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Flight Review: United 767-300 BusinessFirst Transatlantic

September 20, 2014

TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen took advantage of some great summer business class airfares to Europe this spring to score a cheap ticket to Rome in August on United. Here’s his review of the airline’s flagship BusinessFirst cabin aboard a Boeing 767-300. Back in April, The Flight Deal found that United was offering some amazingly low […]

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Unaccompanied Minors: Tips to Help Kids Fly Solo Safely

September 19, 2014

Air travel is a bit like riding a bike; after you’ve done it for a while, it becomes second nature. However, the world of airport terminals and baggage claims can be pretty overwhelming to the uninitiated, especially kids traveling alone. So today, TPG Contributor Jason Steele offers guidelines for helping unaccompanied minors get from gate to gate worry free. […]

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Non-Alliance Airline Partners: Knowing Is Half the Battle

September 17, 2014

Airline partners make award travel much easier, since they expand the network of carriers and routings available to you when redeeming your points and miles. Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele walks us through some of the lesser known airline partnerships, and offers tips for how you can take advantage of them. The best features of the […]

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35,000 Bonus Miles on United & Air Canada to/from London

September 16, 2014

Star Alliance partners United Airlines and Air Canada are presently running a joint promotion that will allow MileagePlus and Aeroplan members to earn up to 35,000 bonus miles on non-stop flights between the US or Canada and London Heathrow (LHR). Miles can be banked to either United or Air Canada. To take advantage of this offer, you must purchase tickets in eligible fare […]

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No Foreign Transaction Fee on Premium Cards: The Weekly Wish

September 11, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at how some of the best travel credit cards shoot themselves in the foot by charging foreign transaction fees, and explains why it’s in everyone’s best interest to do away with those international charges. I’m sure that like me, the vast majority of TPG readers travel at least occasionally outside of the country. […]

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Discount Redemptions: How to Find Award Chart Sweet Spots

September 10, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele looks at discounted airline awards among domestic and international carriers, and offers tips on how you can use your points and miles for award flights below the published redemption rate. Most frequent flier programs publish an award chart, while others have some sort of distance or revenue-based way of calculating how many points and […]

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Maximizing Sports Purchases: Tickets, Apparel, TV, and More

September 9, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at ways to maximize purchases for sports fans. Fall is my favorite time of year, not just for the approaching cooler weather and the holidays it ushers in, but also because fall (in my humble opinion) is the absolute best time to be a sports fan. The college football season is less than two […]

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Buying Miles and Points: Promotions Roundup

September 4, 2014

There are several buy miles and points promotions going on at the moment, so I thought I would round them all up into one post for folks who were thinking about taking advantage of them. Included below are the current bonuses, the promo periods, the per-point cost, and my thoughts on whether each offer is worthwhile. […]

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Flexible Airline Travel Vouchers – the Weekly Wish

September 4, 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: more flexible airline travel vouchers. I’m sure many of you have experience with airline travel vouchers. Sometimes they appear as gift cards, while others may be earned via status (like Delta’s […]

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Roundup of Credit Card Bonuses and Promotions Ending Soon

September 1, 2014

With summer coming to an end, I wanted to give a quick round up of credit card offers and promotions that will be ending soon. Expiring Credit Card Offers United Explorer: Ending September 2, 2014 • Earn 50,000 miles after $2,000 spent on purchases in the first 3 months. • Earn an additional 5,000 miles […]

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Last Minute Travel: Finding Award Availability & More

September 1, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele offers insights into booking last minute flights, including tips for finding late award availability and minimizing costs when cash tickets are your only option. Travelers who book their flights far in advance generally enjoy the least expensive airline tickets and the most award availability. Nevertheless, there are many reasons why people […]

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How Can I Keep Delta Medallion Status If I’m Short MQDs?

