Saturday Recap: American Bonus Miles Between the US and Tokyo, 500 Free Virgin Atlantic Miles, 1,000 Bonus Miles for Stays in the Caribbean and More

April 19, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week: Delta SkyClub Policy Change For Alaska Board Room Members: Alaska’s Board Room member page  announced that, effective May 1, 2014, Delta SkyClubs will no longer offer guest privileges to Board Room members. Instead, Board Room members may now purchase discounted $29 day passes […]

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25% Starwood Points Discount and 30% United Miles Discount – Should You Buy Points and Miles?

April 16, 2014

There are two buy miles/points promos out there at the moment – one from Starwood and one from United – so I thought I’d cover in case you are thinking of using them to top up your accounts at a discount. Starwood 25% Discount Now through May 31, 2014, you can buy Starpoints at up […]

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Deal Alert: New York to Oslo from $407 Roundtrip and Other Scandinavia Cheap Flight Deals From Los Angeles

April 15, 2014

I’m a fan of travel disrupters (like Uber) and now Norwegian Air. The scrappy carrier is driving down fares with new cheap flights to locations throughout Europe to the US. It is shaking up the airline industry and has even prompted lawsuits from jealous competitors. Just this morning I saw a sidebar ad showcasing Ft. Lauderdale […]

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Saturday Recap: IHG Rewards Drops Redemption Rates, Triple United Miles With Choice Privileges, 500 Bonus Virgin Atlantic Miles And More

April 12, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week: IHG Rewards Drops Redemption Rates For 100 Hotels: More than 100 IHG hotels will require 5,000 less IHG Rewards Club points for an award night. Even more good news is that IHG will not be making any increases to their reward night […]

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Airline Award Status Update: Comparing Saver Level Awards on American, Delta, United and US Airways

April 11, 2014

What with American’s announcements earlier this week that their award chart would change to a new 5-tiered system as well as a few changes from US Airways like upping the business class redemption level to North Asia to 110,000 miles from 90,000 miles – plus all the recent devaluations from United and Delta‘s major revamp […]

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United Economy Award Tickets to Japan 25% Discount in April

April 4, 2014

Still haven’t decided where to take that last-minute spring trip yet? You might have been thinking of a weekend getaway or a staycation, but United is giving us a pretty good reason to consider hopping across the Pacific to Japan. When you book an economy Saver award now through April 17 for travel completed by […]

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How To Find and Book Star Alliance Awards Not Showing Up on

April 1, 2014

TPG Contributor Jason Steele has noticed a dearth of Star Alliance awards that should be showing up when trying to search through Curious, he investigated further, and this is what he found out about where to find the Star Alliance awards you need and how to book them. As award search engines go, the […]

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What Are The Benefits Of Getting The United MileagePlus Club Card?

March 23, 2014

TPG reader Paul emailed me with a question about the United MileagePlus Club Card: “In your list of recommended cards, you rarely mention the United MileagePlus Club Card. It gives you Club access and 1.5 miles per $1, but even if you don’t use the Club privileges, and charge more than $75,000 per year, the […]

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United To Offer Free Streaming In-Flight Movies and TV To Apple Users

March 20, 2014

Interesting in-flight entertainment news: United is teaming up with Apple to allow passengers with iOS 7 devices – meaning the iPad, iPhone, iPod, or any laptop with a specific browser plug-in – to download/stream around 150 movies and 200 TV shows in-flight entirely for free. Passengers will be able to do this all via the […]

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Saturday Recap: Gogo Raises Inflight WiFi Prices, Earn Double Points On Amtrak, Get Triple AAdvantage Miles For Stays At Choice Hotels And More

March 15, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week: Gogo Inflight WiFi To Raise Prices: Gogo’s traveler pass prices are going up by $10 a month after April 6, 2014. Single-airline passes currently go for $39.95 a month, and those prices will increase to $49.95 a month after April 6th. Buy […]

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Transcontinental Comparison: Economy Seats

March 10, 2014

Recent mileage program devaluations and restrictions on elite status upgrades like those on Delta will make it harder than ever to sit in the front of the plane, so it’s worth your while to know what each airline offers in economy. Several airlines offer economy sections with more legroom and recline (and even priority boarding privileges […]

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United’s Strict New Carry-On Baggage Rules Go Into Effect

March 3, 2014

United put its new carry-on baggage sizing policy into effect yesterday, so we asked TPG Contributor Jason Steele, a Denver-based United flyer, for his take on the policy and its enforcement. If you’ve flown on United Airlines recently, you might have noticed that they have deployed new carry-on baggage sizers at all of their gates, […]

