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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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Can You Prevent US Airways Miles From Expiring By Flying On American?

February 16, 2014

TPG reader Faryn has some US Airway miles expiring soon, but is wondering if flying on American Airlines is enough to keep them active. Here was her question: “I have some US Airways miles that are set to expire in April. I am flying American this weekend. Will that prevent my US Airways miles from […]

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Saturday Recap: Award Ticket Discounts On American Airlines, 35% Off Starwood Rates for SPG Members, 15% Off Gogo Inflight Wifi, Hilton HHonors Promotions, Bonus Miles On Emirate’s New Boston Route & More

February 15, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week: American Airlines Offers 2,500 Mile Discounts On Award Tickets From Los Angeles and Las Vegas: American Airlines has an economy award discount of 2,500 miles for one-way awards or 5,000 miles roundtrip awards from/to Los Angeles and Las Vegas for flights within the […]

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With the American Airlines Merger Can US Airways Miles Be Used On Air Tahiti Nui Yet?

February 9, 2014

TPG reader Mike emailed me to ask if it was possible yet to use US Airways miles on Air Tahiti Nui because of the airline’s merger with American. Here was his question: “Can we use US Airways miles on Air Tahiti Nui yet? Or do you think that will only happen when US Airway miles […]

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Saturday Recap: AAdvantage Bonus Miles Using Shopping Portals, 30% Off Loews Hotel Stays, 2,500 Bonus Points For Southwest Rapid Rewards Signup, Free 100 Bonus Hyatt Passport Gold Points & More

February 8, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week: Bonus American Miles For Shopping Through AAdvantage eShopping: Earn up to 1,500 bonus miles by shopping via the American AAdvantage shopping portal. No registration is required, and the spending requirements are: spend $150 in collective spending on the AAdvantage eShopping portal and […]

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Is Buying Miles Worth It: A Rundown of Current Promotions

February 6, 2014

Though they’re not often the best ways to accrue miles, if you need to top off your frequent flyer account in a hurry and your options are limited, it can be worth it to purchase the miles you need. Luckily, airlines run frequent bonuses, though some are better than others. While there’s no public offer […]

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American Airlines 30% Bonus and 10% Discount on Purchased Miles – 2 Cents Each

February 4, 2014

Although I don’t normally suggest getting in on purchased mileage bonuses, there are times to consider them, and American is running two simultaneous promotions on purchased miles that might make it worth it. The first is a 30% bonus on purchased miles running now through February 28, 2014, that’s tiered as follows: 20,000-29,000 miles: 5,000 […]

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Top 10 Ways to Use American Airlines Miles

February 4, 2014

I know a lot of people have been getting in on the amazing limited-time sign-up bonuses of up to 100,000 miles on the Citi Executive AAdvantage World Mastercard (there are also public offers of 60,000 miles and 75,000 miles with lower spending bonuses), and while it’s a no-brainer to score a mileage bonus that high […]

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