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Star Megado Domestic Portion Tickets On Sale July 9

July 4, 2012

A Mega Do is an event set up by frequent flyers and the airlines, where we charter a jet and fly around to different cities and the airlines/hotels set up really interesting events that provide access to places few people ever get to see. On past Mega Dos I have gotten to use a United […]

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Sunday Reader Question: Best Ways to Get to Australia Using Miles and Points

July 1, 2012

TPG reader Ryan has Australia plans and wants to get the right credit cards to get his flight Down Under as cheaply as possible: “I’m looking to book a flight to Sydney, Australia, in the coming months, and rather than pay for it I’d like to use points. I am due for a new round […]

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Tuesday Travel Top 10: How to Use Miles for the Best First Class Products

May 8, 2012

On Friday, CNN published a list of the best first class cabins in the sky with contenders from all over the world. Interestingly enough, no US airline made the list. But what good is a list of amazing first class cabins if you don’t know how you can fly in one of them without paying […]

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Sunday Reader Question: What If My Work Travel Doesn’t Mesh With My Personal Points Strategy?

February 5, 2012

TPG reader Jen writes: I recently started a job where I take business trips to various countries in Africa. The good news is that I get to fly business, accrue serious miles for free and get Delta Diamond status. The bad news is that per company regulations we must fly an American carrier. Pretty much […]

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Singapore Airlines to Allow Saver Awards on A380, 777W and A340

February 4, 2012

Star Alliance member Singapore Airlines is one of the best airlines in the world. However, they have one of the worst frequent flyer programs because they block a huge number of their flights from their partners and charge outrageous rates to redeem for their own members. For the last several years they blocked almost all […]

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Swiss Award Availability Now Showing on

February 3, 2012 is one of my favorite airline websites when it comes to searching for award seats. They’ve continuously been adding more and more Star Alliance partners and while I was searching for Virgin Atlantic award availability (since they will no longer be a partner after February 13) I noticed that Swiss airlines availability was also […]

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Star Alliance Carrier Spanair Ceases Operations

January 28, 2012

Spanair, a Star Alliance carrier based in Barcelona, ceased operations yesterday stranding thousands of passengers. As many of you know, Spain is one of my favorite destinations and while Spanair didn’t have US routes, they made Spain very accessible via connections when flying Star Alliance partners like Lufthansa and United to Europe. If you have […]

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December 30, 2011

As 2011 draws to a close, I wanted to take a look back at what has been an amazing, challenging and rewarding year. So let’s take a quick peek at the points I’ve earned and burned, some of my favorite redemptions, and my major strategy shifts in terms of credit cards and travel. CREDIT CARDS […]

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Aeroplan Award Sale and Transfer Partner Bonus Reminder

December 6, 2011

Yesterday I wrote about Aeroplan (Air Canada’s frequent flyer program) running a pretty generous temporary sale on awards. You can get business class for the price of coach and first class for the price of business class on many of their awards – including Star Alliance partners. You can check out their award charts here. Aeroplan […]

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Amazing Deal Alert: Reduced Price Aeroplan Awards

December 5, 2011

It was recently reported by Matthew at UPGRD, that Aeroplan awards were pricing at incorrect levels. And this time around, the error was in favor of the passenger – basically you can get business class for the price of coach and First class awards for the price of business class. Aeroplan is an instant transfer […]

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Sunday Reader Question: How to Maximize Miles When Flying on Airline Partners and Codeshares?

November 6, 2011

TPG reader Rosemary writes: Something that has confused me for awhile now is how to make certain I am earning 100% of mileage points for one airline when actually flying on a codeshare flight and a different airline’s metal. How does this work exactly? As long as I sign up with a mileage number for […]

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United MileagePlus Now a Chase Ultimate Rewards Transfer Partner

October 21, 2011

Update: As of April 2013, Chase Ultimate Rewards has added Virgin Atlantic as a new airline transfer partner. The Chase Ultimate Rewards program, the points program behind their popular Sapphire Preferred and Ink Bold cards, just added United as a 1:1 instant transfer partner. This is a great addition because it guarantees that there will be a Star […]

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Virgin Atlantic to Join an Alliance Soon