August 31, 2014

TPG reader Julie tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy “Any ideas for someone who has enough Delta MQMs but is about $1500 short on MQDs? I want to maintain Silver Medallion Elite status and I have an Amex Platinum Delta card.” For United and Delta flyers, the elite status game got a little bit harder in […]

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Delta Same Day Confirm Policy Changes Yet Again

August 28, 2014

Last year, Delta made some major changes to their Same Day Confirm policy, which requires that the same class of service must be available to change instead of just cabin to cabin availability. This means that if you were booked on a cheap fare, most likely you wouldn’t be able to Same Day Confirm and […]

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Thursday Giveaway: $500 United Airlines Gift Card

August 28, 2014

As we have been talking about all week, there is a huge 50,000 point sign-up bonus for the United MileagePlus Explorer Card which is a limited-time offer ending on September 2nd. There are many perks of this card, including a $50 Statement Credit after your first purchase, Priority Boarding, free first checked bags, 2 United […]

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Using the United Explorer Bonus in a Post Devaluation World

August 27, 2014

In light of the limited-time sign-up bonus offer for the United MileagePlus Explorer Card of 50,000 miles after spending $2,000 within the first 3 months, I thought I would revisit what I think are the best United award options since the recent United devaluation. (Note that there’s a better offer of 50,000 miles plus a $50 statement credit for existing United members.) This […]

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First Class Dining Policies of the Major Domestic Airlines

August 27, 2014

Over the last few years – and even in recent weeks - major domestic airlines have been attempting to up their First Class dining game, achieving varying degrees of success. With food, wine and cocktail and service options going through some changes this fall, I thought it was a good time to take a look at the landscape […]

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Travel Refunds: How to Save Money After Your Trip

August 27, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele discusses the importance of getting what you paid for (and not paying for what you didn’t get), and offers some strategies for collecting refunds on travel and service that comes up short.  Award travel enthusiasts pride themselves on planning vacations with points and miles and very small cash outlays. Unfortunately, the cost of award travel in […]

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United and Hawaiian Launch New Self Service Baggage Options

August 26, 2014

I’m not normally one to check bags. I much prefer a carry on to save time at check-in, eliminate the risk of the airline losing it and avoid extra fees. However, sometimes it’s just not possible to fit everything into your carry on. With this in mind, United and Hawaiian Airlines both recently announced new self-service baggage check options, including […]

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Best Travel Credit Card Offers for August 2014

August 20, 2014

Sign-up bonuses for travel credit cards are always changing, and as part of your strategy for maximizing points and miles earning, it pays to stay informed so you don’t miss the best deals out there.  To help you weigh your options, I like to provide an updated monthly list of the top travel credit card offers. Below you’ll […]

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Paying College Tuition on a Credit Card: Fees vs. Rewards

August 20, 2014

I always advocate using rewards credit cards to help you fulfill your award travel aspirations. As one of the foremost expenses for many Americans, college tuition can be a great opportunity to earn points and miles, but the fees involved with using a credit card can make it a losing proposition.  Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen explains when paying college tuition with a credit card […]

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Maximizing Stopovers and Open Jaws on Award Tickets

August 19, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen offers insights into two lucrative routing strategies that will help you get farther on your frequent flyer miles: the stopover, and the open jaw. Everyone loves a free flight (well, maybe not airlines). My guess is that if you’re reading this post, then like I do, you try to squeeze every bit […]

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Back to School Shopping Strategies for Points and Miles

August 12, 2014

With a new academic year nearly upon us, Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen discusses strategies for back to school shopping to help you save money and maximize points & miles earning for your expenses. It’s hard to believe, but back-to-school season has arrived again. For some, classes have already begun, while others have just a few days or […]

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DOT Considers Cell Phone Ban, Orbitz Dining Rewards & More

August 9, 2014

Here’s a rundown of points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed this week: Department of Transportation Considers Ban on In-Flight Cell Calls: In response to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s December 2013 proposal to overturn technical rules barring in-flight cellphone use (as well as a general public outcry about the potential annoyance of other passengers gabbing away for hours […]

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United Explorer 50,000 Mile Bonus With $50 Statement Credit

August 4, 2014

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Chase United Explorer Visa is no longer available. View the current offer here. Last Friday, Chase relaunched a limited-time public offer for the United Explorer card, though I realized after I wrote about it that there is actually an even better public offer with an increased sign-up bonus of […]

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