Travel Industry

Do People Still Use Traveler’s Checks?

March 8, 2011

I personally have never used a traveler’s check. I don’t really see the value in them- they cost money, many companies don’t accept them, and you don’t earn points on them. However, I’m sure there are still people who use them out of habit. I just wish they saw the light and used debit/credit cards that […]

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Pan Am TV Show in the Works

February 28, 2011

I generally don’t watch much TV, mostly because I travel all  the time and my DVR queue gets so backlogged I don’t know where I left off.  However, this is a show I may actually watch: A new pilot about the golden days of flying on Pan Am – back when air travel was sexy. It definitely […]

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Am I Becoming a High Maintenance Traveler?

February 21, 2011

I’d like to think I’m a savvy traveler – I’m not easily stressed and I can usually handle whatever is thrown at me, whether it’s a pesky cancelled flight or a rogue gate agent who doesn’t know the rules of the game. My frequent travel entitles me to top status on Delta and with Hyatt and Starwood and some […]

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Sad Fact of the Day: Only 30% Of Americans Have Passports

February 7, 2011

I found this CNN article ,which outlines the key reasons why Americans don’t travel internationally, to be extremely interesting and on the money. The key fact is that only 30% of Americans have passports compared to 60% of Canadians.  While the US and Canada are two very different countries, I have to agree that 30% […]

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My Travel Tips and Thoughts on Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

January 19, 2011

I booked New Years in Rio de Janeiro early in 2010 when I stumbled across perfect award availability- it was kind of like a light shining down from above: 2 United first class saver level 67,5000 mile tickets from LGA-IAD to Rio and 2 American first class saver level 62,500 mile tickets from Buenos Aires to JFK about 10 […]

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American Airlines War With Travel Agencies Heats Up

January 6, 2011

UPDATE: American and travel agencies have resolved this issue. A couple weeks ago, I wrote about American Airlines pulling its flights from popular online travel agency Orbitz. To sum it up, American wants all of the companies selling its tickets to use a new, proprietary system and not the standard ticket pricing systems (GDS) that most […]

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10 New Years Resolutions for Miles and Points Addicts

December 31, 2010

UPDATE: Few airlines continue to offer debit cards, severely limiting choices. We can all (myself included) do more to become better points masters. Here are 10 quick tips to maximize your points in the new year. 1) Open up a points-earning checking account/ debit card. Most major airlines have them, like Continental, United, US Airways, […]

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My Top 20 Loyalty Program Christmas Wish List

December 24, 2010

As a loyalty program junkie, I often think about how each program could be enhanced. While no perfect program exists in my opinion, here are my 20 wishes that, if granted, would make me a very, very happy frequent traveler. Feel free to add yours in the comments below! In no particular order: 1) Delta changes their […]

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December 24, 2010, an online travel agency similar to Expedia and Kayak, is offering $40 off international flights booked. I tested this out for a few upcoming flights I’m looking at and sure enough, $40 was taken off the lowest available price. Click here for details- good until December 31, 2010.

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Tips For Weather-Related Flight Cancellations

December 21, 2010

Weather can throw a major wrench in travel plans, like its doing to thousands of people around the world, due to the snow “storms” in Europe this past week. So what do you do when you airline says you can’t fly for another, oh say, 6 days? Get creative. Don’t take their answer as the […]

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9 Flyertalk Tips for Newbies

December 21, 2010 is the online bible for points and miles. I’ve been a member for over 5 years and learn something new every single day. As I wrote about, their Iphone app just launched so now is a great time to join if you don’t have a free membership already. But beware- the site is very addictive! […]

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Flyertalk IPhone App Now Available

December 19, 2010 is one of the best sources for the most up-to-date miles and points news. The Iphone add just hit the App Store so I just downloaded it and so far I’m impressed.

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Tips for Securing a Brazilian Tourist Visa

December 17, 2010

I’m going to Rio for New Years, so now that I’m done with my international mileage run, it was time to apply for a tourist visa. Brazil requires a touruist visa for all US citizens (in reciprocity for the fee the US charges Brazilians to visit) so my journey to secure a tourist visas had […]

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Do Frequent Flyer Programs Make Money for Airlines?

December 16, 2010

Absolutely! The airlines are raking it in with their frequent flyer programs. I just read the Delta Investor Day presentation (great reading for any airline dorks) and on slide 15 it shows a chart with ancillary revenue sources: Cargo: $900 million, Commercial Aviation Services $1.5 billion, SkyMiles $1.6 Billion, Unbundled Ticketing aka fees $2.1 billion. […]

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Top 10 Travel Gift Ideas for the Frequent Flyer in Your Life

December 15, 2010

If you are a procrastinator like me, you haven’t done any of your Christmas shopping yet. I’ve personally been too busy mileage running, but now that I’ve qualified for  Delta’s Diamond status, I can start thinking about gifts. Several readers have emailed me asking for gift suggestions for the frequent flyers in their life, so […]

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The Points Guy Makes’s Holiday Gift List

December 13, 2010

I’m more than honored to make’s holiday gift list! If you want to give my professional award booking and program consultation services as a gift, please email me at [email protected] This is the perfect time of year to assess your loyalty and come up with a strategy for 2011!

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In-flight WiFi a Threat to National Security?

December 7, 2010

I mean, come on! Seriously? Apparently the Association of Flight Attendants has asked the government to ban in-flight wi-fi due to concerns that terrorists could use it to connect with bombs on an aircraft. Okay- shouldn’t we be focused on not allowing bombs on aircrafts to begin with? I love my in-flight wi-fi and I’m […]

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Delta to Give SkyTeam Elite Plus to Gold Medallions Plus More Planned Enhancements

October 25, 2010

Delta recently hosted a bunch of frequent flyers to their Atlanta headquarters for a weekend of fun. Unfortunately I was unable to attend due to a family wedding, but I heard Delta really pulled out all the stops- including speeches by the CEO and VP of SkyMiles. They also gave away 1 million SkyMiles to […]

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US Airways, Delta and American Airlines Post Strong Third Quarter Results

October 21, 2010

US Airways, Delta and American handily beat industry expectations on Wednesday by posting strong profits. US posted a $240 million profit compared with a loss of $80 million a year ago. Delta earned $363 million campared to a year-earlier loss of $161 million. American earned $143 million compared with a year-earlier loss of $359 million. Looks like […]

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AA Announces New Routes (Including Shanghai) from LAX

October 20, 2010

LAX always amuses me. It’s such a hodgepodge of international carriers, yet no domestic carrier dominates it.  Certainly Southwest and AA have strongholds, but it’s not like what ATL is to Delta for any one carrier. However, AA made an announcement today announcing 9 new routes from LAX: Shanghai, Boise, El Paso, Houston, Albuquerque, Oklahoma […]

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Airlines Seek to Boot Air Marshals From First Class

October 20, 2010

Found this USA Today article pretty interesting. Whether you know it or not, many US flights have armed air marshals on-board who are there in case a security situation arises. Almost all of the time, they are seated in first class (and are sometimes easily spotted because they are one of the only people not partaking in […]

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June 7, 2010

So The Points Guy officially launched in April 2010 and the initial response has been amazing. Through word of mouth and referrals, I’ve helped numerous clients utilize their frequent flyer miles to realize a travel dream. In fact, just recently I helped a new client plan an amazing trip with his 90 year old father. […]

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