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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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Saturday Recap: Double American Miles, Hyatt Endless Possibilities, Starwood Caesars Partnership and More

January 11, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week. Earn double American miles to Latin America: To promote its new flights to Latin America, American Airlines is offering double miles on the following routes: Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Bogota, Colombia (BOG) Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Roatan, Honduras (RTB) Miami (MIA) and […]

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New Virgin America Credit Cards Now Available

January 7, 2014

A few months ago, Virgin America and Barclaycard ended their partnership so folks looking to apply for a Virgin America credit card could no longer do so, and last month, the bank sent out a letter to current Virgin America credit cardholders stating that their current credit cards would be phased out by January 1, […]

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One-Day Virgin America Sale: 50% Off Main Cabin Select and First Class – Cheaper Than Coach!

December 18, 2013

Virgin America just launched a one-day sale valid until 11:59pm PT where you can score Main Cabin Select and First Class seats for up to 50% off on travel between December 23, 2013 – January 4, 2014. I did a quick search of a few flights and the good news is that there seems to […]

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Save Up To 20% With The JetBlue ‘Cold Turkey’ Sale, Today Only

November 18, 2013

Always ones to get into the seasonal spirit, JetBlue is offering discounted fares for the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas or after the New Year holiday with their ‘Cold Turkey’ sale. Book today, November 18, 2013, before 11:59 pm PST for travel December 3-18, 2013 or January 7-February 12, 2014 and save up to 20% […]

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Saturday Recap: Up To 2,500 Bonus Miles At AAdvantage, 3,000 United Miles With Rocketmiles, Save 25% On Virgin America Flights And Help Rescue Dogs, And More

November 16, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Earn Up To 2,500 Bonus American Airlines Miles Shopping At The AAdvantage Portal: The American Airlines shopping portal is giving you extra incentive to be generous with your holiday shopping this year with the opportunity to earn up to 2,500 bonus miles […]

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Buy One Get One Free Virgin America Tickets To Newark Today Only

November 3, 2013

Today only, Virgin America is offering a buy one get one free promo on tickets to/from Newark. Here is the link to the promo page. To be eligible, you must purchase your ticket by 11:59pm PST for travel now through 11:59pm PST on November 26 (sorry, no Thanksgiving travel) and use the promo code VXFOR2. […]

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Saturday Recap: Sri Lankan Airlines Joins Oneworld Alliance, Get Bonus Avios With Avis Car Rental, Earn A Free Night Stay At A Wyndam Hotel, Wine Tasting With Alaska Airlines And More

November 2, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Sri Lankan Airlines To Join Oneworld Alliance In April 2014: Sri Lankan Airlines announced this week that they will become a member of the Oneworld Alliance in April 2o14. Sri Lankan already maintains a code-sharing partnership with another Oneworld member, Malaysia Airlines, […]

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10-20% Off Select Virgin America Flights With Promo Code GETDOWN – Today Only

October 29, 2013

Thru tonight at 11:59pm Pacific time Virgin America is offering 10%- 20% off the base fare for travel on certain routes for travel between November 4th and December 17th, 2013. There are a ton of rules around these discounts, but here are the basics: – Promo code is valid for non-refundable Main Cabin tickets only […]

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Current Airline Bonus Miles Promotions – October 2013

October 23, 2013

As 2013 starts winding down, several airlines are offering promotional bonuses for flying a certain amount or on certain routes in order to keep flyers flying and to attract new customers during the approaching holiday season. Here’s a roundup of what’s being offered at the moment. ALASKA Alaska is offering a series of interesting promos […]

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Emirates And Virgin America Launch New Frequent Flyer Partnership

October 21, 2013

Emirate Airlines and Virgin America announced today, October 21, 2013, that they will be joining forces in a new partnership that will allow members of both airlines’ frequent flyer programs to earn and redeem points or miles for travel across the networks. Virgin America is also a transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards, which […]

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American Express Transfer Bonuses To British Airways and Virgin Atlantic – Maximizing Partner Redemptions

October 16, 2013

With the launch on Monday of transfer bonuses from American Express to both British Airways (20%) and Virgin Atlantic (30%), I wanted to talk about options other than the ones I discussed yesterday for redeeming on the airlines themselves to ways in which you can get value by redeeming their miles on partners. This is […]

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Cheap Airfare to Hawaii: Still Low Fares From PHX, SAN and More

October 15, 2013

Yesterday I wrote about some cheap flights to Honolulu on Delta and United from several cities including Newark, Denver, Houston and Phoenix pricing out as low as $422. While some of these departure cities are no longer available, there are still some available so if you were considering heading to Hawaii book sooner than later. With […]

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Up to a 50% Bonus on Purchased Virgin America Elevate Points – Worth It?

October 10, 2013

Now through October 15, 2013, Virgin America is offering Elevate members the opportunity to earn up to a 50% bonus on purchased or gifted Elevate points. The bonus is tiered bonus, meaning the more points you buy, the higher bonus percentage you’ll receive. Here’s how the bonus is set up: Buy 2,500 – 5,000 points […]

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Maximize Monday: Transcontinental Comparison – Worth It To Switch To JetBlue?

October 7, 2013

Last Monday, I went to JetBlue’s New York headquarters to get a first look at the airline’s new “Mint” business class seats and first class mini-suites that will be going into service starting in June 2014, and the benefits premium flyers will enjoy. I have to admit, I was pretty impressed- especially since the cost […]

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