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How to get free checked bags on United flights booked with partner miles

Free Checked Bags

Many airline credit cards offer one or more free checked bags to cardholders.  And in most cases, you don’t need to pay for the airfare with that credit card to get the benefit.  Instead, the benefit is tied to your frequent flyer number (See: Free Checked Bags via Credit Card Complete Guide).  United is one of the few exceptions.  With the United credit cards that offer free checked bags, you must pay for the flight…

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New MileagePlus Explorer offer: 50K + 5K + $100 statement credit + no annual fee the first year

There is a new offer out for the Chase MileagePlus Explorer card that’s pretty good if you’re in the market for this card: 50,000 United Mileage Plus miles, the standard 5,000 bonus points for adding an authorized user and making a purchase, a $100 statement credit after first purchase plus the annual fee is waived the first year. Note that this card is subject to the chase 5/24 rule. The Offer Earn 50,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3…

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Book United flights online with Singapore miles

The ability to book United and other Star Alliance flights online with Singapore Airlines miles is great for a number of reasons: Singapore Airlines miles are easy to get; their award pricing is sometimes much better than United’s; they have no close-in ticketing fees; and their change and cancellation fees are much lower than United’s.

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Best options for domestic first class awards

A newer version of this post is now available here: Best options for domestic first class awards The original post follows… Domestic first class is nicer than coach, but, in most cases, it’s hardly something to write home about.  Usually you’ll simply get a bigger seat and a few snacks and drinks, or a meal if you’re lucky.  If you’re really lucky, you might find yourself on an internationally configured aircraft flying a domestic route. …

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Buy SPG points for 35% off. Cheap way to buy Marriott points or airline miles

Through March 16th, 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. Buy Marriott Rewards points for 0.76 cents each Marriott usually sells their points for 1.25 cents each.  Since SPG points transfer to Marriott at a rate of 1 to 3, you’re always better off buying SPG points if you need Marriott points. …

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Valentine’s Day Portal Bonuses: Earn Extra Miles With American & United

United MileagePlus Portal Bonus 500 Miles

There are a couple of new bonus offers for the American Airlines and United Airlines shopping portals in the lead up to Valentine’s Day. It’s therefore worth bearing these in mind when doing any shopping over the coming weeks. American Airlines The American Airlines portal is offering 500 bonus miles when spending $200 between January 29, 2018 and February 11, 2018. Here are the key terms: During the “Valentine’s Day” bonus offer which runs from…

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East coast to Vegas from $78.80 in Basic Economy

Basic economy may not be the luxurious way to travel, but there are some fares to Las Vegas today that are so cheap it may be worth the pain — and if ever there were a destination where everything you’ll need should fit under the seat in front of you, Vegas may be it. God Save the Points reports fares to Las Vegas as low as $78.40 round trip on United from Washington DC or Chicago (or Denver or Los Angeles…

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[Staples & Macy’s dead] 10x at Staples, 15x Under Armour/Shoes.com, 12x Levis, and more

Update #2: It looks like this one will be honored for those who got in before the payouts changed. See this post for more information. Update: It appears that they killed the payout at Staples & Macy’s quickly this morning. It showed 10x this AM when I took the screen shot below, but I’m now seeing 3x as a MileagePlus credit card holder at Stapes (those without a Mileage Plus credit card would only be…

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