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Travel Tip: How Banks & Airlines Impact Your Frequent Flyer Miles
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Travel Tip: How Banks & Airlines Impact Your Frequent Flyer Miles

Would you believe that some airlines make as much money selling miles to credit card companies as they do selling seats to passengers? It’s true. A little-known fact is that… Read More…

Travel Tip: What Auctions on Seat Upgrades Mean for You
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Travel Tip: What Auctions on Seat Upgrades Mean for You

As travelers, we’re all in constant competition for that coveted seat upgrade. For years, you got an upgrade if you had enough miles. Or, if you’d achieved a high frequent… Read More…

Travel Tip: Why This is a Good Time to Use Your Frequent Flyer Miles
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Travel Tip: Why This is a Good Time to Use Your Frequent Flyer Miles

Are you a member of an airline’s frequent flyer program? The chances are good, and possibly you’re a member of more than one program. So, you’re probably sitting on a… Read More…

Travel Tip: New Survey Finds the Best Rewards Programs for Hotel Chains
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Travel Tip: New Survey Finds the Best Rewards Programs for Hotel Chains

Are you a loyal member of a hotel frequent stay rewards program? With more consolidation in the hotel industry, which rewards programs are the most generous—and the least? Consider this:… Read More…

Travel Tip: Are Mileage Runs Actually Worth the Cost?
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Travel Tip: Are Mileage Runs Actually Worth the Cost?

It happens every year. Travelers look at the frequent mileage they’ve accrued during the year, and if they’ve fallen short of elite status, many of them go on something called… Read More…

Travel Tip: Which Hotel Loyalty Program is the Most Generous?
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Travel Tip: Which Hotel Loyalty Program is the Most Generous?

While the airlines are making their frequent flyer programs tougher—both in earning miles and then trying to redeem them—many hotels seem to be making their frequent stay programs easier to… Read More…

Travel Tip: How Hackers are Targeting Frequent Flyer Miles
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Travel Tip: How Hackers are Targeting Frequent Flyer Miles

It’s hard to earn airline frequent flyer miles, and even harder to redeem them. But now you need to protect your hard-earned miles from theft. Frequent flyer miles have become… Read More…

Travel Tip: Banks Crack Down on Credit Card Churners
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Travel Tip: Banks Crack Down on Credit Card Churners

You see these offers all the time—sign up for a new credit card, and get a 30-, 40-, or 50,000-mile frequent flyer bonus. Enter the world of churners—that’s what they… Read More…

Travel Tip: Changes for Frequent Flyer Miles Affect Stopover Flights
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Travel Tip: Changes for Frequent Flyer Miles Affect Stopover Flights

One by one, some great frequent flyer mileage perks are disappearing. We already know it’s harder to earn as well as redeem miles. But some airlines had some great options… Read More…

Travel Tip: Rules for Frequent Flyer Programs Continue to Change
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Travel Tip: Rules for Frequent Flyer Programs Continue to Change

As the airlines continue to change the parameters of their frequent flyer programs—none of which benefit you—you can still play the mileage game if you know all the rules. For… Read More…

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Travel Tip: Using Frequent Flyer Miles to Book Stopover Flights

Every airline frequent flyer program is different, which means some are still more (or less) generous than others. There’s a time and a place to redeem those miles—if you can…. Read More…

Travel Tip: American Airlines Implements a Fare-Based Mileage Program
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Travel Tip: American Airlines Implements a Fare-Based Mileage Program

Over the past two years, two major U.S. airlines, Delta and United, have revamped their frequent flyer mileage program to not only make it harder to earn miles, but also… Read More…

Travel Tip: Which Airlines Have the Most Award Seats Available?
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Travel Tip: Which Airlines Have the Most Award Seats Available?

When it comes to frequent flyer awards from the airlines, some seats are, well, freer than others. Some airlines are downright stingy when it comes to rewarding you for all… Read More…

Travel Tip: Loyalty Programs for Frequent Travelers
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Travel Tip: Loyalty Programs for Frequent Travelers

We’re all addicted to frequent flyer and frequent stay programs. But there are a number of them out there you might not know about. The Leaders Club is a membership… Read More…

Ways You Can Make the Most of Your Frequent Flyer Miles
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Ways You Can Make the Most of Your Frequent Flyer Miles

According to one study, nearly 60 percent of Americans with frequent flyer miles admit they don’t know how airline reward programs work. The Economist estimates there are 17.5 trillion unused… Read More…

Travel Tip: Getting the Most From Your Frequent Flyer Miles Program
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Travel Tip: Getting the Most From Your Frequent Flyer Miles Program

It’s getting harder and harder to redeem frequent flyer miles, and for most of us, harder and harder to earn them. Most major airlines have gone to a fare-based system… Read More…

Travel Tip: Why You Should Use Your Frequent Flyer Miles Soon
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Travel Tip: Why You Should Use Your Frequent Flyer Miles Soon

The average American who wants to travel this year is budgeting about $8,400, which is a lot more than last year. But that’s not because we want to spend that… Read More…

Travel Tip: Would You Pay $2500 to Keep Your Airline Status?
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Travel Tip: Would You Pay $2500 to Keep Your Airline Status?

Airline status. We all want it—the upgrade, admission to the lounge, priority boarding, and no bag fees. Once upon a time, we could actually earn it by flying a certain… Read More…

Travel Tip: Another Airline Changes Its Frequent Flyer Miles Program
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Travel Tip: Another Airline Changes Its Frequent Flyer Miles Program

Airlines are seriously changing how they play the frequent flyer mile game, which could impact how you travel. The biggest change is that Delta no longer sells tickets for a… Read More…