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Top 11 Awards To Book With US Airways Miles Now That It Is In Oneworld

April 1, 2014

March 31st has come and gone – and that means that US Airways (and TAM) has transitioned from Star Alliance to Oneworld. However, the airline has retained several Star Alliance partners as well, including some popular ones like Singapore Airlines, South African Airways and EVA. All told, you can now redeem US Airways miles on […]

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Which Delta Platinum Medallion 2014 Choice Benefit Should I Choose?

April 1, 2014

When you hit Delta Platinum and/or Diamond Medallion status, the airline offers you a choice of benefits called…Choice Benefits, unsurprisingly. Every year I requalify, I strategize about just which benefit holds the most value for me, and this year threw a couple curve balls at me, and all Medallions. As of March 1, 2014, Delta […]

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US Airways Flights Now Bookable with British Airways Avios

March 31, 2014

Today marks the first day that US Airways is part of the Oneworld alliance, and one of the more interesting results is that US Airways flights are now bookable using British Airways Avios. That’s good news because British Airways is a transfer partner of both Amex Membership Rewards (and there are sometimes transfer bonuses) if […]

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American Airlines Ticket Hold Rule Change – No 24 Hour Hold For Flights Within 7 Days

March 31, 2014

As it proceeds with its merger with US Airways, American Airlines has been making some policy changes lately. First it announced that it would no longer be offering bereavement fares, then the airline devalued its Choice Fares by paring down the bundled benefits and jacking up the prices on fares that include change fee waivers. […]

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Alaska – Delta Battle For Seattle Continues – Targeted Delta Gold Amex Offer 50,000 Miles and $200 Statement Credit

March 31, 2014

And the battle for Seattle continues between Alaska – the city’s stalwart – and new entrant on the scene, behemoth Delta, who is muscling in on the smaller airline’s longtime hub. Not only have the airlines launched a bevy of competing promos, most of which means savvy consumers can score some pretty great bonuses over […]

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Alternatives For Banking Delta Flights To Partner Airlines

March 31, 2014

With all the negative news from Delta lately, including award chart devaluations, the slashing of elite benefits, and more restrictive lounge access policies, I’ve been receiving a lot of questions from Delta frequent flyers who increasingly feel that banking SkyMiles with Delta is a losing bet. Fortunately, when you fly Delta, you can bank SkyMiles with many of its […]

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Maximizing Low Cost Carriers In Asia and the Middle East

March 31, 2014

Getting to Asia from the United States can often be a pricey experience (unless you’ve used miles, of course – and even then if there are fuel surcharges). Once you’ve arrived in Asia, you have endless options and extremely large territory to cover – especially if you plan to visit several countries during your time […]

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Which Are the Best Credit Cards for Travel: Chase Sapphire Preferred, Barclaycard Arrival or Amex EveryDay?

March 30, 2014

Earlier this month, I answered the question Which Credit Card To Get: Chase Sapphire Preferred or Barclaycard Arrival? Now I’ve received an email from TPG reader Chaz, who’s torn between these two cards and a brand new one on the scene – the Amex EveryDay cards: “I’m trying to decide between two of three credit cards: Amex […]

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Is There A Way To Convert Chase Ultimate Rewards Points Into Delta Miles?

March 30, 2014

TPG reader Paris recently reached out on Twitter with an interesting question about when it might make sense to transfer Chase points to a non-transfer partner like Delta. “Is there a way to transfer Chase Ultimate Reward points to non-transfer partners like Delta?” The answer is yes, but at a terrible ratio, let me explain. I […]

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How Can You Make Sure You Get TSA PreCheck with Global Entry?

March 30, 2014

TPG reader Jake recently sent me an email with a question about one of my favorite travel perks – Global Entry: “Now that I have Global Entry, I’m not sure what additional steps to take in order to get my full TSA PreCheck benefits. I occasionally get picked at security for TSA PreCheck, but only […]

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Reminder: Register For Hyatt Endless Possibilities By March 31 – Free Nights Or Bonus Points

March 29, 2014

Hyatt’s current first quarter promotion, which actually runs through April 30, 2014, is called Endless Possibilities and includes the option to earn either free nights or bonus points. If you haven’t done so already, you need to register here before March 31 and choose one of the two earning options. Free Nights Earn a free […]

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Saturday Recap: Delta Launches International WiFi, Double Alaska Miles Between Seattle/London, Bonus Points On Best Western Stays And More

