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Overview of United Airlines Award Routing Rules

November 25, 2014

With major changes to Delta and United’s frequent flyer programs in the past year and more to come from the American Airlines/US Airways merger, I asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to look at the current state of airline award routing rules for the US legacy carriers. Each day this week he’ll feature a different carrier (see yesterday’s […]

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How and When to File a DOT Complaint

November 25, 2014

Getting a plane full of people and stuff from one place to another is no easy task, and mistakes are inevitable. The important consideration for travelers is how airlines respond, and what to do when that response is inadequate. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen discusses one tool every frequent flyer should know how to use, the DOT complaint. Air travel […]

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Overview of Delta Air Lines Award Routing Rules

November 24, 2014

With major changes to Delta and United’s frequent flyer programs in the past year and more to come from the American Airlines/US Airways merger, I asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to look at the current state of airline award routing rules for the US legacy carriers. Each day this week he’ll feature a different carrier, […]

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Southwest Companion Pass: 16 Things Every Flyer Should Know

November 24, 2014

The Southwest Companion Pass is one of the most coveted awards out there, and considering how much value it holds, it’s surprisingly easy to earn. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele offers tips that even Companion Pass veterans can learn from. Southwest Airlines has always operated unlike other carriers. Their unique formula has allowed them to […]

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Tips for Delta MQD and United PQD Requirements in 2014

November 20, 2014

With the deadline for elite status qualification looming, this week TPG Contributor Nick Ewen discusses strategies to help you earn or maintain your status into the new year. 2015 is rapidly approaching, which means we’re also in the home stretch for elite status qualification. Once the calendar flips, the balances for all of your elite qualifying miles and segments (as well as […]

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Tips to Qualify for Delta and United Elite Status in 2014

November 19, 2014

With the deadline for elite status qualification looming, this week TPG Contributor Nick Ewen discusses strategies to help you earn or maintain your status into the new year. 2015 is rapidly approaching, which means we’re also in the home stretch for elite status qualification. Once the calendar flips, the balances for all of your elite qualifying miles and segments (as well as […]

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Tips to Qualify for American and US Air Elite Status in 2014

November 18, 2014

I’m often asked how much I value elite status; while I no longer prize certain benefits (like lounge access) as much as I used to, in the long run elite status makes my travel smoother and more enjoyable, sometimes in unexpected ways. With the deadline for elite status qualification looming, this week TPG Contributor Nick Ewen discusses strategies to help […]

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Hotel Credit Cards with No Annual Fee: Hilton, Choice & More

November 14, 2014

A crucial step in maximizing your points and miles is figuring out how much value you’re getting out of any given transaction. Annual fees are a direct hit to the value you can get out of a credit card, making cards with no annual fees attractive even though they typically offer more modest benefits. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen analyzes several […]

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Elite Status Benefits that Extend to Family and Companions

November 14, 2014

While I often travel solo, I do love traveling with friends and family, and having companions along for the ride is even sweeter when I can share my elite benefits with them. Today, TPG Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains which elite benefits let you share the love, along with the extra legroom. When I think of elite airline status, I […]

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Elite Status Qualification with PQD/MQD: The Weekly Wish

November 13, 2014

In theory, elite status exists to reward an airline’s most loyal and profitable customers. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen explains how that isn’t always the case, and offers his suggestions for how airlines can improve elite status requirements while improving their bottom line. Last year, the frequent flyer community was hit with the news that Delta and United were […]

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Top 10 Airport Lounges in the U.S. & How to Gain Access

November 12, 2014

Airline travel isn’t exactly the most glamorous way to get from Point A to Point B, but there are aspects of it that can help you feel like a true high roller. One of my personal favorites is lounge access. Having an oasis from the chaos of the terminal or the infestation of gate lice can […]

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21 Ways to Earn Airline Miles that You Might Not Know About

November 12, 2014

One of my first bits of advice to award travel novices is to take advantage of the earning opportunities in front of you. Many people never even sign up for loyalty programs, or insist on using cash for purchases that could earn them a solid return with a credit card. A big part of maximizing your award travel is […]

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ANA Award Chart Changes: Good News and Better Redemptions

