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Saturday Recap: 30% Bonus On Shared American AAdvantage Miles, 50% Off Flight Upgrades on Cathay Pacific, Earn Bonus Points with InterContinental, Hyatt and MGM Resorts Partnership

June 8, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Double Miles When Flying US Airways to Brazil: US Airways recently launched nonstop service between Charlotte and Sao Paulo, Brazil, and is offering all customers double miles when flying to Brazil this summer. To partake in the offer, you must register prior […]

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#throwbackthursday: 8 Of My Most Memorable Flights/Trips

May 23, 2013

Throwback Thursday, also known as #tbt on Twitter and Instagram, is when people post old pictures of themselves from the past. Well, I thought I’d do a fun walk down memory lane including pictures from some of my memorable past flights/trips. For me, some of my best trips may not be the best in-flight products, […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Foreign Frequent Flyer Programs

May 7, 2013

With the launch of a 50,000-mile sign-up bonus offer on Barclaycard’s Lufthansa Miles & More Premier World Mastercard over the weekend, I wanted to take a look at the top 10 foreign frequent flyer programs you should consider, even if you’re based in the US, and some great redemptions on each. 1. British Airways: British […]

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Saturday Recap: US Airways 100% Buy Miles Promotion, Airlines Keep Raising Their Fees, Marriott Rewards Summer Promotion, Cathay Pacific Business Class Sale

May 4, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: US Airways 100% Buy Miles Promotion: As a recap from earlier this week, now through May 31, 2013, US Airways is offering up to a 100% bonus on purchased miles. There is a limit of 50,000 purchased miles (so 100,000 with the bonus). It […]

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Transferring Amex Membership Rewards To British Airways Avios Versus Cathay Pacific Asia Miles

April 25, 2013

In light of the current 35% transfer bonus from American Express Membership Rewards to British Airways through June 7, 2013, I thought it might be useful to do a comparison of mileage redemption sweet spots between British Airways and Cathay Pacific’s Asia Miles program, another transfer partner of American Express that doesn’t tend to garner […]

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SRQ: Should I Fly Cathay Pacific First Class To Asia On The Outbound Or Return

April 21, 2013

TPG reader Michael has an award trip to Asia coming up on Cathay Pacific and wants to put his miles to the best use. Here’s his question: “My wife and I are going from Chicago to Bangkok (stopping in Hong Kong). We only have enough miles to get first class Cathay Pacific one way for […]

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Airline Miles Expiration Policies Roundup

April 17, 2013

Following up on the recent national survey I commissioned from The Princeton Group and my contest about how people track their frequent flyer miles, I thought it would be a good idea to create a basic guide to the expiration policies of the major airline and hotel loyalty programs. Although mileage expiration is a major […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Lesser Known Amex Membership Rewards Airline Transfer Partners

March 26, 2013

As we all sit around and wait for another lucrative transfer bonus from American Express such as recent 50% bonuses to British Airways and the historic (but seemingly long-gone) up-to-67% bonuses to Delta, there are still plenty of standard transfer options from which you can pull tremendous value from American Express’s points program, which is […]

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Saturday Recap: Bonus United and Alaska Miles and Amtrak Points, Cathay Pacific Sale, Hyatt Home Sale and More

November 17, 2012

Here’s a quick recap of interesting miles and points news from this week: 2,500 Bonus United Miles For Shopping: Now through December 31, for every $250 you spend by shopping through United’s online shopping portal, you’ll earn 500 bonus MileagePlus miles, up to a total of 2,500 bonus miles. This is all in addition to […]

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How to Redeem British Airways Avios Without Huge Fees

September 26, 2012

Update: The current offer for the British Airways Visa is 50,000 Avios when you spend $2,000 in the first 3 months. Tomorrow marks the last day that those of us in the US with American Express Membership Rewards points can transfer to British Airways Avios at a 40% bonus, so I thought I’d remind people that it […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Airline Apps

June 26, 2012

As more people begin to carry smartphones and PDA’s such as iPhones and iPads as well as Blackberries and Androids, more and more airlines have created apps that allow their passengers to do everything from check flight status and check in to tracking checked bags, downloading city guides and finding the nearest airport lounge. Here […]

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Saturday Recap: $10 Amex Credits and Bonus Miles On American, Delta, US Airways

June 23, 2012

A few interesting deals and news items came up this week so I wanted to put them into a tidy wrap-up this Saturday. $10 Small Business Amex Credits American Express is giving cardholders in Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia a $10 statement credit when they spend $10 or more in a single purchase at a qualifying […]

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Video Sunday Reader Question: American First Class or Cathay Business?

