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Reminder: Amazon Payments Free Monthly Transfers End Monday

October 10, 2014

As a reminder, next Monday, October 13, Amazon Payments will remove the ability for users to send up to $1,000 each calendar month using a credit card with no fees. Previously, this had been a useful way to earn credit card points for expenses that might otherwise be paid in cash or by check, like a house […]

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12 Unexpected Things I Learned On My Alaska Cruise – On The Ship

October 10, 2014

Lifestyle Editor Shayne Benowitz recently embarked on a seven-night Alaska cruise with her family. Here, she details 12 unexpected things she learned while aboard the ship. Come back tomorrow for Part 2 where she’ll explore shore excursions. For my parents’ 41st wedding anniversary, they invited their three grown children on an Alaska cruise. After a little […]

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Contest Roundup: Kenya, Disney, Honolulu, New York City

October 10, 2014

Check out the week in travel contests and sweepstakes for your chance to win trips to Kenya, Disney Resorts, California, Honolulu or New York City. Win an Adventure for Two in Kenya From Sobek Travel Enter to win a free trip for two including economy airfare on Sobek’s Travel “Undiscovered Kenya” adventure plus a daypack and duffel […]

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Sapphire Preferred vs. EveryDay Preferred – Which Card Wins?

October 10, 2014

Last week, American Express announced that, starting in 2015, the Premier Rewards Gold card would no longer offer a 15,000-point bonus for spending $30,000 or more in a calendar year. That prompted us to reevaluate Amex’s Membership Rewards cards in a showdown that pitted the Premier Rewards Gold against the Platinum and EveryDay Preferred cards. […]

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11 Tips for Traveling with Senior Citizens

October 10, 2014

One of my favorite award trips of all time was accompanying my grandmother to California three years ago to visit family. At (then) 89 years old, it wouldn’t have been possible by herself, but together we were able to make the trip, and I was so thankful for being able to travel with her. Today, TPG Contributor […]

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Ebola and Travel: CDC Launches New Airport Screening Program

October 9, 2014

Following the death yesterday of Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian man afflicted with the U.S.’s first recorded case of Ebola and sequestered in an isolation ward at a Dallas hospital, the U.S. federal government is launching its first large-scale attempt at screening for Ebola at American airports. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced that […]

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Delta Raising Medallion Qualifying Dollar Thresholds in 2015

October 9, 2014

In yet another bold move to undermine its frequent flyers, Delta is increasing the amount of Medallion Qualifying Dollars you’ll need to spend in order to qualify for elite status starting in 2015 for 2016 Medallion qualification. Delta is increasing the MQD requirements for earning 2016 Medallion status, which is based on flights flown between January 1, […]

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Starwood Redemptions at Caesars Hotels Up to 40% Off

October 9, 2014

Starwood is running a promotion where you can get up to a 40% discount when you redeem your Starpoints at Caesars Hotels for stays between November 7, 2014-December 30, 2014. Starting now, you can also redeem for SPG Moments exclusive Caesar experiences. Make sure to first register for the promotion in order to access the best rates and deals. Hotel […]

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Thursday Giveaway: $500 American Airlines Gift Card

October 9, 2014

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: Ink Plus From free-checked bags to expedited boarding, earning elite status can be worth its weight in gold (or platinum!) on different airlines. With the announcement earlier this week that American Airlines has partnered with Cadillac to offer their Concierge Key members free plane-side tarmac transfers, elite […]

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Chase Ink Plus 70,000 Point Sign-Up Bonus Ending Soon

October 9, 2014

Update: The 70,000 point Ink Plus offer is no longer available online but may still be available in a Chase branch. View the current online offer here. As a reminder, Chase re-launched a limited-time sign-up offer for the Ink Plus card last week, where you’ll earn 70,000 points when you spend $5,000 in 3 months. That’s 40% higher than the […]

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Amex Membership Rewards Transfer Bonuses: The Weekly Wish

October 9, 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: consistent transfer bonuses from Amex Membership Rewards to airline and hotel travel partners. Last Thursday, my Weekly Wish focused on how the Starwood Preferred Guest program could improve by offering […]

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Completing the Hyatt Diamond Status Challenge

October 8, 2014

TPG Content and Community Manager Ryan Gaines is about to embark on a Hyatt Diamond Status Challenge over the next two months. In today’s post, Ryan provides an overview of the Hyatt challenge, and explains his plans to achieve Hyatt Diamond Elite Status. As the year comes to an end, I’ve been re-evaluating my hotel elite status, and […]

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Free $10 Uber Credit from American Express Sync

October 8, 2014

Uber is one of my all-time favorite travel apps because it allows you to hail private cars and taxis directly from your smartphone without having to wait out on the street. It’s easy to locate nearby vehicles, it gives you the option to choose between low-cost UberX cars (which actually just lowered fares in 16 markets) and SUV’s when riding with […]

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Bank of America Launches New Preferred Rewards Program

October 8, 2014

The travel rewards credit card market is always evolving, with new opportunities popping up just as fast as others disappear. While this year will spell the end of some cards and benefits, we’ve also seen new ones arise, like primary rental insurance on the Chase Sapphire Preferred, and the launch of the new Citi Double Cash card. This week it’s Bank of America’s […]

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Which Virgin America Visa Signature Card is Best for You?

