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Earn Up to 750 Bonus Miles through Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Shopping – And Other Current Bonuses

October 8, 2013

Now through October 31, 2013, Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Shopping is offering customers the opportunity to earn up to 750 bonus Alaska Airlines miles. You’ll receive 250 bonus miles just for  signing up to receive the Mileage Plan Shopping emails. You can do this by heading over to their site and logging in and selecting […]

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Saturday Recap: 50% Bonus On Purchased JetBlue Points, Alaska Airlines Revamps In-Flight Meals, Earn 1,000 Miles/Points With PointsHound

September 28, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Enter To Win This Week’s 25,000 Southwest Points Thursday Giveaway: This week’s Thursday Giveaway is for 25,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards points. I just reached 25,000 Twitter followers – so thank you to all of you who already follow me – and to celebrate, I’m going to […]

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Free Roundtrip Ticket on Alaska for California Flyers

September 6, 2013

Alaska Airlines has launched a pretty lucrative promo for flyers from one of its West Coast hubs in San Diego. When you register and fly four qualifying non-stops between San Diego and any of 13 cities from now through November 20, 2013, you will get a discount code valid for a free roundtrip from San […]

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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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Top 10 Ways To Get A Better Economy Seat

August 27, 2013

After the Twitterific fiasco I went through trying to secure KLM Economy Comfort seats for my upcoming trip to Cape Town while booking my flights through Delta last week, I thought it might be interesting to take a look at strategies for getting a better economy seat with the major airlines. The difference between a […]

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Saturday Recap: Enter To Win With American Airlines Main Cabin Extra Competition, Play Virgin America Go Big Bingo, Cathay Pacific Launches Hong Kong-Newark Service, And More

August 17, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Play Virgin America Go Big Bingo To Win Crunch Membership For A Year Or 500,000 Elevate Reward Points: To celebrate their sixth anniversary, Virgin America has launched the Go Big Bingo competition where you can win prizes in your hometown or for […]

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Updated Options for Earning Airline Miles from Debit Cards

August 14, 2013

While points-earning debit cards are few and far between – and getting rarer by the day! – there are still some out there that offer a good alternative to getting a credit card if you want to maximize your miles. I can’t value travel credit cards and the points they can earn you enough, but […]

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Saturday Recap: Starwood Preferred Guest Amex 30,000 Point Sign-Up Bonus, Enter To Win This Week’s Thursday Giveaway, Marriott Megabonus Promotion, Earn Up To 50% Bonus on Purchased Alitalia Miles, Win A Dream Trip Around The World With Radisson Blu

August 10, 2013

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express have expired. View the current offers here –personal, business. Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Starwood Preferred Guest Amex 30,000-Point Sign-Up Bonus: It’s that time of year again – the 30,000-point sign-up bonus offers on both the personal and business […]

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Maximize Dining Spend: Updated List of Current Dining Rewards Programs Bonuses

July 25, 2013

Dining programs can be a great way to double-dip with miles or points. Not only can you earn the points or miles you would normally earn on a points-earning credit card like the Starwood Amex, or even the category spending bonus points on a card like the Chase Sapphire Preferred (2.14X per $1) or the Citi Forward […]

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Maximize Monday: Airline and Hotel Elite Status Matches and Challenges

July 22, 2013

On the heels of some legacy airlines revamping their elite status programs to include a revenue-based element, with United Adding Premier Qualifying Dollars and Delta Adding Medallion Qualifying Dollars, I wanted to give readers an update of all the ways to status challenge and status match so that they can take advantage of elite status before having to […]

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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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American Airlines iPhone App Now Displays TSA PreCheck Indicator – So What?

June 10, 2013

One of the hot topics in airline travel these days is TSA PreCheck. I recently wrote about how Virgin America has joined the program and the fact that TSA PreCheck recently expanded to certain international itineraries as well. Personally I love the program since it can be a huge time saver at the airport, letting you […]

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Maximize Monday: What Do 50,000 Amex Points Get You?

