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25% Transfer Bonus from AMEX Membership Rewards to Air France/KLM Flying Blue

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American Express Membership Rewards has added a 25% transfer bonus for Air France/KLM, becoming the third major issuer to add a 25% bonus to Flying Blue within the last month(see also: Chase, Citi). Given AMEX's...

Great ways to save money or miles on flights

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With airfare prices going sky high these days, it was high time for me to update this post. This post is intended to be a quick lookup guide.  Before you book a flight, skim...

Unsung sweet spot: Flying Blue for Air Europa flights

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With the current point transfer bonuses to Air France KLM Flying Blue, we recently republished a post about Flying Blue sweet spots. I've got a couple of trips to Europe tentatively on the books...

A work-around for Virgin Atlantic’s grayed out “Points” search

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Here's a solution to a problem that I expect relatively few readers will encounter or care about.  But those who have run into it have no doubt been extremely frustrated.  When using Virgin Atlantic's...

Grand Hyatt SFO: A terrific hotel connected to San Francisco’s airport

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Recently, my wife and I had a 5:40am flight out of San Francisco's airport (SFO) and so we booked the night before at the Grand Hyatt SFO.  The Grand Hyatt is connected by SkyTrain...

Sweet spot awards that I actually use [On Greg’s Mind]

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We frequently post about great deals using points & miles, and we refer to these as "sweet spot awards."  Some of these are almost unbelievably great.  For example, the ability to book ANA First...

Air France / KLM Flying Blue sweet spots for award travel

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Flying Blue sweet spots have been more difficult to define than those in other programs ever since Air France and KLM ditched the Flying Blue award chart in favor of variable award pricing. However,...

Best uses for Virgin Atlantic points (Sweet Spot Spotlight)

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Virgin Atlantic points are super easy to get.  For example, you can sign up for the Virgin Atlantic credit card (which often has a 65K welcome bonus) and then average more than 2 cents...

A trick for viewing the Flying Blue award calendar

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Air France / KLM Flying Blue miles are super easy to get. You can transfer 1 to 1 from any major transferable points currency: Amex, Capital One, Chase, Citi, Bilt, or even Brex.  Even...

15% transfer bonus Amex Membership Rewards to Avianca LifeMiles

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Avianca LifeMiles is offering a 15% bonus on miles transferred from American Express Membership Rewards.   The Deal Get 15% bonus miles when transferring points from Amex Membership Rewards to Avianca LifeMiles. Valid May 1 to May...

Choice’s Cambria Hotel Gems (Great value with Citi points!)

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Ever since Citi added the ability to double your points when transferring to Choice Privileges (details here), I've been on the hunt for great uses of Choice points.  Towards that end, I've looked at...

El Capitan Hotel Merced California: Bottom Line Review

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Last week, I tagged along with my wife to Merced where she had been invited to deliver a talk at the University of California Merced.  We spent three nights at Hyatt's El Capitan Hotel...

Lap infant sweet spot: Turkish charges 10% of the miles for a lap infant

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In researching options for a couple of anticipated family trips over the next year, I recently stumbled on a lap infant sweet spot that I hadn't previously known about: Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles...

Kids in business class: Saving miles on child award tickets

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The baby in business class debate always stirs the pot, and I've written in the past about why I travel with my kids, so I don't intend to rehash any of that discussion. Rather,...

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