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Southwest Launches Its New ‘No Show’ Policy Today

September 13, 2013

As announced earlier this year, Southwest Airlines will now be enforcing a “no show” policy for Wanna Get Away and DING fares, and will no longer be as lenient about passengers who simply do not show up for their flights. As of today, September 13, 2013, the new rule means that passengers holding non-refundable Wanna […]

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United Sells “0.00″ Fare Tickets – What Are Your Thoughts On Mistake Fares?

September 12, 2013

Earlier today a TPG reader emailed me that he had been able to book a ticket on United for $0 in airfare and $5 in taxes from Kansas City to Washington DC. For a little while this afternoon, this FlyerTalk thread was also buzzing about the mistake fares that United’s booking engine was generating. Curious, […]

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Up To a 60% Bonus on Purchased United Miles Through Thursday – Worth It?

September 4, 2013

Now through Thursday September 5, 2013, United is offering a buy miles promotion, where depending on the number of people who partake in the deal, the higher the bonus will be for everyone. It starts out at a minimum of a 30% bonus, and could go as high as a 60% bonus if more than […]

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The Most Family Friendly Airlines For Domestic And Short Haul Flights

September 2, 2013

Traveling as a family is not easy or cheap, and all airlines are not created equal when it comes to accommodating family travel, so TPG contributor (and father of two children) Jason Steele has compiled a list of the family-friendliest airlines flying the skies these days and what accommodations they make for parents and kids.   Some […]

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Top 10 Ways To Get A Better Economy Seat

August 27, 2013

After the Twitterific fiasco I went through trying to secure KLM Economy Comfort seats for my upcoming trip to Cape Town while booking my flights through Delta last week, I thought it might be interesting to take a look at strategies for getting a better economy seat with the major airlines. The difference between a […]

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What Miles or Points Are The Best for Business Class Award Tickets to Hawaii?

August 25, 2013

TPG Reader Leslie asks: “I would like to travel over to Hawaii to see a friend from high school. I would really like to do it in first or business class since I have a  6-year-old child. What cards can I use to rack up miles and points that will be beneficial to this trip? […]

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Deal Alert: Mileage Runs To Lima From San Francisco, Salt Lake City, New York and More Starting at $420 Roundtrip

August 23, 2013

Per this FlyerTalk thread on mileage runs, there are some low fares from various US cities to Lima on both United and Delta next March and April starting at around $420 roundtrip from San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Denver, Minneapolis, Boston, New York and others via Houston (United) and Atlanta (Delta). What’s interesting but not […]

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Reminder: Register for United Marriott RewardsPlus Partnership

August 21, 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. Elite Benefits RewardsPlus offers Marriott Rewards Platinum Elite and […]

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Cheap Flights to Istanbul – From $520 Total from New York JFK-IST

August 19, 2013

This Flyetalk mileage run thread found some cheap deals right now for those wanting to go to Istanbul (or just to rack up the miles you earn flying there) for cheap. These are for flights from October 2013- December 12, 2013, and then starting again January 7, 2014- March 2014. We have seen cheap flights […]

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DirecTV Sign-Up Bonuses: 30,000 United Miles or 25,000 AAdvantage Miles – Worth It?

August 19, 2013

Every so often, DirecTV teams up with airlines to offer bonus  miles in the hopes of luring new customers. I always see these and am curious about them because – well, I love earning 25,000-30,000 bonus miles as much as the next person, but I never really took the time to look into them and […]

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Maximize Monday: Using Airline Miles For Hotel and Car Awards – Worth It?

August 19, 2013

While most of the time we talk about airline miles in terms of award flights and how to get the most value out of them, many airlines actually let you use your miles for non-flight travel redemptions as well including car rentals, hotel stays, and packages. I don’t tend to think about those options much, […]

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Reminder: Earn 1,000 Bonus United Miles With Small Business Network

August 8, 2013

Back in May, United launched a new business program called the Small Business Network, where small businesses can earn bonus United miles when shopping at the program’s network partners. Small Business Network members can earn award miles for day-to-day spending, like paying utilities, buying office supplies or for shipping packages, etc. Basically, it’s an online shopping […]

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How to Upgrade from Coach to Business Class on Transcontinental Flights

August 6, 2013

When it comes to transcontinental flights there is a lot of competition. United, American, Delta, Virgin America, and JetBlue all fly  transcontinental routes which are typically JFK-LAX/SFO. Since there are so many options I thought it would be a good idea to over ways to be able to upgrade into First or Business Class on these […]

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How Can I Get The Best Value From NY to India Using Avios and the BA Companion Pass or United Miles?

