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Maximizing Points and Miles With Cruises

April 14, 2014

With the summer cruising season almost upon us, a lot of readers have been writing in with questions about how to maximize their points with cruises – both on the earning and redemption side – so I thought I’d write up a few strategies to help them make the most of their next voyage. Earning […]

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Maximizing Points and Miles on Healthcare Spending

April 7, 2014

With the Affordable Care Act going into effect, medical costs and spending are on everyone’s minds. As a major factor in everyone’s budget, healthcare costs can be both a big expense, but also a good opportunity to earn points and miles. TPG contributor Jason Steele fills us in on how and why. Healthcare costs are […]

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Maximizing Expiring Elite Benefits, Perks and Upgrades – Exchange Forum

February 18, 2014

I have posted this before, but a lot of elite perks – including American Airlines EVIP Systemwide Upgrades, expire February 28, so I thought I’d repost this in the hopes that some of you would help out fellow TPG readers with elite perks and benefits like systemwide upgrades and lounge passes that you might not […]

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Maximizing Points and Miles For Valentine’s Day Gifts

February 10, 2014

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and it’s time to get something special for the loved ones in your life. Though you might be caught up in the romance of it all, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be maximizing your miles on gift purchases. After all, the only thing better than getting a box […]

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Finding The (Small) Silver Lining in United’s Award Chart Devaluation

February 3, 2014

Back in November, United announced it would be devaluing its award chart and charging a lot more miles for various awards starting February 1. We all got a two-day last-minute reprieve late Friday night, but the new, higher award levels should now be live. Though a lot of awards have gone up drastically in price […]

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Maximizing Cash Back Credit Cards

January 27, 2014

While I tend to talk most about the best credit cards for earning points and miles towards travel, cash back credit cards can be a great alternative for a lot of folks out there thanks to a few factors. First, instead of just a particular airline or hotel co-branded card where you can only use […]

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Maximizing Points On Airfares in 2014

January 20, 2014

It’s 2014 and a lot has changed in the world of credit cards, airlines and online travel agencies, so I thought I’d do a refresher on how you can maximize your points and miles on airfare purchases. Purchasing Directly From Airlines Although purchasing directly through an airline might seem like the best way to rack […]

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Southwest Companion Pass FAQ And Maximization Strategies

January 16, 2014

Update: This offer is no longer available. View the current offer for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card here. Offer expired March 9, 2014. With the return of 50,000-point sign-up bonus offers on the Chase Southwest credit cards earlier this week, we’ve been getting tons of reader questions about the credit cards – how they can […]

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How To Get Free or Discounted Airline Lounge Access

January 13, 2014

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. There has been a lot of news on the airport lounge front lately, what with Amex Platinum cardholders soon to lose access American and US Airways lounges and having their Delta SkyClub guest access restricted (as will […]

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The Top Credit Card Spending Bonuses for 2014

January 6, 2014

Now that we’re into the new year, it means it’s time to really plot out your credit card spending strategy for 2014, because there’s a lot more to maximizing credit card rewards than simply raking in the sign-up bonuses. While an easy boost  to your miles and point balances, a more sustainable approach is to […]

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How To Get Last Minute Elite Qualifying Miles Without Flying

December 16, 2013

It’s official – we’re in elite status crunch time. It’s just about the last two weeks of the year and everyone is scrambling to check their mileage balances and figure out if they’ll hit their elite status tier for 2014 and I bet more than a few of you are considering some mileage runs to […]

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Maximizing Points and Miles on Cyber Monday Purchases

December 2, 2013

While tons of stores, airlines and hotels offered fantastic deals starting on Black Friday, today is Cyber Monday, which means there are all kinds of fantastic discounts, rebates and bonuses you can take advantage of by shopping online. Here are some ways you can maximize the deals. Note: I will only be pointing out an […]

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Maximizing Points For Holiday Gifts and Gift Cards

