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Giveaway: Tickets to the Freddies

April 12, 2012

The Freddie Awards (think Academy Awards of the loyalty program world!) are coming right up, so it’s time for another TPG reader giveaway! The ceremony itself will be held on the evening of Thursday, April 26, 2012, at the Renaissance Newark Airport. This is the premier award ceremony for travel loyalty programs and millions of […]

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I Redeemed 50,000 Miles for a Domestic Coach Award… And I’m Okay With It

April 7, 2012

My general rule of thumb with miles is to accrue them by flying coach fares domestically (so that I earn elite status) and then redeem them for international business/first class awards. Kind of like the age old investing advice “Buy low, sell high.” As a points “expert” who has redeemed millions of miles, I pride […]

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Reminder: Frequent Traveler University, The Freddies and Chicago Seminars

March 17, 2012

I’ll be speaking at three upcoming events about maximizing miles and points, and I’m on the nomination committee of The Freddies, so I wanted to personally invite TPG readers to each. I really enjoy meeting readers in person, and I could use your support, so please consider attending any or all of these events. There […]

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My New York Times Travel Show Talk

March 5, 2012

Yesterday afternoon, I had a blast talking to a crowded room of miles and points enthusiasts  at the New York Times Travel Show. You know I can (and often do) talk about points all day long, but I had to condense my speech into 45 minutes, so I boiled it down to the basics of […]

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Chicago Seminars On Sale Today! And NY Times Travel Show, Freddies and FTU Reminders

March 1, 2012

As I said in a previous post earlier this month, I’ll be speaking at three upcoming events about maximizing miles and points, and on the nominations committee of The Freddies, so I wanted to personally invite TPG readers to each. I really enjoy meeting readers in person, and I could use your support, so please […]

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Updates: New York Times Travel Show, The Freddies, Frequent Traveler University and Chicago Seminars

February 25, 2012

As I said in a previous post earlier this month, I’ll be speaking at three upcoming events about maximizing miles and points, and presenting an award at The Freddies, so I wanted to personally invite TPG readers to each. I really enjoy meeting readers in person, and I could use your support, so please consider […]

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Expiring Upgrade and Perk Exchange

February 14, 2012

I’ve been involved in the frequent flyer community for years and the thing I love the most is when people go above and beyond to help each other out and expect nothing in return. When US Airways launched their Barclay’s credit card in 2006, they ran a crazy promotion where they sold 50 cent fares […]

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Save the Dates: New York Times Travel Show, The Freddies, Frequent Traveler University and Chicago Seminars

February 1, 2012

I’ll be speaking about maximizing miles and points at several upcoming events, so I wanted to personally invite TPG readers to each. I am speaking for free at all of these events, so my main goal is making sure the room isn’t empty when I start extolling the benefits of transferable points and how to […]

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Get Paid to Write About Points and Travel

January 24, 2012

I’m putting out a call for contributors to all TPG readers who have something valuable to say. My managing editor, Eric, and I are looking for experts on different airline, hotel, car and credit card programs who want to share their insider tips and tricks – and make some cash while doing it. I will […]

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Save The Date: Chicago Seminars 2012 Dates Announced

January 5, 2012

2012 might still just be a few days old, but the dates have just been announced for this year’s Chicago Seminars where fellow frequent flyers and points junkies can get the latest news, strategies and first-hand access to some of the points world’s biggest players. This year, the event will take place Friday-Sunday, October 12-14, […]

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ThePointsGuy.com Year in Review

December 30, 2011

As 2011 draws to a close, I wanted to take a look back at what has been an amazing, challenging and rewarding year. So let’s take a quick peek at the points I’ve earned and burned, some of my favorite redemptions, and my major strategy shifts in terms of credit cards and travel. CREDIT CARDS […]

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End of Year Charity Giveaway

December 25, 2011

More than 1,000 of you offered suggestions of fantastic charities for my end of the year  giveaway and I enjoyed reading every single entry. The reason why I asked everyone to give their suggestions on charities is because I need to do some giving myself and, as always, I look to TPG readers for advice. […]

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Reminder: Enter in the TPG End of Year Giveaway