April 22, 2013

In light the current limited-time 50,000-point sign-up bonus on the Business Gold Rewards card from American Express, as well as today’s launch of the a 35% transfer bonus from Membership Rewards to British Airways Avios now through June 7, 2013, I thought that for today’s Maximize Monday post, I’d write about American Express Membership Rewards […]

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Saturday Recap: Virgin America 40% Bonus on Purchased Points, Triple JetBlue points to Alaska, 40% off hotels in the US & Canada with Accor Hotels, Delta Adding TSA PreCheck Notification to Boarding Passes

April 20, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Virgin America 40% Bonus on Purchased Points: Now through May 7, 2013, Virgin America is offering a bonus of up to 40% on purchased Elevate points. While not as generous as last October’s 50% bonus, this could still be something to consider if you’re a very […]

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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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Saturday Recap: My Latest Credit Card Churn, Enter to Win 100,000 SPG Points, Hilton Daily Grand Promo, British Airways and American Airlines Premium Fare Promotion, Alaska Airlines Now Offers One-Way Partner Awards

March 23, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: My Latest Credit Card Churn: This week I wrote a series about my most recent round of credit card applications. The first post covered the basics of credit and how to perform a personal check to make sure everything is healthy before a round of applications. […]

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Maximize Monday: How to Stay Connected in the Sky- An In-Flight WiFi Roundup

March 18, 2013

The more time I spend up in the skies, the more I have come to value in-flight WiFi. Although some people, including myself from time to time, like to disconnect onboard and enjoy a few brief hours of email/Facebook/Twitter-less bliss, losing six hours of work and communication time while flying cross-country can be a daunting […]

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Saturday Recap: Double or Triple Virgin America Elevate Points, Double TrueBlue points with Hilton, 20,000 bonus AAdvantage Miles On Flights to Lima, Bonus Alaska Airlines Miles with Avis

March 16, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Double or Triple Virgin America Elevate Points: Now through June 30, 2013, Virgin America Elevate members can earn either double or even triple points on West Coast flights. Elevate members will earn double points on all qualifying flights from SFO to Las Vegas, […]

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Saturday Recap: SPG Crossover Rewards, Expanded American and Alaska Airlines Codeshare, Up to 50% Bonus when Buying TrueBlue Points, Marriott Elite Buy Back Offer

February 9, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Starwood and Delta Announce Crossover Rewards: Earlier this week, Starwood and Delta announced a new partnership that offers exclusive new benefits to Delta Medallion members and SPG elite members. The program, called Crossover Rewards, begins March 1, 2013, and provides elite members of both […]

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Airline Status Match and Challenge Information For 2013

January 30, 2013

At the end of February, many of you who did not accrue enough elite miles/points in 2012 will be dropped from your current elite status level. However, you can still use your existing status to challenge to another airline, which can be good until the end of February 2014. Just note that if you did […]

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Alaska Adds Emirates Award Redemptions: Top Ways To Boost Your Mileage Plan Account

January 11, 2013

Although Alaska Airlines and Emirates announced their partnership over a year ago, Ben at One Mile at a Time diligently reported this week that the moment we’ve all be waiting for has finally arrived – starting January 16, 2013, you can redeem Alaska Mileage Plan miles on Emirates. Here’s the award chart, which I actually […]

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Maximize Monday: Choosing the Best Site and Credit Card for Purchasing Airfare

January 7, 2013

Maximize Monday is a new weekly series, where I’ll dig into different topics and offer my suggestions on how you can change your habits in order to get the most bang for your buck (and points). If you have any topic ideas, please feel free to Tweet me @thepointsguy or email me at [email protected] For […]

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5,000 Bonus Alaska Miles for Board Room Lounge Membership

December 26, 2012

In the rush of the holidays and a last minute trip to Ireland and Scotland I took, I forgot to actually publish this post that I wrote a couple weeks ago, but the deal is good until December 31, 2012, so I figured it was still worth getting out there! Although some other airlines like […]

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Saturday Recap: Bonus United and Alaska Miles and Amtrak Points, Cathay Pacific Sale, Hyatt Home Sale and More

November 17, 2012

Here’s a quick recap of interesting miles and points news from this week: 2,500 Bonus United Miles For Shopping: Now through December 31, for every $250 you spend by shopping through United’s online shopping portal, you’ll earn 500 bonus MileagePlus miles, up to a total of 2,500 bonus miles. This is all in addition to […]

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