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Bonus Aeroplan Miles, Marriott Free Night, Ink Cards & More

May 31, 2014

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Chase Ink credit cards has expired. View the current offers here – Ink Plus, Ink Bold, Ink Cash.   Here’s a recap of the top points and miles news from this week: Reminder — Increased bonuses for Ink cards end June 1: The current offers of 60,000 points for the Chase Ink […]

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10 Chase Ink Benefits You Might Not Know About

May 30, 2014

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Chase Ink credit cards has expired. View the current offers here – Ink Plus, Ink Bold, Ink Cash.   This month Chase has been offering increased signup bonuses for the Ink Bold and Ink Plus cards of 60,000 points when you spend $5,000 in the first 3 months. That’s 20% higher than […]

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Maximizing Singapore Airlines Krisflyer Partner Awards

May 28, 2014

TPG contributor Jason Steele delves deeper into Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer program to shed more light on taxes and fees on partner awards, so you can make the best decision when deciding if this program makes the most sense for your needs Last week, Chase announced that the Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer program will become its 11th […]

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IHG Releases PointBreaks List for May 27-July 31

May 27, 2014

IHG just released its latest list of PointBreaks hotels for summer 2014.  PointBreaks are reduced award redemptions at IHG hotels (Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, Indigo, Holiday Inn, etc.) that require just 5,000 Rewards Club points for a free night and change every two months. While some of the participating properties won’t move the needle on the excitement meter, many are worth checking […]

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Southwest Merger: AirTran’s Final Flight & End of A+ Rewards

May 27, 2014

It’s official: AirTran is finally coming to an end after what must be one of the longest mergers in airline history. The carrier will operate its final flight as AirTran on December 28, retracing its original Atlanta-Tampa route from October 1993 when it was called ValuJet (it purchased AirTran and took the name in 1997). Southwest […]

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How Can I Protect My Points and Miles from Devaluation?

May 25, 2014

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express have expired. View the current offers here – personal, business. A couple weeks ago American Airlines made some negative changes to their AAdvantage program overnight, including getting rid of their round-the-world Explorer awards and modifying really valuable stopover policies. TPG reader Martin sent me a […]

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Chase Ultimate Rewards Adds Singapore Krisflyer As Partner

May 21, 2014

Chase Ultimate Rewards are among the top travel points currencies, and they just got even more valuable. Chase just announced that it has added an 11th travel transfer partner: Singapore Airlines. That means that if you have a Sapphire Preferred, Ink Bold or Ink Plus card, you can now transfer to Singapore in addition to British Airways, […]

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Family Travel Tips for Booking Multiple Awards and When to Split the Team

May 16, 2014

TPG contributor Jason Steele returns today to talk about family travel and will be giving weekly tips on the best ways to manage miles and points for the whole family.  Booking a single award seat is easy, but finding two together is much harder. Finding three business class award seats together on a long haul […]

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What Is A Point or Mile Worth? My New Monthly Valuation Series

May 14, 2014

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express has expired. View the current offers here – personal, business. One of the questions I’m asked the most is – how much is a point or mile worth? That question lies at the heart of what we do every day at The Points Guy, […]

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Do You Earn Miles When You Book Flights With Ultimate Rewards Points?

May 4, 2014

TPG reader Sofia tweeted me this week to ask: “@thepointsguy When I buy a ticket with points through Chase Ultimate Rewards, do I still earn miles?” The answer is yes, and that’s one of the beauties of using Ultimate Rewards’ Pay With Points option. If you have the Sapphire Preferred, Ink Bold or Ink Plus, you […]

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Can You Recommend A Business Class Awards Flight From ORD-ICN Using Chase Points?

December 22, 2013

TPG reader Alex tweeted me @thepointsguy and asked: “I am looking to fly ORD to ICN this summer on Chase points. Can you recommend ANA business or should I search for Asiana or United business flights?” Alex tweeted me to say that he is flying from Chicago O’Hare to Incheon International Airport in Seoul, South […]

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How Do I Get To Hawaii Using Chase Ultimate Rewards Points?