October 8, 2014

I’m a fan of over-the-top credit card sign-up bonuses that offer a bonanza of miles all at once, but there are plenty of cards with less substantial bonuses that are worth having for their other benefits. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen shows us the ins and outs of two such cards from Virgin America, and offers some guidelines for deciding […]

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Are Fuel Surcharges Legal? A Consumer Advocate Weighs In.

October 8, 2014

Alongside devaluations, Fuel surcharges are the bane of all award travel enthusiasts, and as someone who has made a career out of being a savvy award traveler, there’s little that irks me more than when airlines nickel and dime customers by imposing these bogus (and sometimes deceptive) charges. Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele discusses the legality (or […]

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Delta Removing Medallion Upgrades on Basic Economy Fares

October 7, 2014

Over the past year, Delta has really chiseled away their SkyMiles program by implementing tons of negative changes for frequent flyers. They’ve announced Mileage Accrual Based on Spending, Additional Revenue Requirements for Medallion Status, Reduced SkyClub Guests and Increased Fees, Tightened Their Same Day Confirm Policy, Blocked Access to ExpertFlyer, and Limited Partner Transfers to SkyMiles. Well, they’re at it again, and […]

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Hotel Review: Andaz Wall Street, New York – Andaz Suite

October 7, 2014

TPG Contributor Nick Ewen recently stayed at the Andaz Wall Street with his wife for a weekend getaway. Here’s his review of the luxurious Hyatt brand’s Wall Street outpost. Stay tuned for more New York hotel reviews from the TPG team’s recent travels. I have a confession to make: as a native New Yorker, I’ve gone […]

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Cheap Winter Flights to/from Miami: $59 Chicago, $60 NYC, $69 PHL, $99 Denver

October 7, 2014

Frontier Airlines is set to shake things up in Miami later this December when they start non-stop service to Miami from New York (LaGuardia), Philadelphia, Chicago and Denver. Miami, an American Airlines stronghold, doesn’t see much low-cost competition since Southwest and Spirit don’t serve the airport, instead opting for Ft. Lauderdale, just up I-95. Frontier […]

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Delta Ending Round-the-World SkyMiles Tickets

October 7, 2014

We are just a few months away from when Delta will be switching to revenue based earnings, but it seems that Delta is already making changes when it comes to SkyMiles redemptions, as starting January 1, 2015, Delta will discontinue Round-the-World (RTW) SkyMiles tickets. According to Delta’s SkyMiles Program Rules & Guide, Round-the-World Award Tickets will not be issued on or after January 1, […]

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Choosing a Rewards Credit Card: 5 Questions Before You Apply

October 7, 2014

In the time I’ve spent mastering the art of award travel, I’ve learned that there are many ways to get from A to B, but they’re far from equal. One airline or hotel might suit you where another won’t, and the same goes for rewards credit cards. Having a card that meets your particular needs is an important step toward traveling the […]

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Bonus Virgin America Elevate Points with Feel the Earn Promo

October 6, 2014

Just in time to celebrate the start of new service out of Dallas Love Field (DAL) next week, Virgin America has launched its largest ever promotion, Feel the Earn, which allows Elevate members to earn 3x points on First Class bookings, 2x points on Main Cabin Select, and up to an additional 25,000 bonus points for all flights in all cabins, for […]

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Top Chase Ink Plus Benefits Along with 70,000 Point Bonus

October 6, 2014

Update: The 70,000 point Ink Plus offer is no longer available online but may still be available in a Chase branch. View the current online offer here. Last week Chase launched an increased sign-up bonus for the Ink Plus card, offering 70,000 Ultimate Rewards points after you spend $5,000 in the first 3 months. That’s 40% higher than […]

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American Airlines Offers Cadillac Gate Transfers for Elites

October 6, 2014

American Airlines has teamed up with Cadillac to offer an airport transfer program in which high value customers (namely, Concierge Key members) with tight connections will receive tarmac transfer services to their next departure gate. American and Cadillac currently offer a luxury airport transfer program at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), and will be expanding to  Dallas/Fort […]

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