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November 6, 2013

United’s major award chart devaluation last Friday was just the latest in a string of moves the airline has been making since the merger with Continental that almost seem intentionally aimed at alienating its elite flyers, including pulling upgrade inventory from ExpertFlyer last week, adding a revenue component to elite status qualification, and selling upgrades […]

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Is It Worth It To Get A US Airways Credit Card To Reinstate 25K Dividend Miles Cancelled For Not Flying Them?

November 3, 2013

TPG reader Nathan tweeted tweeted me @thepointsguy with a question about expiring miles: “Is it worth it to get a US Airways credit card to reinstate 25K Dividend Miles cancelled for not flying them? I do fly United a lot too.” First off, yes it is worth it – and shame on you for letting […]

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United’s Newest Customer Unfriendly Campaign: Increase the Cost of Award Tickets

November 1, 2013

In a bold move to become the world’s most “flyer un-friendly” airline, United announced that starting February 1, 2014 they will require more miles (a ton more in some cases) for award travel – especially on partner airlines. While these drastic changes are no doubt consumer-unfriendly, we shouldn’t be too surprised since United has been […]

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United Pulls Upgrade Inventory From ExpertFlyer

October 30, 2013

ExpertFlyer is one of my favorite travel tools- it gives flyers access to upgrade and award availability on a number of airlines. This can be extremely useful when deciding which flights to book based on upgrade availability. Not only that, you can set alerts so that if hard to find award availability space opens up […]

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United Gets $1.1 Million Fine For Tarmac Delays

October 28, 2013

Last week, United was fined nearly $1.1 million for delays of over 3 hours on 13 planes at Chicago O’Hare last year. It is the biggest fine of its kind since the Department of Transportation instituted new rules in 2010 meant to bar airlines to strand passengers for over 3 hours on the tarmac without […]

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Should A Tokyo-Based Expat Get An ANA or United Credit Card?

October 27, 2013

This reader question comes from Tim, an expat living in Japan: “I’m an avid follower and have a question that I wonder if you could answer.  I’m American and have lived in Tokyo long-term.  Because I’m a resident of Japan, I do most of my spending in Japanese Yen and have access to Japan-based ANA […]

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Saturday Recap: Earn Up To 15,000 Bonus American Miles, Transfer Hotel Points To United For 25% More, And Win 100,000 LAN Miles And A Dream Trip To South America

October 26, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Earn Up To 15,000 Bonus Miles When You Purchase American Airline Miles: Now through November 15, 2013, you can earn up to 15,000 bonus miles for winter travel when you buy American Airlines miles. Buy 15,000-29,000 miles and receive 4,000 bonus miles […]

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Current Airline Bonus Miles Promotions – October 2013

October 23, 2013

As 2013 starts winding down, several airlines are offering promotional bonuses for flying a certain amount or on certain routes in order to keep flyers flying and to attract new customers during the approaching holiday season. Here’s a roundup of what’s being offered at the moment. ALASKA Alaska is offering a series of interesting promos […]

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Earn Double United Miles For Travel In The Continental US

October 22, 2013

United Airlines launched a new promotion that allows flyers to earn double award miles when flying United or United Express within the continental United States from now through November 21, 2013. To qualify for the double miles – and these are award miles, not elite-qualifying miles – you must register here, purchase and complete travel […]

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My Chicago Seminars Presentation: Advanced: Credit Card Strategies

October 14, 2013

Another year, another great Chicago Seminars! I once again had a fantastic time in Elk Grove, Illinois (about 20 minutes from O’Hare), meeting and greeting tons of other highly engaged (and slightly obsessed) frequent flyer and points hounds including The Frugal Travel Guy, Rick Ingersoll, and about 550 frequent flyer enthusiasts in attendance and several […]

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Crossing The Pond: How to Make The Most Out Of Flying New York To London

October 14, 2013

Last week, I posted a detailed comparison of transcontinental routes and the benefits that premium flyers can expect when flying each airline from coast-to-coast. One of the other major routes with a huge amount of competition is from New York is to London, and in light of the increased number of flights to London from […]

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Saturday Recap: US Airways 100% Share Miles Bonus Ends Tuesday, Registration Now Open for Hilton’s 4th Quarter Promotion, Save with Starwood in North and Latin America

October 12, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: US Airways 100% Share Miles Bonus Ends Tuesday: Last week, US Airways launched their 100% share miles bonus that runs now through Tuesday, October 15, 2013. Through the promo, Members may receive a maximum of ​ ​50,000 bonus miles during the offer period, but […]

