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Delta Reverses Decision to Limit Partner Transfers

December 11, 2014

After a year of negative changes to the Delta SkyMiles program, such as Mileage Accrual Based on Spending, Additional Revenue Requirements for Medallion Status and Reduced SkyClub Guests and Increased Fees, the airline finally has some good news for its members, just in time for the holidays. In October, Delta announced that it would implement a cap on transfers from partners beginning January […]

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US Airways 100% Share Miles Bonus Returns Through June 30, 2014

June 16, 2014

US Airways has once again launched their famous 100% Share Miles Bonus now through June 30, 2014 though the terms are a bit different this time around. Normally the Dividend Miles member who received the miles would receive the 100% bonus, but US Airways decided to change the rules and split the bonus so the sender will […]

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Last Chance to Buy US Airways Dividend Miles with 100% Bonus

May 21, 2014

Just a reminder that this week is your last opportunity to buy US Airways miles with a 100% bonus, as the promotion ends on Sunday May 25, 2014. The bonus amounts are as follows: Purchase 10,000-19,000 miles, get a 50% bonus Purchase 20,000-29,000 miles, get a 75% bonus Purchase 30,000-50,000 miles, get a 100% bonus […]

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Entry Level Airline Credit Cards and Why They’re Generally Not Worth It

May 12, 2014

There are a ton of airline co-branded credit cards on the market these days, but some of the most overlooked are the entry level cards with no or low annual fees. TPG contributor Jason Steele takes a look at these cards and examines whether they make sense or whether you should buck up and get […]

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US Airways 100% Buy or Gift Miles Is Back Through May 25 2014

May 5, 2014

The famous US Airways 100% Buy Miles bonus has returned now through May 25, 2014.  This promotion essentially allows you to buy or gift miles for 1.88 cents but in order to get the full bonus of 100%, you’ll need to buy 30,000-50,000 miles. If you buy 10,000-19,000 miles, you just get a 50% bonus, and […]

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What’s the Best Way (and Best Credit Card) For American Airlines Admirals Club Access?

May 4, 2014

TPG reader Connor has the American Express Platinum card and misses access to American Airlines Admirals Clubs, which the card used to have as one of its benefits, but which it lost March 22, 2014. Now he wonders if it’s worth getting the Citi Executive AAdvantage World Mastercard to get back into the Admirals Club […]

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Amex Membership Rewards 30% Transfer Bonus To Virgin Atlantic May 1-31

May 1, 2014

From May 1 – 31, American Express Membership Rewards, the points program of cards like the Platinum Card and the Premier Rewards Gold as well as the new EveryDay cards, will be offering a 30% transfer bonus to Virgin Atlantic. There’s no need to register – the bonus will be hard-coded into the transfer page […]

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50% Off Air France KLM Business Class Awards From Chicago, Dallas, Montreal, DC: Flying Blue Promo Awards Announced July 1 – August 31, 2014

April 30, 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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Up to 25,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles With Partner Transfer Promotion

April 29, 2014

Now through May 25, 2014, Aeroplan (the mileage program of Air Canada) is offering the chance to earn up to 25,000 bonus miles by converting points from their partners into Aeroplan miles. Like with past promos, this is a tiered bonus and the total bonus you get is based on the cumulative partner points you […]

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Update On Buying Alaska Airlines Miles Using Fly & Buy Option

April 29, 2014

Back in January I wrote about Alaska Airlines’ Fly & Buy Miles option which I took advantage of to rack up 90,000 miles for my first class flight from Mumbai to New York via Dubai on Emirates. This weekend I’ll be traveling to Los Angeles for a conference and decided to tie in a quick […]

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Top Credit Cards With No First Year Annual Fee

April 28, 2014

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express has expired. View the current offers here – personal, business. The offer mentioned below for the Capital One Venture Card has expired. View the current offer here.  There are some great travel credit card offers out there at the moment, and to entice new customers, many […]

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Tips for Traveling With Pets: Airline and Hotel Policy Roundup

April 22, 2014

My life changed back in January 2013 when I added a new member to my family – my French bulldog Miles (get it?). Since then, the little guy has traveled all over the US and to Canada with me, and I can’t imagine life without him. However, traveling with a pet is a whole different […]

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Buying Amex Membership Rewards Points from American Express – Worth It?

April 16, 2014

Today I was reading through the updated Membership Rewards terms and conditions that came with my Premier Rewards Gold card to see if anything new caught my eye and thought it would be good to do a refresher post on how you can actually buy Membership Rewards points and if it’s really worth it at […]

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Deal Alert: New York to Oslo from $407 Roundtrip and Other Scandinavia Cheap Flight Deals From Los Angeles

April 15, 2014

I’m a fan of travel disrupters (like Uber) and now Norwegian Air. The scrappy carrier is driving down fares with new cheap flights to locations throughout Europe to the US. It is shaking up the airline industry and has even prompted lawsuits from jealous competitors. Just this morning I saw a sidebar ad showcasing Ft. Lauderdale […]

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Paying Taxes With Credit Cards: 10 Scenarios That Might Make Sense

April 15, 2014

It’s Tax Day, and one of the questions I’m asked the most at this time of year is whether paying taxes with a credit card is a good way to rack up points and miles and if so, what credit card to use to maximize your taxes. It would seem like paying your taxes using […]

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Maximizing Points and Miles With Cruises

April 14, 2014

With the summer cruising season almost upon us, a lot of readers have been writing in with questions about how to maximize their points with cruises – both on the earning and redemption side – so I thought I’d write up a few strategies to help them make the most of their next voyage. Earning […]

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What Credit Card Should I Use To Pay My Taxes Off With?

April 13, 2014

Tax time is upon us this week and TPG reader Vick tweeted me asking me what credit card I would recommend to use to pay my taxes. Here is his question: “@thepointsguy If I’m going to pay my taxes is it better to pay with Amex Premier Rewards Gold, Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase United Presidential […]

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Is it Better to Focus on Collecting Hotel Points or Airline Miles?

April 13, 2014

Joining Delta, United, Southwest and Air Canada‘s recent devaluations of their mileage programs, this past week saw big, sudden changes from American Airlines, including new fees and the raising of several different award levels. With the current mileage landscape in mind, TPG reader Katrina tweeted me the following timely question: “@thepointsguy In light of recent airline mileage program devaluations, does it make […]

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Benefits and Costs of Adding Additional Cardholders on Credit Cards

April 9, 2014

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Capital One Venture Card has expired. View the current offer here.  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 […]

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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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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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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

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Capital One Venture Card has expired. View the current offer here.  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 […]

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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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