November 24, 2013

TPG reader Ruben tweeted me @thepointsguy to ask: “What is the cheapest way to fly First Class from Los Angeles to Hawaii through – or with a transfer from – Chase Ultimate Rewards points?” Ruben tweeted me this week and asked what the best way to use Chase Ultimate Rewards points ,such as those earned […]

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Top 13 Ways To Get To The Maldives Using Miles and Points

November 19, 2013

While it might not be the easiest thing to get to the Maldives on miles since there are no direct flights from the US, it is definitely possible to fly there on a variety of airlines via other hubs if you get creative with codeshares and your miles – like I recently did by using […]

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Up to $200 Worth of Southwest Points For Buying Marriott GiftCards

September 6, 2013

Once again Southwest has teamed up with Marriott to offer Rapid Rewards members up to 12,000 bonus points for purchasing Marriott GiftCards through Southwest through September 26, 2013. Here’s how it breaks down (max purchase of $1,000): $100 = 1,200 Rapid Rewards Points $250 = 3,000 Rapid Rewards Points $500 = 6,000 Rapid Rewards Points […]

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The Ultimate Guide To Ultimate Rewards Airline Transfers

August 20, 2013

TPG contributor Jason Steele follows up with his guides to Starwood Preferred Guest Airline Transfers and American Express Membership Rewards Airline Transfers with this look at the airline partners of Chase Ultimate Rewards – including their alliances and non-alliance partners you can use their miles on, as well as one-way and roundtrip routing rules – […]

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Chase Pulls Online Ultimate Rewards Purchases; Still Available Over The Phone- Worth It?

August 7, 2013

TPG follower Thomas tweeted me that he had tried to buy Ultimate Rewards points online when logged into his account with Chase but that he got a message saying the functionality was no longer available. Curious, I logged into my own Ultimate Rewards account and had to search for “buy points” in order to even […]

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Can I Transfer Ultimate Rewards Points to My Southwest Account to Qualify for the Companion Pass?

August 4, 2013

Update: This offer is no longer available. View the current offer for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card here. TPG Twitter follower Holliday is looking to qualify for the Southwest Companion Pass, but wants to use his Chase Ultimate Rewards points to do so: “@thepointsguy to meet the Companion Pass requirement of 110,000 points, can I transfer […]

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How Can I Earn Miles From Buying My Sister’s Ticket on a Delta Flight?

August 4, 2013

TPG Twitter follower Ben will be going on a trip with his sister and is going to pay for her airfare. He tweeted me the following question: “Hey @thepointsguy any advice on how I can earn miles from buying my sister a ticket on a Delta flight? I’m taking a sibling trip with her to […]

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Maximize Monday: Triple Dipping With Hotels.com, Sapphire Preferred and the Ultimate Rewards Shopping Portal

July 29, 2013

When it comes to booking hotel stays, you have a lot of choices in how you maximize your points and miles – from choosing the best site for the lowest prices, to elite status considerations, to points bonuses and promos. The sticking point is that most hotel loyalty programs require you to book direct (or […]

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Can You Book Southwest Flights Through Ultimate Rewards Travel?

July 7, 2013

TPG follower Bryce tweeted me this week wanting to know if there is any way he can book Southwest flights through the Ultimate Rewards travel portal, or if it makes sense to transfer those points to Southwest and book the flights through there instead. Here was his question: ‪”@thepointsguy‬‬ Hi there! Any idea if you […]

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Reminder: Chase Sapphire First Friday 3X Dining Points July 5

July 5, 2013

Hopefully many of you spent the holiday out and about in the sunshine, hanging out with friends, grilling on the barbecue and all those other fun things that make summer great. But just because it’s a holiday weekend, don’t forget that today, Friday, July 5, is the first Friday of the month, and that means […]

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What is the Best Current Credit Card For Home Improvement and Moving Expenses?

June 30, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. TPG reader Mark has some big changes on the horizon – with some big expenses – and wants to know how to maximize his spending either with his current credit cards, or new ones. “We are […]

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Video SRQ: Trying To Use Amex Points to Upgrade United Flights

June 9, 2013

TPG Reader Jonathan asks: “I was wondering if you had any tips on trading Membership Rewards points for either Chase Ultimate Rewards or United miles in particular. I have 75,000 American Express Membership Rewards points but I would like to score three upgrades on a United BOS-SFO flight in a couple months. My only other […]

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Video SRQ: How Does the Ultimate Rewards Shopping Portal Work?

June 2, 2013

TPG reader Joseph would like some clarification on how the Ultimate Rewards Shopping portal works: “I just signed up for the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, but I’m a little confused about the Ultimate Rewards shopping portal. Is this like Ebates, where you try to click through from this website before making a purchase? I think […]

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