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30% Bonus on Hyatt Points, Uber Partners with United & More

August 23, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Hyatt Gold Passport 30% Bonus on Purchased Points: Now through September 15, 2014, you can earn up to a 30% bonus when you buy Hyatt Gold Passport points. Purchase between 5,000-19,000 points and you’ll earn a 10% bonus; purchase 20,000 to 39,000 and your […]

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Airlines Sue the TSA, Hilton Guests Can Choose Rooms & More

August 2, 2014

Here’s a recap of points, miles and travel industry news from the past week: Airlines Suing the TSA Over Security Fee Uncapping: This past Wednesday, July 30, 2014, two airline lobbying groups - Airlines for America and the International Air Transport Association – sued the TSA over one key detail of the administration’s recent security fee hike. With Congress’ […]

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What Are Points and Miles Worth? July Monthly Valuations

July 22, 2014

One of the questions I’m asked most often is “how much is a point or mile worth?” That question varies from person to person and depends on how well you can maximize a particular currency for your needs. Still, some points are worth more than others. To give readers – both old and new – some context, I’ve included […]

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Best Transfer Partners For Flights To Hawaii

July 21, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele looks at the best points and miles transfer options from Amex Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guest for travel to Hawaii. When it comes to redeeming miles for vacation, for many people, Hawaii is the dream destination. Perhaps that’s why Hawaii is also one of the hardest award tickets to […]

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500 Free Virgin America Points + Refer A Friend Promo

July 14, 2014

There have been major upheavals in the world of frequent flyer programs in the past year, with first Delta and then United announcing huge changes to their mileage programs and how flyers will earn elite status. Hoping to capitalize on uncertainty and shifting loyalty among frequent flyers, Virgin America recently launched a new promo meant […]

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Bonus AAdvantage, Skymiles, Wyndham, IHG Points & More

July 12, 2014

Here’s a recap of the top points and miles news from this week: Reminder: Buy AA Miles and Earn Up to 16,500 Bonus Miles: American Airlines has a limited time offer for AAdvantage members to purchase up to 80,000 miles and receive bonus miles based on how many you buy. In order to maximize this promotion you […]

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8,000 Free FreeSpirit Miles for Nothing

July 9, 2014

“Speaking of eating, I’d rather eat broken glass than deal with @SpiritAirlines ever again. Worse customer service imaginable.” This is just one of the many “hate” tweets Spirit Airlines recently received during their ongoing “Unleash the Hate” Campaign,which encourages Spirit passengers to, how shall we say, voice their dissatisfaction, and in exchange Spirit offers 8,000 frequent flyer miles.  […]

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Ticketing Errors, Schedule Mix-ups, and Wrong Destinations

July 8, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at common ticketing errors, how to avoid them, and how to survive them if they happen to you. As a travel enthusiast and die-hard soccer fan (still smarting from last week’s dramatic US-Belgium result), I couldn’t help but cringe when I read about the Australian couple who thought they had booked […]

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Family Travel Tips for the Southwest Companion Pass

May 23, 2014

As families grow, trips together get more expensive. With summer vacations approaching, I asked father and TPG contributor Jason Steele to write about how he uses the Southwest Companion Pass to keep costs down on his family travel. The United States may be the hardest place to find multiple award seats at the lowest mileage levels. That ‘s why families often turn […]

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How to Use Virgin Atlantic Miles Without Fuel Surcharges

May 21, 2014

TPG Contributor Jason Steele returns to tell us how to take advantage of Virgin Atlantic miles without getting hit with huge fuel surcharges and fees The American Express Membership Rewards program is offering a 30% bonus on points transfers to the Virgin Atlantic Flying Club program through May 31. While this could be a terrific […]

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Travel Giveaway: $440 Airline Gift Certificate

May 15, 2014

Yesterday I wrote about the newest product from Barclaycard called the Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard which replaces the Arrival World MasterCard. The new card has the same features as its predecessor, plus a few added and extended benefits to make the new card even more attractive. The card features the EMV Chip + PIN technology that […]

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Why I Can’t Fully Quit Delta: My Positive Experience Upgrading With SkyMiles

May 15, 2014

If you’re a regular TPG reader, you already know that I dumped Delta in a blaze of glory…but just last week I found myself slinking back for a one-way flight from Seattle to New York’s JFK, lured by the thought of an upgrade to the carrier’s hard-to-beat BusinessElite on its 757-200s. Even though it didn’t have […]

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Saturday Recap: 10,000 Club Carlson Gold Bonus Points, Double Miles For ANA, Amex Virgin America 30% Transfer Bonus & More

