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Last Minute Travel: Finding Award Availability & More

September 1, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele offers insights into booking last minute flights, including tips for finding late award availability and minimizing costs when cash tickets are your only option. Travelers who book their flights far in advance generally enjoy the least expensive airline tickets and the most award availability. Nevertheless, there are many reasons why people […]

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How Can I Keep Delta Medallion Status If I’m Short MQDs?

August 31, 2014

TPG reader Julie tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy “Any ideas for someone who has enough Delta MQMs but is about $1500 short on MQDs? I want to maintain Silver Medallion Elite status and I have an Amex Platinum Delta card.” For United and Delta flyers, the elite status game got a little bit harder in […]

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Will Delta Reserve MQMs Qualify for Platinum Challenge?

August 31, 2014

TPG reader Matt tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy “I’m on a Delta Platinum Challenge, can I sign up for the Delta Reserve American Express credit card and have those MQM’s qualify for the challenge requirement?” Airline Elite status matches and challenges are a great way to leverage your current status and quickly earn similar status on another […]

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Delta Same Day Confirm Policy Changes Yet Again

August 28, 2014

Last year, Delta made some major changes to their Same Day Confirm policy, which requires that the same class of service must be available to change instead of just cabin to cabin availability. This means that if you were booked on a cheap fare, most likely you wouldn’t be able to Same Day Confirm and […]

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First Class Dining Policies of the Major Domestic Airlines

August 27, 2014

Over the last few years – and even in recent weeks - major domestic airlines have been attempting to up their First Class dining game, achieving varying degrees of success. With food, wine and cocktail and service options going through some changes this fall, I thought it was a good time to take a look at the landscape […]

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Travel Refunds: How to Save Money After Your Trip

August 27, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele discusses the importance of getting what you paid for (and not paying for what you didn’t get), and offers some strategies for collecting refunds on travel and service that comes up short.  Award travel enthusiasts pride themselves on planning vacations with points and miles and very small cash outlays. Unfortunately, the cost of award travel in […]

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Best Travel Credit Card Offers for August 2014

August 20, 2014

Sign-up bonuses for travel credit cards are always changing, and as part of your strategy for maximizing points and miles earning, it pays to stay informed so you don’t miss the best deals out there.  To help you weigh your options, I like to provide an updated monthly list of the top travel credit card offers. Below you’ll […]

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Paying College Tuition on a Credit Card: Fees vs. Rewards

August 20, 2014

I always advocate using rewards credit cards to help you fulfill your award travel aspirations. As one of the foremost expenses for many Americans, college tuition can be a great opportunity to earn points and miles, but the fees involved with using a credit card can make it a losing proposition.  Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen explains when paying college tuition with a credit card […]

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Maximizing Stopovers and Open Jaws on Award Tickets

August 19, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen offers insights into two lucrative routing strategies that will help you get farther on your frequent flyer miles: the stopover, and the open jaw. Everyone loves a free flight (well, maybe not airlines). My guess is that if you’re reading this post, then like I do, you try to squeeze every bit […]

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Airline Credit Cards That Offer Elite Status and Benefits

August 13, 2014

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Delta Gold and Platinum cards are no longer available. View the current offers here: Gold Delta SkyMiles Personal, Gold Delta SkyMiles Business, Platinum Delta SkyMiles. While many airline co-branded credit cards simply offer award-redeemable miles that have no bearing on elite status, there are several out there that do offer elite airline status, benefits, […]

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How To Maximize Delta SkyMiles for Valuable Awards

August 12, 2014

Update: Some of the offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here:Gold Delta SkyMiles, Platinum Delta SkyMiles, Delta Reserve Credit Card. They keys to a successful miles and points strategy are to diversify your balances (especially in programs that have numerous transfer partners), and to educate yourself on the ins and outs of each program. As I write […]

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50,000 SkyMile Bonus for Amex Delta Gold & Platinum Cards

August 12, 2014

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Delta Gold and Platinum cards are no longer available. View the current offers here: Gold Delta SkyMiles Personal, Gold Delta SkyMiles Business, Platinum Delta SkyMiles. Today American Express launched limited time signup bonus offers of 50,000 Delta SkyMiles for three of its co-branded Delta Air Lines cards: the Gold Delta […]

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Back to School Shopping Strategies for Points and Miles

