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Win One of 60 Free Starwood Nights Plus 225,000 Starpoints

December 1, 2014

Visit the Starwood Facebook page today for a chance to win free nights at over 60 hotels or 225,000 Starpoints! Once you enter your name and email, simply shake the snowglobe for your chance to win. You don’t need to enter your Starpoints number or any other information. The participating hotels you can win free […]

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Roundup of Cyber Monday Travel Deals

December 1, 2014

While tons of stores, airlines and hotels offered fantastic deals starting on Black Friday, today is Cyber Monday, which means there are all kinds of fantastic discounts, rebates and bonuses you can take advantage of by shopping online. Be sure to check out our posts on Holiday Shopping Portal Deals and Top Cyber Monday Hotel Flash Sales for […]

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5 Cool Car Rentals from Ferraris to Bulldozers

December 1, 2014

Rental vehicles are among the more mundane aspects of travel, but today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele shares 5 fun rental options that should interest savvy travelers and car lovers alike. By now, you know the standard rental car drill, including a schlep to a distant parking lot, picking up some boring econobox, and trying not to get stuck […]

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Deal Alert: Flights to Maui for Only $257 Roundtrip

December 1, 2014

As part of Alaska Airline’s Cyber Monday sale, they are offering some super cheap fares to Hawaii this spring, including from Oakland to Maui, Hawaii for only $128 each way which comes out to $257.60 roundtrip. Other cheap flights include San Diego to Honolulu, San Jose to Kaua’i, and Seattle to Hawaii. You can take […]

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When Should I Get the SPG Amex Card to Maximize the Bonus?

November 30, 2014

TPG reader Dave tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy–”Is now a good time to get the SPG Amex? Does that card ever offer more than the 25,000 points sign-up bonus, or should I apply now?”  If you follow my Monthly Valuation Series, you’ll know that I think Starpoints are the most valuable loyalty currency out there. You can transfer them to […]

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Can I get both the US Airways MasterCard & AA MasterCard?

November 30, 2014

TPG reader Brian tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy–”I just got the US Airways MasterCard with a 40,000 mile bonus. Can I apply for the AAdvantage Platinum MasterCard and the 50,000 bonus miles next year?” There are a lot of different credit card options available right now if you fly US Airways  or American. Among them are the Barclaycard US […]

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Are AAdvantage Miles Worth More than British Airways Avios?

November 30, 2014

TPG reader Mark tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy–”I’ve always banked miles earned on British Airways to American Airlines, but am I better off earning Avios and using them for American flights?” With so many airline partners these days, you have a lot of choices when deciding which one to fly. If you fly American Airlines, for example, […]

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Can a Card Issuer Take Back My Sign-Up Bonus?

November 30, 2014

TPG reader Edgar tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy–”Will a card issuer take back points from a sign-up bonus if I meet the spending requirement and six months later get a credit that brings me back under the threshold?”  If you earn points or miles from a purchase and then six months down the line you get a […]

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What’s Proper Etiquette if I’m Upgraded and My Client Isn’t?

November 30, 2014

TPG reader Christopher tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy–”What is proper etiquette when I get a first class upgrade because I’m Delta Diamond, and  my client is back in row 27?” Unfortunately, this question has no clear “right” answer. This used to happen to me all the time. I remember once back when I worked at Morgan Stanley, […]

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10 Unbelievable Attractions You Must Do Aboard Quantum of the Seas

November 29, 2014

TPG Contributor and Caribbean Expert Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon of Jet Set Sarah was aboard the brand new Quantum of the Seas cruise ship for its inaugural eight-night voyage across the Atlantic from England to Cape Liberty, New Jersey. The ship–the world’s third largest–set sail on its first itinerary at the end of November. Here’s Sarah’s account of what you […]

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Top Cyber Monday Hotel Flash Sales

November 29, 2014

When it comes to shopping, Black Friday is quickly getting overshadowed by Cyber Monday—24 hours of online deals perfect after a long holiday weekend. While skipping shopping mall crowds is one major Cyber Monday perk, another is that many of the properties are under the Marriott and Starwood umbrella, so you can still earn Marriott Rewards […]

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3,000 Bonus AAdvantage Miles, Hyatt Sale, and Bonus Starpoints

November 29, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Save up to 35% and Earn up to 3,000 AAdvantage Miles on Avis Rentals You can save up to 35% on Avis rentals and earn up to 3,000 AAdvantage bonus miles on Avis car rentals through December 31, 2014. In […]

