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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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Get $800+ in value from Wyndham Visa 45,000 offer

by on Mon July 7, 2014 • No Comment
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The Wyndham Rewards Visa is out with a limited time 45,000 point offer from Barclaycard. While most properties in the Wyndham group aren’t that exciting (think Super 8 motels and Ramada), and the point values aren’t always great, hidden within the program are some nice deals that can make the bonus worth $450, $500 or [...]

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How to Fly to Europe with Chase Ultimate Rewards points

by on Wed July 2, 2014 • No Comment
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Your Chase Ultimate Rewards points give you several options to fly to Europe thanks to the ability to transfer them to several frequent flier programs. The sheer variety of airlines to choose from, however, can make it complicated to figure out which is the best deal. And fuel surcharges on some options of $500 or [...]

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Elite qualifying miles without flying in 2014 – Compare your options

by on Mon June 30, 2014 • No Comment
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We’re about halfway through the year and this is a good time to think about any elite status you might be striving to reach with your favorite airline or hotel program. Thanks to cards and being able to buy status you can earn tens of thousands of elite qualifying miles without flying. The table below [...]

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