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Contest Roundup: Free Hyatt Nights, Mexico, Argentina, Fiji

October 17, 2014

Check out the week in travel contests and sweepstakes for your chance to win trips to Texas for the NCAA football playoffs, Mexico, Argentina, Fiji or a five night getaway in Hyatt property. Win a Five Night Getaway Courtesy of Kiwi, Hyatt, Afar and Ghurka Enter the Jetset the World contest by clicking on your dream destination […]

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2X United Miles EWR-VIE, 25% Transfer Bonus to Avios & More

June 21, 2014

Here’s a recap of the top points and miles news from this week: Reminder: US Airways Share Bonus Back with New Terms: US Airways has again launched a 100% Share Miles Bonus through June 30, 2014; however, the terms are slightly different this time around. Normally, the Dividend Miles member who received the miles would get the 100% bonus, but now the bonus […]

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Barclaycard Arrival Plus Adds World Elite Mastercard Benefits

June 15, 2014

With the recent upgrades to the Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard, cardholders will receive a bevy of new benefits. We researched the ones specific to the World Elite MasterCard (versus the previous World MasterCard) and found a few gems. Read on and see which of the added benefits can add a dash of luxury or convenience to your next trip! Free […]

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Card Review: LANPASS Visa Signature Card by U.S. Bank

May 7, 2014

With major devaluations from United and Delta as well as a string of surprise announcements from American Airlines/US Airways, I’ve been taking a closer look at foreign frequent flyer programs, including their co-branded credit cards. If you’re as big a fan of traveling in Latin America as I am and have dreams of visiting Peru’s Macchu […]

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The Top Airline and Hotel Credit Cards With Anniversary Bonuses

April 24, 2014

One of the questions I’m asked the most is, how to decide when to cancel a credit card. This comes up a lot because many of the best points-earning travel credit cards carry annual fees ranging anywhere from $49-$495. That’s why, every year when it’s about to hit their statement, readers write in asking whether […]

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Is It Possible To Book A Roundtrip Award Ticket To Rio De Janeiro With Just 100,000 American Miles?

March 23, 2014

TPG reader Mark emailed me about booking an award ticket to South America using American Airlines miles: “I wanted to book a trip to Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires with AA miles in December, but business class awards are only available at 100,000 each way! Will I ever be able to get my whole […]

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Saturday Recap: Earn Up To 15,000 Bonus American Miles, Transfer Hotel Points To United For 25% More, And Win 100,000 LAN Miles And A Dream Trip To South America

October 26, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Earn Up To 15,000 Bonus Miles When You Purchase American Airline Miles: Now through November 15, 2013, you can earn up to 15,000 bonus miles for winter travel when you buy American Airlines miles. Buy 15,000-29,000 miles and receive 4,000 bonus miles […]

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LAN Colombia Officially Joins Oneworld – Limited Time LANPass Visa 40K Bonus

October 9, 2013

LAN is an interesting airline – it’s sort of like a hodgepodge network of airlines operating out of various South American countries that all fall under the LAN umbrella including LAN Chile, LAN Peru and LAN Colombia and soon TAM, the Brazil-based carrier that LAN took over. While they’re all pretty integrated, there are still […]

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Starwood Cuts Transfer Rate To LANPass By 25%, Is It Still Worth It?

July 2, 2013

One of the best aspects of the Starwood Preferred Guest program is the fact that you can transfer Starpoints to any of 31 airline partners, making them extremely versatile both for topping up account balances, as well as giving you a 25% bonus when you transfer in increments of 20,000 points to most partners. Starpoints […]

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LAN Premium Business Class Sale To South America, Miami To Bogota From $699 Round-Trip

June 25, 2013

LAN just launched a fare sale on premium flights to South America from as low as $699 total roundtrip from Miami to Bogata. Fares were loaded yesterday and the offer ends on July 1, 2013. Look for others to match or potentially beat- to check monthlong fares on specific routes, I recommend using ITA Matrix […]