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Saturday Recap: Lufthansa Miles for Economist Subscription, United Miles For Mercedes Purchases, Bonus Points For Best Western Stays & More

March 1, 2014

Update: The offer for the The Premier Miles & More World Mastercard  has changed. View the current offer here.  Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week: United Miles For Purchasing/Leasing A Mercedes-Benz: United and Mercedes Benz are partnering again to offer MileagePlus elite members special incentives when purchasing/leasing a Mercedes Benz, […]

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Current Airline Elite Status Match and Status Challenge Information

February 27, 2014

In the wake of Delta’s huge SkyMiles program devaluation announcement yesterday, as well as the fact that both United and Delta have instituted spending requirements for elite status, I know a lot of Delta Medallions and United Premiers are reevaluating their airline elite status strategy (myself included), so I wanted to post a quick roundup […]

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Thursday Giveaway: United GlobalFirst Special Edition Amenity Kit and 10,000 United MileagePlus Miles

February 20, 2014

I recently made my first long-haul trip in United GlobalFirst from Los Angeles to Melbourne and I am currently ‘down under’ at the moment exploring the wonders of Australia – and to celebrate, I am giving away a special edition United amenity kit and 10,000 United miles! On my trip down, I was treated to […]

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United GlobalFirst Review: Los Angeles – Sydney – Melbourne

February 17, 2014

Award tickets to Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific can be among the hardest to find. There aren’t a ton of airlines flying nonstop between North America and down under, and during peak travel times, these flights are usually packed and business and first class seats cost a small fortune and are rarely released […]

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Using Miles For My First Trip to Australia: Melbourne, Hamilton Island and Sydney Here I Come

February 15, 2014

Up until this week, I had never been to Australia, which I know is hard for some people to believe since it seems like I’m constantly traveling. A visit has been on my to-do list for a while, but finally I decided to pull the trigger and take advantage of US Airway’s generous Australia awards […]

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New PGA Tour Golf Benefits for United MileagePlus Members

February 15, 2014

Earlier this week, United, the official airline of the PGA Tour, announced it has partnered with the PGA to offer MileagePlus members a slew of unique new insider benefits including special discounts and access to the 32 North American golf courses within the PGA Tour’s TPC Network. MileagePlus Premier members can get up to 20% […]

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Purchase United Miles Up To 40% Discount Through February 17, 2014

February 11, 2014

Now through February 17, United is offering a discount of up to 40% on purchased miles. As usual, it’s a tiered bonus that depends on how many miles you purchase. You must buy at least 15,000 miles and when you buy 15,00-39,000 miles you get a 25% discount, and when you buy 40,000 miles or […]

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Can You Still Get The Benefits of the United Club Card Even If You Don’t Use It To Purchase Tickets?

February 9, 2014

Airline credit cards come with lots of great perks, but many folks don’t know exactly what they’re entitled to. TPG reader Cuong tweeted me and asked if it’s necessary to use his United Club Card to purchase the airline ticket in order to get the card’s benefits when traveling. Here was his question: “@thepointsguy, Is […]

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What Changes to United Award Tickets Won’t Reprice Them Higher

February 5, 2014

One of the main questions folks had before the massive United award devaluation that went into effect earlier this week was whether awards they booked at pre-devaluation prices would be repriced at post-devaluation rates if they made changes to their bookings. The reason this was important is because a lot of people were hoping to […]

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Finding The (Small) Silver Lining in United’s Award Chart Devaluation

February 3, 2014

Back in November, United announced it would be devaluing its award chart and charging a lot more miles for various awards starting February 1. We all got a two-day last-minute reprieve late Friday night, but the new, higher award levels should now be live. Though a lot of awards have gone up drastically in price […]

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United Devaluation Pushed Back Two Days to February 3, 2014

February 1, 2014

United’s big mileage devaluation was supposed to go into effect today, February 1, 2014, but according to United they are pushing that date back to a weekday to “better serve customers” (ha). Per this Flyertalk post: The new Saver and Standard Award mileage requirements will become effective on Feb 3. We have moved implementation to […]

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Get Your Tickets Now! Last Day Before the United Devaluation – And Everything You Need To Know

January 31, 2014

Today is January 31 – and that means tomorrow is the day we’ve all been dreading for months now: the day that United will devalue its award chart and drive the cost of mileage awards up 90% in some instances. Before you panic, remember, you’ve got the rest of today to book whatever awards you […]

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