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Korean Air Flight Delayed Due To Macadamia Nuts

December 9, 2014

Last Friday at New York’s JFK Airport, Korean Air’s vice president of in-flight services, Heather Cho, delayed a Korean Air flight in order to boot off the supervisor of a steward who improperly served Cho’s pre-flight macadamia nuts. This action, which caused the Seoul-bound Airbus 380′s 250 passengers to arrive at Incheon Airport (ICN) 11 minutes late, has proved so unpopular […]

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7 Airline Award Chart Improvements and Promotions for 2015

December 3, 2014

If the past year has taught award travelers anything, it’s that points and miles don’t make very good long-term investments. Still, as some loyalty currencies falter, others become more valuable. Today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele discusses some positive changes you can look forward to in the coming year. Hardly a week goes by […]

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Using Miles to Fly China Airlines’ New 777-300ER

October 29, 2014

Last week I wrote about China Airlines’ new 777-300ERs, which feature all-new service classes, including a beautiful Premium Business class cabin. The planes will be put into service on the airline’s routes from Taipei to Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco in the coming months. Today TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen explains how you can use miles to try […]

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Round-the-World Awards and How You Can Still Book Them

October 14, 2014

Lately, Delta Air Lines has been on a tear of negative announcements, including limiting points transfers from American Express Membership Rewards, raising Medallion Qualifying Dollar amounts for elite status qualification in 2015, and ending Round-the-World SkyMiles award tickets starting January 1, 2015. American Airlines also nixed its Oneworld Explorer round-the-world awards back in April. With options […]

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10 Ways To Maximize 70,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

October 1, 2014

Update: The 70,000 point Ink Plus offer is no longer available online but may still be available in a Chase branch. View the current online offer here.  Earlier this week, Chase launched a limited-time sign-up bonus offer for the Ink Plus card where you can earn 70,000 points when you spend $5,000 in 3 months. The […]

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Non-Alliance Airline Partners: Knowing Is Half the Battle

September 17, 2014

Airline partners make award travel much easier, since they expand the network of carriers and routings available to you when redeeming your points and miles. Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele walks us through some of the lesser known airline partnerships, and offers tips for how you can take advantage of them. The best features of the […]

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Can I Fly Korean Air and Bank the Miles Earned to Delta?

September 7, 2014

TPG reader Adam emailed me to ask: “I have a Chase Sapphire Preferred card, and I can book Korean Air tickets through the Ultimate Rewards site. I live in Korea and plan on visiting home in the next few months. Because Korean Air and Delta are in the SkyTeam alliance together, can I book my flight […]

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Transferring Points and Awards to Maximize Family Travel

August 29, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele looks at ways to make family travel planning easier by taking advantage of transfer options for various loyalty programs. One of the challenges of award travel for families is keeping track of all of the programs that you and your family members belong to, and figuring out how to use your points collectively to […]

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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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Where Should I Bank Miles from Flying Emirates Airlines?

July 20, 2014

‪This week I got a tweet from TPG reader Mark asking about what he should do with miles earned on Emirates Airlines: “@thepointsguy I have a trip on Emirates to Asia. What airline should I assign points to, as I doubt I will fly on Emirates again soon?” Mark is headed to the Middle East on […]

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Best Mileage Transfer Partners For Awards To Japan

July 7, 2014

TPG contributor Jason Steele writes today about how to maximize your award redemptions to get to one of our favorite Asian countries- Japan.  Japan is a popular tourist destination, and award travel there can be a great use of frequent flier miles. Flights to Japan from North America travel much farther than most flights to Europe, […]

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Best Starwood Transfer Partners for Flights to Israel

June 23, 2014

Israel is a popular destination for American tourists as well as VFR (Visiting Friends and Relatives) travelers. It’s also a fairly complicated award trip to book, as the award charts of different airlines place Israel in different regions. Since the most valuable points are those earned in flexible transfer programs, we thought it would be […]

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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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Alternatives For Banking Delta Flights To Partner Airlines

March 31, 2014

With all the negative news from Delta lately, including award chart devaluations, the slashing of elite benefits, and more restrictive lounge access policies, I’ve been receiving a lot of questions from Delta frequent flyers who increasingly feel that banking SkyMiles with Delta is a losing bet. Fortunately, when you fly Delta, you can bank SkyMiles with many of its […]

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How Do I Get To Hawaii Using Chase Ultimate Rewards Points?

November 24, 2013

TPG reader Ruben tweeted me @thepointsguy to ask: “What is the cheapest way to fly First Class from Los Angeles to Hawaii through – or with a transfer from – Chase Ultimate Rewards points?” Ruben tweeted me this week and asked what the best way to use Chase Ultimate Rewards points ,such as those earned […]

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Using Miles To Get To Tahiti

November 7, 2013

The latest IHG PointBreaks list went live last week, meaning there’s a whole new batch of hotels where you can score discount award nights for just 5,000 points. Probably the most exciting property on the list this time around, which is available for bookings through January 31, 2014, is the InterContinental Resort Tahiti, and based […]

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How Do I Get Delta Mileage Credit For A Non-Codeshare Korean Air Flight?

August 11, 2013

TPG reader Michael asked: “How do I get mileage credit on a flight for Korean Air when the Delta customer service representatives say none of the flights on the date that I want are codeshare-eligible to be booked? “I would even prefer to book a Delta flight but they are $3,000 more expensive than Korean […]

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2013 Updated Airline Award Charts and Partner Lists

July 11, 2013

There have been a lot of changes in the past year as airlines have merged (or are about to!), award requirements have changed on various routes such as with Air France (or are about to with programs like Aeroplan), new airlines have joined alliances and formed non-alliance partnerships like Qantas and Emirates’ recent agreement, and […]

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Top 10: Ways To Maximize Each Ultimate Rewards Transfer Partner

June 18, 2013

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Chase Ink credit cards has expired. View the current offers here – Ink Plus, Ink Bold, Ink Cash.   Since Chase launched lucrative limited-time sign-up bonus offers on all four Chase Ink cards for this week only until June 22, I’ve had a lot of readers writing in […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Foreign Frequent Flyer Programs

May 7, 2013

With the launch of a 50,000-mile sign-up bonus offer on Barclaycard’s Lufthansa Miles & More Premier World Mastercard over the weekend, I wanted to take a look at the top 10 foreign frequent flyer programs you should consider, even if you’re based in the US, and some great redemptions on each. 1. British Airways: British […]

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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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SRQ: Which Should Be My Primary Skyteam Airline, Delta or Korean?

February 17, 2013

TPG reader Eric is putting together a new Skyteam mileage strategy based on upcoming travel and the credit cards he currently has, and is wondering which would be a better choice to be his primary airline frequent flyer program, Delta or Korean Air. Here’s his question: “SkyTeam is the only alliance within which I don’t […]

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Flight Review: Korean Air First Class 777-200 ICN-MAD

November 19, 2012

It seems like months ago now thanks to the whirlwind of the Star Megado, but it was just a week or so ago that I was in Seoul, and after a few great days there doing things like touring the DMZ, eating Korean barbecue all over town, and checking out the funky boutiques of Garuso-gil, […]

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Flight Review: Korean Air A380 Prestige Business Class LAX-ICN

November 7, 2012

As you know, I’m headed to Seoul this week and I’ve recently become adept at redeeming Korean SkyPass miles, so I got TPG editor Eric a one-way ticket on Korean’s A380 in their most up-to-date lie-flat Prestige business class to join me for 62,500 miles, which I transferred from Chase Ultimate Rewards. Here’s his review […]

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