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Flight Review: LAN 767-300 Premium Business Class MIA-SCL

May 16, 2013

One of the aspects of my Mother’s Day Trip to Chile, I was most looking forward to was flying LAN’s Premium Business Class from Miami to Santiago, which I had gotten for $900 a ticket thanks to an amazing deal back in February. My mom and I flew from LGA to Miami, and our first […]

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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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Trip Report: Eric’s Adventure at Iguazu Falls, Argentina

March 26, 2013

TPG Managing Editor Eric is spending a month down in Argentina (I’m such a tough boss!) checking out the scene in Buenos Aires and venturing around the country for wine-tasting and adventure. He also just spent a few days up at Iguazu Falls by redeeming British Airways Avios for an award ticket on LAN and […]

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LATAM Officially To Join Oneworld and American Airlines Planning to Add Flights to Brazil from Los Angeles and Chicago

March 7, 2013

This morning came the official announcement that most of us have suspected for a while now: LATAM Airlines – the parent company of both LAN and TAM will be a part of Oneworld once TAM officially leaves the Star Alliance in early 2014 along with a Paraguayan subsidiary. This comes as no surprise since LAN […]

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Amazing Deal Alert: Business Class DFW-EZE and JFK-GYE For Under $1,000 Roundtrip

February 17, 2013

Yesterday, I wrote about amazing fares on American Airlines this spring where you could score roundtrip business class tickets on American and its Oneworld partner LAN from New York City to Santiago Chile for as low as $901 total. These fares are still available on many dates in April or May, so if you haven’t […]

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Amazing Deal Alert: Business Class NYC to Santiago, Chile for $901 Total Roundtrip on American/LAN

February 16, 2013

Per Lucky and TheBOSMAN on Flyertalk, American is offering incredible roundtrip business class fares to Chile starting April 1 and going through June.  I just booked two $901 roundtrips from NYC to Miami in American first class and then Miami to Santiago, Chile in LAN Business class (lie flat beds). Sadly, American doesn’t offer bonus […]

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Cyber Monday Travel Deals – Bonus Points, Hotel Discounts, Vacation Packages and More

November 26, 2012

Just a few more last-minute bonuses and discounts to add to the Black Friday and Cyber Monday Travel Deals roundup: Flight Deals from LAN/TAM starting at $399: Although the fares don’t really compare to the recent TAM fare sale from select US destinations to Buenos Aires and Santiago there are still some great prices to […]

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Saturday Recap: Bonus Avios, Free Skype, New Priority Pass Lounges and Negative LAN Changes

October 27, 2012

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Up to 3,000 Avios for Hilton Stays: Members of British Airways’ Executive Club who are also members of Hilton HHonors and who stay once before the end of 2013 will earn between 1,000-3,000 Hilton HHonors points. The number of bonus Avios you […]

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Destination of the Week: Santiago and Skiing in Chile

June 8, 2012

Just because summer is about to blossom in the US doesn’t mean it’s warm everywhere. If you missed out on your winter ski trip this year because of crazy conditions across much of North America, you could get a second chance to experience the snow on some Andean ski runs in South America later this […]

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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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LAN Premium Business Sale from the US to South America

February 20, 2012

LAN, the premier Oneworld carrier servicing South America, just announced a pretty competitive fare sale for business class flights to South America. From Miami, the airline is advertising roundtrip fares as low as $899 to Bogota, $1,399 to Lima and $2,099 to Easter Island, though the fare to Santiago is an inexplicably high $3,499. From New York, […]

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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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1,000 Free Lan Kilometers for Account Sign-up

September 13, 2011

Lan is the premier Oneworld carrier servicing South America with multiple hubs, such as Lima, Guayaquil and Santiago, Chile. Their frequent flyer program Lanpass is giving away 1,000 kilometers just for signing up (it takes less than a minute). I just did it and didn’t see the 1,000 kms, so I assume they will take […]

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