August 4, 2013

TPG reader Henry wants to book a trip from NY to India using his Avios, United or ANA miles: “I have 250,000 Avios and the British Airways companion pass and also have Star Alliance points (280,000 United and 85,000 ANA). I would like to book a trip to India in January 2014 for 2 in […]

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Update on Booking US Airways Star Alliance Awards Post Nov 1, 2013

July 29, 2013

With recent speculation that US Airways will be leaving Star Alliance to join oneworld as early as November 1, 2013, and confirmation late last week from US Airways President J. Scott Kirby that the transition will be completed by the beginning of 2014, a lot of travelers have been pondering how to put their US Airways […]

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Determining What Spending Counts Toward United’s Premier Qualifying Dollars

July 29, 2013

Following Delta’s lead, United  announced earlier this year that they would start instituting a new revenue-based elite status program in 2014. As a recap, in addition to flying the normal amount of Premier-qualifying miles or segments for each elite tier, US-based United Premier members will need to either spend $25,000 dollars a year on a United MileagePlus credit card […]

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Saturday Recap: Targeted 100% US Airways Buy Miles Bonus Ends July 31, Save 15% with Virgin America, Save an extra 10% Off NYC Hotels with Jetsetter, Earn 1,000 bonus United miles with Waldorf Astoria and Conrad, Enter to win 50,000 American AAdvantage miles

July 27, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Targeted 100% US Airways Buy Miles Bonus Ends July 31: As a recap from earlier this month, US Airways is currently offering a targeted bonus of 100% for buying or gifting miles up to 50,000 (so 100,000 with the bonus) through July 31, 2013. Miles are sold for […]

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Maximize Dining Spend: Updated List of Current Dining Rewards Programs Bonuses

July 25, 2013

Dining programs can be a great way to double-dip with miles or points. Not only can you earn the points or miles you would normally earn on a points-earning credit card like the Starwood Amex, or even the category spending bonus points on a card like the Chase Sapphire Preferred (2.14X per $1) or the Citi Forward […]

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Top 10: Premium Credit Cards for High Rollers (Or Those Who Think They Are)

July 23, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Update: The offer mentioned below for the Business Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Credit cards are kind of like automobiles – there’s a wide range from your cheap, no-frills […]

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A New Age of Transcontinental Travel Begins: My First Lie-Flat Flight JFK-LAX on United p.s.

July 23, 2013

With friends and employees in New York, Miami and Los Angeles, I generally fly across the US at least once a month. Over the next couple years the trend of putting nicer planes (with a focus on premium cabin products) is going to increase as United, Delta, American and even JetBlue have plans for fully […]

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Maximize Monday: Airline and Hotel Elite Status Matches and Challenges

July 22, 2013

On the heels of some legacy airlines revamping their elite status programs to include a revenue-based element, with United Adding Premier Qualifying Dollars and Delta Adding Medallion Qualifying Dollars, I wanted to give readers an update of all the ways to status challenge and status match so that they can take advantage of elite status before having to […]

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Saturday Recap: Enter To Win This Week’s Thursday Giveaway, United and Marriott Launch RewardsPlus, Discover IHG Promotion, Free Langham Voyager Status, 1,500 Bonus Points With Hyatt in NYC

July 20, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Enter To Win This Week’s Thursday Giveaway: As a reminder from earlier this week, I haven’t yet selected my Delta Platinum Choice Benefit for this year yet, so I thought I would give it away to one of my readers this week. One lucky […]

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United Adds Intra-Airport Mercedes-Benz Car Service For Select Premium Passengers

July 17, 2013

United has been on a roll this past week- last Friday the United And Mercedes-Benz USA Launch Partnership was announced and then earlier this week United and Marriott Teamed Up to Launch RewardsPlus. Well, they are back at it again with another customer experience enhancement following their partnership with Mercedes-Benz. United is going to offer a a tarmac transportation […]

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United and Marriott Team Up to Launch RewardsPlus Partnership

July 15, 2013

Following in the footsteps of the Crossover Rewards partnership between Delta and Starwood, United just launched a similar program called RewardsPlus which will provide reciprocal benefits with Marriott. To participate, you can register at either the Marriott Registration Page or United Registration page. RewardsPlus will offer Marriott Rewards Platinum Elite and Platinum Premier Elite will receive complimentary MileagePlus Premier Silver status. […]

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