September 21, 2011

In a recent interview with Forbes magazine , Sir Richard Branson stated that Virgin would be joining an alliance in the near future. As a London based carrier, they’d obviously be competing with British Airways, so Oneworld is out – but that leaves Star Alliance and Skyteam. On one hand Star Alliance makes a lot […]

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Final Reminder: Last Day to Buy Cheap Star Alliance Miles Via US Airways

September 15, 2011

Today is the last day for the US Airways 100% buy miles promotion. While you may be saying, “Oh, I’m not going to be flying US Airways,” the great thing is that you don’t have to set foot on their planes to use these miles. You can redeem for flights on any of the Star Alliance […]

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Star Mega Do 3 Report: First Stop Munich

September 7, 2011

As I wrote about earlier this week, I’m currently on a 6 day whirlwind trip to 4 cities in 3 countries as a part of the Star Mega Do 3. Day 1 was a light send-off party in the JFK Terminal 1 Lufthansa Senators lounge. After a couple Spaten beers and meeting up with some old […]

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My Star Mega Do 3 Adventure Begins

September 5, 2011

This should be an interesting week for me. I’m going on the third annual Star Mega Do, which is an event planned by frequent flyers, for frequent flyers. The event is co-organized by certain Star Alliance member airlines, as well as Hyatt. There are two portions (full schedule here), and I booked business class tickets […]

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It’s Back! 100% Bonus on US Airways Miles Purchases

August 8, 2011

US Airways is known for selling their miles at firesale prices and they just announced yet another 100% buy miles promotion until September 15, 2011. The great thing about this is that you don’t have to redeem those miles on US Airways – you can use them for flights on all 27 Star Alliance airlines: Adria […]

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Reminder: Enter to Fly First Class With Me on Star Mega Do 3

July 16, 2011

Just a friendly reminder that you have until Tuesday at 11:59 EDT to enter the Great Seatmate contest (details here). Each time you Tweet me and tell me why you’d be a great seatmate (and hashtag with #greatseatmate) counts as 1 entry. 5 max per day. Each time you write on my Facebook wall and […]

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Are You the Perfect Seatmate? If So, Fly First Class With Me on the Star Mega Do 3!

July 13, 2011

To me, one of the most interesting parts of flying is the seatmate. There’s something unique (and strange) about sitting next to someone in a metal tube for hours and we’ve all heard (and experienced) our fair share of horror stories. In fact, on my flight to Mauritius this week, my seatmate was pretty bad- […]

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Last Call for Cheap Star Alliance Miles: US Airways 100% Buy Miles Promo Ends Today

June 30, 2011

I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but if you’ve been thinking about buying US Airways miles for 1.478 cents a piece, today is the last day. I was on the sidelines myself – I knew this was a good deal, but did I really want to spend $1,478 on miles. In the […]

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Maximizing Stopovers, Transfers and Open Jaw Ticketing on US Airways Awards

June 16, 2011

(This post is focused on maximizing US Airways awards. Future posts will focus on American, Delta, United/Continental, Air Canada and British Airways. If you have any other suggestions, feel free to comment below or email me). US Airways is a Star Alliance member, which means you can redeem your miles on all 26 other Star […]

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Cheap Flights to Madrid and Barcelona- from $356 Total Roundtrip

June 15, 2011

Spanair is a Madrid based Star Alliance carrier that does not fly to the US. However, they do file codeshares with their US based Star Alliance partners and from time to time their codeshared flights can be very cheap. It seems like they’ve loaded some extra cheap fares that may be of interest to many […]

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How to Use the ANA Award Tool to Search Star Alliance Award Availability

June 9, 2011

All Nippon Airways (ANA) is one of Japan’s premier airlines and a Star Alliance member. While many of you will never set foot on an ANA plane, you should be a member of their frequent flyer program, Mileage Club, because it allows you access to near perfect Star Alliance award availability. This means you can search […]

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Maximizing Amex Post 7: Star Alliance Transfer Partners

May 9, 2011

This is another installment in my Maximizing Amex series where I examine the benefits of American Express cards and Amex’s Membership Rewards Program. The articles include; Post 1: Understanding the Card Offering. Post 2: Understanding Membership Rewards. Post 3: Understanding Transfer Bonuses. Post 4: Platinum Card Review. Post 5: SkyTeam Transfer Partners. Post 6: Oneworld Transfer Partners. Post 7: Star Alliance Transfer […]

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