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Giving Away 14,000 Amex points on Twitter for 14k Followers!

October 24, 2012

Today I hit 14,000 followers on Twitter! To show my appreciation for all of your support, I’ll be giving away 1,000 Amex points to 14 random followers today and tomorrow. All you have to do for a chance to win is follow me on Twitter, @thepointsguy, and retweet my special 14,000-point giveaway tweet using the […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Hotel Apps

October 16, 2012

TPG contributor Jen Jones Donatelli downloaded, plugged in and played with dozens of hotel apps to bring us today’s Travel Tuesday Top 10. When it comes to booking travel and checking points on the go, you can take it with you. Available for a range of devices, apps are now offered by just about every […]

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100 Free Amtrak Points For Linking With Facebook

October 15, 2012

Update: The current sign-up bonus for the Amtrak Guest Rewards World MasterCard is 12,000 points after spending $500 in the first 3 months, 2 points per dollar spent on Amtrak, and one point per dollar on everything else. Amtrak Guest Rewards launched a little promo where members who link their Facebook accounts to their Amtrak Guest Rewards accounts […]

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Star Alliance Megado #GreatSeatMate Finalists – Vote Today!

October 15, 2012

People submitted a lot of great entries for my great seatmate giveaway for a free seat and hotels on the sold-out Star Mega Do 4, coming up in a few weeks. The competition was so fierce, it was extremely difficult to narrow the list down to the top five. However, after a ton of laughs and […]

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Join Us For The Chicago Frequent Flyer Seminars

October 12, 2012

This weekend the entire TPG team will be heading to Illinois for the 2012 Chicago Seminars which I am co-hosting along with The Frugal Travel Guy, Rick Ingersoll. There will be about 500 frequent flyer enthusiasts in attendance and several informative sessions for both beginner and advanced mileage junkies, as well as some fun cocktail […]

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250 SPG Points for Foursquare Check Ins

October 11, 2012

In addition to Starwood Preferred Guest’s Fall “Better By The Night” promo, SPG is also offering members an additional 250 bonus Starpoints when they check in on foursquare during eligible stays at any hotel or resort now through December 20, 2012. First, link your SPG account to your Foursquare account. Then, when you check in […]

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20% Off Virgin America Flights and Double Points On West Coast Flights

October 11, 2012

Virgin America is currently holding a Facebook promotion to win a four-night stay at a Waldorf Astoria hotel or resort of your choice plus a flight for you and one other passenger for a long weekend anywhere Virgin flies. But more interestingly, when you like Virgin on the offer page, you’ll get a promo code […]

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Photo Contest to Be My Seatmate on the Star Alliance Megado!

October 8, 2012

The fourth Star Alliance Megado is coming up in November, and even though it sold out within minutes, as a sponsor of the event I managed to snag an extra ticket for the domestic portion – and I want to take a lucky reader along with me for the ride like I’ve done in the […]

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13,000 Amex Points Giveaway on Twitter

September 26, 2012

I’m approaching 13,000 Twitter followers today, so to celebrate, I’ll give 13 lucky followers 1,000 Amex points each. All you have to do to enter is be sure you follow me on Twitter, and then retweet my special 13,000-point giveaway tweet with the hashtag #TPG13K within the next 3 hours for a chance to win. […]

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$50 off $250 Travelocity Hotel Purchase With #Amex Twitter Enrollment

July 17, 2012

American Express is probably the savviest credit card company when it comes to social media, offering lots of discounts and promotions to cardmembers who sync their cards to Foursquare and Twitter. This week they launched a new deal that caught my eye: a $50 statement credit when you spend $250 or more on a Travelocity […]

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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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TPG Twitter 10,000 Point Giveaway Bonanza

June 1, 2012

I’ll be honest, when I first joined Twitter over three years ago I thought it was really stupid. Why would someone need to write mini messages for the world to see? Why do people need to Tweet that they are eating or going to the bathroom? Newsflash: No one cares. However, I quickly realized there […]

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Are Hotels Taking Social Media Too Far?

