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Buying Vanilla Reloads With a Credit Card: Alternatives To CVS

April 8, 2014

Buying Vanilla Reloads has been an important part of a lot of people’s credit card strategy of late. Unfortunately, CVS has stopped accepting credit cards for Vanilla Reload purchases, but TPG contributor Jason Steele shares some strategies and tips on where else you can find them and still buy them with points-earning cards. Friday was […]

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Maximizing International Gateway Stopovers on American Airlines Awards: Two Award Tickets for the Price of One

April 7, 2014

With recent United and Delta award chart devaluations, American Airlines and its mergerpartner US Airways are looking like better options than ever when it comes to booking awards – at least while their award charts remain as they are now with sweet spots like American’s Off-Peak awards to South America and Europe, and US Airways’ business class awards to North Asia (90,000 miles) […]

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Amazing Deal Alert: US Airways 100% Share Miles Bonus – Buy Miles for 1.1 Cent Each

April 7, 2014

US Airways just launched one of its famous 100% Share Miles bonuses where you can essentially buy miles for 1.1 cents each now through April 13, 2014. Unlike past Share Miles promos where the 100% bonus was good on any number of  miles you shared, this one is tiered – so to get the full […]

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Maximizing Points and Miles on Healthcare Spending

April 7, 2014

With the Affordable Care Act going into effect, medical costs and spending are on everyone’s minds. As a major factor in everyone’s budget, healthcare costs can be both a big expense, but also a good opportunity to earn points and miles. TPG contributor Jason Steele fills us in on how and why. Healthcare costs are […]

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Earning Lifetime Star Alliance Gold Status Through Aegean Airlines

April 7, 2014

To be able to hold any status on an airline comes with a certain set of perks, and to hold that status for your lifetime, you’re putting yourself in quite a sweet spot. One of the sweetest spots there is in this respect is the ability to earn lifetime Star Alliance Gold status through Aegean […]

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What is the Best Business Credit Card With No Foreign Transaction Fees?

April 6, 2014

TPG reader Bradley is in the market for a new small business credit card without foreign transaction fees. Here’s his question: “I need to get a non-Amex no foreign transaction fee business credit card for my company which will have multiple employees using the cards. Which one should I choose? Do you suggest Chase Ink […]

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Do I Have To Save My Southwest Rapid Rewards Points For A Companion Pass?

April 6, 2014

TPG reader Megan is going for the Southwest Companion Pass but wants to know if she can put her points to use before reaching the qualifying threshold of 110,000 points. Here’s the question she tweeted me. “@thepointsguy: Southwest Companion Pass? I’m assuming I can’t use any points until I get the 110k? Then do I […]

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Should I Get a US Airways or American Airlines Credit Card?

April 6, 2014

TPG reader Mike needs a new credit card. He’s a US Airways flyer, but is thinking ahead to the merger with American. Here’s his question: “Wondering if you would post about which credit card to get (US Airways or American). I have lot of upcoming travel and typically fly US Airways up and down the […]

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How Do I Get United To Refund My Airfare Or Waive The Change Fee?

April 6, 2014

TPG reader Amanda wants to get out of paying for a United flight she isn’t going to take. Here’s the question she tweeted me: “@thepointsguy How do I ask United to refund a flight or waive the change fee? Flight was only $218 so the change fee makes a credit useless.” A big trend in […]

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Saturday Recap: Earn Double AA Miles Flying TAM, Star Alliance Status Matching, Bonus Miles For Air Berlin’s Topbonus and More.

April 5, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week: Earn Double Miles Flying TAM: In celebration of TAM joining Oneworld, American Airlines is offering double miles for flying its new partner during the month of May. This offer is valid on TAM Airlines, including codeshare flights booked as an American Airlines flight […]

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Make-A-Wish Foundation Launches Wishes In Flight Airline Miles Donation Drive

April 5, 2014

This week, the Make-A-Wish Foundation launches Wishes in Flight, a month-long campaign to raise airline miles donations for wish-related travel. Each year, 10,000 kids and their families travel for wishes granted by the organization. Nearly 75% of all wishes involve travel to places including cultural sites, theme parks, sporting events and everything in between. In […]

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United Economy Award Tickets to Japan 25% Discount in April

April 4, 2014

Still haven’t decided where to take that last-minute spring trip yet? You might have been thinking of a weekend getaway or a staycation, but United is giving us a pretty good reason to consider hopping across the Pacific to Japan. When you book an economy Saver award now through April 17 for travel completed by […]

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Singapore Airlines Launches Krisflyer “Travel in Luxury” Sweepstakes

