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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

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: The Miles & More Premier World MasterCard 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 […]

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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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Virgin Atlantic Announces Lower Economy Redemptions and Better Earning Benefits

August 17, 2013

Virgin Atlantic sent out a slew of announcements yesterday to members of its Flying Club about updates to the frequent flyer program. The highlights included the following: -100% of base flown miles even on lowest Economy fares -Economy reward flight for less miles – Lower fuel surcharges on long haul Economy reward flights – Increased […]

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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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2013 Updated Airline Award Charts and Partner Lists

July 11, 2013

There have been a lot of changes in the past year as airlines have merged (or are about to!), award requirements have changed on various routes such as with Air France (or are about to with programs like Aeroplan), new airlines have joined alliances and formed non-alliance partnerships like Qantas and Emirates’ recent agreement, and […]

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Saturday Recap: Double Miles On American’s New Los Angeles Routes, Virgin Atlantic Announces Lifetime Gold Status, Uber Announces New Helicopter Service, 1500 Free Air Berlin Miles, Targeted 100% US Airways Buy Miles Bonus

July 6, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Targeted 100% US Airways Buy Miles Bonus: As a recap from earlier this week, US Airways is currently offering a targeted bonus of 100% for buying or gifting miles up to 50,000 (so 100,000 with the bonus) now through July 31, 2013. Miles are sold for $.035 […]

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Consolidated List of Airline Partners And Which Are Bookable Online

July 3, 2013

One of the most frustrating parts of searching for and booking award tickets is knowing where to look. Many airline websites are either woefully or willfully outdated when it comes to searching not only their own award availability, but also that of their partners. In light of recent exciting developments including EVA’s entrance into Star […]

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Save Big On Award Taxes and Fees With Virgin Atlantic – Delta Partnership

June 29, 2013

Earlier this week, Delta and Virgin Atlantic announced details of their new partnership including the ability to book partner awards on each airline using the other’s miles. Starting today you will be able to use Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles for Delta flights and SkyMiles for Virgin Atlantic flights – and you can search Delta.com for […]

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Delta and Virgin Atlantic Announce Details of Their New Partnership; Reciprocal Frequent Flyer and Lounge Benefits

June 24, 2013

In December 2012, Delta announced that they would be buying Singapore Airlines’ 49% stake in Virgin Atlantic. The 49% purchase was announced today after receiving regulatory approval by UK and US authorities within the last week. However, Delta and Virgin Atlantic still need to get full anti-trust approval to codeshare on all flights, which they […]

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Top 10: Ways To Maximize Each Ultimate Rewards Transfer Partner

June 18, 2013

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Chase Ink credit cards has expired. View the current offers here – Ink Plus, Ink Bold, Ink Cash.   Since Chase launched lucrative limited-time sign-up bonus offers on all four Chase Ink cards for this week only until June 22, I’ve had a lot of readers writing in […]

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