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What Are Points and Miles Worth? July Monthly Valuations

July 22, 2014

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 – both old and new – some context, I’ve included […]

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Citi ThankYou Rewards Adds New Transfer Partners

July 21, 2014

Citi ThankYou Rewards has for a long time been the pipsqueak little brother to the major transferable points programs: Chase Ultimate Rewards, Amex Membership Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guest. Without transfer options, the most you could hope to get from ThankYou points was about 1.25 cents apiece, and that was only for Citi Premier and Citi Prestige […]

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TSA Fees, Free Iberia Miles, Etihad Launches SFO-AUH & More

July 19, 2014

Here’s a recap of points, miles and travel industry news from the past week: Reminder that TSA fees go up on Monday, July 21:  In news I shared earlier this month, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will soon more than double – and no longer cap – the mandatory security fee they charge most airline passengers. On July […]

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Free WiFi on JetBlue, 3,000 Mile Bonus on Rocketmiles & More

June 14, 2014

Here’s a recap of the top points and miles news from this week: Reminder–Last Week of Daily Getaways: June 16-20 is your last chance to purchase Daily Getaways. They will be unveiled daily at 1 pm EDT, and will be available to any US resident age 18 or older to purchase throughout the promotion period until the limited inventory is […]

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3X JetBlue Points, Bonus for LA Marriott Sunday Stays & More

June 7, 2014

Here’s a recap of the top points and miles news from this week: Reminder — Week Four Daily Getaway Deals Start June 9: This coming week the Daily Getaways for June 9-13 will be unveiled daily at 1 pm EDT, and will be available to any US resident age 18 or older to purchase throughout the promotion period until the limited inventory is […]

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2 for 1 Avianca LifeMiles, Flying Club Bonus & More

May 24, 2014

Here’s a recap of the top points and miles news from this week: Reminder - this weekend is your last opportunity to buy US Airways miles with a 100% bonus, as the promotion ends on Sunday May 25, 2014. The bonus amounts are as follows: Purchase 10,000-19,000 miles, get a 50% bonus Purchase 20,000-29,000 miles, get a 75% bonus Purchase 30,000-50,000 […]

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Saturday Recap: Bonuses On Purchasing AAdvantage and Alaska Miles, 5,000 Mile Bonus From Rocketmiles, Etihad Offers 3X Miles & More

May 10, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week: Rocketmiles Offers 5,000 Bonus Miles For 3+ Night Stays In Mexico: You can earn 5,000 bonus miles by booking a stay of three nights or longer on Rocketmiles for hotels in Mexico. You must book by May 12 and check out by […]

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New Super First Class Cabins on Etihad and Emirates and How to Use Points to Book Them

May 6, 2014

This past weekend, Etihad Airways announced the December 2014 launch of their new A380 Residence Class suite - which appears to be absolutely stunning – and Emirates has just followed up with (remarkably non-specific) news that they’ll soon unveil plans for a similar product. These announcements are part of a luxurious airline trend that’s taking the onboard experience an exclusive […]

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Is There a Minimum Age Limit To Get An Airline Frequent Flyer Accounts?

April 27, 2014

Earlier this week, TPG reader (and responsible parent) JB tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy Brian, is there a minimum age limit for setting up a frequent flyer account? For instance, can my six-year-old start accumulating miles?” My answer is – absolutely!  After all, as the saying goes: “The family that accrues miles together, stays together.” (Okay, […]

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Saturday Recap: Award Ticket Discounts On American Airlines, 35% Off Starwood Rates for SPG Members, 15% Off Gogo Inflight Wifi, Hilton HHonors Promotions, Bonus Miles On Emirate’s New Boston Route & More

February 15, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week: American Airlines Offers 2,500 Mile Discounts On Award Tickets From Los Angeles and Las Vegas: American Airlines has an economy award discount of 2,500 miles for one-way awards or 5,000 miles roundtrip awards from/to Los Angeles and Las Vegas for flights within the […]

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Earn Up To 50,000 Etihad Miles For Roundtrips Booked Before February 15, 2014

February 7, 2014

Etihad launched a lucrative promotion recently where flyers can earn 25,000 miles per roundtrip ticket booked and flown on the airline in any class of service up to a maximum total of 50,000 miles. Per the promo page you must book your ticket on etihad.com before February 15 to any destination in any cabin and […]

