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Citi Prestige Cardholders Now Get Same-Day Admirals Club Access

March 25, 2014

Last Friday was the last day American Express Platinum cardholders enjoyed access to American and US Airways club lounges as part of their benefits package, and it looked like the only credit card left that would get you access to both sets of lounges (thanks to the merger) was the Citi Executive AAdvantage World Mastercard. […]

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Things To Do Before Big Changes on March 31 – US Airways, Southwest and More

March 24, 2014

This time of year, it’s Tax Day that usually marks the biggest moment of reckoning, but 2014 is a strange one with plenty of changes set to go into effect in the airline industry come March 31. So with one week left to go, we wanted to remind you of what’s coming down the pike […]

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1,000 Bonus Miles for New American Airlines LaGuardia LGA Flights

March 24, 2014

If playing American’s Passport Challenge got you jonesing for more bonus American miles, the airline is offering airport-specific bonuses for its new flights out of LaGuardia. Even though LaGuardia can be a nightmare at times, it is scheduled to get a $3.6-billion renovation. Here’s the promo. When you book a roundtrip on American Eagle between […]

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Is It Possible To Book A Roundtrip Award Ticket To Rio De Janeiro With Just 100,000 American Miles?

March 23, 2014

TPG reader Mark emailed me about booking an award ticket to South America using American Airlines miles: “I wanted to book a trip to Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires with AA miles in December, but business class awards are only available at 100,000 each way! Will I ever be able to get my whole […]

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Saturday Recap: 1,000 Bonus Delta Miles, Conrad Hotels Upgrades and Bonus Points, Bonus Lufthansa Miles, Frontier Discounts And More

March 22, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week: Complimentary Upgrade or Breakfast And Bonus Points At Conrad Hotels: For stays booked before December 31, 2014, Conrad Hotels & Resorts (part of Hilton) are offering the “Luxury of Being Yourself” promotion, which allows you to select either a complimentary daily breakfast for […]

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Earn 1,050 Bonus Miles (And Up To 10,000) With American AAdvantage Passport Challenge

March 21, 2014

Earlier today, American released a new Facebook sweepstakes called the AAdvantage Passport Challenge where you can quickly earn over 1,000 bonus miles and then up to 10,000 miles when you play and fly now through May 23, 2014. Here’s how it works: Play trivia and other games to earn up to 700 miles Share and […]

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Last Day For American and US Airways Club Access For Amex Platinum Cardholders – And How To Get Access After

March 21, 2014

Back in December, American Express announced that Platinum, Business Platinum and Mercedes-Benz Platinum cardholders would no longer get access to American Airlines Admirals Clubs or US Airways Clubs as of March 22, 2014 – which means today is the last day for all us Platinum cardmembers to crash those lounges using our card benefits, so […]

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Citi Prestige Cardholders – Redeem ThankYou Points For 1.6 Cents Each on American and US Airways Flights

March 17, 2014

When Citi announced that the ThankYou points earned with the ThankYou Premier card would be devalued to be worth 1.25 cents each toward airfare instead of 1.33 cents apiece, a lot of readers had questions about upgrading to the Citi Prestige card. That’s because, in addition to other perks like $200 in airline credits, 2x […]

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Saturday Recap: Gogo Raises Inflight WiFi Prices, Earn Double Points On Amtrak, Get Triple AAdvantage Miles For Stays At Choice Hotels And More

March 15, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week: Gogo Inflight WiFi To Raise Prices: Gogo’s traveler pass prices are going up by $10 a month after April 6, 2014. Single-airline passes currently go for $39.95 a month, and those prices will increase to $49.95 a month after April 6th. Buy […]

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Flight Review: American A321T Transcontinental Business Class LAX-JFK

March 14, 2014

I had a chance to experience American Airlines’ new A321T transcontinental plane in January when I flew first class from LAX-JFK, but TPG Managing Editor Eric Rosen put expiring AA Executive Platinum EVIP Systemwide Upgrades to use on a recent roundtrip from Los Angeles to New York and got to fly business class on the […]

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Maximizing British Airways Avios For Caribbean Flights

March 13, 2014

Because it is a distance-based award program, of the best uses for British Airways Avios is to redeem them for expensive short-haul flights on partner airlines like American that start at just 4,500 Avios each way. And with winter showing few signs of letting up across much of the country, I thought I’d remind you […]

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Transcontinental Comparison: Economy Seats

March 10, 2014

Recent mileage program devaluations and restrictions on elite status upgrades like those on Delta will make it harder than ever to sit in the front of the plane, so it’s worth your while to know what each airline offers in economy. Several airlines offer economy sections with more legroom and recline (and even priority boarding privileges […]

