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Saturday Recap: Award Ticket Discounts On American Airlines, 35% Off Starwood Rates for SPG Members, 15% Off Gogo Inflight Wifi, Hilton HHonors Promotions, Bonus Miles On Emirate’s New Boston Route & More

February 15, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week: American Airlines Offers 2,500 Mile Discounts On Award Tickets From Los Angeles and Las Vegas: American Airlines has an economy award discount of 2,500 miles for one-way awards or 5,000 miles roundtrip awards from/to Los Angeles and Las Vegas for flights within the […]

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With the American Airlines Merger Can US Airways Miles Be Used On Air Tahiti Nui Yet?

February 9, 2014

TPG reader Mike emailed me to ask if it was possible yet to use US Airways miles on Air Tahiti Nui because of the airline’s merger with American. Here was his question: “Can we use US Airways miles on Air Tahiti Nui yet? Or do you think that will only happen when US Airway miles […]

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Is Buying Miles Worth It: A Rundown of Current Promotions

February 6, 2014

Though they’re not often the best ways to accrue miles, if you need to top off your frequent flyer account in a hurry and your options are limited, it can be worth it to purchase the miles you need. Luckily, airlines run frequent bonuses, though some are better than others. While there’s no public offer […]

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My First Post-Merger US Airways Flight and My Updated Thoughts on the Merger

February 3, 2014

I’ve been pretty opposed to the American Airlines/US Airways merger since it was originally announced. I hoped the Department of Justice would have put the kibosh on the deal, but secretly knew that US/AA would up their lobbying game and twist enough arms behind the scenes to get their injunction overturned. That eventually happened and […]

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Targeted US Airways Credit Card 100% Buy Miles Bonus Through February 28

February 3, 2014

Earlier this month, US Airways announced a targeted 100% buy miles bonus for Dividend Miles members who had purchases miles in 2013, and today, the airline launched another 100% buy miles bonus for cardholders of US Airways credit cards where they can buy or gift miles with a 100% bonus now through February 28, 2014. […]

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Can You Use British Airways Avios For US Airways Flights?

January 19, 2014

TPG reader Patrick tweeted me this week to ask the following: “Can you use Oneworld partner British Airways to redeem for US Airways flights?” Recently American Airlines and US Airways announced that you be able to redeem frequent flyer miles in each others programs. So, TPG reader Patrick tweeted me this week to find out […]

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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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Barclaycard Credit Card Contract With US Airways and American Extended Through 2017

January 17, 2014

One of the major points of speculation surrounding the American Airlines-US Airways merger has been what will happen to the US Airways Mastercard issued by Barclaycard once US Airways’ Dividend Miles program is folded into American’s AAdvantage program and whether the card will go away before or after that. Last week, Barclaycard issued a letter […]

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US Airways 100% Bonus On Purchased Miles – Targeted To Those Who Bought Miles in 2013

January 14, 2014

US Airways has sent out a targeted offer this afternoon to folks who bought or gifted miles in 2013 to earn a 100% bonus on purchased miles now through January 31, 2014. that means you can buy US Airways miles for the bargain price of just 1.88 cents each. I thought we might have seen […]

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American Airlines US Airways Codesharing Begins January 23 – and 50% Mileage Credit Bonus

January 13, 2014

Last week, American and US Airways announced reciprocal mileage earning and redemption options as part of the ongoing merger, and today, American announced yet another step where, starting today, flyers can book codeshared flights on the two airlines for travel starting January 23. The move should make it easier to create itineraries that combine flights […]

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Elite Status Series: US Airways Unique Features and Benefits

January 10, 2014

So far in our Elite Status Series, we’ve covered American, Delta, Southwest and United. Last week, TPG contributor Nick Ewen went through the four tiers of elite status in the Dividend Miles program: Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Chairman’s Preferred. Today, he finishes up with US Airways by tackling the unique aspects of the program to […]

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US Airways Mastercard Bonus of Up to 50,000 Miles

January 9, 2014

Yesterday, I wrote that the US Airways Mastercard from Barclaycard is going to be around for a while longer (my guess is probably about a year) and that Barclaycard had sent out letters to cardholders assuring them so. Making this news even better is that a sign-up bonus offer of up to 50,000 miles for […]

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Barclaycard US Airways Mastercard Not Going Away

