […]

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Delta SkyMiles Program Changes: Winners and Losers

October 28, 2014

When loyalty programs change (as they invariably do), it’s easy to judge those changes based on how they impact your own travel. But looking at the bigger picture can help you assess whether a program is moving in the right or wrong direction overall. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at recent changes to the Delta SkyMiles program, […]

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Fast Track to Alaska MVP Elite Status (Targeted)

October 27, 2014

With increased competition in the Pacific Northwest from Delta, Alaska has been aggressively wooing new flyers and potential elites with a series of promotions and developments including the ability to earn elite-qualifying miles on all its airline partners, double miles on Emirates, and various double EQM offers. Now the airline has launched a targeted promotion offering […]

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7,500 AAdvantage Miles with Cadillac Test Drive Update

October 27, 2014

Earlier this month, I wrote about how American Airlines and Cadillac had partnered to provide a tarmac-to-gate airport transfer program for elite customers with tight connections as well as how they launched a joint promotion where you could earn 7,500 AAdvantage miles for test driving a Cadillac at a participating dealership. I decided to take them up on this offer as I actually was interested in some […]

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JetBlue Launches Mint from New York (JFK) to San Francisco

October 27, 2014

Back in March 2013, JetBlue announced that it would create a new lie-flat business-class product for its transcontinental routes from New York (JFK) to Los Angeles and San Francisco called Mint. The move was a major departure (pardon the pun) for the airline, who had previously operated only single class aircraft. JetBlue realized if they wanted […]

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BarclayCard Launches AAdvantage Aviator Silver Card

October 27, 2014

There have been a lot of unknowns with the American Airlines and US Airways merger- especially when it comes to the frequent flyer program. We still don’t know exactly when the two programs will merge and what the new combined program will look like. As far as co-branded credit cards, we know that Barclaycard will still […]

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Which Delta Diamond Medallion Choice Benefits Are Best?

October 26, 2014

TPG reader Issac emailed me to ask: “I will be achieving Delta Diamond Medallion status again before the end of the year, and was wondering which are the best Choice Benefits to choose? Last year the international upgrades worked well, but do you have any better suggestions?” One of the unique things about Delta Platinum […]

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When Does Elite Status Reset and How Long Does It Last?

October 26, 2014

TPG reader Keith tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “Can you clarify the reset dates for United Premier status? If I earn elite status this year, how long will it last?”  Tick tock, tick tock…hear that? That’s the elite status qualifying clock, and you have until December 31, 2014 to get your elite miles in. Keep in mind […]

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7,500 Bonus AAdvantage Miles, Delta Upgrade Sale, Qatar A350

October 25, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn up to 5,000 Bonus QMiles To Celebrate Qatar’s One Year Anniversary with Oneworld Qatar Airways has officially been a Oneworld alliance member for one year, and to celebrate, the airline is offering bonus Qmiles for its Privilege Club members […]

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Is Pizza Fair Compensation for Flight Delays?

October 24, 2014

Flight delays are an inevitable part of air travel. Sometimes airlines are at fault and sometimes they aren’t; either way, how an airline responds is what matters most to those on board. Today, TPG Contributor Robbie Harrell explains why some Delta passengers were recently given pizza for an unexpected delay, and questions whether a free meal is adequate compensation. While […]

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Delta Testing Early Valet Baggage Service

October 24, 2014

Over the past year, Delta has made a number of negative changes including Mileage Accrual Based on Spending, Additional Revenue Requirements for Medallion Status, Reduced SkyClub Guests and Increased Fees, A Tighter Same Day Confirm Policy, Blocked Access to ExpertFlyer, and Limited Partner Transfers to SkyMiles. However Delta’s latest update seems to be one that customers might actually benefit from. Per this […]

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US Airways Barclaycard Updates and Targeted Offer

October 23, 2014

The US Airways World Premier MasterCard has had a number of different sign-up bonuses within the last year- usually in the range of 30,000 to 40,000 miles, but US Airways is currently sending out targeted offers for 50,000 bonus miles after spending $1,000 within the first 90 days. While there’s no public link for this offer, be sure to […]

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Should the JetBlue Amex Card Earn a Spot in Your Wallet?

October 23, 2014

I’ve made no secret of my disappointment over recent devaluations by legacy carriers. As I’ve considered which airline deserves the bulk of my business, I’ve been happy to try out new service, like my upcoming flight on JetBlue’s new Mint Business Class to Los Angeles. Along with the actual flying, I’ve been contemplating which co-branded airline cards I plan […]

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American Airlines Takes On Delta With This New Route

October 22, 2014

American Airlines recently announced the addition of new daily nonstop flights from Los Angeles International Airport to Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport starting on March 5, 2015. This new route will be served by their Boeing 737-800 aircraft three times a day. The new Los Angeles-Atlanta flight times are: Depart LAX at 12:15 am PT, Arrive at ATL at 7:40 am ET Depart LAX […]

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Best Ways to Avoid Airline Change and Cancellation Fees

October 22, 2014

This year some airlines have continued to find new and creative ways to charge customers for basic services, but have no fear, they’re sticking to the tried and true ways as well. Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele discusses change and cancellation fee policies, and what your options are to avoid paying them. Airlines frequently change schedules, or […]

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