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Can I Earn American Miles on an Alaska Codeshare Delta Flight?

January 5, 2014

TPG reader Rox posted on my Facebook wall this week asking me: “If I’m flying on a Delta-operated Alaska Airlines flight, can I earn American AAdvantage qualifying miles?” Wouldn’t that be nice? It would essentially mean that American and Delta flyers could earn American miles on all three airlines – American, Delta and Alaska – […]

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Will Delta’s New Revenue Requirements Affect My Lifetime Status?

January 5, 2014

TPG Reader Marie is concerned that Delta’s new elite status spending requirements will affect her lifetime status with the airline: “I am confused about the elite status changes on Delta. My husband is a Lifetime Gold Medallion and I am Lifetime Silver Medallion. Do we retain this status with the new changes? Since we have […]

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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 and Business Gold Rewards card and the Prime annual membership is now $99 instead of $79. TPG reader Subho emailed me to ask: “I […]

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Is It Worth Paying $649 To Repurchase American Airlines Gold Status If I Didn’t Fly Enough To Retain It?

December 29, 2013

TPG reader Alexis emailed me to ask about a new program American launched to help elites falling short of requalification maintain their current status: “I’m currently American Airlines Gold elite, but I didn’t fly enough to retain the status for 2014 or to qualify for buying the “Boost” option. Is it worth it, in your […]

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(Video) My Ride Along The Snowball Express and My Million Mile Donation

December 25, 2013

A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure and the honor of riding along on American Airlines’ Snowball Express, a charity event that helps the children and families of our fallen military heroes and treats them to a weekend of holiday fun and wonderful memories in Dallas-Ft. Worth. I had donated the one million frequent […]

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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 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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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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Hotel Review: King Deluxe Beach Villa At The Conrad Maldives Hotel On Rangali Island

December 19, 2013

This is the latest post in the series from my recent “Around the World” trip to the Maldives, India and Dubai. Follow along to read my reviews on several different aspects of my trip. Other posts in this series include: Quick Singapore Layover & Singapore Airlines A330 Business Class to Male, Maldives, Flight Review: EVA […]

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Which Valuation Will an August 2014 Hyatt Stay Fall Under?

December 1, 2013

TPG reader ALEXANDERGLD tweeted: “@thepointsguy with the Hyatt devaluation effective 1/7, if I book my hotel reservations now for 8/2014 which valuation will it fall under?” Alex is asking about the recent announcement by Hyatt that it would be revising its award chart starting January 7, 2014. You can find out all the official details here, […]

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Could I Lose A Booked Award Ticket If I Cancel My Co-Branded Credit Card?

November 24, 2013

TPG reader John tweeted me @thepointsguy  to ask: “Is there any risk of having a booked award trip cancelled if I cancel a co-branded credit card with the airline?” The answer is absolutely not. Once award tickets are booked, they really have nothing to do with your credit card. With airline co-branded cards, even if […]

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How Do I Get To Hawaii Using Chase Ultimate Rewards Points?

November 24, 2013

TPG reader Ruben tweeted me @thepointsguy to ask: “What is the cheapest way to fly First Class from Los Angeles to Hawaii through – or with a transfer from – Chase Ultimate Rewards points?” Ruben tweeted me this week and asked what the best way to use Chase Ultimate Rewards points ,such as those earned […]

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Should I Choose Flying Blue Over SkyMiles In Light Of The Upcoming Delta Changes In 2014?

November 24, 2013

TPG reader Jonathan asked: “I would love to hear your opinion on the relative merits of Flying Blue vs. SkyMiles given the sweeping changes to SkyMiles coming in 2014. I fly about 80,000 miles annually on SkyTeam partners, typically on trips to Africa. I love the free upgrade to Economy Comfort that I get with […]

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What’s the Best Way to Find One-Day Fares to Qualify For the Next Level of Elite Status?

November 17, 2013

TPG Twitter follower Audrey wants to reach the next level of elite status: “What’s the best way to find one-day fares to get those last few miles for the next status tier?” As November draws to a close and time winds down to qualify for 2014 elite status, Audrey asks a question on many of […]

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Can I Earn Points For Booking Travel On Sites Like Orbitz While Also Earning Airline Miles?

