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Southwest Announces New Washington Dulles and Dallas Love Field Routes Plus Mexico City and Punta Cana

May 19, 2014

Southwest has been making a lot of expansion announcements lately including seven new routes from Washingon Reagan DCA, new service from Dallas Love Field once the Wright Amendment expires in October, and new routes to various Caribbean destinations including Aruba, Montego Bay and Nassau. Today, Southwest extended its schedule through January 4, 2015, and it […]

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Daily Getaway May 19: Wyndham Points

May 19, 2014

American Express and the US Travel Association (a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting US travel) have partnered to offer discounts and deals with various travel brands and loyalty programs during the next month, including hotel packages, points/miles purchase promos, rental car discounts and more. These deals are called Daily Getaways. Each day we’ll hash out the details […]

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Family Travel Tips for Booking Multiple Awards and When to Split the Team

May 16, 2014

TPG contributor Jason Steele returns today to talk about family travel and will be giving weekly tips on the best ways to manage miles and points for the whole family.  Booking a single award seat is easy, but finding two together is much harder. Finding three business class award seats together on a long haul […]

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Travel Giveaway: $440 Airline Gift Certificate

May 15, 2014

Yesterday I wrote about the newest product from Barclaycard called the Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard which replaces the Arrival World MasterCard. The new card has the same features as its predecessor, plus a few added and extended benefits to make the new card even more attractive. The card features the EMV Chip + PIN technology that […]

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50,000 Point Southwest Airlines Credit Card Bonuses Are Back

May 15, 2014

Though the sign-up bonuses on Chase’s Southwest Airlines credit cards usually hovers around the 25,000-point mark, Chase periodically raises it, and today it relaunched limited-time offers of 50,000 bonus Rapid Rewards points for the Southwest Premier and Plus Visas – both the personal and business version of the Premier and the personal and business Plus […]

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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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Can You Transfer Points From The SPG Amex To Earn Elite Status On American Airlines?

May 11, 2014

Today’s newbie question is one that we get quite often, so if you’re an experienced points expert, you can probably skip this post! TPG Reader Vick tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy Can you transfer points from the SPG Amex to earn elite status on American Airlines? And if so, is it a good idea?” People get […]

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Using Marriott Flight + Hotel Awards for the Southwest Companion Pass

May 7, 2014

Later this month I’ll be heading to Cannes to attend some film festival screenings, but mostly to relax with friends over the Memorial Day weekend eating our way through the south of France. When considering my options for accommodations I looked into local hotels in Point Croisette, Antibes and Juan-Les-Pins, but even the cheapest options […]

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Can You Earn Qualifying Miles On An Airline Ticket When You Also Use A Companion Pass?

April 27, 2014

This week we wrote about 11 different airline and hotel co-branded credit card anniversary perks that far outweigh their annual fees. One of these perks is the Annual Companion Certificate that comes with the Platinum Delta SkyMiles American Express, whereby if you purchase one economy ticket (in L, U, T, X or V fare classes) for a roundtrip […]

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Southwest 25% Rapid Rewards Points Buy, Gift, Transfer Bonus – Worth It?

April 24, 2014

Now through May 31, 2014, Southwest is offering a 25% bonus when you buy, gift or transfer Rapid Rewards points. Points can be purchased, gifted, or transferred in blocks of 500 with a minimum initial purchase or transfer of 2,000 points and a daily maximum of 60,000 points. Normally Southwest Rapid Rewards points cost 2.75 […]

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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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The Best Credit Cards For Earning Airline Elite Status Qualifying Miles

April 21, 2014

Readers often ask me which credit cards help you earn miles toward airline elite status, and after recently exploring  the best airline credit card offers and the top credit card spending bonuses for 2014, it seemed like a great time to specifically address this question. While most airline co-branded credit cards simply offer award/redeemable miles that have no […]

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Saturday Recap: American Bonus Miles Between the US and Tokyo, 500 Free Virgin Atlantic Miles, 1,000 Bonus Miles for Stays in the Caribbean and More

April 19, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week: Delta SkyClub Policy Change For Alaska Board Room Members: Alaska’s Board Room member page  announced that, effective May 1, 2014, Delta SkyClubs will no longer offer guest privileges to Board Room members. Instead, Board Room members may now purchase discounted $29 day passes […]

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Do I Have To Save My Southwest Rapid Rewards Points For A Companion Pass?

