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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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Amex Membership Rewards 33% Transfer Bonus to Hilton (Targeted)

October 17, 2014

Following yesterday’s announcement of a targeted 50% transfer bonus to Starwood, American Express Membership Rewardshas also launched a targeted offer for a 33% transfer bonus to Hilton through November 30, 2014.  Membership Rewards is the points program of American Express credit cards such as the Platinum Card, Premier Rewards Gold Card, and the new EveryDay cards, and Hilton HHonors is one of its four hotel […]

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12 Unexpected Things I Learned On My Alaska Cruise – On Shore

October 11, 2014

Lifestyle Editor Shayne Benowitz is back exploring 12 unexpected things she learned on shore in Alaska during her family cruise. For Part 1, detailing her impressions of the ship, click here. During the course of our Alaska cruise, two words kept popping into mind to describe the incredible landscape we were witnessing: majestic and mystical. […]

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12 Unexpected Things I Learned On My Alaska Cruise – On The Ship

October 10, 2014

Lifestyle Editor Shayne Benowitz recently embarked on a seven-night Alaska cruise with her family. Here, she details 12 unexpected things she learned while aboard the ship. Come back tomorrow for Part 2 where she’ll explore shore excursions. For my parents’ 41st wedding anniversary, they invited their three grown children on an Alaska cruise. After a little […]

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Family Award Travel Destinations and Availability for Summer

September 26, 2014

Booking award travel early has its merits, since you’re likely to see better availability and find the seats and routings you want. Summer is 9 months away, and while not everyone knows their schedule that far in advance, it’s not too early to start planning. Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele looks at some great international family destinations and award […]

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Unaccompanied Minors: Tips to Help Kids Fly Solo Safely

September 19, 2014

Air travel is a bit like riding a bike; after you’ve done it for a while, it becomes second nature. However, the world of airport terminals and baggage claims can be pretty overwhelming to the uninitiated, especially kids traveling alone. So today, TPG Contributor Jason Steele offers guidelines for helping unaccompanied minors get from gate to gate worry free. […]

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Credit Card Companion Tickets: Ins, Outs & Current Offers

September 15, 2014

 I often travel solo, but I also like sharing the road (and the skies) with friends from time to time. Today, TPG Contributor Jason Steele discusses the companion pass benefits available with current credit card offers, and explains the features that set them apart from one another. The credit card industry learned long ago that there are few offers […]

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Top Canada Credit Cards: Aeroplan, Marriott Rewards & More

September 10, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen reviews some of the top credit cards available to Canadian readers, including offers from Aeroplan, Alaska Airlines and Marriott Rewards, transferable programs like Amex Membership Rewards, and other flexible cash back programs. There’s no doubt that credit card sign-up bonuses are among the best ways to rack up loyalty points and […]

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Discount Redemptions: How to Find Award Chart Sweet Spots

September 10, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele looks at discounted airline awards among domestic and international carriers, and offers tips on how you can use your points and miles for award flights below the published redemption rate. Most frequent flier programs publish an award chart, while others have some sort of distance or revenue-based way of calculating how many points and […]

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Buying Miles and Points: Promotions Roundup

September 4, 2014

There are several buy miles and points promotions going on at the moment, so I thought I would round them all up into one post for folks who were thinking about taking advantage of them. Included below are the current bonuses, the promo periods, the per-point cost, and my thoughts on whether each offer is worthwhile. […]

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Flexible Airline Travel Vouchers – the Weekly Wish

September 4, 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: more flexible airline travel vouchers. I’m sure many of you have experience with airline travel vouchers. Sometimes they appear as gift cards, while others may be earned via status (like Delta’s […]

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Last Minute Travel: Finding Award Availability & More

September 1, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele offers insights into booking last minute flights, including tips for finding late award availability and minimizing costs when cash tickets are your only option. Travelers who book their flights far in advance generally enjoy the least expensive airline tickets and the most award availability. Nevertheless, there are many reasons why people […]

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Hyatt 50% Off in China, Bonus Southwest Rapid Rewards & More

August 30, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Get a $50 Visa Gift Card For Holiday Inn Stays: If you stay three nights or more at a Holiday Inn Resort, you can get a $50 Visa Gift card via the Hold On To Summer promotion from IHG. You […]

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Alaska Airlines 40% Buy Miles Bonus & Award Redemption Sale

August 26, 2014

Alaska Airlines is running a Buy Miles promotion through October 14, 2014, where you can buy miles with up to a 40% bonus. It’s a tiered bonus, and the amounts are as follows: Buy 5,000 – 19,000 miles, get a 20% Bonus Buy 20,000 – 34,000 miles, get a 30% Bonus Buy 35,000 – 40,000 miles, get […]

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Best Travel Credit Card Offers for August 2014

August 20, 2014

Sign-up bonuses for travel credit cards are always changing, and as part of your strategy for maximizing points and miles earning, it pays to stay informed so you don’t miss the best deals out there.  To help you weigh your options, I like to provide an updated monthly list of the top travel credit card offers. Below you’ll […]

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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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Rocketmiles Offers 3,000 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Miles

August 5, 2014

To celebrate Rocketmiles’ new partnership with Alaska Airlines, Mileage Plan members who are first-time Rocketmiles users will receive 3,000 bonus miles upon their first Rocketmiles hotel booking, in addition to the usual earnings of 1,000 to 5,000 miles for each hotel night booked through Rocketmiles. Rocketmiles is a hotel search engine and booking app that works with […]

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Best Transfer Partners for Award Flights to Alaska

August 4, 2014

Alaska is a fantastic destination for sightseeing and outdoor recreation, but it’s a long flight from what Alaskans call “the lower 48,” and it’s truly vast. At twice the size of Texas, Alaska is by far our largest state.  It’s also an interesting award travel destination, since some airlines include Alaska as part of the continental United […]

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What Are Points and Miles Worth? July Monthly Valuations

July 22, 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 from person to person and depends on how well you can maximize a particular currency for your needs. Still, some points are worth more than others. To give readers […]

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Best Transfer Partners For Flights To Hawaii

July 21, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele looks at the best points and miles transfer options from Amex Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guest for travel to Hawaii. When it comes to redeeming miles for vacation, for many people, Hawaii is the dream destination. Perhaps that’s why Hawaii is also one of the hardest award tickets to […]

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Do You Earn 2x Points for Buying Miles from United?

July 20, 2014

I often purchase airline miles, especially when they’re offered at a good rate during a promotion. I never purchase them from the airline kiosk, because those rates can be up to $0.05 per mile, which is highway robbery. Usually when airlines do run specials, they’re processed through a third party called Points.com. The purchase isn’t billed […]

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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 Travel Credit Card Offers for July 2014

July 18, 2014

Update:  As of July 20, 2014, the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card no longer offers the 7% annual points dividend. The travel credit card marketplace is an ever-shifting landscape. Offers come, offers go. Bonuses rise, bonuses fall. It pays (literally) to stay on top of the latest news to make sure you get in on the […]

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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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