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Transferable Points Showdown – Which Program Wins?

October 27, 2014

I often preach the importance of diversifying your loyalty currencies, and one of the easiest ways to do that is to focus on earning points that you can transfer to airline and hotel partners. However, not all transferable points are created equal. Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele compares the major transferable points programs to see which one comes out […]

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BarclayCard Launches AAdvantage Aviator Silver Card

October 27, 2014

There have been a lot of unknowns with the American Airlines and US Airways merger- especially when it comes to the frequent flyer program. We still don’t know exactly when the two programs will merge and what the new combined program will look like. As far as co-branded credit cards, we know that Barclaycard will still […]

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Will Citi Executive AAdvantage Offer 100,000 Miles Again?

October 26, 2014

TPG reader Chris tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “Do you think that American Airlines and Citi will offer the 100,000 miles sign-up bonus again for the Citi Executive AAdvantage credit card?” 2014 has been a great year for credit card sign-up bonuses across the board, and a lot of the issuers are really upping their […]

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What Are The Best Sites To Book Hotel Rooms?

October 26, 2014

TPG reader Denise tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “When booking a hotel stay, is it  better to go directly through SPG, or should I book on a third party website like Orbitz or Expedia? Will I earn elite benefits if I book through a third party site?” Just like with airfare, there are plenty of options […]

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Which Delta Diamond Medallion Choice Benefits Are Best?

October 26, 2014

TPG reader Issac emailed me to ask: “I will be achieving Delta Diamond Medallion status again before the end of the year, and was wondering which are the best Choice Benefits to choose? Last year the international upgrades worked well, but do you have any better suggestions?” One of the unique things about Delta Platinum […]

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When Does Elite Status Reset and How Long Does It Last?

October 26, 2014

TPG reader Keith tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “Can you clarify the reset dates for United Premier status? If I earn elite status this year, how long will it last?”  Tick tock, tick tock…hear that? That’s the elite status qualifying clock, and you have until December 31, 2014 to get your elite miles in. Keep in mind […]

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Hotel Review: W Barcelona – Fabulous Room

October 25, 2014

TPG Madrid-based International Correspondent Lori Zaino recently celebrated her birthday in Barcelona. She stayed at the famed W Barcelona overlooking Barceloneta beach. Here’s her review. Vibrant Gaudi architecture, sun rays glazing the Mediterranean and exquisite tapas all come to mind when thinking of Barcelona. When a friend of mine suggested we spend a few days there for my birthday, I immediately […]

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7,500 Bonus AAdvantage Miles, Delta Upgrade Sale, Qatar A350

October 25, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn up to 5,000 Bonus QMiles To Celebrate Qatar’s One Year Anniversary with Oneworld Qatar Airways has officially been a Oneworld alliance member for one year, and to celebrate, the airline is offering bonus Qmiles for its Privilege Club members […]

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Is Pizza Fair Compensation for Flight Delays?

October 24, 2014

Flight delays are an inevitable part of air travel. Sometimes airlines are at fault and sometimes they aren’t; either way, how an airline responds is what matters most to those on board. Today, TPG Contributor Robbie Harrell explains why some Delta passengers were recently given pizza for an unexpected delay, and questions whether a free meal is adequate compensation. While […]

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Contest Roundup: Amex Getaway, Ireland, Italy, Skiing in Chile & Vail

October 24, 2014

Check out the week in travel contests and sweepstakes for your chance to win an American Express getaway, ski trips to Chile and Vail, a seven night cruise, and trips to Rome and Ireland. Win A Getaway for Two From American Express Travel Take a travel quiz and win a trip to your choice of […]

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Delta Testing Early Valet Baggage Service

October 24, 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’s latest update seems to be one that customers might actually benefit from. Per this […]

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Apple Pay Overview: How to Set Up and Shop

October 24, 2014

When Apple launched the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Watch and latest iPad back in September, the company also announced that it would launch a mobile payment system called Apple Pay in October. Well, it’s October, and Apple Pay has launched, so I asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to look into the benefits and […]

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5 Sunny Award Travel Destinations for the Holiday Season

October 24, 2014

I’m a sucker for warm climates pretty much any time of year, but I especially relish a nice beach getaway in the middle of winter. Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele points out some hot award travel vacation ideas that you can still book for this coming holiday season. After last year’s Polar Vortex, many Americans would prefer a sunny […]

