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Hilton 2014 Award Category Adjustments – Not Much Changing

April 9, 2014

Periodically, the major hotel chains adjust their hotel categories – some hotels move up a category and require more points for an award stay, and some move down, requiring fewer points for an award night. Marriott announced their changes last month with a whopping 21% of their properties moving up a category, while Starwood announced […]

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Benefits and Costs of Adding Additional Cardholders on Credit Cards

April 9, 2014

Readers often ask me about the perks and downsides of adding cardholders to existing credit card accounts, and I’ve explored the answers in posts like:  What Are the Effects of Adding an Additional Cardholder? Should I Make My Fiance An Additional Cardholder on my Chase Sapphire Preferred? Are You Eligible For a Sign Up Bonus […]

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Post-Devaluation Aeroplan Strategy – Awards, Transfer Partners and Star Alliance Comparison

April 9, 2014

2014 seems to be the year of devaluation what with bad news from Delta and United. Aeroplan was not the first nor last to announce they’d be making changes to their program, including raising business and first class award chart redemptions. As the changes to Air Canada’s Aeroplan Rewards program took effect earlier this year, […]

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A Consolidated List of American’s Surprise Policy Changes (And It Ain’t Pretty)

April 8, 2014

This morning I woke up to a flurry of emails and phone calls about American’s new award chart changes. What was presented to me by AA was that AAnytime awards would be changing (basically going up) and some low tier elite levels would go from getting two free checked bags to one. With some other […]

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American Airlines Announces 5 Tier Award Chart And Negative Checked Bag Changes

April 8, 2014

Well, I guess it was only a matter of time before American Airlines decided to increase the amount of miles needed for award tickets since Delta, United and Southwest all made big devaluations this year. These changes are not good, but they also are not complete game changers and AAdvantage will still likely remain one […]

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Top 10 Reasons To Buy US Airways Miles with the 100% Share Bonus

April 8, 2014

Now through Sunday, April 13, US Airways is offering a 100% bonus on shared miles. It’s a tiered bonus, so to score the full 100% you must transfer 30,000 miles or more, but this is an amazing deal because it basically amounts to “buying” new bonus miles at the rate of 1.1 cents each, which […]

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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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