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Transferring Points and Awards to Maximize Family Travel

August 29, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele looks at ways to make family travel planning easier by taking advantage of transfer options for various loyalty programs. One of the challenges of award travel for families is keeping track of all of the programs that you and your family members belong to, and figuring out how to use your points collectively to […]

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Buy US Airways Dividend Miles with 100% Bonus (Targeted)

July 7, 2014

US Airways is again offering a bonus of up to 100% on gifts or purchases of Dividend Miles through July 31, 2014, though unlike recent similar promotions, this one is targeted. Check your email for a notice from US Airways to see if your account is eligible. The bonus amounts are as follows: Purchase 10,000-19,000 miles, […]

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Flying a Round the World Award Using US Airways Miles

July 7, 2014

TPG special contributor Eric Rosen recently used his US Airways miles to book a round-trip business class award…that instead let him fly round the world. Here’s how he did it. The sweet spots in US Airways’ award chart combined with its lax routing rules make it possible to fly around the world for the same […]

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First Look at the Snazzy New LAX Oneworld Business Lounge

June 18, 2014

Los Angeles-based TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne recently had a chance to check out the new Oneworld International Business Lounge at LAX… here’s her review! Unveiled just yesterday, the new oneworld International Business Lounge at Los Angeles’ LAX is a real winner. Set on Level 5 of the sparkling Tom Bradley International Terminal (fully renovated as of June 2013) and […]

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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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Saturday Recap: Alaska Airlines Offers 10,000 Bonus Miles For Select Routes, Discounted Award Tickets to Hawaii on American, Amtrak Double Days Fall Promotion, Win A Trip To London With Virgin Atlantic

August 31, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Alaska Airlines Offers 10,000 Bonus Miles For Select Routes: Earn up to 10,000 bonus miles from Alaska Airlines when you fly 3 roundstrips (six flights in total) on any of the routes below, or fly 2 round trips (four flights in total) […]

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Consolidated List of Airline Partners And Which Are Bookable Online

July 3, 2013

One of the most frustrating parts of searching for and booking award tickets is knowing where to look. Many airline websites are either woefully or willfully outdated when it comes to searching not only their own award availability, but also that of their partners. In light of recent exciting developments including EVA’s entrance into Star […]

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Video SRQ: Transferring Membership Rewards Points To Maximize A Bonus Without a Redemption in Mind

May 12, 2013

TPG reader Joe is intrigued by the current Amex 35% transfer bonus to British Airways which expires June 7: “Would it be smart to transfer points to British Airways Avios from American Express Membership Rewards with the current bonus if you don’t have a redemption in mind? I was going to transfer some anyway to […]

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Video Sunday Reader Question: Getting to Australia Using AA Miles or SPG Points

April 21, 2013

TPG reader Margo has both American Airlines miles and Starwood Preferred Guest points but is unsure how she should use them to get to Australia: “I signed up for Award Nexus to search for flights for a trip we are taking to Australia in mid September. Although we have plenty of American AAdvantage miles, we […]

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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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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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Qantas to Team Up With Emirates, Drop British Airways

September 6, 2012

Qantas announced some interesting news yesterday: the Australian airline will be terminating its joint business with British Airways starting March 31, 2013, and beginning a new global partnership with Emirates. The Qantas-British Airways partnership has been in place since 1995, and the two airlines will continue to operate some bilaterally codeshared flights – and Qantas […]

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Qantas Awards Now Bookable on AA.com

July 2, 2012

When I visited American’s headquarters in Dallas as part of the Oneworld Megado event in January, one of the things promised was better Oneworld partner award availability on AA.com. The plan was for British Airways and Hawaiian to be added first (which happened in April) and then Qantas, which went into effect this past weekend. […]

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Sunday Reader Question: Best Ways to Get to Australia Using Miles and Points

July 1, 2012

TPG reader Ryan has Australia plans and wants to get the right credit cards to get his flight Down Under as cheaply as possible: “I’m looking to book a flight to Sydney, Australia, in the coming months, and rather than pay for it I’d like to use points. I am due for a new round […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Airline Apps

June 26, 2012

As more people begin to carry smartphones and PDA’s such as iPhones and iPads as well as Blackberries and Androids, more and more airlines have created apps that allow their passengers to do everything from check flight status and check in to tracking checked bags, downloading city guides and finding the nearest airport lounge. Here […]

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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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Oneworld Megado: The Final Day with Qantas and Cathay Pacific

February 7, 2012

After four very busy days, several flights (and a few mechanical failures), 10,794 flight miles and touring American Airlines’ and Boeing’s facilities in Dallas and Seattle respectively, it was time to wrap up the first ever Oneworld Megado in Los Angeles. Flight Path Museum In the afternoon, we all met up at the little known […]

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Sunday Reader Question: Are The Amex Membership Rewards Free Flight & Companion Pass Vouchers Worth It?

December 18, 2011

TPG reader Chris writes: “I was recently on the Membership Rewards website looking to transfer some miles and noticed the various e-certificates the airlines where offering for either free flights for a fixed amount or companion pass certificates. Do you rate any of these as a good deal or are generally mileage transfers (% bonuses) better?” In my opinion, […]

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Airline Discounts and Elite Status Perks With FoundersCard

August 30, 2011

The FoundersCard is a paid membership that gives entrepreneurs discounts and networking opportunities. I joined earlier this summer on the recommendation of a friend, primarily for the networking opportunities (though not surprisingly I’ve been traveling for any of the key NYC events so far, oops). There have been a bunch of travel benefits added recently […]

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Consolidated List of Airline Award Charts and Partner Airline Lists

June 14, 2011

I thought it would be convenient to have a page that TPG readers can bookmark with links to the award charts for the major frequent flyer programs. This is by no means a final list, as I’ll continuously be updating the page (feel free to comment below with the links to any other program or […]

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How to Use British Airways Miles: Post 7, Using Expertflyer.com for Partner Awards

April 14, 2011

Update: The current offer for the British Airways Visa is 50,000 Avios with $2,000 spend in the first 3 months. This is the seventh installment of my series on maximizing British Airways miles. Since so many of you got in on the super-lucrative 100,000 mile BA Visa sign-up bonus (see details of the current 100K offer), […]

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How to Use British Airways Miles: Post 4, Spotlight on Taxes and Fees

April 11, 2011

Update: The current offer for the British Airways Visa is 50,000 Avios with $2,000 spend in the first 3 months. This is the fourth installment of my series on maximizing British Airways miles. Since so many of you got in on the super-lucrative 100,000 mile BA Visa sign-up bonus (see details of the current 100K offer), […]

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How to Use British Airways Miles: Post 3, Understanding the Oneworld Alliance

April 10, 2011

This is the third installment of my series on maximizing British Airways miles. Since so many of you got in on the super-lucrative 100,000 mile BA Visa sign-up bonus (see details of the current 100K offer), it would be beneficial to check out: General tips, Post 1 – Booking BA Awards, Post 2 – Booking Partner Awards, Post 3 – […]

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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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