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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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Flight Review: Virgin Atlantic Upper Class JFK-London Heathrow

July 3, 2014

I’m a Virgin-virgin no more: I recently flew Virgin Atlantic for the first time, sitting in the British airline’s Upper Class from New York’s JFK to London’s Heathrow. For the most part, my first Virgin experience on their Airbus A340 was a good- but I’d have preferred to try the airline’s new Upper Class Suites, presently only available on […]

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Best Starwood Transfer Partners for Flights to Israel

June 23, 2014

Israel is a popular destination for American tourists as well as VFR (Visiting Friends and Relatives) travelers. It’s also a fairly complicated award trip to book, as the award charts of different airlines place Israel in different regions. Since the most valuable points are those earned in flexible transfer programs, we thought it would be […]

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2 for 1 Avianca LifeMiles, Flying Club Bonus & More

May 24, 2014

Here’s a recap of the top points and miles news from this week: Reminder - this weekend is your last opportunity to buy US Airways miles with a 100% bonus, as the promotion ends on Sunday May 25, 2014. The bonus amounts are as follows: Purchase 10,000-19,000 miles, get a 50% bonus Purchase 20,000-29,000 miles, get a 75% bonus Purchase 30,000-50,000 […]

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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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Amex Membership Rewards 30% Transfer Bonus To Virgin Atlantic May 1-31

May 1, 2014

From May 1 – 31, American Express Membership Rewards, the points program of cards like the Platinum Card and the Premier Rewards Gold as well as the new EveryDay cards, will be offering a 30% transfer bonus to Virgin Atlantic. There’s no need to register – the bonus will be hard-coded into the transfer page […]

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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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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 World Elite MasterCard® credit card from Bank of America 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 […]

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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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