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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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40% Virgin America Transfer Bonus From Amex Through September 30

September 16, 2013

Now through September 30th, American Express Membership Rewards is offering a 40% bonus when transferring points to Virgin America’s Elevate program. Normally points transfer at a ratio of 2 Amex points to 1 Elevate point, which is a lackluster normal ratio. With this promo, however, you can transfer 200 Amex points to get 140 Elevate points instead. This […]

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Saturday Recap: Discount Cathay Pacific Fares, 1,000 Bonus Hilton Points With Mobile App, National’s One Two Free Promotion

September 14, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Chase Ink Cards Switching to Visa Signature Products: Since they launched, the family of Chase Ink cards for small businesses, including the Ink Plus and Ink Bold as well as the Ink Cash and Ink Classic, have been World MasterCards, but over […]

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Southwest Launches Its New ‘No Show’ Policy Today

September 13, 2013

As announced earlier this year, Southwest Airlines will now be enforcing a “no show” policy for Wanna Get Away and DING fares, and will no longer be as lenient about passengers who simply do not show up for their flights. As of today, September 13, 2013, the new rule means that passengers holding non-refundable Wanna […]

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New Virgin America Promo: Up to Double Points- Including Elite Qualifying Points!

September 10, 2013

Virgin America just launched a promotion that will allow you to rack up tons of points if you purchase Main Cabin Select or First Class fares and a decent amount of points if you purchase and fly in coach fares from now until December 31, 2013. Elevate points can be redeemed for any Virgin America […]

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The Most Family Friendly Airlines For Domestic And Short Haul Flights

September 2, 2013

Traveling as a family is not easy or cheap, and all airlines are not created equal when it comes to accommodating family travel, so TPG contributor (and father of two children) Jason Steele has compiled a list of the family-friendliest airlines flying the skies these days and what accommodations they make for parents and kids.   Some […]

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Saturday Recap: Enter To Win With American Airlines Main Cabin Extra Competition, Play Virgin America Go Big Bingo, Cathay Pacific Launches Hong Kong-Newark Service, And More

August 17, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Play Virgin America Go Big Bingo To Win Crunch Membership For A Year Or 500,000 Elevate Reward Points: To celebrate their sixth anniversary, Virgin America has launched the Go Big Bingo competition where you can win prizes in your hometown or for […]

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How to Upgrade from Coach to Business Class on Transcontinental Flights

August 6, 2013

When it comes to transcontinental flights there is a lot of competition. United, American, Delta, Virgin America, and JetBlue all fly  transcontinental routes which are typically JFK-LAX/SFO. Since there are so many options I thought it would be a good idea to over ways to be able to upgrade into First or Business Class on these […]

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A New Age of Transcontinental Travel Begins: My First Lie-Flat Flight JFK-LAX on United p.s.

July 23, 2013

With friends and employees in New York, Miami and Los Angeles, I generally fly across the US at least once a month. Over the next couple years the trend of putting nicer planes (with a focus on premium cabin products) is going to increase as United, Delta, American and even JetBlue have plans for fully […]

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Maximize Monday: Airline and Hotel Elite Status Matches and Challenges

July 22, 2013

On the heels of some legacy airlines revamping their elite status programs to include a revenue-based element, with United Adding Premier Qualifying Dollars and Delta Adding Medallion Qualifying Dollars, I wanted to give readers an update of all the ways to status challenge and status match so that they can take advantage of elite status before having to […]

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Saturday Recap: Hilton’s Triple Your Trip Promotion, American Airlines Bonus on Purchased Miles, 600 United Miles for Joining Opinion Miles Club, Earn Bonus Elevate Points with Mandarin Oriental, 500 Free Rapid Rewards Points from Dish Network

July 13, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Registration Now Open for Hilton’s Triple Your Trip Promotion: As a recap from earlier this week, registration is now open for Hilton’s Triple Your Trip Promotion. Like last year’s promo, which was essentially the same, this one isn’t too exciting, but at least there’s […]

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Routehappy Unveils First US & International In-Flight WiFi Report: The Best and Worst Airlines For In-flight Connectivity

June 25, 2013

I won’t lie, I’m a huge fan of in-flight WiFi. In fact, as a Delta flyer I’ve grown accustomed to having it on my flights and I had a minor panic attack when two flights last week (Atlanta to Ashveville, NC and Asheville to LaGuardia) didn’t have WiFi. Luckily they were short flights, but it […]

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Saturday Recap: Chase Ink 60,000-Point Offers, Enter to Win 1 Million Delta SkyMiles, Bonus Elevate Points with RocketMiles, Wyndham Double Points Summer Promo, JetBlue Ends TrueBlue Point Expiration

June 22, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Update: The offers mentioned below for the Chase Ink credit cards has expired. View the current offers here – Ink Plus, Ink Bold, Ink Cash.   Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news […]

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Virgin America 20% Off Coupon for Select Fall Travel

June 17, 2013

Virgin America is giving away 20% off coupons for travel between September 10 and Novermber 6, 2013 via their Facebook page to the first 65,000 people who register for their Star Wars contest that is offering a grand prize trip to San Francisco. While there are some restrictions on the coupons (Main Cabin only, no […]

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American Airlines iPhone App Now Displays TSA PreCheck Indicator – So What?

June 10, 2013

One of the hot topics in airline travel these days is TSA PreCheck. I recently wrote about how Virgin America has joined the program and the fact that TSA PreCheck recently expanded to certain international itineraries as well. Personally I love the program since it can be a huge time saver at the airport, letting you […]

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TSA PreCheck Expands to Virgin America

June 3, 2013

Virgin America has become the 6th airline to partner with the TSA and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to offer their customers TSA PreCheck. They join Delta Air Lines, Alaska, United, American, and US Airways, which allow trusted travelers to pre-screen and breeze through expedited security for domestic flights and select international flights. Virgin […]

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What Is The Best US Airline? Virgin America Apparently (According to Consumer Reports)

May 23, 2013

Yesterday USA Today’s Nancy Trejos (who has been on a roll breaking travel stories) covered Consumer Reports’ annual airline satisfaction survey and to be honest, I wasn’t really surprised with the results given the poll questions. Voters were asked to rate their satisfaction with the airlines’: check-in ease, cabin-crew service, cabin cleanliness, seating comfort, baggage […]

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My Virgin America Elevate Gold Status Ends – So What?

May 20, 2013

Back in December, Virgin America was offering status matches to the elite flyers of America and United, so I was able to match from my Executive Platinum status on American to Elevate’s highest (of two) status tier, Gold. My new status was good for four months, until April 30, 2013. In order to have extended […]

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The Transcontinental Route Competition Heats Up

May 13, 2013

American recently announced that it would begin offering hourly transcontinental flights between New York JFK and Los Angeles LAX as it takes on both United and Delta on the most trafficked domestic route. All that means more choices and lower fares for consumers. Right now, American offers between 8-10 flights a day in each direction […]

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Maximize Monday: Avoiding Airline Fees

May 6, 2013

As airline fees continue to rise on everything from ticket changes/cancellations to carry-on bags, to lounge memberships to on-board snacks, now is the time to pay more attention than ever to how much you’ll be paying to fly and how you can get out of some of these fees so you can maximize your travel […]

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Virgin America 40% Bonus on Purchased Points – Worth It? (Generally, No)

April 30, 2013

Now through May 7, 2013, Virgin America is offering a bonus of up to 40% on purchased Elevate points. While not as generous as last October’s 50% bonus, this could still be something to consider if you’re a (very) few points short of a specific redemption. Buy 500 – 2,000 points to get a 20% […]

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