April 26, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week: Earn 10,000 Bonus Club Carlson Gold Points For Stays At Radisson Hotels In Canada: You could earn 10,000 bonus Gold Points for the Club Carlson loyalty program on weekend stays of two or more nights at Radisson hotels throughout Canada with their “Reward Your […]

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Virgin America Double Status Points On Transcontinental Routes, and Dallas Love Field Sale – 50% Off Main Cabin Select and First Class

April 25, 2014

Earlier this week, Virgin America announced a double points promo on transcontinental flights in honor of Star Wars Day (yes, I’m being completely serious). To qualify, register here to book and fly between April 29 and June 11, 2014, and you will earn 100% bonus points for every qualifying flight. But what’s even better is […]

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The Best Credit Cards For Earning Airline Elite Status Qualifying Miles

April 21, 2014

Readers often ask me which credit cards help you earn miles toward airline elite status, and after recently exploring  the best airline credit card offers and the top credit card spending bonuses for 2014, it seemed like a great time to specifically address this question. While most airline co-branded credit cards simply offer award/redeemable miles that have no […]

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What is the Best Frequent Flyer Program for Transcontinental Travel?

April 20, 2014

Major airlines battle each other for customers on the US’s most popular transcontinental routes. With this in mind, TPG reader Marco tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy: What’s the best frequent flyer program for coast-to-coast travel?” That’s a good question, and one common among business travelers as the transcontinental US routes are some of the busiest and most […]

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Amex Virgin America 30% Transfer Bonus Through April 30, 2014

April 16, 2014

It’s been a little while since we’ve seen an Amex transfer bonus, but  through April 30, American Express is offering a 30% bonus on transfers to Virgin America Elevate points. Normally points transfer at the lackluster ratio of 2 Amex points to 1 Elevate point, but with this promo, you can transfer 200 Amex points […]

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Transcontinental Comparison: Economy Seats

March 10, 2014

Recent mileage program devaluations and restrictions on elite status upgrades like those on Delta will make it harder than ever to sit in the front of the plane, so it’s worth your while to know what each airline offers in economy. Several airlines offer economy sections with more legroom and recline (and even priority boarding privileges […]

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Virgin America 60% Bonus on Purchased Points – Worth It?

February 24, 2014

Now through March 14, 2014, Virgin America is offering bonuses of up to 60% on purchased miles. Unlike some past Virgin buy miles promos, which were just a flat bonus no matter how many points you purchased, this one is tiered in the following way: Buy 500 – 2,000 points to get a 30% bonus […]

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Redeem Your Virgin America Points for Flights, Not Virgin Limited Edition Travel Packages

February 14, 2014

Virgin America just announced a new promotion called “Take your points on vacation with Virgin Limited Edition”, which listed travel packages that you can use your points on not only for flights but also to stay in places that look pretty great including safari camps in Kenya and South Africa, an alpine lodge in Switzerland, […]

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Virgin America Transcontinental Flight Bonus Points

February 4, 2014

It’s a pretty good time for flight bonuses these days as Alaska and Delta battle it out in the Pacific Northwest, and both United and American offering up to 15,000 bonus miles on transcons now through March 31. Now Virgin America has thrown its hat in the ring with a bonus promo for flights booked […]

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Virgin America Flight Discount – 10-20% Off Spring Flights

January 29, 2014

Virgin America announced a limited-time “Spring Fever” fare sale of 10-20% off flights from February 25 through April 3, 2014. You have to book by 4:00am PT January 30 (that’s tomorrow!). Use the promo code SPRING20 when booking. Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday flights get 10% off and Tuesday-Wednesday departures get 20% off.  The sale […]

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Amex 40% Virgin America Transfer Bonus Through January 31, 2014

January 17, 2014

Now through January 31, 2014, American Express Membership Rewards is offering a 40% transfer bonus to Virgin America. Points usually transfer at a ratio of 2oo Amex points to 100 Virgin America Elevate. With this bonus, though, you’ll get a rate of 200 Amex to 140 Virgin – the minimum transfer amount is 200 Amex […]

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My Marriott Rewards Sign-Up Offer: Earn Up To 50,000 Virgin America Elevate Points With Marriott Megamiles

January 16, 2014

In a season of lackluster hotel promos, Marriott’s Megabonus is pretty decent with offers of up to 50,000 hotel points, free nights after just 2 stays and more. Offers are specifically tailored to individuals, so in order to see what you’re being offered, you have to log into your Marriott Rewards account. The current Megabonus […]

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