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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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Maximizing Sports Purchases: Tickets, Apparel, TV, and More

September 9, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at ways to maximize purchases for sports fans. Fall is my favorite time of year, not just for the approaching cooler weather and the holidays it ushers in, but also because fall (in my humble opinion) is the absolute best time to be a sports fan. The college football season is less than two […]

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How Can I Book Two Award Seats When Only One Is Available?

September 7, 2014

TPG Reader Sara sent me this message on Facebook: “I’m trying to book a flight from Chicago to Rome using AAdvantage miles. The direct flight is only available when I search for one passenger, but not for two. If I buy the award flight for myself, will another spot open up?” Italy is a top tourist […]

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IHG Free Nights, Delta SkyMiles at Hawaii Hilton & More

September 6, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Reminder: Targeted US Airways 100% Bonus on Purchased Miles: US Airways is again offering a bonus of up to 100% on purchased Dividend Miles now through September 30th, 2014. However, unlike some recent promotions, this one is targeted. Check your email for a notice from […]

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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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Awesome Deal Alert: Fall Europe Business Class Under $2,000

September 3, 2014

Per this FlyerTalk thread, there are some amazing business class airfares from several US cities to European destinations this fall and winter. Reported itineraries include departures from West Coast cities on carriers in both SkyTeam (Delta, Air France, Alitalia) and Oneworld (American, British Airways, Iberia and US Airways). No Star Alliance price matching has been […]

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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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Will I Earn a Bonus for Upgrading to Citi Executive Card?

August 31, 2014

TPG reader Marty tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy “Does American Airlines ever give mile bonuses to upgrade your existing credit card from Platinum Select AAdvantage to Citi Executive AAdvantage?” The Citi Executive AAdvantage credit card is one of the most lucrative deals out there. This year alone, I’ve gotten two different Citi AAdvantage cards; both are […]

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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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Delta Same Day Confirm Policy Changes Yet Again

August 28, 2014

Last year, Delta made some major changes to their Same Day Confirm policy, which requires that the same class of service must be available to change instead of just cabin to cabin availability. This means that if you were booked on a cheap fare, most likely you wouldn’t be able to Same Day Confirm and […]

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First Class Dining Policies of the Major Domestic Airlines

August 27, 2014

Over the last few years – and even in recent weeks - major domestic airlines have been attempting to up their First Class dining game, achieving varying degrees of success. With food, wine and cocktail and service options going through some changes this fall, I thought it was a good time to take a look at the landscape […]

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Travel Refunds: How to Save Money After Your Trip

August 27, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele discusses the importance of getting what you paid for (and not paying for what you didn’t get), and offers some strategies for collecting refunds on travel and service that comes up short.  Award travel enthusiasts pride themselves on planning vacations with points and miles and very small cash outlays. Unfortunately, the cost of award travel in […]

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Earn 30,000 Bonus AAdvantage Miles on Transatlantic Routes

August 26, 2014

American Airlines is currently running a promotion where you can earn an extra 30,000 AAdvantage miles for flying a return transatlantic trip in First or Business Class. However, the bonus is not available to passengers based in the US, and is instead only offered to passengers with registered addresses in select European countries (not including the UK, see […]

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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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Airline Credit Cards That Offer Elite Status and Benefits

August 13, 2014

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Delta Gold and Platinum cards are no longer available. View the current offers here: Gold Delta SkyMiles Personal, Gold Delta SkyMiles Business, Platinum Delta SkyMiles. While many airline co-branded credit cards simply offer award-redeemable miles that have no bearing on elite status, there are several out there that do offer elite airline status, benefits, […]

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Citi AAdvantage Reduced Mileage Awards for Cardholders

August 11, 2014

On the heels of the (recently expired) 100,000 mile offer for the Citi Executive AAdvantage World Elite MasterCard, I wanted to remind readers of some of the valuable benefits of co-branded Citi AAdvantage cards. Specifically, cardholders can earn 10% of redeemed AAdvantage miles back (up to 10,000 AAdvantage miles each calendar year), and have access to reduced price domestic awards. A new […]

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My AA Payday for a Canceled Flight and Broken Seat

July 31, 2014

US airlines are pretty stingy with regard to compensation when things go wrong. Compared to strict EU regulations, US airlines are responsible just for getting you to your destination at some point, and they can use “weather” and “air traffic control” to weasel out of situations where compensation is warranted. Nonetheless, even though airlines aren’t legally […]

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Promotions Ending Today: Starwood Transfer Bonuses & More

July 31, 2014

The following travel-related promotions are ending today, Thursday, July 31. Get ‘em while you still can! Starwood Offering Up to a 5o% Bonus for Transferring Starpoints to US Airways Dividend Miles: This promotion (for which no registration is necessary) specifies a 20% bonus, but as this doesn’t include the built in 25% bonus that Starwood offers when transferring […]

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Minor US Airways Award Chart Devaluation Coming August 1

July 25, 2014

Just a reminder for all you Dividend Miles members, US Airways has scheduled a minor award chart devaluation for Friday, August 1. For travel booked on or after August 1, the airline will be raising redemption levels for round-trip travel on medium and high awards between the continental U.S. and Canada, as well as first class awards on […]

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FAA Suspends US Flights to Tel Aviv – Options for Travelers

July 23, 2014

After a combat missile launched from Gaza landed approximately one mile from Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) early Tuesday, the FAA grounded all U.S. flights to Tel Aviv for 24 hours (through 12:15 pm Wednesday EDT), by which time they will further advise. In the meantime, the European Air Safety Agency has issued a strong recommendation that European […]

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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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What’s The Best Way To Find AA Awards For Use On US Airways?

July 20, 2014

This week, TPG reader Monica sent me a Facebook message with a great question: “I’ve read several of your articles about US Airways miles eventually transferring to AA miles. Is that option getting closer? We have US Airways miles that we want to use, but the flights we can afford are on AA. When I called US […]

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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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