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ANA Award Chart Changes: Good News and Better Redemptions

November 11, 2014

Japan-based carrier ANA recently announced a major change to its frequent flyer program, shifting from a distance-based chart to a region-based one. I asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to take a look at the change and what it means for award travelers. ANA has long been ranked one of the top foreign frequent flyer programs thanks to a distance-based […]

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Contest Roundup: Win 100,000 Starpoints, 250,000 United Miles

November 7, 2014

Check out the week in travel contests and sweepstakes for your chance to win 100,000 Starpoints, 250,000 United MileagePlus miles, a Hawaiian getaway, a trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands, and a Delta flight and hotel from Expedia. Win 100,000 Starpoints from Sheraton Club Win 100,000 Starpoints for sharing a photo of an amazing city […]

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7 Airline Policies that Punish Leisure Travelers

November 7, 2014

Airlines are in business to make money, but it’s important that they balance their bottom line with the comfort and satisfaction of their customers. Today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at some airline policies that are tipping that balance in the wrong direction. Last week I wrote about the effect of revenue-based frequent flyer […]

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5,000 Bonus Marriott Points, 4x AAdvantage Miles, & More

November 1, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Join Alitalia’s MilleMiglia, Fly, and Get 5,000 Bonus Miles Alitalia is offering 5,000 miles to new MilleMiglia members who sign up and either fly or use a partner service. You’ll earn 2,000 miles that will be credited within 72 hours of […]

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How Revenue-Based Mileage Earning Affects Leisure Travelers

October 31, 2014

As 2015 approaches, Delta and United get set to launch their new revenue-based frequent flyer programs, which tend to reward business travelers at the expense of economy leisure travelers. Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele looks at how these changes impact leisure travelers to help frequent flyers who are figuring out where to place their loyalty and how to maximize their miles in 2015. In the dreams […]

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Comparison of Airline Elite Status – Which Program Is Best?

October 30, 2014

It has been a long time since we compared the elite status programs of US airlines. But with news on the combined elite status program of American Airlines and US Airways, we asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to give us a snapshot of the various airlines’ elite programs as they stand and which ones […]

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Best Airlines To Fly Coach Domestically

October 28, 2014

Though most people would rather fly business or first class given the chance, it’s not always possible to snag a seat at the front of the plane. So we asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to give us a quick rundown and ranking of the economy seats you’ll likely be flying domestically these days including […]

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When Does Elite Status Reset and How Long Does It Last?

October 26, 2014

TPG reader Keith tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “Can you clarify the reset dates for United Premier status? If I earn elite status this year, how long will it last?”  Tick tock, tick tock…hear that? That’s the elite status qualifying clock, and you have until December 31, 2014 to get your elite miles in. Keep in mind […]

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7,500 Bonus AAdvantage Miles, Delta Upgrade Sale, Qatar A350

October 25, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn up to 5,000 Bonus QMiles To Celebrate Qatar’s One Year Anniversary with Oneworld Qatar Airways has officially been a Oneworld alliance member for one year, and to celebrate, the airline is offering bonus Qmiles for its Privilege Club members […]

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Best Ways to Avoid Airline Change and Cancellation Fees

October 22, 2014

This year some airlines have continued to find new and creative ways to charge customers for basic services, but have no fear, they’re sticking to the tried and true ways as well. Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele discusses change and cancellation fee policies, and what your options are to avoid paying them. Airlines frequently change schedules, or […]

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United and Hertz Launch New Partnership with Elite Benefits

October 21, 2014

United Airlines and Hertz announced today that they’ll be launching an exclusive partnership beginning November 1, 2014, where United MileagePlus members can receive exclusive perks when renting with Hertz, including the ability to earn complimentary elite status. With this new partnership, MileagePlus members can earn the following bonus miles with each Hertz rental: 1,250 miles – MileagePlus […]

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Domestic Routes with International Business and First Class

October 20, 2014

You might not be thrilled about flying domestic business or first class, but some airlines operate aircraft with their international premium cabins on domestic routes, and those seats are up for grabs. I asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to take a look at some routes where flyers can take advantage of these opportunities. Apart from […]

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250 Free AAdvantage Miles, New United WiFi, Earn 5,000 SkyMiles

October 18, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn 250 Bonus AAdvantage Miles For Joining e-Rewards Earn 250 AAdvantage bonus miles for enrolling in the e-Rewards Opinion Panel. You can then earn more miles for taking surveys that have been selected to match your particular interests. When joining the […]

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Earn 18 United Miles Per Dollar at eBags Today Only

October 17, 2014

For today only (October 17, 2014), the United MileagePlus shopping portal is offering a huge bonus for purchases from Ebags.com. Normally Ebags purchases earn 4 miles per dollar through MileagePlus shopping, but today you’ll earn 18 miles per dollar spent. While this offer isn’t as impressive as the 35 miles per dollar bonus we saw last […]

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Singapore Airlines First Class Suites: How To Book on Miles

October 16, 2014

On the heel’s of a blogger circulating his review of Singapore’s sought-after First Class Suites last week (and then being called out for plagiarizing his work!), there has been a lot more interest in just how it is possible to snag one of these over-the-top seats. We asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to look into […]

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Round-the-World Awards and How You Can Still Book Them

October 14, 2014

Lately, Delta Air Lines has been on a tear of negative announcements, including limiting points transfers from American Express Membership Rewards, raising Medallion Qualifying Dollar amounts for elite status qualification in 2015, and ending Round-the-World SkyMiles award tickets starting January 1, 2015. American Airlines also nixed its Oneworld Explorer round-the-world awards back in April. With options […]

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10 Ways To Maximize 70,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

October 1, 2014

Update: The 70,000 point Ink Plus offer is no longer available online but may still be available in a Chase branch. View the current online offer here.  Earlier this week, Chase launched a limited-time sign-up bonus offer for the Ink Plus card where you can earn 70,000 points when you spend $5,000 in 3 months. The […]

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7 Top Business Credit Cards for Travel Rewards

September 30, 2014

Update: The 70,000 point Ink Plus offer is no longer available online but may still be available in a Chase branch. View the current online offer here. Yesterday, Chase launched a historically high sign-up bonus offer of 70,000 points for the Ink Plus business credit card. However, if you already have the Ink Plus or were thinking […]

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Should I Switch From United Premier 1K for More Upgrades?

September 28, 2014

TPG Reader Kyle tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy I’m a United Premier 1K based in San Francisco (SFO). There are too many 1K members in San Francisco, meaning I miss too many upgrades. Does it make sense to switch airlines?” A lot of things are happening for elite flyers this year. First off, United and […]

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Family Award Travel Destinations and Availability for Summer

September 26, 2014

Booking award travel early has its merits, since you’re likely to see better availability and find the seats and routings you want. Summer is 9 months away, and while not everyone knows their schedule that far in advance, it’s not too early to start planning. Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele looks at some great international family destinations and award […]

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Credit Card Benefits to Maximize Before 2015

September 23, 2014

As I’ve often said, one of the great tragedies for travelers is letting loyalty points and frequent flyer miles expire, and I think the same goes for unused credit card benefits. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen will guide us through some of the best offers and benefits whose days are numbered, to help you make […]

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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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