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Saturday Recap: Get 50% more miles on Points Hound, Discounts for SPG Escapes, Fly the New American Airbus A321, $25 Membership Fee For El Matmid Frequent Flyer Mile Program Waived, and More

December 28, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: PointsHound Is Offering A 50% Bonus On All Miles Earned For Bookings Made By January 1st: Get a 50% bonus on all miles earned when you book before January 1, 2014. The additional miles are included in the amount shown when you search for […]

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(Video) My Ride Along The Snowball Express and My Million Mile Donation

December 25, 2013

A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure and the honor of riding along on American Airlines’ Snowball Express, a charity event that helps the children and families of our fallen military heroes and treats them to a weekend of holiday fun and wonderful memories in Dallas-Ft. Worth. I had donated the one million frequent […]

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I Have 116 segments On US Airways And 25 With American Airlines. Should I Buy The Upgrade On US Airways To Chairman Preferred Status?

December 22, 2013

It’s the end of the year, and elite status is on everyone’s mind, including that of TPG reader Mitch, who tweeted @thepointsguy with the following question:  ”I will be at 116 segments on US Airways and 25 with American Airlines by the end of the year. Should I buy the upgrade on US Airways to […]

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Can I Leverage My Lifetime Gold Status On American Airlines With My US Airways Elite Qualifying Miles?

December 22, 2013

TPG reader Jimmy messaged me on Facebook to ask about the American and US Airways merger and how it will affect his lifetime elite status: “I’m an American Airlines Million Miler with Lifetime Gold status, with no miles flown on AA this year. However, I have 72,000 Elite Qualifying Miles on US Air (from flights, […]

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Elite Status Series: American AAdvantage Unique Program Benefits

December 19, 2013

Over the past few days, I’ve covered the three tiers of American AAdvantage elite status – Gold, Platinum and Executive Platinum – as well as the qualification thresholds, benefits packages and strategies for each. For the final post in the American Airlines portion of my elite status series, I’m going to talk about other unique […]

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Elite Status Series: American Airlines AAdvantage Executive Platinum

December 18, 2013

For the next installment in my ongoing series on the current elite status programs for the major airlines that started with Delta and American Airlines AAdvantage Gold and AAdvantage Platinum status, we’re going to take a look at American’s top-tier status, Executive Platinum, which I believe is the most lucrative airline elite status program available […]

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American Airlines Promo – 50% Buy Miles Bonus or Flight and Award Discounts

December 17, 2013

While still not as lucrative as the 100% buy miles bonus US Airways is offering until December 20, American Airlines has launched its own promotion on purchased miles that includes up to a 50% bonus, meaning you can buy American miles for as little as about 2 cents apiece. Here are the details and if […]

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Elite Status Series: American Airlines AAdvantage Platinum

December 16, 2013

For the next installment in my ongoing series on the current elite status programs for the major airlines that started with Delta and American Airlines AAdvantage Gold status, we’re going to take a look at American’s mid-tier status, Platinum. Qualification Platinum is the middle of American’s three elite status tiers. To achieve it, you must fly […]

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Should I Book A Trip To Europe Using US Airways Miles Now Or Wait Until After The Merger?

December 15, 2013

Welcome to my new version of the Sunday Reader Questions, called “Ask & Tell”! I’m excited to be producing these high-quality videos on a weekly basis as I answer all of the excellent reader questions that come in, and hopefully you’ll notice a big improvement in video, sound and overall quality. I look forward to […]

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Should I Get The Barclaycard US Airways Mastercard In Anticipation Of Converting US Airways Miles To American Miles?

December 15, 2013

TPG Twitter follower Jay Gatsby tweeted me this week with a question on a lot of readers’ minds: “@thepointsguy What do you think about opening the Barclays US Airways card – will miles convert 1:1 to AA soon?” It’s a very good question that a lot of us are wondering about since the American-US Airways […]

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Saturday Recap: 50% More Points When Buying JetBlue Points, 3,000 AAdvantage Miles for Shopping, 50,000 Mile Barclaycard Lufthansa Bonus, and More

December 14, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Get Up to 50% More When Buying Jet Blue Points: When you buy or gift TrueBlue points, you or your recipient will receive a percentage of bonus points based on the amount purchased, now through December 31, 2013. Points can normally be purchased […]

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Elite Status Series: American Airlines AAdvantage Gold

December 12, 2013

For my latest ongoing series, I wanted to take at look at the current elite status programs for the major airlines. So far we’ve covered Delta, and now we’re going to take a closer look at American Airlines’ AAdvantage program, starting with Gold status. Qualification Gold is the lowest of American’s three elite status tiers. […]