January 8, 2014

With the American Airlines US Airways merger proceeding apace and yesterday’s big news that flyers of both airlines would be able to earn and redeem miles on either, speculation has been even more rampant than usual that the US Airways Mastercard from Barclaycard would be discontinued sometime soon. That’s because Citi will continue to offer […]

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American Airlines and US Airways Announce Reciprocal Mileage Earning and Redemptions

January 7, 2014

American Airlines and US Airways have officially started to merge from a consumer perspective, announcing a slew of reciprocal benefits today. Dubbed “Customer Day 1,” the two airlines have been training their employees extensively about these new benefits, which include: AAdvantage and Dividend Miles members can earn and redeem miles when traveling across either airline’s […]

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Elite Status Series: US Airways Chairman’s Preferred

January 6, 2014

So far in our Elite Status Series, we’ve covered American, Delta, Southwest and United. Last week, TPG contributor Nick Ewen went through the first three tiers of elite status in the Dividend Miles program: Silver, Gold, and Platinum Preferred. Today, he tackles the highest level currently offered: US Airways Chairman’s Preferred status – how you […]

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Elite Status Series: US Airways Platinum Preferred

January 4, 2014

So far in our Elite Status Series, we’ve covered American, Delta, Southwest and United. Earlier this week, TPG contributor Nick Ewen went through the two lowest elite tiers in the Dividend Miles program: Silver and Gold Preferred. Today, he tackles US Airways Platinum Preferred status – how you can qualify for it and maximize the […]

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Elite Status Series: US Airways Gold Preferred

January 3, 2014

So far in our Elite Status Series, we’ve covered American, Delta, Southwest and United. This week, TPG contributor Nick Ewen tackles US Airways Preferred status. He started with Silver, and today we move on to Gold Preferred status – how you can qualify for it and maximize the benefits once you earn it. As mentioned […]

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Elite Status Series: US Airways Silver Preferred

December 31, 2013

So far in our Elite Status Series, we’ve covered American, Delta, Southwest and United. Today, TPG contributor Nick Ewen tackles US Airways Preferred status starting with Silver – how you can qualify for it and maximize the benefits once you earn it. For the past year (or at least since February and the official announcement), […]

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I Have 116 segments On US Airways And 25 With American Airlines. Should I Buy The Upgrade On US Airways To Chairman Preferred Status?

December 22, 2013

It’s the end of the year, and elite status is on everyone’s mind, including that of TPG reader Mitch, who tweeted @thepointsguy with the following question:  ”I will be at 116 segments on US Airways and 25 with American Airlines by the end of the year. Should I buy the upgrade on US Airways to […]

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Can I Leverage My Lifetime Gold Status On American Airlines With My US Airways Elite Qualifying Miles?

December 22, 2013

TPG reader Jimmy messaged me on Facebook to ask about the American and US Airways merger and how it will affect his lifetime elite status: “I’m an American Airlines Million Miler with Lifetime Gold status, with no miles flown on AA this year. However, I have 72,000 Elite Qualifying Miles on US Air (from flights, […]

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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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New 100% US Airways Buy Miles Bonus – Purchase Miles at ~1.9 Cents Each

December 15, 2013

It looks like we might have one last 100% buy miles bonus from US Airways before the end of the year, though this one is more of a tiered bonus – the more miles you buy the bigger your bonus. Here’s how it works: Buy 10,000 – 19,000 Dividend Miles, get a 50% Bonus Buy […]

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Should I Book A Trip To Europe Using US Airways Miles Now Or Wait Until After The Merger?

December 15, 2013

Welcome to my new version of the Sunday Reader Questions, called “Ask & Tell”! I’m excited to be producing these high-quality videos on a weekly basis as I answer all of the excellent reader questions that come in, and hopefully you’ll notice a big improvement in video, sound and overall quality. I look forward to […]

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Should I Get The Barclaycard US Airways Mastercard In Anticipation Of Converting US Airways Miles To American Miles?

December 15, 2013

TPG Twitter follower Jay Gatsby tweeted me this week with a question on a lot of readers’ minds: “@thepointsguy What do you think about opening the Barclays US Airways card – will miles convert 1:1 to AA soon?” It’s a very good question that a lot of us are wondering about since the American-US Airways […]

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