November 17, 2013

TPG follower Asia Boca Raton asks: “@thepointsguy can I earn points for booking on Orbitz, Travelocity, etc through their programs while also earning airline mileage?” The quick answer is yes, absolutely. I think what confuses a lot of folks is that many hotel loyalty programs only let you earn points and elite stay credit when […]

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What are the Best Ways to Use Miles for a Last Minute Trip to Paris?

November 17, 2013

TPG Twitter follower Antwoinne is turning 30 and wants to go to Paris: “@thepointsguy do you have any thoughts on best mileage usage to get to Paris on award travel early December? Last minute 30th birthday trip!” Without knowing exactly where Antwoinne is flying from and what class of service he’s interested in, I do […]

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Should I Use a Chase Sapphire Preferred or United Explorer Card to Buy Flights on United?

November 17, 2013

TPG reader Hunt wants to maximize his points when buying flights on United: “@thepointsguy which card should I use to buy United flights: Chase Sapphire Preferred or United Mileage Plus Explorer card?” Although it might seem like the best idea when buying an airline ticket is to purchase it using the co-branded credit card – […]

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How Can I Get To American Airlines Executive Platinum Status With Points Other Than Just Traveling More?

November 10, 2013

TPG reader Tobey tweeted me @thepointsguy to ask: “I have 70K American Airlines elite qualifying points and am currently AAdvantage Platinum and need advice on how to reach Executive Platinum this year, other than just traveling more. Can you help?” It seems like Tobey is trying to get to Executive Platinum status through points, not […]

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Do All Segments Of An American Airlines Systemwide Upgrade Need To Be Completed Before They Expire?

November 10, 2013

TPG reader Stephen tweeted me @thepointsguy: “I have 2 American Airlines systemwide upgrades expiring February 14, 2014. Do all segments have to be completed before expiration?” The answer, technically, is yes. However, American’s Executive Platinum customer service line agents are very nice and accommodating for the most part, and in the past I have been […]

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Can You Use The British Airways “Travel Together Ticket” Companion Pass On Partner Airlines?

November 3, 2013

I have gotten a bunch of questions about the British Airways Companion Pass – the Travel Together Ticket – which is a benefit that you get when you hit $30,000 in spend on your British Airways Visa in a calendar year, and seeing as we are getting towards the end of the year, I think […]

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Do You Need A Valid Passport At The Time Of An Award Booking Or Just By The Travel Day?

November 3, 2013

TPG reader Jake asked: “Do you need a valid passport at the time of an award booking or just at the travel day?” To put it simply, you don’t need a passport at the time of an award booking, however you do need it by the time you travel and I would strongly advise that […]

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How Do I Transfer My 50K Marriott Rewards Points To My Chase Ultimate Rewards?

November 3, 2013

TPG reader AJ tweeted me @thepointsguy to ask: “How do I transfer my Marriott Rewards points (50K) to my Chase Ultimate Rewards?” As you all have probably guessed, AJ is a bit of a newbie to points and miles, and the simple answer is: you can’t. With all the credit card transferable points programs out […]

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Is It Worth It To Get A US Airways Credit Card To Reinstate 25K Dividend Miles Cancelled For Not Flying Them?

November 3, 2013

TPG reader Nathan tweeted tweeted me @thepointsguy with a question about expiring miles: “Is it worth it to get a US Airways credit card to reinstate 25K Dividend Miles cancelled for not flying them? I do fly United a lot too.” First off, yes it is worth it – and shame on you for letting […]

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Should A Tokyo-Based Expat Get An ANA or United Credit Card?

October 27, 2013

This reader question comes from Tim, an expat living in Japan: “I’m an avid follower and have a question that I wonder if you could answer.  I’m American and have lived in Tokyo long-term.  Because I’m a resident of Japan, I do most of my spending in Japanese Yen and have access to Japan-based ANA […]

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