June 3, 2012

TPG reader Seth brings up an interesting question about how to choose which airline in an alliance to use your miles on. Especially when it means a difference in class of service. In this particular case, choosing between American Airlines and Cathay Pacific. Here’s his question: “A quick question for you: Flying from Bangkok to […]

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Cathay Pacific Asia Miles Now Amex Membership Rewards Transfer Partner

May 28, 2012

American Express Membership Rewards now offers 1:1 transfers to Cathay Pacific’s frequent flyer program Asia Miles. It’s great to hear of new additions to the Membership Rewards program, especially since the primary Oneworld transfer partner is British Airways, whose Avios program has major strengths and weaknesses. Now with Asia Miles, you have another option when redeeming […]

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Updated Airline Award Charts and Partner Lists

May 24, 2012

The past year has seen some major changes in the airline world, especially concerning frequent flyer programs. New airlines have joined alliances, formed non-alliance partnerships with each other, and even introduced all-new mileage programs like British Airways Avios. So I thought it was time to update my consolidated list of airline award charts and partner […]

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Free Cathay Pacific Lounge Access at SFO via Klout.. If You Are Cool Enough

May 10, 2012

For those of you social-media-savvy flyers jetting in and out of San Francisco this summer, Klout and Cathay Pacific have partnered to offer a pretty cool perk. People who have downloaded Klout’s new iPhone app (they introduced it last month) and have a score of 40 or higher can show their Klout score at the […]

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Tuesday Travel Top 10: How to Use Miles for the Best First Class Products

May 8, 2012

On Friday, CNN published a list of the best first class cabins in the sky with contenders from all over the world. Interestingly enough, no US airline made the list. But what good is a list of amazing first class cabins if you don’t know how you can fly in one of them without paying […]

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Video Sunday Reader Question: Using Amex For Cathay to Hong Kong

April 29, 2012

TPG reader Mike wants to use miles for one of my favorite purposes: helping a family member take charge of their points for a great travel redemption. Mike’s issue is that he’s in Hong Kong and his dad doesn’t have quite enough points or miles to get himself there in business class. Here’s his question: […]

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Flight Review: Cathay Pacific First Class

April 19, 2012

This is an installment in my March 2012 Asia Trip Series which includes: A Birthday Present To Myself: Business Class on the World’s Longest Flight for $2.50, Help Me Plan My Asia Trip Starting With Singapore, Flight Review: Singapore Airlines All Business Class Flight From Newark To Singapore, Hotel Review: Intercontinental Singapore, Video Trip Report: […]

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Cathay Pacific Temporarily Suspends Codeshare Booking through American Airlines

February 28, 2012

According to this thread on Flyertalk, while Cathay Pacific was upgrading its booking systems, its award availability shown on partner sites has gotten really messed up, specifically through British Airways and American Airlines, and travelers hoping to book codeshare flights on those airlines have hit a wall. Apparently booking agents at BA and AA can […]

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Oneworld Megado: The Final Day with Qantas and Cathay Pacific

February 7, 2012

After four very busy days, several flights (and a few mechanical failures), 10,794 flight miles and touring American Airlines’ and Boeing’s facilities in Dallas and Seattle respectively, it was time to wrap up the first ever Oneworld Megado in Los Angeles. Flight Path Museum In the afternoon, we all met up at the little known […]

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Updated: 20 of My Favorite Airline Awards

January 23, 2012

It’s been almost a year since I’ve updated the list of my 20 Favorite Airline Awards. Since then, so much has changed in the world of points and frequent flyer miles—from Aeroplan fuel surcharges to British Airways’ new Avios program—that I thought it was high time for a refreshing of the list. I’m going to […]

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Follow Me on the First Oneworld Mega Do

January 23, 2012

This week I’ll be embarking on an epic journey to London, Dallas, Seattle and Los Angeles as part of the first ever Oneworld Mega Do. The trip, which sold out within minutes of being put on sale to the public (I was able to pre-purchase since my other site TravelCreditCards.com is a sponsor of the […]

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Sunday Reader Question: Are The Amex Membership Rewards Free Flight & Companion Pass Vouchers Worth It?

December 18, 2011

TPG reader Chris writes: “I was recently on the Membership Rewards website looking to transfer some miles and noticed the various e-certificates the airlines where offering for either free flights for a fixed amount or companion pass certificates. Do you rate any of these as a good deal or are generally mileage transfers (% bonuses) better?” In my opinion, […]

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