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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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My First Post-Merger US Airways Flight and My Updated Thoughts on the Merger

February 3, 2014

I’ve been pretty opposed to the American Airlines/US Airways merger since it was originally announced. I hoped the Department of Justice would have put the kibosh on the deal, but secretly knew that US/AA would up their lobbying game and twist enough arms behind the scenes to get their injunction overturned. That eventually happened and […]

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Can I Get The 100,000 Mile Citi AAdvantage Credit Card If I Already Have Another Citi Card?

February 2, 2014

With so many great Citi AAdvantage credit card offers available at the moment including 50,000-mile bonuses on the Platinum Select Mastercard and 100,000 miles for the Citi Executive AAdvantage card, TPG reader Phillip wants to be sure he can get in on the best of them, so he tweeted me the following question: “@thepointsguy is […]

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Saturday Recap: Citi Executive AAdvantage World Mastercard 100,000 Mile Bonus, Boost Or Renew Your American Elite Status, Virgin Atlantic Transfer Ratio To Hilton HHonors Devaluation, Hyatt Credit Card Winter Points Promo & More

February 1, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week: Reminder – Citi Executive AAdvantage World Mastercard Bonus Up To 100,000 Miles: Citi launched a 100,000 mile bonus on this card which you can earn when you spend $10,000 in the first 3 months; in addition, you can receive $200 in statement […]

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Flight Review: American Airlines Transcontinental A321 First Class LAX-JFK

January 30, 2014

As I wrote about on Monday, I was able to book a first class award on American Airlines’ new A321 from LAX-JFK last week as part of a larger award itinerary that will eventually take me to Oman later this spring. Ordinarily, the flight would have cost me 32,500 miles one-way in first class for […]

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Delta Targeted Medallion Platinum Offer To Drool Over

January 29, 2014

Competition over New York-based flyers is heating up this week with offers from both Delta and American for flyers who book premium international tickets to reach a higher elite status level plus a few other valuable perks. The Delta offer is hands-down the more generous of the two. Targeted folks who register before March 31, […]

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American Elite Status Boost and Renew Paid Options Now Live

January 29, 2014

Back in November, American announced that it would be launching two new options for frequent flyers to pay to requalify for status if they fall short of the miles that they need this year. These options are now live and available for purchase here through May 31. Just as a reminder, here are your choices: Boost: If you […]

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Amazing Deal Alert: Citi Executive AAdvantage World Mastercard Bonus Up To 100,000 Miles

January 28, 2014

Last week, I wrote about an amazing sign-up bonus offer for the Citi Executive AAdvantage World Mastercard that came with 75,000 American Airlines miles when you spend $7,500 in the first 3 months of cardmembership, but today, TPG reader Lauri let me know she stopped by the Admirals Club at JFK and was offered the […]

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Maximizing International Gateway Stopovers on American Airlines Awards

January 27, 2014

With imminent United and Delta award chart devaluations, American Airlines and its merger partner US Airways are looking like better and better options when it comes to booking mileage awards – at least while their award charts remain as they are now with sweet spots like American’s Off-Peak awards to South America and Europe, and […]

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Amazing Deal Alert: 75,000 Miles for Citi Executive AAdvantage World Mastercard

January 24, 2014

Fellow travel blogger (and LA Times Travel Show panelist) Johnny Jet forwarded me an exclusive new credit card offer from Citibank on the Citi Executive AAdvantage World Mastercard with a whopping 75,000-mile sign-up bonus – which is as high as we’ve seen any bonus on any of the Citi AA cards in a while. The […]

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Saturday Recap: 25% Virgin Atlantic Award Discount, 50% American and US Airways Miles Bonuses, 2X Miles with Rocketmiles and More

January 18, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week. 25% Percent Off Economy Awards With Virgin Flying Club: Almost all routes are discounted by 25% on Virgin Atlantic when you redeem your Virgin Flying Club miles for economy travel by January 27, 2014. Blackout dates are between April 4-21,2014 and July 16-September […]

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Barclaycard Credit Card Contract With US Airways and American Extended Through 2017

January 17, 2014

One of the major points of speculation surrounding the American Airlines-US Airways merger has been what will happen to the US Airways Mastercard issued by Barclaycard once US Airways’ Dividend Miles program is folded into American’s AAdvantage program and whether the card will go away before or after that. Last week, Barclaycard issued a letter […]

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American Divesting Slots at Washington DCA and New York LGA

January 15, 2014

As part of American and US Airways’ settlement with the Department of Justice over their merger, the two airlines agreed to divest slots at Washington National and New York La Guardia airports. Specifically, the airlines will divest 52 slot pairs at Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA) and 17 slot pairs at New York LaGuardia Airport […]

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American Eagle Changing Name To Envoy

January 14, 2014

American Airlines announced today that it would be changing the name of its subsidiary, American Eagle, to Envoy. American Eagle is a wholly owned subsidiary of American, but it also contracts with independent regional carriers, as does its merger partner, US Airways. Starting in the Spring of 2014, all those partners will fly under the […]

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American Airlines US Airways Codesharing Begins January 23 – and 50% Mileage Credit Bonus

January 13, 2014

Last week, American and US Airways announced reciprocal mileage earning and redemption options as part of the ongoing merger, and today, American announced yet another step where, starting today, flyers can book codeshared flights on the two airlines for travel starting January 23. The move should make it easier to create itineraries that combine flights […]

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