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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Sunday Reader Questions: Any Good Debit Card Rewards Programs Left?

October 14, 2012

Update: PerkStreet Financial will be closing permanently and ceasing all business operations on September 26, 2013. TPG reader Edward asks a more general question about debit card reward programs: “I was reading your blog while looking for a debit rewards program. Can you recommend any debit card rewards programs?” Unfortunately, while debit cards used to be […]

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Delta Expands Transcontinental and Trans-Pacific Routes From Seattle

October 8, 2012

Earlier today, Delta announced an expanded partnership with Alaska Airlines as well as additional international and transcontinental domestic routes to and from Seattle. Here are highlights from the official announcement: Proposed new nonstop Delta service between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Shanghai Pu Dong International Airport, pending approval by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). Proposed […]

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Getting Compensation For A Flight Delay On Alaska

September 20, 2012

TPG Managing Editor Eric had an all-too-common experience while traveling home from Mexico on Alaska Airlines this past weekend: a flight delay which no one could say for sure how long it would last. Here’s what he did and what the airline did. What would you do? I spent a few days outside Puerto Vallarta […]

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Up to 40% Bonus on Purchased Alaska Miles Until Sept 28 – Worth It?

September 5, 2012

From now through September 28, 2012, Alaska Airlines is offering up to a 40% bonus on miles purchased through up to a total of 40,000 miles plus the 16,000-mile bonus. Buy 1,000 – 19,000 miles: get a 20% Bonus Buy 20,000 – 29,000 miles: get a 30% Bonus Buy 30,000 – 40,000 miles: get […]

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Assorted Credit Card Bonuses and Offers – 40,000 Alaska, 65,000 Virgin Atlantic, 50,000+ Marriott, 33,150 Flexperks

August 15, 2012

I know I’ve been talking a lot about the Starwood 30k offer (expired), but a couple new and updated credit card offers came up recently with the possibility of earning readers tens of thousands of bonus points, so I thought I’d share them all here for easy reference (though they’ve also been added to the […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Travel Points and Miles Business Credit Cards

July 31, 2012

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Business Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Credit cards are the quickest and easiest way to rack up miles and points, especially if you open business credit cards in addition to personal cards. Most issuers will let you get a business credit […]

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US Airline Status Match and Challenge Information

July 10, 2012

As I’ve written in the past, status matching and challenges can be the quickest, easiest way to achieve elite status on a new airline. For anyone unfamiliar, a status match is when an airline will comp you elite status if you have elite status on a competing airline. A status challenge is when they make you complete a […]

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Alaska Downgrades Companion Fares For Coach Only Starting August

July 9, 2012

Alaska Airlines recently sent a letter to cardholders of the Alaska Airlines Visa stating: “All new companion fares issued beginning August 1, 2012, may be used for coach class bookings only. If you currently have a companion fare code in your Alaska Airlines ‘My Account’, you can apply it to a first class booking until […]

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Airline Companion Upgrade Policy Overview

July 6, 2012

I recently wrote about my experience with Delta Companion Upgrades and many of you asked about the policies of other airlines. While I have the most personal experience with Delta, here are the basic details on how some of the other airlines handle companion upgrades. The main differences among these airlines is whether a companion gets upgraded […]

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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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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Best Credit Card Companion Tickets Deals

June 12, 2012

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  In addition to earning cardholders frequent flyer miles or points, several travel credit cards offer another valuable perk: airline companion tickets and passes. To qualify for one of these tickets or passes, it’s usually a matter of […]

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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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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.  Update: The offer mentioned below for the Capital One Venture Rewards Card 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 […]

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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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