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Do You Earn 2x Points for Buying Miles from United?

July 20, 2014

I often purchase airline miles, especially when they’re offered at a good rate during a promotion. I never purchase them from the airline kiosk, because those rates can be up to $0.05 per mile, which is highway robbery. Usually when airlines do run specials, they’re processed through a third party called Points.com. The purchase isn’t billed […]

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Can I Transfer Amex Membership Rewards to Someone Else?

July 20, 2014

I love transferable points. I’ve said it time and time again; the best way to protect yourself from program devaluations is to built up points in one of the three major transferable points programs: American Express Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guest. TPG reader Blayne recently tweeted at me: “‪@thepointsguy Can I transfer […]

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Where Should I Bank Miles from Flying Emirates Airlines?

July 20, 2014

‪This week I got a tweet from TPG reader Mark asking about what he should do with miles earned on Emirates Airlines: “@thepointsguy I have a trip on Emirates to Asia. What airline should I assign points to, as I doubt I will fly on Emirates again soon?” Mark is headed to the Middle East on […]

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Flight Review: Norwegian Air Intra-European 737-800 OSL-ARN

July 19, 2014

During his recent round-the-world trip, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen traveled throughout Scandinavia and got to take a flight on European upstart airline Norwegian Air. Here’s his review of the experience. Although my round-the-world award included business class flights on EVA, Singapore and SAS, one of the flights I was most interested to take was […]

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TSA Fees, Free Iberia Miles, Etihad Launches SFO-AUH & More

July 19, 2014

Here’s a recap of points, miles and travel industry news from the past week: Reminder that TSA fees go up on Monday, July 21:  In news I shared earlier this month, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will soon more than double – and no longer cap – the mandatory security fee they charge most airline passengers. On July […]

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Travel Blogger Q & A: Ryan Gargiulo of Pause The Moment

July 18, 2014

The best travel advice comes from other savvy travelers, and so we present a new series “Travel Blogger Q & As.” Here, we’ll introduce you to other intrepid travelers. To kick things off, Lifestyle Editor Shayne Benowitz interviews Ryan Gargiulo of Pause The Moment. Whether it’s the adrenaline rush from his adventurous world travels or practical tips ranging from gadgets to […]

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Best Travel Credit Card Offers for July 2014

July 18, 2014

Update:  As of July 20, 2014, the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card no longer offers the 7% annual points dividend. The travel credit card marketplace is an ever-shifting landscape. Offers come, offers go. Bonuses rise, bonuses fall. It pays (literally) to stay on top of the latest news to make sure you get in on the […]

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Rental Cars For Family Travel

July 18, 2014

Today, TPG Contributor Jason Steele looks at strategies for renting cars that can fit the whole family without breaking the budget. When I travel by myself, I have a simple formula for choosing which size rental car to reserve: I pick the smallest and least expensive car available. Rental car agencies rarely stock sub-compact cars, […]

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TPG Mega Giveaway Courtesy of Expedia

July 17, 2014

Last week, Expedia announced the launch of Expedia+ Rewards, their newly enhanced points and loyalty program which includes tiered memberships levels, and even more opportunities to earn and redeem points. Through Expedia+ Rewards you’ll earn 2 points for every $1 spent when booking hotels, activities and packages, and 1 point for every $5 spent on flights. Not only do you earn […]

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What to Do In NYC During The Summer

July 17, 2014

Our contributors are scouring the globe in search of the best in summer travel. Today, New York City-based contributor Adee Braun brings you best bets for summer in the city. Summer is the time when New Yorkers come out to play in their urban jungle—they slow down just enough for happy hours on rooftopss and lounging in parks. […]

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Win Trips To Tuscany, New York, San Francisco & More

July 17, 2014

There are a few fun travel contests and sweepstakes going on around the web this week. Here are my top picks to win some great travel prizes! Win a Trip to NYC or LA: IHG Rewards (formerly Priority Club) is giving away a free three day, two night trip to New York City or Los Angeles to […]

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Online Travel Agency Loyalty Programs – the Basics

July 17, 2014

Lately, there have been quite a few changes in the world of online travel agencies (OTAs), including the launch of Expedia + Rewards, a new credit card from Orbitz, and the end of Chase Ultimate Rewards’ online shopping portal bonuses at a number of sites like Travelocity and Priceline. With all that in mind, I thought […]

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Free Wi-Fi in Business and First Class – the Weekly Wish

