Saturday Recap: US Airways 100% Share Miles Bonus, Earn Up To 20,000 Bonus Asia Miles, Support Breast Cancer Research With Delta, 35% off Everything at the W Hotel Store

October 5, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: US Airways 100% Share Miles Bonus: Earlier this week, US Airways  launched a new 100% share miles bonus that runs now through October 15, 2013. Through the promo, “Members may receive a maximum of ​ ​50,000 bonus miles during the offer period”, but you […]

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Social Media Travel Roundup – News, Contests, Promos, Trends and More

September 25, 2013

Social media is increasingly becoming the method airlines, hotels, credit cards and consumers get in touch with one another about the latest news, deals and promotions, so I thought I would start a new series on the site on Wednesdays rounding up the latest interesting contests, trending topics and more on social media from the […]

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The Big Business of Business Class Cabins

August 3, 2013

I just read a pretty interesting article in the NYT about the fierce competition between airlines to build the perfect business class seat- one that maximizes both passenger comfort and airline revenue. The piece interviews a bunch of industry execs who offer unique insight to the behind the scenes “arms race” that is going on […]

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Update on Booking US Airways Star Alliance Awards Post Nov 1, 2013

July 29, 2013

With recent speculation that US Airways will be leaving Star Alliance to join oneworld as early as November 1, 2013, and confirmation late last week from US Airways President J. Scott Kirby that the transition will be completed by the beginning of 2014, a lot of travelers have been pondering how to put their US Airways […]

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Can You Use United Miles to Upgrade a Ticket on Lufthansa?

July 7, 2013

TPG follower Jason has a flight booked on Lufthansa that he would like to upgrade using United miles: “‪@thepointsguy‬‬ can you use United miles to upgrade a ticket you already bought on Lufthansa?” Yes you can upgrade a Lufthansa ticket using your United miles, but be aware that you must be booked in the most expensive […]

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Consolidated List of Airline Partners And Which Are Bookable Online

July 3, 2013

One of the most frustrating parts of searching for and booking award tickets is knowing where to look. Many airline websites are either woefully or willfully outdated when it comes to searching not only their own award availability, but also that of their partners. In light of recent exciting developments including EVA’s entrance into Star […]

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Routehappy Unveils First US & International In-Flight WiFi Report: The Best and Worst Airlines For In-flight Connectivity

June 25, 2013

I won’t lie, I’m a huge fan of in-flight WiFi. In fact, as a Delta flyer I’ve grown accustomed to having it on my flights and I had a minor panic attack when two flights last week (Atlanta to Ashveville, NC and Asheville to LaGuardia) didn’t have WiFi. Luckily they were short flights, but it […]

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Evaluating When to Get the Top BarclayCard Offers: Arrival vs. Lufthansa vs. US Airways

June 11, 2013

Barclaycard has been making a (welcome) forceful push into the travel credit cards marketplace recently with all-time high offers on several of its credit cards. However, with news that the current 50,000-mile sign-up bonus on the Barclaycard Lufthansa credit card is ending June 30, as well as the fact that American Airlines has designated Citibank […]

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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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Barclay’s Lufthansa Mastercard 50,000 Mile Bonus

May 5, 2013

The Barclaycard Lufthansa Miles & More Premier World Mastercard usually comes with a bonus of 20,000 miles upon first purchase and up to 15,000 additional award miles when you complete an initial balance transfer. However, Barclay’s just launched a new bonus offer on the card where you can earn a combined total of 50,000 award […]

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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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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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Saturday Recap: 20% Mileage Bonus for Miles & More members, Delta Increasing Service at Los Angeles

March 9, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: 20% Mileage Bonus for Miles & More members: Now through March 31, 2013, Lufthansa is offering a 20% mileage bonus on award miles for their Miles & More members. They are offering this promotion as a way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the […]

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Maximize Monday: Choosing the Best Site and Credit Card for Purchasing Airfare

January 7, 2013

Maximize Monday is a new weekly series, where I’ll dig into different topics and offer my suggestions on how you can change your habits in order to get the most bang for your buck (and points). If you have any topic ideas, please feel free to Tweet me @thepointsguy or email me at [email protected] For […]

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Saturday Recap: American Express British Airways Transfer Bonus, Bonus SkyMiles from Hertz, Bonus Miles with Wine Clubs, 1,000 Free United Miles, Update on Hyatt Platinum Extras

December 8, 2012

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: American Express 30% Transfer Bonus to British Airways: In case you missed the post from earlier this week, now through January 14, 2013, American Express cardmembers who transfer Amex Membership Rewards points to British Airways Avios  will receive a 30% bonus. The bonus […]

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Lufthansa Voucher $60 Off

October 5, 2012

Lufthansa is giving away $60 vouchers via mobile phone and email download that flyers can use towards fares from the US. Simply enter your name, email address or mobile phone number and click the box that says you’ve read the terms and conditions and the voucher will be emailed to you for when you book […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Ways You Can Fly the A380

September 4, 2012

With a range of 9,600 miles, a cruising speed of 560 miles per hour, 240 feet in length, 80 feet tall, a wingspan of over 260 feet, and over 5,000 square feet of floor space spread out over two full decks, the Airbus A380 is the largest jumbo-jet in the skies, and an aviation enthusiast’s […]

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Review: Lufthansa New First Class on the 747-400

August 6, 2012

I spent the past two weeks exploring the Baltic one fantastic city after another – Copenhagen, St. Petersburg, Helsinki and more. To get there and back, I had booked two one-way award tickets. The outbound was 62,500 American miles and $352 for British Airways First class from Miami to London. While fees are a little […]

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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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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Airline Apps

June 26, 2012

As more people begin to carry smartphones and PDA’s such as iPhones and iPads as well as Blackberries and Androids, more and more airlines have created apps that allow their passengers to do everything from check flight status and check in to tracking checked bags, downloading city guides and finding the nearest airport lounge. Here […]

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$60 off Lufthansa Flights This Week

May 28, 2012

This isn’t an eye-popping deal, but something worth mentioning just to save you some extra cash in case you have an upcoming trip on Lufthansa. The airline is running a limited-time and highly regimented (this is Lufthansa, after all) promotion where you can get a $60 voucher off your next flight purchase. However, the vouchers […]

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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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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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Lufthansa New Business Class Seats Unveiled

March 8, 2012

Lufthansa has unveiled a new business class seat, which the airline plans to put in its forthcoming 747-800 aircraft from Boeing (which it will hopefully start taking delivery of later in 2012). It’s about time since the current business class seats on the airline’s long-haul fleet, including the A380 I recently flew on the Star […]

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