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The Ins and Outs of SPG Flights

June 18, 2014

For years Starwood has offered a seldom mentioned program called SPG Flights, which enables you to purchase flights directly through the Starwood Preferred Guest website using Starpoints. TPG reader Travis recently asked for some insight into SPG Flights to find out whether it’s a worthy use of his points in lieu of hotel redemptions and transfers to partner airlines. The […]

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Getting My Third Citi Executive AAdvantage 100k Offer

June 17, 2014

Edit: This offer seems to be in the process of getting pulled- check out this post for a new link that may work This past Friday I was approved for my third Citi Exectuive AAdvantage World Elite Mastercard, which will get me another 100,000 AA miles after $10,000 spent within the first 3 months. I […]

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US Airways 100% Share Miles Bonus Returns Through June 30, 2014

June 16, 2014

US Airways has once again launched their famous 100% Share Miles Bonus now through June 30, 2014 though the terms are a bit different this time around. Normally the Dividend Miles member who received the miles would receive the 100% bonus, but US Airways decided to change the rules and split the bonus so the sender will […]

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Getting The Most Rewards For Your Minimum Spend

June 16, 2014

TPG contributor Jason Steele comes back this week to analyze minimum spend. Perhaps we are living in the golden age of credit card rewards, where banks are eager to offer us so many valuable points and miles just for giving them a chance to earn our business. Nevertheless, most of these offers require a significant […]

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What Are The Best Ways To Maximize Expiring United Miles?

June 15, 2014

I was recently tweeted a great “newbie question of the week” by TPG reader @Mommalogues: “@thepointsguy My 18,000+ United MileagePlus miles will expire on July 31st. Can I trade them for American AAdvantage miles?” The answer to your question is yes, you can trade your expiring MileagePlus miles for American AAdvantage miles through points/miles exchange and clearing house points.com … but at a […]

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Free WiFi on JetBlue, 3,000 Mile Bonus on Rocketmiles & More

June 14, 2014

Here’s a recap of the top points and miles news from this week: Reminder–Last Week of Daily Getaways: June 16-20 is your last chance to purchase Daily Getaways. They will be unveiled daily at 1 pm EDT, and will be available to any US resident age 18 or older to purchase throughout the promotion period until the limited inventory is […]

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Standby Rules and Strategies for International Flights

June 11, 2014

What can you do if you need to take an earlier flight to get to your destination on time? Can you switch from an international connecting flight to a non-stop to your destination? Standby rules are pretty clear for domestic flights, but can get murky when traveling internationally. Read on to learn more about the policies of major […]

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10 of the Best Credit Cards for Travel- June 2014 Edition

June 9, 2014

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express have expired. View the current offers here –personal, business. Update: The offer mentioned below for the Chase Freedom Visa has expired. View the current offer here.  Getting in on the most lucrative credit cards is key to maximizing your miles and points. With the continuously shifting nature of the […]

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American Airlines Announces Reciprocal Upgrades and More

June 9, 2014

The merger of American Airlines and US Airways officially went through in December 2013, but the two airlines are still technically operating as separate carriers and have two frequent flyer programs. We always knew it would “be a while” until the two programs actually merged, but today we get a little bit of clarity, though […]

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If I Status Match to United Will I Lose My AA Status?

June 8, 2014

This past week, TPG reader Ben sent me a message via Twitter: “‪@thepointsguy if I do a status match (from AA to UA), does that mean I lose my status on the airline I’m currently with?” Airlines are very competitive these days, especially when it comes to getting top tier elite fliers. If you ever want to switch […]

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Avis Coupon Code: Up to 7,500 AA Miles Per Rental

May 29, 2014

This afternoon, Avis sent out a blast to American Airlines AAdvantage members announcing a new promotion now through July 15th where AAdvantage members can earn up to 7,500 bonus miles for car rentals at participating Avis airport locations in the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Get the bonus miles by […]

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Should You Get US Airways AND American Cards Before the Merger?

May 25, 2014

Earlier this week, TPG Reader Chris tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy Is it worthwhile to get separate US Airways and American Airlines cards for individual signup bonuses before merging into a single oneworld account?” Though their merger has been underway since last December, and though flyers on both American and US Airways can earn/redeem miles on both […]

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How Can I Protect My Points and Miles from Devaluation?