May 31, 2012

Social media plays a big role in hotels and airlines theses days. Most companies have their own Facebook and Twitter pages where they run special promos, engage directly with guests and loyalty program members, and answer questions. According to this  Flyertalk thread, however, it seems that the staff of one Starwood property have taken social […]

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Free Cathay Pacific Lounge Access at SFO via Klout.. If You Are Cool Enough

May 10, 2012

For those of you social-media-savvy flyers jetting in and out of San Francisco this summer, Klout and Cathay Pacific have partnered to offer a pretty cool perk. People who have downloaded Klout’s new iPhone app (they introduced it last month) and have a score of 40 or higher can show their Klout score at the […]

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40% Discount on Buying United Miles: A Good Deal?

April 24, 2012

United miles are currently my favorite airline currency. MileagePlus offers one-ways (at half the price of roundtrip), low fees, a robust website for award booking, flexible routing rules and access to Star Alliance partner awards. In fact, when I ranked airline frequent flyer programs last fall, United came in at #1. However, United miles aren’t […]

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$10 in Free Best Buy Credit With Single Tweet Via Amex

March 13, 2012

As I wrote about yesterday, American Express is running all sorts of coupons//savings with Twitter. Most require that you spend a certain amount and then you get a credit applied automatically to your Amex statement. However, one of the newest is $10 off a $10 purchase at Best Buy. So basically, you can get $10 […]

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Amex Promotions on Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare

March 12, 2012

Whether you think social media is amazing or stupid, the bottom line is that you can save a lot of money if you take advantage of the right promotions. Companies these days are clamoring to drive business by engaging consumers through these channels and I think American Express is the leading credit card company when […]

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1,000 Free Starwood Points for 60 Second Survey!

March 7, 2012

Update: It looks like SPG has already closed the survey, and really quickly too! I hope many of you were able to get in on it before it was shut down. I love me some free points- especially Stawood points, which I value at over 2 cents a piece. Starwood’s social media rep just posted […]

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Hilton Free Night Giveaway: Tuesday in London, Wednesday in Chicago

October 18, 2011

Day 1 of Hilton’s Free Night Twitter Scavenger Hunt seemed like a big success – of the 100 free nights given away, so far 10 TPG readers have reported success. That’s a pretty nice proportion of the winners in my opinion and I’d like to see that increase as we move into the next cities! Tuesday’s […]

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Hilton Giving 500 Free Nights Via Twitter Treasure Hunt

October 17, 2011

Hilton is giving 500 free nights away to Twitter and Facebook followers who participate in their scavenger hunts that will take place in different cities each day this week. The contest begins at 12:00noon Eastern time today and Washington, DC is the first city. “Cities, tasks and exact locations will be revealed to the public […]

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Free Points for Using Topguest

October 3, 2011

Free points are my favorite kind, so I cherish an opportunity to build my balances without breaking the wallet- unless it takes up a lot of my time. Topguest is a way to get free points just by using social media sites Facebook, Foursquare, Twitter, Gowalla and Instagram. The whole concept is that hotels want […]

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Follow Me on Twitter! (Shameless Plug to Help Me Hit 5,000 Followers)

September 27, 2011

At the time of writing this post, I’m about 70 followers away from 5,000, so if you haven’t done so, please follow me! If you don’t have a Twitter account, get one here. If you are sick of hearing about Twitter and think it’s a stupid fad that’s going away, you should actually check out some […]

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An Open Letter to Companies Regarding Social Media Free Point Promotions

July 22, 2011

There have been a rash of free point social media campaigns lately and many have come to an ugly or disgraceful end, so I feel it is my duty to write a letter to anyone who is considering a free points social media campaign. Dear hotels, airlines and other companies who want to give out […]

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250 Free Starwood Points for Liking Aloft Austin at the Domain

July 22, 2011

Update: It looks like this promo will come to an end at 10am central time, so hurry up if you want in! I just got this email from the hotel: To whom it may concern: Due to the overwhelming response from your promotion on your website of our SPG points for liking our page, we […]

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