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Saturday Recap: American Bonus Miles Between the US and Tokyo, 500 Free Virgin Atlantic Miles, 1,000 Bonus Miles for Stays in the Caribbean and More

April 19, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week: Delta SkyClub Policy Change For Alaska Board Room Members: Alaska’s Board Room member page  announced that, effective May 1, 2014, Delta SkyClubs will no longer offer guest privileges to Board Room members. Instead, Board Room members may now purchase discounted $29 day passes […]

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Saturday Recap: IHG Rewards Drops Redemption Rates, Triple United Miles With Choice Privileges, 500 Bonus Virgin Atlantic Miles And More

April 12, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week: IHG Rewards Drops Redemption Rates For 100 Hotels: More than 100 IHG hotels will require 5,000 less IHG Rewards Club points for an award night. Even more good news is that IHG will not be making any increases to their reward night […]

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Alternatives For Banking Delta Flights To Partner Airlines

March 31, 2014

With all the negative news from Delta lately, including award chart devaluations, the slashing of elite benefits, and more restrictive lounge access policies, I’ve been receiving a lot of questions from Delta frequent flyers who increasingly feel that banking SkyMiles with Delta is a losing bet. Fortunately, when you fly Delta, you can bank SkyMiles with many of its […]

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What Program Is Best To Transfer Amex Points If You’re Going to Close Your Account?

February 23, 2014

TPG reader TGauthier tweeted me this week wondering what his options were for transferring American Express Membership Reward points for future travel before he closes his account: “@thepointsguy Brian where is the best place to transfer Amex points for future  travel prior to closing the account?” First off, you never want to move Amex, Chase […]

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Reminder: Tomorrow Last Day To Transfer Virgin Atlantic Miles to Hilton at 1 to 2 Ratio

February 4, 2014

Last month, Virgin Atlantic quietly altered the terms of its partnership with Hilton and put a little notice on its Flying Club mileage program website that starting February 6, 2014, the transfer ratio of Virgin Atlantic miles to Hilton HHonors points would drop from 1:2 by a factor of 25% so that 1 Virgin mile […]

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Saturday Recap: Citi Executive AAdvantage World Mastercard 100,000 Mile Bonus, Boost Or Renew Your American Elite Status, Virgin Atlantic Transfer Ratio To Hilton HHonors Devaluation, Hyatt Credit Card Winter Points Promo & More

February 1, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week: Reminder – Citi Executive AAdvantage World Mastercard Bonus Up To 100,000 Miles: Citi launched a 100,000 mile bonus on this card which you can earn when you spend $10,000 in the first 3 months; in addition, you can receive $200 in statement […]

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Virgin Atlantic Transfer Ratio to Hilton HHonors Devaluing 25% February 6

January 28, 2014

After Hilton HHonors’ big points devaluation last year where some award night rates shot up as much as 95%, many members of the program were looking for ways to boost their HHonors accounts for new, higher-priced redemptions, and one of the best workarounds was to transfer Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles to Hilton HHonors points […]

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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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Up to 65,000 Bonus Miles Offer For Virgin Atlantic Mastercard

January 15, 2014

The 65,000 bonus-mile offer on the Virgin Atlantic Mastercard is back! It’s actually a bit more accurate to call it a 50,000-mile bonus offer since that’s what you can earn with a $2,500 minimum spend and adding an authorized user rather than having to put a ton of calendar year spending on it to earn […]

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In-flight Phone Calls/Texts Roundup: Which International Airlines Allow Talking and Texting on the Phone

December 23, 2013

I recently posted on whether or not cell phone use will be the downfall of aviation, and after the announcement that flyers would be able to keep their electronic devices on throughout flights, even during takeoff and landing, the FCC has also said it is considering a proposal that would allow passengers to use their cell […]

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Saturday Recap: 50% More Points When Buying JetBlue Points, 3,000 AAdvantage Miles for Shopping, 50,000 Mile Barclaycard Lufthansa Bonus, and More

