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How to avoid United Basic Economy

avoid United Basic Economy

Avoid United Basic Economy In the time since I published “How to avoid basic economy when paying with points,” United rolled out their Basic Economy product to virtually all domestic routes.  And, it turns out that United Basic Economy is the worst.  They offer no advanced seat assignments, no ability to upgrade, no same day changes or refunds, no overhead carry-ons, and no elite qualifying earnings. And, just to really make your life miserable, if you…

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How to book Delta One Suite saver awards

Delta One Suite

A few days ago I booked three Delta One Suites on Delta’s new A350 aircraft to fly nonstop from Tokyo to Detroit.  Each ticket cost 80,000 SkyMiles plus about $40 in fees (¥4460 JPY).  If you’ve been following the excitement about Delta’s new product, you probably know that the best published rate appears to be 160,000 miles one-way.  Luckily, there’s a simple way to snag saver level 80K awards… Delta One Suite Delta recently announced…

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Meet the FM team in Chicago and/or Ann Arbor

Nick and I had a great time meeting points & miles enthusiasts and presenting at FTU (Frequent Traveler University) Minneapolis a couple of weeks ago.  Personally I always love opportunities to meet others in this game.  Also, meeting other enthusiasts is the single best way to learn secrets that no one blogs about.  It’s not at all a stretch to say that I’ve learned new tricks from attendees at every event like this I’ve attended. …

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Newbie’s new credit card plan, and initial results

A bit over a week ago I published “A credit card plan for a well informed newbie.”  There I detailed a plan for this retiree to quickly rack up huge numbers of points through credit card signups.  Readers weighed in with helpful suggestions, and I modified my recommendations.  I wrote: Thanks everyone. Based on your input, I’ll recommend these changes to Ben: 1. Sign up for Ink Biz Pref and Ink Cash same day in…

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Buy Marriott points for 0.7 cents each

Through June 30th, Points.com is offering SPG Starpoints for 35% off.  Since the normal price is 3.5 cents per point,  this discount makes it possible to buy those points for 2.275 cents each.  But you can do even better: Start with TopCashBack to get 2.5% cash back Pay with your SPG Amex card to earn 2 points per dollar By following the above steps, you will get more SPG points for less money (after the…

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United MileagePlus Shopping: Up to 1500 bonus miles

The United MileagePlus Shopping portal is offering a tiered summer spending bonus. Between now and June 23rd, you can earn up to 1500 bonus United MileagePlus miles. The Offer Spend $150, earn 500 bonus miles OR Spend $350, earn 1,500 bonus miles Direct link to promotion Key Details Offer valid until June 23, 2017 Bonus miles awarded within 8-10 weeks after the promotion has ended Only one bonus per member based on cumulative purchases Things like shipping and tax do not count towards the purchase thresholds Quick…

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Easy Amex Referral Links + 7500 Starpoints per referral

American Express has finally made it possible to generate short referral links via text message, Facebook, and Twitter. Additionally, you can now earn 7,500 Starpoints per referral on both the personal and business versions of the Amex SPG cards. In the past, you have needed to enter your friend’s first name and email in order to generate a link. If you emailed that link to yourself, you could copy the link address from the email and share it…

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Citi Hilton Honors 50K Link

Citi Hilton Honors

As we reported yesterday, it seems that this may be a last call for Citi’s Hilton cards. With Amex set to become the sole issuer of Hilton’s credit cards in January and Citi planning to migrate existing cardholders to something else (we don’t yet know what that will be), these cards have been removed from Citi’s website. We don’t know for sure if this is permanent, but suspect it to be an indication that these…

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