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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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Best Credit Cards for Travelers

May 1, 2012

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  1. Starwood American Express: This is one of the best points-earning cards out there, especially because Starpoints can be so valuable thanks to great redemption options including Cash & Points at the over 1,000 Starwood properties all […]

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British Airways, Alaska Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines Award Availability Now on

April 23, 2012

Back at the Oneworld Megado in January, American Airlines executives told the group that would soon start adding the ability to search for award availability on various airline partners in the coming months. Not too long ago, they did so for Alaska Airlines, and just this week, also started showing availability on Hawaiian […]

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Maximizing the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card: Flight Bonuses and $99 Companion Ticket

March 15, 2012

TPG Contributor Josh is an MVP Gold with the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Program cardholder of the Bank of America Alaska Airlines Visa Signature card. Since so many of the top credit card offers right now are Chase and American Express-focused, I asked him to expand on some of the perks of the Bank of […]

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Be Smart on Valentine’s Day: Earn a Side of Miles With Your Dine

February 14, 2012

Chances are many of you will be dining out this Valentine’s Day, so I wanted to remind everyone to sign-up for a dining program. These are free, easy ways to earn miles and you get them in addition to the points/miles you get from your credit card. Here are the main programs and their current […]

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Updated: 20 of My Favorite Airline Awards

January 23, 2012

It’s been almost a year since I’ve updated the list of my 20 Favorite Airline Awards. Since then, so much has changed in the world of points and frequent flyer miles—from Aeroplan fuel surcharges to British Airways’ new Avios program—that I thought it was high time for a refreshing of the list. I’m going to […]

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Reminder: Get Points and Miles From Everyday Dining

November 8, 2011

Dining programs are free, easy ways to earn miles. Every single one of your debit and credit cards should be registered to a participating program–if not, take a couple minutes and sign-up for some. Once your credit cards are linked to a program, you’ll automatically earn miles every time you visit a participating restaurant. I […]

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Sunday Reader Question: How to Maximize Miles When Flying on Airline Partners and Codeshares?

November 6, 2011

TPG reader Rosemary writes: Something that has confused me for awhile now is how to make certain I am earning 100% of mileage points for one airline when actually flying on a codeshare flight and a different airline’s metal. How does this work exactly? As long as I sign up with a mileage number for […]

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Attaining Airline Elite Status Series: The Basics and Why People Mileage Run

October 26, 2011

This is an installment in my Maximizing Elite Status series. Articles include; The Basics and Why People Mileage Run, Using ITA Matrix to Find Cheap Flights, How Much is Elite Status Worth?, Comparing Top Tier Status, Comparing Mid-Tier Status, Comparing Low Level Status, How to Get Elite Miles Without Flying, Understanding Elite Status Bump Thresholds, The Lowdown on Soft Landings, How to Cope with Losing […]

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What is the Best Points Debit Card and Checking Account?

October 10, 2011

Update: PerkStreet Financial will be closing permanently and ceasing all business operations on September 26, 2013. I’ve been asked this question a lot lately – especially as banks continue to roll back the benefits of debit cards and add fees, like Bank of America recently announcing their $5 monthly fee on most debit cards. While […]

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Current Dining Bonuses, including 1,000 free AA, United, US and Delta Miles for New Members

August 17, 2011

If you aren’t currently enrolled in the AAdvantage Dining program, now may be a great time to join. I’ve long extolled the benefits of dining programs – in fact I see no reason not to participate. It’s free miles for doing something we all do – eat. And remember, if you use your Chase Sapphire […]

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Airline Status Match and Challenge Information

July 14, 2011

A frequent flyer can mean a lot of revenue for an airline. Not only do frequent flyers often have the co-branded credit card, but they are often influential in bringing more business to the airline. What many frequent flyers don’t know, is that you can leverage your current elite status to get comped elite status […]

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40,000 Mile Sign Up Bonus for Alaska Airlines Bank of America Visa

June 24, 2011

If you are like me and have maxed out on Chase and American Express offers, you may want to consider the Bank of America Alaska Airlines Visa with 40,000 mile sign-up bonus. Per their partner award chart, its only 25,000 miles for a domestic award on American/Delta/Alaskan, (or redeem internationally on British Airways, Air France […]

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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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500 Free Alaska Miles for New Members

March 30, 2011

As I wrote about last week, Alaska Airlines has a really interesting, independent frequent flyer program. They aren’t a member of any alliance, so they’ve created relationships with numerous carriers from dinky Alaskan regional airlines to British Airways, Cathay Pacific and Delta. Alaska miles are valuable because they have so many varied partners and their […]

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2,500 Alaska Miles for Delta Award Redemptions

March 22, 2011

Alaska Airlines is known for being the harlot of frequent flyer programs. She isn’t committed to one alliance and therefore gets around with a multitude of different partners such as: American, Air France, Air Pacific, Cathay Pacific, British Airways, Korean, Qantas, LAN Chile,  Icelandair, and a bunch of small Alaskan carriers. Alaska’s current flavor of the […]

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Free Facebook on Gogo In-flight WiFi All February

February 5, 2011

Gogo and Facebook are teaming up to provide free access to Facebook on all Gogo equipped flights during the month of February. I actually noticed that Facebook was working before I logged into my Gogo account on a flight last Friday, January 28th. I shrugged it off as a glitch, but now realize it was […]

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Dining for Miles and Points

January 19, 2011

If you currently don’t have every single one of your debit and credit cards linked up to an I-dine program, you are making a huge mistake. There is no cost involved and once your cards are linked, you automatically get miles/points every time you spend money at a participating restaurant/bar. The participating airlines are: America, […]

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My Top 20 Loyalty Program Christmas Wish List

December 24, 2010

As a loyalty program junkie, I often think about how each program could be enhanced. While no perfect program exists in my opinion, here are my 20 wishes that, if granted, would make me a very, very happy frequent traveler. Feel free to add yours in the comments below! In no particular order: 1) Delta changes their […]

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5 Things I Hate About Domestic First Class

October 8, 2010

Okay, so hate may be a strong word, but in the spirit of balanced reporting, I wanted to do a counter post to my “5 Things I Love About Domestic First Class” post. While it was much easier to come up with things I loved, these negative points do represent the things I dislike most: […]

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5 Things I Love About Domestic First Class

October 8, 2010

I’ve been traveling domestically a lot lately, and thanks to being a Delta Platinum, I’ve been upgraded to first class on every flight. However, due to scheduling demands, I recently flew JetBlue to Austin, and those four hours in coach as a non-elite status passenger really made me reflect on what I love about first […]

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Alaska/SkyTeam Partner Bonus Miles Promotion

August 20, 2010

Earn twice the miles when you combine a SkyTeam partner with an Alaska itinerary. Registration link. Earn double bonus miles each time you fly a Delta flight or a flight on SkyTeam® members Air France, KLM or Alitalia, and an Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air flight on the same ticket between September 15 and November 15, 2010. […]

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