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Hotel Tonight: Seven Day Advance Booking and 10% Credit Back

October 2, 2014

User-friendly hotel booking app Hotel Tonight recently updated its service to make finding discounted rooms a bit easier. In the past, the app offered same-day hotel bookings only (typically at a deeply discounted price) in over 500 destinations (over 10,000+ hotels) in the United States, Europe, Canada and Mexico. Those who aren’t quite so last-minute with their hotel bookings will be pleased to […]

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American Airlines Launches New Routes from Miami

October 2, 2014

American Airlines just announced that starting on March 5, 2015, they will be adding new daily nonstop flights from Miami International Airport to Austin, Texas; Kansas City, Missouri; Salt Lake City and San Antonio. These new routes from Miami will be operated onboard their Boeing 737-800 aircraft Miami- Austin Departs AUS at 6:10 a.m CT, arrives at MIA at […]

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Thursday Giveaway: $500 Southwest Airlines Gift Card

October 2, 2014

Earlier this week we announced that the Chase Ink Plus card featuring a limited time only sign-up bonus where you’ll earn 70,000 points when you spend $5,000 in 3 months. Obviously this is a great deal not to be missed, especially when you consider all of the partners within the Ultimate Rewards network (United, British Airways, Southwest, Korean Air, […]

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Ritz-Carlton Rewards Card: Should it be in Your Wallet?

October 2, 2014

Like its hotels, Ritz-Carlton’s co-branded credit card comes at a premium, but the travel and elite benefits offered by the Ritz-Carlton Rewards card can make it well worthwhile. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen explains how. Many of the most prominent hotel brands have their own “luxury” brands embedded within their portfolios, such as St. Regis or Park Hyatt. […]

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Instant Starwood Points Transfers: The Weekly Wish

October 2, 2014

In the world of award travel, there’s little more frustrating than hunting down the perfect itinerary and locking in on scarce award availability only to have your plans undone by a delay in transferring points from one program to another. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen calls out one notoriously slow transferable points program, and explains why […]

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Amtrak Guest Rewards Double Days Promo: 2x Points This Fall

October 1, 2014

If you were inspired to book a rail trip this fall by yesterday’s post about U.S. Routes Where Amtrak Beats Flying, you’re in luck. Amtrak’s latest Double Days promotion will allow you to earn double Amtrak Guest Rewards points on qualifying Amtrak travel taken retroactively since September 8, 2014 and continuing through November 14, 2014. In order to take advantage […]

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Air France KLM 50% Off Flying Blue Promo Awards for Dec-Jan

October 1, 2014

Flying Blue, the mileage program of SkyTeam partners Air France, KLM and Air Europa, offers Promo Awards each month, through which you can book award flights for 25-50% off on certain routes and in specific cabins. While these awards used to be released every two months, Flying Blue now updates them each month instead. The list of awards you can book […]

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Delta To Limit Partner Transfers to SkyMiles

October 1, 2014

Over the past year, Delta has really chiseled away their SkyMiles program by implementing many negative changes for their 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 and Blocked Access to ExpertFlyer, just to name a few of their recent changes. Well, Delta […]

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Amex Premier Rewards Gold Losing 15,000 Point Spend Bonus

October 1, 2014

Spend bonuses on a credit card can dramatically increase its value proposition and justify the annual fee. The American Express Premier Rewards Gold card has been one of my go-to cards for years. It offers 3 Membership Rewards points per dollar spent on airfare and 2 points per dollar spent on gas and groceries. In my […]

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10 Ways To Maximize 70,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

October 1, 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.  Earlier this week, Chase launched a limited-time sign-up bonus offer for the Ink Plus card where you can earn 70,000 points when you spend $5,000 in 3 months. The […]

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Strategies For Minimizing Credit Card Annual Fees

October 1, 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 points and miles devotee, I’m always trying to get the best return I can on my rewards, and an important part of my strategy is knowing how to […]

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Club Carlson Promo: 30% Bonus on Purchased Gold Points

September 30, 2014

In case you missed this past summer’s Club Carlson flash sale and still want to top up your account, you can take advantage of the latest “Get Away Faster” promotion and receive a 30% bonus when you buy 10,000-40,000 Gold Points from now through October 31, 2014. This promo allows you to purchase a minimum of 10,000 and a maximum […]

