Thursday, June 20, 2019

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Earlier in 2019, American Airlines offered a deep discount on AAdvantage miles, reducing the price for buying miles from upwards of 5 cents per mile to as low as 1.92 cents per mile. That was great, but it didn’t...
The Luxury Card Mastercard® Black Card™ is a powerful and prestigious—yet often overlooked—credit card that competes with Chase Sapphire Reserve®, Citi Prestige®, The Platinum Card® from American Express, and U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve Visa Infinite® Card. While there’s a...
In a move we didn’t see coming, American Express is putting the brakes on one of its top airport lounge benefits. Starting August 1, 2019, cardholders with Priority Pass™ membership through American Express will no longer be able to...
If you’re not familiar with Avios, you should be. Avios is a reward currency used by a number of airlines, principally British Airways and Iberia. This currency is highly prized in the points and loyalty world. So an ominous...
The Chase Sapphire Preferred® is a well-respected credit card that’s placed Chase at the forefront of travel-centric credit cards. It competes with a number of luxury annual fee credit cards in the sub-$250 range, from American Express Gold Card...
All airlines offer the option to purchase points in their mileage programs, but they’re typically sold way above market value. So we typically don’t recommend buying them. However, when Alaska Airlines runs one of its mileage purchase promos with...
The Transportation Security Administration’s Pre-Check program (TSA Pre✓®) continues to make travel easier for airline passengers. On April 24, 2019, the program welcomed Qatar Airways and Edelweiss Air as TSA Pre✓ eligible airlines. The former is particularly huge considering...
United MileagePlus® calls itself “the world’s most rewarding loyalty program,” but we beg to differ. After years of continuous mileage devaluations and award availability restrictions, the MileagePlus program is dealing the ultimate blow to frequent flyers and holders of...
Priority Pass, the largest independent airport lounge access program in the world, has awarded “The Global Airport Lounge of the Year” based on votes by 52,000 members across categories such as comfort, service from lounge staff, food and drink,...
Airline mileage programs can be rather complicated, but each offers great money-saving opportunities for buying and spending miles. Here are key rules for getting a maximum return on airline miles. Buying miles only on sale All airlines offer the option...

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