April 4, 2014

Singapore Airlines just announced a new sweepstakes for frequent flyer fans called “Travel in Luxury,” which offers a chance to win: 2 round-trip Business Class tickets from the U.S. to Singapore Connecting tickets with Singapore Airlines codeshare partner Virgin America A four-night stay at the five-star Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore Running now through April 29, […]

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Destination Of The Week: Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

April 4, 2014

A bustling metropolis combined with some of the most famous beaches in the world, this South American city is known for being an exotic mix of Portuguese, Italian, Spanish and Africa roots. With the World Cup just a few months away and the 2016 Summer Olympics set to take place, all eyes will be on this […]

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Flight Review: American Airlines 757 Economy Miami- Recife, Brazil

April 4, 2014

One of my closest friends, Sergio, is originally from Brazil, and for years has been talking about going to an area called Fernando de Noronha, which is an archipelago of 21 islands about 220 miles off the coast of the mainland. He told me the area was a real hidden gem and that he had dreamed […]

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Cheap American, Delta and Aerolineas Business Class Fares Miami and New York to Buenos Aires For $1,645 in April – May

April 3, 2014

In the past couple months there have been some limited-time low fare deals to South America, and today, some great business class fares on American Airlines and Aerolineas Argentinas popped up for flights from New York JFK for as low as $1,510, and from Miami as low as $1,675 roundtrip. That’s still pricy for some, […]

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Thursday Giveaway: Tickets to the New SPG Hear The Music Series

April 3, 2014

Starwood has a strong history of weaving music into their guests experiences, including the partnership with W Hotels Global Music Director Michaelangelo L’Acqua and the release of the multiple albums including Symmetry. Today, Starwood Preferred Guest announced an interesting new music series with Live Nation Entertainment called  Hear The Music, See The World. This year-long initiative will launch June […]

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Aer Lingus Launches San Francisco – Dublin (SFO-DUB) Route – And Ideas For How To Book It

April 3, 2014

As yesterday marked the start of Aer Lingus’s non-stop flight from San Francisco to Dublin, the airline’s social media team was in a full-on frenzy promoting the new route (#DUBSFO). The airline is flying its new SFO-DUB route aboard its flagship A330-200′s, all featuring WiFi connectivity throughout the flight, as well as power outlets at every […]

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10 Tips for Negotiating a Lucrative Airline Bump

April 3, 2014

Tuesday night, I was set to fly a non-stop American Airlines flight from Recife, Brazil to Miami on a business class award. While booking my ticket several weeks prior, I had noticed the flight was pretty packed, with coach almost full and only two business class seats left. This wasn’t too surprising, as this is the only non-stop […]

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US Supreme Court Decides Rabbi Frequent Flyer Case – Airlines Can Cut Off Frequent Flyers

April 3, 2014

Back in December, the Supreme Court of the US finally heard the arguments in the case of Rabbi S. Binyomin Ginsberg versus Northwest Airlines (now Delta), and today the Court finally released its decision. To give you a bit of background, the rabbi was a Platinum elite with Northwest, but back in 2008, the airline […]

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Travel Sweepstakes Roundup: Win Trips To Australia, Dream Vacations To Europe, Travel Vouchers And More

April 2, 2014

There are a few fun travel contests and sweepstakes going on around the web this week. Here are some of our the TPG top picks to win some great travel prizes. Win One Of 52 Trips To Australia: Virgin Australia, Delta and Tourism Australia are teaming up on promotion called “52 Somedays” where flyers can win […]

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Buy American AAdvantage Miles With Up To 40% Bonus – Worth It?

April 2, 2014

Now through April 30, 2014, American is offering tiered bonuses of up to 40% on the purchase of AAdvantage miles. These aren’t going to be American’s greatest deals to date, but they could be worthwhile for the redemption of premium class awards on long-haul international flights. These AAdvantage tiered bonuses work a bit differently here and […]

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Has CVS Stopped The Purchase of Vanilla Reloads With Credit Cards?

April 2, 2014

Over the weekend speculation was rampant as to whether CVS would stop allowing the purchase of Vanilla Reloads with credit cards thanks to a memo someone spotted in their local store to that effect. While on Sunday and Monday it seemed like business as usual at most CVS stores, @MattEatsWings tweeted me yesterday with the […]

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How To Get Around the Glitch Moving Avios Between British Airways And Iberia

April 2, 2014

TPG contributor Jason Steele (and a lot of other frequent flyers) have found it impossible to move Avios between their British Airways and Iberia accounts recently. Here’s the way he found to work around the problem. The British Airways Executive Club can be an incredibly valuable rewards program, but it is crippled by the outrageous […]

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