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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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Updated Airline Award Charts and Partner Lists

May 24, 2012

The past year has seen some major changes in the airline world, especially concerning frequent flyer programs. New airlines have joined alliances, formed non-alliance partnerships with each other, and even introduced all-new mileage programs like British Airways Avios. So I thought it was time to update my consolidated list of airline award charts and partner […]

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65,000 Mile Sign-up Bonus for Bank of America Virgin Atlantic Amex

April 5, 2012

Virgin Atlantic launched a new bonus offer on their Bank of America American Express card with the potential to net new cardholders 65,000 bonus Flying Club miles (application link) when they meet certain spend requirements). This beats the usual 50,000-mile bonus for getting this card–the extra 15,000 miles from the anniversary bonus when you meet […]

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25% Amex Transfer Bonus to Virgin Atlantic: Hilton Transfer Angle

April 1, 2012

Starting today and running through May 15, 2012, US American Express Membership Rewards members will receive a 25% transfer bonus when transferring American Express Membership Rewards points to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles. The usual ratio is 1:1, so this will be 1 Membership Reward point to 1.25 Flying Club miles. This is not hard-coded […]

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1,250 Virgin Atlantic Bonus Flying Club Miles For $35 Online Purchase

March 31, 2012

I got an email from Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club program yesterday offering members a 1,000-mile bonus for shopping through the airline’s “Shops Away” online shopping portal when you spend between $35 and $1000 on your  first purchase between March 30-April 30, 2012 at the following merchants: Apple Store, Barnes & Noble, Sears.com, Shoebuy and Macy’s. […]

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New Virgin America Redemption Options on Virgin Atlantic and Australia: Worth It?

March 21, 2012

Virgin America Elevate members can now use points to redeem for flights on Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia, but before you get too excited, fasten your seatbelts because the fuel surcharges, taxes and fees can get out of this world. Elevate points can normally be used towards any Virgin America flight for about 1.6-2.1 cents per […]

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30% Amex to Virgin America Transfer Bonus: A Good Deal?

March 19, 2012

From March 19 – March 26 you can get a 30% bonus on American Express Membership Rewards to Virgin America Elevate transfers. Elevate just became a transfer partner in October 2011 and I wasn’t pleased with the 2:1 transfer ratio, when I wrote about it then: “Unfortunately the tranfer ratio is 200 Amex = 100 […]

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Updated: 20 of My Favorite Airline Awards

January 23, 2012

It’s been almost a year since I’ve updated the list of my 20 Favorite Airline Awards. Since then, so much has changed in the world of points and frequent flyer miles—from Aeroplan fuel surcharges to British Airways’ new Avios program—that I thought it was high time for a refreshing of the list. I’m going to […]

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Continental Ending Relationship With Virgin Atlantic February 13

January 21, 2012

Continental announced it is ending its partnership with Virgin Atlantic on February 13, 2012, which is a huge blow to the new United program, in my opinion. Virgin Atlantic has always had great award availability, which made transatlantic (and beyond) travel much more easy to book with Continental miles than almost any other mileage currency. […]

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Sunday Reader Question: Which Frequent Flyer Program is Best for International Upgrades?

November 20, 2011

TPG reader Ulysses writes: “Which airline’s elite status program offers the best chance of being upgraded on a flight?  I fly several times a year, but not enough to earn elite status on more than one airline.  I am particularly interested in long-haul, international flights since these are the sweetest upgrades to be had.”  Upgrades […]

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Virgin Atlantic to Join an Alliance Soon

September 21, 2011

In a recent interview with Forbes magazine , Sir Richard Branson stated that Virgin would be joining an alliance in the near future. As a London based carrier, they’d obviously be competing with British Airways, so Oneworld is out – but that leaves Star Alliance and Skyteam. On one hand Star Alliance makes a lot […]

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Airline Discounts and Elite Status Perks With FoundersCard

August 30, 2011

The FoundersCard is a paid membership that gives entrepreneurs discounts and networking opportunities. I joined earlier this summer on the recommendation of a friend, primarily for the networking opportunities (though not surprisingly I’ve been traveling for any of the key NYC events so far, oops). There have been a bunch of travel benefits added recently […]

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Consolidated List of Airline Award Charts and Partner Airline Lists

June 14, 2011

I thought it would be convenient to have a page that TPG readers can bookmark with links to the award charts for the major frequent flyer programs. This is by no means a final list, as I’ll continuously be updating the page (feel free to comment below with the links to any other program or […]

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25% Bonus on American Express to Virgin Atlantic Transfers

June 3, 2011

While this certainly isn’t as exciting as the 50% British Airways transfer bonus, it beats nothing at all. While transfer bonuses are generally a good thing, I see two big catches: 1) Virgin charges enormous fees on award tickets and 2) the T&C state that “bonus miles will be posted to your Flying Club account […]

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Double Flying Club Miles When Flying Virgin Group Airlines

March 2, 2011

While the Virgin group of airlines; Virgin Atlantic, Virgin America, V Australia, and Virgin Blue, are owned by different entities (with the common denominator being Richard Branson), they have a tight marketing alliance. Virgin Atlantic just announced a promotion allowing their Flying Club members to earn double miles when they fly any of their other […]

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American Express Membership Rewards Virgin Atlantic Transfer Bonus

January 10, 2011

American Express is running a 15% transfer bonus when you transfer points to Virgin Atlantic from now until February 28, 2011 (US Membership Rewards members only). I personally find Virgin Atlantic to have such ludicrously high redemption fees and taxes, that I think it makes sense to book Virgin Atlantic awards through other American Express partners […]

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My Top 20 Loyalty Program Christmas Wish List

December 24, 2010

As a loyalty program junkie, I often think about how each program could be enhanced. While no perfect program exists in my opinion, here are my 20 wishes that, if granted, would make me a very, very happy frequent traveler. Feel free to add yours in the comments below! In no particular order: 1) Delta changes their […]

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Virgin America/ Virgin Atlantic Announce Points Earning Partnership

August 10, 2010

You can now earn Virgin America Elevate points when flying Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Points when flying Virgin America. The ratios: Earning Elevate Points on a Virgin Atlantic flight: CLASS OF SERVICE BOOKING CLASS ACCRUAL (POINTS % OF MILES) Promotional Economy N, V, X, O 10% Discounted Economy L, M, Q 20% […]

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