March 29, 2014

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from the week: Delta Launches International WiFi On 747-400 Aircraft: Delta is launching international WiFi service on flights 283 and 295 from LAX and ATL to Tokyo Narita aboard Boeing 747-400 aircraft . Introductory pricing options include one-hour passes for laptops  at $14 and mobile users at […]

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Double SkyMiles For April Sheraton Stays With SPG Delta Crossover Rewards

March 29, 2014

Delta and Starwood launched a partnership last year called Crossover Rewards where elite members of both loyalty programs reciprocal benefits. SPG Gold and Platinum members will receive bonus Starpoints on purchased Delta fares. As an SPG elite member, when you book a Delta-marketed and operated flight will receive one Starpoint for every one US dollar. SPG […]

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US Airways – Oneworld Promo: Up to 25,000 Bonus Miles

March 28, 2014

March 31 is a big day for US Airways as it will finally be leaving Star Alliance and joining Oneworld (though retaining some of its Star Alliance partners). To kick off its new alliance membership, the airline is launching a promo where flyers can earn up to 25,000 bonus miles for flying its new Oneworld […]

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My First AirBnB Experience in Dublin: My St. Patrick’s Day Triplex Tower

March 28, 2014

Earlier this year while I trying to find a fun location to celebrate my birthday (which I usually do in Miami), I decided that there was only once place that I wanted to spend it: Ireland! I have been very fortunate to build up an great group of friends in the Dublin area over the […]

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Comparing Business Class on British Airways and American Airlines

March 28, 2014

After my recent round of applications in which I scored approval for the Citi Executive AAdvantage World Mastercard for a second time (this time around it comes with a 100,000-mile bonus when you spend $10,000 in 3 months) and a flight on British Airways in their Club World business class, it got me thinking – […]

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Destination of the Week: Goa

March 28, 2014

As she continues on her own epic trip throughout India, TPG Contributor Jenny Miller takes us to Goa, India’s smallest state. Best known for its miles of perfect beaches and all-hours nightlife, this tiny wedge of India’s western coast also offers intriguing Portuguese-influenced cuisine and ornate architecture. WHAT TO DO The first step in any Goa […]

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Earn 1,000 IHG Rewards Bonus Points on Every Stay Now Through May 30, 2014 – And Other IHG Promos

March 28, 2014

IHG Rewards always has an ongoing list of special little promos under its Offers page that pretty much any member can sign up for as long as they have the specific promo code. These often aren’t advertised the way their major quarterly promos like the current Big Win one are, so you have to know […]

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52 Chances To Win A Trip To Australia With Virgin Australia and Delta’s 52 Somedays Promo

March 27, 2014

As you might have guessed from all our posts, Managing Editor Eric Rosen and I had a fantastic time on our trip to Australia last month, so we were excited when we found out about a huge promo that Virgin Australia, Delta and Tourism Australia are teaming up on called “52 Somedays” where flyers can […]

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Hotel Review: The Hotel Stanhope Brussels Via Hotel Tonight

March 27, 2014

Last week, TPG Creative Director Adam Daniel Weiss stayed at the The Stanhope in Brussels. The following is his review of his experience at the property. My first night in Brussels was a good one at the Dominican, and as much as I would have liked to have stayed an additional night, it was not […]

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Thursday Giveaway: Admirals Club Lounge Passes

March 27, 2014

Last Saturday, the day American Express Platinum and Business Platinum cardholders had been dreading finally arrived – as of March 22, 2014, their cards would no longer include the benefit of American Airlines Admirals Club lounge access (nor US Airways Club access). Now the only cards that will get you into the Admirals Club are […]

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Flying Blue Discount Promo Awards Released For June 1 – July 31, 2014

March 27, 2014

Flying Blue, the mileage program of SkyTeam partners Air France, KLM and Air Europa, offers discounted Promo Awards where you can book award flights for as much as 50% of the miles normally needed. The program recently started releasing a new set of Promo Awards on the first of every month (instead of every two […]

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Travel Sweepstakes Roundup: Win A Trip to Melbourne, iPad From Qatar Airways, 240,000 Hawaiian Miles and More

March 26, 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 A Trip To Melbourne: Visit Melbourne is sponsoring a contest where you can win a vacation for two in Melbourne, Australia. You have […]

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Delta Cutting Alaska MVP Elite Benefits Effective May 1, 2014

March 26, 2014

One of the more interesting airline relationships to watch lately has been that of Delta and Alaska Airlines. While the two used to have a very close partnership, lately there has been more and more competition between them as Delta has muscled its way into Alaska’s traditional territory of the Pacific Northwest with a particular […]

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