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Airlines Offering Miles for Donations

Please forgive all the hurricane related posts around here today. For those of us here in Texas, Harvey is pretty much our entire world right now as we worry for those hit hard and wonder what else will fall from the sky closer to home, but I know for others it is not as of quite as much interest as it is for us. I promise this focus won’t last forever, but hang with me for a little longer if…

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Airline Waivers and Woes for Tropical Depression Harvey

Oh hurricane season, how I love you. Let me count the ways… Crickets, crickets. Yeah, hurricane season isn’t lovely at all. It can muck up travel plans, and if you live on or near the coast it can be a royal pain in the rear at home, too. Now it looks like this zombie-storm named Harvey is intent on doing both to us. Remember that much anticipated adults trip to San Diego we were planning for this weekend…sigh.    Enough about…

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Get $250 in Gift Cards with a $400 Travel Booking

Sometimes in this hobby there are offers that we don’t quite understand in terms of how they work out for the company offering the deal, but we jump on them anyway because they are awesome for us. One such offer from Upside is wrapping up tomorrow, and it is really an outstanding offer if you have $400 worth of travel to book in the next 24 hours or so.   If you are a new Upside customer who is referred by…

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3,000 Bonus United Miles for $28 in Spending When Joining United Dining

One of the ways I periodically earn airline miles is via the various airline dining programs. All you have to do to use the dining programs is sign up, link your credit card number, and then eat out as normal to potentially earn bonus miles every time you visit a participating restaurant with your registered credit card. I don’t earn as many miles this way as I used to since the restaurants I seem to frequent seem to less frequently be program participants than…

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Tips for Booking Close-in Airline Awards

Booking very close-in travel within 21 days or less of departure is a situation when airline miles can really shine, as close-in ticket prices are often very high. With some programs, the close-in mileage prices and award availability can be more than fair. An airline may not want to train customers to wait until the last minute to get airfare deals on cash, but they are often willing to let the seats that otherwise would have gone unsold become available…

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Airline Miles Make the Abnormal Normal

Over the weekend I had the privilege of hanging out at the Hyatt Place Houston Galleria with fellow Houston miles and points travel junkies thanks to an Award Travel 101 Facebook Group meet-up. Richard Kerr, who runs that group, told a few travel stories and did a short presentation on award chart sweet spots, and I got to primarily just hang out meet fellow Houston travelers while chatting about upcoming trips. As always, meeting other travelers and sharing stories face to…

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Turning Back to School Purchases Into Thousands of Airline Miles

Back to school shopping is here, and so are the corresponding miles and points bonuses that I will outline below. It was somewhat surprising to me that families with children in elementary through high school plan to spend an average of about $688 on back to school purchases this year, up a little from last year. That does not include those with kids in college, as that total is several hundred dollars higher. Of those surveyed, 44% plan to do…

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Big Changes Coming to FlexPerks Points and Travel Redemptions

For the last few years a potentially valuable but somewhat under-the-radar credit card rewards program has been the US Bank FlexPerks program. Via this program and the US Bank FlexPerks Travel Rewards Visa Signature Card you have been able to get as high as 2 cents in value for points redeemed for flights. Not only that, but the FlexPerks Travel Rewards Visa Signature awards as many as 2x – 3x points per dollar in some bonus categories making it easier to rack up…

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Airline Weather Waivers for Tropical Storm Cindy

Tropical Storm Cindy is about to play havoc on weather and travel along the Gulf Coast, and the airlines have been putting out weather waivers so travelers can proactively change their plans to or through the impacted areas without paying a penalty. We were scheduled to fly back to Houston tonight, and really weren’t thrilled at the idea of trading sunny Rhode Island for Tropical Storm Cindy gloom in Houston.   Surprisingly, until this morning United hadn’t included Houston in…

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Get New Airfare Discounts via Amex Platinum Cards!

I recently wrote a post exploring why the Amex Platinum card is worth it to my family even though it comes with a pretty large annual fee. Everyone’s situation is different, so the post wasn’t written to prove the card is worth it to anyone else, but rather to potentially help others think through whether it may also be worth it in their situation…especially beyond the first year where the math is usually much easier with the sign-up bonus. One…

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