December 14, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Get Up to 50% More When Buying Jet Blue Points: When you buy or gift TrueBlue points, you or your recipient will receive a percentage of bonus points based on the amount purchased, now through December 31, 2013. Points can normally be purchased […]

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Saturday Recap: Double Points At Enterprise, Double Asia Miles With Qatar, Alaska Fares Discounts and More

December 7, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Earn Double Points At Enterprise Rent-A-Car With “Plus Your Points” Promotion: Now through March 31, 2014, Enterprise Plus members can earn double points (2X per $1) on rentals as well as additional bonuses like 20 points just for registering for the promotion. […]

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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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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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European Storms Derail Travel: Tips on How to Navigate a Cancellation

October 28, 2013

Violent storms battering the UK and Europe have already killed eight people, left around 600,000 without power and cancelled hundreds of flights and rail services. Hurricane strength winds whipping up to 99 m.p.h. across southern England and Wales have made “St. Jude” the worst storm in a decade, and Denmark and Sweden are expected to […]

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Maximize Monday: Virgin Atlantic Awards – Should You Transfer Amex Points To Virgin or Other Partners?

October 21, 2013

With the current 30% Amex transfer bonus to Virgin Atlantic – which is available now through November 30, 2013 – I’ve had a lot of readers writing in and asking questions about whether transferring to Virgin makes sense for their flying needs. So I wanted to put together this post to discuss some other options […]

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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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Comparing Current Amex Transfer Bonuses To British Airways And Virgin Atlantic

October 15, 2013

Yesterday, I reported that American Express launched two simultaneous transfer bonuses starting today, October 15, 2013. From now through December 31, 2013, Amex will be offering a 20% bonus on points transfers to partner British Airways. Also starting and running just through November 30, 2013, Amex will be offering a 30% transfer bonus to Virgin […]

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Amex Transfer Bonuses to British Airways (20%) and Virgin Atlantic (30%) Launch Tomorrow

October 14, 2013

American Express just announced that it will be launching two simultaneous transfer bonuses starting tomorrow, October 15, 2013. From tomorrow through December 31, 2013, Amex will be offering a 20% bonus on points transfers to partner British Airways. Also starting tomorrow and running just through November 30, 2013, Amex will be offering a 30% transfer […]

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Crossing The Pond: How to Make The Most Out Of Flying New York To London

October 14, 2013

Last week, I posted a detailed comparison of transcontinental routes and the benefits that premium flyers can expect when flying each airline from coast-to-coast. One of the other major routes with a huge amount of competition is from New York is to London, and in light of the increased number of flights to London from […]

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Top 10 Airline Economy Award Redemptions

October 1, 2013

Miles, points and elite status are great for leveling the playing field of the “haves and have nots” in the sky because they allow ordinary people to sit in seats that they normally wouldn’t be able to afford. However, for a majority of people business and first class are either not an option (family travelers […]

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Discounted Awards on Virgin Atlantic – 25,000 Miles Roundtrip to London

September 10, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  For bookings made now through September 20, 2013, for travel from now through the end of its award availability schedule (about 11 months out), Virgin Atlantic is offering discounted economy awards of just 25,000 miles roundtrip between […]

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Saturday Recap: Alaska Airlines Offers 10,000 Bonus Miles For Select Routes, Discounted Award Tickets to Hawaii on American, Amtrak Double Days Fall Promotion, Win A Trip To London With Virgin Atlantic

August 31, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Alaska Airlines Offers 10,000 Bonus Miles For Select Routes: Earn up to 10,000 bonus miles from Alaska Airlines when you fly 3 roundstrips (six flights in total) on any of the routes below, or fly 2 round trips (four flights in total) […]

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Top 10 Ways To Get A Better Economy Seat

August 27, 2013

After the Twitterific fiasco I went through trying to secure KLM Economy Comfort seats for my upcoming trip to Cape Town while booking my flights through Delta last week, I thought it might be interesting to take a look at strategies for getting a better economy seat with the major airlines. The difference between a […]

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