November 11, 2014

Japan-based carrier ANA recently announced a major change to its frequent flyer program, shifting from a distance-based chart to a region-based one. I asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to take a look at the change and what it means for award travelers. ANA has long been ranked one of the top foreign frequent flyer programs thanks to a distance-based […]

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Free Hotel WiFi – How to Get Online While You’re on Property

November 11, 2014

Staying connected is crucial for me when I travel, and unless I’m really going off the grid, I prefer hotels that have high-speed internet access, especially when getting online won’t add a huge amount to my final bill. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at which hotel brands offer free WiFi as a standard or elite […]

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AAdvantage and US Airways Credit Cards Strategy for 2015

November 10, 2014

American Airlines is currently my domestic airline of choice, and given their merger with US Airways and the changing relationship with Citi and Barclaycard, they also offer a great variety of co-branded credit cards. Today Senior Points and Miles Contributor Jason Steele explains the strengths and weaknesses of the various cards on offer, and offers his suggestions for […]

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Hotel Review: St. Regis Bal Harbour – Grand Luxe Oceanfront Suite

November 8, 2014

TPG contributor Nick Ewen recently stayed at the luxurious St. Regis Bal Harbour in Miami. Here’s his review of the property. The rain was coming down in buckets as my wife and I pulled up to the St. Regis Bal Harbour, the first stop on our “stay-cation babymoon” in South Florida. Little did I know that […]

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7 Airline Policies that Punish Leisure Travelers

November 7, 2014

Airlines are in business to make money, but it’s important that they balance their bottom line with the comfort and satisfaction of their customers. Today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at some airline policies that are tipping that balance in the wrong direction. Last week I wrote about the effect of revenue-based frequent flyer […]

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Hotel Choice Benefits for Top Tier Elites: The Weekly Wish

November 6, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen continues his series The Weekly Wish, looking at flaws, shortcomings, and room for improvement in the world of travel and loyalty programs. Today’s wish: offer choice benefits to top tier hotel elites. The first class I ever attended as a college freshman was Economics, and on the board, the professor wrote, “There’s no […]

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The Fidelity Amex Card: Is 2% Cash Back Good Enough?

November 5, 2014

Cash-back rewards are often passed over by award travel enthusiasts for more glamorous airline and hotel points, but they can play an important role in your overall earning strategy. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at one of the stronger cash-back credit card options, and discusses whether it should have a place in your wallet. When it comes to […]

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8 Airline and DOT Rules Every Flyer Should Know

November 5, 2014

When doing business with airlines, the fine print in the contract of carriage can often mean headaches (generally for you, not for them). However, there are some rules designed to work in your favor, but they’ll only do you good if you know them. Today TPG Senior Points and Miles Contributor Jason Steele discusses some of those rules, and explains how […]

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What to Do When a Hotel Room Upgrade Is Really a Downgrade

November 4, 2014

Hotel upgrades are usually great when you get them, but what should you do if your hotel upgrade actually equates to a downgrade? Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen shares a recent experience he had at a Starwood property in Florida, and offers some tips in case you find yourself in similar circumstances. Upgrades can be like a drug […]

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Strategies for Travel Without Airline Elite Status

November 3, 2014

I get a lot of value from both airline and hotel elite status, but I recognize that for many travelers, the benefits of elite status don’t justify the extra cost and effort required to earn it. Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele discusses how you can enjoy elite benefits when you fly, even without elite status. Despite how often I fly, I don’t hold […]

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How Revenue-Based Mileage Earning Affects Leisure Travelers

October 31, 2014

As 2015 approaches, Delta and United get set to launch their new revenue-based frequent flyer programs, which tend to reward business travelers at the expense of economy leisure travelers. Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele looks at how these changes impact leisure travelers to help frequent flyers who are figuring out where to place their loyalty and how to maximize their miles in 2015. In the dreams […]

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JetBlue Mosaic Improvements: The Weekly Wish

October 30, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen continues his series The Weekly Wish, looking at flaws, shortcomings, and room for improvement in the world of travel and loyalty programs. Today’s wish: step up the benefits in JetBlue Mosaic to make it more useful to frequent flyers. I love elite status and all the perks that come with it. Whether I’m […]

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