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What Are Points and Miles Worth? June Monthly Valuations

June 20, 2014

You can view all posts in the Monthly Valuation Series here. One of the questions I’m asked most often is “how much is a point or mile worth?” That question varies per person and how well they can maximize a particular currency for their needs, but still there are some points worth more than others. To […]

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Low(er)-Cost Carriers In Australia And New Zealand

May 27, 2014

TPG contributor Lori Zaino takes a look at few low/lower cost airlines that operate in Australia and New Zealand. If you have any experience or have suggestions, please feel free to share them in the comments. Simply put, Australia and New Zealand are far away from the US. When all is said and done, you’re […]

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2 for 1 Avianca LifeMiles, Flying Club Bonus & More

May 24, 2014

Here’s a recap of the top points and miles news from this week: Reminder - this weekend is your last opportunity to buy US Airways miles with a 100% bonus, as the promotion ends on Sunday May 25, 2014. The bonus amounts are as follows: Purchase 10,000-19,000 miles, get a 50% bonus Purchase 20,000-29,000 miles, get a 75% bonus Purchase 30,000-50,000 […]

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How to Use Virgin Atlantic Miles Without Fuel Surcharges

May 21, 2014

TPG Contributor Jason Steele returns to tell us how to take advantage of Virgin Atlantic miles without getting hit with huge fuel surcharges and fees The American Express Membership Rewards program is offering a 30% bonus on points transfers to the Virgin Atlantic Flying Club program through May 31. While this could be a terrific […]

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52 Chances To Win A Trip To Australia With Virgin Australia and Delta’s 52 Somedays Promo

March 27, 2014

As you might have guessed from all our posts, Managing Editor Eric Rosen and I had a fantastic time on our trip to Australia last month, so we were excited when we found out about a huge promo that Virgin Australia, Delta and Tourism Australia are teaming up on called “52 Somedays” where flyers can […]

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Flight Review: Virgin Australia Hamilton Island – Sydney in Economy

March 4, 2014

So far in my series on my trip to Australia with TPG Managing Editor Eric, I’ve covered how I used miles to book my award ticket, my flight from LAX-MEL in United GlobalFirst, the day I spent wine-tasting out in the Yarra Valley, a restaurant review roundup of all the fantastic places we ate in […]

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Saturday Recap: Get 5,000 Bonus Points At Wyndham, 5,000 Bonus Points With Copa Airlines, Save 30% This Spring On IHG Hotels & More

February 22, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week: Take Three Trips On Amtrak’s Acela And Get One Free: If you take three qualifying roundtrips on the Acela train by March 14, 2014, you will earn one free roundtrip for travel July 1 – August 31, 2014. A minimum $90 spent per one-way […]

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Flight Review: Virgin Australia International Business Class LAX-MEL

February 13, 2014

TPG Managing Editor Eric Rosen had the (last-minute!) chance to fly Virgin Australia to the land down under on Sunday where he’ll be traveling with The Points Guy for the next week and a half.  Be sure to follow along with their trip on Twitter and Instagram @ThePointsGuy, @EricRosenLA. Read below for Eric’s review of Virgin Australia’s […]

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Richard Branson Wants To Give You A Million Virgin Australia Points

February 13, 2014

If there’s one thing you can say about Sir Richard Branson, it’s that he doesn’t do anything by halves. In fact, he just announced that he would be giving away his entire account of 1,035,843 Virgin Australia Velocity Rewards points to one lucky member of Velocity Rewards. Just note, you must enter by 11:59pm AEDT […]

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Paws For Points: Virgin Australia Launches Frequent Flyer Program For Pets

July 8, 2013

Two of the most important things in my life are my French bulldog, Miles, and maximizing the miles and points that I earn traveling. Miles has already logged in quite a bit of travel including a few transcontinentals and would be well on his way to elite status with American Airlines if he had his […]

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50% Bonus on Purchasing Virgin America Elevate Points Until October 26- Worth It?

October 5, 2012

It seems like October is quite the month for mileage specials with United, American and US Airways all running offers. Virgin America is also running a 50% bonus on purchased miles until October 26, 2012. The Elevate program is a hybrid fixed value/ traditional frequent flyer programs – when you redeem on Virgin America you […]

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No Fuel Surcharges When Using Delta SkyMiles for Virgin Australia Awards

September 10, 2012

Finding award tickets to Australia from North America can be one of the hardest travel redemptions out there, even though Qantas, Virgin Australia, United, Delta, Air Canada and Hawaiian Airlines all fly there. To get on those non-stops from the mainland, if you’ve got American miles, you’re pretty much stuck searching for Qantas availability, with […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Airline Chauffeur Drive Service

July 10, 2012

A ticket in a premium class on an international flight means a rarefied experience in the air complete with fine dining, personalized service and comfortable seats. However, several airlines offer a taste of the luxury that awaits even before you set foot on the plane with chauffeur service – either to and from the airport, […]

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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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