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American Express 40% Transfer Bonus To British Airways Avios

December 15, 2014

American Express Membership Rewards, the points program of premium cards like the Platinum Card and the Premier Rewards Gold as well as the EveryDay Preferred and EveryDay cards, just launched a 40% bonus on transfers to British Airways now through January 31, 2015. Normally when you transfer Amex points to Avios, the ratio is 1:1, so if you transfer […]

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How I Booked First Class to Tokyo for 62,500 Miles and $5.60

December 15, 2014

If you follow me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, then you probably know by now that I’m currently in Tokyo, and I flew here on Japan Airlines in their chic new first class service. The total out of pocket cost for my first class flights—from JFK to San Francisco on American Airlines’ new A321T, and […]

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American Unveils Lucrative Bonus Mileage Promotion for 2015

December 15, 2014

Today, American Airlines announced a 2015 mileage promotion that will offer bonus miles to AAdvantage and Dividend Miles members for eligible first and business class fares. This is huge for those who fly American and pay for premium fares and frankly I’m surprised that it isn’t targeted and lasts the entire year. In a jab […]

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How to Maximize Rewards and Discounts for Dining

December 15, 2014

There’s more than one way to earn travel rewards, and in some cases, there are many ways to earn all at once. Today TPG Senior Points & Mile Correspondent Jason Steele discusses strategies for leaving your next meal out with more than leftovers. Dining out is both a travel expense and a regular living expense for most people, so it’s perfect […]

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Which Card for Cash Back: Citi Double Cash or Amex Fidelity?

December 14, 2014

TPG reader Zach messaged me on Facebook to ask: “I’ve been considering switching to the Citi Double Cash card; this would replace my Fidelity Investment Rewards card that earns two percent cash back. Since the Citi card is MasterCard and the Fidelity one is American Express, I thought maybe the Citi card would be accepted in more […]

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Should I Buy up to American Executive Platinum Elite Status?

December 14, 2014

TPG reader Al sent me a message on Facebook asking: “US Airways just quietly posted their revised buy-up to elite program, which is pretty close if not identical to American’s boost program. Do you think it’s worth it to buy up for higher elite status?” It’s December, which means it’s crunch time for elite status. […]

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Which Credit Card Is Best When Paying for Hyatt Stays?

December 14, 2014

TPG reader Talissa emailed me to ask: “Which card would be better to use for the “cash” portion of Hyatt’s “points + cash” option: the Chase Sapphire Preferred (2X points on travel) or Hyatt’s own credit card?” The Chase Sapphire Preferred card and the Chase Hyatt Visa each have their own sets of benefits for hotel spending. So […]

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What Will Happen to My US Airways Dividend Miles in 2015?

December 14, 2014

TPG reader @MrMainStreet tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “Are Dividend Miles going away with the US Airways/AA merger? Do we need to spend them before Quarter Two?” People get nervous about airline mergers, as there always seem to be winners and losers. American Airlines recently announced that the AAdvantage and Dividend Miles loyalty programs will merge in […]

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Will I Get SkyClub Lounge Access When I Fly Delta?

December 14, 2014

TPG reader Tiffany tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “I’m flying JFK-SEA on Delta over the holidays and wanted to see if I’ll have SkyClub access before my flight?” Well, without knowing anything about this trip or your situation, it’s hard to say. If you’re just flying in economy and you don’t have a credit card […]

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10 New Things to See in New York This Winter

December 13, 2014

Heading to NYC this winter? New York-based TPG contributor Adee Braun gives us some highlights for how to enjoy the city during the chilly months ahead. The Farmer’s Almanac is predicting another boots and shovels kind of winter for NYC. But cold temperatures and mud-colored snow has never stopped New Yorkers from having a good time. Winter in New […]

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250 Bonus MQMs, Earn Double Starpoints, Hyatt & Hilton Sales

December 13, 2014

 Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed:  Earn 250 Delta MQMs and Double SkyMiles for Hilton HHonors Stays If you complete a two night Hilton stay by December 20, 2014 as a Hilton HHonors member, you can earn double SkyMiles as well as 250 Delta MQMS (very […]

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Contest Roundup: Arizona Weekend, European Cruise, $10,000 Cash

December 12, 2014

Check out the week in travel contests and sweepstakes for your chance to win a relaxing weekend in Scottsdale, Arizona, a stay at the Shangri-La of your choice, or even $10,000 in cash towards your next vacation or to visit a WOW destination.  Win a Weekend Getaway To Arizona From Forbes Win a trip to Scottsdale, Arizona […]

