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US Airways to Potentially Takeover American Airlines- What it Means for Your Miles

April 20, 2012

Per this CBS News report, US Airways filed preliminary Securities and Exchange Commission filings to begin a takeover of American Airlines. This does not mean a takeover/merger has been agreed upon, but simply that US Airways has discussed the possibility with the key labor unions involved and they’ve come up with an agreed upon plan […]

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Video Interview with Seth Miller, Blogger & Travel Tool Creator

April 7, 2012

While I was in Singapore recently, I met up with fellow travel blogger Seth Miller, the man behind The Wandering Aramean blog on Boarding Area, and a FlyerTalk legend with over 56,000 comments to his username, SBM12. We met for lunch at the Banana Leaf restaurant in Little India, and I took the opportunity to […]

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Summer 2012 Airfare Trends And 5 Tips on Saving Money With Points

March 26, 2012

Apart from the freaky weather we’ve been having all over the country, the big national news lately has been about soaring gas prices and how they’re going to affect other aspects of daily life through the summer, including airfares. Well, the findings are in, and they’re bad. Like the temperature during those weird March heat […]

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Reminder: Frequent Traveler University, The Freddies and Chicago Seminars

March 17, 2012

I’ll be speaking at three upcoming events about maximizing miles and points, and I’m on the nomination committee of The Freddies, so I wanted to personally invite TPG readers to each. I really enjoy meeting readers in person, and I could use your support, so please consider attending any or all of these events. There […]

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My New York Times Travel Show Talk

March 5, 2012

Yesterday afternoon, I had a blast talking to a crowded room of miles and points enthusiasts  at the New York Times Travel Show. You know I can (and often do) talk about points all day long, but I had to condense my speech into 45 minutes, so I boiled it down to the basics of […]

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Korean Air Bungles Palau Fare Mixup

November 15, 2011

Airline pricing is a science that I’ll probably never understand. Most of the time I’m frustrated with how much tickets cost (especially last minute tickets), but once in a while amazing deals come along that finally make you feel like you got a great bargain. This year alone I went to Stockholm and Copenhagen on Delta/KLM […]

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Understanding South American Visa and Reciprocity Fees

November 12, 2011

Due to the comments on my master British Airways award clinic post, I know many of you are booking amazing South American awards with your British Airways miles before those redemptions become less valuable on Wednesday. However, before you book you should understand the visa and fees associated with visiting South American countries. If you […]

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The Best Time to Book December Holiday Travel Is…

November 7, 2011

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about the best times to buy Thanksgiving airfare, and now it’s time to start considering your December holiday travel plans. As I said before, it can be darn near impossible to figure out when exactly you should buy your holiday airfares—after all, we’ve probably all experienced that sinking feeling […]

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The Best Time to Buy Thanksgiving Airfare Is …

October 21, 2011

I’m always asked about buying airfares and to be honest, I really don’t have a clue. Trying to make sense of airfare fluctuations and fare rules is a game I don’t have time to play. However, the geniuses over at Kayak.com pulled together a ton of data around historical Thanksgiving airfares to show when the […]

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Remembering 9/11: 10 Years Later

September 11, 2011

TPG reader Mark sent me some incredible 360 degree pictures he took from the top of the World Trade Center in June of 2000. He writes, “I think it would be nice to step back in time and remember the Twin Towers as they were” and I couldn’t agree more. View from the top of the […]

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FAA Tax Refunds to Come For Tickets Purchased Before July 23

August 3, 2011

It looks like the current FAA deauthorization will last until after Labor Day, so if you purchased a ticket for US travel before July 22 for travel on or after July 22, 2011, you may be entitled for a refund. It’s not clear how the refund will work, so I’d recommend waiting while the details […]

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Dear Airlines: Stop Pocketing Tax Holiday Savings

July 27, 2011

I know this may fall on deaf ears, but I’d like to urge the airlines to pass along the savings from not collecting FAA taxes onto consumers. I’m writing this post on a Delta flight that I was able to rebook for a $40 savings the day the taxes stopped being collected. That certainly helps considering […]

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Reduced Taxes on Airline Tickets

