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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: 500 Southwest Rapid Rewards, 100 Free TrueBlue Points, 40% Discount at W Hotel Store, Hilton Hotels Holiday Discounts, Bonus SkyMiles for Bose Headphones

December 15, 2012

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: 500 Bonus Southwest Points: If you have a Southwest credit card like the personal or business Rapid Rewards Premier cards you can earn 500 bonus points when you make a purchase with it through the Rapid Rewards Shopping portal by December 31, […]

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Southwest 50,000 Bonus and AirTran 32 A+ Points Bonuses Rundown – Which Card Should You Get?

December 5, 2012

Update: This offer is no longer available. View the current offer for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card here. With the 50,000-point sign-up bonus on the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card and the AirTran Airways A+ Rewards Credit Card with 32 A+ points both available, you might be wondering which card to get. As […]

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Cyber Monday Travel Deals – Bonus Points, Hotel Discounts, Vacation Packages and More

November 26, 2012

Just a few more last-minute bonuses and discounts to add to the Black Friday and Cyber Monday Travel Deals roundup: Flight Deals from LAN/TAM starting at $399: Although the fares don’t really compare to the recent TAM fare sale from select US destinations to Buenos Aires and Santiago there are still some great prices to […]

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Chase AirTran Visa With 2 Roundtrip Sign Up Bonus

November 15, 2012

Update: This offer is no longer available. View the current offer for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card here. Until now, the public offer on the Chase AirTran Visa has been 16 A+ Rewards credits when you spent $1,000 in 3 months and two single-segment business class upgrades with your first purchase. Now, however, Chase has […]

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Maximizing the 50,000 Point Chase Southwest Offers and the Companion Pass

November 14, 2012

Update: This offer is no longer available. View the current offer for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card here. Chase and Southwest frequently change the sign-up bonus on the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Visa between 25,000 and 50,000-points, but they just launched a new 50,000 point promotion that should be good for at least the next month […]

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Saturday Recap: Bonus American Miles, Starwood Points, Amex Gift Cards and More

November 3, 2012

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Up to 12,000 Bonus American Miles: Between now and November 15, 2012, you can earn up to 12,000 bonus miles when you buy American AAdvantage miles. For every 6,000 miles you purchase, you’ll earn 2,000 bonus miles, up to 12,000 bonus miles. […]

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Consolidated List of Hurricane Sandy Flight Refund and Change Policies

October 28, 2012

The East Coast is battening the hatches as Hurricane Sandy bears down on it, and airlines have already issued travel advisories and cancellation/refund policies. The bad news is that 900 flights have been cancelled up and down the East Coast today already, and airlines expect that over 2,500 will be cancelled for Monday. The good […]

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Southwest 40% Off Sale Until Thursday – Other Airlines Matching

October 9, 2012

Now until 11:59pm Pacific Time on Thursday, October 11, 2012, Southwest is holding a 40% off sale nationwide. It’s valid for travel from November 28-December 12, 2012, and then again from January 7-February 14, 2013. Discounts are off Wanna Get Away fares, Sunday travel is excluded and the offer doesn’t apply for travel to/from Ft. […]

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Saturday Recap: Bonus United, Delta and Emirates Miles, 500 Free Hilton Points and Earning Bonus

October 6, 2012

Here’s a recap of interesting points and miles news and promos from the week. 15,000 Alaska Miles For New T-Mobile Contract: Now through March 31, 2013, potential cell phone customers who register with T-Mobile at this link will be eligible to earn 15,000 bonus Alaska Airlines MileagePlan Miles. This offer is open only to new […]

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Saturday Recap: Bonus American and Delta Miles and Hilton Points, Southwest Fare Sale, La Quinta Returns Bonus and More

September 22, 2012

Earn 1,000 American Miles Per Night Staying at Conrad: Hilton HHonors members can register for a promotion to earn 1,000 bonus American AAdvantage miles for every night they stay at Conrad Hotels & Resorts now through December 31 in addition to the HHonors points and AAdvantage miles you’d already earn with Hilton’s Double Dipping. To […]

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Saturday Recap: US Airways and Star Alliance Promotion, Double Southwest Points, New Andaz Properties, 500 Free United Miles