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Deal Alert: New York to Istanbul from $522 Round-trip

October 9, 2013

Per this Flyertalk thread, there are currently some cheap fares if you’re planning to head to Istanbul early next year. I was able to find fares on Air Canada from New York JFK to Istanbul via Toronto Pearson starting as low as $522 for dates beginning in January 2014 through March 2014, and even further […]

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Which Airlines Serve Pre-Departure Beverages and Meals In Domestic First Class

October 7, 2013

People always complain that flying “ain’t what it used to be”, but I disgaree with that- airlines have been upping their game over the past couple years, sometimes offering a pretty impressive meal and wine/premium cocktail service. Granted, I rarely have a meal on a plane that would compare to even a mid-grade restaurant and […]

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Maximize Monday: Transcontinental Comparison – Worth It To Switch To JetBlue?

October 7, 2013

Last Monday, I went to JetBlue’s New York headquarters to get a first look at the airline’s new “Mint” business class seats and first class mini-suites that will be going into service starting in June 2014, and the benefits premium flyers will enjoy. I have to admit, I was pretty impressed- especially since the cost […]

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Saturday Recap: US Airways 100% Share Miles Bonus, Earn Up To 20,000 Bonus Asia Miles, Support Breast Cancer Research With Delta, 35% off Everything at the W Hotel Store

October 5, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: US Airways 100% Share Miles Bonus: Earlier this week, US Airways  launched a new 100% share miles bonus that runs now through October 15, 2013. Through the promo, “Members may receive a maximum of ​ ​50,000 bonus miles during the offer period”, but you […]

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JFK to Los Angeles and Vice Versa on United for $228 Total Roundtrip This Fall

October 1, 2013

Update: It looks like fares have risen to around $298 on this route now on USAirways.com and the OTA’s – still better than average but not the best deal. I fly between the coasts often and I’ve seen airfare shoot up into the $300+ range and often skyrocketing to well over $500 for last minute […]

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More Amazing Paris Airfare Deals on United – $660 Roundtrip

September 26, 2013

Earlier today, FlyerTalker JakeRyan1 found some amazing roundtrip fares from Honolulu to Paris for as low as $661 in the coming months, and readers reported that they were finding them from other cities as well, so I wanted to do a little follow up here. I went back to the ITA Matrix – read this […]

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Amazing Deal Alert- Hawaii to Paris As Low As $661 Total Roundtrip on United

September 26, 2013

Per JakeRyan1 on Flyertalk, United has some amazing fares from Hawaii to Paris good for travel this fall and next spring. I priced out a Honolulu to Paris (via Newark/Dulles/Houston to maximize the miles) for $665, which nets 18,031 Elite Qualifying Miles, so a total of 3.7 cents per mile- pretty awesome. Unfortunately these fares […]

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Social Media Travel Roundup – News, Contests, Promos, Trends and More

September 25, 2013

Social media is increasingly becoming the method airlines, hotels, credit cards and consumers get in touch with one another about the latest news, deals and promotions, so I thought I would start a new series on the site on Wednesdays rounding up the latest interesting contests, trending topics and more on social media from the […]

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How Do You Have Elite Status If You Are Accruing Miles On Credit Cards And Redeeming Miles, But Don’t Earn Elite Status Qualifying Miles?

September 22, 2013

TPG reader Eric asked: “How do you have elite status if you are just accruing so many miles on your credit cards and redeeming miles? You obviously don’t earn elite-qualifying miles?” I actually met TPG reader Eric on the street and he asked me how I maintain my elite status on three airlines – I […]

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Delta Launches Smart Travel Pack: Bundled Benefits For A Fee

September 17, 2013

Earlier this week, Delta launched what they call their Smart Travel Pack option, where SkyMiles members can purchase a bundle of benefits such as free checked baggage and priority boarding. It costs $199 to purchase for travel between September 16, 2013 and January 5, 2014, and is only available online to non-Medallion members since most of […]

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Earn Up To 3,000 Bonus United Miles By Joining The MileagePlus Dining Program

September 16, 2013

Dining rewards programs can be a great way to double dip on your points and miles earning by accruing points not only by using a points-earning credit card to pay for meals out, but also to link it to your airline or hotel program of choice and earn multiple points or miles on top of […]

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United Honors Free Mistake Fares

September 13, 2013

Yesterday we reported on a glitch with United’s ticket booking engine that resulted in people being able to book flights around the US and to Hawaii for almost free – all they had to pay were the taxes. While I didn’t actually expect these fares to be honored based on United’s past behavior in similar […]

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