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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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Elite Status Series: United MileagePlus Unique Benefits and Features

December 30, 2013

So far in our Elite Status Series, we’ve covered American, Delta and Southwest. TPG contributor Jason Steele has taken us through the basics of United Premier Silver, Gold, Platinum and 1K status, and for today’s final post, he discusses some of the other unique features and benefits of the MileagePlus program. Throughout this series, I […]

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How Can I Spend The $200 Airline Reimbursement From The Amex Platinum Card Before It Expires At The End Of The Year?

December 29, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Update: The Amazon Prime benefit is no longer offered for the Platinum Card, Blue Cash Everday, Blue Cash Preferred and Business Gold Rewards card and the Prime annual membership is now $99 instead of $79. TPG reader […]

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Elite Status Series: United Premier 1K

December 27, 2013

So far in our Elite Status Series, we’ve covered American, Delta and Southwest. TPG contributor Jason Steele has taken us through the basics of United Premier Silver, Gold and Platinum status, and today he discusses the next tier, 1K – how you can qualify for it and maximize the benefits once you earn it. In […]

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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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