Maximizing Stopovers, Transfers and Open Jaw Ticketing on United/Continental Awards

This post is focused on maximizing Continental and United awards. The Continental Onepass program will cease to exist after 12/31/11, but until then you can transfer United and Continental miles back and forth (see this post for more information). For other posts in the “Maximizing Awards” series, check out American, Delta, US Airways, Air Canada…

Chase Launches New United Explorer and Continental Onepass Plus Card Offers

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. Chase announced identical offers for new United and Continental credit cards today. These are decent offers, but nothing that has me really excited. If you…

My Ranking and Strategy With the Current Chase Credit Cards

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: United Explorer, Sapphire Preferred, Southwest Premier Chase announced a new United card, “The Explorer,” and the deal is a bit of a dud – with a 25,000 point sign-up bonus, 10,000 for spending $25,000 a year and 5,000 points for adding an…

Airline Status Match and Challenge Information

A frequent flyer can mean a lot of revenue for an airline. Not only do frequent flyers often have the co-branded credit card, but they are often influential in bringing more business to the airline. What many frequent flyers don’t know, is that you can leverage your current elite status to get comped elite status…

Reader Email Sunday: American Express Membership Reward Dilemma

This morning I am introducing a new feature to my blog; Reader Email Sunday. Basically, about every week or so I will select a couple questions from my inbox and answer them online so that everyone can view my response and offer their own comments. As always, feel free to contact me here if you have your…

Major United/Continental Fare Sale To/From Chicago from Many Western Cities (Incl San Francisco for $141 roundtrip)

Continental/United just loaded a ton of dirt cheap fares to/from Chicago and San Francisco, Los Angeles, Albuquerque, San Jose, Portland, Seattle, San Diego, Phoenix, Ontario and Salt Lake City. For example, Chicago to San Francisco from August through November has a base roundtrip fare of $120 and comes to a whopping $141 total roundtrip. While…

Cheap Flights to Madrid and Barcelona- from $356 Total Roundtrip

Spanair is a Madrid based Star Alliance carrier that does not fly to the US. However, they do file codeshares with their US based Star Alliance partners and from time to time their codeshared flights can be very cheap. It seems like they’ve loaded some extra cheap fares that may be of interest to many…

Consolidated List of Airline Award Charts and Partner Airline Lists

I thought it would be convenient to have a page that TPG readers can bookmark with links to the award charts for the major frequent flyer programs. This is by no means a final list, as I’ll continuously be updating the page (feel free to comment below with the links to any other program or…