April 6, 2014

TPG reader Megan is going for the Southwest Companion Pass but wants to know if she can put her points to use before reaching the qualifying threshold of 110,000 points. Here’s the question she tweeted me. “@thepointsguy: Southwest Companion Pass? I’m assuming I can’t use any points until I get the 110k? Then do I […]

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Southwest Announces Seven New Routes from Reagan (DCA)

March 25, 2014

Back in January, American and US Airways announced that they would be divesting 52 slot pairs at Reagan National DCA Airport as part of their settlement with the Department of Justice, and it looks like we now know who won the bidding process to pick up the extra spaces: Southwest. The airline said that it […]

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Things To Do Before Big Changes on March 31 – US Airways, Southwest and More

March 24, 2014

This time of year, it’s Tax Day that usually marks the biggest moment of reckoning, but 2014 is a strange one with plenty of changes set to go into effect in the airline industry come March 31. So with one week left to go, we wanted to remind you of what’s coming down the pike […]

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Reader Giveaway: TPG Swag Bag and 10,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards Points

March 7, 2014

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to speak at the 2014 New York Times Travel Show for the third year in a row, and it was a great opportunity to connect with readers about some of the exciting new changes in point valuations, frequent flyer programs (I’m looking at you Delta!) and credit card bonuses. […]

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Last Day For Southwest 50,000 Point Offers Plus Flight Schedule Extension to October 31, 2014

March 5, 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 Southwest devaluation date looming on March 31, 2014, now’s the time to take a few very important steps to make sure you maximize the program while you still can. Back […]

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Top 10 Southwest Airlines Destinations To Book Pre-Devaluation

February 25, 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. I know that a lot of folks have applied for the current 50,000-point sign-up offers on the Southwest credit cards and hope to put their points to use on Wanna Get Away […]

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Can You Book Southwest Award Tickets and Change Dates After The March 31st Devaluation And Still Retain The Same Pre-Devalued Rate?

February 16, 2014

TPG reader Cynthia tweeted me this week to ask: “@thepointsguy – Regarding the Southwest devaluation: since Southwest doesn’t have change fees, could I buy award tickets now and change dates later to get a better rate?  Or will I end up paying the higher post devaluation fee anyway?” Sadly, 2014 is the year of the […]

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Thursday Giveaway: Passes To The 2014 New York Times Travel Show

February 13, 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. The first weekend in March, I will be making my third appearance speaking at the New York Times Travel Show at the Javits Center in NYC. As with last year, I have […]

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Saturday Recap: AAdvantage Bonus Miles Using Shopping Portals, 30% Off Loews Hotel Stays, 2,500 Bonus Points For Southwest Rapid Rewards Signup, Free 100 Bonus Hyatt Passport Gold Points & More

February 8, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week: Bonus American Miles For Shopping Through AAdvantage eShopping: Earn up to 1,500 bonus miles by shopping via the American AAdvantage shopping portal. No registration is required, and the spending requirements are: spend $150 in collective spending on the AAdvantage eShopping portal and […]

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Thursday Giveaway: 10,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards Points

February 6, 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. Well, the big United devaluation finally went into effect earlier this week, and the next major one is Southwest’s Wanna Get Away redemption devaluation set to take place March 31, 2014, when […]

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Amex 50% Transfer Bonus to Best Western & Southwest Companion Pass Angle

February 3, 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. Amex is currently offering a 50% transfer bonus to Best Western Rewards. Instead of the normal 1:1 ratio, now through March 31, 2014, when you transfer 1,000 Amex points, you get 1,500 Best Western Rewards […]

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