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Update: Continental OnePass Plus Card Going Away March 1

February 24, 2012

As you can tell from today’s yesterday post about the official end of Continental, a lot of people have been asking questions about just what that will mean for the Continental Airlines OnePass Plus Card from Chase. I  got word  from Chase that the bank will  be deactivating links to the card application on March […]

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Continental Airlines Final Days and What It Means For You

February 23, 2012

The Continental/United merger is quickly barreling towards finality – in a short time Continental will cease to exist as an airline, but many facets of the airline will live on with the new United. According to FlyerTalk’s UA Insider thread, news has come down that the last official flight of Continental Airlines will be #1267 […]

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Liquidate Gift Cards for United Miles: A Good Deal?

February 15, 2012

United is teaming up with popular gift card liquidator Plastic Jungle to give their MileagePlus members the option to redeem certain retail gift cards (of $25 or more in value) for United miles. I think this is a really interesting concept – it gives people the option to swap out a currency that they may […]

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Swiss Award Availability Now Showing on Continental.com

February 3, 2012

Continental.com is one of my favorite airline websites when it comes to searching for award seats. They’ve continuously been adding more and more Star Alliance partners and while I was searching for Virgin Atlantic award availability (since they will no longer be a partner after February 13) I noticed that Swiss airlines availability was also […]

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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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Continental Ending Relationship With Virgin Atlantic February 13

January 21, 2012

Continental announced it is ending its partnership with Virgin Atlantic on February 13, 2012, which is a huge blow to the new United program, in my opinion. Virgin Atlantic has always had great award availability, which made transatlantic (and beyond) travel much more easy to book with Continental miles than almost any other mileage currency. […]

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Up to 20,000 Starpoints or 25,000 Airline Miles with TD Ameritrade

January 18, 2012

I recently wrote about an offer to earn up to 50,000 miles on United or American and another 50,000 Delta miles by opening Fidelity Brokerage accounts, but Fidelity is not the only investment firm offering lucrative mileage bonuses. When the US Airways Grand Slam was going on, I noticed that one of the airline’s partners […]

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60,000 Mile Offer for United Explorer Card

January 7, 2012

Update: The current offer for the United Explorer card is 30,000 miles with $1,000 spend within 3 months or 50,000 miles with $2,000 spend in 3 months when you sign up in a Chase branch. Numerous TPG readers have emailed me over the last couple months with their emailed offers of 60,000 miles for the United Explorer card. […]

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Up to 25% Off United/Continental Economy Awards to Europe and Africa

January 7, 2012

United/Continental just announced a discounted award promotion for Europe and Africa economy awards. There are quite a few restrictions, but this can be a decent deal if you have any award travel to those regions between January 27, 2012 and March 22, 2012. Full T&C below, but the key details are: -Book by January 16, […]

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How to Get Elite Miles Without Flying

December 12, 2011

This is an installment in my Maximizing Elite Status series. Articles include; The Basics and Why People Mileage Run, Using ITA Matrix to Find Cheap Flights, How Much is Elite Status Worth?, Comparing Top Tier Status, Comparing Mid-Tier Status, Comparing Low Level Status, How to Get Elite Miles Without Flying, Understanding Elite Status Bump Thresholds, The Lowdown on Soft Landings, How to Cope with Losing […]

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$100 Travelocity Hotel Giftcard for $50 at Gilt City (Plus 1,500 United Miles)

December 5, 2011

Last week I wrote about a great deal where you can make a purchase at Gilt Groupe and get 1,500 United/Continental miles and 5 miles per dollar spent. If you were holding out to buy something you might actually use, then you might want to check out their current offer of a $100 Travelocity Hotel gift certificate […]

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How Much Is Airline Elite Status Worth?

November 30, 2011

This is an installment in my Maximizing Elite Status series. Articles include; The Basics and Why People Mileage Run, Using ITA Matrix to Find Cheap Flights, How Much is Elite Status Worth?, Comparing Top Tier Status, Comparing Mid-Tier Status, Comparing Low Level Status, How to Get Elite Miles Without Flying, Understanding Elite Status Bump Thresholds, The Lowdown on Soft Landings, How to Cope with Losing […]

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1,500 United Miles and 5 Miles Per Dollar at Gilt Groupe

November 30, 2011

My love for deals is not limited to the travel world. I like expensive clothes, but I hardly ever pay full price for them thanks to sites like Gilt Groupe. And now I’m about to go on a spending spree, because they are offering 1,500 United/Continental miles for simply signing up and then making a purchase […]

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Sunday Reader Question: What Should I Do With My Continental Credit Card?