July 23, 2011

I have to be honest, I haven’t been closely following the drama in Washington over the budget, but I did read an interesting blog post from Gary at View from the Wing about the the possibility of less taxes being collected on airline tickets. And as of today, fewer government taxes on airline tickets, which is […]

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Frequent Traveler University

April 30, 2011

Today I’m going to Frequent Traveler University, which is a day-long workshop with the top minds in the frequent traveler space. I’ll be attending sessions by Rick Ingersoll, The Frugal Travel Guy, on tips for maximizing credit card applications as well as sessions by Boarding Area bloggers Ben from One Mile at a Time and […]

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Frequent Traveler Awards Results

April 29, 2011

Last night was the Frequent Traveler Award Ceremony and the results for the Americas were: 1) Program of the Year: Air Canada Aeroplan 2) Hotel Program: Marriott 3) Best Loyalty Credit Card: Alaska Airways Visa 4) Best Elite Program: United Airlines 5) Best Hotel Elite Program: Hyatt 6) Best Airline Redemption: Air Canada Aeroplan 7) […]

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Live Tweeting from the Frequent Traveler Awards Tonight

April 28, 2011

Tonight I’ll be attending the Frequent Traveler Awards at Citi Field in NYC, along with 9 TPG readers as my guests. The Frequent Traveler awards will honor the top loyalty programs in the following categories: Best Promotion for Redemption (Airline & Hotel) Best Promotion for Earning (Airline & Hotel) Best Redemption Ability (Airline & Hotel) Best […]

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Signed Copy of Michelle Bernstein’s Cuisine a Latina Giveaway

April 26, 2011

Last night, I (along with 40 of NYC’s top Diamond Medallions, top Delta executives and members of the press) had the pleasure of attending an event sponsored by Delta at the Chelsea Market James Beard Foundation Pop-up restaurant. The meal was cooked by Delta celebrity chef Michelle Bernstein and her crew who flew up from […]

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$100 Global Entry Fee Now Waived for Amex Platinum Card Members

April 5, 2011

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  Have you ever gotten off a long international flight and then had to snake through a brutally slow line at US immigration? To me that’s worse than waiting in a security line upon arrival at the airport, […]

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Massive Email Hacking Affects Loyalty Programs

April 4, 2011

So far today, I’ve received emails from Hilton Honors, Best Buy Reward Zone and Chase notifying me that my email address and names were potentially stolen by hackers who breached the systems of their marketing vendor, Epsilon. The emails stress that financial information was not stolen and that the only risk will be an increase […]

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Be My Guest at the 2011 Frequent Traveler Awards at Citi Field

March 23, 2011

On Thursday April 28th, frequent travelers and travel industry representatives from around the globe will converge for one night to honor the top loyalty points and miles programs. The awards are voted on by frequent travelers and if you haven’t done so already, submit your ballot here. Since the event is being held in NYC at […]

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United to Install Lie-Flat Seats on Transcontinental P.S. Flights

March 23, 2011

United had their Investor Day yesterday and CEO Jeff Smisek spoke at length about the newly merged carrier’s plans. Key things to note: 1) More changes coming to the frequent flyer program that both customers and shareholders will like 2) Fully lie-flat seats on transcontinental (JFK-LAX/SFO and possibly more) flights. This would put United way […]

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Buying Discount Business Class Fares vs. Upgradeable Economy

March 15, 2011

As I’ve written about lately, there have been a ton of super cheap business class airfares recently – even to Europe during peak season. Continental also usually runs a pre-summer sale on business class, so I expect more low fares (and subsequent matching by competitors) to appear in the next month or so. These fares are […]

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My Thoughts on Domestic Air Travel in Spain

March 13, 2011

I’ve been in Spain for the past couple days and while this  isn’t my first time,  I have to say I’m pretty impressed with their style of travel. The facilities at  at Madrid’s new Terminal 4 and at Barcelona, were stunning. Spacious and well-designed with lots of nice shops and restaurants. In both airports, there […]

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Poorly Trained Phone Agents Can Cost You Time and Money

March 11, 2011

Airline phone agents are the bane of my existence. As part of my award booking services, I call the airlines every day, so I’ve had the unique opportunity of speaking to hundreds of phone reps. While a few are truly gems who are fast and know the rules, many are clueless and their mistakes can […]

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