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Non-Alliance Airline Partners: Knowing Is Half the Battle

September 17, 2014

Airline partners make award travel much easier, since they expand the network of carriers and routings available to you when redeeming your points and miles. Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele walks us through some of the lesser known airline partnerships, and offers tips for how you can take advantage of them. The best features of the […]

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Maximizing Stopovers and Open Jaws on Award Tickets

August 19, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen offers insights into two lucrative routing strategies that will help you get farther on your frequent flyer miles: the stopover, and the open jaw. Everyone loves a free flight (well, maybe not airlines). My guess is that if you’re reading this post, then like I do, you try to squeeze every bit […]

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Where Should I Bank Miles from Flying Emirates Airlines?

July 20, 2014

‪This week I got a tweet from TPG reader Mark asking about what he should do with miles earned on Emirates Airlines: “@thepointsguy I have a trip on Emirates to Asia. What airline should I assign points to, as I doubt I will fly on Emirates again soon?” Mark is headed to the Middle East on […]

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Best Mileage Transfer Partners For Awards To Japan

July 7, 2014

TPG contributor Jason Steele writes today about how to maximize your award redemptions to get to one of our favorite Asian countries- Japan.  Japan is a popular tourist destination, and award travel there can be a great use of frequent flier miles. Flights to Japan from North America travel much farther than most flights to Europe, […]

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2X United Miles EWR-VIE, 25% Transfer Bonus to Avios & More

June 21, 2014

Here’s a recap of the top points and miles news from this week: Reminder: US Airways Share Bonus Back with New Terms: US Airways has again launched a 100% Share Miles Bonus through June 30, 2014; however, the terms are slightly different this time around. Normally, the Dividend Miles member who received the miles would get the 100% bonus, but now the bonus […]

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The Ins and Outs of SPG Flights

June 18, 2014

For years Starwood has offered a seldom mentioned program called SPG Flights, which enables you to purchase flights directly through the Starwood Preferred Guest website using Starpoints. TPG reader Travis recently asked for some insight into SPG Flights to find out whether it’s a worthy use of his points in lieu of hotel redemptions and transfers to partner airlines. The […]

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Is There a Minimum Age Limit To Get An Airline Frequent Flyer Accounts?

April 27, 2014

Earlier this week, TPG reader (and responsible parent) JB tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy Brian, is there a minimum age limit for setting up a frequent flyer account? For instance, can my six-year-old start accumulating miles?” My answer is – absolutely!  After all, as the saying goes: “The family that accrues miles together, stays together.” (Okay, […]

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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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Flight Review: JAL First Class Chicago to Narita, Business Class to Seoul

November 9, 2012

If you’ve been following me on Twitter or Facebook, you’ll know that I’ve spent the last few days hanging out in Seoul. TPG editor Eric flew there over the weekend on Korean Air’s A380 in their latest Prestige Business class cabin, and though I’ve recently become handy at redeeming Ultimate Rewards points for Korean Air […]

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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 Boeing 787

October 2, 2012

In contrast to Airbus’s strategy to build bigger behemoths like the A380, Boeing’s strategy with future long-haul aircraft flies a different direction – smaller, lighter, more efficient – starting with the 787, the so-called “Dreamliner.” Though its development has run late since even before the first one rolled off the factory floor back in 2007 […]

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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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American Airlines and JAL Promo: Reduced Priced Awards to Asia

March 31, 2012

April and May are a great time to visit Asia (especially Japan during the cherry blossoms) and AA and JAL are running joint reduced mileage award promotions. For those with AAdvantage miles, from April 6, 2012 to May 31, 2012 you can fly to Asia on American or Oneworld partner JAL in coach roundtrip for […]

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