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Convert SPG points to miles? How to play the Marriott merger.

On Monday we learned that Marriott will be buying Starwood in 2016.  Under the assumption that Marriott’s rewards program will be the surviving program after the merger, I made a plea to Marriott: Hey...
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Bet You Didn’t Know: 24 Hour Cancellation Policies For Award Tickets

By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate...  I have the worst luck. It's practically guaranteed that the moment I book an airline ticket, the price will go down immediately afterwards. It's as if I have permanent bad...
mileage running

My crazy route to Vegas. Am I done with mileage running?

The majority of this post was written while flying the final leg of my latest mileage run.  Last year, I decided to seek top tier American Airlines status by signing up for the US...
airfare price predictions

Bet You Didn’t Know: Airfare Price Predictions and More with Hopper

By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate...  There have been a number of attempts at predicting airfares over the last several years. The earliest commercial manifestation of this was Farecast, whose airfare predictions were good enough that Microsoft bought it in 2008 and...

British Airways kills off 4,500 point awards for US travel

British Airways has announced that beginning February 2, 2016, short haul one-way awards originating or terminating in the US will begin at 7,500 Avios points rather than the current cost of 4,500 points.  Bookings...
Free Gogo In-Flight Wifi FlexPerks

Free Gogo In-Flight Wifi: FlexPerks offers a terrific new perk for Visa cardholders

The US Bank FlexPerks card is one of my favorite secondary points programs card.  The card offers 3X points for charities, 2X points for cell phone, and 2X for gas, grocery, or airline purchases...
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The earn and burn fallacy. Shall we give hoarding and cherry picking a try...

“Don’t save your money. Spend it as fast as you can.”  Can you imagine anyone giving that advice?  And, if they did, would you listen to them?  No way. What if the types of things...
Ignoring terms and flying cheap

Ignoring terms and flying cheap via 3 stacked promos: BA sale, AARP discount, and...

Last Thursday was an exciting day.  I woke up early and noticed an announcement in my inbox about a two day British Airways fare sale on business class flights.  I knew that this would...
AARP British Airways Discount

AARP officially extends British Airways flight discount through March 31 2017

AARP has long offered a discount for certain flights booked through British Airways.  The discounts are available on British Airways and British Airways codeshare services operated by American Airlines and on British Airways codeshare...
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BA two day sale on round trip business class fares. Here’s how to pay...

British Airways is offering a two day sale on business class fares to London from select cities. Fares start at just $2015 round trip (but I’ll show you how to pay much less). Bookings...
Unbiased credit card rankings

Unbiased credit card rankings: enhancements and airline cards

A little over a week ago, I introduced unbiased credit card rankings, specifically for hotel credit card signup bonuses  Since then, I’ve enhanced the methodology a bit and I’ve added unbiased airline credit card...

AA Chicago to LA only $40.10 one way!

As reported by Loyalty Traveler, American Airlines is currently offering dirt cheap fares between Chicago and Los Angeles.  Fares can be found for only $40.10 one-way for a flight of 1744 miles. That comes...
Platinum Checklist

A checklist for securing expedited security, hotel and car elite status, two $200 reimbursements,...

A bit of good news for Amex Platinum cardholders surfaced yesterday.  First, it was widely reported that Amex Platinum holders are now eligible for free Hilton Gold status.  Second, we learned that a glitch...
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AA vs Delta Part 2: good upgrades, bad food, and in-flight ads

In part 1 of this series, I made it clear: my goal is not to compare the AA and Delta frequent flyer programs.  On paper, at least, AA’s program has Delta beat by a...

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