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Up to 50,000 Bonus Miles For United Mileage Plus Visa

December 19, 2010

There are two offers going on right now for the United Chase MileagePlus Visa. Which one you get will be determined by your MileagePlus account, so log-in to your account and then click here. You will either get: 1) 30,000 miles: 25,000 with first purchase and 5,000 after $250 in spend and an authorized user. No […]

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Changes to Continental OnePass Elite Program

November 16, 2010

Continental announced some major changes today that brings their program closely in line with United. These changes mostly affect their top tier flyers. Big things to note: 1) System-wide Upgrades can no longer be used on cheap fare classes S, T, K, L and G in BusinessFirst markets 2) You now need 120 segments, instead […]

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Airline Elite Status Match 101

November 15, 2010

As an elite qualifying year comes to an end (December 31, 2010), it’s a great time to decide whether to go for elite status if you haven’t already achieved the level that you desire. I’m currently 10,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles short of Delta’s top tier (Diamond Medallion, 125,000 MQMs), so I planned a weekend trip […]

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1,000 Free United Miles With Drugstore.com Purchase

November 11, 2010

Earn 1,000 United MileagePlus miles when you shop at drugstore.com and register at this link . In addition, you’ll earn 5 award miles for every dollar spent (up to $100) and  10 award miles per dollar spent over $100. Not a bad way to rack up miles, especially if you are trying to use up […]

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1,000 United Miles Bonus for Mobile Check-in

November 10, 2010

I’ve been using Delta’s mobile check-in for a while now at LGA and BOS and its saved me on more than one occasion where I didn’t have time to print a boarding pass and I showed up to the airport with less than 30 minutes to takeoff. Its a win from the airline’s perspective as […]

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United to Introduce One Way Star Alliance Awards

October 26, 2010

While not officially announced, a source at United has told me that they will indeed be allowing one-way awards on Star Alliance partners beginning October 29th.  This move matches AA, who currently allows one-way awards on all partner airlines. Currently, you can only use United miles to book one-way awards on United flights, so for many […]

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United/ Continental Merger Update: Reciprocal Key Elite Benefits Now Live

October 14, 2010

While United and Continental are officially on the way to become a hopefully united new United, there’s a lot to be done to implement one unified airline to the outside world. Some major changes to come: 1) Repainting planes to match one standard new United logo 2) Getting rid of continental.com 3) Merging the OnePass program […]

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5 Things I Love About Domestic First Class

October 8, 2010

I’ve been traveling domestically a lot lately, and thanks to being a Delta Platinum, I’ve been upgraded to first class on every flight. However, due to scheduling demands, I recently flew JetBlue to Austin, and those four hours in coach as a non-elite status passenger really made me reflect on what I love about first […]

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Hearty Hyatt Airline Bonuses

August 3, 2010

Hyatt has been industry leading with their promotions recently- with multiple rounds of Faster Free Nights (one free night for every two stays), I thought for sure they’d take a breather. Instead, they’ve stepped up their airline bonuses, encouraging members to bank to airline accounts instead of Hyatt points. Below is a list of current […]

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Understanding the United Tware- A Real Travel Deal

July 30, 2010

Lately I’ve been really impressed with United’s Twitter Deals a.k.a Twares.  This week, they’ve been even more impressive as United celebrated their 100,000th Twitter follower- not bad (though still sorely lagging JetBlue’s 1.5 million + followers). To celebrate the big 100k, they announced $100/$200 fares in many popular markets: Chicago to/from: Jacksonville, FL $100 Tampa, […]

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United Award Discount for Short Flights

July 29, 2010

United is running a unique promotion where flights under 700 miles are now only 8,750 miles each way (17,500 round trip). Book by Aug 31, 2010 for flights until Jan 7, 2011. (I checked award availability and this is already loaded.) I like this promotion, because short flights, especially to Canada, are often very expensive. […]

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Should I buy back my expired frequent flyer miles?

July 28, 2010

One of the deadly sins of frequent flyer miles is letting them expire . That word alone makes me shiver. However, we are all busy these days and if you stop flying an airline, its easy to forget about expiration dates and keeping the account active. In reality, most airlines have shopping malls, so buying […]

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Welcome!

June 7, 2010

So The Points Guy officially launched in April 2010 and the initial response has been amazing. Through word of mouth and referrals, I’ve helped numerous clients utilize their frequent flyer miles to realize a travel dream. In fact, just recently I helped a new client plan an amazing trip with his 90 year old father. […]

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