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Five New Cards and 315,000 Miles/Points Later: The Results of My Latest Round of Credit Card Applications

March 21, 2013

This is the third post in a series on my most recent round of credit card applications and will focus on how to conduct a personal credit card inventory and decide which cards to keep and those to cancel. The first post covered the basics of credit and how to perform a personal check to […]

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Virgin Atlantic Amex 65,000 Bonus Miles Offer Back

March 14, 2013

Virgin Atlantic has relaunched a bonus offer on the Bank of America American Express card with the potential to earn new cardholders up to 65,000 bonus Flying Club miles when they meet certain spend requirements. We haven’t seen a bonus this high on the card since last spring, and this beats the usual 50,000-mile bonus […]

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Saturday Recap: 75,000 Points for Amex Business Rewards Gold, Save $100 on Admirals Club Membership, Bonus Club Carlson points with Budget, Earn Delta SkyMiles for Joining a Wine Club

January 26, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: 75,000 Points for Amex Business Rewards Gold: Update: The current offer for the American Express Business Gold Rewards Card is 50,000 points after $5,000 in spend during the first 3 months. As a recap from earlier this week, Amex announced a great sign-up bonus for […]

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Virgin Atlantic 25% Off Economy Award Sale – Worth It?

January 23, 2013

Virgin Atlantic has launched a Reward Seat Sale where for the next 2 weeks, you can book select economy reward flights for 25% fewer miles. So for instance instead of paying 37,000 miles to fly from New York to London roundtrip, you’d only need 26,250 miles or from Los Angeles to London for 35,625 (plus […]

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Maximize Monday: Choosing the Best Site and Credit Card for Purchasing Airfare

January 7, 2013

Maximize Monday is a new weekly series, where I’ll dig into different topics and offer my suggestions on how you can change your habits in order to get the most bang for your buck (and points). If you have any topic ideas, please feel free to Tweet me @thepointsguy or email me at [email protected] For […]

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I Just Transferred 80,000 Amex Points Into 216,000 Hilton Points- Maldives Here I Come?

December 29, 2012

I just decided to take advantage of the Membership Rewards 35% transfer bonus to Virgin Atlantic (which expired tonight!) by transferring 80,000 Amex points into 108,000 Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles, which posted instantly. Virgin Atlantic allows you to transfer miles into Hilton points at a generous 1:2 ratio, but you have to call them […]

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35% Amex Transfer Bonus To Virgin Atlantic Ends Tomorrow = 80% Bonus to Hilton HHonors!

December 28, 2012

Just a reminder that the current transfer bonus of 35% from American Express Membership Rewards to Virgin Atlantic Flying ends tomorrow, December 29, 2012 at 11:59pm ET (I confirmed the end time with Amex). The normal transfer ratio is 1:1, so with this bonus, instead of transferring 1,000 Membership Rewards points to 1,000 Flying Club […]

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Delta to Purchase 49% Stake in Virgin Atlantic, SkyTeam Addition Imminent?

December 11, 2012

The NY Times reported today that Delta is going to acquire a 49% stake in Virgin Atlantic, acquiring Singapore Airlines’ stake that they’ve long been trying to sell due to dismal returns. Apparently, Delta and Sinagpore found a price that works for both of them – $360 million, which is a huge loss for Singapore […]

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30% Amex British Airways Transfer Bonus Now Live Until January 14, 2013

December 4, 2012

Update: The current offer for the British Airways Visa is 50,000 Avios when you spend $2,000 in the first 3 months. The 30% transfer bonus from American Express Membership Rewards to British Airways Avios I wrote about a couple weeks ago has finally gone live and will be available until January 14, 2013. The bonus is, as […]

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Saturday Recap: Bonus Hilton Points, United Club Price Increase, New Delta BusinessElite Wines, Cheap Hertz Weekend Rates

December 1, 2012

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: American Express 35% Transfer Bonus to Virgin Atlantic: In case you missed this, we posted earlier this week about this new American Express transfer bonus. As a recap, now through December 29, 2012, American Express cardmembers who transfer Amex Membership Rewards points […]

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Coming: 35% Transfer Bonus Amex to Virgin Atlantic= 80% Transfer Bonus to Hilton!