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US Airways Barclaycard Updates and Targeted Offer

October 23, 2014

The US Airways World Premier MasterCard has had a number of different sign-up bonuses within the last year- usually in the range of 30,000 to 40,000 miles, but US Airways is currently sending out targeted offers for 50,000 bonus miles after spending $1,000 within the first 90 days. While there’s no public link for this offer, be sure to […]

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Free Flu Shots via UberHealth Today Only

October 23, 2014

As a frequent traveler, I’m careful to get a flu shot every year, and today in New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C., my favorite car service, Uber, is making getting a flu shot both easy and free. Today only, Thursday, October 23, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. ET, Uber is partnering with national website Vaccine Finder, New […]

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Thursday Giveaway: $500 Visa Gift Card

October 23, 2014

This year is simply flying by, I can’t believe it’s nearly November already! It seems like just yesterday that I was lounging at the Andaz Papagayo in Costa Rica and celebrating New Years with friends. Soon enough, the holiday’s will be rolling around, which means massive sales to take advantage of! With that in mind, […]

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Should the JetBlue Amex Card Earn a Spot in Your Wallet?

October 23, 2014

I’ve made no secret of my disappointment over recent devaluations by legacy carriers. As I’ve considered which airline deserves the bulk of my business, I’ve been happy to try out new service, like my upcoming flight on JetBlue’s new Mint Business Class to Los Angeles. Along with the actual flying, I’ve been contemplating which co-branded airline cards I plan […]

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Late Checkout for Hilton HHonors Diamond: the Weekly Wish

October 23, 2014

Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen continues his series The Weekly Wish, looking at flaws, shortcomings, and room for improvement in the world of travel and loyalty programs. Today’s wish: guaranteed late checkout for Hilton HHonors Diamond elites. I’m sure many of you have been in a position where your travel plans don’t mesh well with an 11 am […]

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Amazing Deal Alert: WOW Air Iceland & London $250 Roundtrip

October 22, 2014

Iceland’s low-cost carrier WOW Air is launching service from to Reykjavik from Boston (BOS) and Baltimore (BWI), beginning in March and June of 2015, respectively. And WOW are they doing it in style, offering great deals on flights from both destinations not only to Iceland, but also to other European destinations like London and Copenhagen. You can now book […]

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8 Ways to Give Back While Traveling

October 22, 2014

Voluntourism offers a unique opportunity to give back while seeing the world, and there are many opportunities available to travelers–some as simple as a click of the mouse and others requiring hands on work. At The Points Guy, we wholeheartedly support good deeds done through travel and we’ve recently aligned with PeaceJam and 1 Billion Acts of Peace to do our part in this […]

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American Airlines Takes On Delta With This New Route

October 22, 2014

American Airlines recently announced the addition of new daily nonstop flights from Los Angeles International Airport to Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport starting on March 5, 2015. This new route will be served by their Boeing 737-800 aircraft three times a day. The new Los Angeles-Atlanta flight times are: Depart LAX at 12:15 am PT, Arrive at ATL at 7:40 am ET Depart LAX […]

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Card Comparison: Fixed-Value Earning Points Cards

October 22, 2014

Today, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen takes a look at four of the top fixed-value points programs and the credit cards that can help you maximize each of them. There are three types of travel rewards: transferable points like Amex Membership Rewards or Chase Ultimate Rewards; program specific rewards like airline miles or hotel points; and fixed-value points, where […]

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Best Ways to Avoid Airline Change and Cancellation Fees

October 22, 2014

This year some airlines have continued to find new and creative ways to charge customers for basic services, but have no fear, they’re sticking to the tried and true ways as well. Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele discusses change and cancellation fee policies, and what your options are to avoid paying them. Airlines frequently change schedules, or […]

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West Africa Travelers Now Required to Enter US Through 5 Airports

October 21, 2014

The following is an update of last week’s coverage the CDC’s new Ebola airport screening program. The Department of Homeland Security announced today that starting Wednesday October 22, all travelers coming to the U.S. from West Africa nations affected by the Ebola outbreak will be required to enter through one of five U.S. airports where enhanced screenings are […]

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