Up to a 50k Bonus When You Purchase United MileagePlus Miles

Earning airline miles using the traditional method (actually flying) is just one way to add to your account balance. While it’s become harder to earn miles from flying, airlines make it relatively easy to accrue miles without flying — whether through top credit card offers or by utilizing shopping portals and dining rewards programs. If these methods leave you…

United Details Bare-Bones Basic Economy Fares

Update 11/15/16 12:03PM: We just found out a bit more about Basic Economy fare restrictions —MileagePlus members will not earn any elite-qualifying credit, including miles, segments or even elite-qualifying dollars (which doesn’t make much sense). Below is the full scoop from United: On December 1, United’s rolling out a much-improved business-class product, with new lounges, better food…

The Best Frequent Flyer Program for Flights Between New York and LAX

What are your miles and points worth? That seems to be a popular question, with a seemingly ever-changing answer. To help readers get a general idea of the value miles and points, TPG posts a monthly valuation series covering 37 different programs. However, the value you’re going to get out of your award miles/points will vary…

50,000-Mile Sign-Up Bonus on the United MileagePlus Explorer Business Card

If you’re looking to earn some extra United miles for an upcoming award flight, this current offer could be worth a look. You can now earn 50,000 MileagePlus miles when you’re approved for the United MileagePlus Explorer Business Card and spend $3,000 on purchases in the first three months. The standard offer for this card…

Save Big on Holiday Travel, Earn AA Elite-Qualifying Dollars Without Flying, Easy Bonus Amex Points and More

Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week:…

Earn Bonus Miles With Select Retailers Through Next Week

Shopping portals are a fantastic way to earn some bonus miles with your favorite airline when making purchases online. Every so often, carriers will offer increased earning rates at select retailers, giving you the chance to earn even more miles toward your next trip. Over the course of the next nine days, three airlines in…

Deal Alert: Seattle to Finland and Sweden From $446 Round-Trip

Want to see the latest flight deals as soon as they’re published? Follow The Points Guy on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to text message alerts from our deals feed, @tpg_alerts. Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through…

The Cheapest Award Flights for Intracontinental Travel

When headed on an international award trip, most of us book the over-water segments segments first. This often leaves booking intra-destination flights at the bottom of our to-do list, and can result in making poor choices in using miles for flights within a foreign continent. With the ongoing trend of airlines eliminating stopovers and open jaws from award tickets,…

How Much Should I Pay to Reinstate Expired Airline Miles?

TPG reader Jill emailed me to ask about reclaiming expired miles: “My daughter’s frequent flyer account went unused for a bit and over 48,000 miles expired. United will let us buy them back for $300, which is a lot less than it would cost to buy miles outright. Is that a good deal?” Letting points and miles expire is one of…

9 Ways to Stretch Your Travel Rewards

Finding new ways to earn points and miles is an important part of being an award travel enthusiast, but there’s more to it than that. How strategically you spend your travel rewards is at least as important as how well you earn them. In today’s post, I want to discuss nine creative ways to stretch…