Discounted Hawaii Round Trips from Houston for $478!


Yesterday a little fare war to Hawaii started off with a few carriers and cities, and while I shared some of that on social media, I didn’t get a chance to do a post on it before many of the fares died. However, my friends in the Houston area can still score some Hawaii round trips on American to Honolulu for about $478 round trip! That is several hundred dollars lower than the norm on this route. It is entirely…

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Final Day for 100% Bonus on Purchased IHG Points

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Happy Friday! Because this seems to be a pretty popular offer, I wanted to offer a quick reminder that today is the last day to get a 100% bonus on purchased IHG points. You can purchase up to 60,000 IHG points in a calendar year – for a total of 120,000 points deposited in your account with this 100% bonus! With this 100% bonus the per point price drops to between $0.00575 – $0.00675 each, depending on how many points…

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How to Earn a Category 1-4 Hyatt Award Night

The Driskill's in Austin is part of the Unbound Collection

We are less than two weeks away from March 1st and the launch of the new World of Hyatt program. I know many of you are hopping from Hyatt to Hyatt each night on the quest to quickly qualify for Diamond status under the current rules that award top status in as few as 25 stays, and others are just sitting back and waiting for the new World of Hyatt top tier Globalist perks like space available suite upgrades, waived…

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5 Reasons To Apply for the Increased SPG Amex Offer

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Yesterday the sign-up bonus from both the SPG Amex and the Business SPG Amex jumped from 25,000 points to 35,000 total points! This is only the second time the bonus has gone up to 35,000 points, and the last time was about a year ago. In other words, this is a true increase to this sign-up bonus that does not come around frequently. There are some very real reasons to seriously consider pulling the trigger on one or both of…

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Stretch Value From United Awards By Filtering Via Airport


Last year United changed up the award routing rules and it became a bit harder to create some more interesting award itineraries. More or less, the computer now does the thinking instead of allowing you to piece together your preferred routings complete with free one-ways and all. There is still some room for maximizing awards, with the Excursionist Perk, but just not nearly as much as their used to be. There is, however, some pretty nifty functionality that I have…

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Trouble Getting United to Charge the Correct Award Change Fees

Boston United Club Plane Spotting

Last year United changed up their award fees for changes, mileage redeposits, and more. In some cases the fees got a bit worse, and in other cases the fees actually went down. One piece of “good news” from when those changes were announced was that it was expressly called out that if your status changes between the time of ticketing and time of the change, the lowest fee based on your different status levels would apply. Since this was very clearly…

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Save 5,000 United Miles on Round Trips Awards to Mexico

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If you love Mexico as much as we do and want to book an economy saver award trip to head there using United miles then you can do it for 5,000 fewer miles if you want to travel from April 29, 2017 – May 26, 2017. To celebrate United’s 50th anniversary of flying between the US and Mexico, they are knocking 5,000 miles off round trip saver awards to Mexico when departing from the US (other than Hawaii) and Canada. This means you can…

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MLB Spring Training SPG Moments Packages from 5,000 Points!

View from the SPG Suite at Wrigley

SPG Moments sometimes offers fantastic opportunities to use your Starwood Preferred Guest points to attend events such as the US Open, Ryder Cup, and Cubs games at Wrigley Field. Not only does the SPG Moments program get you in the gate for top notch events, but they can offer up ways to sit in otherwise largely inaccessible luxury boxes, get all access passes, and even throw out a pitch in the World Series! Via Running With Miles, they have just introduced some…

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Limited Time: Up to 35,000 Bonus SPG Points Via SPG Amex Cards!

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Big, big news this morning for those who love SPG points! Two of my very favorite cards, the Starwood Preferred Guest Amex and the Starwood Preferred Guest Business Amex, have temporarily increased their sign-up bonuses to their highest total points level! The normal number of sign-up bonus points for these cards are a total of 25,000 bonus points. They have gone to 30,000 points once a year in many years, and last year they once spiked to the 35,000 point level. Now…

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What United Flights Have the Real Polaris Business Class Seats

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The first United 777-300ER enters scheduled service bright and early tomorrow morning at 7AM with a flight from Newark to San Francisco. This is not only the first aircraft of that type to be operated by United, but it is also the first one that will feature the new direct aisle access Polaris business class seats. These may not be the best business class seats in the sky, but they are pretty darn nice. Add in the Saks Fifth Avenue…

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