November 20, 2011

Update: The current offer for the  United Explorer card is 30,000 points with $1,000 spend in the first 3 months. TPG reader Eric writes: “What should I do with my Chase Continental Airlines OnePass Card? Cancel or hold on to it? The annual fee doesn’t come due for another 4 or 5 months, but I’m […]

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Attaining Airline Elite Status Series: The Basics and Why People Mileage Run

October 26, 2011

This is an installment in my Maximizing Elite Status series. Articles include; The Basics and Why People Mileage Run, Using ITA Matrix to Find Cheap Flights, How Much is Elite Status Worth?, Comparing Top Tier Status, Comparing Mid-Tier Status, Comparing Low Level Status, How to Get Elite Miles Without Flying, Understanding Elite Status Bump Thresholds, The Lowdown on Soft Landings, How to Cope with Losing […]

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My Ranking of Airline Frequent Flyer Programs

October 24, 2011

All airline miles were not created equal. And while some programs are clearly better than others, the only thing that matters is how much value you get from your frequent flyer program. For example, if your preferred airport is only serviced by American – you may value your AAdvantage miles much more than any others. […]

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Sunday Reader Question: How Do You Book Complex Awards?

October 16, 2011

TPG reader Jim asks: “How do you guys always book those multi-segment awards for the low mileage amounts?  I use Expert Flyer and can find the segments I want, but If I try to book it, it seems like it will charge me for each segment individually and not as a single 25,000 domestic or 40,000-60,000 international. […]

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Sunday Reader Question: How Can You Spend Your Way to Airline and Hotel Elite Status?

October 9, 2011

Savvy TPG reader thegasguru asks: “I’d like to see a post on how to “spend” your way to status in various programs. Can the very top tier status be obtained without ever stepping foot on the plane or in the hotel? If not, what’s the highest you can go via spend only” These days, its […]

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Sunday Reader Email Question: Should I Combine My Family’s Continental/United Accounts?

October 2, 2011

TPG reader Karen writes: “I have the Continental OnePass Mastercard but my husband does not. Will he lose his Continental points in 2012 or should I transfer them to my account to protect them?” First, airlines  generally charge hefty fees to transfer points between members, so I would not recommend doing that. Also, when Continental and United […]

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Friendly Reminder: 6 Deals are Expiring on Sept 30th, 2011

September 29, 2011

Maybe it’s because September 30 is the last day of the fiscal year, but a lot of great promotions, deals and transfer opportunities will be coming to an end on Friday, so now’s your last chance to take advantage of them. 1. Transfer Amex points to Continental Airlines. For information check out my recent post and video on […]

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Last Week to Transfer Amex Points To Continental

September 26, 2011

Just a friendly reminder that 9/30/11 is the last day to transfer American Express points to Continental. I wrote a post on this a couple weeks ago and I recently recorded a short video walking you through the basics. Apologies in advance for the audio and less-than professional editing! I’m new to videos and will be improving […]

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United Makes Changes to 2012 Mileage Plus Program

September 21, 2011

United just announced the key changes for their 2012 Mileage Plus program and there’s some good and bad news depending on the type of flyer you are. In general, if you are a 25,000 mile a year flyer who likes the ability to select exit rows and Economy Plus seating, you are going to see less […]

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Should I Transfer American Express Points to Continental By September 30th?

September 13, 2011

Due to the amount of emails I am getting on this topic, I know this is the question on many people’s minds. The correct answer is: it depends and only you can decide what the right decision. Here is my take on it (because I’m also contemplating the same thing). Pros of making a big […]

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Chase/United Enhance Credit Card Benefits

September 8, 2011

United and Chase recently rolled out a new co-branded credit card, The Explorer Card and it was met with mixed reviews. The 40,000 point sign-up bonus was okay (it was actually a 25,000 point sign-up, 5,000 for adding an authorized user and then 10,000 every year you spend $25,000). However, the card comes with a […]

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