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Three Credit Cards for International Premium Class Travelers

November 19, 2014

One of my foremost pieces of advice to award travelers is to make sure you earn points and miles on every dollar you spend, and the best way to do that is by using the right rewards credit card, or in many cases, cards. Today TPG Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at credit card combinations tailored […]

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Tips to Qualify for Delta and United Elite Status in 2014

November 19, 2014

With the deadline for elite status qualification looming, this week TPG Contributor Nick Ewen discusses strategies to help you earn or maintain your status into the new year. 2015 is rapidly approaching, which means we’re also in the home stretch for elite status qualification. Once the calendar flips, the balances for all of your elite qualifying miles and segments (as well as […]

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Chase Freedom Increased 20,000 Sign-Up Bonus

November 18, 2014

I’ve had the Chase Freedom card for years now and it becomes even more powerful when combined with the Chase Sapphire Preferred and/or Ink Plus and Bold cards. The standard sign-up bonus on the Freedom card is $100 (10,000 points) when you spend $500 within the first three months of card membership, however for a limited-time they are offering a $200 (20,000 points) sign-up bonus. […]

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6 Top Airports for International Layovers

November 18, 2014

Inevitably, you will have to have a layover while flying at some point. TPG International Correspondent Lori Zaino offers up some international airports around the world with world-class features and amenities (and a quick excursion to the city center, time permitting) so you can maximize your layover. For layovers in in North America, check out our recent post […]

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Delta Changes Stopovers and Open Jaw Policy, Updates Website

November 18, 2014

Over the past year, Delta has made a number of negative changes including Mileage Accrual Based on Spending, Additional Revenue Requirements for Medallion Status, Reduced SkyClub Guests and Increased Fees, A Tighter Same Day Confirm Policy, Blocked Access to ExpertFlyer, and Limited Partner Transfers to SkyMiles. However, Delta is continuing chiseling away their SkyMiles program when it comes to SkyMiles awards with stopovers or open […]

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Redeeming United Miles for Airport Purchases

November 18, 2014

As part of $120 million worth of ongoing renovations to Terminal C at Newark Liberty Airport (EWR), United passengers can now pay for on-site food and merchandise with their MileagePlus miles rather than cash. To facilitate this new process, the high-traffic terminal is providing public use iPads at various seating areas that enable MileagePlus fliers to scan their boarding passes or enter […]

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Tips to Qualify for American and US Air Elite Status in 2014

November 18, 2014

I’m often asked how much I value elite status; while I no longer prize certain benefits (like lounge access) as much as I used to, in the long run elite status makes my travel smoother and more enjoyable, sometimes in unexpected ways. With the deadline for elite status qualification looming, this week TPG Contributor Nick Ewen discusses strategies to help […]

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Chase Sapphire Preferred Increases Minimum Spending Requirement

November 17, 2014

When it comes to credit cards, the Chase Sapphire Preferred has been one of my go-to travel cards for years. The rewards are pretty generous, as you earn two Ultimate Rewards points per dollar on all travel and dining. The travel category includes everything from airfare to subways, and even tolls and parking. There are also 11 amazing travel partners […]

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American Express Centurion Studio at Seattle Announced

November 17, 2014

Today American Express announced plans to create a Centurion Studio Lounge at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport at some point in 2015. I asked for clarification on the date, but none was available, nor are there concept pictures available. It will be located right off the main terminal toward concourse B, post-security and easily accessible to all terminals.  This […]

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Buying American and US Airways Miles Promotions- Worth It?

November 17, 2014

Currently both US Airways and American Airlines are running similar buy miles promotions, where you can buy either US Airways Divdened Miles or American Airlines AAdvantage miles for as little as 1.88 cent per mile. From November 13 through November 30, 2014, you’ll earn either up to 45,000 AAdvantage bonus miles, or up to 45,000 US Airways […]

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Book an Orbitz Flight and Get a $100 Hotel Promo Code

November 17, 2014

From now through November 23, 2014, when you book a round-trip flight through Orbitz using Visa Checkout as your payment method, you’ll receive a promo code for a $100 discount on an Orbitz hotel stay completed between now and June 30, 2015. To participate in this promotion, you’ll have to sign up through Orbitz for Visa Checkout, an encrypted digital wallet service […]

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Registration Now Open for Amex Small Business Saturday

November 17, 2014

Registration is now officially open for the American Express’s annual Small Business Saturday, a shopping event that will occur on Saturday November 29, 2014. On this day, American Express cardholders will receive up to three $10 statement credit on purchases of $10 or more for up to $30 in statement credits per registered card at local businesses (an even better […]

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Three Credit Cards for the Domestic Economy Traveler

November 17, 2014

One of my foremost pieces of advice to award travelers is to make sure you earn points and miles on every dollar you spend, and the best way to do that is by using the right rewards credit card, or in many cases, cards. Today TPG Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at credit card combinations tailored […]

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Which Credit Card Is Best For Multiple Programs?

