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Airline Miles Expiration Policies Roundup

April 17, 2013

Following up on the recent national survey I commissioned from The Princeton Group and my contest about how people track their frequent flyer miles, I thought it would be a good idea to create a basic guide to the expiration policies of the major airline and hotel loyalty programs. Although mileage expiration is a major […]

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Flying Blue May-June 2013 Promo Awards Announced – Business Class From Chicago, Montreal and JFK to Europe for 50,000 Miles Roundtrip

April 11, 2013

The next round of Flying Blue 50%-off Promo Awards is out with new awards priced out through June 30, 2013. Flying Blue is the frequent flyer program of SkyTeam partners Air France, KLM and Air Europa. Promo awards are 50% off normal award levels and run all year long, but the gateway cities generally change […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Lesser Known Amex Membership Rewards Airline Transfer Partners

March 26, 2013

As we all sit around and wait for another lucrative transfer bonus from American Express such as recent 50% bonuses to British Airways and the historic (but seemingly long-gone) up-to-67% bonuses to Delta, there are still plenty of standard transfer options from which you can pull tremendous value from American Express’s points program, which is […]

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Up to 40% Bonus on Buying Flying Blue Miles – Worth It?

February 28, 2013

Several readers have emailed me this week asking my opinion on the latest Buy Miles bonus offer from Flying Blue (the frequent flyer program of Air France and KLM), so I wanted to take a closer look. In short, the answer is no, but if you care to know why, or see how it may […]

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50,000 Miles Roundtrip Business Class from New York and Toronto To Europe with Flying Blue Promo Awards

February 14, 2013

The next round of Flying Blue 50%-off Promo Awards is out with some new awards priced out through April 30, 2013, including business class on Air France from both New York JFK and Toronto Pearson to Europe Zones 1, 2 and 3 for just 25,000 miles each way. For those of you new to miles, […]

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Saturday Recap: Bonus AAdvantage Miles with Avis, W Hotels Store Discount, United Upgrade Enhancements, American Airlines Flight Discount

November 10, 2012

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Bonus American AAdvantage Miles with Avis: Now through December 31, 2012, American and Avis have teamed up to offer customers 250 American Airlines AAdvantage bonus miles per day on their next Avis rental up to 1,000 miles per rental. This offer is […]

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Flying Blue Promo Awards Through March 2013 Announced

October 16, 2012

The next round of Flying Blue 50%-off Promo Awards is out, and this time, rather than just being valid for two months as usual, some of these specially priced awards are good through March 2013. As a little refresher: Flying Blue is the frequent flyer program of SkyTeam partners Air France and KLM. Promo awards […]

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Amex 35% Transfer Bonus to Air France/KLM Flying Blue

September 10, 2012

Starting at some point today through Sunday, September 16, American Express is offering a 35% bonus on transfers of Membership Rewards points to Air France/KLM’s loyalty program, Flying Blue. If you’re not yet a member of Flying Blue, you can join here. The normal ratio is 1:1, but during the promo, if you were to […]

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Saturday Recap: 50,000 Marriott Points Reminder, Up To 48,000 Wyndham Rewards, 1,000 Free Avios, Flying Blue Promo Cities Announced

August 18, 2012

Here’s a quick recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week. Reminder: My 50,000 Marriott Points Giveaway Ends Tomorrow! This is just a quick reminder that I’m giving away 50,000 Marriott Rewards points, but in order to get in on the contest, you have to play Marriott’s “What’s Your Travel Type” Facebook […]

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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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May/June Flying Blue Promo Award Routes Announced

May 2, 2012

Flying Blue, the frequent flyer program of SkyTeam partners Air France and KLM, runs 50% off promo awards all year long, but changes the gateway city pairings every two months. That means you can fly roundtrip from certain North American cities to Europe and beyond for as low as 25,000 miles in coach and 50,000 […]

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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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Flying Blue 40% Bonus on Purchased Miles: A Good Deal?