September 15, 2012

Here’s a recap of interesting points and miles news and promos from the week. US Airways offering up to 25,000 bonus miles: Now through December 15, 2012, travelers can earn up to 25,000 bonus Divedend miles (in addition to any regular flight miles) when flying US Airways and any other Star Alliance member carrier. The […]

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Up to 12,000 Southwest Points With Marriott Gift Card Purchases

August 28, 2012

From now until November 30, 2012 Southwest is offering bonus points for buying Marriott gift cards. A $500 gift card nets 6,000 Southwest points and you can buy up to $1,000 in gift cards through this promotion for a maximum bonus of 12,000 points per account. This is the same promotion they ran last year […]

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Maximize Your Points With Back to School Shopping

August 16, 2012

Back to school shopping can be a major expense, but if you play your cards right (literally) you can rack up a ton of miles and points by leveraging online shopping portals. What are these portals? Basically online retailers pay a commission to websites to refer them business – so these portals are simply intermediary […]

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Saturday Recap: Rapid Rewards Sign-Up Bonus, Carlson Stay 2 Nights Pay for 1, 1,000 Miles Groundlink Promotion, Free Regus Gold Membership

August 4, 2012

Here’s a quick recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week. 750 Free Rapid Rewards Points for New Members: Southwest launched a sign-up bonus for new Rapid Rewards members in which they can earn 750 Rapid Rewards points through 3 different channels. First, when members enroll they will automatically receive 250 Rapid Rewards points. […]

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Destination of the Week: Pittsburgh

July 20, 2012

In light of the amazingly low $137 roundtrip fares between the west coast and Pittsburgh on Delta from earlier this week, we decided to head back to my college town for today’s Destination of the Week. GETTING THERE Pittsburgh International Airport is located about 16 miles west of downtown. It operates 155 non-stop flights a […]

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Airline Companion Upgrade Policy Overview

July 6, 2012

I recently wrote about my experience with Delta Companion Upgrades and many of you asked about the policies of other airlines. While I have the most personal experience with Delta, here are the basic details on how some of the other airlines handle companion upgrades. The main differences among these airlines is whether a companion gets upgraded […]

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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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30% Off Southwest Sale Today Only

June 19, 2012

Southwest just sent me an email announcing a sale today only of 30% off Southwest flights June 26-27, June 29, and July 2-6. The 24-hour sale is to celebrate the airline’s birthday and is good on Wanna Get Away fares. Though the window to get in on this deal is short and the travel time […]

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Using Chase Ultimate Rewards To Book Southwest Tickets at up to 1.8 Cents Per Point

June 18, 2012

Update: This offer is no longer available. View the current offer for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card here. I used to fly Southwest frequently during my college days, because they always ran super-cheap fares between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia and I’d get a free roundtrip award to anywhere in the US after 8 of my short, […]

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Southwest Fall Travel Super Sale through Thursday

June 13, 2012

Southwest is currently running a Fall Travel Sale through Thursday (tomorrow!) for travel from August 13 – November 14. Check out the detailed list of the fares by city here. Depending on distance theses prices apply for nonstop flights: Flights 0-500 miles: $49 Flights 501-1300 miles: $99 Flights over 1301 miles are $139 Travel is valid […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Best Credit Card Companion Tickets Deals

June 12, 2012

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  In addition to earning cardholders frequent flyer miles or points, several travel credit cards offer another valuable perk: airline companion tickets and passes. To qualify for one of these tickets or passes, it’s usually a matter of […]

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Updated Airline Award Charts and Partner Lists

May 24, 2012

The past year has seen some major changes in the airline world, especially concerning frequent flyer programs. New airlines have joined alliances, formed non-alliance partnerships with each other, and even introduced all-new mileage programs like British Airways Avios. So I thought it was time to update my consolidated list of airline award charts and partner […]

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Today Only: 35% Off Select Fares With Southwest Promo Code SUMMER12

May 15, 2012

Southwest is currently running a one-day sale today for 35% off select flights on May 22nd, May 30-31, June 5-6, July 4-5. The discount is only for Wanna Get Away Fares, which are Southwest’s lowest fares already. Since this is a one-day sale all travel must be booked today 5/15/2012. To get the code automatically […]

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