Continental Makes Upgrades to Online Award Booking Engine

May 9, 2011 is one of the better airline sites for booking awards – it shows a decent amount of partner availability and it can put together some pretty robust, complicated trips. Historically, my three biggest gripes with it were 1) That it will sneakily book you into the wrong cabin of service 2) That international first class […]

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Earn Miles for Mother’s Day Flower Purchases

May 3, 2011

Florists have huge mark-ups on products, so they can afford to give out crazy mileage bonuses. If you are going to send flowers this Mothers Day, you’d be a fool not to take advantage of these deals: 40 Delta SkyMiles per dollar spent at 1-800-FLOWERS 30 United MileagePlus miles per dollar spent at FTD 25 […]

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United Re-Introduces Last Minute Award Fees

April 15, 2011

Earlier this week I wrote about using miles for emergency/last minute travel and I lauded Delta and United for not charging their frequent flyer members bogus “last minute” redemption fees. For example, American charges $100 for giving you the pleasure of using your miles close to departure and catching a last minute award flight on Continental and US […]

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Using Points and Miles for Last Minute Travel and Emergencies

April 12, 2011

While I love accruing and using miles for extravagant vacations just as much as the next mileage junkie, I recently used them for last minute emergency travel for a relative and they saved me a ton of money. Unfortunately, for so many people who face unexpected deaths and other emergencies, the sky-high cost of last […]

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Dirt Cheap Atlanta Fares on Continental/United – $193 to/from LAX, Portland and more!

April 7, 2011

This fare war is getting nasty! Continental and United are attacking Delta in all of its main hubs, including Atlanta which rarely gets action on super-cheap fares. I just used flexible search to pull up this gem; $193 to/from Atlanta to Los Angeles. I don’t have time to play with every iteration, but if […]

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Major Fare War by Continental/United on Delta Hubs – Transcons from $193 total roundtrip!

April 7, 2011

I wrote this morning about my frustration with finding reasonably priced transcontinental flights. Well, the fare gods (or revenue management departments) must have heard my complaints – Continental/United just launched a major fare sale on NYC – San Diego, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Portland and more. These are bookable at, just make sure […]

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Annual US Airways, Continental and United Lounge Membership for $259

April 6, 2011

US Airways is running a three day special on annual club memberships, which grants you access to not only US Airways lounges, but also Continental, United and Star Alliance lounges. This is a pretty good deal if you plan to use the lounge access more than 8 times (if you’re not going to use it at […]

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100 Free Continental Miles for Debit/Credit Cardholders

April 3, 2011

Continental runs monthly points giveaways for “ongoing education” of their services. This month it’s about saving on baggage fees. To get the points, simply go here and enter code TB3M27. This is targeted for debit/credit card holders, so don’t be disappointed if you aren’t eligible.

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Chase Waives Continental OnePass Presidential Plus for Targeted Amex Customers

March 30, 2011

UPDATE: The Continental OnePass Presidential Plus card is no longer available. I received a very interesting offer from Continental yesterday that  targeted me (I think)  because I have transferred Amex points and I don’t have a Continental branded card. They are offering me the Presidential Plus credit card, which normally comes with a $395 annual […]

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Up to 5 Free Hyatt Nights With Chase Sapphire Preferred – Waived Annual Fee

March 29, 2011

Update: The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card sign-up bonus offer is now 40,000 points when you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months. Chase is now waiving the $95 annual fee for the Sapphire Preferred and offering 25,000 Ultimate Rewards points when you spend $3,000 in the first three months. While it is not widely publicized, Ultimate Rewards points […]

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United to Install Lie-Flat Seats on Transcontinental P.S. Flights

March 23, 2011

United had their Investor Day yesterday and CEO Jeff Smisek spoke at length about the newly merged carrier’s plans. Key things to note: 1) More changes coming to the frequent flyer program that both customers and shareholders will like 2) Fully lie-flat seats on transcontinental (JFK-LAX/SFO and possibly more) flights. This would put United way […]

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Chase to Discontinue Miles for Debit Cards July 12, 2011

March 20, 2011

As a Chase banking customer, this announcement came as terrible news – they will discontinue awarding miles for debit card purchases as of July 12, 2011. But, at least there are a ton of other lucrative credit card offers out there (check my Top Deals page) and I’ve heard rumblings that there may be an […]

