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Deal Alert: Europe Business Class Fares For $1,100

December 21, 2014

Business class fares to Europe tend to run anywhere from $3,000-$6,000 depending on the season and destination. But per this FlyerTalk thread, some intrepid travelers have uncovered fares as low as $1,100 roundtrip on Star Alliance airlines throughout the next year. There are two catches, though. The first is that the fares are only being […]

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Earn Double Miles on United Flights (Targeted)

December 18, 2014

United Airlines is currently running a targeted promotion where select MileagePlus members can earn double miles on their travel for qualifying flights now through January 31, 2015. With this offer, targeted members can earn up to 50,000 bonus miles. Qualifying fare classes include F, A, J, C, D, Z, P, Y, B, M, E and U. […]

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Best Airlines To Fly Premium Economy Domestically

December 12, 2014

With news earlier this week that Delta would be revamping its Economy Comfort seats into the new Comfort+, we asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to take a look at the current premium economy products available on domestic flights. Earlier this week, Delta announced that it would be rebranding its Economy Comfort seats as Comfort+ […]

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15,000 Bonus United Miles on Transatlantic Flights

December 11, 2014

With the new winter promo from United Airlines and Air Canada, you can fly non-stop between the United States or Canada to multiple European cities, and earn 7,500 bonus miles. The transatlantic flights must be completed between January 16, 2015 and March 10, 2015. To earn the 7,500 bonus miles, make sure to register for the promotion before […]

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner Service at North American Airports

December 11, 2014

With news earlier this week that Royal Jordanian would begin operating its 787 Dreamliners from Amman to Montreal and Detroit, I asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to look at which North American airports are currently being served by Boeing’s next-generation aircraft, and by which airlines. Note: The information here is current as of publication, but airline […]

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Discounted United Award Redemptions in North America

December 9, 2014

Earlier this week, United was pricing certain partner awards at a discount, and now it appears that the airline is offering a 20% discount on economy awards to certain destinations within North America just in time for a winter beach getaway or ski season at some of the US’s best resort areas. Here is a […]

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Airline Elite Status Match and Challenge Plans for 2015

December 9, 2014

Elite airline status is great when you have it, but earning it takes determination. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at ways to circumvent the usual qualification requirements by way of status matches and challenges. With the end of the year inching closer, the push to qualify for elite status is ramping up. Last month I wrote about […]

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5 Reasons to Plan a Trip to Europe This Winter

December 8, 2014

Missing Europe? Well, happily, this winter is a great time to get yourselves to the Continent – and here’s why: 1. The euro is low. Last month, the euro fell to $1.22 US, its lowest value in more than two years, and has held steady ever since; today it’s been valued at $1.23 US. After a brief dip to $1.17 US […]

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Earning Airline & Hotel Reciprocal Elite Status for 2015

December 8, 2014

Everyone values elite status differently, but clearly the more useful the benefits are, the more meaningful status becomes. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at reciprocal airline and hotel benefits, and how they impact the value of elite status in the respective programs. One recent innovation in the travel industry is the emergence of reciprocal status agreements between airlines and […]

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What’s the Best Strategy For Redeeming Family Award Tickets?

December 7, 2014

TPG reader Hung asked me on Facebook: “I’m planning a trip to Vietnam next summer with my family of four, but can’t book United award tickets for four people at the same time. When I select two people, there are many award seats available. Can I redeem points for two seats first, and then immediately redeem another […]

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Discounted United Partner Awards in Business to Europe, Asia

December 6, 2014

Right now, United.com is showing discounted saver level awards on partner airlines in business class to Europe. Instead of the usual 70,000 miles each way to Europe, you can book for 57,500 miles one-way, or 115,000 miles round-trip. That equals savings of about 17%. You can also find discounted awards to Central Asia, which are normally […]

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7 Airline Award Chart Improvements and Promotions for 2015

December 3, 2014

If the past year has taught award travelers anything, it’s that points and miles don’t make very good long-term investments. Still, as some loyalty currencies falter, others become more valuable. Today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele discusses some positive changes you can look forward to in the coming year. Hardly a week goes by […]

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Earn Bonus Miles with the United MileagePlus X App

November 27, 2014

Just in time for Black Friday, United Airlines has launched MileagePlus X, a new app for iOS and Android mobile devices that enables MileagePlus members to earn up to 4 miles per dollar for shopping at participating merchants. Presently targeted to select MileagePlus members by email, the free app will be made more widely available throughout the holiday season. If you’ve been […]

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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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Chase VIP Shopping Mall Lounge for United Cardmembers

November 21, 2014

This holiday season, Chase is offering VIP lounges for United MileagePlus cardholders at two major US shopping malls, one in San Francisco, and the other in Short Hills, NJ. These lounges will be accessible to primary cardholders of any Chase United card (including the MileagePlus Explorer, the MileagePlus Club card, and business versions), along with up […]

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United Devalues MileagePlus Premier Program

November 20, 2014

Delta recently devalued it’s SkyMiles program by increasing the Medallion Qualifying Dollar thresholds, and United quickly followed by raising their Premier Qualifying Dollar thresholds for 2015. This time around, United decided it was time to make some of their own changes to their MileagePlus program, and not just follow in Delta’s footsteps. These latest changes have to do […]

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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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Earn 4,000 United MileagePlus Miles with Softcard

November 19, 2014

Through February 28, 2015, you can earn up to 4,000 United miles when you connect a Chase United MileagePlus card to the Softcard contactless payment app for Android and Windows phones, and make purchases via the app with the linked card. You’ll earn 2,500 United MileagePlus miles for connecting a United card and making your first Softcard purchase; then earn an additional 500 miles for each month (through February […]

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Three Credit Cards for International Premium Class Travelers

November 19, 2014

One of my foremost pieces of advice to award travelers is to make sure you earn points and miles on every dollar you spend, and the best way to do that is by using the right rewards credit card, or in many cases, cards. Today TPG Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at credit card combinations tailored […]

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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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Redeeming United Miles for Airport Purchases

November 18, 2014

As part of $120 million worth of ongoing renovations to Terminal C at Newark Liberty Airport (EWR), United passengers can now pay for on-site food and merchandise with their MileagePlus miles rather than cash. To facilitate this new process, the high-traffic terminal is providing public use iPads at various seating areas that enable MileagePlus fliers to scan their boarding passes or enter […]

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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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Discounted United Economy European Awards for 48,000 Miles

November 13, 2014

Similar to a recent award sale offered by Delta, United MileagePlus just launched a winter sale to a handful of major cities in Europe, allowing you to book round-trip saver award seats in coach for only 48,000 miles round-trip (a 20% discount from the usual 60,000 miles). Book by December 4, 2014 from destinations in Canada and the U.S. (excluding Hawaii) […]

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United Raising Premier Qualifying Dollar Thresholds in 2015

November 13, 2014

On the heel’s of Delta’s announcement increasing Medallion Qualifying Dollars needed for status in 2015, United just announced that they are also increasing the amount of Premier Qualifying Dollars you’ll need to spend in order to qualify for elite status starting in 2015 for 2016 Premier qualification. United is increasing the PQD requirements for earning 2016 Premier status, which is based […]

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