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Is 40,000 Marriott points + $150 better than the 70,000 bonus?

by on Mon July 28, 2014 • No Comment
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You might think the single biggest  offer for Marriott Rewards points as of this post date is the limited-time 70,000 point deal for the Marriott Rewards Premier credit card. You can earn them after spending $2,000 within the first 3 months of holding the card, with no annual fee for the first year. 70,000 points [...]

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300 people stranded 2 nights at LA airport. How you can avoid the agony.

by on Fri July 25, 2014 • 2 Comments
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via Twitter Norwegian Air Shuttle  is a super low cost carrier that just started flying from Europe to the United States. They entice people with incredibly low base airfares like $236 one-way from London to Los Angeles, including taxes and fees. There are plenty of fees that get lopped on top like seat assignment and bag [...]

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70,000 point Ink Plus, EMV Chip & other Chase in-branch deal details

by on Thu July 24, 2014 • No Comment
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Most banks offer different deals in different places, either online, or in person at one of their branches. Chase is no exception, and while you won’t always find the best deal in a branch it’s sometimes worth stopping in to see what is available. This week it unveiled a new deal in the branches: 70,000 [...]

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Citi ThankYou airline transfer partner award charts

by on Tue July 22, 2014 • 2 Comments
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Citibank now allows point transfers from ThankYou points to 7 airline mile partners if you hold a Citi Prestige, Citi ThankYou Premier, or Citi Chairman’s card (all have annual fees). You can see the latest Citi ThankYou Premier intro deal here. The partners include Asia Miles, EVA Airways Infinity Mileage Lands (yes, that’s the name), [...]

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Flat tires & 7 more gotchas car rental insurance benefits don’t cover

by on Mon July 21, 2014 • No Comment
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Chase has just added Primary car rental collision damage coverage to the benefits of the flagship Chase Sapphire Preferred Card, which is good news. It means you won’t have to file a claim with your own insurance policy in case you suffer damage to an eligible rental car you book using the card, and you can [...]

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New LifeMiles award chart vs United MileagePlus & old side by side

by on Sat July 19, 2014 • No Comment
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Earlier this week Avianca / TACA LifeMiles announced it would raise prices on Star Alliance awards originating in the United States and elsewhere effective October 15. But it didn’t show what the new award prices would be for Star Alliance partner flights. That’s changed, and a new award chart has been released. Some of the better [...]

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LifeMiles hiking U.S. award prices October 15th, but won’t say exactly how

by on Thu July 17, 2014 • No Comment
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LifeMiles, the Avianca / TACA frequent flier program, is a favorite for buying miles cheaply and using them for surcharge free international Star Alliance awards. This week they’ve been sending a series of cryptic emails to members recently talking about coming changes to the number of miles needed for reward tickets. Today, an email for [...]

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How far ahead can you book hotel award nights

by on Thu July 17, 2014 • No Comment
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While hotel point awards are much easier to find than airline mile rewards, there are still times you’re going to want to have the earliest possible crack at them and book as soon as they’re available. Some properties get sold out of points rooms quickly, particularly luxury beach resorts. Other times you might be wanting [...]

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Award change and cancellation fees 2014 by airline

by on Mon July 14, 2014 • 2 Comments
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Using miles for flight awards can be a great deal, but changing and refunding them often incurs fees. The good news is many times the time fees on award tickets for changing dates, routes, or redepositing miles are less than those for regular paid tickets. And in some cases they’re so low you can use [...]

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Generous SkyMiles Business Class award space to Europe in August

by on Wed July 9, 2014 • 1 Comment
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This might be the hardest summer in recent memory to use miles to get to Europe in Business Class thanks to fuller planes, smaller premium cabins, and increases in award prices. But there are ways to do it, and Delta SkyMiles are a way you might have given up on that you should reconsider. Delta [...]

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