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Elite Status Series: United Premier Platinum

December 26, 2013

So far in our Elite Status Series, we’ve covered American, Delta and Southwest. TPG contributor Jason Steele took us through the basics of United Premier Silver and Gold status , and today he discusses the next tier, Platinum – how you can qualify for it and maximize the benefits once you earn it. In the […]

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Elite Status Series: United Premier Gold

December 24, 2013

So far in our Elite Status Series, we’ve covered American, Delta and Southwest. TPG contributor Jason Steele took us through the basics of United Premier Silver status yesterday, and today he discusses the next tier, Gold – how you can qualify for it and maximize the benefits once you earn it. In the last post, […]

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Elite Status Series: United Premier Silver

December 23, 2013

So far in our Elite Status Series, we’ve covered American, Delta and Southwest. Today, TPG contributor Jason Steele takes us through the basics of United Premier Silver status – how you can qualify for it and maximize the benefits once you earn it. Unless you have a last-minute mileage run planned, it’s probably too late […]

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Can You Recommend A Business Class Awards Flight From ORD-ICN Using Chase Points?

December 22, 2013

TPG reader Alex tweeted me @thepointsguy and asked: “I am looking to fly ORD to ICN this summer on Chase points. Can you recommend ANA business or should I search for Asiana or United business flights?” Alex tweeted me to say that he is flying from Chicago O’Hare to Incheon International Airport in Seoul, South […]

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Saturday Recap: Delta Announces New Routes, US Airways Extends Status Through March 2014, Register For Starwood Bonus Promotion, Earn Bonus Points For Opening An Air India Flying Returns Account And More

December 21, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Delta Announces Route Expansion Between Seattle and San Jose: Starting on May 20, 2014, Delta will be adding new daily nonstop flights to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport from San Jose International Airport and Juneau International Airport. They will also add a flight from Ted […]

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Up To 15,000 United Bonus Miles On Transcon Flights Through March 31, 2014

December 20, 2013

Earlier this month, American Airlines rolled out a promo where you can earn up to 15,000 bonus miles on roundtrip transcontinental flights between New York JFK and Los Angeles LAX to celebrate the launch of their fleet of new A321 transcontinental fleet. Today, United launched a competing promo where you can also earn up to […]

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Using Miles for a Last Minute Family Emergency

December 9, 2013

Although I normally dedicate space on the site to talking about how to maximize miles by earning them and redeeming for high-value trips and premium travel, one of the ways miles are most valuable is for last-minute emergencies when airfares can skyrocket and be a huge blow to your wallet and your morale when you’re […]

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How Do I Get To Hawaii Using Chase Ultimate Rewards Points?

November 24, 2013

TPG reader Ruben tweeted me @thepointsguy to ask: “What is the cheapest way to fly First Class from Los Angeles to Hawaii through – or with a transfer from – Chase Ultimate Rewards points?” Ruben tweeted me this week and asked what the best way to use Chase Ultimate Rewards points ,such as those earned […]

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Amazing Deal Alert: Roundtrip Flights from US-Europe $345 on United

November 23, 2013

Update: The Flight Deal is reporting that these fares are dead, but I am still finding them loading on Wideroe all the way through the checkout page, though I have not purchased any, so they may be gone, but if you’re flying this spring, it could still be worth investigating in case any of these […]

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Top 13 Ways To Get To The Maldives Using Miles and Points

November 19, 2013

While it might not be the easiest thing to get to the Maldives on miles since there are no direct flights from the US, it is definitely possible to fly there on a variety of airlines via other hubs if you get creative with codeshares and your miles – like I recently did by using […]

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United Premier Silver Status Extended to May 31, 2015 For United-Marriott RewardsPlus Members

November 16, 2013

Back in July, United and Marriott announced they were launching a new partnership called RewardsPlus in the vein of Starwood and Delta’s Crossover Rewards that provides reciprocal benefits to elites of the airline and hotel chain. To participate, you can register at either the Marriott Registration Page or United Registration page. Among other benefits, RewardsPlus offers Marriott Rewards Platinum Elite […]

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Saturday Recap: Up To 2,500 Bonus Miles At AAdvantage, 3,000 United Miles With Rocketmiles, Save 25% On Virgin America Flights And Help Rescue Dogs, And More

November 16, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Earn Up To 2,500 Bonus American Airlines Miles Shopping At The AAdvantage Portal: The American Airlines shopping portal is giving you extra incentive to be generous with your holiday shopping this year with the opportunity to earn up to 2,500 bonus miles […]

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United Lawsuit: Claims of Manipulated Redemption Rates

November 13, 2013

Two New Jersey residents, Robert Gordon and Melissa Chan, jointly filed a lawsuit against United  recently for breach of good faith and fair dealing with claims that the airline manipulated its mileage redemption rates in order to force MileagePlus members with more miles to redeem more of them for certain rewards, in this case hotel […]

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Saturday Recap: 35% Savings at Starwood, Free 2-Day Shipping for Amex Cardholders, 20% Off United Awards to Europe and More

November 9, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: American Express Partners With ShopRunner For Free 2-Day Shipping: American Express cardmembers can now take advantage of 2 days of free shipping with over 80 online stores with a complimentary ShopRunner membership (valued at $79). You must first go to www.shoprunner.com/americanexpress and […]

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Airline Status Match and Challenge Information

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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