December 24, 2011

Just a friendly reminder to comment with your favorite charity on Thursday’s post to be eligible to win a bunch of different prizes, including: -Delta Silver Medallion elite status valid through February 2013 (I’ll select this as my Platinum Choice Benefit) -10,000 Amex Membership Rewards Points (from my past bump bonuses) -Four $50 American Airlines gift certificates […]

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‘Tis The Season For Giving: TPG End of Year Giveaway

December 22, 2011

It’s better to give than to receive, and over the holidays, that’s especially true. Personally, I feel so fortunate to have gotten so much support from all of you and to have built up such a strong community. I can’t thank you enough. My thoughts at this time of year always turn to charity, and […]

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Help Plan My Long Weekend in Istanbul

December 7, 2011

This is an installment in my Istanbul: End of Year Mileage Run with Dad series. Posts include; Cheap Istanbul Flights: From $576 Total Roundtrip on Delta from JFK, Help Plan My Long Weekend in Istanbul, Flight Review: Alitalia JFK-Rome in Coach, Hotel Review: Westin Excelsior Rome, Hotel Review: Park Hyatt Istanbul Spa Room, Istanbul Eats and Excursions. My Dad emailed me […]

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TPG Holiday Gift Guide for Travelers Now Live!

November 25, 2011

If you look at the top of the screen, you’ll see a new menu item for “Travel Gift Guide.” Right now there are 22 items – ranging from 99 cents to $159,000, and all of them are either items I use, TPG reader recommendations, or ridiculous pipe dream fantasies of mine (Hello, Necker Island!). I’ll […]

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Holiday Gift Guide for Travelers: I Need Your Suggestions

November 24, 2011

Tomorrow I’ll be launching a Holiday Gift Guide for Travelers which I’ll be updating until the end of the year. The theme of the guide will be by travelers for travelers. I have my go-to items, but I want your ideas as well. Whether it’s something you can’t travel without or something you’ve got your […]

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15 Things For Which I Am Thankful

November 24, 2011

2011 has been a pretty wild year when it comes to points and travel. We’ve seen lots of positive and negative changes: from Continental leaving Membership Rewards to British Airways “revitalising” their frequent flyer program. Here are some of the miles and points related things that I’ve been thankful for this year: 1) The increase in credit […]

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Why I Am Thankful This Week

November 21, 2011

I am a very fortunate person. This year has been pretty incredible for me – in June I left my stable day job to become a full-time blogger and since then the site has more than doubled and there are a lot of really great things in the works. There isn’t a day that goes by that […]

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And the Great Seatmate Winner Is…

November 21, 2011

Competition was fierce this year and the votes were razor close. In fact, as of 11:59pm EST, there were two people tied for third place, so I ended up considering four finalists for the top prize: Ethan the Magician (20%, 427 Votes) Points Rapper (17%, 363 Votes) Bad Teacher (16%, 342 Votes) The “Other” Brian […]

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The Ten Finalists for the Great Seatmate Contest Round 2 are …

November 19, 2011

Bad Teacher HighFlyer2 Ethan the Magician The “Other” Brian Points Dad Jasmine from New York PHD in Fun The ‘Stache The Points Rapper Tricia – All Party A big thank you to everyone who submitted a video! My team and I had a great time watching all the entries. Please cast your vote by 11:59pm […]

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Last Day to Enter! Win a Seat on the Oneworld Mega Do: TPG Great Seatmate Round 2

November 18, 2011

Just a friendly reminder that today is the last day to enter this contest. Submit your video by 11:59pm Eastern time! There are only a handful of entries so far, so you might as well enter- even if its just a video of your cat with subtitles! The first ever Oneworld Mega Do in January […]

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Chicago Seminars Recap

October 31, 2011

I had a fantastic time this past weekend in Chicago. I got to see a lot of friends and meet a ton of new interesting people. Throughout the informal networking and expert sessions I picked up a bunch of tips and tricks so overall it was a very productive weekend. Joining me on behalf of […]

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Reminder: Submit Your Sunday Reader Questions!

October 29, 2011

Just a friendly reminder to submit questions you’d like me to answer on my Reader Email Sundays. Simply comment on this post or shoot me an email with “READER QUESTION” in the subject line. Simple guideline – your question has to be relevant to a broad group of people. So while it can definitely be based […]

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