August 12, 2014

With a new academic year nearly upon us, Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen discusses strategies for back to school shopping to help you save money and maximize points & miles earning for your expenses. It’s hard to believe, but back-to-school season has arrived again. For some, classes have already begun, while others have just a few days or […]

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Delta SkyBonus Business Program Updates and Double Points

August 9, 2014

Delta SkyBonus, the airline’s business rewards program, has recently made a few updates to its rewards menu and account requirements, and initiated a targeted double bonus offer on select routes. I don’t write often about business rewards programs, but they can be a great way to boost your miles earning, in some cases even if you don’t have a […]

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SkyTeam Launches Go Round Asia and South West Pacific Pass

August 4, 2014

Hot on the heels of Jason Steele’s recent post about air travel passes, SkyTeam has launched its new Go Round Asia and South West Pacific Pass. The latest in SkyTeam’s series of regional travel passes, the Go Round Asia and South West Pacific Pass provides what appears to be a modest cost savings on multi-stop flight itineraries aboard SkyTeam member airlines serving 26 participating countries […]

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Airlines Sue the TSA, Hilton Guests Can Choose Rooms & More

August 2, 2014

Here’s a recap of points, miles and travel industry news from the past week: Airlines Suing the TSA Over Security Fee Uncapping: This past Wednesday, July 30, 2014, two airline lobbying groups - Airlines for America and the International Air Transport Association – sued the TSA over one key detail of the administration’s recent security fee hike. With Congress’ […]

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Count Change Fees as MQDs/PQDs – the Weekly Wish

July 31, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen continues his series The Weekly Wish, looking at flaws, shortcomings, and room for improvement in the world of travel and loyalty programs. Today’s wish: count change fees towards elite qualification on United and Delta. It sure seems like 2014 has been the year of the “$” in the frequent flyer world. Delta started the […]

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Delta to Offer Free Entertainment on Domestic Flights

July 30, 2014

America’s number 3 airline is making a ratings grab. Starting this Friday, August 1, Delta Airlines will roll out Delta Studio, the carrier’s own branding of a Gogo wireless in-flight entertainment (IFE) system called Gogo Vision, and will begin offering free access to movies, TV shows, music and video games on all of its domestic flights that last 90 minutes or more. Delta passengers can access […]

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Maximizing Garuda Miles – Earning, Redeeming and Transfers

July 28, 2014

Garuda, the national carrier of Indonesia, has been in the news a lot lately. It joined the SkyTeam alliance back in March, entered into a mileage partnership with ANA in April, and earlier this week, Citi announced that Garuda would be one of eight new ThankYou points transfer partners. With so many more possibilities, I thought […]

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FAA Suspends US Flights to Tel Aviv – Options for Travelers

July 23, 2014

After a combat missile launched from Gaza landed approximately one mile from Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) early Tuesday, the FAA grounded all U.S. flights to Tel Aviv for 24 hours (through 12:15 pm Wednesday EDT), by which time they will further advise. In the meantime, the European Air Safety Agency has issued a strong recommendation that European […]

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What Are Points and Miles Worth? July Monthly Valuations

July 22, 2014

You can view all posts in the Monthly Valuation Series here. One of the questions I’m asked most often is “how much is a point or mile worth?” That question varies from person to person and depends on how well you can maximize a particular currency for your needs. Still, some points are worth more than others. To give readers […]

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Best Transfer Partners For Flights To Hawaii

July 21, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele looks at the best points and miles transfer options from Amex Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guest for travel to Hawaii. When it comes to redeeming miles for vacation, for many people, Hawaii is the dream destination. Perhaps that’s why Hawaii is also one of the hardest award tickets to […]

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Free Wi-Fi in Business and First Class – the Weekly Wish

July 17, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen continues his series The Weekly Wish, looking at flaws, shortcomings, and room for improvement in the world of travel and loyalty programs. There’s no doubt that we live in a connected world. With smartphones, tablets, laptops, and all the other ways we communicate, access, and share information, it’s oftentimes hard to […]

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Should I Use the Delta Amex to Get Silver Elite Status?

July 13, 2014

TPG reader Joe emailed me to ask: “My new husband and I have both the Platinum Delta Amex and the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (both in my name with him as an authorized user). We currently don’t have status with any airline, but primarily fly Delta from Kansas City, and have been working towards our $50,000 spend […]

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