Low-cost carrier WOW Air has some seriously wow prices right now as they are set to launch service from US destinations Boston and Washington DC (actually BWI) to Reykjavik.  If you don’t want to go to Iceland (and what is wrong with you?), then this can still be super interesting because you can continue on to Europe. These prices will not last, but right now are as hot as Washington DC (actually BWI) – London (via Reykjavik) for $99 USD one-way.  That is an all-in real price including taxes.  You… Read the Rest.

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Airline miles can fly you almost anywhere.  Hotel points can get you a place to lay your head.  Dollars can buy you darn near anything, including a ticket into the World Series.  But, no mile, point, or dollar can by itself buy you an amazing memory with your family.  Those you have to get on your own, and they can be much harder to obtain than some miles or points. I’m so proud of my husband’s family for making a priceless memory together last night at the World Series.  “Priceless”… Read the Rest.

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“Everyone” knows that US Airways is merging with American Airlines.  That means that the US Airways co-branded credit card issued by Barclaycard will cease to take on new applicants at a certain point in the not terribly distant future (in other words, likely months, not years).  I do not know that exact date that will happen, nor am I 100% clear on what will happen to existing US Airways cardholders at that time in terms of what type of card the former US Airways card will become.  However, I am… Read the Rest.

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We all know that airline food is not great most of the time.  Heck, sometimes it is downright awful.  However, it is handy to be served food at mealtime while flying miles over the earth, so I grade on a big curve when it comes to my own airline meals.  I have the fortune of being able to travel with my almost-five-year old with some regularity, and miles and elite status have landed us at the pointy end of the plane where meals are more common a number of times…. Read the Rest.

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I love it when the elite status I have with one program can be leveraged into benefits with another program.  Now those with elite status with United Airlines can use that to get extra miles and elite benefits when renting with Hertz. Beginning November 1st, those with United elite status or cardholders of the United Club Card or Presidential Plus Club cards will be eligible for the following perks on Hertz rentals: 1,250 miles – MileagePlus Global Services, Premier 1K and Premier Platinum members; 1,000 miles – MileagePlus Premier Gold… Read the Rest.

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As we expected, last week the 141 acre Atlantis resort and water park in the Bahamas came under the Marriott flag, which is great news for miles and points loving families.  The official “live” date was October 16th, and stays booked on or after that date by calling 1-877-829-2429 or on www.marriott.com/atlantis are eligible for Marriott elite benefits, point earnings and redemptions, etc.  If you booked a stay before October 16th it is ineligible for earning points and other Marriott benefits.  Those details are all outlined on this FAQ. There… Read the Rest.

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Y’all, I think IHG must have gone temporarily insane.  As I wrote earlier today, the terms changed on the “Into the Nights” promo for many folks in recent days.  Since the promo has been running for over a month, and many people have spent actual time and money based on the terms that were displayed to them, the reasonable conclusion behind changing terms was a “tech glitch”, right?  They wouldn’t really think you can change terms of a promo mid-stream since people had spent cold hard cash based on what… Read the Rest.

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I’m not usually an early adopter in the world of technology, but I made an exception today and downloaded the newest iOS 8.1 update on my iPhone 6 which enabled me to try out Apple Pay.  This is (somewhat) relevant to miles and points because you can store different credit cards in your Apple Pay account and use those to pay at select stores to maximize various category bonuses without having to actually have them in your physical wallet. I can say that I have successfully used Apple Pay to… Read the Rest.

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Cheap nonstop fares on United out of Houston aren’t super common since we are basically “hub captives” here, and United knows that we will often pay more for the convenience of getting from A-B as quickly as possible. Well, I was looking around on United.com today and noticed that you can fly Houston – Los Angeles for as low as roughly $130 round trip…even on same-day turns (in case you were in the market for an end of the year mileage run).  I even saw limited Saturday same-day turn availability… Read the Rest.

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Happy Monday morning!  Today that means dealing with an exhausted kid (and mommy) from a busy weekend, getting dressed for school, packing a lunch, and dealing with a changing terms on the IHG Into the Nights promo!  After some debate, I decided to go all-in on this promo recently and have completed four out of five needed nights, including both night Saturday stays.  All I needed was one more stay that I complete and book via the the mobile app to earn my two award nights bonus. Sounds easy, right?!… Read the Rest.

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In the “Miles and Points for Beginners” session I presented with Million Mile Secrets yesterday at the Chicago Seminars, one of the things we touched on briefly that drew lots of questions after the session was online shopping portals.  I talk about them here with some regularity, but it is clear that it is a method of earning miles that not everyone has dipped their toes in yet. I think it is one of those things that sounds harder than it really is, so I’m talking about it again today… Read the Rest.

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