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Reminder: US Airways 100% Bonus on Purchased Miles Extended

September 30, 2014

As I wrote about previously, US Airways is offering a bonus of up to 100% on purchased Dividend Miles that has just been extended through October 12, 2014. However unlike some recent promotions, this one is targeted. As the American Airlines and US Airways merger continues to move along, this could be one of the last chance to buy US Airways […]

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When to Book Your Thanksgiving Travel

September 30, 2014

Now that the leaves are changing color, a chill’s in the air and pumpkin-flavored everything can be found everywhere, it can only mean one thing: Thanksgiving will be here before you know it. Travel booking site Kayak.com has sifted through a cornucopia of data to find the best times to pounce on Turkey Day travel, so if you haven’t made your travel […]

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Deal Alert: $15 Fares on Frontier- Chicago, Miami & Philly

September 30, 2014

In the past few weeks, we’ve written about Frontier Airlines offering $19 fares from Phoenix and $15 fares from Houston to San Francisco. Today they’re back at it with $15 fares from Chicago O’Hare, Miami and Philadelphia. Frontier is launching new service in American Airlines hub Miami and US Airways hub Philadelphia, and to celebrate they’re offering some […]

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7 Top Business Credit Cards for Travel Rewards

September 30, 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. Yesterday, Chase launched a historically high sign-up bonus offer of 70,000 points for the Ink Plus business credit card. However, if you already have the Ink Plus or were thinking […]

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Train or Plane? U.S. Routes Where Amtrak Beats Flying

September 30, 2014

Unlike European trains, which are known for comfort and punctuality, Amtrak doesn’t have the same allure as air travel. Still, there are some domestic routes where the train competes (or even comes out ahead) in terms of time and cost. TPG Contributor Nick Ewen took a deeper look at these routes to see when the train is the better option. […]

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Chase Ink Plus 70,000 Point Sign-up Bonus – Amazing Deal Alert

September 29, 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.  Chase has just launched a limited-time sign-up offer for the Ink Plus card, where you’ll earn 70,000 points when you spend $5,000 in 3 months. That’s 40% higher than the normal […]

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Hotel Review: W New York Times Square

September 29, 2014

The TPG team recently met in New York for strategy meetings and checked into a variety of hotels across the city. TPG International Correspondent Lori Zaino stayed at W New York Times Square. Here’s her review of the property. Stay tuned for more New York City hotel reviews from the rest of the team. Having once lived in New […]

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Double Hilton HHonors Points or 1,000 Point Bonus Per Stay

September 29, 2014

Hilton HHonors is gearing up to launch their next promotion and wants your vote on what it should be. The two choices are either double points or 1,000 bonus points per night. Members can vote to earn either Double Hilton HHonors Points, beginning on their second stay, or 1,000 Bonus Points for every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday night […]

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IHG Releases PointBreaks List for September 29-November 30

September 29, 2014

IHG just released its latest list of PointBreaks hotels for September 29- November 30, 2014. PointBreaks are reduced award redemptions at IHG hotels (Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, Indigo, Holiday Inn, etc.) that require just 5,000 Rewards Club points for a free night, and change every two months. While many of the participating properties are in fairly mundane destinations, there are always a few worth checking […]

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Credit Cards that Offer Elite Status for Car Rentals

September 29, 2014

At a time when elite benefits are shrinking and those that still exist are becoming more elusive, I’m appreciative of any elite status that I can get and maintain the easy way, even for rental cars. Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele discusses credit cards that let you circumnavigate the elite status requirements at rental car agencies, so you can reap the […]

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Do I Have to Pay Taxes on Credit Card Bonuses?

September 28, 2014

TPG reader Rushabh tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy– Do banks report sign-up bonuses to the IRS? Do we have to pay taxes on sign-up bonuses from credit card offers?” Rushabh wants to know what his tax liability is for points and miles earned from a credit card, and is concerned he might have to forfeit some […]

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Do I Earn MQDs for Delta Tickets Booked on Ultimate Rewards?

September 28, 2014

TPG reader Philip tweeted me to ask: “@thepointsguy If you book Delta tickets through Chase Ultimate Rewards, will you get MQDs? I’ve started to NOT get MQDs on recent tickets I have purchased through Ultimate Rewards.” Credit card points can be especially valuable when redeemed directly for airfare, because you usually earn miles on the […]

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