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Redeeming United Miles for Airport Purchases

November 18, 2014

As part of $120 million worth of ongoing renovations to Terminal C at Newark Liberty Airport (EWR), United passengers can now pay for on-site food and merchandise with their MileagePlus miles rather than cash. To facilitate this new process, the high-traffic terminal is providing public use iPads at various seating areas that enable MileagePlus fliers to scan their boarding passes or enter […]

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12 Crazy Forms of ID To Get Through Airport Security

September 24, 2014

If you’ve ever arrived at the airport only to realize you’ve forgotten your driver’s license or passport – or worse, had either lost or stolen during your travels – there may be no reason for panic. As it turns out, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) actually allows some flexibility when it comes to alternate forms of identification to green-light you through security. […]

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How to Prepare for International Travel: Tips. Tricks & More

September 15, 2014

TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen spends about six months of the year on the road, much of that traveling abroad for weeks at a time. Over the years, he has come up with a handy checklist that makes traveling international easier and more efficient. Here are his tips. When it comes to travel, heading abroad […]

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Battle at 30,000 Feet: Seat Reclining vs. Leg Room

August 26, 2014

I just read a story that struck a chord with me. The AP reported that on Sunday, a fight broke out between two passengers over leg room on a United Airlines flight from Newark  that caused the flight to be diverted. A man utilized a Knee Defender,  a gadget that attaches to your tray table and prevents the person in front of […]

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Last Chance For Tickets To The 2014 Chicago Seminars

June 30, 2014

For those of you who were unable to attend our recent TPG Reader Meet Up at the W Lakeshore in Chicago, there are still 20 seats left for the Chicago Seminars  on October 17 to 19th.  The event will be held again at the Holiday Inn Elk Grove Village near O’Hare. You can register here for $95 for the weekend, which […]

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If I Ditch the Last Leg of My Ticket Will I Earn Miles?

June 29, 2014

This week TPG reader Alan tweeted: “@thepointsguy if I don’t fly the last leg of my ticket will I still earn QM for the ones I did?” Ditching the last leg of an itinerary is known as “throw away ticketing” where you may book a cheap ticket to a destination, but at the end of […]

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Maximizing Starwood’s Unique Airline Transfer Options: Part 1

June 6, 2014

TPG contributor Jason Steele returns today to talk about maximizing Starwood Preferred Guest points when transferring to airline partners. American Express is currently offering their Starwood Preferred Guest card with a 30,000 points sign-up bonus for a limited time on both personal and business cards. While these points can be quite valuable for award nights […]

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Giving the Wedding Gift of Miles – Registries, Transfers, Upgrades, and More

May 12, 2014

Spring has sprung, and that means wedding season is here! If you have weddings to attend, points and miles make great gift options for those wanting to contribute to the honeymoon. We asked TPG reader Lori Zaino to show us how it’s done. Giving the gift of travel to newlyweds has become much more popular […]

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A Reminder on Passport and Visa Requirements for International Travel

April 20, 2014

TPG reader Adam wants to make sure I – and you all, as well – know something important about passports: “@thepointsguy: Are you aware that if your passport is set to expire within three months of your return date from a trip, you won’t be allowed entry to EU countries? The answer is yes, absolutely! And […]

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Newark Airport AirTrain to Close May-July: Schedule Even More Time When Taking Public Transit

April 16, 2014

Over the past couple of decades, Newark has become one of the main hubs on the east coast, for better and for much, much worse. It does have a few things going for it – it’s easy to get there from New York City in a taxi for about the same price as heading to […]

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Is the Current US Airways Share Miles 100% Bonus Promotion Worth It?

April 13, 2014

This past week saw the sudden announcement of some big changes from American Airlines’ frequent flyer program and a few smaller ones from US Airways. With this news in mind,  TPG reader Paul tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy Given the recent unannounced changes from US Airways, would you still recommend taking advantage of its 100% bonus on shared miles?”  […]

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How Do I Get United To Refund My Airfare Or Waive The Change Fee?