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Reminder: Shop Today for Amex Small Business Saturday

November 29, 2014

Don’t forget, today is American Express’s annual Small Business Saturday, where Amex cardholders can receive statement credits on purchases made with their American Express cards at local businesses.  The purpose of Small Business Saturday is to draw attention to the many brick and mortar businesses that frequently get overlooked by giving Amex cardholders a statement credit […]

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British Airways Fare Sale $1,575 r/t Business Class from UK

November 28, 2014

British Airways has just launched a great fare sale for holiday travel originating at London Heathrow (LHR) or Manchester (MAN), which enables you to book two Club World business class fares for £2,014/~$3,15o (or one for £1,007/~$1,575, inclusive of all taxes, fees and carrier charges, to a wide variety of destinations. Fares must be booked by December 4, 2014, outbound […]

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Contest Roundup: 20K From Barclaycard, Shop in Beverly Hills, Paris

November 28, 2014

Check out the week in travel contests and sweepstakes for your chance to see Jersey Boys in Las Vegas, walk the red carpet at the Empire Premiere in Los Angeles, win up to $20,000 from Barclaycard, shop in Beverly Hills or sport a new Baume & Mercier watch in Paris.  Win up to $20,000 From […]

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Overview of Alaska Airlines Award Routing Rules

November 28, 2014

With major changes to Delta and United’s frequent flyer programs in the past year and more to come from the American Airlines/US Airways merger, I asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to look at the current state of airline award routing rules for the US legacy carriers. Each day this week he’ll feature a different carrier (see earlier […]

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How to Use No Annual Fee Cards to Earn Points that Transfer

November 28, 2014

Annual fees for credit cards can eat up a significant chunk of the rewards you earn, but you may sacrifice important benefits if you’re not willing to pay the up-front cost. Today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at how you can make use of cards with no annual fee and still have access to the best redemption […]

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Holiday Shopping Portal Deals for Black Friday/Cyber Monday

November 28, 2014

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are two of the biggest shopping days of the years, and while you can get some amazing hotel offers, in-store deals and other discounts, it’s also a perfect opportunity to maximize points and miles earning for shopping via online portals. What are Shopping Portals? Shopping portals act as middlemen, inviting customers to shop at specific retailers […]

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Deal Alert: $7 Hotel Rooms for Black Friday

November 28, 2014

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving yesterday! For those looking for some cheap hotel rooms for tonight, the Hotel Tonight app is launching their Black Friday sale with $7 rooms tonight, starting at 7am local time today. As a reminder, Hotel Tonight is a mobile app, so to take advantage of these deals, you must download the app […]

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Earn Bonus Miles with the United MileagePlus X App

November 27, 2014

Just in time for Black Friday, United Airlines has launched MileagePlus X, a new app for iOS and Android mobile devices that enables MileagePlus members to earn up to 4 miles per dollar for shopping at participating merchants. Presently targeted to select MileagePlus members by email, the free app will be made more widely available throughout the holiday season. If you’ve been […]

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Thursday Giveaway: Year Free of Silvercar, a $9000 Value!

November 27, 2014

The internet has been buzzing lately with the introduction of a new car rental service called Silvercar, a unique service which offers only fully loaded Audi’s to all customers at its airport locations around the country. Founded with a mission to eliminate typical frustrations that have plagued its industry for decades, Silvercar is paving the way […]

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Overview of US Airways Award Routing Rules

November 27, 2014

With major changes to Delta and United’s frequent flyer programs in the past year and more to come from the American Airlines/US Airways merger, I asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to look at the current state of airline award routing rules for the US legacy carriers. Each day this week he’ll feature a different carrier (see earlier […]

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How the Travel Industry’s Heart Can Grow 3 Sizes this Year

November 27, 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: for airlines and hotels to spread some cheer and goodwill in the holiday spirit. Though I started listening to Christmas music weeks ago, for most people Thanksgiving marks the start of the holiday season. […]

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Singapore & Virgin Australia Launch Point Conversion Option

November 26, 2014

Last week, Singapore Airlines and Virgin Australia enhanced their partnership by launching a new feature that enables KrisFlyer and Velocity Frequent Flyer members to convert points and miles between the two programs. This new (and pretty unique) conversion capability offers frequent flyers greater access to upgrades and award seats across the combined network of the two airlines. Velocity Frequent Flyer members can now […]

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