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Continental Announces One Way Awards and United Award Chart Integration

March 17, 2011

UPDATE: Continental is now a part of United. Not surprisingly, Continental announced today that they are moving to the new United award chart and will begin allowing one way awards. I assume they will also allow awards on all partners, so I look forward to possibly booking a Virgin Atlantic one way award this summer […]

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Continental and United Miles for Donations to Japan

March 17, 2011

UPDATE: Continental is now a part of United. On Monday I wrote about donating points and miles for charity and noted that if you donated cash, you could get up to 500 American Airlines miles. Now, United and Continental are joining in on effort to encourage people to donate. So if you were going to […]

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Donating Points and Miles to Charity

March 14, 2011

With the terrible tragedy in Japan, I’ve received a bunch of emails asking about the best ways to donate miles to charity. In general, I’d recommend donating cash, because it’s the quickest and cleanest way from a tax perspective. However, if you are low on cash, but still want to help, you can also donate your miles […]

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Miami, Boston, Orlando, and Tampa Dirt Cheap Business Class Fares to Europe

March 14, 2011

I’ve written several times about the amazing $1,400ish business class fares from Miami and Boston. Well, now it seems like even more carriers are getting in on the action. This past weekend, a lot of Flyertalkers reported seeing new fares like Miami to Amsterdam and Tampa to Paris for $1,400 roundtrip total (including taxes) on […]

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United Now a Transfer Partner of American Express … Sort Of

March 11, 2011

Earlier this week I wrote about the ability to transfer Continental and United miles and status between your accounts, since they are getting their collective frequent flyer members comfortable with having one account. Well, what this means is that you can now transfer American Express Membership Rewards instantly to your Continental account (Until September 30, […]

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Amazing Deal Alert: Boston to San Diego and Vice Versa for $62 TOTAL!

March 8, 2011

Update 1:48pm EST: Looks like its mostly gone, but some may be available on Can’t hurt to check! Congrats to those who got in on this unbelievable fare. Wow, wow, wow! Haven’t seen a domestic transcon fare this cheap …  well, ever. Book at for BOS-SAN and SAN-BOS from now until June. Dates […]

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Major Enhancement: United and Continental Miles and Status Now Combinable

March 7, 2011

If you’ve been waiting to merge your United and Continental miles, your time has come. Starting today, you can link your Continental and United accounts and transfer miles (both redeemable and elite qualifying) between the airlines. Note: You’ll need to designate one account that will be the primary elite status earning account (you can’t keep […]

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250 Continental Miles When You Book With Mastercard

March 4, 2011

UPDATE: Continental is now part of United. Continental is offering a 250 point bonus when using any Mastercard (credit or debit) to purchase a flight at from now until June 30, 2011. The flights just need to be purchased by then and the bonus points will be awarded 4-6 weeks after the purchase. Say you […]

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200 Free Continental Miles

March 2, 2011

Update: Continental is now part of United. This promo is targeted towards Continental Debit/Credit card holders, but you might as well try signing up anyway. Click here and then enter in codes TB3M26 and TB3M28 and your Onepass number. Voila  – an easy 200 points!

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Twenty of My Favorite Airline Awards

February 21, 2011

I book millions of miles a month in awards for clients and I’m always trying to think about what award option works the best, since most people have multiple mileage balances and flexible credit card points. Whether its wrangling a Delta award to the “low” level or helping someone maximize an American Express transfer bonus […]

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Economy Plus to Stay on New United

February 18, 2011

When it was announced that Continental and United were merging, naturally a million questions followed. Inquiries like, “Whose logo will they use?” and “Who will be the CEO?” were the main speculations.  As more information has been released (they are using a combination of logos and Continental’s Jeff Smisek will be the CEO), one of the more distressing questions […]

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Tokyo Fare War: $590-$700 Total Roundtrip From Many US Cities

February 11, 2011

There seems to be a fare war happening on US to Tokyo routes. I see all-in roundtrip fares for about $700 for JFK/WAS/DTW/DFW/LAX and more to Tokyo (Narita). There’s a lot of availability from now until April 1. Check out the fares for your city and take a quick trip to Japan. I’m considering spring […]

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