April 6, 2014

TPG reader Amanda wants to get out of paying for a United flight she isn’t going to take. Here’s the question she tweeted me: “@thepointsguy How do I ask United to refund a flight or waive the change fee? Flight was only $218 so the change fee makes a credit useless.” A big trend in […]

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10 Tips for Negotiating a Lucrative Airline Bump

April 3, 2014

Tuesday night, I was set to fly a non-stop American Airlines flight from Recife, Brazil to Miami on a business class award. While booking my ticket several weeks prior, I had noticed the flight was pretty packed, with coach almost full and only two business class seats left. This wasn’t too surprising, as this is the only non-stop […]

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How I’m Changing the Way I Think About Economy Award Tickets (Not an April Fools’ Post)

April 1, 2014

You’ll see a lot of fake posts around the blogosphere today (Amex 1 million point Platinum card sign-up bonus today only – fee waived!), but I personally hate them. So if you’re looking to be fooled today, you won’t find it in one of my posts. However, you may be surprised by the topic of […]

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How Can You Make Sure You Get TSA PreCheck with Global Entry?

March 30, 2014

TPG reader Jake recently sent me an email with a question about one of my favorite travel perks – Global Entry: “Now that I have Global Entry, I’m not sure what additional steps to take in order to get my full TSA PreCheck benefits. I occasionally get picked at security for TSA PreCheck, but only […]

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Should We Bank Miles To Alaska Even If We Never Fly Them? What Credit Cards Would Work With This Strategy?

March 9, 2014

TPG reader Nate e-mailed me this week with the following question: “Should my wife and I bank miles at Alaska for dual elite status – even if we never fly Alaska? We value: (1) free upgrades to first and premium economy (2) miles for hotel/air to US, Europe, Mexico, Hawaii (3) priority boarding and seats […]

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How Will US Airways’ Departure from Star Alliance Affect Future Bookings?

March 2, 2014

Later this month, US Airways is officially leaving Star Alliance to join Oneworld, the alliance of its merger partner, American Airlines. I’ve been getting a lot of questions about this on Twitter, like the following two: TPG reader Nat asked: @thepointsguy With US leaving *A, if I want to fly NYC to Cape Town 3/2015, does it make […]

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Can You Transfer Delta SkyMiles To Alaska Miles?

March 2, 2014

It was a big week in airline news with Delta’s announcement that they’re going to fundamentally change the way that flyers earn SkyMiles and, potentially, the way that we redeem them. I’ve been receiving a lot of questions about Delta and its alliance with Alaska. TPG Reader Josh asked on Twitter: “@thepointsguy Question – how does […]

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What Are Some Tips for Traveling With a Small Dog?

March 2, 2014

The next question is close to my heart, as it concerns my experience of traveling with Miles, my furry little “son.” TPG reader Jeanette posted a question on my Facebook page this week: “I am entering the world of a traveler with a small dog…any tips for flying and hotel stays? This is a first […]

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American Airlines Ends Bereavement Fares – Why Miles Are Still A Good Insurance Policy

February 27, 2014

American Airlines issued a stealthy announcement (just a line of text on this web page, really) that as of February 18, 2014, it would be ending its policy of offering bereavement fares to passengers who must book last-minute tickets as a result of the death of a relative. While this move seemed to come out […]

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How To Get EU Passenger Rights Compensation From US Carriers For Delayed Flights

February 25, 2014

One of the ways in which US travel regulations lag behind those of Europe is when it comes to compensating passengers for flight delays and cancellations. Airlines have very little accountability and few guidelines they must adhere to when making good on flight mishaps and travel issues here in the US – just ask anyone […]

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Why Should You Change Your Frequent Flyer Number on an Award Ticket?

February 23, 2014

Last week, I flew United GlobalFirst from Los Angeles to Melbourne, and in my review of the flight I noted that every time I fly an award ticket, I always go to the kiosk to change my frequent flyer number on the reservation. TPG reader Ritz read that and emailed me to ask, “Why would […]

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If Your Flight Is Cancelled Due To A Storm Do You Have To Sleep In The Airport?

February 23, 2014

With the recent snow storms along the East Coast, TPG reader Loren tweeted me asking: “@thepointsguy If your flight is canceled in a snowstorm do the airlines have to put you in a hotel or do you just sleep in the airport?” The short answer is no. There really aren’t many consumer protections in the […]

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When Should You Pay For A Ticket Or Redeem Miles?

February 23, 2014

TPG reader Todd tweeted me this week: “@thepointsguy Do you have a rule of thumb for when it’s economical to pay for a ticket with miles?” A lot of factors come into play here. The first is your budget. If you’re really cash-strapped but need to get somewhere and have a ton of miles, why […]

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