November 25, 2013

I can’t believe it’s already Thanksgiving, and that means the holidays – and all those holiday shopping deals – are right around the corner. While I usually use my miles and points for travel redemptions since I get the most value from them that way, I know a lot of people like to use their […]

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Maximizing Low Cost Carriers in Europe

November 11, 2013

Traveling through Europe by plane can get pricey – especially if you need a few positioning flights to get you to a hub where you can catch an award flight to or from the US, or to travel to several destinations on the continent once you’re already there – so flying low-cost airlines is a […]

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Maximizing Points, Miles and Discounts on Airport Parking

November 4, 2013

Doing some holiday traveling this fall or winter? You might be wondering whether it’s worth it to take a taxi or van, or if it’s better just to go with airport parking in terms of price, convenience and points-earning opportunities. There are plenty of ways to maximize your point/mile earnings by knowing exactly where to […]

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Maximize Monday: Online Travel Agency (OTA) Loyalty Programs

October 28, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Update: The offer mentioned below for the Business Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. In light of the launch last week of Orbitz’s new loyalty program, Orbitz Rewards, I wanted to take […]

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Maximize Monday: Virgin Atlantic Awards – Should You Transfer Amex Points To Virgin or Other Partners?

October 21, 2013

With the current 30% Amex transfer bonus to Virgin Atlantic – which is available now through November 30, 2013 – I’ve had a lot of readers writing in and asking questions about whether transferring to Virgin makes sense for their flying needs. So I wanted to put together this post to discuss some other options […]

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Crossing The Pond: How to Make The Most Out Of Flying New York To London

October 14, 2013

Last week, I posted a detailed comparison of transcontinental routes and the benefits that premium flyers can expect when flying each airline from coast-to-coast. One of the other major routes with a huge amount of competition is from New York is to London, and in light of the increased number of flights to London from […]

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Maximize Monday: Transcontinental Comparison – Worth It To Switch To JetBlue?

October 7, 2013

Last Monday, I went to JetBlue’s New York headquarters to get a first look at the airline’s new “Mint” business class seats and first class mini-suites that will be going into service starting in June 2014, and the benefits premium flyers will enjoy. I have to admit, I was pretty impressed- especially since the cost […]

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Maximize Monday: Which Hotels Are Healthiest

September 30, 2013

I’ll be honest, traveling totally messes up my fitness and dietary regimen. I don’t mind going to my local gym when I’m at home, but getting me into a hotel gym is a challenge and I’m always more apt to eat unhealthy food while traveling. I’m sure I’m not alone, so for today’s Maximize Monday […]

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How to Maximize Points and Save Money at Movie Theaters

September 23, 2013

Cinema buff? You’re not alone!  In this post, TPG contributor Nick Ewen takes us through several ways we can turn a trip to the movie theater, which is getting costlier than ever, into a points-earning extravaganza…or at least a cheaper movie theater experience.  If you have to cough up the dough to pay for a pricey movie, […]

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Maximize Monday: The Best Canadian Credit Cards and Current Deals

September 16, 2013

I’m up in Toronto at the moment for a few media appearances including being a guest on The Social on CTV at 1pm today, so for today’s Maximize Monday post, I thought I’d put together a quick roundup of the best current Canadian credit card offers and other promos and deals. These are not my […]

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Maximize Monday: The Most Family-Friendly International Carriers

September 9, 2013

Recently, TPG contributor Jason Steele looked at the most family friendly airlines for domestic and short haul travel, considering luggage allowances, seating assignments, in-flight entertainment, and access to boarding priority. Today he’s going to roundup the international airlines with the best travel policies for family travel. When it comes to traveling with a family, things […]

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Maximizing Points And Miles On Vacation Rentals with AirBnB and VRBO

August 26, 2013

As much as I love hotel points and elite status benefits, from time to time, staying in a hotel with a decent loyalty program just isn’t possible for any number of reasons including…you might be staying for an extended period of time, room rates are simply too expensive, the destination you’re interested in doesn’t have […]

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