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In-flight Phone Calls/Texts Roundup: Which International Airlines Allow Talking and Texting on the Phone

December 23, 2013

I recently posted on whether or not cell phone use will be the downfall of aviation, and after the announcement that flyers would be able to keep their electronic devices on throughout flights, even during takeoff and landing, the FCC has also said it is considering a proposal that would allow passengers to use their cell […]

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Top 13 Ways To Get To The Maldives Using Miles and Points

November 19, 2013

While it might not be the easiest thing to get to the Maldives on miles since there are no direct flights from the US, it is definitely possible to fly there on a variety of airlines via other hubs if you get creative with codeshares and your miles – like I recently did by using […]

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Saturday Recap: 50% Bonus On Purchased JetBlue Points, Alaska Airlines Revamps In-Flight Meals, Earn 1,000 Miles/Points With PointsHound

September 28, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Enter To Win This Week’s 25,000 Southwest Points Thursday Giveaway: This week’s Thursday Giveaway is for 25,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards points. I just reached 25,000 Twitter followers – so thank you to all of you who already follow me – and to celebrate, I’m going to […]

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Can You Turn Amex Points Into American Miles? Can You Use Amex To Book Etihad Awards?

May 26, 2013

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express has expired. View the current offers here – personal, business. This reader question comes from TPG reader Steven, who asks: “Can you turn Amex points into American Airline miles? I want to use them to fly Etihad from the US to the Middle East.” […]

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Overview of ANA Award Taxes and Fees: Part 4 – Non Star Alliance Partners

April 23, 2013

This is Part 4 of my series calculating the cost of award tickets using ANA miles. In Part 1 I priced out itineraries on Air Canada, ANA, Lufthansa, Singapore, SWISS, Thai Airways, Turkish Airlines, United and US Airways. In Part 2, I looked at Adria, Aegean, Air China, Air New Zealand, Asiana, Austria, Avianca, Brussels […]

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In-Flight WiFi Roundup – Which International Airlines Keep You Connected

March 27, 2013

While kicking back and catching up on trashy TV and Oscar-nominated movies during long-haul overseas flight is always enjoyable, sometimes jetsetters have work to do, and some airlines have it covered. A few weeks ago I discussed the in-flight WiFi options aboard the major US domestic carriers. Today it’s time to look overseas to which […]

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Mandarin Oriental Offers Bonus Etihad Guest Miles

January 23, 2013

In a move that I hope signals more and more luxury hotel chains entering into the loyalty and points game, Mandarin Oriental has teamed up with Etihad’s Guest Programme to offer Guest members 500 miles for each eligible stay in a room or 800 miles for each eligible stay in a club room or suite […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Airline Chauffeur Drive Service

July 10, 2012

A ticket in a premium class on an international flight means a rarefied experience in the air complete with fine dining, personalized service and comfortable seats. However, several airlines offer a taste of the luxury that awaits even before you set foot on the plane with chauffeur service – either to and from the airport, […]

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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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The Basics of the Etihad Guest Programme

May 3, 2012

TPG contributor Mark travels the Middle East and India for his work and has the inside scoop on the frequent flyer programs for several airlines based in that part of the world. Whether you decide to join one of these programs or not, it’s an interesting look at how frequent flyer mile programs vary by […]

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Hyatt Summer Promo: Up To 5X Airline Miles

April 28, 2012

Most hotel programs give you the option to earn airline miles instead of hotel points, however I never really take them up on that offer since I usually have way too many airline miles and not enough hotel points. Having miles is great, but people always underestimate the costs of hotels and especially if you […]

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Sunday Reader Question: What To Do with Leftover Etihad Miles

November 27, 2011

TPG reader Chris writes: I have 18,520 miles on Etihad that I accrued flying roundtrip Chicago to India. I have no future plans to travel on routes that Etihad offers so am at a loss as to what to do with these miles. I know that one can book flights on Etihad with American miles […]

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Etihad Awards Now Bookable With American Miles

October 22, 2011

I know many TPG readers have amassed nice sums of AA miles through the many Citi deals and I suspect many more will be accrued as we approach December 1, which is the last day to accrue miles from non-flying methods for Million Miler qualification. That said, this week AA announced that you can now […]

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