November 16, 2014

TPG reader John tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy — “My employees and I have at least 100 flights and hotel stays annually with various airlines and hotel chains. What credit card should I use?” Back when I was traveling a lot with Morgan Stanley, I luckily had my choice of airlines (most of the time). However, when it comes to […]

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Can I Use Amex Membership Rewards to Book Travel for Others?

November 16, 2014

TPG reader Darlene emailed me to ask: “My mother-in law has a ton of American Express Membership Rewards points, and she wants to use them to send me and my husband on a vacation. Can she book the travel through her account and put our names in?” Over the years, credit card programs like Chase Ultimate Rewards […]

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Can I Get Both Cash Back & Miles from Shopping Portals?

November 16, 2014

TPG reader Marc tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy — “Can you blend shopping portals? For example, can I use the Southwest portal to get miles and still use Ebates to get cash back, or must I choose one or the other?” Shopping portals are one of the easiest ways to rack up points and miles for […]

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Is Hyatt’s Cash + Points Booking Option a Good Value?

November 16, 2014

TPG reader Victoria tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy — “What do you think of Hyatt’s Cash + Points booking option versus just paying full price or saving up points to book rewards? I  always like having options when it comes time to redeem my points, so I was happy when Hyatt introduced the Cash + […]

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Hotel Review: W Hollywood – Marvelous Suite

November 15, 2014

The TPG team recently congregated in L.A. to celebrate the launch of our brand new TPG To Go app. We threw a lavish party at the W Hollywood and Lifestyle Editor Shayne Benowitz checked in for the occasion. Here’s her review of the property. The party obviously gets five stars! Situated on Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk […]

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Bonus AAdvantage Miles, Hyatt Discounts, $50 off Emirates

November 15, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: American Airlines Offers 1,050 Bonus Miles for Shopping In order to get in the game and compete with all the other current pre-Thanksgiving shopping bonuses, American has launched a shopping portal bonus where you can earn 350 bonus miles […]

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Redeem Amex Membership Rewards Points at McDonald’s

November 14, 2014

American Express recently announced a partnership with McDonald’s that lets you redeem Membership Rewards points to pay for your purchase when you use your eligible Amex card at participating locations. This service — which follows a similar Amex partnership with Uber earlier this year, and one with Amazon last year — is available at some locations now, and will be […]

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Andalucía 3 Ways: Sevilla, Granada, Córdoba

November 14, 2014

Andalucía… a truly authentic taste of España. A mixture of Moorish, Spanish, and gypsy cultures all in one, this Spanish region is filled with passionate locals, stomps of flamenco and warm sunshine. Madrid-based TPG International Correspondent Lori Zaino provides a guide to three Andalucian gems, Sevilla, Granada and Córdoba for our Destination of the Week series. Andalucía boasts over 300 days […]

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Contest Roundup: China, St. Lucia, Fiji, California & the Super Bowl XLIX

November 14, 2014

Check out the week in travel contests and sweepstakes for your chance to win trips to China, Saint Lucia or Fiji, a chance to see the 2015 Super Bowl or a foodie getaway to California. Win A Trip To Saint Lucia From Yahoo Travel To celebrate Wellness Month, Yahoo Travel is giving away two trips […]

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7 Top Airports for Layovers in North America

November 14, 2014

Inevitably, you will have to have a layover while flying at some point, whether it be around North America or on your way to a far off land. International Contributor Lori Zaino offers up some of the best airports in the US and Canada to spend your layover. Stay tuned for a coming post on […]

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Hotel Credit Cards with No Annual Fee: Hilton, Choice & More

November 14, 2014

A crucial step in maximizing your points and miles is figuring out how much value you’re getting out of any given transaction. Annual fees are a direct hit to the value you can get out of a credit card, making cards with no annual fees attractive even though they typically offer more modest benefits. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen analyzes several […]

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