July 17, 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. There’s no doubt that we live in a connected world. With smartphones, tablets, laptops, and all the other ways we communicate, access, and share information, it’s oftentimes hard to […]

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Citi Hilton Reserve Card: $100 Statement Credit Ending Soon

July 16, 2014

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card has expired. View the current offer here.  The Citi Hilton Reserve card is one of the top travel credit cards on the market and one that I’ve had for a couple years and plan to have in perpetuity as long as the card […]

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Flight Review: Lufthansa New First Class Munich-JFK for $363 and 62,500 AMEX points

July 16, 2014

Last week I flew Lufthansa business class aboard its A321 from Madrid to Munich, then its new first class aboard its A330 from Munich to New York’s JFK. I booked this itinerary two days prior to departure using 62,500 American Express Membership Rewards points transferred to Aeroplan and $363 in taxes/fees –  a far cry from the $10,240 […]

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Buy AA Miles and Earn up to 16,500 Bonus Miles

July 16, 2014

Earlier this month American Airlines launched yet another offer to buy miles at a bonus, through July 31, 2014 and frankly, I thought I had written about it, but apparently not. It isn’t really an earth shattering promotion, but if you need to top up your AA account, it could make sense. In order to maximize this promotion, […]

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Ryanair Launches Free Electronic Boarding Pass App

July 16, 2014

I’ve made no secret of my feelings about Irish budget airline Ryanair, from my own horrible experience flying Ryanair last year to TPG Contributor Lori Zaino‘s tongue-firmly-in-cheek post on 10 Ways to Survive a Ryanair Flight. However, if I’m going to criticize, then in fairness I have to praise when the low-cost carrier does something right. Rather than being charged for the privilege of printing out a […]

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How Card Applications Affect Your Credit Score

July 16, 2014

Today, TPG contributor Jason Steele reviews how new credit card applications impact your FICO score, and reminds us to consider the big financial picture when playing the points and miles game. There’s no way around the fact that credit card sign-up bonuses are among the quickest and easiest ways to earn points and miles. Even if you […]

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Starwood Extends 35% Discount on Resort Award Redemptions

July 16, 2014

Last summer, Starwood launched a “Paradise is Closer” promotion for 35% off select resort free night redemptions, valid for bookings made through March 1, 2014. This offer has now been extended through March 3, 2015 for bookings made at select Starwood resorts. Be aware that bookings through this offer can’t be made online – you have to call Starwood […]

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Hotel Review: ME Meliã Reina Victoria Madrid, Mode Room

July 15, 2014

TPG Creative Director Adam Daniel Weiss recently traveled to Madrid, Spain where he stayed at the ME Meliã Reina Victoria. Here’s his review on the property. I love Madrid, it’s one of the most relaxed yet exciting cities in all of Europe, filled with wonderful little cafes and stunning architecture, and the Madrileño energy is simply infectious! […]

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Hotels.com and Sapphire Preferred UR Portal = Power Combo

July 15, 2014

Update:  As of July 20, 2014, the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card no longer offers the 7% annual points dividend. View the current sign up offer here. In my opinion, hotel loyalty programs have lost some luster over the past couple of years, with promotions getting weaker and most programs devaluing- sometimes significantly (ah, hem Hilton). […]

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What to Do in Oahu, Hawaii: Beach, Mountains and More

July 15, 2014

Like a Choose Your Own Adventure book come to life, the Hawaiian island of O’ahu blends a varied sweep of wild, technicolor landscapes with a thousand-year history to form an exciting gateway to the most exotic state in America. From soft, pale sands and pockmarked volcanic shores to jagged peaks and jungly gardens carpeted in lush greens, and a melted-turquoise ocean tossed by gravity-defying waves, the natural […]

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500 Free Virgin America Points + Refer A Friend Promo

July 14, 2014

There have been major upheavals in the world of frequent flyer programs in the past year, with first Delta and then United announcing huge changes to their mileage programs and how flyers will earn elite status. Hoping to capitalize on uncertainty and shifting loyalty among frequent flyers, Virgin America recently launched a new promo meant […]

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Citi Executive AAdvantage 100,000 Mile Offer Going Strong

July 14, 2014

One of the best deals out there is the 100,000 mile offer for the Citi Executive AAdvantage, which I posted about earlier this month. I myself have gotten 3 of them (yes, that’s right, 3), and all three accounts are still open. You might wonder why I would keep all three cards when each one incurs a […]

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