Best Starwood Transfer Partners for Flights to Israel

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…

Barclaycard Arrival Plus Adds World Elite Mastercard Benefits

With the recent upgrades to the Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard, cardholders will receive a bevy of new benefits. We researched the ones specific to the World Elite MasterCard (versus the previous World MasterCard) and found a few gems. Read on and see which of the added benefits can add a dash of luxury or convenience to your next trip! Free…

2 for 1 Avianca LifeMiles, Flying Club Bonus & More

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…

How to Use Virgin Atlantic Miles Without Fuel Surcharges

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…

The Best Credit Cards For Earning Airline Elite Status Qualifying Miles

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…

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

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…

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

New offer: The IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card is a great way to pad your IHG balance with 70,000 points after $1,000 spent within the first 3 months. 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…

Alternatives For Banking Delta Flights To Partner Airlines

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: The Enhanced Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN 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…

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

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…