May 25, 2014

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express have expired. View the current offers here – personal, business. A couple weeks ago American Airlines made some negative changes to their AAdvantage program overnight, including getting rid of their round-the-world Explorer awards and modifying really valuable stopover policies. TPG reader Martin sent me a […]

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Increased Signup Bonuses for Dining Rewards Programs

May 20, 2014

Dining rewards programs are an easy way to double dip on earning miles and points. You can use a points or miles earning credit card to front the bill, and link that card to your airline or hotel dining program of choice in order to earn even more points per dollar for dining out. Delta was the […]

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Should I Accept An American Airlines Platinum Status Match?

May 18, 2014

The Pacific Northwest is the place to be based these days. Flyers in Seattle and Portland have been benefiting from the battle between partners-turned-rivals Delta and Alaska, and it looks like American is muscling in on the territory now as well. Portland-based TPG reader Edwin got a targeted offer from American this week, and Tweeted me […]

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Club Carlson Bonus Points, Best Western Free Night & More

May 17, 2014

Here’s a recap of the top points and miles news from this week: Earn Club Carlson Bonus Points For Country Inns & Suites Stays: Club Carlson members can earn triple Gold Points on eligible stays of two or more nights between June 1-September 1, 2014 at Country Inns & Suites hotels in the United States, Canada or […]

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Family Travel Tips for Booking Multiple Awards and When to Split the Team

May 16, 2014

TPG contributor Jason Steele returns today to talk about family travel and will be giving weekly tips on the best ways to manage miles and points for the whole family.  Booking a single award seat is easy, but finding two together is much harder. Finding three business class award seats together on a long haul […]

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Travel Giveaway: $440 Airline Gift Certificate

May 15, 2014

Yesterday I wrote about the newest product from Barclaycard called the Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard which replaces the Arrival World MasterCard. The new card has the same features as its predecessor, plus a few added and extended benefits to make the new card even more attractive. The card features the EMV Chip + PIN technology that […]

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Why I Can’t Fully Quit Delta: My Positive Experience Upgrading With SkyMiles

May 15, 2014

If you’re a regular TPG reader, you already know that I dumped Delta in a blaze of glory…but just last week I found myself slinking back for a one-way flight from Seattle to New York’s JFK, lured by the thought of an upgrade to the carrier’s hard-to-beat BusinessElite on its 757-200s. Even though it didn’t have […]

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Up to 100,000 AAdvantage Miles or Avios With Premium Oneworld Transatlantic Flights This Summer

May 12, 2014

Premium transatlantic travelers are a hot commodity for airlines. Airfares are generally through the roof and the airlines have been doing their best to put their best lie-flat products on these routes (like Delta who is almost done retrofitting all aircraft to have lie-flat seats, like what I flew to Milan last summer and American […]

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Giving the Wedding Gift of Miles – Registries, Transfers, Upgrades, and More

May 12, 2014

Spring has sprung, and that means wedding season is here! If you have weddings to attend, points and miles make great gift options for those wanting to contribute to the honeymoon. We asked TPG reader Lori Zaino to show us how it’s done. Giving the gift of travel to newlyweds has become much more popular […]

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Can You Transfer Points From The SPG Amex To Earn Elite Status On American Airlines?

May 11, 2014

Today’s newbie question is one that we get quite often, so if you’re an experienced points expert, you can probably skip this post! TPG Reader Vick tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy Can you transfer points from the SPG Amex to earn elite status on American Airlines? And if so, is it a good idea?” People get […]

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Saturday Recap: Bonuses On Purchasing AAdvantage and Alaska Miles, 5,000 Mile Bonus From Rocketmiles, Etihad Offers 3X Miles & More

May 10, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week: Rocketmiles Offers 5,000 Bonus Miles For 3+ Night Stays In Mexico: You can earn 5,000 bonus miles by booking a stay of three nights or longer on Rocketmiles for hotels in Mexico. You must book by May 12 and check out by […]

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Three US Airways Policies I Want American Airlines To Implement

May 6, 2014

Most American Airlines flyers that I talk to are nervous that the merger with US Airways will bring about almost all negative changes. I have to say that they aren’t off to a great start. With US Airways management now mostly at the helm, we’ve seen a string of negative changes, including the nixing of […]

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