November 26, 2012

Starting tomorrow, November 27, 2012 through December 29, 2012, American Express cardmembers who transfer Amex Membership Rewards points to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club will receive a 35% bonus. The normal transfer ratio is 1:1, so with this bonus, instead of transferring 1,000 Membership Rewards points to 1,000 Flying Club miles, you’ll get 1,350 Flying Club […]

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Hilton Double Stay Count Promotion and 40% Discount

November 23, 2012

TPG Hilton contributor Nick walks us through the current “Any Weekend Anywhere” dual promotion where you can both book rooms at a discount and earn double elite credit on two night stays. Here’s how you can maximize it. Hilton HHonors has just announced the return of the “Any Weekend Anywhere” promotion that offers discounted rates […]

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Virgin Atlantic to Launch Shorthaul UK Service in Spring 2013

November 19, 2012

When British Airway’s parent group IAG acquired rival bmi (British Midland Airways) there was a lot of concern over anti-competition since British Airways essentially gobbled up one of the only competing UK airlines. Its most formidable UK competitor, Virgin Atlantic is mostly an international airline so a lot of questions arose relating to the future […]

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50% Bonus on Purchasing Virgin America Elevate Points Until October 26- Worth It?

October 5, 2012

It seems like October is quite the month for mileage specials with United, American and US Airways all running offers. Virgin America is also running a 50% bonus on purchased miles until October 26, 2012. The Elevate program is a hybrid fixed value/ traditional frequent flyer programs – when you redeem on Virgin America you […]

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15,000 Bonus Virgin Atlantic Miles With Hilton HHonors Double Dip Promo

September 27, 2012

Hilton HHonors and Virgin Atlantic Flying Club launched a joint promo this week where members of HHonors can earn up to a maximum 15,000 bonus Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles on stays until December 31, 2012. Only stays completed after registration will be eligible for Flying Club Miles award. Points cannot be retrospectively applied. To participate […]

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Up to 150% Bonus Miles and 12 Tier Points With Virgin Atlantic Sky High Rewards Promo

September 8, 2012

Virgin Atlantic just launched Sky High Rewards, which offers 50% bonus miles and 4 bonus Tier (elite-qualifying) Points after your first round-trip flight and a 100% bonus miles and 8 bonus Tier Points when you fly a second time between now and February 28, 2013. If you’re not a member of Flying Club yet, you […]

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30% Bonus on Amex to Virgin America Elevate Transfers Until September 2, 2012

August 27, 2012

American Express Membership Rewards added the Virgin America Elevate program as transfer partner in October of 2011, but as I wrote about when it first launched, the transfer ratio is a dismal 2 Amex points per 1 Elevate point. Virgin America Elevate is a fixed value rewards program, which means you can use points to […]

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Assorted Credit Card Bonuses and Offers – 40,000 Alaska, 65,000 Virgin Atlantic, 50,000+ Marriott, 33,150 Flexperks

August 15, 2012

I know I’ve been talking a lot about the Starwood 30k offer (expired), but a couple new and updated credit card offers came up recently with the possibility of earning readers tens of thousands of bonus points, so I thought I’d share them all here for easy reference (though they’ve also been added to the […]

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Destination of the Week: London

July 27, 2012

In honor of the commencement of the 2012 Olympics, for today’s Destination of the Week, we visit the city where it’s all taking place: London. GETTING THERE London is less than seven hours from New York, and under eleven hours from the west coast, and is serviced by five airports—though you’ll likely pass through just […]

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Saturday Recap: Club Carlson 10,000 Bonus Points in Asia Pacific, Wyndham 4x Points, End of American Non-Expiring Miles

July 21, 2012

Here’s a quick recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week. Earn quadruple points with Wyndham this summer.  Wyndham’s Summer Promotion 4X Points  Wyndham just announced their new summer promotion which is for quadruple miles or points for stays from July 17-September 13. You must register for this promotion in order to earn quadruple points or […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Airline Chauffeur Drive Service

July 10, 2012

A ticket in a premium class on an international flight means a rarefied experience in the air complete with fine dining, personalized service and comfortable seats. However, several airlines offer a taste of the luxury that awaits even before you set foot on the plane with chauffeur service – either to and from the airport, […]

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$2,012 British Airways Business Class Fare Sale

June 27, 2012

On Monday, I reported about an under-the-radar summer business class sale to Europe with fares to London as low as $2,500 or so. Fast on the heels of that news, however, British Airways has just announced an official business class sale of $2,012 fares from several US gateways to London and Manchester this summer. It’s […]

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Summer Business Class Sale To Europe

June 25, 2012

Business class airfare to Europe are generally outrageously priced, so I rarely even search for them – for me it’s either paid coach (and hopefully upgraded) or business/first class redemptions using my miles and points. However, summer (as well as Thanksgiving) is usually a good time to buy business class seats since there are fewer […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Best Credit Card Companion Tickets Deals

June 12, 2012

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  In addition to earning cardholders frequent flyer miles or points, several travel credit cards offer another valuable perk: airline companion tickets and passes. To qualify for one of these tickets or passes, it’s usually a matter of […]

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