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Travel Tip: Your Frequent Flyer Miles Are Being Devalued
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Travel Tip: Your Frequent Flyer Miles Are Being Devalued

For years, Peter has said frequent flyer miles are becoming more difficult to redeem. Now, the airlines are devaluing your loyalty points even further. Literally. That’s because the airlines are… Read More…

How US Airlines Are Profiting from Your Frequent Flyer Miles
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How US Airlines Are Profiting from Your Frequent Flyer Miles

Think you’re the one benefiting from your frequent flyer miles? Think again, the sale of frequent flyer miles will account for 44 percent of total global revenue for airlines in… Read More…

The 6 Worst Ways to Spend Your Frequent Flyer Miles
Mileage & Reward Programs

The 6 Worst Ways to Spend Your Frequent Flyer Miles

On the first episode of The Travel Detective with Peter Greenberg, Peter shared a few starting facts about frequent flyer programs. Did you know that there are more unredeemed frequent… Read More…

Travel Tip: Getting Travel Perks
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Travel Tip: Getting Travel Perks

People always ask me the best way to book hotel rooms or buy airline tickets. What I always tell them is, it’s not just about the price, but the VALUE…. Read More…

Know Before You Go: How to Make Frequent Flyer Miles Work for You
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Know Before You Go: How to Make Frequent Flyer Miles Work for You

The average traveler doesn’t fly very often so cultivating loyalty with an airline mileage program might seem like a challenge. However, frequent flyer programs don’t apply only to business travelers…. Read More…

Travel Tip: Top Airlines for Redeeming Miles
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Travel Tip: Top Airlines for Redeeming Miles

Every year, I tell you how the airlines are devaluing frequent-flier miles. And since they control the inventory, some airlines make it harder than others to redeem those miles for… Read More…

Travel Tip: Secret Habits of Frequent Flyer Junkies
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Travel Tip: Secret Habits of Frequent Flyer Junkies

You may be surprised to learn that some frequent flyers go to great lengths just to earn miles. For example, mile junkies will max out their credit cards to earn… Read More…

Travel Tip: How to Prevent Frequent Flyer Mile Expiration
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Travel Tip: How to Prevent Frequent Flyer Mile Expiration

It’s getting more difficult than ever to redeem frequent flyer miles. And to make matters worse, your miles might expire if you don’t use them. Most airlines will delete your… Read More…

The Best Reward Tickets for 25,000 Miles or Less
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The Best Reward Tickets for 25,000 Miles or Less

Earning miles has always been easy. But redeeming miles is not. Award Wallet estimates that some 10 trillion frequent-flier miles in circulation today, worth well over $165 billion, have gone… Read More…

How to Donate Frequent Flyer Miles
Travel News / Voluntourism / Mileage & Reward Programs

How to Donate Frequent Flyer Miles

Tax Day is almost here, but you can get a jump on next year’s deductions by planning to donate frequent flyer miles through airline loyalty programs or to causes like… Read More…

Voluntourism Spotlight: Donate Miles to Make-a-Wish Foundation
Travel Tools / Voluntourism / Mileage & Reward Programs

Voluntourism Spotlight: Donate Miles to Make-a-Wish Foundation

This week, our voluntourism spotlight is accessible to every frequent flier. We all know miles are getting harder and harder to redeem, so why not consider donating them? Learn more… Read More…

Travel Tip: Hotel Loyalty Changes
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Travel Tip: Hotel Loyalty Changes

We hear a lot about airline loyalty programs, but what about the hotels? Turns out, that side of the industry is also making big changes to make redemption more difficult…. Read More…

How Much Are Your Frequent-Flyer Miles Worth?
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How Much Are Your Frequent-Flyer Miles Worth?

Two interesting things happened this week in the world of frequent-flyer miles. First, Delta updated its policy to prevent miles from being transferred from after an account holder’s death. Second,… Read More…

How to Use Your Frequent-Flier Miles & Hotel Loyalty Points
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How to Use Your Frequent-Flier Miles & Hotel Loyalty Points

There are now more unredeemed frequent-flier miles in circulation than currency around the world, but the redemption rates for those miles are less than 8 percent. It begs the question:… Read More…

Travel Tip: Earning Points Versus Miles on Your Card
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Travel Tip: Earning Points Versus Miles on Your Card

For some people, the frequent-flier mile game is just that…a game. There are actual junkies out there who max out their credit cards just to earn miles. They’ll even go… Read More…

How to Maximize Your Rewards Card
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How to Maximize Your Rewards Card

Over 50 percent of frequent-flier miles are earned on the ground, not in the air! But earning the miles is the easy part. Redemption is what’s hard. Airline miles are… Read More…

Ask Peter: Solutions to Redeem Miles & Book a Competitive Rate?
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Ask Peter: Solutions to Redeem Miles & Book a Competitive Rate?

It’s Travel Tuesday, which means we have a new “Ask Peter” column for you. Last week, we focused on destinations. This week, it’s all about the travel process. We have… Read More…

Travel Tip: Tiered Frequent Flyer Programs
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Travel Tip: Tiered Frequent Flyer Programs

As if frequent flyer programs weren’t complicated enough, now there are new tiered programs from the so-called budget carriers. JetBlue Airways is rolling out a new program this fall. The… Read More…

Ask Peter: Earning Miles, Choosing a Travel Agent & More
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Ask Peter: Earning Miles, Choosing a Travel Agent & More

Last week, we threw a Twitter party to tackle your end-of-summer travel dilemmas. And boy, did you have questions and problems to solve. Today, in his Ask Peter column, Peter… Read More…