April 20, 2012

From April 18- June 30, 2012, you can get up to 40% more miles when you purchase Flying Blue (Air France/ KLM) miles. Flying Blue normally sells miles at 2.5 Euro cents apiece (3.3 cents at today’s exchange rate). With this promo, you can get as many as 56,000 miles for 1,000 euros ($1,310), or […]

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Tuesday Travel Top 10: Coach Airline Award Redemptions

April 10, 2012

We’re going to launch a new series of posts called the Tuesday Travel Top 10, where we talk about our top 10 favorites in various categories including airlines, classes of service, award redemptions, airports, airline lounges, hotels, credit cards, perks and benefits, rental cars, travel gear and technology, and more. Have ideas of what we […]

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25% Amex Transfer Bonus to Flying Blue= Cheap Business Class and Delta One-way Awards

February 2, 2012

Thru February 29, 2012 you can get a 25% bonus on American Express Membership Rewards points transferred to Flying Blue (the frequent flyer program of Air France and KLM). The Flying Blue program isn’t great normally – while they have a reasonable award chart (50,000 miles roundtrip for coach to Europe and 100,000 miles for […]

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January/February Flying Blue 50% Off Promo Awards

January 25, 2012

My theme this week is maximizing award discounts and one of the best values for discounted transatlantic travel is the ever-changing Flying Blue Promo awards. Flying Blue, the frequent flyer program of SkyTeam partners Air France and KLM, runs 50% off promo awards all year long, but changes the gateway city pairings every two months. […]

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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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November/December Flying Blue 50% Off Promo Awards Announced

October 31, 2011

Flying Blue, the frequent flyer program of Skyteam partners Air France and KLM runs 50% off promo awards all year long, changing them every two months. This means you can fly roundtrip from certain North American cities to Europe and beyond for as low as 25,000 miles in coach and 50,000 miles in business class […]

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July/August Air France & KLM 50% Off Promo Awards

July 21, 2011

Air France’s frequent flyer program, Flying Blue, is a 1:1 transfer partner of American Express, but I generally don’t recommend using them for awards. Their taxes and surcharges are usually very high so it usually makes sense to transfer to Delta instead (usually at a significant transfer bonus) to book the same Skyteam award. However, […]

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Consolidated List of Airline Award Charts and Partner Airline Lists

June 14, 2011

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 […]

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AirFrance.us Now Shows Delta Awards

May 24, 2011

I’m a big fan of using airfrance.us to look up Skyteam award inventory. Historically, it’s been a reliable indicator of Air France, KLM, Alitalia, Czech and Kenyan award availability. When you found something at the Classic level, it meant it was bookable using Delta miles. The only flaw was that Delta inventory did not show. […]

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Flying Blue 50% Off Promo Awards Announced and a Guide on How to Book Them

May 3, 2011

I find Flying Blue (the frequent flyer program of Air France, KLM, and some other Skyteam carriers) to be generous with award availability. They even run “50% off” promo awards all year long, which means you can fly roundtrip from certain North American cities to Europe and beyond for as low as 25,000 in coach and […]

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Maximizing Amex Post 5: SkyTeam Transfer Partners

April 26, 2011

This is another installment in my Maximizing Amex series where I examine the benefits of American Express cards and Amex’s Membership Rewards Program. The articles include; Post 1: Understanding the Card Offering. Post 2: Understanding Membership Rewards. Post 3: Understanding Transfer Bonuses. Post 4: Platinum Card Review. Post 5: SkyTeam Transfer Partners. Post 6: Oneworld Transfer Partners. Post 7: Star Alliance Transfer […]

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KLM 747 Economy Comfort Review

April 4, 2011

I’ve flown international First, Business and Economy many times in my life, but I’ve never done premium economy. I’ve been meaning to check it out, but I’ve never really been presented with the option to purchase it, since I usually fly on cheap international coach (mileage run) fares or redeem my miles for premium cabins. […]

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