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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 United.com

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 United.com. 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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12 United Awards To Book Before the Big Devaluation on February 1, 2014

January 21, 2014

Probably the most dreaded day of 2014 is quickly closing in – February 1 marks the day that United will devalue its award chart. Though many awards on United itself are going up, the airline is also raising most partner awards, with some skyrocketing over 60%! Many of you with United miles to burn have […]

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Saturday Recap: 25% Virgin Atlantic Award Discount, 50% American and US Airways Miles Bonuses, 2X Miles with Rocketmiles and More

January 18, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week. 25% Percent Off Economy Awards With Virgin Flying Club: Almost all routes are discounted by 25% on Virgin Atlantic when you redeem your Virgin Flying Club miles for economy travel by January 27, 2014. Blackout dates are between April 4-21,2014 and July 16-September […]

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Deal Alert: Low Fares To Europe on Delta and United – Houston IAH – Athens ATH As Low As $682 Roundtrip

January 14, 2014

Fare Deal Alert just reported on some decently low fares on a combination of Delta, Air France and/or KLM, and on United/Aegean from Houston IAH to Athens ATH roundtrip via a variety of airports including Athens, Paris and Amsterdam, with some airfares coming in as low as $682 roundtrip. It looks like these fares are […]

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Which is Better for Mileage Redemptions – United Premier 1K or American AAdvantage Executive Platinum?

January 12, 2014

TPG reader Ahmed Tweeted me the following question this week: “Deciding between United 1K and American Executive Platinum. Which has a better award?” The 2014 elite-qualifying year is still young and we’re still in a time where you can be flexible when strategizing which airlines to fly as you think about 2015. It’s the perfect […]

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United and Delta Elite Status Revenue Requirements Are Officially Here

January 2, 2014

Now that we’re a day into 2014, it’s already time to start thinking about your elite status strategy and how to achieve your goals. While elite status qualification with hotels and airlines has for the most part remained the same, two of the major US legacy carriers – Delta and United – have both implemented […]

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