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Best Starwood Transfer Partners for Flights to Israel

June 23, 2014

Israel is a popular destination for American tourists as well as VFR (Visiting Friends and Relatives) travelers. It’s also a fairly complicated award trip to book, as the award charts of different airlines place Israel in different regions. Since the most valuable points are those earned in flexible transfer programs, we thought it would be […]

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Have Devaluations Made Credit Card Points More Valuable?

June 22, 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. Both 2013 and 2014 have seen a trend in loyalty program devaluations. Hilton kicked off the devaluation parade in early 2013, followed by Delta and United over the past several months. Even Southwest devalued their Rapid Rewards program […]

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2X United Miles EWR-VIE, 25% Transfer Bonus to Avios & More

June 21, 2014

Here’s a recap of the top points and miles news from this week: Reminder: US Airways Share Bonus Back with New Terms: US Airways has again launched a 100% Share Miles Bonus through June 30, 2014; however, the terms are slightly different this time around. Normally, the Dividend Miles member who received the miles would get the 100% bonus, but now the bonus […]

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What Are Points and Miles Worth? June Monthly Valuations

June 20, 2014

One of the questions I’m asked most often is “how much is a point or mile worth?” That question varies per person and how well they can maximize a particular currency for their needs, but still there are some points worth more than others. To give readers – both old and new – some context, […]

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What Are The Best Ways To Maximize Expiring United Miles?

June 15, 2014

I was recently tweeted a great “newbie question of the week” by TPG reader @Mommalogues: “@thepointsguy My 18,000+ United MileagePlus miles will expire on July 31st. Can I trade them for American AAdvantage miles?” The answer to your question is yes, you can trade your expiring MileagePlus miles for American AAdvantage miles through points/miles exchange and clearing house points.com … but at a […]

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The Winners and Losers of United’s New Revenue Program

June 13, 2014

This week United dropped the bombshell that their MileagePlus frequent flyer program would be moving to  a revenue-based earning model starting in 2015. Long story short, moving forward you’ll earn miles based not on how far you fly, but on how much you spend. At a high level, those who spend a ton on their tickets […]

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Standby Rules and Strategies for International Flights

June 11, 2014

What can you do if you need to take an earlier flight to get to your destination on time? Can you switch from an international connecting flight to a non-stop to your destination? Standby rules are pretty clear for domestic flights, but can get murky when traveling internationally. Read on to learn more about the policies of major […]

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United Moves to Revenue Frequent Flyer Program for 2015

June 10, 2014

Airlines are big copycats when it comes to negative changes and it looks like United and their un-creative folks in the MileagePlus program are proving that once again. Today United confirmed that starting in March 2015, like Delta, they will be moving to a revenue-based frequent flyer program in 2015. Simply put, they’ll stop awarding […]

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If I Status Match to United Will I Lose My AA Status?

June 8, 2014

This past week, TPG reader Ben sent me a message via Twitter: “‪@thepointsguy if I do a status match (from AA to UA), does that mean I lose my status on the airline I’m currently with?” Airlines are very competitive these days, especially when it comes to getting top tier elite fliers. If you ever want to switch […]

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Win 1 Million Airline Miles, Trips to Portugal, Paris & More

June 4, 2014

Here are my top picks for travel contests circulating the web this week. Join Points.com to Win One Million Airline Miles: You could win one million airline miles by registering for the contest here and then joining Points.com. You can only enter if you are not already a registered user of Points.com, and you must be a legal resident […]

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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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Chase Freedom 20,000 Point Offer Now Available

May 30, 2014

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Chase FreedomVisa is no longer available. View the current offer here.  I’ve had the Chase Freedom card for years now and it becomes even more powerful when combined with the Chase Sapphire Preferred and/or Ink Plus and Bold cards. The card offers rotating quarterly bonuses that allow you to earn […]

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Increased Signup Bonuses for Dining Rewards Programs

May 20, 2014

Dining rewards programs are an easy way to double dip on earning miles and points. You can use a points or miles earning credit card to front the bill, and link that card to your airline or hotel dining program of choice in order to earn even more points per dollar for dining out. Delta was the […]

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Should I Accept An American Airlines Platinum Status Match?