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Follow Me on the Snowball Express This Week

December 12, 2013

As I wrote last week, my main charity donation this holiday season was a two-parter. I donated approximately 100 designer handbags I had purchased during October’s amazing deal where you could earn 35 AAdvantage miles per dollar spent at eBags.com to Housing Works, an organization in New York City which gives housing, medical, and legal support […]

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Systemwide Upgrade Availability Now Showing On AA.com

December 9, 2013

One of the best perks of American Airlines’ top-tier Executive Platinum status is the 8 Systemwide Upgrades (SWU’s) you get each year you qualify where you can upgrade one class of service on any paid published fare – so from economy to business or business to first for example. The one downside is that, though […]

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A Rundown of Things to Come With The New Post-Merger American Airlines

December 9, 2013

The American Airlines US Airways merger is expected to close this morning, which means we should start to hear definitive information soon about how the new airline will look, when their frequent flyer programs and accounts will begin to merge and what awards, fleets and routes will look like. So I wanted to give a […]

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American Airlines Offering Up To 15,000 Bonus Miles For Transcontinental Flights On The New Airbus A321

December 5, 2013

To celebrate the launch of their new Airbus A321 transcontinental fleet, American Airlines is offering up to 15,000 bonus miles for roundtrip travel between New York and Los Angeles from January 7-March 31, 2014. The new A321s take to the skies on January 7, 2014, and by the end of that month, six of the […]

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Amex Platinum Losing AA/US Lounge Access; New Centurion Lounges Announced for LGA and SFO

December 4, 2013

The American/US Airways merger is expected to close any day now and its effects for consumers will be wide-reaching. Sadly, for American Express Platinum cardholders, this means that “effective March 22, 2014, Consumer, Business and Corporate Platinum and Centurion Card Members will no longer have complimentary access to the American Airlines Admirals Club and US Airways […]

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Tis’ The Season to Give: My Million Mile Donation To Kids In Need and How You Can Help Too

December 4, 2013

In the miles and points world it can be easy to become jaded with just how good we have it. Even though program devaluations are rampant and it is becoming harder (though far from impossible) to maximize miles and points, we still need to take a minute and be thankful that we are even able […]

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Saturday Recap: Earn 25,000 Hilton Points, Get Double AAdvantage Miles to Asia, IHG Rewards Club 50% Bonus, and More

November 30, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Earn 25,000 HHonors Points Towards A Hilton Stay When You Purchase Rosetta Stone: Have you always wanted to learn a language? Well now is the perfect time since Hilton has teamed up with Rosetta Stone so that when you purchase a Rosetta […]

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday Travel Deals! 40% Off Starwood, $1 Hotels.com Deals, 50% Off Marriott, $99 Hotel Tonight Rooms and More

November 29, 2013

While Black Friday is traditionally all about getting to the shops as early as possible and standing in line for hours to get grab the best deals, it also offers some great online shopping opportunities (no, you don’t have to wait till Cyber Monday!) that you can take advantage of from the comfort of your […]

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Bankruptcy Judge Approves American Airlines US Airways Merger Settlement

November 28, 2013

The American Airlines / US Airways merger just passed another hurdle yesterday when bankruptcy judge Sean Lane approved the airlines’ recent settlement of an anti-trust lawsuit brought against them by the US Justice Department and several States Attorneys General and denied claims by a group of private plaintiffs to temporarily block the merger as well. […]

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American Airlines Runs Plusgrade Paid Upgrade Trial

November 22, 2013

American Airlines has launched a new trial option on their website called Plusgrade where flyers can bid on upgrades to business or first class (whichever is the next-higher class of service). The airline will begin testing it on specific routes in unspecified (so far) markets, but you can check the eligibility of your flight by […]

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Awesome Deal: 15 AAdvantage Miles Per Dollar Spent at Walgreens

November 21, 2013

While not quite the now expired 35 miles per dollar at eBags, the AAdvantageEshopping.com is now offering 15 miles per dollar spent at Walgreens. This is up from the typical 3x and is at least 3 times better than any other airline/hotel shopping portal, per Evreward.com. I value AA miles at around 2 cents a […]

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A Sneak Peek At The American Airlines A321 Transcontinental Interior, Which Debuts In January 2014

November 20, 2013

As I’ve talked about before, American Airlines will start replacing its aging widebody 767 aircraft with a large new order of smaller A321’s beginning in January 2014, and I’m personally excited to start flying the new planes transcontinentally. It’ll still be a little while before we get to see them, but American has released a […]

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