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Book Hotel Tonight With MasterCard & Get $25 Credit

December 12, 2014

Hotel Tonight, a hotel booking app, is running a promotion where you can get a $25 credit if you make a booking of over $75 or more with your MasterCard. The way the app works is that it allows you to book hotel rooms up to seven days in advance at a lower price in […]

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Free $5 Statement Credit for Amex Cardholders with Mobile App

December 12, 2014

American Express is offering targeted cardholders a $5 statement credit for downloading its iPhone or Android Amex Mobile app and logging into it for the first time from their smartphone by December 31, 2014. To get the $5 statement credit, you must be a first-time user of the app, you must not have logged into […]

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Best Airlines To Fly Premium Economy Domestically

December 12, 2014

With news earlier this week that Delta would be revamping its Economy Comfort seats into the new Comfort+, we asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to take a look at the current premium economy products available on domestic flights. Earlier this week, Delta announced that it would be rebranding its Economy Comfort seats as Comfort+ […]

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What To Do If Your Flight Is Oversold

December 12, 2014

The airline industry has an inherent degree of unpredictability. While airlines do a mostly good job scheduling flights and filling them with passengers, things inevitably go wrong. Today, TPG Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at one of the more common problems in commercial aviation, and explains what to do when you have a ticket, but have no […]

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12 Christmas Getaways For Every Type of Traveler

December 11, 2014

No plans yet for Christmas? Well, there’s no need to pout, because TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne has compiled a list of holiday getaways that will get you packing. Whether you’re looking for romance, adventure, trips suited to friends or family, a chilled-out vacation or a non-stop party, you’ll find your ideal Christmas destination here.  Travelers in Search of […]

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15,000 Bonus United Miles on Transatlantic Flights

December 11, 2014

With the new winter promo from United Airlines and Air Canada, you can fly non-stop between the United States or Canada to multiple European cities, and earn 7,500 bonus miles. The transatlantic flights must be completed between January 16, 2015 and March 10, 2015. To earn the 7,500 bonus miles, make sure to register for the promotion before […]

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Delta Reverses Decision to Limit Partner Transfers

December 11, 2014

After a year of negative changes to the Delta SkyMiles program, such as Mileage Accrual Based on Spending, Additional Revenue Requirements for Medallion Status and Reduced SkyClub Guests and Increased Fees, the airline finally has some good news for its members, just in time for the holidays. In October, Delta announced that it would implement a cap on transfers from partners beginning January […]

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More Changes to Hyatt Gold Passport in 2015

December 11, 2014

Soon after I shared yesterday’s Hyatt Gold Passport category changes for 2015, the hotel chain’s loyalty program announced three more impending differences for the coming year: Hyatt will be extending its popular Points + Cash rates, is eliminating its fledgling My Elite Rate, and starting January 1, 2015, will guarantee that all guests will receive their confirmed bed type upon check-in. Offering Hyatt Gold […]

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Thursday Giveaway: Delta Air Lines Silver Medallion Status

December 11, 2014

On the heel’s of Delta’s announcement that they would be selling Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQMs) at prices as high as 10,000 MQMs for $2,095, we decided that for this week’s Thursday Giveaway we would be giving away Silver Medallion status which will be valid for 12 months, from the time that it’s gifted.  As a Silver Medallion in the SkyMiles […]

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner Service at North American Airports

December 11, 2014

With news earlier this week that Royal Jordanian would begin operating its 787 Dreamliners from Amman to Montreal and Detroit, I asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to look at which North American airports are currently being served by Boeing’s next-generation aircraft, and by which airlines. Note: The information here is current as of publication, but airline […]

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Credit Card Annual Fees: When Does Paying Make Sense?

December 11, 2014

Maximizing award travel means not only getting the most out of your points and miles, but also limiting your cash expenses. To earn big credit card sign-up bonuses, you often have to strike a balance between your rewards and the amount you pay in annual fees. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen offers his analysis of how to find that […]

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Earn 500 Bonus Starpoints for Booking through SPG App

December 10, 2014

Starwood Preferred Guest just launched a new offer, where you can earn 500 points just for booking your next stay through their SPG mobile app on your phone, as long as you pay with an American Express card. Promotion Details:  Earn 500 bonus Starpoints per stay, up to 3 stays, when you register for this offer and use […]

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