May 18, 2014

The Pacific Northwest is the place to be based these days. Flyers in Seattle and Portland have been benefiting from the battle between partners-turned-rivals Delta and Alaska, and it looks like American is muscling in on the territory now as well. Portland-based TPG reader Edwin got a targeted offer from American this week, and Tweeted me […]

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Club Carlson Bonus Points, Best Western Free Night & More

May 17, 2014

Here’s a recap of the top points and miles news from this week: Earn Club Carlson Bonus Points For Country Inns & Suites Stays: Club Carlson members can earn triple Gold Points on eligible stays of two or more nights between June 1-September 1, 2014 at Country Inns & Suites hotels in the United States, Canada or […]

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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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500 Free Miles For Joining United MileagePlus Dining

May 16, 2014

Dining rewards programs enable you to link your miles-and-points-earning credit cards and airline or hotel loyalty program accounts of choice to earn multiple miles or points per dollar when paying for meals and beverages at participating restaurants. Sign-up bonuses tend to hover around the 500-mile or -point mark, and often require a minimum spend thereafter to continue earning.  Hat […]

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Travel Giveaway: $440 Airline Gift Certificate

May 15, 2014

Yesterday I wrote about the newest product from Barclaycard called the Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard which replaces the Arrival World MasterCard. The new card has the same features as its predecessor, plus a few added and extended benefits to make the new card even more attractive. The card features the EMV Chip + PIN technology that […]

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Why I Can’t Fully Quit Delta: My Positive Experience Upgrading With SkyMiles

May 15, 2014

If you’re a regular TPG reader, you already know that I dumped Delta in a blaze of glory…but just last week I found myself slinking back for a one-way flight from Seattle to New York’s JFK, lured by the thought of an upgrade to the carrier’s hard-to-beat BusinessElite on its 757-200s. Even though it didn’t have […]

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Giving the Wedding Gift of Miles – Registries, Transfers, Upgrades, and More

May 12, 2014

Spring has sprung, and that means wedding season is here! If you have weddings to attend, points and miles make great gift options for those wanting to contribute to the honeymoon. We asked TPG reader Lori Zaino to show us how it’s done. Giving the gift of travel to newlyweds has become much more popular […]

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How to Earn and Use Points For Broadway Show Tickets

May 5, 2014

Going to the theatre can cost an arm and a leg, but if you’re going to shell out you might as well maximize the miles and points that you earn. If you’re flexible, saving money by purchasing tickets on the day of the show via NYC’ TKTS booths (or by joining TDF, the parent company […]

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Saturday Recap: United MileagePlus Bonus Miles Through Rocketmiles, 3X Airline Miles For Hyatt Stays, 500 True Blue Points With Zipcar & More

May 3, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week: Rocketmiles Offers United MileagePlus Bonus Miles: Rocketmiles has a new United MileagePlus member offer for 3,000 OR 5,000 bonus miles for the first hotel booking made by May 31, 2014, and completed by December 31, 2014. One offer is for 3,000 bonus miles for a one/two […]

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The State of Lie-Flat Business Class on American Carriers

April 23, 2014

Seems like there’s a sense of change in the proverbial air over at Delta: in advance of the airline’s introduction on July 1, 2014 of new BusinessElite and Economy seats aboard its 757-200s for JFK-LAX routes, the airline announced today that they’ve just completed updates to the BusinessElite cabins on their A330-200/300s, Boeing 767-300ERs and 400ERs, 747-400s […]

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What is the Best Frequent Flyer Program for Transcontinental Travel?

April 20, 2014

Major airlines battle each other for customers on the US’s most popular transcontinental routes. With this in mind, TPG reader Marco tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy: What’s the best frequent flyer program for coast-to-coast travel?” That’s a good question, and one common among business travelers as the transcontinental US routes are some of the busiest and most […]

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