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Saturday Recap: Earn Double Asia Miles on Cathay Pacific, Earn Double Points On JetBlue Getaways, Regent Hotels Offer Airberlin Bonus Points For Stays and More

March 8, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week: Earn Double Miles For Flying Premium Economy On Cathay Pacific: You can earn double Asia Miles for flying premium economy on Cathay Pacific. Simply register and travel before March 31, 2014. New members who join the program can also earn 500 bonus miles. […]

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American Airlines Reveals New 767-300 Business Class – And It Looks Great

March 7, 2014

American Airlines has been revamping its fleet for a while now, what with the introduction of new 777-300ER’s, A319′s, and the transcon A321. It also has plans to retrofit its aging 767-300′s with an all-new business class. The airline just unveiled what the new cabin would look like, and it’s pretty awesome. It looks a […]

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American Airlines Transcontinental JFK – SFO Bonus Miles Up To 15,000

March 7, 2014

American Airlines has been hyping the arrival of its new transcontinental A321 service since it started taking delivery of the planes, and has been offering bonus miles on JFK-LAX flights from January 7-March 31. Now that it is launching service on the new plane on its transcontinental route from San Francisco SFO to New York […]

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Current Mileage Purchase and Share Bonus Promos: American, Avianca, JetBlue, US Airways

March 5, 2014

There are several promotions where you can buy or transfer miles and get a bonus of anywhere from 25-100% right now, so I thought I’d put them all together in one place for a handy reference. Here are the current promos. American Airlines 30% Discount on Shared Miles Now through March 31, American Airlines is […]

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Saturday Recap: Lufthansa Miles for Economist Subscription, United Miles For Mercedes Purchases, Bonus Points For Best Western Stays & More

March 1, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week: United Miles For Purchasing/Leasing A Mercedes-Benz: United and Mercedes Benz are partnering again to offer MileagePlus elite members special incentives when purchasing/leasing a Mercedes Benz, including up to 25,000 bonus award miles. The bonus miles offer is valid for the purchase/lease of Mercedes […]

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American Airlines Devalues Choice Fares – Higher Prices, Fewer Benefits

February 28, 2014

Back in December 2012, American Airlines introduced a new set of economy fare options called Choice Fares that bundled benefits like priority boarding and free checked bags with perks like bonus mileage and waived ticket change fees. Priced starting from $34 each way, I found these fares to be extremely useful and a very good […]

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Extending American Airlines EVIP Systemwide Upgrades Past February 28, 2014

February 27, 2014

One of the best airline elite status benefits out there are the 8 EVIP systemwide upgrades American Airlines gives to its top-tier Executive Platinum members. Systemwides, or EVIP’s, are one-way upgrades that can be used on pretty much any paid (non-government, military or award) fare – even discounted economy fares – and can be used […]

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American Airlines Ends Bereavement Fares – Why Miles Are Still A Good Insurance Policy

February 27, 2014

American Airlines issued a stealthy announcement (just a line of text on this web page, really) that as of February 18, 2014, it would be ending its policy of offering bereavement fares to passengers who must book last-minute tickets as a result of the death of a relative. While this move seemed to come out […]

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Current Airline Elite Status Match and Status Challenge Information

February 27, 2014

In the wake of Delta’s huge SkyMiles program devaluation announcement yesterday, as well as the fact that both United and Delta have instituted spending requirements for elite status, I know a lot of Delta Medallions and United Premiers are reevaluating their airline elite status strategy (myself included), so I wanted to post a quick roundup […]

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New Routes from Miami to Europe, the Middle East and Caribbean

February 27, 2014

I’m based in Miami, so I am always interested in checking out the new flights into and out of  Miami International Airport (MIA), and lately, several non-stops have been cropping up from there to destinations across the world. Major Oneworld carriers including American, Finnair and Qatar are leading the pack, with a couple of additional […]

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Using Points.com To Convert American Express Membership Rewards into US Airways (and Eventually American) Miles

February 26, 2014

Points.com is a points exchange and clearing house that allows members to trade one kind of points and miles for another and to track your balances and see certain promo offers. You can also redeem your points or miles through it for retail gift cards or for Paypal credits. It’s free to join and its […]

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25% Bonus On Hotel Points Transfers to American Airlines Miles

February 22, 2014

Apart from Starwood Preferred Guest, whose points you can transfer to 31 airline partners, many other airlines and hotels partner so that you can convert hotel points into airline miles. Usually this isn’t a great idea because the conversion rate means cutting the value of your hotel points – sometimes quite drastically. SPG is a […]

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